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3. Vitamin D and Women’s Health

Murray, Frank Basic Health Publications ePub

Concerns about vitamin D have resurfaced in medical and scientific literature because the prevalence of a vitamin D deficiency in the United States, especially among darkly pigmented people, has increased, explained Bruce W. Hollis and Carol L. Wagner of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. The purpose of their review, as reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, was to focus on women during pregnancy and lactation.1

“The approximate dose of vitamin D during pregnancy and lactation is unknown, although it appears to be greater than the current reference intake of 200 to 400 IU/day,” they said. “Doses less than 10,000 IU/day (250 mcg/day) for up to five months do not elevate circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D to concentrations over 90 ng/ml, whereas doses less than 1,000 IU/day, in many cases, are inadequate for maintaining normal circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels between 15 and 80 ng/ml.”

They added that vitamin D plays no etiologic role in cardiac valvular disease, such as that observed in Williams syndrome, and, as such, animal models involving vitamin D intoxication that show an effect on cardiac disease are flawed and offer no insight into normal human physiology. Williams syndrome is a congenital disorder involving mental deficiency, mild growth deficiency, elevated blood calcium, hypersensitivity to vitamin D, and excess ingestion of the vitamin during pregnancy.

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17. Constipation

Joseph J. Sweere Basic Health Publications, Inc. ePub

17. Constipation

he body’s ability to fully eliminate harmful waste products is very important to good health. Through the colon, the organ primarily responsible for detoxification, the body is able to cleanse itself of wastes in order to maintain health. Thus, it’s imperative that colon function is effective and efficient. Constipation is a very common disorder among Americans—in fact, Americans spend $450,000,000 annually on commercial laxatives! Fortunately, the Golden Rules presented in this chapter can help you avoid this uncomfortable problem.

ALL CONSTIPATION IS NOT THE SAME

The most common form of constipation is known as atonic constipation, which affects approximately 85 percent of all people who at one time or another must deal with the condition. The less common type of constipation is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or spastic constipation. If you regularly suffer constipation, it’s important to understand the distinction between the two conditions, because the treatments for each differ significantly.

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Chapter 3. Li Qing Yuen: A Short Story About A Very Long Life

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

T

here is an incredible Chinese longevity story in which Lycium plays a starring role, and its cited as one of the primary reasons for the preeminence of goji in Chinese medicine, which continues to the present day.

The legend centers around a gentleman named Li Qing Yuen, who is said to have lived to be 252 years old. In case you think that this is one of those Chinese fables that supposedly happened long before the invention of paper, ink and witnesses, such is not the case. Li Qing Yuen was born in relatively modern times by Chinese standards, in the year 1678, and his incredible lifespan has been documented and verified by modern scholars.

We know that Li Qing Yuen was born in the mountainous southwest of China, a remote and harsh area not well suited for a boy of his adventurous and wandering nature. When three traveling herbalists chanced to visit his village, young Li, barely 11 years old, seized upon the opportunity and begged the three men to allow him to follow them on their journeys. His passion and inquisitive nature soon won over the older men, and they accepted him as an apprentice.

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PERK #33: Playing the Ole Cancer Card

Strang BA BEd MEd, Florence Basic Health Publications ePub

Perk #33

Playing the Ole Cancer Card

Idunno, there is just something about having cancer that makes you think that you no longer have to play by the rules. For example, if my sixteen-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn, were to say, “Mom, you can’t park here, it’s a no parking zone!” I’d say, “But of course I can, honey, I have cancer.” It is as if cancer had given me a newfound sense of entitlement. Besides, who was going to make me move my car if I happened to slip and say that I have cancer? Although my teen chastised me for this attitude, I found her on occasion playing the ole cancer card as well: “Sorry my essay is late, Mrs. Smith. Yesterday was Mom’s chemo day. “

HEALTH TIP #33

Go Ahead, Take Advantage, and Be Assertive

Consider, if you will, this scenario unfolding in the chemo room:

You are sitting in the chair, ready for chemo, but as the nurse hangs the bag, you notice it’s a different-colored fluid than all the other treatments you’ve gotten in the past.

Which response best matches yours?

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CHAPTER 6: The Art of Palpation

Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong ECW Press ePub

CHAPTER 6

The ART of PALPATION

Medicine is not only a science; it is also an art. It does not consist of compounding pills and plasters; it deals with the very processes of life, which must be understood before they may be guided.

— Paracelsus

ALTHOUGH IT MIGHT BE CONSIDERED a relatively minor aspect of the clinical examination, the art of palpation — using human touch to assess the patient — is, in fact, one of the most useful skills a physician can develop. It was certainly an important part of the old British system of training. We were well tutored in the art. This included learning how to feel for the shape, size, firmness and location of key organs and their spatial relationships to other organs.

And not only organs. There is great deal to be learned from any mass that might develop. Is it smooth or rough? Is it hard or soft? Does it move with breathing or is it fixed? Is there lymph node involvement? Does it pulsate? The answers to these questions can tell you a great deal about whether the mass is benign or malignant and, if the latter, how far it has progressed.

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