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"For example, the Olympic Movement Anti-Doping Code was adopted in 1999, banning certain existing substances as well as those yet to be discovered (usolympicteam.com, 2005). Numerous classes of substances are banned, including hGH, because they "contravene the fundamental principles of Olympianism and sports and medical ethics" (IOC, 2000: article 1). Athletes have long sought substances that could improve their performances. Ergogenic, or performance-enhancing, aids have a long history. "
- Peter Conrad, The Medicalization of Society: On the Transformation of Human Conditions into Treatable Disorders (Get the book.)

"Consequently, the experience of emotional stress by these groups may well lead to increased use of opioid-mediating substances [53]. In addition, use of moderate amounts of sugars or alcohol may well prime greater use of the relief-producing substances [54]- Use of some sugars by these groups may well lead to compulsive, long-term addiction [6]. A Solution Sugar sensitivity describes the presence of these three interactive deficits. The distress created by sugar sensitivity warrants an aggressive intervention."
- Kathleen DesMaisons, Potatoes Not Prozac: Solutions for Sugar Sensitivity (Get the book.)

"The first was an outgrowth of the discovery in the early 1970s of endorphins, substances in the brain that are chemically similar to opioids and that function as the brain's own natural "painkillers." In 1978 a report was published which suggested that placebo treatments for pain were mediated, at least in part, by these biochemical substances. When an opioid blocker called naloxone was used to block the body's opioid receptors (without telling patients this was being done), placebo responders stopped reporting relief of pain."
- Anne Harrington, The Cure Within: A History of Mind-Body Medicine (Get the book.)

"To ensure control of the market for drugs, it is not enough to restrict to specific entities the right to sell certain substances. That is because others can claim that their different substances have the same or similar therapeutic effects. The drug industry must acquire control over the use of therapeutic speech in the market to exclude competition. If, for example, a party were able to claim that a substance treated disease without it being considered a "drug," then all of the Act's prohibitions on marketing a drug without FDA pre-market approval would be for naught."
- Jonathan W. Emord, The Rise of Tyranny (Get the book.)

"Many of these substances are clearly not vitamins, as they are not essential for life. Some, such as choline, may one day be called vitamins. While not essential for life, some of these substances may enhance health and disease resistance. Many of these "wanna B's" can be found in nutritional supplements. CHOLINE Choline is an essential nutrient that may not, strictly speaking, be a vitamin. Choline is synthesized in the body, but enough is not always made to meet needs. In order to make choline, the body needs sufficient methionine, vitamin B12, and folic acid."
- Dr. Steve Blake, Vitamins and Minerals Demystified (Get the book.)

"We also now know that fat cells, and the other cells that surround them, produce hormones and other potent substances that convince animals to stop eating. Little did you know it, but you are awash in these substances. But food and pharmaceutical manufacturers provide you with plenty of ways to ignore these warnings. CALORIC TRADEOFFS When primates share an environment with predators, as on the African savanna, they tend to form groups composed of several large males for defense and a lot of smaller females to bear offspring."
- 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.)

"Whereas very early accounts often included descriptions of traditions surrounding the compounding, prescription, and application of different medical substances (Kaempfer, for example, offered a detailed description of the astrologically timed harvesting and preparation of the moxa fibres), later doctors reported on the materia medica alone, or detailed associated 'native' medical practices merely for their antiquarian interest."
- Roberta Bivins, Alternative Medicine?: A History (Get the book.)

"Jing is refined into qi; together, these substances allow the body to grow and develop, and supply its capacity to act. Shen, unlike jing and qi, is unique to human life and is the substance that enables awareness."

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

"They contain high levels of cancer-promoting substances called carcinogens. Eating in Restaurants Dining out can be challenging when transitioning to a healthy diet. The first step when going out to eat is trying to find a restaurant that will have some healthful options. Many restaurants will cater to your needs and preferences. Call ahead and ask. Eat early before the restaurant gets very crowded so the staff will have time to modify a dish or make something for you. If your restaurant meal is a breakfast, stay away from the bread, bagels, and breakfast sweets."
- Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Eat For Health: Lose Weight, Keep It Off, Look Younger, Live Longer (2 book set) (Get the book.)

"Bur Liebig also argued that other substances with the same essential constituents could replace animal excrement. "It must be admitted as a principle of agriculture, that those substances which have been removed from a soil must be completely restored to it, and whether this restorarion be effected by means of excrements, ashes, or bones, is in a great measure a martet of indifference. A time will come when fields will be manured wirh a solution . . . prepared in chemical manufactories."1 This last idea was revolutionary."
- David R. Montgomery, Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations (Get the book.)

"Look at these familiar and indispensable substances of life with fresh eyes. At one level they seem dramatically different. Ice is solid, rigid, and immobile. Water is liquid, flowing, flexible, and dynamic. Yet here's the marvel: to change one into the other simply requires a change in temperature. If you raise the ambient temperature above zero degrees Celsius, rigid ice melts into flowing water. It's hardly magic, at least to most grown-ups. We know ice and water are chemically the same. Both are H20, two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen."
- Barbara Fredrickson, Positivity: Top-Notch Research Reveals the 3 to 1 Ratio That Will Change Your Life (Get the book.)

"The bronchitis can be the result of an infection such as a cold or flu, or irritation by foreign substances, particularly tobacco smoke and air pollution. The condition can be acute—of fairly short duration—or chronic, when it can lead to emphysema. Chronic bronchitis may be treated medically using some of the same drugs that are prescribed for asthma, as the aim in both cases is to reduce the production of mucus and increase the flow of air through the bronchi. CROUP Croup is most often caused by a virus but can also be the result of certain bacterial infections or a severe allergy."
- Dr Ron Roberts, Asthma Controlled Naturally: Techniques That Work (Get the book.)

"Be careful, though, as many mains water supplies are contaminated and contain inorganic substances such as lead, cadmium and chemical additives that impair our immune system. Invest in a water filter system—there are many inexpensive ones now available—and taste the difference. Try to drink at least half the recommended 6-7 glasses of liquid daily as pure water. Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption. Keep up the recommended level of liquid, too, especially as you grow older, when the thirst drive diminishes: your body's need for water does not."

- Dr Ron Roberts, Asthma Controlled Naturally: Techniques That Work (Get the book.)

"In addition, use of moderate amounts of sugars or alcohol may well prime greater use of the relief-producing substances [54]- Use of some sugars by these groups may well lead to compulsive, long-term addiction [6]. A Solution Sugar sensitivity describes the presence of these three interactive deficits. The distress created by sugar sensitivity warrants an aggressive intervention. Historically, relief has been sought through intervention aimed at a single phase of the disturbance."
- Kathleen DesMaisons, Potatoes Not Prozac: Solutions for Sugar Sensitivity (Get the book.)

"Hazardous waste: substances that have been released or thrown away into the environment and that, under certain conditions, could be harmful to people who come into contact with them. Ingestion: Swallowing something, as in eating or drinking. Ingestion is one of three ways a chemical can enter your body. (See also Route of exposure.) Inhalation: Breathing. Inhalation is one of three ways a chemical can enter your body. (See also Route of exposure."
- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"These dysfunctions include a disturbance in carbohydrate metabolism, lowered serotonin functioning and a lowered beta-endorphin level which results in an exaggerated response to beta-endorphin-producing exogenous substances. The consequences of these separate disturbances are both physiological and psychological. Although the hypothesis of sugar sensitivity is inferential at this point, it offers an intriguing possibility of a physiological syndrome which may be identified and examined more fully."
- Kathleen DesMaisons, Potatoes Not Prozac: Solutions for Sugar Sensitivity (Get the book.)

"The drug-induced "happiness" caused by these substances is short-lived and sets up cravings. As we saw earlier, when you have low levels of serotonin, your brain produces cravings for simple carbohydrates, like sugar, that can be used to make more serotonin. In addition, cravings are closely linked to the beta-endorphin system. Ingesting a small amount of a drug (like sugar) can make a person want more because of a mechanism in the beta-endorphin system called priming. Priming is the reason it is so hard for a sugar-sensitive person to "just say no" after having a taste of something sweet."

- Kathleen DesMaisons, Potatoes Not Prozac: Solutions for Sugar Sensitivity (Get the book.)

"As in the Ayurvedic and humoural models of the body and its organs, each Chinese organ was associated with one of the archetypal substances, and with all of its linked qualities and affinities. Like Ayurveda, Chinese medicine has traditionally been concerned with functional rather than structural anatomy—in other words, Chinese doctors focused on physiology (which, of course, could be assessed from the outside) rather than on physical structure (which would have demanded extensive, and culturally forbidden dissection)."
- Roberta Bivins, Alternative Medicine?: A History (Get the book.)

"Taking drugs has become so commonplace among children and teenagers that young people talk casually about needing to "adjust their meds" in response to a rough week at school or a bad breakup, and instead of snorting or smoking illegal substances at parties, they trade prescription pills. Clearly, some kids benefit enormously from taking psychiatric medications. SSRIs, antipsychotics, and stimulants all have a place in treating mental illness, which can devastate children's lives and tear families apart."
- Shannon Brownlee, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer (Get the book.)

"All of these processes must be exquisitely timed, and these substances must be produced in specific quantities and delivered with precision to the correct cells. It seems only reasonable to assume that this intricate biological dance must be choreographed by something. That something is information. One way to gain an appreciation for how crucial information is to the reality of our very lives is to delve into the workings of our own bodies. It is no surprise that most of us are as unfamiliar with the landscapes of our physical selves as we are with the terrain of Mars."
- Peter h. Fraser and Harry Massey, Decoding the Human Body-Field: The New Science of Information as Medicine (Get the book.)

"In addition to mapping out the energy matches between the substances in the ampoules and the meridians, Peter had been gathering data about how each of the various samples in the thousands of ampoules matched with each other. He asked all manner of questions, looking at which cells, tissues, or organs would communicate with—or as he liked to phrase it, talk to—each other. Would heart tissue talk to brain tissue more readily than to liver tissue? Which elements would or wouldn't chromium talk to? How did muscle tissue react when matched with a known toxin, such as lead?"

- Peter h. Fraser and Harry Massey, Decoding the Human Body-Field: The New Science of Information as Medicine (Get the book.)

"They are foreign substances, and the immune system is designed to repel foreign invaders. However, not everyone reacts to grass pollens. If your unconscious mind causes your immune system to overreact, the system is said to be hyperactive or hypersensitive. Both terms denote an allergic reaction. This excessive sensitivity of your immune system is not to protect you from foreign substances, but to keep your conscious attention focused on the body. Conversely, the unconscious mind may do the opposite to defleet attention from itself."
- John E. Sarno, M.D., The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders (Get the book.)

"The process of glycation and the resulting production of cell-damaging substances called advanced glycation end products (AGEs) and advanced lipoxidation end products (ALEs), both of which are known collectively as glycotoxins, are a major focus of this book, and they are terms that will soon become very familiar to you. What is disturbing is that despite the very strong scientific evidence that glycation is a crucial factor in diabetes-related complications and premature aging, there is virtually no discussion of these factors in most publications on diabetes."
- 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.)

"Chlorine also kills friendly bacteria in the bowel, and when it combines with organic substances, it forms cancer-causing compounds. Tap water can also contain pesticides and other chemicals. Water from city systems should be passed through a good filter unit before drinking. Raw fruit and vegetables naturally contain 75%?0% water. These should be our main source of healthy water for the body. Bathing in Chlorinated Water When chlorine is absorbed through the skin, it upsets the body's natural chemistry. The comments about drinking chlorinated water also apply to bathing in it."
- Ron Garner, Conscious Health: A Complete Guide to Wellness Through Natural Means (Get the book.)

"Following is a selection of those vitamins, minerals and other trace substances which should be part of your regular diet. We recommend that you should also supplement your diet with extra vitamins and minerals that are of particular benefit to asthmatics, and we cover these in greater detail on pages 108-119. Vitamin A and beta-carotene Vitamin A, or retinol, is essential for keeping the mucous membranes lining the respiratory passages, lungs and digestive system healthy, and for good vision. It improves resistance to infection, and is necessary for bone and blood vessel growth."
- Dr Ron Roberts, Asthma Controlled Naturally: Techniques That Work (Get the book.)

"GIVING UP STIMULANTS In chapter 6 we discovered that stimulants are substances that cause the body to increase its metabolism. Stimulants trigger an abnormal speeding-up reaction in the body as it attempts to remove the toxins that the stimulants introduce. In this process, we can be fooled into thinking that the stimulant is giving us more energy. The stimulant contains no energy. It only causes the body to use its own stored nutrients to increase metabolism. This results in depleted nutrient reserves and an early "burnout" for the body."
- Ron Garner, Conscious Health: A Complete Guide to Wellness Through Natural Means (Get the book.)

"Pregnant or not, why would you want to contaminate yourself with mercury or other highly toxic bioaccumulative substances found in fish, like dioxins and PCBs? I wouldn't ever eat fish, period—at least not until we've cleaned up the mercury in our environment. For more information on fish and mercury, visit the Natural Resources Defense Council's Web site, www.nrdc.org. The NRDC has the answers to many frequently asked questions about fish during pregnancy, as well as a mercury calculator and a consumer guide to mercury in fish (www.nrdc.org/health/effects/mercury/guide.asp)."
- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"It contains powerful immune-building and growth factors, antibodies, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, plus other substances that fortify the body against harmful microorganisms and environmental toxins. Research has identified at least fifty processes, from immune system development to the growth of all body cells, which are triggered in the newborn by colostrum. Evidence shows that these same immune-system-modulating benefits are also available to adults who supplement with colostrum."
- Ron Garner, Conscious Health: A Complete Guide to Wellness Through Natural Means (Get the book.)

"Probiotics are believed to work by binding to the wall of the colon, competing for nutrients with pathogenic bacteria, and secreting substances that inhibit the growth of pathological bacteria. If you do buy probiotics or food with probiotic compounds, make sure that they are the probiotics that have been shown to work: Lactobacillus, S. Boulardii, B. lactis, and Streptococcus thermophilus. Since not all bacteria have been shown to be effective, you shouldn't put up with yogurt and other food companies that refuse to tell you which bacteria are in their products."
- J. Douglas Bremner, Before You Take that Pill: Why the Drug Industry May Be Bad for Your Health (Get the book.)

"Probiotics are felt to work by binding to the wall of the colon, competing for nutrients with pathogenic bacteria, and secreting substances with antibiotic properties. Based on these studies I would recommend the use of probiotics to prevent diarrhea if you are prescribed antibiotics. Probiotics have few side effects so if you want to take them daily that is fine; however, there are no studies that show they are beneficial for anything but prevention of diarrhea with antibiotics so you might want to save your money."

- J. Douglas Bremner, Before You Take that Pill: Why the Drug Industry May Be Bad for Your Health (Get the book.)

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