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DHEA-THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH-ll
By Spice Williams-Crosby Return to first page of DHEA
The replication of the HIV virus has been reduced by the use of DHEA, and clinical trials are underway for the use of DHEA as an adjunct therapy for HIV infected individuals. Abnormally low levels of DHEA are associated with increased progression of HIV infection. In patients infected with HIV virus, the AIDS syndrome does not develop until DHEA levels begin to fall, or rather, the fall of DHEA levels warning the onset of the AIDS disease.
Studies done in 1981 showed that DHEA had an inhibitory effect on Epstein-Barr virus and chronic fatigue syndrome. However, one of the most impressive effects of DHEA is it's ability to induce weight loss in laboratory animals, even when these animals were given as much food as they wanted. In one human study with 5 male adults, the results showed (after 28 days with diet and physical activity remaining normal) a decrease in body fat without affecting muscle weight. At the same time, their LDL levels fell by 7 percent to confer protection against cardiovascular disease.
Epidemiologic studies indicate that the risk of developing a wide variety of cancers is directly related to the serum level of DHEA, and that DHEA has prevented occurrence of many types of chemically induced tumors, including colon cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, and breast cancer. In a study of 5,000 women, it was found that those who had developed breast cancer had abnormally low DHEA blood levels as long as nine years prior to development of the cancer. And when they reached menopause, the DHEA levels measured in their blood began to drop significantly, women with osteoporosis having significantly lower blood levels of DHEA as well. In 1987, it was reported that DHEA was positively correlated with bone density in postmenopausal women. Therefore, there is a strong association of declining DHEA production with declining bone density during progressive aging.
Memory, comprehension, and learning disorders have all also been effected by the use of DHEA, including dementia, amnesia and Alzheimer's disease. When the circulatory levels of DHEA were studied in 86 patients with Alzheimer's disease, they all had lower blood levels of DHEA than the average healthy person.
If we could keep our DHEA levels the same as when we were 25, it might be possible to remain youthful for an extended period of time. The commonly used dosage levels ranging from 50 mg. per day to 3,000 mg. per day, depending on the condition and the physicians form of treatment. There is no universal standard determining optimal usage. The good news is, however, that scientists have found that a rare Mexican plant, "Dioscorea Villosa" (commonly called the Mexican Wild Yam), contains the basic DHEA compound in precursor form, which our bodies can use to manufacture DHEA.
You do not need a prescription for Dioscorea, but it is hard to find the "real thing" when your dealing with rare Mexican Yams. It was only after some investigative effort that I found a product that seems to be doing the trick. Disocorea Villosa was discovered around 1941 by a Professor at Pennsylvania State College. Itís from the Mexican Wild Yam and it is not a hormone; it is that food that instigates hormone production in the body. The beauty of this food product is that you can ingest it into the upper jejunum of the small intestines, it will meet up with 5 sulfotransferous enzymes known as DHEA, Estrogen and Phenol sulfotransferous enzymes, and it will be precursed into diosgenin. From there it will be converted into pregnenolone via the adrenals, and thus onto itís biological pathway which goes into Progesterone, DHEA, Testosterone, Estrogens, Cortisones, and Cortisol.
Research has found that because phytosterols produce the prohormones DHEA and progesterone, a broad spectrum of conditions can be addressed or prevented through its use. These natural hormone precursors (DHEA and progesterone) made from dioscorea are easily absorbed into the system and have the ability to support the bodyís production of hormones. After 20 years of practicing anatomical and clinical pathology, Dr. H. Reginald McDaniel discovered that he had become disappointed and disenchanted by drug toxicities and failures. His work in private practice in various hospitals located in Dallas, Texas, included positions of leadership: chairman, board of directors and chief of staff at Great Southwest General Hospital and director of pathology and laboratories, and director of medical education for 5 years at Dallas- Ft. Worth Medical Center. In November of 1995, Dr. McDanielís made this statement about diosgenin:
"Scientific journal articles are in my file showing that mannalian research models (1) orally administered natural glycosylated dioscorea extract crosses the intestinal lining mucosal cells and enters the portal blood stream as diosgenin. #1(2) diosgenin was added to culture medium containing living brain cells, the media was sampled periodically and it was shown there was production of sterols in the pathway to DHEA and pregnenolone synthesis. (3) Animals with the ovaries removed to eliminate that source of estrogen production were administered diosgenin and it was converted by the adrenals to pregnenolone and then to estrogen. #2 (4) oral diosgenin reversed experimental diabetes. #3 (5) oral diosgenin lowered blood cholesterol levels. #2 (6) 200 human volunteers received oral dioscorea and their percent body fat was reduced, percent muscles mass increased and bone density increased. #5 these changes are very healthy, represent a dietary reversal of degenerative changes in the body associated with aging and are well documented as being mediated by the endocrine system through the means of hormone synthesis and release."
Disocorea Villosa has been found to be a safe anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic substance. Because of it's regenerative factors, I strongly recommend it for athletes and those with injuries, bearing in mind it's harder for anyone to gain muscle mass, burn fat, and repair tissues the older you get.
However, there are so many other benefits one can use this Disocorea Villosa for. It has been noted to be useful in helping:
*Lower Blood Sugar
*Lower Insulin requirements in Diabetics
*Increase Hormones as needed - Estrogen, Progesterone, DHEA
*Adrenal Hormones for Strength
Many of my readers know about my son, Luke, who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes after experiencing a bout with the Coaxackie Virus at 18 months of age. Now, itís really hard for a toddler to stop what heís doing and say, ďOh, mom, I feel I need my sugar tested, I think my glucose is low.Ē So, my husband and I have had to test his blood glucose levels every hour and a half and inject him every three hours with each meal. Luke is now 4 1/2 years old and we began grinding up this product and putting it into his juice when he was about 3 years old. It worked fairly well, but now that heís a little older and Iíve just taught him to swallow the tablet so that it will be digested in his small intestines and not his stomach, his insulin requirements have been dramatically reduced.
DHEA, dehydroepiandrosterone, is used by our bodies to produce at least 50 other hormones that are important to over-all health. Because our DHEA resources become more limited as we age, the available DHEA is prioritized by the greatest need. DHEA is made only while we sleep at night, so we receive our daily allotment once every 24 hours. Organ systems needing hormones that are deprived in favor of the needier organ systems will eventually become diseased if the body cannot manufacture additional DHEA.