Atherosclerosis

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Atherosclerosis is the depositing of fatty substances on the arterial walls.
It can be formed as a way of protecting the arteries from damage. With this fatty deposit built up, the arteries end up becoming less pliable and more narrow, often decreasing blood supply to various parts of the body. This condition can lead to stroke, angina, high blood pressure, senility, heart attack, and impotency. As well as, intermittent claudication, defined as muscle pain, most often in the calf muscle, which occurs during exercise, such as walking, and is relieved by a short period of rest.


An early warning sign that may appear with atherosclerosis
is the formation of a vertical crease in the earlobe.


Platelet aggregation is partly responsible for the formation of atherosclerosis. To help decrease platelet formation, avoid saturated fats and trans fats from meat, dairy products and fried foods, whenever possible.

Fish oils, along with being excellent for decreasing cholesterol, are also very efficient at decreasing platelet aggregation. If you are taking a fish oil supplement only use pharmaceutical grade or distilled oils. I carry an excellent product called EPA-DHA.

Vitamin E can also decrease platelet aggregation, and can be taken using 400 – 800 IU daily, with food. The supplement to be effective must contain all four types of vitamin E, which are, d-alpha-tocopherol, d-beta, d-gamma and d-delta tocopherols.  At the Be Well Spa, I carry Tri-En-All 400 by Douglas Laboratories which meets all these criteria.

Whole Body Airport Scanners

Full body scanners are now part of the gaunlet of security of international air travel. There are three types of these scanners. First is the metal detector. The second uses radio waves, having no risk of radiation exposure. The third other form is a type of xray (aka backscatter manufactured Rapiscan) and delivers a dose of ionizing radiation. Ionizing radiation is powerful enough to strip electrons off atoms and damage DNA.

In 2011, the European Commission banned scanners that use X-ray technology “in order not to risk jeopardizing citizens’ health and safety.”

US Authorities are saying that compared to a chest xray the radiation exposure is miniscule. However, the Transportation Security Administration has received some many lawsuits concerning the nude images the xray machine produces that it has been deemed to be a violation of the Fourth Amendment. The Rapiscan XRay Scanners were scheduled to be discontinued in June 2013

In Canada, we will be using Millmeter Wave Scanners which emit only nonionizing radiation. In January 2010, Transport Canada confirmed that 44 scanners had been ordered, to be used in secondary screening at eight Canadian airports. Scanners are currently in use at Pearson Airport in Toronto, Montréal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Calgary International Airport, Vancouver International Airport, and Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

It’s Health Canada’s position that ” the millimetre-wave scanners do not pose a risk to human health and safety” and that “only a small portion of the Radio Frequency energy transmitted by the device is absorbed within a thin layer (1 mm) of the body’s surface.”

Essentially, the millimeter scanners are mild microwave ovens.

I am concerned about the cumulative effect of xray radiation on the body and always choose the physical pat down. I’ll be using the same strategy with the Millimeter Scanners.

be well,
Dr. Cheryl

Chlorinated Water

Did you know that up to 80% of North Americans drink chlorinated water? Did you know that chlorine mimics estrogen in the body? Did you know that if you shower with chlorinated water the absorption of chlorine by inhalation and through the skin is equivalent to drinking two gallons of chlorinated tap water.

CoenzymeQ10 and Cholesterol

When the statin cholesterol lowering drugs were first introduced, it was known that these drugs make the body prone to a deficiency in Coenzyme Q10. It was initially available with or without Coenzyme Q10. The CoenzymeQ10 version was discontinued due to the added cost.

Menses to Menopause

A woman’s monthly menses is a good indicator of how well she has done with looking after herself that month. Menopause a good indicator of how she has done looking after herself for the first half of her life.

Genetics

That your genetic make up only stipulates to which illnesses you are prone. It’s your lifestyle and dietary choices that make the decision of whether of not these will be expressed.