Heart Health – Part 1

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With a focus on HEART HEALTH in September, I would like to take a look at the primary cause of the heart & vascular disease process namely ATHEROSCLEROSIS.

What is Atherosclerosis?

Atherosclerosis is the narrowing of arteries due to “plaque buildup” on the artery walls. Arteries carry blood from the heart to the rest of the body. They are lined with a thin layer of cells that keeps them smooth and allows blood to flow easily. This is called the endothelium. Atherosclerosis begins when the endothelium becomes damaged, allowing the harmful build up & plaque formation in the artery wall.

How Do the Arteries Get Damaged?

High levels of inflammation, generally caused through acidity levels in the body based on a poor diet, stress and toxin loads. Metabolic Syndrome ….is a major contributing factor as it is associated with the consumption of processed carbohydrates, causing permanent glucose overload. This leads to an overproduction of insulin – ultimately leading to INSULIN RESISTANCE. These raised levels of insulin create a constantly raised level of inflammation in the body ultimately manifesting in inflammatory responses = ATHEROSCLEROSIS. (simply put)

How Does The Body Try To Rectify This?

The body sends a type of white blood cell to clean up this damaged area, but, sometimes, the cells get stuck at the affected site. Over time, plaque can build up, made of cholesterol, macrophages, calcium and other substances from the blood. Sometimes, the plaque grows to a certain size and stops growing, causing the individual no problems. However, sometimes, the plaque clogs up the artery, disrupting the flow of blood around the body. This makes blood clots more likely, which can result in life-threatening conditions – Heart attack and stroke.

A plaque deposit is characteristically composed of:

• 68% fibrous repair tissue; 8% Calcium; 7% Inflammatory Cells; 1 % Foam Cells; 16% lipid-rich necrotic core(Kragel et al 1989); 

74% of all fats in the core are Unsaturated (Enig 2000); 

Fats & Cholesterol in the plaque are chemically damaged & oxidized…

Is Cholesterol All Bad?
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Cholesterol is the most misunderstood substance in all history of health care. Cholesterol is the stuff of life and we should be very careful when altering its biochemistry. Never in the history of health care has a substance been so demonized as cholesterol. It is synonymous with everything that is bad to your health when is actually — good. The bad guy is inflammation caused by terrible diet, sugars, and starchy foods. Cholesterol is not the cause of health problems; it is just around when problems happen.

Cholesterol performs “Important” functions
  • Helps to make the outer coating of cells and support both cell creation and maintenance.
  • Makes up bile salts * acids that aid digestion and vitamin absorption in the intestines.
  • Is responsible for vitamin D production and hormonal production like testosterone and estrogen.
  • Forms part of the Myelin sheath that protects out nerve fibers.
  • Plays an essential role in cognitive function, assisting the memory development for neurological  longevity.

Without cholesterol none of these primary functions could occur and we as humans would simply not be here.

Should You Be On Statins to Treat High Cholesterol?

Statin therapy has shown to have huge implications and alter your body in profound and permanent ways. Statins should only be used as a last resort but in health care today, statins are prescribed to just about everyone. Even children and people who are not at risk for heart disease are prescribed statins as a prophylactic.

BALANCED HEALING can provide support and guide you with Healthy Lifestyle Choices.

Next week our blog post will discuss in more depth what the healthy lifestyle choices are and dispel certain myths about dieting.

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A new year brings new hopes and desires to improve health. We seem to want to lose weight, improve our fitness levels, change our look & even relook our personal & business goals and aspirations.

Personally, I am one of those that sweeps clean and starts off with great gusto on new projects and have found that without proper thought & planning - I seem to lose sight of the very goal I set out to achieve in a very short space of time due to being unfocused – probably a little ADD which in itself would probably require Mentat – Jokes aside, I do know for myself that if my nutrition is good and my exercise regime is regular I can accomplish so much more. Without the planning and structure so necessary to achieve the desired outcomes, I invariably fail to accomplish all I set out to do.

"MY GOAL FOR 2020 IS TO BE ABLE TO OFFER YOU THE VERY BEST INTEGRATED MEDICAL ADVICE AND SUPPORT YOU ON YOUR OWN 2020 JOURNEY WITH EASE AND COMFORT".

This is where I take the time to screen & evaluate my patients current status, lifestyle – and assist in unpacking the toolbox we all have within us and remind every patient that these are all achievable with some guidance, perseverance and dedication. I pride in providing an integrated approach working with the patient to achieve their personal health goals.

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I will be continuing to educate through various articles / Blogs and useful information during the year.
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A silent tragedy

There is a silent tragedy that is developing day after day in our homes and concerns our most precious jewels: our children.
Our children are in a devastating emotional state.
Over the past 15 years, researchers have given us increasingly alarming statistics about a sharp and steady increase in childhood mental illness that is now reaching epidemic proportions:

Statistics don't lie:
• 1 in 5 children have mental health problems
• A 43% increase in ADHD was noted
• A 37% increase in adolescent depression was noted
• A 200% increase in the suicide rate in children between 10 and 14 years has been noted.

What is going on and what are we doing wrong?

Today's children are over-stimulated and overloaded with material objects, but they are deprived of what is truly fundamental for a healthy and happy childhood, such as:
• Emotionally available parents
• Clearly defined limits
• Responsibility
• Balanced nutrition and good sleep quality
• Movement in the open air
• Creative play, social interaction, unstructured play opportunities and spaces for boredom.

Instead, these last few years we have filled them with:
• Digitally distracted parents
• Indulgent and permissive parents who let children "rule the world" and be the ones who set the rules
• A sense of right, of undeservedly everything without earning it or being responsible for it
• Inadequate sleep and unbalanced nutrition
• A sedentary lifestyle
• Endless stimulation, technological babysitters, instant gratification and the absence of boring moments.

What to do?
If we want our children to be happy and healthy individuals, we must wake up and go back to basics.
It is still possible ... with the following recommendations:

• Set limits and remember that you are the captain of the ship. Your children will feel more confident knowing that you are in control of the helm.
• Offer children a balanced lifestyle full of what they need, not just what they want. Don't be afraid to say "no" to your kids if what they want isn't what they need.
• Provide nutritious foods and limit junk food.
• Spend at least an hour a day outdoors doing activities such as: cycling, walking, fishing, bird / insect watching.
• Enjoy a daily family dinner with no phones or technology to distract them.
• Play with family board games or if the children are very young for board games, let yourself be carried away by your interests and allow them to lead the game.
• Involve your children in some homework or homework according to their age (folding clothes, ordering toys, hanging clothes, arranging food, setting the table, feeding the dog, etc.).
• Implement a consistent sleep routine to ensure that your baby sleeps well. Timetables will be even more important for school-aged children.
• Teach responsibility and independence. Do not protect them in excess against any frustration or error. Making mistakes will help them develop resilience and learn to overcome life's challenges,
• Do not load your children's backpack, do not bring their backpacks, do not bring them the task they have forgotten, do not peel their bananas or oranges if they can do it alone (4-5 years). Instead of giving them fish, educate them to fish.
• Educate them to wait and delay gratification.
• Provide opportunities for "boredom" as boredom is the moment when creativity awakens. You don't feel responsible for keeping children entertained.
• Do not use technology as a cure for boredom, nor offer it on the first second of inactivity.
• Avoid the use of technology during meals, in cars, in restaurants, in shopping malls. Use these moments as an opportunity to socialize, thus training your brains to work when they are in "boredom" mode.
• Help them create a "jar of boredom" with business ideas for when they are bored.
• Turn off phones at night when children have to go to bed to avoid digital distraction.
• Become a regulator or emotional trainer of your children. Educate them to recognize and manage their frustrations and anger.
• Educate them to greet, to take turns, to share without remaining without anything, to say thank you and please, to recognize the error and apologize (do not force them), be a model of all those values ​​that you inculcate them.
• Connect emotionally - smiles, hugs, kisses, tickles, reading, dancing, jumping, playing with them.

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Article written by Dr. Luis Rojas Marcos psychiatry.
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