Spirituality and cancer

Even though the scientific technology has been increasing day by day, it is always best to choose spiritual way to cure the ill health. The dreadful disease like cancer is very tough to cure, which causes depression in patients. It further leads to more ill health. So in order to have a peace of mind one can go through spiritual path. Spirituality is an essential element in the life of a cancer sufferer. The main principle of healing cancer spiritually is to invoke mental strength.
Extension of Religious beliefs helps to improve quality of life of patients with cancer.

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Spirituality:
Spirituality always plays a bigger role in ones healthy life and even influences end-of-life decisions. It is defined as how one can connect to their significant and sacred God. It is the awareness of something greater than the individual self. It can be understood as one’s relationship with their soul, expressed through one’s attitudes, habits and practices. Spirituality can be understood as the inner life of a person. The deep you go spiritually, the high, the patients can fight with illness. During the treatment, they can find the meaning of peace and wellness despite of fatigue or pain. It is one of the best resources to increase strength in patients.
Spirituality in Cancer:
Cancer patients need spiritual help to improve their mental condition. The patients may feel overload with the feelings of anxiety, anger, grief, loss and hopelessness. Despite of being surrounded by family and loved ones the cancer patients feel like they are alone in a crowd. Some may experience anger towards their God and lose faith. In that case, a spiritual leader may be able to help cancer patient by listening and providing guidance. Engaging the cancer patients in spiritual speeches may help them fight the present situations and deal with their issues. Patients with low spiritual levels are the more sufferers of cancer. Some cancer patients might loose faith in God and even make them furious at God. But one has to try to keep faith in God and try to join a faith community. The religious leader are helpful during the time of their sufferings.

 

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Uses of Spirituality:
1. Spirituality lowers depression and help to fight cancer. The cancer patients with high levels of spiritual mind set are less likely to be depressed. It helps them to enjoy the life and make them live stronger like a normal person.
2. The more the level of spiritual thinking, the more one can travel against stress and anxiety.
3. One of the spiritual activity like Meditation helps in mental focusing and relaxes the mind. It also might help to lessen some of the unpleasant physical side effects of cancer treatment.
4. Cancer is the most dreadful disease, which finally leads to a painful death. In order to have a peaceful and happy life end one must surely opt the spiritual line. Spiritually-oriented patient always gives peacefulness to their family as well.
5. People who chooses the line of spirituality during their cancer treatment may be more likely to change them from being ill to well and feel better.
6. Spirituality increases, the faith of healing the disease.
  
Ways to increase the Spiritual levels:
Each patient has their own spiritual needs based on cultural and religious traditions. But here are the common steps for cancer patients to connect spiritually.
1. One can pray alone or with someone else who are spiritually nearer to god.
2. Performing meditation in various time intervals in a day.
3. Instead of regular breathing, the cancer patient can cultivate the art of Meditative breathing.
4. In times of stress, one can read scripture or other holy books to avoid mental ill health.
5. Chanting a mantra repeatedly is also one of the ways to reach spirituality.
6. Performing yoga asanas in proper manner helps to avoid depression.
7. The most simple technique to improve spirituality is talking about spiritual matters with another person.

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Research and Analysis:
The research on cancer and spirituality has been lifted by efforts to move quality of life from the edges of cancer care into the mainstream. In the first analysis, investigators concentrated on the physical health of the patients. They have started reporting greater overall religiousness and spirituality also felt better physical health. They have also expressed the greater ability to perform their usual daily tasks.

In the second analysis, the researchers examined patients mental health. The team discovered that the emotional aspects of religion and spirituality were more strongly associated with positive mental health.

The third analysis is concerned to social health, or patients capacity to retain social roles and relationships to face off illness. Religion and spirituality, as well as each of its dimensions, had modest but reliable links with social health. The research is still focusing on how relationships between religious or spiritual involvement and health change over time.

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Spiritual distress: a clinical diagnosis?

A cancer diagnosis, as with any serious illness, triggers deep existential questions: Why me? Why now? Why would God allow me to suffer this way? What will happen to me after I die? for what wrong I have done that God punished me. Answers to these questions are not immediate, nor are they obvious. But with support, patients can reframe a negative experience into one with a potentially positive meaning. Patients talk of an illness as a blessing or an opportunity to see life in a different, perhaps more meaningful way.

People may relate to the suffering of Lord Mahaveer, Jesus Christ, which might give them solace or a path to acceptance of their own suffering. Only our past deeds are responsible for our suffering, and now we have to accept it calmly. Rituals and spiritual practices are taught as a way to help people cope with suffering and eventual dying. Spirituality can be understood as one’s relationship with the transcendent, expressed through one’s attitudes, habits, and practices .

Brady found that patients with cancer who had high levels of spiritual well-being reported more enjoyment in life, and higher levels of meaning and peace, even in the midst of cancer-related symptoms such as fatigue or pain. Other studies have shown that spiritual well-being in cancer patients has been associated with lower levels of depression, better quality of life near death, and protection against end-of-life despair and desire for hastened death. Cancer patients report their spirituality helps them find hope, gratitude, and positivity in their cancer experience, and that their spirituality is a source of strength that helps them cope, find meaning in their lives, and make sense of the cancer experience as they recover from treatment.

Answering the, “Why am I here?” question. Gain clarity about your purpose by being silent and listening to the wisdom deep within. One of the greatest gifts of spirituality is learning to love and fully accept yourself and others in the present moment. Cancer healing lead to greater feelings of personal growth.

Spirituality can take many forms and is unique to each individual. Spiritual practices that may help you cope with your cancer and its treatments include:

1. Taking the time regularly to meditate or pray.
2. Reading spiritual writings.
3. Retreat to spiritual places, natural settings.
4. Spending time with monks, sants, spiritual persons .
5. Chanting a mantra repeatedly is also one of the ways to reach spirituality.
6.Listening to classical or spiritual music
7.Performing yoga asanas in proper manner helps to avoid depression.
8.Talking about spiritual matters with another.

\Spirituality is a chance to be reconnected to God, a religious tradition, and a community that provides hope and strength for the cancer patient,\ says Rev. Deborah K. Davis, director of field education at Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersy.

Experts say that spiritual or religious practices can help you adjust to the effects of cancer and its treatment. Patients who rely on their faith or spirituality tend to experience increased hope and optimism, freedom from regret, higher satisfaction with life, and feelings of inner peace. In addition, patients who practice a religious tradition or are in touch with their spirituality tend to be more compliant with treatment and live a healthier lifestyle.

http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/coping/day-to-day/faith-and-spirituality/spirituality-pdq

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4332130/

 

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Achievements/Team work

The famous cancer and Aids specialist Dr. Yeshi Dhonden has achieved a lot in his profession. In the mid 70′s, he was invited to the University of Virginia for the purpose of lecturing about Tibetan Medicine. Sitting in on the series, one of the university’s research professors was so impressed upon hearing his lecture and asked Dr. Yeshi to join him in conducting a laboratory study using Tibetan Medicine to treat mice with sarcoma. The fact that the information they discovered through this study could help a multitude of people encouraged him to proceed.

Dr. Lobsang Tenzin, working for years with Dr. Dhonden as a Tibetan pharmacologist and Professor Jeffery Hopkins, translator, completed the Tibetan team. The outcome was big. It showed that the response of the mice to the Tibetan formulas was equal to chemotherapy and appeared to be without side effects. The outcome of the study proved to be non – toxic.

After their team achievement of Tibetan Medicine on mice, the research have continued the humans. Their primary goal was to prove that these Tibetan formulas were safe and non toxic. Even though the study was small the team worked endlessly. Finally the outcome is positive and now from over last 50 years, Dr. Yeshi Dhonden by using this Traditional Tibetan Medicine is treating several patients, who are suffering from stomach cancer, breast cancer, aids, brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, hepatitis and many more.

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Gastric cancer Research

Gastric cancer is also known as Stomach cancer. It is a type of cancer that slowly develops for several years. The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) researchers are systematically identifying the major genomic changes involved in more than 20 cancers using state-of-the-art genomic analysis technologies. TCGA researchers hope to identify specific gene changes linked to H. pylori infection, to different stages of stomach cancer and to different sub-types of stomach cancer.

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According to July 2012 research and analysis of data from the HIV/AIDS Cancer Match Study revealed that carcinomas and non-Hodgkin lymphomas of the esophagus and
stomach are among the cancers whose risk is increased in people with AIDS.

What do Gastric cancer patients eat?
An important part of treatment for stomach cancer is a nutritional diet with the correct amount of vitamins, minerals, proteins and calories to maintain strength and aid in the healing process. They drink extra milk and eating more eggs and cheese are good ways to get protein. Food contains more fat content will be taken like butter or puddings.

Stomach cancer patients need extra iron, calcium and vitamin D from their diets. So they takes Sardines, cabbage, broccoli, milk, eggs, cheese and bread provide calcium. They
also eat food with iron content. Red meat is more easily absorbed by the body than the iron found in fish, soy, egg yolk, leafy green vegetables and dried fruit.

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Gastric cancer patients have small, frequent, dry meals. They eat slowly without any hurry and drink water only after 30 to 60 minutes of taking food. Eat starchy carbohydrates
such as pasta, rice, bread and potatoes. They keep away very liquid foods and also avoid soup. Limited salt is taken by the patients.

Life style
Patients suffering from Gastric cancer will be away from habits like smoking and drinking alcohol. Along with good diet, they also maintains healthy weight. Rest is necessary as
soon as they become tried.

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These patients will be careful to be away from risk of infection. Daily performing reasonable level of exercises is one of their routines. They take rest
for 15 to 30 minutes immediately after meals.

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Cloves and Its Benefits

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Cloves
Cloves”The wonder spice” scientific name is Syzygium aromaticum, are the aromatic flower buds of a tree belongs to Myrtaceae family. These are native to the Maluku islands in Indonesia and are primarily harvested in India, Madagascar, Zanzibar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka. The clove tree is an evergreen growing upto 8-12 m tall, having large leaves and sanguine flowers grouped in terminal clusters.

At begining the flower buds are pale hue color but gradually becomes green, then transitions to a bright red and are ready for collection. Cloves consists of 1.5-2 cm long calyx, terminating with four unopened petels and forming a small central ball. Since long, cloves are used in Indian ayurvedic medicine. The flavour of the clove is due to the presence of a compound called Eugenol from 70 – 90%. They have a warm, sweet and aromatic taste. Cloves have carbohydrates, sugar, soluble and insoluble fiber, sodium, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids and more nutrients.

Nutrients in Cloves per 2.00 tsp
Manganese 63%
Omega-3 fats 7.5%
Vitamin K 7. 4%
Fiber 5.7%
Vitamin C 5.6%
Magnesium 2.7%
Calcium 2.7%
Calories (13)0%

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Benefits
1. Cloves helps to treat toothache temporarily.
2. Cloves are a natural painkiller and also attack germs, so they will help to get rid of sore throat.
3. Cloves helps to relax the digestive tract and aids in good digestion.
4. Cloves and clove oil when taken together can provide relief from Nausea.
5. Cough and bad breath can be cured by consuming cloves.
6. Cloves helps to treat infections as malaria, cholera, tuberculosis as well as scabies.
7. Cloves have been used to treat asthma and as an anesthetic.
8. To treat insomnia, clove oil or clove tea is very effective.
9. Clove acts as a natural anti-parasite, which helps to kill intestinal worms.
10. Clove oil works as a powerful action against gas and bloating.
11. To boost up the immune system, cloves are very beneficial.

High levels of antioxidants
The spice contains high levels of antioxidants which not only help in detoxifying the body and delaying ageing, but also protect internal organs like the liver. Over the due course of time, metabolism increases the free radical production and encourages a high lipid profile in the liver all of which are counteracted by this spice (cloves).

Clove Oil Benefits
The benefits of clove oil is usually attributed to help with antimicrobial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac and stimulating components. The oil is used for treating a range of health issues including toothaches, gerd, cough, asthma, headaches, stress and blood harmful particles. The most important use of clove oil is in dental health care.

Lung Cancer
Cloves have anti-carcinogenic properties, that have been proven to be helpful in controlling lung cancer when it is in the early stages. Some practitioners claim that a mixture of cloves, black walnut hulls, and wormwood can cure cancer. The scientists have found that cloves inhibit abnormal cell growth in lungs of mice. They also found that cloves drove the proliferating cells of abnormal shapes and sizes to commit mass suicide. But the available scientific evidence does not support claims that cloves or clove oil is effective in treating or preventing cancer or any other disease. Still the study on humans is going on.

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Research
Cloves, a commonly used spice, could do much more than flavour your food, they could battle out lung cancer, according to a study by a research team from Kolkata’s Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute. A 2006 study also suggested that cloves contain chemicals that might reduce development of lung cancer in mice treated with cancer-causing chemicals. Another laboratory study suggested that compounds taken from cloves show promise as potential anticancer agents. However, study results of clove extracts will not necessarily be the same as studies using the raw plant. And, while laboratory studies may show promise, further studies are needed to find out whether the results apply to humans.

How to eat
1. Mix cloves with basil, mint and cardamom in water to make a flavoured tea. Take this along with honey to provide relief from stress.
2. Common cold can be treated effectively by drinking a lukewarm mixed with ten drops of clove oil and honey, twice or thrice a day.
3. Spice up fruit compote by adding ground cloves.
4. Pierce an onion with whole cloves and add to soups, broths or poaching liquids.

Cautions
Consumption of dishes prepared with large quantity of clove can cause gastrointestinal irritation, central nervous system disorders. Recipes prepared with this spice should be avoided in individuals with stomach ulcers, ulcerative colitis and diverticulitis conditions. Eating cloves is also avoided during pregnancy.

 

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Green Tea and Its Benefits

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Green tea
Green tea is made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing. It is originated in China, but has become associated throughout Asia. It has recently become more widespread in the West, where black tea has been the traditionally consumed tea. Now-a-days it has become the raw material for extracts which are used in various beverages, health foods, dietary supplements and cosmetic items. Several varieties of Green tea are created, which is mainly depend on the variable growing conditions, horticulture, production processing and harvesting time. It is loaded with polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins, which function as powerful antioxidants.

Nutrition Facts
Green tea contains various vitamins like A, D, E, C, B, B5, H and K. It is a rich source of Manganese and has many other beneficial minerals as Zinc, Chromium and Selenium. The most important active component in green tea epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is many times a more powerful antioxidant than vitamin C or vitamin E. It contains caffeine, but the caffeine content of green tea is very low compared to other sources of caffeine. 240 ml of Green tea contains 80 Calories, 0% Fat, 20 Sodium (mg), 21 Total Carbs (g), 21 Sugars (g).

Green Tea Benefits In Women
23% lower risk of dying from any cause
31% lower risk of dying from Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)
62% lower risk of dying from stroke

Green Tea Benefits In Men
12% lower risk of dying from any cause
22% lower risk of dying from Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)
42% lower risk of dying from stroke

Benefits
1. Green tea helps to kill bacteria that cause tooth decay, bad breath and gum disease.
2. Green tea is helpful in suppressing the breakdown of bone and also aids in bone building cells.
3. To increase body’s metabolic rate, green tea is very much essential.
4. Consumption of Green tea lowers the risk of heart diseases.
5. Regular consumption of green tea is effective to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
6. Green tea helps to regulate glucose levels in the body and reduces the risk of diabetes.
7. Green tea provides relief from depression and relaxes mind.
8. Green tea helps to keep off skin from aging and wrinkles.
9. Green tea protects the cells and molecules from damage.
10. Green Tea increases fat burning, improves physical performance and also reduces weight.

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Reduces the risk of Heart Attack
Drinking green tea rapidly improves the health of body cells lining the blood vessels and also helps in lowering one’s risk for heart disease. The flavonoids present in this tea protect the heart by relaxing the blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily. Even after the heart attack, it prevents cell deaths and speeds up the recovery of heart cells. So, having green tea on a regular basis will protect the heart from diseases.

Improve Brain Functioning
The Caffeine in Green tea, has been consistently leads to improvements in various aspects of brain functions including improved mood, vigilance, reaction time and memory. It contains less caffeine than coffee, but enough to produce good results. It also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which can work synergistically with caffeine to improve brain function.

Cancer Prevention
Cancer is caused by uncontrolled growth of cells. It is one of the world’s leading causes of death. It is well known that oxidative damage contributes to the development of cancer. Numerous researches has demonstrated that the antioxidants in tea helps protect against numerous cancers like breast, colon, colorectal, skin, lung, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, liver, ovarian, prostate and oral cancers. The catechins found in tea prevent cell mutation, deactivate certain carcinogens and reduce the formation and growth of tumors.

Drinking as many as four cups a day may be necessary to reap the anti-cancer benefits. It also can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, that kill cancer cells without damaging the healthy tissue around them. Green tea extract is reported to induce cancer cell death and starve tumours by curbing the growth of new blood vessels that feed them. The antioxidant in green tea is 100 times more effective than vitamin C and 24 times better than vitamin E.

Breast cancer : A meta-analysis of observational studies found that, who drank much green tea had 22% lower risk of developing breast cancer, the most common cancer in women.

Prostate cancer : One study found that men drinking green tea had a 48% lower risk of developing prostate cancer, which is the most common cancer in men.

Colorectal cancer : A study of 69,710 Chinese women found that green tea drinkers had a 57% lower risk of colorectal cancer.

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Research
Over the last few decades green tea has been subjected to many scientific and medical studies to determine the extent of its long-purported health benefits, with some evidence suggesting that regular green tea drinkers may have a lower risk of developing heart disease and certain types of cancer. Research shows it may be helpful against lung cancer. In the September 2012 Oncology Letters, EGCG present in green tea prevents and inhibits colorectal cancers. According to a study in Cancer Science indicated that it also aids the body by killing prostate cancer cells.

More than 50 epidemiologic studies of the association between tea consumption and cancer risk have been published since 2006. The results of these studies have often been inconsistent, but some have linked tea consumption to reduced risks of cancers of the colon, breast, ovary, prostate and lung. A newer study on prostate cancer, presented that to drink lots of brewed green tea but not the extract.

Daily Dose
The United Kingdom Tea Council recommends drinking not more than 6 cups of tea a day. For the best health benefits 3 to 4 cups is recommended.

Cautions
If the green tea is taken on an empty stomach in the morning, one may experience nausea and an upset stomach. For some people green tea reduce absorption of iron from the intestines. This can lead to iron deficiency anemia. Though green tea has lower caffeine content, excessive consumption can lead to restlessness, palpitations, difficulty in sleeping, anxiety, irritability, increased heart rate and elevated blood pressure.

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Sugar and Cancer

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Sugar
Sugar is the generalized name for a class of chemically-related sweet-flavored substances, most of which are used as food. They are carbohydrates, composed of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. Even though a teaspoon of Sugar has only 15 calories, it is not much recommended. White, Brown and Liquid are the types of Sugars that effects the health conditions. But because of its sweet taste, it became necessity. Sugar is also found in the form of cubes, from 19th century.

Effects on Body
1. Sugar is an organic substance that burns easily upon exposure to an open flame. Because of this, the handling of sugar presents is a risk for dust explosion.
2. Sugar increases the overall risk for heart diseases.
3. Fat content in the stomach is increased due to excess intake of sugar.
4. Sugar may be linked to cancer production and may effect cancer survival.
5. Sugar is just similar to alcohol, that effects liver.
6. In addition to the blood sugar levels, constantly eating too much sugar can also result in elevated insulin levels.
7. Sugar suppress the immune system and even upsets the mineral relationships in the body.
8. Sugar can leads to ovarian cancer and also increases the risk of gastric cancer.
9. Sugar can slow the ability of the adrenal glands functioning.
10. Sugar can cut off oxygen to the brain when consumed in excess.
11. Sugar increases the obesity and even damages the skin.

Damages Brain
Although, refined sugar contains no fiber, no minerals, no proteins, no fats, no enzymes, only empty calories, but it surely harms mental health. Sugar makes the blood very thick and sticky so that the blood cerculation into the brain reduces. This causes mental ill health and also leads to depression. A study conducted in University of California Los Angeles, concluded that, the high sugar diet causes insulin resistance, which in turn damages communications between brain cells that fuel learning and memory formation. The memory power will be reduced constantly. A 2009 study found that, the glucose content in sugar causes aging of cells, which leads to chronic brain diseases.

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Sugar Causes Cancer
Sugar is one of the main root cause of Cancer. Several types of cancers are caused because of excess intake of sugar. A 2013 study found that sugars in the intestine causes the formation of a hormone called GIP, that in turn increases insulin released by the pancreas and promotes cancer cells in the body. Further studies have found that negative associations between high sugar and starch intake increases the cancer cell rates in both breast cancer and colon cancer patients. Sugar also increases the risk of cancers like gallbladder, lung, kidneys, prostate, laryngeal, stomach, endometrial and many more.

Silent Killer
Sugar is a silent and invisible killer. It looks like plain and simple but poisonous. Much consumption of sugar causes swelling of joints, brain and liver. feeds cancer and all infectious diseases. It obsorbs the nutrients that we eat. According to the studies conducted by U.S. consumption of sugar can cause heart attacks, stroke and sudden death. The USDA recommends limiting added sugars to 40 grams or 10 teaspoons a day for a 2,000 calorie diet.

How to eat less Sugar
Eating less sugar is about preserving your health. Sugar can be replaced with jaggery. The World Health Organization recommends that the daily human intake of sugar in the average diet be no more than 10%, with a preference for only 6%. Unrefined, dehydrated sugar is better than white or black sugar. Use of dry fruits and some other liquids like apple sauce, pineapple or other fruit puree. Sugar also can be replaced by raw Honey, which contains healing properties. It is also said that as soon as sugar is consumed it effects teeth so brush the teeth immediately is recommended.

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Sugar or Jaggery
Sugar and jaggery, both contains 60 calories per teaspoon. Both are prepared from sugarcane. But Jaggery benefits health and sugar damages the health. So replacing Sugar with Jaggery is the smarter choice. Jaggery is even recommended for diabetic patients, but Sugar is not. Jaggery acts as a cleansing agent and cleans the lungs, stomach, intestines, esophagus and respiratory tracts, but sugar is vice versa.

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Salt and cancer

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Salt
Salt is a mineral substance, which primarily composed of sodium chloride. It is present in vast quantities in sea and the open ocean will be having about 35 grams of solids per litre. Salt is produced from salt mines or by the evaporation of seawater or mineral-rich spring water in shallow pools. Of the annual production of around two hundred million tonnes of salt, only about 6% is used for human consumption. Too much sodium in the diet raises blood pressure and increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. The World Health Organization recommends that adults should consume less than 2,000 mg of sodium that is 5 grams of salt per day.

Types of Salts
There are several varieties of salts, which are categorized according to their processing methods and location of origin. Some of the kinds of salts are Table salt, Coarse salt, Iodized salt, Kosher salt, Celtic salt, Dairy salt, Rock salt, Pickling salt, Sea salt, Sour salt, Seasoned salt, Popcorn salt, Colored salt, Black salt and many more. Each type of salt has their own elements, compounds and distinct features.

Black salt
Black salt or Kala Namak is a pungent smelling purplish or pinkish-gray rock salt used in Pakistan and regions of India. It is extracted from Himalayas and the salt ranges in north west of Pakistan. The smell is mainly due to its sulfur content. It is considered a cooling spice in ayurvedic medicine and is used as a laxative and digestive aid. This salt is also used to treat hysteria.

Iodized salt
Salt which has iodine (sodium iodide) added is called as Iodizes salt. Iodine is a mineral necessary to the body to prevent hypothyroidism. For those who live in areas away from oceans, iodized salt is an easy way to get this necessary nutrient into the diet. Surprisingly, this salt contains a small amount of sugar, without which the salt would turn yellow due to oxidation of the iodine.

Rock salt
Rock salt is less refined and grayish in color, this is the chunky crystal salt used in ice cream machines. This type is generally not used as an edible flavoring mixed into foods, but in cooking methods such as to bake potatoes or to encrust or embed meat, seafood or poultry for baking. Rock salt makes an impressive bed for oysters on the half shell. When using rock salt for cooking, be sure it is food-grade. Some rock salt sold for ice cream machines is not suitable for cooking.

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Effects of Salt on Kidneys
Salt works on kidneys to make the body hold on to more water. This extra stored water raises blood pressure and puts strain on kidneys, arteries, heart and brain. Over time, this extra strain can damage the kidneys and reduce their ability to filter. If kidney disease is left untreated and the blood pressure isn’t lowered, the damage can lead to kidney failure. So reduce in salt intake will even help for blood pressure and can have healthy kidneys.

Effects of Salt on Brain
The raised blood pressure caused by eating too much salt may damage the arteries leading to the brain. At first, it may cause a slight reduction in the amount of blood reaching the brain. This may lead to dementia. This condition reduces the brain functioning because they can not receiving enough oxygen and nutrients. If intake of more salt is done overtime, the arteries in brain may burst or may be completely blocked. One of the best ways of keeping blood pressure down and brain to function better is by eating less salt.

Salt causes Cancer
A heavy salt diet will surely pull the people towards the drastic diseases like stomach cancer. The Cancer Research in UK said that Eating just 12g of salt a day doubles the likelihood of stomach cancer. In the latest study, the people those are consuming high salts were found to run twice the risk of stomach cancer. Scientists also said that high salt intake induce atrophic gastritis which leads to stomach cancer. Accoding to the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), if the salt is taken less and more fruits and vegetables are consumed cancer can be prevented for some extent. They have made several researches and finally concluded that 75% of this salt comes from processed foods, 15% from salt naturally found in food, and 10% from table salt that we add to our food. They have also estimated that 21% of stomach cancer cases could be prevented by increased consumption of non-starchy vegetables and 18% of cases could be prevented by increased consumption of fruit. Excess salt intake is a deadly poison to the body it even can kill a person. A diet high in sodium can contribute to hypertension, which can cause heart attacks and strokes. Even if a person never added salt while cooking or at the table, they are still getting more than 1,500 milligrams of salt every day. Medical experts believe that kidney stones are chiefly caused by improper diet that is too high in sodium and too low in water consumption. Scientists also studyed that salt is “the real public enemy”.

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How to eat less salt
An adult should eat not more than 5g of salt a day, but most of the people eat much more than this. Most of the salt we eat every day is “hidden”. Roughly 80% of the salt we eat is hiding in processed foods like bread, biscuits and breakfast cereals and prepared ready meals or takeaways. Only 20% comes from the salt we add while cooking or at the table. To lower your sodium intake, replace table salt with salt-free spices or salt substitutes.

Health Benefits of Salt
Salt is not only critical to life, but it is one of the basic elements of which body is made.
1. Sea salt naturally helps you to build up a strong immune system.
2. Salt can also helps to reduce weight.
3. A sea salt bath can help to relieve dry and itchy skin as well as serious conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
4. Potassium present in sea salt is essential for helping the muscles to function properly.
5. Sodium deficiency can lead to shock if the blood pressure is decreased too severely. So minimun amount of salt consumption is essential to maintain blood pressure.
6. Iodized salt can improve the functions of the brain like memory and concentration.
7. Iodized salt can help to relieve from depression and also fights the feeling of anxiety.

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The power of your subconscious mind in Healing Ailments

Miracles happen to men and women in all walks of life all over the world. Miracles will happen to you too—when you begin using the magic power of your subconscious mind.

The duality of mind
You have only one mind, but your mind possesses two distinctive characteristics. The
line of demarcation between the two is well known to all thinking men and women today.
The two functions of your mind are essentially unlike. Each is endowed with separate and
distinct attributes and powers. The nomenclature generally used to distinguish the two
functions of your mind is as follows: The objective and subjective mind, the conscious
and subconscious mind, the waking and sleeping mind, the surface self and the deep self,
the voluntary mind and the involuntary mind, the male and the female, and many other
terms. You will find the terms “conscious” and “subconscious” used to represent the dual
nature of your mind throughout this article.

The conscious and subconscious minds
An excellent way to get acquainted with the two functions of your mind is to look upon your own mind as a garden. You are a gardener, and you are planting seeds (thoughts) in your subconscious mind all day long, based on your habitual thinking. As you sow in your subconscious mind, so shall you reap in your body and environment.Begin now to sow thoughts of peace, happiness, right action, good will, and prosperity.

Think quietly and with interest on these qualities and accept them fully in your conscious
reasoning mind. Continue to plant these wonderful seeds (thoughts) in the garden of your
mind, and you will reap a glorious harvest. Your subconscious mind may be likened to
the soil, which will grow all kinds of seeds, good or bad. Do men gather grapes of thorns,
or figs of thistles? Every thought is, therefore, a cause, and every condition is an effect.
For this reason, it is essential that you take charge of your thoughts so as to bring forth
0nly desirable conditions.

The main point to remember is once the subconscious mind accepts an idea, it begins to
execute it. It is an interesting and subtle truth that the law of the subconscious mind
works for good and bad ideas alike. This law, when applied in a negative way, is the
cause of failure, frustration, and unhappiness. However, when your habitual thinking is
harmonious and constructive, you experience perfect health, success, and prosperity.
Peace of mind and a healthy body are inevitable when you begin to think and feel in the
right way. Whatever you claim mentally and feel as true, your subconscious mind will
accept and bring forth into your experience. The only thing necessary for you to do is to
get your subconscious mind to accept your idea, and the law of your own subconscious
mind will bring forth the health, peace, or the position you desire. You give the command
or decree, and your subconscious will faithfully reproduce the idea impressed upon it.
The law of your mind is this: You will get a reaction or response from your subconscious
mind according to the nature of the thought or idea you hold in your conscious
mind.

Conscious and subconscious terms differentiated
You must remember that these are not two minds. They are merely two spheres of
activity within one mind. Your conscious mind is the reasoning mind. It is that phase of
mind, which chooses. For example, you choose your books, your home, and your partner
in life. You make all your decisions with your conscious mind. On the other hand, without any conscious choice on your part, your heart is kept functioning automatically, and the process of digestion, circulation, and breathing are carried on by your subconscious mind through processes independent of your conscious control.

The Miracle Working Power of Your Subconscious
The power of your subconscious is enormous. It inspires you, it guides you, and it reveals
to you names, facts, and scenes from the storehouse of memory. Your subconscious
started your heartbeat, controls the circulation of your blood, and regulates your digestion, assimilation, and elimination. When you eat a piece of bread, your subconscious mind transmutes it into tissue, muscle, bone, and blood. This process is beyond the ken of the wisest man who walks the earth. Your subconscious mind controls all the vital processes and functions of your body and knows the answer to all problems. Your subconscious mind never sleeps, never rests. It is always on the job. You can discover the miracle working power of your subconscious by plainly stating to your subconscious prior to sleep that you wish a certain specific thing accomplished. You will be delighted to discover that forces within you will be released, leading to the desired result.

What is impressed in the subconscious is expressed
Whatever thoughts, beliefs, opinions, theories, or dogmas you write, engrave, or impress on your subconscious mind, you shall experience them as the objective manifestation of
circumstances, conditions, and events. What you write on the inside, you will experience
on the outside. You have two sides to your life, objective and subjective, visible and
invisible, thought and its manifestation.
Your brain receives your thought, which is the organ of your conscious reasoning mind.
When your conscious or objective mind accepts the thought completely, it is sent to the
solar plexus, called the brain of your mind, where it becomes flesh and is made manifest
in your experience.

Affirmations are probably the single most useful cure for all cancers. Even if the patient thinks that they are at the end of the road, repeating these affirmations with the patients frequently over a period of time actually reprograms their mind. Repeat these simple affirmation aloud for 5 minutes two to three times a day. And see the invisible force within the patients own subconscious mind work miracles.

“My body and all its organs were created by the infinite intelligence in my subconscious mind. It knows how to heal me. Its wisdom fashioned all my organs, tissues, muscles, and bones. This infinite healing presence within me is now transforming every cell of my being, making me whole and perfect. I give thanks for the healing I know is taking place at this time. Wonderful are the works of the creative intelligence within me.”

Give life-giving patterns of wholeness, beauty, and perfection to your subconscious mind, thereby obliterating the negative images and patterns of thought lodged in subconscious mind which were the cause of all trouble. Nothing appears on your body except when the mental equivalent is first in your mind, and as you change your mind by drenching it with incessant affirmatives, you change your body.

Ideas worth remembering
1. Your subconscious mind controls all the vital processes of your body and knows the
answer to all problems.
2. Prior to sleep, turn over a specific request to your subconscious mind and prove its
miracle working power to yourself.
3. Whatever you impress on your subconscious mind is expressed on the screen of space
as conditions, experiences, and events. Therefore, you should carefully watch all ideas
and thoughts entertained in your conscious mind.
4. The law of action and reaction is universal. Your thought is action, and the reaction is
the automatic response of your subconscious mind to your thought. Watch your thoughts!
5. All frustration is due to unfulfilled desires. If you dwell on obstacles, delays, and
difficulties, your subconscious mind responds accordingly, and you are blocking your
own good.
6. The Life Principle will flow through you rhythmically and harmoniously if you
consciously affirm: “I believe that the subconscious power which gave me this desire is
now fulfilling it through me.” This dissolves all conflicts.
7. You can interfere with the normal rhythm of your heart, lungs, and other organs by
worry, anxiety, and fear. Feed your subconscious with thoughts of harmony, health, and
peace, and all the functions of your body will become normal again.
8. Keep your conscious mind busy with the expectation of the best, and your
subconscious will faithfully reproduce your habitual thinking.
9. Imagine the happy ending or solution to your problem, feel the thrill of
accomplishment, and what you imagine and feel will be accepted by your subconscious
mind and bring it to pass.

Above excerpts are taken from world famous book “The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind” by Dr. Joseph Murray.

If you have a friend/family suffering from incurable disease, please do make sure you get him/her a copy of this book!
The book can be downloaded from http://www.ichoosetoheal.com

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Punarnava and Cancer

Punarnava
Punarnava is the ayurvedic herb presented by our Mother Nature. The Latin name of Punarnava is Boerhaavia diffusa and its English name is Spreading hogweed. It is extensively found in India. Punarnava is the word derived from two different words “punar”, which means “again” and “nava” means new”.

Therefore this herb is mainly useful for renewing the body systems. Punarnava is a green leafy, which is approximately of 2 to 3 feet long. The leaves are rounded in shape and contains small hair like out growths. During rainy season the flowers will be blossomed which are of pink and white color. The herb is sweet, pungent and astringent in taste. It is light and rough by nature and hot in action. Its root,stem and entire herb is used for medicinal purpose.

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Benefits
1. Punarnava is useful in purifying the blood and also the gastric juices.
2. Punarnava is helpful to fight against joint pains and oedema.
3. Punarnava is the best herb for curing swellings in the body.
4. To energize the body and improve strength Punarnava is very much useful.
5. Punarnava treats several stomach disorders, particularly intestinal colic.
6. Punarnava promotes the removal of catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tubes. So it aids in asthma.
7. Several skin diseases can be cured by applying root paste of Punarnava.
8. Nervous weakness can be cured with the help of Punarnava herb.
9. Loss of muscles functioning like paralysis can also be treated with Punarnava.
10. Punarnava supports optimal weight management.
11. Punarnava promotes balanced fluid levels in the tissues and the aids in healthy flow of urine.

Punarnava for Liver
Punarnava is widely used to rejuvenate liver and detoxify it. If the body is attacked with any of the infection the first stressful part will be the liver. As a consequence, the person will become fatigued and lethargic. So at this initial stage it is advisable to use Punarnava, which helps to restore health, stamina and vitality. This herb can combat the disorders of liver like hepatitis, jaundice, iron deficiency anaemia, anorexia and sluggish liver. The healthy liver even aids in increasing the basic haemoglobin of an individual.

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Punarnava for Diabetes
Punarnava leaf extract is very much useful for diabetes. It significantly decreases glucose levels in blood and in turn increases plasma insulin levels.

Punarnava benefits for Kidney
Punarnava has become a staple for healing and creating health especially for kidney patients. The herb helps to get rid of excess body fluids and at the same time prevents the formation of urinary stones. Just one month use of this ayurvedic herb can promote Kidney functioning better.

Cancer
Punarnava is a good herb for cancer treatment. Punarnavine, an alkaloid is believed to be an anti-cancer agent. The study has indicated that punarnavine could enhance the immune response and inhibit the metastatic progression of B16F-10 melanoma cells in mice. The extract from the whole plant is very much useful for cancer cure. The herb has also been shown to be hepatoprotective, choleretic, cardiokine, anti-cancer and anti-oxidant. In cancer, Punarnava is anti-metastatic, as well as cancer preventive.

In recent times Cervical cancer is the most common cancer among women. Punarnava has a wide range of properties, to fight against this cancer. Boeravinones, compounds isolated from the roots of Punarnava, have been found potentially to inhibit the drug efflux activity of BCRP (breast cancer resistance protein), a multidrug transporter responsible for cancer cell resistance to chemotherapy.

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How to use
1. In night blindness, a cup of cow milk with a teaspoon of Punarnava is taken at bedtime.
2. Take one teaspoon each of Punarnava and Arjun in honey will helps to cure congestive cardiac failure.
3. Application of Punarnava paste in the swollen areas can cure oedema.
4. To cure asthma take a teaspoon of Punarnava and half teaspoon Pippali.

Dosage
The juice extracted by crushing the fresh herb can be taken in a dose of 5 to 10 ml twice a day. The powder of the seeds of Punarnava can be taken in a dosage of 1 to 3 grams approximately.

Cautions
Cardiac patients should use this herb under the supervision of a qualified doctor. Children below 12 years of age and pregnant women should not take this herb.

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Triphala and Cancer

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Triphala
Triphala is an Ayurvedic herbal rasayana consisting of equal parts of three unrelated seedless fruits like Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula). The first part of triphala Amalaki is known as Amala (Indian gooseberry), is a deciduous tree of the family Phyllanthaceae. It is known for its edible fruit. The tree is small to medium in size, reaching 8 to 18 m in height. The second part Bibhitaki known as Bahera is a large deciduous tree commonly grows on plains and lower hills in Southeast Asia. The leaves are about 15 cm long. The third part of Thriphala is Haritaki, which is called as Myrobalan is native to southern Asia. The tree grows 30 meter (98 ft) tall, with a trunk up to 1 meter (3 ft 3 in) in diameter. These three amazing herbs are mixed to make triphala, which tastes quite bitter in taste.

Triphala and Cancer
Triphala is an Indian Ayurvedic Formulation, which is known for its anti-cancer properties. Toxicity study showed that triphala was non-toxic up to a dose of 240 mg/kg. On of the studies stated that, it is a good radioprotective agent. It is useful in reducing the growth of cancerous tumours cells in the body. It is useful in the prevention of cancer and that it also possesses antineoplastic, radioprotective and chemoprotective effects. Triphala slow down the growth of pancreatic cancer cells. Scientists found that the tumours in triphala-treated mice were half the size of those in the untreated mice, without any side effects on normal pancreatic cells. It helps in reducing the spindle formations there by reducing the risk of growth of metastasis of cancer cells.

Research
The cheapest Indian ayurvedic medical formulations is Triphala, which is known as anti-cancer agent. Number of researches and experiments are done regarding triphala and it gave positive results. The scientists explain that the differential effect of Triphala on normal and tumor cells seems to be related to its ability to evoke differential response in intracellular ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species) generation. According to December 2005 Journal of Experimental and Clinical Cancer Research from the Radiation and Cancer Biology Laboratory at Jawaharlal Nehru University noted that Triphala was effective in reducing tumor incidences and increasing the antioxidant.

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Benefits
1. Triphala is an effective remedy for bowel cleanser and very much helpful in the process of digestion.
2. Triphala helps to handle flatulence.
3. To cure gout or vata rakta and other joint problems, Triphala is the best effective herbal medicine.
4. Triphala helps in good functioning of the liver and the pancreas.
5. Amla present in triphala is used to break the fatty acids in the body and maintains the weight.
6. Triphala is used to treat eye problems such as fatigue, redness and soreness of the eyes.
7. Triphala is helpful in strengthening the gastrointestinal tract and also purifies the blood.
8. To have a quality voice, strong and black hair, Triphala is very effective medicine.
9. If triphala is taken in the morning, it gives strength to the body.
10. Triphala is extremely helpful in treating any kind of urinary tract infection.

How to use Triphala
1. Triphala powder can be mixed with eight ounces of any fruit juice or water and take it.
2. Take 1 teaspoon of Triphala in lukewarm water and consume it before going to bed.
3. Add half to one teaspoon of the triphala powder in a cup of hot water. Add some honey and drink it.
4. For good eye sight, put 1 to 2 teaspoons of the triphala powder in a cup of lukewarm water. Allow it to stay overnight. In the morning, filter the liquid and splash it on the eyes.

Cautions
Triphala should used only after consulting a physician. Some doctors does’nt recommended for the women during pregnancy, because there is a chance of harming to the unborn child. Most experts do not recommend triphala for children. If it taken more in dosage it may damage colon muscles. Most of all these side effects may be due to an improper dosage.

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