Keeping degeneration diseases at bay

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Keeping degeneration diseases at bay was the topic at the September 20 meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club. There are ways to slow down cell degeneration and the aging process. They may make the difference between older people having an active lifestyle and having a sedentary lifestyle where they are sick more often.

This was one of the messages in the talk delivered by Dr Sitt Tienthiti, a medical consultant with Absolute Health Integrative Medicine (Pattaya Branch), which combines both conventional medicine and alternative medicine. Absolute Health has six clinics in Thailand, including one in Pattaya (visit their website at http://www.absolute-health.org/pattaya-branch.htm). Dr Sitt received his medical degree from the Faculty of medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, in 2005. He has attended several conferences in Thailand, USA, and Singapore on regenerative and anti-aging medicine. He is a member of the Medical committee in Association of Cell Therapy in Thailand.

Dr. Sitt Tienthiti with Absolute Health explains how eating the right foods is an important part of maintaining your health and keeping degenerative diseases at bay.

Wikipedia states: “Integrative medicine, which is also called integrated medicine and integrative health in the United Kingdom, combines alternative medicine with evidence-based medicine. Proponents claim that it treats the ‘whole person,’ focuses on wellness and health rather than on treating disease, and emphasizes the patient-physician relationship.”

MC Roy Albiston presents the PCEC’s Certificate of Appreciation to Dr. Sitt Tienthiti for his presentation on how to reduce your chances of contracting degenerative diseases.

Dr. Sitt started by mentioning that food and breathing are the base of life’s energy. He said he personally likes to do 30 minutes of deep breathing exercises every day; this brings more oxygen to the blood and that lack of oxygen in the blood contributes to cell degeneration. Further, eating the right foods also boosts the oxygen level in the blood. It’s important to have a healthy ratio of alkaline foods (like vegetables, some fruits and wild rice) to acidic foods (like beef, cheese and ice cream). Also, some foods provide more usable proteins than others. For example, an 8-ounce steak has about 1.8 ounces of protein but only 0.27 ounces of usable protein. Products like rice protein and yellow peas provide five ounces of usable protein for every eight ounces consumed.

Member Ren Lexander interviews Dr. Sitt Tienthiti about his presentation to the PCEC. To view the interview, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWjdK4w1IxY.

He said that four ounces of ground beef and four ounces of black beans each provide 24 grams of protein. However, the beef comes with high acidity, high cholesterol, saturated fats and no fibre; whereas, the beans have low acidity, no cholesterol, no saturated fat and nine grams of fibre. Further, consumption of red meat increases the risk of cancer.

MC Roy Albiston takes his turn in receiving a free blood pressure check and blood analysis by staff from Absolute Health Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Sitt explained how the presence of free radicals in the body can damage cells and cause degeneration such as atherosclerosis. (A free radical is an atom which has an odd number of electrons in its outer ring.)  In regard to free radicals, Wikipedia states: “Free radicals that are thought to be involved in the process of aging include superoxide and nitric oxide. Specifically, an increase in superoxide affects aging whereas a decrease in nitric oxide formation, or its bioavailability, does the same. Antioxidants are helpful in reducing and preventing damage from free radical reactions because of their ability to donate electrons which neutralize the radical without forming another. Ascorbic acid, for example, can lose an electron to a free radical and remain stable itself by passing its unstable electron around the antioxidant molecule.”

Ouch! Another brave attendee has his finger pierced for the free blood analysis offered by Absolute Health Integrative Medicine at the PCEC’s Sunday meeting.

Dr Sitt explained that the Absolute Health Clinic is an integrative medicine centre that offers one-on-one counselling, cancer screening, immunotherapy and hormone replacement therapy, a detoxification program, and pain management (including neural therapy for neck and back pain; and prolotherapy for joint pain). The clinic also offers platelet-rich plasma therapy and stem cell therapy, both forms of regenerative medicine.

One of the PCEC member winners accepts his voucher for a free health scan offered by Absolute Health Integrative Medicine – a 5,000 baht value.

After the presentation, MC Roy Albiston brought everyone up to date on upcoming events and called on Judith Edmonds to conduct the Open Forum, where questions are asked and answered about Expat living in Thailand, especially Pattaya.

For more information on the PCEC’s many activities, visit their website at www.pcecclub.org.

Member Pat Koester provides information at the PCEC meeting on an excursion she is organizing for this month to Nakhon Pathom Province.