BACH FLOWER REMEDIES: OLIVE – MRS. K. CHOPRA’S CASE

Mrs. K. Chopra, an old lady of 70 years age, had to attend upon her ailing husband who was on sick bed for the last 3 years, suffering from diabetes and weeping eczema of the legs, He could not even get up to go to the bath room by himself and several times she had to wash his bed sheets which were soiled by his involuntary urination or involuntary stools. She was dead tired physically and tortured mentally by the same monotonous daily routine. She was fast losing her own health. Apart from weakness, she got fits of depression off and on; vertigo and headache became frequent; she lost her sleep as well as her appetite, and felt as if she would precede her husband in ending her earthly life.
A new fear assailed her—what would become of her husband after her, who would attend to his needs ? A combination of “OLIVE” (for tiredness, boredom, weakness) and “Red Chestnut” (for fear about her husband) was prescribed T.D.S for one week in the first instance and was continued for 4 weeks more. Mrs. Chopra responded to the treatment very well and passed many years in good health after the death of her husband.
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DEMENTIA: GENETIC AS ONE OF THE THEORIES

There have always been some cases of Alzheimer’s disease that have appeared to run in families. The most well researched ones have been found where the condition has occurred in younger people (like the original cases Alzheimer described). We know however that this type of dementia in younger people is very rare (0.1 per cent of total cases of dementia). There are in fact only 12 families world wide currently being studied with this rare and obviously directly inherited form of the disease. In studying these families it did seem that the condition was passed on to the next generation but not in a very straightforward pattern – one could not predict which offspring if any would develop dementia. We now know that Alzheimer’s disease becomes much more common as we get older (as high as 20 per cent of the over-80 age group is affected). Being quite common, it then becomes hard to know if the dementia is passed on in a family or whether or not the dementia has occurred in the next generation by chance; one has to wait for the children to grow old, and they have a 20 per cent chance of developing dementia anyway.
Someone then noticed that all cases of Down’s syndrome developed a condition identical to Alzheimer’s disease before they died young. It had been recognized for a long time that people suffering from Down’s syndrome ‘aged’ very quickly, but it was not until this observation about their dementia was made that its importance was realized. Studies on the brains of people dying with Down’s syndrome show all the changes seen in those dying with Alzheimer’s disease. Now, we don’t know what causes Alzheimer’s disease but we do know the cause of Down’s syndrome; in the majority of cases it is due to a fault in the chromosomes, the tiny bits of genetic material that are found in each cell and that originally come from each parent.
Each of us has 23 pairs of chromosomes, 46 chromosomes in all, in each cell. The only exceptions are sperm cells in men and ova (the egg cells) in women – they have 23 single chromosomes, half the usual number. When a baby is conceived by the fusion of a sperm and an ovum, the full complement of 23 pairs of chromosomes is achieved, the baby’s cells containing a mixture of the mother’s and father’s chromosomes. In a Down’s syndrome baby something goes wrong with this process and chromosome pair number 21 ends up with an extra bit of genetic material. This tiny excess produces all the abnormalities associated with the condition, including the development of changes exactly like Alzheimer’s disease. Each chromosome is made up of hundreds of genes (small sequences of genetic information controlling a bit of the workings of the body). It seems likely therefore that as chromosome 21 has the gene that produces Alzheimer’s disease in Down’s syndrome, the same chromosome should have a gene for Alzheimer’s disease in non-Down’s-syndrome people with, or who will develop, Alzheimer’s disease.
The topic is made more complicated by the finding that chromosome 21 may not be the only genetic source of the problem. Researchers have found families with early onset dementia where chromosome 14 is abnormal and some where chromosome 19 is probably at fault. Many researchers now feel that these genetic changes are more important than the original lead with chromosome 21 and Down’s syndrome, which may have given the impetus but will not be the answer. In addition medical interest is now focusing upon the role of a protein in the body called amyloid – more specifically beta-amyloid. The amyloid is governed by the amyloid APP gene and this abnormality also appears to run in families, making it another familial form. It appears that some cases of dementia are caused by a gene for the precursor stage of beta-amyloid being in the wrong place causing this protein to be abnormally deposited all over the brain. What is unknown is the relative significance of these findings and how important to the general population are the findings of an abnormal chromosome 21, chromosome 14 and the misplaced gene for beta-amyloid (and even if the beta-amyloid gene is related to the other chromosomal abnormalities and in what way).
Finding a gene on a chromosome may sound easy but in fact it is extremely difficult. Researchers in both the UK and the USA are currently working on this project and they expect to be able to identify the gene soon. This will then open up many more research possibilities. Once identified it can be looked for in people currently suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Is it present in every case? If not, do those who appear to have Alzheimer’s disease but who do not have the gene really have Alzheimer’s disease, and not some other similar condition? Is the gene passed from generation to generation? If present in normal healthy people, will they go on to develop the disease? As you can see it is exciting research but it throws up many difficult questions. Should you look for and tell someone they are carrying a gene that may mean that they develop dementia, a condition for which there is currently no cure?
Most of the experts working in this field think it is unlikely that carrying the gene alone will automatically mean that the person will develop dementia, unless they are in one of those families where the disease presents very early. It is felt that the gene being present means that you are more at risk than someone without the gene, but that you still need a trigger to set the whole thing off. More and more attention is being paid to environmental triggers – abnormalities in the environment which can act as general hazards – the theory being that such triggers, when put together with a genetically predisposed individual, result in dementia developing.
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TALKING ABOUT MARRIAGE

Marriage is noteworthy from the point of view of health because it protects couples from disease. Married couples with children suffer less illness than married couples without children. Who in turn suffer less illness than divorced couples. Who in turn suffer less illness than singles. Belonging to a family delivers the goods – as far as the propensity to good health is concerned. From evolutionary point of view this phenomena makes good sense. Debilitated parents would soon have their offspring and any claim to immortality swiftly removed from the gene pool.
Home Remedies
The divorce rate in western societies is approaching 50 per cent. Most people who divorce – remarry. The institution of marriage does not seem to be at fault. It appears more likely to be people’s expectations of marriage that are the problem. The first marriage may involve a process of reality testing. These lessons may be better utilized in the next marriage; although some researches say they are not. As far as the medical practitioner is concerned marriage guidance counseling involves two elements. The first relates to helping couples resolve their difficulties when both partners want the marriage to be saved. The second relates to keeping married couples apart when either one or both of the partners believe that the marriage is completely irretrievable.
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TAKING THE HEART-HEALTHY PROGRAM ON THE ROAD: ENJOYING A HEART-HEALTHY HOLIDAY

It’s really a paradox to go on a holiday and abandon your good habits. The idea of a holiday is to renew oneself, to refresh and strengthen the mind and body. It’s a mistake to throw your principles to the winds when holidaying. Happily, you don’t have to do so at all. Plan a healthy holiday!
Once again, a good travel agent comes in handy at such times. There are spas, resorts, ranches, fishing camps, cruises and tours which feature healthy activities and foods. Don’t ever forget that by eating and living a heart-healthy lifestyle, you’re on the cutting edge. In today’s society that means that more and more people are doing the very same thing. And in turn the holiday industry has responded with some very healthy choices.
Why not start planning for your next holiday well in advance? Call your travel agent and ask her to start collecting information about healthy destinations. Put together a file on such places and enjoy letting your imagination go, thinking about cruising the Whitsundays or walking along a sandy beach. Looking forward to future pleasures is one of life’s greatest joys.
Planning to travel abroad? Obviously you can’t go everywhere, so why not consider the health angle of various destinations. A week in Paris will tempt you with all those five-star restaurants and their cream and butter sauces. A week in the south of France, on the other hand, will introduce you to the mouth-watering delights of Mediterranean cuisine that packs lots of fun and flavour without the fat.
Closer to home, old-fashioned health spas were places of deprivation and discomfort. Today they pamper their guests with engaging daily activities, facials and massages and wonderfully creative approaches to low-fat cuisine fit for kings and queens.
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TAKING THE HEART-HEALTHY PROGRAM ON THE ROAD: BANQUETS AND BINGEING

Banquets pose a special problem for businessmen, whether travelling or at home. Seldom are such meals planned with health in mind. But you don’t have to give in. First of all, banquet food isn’t the greatest anyway, so it’s not as though you’re really giving up something wonderful. Second, it’s easier than ever to request an alternative. Certainly that’s best accomplished by ordering a substitute meal in advance, but even on short notice the kitchen can come up with something that will tide you over.
If you’re going to have a splurge, by all means do so now and then. As part of a routinely low-fat diet, a now-and-then binge won’t significantly affect your cholesterol level. But wouldn’t you rather enjoy that splurge in a fine restaurant with your spouse? I put banquet food in the same category as airline cuisine, and treat it the same.
Don’t be ashamed or embarrassed to ask for a special meal. Be proud of your commitment. You’ll probably impress those you do business with as being a person whose standards are high and firm.
As a last resort, you can always eat prior to going to the banquet. Have a sandwich and some soup in the coffee shop. Then you won’t be hungry, and you can simply nibble at the banquet. No one will even notice. I do it often.
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CHILD’S HEALTH: NOSEBLEEDS (EPISTAXIS) AND OBJECT IN EAR

Nosebleeds are a relatively common occurrence at any age, and are rarely cause for concern.

Cause

In small children the commonest cause of nosebleed is picking crusts from the inside of the nose, and in so doing scratching the delicate lining and damaging a small blood vessel. Blowing the nose vigorously, or any form of trauma can cause a nosebleed. Frequent nosebleeds may be a sign of a blood disorder but this is rare. The amount of blood lost due to a nosebleed will usually not harm your child.

Treatment

The most effective treatment for a nosebleed is to apply firm pressure with your fingers on the sides of the nostrils. Continue for 5 minutes, keeping the head still. If bleeding does not stop completely, continue for another 10 minutes. If after 15 minutes you still cannot control the bleeding, see your doctor, or go to a hospital casualty department. If your child suffers from recurrent nosebleeds, your doctor may recommend cautery, a simple procedure in which the vein which has been bleeding is sealed off.

When to see your doctor

• if bleeding has not stopped after 15 minutes despite the application of firm pressure on the nose;

• if your child has recurrent nosebleeds;

• if in addition to having nosebleeds, your child is generally unwell, looks pale or has unexplained bruises on his body.

Object in the ear

Cause

Young children in particular like to explore their own bodies, and may insert small objects into their ear.

Clinical features

This can cause itching, swelling and pain, or the child may complain of a blocked ear. An offensive discharge may be present sometimes if the object has been there for several or more.

Treatment

If you suspect that your child has an object lodged in his ear it is safest to let your doctor see him. Your doctor will probably syringe the ear with warm water to remove the object, or use a special ear probe. Trying to remove the object at home with a cotton bud may only push the object in further and this can cause damage to the delicate ear drum or canal. If the ear is infected your doctor may prescribe antibiotic ear drops or medicine.

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NEWBORN’S BEHAVIOUR AND COMMUNICATION

Babies call up considerable emotion in us — that is their survival skill. The earliest communication between baby and parent takes place through emotional cues which may even start before birth. It is through the sharing and understanding of that emotion that a parent is able to identify what is going on with a baby, and respond instinctively. Parent and child become emotionally attuned.

A baby has the ability, through his behaviour, to elicit the care of others. Parents are soon able to distinguish the nuances between a ‘pooey nappy cry’ and a ‘feed me’ cry. Facial expressions and gurgling often make parents melt with coos or giggles of love. Your baby may be small, but he is a powerful communicator and knows how to make his needs known.

Many parents feel ambivalent about having a child. This is a normal part of all parenting. If the parents are unable to acknowledge their true feelings, they run the risk of not being able to tune into the child appropriately. We all want to produce a beautiful child as a product of love. If, for example, a couple have a deformed baby, it may be very difficult for them to verbalise that their child is not physically beautiful. Yet this is often exactly what needs to be done.

The parent-infant relationship is important in the continuing development of the child. Parents provide emotional nourishment for the child, and studies have shown that without consistent parenting children may become withdrawn and may not develop normally.

A child’s sense of self is thought to develop at around 7-9 months. He begins to recognise that there is a shared world and also begins to learn to abstract, realising that pointing leads to something beyond the finger. From early infancy, an enormous amount of learning takes place in the relationship with the parents, through the ‘mirroring’ of facial expressions and voice. This is more than just mimicking; it is a tuning-in to each other’s emotional experience. Emotion is how we all began to communicate. It can provide a special intimacy beyond the limitations of words. In many ways emotion is still the most powerful language that we have.

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SUPER MARITAL SEX: A SEXUAL HEALTH EXAM

I’ve worried about this for almost ten years, and now you tell me it is absolutely normal that my left testicle is a little larger and hangs lower than the right? I always thought it meant that I was a little less fertile or that maybe I hurt it that one time I fell off the seat on my bike and cracked my nuts on the crossbar. I always sort of hide it whenever I shower at the club. I really don’t think my wife even knows.

HUSBAND

He has always acted funny about his genitals. He never lets me really see them or touch them. I touched his testicles one time and he pulled away like I had killed him. Why didn’t he ask the doctor?

WIFE

I did. He just laughed and said maybe I had pulled on one for too long. I never mentioned it again.

HUSBAND

Several of the husbands and wives reported similar instances of worries and misunderstandings that were never clarified, even made worse, by the lack of comfort and sexual knowledge of the medical field. As with all of the tests in this book, taking the sexual health’ exam together is the best way to learn about each other and yourself Dr. June Reinisch, director of the Institute for Research in Sex Gender, and Reproduction, reports that questions to her nationally syndicated column often contain misinformation and a refusal by physicians and other health professionals to respond openly, comfortably, and directly to sexual questions from their patients. Any doctors who don’t hear such questions in their practice can be sure that they have stopped them through their own discomfort with the topic.

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THE JOY OF PERFECT HEALTH: ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

I make no claim, that I developed anything new. All the techniques listed in this book are known and proven for thousands of years.

Modern scientific evidence, summarised in this book to convince its readers is taken directly from books and articles published by many talented, dedicated, honest medical practitioners and scientists, who are not afraid of telling the TRUTH.

In particular, I would like to express my gratitude to Hulda Regehr Clark, Arthur Baker, Deepak Chopra and Sheldon Saul Hendler for their wonderful books.

I am grateful to Dr Vagif Sultanov, for his inspiring public lecture about fasting.

I am also grateful to Ed McCabe, a reporter, for bringing to the attention of the general public (mine included) oxygen therapies, against considerable opposition of the medical establishment and the media.

It would be impossible for me to collect quickly the scientific evidence I needed without access to the Australian NEXUS magazine, which has published great articles as well as summaries and reviews of many interesting and original books. I salute all those people associated with NEXUS. You are doing a great job.

I would like to express my gratitude to Nick Haritos, who corrected the manuscript.

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IRITIS – TREATMENT

These adhesions may become permanent and bind the iris down so that it can no longer dilate or constrict the pupil.

The most important part of treatment is to prevent these adhesions. So drops of atropine and homatropine are used to dilate the pupil, pulling the iris away from the lens.

Homatropine has the advantage of being short acting, and so the dilation can be quickly reversed once the inflammation has subsided.

But this drug works poorly in children and in some adults, and so atropine is required.

This unfortunately, has a much longer action, and it may take up to a week before the pupil returns to its normal size once the drug is stopped.

If the pupil is dilated, this interferes with clear vision and makes the eye over-sensitive to light.

The other drug of importance is cortisone in the form of drops, instilled into the eye to reduce inflammation.

Iritis may be mild or severe, it may persist for weeks or months, or may rapidly subside within a few days.

Unfortunately, it is prone to recur.

Assessment of any underlying condition is necessary so that this condition can also be treated.

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