Noni Juice Health Benefits

None is the Cook Islands name for what we here call "Noni". In the Cook Islands the fruit has been used medicinally for hundreds of years. Botanically the fruit is called: Morinda Citrifolia. It grows on a shrub type tree and the size of the fruit is about the same size as a medium avocado pear. The skin has warts on it similar to a pomegranate. The shrub shows fruit some 10 months after planting. It reaches maturity in about 18 months and then yields between 4 to 8kg of fruit every month, all year round. Although the most significant nutrient feature of noni pulp powder or juice is its high vitamin C content, this level in TNJ provides only about half the vitamin C of a raw navel orange.

There are now approximately 300 companies marketing noni juice in a global market estimated at more than $2 billion annually. Sold in capsule form, pulp powder was the first noni product brought to the commercial market in Hawaii by Herbert Moniz of Herb's Herbs in 1992 after patenting a unique noni dehydrating method.

Each of us is unique in terms of age, health status, and tolerance for different types of medicines. At any given moment there are thousands of chemical reactions taking place within our bodies. This accounts for a wide variety of individual reactions to Noni. Some people will notice a difference immediately, while others may take longer to experience the benefits. Noni juice does have a few benefits, none of them with medical validation though. here are a short list of some of the benefits you can expect:

• Improvement of overall health and well being
• A boost of the body’s natural immune system
• Support of the body’s natural healing processes
• Improves absorption of nutrients from food
• Aids the body to rid itself of harmful free radicals
• Increased energy during physical performance

Noni juice needs to be taken regularly on a daily basis and hence its taste is important to sustained disciplined consumption. Removing the inherent taste and smell of Noni juice is a trade secret since this knowledge is not easily acquired. As a result almost all Noni juices are mixed with other fruit juices to override its unpleasant taste and smell.

Because of the number of people who began taking noni juice based on the marketers' claims, issues began to be tracked more closely that involved juice taking. Two separate studies in 2005 found that noni juice was causing acute hepatitis - a liver disease - in those who consumed it. Further studies are being done in 2006 to try to track down exactly what aspect of the noni juice is causing this harm. No noni products have achieved sufficient scientific foundation for being licensed as medicines or therapies. Companies today must still apply to the European Commission for Health and Consumer Protection Directorate-General to have their own brand of noni juice included as a novel food under the initial approval.

Rachel Broune

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The Wonderful Benefits Of Detoxification

Technology and industrial advancement may have led to creation of buildings, industries and astonishing machines and equipment that make our lives easier and faster. Due to the increasing population and industrial wastes, however, the environment has suffered so much. There is air and water pollution everywhere you go. Almost everything that you put inside your mouth and inhale through your nose is filled with toxic chemicals, soot and other harmful substances.

Because of man's utter disregard for the environment, it is not surprising that there is a rise in incidences of cancer, diabetes and strains of different lethal viruses, such as the bird flu virus. The immune system and your bodily functions can no longer operate at their peak because of the toxins, chemicals and wastes that each of us ingest through our nostrils and eat and drink through our mouths.

Reading the statements above, you might think that the future prospect is bleak. Do not despair. There are actually a lot of things you can do to help your body regain its health and vitality. An important first step to a healthy body and mind is detoxification, a process by which you eliminate wastes, chemicals, allergens and toxins out of your body through eating and drinking natural-based products. Here are the wonderful benefits of detox:

Cleanse The Body Of Harmful Substances

The primary goal of detox, or what is popularly known as gut cleansing, is to remove all the harmful substances in your colon. If you have been eating fatty, sugar-rich, processed, and junk foods all your life, your gut is probably filled with rotting waste products right now.

Although you may be eliminating poop regularly, not all of the fecal matter are purged out of system, especially if you are not fond of eating fiber-rich food. These decaying substances, which are left inside your gut for a long time and are eventually absorbed by your body, are the leading causes of many of the serious diseases that are rampant nowadays. If you go on a detox program, these old and rotting feces will completely be eliminated from your intestines.

Strengthens The Immune System

Another main benefit of detoxification is the improvement of immunity. A number of individuals who tried a colon-cleansing plan have not experienced bouts of food sensitivity, allergic reaction, cold, cough, sinusitis, and flu after completing the program.

It is important to note that the immune system needs a lot of vitamins and minerals in order to function at its peak. If the foods that you eat are nutrient-deficient or if your body is not absorbing nutrients well, then your body's ability to fight viruses, bacteria and other microbes are greatly compromised. After a detox program, you will get rid of layers upon layers of decaying matter so you will be able to absorb the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants your body needs.

Improves Functions Of Other Body Organs

After the cleansing process, you will notice that your body is stronger and your mind sharper. If you have been feeling a little sluggish before the program, you will feel robust and on the go immediately after the detox. The reason behind this is that the colon cleansing does not only affect your gut, but the other organs in your digestive system as well. Your kidneys, gall bladder, liver, and even your skin will be revived and restored.

Aids In Kicking Out Unhealthy Habits

Losing weight and getting rid of your cravings for sugar-rich food is as hard as quitting smoking, drugs and alcohol. However, as your body eliminates unhealthy substances from your body, the cravings and addiction will start to disappear. Thus, if you have been trying for years to stop smoking or to ditch your candy snacking, then you need to get on a detoxification program immediately. One highly recommended detox system is Colpurin. If you want to know more about this product and read about other people's testimonies, just go to http://www.colpurin.com/.

by Janet Martin

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Smoking Statistics - Are You One Of 440,000 That Will Die From Smoking This Year?

When you read through some of the latest smoking statistics it's amazing that cigarettes can still be freely bought. Here I've brought together some of the main statistics relating to smoking and health.

Smoking as a cause of death

Smoking causes the deaths of 440,000 people a year in the USA out of a total of 2.4 million deaths a year. By 2020 the World Health organization expects 10 million people a year to die from smoking throughout the world. Although smoking is declining in many developed countries, it's on the increase in many developing countries.

Smoking and cancer

It is estimated that in the USA, 87% of cases of lung cancer are due to smoking. Men who smoke are increasing their chances of dying from the disease by 22 times. Smoking is the cause behind 30% of the deaths due to cancer in the USA.

Smoking and heart attack

Studies from the UK show that smokers in their 30's and 40's are five times more likely to have a heart attack than their non-smoking peers.

Passive smoking statistics

Passive smoking is the inhaling of smoke from the cigarettes that other people are smoking. This could occur at work, in the home or during leisure at bars, cafes etc. In the USA, it's believed that 3,000 people die every year from lung cancer due to passive smoking.

In the UK, more than 17,000 children under the age of 5 are admitted to hospital due to the effects of passive smoking, every year. Studies have shown that children from homes where both parents smoke, there is an increased risk of them developing a disease of the respiratory system. At a time when asthma rates in children are on the rise, this should be a serious concern.

Non-smokers who are exposed to cigarette smoke in the home are at a 25% increased risk of developing heart disease or lung cancer.

Can drugs help?

Here are the statistics from one of the newest drugs that can help you stop smoking. The product is called Chantix (Champix in the UK) and is based on the active ingredient varenicline. In a 12-week study, 44% of smokers that were receiving the product were able to quit. This compared to only 18% that were receiving a placebo, and 30 % that were receiving Zyban (bupropion). These results are fairly impressive but it does mean that more than half the subjects in the study failed to quit smoking.

by Paul Elms

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Hypercalcemia Treatment Information

Hypercalcemia is the most common life-threatening metabolic disorder. Hypercalcemia is an excessive amount of calcium in the blood. Hypercalcemia can be life threatening and is the most common metabolic disorder associated with cancer, occurring in 10% to 20% of people with cancer. The main cause of hypercalcemia is overactivity in one or more of the four glands that regulate calcium in your body (parathyroid glands). Women older than 50 are most likely to develop hypercalcemia caused by overactive parathyroid glands. Other causes of hypercalcemia include cancer, certain other medical disorders.

Some medications and excessive use of calcium and vitamin D supplements. Hypercalcemia per se can result in fatigue, depression, confusion, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, constipation, pancreatitis or increased urination. In more severe cases, kidney failure and coma can be observed. Cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats) may also occur. Parathyroid hormone (PTH) and vitamin D regulate calcium balance in the body. PTH is produced by the parathyroid glands -- four small glands located in the neck behind the thyroid gland. Vitamin D is obtained from exposure of skin to sunlight.

Successful management of hypercalcemia requires management of the underlying disease. Hormonal therapy (estrogens, antiestrogens, androgens, and progestins) may precipitate hypercalcemia. Thiazide diuretics extend renal calcium reabsorption and may precipitate or exacerbate hypercalcemia. Glucocorticoids increase urinary calcium excretion and decrease intestinal calcium absorption. Glucocorticoids to help counter the effects of too much vitamin D in your blood caused by hypercalcemia. Loop diuretic medications (such as furosemide) to help flush excess calcium from your system and keep your kidneys functioning.

Hypercalcemia Treatment and Prevention Tips

1. Calcium and vitamin D supplements can be avoided this condition.

2. Dialysis usually used in severe hypercalcemia complicated by renal failure.

3. Supplemental phosphate should be monitored and added if necessary

4. Calcitonin blocks bone resorption and also increases urinary calcium excretion.

5. Loop diuretic medications to help flush excess calcium from your system.

6. Glucocorticoids (corticosteroids), to help counter the effects of too much vitamin D in your blood.

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Herbal Treatment for Women's Problems

The female reproductive system consists of the external and internal genital organs. Breast disorders may be noncancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant). Most are noncancerous and not life threatening. Often, they do not require treatment. In contrast, breast cancer can mean loss of a breast or of life.

Thus, for many women, breast cancer is their worst fear. However, potential problems can be detected early when women regularly examine their breasts themselves and have mammograms.

Symptoms

Common symptoms include breast pain, lumps, and a discharge from the nipple. Breast symptoms do not necessarily mean that a woman has breast cancer or another serious disorder. However, if a woman has any of the following symptoms, she should see her doctor:

A lump that feels distinctly different from other breast tissue or that does not go away
swelling that does not go away
puckering or dimpling in the skin of the breast
scaly skin around the nipple
changes in the shape of the breast
changes in the nipple, such as turning inward
Discharge from the nipple, especially if it is bloody.

Herbal Treatment

Apply a warm compress for 15-20 minutes on your breast, by using a heated towel or a heating pad to get relief from breast tenderness. This problem occurs mainly before, after or during your monthly period. For such times you can use a cold compress with the help of ice packs or frozen packets of fruits and vegetables wrapped in towel.

Sometimes not wearing bar can be a good enough reason for breast pain. Wear bras that support your breasts. See to it that the bras are well-padded if you are wearing an under-wired bra. If nothing works try a sports bra.

Soya products contain isoflavones which lessen breast tenderness. Include soy food such as soybeans, soy milk, soy burgers and other soy products in your diet. Cutting down on your salt intake will help reduce water retention which in turn relieves pain. Avoid caffeine in any form as it contains methylxanthine that stimulates breast tissue and causes pain.

Food: sensitivity or allergy can disrupt hormone balance, and it may be that either eliminating certain culprit foods, or increasing your nutrition to make up for deficiencies causing allergies, or both, will help the body to regain its balance.

Aromatic seeds, such as anise, cumin, fennel, caraway, coriander, and dill increase milk production and tone the digestive system. Their powers are carried through the breast milk, curtailing colic and indigestion. To brew, simply put a heaping spoonful of dried seeds in a cup and fill to the top with boiling water. Let steep for 5-10 minutes. Drink warm with honey. Up to two quarts a day can be consumed.

Avoid soap, cologne, deodorant and powder on your nipples or breasts. Do not wash nipples with soap. Soap predisposes the nipples to chapping and cracking.
Nourishing herbs, such as raspberry leaves, stinging nettle, oatstraw, and red clover blossoms - prepared as strong infusions*, not taken in pills, capsules, tinctures, or teas - not only encourage a plentiful supply of breast milk, they support the overall health of mother and child. The minerals in these herbs are amazingly abundant, so they counter mineral loss from nursing, and help keep mom calm and alert during those first few weeks of round-the-clock infant care.

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Obesity: Symptoms and Their Effects

Obesity

Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. A crude population measure of obesity is the body mass index (a person’s weight (in kilograms) divided by the square of his or her height (in meters). Overweight and obesity are major risk factors when people eat more calories than they burn off; their bodies store the extra calories as fat. for a number of chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Obesity is an abnormal accumulation of body fat, usually 20 percent or more over an individual's ideal body weight. Obesity is associated with an increased risk of illness, disability, and death. It may be simply an extreme degree of overweight - but a person can be overweight without being obese.

Symptoms of Obesity

Adiposity (fat cells) in the breast region in boys

Large abdomen (white or purple marks are sometimes present)

Increased adiposity in the upper arms and thighs.

Accumulation of excess fat below the diaphragm and in the chest wall may put pressure on the lungs, causing difficulty in breathing and shortness of breath, even with minimal exertion.

There is indigestion aggravated by so much abdominal fat. Urinary incontinence is an often undisclosed but embarrassing symptom, particularly for women, and is very common for the obese. Snoring and sleep apnoea have a strong association with abdominal obesity

Strain on the weight bearing joints.

Extra body fat

High blood pressure

Heart and blood vessel problems, such as stroke and coronary heart disease

Health effects of obesity

Heart Disease-The risk of heart attack, congestive heart failure, sudden cardiac death, and angina or chest pain is increased in persons who are overweight or obese. High blood pressure is twice as common in adults who are obese than in those who are at a healthy weight. Obesity is associated with high triglycerides and decreased HDL cholesterol.
Cancers-Obesity is associated with an increased risk for some types of cancer including endometrial (cancer of the lining of the uterus), colon, gall bladder, prostate, kidney, and post-menopausal breast cancer. Women gaining more than 20 pounds from age 18 to midlife double their risk of post-menopausal breast cancer, compared to women whose weight remains stable.
Health Risk of Arthritis-Osteoarthritis is a painful degenerative joint disorder that has been called "wear and tear”. Arthritis since it is caused by physical stress on joints. It most often affects knees, hips, and lower back vertebrae. Extra weight can place pressure on these joints, accelerating the wearing away of the cartilage that normally protects them. Gout is a joint disease, but it is caused by high levels of uric acid. Uric acid can form crystal deposits in the joints, causing pain and inflammation.
Psychosocial effects - In a culture where often the ideal of physical attractiveness is to be overly thin, people who are overweight or obese frequently suffer disadvantages. Overweight and obese persons are often blamed for their condition and may be considered to be lazy or weak-willed. It is not uncommon for overweight or obese conditions to result in persons having lower incomes or having fewer or no romantic relationships. Disapproval of overweight persons expressed by some individuals may progress to bias, discrimination, and even torment.

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Prostate Cancer: Why Eating Well Is The Best Defense?

No other human organ is as susceptible to cancer as the prostate. Each year, an estimated 209,900 American men are diagnosed with the disease, making it the most prevalent form of cancer in the United States. Although lung cancer claims more than twice as many men's lives each year, prostate cancer is the second most lethal male cancer, killing 41,800 men annually.

In fact, the malady is so widespread that by age 65, nearly two out of three males may develop minute tumors producing in their prostates, the walnut-size gland that is wrapped around the urethra, the tube that drains the bladder. And some doctors believe that if men lived long enough, every man would develop the disease.

Curiously, the vast majority of men who have the disease will never know it. That is because prostate cancer normally manifests a gradual growth of tumor, often taking 20 to 30 years to become large enough to be detected by any currently available tests or to bring about serious health problems.

By then, many older men who had these small tumors will have long since died of other origins such as heart disease and stroke.

According to some urologic oncology experts, many more men die with prostate cancer than from it. They contend that if they could just slow the growth of the tumor so that it takes 40 to 60 years to progress instead of 20 to 30, which would amount to a cure for many men.

Doctors suspect that dietary changes may help men stall the progress of disease and prevent it from becoming life threatening. Here are a few prostate protectors.

1. Go lean fat

Lowering your fat intake to 20% of your total calories, that is about 44 grams of fat if you eat 2,000 calories a day, is one of the best things that you can do to slash your risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer.

2. Turn away from red meat

Beef and other red meats are loaded with saturated fat, a type of fat linked to development of several cancers including prostate cancer.

In one study of 51, 000 American men, those who ate the most red meat were 2.6 times more likely to cultivate complex prostate cancer than men who avoided meat consumption.

3. Catch some fish

One reason why advanced prostate cancer is rare in china may be the quantity of fish in the diet. One study compared cancer rates of American men to men living in Shanghai, China, where people consume three times as much fish in their daily diet. The rate of prostate cancer for the American men was a dramatic 25.9 times higher than for the Chinese.

4. Discover the joy of soy

Health experts suggest that instead of meat, try substituting tofu, miso, and other soy foods in salads, casseroles, and soups.

Men in Japan eat many soy-based foods, benefiting from significantly high levels of genistein and genistin, two substances found in soy that may help clamp down on the disease.

5. Learn to like lycopene

A study at the Harvard School of Public Health tracked the eating habits of almost 50,000 health-care professionals for more than six years. The researchers concluded that lycopene, an antioxidant compound that gives tomatoes their distinctive red color, helps fight cancer.

So now you know the preventive measures in order to avoid developing prostate cancer, it is best that you start employing these tips in order to have a healthier, cancer-free life.

As the old adage goes, you are what you eat. So eat healthy in order to be healthy.

About The Author:
Robert Thatcher is a freelance publisher based in Cupertino, California. He publishes articles and reports in various ezines and provides prostate cancer resources on cancer-resources.info">http://www.all-prostate-cancer-resources.info.

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Breast Cancer, Prevention, and Life After Hormone Replacement Therapy

The two words “breast cancer” shake all women to the core – more so than any other disease, even though heart disease takes far more lives than breast cancer.

The two words “breast cancer” shake all women to the core – more so than any other disease, even though heart disease takes far more lives than breast cancer.

Try your hand at these 24 true/false questions about breast cancer (mostly). The answer key is at the end. No peeking now until you answer all the questions. I’m watching you!

1. In 1970, 1 in 20 women were diagnosed with breast cancer; today, 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. T or F?

2. According to Dr. John McDougall, it takes 100 days for one breast cancer cell to divide into two cells; about 6 years for one breast cancer cell to divide into 1 million cells, which is only as big as the tip of a pencil and undetectable; and 10 years to multiply into 1 billion cells, the size of an eraser on a pencil. T or F?

3. There is no such thing as early detection of breast cancer. T or F?

4. Only 3% to 5% of breast cancer can be attributed to genes. T or F?

5. According to three major studies, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) causes increase of breast cancer, strokes, heart problems, and clots in lungs and legs. T or F?

6. The incidents of breast cancer decreased after the use of HRT decreased. T or F?

7. Clinical trials show that the extract from the plant, black cohosh, is just as effective as HRT (70 %) in reducing hot flashes without the dangerous side effects of HRT. T or F?

8. A plant-based diet leads to gentler menopause. T or F?

9. Early menses (before 12) and late menopause (after 55) increase risk of breast cancer. T or F?

10. There is a high correlation between eating animal products and early menses and late menopause. T or F?

11. Walking 4 hours per week decreases breast cancer risk by 33%. T or F?

12. Fiber found in whole plants, not fiber by itself, reduces breast cancer risk. T or F?

13. Elevated cholesterol increases risk of breast cancer. T or F?

14. Increased body fat increases risk of breast cancer. T or F?

15. Increased dietary fat increases risk of breast cancer. T or F?

16. When diagnosed with breast cancer, women with near ideal body weight have greater chance for survival than women with higher body weights. T or F?

17. Breast cancer risk is 400% higher in the U.S. than it is in Japan. T or F?

18. The death rate from breast cancer is 5x higher in the U.S. than it is in rural China. T or F?

19. Increased estrogen levels significantly increase risk of breast cancer. T or F?

20. Estrogen levels significantly increase from eating the typical American diet, high in fat, animal protein, and low in dietary fiber. T or F?

21. According to T. Colin Campbell in “The China Study,” breast cancer can mostly be prevented by eating a plant-based diet and avoiding dietary fats and animal protein. T or F?

22. According to Dr. Campbell, the people around the world who eat the most animal protein have the most cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. T or F?

23. Okay, guys, you aren’t off the hook. In 2001 Harvard review of research, there is a significant correlation between prostate cancer and dairy products. T or F?

24. In the U.S., 1 in 10 men die from prostate cancer; in China, 1 in 100,000 die from prostate cancer. T or F?

Okay, you can now peek at the answer key and find out how much you know about your body and breast cancer.

Every statement is absolutely true! Great work, my friend!

Dr. Leslie Van Romer is a health motivational speaker, writer, and lifestyle coach. Visit http://www.DrLeslieVanRomer.com for more inspiration.

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Alternative Cancer Treatment: The Controversy in Virginia

What do you suppose the first thought a person just diagnosed with cancer has? Do they think about death? Do they think about chemotherapy and other medical treatments? What would you think of first if you found out you had cancer?

What do you suppose the first thought a person just diagnosed with cancer has? Do they think about death? Do they think about chemotherapy and other medical treatments? What would you think of first if you found out you had cancer?

For me, I've already decided that if I ever do get cancer, I will not seek out the conventional medical cancer interventions and treatments that are the society standard today. I've decided I will seek a natural route, one that does not involve chemotherapy and the destruction of my healthy cells as well as cancer cells. I've decided I will seek a treatment that does not weaken me physically, but rather helps to empower and strengthen my body.

This decision has come to me over my lifetime, and personally seeing relatives suffer through this type of treatment, only to quickly deteriorate, and in my opinion, die a faster, more painful death than if they'd had not treatment at all. Dramatic statement, I know, but nonetheless, this is my opinion.

I do not know what natural therapy or lifestyle changes I would actually choose if I were in that position, but I do know this is how I would choose to fight my battle, and I would hope that with some prompted research, the natural choice would make itself apparent. This is my personal choice, and no one could change my mind.

Now, consider this. What if I were only 16 years old, and I had come to this same conclusion, with the added caveat that I had actually had chemotherapy and been severely debilitated by it once already? Does the government or a judge have the right to intervene and order medical treatment, which I do not believe in, and in fact, which I believe will actually kill me, if not dramatically jeopardize my quality of life?

That's exactly what is transpiring right now for a 16 year old Virginia man (I say man, because this particular teen carries himself like an adult), with 2nd stage Hodgkins disease, a form of cancer that is very treatable the first time around, but upon recurrence, is less treatable and more deadly, requiring more drastic traditional chemotherapy and radiation.

Initially, the teen did undergo chemotherapy when the cancer was first discovered. He was weakened so badly, and in so much pain, that when his oncologist ordered a second round of more agressive chemo and radiation when the cancer returned, he refused and sought out an alternative cancer treatment called the Hoxsy method.

It is important to note that this natural, herbal method of cancer treatment, which is paired with a sugar free diet, has been banned by the FDA in the US, and he had to travel to Mexico in order to receive the daily herbs he had to take as well as intructions on how the treatment worked.


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