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.
CONSIDER / TRY TO
• Keep chicken pox clean and dry to prevent secondary infections.
• Warm baths with cornstarch or oatmeal (uncooked) sprinkled in to help relieve excessive itching.
There are so many ways of describing how psychotherapy works and the purpose of this book is, of course, to try to address particular facets of it. I shall restrict myself to a discussion of how entrenched ways of being that cause distress can change through the therapy relationship.
The aims, conventions, and experience of therapy makes for an encounter that creates the conditions for reflection, feeling, analysis, and experimentation to occur. Reflection, feeling, analysis, and experimentation lead to a reinscribing of experience in which the individual’s present feels made by, but not bound by history and in which her or his past is animated by new thoughts and understandings. Transformation of the individual’s subjective sense of self is the outcome of a successful therapy: the individual experiences her or himself as an actor in their own life who has the flexibility to respond in novel ways to the emotional demands upon her or himself.
Psychotherapy is a very personal human endeavour. What I mean by this is that unlike psychological treatments, which are essentially procedural such as CBT or phobia desensitization, psychotherapy involves the therapist and patient in a relationship with one another. The therapy relationship itself is akin to a human laboratory for the exploration of change and risk. Although there for the benefit of the patient, the therapy relationship also affects the therapist in often profound ways. It can make the most enormous demand on the therapist as well as delivering considerable emotional and intellectual satisfaction (Orbach, 1999).
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is an intense feeling of sadness beginning from the fall and lasting through the winter. It is possible that SAD is caused by an extended duration of the secretion of the hormone melatonin, which normally occurs at night. Symptoms of SAD include lethargy, oversleeping, overeating, and a decreased interest in otherwise pleasant activities. Nutritional supplements, regular exercise, and natural remedies can help reduce symptoms naturally.
• Complete all-natural multivitamin/mineral complex rich in antioxidants.
• L-Tyrosine: 3,000 mg at night on an empty stomach.
• Vitamin B complex: 50 mg, twice daily.
• Ginseng extract: 500 mg, two to three times daily (American ginseng capsules preferred).
• St. Johns wort (dual action): 300 mg, two to three times daily.
CONSIDER / TRY TO
• Eat a high-protein diet.
• Eat foods rich in tryptophan, such as turkey, chicken, avocado, walnuts, bananas, soy products, seeds, nuts, whole grains, brown rice, and legumes.
There were other signs of growing affluence. The share of families that owned homes rose from 55 percent in 1950 to over 64 percent in 1973. (Since then, the homeownership rate has only inched up modestly.) Cars became standard household items even for people with relatively modest incomes. At the beginning of the period, just over half of all families owned a car. By 1973, more than 83 percent of families did.2
Rapid productivity growth was the key to this broad prosperity. To appreciate the magnitude of this growth, consider the following: if we maintained the same rate of productivity growth the United States experienced in the early postwar era, we would be able to take an additional 24 weeks of vacation each year, or reduce our average workweek to 21 hours, and still have the same income in 2030 as we do today.
The postwar period had its social problems, so we shouldn’t idealize it. In much of the country, racial segregation was entrenched in law until the mid-1960s and in social reality long after that. African Americans, Latinos, and other minority groups faced overt discrimination in employment, education, and housing. Discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation was standard practice, though the movements challenging such discrimination gained enormous strength through the 1960s and 1970s.
After the end of the Cold War, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and later victory in the Persian Gulf by the Americans and their Allies, one day Peter began talking on the couch about international relations and stated that the world was now leaderless. Not long thereafter, Dr. Pine and I noticed that Peter wanted to test Gregory once more to see if the older man could remain as an idealised object, as a leader. He arranged to go with Gregory, just two of them, for a very easy and conventional hunting trip—he took Gregory rabbit hunting. Since he had frozen, unable to shoot a black bear, Peter knew that his grand-scale hunting days, his impulse to slaughter herds of deer or packs of wolves, kill tigers or cobras, were over. During the trip he noticed that the older man had completely lost his hunting skills. No longer could aging Gregory remain as an idealised object that could support someone else's grandiose self. Although this was something that Peter had known before the rabbit hunt, he needed to test it for a last time. Dr. Pine linked Peter's reference to a leaderless world to his finding himself without Gregory's psychological support. That evening the patient had a dream: