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Once again I should stress that the skin condition reflects conditions inside the body, and therefore a naturopathic approach will serve the patient much better than layers of cortisone or tar ointment plastered over the skin, since this deals only in part with the symptoms, while the actual cause of the problem remains present inside the body. Psoriasis ought to be treated internally and to this end, a diet to establish an acid/alkaline balance in the body is essential. Such a diet has been described in one of my previous books Arthritis, Rheumatism and Psoriasis, and I still maintain that this is the correct foundation on which to develop a programme for psoriasis treatment.Psoriasis is often compared to arthritis, in which case it is referred to as psoriatica arthritica, but there are many kinds of psoriasis. This chronic inflammatory skin disease lasts for several years and has been the cause of concern and unhappiness for many people. Although it is generally believed that the cause of psoriasis is unknown, in my experience it is definitely largely diet related. With many of my patients I have seen, that if they are prepared to follow dietary instructions, the condition will clear. Unfortunately it is impossible to predict how long the treatment period will be, because the rate of improvement varies greatly among patients. I sympathise with the many people who suffer from this disease and their plight has challenged me to do everything within my power to help them. The worst possible attitude is that one ‘will have to learn to live with it’. No health problem must be allowed to linger and this is never more true than in the case of psoriasis.One of the most troublesome conditions is known as mother of pearl scales, where flaking skin peels off, leaving a shiny surface, sometimes so thin that blood seems to be visible immediately under the surface. These patches can be quite large and may appear anywhere on the body; it is not unusual for nails and/or joints to be affected. Although this skin condition does not appear to affect one’s health, it can cause considerable stiffness when it is related to arthritis. It is also a great cause of embarrassment and therefore Hahnemann’s principle is important: to treat mind, body and spirit. Nothing is gained by sitting back and wallowing in self-pity, because one gets more uptight and more nervous, which in turn aggravates the psoriatic condition, causing it to spread further and become more angry and deep-rooted. Many psoriasis patients will agree with me that they have periods when they seem to be able to cope reasonably well, until they pass through a stressful phase, and it’s then that the skin condition will suddenly flare up again.*41\147\2*



Dairy products. Butter, cheese, milk, yoghurt or anything containing dairy products, lactose or whey, including sheep’s’ and goats’ milk products.

Gluten grains. Wheat, oats and any others except those on the ‘allowed’ list. These grains can be in bread, pastry, sauces and gravies, pasta, batter, cakes or biscuits.

Stock cubes/powders or gravy/sauce mixes. These should be avoided as they can contain disguised wheat (in the form of hydrolyzed vegetable protein) or yeast. Use miso paste dissolved in hot water and add to the dish but do not boil once the miso is added.

Animal products. Red meat, poultry, eggs.

Stimulants. Sugar, tea, coffee, alcohol, beer, wine. Do not eat sweets or chocolate.

Artificial additives. Colourings, preservatives, ‘instant’ or convenience foods, etc.

Yeast. Yeast extracts, fermented foods, sauces or drinks (except miso or tamari).
This is called a hypo-allergenic diet which is really a misnomer as there is no restriction on the quantity of food you can eat, only on the types. Get organized so that you are well stocked with foods you are allowed and don’t feel deprived. Try to plan to adopt this diet when you have some degree of control over your meals and not too many social events coming up. You may still get good results even if you can only follow it for a week.
For the first few days you may feel worse as your body begins to eliminate toxins and waste products. You may also get withdrawal symptoms from certain stimulants such as tea and coffee. You may feel as if you are coming down with the flu, feel headachy, get diarrhea or aches and pains. But persevere and I can assure you there is light at the end of the tunnel. Most women say they get a feeling of having so much more energy after they have completed the diet.

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In India, majority of the people with HIV infection cannot afford or have access to the allopathic medicines recommended for treatment of HIV infection. A large number of people therefore seek treatment from practitioners of Indian systems of medicine or traditional healers. There have been several reports of successful treatment of HIV infection by a few practitioners of the Indian systems of medicine such as Ayurveda and Siddha.
Although most of these claims have not yet been proven, the Government of India has been supporting studies to test some 114 of these medicines. There have been some initial success with some Ayurvedic and Siddha medicines (for example Immu-21) but further research is needed for definite indication on their effectiveness.
It is important that people with HIV infection do not seek treatment from unverified sources or traditional practitioners who promise them a definite cure. If specific treatment from Indian systems of medicine is preferred, it should be taken from a major government hospital where they are being studied scientifically. Also, seeking treatment from a major hospital will help detect opportunistic infections at the earliest and start appropriate treatment.
The key to effective treatment for HIV infection is early detection and intervention. This is because early treatment helps strengthen the immune system, reduces stress and allows lifestyle changes such as eating a well-balanced nutritious diet.
Complimentary systems such as Ayurveda, Homoeopathy, Unani, Nature Cure and Yoga can help reduce stress and maintain health. Several medicines recommended in these systems are believed to strengthen the immune system. Thus, even if the HIV infection cannot be cured, it can be controlled by making the immune system stronger and preventing opportunistic infections.
Before treatment is started from a practitioner of Indian systems of medicine, it is desirable that objective information about the therapy is obtained.
In addition to talking to the medical practitioner promoting the treatment, it is important to talk to people who have been treated by the same practitioner in the past, especially a few months or years before. Information on the advantages, disadvantages, side-effects and associated risks should be collected from all the available sources.
Extracts of some herbs used in Ayurveda and Nature Cure that are known to strengthen the body’s natural defence mechanism are available as capsules or tablets. These include among others, aloe vera, liquorice, ginseng, St. Johnswort, etc. While the effectiveness of these herbs on the HIV infection is not yet known, they can help improve general health.
Severe stress is common among people with HIV infection. They are often isolated from the family and community and are not given the necessary care. Regular exercises in  consultation  with  the   medical practitioner, yoga, meditation, etc. can reduce stress levels and improve the quality of life. The exercise routine needs to be started in consultation with a medical practitioner.
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Mrs R.D. Gill had chronic trouble in her stomach for the last 8 years which was diagnosed as duodenal ulcer. Under medical advice she was taking cold milk frequently, which had damaged her digestive power. Homoeopathic medicines like Anacardium and Graphitis could only alleviate her trouble temporarily. When she came to us for treatment, she had almost lost all hope of recovery, and the fear of cancer was gnawing at her heart. She had lost her appetite and her sleep and was going down very rapidly. A combination of GORSE (for hopelessness) and Mimulus (for fear of cancer) given T.D.S for 4 weeks improved her sleep and her appetite and .brought colour to her cheeks, and the frequency of her stomachache was much reduced. The same prescription was continued for another 2 months which brought almost normalcy in her physical and mental state.
Only once during this period she complained of pain in the stomach and felt that theOrate of progress had slowed down. Three doses of GENTIAN were enough to restore her confidence, and remove her doubts. After 4 months’ treatment she felt herself fully cured.
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Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils as a form of health care. Nowadays as people are becoming more aware of environmental pollution and chemical hazards, they are searching for natural remedies to promote their health and well-being. By using aromatherapy we can help ourselves to restore the energy lost from our own physical exertion, and from the effects of the age in which we live.
Essential oils are natural extracts from plants, fruit, wood and resins. In their purest form, they are molecular substances that carry the characteristic fragrance of the source from which they have been extracted. They have been described as having hormonal qualities that hold the life force from each living substance whence they derive.
Thousands of years ago the Egyptians used aromatic oils to add to their baths, and for centuries priests burned Frankincense in religious ceremonies to produce spiritual calmness. Our not so distant ancestors used herbs in the form of pomanders to protect themselves from infection, and elderly ladies were calmed and refreshed by Lavender water if they succumbed to an attack of ‘the vapours’.
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The Viral Connection
Scientists now have evidence that Type I diabetes may be caused by viruses that invade the islets in the pancreas. Then, in some mysterious way, the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the islets.
Dr. H. Peter Chase, of the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in Denver, is studying families who show signs of these anti-islet antibodies. And researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York have found that these antibodies appear several years before the patient develops diabetes. These early warning signs may one day help scientists prevent diabetes by using drugs that suppress the immune system.

A Drug Offers New Hope
One such drug already has “cured” diabetes, in a sense. Dr. Calvin R. Stiller and his colleagues at the University of Western Ontario in Canada treated 30 newly diagnosed Type I diabetics with cyclosporin. This is the drug that prevents organ rejection in heart and kidney transplants. In 16 of the patients, cyclosporin suppressed the body’s destruction of the islet cells. The patients continued to secrete insulin and no longer needed injections.
The researchers believe that if cyclosporin is prescribed soon after diabetes manifests itself -and before all the islets are destroyed – it can arrest the development of diabetes.

Better Control, Tight Control
Thanks to battery-operated blood-reading meters and color-coded testing strips, the diabetic patient today can get an accurate reading of his blood sugar at home within minutes by pricking a drop of blood from a finger. He then can adjust his medication, food intake, and exercise to bring his blood sugar levels back under control.
This new technology comes at a time when doctors are advancing their stand on “tight control.” This means that the diabetic must keep his blood sugar levels as close to normal (between 80 and 120 milligrams) as possible at all times. Doctors believe that tight control can reduce or eliminate the long-term nasty effects of diabetes.
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The majority of ovarian cancers cause few symptoms until the disease has spread beyond the pelvis. The symptoms associated with the development of the cancer are very non-specific and often vague which causes a delay in diagnosis in most cases.
The symptoms, which are commonly associated with the egression of ovarian cancer, are abdominal swelling and bloating; irregularity of bowel habit, such as constipation or diarrhea; abnormal vaginal bleeding; pelvic pressure, and occasionally the woman will feel a lump herself. It is all too common that a woman will say that she thought her abdominal swelling was due to menopause or ‘getting old’. It is not brought on by what the patient does even if you feel guilty about your lifestyle prior to diagnosis.
The diagnosis is usually made when a lump is felt during a vaginal or abdominal examination. In most cases an ultrasound or CT scan is given. Suspicious findings include the presence of solid areas within the lump; the presence of fluid (ascites’); the presence of a tumour within either ovaries or the presence of cauliflower-like growth on the surface of the ovarian cyst seen on scan.
In most cases, the final diagnosis is made during surgery when the surgeon will make a decision to ‘stage’ or ‘debulk’.
Surgery can take two forms. A ‘staging’ operation means that if the cancer seems to have stayed in the ovary or the pelvis, the surgeon takes samples from areas where it might spread. These, include the surface of the bladder and large bowel, the omentum — which is a pad of fat which hangs off the large bowel – and biopsies of lymph glands along the wall behind the ovary affected and along the major blood vessels up to the kidneys (the ‘para-aortic’ lymph glands).
In ‘debulking’ surgery, the surgeon has to try and remove as much of the cancer as possible to improve a woman’s chance of survival. In advanced cases, up to 30% of women will need part of the bowel removed to achieve this aim.
By ‘optimally’ debulking the tumour, i.e. removing as much of it as possible down to any nodule being 1 cm or less in diameter, then there is a substantial improvement in a woman’s chance of survival. If large amounts of tumour are left behind then the opposite effect occurs and makes survival relatively uncommon.
Following surgery in every case, except when the disease has been found to be confined to the ovary and is considered to be ‘low risk’, chemotherapy is recommended. Radiation therapy is not usually given for ovarian cancer, although it can be useful if cancer recurs at the top of the vagina or in lymph glands or the brain.
Ovarian cancers often recur after the first round of treatment, so that secondary treatment with different or new drugs is usually then recommended. The chances of tumours shrinking in this situation are only between 20 and 25%.
When cancer of the ovary recurs and becomes advanced, then treatment will be given to remove accumulated fluid, bowel obstruction may happen, requiring an operation either to bypass the obstruction or alternatively to divert the bowel contents  out onto  the wall of the abdomen  (an ‘ileostomy or ‘colostomy’).
Likewise,   sometimes   fluid  accumulates   in   the  lungs requiring repeated drainage, usually through a fine needle, j Occasionally the lining of the lung will be surgically ‘glued’ onto j the lung itself, and this prevents fluid accumulating between the lining of the lung and the lung tissue (‘pleurodesis’).
Survival with ovarian cancer is extremely challenging if the tumour is at an advanced stage and spread out of the ovary at time of diagnosis.  If the cancer is determined to be confined to the ovary then cure rates are extremely high.
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Raw fruits, like apples, bananas, apricots, cherries, peaches and pears, offer minerals—and they are needed by the body for good health. Apples, eaten as nature grew them, are beneficial to everyone. But if you bake them you gain little.
Apple juice and pineapple juice are oil cutting, and arthritics should abstain from these juices. “An apple a day” is a time-honoured proverb . . . but do not drink, bake or cook it.
(With baked and cooked apples there is the chance—as with cooked vegetables—of destroying the vitamins in your food.) You may certainly eat all the apples you desire.
Drinking pineapple juice should be curbed. But arthritics may eat pineapple slices now and then without too much harm. As for the pear, because of the sugar content even in the raw fruit, it is best that you limit your consumption of pears.
If you enjoy prunes, they may be had raw or stewed. Chew them well. Do not drink prune juice; its sugar goes after oil.
Bananas have only fat-producing oils. If you don’t have too much excess poundage, now … if you’re not worried about your waistline … go ahead and enjoy bananas. They won’t affect your arthritis.
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It is extremely important to remember one vital fact: a drug addict or an alcoholic is never cured. Stopping drugs is only the first step towards recovery. You will need the maintenance help of continued NA or AA meetings to stay off drugs.
It is rather like having diabetes. Diabetes is an illness from which people can recover quite simply – by taking insulin. But if they stop taking their insulin, they relapse back into the active phase of the illness. Insulin helps them recover from diabetes, but it isn’t a once-for-all cure. In the same way, Narcotics Anonymous will help you recover from your addiction, but it is not a once-for-all cure.
If you are attending NA or AA, you may find that is all you need to do. Many tens of thousands of women and men have recovered from chemical dependence in this way without needing any further help.
However, it is possible that you will need professional help at the time when you are stopping drugs. The next chapter deals with each drug in detail, and, as you will see, some drugs – not usually heroin, but drugs like tranquillisers, barbiturates and alcohol – should be stopped with medical help.

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Don’t forget: cold viruses and other infectious organisms often live for hours on inanimate objects, especially those that remain moist. If possible, try to avoid using objects like telephones, pens and pencils, and keyboards that have been used by someone with a cold. However, cold experts say that keyboards, door knobs, telephones, and other commonly touched surfaces can be rendered germ-free by wiping them with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol or by using an alcohol wipe. Also effective for cleaning potentially contaminated surfaces is a household disinfectant containing 0.1 percent phenylphenol and 68 percent alcohol (e.g. Lysol Disinfectant Spray), available in drugstores and supermarkets.
What do you do, though, about surfaces at work, in public places, or in other people’s homes? Few would feel comfortable walking around with a disinfectant spray, spritzing door knobs, handlebars, cup handles, etc. before touching them. Some use paper towels to open doors, say, in a public rest room. Others to whom it is extremely important to avoid a cold might follow a practice popular in Japan of wearing a disposable mask over the nose and mouth when out in crowded public places. It’s not exactly glamorous, but it might help to keep you healthy. For travelers and others who often use public telephones and who want to keep the risk of infection to a minimum, individually packaged alcohol wipes might be used to clean the receiver.
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