Preventative options

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Did you know only seven ailments can cost billions of dollars to treat?

The seven diseases include heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, lung conditions, mental disorders and stroke. The actual dollar amount was reported to be $13.9 billion. The report said medical treatment would cost $2.6 billion because of lost productivity (including missed workdays by employees and family and friends who are caregivers) as well as lower output, would reach $11.3 billion. Plus, there’s pain and suffering — that wasn’t mentioned.

Western medicine, as it is, doesn’t do a particularly good job with these chronic ailments. They do pretty well, often stellar, 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, certain prescribed drugs and appropriate exercise, there isn’t a lot of preventive choice. This is where dietary supplements can be of benefit in a complementary way.

Looking at each of the seven ailments in a holistic way, we see 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 ailment, including mental illness. The short list would include multivitamins, omega 3s, a wide range of natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidants. Examples are serrapeptase, turmeric and saffron as well as others. 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.

Those 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, life should get better.

The ecology tip for this week has to do with raking leaves. I keep a perimeter clear around the house but leave the leaf bed otherwise intact. This is a natural mulch that protects plants and bulbs as well as keeps a natural home in place for critters large, small and microscopic. In the spring, the soil is improved, too.

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