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Chapter 2. In Search Of The True Goji

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


hen scientific studies were first initiated to confirm the traditionally observed benefits of goji berries, they did not yield uniformly positive results. It could have been foreseen that these studies would arrive at inconsistent conclusions, as they were performed using the whole dried berries.

There can be tremendous variation in the quality of dried fruits, depending upon how they were harvested, dehydrated and stored, and also depending upon the quality of the fresh berries from which they were made. While goji berries grow in a lot of places, their quality can vary enormously.

The same is true in the growing of wine grapes. How is it that the Chardonnay grapes of one vineyard will yield a spectacular vintage, while the same grapes in a neighboring field will produce wines that are merely ordinary? A few minutes more of daily sunshine or a little better drainage in one field or the other can make all the difference between a $100 bottle of Dom Perignon and a $10 bottle of bargain bubbly.

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PERK #81: A Good Reason to Spend More Time in My Garden

Strang BA BEd MEd, Florence Basic Health Publications ePub

Perk #81

A Good Reason to Spend More Time in My Garden

Gardening is a way of showing that you believe in tomorrow.


Flo’s garden in May

Afew years ago, on a sunny day in June, my friend Sherry dropped by for an unexpected visit and found me in my favorite place: my garden. As I glowed with pride, she commented on my perfectly manicured flowerbeds, neat rows of veggies, and profusion of healthy shrubs and trees. “I don’t know how you manage it all!” she exclaimed. “It’s a mystery to me how you can take care of three kids, run that big house, and still have a garden that looks this good.”

All of the praise must have caused a momentary lapse in my concentration, and I inadvertently invited her inside for a cup of coffee. Hence the mystery was solved. While my flowerbeds were perfectly made, my beds inside were not. I couldn’t help but notice the look of shock on her face as a dust bunny the size of a tumbleweed rolled across the hardwood floor in front of her. As I surveyed the dusty landscape, I could have sworn I heard the strains of Old West music. I would not have been the least bit surprised had a cowboy popped out of the closet and challenged us to a shootout. (I had seen stranger things fall out of that closet!)

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6. Reishi

Stengler ND, Mark Basic Health Publications ePub



The reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) is one of the most revered herbs in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine, with a documented history of over 2,000 years. Known as Ling Zhi in China, there are references to its use in that country as far back as 100 B.C. where it was referred to as the “Herb of Spiritual Potency” and the “Ten-Thousand-Year Mushroom.”

Reishi is one of the most highly regarded medicinal mushrooms and is probably the best choice when looking for a general health tonic to improve overall health and increase longevity. It is considered an adaptogen.

Modern clinical research also supports many of the uses for this mushroom as described in traditional medicine. It benefits immune health, cardiovascular health, and liver function. Reishi is also frequently used by mountain climbers to combat altitude sickness and is contained in many of the performance-enhancing herbal formulas used by Chinese athletes.

The fruiting bodies of reishi range from a reddish-orange to an almost black color. The fruiting body also has a shiny look to it (lucidum translates to “shiny”). Reishi is extremely difficult to find in the wild but is successfully cultivated for commercial purposes.

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7. Leg Ulcers

Murray, Frank Basic Health Publications ePub


Leg Ulcers

An open sore on the leg that fails to heal usually results from an inadequate supply of arterial blood or insufficient venous drainage from the limb, according to the American Medical Association Home Medical Encyclopedia. Senior citizens are the most likely to be affected.1

What Causes Leg Ulcers?

Varicose veins, which can result in ulcers, occur most likely on the ankles and lower legs and they are caused by valve failure in veins.

Bedsores (also known as decubitus ulcers) form on pressure spots on the legs as a result of a combination of poor circulation, pressure, and immobility for an extended period.

Leg ulcers are also caused by peripheral vascular disease, in which fatty deposits on or thickening of the walls of arteries restrict blood supply to the lower limbs, the encyclopedia said.

Diabetes, which increases the susceptibility to blood vessel disease and skin infections thereby inspiring sensations, can also cause topical ulcers. In addition, ulcers can develop by the neglection of an infected small wound. In the tropics, an infection by microorganisms can result in tropical ulcers.

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30. Candidiasis

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

Candidiasis is a yeastlike fungal infection of the muscous membranes caused by the various strains of Candida, most usually C. albicans. Symptoms, such as white patches in the mouth or red skin lesions, vary depending on the infection site. Common sites include the mouth, vagina, respiratory tract, and the skin folds. In rare cases, it may spread throughout the body. Usually treated with antifungal drugs, this condition responds well to natural remedies. See also FUNGAL SKIN INFECTIONS; VAGINAL YEAST INFECTION.


•  Digestive enzymes: one to three capsules with each meal.

•  Essential fatty acids: 250 mg, one to three times daily (as capsules).

•  MSM: 1,000 mg, one to three times daily.

•  Complete all-natural multivitamin/mineral complex rich in antioxidants.

•  Probiotics: one to three capsules or one tablespoon of refrigerated liquid probiotics, up to three times daily before meals; or acidophilus: one to three (multi-billion count) capsules before meals.

•  Selenium: 100200 mcg daily.

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13 Sustainable Diets: Social and Cultural Perspectives

Burlingame, B.; Dernini, S. CABI PDF


Sustainable Diets: Social and Cultural


F. Xavier Medina and Alicia Aguilar


The incorporation of sustainability issues into the international agri-food and nutritional agenda has been increasingly discussed over the last decades. In this framework, anthropological concerns with food and nutrition have increased greatly in the last five decades, and the development has been across the subdisciplines of anthropology and in conjunction with other academic disciplines. Nevertheless, social and cultural aspects related to food are, even today, frequently neglected, regarded as secondary or less important in comparison to other ‘main’ subjects like health or economy. In this sense, the aim of this chapter is to focus on the social and cultural perspective of food and its intrinsic relationship with diets, territories and sustainability, highlighting this point of view as an essential part of a very complex panorama, helping to have a more comprehensive and less partial view of the situation.

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8. Too Slow,Too Little

Arneson B.S. M.S., Deborah Basic Health Publications ePub

OK, now it’s time to really get in your business. How often are your bowels moving? Yes, I know it’s personal but I have to ask. Do you move them every day? Do your feces come out like malt balls or tremendous, tapered torpedoes? Do they feel like labor and delivery when you go, or is it quick-splash, out in a flash? I’m not trying to gross you out, but we have to probe this issue further for reasons you will soon understand.

Your colon, which consists of your large intestine, rectum, and anus, is a 5½ to 6 foot muscular tube about 2¼ inches in diameter. Let’s get a scope on that. It’s longer than the average American woman is tall, is about as big around as two Baby Ruth candy bars held back to back, and could probably outwrestle a sea cucumber. Its primary function is to absorb water, minerals, and nutrients, and to generate and eliminate feces. How much your colon generates and how much it eliminates bring me to my next point.

Wrap a clogged-up colon inside an oversized omentum (remember that word?) and you’ll need a boomerang to wrap your belt around your waist. Consider this: The average American woman is walking around with 5–20 pounds of dried, disgusting, crusty, caked-up, preservative-pesticide-parasite-packed, malodorous manure stuck to the walls of her colon. If that doesn’t make you want to move your bowels, I don’t know what will.

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5. Sugar: Desired but Undesirable

Hunter, Beatrice Trum Basic Health Publications ePub



Why is sugar so bad when it gives a quick pick-me-up? Energy supplied by refined carbohydrate such as sugar causes the blood sugar in the body to rise quickly. But it falls nearly as fast. Refined carbohydrates, such as sugar, are rapidly digested, and produce a temporary oversupply of sugar in the blood. In turn, the liver and pancreas are stimulated to withdraw this excess, in order to keep the blood sugar level at an equilibrium. This is achieved by converting the excess energy into starch in the liver and storing it in the cells as glycogen, which eventually is converted into fat. The blood sugar level drops after the excess energy is withdrawn, and with this drop, the person feels hunger, fatigue, and a craving for more energy food. It is a vicious cycle.

If no food is eaten, the blood sugar remains at an undesirably low level until it is restored to a normal level, by reconversion of the stored glycogen into blood sugar. But, experiencing hunger, the person may eat before the glycogen is reconverted. Any excess of unused or unconverted glucose is converted into body fat.

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3. Take Action Now: The Recipe for Relief

Sehgal, Angela Basic Health Publications ePub

Chapter 3

Take Action Now: The Recipe for Relief

There are a number of therapeutic approaches that have proven highly effective for alleviating pain, including stretching, strengthening exercises, and massage therapy. These can be done with professional guidance or used as self-help techniques for do-it-yourself relief from discomfort. We also describe tips for immediate relief that you can apply to help ease the pain and swelling related to your injury or illness—rest, ice, compression, heat, elevation, and support (aka RICHES). These elements are common therapeutic practices used by most healthcare professionals. In this chapter, we outline the general principles behind these approaches. Chapters 4–9 will then cover specific stretches, exercises, and massage techniques for each area of the body. As you read, remember the importance of becoming proactive: a good understanding of these action steps will help you feel better.


Muscles attach to bones, and all the bones in the body make up our skeletal system. Within this complex musculoskeletal system are joints, which are made to flex and extend (bend and straighten), and allow for rotation. Our anatomy is what enables us to move in certain directions. The stretching of our muscles allows for our joints to become more flexible. Over a period of time, due to gravity, age (inactivity, tightness, injury, disease), and poor posture, muscles and tendons begin to tighten and shorten, thus limiting our range of motion and decreasing our flexibility. This is comparable to a rubber band that has been weathered for several months—after a while, the rubber band will break when you try to stretch it. Just like the rubber band, your tightened muscles may cause you to walk stiffly with shortened strides, to hunch over when you are seated or standing, or to experience pain as you bend over to tie your shoes.

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12. Steve: Years Three and Four After Starting Coconut Oil

Mary T. Newport Basic Health Publications, Inc. ePub


t the beginning of year three in the spring of 2010, I wrote, We can only hope that our persistence and strict adherence to a diet that includes medium-chain fatty acids to keep ketones available to Steves brain will help him sustain this miraculous reprieve from the nightmare. How long will this last? I dont know the answer to this question, but believe that the clock has been set back at least two to three years, and in some respects, even longer. God willing, we will have many more good years together. As I have often thought to myself, a lament I have heard from so many others, if we can stay where we are now, it will mean everything in this battle with Alzheimers disease. While awaiting the availability of Dr. Richard Veechs ketone ester, the next best strategy we can employ is to stay on track with our healthy diet that includes coconut oil and MCT oil, in order to provide with brain the ketones as an alternative fuel. This will help provide Steve with the best quality of life he can have while living with this disease.

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4 Climate Change and Sustainable and Healthy Diets

Burlingame, B.; Dernini, S. CABI PDF


Climate Change and Sustainable and Healthy Diets

Cristina Tirado von der Pahlen


Promoting good nutrition, health and sustainable food systems in the context of population growth, dietary transition and a changing climate is a central challenge of our time. While climate change has an impact on our food systems and diets, our food systems and dietary patterns also affect climate change. This chapter presents an analysis of the interconnections of sustainable dietary patterns, health and nutrition in a context of climate-change mitigation. It outlines the global frameworks and agreements on climate change, food and nutrition, exploring the many, complex ways in which diet affects climate change, and vice versa. It looks at diets that boost health and are environmentally sustainable, as well as the measures needed to steer food production and consumption in that direction. The chapter identifies policies based on co-benefits to health and climate of dietary change and opportunities for joint action on nutrition, health, and climate policy. There are co-benefits of measures that reduce climate-altering emissions and, at the same time, improve health by shifting away from the overconsumption of meat from ruminant sources in high-meat-consuming societies. A general transition to more plant-based diets could lead to lower climate-altering emissions and likely reductions in diet-related non-communicable diseases. In this context, it is critical to promote demand-side climate mitigation options for the agriculture and food sector, such as changes in dietary patterns towards less emissions-intensive, healthier, more plant-based diets. From the health perspective, transitioning towards more plant-based diets in line with

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9. Parsley: Like a Multivitamin

McKeith, Dr. Gillian Basic Health Publications ePub


PARSLEY: Like a Multivitamin


the culinary multivitamin; a nutrient powerhouse. Contains high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin B12, chlorophyll, calcium, more vitamin C than citrus fruits, and just about all other known nutrients.


restores digestion, supports the liver, kidneys and adrenal glands, purifies blood and body fluids.


helps body’s defensive mechanisms; chokes negative bacteria. A great immune booster.

Parsley is just like an immune-enhancing multivitamin and mineral complex in green plant form. It is one of the most important herbs for providing vitamins to the body.98 Parsley is made up of proteins (20 percent), flavonoids (maintain blood cell membranes, antioxidant helpers), essential oils, iron, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, inositol, sulfur, vitamin K, beta-carotene, and especially vitamin C.

Parsley is a “warming” food, pungent with a slightly bitter, salty flavor. It is moistening, nourishing, and restoring. In addition to providing essential nutrients, it balances and stimulates the energy of organs, improving their ability to assimilate and utilize nutrients.

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Chapter 4. The “Fountain of Youth”: Human Growth Hormone

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

A sixty-year-old man becomes Mr. Physical Fitness USA.

A fifty-year-old college instructor regains the face and figure of her modeling days.

A senior citizen recovers his interest in sexand reports that his penis size has increased by 20 percent.

These are only some of the reports of the aging people who claim to have been helped by supplemental doses of human growth hormone (HGH). HGH is a hormone that is naturally present in the human body when were young, but tends to disappear as we age. People who have taken supplemental HGH have found it to produce striking improvements in their health, energy levels, and sense of well-being. The list of benefits seems to grow with each new study.


Most people think of HGH as the miraculous treatment for children doomed to dwarfism, which over the past thirty years has saved tens of thousands from this fate. The next great benefit of HGH therapy appears to be in the aging population. People with age-related deficiency of HGH become overweight, flabby, frail, and lethargic; lose interest in sex; have trouble sleeping, concentrating, and remembering things; tire easily; and in general, lose their zest for life. With HGH, all these so-called signs of aging can be reversed.

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130. Sprains and Strains

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

Sprains and strains, while often painful, are almost always treatable. A sprain is an injury to a ligament that is usually caused by a sudden overstretching. A strain is the excessive stretching of a muscle, resulting in pain and swelling of the muscle. While the passage of time and reduced use of the affected ligament or muscle is the best remedy, recovery from sprains and strains can be speeded up with the help of a regimen of natural remedies. See also MUSCLE PULL.


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

•  Digestive enzymes: one to three capsules with each meal.

•  Magnesium: 250500 mg daily.

•  Vitamin B complex: 2550 mg daily.

•  Vitamin C: 5001,000 mg daily with 500 mg of bioflavonoids daily.

•  Zinc: 15 mg of elemental zinc (read label), once or twice daily.


•  Aloe vera gel: apply topically as directed on label.

•  Arnica gel: apply topically as directed on label.

•  Calendula ointment or gel: apply topically as directed on label.


•  Alternate between heat packs and ice packs.

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4. Alkalinity and Acidity: The Right Ratio for Your Body

Joseph J. Sweere Basic Health Publications, Inc. ePub

4. Alkalinity and Acidity: The Right Ratio for your Body

his Golden Rule of good health has to do with the acid/alkaline ratio of your body chemistry. Alkalinity and acidity refer to the pH of the fluids in and around all the cells in your body. A solution with a pH of 7.00 is neutral, one with a pH of more than 7.0 is alkaline, and one with a pH lower than 7.0 is acidic. Under the best conditions, your salivary pH, which mirrors the pH of the fluid bathing all your tissue cells, should be in the alkaline range of 7.0–7.5, with an ideal of 7.4. Every moment you are alive, your body must maintain a 7.3–7.5 pH in the blood. For people who consume a predominantly acid-forming diet or live a stressful lifestyle, the body must continually buffer the blood by using stored alkaline-forming substances—including calcium and other minerals in muscle and bone—in order to maintain this pH. Doing this disturbs the electrochemical balances in the body, overtaxes the system, and results in tissue breakdown, aging of cells, and eventual disease.

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