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"African americans, Asian americans, Pacific Islanders, some Hispanic americans, and Native americans all get diabetes more often than Caucasians. Native americans have the highest rate of diabetes in the world, and Mexican americans, who share genes with Native americans, have higher rates than Cuban americans, among whom less intercultural breeding has occurred. Some researchers believe the same genes that cause obesity may play a role in diabetes."
- Dr. Vern Cherewatenko and Paul Perry, The Diabetes Cure : A Natural Plan That Can Slow, Stop, Even Cure Type 2 Diabetes (Get the book.)

"Italian americans, Polish americans, African americans, Asian americans, and Irish americans are all americans, and they are vastly different from the Italians, Poles, Africans, Asians, and Irish of their for- mer lands. The American experience affects even the first generation born in the New World; nevertheless, each of these groups of hyphenated americans is also different from the others. Lineage matters. Immigrants reflect their roots because parents transmit a heritage from one generation to the next. So it is with neural crest-derived emigres in the bowel."
- Michael Gershon, The Second Brain: A Groundbreaking New Understanding of Nervous Disorders of the Stomach and Intestine (Get the book.)

"Do many americans hate Muslims?" "No," I responded clearly. "Most americans have never met a Muslim, but I don't think they blame all Muslims for the problems caused by the jihadists. I think if more americans came here, they would really like the Gayo people." "Then they should come here and be welcomed," replied the voice. "There wouldn't be enough room in the meresahl" shouted a tired voice. "Now be quiet and go to sleep!" We all slept on thin pads on the hard plank flooring."
- Dean Cycon, Javatrekker: Dispatches From the World of Fair Trade Coffee (Get the book.)

"By the 1990s, one out of five americans under the age of 17 already had a chronic disease; 22% of americans suffered from allergies; 60% had defective vision; 50% had chronic digestive disorders; and 9 out of 10 suffered from clogged colons.11 A 1992 Danish research study of 15,000 men in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, and other parts of the world concluded that average sperm counts had dropped significantly from 1938 to 1990. Further analysis of this study concluded that the declines were seen overall in the United States and Europe but not in non-Western countries."
- Ron Garner, Conscious Health: A Complete Guide to Wellness Through Natural Means (Get the book.)

"Even by today's standards, the late 1970s was a time of tremendous tension and uncertainty in the world. americans were still reeling from the oil embargo that had brought the country to its knees just a few short years earlier. In late 1979, Iranian militants had taken more than 50 americans hostage in a blatant act of aggression that left the world wondering how the U.S. would respond. And all of these things were happening during one of the most frightening conflicts (even though it was undeclared) in the history of the nation, the Cold War."
- Gregg Braden, The Spontaneous Healing of Belief: Shattering the Paradigm of False Limits (Get the book.)

"It is estimated that seven million americans suffer from depression each year and more than eight million americans take antidepressant drugs. Recommendations include determining what factor(s) are contributing to the depression, eliminating allergens, adding regular physical exercise to a daily routine, and seeking psychological support or counseling."
- Tom Bohager, Everything You Need to Know About Enzymes to Treat Everything from Digestive Problems and Allergies to Migraines and Arthritis (Get the book.)

"Mood Problems Depression affects some 20 million americans, and most depressed americans are women, perimenopausal or menopausal. We have become a nation with a high population of medicated and sedated women. That is not to say that we haven't greatly improved upon medieval treatments for depression, which included torture and drowning to rid the soul of demons, but I think we can do better. At the turn of the twentieth century, Freud suggested that someday an organic cause would be found to explain depression."
- Phuli Cohan, The Natural Hormone Makeover: 10 Steps to Rejuvenate Your Health and Rediscover Your Inner Glow (Get the book.)

"Women are more likely to be super-tasters than men, and more South americans, Africans, and Asians are supertasters than people of other regions. You can actually count your own taste buds. Dip a cotton swab into blue food coloring and coat the front of your tongue with the dye. Move your tongue around to spread the dye. Using a magnifying glass, count the blue-dyed taste buds in an area the size of a paper punch hole. If there are more than 20, you're a supertaster. If there are 4 to 6, you're a nontaster. Anything in between means you're just plain normal."
- Joan Liebmann-Smith, Ph. D., and Jacqueline Nardi Egan, Body Signs: From Warning Signs to False Alarms...How to Be Your Own Diagnostic Detective (Get the book.)

"Today americans consume, on average, about twenty pounds of apples per year. Where Are Apples Grown? China is the world's largest producer. The United States, Turkey, Poland, and Italy follow respectively. Apples are commercially grown in thirty-five of the fifty United States, with Washington and New York leading in production. Why Should I Eat Apples? If you are going to eat an apple, you should eat every part of it but the core. Almost half of the vitamin C content is just underneath the skin. Apples are rich in fiber, a source of both soluble and insoluble fiber."
- David W. Grotto, RD, LDN, 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life! (Get the book.)

"It was not popular with non-Italian americans and took another century to catch on and be grown commercially. The first commercial harvest was celebrated in the borough of Brooklyn, New York, in 1920. Where Is Broccoli Grown? Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico, and the United States are the top contributors to broccoli production. Ninety percent of the broccoli grown in the United States comes from California's Salinas Valley and Santa Maria. In the winter months, the vegetable becomes available from Arizona, Texas, Florida, and Washington. Why Should I Eat Broccoli?"

- David W. Grotto, RD, LDN, 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life! (Get the book.)

"I firmly believe that estrogen dominance is an epidemic in North America. We americans are aging, we are constantly exposed to environmental estrogens, and too many of us are overweight. 3 Unfortunately, because the pharmaceutical industry has created so much marketing hype about a woman's need for estrogen replacement as a fountain-of-youth treatment for menopause, most medical practitioners and healthcare consumers are misinformed and/or confused."
- C. W. Randolph, M.D., From Belly Fat to Belly FLAT: How Your Hormones Are Adding Inches to Your Waistline and Subtracting Years from Your Life (Get the book.)

"Sjogren's affects approximately 4 million americans, 9 out of 10 of whom are women. It mostly occurs between the ages of 40 and 50. Signs of Sjogren's may include: ¦ Dry eyes ¦ Dry mouth ¦ Dry nose ¦ Vaginal dryness ¦ Dry skin ¦ Difficulty swallowing ¦ Hoarseness ¦ Joint inflammation ¦ Fatigue ¦ Fever STROKE A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted suddenly (ischemic stroke) or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts (hemorrhagic stroke). More women than men suffer strokes."
- Joan Liebmann-Smith, Ph. D., and Jacqueline Nardi Egan, Body Signs: From Warning Signs to False Alarms...How to Be Your Own Diagnostic Detective (Get the book.)

"Interestingly, Mexican americans are at greater risk than other Hispanics. Being overweight, and particularly having fat around the neck, puts a person at increased risk of sleep apnea. WARNING SIGN If you're a snorer and are scheduled to undergo surgery, be sure to mention it to your surgeon and anesthesiologist. Snoring is a common sign of sleep apnea. Anesthesia can be risky for patients with this condition, and special precautions should be taken. AVERY RUNNY NOSE Having a runny nose—medically known as rhinitis—is usually merely a sign of a simple cold or allergy."

- Joan Liebmann-Smith, Ph. D., and Jacqueline Nardi Egan, Body Signs: From Warning Signs to False Alarms...How to Be Your Own Diagnostic Detective (Get the book.)

"He was perceived as showing vision and optimism, and he hit upon a dramatic symbol for that vision by promising, in a special message to Congress in May 1961, that the United States would land men on the moon before 1970. americans expected that such an achievement would be remembered for centuries, marking as it would humankind's first escape from its planet of origin. Kennedy was viewed as the incarnation of the national optimism and of the strength of the stock market: "Wall Street has a simple description for the phenomenal strength of stock prices, "The Kennedy Market.'"
- Brian Fagan, Floods, Famines, and Emperors: El Nino and the Fate of Civilizations (Get the book.)

"It was evidence for technological progress that could not be overlooked; within a few short years the majority of americans began regularly spending hours watching an electronic device. Inflation was very low at the time, and people credited this to newly enlightened Fed policy. Treasury Secretary George Humphrey boasted in 1955: In the past 2% years, the value of the dollar has changed only one-half of one cent. We have kept inflation's hand out of your savings almost entirely. We regard inflation as a public enemy of the worst type."

- Brian Fagan, Floods, Famines, and Emperors: El Nino and the Fate of Civilizations (Get the book.)

"The question that I asked of a random sample of high-income americans, and the percentage of respondents who chose each answer and the number (n) of responses I received in various years, are as follows: Do you agree with the following statement? "The stock market is the best investment for long-term holders, who can just buy and hold through the ups and downs of the market." 1996 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 1. Strongly agree 69% 66% 67% 61% 46% 42% 42% 2. Agree somewhat 25% 30% 30% 31% 41% 42% 41% 3. Neutral 2% 2% 2% 2% 3% 6% 9% 4."

- Brian Fagan, Floods, Famines, and Emperors: El Nino and the Fate of Civilizations (Get the book.)

"The sharp fall in home prices after World War I probably had something to do with the great influenza pandemic of 1918-19, which infected 28% of americans and killed 675,000 of them.11 This epidemic caused people to stay at home and not look for new homes. It must have damaged the economy and also distracted attention and conversation away from the housing market. There was also an unusually severe recession in 1920-21. It is notable that there was no boom in home prices to accompany the sharply rising stock market of the Roaring Twenties."

- Brian Fagan, Floods, Famines, and Emperors: El Nino and the Fate of Civilizations (Get the book.)

"By pushing food around our mouths, our tongues While smell disorders are more common—more than 3 million americans have them—taste disorders affect almost 2 million. TASTE DISORDERS spread food over our taste buds. SIGNIFICANT FACT Our sense of taste is strongly wedded to our sense of smell. (See Chapter 4.) Indeed, these senses are so co-dependent that the loss of one often results in the loss of the other. perature, and smell. DIMINISHED OR DISTORTED SENSE OF TASTE Has the salsa at your favorite Mexican restaurant lost its bite? It may merely mean that there's a new cook in the kitchen."
- Joan Liebmann-Smith, Ph. D., and Jacqueline Nardi Egan, Body Signs: From Warning Signs to False Alarms...How to Be Your Own Diagnostic Detective (Get the book.)

"Forty-three million americans go without health insurance, and that number is growing. We are also paying a lot of money for health care we may never even receive, as a result of the rising costs of individual health insurance, health-care benefits that drive companies into the ground, expensive Medicare drug benefits, and uncontrollable Medicaid costs. Many of the aforementioned expenses are related to expensive drugs that we often don't need, that are no more effective than older alternatives, or that are simply not as valuable as drug companies make them out to be."
- J. Douglas Bremner, Before You Take that Pill: Why the Drug Industry May Be Bad for Your Health (Get the book.)

"Since most americans consume far more omega-6 than omega-3 fatty acids, the SuperFood wild salmon and its rich supply of omega-3 fatty acids can contribute significantly to weight-loss success. There's another issue worth considering in regard to weight loss and dietary fat: Researchers have recently been learning that it's not just the amount of fat in the diet that affects weight loss or gain; it's also the type of fat. Studies have found that diets high in saturated fat promote weight gain beyond the simple mathematics of caloric intake."
- Wendy Bazilian, DRPH, MA, RD, Steven Pratt, MD, Kathy Matthews, Superfoods Rx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients (Get the book.)

"Here's a comment from the author of one large research study about the American diet: "A large proportion of americans are undernourished in terms of vitamins and minerals. You can actually be obese and still be undernourished with regard to important nutrients. We shouldn't be telling people to eat less, we should be telling people to eat differently."3 So let's take a look at some of the SuperFoods and their SuperNutrients that are going to help you shed pounds on the SuperFoodsRx Diet."

- Wendy Bazilian, DRPH, MA, RD, Steven Pratt, MD, Kathy Matthews, Superfoods Rx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients (Get the book.)

"Although heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes are the leading causes of death for americans over age sixty-five, many of them live in fear of falling and breaking their brittle bones. Hip fractures are particularly devastating because they require months to rehabilitate, and losing mobility in such a pivotal, weight-bearing joint can dramatically reduce a person's activity level. About 20 percent of older adults who break a hip die within a year."
- John J. Ratey, MD, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain (Get the book.)

"It's a consuming fear of any social situation that might involve meeting or talking to people or even being seen by others, and it's more common than most people realize, afflicting fifteen million americans. Social anxiety disorder takes a serious toll on quality of life. All of these forms of anxiety can bleed into and feed off one another, and they often seed other disorders such as depression. It's possible to have panic disorder without having generalized anxiety disorder and vice versa, but often panic disorder turns into generalized anxiety due to fear of the next attack."

- John J. Ratey, MD, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain (Get the book.)

"Clinical anxiety affects about forty million americans, or 18 percent of the population, in any given year and can manifest in a number of ways. They include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, specific phobias, and social anxiety disorder. They all share the physical symptoms of the severe stress response as well as a similar dysfunction in the brain, namely a cognitive misinterpretation of the situation. The common denominator is irrational dread. The differences are mostly a matter of context."

- John J. Ratey, MD, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain (Get the book.)

"In 1904, only 1 out of 24 americans had cancer in his lifetime." Now "the cancer rate is 1 out of 2 in men and 1 out of 3 in women."8 The World Health Organization report of June 4, 2000, listed "healthy" life expectancies of people in nations around the world. Japan and Australia ranked number 1 and 2 respectively, Canada was 12th, and the United States of America was 24th, right after Israel in 23rd spot. Dr. Christopher Murray states: The position of the United States is one of the major surprises of the new rating system."
- Ron Garner, Conscious Health: A Complete Guide to Wellness Through Natural Means (Get the book.)

"John's-wort {Hypericum perforatum) is a popular medication for the over-the-counter treatment of mild depression (see page 302 for additional information related to depression); 12% of americans report using it at least once a year. The chemical action of St.-John's-wort is similar to that of antidepressants, including monoamine oxidase inhibition, serotonin reuptake inhibition, and actions on sigma receptors. Some earlier controlled studies have shown St.-John's-wort to be better than placebo and as effective as tricyclic antidepressants in the treatment of depression."
- J. Douglas Bremner, Before You Take that Pill: Why the Drug Industry May Be Bad for Your Health (Get the book.)

"Although most people think of calcium deficiency as a woman's problem, of the 25 million americans with osteoporosis, one in five is a man. The percentage rises as age increases, so that after the age of seventy-five, 50 percent of those affected are men. Products made with milk are a great source of calcium; however, there might be hormones in your milk that can cause you harm. In 1994, the FDA approved the use of a bovine growth hormone called recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST). According to rBST manufacturers, injections of this hormone cause a cow to produce up to 20 percent more milk."
- C. W. Randolph, M.D., From Belly Fat to Belly FLAT: How Your Hormones Are Adding Inches to Your Waistline and Subtracting Years from Your Life (Get the book.)

"In 1999 and 2000 more than 64% of americans were overweight or obese, as defined by a BMI of twenty-five. You may not be surprised that one death out of five each year is caused by cigarette smoking, but did you know that an equal number of deaths are caused by obesity? Indeed, obesity has a number of negative health consequences, including early mortality. Heart disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, and an overall reduced quality of life are a few of the major problems overweight people face. The rate of obesity-related ailments like type 2 diabetes has doubled every ten years."
- J. Douglas Bremner, Before You Take that Pill: Why the Drug Industry May Be Bad for Your Health (Get the book.)

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