What do sharks have to do with health and wellness? They are incredible creatures, can improve our health today, and may hold clues for medical breakthroughs to come. Sharks are believed to be the healthiest known creatures. As humans, we are able contribute to (or detract from) our own health through the decisions we make on a daily basis.
Before you jump to action and buy all the shark products on the market, NO, we are absolutely NOT suggesting everyone take pills of shark cartilage in an attempt to prevent and/or cure illness and disease. Studies have not shown improvement with this method. Furthermore, the consumption of shark cartilage may actually increase the risk of some diseases in humans, such as Alzheimer’s and ALS. If you find information that motivates you to try shark health and wellness products, or any other products, be sure to check with your doctor and get the facts first.
Okay, if the products are not the answer, why are sharks important?
Have you ever heard that sharks don’t get cancer? Though it may not be entirely true because sharks DO get cancer, it seems there is some truth to it. The bottom line – there is not enough scientific proof to say if sharks are more immune to cancer, or if they are able to fight cancer better than humans. So why do some believe sharks don’t get cancer? Throughout many years of studying sharks, cancer has been seen rarely in comparison to the rates seen in humans. What does that mean for us as humans today? There is hope. It is a comforting thought that clues to preventing and fighting cancer may be discovered through the scientific study of sharks.
Diseases and Immunity
Similar to the cancer claims, it is believed by some that sharks never get sick and are immune to all known diseases. Again, this is false, as sharks DO get sick. Nevertheless, they are more resistant than humans, and aspects of the shark immune system are being studied for treatment in humans. According to Conservation International, “Shark tissue appears to have anticoagulant and antibacterial properties. Scientists are studying it in hopes of finding treatments for a number of medical conditions, including viruses and cystic fibrosis.” Additionally, there may be hope for the use of squalimine eye drops. If if it were true that sharks never get sick, that would be an unrealistic goal anyway.
What About Now?
You may be thinking I crushed your dreams about sharks being immune to cancer, illness, and disease, or that you want medical breakthroughs now. I agree, but there are some things YOU can do NOW to improve your health today, and in the future.
- Choose health. As humans, we are able contribute to (or detract from) our own health through the decisions we make on a daily basis. This includes the food we use to fuel our bodies, our level of activity, our relaxation and sleep habits, and literally every other aspect of life. It all adds up. Strive to be more like the shark, and make decisions that will contribute to your health.
- Leave the sharks alone so they can be studied responsibly and humanely. Shark finning, the practice of cutting off shark fins and throwing the rest of the shark back in the ocean to die, leads to endangerment of the species. Do you see how this could cause problems? Support the cause, or at least don’t contribute to the problem.
- Think positively, and use sharks to boost your mood. Attitude has shown time and time again to be an effective form of medicine. When you’re feeling down or hopeless, think of sharks. Consider how far medicine has come already. There will be more treatments and cures in the future, even if they don’t involve sharks.
- Sharks may get sick sometimes, but there are also plenty of healthy sharks. If you’re feeling down about the health problems of yourself or someone else, take a few minutes to remember all the problems you don’t have. Be thankful for the good things in your life.
- Smile, and spread your positive attitude! Type “happy shark” in your search engine. Pick your favorite image and send it to a friend. If that doesn’t make someone smile I don’t know what will.
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