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At St Benedicts Health Care we look for Natural Solutions to health problems. We use peer reviewed scientific articles, from the US Library of Medicine database (PubMed), to help uncover these solutions, and then we verify their effectiveness using clinical trials. We believe these Natural Solutions should be freely available to everyone. Please refer to the menu for our growing list of Natural Solutions that work.

The Secret of Health

  1. Practice positive feelings - be quick to forgive & thankful.
  2. Keep the circulation in good health with gentle exercise like walking, yoga, or taiji each day.
  3. Get plenty of sleep.
  4. Eat a wide variety of food - and not too much.

What causes the loss of health or disease?

Fitness is different from health. Fitness is gained and lost quickly, but health is lost and regained over a long period of time. Few people notice their health leaving until it is gone.

Inflammation is a common link and the first obvious sign of disease.

Negative Emotions

Production of pro-inflammatory cytokines that influence aging, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, Type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, and frailty and functional decline and other conditions can be stimulated directly by negative emotions. (1)
Positive Emotions
Happiness induced by warm physical contact with the partner was found to reduce proinflammatory cytokines. (8)

Physical Toxins (Mercury for example as we have it in our teeth)

Mercury causes inflammation, tiredness and heart disease. Mercury toxicity should be evaluated in any patient with hypertension using hair, toenail, urine and blood tests. (2)

Lack of Nutrients (Selenium for example as New Zealand soil is low in Selenium)

Adequate levels of Selenium are important for initiating immunity, but they are also involved in regulating excessive immune responses and chronic inflammation. (3)

Overactivity

Exhausting or strenuous exercise, induces muscle damage associated with high production of free radicals and pro-inflammatory mediators. (4)

Underactivity

Low levels of physical inactivity lead to chronic inflammation and oxidative stress in the skeletal muscle, the circulatory system and other tissues. (5)

Lack of Sleep

Sleep disturbance is associated with inflammation and related disorders including cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and diabetes. (6)

Overeating

Biomarkers of inflammation, are increased in obesity, and predict the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. (7)
References:
(1) Kiecolt-Glaser JK, McGuire L, Robles TF, Glaser R.
Psychoneuroimmunology: psychological influences on immune function and health.
J Consult Clin Psychol. 2002 Jun;70(3):537-47.
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(2) Houston MC.
Role of mercury toxicity in hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and stroke.
J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2011 Aug;13(8):621-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-7176.2011.00489.x. Epub 2011 Jul 11.

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(3) Huang Z, Rose AH, Hoffmann PR.
The Role of Selenium in Inflammation and Immunity: From Molecular Mechanisms to Therapeutic Opportunities.
Antioxid Redox Signal. 2011 Sep 28. [Epub ahead of print]
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(4) Diaz-Castro J, Guisado R, Kajarabille N, Garcia C, Guisado IM, de Teresa C, Ochoa JJ.
Coenzyme Q(10) supplementation ameliorates inflammatory signaling and oxidative stress associated with strenuous exercise.
Eur J Nutr. 2011 Oct 12. [Epub ahead of print]
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(5) Aoi W, Naito Y, Yoshikawa T.
Dietary exercise as a novel strategy for the prevention and treatment of metabolic syndrome: effects on skeletal muscle function.
J Nutr Metab. 2011;2011:676208. Epub 2011 Jun 6.
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(6) Irwin MR, Carrillo C, Olmstead R.
Sleep loss activates cellular markers of inflammation: sex differences.
Brain Behav Immun. 2010 Jan;24(1):54-7. Epub 2009 Jun 9.
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(7) Lee YH, Pratley RE.
The evolving role of inflammation in obesity and the metabolic syndrome.
Curr Diab Rep. 2005 Feb;5(1):70-5.
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(8) Matsunaga M, Isowa T, Yamakawa K, Tsuboi H, Kawanishi Y, Kaneko H, Kasugai K, Yoneda M, Ohira H.
Association between perceived happiness levels and peripheral circulating pro-inflammatory cytokine levels in middle-aged adults in Japan.
Neuro Endocrinol Lett. 2011;32(4):458-63.
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