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"France. Birth attendants were struggling to help a woman who had been in labor for more than forty-eight hours when one of the midwives suggested a warm bath might help the expectant mother to relax. According to the story, the baby was born shortly after the woman settled into the tub. A Russian researcher named Igor Tjarkovsky is often credited as the father of modern water birthing. He designed a special tank in the 1960s for water birthing, but the trend didn't really catch on in the West until the early 1980s or so. The reaction of the medical establishment wasn't encouraging."
- Dr. Sharon Moalem, Survival of the Sickest: A medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Disease (Get the book.)

"Get hold of the medical text books, papers etc. I hope that you will get further opinions sooner rather than later, and preferably in the next week or two. I have written to a friend who is a doctor to see who he would recommend. Butfinally remember that doctors can be very fallible. To give you a personal example, eight years ago Charlie [Carmen's partner, Dr. Charles Lane, a biochemist] was diagnosed as having a brain tumour, by a very reputable Harley Street man. He was given the news in a waiting room full of patients."
- Michael Gearin-Tosh, Living Proof: A medical Mutiny (Get the book.)

"Streams of thought in religious, philosophical and medical teaching have given rise to many different ideas for balancing the opposing aspects of human life. To some they represent the dynamic, often destructive, male principle seen against the constant nurturing female principle, the shiva versus shakti of Indian philosophies, yang versus yin of Chinese traditions."

- Michael Gearin-Tosh, Living Proof: A medical Mutiny (Get the book.)

"Each Oxford college includes most disciplines, and we take medical students. I find a book, Rees, Goodman and Bullimore, Cancer in Practice (1993). Myeloma is in the index, and p. 193 reads: Multiple myeloma is incurable. The median survival time from clinical confirmation to death is under a year in untreated patients, and two to three years with treatment. Some 15% die within the first three months. Underneath there are: SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS Bone pain, pathological fracture, anaemia, symptoms of hypercalcaemia and renal failure, fever due to infection. So here is my anaemia and fever."

- Michael Gearin-Tosh, Living Proof: A medical Mutiny (Get the book.)

"The conflict between the need for precision and rigor in practicing science and the need for flexibility and compassion in providing medical care is reflected in our current nosology—a mixture of precisely identified natural phenomena and imprecisely defined economic, ideological, political, and social judgments and occurrences. As a result, this classification system is an intellectual embarrassment and an invitation to political-economic mischief."
- Thomas Szasz, The Medicalization of Everyday Life: Selected Essays (Get the book.)

"In fact, final diagnoses on the discharge summaries of hospitalized patients are often no longer made by physicians, but by bureaucrats skilled in the ways of Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance reimbursement (based partly on what ails the patient, and partly on which medical terms for his ailment and treatment ensure the most generous reimbursement for the services rendered to him)."

- Thomas Szasz, The Medicalization of Everyday Life: Selected Essays (Get the book.)

"Today, of course, even diagnoses of what used to be strictly medical diseases are no longer principally pathology-driven. Because of third-party funding of hospital costs and physicians' fees, even the diagnoses of persons suffering from bona fide illnesses—for example, asthma or arthritis—are utterly distorted by economic considerations."

- Thomas Szasz, The Medicalization of Everyday Life: Selected Essays (Get the book.)

"High participation in clinical trials among kids has made it possible to answer some important medical and scientific questions in a timely manner, even for rare diseases. If research participation among adults were as high, we'd have a much better chance of separating the lemons from the cherries among new treatments before we spend huge sums on the lemons. This is exactly the argument of retired General Norman Schwartzkopf and chair of Paramount studios Sherry Lansing, who have written to encourage wider participation in research among cancer patients."
- Richard A. Deyo M.D. M.P.H., Donald L. Patrick, Hope or Hype: The Obsession with medical Advances and the High Cost of False Promises (Get the book.)

"His acupuncture exemplifies what Halifax wrote: "the hardest thing in the world is to give the thoughts due liberty, and yet retain them in due discipline" (Complete Works, p. 237). To conclude, as argument John Diamond's attack on acupuncture is a house of cards. If science it is, in Chekhov's words, science as tyranny and it should discourage nobody. But are John Diamond's paragraphs best read as either argument or science? What of the biases of temperament? Note the continuing presence in his thought of principle: the word is used three times even in these paragraphs."
- Michael Gearin-Tosh, Living Proof: A medical Mutiny (Get the book.)

"Lots of medical care is in a gray zone, where there's no single correct course of action, so it's easy to imagine that doctors and hospitals might begin to lower the threshold for doing tests or giving treatments. This can help them to stay financially viable. In studying back surgery rates internationally, we found that surgery rates correlated fairly well with a country's per capita supply of orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons. Both the surgery rate and the number of surgeons were highest in the United States."
- Richard A. Deyo M.D. M.P.H., Donald L. Patrick, Hope or Hype: The Obsession with medical Advances and the High Cost of False Promises (Get the book.)

"The longer we use medical treatments at the end of life, the greater the cost can be, both human and economic. Giving up hope and giving up treatment aren't easy for either doctors or patients. But Callahan argues that death need not be seen as public enemy number one. Chronic illness and disability, he argues, may be what people fear most, and efforts at innovation might usefully be turned in that direction."

- Richard A. Deyo M.D. M.P.H., Donald L. Patrick, Hope or Hype: The Obsession with medical Advances and the High Cost of False Promises (Get the book.)

"Escoffier, 1998-99: 2-9). Genetics and Homosexuality With a few notable exceptions (e.g., the repudiated work of Franz Kallman, 1952), from the 1930s through the 1980s there was little interest in or research on the hereditary or genetic origins of homosexuality. This was at least in part due to the disillusionment of scientists and the public with behavior genetics after the demise of eugenics (Paul, 1995), the lack of credible research evidence, and the horrors of the Holocaust."
- Peter Conrad, The Medicalization of Society: On the Transformation of Human Conditions into Treatable Disorders (Get the book.)

"In a theological society, we could not sin or die without the cleric, whether we wanted him or not. Mutatis mutandis, in a therapeutic society such as ours, we cannot be sick or die without the clinician, whether we want him or not.6 iv Lest it be thought that these considerations apply only to psychiatric conditions and practices in the United States, I should like to conclude by calling attention to several recent cases reported in the British press. First, there are the three women who had been incarcerated in psychiatric institutions for fifty years because of illegitimate pregnancies."
- Thomas Szasz, The Medicalization of Everyday Life: Selected Essays (Get the book.)

"What is significant here is not that hundreds of thousands of short children will be treated with hGH (which is unlikely, given that the treatments are very expensive and currently not covered by health insurance) but the fact that medicine has defined the norm of what is "too short." Ironically, hGH may make some children a few inches taller, which will allow other children to fall into the designated low percentile range—thus continually expanding the pool of potentially treatable children."
- Peter Conrad, The Medicalization of Society: On the Transformation of Human Conditions into Treatable Disorders (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.)

"It is defined "as a food or parts of food that provide medical or health benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease." Subsequently, several other terms (medical food, functional food, and nutritional supplements) were used. A nutraceutical is any nontoxic food extract supplement that has scientifically proven health benefits for both the treatment and prevention of disease (Dillard and German, 2000)."
- Erich Grotewold, The Science of Flavonoids (Get the book.)

"The admonition to "be complete" is pervasive in medical education. In turn, Internet searches and consumer advertising often prime patients to arrive at the doctor's office with specific requests for the latest treatments. To patients searching the Internet, a preliminary report given at last month's scientific meeting seems as credible as findings that have been widely studied, published, and confirmed—maybe, because of its newness, even more credible. Some patients shop around to find a doctor who will give them what they want, even if it's ill advised."
- Richard A. Deyo M.D. M.P.H., Donald L. Patrick, Hope or Hype: The Obsession with medical Advances and the High Cost of False Promises (Get the book.)

"On a proportional basis, African Americans have almost twice as many fatal heart attacks as European and South Asian Americans; their rate of cancer is 10 percent higher. European Americans are more likely to die of cancer and heart disease than Latino, Asian, or Native Americans. American Latinos are more likely to die of diabetes, liver disease, and infectious disease than non-Latinos. And Native Americans have higher rates of tuberculosis, pneumonia, and influenza. It seems like new examples crop up every month in the scientific literature."
- Dr. Sharon Moalem, Survival of the Sickest: A medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Disease (Get the book.)

"First recorded three thousand years ago in Egypt, it reached its peak in the nineteenth century only to be roundly discredited as almost savage over the last hundred years. There are records of Syrian doctors using leeches for bloodletting more than two thousand years ago and accounts of the great Jewish scholar Maimonides'employing bloodletting as the physician to the royal court of Saladin, sultan of Egypt, in the twelfth century."

- Dr. Sharon Moalem, Survival of the Sickest: A medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Disease (Get the book.)

"Many of these articles were minor, and nearly all dealt with the persistence of symptoms in hyperactive children as they reached adulthood. The issue of "ADHD adults" per se did not reach the popular media until the 1990s (see table 3.1). But the idea that adults could have ADHD did spread with the help of a moderate but growing number of articles in a variety of media. In the early 1990s, several books written for a popular audience looking specifically at ADHD adults were published."
- Peter Conrad, The Medicalization of Society: On the Transformation of Human Conditions into Treatable Disorders (Get the book.)

"Avoiding unnecessary medical X-rays is one of the best ways to reduce exposure to ionizing radiation. However, in many instances, the benefits of ionizing radiation as a tool for diagnosis of various diseases and as an effective way to treat some cancers outweigh the risks. Alcohol Alcohol itself is not a carcinogen. However, population studies show that there is a strong link between alcohol consumption and some forms of cancer. A strong association exists between alcohol use and cancers of the esophagus, pharynx and mouth."
- Allison Tannis, Probiotic Rescue: How You can use Probiotics to Fight Cholesterol, Cancer, Superbugs, Digestive Complaints and More (Get the book.)

"Although people with prediabetes, metabolic syndrome, or diabetes share many characteristics, each person also has his or her own personal medical profile. An individualized approach is always best. Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs Diabetes self-management education programs are available throughout the United States, with dozens of programs in every state. The majority are offered by hospitals and health-care centers and are recognized by the American Diabetes Association."
- 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.)

"In time, he managed to convince the Russian Ministry of Health of the importance of his invention to medical technology, diagnosis, and treatment. His equipment was initially employed to predict certain clinical situations, such as the progress of recovery of people after surgery.27 It soon became widely used in Russia as a diagnostic tool for many illnesses, including cancer and stress,28 and was even used to assess athletic potential—to predict the psychophysical reserves in athletes training for the Olympics and the likelihood of victory or exhaustion from overtraining."
- Lynne McTaggart, The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World (Get the book.)

"In the recent past, you would have needed to undergo complicated, expensive, and time-consuming tests at academic medical centers to identify whether you were insulin resistant. Today, however, commonly available blood tests allow us to identify those who have or who are at high risk for insulin resistance, as we discuss in chapter 4 in detail. Causes of Insulin Resistance We know that insulin resistance runs in families and certain high-risk ethnic groups (such as Pima Indians); therefore, genes play a role in its development."
- 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.)

"Rosen also told me that regardless of his advice, about 95 percent of his patients still opt for the standard vaccine schedule. Many medical insurers won't cover multiple office visits, and according to Dr. Rosen, there are also concerns about what's known as "standard of care." If a pediatrician actively advises a family to vaccinate on a schedule that differs from the AAP/CDC recommendations and the child contracts an infectious disease like meningitis, then the parents could sue the pediatrician, and they'd probably win."
- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"If you're not planning to do a home birth, you should choose a green hospital or birthing center, like the one my environmental center helped to build at the Hackensack University medical Center. The Sarkis Gabrellian Women's and Children's Pavilion, which opened in early 2006 after five years of research and planning, represents my vision of a healing hospital environment. With its the recycled denim,insulation, natural rubber floors, and low-VOC paints, adhesives, and sealants, this 300,000-square-foot facility has been widely recognized as a pioneering achievement in green building."

- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"But, Perera adds, "measuring medical and developmental disorders over time" is extremely expensive and requires a great deal of staff. The National Children's Study (see page 256) aims to study these same factors on a much broader scale, by following a much wider cross-section of children from preconception to adulthood. For more information on the studies conducted by Perera and her colleagues at Columbia, refer to www.ccceh.org. I'm not citing these studies and statistics to frighten you—on the contrary."

- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"Children with Starving Brains: A medical Treatment Guide for Autism Spectrum Disorder by Jaquelyn McCandless goes into detail about the causes of ASDs and offers innovative, effective treatment options. The Cure for All Cancers: Including over 100 Case Histories of Persons Cured by Hulda Regehr Clark outlines a revolutionary protocol for not just treating, but curing, cancer. Clark has also written a book called The Cure for All Diseases that addresses other serious chronic illnesses."

- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"In response to these recommendations, the medical profession and the pharmaceutical industry began to increase the use of multiple vaccinations in single injections to save time and money, and to ensure better compliance. Later, the government began to recommend annual flu shots containing mercury to all children who were six months or older, and to pregnant women. This doubled the number of immunizations from eleven to twenty-two in a child's first eighteen months, and crammed them much closer together, which increased the vaccinations' toxic burden."
- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

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