Archive for October, 2013


Even marathon runners are “couch potatoes,” according to the New York Times!

You may have seen the recent report in the New York Times¹ of a study of marathon runners done by scientists affiliated with the School of Public Health at the University of Texas at Austin.

The runners reported spending considerable time sweating, as one might expect of a runner in training for a marathon. On average, they exercised vigorously for nearly seven hours per week, which exceeds the standard exercise recommendation of most health authorities.

“But those hours of exercise do not seem to have reduced sedentary time. On an average workday, the runners reported sitting for more than 10 hours at the office and at home, easily topping the national average,” the New York Times observed.

So even those of us who consider ourselves active and not sedentary, may find on examination that we are more sedentary than we realize!

The lifestyle so many of us lead, at least here in America with our automobiles at the ready, our high-digital television sets turned on, and our computers always booted up both at home and at work, is one that includes a lot of sitting!

Even when we’re moving we are sitting! In the car, on the bus, on the train, in the air! We just sit – for hours each day – not moving hardly a muscle, at home watching TV or on our computers, and then at work sitting at our desk or in the lunch room.

No wonder we’re all gaining weight enormously! No wonder we have so many ailments!

We need to get off our butts and get moving! And keep moving!

How about re-configuring our desks so we can stand up to work on our computers? And how about leaving the car in the driveway while we walk down to the corner store or to our church down the block?

All of us need to do much more walking! We have become a nation of sitters! And now we learn, according to the New York Times, that even runners are sitters!

In another edition of the Times, physical activity, even walking, can substantially reduce a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer! Encouraging new science shows, in part, it seems, exercise changes how a woman’s body deals with estrogen.²

The study, the Times reported, included 73,600 postmenopausal women, age 50 to 73, some reporting that they exercised vigorously and often, typically by running, swimming or playing singles tennis. But most walked, usually at a pleasant pace of about 3 miles per hour. About half of the group reported that such strolling was their only form of exercise.

The few women who were the most active, sweating vigorously for up to 10 hours each week, realized an even greater benefit, with 25 percent less risk of developing breast cancer than those women who exercised the least.

And guess what all that sweating does for you? It eliminates toxins in the body, through the pores, accumulated from our diets, from the environment, and our sedentary lifestyles.

That’s why Grandpa Wally always says: Keep moving or they’ll start digging!





Cayenne Pepper is an age-old natural remedy for a myriad of common ailments!

If you’ve never explored the natural health benefits of cayenne pepper, I’d urge you to get started right now.

Cayenne pepper (capsicum), that red hot fiery pepper used in many recipes to spice up the flavor, also has many healthy alternative uses for curing what ails you. I commend it to you as a primary natural remedy. Cayenne pepper should be on your “absolute must-have” list for your kitchen spice rack and for your medicine cabinet as well.

It’s as important to have cayenne as a component of your first aid kit in your home as to have a box of band-aids or a bottle of iodine.

Used by American Indians for more than 9,000 years for medicinal relief from pain and other ailments, cayenne pepper has been my primary herbal remedy for serious coronary artery blockage and other health concerns.¹

I was treated several years ago for serious blockage of my coronary arteries. I had had a mild heart attack and took myself to the local emergency room where an angioplasty was performed. Left coronary artery is 40% blocked, the cardiologist said, and the right coronary is 100% blocked!

As for the left, I was told to “stent or die!” I agreed to placement of a stent to “open” the left artery so blood would flow adequately again.

As for the right artery – It would take five or six stents to open the right coronary artery up adequately, and he said he didn’t “want to go there.”

Normally, the cardiologist told me, “I would recommend by-pass surgery.” But in your case, he said, it may not be necessary. He explained that my body had “miraculously” established its own “by-pass” in the form of a collateral artery, a “natural by-pass.”

He told me that the collateral artery was quite narrow and fragile. But if you concentrate on enlarging and strengthening it, you may be able to avoid by-pass surgery.

So, you bet, Grandpa Wally has been “laser-focused” on strengthening and widening his right collateral artery ever since. And now, about four years later, although I am not 100% back where I want to be, I am much improved, with more stamina, more vigor, and better blood flow to and from my heart muscle, and improving every day.

In addition to walking daily, taking the stairs, avoiding elevators, and aerobic, and isometric exercises every morning, I have been trying all the nutritional and herbal remedies that benefit one, like me, with coronary artery disease (CAD).

I’m going to tell you about a number of different treatments that I have been using on myself as remedies for CAD. And a number of these have been helping. One of these natural remedies involves a common kitchen spice known as cayenne pepper (capsicain).

On rising each morning, I “reboot” my 82 year old body with a concoction made with a level teaspoon of cayenne pepper mixed with the juice of half a fresh lemon with teaspoon of powdered tumeric in a half glass of purified water (room temperature).

I chug it down quickly in gulps and swigs, and before this hot, fiery, spicy pepper burns my tongue and throat and causes me to gag, it’s all gone and busy warming my stomach. I started out with much smaller doses: 1/8th tsp of pepper and tumeric, and built up slowly and gradually from there until I could handle a full teaspoon of each with the lemon lemon juice. The tumeric powder not only adds flavor, but it tempers the heat of the cayenne and makes it somewhat more bearable going down.

The last time the cardiologist checked me over, he ended our meeting with by remarking, “You have a very strong heart!” Music to my ears.

It has been established that a dose of the cayenne concoction as I’ve described above will actually save the life of a person experiencing a heart attack. Cayenne pepper, taken at the onset of a heart attack, will literally stop the heart attack in just one minute!

Good reason to keep some cayenne pepper, not only in the kitchen, but in the medicine cabinet as well!

Note that authorities tell us that cayenne pepper taken in capsule form is not an effective cure for heart attacks. Only the raw ground cayenne pepper is sufficiently powerful, and absorbed quickly enough, to work the life-saving heart benefits I’ve described.

And there are many other uses of cayenne pepper as well. Cayenne is an age-old natural remedy used over centuries for many health benefits. I’ll be talking about some of those other cayenne pepper benefits as we continue this blog.

So, keep coming back! And Grandpa Wally will tell you more!

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¹ University of Maryland Medical Center;‎


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Grandpa Wally stalks High Blood Pressure.

As I was cashing out the other day at the local health food store where I’m a regular customer, the young lady cashier asked me if I would recommend a book on how to lower blood pressure with food.

I said: “You don’t need a whole book on this. It’s easy. Just eat 4 stalks of celery every day to lower your high blood pressure.”

This recommendation isn’t anything new: Doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have been prescribing celery or celery root to patients with high blood pressure for more than a century.

Many folks have no idea that a simple food like celery can have such striking health benefits.

There are many foods and nutrients that have beneficial effects on high blood pressure. And I will cover more of them in a later post. But today I focus on the common household vegetable known as celery, a powerful tool for use in treating high blood pressure naturally.

Celery has qualities that reduce stress, inflammation, and widen blood vessels, making it easier for blood to travel along the miles of arteries and veins in our bodies.

Celery contains high levels of calcium, magnesium, potassium and an active compound called phthalide (3-n-butylphtalide [3nb] ), a compound that gives celery its unique aroma and taste, and perhaps the most significant of the blood-pressure-lowering ingredients in celery. Phthalides have been found to relax the smooth muscles on the inner walls of your blood vessels, allowing them to dilate, which facilitates healthy blood flow at lower pressure.

Another ingredient in celery is called coumarin. The high levels of coumarins in celery bolster the body’s immunity and enhance the body’s resistance to infection by stimulating white blood cell activity, reducing stress hormones and fending off free-radicals.

And celery possesses another property known as apigenin, a bioflavonoid found in green leafy vegetables, as well as in apples, oranges, nuts and other plants.

Apigenin is an anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant, anti-oxidant, anti-carcinogenic, and antiseptic. Apigenin also promotes blood vessel elasticity and thereby facilitates lower blood pressure.

So … with these chemical properties in profusion, celery is one of the strongest candidates of foods for lowering high blood pressure.

Eating at least four stalks a day will help keep your blood pressure under control.

I asked the young lady to try it and report to me her results at the end of the month, which she agreed to do. So I will share her story with you when she reports back to me later in the year.

BUT, if you are suffering high blood pressure, why not try 4 stalks of celery each day for about one month … and then report back to Grandpa Wally with your results?

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