Your life is in danger! Your health is in danger!
Provocative statements I admit, but deliberately designed as a wake up call.
In our last post, we talked about five facts of life.
Fact of Life #1: Average Life Expectancy has more than doubled.
Fact of Life #2: We used to die prematurely by infectious diseases.
Fact of Life #3: A new epidemic of premature death is caused by degenerative diseases.
Fact of Life #4. You and I are largely in control of the diseases that kill us.
Fact of Life #5: You can live to 100.
Each of us are being stalked by nine mortal diseases. If we don’t want to be cut down early, we need to find out more about these diseases so we’ll better understand how to conquer them.
I believe that I can show you how to protect yourself from an early death. In fact, by taking a few simple steps today, you could, very likely, add an extra ten healthy years to your life.
Let’s take a closer look at these top nine enemies of our health.
Public Enemy #1: Heart Disease.
Heart disease kills a million people a year. It’s an epidemic. It’s the equivalent of wiping out entire cities of people like San Diego or Minneapolis or Boston or Dallas every single year. Year after year. Or to say it another way, somebody dies every 32 seconds from heart disease. Sixty million of us have it — one in every three adults according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. Heart disease is deadly. But just what is it?
It’s not a disease you catch like a cold. It’s a disease you eat. Improper diet causes a sludge called plaque to build up in your arteries, slowly clogging them until blood can no longer flow to deliver vital oxygen and nutrients to your heart muscles. When your arteries finally plug up, you have a heart attack.
This happens to 1.5 million people a year. For most of them, it’s a total surprise. They had no idea their arteries were clogged. 1/3 of them will die on the way to the hospital, with no second chance, no time to say good-bye. Those who do survive, suffer through expensive and painful therapies. And all of this expense and pain and death, is totally unnecessary.
So how can you make sure that this doesn’t happen to you?
Odds are, you probably already have some degree of heart disease. Heart disease starts early. By age 16, young people already have some degree of blockage in the crucial arteries supplying the heart with blood.
But here’s the good news. We have made significant progress in the war on heart disease. Since 1950 we’ve cut the death rate in half. As Dr. Michael Colgan, world famous expert on nutrition has said,
“Do not fear cardiovascular disease. It’s the easiest of all man-made diseases to prevent, and even to reverse, if only you follow the right nutrition, plus a little easy exercise to blow away the cobwebs.”
You don’t have to be a casualty in the war on heart disease. The cure has been found. The white flag has been raised. Even so, millions will still die needlessly on the battlefield because the messenger didn’t get there in time. Consider this report as your messenger. You will discover exactly how to avoid heart disease in your lifetime.
Public Enemy #2: Cancer.
Cancer is the most feared and most expensive of all diseases. And for good reason. A million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year. 50% of those will die within five years. That amounts to 1,500 people a day or one every minute of every day in America and one every 3 or 4 seconds somewhere in the world.
We’ve spent billions trying to cure it since Nixon proclaimed war on Cancer in 1970. Far from being conquered, the incidence of cancer has increased 44% since 1950. Breast cancer is up 60%. Prostate cancer is up 100%. At this rate, cancer will soon pass heart disease as the number one cause of death in America.
What are your odds of developing cancer?
The National Cancer Institute says “that one American in every three living today will get cancer….and one in four will die from it.”
For women, the most feared cancer is Breast cancer.
In 1950 only one in 20 women got it. Today it’s about one in eight. Only 18% of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer will survive it for at least five years. About 45,000 women will die from it this year. Even those women who are lucky and beat it, still lose an average of 19 years of lifespan.
For men, the most feared cancer is Prostate cancer.
Just about every man over 50 has an enlarged prostate. Doctors estimate that 30% of American men 60 years and older have prostatic cancer. Among men who live to 75, the number is over 50%. That’s one in two! And the older you get, the higher the risk. But don’t panic! Prostate cancer usually grows very slowly and can be treated with great success. The ten year survival rate from prostate cancer is over 86%.
If Cancer is the most feared disease, it is also the least understood.
Most of us think that cancer is something in your genes: some families get it, others don’t. But not so. Only 20% of cancer is attributable to heredity. 80% is in your control.
According to Dr. Virginia Livingston-Wheeler, who at her clinic in San Diego treated hundreds of cancer patients with amazing success said this:
“We all have cancer in our bodies, it’s just that our immune system is keeping it in check….it’s the breakdown of our immune system that allows cancer to grow….if you maintain a strong and healthy immune system, your chances of ever getting cancer are virtually nil.”
According to Dr. Patrick Quillin, another cancer expert,
“Scientists agree that nearly all individuals develop undetectable cancer about 6 times in a 70 year life span. Yet only one of three people actually develops overgrown and detectable cancer….The body is equipped to deal with cancer….but this process relies heavily on nutrition….Proper nutrition could prevent from 50-90% of all cancer.”
So there is hope! The development of cancer is not a short, lightning strike event that’s out of your control. It is a long process — in the case of lung cancer, 20-25 years. If you strengthen your immune system now, you can take back control and possibly keep cancer in check.
In this report, I’m going to show you four easy, inexpensive things you can do to drastically reduce the risks of cancer going out of control in your life.
Public Enemy #3: Stroke.
Most of us are petrified of cancer without realizing that stroke kills more women than breast cancer, and more men than prostate cancer.
What is a stroke? Most strokes are caused by the same problem that causes a heart attack. The arteries of the brain harden and plug up, eventually shutting off the flow of blood to vital parts of the brain causing, in essence, a “brain attack.” 500,000 people will suffer strokes in our country this year. 150,000 people will die. And many of the rest of them will wish they had died. Strokes are the number one cause of disabilities. There are 4,000,000 survivors of stroke alive today. Half of them have significant disabilities including paralysis, speech loss, and impaired memory. You don’t want to be a stroke victim — and you don’t have to be.
In this report I’ll show you four things you can do to reduce your risk of stroke.
Public Enemy #4: Diabetes.
Over sixteen million people suffer from Diabetes. And it’s on the rise. The incidence of diabetes has risen over 600% in little more than one generation. One in twenty of us will eventually get it. It’s a major threat to your health. The longer you live, the greater the chance that you’ll eventually develop diabetes. 40% to 60% of eighty year olds have it. Every year it kills 300,000 people.
It also contributes to the development of other deadly diseases. If you have diabetes, your risk for having heart disease or a stroke doubles. One out of every ten diabetics undergoes a foot amputation. 25% of all new cases of blindness and 25% of all kidney failures are blamed on diabetes. And untold cases of impotence.
You don’t want to come within a mile of diabetes. In this report, I’ll tell you what you can do that will help you in your fight against the curse of diabetes.
Public Enemy #5: Arthritis.
Thirty million of us have arthritis. You might think it only happens to old people but the average age at which arthritis strikes is 47 — hardly over the hill. And 80% of Americans develop some degree of arthritis by the age of 60. So why worry about it? Is it just a natural consequence of aging like wrinkles or gray hair? Perhaps, but gray hair doesn’t hurt and wrinkles don’t stop you from playing golf.
If you hate pain, then you’ve got to take a few simple, inexpensive steps to lower your chances of arthritis. This report will show you how.
Public Enemy #6: Osteoporosis.
Twenty five million of us suffer from Osteoporosis, or brittle bone disease. 80% of these are women over the age of 50. You’ve heard about older people falling and breaking their hips. In many cases, it’s just the reverse. She was walking down the mall and her hip spontaneously broke and then, she fell. Her bones were so brittle that just walking caused them to snap. And it all started in her thirties. After age 35, your bones lose bone mass at the rate of about 1% per year. Menopause accelerates the bone loss so that by age seventy-five, 90% of women have osteoporosis.
What does this mean to you? A third of the women over 65 suffer fractured vertebrae or fractured hips. An not to leave the men out, by age 80, a sixth of the men also break a hip. What’s so bad about a few broken bones? Well, for 50,000 seniors last year, these fractures were a death sentence. Unable to walk and be active, they were confined to bed. A quarter of them died within 6 months. That’s one death every twenty minutes.
But osteoporosis is not just about broken bones:
Have you ever wondered why some older people seem to wrinkle more than others? Osteoporosis actually causes your skull to shrink too! According to Dr. Lori Hanse, a plastic surgeon in Oklahoma City, “The result of….such bone loss….is skin that sags, like a dress that’s a size too big.”
If you plan on living a long, full life you’ll have to reckon with osteoporosis. The good news is that prevention is simple, costs little or nothing, and is available to everyone.
Public Enemy #7: Alzheimer’s.
Although it was identified in 1907, it wasn’t until ex-president Ronald Reagan was diagnosed with it that the public took notice. Now, experts predict that the longer you live, the more likely it is you’ll get Alzheimer’s. 10% of people over 65 have it. 20% of people over 75 have it. 40% of people over 85 have it. That amounts to about four million of us. The symptoms are loss of memory, mental capacity and disorientation. Death follows diagnosis in seven to ten years. It kills 100,000 people each year–but only after reducing its victims to human vegetables.
You don’t want to come within a hundred miles of this disease.
The good news is that 20-30% of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia don’t actually have the disease at all. They have, instead, a deficiency of a single, specific vitamin. When given a tiny amount of this inexpensive vitamin supplement daily, they recover their mental capacities and return from the living dead.
(Review this earlier post to find the answer:
Have you ever known an older person who was senile? Could it be that they just hadn’t taken enough vitamins? According to Dr. Irwin H. Rosenberg of the US Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center at Tuft’s University, “Much mental deterioration associated with aging can be prevented or reversed by vitamins.”
Public Enemy #8: Obesity.
For the first time in the history of North America and other industrialized countries, there are more people who are obese than are of normal weight. Although obesity is wide spread, it is no joke. Obesity is linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, breast and prostate cancer. In fact, about 24% of all cancers are linked to obesity. Obesity also increases your risk of diabetes by up to 3000%.
With 32.6 million Americans classified as overweight and about another 40 million on the way, bodyfat is by far our worst health risk. It causes more illness than all the environmental and nutrition problems, than smoking, alcohol and all other drugs put together.
For every extra pound you gain after 30 years of age, you shorten your life by 6 months. And every extra pound you add after 50, shortens your life by a full year. Put simply, obesity kills!
Avoid excess weight! If you are overweight it is your greatest health risk. Allow this report to be your wake up call.
Yet it’s not like we don’t try to lose weight. If you’re overweight, you have probably been tempted to try several of hundreds of fad diets, diet clubs, bogus slimming aids, losing weight for a brief time, only to gain it all back again after you get tired of depriving yourself and quit the diet. This report will show you how a few simple lifestyle changes will make you lean for life.
Public Enemy #9: Skin Cancer.
Did you know your skin is the largest organ of your body? Our skin covers approximately 21 sq. feet on an average adult. The skin reflects the body’s general state of health, and is the only organ that can reveal our age group. With continuous exposure to the elements, we are very reckless how we treat this vital organ. We would never treat our heart or other vital organs the way we treat our skin.
The sun is warm and beautiful. But it’s also the cause of wrinkles, blotchy complexion, leathery skin, and nearly 700,000 cases of skin cancer a year. It’s hard for sun worshipers to hear the truth, but the truth is, exposure to sunlight is a well known carcinogen. Damage from the sun does not go away. It adds up over your lifetime.
The risk of skin cancer today is much greater than it was 20 years ago. We are exposed to an increasing amount of ultraviolet rays as the protective ozone layer thins due to pollution. As a result, you have a one in seven chance of developing skin cancer in your lifetime. The risk is even higher if you are fair-skinned, have already had blistering sunburns, and work or play outside for extended periods of time.
Is your skin a victim of pre-mature aging and years of false advertizing from tanning salons and chemical cosmetic companies? This report will introduce you to intelligent skin care, that may save your life.
One major cause and one major solution for the deadly nine!
Well, that’s quite a list! You would think that such completely different diseases would have completely different causes. But pioneering research in the last few decades has shown that all of these diseases are linked to but one common cause. Free radicals in the body. You’re going to hear a lot about free radicals for the rest of your life….so let me explain it this way.
Compare it to the engine in your car. It burns gasoline for fuel and emits exhaust or pollution into the air. Every cell in your body is like a tiny engine of energy. It’s fuel is oxygen. To power your body, about a trillion molecules of oxygen pass through each of your 60 trillion cells each day. As this oxygen is burned for fuel, it creates a sort of cellular “exhaust” called free radicals. Huge numbers of these free radical oxidants ricochet around your cells, punching tiny holes in cell walls and damaging the internal machinery. Nasty stuff.
Now, nature has a solution for this. Your immune system automatically creates natural substances called ANTI-oxidants with strange names like glutathione peroxidase and superoxide dismutase. Think of them as cellular PAC-men gobbling up these free radical terrorists. In addition, many foods you eat also contains antioxidants, like vitamin C and vitamin E. When you eat foods high in antioxidants, you help your cells to neutralize free radical activity in your body.
Have you ever cut an apple in half and left it exposed for a few hours? It turns brown doesn’t it? What caused the browning? It was the free radical oxygen molecules attacking the molecules of the exposed fruit. How can you stop this? Simply squeeze some lemon on the fruit just after you cut it. The exposed apple remains white and fresh for hours. Why? The lemon contains vitamin C…a powerful antioxidant…that neutralizes oxygen free radicals and protects the apple. That’s exactly what happens inside your body. If you don’t have enough antioxidants, your cells become damaged. And this can lead to deadly consequences.
In a perfect world, the combination of body antioxidants and food antioxidants would be enough protection. But we don’t live in a perfect world. We live in a polluted world and guess what pollution is loaded with? You guessed it — free radicals. Every time you breath, you take in millions of free radical molecules created by cigarette smoke, radiation, automobile emissions. Every time you eat, you consume free radicals in the form of pesticides and preservatives. Alcohol is also loaded with free radicals. Even exercise creates excess free radicals. All of these activities can overwhelm and damage the cells of your body.
According to the geneticist Bruce Ames of the University of California at Berkeley, each of your cells endures about hundred thousand free radical hits or wounds each day. Most of this damage is repaired but about a thousand new wounds every day go unrepaired, and this damage accumulates relentlessly. Some of these “hits” damage your cell DNA, and if these hits go unrepaired, cancer can be the result.
“So,” says Ames, “by the time you’re old, we find a few million oxygen lesions (wounds) per cell. It is this accumulation of cellular damage…that fuels the aging process, pushing up your odds of disease and death.”
To compound the problem, as you get older your natural body antioxidant system diminishes. Your white blood cells are not as potent against the nine deadly invaders. More than ever, your body needs reinforcements in the battle against these cellular terrorists.
According to Dr. Robert D. Willix in his excellent book, “Healthy at 100”,
“The most important medical discovery of the last half-century concerns two substances called “free radicals” and “antioxidants”. Free radicals have been linked to (at last count) about 60 diseases. And we now have evidence that antioxidants can protect against, stop, and (in some instances) even reverse the damage done by free radicals….These discoveries make clear that the most important single thing you can do if you want to live long enough to dance the polka at your great-great-grandson’s wedding is to start an immediate regimen to make sure you get all the antioxidants you need – both through diet and through the use of nutrients and dietary supplements … I urge you…to start taking antioxidant supplements now….You will see almost immediate, visible, tangible evidence that these substances are working to protect you from free radical damage. Patients who take this advice report increased energy, positive changes in skin texture, and even loss of wrinkles – within a few weeks.”
Having a strong Immune system is the key!
Antioxidants work, not only because they kill free radicals but they strengthen your immune system. And that’s the bottom line. If you have a strong immune system, you are much less likely to get sick. We all have cancer cells growing in us, but a strong immune system keeps these cancer cells in check. So the goal is to do anything to strengthen this system and to avoid anything that weakens it. Your immune system can make you almost invincible against the nine deadly giants. It is the David that can kill an army of Goliath’s but you must give it plenty of ammunition. When your David runs out of pebbles, you run out of luck.
Play it SAFE: The Formula for Longevity.
So let me ask you again. Do you really want safe passage through the danger zone? Do you really want to add a decade or two of healthy living to your life? There is a formula for longevity that I’d like to share with you. To help you remember this formula, I’ve used the word S.A.F.E. to represent the four steps you’ll need to take to protect yourself.
The S.A.F.E. Formula
S means to Supplement your diet with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber.
A means to Avoid excessive alcohol, tobacco smoke and other toxic substances.
F means to Feast on Five Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Frequently.
E means to Exercise at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes a session.
We will go into details of the S.A.F.E. formula in our next post.
(Adapted from “Your Health is in Danger” by Robert G. Allen. These posts are not meant to be scholarly in nature, but references of quotes are available upon request.)