The new focus in healthcare is all about â€œprevention.â€ At least thatâ€™s what weâ€™ve been told. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act uses the word 227 times, yet ObamaCare misses the mark because its definition of prevention is centered mostly on medical tests: (1)
- Dental checkups
- Eye exams
- Medical checkups
- Prostate exams
Confusing literally hundreds of millions of people, this is actually a reactive approach to health care, and it simply is not prevention. The problem with this strategy is that these exams donâ€™t prevent anything. They are all diagnostic, and the pit fall in â€œearly detectionâ€ is that the condition already exists and, when people find out that they have a disease, it is often too late!
PROBLEM: The Question Americans Should be Asking
In light of our current push toward diagnostic prevention, this a question that every American should be asking:
It just doesn't make sense, does it?
With MORE drugs, MORE doctorsâ€™ visits, and MORE surgeries being touted as the â€œsolution,â€ the United States has ultimately taken a quantity over quality approach to personal health care. To add insult to injury, people have all but forgotten how to manage their health and the health of their children, and Americans are all but at the mercy of the insurance-run medical industry.
SOLUTION: Importance of a STRONG Immune System
Thankfully, a grassroots movement has sprung up the past few years and the light bulb has been turned on for literally millions of Americans! People are now focused on more proactive measures to preventing disease and are working toward boosting their immune systems.
And, hereâ€™s what the experts have to say about this strategy: (5)
â€œNo doctor has ever healed anyone of anything in the history of the world. The human immune system heals and thatâ€™s the only thing that healsâ€
â€“ Bob Wright, American Anti-Cancer Institute Founder
â€œWith cancer or any other chronic disease, itâ€™s all about lowering inflammation and increasing the immune system responseâ€œ
â€“ Dr. Sunil Pai, M.D.
Today, up to 75 percent of people in the U.S. have reported using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to combat disease, replace medicine and boost their immunity. (6) It wonâ€™t be too long when nearly 100 percent of Americans are giving sickness and disease the boot by focusing on true prevention!
10 Effective Prevention Strategies
In the quest to live a healthy and vibrant abundant life, it has dawned on many of us that we should focus our energy on preventing disease before it ever takes root in our bodies. There are literally countless ways to do this, but 10 strategies stand out amongst the rest/
#1 Drink Pure, Clean Water
The reason why drinking pure, clean water is #1 on the list of disease prevention strategies is because the human body is made up of water more than any other element or compound in the world.
According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry, and Dr. Jeffrey Utz, Neuroscience, pediatrics, Allegheny University: (7)
- Your brain and heart are composed of 73 percent water.
- Your lungs are about 83 percent water.
- Your skin contains 64 percent water.
- Your muscles and kidneys are 79 percent
- Your bones are watery 31 percent.
- Newborn babies are made up of about 78 percent water.
- By one year of age, this drops to 65 percent.
- In adult men, roughly 60 percent of their bodies are made up of water.
- In adult women, the percentage of about 55 percent because they naturally have more fat tissue.
Our body is a veritable sponge and if you want to detox and cleanse your body from impurities, drinking water is the best way to flush them out of your system! According to Dr. Chris Perkins, the best type to accomplish this is alkaline water that has been ionized.
â€œAlkaline Water IonizersÂ eliminate organic and non-organic impurities, acidic ions and pollutants in drinking water by processing the water through a carbon saturated filter. The filter traps harmful elements, leaving cleaned water ready for ionization. The next step is where the ionized water is made; by storing the water in a compartment containing negatively charged electrodes a natural reaction takes place.
When positive ions are introduced to the negative electrodes the final results produce alkaline water. Alkaline water is known for its health benefits by aiding the body in sustaining ideal PH levels and helping the body to hydrate faster regulating the bodyâ€™s temperature. It also eliminates toxins and typically contains calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium.â€ (8)
#2 Eat Pure, Clean Food
Next to drinking good water, it is vital to eat pure, clean food on a regular basis. In addition to being 100 percent organic, the foods that you eat should be free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and as natural as possible. Meaning, no processed, bleached flour, sugar and preservatives. With that said, if you were stranded on an island and had to choose one type of food for the rest of your life, the best bang for your buck when it comes to immune-boosting prowess would be cruciferous vegetables.
These vegetables, which are also known as Brassica vegetables, are all a part of the cabbage family. (9) Included in the Cruciferae family, these plants are known by their cross-shaped flowers with four petals. Most commonly, youâ€™ll be able to find these at the grocery store:
- Bok Choy
- Brussels Sprouts
- Collard Greens
- Mustard Greens
The key to their cancer-fighting and immune-boosting power are compounds known as indoles, thiocyanates, nitriles, and isothiocyanates (10). Be sure to eat these immune-boosting veggies in their raw and steamed form.
Read more on Super Guide to Super Foods for Better Health
#3 The Best Immune-Boosting Supplements
People have been supplementing vitamins and minerals in various forms for thousands of years. Yet, today, things have gone overboard. Unfortunately, many multi-vitamins are a waste of money and not needed as they oftentimes cause a dangerous imbalance of vitamins and minerals in the body.
- Too much calcium can cause iron deficiency.
- Too much iron can cause zinc deficiency.
- Too much vitamin C can cause copper deficiency.
- And the list goes on and onâ€¦
The bottom line is that widespread vitamin deficiency is not realistic in our culture, and scientists are uncovering that overdosing on vitamins is actually more of a problem. Excessive vitamin A consumption, for example, has been known to cause liver damage, coma and even death. (11, 12, 13)
So, when it comes to immune-boosting supplements, there are some on the market that will help target immune function while leaving the other nutrients in your body alone. Many of them work well, however, one stands a head above the rest: Transfer Point's Beta-1, 3D Glucan.
Beta glucan is a type of soluble fiber that is defined as a â€œnaturally occurring polysaccharide that is found in the cell walls of whole grains, seaweeds, mushrooms, and yeast.â€ (14) Often used in food additives, the most common forms in the US are usually extracted from bakerâ€™s yeast and oats.
Having been studied for more than a century, beta glucan is well known for its ability to regulate the immune system and it has been proven to increase the activity of the pathogen-fighting immune cells known as macrophages. Glucans interact with these cells, resulting in an increase in the number and size of B-Cells, T-Cells, and natural killer cells that are responsible for destroying bacteria. (15). There is also evidence that glucans have a stimulating effect of lymphocytes, which increases the amount of cells that destroy viruses and tumor cells.
The scientific literature is clear in one thing:Â Transfer Point's Beta-1, 3D Glucan sourced from bakerâ€™s yeast holds the most benefits, leading researchers to focus even more on this source in more recent studies (16). Yeast glucans have shown promise in:
- Controlling infection post-surgery in high risk patients
- Decreasing inflammation due to allergic rhinitis
- Decreasing tissue damage due to arthritis
- Decreasing reliance on IV antibiotics and ICU stays after surgery
- Improving wound healing
- Increasing cancer-killing neutrophils
- Reducing septic shock
- Reducing mortality due to cancer in rats
- Protecting against infectious diseases
- Protecting against radiation exposure
Each of these benefits have been noted in scientific journals, suggesting that the purest, most effective source for beta glucans is bakerâ€™s yeast in its raw form (17). The numerous benefits provided by research continues to provide even more insight into this source of Transfer Point's Beta-1, 3D Glucan, and its full benefits are still being studied.
#4 Stress Management
Definitely in everyoneâ€™s Top 5 Things to Do to Say Healthy list is stress management. Stress kills. Period. In the words of neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky in the National Geographic and Stanford University documentary Stress: Portrait of a Killer. (18)
“Stress is not a state of mind… it's measurable and dangerous, and humans can't seem to find their off-switch.”
Sapolsky explains that people are most vulnerable to stress if they struggle with the follow feelings:
- Having no control.
- Being left in the dark (not having enough about how difficult or long a challenging situation may be).
- Being stuck, with no way out
- The perception that things are getting worse
- Having no “shoulder to cry on” (lack of support from loved-ones)
Americans experience emotional and psychological stress in increasing measure, which is why the American Psychological Association has observed that: (19)
- 43 percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress.
- 75 to 90 percent of all physician office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.
- Stress is linked to the six leading causes of deathâ€“heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide.
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has declared stress a hazard of the workplace.
As many of you have experienced, money is the leading cause of stress in America today.Â (20) Being the primary cause of stress for 64 percent of Americans (nearly 75 percent of everyone has reported experiencing stress about money), other main contributors to stress include: (21)
- Work (60 percent)
- Family responsibilities (47 percent)
- Health concerns (46 percent)
Because these main stressors are oftentimes unavailable, itâ€™s more of a matter of how we manage these stressors, then it is in avoiding them. This is why these Top 10 stress relieving techniques are absolutely critical for people on the quest to prevent disease and keep sickness at bay: (22)
- Prayer/Meditation â€“ nurturing your spiritual side is key when dealing with stress.
- Breathe deeply â€“ from the belly, not the chest.
- Be present â€“ present time consciousness, no distractions.
- Reach out â€“ being social creatures, people are NOT designed to be alone.
- Tune in to your body â€“ listen and pay attention to the signs and clues.
- Decompress â€“ chiropractic, essential oils and therapeutic massage are fantastic ways to manage stress at the neurological and cellular level.
- Laugh out loud â€“ as the proverb says, â€œA merry heart does good like a medicine!â€
- Crank up the tunes â€“ enjoy music, dance, and play!
- Get moving â€“ walking, Tai Chi and yoga are fantastic ways to keep mobile.
- Be grateful â€“ thankfulness for what we have breeds contentment!
#5 Avoiding Toxins
One of the main causes of stress is toxic overload. Similar to the anxiety caused by financial and work issues, many of these stressors are unavoidable (e.g. smog, acid rain, fumes at the gas station, exhaust in traffic, cleaning chemicals used by janitors at your work and etc.). This is why itâ€™s absolutely vital to minimize our exposure to the environmental toxins that are within our control:
- Conventional, GMO foods
- Harmful cleaners and body products
- Needless pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter drugs
- Processed foods
Letâ€™s pick on sugar for a bitâ€¦
But everything in moderation, right?
Nope. Nothing could be further from the truth!
White processed sugar, high fructose corn syrup and all of their evil cronies are arguably the most dangerous substances on the planet and should be avoided at all cost! Nancy Appleton, PhD claims that there are more than 140 ways that sugar can annihilate your health. (23) Here are just a few: (24, 25, 26)
- Cause dental carries.
- Cause skin conditions like acne and eczema.
- Contribute to hormone imbalance and adrenal fatigue.
- Deplete your body of natural energy and prevents mineral absorption in your bones.
- Encourage stomach ulcer formation.
- Feed candida.
- Greatly inhibit metabolism.
- Lead to osteoporosis and arthritis.
- Cause gallstones.
- Spike blood sugar levels.
- Suppress the immune system.
According to nutrition expert K.C. Craichy (Quest for the Cures), just 100 grams of sugar inhibits our white blood cellâ€™s ability to kill the pathogens in our bodyÂ by up to 90 percent. And this happens within 15 minutes of consumption! (27) Additionally, in the words of the American Anti-Cancer Institute,
When we consume sugar, we are simultaneously shutting off our defenses while pouring gasoline on the fire that is Cancer. When we take into account that â€œ50 to 70 percent of our total immune system cells cannot see cancer â€¦ even on our best day,â€ the notion of adding it to our diet seems even more blasphemous (A.J. Lanigan, Quest for the Cures). (28)
Similarly, we see the same with other environmental toxins, which is why we all need to minimize them as much as possible!
#6 Regular Cleansing & Detox
Because environmental toxins are veritably impossible to avoid, regular cleansing and detox are also key to bolstering your immune system.
Two of the more effective strategies are the Master Cleanse and coffee enemas.
Also known the Lemonade Diet, the Master Cleanse was designed by Stanley Burroughs in the mid-1940s to help place the human body in the position where it could heal itself of disease. (29) His work was (and still is) brilliant because the special concoction of fresh lemon juice, pure maple syrup and cayenne pepper helps sustain people during a 10 day fast so that the energy that is normally required to fuel the digestive system can be used to fight illnesses.
The Master Cleanse is a very simple program:
- First, squeeze fresh lemon juice.
- Then add Grade B or C maple syrup, and powdered cayenne pepper into filtered water.
- Drink a minimum of 6 to 12 glasses throughout the day.
- Drink laxative tea before bed and begin the day with a salt water flush.
- For the recipe, click HERE.
Coffee enemas go hand-in-hand with the Master Cleanse and have been used since the early 20th century. They are known to help relieve constipation, insomnia and cognitive problems. They are also effective at eliminating candida and other pathogens without disrupting intestinal flora. Coffee enemas are regularly used in natural cancer protocols and were even part of the Merck Manual up until the mid 1970s. (30)
#7 Peaceful, Sound Sleep
Quality sleep is intricately intertwined with longevity and overall health. (31) Of course, the amount of sleep that is required by each person is unique to that individual. Still, most experts agree that most people should get an average of 7 hours every night. In the words of one study, â€œAverage sleep quality was better related to sleepiness than sleep quantity,â€ so people should minimize these common sleep disturbances as much as possible:
- Eating late at night â€“ as well as drinking caffeinated beverages after 5:00 p.m.
- Electromagnetic frequency (EMFs) â€“ turn off your cell phone and Wi-Fi router at night)
- Excessive stress â€“ Can cause nightmares and wandering thoughts.
- Poor quality mattress and pillow â€“ about a third of your life is spent in bed, so donâ€™t skimp on the cost because you usually get what you pay for!
#8 Regular Exercise
Yep, regular exercise is #8! Bet you thought it would have been part of the Top 3! Truth is, people donâ€™t need to exercise. The only reason exercise is beneficial (and, yes, it is beneficial) is because we live such sedentary lifestyles. Since the beginning of time, people didnâ€™t â€œexercise,â€ they simply lived a life of consistent, regular movement.
During his TED talk, National Geographic reporter Dan Buettner uncovered some key insights in what makes the “Blue Zones” uniquely distinct from the rest of the world. Blue Zones â€“ those regions where people regularly live to 100 years and beyond include the highlands of Sardinia, the northern part Okinawa, and the Seventh-Day Adventist community in Lomo Linda, California.
Shocking the nation, Buettner discovered that NONE of these communities exercised. They live a life of movement and they tend to walk a lot. They also tend to garden and do my things â€œby hand.â€ So, to live like a Blue Zoner, you need to get moving!
#9 Eat Your Dirt!
Humic and fulvic acid are tiny particles that can be found in humic substances (aka dirt). They are natureâ€™s nutrition carriers and are created by soil-based organisms (SBOs), the probiotics that youâ€™ve probably never heard of before. (32) To maintain a robust immune system to prevent disease, your gut flora needs to be balanced and SBOs help considerably.
Also referred to as â€œgoodâ€ bacteria, SBOs are probiotics that normally live in dirt. They provide our GI tracts much needed support for digestion, food assimilation and nutrient absorption. Nearly 900 studies have been done referencing soil based organisms in the scientific literature, suggesting that they can prevent a wide variety of health conditions such as: (33)
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Ulcerative colitis
- Nutrient deficiency
- Autoimmune disease
- Inflammatory disease
- Bacterial, fungal, and viral infections
- And the list goes on and onâ€¦
The 3 most critical SBOs that people should regularly consume for disease prevention include bacillus subtilis, bacillus coagulans and saccharomyces boulardii.
Last, but certainly not least, the fascinating practice of rebounding has gained a lot of ground in the past 30 years. Although relatively few studies have been performed about rebounding, it is still well known to help promote cardiovascular and lymphatic health. (34) Essentially just jumping on a mini trampoline for 10-15 minutes, rebounding gained popularity in the 1980s when NASA proved that it was more effective (with less stress and strain on the joints) than running at increasing oxygen uptake (VO2) and heart rate (HR) during exercise! (35)
A Message of Hope
Even the healthiest person who was raised on chewing organic, non-GMO tree bark since birth is susceptible to disease. We live in a very sick and toxic world and deadly pathogens are experts at taking advantage of slight lapses of immunity. Though, we donâ€™t need to walk around loaded with hand sanitizer at the hip.
Nature has given us an immune system for a reason. Fact is, the body has been designed with an unbelievable ability to heal itself in the right conditions. Given that it has the nutrients and fuel that it needs to fight disease, it will do so. And superbly at that!
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