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3. Looking for Causes

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

One cannot possibly practice good medicine and not understand the fundamentals underlying therapy.

—FULLER ALBRIGHT (1900—1969), American physician and endocrinologist

While I was waiting for George to come for his second session, I reminded myself that, although I was able to describe his cluster of symptoms as characteristic of atypical depression, I did not know the underlying cause of his depression. Simply giving a name to a cluster of symptoms is just the first step. My next task was trying to find out why George was depressed.

There are many psychological and medical causes of depression. To rule out the medical causes, a depressed person should have a complete medical examination by his or her family doctor.

An underlying medical condition often causes depression. General medical disorders are notorious for masquerading as depression. For instance, one of my patients had Cushing’s syndrome—a disorder that causes too much of the stress hormone cortisol to be present in the body. This condition causes the person to gain weight (especially around the abdomen), have high blood pressure, and be susceptible to infections. When Cushing’s syndrome is treated, the patient’s depression lifts right away.

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8. Physical Fitness as Part of Longevity, Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO, FAASP

Challem, Jack Basic Health Publications ePub

Robert Goldman is chairman of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M). Address: 1510 West Montana Street, Chicago, IL 60614. Tel: 773-528-4333. Website: www.worldhealth.net

As a physician cofounder of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) with Dr. Ronald Klatz (see his chapter, starting on p. 00) and as A4M chairman, I have the privilege of traveling to more than twenty nations a year with the specific objective of raising awareness about, and increasing the adoption of, anti-aging and regenerative medicine. My frequent trips overseas have launched a number of initiatives that promote innovative approaches to address the swelling aging population in nations around the world. In expanding the reach of anti-aging and regenerative medicine, A4M adopts the Olympic model for global expansion. We aim to develop strong international partnerships with individuals placed in prominent positions in their respective nations’ medical commissions; governmental bodies, including the Medical Commission of the European Parliament; and academic and research-based affiliates and universities. In doing so, we have garnered strong participation among nations in Europe and Asia, as well as in South and Central America, and Canada. Today, 15 percent of A4M’s membership hails from outside U.S. borders.

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12. Exercises—Upper Body

Fichera M.S., Salvatore Basic Health Publications ePub


Exercises—Upper Body



Standing Cable Decline Chest Press

Muscles worked

• Primary: Lower to mid pectorals (chest muscles, also referred to as pecs).

• Support: Front deltoids (shoulders), triceps (rear upper arm), arm stabilizers and neutralizers, and core (abdominals, lower back).


Using cable pulley system, with two closer pulleys than the traditional cable system (half as wide):

• Position grips so they are just below shoulder height.

• Stand in the center.

• Holding both grips, lunge forward so your body is angled forward (forty-five to sixty degrees).

• Position elbows at, or just past, your back, maintaining a forty-five-degree downward angle with your forearms.


• While exhaling, press downward at a forty-five-degree forward angle.

• Fully extend arms, stopping just before locking out your elbows.

• Inhale as you bring your elbows back.

• At all points throughout the range of motion (ROM), keep your elbows in alignment with your lower pecs.

Helpful hints

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1. Stem Cells: The Body’s Repair Kit

Steenblock M.S. D.O., David Basic Health Publications ePub


Stem Cells: The Body’s Repair Kit

Stem cells—unspecialized cells that give rise to specialized cells—appear to be one of the body’s ablest tools for self-repair. When a disease or injury strikes, these cells respond to specific chemical signals and set about to facilitate healing by differentiating into the specialized cells required for the body’s repair—that is, provided they exist in sufficient numbers and receive the correct signals when disease or injury occurs. When they do not, the end result is an inadequate or compromised healing response. With regard to stem-cell therapy, there are a couple of ways to remedy this: (1) specific tissues can be grown from a patient’s or donor’s stem cells outside the body and then transplanted into the damaged or injured site; and (2) stem cells from a patient or a donor can be introduced into the body and their activity encouraged by removing impediments to new cell creation and proliferation, such as high levels of heavy metals, eating foods that support cell growth and multiplication, and taking select natural or pharmaceutical compounds that support and sustain these processes. In this way, stem cells can help restore damaged or diseased organs and tissue. Either way, the donor’s stem cells may also help the body to heal simply by getting it to create certain growth factors and other body chemicals that promote repair. These remedies are the essence of true regenerative medicine.

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89. Don’t Pull the Trigger

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

Stress is an insidious trigger of disease. People who are unable to relieve daily stress suffer a variety of health consequences, most commonly fatigue, frequent headaches, and stomach upset. The emotional response of stress is a function of the release of the hormone cortisol. In times of stress, the adrenal glands atop the kidneys release cortisol. Unfortunately, long-term cortisol release accelerates the aging process. Unrestrained cortisol secretion can inhibit immunity, slow protein synthesis (necessary for tissue repair), lead to loss of nerve cells, brain damage, bone loss, muscle wasting, increased abdominal fat, psychosis, and premature aging and death. Long-term oversecretion of cortisol due to chronic prolonged stress can lead to hypertension and hypoglycemia, both with deadly consequences.

Don’t give in to the triggers that start the stress reaction:

• Prepare a list of your daily activities and rank them in order of priority. Accomplish what you can, but don’t fret if it all doesn’t get done.

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