Nature and/or Nurture?

Can you slow down and reverse aging?

Are our health, moods and how long we live written long before we were born through our ancestors’ genes? How much can we influence our length of years and quality of life or shall we leave it to “fate”–the elements, circumstance, chance, deterioration of our body through the years, hereditary tendencies, ecetera? How can we slow the natural deterioration in function and in our capacity to respond to environmental stresses?

We can measure indicators of aging by observing the glomerular filtration rate, basal metabolic rate and ability to maintain a constant internal environment despite changes in temperature, diet, oxygen supply, pollution, ecetera as the actual number of cells in the body decrease and from the disordered functioning of the many cells that remain. All cells in the body have a limitation on cell division but in particular certain specialized cells such as the nerve and muscle cells eventually appear to lose their ability to divide (Vander, Sherman, Luciano, 1980). Indeed, Vander and company mentioned an experiment when cells were grown outside the body and divided only a certain number of times.

Of course science has marched along since then and we know from cloning experiments that cloned subjects do indeed suffer from the fate stated above. The cells act their age in the clone and old age, arthritis, and other deterioration conditions of the donor just march along inside the clone–the number of divisions correlated with the normal life span of the various species from which the cells were obtained indicated a programmed ceasation of mitosis. Aging cannot be defeated or slowed in this way–yet!

However, as early as 1980, Vander indicated that experiments demonstrated that manipulation of the chemical environment of some cells, as in large quantities of Vitamin E, can result in the cells dividing 120 times instead of the previous track record of 50 that had been observed. This brings us to the question of nature and nurture, or rather hereditary influence or environmental impact of radiation, chemicals or toxins and the like on our wellbeing. What we take in, whether environmental pollution, water, food or nutrient supplementation, determine just how many divisions actually occur, within the limits of our genetic programming.

Beyond the need for the body to continue in cell division, it also needs non-interference of its functioning of the RNA, cell proteins, and flow of information between the macromolecules.

Collagen distress

One theory on aging suggests that collagen molecules of connective tissue over time develop increasing cross-linkages resulting in the rigidity that decreases tissue functioning. Skin creams to combat aging wrinkles and inelasticity often present this approach in their promotionals. But atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis, long considered aging diseases, are no small matter of wrinkled skin–this is serious business.

Atherosclerosis involves the degeneration and hardening of the walls of the arteries and sometimes the valves of the heart, related especially to the thickening of the innermost coat of the blood vessels. Fatty and other substances collect in the inner lining of the arteries to form atheromatous plaques gradually obstructing the flow of blood. Arteriosclerosis, is defined as the thickening and loss of elasticity of the coats of the arteries, with inflammatory changes resulting from fibrous and mineral deposits in the middle layer of the artery wall. We know that diet and medication have been used with some success to defeat these samples of the “diseases of aging” (Miller, Keane, 1972).

Immune System

For some, it is their worst nightmare when their autoimmune system goes out of wack. Macromolecules of the body’s cells might alter just enough to not be recognized as “self” and consequently be targeted for attack by the immune system. Rather than beating up the immune system itself to avoid this attack, it would be preferable to provide phytonutrients, such as the Superior Herb Ganoderma Lucidum, to enhance the health of the macromolecules to both resist attack by the immune system and resist those changes that deviate from the norm. It is proposed that a decline in suppressor T cells is also possible in this aging process.

The body’s immune system not only resists viruses, bacteria and other uni- and multicellular organisms, the immunity process also removes worn-out or damaged body cells, destroys abnormal or mutant cells which develop. One way people describe this process is the removal of toxins that would otherwise damage or stress the body. It is referred to as immune surveillance (Vander, Sherman, Luciano, 1980).

Viruses and Bacteria

When we know the enemy, we can strategize on strengthening our immune system. Bacteria may release enzymes which break down cell membranes and organelles. Bacterial toxins interrupt the functioning of organs and tissues. Our strategy needs to address these issues. The cell walls need strengthening through optimum nutrition. Toxins need flushing out of the system. Ganoderma Lucidum’s over 200 nutrients is your head-start in accomplishing this feat.

Viruses are a most intriguing challenge as some viruses multiply rapidly within the cell depleting it of substances required to survive or by directing the cell to produce toxins. When they have finished trashing their residences, the viruses move on to other healthy cells and begin again. Yet another type of virus replicates so slowly within the cell the viral nucleic acid tends to partner with the cell’s DNA molecules–what a recipe for confusion for our defense system! Many human diseases are autoimmune as the antibodies and sensitized T cells perceive their duty to attack. Nutritional supplementation to boost the health of cellular walls to resist the entrance of these slow viruses makes more sense than destroying a healthy immune system because it is “overactive”. It is also postulated that some viruses convert healthy cells into cancer cells — another reason for a healthy lifestyle of proper rest, exercise, diet and nutrient supplementation.

Inflammatory Response

Our first line of defence is the skin. Apart from resisting external microbes from entering the body, the skin has sweat, sebaceous and lacrymal glands secrete chemical substances which are toxic to certain bacteria.