Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is an eye disease caused by the accumulation of cellular debris called drusen behind retina. (Fig. 1) This leads to the difficulty of reading, recognizing faces, driving or daily life. The symptoms don’t appear only with the cellular debris but bleeding from abnormal blood vessels grown under retina causes the symptoms. (Fig. 2)
At the beginning, some people experience that a part of straight line in central vision becomes wavy. When the disease progresses, it looks wavier at a lot of parts. At the end, the central vision is lost and becomes black. (Fig. 3)
It is difficult to notice because we usually look at things with both eyes and at the beginning the symptom appears on either right or left eye. It is important to look at things including straight lines such as book shelfs or tiles with one eye to check whether they look wavy or not.
A cause of the accumulation of cellular debris is aging. Another cause is ultraviolet rays so it is important to prevent it wearing sunglasses.
Recent researches discovered 4 nutrients which prevent AMD.
1. Vitamin C contained a lot in broccoli, pepper, lotus root, etc.
2. Vitamin E contained a lot in almond, squash, avocado, etc.
3. Zinc contained a lot in oyster, pork, sesame seeds etc.
4. Lutein contained a lot in green vegetables such as spinach, parsley or kale. Lutein exist in our body and especially a lot in retina in our eyes. Yellow pigment of Lutein has the characteristic that absorbs sunlight so it protects retina from ultraviolet rays. Aging decreases lutein in retina causing direct damages by ultraviolet rays.
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New cause of degeneration of bone is rusting of bones.
What is the rusting of bones?
The rusting of bones happens to those who take sufficient calcium as well.
One of the reason of the rusting of bones is sugar.
The rusting of bones means that sugar attaches to a bone and a part of the bone changes to bad substance. As a result, the bone becomes fragile and easy to be broken.
50% of our bone is minerals which is hard such as calcium and another 50% is protein which is elastic such as collagen. That is why bones can keep the hardness and absorb shocks bowing when necessary.
If you continue irregularity of dietary life such as eating too much, your blood sugar is kept high. And unused sugar attaches to the collagen of your bones and a part of it changes to bad substance. As a result, your bones becomes hard without flexibility and easy to be broken even if the bone density is sufficient. It is called scarification of bone.
But there is another major cause that makes your bone rusty.
That is active oxygen. Active oxygen has sterilizing effect which protects our body from bacteria and virus, but if it exceeds a certain amount, it hurts our body on the contrary.
For example, if active oxygen damages the skin, it causes age spots and wrinkles. If it damages the wall of blood vessels, it progresses hardening of blood vessels. When active oxygen damages collagen of bone, even if your blood sugar is normal, a lot of sugar attaches to bone making bone easy to be broken.
Why does active oxygen increase too much in our body?
A cluttered lifestyle such as irregular diet and/or lack of exercise causes lifestyle related diseases such as high blood pressure or hyperlipidemia, and it tends to increase active oxygen. It is important to pay attention to your diet such as reducing salt or fat and do some exercises such as walking.
Please use the following pages in my blog as a reference which show how many steps you need to walk to improve some health conditions.
Almonds contain a lot of dietary fiber, and contain both water soluble dietary fiber and insoluble dietary fiber.
Insoluble dietary fiber scrapes out body wastes sticking to the intestines. If the intestines become clean, extra things such as cholesterol are not absorbed.
Water soluble dietary fiber wraps up excretes extra cholesterol and toxins and excretes them as stools.
Dietary fiber regulates the intestines.
Nuts are high in calorie. Nuts contain a lot of fat. Almonds contain 55% and hazel nuts contain 75%. It seems like you gain weight by eating almonds but in the result of a research, people who had a certain amount of almonds every day in addition to their usual meals lost weight.
Yogurt with Almond soaked in honey:
Dietary fiber becomes food for lactic acid bacterium and Bifidobacterium contained in yogurt and activates the bacteria. Honey helps digestion of almonds. More intestine regulating function is expected.
75% of macadamia nuts is oil. Macadamia nuts contain Palmitoleic acid which supplements good fat for the skin. Palmitoleic acid is contained in the skin of babies a lot and it decreases by age. To keep the skin rich in springiness/elasticity, palmitoleic acid is necessary. You need to be careful about eating too much because it contains a lot of fat. 5 pieces a day is sufficient.
Chestnuts contain good oil of oleic acid and α-linolenic acid which cleanse the blood vessel. Good oil doesn’t clog the blood vessels and encourages the metabolism of cells.
α-linolenic acid prevents blood clots. α-linolenic acid becomes oil contained in blue-backed fishes such as EPA or DHA which makes our blood vessels soft and flexible when it goes into our body.
Oleic acid reduces LDL cholesterol.
Tofu with Walnuts soaked in honey:
Oil of walnuts makes protein of tofu easier to digest and it is effective to make blood vessels clean and flexible. Eat a piece of cold tofu putting walnuts soaked in honey on it as toppings.
10 pieces of walnuts a day is recommended because it provides the amount of EPA and DHA an adult should take in a day.
Almond and alcohol
Almond contains vitamin E and niacin that helps the function of liver and prevents a hungover.
Vitamin E weakens the function of active oxygen that hurts liver. Vitamin E is dissolved in oil and liver is made of oil so vitamin E spreads all over liver and protects it. When you drink alcohol, active oxygen appears but vitamin E protects liver from active oxygen.
Niacin helps break down acetaldehyde that causes various symptoms from a hungover.
It is better to eat almonds 30 minutes before drinking alcohol or at the beginning of drinking considering the time to digest almonds.
It is difficult to make the sensation caused by damaged nerve disappear, compared to the sensation caused by pressed nerves or other reasons. Doctors usually consider it unable to be healed. How about in acupuncture? This was the case that was very successful and was healed by a small number of treatments.
The patient is a female in her 30s who has tingling sensation in her right buttock to thigh. She had an injection on her right buttock 8 years ago and the injection damaged the nerve. Since then, she has had the tingling sensation in her right buttock and outside of her right thigh constantly. She came to my clinic mainly for another health issue.
The treatment was mainly to strengthen Spleen Yin energy with Fire point, general back treatment to remove tightness on her back with a round-tip needle for touching and another round-tip needle for tapping, and to remove stagnated energy by placing the round-tip needle for tapping on some points on her legs. I barely touched her thigh.
After the 2nd treatment, the area of the numbness became smaller and after the 3rd treatment, it was limited on a very small area of the thigh, and after the 4th treatment, the numbness disappeared. At the time of the 6th treatment, there was still no tingling sensation. She is continuously having acupuncture treatments for other health issues.
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What is the difference between the tiredness of the body and the tiredness of the brain?
Even if you feel tired, you are often deceived by your brain. For example, when you have a cold, you feel tired because your brain tries not to move your body any more. This is a protective reaction of the brain. The brain gives the body an illusion of tiredness so that the brain makes the body take a rest forcibly.
What is the cause of the tiredness of the brain?
The tiredness of the brain is the tiredness of the autonomic nervous system.
The autonomic nervous system is the control tower to give commands to all over the body unconsciously. The autonomic nervous system controls various body’s functions such as heart rate, sweating, digestion.
What makes the autonomic nervous system tired?
1. Using smart phones and computers for long hours
Because there is too much information on the computer, our brain automatically tries to organize or memorize the information and the autonomic nervous system tries too much, resulting in getting tired.
2. Eating while watching TV
If you continuously eat while watching TV, the autonomic nervous system has to keep giving an order to digest the foods, resulting in getting tired.
3. Extreme temperature difference
Be careful about extreme difference in temperature caused by AC. When the autonomic nervous system gets tired, it becomes difficult to regulate the body temperature and there is a possibility to worsen cold intolerance.
Doing something against nature puts a burden on the autonomic nervous system.
Soaking in a hot bath like 42 degrees C (107.6 degrees F) is a burden to the autonomic nervous system because it has to make the heart rate faster and sweat to lower down the body temperature. Sweating is the condition that the autonomic nervous system works hard to lower down the body temperature.
Signs showing tiredness of the autonomic nervous system
1. Did you become sensitive to cold or heat recently?
2. Did your eyes become bleary recently?
3. Do you tend to lean on the wall when you are standing?
4. Do you feel the volume of TV that your family member is watching is too loud or too small?
5. Do you feel swelling at night?
6. Can’t you sometimes wake up even if you set an alarm?
If you answer True for any of the six questions, there is a possibility that your autonomic nervous system is tired. If you fit more than 3 questions, your autonomic nervous system is very tired.
Weakening of the autonomic nervous system leads to being difficult to regulate blood pressure, blood sugar and blood flow. If the weakening of the autonomic nervous system continues for a long time, as a result, the risk of the occurrence of high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke will be much higher. So it is important not to make the autonomic nervous system tired.
How to get rid of the tiredness of the autonomic nervous system
1. Get the power of migratory birds from Chicken breast
It was discovered recently that the substance that enables migratory birds to fly long distance was Imidazole dipeptide, which is a type of anti-oxidative substance contained a lot in the base of wings of birds and healing tiredness. A chicken doesn’t fly but genetically it has imidazole dipeptide in its breast. Having imidazole dipeptide taken from chicken breasts eases tiredness. In a research, having chicken breasts for 2 weeks improved tiredness of 75% of people. It is necessary to continue eating 100 g (0.22 lb.) for more than 2 weeks every day.
2. Finish Dinner 3 hours before going to bed
If you eat something difficult to digest right before you go to bed, your energy was consumed to digest and absorb the nutrition putting a burden to the autonomic nervous system. While you are sleeping, the autonomic nervous system has to work overtime. Also while the autonomic nervous system works hard, you can’t have good sleep. If you finish your dinner 3 hours before you go to bed, the autonomic nervous system is not necessary to work overtime and as a result, you can sleep well.
3. Take a bath of 39 degrees C (102.2 degrees F)
Taking a hot bath like 42 degrees C (107.6 degrees F) is a burden to the autonomic nervous system. In the way of healing tiredness, sauna is not good because you sweat a lot.
4. Make the color of the room light Orange from 2 hours before going to bed
From the beginning of the history, animals start the preparation of sleep by seeing the color of the sunset. The color of the sunset moves the autonomic nervous system toward sleep.
Good sleep heals the tiredness of the autonomic nervous system. What prevents the good sleep is snoring. Snoring is like breathing through a thin straw all night because the airway is blocked. While you are snoring, the autonomic nervous system works hard to take oxygen through thin airway and elevate the heart rate to send oxygen to the brain. Though you are in sleep, the autonomic nervous system has to work hard like doing exercise so snoring makes you tired even if you are sleeping.
5. Sleep on your side holding a hug pillow
Sleeping on your side decreases the amount of snoring by 30-40%. Sleeping on your back makes the tongue and the muscles around the throat fall down by gravity narrowing the airway. Sleeping on your side makes the tongue not fall down by gravity and keeps the airway more easily. Holding a hug pillow helps you keep the posture. Sleeping on your side prevents the accident by sleep apnea as well.
When you drink alcohol too much, the autonomic nervous system becomes numb and can’t control the tongue, leading to snoring.
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