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secrets toa long healthy life

200 Pages · 2010 · 1.21 MB · English

  • secrets toa long healthy life




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    Using Herbs, Vitamins, and Food


    to Treat What Ails You









    By Dr. Bertrand Babinet, PhD., LAc.


    June 2010 © Bertrand Babinet - Proprietary


    NATURAL STRATEGIES FOR OPTIMUM HEALTH




    Table of Contents


    Introduction 6xa0


    The Ripple Effect of Poor Health 6xa0


    The Simple Nature of Good Health 7xa0


    The Significance of Inflammation 8xa0


    Creating the Opportunity for Healing 9xa0


    Chapter One: The Energy System and How to Maintain It 12xa0


    The Chinese Model 12xa0


    The Indian Model 15xa0


    The Greek System 17xa0


    Inner Ecology 18xa0


    Outer Ecology 19xa0


    Chapter Two: The Physiological Terrain 20xa0


    The Four Pillars of Health: The Foundation for a Vibrant Terrain 20xa0


    Emotional Terrain 22xa0


    The Power of Homeostasis and its Relationship to the Terrain 25xa0


    Chapter Three: Understanding Inflammation and How to Treat It 27xa0


    The Many Causes of Inflammation 33xa0


    Inflamed or Irritated Digestive Tracts 34xa0


    Chapter Four: Adrenal Glands – the Cornerstone of Health 38xa0


    Cortisol 38xa0


    The Many Manifestations of Adrenal Dysfunction 38xa0


    Testing for Adrenal Dysfunctions 41xa0


    Treating Adrenal Imbalances 42xa0


    Chapter Five: Sugar Metabolism, Diabetes and Obesity 45xa0


    Glucose and the Glycemic Index 45xa0


    Hypoglycemia 49xa0


    Hyperglycemia AND Diabetes 51xa0


    Insulin Resistance 53xa0


    The Good News about Fat 55xa0


    Hormonal Influences of fat cells 58xa0


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    Cortisol and Insulin 59xa0


    Chapter Six: Weight Management and the Integrative Diet and Exercise


    Program 61xa0


    How Do People Gain Weight? 61xa0


    Worst Calorie Choices For Difficult Weight Loss 64xa0


    Weight Control through Integrated Food and Exercise Management (IFEM) 67xa0


    Chapter Seven: The Impact of Candida Overgrowth on the Physiological


    Terrain 72xa0


    Controlling Candida 72xa0


    Testing for Candida 74xa0


    Possible Side Effects of Treatments 77xa0


    ProBiotic Treatment 78xa0


    Candida and Diet 79xa0


    Chapter Eight: Who Says Heavy Metals are Unhealthy? Burying Our Collective


    Head in the Sand 81xa0


    The Devastating Effects and Sources of Heavy Metal Toxicity 81xa0


    The Five Most Toxic Heavy Metals 84xa0


    Chemical Toxicity: Why the War on Cancer is Being Lost 90xa0


    Chelation as a Therapy for Clearing Metals and Chemicals 91xa0


    Chapter Nine: The Liver, Kidney and Lymphatic System 93xa0


    The Liver - Filtering Out the Bad Stuff 93xa0


    The Kidneys – The Other Major Filter 97xa0


    The Lymphatic System – The Sewage Treatment Plant of the Body 99xa0


    Chapter Ten: Naturally Maintaining Cardio-Vascular Health 101xa0


    The Markers of Cardio-Vascular Diseases 102xa0


    The Relative Importance of Thyroid and Homocysteine 107xa0


    Less Common but Significant Tests 108xa0


    Lifestyle Changes 111xa0


    Keeping Your Heart Healthy 112xa0


    Chapter Eleven: A Feeling in the Gut: The Key to Healthy Living 114xa0


    The Small Intestine 114xa0


    The Large Intestine and Dysbiosis 119xa0


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    Parasites 121xa0


    Chapter Twelve: Allergies and Physical Reactivity – When the Body Gets


    Upset about Nothing 125xa0


    Causes and Treatments of Allergies and Physical Reactivity 125xa0


    Clearing Out The Reaction 127xa0


    Chapter Thirteen: Opportunistic Infections 130xa0


    Mycoplasm 130xa0


    Other Chronic Systemic Infections 133xa0


    Stealth Virus 136xa0


    Nano Bacteria and Other Minuscule Micro-Organisms 136xa0


    H-Pylori 137xa0


    Chapter Fourteen: Understanding and Interpreting Blood Tests 138xa0


    Usual Clinical Range Versus Functional Range 138xa0


    Basic Nutrients 142xa0


    Sodium 142xa0


    Blood Functions 145xa0


    Immune Response 147xa0


    Organ Functions 150xa0


    Chapter Fifteen: Remedies for the Physical and Psychological Impact of Aging


    158xa0


    Natural Remedies for the Aging Process 159xa0


    Spotting Age-Related Symptoms 160xa0


    Cardio Vascular System 161xa0


    Chapter Sixteen: How Persistent Psychological Stress Affects the Body, Mind


    and Emotions 175xa0


    Adrenaline’s Big Bang 175xa0


    How to Deal with Stress 177xa0


    Stress Management: Using Symbols to Calm 179xa0


    Chapter Seventeen: 90 Days to Optimal Health 183xa0


    Ten Steps to Overall Wellness 183xa0


    Implementing the 90-Day Plan to Achieve Radiant Health 185xa0


    90 Days to Optimal Health Plan 186xa0


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    Chapter Eighteen: Conclusion 193xa0


    Appendix: References 196xa0


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    INTRODUCTION


    With every passing generation, there are more and more insights and


    scientific breakthroughs that promise longer, healthier lives. This is heartening


    because most people imagine getting older in good health with the opportunity for


    enjoying retirement and spending more time with friends and family, away from the


    hustle of a busy life. Yet, if we believe the current statistics on health, even in the


    light of cutting-edge discoveries, many of us are going to fall prey to some form of


    degenerative condition such as arthritis, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and


    cancer, to name a few. Being diagnosed with any of these conditions can radically


    change lifestyles and spoil our retirement plans.


    Unfortunately, many will not have to wait until an advanced age to experience


    some of these challenges. They may affect us while we are quite young and create


    disturbing obstacles in all aspects of life.


    Roberta, my wife of 40 years and business partner, is an example of this. In


    1998 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and we were both in shock. I am an


    acupuncturist and a Doctor in Human Development. Roberta counsels people and


    is an effective life coach. We both experienced excellent health and a strong


    spiritual practice throughout our lives. When the diagnosis occurred, we had been in


    practice for more than 20 years, and I thought we knew a great deal about health


    and well being. We had created a comprehensive system of healing based on the


    premise that a healthy mind lined up with a spiritual perspective produces and


    maintains a healthy body.


    Our oversight was that we disregarded the negative impact that disturbances


    in the environment and certain genetic predispositions can have on both cells and


    the most basic physiological functions.


    Thank God Roberta has enjoyed great health for the past several years and


    leads a very active, creative life. Still, her diagnosis was a rude awakening. It led me


    to extensive research into what constitutes a healthy physical body, and how we can


    ensure and maintain good health. The exploration that I embarked upon led to a


    range of discoveries that I am sharing with you in this book.


    THE RIPPLE EFFECT OF POOR HEALTH


    I live by this principle: take care of yourself so you can assist in taking care of


    others. Providing your body with its basic needs on an ongoing basis is an essential


    part of contributing to the health of communities and our world. Conversely,


    attending to the health of the planet is an essential aspect of taking care of ourselves


    and our health. The two are inextricably linked.


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    When a significant portion of the general population is in poor health, all


    aspects of society are affected. One good example of the impact of poor health on


    society is obesity. The increasing dependence on fast food loaded with


    hydrogenised fat, refined flour and various forms of sugar has brought about an


    epidemic of obesity throughout the U.S. This has caused problems, not only with


    adults, but also with children. Until recently, Type II diabetes was a condition found


    only among adults. These days, however, there are a startling number of teenagers


    and even younger children who experience it.


    The recent increase in obesity and its physiological consequences are adding


    billions of dollars to the national health bill. The money that is being directed at the


    treatment of pathologies could be better spent improving the quality of our


    environment, which directly impacts our bodies and quality of life. Clearly, by taking


    care of ourselves through proper nutrition, sleep, relaxation, supplementation and


    exercise, we reach far beyond our individual physical and emotional health. Indeed,


    being healthy actually penetrates the physical and social ecology of the entire family


    of man, as well as our planet.


    THE SIMPLE NATURE OF GOOD HEALTH


    Healthy people have a much higher quality of life. They have high energy, so


    they do more. On average, healthy people earn more money. They save money by


    not spending it on health services. They have a better relationship with themselves


    and others. Less time is wasted in disease-related downtime.


    Because they have more energy and feel good, the lives of healthy people


    are easier and more rewarding. Much of the chronic pain to which people have


    become accustomed naturally disappears when they restore the health of their basic


    functions. Because healthy people feel good and usually look good, it is amazing


    how a simple change in health can immediately translate into new social and


    professional opportunities.


    Contrary to what many people believe, good health is not complicated; it is a


    natural state of being. One reason it may seem complex is because when we’re sick


    and go to medical doctors, they often express themselves in unfamiliar language at


    a time when we feel vulnerable. Recent research indicates that more than 60% of


    patients leave their doctor’s office without a clear understanding of what the doctor


    found or what the patient is supposed to do.


    In addition, there is a generally held assumption that if we are not diagnosed


    with a disease, we must be healthy. This misconception reinforces the belief that


    healthy people fall ill in the same way that a car crash can happen to a good driver.


    Surely you’ve known someone whom you thought was a perfect example of good


    health, only to learn that he or she was diagnosed with catastrophic illness. This


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    was the case with Roberta, whom we thought was in excellent health. The truth is,


    however, that situations like these indicate that something had been neglected for a


    long time and suddenly came to a head.


    After her diagnosis, Roberta and I both decided to follow her doctors’ advice


    and pursue the traditional medical protocol. But that’s not all we did. At the same


    time that she was receiving “emergency medical” treatments to destroy the cancer


    cells, we stayed true to our intuition and paid special attention to the variables that


    sustained her health and well-being. This was a proactive approach to shoring up all


    of the components of her existing good health that would reinforce an overall healthy


    atmosphere within her body. We call this approach attending to the physiological


    terrain. This approach is both simple in methodology and dramatic in impact.


    There is a significant difference between this approach and the traditional


    perspective of western medicine. Medical doctors aren’t trained to see the


    physiological terrain. They are trained to eradicate germs, surgically remove


    abnormalities, and repair broken bones due to life-threatening accidents. Medical


    doctors assess the body in relation to pathologies, diagnose diseases and treat them


    with pharmaceutical products or costly operations.


    Recognizing the difference between an MD’s approach and ours is not to


    suggest that we do not need both of them. These two approaches can be quite


    complementary and it would be to everyone’s advantage if they worked


    cooperatively. That said, in this book you will learn that our approach illuminates


    the fact that we have many more choices about how to manage, regain and maintain


    our health than you may have heard about in the doctor’s office. This approach also


    keeps little things from turning into a crisis. Ultimately, my intention with this book is


    to provide you with access to a variety of options and a wider range of treatments


    than you may have been exposed to before.


    THE SIGNIFICANCE OF INFLAMMATION


    What the medical establishment is discovering now, and which most people


    in the natural health field have known for centuries, is that inflammation can actually


    contribute to the cause of pathologies, chronic fatigue and degenerative diseases.


    In the February 23, 2004 edition of Time Magazine, there appeared an article


    entitled “The Fires Within.” It explored the major impact of inflammation on the body,


    including the chain reaction created by it. The author concluded by suggesting that


    the new medical approach to this issue is to increase the use of cholesterol-lowering


    drugs and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Celebrex. I would be very


    careful about following these solutions. As you will see later, these drugs have


    serious side effects and while they may indeed reduce inflammation, they do nothing


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    to address the causes that create the problem of chronic inflammation. They simply


    palliate some of these effects.


    In this book, and in plain language, we will explain answers to these


    questions:


    uf0b7 What is inflammation?


    uf0b7 Why should I be concerned about it?


    uf0b7 What are the main sources of inflammation?


    uf0b7 What are the natural approaches I can use to eliminate inflammation from my


    body and restore a healthy and fully functioning body?


    We will also examine many other issues that may be interfering with your


    quality of life as you get older, and we’ll provide suggestions about what you can do


    through natural means to restore your health and enjoy vitality throughout life.


    Not long ago I had the opportunity to hear Ray Kurzweil, a leading authority


    on technological development, speak. He showed graphically that the speed of


    evolution of new technologies will resolve within 20 years all of the major health


    issues that are presently the main cause of death: cardiovascular diseases, cancers,


    diabetes and neuro-degenerative disorders. What we want to offer you here is a


    chance to optimize your health so that you will benefit from that medical revolution.


    This book provides you with simple effective strategies to address the day to day


    challenges that contribute to these issues. We do not necessarily want you to live


    forever, but we want you to live healthy and happy until your last breath.


    CREATING THE OPPORTUNITY FOR HEALING


    In essence, this book is designed to restore faith in the body’s ability to take


    care of itself. In it, you will learn how to assist with this task. We examine the basic


    functions of the body, what in our environment and lifestyle has the most profound


    negative impact, and how to restore a healthy physiological terrain. We also explore


    what we need to do on an on-going basis to maintain optimal functionality of the


    body while also understanding how to age gracefully.


    Nature is filled with healthy resources designed to assist with this task. Our


    research is drawn from time-tested traditions and knowledge from all continents


    regarding the medicinal applications and purpose of flowers, plants, minerals, food


    and spices. These are all natural properties that exist in our environment. We tap


    into the treasure chest of natural healing agents that can assist in identifying exactly


    what can help address your unique health challenges.


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    The treatments we recommend include the following.


    uf0b7 Homeopathy: Homeopathy was created in the late 1700 by the


    German physician, Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann (1755 -


    1843). He evolved the notion that “like cures like.” He first identified


    the symptoms produced by certain substances and then used those


    substances in infinitesimal dilution to treat the original problem or a


    similar pathological presentation. Upon doing so, there was an


    amelioration or eradication of the imbalance. Since then, homeopathy


    has developed to include combination remedies and strategies that


    deal with allergies, toxicity and other modern day challenges. Various


    dilutions work with different aspects of health ranging from the physical


    to the psychological and even spiritual causes of disease.


    A homeopathic approach to medicine is a specialty taught in medical


    school in Europe, India, South America and the Middle East, but it is


    still considered nonsense by most MD’s in the U.S. I have personally


    used homeopathy for myself, my family and in my practice with


    incredible results. If you’ve never tried a homeopathic remedy, you’re


    in for a pleasant, safe and promising surprise.


    uf0b7 Specific Natural Remedies: Throughout the book, you will be guided to


    web sites where you can purchase herbal, mineral or vitamin


    supplements that I have found to be effective.


    uf0b7 Eating and exercise programs that boost your overall well being. It is a


    well known fact that employing good food and fitness into your life


    promotes good health. We will remind you that it’s never too late to


    get started—and it can be fun.


    uf0b7 A 90-day program for overall wellness that also addresses your


    psychological and spiritual needs.


    Even though this book equips you to recognize the imbalances within your


    system so that you can treat them accordingly, you may be more comfortable


    working with a health-care practitioner. You may also need their assistance in


    obtaining certain kinds of tests and products that can only be accessed through a


    licensed practitioner. Since MDs do not have an eye for natural medicine, they


    typically are not the best to work with. Instead, seek a Naturopathic Doctor (ND), a


    chiropractor, an acupuncturist, a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), a nutritionist or a


    homeopath. It is unlikely that every doctor you consult will use the kind of treatment


    strategies that I mention in this book. However, they are likely to steer you in the


    right direction.


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