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Interview with a Nutritarian: Mark

Posted: February 6, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Emily Boller

Mark was experiencing the same physical symptoms and emotional fears that befall many middle-aged males; that of living in fear of an impending heart attack and leaving their children prematurely with no father to help raise them. Not only did Mark take control of his health destiny and get his health back, but became one of Dr. Fuhrman’s first Nutritional Education Trainers (NETs) to help others do the same! Welcome to Disease Proof, Mark.

What was your life like before discovering Dr. Fuhrman’s nutritarian eating-style?

I was overweight, but in denial. Being 6’3″ and carrying around an extra 65 lbs. wasn’t as noticeable on me as it would have been on someone that was a bit shorter. I was always playing sports when I was young, so it was hard for me to accept that I was overweight. I was on four prescription medications for asthma and a perpetual runny nose. I always over ate and consumed a deadly diet. Read more…

AyurGold for Healthy Blood

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Sugar, high-fructose corn syrup and type II diabetes

Posted: February 6, 2011 at 6:13 pm

NewsTarget.com

Sugar and refined carbohydrates are undeniably linked to diabetes. Researchers around the world have come to the conclusion that the consumption of refined sugar is detrimental to the health of people without diabetes and disastrous for those with it. Furthermore, excess sugar in the blood can cause the onset of type 2 diabetes. First, however, what exactly is diabetes?
According to Bruce Fife ND, “Diabetes is all about sugar — the sugar in our bodies known as blood sugar or blood glucose. Every cell in our bodies must have a constant source of glucose in order to fuel metabolism. Our cells use glucose to power processes such as growth and repair. When we eat a meal the digestive system converts much of our food into glucose, which is released into the bloodstream. The hormone insulin, which is secreted by the pancreas gland, moves glucose from the blood and funnels it into the cells so it can be used as fuel. If the cells are unable to get adequate amounts of glucose, they can literally starve to death. As they do, tissues and organs begin to degenerate. This is what happens in diabetes.”

Ayurtox for Body Detoxification

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For One Man, It’s All About Prevention and Wellness

Posted: February 6, 2011 at 6:13 pm

(HealthDay News) — Adam Dougherty is laying the groundwork for a long and healthy life.

Dougherty, 25, is a health policy analyst living in Los Angeles with a master’s degree in public health from the University of Southern California. He’s applying the lessons learned for his career to his own health. He’s in pretty good shape, 5-feet-9 and 160 pounds, and he wants to maintain his shape and his health.

“Coming from my public-health background, I’m a really strong believer in prevention and wellness,” Dougherty said.

That means keeping both the mind and the body healthy. “I really think physical health and mental health are important counterbalances for the stresses we endure during the week,” he explained.

Part of Dougherty’s wellness routine includes taking some time each day to do something that relaxes him. “I play guitar,” he said. “That’s a good way to decompress and detach and calm my nerves.”

Dougherty also eats a balanced diet, eating complete meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner. But he’s aware of total calorie intake, adding that a person needs to burn as many calories as they eat in a day if they hope to maintain their weight, and burn more and eat less for weight loss. Read more…

AyurGold for Healthy Blood

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"Physica Sacra," Johannes Jacob Scheuchzer, 1735

Posted: February 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm








The incredible images above are drawn from a book which has long intrigued me, Johannes Jacob Scheuchzer’s 4-volume early 18th Century extravaganza of art, science and mysticism entitled Physica Sacra.

As described by Christie’s Auction House:

‘In Scheuchzer’s gigantic work, Physica Sacra, the Baroque attains, philosophically as well as artistically, its high point and its conclusion’ (Faber du Faur, German Baroque Literature, p. 472). Scheuchzer, a doctor and natural scientist from Zurich, planned the Physica sacra as an explanation of and a commentary on the Bible on natural-scientific grounds. He himself oversaw the illustrations which were largely based on his own natural history cabinet or on other famous European cabinets of rare specimens…

This book seems like a fitting final response to yesterday’s very stimulating “Art and the Curiosity Cabinet” Conference at Seton Hall University, where a lot was said about these ways in which early cabinets (and pre-modern inquiry) resided at the borders of art and science, fact and mysticism. I don’t think I have ever seen a more elegant expression of these ideas than the content and illustrations of this book, which blends bible commentary with natural history in a bombastic interest in all of the known world of its time, spanning Memento Mori to the Thesaurus of Snowflakes to biblical miracles, all given equal treatment and weight.

Click on images to see much larger and more detailed images; worth your while, I promise! You can see 737 of the images from the book (!!!) (from which the above 7 are drawn) in Greyherbert’s amazing Flickr stream by clicking here.

Inspired by this recent post on the Ptak Science Books blog discussing the book; Text from Christie’s Auction house description of the book when recently auctioning off a complete 4-volume set.

Images above, top to bottom:

  1. Homo ex Humo (‘man from the ground’, or ‘dust’)
  2. Memento Mori
  3. Ventriculi
  4. Heart
  5. Columna Ignis
  6. Solea cum Squamae
  7. Thesarus of Snowflakes

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STOP-BANG questionnaire identifies patients with OSA at hight risk for surgical complications

Posted: January 22, 2011 at 6:13 pm

What is preoperative STOP-BANG?

This is a questionnaire that evaluates the following patient characteristics:

Snoring, Tiredness during daytime, Observed apnea, high blood Pressure, Body mass index, Age, Neck circumference, Gender

Patient population
135 adult patients undergoing elective surgery at a tertiary care center were administered the STOP-BANG questionnaire.
41.5% of patients had high risk scores for OSAS.
Patients at high risk of OSAS had a much higher rate of postoperative complications compared with patients at low risk (19.6% vs 1.3%).
STOP-BANG questionnaire predicts high risk
The STOP-BANG questionnaire is useful for preoperative identification of patients at higher than normal risk for surgical complications, probably because it identifies patients with occult OSAS.
References
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome and Postoperative Complications. Clinical Use of the STOP-BANG Questionnaire. Tajender S. Vasu, MD; Karl Doghramji, MD; Rodrigo Cavallazzi, MD; Ritu Grewal, MD; Amyn Hirani, MD; Benjamin Leiby, PhD; Dimitri Markov, MD; David Reiter, MD; Walter K. Kraft, MD; Thomas Witkowski, MD. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010;136(10):1020-1024. doi:10.1001/archoto.2010.1020
Image source: Wikipedia, public domain.

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Alternative to alcohol – BBC video

Posted: January 22, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Psychologist and addiction expert Dr John Marsden takes part in a radical experiment as he trials an non-addictive drug alternative to alcohol:

A single injection reverses the ‘drug’ alternative to alcohol and Dr John Marsden is left to reflect on whether this is indeed be the way forward in reducing alcohol dependency in future generations:

Twitter comments:

@yayayarndiva (P. Mimi Poinsett MD): How about water? — Searching for non-addictive alternative to alcohol – BBC video http://goo.gl/KYtss

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