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  • Can I Recommend A Health News Story?
    Can I Recommend A Health News Story?

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    Almost as soon as I started to focus upon a natural approach to health, I noticed how few of the stories, described by the mainstream media as health news, have anything to do with health. Most of them are about the medical and pharmaceutical industries. It is becoming more obvious, by the day, that the health system is, in fact, dominated by corporate greed and control. It is a system in which good health outcomes are much less of a priority than most people believe or would want them to be. The true goal is mass control.

    Health stories are a familiar part of news coverage, but the search for naturally sustained good health often means looking for the hidden background and detail that the media chooses not to focus upon. Still more important is finding, and understanding, the information that they do not cover at all. My own return to good health has only been possible because of the courage of a few people who are willing to share hidden health news.

    If you thought the media reported health news… this site may make you think again. There can be no doubt that those who report the news, must decide which of a multitude of stories they will report, and the terms in which they do so. The problem is not that such choices are made, but who is able to influence them, without being held to account. When we watch, listen to, or read the news, we must remember that we are part of a target audience. We must not be passive recipients of the news. Understanding requires more than information, it requires clear thinking.

    I would like to encourage an open discussion of a naturally sustainable approach to good health. You are welcome to recommend relevant stories that you think would be worth covering, and which may help to encourage others to make an informed choice.

    Please send your recommendations via the ‘Contact Me’ form.

    I look forward to hearing from you and to considering your recommendations, but I cannot guarantee that any individual suggestion  will be included. My decision will be dependent upon my own research, and subject to editorial choice.

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  • What Is Curcumin?

    In Ayurveda, which is an ancient Indian medical practice the name of which means “long life,” turmeric is described as a powerful anti-inflammatory. How does it do it? Over the last 50 years, research has shown that the spice’s anti-inflammatory properties comes from Curcumin, which is found in the spice. Curcumin has been found to slow or stop enzymes that cause inflammation, like cyclooxygenase-2 and 5-lipooxygenase. It works through several other mechanisms as well. Studies have shown that Curcumin can modulate over 700 different genes.

    Turmeric has antioxidants that can prevent free radical damage to cells. The antioxidant properties in turmeric come from curcuminoids. The antioxidants it delivers can be stronger than vitamin C, and up to eight times more powerful than vitamin E. It is three times as powerful as pine bark extract or grape seeds, and it is strong enough to fight the hydroxyl radical, which many think of as the most reactive oxidant.

    The curcuminoids found in turmeric support the functions of healthy blood and liver, healthy joints, and a person’s well-being overall. If these functions are supported, radiant and supple skin will come.

    Curcumin is the principal curcuminoid of the popular Indian spice turmeric, which is a member of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae). Turmeric’s other two curcuminoids are desmethoxycurcumin and bis-desmethoxycurcumin. The curcuminoids are natural phenols, and are responsible for the yellow color of turmeric. Curcumin can exist in several tautomeric forms, including a 1,3-diketo form and two equivalent enol forms. The enol form is more energetically stable in the solid phase and in solution.

    Curcumin can be used for boron quantification in the Curcumin method. It reacts with boric acid forming a red colored compound, known as rosocyanine.
    Curcumin is brightly yellow colored and may be used as a food coloring. As a food additive, its E number is E100.

    Chemistry

    Curcumin incorporates several functional groups. The aromatic ring systems, which are polyphenols are connected by two α,β-unsaturated carbonyl groups. The diketones form stable enols or are easily deprotonated and form enolates, while the α,β-unsaturated carbonyl is a good Michael acceptor and undergoes nucleophilic addition. The structure was first identified in 1910 by J. Miłobędzka, Stanisław Kostanecki and Wiktor Lampe. Curcumin is used as an indicator for boron in EPA Method 212.3.

    Potential Medical Uses

    Although many preclinical studies suggest Curcumin may be useful for the prevention and treatment of several diseases, the effectiveness of Curcumin has not yet been demonstrated in randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trials.

    A daily dose of 2 grams of Curcuma domestica extract was found to provide pain relief that was equivalent to ibuprofen for the relief of pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knee. An extensive survey of the literature shows a number of other potential uses and that daily doses over a 3 month period of up to 12 grams proved safe. Commercial capsules of Curcumin contain Meriva®, a phytosome formulation that aids the absorption of Curcumin into the bloodstream. However, as curcuma is known to inhibit blood clotting, it should be avoided for a two week period prior to major surgery and not used in conjunction with blood thinners such as warfarin and Plavix. It is also known to aggravate gallstone problems.

    Bioavailability

    In Phase I clinical trials, dietary Curcumin was shown to exhibit poor bioavailability (i.e. low levels in plasma and tissues). Potential factors that limit the bioavailability of Curcumin include poor absorption, rapid metabolism, and rapid systemic elimination. Numerous approaches to increasing Curcumin bioavailability have been explored including the use of adjuvants, which interfere with glucuronidation; liposomal Curcumin; nanoparticles; Curcumin phospholipid complexes; and structural analogues of Curcumin (e.g., EF-24).

    The bioavailability of Curcumin ingested in foods may be increased as a result of cooking or dissolution in oil.

    In October 2010, working with Indena S.p.A., the worldwide experts in botanical extract technology, Good Health Naturally, introduced CurcuminX4000, which includes an answer to better Curcumin absorption – phytosome technology.

    Phytosomes are plant extracts bound to phosphatidylcholine (fos-fa-tidal-ko-leen), which is an essential component of human cells. Our bodies make phosphatidylcholine, but we can also get it from food and supplements. When taken orally, phosphatidylcholine is very well absorbed. To improve absorption, scientists at Indena found a way to attach Curcumin to phosphatidylcholine – the result is CurcuminX4000! When you take CurcuminX4000 your body readily absorbs the phosphatidylcholine and the Curcumin attached to it, resulting in more Curcumin reaching the cells that can benefit from it.

  • What Is Serrapeptase?

    Serrapeptase is processed commercially in the laboratory through fermentation. It was originally found in the silkworm where it is naturally present in its intestine. This immunologically active enzyme is completely bound to the alpha 2 macroglobulin in biological fluids. Histologic studies reveal powerful anti-inflammatory effects of this naturally occurring enzyme. The silkworm has a special relationship with the Serratia E15 micro-organisms in its intestines. The enzymes secreted by the bacteria in silkworm intestines have the ability to dissolve avital tissue, but have no detrimental effect on the host’s living cells. Thus by dissolving the silkworm’s protective cocoon (avital tissue), the winged creature is able to emerge and fly away.

    What Does Serrapeptase Do?

    The mechanisms of action of Serrapeptase, at the sites of various inflammatory processes consist fundamentally of a reduction of the exudative phenomena and an inhibition of the release of the inflammatory mediators. This peptidase induces fragmentation of fibrinous aggregates and reduces the viscosity of exudates, thus facilitating drainage of these products of the inflammatory response and thereby promoting the tissue repair process. Studies suggest that Serrapeptase has a modulatory effect on specific acute phase proteins that are involved in the inflammatory process. This is substantiated by a report of significant reductions in C3 and C4 complement, increases in opsonising protein and reductions in concentrations of haptoglobin, which is a scavenger protein that inhibits lysosomal protease.

    Enteric Coating For Intestinal Absorption

    Several research groups have reported the intestinal absorption of Serrapeptase. Serrapeptase is well absorbed orally when formulated with an enteric coating. It is known that proteases and peptidases are only absorbed in the intestinal area.

    These enzymes are mobilised directly to the blood and are not easily detectable in urine. Other enzymes with structural similarities have been reported to be absorbed through the intestinal tract. Chymotrypsin is transported into the blood from the intestinal lumen. Horseradish peroxidase can cross the mucosal barrier of the intestine in a biologically and immunologically active form. Several studies have appeared so far which refer to the systemic effects of orally given proteases and peptidases (e.g. Serrapeptase), such as repression of oedema and repression of blood vessel permeability induced by histamine or bradykinin. These enzymes also affect the kallikrein-kinin system and the complement system, thus modifying the inflammatory response.

    Superior Effects

    In vitro and in vivo studies reveal that Serrapeptase has a specific, anti-inflammatory effect, superior to that of other proteolytic enzymes. A review of the scientific literature, including a series of controlled, clinical trials with large patient groups, suggests that Serrapeptase is useful for a broad range of inflammatory conditions. If one considers the fact that anti-inflammatory agents are among the most widely prescribed drugs, the use of a safe, proteolytic enzyme such as Serrapeptase would be a welcome addition to the physician’s armamentarium of physiologic agents

    Serrapeptase Has A Wide Range of Applications

    The discovery of this unique biological phenomenon led researchers to study clinical applications of the Serrapeptase enzyme in man.

    Researchers in Germany have used Serrapeptase for atherosclerosis to digest atherosclerotic plaque without harming the healthy cells lining the arterial wall. Today, researchers consider atherosclerosis an inflammatory condition (similar to many other degenerative diseases whose cause is identified as chronic inflammation). Some immunologists are even categorising atherosclerosis as a benign tumour. Hardening and narrowing of the arterial wall is a cumulative result of microscopic trauma; inflammation occurs in the presence of oxidised lipids. Serrapeptase does not interfere with the synthesis of cholesterol in the body, but acts as an anti-inflammatory and helps clear avital tissue from the arterial wall. It is important to note that cholesterol in its pure state is an antioxidant and a necessary component of the major organ and hormonal systems in the body. The use of medications, which block cholesterol biosynthesis, may eventually damage the liver and compromise antioxidant status of the eyes, lungs and other soft tissues.

    Powerful Anti-Inflammatory

    In addition to atherosclerosis, there is a growing list of conditions, which respond to Serrapeptase simply taken orally in tablet or capsule form.

    Pain Of Any Kinds
    • Arthritis
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Headaches and Migraines (Caused by Inflammation)
    Lung Problems
    • Emphysema
    • Bronchitis
    • Pulmonary Tuberculosis
    • Bronchial Asthma
    • Bronchiectasis
    Eye Problems
    • Inflammation
    • Blocked Veins etc
    ENT Problems
    • Sinusitis
    • Chronic Ear Infections
    • Runny Nose etc
    Trauma
    • Sports Injuries
    • Traumatic Swelling
    • Post Operative
    • Leg Ulcers (that are not healing)
    Inflammation Of Any Kind
    • Inflammatory Bowel (Chron’s colitis etc)
    • Cystitis
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Breast Engorgement
    • Fibrocystic Breast
    • Varicose Veins etc
    Cardiovascular
    • Varicose Veins etc
    • Cardiovascular Disease

    Please note: This list is not definitive and it does not constitute advice of any kind.

    Thanks to Robert Redfern of Naturally Healthy Publications, for original information.

    Update

    My Serrapeptase Adventure is the remarkable story of “The ‘Miracle’ Enzyme”, Serrapeptase, which gave me back my life in January 2006. It goes on to chart the four life-changing years in which I learnt that many of the symptoms from which Serrapeptase has rescued me were, in fact, known, and even expected, side effects of the toxic cocktail of prescription medications, which I took before I knew about Serrapeptase and to which I have never needed to return.

    Mike Tawse

  • What Is The Difference Between Eyesight And Visual Perception?

    I am often asked why I make a distinction between my eyesight, and visual perception. Visual perception is a concept, which most people, including many medical professionals, have not understood. It is, however, one which I believe is straightforward, and critical to a full understanding of the single most remarkable impact of cerebral palsy, upon my life, and hence, the least expected gifts of My Serrapeptase Adventure, and my achievement of naturally sustained good health.

    Eysight

    Eyesight is often defined as ‘the act, or fact, of seeing’ — the physical function of the structures of the eye, the optic nerve, and the transmission of light between the eye and the brain.

    Visual Perception

    Visual perception provides the means by which light becomes information, and a thrilling, sometimes bewildering, mix of physical, intellectual, emotional and social experiences, simply described as ‘seeing the world’.

    It is visual perception, which allows us to understand and use our eyesight in so many ways, and often to do so simultaneously and instinctively:

    • Which of all of the millions of things you see today will immediately be important to you?
    • How many will teach you, and how many will give you the gift of helping others to learn?
    • How many will become precious memories?
    • How many will help you understand something in the future, that you cannot imagine now?
    • How many will bring pleasure?
    • How many may help you avoid pain?

    These are just a few of life’s questions and answers which distinguish the physical act of eyesight from the gift of visual perception.

    The distinction between eyesight and visual perception became an important part of sharing My Serrapeptase Adventure with the world, because, in 2007: The Year The World Looked Different, I noticed that my poor eyesight and limited visual perception, caused by cerebral palsy, and thought to be without chance of recovery, had improved in two related but distinct ways.

    First, at the end of 2006, the physical function of my eyesight showed significant improvement, which was, and still is, measurable by an optometrist. Throughout 2007, it became clear to me that my eyesight had become much more useful, than it had ever been. With time, I also realised that I was finding it easier than ever to understand, and even to enjoy, the gift of sight, rather than being frustrated and limited by it. Improving visual perception meant that I was seeing the world in a new way. Things that used to look confusing had suddenly, and unexpectedly, become awe-inspiringly beautiful.

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  • Why Did You Stop Regular Updates Of You Personal Story At The End Of 2009?

    In fact, I continued to write regular updates to My Serrapeptase Adventure, throughout the first six months of 2010. After a while, I noticed that most of the posts in 2010 were very similar, and that they did not contain any real news.

    My condition had been stable throughout most of the previous year, and it became obvious to me that 2010 was likely to be no different. I Considered this to be good news, because it meant that my life, time, and energy, would not be consumed by my own health. At last I could look forward to a future, in which I could put my experiences to good use, without my life being dominated by them.

    I decided that it made more sense to delete the posts from 2010, which I considered not to add any value to an otherwise strong story. I have been honoured to learn that My Serrapeptase Adventure has inspired people, from around the world, ever since I first shared my journey towards naturally sustainable good health, and my escape from the tyranny  of the toxic cocktail of prescription medication, in 2006.

    I believe that the four life-changing, and life-saving years of My Serrapeptase Adventure, stand stronger as they are, without adding to the blog, for the sake of marking time.

    I will, however, continue to add information about relevant research, which can usefully add to the information value of My Serrapeptase Adventure, whenever it is appropriate to do so. I will also continue to post details of the occasional media coverage my story receives. In time, I will also post details of my forthcoming book.