HEALTH & WELLNESS SPECIAL REPORTS
With bookshelves filled with diet and fitness books—diets based on the immune system, blood types, stimulating the metabolism, eliminating fats, eliminating carbohydrates and all kinds of “miracle” diets—why another book about losing weight? The reason is that, in spite of all of the money and effort that goes into weight loss, surprisingly few people actually lose weight and keep it off.
What do Vince Lombardi, the movie The Karate Kid, and natural health care have in common? Success is achieved by doing the simple basics and by doing them well. Vince Lombardi is known for stressing basic football skills, like blocking. In The Karate Kid, the main character, Daniel, wins a tournament: his training consisting of doing a few basic moves (like “paint the fence”) over and over again. Similarly, in natural health care, simple basic things work and they work well.
People are so confused about what they should and should not eat. There is so much conflicting information about diet. Registered dieticians talk about the food pyramid, which would give you a diet heavy in grains. Dr. Atkins talks about carbohydrates as being the source of all our health woes. Dr. Dean Ornish and Covert Bailey decry the evils of fat. John Robbins makes a strong case for a totally vegan diet.
While everyone loves a bargain, there are some problems with shopping for supplements using only price as a guideline. The difference in quality between different brands of supplements is often considerable. Also, treating yourself or relying on untrained individuals for health advice is not a good idea.
The most common cause of back pain is mechanical. The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles, and sometimes they do not function together as well as they could. This is why spinal adjusting is often so effective. Back pain can also be caused by injuries like sprained ligaments, strained muscles, ruptured disks, and irritated joints. Often it seems that the simplest of movements—for example, picking up a pen from the floor, can lead to severe back pain.
There are many natural approaches to low back pain. Research appearing in the Archives of Internal Medicine (2006; 166(4)) looked at the efficacy of acupuncture treatment on low back pain. Nearly 300 subjects suffering from chronic low back pain were divided into three groups. One group received acupuncture treatment (12 sessions over a period of eight weeks). One group received superficial needling at non-acupuncture points. A third group was placed on a waiting list as a control.
Too often people in pain are given drugs to mask their symptoms, but no answers. It’s like the story about the old man who went to the doctor complaining of pain in his right knee. The doctor prescribed pain medication, but the old man still wanted to know why his knee hurt. The doctor said, “Well Mr. Wuznuski, you are 78 years old—you have to expect some aches and pains.”
Sinuses are air pockets within the skull. They are located around the nose and eyes. Each sinus is connected to the nasal passage by a small duct which allows mucus drainage and air exchange. These ducts are called ostea and each is about the size of a pencil lead.
This book is written for people who are going to the office of someone trained in nutrition. If you are seeking the help of a chiropractor, naturopath, nutritionist or other professional, it can help you to understand a little about nutrition and the natural approach to health. It can help you to understand what your health care provider is trying to do for you. Unfortunately information about health makes treating yourself tempting.
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