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The Gland of Youth

The thymus may play a pivotal role in supporting a healthy aging process.

BY ELDON DAHL, DNM OF LIFE CHOICE:  Professional Therapeutic Medicine

 

According to Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity, “speeding clocks run slow.” When you approach the speed of light, time slows down. This is no longer just theory; it is proven by experiment. Indeed, we all want time to slow down. Life is a trip and we don’t want to miss it.

We all know aging is a normal process, but premature aging is not. In a way, we have all been given a commuted life sentence, and with good behavior and some insight, additional time may be added to our sentence. Aging is the one thing we all have in common, but the rate at which we age varies. Aging research has seen unprecedented advances in recent years, particularly with the understanding of how it’s controlled. One milestone is the discovery of the “second brain”, the gut microbiota and its connection to the body’s immune defense and mood balance. Research points to the importance of the endocrine glands and hormonal balance, which prevent dysfunction of the mitochondria and stem cell exhaustion. Research has also shown that a small amount (1 mg) of melatonin before sleep will achieve serotonin release for anti-aging purposes.

When it comes to longevity, let’s examine our intricate inward design, rather than introducing unknown foreign matter into our bodies. Even the lowest levels of magnification may open new discoveries. Think of the body as a fine Swiss watch. The time is displayed, the hands turn and everything on the surface appears normal. Yet is the timing accurate?

A craftsman will first examine every movement, and after full inspection, make hair-like adjustments until the timing is perfect. We have forgotten this subtle approach.

My understanding of the aging process was impacted at age 10 by the death of my cousin to cancer. Facing my mortality through her was a harsh experience that changed my life’s direction. While most kids my age were reading comics, I was studying the disease process. I was fascinated by the connection between health and sickness; consequently my research was directed towards chronic disease and anti-aging. I graduated as a naturopathic doctor and for the past 28 years, my focus has been disease prevention.

The aging process is both mysterious and multi-faceted. To- day, we live longer than ever, yet on the flipside the added years are often associated with increased disease. Many scientists believe aging is caused by the gradual failure of the body’s immunological defense as environmental toxins accumulate, subverting the processes that keep us healthy.

One key player is the endocrine system. When it becomes unbalanced, the aging process accelerates. The thymus gland produces T-lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell responsible for “cell-mediated immunity.”

This refers to immune mechanisms not mediated by antibodies. Cell-mediated immunity is important in resisting infection by bacteria, yeast, fungi, parasites, viruses, toxins and allergens. The function of the thymus is to program white blood cells, the body’s immune army, in their various tasks and then send them into the blood to recognize and destroy pathogens. T-cells come in 2 types: killer T-cells and helper T-cells. Killer T-cells detect germs or cancerous growths and destroy them. The helper T-cells create an immune response in the body, activating other immune cells and stimulating antibody production. The thymus “instructs” T-cells what to attack and when. Without the thymus instructions, the T-cells may fail to at- tack enemies like bacteria, viruses and cancer cells, or they may even mistake some of your own cells for an invading enemy and attack you. This is known as autoimmune disease.  Autoimmune diseases include cancer, multiple sclerosis, atherosclerosis, adult-onset diabetes and rheumatic diseases such as arthritis.

The mystery of the thymus is that it begins its own decline when it is most needed, and while many organs are still developing. Starting at puberty, the age-related thymic involution is characterized by a progressive regression in thymus size; immunological changes occur while immune resistance becomes weaker. As a person ages, the thymus continues to decline. The question is: what if the thymus gland were to be supported through life to preserve and restore our natural immunity? In essence, this would mean peak immunity even while aging.

Glandular therapy may be useful when a person’s endocrine system is under-producing or under-secreting a specific hormone. It can also be used when an organ is weak or diseased, for example, as is often the case with cancer patients.  Because glandular therapy is generally effective for those diagnosed with a terminal illness, it is also recommended for preventative measures.

Another principle behind the benefit of glandular therapy is that glandular tissues are rich in key nutrients including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, polypeptides, enzymes and many other substances. Glandular tissues work with all other products and foods you ingest, so glandular therapy can supply your missing essential nutritional needs in a highly efficient manner.

For a tissue cell to repair or replace itself, it must have the raw materials to do so. Glandular therapy provides these raw materials to your weakened organs, glands and other tissues so that they can start the process of regeneration.

Here is the overlooked missing link to thymic restoration: the need for adequate B-6 and zinc within the bloodstream, which must be delivered in the proper form for cellular absorption. The best absorbed B6 is pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P5P), the active coenzyme form. B6 deficiency has been linked to thymic atrophy and reduced antibody production, while increased B6 enables the body to absorb thymus hormones. For zinc, the picolinic acid form is needed for proper absorption. Zinc picolinate facilitates the passage of zinc through the gastrointestinal wall. It is also interesting to note that next to magnesium, zinc is the most needed mineral. Zinc is the keystone molecule for thymic proteins, immune substances produced in the thymus gland. No zinc, no immunity.

Throughout history, civilizations have been on a never-ending quest for the preservation of youth. Modern science may hold the key. Not via Relativity, but perhaps by nurturing the humble thymus gland, we can save ourselves a lot of time, and increase not only not the quantity of life but the quality too.

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FEATURED PRODUCT: Hair Essentials for luxurious hair

Are you losing your hair, or suffering from thinning hair?

Sadly, you’re not alone! 40% of women will suffer hair loss by the age of forty. And 50% of men will suffer by the age of fifty. And the likelihood of hair loss only increases with age. While hair loss itself isn’t a life-threatening issue, the psychological damage caused by hair loss + feeling unattractive can be extremely distressing and undermining to self-esteem.

So what causes hair loss?

  1. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a naturally occurring hormone in women and men. It​ causes​ the​ hair follicles to shrink, reducing the flow of blood and nutrients to the follicle and resulting in progressively finer and thinner hair until the hair is too weak to survive.
  2. Damaged ​​or hypo-functioning hair follicles caused by products ​and​ styling, ​medications, health conditions (e.g., hypothyroid, diabetes, autoimmune conditions), physical or emotional stress, ​etc.​
  3. Lack of healthy hair nutrients due to poor diet, weak digestion,​ ​and poor circulation.

 

The ONLY way to ensure sustained, healthy hair growth is to heal + nourish the body.​ ​The BEST way to do ​this is with an abundant supply of hair-healthy nutrients. ​You can ​​ACHIEVE this ​with a ​healthy, ​balanced diet ​+ a supplement formulated specifically for hair.

Not all products offer the same results!

Some hair supplements combat DHT to help stop hair loss. Others ​​repair damaged hair follicles. Still others nourish hair follicles with nutrients ​they need for healthy hair growth. Only Hair Essentials does all three ​- plus so much more! Hair Essentials is a blend of more than 20 time-tested, tradition-honored, ​and ​scientifically researched ingredients.

Vegetarian and cruelty free ingredients.

N​o controversial ingredients including collagen from factory-farmed animals or marine proteins such as cartilage from shark fins. Certified gluten​-​free, ​nonGMO, and complete disclosure of all ingredients, certificate of analysis on every batch.

But is there proof?

Hair Essentials is backed by a human clinical trial. Completed in September 2014, the results of the clinical study indicate that Hair Essentials is statistically significant in:

  • Reducing hair loss/shedding/thinning
  • Increasing hair growth and coverage on scalp
  • Improving overall hair condition and appearance of hair
  • Improving quality of life and emotional wellbeing of users

 

Insider Tip:  Hair Essentials will be on sale in February 2017 at Organic Grocer …

FEATURED PRODUCT: Santevia Water Sytems & Pitchers

Your body works hard to maintain a healthy balance between acid (lower on the pH scale) and alkaline (higher on the pH scale), helping your systems operate efficiently. When there is an imbalance due to stress, lack of sleep, and over consumption of acidic foods (such as sugar, processed foods and alcohol) your body has to work harder to maintain its optimal pH level. How? By reaching for the alkalizing minerals it needs to counter the higher levels of acid. Unfortunately, these minerals are leached from your bones, organs and tissues. This depletion of resources, combined with the fact that viruses, fungus, yeast and bacteria thrive in acidic environments, opens the door to imbalance and disease in the body.

Many people are choosing to consume more alkaline foods and drinks to help their bodies maintain a healthy pH balance. In fact, the World Health Organization recommends consuming mineralized water for the maintenance of optimal health.

Alkaline Water for Fitness

Alkaline water is a popular choice for bodybuilders, athletes, and fitness enthusiasts because it helps your body sustain physical activity for longer periods of time at higher workloads. How? During training, your body produces lactate, and works hard to clear it. When lactate production exceeds your ability to clear it, it’s called your Anaerobic Threshold, at which point your energy production becomes dominated by your anaerobic systems.

An alkaline environment in the body increases your ability to clear lactate, thereby increasing your Anaerobic Threshold, and letting you workout longer and harder.  Add a little alkaline water to your bottle every morning for a whole body boost!

Insider Scoop:  In February 2017 Santevia Water Systems & Pitchers will be on sale at the Organic Grocer.  Grab yours before they sell out!

FEATURED PRODUCT: Sytrinol by Prairie Naturals


Novel Nutrient Lowers Cholesterol by 30% in 30 days

By Lorna R. Vanderhaeghe

 

There is no substance as controversial as cholesterol, and no substance about which there is more confusion. The fact is, 900 out of 1,000 people can control their cholesterol levels with dietary changes and nutritional supplements alone. Cholesterol is essential to health, which means that our body has to manufacture it in order to keep us alive. Cholesterol is needed to make many of our hormones, vitamin D and bile acids which aid fat digestion and to keep our cell membranes intact.  For 70 percent of the population, an increase in the consumption of cholesterol-laden foods decreases production within the body by means of a protective, regulating feedback system. The other 20 percent may have to use dietary changes and nutritional supplements to keep cholesterol levels in check. Less than 10 percent of people with high cholesterol will require medication to keep levels in check. This is probably a shock to most people considering that cholesterol lowering statins are the number one prescribed drug in Canada today.  But while some healthy cholesterol is good for us, too much of it may clog your arteries and increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.

 

Cardiovascular disease accounts for the death of more Canadians than any other disease.

32% of all male deaths in Canada in 2002 were due to cardiovascular disease. For women, rates are even higher – 34% of all female deaths were due to cardiovascular disease.

 

What’s Normal Cholesterol?

It is generally accepted that a total cholesterol level above 5.2 mmol/L (200 mg/dL) adds to the risk of heart disease. There are two main types of lipoprotein: called low-density lipoprotein (LDL) often referred to as “bad”cholesterol, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or “good”cholesterol   LDL carries cholesterol from your liver to your cells and increased levels are associated with atherosclerosis. HDL takes cholesterol away from cells and back to your liver, where it is either broken down or excreted. That is why it is known as good cholesterol. Cholesterol becomes a problem if you have a high level of LDL combined with a low level of HDL. Your LDL should be kept at less than 2.5 mmol/L.

 

High Triglycerides Damage Arteries

Triglycerides also play a role in heart health; in fact, high triglycerides may be a better predictor of heart disease than high cholesterol. Excess triglycerides are highly destructive to artery walls and may promote hardening of the arteries. Normal triglyceride levels range from 140 to 160mg/dl and the ideal level is 140. Most people are not advised there are other options to lower cholesterol and cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins are often prescribed. Statins work by blocking the production of cholesterol, and although effective, have side effects including headache, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea and muscle pain. They have also been found to deplete the body of co-enzyme Q10 an important heart-protective nutrient. Statin drugs also increase your need for the vitamins A, D, and E, and are implicated in increased risk of cataracts. And those using statins who have muscle pain must report it to their doctor immediately and stop taking statin medications. Lower cholesterol in 30 days. Thankfully nature provides us with Sytrinol, a safe, effective cholesterol and triglyceride lowering nutrient that works in 30 days. It is made up of a blend of powerful antioxidants including polymethoxylated flavones (PMFs) and a range of palm (alpha, delta andgamma) tocotrienols. Studies have revealed that Sytrinol is able to significantly lower total cholesterol, LDL, and triglyceride. Better still, the formula has also been shown to increase HDL levels.

 

Sytrinol lowers LDL and keeps your arteries clear

Polymethoxylated flavones (PMFs), one of the main active ingredients in Sytrinol, are a group of compounds derived from the peels of citrus fruits. The two most common are tangeretin and nobiletin, which are extremely potent bioflavonoids. More than 25 years of documented research provides evidence that these particular bioflavonoids deliver heart health benefits.

Nobiletin and tangeretin help lower levels of LDL by preventing the manufacture of its building blocks: apolipoprotein B and triglycerides. Apolipoprotein B is considered the primary building block, making up almost 90 per cent of LDL cholesterol. Interestingly, triglycerides the main kind of fat in your body are one of the key contributors to the formation of apolipoprotein B.

Sytrinol is also made up of palm tocotrienols, which, like tocopherols, are members of the vitamin E family and are extracted from the fruit of the palm tree. Like vitamin E, palm tocotrienols control anti-inflammatory responses and degrade HMG-CoA reductase a key enzyme in your body used by your liver to produce cholesterol. Besides reducing cholesterol, palm tocotrienols have also been shown to inhibit arterial plaque formation and reduce blood platelet aggregation (clumping).

Palm tocotrienols are also powerful antioxidants, known to possess antioxidant potential far greater than that shown by vitamin E itself. In human studies, it was observed that alpha tocotrienols decreased the oxidation of LDL. This action is important as raised LDL is a risk factor in cardiovascular disease. The antioxidant properties of tocotrienols can minimize the damage caused by these compounds while protecting cell membranes.

 

30%  improvement of LDL:HDL ratio

To date three main studies have been carried out to investigate Sytrinols effects on high cholesterol levels. The first study involved 60 participants with raised cholesterol levels. After taking 300mg of Sytrinol each day for four weeks, the researchers found that the treatment lowered total cholesterol by 25 per cent, the bad LDL cholesterol by 19 percent, and triglycerides by 24 per cent.

In the second, smaller study 10 subjects with elevated cholesterol levels benefited after four weeks of treatment with 300mg of Sytrinol per day. Sytrinol therapy lowered total cholesterol levels by 20 per cent, LDL cholesterol by 22 per cent, apolipoprotein B (a component of LDL) by 21 per cent, and triglycerides by 28 per cent. Participants also had a significant 5 percent increase in Apolipoprotein A1 an important structural protein of the good HDL cholesterol.

Researchers recently completed a third clinical trial, a 12-week placebo-controlled study involving 120 men and women with moderately elevated cholesterol levels. Compared to those in the placebo group, subjects taking Sytrinol had a 30 percent drop in total cholesterol, 27 percent in LDL cholesterol, and 34 per cent in triglycerides. In addition, HDL levels increased by 4 percent, resulting in a significant 29 percent improvement in the LDL:HDL ratio.

The recommended dosage for Sytrinol is 300mg per day. The best news Sytrinol worked independent of diet changes. Toxicity studies have shown that Sytrinol is well tolerated, with no toxic effects following consumption of up to 1 percent of total dietary intake, or the equivalent of a 150-pound person consuming almost 14 grams per day-that’s nearly 50 times the recommended daily dosage of 300mg/day.

Multiple clinical trials have demonstrated that Sytrinol reduced total cholesterol by 30%, LDL cholesterol was reduced by 27%, and triglycerides reduced by 34% when compared to placebo.

By combining a healthy diet with Sytrinol you can achieve optimal results. Follow the diet guidelines in the chart and walk every day. Drink plenty of water and eat lots of fiber. Fiber binds to excess cholesterol and removes it via daily bowel movements. You have now learned the safest, fastest method of lowering cholesterol in 30 days without the side effects of commonly prescribed cholesterol-lowering medications. Adopt the recommendations mentioned in this article and high cholesterol will be a thing of the past.

Eat these foods for lowering cholesterol.

  • Vegetables, especially plenty of salads
  • Fruits
  • Whole grains like oatmeal, flax and chia seeds
  • Herbal teas, vegetable juices (low sodium)
  • Cold-pressed vegetable oils (extra virgin olive oil)
  • Wild fish, free-range/organic skinless, boneless chicken or turkey

 

Avoid These Foods

  • Margarine
  • Cakes, cookies, biscuits, and candy
  • White foods including bread, flour, sugar, rice, and pasta
  • Aspartame, fake fats, and fake coffee creamers

 

References:

  1. Quereshi A, Bradlow BA, Brace L, Manganello J, Elson CE, et al. Response of hypercholesterolemic subjects to administration of tocotrienols.  Lipid 1995;30:1171-1177.

2-4 Talbott SM, Roza J, Guthrie N. Effect of citrus flavonoids and tocotrienols on serum cholesterol levels in hypercholesterolemic subjects. Series of studies submitted to Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Boulder CO.

 

Thinking About Boosting Your Brain Power?

NEURO FORCE ORGANIC GROCER SEPTUntil recently, it was believed that the typical human brain, containing about 100 billion nerve cells (neurons) could neither repair nor regenerate itself. We know better now. We know that we truly are able to protect, restore and enhance brain and neurological function. That’s what Neuro-Force™ from Prairie Naturals is designed to do for people of all ages.

 

What is Neuro-ForceTM & What Does It Do? Neuro-Force™ is a research-based natural health product formulated by natural health care experts to improve brain health and support daily cognitive wellness. Neuro-Force™ provides safe, effective and timely cognitive and neurological benefits. These benefits also include improved memory and enhanced mental focus.

 

What are the Ingredients in Neuro-ForceTM?

 

All the ingredients in Neuro-Force™ have been tested for purity and potency in an independent Canadian laboratory licensed by Health Canada. The ingredients in Neuro-Force™ are:

 

Docosahexanoic acid (DHA) – Think about it. Sixty percent of our brain is made up of fat and DHA, an omega 3 fat, makes up 15-20 percent of the brain’s cerebral cortex! When DHA intake is inadequate, nerve cells become stiff and more prone to inflammation which impedes intracellular neurotransmission.

Research shows that low levels of DHA are linked to memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease while adequate levels restore cognitive abilities, improve rate of learning, reduce mental decline and prevent brain degeneration.

 

Vinpocetine – Researchers report that vinpocetine increases blood flow to the brain, reduces inflammation and protects
the central nervous system against degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Students and people of all ages wanting to enhance brain power have been shown to benefit from its use. Many studies have also concluded that vinpocetine has an exceptional ability to reverse the signs of brain, skin and nerve aging.

 

Pyrroloquinoline Quinone (PQQ) -First identified in 1979, this vitamin-like compound has a wide range of benefits to brain function! As an extremely powerful antioxidant and nerve growth factor stimulant, PQQ supplemented diets show remarkable benefits including improved memory and cognitive functions with increased cerebral blood flow; reversal of cognitive impairment caused by chronic oxidative stress and improved performance on memory tests; brain and nerve cell protection; stroke reduction.

 

Bacopa Monnieri Extract -A recent study published in the journal Aging (March 2016) shows that this herbal extract exerts “a neuroprotective effect against mental diseases, such as depression, anxiety and Alzheimer’s disease.” The researchers found that Bacopa monnieri extract reduced learning deficits, improved long-term spatial memory, and reduced brain plaque load. Designated as having neuroprotective effects, the researchers suggested it be considered as a novel treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Alpha GPC-L-alpha-glycerylphosphorylcholine is a recently developed cognitive enhancer involved in the release of free choline which is then utilized for acetylcholine and phosphatidylcholine biosynthesis in the brain.  This unique phospholipid helps repair brain cell membranes and counteract cognitive impairment related to dementia, brain injuries and stroke.

 

Neuro-ForceTM is made in Canada and licensed by Health Canada as a compliant Natural Health Product (NPN). Neuro-Force™ is gluten-free and does not contain soy, dairy, egg, corn, artificial colours, sweeteners or preservatives.

 

Who Needs Neuro-ForceTM?

 

Whether you’re cramming for an important exam or just feeling the brain strain of daily life, the nootropic benefits of Neuro-Force™ can help you remember better and think more clearly. Nootropics (pronounced noh-oh-troh-piks) are a category of substances that are commonly referred to as “smart drugs” for enhancing cognition and memory and facilitating learning. NeuroForce CouponNootropics work to boost brain neurochemicals – neurotransmitters, enzymes, and hormones – by improving the brain’s oxygen supply and stimulating nerve growth. This unique group of memory and learning-enhancing substances also protect the brain against physical and chemical injury, including oxidation.

NeuroForce will be on sale next week – plus there’s a $2 Off coupon at the tills.  Pop in to get ready for back to school, or just to boost your brain power!

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