The two disease threats that face us every day are infections and oxidative (i.e., free-radical) stress. It is possible to use immune boosters and anti-inflammatory agents to offset these threats. While everyone knows it is far easier to prevent disease than to cure it, very few of us seem to take that truism seriously.
We cannot always avoid crowds, which increase our risk of getting an infection from airborne organisms or from fomites (e.g., cups, glasses, spoons, etc.). However, simply taking alkylglycerols daily can help prevent illness due to infection. Consider health as a daily battle-you against disease.
Every morning you awake and prepare to win this battle. Start with adequate nutrition and sufficient rest the night before, since the body repairs itself best at night. Remember the adage: Protect during the day, repair at night. If you are up late and do not get adequate rest, you will be a mess in the morning, both physically and mentally.
There was a saying in our area, and most likely many other places: “You can’t hang with the owls at night and soar with eagles in the morning.” It’s no surprise that people who work swing shift have more illness than those who work during the day and sleep at night. This cycle is bred into us from millions of years of evolution, so it is critical for good health to maintain it.
There is an old adage in medicine that if you need more than one medication for a disease, you do not have the correct medicine. One disease, one treatment makes sense, considering the large number of drugs prescribed for illness today. Many people, in fact, are not even taking the correct medicine.
The danger of one drug for all diseases is equally serious, but one supplement for diseases makes sense. A supplement is an adjunct, a helper, much like a friend. Friends are also supportive in many ways: they add to our sense of well being, boost our confidence, and help us through tough times.
I see alkylglycerols in this same manner. They are not a panacea (i.e., cure-all) for all the ills of mankind, but they are a powerful aid to good health. Unfortunately, much of the clinical data on the use of alkylglycerols is anecdotal.
Except for the large clinical studies in cancer research, few papers have been published on clinical trials with humans. What I will present in this chapter are conclusions based on reports from the scientific literature, the traditional use of alkylglycerols over many years, results of discussions with colleagues, and finally, the actual clinical experience I have had with the use of alkylglycerols.
…These are only two examples. But most of us have friends or relatives who are octogenarians, who are active, energetic and not incapacitated. Some are highly gifted with remarkably positive outlooks. But in my experience, the majority have lived active lives and consumed a moderate, balanced diet. Here again are the same conditions that help prevent not only heart disease and cancer, but also the changes typically associated with aging.
How long could a person live if there was no death gene? The answer is tied to the Second Law of Thermodynamics: Everything in the universe eventually winds down. No material thing can last forever, since it requires energy to keep it intact. Why, even the sun is fizzling out, albeit very, very slowly. (Scientists calculate this may take another billion years or so to happen, though, so don’t lose any sleep over it.)
What is the upper limit of the human life span? The growth rate of various organs over the first 20 years varies tremendously. The brain is almost at its full size at five years of age, but the reproductive organs are not fully mature until about age 20. Most mammals living in the wild live about eight times longer than their sexually mature age. So if a horse matures at two to three years, it is likely to live 16 to 24 years. Some horses actually live longer, if under human care.
Since humans mature sexually at about 20 years of age, we could potentially have a life span of 8 x 20 = 160 years. However, I would not place this as the upper limit since, as we learn more, we could side-step many other diseases. Once we have learned how to protect our cellular mitochondria from oxygen damage, we could theoretically live well over 200 years!
Consider this: If we were able to conquer all the known diseases on earth that currently kill us, we would only add about 19 years to our present life expectancy. So it is not the diseases, such as cancer and heart disease, that we should be looking at for research funding. We may find cures for them, even in our present lifetime. Rather, we should invest in research on the chronic oxidative changes that impair the quality of life and cut it tragically short.
For anyone who wants to ward off the effects of aging, I recommend at least one 250-mg capsule of shark liver oil, three times a day. During times of emotional or physical stress, I would double that to 500 mg, three times daily. Continue this supplementation for a month, and then discontinue for a couple of weeks before starting again. This is a wise course to follow, since the liver tends to store fish oil-derived vitamin A for long periods of time. By doing this, you are reducing your risk of vitamin A overload.
Many scientists now believe that aging is not a normal process, but that it is a chronic disease process resulting from free-radical damage. While certain physiological changes are associated with the passage of time, there is no programmed aging process, no aging genes that determine how long you will be young, no death gene that “knocks us off” at some predetermined age.
What we call aging is essentially physical changes associated with the passage of years. The first change we see is usually gray hair that eventually turns white. Yet, there are many beautiful women (and men) who have gray hair in their 20s! By no stretch of the imagination would we call this a negative change, since these individuals are perfectly attractive.
However, when gray hair is associated with faded, sagging, or wrinkled skin, we consider the individual “old.” Some of these people are still in their 30s! Are they old? Absolutely not, but they have probably been afflicted with severe free-radical damage. Gray hair, for example, is hair that no longer produces melanin (i.e., pigment).
The process is not irreversible, since many gray-haired individuals, who have undergone radiation treatment to their heads, have regrown jet-black hair over the next few months. I have seen this many times in my patients who went through radiation therapy for metastatic cancer. Degenerative diseases in older people, such as muscle wasting, is usually the result of inactivity. This is known as “the rocking chair syndrome” following retirement. And it is certainly not inevitable.
In one study, individuals 80 years old and older were put on a weight-lifting program for four weeks. They had been mostly confined to beds or chairs. But in just two weeks of regular exercise, they improved their muscle strength to the point of self care! It is remarkable how resilient the body is, and how many repair systems can help us restore health…
One major step in reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease is to stop smoking cigarettes! The number of free radicals generated in cigarette smoke is astronomical, extending far beyond the body’s antioxidant mechanisms.
Another important step is lowering your LDL cholesterol. How is this done? First, reduce total caloric intake, decrease saturated fats, and increase unsaturated fats, available in fish such as salmon and tuna.
Next, try to increase your exercise level. Consistent physical activity can lower LDL and increase HDL.
Third, you may need prescribed medication. Niacin, which is not a prescription drug, may be used when other methods fail, but you need 1,000 mg two to three times a day. At this level, it is best to consult your doctor before self-medicating.
Shark liver oil has not been shown to directly lower cholesterol. However, early studies show that alkylglycerols are potent antioxidants. They may protect against damage to heart tissue following a heart attack.
It would take a long-term study to prove that shark liver oil can help prevent cardiovascular disease, but the data on alkylglycerols strongly suggest they may help. Alkylglycerols can be used long term to help reduce the risk of heart disease.
In individuals with heart disease, they may protect against serious complications from heart attacks or heart damage. After a heart attack, the muscles of the heart are badly damaged and undergo a process called ischemia, or lack of oxygen. Ischemic tissue slowly dies if there is no return of oxygen.
However, when oxygen is delivered, it may have both good and bad effects. In the presence of oxygen, the ischemic tissue produces many free radicals that can further damage the heart tissue. Scientific research indicates that alkylglycerols can counteract these free radicals, thus protecting the heart against catastrophe.
We call this process ischemia-reperfusion. It is a serious complication occurring often on the third or fourth day after a heart attack. Even angina attacks can cause mild damage that may be aggravated by concomitant free-radical damage.
Alkylglycerols may help protect you against this occurrence. The key to understanding antioxidants and free radicals is the word “prevention.” If you have a sufficient amount of antioxidants in the body, it will be far easier to stay healthy.
If there was only one reason to take shark liver oil, it would be as an antioxidant, even though the benefits of shark liver oil beyond its antioxidant activity. Let’s look now at the process of aging, and how free radicals trigger the changes usually associated with old age.
Alkylglycerols for cancer prevention and treatment
One of the first uses for shark liver oil was to control the side effects of radiation treatment in cancer patients. The initial studies were done in Sweden by the Drs. Astrid Brohult, Sven Brohult, and Johan Brohult, and published in the journal Nature in 1962. In the 1960s and 1970s, positive results were also observed in three different clinical experiments.
As mentioned previously, after treatment with shark liver oil, there was a significant reduction in radiation injuries following X-ray treatment for cancer of the cervix, as well as an increase in survival rates. In any form of cancer therapy, the use of alkylglycerols will both intensify the treatment’s benefits, while decreasing the severity of unwanted side effects.
Consider that cancer is a malignant, neoplastic (i.e., spreading) disease, which means it is characterized by new, uncontrolled growth. That’s why the alkylglycerols are effective for this condition. As an immune stimulant, alkylglycerols activate macrophages, making cancer cells more susceptible to attack. Shark liver oil provides other active ingredients, such as squalamine, that help treat cancer.
Only within the last several decades have scientists begun to mine the rich marine medicines and nutrients available in the seas. The bodies of some ocean animals, in fact, could hold the keys to new treatments for human diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and AIDS. These creatures have survived changing environments for millions of years.
Ocean animals tend to be simpler in structure than humans. An advantage for medical researchers is that ocean animals’ cell structure and growth are easier to observe and understand than typical laboratory animals.
For instance, consider the recent research on squids and human brains. A single squid’s nerve fibers are large enough to be easily studied. Neurobiologists have been using them for awhile to investigate two human brain abnormalities: Alzheimer and Lou Gehrigs diseases. Or, let’s look at the work on cyanobacteria and AIDS. Single-cell cyanobacteria are neither plants nor animals. They evolved 3.5 billion years ago, the first photosynthesizing organisms on earth. Somehow, they managed to survive our planets poisonous environment and used the sun’s energy to produce oxygen, creating our present life-sustaining atmosphere. Researchers are currently testing cyanobacteria to see it they contain a substance that could help defeat AIDS once and tor all.
The horseshoe crab is also useful in biomedical research. Its optic nerves helped researchers understand human vision. Now scientists are intensively studying its large, bacteria-killing amoebocyte cells.
Among the ocean’s many coral reefs-often compared to rain forests on land-are life forms such as sea squirts and sponges, which defend themselves with powerful toxins. Researchers have discovered a variety of uses, therapeutic and experimental, for these exotic chemicals.
Our understanding of how human cells fight disease came from ocean observations. In 1883, Russian-born scientist Elie Metchnikoff noticed that free-floating cells in a starfish would swarm toward a foreign object in the starfish’s body and clump around it. His observation, and a quarter of a century of hard research, led to our present knowledge of the immune system’s cellular functions when infection is present.
“Biologically, the species is the accumulation of the experiments of all its successful individuals since the beginning”
H.G. Wells (1866-1946), British author. A Modern Utopia Ch 3, Sct 4 (1905; repr in The Works of H. G. Wells, Vol 9, 1925).
Sharks are cartilaginous fish (i.e., having a skeleton wholly or largely composed of cartilage). They vary greatly in size, behavior, and in the way they reproduce. They are found at all depths in all the oceans of the world except the Antarctic. However, they are most abundant in tropical and subtropical waters. A few species of shark inhabit freshwater lakes and rivers, and some migrate regularly from salt to freshwater.
Sharks are remarkably successful animals, with few parasites or diseases and almost no enemies except other sharks, As predators and scavengers, sharks play a major role in the ecosystems of the world’s oceans.
Paleontologists believe that sharks evolved from some primitive, heavily armored, sluggish placoderm that became extinct about 350 million years ago, at the end of the Devonian era. This is approximately when the first shark-like creatures appeared. Sharks almost identical to those living today evolved about 160 million years ago, during the Jurassic period (same time period as represented in the movie, Jurassic Park). This species has survived unchanged for 160 million years in contrast, we poor Homo sapiens have been around for less than million years.
Well-attuned to most of the water of the world, sharks appear to dominate the depths. Swimmers, water skiers, snorkels, scuba divers, and spear fishermen are invading their habitats in every-increasing numbers. Sharks have responded with predictable reflex reactions: They have attacked. The resulting notoriety has given sharks a bad reputation. The mass media have embellished the image, and now most people react with alarm to the word “shark.” However, the facts don’t support this dread of sharks. Of the 100 or so unprovoked attacks that occur worldwide every year, fewer than 35 are fatal.
ProstaHealth™ is an advanced formula for men who want to prevent or to improve the prostate function, containing a well balanced mixture of ingredients of natural origin: herbs, plants and fruits combined with minerals, trace metals and vitamins, all with individually, well documented effects, proven by clinical studies. In fact all the ingredients contained in ProstaHealth™, even if they all have different effects and working mechanisms very different, they have been combined in synergy with each other, complementing each other to guarantee an optimal prostate functions.
INGREDIENTS & DESCRIPTION
Quercetin is one of the most common flavonol because it is present in numerous vegetable species like the horse-chestnut, the the pot marigold, the thorn tree, the chamomile, the St. John’s wort and the gingko biloba, as well as in different foodstuffs like red grapes and red wine, red onion, green tea, blueberries, apples. It is considered a natural suppressant of many intracellular enzymes. Moreover, Quercetin is a natural antioxidant.
Among its most important functions there are:
to restore the tocopherol (Vitamin E) after it has turned into free radical (tocopheryl-radical).
to detoxify the superoxide cell and stop the production of nitric oxide during inflammations.
Serenoafruit It is a plant form the south-east of United States, in particular along costs of the Atlantic Ocean and even in the hinterland. Native Americans use the fruit as food, but even for a big variety of problems connected to the urinary system and to the reproductive apparatus.
European Colonists learn easily to use it. For at least 200 years the dry extract was used to heal different diseases like urogenital problems. Actually, many researches have been executed on the fruit extracts and it has been shown that Serenoa Repens is very rich in fatty acids and in phytosterols.
These researches are the fruit of a meta-analysis published on the Journal of American Medical Association where it has been demonstrated the effectiveness on the treatment of benign pro static hyperplasia symptoms (swelling of the prostate) with placebo and among two of the most common drugs on sale.
Additionally, there are clinical trials that show the effectiveness of Serenoa Repens in the cure of men baldness. A research has demonstratedd that the combination between Serenoa Repens and the Urtica roots has shown in elderly people an effective improvement concerning symptoms of urinary tract but without the reduction of prostate dimensions, as it was already shown in February 2006 in a research published by the New England Journal of Medicine. Further researches prove that the Serenoa Repens effect has a double mechanism, particularly the inhibition of 5-alpha-reductase, which interfering with the dihydrotestosteron connects with androgynous receptors and relaxes the smooth muscle in the same way as antagonist medicines, and a possible action as phytoestrogens.
Practically, the Serenoa provokes the inhibition of DHT connection to its receptor. Other in vitro studies have demonstrated that this plant has some properties even on the reduction of carcinogenic cells of prostate, but clinical trials concerning this discovery are missing.
Pygeum Africanum (Prunus africana) Pygeum, also known as African plum tree, is an evergreen tree native to African forest regions. It can grow to approximately 45 m in height.
The thick leaves are oblong in shape; the flowers are small and white. Pygeum fruit is a red berry, resembling a cherry when ripe. The bark (red, brown, or gray) is the part of the plant used for medicinal purposes. Pygeum has been used to improve symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy and to improve sexual function. In France, Pygeum africanum extract (PAE) has become the primary course of treatment for enlarged prostate.
Pygeum also is therapeutic as an anti-inflammatory, to increase prostatic secretions and to decrease certain hormones in the glandular area, which reduces the hypertrophy (swelling). Other actions of Pygeum include increase in bladder elasticity and cell modifications.
PAE’s “phyto-estrogenic” action markedly reduces prostatic hypertrophy. Most trial results report improvement of BPH symptoms. When compared with saw palmetto in a clinical trial, it was demonstrated that saw palmetto produced greater reduction of symptoms and was better tolerated.
However, PAE may have greater effects on prostate secretion. By improving an underlying problem, PAE may improve sexual function. Pygeum clinical trials (mostly European) are encouraging.
The liver is a large glandular organ, with functions like decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, production of hormones, secretion of bile, and conversion of sugars into glycogen, which it stores. The liver also processes many vitamins and nutrients into a form that the body can use, as well as detoxifying various substances.
The life of today includes food, alcohol and drugs that are toxic to our bodies, which imposes a heavy load on the liver. The vegetable extracts of HealthyLiver™ assist the liver in its main task of processing the substances that pass through it, and protect it from attacks of toxic agents that are present in these substances.
HealthyLiver™ is made up of natural plants selected ad hoc in order to sustain and reactivate the liver. The liver is a very delicate organ and is gravely stressed by the non-stopping rhythms of today’s life. Food, alcohol, drugs and all that which we consume leaves toxins that the liver is required to filter, which leads to destabilisation of the liver function. The vegetable extracts of HealthyLiver™ assist the liver in its main task of processing the substances that pass through it, and to protect from attacks of toxic agents that are present in these substances.
Toxicity / side effects:
No side effects, contraindications or relevant risks following the consumption of HealthyLiver™ or its individual ingredients in the recommended doses have been encountered. No toxicity has been revealed from very elevated doses taken over a significant period of time either. HealthyLiver™ and its individual components appear to be compatible with any another food substance, prescribed and over the counter medications, natural products, herbal products, phytotherapy, or foods, if taken in the recommended doses.
Marian Thistle (Silybum marianum) contains bioflavonoid compounds, flavonoids (marian thistle and sylibin) that carry out an important task in maintaining the liver. In effect these substances have a protective function against the toxins filtered by the liver (for example, but not exclusively, alcohol) and a regenerative function on the liver cells.
Wild Strawberry (Fragaria vesca) possesses the capability of detoxing the internal organ operating through stimulating the liver. This action is mainly carried out by the tannins and by the flavonoids present in the leaves. In fact the vine and wild strawberry leaves are considered remedies for liver disturbance also in Anthroposophical medicine.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officnale) The roots of the dandelion are rich in one substance, taraxasterol, the effects of which are beneficial to the liver. Recent studies have shown that taraxasterol improves the production of gall and its passage from the gall-bladder to the duodenum, facilitating efficient liver function and improved digestion. Furthermore some of the substances would act on the membranes of the liver cells, improving their function and normalising the metabolism of fats and tansaminases.
Vine (Vitis vinifera) is a plant rich in various substances that are beneficial to our organism contained in its various parts. In particular the bioflavonoids present in the leaves have a strong decongestive power on the liver and power to fight the viruses of hepatitis A and B.