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4. Allergies to Dust, Mold, and Dander

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

Allergic reactions are the immune systems response to perceived invaders in the body, such as mold or dust. These invaders, which are usually harmless, are known as allergens. An allergic reaction can range anywhere from mild to severe. Mild symptoms include itchy, watery eyes and sneezing. A severe reaction can affect respiratory and circulatory function. For mild cases and to reduce the frequency of attacks, nutritional supplements and other natural remedies can provide relief. See also HAY FEVER.

SUPPLEMENTS

•  Digestive enzymes: one to three capsules with each meal.

•  Magnesium: 250500 mg daily.

•  MSM: 1,000 mg, one to three times daily.

•  Omega-3 fatty acids: 50 mg, one to three times daily (as fish oil capsules).

•  Vitamin B complex: 2550 mg daily.

•  Vitamin C: 5001,000 mg daily.

•  Zinc: 15 mg of elemental zinc (read label), once or twice daily.

HERBS

•  Borage oil: 5001,000 mg daily (as capsules) or evening primrose oil: 5001,000 mg daily (as capsules).

•  Echinacea: as directed on label.

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Part Three:   Where Hormones Come From

N.D., L.AC., Emily Kane Basic Health Publications, Inc. ePub

17.

The Adrenal Glands

You have probably heard of adrenaline in the context of something scary giving you a shot or burst of adrenaline. Maybe you’ve read a magazine article about high-adrenaline sports (like sky diving). Adrenaline, also known as epinephrine, is not just a turn of phrase; it is a very real secretion from the adrenal glands. The term adrenaline comes from the Latin root words ad (above) and renal (kidney); and epinephrine is from the Greek root words epi (above) and nephron (kidney). Both names are anatomically descriptive. The adrenal glands sit right above the kidneys, which are protected by the lower back ribcage. The action of adrenaline is to shunt blood away from the digestive tract and skin, and toward the brain, heart, leg muscles, and lungs. In other words, a shot of adrenaline prepares us for fight or flight.

Back when our survival depended on being able to hunt, run fast, and protect ourselves and our families, adrenaline rushes literally saved our lives. This fight-or-flight mode is deeply ingrained in human behavior. These days, we don’t normally encounter threats to our lives on a regular basis, but we do regularly encounter chronic stressors, such as bills, people we don’t get along with, bad news, and chronic pain such as arthritis. All these stressors make us less hearty, and more susceptible to illness. Chronic stress causes unnecessary chronic adrenaline secretion from the adrenal glands, which can lead to bone loss, deterioration of skin quality, digestive upsets, inflammation of all kinds, poor immune health, and ultimately, cancer. The best way to control chronic stress is by methodically removing unnecessary stressors and purposefully pursuing calming activities such as deep breathing, meditation, nature walks, warm water soaks, and yoga.

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2. What Is Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP)?

Nan Kathryn Fuchs Basic Health Publications, Inc. ePub

2. What Is Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP)?

Modified citrus pectin is a form of pectin that has had some of its properties altered in one of several laboratory processes. These alterations, such as changing the size of its molecules to enable it to be better absorbed, give it enhanced capabilities. The seeds for today’s high-quality modified citrus pectin were sown more than thirty years ago in Israel at a time when the oranges and grapefruits grown in that country were prized and known throughout Europe for their size and flavor. At that time, Israeli scientists were examining all aspects of these citrus fruits, and studying their properties.

Drs. Ruth and Leo Cohen were two of these scientists. Each of them held Ph.D.s in organic chemistry and each were pioneers in the citrus industry. Their specialty was the extraction and preservation of various components of citrus fruits. In addition, Dr. Leo Cohen’s expertise was in the narrow field of citrus pectins.

One day, their inquisitive twelve-year-old neighbor, Isaac Eliaz, paid one of his frequent visits to the Cohen’s. That particular afternoon still stands out vividly in his mind. Seemingly from out of nowhere, Dr. Ruth Cohen said to him, “Isaac, one day they will find out that there is a cure for cancer in the peel of the orange.” It was a statement that could have been lost forever. But for some reason, that small boy never forgot it. Thirty years later, he had become a medical doctor practicing in the United States with a specialty in integrative medicine. His main interest was in finding the cancer-fighting properties in foods to help prevent and reverse cancers. As he found various substances with anticancer properties, he studied them and added them to his treatment protocols for his patients.

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Three: Zen Perspective

Gabriel S. Weiss Basic Health Publications, Inc. ePub

By now you have learned how to meditate. But how does meditation fit in with the other activities and challenges of your life? How can you avoid the fragmentation that comes from randomly jumping from activity to activity? How can you lead a balanced life that allows you to live your core principles every day?

The answer to these questions requires one to develop a coherent philosophy of life that is compatible with the laws of nature. This philosophy of life becomes part of the spiritual realm of your life. Bringing this spiritual dimension to your practice deepens your motivation to practice meditation regularly and sustains your commitment to the process. This gives you the determination to stick with it, through whatever difficulties you experience or no matter how busy or fragmented your life becomes. Meditation becomes a skillful way to link the spiritual to the physical dimension of your life.

In studying how various spiritual leaders have incorporated meditation into their lives, I find the insights of Zen Buddhism to be a very useful point of reference. While I don’t subscribe to all aspects of Zen teaching, the concepts are truly enlightened and worth considering, especially because Zen speaks so directly to the healing power of meditation. I am not talking about Zen as a religion, but rather as a philosophy of life that is compatible with most religious beliefs and modern scientific theories. In the Time magazine cover story “The Dalai Lama’s Journey” (March 31, 2008), reporter Pico Iyer explains that Buddhism is “more accurately called a science of mind than a religion.”

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28. Burns

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

Burns occur when the skin is exposed to high heat, certain chemicals, or intense electrical currents. Sometimes the underlying tissue and, in severe cases, the internal organs can be damaged. Burns range from first degree (the least severe) to third degree (the most severe). Minor burns respond well to home treatment; however, severe burns require immediate medical care. For minor burns and recovery from severe burns, natural remedies can provide much-needed relief and quicker healing.

SUPPLEMENTS

•  Coenzyme Q10: 60 mg, one to three times daily.

•  MSM: 1,000 mg, one to three times daily.

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

•  Selenium: 100200 mcg daily.

•  Vitamin A: 5,00010,000 IU daily.

•  Vitamin C: 5001,000 mg daily.

•  Vitamin E: 400500 IU daily.

•  Zinc: 15 mg of elemental zinc (read label), once or twice daily.

HERBS

•  Aloe vera gel: apply topically as directed on label.

CONSIDER / TRY TO

•  Apply a cold compress to the burn.

•  Drink eight to ten glasses of pure water daily.

•  High-protein diet.

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