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8. Environmental Toxins: The Enemies You Should Know

Jordan K. Davis Basic Health Publications, Inc. ePub

CHAPTER 8

Environmental Toxins: The Enemies You Should Know

The brain—a pink pulsating membranous mass of twists and convulsions—innocence and genius together ensconced in a thick bony skull, surrounded, and protected, by a moat called the dura mater; hard mother. The primary organ of survival, it thrives on oxygen and glucose. In any polluted air of smoke, tar, burning fumes, or chemical/pesticide toxins it can never be at its peak function. If our body is the temple, then indeed the brain is its omniscient master and we must pay homage to it.

—GALE WISEMAN DAVIS

In 1954, Rachel Carson stated, “The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe, the less taste we shall have for destruction.” Her words ring true today. Our environment is toxic. The water we drink, the food we eat, the air we breathe is more contaminated now than at any time in the history of mankind. Amazingly, more of this damage has happened in the past ten decades than in the millions of years that preceded the beginning of the twentieth century.

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4. Energy Balance

Schauss Ph.D., Alexander G. Basic Health Publications ePub

Theres no such thing as a free lunch.

ANONYMOUS

While Chapter 3 discussed the concept of satiety (feeling full) and explored a wide range of popular diets, this chapter examines the role of compounds found in the body that act as chemical messengers or signals to the hypothalamus, the satiety center in the brain involved in regulating how much or how often we eat. The compounds mentioned by no means form an exhaustive list. New compounds are constantly being discovered. This isnt surprising, because the regulation of food intake and the human bodys ability to adapt to a remarkable range of diets cant be simple. The body comes equipped with a vast, integrated system of checks and balances to maintain its weight and support the energy and nutrient needs of billions of cells. However, when one or more of these mechanisms goes awry, the outcome may be obesity and with it a cascade of health problems.

None of these mechanisms works aloneeach metabolic factor that sends an individual signal to the appetite center (the hypothalamus) initiates an orchestra of checks and balances to control body weight. Some of these factors may not signal appetite cues per se but rather indicate information received from stored body fat. This information may be simply, Hey, Im fat and happy now; you may stop eating! Or, by contrast, the information may be, Hey, Im getting too skinny for my liking! Eat, eat, eat!

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3. Structure and Function: Exercising and Maintaining Your Body

Joseph J. Sweere Basic Health Publications, Inc. ePub

3. Structure and Function: Exercising and Maintaining your Body

ike all the body’s other systems, your spine and framework need proper nutrition, exercise, avoidance of toxic exposure, and attention to all the other golden rules of good health outlined in this book. Disturbances of the body’s framework can disrupt the function of the nervous system, upset the body’s harmony, and set the stage for disease and dysfunction. The Golden Rule presented here deals with the maintenance of your body framework and exercise.

SPINAL AND STRUCTURAL HEALTH

If you want good health, you must take care of your spine. If you want a healthy spine, you must take care of your overall health. Structure and function are intimately related. Your skull and spinal column house and protect the most evolved phenomenon in the known universe, the human brain and nervous system, which regulate all other body systems.

Caring, skillful manual therapy for structural disorders can be very valuable in maintaining the integrity of your framework, thereby improving your health. Competent, professional structural care can positively affect conditions such as back pain and related spinal and extremity disorders, aid in stress management, enhance immune-system function, and improve function of all the other body systems. To begin enjoying these benefits, you may wish to select a doctor of chiropractic (D.C.) or a traditional doctor of osteopathy (D.O.). Since approximately 94 percent of all structural care is currently provided by chiropractors, they are the first choice for most people. Chiropractors believe that approximately 70 to 80 percent of all health disorders involve the neuromusculoskeletal system, including conditions that involve the circulatory, digestive, immune, locomotor, nervous, reproductive, and respiratory systems. Chiropractic and other forms of carefully applied manual therapy can be used to prevent ill health, as well.

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Chapter 15. Athletic Performance

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

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ll athletic activities are competitive by nature. This is readily observed in team sports, or in a casual one-on-one game of basketball or golf. Yet, even a solo athletic event is a competition that pits you against your own personal best.

Competitive athletes are constantly searching for ways to gain an advantage over opponents. The desire for an edge exists in all sports, at all levels of play. Successful athletes rely on practice and hard work to increase their skill, speed, power and ability. Many also find a competitive edge by enlisting trainers or using the latest high-tech equipment.

There are many healthy ways to increase your strength or improve your performance. The National Institutes of Health suggest that you keep the following tips in mind: Train safely, without using drugs; eat a healthy diet; get plenty of rest; set realistic goals and be proud of yourself when you reach them; seek out training supervision, coaching and advice from a reliable professional; and avoid injuries by playing safely and using protective gear.

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2. Reaping Destruction

Roseboro, Ken Basic Health Publications ePub

This is the end result of a factory-farm system that appears as a living,

continental-scale monument to Rube Goldberg, a black-mass remake of the

loaves-and-fishes miracle. Prairies productivity is lost for grain, grains

productivity is lost in livestock, livestocks protein is lost to human fat

all federally subsidized for about $15 billion a year.

Richard Manning, from The Oil We Eat:

Following the Food Chain Back to Iraq

Bill McCracken and his family have taken a novel approach to farming in rural Iowa: They grow food for human consumption. Surrounding the McCrackens Choice Earth Farm in Brighton, Iowa, are vast fields of corn and soybeans, mostly grown for animal feed, stretching as far as the eye can see. Choice Earth Farm looks much like the neighboring farms, with open fields, farmhouse, grain silos, barns, and cows, but the McCrackens have gone against current farming practices to renew an age-old tradition that has nearly disappeared in Iowa. Instead of growing monocultures of corn and soybeans as the neighboring farms do, Choice Earth grows vegetables. Instead of using industrial farming methodschemical pesticides, fertilizers, and genetically engineered cropsChoice Earth grows food organically. Instead of a massive factory farm operated by tenant farmers, Choice Earth is a small family farm, owned and operated by McCracken and his two daughters, Jocelyn and Alisha and their husbands.

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PERK #69: I Could Finally Admit I Believe in Angels and Fairies

Strang BA BEd MEd, Florence Basic Health Publications ePub

Perk #69

I Could Finally Admit I Believe in Angels and Fairies

Having cancer allowed me to feel comfortable being the REAL me. I even came out of the “spiritual closet” and admitted that I believe in angels and fairies, without people calling me crazy … well at least not to my face.

My name is Florence and I am a Certified Angel Therapist. There, I said it. Not only do I believe in angels, but I also talk to them, and they communicate back through signs and symbols (such as a butterfly or a white feather). Before getting cancer, I would never have admitted this publically for fear that people would think I was cuckoo. After all, I am a professional psychologist with a reputation to uphold. However, once I had cancer, it didn’t really bother me if people thought I was weird. In fact, it was kind of a relief to show my true colors.

Up until about five years ago, I figured that angels, like Santa and the tooth fairy, belonged to the realm of childhood imaginations. Then one day, while browsing a bookstore in England, I came upon an interesting book called The Psychic’s Bible by Jane Struthers. As I flipped through its pages, I stopped upon a picture of a white, fluffy feather with this caption: “Angels often leave a white feather as their calling card.” Although I didn’t believe in the existence of angels at that time, I was intrigued by this little book, and so I decided that it would make a good read on my return flight home to Canada.

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PERK #42: Packing Light

Strang BA BEd MEd, Florence Basic Health Publications ePub

Perk #42

Packing Light

With the cancer clinic nearly 240 miles from my home and being in a long-distance relationship, I often found myself packing and unpacking my suitcase. Packing is a chore that I have never enjoyed, and it seems that I always manage to forget something. However, once I had lost my hair from the chemo, I was amazed at how much lighter I could pack. No more shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, mousse, hair dryer, straight iron, or Velcro rollers! All I needed was my well-groomed “mock hair” and some clothes.

HEALTH TIP #42

Don’t Mock the Tuna

If you’ve started swapping animal-based foods for plant-based foods to reduce your risk of cancer, you may think some foods are just plain unswappable. Well, think again. I assure you, for every food that you love that contains meat, chicken, fish, or dairy, there is a combo of vegetables, fruits, nuts, or seeds that will satisfy your taste buds while providing you with the tools you need to reduce your risk of cancer and other illnesses.

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2. Relora to the Rescue

LaValle RPh ND, James B Basic Health Publications ePub

2. Relora to the Rescue

Relora was developed by Next Pharmaceuticals, a cutting-edge company in Irvine, California dedicated to developing all-natural products for people to achieve optimum health without having to resort to dangerous drugs. The review process they followed to develop Relora included the following elements:

1. A worldwide literature search. This complicated, extensive process, conducted in the English language and by experts trained in Chinese and Japanese, evaluated the world data on stress-relievers in terms of standard results, methods of preparation, chemical compounds in each botanical, structure-activity relationship, and reported pharmacological activity. It focused on plants with known activity that are not widely used in the United States for stress-relief.

2. An assessment of commercial viability, including estimates of availability of ingredients, costs, growing requirements, extraction requirements, and other factors.

Because of their in-depth knowledge of phytochemistry (the chemistry of plants), pharmacology (the effects of drugs on the body), bioavailability (how much is available to be used by the body), toxicology (the toxicity of the agent to the body), and chemistry, the scientists at Next Pharmaceuticals have been able to take this vast amount of knowledge and hone in on a manageable number of plants that can be developed into a safe and effective natural remedy.

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25. Defend Against Atomic Pickpockets: Vitamin A

Klatz M.D. D.O., Ronald Basic Health Publications ePub
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1. Getting the Terminology Straight

Nitzi-George R.P.H., Diaove Basic Health Publications ePub

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n the United States, a drug can be sold only after it is reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA is the regulating authority that establishes laws, standards, and guidelines to help keep the public safe. Aside from prescription drugs, the FDA also regulates cosmetics, food, food additives, herbs, supplements, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, medical devices, blood products, radiation-emitting appliances, and veterinary drugs. Their involvement provides a broad range of scrutiny over everything we consume.

The FDA has established minimum criteria that all foods and drugs must meet. These criteria vary according to the type of product to be sold. In general, foods, herbs, and supplements can be sold without notifying the FDA in advance. However, all drugs must meet rigid safety and efficacy criteria before they can be sold. Understanding how the products are grouped based on FDA criteria helps provide a common terminology and an appreciation for the similarities and differences between products. The term generic means much more than the dictionary describes.

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CHAPTER 10: Of Fevers, Epidemics and Epidemiology

Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong ECW Press ePub

CHAPTER 10

Of FEVERS, EPIDEMICS and EPIDEMIOLOGY

The work of epidemiology is related to unanswered questions, but also to unquestioned answers.

— Dr. Patricia Butler

MEDICAL EDUCATION HAS CHANGED DRAMATICALLY during the last half century. In the vanguard of these changes was Canada’s McMaster University Medical School in Hamilton. Under the leadership of cardiologist John Evans, who became its founding dean, internal medicine specialist Bill Spaulding, respirologist E.J. Moran Campbell, and medical educators Howard Barrows and Geoff Norman, McMaster — beginning in 1965 — dramatically reshaped the curriculum, de-emphasizing the traditional approach to academic lectures and formal examinations.

Instead, it created a radically new model, based on self-­directed study, creative thinking and problem-based learning. The system proved so successful that universities all over the continent began to emulate it, including the prestigious Harvard Medical School, which called its own program New Pathway. They might well have added an asterisk to that title; it was new when McMaster pioneered the concept.

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1. What Is the Prostate

Murray, Frank Basic Health Publications ePub

The major internal male sex organs are composed of the two testicles (testes), with an epididymis, vas deferens, the seminal vesicles, Cowper’s glands, prostate gland, urethra, and the penis, according to the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Complete Home Medical Guide.1

The testes produce sperm and the hormone testosterone, while the sperm mature in the epididymis. The vas deferens are two firm tubes that extend from the epididymis to the prostate.

“The sperm travel through the tubes and are stored at their upper ends until they mix with the secretions of the seminal vesicles and prostate just prior to ejaculation,” the publication reported. “The exact purpose of the vesicles is unclear, but it is known that they contribute a portion of the ejaculate. The sperm actually account for only a tiny fraction of the seminal fluid or ejaculate.”

The Cowper’s glands, named after English surgeon William Cowper (1666–1709), are two small glands lying on either side of the urethra below the prostate gland. It is believed they secrete a small amount of clear, sticky fluid that is visible prior to ejaculation. This fluid often contains sperm, making withdrawal of the penis from the vagina prior to ejaculation an ineffective means of contraception.

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1. First Loves

Kathryn A. Rhine Indiana University Press ePub

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First Loves

When I was a very young woman, men would compliment me a lot!” Amira, a married woman from Kano in her twenties, described to me:

When they said I was beautiful, I felt as if I was on top of the world. I felt so happy and proud among my friends. Then came my future husband, John. He kept on pursuing me … it was just a “boyfriend and girlfriend” routine. He would wait on the road outside my house to take me to school…. He was twenty-eight years old and I was a just a young girl. Let’s say around thirteen. He knew that lots of young guys were after me – younger than him. Good-looking guys! He dedicated a lot of time to me so that I would not escape from him. He would take me home after school. His car would be parked right at the school gate. I remember how my principal – who liked me so much – put me on suspension because of this. I was young and intelligent. She did not think John would allow me to focus on school. She thought I was too young for so much attention.

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Four: Economy

Dan Rubinstein ECW Press ePub

“In exchange for profit and speed, we are losing the ability to make someone feel special… . While technology has vastly improved our lives in some ways, it has taken the humanity out of being a human.”

— Melanie Mackenzie, The Coast

“All the fancy economic development strategies, such as developing a biomedical cluster, an aerospace cluster, or whatever the current economic development ‘flavour of the month’ might be, do not hold a candle to the power of a great walkable urban place.”

— Christopher Leinberger, The Option of Urbanism: Investing in a New American Dream

Christine Murray pulls up beside the curb on a leafy dead-end street. She steps out of her Ford Transit Connect, a compact white van with an aardvark nose and a stylish red swoosh that runs the length of the vehicle. Murray swings open the rear doors and slides a couple dozen bundles of letters, flyers and magazines into a dual satchel, then heaves the bag onto her back and cinches the padded harness around her shoulders and waist. Wearing knobby grey hiking shoes, she sets off briskly along Parkview Road, navigating the front paths and porch steps of tidy bungalows and boxy duplexes without looking down. Her feet know the route.

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Chapter 13. Anti-Aging

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

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ld age may be inevitable, but it doesnt have to be accompanied by a loss of health and vigor. With a little motivation, you can control, delay and even reverse many of the degenerative processes of aging.

There are many theories on aging, but the most prominent one asserts that our modern lifestyle is to blame. Chronic exposure to environmental toxins, pollutants and carcinogens causes damage to DNA, the body chemical responsible for the exact duplication of healthy cells. Damaged DNA may produce mutant cells that, as they accumulate, can impair the function of the bodys tissues and vital organs.

DNA is the most important chemical in your body, carrying the blueprint of your entire genetic history. Gojis betaine and master molecule polysaccharides can restore and repair damaged DNA, protecting your bodys ten trillion cells.

One cannot die merely of old age. Your ultimate demise is caused, not by advancing age itself, but by the diseases and degenerative conditions that accompany it. The good news is that many of these diseases can be prevented or controlled by the daily use of the goji berry.

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