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In the prelude to the Silent Killer article series, I told you about James and how he accidentally saved his life when he visited his doctor for a check up to find out why he was having a persistent headache.

Well, it turns out that James has a heart that is much older than his age, and he been subjecting it to undue pressure, day in, day out.

As I said in the article, James is not in this boat alone. Think about this scenario… Kids are sent to preschool even before they are weaned. Of course, the excuse is that the parents must have time to bring home the bacon, but when you subject tender kids to sitting down at that early age, it begins to take a toll on their body systems.

Before you know it, they are into primary and secondary schools at abnormally early ages and are mostly made to go through a very competitive system. The school wants them to overperform, the parents want them to overperform, and the society expects above standard performances from the kid.

All of these and other factors put undue pressure on the heart and forces it to age faster.

According to a recent survey conducted in the United Kingdom, four out of five Brits have a ‘heart age’ older than their chronological age. In the US, 75 percent of adults have a predicted functional heart age older than their actual age. On the average, two in five women’s hearts are about five years older than their real age, and half of the men have hearts that are eight years older.

And I could tell you that the numbers would be more disturbing here in Nigeria where we are incessantly exposed to more direct and indirect pressure on the heart. As a pointer, the US research found out that heart age is highest among African-American men and women, with an average age of 11 years older for both.

When you have an older heart (even though you might look or feel young), it predisposes the individual to the same and similar conditions like the ones James’ doctor warned him about. Conditions like memory loss, coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, heart attack, brain damage, eyes damage, stroke, atherosclerosis, kidney damage, and similar conditions.

The bad news is that an “aged heart” can stay undetected for years and lead to the silent killer diseases which may only be diagnosed and detected when it is too late.

In the follow-up articles, we will explore the factors that made James’ heart to age faster and subject him to the silent killer ailment. As I said, this condition can stay undetected for years and may only be diagnosed when it too late. Thus, it is important that you know as much as you should about the silent killer condition and take appropriate steps to naturally lower your “heart age” if it older than you are.

Stay tuned, and look out for the follow-up article.


The Silent Killer



James, a forty-four-year-old Nigerian man, is married with 4 children and has a well-paying 9 – 5 job in a multinational company. But he hardly works from 9 – 5. Instead of 8 hour work days, James consistently works 12- to 14-hour days.

By the time he gets home, he is perpetually exhausted and finds it difficult to have and spend quality time with his family in the evenings. This leaves him feeling guilty and dissatisfied.

At night, he sleeps poorly, doesn’t have or make out time to exercise, and since he is working most of the time, hardly has the time to eat a decent, well-balanced, and wholesome meal. Not that there aren’t home-cooked meals when he is at home, but whenever food is presented, he is consuming far too much beef than he should be eating, and frequently has a beer or two to accompany his meals.

On the job, James is very good at his profession, but increasing financial demands mean that he must continue to work longer and harder to be able to take care of family, extended family, friends, well-wishers, and maintain his status in the society.

All of these and other factors contribute to reducing the quality and quantity of nutrients and oxygen that are sent to the different parts of his body.

On this day, James got back home after a regular day at the office feeling quite exhausted and fatigued. In the morning he would complain of not being able to sleep throughout the night. This wouldn’t have mattered much, as he occasionally feels exhausted when he overworks himself, but his wife suggested that he visits the doctor since he has been complaining of an inexplicable and persistent headache for some time now.

The results were quite revealing.

Unfortunately, James is not in the boat alone. Tens of millions of Nigerians are also affected by this same condition, which is aptly tagged as “the silent killer.”

SIDE NOTE: This condition cuts across age, occupation, financial disposition, lifestyles, etc. and is very common today! Meaning that ANYONE can be affected by this “silent killer” condition.

According to the World Health Organisation, Nigeria tops the list of cases in Africa, with an estimation of one in three men and one in four women being susceptible to the condition.

According to James’ doctor, if unnoticed and uncontrolled, it can result in more serious health issues including memory loss, coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, heart attack, brain damage, eyes damage, stroke, atherosclerosis, and kidney damage. And most people never know because the condition can stay almost undetected and cause these and other damages in the body, and by the time the person realizes, it might be late.

In the continuation of this article series, you will learn what the doctor found out and why this condition or state of health is most dreaded, and even more common than cancers and the other dreaded diseases, and why it is always referred to as the silent killer. Look out for the follow-up article.


Picture this scenario: It’s 10 o’clock on a Monday morning, and you really didn’t do much over the weekend. You had plenty of time to sleep, rest, and get your body rejuvenated to face the activities of the upcoming week.

Now, it’s Monday morning, and as soon as you settle down to your work, you begin to feel sluggish, you find it hard to concentrate, your brain even feels foggy, you are tired, you feel like sleeping, and everything else that makes you unproductive. But you just had plenty of sleep last night (and over the weekend), what is happening?

Now, we wouldn’t be too concerned about this scenario, if all is well with you health-wise, but when you begin to feel the same way repeatedly, then it’s a cause for concern. And in this article, you are going to learn why it happens, why your solution has never been working, and may never work, the health implications, and the simple things you can do today to remedy the situation.

A number of factors may be responsible for this, but, as you must have noticed, this is the first part in this series of articles, and in today’s article, we are going to be focusing on your chair.

Sitting for too long

Do you sit for extended periods of time at a stretch – working, watching television, or doing anything? This is a very big contributor to why you feel drowsy in the morning, even though you may be feeling very energetic. But before you run off and say: “Okay, I better reduce my sitting time, or start exercising.” I got a shocker for you. Exercising will not fix the problem. And neither will reducing your sitting time solve the backlog of your prolonged sitting. I am speaking from personal experience, and case studies have revealed the same. So sit tight, by all means stand, if you can, and make sure you read this article to the very end.

First, a bit of my personal story. For many year now, I have been working from home. What this basically means is that when I’m up and done with my normal morning chores, the next thing is to fire-up my laptop and get some useful, money-fetching things done. Maybe sit at my laptop for about 6 hours.

If it’s a less busy day for me, I would spend far less time. And by my reckoning, most days are far less busy, because, there’s no fixed working schedule, meaning that I am free to take breaks whenever I want to (which I always do), and even have days when I decide not to even do anything for days at a stretch.

But little did I know that even this seemingly brief time I spent sitting at my desk was taking a toll on me. I began to observe a pattern of always feeling sleepy anytime I sit down to work, especially in the morning when I am supposed to be most energized for the day.

Well, I didn’t give it much thought, because I am a very physically active person. I exercise most of the time. So, I drew up an exercise routine, and quickly got down to work, assuming that I was working out less at the time. But my exercises weren’t paying any dividends. I would finish exercising (usually do this first thing in the morning, right after I use the bathroom), I continued to feel foggy-brained and drowsy anytime I sat down to work. Needless to say, this led to reduced concentration and low productivity.

As you would imagine, the very next thing I did was to find out what was really happening. I did an extensive research and discovered I’m about to share in the remainder of this article.

Back in August of 2014, a group of Canadian researchers did an analysis to quantify the association between sedentary time and hospitalizations, all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer in adults independent of physical activity.

According to their report, more than half of the average person’s waking hours are spent sitting: watching television, working at a computer, commuting, or doing other physically inactive pursuits. And over the course of 47 different case studies, examining the health effects of sedentary behavior, or sitting down for extended periods of time, they discovered that people who sat for prolonged periods of time had a higher risk of dying from all causes – including those who exercised regularly.

The negative effects were even more pronounced in people who did little or no exercise. And while doctors previously thought that the dangers of inactivity was mostly impacting on cardiovascular (blood circulatory) health, this new study revealed a bunch of negative side effects.

According to Dr. James Levine, author of the book “Get Up! Why Your Chair Is Killing You and What You Can Do About It,” when you stop moving for extended periods of time, it’s like telling your body it’s time to shut down and prepare for death. And here are some of the things that happen to your organs:

* brain function slows down. Your brain gets less fresh blood and oxygen, which are needed to trigger the release of brain- and mood-enhancing chemicals.

* blood flows slower and muscles burn less fat, which makes it easier for fatty acids to clog your heart.

* your body’s ability to respond to insulin is affected by just one day of excess sitting, and this can lead to diabetes.

* due to the inability to flush toxins, the risk of colon, breast, and uterus cancers are increased.

* straining of your cervical vertebrae along with permanent imbalances, lead to neck strain, sore shoulders, and back and waist pain.

More bad news

If you just studied the image above and think you could start doing something today, here’s some more shocker. Scientists believe that people who have been prone to repeated sitting, for years, may have done a lasting damage to their bodies as a result of sitting down all day.

According to Peter T. Katzmarzyk, Ph.D.:

“Even within physically active individuals, there was a strong association between sitting and risk of mortality… This is an important observation because it suggests that high amounts of sitting cannot be compensated for with occasional leisure time physical activity even if the amount exceeds the current minimum physical activity recommendations.”

And according to Dr. Levine,

“The nature of the human body was to be active and moving all day. The body was never designed to be crammed into a chair where all of these cellular mechanisms get switched off. Obviously we’re supposed to rest from time to time. But that rest is supposed to break up the activity. It’s not supposed to be the way of life. This very unnatural [sitting] posture is not only bad for your back, your wrists, your arms, and your metabolism, but it actually switches off the fundamental fueling systems that integrate what’s going on in the bloodstream with what goes on in the muscles and in the tissues.

As a consequence of that, blood sugar levels are inappropriately high in people who sit. The blood pressure is inappropriately high, the cholesterol handling is inappropriately high, and those toxins, those growth factors that will potentially lead to cancer, particularly breast cancer, are elevated in those people who sit too much.”

If you have been following from the onset, this is the reason why it was difficult for me to get over my mid-morning drowsiness, no matter how much I exercised. My body functions were slowing down, and compounding the more, the longer I sat. And the damage gets so bad that even exercising couldn’t remedy the situation.

So what did I do?

I did 3 very important things, which are what you should do as well, if you sit down for prolonged periods of time (3, 4, 5, and even more hours at a stretch, day in, day, out.) And if you don’t experience any of the mentioned symptoms of prolonged sitting, it’s only a matter of time before you will start experiencing them. The effect accumulates over the years, and it gets to the breaking point when common remedies like standing to compensate for the times you’ve sat, may not work. And even exercising may not work as well.

1. Obviously, I had to reduce the amount of time I spent sitting down. I researched further and discovered that it was better, and within healthy limits to sit no longer than 2 hours at a stretch, and then take a 15-minute break. If you want to do better, you should sit for 60 minutes, and take a 5-minute break. You can create your own schedule, but don’t sit down for extended periods of time. And listen to your body as you sit. Any sort of discomfort, like a slight back pain may be a signal to adjust your posture properly, or even stand up for a while.

2. Alternate sitting and standing. If you work in a setting like mine, that requires extended sitting, then you need to device ways of alternating your sitting and standing while you work. I had to get a high desk that allows me to also work on my laptop while standing.

3. Correct the backlog of the effects of years of prolonged sitting. While an irreparable damage had been done to my system, the next best thing to do was to counter the effect of the combined hours of sitting down through the years. And it wasn’t hard to solve this problem because the Forever brand already had a unique product for that problem.

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The condition of piles and hemorrhoids can make life really unbearable. You go to the toilet in pains, and even regular routines, and concentrating, can be quite difficult, because you are wondering what could be wrong with your system, and on the other hand, are torn between seeking help (by discussing the ugly and embarrassing situation with someone) or not to. It puts most people in a dilemma, and they live with their piles and hemorrhoids in silence. Obviously, this is the worst approach to managing the condition.

With the help of this article, you are going to learn the simple things you should be doing to prevent your piles and hemorrhoids from escalating to the point when it becomes unmanageable. I want to focus on the food angle. Because the digestive tract plays a significant role in the symptomatic causes of the condition. Thus it is imperative to know what food choices to make, and the ones to avoid if you want to prevent, manage, and even treat your piles condition.

If you are just hearing about piles and hemorrhoids for the first time, or you really don’t understand what they mean, I’ll give you a brief definition.

Piles and hemorrhoids are one and the same thing, and they refer to the swollen and inflamed veins and blood vessels inside and outside the anus. When you go to the toilet to poo, you really feel like pooing, but the feces is too hard and won’t come out. And sometimes you feel severe pains. At times, your anus itches. Sometimes you observe blood on your toilet paper. And some other times, you see a substance that looks foamy that comes out with your poo.

These are some of the signs which indicate that you may have piles or hemorrhoids, and one of the causes is when you don’t make the right food choices. Bad diet can affect the proper functioning of your digestive tract, have an impact on the nature and substance of your waste (stool), and give you constipation and other difficulties while stooling, and cause an inflation of the veins in the veins in the anus (piles). To prevent or manage this condition, you must pay attention to your food choices.

Foods to eat

1. Fibre

When you have a hard stomach condition (constipation), one of the best foods that will help soften your stool and make them move is fibre. But there are two type of fibre, and we need to take a closer look at them

A. Soluble fibre

Means fibre that is soluble, or dissolvable in water. When they mix with water, inside the belly, soluble fibre swells and becomes soft and sticky. This helps to soften stool for easy sliding through the digestive tract and anus. Soluble fibre also boosts the population of good bacteria in the intestines and improves digestion. Plus, a lot of other health-enhancing functions. You will get soluble fibre by eating foods like

* Oats

* Oatmeal

* Beans

* Green beans

* Oranges

* Apples

* Carrots

* Avocado

* Sweet potato

* Mango

B. Insoluble fibre

Unlike soluble fibre, insoluble fibre does not dissolve in water. After we eat them, they pass through the digestive tract in (or close to) their original form. An advantage of having this type of fibre is that they act like a sponge, but even better. They soak up both wastes and water in the colon and help to push the unwanted substances through the colon. If your stomach is always hard, and you suffer from constipation, and piles, insoluble fibre is excellent for regularizing the flow of wastes through your system. You will get insoluble fibre by eating more of

* Cabbage

* Lettuce

* Onions

* Cucumber

* Wheat

* Corn

* Okro

* Tomato

* Beans

* Walnut

You would notice that some foods are listed as containing both soluble and insoluble fibre. The reason for this is because they provide a good portion of both. The skin of an apple, for instance, is rich in insoluble fibre, while the flesh is rich in soluble fibre. Thus, you want to note the difference, and eat, especially your fruits and vegetables whole, to get their full fibre compositions.

In addition to fibres, you want to eat lots of fruits and vegetable. Green leafy vegetables, and whole fruits, like cucumber, and banana, are all good for keeping the colon free from constipation.

2. Natural unsaturated fatty foods

These are basically healthy, natural fats that assist the digestive process and help lubricate the passage of bowel movement. This reduces the strain and friction that are caused by constipation and hemorrhoids. They also have a ton of other benefits to the overall well-being of the body. Some of the best fatty foods to consume to prevent and manage piles and hemorrhoids are

* Olive oil

* Avocado

* Cold water fish

* Natural peanut butter

* Almond

* Walnut

* Any nut that is eaten raw

For best food supplementation, this Natural Piles Therapy provides the essential nutrients that can be found in the mentioned foods, and provides them for easier absorption by the digestive system. It is also very effective for the management and treatment of constipation and piles.

3. Water

If you are not the water drinking type, I want you to embark on this simple routine. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning, and last thing before you go to bed. Do this for a period, and you will observe an improvement in your toilet habit, as the constipation, hard stools and straining will be resolved.

Water, and all kinds of healthy beverage, like tea, natural fruit juice, are excellent for keeping the digestive system running smoothly. The experts recommend a minimum of 2 litres of water daily, or about 8 – 10 glasses of water daily. If you drink more, the better for your digestive system.

Foods to avoid

1. Processed foods

Processed foods are generally deficient in healthy nutrients, they contain a lot of salt and unhealthy fats. Thus, they contribute to poor digestion and can cause constipation. These foods include packaged and sweetened foods, white bread, white flour products, canned vegetables, canned meat, sausage, mayonnaise snacks, pizza, biscuits, cakes, candy, pies, doughnuts, and other foods that have been altered from their natural state in one way or the other. Frozen foods, fast foods, etc. This list includes oily foods as well.

2. Too much meat

Eating too much meat can cause constipation, because of its low fibre composition. So, you want to eat meat in moderation or eat more of lean, non-fatty meats.

3. Spicy foods

While spicy foods are actually good for your digestive system, you want to eat less of ginger, pepper, and hot peppers if your piles are swollen and inflamed. At that stage, spicy foods will aggravate the itching, discomfort, and pains. Also avoid eating too much salt, as it makes your body hold on to water, instead of using it to help flush wastes.

4. Dairy products

If your system can’t tolerate or digest milk, cheese, and other dairy products properly, you should stay away from them, else they can promote constipation and worsen the condition of piles and hemorrhoids.

5. Unripe fruits

Unripe fruit is difficult to digest and can cause constipation. Unripe banana, for example, can actually cause constipation, as it contains a compound that affects healthy digestion. And you must note that most our fruits are sold unripe or forced to ripen. So make sure you insist on naturally ripened fruits.

Due to the difficulty in getting foods in their natural and whole form, dietary supplementation is about the best alternative way to get your body to absorb essential nutrient. This Natural Piles Therapy supplements can provide essential supplementation while it treats constipation and piles at the same time.

6. Alcohol and coffee

These substances both have a dehydrating effect, meaning that they can lead to the development of constipation.

Bonus tip: Besides foods, you want to embark on these lifestyle changes.

* Avoid sitting down or standing up for too long at a time

* Avoid situations that make you put pressure on the veins in the rectum and anus, like lifting heavy objects and chronic cough

* Take adequate supplementation, like this natural therapy for piles, to maintain a healthy digestive system, eliminate constipation, piles or hemorrhoids, and their symptoms.


This article is a follow up to an article I published a while back on the importance of a periodic cleansing of the colon. It outlined an unhealthy or diseased colon to be one of the major causes of most unhealthy conditions. Click this link to read the full article.

And in this article, we are going to examine the colon cleansing option for sufferers of piles and hemorrhoids – especially if the piles condition is caused by constipation, diarrhea, and an unhealthy colon (or digestive system).

First, we are going to define the conditions of piles (hemorrhoids), constipation, and then outline why a clean colon is essential for the prevention and treatment of these and other digestive ailments.

The medical condition of piles or hemorrhoids

In the context of this article, the condition of piles (hemorrhoids) refer to the enlarged and swollen veins in and around the rectum and anus when a person experiences difficulty while using the toilet. This occurs mostly because the feces is hard, lumpy, and difficult to pass out. And while trying to empty the bowels, the hemorrhoidal veins (which are located in the lowest part of the rectum and the anus) become swollen and stretch the walls of the veins.

This stretching of the vein walls leads to thinning of the walls and an irritating effect on the skin when passing bowel. As further pressure is exerted on the veins while stooling, they become inflamed (swollen) and/or thrombosed (retain blood clots), and subject the sufferer to nagging pain, itching, redness and soreness of the anus, bleeding (when the thrombosed veins are strained to the point of bleeding), and a prolapsing (or protruding) of the affected tissues from the anus.

Now, I just explained what happens in the rectum and anus. But before we get to point when the rectal and anal veins begin to stretch, enlarge, and cause different abnormal conditions, something else is going on up in the colon and causing the pressure down in the rectum and the anus.


The condition of constipation refers to bowel movements that are infrequent and less than normal (3 times or less per week) or hard to pass. It is usually accompanied by

* hard, lumpy, and dry stools

* straining while passing bowel

* a feeling that there’s a blockage in the rectum that prevents bowel movements

* a feeling that the stool cannot be completely passed out

* swollen belly and belly pain

All of these, and similar conditions, most commonly occur when waste from stomach, which is supposed to be passed out as stool, moves too slowly, and cannot be effectively eliminated from the rectum, making it to become hard and dry.

The underlying causes of this digestive system dysfunction are mostly:

* poor and unhealthy dieting

If you consume more of refined sugar, dairy products, meats, eggs, and low and a low or no quantity of whole-grains, fruits, and vegetables, the chances are that your colon will miss the health-enhancing properties of the fibre they contain, which is required for the proper functioning of the digestive system. Fibre is mostly indigestible, and have the sponge-like effect of scrubbing and pushing wastes through the colon.

* inadequate fluid intake

The colon requires to absorb fluid (water) in other to keep wastes (stool) soft and easy to pass out. Not drinking enough fluid leads to hardness and dryness of stools.

* caffeine and alcohol

Drinks containing these substances increase the frequency of urination and makes the body loose water fast. This leads to relative dehydration as there isn’t enough water to carry out regular digestive functions.

And the other causes of constipation include lack of physical activity, eating disorders, resisting the urge to visit the toilet, stress, the use of some drugs like antidepressants and pain killers, overuse of laxatives, etc.

The need for colon cleansing

As you can see, it’s very easy to get piles and hemorrhoids if proper attention is not given to the digestive system. Thus, as a method of prevention and treatment, any person with piles, constipation, or any illness of the digestive tract, requires to also pay attention to correcting the problems caused by constipation. A clean colon ensures that the digestive system is functioning well, absorbing enough water and nutrients, and keeping waste and stool soft and flowing.

Colon cleansing concentrates on removing accumulated waste, toxins, and impurities from inside the colon. When you clean the colon, you send water and some other materials (especially nutrients with the capacity) to infiltrate the undigested food particles and hardened stool, to loosen them up so they can be passed easily. Also, toxins which contribute to inhibit the proper functioning of the digestive tract are flushed out as well. Some of the benefits of colon cleansing include:

* Checking constipation and piles

The condition of constipation can cause poor digestion and vice versa. When these occur, proper digestion is impaired, the functions of the colon, which includes absorption of essential nutrients for proper functioning, are reduced. This leads to an undue pressure build up and straining in the rectum and anus (piles and hemorrhoids), a lack of energy, a weak immune system, and other conditions. Thus, it is important to check the build up of constipation and piles.

* Overall colon health

Everyday, our bodies take in toxins (harmful and poisonous substances produced when we eat, breath, and do other activities), and if we don’t flush them, they can linger in the colon and even seep through the colon walls into the other body tissues and organs. A clean colon ensures the body machine is functioning well, and stays healthy.

* Increased energy and concentration

When the colon is purged of waste and toxins, and functioning as it should, you will observe an increase in energy levels, better concentration and focus, and better overall health, because essential nutrients can be absorbed and utilized.

The other advantages of colon cleansing include jumpstarting the weight loss process, encouraging whole body detox (more oxygen can be taken in and utilized by the body, while used up or spent oxygen is flushed out), and reducing the risk of colon cancer.

In conclusion, it is crucial to pay attention to the way your digestive system functions. Irregular bowel movement (visiting the toilet 3 or less times in a week), insufficient water intake, passing dry and hard stool, straining to pass stool, etc. are all signs of constipation. If left unchecked, can lead to a straining of the veins in the rectum and anus area (piles and hemorrhoids). A healthy colon is the key to overall body health.

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