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10. Steve: Year Two After Starting Coconut Oil

Mary T. Newport Basic Health Publications, Inc. ePub

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year after starting coconut oil, Steve still seemed to be heading in the right direction with continued gradual improvements, especially in his short-term and recent memory. He found work that was quite meaningful to him as a volunteer two days a week in the warehouse at Spring Hill Regional Hospital.

We were, however, about to enter a period of ups and downs.

SETBACK AND RECOVERY

Just when everything was going very well, I came down with bronchitis in June 2009, and, as hard as I tried not to pass it on, Steve caught it from me. Neither of us had had any significant cold or flu for several years up to that point, which I attributed to our healthy diet.

Steve was sick with constant coughing for several weeks. He took a product to suppress it that was a concentrated form of dextromethorphan, one of the active ingredients in many over-the-counter cold and cough medicines. Normally, I give him all his medications, but one day when I was working, he filled a 2-ounce cup, normally used for NyQuil, with this other product, instead of the two-teaspoon recommended dose. It was hours later before I knew he had taken it and discovered it when I noticed that a newly opened bottle was more than half gone. He then told me what he had done, but he seemed fine, so I didnt worry too much about it. I did tell him that he better not give himself any medication, but he should leave that up to me or our daughter.

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5. Vitamin D and Seniors

Murray, Frank Basic Health Publications ePub

Randomized trials using the currently recommended intakes of 400 IU/day of vitamin D have shown no appreciable reduction in fracture risk, reported Reinhold Vieth of the University of Toronto in Canada and colleagues in various countries.1

By contrast, trials using 700–800 IU/day of the vitamin found less fracture incidence, with and without supplemental calcium. The researchers added that the reduction in fracture incidence occurs when blood levels of the vitamin exceed 72 nmol/l, and this change may result from both improved bone health and a reduction in falls due to greater muscle strength, according to Heike A. Bischoff-Ferrari and colleagues, writing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.2

“Evaluation of most relations of health and disease that involve vitamin D levels lead to the conclusion that a desirable 25(OH)D concentration is over 75 nmol/l (30 ng/ml),” Vieth and colleagues said. “If a concentration of 75 nmol/l is the goal to be achieved by consumption of vitamin D, then why is it so rare for members of the population to accomplish this? One reason is that almost every time the public media report that vitamin D nutrition status is too low or that higher vitamin D intakes may improve health, the advice that accompanies the report is outdated and thus misleading.”

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PERK #73: Cancer Brought Out the Family Resemblance to My Son

Strang BA BEd MEd, Florence Basic Health Publications ePub

Perk #73

Cancer Brought Out the Family Resemblance to My Son

Ever since the day Donovan was born, I’ve been hearing the same thing over and over again, “He looks JUST like his father.” However, following my cancer treatments, people started to notice my resemblance to my handsome son. Maybe it’s the eyes? Could it be the nose? No, it was definitely the hair!

While not all chemo drugs cause hair loss, baldness is the universal telltale sign that a woman has cancer. Some women are quite comfortable with their lack of locks. I met a brave woman at the cancer clinic who told me that the only time she covers her head is when it is cold outside. If people stare at her in a rude way, she will say something like, “Excuse me, do I have a hair out of place?” That takes courage. For some women, on the other hand, losing their hair is more emotionally traumatic than losing a breast.

I fell somewhere in between those two extremes. I can honestly say that I did not shed a tear when my hair fell out shortly after my first chemo session. In fact, once it started coming out by the handful, I was like someone with obsessive-compulsive disorder. As one woman put it, “It was like plucking a chicken. Once I started, I couldn’t stop.” While I’ve never had the pleasure of plucking an actual chicken, I did give literal meaning to the expression, “I feel like pulling my hair out!”

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58. Eczema, Atopic

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

Any inflammation of the skin is known as dermatitis. There are many types and causes of dermatitis. Atopic eczema, a type of atopic dermatitis, is a chronic, hereditary condition in which patches of the skin become red, dry, and excessively itchy. Scratching the affected areas exacerbates the problem and can lead to infection. When a flare-up is particularly bad, corticosteroids are often prescribed, but with little success at preventing future flare-ups. Fortunately, natural remedies can successfully heal the affected skin and reduce the overall severity of the condition.

SUPPLEMENTS

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

•  Evening primrose oil: 500 mg, two to three times daily.

•  Flaxseed oil: 1,000 mg daily.

•  Glutamine: 50150 mg daily.

•  MSM: 1,000 mg, three times daily.

•  Prebiotic fiber blend: as directed on label.

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

HERBS

•  Burdock: as directed on label.

•  Grape seed extract: 200 mg daily.

•  Green tea extract: 200 mg daily.

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Chapter 1. Who Wants to Live to Be 150?

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

The banquet hall was filled with 1,400 of the worlds most respected scientific minds in medicine and biotechnology. They had assembled at the 3rd Annual International Conference on Anti-Aging Medicine and Biomedical Technology in Las Vegas on December 10, 1995. Dr. Marvin Minsky of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the person credited with the invention of artificial intelligence, posed this question to the audience: Who here wishes to live to the ripe age of 150? Eighty percent of hands in the room rose with little hesitation. Well, said Minsky, now at last were ready for the next millennium.

Aging is not inevitable! The war on aging has begun! So says the official slogan of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), founded in 1992 by a small group of physicians and scientists dedicated to slowing, and eventually halting, the aging process. The science of anti-aging medicine is creating a new paradigm of health care and is taking a new approach to aging and to medicine, showing us a new reality for humankind, an adulthood free from the fear of disease, infirmity, and lingering death in old age. In one decade, A4M has become the worlds leading non-profit medical and scientific society dedicated to clinical anti-aging medicine, representing the interests of more than 20,000 specialists from over 100 countries worldwide.

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