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2. The New Numbers to Know

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

Sardi, Bill Basic Health Publications ePub



itamins are essential nutritional factors for health. They are grouped into watery (dissolve in water) and fatty (dissolve in fat) vitamins. The water-soluble vitamins include vitamin C and the array of B vitamins. The fat-soluble vitamins are vitamins A, D, E, and K, which are stored in tissues and liver for later use.


Organic substances occurring in small amounts in foods that are required for health.

Vitamin A plays an essential role in ocular health, both at the front and back of the eyes. Supplemental vitamin A can be both beneficial and potentially troublesome.

Vitamin A is required for the production of mucin from glands in the eyelids. Mucin helps the tear film to spread across the cornea and keep it moist. Low mucin levels can result in filmy strands of material inside the eyelids.

Low vitamin A intake may result in foamy gray triangular spots on the conjunctiva, the clear film that covers the surface of the eyes just beneath the eyelids. These are called Bitots spots and are seen primarily in cases of malnutrition. A severe deficiency of vitamin A results in a condition called xerophthalmia, which produces symptoms of corneal dryness and ulceration.

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Part Four - Poisoning Your Warrior Goddess

Horner MD FACS, Christine Basic Health Publications ePub

Chapter 15

The Four Perils of Red Meat

Your Goddess Is an Herbivore

Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.


This is the first of seven chapters that put a spotlight on breast cancer’s covert allies: the foods and substances that trigger and support its growth. These factors are proven enemies to your breast health. Avoiding them lowers your risk of breast cancer. These “forces of darkness” are the foods, habits, and toxins that destroy your body’s inner healing intelligence, help to midwife the cancer monster, and support cancer’s rapid growth. These are the things that weaken your Warrior Goddess, strip her of her power, and obstruct her ability to keep you well. They are like Kryptonite to Superman.

Research has shown beyond a scientific doubt that eating red meat is a serious risk factor for breast cancer. You can think of it this way: Breast cancer is a carnivore; your Warrior Goddess is an herbivore. Many studies have shown that women who eat the most red meat have an 88 to 400 percent increased risk of this deadly disease. A German study published in 2002 found that women who consumed the most red meat had an 85 percent greater risk of breast cancer.

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About the Author

PhD., C.C.N., Elizabeth Lipski Basic Health Publications, Inc. ePub
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PERK #64: Cancer Motivated Me to Drop Some Bad Habits

Strang BA BEd MEd, Florence Basic Health Publications ePub

Perk #64

Cancer Motivated Me to Drop Some Bad Habits…

Before getting cancer, I considered myself to be living a healthy-ish lifestyle. I didn’t smoke, I exercised on a regular basis, and I even ate the occasional green salad. But ya know, we all have our vices. For some it is chocolate (I couldn’t be bothered); for others it’s fast food (I’d much rather cook a leisurely meal at home); for me, it’s wine. Nothing brings me more pleasure than sipping on a cold sauvignon blanc. First my taste buds spring to life, then I feel the warm sensation as it hits my belly, followed by the comforting feeling of wine-induced relaxation. Ah

It is not my fault that I was born loving wine. What did mom expect by giving me a name like Florence? Obviously with a name that originated in Italy, I have a genetic predisposition to want wine with every meal. But alas, I have learned that alcohol in any form—even red wine, which can be good for your heart—is not good for cancer. Therefore, I have had to break my bad habit of having a glass of wine on a whim. While I still do engage in the occasional libation, I try to limit it to just ONE glass.

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5. Toxic Toothpaste and Scary Mouthwash

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


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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6. Designing Your Routine

Lydon M.D., Christine Basic Health Publications ePub


or those who view the gym as a place only slightly less mysterious than outer space, take heart: By the time youre done with this book, even if you retain only 10 percent of everything youve read, you will know more about strength training than the average dedicated gym-goer. And you will have the remaining 90 percent at your fingertips. I encourage you to refer to this book often during your journey, both to refresh your memory and to deepen your understanding of complex topics.

However, even if you were to master intellectually all the concepts contained in the following pages, without practical application, your understanding of strength training would remain very limited and one-dimensional. The longer you train, the more palpable these chapters will become. I wont lie to you: Training will feel awkward at first. But what begins as a simple, perhaps even clumsy physical expression of mental data eventually will manifest as a tangible, corporal reality.

To the uninitiated, the remarkably acute mind-body connection engendered by athletic training can seem almost supernatural. Think of the extraordinary feats of physical prowess demonstrated by gymnasts, dancers, and martial artists, who use nothing more than their bodies to defy gravity. As with any athletic activity, your knowledge of strength training will eventually transcend your conscious intellect to become part of your subconscious awareness. You will simply know what to do without even thinking. The process may take months or even years. But the rewards are priceless. Long before you fully master strength training, you will delight in the pleasures of feeling the clock turn back. You will revel in soaring energy levels, feel the power of your expanding strength, and discover a well of untapped vitality deep within yourself. One day you will awaken to discover that you have regained the healthy vigor of times long past, and an enviable physique to boot!

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9. Herbs and Other Supplements

Sardi, Bill Basic Health Publications ePub



erbs were the first garden medicines for the eyes. Herbal products have been found to be beneficial for a variety of eye conditions.

St. Johns Wort

An herbal antidepressant that may increase the eyes sensitivity to light.

Hypericin, the active ingredient in St. Johns wort, an herb commonly used as an antidepressant, is a photosensitizing agent in the transparent human eye. Hypericin absorbs solar ultraviolet radiation, which means it can potentially damage the retina and focusing lens of the eyes. Appropriate precautions should include avoiding bright sunlight when taking this herbal remedy and wearing ultraviolet-blocking sun lenses because cataracts can develop upon exposure to unfiltered sunlight.

Quercetin is found naturally in red onions and red apples. It is in the bioflavonoids class of iron-binding plant pigments, which makes it a powerful antioxidant. Oral quercetin is a natural antihistamine and is helpful in the treatment of eye allergies.

In high doses, quercetin has been shown to inhibit the development of sugar cataracts, as found in diabetes.

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2.  Muscle Energy Systems and Fuel Utilization

Ivy Ph.D., John Basic Health Publications ePub

Muscle Energy Systems and Fuel Utilization

Exercise and nutrition have equal roles in relation to muscle development. Intense resistance exercise is required to stimulate muscle tissue remodeling and to increase muscle protein levels and other physiological adaptations that add up to bigger, stronger muscles. Nutrition is needed both to fuel workouts so that they can be more intense and stimulate more pronounced adaptations and to provide the raw materials for those adaptations that occur between workouts.

In order to best understand the NTS system, you need a basic understanding of the relationship between nutrition and energy production, on the one hand, and between nutrition and recovery, on the other hand. In this chapter, we will focus on how and where muscles derive their energy. If you would like more detailed information on muscle structure, function, and how to optimize muscle growth through training, please refer to Chapter 12.


Muscle contraction requires a precise amount and appropriate timing of energy release from fuel stored in the muscle. When the muscle cell receives the signal from the brain to contract, energy stored in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is converted into the energy to drive contraction. This requires that a phosphate molecule be separated from ATP, forming adenosine diphosphate (ADP) and inorganic phosphate (Pi). ATP is the only source of energy that can drive muscle contraction. However, there is only enough ATP stored in the muscle to support a maximal effort for a few seconds. Therefore, ATP must be continually replenished or muscle contraction will stop.

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72. Headaches

R.Ph., Ph.D, Earl L.. Mindell Basic Health Publications, Inc. ePub

Some people get headaches frequently, others get them rarely, but virtually everyone has experienced the characteristic throbbing sensation. The causes of headaches vary, and constant recurrence may indicate an underlying condition. However, headaches often have relatively minor causes, such as tension. Relief of a headache can come quite quicklywithout the use of aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and so on. Common herbs and other natural steps not only bring relief of the actual headache but also may reduce their frequency. See also MIGRAINES.


•  Calcium: 5001,000 mg daily (older women: 1,5002,000 mg).

•  DLPA (dl-phenylalanine): 375750 mg, every four hours for discomfort (as capsules).

•  Magnesium: 250500 mg daily.

•  Niacin (vitamin B3): 501,000 mg daily, in divided doses.

•  Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5): 30100 mg daily.

•  Vitamin C: 5001,000 mg daily.

•  Vitamin E: 400500 IU daily.


•  Chamomile tea: drink one cup daily.

•  Feverfew: as directed on label.

•  Ginkgo biloba extract: 60 mg, one to three times daily.

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5. Unsung Heroes: Lesser-Known Good Fats

Moneysmith, Marie Basic Health Publications ePub


If you really want to put all the good fats to work for you, there are some less familiar varieties you should know. The names may be strange, but these fats and fat-related substances have established themselves as beneficial for a whole host of health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, liver problems, and learning disabilities.

Like a number of other fats, you will find lecithin in all the bodys cells. Our cell membranes serve as gatekeepers, and decide which substances are allowed into a cell and which must be kept out. Those membranes are mostly made up of lecithin. This fat is also found in nerve cells, muscle tissue, and in the protective barrier around our brains. Lecithin is sometimes referred to as phosphatidylcholineits scientific name.

What Makes Lecithin Special? Lecithin is partially soluble in water, and can help transport fats, such as cholesterol, out of the body.

Lecithin fights cardiovascular disease and hardening of the arteries, helps the liver cope with damage caused by alcohol and other toxic substances, and aids in the digestion of fats. And there have also been very good results from studies that looked at lecithins ability to encourage better mental functioning and memory.

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4. Conventional Medicine’s Approach

Barnes, Kathleen Basic Health Publications ePub

Now that your tests have confirmed that you are perimenopausal, its time to make some decisions about the next step. Will you choose conventional medicine, or will you go natural? If you decide to try herbs and supplements, see Chapter 9. If you decide to take the diet and exercise route, check out Chapters 7 and 8. If you decide you need some form of hormone replacement, Chapter 11 will point you in the right direction. If, however, you choose conventional medicine, there are some things you should be aware of.

If youre like many women entering The Change, your doctor may tell you its time for Premarin, a horse-urine-based system of estrogen delivery, or PremPro, a combination of Premarin and a synthetic form of progesterone usually prescribed for women who have had hysterectomies. Fortunately, fewer doctors are recommending equine-based hormone replacement in the aftermath of the Womens Health Initiative, which clearly demonstrated the dangers of taking hormones that are not relevant to the human system.

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6. Vitamin E

Hoffer MD PhD, Abram Basic Health Publications ePub



Vitamin E includes the tocopherols, of which d-alpha tocopherol succinate has the most anticancer properties. It is the major lipid-soluble antioxidant, protecting the polyunsaturated fatty acids in membranes against peroxidation—the process by which fatty acids are oxidized through the action of an enzyme called peroxidase. The usual intake is about 12 IU (international units) daily. I have patients who take 800 IU daily. Vitamin E destroys nitrites, which have been shown to increase the incidence of cancer. It protects the red blood cells in lungs against the toxic effect of ozone, and from hydroxyl radical toxicity. K.N. Prasad (1999) reported that alpha tocopherol succinate induced differentiation in melanoma cells and inhibited the growth of neuroblastoma, rat glioma, and human prostate and melanoma cells.


The process of changes by which cells become specialized in form and function. It is the degree to which a tumor resembles normal tissue. Well-differentiated tumors resemble normal tissue; the closer the resemblance, the better the prognosis.

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14. Clinical Results of Orthomolecular Treatment

Hoffer MD PhD, Abram Basic Health Publications ePub



In this chapter, I will describe the outcome of treatment of a few of the more important types of cancer and a few case histories from each group to illustrate the outcome of treatment. We have to take into account that the patients who came to see me were self-selected and very highly motivated when we consider the results of the treatment. They had to be motivated, to escape from the box of only standard treatment from practitioners who are members of the chemotherapy and radiation faith. It took exceptional courage and determination to face their doctors and their oncologists and arrange to be referred.

Most of the patients were terminal, or they had been informed that there was nothing more that could be done and that there was no hope except for palliative treatment. This removal of hope prompted the break from classical medicine. These results experienced by these patients cannot be compared with the whole universe of cancer patients with similar types of tumors. They can be compared to my patients who could not follow my program for at least two months. I had concluded that a fair test of the program would demand at least two months of treatment, in the same way that one chemotherapy session would not be considered a fair test of chemotherapy if eight treatments were required. The patients who did break out of the box of traditional medicine’s prognosis for them were rewarded by a positive attitude, by support, by attention to diet, by the use of nutrients, and by an improved quality of life.

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CHAPTER 11: Confronting Rare Diseases

Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong ECW Press ePub



Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability.

— Sir William Osler

ONE OF THE MOST CHALLENGING aspects of a career in diagnostic internal medicine is the opportunity it inevitably presents to treat rare diseases. Typically, patients arrive in our offices after a primary health care physician and two or more specialists have done as much as they can and then, metaphorically, thrown up their hands and asked for diagnostic help.

Sometimes, the right answer turns out to have been hiding in plain sight. But just as often, the solution is difficult because it involves a rare, seldom-seen disease. Both the diagnostic process and the subsequent treatment are important aspects of the art of medicine.

Some years ago, I was invited to become consulting physician in internal medicine to a professional sports team in Toronto. The players needed attention from various specialists, including of course orthopedic surgeons, but they very seldom felt the need to seek my services. They were essentially too healthy. Then someone suggested it might be more useful if I consulted on members of the team’s executive management, so I agreed.

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