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4. Coriolus versicolor

Stengler ND, Mark Basic Health Publications ePub

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Coriolus versicolor

(Trametes versicolor)

The most well-studied mushroom extract in the world is without a doubt Coriolus versicolor. One of the world’s leading anticancer drugs was derived from this mushroom.

More than 400 studies have been published that demonstrate the significant immuno-modulating properties of C. versicolor in both healthy people and those affected by chronic conditions. C. versicolor is very well known in East Asian medicine, especially in the countries of Japan and China. It has an extensive history of use in both traditional and modern conventional practice.

C. versicolor is found in the United States and throughout the temperate forests of the world. It readily grows on logs or on the injured wood of most kinds of trees. It has woody, fruiting bodies that overlap each other and are found on the sides of stumps and tree trunks. Coriolus has a unique, plush, velvety surface that is colored in varying shades of brown or gray, with a distinctive pattern of alternating bands of dark and light color. In the West Coriolus is referred to as “turkey tail,” due to its fan shaped, multicolored cap. C. versicolor is also known as Trametes versicolor. The Latin translation of Trametes is: “one who is thin” and versicolor means “variously colored.” In Japan it is called Kawaratake, “the mushroom by the river bank,” and in China it is referred to as Yun Zhi, meaning “cloud mushroom.” In Japan Coriolus has been a folk remedy for cancer and in traditional Chinese medicine it is used to dispel phlegm, and to treat pulmonary infections, hepatitis, and cancer.

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Chapter 3 - Healthy Foods from the Dakotas

Weiland M.D., Kevin Basic Health Publications ePub

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ow that weve reviewed some general guidelines on good nutrition, we can take a look at the foods in the Dakota Diet that can help you get the nutrients you need to stay healthy and prevent disease. Fortunately, today, we have access to a wide range of healthy foods, common in the Dakotas and across America. These fruits, vegetables and legumes, grains, nuts, and proteins provide all the nutrition necessary for a vibrant life and, if eaten in accordance with the Dakota Diet, can also help you lose excess weight at the same time.

EAT YOUR FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends consuming at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. There are many reasons to do this, and one is that most fruits (and some vegetables) can be eaten right on the spotnatures fast food, so to speak. They require little or no preparation. Why is it, then, that many Americans are not getting enough of these vital foods in the diet? Many feel that fresh foods cost too much, but the reality is that the nutritional value of fresh fruits and vegetables far exceeds the monetary value. One way to reduce your cost is to buy foods in season, which are typically cheaper and have a better taste because they are harvested at their prime.

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5. The End of Dieting

Clauatre Ph.D., Dallas Basic Health Publications ePub

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The End of Dieting

W e all know famous personalities, such as Oprah Winfrey, who heroically and publicly have lost a great deal of weight on this or that special diet, only to regain the lost pounds month by month. Recently the National Instituts of Health estimated that nearly 90 percent of dieters regain all or most of their lost weight within five years, then repeat the cycle of diet and weight gain once again. A large and thriving industry, which sells billions of dollars a year in diet products and services, has emerged to take advantage of the difficulties and the frustration that many face when they attempt to lose weight. The aim of this book is to help its readers avoid both the desperation and the relapse so typical of dieting, and to do so without costing the hundreds of dollars charged by various special programs and clinics.

Any number of dieters find themselves caught in this trap of using a crash diet to lose weight, only to have the pounds return with a vengeance and refuse to come off a second time. Others lose weight, seemingly successfully, yet when they look in the mirror they still do not like what they see. There are at least five reasons for these disappointing results of good intentions and considerable effort. Three of these reasons are physiological and two are psychological, but quite real. To begin with the physiological issues, these include diet-induced hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) and other diet-induced metabolic imbalances, the loss of lean tissues, and the ramifications of metabolic individuality. Let’s take a look at this last issue first….

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8. Food Additives and Your Health

Hunter, Beatrice Trum Basic Health Publications ePub

FOOD ADDITIVES AND YOUR HEALTH

U.S. CERTIFIED FOOD COLORS: A GUARANTEE OF SAFETY?

In the early nineteenth century, many food colors were hazardous to health. Pickles were colored, green with copper sulfate; cheeses with red lead and vermillion (red mercuric sulfide); spent tea leaves were colored with copper arsenite, lead chromate, and indigo so that the leaves would appear “fresh” for resale, and candies for children were colored brightly with lead chromate, red lead, and vermillion. These toxic compounds made many people ill and resulted in deaths.

By the mid-nineteenth century, synthetic industrial dyes were being applied to foods. No regulations existed regarding their purity or uses. Concern for public health led the U.S. Congress to pass the Food and Drug Act of 1906, which restricted use of synthetic colors to those that could be judged safe with foods. The legislation drastically reduced some eighty synthetic colors used with food to only seven. The legislation also established a voluntary certification system, and the synthetic colors became known as “certified colors.” In 1907, eight additional certified colors were added to the list. By 1938, previously approved certified colors were re-evaluated for safety. Those approved were relisted; some permanently, and others only provisionally. In the intervening years, some have been “delisted,” that is, banned.

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5. Waterborne Infections

Hunter, Beatrice Trum Basic Health Publications ePub

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ore than one billion people worldwide lack access to potable water, and nearly two and a half billion more do not have acceptable sanitation. Globally, diarrhea accounts for about four billion episodes of illness and more than two million deaths every year. The greatest burden of illness occurs among children less than five years of age. Safe water, adequate sanitation, and hygiene education can reduce diarrheal deaths by an estimated average of 65 percent, and related morbidity by 26 percent.

In 1992, the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development designated March 22 of each year as World Water Day. It is a reminder of the importance of water to all people.

Bacteria, protozoans, and viruses can contaminate water and cause illnesses. Giardia lamblia and Cryptosporidium parvum are but two out of many. I have selected them for discussion because the former has been a common infective organism in the United States and other developed countries, as well as in developing ones. The latter has emerged as an acknowledged important infective waterborne organism.

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