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Shark cartilage has been my friend since the early nineties when Dr. I. William Lane and Linda Comac wrote an amazing book, Sharks Don’t Get Cancer . Over the years I’ve read this little gem twice, cover to cover. In fact, I can still remember that dusty little store on H St in Blaine, WA with its big window sign proclaiming “Shark Cartilage Sold Here” and my first purchase. Curiosity made me try it, results made it a staple.
I never used shark cartilage for the protection from, or cure for, cancer, but rather as an elixir for better bone and joint health. As a young child, physicians had predicted I would get arthritis at an early age and that the calcium in my teeth would be poor; the ominous proclivities of contracting Meningitis at age four. I am now well into my sixties, have all my teeth and keep the debilitating horrors of arthritis under wraps by due diligence–calcium and shark cartilage supplements, vitamins, eating healthy, and most importantly keeping my body in a constant state of movement: working, walking, and exercising, as much as I possibly can.
The shark has been in existence, virtually unchanged, for over 400,000 years; has the finest sensory faculties of any creature; never stops moving; is said to be “the perfect living machine”; lives from 25 to 100 years; has virtually no enemies, aside from other sharks; is extremely flexible and its brilliantly designed immune system makes survival possible even amidst the most brutal of battles. (1)(2) Why wouldn’t scientists think that just maybe this wonderous machine could help the human immune system as well.
In order to live well-free from pain and debilitating disease; to have success at work and confidence doing it: learn from the shark; become a shark.
1. Never stop moving.
The shark never stops moving, to do so would be his demise.
In order to combat the debilitating diseases inspired by aging, it’s important to keep moving: find the time to walk 30 minutes a day, even if it hurts or is in conflict with your schedule. You can always find the time, when you want to.
2. Never look back.
The shark has no bones, it cannot backup or stop.
It’s best not to cling to the past but move forward towards change.
3. Keep your senses at the ready.
The shark’s senses are so keen it can smell a drop of blood in a million gallons of water, hear its prey at distances up to two miles and stare down his prey within 50 ft. (1)
We need to sharpen our senses to the dangers and opportunities in our lives in a rational and logical manner; avoid the whimsical temptations of fluff; it soon blows away.
4. Stay on course, no excuses.
When a shark hones in on its target, there’s no second guessing, no hesitation. The decision for attack is solid.
In life as in business it is important to stay on tract. So often we are tempted or softened in our convictions by the easier path. Stay focused on reason and hard work, then go for it.
5. Be flexible.
The shark may not be able to stop but it can bend and curve its body to correct course.
Sometimes things just don’t go your way, no matter how illogical they may seem: bend a little, consult, forgive, maintain civility.
6. Know your enemy.
The only food chain enemy of the shark is another shark (or maybe an angry mother dolphin.)
The old business adage: “keep your friends close and your enemies closer” is a wise lesson to learn. No one likes to be blindsided, it hurts, it kills.
7. Eat to live, don’t live to eat.
Sharks only eat when they are hungry.
Obesity is an agonizing problem, one brought on by consumption of unhealthy foods, high in sugar and fat content intensified by lack of exercise.
Overeating when bored, stressed or excited, can lead to heart-breaking consequences, especially later in life. Start now designing healthy food choices laced with lots of water and exercise. Make yourself proud. It is an exhilarating feeling.
8. Be a warrior.
The shark is a warrior because it’s in his nature.
Be a presence in your world. Stay strong. Strive for sustainable goals and see them through. It’s in your nature to eat well, exercise and carve your path to longevity and success.
9. Water, Water, Lots of Water
The shark secures complete dominance of its watery environment by utilizing his amazing senses as a weapon in the hunt for survival.
Drinking plenty of water a day, at least 8 glasses, will help dominate the environ that is your amazing body.
10. Protein, Protein, Lots of Protein.
A shark eats only protein.
The human being is dependent on protein consumption. It is as important as water for life. Chose your protein wisely, plant or animal; make sure it’s a part of your daily diet.
11. You are your own best friend.
A shark is self-sufficient.
Depend on yourself to get things done. Its nice to have friends to share feelings and good times with, but consider your goals first. Love yourself and who you are; gain respect. Success will come, not only on the home front but in the workplace as well.
12. Check with your immune enhancers.
The shark has an amazing immune system. Man has a brain.
Our immune system enhancers are the physicians, dentists and healthy foods we eat . Man lives longer than ever before because of unprecedented scientific advancements in the past two centuries. Make it a practice to check in with your immune enhancers; medical and dental, at least once a year; healthy foods and exercise, daily.
*The Creed of the Shark can be considered a mini-blueprint for life. It’s not for everyone or naysayers, but for those who make the effort; truly and passionately make the effort; a miracle will ensue.
My name is Paulette Martig. I am a shark. I follow the creed. A miracle has ensued.
Cartilage, Cartilage, Let’s Talk About Cartilage
The specificity of cartilage and lack of bone in a shark’s body gives it dominance and mobility, buoyancy and flexibility, immunity and victory in the hunt.
Most sharks may not get cancer due in large part to their impressive immune systems. A shark’s wounds heal quickly; infection unbelievably absent. Why? Some scientists say it could be due to a particular immunoglobulin, preemptive in the circulation of a shark, versus the antibodies in a human that responds only when antigens are detected. 6 to 8 percent of a shark’s gross weight is cartilage, where mammals have only 1 percent. This abundance of cartilage may be a harbinger for these fierce immunoglobulin fighters. Cartilage tissue utilizes water not blood in mobilizing its nutrients and prohibits vascularization, the ultimate nourishment for cancerous tumors . Thus the idea that if shark cartilage could be designed for human consumption, we too could be protected from cancer. (I do not want to go into the pros and cons of the supposition of a cancer cure because it goes too deep on both sides of the equation.) (1)
As I mentioned when I first started this post, I was not interested in the unique topic of cancer prevention, but rather how shark cartilage could help me maintain strength and flexibility in my bones and joints; to be pain-free and mobile for the remainder of my life.
The interesting facts about cartilage, is that it does not rely on blood to transport it nutrients but uses water instead. How profound! I never thought of the possibility that not drinking enough water could possibly be damaging my cartilage; the stuff that gives joints mobility. Think about this: the flow of water and its nutrients to the soft tissue called cartilage is stimulated by the compressions and relaxations generated by body movement. As a result of inactivity (as in getting older) calcium salts in the intercellular material can transform its water-containing gel to a cement-like gel or calcification. (1)(2)
Calcification is the grim reaper and ultimate death of cartilage, there’s no known reversal.
Non enim tollitur vita marme quartanae morbo medicinam neglegunt. (The Latin)
“It is not the disease but neglect of the remedy which generally destroys life.” (1)
In the posts, A Simple Peace, On Getting Older, The Phenomenal Fitbit HR and Quick Weight Loss and Attitude Boot camp , I delve extensively into the importance of movement and eating healthy. These posts are my humble way of sharing what I think works for a slimmer, healthier and happier me and possibly you.
- Lane, Dr. I William, Linda Comac. Sharks Don’t Get Cancer. 1992. Avery Publishing Group, 3-37, 113-137.
- http://www.scienceforlife.eu/tekst%20william%20lane%20short.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shark
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