Miracle Cancer Cure.

It’s been found, within everybody’s reach!

It’s an American discovery you may have missed. Wendy Bumgardner reports March 20, 2008, ‘Miracle Cure Found’ for breast cancer, heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, stroke, and for a long life. It’s non-selective, as it is equally effective no matter the weather; it works whatever your age; it does not discriminate according to religion or race; it treats the sexes fairly. I’ll call it the Wonder for Wellness. It’s available everywhere. It’s a miracle. It’s perfect!

Do you believe that? Excuse me while I take a purposeful walk. I’ll be back in 30 minutes.

What is it? It’s what AAPSM (American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine) calls exercise walking (ANN, author not named, aapsm.org), what Tina Juan differently calls speed walking (tinajuanfitness.info). Everybody else calls it brisk walking. This becomes a study in contrast: While a podiatrist specializes on the study of the human foot and the human foot only, brisk walking benefits the whole human body. I have always preferred the perspective of the general practitioner.

30 minutes of brisk walking is enough, ‘one of the easiest paths to fitness’ – according to a news release of the 55th meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) on May 30 (ANN, acsm.org). This was based on medical investigations reported on separately by doctors Thomas Spring (American study), Andrew Scott (British study), and Saejong Park (Korean study). The common conclusion is that brisk walking is ‘an easy way to lower (blood) pressure and for the obese to increase aerobic fitness.’ In other words, brisk walking is good for you, whoever you are. It does not only circulate your blood; it also circulates you.

The AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) is keen on brisk walking; I’m not retired from anything but I’m 68, so I’m interested (ANN, aarp.org):

If a daily fitness walk could be put in a pill, it would be one of the most popular prescriptions in the world. It has so many health benefits. Walking can reduce the risk of many diseases – from heart attack and stroke to hip fracture and glaucoma. These may sound like claims on a bottle of snake oil, but they’re backed by major research. Walking requires no prescription, the risk of side effects is very low, and the benefits are numerous.

Let me count the AARP ways by way of benefits:

(1) You manage your weight, and so you lower the risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, sleep apnea, and osteoarthritis.

(2) You control your blood pressure. Physical activity strengthens the heart so it can pump more blood with less effort and less pressure on the arteries.

(3) You decrease your risk of heart attack. Brisk walking for 30 minutes a day has been found to lower risk of heart disease in women, according to a 20-year Nurses’ Health Study of 72,000 female nurses.

(4) You boost ‘good’ cholesterol. Physical activity helps reduce low-density lipoproteins, the ‘bad’ cholesterol in the blood, which can cause plaque buildup along the artery walls, leading to heart attacks.

(5) You lower your risk of a stroke. A regular brisk walk of an hour a day 5 days a week can cut the risk of stroke by half, according to a Harvard study of more than 11,000 men.

(6) You reduce your risk of breast cancer and diabetes. This conclusion is based also on the Nurses’ Health Study mentioned earlier.

(7) You avoid gallstone surgery. A Harvard study of more than 60,000 women aged 40 to 65 showed that regular walking or other physical activities reduces the need for gallstone surgery.

(8) You protect yourself against hip fracture. This is based on a study of 30,000 men and women aged 20 to 93.

Other benefits mentioned by the AARP are that in brisk walking, you do these to yourself:

* prevent depression, colon cancer, constipation, osteoporosis, impotence
* lengthen lifespan
* lower stress levels
* relieve back pain
* strengthen muscles, bones and joints
* improve sleep
* elevate overall mood and sense of well-being.

Note that the exercise must be regular, at least 5 times a week, says the AARP. During the walk, if you can maintain a conversation, it’s just right; if you’re breathing too lightly, you’re walking too slowly; if you can’t catch your breath, you’re walking too fast. You can walk around after lunch or up and down the stairs.

Why walk? Because, Williams College tells us (williams.edu):

You don’t need lessons. You can do it almost anywhere. You can do it almost anytime. It’s free.

Walking is a ‘great pregnancy exercise’ too (ANN, babycenter.com). No wonder in the US they have a ‘National Start! Walking Day’ – April 16 (americanheart.org).

Here’s a note from the Mayo Clinic on brisk walking (ANN, edition.cnn.com):

Walking is a gentle, low-impact exercise that can ease you into a higher level of fitness and health. It’s one of your body’s most natural forms of exercise. It’s safe, simple, doesn’t require practice, and the health benefits are many.

The Mayo Clinic benefits list is pretty much like that of the AARP. Worthy of being added is that ‘as you grow older, walking for physical fitness can prevent falls, help you stay mobile and maintain your independence.’

Instructions from the Mayo Clinic include stretching before warming up before walking while wearing walking shoes and comfortable clothing. That is to say, do the stretch before you do the warm up before you do the brisk walking. ‘Take time to prepare yourself to prevent injuries, such as blisters on your feet or muscle pain.’ And use walking shoes.

Doctor on Line reminds us: ‘Every person has two doctors with him: his right leg & his left leg’ (ANN, rediff.com). Which means, your best foot forward at anytime is either your right or your left. And yes, brisk walking can be done at a very old age.

Walking is the most natural exercise known to man.
Walking improves circulation. Calf muscles are man’s second heart. On walking, these muscles pump the blood to the heart with all force. This leads to greater heart exercise, increased oxygen requirement & better blood circulation. Thus, it reduces the chances of a heart attack.
Walking improves the posture.
Daily walking habit reduces anxiety, tension & improves mood.

Why does better blood circulation lead to better health? Because (alternative-healthzine.com):

Stimulating the blood circulation will assist just about every body process and improve every system of the body. It will improve the transport of nourishment, the elimination of toxins, and the function of the Heart, Liver, Kidneys and Lymphatic (Immune) System.

The AAPSM adds that ‘walking is the perfect complement to a sensible diet to lose weight and keep it off’ (aapsm.org). It is good for people with poor circulation to the arms and legs, as walking ‘can increase size and improve the efficiency of the tiny vessels that supply blood for cellular respiration.’ The AAPSM notes that specialty walking shoes may be good for you as they are ‘slightly less cushioned, yet not as bulky, and lighter than running shoes.’ On its website, the AAPSM has complete instructions on how to buy your ideal walking shoes.

What if you can’t walk for one reason or another? No problem. You don’t have to leave your room or go out. Now Tools for Wellness is offering the Acupressure Foot Massager, which uses 36 precise points of acupressure on each foot to ‘help restore and maintain proper blood circulation throughout the body’ (toolsforwellness.com). And what good is that?

Acupressure of the feet is based on the scientifically researched notion that pressure applied to specific points of these extremities benefit other parts of the body. It’s a method of massage that relieves tension through the application of acupuncture to the feet. When blood circulation is properly restored, aches and pains in the limbs and spine are naturally reduced. The Acupressure Foot Massager is a safe method to help relieve pain by addressing the root of the problem: proper blood flow.

If Tools for Wellness is correct about proper pressure points, and I have no doubt that it is, then for those of you who want the least expensive and yet the most accurate acupressure foot massager in the world for the most proper blood circulation – I guarantee it will not miss any of those 36 pressure points (in fact, I guarantee more if there are any missed by experts) – what’s more, you have absolutely no need for walking shoes at all, I have an absolutely free personal prescription:

Walk on sand, barefoot.

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