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By Diane Small
It’s a fact: those in the upper income brackets (and wealthier countries) live longer than those with less wealth.
In developing countries, there are myriad reasons for this: better access to sanitation, clean water and medical care, for example. But what about for those of us in the developed world, especially in Europe and Canada where the health care is available for free to all? Why is it that the wealthy still live longer?
The truth is, it’s not that complicated – for example, the wealthy may (paradoxically?) work less or have less demanding jobs, eat better, healthier food, and take more vacations in natural locations in the sun, for example. But another factor is that they’re definitely getting better healthcare and medical treatment than that average person.
You see, not all kinds of health care is free – even in states with socialised medical care. There are plenty of procedures that the state won’t cover due to their cost, and so only the richest can afford on a regular basis.
But fear not – live a healthy lifestyle and save up for even one of these natural health secrets of the mega wealthy. These don’t involve medicines of any kind – they’re all just based on prevention, by reading your body’s natural reactions and dealing with them before they become problematic to your overall health. If you choose one that’s perfectly targeted to any physical issues you find yourself experiencing, you could well extend your life.
1. Genetic Testing
After Angelina Jolie revealed she was positive for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene which has been linked to higher risks of breast cancer, people became hysterical about getting genetic screening done. The truth is, this is hardly necessary: Angelina’s mom died of breast cancer, but the presence of BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes does not actually significantly raise your risk of breast cancer after all. Many other factors beyond genetics come into play. But if your family has a history of chronic illness or disease, genetic testing for those specific diseases may help you prevent them or live with them better.
Indeed, genetic tests basically confirm what you probably suspected from your family history anyway. Genetic testing identifies changes in chromosomes, genes, or proteins, and if you’re worried, it can confirm or rule out a suspected genetic condition or help determine your chance of developing or passing on a genetic disorder.
Because testing has benefits as well as limitations and risks, the decision about whether to be tested is a personal and complex one. A geneticist or genetic counselor can help by providing information about the pros and cons of the test and discussing the social and emotional aspects of testing.
2. Heavy Metal Testing
How toxic is your body? One way the wealthy find out is through hair, skin and blood tests – usually referred to as the Melissa Test, which can help determine your hypersensitivity to metals and other allergens. These tests can determine which micronutrients your body may be missing, whether your system is high in heavy metals like lead and mercury, and may also reveal some surprises. For example, when I had this test done by Dr Bianka Toebben, she revealed that I had accumulated high levels of aspartame, a neurotoxin, as well as chromium, barium and aluminium.
This is pretty serious stuff – aspartame, a.k.a. Nutrasweet, is a neurotoxin linked to brain tumours, and once it’s in your brain tissue, it stays there. Aluminium is linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease. A brain screen profile can predict if you will suffer from Alzheimer’s or other degenerative brain diseases. Of course, having any toxic metals in your body is a strain on your organs, including skin.
To detox, Dr Toebben suggested I do a fast with coriander drops and pure, lead-free Bentonite clay water for two weeks to rid myself of these toxins, and of course, I plan to start that right away!
3. Immune System Tests
The immune system is important to balance; too little immunity means you’ll get sick easily, and too much could lead to the body attacking essential normal functions, like how the thyroid operates. Also, total white blood cell (WBC) counts, bacterial killing ability of the plasma (BKA) and immunoglobulin G (IgG) concentrations change with age, which leads to the decline of the body.
For me, I was concerned about my hay fever and eczema indicating that my immune system may be working in overdrive – the danger of this is that your system can knock itself right out! A senescence immune profile can help shed light on how your immune system is coping over time, and can help your doctor determine a course of action depending on whether your immune system is working in overdrive, or functioning poorly.
There’s also the C Reactive Protein (CRP) Test, which is used by a health practitioner to detect inflammation. CRP is a protein made by the liver and released into the blood within a few hours after tissue injury, the start of an infection, or other cause of inflammation. A test doesn’t diagnose any one condition, but it can be used together with signs and symptoms and other tests to see if you have an acute or chronic inflammatory condition, such as:
- A serious bacterial infection like sepsis
- A fungal infection
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Some forms of arthritis
- Autoimmune diseases, such as lupus or vasculitis
I did the C Reactive Test at Ti Sana, a wonderful health resort on the shores of Lake Como in Italy, and was pleased to discover I had nothing to worry about – my CRP levels were normal. These can and do change depending on whether your body is fighting a virus, if you’re pregnant or if you are in the midst of an allergic reaction or arthritis flare up, for example, so it’s a good idea to do this test when you feel poorly and suspect an autoimmune culprit.
Immunity screening can also include allergy tests, such as the YorkTest food intolerance test. Food intolerances affect up to 45% of the population and can take up to 3 days to manifest as symptoms. Common symptoms of food intolerance include digestive issues, skin complaints, migraines and headaches, joint pain, fatigue and weight management difficulties.
Many people suspect ingredients such as gluten or wheat are to blame, but the average number of intolerances is between 4 and 5 so it could be any number of foods that are making you feel unwell. The YorkTest Food&DrinkScan Programme tests over 130 foods that may cause a reaction in your body that could, over time, lead to chronic illness.
I discovered I’m intolerant to lactose and red wine tannins (which I always kind of knew), but also oats, which was a surprise.
4. Full Hormone Profiling
Hormones are crucial to a woman’s reproductive health. The main hormones affecting the menstrual cycle and fertility are produced by glands in the brain and by the ovaries. Those hormones regulate menstruation, fertility, and sex drive – any one of which can be adversely affected if the production of these hormones goes out of balance. For women, a good hormonal panel check will include:
- Thyroid Panel II: T3 free, T4 free, and TSH
- estradiol (E2) hormone test
You should strongly consider hormone testing if you are a woman struggling with infertility, or if you are experiencing changes that suggest the onset of menopause. In addition, strongly consider testing if you are experiencing abnormal menstrual cycles, abnormal or heavy vaginal bleeding, fatigue, moodiness, low sex drive, loss of muscle tone or increased body fat. But it’s not just women who should test their hormones; men who are experiencing a lack of libido, feelings of rage, or who are over 50 could benefit, too. In fact, testosterone injections can be prescribed for men who feel they’re losing strength, vitality and libido – but beware, these are not for everyone and can have several side effects.
Personally, all of my hormones were in the ‘normal’ range, but as my hair has been falling out a bit, I was advised to see an endocrinologist – even if you fall within ‘normal’ ranges for thyroid hormones, apparently being on the lower end of this can lead to hair loss and health problems. I was particularly told to ask my doctor for a referral to an endocrinologist who knows how to prescribe bio-identical hormones, as synthetic ones have been linked to cancer and other illnesses.
5. Ozone Therapy
This is one of the easiest health secrets of the mega wealthy to use – IF you live in a country that offers this therapy.
Advanced ozone therapy will increase the amount of ATP, a form of molecule carrying the main chemical energy from our body, which empowers our body metabolism. This automatically hastens the process of healing from anything ranging from bacterial infections, viruses, fugal infections and more.
Medical ozone isn’t the same kind of ozone you’d associate with air pollution – it’s pure, and releases oxygen and photon energy which helps neutralize free radicals and poisonous metabolic wastes. As a result, our blood can carry and release more oxygen to the cells and tissues over the body. This slows down cell degradation and aging as well as prevents cellular destruction caused by various diseases and toxicities. Increasing ATP production enhances our body’s natural immune system, so we don’t easily get tired, have better concentration, and can be physically more active.
I tried this therapy rather unwillingly – I wasn’t keen to have a pint of my blood taken out, infused with ozone and sent back into my body. I was feeling tired and cranky and in no mood for something I felt wouldn’t benefit me, but for the sake of my job (which was to review this therapy), I did it. And wow, was I ever happy I did! I immediately felt brighter, more energised and healthier overall – and this feeling lasted for a week or so. It was as though I were half asleep then had a huge espresso – but without all the jitters and restlessness. My skin looked immediately brighter, too.
In some European countries, ozone therapy is not considered as only an alternative, but has been used as complementary therapy which is integrated with many medical sciences. This is due to the capacity of ozone therapy to prevent, treat, and promote our body defense mechanism against infections, degeneration, and blood circulation problems.
In other countries, namely the United States, the pharmaceutical industry is threatened by the efficiency and cost effectiveness of ozone therapy, so it’s outlawed!
Yet, all elite athletes will use this therapy to help their training and to kill viruses before a match, and ozone therapy has been proven to aid or cure:
- Infections caused by bacteria, fungi, and virus
- Metabolism and degeneration problems including: diabetes, uric acid, triglycerides, high cholesterol, rheumatic, asthma, rhinitis, dermatitis, allergic, acne, pre-menopause syndrome, early-aging, dysfunctional erection. Besides that, it also makes us look younger and energetic.
- Blood circulation problems, coronary heart disease, hypertension, stroke, vertigo, migraine, threatening gangrene
- Problems of the body’s defenses: it revitalises general health conditions of those with cancer and other chronic diseases
You don’t need to be a multi-millionaire to take better care of your health – it costs nothing to add years to your life. Just exercise more, eat organic food when you can, use all natural grooming products, don’t smoke, maintain a healthy weight, take food supplements when you need to (i.e. vegans should take vitamin B12, and those who don’t get outside much should take vitamin D) and find a way to manage stress, be it through yoga and meditation, or a hobby you enjoy.