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"Prescribing medicine to make people "better than well" is the subject of a longstanding ethical debate, and this is one area where exercise offers a huge advantage over antidepressants. Just because you don't have all the symptoms of depression doesn't mean you can't feel better. Bill's a happier guy because he started running. As I'll explain, the same would probably hold true if he were clinically depressed."
- John J. Ratey, MD, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of exercise and the Brain (Get the book.)

"Back then, doctors had no appreciation whatsoever for exercise as being beneficial in any way," Pyles says. "I still think it's dramatically underappreciated. Particularly in psychiatry. For people who grew up as intellectuals, there's almost an aversion to it." Pyles attributes this partly to the founding principles of Freudian psychoanalysis. Doing something to avoid talking about our emotions is seen as "acting out." This is the origin of the psychiatrist's couch—the idea is to immobilize the patient and force the emotions to manifest themselves verbally."

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

"Overall, I think of depression as an erosion of connections — in your life as well as between your brain cells. exercise reestablishes those connections. Within the spectrum of symptoms, there are distinctly different types of depression. I've had patients who don't eat and can't sleep, and others who eat too much and are so fatigued they feel like they can't get out of bed in the morning. Some can't make even the simplest decision, and they quietly withdraw from the world in a posture of helplessness, while others shout and challenge everything and everyone."

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

"Exercise Another prime component of a well-tempered lifestyle that is also relevant to PWAs is exercise. While exercise's facility in helping those with heart disease and other disabilities is well known, less publicity has been given to the fact that studies indicate exercise is therapeutic for those with AIDS. Schlenzig et al. studied the long-term benefit of physical exercise on the biological condition of HIV and AIDS patients as well as on the course of illness. They found that physical exercise improves biological condition at all stages of HIV infection, including AIDS. "
- Gary Null, James Feast, AIDS: A Second Opinion (Get the book.)

"Researchers also believe that exercise can regulate the production of certain hormones that, unregulated, may spur tumor growth. Exercise should not be strenuous, however. Exercising for half an hour each day or several hours a week may be all that is needed to significantly increase cell oxygenation. (Please refer to chapter 6 of my book, Timeless Secrets of Health and Rejuvenation, for proper guidance on healthy exercising programs suitable for specific body types, and breathing exercises that greatly enhance oxygenation of cells."
- Andreas Moritz, Cancer Is Not A Disease - It's A Survival Mechanism (Get the book.)

"This hardly comes as a surprise, since cancer cells are typically oxygen-deprived, and exercise is a direct way to deliver extra oxygen to cells throughout the body and to improve the immune response. Researchers also believe that exercise can regulate the production of certain hormones that, unregulated, may spur tumor growth. Exercise should not be strenuous, however. Exercising for half an hour each day or several hours a week may be all that is needed to significantly increase cell oxygenation."

- Andreas Moritz, Cancer Is Not A Disease - It's A Survival Mechanism (Get the book.)

"A trim young physical education teacher named Neil Duncan lays out the morning's assignment: "OK, once you're done with your warm-up, we're going to head out to the track and run the mile," he says, presenting a black satchel full of chest straps and digital watches—heart rate monitors of the type used by avid athletes to gauge their physical exertion. "Every time you go around the track, hit the red button. What that's going to do—it's going to give you a split. It's going to tell you, this is how fast I did my first lap, second lap, third lap."
- John J. Ratey, MD, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of exercise and the Brain (Get the book.)

"This exercise can stand on its own as a helpful tool to know your ancestors or it can be combined with the "burden basket" exercise that I do with folks. I ask people to return to their last happy ancestor and from this point begin to step forward, picking up any burdens that their ancestors have been carrying, placing them in the basket as they move through their lineage to their own life. Here they place the burden basket down, letting all the suffering, prejudice, oppression, and grief be absorbed into the earth."
- Pam Montgomery, Plant Spirit Healing: A Guide to Working with Plant Consciousness (Get the book.)

"In all cases, exercise was found to be a protective factor regardless of the patient's age, stage of cancer, or weight. A third study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, confirmed the above findings after examining the effects of exercise on 832 men and women with stage III colon cancer. Restoring Chi—The Life Force "// is the life force which cures diseases because a dead man needs no more medicines. " ~ Samuel Hahnemann, founder of homeopathy."
- Andreas Moritz, Cancer Is Not A Disease - It's A Survival Mechanism (Get the book.)

"While exercise's facility in helping those with heart disease and other disabilities is well known, less publicity has been given to the fact that studies indicate exercise is therapeutic for those with AIDS. Schlenzig et al. studied the long-term benefit of physical exercise on the biological condition of HIV and AIDS patients as well as on the course of illness. They found that physical exercise improves biological condition at all stages of HIV infection, including AIDS. "Furthermore, a delay of AIDS-related complications seems possible through exercise."
- Gary Null, James Feast, AIDS: A Second Opinion (Get the book.)

"QUESTIONS ABOUT THE OMEGA PLAN Q: What role does exercise play in the program? A: This book is focused primarily on diet, but exercise is just as vital to your health. In fact, regular physical exercise improves your health in many of the same ways as The Omega Plan, including reducing your risk of cancer, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. When you combine this new diet with exercise, you have an unbeatable combination. I strongly urge you to exercise forty-five minutes or more every day. Q: I'm a strict vegetarian. Will The Omega Plan work for me?"
- Artemis P. Simopoulos, MD and Jo Robinson, The Omega Plan: the Medically Proven Diet That Gives You the Essential Nutrients You Need to Greatly Reduce Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke (Get the book.)

"While exercise's facility in helping those with heart disease and other disabilities is well known, less publicity has been given to the fact that studies indicate exercise is therapeutic for those with AIDS. Schlenzig et al. studied the long-term benefit of physical exercise on the biological condition of HIV and AIDS patients as well as on the course of illness. They found that physical exercise improves biological condition at all stages of HIV infection, including AIDS. "Furthermore, a delay of AIDS-related complications seems possible through exercise."
- Gary Null, James Feast, AIDS: A Second Opinion (Get the book.)

"Any kind of exercise at any age will be beneficial. Some authorities suggest concentrating on weight-bearing exercises—lifting weights, running, aerobics—to concentrate on strengthening the muscles most directiy involved with the bones most at risk. Most, however, make no distinctions. exercise is good for you, period. To be sure, if you have neglected exercising for a very long time, have medical problems, or are sufficiendy osteoporotic that your bones are at risk, consult your doctor or ease into exercise very gradually. There is no one whom exercise cannot help, however."
- Steve Carper, Milk Is Not for Every Body: Living with Lactose Intolerance (Get the book.)

"Along with increasing omega-3, exercise is probably the most powerful way to enhance health, longevity, and happiness. There are many excellent forms of exercise, but the major factor in determining the success of any program is perseverance. Daily exercise must become part of your life's routine. Another way to reduce the negative effects of stress on health is to perform daily relaxation exercises, such as meditation. There are also several types of simple but rapidly effective cognitive exercises that you can perform yourself or with a therapist; they help enhance mood and self-esteem."
- Andrew L. Stoll, The Omega-3 Connection: The Groundbreaking Anti-depression Diet and Brain Program (Get the book.)

"After engaging the audience in a simple powering up exercise (chapter 13), I asked them to send an intention to make the leaf glow, while playing "Choko Rei," a special Reiki chant by Jonathan Goldman that we now use for all our Intention Experiments. Mark only asked me to reveal which leaf we'd chosen after he'd finished his calculations. Gary phoned me up excitedly a week later. "You won't believe it. The leaf sent intention was glowing so much compared with the other leaf that it seems like the other leaf had a 'neglect effect.'"
- Lynne McTaggart, The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World (Get the book.)

"This portion is also an exercise in frontier science. I am not an expert in human potential, so this is not a self-help manual, but a journey of discovery for me as well as you. I have extrapolated this program from scientific evidence describing those circumstances that created the most positive results in psychokinetic laboratory experiences. We know for certain that these techniques have generated success under controlled experimental laboratory conditions, but I cannot guarantee they will work in your life."

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

"The entire point of the exercise, as far as Karl Lashley was concerned, had been to find where the engrams were - the precise location in the brain where memories were stored. The name 'engram' had been coined by Wilder Penfield in the 1920s after he thought he'd discovered that memories had an exact address in the brain."
- Lynne Mctaggart, The Field - The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe (Get the book.)

"The healers I interviewed entered this focused state through a variety of means: meditation; prayer; intense attention on the person to be healed; symbolic or mythic ideas; strong mental images of a situation producing the desired change; verbal affirmations; mental imagery; even internal autosuggestions as a warm-up exercise. One healer established focused attention by saturating his awareness with the goal that he was trying to achieve. Dr. Janet Piedilato, a shamanic healer, will often "gently hum or chant" or use a "rattle or other instrument." Dr."
- Lynne McTaggart, The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World (Get the book.)

"The only other evidence of group mind had been a provocative little double-blind exercise carried out by Dean Radin, who was interested in the claims of Japanese alternative medicine practitioner Masaru Emoto that the structure of water crystals is affected by positive and negative emotions.20 Emoto claims to have carried out hundreds of tests showing that even a single word of positive intent or negative intent profoundly changes the water's internal organization."

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

"To underscore the object of the exercise, those that didn't respond correctly fell into pond water.' Once he was convinced that they'd learned the routine, Lashley systematically set about trying to surgically blot out that memory. For all his criticism of the failings of other researchers, Lashley's own surgical technique was a mess ?a makeshift and hurried operation. His was a laboratory protocol that would have incensed any modern-day animal-rights champion. Lashley didn't employ aseptic technique, largely because it wasn't considered necessary for rats."
- Lynne Mctaggart, The Field - The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe (Get the book.)

"More than a billion dollars a year are being wasted by cardiothoracic surgeons who perform bypasses on patients whose symptoms could be controlled with medical management, using drugs, diet, and exercise, which are not only cheaper but also safer and far less invasive. Before the most recent rigorous study published by Veterans Health Administration researchers, four large, randomized, controlled clinical trials had compared angioplasty to medical management of patients with serious heart disease, many of whom had already had a heart attack."
- Shannon Brownlee, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer (Get the book.)

"Hal agreed to continue with the box-guessing exercise and for several months he carried out trials with Ingo Swann, who managed to describe objects hidden in boxes with great precision ?far more successfully than could have been achieved by simple guessing. By that time, Hal had been joined by a colleague in laser physics called Russell Targ, who'd also pioneered development of the laser for Sylvania. It was probably no accident that another physicist interested in the effect of light through space would also be intrigued by the possibility that the mind could also breach vast distances."
- Lynne Mctaggart, The Field - The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe (Get the book.)

"Food never tasted better. exercise strengthens my body and mind. A clean, pure diet made these years pleasurable emotionally and physically. LUIS I listened to Gary's radio show and read Gary's books to get a jump start before entering a support group in November 1999.1 was a musician who weighed 155 pounds. Now I weigh 145 pounds. I am organic, juicing, and using pure water. My hair and eyebrows are thicker, the best it's been in my life. My energy is terrific, my blood pressure is lowered, and my cholesterol is normal. My memory has improved and my complexion is fantastic."
- Gary Null and Amy McDonald, The Food-Mood Connection: Nutrition-based and Environmental Approaches to Mental Health and Physical Wellbeing (Get the book.)

"The diet and the exercise built me up and I'm enjoying my life and body. JOSEPH I attended a 2004 support group with good results. I was able to eliminate asthma medication. I felt stronger and in a better mindset without the usual anxiety while I used green and other vegetable juices and followed Gary's protocol. I eat fish most of the time and feel healthy today. My personal behavior improved during my time in the group. I am with it 80 percent today and plan to reactivate my juicing and healthy lifestyle."

- Gary Null and Amy McDonald, The Food-Mood Connection: Nutrition-based and Environmental Approaches to Mental Health and Physical Wellbeing (Get the book.)

"These rules are supposed to guide physicians when it comes to deciding whether to send an individual patient to the cath lab or the operating room or to treat him with medical management, which includes prescribing blood pressure medicine and blood thinners, like aspirin, to prevent his arteries from being blocked by plaque, and offering advice on improving his diet and exercise habits."
- Shannon Brownlee, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer (Get the book.)

"To any outside observation, this was something more than a frivolous exercise, a batch of technocrats playing at constructing the ultimate techno-toy. It was clear to every scientist in the room that the planet had, at most, fifty years of fossil fuel left and humans were facing a climate crisis as the greenhouse effect slowly turned our world into a gas chamber. Looking for new sources of energy wasn't just necessary to power spaceships. It was also vital to power earth and maintain it intact for the next generation."
- Lynne Mctaggart, The Field - The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe (Get the book.)

"We increased our exercise schedule, take trips to the shore for clean air, and eat more fish. We both noticed our skin lesions clear completely; the lesions and blotches on our legs are disappearing and our sleep has improved. We look forward to another retreat. Our bodies are healthier and toned as we pursue lifestyle improvements. JACKLYN MORGAN I was in a bad place emotionally when a close friend died. Stuck in depression, being alone, reflecting on memories of yesterdays, I needed a jump start to regain my life. It was at a vegan health lecture that I understood relationship toxicity."
- Gary Null and Amy McDonald, The Food-Mood Connection: Nutrition-based and Environmental Approaches to Mental Health and Physical Wellbeing (Get the book.)

"We hold on to the fantasy that medicine has become all powerful, that we don't need to exercise any discipline in our lives, because there's a pill to fix the results of smoking and eating to excess. We think we shouldn't have to suffer pain for any reason, or put up with the infirmities of old age. At the same time, we think our doctors are either incompetent or out to deprive us of the wonderful treatments and medicines that the media tell us will keep us healthy. We go to the Internet to diagnose ourselves and march into our doctors' offices with our sheets of printouts in hand."
- Shannon Brownlee, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer (Get the book.)

"It also calls for preventive measures, providing access to nutritionists and nurses to help patients learn to eat better and exercise more in order to avoid getting the conditions in the first place. The doctors have implemented information technology to allow everyone involved in a patient's care to share medical records and support disease management. Pursuing Perfection has already improved the health of many patients. Rebecca Bryson suffers from both diabetes and congestive heart failure."

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

"Even when they get injured, they still go out and exacerbate that injury by continuing to exercise." Myths about happiness, Dr. Eades says, are at the core of the emptiness that leads to addictions. "One of the greatest and most damaging is, 'I'll be happy if I am successful.' The person is always striving, never truly arriving, always reaching, not resting. When this happens we become externally oriented, looking for things outside us to define us. I've worked with too many patients who are very wealthy, but also very discontented and very disconnected in their lives."
- Gary Null and Amy McDonald, The Food-Mood Connection: Nutrition-based and Environmental Approaches to Mental Health and Physical Wellbeing (Get the book.)

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