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25. Your Attitudes and Belief Systems

Sweere DC, Joseph J Basic Health Publications ePub

25. Your Attitudes and Belief Systems

This final Golden Rule considers the importance of your attitudes and beliefs.

 

Much of your pain is self-chosen. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. Therefore, trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility: For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen. And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has moistened with His own sacred tears.

—KAHUL GIBRAN, THE PROPHET

GUARD YOUR THOUGHTS

“Be careful what you think about, for what you think about you will attract.”

“Whatever you label something, it will become.”

“If you claim an impediment, it is yours.”

“Fear not, for your fears shall be realized.”

“As a man thinketh and believeth in his heart, so it shall be.”

“What you think about and dwell upon will come into your life.”

You may recognize these familiar sayings, all on the same theme and all offering valuable advice. The central message of each is to pay careful attention to your thoughts. Prayer must also be included when we focus on our thoughts, because it can be a powerful form of thought energy. For many people, the natural inclination during prayer is to focus on problems. Doing so, however, tends to magnify these issues rather than reducing them. As such, in our thoughts and prayers, it is best to focus instead on gratitude for what you have, and not let anxiety, fear, guilt, or worry about our problems get in the way.

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7. Scientific Support for St. John’s Wort

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

CHAPTER 7

SCIENTIFIC SUPPORT FOR ST. JOHN’S WORT

The benefits of St. John’s wort compared to pharmaceutical prescription drugs have been clearly demonstrated in a number of well-designed clinical studies. A handful of these studies are outlined here to give you an idea of the scientific support for St. John’s wort.

Not only has the herb been found to be as effective as prescription drugs such as Prozac and Zoloft, but it also has far less incidence of side effects, and the side effects that do occur, such as dry mouth, tend to be minor. Other studies that you will find mentioned in this chapter include the usefulness of St. John’s wort for treating depression in children, and the beneficial effects of St. John’s wort on premenstrual depression and menopause in women.

Why Doctors Prescribe Drugs

Unfortunately, even with the numerous studies that demonstrate the effectiveness and safety of St. John’s wort for treating mild to moderate depression, many physicians continue instead to prescribe drugs. There are several possible reasons for this. Pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars advertising their antidepressant drugs, including ads in the popular media, which influence not only what physicians prescribe, but also what patients request from their doctors. In addition, pharmaceutical companies are generally not interested in researching botanical medicines because they would have difficulties obtaining a patented formula. And the fact that herbal remedies are widely available over the counter in natural food stores and pharmacies significantly limits marketing potential, sales, and income for pharmaceutical manufacturers.

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5. Meaning-fulldisease explorers

Brian Broom Karnac Books ePub

The assumptions of biomedicine dominate the provision of healthcare in the Western world. These assumptions can be summarized fairly succinctly without much risk of contention. The body is a biological ‘machine.’ Body and mind are separate entities; although there is a connection between them, it is appropriate to consider the body as separate to the mind, and it is appropriate to deliver healthcare by focusing solely on the body. ‘Real’ disease will usually be adequately and completely explained by physical mechanisms; thus, mind, soul, or spirit aspects are peripheral or even irrelevant. Disease occurs in an individual's ‘machine-body’; thus, disease is more or less an individual's bad luck and/or responsibility. These, then, are the basic assumptions, and they have many consequences. For instance, concepts of relationship, family, cultural, societal or other non-physical forces causing individual illness are hard for clinicians to integrate into their thinking. And the so-called ‘psychosomatic’ illnesses must be seen as a special and separate category because for most physical illnesses there is no really relevant role for the mind.

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14. Cushing’s Syndrome

Farris, Russell Basic Health Publications ePub

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Cushing’s Syndrome

Cushing’s syndrome leaves virtually no body tissue untouched. Left untreated, it results in progressive adiposity, myopathy, dermopathy (atrophy, stria, purpura, and hirsutism), psychopathy, glucose intolerance, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, atherosclerosis, immunosuppression, and, ultimately, death.

—J. A. YANOVSKI AND G. B. CUTLER, JR., NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

Cushing’s syndrome is so similar to potbelly syndrome that it requires a skilled physician to distinguish one from the other. Both disorders are caused by excess cortisol, but in Cushing’s syndrome the excess cortisol is usually caused by tumors, not by stress and infections.

SYMPTOMS OF CUSHING’S SYNDROME

Drs. Yanovski and Cutler, quoted above, are two of the world’s leading authorities on Cushing’s syndrome. I hope they will forgive me for translating their words into plainer English:

A large excess of Cortisol damages almost every part of the body. Left untreated, it causes progressive weight gain, muscle weakness, skin problems (thin skin, stretch marks, patches of broken blood vessels, and inappropriate hair growth), mental problems, prediabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, weakened immunity, and, ultimately, death.

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10. Helpful Herbs

Alfieri MA, RoseMarie Gionta Basic Health Publications ePub

CHAPTER 10

HELPFUL HERBS

Several herbs can also help your body deal with the negative effects of stress. The healing and medicinal properties of plants are well known. Botanicals have been used by different cultures to both prevent and treat diseases and conditions for centuries.

That said, there are cases of unsubstantiated claims, and because herbs are very potent medicines, there is valid concern over the wisdom of taking herbs blindly for any condition, including stress. This does not mean you should be afraid of herbal remedies. You do, however, need to be an educated, aware consumer.

Read up on the herbal treatments that you are considering taking and examine the results of studies as well as the anecdotal folk medicine history of a particular herb. In addition, and perhaps most important, always discuss any herbs you are considering with your doctor or primary healthcare practitioner. Together, you can determine if there are any potential negative interactions with other medications you may be taking, as well as the herbal treatments that will best meet your own unique biological needs.

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