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Combo Exercises

Greenspan, Jason S. Basic Health Publications ePub
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1. setting the scene

Frances Thomson-Salo Karnac Books ePub

Babies want, more than anything else, to be enthusiastically enjoyed. That may seem an unexpected place to start, but it lies at the heart of how, as a psychoanalyst working with and observing babies and their families, I think about babies. Babies come into the world already knowing a lot, with a functioning mind primed to communicate and to learn quickly. Appreciating this is of fundamental importance for understanding babies.

This series of books was conceived pardy as a resource for parents to gain some understanding of what their child is likely to be feeling. We cannot know exacdy what a baby thinks and feels, but knowledge about how babies may experience their interaction with their parents is increasing exponentially. The great English paediatrician and psychoanalyst Donald Winni-cott, who saw some 60,000 babies, believed that the answers to understanding their baby lay in the parents themselves. My hope is that understanding more about the exquisite capacities with which babies come into the world empowers their parents to feel that the answers are in them. Once we know how babies are capable at an early age of understanding and carrying out certain actions, we become, in turn, even more aware of their capacities. If parents can tune-in to how much their baby longo connect with people, they might be fascinated to engage with and share their baby’s fascination with them.

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Key Five: Nourish Your Sexuality

PhD Brian R. Clement New World Library ePub

I think people should be free to engage
in any sexual practices they choose;
they should draw the line at goats though.

— Singer Elton John

When a Stanford University oncologist informed thirty-two-year-old Andrea that the experimental cancer drug combination she was taking “will probably make you sterile,” Andrea’s lifelong dream of being a mother seemed to vanish in the face of her struggle against stage 4 Hodgkin’s disease.

Since the age of sixteen, growing up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, Andrea had experienced a recurring vivid dream in which she walked hand in hand with a little blond-haired boy who she sensed was her own future son. Now that cancer of the lymphatic system had infiltrated both lungs, her doctors wanted her to undergo chemotherapy, followed by a bone marrow transplant and radiation, in addition to a cocktail of seven experimental drugs. There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that sterility would result from this treatment regimen.

“I knew that I had to put away my dreams of giving birth,” Andrea told us during a visit to the Hippocrates Health Institute. “It was a huge feeling of loss. I’m the youngest of ten children, and I had always wanted a big family of my own. But my first concern had to be my own survival.”

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4. Homocysteine—Your Most Vital Statistic

Braly M.D., James Basic Health Publications ePub

Chapter 4

Homocysteine—Your Most Vital Statistic

There’s an old saying about the acceptance of new ideas. First skeptics and critics say, “It’s not true and not important.” Then they say, “It’s true, but not important.” Then they say, ”It’s true, it’s important, but it’s not new!” This describes exactly what has happened with homocysteine. As we saw in Part One, Dr. Kilmer McCully struggled on the sidelines for more than twenty years, waiting for the medical profession to take his discovery seriously.

Then, in the mid-1990s, things started to heat up. There was the Massachusetts-based Framingham Heart Study in 1995, which found that having more than 11.4 units of homocysteine in the blood dramatically increased the risk the heart disease.1 In 1997, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association proved that homocysteine was more important than cholesterol in predicting heart attacks and at least one in five people with a history of heart disease had “high” H levels. Homocysteine had finally entered the “true and not important” phase.

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9.  Nutrient Activators and Sports Supplements

Ivy Ph.D., John Basic Health Publications ePub

Nutrient Activators and Sports Supplements

Nutrient activation takes place when one nutrient helps another nutrient perform its job more efficiently. More exactly, nutrient activation is a process by which the biological effects of a certain nutrient are influenced through direct or indirect interaction with one or more other nutrients. This is a key concept in the Nutrient Timing System.

As you’ve learned, muscle recovery and growth occur fastest when the right nutrients are consumed at the right times in relation to training. That’s simple enough, but it’s also important to understand how these various nutrients interact to promote muscle growth. This chapter discusses the key nutrient activators and their potential benefits to the body when taken at the right time. It also alerts you to the questionable activators—supplements you might be taking to enhance your performance that just might not work the way they are purported to.


Most strength athletes think of nutrients in terms of their direct effects not in terms of their indirect effects. For example, they think of protein as the constituent that muscles are made of, but they don’t think of protein as a nutrient that can enhance muscle glycogen storage by stimulating insulin (protein as activator). Let’s take a look at the important nutrient activators that can cooperate to maximize the rate at which proteins become biologically active components of your growing muscles.

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