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48. Cystitis

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

A bladder infection (cystitis) is a lower urinary tract infection caused by bacteria. Bladder infections are more common in women than in men. Symptoms include an urgent, frequent desire to urinate and pain during urination. There may also be lower back pain and pain above the pubic bone. Antibiotics are often prescribed for bladder infections; however, this infection responds very well to natural remedies. See also URINARY TRACT INFECTION.


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


•  Acidophilus: one to three (multi-billion count) capsules before each meal.

•  Alfalfa: as directed on label.

•  Barberry: as directed on label.

•  Cinnamon: as directed on label.

•  Cranberry extract: as directed on label (as capsules).

•  Garlic: 500 mg daily.

•  Uva ursi: as directed on label.


•  Drink six to ten glasses of pure water daily.

•  Drink two 8-ounce glasses of unsweetened cranberry juice daily.

•  Wear cotton undergarments.


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5 Litigating the Revolution

Jo B. Paoletti Indiana University Press ePub

Fashion has had a legal side for centuries. Powerful rulers once set limits on who could or could not wear certain finery and decreed that colors, badges, or hats be used to set certain groups of people apart as “others”—Jews, for example, who were required to wear yellow badges or pointed hats in parts of thirteenth-century Europe.1 The umbrella term for these edicts is “sumptuary laws”; one of my favorites, from medieval Spain, begins with “the king may wear anything he wishes.” Sumptuary laws reveal a great deal about a society—for example, which goods are highly valued (and therefore reserved for the élites) and also which groups may be considered a threat to the status quo. Amid the social turbulence of the Renaissance, wealthy merchants and their wives were often singled out as needing to be reminded of their inferiority to their high-born betters. Economist Thorstein Veblen observed in 1899 that in modern capitalism, wealth could be freely displayed by nearly everyone who has it, as a sign of socioeconomic superiority. But we still face restrictions in the form of dress codes, usually in schools or in the workplace, that attempt to enforce a uniform appearance or suppress potentially disruptive elements. These modern regulations have elements of social class (public schools with uniform dress codes tend to be in poorer districts), race (local ordinances against “saggy pants”), or gender (laws against cross-dressing and public indecency, dress codes that enforce gender stereotypes). Sumptuary laws don’t come from out of the blue: they are a reaction by the powerful to undesirable behavior from their “inferiors.” The rampant and dramatic changes in gender expression that emerged in the 1960s met with just such resistance, leading in some cases to the courtroom and sometimes even to prison. The litigious heat generated by long hair, short skirts, and women in pants is strong evidence that these were far from trivial issues for the parties involved. The fact that we are still arguing about the same principles, though in different clothing, is part of the ongoing legacy of the 1960s.

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Seven: The Nature of Reality and Consciousness

Gabriel S. Weiss Basic Health Publications, Inc. ePub

Meditation is both a healing art and a science of mind and body. This final chapter explains key aspects of Western science’s views on the nature of reality and how the mind works, and compares and contrasts these with Eastern insights about meditation and Zen. You will see how the scientific view of reality and the Zen perspective outlined earlier in this book are not inconsistent but, in fact, inform and complement one another. This neuroscientific description of how the mind works includes: the surprising role that feelings play in life regulation; how it is that we have the capacity for consciousness awareness; and the mechanisms by which we are able to learn and acquire wisdom. Lastly, this chapter reveals the neurobiology of how meditation affects the mind and enhances our health and well-being.

British mathematician, scientist, and humanitarian Jacob Bronowski, who was mentioned previously in the book, worked in the 1960s at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. There, he wrote the BBC television documentary series and book called The Ascent of Man, wherein he insisted all science is philosophy. He called it “natural philosophy.” He wrote, “My ambition here has been to create a philosophy that is all of one piece… For me the understanding of nature has as its goal the understanding of human nature, and of the human condition within nature.”

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6. Heart Disease

M.D., Ronald L. Hoffman Basic Health Publications, Inc. ePub

Take another little piece of my heart now, baby! Break another little bit of my heart now, darling …


In July 2004, ex-President Bill Clinton became the poster-boy for aggressive cardiac intervention. All the right ingredients were there: Clinton was demographically correct—no geezer by a long shot, he was the quintessential baby boomer. He was busy, powerful, and full of vitality, had access to all the right health information, good doctors, and primo health insurance. He talked a good “health” game, too—yet clung to a few favorite vices. A non-cigarette smoker, he wasn’t averse to an occasional cigar. His efforts to eat right were almost as legendary as his hankerings for French fries. And exercise was more “show” than strict regimen (remember all those presidential photos of him gamely jogging through Washington). In other words, he was someone the 80 million boomers now coasting toward their prime cardiovascular risk years could easily identify with.

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6. Healthier by Nature

Roseboro, Ken Basic Health Publications ePub

One day after spraying his fields with pesticides, Klaas Martens tried folding the sprayer to put it away but discovered that he couldnt move his right arm. It was paralyzed.

It was scary, says his wife, Mary-Howell, recalling the incident.

Martenss instant paralysis was caused by exposure to the toxic pesticides he sprayed on the couples 1,300-acre farm in Penn Yan, New York.

He later regained movement in the arm thanks to chiropractic treatments, but the paralysis was the latest in a series of health problems caused by pesticide exposure. There were also headaches and nausea.

Martens dreaded spraying. I knew I would feel rotten for a month after, he says.

He suffered despite taking precautions. While spraying, Martens wore a white, head-to-toe Tyvek suit with green plastic gloves.

Mary-Howell hated to see her husband suffer. Years later, she wrote, We wanted to believe that it [his sickness] was due to just a germ since he had been working such long hours, but we knew better. My husband was slowly being poisoned.

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