What is Sickle Cell Anemia?
Sickle cell disease is a form of anemia in which the red blood cells become misshapen. This can present a problem because normally the red blood cells are flexible and round which move easily through your blood vessels. In sickle cell anemia, the red blood cells can become rigid and sticky because they are shaped like sickles or crescent moons. These cells can end up disrupting blood flow and can be susceptible to breaking down more easily than normal red blood cells.
If you’ve seen my videos on genetics you might be wondering if this is really a genetic disease and in this case, this condition is actually one of the few truly genetic conditions, however, many doctors are now starting to discover that this condition might actually be an intelligent adaptive response rather than a genetic disease. It turns out that people with sickle cell anemia are protected against malaria which makes sense because this condition occurs in people who live in malaria infested environments or people whos ancestors live in these areas. Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have looked into this, here’s a link to their website:
And here’s a quote from the CDC:
“…Individuals who are carriers for the sickle cell disease (with one sickle gene and one normal hemoglobin gene, also known as sickle cell trait) have some protective advantage against malaria. As a result, the frequencies of sickle cell carriers are high in malaria-endemic areas.
Most earlier studies of the relationship between sickle cell trait and malaria were cross-sectional, and therefore some important data relevant to the protective effects of sickle cell trait were missing. CDC’s birth cohort studies (Asembo Bay Cohort Project in western Kenya ) conducted in collaboration with the Kenya Medical Research Institute allowed us to investigate this issue in depth. We determined that the sickle cell trait provides 60% protection against overall mortality. Most of this protection occurs between 2-16 months of life, before the onset of clinical immunity in areas with intense transmission of malaria.”
Even though sickle cell anemia is a brilliant adaptive response to a malaria infested environment we still can’t ignored the possible health problems associated with this condition. The best option would be to incorporate all the dietary and lifestyle changes necessary to promote healthy blood production and blood flow. Here’s a video to help you get started:
I also suggest juicing vegetables and blending fruits on a daily basis. Juicing and blending are fantastic because the soluble fiber in veggie juice can be absorbed directly into your bloodstream and bind to toxins which may be affecting the health of your body. Juicing/blending also pre-digests the food so the nutrients/minerals are more easily absorbed by your body. There are also enzymes and natural probiotics in the veggie juice/blended fruit that will radically improve your digestive system.
Here’s a detailed video about juicing if you’d like to learn more:
If you’d like to learn more ways to improve your cardiovascular system, check out the videos below: