Health Maintenance

Even if you are healthy, it pays to watch your health!

Most doctors take antioxidant supplements than take aspirin as a way to prevent heart attacks

- Council to Responsible Nutrition

Are you one of those healthy people? Do you say you don't need to watch your diet or use supplements because, "Hey, I'm healthy"?

Or, do you have a few minor health worries, but chalk them up to "I'm getting older, what do you expect?"

If one of those statements reflects your sentiments, wise up! Now, when you are young; or now, when you are older and healthy; or now, when you are just easing into middle age is the time to act. Don't wait, or you'll cause yourself unnecessary health worries and health expenses.

Look at it this way. You regularly change the oil in your car. If you wait too long, you risk ruining your engine and experiencing car repair hassles and big bills, or buying a new car. The same holds true with your health. By practicing health maintenance-changing your oil-you can avoid big health hassles and big health expenses as you age. And, you can't go out and buy a new body!

Want a few facts?

Medical care costs money and medical crises can be avoided by preventive means. Consider:

Heart attack: A by-pass operation costs some US $41,000. Estimates for overall heart attack costs average some US $212,000. Exercise and diet reduce the risk and cost.

Osteoporosis: Hip fracture surgery runs to some US $23,000. Many experts say that at least 1/3 of all osteoporotic fractures may have a nutritional basis. Exercise, diet, and supplementation cost little.

Cancer: The cost per year of life gained is US $82,845 for patients with solid tumors (stomach, breast, lung and genital cancers), US $189,339 for patients with leukemia or lymphatic cancers, and US $449,544 for other cancers. Treatment for breast cancer averages some CDN $30,000. Studies have shown that eating carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables may reduce risk of cancer by nearly 50 percent and slow progression of existing tumors.

Colds and flu: In 1995, flu deaths accounted for 6.5 percent of all deaths worldwide. Colds and the flu also result in countless sick days at school and work. Rest, exercise, and supplements may be able to cut sick days in half.

Constipation: Constipation is the most common digestive disorder in the United States and some $200 million is spent annually on medication. An easier solution is to eat more fiber.

The most effective strategy for prevention of coronary heart disease in adulthood may be prevention of obesity in childhood.

- Journal of the American Medical Society (JAMA), Dec. 3, 1997

The Pros Agree

According to the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health of the Department of Health and Human Services, taking preventive steps "could eliminate an estimated 45 percent of cardiovascular deaths, 23 percent of cancer deaths, and more than 50 percent of the disabling complications of diabetes. Better control of fewer than 10 risk factors-for example, poor diet, infrequent exercise, use of tobacco and drugs, and the abuse of alcohol-could prevent between 40 percent and 70 percent of all premature deaths, a third of all cases of acute disability, and two-thirds of all cases of chronic disability."

The Council for Responsible Nutrition has announced that the appropriate use of dietary supplements has the following potential benefits:

Health Maintenance at its Best

Heard enough to get motivated to think about your health when you have good health? An easy way to practice health maintenance is to look into AIM's Healthy Cell Concept. If you follow the five principles of this sensible concept, you'll find that you may avoid many of the health problems that arise as you age.

The Healthy Cell Concept considers the cell as the starting point for health. The cell is the basic unit of the body, and cells form to create tissue, which forms organs, and combinations of organs form our body systems. It makes sense then, that if we keep the cell healthy, we are healthy.

We keep the cell healthy by practicing five principles:

The Pefect Health Maintenance Product?

Fiber is one of the premier health maintenance foods you can consume. No less than the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allows health claims on fiber and cancer and fiber (including psyllium) and heart disease, when combined with low intake of fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol.

Another key to health maintenance is detoxification. This is the process of eliminating the harmful substances that make their way into our bodies every day. These include food additives and pollutants from air and water. Fiber helps detoxify.

"Herbal Fiberblend" combines fiber and cleansing herbs to provide you with the perfect product to safeguard your health.

The Healthy Cell concept For information on the Healthy Cell Concept, you may purchase AIM's Healthy Cell Concept pocket book for a basic overview, or AIM's Healthy Cell Concept softcover book for detailed information. Local Area Training Seminars include information on the Healthy Cell Concept and on how the AIM products work in conjunction with it to maintain health. Softcover book is $9.95, or small pocket book is $3.95. Add $3.00 shipping.

The article "Health Maintenance" is reproduced with the permission of AIM International (Partner's Magazine, May, '98) © 1998, 1999 by AIM International.

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