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2. The Dynamic Duo: Calcium and Vitamin D

Murray, Frank Basic Health Publications ePub

For some time, the need to eat more calcium to strengthen bones was almost unquestioned; however, when the results from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) trial were released in 2006, some people wondered whether trying to increase calcium consumption was worth the effort, reported Karen Collins, MS, RD, of the American Institute for Cancer Research in Washington, D.C. A more detailed look at the results provides several salient lessons, although giving up calcium is not one of them.1

In these studies, over 36,000 women, ranging in age from fifty to seventy-nine, were randomly assigned to take either a supplement of 1,000 mg/day of calcium and 400 IU/day of vitamin D or a placebo, for almost seven years. While the hip bone density of the women who took supplements improved only slightly and their risk of fractures was the same, the data revealed salient lessons, Collins said.

More calcium only helps if you get enough. Half of all older American women derive less than 650 mg/day of calcium from food, even though 1,200 mg/day is recommended for all adults over fifty. At the beginning of the study, almost one-third of the women in both groups took calcium supplements of at least 500 mg/day.

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6. The Brain and Neurologic Health

Abel Jr. M.D., Robert Basic Health Publications ePub

Sixty percent of the normal adult brain is composed of structural lipid, i.e., fat.

Dr. Frankenstein used lightning to activate his creatures brain. Fortunately, you dont have to go to such extremes.

Psychiatrists Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung ushered in the twentieth century with their views of the unconscious mind. After some time, psychiatry became a recognized branch of medicine and, for the first time, doctors began to see the possible connections between the mind and the body. It has taken us almost 100 years to understand that the psyche and the neurological systemthe mental and the physical, respectivelyare intimately intertwined, and can be affected by where we live, what we do, and what we eat. But, in the last 20 years, there has been a flurry of research about the brain and its immense capacities, including mind over body effects.

The brain is like a complex electronic control panel that completely regulates, monitors, and directs the activities of the body. It is an incredibly complex organ with a wiring diagram that we still do not fully understand. There are an estimated 100 billion nerve cells, or neurons, contained within the brain, with 100 trillion connections, all of which require chemical messengers called neurotransmitters to carry information from one nerve cell to another.

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12. Herbs

Murray, Frank Basic Health Publications ePub


erbal medicine has been used worldwide for centuries for treating a wide variety of health conditions. A number of herbs and supplements have proven useful in dealing with diabetes.

• Onion (400 milligrams of a standardized extract) improves glucose utilization.

• Bitter melon improves glucose utilization, when used as a 5 ml tincture two to three times a day to a total as high as 50 ml per day.

• Gymnema sylvestre lowers blood pressure, when given as 0.75 teaspoon in a glass of hot water as a tea.

• Fenugreek (625 mg, 23 times daily) improves glucose utilization.

• Stevia, a sweetener, improves glucose utilization, when taken at 200 mg twice daily.

• St. Johns wort (425 mg of standard extract twice daily) helps to control depression and possibly diabetic neuropathy.

• Ivy gourd enhances glucose metabolism, when taken as six tablets a day in divided doses.1

Combinations of herbs may also be useful for the complications associated with diabetes. In studying 370 women and 526 men in Morocco, 61 percent had diabetes, 23 percent were hypertensives, and 16 percent were hypertensive diabetics, yet two-thirds of the patients regularly used medicinal plants to control their disease. For diabetics, forty-one plants were used, the most popular being Trigonella foenum-graecum (fenugreek), Artemisia vulgaris, and Citrullus colocynthis (colocynth). For high blood pressure, the patients were using eighteen different herbs, including garlic, Olea europea (olive), Arbutus unedo (cane apples), Urtica doica (nettle), and Petroselinum crispum (parsley).2

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7. A Natural Anti-Aging Compound, Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, ND, MS

Challem, Jack Basic Health Publications ePub

Ann Louise Gittleman is one of the foremost experts on nutrition and healthy eating. Her books include the best-selling Fat Flush Plan, as well as Before the Change, Beyond Pritikin, and Eat Fat, Lose Weight. E-mail: sgittleman@annlouise.com. Website: www.annlouise.com

My roots have always been very holistic. Ever since I heard the name Adele Davis way back as a sophomore at Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut, I have been bitten by the nutrition bug. I believed then, as I do now, that health and longevity are within our grasp as long as we are looking in the right places. I experimented a lot in those early days. When many of my contemporaries were dabbling with mind-altering substances, I began searching for the fountain of youth—a one-stop-shop natural health solution to deal with the most urgent concerns of aging that my contemporaries and I seemed destined to face—arthritis, loss of memory, chronic pain, depression, and loss of sex drive.

Diet by diet, my personal health odyssey and longevity journey transformed me into a vegetarian, vegan, raw-foods aficionado, and macrobiotic devotee—only to learn the hard way that what seemed like the “right” and “responsible” way to eat for vitality and longevity never seemed to work for my type-A, sympathetic-dominant personality.

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Part Five - Preventing the Birth of the Enemy

Horner MD FACS, Christine Basic Health Publications ePub

Chapter 22

Invite Friends, Not Foes

A Treasure Chest of Nontoxic Solutions

The best way to battle the chemical assassins discussed in the previous chapters is to avoid them as much as possible. Don’t invite them home, and don’t allow them into your body through food or drink. Begin by assuming that they’re in everything out there. Purchase only foods and products that are labeled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as “certified organic” or by reputable manufacturers as “toxin-free.”

In the early 1970s, a few people began to blow the whistle on some chemical assassins, exposing their identity, their hideouts, and their normal routes of entry. A large, informal intelligence network sprang up, revealing more and more of them. Then, some people really got smart. They created companies that offered toxin-free products. Now, hundreds—if not thousands—of companies make nontoxic products and offer nontoxic solutions for just about everything.

I live my life based on one primary assumption: Everything is toxic unless proven otherwise. Unfortunately, that’s not too far from the truth. It’s helpful to assume that everything is toxic. It keeps you aware and searching for nontoxic alternatives. Fortunately, there are nontoxic products and solutions for just about everything.

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