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7. Who ‘sees’ meaning-full disease?

Brian Broom Karnac Books ePub

The visibility of meaning-full disease is ultimately dependent on the paradigmatic assumptions of the observer, but beyond these more fundamental elements there are a multitude of influences steering us towards one model of illness or another. Ascertaining a relationship between meaning and illness assumes both a willingness to look for such relationships, and an ability to be with the patient in such a way that the meanings and disease correlations can be rendered visible.

Our question, ‘Who ‘sees’ meaning-full disease?,'will be considered in the context of the fact that the general idea that ‘mind,’ or better, human subjective experience, plays a role in health and disease is now commonplace, even if it enjoys only marginal consideration in medical school curricula, or in the health plans and budgets of Western nations.

Throughout the twentieth century hundreds of medical and nonmedical researchers and writers have pointed to clinical phenomena and research studies supporting the effects of the brain or mind on both animal and human immune and endocrine systems as well as disease states. The evidence for these effects, and the general subject of mind/body medicine, has been discussed and argued in many different popular, scientific, and academic forums.

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10. Hyaluronic Acid

Sardi, Bill Basic Health Publications ePub

CHAPTER 10

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yaluronic acid (HA) is an important structural component of your eyes, and it is also concentrated in your skin and joints. HA plays an important role in the prevention of glaucoma, floaters, macular holes, and vitreous and retinal detachment.

Hyaluronic acid, the major water-holding molecule in human and animal tissues, is a very long alternating molecule of glucosamine and gluconic acid. HA binds salt and water so powerfully that just 1,000 mg of HA holds up to six liters (quarts) of water in living tissues. By virtue of its ability to hold water in a gel, HA provides structure to our eyes by filling the space between cells.

With advancing age, eyes actually shrink in their sockets, shriveling because of loss of water. Every decade, the eyes actually lose about 1 percent of their water content, and aging eyes also lead to a reduced amount of HA, a loss that is accelerated in diabetes.

Aqueous Fluid

The clear fluid in the front of the eyes; poor outflow of aqueous fluid may elevate fluid pressure and damage the optic nerve at the back of the eyes.

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4. From Health to Disease—How to Gum-up the Works

Bonner D.D.S., Michael P. Basic Health Publications ePub

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his chapter discusses the progression of a normal molar and its associated structures, including its sulcus, from a state of health to one of serious periodontaland therefore systemicdisease. Figures 4.1 through 4.5 illustrate this movement by showing a typical lower right first molar that eventually loses its supporting structure of bone and is, therefore, lost to disease. Just this one molar alone could exact a severe toll on the health of the person in whose mouth it resides, and since periodontal disease is seldom confined to just one tooth, the cumulative effect of several infected teeth can be, and often is, severe.

Lets begin our trip with a healthy tooth and oral tissue, as illustrated by Figure 3.1 (see page 23). This figure shows the protective layer of gum tissue surrounding the first molar. This tissue is doing its job of protecting the body from infection, toxins, and other potential injury by keeping out the approximately 400 types of microorganisms that live, multiply, and die mainly in the sulcus. In addition, the gum tissue lining the sulcus protects it from the dead skin cells (desquamated epithelial cells) that slough off into it from the gum-tissue wall. Food debris forced under the gum tissue can also present a problem, as can the act of consuming a typical diet with the chewing required to process food for proper digestion, which puts stress and abrasions on the healthy gum tissue.

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2. Natural Aphrodisiacs

Toews M.P.H., Victoria Dolby Basic Health Publications ePub

CHAPTER 2

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he search for aphrodisiacs dates back millennia. Aphrodisiacsnamed in honor of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beautywork in many different ways. Some are tonics that crank up vitality; others more directly affect the reproductive system. And the most highly prized aphrodisiacs of all have a direct sparking effect on the libido, stirring desire and even improving performance and pleasure. Even though there may not be an actual Love Potion #9, some libido-boosting nutrients and herbs appear to be the real deal. The vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and herbs described in this chapter have documented aphrodisiac abilitiesjust dont use them all at the same time. Be selective and choose the one or two that seem best suited to your situation. If those dont seem to work for you, move on and try a new one.

Nitric Oxide

A compound found in the body that activates other chemicals in the penis to initiate the muscular and blood vessel changes needed to get an erection.

The amino acid arginine has been tested for its ability to enhance arousal for both men and women. Arginine raises levels of nitric oxide in the blood and body tissues. This, in turn, increases the blood flow necessary for sexual arousal. In a study at New York University, fifteen men with erectile dysfunction were given dummy pills for two weeks, then a daily dose of 2,800 mg of arginine for two weeks. Six of the men reported improvement with the amino acid, but none reported any change while on the placebo.

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4. Conventional Medicine vs. Vitamin C

Hickey Ph.D., Stave Basic Health Publications ePub

CHAPTER 4

Conventional Medicine vs. Vitamin C

“A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.”

—HERBERT SIMON, COMPUTERS, COMMUNICATIONS AND THE PUBLIC INTEREST

Limitations of Social Medicine

The use of social medicine to investigate the actions and properties of vitamin C has inflamed and prolonged the controversy. To investigate heart disease, epidemiologists might look at how many people have heart attacks and determine the characteristics of people who are prone to the disease—for example, middle aged, overweight men, who smoke and eat junk food low in vitamin C. An epidemiologist can then determine the factors, such as environment, job hazards, family patterns, and personal habits that are more prevalent in people with coronary thrombosis. However, what epidemiology lacks is a high degree of explanatory power. To explain how a heart attack happens requires physics, biochemistry, and physiology. Without a grounding in these basics, epidemiology can degenerate into what some people have described as pseudoscience.1

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4. Balance Factors

Hunninghake MD, Ronald Basic Health Publications ePub

CHAPTER 4

BALANCE FACTORS

The second fortuitous test that I had run in July of 2001 was an essential fatty acid panel. This is a blood test of the omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fats in the test subject’s red blood cell membranes. The omega fats are what nutritionists call “good fats.” They are essential: the body cannot synthesize them; they must be obtained in the diet. Many misinformed experts mistakenly consider all fats to be “bad.” There are good fats and there are bad fats. There are also fats that exist in the gray zone between “good” and “bad.”

Good Fats/Bad Fats

Omega-9 oils are found in nuts and olives, both of which are getting good press with all the positive research on the Mediterranean diet. Omega-6 oils are found in seeds and grains. Omega-6 oils are used extensively in processed and packaged foods. Although omega-6s are essential in nature, the nutritional reviews on these oils are coming in mixed.

Manufacturers have learned how to purposely pressurize and heat omega-6 oils to give them a longer shelf life. This hydrogenation process in which liquid oils are solidified or are partially solidified creates trans fats, the current villain in nutritional circles. Saturated fats are also solid at room temperature and are found primarily in animal-based foods. A substantial body of research would put saturated fats in the “bad fats” circle. Others believe that the disease-causing potential of saturated fats depends on the quality of foods consumed with these fats. Meat, which is high in saturated fat, may become a “bad” fat when it is consumed in the presence of large amounts of refined carbohydrates such as sugar and white flour. Lowering one’s saturated fat intake too much has been associated with a higher incidence of stroke.

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11. Stevia: Curb the Cravings

McKeith, Dr. Gillian Basic Health Publications ePub

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STEVIA: Curb the Cravings

NUTRITIONALLY:

contains protein, fiber, complex carbohydrates, and vitamins.

PHYSIOLOGICALLY:

regulates and balances blood sugar levels.

BENEFITS:

suppresses cravings for sweets and controls appetite.

You are all going to fall in love with this incredible plant. Stevia is a sweet plant, much sweeter than sugar—but its sweet taste is not the reason I classify it as a superfood. Stevia has the ability to regulate blood sugar levels, suppress sweet cravings, and lessen hunger pangs, as it may be effective for those suffering from diabetes or hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels). Stevia is excellent for stimulating mental and physical stamina, and it can even suppress the bacteria that cause tooth decay. On top of this, stevia has no calories. And all of this is supported by very credible laboratory research and authoritative clinical studies.

STEVIA’S ROOTS

Stevia comes from a shrub with green leaves belonging to the chrysanthemum family, growing primarily in the Amambay Mountains in Paraguay. Sometimes known as “honey leaf,” stevia has been used in South America for over 1,500 years as a sweetener and a medicine. The Guarani Indians of Paraguay used it as a digestive aid, and as a dressing for wounds and other skin problems, as well as to sweeten their tea. Although the Spanish were aware of stevia since the sixteenth century, it was not until the 1880s that Moises Bertoni, director of the College of Agriculture in Paraguay, became intrigued by the tale that a small stevia leaf could sweeten an entire container of bitter tea. He set about studying the plant and published several articles in the early 1900s showing stevia to be nontoxic with significant therapeutic benefits and far superior to sugar. The first modern stevia crop was officially harvested in 1908. Plantations subsequently sprang up in South America. Today, it is commercially grown in South and Central America, Israel, China, Thailand, and the United States, where it is licensed as a food supplement. It is widely used in Japan—where extensive toxicology tests have been conducted and proven it safe—as a natural sweetener.

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134. Sunburn

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

SUPPLEMENTS

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

•  Vitamin C: 5001,000 mg daily.

•  Vitamin E: 400500 IU daily.

HERBS

•  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.

CONSIDER / TRY TO

•  Drink lots of fluids.

•  Rub MSM lotion on affected skin.

•  Wear sunglasses, sun hat, and loose clothing.

AVOID / WATCH OUT FOR

•  Excessive exposure to the sun.

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12. Steve: Years Three and Four After Starting Coconut Oil

Newport M.D., Mary T. Basic Health Publications ePub

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t the beginning of year three in the spring of 2010, I wrote, We can only hope that our persistence and strict adherence to a diet that includes medium-chain fatty acids to keep ketones available to Steves brain will help him sustain this miraculous reprieve from the nightmare. How long will this last? I dont know the answer to this question, but believe that the clock has been set back at least two to three years, and in some respects, even longer. God willing, we will have many more good years together. As I have often thought to myself, a lament I have heard from so many others, if we can stay where we are now, it will mean everything in this battle with Alzheimers disease. While awaiting the availability of Dr. Richard Veechs ketone ester, the next best strategy we can employ is to stay on track with our healthy diet that includes coconut oil and MCT oil, in order to provide with brain the ketones as an alternative fuel. This will help provide Steve with the best quality of life he can have while living with this disease.

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Chapter 9. The “Regulator”: Thyroid Hormone

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

All too often in our society, the slowing down of physical or mental functions is accepted as the normal course of old age, rather than being diagnosed as an illness or condition that may be treated with nutrition, hormones, exercise, or lifestyle changes. Perhaps one of the most pernicious masks for old age is hypothyroidisman insufficient production or absorption of the thyroid hormone that wont allow our metabolism to function at its peak efficiency.

WHAT IS THE THYROID?

The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck, over the trachea, or wind-pipe, just below the larynx. Despite its tiny stature, the thyroid has tremendous responsibilities, as it is the gland that affects virtually all metabolic processes. It does this by releasing certain hormones, which in turn regulate the bodys metabolism, temperature, and heart rate. If the thyroid is not functioning at its optimal level, neither are you.

FIGURE 9.1. The thyroid gland.

The following are some of the most common symptoms of thyroid deficiency, also known as hypothyroidism. Many of them will sound to you like physical maladies that are supposed to be expected and tolerated as old age approaches:

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8. Combating Viral Infections and Mycotoxins

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

Viral threats to our well-being and survival have increased immeasurably. While most of us survive these daily threats without noticeable ill effects, damage is still occurring. By the time symptoms have appeared, however, they can often be difficult to reverse. The good news is that the response of the immune system can be enhanced and maintained, allowing us to cope effectively with these stresses and prevent them from causing illness.

Immunity involves all systems of the body in a dynamic interplay, which enables the body to recognize foreign invaders and neutralize and/or metabolize and eliminate them. Guiding and empowering this multifaceted response is the intelligence of the body’s QEF.

In order for the immune system to properly identify an invader, it must integrate information from the QEF. This energy field is constantly scanning our internal and external environment for dangerous organisms or chemical toxins. When operating efficiently, this surveillance system orchestrates the immune response with the other systems of the body into a harmonious and unified whole of great power and precision.

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10. Dealing with Diseases That Aren’t Diseases

Hoffman M.D., Ronald Basic Health Publications ePub

Doctor, doctor, I’m begging on my knees
Won’t you tell me please
What could be my malady?

—THE JAMES BARCLAY HARVEST

Consider the options available to people facing midlife. Even if they don’t suffer from an overt disease, they’re likely to be handed a prescription or urged to undergo surgery to “fix” even minor ailments. If their blood pressure isn’t yet high, but creeping up, they might be dubbed pre-hypertensive and placed on “light” medication, including a statin drug and daily aspirin.

If they’re female, they probably have a touch of osteopenia (pre-osteoporosis), prompting another prescription for bone-strengthening drugs. And for those with a family history of breast cancer or lumpy breasts, their doctor might even consider a powerful hormone blocker.

Men concerned about receding hairlines now have Propecia. And just in case sexual performance isn’t up to par, a slew of erectile dysfunction drugs are available for the taking.

Likewise, there are antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs for occasional mood blips, attention-focusing drugs for “spaciness” and low productivity (a.k.a. Adult Attention Deficit Disorder), a plethora of antihistamines for seasonal allergies, and powerful acid blockers to “cure” occasional indigestion resulting from poor diet. And, of course, researchers are anxiously seeking the Holy Grail of modern pharmaceuticals: a pill that curbs appetite and helps burn fat effortlessly—all without side effects!

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Chapter 1 - The American State of Unhealth

Weiland M.D., Kevin Basic Health Publications ePub

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s an internal medicine physician, I specialize in the health care of adults. Like a pediatrician with children, I focus on adults. I have made a career of treating health problems that certainly include diabetes and heart disease. But I am lucky to be practicing medicine in this modern age when we can foresee, detect, and prevent disease before it overcomes the patient.

Like many internists, preventive medicine is a major part of my practice. My journey to disease prevention actually began long before I started medical school. What I witnessed while growing up in a small town in South Dakota helped shape me into the physician I am today. My parents were hardworking owners and operators of a funeral home and ambulance service on the eastern side of the state. Back then, the local funeral homes typically provided the ambulance service since the hearse could easily transport the sick or injured to the hospital.

Not only did my father run the ambulance service, he was also one of the first emergency medical technicians (EMT) trained in the state. As an EMT, he had the necessary training in basic life support, but it was his experiences as a medic in World War II that gave him the confidence to care for the sick and injured. He was on call for our little community 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at a time when beepers and cell phones were pure science fiction. My mother served as his answering service and dispatcher. She alone had the responsibility of tracking down my father in the event someone needed his help. Needless to say, the Weiland Ambulance Service was an integral part of the community.

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7 - Female Hormonal Balance: How It Affects the Skin and Total Well-Being

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

CHAPTER 7

Female Hormonal Balance: How It Affects the Skin and Total Well-Being

We have seen throughout this book that optimal nutritional support is a must for skin cells to develop properly. However, women often must address another factor in order to achieve healthy-looking skin. Female hormones play an important role in determining the skin’s appearance and texture, and to a significant degree, they affect a woman’s overall feeling of well-being.

HORMONAL IMBALANCE SPELLS TROUBLE FOR YOUR SKIN AND REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS

Hormonal imbalance throws off the body’s ability to function normally. Tissues that rely on these hormones are affected in ways that lead to a variety of female health complaints and problem skin conditions. This imbalance of reproductive hormones causes many women to experience acne breakouts in the days leading up to their periods. Studies clearly demonstrate that hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone affect the texture and appearance of the skin, and an imbalance of these hormones results in complexion problems and aggravates skin disorders.

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1. Understanding Calcium

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

CHAPTER 1

UNDERSTANDING CALCIUM

You can’t escape it. News about calcium is everywhere—in magazines, on TV, and in newspapers. Everybody’s talking about the need for extra calcium to prevent osteoporosis. The reason for this is that 98 percent of all calcium is needed to continuously make bone. But if you think that calcium’s only job is to build strong bones, you’re mistaken. Calcium is essential for heart and nerve function, even though only 2 percent gets used for that purpose.

The 2 percent of calcium that stays in your blood and soft tissues is vitally important to your health and well-being. All of your muscles—including your heart—need calcium to contract. In addition, your blood needs calcium to clot. And your nervous system needs enough calcium to send messages throughout your body.

The problem is that you may be taking too much of a good thing. Taking too much calcium can be as much of a problem as getting too little. Excessive amounts of calcium can contribute to muscle cramping, heart palpitations and heart disease, fibromyalgia (nonspecific muscle pain), and some premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms.

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