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1. Getting Started

Chauchard, Dr Claude Basic Health Publications ePub

CHAPTER 1

Getting Started

Let me introduce Julien, one of my patients. He is a very smart young man who works for an advertising company and likes to enjoy his life. When we start our conversation, he does not believe in preventive medicine for aging.

JULIEN: Im thirty-eight years oldwhat has a book on aging got to do with me?

DR. CHAUCHARD: This book is not just for elderly people; it is for all those who want to live in full health for as long as possible. For older readers, it will be a case of learning to age in the best way. But adults of all ages should be concerned because we start growing old not just after the age of fifty but from the moment we are born. In our society, we have not yet grasped this revolutionary understanding of the body, let alone allowed it to affect the way we live our lives.

Showing you how to live for a long time is just one of the objectives of this book. In addition to adding years to your life, you can also add life to your years. In short, you can rejuvenate yourself with this program! Youth passes swiftly, marked by growth spurts. As Paul Nizan wrote at the start of his famous book Aden Arabie, I was twenty years old. I wouldnt let anyone say that its the best time of your life. At the other extreme, old age fades away, and our life with it. What remains, in the middle, is a period of undetermined length that we call the age of maturityadult lifewhich is also the active life, the time for seeking fulfillment in our work and our love life.

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86. Sin of the Skin #7: Acne

Klatz M.D. D.O., Ronald Basic Health Publications ePub
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3. Biomarkers of Aging

Giampapa M.D., Vincent C. Basic Health Publications ePub

CHAPTER 3

Biomarkers of Aging

SOMETIMES THE OBVIOUS CAN STARE YOU IN THE FACE.

—Matt Ridley, Genome

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here’s probably not an adult alive who hasn’t had the experience of seeing an acquaintance for the first time in years and being shocked by how old that person looks. The shock reminds us that we, too, are aging. We don’t see the signs as clearly in ourselves, even though we see our own faces and bodies in the mirror every day, because the changes occur so gradually. It’s only when we encounter someone we haven’t seen in a long time that the recognition of our own inevitable mortality strikes with unpleasant force.

While we notice wrinkles, bifocals, and other visible manifestations of aging, we tend to overlook the many internal factors that control the rate at which we age. Just as we can measure more readily seen characteristics, we can also monitor our own aging by assessing our biological terrain, the totality of our internal biochemical environment. Taken together, these factors are the biomarkers of aging. A biomarker is a measurable chemical substance or physiological value that is known to change over time. By improving our biomarkers we improve our health in general and our DNA repair and longevity in particular.

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8. Combating Viral Infections and Mycotoxins

Yanick Jr Ph.D. N.D., Paul Basic Health Publications ePub

Viral threats to our well-being and survival have increased immeasurably. While most of us survive these daily threats without noticeable ill effects, damage is still occurring. By the time symptoms have appeared, however, they can often be difficult to reverse. The good news is that the response of the immune system can be enhanced and maintained, allowing us to cope effectively with these stresses and prevent them from causing illness.

Immunity involves all systems of the body in a dynamic interplay, which enables the body to recognize foreign invaders and neutralize and/or metabolize and eliminate them. Guiding and empowering this multifaceted response is the intelligence of the body’s QEF.

In order for the immune system to properly identify an invader, it must integrate information from the QEF. This energy field is constantly scanning our internal and external environment for dangerous organisms or chemical toxins. When operating efficiently, this surveillance system orchestrates the immune response with the other systems of the body into a harmonious and unified whole of great power and precision.

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Chapter Fourteen: “We aren’t the future, we’re the present”

Gloria Feldt with Carol Trickett Jennings University of North Texas Press PDF

Chapter Fourteen

“We aren’t the future, we’re the present”

I once made the mistake of calling young people “the future” of the family planning movement. The teens in the audience answered in no uncertain terms: “We aren’t the future, we’re the present.” But what does the present mean to them? What meaning will they give to reproductive rights?

From generation to generation

One thing we know: sex isn’t a disease that gets cured once and for all. Each new generation has its own timetable for maturity and its own definition of relationships. Each generation defines family planning and reproductive self-determination in its own ways and asks different things of this movement.

This is how meaning has evolved over the last three generations. A couple of years ago I visited Lincoln, Nebraska, to speak at an event. I met a ninety-five-year-old woman who came because she wanted to tell me personally that she got a diaphragm from Margaret Sanger’s clinic when she was a young wife. It was during the Depression, and she simply couldn’t afford more children. For her, reproductive rights

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10. Vanilla

M.D., Ph.D., Georges M. Halpern Basic Health Publications, Inc. ePub

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ost people know vanilla as an ice cream flavor and a baking ingredient, but vanilla is more than a flavor. It is also a fragrance. Perfumers use vanilla as a base or middle note because its rich, sweet aroma is long-lasting and it complements other aromas. Most perfumes contain at least a small amount of vanilla, and it is the base note in one-third of all perfumes. Vanilla is also found in most chocolate. It is an ingredient in house paint, rubber tires, and household cleaning products, where it is used to disguise unpleasant chemical odors. Vanilla flavoring is added to medicines to make them more palatable. It can be found in soaps, body lotions, shampoos and conditioners, deodorants, candles, body lotions, massage oil, and incense.

Vanilla has a seductive charm and a certain erotic component. The fragrance is intimate and elusive. Compared to most essential oils, vanilla is understated. It works its magic slowly but surely. Because it sees so much use in baking, the scent of vanilla conjures happy associations in many people. For many, vanilla represents the comforts and warmth of home. In an ice cream parlor that offers exotic tropical flavors and all manner of sugary confections, many choose the soothing taste of vanilla. Vanilla does not deserve the plain tag that is sometimes attached to it in the United States. There is nothing plain about plain vanilla. Vanilla is subtle and bewitching, not plain.

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7. An Herb for Sleep Problems Associated with Mood Disorders: St. John’s Wort

Vukovig M.S.W., Laurel Basic Health Publications ePub

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epression and anxiety are often implicated in chronic sleep disorders. If you tell your physician that youre having trouble sleeping, youll most likely be given a prescription for a pharmaceutical antidepressant or a sedative. These commonly prescribed drugs may offer short-term relief but they often have unpleasant side effects and can be dangerously addictive. Drugs also do nothing to address the underlying causes of emotional unrest.

Many times, herbs can provide the extra physiological support that can help bring the body and mind back into balance, without dangerous side effects, and without the risk of addiction. Of all of the antidepressant herbs, St. Johns wort is the most effective for helping to alleviate mild to moderate depression and anxiety. By helping to calm the nervous system, St. Johns wort works on a deep level to relieve sleep disorders related to depression and anxiety. In this chapter, youll learn about how St. Johns wort works and the most effective ways to use it.

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4. Prescriptions for Cardiovascular Health: Drugs for High Cholesterol and Hypertension

M.D., Hyla Cass Basic Health Publications, Inc. ePub

At a recent business luncheon, I ended up seated next to Mark, a slightly overweight, greying, fifty-six-year-old accountant. He proudly ordered everything “low-fat and non-fat, oil on the side,” along with a diet soda, and expounded to me at some length about his doctor’s advice regarding weight loss and heart disease prevention. He told me that his medication, Lipitor, had lowered his total cholesterol to under 200. “My dad died young from heart disease,” he told me, “and I sure am glad I know what to do to prevent the same thing from happening to me.”

I did my best to listen politely. Mark wasn’t my patient, after all, and he seemed so happy and secure with the advice his doctor had given him. I didn’t want to rock his boat.

“Are you working out, too?” I asked him, noting to myself that he was not looking very fit or toned.

“That part’s been harder,” he replied. “Lately—and maybe it’s just age—I’ve been having sore muscles, and it’s not just after I work out, either. Plus, my energy isn’t what it used to be.”

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7. Anatomy for a Lifetime

Donkin Dr., Scott W. Basic Health Publications ePub

Remember this concept and you will save yourself much misery and regret: Whenever imbalance disturbs flow through repetition and over time, your form will be changed in a negative manner; whenever you change balance positively and flow is restored, then time and repetition will likewise make a positive change in your form.

The basic fundamentals of balance, form, flow, time, and repetition can now be applied to virtually every activity or condition in life. You can use these basic fundamentals as the lens through which you view the most advantageous way of pursuing an activity aimed at enhancing your short-term and long-term health and well-being.

When considering balance, visualize your physical body in its space, with its many levers, fulcrums, and pulleys, so you can select the balanced positions and movements that are most appropriate and comfortable for you and your activities.

Always consider that balance and counterbalance create a situation in which less exertion is needed, and in which the action performed is the one most suited to the activity. Think about action and counteraction, pushing and pulling, lifting and bendingallowing many things in your environment to work with you to create actions and counteractions for a more artful performance of your actions.

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3. The Body’s Incredible Innate Healing Powers

Yanick Jr Ph.D. N.D., Paul Basic Health Publications ePub

The healing energies that flow throughout living organisms, including the human body, are prodigious, awe-inspiring, and miraculous. When a salamander’s leg is torn off by a predator, for example, the salamander simply regrows a new one. When a pond worm is chopped in half, each half regrows into a complete worm. How do these animals’ bodies know how and where to reassemble new organs? The miraculous intelligence and power of regrowth are inherent in their QEFs. Why does this not seem to work also with the human body? Where have we gone wrong?

In humans, the genetic cascades of biophoton energies are the most powerful when we are embryos. The force and magnitude of this flow determines the course of our health. As we grow older and enter the world, our immune systems immediately engage in warfare against pathogens, chemicals, and other stressors. For reasons not yet fully understood, overengaging our immune systems has the effect of repressing healing networks within our DNA. While the event of any such thing happening is probably a long way off, plausible evidence exists to support the idea that by identifying and eliminating these stressors, we humans may be capable of feats of regeneration similar to those found in species like the salamander or pond worm.

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118. Supplemental Sleep

Klatz M.D. D.O., Ronald Basic Health Publications ePub

Many of us are not getting the necessary amount or quality of sleep we need each night in order to function at our best the next day (see Tip 96). Napping cannot necessarily make up for inadequate or poor-quality nighttime sleep, but taking a short nap (20–30 minutes) does have its benefits. According to the U.S. National Sleep Foundation:

• Naps can restore alertness, enhance performance, and reduce mistakes and accidents. A study by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on sleepy military pilots and astronauts found that a forty-minute nap improved performance by 34 percent and alertness by 100 percent.

• Naps can increase alertness in the period directly following the nap and may extend alertness a few hours later in the day.

• Scheduled napping has also been prescribed for those who are affected by narcolepsy.

• Napping has psychological benefits. A nap can be a pleasant luxury, a mini vacation. It can provide an easy way to get some relaxation and rejuvenation.

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1. The Big Six Heavy Metals

Pouls DC, Gregory Basic Health Publications ePub

Heavy metals are like the bullies in the schoolyard; they are bigger and heavier than the smaller ones and like to push them out of line. Thats how heavy metals compete for cell-binding sites, too. However, having a body that is nutritionally sufficient, with minerals and beneficial metals already filling its cell-binding sites, helps to protect you from further heavy-metal buildup.

The most prevalent heavy metals are aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, and nickel. Why are they called heavy metals? Because they have a higher molecular weight than most substances, including minerals.

Recent studies suggest that aluminum also contributes to neurological disorders such as Alzheimers disease, Parkinsons disease, and senile and presenile dementia, clumsiness of movements, staggering when walking, and the inability to pronounce words correctly. Behavioral difficulties among schoolchildren also show a direct correlation with elevated levels of aluminum and other heavy metals. Toxic levels of aluminum have been found in many neurological conditions.

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5. Toxic Toothpaste and Scary Mouthwash

Bonner D.D.S., Michael P. Basic Health Publications ePub

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t the end of the last chapter, I said I was ready to take on gum disease and start fighting back. So with that in mind, I reread the labels on commonly used toothpaste and mouthwash bottles, and they reinforced my belief that these would not be my weapons of choice for serious health problems. Ive seen the damage these toxic products can dothe burning red mouths, the cheek tissue sloughing off in sheets, the tongues so red and swollen the patients could barely speak, much less swallowand I dont like it. All that these affected people had done was use the same toothpastes and mouthwashes you are probably using right now, so-called therapeutic products, which end up being pathological for some. In this chapter, I intend to tackle these products and give you some insight into why theres so much disease out there, including cancer and death, from using these off-the-shelf oral health products.

As you study all the warnings and facts concerning the harmful ingredients in the oral health products some people are hurting themselves with every day, please realize that the prevailing idea generally promoted by sales reps is, while a small amount of toxic stuff is in the products they proffer, theres not very much, so its not a big deal. Imagine my telling a mother theres a rattlesnake in the petting zoo, but its just a little one.

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CHAPTER 5: Feeding The Infant And Toddler And Related Problems

Ralph K. Campbell Basic Health Publications, Inc. ePub

The feeding of infants has a strong instinctive basis. A characteristic of mammals, humans included, is that they suckle their young; all female mammalians have built-in milk producers and supplierstheir mammary glands.

Infants are nursed at the breast in poor countries because there is no alternative. Well, almost no alternative. In the 1970s, Nestle Company was supplying its infant formula to hospitals and clinics in third world countries. It attempted to promote bottle-feeding as a more modern way to nourish infants. The formula was free for new mothers while they were confined and on the day of discharge from the birthing facility. From then on, it was no longer free. A boycott was organized in 1977 to put a stop to this practice, which was not feasible for many reasons.

A common public health problem throughout the undeveloped world is the lack of availability of potable water. Refrigeration of a liquid formula, or any type of milk, is out of the question. The Nestle solution was to make a powdered formula that can be mixed with water at the proper concentration, but mothers were on their own to figure out how they would find safe water. In some areas, it is even difficult to find fuel for making water safe by boiling. It was nearly impossible to overthrow an almost inborn knowledge of infant feeding, developed over eons, for this modern method. And to make their purchases last longer, some mothers were mixing the powder with more water than recommended, literally starving their babies. Clearly, this modern intervention was not an improvement.

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10: Green Tea Polyphenol EGCG-sensing Receptor

Hara, Y.; Yang, C.S.; Isemura, M. CABI PDF

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Green Tea Polyphenol EGCG-sensing

Receptor

Hirofumi Tachibana*

Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan

Abstract

The green tea catechin (-)-epigallocatechin-3-O-gallate (EGCG) is known to exhibit various biological and pharmacological properties. The 67-kDa laminin receptor (67LR) has been identified as a cell-surface EGCG receptor that confers EGCG responsiveness to cancer cells at physiological concentrations. 67LR has been shown to mediate the beneficial activities of this phytochemical, such as anti-atherosclerosis, insulinsensing modulation, anti-allergic, and anti-inflammatory activities. Myosin phosphatase target subunit 1, eEF1A (eukaryotic translation elongation factor 1A), protein phosphatase 2A, Akt, endothelial nitric oxide synthase, soluble guanylate cyclase, protein kinase Cδ, acid sphingomyelinase, sphingosine kinase 1, and cGMP are EGCG-sensing relating molecules that are vital, via 67LR, for EGCG-induced cancer prevention in vivo. Some drugs and food factors potentiate bioactivities of EGCG by modulating the EGCG-sensing pathways via 67LR. This chapter focuses on highlighting the current understanding of EGCG-sensing mechanisms through 67LR by which EGCG exerts biological and pharmacological properties.

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