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VITAMINS AND FOOD SUPPLEMENTS OF AIROLA DIET

Where no specific disease is present, but a person needs a strengthening, health-building diet to achieve optimum health, more vitality and greater resistance against disease, we recommend the Airola Diet supplemented with the following food supplements and vitamins. This supplementation is also advised for all those who are recuperating from disease and wish to restore health and vitality as fast as possible.
1)  Vitamin С – preferably in natural form from rose hip concentrate, or other natural sources: 1,500 to 3,000 mg. a day; even more in all acute conditions of ill health. Vitamin С is completely non-toxic even in large amounts.
2)  Vitamin A – natural, from fish liver oil, or lemon grass: 25,000 U.S.P. units a day. Under doctor’s supervision it can be taken in doses up to 100,000 units a day for shorter periods.
3)  Vitamin E – natural d-alpha tocopherol from vegetable oil: 600 IU a day. If you have not used vitamin E before, start with 100 IU and increase by 100 IU each week. If suffering from high blood pressure or rheumatic heart disease, consult your doctor on the proper dosage for your particular condition.
4)  Vitamin B-complex, with B12 – natural, from yeast concentrate, highest potency: 1 to 3 tablets or capsules a day. (The usual strength of natural B-complex does not exceed 10 mg. for Bl5 B2 and B6.)
5)  Brewer’s yeast – or primary grown food yeast: 1 to 3 tbsp. a day.
6)  Kelp: 1 to 2 tsp. of granules a day, or 3 tablets.
7)  Fish liver oil – unfortified, for vitamin D and A: 1 tsp. a day.
8)  Lecithin: 1 to 2 tsp. of granules a day.
9)  Mineral supplement – bone meal or calcium lactate: 1 tsp. of powder or 3 tablets a day.
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GENERAL HEALTH

Posted on June 3rd, 2010 by admin  |  No Comments »

GROWING OLD: WORK, ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO FOR OLDER PEOPLE

I have often been asked about the use of alcohol and tobacco. My friend, Dr. Alex M. Burgess, has a standard answer: “Tobacco may get you into trouble with your arteries; alcohol with the police.” As for tobacco, it has a definite and demonstrably damaging effect on blood flow and is contra-indicated in some diseased conditions. But here we are not dealing with disease but rather with healthy oldish men, and to no one who has reached the age of sixty-five or better and is satisfied with life as he is living it would I advise a change in habit as regards smoking, beyond the general suggestion of moderation.
Alcohol presents a similar picture. Used with moderation and judgment as we may see many good citizens doing, it should not be the cause of trouble. That “a man is a fool if he drinks before he is fifty, and a fool if he does not after fifty” is, as far as the second part of the statement is concerned, probably complete hooey. Used in moderation, alcohol doubtless adds to the joy of life in many people without damage, and if we stick to our plan of “moderation” we probably will do well.
What about work; keeping going, staying on the job? Work that has been interesting, time consuming and a main occupation during life? Should we quit? Can we retire? There is a strong modern attitude that just this should be done; that old people serve no sociological function. Almost everybody not self-employed is automatically dropped according to rigid schedules. It seems to me all a part of the over-regimentation of our times. The presumption that all people age at the same rate is just as ridiculous as the idea that they have special diseases as they grow older, expressed in the word, geriatrics, the diseases of old age. Dr. Robert T. Monroe recently brought out a book on Diseases In Old Age. You will notice that he said “in,” which shows care in phrasing his title, for he says, “There are no diseases of old age; there are only diseases in old people.” Most of the diseases of those who have had many birthdays are chronic ones. It used to be said that half a dozen “chronics” paid a physician’s expenses.
It was formerly thought that old people must be allowed to vegetate, that they should give up their ordinary activities, be wrapped up warmly, and their diet restricted. Even Sir William Osier quoted advice to the aged that they should gradually reverse their menu in the manner in which they had increased it in infancy until at the last they should subsist on milk. Nowadays if an octogenarian relishes corn beef and cabbage and his digestion seems good, a wise physician will allow it on his bill of fare.
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GENERAL HEALTH

Posted on June 3rd, 2010 by admin  |  No Comments »

CHILD’S HEALTH/SKIN DISORDERS: LICE (PEDICULOSIS)

Lice are tiny insects that attach themselves to human beings. Head lice are very common in children, often first noticed due to the presence of eggs (nits) in the child’s hair. Body lice are less common, but are treated in exactly the same way.

Cause

The head louse (Pediculus capitis) is spread from person to person by close contact, despite close attention to hygiene. It can be spread, for example, by wearing an infected person’s hat or by using their comb. The eggs (nits) usually take about a week to hatch. Body lice or pubic lice are not common in children and can be transmitted through clothing or linen. The presence of body lice in a child does not signify sexual contact, nor poor hygiene.

Clinical features

The first sign of head lice is usually itching and scratching of the head. If you look closely at your child’s hair, you will see many small, white, oval-shaped eggs (nits) firmly attached to the root of the hair shaft, close to the scalp. The further away from the scalp, the longer the nit has been there (hair grows at the rate of 0.3 mm a day). The insects themselves move very quickly and they are difficult to see unless you part the hair very quickly. There is no need to chase them; the eggs are good enough evidence of their presence.

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Posted on May 21st, 2009 by admin  |  No Comments »

YOUR CHILD’S CARE/GOING TO HOSPIAL: PARENT-HELD RECORD

Records kept by parents (‘parent-held record’) are now used in a number of states in Australia, and are given to parents when their child is born. They serve many useful purposes:

• Information about your child’s health is written down in the one place, and can be accessed by health professionals. This is very important if your child sees a number of different doctors, or if you move house or change doctors. Records of visits are noted down, together with any special treatment given to your child. Details of allergies to medications or to foods are also detailed.

• Family health and other information can be recorded.

• Reports of tests or hospital admissions can be stored in the plastic pocket of the record.

• Your child’s changing weight, height and development can be recorded in the record. This information is often valuable to have when the child is older and being assessed by a doctor.

Make sure that your child’s record is kept in a safe place, and do not forget to take it with you whenever you visit a doctor, nurse or hospital. Ask the doctor or nurse to write in it as appropriate, or write details of the visit in it yourself. It is a good idea to take it with you on holiday in case you have to consult a doctor who is not familiar with your child’s history.

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Posted on May 19th, 2009 by admin  |  No Comments »

YOUR MARITAL HEALTH/FINDING OUT WHO’S THE MATTER WITH US: COLD SEXUAL PROBLEMS – DIMINISHED SEXUAL INTEREST

I don’t think about sex unless it jumps up and bites me. I guess I don’t think of much unless it hits me over the head. I just go on leading my life.

HUSBAND

HOW can you really think about sex when you have a million problems in your life? You can only think so much, you can only have so much energy. I am drained just dealing with life.

WIFE

There has been a tendency in sex research to focus on behaviors, sometimes feelings, but seldom thoughts. How we think about sex influences our entire sexual system, and when we are running cold, we tend to lose sexual interest. One hundred fourteen men and 245 women reported problems with sexual interest, and the frequency of sexual-interest differences in marriages is probably much higher than these numbers indicate. Remember, these couples came to the clinic for help with the sexual dimension of their marriage. They had enough interest in sex to try to improve their sexual relationship.

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Posted on May 18th, 2009 by admin  |  No Comments »

THE DESEXUALIZATION OF THE AMERICAN MARRIAGE/A SEXUAL-SYSTEM EXAM: “AUTOMATIC SEX”

Sometimes it’s like a mutual trance. We just flow from one thing, one activity, to another. I guess we talk, but 1 don’t really remember. We just seem to be one.

HUSBAND

I can have sex with him and just go through

the motions. It’s like washing your hands. You just do it.

WIFE

Is your marriage free of what I call “friction in activity flow”? Do things get done easily, simply, almost like the performance of a concert pianist who makes it look easy after years of practice (au-tomaticity)? Or are things difficult much of the time, with much friction, awkwardness, like dancing with two followers or two leaders (control)?

Our sample couple scored high toward automaticity. Things flowed from one to another so well that no one seemed to sense that husband and wife were in trouble. “Life goes on,” said the wife, “I just keep it going, hand him his orange juice as he checks the morning paper, hand him his briefcase on the move.”

The husband agreed. “I have to say, we are a team. We get things done. We’re organized. I don’t know if the team is winning, but it’s a team.”

Sexually, this couple typifies the automaticity of the compensated marriage. The wife said, “Our sex is like a pantomime. We are better than Marcel Marceau. We do it, don’t talk, just do it. A silent, well-rehearsed movie.” The husband agreed. “We don’t miss a beat. I hate the way it is just so automatic.”

Too much automaticity and there is no challenge to the system, no reason to grow and change. Too little automatic function and too much awkwardness fatigues the system and results in a surrendering within the system or seeking outside the system for ease to escape this form of disease.

You have now completed all ten items of the sexual system test. Each factor is exactly the same as the factors that physicists know influence all systems. You may have found it difficult to score yourself on this test because you are not used to the absence of good, bett^- and bigger scores. Systems do not work that way. To help you understand how your system is doing at this time in your marital life, use the following score analysis.

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Posted on May 18th, 2009 by admin  |  No Comments »

SALT

Salt adds flavor to food and has always been highly prized.

Packaged and take-away foods contain a lot of salt which seems to blunt our taste so that we require large amounts or we think food lacks taste.

There is some evidence that an increased intake of salt may be responsible for an increase in the cases of high blood pressure.

It is not suggested we should avoid salt but that salt intake should be reduced. We may miss it for a few weeks until our taste buds recover from the years of excessive intake.

Professor Morgan, professor of medicine at the University of Newcastle, has estimated that, in a population with a high salt intake, the incidence of high blood pressure related to salt intake will be 20 per cent, whereas those on a reduced intake will have an incidence of only five per cent. A low intake will reduce this further to between one and five per cent.

Reducing salt intake is an easier and cheaper method of controlling blood pressure than having to take drugs.

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Posted on May 15th, 2009 by admin  |  No Comments »

DEPRESSION – CONCLUSION

The patient may misinterpret this and believe that the drugs are depressing him, so he stops them; the anxiety again surfaces and depression recedes.

But the condition is unlikely to improve unless the doctor can recognise that the underlying depression is the more important problem and the anxiety is only a manifestation of it.

There are now two types of drugs for the treatment of depression. These lift the depression and bring the patient back to normal. Then he is in a position to sort out his problems or seek counselling.

The tricyclic anti-depressants are slow to work, taking weeks to show effect. However, if stopped, their effect can be lost in two to four days.

They can make the person drowsy, constipated and dry in the mouth. They may cause sweating, shaking, blurred vision and occasionally slowing of the urinary stream.

The possibility of these symptoms needs to be explained carefully to patients so that, if they do occur, the patients will not abandon treatment. Most of the side effects disappear within two to three weeks. This is usually just after the therapeutic effect has begun.

The other major anti-depressant drugs are the MAO inhibitors. Mono-amines are a group of chemicals like dopamine and S-HT.

Psychotherapy or counselling is usually necessary as well. Counselling often implies the giving of advice but psychotherapy is more than this.

It really means teaching the patient to become aware of himself, what motivates him and what factors led to his depression.

Learning to recognise and cope with these can lift the depression and lead to emotional health.

A few of the tranquillising drugs have some form of anti-depressant action as well and may be of benefit in those cases of depression with marked anxiety.

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Posted on May 15th, 2009 by admin  |  No Comments »

DIPHTHERIA – SYMPTOMS

These severe symptoms are due to the production of toxin by the invading germ. An antitoxin is available to neutralise this poison and the bacterium which causes diphtheria will usually respond to antibiotics.

Are your children up to date with all their immunisations? Perhaps I should also ask: are you, also up to date?

These injections can be given by your local doctor, or you might have them, free of charge, from your local council.

Do you have neighbors who are migrants and, speaking little English, may be unaware of the availability of immunisation in this country?

A neighborly and perhaps life-saving act would be to talk to them about the advantages of immunisation for their children. If it appears they do not understand you, it is very simple to pick up the telephone and call the Interpreter Service, which will translate your message at once.

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Posted on May 12th, 2009 by admin  |  No Comments »

MOUTHWASH AND THE TEETH

Periodontal disease, manifested by gum shrinkage, is the main cause of tooth loss after the age of 40 and is principally due to accumulation of plaque on the roots of the teeth, the U.S. Pharmacist fl0#9:23) reports. Plaque is a sticky, soft material composed of bacteria trapped within a gel-like mixture of mucus, broken-down cells, and debris from food. Left undisturbed, it gradually builds up and hardens, irritating and displacing the gums so that they shrink back from the teeth. Ultimately, this results in cavities, loosening and loss of teeth.

Apart from brushing after meals and using dental floss, procedures that cannot reach all of the bacteria that form plaque, most of us do nothing more to prevent plaque buildup than visiting our dentists for a tooth cleaning session about once a year.

Plaque formation can be much more effectively prevented if, in addition to doing all of the above, one uses a mouthwash containing chemicals such as cetylpyridinium and alcohol that inhibit growth of plaque-producing bacteria. One should rinse the mouth with about two tablespoonfuls of the liquid twice a day for about 30 seconds, swishing it around between the teeth before spitting it out. After rinsing, do not eat or drink for 30 minutes. Mouthwash is most effective when used immediately after brushing and, if used regularly, reduces plaque formation by about 70 percent.

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Posted on April 28th, 2009 by admin  |  No Comments »