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12. Getting Started: Quick Tips to Start Losing Your Potbelly

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

And in the end, its not the years in your life that count.
Its the life in your years.


While I was writing this book, I came across a front-page article in USA Today with the following headline: Based on body index, 56 percent of NFL [National Football League] players are obese.1 What also caught my attention were the attempts by some players to claim that because they were professional athletes, the results of the study were flawed; they pointed out that they were also muscular. In response, the director of health and fitness for the Oschner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans, who has helped to evaluate hundreds of NFL players, said:

The players who are at greatest risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke are the offensive and defensive linemanthey are the walking dead; they just dont know it. And they need to do something about it.

He concluded his remarks by pointing out that you cannot just look at the body mass index (BMI) of these players; you have to look at total percent of body fat and waist circumference because, as he said, abdominal obesity is the biggest risk to a man. His advice to football players is relevant to every overweight man with a potbelly: Simply put, get rid of that potbelly before it destroys your health!

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PERK #13: The Use of Medicinal Marijuana

Strang BA BEd MEd, Florence Basic Health Publications ePub

Perk #13

The Use of Medicinal Marijuana

Let me make one thing clear: I am not the type to scrimp on drugs. When it comes to natural childbirth, for example, I am completely against it. If there is a drug out there to ease pain and suffering of any kind, you can give it to me (I’m talking legit, prescribed meds of course). After all, that is why God created pharmaceuticals.

When I was diagnosed with cancer, one of my biggest concerns was about the side effects of chemo. I was fine with losing my hair, but just the thought of being sick made me sick. I was so relieved when my oncologist explained to me the variety of drugs available to cancer patients: steroids, diuretics, and antinausea pills, to name a few. If all else failed, she could even prescribe medicinal marijuana!

Suddenly, I had visions of myself in a long, flowing skirt, my arms weighed down with bangles, puffing contentedly on a joint as I listened to Bob Marley tunes. I even briefly considered getting the peace symbol tattooed on my ankle. However, my daughter Kaitlyn put an abrupt end to my fantasies when she said, “Mom, don’t even think about trying to be one of those COOL cancer patients. You can’t pull it off.” And so, my friends, I am sad to say that while the use of medicinal marijuana is a perk of having cancer, for me it was a missed perk. Although I do think I AM cool enough to pull it off!

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CHAPTER 5: Genes, Pollution, and Diet

Donning Ph.D., Damien Basic Health Publications ePub

Since the Human Genome Project was completed in 2003, we have entered a new era of health care—personalized medicine. The “old” genetics was about telling you, “your baby has Down syndrome” or “you have a 25 percent chance of developing what your father had.” It was based on big changes in your genes, or your DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). The new genomics makes it possible for us to tell you that “your genes give you an increased risk of heart disease or allergies or some other disease, but here’s what you can do about it.”

It also enables us to predict the drugs that will work better on you, which is why the pharmaceutical industry is so interested. Genomics is all about how your genes interact with your diet, your environment, and your medications. It is based on very small changes in DNA known as SNiPs—single nucleotide polymorphisms. Nucleotides are the letters of DNA, the units that spell out the whole word that tells the cell exactly what molecule to build. You may have seen illustrations of a part of the human genome, which is 3,200,000,000 nucleotides long. If stretched out straight, the human genome would be as tall as a person—about six feet. It’s just a long sequence of four nucleotides: adenine, cytosine, guanine, and thymine. A SNiP happens when one of these nucleotide sequences is changed, and even a tiny change can make a huge difference.

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8. How to Get Enough Calcium

Fuchs Ph.D., Nan Katherine Basic Health Publications ePub



Calcium absorption is even more important than the amount of calcium you get. You may think that if a food contains 100 mg of calcium, then 100 mg of calcium is absorbed and available to your bones and other tissues. But this isn’t true. Only a fraction of the calcium in different foods is useable. It’s the same with calcium supplements. Some are well absorbed; others are not. Whatever your body can’t use becomes a potential problem.

When calcium isn’t absorbed into your bones and other tissues, it can contribute to heart disease, kidney stones, and arthritis. Taking high amounts of calcium to prevent bone loss does not guarantee strong bones. The key is to take enough, but not too much, calcium. And it’s just as important to get enough magnesium and other cofactors to help your body use the calcium in your supplements and diet.

Many nondairy sources of dietary calcium contain these cofactors. Dairy does not. Look for foods, such as whole grains, dark green vegetables, and beans, that have both calcium and magnesium for best absorption.

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3. The Story of Poly-MVA

Milne MD, Robert D Basic Health Publications ePub

Dr. Merrill Garnett is a research chemist and dentist. He is head of the Garnett McKeen Laboratories in Islip and Bohemia, New York. For the past forty years, Dr. Garnett has researched molecular and cellular biology in order to find effective, nontoxic cancer treatments.

Dr. Garnett began with the research of German scientist Otto Warburg, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for his discovery that cancerous tumors are oxygen deficient and rely upon anaerobic metabolism for energy production. Anaerobic (without oxygen) metabolism produces less energy per unit of fuel, which means decreased energy efficiency in tumor cells. Although these cells are less efficient, this shift is believed to be a form of cellular energy conservation, because less energy is produced.

Dr. Garnett looked at this research and asked: If changes in gene expression alter cellular metabolism in this way, could this be used to somehow target cancerous cells for destruction while leaving healthy cells (those that still utilize primarily aerobic metabolism) alone? Could this decreased energy production be a result of natural selection, where mutant cells that are better able to conserve energy are the ones that survive and multiply? His research focused on ways to identify the enzyme and energy changes that cause the shift from aerobic to anaerobic metabolism, and finding ways to prevent it. Dr. Garnett sought to find a way to utilize the anaerobic energy default mechanism used by cancer cells to bring about their demise.

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1. The Health Secret of Homocysteine

Braly M.D., James Basic Health Publications ePub

Chapter 1

The Health Secret of Homocysteine

We owe a lot, and very possibly our lives, to one smart, courageous man—Dr. Kilmer McCully. His discovery that homocysteine is probably our single most vital health statistic, and his tenacity in proving it despite immense resistance, has led to a revolutionary breakthrough in medicine. As this book unfolds, you will see how the discovery of homocysteine has revealed the cause of heart disease, strokes, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and potentially more than 100 other diseases. And, most important, you will see how this knowledge can help you to prevent yourself from getting them. But let’s begin at the beginning.

Back in 1968, Dr. McCully, who trained at Harvard Medical School, was studying children with a rare genetic disorder called “homocystinuria.” Children born with this condition lack certain enzymes required to turn a naturally occurring yet potentially toxic substance, homocysteine, into a harmless substance called cystathionine. As a consequence, they have extraordinarily high levels of homocysteine in their urine and blood, well above 100 units. To give you some idea of how serious this is, even a score above 9 is now considered high risk. Unless they are diagnosed and treated, these children often die at a very young age of heart attacks and strokes, once thought to be caused in large part by high cholesterol despite completely normal cholesterol levels in the children. One two-month-old infant died of “old age” from advanced arteriosclerosis. Sufferers also often experience a variety of other ailments.

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4. Diet and Nutrition for Restful Sleep and Optimal Energy

Vukovig M.S.W., Laurel Basic Health Publications ePub


t may seem obvious that eating healthfully immediately affects your energy level and mood and that your dietary choices are a critical factor in preventing or developing degenerative diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. It may surprise you, however, to realize that the foods you eatand the foods you avoidhave a profound influence on how well you sleep. Researchers are discovering almost daily the remarkable benefits of health-enhancing compounds found in many natural, unprocessed foods, as well as in nutritional supplements and herbs. Think of it this way: each time you eat, you have the opportunity to improve your overall well-being and that includes your sleep/wake cycle. Its important to pay attention to how particular foods affect you and to minimize intake of anything that taxes your body. In this chapter, youll learn about what to eat and drink for better sleep.


Eating well means providing your body with all of the proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and calories it needs for daily energy as well as for nighttime maintenance and repair. Ideally, the foods you eat should be delicious and satisfying and they should nourish you with optimum levels of nutrients. A simple way to accomplish this is to make your diet nutrient dense by eating a variety of fresh foods (see the inset Basics of a Nutrient-Dense Diet). Eating well means drinking well too. To stay well-hydrated and maintain healthy organ function, we need about 2 quarts of water daily. Not drinking enough fluids causes dehydration and enables toxins to accumulate, both of which can cause fatigue.

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PERK #60: Families United

Strang BA BEd MEd, Florence Basic Health Publications ePub

Perk #60

Families United

While at the cancer clinic awaiting one of my radiation treatments, I had the pleasure of meeting a lovely woman whose positive attitude shone through despite her stage-4 diagnosis. Somehow the conversation came around to my blog, and she was kind enough to share a perk with me. Sitting in a wheelchair with her mother by her side, she beamed as she told me about her three children and about how cancer seemed to bring her whole family closer together. As ugly as cancer is, I thought, it is beautiful how families unite in time of need.

My biggest fear when I learned that I had cancer was that my children might be left without a mother. This fear was magnified for Ben, as he is my youngest, he has autism, and his family spans two continents. My two older children, Kaitlyn and Donovan, are technically his “half” sister and brother (although I do not allow that term in my house, as there is no such thing as halves when it comes to sibling love). He also has three “half” sisters in England from his father’s side of the family.

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134. Sunburn

R.Ph., Ph.D, Earl L.. Mindell Basic Health Publications, Inc. ePub

Sunburn results from an overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. Depending on the amount of sun exposure and type of skin pigment a person has, the skin becomes red, swollen, and painful. Later, blisters may form, and the skin may peel. Staying out of strong, direct sunlight is the most obvious and effective way to prevent sunburn. When exposed to the sun, the use of sunscreen is highly recommended. Natural remedies can help speed recovery and reduce the chance of permanent damage.


•  Potassium: 99 mg, one to three times daily.

•  Vitamin C: 5001,000 mg daily.

•  Vitamin E: 400500 IU daily.


•  Aloe vera gel: apply topically as directed on label.

•  Arnica lotion: apply topically as directed on label.

•  Calendula ointment: apply topically as directed on label.

•  Chamomile tea: apply topically in compresses.


•  Drink lots of fluids.

•  Rub MSM lotion on affected skin.

•  Wear sunglasses, sun hat, and loose clothing.


•  Excessive exposure to the sun.

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The Goya Health And Fitness Program

Tuley, Marty Basic Health Publications ePub




I just can’t say it or stress it enough. Successful, long-term weight loss is NOT about the plan, the system, the pill, or a particular piece of fitness equipment. Losing weight and keeping it off is about EDUCATION! EDUCATION!! EDUCATION!!! If you do not continue to educate yourself on aspects of health and fitness, the deck is stacked against you. Why? Because every BODY is different and every BODY will change as they age. Your personal health and fitness needs will change. Your life will change and your health and fitness lifestyle will need to change along with it.

In the natural world, organisms that do not change go extinct. They fail to adapt, and their species is unable to cope with new stimuli, ultimately leading to death. Without continuing education, your health and fitness will go extinct. Think dinosaur—big, bad, and dead! That’s not the direction you want to go. You want to be like the small mammal during the decline of the dinosaur, scurrying around on the ground, existing on whatever’s available, constantly adapting, constantly learning, and ultimately surviving. That’s you. That’s me. That’s us.

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7. The Future of MCP

Nan Kathryn Fuchs Basic Health Publications, Inc. ePub

7. The Future of MCP

We’ve just begun to scratch the surface of all that MCP can do, but the studies that have already been conducted give us a preview of what we expect to find as research into this important substance progresses. There has been a great deal of research conducted on ordinary pectin, a fiber with molecules too large to get into the bloodstream. Whatever pectin can do in the intestinal tract appears to be what modified citrus pectin can do when it can be absorbed into the bloodstream and make its way into tissues throughout the body.

This has serious implications for MCP’s many benefits in the area of heart disease and immunity. But its value doesn’t stop with these diseases. As science searches for the causes of age-related illnesses, we have reason to believe that MCP may be able to stop and even reverse Alzheimer’s disease. The enhanced capabilities of modified citrus pectin over ordinary citrus pectin are enabling researchers to look in a number of different directions to find out just how much this nutraceutical can do. Here are some of the most promising applications on the horizon for MCP:

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1. All about Carnosine

Moneysmith, Marie Basic Health Publications ePub



Just prior to the discovery of vitamins—in 1900, to be exact—carnosine was isolated from muscle tissue by Russian researchers. Although carnosine has been the subject of hundreds of studies since then, most of them were conducted in Russia. Political tensions between the United States and the former Soviet Union prevented the exchange of this sort of information. It was not until quite recently that scientists worldwide learned about carnosine. Since then, it has developed a small but growing reputation as a substance that improves cardiovascular health, strengthens the immune system, encourages healing of skin wounds and ulcers, and fights a wide range of conditions associated with aging, from cellular deterioration to cataracts and wrinkles.

Carnosine is a small but versatile molecule. It is sometimes also referred to as beta-alanyl. In chemical terms, carnosine is actually made up of two different amino acids, alanine and histidine. Technically, this makes it a dipeptide, which simply means a combination of two amino acids. Carnosine-synthetase is the enzyme that helps join the two. At the other end of the spectrum, an enzyme known as carnosinase dissolves the union, leaving behind the two original amino acids.

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4: Basic Maintenance

Yvonne Bambrick ECW Press ePub


Every vehicle needs to be maintained, and bicycles are no exception. What many people forget is that riders need some upkeep too. This section will take you through the basic bike maintenance that you should at least understand, what tools are worth having in your bike kit, and also provide you with tips on keeping you and your bike in good working order.

If you live in a colder climate, are not planning to ride through the winter, and want to be ready to roll at the first signs of spring, do yourself, and your favourite bike shop or mechanic a favour, and bring your bike into the shop in the fall, when it’s less busy, for a tune-up.


While I’m more of a “take it in to the bike shop” kind of person when it comes to repairs, maintenance, and installing add-ons, there are still some basic things that I know to listen and watch out for. Because my main ride, a robust and trusty Dutch city bike, has internal parts that not every bike shop mechanic has the expertise to handle, I always take it to the mechanic at the shop where I bought it. I’ve developed a nice relationship with the staff and owners of the shop over the years, and a visit is always a good way to catch up on local bike news. There are, however, a few basic bits of bike maintenance, and some minor repairs, that even the most mechanically challenged can take care of.

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9. Hormonal Harmony

Jordan K. Davis Basic Health Publications, Inc. ePub


Hormonal Harmony

Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes.


Hormones undergo a radical decline as people age. They peak at twenty years, stabilize for another decade, and then begin a steep decline. By the age of seventy, most people will have 50 percent fewer hormones than in their youth, a vital statistic because the importance of hormones in everyone’s lives is irrefutable. Volumes of research continually show that declining hormones account for just about every negative aspect of aging—the decreased vision, the fragile bones, muscle loss, thinning skin, and the increased risk of depression, heart attacks, and strokes.

To reverse these effects, all hormones diminished by aging need to be replenished. The concept of replacing hormones has been an established medical practice for decades. Estrogen is the most widely prescribed drug in America, and I take my fellow physicians to task for stopping there. What is true for estrogen is true for all the other hormones.

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CHAPTER 1: Nutritional Factors for Alcoholism

M.D., Ph.D., Abram Hoffer Basic Health Publications, Inc. ePub

Edith had been drinking up to 40 ounces of whiskey daily for three weeks. Her gait was unsteady, her speech was limited to a few words, she trembled and complained of jitters. She was admitted to the hospital and immediately given 400 milligrams of niacin intravenously, plus 3,000 mg of niacin and 2,000 mg of vitamin C by mouth. Within minutes, she had calmed down. The second day, she was given niacin (3,000 mg) and vitamin C (2,000 mg) after each meal. On the second morning she was still jittery, but by that afternoon she was well and remained so for the rest of her hospital stay.

Fred had been drinking for sixteen years and suffered three bouts of delirium tremens (DTs) with hallucinations. He was irritable and tense. He was given 2,000 mg of niacin and 2,000 mg of vitamin C after each of three meals. The same day, by 10:30 P.M., he was cooperative, pleasant, and related normally to others. He remained well in the hospital and after his discharge.

Neither of the above patients had responded to the medication in use for their condition. Both recovered on vitamin therapy. And that is what this book is about.

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