NaturalPedia > Actions > Degeneration

Quotes about Degeneration from the world's top natural health / natural living authors

page 26 of 28 | Next ->

The Doctor's Vitamin and Mineral Encyclopedia

Sheldon Saul Hendler (See book keywords and concepts)

Some taurine is synthesized from methionine and cysteine, but eventually these sources prove inadequate and retinal degeneration is one of the consequences. (Very large quantities of taurine are found in the retina of the eye of many mammals.) Retarded growth has been noted in young monkeys fed taurine-free diets. More study will be required before any conclusions can be drawn about possible taurine deficiencies in humans and the consequences thereof.

These disorders include tardive dyskinesia, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, Tourette syndrome and familial spinocerebellar degeneration (also known as Friedreich's ataxia). Supplemental choline and phosphatidylcholine have proved effective in the treatment of tardive dyskinesia. Equivocal or negative results have been reported for the others, but more research is warranted, particularly using combinations of these substances with drugs. Tardive dyskinesia is a neurologic disorder which is a side effect found in 10-15 percent of those taking antipsychotic medications.

The Green Pharmacy: New Discoveries in Herbal Remedies for Common Diseases and Conditions from the World's Foremost Authority on Healing Herbs

James A. Duke, Ph.D. (See book keywords and concepts)

When it gets more serious, it becomes pyorrhea, degeneration of the gum tissue supporting the teeth. Together, gingivitis and pyorrhea are known as periodontal disease, a problem that all of us are more likely to have as we get older. At age 10, about 15 percent of Americans have at least a mild form of gingivitis. At age 20, some 38 percent have it, and at 50, about half. People who don't brush, floss or get regular dental care are at greatest risk.

In Parkinson's, an imbalance develops in the brain between two chemicals, dopamine and acetylcholine, usually due to degeneration of the cells that produce dopamine. If your brain makes less dopamine, taking L-dopa can help things along. L-dopa is a standard therapy for Parkinson's. The trouble with L-dopa is that as a pharmaceutical it's very expensive, and lots of people with Parkinson's can't afford it. But fava beans are cheap. According to my calculations, it takes about a 16-ounce can of fava beans to get enough L-dopa to have a physiological effect on Parkinson's.

The Cancer Industry

Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D. (See book keywords and concepts)

In 1968, under a Fleet Foundation grant at the Biomed Laboratory of San Diego, it was shown that the "cancer microbe," when filtered and put into tissue culture, produced the degeneration of cells under certain conditions and the proliferation of cells in others. The study of several hundred cultures showed that the specific microbes were sensitive to some antibiotics when they were outside cells, but markedly less or not at all when they nestled inside the human cells (Livingston-Wheeler, 19773:12).

The Inflammation Syndrome: The Complete Nutritional Program to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, Arthritis, Diabetes, Allergies, and Asthma

Jack Challem (See book keywords and concepts)

In addition, twice as many patients taking placebos had significant degeneration of their joints compared with those taking glucosamine. Is It the Glucosamine or the Sulfur That Works? A recent study by L. John Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D., of Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, suggested that the sulfur (sulfate), not the glucosamine, may be why glucosamine sulfate supplements help rebuild articular cartilage. Sulfur is essential for life, although it is not officially regarded as an essential nutrient.

Textbook of Natural Medicine 2nd Edition Volume 2

Michael T. Murray, ND (See book keywords and concepts)

While zinc is neurotoxic at high concentrations and accumulates at sites of degeneration, total tissue zinc is markedly reduced in the brains of Alzheimer's patients. Other research has shown a much higher concentration of copper-zinc superoxide dismutase in and around the damaged brain tissue of AD patients.43 This suggests that the increased concentration of zinc in the damaged areas is due to the body's efforts to neutralize free radicals through the increased local production of dismutases.

Disease Prevention and Treatment

The Life Extension Editorial Staff (See book keywords and concepts)

In humans, a subacute degeneration of the brain and spinal cord can occur by the demyelination of nerve sheaths caused by a folic acid or vitamin B12 deficiency. In a study it was shown that some people have genetic defects that preclude them from naturally producing methylcobalamin. The scientists stated that a deficiency of methylcobalamin directly caused demyelination disease in people with this inborn defect that prevents the natural synthesis of methylcobalamin (Surtees 1993).

The Doctor's Vitamin and Mineral Encyclopedia

Sheldon Saul Hendler (See book keywords and concepts)

They recommended that women consume 1,000 to 1,500 milligrams per day in an effort to stem a widespread form of bone degeneration known as osteoporosis, an affliction of 20 million Americans. Other recent research lent further fuel to the "craze," suggesting that calcium might be useful in preventing high blood pressure and even some forms of cancer. Additional research suggests a possible role in lowering cholesterol.

Miracle Medicine Foods

Rex Adams (See book keywords and concepts)

Poisons in the system are the only reason for degeneration of any kind. Dr. Alexis Carrel proved this way back in 1911 by keeping the cells of a chicken heart alive for 30 years! He did this by placing them in a solution containing everything needed for life, and thoroughly cleansing them every 48 hours! His associates continued the experiment, and the heart muscles are still alive and beating to this day! You'll See and Feel The Results Almost Overnight!

Sugar Blues

William Duffy (See book keywords and concepts)

As soon as refined, sugared foods were imported as a result of contact with "civilization," physical degeneration began in a way that was definitely observable within a single generation. Any credibility the sugar pushers have is based on our ignorance of works like that of Dr. Price. Sugar manufacturers keep trying, hoping, and contributing generous research grants to colleges and universities; but the research laboratories never come up with anything solid the manufacturers can use. Invariably, the research results are bad news.

Pellagra progressed into general disability, then death—after death a general tissue degeneration was observed. For years, pellagra was thought to be an infectious tropical germ related to sleeping sickness and the tsetse fly. After yellow fever had been conquered by military experiments with vaccine, vaccine cures were expected for every disease that occurred in the tropical zone. Arsenic and other poisons were tried, but pellagra baffled the great medical minds of Europe for two centuries.

Sugar consumption is related to physical degeneration on a global scale. This prophetic and devastating work is the work of Surgeon-Captain T. L. Cleave (retired from the Royal Navy); Dr. G. D. Campbell, of the Diabetic Clinic of King Edward VIII Hospital in Durban, South Africa; and Professor N. S. Painter of London's Royal College of Surgeons. The second edition of Diabetes, Coronary Thrombosis, and the Saccharine Disease, published by John Wright and Sons, Ltd., in England, came out in 1969.

Alcohol has been used for thousands of years and has never caused the degeneration of a whole race. Alcohol does not contain destructive acids. What has been destroyed by sugar is lost and cannot be recovered. The good doctor's warning about the American nation was as sweeping as Rauwolf s diagnosis of the Moors over three hundred years earlier. In 1911, the eleventh edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica contained a complete, do-it-yourself guide for the acquisition, operation, and care of the opium pipe. "So far as can be gathered from the conflicting state- .

Natural Prescriptions: Dr. Giller's Natural Treatments & Vitamin Therapies For Over 100 Common Ailments

Robert M. Giller, M.D. (See book keywords and concepts)

But when we investigate the body on a microbiological level, we sometimes discover that when we understand what makes things wear out, we can prevent their degeneration. So it is with cataracts. Cataract formation is connected with an inability to maintain normal levels of sodium, potassium, and calcium within the lens of the eye. We now know that this occurs because damage to the "pumping system" that maintains these levels has occurred. Free-radical damage at the cellular level is the main cause of damage to the system.

Most people believe that the degeneration of their eyes is a genetic inheritance. To some degree this is true, but there is also an important nutritional component. Poor nutrition will accelerate the deterioration of your eyes. Once you've developed presbyopia, you can't reverse it with improved nutrition, but it's possible that you can slow down its progress. The vitamins and minerals that are most closely associated with proper functioning of the eye are vitamins A and zinc. In some parts of the world, vitamin A deficiency is the leading cause of blindness, particularly in children.

The degeneration of the message-sending part of the brain most likely comes either from environmental pollution or medications that accumulate over the years until they reach a toxic level. Some drugs, such as certain ones used for schizophrenia, can cause symptoms that resemble Parkinson's. Parkinson's is most commonly treated with a chemical called l-dopa, which closely resembles dopamine, the missing neurotransmitter. l-dopa is used in conjunction with other drugs like Sinemet.

Zinc, a mineral that plays a role in preventing the degeneration of the nerve system, can be useful in fighting Alzheimer's. Natural Prescription for alzheimer's disease • Investigate all possible causes of Alzheimer's-like symptoms as described to be sure that the problem is not being caused by drug interaction, high blood pressure, infections, poor thyroid function, or a brain tumor. • Aluminum elimination: Avoid all potential sources of aluminum including any cookware, antacids, buffered aspirin, douches, or diarrhea medicines.

Herbal Defense

Robyn Landis (See book keywords and concepts)

Simply, most data show that who stays healthy and who gets sick is for the most part fairly predictable. degeneration is not a mystery! The healthy fifty-something referred to above, the sixty-year-old triathlete—these are not "lucky" people. In every instance they are simply doing the same things that keep the twenty-year-old healthy. The difference between the triathlete and the woman who can't walk up stairs is not "good genes." Uniformly, the sixty-year-old triathletes live one way, and the ones who can't climb stairs live another way. The difference involves effort.

Miracle Medicine Foods

Rex Adams (See book keywords and concepts)

If you ask me about 'rheumatiz' I'll tell you it is degeneration of the joint tissues due to nutritional deficiency . . . and that it is chiefly a calcium, vitamin D, iodine and vitamin B deficiency. There is no more to tell about the nature and cause of insidiously developing joint disability of long standing..." It's that simple, he says! "The concept of chronic joint disability I present here is not something I picked out of the air. It is a conviction that came from a professional lifetime study of the question. I am not promoting any remedy or cure.

Herbal Defense

Robyn Landis (See book keywords and concepts)

If you're like me, you want to know what you can do to protect yourself—right now—not only against increasingly hardy "bugs" and an unknown future of potential plagues, but also against the degeneration, aging, and daily irritations that undermine the quality of so many people's lives. And you want to know that, rather than shrink in fear or simply hope to stay well, you can take the initiative to create health, strength, and vitality.

Living Downstream

Sandra Steingraber (See book keywords and concepts)

It also causes birth defects and degeneration of the sperm-carrying tubules in rat testicles. Used in the manufacture of silicone products, fuel additives, and herbicides, methyl chloride is synthesized by attaching a chlorine atom onto a molecule of wood alcohol. By 1981, annual production reached 362 million pounds per year. Domestic consumption expands approximately 6.5 percent per year. Methyl chloride's long-term effects on human health have never been studied directly. Amid a flooded sea of information, an absence of knowledge.

Even while hiding the image of herself as a cancer patient, Carson provided many others: from farmers with bone marrow degeneration to spray-gun-toting housewives stricken with leukemia. Making visible the links between cancer and environmental contamination was challenging for Carson, and the task continues to be daunting. However agonizing their deaths, cancer patients do not collapse around the birdbath. Decades can transpire between the time of exposure to cancer-causing agents and the first outward symptoms of disease. When birds drop out of the sky in great numbers, we ask why.

Hormone Deception

D. Lindsey Berkson (See book keywords and concepts)

A high prevalence of adrenal gland degeneration has been identified in stranded Beluga whales from the St. Lawrence River. Studies on dogs in the 1970s showed adrenal activity was suppressed by chlorinated hydrocarbons, such as breakdown products of ddt. Ddt itself was given to some human patients with adrenal, mammary, and prostate cancer and was shown to shut down adrenal activity. Diabetes Since 1958, the number of Americans suffering with diabetes, an endocrine disease, has dramatically increased.

Herbal Medicine, Healing and Cancer: A Comprehensive Program for Prevention and Treatment

Donald R. Yance, j r.,C.N., M.H., A.H.G., with Arlene Valentine (See book keywords and concepts)

This cytotoxic effect is due to the antimitochondrial action, which exhibits itself as degeneration of mitochondria, eventually leading to cell death. Adjacent normal cells, however, remain unaffected, which demonstrates azelaic acid's affinity to abnormal cells. In other studies, it has also been shown that nontoxic concentrations of azelaic acid reduced DNA synthesis of cultured melanoma cells but had no overt effect on the protein synthesis of these same cells.

Herbal Defense

Robyn Landis (See book keywords and concepts)

When people say they want to "fight aging," we think what they really mean is they want to counteract the degeneration, deterioration, and decay of body and mind that our culture has almost inextricably linked to aging. But avoiding those conditions does not have to mean avoiding aging itself. This is a crucial distinction. The problem is that aging itself—the simple adding of years to life— is assumed to be synonymous with that type of breakdown, and this association is considered to be necessary and inevitable.

This combination of actions is dynamic for reducing retinopathy (eye damage), neuropathy (nerve degeneration, usually starting in the feet), and gangrene, which are all common, very serious complications of diabetes. A famous Ayurvedic preparation, triphala guggul, includes guggul mixed with the three fruits of triphala (amla, haritaki, and bibitaki). This combination is the most respected obesity remedy in Ayurveda. Myrrh gum is an herb that is related to guggul but is more well known in the West. It may be substituted for guggul.

Karta Purkh's conclusion after two decades of clinical experience with these especially sickly children is that their condition is the result of a general spiral of degeneration that starts at birth. As stated earlier, mothers become less well nourished with each decade, so their children have less chance of getting a good start, and often fail to develop the basics of strong immune and glandular systems.

Textbook of Natural Medicine 2nd Edition Volume 2

Michael T. Murray, ND (See book keywords and concepts)

While these drugs provide short-term symptomatic relief, unexpected side-effects may be increasing the rate of degeneration of the joint cartilage. Experimental studies have shown that aspirin and other NSAIDs inhibit collagen matrix synthesis and accelerate cartilage destruction.5 Retrospective clinical studies have shown that NSAID use is associated with acceleration of osteoarthritis and increased joint destruction.6-9 Simply stated, NSAIDs appear to suppress the symptoms but accelerate the progression of osteoarthritis.

Natural Prescriptions: Dr. Giller's Natural Treatments & Vitamin Therapies For Over 100 Common Ailments

Robert M. Giller, M.D. (See book keywords and concepts)

All these steps relate to the various causes of Alzheimer's and are an effort to improve weakened functions or stave off the degeneration of other functions. Many Alzheimer's victims have significantly low levels of vitamin B12. Since typical blood tests often do not reveal this deficiency, there has been some skepticism about B12 supplementation for Alzheimer's sufferers. But the fact is, a deficiency need not be severe enough to reveal itself in a blood test in order to cause symptoms, and sometimes changes in the blood never occur even though there are severe deficiencies in other tissues.

page 26 of 28 | Next ->

FAIR USE NOTICE: The research quoted here is provided under the protection of Fair Use provisions and published by the 501(c)3 non-profit Consumer Wellness Center for the purposes of public comment and education. Authors / publishers may submit books for consideration of inclusion here.

TERMS OF USE: Read full terms of use. Citations of text from NaturalPedia must include: 1) Full credit to the original author and book title. 2) Secondary credit to the Natural News Naturalpedia as a research resource and a link to

This unique compilation of research is copyright (c) 2008, 2009 by the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center.

ABOUT THE CREATOR OF NATURALPEDIA: Mike Adams, the creator of NaturalPedia, is the editor of, the internet's top natural health news site, creator of the Honest Food Guide (, a free downloadable consumer food guide based on natural health principles, author of Grocery Warning, The 7 Laws of Nutrition, Natural Health Solutions, and many other books available at, creator of the earth-friendly EcoLEDs company ( that manufactures energy-efficient LED lighting products, founder of Arial Software (, a permission e-mail technology company, creator of the CounterThink Cartoon series ( and author of over 1,500 articles, interviews, special reports and reference guides available at Adams' personal philosophy and health statistics are available at

Subscribe to News to receive announcements
Enter your email address:
Email announcements powered by Campaign Enterprise from

Refine your search
with Degeneration…

Related Concepts:

Macular Degeneration
Vitamin E
Vitamin C
Free Radicals
Vitamin A
Heart Disease
Blood Pressure

This site is part of the Natural News Network © 2012 All Rights Reserved. Privacy | Terms All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. Truth Publishing International, LTD. is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Truth Publishing assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published here. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.