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"While the medical profession may be divided about whether chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia are treatable medical conditions, if a small number of physicians are willing to treat the disorder, it can become medicalized. Physicians also retain the role of medical expert. While consumers and pharmaceutical companies may promote medicalization, physicians, as researchers and clinicians, are still deemed the authorities with regard to medical knowledge."
- Peter Conrad, The Medicalization of Society: On the Transformation of Human conditions into Treatable Disorders (Get the book.)

"Some cases of a condition may not be medicalized, competing definitions may exist, or remnants of a previous definition may cloud the picture. Some conditions such as death, childbirth, and severe mental illness are almost fully medicalized. Others, such as opiate addiction and menopause, are partly medicalized. Still others, such as sexual addiction and spouse abuse, are minimally medicalized."

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

"Obviously, this work cannot be wrought by turning back, or away, from what has been accomplished by the modern revolution; for the problem is nothing if not that of rendering the modern world spiritually significant—or rather (phrasing the same principle the other way round) nothing if not that of making it possible for men and women to come to full human maturity through the conditions of contemporary life. Indeed, these conditions themselves are what have rendered the ancient formulae ineffective, misleading, and even pernicious."
- Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces Joseph Campbell (Get the book.)

"Since the conditions in which these life forms survive today are believed to mimic the conditions of life on the young and oxygen-free Earth, Woese named them Atchaea. Subsequent discoveries have revealed that Archaea—sometimes called Archaebacteria—are actually more closely related to eukaryotes than they are to Bacteria, but since both ate studied by bacteriologists, they will be collectively referred to here as small-b bacteria. have walked the planet."
- William Rosen, Justinian's Flea: The First Great Plague and the End of the Roman Empire (Get the book.)

"Animal studies suggest that supplementing with vitamin C (page 604) can reduce blood levels of stress-related hormones and other measures of stress.66,67,68,69 Controlled studies of athletes have shown that vitamin C supplementation (1,000 to 1,500 mg per day) can reduce stress hormone levels after intense exercise.70, 71 Surgery patients given 2,000 mg per day of vitamin C during the week before and after surgery had a more rapid return to normal of several stress-related hormones compared with patients not given vitamin C."
- 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.)

"In one report, older people with type 2 diabetes who drank daily, but moderately, had a dramatically lower incidence of deaths from heart disease (page 98) compared with nondrinkers.92 This outcome is not surprising since moderate alcohol intake is associated with protection from heart disease in most other reports. This finding may be of particular importance because heart disease is the leading killer of people with diabetes. In another study, non-drinkers had a higher incidence of type 2 diabetes than did moderate drinkers."

- 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.)

"But, as this chapter demonstrates, such a belief is no longer tenable. Medicine has long been an avenue for women to resist the aging of their bodies and reclaim fading youthful features. Now this avenue is available and becoming increasingly appealing to men and a growing potential market. Youth and youthful manifestations of the body are paramount, as "contemporary expectations about health, fitness, and sexuality have pushed men to maintain youthful performance in all aspects of their lives" (Luciano, 2001: 204)."
- Peter Conrad, The Medicalization of Society: On the Transformation of Human conditions into Treatable Disorders (Get the book.)

"Rating Health Concerns kkit Cancer prevention (page 87) (cervical cancer) How much is usually taken? Based upon preliminary studies it is estimated that the minimum amount required for the prevention of breast cancer (page 65) is 300 to 400 mg daily.26 Are there any side effects or interactions? No side effects from indole-3-carbinol have been reported. INOSINE How much is usually taken? Although a common amount of inosine taken by athletes is 5,000—6,000 mg per day, little scientific evidence supports the use of this supplement in any amount. Are there any side effects or interactions?"
- 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.)

"However, two double-blind studies have shown that supplementation with isolated synthetic beta-carotene does not reduce the risk of lung cancer (page 298) and may even increase that risk in smokers.7'8 This finding suggests that foods that are high in carorenoids may protect against cancer in humans for reasons unrelated to their carotenoid content, that synthetic beta-carotene may have different effects from natural beta-carotene (which is somewhat structurally distinct), or that carotenoids may need to be taken together or with supportive antioxidants (e.g."

- 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.)

"Since the conditions in which these life forms survive today are believed to mimic the conditions of life on the young and oxygen-free Earth, Woese named them Atchaea. Subsequent discoveries have revealed that Archaea—sometimes called Archaebacteria—are actually more closely related to eukaryotes than they are to Bacteria, but since both ate studied by bacteriologists, they will be collectively referred to here as small-b bacteria. have walked the planet."
- William Rosen, Justinian's Flea: The First Great Plague and the End of the Roman Empire (Get the book.)

"Doctors have services to offer, and patients qua consumers are able to purchase them if they desire. One can find advertisements in magazines and on the Internet for such medical services; I recall reading several ads for breast enhancements (for less than $3,000!) in magazines like Cosmopolitan and noting on numerous websites that medical practices have connections directly with banks to arrange loans for cosmetic surgery. What we have is a fusion of increased medicalization and commercialized medicine. Medical services or treatments become commodities, much like any other product."
- Peter Conrad, The Medicalization of Society: On the Transformation of Human conditions into Treatable Disorders (Get the book.)

"This statistical approach indicates that the symptoms of each of these five clinical conditions differ in key ways from one another. This is strong evidence that despite some overlap among these syndromes, they do differ from one another. Thus, although specific diagnostic lab tests do not yet exist to distinguish CFS, FM, and IBS from one another, their different symptoms strongly suggest to me the existence of various mechanisms within the body that cause each syndrome."
- Benjamin H. Natelson, M.D., Your Symptoms Are Real: What to Do When Your Doctor Says Nothing Is Wrong (Get the book.)

"These dramatic examples of psychiatrically based symptoms became rather rare except in exceptionally stressful conditions like the battlefield. Finding a soldier who claimed he could not walk but who had an otherwise normal neurological examination led to the conclusion that such problems had no organic medical or neurological cause. Instead, they were thought to be functional, the psychological consequences of emotion-laden or highly stressful situations."

- Benjamin H. Natelson, M.D., Your Symptoms Are Real: What to Do When Your Doctor Says Nothing Is Wrong (Get the book.)

"Generally, in Ron's practice he has found that children's asthmatic conditions improve noticeably when they take up any of these activities and learn to use their diaphragm to improve their breathing. Encourage your child to participate in at least one of these, but without undue pressure from anyone, for unless your child is completely happy and enjoys the activity, their enthusiasm will wane and the activity will be of little benefit. It may be necessary, of course, to try a few pursuits before finding the right one."
- Dr Ron Roberts, Asthma Controlled Naturally: Techniques That Work (Get the book.)

"A typical asthmatic will more than likely have had an early medical history of frequent colds, allergy conditions, sinusitis, hay fever, eczema, bronchial complaints, influenza and low resistance to a range of diseases. This is to be expected if asthma is linked to the immune system, as will be explained later. Having said that, there are plenty of cases where adults have suddenly developed asthma without any prior warning."

- Dr Ron Roberts, Asthma Controlled Naturally: Techniques That Work (Get the book.)

"Once again, we see how all of these conditions overlap, aggravate one another, and combine to create powerful symptoms that can mimic and magnify symptoms of autism and ADHD. When these symptoms are combined with those of other common biological problems, such as hypothyroidism, chronic infections, toxicity, and nutritional deficiencies, the brain and nervous system can suffer terrible assault. Low blood sugar in the cells can result from insulin resistance, the condition that is often triggered by inflammation. Therefore, antiinflammatory foods and supplements can help."
- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"Whether the pain begins with other symptoms or by itself, when you have gone to your doctor more than once complaining of widespread pain, he or she may refer you to a rheumatologist—a specialist in conditions of the muscles, joints, and fibrous tissue. The rheumatologist will try to rule out the possibility that you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or systemic lupus erythematosis (SLE). If he or she cannot make this diagnosis, the doctor may diagnose fibromyalgia (FM)."
- Benjamin H. Natelson, M.D., Your Symptoms Are Real: What to Do When Your Doctor Says Nothing Is Wrong (Get the book.)

"A depressed mood may be the common denominator in both conditions, but the variances suggest different underlying brain-related causes and perhaps treatments. Unfortunately, this is an idea that has not yet come of age in psychiatry. One of the few upsides to depression is that it may cause patients with illnesses like FM to seek medical care. Whenever I diagnose depression in one of my patients, I explain that having depression on top of CFS, FM, or IBS is like turning up the stove under a pot: everything gets hotter."

- Benjamin H. Natelson, M.D., Your Symptoms Are Real: What to Do When Your Doctor Says Nothing Is Wrong (Get the book.)

"To most casual observers, and even to most doctors, these 4-A conditions appear to be largely unrelated. However, beneath the surface there is an unmistakable, unshakable web of interrelationship among the 4-A disorders, characterized primarily by toxicity in the brain and body, which causes metabolic dysfunction. For example, food allergies-which can profoundly affect the brain-can grossly exacerbate not just autistic symptoms, but also ADHD symptoms, and also asthma."
- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"They're also more likely to be overweight or have more preexisting medical conditions than younger mothers. According to the March of Dimes, older mothers also run a greater risk of having miscarriages, multiple births, or a baby with birth defects or genetic disorders. So if you're over thirty-five and thinking about getting pregnant, be all the more vigilant about cleaning up your life well ahead of time. Treating Infertility These days, just getting pregnant can present big challenges: An estimated 5 to 10 percent of American couples have some difficulty conceiving."
- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"Under dim lighting conditions, the blanket simply looked gray. 5. In his thirties, D. B. looked much as [D. B.] looked in the dream?pale, a bit out of shape, and unhappy, the result of a miserable marriage, smoking, and drinking too many martinis. 6. Apparently this seemed a habit of D. B.'s while still living—he would routinely make notes, or have his wife make notes of his thoughts and observations, filling many notebooks and pieces of scrap paper. Also, when D. B. focused on a task he would quite often do so to the exclusion of all else until he had finished it. 7. A false memory."
- Robert Waggoner, Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self (Get the book.)

"You can expect based on seemingly rational conditions; if A, then I expect B, or if A and B, then I expect C, and so on. While expectations appear simple, they emerge from the complexity of our ever changing personal belief system and shifting focus and can mirror that complexity. Since you can use lucid dreaming to actively go beyond expectation, you ultimately realize that lucid dreaming is not entirely a self-reflective mirror of your waking conscious processes."

- Robert Waggoner, Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self (Get the book.)

"Psi is no longer the exclusive gift of rare beings known as 'psychic sensitives,' but is a normal part of human existence, capable of being experienced by nearly everyone under the right conditions."14 As Charcot suggested and Freud often repeated, theory is all very well, but that doesn't prevent facts from existing. Dream communication, or dream telepathy, appears to be one of those "facts," if we would only investigate it seriously."

- Robert Waggoner, Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self (Get the book.)

"Further, Montague Ullman and Stanley Krippner, in their book Dream Telepathy, have commented, "The tracing of telepathic elements in dreams led Freud to the view that it was an 'incontestable fact that sleep creates favorable conditions for telepathy' . . . Freud later conjectured that telepathy 'may be the original archaic method by which individuals understood one another, and which has been pushed into the background in the course of phylogenetic [evolutionary] development. . . .""

- Robert Waggoner, Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self (Get the book.)

"They're also much more likely to develop chronic conditions like hypertension and type 2 diabetes as adults. Dr. Frederica Perera described the proportion of overweight children in our society as "astonishing." Being overweight as a child, she said, "brings with it an array of metabolic illnesses—diabetes, asthma. Children who are obese at age three will likely develop asthma when they're five." One of the most common, and most troubling, consequences of childhood obesity is diabetes, which has also risen at epidemic rates in this country over the last two decades."
- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"Putting Out Fires with Gasoline An alarming 30 percent to 50 percent of all adults with ADHD, it is now estimated, self-medicate their conditions with excessive amounts of alcohol and street drugs. This futile attempt by ADHD adults to feel better has been likened to trying to put out fires with gasoline. It just makes the situation worse. Many ADHD adults and adolescents turn to stimulating drugs, such as cocaine, crack, amphetamines, and methamphetamines."
- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"And it is in relation to precisely these conditions that alternative medicine has returned to the forefront of medical culture. Ironically, biomedicine's initial victory over infectious disease cast into sharp relief its inability to cure the chronically ill and ageing."
- Roberta Bivins, Alternative Medicine?: A History (Get the book.)

"It's hard for cardiologists not to be tuned in to magnesium because it helps so many of the routine conditions we treat: arterial disease, stroke, angina, heart attack, abnormal heart rhythms, cardiomyopathy and heart failure, high blood pressure, and mitral valve prolapse. Magnesium is endothelial cell-friendly. Everybody with plaque should take it. It will stabilize plaque. Further research needs to be done to determine whether it reverses plaque."
- Stephen Sinatra, M.D. and James C., M.D. Roberts, Reverse Heart Disease Now: Stop Deadly Cardiovascular Plaque Before It's Too Late (Get the book.)

"Researchers and clinicians needed to use larger dosages in order to obtain solid therapeutic results and had to use even more for advanced conditions. Then the good results came. Studies that failed to show results were not a consequence of CoQIO ineffectiveness but rather the failure of researchers to use enough CoQIO. A Dosage "Mistake" That Saved the Day The following case history from Dr. Sinatra's patient file makes the dosage point very clear. Lucy first developed symptoms of heart failure when she was sixty."

- Stephen Sinatra, M.D. and James C., M.D. Roberts, Reverse Heart Disease Now: Stop Deadly Cardiovascular Plaque Before It's Too Late (Get the book.)

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