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Bone density isn’t a thing you can get perfect one time that lasts forever. Bone is a dynamic, living organism, and keeping it in good shape requires a lifetime plan. You’ve got all the pieces in place now, but you have to keep using what you’ve learned if you want your bones to stay strong for as long as you’re using them. The good news is, this program works. With these basic steps, you’ll keep your bones at maximum density. Anyone can do it.
The same areas you’ve been focusing on still apply as you move forward: diet, exercise, supplements, hormones, and, if necessary, medication. To help you stay on top of all the progress you’ve made these six weeks, here’s one last Action Plan to help you organize your strategy for the rest of your life:
Continue on the Bone Density Diet, either going through the cycle of menus provided or picking and choosing from the menus the meals you like and want to use and filling in with your own creations and combinations beyond that.
Continue with the exercise plan you’ve made for yourself, increasing duration, frequency, variety, and/or difficulty as you get more and more fit. Keep scheduling exercise specifically into your calendar at least a month in advance.
Keep up with your supplements, making any necessary adjustments if your circumstances change (e.g., you develop lactose intolerance and stop drinking milk, or you discover calcium carbonate upsets your stomach).
Continue taking whichever hormones, if any, you decided upon, and reevaluate your choice as your situation changes (e.g., you enter menopause, or you develop a health problem affected by hormones, or new research gives you a different perspective). Reevaluating after five years on menopausal HRT is a must.
Keep taking any drug therapies you decided on, and consider adjusting them according to the results of later bone scans. Whether or not you choose a prescription to start with, and no matter which one or ones you use now, reevaluate your plan if your circumstances change (e.g., you go into menopause or start taking a medication that can change bone density).
Check back with your regular doctor about any and all changes you are making to keep him or her up-to-date, and coordinate between the doctor and any other health care professionals you may be working with (nutritionist, physical therapist or personal trainer, endocrinologist, herbalist, etc.). Get follow-up bone scans and NTX measurements as necessary to track your progress.
Keep a diary of all that you are doing—food, exercises, supplements—and review it at the end of two weeks to see if you are meeting your goals. Make any necessary adjustments.
Stay strong and live long!
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Many studies have shown that a lack of some vitamins and or minerals in the diet could be associated with certain types of birth defects, congenital malformations and/or spontaneous abortions.
One trial found that women who were in a high risk group of specific birth defects had a decreased incidence of birth defects including spina bifida and harelip when a multi-vitamin mineral formula was taken.
Research has also shown that the diets of pregnant women in Australia and the USA (as in many other parts of the world) are low in blood zinc levels. A report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women who had low plasma zinc levels had more complications of pregnancy, including maternal infections and fetal distress. Other reports stated that the recommended dietary intake could not easily be obtained through diet alone. Brewer’s yeast, eggs, and wheat germ are all good sources of zinc. There are many parts of the world, in particular Australia, New Zealand and the USA, where the zinc levels in the soil are poor.
Folic acid
During pregnancy the requirements for folic acid double. Good food sources are egg yolks, pumpkins, deep green vegetables and brewer’s yeast.
Calcium
The need for calcium by the mother and developing baby also doubles during pregnancy. Good food sources are dairy products, blackstrap molasses and sesame seeds.
Recommended supplementation
Naturetime Multi-vitamin
mineral formula
(sustained release)         1 tablet morning with food
calcium                       l,000mg to l,500mg daily
folic acid                       0.8mg daily during pregnancy
red raspberry leaf tea     drink 3 cups daily during the third trimester
evening primrose oil 500 IU 3 times daily
iron phosphate           15mg 3 times daily
magnesium phosphate   500mg daily
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EVERYONE KNOWS that heart disease and cancer are devastating. A diagnosis of diabetes is taken more lightly — but diabetes can be just as devastating. The long-term complications of diabetes are disheartening: blindness, heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, nerve degeneration. Being diabetic puts you at higher risk for:
Heart Attacks And Strokes. The process of atherosclerosis (narrowing of arteries due to deposits of cholesterol along their walls) occurs earlier and may be more severe in patients of diabetes. People with insulin resistance also tend to have high levels of triglycerides and low levels of HDL (the high-density lipoprotein or good cholesterol that helps to remove fat from the walls of blood vessels.) Diabetes raises the risk of heart disease and heart attack as much as 400 per cent; of stroke, as much as 600 per cent.
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure). Poor control of diabetes also puts you at higher risk of hypertension because insulin, besides affecting sugar, also has other effects in the body. It stimulates the nervous system to release adrenalin into the bloodstream, which raises blood pressure and heart rate. Insulin also causes the kidneys to retain salt, which again contributes to high blood pressure.
Arteriole Damage. Even more insidiously, prolonged high blood sugar levels can damage the tiny arteries called ‘arterioles’ throughout the body. Scarring of these blood vessels can cause plaque deposits to accumulate, blocking the flow of blood through these tiny but important channels that supply oxygen to the heart muscle cells. As this silent process of damage continues, the heart muscle gets stressed and gives out.
Poor Healing, Recurrent Infections. Long-term, the compromised circulation resulting from diabetes can lead to poor healing of wounds and recurring skin and gum infections.
In advanced stages, diabetes may cause the circulatory blockage of blood in the lower extremities (the legs), with the possible complication of gangrene. An amputation above the  dead tissue may be required as a life-saving measure. The circulatory problems arising from diabetes make it the second leading cause of amputations, after Injuries and trauma.
Impaired Vision. Over a period of time, especially if diabetes
is poorly controlled, there is often a gradual proliferation of new
fragile blood vessels (“neovascularization”). If this occurs on the head of the optic nerve and on the retina, it carries the risk of the new vessels rupturing, causing potentially sight-threatening hemorrhages. About 8 in 10 diabetics have at least some vision loss.
Kidney Disease and Nerve Disease. Besides this, the damage caused by diabetes to the small blood vessels can also bring about kidney disease or diseases of the nerves. About 30 per cent of diabetics develop kidney disease. And diabetes is a leading cause of kidney failure.
The majority of diabetics have some nerve damage. If it is
severe, it can lead to total disability.
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Douglas, a 26-year-old single copywriter for an advertising agency, successfully conquered his binge-eating disorder while he was still a relatively young man. He had been large since childhood and he had been teased a great deal about his size and weight. His weight and appetite were a continual topic of conversation at home with his parents. It didn’t help that a younger brother was slim and could eat anything he wanted without gaining an ounce.
Douglas was always self-conscious about his size and developed a very shy, insecure personality. In high school his history teacher took a special interest in him and encouraged Douglas to pursue athletics. The teacher introduced Douglas to the football coach, who saw potential in the young man’s large stature. The high school was small and the coach was always on the lookout for students who were either fast or large.
After high school, Douglas went to a small liberal arts college and majored in English. He had a knack for writing and was very creative in his work. He tried out for the college football team but soon found out that college football was highly competitive and lacked the camaraderie of high school sports. He was not enthused about his participation in college football, and after suffering a mild concussion in one of the tryout sessions, he decided that he’d had enough. Without sports, Douglas’s weight during college increased dramatically. He gained 38 pounds during his freshman and sophomore years. Although he was studious, Douglas was shy with other people and did not make friends easily. He was a fun-loving, likeable boy, but very reserved around others. He was particularly shy around members of the opposite sex. As he gained weight, his self-esteem and self-confidence plummeted.
Douglas spent a great deal of time alone. He found solace in food and began to binge several times a week. As he gained more weight and his insecurities increased, his binge eating became worse. His eating was out of control. His weight and his binge eating embarrassed and frustrated him, but he was in no mood to do anything about them. He had given up.
After college, Douglas found a job as a copywriter with a regional advertising firm. He had a real talent for fresh ideas and innovative concepts as far as print media ads were concerned. Over the next few years his career flourished even though his personal life was lacking. Although he had two close friends, he spent most of his time alone. He rarely dated and always felt self-conscious about his weight. He continued to feel secretly embarrassed about his binge eating.
His decision to seek help for his binge eating and weight problem was precipitated by two events. His supervisor at work had a heart-to-heart talk with Douglas about his appearance. As Douglas gained more and more weight he became less concerned about his clothing and personal appearance. In addition, he found it extremely difficult to find clothes that fit him. His clothes shopping was limited exclusively to the “big and tall” men shops that catered to the larger sizes. The second impetus for Douglas’s coming to see me for help was that he met a young woman with whom he became infatuated. They had never actually dated but worked in the same office and enjoyed long conversations with each other.
Douglas was ready for a change. He felt that he really did not have much of a life. His career had potential but his personal life was going nowhere. He wanted to find a companion in life, get married, and have children. He was a caring, deeply sensitive person who had a lot to offer in a relationship.
After four months of treatment, Douglas gained control of his binge eating and began to lose weight. He was determined to change his life and put every one of my recommendations into practice with enthusiasm. He worked on his self-esteem and body image as well as his eating.
Douglas is a true success case. He overcame his binge eating, which is no longer a problem for him. He lost 78 pounds and began dating Patricia, the woman he met at work. He started working out at a local health club, met new people, and began to come out of his shell. Douglas was able to turn his life around. He developed confidence in himself and no longer felt self-conscious. Even before he began losing weight, he said to me, “Just by getting in control of my eating makes a tremendous difference in how I feel about myself. I didn’t think I could do it. You showed me that I could. I feel like I have my life back again. No . . . actually, I feel that my life is just beginning and I can do with it whatever I choose. My life is finally mine to live as I see fit. I can finally start to think about what kind of life I really want. Before I overcame my binge-eating disorder, I was just living life from day to day. I didn’t care. I was putting in my time. I guess I thought that’s how everybody lives. You taught me to put enthusiasm and passion into my life. You were right. Defeating my binge eating and losing weight were only the first steps. I know now that I will never go back to my old habits. Food will never be that important to me again. I simply won’t let it. There is more to my life than being alone and eating. I’m free and I’ll never allow myself to be controlled by food again.
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Many myths exist about the cause of broken capillaries. It is often said, for example, that exposure to very hot or cold water will make the blood vessels break, which is not true. Likewise, drinking alcohol or coffee does not cause broken capillaries – diet makes no difference whatever. Broken capillaries are caused by hereditary factors and sun damage, and occasionally by the use of strong cortisone creams. Men as well as women seek treatment for broken blood vessels for fear that they will unjustly be accused of drinking too much alcohol.
Many men seek treatment for broken capillaries because they are loathe to cover them with make-up, while women generally do cover them with make-up until they become quite prominent. Wearing yellow or green make-up neutralizes the redness of broken capillaries, which can then be covered with regular make-up to fully disguise them.
For many years diathermy was used to remove these blood vessels. Although this gave good results, the problem often recurred. Nowadays, the best way of treating broken capillaries is with the copper vapour or pulsed dye lasers. Lasers are not magical instruments and can certainly cause some pain, but the cosmetic results following treatment are excellent.
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So-called feminine hygiene products are not only unnecessary but can cause irritation and potential infection (Stewart et al., 1979). The profusion of such products and of douche preparations, ranging from champagne-flavored to expensive concoctions whose main ingredients are water and everyday household vinegar, plays into the cultural negativity surrounding the female genitals. The uncertainty and fearfulness which many women feel about their genitals often start with the lack of appropriate names and education in childhood and is augmented by the folklore about nasty smells and discharges. Advertising for feminine hygiene products and for deodorant menstrual products capitalizes on these themes and proclaims that all women are concerned (or ought to be) about vaginal odor, that vaginal discharge is a problem, that femininity is enhanced by perfumed douches, and so on. The marketing success of such products attests both to the general concerns with body odors endemie to the American consumer and to the widespread lack of knowledge of the normal functioning of the vagina.
An interesting twist on this theme is provided by new products on the market which claim to restore the natural sexual scents to the bedroom atmosphere. Based on the unsubstantiated hypothesis that pheromones, chemical substance with sex attractant properties, are present in normal vaginal secretions which are then removed by douching, these products claim to replicate the functioning of pheromones. Needless to say the avoidance of unnecessary douching would eliminate the need for yet another consumer product of this ilk.
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Once pain became the primary focus and source of conflict in their lives, the anger and resentment Ellen had originally buried stayed buried. Yet, that bit of unfinished business did as much damage to their sex life as chronic pain did. It was the reason Ellen had resisted all the suggestions we had offered during the couple’s sex therapy sessions. But more important, according to Ellen’s medical records, the pain she experienced, although real and caused by the injuries from her accident, was intensified by stress, anger, and other strong emotions. In essence, the chronic pain that sustained Ellen’s ISD was itself being amplified by her unresolved feelings and unfinished business about the couple’s move to the Midwest.
Everything that has ever happened to you plays a part in defining who you are today, what you do in any situation, what you expect from your life and relationships, and how you interpret events and your interactions with other people. You are a product of your past experiences. Some people have integrated those experiences—no matter how traumatic. They learned from these events, then let go of the intense emotions surrounding them and moved on.
But these people are also a minority. Unfortunately, most of us do not completely resolve all the anger, pain, disappointment, humiliation, or confusion associated with our past experiences. Instead of learning to cope, communicate, and solve your problems, you may have learned to withdraw, overcom-pensate, or bury your feelings—including sexual ones. You may be thoroughly convinced that you have gotten over, forgiven, or forgotten certain troublesome past experiences, yet when you think about them, feelings of anger, pain, and sadness may be just below the surface of your consciousness. Indeed, yesterday’s wounds are today’s sore spots—the unfinished business that may be standing between you and your sexual feelings.
When your current partner is the one who caused you pain or disappointment—by having an affair, for instance, or taking you away from familiar surroundings and emotional support the way David did—it is not all that difficult to make the connection between unfinished business and ISD.
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Many great pioneers, biological and naturopathic doctors, as well as those practicing at present, notably Dr. Bircher-Benner, Dr. Duncan Bulkley, A. Vogel, Max Gerson, Dr. Kristine Nolfi, Dr. Ragnar Berg, Dr. Are Waeland, Dr. Werner Zabel, Dr. J.H. Tilden, and Dr. Alice Chase, believe that faulty diet can be a basic cause of cancer.
Based on their own extensive practice and by studying the eating habits of cancer-free natives and people around the world, their conclusions emphatically pointed to the fact that, in addition to well-known environmental carcinogens, such as smoking, chemical poisons in foods and environment and other factors, the cancer incidence is in direct proportion to the amount of animal proteins, particularly meat, in the diet.
Cancer usually develops over a long period. Latest research shows that what one eats may interfere with the cancer process at many stages, from conception to growth and spread of the cancer. Foods can block the chemical activation, which normally initiates cancer. Antioxidants,
including vitamins, can eradicate carcinogens and can even repair some of the cellular damage caused by them. Cancers, which are in the process of growth, can also be prevented from spreading further by foods. Even in advanced cases, the right food can prolong the patient’s life.
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Exercise therapy is not only good for diabetes patients but also for a normal person. The benefits of exercise have been known since long time. About 2500 years ago, ancient Indian physician Sushruta stressed upon the importance of exercise in the treatment of diabetes. Shortly after the discovery of insulin in 1922, it was shown that exercise potentiates the effect of insulin. Exercise produces the same beneficial effects in the diabetics as in the non-diabetics. Exercise in association with balanced diet remained an important tool in the management of type-2 diabetics because of its beneficial effect on insulin sensitivity and with a rare precipitation of hypoglycaemia.Type-1 diabetics can also be benefited from long term positive changes.
During exercise, whole body oxygen consumption may increase by as much as 20 folds. The increased energy needs of skeletal muscles under those circumstances uses its own stores of glycogen and triglycerides as well as free fatty acids derived from breakdown of adipose tissue, triglycerides and glucose release from the liver. To preserve central nervous system functions, blood glucose levels are well maintained during exercise. The metabolic adjustment that occurs during exercise, in large part is hormonally maintained.
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Jim was feeling on top of the world as he drove down the highway to a new job site. He was twenty-eight, married a few years, and enjoying success in his job as foreman in a large construction company. He loved working outside, using his physical strength and mental abilities at the same time, and being around people. He had dreams of owning his own company, starting a family, vacationing in the Rocky Mountains.
Jim was almost at his exit when he noticed a truck behind him coming close a little too fast. He figured it was just a case of tailgating intimidation, but before he could change lanes, the truck smashed into his car. Jim lost consciousness. When he came to, he heard ambulance sirens and felt pain in his neck. His legs wouldn’t work. He was trapped in a crushed car and had to be extracted by the Jaws of Life machine.
At the hospital Jim was found to have an incomplete cervical spinal cord injury causing significant weakness in both legs. After his neck was stabilized surgically, he was transferred to an inpatient rehabilitation facility. He couldn’t walk and had to use a wheelchair to get around. He couldn’t urinate normally and had to be catheterized periodically. His neck hurt, and he couldn’t lift anything heavy. He noticed that he didn’t have “morning erections” any more, and he wondered if his sex life was over. He was pretty sure he could never return to his construction job.
Jim’s friends were working and didn’t have much time to visit. His wife came every day, but she couldn’t sleep at the rehabilitation facility. They had no privacy, and Jim couldn’t share his fears and frustrations with her. He was humiliated by his dependence on others, but at the same time he was lonely and felt isolated from people. He wanted more than anything to get well, to walk again, but at times he was so overwhelmed by anger, grief, embarrassment, and fear that he had to force himself to do his physical therapy.
Jim felt his dreams were dashed. It would be easy just to give up. Who would care anyway, when he was so useless to everyone?
After emergency treatment and acute hospitalization, most people with severe spinal cord injury spend some time in an inpatient rehabilitation program. During this period, further assessment is done to determine the effects of the injury on physical function. Doctors, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and other staff members work with the injured person to prevent complications, maximize remaining physical abilities, develop techniques to compensate for lost abilities, and develop proficiency in the use of assistive devices (such as wheelchairs, braces, and splints). At the same time, family and other caregivers are taught how to assist the injured person in areas where he or she cannot become completely self-sufficient.
The inpatient stay generally ends when the injured person has learned the skills and obtained the equipment needed for living at home. After discharge, outpatient physical therapy and other types of treatment may continue for a brief time or an extended period, depending on individual needs.
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