Welcome to our
first edition for this year. We at Reform trust that you have had a
well-deserved rest, and approach the New Year with renewed energy and
zest. We want to wish you the very best for 2004, may all your goals
and dreams be fulfilled. We also want to thank each of our valued clients,
the old and the new, for your support.
Our topic of discussion
for this edition will be Coronary Heart Disease, and through this topic
introduce you to Cardio Arterial Guard. The next topic can either be
on Candida related problems / Skin problems / Arthritic Conditions.
Please let us know which you would prefer.
80% of our Westernised population have raised cholesterol levels. 4
Million South Africans suffer from some form of heart disease; most
of them don't know it. You could be one of them (South African Heart
Association). Did you know that Cardiovascular Disease (disease of the
heart and blood vessels e.g. Angina, Stroke and heart attack) is responsible
for 19.8% of all deaths in South Africa? 1 in 3 Males and 1 in 4 Females
have some form of heart disease. 1 in 2 Males and Females will have
some form of Cardiovascular Disease in their lifetime (American Heart
medical illness and disease
Many diseases progress slowly over several years and produce few, if
any, symptoms during the early years. As the disease progresses, the
symptoms become more frequent and more severe, usually forcing the person
to seek medical treatment. The person will either present with acute,
chronic or periodic symptoms. Knowing your medical history and that
of the disease, will aid you in discovering the cause of your symptoms
and living a more responsible and healthy life.
In which ways do
Cardio Vascular Diseases manifest: Through conditions such as:
Arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), Hypertension (high blood
pressure), High Cholesterol (deposits of a fatty substance), High Homocysteine
Levels, and Heart Diseases such as Mitral Valve Stenosis, Angina Pectoris,
Heart Attack and Cardiac Arrest.
discuss what each condition entails:
Commonly called "hardening of the arteries," the inner layer
of the artery walls becomes thick and irregular because of deposits
of a fatty substance (Cholesterol). As the interior artery walls become
lined with layers of cholesterol deposits, the arteries become narrowed.
This narrowing reduces the flow of blood through the arteries and decreases
their ability to dilate when needed to supply more blood to the heart
(e.g. during exercise or stress). It had developed slowly over decades.
It often goes unnoticed until the first life-threatening heart attack
occurs. Studies have shown that school children have already shown signs
of heart disease risk factors.
As blood flows from the heart out to the blood vessels, it creates pressure
against the blood vessel walls. Your blood pressure reading is a measure
of this pressure. When that reading goes above the mentioned point,
it is called high blood pressure / Hypertension. Hypertension is defined
as a blood pressure with a reading of greater than 160/95 mmHg. In the
adult population prevalence varies with the decline of age, sex and
Cholesterol is a waxy, fatty substance (lipid) that is carried in the
bloodstream and plays an essential role in the tissues and cells of
the body. What you may not be aware of is that, at healthy levels, cholesterol
is vital to human life. At unhealthy levels e.g. high levels, it can
Homocysteine is an amino acid produced by the body - when the levels
get too high they are harmful to the body. Normally the body rapidly
converts homocysteine into a harmless substance, but certain factors
such as a vitamin B deficiency, may reduce our ability to keep homocysteine
in our blood within normal range. So elevated levels of amino acid homocysteine
are a risk factor for cardio vascular disease. Influencing Factors:
Aging, as mentioned, the Vitamin B factor, some drugs such as (Methotrexate,
Corticosteroids, Fibrates), smoking, Oestrogen deficiency, Hypothyroidism,
strict Vegetarianism, genetic traits, alcohol, lack of physical activity,
excessive coffee and tea intake - all have an effect on your levels.
Develops when blood flow through the coronary arteries (feeding the
heart muscle) becomes insufficient. Blood flow is diminished if an artery
is narrowed by a build-up of fatty deposits (cholesterol) on its inner
walls. This is called atherosclerosis. While it occurs in all arteries,
the coronary arteries are especially prone to it. It manifests itself
in shortness of breath and, in more serious cases, persistent chest
pains (Angina Pectoris). Complete blockage of blood flow is often a
result of a blood clot blocking a narrowed artery. This stops the supply
of blood and oxygen to the heart, resulting in a heart attack - where
part of, or all of the heart can die. When arteries become blocked,
blood supply to the heart is stopped, causing part of the heart muscle
Common Symptoms and Signs to recognise a problem developing:
Symptoms (What the person will experience):
The person will complain of Chest Pains, (severe, crushing like pain)
behind the breastbone. The pain may radiate to the arms, or even up
the neck and to the jaw.
Shortness of breath, or breathing heavily.
There may be nauseousness and vomiting. One or the other or both.
Sweating, the person will become cold, pale and clammy.
They may even feel that they are about to die.
you will be able to feel and observe):
Low Blood pressure (Hypotension)
Cyanosis (bluish colour of the skin)
NB!!! THE FOUR
MAJOR RISK FACTORS
1. Raised Blood Cholesterol - levels above ideal can increase your risk
by as much as 4 x
2. Smoking - when high blood cholesterol is combined with another major
risk factor, the chance of CHD increases even more e.g. if you have
high cholesterol and you smoke, your risk increases to as much as 8
3. High Blood Pressure - if you have high blood pressure as well, your
risk increases by more than 13 x
4. High Homocysteine levels - high levels damage and thicken the walls
of the arteries. This increases the risk of abnormal blood clotting
which can lead to heart disease and strokes. Your risks of Heart Attacks
increase by 16 x and Strokes by 24 x and Deep Vein Thrombosis by 25
x. It also reduces the body's effectiveness in producing certain chemicals
that would normally help reduce our risk of developing a variety of
conditions and diseases.
PILING ON THE
1. A Family history of CHD before age of 50.
2. Not enough exercise.
5. Being overweight
It is important
to know that these risk factors increase each other's effects, the effects
of two or three together is more than just adding their separate risks.
That is why the concept of Total Risk must be taken into account. It
is possible to be just a 'little' high in several factors but to have
an unacceptably high total risk. For this reason attention should always
be given to all the risk factors. Efforts to improve one, which is particularly
high, should be accompanied by efforts to eliminate the others when
they are present.
DO IT NOW!
Take the first steps towards protecting yourself and your family's hearts
today. Even the youngest child can only benefit if you start your family
on the road to healthy living now.
Looking after your general health - make sure that you get regular medical
check-ups. Stop smoking.
Exercise regularly - moderate and often is best.
Lose Weight if need be
Use poly-unsaturated fats instead of saturated fats wherever possible.
You can enjoy
Food that is good for you CAN taste good. Fruit and vegetables are healthy.
Eat low fat meats. Buy meats like veal, poultry without the skin, fish
and ostrich meat. Trim away all the fat you can see. Be aware of hidden
fats found in processed foods - read the labels carefully.
fats found in flaxseed oil, evening primrose and starflower oil, olive
oil, sunflower oil and certain margarines are good for you. They have
a vital role to play in normal cell functioning, in controlling blood
cholesterol and lowering blood pressure.
fatty acids are essential because the body cannot synthesize them. Sunflower
oil is rich in vitamin E, a power anti-oxidant that boosts the immune
High Blood Pressure
When a person becomes anxious, angry or frightened, his heart beats
faster and his blood pressure rises. If his arteries are already narrowed
by atherosclerosis, the heart will be placed under strain because extra
effort is combined with a reduced flow of blood in the coronary arteries
- the arteries that feed the heart muscle. This can lead to a heart
The biggest problem
with controlling high blood pressure is that it is not normally noticeable
to the person suffering from the condition. If you are worried, have
your blood pressure checked at your local pharmacy, clinic or doctor.
It is simple, painless and only takes a minute. If high blood pressure
is diagnosed, it can be effectively treated with weight loss, supplements
(Cardio Arterial Guard) and other supplements that will assist are Potassium,
Calcium, Magnesium and Omega 3 (all included into Cardio Arterial Guard)
and allopathic drugs.
Using the right combination of nutrients and adopting a healthy lifestyle
can lower Homocysteine levels, simply and inexpensively. Homocysteine
accumulates in the body because enzymes, chemical workers in our body,
aren't working properly. Enzymes keep your brain, liver and other body
organs functioning optimally. Enzyme helpers don't work alone, but have
essential helpers, such as isolated B vitamins (Vitamin B2, Vitamin
B6, Vitamin B12, Folic Acid) and Zinc, and are the primary homocysteine
lowering nutrients. Vitamin B2, B6 and Zinc make Cystathionine Beta-Synthase,
and Cystathionine with the final breakdown produced being Glutathione.
You will be able to maintain healthy homocysteine levels, as well as
dramatically lowering homocysteine with the above-mentioned supplements.
A good diet is essential and should include eating more fruits and vegetables
(especially leafy green vegetables). Good sources of dietary folate
include many breakfast cereals (muesli), lentils, chickpeas, asparagus,
spinach and most beans.
Lack of Exercises:
Regular, moderate exercise burns up kilojoules and is known to lower
blood cholesterol without straining the heart. Keep as physically active
as you can. Take the dog for walks, stroll to the shop for the paper,
climb stairs instead of taking the lift. Aerobic exercises such as brisk
walking, cycling, swimming, jogging and dancing are the best, as they
make the heart work harder and increase the oxygen in your bloodstream
and releases energy. All you need is 20-30 minutes, 3 - 4 times a week
to improve your health and that of your family. But remember that anyone
completely unfit may actually trigger off a heart attack with sudden
strenuous exercise. Rather take it easy to start off with and build
up to moderate regular exercise. If you are over 40 or concerned that
you may be at risk, discuss it with your doctor first.
Being overweight results in greater constant physical exertion, and
that means strain on the heart. Being overweight also increases blood
cholesterol levels, blood pressure and the risk of diabetes. You are
what you eat, they say, so losing weight is simply a matter of changing
your eating habits for life.
Plan your menu
sensibly. Make sure your diet is rich in dark green leafy vegetables,
beans, peas, nuts and seeds - all high in heart health nutrients. Eat
more fish and seeds, especially flax seeds, high in Omega 3 and Vitamin
E. Cut down on fatty and fried foods and refined foods like sugar, pastries,
white bread and alcohol. Replace them with lean meat, poultry, fish,
jacket potatoes, brown rice, fruit and green vegetables. You should
regulate the amount of food you eat with the amount of exercise you
do and energy you burn up.
75 - 90% of visits to physicians are stress related. Research on the
link between stress and heart disease is not conclusive, but it does
appear that stressed people have higher blood pressure. Stress increases
your levels of hormones causing an increase in salt retention, and a
loss of minerals and can lead to "burn out". Identify what
creates stress in your life. Then, if you can't change the situation,
try changing your attitude towards it. Remember that success will not
come from a halfhearted effort, nor will it come overnight. It will
take determination, persistence and time. Some suggestions may help
immediately, but if your stress is chronic it may require more attention
and/or lifestyle changes.
Tips to relieve
- Exercise regularly.
- Don't take work
problems home or vice versa.
- Be realistic
about what you can achieve every day. Shed the 'superman/woman' urge.
- Complete one
job properly before you start the next.
- Laugh a little
- smile a lot.
- Visualise, use
your imagination and picture how you can manage a stressful situation
- Ensure a good
night's rest. Refrain from having a heavy meal within 3 hours of going
- Hobbies - take
a break and do something that you really enjoy.
- Share your feelings,
stay in touch with friends and family, and don't try to cope alone.
- Go easy with
criticism. Remember, everyone is unique, and has his or her own virtues,
shortcomings, and right to develop as an individual.
- Give in occasionally
and be flexible, make allowances for other's opinions. In doing so
you may reduce your stress and find better solutions to your problems.
- Make sure you
have regular holidays and breaks.
When you inhale cigarette smoke, your arteries become smaller and the
heart has to work harder to keep up the flow. Apart from this, smoking
is also known to raise cholesterol levels. If you smoke, you must face
the facts - you are increasing your risk of heart disease by up to three
times. It is NEVER too late to stop smoking. By stopping, or even cutting
down, you reduce the risk almost immediately.
Why is smoking
Tobacco smoke has three main components - nicotine, carbon monoxide
and the cancer agent, tar. The first two components act to increase
the heart's need for oxygen while reducing its supply. Nicotine speeds
up the heart, so it requires more oxygen. Nicotine also tends to shut
down blood vessels, slowing flow through them and increases the chance
of a clot forming. Carbon monoxide displaces oxygen from the blood stream,
and a pack of cigarettes a day reduces the heart's oxygen supply by
one tenth. All these compounds (Carbon monoxide, Nicotine and Tar) may
damage the inner lining of arteries and contribute to Atherosclerosis.
Smoking can also help precipitate a heart attack by increasing the tendency
for a clot to form in a narrowed coronary artery.
High Blood Cholesterol
Blood cholesterol is, without doubt, the best-known and possibly best-understood
risk factor of CHD. It is a fact that the fatty build up in the arteries
of the heart is mostly made up of cholesterol. High cholesterol levels
in the blood signify a greater risk of heart attack - at least as much
as smoking or high blood pressure. 4,8 million South Africans suffer
from raised blood cholesterol levels, increasing their risk of heart
disease. High blood cholesterol can affect people of all age groups.
The Heart Foundation of Southern Africa recommends that every person
should have their cholesterol checked by the time they are 20 years
old. If there is a history of high cholesterol in the family, members
of all ages should be checked regularly.
carried in the bloodstream by two proteins called lipo-proteins. Low-density
lipo-protein -LDL - is known as 'bad cholesterol' because it releases
cholesterol into the blood where it begins to build up on the walls
of the arteries. High density lipo-proteins - HDL - is called 'good
cholesterol' because it helps remove excess cholesterol from the blood
and arterial walls, transporting it back to the liver to be excreted.
High blood cholesterol
levels are linked to diet, which is why the World Health Organisation
and the Heart Foundation of Southern Africa, strongly recommend that
people in affluent societies should change their diet to help control
their blood cholesterol levels. Research has shown that there are 3
basic categories of food which influence cholesterol levels.
Food that increase Cholesterol levels: Your body gets cholesterol from
two main sources - from cholesterol foods, which are absorbed into the
blood (foods such as liver, kidneys, dairy products, and meat), it also
manufactures its own cholesterol. Saturated fats cause the body to produce
more cholesterol. Foods that are high in saturated fats are fatty meat,
dairy products, cooking fats and shortenings. A high intake of these
foods can increase blood cholesterol levels, therefore, eat less of
It is important
to remember that many foods, which do not appear to have much fat, often
contain high levels of saturated fat. Foods such as hamburgers, pastries,
sausage rolls, biscuits, usually contain a great deal of saturated fat
and should be avoided or minimized.
Foods that can
lower Cholesterol levels: Polyunsaturated fats and soluble fibre have
been shown to actively lower blood cholesterol levels. Some vegetables
oils contain polyunsaturates, but not all vegetable oils are high in
polyunsaturates. Olive oil and Sunflower oil is particularly high in
polyunsaturates and is one of the few sources in an average person's
diet. Since these foods actively lower blood cholesterol, they are recommended
to replace saturated fats.
Foods that are
neutral: Monounsaturated fats have little or no active effect on blood
cholesterol (e.g. soft tub margarines which clearly states that it is
high in polyunsaturated fats) on their own they are neutral. They do,
however, help to lower blood cholesterol when eating in place of saturated
On to the next
step and that is from being at risk to becoming Healthy, Happy and Radiant!
How? By using the right product to assist you in your journey towards
Can medicine look to Nature for effective control of heart diseases,
blood pressure and cholesterol? Research has recently uncovered compelling
evidence that natural dietary supplements, may act as effectively as
prescription medication. Cardio-Arterial Guard was designed and developed
as a tool to improve your lifestyle and the health of your heart. It
contains special nutrients to help promote and then maintain a healthy
heart and circulation. This is an advanced doctor-designed formulation
that can assist in the restoration of arteries to a younger state and
improve overall health. This formulation assists in enhancing the performance
and restoration or your heart and blood vessels to a more natural state,
with a precise combination of synergistic-acting complexes and factors.
Research has proven that ingredients in this formulation, reduce blood
cholesterol levels, remove calcium from hardened arteries as well as
arthritic joints and remove toxic heavy metals from the body.
compound supports normal blood pressure and Serum Cholesterol deposition
in the arterial wall and improves heart contractions. Cardio Arterial
Guard helps remove excessive levels of calcium, metals and metal compounds
from cells. Natural chelating of the orotates and asparates of potassium
and magnesium and the enzyme Bromelain produce clinically observed effects
on protecting and improving heart functions. Co-enzyme Q10 provides
critical cardiovascular energy support while Forskolin works to lower
blood pressure. The rest of the ingredients work synergistically to
support healthy coronary circulation and healthy cholesterol levels.
Please see pamphlet on Cardio Arterial Guard or contact our offices
for more details.
Cardiovascular disease results from a complex interaction of genetics,
diet and lifestyle choices. While there is no simplistic picture of
heart disease, blood pressure and cholesterol, it is encouraging to
know that Nature can supplement and assist your cholesterol and high
blood pressure efforts with a safe and effective option.
On to some other exciting news!
Product Promotions: Will resume again from February 2004, if any of
our clients would want me to come and do a Lifeforce promotion or an
individual product promotion please feel free to contact our offices
to make a booking.
Regular training sessions will be offered to interested parties on their
working premises, providing we have at least 5 or more people to train.
If there are smaller numbers we can combine training with other interested
parties in their working area. Training will commence again from the
middle of January 2004.
95% of our products are in the Bronze and Royal Blue labels. The few
remaining will remain as is, until the sales pick up / or as they come
to an end of a batch manufactured / if these sales remain as low as
they are at present they will be discontinued with notification.
11 of our products now have pamphlets introducing these products to
the public and assisting in marketing Lifeforce. We are on a strong
Marketing drive to educate not only the professional world on how good
Lifeforce products really are, but also the greater communities. We
are working towards assisting the greater society to heal, with love,
education, and affordable supplements.
We are launching
the following products in January 2004.
IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOSTING FORMULATION: LIFEFORCE IMMUNO AID COMBO CAPSULES
As an Immune booster, selected Vitamins, Minerals and Amino Acids and
pre & pro biotics have been added to assist and increase the function
of T-cells, controlling and fighting illnesses. A combination of Barley
Grass, Pine Bark Extracts, Pre & Pro-biotics: L Sporogenes, FOS,
Colostrum (Lactoferrin), Amino Acids: NAC (N Acetyl Cysteine), L-Lysine
and Zinc Gluconate, Selenium, Vitamin B2, B6, B5, Vitamin C and Citrus
Lowered Immune Functions, Chronic infections, Systemic Candida, Fatigue,
Stress, Swollen glands, Muscle & joint pains, weight loss and allergies.
FORMULATION: LIFEFORCE STRESS COMBO TABLETS
Stress Combo contains a blend of natural vitamins, minerals and trace
elements that work as a nutrient to improve the body's response to stress,
thereby boosting mood and relieving depression. It also improves other
mental functions such as memory, concentration, alertness and recall.
Stress Combo has been Medically created as a key essential for stress
recovery and the strengthening of your immune function, and is ideal
for those that are very busy, stressed and who face a lot of demanding
and challenging tasks.
It provides the
key combinations of micronutrients to help people cope as well as boost
the immune system. Stress Combo assists to re-balance the body, and
to boost energy levels.
Everyday pressures & stress are known to increase the body's need
for the B Group vitamins, which work in synergy with one another. The
formula delivers beneficial amounts of B Complex and included are high
levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin H, Folic Acid, Magnesium & Potassium,
to aid in healing, and energy utilisation.
Stress and stress related conditions, Lowered Immune Functions, Chronic
infections, Fatigue, Swollen glands, Muscle & joint pains, PMS,
intolerances and allergies.
SUPPLEMENT FOR SKIN CARE: LIFEFORCE SKIN AID COMBO
Scientific studies have demonstrated that nutritional supplements are
beneficial and effective in promoting skin health. Skin Aid Combo has
been specially formulated with the nutrients that play an important
role in the health, structure and quality of the skin. It is known to
be effective in the promotion of healthy skin, nails and hair. This
formulation is for the treatment of all skin conditions especially ones
such as PSORIASIS, ECZEMA, DERMATITIS AND VITILIGO
Lifeforce has specially
formulated a micronutrient with more than 20 essential nutrients for
people with skin disorders. This specialised formulation with the correctly
balanced combinations of nutrients will be effective in facilitating
healing and promoting a healthy, glowing, radiant skin.
Acne, Dermatitis, Eczema, Impetigo, Psoriasis, skin, hair and nail problems.
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Life is like a wild tiger. You can either lie down and let it lay its
paw on your head - or sit on its back and ride it. (Ride the wild tiger)