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"However, this condition is not considered true epilepsy, and whether people with epilepsy would benefit from taking vitamin Bg supplements is unknown. Taurine (page 590) is an amino acid (page 465) that is thought to play a role in the electrical activity of the brain; deficits of taurine in the brain have been associated with some types of epilepsy. However, while some short-term studies have suggested that taurine supplementation may reduce epileptic seizures in some people, the effect appears to be only temporary."
- Alan R. Gaby, M.D., Jonathan V. Wright, M.D., Forrest Batz, Pharm.D. Rick Chester, RPh., N.D., DipLAc. George Constantine, R.Ph., Ph.D. Linnea D. Thompson, Pharm.D., N.D., The Natural Pharmacy: Complete A-Z Reference to Natural Treatments for Common Health Conditions (Get the book.)

"I fear that the condition allows a patient to find a biological cause, that is not always reasonable, for job failure, divorce, poor motivation, lack of success, and chronic depression" (Shaffer, 1994: 638). Diagnosis-seeking behavior is an integral feature of the emergence of adult ADHD. This kind of self-labeling, information exchange, and pursuit of diagnosis fuels the social engine medicalizing certain adult troubles. Without it, the spread of adult ADHD would be seriously limited."
- Peter Conrad, The Medicalization of Society: On the Transformation of Human Conditions into Treatable Disorders (Get the book.)

"A genetic discovery in itself will not lead to medicalization but rather will affect how a condition is interpreted and promoted in the medical and social worlds. I have outlined these issues in more detail elsewhere (Conrad, 2000). Genetics may affect medicalization in other ways. At the moment there are no genetic enhancements, but it is my firm belief that such enhancements will emerge within the next few decades. While most genetic traits are complex and would not be easily manipulated, it is certainly possible that some forms of prenatal genetic intervention could become an option."

- Peter Conrad, The Medicalization of Society: On the Transformation of Human Conditions into Treatable Disorders (Get the book.)

"This search for an accurate and scientific-sounding term is indicative of the process of medicalization, whereby a legitimate name for a condition promulgates its diagnosis. While scientists agree that some men may experience a decrease in testosterone with age, the measure and meaning of testosterone levels remain contentious issues. Measuring testosterone levels is not straightforward: debates continue over whether the level of "free," bound, or total testosterone is the most significant measure (Stas et al., 2003)."

- Peter Conrad, The Medicalization of Society: On the Transformation of Human Conditions into Treatable Disorders (Get the book.)

"In all official publications and communications, CHADD has positioned ADHD as a medical condition, a "neurobiological disorder," rather than as a psychiatric or behavior disorder (Diller, 1997: 130; www.chadd.org), so it can be perceived as having a more legitimate stake in disability entitlements. CHADD has played a significant role in bringing the lay and professional claims-makers together to promote better understanding, acceptance, and treatment of ADHD (Leffers, 1997)."

- Peter Conrad, The Medicalization of Society: On the Transformation of Human Conditions into Treatable Disorders (Get the book.)

"In one controlled trial, a majority of the people with eating disorders reported that participation in competitive sports and exercise performed as part of a weight loss plan contributed to their condition.12 For people with eating disorders, it is important to establish and maintain healthy exercise habits; these individuals should consult with a healthcare professional skilled in eating disorders."
- Alan R. Gaby, M.D., Jonathan V. Wright, M.D., Forrest Batz, Pharm.D. Rick Chester, RPh., N.D., DipLAc. George Constantine, R.Ph., Ph.D. Linnea D. Thompson, Pharm.D., N.D., The Natural Pharmacy: Complete A-Z Reference to Natural Treatments for Common Health Conditions (Get the book.)

"Overall physical condition. Good condition requires a low heart rate; poor condition requires a higher heart rate. Table 17.1 illustrates the metabolic rates of a number of different men as determined by body height, weight, and age. You'll notice that the basal metabolic rate (BMR) declines with age. The three weights given for each height are ideal, overweight, and obese. You can approximate the number of calories you consume above your BMR in daily activities by using some convenient formulas. 0.2 BMR 0.3 BMR 0.4 BMR Table 17.1 • ? ??"
- James Scala Ph.D., 20 Natural Ways to Reduce the Risk of Prostate Cancer : A Mind-Body Approach to Health and Well-Being (Get the book.)

"Absent prostate gland, a condition in which the prostate does not form in the womb. • Absent or small seminal vesicles, a defect in structures that contribute to semen secretion. • Reduced sperm count, a condition that leads to infertility or reduced fertility. • Malformed or absent epididymis, a defect of the structure where sperm mature and are stored. Of particular significance is that, while inactive in feeding tests, phthalates induce hormonal effects following application to the skin. This further incriminates them as dangerous in cosmetics and personal care products."
- 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.)

"These are the people who don't seek help unless they are critically ill, who postpone a test or a surgical procedure until their condition is acute, or who, because they are embarrassed by their inability to pay, put off treatment until it's too late. Of these, 18,000 die every year. Beyond the forty-four million are tens of millions more who are underinsured. They have marginal coverage. Faced with serious illness or injury, they would be wiped out."
- Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele, Critical Condition: How Health Care in America Became Big Business (Get the book.)

"Their medical condition is evaluated by clerks with no medical training. Patients who are so sick that they meet the strict criteria for hospitalization are discharged before they are well, despite the protests of their doctors. And these are the lucky ones—the ones who have health insurance. Beyond them are forty-four million others, their numbers growing, who do not. They are working Americans who can't afford to pay the premiums, or who live in an area where there are no providers, or who are viewed by insurers as high-risk liabilities."

- Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele, Critical Condition: How Health Care in America Became Big Business (Get the book.)

"For women at a certain time of the month, with a condition that could not be mentioned by name at the time, Lambert promoted Listerine "for feminine hygiene." A stark headline warned: "The Harm that WOMEN DO Themselves. Intimate use of harsh antiseptics leads to untold damage. Women now hail a gentle, safe means." The text began: "The use of harsh, powerful antiseptics in connection with feminine hygiene often results in illness that may lead to an operation. Women suffering thus crowd the hospitals. Will you sooner or later be one of them?"

- Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele, Critical Condition: How Health Care in America Became Big Business (Get the book.)

"The fine dust in the rooms blew everywhere, but the dry conditions preserved their contents in perfect condition: Fragments of cotton cloth, wooden digging sticks, lengths of string, and hide fragments lay everywhere, as if the Anasazi inhabitants had been gone for only a day. The Mesa Verde Anasazi lived at more than twenty-one hundred meters above sea level, in mountainous terrain where winter temperatures can reach minus twenty degrees Celsius. However, only a small number of them dwelt in inaccessible canyons."
- Brian Fagan, Floods, Famines, and Emperors: El Nino and the Fate of Civilizations (Get the book.)

"Overall physical condition. Good condition requires a low heart rate; poor condition requires a higher heart rate. Table 17.1 illustrates the metabolic rates of a number of different men as determined by body height, weight, and age. You'll notice that the basal metabolic rate (BMR) declines with age. The three weights given for each height are ideal, overweight, and obese. You can approximate the number of calories you consume above your BMR in daily activities by using some convenient formulas. 0.2 BMR 0.3 BMR 0.4 BMR Table 17.1 • ? ??"
- James Scala Ph.D., 20 Natural Ways to Reduce the Risk of Prostate Cancer : A Mind-Body Approach to Health and Well-Being (Get the book.)

"The results of several clinical trials suggest that gamma oryzanol (page 525) supplementation can help people with gastritis and other gastrointestinal complaints. In one study, people with chronic gastritis were given 300 mg of gamma oryzanol per day.19 After two weeks, 23% of people taking gamma oryzanol reported that it was "extremely effective" and 55% rated it as "moderately effective." Another study produced similar results: People with various types of gastritis received 300 mg of gamma oryzanol per day."
- Alan R. Gaby, M.D., Jonathan V. Wright, M.D., Forrest Batz, Pharm.D. Rick Chester, RPh., N.D., DipLAc. George Constantine, R.Ph., Ph.D. Linnea D. Thompson, Pharm.D., N.D., The Natural Pharmacy: Complete A-Z Reference to Natural Treatments for Common Health Conditions (Get the book.)

"When someone dies or is sickened in a health care setting, he or she is a victim of an "adverse event," defined as "unintended injuries caused by medical management rather than the underlying condition of the patient." Sometimes the phrase is more specific. If a patient dies from an infection because a nurse or a doctor inserts a dirty catheter, or an infusion pump delivers a lethal dose of a narcotic, the result is an "adverse medical device event" (AMDE)."
- Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele, Critical Condition: How Health Care in America Became Big Business (Get the book.)

"These remedies, combined with the essential oil protocols, usually keep Wyatt in top condition all winter long. Sore throat or hoarseness. I use Roxalia tablets by Boiron to soothe sore throats and help relieve hoarseness. Sinus pain, headache, sinusitis. I use Boiron's Sinusalia tablets to treat nasal congestion, sinus pain, and headaches. Other Conditions Nausea, vomiting, and indigestion. Boiron's Nux Vomica oral pellets work to relieve our upset stomachs. Stress or anxiety. I find Boiron's Sedalia to be a great stress reliever."
- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"Are there any side effects or interactions? Borage seeds contain small amounts of liver toxins called pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA). However, testing has not demonstrated the presence of the alkaloid in the seed oil.20 Most commercially available borage seed oil is, therefore, likely to be PA-free and presents no risk of PA toxicity. Minor side effects from borage oil use can include bloating, nausea, indigestion (page 260), and headache.21 What is it? Boric acid is a chemical substance with mild antiseptic, antifungal, and antiviral properties."
- Alan R. Gaby, M.D., Jonathan V. Wright, M.D., Forrest Batz, Pharm.D. Rick Chester, RPh., N.D., DipLAc. George Constantine, R.Ph., Ph.D. Linnea D. Thompson, Pharm.D., N.D., The Natural Pharmacy: Complete A-Z Reference to Natural Treatments for Common Health Conditions (Get the book.)

"A high index for the NAO indicates low pressure around Iceland and correspondingly high pressure off Portugal and the Azores, a condition that gives rise to strong westerly winds. During the winter, when the NAO is strongest, strong westerlies bring heat from the surface of the Atlantic to the heart of Europe, together with powerful, wet storms. The same westerlies keep winter temperatures mild, which makes British and northern European farmers happy. However, the same mild winters produce dry conditions in southern Europe."
- Brian Fagan, Floods, Famines, and Emperors: El Nino and the Fate of Civilizations (Get the book.)

"About one in ten children today show signs of a fatty liver, which is also attributed to rising levels of obesity. This condition is reversible through diet and lifestyle changes. CHAPTER 10 DETOXIFICATION AND YOUR HEALTH It's no surprise that detoxification has become a prominent treatment as people have become more aware of pollution, both in the general environment and from things like consumer products and common householdcleaning agents. It is estimated that one in every four Americans suffers from some level of heavy metal poisoning."
- Brenda Watson and Leonard Smith, The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps (Get the book.)

"Overweight individuals are more susceptible to this condition, but as many as 50 percent of hyperinsulinemic patients may be of normal weight.31 Individuals who have glucose intolerance and hyperinsulinemia should eat a diet lower in carbohydrates, whether simple or complex. A diet that is 40 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent fat, and 30 percent protein may help to correct the hyperinsulinemia."
- Tori Hudson, N.D., Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: Alternative Therapies and Integrative Medicine for Total Health and Wellness (Get the book.)

"Starting at age 50, more women die of cardiovascular diseases than of any other condition,3 and women younger than 55 years old who have a heart attack have a worse prognosis and higher incidence of heart attack—related death than do men of the same age who have a heart attack, as well as a greater chance of having another heart attack.4'5 Cardiovascular disease is also a major cause of disability in older women. For black women, the risk of heart-related death is twice as high as for white women."

- Tori Hudson, N.D., Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: Alternative Therapies and Integrative Medicine for Total Health and Wellness (Get the book.)

"If you are a patient who happens to live in a region where hospitals have lots of resources and lots of specialists, you are more likely to be undertreated—that is, your hospital may fail to deliver care that's known to be effective for your particular condition. In the highest-spending regions, for instance, about 75 percent of heart attack patients were sent home from the hospital with orders to take a baby aspirin a day—the single most effective drug for reducing a patient's risk of suffering a second event."
- Shannon Brownlee, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer (Get the book.)

"In one out of three of these errors, there was actual negligence—a surgeon cut off the wrong limb or left a retractor inside a patient's abdomen by mistake, for instance, a pharmacist provided an incorrect dose, or an emergency room doctor misdiagnosed a serious condition. Some critics of the two large studies that formed the basis for the Institute of Medicine's report argue that the number of adverse events may be inflated."

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

"Doctors were excising prostates mostly in older men who had developed benign prostatic hyperplasia, a condition in which the gland swells and can press on the urethra enough to make urination slow and difficult. The two procedures clearly helped some patients, just as tonsillectomies are necessary for a few kids, but there was, and still is, little agreement among physicians about when patients really needed to have their reproductive parts removed."

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

"Similarly, GnRH agonists work at the hypothalamic level to eradicate estrogen via a temporarily induced menopausal condition. This class of drugs may make danazol obsolete, but they again do not present a good long-term solution due to the side effects, including reversible bone loss, and they cost even more money. Tamoxifen, an antiestrogen, has been used to treat breast cancer and can help cyclic breast pain, up to a 90 percent reduction in pain. However, it causes menopausal side effects, its long-term effects are unknown, and it increases the incidence of endometrial cancer."
- Tori Hudson, N.D., Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: Alternative Therapies and Integrative Medicine for Total Health and Wellness (Get the book.)

"The Medicine Wheel is often referred to as the wheel of life and acts like a mirror reflecting back to us everything about the human condition and the many cycles in life. It reflects the cycle of night and day, the seasonal cycles, the moon cycle, the cycles and stages of our lives as well as The Big Horn Medicine Wheel. Photo by Courtney Milne. planetary cycles and larger cycles of life, death, and rebirth. The "medicine" of the wheel is referring to spirit energy, and the physical manifestation of a medicine wheel serves as a focal point for the communing of spirit, self, and nature."
- Pam Montgomery, Plant Spirit Healing: A Guide to Working with Plant Consciousness (Get the book.)

"They named the condition diabetes mellitus, from the Greek for "fountain" and the Latin for "honey." Diabetes occurs either when the pancreas stops producing the hormone insulin or the body becomes unable to use the insulin it produces. Glucose, the body's major fuel, cannot enter our cells unless insulin is present and working. Without insulin, glucose builds up in the bloodstream and eventually turns up in the urine, causing the sweet taste that the ancients noticed. The sugar imbalance also leads to increased urination and thirst."
- James A. Duke, Ph.D., The Green Pharmacy: New Discoveries in Herbal Remedies for Common Diseases and Conditions from the World's Foremost Authority on Healing Herbs (Get the book.)

"We never thought we'd find such high prevalence rates for this condition," said the lead author, Dr. Ronald Kessler, apparently shocked that so many of his countrymen are so . . . well, angry.57 Shopaholism is also being explored as a bona fide psychiatric ailment. Stanford researchers have been evaluating the use of SSRIs for "compulsive shopping disorder," which they also describe as a hidden epidemic.58 When I was talking to a colleague in a New Haven coffee shop about the rise of "shopaholism," a fellow diner, overhearing us, asked to speak to me."
- Charles Barber, Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry Is Medicating a Nation (Get the book.)

"I should say right away that herbs can't cure cataracts. This condition is serious, and anyone with even the first hint of cataracts should definitely be under a doctor's care. But I do believe that herbs can help prevent them. Clouded Vision Cataracts are cloudy areas that develop in the normally clear lens of the eye. An estimated 20 percent of the world's population, mostly the elderly, has cataracts. Some four million Americans have sight-impairing cataracts, and at least 40,000 have become legally blind before receiving surgical treatment."
- James A. Duke, Ph.D., The Green Pharmacy: New Discoveries in Herbal Remedies for Common Diseases and Conditions from the World's Foremost Authority on Healing Herbs (Get the book.)

"As results come in, they will report back to the rest of us on their general condition, what they eat, and any other observations that occur with regularity." "You must know," Michel interrupted, his skin already pink from just a day of tropical sun. "Finding these things is a very slow process. You can't expect results right away?and maybe no results at all." Gianni, who was 48, with a neatly trimmed moustache, glasses, brown hair, and an air of shy intelligence, nodded in agreement. "Thank you," I replied, meaning it."
- Dan Buettner, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest (Get the book.)

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