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"The message from all the research is clear: if children are to get a good night's sleep and develop healthy sleep habits, the electronic paraphernalia of modern life - television, computer games, telephones and the rest - must be removed from their bedrooms. The sleep experts are all in accord that children need a quiet, darkened, calm environment in which to become effective sleepers. What's more, there are many other pressing reasons why electronic gadgetry in the bedroom is not a good idea, which will all be explored in Chapters 4,8 and 9."
- Sue Palmer, Toxic Childhood: How the modern World is Damaging Our Children and What We Can Do About it (Get the book.)

"Reassured by tales of celebrity mums who apparently proved you could have it all, conned into believing that 'quality time' was an adequate substitute for parental attention, women really believed that a child is just one more ball in the modern mother's juggling act. But the damage has been done. The withdrawal of mothers from the home left a yawning gap that was quickly filled by the products of technology. With no one around to sing, chat and listen to them, children learned instead to gaze mindlessly at the TV."

- Sue Palmer, Toxic Childhood: How the modern World is Damaging Our Children and What We Can Do About it (Get the book.)

"All too often, children's napping habits conflict with childcare arrangements or other facets of modern life, and the naps have to be curtailed or abandoned altogether. Children themselves may become resistant to napping, perhaps because an increasingly sedentary lifestyle means they don't have sufficient exercise to make them physically tired, or enough real-life stimulation to tire them mentally. And if they spend too much time in front of the TV, the artificial stimulation of constantly changing images may make it more difficult for them to switch off."

- Sue Palmer, Toxic Childhood: How the modern World is Damaging Our Children and What We Can Do About it (Get the book.)

"McLuhan predicted that the contraction of time and space within the global village would be a great leap forward for mankind, and in many ways he was right: for adults, it's an amazing period to be alive, and most of the time we manage to keep up with the electric speed of modern life. But children are not fully developed adults - they still have to move along that developmental continuum, acquiring the habits of civilised behaviour. Focused attention, deferred gratification, self-control, empathy and other important lessons can't be learned at electric speed."

- Sue Palmer, Toxic Childhood: How the modern World is Damaging Our Children and What We Can Do About it (Get the book.)

"Before the advent of modern medicine, the family was dependent on a mother's XV intuition accompanied by her time-honored remedies as the first line of defense in preserving the family's health and well-being. Going to see the doctor at the first sniffle, cough, or other sign of distress used to be "Plan B," not "Plan A." But as utilization of modern medicine increased, the focus on using food as medicine declined."
- David W. Grotto, RD, LDN, 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life! (Get the book.)

"Villages at the heart of Sardinia's Blue Zone—Fonni, Gavoi, Villagrande Strisaili, Talana, and Arzana—have evolved over the centuries from clusters of shepherd huts to modern communities of a few thousand residents. Most towns still possess a precarious charm, with ancient whitewashed houses cascading down cobblestone streets. The streets of Arzana seemed all but deserted. I could see why residents here might be physically fit. A trip to a friend's house or the local market meant a workout more rigorous than a half hour on a StairMaster. But the ominous creep of modernization was easy to see."
- Dan Buettner, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest (Get the book.)

"Roasted Vegetable Pita* modern Ambrosia* 10. Greek Salad Roll Ups* Tuscan Bean Soup* Alternate to soup: V3 cup black beans and whole apple. 11. Tofu "Eggless" Salad* Sandwich 2 sliced whole grain bread, 1 sliced tomato, romaine lettuce All Season Fruit Salad* or modern Ambrosia* 12. Poached Salmon in Spinach Tortilla Wrap* Great Northern Bean Dip* 20 carrot and celery sticks Alternate to veggies and dip: All Season Fruit Salad* 13. Hummus and Roasted Pepper Sandwich* Four Bean Chile (1 cup)* Alternate to soup: Medium SuperFoodsRx side salad* and whole orange. 14."
- Wendy Bazilian, DRPH, MA, RD, Steven Pratt, MD, Kathy Matthews, Superfoods Rx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients (Get the book.)

"Another hypothesis links the phenomenon of transcommunication with modern physics. It views discarnate consciousnesses as waves that are not perceptible by the sensory organs but are nonetheless real. Supporters of this hypothesis point out that many of the waves that propagate in space (quantum waves, gravity waves, and others) cannot be directly perceived but must be deduced through complex chains of reasoning. Some waves—such as EM waves within a specific range—can be transformed into sense-perceivable form by electronic instruments."
- Ervin Laszlo, Quantum Shift in the Global Brain: How the New Scientific Reality Can Change Us and Our World (Get the book.)

"This is very likely due to a bias inherent in the culture of modern society. In the Western world most of us tend to ignore, and even to repress from consciousness, phenomena that do not fit the belief encapsulated in the tenet of classical empiricism, "There is nothing in the mind that was not first in the eye." This is a powerful belief, and it is likely to limit the occurrence of ITC to people who either have a natural disposition to receiving information of nonsensory origin or are able to open their minds sufficiently not to repress the intuitions they may occasionally receive."

- Ervin Laszlo, Quantum Shift in the Global Brain: How the New Scientific Reality Can Change Us and Our World (Get the book.)

"It is what creates his values, governs his perceptions, and creates the complex superstructure proudly called modern civilization. This kind of rationality is now testing the limits of the viability of our species. The unique freedom of Homo to err is also his unique salvation. For what has been repressed has not been lost; what is now ignored is not beyond recovery. It is not raw instinct that we need to recover, for it alone is not sufficient to turn around the current rush toward extinction."

- Ervin Laszlo, Quantum Shift in the Global Brain: How the New Scientific Reality Can Change Us and Our World (Get the book.)

"And now for the second consistent theme in my life: the delivery of health care to women. modern women are the first women in history to enjoy the luxury of anticipating that their lives will be healthy, long, and self-directed. This awareness of opportunities and choices is leading them today to seek the benefits of natural medicine in ever-increasing numbers."
- Tori Hudson, N.D., Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: Alternative Therapies and Integrative Medicine for Total Health and Wellness (Get the book.)

"In shifting to the more common and "more lucrative" psychoneuroses, or to people who suffer from no illness at all, modern psychiatry has chosen to treat the "unhappiness pool" instead of the "illness pool."37 The British Medical Journal got it right: "a lot of money can be made from healthy people who believe they are sick."38 Indeed, half of all psychiatric patients are seen in (more lucrative) private practice, and almost half of all patients in private practices have symptoms that are not debilitating or profound enough to add up to illnesses."
- Charles Barber, Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry Is Medicating a Nation (Get the book.)

"Before the seventeenth century, "happiness," in our modern sense, pleasure or good feeling, was a morally and spiritually dubious pursuit. For most people, existence was truly Hobbesian—nasty, brutish, and short. Only in the last century or two has there been a softening and relenting of the notion that life is unending misery and sin and that suffering is actually good and ennobling: the more one suffers, or tolls, or sacrifices, the more virtuous one is, and the closer one will get to heaven."

- Charles Barber, Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry Is Medicating a Nation (Get the book.)

"Ever since Louis Pasteur discovered that bacteria cause disease, doctors have been committed to the biomedical approach to medicine: the idea that the cause and cure of every symptom and every disease can, with enough research, be understood and successfully treated at its most basic biological level. modern scientists and doctors find this idea enormously appealing—identify the biological process that has gone awry, and fix it. 189 NO KNEE IS AN ISLAND Consider the case of Mrs. Martin, a woman in her late fifties who had been my patient for many years."
- John Abramson, Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine (P.S.) (Get the book.)

"Transborder flows of matter, energy, and information became significant factors in the evolution of business in the course of the twentieth century, whereas the separation of the private from the public sphere has been a characteristic of the modern nation-state almost from its birth in the period following the Peace of Westphalia. The institutions of the nation-state were decoupled on the one hand from the spiritual sphere, manifested in the separation of State and Church, and on the other from the structures that arose as citizens pursued their own economic interests."
- Ervin Laszlo, Quantum Shift in the Global Brain: How the New Scientific Reality Can Change Us and Our World (Get the book.)

"What modern psychiatry has done, I am convinced, is to conflate and confuse the two, Depression and depression. David Healy calls it a "wholesale creation of depression on so extraordinary and unwarranted a scale" so as "to raise grave questions about whether the pharmaceutical and other health care companies are more wedded to making profits from health than contributing to it."31 To treat the moderately ill before the severely ill sets a terrible precedent. It seems to go against the basic medical ethic: triage. You treat the worst affected people first."
- Charles Barber, Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry Is Medicating a Nation (Get the book.)

"Had Spitzer settled on, say, the word disease instead, it is conceivable that the whole course of modern psychiatry would have been different. Diseases are scary, upsetting, painful, often chronic, and potentially lethal. You stay in bed with diseases. People don't like to be around you when you have a disease. You generally don't look well when you have a disease. By contrast, having a disorder is, generally speaking, no big deal. It can mean that you're just a "little off," just need a little boost, that you'll probably be okay soon."

- Charles Barber, Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry Is Medicating a Nation (Get the book.)

"Yoga Yoga originated in India more than three thousand years ago and is now incredibly popular in our modern world as a way to improve the health of both mind and body. It is a controlled fusion of breathing techniques, postures and stretches, meditation, and relaxation. Many people who once found themselves stressed out by their jobs or home lives now swear by the stress-relieving, anxiety-reducing benefits of yoga. It is known to improve one's feelings of well-being and bring whipped-up emotions into a state of calm and quiet."
- Jay Gordon, The ADD and ADHD Cure: The Natural Way to Treat Hyperactivity and Refocus Your Child (Get the book.)

"The Flexner Report marked the beginning of the modern era of scientific medical education. One of the most important changes was that medical schools were taken over by full-time scientists, medical researchers, and academic specialists, diminishing what Starr calls American medicine's "practical" orientation. Subsequent to the report, the Rockefeller and Carnegie Foundations became the primary sources of funding for university-based research."
- John Abramson, Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine (P.S.) (Get the book.)

"John Bastyr was considered by most naturopathic physicians to be the modern patriarch of naturopathic medicine. A whole new generation of naturopaths looked to him for their wisdom as the holder of true naturopathic medicine. The story goes, a young naturopathic medical student asked Dr. Bastyr, "How are we supposed to know what therapy to choose when there are so many different medicines and systems to choose from?" Dr. Bastyr calmly and quickly responded, "Choose what works." Another question was posed to Dr. Bastyr: "How can you tell an excellent physician from a good physician?" Dr."
- Tori Hudson, N.D., Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: Alternative Therapies and Integrative Medicine for Total Health and Wellness (Get the book.)

"Curcumin has been described as an anti-inflammatory that is half as strong as cortisone—a steroid that is one of modern medicine's most powerful anti-inflammatories. In research at Columbia University, researchers found that curcumin modulates proteins that suppress apoptosis and interferes with growth factors and angiogenesis, both of which promote cancer progression. Ginger, a relative of turmeric, is a pungent herb with documented pain-killing, anti-inflammatory effects."
- Freedom Press, Natural Cancer Cures: The Definitive Guide to Using Dietary Supplements to Fight and Prevent Cancer (Get the book.)

"Based on the research of Yeluda and Carasso,64 many modern alternative practitioners recommend a ratio of 4:1. This ratio of fatty acids will produce a favorable production of the friendly prostaglandins, series 1 and series 3, and a limited amount of the unfriendly series 2 prostaglandins. Overall, we want to reduce omega-6 fats and increase omega-3 fats in our diet. Increasing dietary fish, flaxseed, and walnuts and decreasing saturated fats will help to improve this ratio. The eicosanoids from eicosapentaenoic acid are also associated with cardioprotective effects."
- Tori Hudson, N.D., Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: Alternative Therapies and Integrative Medicine for Total Health and Wellness (Get the book.)

"Now it's time for the modern age." Naught but fruit doth ever pass my lips . . . Eat of this fruit; believe me, it is the only true food for man. —H. Rider Haggard, She ANGKOK MEANS "village of wild plums." The city's main food market, which reaches full stride in the middle of the night and is over by dawn, is more like a megalopolis of wild plums. Rising at 4 A.M., I flag down a market-bound tuk tuk driver."
- Adam Leith Gollne, The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce and Obsession (Get the book.)

"Mulberry grower and historian of naturalism Gordon Kennedy told me that in Nimbin, Australia, bush- and teepee-dwelling modern primitives called "ferals" still grow fruits in the nude. As we've seen, many religions use fruits to represent the possibility of attaining divine consciousness, of entering into a communion with the infinite. Beyond the symbolism, fruits can literally affect our molecular structures in opaque manners. Many stimulants, like coffee, start out as fruits. Africa's kola nut is still used to make Coca-Cola and other colas."

- Adam Leith Gollne, The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce and Obsession (Get the book.)

"The story of the modern banana began in the 1870s, when a twenty-three-year-old American named Minor Keith started building a railroad network through the Costa Rican forest. He planted bananas alongside the railways, not realizing that the seedlings would one day grow into an empire of fruits. Transporting passengers through Costa Rica proved an unwise investment, but Keith managed to turn a profit bringing railcars of bananas to North America. Around the same time, a Massachusetts fisherman named Lorenzo Dow Baker started shipping bananas from Jamaica."

- Adam Leith Gollne, The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce and Obsession (Get the book.)

"Europeans are indebted to Arabic civilization not only for nautical charts that helped them find their way around Africa and to the New World, but for a numerical system that gave birth to modern capitalism. Alongside calculus, they pioneered geology, astronomy and archaeology. They also taught Europeans to start enjoying fruits. In the 1100s, the Crusades exposed Europeans to thriving fruitgrowing regions abroad. Marco Polo's account of his travels in the Orient, filled with descriptions of magnificent pears, apricots and bananas, generated much excitement. "

- Adam Leith Gollne, The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce and Obsession (Get the book.)

"In: Applications of modern Mass Spectrometry in Plant Sciences, R.P. Newton and T.J. Walton (Eds.), Clarendon Press, Oxford, 25-43. Justesen, U., Knuthesen, P. and Leth, T., 1998, Quantitative analysis of flavonols, flavones and flavanones in fruits vegetables and beverages by high-performance liquid chromatography with photodiode array and mass spectrometric detection, J Chromatogr A 799: 101-110. Kaiser, C. S., Rompp, H. and Schmidt, P."
- Erich Grotewold, The Science of Flavonoids (Get the book.)

"Anthocyanin pigmentation is the oldest trait employed for studies in genetics: Gregor Mendel, the founder of modern genetics, studied inheritance of flower and seed color in pea, and Nobel Laureate Barbara McClintock, the discoverer of transposable elements and epigenetic gene regulation, used pigmentation patterns of maize kernels as a marker in her research."

- Erich Grotewold, The Science of Flavonoids (Get the book.)

"Valerian has been used for centuries by many different cultures and has been used in modern times, mostly for anxiety and insomnia. Three randomized clinical trials have showed improvement in sleep quality, although none of these studies were specific to menopausal women.139-141 Motherwort is another plant that has been used historically in situations that are relevant to perimenopause and menopause. It can ease heart palpitations and act as a calming agent, known as a nervine. The German Commission E has approved its use for nervous cardiac problems."
- Tori Hudson, N.D., Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: Alternative Therapies and Integrative Medicine for Total Health and Wellness (Get the book.)

"During their training, modern young psychiatrists hardly ever see a disturbed patient who is not already snowed under with drugs. When the patient initially appears in the emergency room, clinic, or private office, drugs are immediately begun without any attempt at psychotherapy. Psychiatrists who have been trained in the last few decades only get to see drug-free patients who have recently stopped their medication. Instead of recognizing that the patients are undergoing withdrawal, their flagrant symptoms are seen as a reason to immediately resume medication, by force if necessary."
- Peter Breggin, Medication Madness: A Psychiatrist Exposes the Dangers of Mood-Altering Medications (Get the book.)

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