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What Are NSAIDs and Are They Dangerous Taken Long Term?
posted Nov.11, 2013, 11:59 AM by Tom Hnat

The answer is yes. NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are taken to alleviate pain caused by inflammation. They counteract the COX (cyclooxygenase) enzyme, which synthesizes prostaglandins which create inflammation. If prostaglandin synthesis can be blocked, pain is either eliminated or reduced.

Examples of NSAIDs include naproxen, ibuprofen and

People should not use NSAIDs long-term without being under the supervision of a doctor, because there is a risk of stomach ulcers, and even severe and life-threatening hemorrhage. NSAIDs may also worsen asthma symptoms and cause kidney damage. NSAID medications, with the exception of aspirin, can also increase the risk of stroke and myocardial infarction (
heart attack).

What Are NSAIDs and Are They Dangerous Taken Long Term?

posted Nov 11, 2013, 12:14 PM by Thomas Hnat   [ updated Dec 1, 2013, 7:38 PM by Unknown user ]

NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are taken to alleviate pain caused by inflammation. They counteract the COX (cyclooxygenase) enzyme, which synthesizes prostaglandins which create inflammation. If prostaglandin synthesis can be blocked, pain is either eliminated or reduced.

Examples of NSAIDs include naproxen, ibuprofen and aspirin.

People should not use NSAIDs long-term without being under the supervision of a doctor, because there is a risk of stomach ulcers, and even severe and life-threatening hemorrhage. NSAIDs may also worsen asthma symptoms and cause kidney damage. NSAID medications, with the exception of aspirin, can also increase the risk of stroke and myocardial infarction (heart attack).

What Natural Botanicals For Arthritic Anti-Inflammatory Pain Work Best?

posted Nov 11, 2013, 12:09 PM by Thomas Hnat   [ updated Nov 11, 2013, 12:11 PM ]

Researchers from Michigan Medical School reported that ginger supplements were found to reduce the markers of colon inflammation. Chronic colon inflammation is associated with a higher risk of developing colon cancer. They added that ginger supplements may help prevent colon cancer. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) - also a plant of the ginger family. Current research is looking into the possible beneficial effects of turmeric in treating arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, and some other inflammatory conditions. Curcumin, a substance found in turmeric, is under investigation for the treatment of several illnesses and disorders, including inflammation

Science of Skin Aging – Antioxidants vs. Free Radicals

posted Oct 4, 2013, 11:18 AM by Rene Bayani

The Arthricept product is formulated with a healthy dose of turmeric and curcumin which contain the antioxidant rich curcuminoids. Turmeric is an effective source of the antioxidant, glutathione that stops the “free radical cascade”. 

In combination with piperine, from black pepper, antioxidants are delivered at the cellular level to help prevent oxidative damage from free radicals. In recent years antioxidant research has increased in intensity from varied areas and disciplines within the medical community. Overwhelming evidence has accumulated showing that antioxidants may prevent oxidative damage and thus protect against the adverse effects of oxidants.

The process of oxidation in the human body damages cell membranes and other structures. When oxygen is metabolized, it creates "free Radicals" which steal electrons from other molecules causing damage to cell membranes. As a whole our bodies are constantly producing these free radicals as a normal process of metabolism and our bodies need free radicals in limited quantities to function properly. However when we experience stressful situations, smoke, drink alcohol, play in the sun, live in polluted areas and many other factors - we accelerate the oxidation process which increases the amount of free radicals in our bodies.

Without antioxidants free radicals can cause extensive cell damage and contribute to a whole list of chronic diseases including but not limited to chronic degenerative diseases, ranging from stroke and fibromyalgia, to sinusitis, arthritis, vision problems, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and cancer. In a normal healthy, younger, well-nourished and non-stressed person, antioxidants are naturally and normally in abundance through out the body. But as a person grows older, or when people on high fat, high carbohydrate diets or are ill, our body’s ability to manufacture antioxidants diminishes predisposing our bodies to different chronic health conditions and premature aging.

As we age, our skin becomes dry due to the loss of the ability to retain moisture, collagen breakdown, and loss of elasticity due to cross-linking of collagen fibers. All these are a result of free radical production. As a result, wrinkles start forming and there is a loss of elasticity.

Age-related skin changes, including loss of elasticity, age spots and wrinkles, are the result of genetically programmed changes (internal factors) and environmental wear-and-tear on the skin (external factors) caused by free radical production or oxidative stress. It is true that extrinsic factors (like photo aging) do cause more pronounced damage but the resulting changes actually occur deep within the skin at the cellular or sub nuclear level affecting our DNA strands and telomere length. Therefore to reverse the damage, key antioxidants must penetrate the layers of skin and reach the cellular level or be taken internally in a formulation that provides higher bioavailability through the bloodstream.

The science and of skin aging is evolving. It is not as simple as we once thought. Old theory would suggest that free radicals play a role in skin aging and antioxidants counter free radicals thus increasing antioxidants should result in younger healthier skin but this has not necessarily been the case.

Free radicals are molecules with an unpaired electron causing instability and making them highly reactive; they are formed during normal metabolism from interactions with our toxic environment. Antioxidants and antioxidant enzymes work to neutralize the free radicals that would otherwise damage our DNA.

The free radicals attack lipids, cell membranes and our essential DNA code deep within the nucleus of the cell. When this happens, they form new free radicals from other stable molecules in what is known as the ROS cascade or free radical cascade. The resultant free radical cascade is deleterious to our cells causing inflammation, cross-linking of collagen fibers and disease.

Thus, antioxidants have the ability to stabilize free radicals but in doing so create other free radicals, thereby creating the need for a master antioxidant that can terminate the free radical cascade. Terminal “Electron Rich” Antioxidant molecules like Glutathione can "donate" an electron to a free radical, but will remain stable and NOT turn into one! This ends the electron-stealing chain reaction responsible for collagen mutation and loss of skin elasticity.

The Adaptogen Herb, Ashwagandha for Balance and Stress Relief

posted Oct 4, 2013, 11:17 AM by Rene Bayani

The adaptogenic herb Ashwagandha in the Arthricept product helps a person adapt to all kinds of stresses, and enhances endurance and resilience under stressful conditions. Adaptagen is a term often used to describe the ability to balance the system at a fundamental level and to help regulate body functions, or to strengthen the functions that regulate other body functions. The body expends a great amount of energy keeping itself in a heightened state of readiness. When weakened by prolonged stress--be it caused by lack of sleep, poor diet, chemical toxins in the environment or mental assaults--the body's ability to maintain homeostasis can be compromised, and problems can result. Adaptogenic herbs have traditionally helped prevent these imbalances that can result from stress. When tension and stress becomes long term, as it has for so many of us, your mood, your body, and your health suffers.

Physical and Mental Freedom From Chronic Arthritic Pain

posted Oct 4, 2013, 11:16 AM by Rene Bayani

Chronic pain affects the physical and mental health, productivity and the quality of life of a majority of families in the United States. It imposes a significant financial burden on affected individuals, their families and society. Arthritis is one of the most prevalent chronic health problems and the leading cause of disability in the United States. There is currently no cure for arthritis. According to a 2007- 2009 CDC report, 50 million or about 21% of adults in the US report having doctor diagnosed arthritis, a10% increase from 2003-2005 (46 million). The number of adults with arthritis is growing by almost 1 million per year. By 2030 an estimated 67 million of Americans aged 18 and older are projected to have doctor diagnosed arthritis. Arthritis prevalence increases with age. Among adults over 65 years of age prevalence of arthritis is 50% and 70% for elderly 70 years and older. Arthritis affects more than half the adults with diabetes and heart disease. US adults with knee osteoarthritis reported 13 days of lost work due to health problems. The Arthricept products safely and naturally can help you manage the root cause of your arthritis to help eliminate your pain to give you the physical and mental freedom to live and enjoy your life to the fullest.

Managing Low Back Pain with the Arthricept Products

posted Oct 4, 2013, 11:15 AM by Rene Bayani

Chronic low back pain is a debilitating condition and is one of the US’s 15 most expensive medical conditions to treat. It increased from 4% to 10% across all subgroups of the US population between 1992 and 2006. According to a report in the Arthritis and Rheumatism Journal, 59 million people report having low back pain. More than 26 million Americans between the ages of 20-64 experience frequent back pain and spend at least $50 billion each year for treatment. The Arthricept products deliver effective, fast acting components to help eliminate low back pain.

Pharmaceutical Drugs to Treat Arthritis. You are their customer for life!

posted Oct 4, 2013, 11:14 AM by Rene Bayani

Current products for arthritic pain are typically non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and narcotics which do not treat core inflammation, but the pain symptoms. As a result you become their customer for life. Surgery is the other alternative for management of pain as a last resort, but has shown only limited success. About 30 % of the patients who have had surgery still have residual unresolved pain. NSAID’s only suppress the pain symptoms. US pain management product sales to treat arthritic conditions are currently over $22 billion annually. Celebrex alone has multi-billion dollar sales to help people deal with the pain from arthritic conditions. The U.S. outpatient market for prescription pain drugs was estimated to be $13.3 Billion in 2006 (Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality). Opioids, which are typically used for moderate-to-severe pain was $3 Billion in 2009. Many pain medications have unwanted side effects. Opioids which represent the largest pain therapy class are widely regarded to result in various side affects including nausea, vomiting, constipation, and somnolence. Opioids can also lead to severe respiratory problems, depression and dependency. NSAIDs also result in gastrointestinal upset, increased cardiovascular risks, and can cause stomach ulcers and kidney and liver damage.

Not All Botanical Extracts of Boswellia serrata for inflammation Are Created Equal

posted Oct 4, 2013, 11:13 AM by Rene Bayani

The resin of Boswellia species (‘frankincense’, ‘olibanum’) has been used as incense in religious and cultural ceremonies since time immemorial. Its medicinal properties are also widely recognized, mainly for the treatment of inflammatory conditions, as well as in some cancerous diseases, wound healing and its antimicrobial activity. Despite its historical, religious, cultural and medicinal importance, Boswellia has not been thoroughly studied, and gaps still exist between our knowledge of the traditional uses of the resin and the scientific data available.

Gum-resin extracts of Boswellia serrata have been traditionally used in folk medicine for centuries to treat various chronic inflammatory diseases. The resinous part of Boswellia serrata possesses monoterpenes, diterpenes, triterpenes, tetracyclic triterpenic acids and four major pentacyclic triterpenic acids i.e. β-boswellic acid, acetyl-β-boswellic acid, 11-keto-β-boswellic acid and acetyl-11-keto-β-boswellic acid, responsible for inhibition of pro-inflammatory enzymes. Out of these four boswellic acids, the Acetyl-11-Keto-β-Boswellic Acid (Boswellia serrate AKBA) is the most potent inhibitor of 5-lipoxygenase, an enzyme which is primarily responsible for inflammation. The Health Naturally Arthricept products contain the clinically effective level of the Boswellia serrate AKBA.

Traditional system of medicine continues to be widely practiced for various reasons. Fast population-growth, inadequate supply of branded medicines, alarmingly prohibitive cost of treatment, adverse side-effects of several allopathic drugs and ever-increasing resistance to current drugs for infectious diseases have led to growing emphasis on the use of plant-materials as a source of medicines for a wide variety of human ailments. However, a sustained and uninterrupted supply of the source-materials often becomes difficult due to various factors like environmental variations, local cultural practices, diverse geographical distribution, increasing labor-cost, non-selection/improper selection of the suitable plant-stock and prevalent exploitative practices by pharmaceutical industry. A fully integrated approach for the cultivation, conservation and preservation of important plant-species through plant molecular biology, plant-tissue culture techniques, both extensive and intensive research on the rationality and methodology of Ayurvedic practices, isolation of the active constituents and their development into new therapeutics, standardization and validation of known herbal medicines and other related aspects need to be continuously focused upon. In fact, the time has come when our medicinal discoveries must move in mighty leaps and bounds, if the human race is to be saved from the onslaughts of continuously multiplying chronic maladies.

A Combination of Tradition and Science Performance Based Products With Results

posted Oct 4, 2013, 11:12 AM by Rene Bayani

Imagine for a moment, a system of knowledge that has been continuously refined without interruption for thousands of years. While entire civilizations rose and fell in the West, Ayurvedic medicine wove like a continuous thread down through the ages, its keepers - building a rich tapestry of accumulated wisdom about the inner workings of herbs and human health.

These pioneers worked patiently. Adding a new herb to the eastern-pharmacopeia might take over 100 years of discovery, gaining an understanding of its subtle energetics, combining it with hundreds of other herbs to determine synergies and adversities, and testing it on humans in actual clinical settings. From this vast period of diligence has emerged a distinct set of thoroughly researched plant substances with known effects and interactions, a robust diagnostic system for reading imbalances and creating health in individuals, and a science of herbal formulation based on a finely tuned “balance” of ingredients that today remains unrivalled in modern pharmaceutical science.

The Health Naturally method of “balancing” traditional herb remedies and natural standardized, pharmaceutical grade, botanical extracts to correct imbalances at the cellular level and promote healthy cellular function is key to understanding why Arthricept formulations based in traditional Ayurvedic methods and pharmaceutical science work consistently better to provide better overall results.

Herbal Synergy Is A Key Principle To Understanding The Arthricept Products Effectiveness

posted Oct 4, 2013, 11:11 AM by Rene Bayani

Herbal formulation synergy is necessary not only for optimum product performance, but is also important for product safety to minimize side effects. The mechanisms of synergistic actions of herbal ingredients should be explored for designing new therapeutic products and for discovering new botanical combinations. Individual botanicals are typically sub therapeutic but can be efficacious in the right combination. Synergistic actions involve interactions with multiple sites, targets and pathways that are sensitively influenced by genetic, environmental, behavioral and scheduling profiles. Therefore, herbal ingredients need to be appropriately combined at specific concentrations or levels in accordance with these profiles and clinical evidence that supports their therapeutic benefits. These synergistic features are unique to phyto-therapy and it contributes both to efficacy and safety. A plant extract is more than the isolated constituents out of it and it can substantiate the perception that herbal medicinal products have something special to offer. Scientifically there is clinical bioequivalence of many plant extract formulations compared to synthetic drugs with the same therapeutic indications with better therapeutic benefits.

The Health Naturally system is a combination of a Nutraceutical (Arthricept) and a topical product (Arthricept T) that targets musculoskeletal pain. The two, together, were specifically designed through our technology to complement each other to maximize the benefits of each.

Our goal is to always produce efficacious products that reduce the signs of aging. Many supplement companies “dust” their products with botanicals or cosmeceutical actives in insignificant sub-therapeutic amounts for purposes of fragrance, label promotion, or cost savings.

Key cosmeceutical ingredients at the correct levels and right herbal combinations are essential for therapeutic changes to take place within the body. Herbs individually can minimally help the body, however, the right herbs in the right combination balanced for synergy using wisdom from Traditional Herbal Medicines can provide the consumer with true benefits to the health and well being of the consumer, and add to the improved quality and longevity of life.

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