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4 - The First Secret of a Clear Complexion: The Essential Role of Nutritional Detoxification

Meschino D.C. M.S., James Basic Health Publications ePub


The First Secret of a Clear Complexion: The Essential Role of Nutritional Detoxification

In recent years, skin-care professionals have begun to recognize just how important good nutrition and nutritional supplements are in preventing and controlling various skin conditions and complexion problems. They are beginning to understand the valuable role these substances play in producing the best in skin health and total body wellness.

The old adage “you are what you eat” is proving to be true. Many scientific studies have shown that a number of common skin conditions, such as psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis, and even acne can be improved by changing diet and supplementing with important nutrients for skin health. Although dietary modifications and the use of certain nutritional supplements may not totally resolve these skin conditions in every case, clinical studies and my own personal observations of patients and clients have shown that nutrition and supplementation can significantly improve these problems for a large number of people. My experience suggests that eczema, rosacea, and seborrhea are most responsive to the nutrition and supplementation program discussed in this book, whereas cases of psoriasis and severe acne are harder to predict. Mild to moderate cases of adolescent and adult acne tend to respond better than severe cases of adolescent and adult acne.

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Meagan McCrary New World Library ePub

Abbott, John, 37

Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem, 37, 142

AcroYoga, 190–91, 205

Adi Mantra, 84, 101

Advaita Vedanta, 44–46

aerobics craze, 37

Agni (Vedic deity), 19

ahimsa (doing no harm), 155, 162–64

Ajna Chakra, 89

Allen, Norman, 177

American literature, Bhagavad Gita in, 21

American Viniyoga Institute, 29, 173

American yoga teachers, xii, 38

Amrit yoga, 124

Anahata Chakra, 89

ananda (happiness beyond provisional conditions), 6

Ananda Ashram (Monroe, NY), 156

Ananda yoga, 170–72, 204

animal rights, 154, 155, 163, 164

Aniston, Jennifer, 143

Ann Arbor (MI), 36

Anusara yoga, 184–87, 205

Anusara School of Hatha Yoga, 185

apprenticeship programs, 158

Aquarian age, 82

Arden, Elizabeth, 30

Argentina, 31

Art of Yoga, The (Gannon and Life), 156

asanas (yoga postures), 8, 9–10

       in Ananda Yoga, 171

       in Anusara yoga, 186–87

       in Ashtanga-vinyasa yoga, 50, 51, 53–55

       in Ashtanga yoga, 43, 66

       in Bikram yoga, 140, 141, 144–45, 147–50

       defined, 44, 163

       in Forrest yoga, 180

       in Integral yoga, 105, 109, 111–12, 115

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9. Dietary Approaches and Weight Loss

Barnes, Kathleen Basic Health Publications ePub




Other than eating a generally healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, lean meats, healthy fats, and lots of water, there aren’t specific dietary recommendations to keep your thyroid hormones balanced. However, some foods, generally considered healthy, can be harmful to some people with very sensitive thyroids when eaten raw and in large quantities. These foods, called “goitrogens” include cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and cabbage. Cooking neutralizes the harmful effects, so this is usually not a problem for those with hypothyroidism unless you consume large quantites of them in raw form every day. A serving of coleslaw does not a goiter make.

The Soy Controversy

Some controversial research suggests that overconsumption of soy products may trigger an autoimmune response in sensitive people.

Again, we’re not talking about a veggie burger here and there, we’re talking about the folks Mary Shomon calls “soy crazy”—of the if-some-is-goodmore-is-better school.

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8. Keeping Your Immune System Strong

Zucker, Martin Basic Health Publications ePub



Energizer, antioxidant, and mitochondria protector par excellence. That’s CoQ10. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that these remarkable properties of CoQ10 extend to the immune system, the body’s wondrous defense mechanism.

Physicians say CoQ10 boosts resistance to disease. People get sick less often. They get fewer colds, flu, and respiratory infections. They are not as sickly. If they come down with a viral illness, it is much milder. CoQ10 may also represent a front-line natural agent against more serious disorders, such as AIDS and cancer.

Although the CoQ10 research in the area of immunology doesn’t approach the volume of scientific work done in cellular bioenergetics and heart disease, the findings nevertheless suggest a good deal of promise for CoQ10.

Fortified Antibodies and Immune Cells

Studies show, for instance, that CoQ10 can improve antibody levels. In one Italian study, a group of volunteers took either 90 or 180 mg of CoQ10 for two weeks prior to vaccination against the hepatitis-B virus. After vaccination, they continued taking the supplement for another ninety days.

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11. Taking Cases

McCabe, Vinton Basic Health Publications ePub



Taking Cases

If I were writing strictly about homeopathy in these pages, I would just state the “three laws of cure” as Samuel Hahnemann developed them and, in doing so, give you a solid basis for the use of the remedies. All homeopathic treatments follow the same pattern: remedies are given singly, in the lowest possible effective potency, and with the fewest number of effective doses. And the remedy selected for use is chosen by virtue of the fact that it, in its full range of actions, most closely mirrors the physical, emotional, and mental symptoms that the patient is experiencing because of his disease.

In the same way, homeopathic philosophy teaches us that the goal of our treatment should be concurrent with the patient’s needs. Which is to say that a simple acute treatment carries with it the goal of restoring the patient to the same level of health that he enjoyed before the onset of his condition. Thus, the patient who is given a remedy because he is suffering from that cluster of symptoms we call as common cold will, at the end of the treatment, be left in the same condition that he was in before the cold. Any other more chronic conditions, such as sciatica, will be left untouched by the treatment.

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5. Drug and Surgical Interventions

Schauss Ph.D., Alexander G. Basic Health Publications ePub

Drugs are approved based on several rounds of clinical trials, but those
trials may not uncover all risks. Clinical trials usually include no more
than a few thousand people taking the drug for a limited period of time.
The ultimate test comes when the drug is released to the market
to be used for longer periods.


Conventional surgical and prescription-drug alternatives are available for the treatment of obesity. Keep in mind that I am not a physician. Since surgical procedures and drug therapies are within the domain of allopathic medicine, consider the information in this chapter as an overview on the risks and benefits of surgical procedures and drugs, as reported by others. This information should not serve as a substitute for consulting with a qualified and licensed medical doctor.


Using gastric-bypass surgery to treat obesity is very controversial. It basically forces a reduction in food intake by limiting the amount of food you can consume at one time. Concerns about this procedure were highlighted in a letter to the editor that appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine in the summer of 2004 when maternal and fetal deaths after gastric-bypass surgery were reported, including a case from a prominent hospital affiliated with Harvard University.1 At the time the letter was published, the authors estimated that surgeons who treat obesity had performed some 103,000 such operations. By the end of same year, it was estimated that more than 150,000 gastric-bypass operations had been performed. This indicates how much the popularity of this procedure, which some believe will solve their obesity problem, is becoming. How safe is this procedure, and what kinds of invasive surgeries are there to treat obesity?

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53. Hormone Health: Melatonin

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

Melatonin is most notably known as the hormone of sleep: it is produced in the dark by the pineal gland in the brain. Melatonin production peaks when we are age ten or younger, and decreases sharply as we age.

Melatonin supplementation has been shown to:

• Be valuable in resetting the biological clocks of international and transcontinental travelers. As a result, melatonin can combat jet lag and restore restful sleeping patterns in frequent flyers.

• Act as a natural sleeping aid. Compared with prescription sleeping medications, melatonin does not suppress dream (REM-cycle) sleep.

• Lower blood cholesterol in people with elevated cholesterol levels.

• Be a potent scavenger of free radicals, thereby demonstrating value against heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

• Improve sexual drive and performance.

• Increase levels of DHEA (see Tip 46) and IGF-1 (a marker of HGH, see Tip 43).

The New Anti-Aging Revolution: Stopping the Clock for a Younger, Sexier, Happier You! by Ronald Klatz and Robert Goldman (Basic Health Publications, 2003) shares insights on preventive tactics that may promote longevity.

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Len Saputo and Nancy Faass New World Library ePub








adaptability, 171

adrenal depletion/burnout, 195–96

adrenal function(ing), 200;

balancing/normalizing, 190, 200;

hyperadrenal response, 194;

underactive, 195–96

adrenal stress syndrome, 199

adrenal testing, 190, 198

adrenaline mode, shifting out of, 65

aerobic exercise, 160–61

age, and immunity, 24

alcoholic beverages, 50, 158

alkaline water, 53

allergens: addiction to and withdrawal from, 142;

tolerance to, 142

allergic reactions, dealing with, 144

allergies, 80–81, 135–37, 212–13;

causes, 137–38;

defined, 137;

Glycemic Index and, 130;

GMOs and, 159;

immediate (Type 1) and delayed (Type 2), 138–39;

minimizing, 140–41;

nature of, 137;

overcoming, 93, 141–43;

thorough digestion as minimizing, 102;

treated with simple antidotes, 148;

unmasking, 141.

See also food allergies

allergists, testing and treatment by, 147–48

allergy testing, 199

allergy tests, 147–48

antibiotic-resistant bacteria, 171

antibiotics, overuse of, 109

antibodies, 16, 17, 20–21, 111;

as peacekeepers, 21–22

antibody levels, stress and, 192

appetite, 200

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19. Making a Difference

Donkin Dr., Scott W. Basic Health Publications ePub


A vehicle needs regular maintenance in all its systemsair, braking, electrical, fuel, lubrication, and so on. If you fail to maintain your truck, or allow it to become overworked and stressed, it is likely to fail you, and it can happen at any time, under any circumstances, exposing you and the truck to a higher risk of accidents. On the other hand, if you make sure your vehicle is well-maintained, it will be much more reliable, and therefore safer for you and all the others who share the road with you.

When it comes to the human body, illness and accident prevention also relies on maintenance. Maintaining a healthy diet, a regular exercise regimen, and regular sleeping habits gives you a nourishing lifestyle that will help you prevent accidents and limit excessive illness.

Also, for both trucks and humans, it is important to avoid dangerous circumstances, such as alcohol and drug abuse, which are leading factors in traffic accidents. They also, along with unsafe sex practices, are very deleterious to your overall health and well-being. In order to be well-maintained, for longevity, and to significantly decrease your chance of serious accidents and illness, you must keep yourself healthy, alert, and in control.

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7. The Stages of Potbelly Syndrome

Farris, Russell Basic Health Publications ePub


The Stages of Potbelly Syndrome

Perhaps the biggest problem with chronic stress and elevated cortisol levels is the fact that the initial effects are so subtle—a few extra pounds of weight, a slight reduction in energy levels, a modest drop in sex drive, a bit of trouble with memory—that we simply brush them off as “normal” aspects of aging….these effects are actually the earliest signs of obesity, diabetes, impotence, dementia, heart disease, cancer, and many related conditions.


Potbelly syndrome (PBS) creeps up on us slowly, like old age. The symptoms have no obvious connection with each other, so we are likely to accept each new one as just another sign that we are getting older.

We almost never write down the date when we first notice a new health problem, but if we did we would find that the signs and symptoms of PBS appear in stages that correspond roughly to four well-documented medical conditions. The stages, listed from least to most serious, are: 1) Reaven’s syndrome X (RSX); 2) Subclinical Cushing’s syndrome (SCCS); 3) Dysmetabolic syndrome X (DSX); 4) Type 2 diabetes.

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Glossary of Physiological Effects

Mars A.H.G., Brigitte Basic Health Publications ePub

Abortifacient. Can stimulate miscarriage.

Adaptogen. Increases the body’s resistance to stress and normalizes immune system.

Adrenal tonic. Strengthens and nourishes the adrenal glands.

Alterative. Alters one’s condition. Usually increases blood flow to tissues, normalizes body functions, aids digestive assimilation, stimulates metabolism, and promotes waste excretion.

Anabolic. Builds the muscles and tissues of the body.

Analgesic. Relieves pain.

Anaphrodisiac. Curbs sex drive.

Androgenic. Increases levels of the hormone androgen.

Anesthetic. Deadens sensation.

Anodyne. Relieves pain by lessening nerve excitability at nerve centers.

Antacid. Brings an overacidic condition back to neutral.

Anthelmintic. Destroys or expels intestinal worms.

Antiabortifacient. Works to prevent threatened miscarriage.

Antiallergenic. Relieves the symptoms of allergies.

Antiandrogenic. Decreases levels of the hormone androgen.

Antiarthritic. Relieves the inflammation of arthritis and protects the joints from further degeneration.

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56. Fry and Die

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

Avoid eating fried foods for three reasons:

1 All fried foods can contain trans fatty acids (trans fat), formed when vegetable oils are hardened in the cooking process, which hardens arteries. Trans fat increases blood levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and lowers “good” cholesterol (HDL). Trans fats have been shown to contribute to the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

2 Fried foods often use vegetable oils (nut and seed oils such as canola, soybean, safflower, and corn), which can become rancid and produce large amounts of free radicals that can damage cells, possibly contributing to inflammatory diseases, cancer, obesity, and aging itself.

3 Fried foods contain high levels of a chemical called acrylamide, a byproduct of cooking foods at high temperatures. Acrylamide is a potentially cancer-causing chemical, and also has been shown to be neurotoxic, causing damage to the nervous system in people exposed to the chemical at work. Acrylamide has been found particularly in high-carbohydrate foods cooked at high temperatures.

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3. What Is Diosmin?

Murray, Frank Basic Health Publications ePub


What Is Diosmin?

Diosmin is a naturally occurring flavonoid that was initially isolated in 1925 from Scrophularia nodosa L. (knotted figwort) and first introduced as a therapeutic agent in 1969, according to Alternative Medicine Review.1

It is regarded as a vascular-protecting agent that is useful in treating chronic venous insufficiency, hemorrhoids, lymphedema, and varicose veins. Lymphedema is best described as a swelling of the lower extremities, especially the legs. The compound also exhibits anti-inflammatory, free-radical scavenging, and antimutagenic properties.

“Diosmin differs molecularly from hesperidin—another flavonoid—by the presence of a double bond between 2 carbon atoms in diosmin’s central carbon ring,” the publication said. “Diosmin can be manufactured by extracting hesperidin from citrus rinds followed by conversion of hesperidin to diosmin. The flavonoid fraction has been used for more than thirty years as a phlebotonic and vascular-protecting agent and has recently begun to be investigated for other therapeutic purposes, including cancer, premenstrual syndrome, colitis, and diabetes.”

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4. Considering the First Mood: The Aspects of Fear

McCabe, Vinton Basic Health Publications ePub



Considering the First Mood: The Aspects of Fear

I start with fear because it is an animal emotion. It is perhaps our most basic negative emotional state; certainly it typifies the most basic negative experience of our inner lives and the lives we lead when inter playing with the world around us. Fear lurks around corners, under beds, in small spaces, and in front of large crowds. And we all, at some point in our lives, have clutched our chests in the middle of the night as we realized that we, too, are destined to someday die. We all experience fear many times in our lives, to one degree or another. For some of us, fear is a transitory condition. For others, it is chronic, and it defines and controls their life. It dictates how money is spent, what foods are eaten, even whether the children are allowed to go to a party or school dance.1 Therefore the remedies in this category—those for patients who fear—are always needed, in one way or another, at one time or another, by every patient. That is the reason that I list them here first.

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10. Biotin and Para-Amino Benzoic Acid (PABA)

Burksun MD, Burt Basic Health Publications ePub

You may have seen biotin and para-amino benzoic acid (PABA) listed on shampoos, sunscreens, and beauty products. In addition to their glamorous promises to provide healthy skin, hair, and nails, they are important to overall health in many ways. Biotin is essential to metabolizing fats and may be useful in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. PABA is necessary for the body to metabolize amino acids and form blood cells. It may be helpful in treating osteoarthritis. Both are beneficial to good health as well as beauty.

Biotin helps the body break down old fats and create new ones. Scientists at the University of Iowa found that people who dont get proper amounts of biotin have abnormal fatty acid and cholesterol metabolism. The effect of this B-complex vitamin on fatty acid and cholesterol metabolism explains the occurrence of loss of hair, skin rashes, and neurological disease that people with biotin deficiency develop. In addition, brittle nails often appear to be associated with a biotin deficiency. Doctors in New York administered 1,000 mcg of biotin to people who had brittle nails and most found this regimen to be helpful.

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