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"From a conventional psychiatric perspective, Alisa had more than half of these co-morbid disorders, and could have been simultaneously treated for each of them, if Liza had not been such an astute mother. Alisa might have ended up taking a daily smorgasbord of drugs, each targeting a separate problem. These medications might have included antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, bipolar meds, antipsychotics, OCD meds, insomnia medications, and, of course, Ritalin. My approach to the broad scope of Alisa's problems was quite different."
- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"It had been shown to help patients with Alzheimer's and other memory disorders by boosting levels of their thought neurotransmitter, so I believed that it might also help jump-start Kyle's very sketchy memory, which was improving only moderately. Elizabeth told me, with great pride, that Kyle had recently remembered that a big puddle in front of their house had been there the day before. That was a major achievement for him, so something was obviously still missing in his memory center."

- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"They were being joined by researchers, writers, and other medical professionals who also had children with autism and other 4-A disorders: Bernard Rimland, Ph.D.; Jon Pangborn, Ph.D.; Karyn Seroussi; Nancy Wiseman; Stan Kurtz; Lauren Underwood, Ph.D.; Jim Adams, Ph.D.; Lyn Redwood, R.N.; Sallie Bernard; and a number of others. Their individual concerns, born of love for their own children, were becoming a major medical movement."

- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"Eating disorders Not Otherwise Specified: Scientific and Clinical Perspectives on the Other Eating Disorders Claes Norring and Bob Palmer ISBN: 1583911634 Book Description: Eating disorders Not Otherwise Specified covers all eating disorders that do not fall into either of the two main diagnostic groups: anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Although these less well known conditions are common and can be very severe, they are often neglected. Help for Eating Disorders: A Parents' Guide to Symptoms, Causes & Treatments Debra K."
- Craig Pepin-Donat, The Big Fat Health and Fitness Lie (Get the book.)

"The combined increase of these four disorders is not a coincidence. Asthma is part of a larger pattern. The pattern consists of four primary childhood epidemics that are triggered by the following root causes: • Increased exposure to toxins, from the environment, and from childhood vaccinations. Decreased ability to detoxify, due to heavy metal overload and nutritional deficits. Genetic predispositions that,impair the ability to detoxify, and thus create vulnerability to negative lifestyle and environmental factors. • Dysfunction of the immune, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems."
- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"Their resistance takes the form of not covering or reimbursing certain disorders or treatments or limiting treatments to a particular age or otherwise restricting access. But this is not so much resistance to medicalization as it is part of a strategy for reducing insurance coverage or medical costs. This type of resistance is not ideological but is based on definitions of medical necessity or some kind of cost/benefit ratio. The example of obesity is instructive. For decades bariatric surgery for obesity was not covered by insurers, but in recent years it has increasingly been covered."
- Peter Conrad, The Medicalization of Society: On the Transformation of Human Conditions into Treatable Disorders (Get the book.)

"Prozac, Zoloft, and other antidepressants are also used for these disorders. Antidepressants are also prescribed for post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, phobias, substance abuse, behavior problems in children, and many other official disorders—as well as for several "disorders" that haven't yet made it into the DSM. For example, Celexa has been touted by its manufacturer for treatment of "compulsive shopping," even though it is not an official DSM disorder. It is also telling that antidepressants are used for physical discomforts."
- Bruce E. Levine, Surviving America's Depression Epidemic: How to Find Morale, Energy, and Community in a World Gone Crazy (Get the book.)

"Seven Reasons Why You Can't Sleep Sleep disorders can arise due to any of the following factors, or a combination of them: poor diet and food allergies; an accumulation of toxins in the body (from the environment, food, drugs, and other sources); emotional factors, including difficulty managing or coping with stress; electromagnetic influences; hormonal imbalances; and biomechanical stress and imbal- Sleep Problems Don t Have to Be Part of Aging It is commonly believed that as we get older, we should expect to sleep poorly."
- Herbert Ross, DC with Keri Brenner, L.Ac., Alternative Medicine Magazine's Definitive Guide to Sleep Disorders: 7 Smart Ways to Help You Get a Good Night's Rest (Get the book.)

"Put bluntly, emotional factors should be studied as risk factors in these life-threatening disorders, and they are not. Another trend in contemporary scientific medicine is its preoccupation with studying the anatomy, physiology, and chemistry of the brain, at the expense of studying its dynamic relationship to the body as a whole. Neuroscience can be enormously important and of consuming interest, but what is learned of the physical brain may be either detrimental or irrelevant to clinical medicine."
- John E. Sarno, M.D., The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders (Get the book.)

"The patient became angry and sad at times during the second lecture on psychology and treatment because the lecture material speaks to the early childhood trauma of parental commission and omission that can set the stage for mindbody disorders including TMS. He also suffered from asthma since childhood. He realized that his pain really began when a series of stressful life events occurred within a short time period. His mother (who he described as an angel) died, his wife left him, and a sibling contracted a serious illness."

- John E. Sarno, M.D., The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders (Get the book.)

"Thus, restoring and maintaining adequate amounts of melatonin is crucial for people with sleep disorders. Other factors besides light decrease the body's production of melatonin, including aging, certain prescription drugs, stress, poor nutrition, and EMFs. Researchers have discovered that an adequate level of melatonin does much more than regulate sleep; it also improves immunity, has anticancer and antiaging effects, can relieve depression, and may boost sexual function. Those types of health conditions are the same ones that researchers say may be caused or exacerbated by EMF overexposure."
- Herbert Ross, DC with Keri Brenner, L.Ac., Alternative Medicine Magazine's Definitive Guide to Sleep Disorders: 7 Smart Ways to Help You Get a Good Night's Rest (Get the book.)

"This is a daring statement, for it presumes to express an opinion about the origin of anxiety and depression, disorders in the domain of psychology and psychiatry. Nevertheless, it is being suggested that like psychosomatic symptoms, affective states are also reactions to powerful emotions in the unconscious mind that are threatening to become conscious, and it follows that good medicine requires first acknowledging those unconscious emotions and then dealing with them."
- John E. Sarno, M.D., The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders (Get the book.)

"Hypnotherapy Hypnotherapy has therapeutic applications for both psychological and physical disorders. A skilled hypnotherapist can facilitate profound changes in respiration and relaxation to create positive shifts in behavior and an enhanced sense of well-being. A physiological shift can be observed in a hypnotic state, as can greater control of autonomic nervous system functions normally considered beyond one's ability to control. Stress reduction is a common occurrence, as is a lowering of blood pressure."
- Herbert Ross, DC with Keri Brenner, L.Ac., Alternative Medicine Magazine's Definitive Guide to Sleep Disorders: 7 Smart Ways to Help You Get a Good Night's Rest (Get the book.)

"Sleep disorders are common in this situation, as are symptoms such as unaccountable irritation or depression, susceptibility to colds, waking up tired, and a slow deterioration in vitality, health, and mood. While most of the emphasis on EMF exposure has to do with artificial EMFs (generated by utilities, appliances, and electronic devices), natural patterns of electromagnetic energy can also affect people—for both good and ill. The earth itself has an electromagnetic field of about 0.5 gauss."

- Herbert Ross, DC with Keri Brenner, L.Ac., Alternative Medicine Magazine's Definitive Guide to Sleep Disorders: 7 Smart Ways to Help You Get a Good Night's Rest (Get the book.)

"I shall speculate on why this happened, but for now the important thing to note is that as a direct result of turning its back on this vital branch of medicine, the medical profession has helped to spawn epidemics of pain and other common disorders affecting the lives of millions of Americans. I came upon psychosomatic medicine well along in my professional career, when I began to see large numbers of people suffering from those common but sometimes mysterious conditions associated with bodily pain, primarily of the low back, neck, trunk, and limbs."
- John E. Sarno, M.D., The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders (Get the book.)

"In addition to the proliferation of medical categories and diagnoses, existing categories have also expanded. As chapter 3 points out, in the 1970s, hyperactivity was a diagnosis exclusively for children; by the 1990s, doctors were also identifying adult ADHD as the age criterion of the problem expanded. We can see a similar expansion in Alzheimer disease. When age was removed as a criterion for a diagnosis, more cases of senile dementia among the elder population were diagnosed as Alzheimer's (P. Fox, 1989)."
- Peter Conrad, The Medicalization of Society: On the Transformation of Human Conditions into Treatable Disorders (Get the book.)

"Sleep disorders and MVPS/D A wide variety of sleep disorders exist that have the common symptoms of disrupted sleep, and subsequent excessive daytime sleepiness. Therefore, accurate diagnosis and treatment of your sleep problems often will require you to undergo all-night testing procedures that are conducted in a sleep disorders center. A sleep disorders center evaluates people who have known or suspected sleep disorders."
- James F. Durante, Cheryl L. Durante, John G., M.D. Furiasse, The Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome / Dysautonomia Survival Guide (Get the book.)

"Kessler et al., 2005a). Twelve-month prevalence rates estimate that 26.2 percent will have some kind of DSM-IV disorder within a year (22.3% classified as serious, 37.3% as moderate, and 40.4% as mild) (Kessler et al., 2005b). The researchers also report that although the number of individuals being treated for a mental disorder has increased over the last ten years, most people who have a mental disorder still do not receive treatment (Kessler et al., 2005c). In terms of medicalization, there are several ways to interpret these figures."
- Peter Conrad, The Medicalization of Society: On the Transformation of Human Conditions into Treatable Disorders (Get the book.)

"However, a few were referred to me anyway, and when I saw the speed with which some of them recovered, I became much more interested in the problems of childhood disorders. By this time my colleagues, especially Allan Cott, had also started to treat children, and their reports were very encouraging. Dr Bernard Rimland joined our orthomolecular group in 1962 and became a powerful supporter after he had studied large numbers of autistic children treated by different methods. Dr Rimland founded the Autism Society after writing his classic book Infantile Autism."
- Dr. Abram Hoffer, M.D., FRCP(C), Healing Children's Attention & Behavior Disorders
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"Children who have dysfunctions and disorders caused by subclinical pellagra require extra time for two reasons: more questions have to be asked and more information must be recorded. Because of these prerequisites, it was necessary to develop a questionnaire which the patient could answer at his convenience and which could be filed with his chart. "The perceptual dysfunction (PD) test consists of 100 questions which elicit physical and psychic complaints, and which are merely checked off by the patient. The parent may help."

- Dr. Abram Hoffer, M.D., FRCP(C), Healing Children's Attention & Behavior Disorders
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"In the area of motor development they have coordination disorders, disruptive behavioral disorder, and an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In the area of deviant behavior they have oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). In her book They Say You're Crazy, Paula J. Caplan questions the scientific foundation for the many categories of mental illness described in the DSM, arguing that the system is politically motivated, if not incorrect. The APA authors are mostly white male professionals very jealous of their power to determine who is or is not mentally sick."

- Dr. Abram Hoffer, M.D., FRCP(C), Healing Children's Attention & Behavior Disorders
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"Shutting Down the Pain with Treatment The American Psychiatric Association's manual of psychiatric disorders, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental disorders (DSM), lists hundreds of disorders, but what's telling is that psychiatry uses pretty much the same drugs for many of them. Pharmaceutical companies recommend antidepressants for far more than depression. Paxil is recommended by its manufacturer for depression, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder."
- Bruce E. Levine, Surviving America's Depression Epidemic: How to Find Morale, Energy, and Community in a World Gone Crazy (Get the book.)

"These studies reflect the dominant thinking of the late 1980s: any diagnosis of attention-deficit disorder (or ADD, as the disorder was renamed) was found only among adults whose disorder persisted from childhood and thus was not a disorder that was either "missed" during childhood or was of adult onset. All ADD adults were hyperactive children who had grown up. The 1980 update, DSM-III, both reflected and facilitated an interest in hyperactivity beyond childhood."
- Peter Conrad, The Medicalization of Society: On the Transformation of Human Conditions into Treatable Disorders (Get the book.)

"Another youngster diagnosed with infantile autism by a clinic specializing in these disorders became normal on a diet free of dairy and sugar products in one month. His mother had placed him on this diet against the advice of his therapists, who laughed at her when she first discussed it with them. I have seen other dramatic improvements in many children who were placed upon a dairy-free diet. Over a period of about three years I fasted over 100 patients who had not responded or had responded only partially to the orthomolecular treatment I was using."
- Dr. Abram Hoffer, M.D., FRCP(C), Healing Children's Attention & Behavior Disorders
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"This family of disorders also includes depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, chronic fatigue, and substance abuse syndromes. In many of these patients, some psychological trauma early in life (typically before age thirty) is the root cause of ASD. ASD is associated with a common set of symptoms and several common biochemical features such as mood disturbance, sleep disturbance, fatigue, and musculoskeletal pain. These people's brain chemistry shows chronic activation of the hypothalamic pituitary axis (HPA)."
- James Dowd and Diane Stafford, The Vitamin D Cure (Get the book.)

"For example, the one category for "disorders of sleep" was replaced by 15 different categories, ranging from "primary insomnia" to "breathing-related sleep difficulties." Thus, over time, DSM-IV became, in the words of its editors, a detailed "classification of mental disorders that was developed for use in clinical, educational and research settings."17 Yet even as it became a standard reference, its wise authors recognized that they are dealing with muddy foundational concepts.18 Some scholars, psychiatrists among them, rejected the very notion that emotional problems are illnesses."
- Gerald E. Markle and Frances B. McCrea, What If Medicine Disappeared? (Get the book.)

"One psychiatrist critic offered two hypotheses to explain the growth of the DSM: that with advances in medical science, we can now "identify mental illnesses that were there all along, but went unrecognized" because of our "primitive knowledge"; alternatively, "we are witnessing the expansion of mental health professions, which label as mental disorders human behaviors that only four decades ago were considered either medical disorders or routine difficulties of ordinary life."

- Gerald E. Markle and Frances B. McCrea, What If Medicine Disappeared? (Get the book.)

"Antidepressants are also prescribed for post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, phobias, substance abuse, behavior problems in children, and many other official disorders—as well as for several "disorders" that haven't yet made it into the DSM. For example, Celexa has been touted by its manufacturer for treatment of "compulsive shopping," even though it is not an official DSM disorder. It is also telling that antidepressants are used for physical discomforts."
- Bruce E. Levine, Surviving America's Depression Epidemic: How to Find Morale, Energy, and Community in a World Gone Crazy (Get the book.)

"These changes may be the early clues to thyroid conditions and other underdiagnosed disorders. HAIR COLOR CHANGES Hair color, like eye and skin color, depends primarily on how much melanin (color-producing pigments) we inherit from our parents. If your hair color changes and SPEAKING OF SIGNS you haven't been hitting the bleach or hair dye bottle, it can be a sign of a variety of factors, both internal and external. For example, hair color—like hair texture—can change temporarily after chemotherapy."
- 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.)

"However, these hair shaft disorders, as Hair root Hair follicle Hair bulb Hair shaft Sebaceous gland Muscle Blood vessels HAIR ANATOMY they're called, can also be signs of stress, hormonal changes, nutritional deficiencies, and thyroid disease. If you notice, for example, that your formerly luxuriant locks tangle easily or have become dry, brittle, SIGNIFICANT FACT Americans spend almost $10 million each year on hair analysis to help uncover their health and nutritional status. or coarse, don't be so quick to rush off and buy the latest expensive new hair product."

- 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.)

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