Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The headline read “7 diseases cost state billions, study says” published on Tuesday, Oct. 9 in the large Arkansas daily newspaper. That is billions with a B. Arkansas has the third-highest number of diseases per capita beaten only by West Virginia and Tennessee. We are killing ourselves and creating much of our own poverty.

  The seven diseases include heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, lung conditions, mental disorders and stroke. This for the 2003 reporting period. The actual dollar amount was reported to be $13.9 billion. The report said medical treatment would cost $2.6 billion; lost productivity, including missed workdays by employees and family and friends who are caregivers as well as lower output, would reach $11.3 billion.

  Western medicine, as it is, doesn’t do a particularly good job with these chronic ailments. They do pretty well when the chronic ailment causes an acute problem like heart disease producing a heart attack. That is if you can get quick treatment and not have it bankrupt you in the process. But other than emphasizing a good diet and appropriate exercise there isn’t a lot of preventive choice. This is where dietary supplements can be of benefit in a complimentary way.

  Looking at each of the seven ailments in a holistic way immediately shows that each of the above, with maybe the exception of mental illness, has in common chronic and internal inflammation/oxidation. Just a few dietary supplements taken daily could make a lot of difference for each illness, including mental illness.

  The short list would include multivitamins, omega 3s, a wide range of natural Cox2 inhibitors (to snuff out the inflammation) and antioxidants. Depending upon the ailment and symptoms, specific supplements could then be added to this base.

  Folks under 40 and above 18 (legalities!) benefit from the multivitamin and omega 3s while anyone over 40 years old would benefit with all three. Sometimes there are medical reasons for not supplementing.

  For instance, I wouldn’t add a supplement that does the same thing as a prescribed drug because that could be too much for the body. Anyone who uses a blood thinner like Coumadin or Warfarin would have to be very careful across the board. Even omega 3s might be too much. Though these problems can often be overcome with simple lab testing and adjusting of the drug dosage.

  The three dietary products, when used daily, would improve overall nutrition, reduce disease causing inflammation, provide antioxidant protection and nourish the brain and heart, especially. When this is all done in supplement form, complimenting your life, ailments and prescribed drugs, life should get better.

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