by Joseph Patrick Jakubal
Millions of people throughout the world suffer from anemia, which is defined as either a reduction in hemoglobin in the blood or the number of red blood cells. Either way the end effect is a decrease in the blood's ability to carry oxygen throughout the body and supply it with the energy it needs. Important body processes slow down like cell building & repair and muscular activity. Dizziness and a decrease in mental acuity may result due to the lack of oxygen to the brain.
Anemia is often a hidden disease most prevalent in women (20% of cases) and children (50 % of cases).
The body normally takes in iron, uses what it needs and puts the remainder into storage. The main reasons for low iron "storage" is ...
* Loss of blood due to menses
SYMPTOMS OF ANEMIA
The initial symptoms of anemia are ...
* Loss of appetite
The symptoms of established anemia include ...
COMMON CAUSES OF ANEMIA
The most common cause of anemia is iron deficiency because this is the mineral in the blood that trasnsports life giving oxygen throughout the body. Each red blood cell in the body exists only to transport oxygen and the iron is what gives it it's ability to do that. The red blood cells must constantly be replenished because they only live for approximately 120 days. Anemia due to iron deficiency can be caused by 1) insufficient dietary intake of iron, 2) insufficient abdorption of iron into the body, 3) blood loss (often caused by uterine cancer, fibroid tumors, hormonal imbalance)
OTHER COMMON CAUSES OF ANEMIA are ...
*Raw liver extract (500 mg twice daily) because it contains everything needed for the production of red blood cells. Be sure to use extracts from organically grown beef only. (Nutritional Healing - Balch - 97 - p128) Available from Vitamin Power as Desiccated Liver - advertised as natural - Argentina beef - Product 1037U - qty 250 - $6.95.
*Blackstrap molasses (1 tabelspoon daily) because it is a good source of essential B vitamins which are essential in the production of red blood cells.
*Folic Acid (800 mcg twice daily) because it is required for red blood cell formation (Nutritional Healing - Balch - 97 p128) Folic acid works best by using it in conjunction with Vitamin C and Vitamin B12. Folic acid deficiency is often the result of a dietary deficiency of fresh fruits and vegetables ... cooking destroys folic acid. Natural sources of folic acid includes green leafy vegetables, mushrooms, oranges, split peas, root vegetables. Oral contraceptives and alcohol can inhibit absorption of folic acid. Folic acid. Available from Vitamin Power - Product No. 802R - 800 mcg tabs - qty 100 - $2.95
KOMBUCHA TEA TO COUNTER THE EFFECTS OF ANEMIA
Natural energy booster and detoxifier which slows/reverses the aging process and is reported effective against even very serious diseases like AIDS, cancer and multiple sclerosis. The bevarage contains B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, folic acid. Greatly increases energy and promotes a feeling of general well-being. (Nutritional Healing - Balch - p557) - Available in health food stores - Can be made at home inexpensively.
MEDITATION / MELATONIN / THE MIND-BODY-CONNECTION
Greater effectiveness than Vitamin C, Vitamin E or beta-carotene. melatonin plays a major role in the body's production of hormones. Stimulates the immunity system. Most powerful antioxidant ever discovered. Many age-related problems result from a decrease in melatonin levels. Laboratory results suggest that increased mematonin helps to prevent age-related disorders.
DANDELION ROOT (Taraxacum Officinole)
DONG QUAI (Angelica polymorpha)
YELLOW DOCK (Rumex crispus)
OTHER SUPPLEMENTS REPUTED TO INCREASE ENERGY
Bee pollen; Bio-Strath form Bioforce of America; Floradix Iron + herbs from Salus Haus; Free form amino acids; Kyo-Gree from Waukunaga of America; N,N-Dimethylglycine (DMG); Octacosanol. (Nutritiona Healing - Balch - p6)
TRANSPORT EXTRA OXYGEN THROUGH THE BODY BY DEEP BREATHING TECHNIQUES
A widely used technique for coping with the stresses of daily life is the practice of deep
Deep breathing is important because it energizes the body and mind ... but at the same time it has
When you breath deeply you add millions of extra oxygen carrying blood cells into your blood
Your nervous system works better and your ability to make important decisions is improved
Broken bones, surgeries, physical and emotional wounds all heal faster when the blood is filled
Deep breathing is also called "diaphragm breathing" and can even eliminate digestive problems
The diaphragm is a muscle located just below the rib cage. When you push your stomach "out",
Try the following exercise for a few minutes and see how relaxed and invigorated you feel
Diaphragm Breathing Exercise
Find a quiet place and lie down on your back ... make sure that your spine is straight and that you
Place the small finger of your right hand on your naval and let the rest of your hand rest on your
Now press your left thumb against your left nostril, closing it to prevent you from breathing with
Then, hold your breath and count to eight. As you count remove the thumb from your left nostril
This type of breathing fills you with fresh oxygen and clears your lungs. It calms you down and
Now try this exercise for four "cycles" ... or until you get the "hang" of it. If you start to feel
Do this exercise whenever you are tense and anxious. Use it to break up your day and interrupt
By concentrating on your breathing for a minimum of three minutes, you will trigger the "relaxation
Shallow breathing in normal every day life can cause anxiety and decrease your energy level.
BREATH COUNTING EXERCISE
After you understand what it means to "diaphragm breath" try the following exercise ... and make
Count your exhalations up to the number "4" and then start over again ... the goal is to be as highly awake and as aware as possible (completely aware but doing just one thing at a time).
You will start by "breathing out" for four counts and then "breathing in" for four counts while saying
OK are you ready? Then lets begin, "1" and "2" and "3" and "4" and "1" and "2" and "3" and "4" ...
Discover the "secret" of champion athletes, dancers, and performers who use these methods and
The iron which is contained in vegetables (nonheme iron) is not as easily absorbed into the body as the iron contained in meats (heme iron). This means that large amounts of fruits and vegetables are required to get your daily requirement.
Kidney beans, lima beans, soy beans, snow peas, collard greens, spinach, broccoli, turnip greens, squash, asparagus, yam, kelp and kale are rich in iron.
Fruits rich in iron include apples, apricots, bananas, plums, prunes, purple grapes, raisins
Vegetables and fruits contain fiber which prevents iron absorption. Juices solve this problem since the fiber is removed and it takes a large amount of vegetables or fruits to produce a glass.
Dark meat turkey, chicken breast (minus the skin) and cornish hen contain just about the same amount of iron as red meat. Opt for a 3 ounce serving of one or the other.
Red meats should be chosen which are low in fat i.e. flank or round steak. Opt for a 3 ounce serving per day.
Liver is high in cholesterol and contains poisons since it's function is to detoxify. It's use is discouraged except in small quantities.
Nonheme iron is better absorbed when eaten with a Vitamin C source. Include a Vitamin C source at meals like an orange or apple (juices are preferable).
Kelp is recommended because it is an excellent source of iron and the B vitamins. (Kelp tablets are available at health food shops)
Other excellent sources of iron include eggs, cream of wheat, fish, watercress.
Since iron is an oxidizing substance ... it can cause freed radicals which accelerate the diseases of aging. For this reason you should supplement your diet with a first class antioxidant such as Pycnogenol, beta carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin A.
Pycnogenol is Available from Vitamin Power - Product No. 322P - qty 90 - 10 mg - $24.95.
DIETARY CONSIDERATIONS -
* Milk can reduce ability to absorb iron. (Doctors Guide To Vitamins & Minerals - Eades - 1994 - p90).
Coffee and tea inhibits iron absorption (High Speed Healing - Prevention - 1991 - p20).
VITAMIN C: Nonheme iron is better absorbed when eaten with a vitamin C source. Include a Vitamin C source at meals like an orange or apple (juices are preferable).
VITAMIN A: Prolongs the life span of red blood cells. Do not take at the same time as when taking iron because it reduces ability to absorb iron.
B Vitamins: Essential in the production of red blood cells and the breakdown of proteins for use at the cellular levels. You require adequate amounts of B vitamins to absorm iron properly. (Doctors Guide To Vitamins & Minerals - Eades - 1994 - p90).
VITAMIN K: The function of Vitamin K is to maintain normal blood clotting. Symptoms of deficiency is free bleeding. Can become deficient by taking antibiotics, excess calcium or large intake of Vitamin A (2200 IU per day).
EXERCISE AND HARMONY
Regular exercise builds stamina that helps in the battle against stress. Even a simple walk around
Exercise is what your body instinctly wants when it encounters stressful situations (the fight-or-
How much exercise is too much? And how much exercise is enough? For years we were told that
Scientists at Loma Linda University studied runners in the 1987 Los Angeles Marathon and
It was found that too much exercise produces stress response hormones like cortisol and
Then the experts reversed their assessments and began teaching that a little exercise is all we
So what's correct? Well it depends on your goal. If you want to rebuild a physique or compete in
Studies have shown that regular exercise has the power to maintain health. A study published in
The report said that people who were moderately fit and smoked, but had high blood pressure and
Moderate fitness is defined as aerobic exercise for at least twenty minutes a day ... four days a
Aerobic exercise is also called "non-stop exercise" and can include walking, bicycling, gardening,
Remember that exercise does not have to be unpleasant, it should not be viewed as a chore.
Walking is easy and an excellent aerobic work out ... you can make it more enjoyable by listening
The key is to have fun when you work out or you may not stick with it. To make exercise more fun
Another reason to rotate your activities is that when you repeat an exercise over and over your
The following guidelines support the beliefs of most people in North American society due to the
* Exercise improves your attitude and stimulates production of the natural pain killers called
* Exercise does not have to be unpleasant! A simple 20 minute walk will do ... and remember
* Research has shown that you can be in good physical condition if you exercise for 20 minutes a day four times a week. Of course this does not mean that you should do 20 minutes of exercise if you have not exercised for the past 20 years. In this case you should merely start out with what feels comfortable ... one minute, two minutes or whatever. The idea is to increase little-by-little until you achieve your 20 minutes.
* Exercise does not have to be inconvenient ... you could be taking a walk and listening to a cassette tape about your favorite hobby ... or just watching TV. in front of your stationary bicycle.
* The only way you can hurt the body is not to use it. Inactivity is the killer.
* When we say exercise we mean aerobic exercise ... or nonstop exercise.
* Studies have shown that exercise is beneficial for people of all ages. Some of the benefits are ... weight loss, increased energy, muscle toning, lower blood pressure, stronger heart, increased self esteem, etc..
* Do not "overdo" your exercise because you may find it a chore and give it up after a while.
* Working out several hours before bedtime will produce a more sound sleep than exercising within two hours before retiring for the night. (From the Book, Mind/Body Attunement - Jakubal)
* Set up a lifestyle that stresses "whole health" i.e not a pill that fails to address underlying problems.