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5. The Biology of Belief: What You Believe Can Make a Difference—Whether You Believe It or Not

Giampapa M.D., Vincent C. Basic Health Publications ePub

The Biology of Belief: What You Believe Can Make a Difference— Whether You Believe It or Not

Man’s mind, once stretched around a new idea, never returns to its original shape.

—OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES

In Chapter 4 we noted that the power of our beliefs can change our environment so profoundly that it alters how our genes actually produce proteins and, therefore, create positive and negative effects on every cell in our body. Now we need to look at the effects beliefs can have on two levels of health:

1. The surface or tangible effects of beliefs; that is, how beliefs affect our actions.

2. The subsurface or intangible effects of beliefs, or effects of energy and thoughts, on matter, specifically our DNA.

In Chapter 4 we defined the tangible effects of beliefs with the equation:

Genes + Environment = Positive or negative health and aging + longevity

Our environment is composed of or affected by three interrelated factors:

1. Our beliefs and emotions   2. Stress   3. Lifestyle habits

THE POWER OF BELIEFS

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69. Hair Loss

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

Hair lossin this case, the loss of hair on the headhas a number of causes, including male-pattern baldness, improper hair care, alopecia areata (patchy or complete hair loss), childbirth, chemotherapy, medication, inadequate nutrition, and so on. In many cases, hair loss is temporary and will correct itself when the cause is removed. While some hair loss is irreversible, the loss of hair can be slowed and the condition can be improved by making sure to eat a nutrient-rich diet accompanied by certain hair-healthy supplements.

SUPPLEMENTS

•  Beta sitosterol: 60 mg, twice daily.

•  Biotin: 1,000 mcg daily.

•  Choline and inositol: 1,000 mg daily.

•  Cysteine: 1,000 mg daily.

HERBS

•  Fo-ti: as directed on label.

•  Parsley oil: apply topically to affected area.

•  Saw palmetto: 150 mg, twice daily for men and women.

CONSIDER / TRY TO

•  Drink eight to ten glasses of pure water daily.

•  Eat a high-protein diet.

•  Massage the scalp three times daily.

•  Rinse your hair with apple cider or sage tea occasionally.

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17. Osteoarthritis

Murray, Frank Basic Health Publications ePub

Ajoint disease that is aggravated by mechanical stress, osteoarthritis is characterized by the degeneration of cartilage that lines joints or by osteophyte formation (that is, the formation of bony outgrowths), which results in pain, stiffness, and sometimes loss of function of the affected joint, reported the American Medical Association Home Medical Encyclopedia.1

“Osteoarthritis occurs in almost all people over the age of 60 and [most], but not all of them, exhibit symptoms,” the publication said. “Various factors lead to the development of osteoarthritis earlier in life, including an injury to a joint or a congenital joint deformity. Osteoarthritis may occur with rheumatoid arthritis. Severe osteoarthritis affects 3 times more women than men.” (Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease involving chronic and progressive inflammatory involvement of joints as well as atrophy of muscles.)

Patients with osteoarthritis complain of pain, swelling, creaking, and stiffness of one or more joints. These conditions can interfere with walking and dressing, and they can disrupt sleep.

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Conclusion

Stengler ND, Mark Basic Health Publications ePub

Conclusion

There are a variety of medicinal mushrooms that can be used to improve one’s health. They represent some of the most effective immune-supportive supplements in the natural foods industry. Historical use and published research has consistently shown that hot-water extracts are the preferred method of extraction for most medicinal mushrooms and mycelium in order to attain therapeutic levels of active constituents. It is also important to select the mushroom extract that is most highly recommended for a particular condition for optimal benefits.

SUMMARY OF MEDICINAL MUSHROOM USES

Agaricus = antitumor

Cordyceps = lung, kidneys, adrenals, energy, libido, asthma, bronchitis, and tinnitus

Coriolus = chemotherapy support; lung, colon, liver, breast, and stomach cancer; and HIV

Maitake = breast and prostate cancer, and HIV

Reishi = liver, cholesterol, and daily immune tonic; hepatitis; HIV; anti-inflammatory; antiviral

Shiitake = antimicrobial, cholesterol, immune support

Hericium = stomach and cognitive enhancement

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56. Dry Skin

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

Dry skin affects people of all ages, but it is especially common in those who are past middle age. Cold weather and frequent bathing are common causes. Also, harsh soaps, detergents, and perfumes tend to dry out the skin and/or exacerbate the problem. One of the most successful remedies is keeping the skin moist. Ointments and creams can help since they hold water in the skin. Proper nutrition and adequate water intake are also very important in maintaining moist, firm skin.

SUPPLEMENTS

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

•  Evening primrose oil: 500 mg, two to three times daily.

•  MSM: 1,000 mg, three times daily.

HERBS

•  Burdock root: 500 mg, one to two times daily (as capsules).

•  Flaxseed oil: 1,000 mg daily.

•  Grape seed extract: 200 mg daily.

•  Green tea extract: 200 mg daily.

•  Omega-3 fatty acids: 1,000 mg daily (as fish oil capsules).

•  Silica: 30 mg daily.

CONSIDER / TRY TO

•  Avoid commercial cosmetics, soaps, and skin and facial creams.

•  Brush your skin with a loofah sponge daily.

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PERK #21: I Didn’t Have to Buy a Halloween Costume

Strang BA BEd MEd, Florence Basic Health Publications ePub

Perk #21

I Didn’t Have to Buy a Halloween Costume

Ilove Halloween, but I often agonize about finding the perfect costume. I love to see the look on the children’s faces when I open the door wearing my costume to hand out treats. Some years I would go the scary route and dress up as a wicked witch or a bloodthirsty vampire. Other years I would pretty myself up as a garden fairy or a blue butterfly. My all-time best costume, however, was when I had cancer and I didn’t dress up at all! I ask you solemnly, is there anything scarier looking than a bald, middle-aged woman?

HEALTH TIP #21

Blood Is Fun on Halloween, but Not in Your Morning Routine

Iwasn’t trying to rhyme, but if it helps you to remember this health tip when you’re brushing your teeth, then all the better! Blood in the sink after you brush is the telltale sign of unhealthy gums. Other signs of gum disease or gingivitis are gum redness, swelling, and tenderness. It’s estimated that about 78 percent of people have some signs of gum disease. It’s probably no big news flash that daily flossing will reduce your risk of gum disease, but what you may not know is that flossing can prevent heart disease, stroke, and possibly even cancer as well. Skeptics, please read on.

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Four: Economy

Dan Rubinstein ECW Press ePub

“In exchange for profit and speed, we are losing the ability to make someone feel special… . While technology has vastly improved our lives in some ways, it has taken the humanity out of being a human.”

— Melanie Mackenzie, The Coast

“All the fancy economic development strategies, such as developing a biomedical cluster, an aerospace cluster, or whatever the current economic development ‘flavour of the month’ might be, do not hold a candle to the power of a great walkable urban place.”

— Christopher Leinberger, The Option of Urbanism: Investing in a New American Dream

Christine Murray pulls up beside the curb on a leafy dead-end street. She steps out of her Ford Transit Connect, a compact white van with an aardvark nose and a stylish red swoosh that runs the length of the vehicle. Murray swings open the rear doors and slides a couple dozen bundles of letters, flyers and magazines into a dual satchel, then heaves the bag onto her back and cinches the padded harness around her shoulders and waist. Wearing knobby grey hiking shoes, she sets off briskly along Parkview Road, navigating the front paths and porch steps of tidy bungalows and boxy duplexes without looking down. Her feet know the route.

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7. Rest and Sleep

Joseph J. Sweere Basic Health Publications, Inc. ePub

7. Rest and Sleep

n today’s fast-paced, competitive society, many Americans are working or playing longer hours and therefore sleeping less. Indeed it’s gotten to the point where sleep deprivation, with its negative consequences for health, has become almost epidemic. The importance of getting adequate sleep cannot be overstated, because it’s during this time that the body repairs and heals itself. For most people, getting “enough” sleep means enjoying at least seven to eight hours of restful sleep during each twenty-four-hour period. Quality of sleep is probably more important than quantity because, during the deepest portion of the sleep cycle, the body’s tissues and nervous system are repaired and restored. Clearly, it’s important to do whatever it takes to increase your chances of sound, deep, uninterrupted sleep, and this means following the Golden Rules outlined in this chapter.

KEYS TO A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP

Your Bed and Mattress

There are two things you should freely spend money on—the best pair of shoes and the best set of bedding you can buy—because chances are you will spend the great majority of your future in one or the other. Be extravagant when you choose your bed, mattress, and pillow. You’re worth it.

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9. How Stress Affects Fat Storage

Farris, Russell Basic Health Publications ePub

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How Stress Affects Fat Storage

Living organisms, including people, are merely tubes which put things in at one end and let them out at the other, which both keeps them doing it and in the long run wears them out…. At the input end they develop ganglia of nerves called brains, with eyes and ears, so that they can more easily scrounge around for things to swallow. …All this seems marvelously futile, and yet, when you begin to think about it, it begins to seem more marvelous than futile. Indeed, it seems extremely odd.

—ALAN W. WATTS, THE BOOK ON THE TABOO AGAINST KNOWING WHO YOU ARE

Getting enough to eat is the oldest and most fundamental activity of life, older than sleep, older than sex, older even than breathing. Our ancestors were a thousand times more likely to die from starvation than from overeating. Despite the odds, every one of our ancestors avoided starvation long enough to reach the age of reproduction. Consequently, we are really good at finding and storing food.

Just as Mother Nature prefers high blood pressure to low, and high blood sugar to low, she also prefers for us to be overweight rather than underweight, and she has provided us with a very efficient fat-storage system. This chapter discusses some of the factors that control fat storage, with an emphasis on the role of stress in making us store extra fat.

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2. The Complex Case of Cancer

Murray, Frank Basic Health Publications ePub

Cancer is an ancient disease that was described by Hippocrates (c. 460–377 B.C.) and Galen (c. 130–201 A.D.) under various names. At the end of the nineteenth century, physicians were able, for the first time, to diagnose cancer in medical terms. But only in 1915, after two Japanese researchers, K. Yamagiwa and K. Ichikawa, had shown that continuous application of coal tar to rabbits’ skin produced a malignancy, were experimental studies on cancer begun, according to Mukti H. Sama, Ph.D.1

Cancer research was not especially active at the beginning of the twentieth century, probably because the mortality rate was not very high. For example, in 1900, cancer was only the ninth leading cause of death in the United States. By the 1950s, the mortality rate had doubled, and cancer emerged as the second leading cause of death. To date, over 250 kinds of cancers with different causes, symptoms, and degrees of lethality have been discovered, Sama added.

“Although there are many theories regarding the causes of cancer, the fundamental underlying theory is that the genetic material, the DNA of the cell, has been changed,” Sama said. “The various theories have attempted to explain how this change was brought about.”

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Chapter 6 - The Dakota Diet and Disease Prevention

Weiland M.D., Kevin Basic Health Publications ePub

We have to give a lot of credit to our mothers for constantly reminding us to eat our fruits and vegetables. Nutritional and health research has finally supported moms claim that eating fresh fruits and vegetables will make us healthy and strong. Even the new food pyramid from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) supports this claim. But despite everything learned over the last several decades on obesity and disease, research into nutrition and health still lacks funding. Research efforts are focused on the treatment of diseases rather than prevention. At the same time, health-care costs in the United States are predicted to rise dramatically as the population ages. According to the U.S. government, one in every $5 will be spent on health care by 2015 and annual health-care spending will exceed $4 trillion. Common sense dictates that we implement a more preventive strategy, emphasizing healthier eating and exercise. What we now know is that eating whole fruits and vegetables and the right fatsas in the Dakota Dietcan reduce your risk of developing a number of diseases, including heart disease and cancer.

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8. Today’s Best Pomegranate Products and Supplements

Newman Ph.D., Robert A. Basic Health Publications ePub

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he pomegranateconsidered an exotic fruit not too long agohas indeed gone mainstream, popping up in juices, dressings, martinis, Frappuccinos, extracts, nutritional supplements, body lotions, and delectable dishes. Its long history of medicinal use, its many mentions in religious and spiritual texts, and a growing body of scientific research all collude to illuminate its role in promoting better health.

Now youve seen how this fruits distinct qualities, phytochemicals, and phytohormones help your metabolic and endocrine systems to normalize. Its antioxidants seem to alleviate some of the less exhilarating changes through which aging exteriors often go. Women are finding the pomegranate useful for menopausal complaints and for the prevention of breast cancer. Men are turning to the fruit for help in their quest for better prostate health and natural function. And those concerned with their heart health are discovering that the pomegranate shows promise against cardiovascular ailments. So, why and how is this popular fruit so effective for many conditions affecting men and women, young and old?

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6 Agroecology and Nutrition: Transformative Possibilities and Challenges

Burlingame, B.; Dernini, S. CABI PDF

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Agroecology and Nutrition:

Transformative Possibilities and Challenges

Rachel Bezner Kerr, Maryam Rahmanian,

Ibukun Owoputi and Caterina Batello

Abstract

Agroecology is a holistic approach to agriculture, which takes into account the ecological, social, political and economic dimensions of producing food in order to build sustainable and resilient food systems that ensure food security and nutrition. It is thus an approach that resonates closely with sustainable diets. Positive nutritional outcomes should be one important outcome of such an approach; however, there has been limited research to date on the relationship between agroecology and nutrition. Building on a series of dialogues on agroecology hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization, as well as relevant scientific literature, this chapter presents several dimensions of agroecology that seem to be relevant for nutrition. On the technical side of agroecology, some promising studies point to the role that biodiverse farming systems and agroforestry have in ensuring positive nutritional outcomes. Other studies contend that agroecology, when linked to questions of social inequality such as gender or class, can lead to improvements in nutrition. Areas of interest and further investigation are outlined in this chapter: biodiverse production systems, social empowerment, local knowledge, culture and diets, livelihoods and rights.

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Part Three: Significant Foodborne Pathogens

Hunter, Beatrice Trum Basic Health Publications ePub

Louise was in her third trimester of her first pregnancy. She felt well and energetic. She went into her small vegetable garden to do some weeding. She found it awkward to wear gloves and besides, she enjoyed the feel of the soil as she shook it loose from the weeds. As she entered the garden area, a stray cat sped away. She had seen it before, and felt that the creature helped keep rodents and raccoons from damaging the vegetables.

When Louise returned to the house, she washed her hands hurriedly, and began to do some housecleaning. With her husband at work, she decided to empty the litterbox of their house cat. Besides being an amiable companion, the cat was a good mouser. Whenever the woman heard mice in the walls of their remodeled old farmhouse, she opened the door to the attic or cellar, hoping that the cat would catch the mice.

After doing chores, Louise rested, and then began supper preparations. She would cook a pork roast in the microwave oven. She was glad that pork roasts were now certified trichinae-free. That assurance allowed her to cook the roast to a juicy pinkness, rather than the former cooking of such roasts to dry grayness for“doneness.”

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10. The 30-Day Timely Nutrition Vitality Program

Chauchard, Dr Claude Basic Health Publications ePub

CHAPTER 10

The 30-Day Timely Nutrition Vitality Program

By reading this book, you are educating yourself about nutrition. Knowing what different foods are made of and how they affect the body is an important start to reclaiming your vitality. Adhering to my method works, because those who follow it understand the food choices they are making, instead of mindlessly sticking to readymade menus.

In terms of diet, there are still some commonly held misconceptions about what is healthy that we need to get rid of. For instance, the low-calorie diet has proved inefficient for long-term health, so there is no longer any point in recommending it. Rather than reinforcing notions that have become outdated, we should take into account recent scientific work. My program incorporates the new knowledge we have of timely nutrition: we eat what our body needs, according to our daily activities and, above all, according to the digestive secretions of each organ involved in the digestive process.

My program is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-glycation; it restructures your body and returns it to its proper condition. For thirty years, ever since I was a young doctor, I have been looking for an ideal nutritional model that is easy to follow, not restrictive, and convivialin other words, one that is pleasant and allows you to eat everything. Was that like trying to square a circle? In fact, I needed all that time to put together this 30-Day Timely Nutrition Vitality Program. It is timely because we need to eat in concert with the bodys organs. Nutrition refers to a good choice of foods, as opposed to dieting or calorie restriction. It is a 30-day program because after thirty days of food regulation it is much easier to control the body: in that amount of time the bodys insulin secretion drops and the immune system becomes more stable. It is the ideal program because all the patients who have followed it accept the guidelines easily and judge it an ideal lifetime nutrition program, where lifetime really does mean for the rest of your life. In other words, this is a nutrition concept to integrate into our everyday lives, and for always.

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