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10. Herbs

Challem, Jack Basic Health Publications ePub

CHAPTER 10

The medicinal value of many plants is well known. In addition to the vitamins and supplements that we talked about in earlier chapters, several herbs have anti-aging properties. While there is a lot of controversy in the general press about herbal remedies, especially with regard to their potential toxicity and effectiveness, there is strong evidence that when used correctly, herbs are safe and effective natural medicines.

Botanicals have been used by different cultures to both prevent and treat diseases and conditions for centuries. That said, for some herbs or herbal products, there have been cases of unsubstantiated claims of benefits. Its important for you, as a consumer, to be educated and aware. Read up on the herbal treatments that you are considering taking, examine the results of studies as well as the anecdotal history that certain herbs may have in folk medicine. Lastly, always discuss any herbal treatments you are considering with your doctor or primary healthcare practitioner. Together, you can discover if there are any potential negative interactions with other medications you may be taking, and determine the herbal treatments that will best meet your own unique biological needs.

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8. Washington, D.C., and Dr. Veech

Newport M.D., Mary T. Basic Health Publications ePub

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he week before President Barack Obamas inauguration in January 2009, Steve and I visited the Brooksville, Florida, office of U.S. Representative Ginny Brown-Waite. During the couple of days before the meeting, I spoke with Dr. Richard Veech and Dr. Theodore VanItallie to get their input on the important points to put together in a concise presentation. While we waited for Rep. Brown-Waite to arrive, Shirley, a liaison in her office, spent time with us, hearing about the events that had brought us there. She mentioned that she had a friend, now fifty-eight years old, with Alzheimers disease, whom she saw over the holidays at a party and whom she did not expect to survive the year.

Representative Brown-Waite, a down-to-earth, straightforward individual, spent an hour and a half with us, listening intently to Steves story and the basic science of ketones. She read with us some of the e-mails I received from people whose loved ones had improved. She promised to speak with Drs. Veech and VanItallie and investigate why the National Institutes of Health had not funded the continuation of this research. We left satisfied with the discussion and the belief that she would move this forward.

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Chapter 1: Think Counterclockwise

Michael J. Gelb New World Library ePub

Some contend that age is a terrible price to pay for wisdom, but it needn’t be, if we are mindful about our approach to aging. Surprising research reveals that opening our minds to what’s possible, instead of presuming impossibility, can lead to a longer life, better health, and a stronger brain.

Human beings,
by changing the inner attitudes
of their minds, can change the
outer aspects of their lives
.

— WILLIAM JAMES,

American psychologist and
philosopher

Since most of us were raised with the faulty notions that the brain deteriorates with age, that learning is easier when we are younger, and that memory loss is inevitable, we severely underestimate the power of a positive attitude. We also tend to overlook the hidden effects of cultural influences on our attitudes and beliefs about aging, influences that can drain mental and physical vitality from our lives.

Death may be nature’s way of telling you to slow down. And some of our parts do wear out as we use them, but, fortunately, the brain isn’t one of them.

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Water Island

Lynne Sullivan Hunter Publishing ePub

Water Island can be seen from the harbor in Charlotte Amalie. It's less than half a mile from shore, and you get there by taking the Water Island Ferry (340-690-4159/4446 or 340-775-5770), which leaves from the pier outside Tickles Dockside Pub at Crown Bay Marina west of the city. One-way daytime tickets cost $5 for adults (round-trip fare is $9); nighttime rates are a bit more, and kids pay half the adult fare. Check the timetable posted outside the pub, or call to make arrangements with the captain for a private run at an unscheduled time.

Once you're on the island, take some time to explore its undeveloped 500 acres, which stretch 2 miles from tip to tip. You can walk among the ruins of long-abandoned plantations, dilapidated slave cabins, an old fort and empty ammunition bunkers, but the more interesting sites are the tranquil beaches and green rolling hills that top out at 300 feet. Except for the hour or so when passengers of the Kon Tiki party boat come loudly ashore at Honeymoon Beach each afternoon, the island is delightfully quiet. You'll understand why the 160 residents refer to it as "the last virgin."

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Chapter 10

DuFour, Richard Solution Tree Press PDF
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES AT WORK
What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future(National Commission on Teaching andAmerica’s Future, 1996, pp. 9–10)t is no accident that the word “professional” appears in the title of this book. Ultimately, the success of any initiative to create a learning community will depend upon the competence and commitment of the professionals in that school, particularly its teachers. Schools are effective because of their teachers, not in spite of them. Even the most well-conceived improvement programs fall flat if teachers lack the skills to implement them. Teachers must bring the principles of the learning community to life in their individual classrooms. Situated in the classroom—the critical focal point of the learning community— teachers are essential to any meaningful reform effort and are in the best position to have a positive impact on the lives of children. As Lee Shulman (1996) writes: See more

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