What you need to know to stay well! 
Whole Body Wellness

You may think that you are young, and will not get sick or not have any diseases. And if you are older, you feel okay, are functioning and you do not have any diseases.  So why be concerned about staying fit and preventing diseases?

Well, did you know that most of us, young and old, are usually vacillating from one minor illness to another and, if living a bad lifestyle and not realizing it, end up incubating two or more illnesses, disorders or diseases at the same time, over many years. You may be working, exercising, socializing and enjoying life, unaware that you may be incubating a disease like obesity, cancer or arthritis. Then one day, your doctor diagnoses you with a major disease that could have been prevented! You are shocked that you are not as well as you assumed you were. Yes, you can prevent such happenings by taking steps to prevent the disease from occurring, even reversing it.

It is important for you to become aware how you may have been healthy early in life but lost much of your wellbeing as you got older.

We are all born with the best opportunity for optimal health. You are born with the genes for optimal health and probably a few genes for disorders and diseases. Your mother strengthened the opportunity for the best wellbeing you could have as a start in life by bolstering your immunity with breast feeding you during the first six months of your life. Breast milk supplied you with immune factors. You were then the healthiest that you have ever been.

From that moment on, your health has been down hill. Hopefully, your mother fed you nutritious foods as a baby and these provided the nutrients for maintaining optimal wellbeing. If you drank purified clean water and inhaled clean air then you also got a boost for optimal health. And finally, if as a baby, you had sunlight exposure for at least half an hour each day, then you also gave your body more good health. As you are aware, you also slept like a baby. These four essential requirements for optimal wellbeing also kept you alive. Your mother had endowed you with the best chances of having optimal wellbeing and surviving. But what if all these four essentials for maintaining your baby-childhood life were inadequate?

So what may have gone wrong after you were one year old? Why didn't you continue maintaining your optimal wellbeing as you got older? One part of the answer is that, as a child, you were exposed to many infections that made you sick but also helped to create more immunity. And then as you grew older, you may have eaten foods that probably did not help to keep up a high level of immunity. Instead of eating good foods, you developed a taste for junk foods and sugar drinks.

By the time you were a teen ager, you had already acquired a taste for foods that tasted good and somewhat made you feel good but were really bad for you. Without realizing, your total body wellness had begun to erode. Although you may have suffered from minor infectious illnesses, you were fortunate to recover from these illnesses because your immune system was working at a high level.

As a young adult, you became more independent and made your own life choices for physical exercise and food. You probably partied late into the night and didn't get enough sleep. Without realizing it, you had begun to incubate diseases silently. And this early acquired lifestyle in many instances continued into midlife and later life. You felt you knew it all, would never get sick and live forever!

As you got older and continued to live your junky merry life, you tended to lose more and more of your potential optimal wellness.

Time out now and looking back when you were three to seven years old: There were many opportunities to stay well at a high level or optimal wellbeing. You could have avoided eating junk foods and spent more time playing in the sun. As a teenager, you could have made wiser food choices had you been informed about nutrients and that sunshine was essential to synthesizing adequate amount of hormone D. You should have had more sleep as a teenager and adult. These choices would have not just maintained your immunity at a high level but also would have prevented incubating some of the chronic diseases that you may have been susceptible to.

Once you began eating junk foods, did not get enough sunshine exposure and were short on sleep, you changed the chemistry in your body. Instead of being at an optimal level of wellbeing, you lowered your level of wellbeing into a survival wellness mode. Yes, some parts of your body were dragging down the other well functioning parts. Like a car engine that sputters when it is not tuned up, and the car does not run well, so your body was not running well. However, you can reverse your dysfunctional body with prevention.

You can prevent incubating disorders by ingesting the proper amount of nutrients. You can change the chemistry of your body by eating alkali foods. Junk foods are usually acidic and these incubate chronic diseases. Yes, you can reverse what you did early in life and readjust the chemistry of the body back to a better working wellness level. You can become a new you and regain disease free optimal wellbeing.

The book, Whole Body Wellness, helps you to understand what is happening in your body and makes you aware how to prevent incubating chronic diseases. With optimal wellbeing, you have a better chance for excellence in all your endeavors and have more success in life.

You can prevent most disorders and disease. Researchers tell us that 60% or more of all cancers, 80% of heart diseases, as well as depressions, arthritis and other diseases can be prevented.

This book shows you how to prevent diseases and maintain optimal wellbeing.

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What is the book about?

While reading the many chapters, you will discover the many secrets and mysteries of your body. You will learn how the body works and heals, that food is your best medicine, how to select good foods, and what you need to do [prevent] to help you stay well.

The central theme of each chapter is about 3 things:

1."what is it" topic background information about a disease topic;

2. how the body functions during a disorder or disease state; and

3. ways to prevent [fix] a disorder or disease from happening.

Prevention focuses on the cause of a disease and not treating symptoms. In order to prevent a disease, you need to know what causes you to get sick and how the body works when you are sick. Being informed is the basis for preventing a disease. Each chapter has this revealing format approach. You will be surprised to learn the secrets of how the body works when you have a disease.

The theme of this book is more than just taking back your health from the care of your doctor. Prevention is a revolutionary approach to a new way of life that eventuates in better wellbeing. Health comes from how you live, your lifestyle, and not from the doctor taking care of you. In these uncertain economic times and the instability of the health care system, we need to re-learn how to take care of ourselves. To prevent, you need to learn how to self-heal and use the doctor as a backup when needed.

For the price of a meal and waiter tip, you can have what some have described as "an encyclopedia" on the secrets of preventing disorders, diseases and attaining optimal wellbeing. Yes, how to stay well, live longer and get more out of life.  Read the book!

The book is simplified for all ages... the general public.

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Chapter 27: CVS - Prevention is a more political than medical

The heart is a marvelous, delicate and precise machine. We have been taught that the heart is a pump that circulates the blood throughout the body. Less known is that the heart has its own pace-maker. The heart generates a mysterious and powerful electromagnetic field. It has it's own brain, so to speak, and sends messages to the brain. "The heart is a sensory organ and acts as a sophisticated information encoding and processing center that enables it to learn, remember, and make independent functional decisions.” Indeed, the heart also resonates or beats to the rhythmic beat of the earth. [1] [2] [3]

The heart works best when it gets an ample amount of oxygen and nutrients. But when the heart is exposed to the wrong food or a lack of a ratio balance in nutrients, primarily magnesium to calcium, over a long period of time, then it reacts by depositing calcium in the arteries, thereby narrowing the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. Possible symptoms may include chest pain and tightness, high blood pressure, shortness of breath, weakness and pain in one side of the body, slurred speech, lack of balance and trouble walking, vision problems and confusion. These symptoms could indicate a number of heart problems referred to as coronary artery disease, or heart disease. Sadly, about 60 percent of persons, who appear to be well and had no previous symptoms, die suddenly. [4]

How heart and blood circulation work: Blood that flows through arteries carries red blood cells that deliver oxygen to nearby cells. Blood also delivers water, nutrients, and minerals to all the cells in the body, while removing carbon dioxide and excess waste material. So an interruption of blood supply has serious consequences because every cell in the body needs oxygen, water, nutrients and minerals to survive. This lack of oxygen, referred to medically as ischemia, can occur in any part of the body, and when it occurs in the brain, it is called an ischemic stroke. [5] [6]

The American Heart Association notes that the majority [estimated 80 percent] of cardiovascular diseases [CVD] can be entirely prevented. [7] [8]

The first approach to prevention is to be aware of the symptoms of a heart attack or stroke: [9] [10]

  • Weakness of one side of the body

  • Numbness, tingling or unusual sensations

  • Trouble walking

  • Coordination problems

  • Vision loss or decrease in vision

  • Blurred vision or double vision

  • Slurred speech

  • Trouble communicating

  • Face asymmetry

  • Droopy eyelid

  • Dizziness

  • Headache

  • Confusion

The next most important preventive approach is to be aware that there are two nutrients, hormone D [11] and magnesium, that can help prevent hypertension and congestive heart failure. Hormone D has an important supporting role in cardiovascular health. You can get more information about hormone D in Chapter 10 and magnesium in Chapter 9.

Magnesium is a major player in preventing cardiovascular disorders.

Many researchers agree that magnesium can prevent cardiovascular diseases:

Physician-researcher Carolyn Dean points out that previous medical practice of telling diagnosed heart disease patients to steer clear of full-fat dairy items loaded with saturated fat was bad advice. A decade-long study that reviewed cardiovascular disease research extending over more than 70 years found that low magnesium levels contributed more to heart disease than did cholesterol or even saturated fat. [5]

There are also many peer-reviewed studies that show correcting or preventing a nutritional magnesium deficit can and will correct or prevent cardiovascular disease events, including death. [5] [12] [13] Researcher, Andrea Rosanoff, PhD, director of research and science information outreach for the Center for Magnesium Education & Research, LLC, in Pahoa, Hawaii, and a medical advisory board member for the nonprofit Nutritional Magnesium Association, found that "common risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as high LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, high blood pressure, and metabolic syndrome are all associated with low nutritional magnesium status or low magnesium dietary intakes."

“We’ve been using cholesterol-lowering drugs for several decades now, and there has only been an increase in heart disease and no decrease,” Dr. Carolyn Dean, M.D., adds. “If cholesterol was the problem and statin drugs the solution, there should be a commensurate lowering of the incidence of this condition.” [5] [14]

How magnesium intake influences heart health: Magnesium, in adequate amount, prevents calcium deposits in the arteries: Magnesium opens the door for calcium to be allowed into muscle cells to cause contraction, then, magnesium ushers excess calcium out of the cell. When magnesium is in short supply, calcium floods the heart cells and leads to hyper-contraction of the muscle cells, causing angina and even heart attack. [5] [15]

While the above information sounds good, there is a major flaw in accepting magnesium as a life savior. The body needs a delicate ratio balance of magnesium to calcium in order for both minerals to work properly. At this time this ratio is controversial. Best guess is that this ratio should be CA:Mg = 2:1. Calcium and magnesium have opposite effects on the heart and muscles. For example, excess of calcium can cause muscle cramps while magnesium relaxes muscles. [15] [16] But excess calcium intake by itself causes excess calcium deposits in arteries, causing atherosclerosis and muscle cramps.

Another flaw in using magnesium to prevent heart disease is that magnesium does not work by itself! It requires many co-factors to help it do its job in the body.

A major reason that many are deficient in magnesium is that 70 to 80 percent of magnesium ingested from food or supplements is not absorbed in the digestive system.

Magnesium is absolutely essential for the proper functioning of the heart. Heart surgeons have now recognized the importance of magnesium in controlling the heart for a long time. Heart patients scheduled for surgery are now given magnesium before and after surgery for several reasons: magnesium can help alleviate pain, decrease blood pressure and alleviate certain heart arrhythmias. Magnesium works to prevent blood clotting, relieves depression so common after bypass surgery, and improves energy and cognitive abilities. [5] [ [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21] Magnesium is a natural calcium blocker, but this goes unrecognized by most physicians. [22]

Doctors now recognize that magnesium needs to be balanced by a proper amount of calcium. Excessive calcium and a shortage of magnesium intake are difficult to balance. Modern medicines' answer to the problem is to prescribe billions of dollars of calcium-blocker drugs. [22

While attention about magnesium is centered about preventing cardiovascular disorders, overlooked is that all body somatic cells need magnesium. [18] [23] Magnesium is found in amino acids and performs over 300 different body functions.

For more information about magnesium, refer to Chapter 9, Magnesium.

Although there may be heart and cardiovascular problems, we should not overlook the marvels of the heart.

Heart is an electric generator: The graphic illustration below shows that the heart sends electrical waves outside the body and that these waves can act as "heart to heart" emotions that can be sensed by those nearby.

The heart senses feelings of nearby persons: Ever get the feeling that a certain person or opposite sex finds you attractive? Woooh, a heartthrob! It is your heart silently communicating. Rolin McCraty, Director of Research at HeartMath Institute, explains this real happening by pointing out that Earth’s own magnetic field might be aiding this transmission of signals between people. “The earth’s magnetic field is a carrier wave of biologically relevant information,” he says. “This is what connects us all. It’s also part of the intuition: how a mom knows her son or daughter is distressed on the other side of the planet. Something has to be conveying that information, which often seems to happen almost instantaneously. My [McCraty] hypothesis is that this is literally the magnetic field of the earth, and there is a fair amount of support on that.” [1]

book Heart elect field

The heart actually produces a toroidal-shaped [donut] electromagnetic field identical to the one produced by the Earth, that extends up to fifteen feet outside of our bodies [refer to illustration above]. Medical doctors can pick up this electrical field and record it as an electocardiogram or EKG.

Heart has its own brain: Far more than a simple pump, as was once believed, the heart is now recognized by scientists as a highly complex system with its own functional “brain.” [1] It can compensate and adjust when the body needs to support stress, running or other activity by speeding or slowing the heart rate as needed.

How Can Coronary Heart Disease Be Prevented or Delayed?

Prevention of CVD:

While there is nothing you can do about your age or family history, you can control life style behaviors and prevent cardiovascular disorders: [6] [7] [9] [24] [25] [26]

    1. Choose a healthy diet: eat fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meat like chicken or turkey, nuts, seeds, legumes like beans, whole grains. [27] Eat good foods that provide food for the good bacteria in the colon.
    2. Avoid red meats, sugar drinks, candy, sugar deserts, processed foods, white flour foods. [27]
    3. Exercise is vital for many reasons, benefits of which are discussed in more detail in Chapter 21, Exercise.
    4. Sunshine: the maker of hormone D, can help prevent heart disease. Parker points out that persons with the highest levels of vitamin D had a 43 percent lower rate of heart disease. [28]
    5. Mineral balance: Try to get a ratio balance between calcium and magnesium. This may be difficult to do but you should try. For more information, refer to Chapter 9, Magnesium. Magnesium is essential for good heart health.
    6. Attitude: You need a positive lifestyle attitude of wanting to give top priority to preventing all heart disorders.
    7. Get regular preventive heart checkup from your medical doctor.

New test for CVD: Arterial stiffness [hardening of arteries] may be a good indicator of vascular health and should be monitored throughout life. There is now a simple and affordable test to evaluate the stiffness [hardening of the arteries] between aortic stiffness and early brain damage. The test, Wave Velocity [PWV], and MRI are ways to predict heart disease in those who appear to be healthy.

New studies show that stiffening of the arteries might happen to us a lot sooner than we previously believed. According to research led by the UC Davis School of Medicine, healthy individuals in their 40s can already show hardening of arteries. The condition can cause subtle brain injuries, which have been related to slow cognitive decline and Alzheimers later in life. [22]

In other words, participants with more pronounced aortic stiffness had negative changes in their white and grey brain matter using MRI imaging. Addressing arterial stiffness early in life could help preserve brain health as well as reduce morbidity and mortality connected with various cardiovascular causes.

Dr. Hirofumi Tanaka, the director of the Cardiovascular Aging Research Laboratory at the University of Texas, and others [30] [31] performed a study that included a sample of healthy men and showed that arterial stiffness increased with age in people with a sedentary life style. [29]

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Author Walter Sorochan, Doctor of Health and Safety [HSD], MPH, MSc, BPE, is Emeritus Professor at San Diego State University. He previously promoted personal wellness and wrote numerous textbooks on personal health.