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learn about strokes and how to prevent them; plus other health info
April 07, 2009
ALL 4 NATURAL HEALTH – Attaining Good Health Naturally
Today, I would like to speak a little about strokes.
Stroke, together with heart disease and cancer, form the top 3 disease killers in the modern world today. I say "disease killers" because there are some studies and statistics which suggest that conventional medicine itself, with its large number of adverse drug reactions, mistaken diagnoses, surgical mistakes, hospital infections, etc, could well kill as many as, if not more, than these ailments. But that is another topic for another day.
Strokes are like "brain attacks", doing to the brain what heart attacks do to the heart - cut off vital blood and oxygen supply. There are two main types of strokes - ischemic strokes, whereby a clot in blood vessels block off blood supply, and hemorrhagic strokes, whereby a blood vessel bursts and begins to bleed. Either way, the effects could be swift and devastating. The vast majority of strokes, said to be about 4 of every 5, are ischemic strokes.
In terms of the most-feared disease today, cancer surely ranks as number one. Just the mention of that dreaded 6-letter word strikes trepidation in our hearts.
But as anyone who has lost a loved one that way can testify, strokes and heart attacks are more lethal and unforgiving because they literally creep up on you unnoticed, and often strike an immediate killer blow. Cancer very rarely kills in that fashion, and with that disease, there is almost always time to react, to make changes, and to put up a good fight.
The good thing about strokes is that they are almost certainly preventable via a healthy diet and lifestyle. Like all diseases, there is probably an element of genetic susceptibility, but healthy living should do almost the entire job.
Some risk factors for stroke include atherosclerosis (thickening or hardening of one's arteries), unhealthy cholesterol profiles, obesity, hypertension or high blood pressure, diabetes and smoking. This is certainly a more than clear indication that stroke is a lifestyle and diet-related ailment.
To read more about strokes, including its risk factors, symptoms, prevention, and management, click here.
I'm often critical of conventional medicine's approach towards chronic degenerative diseases and its profit-driven mindset. In this short video, Bill Maher takes a dig at the current state of medical and health affairs. It's informative and also quite a good laugh.
Omega 3 fatty acids are critical for brain health. This video clip shows us how omega 3 fatty acids improved the brain function of rats in a small experiment.
Alzheimer's disease is quite a feared ailment among aging persons. What can we do to ward it off? Three recent studies give us concrete tips on how to prevent Alzheimer's disease.
Yet another modern day epidemic (there just seems to be so many of them!) is diabetes. Even children today are getting pre-diabetes and diabetes! It's frightening. This study teaches us an easy way to help prevent diabetes - by eating more whole fruits and vegetables. Other dietary suggestions are also discussed in the article.
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