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Years pass by and our kidneys are filtering the blood by removing salt, poison and any unwanted substances entering our body. With time, the salt accumulates and this needs to undergo cleaning treatments. How are we going to overcome this?

It is very easy, first take a bunch of parsley or cilantro (coriander leaves) and wash it clean.

Then cut it in small pieces and put it in a pot and pour clean water and boil for ten minutes, let it cool down and then filter it and pour in a clean bottle and keep it inside the refrigerator to cool.

Drink one glass daily and you will notice all salt and other accumulated poison coming out of your kidneys by urination. Also, you will be able to notice a difference that you never felt before.

Parsley (cilantro) is known as a great cleaning treatment for kidneys and it is natural!

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How to Prevent Yourself from a Fall, Trip, or Slip

Increased Risk of Fall Accident Begins at Age 40
By: Junji Takano

One of the main health concerns of elderly people is falling, which is often related to poor balance. In fact, many studies show that people begin to have balance problems starting at the age of 40 years.

The older you get, the weaker your physical body and sensory abilities will be, which are all factors in having poor balance.

Falling Accidents

In Japan, more than 7,000 people a year die from falling accidents, which already exceeds the number of traffic accidents.

In this article, we’ll examine in more details the cause of falling and why you lose balance as you age.

## Test Your Balance by Standing on One Leg
You can determine how good your balance is by measuring the length of time that you can stand on one leg.

How to Stand on One Leg

The following table shows the average balance time by age group in a study conducted at a Japanese health institute.

Average time with eyes open
20-39 years old: 110 seconds
40-49: 64 seconds
50-59: 36 seconds
60-69: 25 seconds

Average time with eyes closed
20-39 years old: 12 seconds
40-49: 7 seconds
50-59: 5 seconds
60-69: less than 3 seconds

If your balance time is below average, then you’ll have higher risk of falls, or slipping and tripping accidents.

In the above study, women tend to lose their balance more than men but only by a small margin (1-2%).

From this study, it is also evident that there’s a sudden significant decrease in the ability to maintain balance among middle-aged people (40 years and above).

Please take note that the numbers stated above are only average. There are people who were able to maintain balance much longer, and there are also those who were only able to maintain their balance at much shorter time regardless of age and gender. The reason why they vary is explained further below.

## The Soles of Your Feet Have Sensors
The skins all throughout your body have significant amount of tiny pressure sensors or mechanoreceptors. Some areas have few pressure sensors, while other areas have thousands, like on the soles of your feet.

Pressure Sensors or Mechanoreceptors on the soles of the feet

The pressure sensors on the foot soles provide information to your brain to help balance your body.

As you get older, the sensors will get weaker and your foot sole lose sensitivity.

But there are also other factors that can lead to weaker pressure sensors.

## Poor Blood Circulation Can Disrupt the Pressure Sensors
In our study, people are almost twice as likely to be in a fall accident caused by poor blood circulation.

This can be simulated by soaking your feet into ice cold water for about 3 minutes.
Because of the cold temperature, the pressure sensors on the foot sole begin to lose sensitivity.

# Pay Attention to Your Forward-Moving Foot
If your forward-moving foot hit something, your body will be off-balance causing you to fall or trip.
Well, it’s a matter of common sense to always have your eyes on path and watch where you are going.

Remember the old adages – “Prevention is better than cure”,
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”,
“Look before you leap” etc.

But that’s not the only problem.

Here are the other two major reasons why you stumble while walking.

1. Your forward-moving foot is pointed down.
If your foot is pointed down while making a step, then you are more prone to falling.
To avoid this, your forefoot or toes should be flexed upwards as shown on the image below.

Flex Your Toes Upward while Walking


2. You walk like a pendulum.
The height of your step can greatly increase your risk of falling.

To prevent this, your forward-moving foot must be higher off the ground (at least 5 cm) while the knee is raised high as shown on the image below.


Proper Height of Foot When Making a Step

Actually, all the mechanoreceptors located throughout your body as well as the soles of your feet are sending information to the brain that include muscle contractions and joint angles. 

When this information is not transmitted well to your brain, which happens as you get older, then the movement will get weak or ineffective making it hard for you to maintain your foot higher off the ground.

## How to Prevent Yourself from a Fall, Trip, or Slip

1. Keep Your House Clean
There are a lot of things in your house that can contribute to clutters that can cause you to trip or fall.
Always make sure to put away or store properly all personal belongings and other unnecessary things even if it is only a newspaper, remote control, and laundries scattered on the floor or carpet.

2. Stretch Your Feet and Ankles

Feet Exercise

Toe Exercise

You might think that your feet do not need exercise or stretching compared to other parts of your body, but in reality, feet stretching exercise can really help your feet maintain balance.

3. Keep Your House Warm and Ensure Adequate Lighting
Cold muscles and pressure sensors work less well and are less responsive to signals.

A decreased temperature will also cause your muscles to have less strength and less flexible, which can lead to accidents.

Always try to keep your house warm or wear proper clothes and footwear, especially during winter or cold weather.

Since most falls occur indoors, make sure your house has adequate lighting.

About the author:
Junji Takano is a Japanese health researcher involved in investigating the cause of many dreadful diseases. In 1968, he invented PYRO-ENERGEN, the first electrostatic therapy device for electromedicine that effectively eradicates viral diseases, cancer, and diabetes

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Researchers challenge double mastectomy
Survival rates akin to other procedures
September 2, 2014 

By Mackenzie Carpenter / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
More and more women are choosing to aggressively treat a cancer diagnosis in one breast with a double mastectomy, but new research says that won’t make a difference in long-term survival rates.

A large new study by the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Cancer Prevention Institute of California found that the rate of double mastectomies jumped from 2.0 percent in 1998 to 12.3 percent in 2013. But survival rates were similar to those who had the more targeted procedure of breast-conserving surgery — when just the malignant lump is removed, followed by radiation. The findings were published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

“When faced with a new breast cancer diagnosis, many patients assume that they will achieve a survival advantage by pursuing the most aggressive surgical strategy,” wrote Lisa Newman, director of the Breast Care Center at the University of Michigan, in an editorial accompanying the JAMA article.

That assumption is misguided, based on results of the study, which analyzed survival for nearly 200,000 patients in the California Cancer Registry from 1998 to 2011. In that group — women with cancer in one breast — 55 percent had just the lump removed followed by radiation treatment, 39 percent had one breast removed and 6 percent had both breasts removed. The 10-year survival rate was 83.2 percent, 81.2 percent, and 79.9 percent, respectively. The difference among the three was not statistically significant.

The analysis doesn’t break down different types of breast cancers, but it is the first to directly compare survival rates following the three most common breast cancer surgeries.

These findings might prompt insurers to think twice about covering double mastectomies after cancer is found in one breast, and it’s important to consider whether such surgery is justified “in an era of escalating medical costs and uncertainty regarding how to contain these costs while continuing to promote a healthy population,” Dr. Newman wrote.

A mastectomy is a major procedure that can require significant recovery time and may entail breast reconstruction, the lead author, Allison Kurian, an assistant professor of medicine and of health research and policy at Stanford, said in a statement. “Whereas a lumpectomy is much less invasive with a shorter recovery period,” she said.

Nonetheless, younger women in particular are opting for a more drastic approach. In 2011 alone, 33 percent of women with cancer in one breast under age 40 opted to remove both breasts, compared to 3.6 percent in 1998. Most of those choosing double mastectomies are white, have private insurance and receive treatment at a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, the researchers found.

Local breast cancer experts weren’t surprised by the findings.

“This confirms what medical professionals have always suspected,” said Kathleen Erb, a breast cancer surgeon at Allegheny General Hospital. “It tells us what we felt was true: There is no survival benefit to removing an unaffected breast, except in special cases.”

Those special cases would include women who test positive for the so-called BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes or other mutations. A genetic predisposition may mean that a double mastectomy can lower risk significantly, even if cancer hasn’t been diagnosed yet, noted Kandace McGuire, a surgeon who is director of the pre-menopausal breast cancer program at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

In May 2013, Hollywood star Angelina Jolie made headlines when she decided to have a preventive double mastectomy after testing positive for the BRCA gene. Other celebrities have had the surgery as well.

”There’s this attitude, ‘I never want this to happen again.’ I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard women say that to me” when requesting a double mastectomy, said Dr. McGuire, even though the likelihood of the initial cancer recurring in either breast is quite small.

”Most women diagnosed with breast cancer live a long, long life, and removing the opposite breast doesn’t improve that already good outcome.”


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Advice From a 101 Old Doctor! (He is a healthy 103 now)

Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, Japan, turns 101 on 4th October 2012


As a 101 year old Doctor, he was interviewed, and gave his advice for a long and healthy life.

Shigeaki Hinohara is one of the world’s longest-serving physicians and educators. Hinohara’s magic touch is legendary: Since 1941 he has been healing patients at St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo and teaching at St. Luke’s College of Nursing.

He has published around 15 books since his 75th birthday, including one “Living Long, Living Good” that has sold more than 1.2 million copies. As the founder of the New Elderly Movement, Hinohara encourages others to live a long and happy life, a quest in which no role model is better than the doctor himself.

Doctor Shigeaki Hinohara’s main points for a long and happy life:

* Energy comes from feeling good, not from eating well or sleeping a lot. We all remember how as children, when we were having fun, we often forgot to eat or sleep. I believe that we can keep that attitude as adults, too. It’s best not to tire the body with too many rules such as lunchtime and bedtime.

* All people who live long regardless of nationality, race or gender share one thing in common: None are overweight. For breakfast I drink coffee, a glass of milk and some orange juice with a tablespoon of olive oil in it. Olive oil is great for the arteries and keeps my skin healthy. Lunch is milk and a few cookies, or nothing when I am too busy to eat. I never get hungry because I focus on my work. Dinner is veggies, a bit of fish and rice, and, twice a week, 100 grams of lean meat.

* Always plan ahead. My schedule book is already full until 2014, with lectures and my usual hospital work. In 2016 I’ll have some fun, though: I plan to attend the Tokyo Olympics!

* There is no need to ever retire, but if one must, it should be a lot later than 65. The current retirement age was set at 65 half a century ago, when the average life-expectancy in Japan was 68 years and only 125 Japanese were over 100 years old. Today, Japanese women live to be around 86 and men 80, and we have 36,000 centenarians in our country. In 20 years we will have about 50,000 people over the age of 100…

* Share what you know. I give 150 lectures a year, some for 100 elementary-school children, others for 4,500 business people. I usually speak for 60 to 90 minutes, standing, to stay strong.

* When a doctor recommends you take a test or have some surgery, ask whether the doctor would suggest that his or her spouse or children go through such a procedure. Contrary to popular belief, doctors can’t cure everyone. So why cause unnecessary pain with surgery I think music and animal therapy can help more than most doctors imagine.

* To stay healthy, always take the stairs and carry your own stuff. I take two stairs at a time, to get my muscles moving.

* My inspiration is Robert Browning’s poem “Abt Vogler.” My father used to read it to me. It encourages us to make big art, not small scribbles. It says to try to draw a circle so huge that there is no way we can finish it while we are alive. All we see is an arch; the rest is beyond our vision but it is there in the distance.

* Pain is mysterious, and having fun is the best way to forget it. If a child has a toothache, and you start playing a game together, he or she immediately forgets the pain. Hospitals must cater to the basic need of patients: We all want to have fun. At St. Luke’s we have music and animal therapies, and art classes.

* Don’t be crazy about amassing material things. Remember: You don’t know when your number is up, and you can’t take it with you to the next place.

* Hospitals must be designed and prepared for major disasters, and they must accept every patient who appears at their doors. We designed St. Luke’s so we can operate anywhere: in the basement, in the corridors, in the chapel. Most people thought I was crazy to prepare for a catastrophe, but on March 20, 1995, I was unfortunately proven right when members of the Aum Shinrikyu religious cult launched a terrorist attack in the Tokyo subway. We accepted 740 victims and in two hours figured out that it was sarin gas that had hit them. Sadly we lost one person, but we saved 739 lives.

* Science alone can’t cure or help people. Science lumps us all together, but illness is individual. Each person is unique, and diseases are connected to their hearts. To know the illness and help people, we need liberal and visual arts, not just medical ones.

* Life is filled with incidents. On March 31, 1970, when I was 59 years old, I boarded the Yodogo, a flight from Tokyo to Fukuoka. It was a beautiful sunny morning, and as Mount Fuji came into sight, the plane was hijacked by the Japanese Communist League-Red Army Faction. I spent the next four days handcuffed to my seat in 40-degree heat. As a doctor, I looked at it all as an experiment and was amazed at how the body slowed down in a crisis.

* Find a role model and aim to achieve even more than they could ever do. My father went to the United States in 1900 to study at Duke University in North Carolina. He was a pioneer and one of my heroes. Later I found a few more life guides, and when I am stuck, I ask myself how they would deal with the problem.

* It’s wonderful to live long. Until one is 60 years old, it is easy to work for one’s family and to achieve one’s goals. But in our later years, we should strive to contribute to society. Since the age of 65, I have worked as a volunteer. I still put in 18 hours seven days a week and love every minute of it.

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