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"So, for example, a claim that a dietary supplement reduces cholesterol is undoubtedly one concerning the effect of a nutrient on a body structure or function but FDA holds to the view that cholesterol lowering is a drug function and, so, deems cholesterol lowering claims prohibited for dietary supplements even if (or especially if) true. FDA exercises profound subjectivity in making these determinations. Often when a structure/function claim appears to trench on the interests of the drug industry, the agency condemns the claim as a prohibited drug claim."
- Jonathan W. Emord, The Rise of Tyranny (Get the book.)

"This reduces GFR (glomerular filtration rate), a measure of kidney function. High-protein intake does not cause this to happen in normally functioning kidneys. A recent study of 1,624 women enrolled in the Nurses' Health Study concluded that "high protein intake was not associated with renal function decline in women with 12 normal renal function." Another study in the American Journal of Kidney Disease showed that protein intake had no effect on GFR in healthy male subjects:."
- Jonny Bowden, M.A., C.N.S., Living the Low Carb Life: Controlled Carbohydrate Eating for Long-Term Weight Loss (Get the book.)

"In 1994, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act authorized structure/function claims —claims on the labels of herbal and other supplements that the products might improve some structure or function of the body. In response, food companies successfully sued the FDA for the right to make "structure/function" claims for foods. In 1997, the FDA Modernization Act required the FDA to allow health claims that could be "substantiated" by statements made by federal agencies or the National Academy of Sciences (now called the National Academies)."
- Marion Nestle, What to Eat (Get the book.)

"Through acupuncture we learn that certain points on our body match up to the control and function of different muscles and organs. The stimulation of the nerves in these points with needles can restore "balance" to a body by improving the function of certain systems and/or by alleviating pain that is exacerbating an illness or condition. Often, acupuncture is used for pain management following a muscle injury or is used to induce relaxation in people who suffer from great stress. The benefits of acupuncture vary, and acupuncturists design treatments to meet the needs of their patients."
- Jay Gordon, The ADD and ADHD Cure: The Natural Way to Treat Hyperactivity and Refocus Your Child (Get the book.)

"Biologists like to think that everything they can measure is interesting, so they account for the bits that didn't change by saying they are essential to function, and for the bits that did change by saying that they are the parts that bind to all the different smell molecules and are therefore also essential to function. In fact, things can be highly variable when they don't matter to function at all, since in such cases the evolutionary pressure is nil. It's as if a watch mechanism contained many idle wheels - how many, and how many teeth they bear, is irrelevant."
- Luca Turin, The Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume and the Science of Smell (Get the book.)

"Bodily function or malfunction could be assessed in part by the body's intake and output—by what individuals craved, ate, and drank; by the patterns of their respirations; and by the rate, type, and appearance of their excretions (sweat, mucus, urine, faeces, vomit, and for women, menstrual blood)."
- Roberta Bivins, Alternative Medicine?: A History (Get the book.)

"It has also been shown to: 1. function as a natural antidepressant 2. Facilitate thyroid function 3. Improve blood sugar 4. Improve cell oxygenation 5. function as a natural diuretic Unlike bioidentical progesterone, Provera?does not have any of these five positive attributes as listed for progesterone. Furthermore, Provera?does not treat any of the conditions mentioned above. When should Provera?ever be used? The answer to this question is that Provera?should never be used for any condition. Provera?is a toxic substance to the body and has no place in any medical therapy."
- David Brownstein M.D., Drugs That Don't Work and Natural Therapies That Do (Get the book.)

"Biologists like to think that everything they can measure is interesting, so they account for the bits that didn't change by saying they are essential to function, and for the bits that did change by saying that they are the parts that bind to all the different smell molecules and are therefore also essential to function. In fact, things can be highly variable when they don't matter to function at all, since in such cases the evolutionary pressure is nil. It's as if a watch mechanism contained many idle wheels - how many, and how many teeth they bear, is irrelevant."
- Luca Turin, The Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume and the Science of Smell (Get the book.)

"The ANS is the fine-tuning mechanism of the body and it is responsible for the balance of virtually every bodily function there is. Some of the most important functions the autonomic nervous system governs are these: heart rate, blood pressure, digestive functions, body temperature and perspiration, sleep patterns, bladder and bowel functions, constriction or dilation of the eyes' pupils, lung functions, reproductive organs, adrenaline output, and sexual reflexes."
- James F. Durante, Cheryl L. Durante, John G., M.D. Furiasse, The Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome / Dysautonomia Survival Guide (Get the book.)

"In other words, my grandfather had developed a condition where his body worked against itself in a battleground between two conflicting kinds of chemistry—one that produced everything he needed to function normally, and the other preventing those functions from ever happening. Between my travels, I spent as much time as I could with my grandfather and tried to help him deal with his experience while I learned about his condition."
- Gregg Braden, The Spontaneous Healing of Belief: Shattering the Paradigm of False Limits (Get the book.)

"Vogel closely monitored endothelial function of subjects and found that two hours after eating a fatty meal there was a significant drop. It took nearly six hours, in fact, for endothelial function to get back to normal. If a single meal can have such an impact on vascular health, imagine the damage done by three meals a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year—for decades. But isn't it enough simply to reduce your cholesterol levels? Why insist upon a radical change in diet, if there are other ways to reach the cholesterol goals?"
- Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease (Get the book.)

"Pumping function ceases, but the cells remain alive. If the blockage closes the vessel, the cells die, and a myocardial infarct—a heart attack—is the result. In the neck, the carotid arteries are the hot spots because they feed the front of the brain where you do your thinking. A stroke is like having a heart attack in the brain. There are four major arteries going into the brain: the left and right carotid arteries, which split into the external and internal branches; and the left and right vertebral arteries, which split into vessels serving the back of the brain."
- 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.)

"Dehydration is a condition in which the body lacks enough fluid to function properly. To avoid serious health problems, dehydration should be treated quickly. All individuals suffering from diarrhea should focus on rehydrating the body. What Causes Diarrhea? There are many things that can cause diarrhea. Appendix 6-1 provides a list of potential causes of diarrhea. Acute diarrhea is usually due to a bacteria, virus or parasite infection. When a bacteria, virus or parasite is able to flourish in the intestines, it causes damage to the intestinal cells. How do they cause damage?"
- Allison Tannis, Probiotic Rescue: How You can use Probiotics to Fight Cholesterol, Cancer, Superbugs, Digestive Complaints and More (Get the book.)

"Perhaps one of the most fascinating things that some probiotic strains can do is produce bacteriocins (antimicrobials)—substances that kill bad microbes in your intestines. They function like home-made antibiotics that do not kill probiotics. For example, Lactobacillus GG can produce an antimicrobial substance that prevents the growth of the following bad microbes: Escherichia coli, Salmonella, Clostridium difficile, Bacteroides fragilis and Streptococci."

- Allison Tannis, Probiotic Rescue: How You can use Probiotics to Fight Cholesterol, Cancer, Superbugs, Digestive Complaints and More (Get the book.)

"Summary A healthy microflora supports the health and function of the gastrointestinal tract. Probiotics promote proper nutrient digestion and absorption. Nutrient absorption provides bones with the team of nutrients required to keep this active tissue healthy. The bones are a reserve for calcium used to support muscle contractions and stabilize changes in the blood pH. Calcium absorption is vital to the health of your bones and your overall health. Calcium is guided into the bones by vitamin K2. This vitamin is not commonly found in your diet."

- Allison Tannis, Probiotic Rescue: How You can use Probiotics to Fight Cholesterol, Cancer, Superbugs, Digestive Complaints and More (Get the book.)

"Improvements in metabolic function and general health do occur, but even then, underlying weaknesses may remain. For example, IgE allergies tend to remain throughout life, regardless of treatment. Therefore, to lock in recovery, your child will probably also need to lock in some permanent changes. Healing Principle 3: The Healing Program is highly individualized. It is not a cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all therapy. Treatment modalities, from each of the four basic aspects of the program, can vary a great deal from one child to the next."
- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"It's human to doubt yourself; we all have places where our confidence wavers, although during normal day-to-day life we usually keep our self-doubts under control, at least to a degree, so that we can function. But rejection or criticism or disappointment startle the self-doubts awake, and they really hurt when they're activated. As soon as you experience hurt feelings and accompanying self-doubt, you grab food to appease yourself. In fact, your pain may so quickly get transformed into hunger that you don't even recognize the pain that initially triggered the hunger."
- Roger Gould, Shrink Yourself: Break Free from Emotional Eating Forever (Get the book.)

"The goal is always to eventually get kids off these drugs and others, but the greater goal is to help these kids function well, feel well, and live as normally as possible. Some of them just can't achieve this without the help of a relatively powerful medication, at some point in time. Furthermore, although there are risks associated with this type of medication, there are even greater risks associated with self-injurious, aggressive, violent, belligerent behavior."
- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"As you can see, glutathione supports the function of all three of the systems that are most involved with the onset of autism symptoms: the immune system, the gastrointestinal system, and the nervous system. When glutathione is low, as it often is among 4-A children, kids are much more vulnerable to the 4-A disorders. Low glutathione can create disastrous consequences. Consequences of Low Glutathione 1. Reduced ability to detoxify. Low glutathione reduces detoxification of both environmental toxicants and heavy metals. This can result in increased neurotoxicity, and immunotox-icity. 2."

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

"If these kids' bodies were more adept at this metabolic function, the kids probably wouldn't have significant heavy metal accumulation. Children have varying natural degrees of the ability to excrete heavy metals, through processes such as methylation and sulfation. Two different children can be exposed to the same amounts of heavy metals, but one child may excrete them successfully, while the other may not. The child who can not excrete them successfully through these natural detoxification processes of methylation and sulfation may be the child who can benefit most from chelation."

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

"It further showed that the Astaxanthin treated group maintained their ability to secret insulin, and concluded: "These results indicate that astaxanthin can exert beneficial effects in diabetes, with preservation of beta-cell function" (Uchiyama, et al, 2002). Diabetes adversely affects many different organs of the body. In particular, diabetes can cause the kidneys to malfunction, causing a condition called "nephropathy." This second study used the same diabetic, obese mice to examine how Astaxanthin could benefit the kidneys."
- Bob Capelli, ASTAXANTHIN: Natural Astaxanthin, King of the Carotenoids (Get the book.)

"In New Cardiology, we focus on the integrity and function of the endothelium—that is, the biology of the cells lining the arteries. We never give up because of high-grade narrowing. And we don't hold off treating a patient just because only a moderate narrowing is seen. We know we can always influence the biology of the lining of the cells. The Speed of Plaque How fast does plaque develop into a killer? That depends. We have been shocked many times by people who form plaques within six months. All cardiologists have seen this. That's the nature of coronary artery disease."
- 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.)

"Adverse health effect: A change in body function or the structures of cells that can lead to disease or health problems. ATSDR: The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. ATSDR is a federal health agency in Atlanta, Georgia, that deals with hazardous substance and waste-site issues. ATSDR gives people information about harmful chemicals in their environment and tells people how to protect themselves from coming into contact with such chemicals. Cancer: A group of diseases that occur when cells in the body become abnormal and grow, or multiply, out of control."
- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"Don't be discouraged if you recognize how much you now love and depend on food—if you fear that you won't be able to function if you stop overeating. It's the place where everyone must start. All you need is a good therapist to take you on a healing journey. SHRINK YOURSELF SESSION NOTES Emotional Eating • You've defined yourself as an emotional eater. • You're beginning to look at the differences between phantom hunger and physical hunger. • You're starting to see glimpses of how you began using food as a source of comfort or a reward."
- Roger Gould, Shrink Yourself: Break Free from Emotional Eating Forever (Get the book.)

"During the early stages, people typically have hyperglycemia (high blood sugar levels) and hyperinsu-linemia (high blood insulin levels), and the logical therapeutic approach is to increase insulin sensitivity and improve beta-cell function. Yet too often physicians prescribe oral antidiabetes drugs made with "old" technology, which raise insulin levels in the blood regardless of blood sugar levels. The use of drugs that indiscriminately raise insulin levels is not ideal. These old-technology drugs are called sulfonylureas, and we discuss them in more depth in chapter 10."
- Steven V. Joyal, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Diabetes: An Innovative Program to Prevent, Treat, and Beat This Controllable Disease (Get the book.)

"Of course you have willpower—you wouldn't have ever attempted a diet if you didn't and you can't possibly function in life without it, but willpower alone isn't enough. Why not? Because the adversaries you face overpower willpower. You know you have willpower, but maybe you think you don't have enough. That's a familiar self-accusation. "I'm lacking some vague but important ingredient. I just don't have enough, so why try again?" Aha ... another form of denial, in this case the denial of self-efficacy. "I'm missing something, so I can't really be responsible for my failure."
- Roger Gould, Shrink Yourself: Break Free from Emotional Eating Forever (Get the book.)

"You think you'll be too alone and empty without it and that you won't be able to function, but you're wrong. You've accumulated a lot of good reasons why you don't want to give up your eating pattern. The smart thing to do is to no longer deny that you're hesitant or afraid to give up this pattern. Once you do that, you might be able to begin resolving the issue and shrinking yourself. Try it, and see if it works for you. But to do that, you have to think things through, and therein lies the conflict that we'll start to address in this practical part of the book."

- Roger Gould, Shrink Yourself: Break Free from Emotional Eating Forever (Get the book.)

"If they could list all the genes and what function each gene controlled, they believed they would have a map to help them figure out how to change the human body—to prevent or heal cancer or diabetes, for instance. In order for this theory to be true, there would have to be a gene for each of the hundreds of thousands of functions the body performs. When scientists found only around 33,000 genes instead of hundreds of thousands of genes, they were dumbfounded. They had to revise their theory that genes alone were responsible for everything that takes place in the body."
- Margaret Ruby, The DNA of Healing: A Five-Step Process for Total Wellness and Abundance (Get the book.)

"Blockages in any of our seven chakras weaken the function of our energy centers and the flow of energy through them, in turn affecting the areas in our body that are nourished by our chakras. What creates blockages in our chakras is the same thing that impacts our DNA—the energy patterns of our nonsupportive beliefs. Our chakras, like our DNA, hold memories, and memories that do not support us weaken our energy system or even shut it down. As long as there are no limiting patterns in a chakra, it can function unhindered and through it we can access a unique form of higher knowledge."

- Margaret Ruby, The DNA of Healing: A Five-Step Process for Total Wellness and Abundance (Get the book.)

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