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10. Saw Palmetto—Promoter of Prostate Health

Cass MD, Hyla Basic Health Publications ePub

CHAPTER 10

Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) is an extract of the saw palmetto berry, the fruit of a short palm tree that grows in the southeastern United States, mainly in Florida and Georgia. Native Americans traditionally used saw palmetto berries to treat various urinary problems in men, as well as for breast disorders in women. European and American physicians at one time used the herb extensively as a treatment for benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), but in the United States, its use, as with all healing herbs, declined with the introduction of modern pharmaceuticals and drug patents.

Modern-day interest in saw palmetto was reignited in the 1960s, when French scientists conducted new research that ultimately led to the development of modern extracts. Interest in saw palmetto surged and today it is the main treatment for BPH and chronic prostatitis, or inflammation of the prostate, in both Europe and the United States.

Benign prostatic hypertrophy, or BPH, is a benign (noncancerous) enlargement of the prostate gland, affecting at least 10 percent of men by age forty and 50 percent of men by age fifty.

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10. How Stress Affects Appetite

Farris, Russell Basic Health Publications ePub

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How Stress Affects Appetite

Overweight individuals are often derided for their assertion, “But I eat like a bird.” It is usually taken for granted that they are more or less knowingly lying. Another assumption, hardly more generous, is that they do not possess the wit to observe and judge the quantity of food that they consume. Is it not conceivable that these—the too easily and too frequently condemned—are, in terms of the urgent appetites which drive them, heroes of rigorous self-mastery?

—JEAN MAYER, OVERWEIGHT: CAUSES, COST, AND CONTROL, 1968

Agood appetite was so important to the survival of our ancestors that they evolved an extremely complex system, called an appestat, to ensure that they would eat heartily when food was abundant, but not eat too much. To make this system easier to understand, we will break it into four subsystems, as follows:

• The stress-leptin subsystem, which makes us hungry when our actual weight drops below a set point weight.

• The glucose (blood sugar) subsystem, which makes us hungry when our glucose level drops below a set point.

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10. Gastrointestinal Disorders

Hoffer M.D., Abram Basic Health Publications ePub

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The gastrointestinal (GI) tract developed from a single tube, which has become specialized in structure and function. Its function is to admit food, prepare it for digestion, digest it, extract the essential nutrients, and pass the wastes from the body. The GI tract begins at the mouth, the grinding end, then passes the food into the stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, and out through the anus. The whole GI tract is one organ and should be treated clinically as such. It is illogical to consider that the stomach can be diseased while the rest of the tract is healthy. When one portion is diseased, one must assume the whole system is diseased, until it has been shown that the disease is, in fact, localized in one section. The health of the mouth (gums, teeth, and tongue) gives one a good idea of the health of the rest of the GI tract. Dentists probably know more about the health of a person’s GI tract than do those patients’ doctors.

The GI tract has a number of accessory glands either inside or outside the GI wall. These include the liver, which secretes bile into the intestine; the pancreas, which secretes pancreatic enzymes into the intestine; the secretory cells in the intestinal wall; the salivary glands; and the stomach, which secretes hydrochloric acid and pepsin.

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Conclusion: The Golden Age

Chauchard, Dr Claude Basic Health Publications ePub

CONCLUSION

The Golden Age

Its not that Im scared of dying,

I just dont want to be there when it happens.

WOODY ALLEN

The medical world doesnt talk much about the possibilities of controlling aging. Hardly surprising, in these conditions, that few people seek to cure this general decline. We say that aging is normal, and for some people it even has a certain beauty. The evolution of our vital equilibrium requires a particular and complete treatment, a total reorganization of our health routine and the control of our health capital.

The right person to advise you must be an expert in several subjects. A book is first of all the scene of a meeting: the author writes for his reader. I speak to those who believe, like Epictetus, that living is not a good thing but what is a good thing is living well.

How old are we? We are constantly talking about the problems of growing old when there are plenty of elderly people in top physical form. At the other extreme, there are men not yet forty years of age who are suffering from premature impotence, excess weight, and therefore a loss of equilibrium.

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25. Defend Against Atomic Pickpockets: Vitamin A

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

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