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98. Out of the Cold

Klatz M.D. D.O., Ronald Basic Health Publications ePub

A 2005 study by researchers at the Federal Research Centre of Nutrition and Food in Germany found that those men and women who took daily vitamins and minerals with probiotics (bacteria that can activate the immune system, particularly T cells) for at least three months reported reduced cold symptoms compared with those suffered by people who took only vitamins and minerals. The men and women taking a combination of vitamins, minerals, and probiotics experienced the following:

• Colds that lasted almost two days less than the average of nine days.

• Less time with a fever, reduced to six hours, rather than the average of twenty-four hours.

• Less severe headaches, coughing, and sneezing.

Probiotic bacteria, in the form of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains, are found in respectable amounts in yogurt. They are also available, in higher doses, in dietary supplement form (freeze-dried powders, capsules, and wafers are preferable over liquid supplements, which are highly perishable). Look for probiotic supplements with the highest “colony forming units” per dose. Because bacteria counts drop as the product ages, mind the expiration date. Take probiotic supplements on an empty stomach.

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10. Treating Attention Deficit Disorder

Passwater Ph.D., Richard A. Basic Health Publications ePub

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ts impossible for me to write about the health benefits of OPCs without mentioning the research on attention deficit disorder (ADD), or as it is sometimes called attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This disorder used to be known simply as hyperactivity.

Attention deficit disorder involves the inability to keep focused on a task, impulsive behavior, and/or hyperactivity. ADD is much broader than the excessive physical activity of hyperactivity; it includes behavioral and mental disorders that keep one from learning or performing well, even though the individual has the mental capability to do so.

ADD affects about 5 to 10 percent of school-aged children in the United States, and is the basis for about one-half of the childhood referrals to diagnostic clinics. ADD is seen ten times more frequently in boys than girls.

Understanding ADD

The cause of ADD is not known, but structural abnormalities have been ruled out by CAT, MRI, and EEG scans (computerized axial tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and electroencephalogram, respectively). The leading suspect appears to be neurotransmitter abnormalities, possibly associated with decreased activity or stimulation in the upper brainstem and frontal-midbrain. There is also suspicion that toxins, environmental problems, or neurologic immaturity could be involved.

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D. Exercises for Specific Muscle Groups

Lydon M.D., Christine Basic Health Publications ePub

An asterisk (*) indicates an exercise that may be performed at home.

ABDOMINALS

Cable crunches

Crunches*

Hanging leg raises*

Lying hip raises*

Side crunches*

Roman Chair

BACK

Bent-over barbell rows*

Bent-over dumbell rows*

Cable rows

Lat cable pull-downs

T-bar rows

Wide-grip chin-ups*

BICEPS

Power Movements

Alternating dumbell curls*

Barbell curls*

Preacher curls

Defining Movements

Concentration curls*

Overhead cable curls

CALVES

Hack squat

Leg press

Seated calf raises*

Sissy squat*

Smith squat

Standing calf raises*

GLUTES/HAMSTRINGS

Power Movements

Bench squats*

Free squats*

Hack squats

Leg press

Smith squats

Gluteal Defining Movements

Abductor machine

Sissy squats*

Hamstring Defining Movements

Prone leg curls

Straight-legged dead lifts*

PECTORALS

Power Movements

Decline bench press*

Flat dumbell press

Flyes*

Incline dumbell press*

Machine press*

Push-ups*

Defining Movements

Cable flyes

Pec deck

QUADRICEPS

Power Movements

Bench squats*

Free squats*

Hack squats

Leg press

Smith squats

Defining Movements

Adductor machine

Leg extensions

Sissy squats*

SHOULDERS

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24. A Grateful Psychiatrist

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

When, after so many efforts, you have at last arrived at a certainty, your joy is one of the greatest that can be felt by a human soul.

—Louis Pasteur (1822-1895)

As I was preparing to send this book to the publisher, I had a most wonderful and uplifting experience. A psychiatrist, whom I’ll call Dr. Richards, phoned me and said, “I read one of your published articles about chromium in the treatment of depression. I fit your description of patients who respond to chromium to a ‘T.’ I’d like to make an appointment to come to Chapel Hill and meet with you to find out more about it. Do you have any time?”

I told him I did, and we set up an appointment.

During our first visit, Dr. Richards told me, “I’ve suffered for much of my adult life from depression. My symptoms are just like the symptoms of the patients you described in your paper who responded to chromium alone in the treatment of depression. My symptoms have been a depressed mood, excess appetite—especially a craving for carbohydrates—excessive sleepiness, unexplained exhaustion, and feeling easily rejected.”

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3. Whole-Person Health Care: A Starting Point for You and Your Physician

Meletis M.D., Chris Basic Health Publications ePub

By now you realize the importance of being as healthy as possible when trying to conceivefor your own well-being, in order to maximize your odds of conception, and to increase the likelihood of giving birth to a healthy baby. In earlier chapters, we helped lay the groundwork for a healthy foundation with diet and lifestyle tips. Another important way to ensure that you are in the best possible health is to undergo a series of medical tests with your healthcare practitioner. In this chapter well cover initial tests and physical exams that all couples should have prior to conception and tests recommended for couples who havent yet gotten pregnant after actively trying. Well also give some pointers to assist you in finding the right doctor, whether its a reproductive endocrinologist, a naturopathic physician, or both.

INITIAL TESTS FOR ALL COUPLES

First and foremost, make sure you are in good general health before trying to get pregnant. The following tests are recommended for all health-conscious people on an annual basis, regardless of whether or not they want to become pregnant. A willingness to conceive makes these tests even more important. Both naturopathic doctors (N.D.s) and conventional medical doctors (M.D.s) can order these tests.

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