Why Cruciferous And Red Grapes Can Prevent The Cancer?

Cruciferous vegetables have been widely used in preventing cancer diet. The important ingredient in the cruciferous vegetables is called I3C. I3C is acid-catalyzed in the stomach into diindolylmethane (DIM). DIM is believed to be the active beneficial constituent in I3C of cruciferous vegetables. Both I3C and DIM induce biochemical pathways to metabolize potential carcinogens. I3C has been shown to decrease the proliferation of numerous forms of cancer including breast cancer, prostate cancer, endometrial cancer, colon cancer, and leukemia.

Animal studies have shown that long-term administration of I3C decreased spontaneous breast tumor development by 50 percent and endometrial tumors by 24 percent. Additionally, animal models show that supplementation with I3C prior to exposure of a known carcinogen decreased the development of breast tumors by 70-90 percent. Studies on human breast cancer cell lines show that DIM inhibits the growth of both estrogen-dependent and estrogen-independent cancer cells by approximately 60 percent. This study also showed that DIM binds to the estrogen receptors in these cells, inhibiting the binding of estradiol, the bad estrogen, with estrogen receptor. Other evidence shows that I3C decreases both the growth of blood supply to cancer cells and the spread of the cancerous cells locally and that it protects the liver from carcinogens.

Another interesting property of DIM is that it exhibits anti-androgenic activity. Research shows that DIM inhibits dihydyrotestosterone (DHT) from binding to androgen receptors in androgen-dependent human prostate cancer cells, decreasing the induction of DNA synthesis. DIM also decreased levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA). This protein is frequently measured to evaluate prostate cancer risk. Additional research has shown that DIM induces cell-cycle arrest and apoptosis in prostate cancer cells as well as by regulating several genes.

Resveratrol is a natural polyphenol found in high concentrations in red grape skins, berries, and peanuts. It is found in high concentration in red wine and red grape juice. Resveratrol is widely studied due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer and anti-aging properties. Studies with resveratrol indicate that this polyphenol inhibits the activity of aromatase in breast cancer cells, a particularly important fact considering aromatase is expressed at a higher level in breast cancer tissue than in surrounding healthy tissue. In fact, resveratrol inhibits the conversion of estrogen from testosterone and decreases the synthesis of the aromatase enzyme, thus indicating that it may support the health of individuals concerned about breast cancer.

Research also shows that red wine extracts reversed aromatase-induced increased tissue size and other neoplastic changes in breast tissue. In conclusion, resveratrol decreases tumor initiation, promotion, and progression, and induces apoptosis in many types of cancer cells. This does not mean we should drink more wine because alcohol can also enhance the activity of aromatase and damage the liver and brain function. Eating red grapes is much better choice than drinking wine.

Cruciferous vegetables have a lot of fibers. We need good digestive system to absorb the valuable nutrients. Acupuncture can help improve the function of digestive system, so we can digest those vegetables more efficiently. We also need to see how much we can eat those vegetables, too much good things may not good for the body. Cooked cruciferous vegetables are much easier to be digested than the raw ones.

Acupuncture, High Cholesterol & High Triglycerides

One of the most prominent health concerns in America today is high cholesterol. Much of the public understands high cholesterol and high triglycerides as being a cardiovascular disorder, or a health concern due to heart and blood vessel troubles. In fact, this is actually a disorder of the body’s ability to properly breakdown and digest, or metabolize, lipoproteins (chains of fat and protein molecules).

These lipoproteins in the form of cholesterol, and/or triglycerides, accumulate in the blood and this greatly increases one’s risk of cardiovascular disease.

Western medicine focuses on treating the symptom of high cholesterol to prevent cardiovascular disorders from occurring but rarely does it focus on the root causes which allow the cholesterol to build up in the first place: The weak metabolic functioning of the body, the poor diet, and the unhealthy lifestyle of the patient. Rather it relies on statin medications which have a very high propensity for severe side effects while acupuncture and Chinese medicine offers the same benefit without the influences of statin medications and therefore without the potent side effects.

Lifestyle and nutritional/dietary changes can greatly reduce one’s cholesterol for they can increase how one’s body breaks down the cholesterol itself and limits the intake of cholesterol inducing foods.

If one suffers from high cholesterol or high triglycerides they can: Increase consumption of foods low in cholesterol such as fresh cold water fish, apples, bananas, carrots, garlic (this is a great one to increase for it is very beneficial for this purpose), olive oil, grape fruits (do not take if you are on statin medications), and oats and bran. Also, increase intake of niacin for it alone can decrease cholesterol levels (see your supplement practitioner prior to beginning this), Co-Q10, quality EPA-DHA omega 3 fish oils, vitamins B5, C, E, along with chromium picolinate, and lecithin are great additions into one’s diet.

One must also decrease the harmful cholesterol influencing foods such as tobacco products, sugar, greasy/fried foods, wine, beer, cheese, and red meats. Along with these suggestions, the National Institute of Health recommends taking 2 grams of plant sterols (phytosterols) per day to combat cholesterol. The plant sterols aid in the body’s reabsorption of cholesterol into the large intestine for elimination from the body.

In regards to lifestyle advice, one must exercise regularly to decrease the cholesterol within the blood vessels. Instead of grabbing a high sugar drink such as a soda; drink oolong, black, or green tea in its place for they help the body metabolize consumed fats. This is especially effective when drinking the teas after a meal.

In addition, acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulations are used in the treatment of cholesterol and high triglycerides for these medicines focus on the patient’s underlying weaknesses along with the symptom of high cholesterol and its influences of high blood pressure, etc. Acupuncture focuses on the underlying weakness in particular while the Chinese herbal formulations have been proven to effectively target the high cholesterol levels. Within 2 to 3 months of treatment with both acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulations, patients should start to see their cholesterol levels decrease.

With a change in diet and lifestyle, along with the proper application of acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulations, one will have the health benefiting tools at their disposal to lower their cholesterol and triglycerides and avoid the cardiovascular complications which result from such conditions.

Author:
Dr. Jon Hagenburg, DA
Rhode Island Acupuncture and Complementary Health Center.com

Everything You Need to Know: How to Become an Acupuncturist and/or Oriental Medical Doctor (OMD)

What has brought you to the field of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (OM)? Was it an experience you had? Or, maybe you are researching new alternative medicine. Whatever the answer may be, it is noticeable that the public is becoming more aware of the effectiveness of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and other holistic alternative medical practices. The limitations of Western Medicine has led to the awareness of alternative medicine such as OM and Acupuncture. Over 2,500 years old (much older than Western Medicine), Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese or Oriental Medicine (TCM or OCM) continues to gain public acceptance in the United States making it a fast growing professional field.

The journal, “Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine,” reported that more people are trying acupuncture treatment. The National Health Review Survey along with the U.S. Census Bureau reported that there was an increase from 8 million Americans using acupuncture in 2002 to 14 million acupuncture patients in 2007. This is a staggering increase since only two decades ago very few (less than 1%) reported using acupuncture. This is great news for medical practitioners-to-be who are looking to expand their knowledge and the field of medical science. It is also great news for those who Western medicine were unable to treat.

ARE YOU RIGHT FOR THE JOB?

To get a slightly better understanding of how good Acupuncturist or Oriental Medicine Doctor (OMD) are like, let’s take a look at some personal traits that all effective Medical Practitioners have (or have acquired.)

1) Strong Interpersonal skills

2) Genuine interest in bettering humanity

3) Sensitivity to those who are ill

4) Ability to adhere to a medical code of ethics

5) Ability to respect cultural sensitivity

6) Ability to act with professionalism

7) Ability to respect patient confidentiality

8) Ability to counsel, be uplifting, motivating and genuinely caring

9) Honesty in regards to patient health care and health issues

Remember, it’s not about the traits you possess naturally that fully determine who you want to be in the future, but your willingness to acquire those which are necessary to do the job.

1. FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCE

If you want to study to become an Acupuncturist or an OMD, but you haven’t experienced Oriental Medical Treatment or Acupuncture, why not try it out! There’s nothing more inspirational (or eye-opening) than first-hand experience. And, you don’t need to be ill to receive acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture can be used to help bring into balance the body’s natural energy flow. After acupuncture treatments, you’ll more likely know if Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is right for you.

2. ONE ON ONE TIME

Take time to sit down and talk with an Acupuncturist or Oriental Medical professional. He/She will more than likely be happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have regarding the field. Here are a few ideas for the types of questions you may want to ask:

1) What is the Philosophy and Conceptual Theory behind the practice?

2) How can an Acupuncturist or Oriental Medical Practitioner help to integrate Eastern Medicine with Western Medicine.

3) Are Oriental Medical Practitioners taken seriously in the United States?

4) How do you find clients and what are some of your marketing strategies?

5) What do you see in regards to the future of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine?

6) Which types of people are most interested in Oriental Medical Treatment?

If you want to be an acupuncturist, you may want to know as much information as possible about the profession. So, don’t be afraid to ask! It is more than likely that an Acupuncturist and/or OMD will be delighted to take the time to speak with you and answer all of your questions.

Also, try speaking with graduates or people attending an Acupuncture school or Oriental Medical Institution. Learn more about the types of things you will be learning and find tips on how to better prepare yourself for the school curriculum.

3. EARN YOUR B.A. DEGREE

Not all, but many Acupuncture and Oriental Medical Colleges require students to first earn a B.A. degree in a field of study. Although, a degree in Biology, Anatomy Physiology, Chemistry or almost any science may be very helpful for the future study of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture, there are many Acupuncturists and Oriental Medical Physicians with undergraduate degrees in Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy and other non-science related degrees. You just want to make sure that your GPA is well over the 2.5 GPA mark. That way, you will be a likely candidate for admittance in almost any Acupuncture or Oriental Medicine School, College or University.

4. PICK A LOCATION

Even with the countless articles written on it’s effectiveness (such as the use of Acupuncture by the United States military), some states still do not acknowledge Acupuncture as a legal form of medical treatment. There are no laws governing acupuncturists in Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, and Alabama. Delaware and Kentucky are the most recent states to finally legalize acupuncture as a profession. To find out if your state recognizes Acupuncture, check out Acufinder.com. Acufinder.com will provide you with information on which states recognize Acupuncture as a legal medical practice. Moreover, it is a good idea to research the Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture market in an area by speaking to Acupuncturists in that area.

5. PICK A SCHOOL

Before picking an Acupuncture/Oriental Medicine school, check to see if it is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (or ACAOM). ACAOM is a private agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education which accredits professional masters degree and professional masters level certificates and diplomas in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. If you go to ACAOM.com website, you can find a list of over 50 accredited Acupuncture Schools and Colleges.

Schools of Oriental Medicine focus not only on Acupuncture but also Chinese Herbal Medicines and Asian Bodywork. The curriculum and amount of hours dedicated to each particular subject will depend on the college’s curriculum. Normally, earning a Masters degree in MSOM in Acupuncture and/or Oriental Medicine will normally take 3 to 4 years. If you want to go for your Doctorates, add approximately 2 more years of schooling. Time well spent if you love helping others.

6. BOARD CERTIFICATION

Once you have completed your schooling, the next step is to pass the National Certification Commision for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (or NCCAOM) exam. to become state certified. The NCCAOM is recognized by a majority of states in the U.S. (except California). In order to become state certified in the state of California, you must pass their own Board Certification exam and requirements.

7. BECOMING AN ACUPUNCTURIST OR ORIENTAL MEDICAL DOCTOR

After you have completed your schooling, obviously, the next step is to begin work. Most new Acupuncturists begin by working with an established practice. This way, you can build a client base and observe how a practice operates before developing your own practice. If you live in a larger metropolitan town, it is typically easier to find a job as an Acupuncturist.

8. CONTINUING EDUCATION

Like many occupations in the field of medicine, Acupuncture and Oriental Medical treatments are constantly evolving and thus, you will need to continue your education even after you have established your practice. Focus on learning new strategies, improving your techniques, getting to know and staying in touch seasoned veterans of the field, teachers as well as those in the forefront of medical science research.

Western Medicine, especially when it comes to treatments regarding general wellness and healthcare, is limited in it’s ability to provide effective treatment. According to the documentary, ESCAPE FIRE. at least 30% of medical treatment is ineffective. Because of this, alternative medicine such as Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine will have a greater influence in the future of medicine.

So, to become a professional in an alternative form of medicine like Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine will not only benefit the communities of the future, but as a healer, practitioner or medical professional you will be part of the medical community blazing a new trail for modern medicine – treating the once untreatable and curing the once uncurable. Good luck to you in your journey towards becoming an Acupuncturist and/or Oriental Medical Doctor.