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1. Was It Something I Ate?

Toews MPH, Victoria Dolby Basic Health Publications ePub


Every once in a while about half of us Americans suffer from indigestionan umbrella term to describe symptoms such as heartburn, upset stomach, bloating, gas, and slow digestionand 25 million Americans face indigestion as a daily part of life. It doesnt have to be this way, since there are many natural remedies for this common condition.

There is often no specific culprit that can be identified as a cause of indigestion. Other times, with a bit of sleuthing, you can determine the cause of your dyspepsia and take steps to remedy the underlying condition. All too often, indigestion is a condition of too much, such as eating too much, eating too quickly, or eating while under too much stress.

Dyspepsia Another name for indigestion.

Obesity and pregnancy can be instigators of heartburn, since extra weight can push the stomach contents back into the esophagus. Hiatal hernias, discussed in Chapter 5, are another cause of indigestion. Medications that irritate the stomach lining (such as aspirin) can also be an underlying trigger of indigestion.

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5. Taking the Back Roads

McLeod M.D., Malcolm Noell Basic Health Publications ePub

Poets and philosophers before me discovered the unconscious; what I discovered was the scientific method by which the unconscious can be studied.

—SIGMUND FREUD (1856—1939)
Viennese physician and founder of psychoanalysis

As I waited for George, I wondered about him as a person. Who had loved him deeply? Or had anyone ever loved him deeply? Whom had he turned to for help when he needed it, or had there been anyone there to turn to? What were his life aspirations when he was age ten, twenty, and thirty? What disappointments had he suffered? Whom had he loved and whom had he disappointed? Did he have any regrets, any sorrows?

The sound of the waiting room door opening alerted me that George had arrived for our fourth session. He came into my office and sat down.

George began our session by saying, “You recommended psychotherapy during our last session. Before I decide anything, I want to ask you some questions about it.”

“Of course, go ahead,” I replied. “I hope I can answer them.”

George leaned forward and spoke, “Do you really think psychotherapy can help me? I don’t want to sound like a complainer and so negative, but I’ve felt bad and been depressed for so many years. I can’t help being pessimistic. I know you think talking about my problems will probably work or you wouldn’t be recommending it, but I guess I need to hear it from you.”

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6. The Mediterranean Diet and Health

Carder Ph.D., Brooks Basic Health Publications ePub

The Mediterranean Diet and Health

WHILE A CLEAR PURPOSE of the Laguna Beach Diet is to enable people to lose weight, the ultimate objective is better health. It is worth noting that the healthiest weight may not be cosmetically ideal. You may think you would look better if you were thinner, but if your body mass index (BMI) is around 25, the process I recommend will probably not enable you to lose much weight. (To determine your BMI, see Chapter 2.)

If you want a short, vivid, and entertaining demonstration of the powerful and immediate influence of diet on health, I suggest you watch the movie Supersize Me. It depicts the dramatic deterioration in the health of a young man, Morgan Spurlock, who ate only at McDonald’s for one month. His body mass index went from 23.9 to 27.0. His cholesterol increased by 50 percent. His liver became so fatty that his physicians were concerned about long-term damage. He also experienced depression and sexual dysfunction.

Remember that this is entertainment, not a scientific experiment. There have been numerous individuals who claim to have lost weight eating at McDonald’s. However, they chose salads, not the burgers, fries, and large sodas that represent the bulk of McDonald’s sales. Spurlock ate the burgers and fries, which were full of saturated fat, and the large sodas, which contained substantial quantities of high-fructose corn syrup. He did not try to limit calories, and apparently ate even if he was not hungry. It is predictable that this diet would have the effects it did. The only surprise is how quickly the effect developed.

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150. Wrinkles

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

Wrinkles are usually thought of as one the first signs of aging. As we age, our skin becomes less firm, resulting in some creases and lines that are ultimately unavoidable. The number of wrinkles we develop and the severity of them, however, can be controlled. The best thing that can be done to protect your skin from wrinkles is to avoid excessive exposure to sunlight as much as possible. Beyond that, there are a number of natural methods and remedies that can be used to both help protect and restore vitality to your skin.


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

•  DHEA: 25 mg daily for women over forty; 50 mg daily for men over forty.

•  Nucleic Acids (RNA and DNA): 100300 mg daily.

•  SOD (Superoxidedismutase): 125 mcg daily.

•  Vitamin C: 5001,000 mg daily.

•  Vitamin E: 400500 IU daily.


•  Wild yam: as directed on label.


•  Drink six to ten glasses of pure water daily.

•  Eat fresh fruits and vegetables.

•  Get enough sleep (at least seven to eight hours).

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4. Prostate Cancer

Murray, Frank Basic Health Publications ePub

Excluding skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer of American men, according to “Prostate Cancer: Treatment Guidelines for Patients,” a publication of the American Cancer Society, Atlanta, Georgia. When the publication was released in 2005, ACS estimated that 232,000 men would be diagnosed with the disease, claiming 30,350 deaths. While one man in five will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, only one man in thirty-three will die of this disease.1

Most prostate cancers develop in older men and grow very slowly, but more and more younger men are being diagnosed with the disease, especially African-Americans. In fact, African-American men are more likely to develop prostate cancer, and at a younger age, than men of other races.

“In some men,” ACS reported, “the cancer can grow slowly and spread to other parts of the body, causing symptoms and sometimes, death. This, too, is more likely to happen to African-American men.”

Treating men with prostate cancer can help them to live longer and can prevent or relieve symptoms, but treatment is not the right thing for all men with this cancer, ACS continued. One reason prostate cancer is so confusing to both doctors and their patients is that it is difficult to tell which men will benefit from treatment, and which ones will have side effects of the treatment that will outweigh the benefits.

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