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11. Dusts and Particulate Matter

Hunter, Beatrice Trum Basic Health Publications ePub

Outdoor air pollution can result from natural phenomena such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and forest fires. Increasingly, however, outdoor pollution is created as a result of human activities, ranging from industrial and agricultural practices to home activities such as the use of outdoor grills, chimneys, and fireplaces. Outdoor air pollution can be local, regional, or global.

Outdoor Air Pollution from Natural Phenomena

We associate outdoor air pollution with natural disasters such as the destruction of the ancient city of Pompeii and its inhabitants by erupting Mount Vesuvius. On that occasion, the sky was darkened and people choked on volcanic dust in the atmosphere.

The more recent eruption of Mount Saint Helens in Washington State spewed so much ash that some was carried to the East Coast of America. However, so far no incident has been as dramatic as the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, a volcanic island in the Dutch East Indies. The effect was global.

In that year, Krakatoa was rocked by a series of earthquakes and volcanic explosions that discharged pumice and dust. A vast body of fine dust was carried by aerial currents to great distances. The sky was darkened by quantities of ash. In the area of Krakatoa itself, people had to use lamps in their homes at midday. The darkness reached nearly 150 miles away. Fine particles reached the higher layers of the atmosphere, and were diffused over a large portion of the Earths surface. These particles showed their presence by worldwide brilliant sunrise and sunset glows for a long period of time. The explosions from the volcano were heard thousands of miles awayin Bangkok, the Philippines, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), and Australia. The eruptions also produced a series of tidal waves.

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12. Physical Medicine: Hands-on Fertility Enhancement

Meletis M.D., Chris Basic Health Publications ePub

The musculoskeletal system is made up of skeletal muscle tissue and connective tissues, and the skeleton serves as the framework that supports and sustains our human form. Healthcare providers who focus on treating the musculoskeletal system practice physical medicine. Some of those trained in physical medicine techniques include the osteopathic physician (D.O.), the chiropractor (D.C.), the naturopathic physician (N.D.), the physical therapist (P.T.), and the occupational therapist (O.T.). There is a saying that offers insight into why physical medicine techniques are important to overall well-being, as well as to fertility: Structure begets function and function begets structure. Or, put another way, your anatomical body parts serve a purpose, and that purpose determines the optimal space and shape needed to accomplish the function.

You might wonder what conceivable role your bones and muscles have in maintaining or improving fertility. A couple of examples help illustrate the answer. Imagine that you have structural problems with your feetyou are flat-footed, for example. The feet serve as the foundation of your entire body. If your feet dont provide a solid and level starting point, you could suffer from knee pain, hip pain, low pack pain, and even a headache. To take this example a little further, imagine that you have resulting low back pain. Treating your low back directly with heat, massage, and manipulation of the spine might result in temporary relief, but the benefits of such therapies will not be permanent or truly meaningful because they do not address the underlying cause of the problem. In that case, your feet are still out of whack.

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38. Chickenpox

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

Characterized by itchy red spots, chickenpox is a highly contagious infection with the varicellazoster virus. Although it is commonly thought of as a childhood condition, it can occur in anyone of any age, and is actually more serious when it affects older individuals. Moreover, after the initial infection, the virus remains dormant in the body, and may present itself as shingles years later. In general, chickenpox clears up within a few weeks, but the use of natural remedies can speed the process along as well as relieve the associated discomfort.


•  Childrens multivitamin/mineral.

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

•  Zinc: 15 mg of elemental zinc, once or twice daily.


•  Astragalus: 200 mg, twice daily.

•  Elderberry extract: one teaspoon, twice daily.

•  Olive leaf extract: 250 mg, twice daily.


•  Keep chicken pox clean and dry to prevent secondary infections.

•  Warm baths with cornstarch or oatmeal (uncooked) sprinkled in to help relieve excessive itching.

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19. Depression

Joseph J. Sweere Basic Health Publications, Inc. ePub

19. Depression

ost people can identify situations and events that trigger their states of sadness. And, as the situation responsible for those feelings passes with time, most people overcome their melancholy and are able to move on with their lives. This is known as situational depression. For others, however, when the events or situations that trigger bouts of sadness are overwhelming or unrelenting, the body, mind, and spirit are incapable of adjusting to the emotional demands placed upon them, and clinical depression is the result. This type of depression usually results from disturbances in the brain and endocrine system, which regulate our moods. Many factors can affect this disturbance. The Golden Rules and themes discussed in this chapter can help you alleviate the harsher edges of depression.


Some of the world’s most acclaimed and talented people struggle with clinical depression. It affects people of all ages, ethnicities, and genders from every walk of life, making most of us vulnerable. Approximately 25 percent of Americans suffer varying degrees of clinical depression at some point during their lives. Almost all depression results from a combination of factors, including drug or alcohol abuse, environmental factors, heredity, nutritional and hormonal imbalances, personal loss, side effects of medications, stress, and trauma—emotional, spiritual, or physical. In addition, depression often accompanies chronic illnesses, such as arthritis, cancer, diabetes, or debilitating heart or lung disease. For people who are depressed, the condition usually represents a significant amount of unhappiness and, in the most severe cases, results in bouts of total despair and disability, and may even end in suicide. Therefore, depression is not a casual concern, and you should be aware of the signs and symptoms so you will know if you or someone you love needs professional assistance. The following are the most common and well-known symptoms of major depression:

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3. The Science Behind Policosanol

N.D., CHT, HHP, N.M.D., Mark Stengler Basic Health Publications, Inc. ePub


There is an abundance of nutritional supplements, many of which are accompanied by extravagant health claims. Few, however, can boast the number of studies that have been made on Policosanol. In terms of rigor, the re search on this supplement is comparable to that on most of the pharmaceutical medications on the market.

More than 80,000 people have participated in studies on Policosanol and its effect on cardiovascular health. Numerous studies have been done in Cuba where this medicinal product originated. Quality research has also been conducted in North America and countries around the world. Interest in Policosanol yields numerous published studies yearly. A brief sampling follows.

Cholesterol is not really the culprit the medical community and media has made it out to be. Even so, very high levels can make one more susceptible to heart disease, particularly elevated LDL cholesterol and lipoprotein (a).

A review of placebo-controlled studies in the American Heart Journal found that Policosanol lowered total cholesterol by 17 to 21 percent and LDL cholesterol by 21 to 29 percent, as well as raised the good HDL cholesterol by 8 to 15 percent. The Journal also reported that daily doses of 10 mg of Policosanol were found to be as equally effective in lowering total or LDL cholesterol as the statin drugs simvastatin or pravastatin.

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