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120. The New Circle of Life

Klatz M.D. D.O., Ronald Basic Health Publications ePub
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12. Losing Soil in Global Dust Storms

Hunter, Beatrice Trum Basic Health Publications ePub


The dust bowl storms of the 1930s in America are well appreciated. They left their devastating mark on the Great Plains region. However, dust storms are not just a thing of the past. There is growing recognition that global dust storms are occurring and transporting soil, along with other substances, and depositing them far from their sources. This long-range transport of dust in the atmosphere has implications for soil erosion, as well as for global public health and ecosystem health. Global dust storms, perhaps, are the most recent pollution problem to come into our awareness.

Eugene A. Shinn, Ph.D., a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, has studied global dust storms, and suggests that they represent an increasing medical threat requiring an understanding of the disciplines of geology, meteorology, chemistry, radionuclides, and microbiology. The movement of soil particles in atmospheres is a normal planetary process. Images of wind-spouts (“Martian dust devils”) and dust storms have been captured by NASA’s Pathfinder. Storm activity plays a significant role in creating the red atmospheric haze of Mars. On planet Earth, desert soils, moving into the atmosphere, are responsible for brilliant orange hues seen in sunrises and sunsets. In severe dust storms, millions of tons of soil may be taken up and moved across huge expanses of land and ocean.

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Stengler ND, Mark Basic Health Publications ePub


There are a variety of medicinal mushrooms that can be used to improve one’s health. They represent some of the most effective immune-supportive supplements in the natural foods industry. Historical use and published research has consistently shown that hot-water extracts are the preferred method of extraction for most medicinal mushrooms and mycelium in order to attain therapeutic levels of active constituents. It is also important to select the mushroom extract that is most highly recommended for a particular condition for optimal benefits.


Agaricus = antitumor

Cordyceps = lung, kidneys, adrenals, energy, libido, asthma, bronchitis, and tinnitus

Coriolus = chemotherapy support; lung, colon, liver, breast, and stomach cancer; and HIV

Maitake = breast and prostate cancer, and HIV

Reishi = liver, cholesterol, and daily immune tonic; hepatitis; HIV; anti-inflammatory; antiviral

Shiitake = antimicrobial, cholesterol, immune support

Hericium = stomach and cognitive enhancement

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10. Sitting

Donkin Dr., Scott W. Basic Health Publications ePub


Sitting is not just about where your body meets the seat. It also includes the positioning of the entire body, from head to toes. The position of your chair can be likened to a shoe on your foot that must exactly fit its unique contours, forms, and arches in order to provide balance, and allow you to be supported while performing your tasks without giving your foot a second thought.

Look at your sitting form because you may have developed poor habits gradually and what may feel right to you now could in reality be biomechanically awkward. Form may be hard to see for this reason, but you can understand what your form is like by looking in the mirror, or at pictures, or by asking others. Ask a family member or a coworker to look at the pictures in this book and then observe your positions. You can do this with each other and it will help both of you make changes that will work better for you.

I admit, it is difficult to look at others to exemplify good postures, movements, and work habits because most of us have developed the same poor habits, and since the majority of us are doing it wrong, wrong looks normal. Most people (about 80 percent) are going to develop a back problem, if they dont already have one, and it is largely due to poor habits. Changing over to good habits may feel awkward at first, but change always does. Carefully study the figures in this book and seek assistance if needed.

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8. Infections and Insulin Resistance

Farris, Russell Basic Health Publications ePub


Infections and Insulin Resistance

… people who are obese are always insulin resistant.


After a meal, our digestive system converts fats to fatty acids, proteins to amino acids, and carbohydrates to glucose (blood sugar). These nutrients pass into the bloodstream and eventually find their way to the places where they are needed. The most important of these substances, for our minute-to-minute survival, is glucose. The metabolic system’s first priority is glucose metabolism—everything else is subordinate to the burning, storing, and retrieval of glucose.

Insulin is a hormone that lowers glucose levels by transporting glucose out of the bloodstream and into certain cells. Insulin also helps our cells burn and store glucose. Insulin resistance is a stress response that raises our glucose levels by interfering with the transport of glucose from blood to cells. This phenomenon was discovered about 150 years ago, and the names that have been attached to it since then reflect our growing knowledge of its effects and cause:

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