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"Smooth muscles are muscles within the body that are distinctively different from skeletal muscles. The fibers in smooth muscles are smaller and shorter Smooth muscle fibers are found in the gut, the bile ducts, the ureters, the uterus, and so forth. Other smooth muscles are found in the eye muscle, the iris of the eye, and the blood vessels, to name only a few.) Pregnenolone: A hormone made from cholesterol, pregnenolone is the building block for DHEA, testosterone, and estrogen, hence its nickname "the grandmother of all hormones."
- Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D., Food & Mood: The Complete Guide to Eating Well and Feeling Your Best, Second Edition (Get the book.)

"On the physical side, stress activates the sympathetic leg of the nervous system and the release of stress hormones that amp-up production of adrenaline and divert blood flow to the large muscles. The body needs this power because it "thinks" it has to run away from or fight something. This is the so-called "fight or flight" response. When you are in this response mode, blood flows more to the heart and large muscles and correspondingly less to the digestive system and other vital organs that are not immediately necessary for a fight or flight."
- Rick Levy and Lou Aronica, Miraculous Health: How to Heal Your Body by Unleashing the Hidden Power of Your Mind (Get the book.)

"When the system is healthy, insulin tells muscles to siphon glucose from the blood, providing the muscles with glucose for their energy needs, but also for short-term storage of glucose in the form of glycogen, a large polymer molecule composed of repeating units of glucose. Marathon runners rely on the glycogen in their muscles to sustain their energy. But when muscles are "insulin resistant"—they ignore insulin's signal—the system breaks down. Sugar, in the form of glucose meant to power the muscles, accumulates in the blood with toxic effects."
- Andrew L. Stoll, The Omega-3 Connection: The Groundbreaking Anti-depression Diet and Brain Program (Get the book.)

"Smooth muscles are muscles within the body that are distinctively different from skeletal muscles. The fibers in smooth muscles are smaller and shorter Smooth muscle fibers are found in the gut, the bile ducts, the ureters, the uterus, and so forth. Other smooth muscles are found in the eye muscle, the iris of the eye, and the blood vessels, to name only a few.) Pregnenolone: A hormone made from cholesterol, pregnenolone is the building block for DHEA, testosterone, and estrogen, hence its nickname "the grandmother of all hormones."
- Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D., Food & Mood: The Complete Guide to Eating Well and Feeling Your Best, Second Edition (Get the book.)

"Called myasthenia gravis, this condition makes itself known when a person's body becomes unresponsive to the intention to move muscles, stand up straight, or even do something as simple as hold his or her head up. Medically, it's defined as an autoimmune disorder that results when the substance that normally carries the instructions between a person's nerves and muscles (acetylcholine) is absorbed by a special chemical—one produced by the person's own body."
- Gregg Braden, The Spontaneous Healing of Belief: Shattering the Paradigm of False Limits (Get the book.)

"END BOX] [BEGIN BOX] A Truly Natural Way to Reduce Wrinkles Much as with any other muscles in the body, our facial muscles need to be exercised in order to stay toned. Facial yoga has been heralded as a face-muscle training technique that can provide people with a natural facelift, one without the side effects and hazards of chemicals and surgery."
- Samuel S. Epstein, Randall Fitzgerald, Toxic Beauty: How Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Endanger Your Health . . . And What You Can Do about It (Get the book.)

"Walking five miles a day or more provides the type of low-intensity exercise that yields all the cardiovascular benefits you might expect, but it also has a positive effect on muscles and bones—without the joint-pounding damage caused by running marathons or triathlons.) Indeed. Sardinian male centenarians seemed to avoid bone loss and fractures. One Italian study has shown that Sardinian centenarians reported less than half as many fractures as the average Italian centenarian. Meanwhile, Sardinian wives were more sedentary."
- Dan Buettner, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest (Get the book.)

"The back is a complicated structure, with ligaments, tendons, and muscles, all of which can be injured or strained. About 8 c percent of patients with lower-back pain can't be given a precise diagnosis. Sometimes a ruptured disk coincides with the sudden onset of pain. But that doesn't necessarily mean surgery is called for. Studies have found that about 80 percent of people who rupture a disk will recover within a few weeks if they take anti-inflammatory pain medication like ibuprofen, rest for a short period, and get physical therapy."
- Shannon Brownlee, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer (Get the book.)

"As the emergency physician palpates, or touches, her belly, fingers pressing closer and closer to the spot where the appendix is located, he can feel the telltale "guarding," or involuntary tightening of her abdominal muscles. All classic signs of appendicitis. The doctor thinks this is almost certainly an appy, but he knows that an ovarian cyst can sometimes mimic the pain of appendicitis in young women, so just to make sure, he orders an abdominal CT scan. (Or, as is often the case, the surgeon demands a scan before she will even see the patient."

- Shannon Brownlee, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer (Get the book.)

"Today colon hydrotherapists are trained to use massage techniques to help relax abdominal muscles and ensure that all areas of the colon are adequately irrigated and cleansed. Though the colon is filled and emptied a few times during one forty-five-minute session, there is no need for the client to leave the table to expel the water. The passage of the water in and out of the colon is controlled by the therapist who operates the colonic apparatus, while the client lies still on the table."
- Brenda Watson and Leonard Smith, The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps (Get the book.)

"Because mercury is one of those toxins that hide in fatty tissues, it buries itself deeply within your organs and tissues—including your brain, heart muscles, nerve endings, and bones—and it can be difficult to gauge your mercury levels through generic blood and urine tests. MercOut has designed a program for bringing mercury out to measure it, and then employs special compounds with vitamins, minerals, and herbs for effective removal."

- Brenda Watson and Leonard Smith, The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps (Get the book.)

"The out-of-control movements can occur in any muscle in the body that is usually under voluntary control such as the muscles of the extremities, back, torso, and shoulders, and more commonly, the face, eyelids, mouth, tongue, and neck. Voice, swallowing, and breathing can be impaired. Unless caught early, tardive dyskinesia usually becomes permanent. Cases vary from barely perceptible to wholly out of control so that the individual can barely stand or walk."
- Peter Breggin, Medication Madness: A Psychiatrist Exposes the Dangers of Mood-Altering Medications (Get the book.)

"EDTA, DMSA, and PMPS are the common ones today) to drive poisonous metals such as mercury, cadmium, arsenic, lead, and aluminum out of the body?from muscles, bones, fat, and organs. These powerful chelating agents will pull toxins into the urine, where they can be excreted and measured. Challenge tests help people determine their heavy metal load. But formal chelation therapy aside, you can benefit from a general heavy metal cleanse like the one below to bring your toxic metal load down gradually. These formulas entail natural chelating agents, including amino acids, vitamins, and minerals."
- Brenda Watson and Leonard Smith, The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps (Get the book.)

"Some of our laboratory experiments assess people's positivity by tracking the electrical signals within certain muscles of their faces. Remember, when your positivity is genuine, it draws smiling eyes together with a smiling mouth. With precisely placed sensors we can measure tiny electrical signals in the zygomaticus major, the muscle that pulls your lip corners up, and the orbicularis oculi, the muscle that crinkles the skin around your eyes, long before they're strong enough to create any recognizable facial expression."
- Barbara Fredrickson, Positivity: Top-Notch Research Reveals the 3 to 1 Ratio That Will Change Your Life (Get the book.)

"Toxins hide out in unlikely places in the body—bones, muscles, fat cells, brain tissue, the liver and other organs—where they can do serious damage, both acutely in the short term and chronically in the long term. Because many fat-soluble toxins park themselves in fat cells, they can mess with signals from these cells that affect our hormones, and that in turn change our metabolism and how we store (or burn) fat. RENEW is a comprehensive program to reduce your exposure to toxins in your environment while at the same time flush toxins currendy trapped in your body."
- Brenda Watson and Leonard Smith, The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps (Get the book.)

"These were depressed mood, fatigue, anxiety or worry, achy muscles, sleep problems, and not feeling satisfied after eating (eating satiation). The active group had significantly more improvement than placebo in the symptoms of fearfulness (500%), PMS moodiness (440%), muscle strength (460%), thinking a lot about food (260%), irritability (210%), focus (190%), craving starchy carbohydrates (190%), cravings in the afternoon or evening (170%), craving sweets (110%), motivation (100%), food portions (100%), and chocolate cravings (50%)."
- Cheryle Hart, M.D., and Mary Kay Grossman, RD, The Feel-Good Diet (Get the book.)

"It uses a whole different set of muscles." "I can't believe you aren't the slightest bit winded," I told her. "I would be." "Really?" she answered, and in the space of a few seconds I saw three reactions move across her face: contempt that I'd let my body go, skepticism that I was pulling her leg, and then genuine concern that I was telling her the truth. "Well then, let's get you going," she announced, hopping off the bike and moving toward a series of hand weights in the corner. "Pick up a pair of five-pounders; that's what I'm using. Now go sit in that chair."
- Dan Buettner, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest (Get the book.)

"His shoulder muscles showed through his clinging T-shirt as he struggled to corkscrew the post-hole digger through the packed soil. Recently, a contractor had presented Wareham with an estimate of $5,000 to install an eight-foot-high wooden fence along a steep hillside on the edge of his property. By consulting his local discount hardware store, he had learned that the fence materials would cost only about $2,000. So he decided to do the work himself. Thus far he'd sunk a couple of poles and sealed a couple of holes, but there was an imposing pile of posts and fence sections left."

- Dan Buettner, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest (Get the book.)

"Strength: Lifting weights builds up and maintains muscles. Flexibility: Stretching keeps us limber and flexible. Balance: Practicing balance through activities like yoga will help avoid falls. raw, but really, whatever is handy. I am not a nutritionist, and I don't profess to be." Another thing that helps keep the weight off is drinking water, Wareham noted, as, almost in gentle rebuttal, his wife entered and gave us both a glass of cranberry juice. "I became aware some years ago that water is highly important to health, and I do make an effort to drink a lot of it."

- Dan Buettner, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest (Get the book.)

"Your body knows it needs a more robust oxygen-delivery system, so the muscles release vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and fibroblast growth factor (FGF-2), and they start cells dividing to make more tissue for more blood vessels — the new capillaries that Scott Small captured on film. In lab cultures, researchers have found that VEGF and FGF-2 activate cells to make more blood vessels within just two hours of exposure. In the brain, in addition to building new blood vessels, these two factors also encourage cell binding and neurogenesis."
- John J. Ratey, MD, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain (Get the book.)

"Building muscles and conditioning the heart and lungs are essentially side effects. I often tell my patients that the point of exercise is to build and condition the brain. In today's technology-driven, plasma-screened-in world, it's easy to forget that we are born movers — animals, in fact—because we've engineered movement right out of our lives. Ironically, the human capacity to dream and plan and create the very society that shields us from our biological imperative to move is rooted in the areas of the brain that govern movement."

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

"Every nerve impulse in your body is an electric current. Our muscles are powered by chemical energy. Every cell in your body is a mini-battery pumping out 70-90 millivolts when healthy. The steak and potatoes that you eat for dinner are really just fuel for the fire. Eating is like throwing coal in a furnace. Digestion is nothing more than a slow form of burning that produces energy for your body to live on. In fact, death itself is defined as the absence of electrical activity in the brain. In the end, all life is energy. Optimize that Energy and You Optimize Your Health."
- Jon Barron, Lessons from The Miracle Doctors: A Step-by-Step Guide to Optimum Health and Relief from Catastrophic Illness (Get the book.)

"When the movements are disfiguring or disabling, sometimes Botox injections can temporarily paralyze the muscles, providing some relief. Mrs. Dignity was sitting next to her two daughters at Sunday church when they noticed that she was making odd movements. Mrs. Dignity was gasping as if having trouble breathing and her arms seemed to be moving out of control. Despite how distressing the symptoms seemed, she didn't seem to notice or to care."
- Peter Breggin, Medication Madness: A Psychiatrist Exposes the Dangers of Mood-Altering Medications (Get the book.)

"While cubital tunnel syndrome is usually benign, in severe cases the muscles in the forearm may weaken. Cubital tunnel syndrome is similar to golfer's elbow—medically known as medial epicondylitis—but people with golfer's elbow usually complain more of pain than tingling. TINGLY, NUMB FINGERS Sometimes that all-too-familiar funny-bone feeling is felt in the fingers or even the feet rather than the elbow. Tingly, numb, and sometimes burning fingers may point to carpal tunnel syndrome, a nerve condition caused by pressure on the median nerve in the wrist."
- 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.)

"Ordinarily, EMG offers doctors a useful tool to diagnose neuromuscular disease and to test whether muscles respond appropriately to stimulation. But EMG has also been employed to solve an interesting scientific conundrum: whether the brain differentiates between a thought and an action. Does the thought of an action create the same pattern in neurotransmission as the action itself? This very question was tested by wiring a group of skiers to EMG equipment while they were carrying out mental rehearsals."
- Lynne McTaggart, The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World (Get the book.)

"Stroke patients and victims of spinal-cord injuries now use biofeedback to rehabilitate or regain the use of paralyzed muscles. It has proved invaluable in eliminating the pain felt in a phantom limb.44 Astronauts have even used biofeedback to cure motion sickness while journeying to outer space.45 The more conventional view of biofeedback maintains that it has something to do with relaxation—learning to calm down the fight-or-flight responses of our autonomic nervous system. However, the sheer breadth of control would argue that the mechanism has more to do with the power of intention."

- Lynne McTaggart, The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World (Get the book.)

"Home Remedies Ancient Greeks applied oregano leaves to soothe aching muscles. The Romans would use oregano for scorpion and spider bites. In the United States, oregano was used for chronic coughs, asthma, and to help relieve toothaches. Men turned to a mixture of olive oil and oregano as a scalp treatment in hopes of revitalizing hair growth. The same olive oil and oregano combination has been applied to rheumatic limbs and sprains with success. (At least, with greater success than as a cure for baldness.) Throw Me a Lifesaver!"
- David W. Grotto, RD, LDN, 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life! (Get the book.)

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