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Archive for April 16th, 2007

Part 4: Glycontutrients and Your Immune System

Posted by naturalhealthmd on April 16, 2007

How do Glyconutrients Work? Immune System

The immune system is the body’s way of defending itself against bacteria and other ‘foreign’ substances. The fundamental protective actions involve neutrophils, macrophages, killer cells, and T and B cells. The specific actions of these cells, and how glyconutrients can support their function is explained below.

Other terms we often hear are immunodeficient and autoimmune, but what do they mean?

Immune dysfunction can result in the immune system being either overactive or underactive. An underactive immune system shows itself in such conditions as cancer and AIDS. If the immune system seems to be doing nothing to fight viruses, bacteria, and cancers it is called immunodeficient. Whatever the dysfunction, whether overactive or underactive, glyconutrients have been shown to help, acting as immunomodulators. Immunomodulators down-regulate the overactive system and up-regulate the underactive system. In fact, the glyconutrients are not the primary immunomodulators – they cause the DNA and the cells themselves to immunomodulate.

On the other hand autoimmunity is the opposite of immunodeficiency and is evidenced in the body seemingly attacking itself as if it is confused as to how to respond. Autoimmune conditions can be either systemic or localised:

Systemic Autoimmune Diseases Localised Autoimmune diseases
Rheumatoid arthritis (joints, less commonly lung, skin) Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (pancreas islets)
Lupus [Systemic Lupus Erythematosus] (skin, joints, kidneys, heart, brain, red blood cells, other) Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Graves’ disease (thyroid)
Scleroderma (skin, intestine, less commonly lung) Coeliac disease, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative colitis (gastro-intestinal tract)
Sjogren’s syndrome (salivary glands, tear glands, joints) Multiple sclerosis, Guillain-Barre syndrome (central nervous system)
Goodpasture’s syndrome (lungs, kidneys) Addison’s disease (adrenal)
Wegener’s granulomatosis (sinuses, lungs, kidneys) Primary biliary sclerosis, Sclerosing cholangitis, Autoimmune hepatitis (liver)
Polymyalgia Rheumatica (large muscle groups) Raynaud’s phenomenon (fingers, toes, nose, ears)
Temporal Arteritis / Giant Cell Arteritis (arteries of the head and neck)

There is still some debate whether MS, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia are autoimmune conditions.

In some cases, a person may have more than one autoimmune disease, for example, people with Addison’s disease often have type 1 diabetes, while people with sclerosing cholangitis often have either ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. (Source: same as part3)


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How To Treat High Blood Pressure Without Drugs

Posted by naturalhealthmd on April 16, 2007

When I run into good information, I will let you all know about it. High Blood Pressure is one of the largest problems in the US and the world right now. It affects 90% of Americans at one point or another in their life.

Here is a list of information that will help you fight off high blood pressure without the use of the dangerous drugs:

Learn to Handle Stress to Avoid High Blood Pressure: If your children get overly stressed while playing video games they might have increased chances of developing high blood pressure later in life.

Sunlight Can Lower Your Blood Pressure: Sun worshippers and tanning bed enthusiasts are seeking more than a bronze complexion–they want to experience feelings of euphoria that may, in turn, help to lower their blood pressure.

Electrical Acupuncture Slashes High Blood Pressure: Acupuncture combined with electrical stimulation can lower your blood pressure if you have hypertension.

Do You Have a Good Blood Pressure?: Guidelines on redefining high blood pressure categorize 45 million Americans as needing treatment. Is this some sort of drug company scam? What can you do to normalize your blood pressure without drugs?

U.S. Blood Pressure Rates Rise Dangerously: Almost one-third of Americans have high blood pressure. Have you checked yours lately?

Even Dropping a Few Pounds Good for Blood Pressure: Even modest weight loss can lead to long-term reduction in blood pressure.

Exercise Will Lower Your Blood Pressure: If you or someone you know has high blood pressure, exercise needs to be an essential part of your overall program.

Garlic Fights Deadly Hypertension: Learn the trick behind eating garlic and reap the proven health benefits.

Can Eliminating Meat From Your Diet Lower Your Blood Pressure?: The commonly held belief that a vegetarian diet normalizes blood pressure has some serious flaws. There are better and more effective ways to achieve a normal blood pressure.

Lower Blood Pressure Another Benefit of Folic Acid: It’s already known that women take folic acid to prevent birth defects, but now it is being linked to another benefit–decreasing blood pressure levels.

“White-Coat” Hypertension May Signal Heart Problem: Read how the stress you may feel simply from going to the doctor may have extremely negative effects on your heart.

Placebo Lowers Blood Pressure in Nearly One-Third of Patients: Placebo treatment of high blood pressure is almost as effective as drug treatment.

Vitamins C, E May Lower Blood Pressure: These antioxidants were once again found to provide health benefits, this time by lowering blood pressure.

Arm Position May Alter Blood Pressure Readings: You might want to get your blood pressure reading again after you read this interesting article. Studies suggest that the position of your arm may change your blood pressure reading.

Overweight Patients May Receive Incorrect Blood Pressure Readings: Patients who are obese or overweight may be wrongly diagnosed with high blood pressure if the wrong size arm cuff is used.

Take the Latest Low Sodium Advice With a Grain of Salt: Recommendations say that all Americans should reduce their sodium intake or face an increased risk of hypertension, stroke and heart attack. But should a low-sodium diet really be applied to the general population?

Aerobic Exercise Better to Reduce Blood Pressure: Don’t be fooled into thinking lifting weights or gardening will be sufficient in giving you all the benefits of aerobic exercise.

Government Finally Acknowledges You Can Lower Your Blood Pressure by Change in Diet, Exercise: New government recommendations emphasize that high blood pressure can be prevented through lifestyle modifications such as diet and exercise.

Advil and Aleve May Make Blood Pressure Rise: Over-the-counter pain medication is associated with high blood pressure in women. Further, a large portion of U.S. high blood pressure cases may be due the overuse of such medications.

90% of Americans Headed for High Blood Pressure: Unless lifestyle changes are implemented, most Americans will develop hypertension. Learn what you can do to treat and prevent this common problem.

Blood Pressure Treatment Usually Fails: More than 43 million Americans have high blood pressure (hypertension), but less than one-third of them have achieved targeted levels of blood pressure. Read about more natural options.

75% of High Blood Pressure Untreated in U.S.: Not only do the vast majority of people with high blood pressure problems fail to seek out treatment, but many of them don’t even know their blood pressure is high!

Even Mild Stress Can Raise Blood Pressure: More evidence supporting the belief that the vast majority of heart disease and cancer is foundationally related to unresolved emotional conflict.

Lack of Breastfeeding in Infancy Linked to High Blood Pressure as an Adult: Find out how you can prevent high blood pressure as an adult by moderating an infant’s diet, particularly by breastfeeding.

(Source: mercola)

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Part 3: How do Glyconutrients Work?

Posted by naturalhealthmd on April 16, 2007

Glyconutrients are sugar molecules. ‘Glyco’ means sweet and so they are ‘sweet nutrients’. The sugar molecules often form sugar chains known as glycans, and these chains of glyconutrients then bind with protein molecules on protein strands to form glycoproteins. The process of forming glycoproteins is called glycosylation.

Cellular communication is literally the single most important concept in nutrition, and when we support this communication process we are empowering every single cell and every single part of the body to function the way it is supposed to.

Glycoproteins have many functions in human cells eg:

Function Example
Structural role Collagen
Transport role Transferrin
Immunologic role Immunoglobulins
Cell-to-cell communication Selectins
Proteins in fertilisation
Cell adhesion molecules
Cell signalling Many receptors
Clotting Plasma proteins
Lubrication Mucins

Source: Dr Robert MurrayThere are many different glycoproteins formed when sugar chains and protein chains bind together. The function of the glycoprotein chain will be dependent on the arrangement of the 8 essential glyconutrients on the sugar chain, and the arrangement of the protein molecules on the protein chain. There are many glycoproteins and there are many functions.

Some of the processes involving glycoproteins:

  • inflammation
  • blood clotting
  • peptic ulcers
  • AIDS (HIV)
  • influenza
  • fertilisation
  • cancer
  • cystic fibrosis
  • arthritis

Inflammation is caused when white blood cells come outside the small blood vessels and attack bacteria in the tissue. Glycoproteins are instrumental in this process. Glyconutrient supplementation can increase the body’s ability to attack and kill bacteria in tissue.

The HIV virus binds to 2 proteins via 2 glycoproteins in its envelope. Glyconutritional supplementation may prevent attachment.

The adhesion molecules in between cancer cells are glycoproteins and when these weaken the cancer cells are released to travel to other parts of the body ie the cancer is able to metastasize. (Source: Glyconutrient reference)

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