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7. Dispelling Some Popular Health Myths

Roseboro, Ken Basic Health Publications ePub

In 1994, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed to limit sodium in school feeding programs. The Salt Institute, a trade organization, promptly protested. The group contended that removal of high-sodium foods, such as milk and other dairy products, inevitably denies children other important nutrients such as calcium and potassium, present in such foods.

This challenge deserves scrutiny. The USDAs proposal, which forms public policy, is based solidly on scientific evidence. Correct? Incorrect!

Contrary to popular perception, universal sodium restriction is unnecessary, and possibly undesirable. A common notion is that sodium induces hypertension (high blood pressure) and that lowering sodium intake will prevent hypertension. Unfortunately, this notion has no scientific basis. Instead, many recent medical studies have brought into question the effectiveness and even the safety of universal sodium restriction.

There is a relationship between sodium and blood pressure, which is important for about 10 percent of the population, which is sodium-sensitive. For this group, sodium restriction is an important feature, along with other measures, for treatment. However, for about 90 percent of the population, there is no convincing scientific basis for the idea that sodium restriction will prevent hypertension.

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Resources: Recommended Reading

Ya-Ling J. Liou Return to Health Press™ PDF

RESOURCES

Recommended Reading

For More on the Mechanics of Everyday Pain

Edwards MZ. YogAlign, Pain-Free Yoga From Your Inner Core. Hanalei, HI:

Hihimanu Press; 2011.

Gokhale E, Adams S. 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back: Natural Posture Solutions for Pain in the Back, Neck, Shoulder, Hip, Knee, and Foot. Chicago, IL: Pendo Press; 2008.

Hage M. The Back Pain Book. Pompano Beach, FL: Educa Books; 2008.

Liebenson C. Flexibility, Yoga Training, and Ergonomic Postural Advice.

Published on DVD. Riverwoods, IL: Wolters Kluwer Heath; 2011.

McGill S. Back Mechanic: The Step-by-Step McGill Method to Fix Back Pain.

Waterloo, Ontario: Stuart McGill Wabuno Publishers; 2015.

McGill S. Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance. 5th ed. Waterloo, Ontario:

Stuart McGill Wabuno Publishers; 2004.

McKenzie RA. Treat Your Own Back. 9th ed. Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Products Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products; 2011.

Myers T. Anatomy Trains website. https://www.anatomytrains.com.

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9. Pharmacological Management

M.D., Jonathan M. Berkowitz Basic Health Publications, Inc. ePub

Chapter 9

Pharmacological Management

Despite our best efforts, there will always be some people with irritable bowel syndrome who will need medication to control their symptoms. Drugs are certainly not the best way to treat any medical condition; however, for some people, medications will remain an occasional, or permanent, fact of life. There is no doubt that medications can cause problems of their own. What I personally find disturbing, however, is when authors slander IBS medications, calling them poisons and accusing them of doing more harm than good. While it is true that many medications have potentially disturbing side effects, that some physicians rely too heavily on medications to treat IBS, and that many patients are overmedicated, it is also true that there are millions of people who have been helped by IBS pharmacotherapy.

Knowledge is power, and the more you know about the drugs you take, the more effective they will be for you. While the purpose of this book is to help you become medication-free or dramatically reduce the amount of medication you are taking, this chapter can help you avoid drug-related side effects while extracting the most benefit from pharmaceuticals.

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Chapter 16. Exercises for Longevity

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

Until the Industrial Revolution in the early 1800s, strenuous physical activity was an integral part of daily lifein work as well as in religious, social, and cultural expression. With this diminished work-related physical activity, the healers and philosophers of the time questioned whether long life and health could be maintained with a decreased level of exercise.

By 1953, almost 60 percent of American children failed to meet even a minimum fitness standard for health, compared to less than 10 percent in Europe. When John F. Kennedy became president in 1961, he convened a conference on physical fitness and young people and established what would eventually be called the Presidents Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. In the mid-1970s, popular interest in the benefits of exercise sprouted a widespread enthusiasm for the benefits of physical activity in preventing and treating a variety of conditions that continues to this day.

Despite the governments efforts to educate the public about the benefits of exercise, a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in March 2001 revealed that just 25 percent of adults met government recommendations for physical activity in 1998.

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PERK #23: I Got First Pick of “the Fodge”

Strang BA BEd MEd, Florence Basic Health Publications ePub

Perk #23

I Got First Pick of “the Fodge”

First of all, let me begin with a definition of the word “fodge” as I believe it to be a term unique to my hometown of Lawn, Newfoundland: Fodge (noun). Hand-me-downs. Goods handed down to a person after being used and discarded by another.

I am the oldest of five sisters. My youngest sister, Lynette, who lives in Miami … well, let’s just say that she married well. A couple of times each year, Lynette will send home a fodge of designer clothing, makeup, shoes, and purses, which is descended upon by the females in my family like a pack of wolves. Prior to getting cancer, I was lucky to walk away with half a tube of Dior mascara. Trust me, you would not want to come between my nieces Krissy and Cassie when there is a Chanel purse on the line! Things can turn ugly pretty quickly. You can only imagine how moved I was then, when Mom and Dad came to visit with a big box from Florida and a handwritten note from Lynette saying, “Make sure Florence gets first pick of the fodge!” I had Coach purses coming out the yin yang!

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