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2 ► JavaFit—The World's First Functional Gourmet Coffee

Antonio Ph.D., Jose Basic Health Publications ePub

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JavaFit—The World’s First Functional Gourmet Coffee

Tired of taking countless pills? If you open up your kitchen cabinet, you probably have calcium pills, vitamin tablets, and assorted other capsules. Then there are the various diet pills that require you to take six King Kong–sized capsules throughout the day. Who needs all that?

If you don’t mind taking pills, you can skip this lecture. But if you’re among the millions of Americans who want to get some of these nutrients without worrying about whether you took your pills, then here’s your solution.

What if you could get the benefits of dietary supplements without changing a single behavior? In other words, you would not have to swallow extra pills, buy newfangled exercise equipment from a hyperactive spokesman on a late-night infomercial, or decipher complicated directions on the back of a label to figure out how to use it. Imagine, instead, brewing your normal cup of coffee in the morning, smelling the glorious aroma, and drinking a liquid brew that is chock full of nutrients. Sound good? Well, it’s now a reality.

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Chapter 24. Sexual Dysfunction

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

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f you watch prime-time TV dramas or listen to lyrics of current pop songs, you might think that sex is only for younger adults. This simply isnt true. Sexual feelings and desires are with us throughout our entire lives. In fact, according to the Mayo Foundation for Medical Research and Education, most people still have sexual fantasies and desires well into their eighties and nineties.

Although sex in your middle or later years may be a bit different from the way it was in your twenties, it can be every bit as enjoyable and fulfilling. All thats required is an understanding of the normal changes that are taking place in your body and your partners body. These changes can affect your ability to have and enjoy sex and, if not addressed, they can result in difficulties with arousal or performance (sexual dysfunction).

Your libido (sex drive) is regulated by the hormone testosterone. Although classified as a male hormone, testosterone is produced by both men and women. As you age, your body produces less testosterone. The result? Your interest in sex may diminish significantly.

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110. Panic Attacks/Disorder

Mindell R.P.H. Ph.D., Earl Basic Health Publications ePub

A panic attack is a bout of extreme anxiety accompanied by physical symptoms such as dizziness, shaking, sweating, difficulty breathing, chest pain, and a racing heart. A person suffering from a panic attack often feels as if he or she is going to die. When these attacks occur often and unexpectedly, the condition is known as panic disorder. Antidepressants and anxiety drugs are often prescribed to reduce the frequency of attacks, but there is no need to resort to prescription drugs. There are many natural remedies that can reduce the frequency of attacks, as well as their severity.

SUPPLEMENTS

•  Calcium: 1,000 mg daily (older women: 1,5002,000 mg).

•  Complete all-natural multivitamin/mineral complex rich in antioxidants.

•  Glutamine: 50150 mg daily.

•  L-Tyrosine: 500 mg, three times daily.

•  Magnesium: 400 mg daily.

HERBS

•  Ginkgo biloba: 60 mg, twice daily.

•  Skullcap: 500 mg, one to three times daily (as capsules).

•  St. Johns wort (dual action): 300 mg, twice daily.

•  Valerian: 500 mg, one to three times at bedtime (as capsules).

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5. Muscle Up on Your Training IQ

Lydon M.D., Christine Basic Health Publications ePub

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he human body did not evolve to its present state of exalted beauty, superlative grace, and unequaled capability by adhering to a rock like a barnacle. Our ancestors did not lounge around in front of the campfire all day, rising only to fetch conveniently packaged, ready-to-eat chunks of woolly mammoth from the icebox. Like it or not, two or three generations of desk jobs cant eradicate millions of years of evolution. As a species, we thrive on physical exertion, and exercise is essential to both our physical and mental well-being.

In recent years, scientific investigation of human physiology and performance enhancement has subtly transformed the notion of healthy. Fortunately, this metamorphosis has infiltrated cultural bias, including our subjective perceptions of beauty. In contemporary vernacular, trim no longer equates to emaciated. Attractive is not synonymous with lacking muscle. On the contrary! However, as anyone over the age of twenty will rapidly attest, a lean, toned, tantalizing physique does not just happen by magic.

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4. Exercise

Simpson M.D., Graham Basic Health Publications ePub

“When you gain control of your body, you will gain control of your life.”

—BILL PHILLIPS, BODY FOR LIFE

FITNESS, IN ITS SIMPLEST USE, MEANS CAPABILITY. Applied then to the human body, physical fitness refers to the capability of the human body. But capability to do what? Generally, it is capability to maintain a state of health and wellbeing. Specifically, it refers to aptness for certain tasks. In terms of a Wellman, physical fitness means the capability to do anything you set your mind to:

•   Perform day to day tasks with ease

•   Have the capacity to handle any stress

•   Have a vigorous sex life

•   Play with children and grand children

•   Run a marathon or a triathlon

•   Have positive self esteem

•   Sleep soundly

•   Live without chronic disease

Physical fitness means having capability with utmost integrity; it means you have total control of your body. Originally, physical fitness was simply defined as the capacity to carry out the day’s activities without undue fatigue. However, this definition has been insufficient since the industrial revolution because automation and computers have drastically reduced the amount of energy expended on a daily basis while leisure time has increased remarkably. Now, physical fitness is more accurately considered a measure of the body’s capability to function efficiently and effectively in work and leisure. When you are physically fit, your body is an efficient tool that can be and is used to facilitate completion of your goals—and not just in terms of getting things done, but getting things done well.

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57. Burnt Is Bad

Klatz M.D. D.O., Ronald Basic Health Publications ePub
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Six: Creativity

Dan Rubinstein ECW Press ePub

“Walking exposes us to the constant flux of a changing environment, providing us with an endless array of new and unique experiences, which combined with our past memories may, through serendipity alone, provoke new associations and give birth to new ideas.”

— Paul Sowden, psychologist, University of Surrey, England

“I can only meditate when I am walking. When I stop, I cease to think; my mind works only with my legs.”

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Confessions

I am descending a long concrete staircase. Backwards. Arm-in-arm with a woman I met half an hour ago. The steps are crowded by creeping shrubs and slick with rain.

In the 1860s, nearly 600 acres of glacier-scoured Brooklyn were transformed into a park by landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, better known for their work on a larger rectangle of real estate in the middle of Manhattan a decade earlier. Brooklyn’s Prospect Park was created to serve as a green respite in the rapidly growing borough. This staircase leads to the Concert Grove, one of many features designed to blend natural beauty with the recreational facilities sought by residents on this side of the river.

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7. Sport-Specific Nutrition Tips

Ivy Ph.D., John Basic Health Publications ePub

F O R   B A S K E T B A L L   P L A Y E R S

Key challenge: Most basketball games are decided in the last few minutes, when fatigue is a factor. Anything players can do to increase their energy level in those crucial last minutes could turn a loss into a win.

Basketball players tend to sweat very heavily during gamesup to 2 quarts per hour. Most players dont drink enough to offset these losses. But its not that hard to do, if players are actively encouraged by their coaches to drink at every opportunity (timeouts, substitutions, and halftime).

Carbohydrate replenishment is just as important. The working muscles and the nervous system burn carbohydrate rapidly during games. As muscle glycogen and blood glucose levels drop, players lose speed, power, coordination, and concentration. When this happens, shooting percentage drops and players get lazy on defense.

Fatigue is also a contributing factor in many of the injuries that occur on the basketball court. As players run low on energy, their form deteriorates, their reaction time slows, and they lose stability in certain joints. This leaves them much more susceptible to injury than they are when theyre fresh.

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1. Facts about the Liver

Mackay ND, Douglas Basic Health Publications ePub

For most people the liver is a complex and mysterious organ. It has thousands of intricate biochemical functions that even scientists do not fully understand. To fully appreciate the widespread effects of hepatitis on health and well-being, its necessary to explore basic information about the liver. This chapter covers the basic functions of the liver while providing a foundation to better understand the impact of hepatitis on overall health.

The liver is one of the largest and most important organs in the body. More than 5,000 of the livers functions have been identified, and scientists are still discovering new ones. The liver, like the heart and lungs, is essential for survival.

Obviously, all of the bodys organs are important. There are, however, some organs that can be considered essential. Ask ten random people off the street what their most vital organs are, and most would respond: brain, heart, and lungs.

The relative importance of the liver is illustrated by a few simple facts. The liver first appears at three-weeks gestation and begins to contribute to fetal survival at six-weeks gestation. Making red blood cells is one the livers first big jobs, one that it does until the bone marrow takes over this critical task.

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PERK #17: Cancer Helped Me Discover New Beauty Tips

Strang BA BEd MEd, Florence Basic Health Publications ePub

Perk #17

Cancer Helped Me Discover New Beauty Tips

One of the many unpleasant side effects of chemo is puffiness around the eyes. When you have several liters of chemicals pumped into your body, it has to go somewhere. Imagine my dismay when I awoke one morning to find bags the size of shopping bags hanging beneath my eyes. And to make matters worse, my boyfriend Shawn was on his way to visit me!

I searched through my bag of creams and serums to find a solution, but none looked promising. Then I spotted the Preparation H, and I remembered a tip I had read in a beauty magazine. Hey, it works to shrink hemorrhoids, so I decided to give it a try. The puffiness disappeared right in the nick of time, just as Shawn was arriving at the door. I noticed his nostrils flare a little as he leaned in to kiss me. Hey, I may have smelled like an ass, but I looked darn good! (Disclaimer: Do not, and I repeat, do NOT try this at home—but if you choose to ignore my warning, then be careful not to get it in your eyes.)

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5. pH for Health and Energy

Yanick Jr Ph.D. N.D., Paul Basic Health Publications ePub

Optimal health may be characterized as being disease-free, injury-free, and highly energized, in other words, able to counteract attacks from pathogens, viruses, and other bodily stressors.

When too many toxins accumulate in your body, vital functions become disturbed, and your immune system may not be able to win the battle against infectious agents. Toxins can cause your brain chemistry to become unbalanced, causing fuzzy thinking or changes in your moods, thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Because it causes metabolic extremes, toxicity can actually incline us toward negative health habits, which create the basis for negative feelings and behavior of one kind or another. For example, people who suffer depression due to toxicity often crave foods that can lead to obesity. Or their depression can cause them to engage in a high-anxiety lifestyle in order to avoid exploring their feelings.

Detoxification, however, can be activated and maintained by exercise and nutrients that function as cofactors and precursors. A cofactor is a nutrient that must be present for a given chemical reaction to take place. A precursor is a nutrient that is needed for your body to produce additional nutrients that are critical to the detoxification process. (For example, thyroid hormone cannot be produced without the precursor iodine and the protein tyrosine.) But in order for these nutrients to be processed efficiently and to do their job effectively, the bodily “terrain” must be hospitable, in balance. What exactly, though, does “in balance” mean, and how do we go about achieving it?

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20: Tuberculosis in South African Wildlife: Lions, African Buffalo and Other Species

Edited by H Mukundan, Los Alamos National Laboratory CAB International PDF

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Tuberculosis in South African

Wildlife: Lions, African Buffalo and Other Species

Anita L. Michel,1* Lin-Mari de Klerk-Lorist,2 Peter Buss,3

Markus Hofmeyr,3 Dave Cooper4 and Roy G. Bengis5

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University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa; 2Directorate Veterinary

Services, Skukuza, South Africa; 3South African National Parks,

Skukuza, South Africa; 4KZN Wildlife, St. Lucia, South Africa;

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Port Alfred, South Africa

History of Tuberculosis in South

African Wildlife

Tuberculosis has been described in free-ranging wildlife species from many areas of the world with diverse geography and climates (Bengis,

1999). In Africa, tuberculosis caused by Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis) has been reported in free-ranging lechwe (Kobus leche kafuensis) in the Lochinvar National Park, Zambia (1954) and African buffalo (Syncerus caffer) sampled in the Ruwenzori National Park (RNP) in Uganda

(1963). In both cases the most likely source of

M. bovis was shared pastures with infected cattle. The disease was subsequently diagnosed in warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) from RNP and infection was thought to occur by scavenging diseased carcasses (de Lisle et al., 2001;

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9. St. John’s Wort—Mood Stabilizer

Cass MD, Hyla Basic Health Publications ePub

CHAPTER 9

St. Johns wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a bushy perennial plant with yellow flowers that grows wild in many parts of the world, including Europe, Asia, and the United States. It gets its unusual name from St. John the Baptist, since it was traditionally collected on St. Johns Day, June 24th. Wort is the Old English word for plant. St. Johns wort provides all the benefits of prescription antidepressants without any of the side effects, and at one-tenth the cost. By the year 2000, St. Johns wort was one of the topselling natural treatments for mild to moderate depression.

Like most medicinal plants, St. Johns wort contains a complex mix of more than two dozen known active ingredients, each with its own unique effects. Together, these compounds synergize to provide greater health benefits than any one ingredient can offer on its own. This translates to greater healing power without any of the unwanted side effects found in many drugs composed of single, isolated compounds or synthetic chemicals. One ingredient, hypericin, while not the main antidepressant, is used as the marker for standardization of St. Johns wort products. However, research by Professor W.E. Muller at the University of Frankfurt suggests that hyperforin may be the main antidepressant component.

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8. DHEA

Challem, Jack Basic Health Publications ePub

CHAPTER 8

Dyhydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a steroid hormone produced primarily in your adrenal glands, which are located just on top of the kidneys. Your body converts DHEA into all other steroid hormonesespecially the sexual hormones estrogen and testosterone and corticosteroids. DHEA is produced in large amounts during youth and young adulthood, but peaks at age twenty, after which time it wanes. By the time you reach age seventy, you may experience a 90 percent reduction in DHEA levels.

Declining levels of DHEA in the body are associated with high cholesterol, heart disease, arthritis, and autoimmune disorders. There has been growing evidence that oral supplementation with DHEA may improve body composition, boost immune function, in crease mood and sexual drive, and increase lean body mass and muscle strength. There is also promise for DHEAs ability to improve memory and enhance mental function in older adults, but further research is necessary.

Adrenal Gland One of a pair of ductless glands, located above the kidneys, which secrete hormones, including DHEA and epinephrine.

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2. Diseases of the Brain—Strokes

Davis M.D., Jordan K. Basic Health Publications ePub

CHAPTER 2

Diseases of the Brain—Strokes

I might repeat to myself, slowly and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful from minds profound—if I can remember any of the damn things.

—DOROTHY PARKER

Age is a physiological process not necessarily connected to physical age. Medically speaking, biological age and chronological age are separate, which is to say that two fifty-year-old men can be years apart in their physiological makeup.

Later chapters will discuss how your biological age can advance for the better, but first I need to focus on the three primary diseases of the brain. In this chapter, I will concentrate on strokes (brain attacks)—the third most common cause of death after heart disease and cancer, and the most preventable of all. This is followed by Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease in the next two chapters.

Sadly, most of the traditional medical establishment continues to view these conditions as the unavoidable consequences of aging. In fact, genetics (the medical equivalent of fate) plays a significant role in only 15–20 percent of the population.

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