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Shark liver oil components at work for you! – Part 2

Using alkylglycerols to boost overall health.

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.

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The History of Alkyrol – Part 2

Medicines from the sea

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.

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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.

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The History of Alkyrol – Part 1

Sharks – The adaptable old-timer

“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.

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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.

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The Shark Oil Story

Shark liver oil has been used for centuries in the Scandinavian countries, particularly by fishermen, who used it as a remedy for slow healing wounds and against irritation of the respiratory organs.

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In the 19th century the use of shark liver oil almost died out, surviving only in a few fishing communities. It was to take more than a century before the use of the shark liver oil was revived, following the publications of scientific documentation regarding its beneficial effects.

In 1952, a young Swedish doctor, Astrid Brohult, M.D., discovered that the marrow from fresh calf bones given to children with leukemia stimulated their white cell production.

It was later shown that the stimulating factor was a group of substances known as Alkylglycerols, that had first been identified by two Japanese researchers in 1922 – in liver oil from sharks. The distribution of Alkylglycerols in nature has since been found to be widespread.

They occur in the lipids of various animal organs, for example in bone marrow fat, in the fat of the spleen and the liver, in erythrocytes and in milk (ten times more in human mother’s milk than in cow’s milk).

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The highest source of Alkylglycerols was found to be in the liver of the Greenland shark, Somniosus microcephalus. The healing effects of Alkylglycerols on the tissues of the body have been confirmed over the last 40 years by extensive clinical and laboratory research, mainly conducted by Swedish physicians and scientists.

Besides the above-mentioned biological effects of the Alkylglycerols, it has been shown that patients with cancer of the uterine cervix, who were treated with Alkylglycerols before and during irradiation treatment, had 9% higher survival rate after five years, as compared to the control group.