Thursday, July 7, 2011
By: Steven Horne
When we think of the characteristics of water, we can readily see that water is fluid, flexible, flowing and lubricating. So, when these qualities are lacking in the body, the Chinese would say that one is deficient in the water element (or energy). This lack of water energy would make a person stiff, brittle, rigid and dry.
KB-C is a Chinese formula that corrects this deficiency of water energy. It strengthens the organs associated with water in the body, the kidneys and bladder. In addition it also strengthens the bones. In Chinese medicine, the kidneys help “build the bones.” Although this may seem like a strange concept to Western minds, the kidneys also regulate the balance of mineral electrolytes and flush acid waste to help maintain pH balance, which maintains the health of the structural system. Acid pH contributes to a loss of bone density.
by Steven Horne, RH(AHG)
The number of kidney transplants done in 1980 was around 3,700. In 2006 there were over 18,000 kidney transplants performed. Currently, about a half a million people are suffering from renal failure (also known as kidney failure). Most of these people are undergoing kidney dialysis. They are told that there is no hope for a cure, but I simply don’t believe it. In my mind, as long as there is some tissue left to work with, there is a chance to start regeneration and restore function. It may not be easy, but it is still a possibility.
My friend and business partner, Kimberly Balas, N.D., was on dialysis once when she was younger. She managed to get herself off of it and I’ve seen other people who were starting to develop renal failure turn it around, too. So, this article is going to address some of the things that can be done to restore kidney function when the kidneys are failing.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Protecting brain health is imperative for meaningful and healthy aging. Scientific and medical wisdom suggest that some degree of cognitive decline is part of the aging process. The possibility of living longer and healthier lives is within reach, but brain health must be preserved while achieving this goal. For this reason, it’s quite encouraging to learn that scientists have discovered that neurological structure and function can be preserved and even restored. We can now offer scientifically substantiated approaches to enhancing our cognitive health with brain health supplements.
Various factors contribute to the gradual decline of mental acuity as we age. Recent studies suggest that inflammation, high blood pressure, elevated insulin levels, obesity, arterial inelasticity and a condition known as metabolic syndrome are all risk factors and can lead to a decline in brain health. Anxiety and depression can also predispose an individual to a deterioration of brain health. A good strategy for preserving brain health starts with preventing illnesses that are known to contribute to cognitive decline. The old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” definitely applies here. Good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle are obviously beneficial to brain health and a great place to start. A healthy neurological system is also dependent on keeping blood pressure and body weight in check, avoiding diabetes and its precursor metabolic syndrome, as well as treating depression and anxiety disorders.