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"It also sketched out Ayurvedic principles, organization, and models of the body; described the discoveries and innovations of Charaka and Susruta—and bemoaned Ayurveda's losses, its 'history of stagnation and decay' caused by religious scruples, invasions, and internal feuding, as losses to medicine as a whole.29 Articles following this format appeared sporadically in the medical press until the 1970s. A 1964 Lancet editorial exemplifies another way in which information about Ayurveda came to the attention of the medical profession."
- Roberta Bivins, Alternative Medicine?: A History (Get the book.)

"His account of his experiences in the Far East, originally titled Amoenitatum Exoticarum ('Exotic Pleasures') and largely republished in vernacular as a history of Japan, was not a specifically medical text. Indeed, his descriptions of both moxabustion and acupuncture were offered only as appendices to the volume. They were certainly more attentive to the needs of a general audience than Ten Rhyne's accounts had been."

- Roberta Bivins, Alternative Medicine?: A History (Get the book.)

"So what can the history of homeopathy in the nineteenth century tell us about nineteenth-century responses to acupuncture? The Local Opposition: Homeopathy and 'Alternative' Medicine First, it may be worthwhile to spell out the similarities between homeopathy and acupuncture as each emerged from the marketplace pluralism of the eighteenth century into the medical monopoly-building of the nineteenth. As I've described, both homeopathy and acupuncture depended heavily—at least in theory—on subjective accounts of sensation and experience."

- Roberta Bivins, Alternative Medicine?: A History (Get the book.)

"And yet, throughout history, people have always tried to make personal sense of the suffering of illness. Historically, Western cultures have provided people with a stockpile of religious, moral, and social stories to help them answer the great "why" questions of their suffering, and to connect their experiences to some larger understanding of their identities and destinies. Traditionally, some illness was said to be a consequence of personal sin, other illness was an outcome of evil in the community, or a test of faith, or a message from God to change one's life. But now?"
- Anne Harrington, The Cure Within: A history of Mind-Body Medicine (Get the book.)

"In attempting a cultural history of mind-body medicine, I focus on stories because I believe this is the best way to carve the subject up at its joints. In mind-body medicine we are confronted not with an integrated vision or program but with a patchwork of approaches and understandings that pull in many different directions. Some approaches emphasize our power to heal ourselves. Others (particularly those highlighted by critics) emphasize our vulnerability to the psychological influences of others. Some are nostalgic for traditional forms of wisdom."

- Anne Harrington, The Cure Within: A history of Mind-Body Medicine (Get the book.)

"Each of these stories, I insist, has its own history, comes from somewhere, and can be told. Yes, there are interactions, blended approaches, borrowings, and appropriations, but our historical preoccupations with stress are not the same as our efforts to harness the power of positive thinking, and these are different again from our commitment to the confession of trauma as a healing act. For these reasons, as I turn my attention in this book to each new class of story within mind-body medicine, I invite my readers to embark with me on a fresh historical exploration."

- Anne Harrington, The Cure Within: A history of Mind-Body Medicine (Get the book.)

"Any history purporting to shine light not just on the science but on the culture—the many meanings—of mind-body medicine cannot afford to leave out any of these levels. Chapter One The power of suggestion Suggestion: Presentation of an idea. That which is suggested; an intimation; hint. An evil incitement; temptation. The entrance into the mind of an idea or intimation, originated by some external fact or word, which tends to produce an automatic response or reaction, as hypnotic suggestion. "

- Anne Harrington, The Cure Within: A history of Mind-Body Medicine (Get the book.)

"The same interdependent processes of regulation and professionalization that dominated the nineteenth-century history of orthodox medicine are now under way in relation to many heterodox disciplines of healing?and for almost exactly the same reasons. The use of complementary, alternative, and cross-cultural medicines has become increasingly mainstream, and these therapeutic modalities are therefore much more visible and more profitable. One major US survey noted that both in 1990 and in 1997, consumers made more visits to 'alternative' practitioners than to all US primary care physicians."
- Roberta Bivins, Alternative Medicine?: A History (Get the book.)

"Throughout its history, Ethyl Corporation had maintained close ties with many foreign companies—much closer than the U.S. government realized at the time. Germany was one of its most important clients. In March 1942, Thurman Arnold, a U.S. assistant attorney general, told a Senate committee investigating war profiteering that without the unique formula for making leaded gasoline—Ethyl's main product—the Nazis could not have flown their planes or fueled their land vehicles. Committee Chairman Harry Truman termed the alliance between some American companies and German national company I.G."
- Devra Davis, The Secret history of the War on Cancer (Get the book.)

"But a domesticated tree can outlast any house, especially one in the tropics, and that tree, or its descendants, growing under difficult conditions, can produce fewer and poorer fruit, which poses a riddle for the investigator, who must guess at the history of the plant, and base his or her hypothesis on this guess. In spite of decades of research and speculation, there is still no general agreement about the origin of cultivated Theobroma cacao. It is important to keep apart here the origin of the tree itself, and that of the chocolate-making process."
- Sophie D. Coe and Michael D. Coe, The True history of Chocolate (Get the book.)

"This part of our history concerns colonialism, the transport and exploitation of black slave labor, and Spanish state monopolies, as well as the gradual slipping away of Spanish power as England, Holland, and France gained control of the seas. Eventually, major cacao production was to be transferred from Spain's tropical American possessions to Africa and beyond, to colonies controlled by Spain's deadly rivals."

- Sophie D. Coe and Michael D. Coe, The True history of Chocolate (Get the book.)

"She soon realized that she would never be able to complete her history. I promised her that I would do so, with the proviso that she would remain the senior author, since the book would be almost completely based on her research, not mine; and the idea and plan of the book were hers in the first place. After Sophie's death that May, I began work, faced with the not small task of organizing the thousands of pages of notes that she had left, and familiarizing myself with their contents."

- Sophie D. Coe and Michael D. Coe, The True history of Chocolate (Get the book.)

"The company's official history claimed that the deal between the Americans and the Germans was not entirely one-sided. Standard Oil of New Jersey and General Motors—the companies then owning Ethyl—learned quite a bit about relevant war technologies of interest to them as well."
- Devra Davis, The Secret history of the War on Cancer (Get the book.)

"Farben was the single largest donor to the Nazi party and throughout its history was well funded by many Wall Street investment firms. Its members included BASF, Bayer, Hoechst and other German chemical and pharmaceutical companies.12 Ethyl itself was a truly global firm, and had independently joined forces with Hitler's staunchest corporate supporters, forming the firm Ethyl Gemeinschaft in 1934. Regarding the value of Ethyl's work for the Nazis, a report from I.G. Farben credits the firm and its major partner, Standard Oil, with directly fueling the German war machine."

- Devra Davis, The Secret history of the War on Cancer (Get the book.)

"The idea that food writing and food history could be scholarly was reinforced by the high standards set by the Oxford symposia, and by the culinary books authored by their guiding light, Alan Davidson, whom Sophie greatly admired. I should say here that Sophie was also a great cook, at home not just in the Russian cuisine learned in her mother's kitchen, but in many other culinary traditions. Over the years she had amassed a remarkable cookbook library, now deposited with the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts."
- Sophie D. Coe and Michael D. Coe, The True history of Chocolate (Get the book.)

"At the time these ads were published, the average person in America smoked 2,000 cigarettes a year. Those in Britain smoked a few less. In the decade from 1940 to 1950, U.S. tobacco consumption had more than doubled, and it would double again in the following decade. Lung cancer rates began to grow as well, making the connection tough to dispute. At first the industry dismissed the 1950 studies as irrelevant because they had looked back in time to figure out whether smoking played a role in deaths from cancer."
- Devra Davis, The Secret history of the War on Cancer (Get the book.)

"Your doctor will ask you to fill out a history sheet that includes the following: • Past surgeries • history of childhood allergies (pollen, mold, pet dander, dust, foods) • history of eczema or asthma • Gastrointestinal problems (acid indigestion, sour taste in mouth) • Any drugs you are taking and the reason they are being taken • Family history of allergy, diabetes, or cancer THE EXAMINATION In the examining room, your doctor will ask about your problems related to sinusitis, and much of the resulting diagnosis depends on your history."
- Debra Fulghum Bruce, The Sinus Cure: 7 Simple Steps to Relieve Sinusitis and Other Ear, Nose, and Throat Conditions (Get the book.)

"APPENDIX D THE history OF ENZYME THERAPY The history of enzyme therapy is fascinating. At times it is similar to a classic mystery—small clues over many years reveal the true identity and functionality of enzymes. In more modern times, enzymes have been the subject of studies on digestive issues, cancer, immune support, inflammatory issues, and many other debilitating diseases. Though enzyme therapy has been around for centuries, rhose who used them did not know that enzymes were the reason a treatment worked."
- Tom Bohager, Everything You Need to Know About Enzymes to Treat Everything from Digestive Problems and Allergies to Migraines and Arthritis (Get the book.)

"Added to- A Short history of Food Processing Even in prehistory, food was processed. Humans may have frozen and smoke-cured their food as far back as the last Ice Age. They at times ground wild plants into flour, cooked meat, and smoked and dried foods to preserve them. All of this was a departure from eating totally unprocessed food as it was found. Processing throughout most of history was about making enough food available to forestall genuine hunger. It was about preventing spoilage. It was about making food safer. That changed in the latter half of the 20th century."
- David L. Katz, Catherine S. Katz, Dr. David Katz's Flavor-Full Diet: Use Your Tastebuds to Lose Pounds and Inches with this Scientifically Proven Plan (Get the book.)

"While certain ethnic groups are at increased risk for diabetes, the following factors can raise anyone's risk: family history, being obese or significantly overweight, sedentary lifestyle, being over 45, having a history of gestational diabetes, or giving birth to a 9-pound or bigger baby. FOODS THAT FIGHT DIABETES In general, diabetes research has found that many of the basic elements of a healthy diet—whole grains, fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, and low-fat dairy—may also have a significant impact on diabetes."
- Elaine Magee, Food Synergy: Unleash Hundreds of Powerful Healing Food Combinations to Fight Disease and Live Well (Get the book.)

"Your doctor will ask you to fill out a history sheet that includes the following: • Past surgeries • history of childhood allergies (pollen, mold, pet dander, dust, foods) • history of eczema or asthma • Gastrointestinal problems (acid indigestion, sour taste in mouth) • Any drugs you are taking and the reason they are being taken • Family history of allergy, diabetes, or cancer THE EXAMINATION In the examining room, your doctor will ask about your problems related to sinusitis, and much of the resulting diagnosis depends on your history."
- Debra Fulghum Bruce, The Sinus Cure: 7 Simple Steps to Relieve Sinusitis and Other Ear, Nose, and Throat Conditions (Get the book.)

"To learn more about the history of Dr. Beljanski's products and his work, please see the history section in the previous chapter on Prostabel, another Beljanski Product. RESEARCH Platelets play an important role in keeping the body healthy. They are necessary to normal blood clotting, without them the body has no secondary mechanism to stop internal bleeding, and since they are short-lived—usually around for only about nine days—your body must constantly remanufacture them to replace those it loses."
- Freedom Press, Natural Cancer Cures: The Definitive Guide to Using Dietary Supplements to Fight and Prevent Cancer (Get the book.)

"At one time in our early history, when our food came exclusively from Mother Nature, unprocessed and no toxic chemicals - we had a natural attraction to the kind of food our body needed. We had a superior sensitivity in our selection of food for life. In other words, there was an inner voice that told us what to eat. We can call it a God given instinct, that the animals in nature possess also. We were, in early times, naturally healthy, beautiful specimens as the Greeks and Romans used to be. Gandhi - A Spiritual Miracle Gandhi was then 77 years of age and very frail in appearance."
- Patricia Bragg and Paul C. Bragg, The Miracle of Fasting: Proven Throughout history for Physical, Mental & Spiritual Rejuvenation (Get the book.)

"Your doctor will ask you to fill out a history sheet that includes the following: • Past surgeries • history of childhood allergies (pollen, mold, pet dander, dust, foods) • history of eczema or asthma • Gastrointestinal problems (acid indigestion, sour taste in mouth) • Any drugs you are taking and the reason they are being taken • Family history of allergy, diabetes, or cancer THE EXAMINATION In the examining room, your doctor will ask about your problems related to sinusitis, and much of the resulting diagnosis depends on your history."
- Debra Fulghum Bruce, The Sinus Cure: 7 Simple Steps to Relieve Sinusitis and Other Ear, Nose, and Throat Conditions (Get the book.)

"This great scientist will surely go down in history as one of the finest physicians. His program included fasting and an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. He lived into his 90s and was active to the end of his life keeping his patients healthy. Another of the finest doctors who specialized in nutrition was the famed Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, M.D. He was the director for 60 years of the famous Battle Creek Sanitarium in Battle Creek, Michigan. Fasting Pulls Out Toxins and Poisons In time I put him on a 7 day fast."
- Patricia Bragg and Paul C. Bragg, The Miracle of Fasting: Proven Throughout history for Physical, Mental & Spiritual Rejuvenation (Get the book.)

"This great scientist will surely go down in history as one of the finest physicians. His program included fasting and an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. He lived into his 90s and was active to the end of his life keeping his patients healthy. Another of the finest doctors who specialized in nutrition was the famed Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, M.D. He was the director for 60 years of the famous Battle Creek Sanitarium in Battle Creek, Michigan. Fasting Promotes Healthy Elimination I have explained to you very thoroughly that this is a world filled with toxins and poisons."

- Patricia Bragg and Paul C. Bragg, The Miracle of Fasting: Proven Throughout history for Physical, Mental & Spiritual Rejuvenation (Get the book.)

"We read in ancient history that fasting has been practiced since time immemorial by the religious people of the East and by most ancient civilizations. They practiced fasting not only for the recovery of health and preservation of youth, but for spiritual illumination as well. Accordingly, we see the great philosopher, Pythagoras, requiring his disciples to undertake a fast of 40 days before they could be initiated into the mysteries of his philosophical teachings."

- Patricia Bragg and Paul C. Bragg, The Miracle of Fasting: Proven Throughout history for Physical, Mental & Spiritual Rejuvenation (Get the book.)

"Three months into the program, and sure enough, all their cholesterol problems were history. Both are 20 pounds lighter; but more important, they've learned that they didn't inherit bad cholesterol genes. They've just told their cholesterol genes to "be good!" A LITTLE STRESS GOES A LONG WAY Hormesis actually improves resistance to infections, tumors, and death. For example, in difficult-to-believe yet completely reproducible experiments, mice subjected to low levels of radiation throughout their lives lived an average of 30 percent longer than unexposed siblings."
- Dr. Steven R. Gundry, Dr. Gundry's Diet Evolution: Turn Off the Genes That Are Killing You - And Your Waistline - And Drop the Weight for Good (Get the book.)

"Grace, who has a history of mild bouts of depression, also happens to be a psychiatrist with a sophisticated knowledge of medicine. Even so, we haven't been able to find an antidepressant without side effects. SSRIs seem to work best for her, but she would try one and then stop because they all made her gain weight very quickly. She's brilliant and well aware of the biology of exercise — at least some of it—but she just didn't do it. Last summer, she injured her back and ended up immobilized in bed for a period. Purely for physical rehabilitation, she started swimming."
- John J. Ratey, MD, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain (Get the book.)

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