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The Health Section
"The Doctor Is In"
New medical column by Doctor Carol Savage.
Read it and be safe! (Click Photo)
Dr Savage

The Value of Yearly Checkups
By Kyle Dickerson

The way most of us view going to the doctor’s office has likely changed throughout our lives. As a child, it was a dreaded event when mom would load up the family vehicle for a trip across town to see the pediatrician. When you hit your teens, things change again. It becomes uncomfortable to talk about certain issues, or allow for specific procedures, in front of someone you barely know. Then in college, visits to the doctor go out the window. It’s a rare occasion for a full-time college student to drag themselves to a true doctor, what with the infirmary on campus and all...not to mention how it gets in the way of studying... However, that again changes in a few years. We begin to see these visits as a needed part of our life, but now our minds drift to the money it will end up costing us. The pattern continues, always changing, and never ending. And regardless of your age, financial situation, or personal outlook on medical professionals, one truth remains constant: you need to see your doctor.

Let me say next that there are some differing opinions on this. There is a growing portion of the medical community that is pushing the opinion that annual checkups are no longer efficient or necessary. However, the vast majority of medical professionals is crying foul at that idea, pointing out that the benefits of these yearly visits far outweigh the so-called lack of efficiency of some tests. But what is either side referring to? Well, first let’s look at the arguments of those who say these visits are not needed.

When the typical healthy person walks in for a yearly checkup, they are going to encounter a handful of standardized tests. They will be looking at urine, blood, heart, and possible thyroid issues. Some other tests will be given based upon previous history, current symptoms, or simply differences in test batteries from one office to the next, but that is going to be your basic rundown. The reason some medical professionals are saying this is inefficient is that they feel it is looking for a grain of sugar on a sandy beach...even when there is no reason to think the grain of sugar exists. They simply feel that the chances of stumbling upon something are not significant enough to justify the costs of these annual visits. Instead, they suggest scheduling these checkups on a 3 to 5 year cycle, and making special appointments for anything unusual that may pop up between visits.

The problem? Not all ailments exhibit externally noticeable symptoms until advanced stages of development. Doctors in support of annual checkups attribute a significant amount of treatable findings to these yearly visits. In many cases, issues that were not apparent to the patient were discovered from blood and urine tests. Along with an updated patient history for the previous year, these tests form part of a chain that allows doctors to make connections between seemingly benign factors and the larger issues they may actually point to. Just another link in that chain is being able to sit down, face to face, and develop a relationship with your medical provider. If your doctor has a knowledge of you, your family, your lifestyle, then he or she can pick out areas of concern with much greater accuracy.

Just this last week there was a story on the news of a reporter who went to do his own story on a doctor and some new medical equipment. During the course of the story, the reporter had the doctor run him through all the tests. It was supposed to be simply a demonstration for viewers, but resulted in finding heart disease. The reporter had no idea. He exhibited no symptoms, lived a healthy lifestyle, and was shocked to find out he had the first stages of a growing blockage in one of his arteries. In this case, just as many others each year, because it was stumbled upon early, effective treatment measures can be used to correct it. The bottom line is that erring on the side of caution is a good practice. Your health, the health of your family, is valuable and worth protecting. Each person must ultimately make their own decisions, and I understand the current economic climate plays a part in that. Even so, listen to your body, visit your doctor if you can, and, most importantly, take care of each other.

Chemo Duck
By Kyle Dickerson

Gabe Sipos. That name does not stand out to most people. However, to one group it is the sound of peace, hope, and understanding. Gabe was a week shy of his first birthday when he revisited Vanderbilt Hospital, the place where he was born. Symptoms that had troubled his parents for months finally brought them back for further diagnosis. When the results came back, they were not what anyone wanted to hear. Gabe had cancer. At such a young age, with life barely started, illness had already made its first attack. Still, staring into that great chasm of uncertainty, Gabe’s parents refused to lose hope.

Not long after diagnosis, Gabe began the first of his treatments to try to beat the disease inside of him. At such a young age, he was unable to understand many of the things that were happening to him, and, thankfully, is unable to remember most of the unpleasantries. At the time, however, his mother felt her son could use a friend beside him. What better than a friend who was battling the same condition? In steps Chemo Duck, a stuffed animal complete with hospital scrubs, an arm splint, and a chemo port. Lu Sipos, Gabe’s mother, made the very first Chemo Duck for Gabe, hoping it would give him comfort and allow the entire process to flow more easily. It did. Together, Gabe and his Chemo Duck learned all about the disease of cancer. They learned about life with cancer, the treatments that would eventually heal him, and how to be brave. And they learned it all together. Every step of the way, Gabe had his family, his doctors, and his new friend.

Gabe completed his treatments in November of 2003, and has been cancer free since. His mother had a vision, however, to take this effort far beyond their home. While eternally grateful for her child to have beaten a disease that had claimed so many, she wanted to bring any help she could to every family battling childhood cancer. With the creation of a non-profit business entitled “Gabe’s My Heart”, she did just that. Lu Sipos has taken this effort to amazing heights. Gaining national attention, the Chemo Duck Program has been supported by major celebrities within music and film, and has made itself known in the fight against childhood cancer.

Used simultaneously as a teaching tool and source of comfort for childhood cancer patients, Chemo Duck has become a recognized resource among specialists. Along with the plush animals, families also have access to an activity book, a bilingual mini-book, and a DVD which offers guidance to parents, as well as tips for using Chemo Duck as a teaching tool. There are many ways to support this effort, from hosting Chemo Duck parties, to adopting a duck yourself, to volunteering at events. If you want to get involved, there is something for you. For more information go to www.chemoduck.org. Gabe and his family are always happy to have the extra hand.

Relay For Life
By Kyle Dickerson

Each day, on every continent around the world, medical practitioners examine, care for, and treat thousands upon thousands of patients suffering from any of a number of disorders and illnesses. One of the greatest life-taker’s among those illnesses is cancer. The prevalence here in the state of Tennessee is growing each year, with no clear sign as to a reason for this increase in occurrence. The sheer fact that more of our citizens continue to face this disease on a regular basis magnifies the need for greater research in this area. Relay For Life is one organization that has set out to help do just that. The accidental brain-child of Dr. Gordon Klatt, the first relay started out as a one-man event. In 1985, Dr. Klatt made the decision to help raise money for the American Cancer Society by walking the University of Puget Sound’s track at Baker Stadium for 24 hours. During his 24 hour walk, people from the community gave donations for the chance to walk or run along the course with Dr. Klatt, raising a total of $27,000. The following year, Dr, Klatt gathered a small team of helpers and put on the first official Relay For Life. Today, Relay For Life stretches across the nation, with events taking place in over 5,000 communities.

The events are most widely known for their overnight experience. Participants most often form together teams of 8 - 15, giving themselves creative names and sometimes wearing funny costumes/uniforms. These events are times to have fun and come together as a community for a worthy cause. They are also times to honor those who have, are, and will battle the disease of cancer. One way those fighters are honored is with the Survivor Lap that signifies the beginning of most Relay For Life events. This lap is the first one walked, and is comprised of those participants who have fought the fight with cancer and overcome. Throughout the rest of the night, participants take turns walking and enjoying fellowship with each other. Some events have live music, food, and even special guest appearances. At the end of each event, a Fight Back ceremony is held, where everyone present makes a pledge to further spread cancer awareness through their communities. Participants are encouraged to take action by encouraging others to quit smoking and other habits which increase the chance of cancer, inform people on where free cancer screenings will be held, as well as donate volunteer time to organizations like the American Cancer Society.

Relay For Life events are held at churches, universities, school board parking lots, and anywhere else willing to let a few concerned folks beat down the pavement for a few hours. The teams raise money, and can win awards for the greatest amount raised, but that’s only one benefit from this program. These events more importantly bring together communities to focus on conquering a single goal, knowing that they are able to rely upon each other for support and encouragement in the face of the mostly deadly odds. If you would like to participate in one of these events, visit the Relay For Life website, www.relayforlife.org, to find more information about opportunities in your area.


Train For Life

By Kyle Dickerson

4:30 a.m. is a read-out very few of us ever see pulse across the face of our alarm clocks. For Chris Davis, a personal trainer with Fitness Together in Franklin, it’s just another day at the office. With a degree from Martin Methodist, Chris began professionally training in 2007. Now conducting sessions reaching up to 120 every other week, Chris prides himself in giving quality training, and knows an early start is needed in order to give his clients, and himself, the best he has to offer. “People bring me their problems, because they believe I can help,” said Chris. “But I always tell them they’re who’s making the difference, not me...I’m just a voice in their ear.” “To achieve, you must believe” are the words Chris lives by. He wants his clients to know that they can reach their goals, but only once they believe they can. Once that fire begins burning inside, Chris is standing ready to fuel the flame and make the journey with them.

Walking into a commercial gym with huge stacks of weights, masses of people, and more machines than humanly possible to count, can be quite overwhelming. That single fact keeps many from taking those first steps down the road to physical fitness. Others think they’ll exercise at home, and save themselves the uncomfortable experience of a gym, but soon lose interest and can think of every excuse in the book why exercise can wait. That’s where your personal trainer comes in. With less distractions, and someone to design a plan catered to your specific needs, you’ll find yourself spending less time on your workout, and seeing twice the results. Your trainer is there to motivate you when you want to quit. He’s there to give you that fine tuning you might need to see greater results. But most of all, he’s there to support you without prejudice of any kind. “The benefits of of an exercise program never stop,” Chris stated. “We’re not just getting you fit for the beach. We’re preparing you, physically, to face life’s challenges. The level of trust I find between myself and my clients, enables us to reach goals they never thought possible.”

It’s never too late, or too soon, to begin exercising. Chris is passionate about the service he provides, and feels strongly that every person on this earth can benefit from a fitness program of some kind. “We’re not all made the same,” Chris says. “Just like our cars, we each have different needs to keep us working properly.” However, some key points run across the board. The first, and possibly greatest, is our food consumption. Chris says he sees a lot of people work extremely hard in the gym, but never give themselves the refueling they need to keep those muscles growing. “Nutrition is important,” he stated. “Eat light. Eat right. Eat often.” Just as important as getting that meal in, is making sure the food is healthy and helping advance your fitness plan. A second key factor is constantly changing up your routine. The human body gets accustomed to performing the same tasks each day, but can be pushed to new levels with just a little creative thinking when it comes to exercises. And thirdly, set results-based goals. Physical fitness doesn’t happen overnight, and milestones along the way will keep you motivated to reach those long term goals.

We could all benefit from extra energy and a lighter spirit. Chris, and the staff at Fitness Together, urge you to get physically active...it just might save your life.

     That Was Then (circa 1962)                          This Is Now (2009)

Mr. Len Rossi  has owned and operated his Health Food Store in Brentwood, TN for the last 30 years and was the pioneer in this field in the Nashville area. He practices massage therapy, reflexology, and does natural healing consultations as a “Traditional” Naturopath. He studied nutrition at Belmont University and at The American Health Sciences University (formerly The Nat’l Institute of Nutritional Education) where he received his degree as Certified Nutritionist. He studied (long distance) for 4 years with “Brantridge School of Alternatives,” Sussex, England, earning the title “Doctor of Naturopathy”

Mr. Rossi has appeared on many local radio and TV talk shows. Prior to his career as a natural healer, Mr. Rossi was a professional wrestler for 25 years. He was recently honored by being inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall Of Fame. A serious car accident in 1972 ended his wrestling career but enabled him to pursue his interest in natural healing.

Mr. Len Rossi, ND has been a proponent of Natural Healing for 30 years. After a 25-year career as a pro wrestler, Len earned his Doctor Of Naturopathy degree in 1982 and is also a Licensed Massage Therapist. Len can be reached for a consultation or massage appointment at 373-9242 or visit his store at 1605 Franklin Rd in Brentwood. Email him at lenrossi@comcast.net.

YOUR HEALTH NATURALLY
By Len Rossi, ND, LMT

Herbs for Your Heart, Blood Pressure and More

Herbs have been used to improve our health for centuries, especially in China and India. In India, herbs are administered according to a system called Ayurvedic medicine. There are probably thousands of herbs that these practitioners use for particular goals – improving heart conditions, such as high blood pressure and angina - one of them, and perhaps the “king” of them - is prepared from the bark of the Terminalia arjuna tree - a deciduous tree found throughout India. Called “Arjuna,” it has been used there to treat heart conditions for over 2,700 years. Now there is plenty of Western-style science to back up this success, performed both in India and in the West, just adding more evidence in favor of this well-proven cardiovascular tonic.

Health Sciences Institutes states that Arjuna “Outperforms leading drugs - cuts risk of heart attack by 30%! Arjuna is well known as a total heart health herb, all on its own, making it a critical component of any Ayurvedic cardiac formula. A 1994 Indian study investigated the overall cardiovascular impact of arjuna, and the results were overwhelmingly positive. In addition to providing several other heart health boosts, arjuna lowered systolic blood pressure in angina patients. And a 2008 in vitro study found that five extracts from arjuna showed at least a 60% inhibition of angiotensin-converting enzyme (also known as ACE, of ACE inhibitor fame).

This herb also lowers LD L cholesterol by at least 25% in a randomized placebo-controlled trial in India. After only 30 days of supplementation with arjuna, the test group decreased its average LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels by 25.6% with a corresponding 12.7% drop in total cholesterol.
Arjuna can also reduce angina attacks without the side effects of cardiac drugs. Researchers at Kasturba Medical College in Mangalore, India, tested arjuna against a nitroglycerin-based drug called ISMN (isosorbide mononitrate) that's commonly prescribed for stable angina. While ISMN was effective over a 12-week period, it didn't perform as well as arjuna.

The arjuna group had a 30% reduction of angina attacks, while the group taking ISMN had a 27% reduction. And consider this: The side effects of ISMN include lightheadedness, dizziness, rapid pulse rate, and blurred vision ... but scientists found none of these side effects in the arjuna group.”

A Complete Formula for Heart and Blood Pressure Support
Arjuna is a powerful herb all on its own. However, most herbs work best when joined with herbs with similar functions that complement each other. A formula's ingredients pack a bigger wallop, especially in synergistic combination. An Auryevidic formulation that has much scientific evidence behind it, that contains Arjuna, is a product called “HeartCare.” The key components of HeartCare are: Arjuna, of course.

Guggulipid: Its antioxidant activity protects arteries from damage that can be caused by high blood pressure. Guggulipid helps prevent LDL cholesterol oxidation-one of the primary causes of arterial plaque buildup (blockages in the arteries).

Ashwaganda, a “balancing herb,” or adaptogen, is a staple in the Ayurvedic treatment of high blood pressure, among other conditions. Studies show that this herb may both help prevent heart attacks and reduce the impact and lingering effects of stroke.

“Indian catnip has long been used to treat problems of the heart, including angina, thrombosis, and rapid heartbeat. Animal studies have shown that water-based extracts of the herb substantially lower blood pressure in dogs, and that the herb appears to be nontoxic to rats and mice at a wide range of dosages.” (HSI)

HeartCare has 81 published clinical trials that shows it is safe, nontoxic and
Supports normal heart function
Supports normal platelet function
Supports normal cholesterol and lipid levels and good HDL/LDL ratios
Helps normalize blood pressure.
Promotes healthy heart muscle energy, normal oxygen utilization and healthy arterial circulation functions.
Helps supply needed oxygen to the heart.

We have both Arjuna (single herb) and HeartCare in our store. Come by and we will be glad to work with you to incorporate this excellent formula into your supplement program.

Health is not everything, but without spiritual and physical health, everything is nothing.

Until next time we meet – may God Bless you with good health, with a little help from you!

The information in these columns is for educational purposes only and not to diagnose or treat any medical condition. Please consult your physician for any serious condition or before discontinuing any prescription drug.

Temporary Cure For Depression
A new study shows that licking the sweat off a frog can cure depression.
The down side is, the minute you stop licking, the frog gets depressed again.

Check out Kevin's articles on Depression.
Peaceful and Relaxing Scenes.

How to Dance in the Rain

It was a busy morning, about 8:30 , when an elderly gentleman in his 80s arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.

I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor's appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I inquired as to her health. He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer's Disease. As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now.

I was surprised, and asked him, 'And you still go every morning, even though she doesn't know who you are?'

He smiled as he patted my hand and said,
'She doesn't know me,  but I still know who she is.'

I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought, 'That is the kind of love I want in my life.'

True love is neither physical, nor romantic.
True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.

The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.  

Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, rather, How to Dance in the Rain.

[Anonymous]

YOUR HEALTH NATURALLY
By Len Rossi, ND, LMT

An Incredible Food

Lecithin is essential to every cell in the body, serving as structural material especially for the brain and nerves. Lecithin is the popular name for a naturally occurring mixture of compounds that are called phospholipids. Chemically, lecithin contains choline, glycerol and fats. It has the property of emulsifying or breaking down fat deposits in the body. This property makes lecithin useful in treatment of atherosclerosis (which is characterized by fat deposits in the blood vessels), gallstones (fat deposits in the gall bladder) and liver problems caused by fat deposits.

Phosphatidyl choline (PC) is the most important part of lecithin. Because high potency natural PC is ingested as the active part of lecithin from soybean oil there are no side effects as could be expected from a drug (such as choline chlo­ride). Blood levels of choline are raised effectively and the increase has a longer lasting effect when lecithin (PC) is the source instead of choline chloride. Ingestion of choline, and not PC is undesirable also because it has a bitter taste, causes a "dead fish" body odor and may produce gastrointestinal (stomach and intestine) irritation and pain.

It is the choline portion of PC that produces the beneficial action that we have been speaking of. Choline in blood normally comes either from the diet, mostly as lecithin or PC or from synthesis in the liver. The latter source does not provide enough choline for most bodies. It is perfectly natural then, to supplement the diet with PC such as is currently available in our health food store.
The identical lecithin manufactured by the body is found in all unrefined foods containing oil. Lecithin which can be taken as a food supplement is made from unrefined soy oil. It is broken down within the body and resynthesized for use.

The major function of lecithin is to aid in the burning of fats. Its presence also controls the level of body cholesterol. Lecithin helps the cells to remove fats and cholesterol from the blood and to utilize them to increase the production of bile acids. This function is particularly important in preventing and correcting atherosclerosis. Blood, which is essentially water, can't dissolve fat. A powerful emulsifying agent, lecithin in normal amounts causes cholesterol and neutral fats to be broken into microscopic particles. These are held in suspension in the blood until they pass through the arterial walls and are utilized by the tissues.

Atherosclerosis is characterized by an increase of cholesterol and a decrease of lecithin, a phenomenon also found in coronary patients. The blood of these people has a milky appearance because of the high fat content. In fact any deficiency which prevents the formation of lecithin in the body will yield high blood fat and clot formation. Also, experiments with both animals and humans showed refined sugar causes a rise in blood cholesterol as do saturated fats and excessive refined carbohydrates and proteins.

As early as 1935, research showed that experimental heart disease produced by feeding cholesterol to the subjects could be prevented by giving small amounts of lecithin. In Let's Get Well Adelle Davis states, "If enough lecithin is given, the disease does not occur regardless of how much cholesterol is fed. Even if artherosclerosis is far advanced, health is restored after lecithin is supplied in the diet."
From these investigations it would appear that it is not the amount of cholesterol eaten but the balance between the cholesterol and the lecithin in the body. Many foods which are naturally high in cholesterol are also high in lecithin, the famous egg for example. A raw fertile egg is 14% lecithin. This is eight times the amount of cholesterol the egg contains. Raw milk also contains enough lecithin to balance its cholesterol content; however lecithin is destroyed in pasteurized milk.

Psoriasis and eczema are thought to be caused by poor fat utilization. When 6-8 tablespoons of lecithin were given daily to 254 patients, no new eruptions occurred after the first week and all cases recovered within five months. Adelle Davis recommends 3 tablespoons of granular lecithin for this problem.

For many years lecithin has been called a brain food by nutritional experts. In fact lecithin makes up 30% of the dry weight of the brain. Research done by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences showed that "some chemical components of foods directly influence the available amounts of certain brain messengers or neurotransmitters. In turn these affect how the brain 'talks' to itself and performs." One of these chemical components is acetylcholine which is made in the brain from choline, a com­ponent of lecithin. Choline can be taken as a supplement in an isolated form but its digestion emits a fishy smell and destroys beneficial intestinal flora. Lecithin as a supplement is a most effective way to increase your body's "brain messengers." There are further indications that normal human memory depends upon an adequate supply of acetylcholine.

To supplement with lecithin, granules or powder are recommended over liquid and capsules or tablets. The granules should be kept in an airtight container, preferably refrigerated. Lecithin granules, which are almost tasteless, can be stirred into milk, blended with nut butters and blender drinks, sprinkled on cereals, casseroles, salads and soups. We have in our store both the granules and the capsules. Both are derived from Non-Genetically-Modified Soy. When you come in, be sure to ask for a copy of my Power Shake recipe that contains lecithin as one of several healthy ingredients!

Health is not everything, but without spiritual and physical health, everything is nothing.

Until next time we meet – may God Bless you with good health, with a little help from you!

The information in these columns is for educational purposes only and not to diagnose or treat any medical condition. Please consult your physician for any serious condition or before discontinuing any prescription drug.

YOUR HEALTH NATURALLY – TIPS AND INFO
By Len Rossi, ND, LMT

Build Your Army

To become immune to a disease is to be protected from “catching” that disease. Our immune systems are charged with this function as well as 2) ensuring that any substance, chemical or biological, that it does not recognize as “self,” is neutralized or destroyed and 3) to destroy cancer cells. This guardian of our health is a network, much like an army, of organs, tissues and cells that work together to perform these very vital protections. The main organs involved in immunity are the skin, mucus membranes, the lymphatic system, the tonsils, the thymus gland, the bone marrow and the spleen. There is a fort (the body guarded by the skin and mucus membranes), sentries (certain blood and tissue cells called white blood cells and macrophages) and search-and-destroy soldiers (called lymphocytes and their antibodies).

Our immune system army has two “divisions” - Nonspecific and Specific.

Nonspecific immunity starts with physical barriers (our wall around our fort) such as our skin on the outside and our mucosa on the inside that lines the inside of our respiratory and digestive systems. Unless damaged, these barriers prevent the physical entry of harmful microorganisms (pathogens) and toxins. The soldiers of this division, white blood cells and tissue cells called macrophages, produced primarily in the bone marrow, that are specialized to hunt down and engulf and digest any pathogens that may slip by the skin or mucosa, act as the patrolling sentries, and release “signals” to attract other specialized cells from the Specific division. Another Nonspecific team member is the natural killer cells, a type of lymphocyte (see the next paragraph). NK cells search for cells in our bodies that contain harmful viruses or that have mutated into cancerous cells. Once found, the NK cells attach to the “bad” cell and secrete substances that “punch” holes in the bad cells’ cell membrane (This membrane holds the contents of the cell together.). The bad cell ruptures and dies. All these cells are produced in our bone marrow.

Specific immunity is the heavy artillery – protein substances called antibodies are produced by specialized white blood cells for specific pathogens/enemies or other substances the immune system identifies as foreign. Antibodies attach to and destroy the enemy. These cells, called lymphocytes, are also produced in the bone marrow. Lymphocytes that produce these antibodies are called B-lymphocytes and have help from other lymphocytes called T-lymphocytes. Lymphocytes have even more specialized cells that are called “memory cells.” These cells, once activated by a pathogen, can “remember” that pathogen when encountered later and recall the heavy artillery – the B-cells and their antibodies.

Like any organ system in our body, optimal functioning can only be achieved with optimal nutrition. In fact, the Immune System is very vulnerable to undernutrition. Our modern fast food diet definitely puts a strain on our immune system health. High in fat, sugar and processed foods, it puts a direct strain on our army. Sugar, in particular, will make the macrophages very sluggish, making them slow to react to invaders. Poor diet slows the immune system overall to come to our defense. Stress, lack of sleep and smoking add to the problems. So what can we do to build up our self-defense?

1. Stop smoking if you do.
2. Eliminate dairy, saturated fats, refined sugar and processed foods from your diet
3. Make fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, and salmon a big part of your diet.
4. Get plenty of water and fiber.
5. Get at least 7 hours sound sleep every night. Our immune system can be brought down very quickly from lack of sleep.
6. Because our food supply contains significantly less nutrients than that of our grandparents, supplementation with Vitamins A, C and B complex is essential. Vitamin C is especially important along with certain herbs such as Astragalus and supplements such as graviola.
7. Supplement minerals such as zinc, selenium, calcium, potassium and trace minerals
8. Exercise regularly.
9. Use antibiotics only when absolutely necessary and take probiotics daily.
10. Pray – yes, pray. A positive spiritual outlook is very important for our army to function efficiently. Studies have actually shown that praying has had a very positive effect on depressed, dysfunctional immune systems. Encourage your army by maintaining a feeling of spiritual well-being.

We have an excellent formula that contains an effective, synergistic combination of many of the above supplements plus much studied nutraceuticals such as Maitake mushroom, Olive leaf extract, grape seed extract and more, called “Immune Support.” Come by and we will be glad to show you and explain its benefits. And, with mention of this article, we will give you 10% off your first purchase of Immune Support.

Take care of your Immune System and it will be better able to take care of you! Remember, your health is your responsibility.

Health is not everything, but without spiritual and physical health, everything is nothing.

Until next time we meet – may God Bless you with good health, with a little help from you!

(The information in these columns is for educational purposes only and not to diagnose or treat any medical condition. Please consult your physician for any serious condition.)