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Chapter 24. The Longevity Test

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

People age biologically and chronologically. Chronological age measures the amount of time that has gone by since birth. Most of us can distinguish an elderly person from a young person. We can even categorize what age range a person might fall into. But what about a person who is sixty-five but looks as if hes only forty-five? Or a person who is eighty but functions as well as a sixty year old?

This is biological age or functional age. We all age biologically at different rates.

As we have seen throughout this book, age changes affect different parts of our bodies at different times. These age changes occur in the DNA, tissues, organs, and hormone levels, as well as in every component of the human body. This variance in our biological clock can help explain why one eighty-year-old may be able to work during the day, go bicycling in the afternoons, and garden on the weekends, exerting more youthful qualities than another eighty-year-old who may, biologically, be eighty or even ninety years old.

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PART THREE - Acute Applications for Homeopathic Remedies

McCabe, Vinton Basic Health Publications ePub

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put this guide together to assist readers in understanding homeopathic remedies and their acute uses. It considers various household emergencies, along with the homeopathic remedies most commonly used to treat each of them.

And because this is a guide to objective homeopathy, it stresses symptoms that can be objectively witnessed over those that can only be subjectively experienced. This means that I have not included ailments such as headachean illness for which nearly all the guiding symptoms are subjective in nature. (This may be the reason why headaches are among the most difficult symptoms to treat homeopathically.)

So although this is not an exhaustive guide (see my previous book for that sort of guide), it is targeted toward increasing your understanding of the appropriate uses of homeopathic remedies in common situations, and sharpening your skills in selecting remedies by virtue of objective symptoms.

To make this guide easy to use, the most common household emergencies are divided into three basic categories:

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PART FIVE-There, and Back Again

McLeod M.D., Malcolm Noell Basic Health Publications ePub

CHAPTER 24

A Grateful Psychiatrist

When, after so many efforts, you have at last arrived at a certainty, your joy is one of the greatest that can be felt by a human soul.

—LOUIS PASTEUR (1822–1895)

As I was preparing to send this book to the publisher, I had a most wonderful and uplifting experience. A psychiatrist, whom I’ll call Dr. Richards, phoned me and said, “I read one of your published articles about chromium in the treatment of depression. I fit your description of patients who respond to chromium to a ‘T.’ I’d like to make an appointment to come to Chapel Hill and meet with you to find out more about it. Do you have any time?”

I told him I did, and we set up an appointment.

During our first visit, Dr. Richards told me, “I’ve suffered for much of my adult life from depression. My symptoms are just like the symptoms of the patients you described in your paper who responded to chromium alone in the treatment of depression. My symptoms have been a depressed mood, excess appetite—especially a craving for carbohydrates—excessive sleepiness, unexplained exhaustion, and feeling easily rejected.”

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7. Reducing Exposure to Lyme Disease

Gormley, James Basic Health Publications ePub

CHAPTER 7

REDUCING EXPOSURE TO LYME DISEASE

If you live or vacation in the Northeastern, the North Central (especially Wisconsin and Minnesota), or the Pacific coast (especially California) regions of the United States, you are more likely than others to be bitten by a Lyme-carrying tick. In descending order, the top five states with the highest numbers of reported cases of Lyme disease are: Pennsylvania, New York (upstate), New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

Pennsylvania, the leading state for Lyme-carrying ticks, has traditionally had hot spots of ticks in Burks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties. What is less well known, according to Dr. Richard Dryden at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania, is that there are other red-hot spots, including Presque Isle State Park in Erie County (162 of 263 deer ticks collected in 2000 and 2001 were positive for Lyme), and Colonel Denning State Park in central Pennsylvania.

Repeat Bites and Tick Avoidance

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, prompt treatment with antibiotics is very effective in curing Lyme disease in nearly all infected people, including children. It should be noted, though, that even if Lyme disease has been successfully treated, it may be possible to become reinfected with the disease again at a later date. This risk appears to occur only in people who had been treated for the rash, however. In those who developed symptoms of arthritis as well, the antibody response appears to persist and prevent reinfection.

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5. Torso Pain

Sehgal, Angela Basic Health Publications ePub

Chapter 5

Torso Pain

A young client of Kim’s suffered an unfortunate surgical outcome three years ago. At the age of fifteen, Lisa underwent back surgery to correct her spinal misalignment, caused by severe scoliosis. On the morning of her surgery she entered the hospital walking. Weeks later, she left the hospital confined to a wheelchair. There were some complications during surgery that resulted in the loss of her lower-body function. It has been a long and difficult road for this young girl over the years, but because of her willingness to remain positive, her abilities have improved immeasurably. She suffers from severe muscle spasms in her trunk/torso/abdominal area and lower legs. These spasms can be very painful and frightening, sometimes causing an inability to move her trunk. We have spent many hours teaching her how to stretch her upper body (torso, trunk, abdominals, neck, and shoulders) while being restricted to her wheelchair. The stretching exercises have helped her control or eliminate the spasms in her torso, thus controlling or eliminating her pain. In addition, she has learned several “wheelchair” strengthening exercises. She now is able to transfer herself to her own bed, therapy table, and bathtub. She has maintained a great attitude, willingness to learn, and tremendous self-esteem. “My confidence has helped me to be strong since the surgery and it has made me look at life in a different way. I am so appreciative of the tools that I have acquired to keep my life comfortable and strong.”

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