THE FOUR PILLARS OF WELLNESS
"There are four basic concepts that underpin and support real health.
I call them the Four Pillars of Wellness." Dr. Tony Vendryes
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The human body is indeed amazing. The circulation of blood throughout our structure is vital to life. But the blood in our blood vessels must be thin enough to flow freely but at the same time able to clot if the vessels are damaged. Blood clotting, called coagulation, is then important to prevent excessive bleeding. Specialized blood cells called platelets and certain proteins in the blood called clotting factors work together to stop the bleeding after an injury by forming a clot. Later, after the injury has healed the body naturally dissolves the blood clot.
Fibroids are also called, uterine fibroids, fibroid tumors, growth, fibroma or fibromyoma: just different names for a condition that may affect three out of every four Jamaican women. In most western countries (Jamaica included) the most frequent major surgery performed on women is the hysterectomy (removal of the uterus). The commonest reason for this female surgical castration is uterine fibroids.
Health officials are warning of an epidemic of a condition called dementia that features a pathological decline in mental function. Researchers estimate that the number of people suffering from it will double in the next 20 years.
The word dementia literally means ‘without a mind’ and occurs in several degenerative disorders of the nervous system. Dementia impairs how the brain functions and limits the sufferer’s ability to perform the normal activities of daily life. The infamous Alzheimer's disease (AD) is now the commonest cause of dementia.
The public is often being reminded of the importance of many minerals like calcium, potassium, iron and zinc for good health. Magnesium, another important mineral is however often neglected. Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and is found mainly in the bones, muscles and nervous system.It features in over 300 different biochemical reactions in our bodies and is critical to health and wellness.
You may not be aware of it, but on average you are constantly losing hair at an estimated rate of 100 hairs per day from the approximately100, 000 strands of hair in your scalp.
At any given time about 90 percent of the hair on your head is actively growing, in a growth phase that lasts as long as six years. The other 10 percent have gone into a resting phase lasting a few months that ends when those hairs are shed. The lost hair is then replaced by new hair growing from the same follicle, thus restarting the growing cycle. On average hair grows about half an inch per month, but with age that rate slows. Factors that interfere with this natural process of hair loss and replacement will produce balding
Treating the Cause of Diabetes or Belling the ‘Diabetes Cat’
As another annual Diabetes Month comes around, more and more people are being diagnosed with the disorder and told that they have an incurable disease for which they must be treated with medication for the rest of their lives. Little or no attention is given to educating the public on the actual cause of the problem and how to prevent and reverse it.
While we continue to focus on diabetes, it is important to remember that one of the ways that diabetes kills is by promoting heart disease. Heart disease is still the number one killer in Jamaica and the world and common and troublesome form of heart disease is known as heart failure or congestive cardiac failure (CCF).
As people get older, one of their greatest fears is the fear of losing their mental functions, a condition referred to as dementia. Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia in older people, robbing them of their cognitive ability and making it harder for them to think, remember, and reason. It destroys a person's memory, particularly short term memory and the capacity to think clearly, eventually making it difficult for them to perform very basic activities.
Many of our men appear to be pregnant. Yes it is a not uncommon sight to see men whose swollen bellies make them look pregnant. They have what I call the male pregnancy syndrome. This condition is associated with a high incidence of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, circulatory problems and metabolic disorders like high levels of cholesterol, triglycerides and uric acid in the blood. Other seemingly unrelated conditions like chronic fatigue, erectile dysfunction, chronic back ache, acid reflux, snoring and sleep apnea are also related to this kind of obesity. Medical research suggests that a man with a waist measurement of over 39 inches will increase his risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease by over 500%!
BOOK REVIEW OF: AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION - ESPECIALLY FOR WOMEN
Like many of us over 50, what I used to get away with in my 20s and 30s (health-wise), has now been swapped for good, or maybe, better habits. I am enlightened.
I have organic eggs in my refrigerator. I try to buy my vegetables from organic markets. My family laughs at the assortment of prescriptions and supplements I take for the usual middle-age conditions, such as high blood pressure and arthritis. And yet, I still learned, if not, relearned a lot from Dr Vendryes' book.
I have often recommended that readers supplement their diet with the ACES – vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and Selenium and have talked a lot about the first three. But what about the fourth - selenium? Selenium is a trace mineral that our bodies use to produce an important enzyme within our cells called glutathione peroxidase that serves as a powerful natural antioxidant.