Are The Chronic Diseases Of Aging Avoidable? Some Tribal People Seem Immune

Are The Chronic Diseases Of Aging Avoidable?   Some Tribal People Seem Immune

     A scientific project is revealing that there are genes in some tribal people who have never lived an industrialized life that protect them against Alzheimer’s.  The genes have existed in nearly all humans for eons up until modern times and now reside in only a quarter of people living in the industrialized world.  The function of those genes had to do with helping the brain fight parasites. 

     Now we live in “clean” environments, and there are fewer parasites to fight in developed countries.  It appears that these genes have started to fight against the brain itself instead.  The concept fits with recent dementia research.  It means that what we are feeding our body (the air, water, and food) is not able to provide us with the same resources as it would have in an ancient setting.  We may unwittingly be discovering just how damaging our modern way of life is.

     For me as a naturopathic doctor, while we can never return to a prior time, we can take action to protect ourselves.  I am certain that cutting out industrialized food—the processed and packaged products—and nourishing our bodies naturally would be a great start.  Read the article here.

THERE IS A RIGHT WAY TO FALL. DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS?

THERE IS A RIGHT WAY TO FALL.  DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS?

     According to people who know what they’re talking about–paratroopers, stunt professionals, physical therapists and martial arts instructors—there really is a right way to fall.  Especially if one is past young adulthood, this is potentially life-saving knowledge.

     Falls are often associated with older people, but they happen at any age and are the most common cause of trips to the ER for injury.  Falling causes more than one-third of injury-related ER visits, nearly 8 million a year.

     According to the experts, the key is to not fight the fall, but just to roll with it, as paratroopers do:  “You should bend your elbows and knees and try to take the hit on the fleshiest parts of your body, like the side of your thigh, buttocks and shoulder….You’re less likely to hurt yourself if you soften up all your muscles and exhale.  Rigidity is your enemy, while pliability is your friend.”

     This is what we see with young children, who are usually the best fallers.  They haven’t yet developed fear or embarrassment, so they just tumble and roll without tensing up and trying to catch themselves.  But since most of us are no longer kids, there are ways to get in better shape and movements we can practice, so if we should happen to trip over the coffee table in the dark, we’re more prepared to fall without doing ourselves real harm.  Read the article here.

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