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  Can Stress Actually Kill You?

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Lifestyle Changes Help Remove Stress

Stress causes physical changes in the body that can increase the workload on your heart. During times of stress your body releases chemical transmitters that can cause changes in the circulation such as adrenaline and noradrenaline and several types of cortisone. Both adrenaline and noradrenaline have a direct effect on your heart, increasing heart rate and raising blood pressure!

By making positive lifestyle changes, such as deep breathing, prayer, meditation, stress-free walking and exercise, healthy diet and a positive attitude as you enjoy following a HEALTHY PROGRAM.

AMA Says Legumes & Raw Nuts Improve Heart

A report from the American Heart Association’s Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention, has found that eating beans and other legumes at least four times a week lowered heart disease incidence by 19%, compared to those who ate legumes less than once a week. There are cardiovascular health benefits for those who increase non-meat protein sources to their diet. Eating a diet rich in raw, salt-free nuts and beans improved blood lipid levels, in a clinical test of 25 to 74 year old participants.

Legumes are high-quality protein sources that are low in fat, high in dietary fiber and cholesterol free. In addition, legumes provide iron, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, potassium and B vitamins. Legumes have been consumed for more than 10,000 years and are a versatile, healthy food. The most common and popular legume is the soybean and other rich legumes include the black-eyed peas, chickpeas, lentils, black, red, white, navy and kidney beans. Just a cup of cooked dried beans as a source of protein, counts as meat in the meat group category of the Food Guide Pyramid. Legumes are also a healthy, delicious meat alternative in chili, pasta dishes, burritos, tostados, salads and blend to make delicious spreads and dips.

The dietary fiber found in beans has been shown over the years to decrease heart disease risks and help lower blood cholesterol levels by binding bile while decreasing intestinal transit time.

Study Shows There’s Danger in Drinking Soda Pop

According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the average American teenager today is drinking twice as much soda pop as in 1974. One-fourth of all teenagers get 25% or more of their calories from soda, which is filled with sugar. In fact, teens consume two to three times as much sugar than the U.S. government guidelines recommend! The study linked increased soda consumption to heart disease, obesity, kidney stones and calcium deficiency. Vegetarians have lower rates of heart disease and high blood pressure, colon cancer, osteoporosis, lung cancer, breast cancer, kidney stones, and calcium deficiency.

 Vegetarians have lower rates of heart disease and high blood pressure, colon cancer, osteoporosis, lung cancer, breast cancer, kidney stones, gallstones and diabetes, etc.

– American Dietetic Association

It’s Never too Late to Learn and Improve

Men and women today are slowing down the ageing process by living healthier lives. The human structure is mechanically adapted for full energies and activities at 70, 80, 90 and older – clearly proven by the increased numbers of people worldwide who are healthy, hearty, clear of eye and keen of mind as they enter into their golden years. If you want to get the maximum joy out of life, start perfecting your human temple!

This is why we are Nutritional and Physical Fitness Crusaders. Happiness is largely dependent upon the care we give our bodies. Through the harmony of the flesh, we achieve the exultation of the spirit! Mental serenity is profoundly physical in its source. Through the purification of our body’s living tissues we are helped to attain a balanced life of Supreme Health! Let’s therefore put the health of our heart, body and soul first before everything, as everything else depends upon this!

Safer Minimally Invasive Surgery

Recent advances have now brought the open heart surgery technique to a viable safer alternative. Minimally Invasive Surgery was originally conceived by a Russian Surgeon in the early 1960’s. The procedures are now performed through an incision less than 3 the size of a drastic full sternotomy (the former ranges from 9-12 cm long, the latter averages 30cm). Two types of procedures are being done using this technique: minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass, or MIDCAB, and minimally invasive valve repair and replacement. MIDCAB is the “beating heart” surgery since the heart doesn’t have to be stopped or placed on cardiopulmonary bypass (the heart-lung machine that oxygenates the blood and maintains blood pressure) and surgeons can operate while the heart continues to beat, which is safer for the patient. Due to the reduced incision size, this newer technique is less traumatic, has shorter recovery time and reduces the need for pain-killers. For more info see web www. heartsurgeons.com  and http://picubook.net/ absolute/MINIMAL.html

Follow This Heart Health Guide Faithfully

Would you trust the repair of your car to someone who had no knowledge of automobiles? Of course not! It is never too late to obtain and apply health knowledge. We have already described to you the structure and functioning of your heart and circulatory system and explained the importance of keeping the blood cholesterol at a low normal level.

The chemistry of the food a person eats becomes his own body chemistry.

Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, as it ought to be done, whether you like to do it or not.

Shocking Fact: 25% of hospital deaths are due to medical doctor errors. Play it safe – before any chemical drug treatments (chemo, etc.) or serious surgery, it’s best to get 2 to 3 evaluations to be positive you are making the right decision for your future health! Once treatment or surgery is done, it is often too late to make amends, so the time to get consultation is before, not after the fact! It’s your body and you’re right to help and judge in all decisions of your health and future well-being!

The Discovery of Health

Health has sometimes been defined as physical unconsciousness. Not all physical unconsciousness is health, but the greatest compliment we can pay to the functioning of our body is to be unaware of it because it is running so smoothly. Most young people do not realize there is such a thing as health because when young, most have it in abundance.

With the passage of years, however, we tend to become aware, thus more health-conscious. The adage is so often true that says: You spend your Health to gain your Wealth. In later life, its reverse proves true: You spend your Wealth to regain your Health. The health-conscious person usually becomes so only after getting sick, and we are of the opinion that most people over 50 are a little sick. There would be no such thing as health if it were not for the lack of it. Most people begin to discover health’s existence just when they need it the most. While health consciousness may be the result of impaired vitality, let us suggest this applies only to the common variety of health and health consciousness.

Invest in Your “Health Bank” for Comfort, Security and Happiness

Higher Health is essentially conscious or rather, it’s conscious of its unconsciousness. It is health pride – something you should truly cherish. It’s a will and a desire manifestation to live a long, happy, active and healthy life.

Can you think of any greater comfort, security and happiness than that of perpetual sound health? Or that any of your loved ones need never be stricken with an early death from heart disease? Or that no one need die at an early age, unless by an unfortunate accident?

The unexamined life is not worth living. It is a time to re-evaluate your past as a guide for a bright future.

– Socrates

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Tips and Tricks for a Healthy Heart!

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Start Investing in Your Health Bank

Perhaps supreme super health seems too good to be true. Yet this ideal state of affairs is attainable by anyone willing to apply the principles of our Heart Fitness Program. It is our sincere conviction that the tragic prevalence of heart diseases, as well as many other diseases, is entirely unnecessary and is strictly within one’s own control to prevent. Let health become a serious pursuit with you. The time and effort you spend will be an investment in your Health Bank. This wise investment will bring you and your loved ones great returns in happiness and security. Always remember, Your Health is Your True Wealth! This teaching – if followed faithfully and conscientiously – cannot fail to result in your acquiring and maintaining a more youthful, fit heart. Again, let us emphasize that the Heart Fitness Program does not offer a cure for heart disease, nor can it do anything until it is applied! But remember – the body can do miracles in healing itself if given a chance, as has been proven in thousands of cases.

The “Big Three” of Health and Longevity

Suppose you were told that you had to lug an unwieldy load of 20 to 50 pounds around with you wherever you went – walking, sitting, eating, sleeping – all day and all night. How would you feel about it? You would protest indignantly, wouldn’t you? Yet that is exactly what you are doing when you are overweight! You are carrying around a load of unhealthy, flabby blubber. You are overtaxing all the functions of your body – especially your heart and circulatory system. Excess fat is dangerous! It exhausts the heart. Insurance statistics show that fat people are the shortest lived. Every pound of excess fat on your body shortens your life.

Rule #1: Achieving and maintaining Normal Weight for a Healthy Heart.

Normal weight must be attained and maintained by a healthy diet, exercise and fasting. Forget drugs, they are dangerous! Don’t injure your system by over-feeding it and eating unhealthy foods.

Rule #2: Daily Exercise for a Healthy Heart.

Vigorous daily exercise helps you to keep your weight normal; it will also stimulate a healthier flowing blood circulation throughout your body. It helps tone your muscles and vital organs, and aids all body functions, giving you the glow of Super Health!

Rule #3: The most important is Proper Diet.

A healthy heart and body depends upon a clean, healthy bloodstream, and this depends upon the food you eat! We will discuss all of these points in detail later. When listing Proper Diet as point #3, we are saving the best for last. Your diet is the most important factor in controlling your ideal weight, nourishing your blood, and protecting your heart from deadly-clogging cholesterol. Proper diet will strengthen you and make your heart a powerful fountain of life and a fountain of eternal youth.

Beware of Excess Body Fat

A normal amount of fatty tissue is an indication of health. But when fatty accumulations begin to bulge out here and there and destroy your youthful outlines – beware! These are danger signals warning you that it is time to take action to slim down your excess weight.

Excess weight invites heart attacks: It puts an undue strain on your heart and indicates you have been eating saturated fats that line your arteries with artery-clogging cholesterol. Excess fat is fatal to health, youth and makes you more prone to body injury, accident, disease, and premature death!

The old myth that full cheeks and a plump body are indications of health still persists even in our so-called enlightened age. Disease gains a foothold more readily and is more difficult to dislodge when a person is overweight. Fat people have sluggish systems, less energy and endurance. Excess body fat indicates similar excess accumulations around the heart, kidneys, and other vital organs, impairing their function.

The USA leads the world in heart disease, strokes, cancer, and diabetes!

Don’t injure your system by over-feeding it.

Over-eating will kill you long before your time!

- Paul C. Bragg

Please Don’t Be Overburdened With Fat

To be called fat or obese is an insult which reflects upon intelligence. What could be more unintelligent than allowing your body to be burdened with unhealthy and truly dangerous blubber? It’s simply unwise and unhealthy to overstuff your body and burden your heart!

Fat people may be sluggish, tired, or slow. Their vital resistance is sometimes low. If speed is necessary, some puff like a steam engine. Their heart and lungs are inefficient and have difficulty handling physical stress. Many fat people move with difficulty. Surplus weight lessens physical activity and often mental activity, too.

When an athlete is training for a contest, they eliminate all extra fat from their body. They know that fat lessens endurance and decreases physical energies. This also holds true in the military - maintaining normal weight is a must. A fat man often cannot fight well. Inefficiency and fat go hand-in-hand. They sleep and eat together - but they don’t exercise together!

Your Waistline is Your Lifeline, Youth line, Dateline and Health line

When you are fat you are flirting with old age! You are allowing the old age cells to gather in your body. When that happens you are playing with disease and should be prepared to pay the penalty.

Youthful body outlines must be maintained. This requires proper care of the priceless human machine. The rewards are well worth the effort! If you find fatty tissue accumulating, increase your exercise and reduce the quantity of food you eat and fast one day a week. Don’t be satisfied thinking that a naturally fatty surplus comes with advancing years! Beware if you make this mistake, for old age will arrive sooner coupled with serious illness and premature death.

The American diet is overloaded with too much food and the harmful fats that raise blood cholesterol levels and can cause fatal heart disease!

Studies prove: the bigger the waistline, the shorter the lifespan!

Keep Trim and Fit and Your Self-Esteem!

Always fight excess fat as you would your deadliest enemy! It often comes upon you like a thief in the night, silently and without warning. Sometimes you realize the danger only when serious difficulties are already staring you in the face. Then the fight is tougher, but fight you must! Your life may well depend upon your strength and faith!

An unshapely, obese body can destroy your health and self-esteem. You need to be proud of your body, not ashamed of your priceless, human temple. Self-esteem is as necessary to the spirit as healthful food is to the body. If you want to be efficient, eternally youthful, enthusiastic, full of the fire and fervor of life, keep trim and fit and protect your self-esteem! Build your body as an artist paints a picture or a sculptor molds a statue. Make your body an expression of the best there is within you! Let it reflect your very soul – your true self. Soon excess fat will find no lodging in your flesh!

What is “Normal Weight?”

There are numerous charts, tables, and statistics on the subject of normal weight for particular ages, heights, etc. These are based on averages. However, there is no such thing as an average person. You may use such statistics as a general guide, but they should not be applied arbitrarily to determine your exact healthiest weight.

If you give your body the proper diet and ample exercise, you will naturally attain and maintain your best personal weight! To weigh a certain number of pounds does not necessarily indicate your proper measurement of waist, hips, etc. If you are firm and healthy – without excess fat – it doesn’t matter whether you weigh more or less than the chart average for your years and height. The important thing is to find your own best weight as the result of proper care of your body. If your body is healthy, trim and fit, then your weight is normal for you. Excess flabby fat is never normal!

He, who cannot find time for exercise, will have to find time for illness.

- Derby

It’s a lean, fit horse for the long, successful race of life!

- Paul C. Bragg

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Flexibility helps you feel young. Joints and ligaments lose their elasticity if they aren’t stretched, then they grow shorter and tighter. Tension also settles into unstretched muscles, further sapping energy, making one feel older, less energetic, and less inclined to get up and move around. The good news is that you can improve your flexibility at any age. The body is remarkably resilient, as long as you pay attention to your own comfort levels and be consistent. Some rejuvenating stretches can be found in yoga, ballet, and basic sports stretches for all areas of the body. Remember to warm up before stretching to get the blood flowing. Jog in place and swing arms vigorously. Don’t bounce when you stretch or hold your breath - gentle relaxed deep breathing is best. Be patient – don’t push your body. While everyone can become more flexible, not everyone can be as limber as a dancer or gymnast. Challenge yourself, but don’t push further than you can realistically go. You’ll be amazed at the results. Be consistent - it’s the key to progress. - UC Berkeley Wellness Letter See web: www.berkeleywellness.com

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps prevent cardiovascular problems and enhances immune response. It is a primary defender against damaging free radicals. Stores of vitamin E decline with age, so it’s important to add ample “E” rich foods to your diet such as: wheat germ, whole grains, raw nuts and seeds, beans, legumes, brown rice, cornmeal, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, green leafy vegetables and cold pressed vegetable oils.

Your birthday is the beginning of your own personal fresh new year. Your first birthday was a beginning, and each new birthday is a chance to begin again, to start over, to take a new grip on life.

- Paul C. Bragg

The use of antioxidant supplements and a diet high in antioxidant foods has been shown to reduce cancer and heart disease and increase life expectancy.

- U.S. News/Health Watch

Eating plenty of organic produce - fruits and vegetables – slows down ageing. The ageing that goes on under the skin, and chronic age-associated diseases, including heart disease, cancer and degenerative brain diseases can be slowed down, and even reversed in some cases with a change in diet. Adding lots of fruits, vegetables and garlic, taking vitamin and mineral supplements and avoiding saturated fats, can increase energy and add years to your life. Exercise is also important in delaying ageing. - Nanci Hellmich, USA Today

A teacher for the day can be a guiding light for a lifetime! Bragg Books are silent health teachers – never tiring, ready night or day to help you help yourself to health! Our books are written with love and a deep desire to guide you to a healthy lifestyle.

- Patricia Bragg

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Preventing Heart Disease through Diet

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A Sound Mind in a Sound Body

Shakespeare, almost 400 years ago, anticipated the dominant psychology of our time when he said, it is the mind that makes a body rich. It’s true that the mind guides the body. Likewise, the body helps the mind and links us to the Infinite Spirit of Life! When we are truly healthy, we are brim full in body, mind and spirit. (3 John 2)

Our body relates us to the Universe in which we live - the Earth. We are related to Mother Earth through the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe and the sun that warms us with its all-pervading power. All are essential for a healthy body and to the continuance of our life! All these nurturing things we need in as pure a form as Mother Nature and God have provided them, without depleting or denaturing them.

The food we eat is related to our health. Our bloodstream’s system carries essential nutrients that provide the energy and vitality for the functioning of every part of the body. What we eat at this hour today will be nourishment in our cells within 24 hours.

If we eat organic foods as Mother Nature prepared it with her own unmatched chemistry – without losing essential elements – then it will meet our requirements for the growth, health and chemical balance of the body. It will build a powerful, long lasting heart for you. It will give you an alert and active mind. Healthy food will add life to your years – and years to your life!

Thy food shall be thy remedy. – Hippocrates

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers. – 3 John 2

Forgive and forget is the best advice for a healthy heart. Holding onto vengeful thoughts and grudges can increase your blood pressure, heart rate and muscle tension. Anger can actually thicken your blood and increase your risk for strokes and heart problems! – Natural Health

A fool thinks he needs no advice, but a wise man listens to others. – Proverbs 12:15

Correct Thinking is Important for Health

In the Book of Life, the Bible, Proverbs 23:7 tells us:

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. When a sick person constantly convinces himself that he will never get well, it becomes almost certain that his negativity and troubles will carry him to the grave.

Flesh is dumb! We never want you to forget that statement. That is the reason we use it over and over again. The mind, your computer, is really the controlling factor in your entire makeup. Flesh cannot think for itself because only the mind does all the thinking. That is why you must cultivate Positive Thinking.

Your Mind Must Control Your Body!

The mind must have a will of iron and always be in command of the body. From this day forward learn how to substitute thoughts. When a negative thought - such as, I am losing my energy because when you get older you start to lose energy - enters your mind, replace it with positive thoughts that say, Age cannot in any way affect my energy. Age is not toxic! I am ageless!

Keep in mind always that whatever the mind tells the flesh, that is exactly what the flesh is going to believe and act upon. Your mind influences flesh. You must let your mind; make decisions for your body, because if your body rules your mind, you face a life of misery and slavery!

Are You Poisoning Your Body?

If you are eating the kind of food most Americans and people of other affluent industrialized countries eat, you are slowly poisoning yourself and dulling your brain. You are filling yourself with foodless foods and depriving your body of the natural nutrition it needs. You may also be among the many who hasten this suicidal process by adding toxic poisons such as tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea and cola drinks.

There is a great deal of discussion in the media today about polluted air and water. What about a polluted bloodstream? Here is something you can do: Start today to detoxify your entire body and rebuild and revitalize it with healthy organic foods and healthy lifestyle living!

A Healthy Mind for Health and Long Life

What has your mind to do with health and long life? Far more than the majority of men and women realize! Think of your thoughts as powerful magnets, as entities which have the ability to attract or repel, according to the way they are used. A majority of people lean either to the positive or the negative side mentally. The positive phase is constructive and goes for success and positive achievements, while the negative side of life is destructive, leading to futility and failure. Its self-evident it’s to our advantage to cultivate a positive healthy mental attitude. With patience, persistence and living this can be accomplished.

There are many negative and destructive forms of thought which react in every cell in your body. The strongest is fear, and its child, worry - along with depression, anxiety, apprehension, jealousy, ill-will, envy, anger, resentment, vengefulness and self-pity. All of these negative thoughts bring tension to the body and mind, leading to waste of energy, enervation and also slow or rapid poisoning of the body. Rage, intense fear and shock are very violent and quickly intoxicate the whole system. Worry and other destructive emotions act slowly but, in the end, have the same destructive effect. Anger and intense fear stop digestive action; upset the kidneys and the colon causing total body upheaval (diarrhea or constipation, headaches, pains, fever, etc.).

Fear, worry and other destructive habits of thought muddle the mind! A crystal clear mind is needed to reason to your best advantage, enabling you to make sound, healthy decisions. An emotionally clouded mind often makes unwise and unhealthy decisions and might be unable to reach any positive conclusions at all!

What are the positive healthy mental forces or expressions? They are the ones that lead to peace of mind and inner relaxation, as opposed to the destructive habits which cause a tightening up of the entire system. This very second, let your mind take over your body.

A full stomach doesn’t like to think. - Old German Proverb

You are What You Eat, Drink, Breathe, Think, Say and Do! – Patricia Bragg, Health Crusader

A couple of generations ago, the only known main elements of food were the proteins, fats and carbohydrates - the primary building blocks and fuel supplies of the body. Since then, Nutritional Science has discovered that Mother Nature also provides many various minerals, vitamins and nutrients - which are equally essential for life and a healthy, harmonious functioning body. No one can be 100% healthy if this vital balance is disturbed, and yet it’s constantly being tampered with by humanity. To give foods a longer shelf life in stores, certain elements are depleted and/or preservatives are added, thus changing the natural food content. These denatured foods, and even natural food, can become further devitalized by improper preparing, cooking, etc.

It’s been said Americans are the most overfed and undernourished people in the world. And this is the main reason why the #1 Killer – Heart Disease – is having a field day in the United States! Don’t you be a victim!

 

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How addiction changes your brain

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Drugs Control Addict’s Mind!

Ruling the mind! This is why the world is over-populated with drug addicts. The body’s craving forces the mind to command the body to commit crimes of violence so that it may satisfy it with the drugs it craves. This is why the world is becoming crime riddled by drug addicts.

We maintain most of our bad habits simply because our minds are enslaved by our bodies. This applies also to alcohol, tea, coffee and other stimulants. The body rules by the false philosophy of Eat drink and are merry, for tomorrow we die. This is false. You don’t die tomorrow, but if you continue to live by this wrong philosophy, 5, 10, 20 years later you will be burdened with a sick, prematurely aged body tormenting you daily!

Bob Schuller’s Hour of Power Worldwide TV Sermon - Nov. 4, 2000 was based on Patricia’s words of wisdom at the top of this page.

Doctor Deep Breathing

When You Breathe Deeply and Fully You Live Healthier and Longer

When you pump a generous flow of oxygen into your body, every cell becomes more alive! This enables the four main motors of your body - the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys – to operate and perform better. Your miracle-working bloodstream purifies and cleanses every part of the body, including itself. This eliminates toxic wastes as Mother Nature planned, and fuel (food) and vital oxygen are carried to every cell in your body.

With ample oxygen your muscles, tendons, and joints function more smoothly. Your skin becomes firmer and more resilient and your complexion clearer and glowing. You will radiate with greater health and well-being!

Breathing your brain becomes more alert and your nervous system functions better. You become free from tension and strain because you can easily take the stresses and pressures of daily living. Your emotions come under control. You feel joyous and exuberant. If negative emotions such as anger, hate, jealousy, greed, or fear intrude, you can expel them by positive thinking and slow, concentrated deep breathing.

The deep breather enjoys more peace of mind, tranquility, and serenity. In India, the great teachers practice deep, full breathing as the first essential step towards higher spiritual development. You can attain higher concentration in prayers and meditation by taking long, slow, deep breaths. Also, deep breathing stimulates your brain cells and promotes new brain cell growth.

Oxygen is the vital, precious, invisible staff of life. - Paul C. Bragg

On an average day your lungs move enough air in and out to fill a medium-sized room or blow up several thousand party balloons.

Super Deep Breathing Improves Brain Power

The person who breathes deeply and fully thinks more clearly and sharply. Oxygen stimulates your brain and logic and intelligence. The more deeply and fully you breathe, the greater your power of concentration and the more your creative mind asserts itself. You will also develop greater extrasensory perception within your body, especially the brain. Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA, now know adults do generate new brain cells in the hippocampus, an area in the brain which is responsible for learning and memory. Deep breathing nourishes and fine-tunes the brain and entire body! (www.salk.edu)

Enjoy high energy vibration living! The more fully and deeply you breathe, the further you will travel to higher levels on the physical, mental, and spiritual planes. Now close your eyes. Relax a few minutes while doing some slow, deep breathing!

The Lungs Are Nature’s Miracle Breathers

Every animal extracts oxygen from the environment in which it lives. Through their gills, fish extract oxygen from water. Insects get oxygen from the air through alveoli, or air cells, in individual openings set in segments of their bodies. Worms and other invertebrates breathe through the pores of their skin.

Vertebrate animals, including the human race, have those miracle mechanisms – the lungs. The mechanical equivalent would be a pair of bellows, though the lungs are far more intricate and adaptable. Human lungs are a miracle pair of conical-shaped organs composed of spongy, porous tissue. They occupy the thoracic cavity (chest) with the heart in the center, and are protected by the amazingly strong and resilient rib cage. The apex of each lung reaches just above the collar bone; the base extends to the waistline.

What makes up our lungs? About 800 million alveoli  - air cells or sacs of elastic tissue - which can expand or contract like tiny balloons. If these little air sacs were flattened out and laid side by side, the flattened alveoli would cover an area of 100 square yards!

Tiny capillaries (blood vessels) thread the elastic lung walls of each of the millions of air sacs . . . and it is through these that the blood passes to discharge its load of poisonous carbon dioxide and absorb the vital, life-giving oxygen. The average person has five to six quarts of blood, which must be cleansed continually.

Air inhaled through the nose and mouth reaches the alveoli through an intricate system of tubes, beginning with the large trachea, or windpipe, which is kept rigid by rings of cartilage in its walls. The trachea extends through the neck into the chest, where it divides into two branches (bronchi), each leading into a lung cavity. Each bronchus divides into a number of successively smaller branches to bring air to every air sac.

You Have Lungs - Fill Them Up

Each lung sits perfectly enveloped in a protective elastic membrane, the pleura, whose inner layer is attached to the lung, and its outer layer forms the lining of the thoracic cavity inside the rib cage. One end of each rib is attached to the spinal column, but the front of the rib cage is open. This allows the lungs to expand and contract. When you breathe deeply, filling every air sac, your thoracic cavity expands as your lungs fill with six to ten pints of air. This varies according to body build and size. Lungs occupy from 200 to over 300 cubic inches.

This marvelous breathing mechanism is yours for free! You are born with it. It functions without conscious effort, yet without it, you can’t exist. Not even the latest inventions used by hospitals in emergencies, however ingenious, can equal the human breathing apparatus. Perhaps if human beings had to pay a fabulous price for their lungs and air, they would use them to full capacity all the time. Think of the big price you pay for only using them partially by shallow breathing. Remember, we are always only one breath away from death! Now, start enjoying slow, deep relaxed breathing and feel how your body responds.

Shocking Sad Facts: Children and teenagers make up 90% of the new smokers in the United States and teenage and college smoking is on the rise! All tobacco should be banned - it’s a killer to your lungs, heart and health!

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What happens during a Heart Attack?

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The Importance of Clean Air to Health

It is essential to breathe clean air - air that’s as free as possible from such chemicals as smog, car exhaust, natural gas appliance fumes and the many other toxic chemical pollutants. Also, our air needs to be as free as possible from mold, dust, dust mites and their fecal matter, animal dander and pollen. Everyone’s health is helped in varying degrees by clean air. It is vitally important to live and work in an area which has clean air and which is free of all harmful fumes. It is also equally important to keep our homes pure, clean and free from dust, dust mites and debris! Most people cannot be truly 100% healthy and well until they breathe clean air, maintain a healthy diet and live a healthy lifestyle.

Pollutants Threaten the Lungs of All Life

Every living thing breathes. In the marvelous balance of Mother Nature, plants breathe in carbon dioxide through the pores in their leaves and give off vital oxygen - while animals inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. Both thrive in a healthy, natural balance.

Unfortunately, humans have played havoc with this natural balance by destroying forests and covering grass with pavement. They continue to poison our already overburdened air with pollutants from motorized traffic and heavy industry. Wildlife, when it survives slaughter by humanity, suffocates in such polluted air. Fish die in polluted waters. How long can people survive in the midst of these environmental poisons which they continually create? This is a question of great concern to us. Read the classic book Silent Spring by our friend Rachel Carson, available in most libraries. If followed, her wise advice would have saved America and other nations billions of dollars and countless wildlife species! We desperately need more courageous and dedicated people like Rachel Carson to show the world the error of its poisonous killing ways!

Breathing is the first place, not the last; one should look when fatigue, disease or other evidence of disordered energy presents itself. - Dr. Sheldon Hendler, The Oxygen Breakthrough

Live Longer Breathing Clean Air Deeply

We advise those who have to live or work in smoggy, polluted cities to obtain a good air filter. We especially recommend filters which contain charcoal and a high efficiency particulate HEPA air filter. The charcoal removes most of the chemicals and the HEPA filter removes most of the particles. To be effective in an average room, the flow rate through the filter should be over 200 cubic feet of air per minute. The wise motorist will also install an air filter in his car for cleaning the air while driving in air-polluted cities. Auto stores and catalogs usually stock them.

When we are born, our lungs are new, fresh, clean, and rosy in color. If we could live in a pollutant and dust-free atmosphere breathing deeply all our lives, then our lungs would remain as good as new for a long life of use. Yet most people abuse their lungs! Some of this comes from external causes. The lungs and skin are the only organs of the body which are directly affected by external conditions, specifically, the air breathed into the lungs!

Mother Nature and God provide protection against a normal amount of dust contamination: tiny nose hairs serve as filters, and moist mucus in the passages leading to the lungs traps dust particles that we expel through the nose or mouth. The tonsils also serve as important guards to trap germs. The lungs protect themselves remarkably well by expelling carbon dioxide through oxygenation and by discharging toxins into the blood for elimination via the kidneys. Your body is a miracle!

Unfortunately, most civilized people today live in very unnatural conditions. Almost everywhere there are abnormal pollutants in the air we breathe, especially in urban areas. Our lungs are often overloaded with more contaminants than they can handle. These are passed into the bloodstream and to other parts of the body. Modern city dweller’s lungs become brownish from car smog, soot, etc. Even in most farming areas, the lungs must contend with pollens, excessive dust, poisonous pesticides, fertilizers, and other toxic chemicals. (Air purifiers and vitamin C helps.) Shocking deadly fact: smog kills over 300 people yearly in #1 smog-riddled Los Angeles. This study has also estimated that this figure could triple soon!

Tobacco – Enemy of Your Heart and Health

Whether it’s cigarettes, cigars or pipes, tobacco is one of the heart’s worst enemies! Here is what Dr. Lester M. Morrison, noted California heart specialist and pioneer in the low-cholesterol diet for the treatment and the prevention of heart disease, said about tobacco:

Tobacco is a poison. Nicotine, the main ingredient of tobacco, is a poison affecting the brain, heart and other vital organs. The tobacco plant is directly related to the deadly nightshade family of plants. Aside from the chief poison, nicotine, there are other well-known poisons present in tobacco: arsenic and coal tar substances and carbon monoxide (when tobacco is burned).

Dr. Morrison also said, Nicotine is the most noxious substance that affects the blood vessels in man. Nicotine is a powerful drug that constricts the arteries, narrowing still more the vital passageways of the blood, already clogged by other toxic residue. The tobacco smoker does double damage to his heart - first, by filling the bloodstream with the harsh poisons of tobacco and, second, by narrowing the arteries and other blood vessels, preventing a free flow of life-giving blood.

Smoking Has Many Ways to Kill You!

The body has no defense against carbon monoxide produced by smoking. You have read about people committing suicide or being killed by carbon monoxide fumes. Why deliberately breathe them into your lungs? The coal tars in tobacco are the chief poisons responsible for cancer of the lungs, mouth, and related areas of the body. It frightens us to think of what will happen in another 25 years because of the excessive use of tobacco. We are convinced that every smoker will eventually develop lung, throat, or some form of cancer –if heart disease or something else doesn’t kill them first!

The results of a recent federal health study found that cigars are no less hazardous than other forms of tobacco, and therefore needs stronger federal regulation! The absence of such warning labels on cigars could lead consumers to erroneously conclude that cigars don’t carry health risks. Beware - there is no safe form of deadly tobacco! Cigars are becoming tremendously popular and sales have jumped 18% recently. Yet cigar smokers and tobacco chewers face grave risk of diseases such as mouth, throat, esophageal, larynx and lung cancer, as well as coronary heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Fact: cigars contain up to 90 times as much of some cancer-causing agents as cigarettes do!

Emphysema Smothers it’s Victim

Emphysema, another killer disease from smoking, is on the rise. Recent medical reports show that as many as half of all American men are suffering from some degree of emphysema. In this disease, the tars, nicotine and other destructive poisons of tobacco lodge in the lungs’ small air sacs, are causing the sac walls to become very thin or to break down entirely. Soon the blood is no longer able to exchange poisonous carbon dioxide for life-giving oxygen. This self-destructing victim dies of oxygen starvation –being slowly smothered to death from within.

Emphysema is not a quick killer. It creeps up slowly, first with a slight cough – especially on arising. Then it attacks the smoker day and night. Slowly, air sacs are almost completely destroyed. The victim doesn’t die suddenly, but lingers on steadily deteriorating. They are forced to stay near an oxygen tank because the disease is shutting off their oxygen. When the lungs can’t operate any longer even with pure oxygen, the victim then dies.

Our breath is our life! We can live days without water and weeks without food, but only minutes without air. It’s the oxygen in the air we breathe that’s the greatest purifying force in Mother Nature! To get this oxygen into the lungs and bloodstream, we must breathe it in!

Smoking tobacco is against every Natural Law. When you attempt to break a Law of Mother Nature, it will break you! The heart needs large amounts of oxygen to function. Any disease that diminishes oxygen is going to destroy the health of your heart, lungs and entire body.

Most heavy smokers are snorers and are at 1.7 time’s greater risk of heart disease than silent sleepers and at 2.08 times greater risk of stroke and heart disease combined. - Finnish Medical Study

Cigarette smokers have 50% higher atherosclerosis and hypertension deaths!

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