Friday, November 16, 2012

Eat only when your hungry " The golden tip for weight loss"

If we do this we eat only to supply the demands of the body. We cannot
repeat too often the admonition, do not eat if not hungry.
If this plan were followed the present three meals-a-day plan would end.
Also the practice of many of eating between meals and in the evening
before retiring would cease. For most people real hunger would call for
about one meal a day, with occasionally some small amounts of fruit during
the day.
Hunger is the "voice of nature" saying to us that food is required. There is
no other true guide as to when to eat. The time of day, the habitual meal
time, etc., are not true guides.
Although genuine hunger is a mouth and throat sensation and depends
upon an actual physiological need for food, muscular contractions of the
stomach accompany hunger and are thought by physiologists, to give rise
to the hunger sensation.
Carlson, of the Chicago University, found that in a man who had been
fasting two weeks, these gastric "hunger" contractions had not decreased,
although there was no desire for food. The same has been observed in
animals. Indeed these contractions are seen to increase and yet they do
not produce the sensation of hunger. I do not consider these so-called
"hunger-contractions" as the cause of hunger. Real hunger is a mouth and
throat sensation.
But there is a difference between hunger and what is called appetite.
Appetite is a counterfeit hunger, a creature of habit and cultivation, and
may be due to any one of a number of things; such as the arrival of the
habitual meal time, the sight, taste, or smell of food, condiments and
seasonings, or even the thought of food. In some diseased states there is
an almost constant and insatiable appetite. None of these things can
arouse true hunger; for, this comes only when there is an actual need for

One may have an appetite for tobacco, coffee, tea, opium, alcohol, etc., but
he can never be hungry for these, since they serve no real physiological
Appetite is often accompanied by a gnawing or "all gone" sensation in the
stomach, or a general sense of weakness; there may even be mental
depression. Such symptoms usually belong to the diseased stomach of a
glutton and will pass away if their owner will refrain from eating for a few
days. They are temporarily relieved by eating and this leads to the idea that
it was food that was needed. But such sensations and feelings do not
accompany true hunger. In true hunger one is not aware that he has a
stomach for this, like thirst, is a mouth and throat sensation. Real hunger
arises spontaneously, that is without the agency of some external factor,
and is accompanied by a "watering of the mouth" and usually by a
conscious desire for some particular food.
Dr. Gibson says that, "The condition known as appetite, … with its source
and center in nervous desire, and its motive in self-indulgence, is a mere
parasite on life, feeding on its host--the man himself--whose misdirected
imagination invites it into his own vital household; while hunger, on the
other hand, is the original, constitutional prompter for the cell-world calling
for means to supply the true need and necessities of man's physical nature.
… Appetite does not express our needs, but our wants; not what we really
need, but what we think we need. It is imagination running riot, fashioning
out of our gluttonous greed an insatiable vampire which grows with our
wants, and increases its power until finally it kills us unless we determine to
kill it. … As long as our attention is absorbed in the pleasures of the table,
in the gratification of eating for its own sake, and in the introduction of new
combinations to bring about stimulating effects, we are increasing the
power of our appetite at the expense of our hunger."
The hungry person is able to eat and relish a crust of dry bread; he who
has only an appetite must have his food seasoned and spiced before he
can enjoy it. Even a gourmand is able to enjoy a hearty meal if there is
sufficient seasoning to whip up his jaded appetite and arouse his palsied
taste. He would be far better off if he would await the arrival of hunger
before eating.

There is no doubt of the truth of Dr. Geo. S. Weger's thought that "appetite
contractions in the stomach are often excited by psychic states, as
influenced by the senses." Appetite contractions thus aroused, are of
distinct advantage in digesting a meal if they are super-added to preexisting
hunger contractions. We know that these psychic states increase
the flow of the digestive juices--make the stomach "water" as well as the
mouth--and enhance digestion.
Dr. Claunch says, "the difference between true hunger and false craving
may be determined as follows: when hungry and comfortable it is true
hunger. When hungry and uncomfortable it is false craving. When a sick
person misses a customary meal, he gets weak before he gets hungry.
When a healthy person misses a customary meal, he gets hungry before
he gets weak."
If we follow the rule to eat only when truly hungry, those people who are
"hungry" but weak and uncomfortable would fast until comfort and strength
returned. Fasting would become one of the most common practices in our
lives, at least, until we learn to live and eat to keep well and thus eliminate
the need for fasting.
There are individuals who are always eating and always "hungry." They
mistake a morbid irritation of the stomach for hunger. These people have
not learned to distinguish between a normal demand for food and a
symptom of disease. They mistake the evidences of chronic gastritis or of
gastric neurosis for hunger.
Hunger, as previously pointed out, is the insistent demand for food that
arises out of physiological need for nourishment. Appetite, on the other
hand, is a craving for food which may be the result of several different
outside factors operating through the mind and senses. Anything that will
arouse an appetite will encourage one to eat, whether or not there exists an
actual need for food.
Hunger may be satisfied and appetite still persist, a not unusual thing. Our
many course dinners, with everything especially prepared to appeal to the
taste and smell, are well designed to keep alive appetite, long after hunger
has been appeased. No man is ever hungry when he reaches the dessert,
so commonly served after a many course dinner. Few, though filled to
repletion and perhaps uncomfortable in the abdomen, ever refuse to eat

the dessert. It is especially prepared to appeal to appetite. This style of
eating necessarily and inevitably leads to overeating and disease. Too
many articles of food at a meal overstimulate and induce overeating.
Hunger and the sense of taste are the only guides as to the quantity and
character of food required. If we eat when we are not hungry, and if the
delicate sensibilities of taste have been dulled and deadened by gluttonous
indulgence and by condiments, spices, alcohol, etc., it ceases to be a
reliable guide.
The unperverted instinct of hunger craves most keenly the food that is most
needed by the body and the unperverted taste derives the most pleasure
and satisfaction out of the food or foods demanded, and will be satisfied
when we have consumed sufficient of such food or foods to supply the
body's needs. But, if we have been in the habit of crowding the stomach
when there is no demand for food, just because it is meal time, or because
the doctor ordered it, and we know no other indication that enough food
has been consumed, than that the stomach can hold no more, we are
headed for disaster. The existence of a natural demand for food indicates
that food is required by the body and that the organs of the body are ready
to receive and digest it. Eating when there is no time, or as a social duty, or
because one has been able to stimulate an appetite, is a wrong to the
body. Both the quality and quantity, and the frequency of meals should be
regulated by the rules of hygiene rather than by those of etiquette and

Raw food healing diet (cleansing diet)

Next in declining order of healing effectiveness is what I call a raw food
healing diet or cleansing diet. It consists of those very same watery fruits
and non-starchy vegetables one juices or makes into vegetable broths, but
eaten whole and raw. Heating food does two harmful things: it destroys
many vitamins, enzymes and other nutritional elements and it makes many
foods much harder to digest. So no cooked vegetables or fruits are allowed
because to maintain health on this limited regimen it is essential that every
possible vitamin and enzyme present in the food be available for digestion.
Even though still raw, no starchy or fatty vegetables or fruits are allowed
that contain concentrated calories like potatoes, winter squash, avocados,
sweet potatoes, fresh raw corn, dates, figs, raisins, or bananas. And
naturally, no salad dressings containing vegetable oils or (raw) ground
seeds are allowed. Nor are raw grains or other raw concentrated energy
When a person starts this diet they will at first experience considerable
weight loss because it is difficult to extract a large number of calories from
these foods (though I have seen people actually gain weight on a pure
melon diet, so much sugar do these fruits have, and well-chewed
watermelon seeds are very nourishing). Eating even large quantities of only
raw fruit and raw non-starchy vegetables results in a slow but steady
healing process about 10 to 20 percent as rapid as water fasting.
A raw food cleansing diet has several huge advantages. It is possible to
maintain this regimen and regularly do non-strenuous work for many
months, even a year or more without experiencing massive weight loss
and, more important to some people, without suffering the extremes of low
blood sugar, weakness and loss of ability to concentrate that happen when
water fasting. Someone on a raw food cleanse will have periods of lowered
energy and strong cravings for more concentrated foods, but if they have
the self-discipline to not break their cleansing process they can accomplish
a great deal of healing while still maintaining more or less normal (though
slower paced) life activities. However, almost no one on this diet is able to
sustain an extremely active life-style involving hard physical labor or
competitive sports. And from the very beginning someone on a raw food

cleanse must be willing and able to lie down and rest any time they feel
tired or unable to face their responsibilities. Otherwise they will inevitably
succumb to the mental certainty that their feelings of exhaustion or
overwhelm can be immediately solved by eating some concentrated food to
"give them energy." Such low-energy states will, however, pass quickly
after a brief nap or rest.
Something else gradually happens to a body when on such a diet. Do you
recall that I mentioned that after my own long fast I began to get more
"mileage" out of my food. A cleansed, healed body becomes far more
efficient at digestion and assimilation; a body that is kept on a raw food
cleansing diet will initially lose weight rapidly, but eventually weight loss
slows to virtually nothing and then stabilizes. However, long-term raw
fooders are usually thin as toothpicks.
Once starchy vegetables like potatoes or winter squash, raw or cooked, or
any cereals, raw or cooked, are added to a cleansing diet, the detoxification
and healing virtually ceases and it becomes very easy to maintain or even
gain weight, particularly if larger quantities of more concentrated foods like
seeds and nuts are eaten. Though this diet has ceased to be cleansing,
few if any toxins from misdigestion will be produced and health is easy to
"Raw fooders" are usually people who have healed themselves of a serious
diseases and ever after continue to maintain themselves on unfired food,
almost as a matter of religious belief. They have become convinced that
eating only raw, unfired food is the key to extraordinarily long life and
supreme good health. When raw fooders wish to perform hard physical
work or strenuous exercise, they"ll consume raw nuts and some raw grains
such as finely-ground oats soaked overnight in warm water or deliciously
sweet "Essene bread," made from slightly sprouted wheat that is then
ground wet, made into cakes, and sun baked at temperatures below about
115 degrees Fahrenheit. Essene bread can be purchased in some health
food stores. However, little or no healing or detoxification can happen once
concentrated energy sources are added to the diet, even raw ones.
During my days at Great Oaks School I was a raw fooder for some years,
though I found it very difficult to maintain body heat on raw food during
chilly, rainy Oregon winters and eventually struck a personal compromise
where I ate about half my diet raw and the rest fired.

Weight Loss by fasting


Loss of weight indicates, almost guarantees, that detoxification and healing
is occurring. I can"t stress this too much. Of all the things I find my patients
seem to misunderstand or forget after being told, it is that they can"t heal in
a rapid manner without getting smaller. This reality is especially hard for the
family and friends of someone who is fasting, who will say, "you"re looking
terrible dear, so thin. Your skin is hanging on your bones. You"re not eating
enough protein or nutrient food to be healthy and you must eat more or
you"re going to develop serious deficiencies. You don"t have any energy,
you must be getting sicker. You"re doing the wrong thing, obviously. You
have less energy and look worse every day. Go and see a doctor before it
is too late." To succeed with friends like this, a faster has to be a mighty
self-determined person with a powerful ability to disagree with others.
Medical personnel claim that rapid weight loss often causes dangerous
deficiencies; these deficiencies force the person to overeat and regain even
more weight afterward. This is largely untrue, though there is one true
aspect to it: a fasted, detoxified body becomes a much more efficient
digester and assimilator, extracting a lot more nutrition from the same
amount food is used to eat. If, after extended fasting a person returns to
eating the same number of calories as they did before; they will gain weight
even more rapidly than before they stated fasting.
When fasting for weight loss, the only way to keep the weight off is to
greatly reform the diet; to go on, and stay on, a diet made up largely of nonstarchy,
watery fruits and vegetables, limited quantities of cooked food, and
very limited amounts of highly concentrated food sources like cereals and
cooked legumes. Unless, of course, after fasting, one"s lifestyle involves
much very hard physical labor or exercise. I’ve had a few obese fasters
become quite angry with me for this reason; they hoped to get thin through
fasting and after the fast, to resume overeating with complete
irresponsibility as before, without weight gain.
People also fear weight loss during fasting because they fear becoming
anorexic or bulimic. They won’t! A person who abstains from eating for the
purpose of improving their health, in order to prevent or treat illness, or

even one who fasts for weight loss will not develop an eating disorder.
Eating disorders mean eating compulsively because of a distorted body
image. Anorexics and bulimics have obsessions with the thinner-is-better
school of thought. The anorexic looks at their emaciated frame in the mirror
and thinks they are fat! This is the distorted perception of a very insecure
person badly in need of therapy. A bulimic, on the other hand stuffs
themselves, usually with bad food, and then purges it by vomiting, or with
laxatives. Anorexics and bulimics are not accelerating the healing potential
of their bodies; these are life threatening conditions. Fasters are genuinely
trying to enhance their survival potential.
Occasionally a neurotic individual with a pre-existing eating disorder will
become obsessed with fasting and colon cleansing as a justification to
legitimize their compulsion. During my career while monitoring hundreds of
fasters, I"ve known two of these. I discourage them from fasting or colon
cleansing, and refuse to assist them, because they carry the practices to
absurd extremes, and contribute to bad press about natural medicine by
ending up in the emergency ward of a hospital with an intravenous feeding
tube in their arm.

Weight Loss: The benefits of FRUIT JUICES AND SMOOTHIES!


A FUN and EASY way to get more vitamins & minerals into your diet is by
drinking freshly made fruit juices, vegetable juices, and by blending thick
and frothy smoothies and shakes from frozen fruit.
A friend of mine describes drinking freshly made fruit juices like this:
"If you have never taken a mouthful of cantaloupe juice or strawberry
juice mixed with apple, you simply have not lived. Blueberry juice is a
taste of liquid heaven."
Freshly made juices are a tremendous source of bio-available vitamins and
minerals which are the partners of enzymes and co-enzymes. Vitamins
activate enzymes and without vitamins, enzymes could not carry out their
work, and we could not live.
Enzymes act as catalysts in hundreds of thousands of chemical reactions
that take place throughout your body, and are essential for digesting,
absorbing and converting food into body tissue. Enzymes produce energy
at the cellular level and are critical for most of the metabolic activities taking
place in your body every second of every day.
Another benefit of drinking fresh juices and smoothies is that your body can
absorb MORE of the vitamins and minerals than if you were to eat the fruits
and vegetables whole! Many of the nutrients are TRAPPED in the fiber and
by blending fruits and vegetables, you break down the fiber and release the
vital nutrients.
When you eat a raw carrot, you are only able to assimilate a small
percentage of the available beta carotene. When a carrot is juiced,
removing the fiber, a LARGE percentage of the beta carotene can be
assimilated by your body.

Of course, you still need to eat whole produce because fiber is also an
important part of your daily diet.
Meeting you or your children's need for energy and nutrients is essential for
good health. Children who do not meet their needs for energy may stop
growing and gaining weight. In severe situations, they can develop a
condition which is life threatening called protein energy malnutrition.
Vitamins and minerals are only required in very small amounts, but a diet
insufficient in these can cause SEVERE deficiency diseases.
You may be showing signs of malnutrition if you ...
• feel tired and weak.
• feel like you never have the energy to clean your home,
make meals or even do the dishes.
• have difficulty losing or gaining weight.
• can't easily get to sleep.
• feel stressed and/or nervous.
• feel drowsy during the day.
• sometimes can't concentrate, you're mind feels numb, or you get
confused easily.
• have problems with your digestion.
• have constipation and/or hard dry stools.
• have mood swings, or get easily upset.
• don't have patience for anything.
• sometimes feel depressed.
• have overly dry or oily skin.
• sometimes have nausea and/or abdominal pain.
• have annoying eye twitches.
• bruise easily.
• have muscle cramps and/or low back pain.
• sometimes get cracks and sores in the corners of your mouth.
• notice that your nails have become thin and/or brittle.
• are losing your hair.
• have water retention.
• have uncontrollable temper outbursts.
• don't eat a well-balanced nutritious diet EVERY DAY

Natural vitamins are found only in living things, that is, plants and animals.
Your body, with a few exceptions, can't manufacture vitamins. They must
be supplied in your food or in dietary supplements but supplements can't
replace food, especially fruits and vegetables which provide thousands of
substances, some of which have well-known functions, and some whose
roles in the human body are not yet understood or recognized.
Vitamins and minerals … ...
◊ reduce your risk of getting a stroke or heart attack!
◊ strengthen your nails!
◊ improve your hair condition, strength and growth by providing certain
essential nutrients to the hair follicle!
◊ beautify your skin by keeping it smooth, soft and disease-free!
◊ provide essential compounds that are necessary for growth, health,
normal metabolism and physical well-being! Without them, you would
◊ promote normal growth and development!
◊ maintain bone density and strength!
◊ regulate blood clotting!
◊ help in the function of nerves and muscles, including regulating a
normal heart beat!
When it comes to choosing a healthy diet for their children, many parents
don't realize the important role that beverages play. For example, fruit
flavored drinks and soft drinks are not a substitute for real fruit. Many of
these drinks only contain 10% real fruit juice. The very best drinks are
made from whole fruit and you can make great fruity healthy drinks at

How to get ride of toothache (teeth pain) at home

There are a few home remedies that you can try to get rid of your tooth ache. One of them (or the best of them that works good for me) is to place a piece of onion in the area of the tooth ache. Just cut a small piece of onion and put it in your mouth near where the sore tooth is. Just bite down on the onion and keep it in your mouth for a while. You should start to notice the pain go away. Again this is just a temporary solution and it does come with the unpleasant necessity of having to walk around with an onion in your mouth.
Some other tips maybe more useful
Here are some of the most effective tips on how to get rid of a toothache fast:

Use Tea Tree Oil Drops
Find a bottle of tea tree oil and a clean medicine dropper. With care, put 3-4 drops of the oil onto the affected tooth/teeth and leave it for at least 30 minutes. Tea tree oil has very good healing and antibacterial properties which would help alleviate the pain and kill the bacteria. This substance is safe to use and ingesting a very small amount of it will pose any danger to your health and well being at all.

Garlic or Onion Filling
If you have a cavity that you suspect has become infected, one of the things you can do is to prepare a filling using garlic or onion. You only need a very small amount of either one which needs to be squashed or finely chopped. Make sure that the entire cavity is filled and leave it on for about an hour or so. Repeat the process until the pain subsides or until you get the chance to see a dentist. Onion and garlic have antibacterial properties and they also pack a lot of antioxidants that help flush out harmful free radicals.

Saltwater Gargle
This one is very simple as you only need about 6-8 tablespoons of salt and about a cup of water. Just wait for the salt to completely dissolve before you gargle the solution for about 1-2 minutes. Repeating the process a few times may be necessary to make the pain subside significantly. Kosher salt is best to use but any type of salt will do if you do not have it at home. Be careful not to ingest the solution as it can cause some discomfort particularly if you have a less than stellar kidney and/or liver function.

Keep in mind that while these home remedies are very effective, there is no substitute for a real toothache treatment provided by a dentist. Should none of these work, make sure to see a dentist the soonest possible time.
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How to know if you have a cancer !? The Big Signs and Symptoms

Few days ago, one of my family discovered that he has a cancer (Degree 2) , it is very hard times from the moment you know something like that , starting the hard journey with doctors.
so, i am publishing this article to everyone to be care of Signs and Symptoms of Cancer

What are signs and symptoms?

Signs and symptoms are both signals of injury, illness, disease, or that something is not right in the body.
A sign is a signal that can be seen by someone else—maybe a loved one, or a doctor, nurse, or other health care professional. For example, fever, fast breathing, and abnormal lung sounds heard through a stethoscope may be signs of pneumonia.
A symptom is a signal that is felt or noticed by the person who has it, but may not be easily seen by anyone else. For example, weakness, aching, and feeling short of breath may be symptoms of pneumonia.
Having one sign or symptom may not be enough to figure out what’s causing it. For example, a rash in a child could be a sign of a number of things, such as poison ivy, measles, a skin infection, or a food allergy. But if the child has the rash along with other signs and symptoms like a high fever, chills, achiness, and a sore throat, then a doctor can get a better picture of the illness. Sometimes, a patient’s signs and symptoms still don’t give the doctor enough clues to be sure what is causing the illness. Then medical tests, such as x-rays, blood tests, or a biopsy may be needed.

How does cancer cause signs and symptoms?

Cancer is a group of diseases that can cause almost any sign or symptom. The signs and symptoms will depend on where the cancer is, how big it is, and how much it affects the organs or tissues. If a cancer has spread (metastasized), signs or symptoms may appear in different parts of the body.
As a cancer grows, it can begin to push on nearby organs, blood vessels, and nerves. This pressure causes some of the signs and symptoms of cancer. If the cancer is in a critical area, such as certain parts of the brain, even the smallest tumor can cause symptoms.
But sometimes cancer starts in places where it will not cause any signs or symptoms until it has grown quite large. Cancers of the pancreas, for example, usually do not cause symptoms until they grow large enough to press on nearby nerves or organs (this causes back or belly pain). Others may grow around the bile duct and block the flow of bile. This causes the eyes and skin to look yellow (jaundice). By the time a pancreatic cancer causes signs or symptoms like these, it’s usually in an advanced stage. This means it has grown and spread beyond the place it started—the pancreas.
A cancer may also cause symptoms like fever, extreme tiredness (fatigue), or weight loss. This may be because cancer cells use up much of the body’s energy supply, or they may release substances that change the way the body makes energy from food. Or the cancer may cause the immune system to react in ways that produce these signs and symptoms.
Sometimes, cancer cells release substances into the bloodstream that cause symptoms which are not usually linked to cancer. For example, some cancers of the pancreas can release substances that cause blood clots in veins of the legs. Some lung cancers make hormone-like substances that raise blood calcium levels. This affects nerves and muscles, making the person feel weak and dizzy.

How are signs and symptoms helpful?

Treatment works best when cancer is found early—while it’s still small and is less likely to have spread to other parts of the body. This often means a better chance for a cure, especially if the cancer can be removed with surgery.
A good example of the importance of finding cancer early is melanoma skin cancer. It can be easy to remove if it has not grown deep into the skin. The 5-year survival rate (percentage of people who live at least 5 years after diagnosis) at this stage is around 97%. Once melanoma has spread to other parts of the body, the 5-year survival rate drops below 20%.
Sometimes people ignore symptoms. Maybe they don’t know that the symptoms could mean something is wrong. Or they might be frightened by what the symptoms could mean and don’t want to get or can’t afford to get medical help. Some symptoms, such as tiredness or coughing, are more likely caused by something other than cancer. Symptoms can seem unimportant, especially if there’s an obvious cause or the problem only lasts a short time. In the same way, a person may reason that a symptom like a breast lump is probably a cyst that will go away by itself. But no symptom should be ignored or overlooked, especially if it has lasted a long time or is getting worse.
Most likely, any symptoms you may have will not be caused by cancer, but it’s important to have them checked out, just in case. If cancer is not the cause, a doctor can help figure out what is and treat it, if needed.
Sometimes, it’s possible to find cancer before you have symptoms. The American Cancer Society and other health groups recommend cancer-related check-ups and certain tests for people even though they have no symptoms. This helps find certain cancers early, before symptoms start. For more information on early detection tests, see our document American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer. But keep in mind, even if you have these recommended tests, it’s still important to see a doctor if you have any symptoms.

What are some general signs and symptoms of cancer?

You should know some of the general signs and symptoms of cancer. But remember, having any of these does not mean that you have cancer—many other things cause these signs and symptoms, too. If you have any of these symptoms and they last for a long time or get worse, please see a doctor to find out what’s going on.

Unexplained weight loss

Most people with cancer will lose weight at some point. When you lose weight for no known reason, it’s called an unexplained weight loss. An unexplained weight loss of 10 pounds or more may be the first sign of cancer. This happens most often with cancers of the pancreas, stomach, esophagus (swallowing tube), or lung.


Fever is very common with cancer, but it more often happens after cancer has spread from where it started. Almost all patients with cancer will have fever at some time, especially if the cancer or its treatment affects the immune system. (This can make it harder for the body to fight infection.) Less often, fever may be an early sign of cancer, such as blood cancers like leukemia or lymphoma.


Fatigue is extreme tiredness that does not get better with rest. It may be an important symptom as cancer grows. It may happen early, though, in some cancers, like leukemia. Some colon or stomach cancers can cause blood loss that’s not obvious. This is another way cancer can cause fatigue.


Pain may be an early symptom with some cancers like bone cancers or testicular cancer. A headache that does not go away or get better with treatment may be a symptom of a brain tumor. Back pain can be a symptom of cancer of the colon, rectum, or ovary. Most often, pain due to cancer means it has already spread (metastasized) from where it started.

Skin changes

Along with cancers of the skin, some other cancers can cause skin changes that can be seen. These signs and symptoms include:
  • Darker looking skin (hyperpigmentation)
  • Yellowish skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Reddened skin (erythema)
  • Itching (pruritis)
  • Excessive hair growth

Signs and symptoms of certain cancers


Along with the general symptoms, you should watch for certain other common signs and symptoms that could suggest cancer. Again, there may be other causes for each of these, but it’s important to see a doctor about them as soon as possible.

Change in bowel habits or bladder function

Long-term constipation, diarrhea, or a change in the size of the stool may be a sign of colon cancer. Pain when passing urine, blood in the urine, or a change in bladder function (such as needing to pass urine more or less often than usual) could be related to bladder or prostate cancer. Report any changes in bladder or bowel function to a doctor.

Sores that do not heal

Skin cancers may bleed and look like sores that don’t heal. A long-lasting sore in the mouth could be an oral cancer. This should be dealt with right away, especially in people who smoke, chew tobacco, or often drink alcohol. Sores on the penis or vagina may either be signs of infection or an early cancer, and should be seen by a health professional.

White patches inside the mouth or white spots on the tongue

White patches inside the mouth and white spots on the tongue may be leukoplakia. Leukoplakia is a pre-cancerous area that’s caused by frequent irritation. It’s often caused by smoking or other tobacco use. People who smoke pipes or use oral or spit tobacco are at high risk for leukoplakia. If it’s not treated, leukoplakia can become mouth cancer. Any long-lasting mouth changes should be checked by a doctor or dentist right away.

Unusual bleeding or discharge

Unusual bleeding can happen in early or advanced cancer. Coughing up blood in the sputum (phlegm) may be a sign of lung cancer. Blood in the stool (which can look like very dark or black stool) could be a sign of colon or rectal cancer. Cancer of the cervix or the endometrium (lining of the uterus) can cause abnormal vaginal bleeding. Blood in the urine may be a sign of bladder or kidney cancer. A bloody discharge from the nipple may be a sign of breast cancer.

Thickening or lump in the breast or other parts of the body

Many cancers can be felt through the skin. These cancers occur mostly in the breast, testicle, lymph nodes (glands), and the soft tissues of the body. A lump or thickening may be an early or late sign of cancer and should be reported to a doctor, especially if you’ve just found it or notice it has grown in size. Keep in mind that some breast cancers show up as red or thickened skin rather than the expected lump.

Indigestion or trouble swallowing

Indigestion or swallowing problems that don’t go away may be signs of cancer of the esophagus (the swallowing tube that goes to the stomach), stomach, or pharynx (throat). But like most symptoms on this list, they are most often caused by something other than cancer.

Recent change in a wart or mole or any new skin change

Any wart, mole, or freckle that changes color, size, or shape, or that loses its sharp border should be seen by a doctor right away. Any other skin changes should be reported, too. A skin change may be a melanoma which, if found early, can be treated successfully.

Nagging cough or hoarseness

A cough that does not go away may be a sign of lung cancer. Hoarseness can be a sign of cancer of the voice box (larynx) or thyroid gland.

Other symptoms

The signs and symptoms listed above are the more common ones seen with cancer, but there are many others that are not listed here. If you notice any major changes in the way your body works or the way you feel – especially if it lasts for a long time or gets worse – let a doctor know. If it has nothing to do with cancer, the doctor can find out more about what’s going on and, if needed, treat it. If it is cancer, you’ll give yourself the chance to have it treated early, when treatment works best.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

How to be dentally self-sufficient?

The answer to that question in a simble form is: You must get rid of active disease in your mouth; you must make sure you prevent any recurrence, and you must ultimately make some decisions about having present disease damage repaired.

Step One

      Let's take these steps one at a time. First and most important, there is active disease in your mouth; there is active disease in the mouths of members of your family. Unless you fall into the category of those who are naturally immune, odontosis is at war against your oral health right now. Who is immune? --Statistically, some two percent of the world's population has a high degree of immunity from odontosis; some of them even seem to have a total immunity.
      We don't know for sure why this is, but there's a good way for you to determine whether you fall into that category. You can go through the first step, the Lactobacillus Saliva Test, the same as everyone else. If you've never done anything in particular to keep your oral health ship-shape, and have never suffered cavities or any other oral disease symptom, and if your lacto count is under 8,000 naturally --you are probably immune. The odds against you are 50 to 1: If you were gambling something besides your oral health, you probably would not bet against those odds, so it's a "safe bet" that you have odontosis.
      Must of us have no problem concluding that we have active disease. Instead, the question is: "What do I do about it?"
      Before you can begin any response to this disease, you should first be aware of the extent of the problem. Don't expect your old frame of reference to work, now. This is nothing like having a dentist tell you, " have two cavities..." (or whatever).
      We want you to begin thinking of odontosis as you would expect to think of disease elsewhere in your body. In other words, you should know what causes it and how it operates; and you should begin to think in terms of diagnosis, clinical tests and individualized approaches to therapy.
      In Chapter Five you'll find a step-by-step explanation of odontosis and its three most easily recognized forms; cariosis, gingivosis and periodontosis. You needn't take the time now to study that chapter --just remember it is there as a reference for your use later. At present all you need to be reminded of is that odontosis, like so many other diseases, is caused by germs: Lactobacillus acidophilus and streptococcus mutans, to name the principal bad actors.
      These germs create a waste by-product that makes a film on your teeth --and particularly between your teeth --in which the germs colonize. Now another by-product...acid...begins to "insult" tooth enamel, resulting in cavities.
      The disease process continues, ultimately causing other symptoms which you recognize as gum problems. Frame of reference: Cavities, gum problems, sore gums --often bleeding --toothaches, abscessed teeth... all of these are symptoms. We've been trained since childhood to think of these things as the sources of our troubles. They are not the source (cause). They are all effects (symptoms) of a hidden cause --disease.
      Now, obviously: If the disease is caused by germs, all we have to do is get rid of the germs and we're home free, right?
      --Well, in a manner of speaking, that's right. But we can't "have a shot" to get rid of these germs; and there are no pills which will make them "go away." If we did have such an injection or medicine, you'd simply end up "catching" these same kinds of germs all over again, sooner or later.
      We have to get rid of them, and keep them absent, in order to be free of odontosis. And so, like so many other diseases, we begin our war on germs with a test; one which will determine the extent of the present involvement and become a point of departure for our therapy.
      This test is called the "Lactobacillus Saliva Culture" or, more simply, the Oramedics Saliva Test. It is performed at a laboratory, using a sample of your saliva which you mailed, yourself, in a special container.
      Technicians at the lab will use special equipment which enables them to actually count the number of lactobacillus in a given amount of saliva to come up with the germ count per milliliter of saliva. There is a well-established mathematical relationship of the number of strep mutans germs present for a given number of lacto germs, and so the technicians can determine the extent of both microorganisms from this one test.
      When a saliva test is below 8,000 lacto per ml. of saliva (consistently), that mouth is probably --almost certainly --without cariosis. Anything over 8,000 is moving into the danger zone. It is not unusual for the average person to have a lacto count in the tens or hundreds of thousands per milliliter.
      This would be true even alter a visit to a dentist; perhaps especially after a trip to a dentist. Why?  Colonized germs would have been disturbed by the exploring, drilling or scraping. The number of germs present in "free" saliva would be increased. This wouldn't invalidate the test in terms of establishing the presence of disease, it would simply give an incorrect "reading" of the oral environment.
      It is not unusual to encounter a saliva test result of 500,000 lactobacillus per ml. of saliva. This would mean --incredibly --that there are 500 million strep mutans germs per milliliter.
      Now, even when you're talking about things as tiny as germs, anybody will recognize that a half billion of anything is a "whole bunch" of 'em. Considering that the only "safe" level of these germs is less than 8,000...the saliva test instantly tells us:

            1. Whether disease is present (confirming your suspicion);

            2. What extent the germs have set up housekeeping;

            3. What logical steps to take from here on out.

      For an analogy --although admittedly it's like comparing oranges to tangerines, which aren't quite the same --think of a doctor being almost sure, from symptoms, that you have diabetes. Would he immediately start you on insulin therapy without making any tests, without analyzing your individual, personal situation? --What if he was wrong; the symptoms seemed like diabetes, but that wasn't really the disease? Or...what if he was right? Should he prescribe oral insulin, or injections? How much? How often? What about your diet: Would he simply suggest that you "avoid sugar, and visit your doctor every six months for a check-up?"
      No, of course he would do none of these things. He would use a well-established, definitive clinical testing approach so that he was sure; and so that he knew what you need, as an individual. Then --and only then --would he discuss things like medicine, therapy, diet control, and your own responsibilities in achieving personal freedom from disease.

      To take the saliva test, you first obtain a specimen bottle and instructions. Oramedics offers this through the mail. As with many other things, Oramedics is not the only place, or organization, which offers saliva tests...but they are hard to locate even for conventional dentists, who usually don't bother with them. Finding a laboratory which would deal directly with the public would be extremely difficult.
      If you can obtain satisfactory testing elsewhere, and want to, of course you should. If not, you may obtain the saliva specimen bottle and instructions from Oramedics.
      Once you have this, you will, upon rising in the morning, chew a small piece of sterile wax provided in the test kit, then spit in the special bottle, seal it tightly, and drop it in the mail. It is pre-addressed to the laboratory.
      The laboratory will return its findings to the doctor or agency sponsoring your test and, together with the other personal history you've given, it can be used to establish a diagnosis about the present state of your oral environment, and suggest a course of action to correct it, individualized for your personal condition.
      A second benefit of the saliva test is that after you have begun the recommended corrective "treatment" you can check your progress by re-testing at appropriate intervals. Obviously, secondary testing can reassure you that you are progressing...and it can also disclose any continuing problem.
      You may have unsuspected nutritional difficulties. You may have a severe dietary problem. You may have need for closer supervision or additional instruction. For whatever reason, if you are embarked on a program of becoming self sufficient, the tests will show you absolutely whether your program is working --or whether you need additional help.
      "To test is to know...not to test is to guess." For those who are enrolled in the full through-the mail Oramedics self-help program, the testing is mandatory...and for a very good reason. Oramedics doctors refuse to guess, on a matter as important as a patient's oral health, when it is so easy and virtually foolproof to test.

Step Two

 After testing, the next step in your program of oral self sufficiency is to learn about oral hygiene. Be careful of your present frame of reference on this point. because there are hundreds of thousands of Americans wandering around out there, convinced they are taking good care of their mouths...and they are not.
      More than ten years ago, writing for other dentists, Dr. Basil G. Bibby, D.M.D., wrote an article, "Do we Tell the Truth About Preventing Caries? in the Journal of Dentistry for Children, Vol. 33, 1966. Let's "drop in" on that article, shall we?

      There have been few more successful educational programs than the one which has convinced the American people of the desirability of tooth brushing as an adjunct to oral hygiene. It now rates close to motherhood in respectability. Its promotion gives the dentist something to talk about and the dentifrice manufacturer good advertising angles. Commerce being what it is, the manufacturer cannot be blamed if he oversells oral hygiene for the purpose for which he is in business. The same cannot be said of the dentist, whose very title of Doctor suggests that he should be teaching the most up-to-date information on the subject.

Dr. Bibby then asks other dentists:

      Is it correct to say that brushing the teeth will prevent dental decay, or have we repeated this statement so often that, as the ultimate victims of propaganda, we have become incapable of questioning it? One does not have to be against brushing the teeth to question its value in preventing dental decay...

Emphasis added

      No, Oramedics is not "against" tooth brushing. (We're not "against" motherhood, either...) What Oramedics wants the world to know, even if the profession doesn't (yet), is that tooth brushing alone won't do the job; and tooth brushing ineffectively is --aside from making you feel good cosmetically --probably a waste of time.
         Worse than that:  If you are a conscientious tooth brusher, and have believed the toothpaste commercials, you are with dentists as far as Dr. Bibby would be concerned: You are an "ultimate victim of propaganda." You are a victim, in this case, because you've come to believe (frame of reference) in your efforts at oral hygiene: You feel that you're doing all you can and should do. That attitude leads, almost inevitably, to matter what you think your tooth brushing is doing for you.
      You will need to learn a great deal more about oral hygiene; and you will, in this book...after you've learned more about the way your mouth is put together, and what the chemistry is like in there, and so on.
      For now, please understand that for the rest of your odontosis-free life the one single most important thing you will personally be involved in is oral hygiene. This one area is yours, exclusively and individually: You can be shown how, but only you can provide the initiative and the persistence it will require.
      Understand, also, that we are not going to ask you to go to extraordinary lengths, to become so involved in oral hygiene it becomes oppressive. In fact many folks have discovered that the right approach to oral hygiene is less time-consuming, less restrictive and easier to maintain than their former hit-and-miss, guilt-laden routine of alternate frenzy and lapse; self satisfaction and despair.

Step Three

      The next stage of oral health self sufficiency is to become knowledgeable about teaching others in your family; caring for babies, infants and children. You should (and will) also come to know about how to respond to toothache pain and what to do in emergencies: Oral / dental "first aid."
      In order to help you with this, we will take you in easy steps through the necessary technical information. You won't be deluged with big words and abstract concepts, although we'll make a point of telling you what some of those big words mean; and what some of those concepts imply. It is during this phase of your reading and doing that you will become familiar with the chapters of this book that, later on, you can use for your reference library.

Step Four

      Sooner or later, you will probably require the services of a dentist. You've had odontosis long enough now, probably, that there is irreversible damage to your teeth. We are speaking of damage which nature cannot repair without assistance, when we mention irreversible damage: The kind we are now talking about is repairable damage.
      In a sense, the distinction is that you will need to have some things fixed that can't be healed. For those problems, the only solution is reparative dentistry: The kind of dentistry that any competent Doctor of Dental Surgery is prepared to perform.
      This is not a contradiction, in a book about becoming self sufficient, when we suggest that you will ultimately have to obtain corrective help from a doctor. Only a doctor has the requisite thousands of hours of education, the skill and experience, the equipment, and the legal right to actually "operate" on your teeth.
            While it should be the last time you require this kind of help, the odds are that you will have to have it at least once more after you've become self sufficient. For that, we will help you understand what is needed and how to go about getting it done properly. In brief, you will first achieve freedom from disease; then freedom from earlier symptoms... and then remain free of both the disease and the symptoms.

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