Chapter 8

Physical Health and Healthcare Reform


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The spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. (Isaiah 61:1-3) -- quoted by The Lord Jesus Christ in Luke 4:18

Satan can afflict the body by the mind -- for these two are so closely bound together that their good and bad estate is shared between them. If the heart be merry the countenance is cheerful, the strength is renewed, the bones do flourish like an herb. If the heart be troubled, the health is impaired, the strength is dried up, the marrow of the bones wasted, etc. Grief in the heart is like a moth in the garment, it insensibly consumeth the body and disordereth it. -- Richard Gilpin (1625-1700)


Contents

Summary and Research Index of key Information in Chapter 8: Physical Health and Healthcare
Spiritual Aspects of Health
Emotions and Health
Bad Relationships as a Cause of Disease and Death
Forgiveness of Sin
Healing of the Mind
Joy
Humor
Psychosomatic Illness
The Heart and the Mind, the Mind/Body Relationship
Heart Disease and Stroke
Stress
Exercise
Rest
Sleep
Vaccination
Sickness
Fasting
Healing
Counseling the Sick
Praying for the Sick
Ministering to the Sick
AIDS
Physical Health
Physiological Problems
Hypothyroidism
Depression
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Eating Disorders
Dental Care
Handicapped and Disabled
The Aged
Death
Ministering to the Dying
Grief
Medical Ethics
Prevention of Disease
Nutrition, Nutriceuticals
Toxic and Harmful Substances, Cancer
Prescription Drugs With Dangers
Generic Drugs
The Pharmaceutical Industry, Big Pharma
Nuclear Radiation and Other Radiation
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You
Patient Advocacy
Medical Bill Auditing and Mediation
The Veterans Administration Medical Centers
Public Health
Correct Diagnosis
The Limits of Modern Medicine
Medicine as Social Control
Healthcare Reform
Healthcare Horror Stories
Telemedicine
Medical Tourism, Health Tourism, Traveling for Treatment
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Chapter 8
Physical Health and Healthcare Reform




A Summary and Research Index of key Information in Chapter 8: Physical Health and Healthcare Reform

Many of the healthcare topics on this webpage are beyond the scope of this bibliography. However, all of the topics in BIBLICAL COUNSEL: RESOURCES FOR RENEWAL are related to truth and life, both temporal and eternal.
The purpose of this summary research index is twofold. First, it shows that health and life are interrelated/interconnected/complementary with all things: truth, faith, hope, the will, loving relationship with God and man, trust in God, heart, mind and body, education, knowledge, emotions, freedom, and so forth, and so on.
One of the characteristics of God is that he is Truth. Truth is defined as that which is Absolute and Unchanging: Eternal. Therefore life is associated with Truth. Or, in other words, Eternal Life and Absolute Truth are connected.
It follows that both healthcare with a good outcome, and the reform of the healthcare system, depend upon compliance with Absolute Truth, that obedience to Truth gives Life, both temporal and eternal. The Christian ethic is the highest ethical standard known to mankind. Christianity is the only religion in the world that provides a solution to the problem of evil, sin, and death, yet the flesh (fallen man's ego), has always struggled against it.
In other words, this chapter summary is showing, first, that the answers to our broken healthcare system are spiritual, and not political or economic. It could be said "we get the healthcare we deserve." (1 Samuel 12:14,15, Psalm 106:41, Isaiah 32, Calvin's Commentary on Isaiah). "In 2011, approximately 1.06 million abortions took place in the U.S." The estimated annual number of iatrogenic deaths in the United States is 750,000 (Bolen, N. Martin, C. Dean). That would be a total of 1,810,000 unnecessary deaths per year.
Second, the chapter summary shows the little known risks and dangers of modern healthcare to patients, whether they be the reader, loved ones, or friends.
The documentation for each subject in the summary is given within parenthesis. Included are individual authors, corporate authors, books, and articles. Under "see also" will be found cross-references to other subjects in this summary and to topical listings of annotated bibliography found in the larger work, BIBLICAL COUNSEL: RESOURCES FOR RENEWAL.
We are gratefully for the resources of The People's Pharmacy Radio Program, and for their ongoing work. Many of their resources have been cited here.
The serious reader is encouraged to do a non-specific search of the entire webpage, from beginning to end. A summary is limited to main points. Much more information will to be found by browsing.
However, this webpage and the larger work should never be thought of as comprehensive. It only points the way to what is available. Research findings, articles, and books become available online daily. We encourage the reader to search online to find the latest information on topics of special interest.
Notice also that "there is a culture of cover-up in medicine that has been very effective at keeping mistakes [and much other medical information -- compiler], secret." (Health Affairs, April, 2011). Some of the information here is shocking. The reader may lapse into denial when it is realized that those whom we trust our lives to are failing so badly. But "follow the money" and it is apparent that Cains are found fighting with the Abels in healthcare, a conflict we have all experienced in the workplace.
It is important to read on to educate oneself. Knowing the facts could literally save the life of one of the estimated 750,000 iatrogenic deaths annually. Educating oneself could also prevent medical errors, unnecessary procedures, procedures that are risky or harmful, drug interactions, overtreatment, and so forth, and so on. It even could prevent medical bankruptcy.
Medical errors are not the only serious concerns. There is abortion (most of which are performed by healthcare workers), euthanasia, fraudulent biopsies, official clinical guidelines that have been "edited" to be incomplete, misleading (often based on opinion rather than scientific fact), and intended to "churn" business, a corporate business model that places profit above patient well-being, "paper-thin" healthcare insurance, poor health because of socio-economic position caused by incompetent and corrupt political economy policy, bureaucratic blocks, lack of accountability among corporate executives who have no medical training, lack of accountability among healthcare practitioners, organized crime, corruption, and so forth, and so on.

If a physician that feels not what you feel, shall yet upon your speeches and other evidences, tell you that he is confident your disease is not mortal, nor containeth any cause of fear, you may rationally be much encouraged by his judgement . . . (your faithful pastor), is able to pass a far sounder judgement of your life or death than yourselves can do, for all your feeling; for he knows better what those symptoms signify. -- Richard Baxter (1615-1691)

The challenge that corporate healthcare in America is unable to meet is "how to maintain ever increasing compensation for healthcare [shareholders and medical professionals, including dentists -- compiler], while the population becomes healthier."

A few examples of this interconnectedness of health and life with truth, and with all things, are as follows:

  1. Truth and life (John 14:6, 1 John 1:1, Colossians 2:8-10, Proverbs 8:35,36, Deuteronomy 30:15, Revelation 1:8).
    See also: Eternal Life, Immortality, Heaven.
    As was explained above, one of the characteristics of God is that he is Truth. Truth is that which is absolute and unchanging. Therefore we associate Truth with Life, temporal and eternal. If healthcare is to have a good outcome, then it must be based upon Truth. Healthcare must be, of course, that which is right for the patient.
  2. Knowledge (Proverbs 1:7, Colossians 2:2-10, Hosea 4:6,7).
    See also: The Sum of Saving Knowledge, Knowledge of God and Virtue,
  3. The will (Psalm 106, Jeremiah 14:15-16, Jeremiah 31:18, Jeremiah 31:11, Daniel 12:10, Isaiah 48:17-19, Matthew 6:10,13, Matthew 7:21, Luke 22:42, John 7:16b-18, John 14:21,23, R. Baxter, T. Boston, Findlay, Luther).
    See also: Bad Relationships as a Cause of Disease and Death.
    Good will verses ill will.
  4. Faith (John 14:6).
    See also: Justifying Faith,
  5. Hope (Psalm 119:114, John 11:25b, John 11:26a, John, chapters 14-16, Romans 8:28, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Colossians 1:27, 1 Timothy 1:1b, 1 Peter 1:3-5a, Hebrews 6:18).
    See also: Hope,
  6. Love (Romans 6:23, 1 Corinthians 13:13, Galatians 5:22, Ornish, Siegel, Wolf/Bruhn).
    See also: Forgiveness of Sin, Bad Relationships as a Cause of Disease and Death, Loving and Obeying God, The Love and Justice of God, Oneness, Filial Love (Love Toward Parents),
  7. Human relationships (Romans 6:23, Luke 8:49, Psalm 38, 1 John 3:15, Psalm 135:6, Psalm 133:1, Proverbs 3:7,8, Bruhn/Wolf, H.M. Jones, Kennedy, Ornish, Wolf/Bruhn).
    See also: Reconciliation of Relationships, Loving and Obeying God, Bad Relationships as a Cause of Disease and Death,
  8. Relationships and reconciliation of relationships.
    Spiritual relationships: (Psalm 16:11, Galatians 5:22, John 14:6, Adolph/Bourne, Amundsen, Finley, Foxe, Gibson, Gross, Lawrence, Lloyd-Jones, McMillen, Ornish, Owen, Payne, Siegel, Storms, Thomson/McMain/Scott, Warfield).
    See also: Forgiveness of Sin, Bad Relationships as a Cause of Disease and Death, The Love and Justice of God, Oneness,
  9. Trusting God (Jeremiah 17:7, 2 Corinthians 1:9,10, Psalm 118:8,9, Deuteronomy 8:3, Psalm 22:3-5, Psalm 37:3, Isaiah 50:10, Hebrews 2:15, Matthew 19:26, Psalm 118:9, Isaiah 51:13, Luke 22:42, Hebrews 13 13:5. Trusting in men instead of trusting in God results in incompetence and corruption).
    See also: Trusting God,
  10. Obedience (S. Davies).
    See also: Loving and Obeying God, Discipleship, and Self-denial,
  11. Emotions (Childre/Martin, Ornish).
    See also: Emotions and Health,
  12. Joy (Galatians 5:22).
    See also: Joy,
  13. Peace (Galatians 5:22),
  14. Freedom (John 8:31,32).
    See also: Freedom With Responsibility to God, THE THEOLOGY OF FREEDOM, Freedom: A Gift of the Grace of God, Political and Economic Freedom, Taxation, Property, and Liberty,

    Continuing with topics directly related to healthcare

    The depravity of man is at once the most empirically verifiable reality, but at the same time the most intellectually resisted fact. -- Malcolm Muggeridge. See also: Calvin's Commentary on Isaiah, Chapter 33 [Isaiah 33]

    Anthropologists tell us that one-third of all human beings who have lived on this planet have died at the hands of their brothers -- that fully one-third of the human race have died through war, violence, crime, and sudden death at the hands of another human being. -- D. James Kennedy and List of Wars and Anthropogenic Disasters by Death Toll, Wikipedia

    Abortion was the 20th century's biggest single killer of mankind worldwide, far surpassing any other cause: disease, war, governments, natural disasters, and so forth. See: "Biggest Killers of the 20th Century." Notice that abortion is not included in this diagram. The absence of information says something about the depravity of mankind (Jeremiah 17:9,10), and about the suppression and repression of truth. (Hosea 4:6,7)
    The number of abortions performed worldwide in the last 50 years is estimated to be 1 to 2 billion. But try to document this fact elsewhere online.
    The total abortions worldwide for the 20th century may be interpolation from available data. The calculation does not factor in incremental increases in world population since 1900. Worldwide there are an estimated 43.8 million abortions annually (2008 figures, Guttmacher Institute) X 100 years = 4.38 billion killings worldwide in the 20th century. This is compared to 1.97 billion estimated deaths worldwide for non-communicable diseases the reported biggest killer worldwide of the 20th century. Comparison may also be made with figures for genocide.
    Number of Abortions -- Abortion Counters
    "The most accurate set of abortion counters on the web. Number of abortions in US and worldwide; Number of abortions since 1973; Number of abortions this year; US Abortion clock; Worldwide abortion clock; Number of abortions due to rape or incest; Planned Parenthood abortion count."
    http://www.numberofabortions.com/

    All we want are the facts, ma'am. All we know are the facts, ma'am. -- Sergeant Joe Friday, Jack Webb (actor and producer), in "Dragnet," a radio, television, and motion picture series. (Urban Legends Reference Pages)

  15. The heart (Galatians 5:22, Childre/Martin, Cullen/Gittleman/Kamen, Houston/Fox/Taylor, Nissen, Sinatra/Roberts, Rest, Sleep, Emotions, Joy).
    See also: The Heart and the Mind, the Mind/Body Relationship.
    There are "40,000 neurons found in the heart (the same number in the brain itself)." (Childre/Martin),
  16. Education (Colossians 2:2-10, Hosea 4:6,7, Knowledge).
    See also: Education.
  17. The mind/body relationship (Cousins, Childre/Martin, Carolyn Dean, Gilpin, B. Justice, Lawrence, Low Dog, McMillen).
    See also: The Heart and the Mind, the Mind/Body Relationship, Healing of the Mind.
  18. Healing of the mind (Isaiah 55:8,9, John 6:63, John 14:23, Matthew 6:22,23, Philippians 4:8,9, Almy/Almy/Jenkins, A. Fuller, T. Fuller, Jacobson, Lawrence, Perkins, Rockstad, Teelinck, Warfield, D. Watson).
    See also: Healing of the Mind.
  19. Family (Romans 6:23, S. Davies, Finley, Wolf/Bruhn, Forgiveness of Sin, and so forth, and so on).
    See also: Bad Relationships as a Cause of Disease and Death, Forgiveness of Sin, Justification, Adoption Into God's Family, God's Family, Family Life, Education, Church and Work, Filial Love (Love of Parents),
  20. Government (Deuteronomy 11:22-32, Jung/Lurie/Wolfe, Garrett, N. Martin, Robbins, "The Growth of Government in the United States," Medicare, Medicaid, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act).
    See also: Public Health, The Veterans Administration Medical Centers, Healthcare Reform, The Limits of Modern Medicine, Medicine as Social Control, The Government Role of Punishing Wrongdoers, Oaths, Ensnaring (Vows, Promises, Covenants) and Bonds With the Ungodly, Politics, The Utter Failure of the U.S. Constitution as a Social Deed of Covenant, Reform, State Sovereignty and Corporate Immunity: Reform of Corporations
    A large number of physicians convicted of crimes find employment within the federal government. (Jung/Lurie/Wolfe). We urge everyone to join opposition to government control and funding of health care. The only way to maximize medical safety is to increase consumer power through free markets, not to make physicians agents of the state. (N. Martin). Medical challenges posed by the epidemic spread of AIDS, drug-resistant microbes carried from country to country, and the danger of biological warfare demand a cooperative global movement to strengthen public health infrastructures. (Garrett)
  21. Justice (Isaiah 33:22, Acts 17:31, John 5:27, 2 Peter 2:4, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Ecclesiastes 12:14, Romans 2:16, Romans 14:10, Matthew 12:36, Acts 7:55, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, Matthew 25:41, Revelation 19:11-15, Revelation 20:11-15, Revelation 22:12).
    See also: Justice, Judgment, God's Final Judgment, The Great White Throne Judgment, The Day of the Lord.
    We all will be finally judged for our actions in this life. In The Great White Throne Judgment ONLY INDIVIDUALS WILL BE JUDGE. There will be no judgment of corporate bodies such as nations, governments, business corporations, institutions, church denominations, other human alliances, and so forth, and so on.
  22. Law enforcement (Isaiah 33:22).
    See also: The Government Role of Punishing Wrongdoers, Justice, Judgment, God's Final Judgment, The Great White Throne Judgment, The Day of the Lord, Healthcare Horror Stories, Healthcare Reform, Civil government, Public Health, Prescription Drugs With Dangers, The Pharmaceutical Industry, Big Pharma, Toxic and Harmful Substances, Cancer, Oncology (cancer treatment), The Environment.
  23. Toxic and harmful substances, cancer (Benjamin/McCallum, Berkson, Berthold-Bond, J. Bower, L. Bower, Brawley/Goldberg, Bridges, Burton, Center for Disease Control, Colbert, Colborn/Dumanoski/Meyers, Dadd-Redalia, Department of Health and Human Services, Dracos, Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald/Doyle, Haley, Harte/Holdren/Schneider/Shirley, Hulse, Krimsky, Lankarge, Levenstein, Leviton, Perlmutter/Loberg, Schacker/McKibben, Schapiro, Schwartz-Nobel, Smith/Lourie/Dopp, Strand/Wallace, Thornton, United States Census, Wilson, Winter, Environmental Working Group,The threat of toxic food, BPA Substitute may Throw Heart Rhythm out of Sync).
    See also: Toxic and Harmful Substances, Cancer, Oncology (cancer treatment), Prescription Drugs With Dangers, The pharmaceutical industry, big pharma, Nuclear radiation and other radiation.
    "The inability to see the effects of chronic, low level toxicities on human health is our greatest failing as intelligent beings." (Haley). Overwhelming evidence exists proving that "better living through chemistry" is false. Myths perpetrated by the chemical, pharmaceutical, and processed foods industries have created a national health crisis. (Fitzgerald). Synthesizing chemicals from petroleum was advanced during World War II. The steep increase in cancer rates following World War II coincided with the chemicalization of the environment by synthetic petrochemicals. Synthetic chemicals are also known to be endocrine disrupters. (Colborn/Dumanoski/Meyers). Endocrine disrupters are man-made chemicals that mimic thyroid, estrogen, testosterone, and other hormones and, thus, affect the endocrine system, including the thyroid gland and its functions. They also cause birth defects, cancer, infertility, and other serious health problems. (Coburn). The most dangerous pollution, it turns out, comes from commonplace items in our homes and workplaces. (Smith/Lourie/Dopp). There are estimated to be 80,000 synthetic chemicals in the environment. Regulatory agencies have tested less than 200 for harmful affects on humans. (Smith/Lourie/Dopp). The average American now carries a 'body burden' of 700 more synthetic man-made chemicals present in the environment. (Fitzgerald, Doyle). The blood of every baby born today is already contaminated by more than two hundred industrial chemicals, pollutants, flame-retardants, and carcinogens. Despite a global ban on methyl bromide, an acutely toxic chemical known to cause devastating birth defects, it is still being sprayed on Christmas trees, fruits, and vegetables sold in America. (Schwartz-Nobel). Dust we track home, steam from showers and dishwashers, and plastic wrappings for meat and cheese all send manmade hormone-disrupting chemicals into our bodies. (Berkson). Multiple Chemical Sensitivity may result in asthma, allergies, and chemical sensitivity to chemicals from products used in cleaning, laundry, cosmetics, textiles, remodeling, automobiles, home safety, pests, hobbies, appliances, and water and air quality. (L. Bower). Millions of homes have elevated radon levels. (Department of Health and Human Services)
    "Each year one (1) in six (6) Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases." (Center for Disease Control [CDC]). According to United States Census data, food imports doubled in this country from 1997 to 2008. Over 60 percent of imported food comes from developing nations, such as Mexico and China. (The Threat of Toxic Food). In March, 2007 alone, FDA detained nearly 850 shipments of grains, fish, vegetables, nuts, spice, oils and other imported foods for issues ranging from filth to unsafe food coloring to contamination with pesticides to salmonella. (Bridges). IMD, or imidacloprid, is a relatively new but widely used insecticide in the United States. IMD is the new prime suspect for the devastating syndrome known as Colony Collapse Disorder which has raised the annual die-off rate of honey bees to 30 percent of all the beehives in the United States. (Schacker/McKibben). Eighty (80) percent of the cows in the US have the Bovine leukemia virus which causes cancer in every organ of the cow and is spread to other animals by the milk. (Hulse)
  24. Nuclear radiation and other radiation (Atomic Energy Commission, Carlo, Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Working Group, FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Loaharanu/Thomas, Loaharanu/Paisan/Thomas, Miner, National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, The Norwegian Institute for Air Research, Povinec/Hirose/Aoyama, Vosniakos, Wild, Worthington, World Health Organization, Irradiated Foods Highlighted During Week of Protest, Nuclear Power in the United States, Nuclear Power, Are Microwave Ovens a Source of Danger?, The Radiation Poisoning of America, The Role of Cryosurgery in Palliative Care for Cancer).
    See also: Nuclear Radiation and Other Radiation, Healthcare horror stories, Healthcare reform, Oncology (cancer treatment), Toxic and harmful substances, cancer, and so forth, and so on.
    Exposure to communications radiation from wireless technology is "potentially the biggest health insult" this nation has ever seen. (Carlo). RF/microwave radiation represents a greater threat than cigarette smoking and asbestos. (Carlo). "ECOLOG found over 220 peer-reviewed, published papers documenting the cancer-initiating and cancer-promoting effects of the high frequency radiation employed by wireless technology. Many corroborating studies have been published since." Because gamma waves and RF/microwave radiation are identically carcinogenic and genotoxic to the cellular roots of life, the safe dose of either kind of radiation is zero. No study has proven that any level of exposure from cell-damaging radiation is safe for humans." (Worthington). Microwave ovens are a source of danger. (Wild). "Radionuclides are found in air, water, soil and even in" the human body. Sources of radionuclides include nuclear testing, nuclear accidents such as Chernobyl and Fukushima, nuclear energy plants, nuclear waste, and so forth. "It has been stated that the EPA is raising the minimum requirements of radiation in the environment to levels that will cause cancer in 25 percent of the population." (see the FDA and The Norwegian Institute for Air Research). There is "evidence that indoor radon exposure is responsible for a substantial number of lung cancers in the general population." (World Health Organization). Food irradiation is increasingly used worldwide as a method of food preservation. (Loaharanu/Thomas). The "FDA currently requires that irradiated foods include labeling with either the statement 'treated with radiation' or 'treated by irradiation' and the international symbol for irradiation, the radura. . . ."
  25. Oncology (cancer treatment), (Adams, Agus/Loberg, Angell, Avorn, Balch, Berkson, Bolen, Brawley, Campbell/Campbell II, Carlo, Colbert, Colborn/Dumanoski/Meyers, Cousins, Cullen/Gittleman/Kamen, Dadd-Redalia, P. Ewald, Ewald/Ewald, Fitzgerald, Fintel/McDermott, Fredericks/Mahar, Frydman, Graedon/Graedon, Griffin, Hadler, A. Hamilton, Holick/Jenkins, Hyman/Liponis, Jensen, P. Johnson, Justice, A. Katz, Katz/Colino, Katz/Colino/Andres, Kaufmann, Krimsky, Langer/Scheer, Lee/Zava/Hopkins, Levenstein, M. Liponis, Longman/Noah, Low Dog, Maizes/Low Dog, Pabon, Platt, Richter, M. Schapiro, Schwartz-Nobel, Steinman/Epstein, Strand, Stritter, Welch, Worthington, Zaret/Jatlow/Katz, The Role of Cryosurgery in Palliative Care for Cancer, The US is the Worst Place in the World to Get Cancer Treatment, American Health Care Earns "D" Grade, PSA Testing Misdiagnosing men With Prostate Cancer, PSA Screening Still Puzzling, Surgery no Better Than Observation for Local Prostate Tumor, Laetrile, FDA Cancer Warning is Worrisome, Cancer Cure Foundation, Cancer Answer, Unconventional Cancer Treatments, Association of Cancer Online Resources, David Drew Clinic, Overdiagnosed, The Underbelly of Health Care: The Politics of Cancer, Scandals and Screwups in the Drugstore, The Radiation Poisoning of America, Shortages of Critical Medicines Creating Chaos).
    See also: Toxic and harmful substances, cancer, Oncology (cancer treatment), Bad Relationships as a Cause of Disease and Death, Healing, Prayer, Intercessory Prayer, Praying for the Sick, Prayer Groups, Small Groups as Healing Agents, Women and Prayer, Ministering to the Sick, Healing of the Mind.
    Apparently reduction of exposure to toxic materials including environmental pollutants, alcohol, smoke, prescription drugs, counterfeit drugs, drug interactions, illegal drugs, infection of the body of all types, RF/microwave radiation, and nuclear radiation will help prevent cancer. (See Toxic and Harmful Substances, Cancer). Exposure to communications radiation from wireless technology is "potentially the biggest health insult" this nation has ever seen. (Carlo). "Cryoablation [freezing -- compiler], is adaptable for the treatment of nearly all solid tumors and is effective and safe therapy for tumors [including throat cancer in early stages, and melanoma in early stages -- compiler], and is especially suitable for the treatment of unresectable advanced tumors. (The Role of Cryosurgery in Palliative Care for Cancer). The systemic view, a way of honoring our bodies as complex, whole systems, is being presented to prevent cancer. (Agus/Loberg)
  26. The environment (Psalm 1:1,2, E.R. Brown, Grant, Leviton, Schapiro, Schwartz-Nobel, Thornton, Wilson, H. Hedrick).
    See also: The Environment.
    "Health care could be more effective if its research and action were directed at environmental conditions in the same proportion that those conditions contribute to sickness and death." (E.R. Brown). Organochlorines like DDT, PCBs and dioxins now contaminate absolutely every inch of the planet. (Thornton). Evidence appears daily of the dangerous consequences of lax environmental policies due to the lobbying efforts by the U.S. chemical industry. (Schapiro)
  27. Socio-economic position (Romans 6:23, Fitzpatrick, Grant, Gordon, Hadler, Jones/Darroch/Henshaw, McIlhaney/Nethery, Mendelsohn, Sneed/Sneed).
    See also: Limits of modern medicine, Failure of the american medical system, Medicine as social control, Bad relationships the cause of disease and death, and so forth, and so on.
    "The biggest predictor of health is socio-economic status, and not necessarily any of the indicators flushed out by screenings and diagnosis." (Hadler). The most important health risk are revealed in your answers to two questions. 1. Are you comfortable in your socio-economic status? 2. Are you satisfied in your job? [Notice this is the problem of healthy relationship, put in general terms. Is the individual oppressed in any or all of the different spheres of society? For example, in societies with resources, the greater the gap between the poor and the wealthy, the more ill health there is among the poor. -- compiler] -- Nortin Hadler, MD, Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in Worried Sick
    Several things should be observed here. First, it is the amoral, corrupt, failed policy of the Federal government that results in lack of economic equity, oppression of the poor, cyclical economic depressions, and the poor health and lack of affordable health care for individuals at the low end of the socio-economic ladder.
    Therefore, failure to legislate equitable laws, the use of political power for selfish, personal gain, the political use of man's law to enrich the powerful, the politicization of the Supreme Court, "friendly fascism" between political leaders and business leaders and business corporations, neglecting to regulate big business, including Wall Street and the financial bankers (indeed, a general lawlessness in American society), failure to balance the federal budget, run-away government taxation and spending, government lotteries, unjust wars that benefit the military industrial complex, and so forth, and so on, -- all this incompetence of political leadership, and all this corruption in government -- is the very cause of bad health, sickness, and death of individuals, and it is also the cause, finally, of the self-destruction of society itself.
    Secondly, it is piling error-upon-error to politicize healthcare reform, when the solution to the problem of unavailability of affordable healthcare in American is reform of an incompetent and corrupt Federal government. The latest political attempt, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is the height of irrationality, and seems headed to self-destruction.
    Differences exist between men and women's health (Mendelsohn, McIlhaney/Nethery, Sneed/Sneed, Fitzpatrick).
  28. The workplace (Romans 6:23, Colossians 3:23,24, 1 Corinthians 10:31, Matthew 11:28-30, Psalm 1, Qureshi, Stress).
    See also: Bad Relationships as a Cause of Disease and Death, Christianity in the Workplace.
  29. The people we associate with (Psalm 1, Romans 6:23, Stress).
    See also: Bad Relationships as a Cause of Disease and Death, Reconciliation of relationships, Forgiveness of sin, Family, The workplace, and so forth, and so on.
  30. Stress (Galatians 5:22, Childre/Martin, Gurian).
    See also: Stress, Medicine as social control, Environment, Sleep, Rest, Healthy life-style, Exercise, and so forth, and so on.
    Ninety percent of disease is stress related. (Gurian),
  31. Physiological problems (Barry, Blanchard/Brill, L. Greene, Popkin, Shomon, J. Strydom/Plessis, Welch, R. Well/M. Well, Dyslexia, Thyroid Controversies).
    See also: Hypothyroidism, Depression, Attention deficit disorder (ADD), Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Nutrition, nutriceuticals, Toxic and harmful substances, cancer, Oncology (cancer treatment), Physiological Problems, Handicapped and Disabled, Eating Disorders.
  32. Attention deficit disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), (Block, Du Plessis/Strydom, P. Thomas).
    See also: Correct diagnosis, Toxic and harmful substances, cancer Attention deficit disorder (ADD), Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  33. Antisocial behavior, self-cutting, substance abuse, binge drinking, sleep deprivation, overweight and obesity (Gurian, P. Thomas).
    See also: Stress, Rebellion and Lawlessness: Wickedness, Demonic Possession, Substance Abuse, Abnormal Behavior, Insanity, Mental Illness, Mental Retardation.
    "Increasingly, the minds of our children are growing up to be antisocial." Persistent negative stress leads to illness (physical, emotional, and relational) in children and adults (Gurian),
  34. Handicapped and disabled (C. Dean, Gene/Tada, Ikeler, Kelly, Newman, Tada).
    See also: Handicapped and Disabled, Physiological Problems.
  35. Prevention of disease (Colbert, Graedon, Helmuth, Hyman, Janse/Gerba, Katz/Colino, Katz/Colino/Pabon, Leviton, Liponis, Low Dog, Mack, Maves, McMillen, Mendelsohn, Moore, Taubes, Healthy Life-style, Low Vitamin D Levels are Linked to a Higher Risk of Early Death, CDC Issues Alarming Report on Diabetes Statistics, Why We Eat More Than We Think, The New Germ Theory of Disease).
    See also: Prevention of Disease, Nutrition, Nutriceuticals, Toxic and Harmful Substances, Cancer, Nuclear Radiation and Other Radiation Healthcare Horror Stories, Healthcare Reform, Patient Advocacy, Prescription Drugs With Dangers, The pharmaceutical industry, big pharma, The Environment.
    Medication may be "worse than the disease." One should take as little medication as possible to avoid harmful side-effects, and dangerous drug combinations. Vitamin D may be one of the most important supplements in preventing disease (Dowd/Stafford, Holick/Jenkins). Magnesium is also a very important supplement (Carolyn Dean). Most diseases are self-limiting. [and often will clear up in three to six months with no treatment. -- compiler], (Mendelsohn). Common screening test for cancer may be undesirable and may be wrong (Welch). Ways exist to control diabetes naturally (Bernstein, Ewald). The average American now carries a 'body burden' of 700 synthetic chemicals (Fitzgerald),
  36. Healthy life-style (Katz/Colino, Low Dog, Moore, Russell, Reisman, Sherman).
    See also: Rest, Sleep, Prevention of Disease, Nutrition, Nutriceuticals, Exercise, and so forth, and so on.
    The gold standards of a healthy life-style is proper nutrition, a Mediterranean diet, daily exercise (Tanaka), adequate rest (Isaiah 30:15a, Edlund), adequate sleep (Ecclesiastes 5:12, Edlund, Dement/Vaughan), and moderation in all things,
  37. Nutrition, nutriceuticals (Balch, Campbell/Campbell, Colbert, Carolyn Dean, Graedon/Graedon, R. Johnson, Katz/Colino, Knickerbocker/Hirsheimer, La Puma/Marx, Low Dog, Messenger/Souter, Meyerowitz, Morell, Richter, Russell, Salatin, Shaver, Strand, Swenson).
    See also: VegSource.com, Mediteranian Diet, Nutrition, Nutriceuticals. Culinary medicine (La Puma/Marx).
  38. Exercise (Katz/Colino, Low Dog, R. Moore, Tanaka).
    See also: Healthy life-style, Exercise.
  39. Rest (Isaiah 30:15a, Matthew 11:28-30, Baxter, Boston, Edlund, Metzl, Tanaka).
    See also: Work and Rest in Review, Rest, Sleep.
    Rest is often all that is needed to heal the body.
  40. Sleep (Psalm 4:8, Psalm 121:3, Ecclesiastes 5:12, Buchman, Dement/Vaughan, Edlund).
    See also: Rest, Sleep.
  41. Cleanliness (Allison/Gerba, Ewald).
    Simply washing one's hands before eating and after being in public can reduce colds and flu.
  42. Fasting (Matthew 17:21, Colbert).
    See also: Fasting, Toxic and harmful substances, cancer.
  43. Weight loss (Hyman/Liponis, La Puma/Marx, Popkin, Roizen/La Puma, Taubes).
    See also: Obesity, Gluttony, Healthy life-style, Exercise.
  44. Eating disorders (P. Thomas).
    See also: Exercise, Eating Disorders, Obesity, Gluttony, Healthy life-style.
  45. The aged (Isaiah 46:4, Psalm 92:14a, Alexander, R. Baxter, Becker, B. Deane, Fick, Gordon, J.G. Harris, Hendricks, Hyer, Koenig, Liponis, McCormick/McCormick, Norris, Riekse/Holstege, Rutecki, Smick, D. Sherouse, Top 10 Tips for Surviving Old Age, God's Promises for the Golden Years).
    See also: Physiological problems, Ministering to the dying, Medical ethics, Patient advocacy, The Aged, and so forth, and so on.
  46. Healing (Psalm 16:11, Isaiah 30:15a, Romans 6:23, John 14:6, C. Brown, Dement/Vaughan, Finley, S. Fox, Gilpin, E. Gross, Gurian, Lloyd-Jones, Storms).
    See also: Prayer, Intercessory prayer, Counseling the sick, Bad Relationships a cause of disease and death, Healing, Prayer, Intercessory Prayer, Praying for the Sick, Prayer Groups, Small Groups as Healing Agents, Women and Prayer. Ministering to the Sick, Healing of the Mind.
    "Disease" is the cause of sickness. Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828. Ninety percent of disease is stress related (Gurian),
  47. Counseling the sick (Dement/Vaughan, Gibson, Graedon, Gross, Gurian, Lloyd-Jones).
    See also: Rest, Sleep, Counseling the sick, Sickness, Ministering to the sick.
    Rest is often all that is needed to heal the body. Most diseases are self-limiting. [and often will clear up in three to six months with no treatment. -- compiler] -- (Mendelsohn)
  48. Praying for the sick (Matthew 17:21, James 5:13-16).
    See also: Healing, Prayer, Intercessory Prayer, Praying for the Sick, Bad Relationships as a Cause of Disease and Death, Prayer Groups, Small Groups as Healing Agents, Women and Prayer. Ministering to the Sick, Healing of the Mind.
  49. Ministering to the sick (John 14:6, James 5:13-16, McCormick/McCormick, Owen).
    See also: Healing, Prayer, Intercessory Prayer, Praying for the Sick, Prayer Groups, Small Groups as Healing Agents, Women and Prayer. Ministering to the Sick, Healing of the Mind, Bad Relationships as a Cause of Disease and Death.
  50. What your doctor may not tell you (Ash/Conkling, Blanchard/Brill, Cave/Mitchell, Cullen/Gittleman/Kamen, Du Plessis/Strydom, D.W. Fitzpatrick, Gibson/Prasad Singh, Graedon/Graedon, Green/Jones, Grelsamer, Hadler, Harmon/Hart/Intrator/Wang, Hirsch, Houston/Fox/Taylor, J.A. Johnson, P. Johnson, Landymore-Lim, Lee/Hopkins, Lee/Zava/Hopkins, Levine, Lloyd-Jones, Margaret/Lee, Schmidt/Smith/Sehnert, Shomon, Strand, Zaret/Jatlow/Katz, Antibiotics and Sudden Death).
    See also: Medical ethics, Ethics, computer ethics, cyberethics, Limits of modern medicine, The failure of the american medical system, "Creating" patients, Healthcare reform, Healthcare horror stories, Patient advocacy, Healthcare as a consumer rip-off, Monopoly and anti-trust law enforcement, Medical tourism, What your doctor may not tell you.
    Only 11 percent of the ACC/AHA recommended guidelines provided to cardiologists were based upon solid scientific evidence. (Tricoci/Kramer/Smith). Antibiotics are often not effective in completely eliminating infections and may have serious, even fatal, side effects with some patients. (Landymore-Lim, Schmidt/Smith/Sehnert, Antibiotics and Sudden Death). "Unfounded assertions and flagrant marketing have led to the medicalization of everyday life. Many medical interventions are hazardous to our health. Heart bypass surgery is usually a waste of money, time, and energy. Treatment for prostate cancer does more harm than good, and testing for breast cancer is not always useful or effective. Our ills that truly result mainly from the natural process of aging have been 'medicalized' at no benefit to the patient. But in turn, this medicalization has generated huge profits for the health care industries. (Hadler). "The original [medical] records are the property of the facility. However, every patient has a right to a copy of their medical records." Celiac disease, a sensitivity to gluten: wheat, sugar, and carbohydrates, is a hidden epidemic. (Green/Jones).
  51. Patient advocacy (Graedon, Fitzpatrick/Burke/Lee, Fredericks/Mahar, Kauffman, ManganMendelsohn, J. Mitchell, Moynihan/Cassels, Nathanson, Ozner, Qureshi, Ten Tips to Surviving an ER Visit, When is too Much Medical Care Really Risky? Overcoming Addiction With Science and Compassion, Report Medical Errors, and this whole summary).
    See also: What your doctor may not yell you, "Creating" patients, Correct diagnosis, Toxic and harmful substances, cancer, Oncology (cancer treatment), Prevention of disease, Nutrition, nutriceuticals, Healthcare reform, Healthcare horror stories, Healthcare as a consumer rip-off, Monopoly and Anti-trust Law Enforcement, Medical tourism, and so forth, and so on.
    Everyone needs an advocate. Bring a trusted friend or relative with you to the ER or for a hospital stay. (Graedon/Graedon, Ten Tips to Surviving an ER Visit). Most diseases are self-limiting. [and often will clear up in three to six months with no treatment -- compiler], (Mendelsohn). "Medical bills are the biggest cause of US bankruptcies." (Mangan). What the patient does not know can kill them. (Nathanson)
  52. Hypothyroidism (Barnes, Blanchard/Brill, Graedon, Shomon).
    See also: Correct diagnosis, Toxic and harmful substances, cancer, Medical ethics, Hypothyroidism, Depression.
  53. Depression (Psalm 42:5, Isaiah 53:4,5 Adams, Allender, Baxter, Blanchard/Brill, Bridge, Gurian, Horwitz/Wakefield, Lloyd-Jones, C. Love, Mack, C.J. Miller, Renwick, Shomo, Sibbes, P. Thomas, Whitefield, Childhood Depression, National Institutes of Health).
    See also: Correct diagnosis, "Creating patients," What your doctor may not tell you, Failure of the american medical system, The limits of modern medicine, Hypothyroidism, Depression, and so forth, and so on.
    It is estimated that "in 1900 only one (1) percent of the U.S. population suffered from depression. Today [2011] that figure is 23 percent and growing." (Allender). Synthetic chemicals are also known to be endocrine disrupters. (Colborn/Dumanoski/Meyers). Media addiction and listlessness are increasing at alarming rates among children. "About one-third of our children are now diagnosed with some significant mental or physical disorder." (Gurian)
  54. Correct diagnosis (Adolph/Bourne, Anekwe, Blanchard/Brill, Cassels, Feldman, Gross, Horwitz/Wakefield, B. Justice, Langer/Scheer, Leonhardt, Leung, McMillen, Nathanson, Newman-Toker/Makary, Ridha, Schneider, Szasz, JAMA Internal Medicine, Some Physicians are Overconfident About Their Diagnostic Accuracy, Why Doctors so Often get it Wrong, Missed Diagnoses in the ICU, Medical Detection Dogs may Offer Accurate Prostate Cancer Screening, Misdiagnoses Result in Malpractice Claims).
    See also: Hypothyroidism, Depression, Toxic and harmful substances, Oncology (cancer treatment), "Creating" patients, Healthcare Reform, Healthcare Horror Stories,
    Estimates are that "more than 150,000 patients per year in the United States might have undergone misdiagnosis-related harm. . . . an estimated 40,000 to 80,000 US hospital deaths result from misdiagnosis annually." (Newman-Toker and Makary). "Doctors are not as good as they think at making accurate diagnoses." (Some Physicians are Overconfident about Their Diagnostic Accuracy). "Doctors seriously misdiagnose fatal illnesses about 20 percent of the time." (Leonhardt). "Patients in an ICU are twice as likely to suffer a fatal misdiagnosis as other hospital patients." (Missed Diagnoses in the ICU). "Nearly three-fourths of them [malpractice suites -- compiler], are rooted in misdiagnosis." (Misdiagnoses Result in Malpractice Claims). Hypothyroidism, low thyroid function, is one of the most prevalent and least diagnosed disorders by physicians, yet it can be the underlying cause of "constellation" of symptoms. (Blanchard/Brill, Langer/Scheer, Shomon, Hypothyroidism). "The most common missed diagnoses [it seems the intention of the writer is to list misdiagnosed conditions -- compiler], are breast, lung, colorectal, and prostate cancers, heart disease, blood vessel disease, infections, and stroke." (Misdiagnoses Result in Malpractice Claims, JAMA Internal Medicine). Fraud may be a motive for misdiagnosis. (Leung). What the patient does not know can kill them. (Nathanson). Medical screening may give false positives that lead to unnecessary treatment [a "watch and wait" approach is often much wiser. -- compiler], (Cassels). "More than a third of men with raised PSA levels are misdiagnosed with prostate cancer when they actually have benign disease." (Anekwe). Malpractice "settlements and court judgments [against Veterans Administration Medical Centers, about 151 hospitals -- compiler], have cost taxpayers $845 million since 2003 and reached a high of $98 million last year [2012 -- compiler], according to an exclusive analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution." (Schneider). Psychiatry tends to transformed normal sorrow into depressive disorder. (Horwitz/Wakefield). "By diagnosing unwanted behavior as mental illness" our modern mental health system absolves "individuals of responsibility for their actions and instead blame their alleged illness." (Szasz). Freudian psychology is a pseudoscience and is a dangerous overreach into all aspects of modern life. (Szasz). Knee pain may lead to misdiagnoses and unnecessary surgery. (Grelsamer)
  55. "Creating" patients (Anekwe, Blanchard/Brill, Cassels, Dineen, Du Plessis/Strydom, Durian, Feldman, Fredericks, Fredericks/Mahar, Grelsamer, Gross, Hadler, Horwitz, Horwitz/Wakefield, B. Justice, Langer/Scheer, Leonhardt, Leung, McMillen, Mendelsohn, Moynihan/Cassels, Nathanson, Newman-Toker/Makary, Ridha, Schneider, Shomon, Strand, Szasz, Welch, JAMA Internal Medicine, Some Physicians are Overconfident About Their Diagnostic Accuracy, Why Doctors so Often get it Wrong, Missed Diagnoses in the ICU, Misdiagnoses Result in Malpractice Claims, Medical Bills Prompt More Than 60 Percent of U.S. Bankruptcies).
    See also: Correct diagnosis, Hypothyroidism, Depression, Patient advocacy, The pharmaceutical industry, big pharma, Dental sare, Medical ethics, Ethics, Ethics, Computer Ethics, Cyberethics, Theft, Stealing and Fraud: Property Rights, Healthcare Horror Stories, Healthcare Reform, Toxic and harmful substances, cancer, Oncology (cancer treatment), Physiological problems, and so forth, and so on.
    "Widening the boundaries of illness and lowering the threshold for treatments is creating millions of new patients and billions in new profits. This in turn is driving up personal drug bills and threatening to bankrupt national health systems all over the world [medical bills are also the leading cause of personal bankruptcies. -- compiler]. As more and more ordinary life is 'medicalized,' the industry moves ever closer to being able to 'sell to everyone'." (Moynihan/Cassels). Medical screening may give false positives that lead to unnecessary treatment [a "watch and wait" approach is often much wiser than being "rushed" into a procedure. -- compiler], (Cassels). Fraud may be a motive for misdiagnosis. (Leung). The number of unnecessary medical and surgical procedures performed annually is 7.5 million. The number of people exposed to unnecessary hospitalization annually is 8.9 million per year. (Carolyn Dean), [See also: Schram, Stearns, Bauman, Zimmerman, Sparrow, Whitlock, Leung, Kumar, Newman-Toker, and so forth, and so on]. Only 11 percent of the ACC/AHA recommended guidelines provided to cardiologists were based upon solid scientific evidence. (Tricoci/Kramer/Smith). The thyroid regulates metabolism and hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) can lead to a constellation of symptoms including physiological depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, mental dullness, and indigestion. The "clinical guidelines" for hypothyroidism (TSH over 5.0) have been set so high that many patients with mild, "clinical hypothyroidism" are never diagnosed or treated. Therefore, they might have a "constellation of symptoms" for decades, but no doctor is ever able to find anything wrong with them. (Blanchard/Brill, Shomon). The "fact of incurability" is built into the business model of most recovery programs (i.e., "once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic"). Yet there is ample documented evidence that this fact is not true. (J. Johnson, Szasz, Alcoholics Anonymous and Other 12-Step Recovery Programs). Psychiatry tends to transformed normal sorrow into depressive disorder. (Horwitz/Wakefield). "By diagnosing unwanted behavior as mental illness" our modern mental health system absolves "individuals of responsibility for their actions and instead blame their alleged illness." (Szasz). Freudian psychology is a pseudoscience and is a dangerous overreach into all aspects of modern life. (Szasz). In modern medicine there is a tendency to overtest (Welch, Anekwe, Fredericks/Mahar, Mendelsohn), overtreat (Durian, Hadler, Strand, Fredericks, Mendelsohn), and to "create" patients (Horwitz, Dineen, Hadler, Grelsamer, Du Plessis/Strydom, Fredericks/Mahar, Szasz, Mendelsohn, Moynihanf/Cassels). "More than a third of men with raised PSA levels are misdiagnosed with prostate cancer when they actually have benign disease." (Anekwe). "Medical bills are the biggest cause of US bankruptcies." (Mangan)
  56. Dental care (Weinstein, Minimal Intervention Dentistry, Dental Cavities, Bruxism [Teeth Grinding], in Wikipedia, Colgate Dental Resource Center).
    See also: Healthcare as a consumer rip-off, Monopoly and anti-trust law enforcement, "Creating" patients, Healthcare reform, The limits of modern medicine, The failure of the american medical system, What your doctor may not tell you, Medical tourism, and so forth, and so on.
    "Strict dental hygiene and the use of fluoride toothpaste will stop tooth decay." (Dental Cavities, Wikipedia). Nothing is better than the natural tooth. All dental treatment should be limited to preserving the natural tooth -- no unnecessary "drilling and filling" or "pulling and implanting." "The old GV Black principle of 'extension for prevention' [extension of fillings into good portions of a tooth to prevent possible future decay -- compiler], is no longer valid, and natural tooth structure should be preserved and retained as far as possible. (Minimal Intervention Dentistry). Dental care faces the same challenge faced by corporate healthcare in America. It is unable to "maintain ever increasing compensation for healthcare [shareholders and medical professionals, including dentists -- compiler], while the population becomes healthier." The lack of dental care has reached crisis proportions in the United States. "My UK-trained dentist and USA-trained dermatologist are first-rate. I got $15,000 of dental work for $1800, and $4000 of dermatology for $160 in the government-run skin hospital, where my doctor is the chief of research." (Online post)
  57. Prescription drugs with dangers (Beers, Avorn, Falkowski, Fick, Healy, Johnson/Bootman, Olsen, Second Opinion, Second Opinion, Strand/Wallace, What Are The Most Dangerous Prescription Drugs?, Antibiotics and Sudden Death, Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics [Avelox, Cipro, Floxin, Levaquin], Leave A Terrible Trail of Woe and Intrigue, Narcotic Overdose Deaths hit Women, Antibiotics and Eye Damage, Drug Dangers, FDA Cancer Warning is Worrisome, Is Your Pain Reliever Causing an Irregular Heart Rhythm?).
    See also: Prescription Drugs With Dangers, The pharmaceutical industry, big pharma.
    The fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. is properly prescribed and administered medication. Add improperly prescribed medication, and it becomes the third leading cause of death. (Fitzgerald). There are over two (2) million hospital admissions and 180,000 deaths each and every year in the U.S. due solely to adverse drug reactions. (Strand/Wallace). A product judged safe by the Food and Drug Administration may turn out to have unexpectedly lethal side effects. (Avorn). Antibiotics, are often not effective in completely eliminating infections and may have serious, even fatal, side effects with some patients. (Landymore-Lim, Schmidt/Smith/Sehnert). Millions of older people are prescribed medications that are totally inappropriate. Many of these drugs are likely to do more harm than good. (The Screwing of Senior Citizens). "Every time you combine any kind of drug with another -- prescription medicines, over-the-counter products, vitamins, minerals, herbs, alcohol, even food -- you expose yourself to the risk of a potentially hazardous interaction. (Graedon/Graedon)
  58. Generic drugs (Avorn, K. Eban, Graedon/Graedon, Hepler, Nilsen, FDA, Why Pharmacists are Wrong About Generic Drugs, Why we Have Lost Confidence in Generic Drugs: New Report Casts More Doubts on Imported Medicines, Has the Court Made Generic Drugs too Risky? Consumers Beware: Incomplete Generic-drug Warnings OK, Another Metoprolol Recall Reveals the Dark Side of Generic Drugs).
    See also: Prescription Drugs With Dangers, The pharmaceutical industry, big pharma, Generic Drugs.
    Generic drugs are a scandal of immense proportions that has pretty much been ignored by physicians, pharmacists, patients, regulators and Congress. (Why we Have Lost Confidence in Generic Drugs: New Report Casts More Doubts on Imported Medicines," February 15, 2014). The web is full of posts by patients who claim that generic drugs are not working for them the way the brand drug did. (Public comments online). Eighty percent of the active and inactive ingredients in our pharmaceuticals come from abroad . . . and we are "confronted with a huge drug counterfeiting problem." (FDA) On June 24th [2013], in a 5 to 4 vote, the court [Supreme Court -- compiler], determined that patients have very little right to sue generic drug companies for damages caused by their products. (Has the Court Made Generic Drugs too Risky?)
  59. The Pharmaceutical Industry, Big Pharm (Angell, Avorn, R. Bell, K. Eban, Graedon, Healy, Johnson/Bootman, Krimsky, Moore, Olsen, Strand/Wallace, Archives of Internal Medicine, FDA, Drug-Related Morbidity and Mortality, The Screwing of Senior Citizens, Shortages of Critical Medicines Creating Chaos, by pharmablogger).
    See also: "Creating" patients, Healthcare as a consumer rip-off, Healthcare Reform, Corruption (in chapter summary), Conspiracy and Corruption, Organized Crime, Prescription Drugs With Dangers, The pharmaceutical industry, big pharma.
    Americans spend more for drugs than any other country in the world. (K. Eban). "Currently Americans spend a staggering $200 billion each year on prescription drugs. . . . The US is one of the few industrialized countries that permits the public advertising of pharmaceuticals. Yet the effectiveness and possible dangerous side effects are not known. (Angell). Again, the challenge that corporate healthcare in America is unable to meet is "how to maintain ever increasing compensation for healthcare [shareholders and medical professionals, including dentists -- compiler], while the population becomes healthier." FDA approval of new drugs and FDA monitoring of drug quality is ineffective. Claims that high drug prices are necessary to fund research and development are unfounded: The truth is that drug companies funnel the bulk of their resources into the marketing of products of dubious benefit. (Angell). Penalties imposed upon pharmaceutical companies increased from 300 million in 1999 to 4,500 million in 2009, that is 4 billion, 500 million. (Pharmaceutical Industry is Biggest Defrauder of the Federal Government Under the False Claims Act, new Public Citizen Study Finds, "Pharmaceutical Industry Financial Penalties, 1991-2010"). The pharmaceutical industry has gained, through huge profits, "nearly limitless influence over medical research, education, and how doctors do their jobs." (Angell). "We waste billions of dollars a year on prescription drugs that are excessively priced, poorly prescribed, or improperly taken." (Avorn). It has become a "vast marketing machines with unprecedented control over [its] own fortunes." (Angell). It has spun out of control and needs "a program of vital reforms, which includes restoring impartiality to clinical research and severing the ties between drug companies and medical education." (Angell). Every pill we take represents a delicate compromise between the promise of healing, the risk of side effects, and an increasingly daunting price. The stakes on each front grow higher every year as new drugs with impressive power, worrisome side effects, and troubling costs are introduced. Randomized clinical trial (RCT) have limitations. (Avorn)
    The leading drug problem in the U.S. today is not the use of illegal drugs. It is the use of legal drugs. (Strand/Wallace). The pharmaceuticalization of medicine is leading to a growing number of deaths and disabilities. (Healy). Researchers have estimated that medications cause 17 million visits to emergency rooms and 8.7 million hospitalizations each year [Johnson, J.A. and J.L. Bootman, "Drug-Related Morbidity and Mortality: A Cost-of-Illness Model." Archives of Internal Medicine, 1995; 155:1949-1956]. It has been estimated that the drugs that are supposed to relieve our symptoms or cure us, may be responsible for as many as 300,000 deaths annually." (Johnson/Bootman). There are over 2 million hospital admissions and 180,000 deaths each and every year in the U.S. due solely to adverse drug reactions. When the FDA approves a medication for use by the general public, less than half of the serious drug reactions are known. You-the patient-become the final clinical trial. (Strand/Wallace)
    "The pharmaceutical industry is fraught with corruption and doing a disservice to customers, the federal government, and to the medical establishment itself." (Angell) "The FDA isn't protecting you adequately . . . Doctors and pharmacists are making errors . . . over 125,000 people die each year from prescription drug mistakes . . ." (Graedon). The U.S. political system caters to the needs of the healthcare industry not the citizenry. The healthcare lobby pumps millions of dollars into the campaigns of lawmakers. (Moore). "Insurance and pharmaceutical companies, along with the elitist doctors who control the AMA and every hospital's board of trustees, buy politicians on both sides of the aisle." (Moore). The Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Act, Medicare Part D "was really a bill to hand over $800 billion of our tax dollars to the drug and health insurance industry." (Moore). Science funded by the pharmaceutical industry cannot be trusted, due to obvious conflicts of interest. (Olsen). Scientific research has become "impure science: fraud, compromise, and political influence." (Robert Bell, Krimsky). "Drug companies . . . routinely rely on publicly funded institutions for their basic research; they rig clinical trials to make their products look better than they are; and they use their legions of lawyers to stretch out government-granted exclusive marketing rights for years. They also flood the market with copycat drugs that cost a lot more than the drugs they mimic but are no more effective." (Angell). Eighty percent of the active and inactive ingredients in our pharmaceuticals come from abroad and we are "confronted with a huge drug counterfeiting problem. (FDA). "Stolen, compromised, and counterfeit medicine increasingly makes its way into a poorly regulated distribution system -- where it may reach unsuspecting patients who stake their lives on its effectiveness. (K. Eban). Drug scarcities are creating problems for hospitals. There has been an unusually high number of shortages of critical medications over the last few years. (Shortages of Critical Medicines Creating Chaos, June 2, 2011)
  60. Healthcare insurance (Meeker/Badkar, Moore, Medicare, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Cancer of Fraud Permeates U.S. Healthcare System, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Census Bureau, US Healthcare Crisis: The Facts).
    See also: Healthcare as a consumer rip-off, Healthcare reform.
    It is estimates that there are about 43.6 million uninsured people in the country. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The number is 44.8 million according to the Census Bureau. "The health insurance plans of 50 million people in this country leave them underinsured." (Moore). "The insurance company is the one deciding whether or not the doctor can perform a procedure or a treatment on a patient." (Moore). 101,000 people have died unnecessarily in the United States every year for the past five years due to insurance denials or lack of insurance." (US Healthcare Crisis: The Facts," a brochure from Healthcare -- NOW). Between 2000 and 2006, wages in the United States increased by 3.8 percent, but health care premiums increased by 87 percent. (HealthPAC Online). "Over the past 10 years [circa 2008], health care premiums have grown at four times the rate of wages and inflation, and insurance company profits have nearly tripled. Insurance companies are for-profit businesses, and the way they maximize profits is by minimizing claims payments. Medical reviewers for one health insurance company who rendered the most denials received bonuses. (Moore). "In 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid. Today, one out of every 6 Americans is on Medicaid." (Meeker/Badkar). The U.S. political system caters to the needs of the insurance industry not the citizenry. The healthcare lobby pumps millions of dollars into the campaigns of lawmakers. (Moore)
  61. Healthcare as a consumer rip-off (Himmelstein/Thorne/Warren/Woolhandler, Mecir/Greider, Qureshi, T.R. Reid, Tamkins, Sullivan/Warren/Westbrook, Ponzi Scheme, Health Affairs, SiCKO, Death by Medicine, CNBC's American Greed: Scams, Schemes, and Broken Dreams, Medical Bills Prompt More Than 60 Percent of U.S. Bankruptcies, Medical Bankruptcy in the United States, 2007: Results of a National Study, Get This Wrong and at Best you go Bankrupt, Ponzi schemes, Traveling for Treatment, Health Tourism, Medical Tourism Association, Dental Tourism).
    See also: Limits of modern medicine, Failure of the american medical system, Healthcare as a consumer rip-off, Healthcare Horror Stories, Correct diagnosis, Theft: commentary and cases of conscience, Theft, Stealing and Fraud: Property Rights, Corruption (in chapter summary), Conspiracy and Corruption, Organized Crime, Healthcare Reform, Medical tourism.
    The U.S. health care system has failed the American public and is pulling down the US economy. It has intentionally focusing on draining the last dollar out of Americans desperate for real health care. This makes it the largest problem Americans have ever faced. Larger than World War II. Larger than the war on terror. Larger than global warming. Larger than the cost of oil. (Tim Bolen ). Federal spending growing at ten (10) times the economy partially explains growth in the cost of healthcare. Healthcare spending in real terms (adjusted for inflation) increased from negligible in real terms in 1900, to 1 billion in 1930, to 210 billion in 1994. That is an increase of over 2,000 times. (Robbins, "The Growth of Government in the United States"). If the U.S. healthcare system was a country, it would be the 6th largest economy in the entire world. (Lubin/White). This explains, in part, the skyrocketing cost of healthcare. Increased demands of Federal spending on healthcare drives up the costs for everyone. (Robbins, "The Growth of Government in the United States,")
    "One of the reasons for extremely high costs of medicine and high incomes of doctors is restrictive licensing . . . . Licensing is a hidden monopolistic practice. There is some idea that doctors have to earn $200,000 a year, but that is not necessarily the case in a voluntary free market . . . . probably 80 percent of what a doctor does can be done by a Physician Practitioner. Licensing restricts the supply of doctors, but there is also artificially created demand. 93 cents out of every dollar spent on healthcare is spent not by the consumer but by others [such as the Federal Government spending 210 billion in 1994 as noted elsewhere]." (Robbins, "The Growth of Government in the United States"). Fee for service healthcare worked in the private sector 100 years ago. In 1910 there were three times the number of medical schools. (Robbins, "The Growth of Government in the United States")
    Healthcare is the biggest consumer rip-off in America, considering the estimated annual number of iatrogenic deaths at 750,000 (Bolen, N. Martin, C. Dean, SiCKO). See other statistics for healthcare in American, elsewhere in this summary.
    The private health insurance system we have leaves 48 million Americans uninsured, and accounts for half of the bankruptcies each year. . . ." (Sullivan/Warren/Westbrook, Mangan, "US Healthcare Crisis: The Facts). "Medical bills are the biggest cause of US bankruptcies." (Mangan). "Medical Bills Prompt More Than 60 Percent of U.S. Bankruptcies. . . .' If an illness is long enough and expensive enough, private insurance offers very little protection against medical bankruptcy'." (Tamkins, Sullivan/Warren/Westbrook). The medical industry has repeatedly done studies trying to come up with quantitative statistics proving the benefits of healthcare, but keep coming back to the conclusion that, with a few isolated exceptions, such as trauma care, there is no real strong evidence that healthcare has any affect on an individual's health and longevity. (Robbins, "The Growth of Government in the United States"). "Over the past 10 years health care premiums have grown at four times the rate of wages and inflation, and insurance company profits have nearly tripled. . . . Insurance companies are for-profit businesses, and the way they maximize profits is by minimizing payments. . . . Medical reviewers for one health insurance company who rendered the most denials received bonuses." (Moore) "U.S. Ranks Last Among Other Industrialized Nations on Preventable Deaths. 101,000 Fewer Americans Would die Annually if the U.S. Improved its Preventable Death Rate to that of the Three Top Performing Nations" (January/February 2008 issue of Health Affairs). My UK-trained dentist and USA-trained dermatologist are first-rate. I got $15,000 of dental work for $1800, and $4000 of dermatology for $160 in the government-run skin hospital, where my doctor is the chief of research." (WWW post)
  62. Corruption (Bauman, R. Bell, C. Dean, Krimsky, Kumar, Leung, Lord Acton, Moore, Newman-Toker, Olsen, Schneider, Schram, Sparrow, Stearns, Whitlock, Zimmerman, SiCKO, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Cancer of Fraud Permeates U.S. Healthcare System, Pharmaceutical Industry is Biggest Defrauder of the Federal Government Under the False Claims Act, "Pharmaceutical Industry Financial Penalties, 1991-2010").
    See also: Medical ethics, Ethics, Ethics, Computer Ethics, Cyberethics, Healthcare as a consumer rip-off, Conspiracy and Corruption, Organized Crime, Theft, Stealing and Fraud: Property Rights, Healthcare Horror Stories, Healthcare Reform, and so forth, and so on.
    There is deep corruption in our medical and food industries. (C. Dean). Healthcare is a business, just like any other business (we pay to have medical procedures done). "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority." (Lord Acton in Acton, Essays on Freedom and Power) The number of unnecessary medical and surgical procedures performed annually is 7.5 million per year. The number of people exposed to unnecessary hospitalization annually is 8.9 million per year. (Carolyn Dean), [See also: Schram, Stearns, Bauman, Zimmerman, Sparrow, Whitlock, Leung, Kumar, Newman-Toker, and so forth, and so on]. Scientific Research has become "impure science: fraud, compromise, and political influence." (Robert Bell). The lure of profits has corrupted biomedical research. (Krimsky). Science funded by the pharmaceutical industry cannot be trusted, due to obvious conflicts of interest. (Olsen). Fraud may be a motive for misdiagnosis. (Leung). Healthcare fraud is estimated to cost taxpayers over 200 billion dollars a year. (T. Brown). "Insurance and pharmaceutical companies, along with the elitist doctors who control the AMA and every hospital's board of trustees, buy politicians on both sides of the aisle." (Moore). Today there are four health care lobbyists in Washington for every member of Congress." (Moore, SiCKO). "Insurance and pharmaceutical companies, along with the elitist doctors who control the AMA and every hospital's board of trustees, buy politicians on both sides of the aisle." (Moore). Penalties imposed upon pharmaceutical companies increased from 300 million in 1999 to 4,500 million in 2009, that is 4 billion, 500 million. (Pharmaceutical Industry is Biggest Defrauder of the Federal Government Under the False Claims Act, new Public Citizen Study Finds, "Pharmaceutical Industry Financial Penalties, 1991-2010"). "Settlements and court judgments [against Veterans Administration Medical Centers, about 151 hospital -- compiler], have cost taxpayers $845 million since 2003 and reached a high of $98 million last year [2012 -- compiler], according to an exclusive analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. (Schneider)
  63. Healthcare horror stories (Barlett/Steele, Blanchard, Bolen, Dalberg, C. Dean, Eaton, K. Eban, Gibson/Singh, Graedon/Graedon, Hulse, Jung/Lurie/Wolfe, Kumar, Leasure, Mercola, Moore, O'Reilly, Ozner, Pickering, Richter, Robbins, Scranton, Shomon, Stearns, Strand, Tricoci/Kramer/Smith, Health Affairs, The US is the Worst Place in the World to Get Cancer Treatment, Surgical Errors are tip of the Iceberg, Ten Rules That Could Save Your Life, Shortages of Critical Medicines Creating Chaos, "Death by Medicine," Why Pharmacists are Wrong About Generic Drugs, The Growth of Government in the United States).
    See also: Nuclear radiation and other radiation, "Creating" patients, Medicine as social control, Prescription drugs with dangers, The pharmaceutical industry, big pharma, Corruption (in chapter summary), The verterans administration, Healthcare Horror Stories, Healthcare Reform.
    There is deep corruption in our medical and food industries (C. Dean). The top three killers of Americans are the US health care system -- period. The system is designed that way. The Death by Medicine study showed us, in 2001, that: "It is evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the United States. The total number of iatrogenic deaths shown . . . is 783,936. The 2001 heart disease annual death rate is 699,697; the annual cancer death rate, 553,251. . ." And no one running the system cares. No one. (Tim Bolen in "The US is the Worst Place in the World to Get Cancer Treatment . . . Opinion"). The U.S. health care system has failed the American public and is pulling down the US economy. It has intentionally focusing on draining the last dollar out of Americans desperate for real health care. This makes it the largest problem Americans have ever faced. Larger than World War II. Larger than the war on terror. Larger than global warming. Larger than the cost of oil. (Tim Bolen). "U.S. Ranks Last Among Other Industrialized Nations on Preventable Deaths. 101,000 Fewer Americans Would die Annually if the U.S. Improved its Preventable Death Rate to That of the Three Top Performing Nations" (January/February 2008 issue of Health Affairs). Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) have been estimated to be the 3rd most frequent cause of death in the USA today, outstripped only by heart disease and cancer. (Ten Rules That Could Save Your Life) "Of the more than 1.5 million angioplasties and coronary bypass surgeries performed annually in the U.S., fully 70-90 percent are not only unnecessary, but are also detrimental -- and in some cases, even cause death. (Ozner). "Roughly 4,000 'never events' [doctors call them 'never events' because they are never supposed to happen], occur each year in U.S. hospitals. Roughly 40 times a week a sponge or a towel is left behind inside a patient. About 20 times a week the wrong side or the wrong body part is operated on. And about the same number of times the wrong operation is performed." ("Surgical Errors are tip of the Iceberg"). "In 2008, Eaton notes, a hepatitis C outbreak in Las Vegas revealed that a local outpatient surgery center was working with contaminated tools, some of which were intended for only single use anyway. This, in turn, led to an inspection of 1,500 other such centers -- and the finding that 28 percent of them had infection control deficiencies related to equipment cleaning and sterilization." (Eaton). A large number of physicians convicted of crimes find employment within the federal government (Jung/Lurie/Wolfe). Drug scarcities are creating problems for hospitals. There has been an unusually high number of shortages of critical medications over the last few years. (Shortages of Critical Medicines Creating Chaos). We are unable to sell our cows to Europe because 80 percent of the cows in the US have the Bovine leukemia virus which causes cancer in every organ of the cow and is spread to other animals by the milk. (Hulse).
  64. Healthcare reform (Psalm 80:2b,3, Psalm 11:3, 2 Samuel 22:3, Psalm 23:5,6, 2 Samuel 23:3, 1 Timothy 6:10, Proverbs 1:7, Genesis 4:7, Genesis 25:29-34, Hebrews 2:14,15, Matthew 16:26, Angell, Barlett/Steele, R. Bell, Benavie, Brawley/Goldberg, E.R. Brown, T. Brown, Brownlee, R. Busch, Callahan, Cameron, Cassels, Cheney, Cimasi, Clark, Connolly, Dalberg, J. Daniel, C. Dean, DeParrie, P. DeParrie, Dineen, Downes, Duncan, Du Plessis/Strydom, K. Eban, P. Ewald, Ewald/Ewald, Falkowski, Fitzgerald, Fredericks, Fredericks/Mahar, Garrett, Gawande, Gay, Gillespie, Goozner, Graedon, Graedon/Graedon, Richard Greene, Gupta, Healy, Herle, Himmelstein/Woolhandler, Hulse, Kassirer, Kauffman, Kumar, LeBow/White, Leung, Lloyd-Jones, Lundberg/Stacey, Mahar, Makary, N. Martin, Mendelsohn, Mercola, Michaels, M.N. Miller/Mcgowen/Quillen, J. Mitchell, Moffit, Moore, Moynihan/Cassels, Muggeridge, Newman-Toker/Makary, Qureshi, Reid, Robbins, Singer, Starr, Strand/Wallace, Trusting in men instead of trusting in God results in incompetence and corruption, Archives of Internal Medicine, US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Affairs, SiCKO, Life Extension Magazine, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Death by Modern Medicine, Antibiotics and Sudden Death, Annual Causes of Death in the United States, Have You Been Misdiagnosed? Overcoming Addiction With Science and Compassion, The Growth of Government in the United States, Questions for the US Congress, Drug-Related Morbidity and Mortality: A Cost-of-Illness Model, Job Security and Job Performance in Healthcare, Get This Wrong and at Best You go Bankrupt, Lack of moral vigor, SiCKO, The Prospects for Ending Obamacare: Learning from Health Policy History, Euthanasia, Why Pharmacists are Wrong About Generic Drugs, Has the Court Made Generic Drugs too Risky? Stress, Suicide, and Female Physicians, "Have You Been Misdiagnosed?, US Department of Health and Human Services, "Death by Medicine" in "Life Extension," "Antibiotics and Sudden Death," "Annual Causes of Death in the United States").
    See also: Healthcare as a consumer rip-off, The limits of modern medicine, The failure of the american medical system, Healthcare Reform, Corruption (in chapter summary), Conspiracy and Corruption, Organized Crime, Monopoly and Anti-trust Law Enforcement, Dental care, Medical Tourism, and so forth, and so on.
    "The depravity of man is at once the most empirically verifiable reality, but at the same time the most intellectually resisted fact." (Malcolm Muggeridge and Calvin's Commentary on Isaiah, Chapter 33). "The underbelly of healthcare today is the under treatment of the poor, the over treatment of the rich, the financial conflicts of interests physicians face, insurance that doesn't demand the best (or even cheapest) care, and a pharmaceutical behemoth concerned with selling drugs, not providing health." (Brawley/Goldberg). Reform is always difficult. The sovereignty of God is clear to the Christian, who understands he must obediently work toward reform, but that reform is finally in the hand of God, and his everlasting mercy, and his providential timing. (Lamentations 3:22-26, Psalm 80:2b,3). Nevertheless, it is helpful to understand that the long-term decline of the Western mind has removed the foundations (Psalm 11:3) for a stable society. (C. Gregg Singer, From Rationalism to Irrationality: The Decline of the Western Mind From the Renaissance to the Present, and the complementary lecture series Apologetics. The challenge that corporate healthcare in America is unable to meet is "how to maintain ever increasing compensation for healthcare [shareholders and medical professionals, including dentists -- compiler], while the population becomes healthier." Healthcare is not exempt from the "lack of moral vigor" in society today. (Callahan). Medical error is the number one cause of death in America. Hospital error, hospital-acquired infection, adverse drug reactions, nursing homes, all come in for their share of the total death toll. (Carolyn Dean in "Death by Modern Medicine"). The estimated annual number of iatrogenic deaths [medical errors that lead to disease and death -- compiler], is 750,000 [also reported as 783,936, see Bolin -- compiler], or three jumbo jets crashing every day (over 1,000 per year), (Graeden/Graeden). and is approximately one patient per doctor, per year. (Newman-Toker/Makary, N. Martin, Carolyn Dean, "Death by Medicine" [the "Life Extension Magazine" article], Johnson, J.A. and J.L. Bootman, "Drug-Related Morbidity and Mortality: A Cost-of-Illness Model," in Archives of Internal Medicine, 1995; 155:1949-1956. Each year, 6.1 million Americans are harmed by diagnostic mistakes, drug disasters, and medical treatments. (Top Screwups Doctors Make and how to Avoid Them). Statistically, doctors are about 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners. (See calculations elsewhere). "Only about 24 percent of families ever find out when a medical error has been made." (J.L. Mitchell)
    "The United States slipped to No. 37 [41 as of August 2007, see Ohlemacher] in health care around the world, just slightly ahead of Slovenia." (World Health Organization, 2000 report, based on 1997 data). "Life expectancies in Cuba are about equal to those in America despite being outspent by America 26 to 1 in health care." (S. Gupta). "We [the U.S.], are No. 43 in the world in infant mortality." (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development [OECD]). "U.S. Ranks Last Among Other Industrialized Nations on Preventable Deaths. 101,000 Fewer Americans Would die Annually if the U.S. Improved its Preventable Death Rate to that of the Three Top Performing Nations" (January/February 2008 issue of Health Affairs). The statistics throughout this summary suggest that today at least some healthcare providers are "beyond caring."
    Healthcare fraud is estimated to cost taxpayers over 200 billion dollars a year. The Federal government has not been able to stop this fraud. "According to private and public estimates, approximately $24 million is lost per hour to healthcare waste, fraud, and abuse." (R.S. Busch). The profit motive must be taken out of medicine, the weight of evidence is overwhelming. (Moore, "SiCKO"). "The pay-per-service system drives doctors into lucrative specialities, while primary care physicians have become an endangered species; million dollar diagnostic machines stand idle while emergency rooms overflow." (Fredericks/Mahar). "The profit-driven 'medical-industrial complex' has over-built the healthcare sector and produce a powerful, distorting incentive for billions of dollars of pointless, even risky, tests, prescriptions and procedures." (Fredericks/Mahar). In modern medicine there is a tendency to overtest (Welch, Anekwe, Fredericks/Mahar, Mendelsohn), overtreat (Durian, Hadler, Strand, Fredericks, Mendelsohn), and to "create" patients (Horwitz, Dineen, Hadler, Grelsamer, Du Plessis/Strydom, Fredericks/Mahar, Szasz, Mendelsohn, Moynihan/Cassels). "Widening the boundaries of illness and lowering the threshold for treatments is creating millions of new patients and billions in new profits. This in turn is driving up personal drug bills and threatening to bankrupt national health systems all over the world [medical bills are also the leading cause of personal bankruptcies. -- compiler]. As more and more ordinary life is 'medicalized,' the industry moves ever closer to being able to 'sell to everyone'." (Moynihan/Cassels). "Doctors and patients testify to the often tragic consequences of fragmented, impersonal assembly-line medicine, designed more for churning out profits than life-long health management. Veteran physicians stress that change begins with the doctor-patient partnership: consistent family-centered primary care built on informed, shared decision-making." (Fredericks/Mahar). "The underbelly of healthcare today is the under treatment of the poor, the over treatment of the rich, the financial conflicts of interests physicians face, insurance that doesn't demand the best (or even cheapest). care, and a pharmaceutical behemoth concerned with selling drugs, not providing health." (Brawley/Goldberg)
    It has been said "the only lesson we really have to learn is to trust in God." Trusting in men instead of trusting in God leads to incompetence and corruption. Calvin unfolds Scripture on the incompetence and corruption of the unregenerate, and the spiritually "blind," in their fearful pursuit of fleshly needs. See: his commentary on Isaiah 33, Proverbs 1:7, Genesis 4:7, Genesis 25:29-34, Hebrews 2:14,15, and Matthew 16:26. Not being able to trust God to "provide a table before us" (Psalm 23:5,6), to provide a lifetime of employment, contributes, in part, to a whole array of unethical practices in healthcare: abortion, euthanasia, hospital "bill stuffing," Medicare fraud, exorbitant prenatal and delivery fees, unnecessary heart surgery, high fixed-prices for dental procedures, "creating patients," overtreating patients, "pushing" new, dangerous drugs at high fixed-prices, "paper-thin" health insurance, medical association clinical guidelines that misrepresent conditions and thereby "churn" business, public advertising of drugs, hospital services, dental care, and so forth, and so on. All these corporate demands take a toll on the conscientious practitioner. It is not surprising that doctors have the highest suicide rate of any professional group. (M.N. Miller/Mcgowen/Quillen, Stress, Suicide, and Female Physicians). The average lifespan of a doctors is currently 56.
    In the final analysis our livelihood and our competence in life depend upon trusting in God to prepare a table before me [us] in the face of mine [our] enemies, to care for us and to satisfy our needs throughout life, a lesson that King David learned and expressed in Psalm 23:5,6. And, of course, loving obedience to the commandments, laws, statutes, precepts, principles, and practices in God's Word is also obedience to the "highest ethical standard known to mankind." It was pointed out above that "both delivery of healthcare with good outcomes, and reform of the healthcare system must be informed by Absolute Truth."
    "The medical-industrial complex" has given us "the backward economic incentives embedded in our system" that is failing most Americans. (Brownlee). "Vested interests make a great deal of money by maintaining the status quo. They have systematically worked to keep Americans clueless about the causes and extent of the healthcare meltdown, and the real story about feasible alternatives." (LeBow/White, Health Care Meltdown: Confronting the Myths and Fixing our Failing System Reform is also hindered by what is called the "policy trap." Important segments of society (seniors on Medicare, recipients of Medicaid, and etc.), get enough out of an inefficient system to resist and to be suspicious of any reform. (Starr). Notice that developing a cure for major diseases, addictions, or abnormal behaviors, and educating the patient as to how to prevent disease, and how to stay healthy, would foster a society of healthy individuals who do not need doctors. It would be the equivalent of "working oneself out of a job" for healthcare providers. Freudian psychology is a pseudoscience and is a dangerous overreach into all aspects of modern life. (Szasz). "By diagnosing unwanted behavior as mental illness" our modern mental health system absolves "individuals of responsibility for their actions and instead blame their alleged illness." (Szasz). Psychiatry tends to transformed normal sorrow into depressive disorder. (Horwitz/Wakefield). The "fact of incurability" is built into the business model of most recovery programs (i.e., "once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic."). Yet there is ample documented evidence that this fact is not true. (J. Johnson, Szasz, Alcoholics Anonymous and Other 12-Step Recovery Programs),
    "There is a culture of cover-up in medicine that has been very effective at keeping mistakes secret. A recent study found that the most sophisticated way of detecting harm in the hospital identified 100 times more problems than doctors reported. (Health Affairs, April, 2011, JAMA, July 14, 2010). Cover-up by healthcare practitioners may be thought of as a corollary to the "blue code of silence" that "has protected police officers from being reported for misconduct. This unwritten rule keeps fellow officers from revealing errors or criminal activity." In healthcare if a practitioner reports incompetency or medical error, malpractice, misconduct, or price gouging, regardless of how tactful and respectful they are, leadership tends to unite, and to brand the "whistle blower" as a "trouble maker." They may lose their jobs, and they may have difficult finding another job. The patient may also be the victim in reform efforts. If they report wrong-doing, then they may find that suddenly they are "given a hard time," denied medical care, or dropped as a patient by their previous provider. Victimizing of the patient corresponds to the military unwritten "code red" which was dramatized in the movie "A Few Good Men" (1992), based on a true story. (A Few Good Men, Wikipedia)
    Considering all the facts that have preceded, proposed government healthcare reform [The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Social Security, Medicare, soaring national debt, and impending national bankruptcy, etc.], appear to resemble a colossal Ponzi scheme on the part of government. (Ponzi Scheme, Wikipedia article). The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been a disastrous failure and an embarrassment to the Federal Government so far, and it remains to be seen if it will survive in its current state (May 2014). (Jeff Duncan, Full List of Obamacare Tax-hikes, New Obamacare Fees Coming in 2014. "Based on Washington's record of health policymaking, ending or rolling back Obamacare is anything but implausible." (Moffit). "Real cost control begins with the nation's largest entitlements, Medicare and Medicaid [and Veterans Administration Medical Centers -- compiler], for which lawmakers have direct responsibility." (Moffit). "We urge everyone to join opposition to government control and funding of health care. The only way to maximize medical safety is to increase consumer power through free markets, not to make physicians agents of the state." -- Nicolas Martin, Executive Director, American Iatrogenic Association "Oregon had become the first state to legalize doctor-assisted suicide, in 2008. Montana, Washington, Vermont and New Mexico have since followed suit. . . . 'In the Netherlands . . . dementia patients are euthanized, mobile euthanasia clinics operate and the Groningen protocol allows euthanasia for disabled babies. In Belgium, organs are harvested from euthanasia patients and 32 percent of all euthanasia deaths are without consent . . .'." -- Richard Greene
  65. Vaccination (Cave/Mitchell, Graedon, Sardi, Vaccination, How Bad is the Flu? How Good is the Shot?).
    See also: Failure of the american medical system, The limits of modern medicine, What your doctor may not tell you, "Creating" patients.
    Many vaccines used today include ingredients such as mercury, formaldehyde, ethylene glycol, and more. (Cave/Mitchell).
  66. The limits of modern medicine (E.R. Brown, Carlson/Illich, Cochrane, Cochrane/Maynard/Chalmers, Collen, C. Dean, Dubose, J. Ehrenreich, Fuchs, Garrett, Hepler, Illich, McKeown, Payne, Powles, Robbins, Schneider/Lane, Starr, Szasz, "The Growth of Government in the United States").
    See also: The Limits of Modern Medicine, The failure of the american medical system, The veterans administration medical centers, Medicine as social control, Public health, Toxic and harmful substances, cancer, Oncology (cancer treatment), Medical ethics, Ethics, Computer "Creating" patients, Oncology (cancer treatment), Healthcare Reform, Prescription Drugs With Dangers, The pharmaceutical industry, big pharma, The Government Role of Punishing Wrongdoers, Healthcare Horror Stories, and so forth, and so on.
    "Medicine does not deserve the great expectations for health which many of its leaders, physicians, public press, and lay advocates claim." (Payne). There are limits to modern, scientific, corporate medicine (Dubos). which are not widely known, but can be fatal. (Carolyn Dean, et al.). The "U.S. lags behind 41 nations in life span," the "US has the most expensive healthcare in the world. Americans spend more for drugs than any other country in the world. (Health Affairs). There is "futility of relying on medicine to cure the ills created by social and physical environments." (Dubos). Medical challenges of the epidemic spread of AIDS, drug-resistant microbes carried from one country to another, and by the danger of biological warfare can demand a cooperative global movement. (Garrett). According to the FDA, 80 percent of the active and inactive ingredients in our pharmaceuticals come from abroad, and we are "confronted with a huge drug counterfeiting problem."
  67. Failure of the American medical system (Adolph/Bourne, Barlett/Steele, Brawley/Goldberg, E.R. Brown, C. Dean, Jensen, Mendelsohn, Payne, Robbins, Siegel, "The Growth of Government in the United States," and so forth, and so on).
    See also: Trusting god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Medicine as social control, The Limits of Modern Medicine, Healthcare Horror Stories, Healthcare Reform, and so forth, and so on.
    "Historical epidemiological evidence overwhelmingly supports the conclusion that medical science has played a relatively small role in reducing morbidity and mortality. (E.R. Brown). Most diseases are self-limiting [and often will clear up in three to six months with no treatment -- compiler]. (Mendelsohn). The medical industry has repeatedly done studies trying to come up with quantitative statistics proving the benefits of healthcare, but keep coming back to the conclusion that, with a few isolated exceptions, such as trauma care, there is no real strong evidence that healthcare has any affect on an individual's health and longevity. (Robbins, "The Growth of Government in the United States"). Federal spending growing at ten (10) times the economy partially explains growth in the cost of healthcare. Healthcare spending in real terms (adjusted for inflation) increased from negligible in real terms in 1900, to 1 billion in 1930, to 210 billion in 1994. That is an increase of over 2,000 times. (Robbins, "The Growth of Government in the United States"). If the U.S. healthcare system was a country, it would be the 6th largest economy in the entire world. (Lubin/White). "Medical science rescued the medical profession, in particular the practitioners, from the widespread lack of confidence in their effectiveness." (E.R. Brown). "The underbelly of healthcare today is the under treatment of the poor, the over treatment of the rich, the financial conflicts of interests physicians face, insurance that doesn't demand the best (or even cheapest) care, and a pharmaceutical behemoth concerned with selling drugs, not providing health." (Brawley/Goldberg). The challenge that corporate healthcare in America is unable to meet is "how to maintain ever increasing compensation for healthcare [shareholders and medical professionals, including dentists -- compiler], while the population becomes healthier." Not being able to trust God to "provide a table before us" (Psalm 23:5,6), to provide a lifetime of employment, contributes, in part, to a whole array of unethical practices in healthcare.
  68. Medicine as social control (E.R. Brown, Collen, Ehrenreich, Fuch, Illich, McKeown, Moffit, Starr, Szasz, Waitzkin/Waterman, Warfield, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, The Prospects for Ending Obamacare, ObamaCare Chart).
    See also: Failure of the american medical system, The limits of modern medicine, What your doctor may not yell you, "Creating" patients, Public Health, Corruption (in chapter summary), Conspiracy and Corruption, Organized Crime, Civil government, Healthcare Reform, Medicine as Social Control.
    "As medical science won public and professional credibility, it also solved the second and fundamentally more serious problem facing the profession in the nineteenth century: competition. The overall impact of scientific medicine within the profession was to legitimize control by elite practitioners and medical school faculty. Capitalists and corporate managers 'embraced scientific medicine as an ideological weapon in their struggle to formulate a new culture appropriate to, and supportive of, industrial capitalism.' For members of the corporate class, technological medicine has legitimized their economic and political dominance by diverting attention from the consequences of their control -- that is, from such 'social costs' as class inequalities, domination based on race or sex, occupational hazards, and environmental degradation. For the medical profession, the knowledge generated by medical science and the techniques of medical technology provided the basis for physicians' claims to a monopoly of authority over the practice of medicine." (E.R. Brown)
  69. Death (Isaiah 46:4, Psalm 92:14a, Acts 4:12, Luke 24:2, 1 Corinthians 15:21, Philippians 1:23, Psalm 23:4, John 14:1-3, Philemon 4-7, Aldrich, Alexander, Bailey, R. Baxter, J.S. Baxter, S. Boettner, Cushenberry, Howard Mumford Jones, D.J. Kennedy, Owen, Powell, Cameron, Spurgeon, Strauss, D. Watson, Webb).
    See also: Healthcare as a consumer rip-off, Healthcare reform, Ministering to the dying, Ministering to the sick, Medical ethics, Ethics, Computer Ethics, Cyberethics and so forth, and so on.
  70. Ministering to the dying (Genesis 48:21, R. Baxter, Belgum, Burnham, Candlish, Kopp/Sorenson, Kuyper, Lachs, J. Love, McColley, Owen, Phipps, Platt/Branch, Soulen, Spurgeon, Swinnock, D. Watson).
    See also: The aged, Grief, Ministering to the sick, Patient advocacy, and so forth, and so on.
  71. Grief (1 Corinthians 15:21, Revelation 21:4, Genesis 48:21, Bailey, R. Baxter, Bolton, J. Johnson, Kuenning, McGee, Nash, Packer/Baxter, Rank, Spurgeon, Szasz, Wiersbe/Wiersbe, Wilde).
    See also: Ministering to the sick, Ministering to the dying, Depression, Patient advocacy, and so forth, and so on.
    Psychiatry tends to transformed normal sorrow into depressive disorder. (Horwitz/Wakefield),
  72. Euthanasia (Proverbs 8:36, Cameron, deParrie/Pride, Fuch, Tada, "Death by Medicine").
    See also: The aged, Abortion and the sanctity of life, Medical Ethics, Ethics, Computer Ethics, Cyberethics Medicine as social control, Healthcare Horror Stories, Ministering to the dying, Ministering to the sick, Depression, and so forth, and so on.
    The 2500-year-old Hippocratic Oath has been replaced with ethical relativism, and the medical profession increasingly sees itself not only as healers but as killers also [ie. abortion, euthanasia, over-treating, over-medicating, and so forth, and so on -- compiler], (Cameron)
  73. Medical ethics (Proverbs 8:36, G.F. Anderson, Anson, Greene, R. Paul, Payne, pharmablogger, Rushdoony, Sardi, Terrell/Payne, "Death by Medicine," The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, J.D. Power and Associates -- Healthcare Division, Hippocratic Oath).
    See also: Correct Diagnosis, The limits of modern medicine, Failure of the american medical system, Healthcare Horror Stories, Healthcare Reform, Medical Ethics, Ethics, Computer Ethics, Cyberethics Healthcare Reform, Healthcare as a consumer rip-off.
    The "fact of incurability" is built into the business model of most recovery programs (i.e., "once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic"). Yet there is ample documented evidence that this in fact is not true. (J. Johnson, Szasz, Alcoholics Anonymous and Other 12-Step Recovery Programs),
    Psychiatry tends to transformed normal sorrow into depressive disorder. (Horwitz/Wakefield). "By diagnosing unwanted behavior as mental illness" our modern mental health system absolves "individuals of responsibility for their actions and instead blame their alleged illness." (Szasz). Freudian psychology is a pseudoscience and is a dangerous overreach into all aspects of modern life. (Szasz)
  74. The Veterans Administration Medical Centers (Proverbs 8:36, Bauman, W. Robb Graham, Jung/Lurie/Wolfe, Kumar, K. Leung, K. Miller, Newman-Toker, O'Reilly, Schneider, Schram, Sparrow, Stearns, Strand/Wallace, Whitlock, Zimmerman, Malpractice Payouts to U.S. Veterans Reach 12-Year High).
    See also: Monopoly and Anti-trust Law Enforcement, Corruption (in chapter summary), Conspiracy and Corruption, Organized Crime, Medicine as social control, Failure of the american medical system, The limits of modern medicine, The failure of the american medical system, "Creating" patients, Patient advocacy The Veterans Administration Medical Centers, Healthcare Horror Stories, Healthcare Reform, and so forth, and so on.
    "Settlements and court judgments [against Veterans Administration Medical Centers, about 151 hospital -- compiler], have cost taxpayers $845 million since 2003 and reached a high of $98 million last year [2012 -- compiler], according to an exclusive analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. (Schneider). Critics say this is due to lack of accountability. The VA doesn't directly pay for malpractice damages; the money comes out of the Treasury budget. (Schneider). "In addition, plaintiffs cannot directly sue a VA doctor. They must sue the agency, and that provides cover for the doctors, critics say." (Schneider). Poor communication was the cause of one (1) in five (5) adverse events reported to the Veterans Health Administration system from 2001 to 2006, according to a study published in Archives of Surgery (O'Reilly, Jung/Lurie/Wolfe). A large number of physicians convicted of crimes find employment within the Federal Government. (Jung/Lurie/Wolfe)
  75. Public health (Callahan, R.E. Brown, T. Brown, Garrett, Graedon, Jung/Lurie/Wolfe, Robbins, N. Martin, The Growth of Government in the United States, The Veterans Administration Medical Centers, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Cancer of Fraud Permeates U.S. Healthcare System, SiCKO, The Prospects for Ending Obamacare: Learning From Health Policy History, ObamaCare Chart).
    See also: The Government Role of Punishing Wrongdoers, The failure of the american medical system, The limits of modern medicine, Public Health, Medicine as Social Control, The Veterans Administration Medical Centers, Healthcare Reform.
    Ninety-three (93) cents out of every dollar spent on healthcare is spent not by the consumer but by others such as the Federal Government spending 210 billion in 1994. (Robbins, "The Growth of Government in the United States"). Healthcare fraud is estimated to cost taxpayers over 200 billion dollars a year. (T. Brown). The Federal government has not been able to stop this fraud. A large number of physicians convicted of crimes find employment within the federal government. (Jung/Lurie/Wolfe). "The FDA isn't protecting you. Over 125,000 people die each year from prescription drug mistakes." (Graedon/Graedon). Medical challenges posed by the epidemic spread of AIDS in Africa, by drug-resistant microbes carried from one country to another, and by the danger of biological warfare can be met only by a cooperative global movement dedicated to strengthening public health infrastructures. (Garrett). "We urge everyone to join opposition to government control and funding of health care. The only way to maximize medical safety is to increase consumer power through free markets, not to make physicians agents of the state." (N. Martin)



Spiritual Aspects of Health

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. (Psalm 16:11)

Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. (James 5:14,15)

And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. (Exodus 23:25)

So treat this Holy Spirit, as thou wouldst one from whose prescription thou art in a continual course of physic, and none have skill but he. For when thou comest to die, his cordials must alone support, for none of any other's making will do thee any good. It is these, and these alone, must comfort, and carry thee to heaven. -- Thomas Goodwin (1600-1680)

*Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), The Saint's Everlasting Rest: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 3, ISBN: 187761128X 9781877611285. A Christian classic.
"Third in the four-volume set. Includes The Saint's Everlasting Rest; Treatise of Self-Denial; The Life of Faith; Obedient Patience, and many more. Over 1000 pages." -- GCB
"This is the greatest treatment on Heaven ever to appear! . . ." -- Wilbur M. Smith.
The Saints' Everlasting Rest, (singly) Richard Baxter, edited by Benjamin Fawcett
"Discusses the nature, excellencies, design, rejection, necessity, of the Saints' rest. Calls us to live the heavenly life now." -- GCB
The Saints' Everlasting Rest, Richard Baxter, edited by Benjamin Fawcett
http://www.ccel.org/b/baxter/everlasting_rest/saints_rest.html

Boston, Thomas (1676-1732), The Shortness of Human Life. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS BOSTON, VOL. 11), on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS BOSTON, VOL. 11), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #6.

Bouma, Hessel, III, Christian Faith, Health and Medical Practice, ISBN: 0802803695 9780802803696.

Ellens, J. Harold, God's Grace and Human Health, ISBN: 0687153263 9780687153268.

Finley, Martha (aka Martha Farquharson, 1828-1909), Book 2: Elsie's Holidays at Roselands, ISBN: 9781888306323 1888306327.
"When Elsie's father becomes ill, she takes on the job of nurse-companion, and all goes well until Elsie, because it is the Sabbath, as a matter of conscience refuses to read to him from a secular book. The battle of wills that ensues nearly causes first her father's death, and then Elsie's. Lonely Elsie -- punished, ostracized, and then abandoned by her father -- turns to her heavenly Father for comfort and assurance. Will her father realize that Elsie's obedience to God must be paramount, and submit himself to the same Divine Authority?" -- Publisher
On an even more serious note, one moral of this story is the broader life and death struggle between Truth and Falsehood (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism," "Epistemology," "Christian Scholarship"). The consequence of conflict of will is death of the "One," or war of the "Many" (see Rushdoony, The One and the Many). Conflict of will (see "Will and Recalcitrance," "Rebellion and Lawlessness") may begin when one individual (see "The Doctrine of Man (Human Nature, Total Depravity)" or corporate body (see "Corporate Faithfulness and Sanctification") tries to usurping authority over another (see "Power," "Authority") -- tries to control and possess them (see "Tyranny," "Slavery"). The means of control may be either outward or occult (see "The Occult and Spiritism"): deceit, repression or suppression of the truth, replacing moral and ethical absolutes with relativism (see "Ethics," "Medical Ethics"), unfaithfulness to the highest ethical standards (see "The Ten Commandments," "The Holy Bible"), apostasy, spiritual whoredom (see "Idolatry," "Jeremiah"), invocation of the demonic, idolatry, ungodly alliance and secret societies (see "Carnality and Flesh Pleasing," "Justice, Judgment, God's Final Judgment, The Great White Throne Judgment, The Day of the Lord"), attempts to take authority over another politically or by mental malpractice (see "Selection of Covenant Heads for Positions of Leadership"), "making up their own rules (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism)," ignoring or changing constitutional or creedal documents, unjust laws for the accumulation of wealth and power, indebtedness, disenfranchisement, denial of freedom (see "God the Author of Freedom"), soul-stealing, possessiveness, physical seduction and whoredom, political economic or sexual enslavement (see "Sexual Relationship"), and so forth, and so on.
This abuse, this soul-violence, quenches the Holy Spirit (see Owen, "God's Presence With a People the Spring of Their Prosperity; With Their Special Interest in Abiding in Him"). If either side is immovable, then death is the consequence (see "Soteriology," "The Atonement," "The Blood of Christ," "Hell" and "Heaven").
How are conflicts of will resolved? By submission to the Absolute Truths of God's word, the great common denominator (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6). All this bears a strain of the Gospel (see "Book-length Presentations of the Free Offer of The Gospel Message of Salvation and the Life to Come: The Means of Grace," "The Westminster Confession of Faith").
Book 2: Holidays at Roselands
http://archive.org/details/holidaysatrosel00finlgoog
Holidays at Roselands (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14280
Mantle Ministries (Elsie Dinsmore and Mildred Series)
http://www.mantlemin.com

Gibson, James E., Healing Wisdom From the Bible: Spiritual Guidance, Inspiration, and Comfort for Everyday Life, ISBN: 044021016X 9780440210160.
"This important book harnesses the healing powers of one of our oldest and most inspiring guides. Whether it's dealing with anger or dealing with each other, overcoming family conflicts or achieving happiness, Gibson uses Scriptures to provide enlightening and practical solutions." -- Publisher

Heimburger, Douglas C, Whatever Happened to sin and the Soul in Medicine?

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), The Doctor Himself and the Human Condition, ISBN: 0906747082 9780906747087.

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Healing and the Scriptures, ISBN: 0840790112 9780840790118.
"The ten chapters in this book are excerpts from messages given by the Doctor to medical students and practicing M.D.'s. The subjects covered are many, among which are: The Supernatural in medicine, On treating the whole man, The doctor as counselor, Fullest care, Medicine in modern society, Body, mind, and spirit, How to combat the demonic, Identifying psychosomatic illnesses, and The moral law. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), The Life of Peace: Exposition of Philippians 3 and 4, [Philippians 4] ISBN: 0801056780 9780801056789.
"This volume follows THE LIFE OF JOY which is on Philippians 1 and 2, thus completing the study on the Book of Philippians. Examples of expository excellence!" -- GCB

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), The Supernatural in Medicine, ISBN: 0851119425 9780851119427.

*Lockyer, Herbert, All the Promises of the Bible, ISBN: 0310281318.
"A devotional expositional compilation of all the promises [about 3,300 of the approximate 8,810 promises -- compiler], that are found in Scripture." -- Publisher
"Lockyers in-depth look at the scope of Gods promises arranges them in categories that cover the full array of human concerns, from the spiritual to the material and the corporate to the personal. As you come to understand Gods promises and how they apply to every aspect of your life, you'll gain a trust in God that will sustain you through the worst of times and be your source of rejoicing in the best.
"Dr. Herbert Lockyer was born in London in 1886, and held pastorats in Scotland and England for 25 years before coming to the United States in 1935. In 1937 he received the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Northwestern Evangelical Seminary. In 1955 he returned to England where he lived for many years. He then returned to the United States where he continued to devote time to the writing ministry until his death in November of 1984." -- Publisher

McColley, D., Physical and Spiritual Care of the Terminally Ill.

Merritt, James, God's Prescription for a Healthy Christian, ISBN: 0896935396 9780896935396.

*Pascal, Blaise (1623-1662), and A.J. Krailsheimer (translator), Pensees, ISBN: 0140446451 9780140446456.
"In his short lifespan, Pascal invented the prototype of the computer (la machine arithmetique), started the first public passenger service in Paris, mastered a physics problem re the vacuum, expounded his scientific and mathematical studies with such an order of brilliance that it was considered by no means inappropriate to compare him with Aristotle, engaged in vituperative and extremely effective theological polemics with the Jesuits -- and, finally, in spite of appalling ill-health and pain, attained a serene relationship with God and with his fellows, in the process producing one of the great literary masterpieces of all time, viz., the PENSEES. This volume is a work of Christian apologetics before which the most skeptical mind, indulgent flesh, and arrogant spirit, stand utterly defenseless. Not too shabby an achievement in thirty-nine years and two months!" -- Reader's Comment

*Storms, C. Samuel, Healing and Holiness: A Biblical Response to the Faith Healing Phenomenon, ISBN: 087552446X 9780875524467.
"J.I. Packer says 'Sam Storms' book . . . impresses me as soundly Biblical in its perspective and pastorally wholesome in its thrust. Not everyone will love him for writing in these terms, but everyone will benefit from weighing his arguments. I commend HEALING AND HOLINESS most heartily.' Praised by Dr. Ed Payne, founder of the Journal of Biblical Ethics in Medicine. Dr. Storms sheds light on a topic clouded by controversy, and examines the Biblical teaching on suffering, divine healing, and holiness." -- GCB

See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Bad Relationships as a Cause of Disease and Death, Forgiveness of sin, Unforgiveness, Reconciliation of relationships, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Spiritual adultery (spiritual whoredom/harlotry), Idolatry, syncretism, Sexual wholeness, Prayer, Bible promises, Loving and obeying God, The Holy Spirit, Small groups as healing agents, Biblical counsel by subject, Soul-violence, The free offer of the gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, the covenant of eternal salvation, Book-length presentation of the free offer of the gospel message of salvation and the life to come, Women's health, Bad relationships a cause of disease and death

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Emotions and Health

Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 16:20-22)

Satan can afflict the body by the mind -- for these two are so closely bound together that their good and bad estate is shared between them. If the heart be merry the countenance is cheerful, the strength is renewed, the bones do flourish like an herb. If the heart be troubled, the health is impaired, the strength is dried up, the marrow of the bones wasted, etc. Grief in the heart is like a moth in the garment, it insensibly consumeth the body and disordereth it. -- Richard Gilpin

David describes the symptoms of a broken heart quite literally in Psalm 38. It is thought to have been written followed Shimei's stoning and cursing of David in 2 Samuel 16:5-14.

Verse 3. There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger. Mental depression tells upon the bodily frame; it is enough to create and foster every disease, and is in itself the most painful of all diseases. Soul sickness tells upon the entire frame; it weakens the body, and then bodily weakness reacts upon the mind. . . .
Verse 8. I am feeble. The original is "benumbed, "or frozen, such strange incongruities and contradictions meet in a distracted mind and a sick body -- it appears to itself to be alternately parched with heat and pinched with cold. Like souls in the Popish fabled Purgatory, tossed from burning furnaces into thick ice, so tormented hearts rush from one extreme to the other, with equal torture in each. A heat of fear, a chill of horror, a flaming desire, a horrible insensibility -- by these successive miseries a convinced sinner is brought to death's door. And sore broken. Crushed as in a mill, pounded as in a mortar. The body of the sick man appears to be all out of joint and smashed into a palpitating pulp, and the soul of the desponding is in an equally wretched case; as a victim crushed under the car of Juggernaut, such is a soul over whose conscience the wheels of divine wrath have forced their awful way. I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart. Deep and hoarse is the voice of sorrow, and often inarticulate and terrible. The heart learns groanings which cannot be uttered, and the voice fails to tone and tune itself to human speech. When our prayers appear to be rather animal than spiritual, they are none the less prevalent with the pitiful Father of mercy. He hears the murmur of the heart and the roaring of the soul because of sin, and in due time he comes to relieve his afflicted.
The more closely the preceding portrait of an awakened soul is studied in the light of experience, the more will its striking accuracy appear. It cannot be a description of merely outward disorder, graphic as it might then be; it has a depth and pathos in it which only the soul's mysterious and awful agony can fully match. . . .
Verse 10. My heart panteth. Here begins another tale of woe. He was so dreadfully pained by the unkindness of friends, that his heart was in a state of perpetual palpitation. Sharp and quick were the beatings of his heart; he was like a hunted roe, filled with distressing alarms, and ready to fly out of itself with fear. The soul seeks sympathy in sorrow, and if it finds none, its sorrowful heart throbs are incessant. My strength faileth me. What with disease and distraction, he was weakened and ready to expire. A sense of sin, and a clear perception that none can help us in our distress, are enough to bring a man to death's door, especially if there be none to speak a gentle word, and point the broken spirit to the beloved Physician. As for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me. Sweet light departed from his bodily eye, and consolation vanished from his soul. Those who were the very light of his eyes forsook him. Hope, the last lamp of night, was ready to go out. What a plight was the poor convict in! Yet here, we have some of us been; and here should we have perished had not infinite mercy interposed. Now, as we remember the lovingkindness of the Lord, we see how good it was for us to find our own strength fail us, since it drove us to the strong for strength; and how right it was that our light should all be quenched, that the Lord's light should be all in all to us. . . .
Verse 10. My heart panteth. The verb which David here uses signifies to travel or wander hither and thither, but here it is taken for the agitation or disquietude which distress of heart engenders when we know not what to do. According as men are disquieted in mind, so do they turn themselves on all sides; and so their heart may be said to turn round, or to run to and fro. John Calvin.
Verse 15. David committed himself to him that judgeth righteously, and so in patience was able to possess his soul. Hope in God's intervention, and belief in the power of prayer, are two most blessed stays to the soul in time of adversity. Turning right away from the creature to the sovereign Lord of all, and to him as our own covenant God, we shall find the richest solace in waiting upon him. Reputation like a fair pearl may be cast into the mire, but in due time when the Lord makes up his jewels, the godly character shall shine with unclouded splendour. Rest then, O slandered one, and let not thy soul be tossed to and fro with anxiety. -- C.H. Spurgeon commenting on Psalm 38 in The Treasury of David

Feelings come and feelings go, and feelings are deceiving . . . my warrant is the Word of God; naught else is worth believing; So, though my heart and flesh should fail, for want of some sweet token . . . I'll put my trust in Him alone, whose word cannot be broken. -- Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Adolph, Harold P., with Dave Bourne, "Holyistic" Attitudes: God's Prescription for Your Good Health, ISBN: 0929292162: 9780929292168.

Adolph, Harold P., with Dave Bourne, Stop Making Yourself Sick: A Physician Explores the Connection Between Spiritual Health and Physical Health, ISBN: 0896933253 9780896933255.

Belgum, David Rudolph, Guilt: Where Religion and Psychology Meet.

Belgum, David Rudolph, Hypocrisy and Mental Health (1962). Available in MORALITY AND MENTAL HEALTH.

Brandt, Henry, The Struggle for Inner Peace, revised edition, 128 pages, ISBN: 0882072455 9780882072456. Alternate title: THE STRUGGLE FOR PEACE.
"Challenges the mental health model of human life. Argues for the biblical process of humbling self-discovery that leads to Christ's grace: 'The struggle for peace is just that -- recognizing and dealing with the sin that causes your problem.' Dissects the sin issues within emotions, bending of truth, and psychosomatic problems. Life's pressures and temptations can become opportunities for growth in godliness rather than occasions of continuing in sin." -- David Powlison

Cousins, Norman, Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient, ISBN: 0393041905 9780393041903 0393326845 9780393326840.
"This book revolutionized the way Americans think about health and health care. Diagnosed with a life-threatening and incurable condition, Cousins checked himself out of the hospital and basically healed himself with laughter, rest and Vitamin C. A few years later, he recovered from a major heart attack on his own and wrote about that, too.
"These books jump-started the whole field of mind-body medicine. Hundreds of books have followed in its tradition, including mine, THE ART OF GETTING WELL: MAXIMIZING HEALTH WHEN YOU HAVE A CHRONIC ILLNESS. ANATOMY OF AN ILLNESS holds up well. I just re-read it and it's still relevant.
"Not everything here will apply to most readers, because Cousins was a major cultural figure with many physicians among his friends. Not everyone would have his self-confidence or his sources of support. But his ideas and his approach are more needed than ever today." -- David Spero RN, www.art-of-getting-well.com
Cousins "describes his battle with cancer and how he laughed his way to recovery. His hypothesis and the subject of many studies suggests that there are positive effects to be gained from laughter as a great tension-releaser, pain reducer, breathing improver, and general elevator of moods. It sounds miraculous, is not proven, but studies continue. Groups such as the International Conference on Humor and many hospitals use positive emotion rooms and humor carts. In short, humor therapy is valuable and it helps us through difficult or stressful times."

Cramer, Raymond L., The Psychology of Jesus and Mental Health.

Dean, Chuck, NAM VET: Making Peace With Your Past, ISBN: 0967937108 9780967937106.
"Dean is executive director of Point Man International, a non-profit support organization dedicated to healing war wounds of Vietnam veterans. He was among the first combat troops to be sent to Vietnam.
"This book is a shocker. Listen to these statistics: More Vietnam veterans have committed suicide since 1975 than were killed in the war itself. The divorce rate of Nam vets is 90 percent. One out of four combat veterans make less than $7000 a year." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"Veterans are entering the 21st century, and for many, Vietnam has never ended. Why do so many suffer from flashbacks, depression, rage, substance abuse, and nightmares? Author and Vietnam veteran Chuck Dean has helped thousands find peace and spiritual healing." -- Publisher
Point Man International Ministries (800) 877-VETS
http://www.pointmanintl.org/

Horwitz, Allan V., Jerome C. Wakefield, and Robert L. Spitzer (Foreword), The Loss of Sadness: How Psychiatry Transformed Normal Sorrow Into Depressive Disorder, ISBN: 9780195313048 0195313046.
"Depression has become the single most commonly treated mental disorder, amid claims that one out of ten Americans suffer from this disorder every year and 25 percent succumb at some point in their lives. Warnings that depressive disorder is a leading cause of worldwide disability have been accompanied by a massive upsurge in the consumption of antidepressant medication, widespread screening for depression in clinics and schools, and a push to diagnose depression early, on the basis of just a few symptoms, in order to prevent more severe conditions from developing. In THE LOSS OF SADNESS, Allan V. Horwitz and Jerome C. Wakefield argue that, while depressive disorder certainly exists and can be a devastating condition warranting medical attention, the apparent epidemic in fact reflects the way the psychiatric profession has understood and reclassified normal human sadness as largely an abnormal experience. With the 1980 publication of the landmark third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III), mental health professionals began diagnosing depression based on symptoms -- such as depressed mood, loss of appetite, and fatigue -- that lasted for at least two weeks. This system is fundamentally flawed, the authors maintain, because it fails to take into account the context in which the symptoms occur. They stress the importance of distinguishing between abnormal reactions due to internal dysfunction and normal sadness brought on by external circumstances. Under the current DSM classification system, however, this distinction is impossible to make, so the expected emotional distress caused by upsetting events -- for example, the loss of a job or the end of a relationship -- could lead to a mistaken diagnosis of depressive disorder. Indeed, it is this very mistake that lies at the root of the presumed epidemic of major depression in our midst. In telling the story behind this phenomenon, the authors draw on the 2,500-year history of writing about depression, including studies in both the medical and social sciences, to demonstrate why the DSM's diagnosis is so flawed. They also explore why it has achieved almost unshakable currency despite its limitations. Framed within an evolutionary account of human health and disease, THE LOSS OF SADNESS presents a fascinating dissection of depression as both a normal and disordered human emotion and a sweeping critique of current psychiatric diagnostic practices. The result is a potent challenge to the diagnostic revolution that began almost thirty years ago in psychiatry and a provocative analysis of one of the most significant mental health issues today.
"Allan V. Horwitz is Professor of Sociology and Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Rutgers University. He is the author of many articles and a number of books on various aspects on mental illness, including The Social Control of Mental Illness, The Logic of Social Control, and Creating Mental Illness. Jerome C. Wakefield is University Professor and Professor of Social Work at New York University, and he has also taught at the University of Chicago, Columbia University, and Rutgers University. He is an authority on the intersection between philosophy and the mental health professions and the author of many articles on diagnosis of mental disorder." -- Publisher
"Depression is the mental health problem of our generation. In this important and penetrating book, Horwitz and Wakefield show that psychiatry no longer clearly differentiates between normal sadness and depressive disorder. A must read for anyone who wants to understand how so much "depression" has become medicalized." -- Peter Conrad, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Brandeis University, and author of The Medicalization of Society
"With superb scholarship and crisp prose, Horwitz and Wakefield examine the fatal flaw at the core of depression diagnosis. This book describes, with devastating clarity, why the DSM went off track and how the resulting scientific train wreck slows research and distorts our experience of our own sadness. If the DSM was based on biology, this book would signal a new beginning." -- Randolph Nesse, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, and author of Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine
"Not another hackneyed anti-psychiatry polemic, THE LOSS OF SADNESS is a brilliant analysis of how mental health professionals can avoid pathologizing normal, emotional responses to life's stressors while accurately identifying those suffering from genuine depressive disorders. Erudite and engagingly written, THE LOSS OF SADNESS is destined to have a major impact on our field." -- Richard J. McNally, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of Remembering Trauma

*Justice, Blair, Who Gets Sick: How Beliefs, Moods and Thoughts Affect Health, revised, expanded edition, ISBN: 0960537678 9780960537679.
"This is a revised, expanded edition of the 1988 classic that won a prestigious Ben Franklin Award for the best book on health. It was one of the first to give the public an understanding of how beliefs and attitudes affect the body.
"Blair Justice, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology and a longtime researcher in mind/body medicine at the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center, School of Public Health, where he also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. A clinical psychologist, he is the author of numerous papers in the scientific literature and five other books (two with his wife, Dr. Rita Justice). His most recent book (1998) is A DIFFERENT KIND OF HEALTH: FINDING WELL-BEING DESPITE ILLNESS. His 1988 book, WHO GETS SICK: HOW BELIEFS, MOODS AND THOUGHTS AFFECT HEALTH has been published in four languages. A revised, expanded edition was published in 2000. Dr. Justice is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Dr. Justice works once a week at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center helping patients cope. He and his wife are avid hikers and mountain climbers, along with their Tibetan dogs Tashi and Bodhi. Blair and Rita do animal assisted therapy volunteer service at Methodist Hospital at the Texas Medical Center. -- Publisher
"This book tells it like is, no holds barred. Anyone who has Chronic Fatigue Immune Deregulation Syndrome (CFIDS), Fibromylagia, Gulf War Syndrome, MS, etc., this is a must have for their bookshelf and reference library. Our thoughts become images thus resulting in chronic illnesses passed on to generations. One might think themselves sick and become sick. The scary part is that it is all true. What we think, we become. -- Reader's Comment

Lawrence, Roy, Christian Healing Rediscovered: A Guide to Spiritual, Mental, Physical Wholeness, ISBN: 0877846219 9780877846215.
"Christian resources of worship, the power of the resurrection, the extent of salvation, and possible sources of suffering are given insightful, Biblical, practical treatment; well balanced approach to the interrelationships of spiritual, emotional, and physical health." -- Mark Branson

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), The Life of Peace: Exposition of Philippians 3 and 4, [Philippians 4] ISBN: 0801056780 9780801056789.
"This volume follows THE LIFE OF JOY which is on Philippians 1 and 2, thus completing the study on the Book of Philippians. Examples of expository excellence!" -- GCB

*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Spiritual Depression, ISBN: 0551025492 9780551025493.
"A physician turned preacher deals with the scriptural causes of spiritual depression and show how it may be cured. Aims at developing an effective, healthy Christian life." -- Cyril J. Barber
"Believing that Christian joy was one of the most potent factors in the spread of Christianity in the early centuries, Lloyd-Jones not only lays bare the causes that have robbed many Christians of spiritual vitality, but also points the way to the cure." -- Publisher

Martin, Mike W., From Morality to Mental Health: Virtue and Vice in a Therapeutic Culture, ISBN: 0195304713 9780195304718.

McMillen, S.I., None of These Diseases, ISBN: 080075719X 9780800757199.
Revised and expanded in 2000 by D.E. Stern. "This epochal work, when first published in 1963, drew attention to the Biblical teaching on health and the care of the body. Now updated with information on modern diseases, it is even more valuable than when it broke new ground two decades ago." -- Cyril J. Barber
"Good insights into the relation between your attitudes and your physical health." -- Robert B. Somerville

Mowrer, Orval Hobart, Morality and Mental Health, 669 pages, online version (OCoLC)590215904.

*Ornish, Dean, Love and Survival: The Scientific Basis for the Healing Power of Intimacy, ISBN: 0060930209 9780060930202.
"Many people know Dean Ornish as the doctor who proved that symptoms of heart disease can be reversed with a regimen of a low-fat diet, exercise, and stress reduction. In LOVE AND SURVIVAL, he concentrates on the less tangible aspects of a healthful life. Through anecdotes and dozens of scientific studies, Ornish demonstrates that personal intimacy and other aspects of emotional well-being -- all the elements that make up what we call 'love' -- are as important to our physical condition as to our mental health. Not only do these positive emotions motivate us to make better lifestyle choices, Ornish argues, they also have a powerful direct effect on our bodies, giving us stronger immune systems, better cardiovascular functioning, and longer life expectancies. But the benefits of opening our hearts to others go beyond curing our bodies of disease; it's also the first step toward healing our entire lives." -- Amazon.com

*Sibbes, Richard (1577-1635), The Bruised Reed, ISBN: 0851517404 9780851517407. A Christian classic. Available (THE WORKS OF RICHARD SIBBES) on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"Richard Sibbes, one of the most influential figures in the Puritan movement during the earlier years of the seventeenth century, was renowned for the rich quality of his ministry. THE BRUISED REED shows why he was known among his contemporaries as 'the sweet dropper'." -- Publisher
"If you have ever been (or are) discouraged in any way this is a book that will bring great encouragement and joy!" -- Publisher
"Sibbes never wastes the student's time, he scatters pearls and diamonds with both hands." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"A poor peddler came to the door . . . and my father bought of him Sibb's BRUISED REED . . . It suited my state . . . and gave me a livelier apprehension of the mystery of redemption and how much I was beholden to Jesus Christ . . . Without any means but books was God pleased to resolve me to himself." -- Richard Baxter
"Speaking of the preacher's need to suit his reading to the varying conditions he finds within, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says in his PREACHING AND PREACHERS:
'You will find, I think, in general that the Puritans are almost invariably helpful . . . I shall never cease to be grateful to one of them called Richard Sibbes who was balm to my soul at a period in my life when I was overworked and badly overtired, and therefore subject in an unusual manner to the onslaughts of the devil. In that state and condition . . . what you need is some gently, tender treatment for your soul. I found at that time that Richard Sibbes, who was known in London in the early seventeenth century as 'the heavenly Doctor Sibbes', was an unfailing remedy. His books THE BRUISED REED and THE SOUL'S CONFLICT quieted, soothed, comforted, encouraged and healed me.'
"This is one of the best Puritan books to read if you are feeling down or depressed or if you are facing struggles and trials. It is also very useful if you are struggling with assurance. Great encouragement for Christians here!" -- Publisher
The Bruised Reed and Smoking Flax, A. Beith (introduction, 1878)
http://archive.org/details/bruisedreedands00sibbgoog

Siegel, Bernie S., Love, Medicine and Miracles: Lessons Learned About Self-Healing From a Surgeon's Experience With Exceptional Patients ISBN: 0060919833 9780060919832.
Includes bibliography.

Ubel, Peter A., You're Stronger Than You Think: Tapping Into the Secrets of Emotionally Resilient People.
This is a biography, document, and internet resource.

Vander Goot, Mary, Healthy Emotions: Helping Children Grow, ISBN: 0801093031 9780801093036.
"This book is about the normal emotions of normal children. Its purpose is to help adults deal with children's emotions effectively." -- GCB

See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Joy, Humor, Psychosomatic illness, Stress, Grief, Bad Relationships as a Cause of Disease and Death, Praise, Forgiveness of sin, Reconciliation of relationships, Sexual relationship, Spiritual adultery (spiritual whoredom/harlotry), Idolatry, syncretism, Sexual wholeness, Prayer, Depression, Love and counseling problems, Soul-violence, The Battle for the mind, Mind control, Depression, The regulative principles of worship, Praise, Joy, Sleep

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Justifying Faith
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr1cha.html#justfaith



Bad Relationships as a Cause of Disease and Death

Bad relationships as a cause of disease and death is certainly something that is seldom talked about. Yet it could be the most important listing in the chapter. There have been countless examples throughout my life supporting this conclusion. Only recently a neighbor in her 70's shared that she had been in excellent health until the age of 50, when aging parents became dependent upon her for care. They lived nearby, she cared for them on a daily basis. But there was conflict between them. She has since had five heart surgeries, and she suffers from constant back pain that is inoperable. -- compiler

For the wages of sin is death [both the first death, or temporal death, and the second death or eternal separation from God after the Final Judgement -- compiler]. (Romans 6:23)
To be in conflict with God's will is to be a causative agent of disease and death. Sin is a conflict of will that leads to death (Romans 6:23).

Strong conflict of will can lead to death. If either side is immovable in a conflict of will, then disease and death are the result. See the didactic fiction of Martha Finley, BOOK 2: ELSIE'S HOLIDAYS AT ROSELANDS.
How are conflicts of will resolved? By mutual submission to the absolute truths of the Word of God. Some will see here strains of the Gospel message of salvation, the means of Grace. Man's total depravity showcases the Holiness of God and his everlasting Righteousness, eternal life in the perfect holiness of God the Father and God the Son, the transforming power of sacrificial love, and on and on.

Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. (1 John 3:15)

Anthropologists tell us that one-third of all human beings who have lived on this planet have died at the hands of their brothers -- that fully one-third of the human race have died through war, violence, crime, and sudden death at the hands of another human being. -- D. James Kennedy and List of Wars and Anthropogenic Disasters by Death Toll, Wikipedia

The first half of the 20th century has been the bloodiest times in history. If all the people of the United States were to perish in a nuclear war, the number dead would be less than those who have perished by violence during the first half of the 20th century. -- Howard Mumford Jones in War and Tragedy

Abortion was the 20th century's biggest single killer of mankind worldwide, far surpassing any other cause: disease, war, governments, natural disasters, and so forth. See: "Biggest Killers of the 20th century." Notice that abortion is not included in this diagram. The absence of information says something about the depravity of mankind (Jeremiah 17:9,10), and about the suppression and repression of truth. (Hosea 4:6,7)
The number of abortions performed worldwide in the last 50 years is estimated to be 1 to 2 billion. But try to document this fact elsewhere online.
The total abortions worldwide for the 20th century may be interpolation from available data. The calculation does not factor in incremental increases in world population since 1900. Worldwide there are an estimated 43.8 million abortions annually (2008 figures, Guttmacher Institute) X 100 years = 4.38 billion killings worldwide in the 20th century. This is compared to 1.97 billion estimated deaths worldwide for non-communicable diseases the reported biggest killer worldwide of the 20th century. Comparison may also be made with figures for genocide.
Number of Abortions -- Abortion Counters
"The most accurate set of abortion counters on the web. Number of abortions in US and worldwide; Number of abortions since 1973; Number of abortions this year; US Abortion clock; Worldwide abortion clock; Number of abortions due to rape or incest; Planned Parenthood abortion count."
http://www.numberofabortions.com/

How ironic that Cain, the very first man born of a woman, murdered his brother, while so many modern men believe that humans are "basically good." The biblical account of Cain slaying his brother Able, is a most telling example of the utter depravity of fallen man. -- compiler

The depravity of man is at once the most empirically verifiable reality, but at the same time the most intellectually resisted fact. -- Malcolm Muggeridge. See also: Calvin's Commentary on Isaiah, Chapter 33 [Isaiah 33]

And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. (She probably hoped that this was the Messiah. Alas! how often are parents' hopes deceived. It was not "a man -- the Lord" who had come to Eve's bosom, but a man of sin, a child of the wicked one.) And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. (Her second child she called "Vanity," and yet he was precious in the sight of the Lord. What mistakes we make about our children.) And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. (Can had no faith, and he had no eye to the blood of atonement: Abel had both. These should be main points in all our religious duties.) And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. <(Wroth not with himself as he ought to have been, but with his brother and with God.)
And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. (It is sin which blocks the way.) And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother?
And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?
(We shall either be our brother's keeper or our brother's murderer. If we do not labour to save others, we shall be guilty of their blood.)
And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
(He makes no confession of his sin, but only murmurs at his punishment. We know many whose minds are in a similar state. They cavil at hell, but they persevere in sin.) Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

This ancient record of the first murder is used by John as a picture of the action of the unregenerate in all time. Love marks the children of God, and hate is the sure ensign of the heirs of wrath. Thus writes the beloved apostle. (Genesis 4:1-15) -- C.H. Spurgeon, Spurgeon's Devotional Bible, p. 10

There are some persons who are so rebellious, so perverse, so deceitful, so destructive, so recalcitrant, the incompetent and corrupt "Cains," that they are a danger to the innocent "Abels," and destructive to society. All one can do is bring them to justice by arrest, conviction, sentencing, and punishment, and wait for them to die. -- compiler

Word: "disease;" Meaning; "disturb;" Sample location: "Luke 8:49" -- from the "Glossary," 1599 Geneva Bible, Tolle Lege edition

DISEASE, n. Dizeze. [dis and ease].
1. In its primary sense, pain, uneasiness, distress, and so used by Spenser; but in this sense, obsolete.
2. The cause of pain or uneasiness . . . disorder; any state of a living body in which the natural functions of the organs are interrupted or disturbed . . . The first effect of disease is uneasiness or pain, and the ultimate effect is death. . . .
3. A disordered state of the mind or intellect, by which the reason is impaired.
4. In society, vice; corrupt state of morals. Vices are called moral diseases. A wise man converses with the wicked, as a physician with the sick, not to catch the disease, but to cure it.
5. Political or civil disorder, or vices in a state; any practice which tends to disturb the peace of society, or impede or prevent the regular administration of government.
The instability, injustice and confusion introduced into the public councils have, in truth, been the mortal diseases under which popular governments have every where perished. -- 1846 edition of An American Dictionary of the English Language
DISEASE, v.t. dizeze.
1. To interrupt or impair any or all the natural and regular functions of the several organs of a living body [i.e. robbing a neighbor of sleep -- compiler]; to afflict with pain or sickness to make morbid . . .
2. To interrupt or render imperfect the regular functions of the brain, or of the intellect; to disorder; to derange.
3. To infect; to communicate disease to, by contagion.
4. To pain; to make uneasy. -- 1828 edition of Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language

The biggest predictor of health is socio-economic status, and not necessarily any of the indicators flushed out by screenings and diagnosis. The most important health risk are revealed in your answers to two questions. 1. Are you comfortable in your socio-economic status? 2. Are you satisfied in your job? [Notice this is the problem of healthy relationship, put in general terms. Is the individual oppressed in any or all of the different spheres of society? For example, in societies with resources, the greater the gap between the poor and the wealthy, the more ill health there is among the poor. -- compiler] -- Nortin Hadler, MD, Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in Worried Sick

He joined God's power with his [God's -- compiler], will, to the intent that we should not separate them, and hereby he willeth God's people to depend on his power which he confirmeth by examples. -- Psalm 135:6 annotation, 1599 Geneva Bible

The fool hath said in his heart,
There is no God.
They are corrupt,
they have done abominable works,
there is none that doeth good.
(Psalm 14:1)
See the Theological Notes: "Mankind's Guilty Knowledge of God" at Romans 1:29 and the note at Psalm 14:1 in The Reformation Study Bible.

The Treasury of David, Psalm 38, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps038.php

Bad relationships may begin when one person tries to usurping authority over another, tries to control and possess them. The means of control may be either outward or occult: deceit, repression or suppression of the truth, possessiveness, soul stealing, enslavement, attempts to take authority over another politically or economically, occult practices, sorcery, witchcraft, mental malpractice, whoredom, indebtedness, and so forth, and so on goes the catalog of sin. -- compiler

Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. (Proverbs 3:7-8)

Based on current trends, one in three women in the U.S. will have an abortion, according to the Alan Guttmacher Institute. The majority of women older than 17 who obtained an abortion reported a religious affiliation. The highest proportion (43 percent) identified themselves as Protestant. Twenty-seven percent of women having an abortion identified themselves as Catholic, and 8 percent as a member of another religion; . . . Thirteen percent identified themselves as "born-again" or evangelical, three-fourths of whom were Protestant. -- Rachel K. Jones, Jacqueline E. Darroch, and Stanley K. Henshaw, "Patterns in the Socio-economic Characteristics of Women Obtaining Abortions in 2000-2001," Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Volume 34, Number 5, September/October 2002

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. (Psalm 16:11)

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Psalm 133:1)

*Amundsen, Darrel W., The Anguish and Agonies of Charles Haddon Spurgeon
"Spurgeon's last years of physical suffering must be seen through the grid of the Down-Grade Controversy Down-Grade Controversy (begun in 1887). Early in this controversy he commented that he had "suffered the loss of friendships and reputation, and the infliction of pecuniary withdrawments and bitter reproach. . . . But the pain it has cost me none can measure."
To a friend in May 1891 he said, "Goodbye; you will never see me again. This fight is killing me."
The Anguish and Agonies of Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Free PDF file.
http://ebookbrowse.com/the-anguish-and-agonies-of-charles-spurgeon-pdf-d56778188

Bruhn, John G. and Stewart Wolf, The Roseto Story: An Anatomy of Health, ISBN: 0806114916 9780806114910.
"Roseto is a small Italian-American community in east-central Pennsylvania. This fifteen-year study drawing on medical histories, physical examinations, and laboratory tests, compared a large sample of Rosetans to inhabitants of two neighboring communities, Bangor and Nazareth, and followed up this research with a sociological study of the three communities.
"Despite a greater prevalence of obesity in Roseto, and despite similar dietary, smoking, and exercise habits and similar ethnic and genetic background, the inhabitants of Roseto were relatively immune to heart disease at the beginning of the research in 1963. They were also strikingly tenacious in adhering to Old World values and customs. Family relationships were very close and mutually supportive, and this cohesive quality extended to neighbors and to the community as a whole. When these traditional values and relationships were abandoned by the rising generation, the death rate from heart disease climbed toward the American norm. The study concluded that unconditional interpersonal support counteracts life stress and thus preserves life.
"John G. Bruhn is Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Northern Arizona University and Adjunct Professor of Health Sciences at New Mexico State University. He is a U.S. Fulbright Scholar, a World Health Organization Fellow, and a John E. Fogarty Health Sciences Fellow." -- Publisher

Childre, Doc Lew, and Howard Martin, The HeartMath Solution: The Institute of HeartMath's Revolutionary Program for Engaging the Power of the Heart's Intelligence, ISBN: 0062516051 9780062516053 006251606X 9780062516060.
"The Intelligent Heart. Access the power of your heart's intelligence to improve your focus and creativity, elevate your emotional clarity, lower your stress and anxiety levels, strengthen your immune system, promote your body's optimal performance, and slow the aging process." -- Publisher
"THE HEARTMATH SOLUTION may easily be written off as a book too eccentric for widespread public consumption, and that's unfortunate. The title's a bit misleading -- it's not about cardiac care and it's not about calculus, but rather how 30 years of research have shown that the heart's 'intelligence' affects emotions and physical health -- especially when it comes to handling stress -- and specifically what you can do to balance heart rhythms, reduce stress hormones, and boost your immune system. Yes, it sounds complicated, especially when you read that cardiologists worked with physicists and psychiatrists to develop the HeartMath program. But it's worth brushing off your skepticism and exploring the concepts in the Solution, as many employees of Fortune 500 companies have already done.
"The 'intelligence' that the authors focus on refers to both the heart's 'brain,' or the 40,000 neurons found in the heart (the same number in the brain itself), and the intuitive signals the heart sends, including feelings of love, happiness, care, and appreciation. When such positive emotions are felt, they 'not only change patterns of activity in the nervous system; they also reduce the production of the stress hormone cortisol.' When there's less cortisol, there's more DHEA, the so-called fountain of youth hormone known to have anti-aging effects on many of the body's systems.
"The HeartMath Solution outlines 10 steps for harnessing the power of the heart's intelligence, including ways to manage your emotions and keep energy levels high. One of the most important is the 'Freeze-Frame' technique for calming the nervous system, improving clarity of thought and perception, and boosting productivity (which is one of the many appealing features for those Fortune 500 companies). Each step includes references to data proving its effectiveness, with handy summaries of the key points to remember at the end of each chapter. This is a book that takes a bit of scientific understanding and a lot of time to wade through, but one that could help you prevent stress from ruling your existence." -- Erica Jorgensen
"Is the heart the missing link in the mind-body connection? By combining age-old philosophy with modern science, Childre and Martin make a compelling case for the idea that good health is really a triumph of heart, not mind, over matter. Citing the Institute's research on the heart's role in human health, they demonstrate that the so-called metaphorical condition of the heart -- which has long been associated with love, wisdom, courage, and happiness -- may play as important a role in mental well-being as its physical function. The HeartMath solution lies in developing what Childre and Martin call the core heart feelings (such as love, Forgiveness of sin, appreciation and care), which trigger physiological responses resulting in less stress, better brain function and a stronger immune system. Although this book is about the heart, it's written with cool intelligence and intelligibility for the head. Despite slightly off-putting names (Freeze-Frame, Cut-Thru and Lock-In), the relaxation exercises, which are being taught at corporations and at schools, are simple to do, although perhaps already too familiar to anyone who has tried other kinds of meditative techniques. Nevertheless, in presenting a clear argument for following one's heart, this book certainly breaks new ground in the holistic approach to health." -- Publishers Weekly
"Ancient cultures believed that the heart rather than the brain was the seat of emotions, vestiges of which are still apparent in descriptive phrases such as 'broken hearted,' 'cold hearted,' and many others. Recent research confirms the existence of complex communication links between these two organs as well as other systems responsible for maintaining homeostasis, and unanticipated electrical energy pathways that may mediate these activities. This book describes cutting edge approaches that can not only tune into such conversations, but also reduce stress and promote physical and mental health by influencing the dialogue." -- Paul J. Rosch, President, The American Institute of Stress
"HeartMath has had a profound influence on the lives of patients, staff, and administrators at our hospital. Specific health problems such as hypertension and arrhythmias have improved in several patients through interventions with HeartMath tools. Communication and creativity among staff members trained in these tools has taken a quantum leap. They have noticed a completely different way of looking at problems and interacting with those around them." -- Bruce Wilson, M.D., Former Director, University of Pittsburgh Heart Institute, Chairman, Medical Education Committee, Columbia Hospital, Milwaukee, WI

*Davies, Samuel (1723-1761, editor), et al., The Godly Family: A Series of Essays on the Duties of Parents and Children, ISBN: 1877611735 9781877611735.
"Gary Ezzo has collected 16 essays and sermons from 17th and 18th century pastors on ordering a godly home. The book is divided into four section: 1) The Importance of Family Religion, 2) The Duties of Parents, 3) The Duties of Children, 4) The Eternal Family. . . . All of these have been retypeset and updated for easier reading." -- Publisher
"The necessity and excellence of family religion / by Samuel Davies -- The great duty of family religion / by George Whitefield -- A plain and serious address on the important subject of family religion / by Philip Doddridge -- Parental duties illustrated / by Samuel Worcester -- The duties of parents towards their children / by Henry Venn -- Disciplining children / by Arthur Hildersham -- On the method of instructing children / by Henry Venn -- Four sermons on the religious education of children / by Philip Doddridge -- Blessings consequent upon parental fidelity / by Thomas Houston -- The duties of children to their parents / by Samuel Stennett -- The duties of children / by Henry Venn -- Heaven considered as a family / by Samuel Stennett."

Dean, Carolyn, Death by Modern Medicine, 379 pages, ISBN: 0973739207 9780973739206.
"Carolyn Dean, MD, ND is a powerful and clear writer who exposes the deep corruption in our medical and food industries with passion and conviction. She backs up her outrageous claims with deeply researched citations from the standard medical literature and government databases. She shows that despite medical error being underreported by a factor of 20, it is STILL the number ONE cause of death in America (and almost surely Canada). Hospital error, hospital-acquired infection, adverse drug reactions, nursing homes, all come in for their share of the total death toll. Why this atrocity is allowed to continue unabated and unnoticed is a question we all have responsibility for." -- Reader's Comment
Death by Medicine
This is an 18,491 word article in Life Extension magazine that includes many of the statistics from the 2001 study included in Dean's book. Documented with 151 endnotes.
"Until now, Life Extension could cite only isolated statistics to make its case about the dangers of conventional medicine. No one had ever analyzed and combined ALL of the published literature dealing with injuries and deaths caused by government-protected medicine. That has now changed.
"A group of researchers meticulously reviewed the statistical evidence and their findings are absolutely shocking. These researchers have authored a paper titled Death by Medicine that presents compelling evidence that today's system frequently causes more harm than good.
"This fully referenced report shows the number of people having in-hospital, adverse reactions to prescribed drugs to be 2.2 million per year. The number of unnecessary antibiotics prescribed annually for viral infections is 20 million per year. The number of unnecessary medical and surgical procedures performed annually is 7.5 million per year. The number of people exposed to unnecessary hospitalization annually is 8.9 million per year.
"The most stunning statistic, however, is that the total number of deaths caused by conventional medicine is an astounding 783,936 per year. It is now evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the US. (By contrast, the number of deaths attributable to heart disease in 2001 was 699,697, while the number of deaths attributable to cancer was 553,251.5)
"We placed this article on our website to memorialize the failure of the American medical system. By exposing these gruesome statistics in painstaking detail, we provide a basis for competent and compassionate medical professionals to recognize the inadequacies of today's system and at least attempt to institute meaningful reforms."
http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2004/mar2004_awsi_death_01.htm

Dubos, Rene´ J., Mirage of Health, Utopias, Progress, and Biological Change, ISBN: 0813512603 9780813512600.
"Dubos in MIRAGE OF HEALTH points out 'the futility of relying on medicine to cure the ills created by social and physical environments.' (p. 235)
"Dubos makes it clear that the doctrine of specific etiology (that is the notion that all medical problems can be traced to a certain, physical cause) has contributed more to medicine in the last century than probably any other idea. Yet Dubos also stresses the limitations of this mindset. He emphasizes that with physical ailments, there are many causes at work and it is difficult or impossible to determine the most significant among these. By emphasizing the multitude of factors that determine our health, Dubos makes it clear that balance with our environment is of utmost importance to maintenance of health." -- Reader's Comment

Finley, Martha (aka Martha Farquharson, 1828-1909), Book 2: Elsie's Holidays at Roselands, ISBN: 9781888306323 1888306327.
"When Elsie's father becomes ill, she takes on the job of nurse-companion, and all goes well until Elsie, because it is the Sabbath, as a matter of conscience refuses to read to him from a secular book. The battle of wills that ensues nearly causes first her father's death, and then Elsie's. Lonely Elsie -- punished, ostracized, and then abandoned by her father -- turns to her heavenly Father for comfort and assurance. Will her father realize that Elsie's obedience to God must be paramount, and submit himself to the same Divine Authority?" -- Publisher
On an even more serious note, one moral of this story is the broader life and death struggle between Truth and Falsehood (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism," "Epistemology," "Christian Scholarship"). The consequence of conflict of will is death of the "One," or war of the "Many" (see Rushdoony, The One and the Many). Conflict of will (see "Will and Recalcitrance," "Rebellion and Lawlessness") may begin when one individual (see "The Doctrine of Man (Human Nature, Total Depravity)" or corporate body (see "Corporate Faithfulness and Sanctification") tries to usurping authority over another (see "Power," "Authority") -- tries to control and possess them (see "Tyranny," "Slavery"). The means of control may be either outward or occult (see "The Occult and Spiritism"): deceit, repression or suppression of the truth, replacing moral and ethical absolutes with relativism (see "Ethics," "Medical Ethics"), unfaithfulness to the highest ethical standards (see "The Ten Commandments," "The Holy Bible"), apostasy, spiritual whoredom (see "Idolatry," "Jeremiah"), invocation of the demonic, idolatry, ungodly alliance and secret societies (see "Carnality and Flesh Pleasing," "Justice, Judgment, God's Final Judgment, The Great White Throne Judgment, The Day of the Lord"), attempts to take authority over another politically or by mental malpractice (see "Selection of Covenant Heads for Positions of Leadership"), "making up their own rules (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism)," ignoring or changing constitutional or creedal documents, unjust laws for the accumulation of wealth and power, indebtedness, disenfranchisement, denial of freedom (see "God the Author of Freedom"), soul-stealing, possessiveness, physical seduction and whoredom, political economic or sexual enslavement (see "Sexual Relationship"), and so forth, and so on.
This abuse, this soul-violence, quenches the Holy Spirit (see Owen, "God's Presence With a People the Spring of Their Prosperity; With Their Special Interest in Abiding in Him"). If either side is immovable, then death is the consequence (see "Soteriology," "The Atonement," "The Blood of Christ," "Hell" and "Heaven").
How are conflicts of will resolved? By submission to the Absolute Truths of God's word, the great common denominator (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6). All this bears a strain of the Gospel (see "Book-length Presentations of the Free Offer of The Gospel Message of Salvation and the Life to Come: The Means of Grace," "The Westminster Confession of Faith").
Book 2: Holidays at Roselands
http://archive.org/details/holidaysatrosel00finlgoog
Holidays at Roselands (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14280
Mantle Ministries (Elsie Dinsmore and Mildred Series)
http://www.mantlemin.com

Fitzpatrick, Elyse M., and Jody Hogan (foreword), Because He Loves Me: How Christ Transforms our Daily Life, ISBN: 158134905X.
"Simply speaking, love changes people. Christians, then, by definition, should exhibit the greatest transformation of all because, rightly understood and cherished, God's love makes them increasingly more like the One who has lavished his love on them.
"This truth is meant to tell believers who they are, their purpose and destiny, and how to faithfully persevere in their struggles against all opposition. But sometimes people lose sight of this. BECAUSE HE LOVES ME restores that vision, reminding Christians of their true identity as beloved children of God-adopted by the Father, espoused to the Son, and empowered by the Holy Spirit." -- Edward T. Welch, Counselor and Faculty Member, Christian Counseling & Education Foundation

*Foxe, John (1516-1587), and Thomas Freeman (prefatory material), John Foxe's Book of Martyrs. Actes and Monuments of Matters Most Speciall and Memorable (unabridged). Alternate title: THE UNABRIDGED ACTS AND MONUMENTS ONLINE or TAMO (HRI Online Publications, Sheffield, 2011). Available from: http://www.johnfoxe.org. Implemented by the Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, England, and published by HRI Online Publications, Sheffield, 2011, Version 2.0, ISBN: 9780954260864. A Christian classic.
"You can browse and compare the unabridged texts of the four editions of this massive work published in John Foxe's lifetime (1563, 1570, 1576, 1583). Each edition changed significantly as Foxe sought to incorporate new material, answer his critics, and adjust its polemical force to the needs of the moment. . . .
"TAMO is both an instrument of scholarship and a tool for anyone who wants to explore this remarkable work, a milestone in the history of the English printed book and a signal achievement of its printer, John Day."
John Foxe's Book of Martyrs. Actes and Monuments of Matters Most Speciall and Memorable, ISBN: 0197262252 9780197262252.
"This CD-ROM combines readable and printable images of 2,200 pages of text and woodcut engravings from the 1583 edition, the last for which Foxe was personally responsible."
Other editions: Acts and Monuments or Foxe's Book of Martyrs, 1554, 1843-49 edition, 8 volumes. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
" 'No book ever inflicted a wound so deep and incurable on the Romish system of superstition and bloody persecution . . . it was placed in . . . all churches and chapels throughout the kingdom, by order of Queen Elizabeth.' (Smith, Select Memoirs, p. 245). Contains much information not found in any of the liberally edited and severely shortened editions of this classic work which are in print today. Covering martyrs from the early church through to Foxe's day, it was one of the most influential books of the sixteenth century! It overflows with faith building testimony of the power of God to overcome the most cruel and barbarous acts of human depravity and demonic cruelty. 6890 pages. A very rare set, now back in print after 150 years!" -- Publisher
"After the Bible itself, no book so profoundly influenced early Protestant sentiment as the BOOK OF MARTYRS. Even in our time it is still a living force. It is more than a record of persecution. It is an arsenal of controversy, a storehouse of romance, as well as a source of edification." -- James Miller Dodds, English Prose
"When one recollects that until the appearance of the PILGRIM'S PROGRESS the common people had almost no other reading matter except the BIBLE and FOX'S BOOK OF MARTYRS, we can understand the deep impression that this book produced; and how it served to mold the national character. Those who could read for themselves learned the full details of all the atrocities performed on the Protestant reformers; the illiterate could see the rude illustrations of the various instruments of torture, the rack, the gridiron, the boiling oil, and then the holy ones breathing out their souls amid the flames. Take a people just awakening to a new intellectual and religious life; let several generations of them, from childhood to old age, pore over such a book, and its stories become traditions as individual and almost as potent as songs and customs on a nation's life." -- Douglas Campbell, The Puritan in Holland, England, and America
"If we divest the book of its accidental character of feud between churches, it yet stands, in the first years of Elizabeth's reign, a monument that marks the growing strength of a desire for spiritual freedom, defiance of those forms that seek to stifle conscience and fetter thought." -- Henry Morley, English Writers
"John Foxe was a prince among believers. He had his printing press on a cart, and had often to print at night, moving his press before dawn to escape capture and burning at the stake. He never faltered in his purpose to leave a voluminous written witness to the power of the Lord Jesus Christ to keep His saints in love and peace." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
Text Encoding Initiative (TEI)
John Foxe's Book of Martyrs Variorum Edition Online
http://www.tei-c.org/Activities/Projects/jo01.xml
Foxe's Acts and Monuments (the original Foxe's Book of Martyrs): How to Obtain a Facsimile or a Print-on-demand Copy.
Compiled by Peter Reynolds, 29 April 2006.
http://www.peterreynoldsbooks.com/home/foxereview.htm

Ganz, Richard (editor), Thou Shalt Not Kill: The Christian Case Against Abortion, ISBN: 0870004069 9780870004063.
"Collected essays dealing with various facets of the struggle against abortion." -- David Powlison

*Graglia, F. Carolyn, Domestic Tranquility: A Brief Against Feminism, ISBN: 0965320863 9780965320863 1890626090 9781890626099.
"It is the definitive refutation of modern feminism. At 418 pages, including endnotes, it is a comprehensive expos‚ of the modern feminist movement; if the reader is not persuaded by the extensive evidence Graglia presents, he (she!) is most likely devoted to the ideology of feminism in a way which cannot be shaken by overwhelming, cogent evidence." -- Andrew Sandlin
The Coup de Grace to Feminism, Rev. P. Andrew Sandlin
http://www.chalcedon.edu/cgi-bin/PrintPage.asp?REF=/report/99may/sandlin1.shtml

Gurian, Michael, Nurture the Nature: Understanding and Supporting Your Child's Unique Core Personality, ISBN: 078798633X 9780787986339.
"Negative stress, in contrast, is something we need to be very careful about, especially with our children. In the most general terms, as experts at the University of Maryland Medical School wrote recently, "When these symptoms persist, you are at risk for serious health problems. This kind of stress can exhaust your immune system. Recent research demonstrates that 90 percent of illness is stress-related." When stress goes beyond the stimulating (positive stress) and becomes debilitating (negative stress), symptoms fall into three categories: physical, emotional, and relational." -- Publisher
Resist the Latest Parenting Fads, Says New Book NURTURE THE NATURE Encourages Parents to Determine Their Child's Core Personality
"Increasingly, the minds of our children are growing up to be antisocial. Children diagnosed with Antisocial Personality Disorder now number in the millions. As the Carnegie-Mellon survey notes, our primary social response to the new antisocial nature of children has not been to rethink how we raise them, but rather to expand punishment and incarceration systems. A Department of Justice study reports that at our present rates of incarceration, one in twenty babies born in the United States today will spend some part of life incarcerated. As of 2004, 1 in every 138 U.S. residents was in prison."
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/NewYearNewYou/story?id=3119291&page=1

Hackett, David A., Allied Forces. Supreme Headquarters. Psychological Warfare Division. Intelligence Team., The Buchenwald Report, ISBN: 0813317770 9780813317779 0813333636 9780813333632 0827604998 9780827604995.
Extreme evil may be an excellent negative guide to correct theology, the righteousness which is of God, redemption, and immortality.
"After their liberation in April 1945, the inmates of Buchenwald told their stories to a special team of U.S. Army intelligence officers. One of the most important and unique documents of the Holocaust, this priceless eyewitness account was nearly lost forever and appears here in published form and in English for the first time." -- Publisher

*Howie, John (1735-1793), The Scots Worthies. Biographia Scoticana: or, A Brief Historical Account of the Lives, Characters, and Memorable Transactions of the Most Eminent Scots Worthies . . . as also, an Appendix, containing a short historical hint of the wicked lives . . . of the . . . apostates and . . . persecutors in Scotland . . . 2nd edition, corrected and enlarged, 1781. A Christian classic. Available (PDF and MP3 audio book files) on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (PDF file) on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1, #10. The series of 22 MP3 audio book files, produced by Still Waters Revival Books, are available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1-30 and at AudioSermons.com.
"Most commonly known as SCOTS WORTHIES, this edition contains Howie's footnotes (defending the Covenanters), and Howie's appendix titled 'The Judgment and Justice of God' (which chronicles God's judgments upon Reformation apostates and those who persecuted the Covenanters). It is the only edition in print which contains both these sections intended for publication by the author (as later editors often removed either one or both of these parts of this book). BIOGRAPHIA SCOTICANA covers the history of 'noblemen, gentlemen, ministers and others from Mr. Patrick Hamilton, who was born about the year of our Lord 1503, and suffered martyrdom at St. Andrews, Feb., 1527, to Mr. James Renwick, who was executed in the Grass-market of Edinburgh, Feb. 17, 1688. Together with a succinct account of the lives of other seven eminent divines, and Sir Robert Hamilton of Preston, who died about, or shortly after the Revolution.' This is one of our best history books (over 700 pages), covering all of the major Scottish Reformers. Howie summarizes his book as follows: 'The design of the following was to collect, from the best authorities, a summary account of the lives, characters, and contendings, of a certain number of our most renowned SCOTS WORTHIES, who, for their faithful services, ardent zeal, constancy in sufferings, and other Christian graces and virtues, deserve honourable memorial in the Church of Christ; and for which their names have been, and will be savoury to all the true lovers of our Zion, while Reformation principles are regarded.' Furthermore, the momentous nature of the struggles chronicled in this book are succinctly noted when Howie writes: 'the primitive witnesses had the divinity of the Son of God, and an open confession of Him, for their testimony. Our reformers from Popery had Antichrist to struggle with, in asserting the doctrines of the Gospel, and the right way of salvation in and through Jesus Christ. Again, in the reigns of James VI. and Charles I., Christ's REGALIA, and the divine right of Presbytery, became the subject matter of their testimony. Then, in the beginning of the reign of Charles II. (until he got the whole of our ancient and laudable constitution effaced and overturned), our Worthies only saw it their duty to hold and contend for what they had already attained unto. But, in the end of this and the subsequent tyrant's reign, they found it their duty (a duty which they had too long neglected), to advance one step higher, by casting off their authority altogether, and that as well on account of their manifest usurpation of Christ's crown and dignity, as on account of their treachery, bloodshed, and tyranny . . . which may be summed up. The Primitive martyrs sealed the prophetic office of Christ in opposition to Pagan idolatry. The reforming martyrs sealed His priestly office with their blood, in opposition to Popish idolatry. And last of all, our late martyrs have sealed His kingly office with their best blood, in despite of supremacy and bold Erastianism. They indeed have cemented it upon His royal head, so that to the world's end it shall never drop off again.' Moreover, the importance of this book can be clearly seen when Johnston, in TREASURY OF THE SCOTTISH COVENANT reports that, Walter Scott refers to Howie as 'the fine old chronicler of the Cameronians'. . . Howie's book has been for upwards of a century a household word, occupying a place on the shelf beside THE BIBLE and THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS.' Written for God, country and the covenanted work of Reformation. Stirring history!" -- Publisher
An Appendix, containing a short historical Hint of the wicked Lives and miserable Deaths of some of the most remarkable apostates and bloody persecutors in Scotland from the Reformation to the Revolution
This is the Appendix to THE SCOTS WORTHIES. BIOGRAPHIA SCOTICANA, 2nd edition, corrected and enlarged, 1781.
http://archive.org/details/biographiascotic28272gut
Biographia Scoticana, John Howie
Original from Oxford University, published 1885, digitized May 22, 2006. Described as a reprint of the 1781 edition. It does not appear to include the appendix cited above.
http://books.google.com/books?vid=OCLC34190563&id=5iwAAAAAQAAJ&q=Scots+Worthies+1781&dq=Scots+Worthies+1781&ie=ISO-8859-1&pgis=1

Mack, Wayne A., Maximum Impact: Living and Loving for God's Glory, ISBN: 9781596382046 159638204X.

Mack, Wayne A., Personal and Interpersonal Problems.

Mack, Wayne A., You can Resolve Interpersonal Conflicts, ISBN: 0801061032 9780801061035.

Marshall, Stephen (1594?-1655), The Sinne of Hardnesse of Heart: The Nature, Danger, and Remedy of it. Opened in a Sermon, Preached to the Honorable House of Commons, July 28. 1648. being the day of their solemne monethly fast. By Stephen Marshall, B.D. minister of Gods Word at Finchingfield in Essex. Published by order of that House, 1648. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

*Ornish, Dean, Love and Survival: The Scientific Basis for the Healing Power of Intimacy, ISBN: 0060930209 9780060930202.
"Many people know Dean Ornish as the doctor who proved that symptoms of heart disease can be reversed with a regimen of a low-fat diet, exercise, and stress reduction. In LOVE AND SURVIVAL, he concentrates on the less tangible aspects of a healthful life. Through anecdotes and dozens of scientific studies, Ornish demonstrates that personal intimacy and other aspects of emotional well-being -- all the elements that make up what we call 'love' -- are as important to our physical condition as to our mental health. Not only do these positive emotions motivate us to make better lifestyle choices, Ornish argues, they also have a powerful direct effect on our bodies, giving us stronger immune systems, better cardiovascular functioning, and longer life expectancies. But the benefits of opening our hearts to others go beyond curing our bodies of disease; it's also the first step toward healing our entire lives." -- Amazon.com

Putnam, Robert D., Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, ISBN: 0684832836 9780684832838 9780734203043 0743203046 9780743203043.
" 'If you don't go to somebody's funeral, they won't come to yours,' Yogi Berra once said, neatly articulating the value of social networks. In this alarming and important study, Putnam, a professor of sociology at Harvard, charts the grievous deterioration over the past two generations of the organized ways in which people relate to one another and partake in civil life in the U.S. For example, in 1960, 62.8 percent of Americans of voting age participated in the presidential election, whereas by 1996, the percentage had slipped to 48.9 percent. While most Americans still claim a serious "religious commitment," church attendance is down roughly 25-50 percent from the 1950s, and the number of Americans who attended public meetings of any kind dropped 40 percent between 1973 and 1994. Even the once stable norm of community life has shifted: one in five Americans moves once a year, while two in five expect to move in five years. Putnam claims that this has created a U.S. population that is increasingly isolated and less empathetic toward its fellow citizens, that is often angrier and less willing to unite in communities or as a nation. Marshaling a plentiful array of facts, figures, charts and survey results, Putnam delivers his message with verve and clarity. He concludes his analysis with a concise set of potential solutions, such as educational programs, work-based initiatives and funded community-service programs, offering a ray of hope in what he perceives to be a dire situation.
Robert D. Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard. He is currently president of the American Political Science Association, fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the author of nine previous books. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts. To learn more about BOWLING ALONE and ways to help rebuild our nation's social capital, visit the author's Web sites at www.bowlingalone.com and www.bettertogether.org." -- Publishers Weekly

*Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), Faith's Checkbook. Alternate title: THE CHEQUE BOOK OF THE BANK OF FAITH: BEING PRECIOUS PROMISES ARRANGED FOR DAILY USE (1893), ISBN: 0938453025.
"A promise from God may very instructively be compared to a check payable to order. It is given to the believer with the view of bestowing upon him some good thing. It is not meant that he should read it over comfortably and then have done with it. No, he is to treat the promises as a reality, as a man treats a check. He is to take the promise and endorse it with his own name by personally receiving it as true." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"In the Preface of his devotional volume containing 365 brief, experimental comments on the promises which Spurgeon has chosen, the renowned preacher tells us that so many of these promises are true because the were fulfilled in his own experience during a time of 'wading in the surf of controversy,' and also when 'sharp bodily pain succeeded mental depression, accompanied both by bereavement, and affliction in the person of one dear as life. Never were the promises of Jehovah so precious to me as at this hour.' Thus it was to help other sufferers that Spurgeon prepared this comforting book." -- Publisher
Faith's Checkbook, a daily devotional by C.H. Spurgeon
http://archive.org/details/thechequebookoft00purguoft

*Thomson, John Henderson (editor), John McMain, and David Scott (introduction) A Cloud of Witnesses for the Royal Prerogatives of Jesus Christ Being the Last Speeches and Testimonies of Those who Have Suffered for the Truth in Scotland Since, 1680. Alternate title: THE FIFTEENTH EDITION, ENLARGED AND CORRECTED: A CLOUD OF WITNESSES, FOR THE ROYAL PREROGATIVES OF JESUS CHRIST: OR, THE LAST SPEECHES AND TESTIMONIES OF THOSE WHO HAVE SUFFERED FOR THE TRUTH IN SCOTLAND, SINCE THE YEAR 1680: WITH AN APPENDIX, CONTAINING THE QUEENSFERRY PAPER; TORWOOD EXCOMMUNICATION; A RELATION CONCERNING MR. RICHARD CAMERON, MR. DONALD CARGIL, AND HENRY HALL; AND AN ACCOUNT OF THOSE WHO WERE KILLED WITHOUT PROCESS OF LAW, AND BANISHED TO FOREIGN LANDS: WITH A SHORT VIEW OF SOME OF THE OPPRESSIVE EXACTIONS, ISBN: 0873779231. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"With the Testimonies of John Nisbet the Younger, John Nisbet of Hardhill, Robert Miller, Thomas Harkness, &c. A Letter of John Semple's and of Archibald Stewart's. The Paper found upon Mr. Cameron at Airsmoss, and an Acrostick upon his name. The Testimony of John Finlay in Kilmarnock. The Epitaphs upon the Grave Stones of Mr. Samuel Rutherford, Mr. John Welwood, and the noble Patriots who fell at Pentland-hills, &c.
"Also includes The Testimony of some persecuted Presbyterian Ministers of the Gospel, unto the Covenanted Reformation of the Church of Scotland, and to the present expediency of continuing to preach the Gospel in the fields, and against the present anti-Christian Toleration in its nature and design, &c. Given in to the Ministers at Edinburgh, by Mr. James Renwick, upon the 17th Jan. 1688. And Mr. Richard Cameron's Last Sermon; preached on Kype Water in Evandale, July 18th, 1680, three days before he was killed at Airs-moss. (Pittsburgh: Printed for David Reed, by Eichbaum & Johnston, 1824), 1884 edition.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1,2)
"Presbyterian Covenanter martyrs of Scotland, their last speeches and testimonies. The first edition appeared in 1714, and as more material was collected it was added to the 15 editions that were printed over the next 100 years."
"An amazing book compiled to show how -- and especially why (from their own dying testimonies) -- the Covenanters suffered, bled and died. These brave martyrs for Christ laid the foundation for liberty and truth in both church and state. They have much to say to us today . . . . Though the issues and ferocity of persecution (by the Popes, prelates, and Erastians) were more obvious during the times covered in this book, the message to contemporary Christians could not be clearer: we are involved in a life and death struggle. Few books are this moving or this edifying -- a real treasure! (658 pp., 1884 ed.)." -- Publisher
The 1871 edition was praised by Spurgeon.
A Cloud of Witnesses, 1871 edition, free online e-text. Original from Oxford University. Digitized Aug 31, 2006.
http://books.google.com/books?id=4vMCAAAAQAAJ&dq=thomson+a+cloud+of+witnesses&ie=ISO-8859-1
See also, McMain, John, John H. Thomson (editor), and Scott, David (introduction).

Wilder-Smith, A.E., The Basis of True Fellowship, an audio file.

Wolf, Stewart, and John Bruhn, The Power of Clan: The Influence of Human Relationships on Heart Disease, new edition, ISBN: 0765804492 9780765804495.
"The notion that the quality of our social relationships may have a profound effect on our health and longevity has a long history but a short scientific past. A much publicized study that set out to show an association between social cohesion in the community and coronary heart disease mortality was begun in 1962 by Drs. Bruhn and Wolf. Their focus was on the town of Roseto, a cohesive and relatively stable Italian-American community in Pennsylvania. There the death rate from heart attacks was substantially lower than that of nearby towns. However, Roseto has changed over the years and so have its mortality statistics.
"THE POWER OF CLAN is a sequel to THE ROSETO STORY: AN ANATOMY OF HEALTH (1979). It includes the results from a follow-up survey that was done in collaboration with the Center for Social Research at Lehigh University. The authors intended to document the changes in Roseto as its people have adapted to an American lifestyle that is characterized by individualism, competitiveness, and materialism. One of the authors, Stewart Wolf, virtually acted as a participant-observer, contributing to a vivid and lively account of these changes that is supported by many anecdotes and an additional 22 pages of photographs. The book includes many tables showing demographic and health characteristics of Rosetans and their controls, and discusses potential mechanisms linking social change to increased death rates from myocardial infarction. This wealth of information provides a rich source of hypotheses and should encourage the development of sound psychometric instruments to test more rigorously the link between mutually supportive attitudes, cooperation, and health outcomes.
"THE POWER OF CLAN will stimulate and revive discussion on the effects of personal relationships on health. We are reminded of the work by J.J. Groen that urged us to adopt a more comprehensive approach to our understanding and, ultimately, control of coronary heart disease in both women and men." -- Gerdi Weidner
"Stewart Wolf was really one of the pioneers of psychosomatic medicine," noted Paul Rosch, president of the American Institute of Stress, in The Lancet. "His book on stress and hypertension is still considered a classic in the field . . . He was a marvelous cultured person who was able to bring a broad background in the humanities to his approach to patients and to teaching." -- Publisher

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Covetousness, greed, selfishness, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Emotions and health, Sexual relationship, Spiritual adultery (spiritual whoredom/harlotry), Idolatry, syncretism, Sexual wholeness, Abortion and the sanctity of life, Abuse, Child abuse and pedophilia, Adultery, Anger, Child abuse and pedophilia,

Churches that abuse, Unfaithful reformed ministries, Priestcraft and soul-stealing, Secret societies, ungodly alliances, voluntary associations, Tyranny, The counter reformation, Problem solving in marriage, Feminism, Fear and anxiety, Depression, Stress, Spiritual aspects of health, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Emotions and health, The history of martyrs, A redneck resolution against self-destruction, Psychosomatic illness, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, The occult, Unforgiveness, Persecution, Envy, jealousy, Rebellion and lawlessness: wickedness, demonic possession, substance abuse, abnormal behavior, insanity, mental illness, mental retardation, Hostility and violence, War, Suicide, Soul-violence (the whole catalog of sin), House churches, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, The limits of modern medicine, The failure of the american medical system,

The free offer of the gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, the covenant of eternal salvation, Book-length presentations of the free offer of the gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, The blood of christ, Justifying faith, Forgiveness of sin, Sanctification, Reconciliation of relationships, Justice, judgment, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, and so forth, Healing of the mind, Prayer, Bible promises, Loving and obeying God, Small groups as healing agents, and so on.
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Joy

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22)

I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 15:7)

And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.
And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give [it] you.
Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
-- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 16:22,24)

Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 10:20)

Feelings come and feelings go, and feelings are deceiving . . . my warrant is the Word of God; naught else is worth believing; So, though my heart and flesh should fail, for want of some sweet token . . . I'll put my trust in Him alone, whose word cannot be broken. -- Martin Luther (1483-1546)

To have our names written in heaven is the greatest mercy, and first, and chiefly, and only for itself to be rejoiced in; which so puts the estimate of all inferior mercies, that further than they refer to this they are not to be the matter of our joy. -- Richard Baxter (1615-1691)

*Brooks, Thomas (1608-1680), Heaven on Earth: A Treatise on Christian Assurance, ISBN: 0851513565 9780851513560. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"All saints shall enjoy a heaven when they leave this earth; some saints enjoy a heaven while they are here on earth. That saints might enjoy two heavens is the project of this book." -- Joseph Caryl.

Burroughs, Jeremiah (1599-1646), Saint's Treasury Holding Forth 1. The Incomparable Excellency and Holiness of God, 2. Christ's All in All 3. The Glorious Enjoyment of Heavenly Things by Faith 4. The Natural Man's Bondage to the law, and the Christian's Liberty by the gospel 5. A Preparation for Judgement. and Libertinism, wherein is proved that: Society is the genus of a church, not congregations, A national church under the New Testament, The visible church is God's Temple, The infallible note of a true church, Learning is needful for the discharge of the ministry, Toleration of all religions is contrary to God's Word, No communion with the wicked in their sin, etc. Delivered in two sermons, 1653. Alternate title: THE SAINTS TREASURY: BEING SUNDRY SERMONS PREACHED IN LONDON. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
Burroughs, Jeremiah (1599-1646), The Saints Treasury: Being Sundry Sermons Preached in London (1654)
http://archive.org/details/saintstreasuryb00burrgoog

*Davies, Samuel (1723-1761), The Divine Government the Joy of the World. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"Expands upon the reign and rule of King Jesus and the great blessings that this entails." -- Publisher
The Divine Government the Joy of the World, Samuel Davies
http://books.google.com/books?id=q2msGwAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Enjoying the Presence of God, ISBN: 0892837578 9780892837571.

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Joy Unspeakable: Power and Renewal in the Holy Spirit, ISBN: 085476514X 9780854765140.
"The world is not going to pay much attention to all the organized efforts of the Christian church. The one thing she will pay attention to is a body of people filled with a spirit of rejoicing. 'When the Holy Spirit is operating, this is the inevitable result, a joy which is unspeakable and full of glory,' so writes 'the Doctor!' J.I. Packer states that 'anyone who is spiritually alive will gain enormously from this magisterial and challenging recall to the inner realities of true Christian experience'." -- GCB

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Life of Joy: An Exposition of Philippians 1 and 2, [Philippians 2] ISBN: 0801056586 9780801056581.
"In his own inimitable style the author deftly weaves exegetical and theological insights with practical applications. Though these sermons were first preached in 1947 and 1948 they still speak to us today and address us in our present critical situation." -- GCB

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), The Sovereign Spirit: Discerning His Gifts, ISBN: 0877886970 9780877886976.
"This is the sequel to JOY UNSPEAKABLE and contains scriptural examinations of the gifts of the spirit. 'The Doctor,' heralded as perhaps the greatest expository preacher of the 20th century, never ceases to gain the well-earned attention of GCB members. If you have read JOY UNSPEAKABLE already, you will want this one!" -- GCB

*Lockyer, Herbert, All the Promises of the Bible, ISBN: 0310281318.
"A devotional expositional compilation of all the promises [about 3,300 of the approximate 8,810 promises -- compiler], that are found in Scripture." -- Publisher
"Lockyers in-depth look at the scope of Gods promises arranges them in categories that cover the full array of human concerns, from the spiritual to the material and the corporate to the personal. As you come to understand Gods promises and how they apply to every aspect of your life, you'll gain a trust in God that will sustain you through the worst of times and be your source of rejoicing in the best.
"Dr. Herbert Lockyer was born in London in 1886, and held pastorats in Scotland and England for 25 years before coming to the United States in 1935. In 1937 he received the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Northwestern Evangelical Seminary. In 1955 he returned to England where he lived for many years. He then returned to the United States where he continued to devote time to the writing ministry until his death in November of 1984." -- Publisher

Love, Christopher (1618-1651), The Soul's Cordial, 1653. Alternate title: THE SOULS CORDIALL IN TWO TREATISES. I. TEACHING HOW TO BE EASED OF THE GUILT OF SIN. II. DISCOVERING ADVANTAGES BY CHRISTS ASCENSION. BY THAT FAITHFULL LABOURER IN THE LORDS VINEYARD MR. CHRISTOPHER LOVE, PASTOR OF LAWRENCE JURY, THE THIRD VOLUME. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"Part one is titled "Teaching How To Be Eased of the Guilt of Sin" and consists of 191 pages. Part two, "The Saints Advantage, By Christ's Ascension," deals (in 194 pages) with our Lord's words comforting 'his disciples both against their fears of persecution in the world, as also against their sorrows.' (p. 1). Many subjects are touched upon, including numerous very helpful practical applications following from the assurance of the believer's freedom from the guilt of sin, the truth of Christ's ascension, and the comfort and joy that both these topics bring to the followers of the Lamb. Indexed." -- Publisher

*Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), Jesus Christ Himself (Ephesians 2:20). A sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Lord's-day morning, December 9, 1877, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon no. 1388.
"Beyond all argument or miracle, Jesus Christ Himself is the proof of His own Gospel. And as He is the proof of it, so, Beloved, He is the marrow and essence of it. When the Apostle Paul meant that the Gospel was preached, He said, Christ is preached, for the Gospel is Christ Himself! If you want to know what Jesus taught, know Him! He is the incarnation of that Truth of God which by Him and in Him is revealed to the sons of men. Did He not, Himself say, I am the way, the truth, and the life?
"You have not to take down innumerable books, nor to pore over mysterious sentences of double meaning in order to know what our great Teacher has revealed. You have but to turn and gaze upon His countenance, behold His actions and note His spirit and you know His teaching. He lived what He taught. If we wish to know Him, we may hear His gentle voice saying, Come and see. Study His wounds and you understand His innermost philosophy. To know Him and the power of His Resurrection is the highest degree of spiritual learning. He is the end of the Law and the soul of the Gospel -- and when we have preached His Word to the fullest, we may close by saying, Now, of the things which we have spoken, this is the sum -- we have an High Priest who is set on the right hand of the Throne of the Majesty in the heavens." -- C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols22-24/chs1388.pdf

See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Praise, Thanksgiving, Holiness, The promises of Christ, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Spiritual adultery (spiritual whoredom/harlotry), Idolatry, syncretism, Sexual wholeness, Bible promises, Living and obeying God, Holy Spirit, Fruit of the spirit, Music, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 982-985, 1123-1125, 1359-1363, 1667, 1926-1930, 1934, 3900, 4175, 4206

Related WebLinks

The Commandments of Jesus, J.S. McConnell (1925)
http://www.wowzone.com/commandm.htm

Nave's Topical Bible -- Joy
http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/naves-topical-bible/ntb.cgi?number=T2891

Words of Christ Appearing in The Web Edition of Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrappa.html



Humor

Associate Presbytery of Miami (sometimes attributed to James H. Henderson), Amusements and Levity: A Pastoral Letter. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"Remembering that the word 'amuse' literally means 'no-think,' this is a very useful resource for our day -- when even ministers are found to publicly violate Ephesians 5:4. The authors, however, are careful to distinguish between cheerfulness and levity. They note, 'We mean a spirit of levity, as engendered or fostered by indulgence in frivolous amusements. We wish not to be understood as setting ourselves against every species of youthful amusement. We do not look for the gravity of old age in the morning of life, not do we think that the religion of the Bible requires it. Christianity, rightly understood, has nothing to do with a demure preciseness of manner, or an affection of singularity, which God does not require. Cheerfulness, especially in youth, is perfectly compatible with spirit of the Bible; and as far as amusements are rational in their character, moral in their nature and tendency, rightly timed and enjoyed in moderation, we have nothing to object. But cheerfulness and levity belong to different families, and whenever the former is suffered to degenerate into the latter, the consequences must be evil'." (pp. 2,3) -- Publisher

*Bonham, Tal D., Humor: God's Gift, ISBN: 0805457208 9780805457209.
"You will laugh while you read this book, but more important than that, you may decide that laughter can be a life-style." -- Calvin Miller

Bonham, Tal D., The Treasury of Clean Children's Jokes, ISBN: 080546364X 9780805463644.

Bonham, Tal D., The Treasury of Clean Church Jokes, ISBN: 0805463631 9780805463637.
"This book offers hundreds of hilarious stories, puns, and riddles that are appropriate for any audience. All jokes are conveniently listed by subject for quick reference or preparation on the run. Good for speakers, teachers, preachers, and jokesters." -- Publisher

Carlson, Ron, Common Sense, Nonsense, or Church Sense: Hilarious, Hard-Hitting Stories Full of God's Truth, ISBN: 1892435071 9781892435071.

Cousins, Norman, Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient, ISBN: 0393041905 9780393041903 0393326845 9780393326840.
"This book revolutionized the way Americans think about health and health care. Diagnosed with a life-threatening and incurable condition, Cousins checked himself out of the hospital and basically healed himself with laughter, rest, and Vitamin C. A few years later, he recovered from a major heart attack on his own and wrote about that, too.
"These books jump-started the whole field of mind-body medicine. Hundreds of books have followed in its tradition, including mine, THE ART OF GETTING WELL: MAXIMIZING HEALTH WHEN YOU HAVE A CHRONIC ILLNESS. ANATOMY OF AN ILLNESS holds up well. I just re-read it and it's still relevant.
"Not everything here will apply to most readers, because Cousins was a major cultural figure with many physicians among his friends. Not everyone would have his self-confidence or his sources of support. But his ideas and his approach are more needed than ever today." -- David Spero RN, www.art-of-getting-well.com
Cousins "describes his battle with cancer and how he laughed his way to recovery. His hypothesis and the subject of many studies suggests that there are positive effects to be gained from laughter as a great tension-releaser, pain reducer, breathing improver, and general elevator of moods. It sounds miraculous, is not proven, but studies continue. Groups such as the International Conference on Humor and many hospitals use positive emotion rooms and humor carts. In short, humor therapy is valuable and it helps us through difficult or stressful times."

Ingram, William Ray, and Charles Goodman, Church Humor Digest, ISBN: 0916693155 9780916693152.

Siegel, Bernie S., Humor and Healing, ISBN: 1564550702 9781564550705.

Related WebLinks

Comedy Crusade
http://www.comedycrusade.com/

Some Pretty Funny Stuff
http://www.freemaninstitute.com/funnyIndex.htm



Psychosomatic Illness

Adolph, Harold P., with Dave Bourne, "Holyistic" Attitudes: God's Prescription for Your Good Health, ISBN: 0929292162: 9780929292168.

Adolph, Harold P., with Dave Bourne, Stop Making Yourself Sick: A Physician Explores the Connection Between Spiritual Health and Physical Health, ISBN: 0896933253 9780896933255.

Dallas, Joe, Desires in Conflict: Answering the Struggle for Sexual Identity, ISBN: 0736912118 9780736912112.
"This book offers a workable approach to sexual and emotional sanctification illuminating the power of God's Grace at work in the sincerely repentant soul." -- GCB
Joe Dallas operates Genesis Counseling in Orange County, California, and is president of Exodus International, an organization that has helped countless thousands out of homosexuality. For more information write to the "Truths That Transform" radio program and ask for the "Joe Dallas Actions Sheet."

Dunbar, Helen Flanders, Emotions and Bodily Changes: A Survey of Literature on Psychosomatic Interrelationships, 1910-1953, ISBN: 0405074263 9780405074264.

Dunbar, Helen Flanders, Mind and Body: Psychosomatic Medicine, ISBN: 0394436210 9780394436210.

*Justice, Blair, Who Gets Sick: How Beliefs, Moods and Thoughts Affect Health, revised, expanded edition, ISBN: 0960537678 9780960537679.
"This is a revised, expanded edition of the 1988 classic that won a prestigious Ben Franklin Award for the best book on health. It was one of the first to give the public an understanding of how beliefs and attitudes affect the body.
"Blair Justice, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology and a longtime researcher in mind/body medicine at the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center, School of Public Health, where he also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. A clinical psychologist, he is the author of numerous papers in the scientific literature and five other books (two with his wife, Dr. Rita Justice). His most recent book (1998) is A DIFFERENT KIND OF HEALTH: FINDING WELL-BEING DESPITE ILLNESS. His 1988 book, WHO GETS SICK: HOW BELIEFS, MOODS AND THOUGHTS AFFECT HEALTH has been published in four languages. A revised, expanded edition was published in 2000. Dr. Justice is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Dr. Justice works once a week at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center helping patients cope. He and his wife are avid hikers and mountain climbers, along with their Tibetan dogs Tashi and Bodhi. Blair and Rita do animal assisted therapy volunteer service at Methodist Hospital at the Texas Medical Center. -- Publisher
"This book tells it like is, no holds barred. Anyone who has Chronic Fatigue Immune Deregulation Syndrome (CFIDS), Fibromylagia, Gulf War Syndrome, MS, etc., this is a must have for their bookshelf and reference library. Our thoughts become images thus resulting in chronic illnesses passed on to generations. One might think themselves sick and become sick. The scary part is that it is all true. What we think, we become. -- Reader's Comment

McMillen, S.I., None of These Diseases, ISBN: 080075719X 9780800757199.
Revised and expanded in 2000 by D.E. Stern. "This epochal work, when first published in 1963, drew attention to the Biblical teaching on health and the care of the body. Now updated with information on modern diseases, it is even more valuable than when it broke new ground two decades ago." -- Cyril J. Barber
"Good insights into the relation between your attitudes and your physical health." -- Robert B. Somerville

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Bad Relationships as a Cause of Disease and Death, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Covetousness, greed, selfishness, Stress, Persecution, The counter reformation, Hostility and violence, Sexual relationship, Spiritual adultery (spiritual whoredom/harlotry), Idolatry, syncretism, Sexual wholeness, Depression, Fear and anxiety, Worry and anxiety, Homelessness, Loneliness, Conspiracy and corruption, and so forth, and so on, through the catalog of sin.



The Heart and the Mind, the Mind/Body Relationship

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
-- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:22,23)

Satan can afflict the body by the mind -- for these two are so closely bound together that their good and bad estate is shared between them. If the heart be merry the countenance is cheerful, the strength is renewed, the bones do flourish like an herb. If the heart be troubled, the health is impaired, the strength is dried up, the marrow of the bones wasted, etc. Grief in the heart is like a moth in the garment, it insensibly consumeth the body and disordereth it. -- Richard Gilpin

That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Colossians 2:2,3)

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. (Proverbs 4:23) The mind from vanity, the understanding from error, the will from perverseness, the conscience clear of guilt, the affections from being inordinate and set on evil objects, the thoughts from being employed on bad subjects; and the whole from falling into the hands of the enemy, or being the possession of Satan: great diligence had need be used in keeping it, since it is naturally so deceitful and treacherous; a strict eye is to be kept upon it; all the avenues to it to be watched, that nothing hurtful enters, or evil comes out; it is to be kept by all manner of means that can be thought of, by prayer, hearing, reading, meditation; and, above all, by applying to Christ for his grace and Spirit to sanctify, preserve, and keep it. Or, "above all keeping, keep thine heart"; though other things are to be kept, and care taken of them, as kingdoms and cities, and towns and families, and treasures and riches; yet the heart above all: for out of it [are] the issues of life; "of natural life: it is the seat of it, from whence all actions of life are derived; it is, as philosophers say, the first that lives, and the last that dies; and it is the seat of spiritual life the principle of it is formed in it; from whence all spiritual and vital actions flow, and which lead unto and issue in eternal life: as is a man's heart, such is his state now, and will be hereafter; if the heart is quickened and sanctified by the grace of God, the man will live a life of faith and holiness here, and enjoy everlasting life hereafter: and if the heart is right, so will the actions of men be; they are regulated and denominated by it; they will then spring from right principles, and be directed to right ends, and performed with right views; great care therefore should be taken of the heart, since so much depends upon it, and it is so well known to God the searcher of it. -- John Gill (1697-1771), commenting on Proverbs 4:23

There are 40,000 neurons found in the heart (the same number in the brain itself). (Childre/Martin)

The most tremendous judgment of God in this world is the hardening of the hearts of men. -- John Owen (1616-1683)

David describes the symptoms of a broken heart quite literally in Psalm 38. It is thought to have been written followed Shimei's stoning and cursing of David in 2 Samuel 16:5-14.

Verse 3. There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger. Mental depression tells upon the bodily frame; it is enough to create and foster every disease, and is in itself the most painful of all diseases. Soul sickness tells upon the entire frame; it weakens the body, and then bodily weakness reacts upon the mind. . . .
Verse 8. I am feeble. The original is "benumbed, "or frozen, such strange incongruities and contradictions meet in a distracted mind and a sick body -- it appears to itself to be alternately parched with heat and pinched with cold. Like souls in the Popish fabled Purgatory, tossed from burning furnaces into thick ice, so tormented hearts rush from one extreme to the other, with equal torture in each. A heat of fear, a chill of horror, a flaming desire, a horrible insensibility -- by these successive miseries a convinced sinner is brought to death's door. And sore broken. Crushed as in a mill, pounded as in a mortar. The body of the sick man appears to be all out of joint and smashed into a palpitating pulp, and the soul of the desponding is in an equally wretched case; as a victim crushed under the car of Juggernaut, such is a soul over whose conscience the wheels of divine wrath have forced their awful way. I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart. Deep and hoarse is the voice of sorrow, and often inarticulate and terrible. The heart learns groanings which cannot be uttered, and the voice fails to tone and tune itself to human speech. When our prayers appear to be rather animal than spiritual, they are none the less prevalent with the pitiful Father of mercy. He hears the murmur of the heart and the roaring of the soul because of sin, and in due time he comes to relieve his afflicted.
The more closely the preceding portrait of an awakened soul is studied in the light of experience, the more will its striking accuracy appear. It cannot be a description of merely outward disorder, graphic as it might then be; it has a depth and pathos in it which only the soul's mysterious and awful agony can fully match. . . .
Verse 10. My heart panteth. Here begins another tale of woe. He was so dreadfully pained by the unkindness of friends, that his heart was in a state of perpetual palpitation. Sharp and quick were the beatings of his heart; he was like a hunted roe, filled with distressing alarms, and ready to fly out of itself with fear. The soul seeks sympathy in sorrow, and if it finds none, its sorrowful heart throbs are incessant. My strength faileth me. What with disease and distraction, he was weakened and ready to expire. A sense of sin, and a clear perception that none can help us in our distress, are enough to bring a man to death's door, especially if there be none to speak a gentle word, and point the broken spirit to the beloved Physician. As for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me. Sweet light departed from his bodily eye, and consolation vanished from his soul. Those who were the very light of his eyes forsook him. Hope, the last lamp of night, was ready to go out. What a plight was the poor convict in! Yet here, we have some of us been; and here should we have perished had not infinite mercy interposed. Now, as we remember the lovingkindness of the Lord, we see how good it was for us to find our own strength fail us, since it drove us to the strong for strength; and how right it was that our light should all be quenched, that the Lord's light should be all in all to us. . . .
Verse 10. My heart panteth. The verb which David here uses signifies to travel or wander hither and thither, but here it is taken for the agitation or disquietude which distress of heart engenders when we know not what to do. According as men are disquieted in mind, so do they turn themselves on all sides; and so their heart may be said to turn round, or to run to and fro. John Calvin.
Verse 15. David committed himself to him that judgeth righteously, and so in patience was able to possess his soul. Hope in God's intervention, and belief in the power of prayer, are two most blessed stays to the soul in time of adversity. Turning right away from the creature to the sovereign Lord of all, and to him as our own covenant God, we shall find the richest solace in waiting upon him. Reputation like a fair pearl may be cast into the mire, but in due time when the Lord makes up his jewels, the godly character shall shine with unclouded splendour. Rest then, O slandered one, and let not thy soul be tossed to and fro with anxiety. -- C.H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) commenting on Psalm 38 in The Treasury of David

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. (James 4:7,8)

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6,7)

Grant, O Almighty God, since thou hast counted us worthy of enjoying the privilege of daily listening to thy word, that it may not find our hearts of stone and our minds of iron, but may we so submit ourselves to thee with all due docility, that we may truly perceive thee to be our Father, and may be confirmed in the confidence of our adoption, as long as thou perseverest to address us, until at length we enjoy not merely thy voice, but also the aspect of thy glory in thy heavenly kingdom, which thine only begotten Son has acquired for us by his blood. -- Amen. -- John Calvin, Calvin's Commentary on Ezekiel

Childre, Doc Lew, and Howard Martin, The HeartMath Solution: The Institute of HeartMath's Revolutionary Program for Engaging the Power of the Heart's Intelligence, ISBN: 0062516051 9780062516053 006251606X 9780062516060.
"The Intelligent Heart. Access the power of your heart's intelligence to improve your focus and creativity, elevate your emotional clarity, lower your stress and anxiety levels, strengthen your immune system, promote your body's optimal performance, and slow the aging process." -- Publisher
"THE HEARTMATH SOLUTION may easily be written off as a book too eccentric for widespread public consumption, and that's unfortunate. The title's a bit misleading -- it's not about cardiac care and it's not about calculus, but rather how 30 years of research have shown that the heart's 'intelligence' affects emotions and physical health -- especially when it comes to handling stress -- and specifically what you can do to balance heart rhythms, reduce stress hormones, and boost your immune system. Yes, it sounds complicated, especially when you read that cardiologists worked with physicists and psychiatrists to develop the HeartMath program. But it's worth brushing off your skepticism and exploring the concepts in the Solution, as many employees of Fortune 500 companies have already done.
"The 'intelligence' that the authors focus on refers to both the heart's 'brain,' or the 40,000 neurons found in the heart (the same number in the brain itself), and the intuitive signals the heart sends, including feelings of love, happiness, care, and appreciation. When such positive emotions are felt, they 'not only change patterns of activity in the nervous system; they also reduce the production of the stress hormone cortisol.' When there's less cortisol, there's more DHEA, the so-called fountain of youth hormone known to have anti-aging effects on many of the body's systems.
"The HeartMath Solution outlines 10 steps for harnessing the power of the heart's intelligence, including ways to manage your emotions and keep energy levels high. One of the most important is the 'Freeze-Frame' technique for calming the nervous system, improving clarity of thought and perception, and boosting productivity (which is one of the many appealing features for those Fortune 500 companies). Each step includes references to data proving its effectiveness, with handy summaries of the key points to remember at the end of each chapter. This is a book that takes a bit of scientific understanding and a lot of time to wade through, but one that could help you prevent stress from ruling your existence." -- Erica Jorgensen
"Is the heart the missing link in the mind-body connection? By combining age-old philosophy with modern science, Childre and Martin make a compelling case for the idea that good health is really a triumph of heart, not mind, over matter. Citing the Institute's research on the heart's role in human health, they demonstrate that the so-called metaphorical condition of the heart -- which has long been associated with love, wisdom, courage, and happiness -- may play as important a role in mental well-being as its physical function. The HeartMath solution lies in developing what Childre and Martin call the core heart feelings (such as love, Forgiveness of sin, appreciation and care), which trigger physiological responses resulting in less stress, better brain function and a stronger immune system. Although this book is about the heart, it's written with cool intelligence and intelligibility for the head. Despite slightly off-putting names (Freeze-Frame, Cut-Thru and Lock-In), the relaxation exercises, which are being taught at corporations and at schools, are simple to do, although perhaps already too familiar to anyone who has tried other kinds of meditative techniques. Nevertheless, in presenting a clear argument for following one's heart, this book certainly breaks new ground in the holistic approach to health." -- Publishers Weekly
"Ancient cultures believed that the heart rather than the brain was the seat of emotions, vestiges of which are still apparent in descriptive phrases such as 'broken hearted,' 'cold hearted,' and many others. Recent research confirms the existence of complex communication links between these two organs as well as other systems responsible for maintaining homeostasis, and unanticipated electrical energy pathways that may mediate these activities. This book describes cutting edge approaches that can not only tune into such conversations, but also reduce stress and promote physical and mental health by influencing the dialogue." -- Paul J. Rosch, President, The American Institute of Stress
"HeartMath has had a profound influence on the lives of patients, staff, and administrators at our hospital. Specific health problems such as hypertension and arrhythmias have improved in several patients through interventions with HeartMath tools. Communication and creativity among staff members trained in these tools has taken a quantum leap. They have noticed a completely different way of looking at problems and interacting with those around them." -- Bruce Wilson, M.D., Former Director, University of Pittsburgh Heart Institute, Chairman, Medical Education Committee, Columbia Hospital, Milwaukee, WI

*Bernard of Clairvaux, and J.M. Houston (editor, abridger) The Love of God and Spiritual Friendship, ISBN: 0880700173 9780880700177. A Christian classic.
"Houston provides his readers with a careful introduction to the times of Bernard and his importance in the history of the Christian church. He then furnishes a carefully edited version of this greatest devotional treatise on the love of God . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber
Bernard, of Clairvaux (Saint, 1090(1)-1153), Saint Bernard on the Love of God (1884)
http://archive.org/details/saintbernardlove00bernuoft
On Loving God by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
http://www.ccel.org/bernard/loving_God/loving_God.html

*Flavel, John (1628-1691), Keeping the Heart, ISBN: 1573580775. A Christian classic. Alternate title: A SAINT INDEED OR THE GREAT WORK OF A CHRISTIAN OPENED AND PRESSED. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"One of the most endearing Puritan works.
This "is an extensive treatment of Proverbs 4:23, Keep thy heart, for out of it flow the issues of life. This book has been completely retypeset and updated for easier reading; and there is also a helpful introduction and added study guide which makes this book suitable for study by individuals and groups. -- Publisher
Flavel, John, A Treatise on Keeping the Heart. Selected From the Works of the Rev. John Flavel. The style adapted to the present state of improvement (1813)
http://archive.org/details/treatiseonkeepin00flav
On Keeping the Heart, John Flavel
http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/ipb-e/epl-10/web/flavel-keeping.html

*Welch, Edward T., Blame it on the Brain?: Distinguishing Chemical Imbalances, Brain Disorders, and Disobedience, ISBN: 0875526020 9780875526027.
"Dr. Welch has a Ph.D. in psychology as well as theology degrees, and has been a counselor for years. His doctoral work was on brain physiology, so Blame it on the Brain is the fruit of 20 years of reflection on the subject.
"Welch wonders if the brain 'has been given too much credit.' (p. 12). Many have held the brain responsible for some bad behavior: 'My disease did it!' (p. 13). While the observations of the rapidly expanding field of brain sciences can be very helpful, when interpreted through a biblical lens they can be put in a more modest and helpful perspective. How do these discoveries illustrate biblical truths that can be applied to people's lives? Instead, too often sin problems are mislabeled as solely brain problems, and thus the true cause is left unaddressed. (p. 25)
"Four very practical principles emerge from this approach to mind-body issues: 1. The brain cannot by itself 'make' a person sin. (p. 49f). 2. Each person's abilities (brain strengths and weaknesses) are unique. (p. 53f). 3. Brain problems can expose heart problems. (p. 56f). 4. Sinful hearts can lead to physical illness; upright hearts can contribute to good health. (p. 58f)
"In part two of the book these principles are then concisely but thoughtfully applied to a series of examples. First are apparently physical issues: Alzheimer's disease (p. 67f), and head injury (p. 85f). Next are more psychiatric issues: depression (p. 115f), 'A.D.D.' (p. 131f), homosexuality (p. 151f), and alcoholism. (p. 183f)
"Welch's treatments of these problems abound with practical, sensitive insight. In the process he clearly defines the deeper issues at stake: what is the soul?; what is the body?; what is sin?
"For me, a crucial component of the book is the section on the mind-body relationships, especially pp. 43-48. Welch is careful to distinguish the heart from the body, but without separating them. Drawing upon rich Trinitarian analogies, he is careful to outline a model that seeks not to over-emphasize either the duality or the unity. This understanding enables us to try to distinguish between sin and sickness. As Welch ably defines it: 'any behavior that does not conform to biblical commands or any behavior that transgresses biblical prohibitions proceeds form the heart and is sin.' (p. 43). Conversely, 'any behavior that is more accurately called a weakness proceeds from the body and is sickness or suffering.' (p. 44). We are to repent of sin. But things that reflect only our creaturely limitations are not immoral, but proceed from our fallen bodies.
"The example Welch uses of hallucinations is illustrative. The Bible does not prohibit them, so we can not admonish someone for experiencing them. We are called to compassion for them. The hallucination may have been caused by a prior sinful choice, and the hallucinatory may respond to them with sin, but the hallucination itself is not sinful. A helpful chart on p. 45 lists out some examples of body problems (broken bones, mental retardation, feelings of depression, hallucinations) and heart (mind) problems (anger, pride, drunkenness). Of course, many problems involve both the body and the heart or mind, and in unequal and obscured proportions. How do we separate out the differences? And why is it helpful to try?
"Each summer during high school and college I worked in a nursing home. The changes I witnessed in particular residents after being away from them for almost a year were often shocking and tragic. I think of a seemingly kind and affable man named D., who in a few months seemed to transform into an unrecognizably profane and lewd bore. Welch demonstrates convincingly that such brain or body problems as D.'s Alzheimer's can expose what is in the heart. The brain appears to have led the person into bad behavior, when it is more accurate to say that the brain problem allowed certain otherwise hidden parts of their heart to be uncovered. Welch contends, 'In some case brain problems function like truth serum for the heart.' (p. 58)
"Welch's treatment of the subject is fairly comprehensive but far from exhaustive. Questions of application remain. If meds can only, at their best, address the body issues and not the heart, how do we know which needs addressing? Welch addresses this in a wise, but frustratingly brief section in pp. 125-127. Adopting Welch's guidelines is easy enough, but applying them to real life situations, I know from experience, is another matter. What about the person who meets some but not all of the criteria listed on p. 127 (they are over forty; have had no prior history of problems with depression; are taking prescription drugs, etc.)? This is not a flaw in Welch's treatment of the topic, just a limitation of its brief explication here.
"I have known a person, for example, who had his first bout with depression at age 62. But it was extremely serious. He became despondent and delusional and was checked into a residential treatment facility. His case meets the first of the two criteria listed by Welch, but not the last two. Clearly, his depression was triggered by some circumstances in his life (some the direct result of some horrible choices, others not). Yet, just as clearly it seems that the depression, while largely originating from his sinful behavior, now had a physical component. His medications, while wrought with multiple serious side effects, did seem to successfully contribute to his ability to function. Yet, if I were given a decision making role in his 'treatment,' I would want to somehow know: were the drugs really helpful, or was it their placebo effect? And if they did reduce his anxiety, is that all necessarily good? Did he not need discomfort to drive him to make changes in his absolutely horrendous behavior? And if so, how much and what type of discomfort?
"Anyway, Welch's book wrestles with some deep issues and presents them in a lucid and readable format." -- Raymond Cannata
" 'What is needed is not necessarily more sophistication in understanding the brain. Instead, what is needed is a more in-depth and practical examination of Scripture that is relevant to these questions.' (pp. 19-20). In this chapter, he remains resolute in affirming the supreme authority of God's Word in understanding and applying the deluge of information which our secular society is bent on giving us. . . .
'Heart and body are both two and one. They are two in that the body cannot be reduced to heart or spirit, and heart cannot be reduced to body. But they are mutually independent. They need each other. Human life cannot even be imagined without both the inner and the outer person. . . .' (p. 47)
"In chapters 4 and 5, we read about legitimate brain dysfunctions which are the result of Alzheimer's disease (and dementia) or serious head injury stemming from an accident. Here, Welch wants the reader to understand that there are indeed cases where the brain can suffer illness or injury to the extent that the behavior and mental capacity of the individual will be directly affected. He is quick to point out that though these conditions may harm the outer man, they do not necessarily mean that the inner man will also begin to dissipate.
"In chapters 7 and 8, we read about psychiatric problems such as depression and attention deficit disorder (ADD) which may or may not be the result of the brain's alleged deficiencies. . . . He is also quick to point out that the depression or ADD may be the result of a spiritual problem and that the care of the individual and their relation to God ought to factor in the treatment every bit as much as medicinal treatments.
"In chapters 9 and 10 we read about two areas of human behavior which the brain is often held responsible for -- homosexuality and alcoholism. In both cases, Welch is insistent that the brain cannot the cause of one's sinful behavior. As he says so plainly, " 'The ultimate cause of sin is always the human heart,' (p. 169). He argues that when these behaviors are seen as proceeding directly from the brain's activity, then the connection that exists between human beings as morally accountable agents and a holy and righteous God is severed. What needs to take place is repentance from such sinful behavior in light of the promise of God's gracious provision of forgiveness which can be found in Jesus Christ. Though these sins present particularly strong forms of bondage, God's mercy can break even their stronghold." -- Daniel Mark Donovan

Wilson, Bruce C., and Doc Lew Childre, The Heartmath Approach to Managing Hypertension: The Proven, Natural way to Lower Your Blood Pressure (Heartmath), ISBN: 9781572244719 1572244712.
"High blood pressure is a national epidemic. It's a silent killer, a dangerous condition that affects one in four Americans, most of whom have no idea they are at risk for higher rates of heart disease, stroke, and other life-threatening problems. Conventional treatments for hypertension involve drugs, and these can have considerable side effects and may not be ultimately succeed in getting those numbers down. Fortunately there are many things that people with hypertension can do to reverse the condition and improve their health. The researchers at the renowned HeartMath Institute have researched techniques for managing stress and hypertension for more than fifteen years. Now, at last, their highly effective techniques for regulating blood pressure safely and effectively are available to readers in this simple and easy-to use format. Using a series of unique techniques like the Freeze Frame and the Heart Lock-In, this book allows you to literally regulate your blood pressure at the source -- the heart level -- and reduce the stress that causes your high blood pressure. In as little as ninety days, you can "reset" your baroreceptive systems and lower blood pressure levels. The approach is drug-free safe, effective, and clinically validated.
"From the leaders of the renowned HeartMath Institute comes this application of the HeartMath techniques for natural, drug-free management of hypertension: Engage the heart to bring emotions, body, and mind into balance, and help lower high blood pressure.
"Doc Childre is the founder and chairman of the scientific advisory board of the Institute of HeartMath, the chairman of HeartMath LLC and the chairman and CEO of Quantum Intech. He is the author of seven books, including Transforming Anger, Transforming Stress, Transforming Anxiety, and The HeartMath Method.
"Bruce C. Wilson, MD, is a cardiologist who gives lectures and teaches seminars on the HeartMath tools for stress reduction and better health. He helped develop the HeartMath Health Care Division." -- Publisher
"Written in an understandable and interesting style, this book explains breathwork in a modern way with modern research. I was recommended the HeartMath technique by my dentist to reduce my parasympathetic response so my major dental work would heal better. HeartMath techniques effect the whole body and offer those who suffer from staying in their 'flight or fight' nervous system a way to easily access their 'feed and breed' one more often." -- Reader's Comment

See also: The love and justice of God, The incarnation of our lord (the deity of the lord jesus christ), Fruit of the holy spirit, Love and truth, Bad relationships a cause of disease and death, Reconciliation of relationships, Love and obedience, Healing of the mind, Mind control, Psychosomatic illness, Rest, Sleep, and so forth, and so on.

Related WebLinks

Connecting the Heart and Mind, Part 1 of 2, a sermon by Ravi Zachariah
"God designed the heart and mind to work together. But it's not always easy to do that. As Christians, how do we connect both?"
http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/let-my-people-think/listen/connecting-the-heart-and-mind-part-1-of-2-232393.html

Connecting the Heart and Mind, Part 2 of 2, a sermon by Ravi Zachariah
"God designed the heart and mind to work together. But it's not always easy to do that. As Christians, how do we connect both?"
http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/let-my-people-think/listen/connecting-the-heart-and-mind-part-2-of-2-232394.html

The Mysterious Matter of Mind
"In the end I conclude that there is no good evidence, in spite of new methods, such as the employment of stimulating electrodes, the study of conscious patients, and the analysis of epileptic attacks, that the brain alone can carry out the work that the mind does. I conclude that it is easier to rationalize man's being on the basis of two elements than on the basis of one."
http://www.custance.org/Library/MIND/chapter5.html

Worship: A Clue to Meaning in Life (1 of 2), Ravi Zacharias
"Man is by nature a religious entity. He finds objects or persons to worship and will ultimately reflect that object. It is for this reason that authentic worship is pivotal for the Christian's life. True worship pulls together my conscience, heart, mind, imagination, and will. When these coalesce in unified expression, life finds its meaning."
http://htod.cdncon.com/o2/rzimht/MP3/LMPT/127-1.mp3

Worship: A Clue to Meaning in Life (2 of 2), Ravi Zacharias
"Man is by nature a religious entity. He finds objects or persons to worship and will ultimately reflect that object. It is for this reason that authentic worship is pivotal for the Christian's life. True worship pulls together my conscience, heart, mind, imagination, and will. When these coalesce in unified expression, life finds its meaning."
http://htod.cdncon.com/o2/rzimht/MP3/LMPT/127-2.mp3



Heart Disease and Stroke

Heart disease is the third leading cause of death among women aged 25-44 years, the 2nd leading cause of death among women aged 45-64 years, and the leading cause of death among women aged 65 years and older. -- ScienceDaily, Jan. 11, 2008

Dean, Carolyn, MD ND, The Magnesium Miracle: Discover the Essential Nutrient That Will Lower the Risk of Heart Disease, Prevent Stroke and Obesity, Treat Diabetes, and Improve Mood and Memory, ISBN: 9780345494580 034549458X.
"More than seventy-five years ago, medical scientists declared magnesium to be an essential nutrient, indispensable to life. When this mineral is part of your diet, you are guarding against -- and helping to alleviate -- health threats such as heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, diabetes, depression, arthritis, and asthma. But while research continues to reaffirm magnesium's irreplaceable contribution to good health, many Americans remain dangerously deficient.
"In THE MIRACLE OF MAGNESIUM, Dr. Carolyn Dean, an authority on this mineral who has used it with dramatic success in her own practice, explains the vital role that magnesium plays in the control of many serious ailments -- from painful muscle spasms and bladder problems to traumatic brain injury and complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Inside you will discover:

"Whether you need help with a serious health problem or merely want to protect the good health you already enjoy, The Miracle of Magnesium will answer all your questions. It may even save your life.
"Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D., is a medical doctor, naturopath, acupuncturist, homeopath, herbalist, and certified clinical nutritionist, and a regular guest on radio and television programs. She has written three other health books and is contributing editor to Natural Health magazine." -- Publisher

Ozner, Michael D., The Great American Heart Hoax: Lifesaving Advice Your Doctor Should Tell you About Heart Disease Prevention (But Probably Never Will), ISBN: 9781933771540 1933771542.
"Addressing the importance of preventative measures over uncertain surgeries, this groundbreaking study reveals the secret to cardiovascular health. Illustrating the disturbing realities about the heart industry and how undependable bypass surgery can be, this survey argues the alternative -- know the majority of people can employ much simpler methods, such as a change in diet, to achieve better results. Also featured is a 12-step program to improve heart health and reduce the risk of heart disease, including dieting advice, tips on exercise and stress management, methods for controlling cholesterol and blood pressure, and recommended vitamins and medicines.
"Michael Ozner, MD, is medical director of the Cardiovascular Prevention Institute of South Florida and a clinical assistant professor of medicine and cardiology at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He is the author of THE MIAMI MEDITERRANEAN DIET. He lives in Miami." -- Publisher
"HEART HOAX is horrifying because it reveals many troubling facts about America's cardiac surgery industry. As a longtime medical advocate and critic of our healthcare system, I've known that too many heart surgeries are being performed in America; I just didn't know how many too many! In his book, Dr. Ozner reveals that, of the more than 1.5 million angioplasties and coronary bypass surgeries performed annually in the U.S., fully 70-90 percent are not only unnecessary, but are also detrimental -- and in some cases, even cause death. I knew that many diagnostic tests expose patients to radiation, but I didn't know that the 64-slice CT scan -- so often used to detect clogged arteries -- gives a patient the equivalent of the radiation from FIVE HUNDRED X-RAYS. And while I had known that the simple cholesterol test, which doctors routinely use as a predictor of cardiac risk, does NOT give the full picture, I did not know that it correctly predicts risk IN ONLY 40 percent of cases -- AND that there is another blood test (which doctors normally do NOT use), which can correctly predict cardiac risk in 90 percent of patients. All of these facts -- and more -- add up to what Dr. Ozner refers to as the GREAT AMERICAN HEART HOAX. The truth, writes Dr. Ozner, is that invasive cardiologists HAVE KNOWN many of these 'dirty secrets' for years, but have chosen to ignore them, in the unholy goal of 'following the money.'
"So, why do I say that this book is also empowering? Because, the expose takes up only one part of the book. In the second half, Dr. Ozner gives us the 'good news,' by laying out his solution: a 10-step prevention program he has used successfully with his patients for nearly 30 years. It combines the Mediterranean Diet -- with lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish and healthy fats -- with nutritional supplements, exercise, stress reduction, and lots more. After reading this book, you will know how to prevent a heart attack and, if you have already had one, how to greatly reduce your chances of ever having another." -- Reader's Comment

Sinatra, Stephen T., and James C. Roberts (introduction), The Sinatra Solution: New Hope for Preventing and Treating Heart Disease, ISBN: 1591201608 9781591201601 1591201586 9781591201588 9781591202165 1591202167.
"Dr. Stephen Sinatra is the preeminent metabolic cardiologist." Joe Graden, "The People's Pharmacy," Show #553.
Dr. Sinatra prescribes the following nutriceuticals for heart health: Magnesium, Co Q-10, Acetyl L-Carnitine, D-Ribos, fish oil, B Vitamins (a good B multi-vitamin), and Vitamin C.
"There's new hope for preventing and treating heart disease. If you suffer from heart disease, Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra has the solution you've been looking for: Maximize the amount of oxygen your heart extracts from your bloodstream by accelerating the rate at which your cells convert nutrients to energy. This can be achieved by following Dr. Sinatra's energy-enhancing nutritional approach. This approach focuses on the supplemental use of three amazing bioenergetic nutrients: Coenzyme Q10, L-carnitine, and D-ribose. The synergistic combination of these nutrients essentially charge up every body cell to function at optimal capacity. So, not only will you experience renewed heart health with all that energy, you'll also gain a greater sense of overall well-being.
"Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., is a board-certified cardiologist, a certified bioenergetic psychotherapist, and a certified nutrition and anti-aging specialist. At his practice in Manchester, Connecticut, Dr. Sinatra integrates conventional medicine with complementary nutritional and psychological therapies to help heal the heart. He is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and is the author of several books, including OPTIMAL HEALTH, HEARTBREAK AND HEART DISEASE, HEART SENSE FOR WOMEN, and EIGHT WEEKS TO LOWERING BLOOD PRESSURE." -- Publisher
"Dr. Stephen Sinatra has been an outspoken leader among physicians in the country on raising awareness of the relationship of supplements to cardiac health, especially Carnitine and Coenzyme Q-10. He has continued his campaign to raise awareness among physicians and the public, bringing nutrition, a real understanding of physiology and the generation of energy necessary for cardiac function back into the discussion of heart disease and cardiac rehabilitation. For too long medical discussions have centered only on which pharmaceutical drug might one use to reduce symptoms after the damage has occurred . . . and still, at most medical conferences, that is all that is discussed. Dr. Sinatra's preventive cardiology gives you an understanding of what it takes to keep your heart and circulation functioning at the 'prime of life' level well into your advanced age. He has a holistic and compassionate understanding of all of the factors that make for a 'sick heart' from dietary influences to environmental toxins, to the impact of unavoidable stress on our lives, and how we choose to deal with it.
"Dr. Sinatra is also a contagious optimist, and a brilliant doctor. You will learn a lot from his book, and he writes as he speaks, very personably, very warm. I, as a physician, seize every opportunity I can to hear him speak, and quote his advice to my patients often.
"Modern medicine is not really on the side of us staying healthy. We have to take responsibility for this ourselves. We have to learn from the masters who are generous enough to deeply study preventive medicine and give us the tools we need to heal and treat ourselves. This book is one of those indispensable tools." -- Dr. Tedde Rinker, Anti-Aging Physician, Redwood City, California, www.stress-medicine.com

Sinatra, Stephen T., Jan Demarco Sinatra, and Roberta Jo Lieberman, Heart Sense for a Woman: Your Plan for Natural Prevention and Treatment, ISBN: 0452282713 9780452282711.
Heart disease presents different symptoms in women than in men. Because of gender specific symptoms it can go unrecognized in women. It has been said that within the next decade (written in 2005), gender specific physicians will become commonplace in health care.
"In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Stephen Sinatra reveals why heart disease is the #1 killer of women in America today. HEART SENSE FOR WOMEN shatters the myths that keep this a hidden epidemic and outlines a prescriptive plan for natural prevention and treatment. In this valuable resource, women will discover:

"From the pros and cons of hormone replacement therapy to the 12 heart-healing food groups, from key stress management techniques to inspiring true-life stories, HEART SENSE FOR WOMEN is a book that no woman should be without." -- Publisher

Tricoci, P (Pierluigi), Allen JM, Kramer JM, Califf RM, Smith SC Jr., Division of Cardiology and Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, Scientific Evidence Underlying the ACC/AHA [American College of Cardiologists/American Heart Association -- compiler] Clinical Practice Guidelines, JAMA. 2009 Feb 25;301(8):868-9.
"ACC provides exclusive benefits and services designed specifically for cardiologists, including advocacy, education and access to information." -- from the ACC website
"More than a million people get an angioplasty, stent, or bypass surgery each year. How many of these costly procedures are really essential?"
"RESULTS: Among guidelines with at least 1 revision or update by September 2008, the number of recommendations increased from 1330 to 1973 (+48%) from the first to the current version, with the largest increase observed in use of class II recommendations. Considering the 16 current guidelines reporting levels of evidence, only 314 recommendations of 2711 total are classified as level of evidence A (median, 11%), [emphasis added, that is, only 11 percent of the ACC/AHA recommended guidelines provided to cardiologists were based upon solid scientificlly evidence -- compiler] whereas 1246 (median, 48%) are level of evidence C [medical opinion -- compiler]. Level of evidence significantly varies across categories of guidelines (disease, intervention, or diagnostic) and across individual guidelines. Recommendations with level of evidence A are mostly concentrated in class I, but only 245 of 1305 class I recommendations have level of evidence A (median, 19%).
"CONCLUSIONS: Recommendations issued in current ACC/AHA clinical practice guidelines are largely developed from lower levels of evidence or expert opinion. The proportion of recommendations for which there is no conclusive evidence is also growing. These findings highlight the need to improve the process of writing guidelines and to expand the evidence base from which clinical practice guidelines are derived."
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19244190?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

Wilson, Bruce C., and Doc Lew Childre, The Heartmath Approach to Managing Hypertension: The Proven, Natural way to Lower Your Blood Pressure (Heartmath), ISBN: 9781572244719 1572244712.
"High blood pressure is a national epidemic. It's a silent killer, a dangerous condition that affects one in four Americans, most of whom have no idea they are at risk for higher rates of heart disease, stroke, and other life-threatening problems. Conventional treatments for hypertension involve drugs, and these can have considerable side effects and may not be ultimately succeed in getting those numbers down. Fortunately there are many things that people with hypertension can do to reverse the condition and improve their health. The researchers at the renowned HeartMath Institute have researched techniques for managing stress and hypertension for more than fifteen years. Now, at last, their highly effective techniques for regulating blood pressure safely and effectively are available to readers in this simple and easy-to use format. Using a series of unique techniques like the Freeze Frame and the Heart Lock-In, this book allows you to literally regulate your blood pressure at the source -- the heart level -- and reduce the stress that causes your high blood pressure. In as little as ninety days, you can "reset" your baroreceptive systems and lower blood pressure levels. The approach is drug-free safe, effective, and clinically validated.
"From the leaders of the renowned HeartMath Institute comes this application of the HeartMath techniques for natural, drug-free management of hypertension: Engage the heart to bring emotions, body, and mind into balance, and help lower high blood pressure.
"Doc Childre is the founder and chairman of the scientific advisory board of the Institute of HeartMath, the chairman of HeartMath LLC and the chairman and CEO of Quantum Intech. He is the author of seven books, including Transforming Anger, Transforming Stress, Transforming Anxiety, and The HeartMath Method.
"Bruce C. Wilson, MD, is a cardiologist who gives lectures and teaches seminars on the HeartMath tools for stress reduction and better health. He helped develop the HeartMath Health Care Division." -- Publisher
"Written in an understandable and interesting style, this book explains breathwork in a modern way with modern research. I was recommended the HeartMath technique by my dentist to reduce my parasympathetic response so my major dental work would heal better. HeartMath techniques effect the whole body and offer those who suffer from staying in their 'flight or fight' nervous system a way to easily access their 'feed and breed' one more often." -- Reader's Comment

Wolf, Stewart, and John Bruhn, The Power of Clan: The Influence of Human Relationships on Heart Disease, new edition, ISBN: 0765804492 9780765804495.
"The notion that the quality of our social relationships may have a profound effect on our health and longevity has a long history but a short scientific past. A much publicized study that set out to show an association between social cohesion in the community and coronary heart disease mortality was begun in 1962 by Drs. Bruhn and Wolf. Their focus was on the town of Roseto, a cohesive and relatively stable Italian-American community in Pennsylvania. There the death rate from heart attacks was substantially lower than that of nearby towns. However, Roseto has changed over the years and so have its mortality statistics.
"THE POWER OF CLAN is a sequel to THE ROSETO STORY: AN ANATOMY OF HEALTH (1979). It includes the results from a follow-up survey that was done in collaboration with the Center for Social Research at Lehigh University. The authors intended to document the changes in Roseto as its people have adapted to an American lifestyle that is characterized by individualism, competitiveness, and materialism. One of the authors, Stewart Wolf, virtually acted as a participant-observer, contributing to a vivid and lively account of these changes that is supported by many anecdotes and an additional 22 pages of photographs. The book includes many tables showing demographic and health characteristics of Rosetans and their controls, and discusses potential mechanisms linking social change to increased death rates from myocardial infarction. This wealth of information provides a rich source of hypotheses and should encourage the development of sound psychometric instruments to test more rigorously the link between mutually supportive attitudes, cooperation, and health outcomes.
"THE POWER OF CLAN will stimulate and revive discussion on the effects of personal relationships on health. We are reminded of the work by J.J. Groen that urged us to adopt a more comprehensive approach to our understanding and, ultimately, control of coronary heart disease in both women and men." -- Gerdi Weidner
"Stewart Wolf was really one of the pioneers of psychosomatic medicine," noted Paul Rosch, president of the American Institute of Stress, in The Lancet. "His book on stress and hypertension is still considered a classic in the field . . . He was a marvelous cultured person who was able to bring a broad background in the humanities to his approach to patients and to teaching." -- Publisher

See also: Bad relationships as a cause of disease and death, The heart and the mind, the mind/body relationship, Hypothyroidism, Depression, Stress, Exercise, Rest, Nutrition, Nutriceuticals, Healthcare horror stories, and so forth, and so on.

Related WebLinks

American Heart Association Stroke Hospital Locator
Find the nearest stroke certified hospital.
http://maps.heart.org/quality/

Angry Outbursts Harm the Heart, May 16, 2013
"Research has suggested that hostility and anger increase the risk for heart disease. A new study published in the American Journal of Cardiology confirms that losing your temper could trigger a heart attack."
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/05/16/angry-outbursts-harm-the-heart/

Angry People 'Risking Heart Attacks,' Michelle Roberts
"In the two hours immediately after an angry outburst, risk of a heart attack increased nearly five-fold, and risk of stroke increased more than three-fold, the data from nine studies and involving thousands of people suggests."
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-26416153

Antibiotics and Sudden Death, May 18, 2012
"A little-known fact is that the class of antibiotics called macrolides (including clarithromycin and erythromycin as well as azithromycin), can increase the risk for serious irregular heart rhythms and sudden cardiac death. These dangerous arrhythmias have been noted in the medical literature for more than a decade. For reasons that are not entirely clear to us, doctors thought that azithromycin did not share this class effect. . . .
"this study gives a glimpse at another secret that many health professionals prefer to keep under wraps: a surprising number of drugs can cause serious heart rhythm abnormalities. These arrhythmias can lead to stroke or sudden death. These medications are taken by tens of millions of Americans every day! . . ."
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/05/18/antibiotics-and-sudden-death/

Are Your Vitamin D Levels bad Because of BPA and Phthalates?
"When vitamin D levels are low, people are at greater risk of dying prematurely. Could common environmental chemicals be contributing to lower vitamin D levels in the population? A new study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (Sept. 20, 2016) suggests that exposure to BPA and phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates) may be a bigger problem than previously thought."
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2016/09/22/are-your-vitamin-d-levels-bad-because-of-bpa-and-phthalates

CDC Issues Alarming Report on Diabetes Statistics, June 12, 2014
"The CDC has announced worrisome statistics regarding diabetes. In 2012, 9 percent of American adults had the disease, which increases the risk of cardiovascular complications such as kidney failure, stroke or heart disease and premature death.
"An estimated 29 million of us now have diabetes, although at least one in four have not been diagnosed with it. An additional 86 million are at risk of developing diabetes. That means one in three adults are currently considered pre-diabetic."
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2014/06/12/cdc-issues-alarming-report-on-diabetes-statistics/

Chocolate as a Cost-Effective Way to Fight Heart Disease, June 7, 2012
"Australian researchers estimate that investing about $40 a year in dark chocolate could be a cost-effective strategy for reducing the risk of heart disease. This conclusion is the result of a complex mathematical model based on data from the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle study and from the medical literature. Dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids that can relax blood vessels, lower blood pressure, help prevent blood clots and lower insulin resistance."
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/06/07/chocolate-as-a-cost-effective-way-to-fight-heart-disease/

CoEnzyme Q10 Fights Heart Failure, December 20, 2012
"The antioxidant Coenzyme Q10 has been promoted for years as a way to treat heart failure. Studies gave conflicting results, but a new meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials shows modest benefit in the ejection fraction, a measure of how well the heart pumps blood."
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/12/20/coenzyme-q10-fights-heart-failure/

CoQ10 Has Heart Benefits, June 24, 2013
"Coenzyme Q10, also known as ubiquinol, is a natural compound made by the body. It is essential for mitochondria, the energy factories of our cells.
"Statin-type drugs deplete this crucial nutrient and many doctors now recommend it for patients on such medications (Nutrition Reviews, March, 2013). A new study presented at the European Society of Cardiology in May showed that Coenzyme Q10 reduced heart failure mortality by about half. The lead author encouraged his cardiology colleagues to add Coenzyme Q10 to standard heart failure therapy."
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/06/24/coq10-has-heart-benefits/

Depressed Adolescents Face Increased Heart Disease Risk, Will Boggs, MD
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/10/us-health-kids-depression-heart-idUSKCN0QF24320150810

Drug Dangers, May 19, 2012
"We'd like to imagine that the drug the doctor prescribed will do exactly what it should and not have any negative consequences. But that is probably an unrealistic expectation. Medications such as the arthritis drug Vioxx and the antibiotic Zithromax can have dangerous effects on the heart. How can we find out about the potential adverse reactions associated with our medicines?"
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/05/19/858-drug-dangers/

Fasting for a Healthy Heart, April 7, 2011
"Fasting on a regular basis is encouraged by many religions. New evidence from Utah suggests that it may have physical as well as spiritual benefits. The researchers questioned 200 people undergoing angiography to detect heart disease. The patients, mostly Mormons, were asked about fasting. Those who reported fasting once a month were 58 percent less likely to have diseased coronary arteries than those who did not."
[American College of Cardiology, April 3-5, 2011]"
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/04/07/fasting-for-a-healthy-heart/

The Great Cholesterol Myth
"What is the optimal diet to reduce your risk of heart disease? (And why don't you need to worry about the cholesterol in your breakfast eggs?) Our guests give surprising -- but evidence-based -- advice on healthy living."
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/03/09/895-the-great-cholesterol-myth/

Heart-Healthy Choices, March 2, 2013
"Some 7,500 Spaniards volunteered for a study that has shown quite clearly that the Mediterranean diet can save lives. In fact, those consuming a Mediterranean diet with either extra-virgin olive oil or walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds providing extra fat were 30 percent less likely to die of a heart attack during the study than those assigned to a low-fat diet."
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/03/02/894-heart-healthy-choices/

How to Mobilize the Immune System to Fight Cancer
"So how can the immune system recognize cancer and put up protection against it? Immunologists are coming up with new treatments that can help mobilize the immune system to get cancers under control. Learn how they work, and why they might even work better than surgery, chemotherapy or radiation for certain types of cancers." http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2016/03/24/show-1029-how-to-mobilize-the-immune-system-to-fight-cancer/

Hypertension Heresy: Are we Overtreating High Blood Pressure? August 15, 2012
"Physicians have come to believe that aggressive treatment of patients with high blood pressure will lead to better outcomes. Everything changed on August 15, 2012, when the Cochrane Collaboration published its analysis: "Benefits of antihypertensive drugs for mild hypertension are unclear." The Cochrane Collaboration represents the highest level of scientific scrutiny of available studies. The experts who analyze the data are independent and objective and have come to be regarded as the ultimate authority on the medical interventions they evaluate. As far as we can tell, there is no better organization for assessing the pros and cons of pharmaceutical and alternative therapies than Cochrane."
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/08/15/hypertension-heresy-are-we-overtreating-high-blood-pressure/

Is Your Pain Reliever Causing an Irregular Heart Rhythm? July 20, 2011
"The subjects in the Danish study were matched with 325,918 control patients to compare the use of pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.), celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren), etodolac (Lodine), ketoprofen (Orudis), meloxicam (Mobic) and naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprosyn, etc). The investigators reported that, "In this large population based case-control study, we found that patients starting treatment with non-aspirin NSAIDs were at increased risk of atrial fibrillation or flutter compared with those not using NSAIDs. The relative risk increase was 40-70 percent -- equivalent to approximately four extra cases per year of atrial fibrillation per 1,000 new users of non-selective NSAIDs and seven extra cases per year of atrial fibrillation per 1,000 new users of COX 2 inhibitors. The risk appeared highest in older people."
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/07/20/is-your-pain-reliever-causing-an-irregular-heart-rhythm/

Keeping Your Heart Healthy, October 20, 2012
"When it comes to heart disease, wouldn't prevention be better than cure? One of the country's leading cardiologists, Dr. Steve Nissen of the Cleveland Clinic, tells us how we can keep our hearts healthy."
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/10/20/877-keeping-your-heart-healthy/

A Little Exercise is Better Than None
"A new meta-analysis of 33 studies of exercise and coronary heart disease risk shows that people who exercised 150 minutes a week did lower their risk by about 14 percent compared to those who sat on the couch. People who exercised even more -- 300 minutes a week -- lowered their risk by about 20 percent. But the most important finding from this study is that people who exercised at all, even though they might not have gotten half an hour a day, were able to reduce their risk of heart disease too. According to the authors, their study offers support to the adage, "some physical activity is better than none." The biggest improvement was among people who went from no physical activity to exercising just 10 or 15 minutes a day, an amount that is well within reach for most folks."
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/08/04/a-little-exercise-is-better-than-none/

Munching on Sugary Treats Adds to Cardiovascular Risk, February 6, 2014
"Sugar is turning out to be more dangerous than previously thought. That's the conclusion of a large epidemiological study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. More than 30,000 people were questioned in detail about their health and their diets between 1988 and 2010. Approximately 11,000 adults were included in a study that linked mortality to diet. The conclusions are pretty chilling. As added sugar makes up a greater proportion of the diet, the risk of dying from heart disease or stroke climbs. People who got 25 percent or more of their calories from sugar, whether in soft drinks, desserts, or candy or cereal, were almost three times more likely to die during the study from cardiovascular causes. For those eating 2,000 calories a day, 25 percent translates into 500 calories from sugar or roughly 31 teaspoons."
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2014/02/06/munching-on-sugary-treats-adds-to-cardiovascular-risk/

National Stroke Association
Learn the signs of stroke.
http://www.stroke.org/

Old-Fashioned Drug Colchicine Shows Promise as a Treatment for Pericarditis, April 3, 2014
"A medicine that was used by the ancient Egyptians is finding a new use for heart inflammation. Colchicine is derived from crocuses, and the pharaohs were using it to treat sore, swollen joints. In modern times, it has been used to ease the pain of gout."
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2014/04/03/old-fashioned-drug-colchicine-shows-promise-as-a-treatment-for-pericarditis/

Open-heart Profiteering?
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/05/06/eveningnews/main552636.shtml

Save a Person's Life: The Fourth Sign of a Stroke
https://boingboing.net/2016/03/16/save-a-persons-life-the-f.html

Social Interaction Helps Heart
"Recent research suggests that social relationships have a profound impact on longevity. Investigators analyzed nearly 150 human trials and concluded that isolation and loneliness are as dangerous as well-established risk factors such as smoking, physical inactivity and obesity."
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/09/02/social-interaction-helps-heart/

Stroke, May 7, 2011
"What symptoms signal a possible stroke? Find out how to minimize your risk of a stroke as well as what to do if you suspect one."
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/05/07/812-stroke/

Studies Link Cancer Patients' Survival Time to Insurance Status
"But regardless of cancer type, patients with private insurance had a survival advantage."
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/09/16/494139538/studies-link-cancer-patients-survival-time-to-insurance-status

Will Higher Bad LDL Cholesterol Help Older People Live Longer?
"Contrary to expectations, no link was found between bad cholesterol and premature deaths. In this older population (people over 60) there was a surprising discovery. The higher the subjects' LDL cholesterol, the longer they lived and the less heart disease they seemed to experience. This is exactly the opposite of what conventional cardiology would have predicted.
"As if the cholesterol and saturated fat problem were not trouble enough, along came a large salt study published in the journal The Lancet (online May 20, 2016). The authors reported that a low salt diet like the one recommended by the American Heart Association (less than 1,500 mg of sodium per day) was associated with an increased risk for heart attacks, strokes, heart failure and death."
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2016/06/16/will-higher-bad-ldl-cholesterol-help-older-people-live-longer/



Stress

Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.
-- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 11:28-30)

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6,7)

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

Word: "disease;" Meaning; "disturb;" Sample location: "Luke 8:49" -- from the "Glossary," 1599 Geneva Bible, Tolle Lege edition

DISEASE, n. Dizeze. [dis and ease].
1. In its primary sense, pain, uneasiness, distress, and so used by Spenser; but in this sense, obsolete.
2. The cause of pain or uneasiness . . . disorder; any state of a living body in which the natural functions of the organs are interrupted or disturbed . . . The first effect of disease is uneasiness or pain, and the ultimate effect is death. . . .
3. A disordered state of the mind or intellect, by which the reason is impaired.
4. In society, vice; corrupt state of morals. Vices are called moral diseases. A wise man converses with the wicked, as a physician with the sick, not to catch the disease, but to cure it.
5. Political or civil disorder, or vices in a state; any practice which tends to disturb the peace of society, or impede or prevent the regular administration of government.
The instability, injustice and confusion introduced into the public councils have, in truth, been the mortal diseases under which popular governments have every where perished. -- 1846 edition of An American Dictionary of the English Language
DISEASE, v.t. dizeze.
1. To interrupt or impair any or all the natural and regular functions of the several organs of a living body [i.e. robbing a neighbor of sleep -- compiler]; to afflict with pain or sickness to make morbid . . .
2. To interrupt or render imperfect the regular functions of the brain, or of the intellect; to disorder; to derange.
3. To infect; to communicate disease to, by contagion.
4. To pain; to make uneasy. -- 1828 edition of Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language

Abolition of individual income taxes would remove substantial stress from American society. Restored personal income would allow individuals to better provide for the needs of their families.

*Adams, Jay E., The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling, 202 pages, ISBN: 1889032468 9781889032467.
See the subject "Stress," "Pressure," and so forth, and so on.
"THE PRACTICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CHRISTIAN COUNSELING is designed to afford Christian counselors quick reference as well as comprehensive access to the chief principles and practices of biblical counseling. It is called an 'encyclopedia' because a counselor interested in surveying the gamut of those principles and practices will find in this volume a wider variety of subjects than may be located in any other book of biblical counseling. The counseling described here is truly 'Christian' with method and content firmly rooted in careful biblical exegesis. At the same time it is 'practical' because articles consist not merely of definitions and descriptions, but also of application of the material useful to Christian counselors. Although not necessarily the only way these biblical principles can be applied, they are the fruit of years of study and experience in biblical counseling. In short, the book is designed as an aid to the working counselor who needs a quick reference guide. We trust that God will use it to His glory and to the blessing of His people." -- Preface Some subject include: Abortion | Abuse | Admonition | Adultery | Adversity | Affliction | Aggravation | Anger | Answers | Apology | Assurance | Attitude | Authority | Balance | Behavior | Bizarre behaviour | Breakdown | Christ | Church | Commandments | Confession | Confidentiality | Contentment | Correction | Corruption | Counseling | Crises | Data gathering | Deceit | Dependence | Discipling | Divorce | Doctrine | Drugs | Education | Empathy | Evangelism | Example | Foolishness | Forgetfulness | Forgiveness | Godliness | Gospel | Gossip | Habit | Heresy | Hope | Hostility | How-to | Idolatry | Jesus | Joy | Justification | Legal matters | Legalism | Lying | Marriage | Promises of god | Put on/put off dynamic | Quickening | Radical amputation | Rage | Reconciliation | Referral | Rejuvenation | Repentance | Santification | Scripture | Sex | Sin | Teaching | Temptation | Testing | Think list | Thought | Training.

Blaiklock, David A., Release From Tension.

Carlson, Richard, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff -- and it's all Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things From Taking Over Your Life, ISBN: 0786881852 9780786881857. Alternate title: DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF -- AND IT'S ALL SMALL STUFF.
A secular author.

Childre, Doc Lew, and Howard Martin, The HeartMath Solution: The Institute of HeartMath's Revolutionary Program for Engaging the Power of the Heart's Intelligence, ISBN: 0062516051 9780062516053 006251606X 9780062516060.
"The Intelligent Heart. Access the power of your heart's intelligence to improve your focus and creativity, elevate your emotional clarity, lower your stress and anxiety levels, strengthen your immune system, promote your body's optimal performance, and slow the aging process." -- Publisher
"THE HEARTMATH SOLUTION may easily be written off as a book too eccentric for widespread public consumption, and that's unfortunate. The title's a bit misleading -- it's not about cardiac care and it's not about calculus, but rather how 30 years of research have shown that the heart's 'intelligence' affects emotions and physical health -- especially when it comes to handling stress -- and specifically what you can do to balance heart rhythms, reduce stress hormones, and boost your immune system. Yes, it sounds complicated, especially when you read that cardiologists worked with physicists and psychiatrists to develop the HeartMath program. But it's worth brushing off your skepticism and exploring the concepts in the Solution, as many employees of Fortune 500 companies have already done.
"The 'intelligence' that the authors focus on refers to both the heart's 'brain,' or the 40,000 neurons found in the heart (the same number in the brain itself), and the intuitive signals the heart sends, including feelings of love, happiness, care, and appreciation. When such positive emotions are felt, they 'not only change patterns of activity in the nervous system; they also reduce the production of the stress hormone cortisol.' When there's less cortisol, there's more DHEA, the so-called fountain of youth hormone known to have anti-aging effects on many of the body's systems.
"The HeartMath Solution outlines 10 steps for harnessing the power of the heart's intelligence, including ways to manage your emotions and keep energy levels high. One of the most important is the 'Freeze-Frame' technique for calming the nervous system, improving clarity of thought and perception, and boosting productivity (which is one of the many appealing features for those Fortune 500 companies). Each step includes references to data proving its effectiveness, with handy summaries of the key points to remember at the end of each chapter. This is a book that takes a bit of scientific understanding and a lot of time to wade through, but one that could help you prevent stress from ruling your existence." -- Erica Jorgensen
"Is the heart the missing link in the mind-body connection? By combining age-old philosophy with modern science, Childre and Martin make a compelling case for the idea that good health is really a triumph of heart, not mind, over matter. Citing the Institute's research on the heart's role in human health, they demonstrate that the so-called metaphorical condition of the heart -- which has long been associated with love, wisdom, courage, and happiness -- may play as important a role in mental well-being as its physical function. The HeartMath solution lies in developing what Childre and Martin call the core heart feelings (such as love, Forgiveness of sin, appreciation and care), which trigger physiological responses resulting in less stress, better brain function and a stronger immune system. Although this book is about the heart, it's written with cool intelligence and intelligibility for the head. Despite slightly off-putting names (Freeze-Frame, Cut-Thru and Lock-In), the relaxation exercises, which are being taught at corporations and at schools, are simple to do, although perhaps already too familiar to anyone who has tried other kinds of meditative techniques. Nevertheless, in presenting a clear argument for following one's heart, this book certainly breaks new ground in the holistic approach to health." -- Publishers Weekly
"Ancient cultures believed that the heart rather than the brain was the seat of emotions, vestiges of which are still apparent in descriptive phrases such as 'broken hearted,' 'cold hearted,' and many others. Recent research confirms the existence of complex communication links between these two organs as well as other systems responsible for maintaining homeostasis, and unanticipated electrical energy pathways that may mediate these activities. This book describes cutting edge approaches that can not only tune into such conversations, but also reduce stress and promote physical and mental health by influencing the dialogue." -- Paul J. Rosch, President, The American Institute of Stress
"HeartMath has had a profound influence on the lives of patients, staff, and administrators at our hospital. Specific health problems such as hypertension and arrhythmias have improved in several patients through interventions with HeartMath tools. Communication and creativity among staff members trained in these tools has taken a quantum leap. They have noticed a completely different way of looking at problems and interacting with those around them." -- Bruce Wilson, M.D., Former Director, University of Pittsburgh Heart Institute, Chairman, Medical Education Committee, Columbia Hospital, Milwaukee, WI

Clowney, E., Biblical Principles of Rest (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette WW203 [audio file].

Finley, Martha (aka Martha Farquharson, 1828-1909), Book 2: Elsie's Holidays at Roselands, ISBN: 9781888306323 1888306327.
"When Elsie's father becomes ill, she takes on the job of nurse-companion, and all goes well until Elsie, because it is the Sabbath, as a matter of conscience refuses to read to him from a secular book. The battle of wills that ensues nearly causes first her father's death, and then Elsie's. Lonely Elsie -- punished, ostracized, and then abandoned by her father -- turns to her heavenly Father for comfort and assurance. Will her father realize that Elsie's obedience to God must be paramount, and submit himself to the same Divine Authority?" -- Publisher
On an even more serious note, one moral of this story is the broader life and death struggle between Truth and Falsehood (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism," "Epistemology," "Christian Scholarship"). The consequence of conflict of will is death of the "One," or war of the "Many" (see Rushdoony, The One and the Many). Conflict of will (see "Will and Recalcitrance," "Rebellion and Lawlessness") may begin when one individual (see "The Doctrine of Man (Human Nature, Total Depravity)" or corporate body (see "Corporate Faithfulness and Sanctification") tries to usurping authority over another (see "Power," "Authority") -- tries to control and possess them (see "Tyranny," "Slavery"). The means of control may be either outward or occult (see "The Occult and Spiritism"): deceit, repression or suppression of the truth, replacing moral and ethical absolutes with relativism (see "Ethics," "Medical Ethics"), unfaithfulness to the highest ethical standards (see "The Ten Commandments," "The Holy Bible"), apostasy, spiritual whoredom (see "Idolatry," "Jeremiah"), invocation of the demonic, idolatry, ungodly alliance and secret societies (see "Carnality and Flesh Pleasing," "Justice, Judgment, God's Final Judgment, The Great White Throne Judgment, The Day of the Lord"), attempts to take authority over another politically or by mental malpractice (see "Selection of Covenant Heads for Positions of Leadership"), "making up their own rules (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism)," ignoring or changing constitutional or creedal documents, unjust laws for the accumulation of wealth and power, indebtedness, disenfranchisement, denial of freedom (see "God the Author of Freedom"), soul-stealing, possessiveness, physical seduction and whoredom, political economic or sexual enslavement (see "Sexual Relationship"), and so forth, and so on.
This abuse, this soul-violence, quenches the Holy Spirit (see Owen, "God's Presence With a People the Spring of Their Prosperity; With Their Special Interest in Abiding in Him"). If either side is immovable, then death is the consequence (see "Soteriology," "The Atonement," "The Blood of Christ," "Hell" and "Heaven").
How are conflicts of will resolved? By submission to the Absolute Truths of God's word, the great common denominator (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6). All this bears a strain of the Gospel (see "Book-length Presentations of the Free Offer of The Gospel Message of Salvation and the Life to Come: The Means of Grace," "The Westminster Confession of Faith").
Book 2: Holidays at Roselands
http://archive.org/details/holidaysatrosel00finlgoog
Holidays at Roselands (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14280
Mantle Ministries (Elsie Dinsmore and Mildred Series)
http://www.mantlemin.com

Gelet, James, Eric Holmberg, Jerry Johnson, and the Apologetics Group, The Marks of a Cult: A Biblical Analysis, a DVD (Draper, VA: The Apologetics Group, 2006), ISBN: 1573411507 9781573411509.
"Just why are Baptists properly considered Christians, but Mormons are not? Or why is the Jehovah's Witness religion classified as an anti-Christian cult, while Presbyterians, Wesleyans and Pentecostals are simply seen as denominations within the Christian faith? With the explosion of different sects that claim to honor and follow Jesus, how does one differentiate between true Biblical Christianity and an aberrant religious movement? Just what are the marks of a cult? . . . The video gives clear guidelines on how to distinguish truth from error in principle as well as carefully documented instructions on the particular errors of prominent cults." -- Publisher

Gurian, Michael, Nurture the Nature: Understanding and Supporting Your Child's Unique Core Personality, ISBN: 078798633X 9780787986339.
"Negative stress, in contrast, is something we need to be very careful about, especially with our children. In the most general terms, as experts at the University of Maryland Medical School wrote recently, "When these symptoms persist, you are at risk for serious health problems. This kind of stress can exhaust your immune system. Recent research demonstrates that 90 percent of illness is stress-related." When stress goes beyond the stimulating (positive stress) and becomes debilitating (negative stress), symptoms fall into three categories: physical, emotional, and relational." -- Publisher
Resist the Latest Parenting Fads, Says New Book NURTURE THE NATURE Encourages Parents to Determine Their Child's Core Personality
"Increasingly, the minds of our children are growing up to be antisocial. Children diagnosed with Antisocial Personality Disorder now number in the millions. As the Carnegie-Mellon survey notes, our primary social response to the new antisocial nature of children has not been to rethink how we raise them, but rather to expand punishment and incarceration systems. A Department of Justice study reports that at our present rates of incarceration, one in twenty babies born in the United States today will spend some part of life incarcerated. As of 2004, 1 in every 138 U.S. residents was in prison."
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/NewYearNewYou/story?id=3119291&page=1

Horwitz, Allan V., Jerome C. Wakefield, and Robert L. Spitzer (Foreword), The Loss of Sadness: How Psychiatry Transformed Normal Sorrow into Depressive Disorder, ISBN: 9780195313048 0195313046.
"Depression has become the single most commonly treated mental disorder, amid claims that one out of ten Americans suffer from this disorder every year and 25 percent succumb at some point in their lives. Warnings that depressive disorder is a leading cause of worldwide disability have been accompanied by a massive upsurge in the consumption of antidepressant medication, widespread screening for depression in clinics and schools, and a push to diagnose depression early, on the basis of just a few symptoms, in order to prevent more severe conditions from developing. In THE LOSS OF SADNESS, Allan V. Horwitz and Jerome C. Wakefield argue that, while depressive disorder certainly exists and can be a devastating condition warranting medical attention, the apparent epidemic in fact reflects the way the psychiatric profession has understood and reclassified normal human sadness as largely an abnormal experience. With the 1980 publication of the landmark third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III), mental health professionals began diagnosing depression based on symptoms -- such as depressed mood, loss of appetite, and fatigue -- that lasted for at least two weeks. This system is fundamentally flawed, the authors maintain, because it fails to take into account the context in which the symptoms occur. They stress the importance of distinguishing between abnormal reactions due to internal dysfunction and normal sadness brought on by external circumstances. Under the current DSM classification system, however, this distinction is impossible to make, so the expected emotional distress caused by upsetting events -- for example, the loss of a job or the end of a relationship -- could lead to a mistaken diagnosis of depressive disorder. Indeed, it is this very mistake that lies at the root of the presumed epidemic of major depression in our midst. In telling the story behind this phenomenon, the authors draw on the 2,500-year history of writing about depression, including studies in both the medical and social sciences, to demonstrate why the DSM's diagnosis is so flawed. They also explore why it has achieved almost unshakable currency despite its limitations. Framed within an evolutionary account of human health and disease, THE LOSS OF SADNESS presents a fascinating dissection of depression as both a normal and disordered human emotion and a sweeping critique of current psychiatric diagnostic practices. The result is a potent challenge to the diagnostic revolution that began almost thirty years ago in psychiatry and a provocative analysis of one of the most significant mental health issues today.
"Allan V. Horwitz is Professor of Sociology and Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Rutgers University. He is the author of many articles and a number of books on various aspects on mental illness, including The Social Control of Mental Illness, The Logic of Social Control, and Creating Mental Illness. Jerome C. Wakefield is University Professor and Professor of Social Work at New York University, and he has also taught at the University of Chicago, Columbia University, and Rutgers University. He is an authority on the intersection between philosophy and the mental health professions and the author of many articles on diagnosis of mental disorder." -- Publisher
"Depression is the mental health problem of our generation. In this important and penetrating book, Horwitz and Wakefield show that psychiatry no longer clearly differentiates between normal sadness and depressive disorder. A must read for anyone who wants to understand how so much "depression" has become medicalized." -- Peter Conrad, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Brandeis University, and author of The Medicalization of Society
"With superb scholarship and crisp prose, Horwitz and Wakefield examine the fatal flaw at the core of depression diagnosis. This book describes, with devastating clarity, why the DSM went off track and how the resulting scientific train wreck slows research and distorts our experience of our own sadness. If the DSM was based on biology, this book would signal a new beginning." -- Randolph Nesse, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, and author of Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine
"Not another hackneyed anti-psychiatry polemic, THE LOSS OF SADNESS is a brilliant analysis of how mental health professionals can avoid pathologizing normal, emotional responses to life's stressors while accurately identifying those suffering from genuine depressive disorders. Erudite and engagingly written, THE LOSS OF SADNESS is destined to have a major impact on our field." -- Richard J. McNally, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of Remembering Trauma

Howard, J. Grant, Balancing Life's Demands: A New Perspective on Priorities, ISBN: 155513565X 9781555135652.
"An innovative approach that dispenses with stereotypes and seeks instead to review the Biblical teaching on priorities in ways that make sense to harried men and women today." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Justice, Blair, Who Gets Sick: How Beliefs, Moods and Thoughts Affect Health, revised, expanded edition, ISBN: 0960537678 9780960537679.
"This is a revised, expanded edition of the 1988 classic that won a prestigious Ben Franklin Award for the best book on health. It was one of the first to give the public an understanding of how beliefs and attitudes affect the body.
"Blair Justice, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology and a longtime researcher in mind/body medicine at the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center, School of Public Health, where he also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. A clinical psychologist, he is the author of numerous papers in the scientific literature and five other books (two with his wife, Dr. Rita Justice). His most recent book (1998) is A DIFFERENT KIND OF HEALTH: FINDING WELL-BEING DESPITE ILLNESS. His 1988 book, WHO GETS SICK: HOW BELIEFS, MOODS AND THOUGHTS AFFECT HEALTH has been published in four languages. A revised, expanded edition was published in 2000. Dr. Justice is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Dr. Justice works once a week at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center helping patients cope. He and his wife are avid hikers and mountain climbers, along with their Tibetan dogs Tashi and Bodhi. Blair and Rita do animal assisted therapy volunteer service at Methodist Hospital at the Texas Medical Center. -- Publisher
"This book tells it like is, no holds barred. Anyone who has Chronic Fatigue Immune Deregulation Syndrome (CFIDS), Fibromylagia, Gulf War Syndrome, MS, etc., this is a must have for their bookshelf and reference library. Our thoughts become images thus resulting in chronic illnesses passed on to generations. One might think themselves sick and become sick. The scary part is that it is all true. What we think, we become. -- Reader's Comment

Kelly, William E. (editor), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the War Veteran Patient, ISBN: 0876303866 9780876303863.
"Provides counselors and therapists with a comprehensive blueprint for conceptualizing and treating war veterans' stress disorders. Concludes with the most comprehensive reading list on this subject yet assembled. Excellent coverage." -- Cyril J. Barber

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), The Life of Peace: Exposition of Philippians 3 and 4, [Philippians 4] ISBN: 0801056780 9780801056789.
"This volume follows THE LIFE OF JOY which is on Philippians 1 and 2, thus completing the study on the Book of Philippians. Examples of expository excellence!" -- GCB

*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Spiritual Depression, ISBN: 0551025492 9780551025493.
"A physician turned preacher deals with the scriptural causes of spiritual depression and show how it may be cured. Aims at developing an effective, healthy Christian life." -- Cyril J. Barber
"Believing that Christian joy was one of the most potent factors in the spread of Christianity in the early centuries, Lloyd-Jones not only lays bare the causes that have robbed many Christians of spiritual vitality, but also points the way to the cure." -- Publisher

Lush, Jean, and Pam Vredevelt (contributor), Women and Stress: A Practical Approach to Managing Tension, ISBN: 0800716752 9780800716752.
"Jean Lush and Pam Vredevelt examine troublesome emotions and show you how to manage your own 'storage pot' of tension with practical, tried and true methods gained from research, their own experiences, and pertinent case studies." -- Publisher

Petty, James C., When the Money Runs out: Hope and Help for the Financially Stressed, ISBN: 9781935273059 1935273051.

Rassieur, Charles L., Christian Renewal: Living Beyond Burnout, ISBN: 0664246117 9780664246112.
Religious aspects of stress and burnout.

Rassieur, Charles L., Stress Management for Ministers, ISBN: 0664243975 9780664243975.

Rush, Myron, Burnout, ISBN: 0896932427 9780896932425.
"Learn what causes burnout and how it affects believers spiritually. Also here are practical tips for conquering burnout."

Wilson, Bruce C., and Doc Lew Childre, The Heartmath Approach to Managing Hypertension: The Proven, Natural way to Lower Your Blood Pressure (Heartmath), ISBN: 9781572244719 1572244712.
"High blood pressure is a national epidemic. It's a silent killer, a dangerous condition that affects one in four Americans, most of whom have no idea they are at risk for higher rates of heart disease, stroke, and other life-threatening problems. Conventional treatments for hypertension involve drugs, and these can have considerable side effects and may not be ultimately succeed in getting those numbers down. Fortunately there are many things that people with hypertension can do to reverse the condition and improve their health. The researchers at the renowned HeartMath Institute have researched techniques for managing stress and hypertension for more than fifteen years. Now, at last, their highly effective techniques for regulating blood pressure safely and effectively are available to readers in this simple and easy-to use format. Using a series of unique techniques like the Freeze Frame and the Heart Lock-In, this book allows you to literally regulate your blood pressure at the source -- the heart level -- and reduce the stress that causes your high blood pressure. In as little as ninety days, you can "reset" your baroreceptive systems and lower blood pressure levels. The approach is drug-free safe, effective, and clinically validated.
"From the leaders of the renowned HeartMath Institute comes this application of the HeartMath techniques for natural, drug-free management of hypertension: Engage the heart to bring emotions, body, and mind into balance, and help lower high blood pressure.
"Doc Childre is the founder and chairman of the scientific advisory board of the Institute of HeartMath, the chairman of HeartMath LLC and the chairman and CEO of Quantum Intech. He is the author of seven books, including Transforming Anger, Transforming Stress, Transforming Anxiety, and The HeartMath Method.
"Bruce C. Wilson, MD, is a cardiologist who gives lectures and teaches seminars on the HeartMath tools for stress reduction and better health. He helped develop the HeartMath Health Care Division." -- Publisher
"Written in an understandable and interesting style, this book explains breathwork in a modern way with modern research. I was recommended the HeartMath technique by my dentist to reduce my parasympathetic response so my major dental work would heal better. HeartMath techniques effect the whole body and offer those who suffer from staying in their 'flight or fight' nervous system a way to easily access their 'feed and breed' one more often." -- Reader's Comment

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Covetousness, greed, selfishness, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Trusting god, Love and obedience, Justice, judgment, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Spiritual adultery (spiritual whoredom/harlotry), Idolatry, syncretism, Sexual wholeness, Depression, Fear, anxiety, Worry, Affliction, Hostility and violence, Grief, Prayer, Reconciliation of relationships, Resentment, Sabbath, Rest, Sleep, Healing, The heart and the mind, the mind/body relationship, Exercise, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 851, 859, 3021, 3022, 3731-3735

Related WebLinks

The American Institute of Stress (AIS)
http://www.stress.org/

America's Number one Health Problem and Job Stress
http://www.stress.org/job.htm

The Brain Fitness Program, a DVD (Michael Merzenich)
A PBS documentary.
"This program presents a workout to help viewers get their brains in better shape. The Brain Fitness Program is based on neuro-plasticity, the ability of the brain to change and adapt -- even rewire itself. In the past two years, a team of scientists has developed computer-based stimulus sets that drive beneficial chemical, physical and functional changes in the brain. Dr. Michael Merzenich of the University of California San Francisco and his colleagues around the world have been leading this effort; he brings the research findings, along with a scientifically based set of brain exercises, to PBS viewers in this innovative and life-altering program. Peter Coyote narrates." -- Publisher
http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=2966842&siteID=m4l4q2SmprQ-NDN5uceDVUeJkLbMXBtqIA

Brain, Mind and Body in Healing From Trauma, The People's Pharmacy Radio Program, show 980, February 7, 2015
"To help people heal from trauma, the best approaches find ways to reconnect brain and body with a feeling of safety. . . .
"We often associate the term "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder" with military veterans. Indeed, war creates many traumatic experiences, but it is not the only source of reactions that may cause people to shut down or blow up. Car, train or plane crashes, a life-threatening illness episode, family violence, or other events can create a dysfunctional reaction that may be largely out of conscious awareness.
"Treating PTSD
"One of the world's leading experts on PTSD explains how such reactions are rooted in the body's response to threat, and how it can be successfully treated. . . .
"Dr. van der Kolk is co-director of the Complex Trauma Treatment Network of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, established by Congress to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities. His website is http://www.BesselvanderKolk.com
"His book is THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE: BRAIN, MIND AND BODY IN THE HEALING OF TRAUMA (2014)."

Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF)
http://www.ccef.org/
Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation
1803 East Willow Grove Avenue
Glenside, PA 19038
Telephone: 215.884.7676

Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation Resources Audio Archives
http://www.wts.edu/resources/login.html/

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
"The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) is the world's premier trauma organization dedicated to trauma treatment, education, research and prevention. Through this organization, professionals share information about the effects of trauma, seeking to reduce traumatic stressors and their immediate and long-term consequences."
http://www.istss.org/

Living in Balance November 28, 2009
Subjects: Stress management, Exercise, Weight loss, Sleep, Healthy eating, Wine, Chocolate, Glycemic load, Social support, etc.
"In stressful times, people often take short cuts that may ultimately undermine their health. They snack on junk or comfort food, skimp on sleep and do without exercise. But this won't help develop the resilience we need to cope with challenges.
"Dr. Tieraona Low Dog is one of the country's leading experts on the evidence base behind herbal medicine and alternative therapies. She has some solid advice on keeping your head and your health, even when adversity strikes. Her Web site is www.drlowdog.com."
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/11/28/716-living-in-b/
Living in Balance, MP3 download
https://store.peoplespharmacy.com/716-living-in-balance-2-28-09-mp3.html

Medical Debt Among People With Health Insurance, Karen Pollitz, et al., (The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation), Jan 07, 2014
"Medical bills are a leading cause of personal bankruptcy in the U.S., contributing to 62 percent of personal bankruptcies in 2007. Most who filed for medical bankruptcy that year were well educated, owned homes, and had middle-class occupations. Three quarters had health insurance." (David Himmelstein, et al., "Medical Bankruptcy in the United States, 2007: Results of a National Study," The American Journal of Medicine, Volume 122, Issue 8, August 2009)
http://kff.org/report-section/medical-debt-among-people-with-health-insurance-consequences-of-medical-debt/

National Center for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
"The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), was created within the Department of Veterans Affairs in 1989, in response to a Congressional mandate to address the needs of veterans with military-related PTSD. Its mission was, and remains: To advance the clinical care and social welfare of America's veterans through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders. This website is provided as an educational resource concerning PTSD and other enduring consequences of traumatic stress."
http://www.ptsd.va.gov/

A Resolution That Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Disprove the Modern Myth That Sunday Work Maximizes Profits
http://http://www.lettermen2.com/wmresol1.html

Sound Word Associates Library of Biblical Counselors
http://www.soundword.com/ccon.html

Stress, Suicide, and Female Physicians
"It is estimated that three times as many physicians take their own lives compared to the population at large. Up to 130 commit suicide each year, which is about the size of the Harvard Medical School graduating class.
"This has generally been attributed to the increased stresses doctors are now subjected to, including: Practice pressures and demands that leave little time to attend to family or personal needs, Government regulations that are increasingly restrictive, Third party intrusions and interference, Increase in malpractice litigation and insurance costs, Pressure to practice defensive medicine, Erosion of the doctor-patient relationship, Diminished public image of physicians, Fear of serious injury from a violent patient or protest group, Managing the business aspects of medical practice in a climate of decreasing compensation at the same time expenses continue to escalate, Lack of access to support systems."
http://www.stress.org/pubsmultimedia/essays-and-articles/#sthash.5kUNLRpJ.dpuf

The Temperate Life, Sherman Isbell
http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/the-temperate-life.php

Works by Martha Finley
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr4ch.html#wbmfinleywo



Exercise

Exercise is more powerful than any wonder drug at preventing disease and promoting optimum health. -- Jordan Metzl, MD

Exercise is all around good -- giving you the positive effects of increased endorphins and a reduced waistline. It makes your heart stronger by pumping more blood with less effort, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, prevents and controls diabetes, strengthens bones and muscles and controls weight. . . .
To make the walls of your arteries twice as flexible as those of a couch potato, just walk briskly for 30 minutes, five days a week. That's what Hirofumi Tanaka, Ph.D., an associate professor of kinesiology and health education at the University of Texas, advises after tracking the elasticity of people's blood vessels using ultrasound. . . .
With age, blood vessel walls tend to stiffen up like old tires -- the main reason two-thirds of people older than age 60 have high blood pressure. Exercise keeps vessels pliable. Mild exercise also reduces the risk of diabetes, certain cancers, depression, aging of the skin. . . .
Everyone knows cardio exercise is key to slowing the advance of time and how to look younger. More surprising: Strength-training is crucial, too. That's because after their mid-40s, people lose a quarter pound of muscle mass a year, gaining fat in its place.
But, says Miriam E. Nelson, Ph.D., an associate professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University, "For a couple of decades, you don't have to lose any muscle, if you do the appropriate exercises." Even people well into their 90s can regain muscle, she's found. Just lift weights two or three days a week, for a minimum of 30 minutes.
The payoff: more endurance, stronger bones, less risk of diabetes -- and better sleep and thinking. -- Hirofumi Tanaka, Ph.D., an associate professor of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas

Hiking twice a week for 3 to 5 hours, along with daily walks of about 45 minutes, has greatly benefited my overall health.
I would highly recommend it to seniors, or to anyone else who can find the time in a busy work schedule.
It seems that it is not only the exercise, but also the "getting away from it all" and the "communing with nature" which is, in part, responsible for the enlivening, rejuvenating, and curative effects.
See the National Geographic Trails Illustrated maps.

A walk in any season's wood will sing your heart alive. -- John Muir

"As little as 5 to 10 minutes of aerobic or anaerobic exercise reduces anxiety."

"Daily exercise is also effective against depression."

Healthy living is not just for women. Men can benefit too! A study of 20,000 male physicians over more than 20 years found that those who maintained a normal body weight, did not smoke, got regular exercise, ate breakfast cereals and a diet rich in vegetables and fruits, and drank moderately were significantly less likely to develop heart failure. Those who followed at least four of these practices had half the lifetime risk of heart failure as those who didn't follow any of them. Heart failure is a serious condition that can be disabling and hard to treat, so it is good to know that it may be preventable. -- Journal of American Medical Association, July 22/29, 2009

Bagshaw, Chris (editor), Alan Hinkes (foreword), The Ultimate Hiking Skills Manual, ISBN: 0715322540 9780715322543.
"Tells the keen walker how to get the most out of a day in the hills. It has vital information on dealing with emergencies as well as advice on buying equipments, guidance on maintaining fitness and lessons in route planning and navigation. It is practical and has an appealing style with colour photographs." -- Publisher

Molloy, Johnny, Day and Overnight Hikes, Shenandoah National Park, ISBN: 0897326342 9780897326346.

Moore, Raymond S. and Dorothy N. Moore, Home Made Health: A Family Guide to Nutrition, Exercise, Stress Control, and Preventive Medicine, ISBN: 0849906067 9780849906060 084993172X 9780849931727.
"A dozen medical specialists from various fields acted as advisers for this book. The principles are built on common sense, the Bible, proven research, and the author's own experience. They show how pure water and air, sunshine, sleep, regularity, cleanliness, exercise, and trust in God lead to good health." -- GCB

Potterfield, Peter, Classic Hikes of the World: 23 Breathtaking Treks, ISBN: 0393057968 9780393057966.
"Inspiration and information to help you plan (and dream about), your next big trek.
"This book will help you realize your dreams of hiking among the world's highest peaks and most scenic canyons, discovering wilderness far from the clamor of civilization, encountering rare birds and animals, glorying in sunsets over glacier-clad ranges, and feeling the joy and achievement of hiking some of the world's most spectacular trails.
"Peter Potterfield has selected the great hikes of the world from personal experience, having hiked and photographed hundreds of trails to arrive at this selection. The adventures described range from weekend overnights to four-day hut trips to epic journeys that take a few weeks out and back. None requires technical mountaineering skill. Features include details on trail conditions, levels of difficulty, best seasons, approach strategies, hazards, and maps. Hikes include: John Muir Trail, California; Wonder Lake to McGonagall Pass, Alaska; Tour de la Vanoise, French Alps; Kungsleden, Swedish Lapland; K2 Base Camp; Grand Canyon rim to rim; Mount Kilimanjaro; Cerro Fitz Roy, Argentina; and Shackleton's Crossing, South Georgia. 115 illustrations.
"About the Author
"Award-winning author Peter Potterfield is the author of High Himalaya, In the Zone, and other books. The former editor and publisher of MountainZone.com, his work appears in Condé Nast Traveler, Outside, Backpacker, and Reader's Digest. He lives in Seattle." -- Publisher

Reader's Digest Association, Scenic Walks of the World. Alternate title: "READER'S DIGEST SCENIC WALKS OF THE WORLD." Box set of 6 DVDs, February 12, 2008, run time: 570 minutes, ISBN: 9781594643330 1594643334.
Contents:

1. Our Dramatic Planet (ca. 70 min.)
2. Romance With Nature (ca. 67 min.)
3. Historic Pathways; The Great Wall of China (ca. 120 min.)
4. Wonders Sacred and Mysterious; Wonders of Man's Creation (ca. 140 min.)
5. Incredible Journeys, part I and II (ca. 124 min.)
6. Incredible Journeys, part III (ca. 64 min.).
"The awesome Grand Canyon. New Zealand's world-renowned National Park of Tongario. The Great Wall of China. The paths of the Incas. The rugged Appalachian Trail. Some sights are best captured on foot, and Reader's Digest takes you there. Gaze in wonder at glistening glaciers, ancient forests, pristine coasts and magnificent panoramic landscapes. Venture off the beaten path to witness sights tourists seldom see, sights you will never forget, and will want to revisit again and again." -- Publisher

Trails Illustrated, National Geographic, National Geographic Trails Illustrated Shenandoah National Park: Virginia USA, ISBN: 0925873861 9780925873866.
"This map is part of the Trails Illustrated series covering many national parks and forests. These are all sturdy and convenient.
"If you're backpacking, or doing long day hikes, the "Trails Illustrated" map is absolutely essential because the USGS topographic maps are outdated." -- Publisher

Related WebLinks

A Little Exercise is Better Than None
"A new meta-analysis of 33 studies of exercise and coronary heart disease risk shows that people who exercised 150 minutes a week did lower their risk by about 14 percent compared to those who sat on the couch. People who exercised even more -- 300 minutes a week -- lowered their risk by about 20 percent. But the most important finding from this study is that people who exercised at all, even though they might not have gotten half an hour a day, were able to reduce their risk of heart disease too. According to the authors, their study offers support to the adage, "some physical activity is better than none." The biggest improvement was among people who went from no physical activity to exercising just 10 or 15 minutes a day, an amount that is well within reach for most folks."
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/08/04/a-little-exercise-is-better-than-none/

Living in Balance, November 28, 2009
Subjects: Chocolate, Exercise, Glycemic load, Sleep, Social support, Stress management, Weight loss, Wine, etc.
"In stressful times, people often take short cuts that may ultimately undermine their health. They snack on junk or comfort food, skimp on sleep and do without exercise. But this won't help develop the resilience we need to cope with challenges.
"Dr. Tieraona Low Dog is one of the country's leading experts on the evidence base behind herbal medicine and alternative therapies. She has some solid advice on keeping your head and your health, even when adversity strikes. Her Web site is www.drlowdog.com."
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/11/28/716-living-in-b/

Your Exercise Prescription for Good Health, April 5, 2014
"Exercise is more powerful than any wonder drug at preventing disease and promoting optimum health." -- Jordan Metzl, MD
"Guest: Jordan Metzl, MD, is a nationally known sports medicine physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He completed his fellowship in sports medicine and dance medicine at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital. He is the author of THE ATHLETE'S BOOK OF HOME REMEDIES and THE EXERCISE CURE. His website is: http://www.drjordanmetzl.com/."
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2014/04/05/942-your-exercise-prescription/



Rest

In returning and rest shall ye be saved;
In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.
(Isaiah 30:15a)

See: "Rest" Chapter 2: Biblical Counsel
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr8ch.html



Sleep

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8)

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. (Psalm 121:3)

The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep. (Ecclesiastes 5:12)

Rest is often all that is needed to heal the body. It allows the body to concentrate its healing functions. If we do not feel well, then the first thing we should do is rest.
Therefore, getting an adequate amount sleep, on a regular basis, prevents disease, as well a healing it once it gets a foothold.
Practicing good sleep hygiene is a must for good health.

O ye saints, how you should love the Word, for by this you have been converted. . . . Tie it about your neck, write it upon your hand, lay it in your bosom. When you go let it lead you, when you sleep let it keep you, when you wake let it talk with you. (Proverbs 6:21-22). You that are unconverted, read the Word with diligence; flock to where it is powerfully preached. Pray for the coming of the Spirit in the Word. Come from your knees to the sermon, and come from the sermon to your knees. -- Joseph Alleine

Chronic poor sleep, particularly if it begins after a severe illness, injury, or emotional trauma, may be a sign of sleep apnea. Typically the patient no longer feels refreshed when awakening in the morning and may awaken at about the same time every night, or may complain of only being able to sleep four or five hours or less at a time, night after night. If this is the case, then one should seek medical care. Treatment is available.

Buchman, Dian Dincin, Complete Guide to Natural Sleep, ISBN: 0517222388 9780517222386.
"Learn about the many influences upon sleep ability and quality; from the influence of foods and natural substances to solutions to typical problems. Unlike many titles on insomnia, this also considers problems specific to different age groups, providing charts and solutions which go beyond dietary adjustments." -- Midwest Book Review
"This self-help guide to getting the proper rest includes a thorough discussion of sleep needs, obstacles, and natural solutions for all ages. Divided into three parts, the first is devoted to adults, ranging from teenagers to advanced age. The second part of the book is devoted to children and their unique sleep problems, with a special section on infants -- whose parents are probably sleep-deprived! Lastly the book includes safe, nondrug, natural therapies to achieve sleep regardless of your age or sleeping problem.
"I wasn't terribly hopeful when I purchased this book that I was going to find any new information in it. After all, I had spent countless sleepless nights for the past two years researching my mysterious new sleep disorder and I thought I had read about or tried every "natural" remedy out there . . .
"Thank God I gave it one more go and bought this book!
"While it does contain lots of info you've probably found in other sources, the author includes extensive information on a subject I had never read about -- homeopathic tissue salts. These amazing little compounds have worked wonders!!! The charts in the book make it easy to match your specific sleep symptom with a salt that should give you relief.
"After a week and a half of experimenting with different salts, I think it's safe to proclaim I may be cured!!!
"If you're suffering from a chronic sleep problem, I highly recommend getting this book and then running down to your healthfood store to buy the tissue salt that matches your symptom. (You'll need the book because the packaging on the individual salt probably won't even mention anything about sleep problems.)
"The one that did the trick for me -- Kali Carbonicum- said "for pain and feeling of weakness in the lower back." The people at the healthfood store are liable to be a bit clueless about these salts, too.
"Anyway, hope this information was of some help." -- Reader's Comment

Clowney, E., Biblical Principles of Rest (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette WW203 [audio file].

*Dement, William C., and Christopher Vaughan, The Promise of Sleep: A Pioneer in Sleep Medicine Explores the Vital Connection Between Health, Happiness, and a Good Night's Sleep, ISBN: 0440509017 9780440509011.
"Sleep better, live longer with the groundbreaking information and step-by-step program in this revolutionary book.
"Healthful sleep has been empirically proven to be the single most important factor in predicting longevity, more influential than diet, exercise, or heredity. And yet we are a sleep-sick society, ignorant of the facts of sleep -- and the price of sleep deprivation. In this groundbreaking book, based on decades of study on the frontiers of sleep science, Dr. William Dement, founder and director of the Stanford University Sleep Research Center, explains what happens when we sleep, when we don't, and how we can reclaim the most powerful -- and underrated -- health miracle of all.
"Taking us on a fascinating tour of our sleeping body and mind, Dr. Dement reveals the price we have paid for ignoring sleep -- an epidemic of heart disease, 33 percent of traffic-fatigue-related accidents, and immeasurable mental and psychological disadvantages. And he offers a hands-on prescription for vibrant good health and longevity, including . . . self-tests to determine how much sleep you really need . . . the role of prescription and over-the-counter sleeping aids . . . the latest research on how sleep affects the immune system . . . how to combat insomnia, snoring, and jet lag . . . plus information on sleep disorder clinics nationwide, Web sites, and more." -- Publisher

Edlund, Matthew, The Power of Rest: Why Sleep Alone is not Enough: A 30-day Plan to Reset Your Body, ISBN: 9780061862762 0061862762.
"Explains the importance of sleep and rest in every person's life and lays out a month-long plan to get readers on the right track to a more rested regimen, one that will lead to better overall health." -- Publisher

Goldberg, Philip, Natural Sleep: How to get Your Share, ISBN: 0553128922 9780553128925.
Includes bibliography and index.

Linde, Shirley Motter, and Louis M. Savary, The Sleep Book, ISBN: 0060652497 9780060652494.

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), The Life of Peace: Exposition of Philippians 3 and 4, [Philippians 4] ISBN: 0801056780 9780801056789.
"This volume follows THE LIFE OF JOY which is on Philippians 1 and 2, thus completing the study on the Book of Philippians. Examples of expository excellence!" -- GCB

*Maas, James B., David J. Axelrod, Barbara R. Hogan, and Jennifer Bloomin, Power Sleep: The Revolutionary Program That Prepares Your Mind for Peak Performance, ISBN: 0060977604: 9780060977603.
"Do your eyelids feel heavy during afternoon meetings? Do you sleep extra hours on weekend mornings? Do you use caffeine to stay alert? An alarm to get out of bed?
"These are all symptoms of sleep deficiency -- signals that you are operating below your peak performance and beneath your mental capacity. Despite popular perceptions, sleep is not a luxury -- it is a necessity. More than seventy million Americans are sleep-deprived, and make crucial business and personal decisions in an impaired state. In Power Sleep, Dr. James B. Maas, a pioneer of sleep research at Cornell University, has created an easy, drug-free program to improve your body and mind for an alert and productive tomorrow. In Power Sleep, you'll find:

Soth, Connie, Insomnia: God's Night School, ISBN: 0802726542 9780802726544.

See also: Stress, Exercise, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Prayer, Emotions and health, Praise, Forgiveness of sin, Reconciliation of relationships, Depression, Love and counseling problems, Soul-violence, The Battle for the mind, Mind control, Hypothyroidism, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 3376-3382
TETB: "Sleep"

Related WebLinks

The Sleep Foundation
http://www.sleepfoundation.org

Sleep Solutions
"Medicare-approved Independent Diagnostic Testing Facility (IDTF) providing healthcare services to any patient, anytime, anywhere."
http://www.sleep-solutions.com/

SleepNet
http://www.sleepnet.com

Talk About Sleep
http://www.talkaboutsleep.com/

Wake up Australia: The Value of Healthy Sleep
"In the United States, the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research in 1993 identified priorities for a national sleep health agenda and called for action from Congress to recognize sleep-related problems as an important public health issue by:

  1. establishing a National Center for Research and Education on Sleep;
  2. expanding basic, clinical, epidemiological, health services and prevention research;
  3. providing cross-departmental links within all affected Federal departments/agencies;
  4. increasing Federal support for research workforce training and career development;
  5. broadening awareness of and training in sleep and sleep disorders across all health professionals, particularly at the primary care level; and
  6. a major public awareness and education campaign about sleep and sleep disorders."
http://www.sleep.org.au/information/sleep-documents/?totalrecs=11&pageno=2



Vaccination

"The general population believes vaccinations are totally effective, totally safe, and everyone has to have them. The truth is, however, they are not totally safe and effective, and not mandatory.
"Vaccinations are not absolutely mandatory. There are three types of exemptions available to parents: Medical, Religious, and Philosophical. . . . Most states allow at least two of the three."

The first flu vaccines in use will be nasally-administered Flumist [Swine Flu outbreak of 2009 -- compiler], which utilizes 'live' viruses. Flumist -- vaccinated individuals will shed viruses for 5 days following inoculation and are likely to spread the virus to family members. This will predictably accelerate infection rates. Look for health authorities to liken an upsurge in flu cases to the late-season return of the 1918 Spanish flu rather than viral shedding from the nasal-instilled vaccine." -- Bill Sardi in "The American Flu Charade" (see link below)

Cave, Stephanie, and Deborah Mitchell (contributor), What Your Doctor may not Tell you About Children's Vaccinations, ISBN: 0446677078 9780446677073.
"This book encourages parents 'to be equal partners with doctors in deciding which vaccines their children should get and when they should get them.' The way this book achieves this goal is by offering important medical information in easy to understand terms. WHAT YOUR DOCTOR MAY NOT TELL YOU . . . provides detailed info on the various vaccines currently required/suggested by state and federal governments; reviewing in depth the history of the diseases and related vaccines, ingredients used to make and preserve the vaccines, background studies and recent research available on a variety of the vaccines, and also a risk/benefit analysis per vaccination. What this book offers (that your doctor's office may not), is a look at both sides of the vaccination issue, and gives YOU a well-rounded resource package so you can best decide when/what vaccines to give your child. Factors that can influence your decision include any known allergies, reactions to previous vaccinations, family history of autoimmune diseases and more. Also a help to parents is a list of precautions parents can take when their children get vaccinated, and also a recommended schedule (that differs from the government's), for childhood vaccinations. This alternative vaccination timeline allows you to operate within the guidelines of the government mandate that all children receive a certain number of shots prior to entering school, but attempts to spread out the vaccinations for minimum exposure to risk and negative side effects. Did you know many vaccines used today include ingredients such as mercury, formaldehyde, ethylene glycol (a main ingredient in antifreeze), and more? Would you consume those poisons? Of course not, but vaccine manufacturers (and the CDC and FDA), seem to think it's okay for our kids to receive these poisons ad nauseam. Fortunately, each of today's required vaccinations come with a mercury-free alternative, but many doctors are still using those with mercury, and you must request the safer alternative. Research and vaccination injury reporting systems indicate possible and/or obvious links to multiple adverse effects including irreparable diseases and death, but many doctors, educators and government institutions refuse to consider those possibilities, as it may endanger the successful mass-vaccination programs currently employed in this country. Included in this book is a discussion of the possible exemptions available to parents, which may include religious, medical or philosophical, depending upon the state in which you live. If you're not willing to trust this author's approach, there's a list of multiple resources at the end of the book allowing you to do your own research and form your own further educated opinion.
"Stephanie Cave, M.D., is a family practitioner in Baton Rouge who specializes in children with autism and related disorders. She has been featured on CNN regarding children and vaccinations and testified in Congressional hearings in July 2000." -- Publisher

Sylvia Engdahl, Sylvia Engdahl, Vaccines, ISBN: 9780737741506 0737741503 9780737741513 0737741511.

Williamson, Stanley, The Vaccination Controversy: The Rise, Reign, and Fall of Compulsory Vaccination for Smallpox, ISBN: 9781846310867 1846310865 9781846310874 1846310873.

See also: The limits of modern medicine, The failure of the american medical system, Correct diagnosis, Medicine as social control, Prevention of disease, Medical ethics, Healthcare reform.
TCRB5: 1811, 1505

Related WebLinks

AAPS Resolution Concerning Mandatory Vaccines
http://www.aapsonline.org/testimony/vacresol.htm

The American flu Charade: News Media Maintains Undeserved Public Confidence in flu Vaccination Program -- Millions of Doses of flu Vaccine may go Unused This Season, Bill Sardi
"The first flu vaccines in use will be nasally-administered Flumist which utilizes 'live' viruses. Flumist -- vaccinated individuals will shed viruses for 5 days following inoculation and are likely to spread the virus to family members. This will predictably accelerate infection rates. Look for health authorities to liken an upsurge in flu cases to the late-season return of the 1918 Spanish flu rather than viral shedding from the nasal-instilled vaccine.
http://www.lewrockwell.com/sardi/sardi124.html

Citizens for Healthcare Freedom
http://www.citizensforhealthcarefreedom.org/

Dispelling Vaccination Myths
http://chetday.com/vaccinationmyths.htm

Flu Shot Fell Short for Seniors This Year, March 10, 2013
"The CDC has analyzed the flu vaccine for this year and found that it was only about 27 percent effective for people over 65. Of course, these are precisely the folks who most need the protection that a flu shot might offer.
"Even worse, the most virulent strain of influenza virus that caused problems this winter, the H3N2, was hardly affected by the vaccine at all. The match was good, but the shot was only 9 percent effective at preventing H3N2 among the elderly."
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/03/10/flu-shot-fell-shoryt-for-seniors-this-year/

How bad is the flu? How Good is the Shot? January 12, 2013
"If the match between circulating flu and vaccine is so very good this year, why are so many people still getting sick? Well, the dirty little secret that is never mentioned when people are urged to get their shot is that flu vaccines are far from 100 percent effective. When researchers have reviewed the medical literature for influenza immunization studies published between 1967 and 2011, they've concluded that effectiveness ranges from 16 percent at the bottom to 76 percent at the top with "pooled efficacy" of about 59 percent (The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Jan. 2012). "
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/01/12/how-bad-is-the-flu-how-good-is-the-shot/

How Effective is a flu Shot? October 26, 2011
"Of those top-notch investigations, there were 10 randomised, controlled trials that could be analyzed for overall efficacy. What Dr. Osterholm and his colleagues found was that together, the benefit was 59 percent. In other words, 41 percent of the people who got a flu vaccine experienced no protection against influenza.
"In our opinion that's disappointingly low. If your toaster only toasted your bread a little more than half the time you would demand your money back. Perhaps even more disheartening is the observation that there were no good trials for children between the ages of 2 and 17 or adults over the age of 65. Those are precisely the groups that are most vulnerable to complications from influenza."
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/10/26/how-effective-is-a-flu-shot/

National Vaccine Information Center
"The general population believes that vaccinations are totally effective, totally safe and everyone has to have them. The truth is, however, they are not totally safe and effective, and not mandatory.
"Vaccinations are not absolutely mandatory. There are three types of exemptions available to parents: Medical, Religious, and Philosophical. . . . Most states allow at least two of the three."
For more information on the myth of 'No shots, no school' visit:
http://www.909shot.com
Or call: National Vaccine Information Center: 1-800-909-SHOT.

Vaccine Information Resource Center
http://www.mercola.com/2001/aug/18/vaccine_myths.htm

Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated: Guess who is Sicker? May 4, 2017
A pilot study of 666 homeschooled six to 12-year-olds from four American states published on April 27th in the Journal of Translational Sciences, compared 261 unvaccinated children with 405 partially or fully vaccinated children, and assessed their overall health based on their mothers' reports of vaccinations and physician-diagnosed illnesses. What it found about increases in immune-mediated diseases like allergies and neurodevelopmental diseases including autism, should make all parents think twice before they ever vaccinate again:

• Vaccinated children were more than three times as likely to be diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum (OR 4.3)
• Vaccinated children were 30-fold more likely to be diagnosed with allergic rhinitis (hay fever) than non-vaccinated children • Vaccinated children were 22-fold more likely to require an allergy medication than unvaccinated children
• Vaccinated children had more than quadruple the risk of being diagnosed with a learning disability than unvaccinated children (OR 5.2)
• Vaccinated children were 300 percent more likely to be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder than unvaccinated children (OR 4.3)
• Vaccinated children were 340 percent (OR 4.4) more likely to have been diagnosed with pneumonia than unvaccinated children
• Vaccinated children were 300 percent more likely to be diagnosed with an ear infection than unvaccinated children (OR 4.0)
• Vaccinated children were 700 percent more likely to have surgery to insert ear drainage tubes than unvaccinated children (OR 8.01)
• Vaccinated children were 2.5-fold more likely to be diagnosed with any chronic illness than unvaccinated children
http://info.cmsri.org/the-driven-researcher-blog/vaccinated-vs.-unvaccinated-guess-who-is-sicker

Will the flu Shot Protect you From Influenza Infections This Year?, September 30, 2013
"Last year's flu vaccine was an especially good match for the influenza viruses that were circulating during the epidemic. Experts had anticipated correctly which strains would predominate and there was a 92 percent match with what actually showed up. In theory, this should have provided superb protection.
"In reality, however, when the CDC did its post-season analysis, it found that the vaccine was only about 27 percent effective for people over 65. This is a high-risk group that is more vulnerable to flu complications such as pneumonia.
"Worse, the most virulent form of the flu last year, H3N2, was hardly deterred by vaccination. Only 9 percent of vaccinated older people were protected from this bug."
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/09/30/will-the-flu-shot-protect-you-from-influenza-infections-this-year/



Sickness

Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before Him. (Job 13:15)

Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and If he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:13-16)

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. (Jesus Christ), Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:
Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us.
(2 Corinthians 1:9,10)

Word: "disease;" Meaning; "disturb;" Sample location: "Luke 8:49" -- from the "Glossary," 1599 Geneva Bible, Tolle Lege edition

DISEASE, n. Dizeze. [dis and ease].
1. In its primary sense, pain, uneasiness, distress, and so used by Spenser; but in this sense, obsolete.
2. The cause of pain or uneasiness . . . disorder; any state of a living body in which the natural functions of the organs are interrupted or disturbed . . . The first effect of disease is uneasiness or pain, and the ultimate effect is death. . . .
3. A disordered state of the mind or intellect, by which the reason is impaired.
4. In society, vice; corrupt state of morals. Vices are called moral diseases. A wise man converses with the wicked, as a physician with the sick, not to catch the disease, but to cure it.
5. Political or civil disorder, or vices in a state; any practice which tends to disturb the peace of society, or impede or prevent the regular administration of government.
The instability, injustice and confusion introduced into the public councils have, in truth, been the mortal diseases under which popular governments have every where perished. -- 1846 edition of An American Dictionary of the English Language
DISEASE, v.t. dizeze.
1. To interrupt or impair any or all the natural and regular functions of the several organs of a living body [i.e. robbing a neighbor of sleep -- compiler]; to afflict with pain or sickness to make morbid . . .
2. To interrupt or render imperfect the regular functions of the brain, or of the intellect; to disorder; to derange.
3. To infect; to communicate disease to, by contagion.
4. To pain; to make uneasy. -- 1828 edition of Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language

Without a due sense of predestination, we shall lack the surest and the most powerful inducement to patience, resignation, and dependence on God under every spiritual and temporal affliction. How sweet must the following considerations be to a distressed believer:
1. There most certainly exists an almighty, all-wise, and infinitely gracious God. 2. He has given me in times past, and is giving me at present (if I had but eyes to see it), many remarkable intimations of his love to me, both in a way of providence and grace. 3. This love of his is immutable; he never repents of it nor withdraws it. 4. Whatever comes to pass in time is the result of his will from everlasting. 5. Consequently, my afflictions were a part of his original plan, and are all ordered in number, weight, and measure. 6. The very hairs of my head are (every one), counted by him, nor can a single hair fall to the ground but in consequence of his determination. 7. Hence, my distresses are not the result of chance, accident, or a fortuitous combination of circumstances, but 8. The providential accomplishment of God's purpose, and 9. Designed to answer some wise and gracious ends. 10. Nor shall my affliction continue a moment longer than God sees meet. 11. He who brought me to it has promised to support me under it and to carry me through it. 12. All shall, most assuredly, work together for his glory and my good. 13. Therefore, The cup which my heavenly Father has given me to drink: Shall I not drink it? -- a passage from Jerome Zanchius' book Absolute Predestination, quoted by John W. Robbins in "Providence and Thanksgiving," Trinity Review, November 2006

Many blessings are promised to our outward man, here in this life; and hereafter it is to be made a glorious and incorruptible body, like unto the glorious body of our Lord Jesus Christ: it is to be clothed with light and crowned with rays, never more to suffer injuries without or diseases within. -- Ezekiel Hopkins

Adams, Lane, How Come it's Taking me so Long to get Better? ISBN: 084231511X: 9780842315111.

Adolph, Harold P., with Dave Bourne, "Holyistic" Attitudes: God's Prescription for Your Good Health, ISBN: 0929292162: 9780929292168.

Adolph, Harold P., with Dave Bourne, Stop Making Yourself Sick: A Physician Explores the Connection Between Spiritual Health and Physical Health, ISBN: 0896933253 9780896933255.

Fintel, William A., and Gerald R. McDermott, A Medical and Spiritual Guide to Living With Cancer: A Complete Handbook for Patients and Their Families, ISBN: 0849935040: 9780849935046.

Johnson, Paul, Conquering Cancer: An Invitation to Hope, ISBN: 0310537819 9780310537816.
"This book tells the person with cancer just what he or she can expect at each stage of diagnosis and treatment, explores medical discoveries that gives people real hope of recovery from cancer, and includes excerpts from Dr.Paul Johnson's cancer diary and selected readings on a dozen topics designed to build a cancer patient's confidence." -- Publisher
"A doctor with 40 years service in medicine, a weekly medical radio program . . . now offers hope to those suffering with cancer. If you have cancer or know someone who does GET THIS BOOK." -- GCB

Margotta, Roberto, and Paul Lewis (editor), The Story of Medicine: Man's Struggle Against Disease -- From Ancient Sorcery to Modern Miracles of Vaccines, Drugs, and Surgery, ISBN: 0600600920 9780600600923.

McMillen, S.I., None of These Diseases, ISBN: 080075719X 9780800757199.
Revised and expanded in 2000 by D.E. Stern. "This epochal work, when first published in 1963, drew attention to the Biblical teaching on health and the care of the body. Now updated with information on modern diseases, it is even more valuable than when it broke new ground two decades ago." -- Cyril J. Barber
"Good insights into the relation between your attitudes and your physical health." -- Robert B. Somerville

Merritt, James, God's Prescription for a Healthy Christian, ISBN: 0896935396 9780896935396.

Watson, David, Fear no Evil: One man Deals With Terminal Illness, ISBN: 0802725406 9780802725400.
"FEAR NO EVIL is the conquest of death -- not by looking away from it, nor by being shielded from it, but by facing it squarely and going down into it knowing that for a believer it is the vestibule of glory. Watson died peacefully one month after completing this book." -- GCB
"David Watson candidly shares his journey from "life to life" in a comforting and encouraging manner. With the Lord as his travelling companion, Watson reveals the most important pursuit given to humanity -- to seek God's face." -- Reader's Comment

*Wenhe, Mary, How to Pray for Healing, ISBN: 0800707419 9780800707415.

Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for People in Recovery: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 0805493905 9780805493900.

Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Tough Times: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 155819715X 9781558197152.

See also: Prayer, The promises of Christ, Intercessory prayer, Small groups as healing agents, Bible promises, Sleep, Rest, Loving and obeying God, Hope, Forgiveness of sin, Prayer, Reconciliation of relationships, Bad Relationships as a Cause of Disease and Death, Job, Sexual relationship, Spiritual adultery (spiritual whoredom/harlotry), Idolatry, syncretism, Sexual wholeness, Sexually transmitted diseases, Patient advocacy, Prevention of disease, What your doctor may not tell you, Correct diagnosis, Prescription Drugs With Dangers, The Pharmaceutical Industry, Big Pharma, Healing, Women's Health, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 1522, 1523, 1539, 1540, 1969, 3397, 4011

Related WebLinks

American Heart Association Stroke Hospital Locator
Find the nearest stroke certified hospital.
http://maps.heart.org/quality/

Healthy Aging, April 30, 2011
"Getting to a ripe old age may mean you have good genes and luck on your side, along with a healthy lifestyle. But as people accumulate birthdays, the medical system may undermine their vitality and independence.
"Ageism in health care may mean that older people are pigeonholed and not offered care that is best for them. Many medications that are safe for younger adults can be dangerous for an older person. How can you protect your parents (or yourself), from prescriptions that cause problems?
"Guest: Mark S. Lachs, MD, M.P.H. is Professor of Medicine and Co-Chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He is also director of Cornell's Center for Aging Research and Clinical Care and Director of Geriatrics for the New York-Presbyterian Health System. He is the author of TREAT ME, NOT MY AGE: A DOCTOR'S GUIDE TO GETTING THE BEST CARE AS YOU OR A LOVED ONE GETS OLDER. His website is www.treatmenotmyage.com
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/04/30/811-healthy-aging/

Justifying Faith
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr1cha.html#justfaith

The Sleep Foundation
http://www.sleepfoundation.org

SleepNet
http://www.sleepnet.com



Fasting

Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 17:21)

Fasting is also an ordinance of God to be used for the same purpose and end and is commended to us under the New Testament (Matt. 9:15; 17:21 [Matthew 9:15; Matthew 17:21]; 1 Cor. 7:5 [1 Corinthians 7:5]). And we have examples of it (Acts 13:2,3; 14:23 [Acts 14:23]). Under the Old Testament there were frequent commands for it and examples, chiefly upon occasion of extraordinary afflictions (1 Sam. 7:6 [1 Samuel 7:6]; Neh. 9:1 [Nehemiah 9:1]; Dan. 9:3 [Daniel 9:3]; 10:2,3 [Daniel 10:2,3]; 2 Sam. 12: 16 [2 Samuel 12:16]; Ps. 35:13 [Psalm 35:13]; 2 Sam. 3:31,35 [2 Sanuel 3:31,35]; Joel 2:12,13); besides the anniversary great day of atonement (Lev. 16: 29,31 [Leviticus 29,31]), when everyone was to fast on pain of being cut off. There is a prophecy of the same for the times of the New Testament (Zech. 12:12 [Zechariah 12:12]). It was used most on extraordinary occasions, and it is a help to holiness by faith, because it is a meet help for extraordinary prayer and humiliation (Joel 1:14; 2:12 [Joel 2:12]). But the great matter is to use it rightly, as follows. -- Walter Marshall in The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification

By fasting, the body learns to obey the soul; by praying, the soul learns to command the body. -- William Secker

Boston, Thomas (1676-1732), Personal and Family Fasting and Humiliation. Alternate title: A MEMORIAL CONCERNING PERSONAL AND FAMILY-FASTING AND HUMILIATION, PRESENTED TO SAINTS AND SINNERS. Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS BOSTON, VOL. 11), on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS BOSTON, VOL. 11), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #6.

Colbert, Don, Toxic Relief: Restore Health and Energy Through Fasting and Detoxification, ISBN: 1591852137 9781591852131.
"Here is a proven program to cleanse your body in 30 days!
"Your body may be so overwhelmed that it's sending you distress signals: | Learn why you are at risk for suffering from cancer, heart disease and diabetes. | Discover why you don't feel well and why you're always tired. | Examine the Sick Building Syndrome. | Explore spiritual and physical aspects of fasting.
"Dr. Don Colbert provides an easy-to-understand and comprehensive explanation of the toxic battle you're in. He also exposes risk factors and provides alternative solutions for living free from cancer, heart disease, liver disease, diabetes and more. You may be an average American who is overfed and undernourished, which means you are probably toxic, but there is hope. Detoxify your body with Dr. Colbert's medically sound and proven program of juice fasting.
"Deep cleansing your body right down to the cellular level will renew your vitality, restore your energy, reclaim your health, shed toxic fat, lengthen your life and give you a healthy glow you haven't had in years. Let Dr. Colbert escort you to healthier living-body, mind and spirit, and experience toxic relief today! Get ready to experience powerful relief!" -- Publisher

*Marshall, Walter (1628-1680), The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification: Growing in Holiness by Living in Union With Christ, ISBN: 189277724X. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
The Reformation Heritage Books edition is a reprint of the 1954 edition set by Oliphants and includes an introduction by Joel R. Beeke. Also includes the author's famous sermon on "The Doctrine of Justification Opened and Applied."
See the WorldCat record for various foreign language editions.
Other editions:
Marshall, Walter, The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification, ISBN: 1597520543 9781597520546.
"This is by far the best book on the doctrine of Sanctification in print. It was originally written in the 17th century, but has been put into modern English with this edition. This book will help you better understand the Gospel and its power not only for our Justification, but our Sanctification as well." -- Reader's Comment
Marshall, Walter, The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification, ISBN: 1589600630 9781589600638.
"Here you will read the most closely reasoned defense of scriptural sanctification to be found anywhere. . . . Fourteen directions are given to the reader, all perfected with the aim of explaining to sincere souls what sanctification is, what it is not, and how to attain a holy walk before God. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
Marshall, Walter, The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification, Opened, in Sundry Practical Directions: Suited Especially to the Case of Those who Labor Under the Guilt and Power of Indwelling Sin. To Which is Added a Sermon on Justification (1859)
http://archive.org/details/gospelmysteryofs02mars

Miller, Samuel (1769-1850), Personal and Family Piety in Presbyterian Heritage Publications, Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications and Protestant Heritage Press CD-ROM Library and Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications and Protestant Heritage Press CD-ROM Library (Dallas, TX [Presbyterian Heritage Publications, P.O. Box 180922, Dallas, 75218]: Presbyterian Heritage Publications, 1999).
"Miller gives warm exhortations regarding personal and family piety. He describes "The Duty, the Benefits, and the Proper Method of Religious Fasting." He treats "The Importance of Domestic Happiness," and "The Means of Domestic Happiness." An illuminating discussion on the role of women is found in "The Appropriate Duty of the Female Sex.

Palmer, Herbert (1601-1647) , Memorials of Godliness and Christianity: In two Parts. Part I. Containing Mediations [sic] 1. Of Making Religions Ones Businesse. 2. An Appendix Applyed to the Calling of a Minister. Part II. Containing 1. The Character of a Christian in Paradoxes and Seeming Contradictions. 2. A Proof or Character of Visible Godliness. 3. Some General Considerations to Excite to Watchfulness, and to Shake Off Spirituall Drowsinesse. 4. Remedies Against Carefulnesse. 5. The Soul of Fasting.

Palmer, Herbert (1601-1647), The Soul of Fasting, or Affections Requisite in a day of Solemn Fasting and Humiliation According to the Pattern of Neh 9:5 [Nehemiah 9:5], 1644. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

Rutherford, Samuel (1600-1661), A Sermon, Preached to the Honourable House of Commons, at Their Last Solemn Fast, in the Year of God. 1644. By Samuel Rutherfurd, . . . .

See also: Prayer, Intercessory prayer, Evangelistic praying, Evangelism, Christ our example, Prevention of disease, Toxic and harmful substances, cancer, Oncology (cancer treatment), Physical health, Rest, Exercise, Sickness, Healing, Ministering to the sick, Obesity, gluttony, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 2710, 3212-3214

Related WebLinks

Fasting for a Healthy Heart, April 7, 2011
"Fasting on a regular basis is encouraged by many religions. New evidence from Utah suggests that it may have physical as well as spiritual benefits. The researchers questioned 200 people undergoing angiography to detect heart disease. The patients, mostly Mormons, were asked about fasting. Those who reported fasting once a month were 58 percent less likely to have diseased coronary arteries than those who did not."
[American College of Cardiology, April 3-5, 2011]"
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/04/07/fasting-for-a-healthy-heart/



Healing

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. (Psalm 16:11)

The Treasury of David, Psalm 116, C.H. Spurgeon
The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me. (Psalm 116:6)
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps116.php

In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength. (Isaiah 30:15a)

See the Theological Notes: "Salvation," at Acts 4:12 in The Reformation Study Bible.

More and more Americans are using The Internet to access health information. A new survey from the Pew Internet Project and California HealthCare Foundation reveals that health is the third most popular topic Americans look for online. Two-thirds of Internet users look for information about a specific condition or problem. More than half of Internet users seek out data about treatments. Over 40 percent check out doctors or other health care professionals and over one third of Internet users use the Web to find out more about hospitals and other medical facilities.
The Pew Internet Project has been tracking how people use The Internet for more than a decade. It is striking that eight out of ten Internet users go online for health information. Many are using the Web as a de facto second opinion, according to Susannah Fox, associate director of Digital Strategy for the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

*Brown, Colin, Miracles and the Critical Mind, ISBN: 0802835902 9780802835901 0802819699 9780802819697 0853643857 9780853643852.
"This is the fullest and clearest survey of the debate that has yet been written. Dr. Brown's analysis of 19 centuries of discussion is a major enrichment of both apologetics and theology." -- J.I. Packer

Colbert, Don, Toxic Relief: Restore Health and Energy Through Fasting and Detoxification, ISBN: 1591852137 9781591852131.
"Here is a proven program to cleanse your body in 30 days!
"Your body may be so overwhelmed that it's sending you distress signals: | Learn why you are at risk for suffering from cancer, heart disease and diabetes. | Discover why you don't feel well and why you're always tired. | Examine the Sick Building Syndrome. | Explore spiritual and physical aspects of fasting.
"Dr. Don Colbert provides an easy-to-understand and comprehensive explanation of the toxic battle you're in. He also exposes risk factors and provides alternative solutions for living free from cancer, heart disease, liver disease, diabetes and more. You may be an average American who is overfed and undernourished, which means you are probably toxic, but there is hope. Detoxify your body with Dr. Colbert's medically sound and proven program of juice fasting.
"Deep cleansing your body right down to the cellular level will renew your vitality, restore your energy, reclaim your health, shed toxic fat, lengthen your life and give you a healthy glow you haven't had in years. Let Dr. Colbert escort you to healthier living-body, mind and spirit, and experience toxic relief today! Get ready to experience powerful relief!" -- Publisher

Cousins, Norman, Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient, ISBN: 0393041905 9780393041903 0393326845 9780393326840.
"This book revolutionized the way Americans think about health and health care. Diagnosed with a life-threatening and incurable condition, Cousins checked himself out of the hospital and basically healed himself with laughter, rest and Vitamin C. A few years later, he recovered from a major heart attack on his own and wrote about that, too.
"These books jump-started the whole field of mind-body medicine. Hundreds of books have followed in its tradition, including mine, THE ART OF GETTING WELL: MAXIMIZING HEALTH WHEN YOU HAVE A CHRONIC ILLNESS. ANATOMY OF AN ILLNESS holds up well. I just re-read it and it's still relevant.
"Not everything here will apply to most readers, because Cousins was a major cultural figure with many physicians among his friends. Not everyone would have his self-confidence or his sources of support. But his ideas and his approach are more needed than ever today." -- David Spero RN, www.art-of-getting-well.com
Cousins "describes his battle with cancer and how he laughed his way to recovery. His hypothesis and the subject of many studies suggests that there are positive effects to be gained from laughter as a great tension-releaser, pain reducer, breathing improver, and general elevator of moods. It sounds miraculous, is not proven, but studies continue. Groups such as the International Conference on Humor and many hospitals use positive emotion rooms and humor carts. In short, humor therapy is valuable and it helps us through difficult or stressful times."

Duke, James A., Dr. Duke's Essential Herbs: 13 Vital Herbs You Need to Disease-Proof Your Body, Boost Your Energy, Lengthen Your Life, ISBN: 1579541836 9781579541835 1579543405 9781579543402.
"Dr. Duke is the unchallenged leader in the field of herbs. In Dr. Duke's Dozen, he shares the secrets behind the special herbs on his top-twelve herb list. Not merely the most popular supplements on the market, these herbs are the personal prescription of 'America's herbal laureate' -- and he'll tell you why. Much of Jim Duke's internationally-recognized authority stems from his three decades with the United States Department of Agriculture. He has been much sought-after for features appearing in Time magazine, People magazine, USA Today, The New York Times, among others. Now, Dr. Duke opens the door to his own herbal medicine cabinet providing information, herbal combinations, stories and native lore, and dosages for the 12 herbs he trusts for himself. In Dr. Duke's Essential Herbs, the pre-eminent herbalist offers valuable guidance for incorporating herbs into the ultimate plan for healthy living." -- Publisher

Duke, James A., The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook: Your Comprehensive Reference to the Best Herbs for Healing, ISBN: 1579541844 9781579541842.
"Truly the world's leading authority of medical plants and herbs, James Duke writes frankly on buying, growing, organizing, and using botanical plants in this book that has already established THE GREEN PHARMACY as the ultimate herbal reference with more than 800,000 copies in print. Dr. Duke has appeared in more than 16 cities, was a guest on CNN, NPR, and "Inside Edition," and was featured in the New York Times and USA Today, turning The Green Pharmacy into a national phenomenon. Practical healing advice and an A-to-Z list of health conditions illustrate the natural way to relieve arthritis, back pain, heart problems, migraines, mood swings, osteoporosis, and many more ailments." -- Publisher

Duke, James A., Herbs of the Bible: 2000 Years of Plant Medicine, ISBN: 1883010667 9781883010669.

*Foster, David Kyle, Sexual Healing: God's Plan for the Sanctification of Broken Lives: A Reference Manual for Ministering to Those Trapped in Sexual Sin and Brokenness, ISBN: 0830737154 9780830737154 0830737340 9780830737345.
This is a unique work and the best resource known to the compiler offering biblical counsel for healing sexual brokenness. See: "Foundations" and "Divine Intent for Sexuality" for a biblical explanation of the spiritual significance of sexuality. These two chapters alone make the purchase of the book worthwhile. Includes chapters, study guides, and exercises for Root sources for improper sexual development, Sexual identity confusion, Child sex abuse, Sexual addition, Pornography, Masturbation, voyeurism and exhibitionism, Why people remain in sexual sin and bondage, Failure and self-condemnation, A comprehensive game plan for sexual healing, and so forth.
Includes bibliography and index.
Mastering Life Ministries
http://www.MasteringLife.org

Gibson, James E., Healing Wisdom From the Bible: Spiritual Guidance, Inspiration, and Comfort for Everyday Life, ISBN: 044021016X 9780440210160.
"This important book harnesses the healing powers of one of our oldest and most inspiring guides. Whether it's dealing with anger or dealing with each other, overcoming family conflicts or achieving happiness, Gibson uses Scriptures to provide enlightening and practical solutions." -- Publisher

Griffin, G. Edward, World Without Cancer: The Story of Vitamin B17, ISBN: 0912986190 9780912986197.
"A clear and revolutionary insight into both the science and politics of cancer therapy." -- Dean Burk, Ph.D., Former Head of Cytochemistry, National Cancer Institute
"Mr. Griffin marshals the evidence that cancer is a deficiency disease like scurvy or pellagra aggravated by the lack of an essential food compound in modern man's diet. That substance is vitamin B17. In its purified form developed for cancer therapy, it is known as Laetrile.
"Why has orthodox medicine waged war against this non drug approach? The author contends that the answer is to be found, not in science, but in politics and is based upon the hidden economic and power agenda of those who dominate the medical establishment.
"This is a new edition of the book. It is the most complete and authoritative treatise ever produced on Laetrile. It explains the theory by which Laetrile is believed to work. Case histories are included." -- Publisher
"Mr. Griffin is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he majored in speech and communications. He is a recipient of the Telly Award for excellence in television production.
"He is the founder of the Cancer Cure Foundation and has served on the board of directors of the National Health Federation and the International Association of Cancer Victims and Friends. He is a Contributing Editor for The New American magazine, president of American Media and founder of the Reality Zone." -- Publisher
Cancer Cure Foundation: Free Advice On Over 100 Alternative Treatments For Cancer
http://www.cancure.org/

*Gross, Edward N., Miracles, Demons and Spiritual Warfare, ISBN: 0801038359 9780801038358.
"Encouraged by GCB to publish this book, Baker Book House has given us a sound and reliable study on such questions as: Are miracles for today? Does anyone have the gifts of healing today? Is tongue speaking an evidence of Spirit-baptism? Can believers be demon-possessed? While everyone may not agree on Dr. Gross' conclusions, this book is, nevertheless, one of the most readable, comprehensive, and thoughtful studies on these subjects of vital concern to Christians today." -- GCB

Kyle, William H. (editor), Healing Through Counseling: A Christian Counseling Center, 1964.
Consists largely of lectures originally given as part of the training program at the Counseling Center, Highgate Methodist Church. Includes bibliographical footnotes and bibliography.

Lawrence, Roy, The Practice of Christian Healing: A Guide for Beginners, ISBN: 0830819606 9780830819607.
"In THE PRACTICE OF CHRISTIAN HEALING, Roy Lawrence guides the reader through the biblical principles and practices he and others have used in years of ministry. Readers will learn about laying on of hands with prayer, anointing with oil, exercising the ministry of deliverance, conducting healing services, pursuing Christian counseling and cooperating with medical professionals. Lawrence also explains how the Bible, prayer, forgiveness, giving, service, fellowship and suffering all play their part in God's healing work in our lives. In addition, Lawrence addresses the tough issues of when healing fails to take place. THE PRACTICE OF CHRISTIAN HEALING shows clearly that Christian healing is not magical or occultish, not limited to special gifts, not dependent on superholiness, not a form of alternative medicine, not faith healing, not weird and not theologically unorthodox. Rather, quite simply, Christian healing is the difference Jesus Christ makes in the body, mind, spirit, and life of those who take Him seriously." -- Midwest Book Review

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Healing and the Scriptures, ISBN: 0840790112 9780840790118.
"The ten chapters in this book are excerpts from messages given by the Doctor to medical students and practicing M.D.'s. The subjects covered are many, among which are: The Supernatural in medicine, On treating the whole man, The doctor as counselor, Fullest care, Medicine in modern society, Body, mind, and spirit, How to combat the demonic, Identifying psychosomatic illnesses, and The moral law. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), The Miracle of Grace and Other Messages, ISBN: 0801056365 9780801056369.
"Fourteen (14) sermons published together for the first time as a book. These sermons originally appeared in the periodical The Christian World Pulpit. They cover a wide variety of topics such as hope, discipleship, suffering, sin, the Cross, the Resurrection, and more." -- GCB

*Lockyer, Herbert, All the Promises of the Bible, ISBN: 0310281318.
"A devotional expositional compilation of all the promises [about 3,300 of the approximate 8,810 promises -- compiler], that are found in Scripture." -- Publisher
"Lockyers in-depth look at the scope of Gods promises arranges them in categories that cover the full array of human concerns, from the spiritual to the material and the corporate to the personal. As you come to understand Gods promises and how they apply to every aspect of your life, you'll gain a trust in God that will sustain you through the worst of times and be your source of rejoicing in the best.
"Dr. Herbert Lockyer was born in London in 1886, and held pastorates in Scotland and England for 25 years before coming to the United States in 1935. In 1937 he received the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Northwestern Evangelical Seminary. In 1955 he returned to England where he lived for many years. He then returned to the United States where he continued to devote time to the writing ministry until his death in November of 1984." -- Publisher

Martin, Bernard, Healing for You.
A.A. Jones, translator.

Masters, Peter, The Healing Epidemic, ISBN: 1870855000 9781870855006.
"This book traces the origins of the upsurge of healing ministries, then takes each of the main arguments used by healers in support of their methods, and shows how each is mistaken. Important facts are provided about demonology, showing just what demons can and cannot do. It is then proved from Scripture that the sign-gifts have ceased. A chapter describes how James 5 should be implemented in churches today. Two important chapters present the biblical commands that the conscious mind should always be alert and rational for all worship and spiritual service. Included is an assessment of miraculous healing by a leading British doctor who was for many years a professor at Leeds University Medical School, the late Professor Verna Wright. This book has been translated into a number of languages including Chinese and Russian.
"Dr Peter Masters has been Minister of the Metropolitan Tabernacle (Spurgeon's) in central London since 1970. His weekly television and radio sermons are aired in the UK (Sky-UCB), and in the USA." -- Publisher

McMillen, S.I., None of These Diseases, ISBN: 080075719X 9780800757199.
Revised and expanded in 2000 by D.E. Stern. "This epochal work, when first published in 1963, drew attention to the Biblical teaching on health and the care of the body. Now updated with information on modern diseases, it is even more valuable than when it broke new ground two decades ago." -- Cyril J. Barber
"Good insights into the relation between your attitudes and your physical health." -- Robert B. Somerville

Merck and Company, Merck Manual, ISBN: 0911910182 9780911910186.
" 'For years, The Merck Manual has been consulted by physicians as a reliable source of basic information and has become a staple of medical publications,' said Dr. Michael DeBakey, director of the DeBakey Heart Clinic at the Baylor College of Medicine, a pioneer in heart bypass surgery and an advocate for putting consumers in touch with quality medical information. The free, interactive version, as an educational tool, helps patients become more informed partners in their health care.
"Examples of the multimedia elements include animations of how the heart functions, video of how an egg is fertilized, and the sound of a fetal heartbeat. Additionally, there is an option to hear the pronunciations of medical terms.
"The Merck Manual of Medical Information -- Home Edition was published in 1997 to help the public in its search for medical information. It quickly became a best seller with 2 million copies sold worldwide. Merck and Co., Inc., made available the text-based version free on the Web in March. . . .
"Merck's family of medical references also includes THE MERCK MANUAL OF GERIATRICS, THE MERCK VETERINARY MANUAL, and THE MERCK INDEX (an encyclopedia of chemicals, drugs, and biologicals), all of which are available as books and on CD-ROM. All these references are published as a non-profit service to the scientific community by Merck and Co., Inc. . . ." -- Publisher
Merck Manual
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Michaelsen, Johanna, The Beautiful Side of Evil, ISBN: 0890813221 9780890813225.
"The last 15 years have witnessed an unprecedented explosion of interest in psychic phenomena. Johanna Michaelsen shares an extraordinary story about how she became a personal assistant to a psychic surgeon and witnessed miraculous healings, yet realized the true occultic source behind THE BEAUTIFUL SIDE OF EVIL. Over 235,000 sold!" -- Publisher
"I read this book years ago and never forgot it! I was so inspired by Johannas' courage. The truth about what can happen when one gets involved in the occult without knowledge of the consequences. I have recommended this book to people since then. Truly amazing testimony of the Power of Good vs. Evil!" -- Reader's Comment
A significant work in spiritual discernment. Includes bibliography.

Murren, Doug, and George Barna (introduction), Churches That Heal: Becoming a Church That Mends Broken Hearts and Restores Shattered Lives, ISBN: 1582290709 9781582290706.
"Many churches are struggling to find a way to reach the people of their community. This book reminds us that the focus should be on ministering to the broken. Doug provides practical advice on how to accomplish this. Our local church is in disarray and searching for a new pastor. I found this book to provide some practical insight as to the characteristics that we should strive for in rebuilding our church and selecting a pastor. It should be prayerfully read by every pastor and deacon. It describes the focus that the local church needs to be relevant to the 21st century." -- Reader's Comment

Neal, John W., The Prayer for Help: A Biblical Theological Critique and Reconstruction of the Healing Memories Methodology (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Theological Seminary, D.Min. thesis, 1986).
Includes bibliography.

Payne, Franklin E., Biblical Healing for Modern Medicine: Choosing Life and Health or . . . Disease and Death, ISBN: 0962987611 9780962987618.
"Seeks to offer a comprehensive biblical philosophy of medicine. 'Christians continue to consider that medicine and faith are separate moral categories. This book aims to correct that false conception.' Initial chapters lay out biblical perspectives on life, death, illness, and healing. Subsequent chapters discuss the modern medical profession, financing of medical care, psychology, death and dying, abortion, infertility, birth control, the role of the state and the church in medical issues, and self-help medicine. 'I am convinced that everything that physicians do must be subjected to close scrutiny'." -- David Powlison
Contents: True wholistic medicine: a sound mind and a sound body -- The Bible and the practice of medicine -- Physician, heal thyself? (the goals of medicine) -- Why does medical care cost so much? -- The Trojan horse of Christianity: psychology and psychiatry -- "It is appointed for men to die once" -- Abortion: the killing fields -- Who are my mother and father? -- "World overpopulation" and birth control -- "No admittance, healing in progress" -- Medicine and the civil government -- The church and the practice of medicine -- Health starts with the individual and family -- A Bible study: health, healing, and medicine -- A special message to physicians and medical students.

Robbins, John W. (1949-2008), Pat Robertson: A Warning to America, ISBN: 0940931249 9780940931244.
"One of the distinctive marks of a cult is its reliance on revelation from sources other than the Bible. . . .
"If the Bible's claim is true (2 Timothy 3:16,17); then the claims of the Charismatic movement, the Roman Catholic church, the Mormon church, the Christian Science church, the Muslim religion, the Unification church, and many other religions to have direct revelations and oral messages from God are false. God has given men of God all the information they need in the Bible. It is only men who are not of God who desire such additional 'revelations'.
"The evidence from Scripture that Satan and his ministers can perform miracles is abundant and overwhelming. . . . (Galatians 1:6-9). The final test of a prophet, or of an angel, or of an ordinary preacher, the test that separates the true from the false, is, What does he teach? Moses in Deuteronomy 13 states the doctrinal test; Isaiah repeats it (Isaiah 8:19-20); Christ in Matthew emphasizes it; and Paul in Galatians makes it unmistakably clear. The test is not, Does he perform miracles. . . . (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). It follows that Pat Robertson's claim to have witnessed or performed thousands of miracles is worthless either in establishing his claim to be a prophet or in getting him into Heaven. . . .
"Miracles are the stock in trade of every false religion, Roman, Greek, Babylonian, Egyptian, and Persian. . . .
"Robertson's basic agreement with the cultic positive confession movement is but one more indication of how much he opposes Biblical Christianity. What he advocates, and what the positive confession movement teaches, is indistinguishable from sorcery. . . .
"Contents: The origin and destiny of the charismatic movement, Wesleyanism, American revivalism and the holiness movement, The pentecostal movement, The trend toward rome, The Neo-pentecostal, or charismatic movement, The charismatic movement and Rome."
Endnotes, Sources, Scripture Index, and Index.

Siegel, Bernie S., Love, Medicine and Miracles: Lessons Learned About Self-Healing From a Surgeon's Experience With Exceptional Patients ISBN: 0060919833 9780060919832.
Includes bibliography.

Soth, Connie, Insomnia: God's Night School, ISBN: 0802726542 9780802726544.

*Storms, C. Samuel, Healing and Holiness: A Biblical Response to the Faith Healing Phenomenon, ISBN: 087552446X 9780875524467.
"J.I. Packer says 'Sam Storms' book . . . impresses me as soundly Biblical in its perspective and pastorally wholesome in its thrust. Not everyone will love him for writing in these terms, but everyone will benefit from weighing his arguments. I commend HEALING AND HOLINESS most heartily.' Praised by Dr. Ed Payne, founder of the Journal of Biblical Ethics in Medicine. Dr. Storms sheds light on a topic clouded by controversy, and examines the Biblical teaching on suffering, divine healing, and holiness." -- GCB

Various, The Merck Manual Home Editon
"THE MERCK MANUAL OF MEDICAL INFORMATION -- HOME EDITION was published in 1997 to help the public in its search for medical information. It quickly became a best seller with 2 million copies sold worldwide. Merck and Co., Inc., made available the text-based version free on the Web in March. . . .
"Merck's family of medical references also includes THE MERCK MANUAL OF GERIATRICS, THE MERCK VETERINARY MANUAL, AND THE MERCK INDEX (an encyclopedia of chemicals, drugs, and biologicals), all of which are available as books and on CD-ROM. All these references are published as a non-profit service to the scientific community by Merck and Co., Inc. . . ." -- Publisher
http://www.merckhomeedition.com/

*Warfield, B.B. (1851-1921), Counterfeit Miracles: The Cessation of the Charismata, Patristic and Medieval Marvels, Roman Catholic Miracles, Irvingite Gifts, Faith Healing, Mind Cure, ISBN: 085151166X (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation.)
"This book is based on a series of lectures on counterfeit miracles that Professor Benjamin Warfield of Princeton Theological Seminary delivered in 1918; they are as relevant and as important today as they were ninety years ago.
"Warfield, one of the most accomplished theologians of the twentieth century, a Professor at Princeton Seminary for more than 30 years, and a prolific systematic theologian, defends and expresses once again the skepticism commanded by Christ in Scripture.
"There are demonic miracles in the modern world; there are unscrupulous impostors; there are weak-minded and gullible churchgoers; there is the power of suggestion; but there are no divine miracles. Divine miracles had a specific purpose, and when that purpose was accomplished, divine miracles ceased.
"The present fascination with miracles, no longer restricted to the superstitions of the Roman Catholic Church-State, but now spread throughout the world by the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements, is not a sign of resurgent Christianity, as so many have said, but a sign of resurgent paganism. The sort of religion that pervaded ancient Rome and medieval Rome has returned, just as, and because, Christianity is fading from the modern mind." -- The Trinity Foundation
"Warfield carefully examines the claims of Roman Catholics, Christian Science, and others. Such alleged miracles as tongue-speaking, faith-healing, etc. are considered and catalogued. Then he sets out a carefully worded (does Warfield know any other way to word), defense of the view of Christianity of the nature, function, and cessation of certain spiritual gifts -- and of course he equates this with what the Bible says, and quotes appropriate places." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"It is well and good to say (with fingers in ears, repeating like a mantra), "Miracles happen every day . . . I've seen them . . . everybody's seen them . . . God never changes . . . etc., etc." But when one gets down to brass tacs, the complete dearth of evidence for -- as an example -- miracles of regeneration or resurrection is embarassingly obvious. Does anyone think that if Benny Hinn had more to offer than mind-cures, suggestion, and cures of psychosomatic illnesses that he would not FLOOD the airways with footage to prove it? TBN would be ALL MIRACLES, ALL DAY. I was raised in a charismatic home and fully believe that God gives special providences and that our prayers ARE answered. But the special apostolic gifts are, whether you gauge it by quality or quantity, not with us anymore. I understand the worldview of the charismatic; but charismatics need to learn that whether or not the last regenerative miracle was in 70 AD or yesterday actually has no bearing on the truth of Christianity. Warfields excellent exegesis not only answers questions of charismata that endure to this day, but also reminds us that there is nothing new under the sun. Read this 80 year old tome, change the names, and you have a scathing indictment of the modern practitioners of faith healing. Bravo to a scintillating intellect." -- Reader's Comment

*Wenhe, Mary, How to Pray for Healing, ISBN: 0800707419 9780800707415.

Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for People in Recovery: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 0805493905 9780805493900.

Wolf, Stewart, and John Bruhn, The Power of Clan: The Influence of Human Relationships on Heart Disease, new edition, ISBN: 0765804492 9780765804495.
"The notion that the quality of our social relationships may have a profound effect on our health and longevity has a long history but a short scientific past. A much publicized study that set out to show an association between social cohesion in the community and coronary heart disease mortality was begun in 1962 by Drs. Bruhn and Wolf. Their focus was on the town of Roseto, a cohesive and relatively stable Italian-American community in Pennsylvania. There the death rate from heart attacks was substantially lower than that of nearby towns. However, Roseto has changed over the years and so have its mortality statistics.
"THE POWER OF CLAN is a sequel to THE ROSETO STORY: AN ANATOMY OF HEALTH (1979). It includes the results from a follow-up survey that was done in collaboration with the Center for Social Research at Lehigh University. The authors intended to document the changes in Roseto as its people have adapted to an American lifestyle that is characterized by individualism, competitiveness, and materialism. One of the authors, Stewart Wolf, virtually acted as a participant-observer, contributing to a vivid and lively account of these changes that is supported by many anecdotes and an additional 22 pages of photographs. The book includes many tables showing demographic and health characteristics of Rosetans and their controls, and discusses potential mechanisms linking social change to increased death rates from myocardial infarction. This wealth of information provides a rich source of hypotheses and should encourage the development of sound psychometric instruments to test more rigorously the link between mutually supportive attitudes, cooperation, and health outcomes.
"THE POWER OF CLAN will stimulate and revive discussion on the effects of personal relationships on health. We are reminded of the work by J.J. Groen that urged us to adopt a more comprehensive approach to our understanding and, ultimately, control of coronary heart disease in both women and men." -- Gerdi Weidner
"Stewart Wolf was really one of the pioneers of psychosomatic medicine," noted Paul Rosch, president of the American Institute of Stress, in The Lancet. "His book on stress and hypertension is still considered a classic in the field . . . He was a marvelous cultured person who was able to bring a broad background in the humanities to his approach to patients and to teaching." -- Publisher

See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Forgiveness of sin, Small groups as healing agents, Reconciliation of relationships, Spiritual discernment, The occult, spiritism, witchcraft, Bad Relationships as a Cause of Disease and Death, Healing of the mind, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Prayer, Intercessory prayer, Small groups as healing agents, The free offer of the gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, the covenant of eternal salvation, Book-length presentations of the free offer of the Gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, The promises of Christ, Medical aspects of pastoral counseling, Bible promises, and Women's health, Toxic and harmful substances, cancer, Oncology (cancer treatment), Prevention of disease, Correct diagnosis, Prescription Drugs With Dangers, The Pharmaceutical Industry, Big Pharma, Healthcare Reform, and so forth, and so on.
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Adams, Jay E., Fear of Death; Church Discipline; Being in the Hospital (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette JA408 [audio file].

Adams, Jay E., Role-Play and Critique (part 2); Wife Won't Speak; Homosexuality; Wife With Cancer (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
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Finley, Martha (aka Martha Farquharson, 1828-1909), Book 2: Elsie's Holidays at Roselands, ISBN: 9781888306323 1888306327.
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On an even more serious note, one moral of this story is the broader life and death struggle between Truth and Falsehood (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism," "Epistemology," "Christian Scholarship"). The consequence of conflict of will is death of the "One," or war of the "Many" (see Rushdoony, The One and the Many). Conflict of will (see "Will and Recalcitrance," "Rebellion and Lawlessness"), may begin when one individual (see "The Doctrine of Man (Human Nature, Total Depravity)" or corporate body (see "Corporate Faithfulness and Sanctification"), tries to usurping authority over another (see "Power," "Authority") -- tries to control and possess the other (see "Tyranny," "Slavery"). The means of control may be either outward or occult (see "The Occult and Spiritism"): deceit, repression or suppression of the truth, replacing moral and ethical absolutes with relativism (see "Ethics," "Medical Ethics"), unfaithfulness to the highest ethical standards (see "The Ten Commandments," "The Holy Bible"), apostasy, spiritual whoredom (see "Idolatry," "Jeremiah"), invocation of the demonic, idolatry, ungodly alliance and secret societies (see "Carnality and Flesh Pleasing," "Justice, Judgment, God's Final Judgment, The Great White Throne Judgment, The Day of the Lord"), attempts to take authority over another politically or by mental malpractice (see "Selection of Covenant Heads for Positions of Leadership"), "making up their own rules (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism)," ignoring or changing constitutional or creedal documents, unjust laws for the accumulation of wealth and power, indebtedness, disenfranchisement, denial of freedom (see "God the Author of Freedom"), soul-stealing, possessiveness, physical seduction and whoredom, political economic or sexual enslavement (see "Sexual Relationship"), and so forth, and so on.
This abuse, this soul-violence, quenches the Holy Spirit (see Owen, "God's Presence With a People the Spring of Their Prosperity; With Their Special Interest in Abiding in Him"). If either side is immovable, then death is the consequence (see "Soteriology," "The Atonement," "The Blood of Christ," "Hell" and "Heaven").
How are conflicts of will resolved? By submission to the Absolute Truths of God's word, the great common denominator (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6). All this bears a strain of the Gospel (see "Book-length Presentations of the Free Offer of The Gospel Message of Salvation and the Life to Come: The Means of Grace," "The Westminster Confession of Faith").
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*Owen, John (1616-1683), The Death of Christ, volume 10 of WORKS, ISBN: 0851510647 9780851510644. Alternate title: SALUS ELECTORUM, SANGUIS JESU: OR THE DEATH OF DEATH IN THE DEATH OF CHRIST. BEING A TREATISE OF THE REDEMPTION AND RECONCILIATION THAT IS IN THE BLOOD OF CHRIST; WHEREIN THE WHOLE CONTROVERSY ABOUT UNIVERSAL REDEMPTION IS FULLY DISCUSSED: IN FOUR PARTS; . . . BY JOHN OWEN, D.D. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #20.
"Greatest Biblical apologetic on the specific and limited nature of the atoning work of Christ in print. Contains discussions on Arminianism, the death of death in the death of Christ, Divine justice, and also discusses, in detail, many views of the atonement that certain men and groups held (and still hold)." -- Publisher
"THE DEATH OF DEATH IN THE DEATH OF CHRIST is a polemical work, designed to show, among other things, that the doctrine of universal redemption is unscriptural and destructive of the gospel. . . . Those who see no need for doctrinal exactness and have no time for theological debates which show up divisions between so-called Evangelicals may well regret its reappearance. Some may find the very sound of Owen's thesis so shocking that they will refuse to read his book at all. . . . But . . . there are signs today of a new upsurge of interest in the theology of the Bible: a new readiness to test traditions, to search the Scriptures and to think through the faith. It is to those who share this readiness that Owen's treatise is now offered, in the belief that it will help us in one of the most urgent tasks facing evangelical Christendom today -- the recovery of the Gospel.
"It is safe to say that no comparable exposition of the work of redemption as planned and executed by the Triune Jehovah has ever been done since Owen published his in 1684. None has been needed.
"Owen's interpretation of the texts . . . is sure; his power of theological construction is superb; nothing that needs discussing is omitted, and . . . no arguments for or against his position have been used since his day which he has not himself noted and dealt with. . . . Owen's work is a constructive, broad-based biblical analysis of the heart of the gospel, and must be taken seriously as such. . . Nobody has a right to dismiss the doctrine of the limitedness . . . of the atonement as a monstrosity of Calvinistic logic until he has refuted Owen's proof that it is part of the uniform biblical presentation of redemption, clearly taught in plain text after plain text. And nobody has done that yet." -- J.I. Packer, from the Introduction
"Packer's well balanced definition of Calvinism in the introduction to that volume [John Owen's THE DEATH OF DEATH IN THE DEATH OF CHRIST], is by far the best we have seen in 42 years of intensive reading." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
The Death of Death in the Death of Christ
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/owen/deathofdeath
The Death of Death in the Death of Christ: Being a Treatise of the Redemption and Reconciliation That is in the Blood of Christ; Wherein the whole controversy about universal redemption is fully discussed: In four parts (1792)
http://archive.org/details/deathofdeathinde00owen
The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, including J.I. Packer's Introduction by John Owen
http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/packer_intro.html
Owen, Redemption and Reconciliation That is in the Blood of Christ (Limited Atonement).
An audio file reading by Still Waters Revival Books from THE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN. Currently (February 2009), there are 63 readings of John Owen by SWRB and Reformed Baptist of Holland (Michigan), (Thomas Sullivan), at SermonAudio available for listening online, downloading as MP3 files, and listening on iPhone or Mobile Phones.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=47081639571

Sharp, William Donald, Medicine and the Ministry: Medical Basis for Pastoral Care.
"This is a useful statement of a modern physician's point of view; it provides a guide for pastors with its wealth of information about physical conditions, emotional states and psychosomatic ailments. It also discusses problems of youth, young adults, sexual deviants, those with troubled marriages, the aged and the dying. . . ." -- Gorman/Matthews

Smith, Robert D., The Christian Counselor's Medical Desk Reference, ISBN: 1889032263 9781889032269.

Terrell, Hilton P., and Franklin E. Payne (editors), Journal of Biblical Ethics in Medicine, Volumes 1-4: 1987-1990, ISSN: 1050-3404. Available from Covenant Enterprises, P.O. Box 14488, Augusta, GA 30919-0488.
"The JBEM was founded to bring biblical thinking to bear on medical issues. This book collects the first four years worth of articles, and includes a general index and an index of Scripture references. (A second volume, containing the next 4 years, is forthcoming). Many articles are relevant to matters that come up in counseling ministry, matters about which counselors will want to offer informed advice." -- David Powlison
Journal of Biblical Ethics in Medicine
http://capo.org/jbem/intro_pa.htm

Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for People in Recovery: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 0805493905 9780805493900.

See also: Prayer, Bible promises, Loving and obeying God, Intercessory prayer, Praying for the sick, Small groups as healing agents, Ministering to the sick, Hope, Affliction, Bad Relationships as a Cause of Disease and Death, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Spiritual adultery (spiritual whoredom/harlotry), Idolatry, syncretism, Sexual wholeness, Healing, Medical aspects of counseling, Small groups as healing agents, Physiological problems, and Women's Health, Medical ethics, Patient advocacy, and so forth, and so on.

Related WebLinks

The Consolation of the Sick
http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/ipb-e/epl-05/consolat.txt



Praying for the Sick

Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. (James 5:14,15)

Grantham, Rudolph E., Lay Shepherding: A Guide for Visiting the Sick, the Aged, the Troubled and the Bereaved, ISBN: 0817008632 9780817008635.
"Beginning with a look at authority issues and the context for lay ministry, Grantham explores ways the Biblical, humanistic, and broadly spiritual perspectives relate to each other and looks at specific ministries lay people can engage in: crisis intervention, bereavement counseling, hospital/nursing home visiting, etc. Considers, too, the dynamics of healing, how to be an effective listener and to pray with the sick and personal lay evangelism of beneficial and destructive kinds. Appendix includes discussion questions and additional study resources." -- Publisher

MacNutt, Francis, The Prayer That Heals: Praying for Healing in the Family, ISBN: 0340280794 9780340280799 034026411X 9780340264119.

Montgomery, Robert Bruce, Training Elders in a Biblical Philosophy and Practical Methodology of Praying for the Physically Sick.

Packer, J.I., Gary S Greig, Kevin Springer, et al., The Kingdom and the Power: Are Healing and the Spiritual Gifts Used by Jesus and the Early Church Meant for the Church Today?: A Biblical Look at how to Bring the Gospel to the World With Power, ISBN: 0830716343 9780830716340.

See also: Prayer, Intercessory prayer, Small groups as healing agents, Spiritual aspects of healing, Small groups as healing agents, Ministering to the sick, Sickness, The aged, The all-sufficiency of christ, Patient advocacy, Preventing Disease, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 13, 38, 439, 1003-1005, 1071, 1072, 1089, 1671, 1783-1785, 2197, 2517, 2816-2841, 3607, 3841, 4082, 4193
MGTP: Prayer (extensive listing)



Ministering to the Sick

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have not hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

If a physician that feels not what you feel, shall yet upon your speeches and other evidences, tell you that he is confident your disease is not mortal, nor containeth any cause of fear, you may rationally be much encouraged by his judgement . . . (your faithful pastor), is able to pass a far sounder judgement of your life or death than yourselves can do, for all your feeling; for he knows better what those symptoms signify . . . -- Richard Baxter (1615-1691)

Truth obeyed, said the Puritans, will heal. The word fits, because we are all spiritually sick -- sick through sin, which is a wasting and killing disease of the heart. The unconverted are sick unto death; those who have come to know Christ and been born again continue sick, but they are gradually getting better as the work of grace goes on in their lives. The church, however, is a hospital in which nobody is completely well, and anyone can relapse at any time. Pastors no less than others are weakened by pressure from the world, the flesh, and the devil, with their lures of profit, pleasure, and pride, and, as we shall see more fully in a moment, pastors must acknowledge that they the healers remain sick and wounded and therefore need to apply the medicines of Scripture to themselves as well as to the sheep whom they tend in Christ's name. All Christians need Scripture truth as medicine for their souls at every stage, and the making and accepting of applications is the administering and swallowing of it. The ability to apply God's truth therapeutically implies the prior ability to diagnose spiritual ill-health, and diagnostic ability is learned as much by discovering and keeping track of one's own sins and weaknesses as by any other means. The frequency with which Puritan pastors lament their own sinfulness should not be dismissed as a trivial cultural convention; it is in fact an assurance to us, as it was to their own first hearers and readers, that they know what they are talking about when they rip up our consciences (their phrase), diagnose our spiritual diseases, and prescribe a regimen of biblical directives for our cure. Their own self-examination and self-acquaintance before God is a large part of the secret of the skill with which they probe hearts, nail sins, and show us how Christ's healing power may rescue us from moral and spiritual evil. -- J.I. Packer

Babbit, Edmond H., The Pastor's Pocket Manual for Hospital and Sickroom.

Belgum, David Rudolph, When it's Your Turn to Decide: A Hospital Chaplain Helps You Make Medical Decisions, ISBN: 0806616164 9780806616162.

Kavar, Louis F., Pastoral Ministry in the AIDS Era: Focus on Families and Friends of Persons With AIDS, ISBN: 0934104077 9780934104074.

*Kuyper, Abraham, In the Shadow of Death: Meditations for the Sickroom and at the Death-Bed, ISBN: 0963255746 9780963255747.

Mitchell, Kenneth R., Hospital Chaplain, ISBN: 0664209467 9780664209469.
"This brief, lively book reveals the typical experience of the hospital chaplain, making clear to both clergy and medical professionals what his role is." -- Gorman/Matthews

*Owen, John (1616-1683), The Death of Christ, volume 10 of WORKS, ISBN: 0851510647 9780851510644. Alternate title: SALUS ELECTORUM, SANGUIS JESU: OR THE DEATH OF DEATH IN THE DEATH OF CHRIST. BEING A TREATISE OF THE REDEMPTION AND RECONCILIATION THAT IS IN THE BLOOD OF CHRIST; WHEREIN THE WHOLE CONTROVERSY ABOUT UNIVERSAL REDEMPTION IS FULLY DISCUSSED: IN FOUR PARTS; . . . BY JOHN OWEN, D.D. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #20.
"Greatest Biblical apologetic on the specific and limited nature of the atoning work of Christ in print. Contains discussions on Arminianism, the death of death in the death of Christ, Divine justice, and also discusses, in detail, many views of the atonement that certain men and groups held (and still hold)." -- Publisher
"THE DEATH OF DEATH IN THE DEATH OF CHRIST is a polemical work, designed to show, among other things, that the doctrine of universal redemption is unscriptural and destructive of the gospel. . . . Those who see no need for doctrinal exactness and have no time for theological debates which show up divisions between so-called Evangelicals may well regret its reappearance. Some may find the very sound of Owen's thesis so shocking that they will refuse to read his book at all. . . . But . . . there are signs today of a new upsurge of interest in the theology of the Bible: a new readiness to test traditions, to search the Scriptures and to think through the faith. It is to those who share this readiness that Owen's treatise is now offered, in the belief that it will help us in one of the most urgent tasks facing evangelical Christendom today -- the recovery of the Gospel.
"It is safe to say that no comparable exposition of the work of redemption as planned and executed by the Triune Jehovah has ever been done since Owen published his in 1684. None has been needed.
"Owen's interpretation of the texts . . . is sure; his power of theological construction is superb; nothing that needs discussing is omitted, and . . . no arguments for or against his position have been used since his day which he has not himself noted and dealt with. . . . Owen's work is a constructive, broad-based biblical analysis of the heart of the gospel, and must be taken seriously as such. . . Nobody has a right to dismiss the doctrine of the limitedness . . . of the atonement as a monstrosity of Calvinistic logic until he has refuted Owen's proof that it is part of the uniform biblical presentation of redemption, clearly taught in plain text after plain text. And nobody has done that yet." -- J.I. Packer, from the Introduction
"Packer's well balanced definition of Calvinism in the introduction to that volume [John Owen's THE DEATH OF DEATH IN THE DEATH OF CHRIST], is by far the best we have seen in 42 years of intensive reading." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
The Death of Death in the Death of Christ
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/owen/deathofdeath
The Death of Death in the Death of Christ: Being a Treatise of the Redemption and Reconciliation That is in the Blood of Christ; Wherein the whole controversy about universal redemption is fully discussed: In four parts (1792)
http://archive.org/details/deathofdeathinde00owen
The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, including J.I. Packer's Introduction by John Owen
http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/packer_intro.html
Owen, Redemption and Reconciliation That is in the Blood of Christ (Limited Atonement).
An audio file reading by Still Waters Revival Books from THE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN. Currently (February 2009), there are 63 readings of John Owen by SWRB and Reformed Baptist of Holland (Michigan), (Thomas Sullivan), at SermonAudio available for listening online, downloading as MP3 files, and listening on iPhone or Mobile Phones.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=47081639571

*Pink, Arthur W. (1886-1952), Comfort for Christians, ISBN: 0585074860 9780585074863.
"A timely work full of consolation. A valuable addition to the other books treating suffering. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber
"Those shocked into wakefulness by Pink's book on THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD will be amazed at the different tone he displayed in this book. It is heart-warming." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
Comfort for Christians, by Arthur W. Pink
http://www.ccel.org/p/pink/comfort/comfort.html

Platt, Nancy V., Pastoral Care to the Cancer Patient, ISBN: 0398040516 9780398040512.

Power, Philip Bennett, A Book of Comfort for Those in Sickness, ISBN: 0851512038 9780851512037.
"When we are sick we are many times at our weakest. This book is perfect for those who are sick and suffering." -- GCB

Rosenberg, Charles, E., The Care of Strangers: The Rise of America's Hospital System, ISBN: 0801850827 9780801850820.

Rushford, Patricia H., Caring for Your Sick Child, ISBN: 0800752112 9780800752118.
"A practical handbook discussing prevention of illnesses and diseases. Deals alphabetically with a variety of ailments from 'Abdominal Pain' to 'Whooping Cough.' Provides practical counsel on the symptoms, home treatment, and when to call the doctor. Recommended." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), Faith's Checkbook. Alternate title: THE CHEQUE BOOK OF THE BANK OF FAITH: BEING PRECIOUS PROMISES ARRANGED FOR DAILY USE (1893), ISBN: 0938453025.
"A promise from God may very instructively be compared to a check payable to order. It is given to the believer with the view of bestowing upon him some good thing. It is not meant that he should read it over comfortably and then have done with it. No, he is to treat the promises as a reality, as a man treats a check. He is to take the promise and endorse it with his own name by personally receiving it as true." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"In the Preface of his devotional volume containing 365 brief, experimental comments on the promises which Spurgeon has chosen, the renowned preacher tells us that so many of these promises are true because the were fulfilled in his own experience during a time of 'wading in the surf of controversy,' and also when 'sharp bodily pain succeeded mental depression, accompanied both by bereavement, and affliction in the person of one dear as life. Never were the promises of Jehovah so precious to me as at this hour.' Thus it was to help other sufferers that Spurgeon prepared this comforting book." -- Publisher
Faith's Checkbook, a daily devotional by C.H. Spurgeon
http://archive.org/details/thechequebookoft00purguoft

Watson, David, Fear no Evil: One Man Deals With Terminal Illness, ISBN: 0802725406 9780802725400.
"FEAR NO EVIL is the conquest of death -- not by looking away from it, nor by being shielded from it, but by facing it squarely and going down into it knowing that for a believer it is the vestibule of glory. Watson died peacefully one month after completing this book." -- GCB
"David Watson candidly shares his journey from "life to life" in a comforting and encouraging manner. With the Lord as his travelling companion, Watson reveals the most important pursuit given to humanity -- to seek God's face." -- Reader's Comment

*Wenhe, Mary, How to Pray for Healing, ISBN: 0800707419 9780800707415.

Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for People in Recovery: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 0805493905 9780805493900.

Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Tough Times: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 155819715X 9781558197152.

See also: Psychosomatic illness, Healing of the mind, Fasting, Healing, Reconciliation of relationships, Medical aspects of pastoral counseling, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Spiritual adultery (spiritual whoredom/harlotry), Idolatry, syncretism, Sexual wholeness, Bad Relationships as a Cause of Disease and Death, Prayer, Small groups as healing agents, Counseling the sick, Healing, Intercessory prayer, Praying for the sick, Medical ethics, Patient advocacy, Healthcare horror stories, Healthcare Reform, and so forth, and so on.



AIDS

See: AIDS
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr2chb.html#aids



Physical Health

Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. (Proverbs 3:7,8)

*Davis, John Jefferson, The Christian's Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth: Choosing the Best for You and Your Baby From Conception to Delivery, ISBN: 0891073914 9780891073918.
"A needed book! An important book! Nothing else like it from a distinctly Christian position. Covers what to expect, prenatal diagnosis, nutrition and beauty tips, delivery methods, hospital procedures, family size, contraception, infant bonding, breast feeding, and more." -- GCB

Graedon, Joe, and Teresa Graedon, Best Choices From the People's Pharmacy: What You Need to Know Before Your Next Visit to the Doctor or Drugstore, ISBN: 9781594864070 1594864071.
"We are pleased to announce a new edition of our book, Best Choices from The People's Pharmacy. BEST CHOICES is filled with natural healing approaches for dozens of common conditions including:

  • arthritis
  • high blood pressure
  • constipation
  • insomnia
  • diabetes
  • leg cramps
  • headaches
  • menopause
  • heartburn
  • nail fungus
  • high cholesterol
  • osteoporosis
  • "We also rate prescription drugs so you can get the best buys for your money. BEST CHOICES is packed with remedies that will surprise you, statistics that will shock you, ratings to help assess your treatment options and drug information that could save your life. . . .
    "This special edition (524 pages), is not available in any bookstore. It contains an expansion of our PEOPLE'S PHARMACY FAVORITE PICKS (home remedies), and a new chapter on Desert Island Drugs and Dietary Supplements. Some of the country's leading experts have contributed their insights on the best treatments for what ails you. This edition is not in stores or on other Internet sites. It is only available from Rodale Books and directly from The People's Pharmacy.
    We ship book orders Media Mail (5-10 day delivery expected). http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/books/

    Graedon, Joe and Teresa Graedon, Dangerous Drug Interactions, ISBN: 0312968264: 9780312968267.s
    "What you don't know can hurt you!
    "Every time you combine any kind of drug with another -- prescription medicines, over-the-counter products, vitamins, minerals, herbs, alcohol, even food -- you expose yourself to the risk of a potentially hazardous interaction. DANGEROUS DRUG INTERACTIONS can help you navigate the treacherous waters of medicine/vitamin/food combinations with confidence. This life-saving reference includes:

    "Reprint guide to dangerous drug interactions. Includes 200 charts with information on medications for pain relief, allergies, asthma, arthritis, heart problems, depression, diabetes, contraception, ulcers, and more. Previously entitled DEADLY DRUG INTERACTIONS, c1995. For consumers. Softcover." -- Publisher

    Graedon, Joe, and Teresa Graedon, The People's Pharmacy, ISBN: 0312964161 9780312964160.
    "This book could save your life or the life of a loved one.
    "The FDA isn't protecting you adequately . . . Doctors and pharmacists are making errors . . . over 125,000 people die each year from prescription drug mistakes . . .
    "The People's Pharmacy will help protect you and your loved ones from the tragedy of adverse drug reactions. Bestselling authors and brand-name medication experts Joe and Teresa Graedon bring you the most comprehensive guide to commonly used prescription drugs, over-the-counter medication, and other drugstore products. Entirely revised to include the most up-to-date medical research, The People's Pharmacy gives you the power to protect yourself at the doctor's office and in the drugstore. It includes:

    1. Dangerous drug interactions and serious side effects
    2. Essential facts you need to know about prescription drugs
    3. Home remedies that you can replace more harmful medications
    4. Up-to-the-minute information on Premarin, Synthroid, Prozac, Vasotec, Lanoxin, Zoloft, Coumadin, Prilosec, Cardizem CD, Procardia XL., Norvasc, Claritin, Zestril, Zocor, Mevacor, and
    5. much more!" -- Publisher
    "Joe and Theresa Graedon are America's most trusted health-care authorities. Their nine books, including the best-selling The People's Guide to Deadly Drug Interactions, have combined sales of more than 3 million copies. Their thrice weekly newspaper column appears in 100+ newspapers, and their weekly radio talk show is heard on 520 stations in 134 countries. They live in Durham, North Carolina." -- Publisher
    People's Pharmacy, Joe and Terry Graedon
    http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/books/

    Graedon, Joe and Teresa Graedon, The People's Pharmacy Guide to Home and Herbal Remedies, ISBN: 0312981392 9780312981396.
    "The Graedons, both respected authors (The People's Pharmacy), and speakers, offer advice on the safe use of home and herbal remedies. The first section combines tested scientific research and accumulated folk wisdom to provide the health consumer with treatment suggestions for common ailments. Also included are possible causes and symptoms for selected conditions, as well as contact information for product manufacturers. The second section lists the 50 most commonly used herbs, including their ingredients and information on usage, dose, adverse effects, and drug interactions. By combining herbal and folk remedies, clearly highlighting dangerous herb-drug interactions, and summarizing consumer issues, the Graedons have created a consumer resource that is entertaining (favorite home remedies include coconut macaroons for diarrhea), and easy-to-use. However, more comprehensive medicinal herb reference resources include the COMPLETE GERMAN COMMISSION E MONOGRAPHS (American Botanical Council, 1998), and the PDR FOR HERBAL MEDICINES (LJ 3/1/99), among others. Still, this is recommended for smaller public library collections that don't own the other titles." -- Andy Wickens, Univ. of Washington Health Sciences Lib., Seattle

    Janse, Allison, and Charles Gerba, The Germ Freak's Guide to Outwitting Colds and Flu: Guerilla Tactics to Keep Yourself Healthy at Home, at Work and in the World, ISBN: 0757303277 9780757303272.
    "Freelance writer, editor and confessed 'germ freak' Janse takes readers on a frequently funny tour through the germ-ridden underbellies of life -- from health club showers to hotel suites -- dishing the dirt, as it were, on what we're likely to 'catch' where. Some of her advice seems panicky, like the suggestion to exit a public restroom stall immediately after flushing, since 'fecal matter' can fly 20 feet into the air when flushed ('Better to Flush and Rush than Feel the Gush'). But Janse also imparts some everyday useful information, such as the fact that loofah sponges breed deadly bacteria (bleach them weekly), and that pricey vegetable washes aren't as good as hot water and a scrub brush for removing pesticides. Still, while Janse's handbook is thorough and witty, its audience may be limited. Much of the information will interest only the seriously germ-phobic; others probably don't care enough about the germs on their money to want to part with $12. Yet Janse is so amusing, one can't help cheering for her book, just so we can be assured of another, hopefully on a more universal topic." -- Publishers Weekly
    "Allison Janse is a professional book editor and writer who became a Germ Freak soon after the birth of her two children, a hilarious story retold in this book. She lives in Pompano Beach, Florida. Charles Gerba, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned environmental microbiologist who made his reputation a quarter of a century ago by opening scientists' eyes to the dangerous things lurking in our groundwater. His lab created the first test to detect the parasite cryptosporidium in water, changing the way municipalities treat tap water. He is a professor at the University of Arizona where he oversees cutting-edge experiments in the department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science. He has performed thousands of studies on everything from water quality in our homes to urine levels in community pools, from the germs present in airline bathrooms to pathogens in home hot tubs. His quick wit has endeared him to American audiences as Dr. Germ, and he appears regularly on Good Morning America, Dateline, CNN News and 60 Minutes as well as national magazines and newspapers. He lives with his wife in Tuscon, Arizona." -- Publisher

    Lawrence, Roy, Christian Healing Rediscovered: A Guide to Spiritual, Mental, Physical wholeness, ISBN: 0877846219 9780877846215.
    "Christian resources of worship, the power of the resurrection, the extent of salvation, and possible sources of suffering are given insightful, Biblical, practical treatment; well balanced approach to the interrelationships of spiritual, emotional, and physical health." -- Mark Branson

    McIlhaney, Joe, and Susan Nethery, 1,001 Health-Care Questions Women ask, ISBN: 0801058104 9780801058103.
    "The doctor is in! And Dr. McIlhaney, frequently heard on 'Focus on the Family' broadcasts, has time to provide women with up-to-date answers to their health-care questions. Now in a third edition, this respected resource continues to provide solid medical advice, reliable information about treatment options, and the latest innovations in obstetrics and gynecology." -- Publisher
    "Dr. McIlhaney, an experienced OB/GYN, is the only Christian physician to address such a wide range of questions -- from general health concerns to specific situations such as infertility, abortion, and marital sexual relationships. Every aspect of female physical development is discussed in a straightforward, sensitive manner.
    "Joe S. McIlhaney Jr., M.D., is president of the Medical Institute for Sexual Health. He practiced medicine, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, for thirty years. Dr. McIlhaney is the author of SEX: WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW CAN KILL YOU and several other books. He and his wife live in Austin, Texas. Susan Nethery has written several books and lives in Milam, Texas." -- Publisher

    McMillen, S.I., None of These Diseases, ISBN: 080075719X 9780800757199.
    Revised and expanded in 2000 by D.E. Stern. "This epochal work, when first published in 1963, drew attention to the Biblical teaching on health and the care of the body. Now updated with information on modern diseases, it is even more valuable than when it broke new ground two decades ago." -- Cyril J. Barber
    "Good insights into the relation between your attitudes and your physical health." -- Robert B. Somerville

    Mendelsohn, Robert S., How to Raise a Healthy Child: In Spite of Your Doctor, ISBN: 0345342763 9780345342768.
    "This book explodes many of the medical myths that get passed on from doctors to parents (it also explodes the myth of doctor as all-knowing and all-powerful). It also is a source of support for parents who want to avoid constant trips to the pediatrician. Dr. Mendelsohn advocates homebirth, extended breastfeeding and questions many of the standard vaccination practices. A real voice in the wilderness concerning current medical practices!" -- Publisher

    Mendelsohn, Robert S., Male [Mal]practice: How Doctors Manipulate Women, ISBN: 0809259745 9780809259748.
    "A lot of practical advice is given regarding questions to ask the doctor when he suggests surgery. Includes the chapter 'Fifty Drugs Every Woman Should Think Twice About Before Taking'." -- Publisher

    Moore, Raymond S. and Dorothy N. Moore, Home Made Health: A Family Guide to Nutrition, Exercise, Stress Control, and Preventive Medicine, ISBN: 0849906067 9780849906060 084993172X 9780849931727.
    "A dozen medical specialists from various fields acted as advisers for this book. The principles are built on common sense, the Bible, proven research, and the author's own experience. They show how pure water and air, sunshine, sleep, regularity, cleanliness, exercise, and trust in God lead to good health." -- GCB

    Russell, Rex, What the Bible Says About Healthy Living: Three Biblical Principles That will Change Your Diet and Improve Your Health, ISBN: 0800717686 9780800717681.
    "A must read for every Christian who is serious about living a healthy and vigorous life that pleases God." -- Dennis Rainey

    Siegel, Bernie S., Love, Medicine and Miracles: Lessons Learned About Self-Healing From a Surgeon's Experience With Exceptional Patients ISBN: 0060919833 9780060919832.
    Includes bibliography.

    Sneed, Sharon, and David Sneed, Prime Time: A Complete Health Guide for Women 35 to 65, ISBN: 0849932653 9780849932656.
    "This refreshingly upbeat handbook addresses matters of vital concern to women age 35 to 65, and offers practical tips for making those mid years and beyond truly prime time." -- Publisher

    Various, Work and Rest in Review (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    A 4-tape audio cassette [audio file], series including the following:

    Historical/Biblical Perspective on Rest by Mike Bell, audio cassette WW201 [audio file],
    How God Measures Vocational Success by James Petty, audio cassette WW202 [audio file], and
    Biblical Principles of Rest by David Clowney, audio cassette WW203 [audio file].
    *Warfield, B.B. (1851-1921), Counterfeit Miracles: The Cessation of the Charismata, Patristic and Medieval Marvels, Roman Catholic Miracles, Irvingite Gifts, Faith Healing, Mind Cure, ISBN: 085151166X (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation.)
    "This book is based on a series of lectures on counterfeit miracles that Professor Benjamin Warfield of Princeton Theological Seminary delivered in 1918; they are as relevant and as important today as they were ninety years ago.
    "Warfield, one of the most accomplished theologians of the twentieth century, a Professor at Princeton Seminary for more than 30 years, and a prolific systematic theologian, defends and expresses once again the skepticism commanded by Christ in Scripture.
    "There are demonic miracles in the modern world; there are unscrupulous impostors; there are weak-minded and gullible churchgoers; there is the power of suggestion; but there are no divine miracles. Divine miracles had a specific purpose, and when that purpose was accomplished, divine miracles ceased.
    "The present fascination with miracles, no longer restricted to the superstitions of the Roman Catholic Church-State, but now spread throughout the world by the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements, is not a sign of resurgent Christianity, as so many have said, but a sign of resurgent paganism. The sort of religion that pervaded ancient Rome and medieval Rome has returned, just as, and because, Christianity is fading from the modern mind." -- The Trinity Foundation
    "Warfield carefully examines the claims of Roman Catholics, Christian Science, and others. Such alleged miracles as tongue-speaking, faith-healing, etc. are considered and catalogued. Then he sets out a carefully worded (does Warfield know any other way to word), defense of the view of Christianity of the nature, function, and cessation of certain spiritual gifts -- and of course he equates this with what the Bible says, and quotes appropriate places." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    "It is well and good to say (with fingers in ears, repeating like a mantra), "Miracles happen every day . . . I've seen them . . . everybody's seen them . . . God never changes . . . etc., etc." But when one gets down to brass tacs, the complete dearth of evidence for -- as an example -- miracles of regeneration or resurrection is embarrassingly obvious. Does anyone think that if Benny Hinn had more to offer than mind-cures, suggestion, and cures of psychosomatic illnesses that he would not FLOOD the airways with footage to prove it? TBN would be ALL MIRACLES, ALL DAY. I was raised in a charismatic home and fully believe that God gives special providences and that our prayers ARE answered. But the special apostolic gifts are, whether you gauge it by quality or quantity, not with us anymore. I understand the worldview of the charismatic; but charismatics need to learn that whether or not the last regenerative miracle was in 70 AD or yesterday actually has no bearing on the truth of Christianity. Warfields excellent exegesis not only answers questions of charismata that endure to this day, but also reminds us that there is nothing new under the sun. Read this 80 year old tome, change the names, and you have a scathing indictment of the modern practitioners of faith healing. Bravo to a scintillating intellect." -- Reader's Comment

    See also: Spiritual aspects of health, Bad Relationships as a Cause of Disease and Death, Sexual relationship, Spiritual adultery (spiritual whoredom/harlotry), Idolatry, syncretism, Sexual wholeness, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Stress, Depression, Emotions and Health, Faith, Medical aspects of counseling, Physiological problems, Praying for the sick, Small groups as healing agents, Fasting, Rest, Sleep, Humor, and so forth, and so on.
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    According to a study funded by Knoll Pharmaceutical Co, ten percent of Americans may suffer from thyroid disease but most cases go undiagnosed by physicians. Researchers who conducted the study took blood samples from 26,000 visitors to a health fair. Almost 12 percent of the people who participated showed evidence of thyroid disorder and almost 90 percent of them said they were not being treated. Over- or under-production of thyroid hormones can lead to hyper- or hypothyroidism, respectively. Weakness, fatigue, and anxiety are some early signs of thyroid dysfunction. Left untreated, thyroid disease can contribute to cardiovascular disease and interfere with the proper function of major organs. Individuals who exhibited hypothyroidism showed higher levers of total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. -- Reuters, Oct. 17, 1997

    If a reader thinks they may have hypothyroidism, or knows someone who may have hypothyroidism, then the best thing to do is to read Ken Blanchard's book. It is written to both the patient and the physician. The book guides the patient in preparing a medical history that will expose hypothyroidism. Present the medical history to the doctor and request a two week clinical trial of levothyroxine (Synthroid) synthetic T4 hormone replacement. If you feel better during the trial, then that is the diagnosis. Keep in mind that many patients, and those advancing in years, may have sub-clinical hypothyroidism (light cases), and may benefit by hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

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    *Blanchard, Ken, and Marietta Abrams Brill, What Your Doctor may not Tell you About Hypothyroidism: A Simple Plan for Extraordinary Results, ISBN: 0446690619 9780446690614.
    Foreword by Mary J. Shomon. (See also Mary Shomon's book Living Well With Hypothyroidism below.)
    "Depression, fatigue, headaches, memory lapses, weight gain, constipation, cold intolerance, slowed reflexes, hair loss, menstrual abnormalities -- these are some of the vague, sometimes debilitating symptoms that, in varying combinations, plague more than 13 million patients with hypothyroidism. Unfortunately, many patients with hypothyroidism go for months to years, from doctor to doctor, from test to tests without being properly diagnosed. This is because the TSH blood test, considered the gold standard for diagnosis, is simply not an accurate indicator of hypothryoidism. Perhaps more perplexing, millions who are properly diagnosed find themselves undergoing often ineffective treatments for their disorder. At last, there is a solution: Dr. Blanchard's groundbreaking treatment program draws on emerging research, medical facts, and three decades of clinical experiences as an endocrinologist. It's an individualized program that uses questionnaires and charts to help diagnose sufferers through symptoms, not lab results -- and treats patients of all ages with the safe, but little used T3 hormone in the best combination with the more common T4 hormone, as well as with specific nutritional advice and alternative treatments that really work!" -- Publisher
    The thyroid regulates metabolism and effects every organ in the body. Experts estimates that as many as 20 million Americans, or more, may be affected by hypothyroidism. Women are more often affected than men. Illnesses, exposure to toxic chemicals, physical injury of the thyroid, and heredity my cause hypothyroidism. Therefore, if you have a "condition" that has never been diagnosed, then look into the possibility of hypothroidism. Anyone who has trouble with depression should undergo a two-week diagnostic trial with thyroid hormones, because depression "is a typical misdiagnosis of hypothyroidism."
    If a reader thinks they may have hypothyroidism, or knows someone who may have hypothyroidism, then the best thing to do is to read Ken Blanchard's book. It is written to both the patient and the physician. The book guides the patient in preparing a medical history that will expose hypothyroidism. Present the medical history to the doctor and request a two week clinical trial of levothyroxine (Synthroid) synthetic T4 hormone replacement. If you feel better during the trial, then that is the diagnosis. Keep in mind that many patients and those advancing in years may have sub-clinical hypothyroidism (light cases), and may benefit by hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
    Untangling Thyroid Confusion, April 9, 2005
    "There is a little gland in your neck that can control your sex life, your weight, your energy and even your mood. But surprisingly, this gland (the thyroid), frequently gets out of whack. Of the 20 million Americans who have thyroid disorders, more than half don't realize it, according to the American Medical Women's Association. Does our diet affect the thyroid gland. Do prescription drugs or chemicals in our environment interfere with proper thyroid functioning? And how do we know when our thyroid is not working adequately? You will find out why it is important to look beyond the lab tests to the patient's symptoms to understand the story behind thyroid insufficiency. Guests: Kenneth Blanchard, M.D., Ph.D., is a board certified endocrinologist. Along with his private practice in Newton-Wellesley, Massachusetts, he also addresses many types of groups on the topic of hypothyroidism, and is considered an authority on the subject. He is the co-author of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About HYPOTHYROIDISM: A Simple Plan for Extraordinary Results. Mary Shomon is a patient advocate and author. Her books include LIVING WELL WITH HYPOTHYROIDISM and THE THYROID DIET: MANAGE YOUR METABOLISM FOR LASTING WEIGHT LOSS."
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    Greene, Lawrence J., Learning Disabilities and Your Child: A Survival Handbook, ISBN: 0893343242 9780893343248. Alternate title: KIDS WHO HATE SCHOOL.
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    "Popkin, whose expertise in both nutrition and economics makes him uniquely qualified to write this book, compares our lifestyles today with those of half a century ago through the stories of five families living in the United States, Mexico, and India. He shows how increasing access to media and exposure to advertising, a powerful food industry, the rise of Wal-Mart like shopping centers, and a dramatic decline in physical activity are clashing with millions of years of human evolution, creating a world of overweight people with debilitating health problems such as diabetes. Ultimately, Popkin contends that widespread obesity is less a result of poor individual dietary choices than about a hi-tech, interconnected world in which governments and multinational corporations have extraordinary power to shape our everyday lives.
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    Shomon, Mary J., Living Well With Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell you . . . That you Need to Know, revised edition, ISBN: 0060740957 9780060740955.
    "The most comprehensive resource available on the diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism. For millions of Americans, hypothyroidism often goes untreated . . . or is treated improperly. This book, thoroughly researched by the nation's top thyroid patient advocate -- a hypothyroidism patient herself -- provides you with answers to all your questions, including:

    "As many as one in eight women have a thyroid condition. In LIVING WELL WITH HYPOTHYROIDISM, Mary Shomon outlines the most common of these -- too little thyroid hormones in the body. Weight gain, depression, fatigue, and what patients call 'brain fog, Brillo hair, and prune skin' result. Because the symptoms of hypothyroidism mimic so many other conditions -- chronic fatigue, PMS, clinical depression -- it can be very tricky to diagnose, especially since patients with HMOs may not get the thorough testing they need.
    "Shomon knows of what she speaks: she's a health writer and thyroid patient herself. She also manages a thyroid Web site and writes a newsletter on hypothyroidism. In LIVING WELL, she offers an extensively researched guide to this complex condition. She covers conventional, alternative, and late-breaking approaches to treatment -- such as challenging the gold standard of Synthroid as the thyroid replacement therapy of choice. (Synthroid replaces T4, the less active of the two thyroid hormones, and Shomon features new research on adding T3 -- the more potent thyroid hormone -- to treatment.)
    "With her down-to-earth, patient-centered approach, Shomon explains everything from how to choose a thyroid specialist to how calcium, antidepressants, and a high-fiber diet affect thyroid hormone absorption. The book includes a chapter on depression, which is a typical misdiagnosis of hypothyroidism -- as well as a symptom that often persists even after treatment. She also covers infertility (women who are hypothyroid don't ovulate as regularly and miscarry more frequently), and thyroid cancer, one of the less common causes of hypothyroidism. She explains how to spot hypothyroidism in kids, and ends with a glossary, international resources, and journal references.
    Shomon creates a sense of community by excerpting e-mails from her vast network of patients -- voices that bring a sense of humor so often missing from health books. One quibble: she could have avoided the antidoctor stance in the beginning of her book, where she blames physicians, rather than incomplete science, for the misdiagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism." -- Rebecca Taylor
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    Untangling Thyroid Confusion, April 9, 2005
    "There is a little gland in your neck that can control your sex life, your weight, your energy and even your mood. But surprisingly, this gland (the thyroid), frequently gets out of whack. Of the 20 million Americans who have thyroid disorders, more than half don't realize it, according to the American Medical Women's Association. Does our diet affect the thyroid gland. Do prescription drugs or chemicals in our environment interfere with proper thyroid functioning? And how do we know when our thyroid is not working adequately? You will find out why it is important to look beyond the lab tests to the patient's symptoms to understand the story behind thyroid insufficiency. Guests: Kenneth Blanchard, M.D., Ph.D., is a board certified endocrinologist. Along with his private practice in Newton-Wellesley, Massachusetts, he also addresses many types of groups on the topic of hypothyroidism, and is considered an authority on the subject. He is the co-author of WHAT YOUR DOCTOR MAY NOT TELL YOUU ABOUT HYPOTHYROIDISM: A SIMPLE PLAN FOR EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS. Mary Shomon is a patient advocate and author. Her books include LIVING WELL WITH HYPOTHYROIDISM and THE THYROID DIET: MANAGE YOUR METABOLISM FOR LASTING WEIGHT LOSS."
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    Stauffer, Joseph C., and Joseph Segen, The Patient's Guide to Medical Tests: Everything you Need to Know About the Tests Your Doctor Prescribes, ISBN: 081603530X 9780816035304.
    "Medicine has become more dependent on sophisticated diagnostic techniques. Because these are expensive, insurers with an eye on the bottom line may not want to pay for them. Consumers need to know enough about these procedures to make informed decisions concerning their care. THE PATIENT'S GUIDE TO MEDICAL TESTS, written by a clinical chemist and a physician, offers basic information about 1,000 commonly used medical terms. Librarians may be familiar with this title, which appeared in a third edition in 1986. However, according to the publisher, substantial updating makes the volume under review a new book, rather than a fourth edition.
    "An introduction covers the mechanics of specimen collection and explains how to use the book. The entries are arranged alphabetically by the name of the test. Each entry includes a description of the test, the possible meaning of abnormal results, the cost, and special instructions or precautions. See references refer users from terms not used to those used as entries, as well as to a glossary at the end of the text. The latter contains brief entries that define technical terms and some very specialized tests performed only in major research centers. There is also a short list of medical abbreviations.
    "Although this book covers more tests, it is far less informative than THE YALE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE PATIENT'S GUIDE TO MEDICAL TESTS [RBB D 15 97]. It has no illustrations and rarely discusses the amount of pain or discomfort that may be involved in the procedures. The tables of normal and abnormal values will be confusing for unsophisticated users. The list of serious illnesses that can cause abnormal results may be frightening to some as there is no discussion of follow-up care. The Yale title is the best choice for reference and consumer-health collections. The Facts On File title is an acceptable supplement and an adequate addition to circulating collections." -- Booklist

    Strydom, Jan, Susan du Plessis, and Benetta Strydom, The Bible's way to Victory Over ADHD and Other Childhood Challenges
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    *Welch, Edward T., Blame it on the Brain? Distinguishing Chemical Imbalances, Brain Disorders, and Disobedience, ISBN: 0875526020 9780875526027.
    "Dr. Welch has a Ph.D. in psychology as well as theology degrees, and has been a counselor for years. His doctoral work was on brain physiology, so Blame it on the Brain is the fruit of 20 years of reflection on the subject.
    "Welch wonders if the brain 'has been given too much credit.' (p. 12). Many have held the brain responsible for some bad behavior: 'My disease did it!' (p. 13). While the observations of the rapidly expanding field of brain sciences can be very helpful, when interpreted through a biblical lens they can be put in a more modest and helpful perspective. How do these discoveries illustrate biblical truths that can be applied to people's lives? Instead, too often sin problems are mislabeled as solely brain problems, and thus the true cause is left unaddressed. (p. 25)
    "Four very practical principles emerge from this approach to mind-body issues: 1. The brain cannot by itself 'make' a person sin. (p. 49f). 2. Each person's abilities (brain strengths and weaknesses), are unique. (p. 53f). 3. Brain problems can expose heart problems. (p. 56f). 4. Sinful hearts can lead to physical illness; upright hearts can contribute to good health. (p. 58f)
    "In part two of the book these principles are then concisely but thoughtfully applied to a series of examples. First are apparently physical issues: Alzheimer's disease (p. 67f), and head injury (p. 85f). Next are more psychiatric issues: depression (p. 115f), 'A.D.D.' (p. 131f), homosexuality (p. 151f), and alcoholism. (p. 183f)
    "Welch's treatments of these problems abound with practical, sensitive insight. In the process he clearly defines the deeper issues at stake: what is the soul?; what is the body?; what is sin?
    "For me, a crucial component of the book is the section on the mind-body relationships, especially pp. 43-48. Welch is careful to distinguish the heart from the body, but without separating them. Drawing upon rich Trinitarian analogies, he is careful to outline a model that seeks not to over-emphasize either the duality or the unity. This understanding enables us to try to distinguish between sin and sickness. As Welch ably defines it: 'any behavior that does not conform to biblical commands or any behavior that transgresses biblical prohibitions proceeds form the heart and is sin.' (p. 43). Conversely, 'any behavior that is more accurately called a weakness proceeds from the body and is sickness or suffering.' (p. 44). We are to repent of sin. But things that reflect only our creaturely limitations are not immoral, but proceed from our fallen bodies.
    "The example Welch uses of hallucinations is illustrative. The Bible does not prohibit them, so we can not admonish someone for experiencing them. We are called to compassion for them. The hallucination may have been caused by a prior sinful choice, and the hallucinatory may respond to them with sin, but the hallucination itself is not sinful. A helpful chart on p. 45 lists out some examples of body problems (broken bones, mental retardation, feelings of depression, hallucinations), and heart (mind) problems (anger, pride, drunkenness). Of course, many problems involve both the body and the heart or mind, and in unequal and obscured proportions. How do we separate out the differences? And why is it helpful to try?
    "Each summer during high school and college I worked in a nursing home. The changes I witnessed in particular residents after being away from them for almost a year were often shocking and tragic. I think of a seemingly kind and affable man named D., who in a few months seemed to transform into an unrecognizably profane and lewd bore. Welch demonstrates convincingly that such brain or body problems as D.'s Alzheimer's can expose what is in the heart. The brain appears to have led the person into bad behavior, when it is more accurate to say that the brain problem allowed certain otherwise hidden parts of their heart to be uncovered. Welch contends, 'In some case brain problems function like truth serum for the heart.' (p. 58)
    "Welch's treatment of the subject is fairly comprehensive but far from exhaustive. Questions of application remain. If meds can only, at their best, address the body issues and not the heart, how do we know which needs addressing? Welch addresses this in a wise, but frustratingly brief section in pp. 125-127. Adopting Welch's guidelines is easy enough, but applying them to real life situations, I know from experience, is another matter. What about the person who meets some but not all of the criteria listed on p. 127 (they are over forty; have had no prior history of problems with depression; are taking prescription drugs, etc.)? This is not a flaw in Welch's treatment of the topic, just a limitation of its brief explication here.
    "I have known a person, for example, who had his first bout with depression at age 62. But it was extremely serious. He became despondent and delusional and was checked into a residential treatment facility. His case meets the first of the two criteria listed by Welch, but not the last two. Clearly, his depression was triggered by some circumstances in his life (some the direct result of some horrible choices, others not). Yet, just as clearly it seems that the depression, while largely originating from his sinful behavior, now had a physical component. His medications, while wrought with multiple serious side effects, did seem to successfully contribute to his ability to function. Yet, if I were given a decision making role in his 'treatment,' I would want to somehow know: were the drugs really helpful, or was it their placebo effect? And if they did reduce his anxiety, is that all necessarily good? Did he not need discomfort to drive him to make changes in his absolutely horrendous behavior? And if so, how much and what type of discomfort?
    "Anyway, Welch's book wrestles with some deep issues and presents them in a lucid and readable format." -- Raymond Cannata
    " 'What is needed is not necessarily more sophistication in understanding the brain. Instead, what is needed is a more in-depth and practical examination of Scripture that is relevant to these questions.' (pp. 19-20). In this chapter, he remains resolute in affirming the supreme authority of God's Word in understanding and applying the deluge of information which our secular society is bent on giving us. . . .
    'Heart and body are both two and one. They are two in that the body cannot be reduced to heart or spirit, and heart cannot be reduced to body. But they are mutually independent. They need each other. Human life cannot even be imagined without both the inner and the outer person. . . .' (p. 47)
    "In chapters 4 and 5, we read about legitimate brain dysfunctions which are the result of Alzheimer's disease (and dementia), or serious head injury stemming from an accident. Here, Welch wants the reader to understand that there are indeed cases where the brain can suffer illness or injury to the extent that the behavior and mental capacity of the individual will be directly affected. He is quick to point out that though these conditions may harm the outer man, they do not necessarily mean that the inner man will also begin to dissipate.
    "In chapters 7 and 8, we read about psychiatric problems such as depression and attention deficit disorder (ADD) which may or may not be the result of the brain's alleged deficiencies. . . . He is also quick to point out that the depression or ADD may be the result of a spiritual problem and that the care of the individual and their relation to God ought to factor in the treatment every bit as much as medicinal treatments.
    "In chapters 9 and 10 we read about two areas of human behavior which the brain is often held responsible for -- homosexuality and alcoholism. In both cases, Welch is insistent that the brain cannot the cause of one's sinful behavior. As he says so plainly, " 'The ultimate cause of sin is always the human heart,' (p. 169). He argues that when these behaviors are seen as proceeding directly from the brain's activity, then the connection that exists between human beings as morally accountable agents and a holy and righteous God is severed. What needs to take place is repentance from such sinful behavior in light of the promise of God's gracious provision of forgiveness which can be found in Jesus Christ. Though these sins present particularly strong forms of bondage, God's mercy can break even their stronghold." -- Daniel Mark Donovan

    Well, Robert G., and Mary C. Well, Menopause and Mid-Life, ISBN: 0842339752 9780842339759.
    "Wells clearly explains physical and emotional changes, hormonal therapy, and the various options available to mid-life women. Includes a chapter on men and their role." -- GCB

    Zaret, Barry L., Peter I. Jatlow, Lee D. Katz (editors), The Patient's Guide to Medical Tests, ISBN: 0395765366 9780395765364.
    "In this era of rapidly changing medical practice, it's more important than ever to have objective, reliable sources of medical information. This is especially critical in the area of diagnostic tests -- the fastest-growing and most costly aspect of modern medicine. Are you unaware of tests and procedures that might save your life? Or are you undergoing a test unnecessarily? How do you know? Whom do you ask? Now, from one of the nation's highly acclaimed medical schools, comes the most complete, authoritative, and practical book for the general public on diagnostic tests and procedures. Every day, tens of thousands of Americans undergo medical tests -- everything from routine cancer screening and blood tests to the most advanced imaging scans and endoscopic examinations. All too often, patients have no idea what to expect. This book answers the questions that patients are afraid or reluctant to ask: Will it hurt? How long will it take? Who will be in charge? Are there any risks? What do the results mean? What's the next step? Each of the 29 chapters in this essential book is written by a Yale faculty member who is an authority in the area. Hundreds of the most commonly performed diagnostic tests are described in clear, understandable language and presented in concise, easy-to-follow charts. Many sections are illustrated. There's also practical advice from the doctors, nurses, and technicians who administer the tests. You'll learn what you should and should not do before the procedure and what factors may alter the results. In addition to diagnostic studies ordered or performed by doctors, this book covers test you can do at home. Some of these, such as home blood sugar (glucose), monitoring for diabetes and self-checking of blood pressure, help patients achieve better control over life-threatening diseases. This book belongs in every home health library. In it you'll find the information you need to become a more informed partner with your doctor in maintaining your own health and that of every member of your family." -- Publisher

    See also: Depression, Hypothyroidism, Toxic and Harmful Substances, cancer, Oncology (cancer treatment), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Correct diagnosis, Prevention of disease, Healthy Life-style, Exercise, Nutrition and Neutricuticals, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Healthcare reform.
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    Hypothyroidism

    A very common ritual experienced by many medical students at the end of their years in medical school is to hear an address by an eminent medical dean, who congratulates them and wishes them well in their internships, then says something like this: "Half of what you learned in medical school is wrong, and your challenge now is to find out which half." This may sound whimsical, but it does reflect a very basic truth about the complexity of the human body and the immensity of medical knowledge. It is also often said that the only people who are 100 percent sure about anything in medicine are medical students, malpractice lawyers, and well-compensated expert witnesses. . . . It is my deep belief that the current status of the TSH test as the absolute yes-or-no arbiter for the presence of hypothyroidism and for the status of a patient's treatment will eventually come to be regarded as one of the great mistakes of medical history. -- Ken Blanchard, MD in "A Note From Dr. Blanchard" in What Your Doctor may not Tell you About Hypothyroidism: A Simple Plan for Extraordinary Results

    In 1997, there were an estimated twenty-five million people in the United States taking antidepressants. And some studies estimate that 80 percent of people on antidepressants report a variety of unresolved symptoms -- such as weight gain, lethargy, and loss of libido -- that are also very common symptoms of thyroid disease. A significant percentage of people on antidepressants could actually be suffering from an undiagnosed thyroid problem. -- Mary Shomon, Living Well With Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell you . . . That you Need to Know, p. 62

    Indianapolis-based thyroid and chronic fatigue syndrome expert Dr. Dale Guyer estimates that more than 90 percent of his chronic fatigue syndrome patients also have an underlying thyroid problem. (Mary Shomon, Living Well With Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell you . . . That you Need to Know, p. 49)

    Nearly 13 million Americans suffer from thyroid disorders, with more than half going undiagnosed -- National Institutes of Health

    Search "Direct gene analysis hypothyroidism" for find the latest research on genetic testing for hypothyroidism.

    A clinical review suggests any TSH above 2 may indicate failing function (see citation below).

    In January 2003, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) made the announcement "Now AACE encourages doctors to consider treatment for patients who test outside the boundaries of a narrower margin based on a target TSH level of 0.3 to 3.0. AACE believes the new range will result in proper diagnosis for millions of Americans who suffer from a mild thyroid disorder, but have gone untreated until now." -- Mary Shomon, Living Well With Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell you . . . That you Need to Know, p. 11

    The Endocrine Disruptor Screening and Testing Advisory Committee (EDSTAC) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that about fifteen thousand different chemicals that are included in common products like pesticides, cosmetics, and plastics should be analyzed to see if they act as endocrine disruptors. Internationally known health researcher and author Dr. Theodora Colborn, author of OUR STOLEN FUTURE, believes that exposure to even low doses of endocrine disruptors can be harmful to our health. -- Mary Shomon, Living Well With Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell you . . . That you Need to Know, p. 470

    If a reader thinks they may have hypothyroidism, or knows someone who may have hypothyroidism, then the best thing to do is educate themselves using the citations below. Ken Blanchard's book is written to both the patient and the physician. The book guides the patient in preparing a medical history that will expose hypothyroidism. Present the medical history to the doctor and request a two week clinical trial of LESSONS LEARNED: (Synthroid) synthetic T4 hormone replacement. If you feel better during the trial, then that is the diagnosis. Keep in mind that many patients, and those advancing in years, may have sub-clinical hypothyroidism (light cases), and may benefit by hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
    And it is probable that the consequences of neglecting hypothyroidism may be contributing to heart disease -- heart failure, arrhythmias, and heart attack, particularly in the elderly. -- compiler

    Mild to sever hypothyroidism, resulting in a "constellation" of symptoms. Misdiagnosis of hypothyroidism over decades of a patient's life, generates a very substantial amount of income for the healthcare industry through repeated consultations. This is somewhat analogous to the automobile industry's "engineered mechanical failures" and all manner of other practices by corporations to increase profits by unethical manipulations.
    "The devil is in the details." It could be argued that the AMA and the American Association of Endocrinologists should have been bright enough to settle the controversies in diagnosis 75 years ago or more, and, in keeping with the Hippocratic Oath, established guidelines for proper diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism. -- compiler

    If you take any prescription drug, you need to be aware that storage at high temperatures can quickly degrade the potency and stability of your medication. I spoke with Abbott Labs' consumer medical hotline today, and learned that they do not recommend taking their drug Synthroid if it's been stored at temperatures above 86 degrees.
    Basically, 'controlled room temperature' for storage of most drugs tops out at 86°F. Levothyroxine drugs -- such as Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothroid, Unithroid, and generic levothyroxine -- should be stored away from light and moisture, and at a temperature no higher than 86°F. This temperature standard also applies to Cytomel (liothyronine), Armour (desiccated thyroid), and the antithyroid drugs PTU and methimazole. (NOTE: Thyrolar (liotrix), should be refrigerated, at a temperature no higher than 46°F). -- Mary Shomon Thyroid Website

    Barnes, Broda, Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness, ISBN: 069001029X 9780690010299.
    "Of all the problems that can affect physical or mental health, none is more common than thyroid gland disturbance. None is more readily and inexpensively corrected. And none is more often untreated, and even unsuspected.
    "Hypothyroidism -- low thyroid function -- is one of the gland disturbances that many people suffer from without even realizing it. It can be the cause of low energy or constant fatigue that is one of the most common complaints brought to doctors. It may be responsible for chronic headaches, repeated infections, unyielding skin problems, or circulatory difficulties. Even more frightening, it can be a major factor in heart disease, lung cancer, and emphysema. And it is responsible for many emotional and mental disturbances. HYPOTHYROIDISM: THE UNSUSPECTED ILLNESS explains low thyroid function in easy, understandable language. It tells how it may be affecting your health and your life.
    "Dr. Broda Barnes and Lawrence Galton tell what the thyroid gland is, how it works, the problems its dysfunction can induce. They detail case histories of patients, often thought hopeless, whose problems were discovered to be related to hypothyroidism and were cured by Dr. Barnes's simple effective techniques. And they discuss whether you too may be hypothyroid, affected by a condition even a physician may not recognize.
    "Included is a simple test you can make at home to discover if hypothyroidism may be the real, previously unsuspected cause of your ill health.
    "If you know you are hypothyroid, HYPOTHYROIDISM: THE UNSUSPECTED ILLNESS will answer your questions about your condition. If you suspect you maybe, if you are unsure what may be causing those chronic headaches, infections, fatigue and low energy, it may help you find the answer." -- Publisher

    *Blanchard, Ken, and Marietta Abrams Brill, What Your Doctor may not Tell you About Hypothyroidism: A Simple Plan for Extraordinary Results, ISBN: 0446690619 9780446690614.
    Foreword by Mary J. Shomon. (See also Mary Shomon's book Living Well With Hypothyroidism below.)
    "Depression, fatigue, headaches, memory lapses, weight gain, constipation, cold intolerance, slowed reflexes, hair loss, menstrual abnormalities -- these are some of the vague, sometimes debilitating symptoms that, in varying combinations, plague more than 13 million patients with hypothyroidism. Unfortunately, many patients with hypothyroidism go for months to years, from doctor to doctor, from test to tests without being properly diagnosed. This is because the TSH blood test, considered the gold standard for diagnosis, is simply not an accurate indicator of hypothryoidism. Perhaps more perplexing, millions who are properly diagnosed find themselves undergoing often ineffective treatments for their disorder. At last, there is a solution: Dr. Blanchard's groundbreaking treatment program draws on emerging research, medical facts, and three decades of clinical experiences as an endocrinologist. It's an individualized program that uses questionnaires and charts to help diagnose sufferers through symptoms, not lab results -- and treats patients of all ages with the safe, but little used T3 hormone in the best combination with the more common T4 hormone, as well as with specific nutritional advice and alternative treatments that really work!" -- Publisher
    The thyroid regulates metabolism and effects every organ in the body. Experts estimates that as many as 20 million Americans, or more, may be affected by hypothyroidism. Women are more often affected than men. Illnesses, exposure to toxic chemicals, physical injury of the thyroid, and heredity my cause hypothyroidism. Therefore, if you have a "condition" that has never been diagnosed, then look into the possibility of hypothroidism. Anyone who has trouble with depression should undergo a two-week diagnostic trial with thyroid hormones, because depression "is a typical misdiagnosis of hypothyroidism."
    If a reader thinks they may have hypothyroidism, or knows someone who may have hypothyroidism, then the best thing to do is to read Ken Blanchard's book. It is written to both the patient and the physician. The book guides the patient in preparing a medical history that will expose hypothyroidism. Present the medical history to the doctor and request a two week clinical trial of levothyroxine (Synthroid) synthetic T4 hormone replacement. If you feel better during the trial, then that is the diagnosis. Keep in mind that many patients and those advancing in years may have sub-clinical hypothyroidism (light cases) and may benefit by hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
    Untangling Thyroid Confusion, April 9, 2005
    "There is a little gland in your neck that can control your sex life, your weight, your energy and even your mood. But surprisingly, this gland (the thyroid) frequently gets out of whack. Of the 20 million Americans who have thyroid disorders, more than half don't realize it, according to the American Medical Women's Association. Does our diet affect the thyroid gland. Do prescription drugs or chemicals in our environment interfere with proper thyroid functioning? And how do we know when our thyroid is not working adequately? You will find out why it is important to look beyond the lab tests to the patient's symptoms to understand the story behind thyroid insufficiency. Guests: Kenneth Blanchard, M.D., Ph.D., is a board certified endocrinologist. Along with his private practice in Newton-Wellesley, Massachusetts, he also addresses many types of groups on the topic of hypothyroidism, and is considered an authority on the subject. He is the co-author of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About HYPOTHYROIDISM: A Simple Plan for Extraordinary Results.uc Mary Shomon is a patient advocate and author. Her books include LIVING WELL WITH HYPOTHYROIDISM and THE THYROID DIET: MANAGE YOUR METABOLISM FOR LASTING WEIGHT LOSS."
    http://www.peoplespharmacy.org/archives/radio_shows/538_untangling_thyroid_confusion.asp

    Brabant, G, and P Beck-Peccoz, B Jarzab, P Laurberg, J Orgiazzi, I Szabolcs, A P Weetman, and W M Wiersinga, Is There a Need to Redefine the Upper Normal Limit of TSH? Eur. J. Endocrinol., May 1, 2006; 154(5): 633 - 637, ISSN: 0804-4643 OCLC.

    Langer, Stephen E., and James F. Scheer, Solved: The Riddle of Illness, fourth edition, ISBN: 0071470573 9780071470575.
    "Called 'The Great Masquerader,' hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) is one of the most prevalent and least diagnosed disorders by physicians, yet it can be the underlying cause of or contribute to any of 64 ailments, from obesity and chronic fatigue to fibromyalgia and cancer.
    "In this new edition, you will discover how to determine if you suffer from low thyroid function; how to differentiate between low thyroid function and hypoglycemia; how to use simple, inexpensive treatments; and much more. It also includes new chapters on environmental toxins, pregnancy, obesity, and how your thyroid influences other glands.
    "Stephen E. Langer, M.D., is a renowned thyroid expert and the president of the American Nutritional Medical Association.
    James Scheer is the author and co-author of more than fifteen health-related books."
    "One of the most important books of our time . . . a perennial bestseller [that] shows you simple ways to understand and manage your thyroid gland so that you can make the most of your life physically, emotionally, and mentally." -- Dr. Dwayne Dyer, from the Foreword

    Ridha, Arem, The Thyroid Solution: A Mind-Body Program for Beating Depression and Regaining Your Emotional and Physical Health, ISBN: 0345429206 9780345429209.
    "It's sometimes called a hidden epidemic: One in ten Americans -- more than twenty million people, most of them women -- has a thyroid disorder. At any given time, millions of people have an undiagnosed thyroid disorder and experience a chronic mental anguish that almost certainly arises from the very same source. Yet many primary-care doctors still don't recognize the importance of the thyroid in mind-body health -- and its especially crucial role in women's well-being." -- Publisher
    "One in ten Americans suffers from thyroid dysfunction, yet most don't realize the mental and emotional components of this condition. 'This is the first book to explain the hidden suffering that many patients have difficulty expressing and the first book to provide new ways of helping address and heal this suffering,' promises author Ridha Arem, M.D., associate professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and chief of endocrinology and metabolism at Ben Taub General Hospital, both in Houston, Texas. This book explains the link between stress and thyroid imbalance; how thyroid imbalance affects your emotions, sex life, and relationships; and how to cope with the effects of this imbalance. Because thyroid problems primarily strike women, a whole section deals with women's health issues, such as infertility, miscarriage, postpartum depression, premenstrual syndrome, and menopause. Another section provides practical tools, such as evaluating lab tests and self-diagnosis techniques, dealing with treatment problems and side effects, and preventing memory lapses and depression. The book covers lifestyle choices that affect thyroid health, such as diet, supplementation, and exercise. Frequent case studies (usually told as first-person narratives), checklists, and questionnaires help to simplify the material and make it easier to check the medical information against your own situation. Each chapter ends with 'valuable points to remember,' making review easy. If you suffer from thyroid imbalance, or think you might, this book could be a valuable resource. -- Joan Price
    "Arem, a clinical endocrinologist and researcher, says that 20 million Americans (one in ten) have a thyroid disorder. He argues that millions more suffer from undiagnosed thyroid dysfunction and the resulting mental and physical symptoms. Arem clearly and extensively examines the fundamentals of thyroid disease, including diagnosis and therapy, although his focus is on the significance of the thyroid in cognition and emotion -- the mind/body connection. Arem's thesis, derived from mainstream medicine but illustrated throughout by anecdotal reports, is that abnormal thyroid hormone production and dispersal can lead to health problems that range from the psychiatric to ophthalmologic. However, he may be overstating the case when he suggests that thyroid disturbances can underlie depression, anxiety, decreased motivation, and sexual difficulties even in those with normal blood tests. Further, he asserts that thyroid hormone is a bona fide antidepressant. Although thyroid hormone regulation can be important, it isn't the answer to all problems. This book should be of interest to those with thyroid disease; for others, it provides appropriate encouragement to remind their physicians to consider thyroid issues. Recommended for libraries with large budgets. -- Linda M.G. Katz, MCP Hahnemann Univ., Philadelphia, Library Journal (may be subject to copyright)
    "Could you have an overactive or underactive thyroid and not even know it? Millions of Americans -- and a high percentage of women in menopause and perimenopause (the decade or so before menopause during which hormonal, emotional, and physical changes begin) -- do. Thyroid imbalances are not always easy to recognize. Only recently have physicians even begun to accept that minimal thyroid imbalances have an important effect on mental and physical health.
    "Do you have any of the following symptoms?

    Always fatigued or exhausted
    Irritable and impatient
    Feeling too hot or too cold
    Depressed, anxious, or panicky
    Bothered by changes in your skin or hair
    At the mercy of your moods
    Inexplicably gaining or losing weight
    Losing your enthusiasm for life
    Sleeping poorly or insomniac
    "Are you feeling burned out from having acted on an excess of energy for several months? Are you listless, forgetful, and feeling disconnected from your friends and family? Are people telling you that you've changed? Are you taking Prozac or a similar drug for mild depression but still feeling that your mind and mood are subpar? Or have you been treated for a major depression in the past five years?
    "If you suffer from more than one of these symptoms or answered yes to one or more of these questions, you could be one of the many people with an undiagnosed thyroid condition. Although some of these symptoms may seem contradictory, all of them can be indications of a thyroid imbalance.
    "You could also be one of the many people who has been treated for a thyroid imbalance but still suffers from its often-overlooked, lingering effects -- effects that may continue to haunt you even after treatments have presumably restored your thyroid levels to normal. If you've ever been treated for a thyroid imbalance, answer these questions:
    Do you feel better but still not quite your old self?
    Do you have unusual flare-ups of anger?
    Are you less socially outgoing than you used to be?
    Are you less tolerant of the foibles of family and friends?
    Do you suffer from occasional bouts of mild depression?
    Do you have frequent lapses in memory?
    Are you often unable to concentrate on what you're doing?
    Do you feel older than your chronological age?
    "If you've had a thyroid problem in the past but still answer yes to one or more of these questions, it is quite likely that your symptoms are thyroid-related. You don't have to suffer any longer. The Thyroid Solution will show you how you can work with your physician to heal these lingering symptoms.
    "The Thyroid and the Mind
    "At any given time in the United States, more than 20 million people suffer from a thyroid disorder, more than 10 million women have low-grade thyroid imbalance, and nearly 8 million people with thyroid imbalance remain undiagnosed. Some 500,000 new cases of thyroid imbalance occur each year. All of these people are vulnerable to mental and emotional effects for a long time even after being diagnosed. Incorrect or inadequate treatment leads to unnecessary suffering for millions of these people. But these are numbers. Behind the numbers are the symptoms and ravaging mental effects experienced by real human beings.
    "The 1990s have seen a major increase in the recognition and detection of previously unsuspected thyroid diseases among presumably healthy people. This stems in part from improved medical technology, which has led to the development of sensitive methods of screening and diagnosing thyroid disease. It also stems from the increased public awareness that thyroid disease may remain undiagnosed for a long time and that even mild thyroid dysfunction may affect your health. Recently, some medical associations such as the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists have initiated public screenings for thyroid disease, much as cholesterol testing has become available in shopping malls and other public places. At any given time, more than half the patients in our population with low-grade hypothyroidism remain undiagnosed. In a recent thyroid-screening program involving nearly two thousand people that I directed in the Houston area, 8 percent of those tested had an underactive thyroid. Many people screened had never heard of the thyroid gland but rushed to be tested when they recognized that they were suffering many of the symptoms listed in the announcement of the screening. The public's awareness of thyroid disease was boosted by press reports about former president George Bush and his wife Barbara, Russian president Boris Yeltsin, and Olympic track champion Gail Devers when they were diagnosed with thyroid disease. Thanks to these factors, people with non-specific, undiagnosed complaints are becoming increasingly likely to ask their physicians whether their symptoms might be related to an undiagnosed thyroid disorder.
    "As an endocrinologist who has focused his research, teaching, and patient care on thyroid conditions, I realized early on in my practice that taking care of thyroid patients was not as easy as I had expected. Treating and correcting a thyroid condition with medication may not always make the patient feel entirely better. I discovered that to care fully for my patients, to help them heal completely, I had to treat their feelings as well as their bodies. If they didn't feel better even though their lab tests said they were cured, I learned to listen to them, believe them, and work with them to help them become wholly cured. In taking care of thyroid patients, the physician's role is not merely to address physical discomfort, test the thyroid, and make sure blood test results are normal (indicating that the right amounts of the various thyroid hormones are circulating in the body). Addressing the effects of thyroid disorders on the mind, helping patients cope with their condition, and counseling them sympathetic ally are equally important." -- Excerpts (may be subject to copyright) "Dr. Ridha Arem is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is also Chief of Endocrinology and Metabolism at Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston. In addition to teaching medical students and physicians-in-training, he regularly speaks to primary-care physicians and specialists at various educational programs. Dr. Arem is a nationally recognized thyroid specialist. For the past ten years he has been the author and editor of Clinical Thyroidology, a well respected widely read periodical publication for physicians on thyroid disorders. He also contributes to Thyroid USA, the official newsletter of the American Foundation of Thyroid Patients, and participates in patient education programs." -- Publisher

    Shames, Karilee and Richard Shames, Feeling Fat, Fuzzy or Frazzled? A 3-Step Program to: Beat Hormone Havoc, Restore Thyroid, Adrenal, and Reproductive Balance, and Feel Better Fast! ISBN: 159463002X 9781594630026.
    "Readers whose chronic health conditions are due to, or worsened by, glandular imbalances may find this informative guide to pinpointing and healing hormone-related illness helpful in improving their functioning. Physician Richard Shames is a founding member of the American Holistic Medical Association, while his wife, Karilee Shames, is certified in psychiatric and holistic nursing. Their holistic view makes clear how hormonal imbalance in any one glandular system disturbs every other system. According to the Shameses, patients and their health-care providers must address each system, first targeting the areas of major disturbance, then looking at the other systems to correct secondary problems. They provide a framework that includes three different patient 'Endo-Types' (the 'feeling fat' thyroid-driven type; 'fuzzy-thinking' sex-gland-driven type; and 'fried and frazzled' adrenal-driven type), and questionnaires for readers to understand the cause of problems like unexplained weight gain, exhaustion, lack of mental focus and clarity, irritability and impatience. A three-step program then teaches readers how to address and correct glandular imbalances. Although many readers might be drawn to the book for the authors' promise of greater vitality, they may be more gratified to learn that, by restoring hormonal and glandular balance, they may be mitigating many serious health conditions, too." -- Publishers Weekly
    "From the authors of THYROID POWER (more than 60,000 copies in paperback sold), comes a practical, hands-on program for the fat, fuzzy, and frazzled among us to feel better fast.
    "For the 33 million Americans who feel sluggish, spacey, and stressed out daily, FEELING FAT, FUZZY, OR FRAZZLED? is the first book to address the delicate balance among the thyroid, adrenal, and reproductive glands -- which can make the day-to-day difference between feeling awful and feeling good. Long-term, if left untreated, this imbalance can cause heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, infertility, and severe menopause.
    "Authored by an expert physician/nurse team, the book offers readers: an innovative program to identify their particular hormone-related metabolic disorder; a 5-day jumpstart program to help alleviate weight gain, low energy, or frayed nerves fast; and a long-term plan to achieve optimal health." -- Publisher
    "A clear, comprehensive, and integrated road map to restore and rebalance our hormones." -- Mary J. Shomon, author of The Thyroid Diet and Living Well With Hypothyroidism

    Shames, Richard, and Karilee Halo Shames, Thyroid Power: Ten Steps to Total Health, ISBN: 0688172369 9780688172367.
    "Richard and Karilee Shames are not only husband and wife, but doctor and nurse, AND thyroid practitioner and thyroid patient. For more than twenty-five years, the Shameses have been working with people who are 'low thyroid' -- the term they use to describe hypothyroidism -- in their new book, THYROID POWER: TEN STEPS TO TOTAL HEALTH. Karilee herself is hypothyroid, as are several of the couple's children, and these experiences have informed both authors, who have struggled to help not only their own family, but many patients they have treated for thyroid problems as well.
    "In a simply written, straightforward manner, the Shameses have reorganized some basic information about hypothyroidism's causes, tests, diagnosis and treatment into a ten-step program of information for patients.
    Their ten steps include:

    "One of the most interesting and innovative parts of the book is Step 9 -- 'Improve the Underlying Autoimmune Condition.' This section shares some of the results from Karilee's weekly thyroid recovery group meetings held with other thyroid patients. This chapter talks about issues patients have experienced with emotional sensitivity, self-esteem, perfectionism, maintaining momentum, being empowered, and more, and many of the "common characteristics" of people with autoimmune hypothyroidism struck a chord personally with me. (For a look at some of their thoughts on this, see: http://thyroid.about.com/library/weekly/aa060901a.htm. A MIND/BODY EXPLORATION OF HYPOTHYROIDISM, with Richard and Karilee Shames.)
    "For those who are already diagnosed, Step Seven's overview of adrenal insufficiency is also a very useful adjunct, particularly for thyroid patients who do not feel well on what is considered sufficient treatment for hypothyroidism. (For an interview discussing some of their perspectives on adrenal issues, see: The Adrenal/Thyroid Connection -- Interview with Richard and Karilee Shames.)
    "A unique section is titled 'How to Tap the Source of Boundless Energy,' which talks about energy healing, the energy chakras, and self-actualization. While not specifically focused on the thyroid, this section is an excellent introduction to the concepts of energy work for those who are not familiar with modalities such as Reiki, healing hands, or laying on of hands.
    "The main weakness in this book is the fact that many thyroid patients who read the book will not have access to practitioners who are even remotely as open-minded or holistic in their approach as Richard and Karilee Shames. While the Shameses are part of a growing body of alternative practitioners who are innovative their diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism, the vast majority of patients are still subject to very limited, highly conventional treatment protocols, and a very ingrained doctrine of thyroid treatment. Rigid adherence to TSH tests, 'normal ranges' and levothyroxine as the sole treatment is the standard practice, and what standard practice is what is typically covered by HMOs and insurance companies. The Shames' use of TRH, total T3, free T3 and antibodies tests as standard, and their unbiased use of levothyroxine, synthetic T3, or natural thyroid products -- whatever product works best for each individual patient -- are encouraging, but still uncommon among most medical professionals.
    "Overall, THYROID POWER is an excellent thyroid-related addition to any thyroid patient's bookshelf. As a thyroid patient, reading THYROID POWER will renew your faith that doctors actually exist who clearly understand how to diagnose and treat hypothyroidism in real people, and who do not believe that patients are merely lab values on a medical chart." -- Mary Shomon

    Shomon, Mary J., Living Well With Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell you . . . That you Need to Know, revised edition, ISBN: 0060740957 9780060740955.
    "The most comprehensive resource available on the diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism. For millions of Americans, hypothyroidism often goes untreated . . . or is treated improperly. This book, thoroughly researched by the nation's top thyroid patient advocate -- a hypothyroidism patient herself -- provides you with answers to all your questions, including:

    "As many as one in eight women have a thyroid condition. In LIVING WELL WITH HYPOTHYROIDISM, Mary Shomon outlines the most common of these -- too little thyroid hormones in the body. Weight gain, depression, fatigue, and what patients call 'brain fog, Brillo hair, and prune skin' result. Because the symptoms of hypothyroidism mimic so many other conditions -- chronic fatigue, PMS, clinical depression -- it can be very tricky to diagnose, especially since patients with HMOs may not get the thorough testing they need.
    "Shomon knows of what she speaks: she's a health writer and thyroid patient herself. She also manages a thyroid Web site and writes a newsletter on hypothyroidism. In LIVING WELL, she offers an extensively researched guide to this complex condition. She covers conventional, alternative, and late-breaking approaches to treatment -- such as challenging the gold standard of Synthroid as the thyroid replacement therapy of choice. (Synthroid replaces T4, the less active of the two thyroid hormones, and Shomon features new research on adding T3 -- the more potent thyroid hormone -- to treatment.)
    "With her down-to-earth, patient-centered approach, Shomon explains everything from how to choose a thyroid specialist to how calcium, antidepressants, and a high-fiber diet affect thyroid hormone absorption. The book includes a chapter on depression, which is a typical misdiagnosis of hypothyroidism -- as well as a symptom that often persists even after treatment. She also covers infertility (women who are hypothyroid don't ovulate as regularly and miscarry more frequently), and thyroid cancer, one of the less common causes of hypothyroidism. She explains how to spot hypothyroidism in kids, and ends with a glossary, international resources, and journal references.
    Shomon creates a sense of community by excerpting e-mails from her vast network of patients -- voices that bring a sense of humor so often missing from health books. One quibble: she could have avoided the antidoctor stance in the beginning of her book, where she blames physicians, rather than incomplete science, for the misdiagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism." -- Rebecca Taylor
    Mary Shomon Thyroid Website
    http://thyroid.about.com
    Untangling Thyroid Confusion, April 9, 2005
    "There is a little gland in your neck that can control your sex life, your weight, your energy and even your mood. But surprisingly, this gland (the thyroid), frequently gets out of whack. Of the 20 million Americans who have thyroid disorders, more than half don't realize it, according to the American Medical Women's Association. Does our diet affect the thyroid gland. Do prescription drugs or chemicals in our environment interfere with proper thyroid functioning? And how do we know when our thyroid is not working adequately? You will find out why it is important to look beyond the lab tests to the patient's symptoms to understand the story behind thyroid insufficiency. Guests: Kenneth Blanchard, M.D., Ph.D., is a board certified endocrinologist. Along with his private practice in Newton-Wellesley, Massachusetts, he also addresses many types of groups on the topic of hypothyroidism, and is considered an authority on the subject. He is the co-author of WHAT YOUR DOCTOR MAY NOT TELL YOU ABOUT HYPOTHYROIDISM: A SIMPLE PLAN FOR EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS. Mary Shomon is a patient advocate and author. Her books include LIVING WELL WITH HYPOTHYROIDISM and THE THYROID DIET: MANAGE YOUR METABOLISM FOR LASTING WEIGHT LOSS."
    http://www.peoplespharmacy.org/archives/radio_shows/538_untangling_thyroid_confusion.asp

    Starr, Mark, MD, Hypothyroidism Type 2: The Epidemic, ISBN: 9780975262405 0975262408.
    "Dr. Starr has written a clear and understandable explanation of why so many people today are suffering from hypothyroidism, despite normal blood tests that throw their doctors off the track. This book is a compilation of the overwhelming evidence that not only is the modern laboratory testing used to diagnose hypothyroidism completely inadequate, but also the current treatment for the illness is equally lacking efficacy.
    "Dr. Starr is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pain Medicine. He has studied with President Kennedy's famous pain specialist, Hans Kraus, M.D., and Lawrence S. Sonkin, Ph.D., renowned endocrinologist at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center." -- Publisher

    See also: Prescription Drugs With Dangers, The Pharmaceutical Industry, Big Pharma, Toxic and harmful substances, cancer, Oncology (cancer treatment), Correct diagnosis, Generic drugs, Depression, Physiological problems, Hypothyroidism, Correct diagnosis, The limits of modern medicine, The failure of the american medical system, What your doctor may not tell you, Prevention of disease, Medical ethics, Healthcare reform, Bad Relationships as a Cause of Disease and Death, Public health, Abortion and the sanctity of life, Vaccination, The aged, Patient advocacy, Vaccination, Attention deficit disorder (add) attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd), and so forth, and so on.

    Related WebLinks

    Broad Trends in Scientific Findings About Endocrine Disruption
    "Exposure is ubiquitous. All humans have been exposed, to varying amounts. Some have more exposure. Some have less. But no one has no exposure. No baby has been born for at least three decades without some exposure in the womb. Every person has several hundred novel chemicals in their body, chemicals not part of human body chemistry before the 20th century.
    "Laboratory experiments show that exposures have impacts at levels far lower than had been considered possible in traditional toxicology. The exquisite sensitivity of natural hormonal control to interference by endocrine disruptors will force many changes in regulations, as the current system is inadequate.
    "Many more hormone systems, perhaps all chemically-mediated message systems, are now known to be vulnerable to endocrine disruptors. The study of endocrine disruption began with a focus on compounds capable of mimicking or interfering with estrogen. Now science has revealed disruptors for almost every hormone system that has been studied. This includes other sex steroid hormones, like testosterone and progesterone, as well as thyroid and retinoids.
    "Many more compounds are now known to be powerful endocrine disruptors. This includes contemporary use of pesticides and a range of chemicals in widespread use in consumer products. The biggest surprise (except, perhaps, to the polymer chemists who invented them), is that certain plastics show endocrine-disrupting effects.
    "Human health effects of concern now include adult impacts of fetal exposure. This means, for example, that studies attempting to prove an association between adult levels of exposure and adult risk to disease or dysfunction do not test the most important potential links between endocrine disruptors and human health. We need studies of developmental exposure (especially fetal) in relation to risk, examined for all relevant life stages. For example, one of the greatest gaps in breast cancer research is that while many studies examine adult exposure and adult risk, none examine fetal or pubertal exposure and adult risk.
    "Human epidemiology is biased toward false negatives in the search for health effects of endocrine disruption. It will be exceedingly difficult, if not impossible, to establish scientific certainty of causation of many health problems in human, even though based on laboratory data it is likely that endocrine disruption is involved in a range of human diseases. Because the animal data demonstrate plausible, serious risks to human healths, this bias toward false negatives (a statistical term that means finding no association when in fact there is one) requires the application of the precautionary principle, using animal data as the guide."
    http://www.ourstolenfuture.org/NewScience/broadtrends.htm

    Environmental Endocrine Disruptors: What Health Care Providers Should Know
    http://www.psr.org/assets/pdfs/environmental-endocrine.pdf

    Fortnightly Review: Hypothyroidism: Screening and Subclinical Disease, (BMJ 1997;314:1175 [19 April])
    A clinical review that suggests any TSH above 2 may indicate failing function.
    http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/314/7088/1175

    Healthopedia.com (Hypothyroidism)
    http://www.healthopedia.com/hypothyroidism/

    Lowering Exposure to Endocrine Disruptors, July 14, 2011
    "The authors conclude that sticking with fresh food limits exposure to phthalates and BPA."
    http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/07/14/lowering-exposure-to-endocrine-disruptors/

    New Study Reveals Why 1 in 6 Hypothyroid Patients Still Feels bad on Levothyroxine, January 15, 2015
    "If you are intrigued by this thyroid discussion we think you will find our newly revised 25-page Guide to Thyroid Hormones of great interest. Not only does it go into much greater depth regarding treatment options, it provides information about thyroid testing that you may not find anyplace else.
    "Thyroid hormones are essential for normal body functioning. Getting the balance adjusted is a little like Goldilocks and the porridge; not too hot, not too cold, not too much and not too little. We want you to get it just right. Here is a link to our new guide."
    https://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2015/01/15/new-study-reveals-why-1-in-6-thyroid-patients-still-feels-bad-on-levothyroxine/

    Suspected Endocrine Toxicants
    http://www.scorecard.org/health-effects/chemicals-2.tcl?short_hazard_name=endo&all_p=t

    Thyroid Controversies, April 14, 2012
    "Thyroid dysfunction is extremely common, and the symptoms make a person miserable. They are often non-specific, however, and it sometimes takes a while for the big picture of thyroid disease to emerge from the details of fatigue, dry skin, constipation, heavy menstrual periods, hair loss and so forth."
    Contains related bibliography.
    http://edrv.endojournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/26/5/704

    Update of Newborn Screening and Therapy for Congenital Hypothyroidism
    Abstract: "Unrecognized congenital hypothyroidism leads to mental retardation. Newborn screening and thyroid therapy started within 2 weeks of age can normalize cognitive development. The primary thyroid-stimulating hormone screening has become standard in many parts of the world. However, newborn thyroid screening is not yet universal in some countries. Initial dosage of 10 to 15 µg/kg levothyroxine is recommended. The goals of thyroid hormone therapy should be to maintain frequent evaluations of total thyroxine or free thyroxine in the upper half of the reference range during the first 3 years of life and to normalize the serum thyroid-stimulating hormone concentration to ensure optimal thyroid hormone dosage and compliance.
    "Improvements in screening and therapy have led to improved developmental outcomes in adults with congenital hypothyroidism who are now in their 20s and 30s. Thyroid hormone regimens used today are more aggressive in targeting early correction of thyroid-stimulating hormone than were those used 20 or even 10 years ago. Thus, newborn infants with congenital hypothyroidism today may have an even better intellectual and neurologic prognosis. Efforts are ongoing to establish the optimal therapy that leads to maximum potential for normal development for infants with congenital hypothyroidism.
    "Remaining controversy centers on infants whose abnormality in neonatal thyroid function is transient or mild and on optimal care of very low birth weight or preterm infants. Of note, thyroid-stimulating hormone is not elevated in central hypothyroidism. An algorithm is proposed for diagnosis and management.
    "Physicians must not relinquish their clinical judgment and experience in the face of normal newborn thyroid test results. Hypothyroidism can be acquired after the newborn screening. When clinical symptoms and signs suggest hypothyroidism, regardless of newborn screening results, serum free thyroxine and thyroid-stimulating hormone determinations should be performed."
    The Wisconsin Newborn Screening Laboratory
    465 Henry Mall
    Madison WI 53706
    Phone: (608) 262-6547
    Fax: (608) 262-5494
    http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/117/6/2290

    Widespread Pollutants With Endocrine-disrupting Effects: Persistent Organohalogens
    An annotated listing of chemicals implicated in endocrine disruption.
    http://www.ourstolenfuture.org/Basics/chemlist.htm



    Depression

    See: Depression
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr2chb.html#dprsn



    Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

    Block, Mary Ann, No More Ritalin: Treating ADHD Without Drugs, ISBN: 1575661268 9781575661261 9781575662398,

    Du Plessis, Susan, and Jan Strydom, The Creators of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) on Trial: and of Youth Violence, the Drug Culture, Teen-age Promiscuity, the Wave of Teen Suicides and Illiteracy, ISBN: 1919751076 9781919751078.
    "Contents: The number of children being diagnosed with behavior disorders such as ADHD, conduct disorder and Tourette syndrome is multiplying. | Youth violence, alcohol and drug abuse, teenage promiscuity and teen suicides have become commonplace. | Learning disabilities and illiteracy are increasing at an alarming rate. | This book reveals the true causes of youth-related problems. | Parents will find that this book explains what they can do to overcome ADHD and other emotional and behavioral problems. | Biochemical imbalances or neurological disorders in the brain. | Artificial colors and flavors. | Vaccinations. | Heredity. | TV. | Peer pressure. | A frog in a pot. | The myth of ADHD. | A new interpretation of an old problem. | In search of a biological cause. | Based on a logical flaw. | The restoration of status and riddance of guilt feelings. | The smart pill. | Discouraging results. | Man must learn to be human. | The bandwagon that went to a funeral. | Man is dependent on learning. | Questions most frequently asked. | The decomposition of society. | Youth violence and delinquency -- our social toxin. | The frightening drug scene. | The epidemic of teen-age promiscuity. | The horror statistics of suicide. | The erosion of education. | The soulless roots of psychology and psychiatry. | Members of the psychological guild on the stand. | The roots of modern psychology and psychiatry. | The rise of modern psychology. | The revolt against morals. | Psychiatry helps to free man from his crippling burden. | Morality goes to pot. | Creating a drug culture. | Chaos in the classroom. | Beginning of the rising tide of mediocrity. | Affective education replaces intellectual education. | Making our sick children well. | More of the same. | The Mental Hygiene Movement joins the educational scene. | The heart of psychology and psychiatry. | The proof of the pudding. | The hidden agendas of the experts. | Man is more than an animal. | Physical needs are not man's only needs. | Freedom without limits is no freedom at all. | Nobody can replace a parent. | The three cornerstones of discipline. | Training for self-discipline and self-restraint. | The illogicalities of the humanists. | The promise of an eternal life. | The other side of the coin. | A compass for his life. | What love is and what it is not. | The gold of which the coin is made. | The keys to the Kingdom. | An alternative approach. | A pyramid of repetition must be constructed. | The stratified nature of learning. | The foundational skills of reading. | The stratified nature of concentration. | The interruption of intellectual traditions. | The road that conquers death. | Man's search for meaning. | When man's spiritual need is denied. | The religion of modern man. | The New Age Movement finds its way to America. | Questions and answers on discipline. | From theories to practice. | A program of hope. | The deterioration of our children. | A case study." -- Publisher

    Du Plessis, Susan, and Jan Strydom, The Myth of ADHD and Other Learning Disabilities: Parenting Without Ritalin, ISBN: 1563841800 9781563841804.
    "If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD or some other behavior disorder, be careful. This diagnosis might be false. . . . The authors of this book explain how parents can teach their children the skills of concentration and self-control without drugging them into submission. Book jacket." -- Publisher
    Contents:

    1. A Frog in a Pot 13
    2. The Myth of ADHD 22
    3. The "Smart Pill" 39
    4. Man Must Learn to Be Human 47
    5. Questions Most Frequently Asked 59
    6. The Decomposition of Society 68
    7. The Soulless Roots of Psychology and Psychiatry 92
    8. The Revolt against Morals 110
    9. Chaos in the Classroom 130
    10. The "Heart" of Psychology and Psychiatry 151
    11. Man Is More Than an Animal 167
    12. Training for Self-discipline and Self-restraint 191
    13. The Other Side of the Coin 207
    14. The Keys to the Kingdom 216
    15. The Stratified Nature of Learning 228
    16. The Road That Conquers Death 242
    17. The "Religion" of Modern Man 254
    18. Questions and Answers on Discipline 264
    19. From Theories to Practice / Susan du Plessis 281.
    Hallowell, Edward M. and John J. Ratey, Delivered From Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life With Attention Deficit Disorder, ISBN: 0345442318 9780345442314.
    "Medication? Maybe. Marry the right person and find the right job? A must if you are an adult suffering from ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). So say psychiatrists Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey, authors of the influential DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION, published in 1994. In their new book, DELIVERED FROM DISTRACTION, Hallowell and Ratey survey the current medical landscape concerning ADD, combining their own clinical observations with the latest research to paint a much more complex and, in many ways, positive picture of the condition than has generally been presented.
    "Hallowell and Ratey embrace the idea that success in life comes more from playing to your strengths than overcoming your weaknesses. In the case of a person with ADD (child or adult), these strengths often include unusually high levels of creativity, charisma, intelligence, and energy. The authors insist that, while medication and other treatments can sometimes work wonders in reducing limitations, surrounding yourself with people who promote these positive traits, be they in your personal or professional life, is the single most important element to living well with ADD. As both Hallowell and Ratey are not only experts in the field, but "ADDers" themselves, the tips and stories they share for how to do so are fresh, funny, and far more helpful than tired arguments over drugs verse no drugs or whether there's even such a thing as ADD at all." -- Patrick Jennings
    Hallowell Center and Hallowell Connections
    The Hallowell Center was founded by Dr. Edward M. Hallowell and specializes in the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Worry/Anxiety, and Child Learning Disabilities.
    http://www.drhallowell.com/

    Martin, Grant L., The Attention Deficit Child, ISBN: 1564767205 9781564767202.

    Martin, Grant L., The Hyperactive Child, ISBN: 0896930688 9780896930681,
    "This book will identify the symptoms and causes of hyperactivity in children, improve the way you deal with your child at home, and devise appropriate educational strategies at school and home to manage this condition." -- Publisher

    Strydom, Jan, Susan du Plessis, and Benetta Strydom, The Bible's way to Victory Over ADHD and Other Childhood Challenges
    "A free online book, providing sound answers on preventing and overcoming behavioral, emotional and learning problems, including ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder), Conduct Disorder and Tourette's Syndrome."
    http://www.audiblox2000.com/onlinebook/index.htm
    E-mail: benetta@mweb.co.za

    Related WebLinks

    Simplifying Childhood may Protect Against Mental Health Issues
    "Payne conducted a study in which he simplified the lives of children with attention deficit disorder. Within four short months 68 per cent went from being clinically dysfunctional to clinically functional. The children also displayed a 37 per cent increase in academic and cognitive aptitude, an effect not seen with commonly prescribed drugs like Ritalin...."
    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/tracy-gillett/children-mental-health_b_9400848.html



    Eating Disorders

    But he answered and said: It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 4:4)

    Excess in meat and drink clouds the mind, chokes good affections, and provokes lust. Many a man digs his own grave with his teeth. -- Thomas Manton

    Eagleton, Henry, Counseling and Conceptualizing the Bulimic From a Biblical Perspective (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Theological Seminary, D.Min. thesis, 1986).
    Includes bibliography.

    Fitzpatrick, Elyse, More Than Bread: A Workbook for Women who Struggle With Eating. Available from Institute of Biblical Counseling and Discipleship, 3495 College Ave., San Diego, CA, 92115; 619-582-5554.
    "A workbook that addresses ungodly eating habits, both the obvious behaviors and the typical motives of the heart that produce such behavior. Addresses three main categories of sinful eating: overeating, anorexia, and bulimia." -- David Powlison
    Institute of Biblical Counseling and Discipleship (formerly CCEF West)
    http://www.ibcd.org/

    Vath, Raymond E., Counseling Those With Eating Disorders, ISBN: 0849905834 9780849905834.
    "This is not a 'how-to-treat' book but rather one that explains the attitudes and principles that have been effective in treating over 200 eating disorder cases of anorexia nervosa and bulimia. Part I deals with the nature, causes and consequences while Part II deals with the treatment." -- GCB
    Includes bibliography and index.
    "Dr. Vath, who is a Psychiatrist, approaches the counseling of eating disorders from the perspective of a strong, working faith in the principles of Christian teaching. He speaks from a position of having counseled over a hundred patients in their recovery from anorexia.
    "His book also deals in a lesser extent with bulimia, especially as it sometimes may be an adjunct of the recovering anorexic.
    "Dr. Vath's book is very readable and insightful. I would recommend it for any person who has any family member or close acquaintance with the disorder. -- Reader's Comment

    Welch, Edward T., Eating Disorders: The Quest for Thinness, ISBN: 9781934885499 1934885495.

    See also: Fasting, Sexual relationship, Spiritual adultery (spiritual whoredom/harlotry), Idolatry, syncretism, Sexual wholeness, Carnality and flesh pleasing: lust, desires, ambition, Obesity and gluttony, Habits, Self, selfishness, self-esteem, Self-destruction, Nutrition, nutriceuticals, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Bad Relationships as a Cause of Disease and Death, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 3199



    Dental Care

    "Strict dental hygiene and the use of fluoride toothpaste will stop tooth decay." (Dental Cavities, Wikipedia)
    "The old GV Black principle of 'extension for prevention' [extension of fillings into good portions of a tooth to prevent possible future decay -- compiler], is no longer valid, and natural tooth structure should be preserved and retained as far as possible." (Minimal Intervention Dentistry) Nothing is better than the natural tooth. All dental treatment should be limited to preserving the natural tooth -- no unnecessary "drilling and filling" or "pulling and implanting."

    The challenge that corporate healthcare in America is unable to meet is "how to maintain ever increasing compensation for healthcare [shareholders and medical professionals -- compiler], while the population becomes healthier."

    Related WebLinks

    Bruxism [Teeth Grinding], in Wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruxism

    Colgate Dental Resource Center
    Seems to be a good basic resources.
    http://www.colgate.com/

    Dental Caries
    Strict dental hygiene and the use of fluoride toothpaste will stop tooth decay.
    "Arrested caries describes a lesion on a tooth which was previously demineralized but was remineralized before causing a cavitation. Using fluoride treatments can help with recalcification. . . .
    "A person experiencing caries may not be aware of the disease. The earliest sign of a new carious lesion is the appearance of a chalky white spot on the surface of the tooth, indicating an area of demineralization of enamel. This is referred to as incipient decay. As the lesion continues to demineralize, it can turn brown but will eventually turn into a cavitation ('cavity'). Before the cavity forms, the process is reversible, but once a cavity forms, the lost tooth structure cannot be regenerated. [citation needed]. A lesion which appears brown and shiny suggests dental caries were once present but the demineralization process has stopped, leaving a stain. A brown spot which is dull in appearance is probably a sign of active caries." -- Dental Caries Wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dental_cavities

    The Dental Fillings Cover-up and the FDA, Greg Gordon, July 27, 2015
    "Senior U.S. health officials have squelched a Food and Drug Administration proposal that for the first time would have curbed dentists' use of mercury -- one of the planet's nastiest toxins, because it attacks the central nervous system -- in treating Americans' decayed teeth."
    http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2015/07/27/the-dental-fillings-cover-up-and-the-fda/

    The Dentist Reviews
    http://www.thedentistreviews.com/

    Healing Teeth Naturally
    "There are a number of fundamental flaws and problems with the dental paradigm of drilling and filling as shown in the following (not necessarily exhaustive) list of the damage done or potentially done by these apparently self-evident everyday acts (and yes, such damage can include . . . death).
    "Last but far from least -- dentists' diagnoses far more often than not are wrong. See: "Ten Dentists -- Ten Diagnoses:" Studies Into Misdiagnoses or the Quality, Honesty and Reproducibility of Dentists' Treatment Plans, and "Your Dentist's Treatment Plan and Diagnosis. . . Honest and Reproducible or Influenced by Financial Interests? Further Research Into Honesty and Quality of Dentists' Treatment Decisions."
    http://www.healingteethnaturally.com/drilling-filling-risks-damages-dangers.html

    Is Mouth Guard a Health Menace? August 20, 2012
    "BPA (bisphenol A) is an estrogen-like chemical that has been used in a variety of hard plastic products. The FDA recently ruled that children's drinking cups and baby bottles can no longer contain BPA because of concerns about the potential for hormone disruption.
    "Dental night guards are designed to protect teeth from grinding during sleep (bruxism). They are often made of hard clear plastic, but it is not easy to determine if they contain BPA. Although dental associations reassure patients that there is no reason to worry about BPA exposure from dental materials, you could ask your dentist to acquire BPA-free night guards.
    "Otherwise, replace your mouth guard more frequently, since BPA is released more readily from plastic that has undergone wear."
    http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/08/20/is-mouth-guard-a-health-menace/

    Minimal Intervention Dentistry
    "It is now recognised that it is quite possible to heal a lesion on the enamel surface providing it has not progressed. For the enamel surface, providing it has not progressed to surface breakdown and cavitation. As long as the surface is smooth, it can be remineralised through the use of fluoride and/or casein phosphopeptides with amorphous calcium phosphate nanocomplexes (CPP-ACP). The latter will penetrate into the porosities in demineralised enamel and effectively restore the white spot lesion to the full depth of the lesion.
    "For demineralised dentine, providing there is still some level of mineral attached to the collagen matrix, it is sufficient to isolate the lesion from further bacterial activity with a bioactive restorative material, and it will remineralise to a considerable degree.
    "This means that the old GV Black principle of "extension for prevention" is no longer valid and natural tooth structure should be preserved and retained as far as possible.
    "It must be noted that, in permanent teeth, it may take up to four years for demineralisation to penetrate the full thickness of the proximal enamel and develop surface cavitation, and a further four years to reach the pulp."
    http://www.midentistry.org/grid.html

    Minimal Intervention Dentistry
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimal_intervention_dentistry

    Saving Your Teeth and Protecting Your Wallet. What You Need to Know About Bruxism (Teeth Grinding and Clenching), Lee Weinstein
    http://StopGrinding.com/FreeBook.htm

    Universal numbering system (dental)
    Permanent Teeth:
    upper left upper right 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
    lower left lower right 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_numbering_system_(dental)



    Handicapped and Disabled

    See the Theological Notes: "The Image of God," at Genesis 1:27 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    Adams, Jay E., Accepting Retarded Children; Handling Troubles; and etc. (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette JA409 [audio file].

    Dean, Chuck, NAM VET: Making Peace With Your Past, ISBN: 0967937108 9780967937106.
    "Dean is executive director of Point Man International, a non-profit support organization dedicated to healing war wounds of Vietnam veterans. He was among the first combat troops to be sent to Vietnam.
    "This book is a shocker. Listen to these statistics: More Vietnam veterans have committed suicide since 1975 than were killed in the war itself. The divorce rate of Nam vets is 90 percent. One out of four combat veterans make less than $7000 a year." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    "Veterans are entering the 21st century, and for many, Vietnam has never ended. Why do so many suffer from flashbacks, depression, rage, substance abuse, and nightmares? Author and Vietnam veteran Chuck Dean has helped thousands find peace and spiritual healing." -- Publisher
    Point Man International Ministries (800) 877-VETS
    http://www.pointmanintl.org/

    Ikeler, Bernard, Parenting Your Disabled Child, ISBN: 0664240445 9780664240448.
    "Assesses the process of healing that occurs 'after one is willing to share the pain with others, rather than suffer in isolation.' Anyone who has directly experienced or lived in a family with a disability will find this must reading. It provided me, as a professional, with valuable new insight into dealing with my disabled parents." -- Robin Line

    Kelly, William E. (editor), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the War Veteran Patient, ISBN: 0876303866 9780876303863.
    "Provides counselors and therapists with a comprehensive blueprint for conceptualizing and treating war veterans' stress disorders. Concludes with the most comprehensive reading list on this subject yet assembled. Excellent coverage." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Newman, Gene, and Joni Eareckson Tada, All God's Children: Ministry With Disabled Persons, ISBN: 0310593816 9780310593812.
    "Handbook for pastors, elders, ministry leaders, and lay people who want to minister to people with disabilities. This edition is extensively revised, especially the chapters on hearing-impaired persons and on getting a disability ministry started. The resource lists have been expanded and brought up to date.
    "Statistics show that only 5 percent of churches have an outreach to disabled persons and that 95 percent of the people who have disabilities are not active in any church. Why not? In many cases, churches are newly coming to awareness of the need for disability ministry but have no idea how to start or what's involved. ALL GOD'S CHILDREN is a handbook for pastors, elders, ministry leaders, and laypeople who want to minister to people with disabilities. It is a book to equip churches for ministry to those who are mentally retarded, learning disabled, hearing impaired, visually impaired, or otherwise physically disabled. This edition is extensively revised, especially the chapters on hearing-impaired persons and on getting a disability ministry started. The resource lists have been expanded and brought up to date.
    "Joni Eareckson Tada is the founder of Joni and Friends, an organization accelerating Christian outreach in the disability community that numbers 610 million people worldwide. This organization operates out of the new Joni and Friends International Disability Center located in Agoura, California. Joni is not only an international disability advocate, but an artist and the author of numerous best-selling books, including Diamonds in the Dust, More Precious Than Silver, the Platinum award-winning Joni, Heaven: Your Real Home, When God Weeps, and The God I Love." -- Publisher

    *Tada, Joni Eareckson, Choices: Changes, ISBN: 0720806453 9780720806458.
    "This book covers three major choices made in the past eight years that dramatically changed Joni's life: her movie, ministry, and marriage. She has learned the sovereignty of God in her suffering. There may be no finer book on spiritual growth in the life of a person with a major physical handicap." -- GCB

    *Tada, Joni Eareckson, Friendship Unlimited: How you can Help a Disabled Friend, ISBN: 0877882886 9780877882886.
    "Joni gives positive guidance on building deeper, more understanding relationships with the disabled people we come in contact with each day. This important book contains sections on what to say, when to offer help, how to deal with the common fears and reservations in relationship, and how to be an encouraging friend." -- GCB

    Tada, Joni Eareckson, and Steve Estes, A Step Further: Growing Closer to God Through Hurt and Hardship, ISBN: 0310239710 9780310239710.
    "Joni has written candidly and simply about one of the knottiest questions of human existence, that of the meaning of suffering. Her own trust illuminates every page." -- Elisabeth Elliot

    Tada, Joni Eareckson, C. Everett, M.D. (foreword), When is it Right to Die?: Suicide, Euthanasia, Suffering, Mercy, ISBN: 0310585708 9780310585701.
    "This book argues against the practice of euthanasia from a decidedly Christian point of view. Tada bases her arguments on the implication that euthanasia is the 'ultimate expression of selfishness' and that persons entertaining such thoughts are being tempted by the forces of evil. While Tada is undeniably self-righteous in tone, readers should note that she writes with personal authority, having been paralyzed in a diving accident in her teens. Libraries seeking to balance their euthanasia collections should consider this for purchase, along with Robert Wennberg's similarly argued TERMINAL CHOICES (LJ 11/15/89). . . . See also: David Cundiff's EUTHANASIA IS NOT THE ANSWER. . . ." -- -Jennifer Amador, Central State Hospital Medical Library, Petersburg, VA, in the Library Journal
    "Joni Eareckson Tada is president of Joni and Friends, a ministry to disabled people. A presidential appointee to the National Council on Disability, she has served as a political activist on disability-related issues. She explores the issues surrounding euthanasia in more depth. . . ." -- Discipleship Journal

    Terrell, Hilton P., and Franklin E. Payne (editors), Journal of Biblical Ethics in Medicine, Volumes 1-4: 1987-1990, ISSN: 1050-3404. Available from Covenant Enterprises, P.O. Box 14488, Augusta, GA 30919-0488.
    "The JBEM was founded to bring biblical thinking to bear on medical issues. This book collects the first four years worth of articles, and includes a general index and an index of Scripture references. (A second volume, containing the next 4 years, is forthcoming). Many articles are relevant to matters that come up in counseling ministry, matters about which counselors will want to offer informed advice." -- David Powlison
    Journal of Biblical Ethics in Medicine
    http://capo.org/jbem/intro_pa.htm

    See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Physiological problems, Emotions and health, Joy, Patients, self-control, Patient advocacy, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Spiritual adultery (spiritual whoredom/harlotry), Idolatry, syncretism, Sexual wholeness, Bad Relationships as a Cause of Disease and Death, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 940, 500-511, 1527, 1541

    Related WebLinks

    Disability Net
    http://www.disabilitynetwork.com/

    Joni and Friends
    http://www.joniandfriends.org

    Journal of Biblical Ethics in Medicine
    http://capo.org/jbem/intro_pa.htm

    Point Man International Ministries
    (P.O. Box 339, Sheridan, MI 48884-0339)
    (800) 877-VETS, (517) 831-5215, (517) 831-5216 -- FAX (800) 877-VETS - Hotline.
    Counsel for military veterans.
    Point Man International Ministries
    http://www.pointmanintl.org/

    Segway Human Transport
    http://www.segway.com/



    The Aged

    And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you. (Isaiah 46:4)

    They shall still bring forth fruit in old age. (Psalm 92:14a)

    The truest lengthening of life is to live while we live, wasting no time but using every hour for the highest ends. So be it this day. -- C.H. Spurgeon

    Pray that thy last days, and last works may be the best; and that when thou comest to die, thou mayest have nothing else to do but die. -- Vavasor Powell

    Understand well that passive obedience is that which God calleth you to in your age and weakness, and in which you must serve and honour him in the conclusion of your labour. When you are unfit for any great or public works, and active obedience hath not opportunity to exercise itself as heretofore, it is then as acceptable to God that you honour him by patient suffering. And therefore it is a great error of them that wish for the death of all that are impotent, decrepit, and bedrid, as if they were utterly unserviceable to God. I tell you, it is no small service that they may do, not only by their prayers, and their secret love to God, but by being examples of faith, and patience, and heavenly mindedness, and confidence and joy in God, to all about them. Grudge not then if God will thus employ you. -- Richard Baxter

    Finding a geriatrician may not be easy. Remember, there is a shortage, and it will only get worse over the next several years. Nevertheless, the American Geriatrics Society is a nonprofit group of health professionals 'devoted to improving the health, independence and quality of life of all older people.' The website www.americangeriatrics.org has a referral search system that will allow you to find a geriatrics health care provider in many communities. There is also a printed list available by calling 1-800-247-4779. -- Top Screwups Doctors Make and how to Avoid Them, page 152

    Top 10 Tips for Surviving Old Age
    1. Make sure your doctor likes older people.
    2. Find a good geriatrician.
    3. Ask about special dosing requirements.
    4. Beware bad drugs (check the Beers List).
    5. Avoid anticholinergic drugs if possible.
    6. Minimize the number of drugs you take.
    7. Seek nondrug treatment when practical.
    8. Be assertive.
    9. Have an advocate.
    10. Stay active. -- Top Screwups Doctors Make and how to Avoid Them, page 167

    Adams, Jay E., Am I Too Old to Change? (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette JA410 [audio file].

    Alexander, Archibald (1772-1851), Thoughts on Religious Experience: To Which is Added an Appendix, Containing "Letters to the Aged," ISBN: 079050846X 9780790508467, 338 pages.
    Contains counsel for widows and widowers (329-38).

    *Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), The Saint's Everlasting Rest: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 3, ISBN: 187761128X 9781877611285. A Christian classic.
    "Third in the four-volume set. Includes The Saint's Everlasting Rest; Treatise of Self-Denial; The Life of Faith; Obedient Patience, and many more. Over 1000 pages." -- GCB
    "This is the greatest treatment on Heaven ever to appear! . . ." -- Wilbur M. Smith.
    The Saints' Everlasting Rest, (singly) Richard Baxter, edited by Benjamin Fawcett
    "Discusses the nature, excellencies, design, rejection, necessity, of the Saints' rest. Calls us to live the heavenly life now." -- GCB
    The Saints' Everlasting Rest, Richard Baxter, edited by Benjamin Fawcett
    http://www.ccel.org/b/baxter/everlasting_rest/saints_rest.html

    *Becker, Arthur H., Ministry With Older Persons: A Guide for Clergy and Congregations, ISBN: 0806621966 9780806621968.
    "One of the most helpful works of its kind. Covers all of the issues in a most practical manner. Shows how those in the church may restore the dignity of the aged and help them in their declining years." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Deane, Barbara, Caring for Your Aging Parents: When Love is not Enough, ISBN: 0891095780 9780891095781.
    The author is a co-founder of Christian Caregivers. "Furnishes the support and advice caregivers need to provide good care -- without burning out in the process." Helpful reference lists.
    The Caregiver's Handbook
    http://www.seniormag.com/caregiver-handbook.pdf

    DeBardeleben, Martha Graves, and Jay Adams (foreword), Fear's Answers: Case History in Nouthetic Counseling, ISBN: 087552236X 9780875522364.
    " 'It was the summer of 1970. I had already discarded my faith in psychology as the source of truth and remedy for the human dilemma. I was more and more finding in God's Word the answers. I was introduced to Jay Adams and his systematizing of Scripture as it applies to the problems of everyday living. I was thrilled to find that Dr. Adams' discoveries both paralleled and went far beyond my own.' Then in 1978 a 78 year old woman with pain, fear, depression, manipulation, hallucinations comes to live with the author. They speak biblically about pride, anger, fear, self-centeredness and lack of trust in God, instead of saying she needs her delusions and is too old for truth. 'What was most crucial in her recovery was that because she had a loving Savior, she could dare face the truth about herself'." -- David Powlison

    Fick, D.M., et al., Updating the BEERS Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication use in Older Adults: Results of the US Consensus Panel of Experts, Arch. Intern. Med. 2003; 163:2716-2724. ISSN: 0003-9926, Unique Identifier: 4637607746.
    The BEERS criteria were revised in 2003.
    The American Geriatrics Association 2012 Beers Criteria
    A listing of medications that should be avoided by persons over 65 years of age.
    http://www.americangeriatrics.org/files/documents/beers/2012BeersCriteria_JAGS.pdf

    Gillies, John, A Guide to Caring for and Coping With Aging Parents, ISBN: 0840757727 9780840757722.
    "A sensitive, loving, and practical approach to the issues that face the middle-aged whose parents can no longer lead independent lives." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Gordon, Burgess L., Understanding and Promoting the Resources of Aging People: A Guide to Care, Proper Environment, and Well Being.
    "Describes the conditions that affect the health of the aged. Written more for those who work extensively with senior citizens, this work nevertheless brings into sharp focus the unique needs of the elderly." -- Cyril J. Barber
    The Caregiver's Handbook
    http://www.seniormag.com/caregiver-handbook.pdf

    Grant, George, The Dispossessed: Homelessness in America, ISBN: 0891074112: 9780891074113.
    "Grant has a solution to the problem of the homeless that really works. How does he know his ideas work; he practices them. He says that the Bible speaks directly to this problem. The answer is not more government control. His ideas on homelessness and social policy are really different." -- Publisher
    Institute for Christian Economics Freebooks.com
    http://www.freebooks.com/

    Harris, J. Gordon, Biblical Perspectives on Aging: God and the Elderly, ISBN: 9780789035370 0789035375.
    "The elderly are frequently an embarrassment to their children who do not know what to do with them. Often the responsibility for their care is placed upon one family member or they are placed in a retirement home. This book will be an important reference work and resource guide for those who seek a connection between the Biblical text and the needs of their parents." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Hendricks, William L., A Theology for Aging, ISBN: 0805417125 9780805417128.
    "Writing from an evangelical perspective, Hendricks discusses undergirding one's approach to death with confidence. His material is ably supported by Scripture. His conclusions are wholesome. The result is a well articulated treatise on the physical, mental, financial, and emotional pressures aging people face. Recommended." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Hyer, Leon, Trauma Among Older People: Issues and Treatment, ISBN: 1583910816 9781583910818.
    "This is the definitive work on PTSD with the aged. What makes this book so praiseworthy is a combination of clarity, extensiveness, and insight. By insight, I mean that the authors know when to lay out the full range of accepted diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and when to admit the limitations of what is currently accepted. What is especially refreshing here is the discernment and decision making: looking at the patient's personality and situation in order to decide what kind of treatment approach to use." -- Clinical Gerontologist, Volume 24, No. 4
    "This book fills a gaping hole in the field . . . The ideas are very much mainstream, but they are also cutting edge and articulated very clearly. The emphasis on personality and individual differences is much needed, especially as applied to people who have lived with the disorder for years and years." -- Don R. Catherall, Ph.D., Northwestern University Medical School
    "The elderly are often isolated by age and social biases, and this lends itself to increased trauma, violence and neglect. Until recent years we have not even had resources and laws/procedures to report elderly abuse, having to rely on the language and format of child abuse while making appropriate adjustments for age and circumstance. Experts in domestic violence cite rapidly growing numbers of victims among the elderly, often in long-term marriages." -- The World Pastoral Care Center

    Koenig, Harold G., Research on Religion and Aging: An Annotated Bibliography, ISBN: 0313294275 9780313294273.

    Liponis, Mark, UltraLongevity: The Seven-Step Program for a Younger, Healthier You, 304 pages, ISBN: 0316017280 9780316017282.
    "Medical director of the world-famous Canyon Ranch Health Resorts, Dr. Mark Liponis presents his extraordinary new idea: that aging and aging-related diseases -- including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes -- are autoimmune problems, and that a well-managed immune system is the key to healthy aging. Cutting-edge research makes ULTRALONGEVITY the first and only book to explore aging within the context of the immune system, and it will change the way we look at health forever. Starting with a quiz -- 'How Fast Are You Aging?' -- Liponis explains the new science, lays out an accessible and proven 7-step program with an 8-day meal plan, and motivates readers to put the program into practice so that they can keep their minds sharp, become more physically fit, be more resistant to infections and disease, and feel and stay younger than they ever imagined. Through the UltraLongevity program, Liponis promises more than a long life; he promises a long, healthy life.
    "Mark Liponis, MD, Corporate Medical Director of Canyon Ranch Resorts. His previous book, with Dr. Mark Hyman, was Ultraprevention." -- Publisher
    "What an awesome and practical anti-aging program! Dr. Liponis's approach to longevity is based on proven technological breakthroughs supported by hundreds of studies. This is the best original thinking I have seen in decades!" -- Stephen T. Sinatra, MD, FACC, CNS, co-author of REVERSE HEART DISEASE NOW
    "UltraLongevity is a treasure -- it's loaded with exactly the kind of information everyone needs to live well and vibrantly-for as long as possible." -- Christiane Northrup, MD, author of WOMEN'S BODIES, WOMEN'S WISDOM
    "An insightful, simplified, and integrated approach to achieving optimal health, wellness, and longevity." -- Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the United States
    "What do breathing, eating, sleeping, loving, soothing, enhancing, and dancing accomplish? They are the seven things you can do to change your life for the younger (and better).
    "Recent scientific research indicates that by paying attention to your immune system, you can control the aging process. . . .
    "Talk about your interesting book. It is chock full of great information that inspires you to better living. He gives just enough details to make various lifestyle changes not only reasonable, but feasible. . . .
    "My chief complaint about this book is the great amount of time he spent in the netherworld of evolution. The science of the immune system was quite possibly spot on, but it was absolutely unnecessary to continue to state over and over again how it evolved over millions of years. A reference or two I wouldn't even mention, but the evolution horse was beaten dead. Regardless, there is a great amount of useful information in the rest of the book and I intend to put it to use. . . ." This is a great resource for those experiencing an overactive immune system and those who hope not to." -- Reader's Comment

    Mack, Wayne A., Peculiar Problems and Blessings of old age. An audio file.

    Maves, Paul B., Faith for the Older Years: Making the Most of Life's Second Half, ISBN: 0806621958 9780806621951.
    "In a warm style Maves shares his knowledge and experience as a lifelong student of aging and as a senior citizen." -- William E. Hulme
    Includes biography, pp. 185-189.

    McColley, D., Physical and Spiritual Care of the Terminally Ill.

    *McCormick, Tom, and Penny McCormick, Nursing Home Ministry, ISBN: 0934688087 9780934688086.
    "Previously published by Great Commission Publications. This manual for working with the institutionalized elderly is intended primarily for use by Christians who wish to carry on a Christian ministry." -- Publisher

    Norris, Bill, What the Bible Says About Growing Old, ISBN: 0899002587 9780899002583.

    Riekse, Robert J., and Henry Holstege, The Christian Guide to Parent Care, ISBN: 0842305440 9780842305440.
    "Addresses the needs of aging parents while offering support for caretakers." -- Publisher

    Rutecki, G.W., Rationing Medical Care to the Elderly Revisited: Futility as a Just Criterion, ISSN: 1050-3404.

    Sherouse, Deborah L. Professional's Handbook on Geriatric Alcoholism, ISBN: 0398048282 9780398048280.

    Smick, Timothy S., et al., Eldercare for the Christian Family: What to do When a Loved one Becomes Dependent, ISBN: 0849907195 9780849907197.
    "This book explores all the dynamics of caregiving -- planning, financing, burnout, and blessing -- and enables grown children to select the most comprehensive care plan for their loved ones. It is full of practical advice and spiritual insights." -- GCB

    Watson, David, Fear no Evil: One man Deals With Terminal Illness, ISBN: 0802725406 9780802725400.
    "FEAR NO EVIL is the conquest of death -- not by looking away from it, nor by being shielded from it, but by facing it squarely and going down into it knowing that for a believer it is the vestibule of glory. Watson died peacefully one month after completing this book." -- GCB
    "David Watson candidly shares his journey from "life to life" in a comforting and encouraging manner. With the Lord as his travelling companion, Watson reveals the most important pursuit given to humanity -- to seek God's face." -- Reader's Comment

    Word Publishing, God's Promises for the Golden Years, ISBN: 0849951704 9780849951701.
    "It is a collection of verses from God's inspired Word, organized into topics that address the issues faced by those in mid-life and beyond. This superbly organized, thoughtful collection responds to many areas of interest and concern. . . ." -- CRM

    See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Prescription Drugs With Dangers, The Pharmaceutical Industry, Big Pharma, Toxic and harmful dubstances, cancer, Generic drugs, Depression, Hypothyroidism, Correct diagnosis, Bad Relationships as a Cause of Disease and Death, The limits of modern medicine, The failure of the american medical system, Medical ethics, Ethics, Computer Ethics, Cyberethics Healthcare reform, Public health, Patient advocacy, Prevention of disease, Sexual relationship, Spiritual adultery (spiritual whoredom/harlotry), Idolatry, syncretism, Sexual wholeness, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 2191-2195

    Related WebLinks

    The American Geriatrics Association 2012 Beers Criteria
    A listing of medications that should be avoided by persons over 65 years of age.
    http://www.americangeriatrics.org/files/documents/beers/2012BeersCriteria_JAGS.pdf

    American Heart Association Stroke Hospital Locator
    Find the nearest stroke certified hospital.
    http://maps.heart.org/quality/

    Cardiac Stem Cells Show Promise, November 17, 2011
    "There's good news and bad news in the field of stem cell research. A small, preliminary study of patients with heart failure showed that cardiac stem cells can improve the heart's ability to pump blood. Cardiac surgeons removed a bit of heart tissue during bypass surgery or biopsy. Cardiac stem cells were coaxed from that tissue and later injected into the heart. Even years after the original damage, the cardiac stem cells were able to develop new heart cells and improve overall heart function. Some experts think this discovery is a major advance in the treatment of heart failure, but much more research will be needed to see whether the results in these fourteen heart patients can be generalized to a wider population." (The Lancet, Nov. 14, 2011)
    http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/11/17/cardiac-stem-cells-show-promise/

    The Caregiver's Handbook
    http://www.seniormag.com/caregiver-handbook.pdf

    The David Drew Clinic
    "Providing the highest level of preventive medical diagnosis in the world today." They have opted out of Medicare. A complete physical is about $3,000 to $4,000. Primarily a service for top executives. (See: Should I be Tested for Cancer? by H. Gilbert Welch.)
    Some authorities have advised against such extensive medical testing for a variety of reason: the inherent risks of many of the tests themselves, of X-rays, body CT-scans, stress tests, dyes used, and so forth and so on.
    http://daviddrew.com/

    ElderWeb
    http://www.elderweb.org/

    Family Caregiver Alliance
    http://www.caregiver.org/

    Healthy Aging, April 30, 2011
    "Getting to a ripe old age may mean you have good genes and luck on your side, along with a healthy lifestyle. But as people accumulate birthdays, the medical system may undermine their vitality and independence.
    "Ageism in health care may mean that older people are pigeonholed and not offered care that is best for them. Many medications that are safe for younger adults can be dangerous for an older person. How can you protect your parents (or yourself) from prescriptions that cause problems?
    "Guest: Mark S. Lachs, MD, M.P.H. is Professor of Medicine and Co-Chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He is also director of Cornell's Center for Aging Research and Clinical Care and Director of Geriatrics for the New York-Presbyterian Health System. He is the author of TREAT ME, NOT MY AGE: A DOCTOR'S GUIDE TO GETTING THE BEST CARE AS YOU OR A LOVED ONE GETS OLDER. His website is www.treatmenotmyage.com.
    http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/04/30/811-healthy-aging/

    Healthopedia.com (Alzheimers)
    http://www.healthopedia.com/alzheimers-disease/

    How to Prevent Alzheimer Disease
    "A multifactorial approach, looking at many lifestyle components and biochemical markers, may offer the best chance to prevent Alzheimer disease."
    http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2016/08/22/how-to-prevent-alzheimer-disease/

    Medical Debt Among People With Health Insurance, Karen Pollitz, et al., (The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation), Jan 07, 2014
    "Medical bills are a leading cause of personal bankruptcy in the U.S., contributing to 62 percent of personal bankruptcies in 2007. Most who filed for medical bankruptcy that year were well educated, owned homes, and had middle-class occupations. Three quarters had health insurance." (David Himmelstein, et al., "Medical Bankruptcy in the United States, 2007: Results of a National Study," The American Journal of Medicine, Volume 122, Issue 8, August 2009)
    http://kff.org/report-section/medical-debt-among-people-with-health-insurance-consequences-of-medical-debt/

    National Stroke Association
    Learn the signs of stroke.
    http://www.stroke.org/

    PSA Screening Still Puzzling, March 15, 2012
    "Prostate cancer screening with a PSA test may not save lives. The prostate specific antigen or PSA test has been controversial for years. Many doctors have relied on the PSA test to help identify men who may have prostate cancer that requires treatment. Recently, though, experts have been debating the value of this screening test. The Preventive Services Task Force recommended that healthy men forego routine PSA screening because it doesn't save lives and may lead to unnecessary interventions. Now a study from Europe shows that the test can help with prostate cancer detection and reduce deaths from the cancer. But the overall mortality rate was the same for men who were screened and those who were not."
    http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/03/15/psa-screening-still-puzzling/



    Death

    See the Theological Notes: "Salvation," at Acts 4:12 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes: "The Resurrection of Jesus," at Luke 24:2 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes: "Resurrection and Glorification," at 1 Corinthians 15:21 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes: "Death and the Intermediate State," at Philippians 1:23 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)

    Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:1-3)

    But whatsoever is the cause of the wicked's resurrection, this sufficeth to the saints' comfort, that resurrection to glory is only the fruit of Christ's death: and this fruit they shall certainly partake of. The promise is sure: All that are in their graves shall hear his voice, and come forth, John v. 28 [John 5:28]. And this is the Father's will which hath sent Christ, that of all which he hath given him he should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day, John vi. 39 [John 6:39]; and that every one that believeth on the Son may have everlasting life, and he will raise him up at the last day, ver. 40 [John 6:40] . . . . If his death immediately raised the dead bodies of many saints in Jerusalem; if he gave power to his apostles to raise the dead; then what doubt of our resurrection? And thus, Christian, thou seest that, Christ having sanctified the grave by his burial, and conquered death, and broke the ice for us, a dead body and a grave is not now so horrid a spectacle to a believing eye; but as our Lord was nearest his resurrection and glory when he was in the grave, even so are we; and he that hath promised to make our bed in sickness, will make the dust as a bed of roses. Death shall not dissolve the union betwixt him and us, nor turn away his affections from us; but in the morning of eternity he will send his angels, yea, come himself, and roll away the stone, and unseal our grave, and reach us his hand, and deliver us alive to our Father. . . . Thy sickness is not unto death, though I die, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified thereby. Say not, then, he lifted me up to cast me down, and hath raised me high that my fall may be to the lower; but he casts me down that he may life me up, and layeth me low that I may rise the higher. A hundred experiences have sealed this truth unto thee, that the greatest dejections are intended but for advantages to the greatest dignity and the Redeemer's glory. -- Richard Baxter

    You cannot deny him to be the disposer of all things, without denying him to be God: it is he that loveth us, and never meant us any harm in any thing that he hath done to us; that gave the life of his Son to redeem us; and therefore thinketh not life too good for us. Our sickness and death are sent by the same love that sent us a Saviour, and sent us the powerful preachers of his word, and sent us his Spirit, and secretly and sweetly changed our hearts, and knit them to himself in love; which gave us a life of precious mercies for our souls and bodies, and hath promised to give us life eternal; and shall we think, that he now intendeth us any harm? Cannot he turn this also to our good, as he hath done many an affliction which we have repined at? -- Richard Baxter

    Let your thoughts of death, and preparations for it, be as serious as if death were just at hand. Though all your life be little enough to prepare for death, and it be a work that should be done as soon as you have the use of reason, yet age and weakness call louder to you, presently to prepare without delay. Do therefore all that you would fain find done, when your last sickness cometh; that unreadiness to die may not make death terrible, nor your age uncomfortable.
    Live in the joyful expectation of your change, as becometh one that is so near to heaven, and looketh to live with Christ for ever. Let all the high and glorious things, which faith apprehendeth, now show their power in the love, and joy, and longings of your soul. There is nothing in which the weak and aged can more honour Christ and do good to others, than in joyful expectation of their change, and an earnest desire to be with Christ. This will do much to convince unbelievers, that the promises are true, and that heaven is real, and that a holy life is indeed the best, which hath so happy an end. When they see you highest in your joys, at the time when others are deepest in distress: and when you rejoice as one that is entering upon his happiness when all the happiness of the ungodly is at an end; this will do more than many sermons, to persuade a sinner to a holy life. I know that this is not easily attained; but a thing so sweet and profitable to yourselves, and so useful to the good of others, and so much tending to the honour of God, should be laboured after with all your diligence: and then you may expect God's blessing on your labours. Read to this use the fourth part of my "Saints' Rest." -- Richard Baxter

    It should be kept in mind that "spiritual unity [the unity between persons having the same objective faith in the Gospel -- compiler], is much more intimate than physical unity can be [Spiritual unity transcends geographical distance and transcends temporal time to eternity. Therefore, a Christian funeral, while bittersweet, is also a great celebration. The spirit may have left the body, but there is a love among the faithful that transcends space and temporal time into eternity, and that oneness is felt by the Elect at a funeral. -- compiler], and that such physical analogies of spiritual unity as the Lord's Supper and marriage, rather than exaggerating the intimacy of spiritual unity, do not even approach it." -- John W. Robbins commenting on Philemon 4-7 in Slavery Christianity

    Abortion was the 20th century's biggest single killer of mankind worldwide, far surpassing any other cause: disease, war, governments, natural disasters, and so forth. See: "Biggest Killers of the 20th Century." Notice that abortion is not included in this diagram. The absence of information says something about the depravity of mankind (Jeremiah 17:9,10), and about the suppression and repression of truth. (Hosea 4:6,7)
    The number of abortions performed worldwide in the last 50 years is estimated to be 1 to 2 billion. But try to document this fact elsewhere online.
    The total abortions worldwide for the 20th century may be interpolation from available data. The calculation does not factor in incremental increases in world population since 1900. Worldwide there are an estimated 43.8 million abortions annually (2008 figures, Guttmacher Institute) X 100 years = 4.38 billion killings worldwide in the 20th century. This is compared to 1.97 billion estimated deaths worldwide for non-communicable diseases the reported biggest killer worldwide of the 20th century. Comparison may also be made with figures for genocide.
    Number of Abortions -- Abortion Counters
    "The most accurate set of abortion counters on the web. Number of abortions in US and worldwide; Number of abortions since 1973; Number of abortions this year; US Abortion clock; Worldwide abortion clock; Number of abortions due to rape or incest; Planned Parenthood abortion count."
    http://www.numberofabortions.com/

    Adams, Jay E., Fear of Death; Church Discipline; Being in the Hospital (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette JA408 [audio file].

    Adams, Jay E., Role-Play and Critique (part 3) (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    "Wife's Husband Dies; Mother's Baby Born Deformed; Pregnant Unwed Daughter."
    Audio cassette JA212 [audio file].

    Adams, Jay E., Sex Change; Division in Eldership; Children; Suicide; Paranoia; Repression; Forgetting; Death (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette JA506 [audio file].

    Aldrich, Sandra Picklesimer, Living Through the Loss of Someone You Love: One Woman's Story of Loss, Grief, and New-found Hope, ISBN: 0830713964 9780830713967.

    Bailey, Robert, Ministering to the Grieving, ISBN: 0310417619 9780310417613.

    Baxter, J. Sidlow, The Other Side of Death: What the Bible Teaches About Heaven and Hell, ISBN: 0825421586 9780825421587.
    "Here is a study of heaven, hell, and life beyond death that addresses the contemporary confusion over universalism, New Age spirituality, and Eastern mysticism. This intriguing study offers both guidance and spiritual comfort for readers wanting to understand God's plan for them after life on earth. Pastors will find a wealth of illustrative material for sermon preparation." -- Publisher

    *Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), Dying Thoughts: Christian Hope for the Life Hereafter, ISBN: 0801006015: 9780801006012. A Christian classic.
    "It deals with the Christian life, and it intends to encourage the believer to live a holy life with eternity constantly in view. It presents a challenge, developing the Scriptures that promise the joy, peace, and delight for those who go to be with Christ. It will be a help to those who are facing bereavement. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    The Saints' Everlasting Rest, Richard Baxter, edited by Benjamin Fawcett
    http://www.ccel.org/b/baxter/everlasting_rest/saints_rest.html

    *Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), The Saint's Everlasting Rest: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 3, ISBN: 187761128X 9781877611285. A Christian classic.
    "Third in the four-volume set. Includes The Saint's Everlasting Rest; Treatise of Self-Denial; The Life of Faith; Obedient Patience, and many more. Over 1000 pages." -- GCB
    "This is the greatest treatment on Heaven ever to appear! . . ." -- Wilbur M. Smith.
    The Saints' Everlasting Rest, (singly) Richard Baxter, edited by Benjamin Fawcett
    "Discusses the nature, excellencies, design, rejection, necessity, of the Saints' rest. Calls us to live the heavenly life now." -- GCB
    The Saints' Everlasting Rest, Richard Baxter, edited by Benjamin Fawcett
    http://www.ccel.org/b/baxter/everlasting_rest/saints_rest.html

    *Boettner, Loraine, Immortality, ISBN: 0875521274.
    "A clear-cut evangelical presentation of physical death, immortality, and the intermediate state. Includes a discussion of soul sleep, annihilation, purgatory, spiritism, prayers for the dead, cremation, and so on. A valuable work." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Boston, Thomas (1676-1732), Death. Available in Boston's HUMAN NATURE IN ITS FOURFOLD STATE
    http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/death.php

    Cushenberry, Donald C., Coping With Life After Your Mate Dies, ISBN: 0801057655 9780801057656.
    "For Donald and Rita Cushenbery, practical wisdom for grieving and getting on with life came from personal experience. Each has lost a spouse, grieved, and eventually found new life. This book brings comfort and helps survivors face decisions." -- Publisher

    Goode, William, Faith Triumphant in Death; A Funeral Sermon, occasioned by the death of the Rev. W. Romaine . . . preached in the parish church of St. Dunstan, Sunday evening, August 9th, 1795, by the Rev. W. Goode.

    *Kuyper, Abraham, In the Shadow of Death: Meditations for the Sickroom and at the Death-bed, ISBN: 0963255746 9780963255747.

    *Morey, Robert A., Death and the Afterlife, ISBN: 0871234335 9780871234339.
    "Coming with recommendations by Walter Martin, Vernon Grounds, and Roger Nicole, this is the most comprehensive modern treatment to be found. Since the beginning of time the doctrine of eternal punishment has been fiercely attacked. This study provides answers to just about every question on the subject." -- GCB

    *Owen, John (1616-1683), The Death of Christ, volume 10 of WORKS, ISBN: 0851510647 9780851510644. Alternate title: SALUS ELECTORUM, SANGUIS JESU: OR THE DEATH OF DEATH IN THE DEATH OF CHRIST. BEING A TREATISE OF THE REDEMPTION AND RECONCILIATION THAT IS IN THE BLOOD OF CHRIST; WHEREIN THE WHOLE CONTROVERSY ABOUT UNIVERSAL REDEMPTION IS FULLY DISCUSSED: IN FOUR PARTS; . . . BY JOHN OWEN, D.D. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #20.
    "Greatest Biblical apologetic on the specific and limited nature of the atoning work of Christ in print. Contains discussions on Arminianism, the death of death in the death of Christ, Divine justice, and also discusses, in detail, many views of the atonement that certain men and groups held (and still hold)." -- Publisher
    "THE DEATH OF DEATH IN THE DEATH OF CHRIST is a polemical work, designed to show, among other things, that the doctrine of universal redemption is unscriptural and destructive of the gospel. . . . Those who see no need for doctrinal exactness and have no time for theological debates which show up divisions between so-called Evangelicals may well regret its reappearance. Some may find the very sound of Owen's thesis so shocking that they will refuse to read his book at all. . . . But . . . there are signs today of a new upsurge of interest in the theology of the Bible: a new readiness to test traditions, to search the Scriptures and to think through the faith. It is to those who share this readiness that Owen's treatise is now offered, in the belief that it will help us in one of the most urgent tasks facing evangelical Christendom today -- the recovery of the Gospel.
    "It is safe to say that no comparable exposition of the work of redemption as planned and executed by the Triune Jehovah has ever been done since Owen published his in 1684. None has been needed.
    "Owen's interpretation of the texts . . . is sure; his power of theological construction is superb; nothing that needs discussing is omitted, and . . . no arguments for or against his position have been used since his day which he has not himself noted and dealt with. . . . Owen's work is a constructive, broad-based biblical analysis of the heart of the gospel, and must be taken seriously as such. . . Nobody has a right to dismiss the doctrine of the limitedness . . . of the atonement as a monstrosity of Calvinistic logic until he has refuted Owen's proof that it is part of the uniform biblical presentation of redemption, clearly taught in plain text after plain text. And nobody has done that yet." -- J.I. Packer, from the Introduction
    "Packer's well balanced definition of Calvinism in the introduction to that volume [John Owen's THE DEATH OF DEATH IN THE DEATH OF CHRIST], is by far the best we have seen in 42 years of intensive reading." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    The Death of Death in the Death of Christ
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/owen/deathofdeath
    The Death of Death in the Death of Christ: Being a Treatise of the Redemption and Reconciliation That is in the Blood of Christ; Wherein the whole controversy about universal redemption is fully discussed: In four parts (1792)
    http://archive.org/details/deathofdeathinde00owen
    The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, including J.I. Packer's Introduction by John Owen
    http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/packer_intro.html
    Owen, Redemption and Reconciliation That is in the Blood of Christ (Limited Atonement).
    An audio file reading by Still Waters Revival Books from THE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN. Currently (February 2009), there are 63 readings of John Owen by SWRB and Reformed Baptist of Holland (Michigan), (Thomas Sullivan), at SermonAudio available for listening online, downloading as MP3 files, and listening on iPhone or Mobile Phones.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=47081639571

    Packer, J.I. (editor), Richard Baxter A Grief Sanctified: Passing Through Grief to Peace and Joy, ISBN: 0892838418 9780892838417.
    "Richard Baxter, a prominent 17th-century pastor and author, was devastated when his wife, Margaret, died at the age of 45. One month after her death, he penned a lover's tribute and a believer's celebration of God's love. Beloved theologian J.I. Packer has edited Baxter's memoir for today's reader and has included it along with his own wise reflections -- offering encouragement for those who have known or are now suffering grief." -- Publisher

    Parnia, Sam, What Happens When we Die? A Groundbreaking Study into the Nature of Life and Death, ISBN: 1401907105 9781401907105 1401907113 9781401907112.
    "Sam Parnia, M.D., is a leading expert on near-death experiences. He now spends his time in hospitals and Cornell University in New York, where he's a Fellow in pulmonary and critical-care medicine. He founded the Consciousness Research Group and is chairman of the Horizon Research Foundation. Dr. Parnia is constantly in demand as a speaker, and he's made numerous media appearances. His groundbreaking research was recently featured in the BBC 2 and Discovery documentary, "The Day I Died." This is Dr. Parnia's first book." -- Publisher

    Phipps, William E., Death: Confronting the Reality, ISBN: 080420487X 9780804204873.
    "Phipps helps to dispel ambivalence and ably assesses the experiences of those facing life's exodus. It is hoped that many will acquire and read this compassionate discussion." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), Death, ISBN: 0686230248.
    A booklet.

    *Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), Jesus Christ Himself (Ephesians 2:20). A sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Lord's-day morning, December 9, 1877, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon no. 1388.
    "Beyond all argument or miracle, Jesus Christ Himself is the proof of His own Gospel. And as He is the proof of it, so, Beloved, He is the marrow and essence of it. When the Apostle Paul meant that the Gospel was preached, He said, Christ is preached, for the Gospel is Christ Himself! If you want to know what Jesus taught, know Him! He is the incarnation of that Truth of God which by Him and in Him is revealed to the sons of men. Did He not, Himself say, I am the way, the truth, and the life?
    "You have not to take down innumerable books, nor to pore over mysterious sentences of double meaning in order to know what our great Teacher has revealed. You have but to turn and gaze upon His countenance, behold His actions and note His spirit and you know His teaching. He lived what He taught. If we wish to know Him, we may hear His gentle voice saying, Come and see. Study His wounds and you understand His innermost philosophy. To know Him and the power of His Resurrection is the highest degree of spiritual learning. He is the end of the Law and the soul of the Gospel -- and when we have preached His Word to the fullest, we may close by saying, Now, of the things which we have spoken, this is the sum -- we have an High Priest who is set on the right hand of the Throne of the Majesty in the heavens." -- C.H. Spurgeon
    http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols22-24/chs1388.pdf

    Strauss, Lehman, When Loved Ones are Taken in Death.

    *Thomson, John Henderson (editor), John McMain, and David Scott (introduction) A Cloud of Witnesses for the Royal Prerogatives of Jesus Christ Being the Last Speeches and Testimonies of Those who Have Suffered for the Truth in Scotland Since, 1680. Alternate title: THE FIFTEENTH EDITION, ENLARGED AND CORRECTED: A CLOUD OF WITNESSES, FOR THE ROYAL PREROGATIVES OF JESUS CHRIST: OR, THE LAST SPEECHES AND TESTIMONIES OF THOSE WHO HAVE SUFFERED FOR THE TRUTH IN SCOTLAND, SINCE THE YEAR 1680: WITH AN APPENDIX, CONTAINING THE QUEENSFERRY PAPER; TORWOOD EXCOMMUNICATION; A RELATION CONCERNING MR. RICHARD CAMERON, MR. DONALD CARGIL, AND HENRY HALL; AND AN ACCOUNT OF THOSE WHO WERE KILLED WITHOUT PROCESS OF LAW, AND BANISHED TO FOREIGN LANDS: WITH A SHORT VIEW OF SOME OF THE OPPRESSIVE EXACTIONS, ISBN: 0873779231. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "With the Testimonies of John Nisbet the Younger, John Nisbet of Hardhill, Robert Miller, Thomas Harkness, &c. A Letter of John Semple's and of Archibald Stewart's. The Paper found upon Mr. Cameron at Airsmoss, and an Acrostick upon his name. The Testimony of John Finlay in Kilmarnock. The Epitaphs upon the Grave Stones of Mr. Samuel Rutherford, Mr. John Welwood, and the noble Patriots who fell at Pentland-hills, &c.
    "Also includes The Testimony of some persecuted Presbyterian Ministers of the Gospel, unto the Covenanted Reformation of the Church of Scotland, and to the present expediency of continuing to preach the Gospel in the fields, and against the present anti-Christian Toleration in its nature and design, &c. Given in to the Ministers at Edinburgh, by Mr. James Renwick, upon the 17th Jan. 1688. And Mr. Richard Cameron's Last Sermon; preached on Kype Water in Evandale, July 18th, 1680, three days before he was killed at Airs-moss. (Pittsburgh: Printed for David Reed, by Eichbaum & Johnston, 1824), 1884 edition.
    Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1,2)
    "Presbyterian Covenanter martyrs of Scotland, their last speeches and testimonies. The first edition appeared in 1714, and as more material was collected it was added to the 15 editions that were printed over the next 100 years."
    "An amazing book compiled to show how -- and especially why (from their own dying testimonies) -- the Covenanters suffered, bled and died. These brave martyrs for Christ laid the foundation for liberty and truth in both church and state. They have much to say to us today . . . . Though the issues and ferocity of persecution (by the Popes, prelates, and Erastians) were more obvious during the times covered in this book, the message to contemporary Christians could not be clearer: we are involved in a life and death struggle. Few books are this moving or this edifying -- a real treasure! (658 pp., 1884 ed.)." -- Publisher
    The 1871 edition was praised by Spurgeon.
    A Cloud of Witnesses, 1871 edition, free online e-text. Original from Oxford University. Digitized Aug 31, 2006.
    http://books.google.com/books?id=4vMCAAAAQAAJ&dq=thomson+a+cloud+of+witnesses&ie=ISO-8859-1

    Watson, David, Fear no Evil: One Man Deals With Terminal Illness, ISBN: 0802725406 9780802725400.
    "FEAR NO EVIL is the conquest of death -- not by looking away from it, nor by being shielded from it, but by facing it squarely and going down into it knowing that for a believer it is the vestibule of glory. Watson died peacefully one month after completing this book." -- GCB
    "David Watson candidly shares his journey from "life to life" in a comforting and encouraging manner. With the Lord as his travelling companion, Watson reveals the most important pursuit given to humanity -- to seek God's face." -- Reader's Comment

    Webb, Robert, The Theology of Infant Salvation, ISBN: 0873779398.

    Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for People in Recovery: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 0805493905 9780805493900.

    See also: The lord jesus christ, The all-sufficiency of christ, Eternal life, immortality, Heaven, Hope, Ministering to the dying, The free offer of the gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, the covenant of eternal salvation, Book-length presentations of the gospel message of salvation and the life to come, the means of grace, Bad relationships a cause of disease and death, Affliction, Heaven, Justifying faith, Medical ethics, Ethics, Computer Ethics, Cyberethics Bad Relationships as a Cause of Disease and Death, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 1360, 2158, 2160, 2162, 2163, 4136

    Related WebLinks

    Annual Causes of Death in the United States
    http://drugwarfacts.org/cms/?q=node/30

    Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF)
    http://www.ccef.org/
    Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation
    1803 East Willow Grove Avenue
    Glenside, PA 19038
    Telephone: 215.884.7676

    Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation Resources Audio Archives
    http://www.wts.edu/resources/login.html/

    Justifying Faith
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr1cha.html#justfaith

    List of Wars and Anthropogenic Disasters by Death Toll, Wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wars_and_anthropogenic_disasters_by_death_toll

    A Sermon Concerning Death, Andrew Gray
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/gray/gray_death.html

    Sound Word Associates Library of Biblical Counselors
    http://www.soundword.com/ccon.html

    The Treasury of David, Psalm 90, C.H. Spurgeon
    Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. (Psalm 90:1)
    This is, of course, a prayer of Moses, who is considered the greatest of the prophets. He wrote the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament, and Deuteronomy is the book most referred to by Christ in the New Testament.
    "The 90th Psalm might be cited as perhaps the most sublime of human compositions -- the deepest in feeling -- the loftiest in theologic conception -- the most magnificent in its imagery." -- Isaac Taylor
    "Verse 17 [Psalm 90:17]. And establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. Let what we do be done in truth, and last when we are in the grave; may the work of the present generation minister permanently to the building tip of the nation. Good men are anxious not to work in vain. They know that without the Lord they can do nothing, and therefore they cry to him for help in the work, for acceptance of their efforts, and for the establishment of their designs. The church as a whole earnestly desires that the hand of the Lord may so work with the hand of his people, that a substantial, yea, an eternal edifice to the praise and glory of God may be the result. We come and go, but the Lord's work abides. We are content to die so long as Jesus lives and his kingdom grows. Since the Lord abides for ever the same, we trust our work in his hands, and feel that since it is far more his work than ours he will secure it immortality. When we have withered like grass our holy service, like gold, silver, and precious stones, will survive the fire." -- C.H. Spurgeon
    http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps090.php

    Westminster Theological Seminary Bookstore
    http://www.wts.edu/bookstore/



    Ministering to the Dying

    God shall be with you. (Genesis 48:21)

    See the Theological Notes: "Resurrection and Glorification," at 1 Corinthians 15:21 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    1 Corinthians 15

    Come, then, while life remains in you. In his death alone place your whole trust; in nothing else place any trust; . . . . with this alone cover yourself wholly; and if the Lord your God wills to judge you, say: "Lord, between your judgment and me I present the death of our Lord Jesus Christ; in no other way can I contend with you." And if he shall say that you are a sinner, say: "Lord, I interpose the death of our Lord Jesus Christ between my sins and you." If he should say that you deserve condemnation, say: "Lord, I set the death of our Lord Jesus Christ between my evil deserts and you, and his merits I offer for those which I ought to have and have not." If he says that he is angry with you, say: "Lord, I oppose the death of our Lord Jesus Christ between your wrath and me." And when you have completed this, say again: "Lord, I set the death of our Lord Jesus Christ between me and you." -- Anselm, excerpt from a tract for dying men, telling them what they ought to say at the Day of Judgment

    Good old Jacob could no more be with Joseph, for his hour had come to die: but he left his son without anxiety, for he said with confidence, "God shall be with you." When our dearest relations or our most helpful friends are called home by death, we must console ourselves with the reflection that the Lord is not departed from us but lives for us and abides with us forever.
    If God be with us, we are in ennobling company, even though we are poor and despised. If God be with us, we have all-sufficient strength, for nothing can be too hard for the Lord. If God be with us, we are always safe, for none can harm those who walk under His shadow. Oh, what a joy we have here! Not only is God with us, but He will be with us. With us as individuals; with us as families; with us as churches. Is not the very name of Jesus, Immanuel -- God with us? Is not this the best of all, that God is with us? Let us be bravely diligent and joyously hopeful. Our cause must prosper, the truth must win, for the Lord is with those who are with Him. All this day may this sweet word be enjoyed by every believer who turns to "faith's checkbook." No greater happiness is possible. -- C.H. Spurgeon in Faith's Checkbook

    The Christian may, and ought to, look forward with certain assurance to meeting again with those beloved relatives and friends who departed hence in Christ. Their spirits are not dead, not even sleeping as some erroneously assert, but have returned to God who gave them (Eccl. 12:7 [Ecclesiastes 12:7]), and are now in a state that is far better (Phil. 1:23 [Philippians 1:23]), which could not be were they deprived of all conscious communion with their Beloved. Being absent from the body they are present with the Lord (2 Cor. 5:8 [2 Corinthians 5:8]), and in His presence is fulness of joy (Ps. 16:11 [Psalm 16:11]). As to their bodies they await that great Day when they shall be fashioned like unto Christ's glorious body. -- ~Arthur Pink in The Life of Elijah

    *Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), Dying Thoughts: Christian Hope for the Life Hereafter, ISBN: 0801006015: 9780801006012. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "It deals with the Christian life, and it intends to encourage the believer to live a holy life with eternity constantly in view. It presents a challenge, developing the Scriptures that promise the joy, peace, and delight for those who go to be with Christ. It will be a help to those who are facing bereavement." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    The Saints' Everlasting Rest, Richard Baxter, edited by Benjamin Fawcett
    http://www.ccel.org/b/baxter/everlasting_rest/saints_rest.html

    Belgum, David Rudolph, Dealing With Dying, Death, Mourning, ISBN: 0788021591 9780788021596.
    Belgum is a Lutheran.

    Burnham, Richard, Pious Memorials; or, The Power of Religion Upon the Mind, in Sickness, and at Death: Exemplified in the Experience of Many Divines and Other Eminent Persons . . . By the late Mr. Richard Burnham . . . With a recommendatory preface, by . . . James Hervey . . . a new edition. To which is now added, a large appendix . . . Paisley, 1788.

    *Candlish, Robert S., Life in a Risen Saviour: Being Discourses on the Argument of the Fifteenth Chapter of First Corinthians, ISBN: 0825423317 9780825423314. Alternate title: STUDIES IN FIRST CORINTHIANS 15: LIFE IN A RISEN SAVIOUR.
    "Noteworthy for its clarity, careful exposition of the text, and balanced application of the truth of the passage to the life of the believer. Candlish boldly sets forth the Christian's hope, and his material is both helpful and enlightening." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Kopp, Ruth Lewshenia, and Stephen Sorenson, Encounter With Terminal Illness, ISBN: 0310416000 9780310416005.

    Kopp, Ruth L., and Stephen Sorenson, When Someone you Love is Dying: A Handbook for Counselors and Those who Care.
    "This remarkable book was first published in 1980 under the title ENCOUNTER WITH TERMINAL ILLNESS. As Haddon W. Robinson pointed out, 'All life is terminal. Some arrive at the terminal before they know it. Others hear an announcement and anticipate death's coming. For such men and women going to death themselves, or traveling with others, Dr. Kopp provides practical counsel about how to make the journey'." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Owen, John (1616-1683), The Death of Christ, volume 10 of WORKS, ISBN: 0851510647 9780851510644. Alternate title: SALUS ELECTORUM, SANGUIS JESU: OR THE DEATH OF DEATH IN THE DEATH OF CHRIST. BEING A TREATISE OF THE REDEMPTION AND RECONCILIATION THAT IS IN THE BLOOD OF CHRIST; WHEREIN THE WHOLE CONTROVERSY ABOUT UNIVERSAL REDEMPTION IS FULLY DISCUSSED: IN FOUR PARTS; . . . BY JOHN OWEN, D.D. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #20.
    "Greatest Biblical apologetic on the specific and limited nature of the atoning work of Christ in print. Contains discussions on Arminianism, the death of death in the death of Christ, Divine justice, and also discusses, in detail, many views of the atonement that certain men and groups held (and still hold)." -- Publisher
    "THE DEATH OF DEATH IN THE DEATH OF CHRIST is a polemical work, designed to show, among other things, that the doctrine of universal redemption is unscriptural and destructive of the gospel. . . . Those who see no need for doctrinal exactness and have no time for theological debates which show up divisions between so-called Evangelicals may well regret its reappearance. Some may find the very sound of Owen's thesis so shocking that they will refuse to read his book at all. . . . But . . . there are signs today of a new upsurge of interest in the theology of the Bible: a new readiness to test traditions, to search the Scriptures and to think through the faith. It is to those who share this readiness that Owen's treatise is now offered, in the belief that it will help us in one of the most urgent tasks facing evangelical Christendom today -- the recovery of the Gospel.
    "It is safe to say that no comparable exposition of the work of redemption as planned and executed by the Triune Jehovah has ever been done since Owen published his in 1684. None has been needed.
    "Owen's interpretation of the texts . . . is sure; his power of theological construction is superb; nothing that needs discussing is omitted, and . . . no arguments for or against his position have been used since his day which he has not himself noted and dealt with. . . . Owen's work is a constructive, broad-based biblical analysis of the heart of the gospel, and must be taken seriously as such. . . Nobody has a right to dismiss the doctrine of the limitedness . . . of the atonement as a monstrosity of Calvinistic logic until he has refuted Owen's proof that it is part of the uniform biblical presentation of redemption, clearly taught in plain text after plain text. And nobody has done that yet." -- J.I. Packer, from the Introduction
    "Packer's well balanced definition of Calvinism in the introduction to that volume [John Owen's THE DEATH OF DEATH IN THE DEATH OF CHRIST], is by far the best we have seen in 42 years of intensive reading." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    The Death of Death in the Death of Christ
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/owen/deathofdeath
    The Death of Death in the Death of Christ: Being a Treatise of the Redemption and Reconciliation That is in the Blood of Christ; Wherein the whole controversy about universal redemption is fully discussed: In four parts (1792)
    http://archive.org/details/deathofdeathinde00owen
    The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, including J.I. Packer's Introduction by John Owen
    http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/packer_intro.html
    Owen, Redemption and Reconciliation That is in the Blood of Christ (Limited Atonement).
    An audio file reading by Still Waters Revival Books from THE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN. Currently (February 2009), there are 63 readings of John Owen by SWRB and Reformed Baptist of Holland (Michigan), (Thomas Sullivan), at SermonAudio available for listening online, downloading as MP3 files, and listening on iPhone or Mobile Phones.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=47081639571

    *Perkins, William (1558-1602), and Richard Rogers (1550?-1618), A Garden of Spirituall Flowers. Alternate title: TREATISE TENDING UNTO A DECLARATION. PART 7; CONSOLATIONS FOR THE TROUBLED CONSCIENCES, and CONSOLATIONS FOR THE TROUBLED CONSCIENCES, and HOW TO LIVE WELL, AND TO DIE WELL.
    An anthology. Perkins's "How to live well, and to die well," is part seven of his "A Treatise Tending Unto a Declaration," where it bears the title "Consolations for the Troubled Consciences."

    Platt, Larry A., and Roger G. Branch (editors), Resources for Ministry in Death and Dying, ISBN: 0805469451 9780805469455.
    "The editors have brought together the best in current literature on the subject of ministry to those facing life's terminus. Information about organizations specializing in different types of care, together with data about audiovisual materials, will prove invaluable to pastors and counselors." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Soulen, Richard N. (editor), Care for the Dying: Resources of Theology, ISBN: 0804210985 9780804210980.
    Includes bibliographical references.

    Swinnock, George (1627-1673), The Fading of the Flesh and Flourishing of Faith, or, One cast for eternity with the only way to throw it vvell: as also the gracious persons incomparable portion / by George Swinnock . . . 1662.
    Psalm LXXIII, 26

    See also: The aged, Death, Pastoral counseling, Medical aspects of pastoral counseling, Bad Relationships as a Cause of Disease and Death, Patient advocacy, Healthcare reform, Medical ethics, Ethics, Computer Ethics, Cyberethics and so on, and so forth.
    TCRB5: 2606

    Related WebLinks

    The Caregiver's Handbook
    http://www.seniormag.com/caregiver-handbook.pdf

    Victory Over Death, John Love (1757-1825)
    http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/victory-over-death.php



    Grief

    See the Theological Notes: "Resurrection and Glorification," at 1 Corinthians 15:21 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Revelation 21:4)

    Rebirth brings us into the Kingdom of grace, and death into the Kingdom of glory. -- Richard Baxter

    God shall be with ye. (Genesis 48:21)
    Good old Jacob could no more be with Joseph, for his hour had come to die: but he left his son without anxiety, for he said with confidence, "God shall be with you." When our dearest relations or our most helpful friends are called home by death, we must console ourselves with the reflection that the Lord is not departed from us but lives for us and abides with us forever.
    If God be with us, we are in ennobling company, even though we are poor and despised. If God be with us, we have all-sufficient strength, for nothing can be too hard for the Lord. If God be with us, we are always safe, for none can harm those who walk under His shadow. Oh, what a joy we have here! Not only is God with us, but He will be with us. With us as individuals; with us as families; with us as churches. Is not the very name of Jesus, Immanuel -- God with us? Is not this the best of all, that God is with us? Let us be bravely diligent and joyously hopeful. Our cause must prosper, the truth must win, for the Lord is with those who are with Him. All this day may this sweet word be enjoyed by every believer who turns to "faith's checkbook." No greater happiness is possible. -- C.H. Spurgeon in Faith's Checkbook

    *Adams, Jay E., The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling, 202 pages, ISBN: 1889032468 9781889032467.
    See the subject "Death," and so forth, and so on.
    "THE PRACTICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CHRISTIAN COUNSELING is designed to afford Christian counselors quick reference as well as comprehensive access to the chief principles and practices of biblical counseling. It is called an 'encyclopedia' because a counselor interested in surveying the gamut of those principles and practices will find in this volume a wider variety of subjects than may be located in any other book of biblical counseling. The counseling described here is truly 'Christian' with method and content firmly rooted in careful biblical exegesis. At the same time it is 'practical' because articles consist not merely of definitions and descriptions, but also of application of the material useful to Christian counselors. Although not necessarily the only way these biblical principles can be applied, they are the fruit of years of study and experience in biblical counseling. In short, the book is designed as an aid to the working counselor who needs a quick reference guide. We trust that God will use it to His glory and to the blessing of His people." -- Preface Some subject include: Abortion | Abuse | Admonition | Adultery | Adversity | Affliction | Aggravation | Anger | Answers | Apology | Assurance | Attitude | Authority | Balance | Behavior | Bizarre behaviour | Breakdown | Christ | Church | Commandments | Confession | Confidentiality | Contentment | Correction | Corruption | Counseling | Crises | Data gathering | Deceit | Dependence | Discipling | Divorce | Doctrine | Drugs | Education | Empathy | Evangelism | Example | Foolishness | Forgetfulness | Forgiveness | Godliness | Gospel | Gossip | Habit | Heresy | Hope | Hostility | How-to | Idolatry | Jesus | Joy | Justification | Legal matters | Legalism | Lying | Marriage | Promises of god | Put on/put off dynamic | Quickening | Radical amputation | Rage | Reconciliation | Referral | Rejuvenation | Repentance | Santification | Scripture | Sex | Sin | Teaching | Temptation | Testing | Think list | Thought | Training.

    Bailey, Robert, Ministering to the Grieving, ISBN: 0310417619 9780310417613.

    *Bolton, Robert (1572-1631), A Treatise on Comforting Afflicted Consciences. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "I do not know of a single book published in the past twenty years that explains in depth how to respond Biblically to a grieved or wounded conscience. Here's an ideal volume to fill that gap. Few books in history have treated the subject as completely or as clearly as Robert Bolton's classic work. . . . The book remains a definitive study on the issue of dealing with guilt. Practical, Biblical, meticulously precise, carefully reasoned, it maintains a straightforward simplicity that cannot fail to touch the sensitive reader's heart." -- John MacArthur

    Kuenning, Delores, Helping People Through Grief, ISBN: 0871239213 9780871239211.
    "A remarkable textbook to recommend for teaching caring people how to be helpful. It is an . . . encyclopedia of information on every conceivable form of grief. But more than that, it describes simply and directly how to respond to these griefs." -- Reader's Comment
    "Illness as well as misfortune or even tragedy are a part of life. At such times people turn to their families or friends. Sometimes the counsel given is helpful, sometimes not. Kuenning believes the lay person can develop skills to help people face these vicissitudes, and in this book she shows how." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Lockyer, Herbert, All the Promises of the Bible, ISBN: 0310281318.
    "A devotional expositional compilation of all the promises [about 3,300 of the approximate 8,810 promises -- compiler], that are found in Scripture." -- Publisher
    "Lockyers in-depth look at the scope of Gods promises arranges them in categories that cover the full array of human concerns, from the spiritual to the material and the corporate to the personal. As you come to understand Gods promises and how they apply to every aspect of your life, you'll gain a trust in God that will sustain you through the worst of times and be your source of rejoicing in the best.
    "Dr. Herbert Lockyer was born in London in 1886, and held pastorates in Scotland and England for 25 years before coming to the United States in 1935. In 1937 he received the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Northwestern Evangelical Seminary. In 1955 he returned to England where he lived for many years. He then returned to the United States where he continued to devote time to the writing ministry until his death in November of 1984." -- Publisher

    McGee, Harry H., Living Through Grief (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Theological Seminary, D.Min. thesis, 1987).
    Includes bibliography.

    Nash, Ronald H., When a Baby Dies: Answers to Comfort Grieving Parents, ISBN: 0310225566 9780310225560.

    Packer, J.I. (editor), Richard Baxter A Grief Sanctified: Passing Through Grief to Peace and Joy, ISBN: 0892838418 9780892838417.
    "Richard Baxter, a prominent 17th-century pastor and author, was devastated when his wife, Margaret, died at the age of 45. One month after her death, he penned a lover's tribute and a believer's celebration of God's love. Beloved theologian J.I. Packer has edited Baxter's memoir for today's reader and has included it along with his own wise reflections -- offering encouragement for those who have known or are now suffering grief." -- Publisher

    Rank, Maureen, Free to Grieve: Miscarriage and Stillbirth, ISBN: 0871238063 9780871238061.
    "Combining her own personal experience with extensive research, Maureen Rank offers guidance to the grieving and help in looking toward the future.
    "The author, herself the survivor of four miscarriages, believes that healing can begin when these basic principles are recognized:

    "Along with the sorrow of miscarriage and stillbirth come the inevitable questions: 'Why did this happen?' 'Can the problem be remedied?' and 'Should we try again?' Avoiding cold, purely medical technicalities, this book faces these questions squarely and explores options for treatment and emotional healing.
    "Written from a Christian perspective and including the latest in medical technology, this book is an important resource for pastors and counselors.
    "Comfort, encouragement, and sound advice for those who have suffered the losses of miscarriage and stillbirth." -- Publisher

    *Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), Faith's Checkbook. Alternate title: THE CHEQUE BOOK OF THE BANK OF FAITH: BEING PRECIOUS PROMISES ARRANGED FOR DAILY USE (1893), ISBN: 0938453025.
    "A promise from God may very instructively be compared to a check payable to order. It is given to the believer with the view of bestowing upon him some good thing. It is not meant that he should read it over comfortably and then have done with it. No, he is to treat the promises as a reality, as a man treats a check. He is to take the promise and endorse it with his own name by personally receiving it as true." -- C.H. Spurgeon
    "In the Preface of his devotional volume containing 365 brief, experimental comments on the promises which Spurgeon has chosen, the renowned preacher tells us that so many of these promises are true because the were fulfilled in his own experience during a time of 'wading in the surf of controversy,' and also when 'sharp bodily pain succeeded mental depression, accompanied both by bereavement, and affliction in the person of one dear as life. Never were the promises of Jehovah so precious to me as at this hour.' Thus it was to help other sufferers that Spurgeon prepared this comforting book." -- Publisher
    Faith's Checkbook, a daily devotional by C.H. Spurgeon
    http://archive.org/details/thechequebookoft00purguoft

    *Wiersbe, Warren W., and David W. Wiersbe, Comforting the Bereaved, ISBN: 0802452930 9780802452931.

    Wilde, Gary (editor), A Very Present Help: God's Promises for Those who are Grieving a Loss, ISBN: 0840742274 9780840742278.

    See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The promises of Christ, Bible promises, Ministering to the dying, Counseling the sick, Prayer, Intercessory prayer, Miscarriage and stillbirth (women), Abortion and the sanctity of life, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Spiritual adultery (spiritual whoredom/harlotry), Idolatry, syncretism, Sexual wholeness, Bad Relationships as a Cause of Disease and Death, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 1947-1951



    Medical Ethics

    I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone.
    I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan; and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion.
    But I will preserve the purity of my life and my arts. . . .
    In every house where I come I will enter only for the good of my patients, keeping myself far from all intentional ill-doing and all seduction and especially from the pleasures of love with women or with men, be they free or slaves.
    All that may come to my knowledge in the exercise of my profession or in daily commerce with men, which ought not to be spread abroad, I will keep secret and will never reveal. -- The Hippocratic Oath, excerpts from the original text translated into English

    A dispute over Christianity is a dispute about the matters of life and death.

    If either side is immovable, then death is the result of conflicts of will. How are conflicts of will resolved? By submission to the truth of God's word. These observations bear a strain of the Gospel.

    It would appear that Healthcare is the biggest consumer rip-off in America, considering, among other things, the estimated annual number of iatrogenic deaths at 750,000 (approximately one patient per doctor), the "U.S. lags behind 41 nations in life span," the "US has the most expensive healthcare in the world, . . . Americans spend more for drugs than any other country in the world, . . . . and so forth, and so on. See: "The current 'lack of moral vigour' " below.
    Federal, state, and local governments are not considered to be in the business sphere, as is healthcare. But, in fact, the Federal government is the biggest business in the world. Government, with a practically unlimited budget and practically no unaccountable for its actions, and is fraught with incompetence, corruption, waste, theft, and fraud, that repeatedly hemorrhages, depresses, and collapse the national economy.

    A blue code of silence has protected police officers from being reported for misconduct. This unwritten rule keeps fellow officers from revealing errors or criminal activity. Now a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that a similar code of silence prevents many doctors from reporting colleagues who are impaired or incompetent.
    Even though the AMA has a code of ethics that states doctors have an ethical obligation to report such behavior, a survey of nearly 3,000 physicians found that many don't comply. In this research, about one third who knew of an incompetent colleague did not report the person to the relevant authorities. Reasons for not reporting included the belief that someone else would take action, the worry that nothing would happen as a result of a report and the fear of retribution. The authors conclude that the current atmosphere results in patients being exposed to unacceptable risks. -- JAMA, July, 14 2010

    The current "lack of moral vigor" in our society has resulted in an unwritten "code red." If a colleague in an organization reports incompetency or error, regardless of how tactful and respectful they are, leadership tends to unite, and to brand the 'whistle blower" as a "trouble maker."
    "Code red," as practiced in the military, was dramatized in the movie A Few Good Men (1992).
    In healthcare the victim of a "code red" might be either a practictioner or a patient. If practitioner who reports medical error, malpractice, misconduct, or price gouging, then he becomes the victim and may lose his job and have difficult finding another one.
    Likewise a patient who reports medical error, malpractice, misconduct, or price gouging, may find that suddenly they are dropped as a patient or "given a hard time" by their previous local healthcare support group. They may be denied medical care in the future.
    "Code red" may be thought of as a corollary to the "blue code of silence" that "has protected police officers [and doctors and healthcare workers], from being reported for misconduct. This unwritten rule keeps fellow officers from revealing errors or criminal activity."
    The "code red" and "blue code of silence" in healthcare are just several reasons why things have gone so horribly wrong and at the same time the Medical Profession does not seem to care.

    1. "The United States slipped to No. 37 [41 as of August 2007, see Ohlemacher below], in health care around the world, just slightly ahead of Slovenia." (World Health Organization, 2000 report, based on 1997 data.)
    2. "The United States spends $6,096 a year per person, versus $229 a year in Cuba. And astronomically more money doesn't mean far better outcomes. In fact, Americans live just a little bit longer than Cubans, on average." -- Dr. Sanjay Gupta
    3. "Life expectancies in Cuba are about equal to those in America despite being outspent by America 26 to 1 in health care"
    4. "We are No. 43 in the world in infant mortality." -- Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
    5. "The Institute of Medicine reports that the average patient experiences at least one error every day he is hospitalized."
    6. "Medical errors are a major cause of disability and death."
    7. "A heart surgeon goes through seven (7) years of training."
    8. "The annual death toll from medical errors is estimated at 44,000 to 98,000 Americans."
    9. "About 18,000 people die each year as a result of the lack of health insurance." (Institute of Medicine, January 2004 report)
    10. "We have a tragedy taking place every year now -- 18,000 people a year, these are the, these are the actual official statistics, 18,000 people a year die in this country for no other reason other than the fact that they don't have a health insurance card. That's six 9/11s every single year." -- Michael Moore
    11. "Los Angeles authorities are investigating allegations that a dozen area hospitals have dumped more than 50 homeless patients downtown."
    12. "Just this past week [6/29/07], the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated there are about 43.6 million uninsured people in the country. In March, the Census Bureau put the number at 44.8 million.
    13. "The health insurance plans of 50 million people in this country leave them underinsured."
    14. "Moore began this [SiCKO], project by advertising on the Web for tales of health care woe. Within a week, he had received 25,000 e-mails."
    15. "It's true that the United States is the only country in the western world without free universal access to health care."
    16. Gitmo [The US detainee center for alleged terrorists on Guantonamo Bay, Cuba], is "the only place on American soil with free universal health care."
    17. A "former British Politico . . . stated, 'If you can find money to kill people [wage war on terrorism], then you can find money to help people [universal health care]."
    18. "Today, as Moore noted, both on Capitol Hill and in his film, there are four health care lobbyists in Washington for every member of Congress."
    19. "Insurance and pharmaceutical companies, along with the elitest doctors who control the AMA and every hospital's board of trustees, buy politicians on both sides of the aisle. Moore does a good job of exposing this. He did a good job of bringing up how insurance companies weasel their way out of paying . . . ."
    20. "Moore whacks the U.S. political system for catering to the needs of the insurance industry not the citizenry, pointing out that the health care lobby pumps millions of dollars into the campaigns of lawmakers."
    21. "The insurance company is the one deciding whether or not the doctor can perform a procedure or a treatment on a patient. I mean, just think about that. You go to see a doctor, the doctor says, I think you need this particular operation. But the doctor just can't order the operation or send you to a specialist. He has to call someone sitting in a cubicle, maybe 1,000 miles away, who can then give permission. And as you see in my film, the doctors who work at the insurance companies, they get bonuses for denying the most number of claims."
    22. "Over the past 10 years health care premiums have grown at four times the rate of wages and inflation, and insurance company profits have nearly tripled. . . . Insurance companies are for-profit businesses, and the way they maximize profits is by minimizing payments. . . ."
    23. "Medical reviewers for one health insurance company who rendered the most denials received bonuses."
    24. "Among the insurers mentioned are Humana Inc., where chief executive Michael McCallister received about $5.9 million in salary and other compensation in 2006, and Aetna Inc., where chief executive Ronald Williams last year received salary and other compensation totaling about $30.9 million. Those figures were determined by an AP analysis of company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission."
    25. "Of course it [the Medicare prescription drug benefit Act, Medicare Part D], was really a bill to hand over $800 billion of our tax dollars to the drug and health insurance industry."
    26. "Who are we to let moneyed interests and powerful lobbies construct a country that best serves their needs rather than ours?"
    27. "Who are we that we let insurers deny coverage to our neighbors because they are too tall, or have too many seasonal allergies?"
    28. "Who are we that our hospitals push the ill and indigent into cabs, and drop them off, disoriented and clad in a paper-thin gown, on skid row?"
    29. "Who are we to let national pride blind us to these better alternatives?"
    30. "Moore's solution . . . is to give all Americans free universal coverage. He paints insurance companies as the villains."
    31. "But the weight of evidence Moore marshals [in his documentary "SiCKO"], for taking the profit motive out of medicine is overwhelming." [America's healthcare crisis also is a violation of the human rights to life, liberty, and property (see statistics herein) and compels action by the public].
    32. "The California Nurses Association, which supports a single-payer system, is organizing across the country in conjunction with the movie's appearance."
    33. "A bill has been proposed in Congress, The United States National Health Insurance (NHI) Act (HR 676), non-profit Medicare for All, outlines a national health care program that will provide guaranteed affordable health care and prescription drugs to everyone in the country." (6/29/07), [If the citizen, voter, activist, resolution writer, petitioner, first does the arithmetic, they will see, in terms of human life and wealth (national and personal), that fixing the US Healthcare Crisis is of greater importance than ending our preemptive war in Iraq. And it becomes apparent that the inertia of those in the driver's seat, the US Congress, is as great in the case of reforming healthcare as their inertia is in ending the war.
      You Congressmen, you CEOs in the Healthcare Industry, you who are plundering those you lead and your fellow countrymen, your covetousness in pursuing your own self-interests, your covetousness has turned to blood guiltiness. The Lord's "judgments are made manifest." (Revelation 15:4b) The Lord will deal with you. "It is not over until leaders meet their Maker." (Isaiah 33:22; Revelation 22:12)] -- compiler
    34. "Overall, NHI would save about $350 billion annually on bureaucracy and profits, more than enough to pay for covering the uninsured and improving coverage for the tens of millions who are currently UNDER-insured."

    Job security and job performance in healthcare
    "Working oneself out of a job," would be the equivalent, in healthcare, of developing a cure for, or preventing major diseases, addictions, or abnormal behaviors -- of fostering a society of healthy individuals who do not need doctors. It would be the equivalent of educating the patient so they know how to prevent disease and stay healthy.
    Notice that the "fact of incurability" is built into the business model of most recovery programs (i.e., "once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic.") Yet there is ample documented evidence that this fact is not true.
    Not being able to trust God to provide a table before us, to provide a lifetime of employment, contributes, in part, to a whole array of unethical practices in healthcare, a few of the more egregious being: flip-flopping after taking the Hippocratic Oath and receiving a Medical License from the state (which is essentially a monopoly, and fosters lack of competition and price fixing), and then pursing the personal goal of becoming a "wealthy doctor," performing unnecessary surgery to "keep the mill running," deliberate misdiagnosis in order to perform expensive procedures, "stuffing" hospital bills with costs for "standby equipment" that is not used, recommending procedures or prescribing medicines that involve serious risks without informing the patient of the risks involved, "price fixing" through corporate monopolies and professional "trusts," the $1,000 crown and build up, the $6,000 orthodontist treatment, the $6,000 hearing aid, $600 for 100 Prozac capsules when the generic version (though not identical and not as effective) is $4, $9,500 to $18,850 (January 2007) for prenatal care and delivery (bearing a child is a normal process) depending upon the type of delivery and the geographical location, performing unnecessary C-sections (Washington, DC has one of the highest rates of C-sections in the country) -- without insurance they can run from $14,000 to $25,000, failure to diagnose hypothyrodism which can lead to physiological depression and a constellation of symptoms, resulting in multiple doctor visits and wrong diagnose over a lifetime, and seriously degrading quality of life, public advertising of healthcare organizations, public advertising of prescription drugs, "paper-thin" health insurance, recent changes in bankruptcy laws excluding medical expenses from bankruptcy (medical bills are the leading cause of bankruptcy), and so forth, and so on, and on, and on, and on -- all because leaders and professionals can not trust in God to provide them with a livelihood throughout their lives.
    It is not surprising that doctors have the highest suicide rate of any professional group.
    This tendency to be fearful of losing one livelihood is seen in every sphere of the economy. Similarly corrupted business models are found in the oil, the automotive, and the healthcare industries.
    In the final analysis, of course, our livelihood and our competence in life depend upon trusting in God and in his commandments, laws, statutes, principles and practices -- in his word, which is the highest ethical standard known to mankind. It has been said "the only lesson we have to learn is to trust in God." Of course, this is a general statement, but it is broadly relevant.

    Trusting in men instead of trusting in God results in incompetence and corruption
    The unregenerate, the skeptic, regardless of their level in society, look to men for their livelihood and well-being, instead of trusting in God to prepare a table before me in the face of mine enemies, to care for them and to satisfy their needs throughout life, a lesson that King David learned and expressed in Psalm 23:5,6. They are blind to spiritual values and swallowed up by needs of the flesh.
    The skeptic, who can not trust God, is more worried about loosing his job than he is worried about job duties, responsibilities, and performance. This inevitably leads to incompetence and corruption in the workplace.
    This obsessive preoccupation with job security, whether conscious or sub-conscious, also applies to elected officials, from top to bottom, who make demands on subordinates to not "rock the boat," to not jeopardize their popularity with the electorate, leading to the observation that "all bureaucracies are incompetent and corrupt."
    The "savvy" Washington bureaucrat is "hog-tied" because he is more interested in "covering his butt," not jeopardizing his easy, secure, well-paying, lifetime "career" with retirement and benefits, than in carrying out his responsibilities, especially regulatory or enforcement duties (i.e. the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), the Securities and Exchange Commission). The net effect is paralysis in the workplace. Friday evening rush hour in Washington, DC is said to be the most sluggish of any city in the country.
    Calvin unfolds Scripture on this fact of the incompetence and corruption of the unregenerate, the blind, in their fearful pursuit of fleshly needs. See: his commentary on Proverbs 1:7, Genesis 4:7, Genesis 25:29-34, Hebrews 2:14,15, and Matthew 16:26.

    The new AMA study on doctors silence regarding incompetence of fellow physicians is a joke. This code of silence has been going on for centuries. I almost died of viral pneumonia 35 years ago because of the incompetence of a physician. A friend who was a nurse told me secretly that I needed to find another doctor because the one I was going to had a very bad reputation among the hospital personnel. When I asked her why nobody ever did anything about him she told me not to ask, and never never mention what she had told me, or she'd be fired. And blacklisted every where in the city. I seriously doubt if this new study will change a thing. -- Reader's Comment

    American Medical Association (AMA) Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs, Code of Medical Ethics: Current Opinions With Annotations, 2004-2005, ISBN: 1579477771 9781579477776.
    "For more than 155 years, the AMA Code of Medical Ethics has been considered the most comprehensive ethics guide for physicians, covering a wide range of issues related to the patient-physician relationship, such as confidentiality and end-of-life care. It also addresses social policy issues that affect medical practice matters as well as medical records, fees and charges, professional rights and more. This edition features:

    1. More than 185 ethical opinions of the AMA's Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs
    2. Clarification of opinions on gifts to physicians from industry and sales of goods from physician's offices 12 new opinions including those on privacy, genomic research, electronic mail, errors, health-related Web sites and cloning
    3. Includes the revised copy of the Principles of Medical Ethics
    4. Detailed annotations of case law and journal articles to speed and assist research
    "CODE OF MEDICAL ETHICS: CURRENT OPINIONS WITH ANNOTATIONS 2004-2005 is the definitive authority on medical professionalism and is especially valuable as the legal system is showing a greater willingness to look to the Principles and Opinions as a basis for health care law." -- Publisher
    http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/2512.html (broken link as of May 30, 2017)

    Anderson, J.N.D, Issues of Life and Death: Abortion, Birth Control, Capital Punishment, ISBN: 0877847215, 0340231513.

    Belgum, David Rudolph, Religion and Medicine: Essays on Meaning, Values, and Health.

    Bersoff, Donald N., Ethical Conflicts in Psychology, ISBN: 155798591X 9781557985910 1557985995 9781557985996.

    *Blanchard, Ken, and Marietta Abrams Brill, What Your Doctor may not Tell you About Hypothyroidism: A Simple Plan for Extraordinary Results, ISBN: 0446690619 9780446690614.
    Foreword by Mary J. Shomon. (See also Mary Shomon's book Living Well With Hypothyroidism below.)
    "Depression, fatigue, headaches, memory lapses, weight gain, constipation, cold intolerance, slowed reflexes, hair loss, menstrual abnormalities -- these are some of the vague, sometimes debilitating symptoms that, in varying combinations, plague more than 13 million patients with hypothyroidism. Unfortunately, many patients with hypothyroidism go for months to years, from doctor to doctor, from test to tests without being properly diagnosed. This is because the TSH blood test, considered the gold standard for diagnosis, is simply not an accurate indicator of hypothryoidism. Perhaps more perplexing, millions who are properly diagnosed find themselves undergoing often ineffective treatments for their disorder. At last, there is a solution: Dr. Blanchard's groundbreaking treatment program draws on emerging research, medical facts, and three decades of clinical experiences as an endocrinologist. It's an individualized program that uses questionnaires and charts to help diagnose sufferers through symptoms, not lab results -- and treats patients of all ages with the safe, but little used T3 hormone in the best combination with the more common T4 hormone, as well as with specific nutritional advice and alternative treatments that really work!" -- Publisher
    The thyroid regulates metabolism and effects every organ in the body. Experts estimates that as many as 20 million Americans, or more, may be affected by hypothyroidism. Women are more often affected than men. Illnesses, exposure to toxic chemicals, physical injury of the thyroid, and heredity my cause hypothyroidism. Therefore, if you have a "condition" that has never been diagnosed, then look into the possibility of hypothroidism. Anyone who has trouble with depression should undergo a two-week diagnostic trial with thyroid hormones, because depression "is a typical misdiagnosis of hypothyroidism."
    If a reader thinks they may have hypothyroidism, or knows someone who may have hypothyroidism, then the best thing to do is to read Ken Blanchard's book. It is written to both the patient and the physician. The book guides the patient in preparing a medical history that will expose hypothyroidism. Present the medical history to the doctor and request a two week clinical trial of levothyroxine (Synthroid) synthetic T4 hormone replacement. If you feel better during the trial, then that is the diagnosis. Keep in mind that many patients and those advancing in years may have sub-clinical hypothyroidism (light cases) and may benefit by hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
    Untangling Thyroid Confusion, April 9, 2005
    "There is a little gland in your neck that can control your sex life, your weight, your energy and even your mood. But surprisingly, this gland (the thyroid) frequently gets out of whack. Of the 20 million Americans who have thyroid disorders, more than half don't realize it, according to the American Medical Women's Association. Does our diet affect the thyroid gland. Do prescription drugs or chemicals in our environment interfere with proper thyroid functioning? And how do we know when our thyroid is not working adequately? You will find out why it is important to look beyond the lab tests to the patient's symptoms to understand the story behind thyroid insufficiency. Guests: Kenneth Blanchard, M.D., Ph.D., is a board certified endocrinologist. Along with his private practice in Newton-Wellesley, Massachusetts, he also addresses many types of groups on the topic of hypothyroidism, and is considered an authority on the subject. He is the co-author of WHAT YOUR DOCTOR MAY NOT TELL YOU ABOUT HYPOTHYROIDISM: A SIMPLE PLAN FOR EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS. Mary Shomon is a patient advocate and author. Her books include LIVING WELL WITH HYPOTHYROIDISM and THE THYROID DIET: MANAGE YOUR METABOLISM FOR LASTING WEIGHT LOSS."
    http://www.peoplespharmacy.org/archives/radio_shows/538_untangling_thyroid_confusion.asp

    Brown, Harold O.J., Biblical Perspective: The Right to Die

    Brownlee, Shannon, Overtreated: Why too Much Medicine is Making us Sicker and Poorer, 368 pages, ISBN: 9781582345796 1582345791.
    "My choice for the economics book of the year -- it's the best description I have yet read of a huge economic problem that we know how to solve -- but is so often misunderstood." -- David Leonhardt, New York Times
    "Our health care is staggeringly expensive, yet one in six Americans has no health insurance. We have some of the most skilled physicians in the world, yet one hundred thousand patients die each year from medical errors. In this gripping, eye-opening book, award-winning journalist Shannon Brownlee takes readers inside the hospital to dismantle some of our most venerated myths about American medicine. Brownlee dissects what she calls 'the medical-industrial complex' and lays bare the backward economic incentives embedded in our system, revealing a stunning portrait of the care we now receive.
    "Nevertheless, OVERTREATED ultimately conveys a message of hope by reframing the debate over health care reform. It offers a way to control costs and cover the uninsured while simultaneously improving the quality of American medicine. Shannon Brownlee's humane, intelligent, and penetrating analysis empowers readers to avoid the perils of overtreatment, as well as pointing the way to better health care for everyone.
    "With a new afterword offering practical advice to patients on how to navigate the health care system.
    "Shannon Brownlee's stories and essays about medicine, health care, and biotechnology have appeared in such publications as the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, and Time. Born and raised in Honolulu, she holds a master's degree in biology from the University of California. She is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. Brownlee lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with her husband and son." -- Publisher

    *Cameron, Nigel M. de S., The New Age Medicine: Life and Death After Hippocrates, ISBN: 089107645X 9780891076452.
    "With the abandonment of the 2500 year old Hippocratic oath, replacing it with ethical relativism, the medical profession increasingly sees itself not only as healers but as killers also. MUST READING!" -- Publisher "While Kevorkian is now languishing long-term in jail, the Netherlands end-of-life protections have been rolled back in law, and public opposition to physicians killing patients is declining. Where did today's deadly medicine come from? Where is it leading? The answers are clearly contained in this fresh edition of the acclaimed book by leading bioethicist Nigel Cameron."
    "Nigel Cameron is Dean of the Wilberforce Forum in Washington, DC, and former Provost at Trinity International University in Deerfield Illinois. A consultant in bioethics and public policy issues on both sides of the Atlantic, he founded the Journal Ethics and Medicine, and has testified before the U.S. Congress. . . ." -- Publisher
    "Recent events, such as the widespread acceptance of the book, Final Exit, show that the very foundation upon which all humane medical practice is based is in danger of being replaced with ethical relativism. Cameron's book could very well be a rallying point for those in the profession who know something is wrong." -- Publisher "I hope this disturbing book will be widely read." -- J.I. Packer

    Cheney, Darwin, Ethical Issues in Research, ISBN: 9781555720162 1555720161.

    Covenant Enterprises, Forum for Biblical Ethics in Medicine Second Annual Medical Ethics Conference

    *Day, Lorraine, AIDS: What the Government Isn't Telling You, ISBN: 0963094009 9780963094001.
    Statistics show 3-5 percent of AIDS victims have no known reason to have the disease on the basis of "high risk" behavior. This book discusses some of the other ways the disease is being contacted, among other subjects. Lists safety recommendations. The author is considered by some to be the finest orthopedic surgeon in the country. The advice for avoiding AIDS -- do not allow the blood or body fluids of any other individual to get on your skin. Transmission by mosquitoes or other insects could account for the high incidence of AIDS in tropical countries. AIDS, she says in her book, is "the first massively and systematically politicized disease that has been falsified, misrepresented, and then whitewashed to the public."

    DeParrie, Paul, Dark Cures: Have Doctors Lost Their Ethics? ISBN: 1563840995 9781563840999.

    Finley, Martha (aka Martha Farquharson, 1828-1909), Book 2: Elsie's Holidays at Roselands, ISBN: 9781888306323 1888306327.
    "When Elsie's father becomes ill, she takes on the job of nurse-companion, and all goes well until Elsie, because it is the Sabbath, as a matter of conscience refuses to read to him from a secular book. The battle of wills that ensues nearly causes first her father's death, and then Elsie's. Lonely Elsie -- punished, ostracized, and then abandoned by her father -- turns to her heavenly Father for comfort and assurance. Will her father realize that Elsie's obedience to God must be paramount, and submit himself to the same Divine Authority?" -- Publisher
    On an even more serious note, one moral of this story is the broader life and death struggle between Truth and Falsehood (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism," "Epistemology," "Christian Scholarship"). The consequence of conflict of will is death of the "One," or war of the "Many" (see Rushdoony, The One and the Many). Conflict of will (see "Will and Recalcitrance," "Rebellion and Lawlessness") may begin when one individual (see "The Doctrine of Man (Human Nature, Total Depravity)" or corporate body (see "Corporate Faithfulness and Sanctification") tries to usurping authority over another (see "Power," "Authority") -- tries to control and possess them (see "Tyranny," "Slavery"). The means of control may be either outward or occult (see "The Occult and Spiritism"): deceit, repression or suppression of the truth, replacing moral and ethical absolutes with relativism (see "Ethics," "Medical Ethics"), unfaithfulness to the highest ethical standards (see "The Ten Commandments," "The Holy Bible"), apostasy, spiritual whoredom (see "Idolatry," "Jeremiah"), invocation of the demonic, idolatry, ungodly alliance and secret societies (see "Carnality and Flesh Pleasing," "Justice, Judgment, God's Final Judgment, The Great White Throne Judgment, The Day of the Lord"), attempts to take authority over another politically or by mental malpractice (see "Selection of Covenant Heads for Positions of Leadership"), "making up their own rules (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism)," ignoring or changing constitutional or creedal documents, unjust laws for the accumulation of wealth and power, indebtedness, disenfranchisement, denial of freedom (see "God the Author of Freedom"), soul-stealing, possessiveness, physical seduction and whoredom, political economic or sexual enslavement (see "Sexual Relationship"), and so forth, and so on.
    This abuse, this soul-violence, quenches the Holy Spirit (see Owen, "God's Presence With a People the Spring of Their Prosperity; With Their Special Interest in Abiding in Him"). If either side is immovable, then death is the consequence (see "Soteriology," "The Atonement," "The Blood of Christ," "Hell" and "Heaven").
    How are conflicts of will resolved? By submission to the Absolute Truths of God's word, the great common denominator (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6). All this bears a strain of the Gospel (see "Book-length Presentations of the Free Offer of The Gospel Message of Salvation and the Life to Come: The Means of Grace," "The Westminster Confession of Faith").
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    *Graedon, Joe, and Teresa Graedon, Top Screwups Doctors Make and how to Avoid Them, 1st edition, October 4, 2011, 336 pages, ISBN: 9780307460912 0307460916.
    "Health care screwups are one of the leading causes of death in America, killing as many as 750,000 people annually. That's more than heart attacks or cancer. And yet most people don't know this, including most physicians. From diagnostic disasters to deadly drug interactions, the bestselling authors of The People's Pharmacy expose the alarming epidemic of medical mistakes in America -- and offer a lifesaving prescription to make the healthcare system safe again.
    "There is a culture of cover-up in medicine that has been very effective at keeping mistakes secret. A recent study found that the most sophisticated way of detecting harm in the hospital identified 100 times more problems than doctors reported. (Health Affairs, April, 2011)
    "Medical mistakes happen all the time. Each year, 6.1 million Americans are harmed by diagnostic mistakes, drug disasters, and medical treatments. . . . Patient advocates Joe and Teresa Graedon came face-to-face with the tragic consequences of doctors' screwups when Joe's mother died in Duke Hospital -- one of the best in the world -- due to a disastrous series of preventable errors. The good news is that we can protect ourselves and our loved ones by being educated and vigilant medical consumers. The Graedons give patients the specific, practical steps they need to take to ensure their safety: the questions to ask before getting a final diagnosis, tips for promoting good communication with your doctor, presurgery checklists, how to avoid deadly drug interactions, and more. . . .
    "In TOP SCREWUPS DOCTORS MAKE AND HOW TO AVOID THEM, the Graedons expose the most common medical mistakes, from doctor's offices and hospitals to the pharmacy counters and nursing homes. Patients across the country shared their riveting horror stories, and doctors recounted the disastrous -- and sometimes deadly -- consequences of their colleagues' oversights and errors. While many patients feel vulnerable and dependent on their health care providers, this book is a startling wake-up call to how wrong doctors can be. . . .
    "The good news is that we can protect ourselves, and our loved ones, by being educated and vigilant medical consumers. The Graedons give patients the specific, practical steps they need to take to ensure their safety: the questions to ask a specialist before getting a final diagnosis, tips for promoting good communication with your doctor, presurgery checklists, how to avoid deadly drug interactions, and much more." -- Publisher
    "Joe and Teresa Graedon have performed an enormous public service by putting this book together. Unfortunately, an epidemic of medical adverse events -- preventable lethal mistakes -- are destroying the quality of American healthcare. In all my years as a physician and an advocate for a safer, error-free health care system, I have never seen a more practical and readable guide to help patients become more vigilant and proactive in preventing medical errors. If you or someone you love is facing a serious illness or major surgery, defend yourself: Buy this book, read it cover to cover. No one cares more about your life than you do. If you were faced with a lethal threat, you would naturally do everything in your power to defend yourself. Put this book in your holster. Arm yourself. Take it with you to the hospital. And save your own life." -- Allan J. Hamilton, MD, FACS, professor of surgery and radiation oncology, University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, author of The Scalpel and the Soul
    "From my perspective, TOP SCREWUPS DOCTORS MAKE AND HOW TO AVOID THEM represents the evolution or transformation of the Graedons from strong consumer advocates to genuine full-fledged skeptics. This book is nothing like earlier Peoples Pharmacy books. This is not your father's Oldsmobile. I think it is fair to say that the Graedons are today nowhere near as sanguine about our medical system as they were for so many years.
    "Some people say that some non-fiction authors keep writing the same book over and over again, only updating the evidence to support their case. In my view, this book represents a major departure from the Graedons' books in the past. I think the Graedons are now in their mid-sixties and I have no idea how many more books they intend to write. This book strikes me as their attempt to finally lay it all on the line. The Graedons accurately point out that the problem of pharmacy mistakes is horrifying and that the public largely has no idea how significant this problem is. A few years back, ABC's '20/20' did a no-holds-barred undercover investigation of pharmacy mistakes. The segment was titled 'Pharmacy Errors: Unreported Epidemic?' In my opinion that is an accurate description of the problem except that the question mark should have been replaced with an exclamation point. Search Google for 'pharmacy mistakes' if you have any doubt about how serious this problem is." -- Reader's Comment

    Hadler, Nortin M., Worried Sick: A Prescription for Health in an Overtreated America, ISBN: 0807831875 9780807831878.
    "At a time when access to health care in the United States is being widely debated, Nortin Hadler argues that an even more important issue is being overlooked. Although necessary health care should be available to all who need it, he says, the current health-care debate assumes that everyone requires massive amounts of expensive care to stay healthy. Hadler urges that before we commit to paying for whatever pharmaceutical companies and the medical establishment tell us we need, American consumers need to adopt an attitude of skepticism and arm themselves with enough information to make some of their own decisions about what care is truly necessary.
    "Each chapter of WORRIED SICK is an object lesson regarding the uses and abuses of a particular type of treatment, such as mammography, colorectal screening, statin drugs, or coronary stents. For consumers and medical professionals interested in understanding the scientific basis for Hadler's arguments, each topical chapter has an accompanying source chapter in which Hadler discusses the medical literature and studies that inform his critique.
    "According to Hadler, a major stumbling block to rational health-care policy in the United States is contention over the very concept of what constitutes good health. By learning to distinguish good medical advice from persuasive medical marketing, consumers can make better decisions about their personal health and use that wisdom to inform their perspectives on health-policy issues.
    "Nortin M. Hadler, M.D., is professor of medicine and microbiology/immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is attending rheumatologist at UNC Hospitals. He is author or editor of numerous books, including THE LAST WELL PERSON: HOW TO STAY WELL DESPITE THE HEALTH-CARE SYSTEM." -- Publisher
    "WORRIED SICK is a follow up to Dr. Hadler's THE LAST WELL PERSON. It has updated research information and written for the public at large. In this book, Dr. Hadler examines many of the common diagnoses and treatments and questions their validity and scientific basis. He shows clearly that many are not based on science, and that treatments are of questionable value, and possibly harmful.
    "Here is a brief overview.

    1. Heart bypass surgery and angioplasty: Dr. Hadler explains how bypass surgery has not been shown to be of any use. In fact, some patients whose chests were simply opened and closed had similar improvements in their level of pain after the surgery. However, those who had the surgery experiencing dementia (40 percent) and difficulty returning back to their regular jobs. Although, the efficacy of this treatment has never been proven, it and angioplasty continues to account for 500,000 procedures a year in the US.
    2. Type 2 diabetes: He mentions that increase blood glucose level is an expected part of aging, and the effort to regulate blood sugar with medication has shown no effect in terms of preventing damage to the eyes or kidneys or preventing heart disease or stroke. In fact, ten years of intensive therapy offered no real advantage to 1000 middle aged hyperglycemic (high blood glucose level) people. So, why would anyone want to be on therapy and suffer the side effects of medications that have no real benefits? He says changes in diet, weight loss, and exercise have are a much better approach. Also what is considered a high blood glucose level? Those levels are set by committees, not necessarily based on scientific medicine, but many times based on influence by pharmaceutical companies.
    3. Hypertension: Dr. Hadler also points out that high blood pressure is another area where science has not proven that by lowering the mild high blood pressure one can really make a difference in preventing heart disease or damage to organs. He recommends for people who have diabetes and hypertension and are elderly to be treated, if regular exercise, weight loss, and diet modifications do not help. But, to be focused on keeping the blood pressure at 120/80 and getting medication to those who are 140/90 and higher, and who have no symptoms and are feeling well, is not supported by research. One thing research has shown is that a cheap first generation diuretic works just as well as the latest and very expensive anti-hypertension drugs.
    4. Ruptured disc: He points out that the concept of ruptured disc as cause of back and leg pain was proposed some 70 years ago and should have remained there. There is no evidence that a ruptured disc causes any harm. All the spinal changes due to age detected in an MRI or CT scan are normal. Some 200 randomized studies clearly show that all the treatments ranging from spinal manipulation, shots, and surgeries are of no benefit. All studies have shown that patients who refused treatment recovered as well or better than those who were treated. He recommends taking Tylenol for the pain and discomfort and getting back into one's regular routine and job.
    5. Knee and shoulder pain: he also points out that knee pain is of the same case. The current diagnoses, such as a torn meniscus or torn rotator cuff, and treatments are of no value, and perhaps the solution is to take some Tylenol for the pain and keep going until the individual recovers, whether it's back or knee pain.
    6. HRT therapy for post menopausal women: here is another area which is touted as a way of preventing heart disease and osteoporosis in women. He points out that not only this has failed, but the equipment they use for testing is not accurate most of the time, and that the medications used for it don't really work. Exercise is a better alternative. Also hip replacement surgery could easily be replaced with pinning the hip, which is less costly with a faster recovery rate.
    7. Cancer screening: Like Dr. Welch, author of DO I NEED TO BE TESTED FOR CANCER, he too finds no scientific basis that screening well people for cancer has any benefit. He calls it, 'looking for a very small needle in a big hay stack.'
    "I used to trust my doctor and the medical system until I began to have back pain. Due to improper diagnoses and treatments I developed pain in my neck, legs, arms, hands, and became completely disabled. That's when I realized I needed to take charge of my own health. This is where physician and health educators like Dr. Hadler provide a great service. By the way, he is also a consultant to ABC News. You can watch his commentaries and read his writing at ABC News website." -- Reader's Comment
    "Case by case, drug by drug, test by test, and procedure by procedure, Hadler exposes the excesses, the unjustified costliness, and the ineffectiveness of the present medical scene. He presents a proposal for a health-care insurance system that will increase the health of the nation, provide only effective care, and reduce costs. All self-funded employers must read, absorb, and install Hadler's well-founded ideas." -- Clifton K. Meador, M.D., author of A Little Book of Doctors' Rules, Med School, and Symptoms of Unknown Origin

    Heimburger, Douglas C, Whatever Happened to sin and the Soul in Medicine?

    Kauffman, Joel M., Malignant Medical Myths: Why Medical Treatment Causes 200,000 Deaths in the USA Each Year, and how to Protect Yourself, ISBN: 0741429098 9780741429094. Includes bibliographical references and index.
    "A fearless exposé of mainstream medicine's most revered dogma, MALIGNANT MEDICAL MYTHS is solidly based on trusted medical and nutritional books and journals. Americans spend $2 trillion per year on health care, about $7,000 each, yet it buys almost the poorest healthcare among developed countries, with 200,000 deaths per year from medical treatment. Find out why advice from authorities on screening tests, drugs, diet, exercise, alcohol, radiation, radon, and water fluoridation is often wrong and commercially motivated. See how clinical trials are slanted. Understand how 'sickness' is created to sell treatments, and which government agencies support these shenanigans.
    "Joel M. Kauffman obtained a B.S. in Chemistry from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, now called University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USP), and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After 11 years of experience in the chemical industry, Dr. Kauffman joined USP in 1979, rising to Professor of Chemistry. His experience includes about 10 years of exploratory drug development at USP and 4 years at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He obtained grants and contracts from many sources including the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, the Office of Naval Research and the Army Research Office and several manufacturing companies. With 80 papers on chemical and medical topics, and 11 patents, including 2 on antituberculosis drugs, Dr. Kauffman has turned his attention to exposing fraud in medicine." -- Publisher
    "In MALIGNANT MEDICAL MYTHS, he questions the following medical myths, as he calls them, put forth by health and medical 'experts:'

    1. Taking an aspirin a day will make you live longer.
    2. Low-carb diets are unsafe and don't work for weight loss.
    3. Using statin drugs to lower cholesterol will improve health.
    4. People over 50 should take medicine for hypertension.
    5. A drink a day keeps the doctor away.
    6. Exercise! Run for your life! No pain, no gain.
    7. EDTA chelation therapy for atherosclerosis is dangerous.
    8. Radiation is dangerous except when administered by an oncologist.
    9. Yearly mammograms extend life.
    10. Cancer treatments have cure rates of 60 percent.
    11. Fluoride in the water prevents tooth decay and is safe.
    "If you believe ANY of the above statements as medically accurate, then you need to get MALIGNANT MEDICAL MYTHS. Kauffman outlines for you his extensive research on each of these and explains to you the truth using scientific studies and information so you can be armed for battle when you come up against these myths again in the future. -- Reader's Comment

    Kilner, John, Nigel M. de S. Cameron, and David Schiedermayer (editor) Bioethics and the Future of Medicine: A Christian Appraisal, ISBN: 0853646740 9780853646747.

    Knudsen, Robert D., Ethics and Birth Control
    Typescript (mimeographed) "The slightly revised form of a paper presented before the 16th annual convention of the American Scientific Affiliation in Houghton, New York, Aug. 22-25, 1961." Article published originally in The Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation; 14, no. 1. Description: 9 leaves; 28 cm."

    Leung, Michael C.M., Misdiagnosis and Fraud

    Martin, Mike W., From Morality to Mental Health: Virtue and Vice in a Therapeutic Culture, ISBN: 0195304713 9780195304718.

    Mendelsohn, Robert S., Male [Mal]practice: How Doctors Manipulate Women, ISBN: 0809259745 9780809259748.
    "A lot of practical advice is given regarding questions to ask the doctor when he suggests surgery. Includes the chapter 'Fifty Drugs Every Woman Should Think Twice About Before Taking'." -- Publisher

    Moynihan, Ray, and Alan Cassels, Selling Sickness: How the World's Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies are Turning us all Into Patients, ISBN: 1560256974 9781560256977.
    "Thirty years ago, the head of the drug company Merck made some remarkably candid comments about his distress that his company's market was limited to sick people. Suggesting he would like Merck to be more like the maker of Wrigley's chewing gum, the CEO said it had long been his dream to make drugs for healthy people, to 'sell to everyone.'
    "That dream now drives the marketing machinery of the most profitable industry on earth. From award-winning Ray Moynihan, one of the world's top medical journalists, SELLING SICKNESS reveals how widening the boundaries of illness and lowering the threshold for treatments is creating millions of new patients and billions in new profits. This in turn is driving up personal drug bills and threatening to bankrupt national health systems all over the world. As more and more ordinary life is 'medicalized,' the industry moves ever closer to being able to 'sell to everyone'." -- Publisher

    Orr, Robert, David L. Schiedermayer, and David B. Biebel, Life and Death Decisions, ISBN: 080105270X 9780801052705.
    "Designed to help readers make informed decisions about emotionally charged issues, LIFE AND DEATH DECISIONS sorts through the facts, concerns, and options that are integral to each issue. Biblically based and medically reliable, this single volume will help you evaluate the latest medical technologies in the light of Christian ethics." -- Publisher

    Ozner, Michael D., The Great American Heart Hoax: Lifesaving Advice Your Doctor Should Tell you About Heart Disease Prevention (But Probably Never Will), ISBN: 9781933771540 1933771542.
    "Addressing the importance of preventative measures over uncertain surgeries, this groundbreaking study reveals the secret to cardiovascular health. Illustrating the disturbing realities about the heart industry and how undependable bypass surgery can be, this survey argues the alternative -- know the majority of people can employ much simpler methods, such as a change in diet, to achieve better results. Also featured is a 12-step program to improve heart health and reduce the risk of heart disease, including dieting advice, tips on exercise and stress management, methods for controlling cholesterol and blood pressure, and recommended vitamins and medicines.
    "Michael Ozner, MD, is medical director of the Cardiovascular Prevention Institute of South Florida and a clinical assistant professor of medicine and cardiology at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He is the author of THE MIAMI MEDITERRANEAN DIET. He lives in Miami." -- Publisher
    "HEART HOAX is horrifying because it reveals many troubling facts about America's cardiac surgery industry. As a longtime medical advocate and critic of our healthcare system, I've known that too many heart surgeries are being performed in America; I just didn't know how many too many! In his book, Dr. Ozner reveals that, of the more than 1.5 million angioplasties and coronary bypass surgeries performed annually in the U.S., fully 70-90 percent are not only unnecessary, but are also detrimental -- and in some cases, even cause death. I knew that many diagnostic tests expose patients to radiation, but I didn't know that the 64-slice CT scan -- so often used to detect clogged arteries -- gives a patient the equivalent of the radiation from FIVE HUNDRED X-RAYS. And while I had known that the simple cholesterol test, which doctors routinely use as a predictor of cardiac risk, does NOT give the full picture, I did not know that it correctly predicts risk IN ONLY 40 percent of cases -- AND that there is another blood test (which doctors normally do NOT use), which can correctly predict cardiac risk in 90 percent of patients. All of these facts -- and more -- add up to what Dr. Ozner refers to as the GREAT AMERICAN HEART HOAX. The truth, writes Dr. Ozner, is that invasive cardiologists HAVE KNOWN many of these 'dirty secrets' for years, but have chosen to ignore them, in the unholy goal of 'following the money.'
    "So, why do I say that this book is also empowering? Because, the expose takes up only one part of the book. In the second half, Dr. Ozner gives us the 'good news,' by laying out his solution: a 10-step prevention program he has used successfully with his patients for nearly 30 years. It combines the Mediterranean Diet -- with lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish and healthy fats -- with nutritional supplements, exercise, stress reduction, and lots more. After reading this book, you will know how to prevent a heart attack and, if you have already had one, how to greatly reduce your chances of ever having another." -- Reader's Comment

    Palmer, B.M., The Pious Physician; or, The Claims of Religion Upon the Medical Profession.

    *Payne, Franklin E., Jr., Biblical/Medical Ethics: The Christian and the Practice of Medicine, ISBN: 0880620684 9780880620680.
    "First half establishes a biblical basis for medical ethics, the need for an unchanging, authoritative moral standard, and the uncertain efficacy of modern medicine. 'I am advocating a realistic understanding of its limitations, as well as its potential. Medicine does not deserve the great expectations for health which many of its leaders, physicians, public press, and lay advocates claim.' Second half discusses the role of the church in health care and a series of ethical issues: abortion, psychotherapy, death and dying, euthanasia." -- David Powlison
    "Comes highly recommended by Jay Adams, Harold O.J. Brown, and R.J. Rushdoony. Written by a medical doctor who makes the issue clear and understandable. A must book for pastors, elders, deacons, counselors, and informed laymen." -- GCB

    *Payne, Franklin E., Making Biblical Decisions, ISBN: 0962320404 9780962320408.
    "Dr. Payne's book should be found on the shelf of every Christian home . . . it is bound to become a practical classic." -- Jay Adams
    "Biblical perspective to inform a range of ethical decisions: birth control, artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, genetic engineering, and death. 'We frequently overlook the fact that we live in a universe where the primary reality is supernatural.' 'My intent is to help all Christians know what is darkness and what is light within the practice of medicine'." -- David Powlison

    Poirier, T.I., An Evangelical Critique of Advance Directives, ISSN: 1050-3404.

    Poirier, T.I., Ethical Issues in Pharmacy: A Biblical Perspective, ISSN: 1050-3404.

    *Robbins, John (1949-2008), Freedom and Capitalism: Essays on Christian Politics and Economics (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, November, 2006), 650 pages, ISBN: 1891777157 9781891777158.
    Contains "The Ethics and Economics of Health Care" a lecture delivered at the Evangelical Theological Society meeting at Westminster Theological Seminary in 1994. It is 36 pages in length and is documented with footnotes and in text bibliography.
    We believe this is the definitive statement on "Single Payer Guaranteed, Quality National Health Insurance in the United States" and is a must-read for individuals whose lives are impacted by the unavailability of affordable health care in the United States. It is a must read for individuals who do not have the knowledge to make an informed decision about H.R. 676, yet recognize the profound importance of taking the right stand on the issue. -- compiler
    "One can agree that there are serious problems with the present health care and health insurance systems in the United States [writing in 1994 -- compiler]. Nothing in this paper should be construed as a defense of the status quo. But those serious problems arose because of government interference in the insurance and care systems."
    From the author's nine concluding points: "any political health-car plan is subversive of the fundamental moral values that have given the United States whatever moral authority it has in the world. Government planning is incompatible with freedom of choice in health care, freedom of contract, private planning, limited government, federalism, the rule of law, individual responsibility, the work ethic, and Christian charity. . . . is inimical to the Biblical ideas of sovereignty of God; the primacy of the individual; the proper function of the state; the sinfulness of theft, idleness, and envy; and the exercise of Christian charity. . . . The creation of a political-medical complex . . . is a necessary condition of a totalitarian state, as illustrated in the history of Germany. . . . involves the sinful use of force against patients, doctors, hospitals, insurance companies, drug companies, and taxpayers. . . ."
    The concluding points are followed by seven suggested steps to reform the present system.
    "Dr. John W. Robbins attended Grove City College (A.B. 1969) and The Johns Hopkins University (M.A. 1970, Ph.D. 1973). He has served as chief of staff for a Member of Congress [Ron Paul of Texas], editor of The Freeman magazine, Economist for The Heritage Foundation, and Professor of Political Philosophy in The Freedom School." -- Publisher

    Rutecki, G.W., A Biblical Response to Baby-making: Surrogacy, Artificial Insemination, in Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer, ISSN: 1050-3404.

    Rutecki, G.W., Rationing Medical Care to the Elderly Revisited: Futility as a Just Criterion, ISSN: 1050-3404.

    Rutecki, G.W., and J.D. Geib, Teach us to Number our Days: Age and the Rationing of Medical Care: Use of a Biblical Valuation of Personhood, ISSN: 1050-3404.

    Scranton, Pierce E., Death on the Learning Curve, ISBN: 9781600700149 1600700144.
    "A hospital operating room may not be as safe as you think it is. Hiding among the sterile scrubs and gleaming instruments of an operating room is a whole lot of high drama: split-second life-and-death decisions . . . deep questions of ethics . . . roaring personality conflicts . . . the glory of saving a life-and the horror when a simple procedure goes terribly wrong.
    "Renowned surgeon Pierce Scranton, Jr., kept a detailed diary of his internship year at a busy California teaching hospital. This book is a vivid, fictionalized memoir of that year in the trenches. Through the intertwined stories of teachers, students and patients, it explores issues like: What happens when teaching and healing come into conflict? When is a new treatment to prolong life a good idea, and when is it a disaster? How did lawyers and bean-counters get so much power? And when do relationships between doctors and other staff 'go too far?' This honest account is startling and sometimes shocking -- but always gripping.

    "Pierce E. Scranton Jr. was team physician for the Seattle Seahawks, president of the NFL Physician's Society, and president of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. In addition to private practice and charity work, he has authored over one hundred peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and books, including PLAYING HURT: TREATING AND EVALUATING THE WARRIORS OF THE NFL (Potomac, 2002)." -- Publisher
    "Can you imagine what it's like to lie awake at night, anxiously wondering if you've killed someone? Every new doctor or surgeon can have moments like that. There is a vulnerable time of transition from bright medical student to the practical, hands-on delivery of medical care. That's when mistakes can occur. It's the dark little secret that university teaching hospitals don't want you to know; everyone, in some fashion, is learning.
    "July is a bad time to be treated at a teaching hospital. Everyone moves up one notch: green medical student to resident one, resident one to resident two, and so forth. For the emerging, smart young doctors, all that 'book learning' crashes against the infinite variability of the human condition. There are so many ways to do things right, and so many wrong. Two patients with the same diagnosis might require entirely different treatments. At the beginning of the learning curve it's natural to always stay with the familiar. But this is to risk slipping into the quicksand of mental inertia, to not advance with change, and eventually cause harm.
    "All those books read and exams passed can't prepare new doctors for the moral and ethical issues of life. Is an abortion a right or murder? Alone in an emergency room at two a.m., do you resuscitate a ninety-two-year-old with a respiratory arrest and a broken neck, and possibly bring back a vegetable? Is collecting research data on a patient unethical? How about if the patient doesn't know it? Who draws the line in 'turf wars' over different surgical services when those doctors compete for patients in a teaching institution? Death on the Learning Curve is a novel that takes us down this path: naiveté well-intentioned ignorance, harm, and medical triumph. The learning curve never stops." -- Pierce Scranton
    "Every doctor thinks he is the best. If you need a referral to a good surgeon the best person to ask is the Head Operating Room Nurse. She knows who the best surgeon are.
    "Don't get into a surgical factory where they do 'thousands' of surgeries and there are people running from room to room."

    Shelly, Judith Allen, Dilemma: A Nurse's Guide for Making Ethical Decisions, ISBN: 0877846669 9780877846666.

    Shelly, Judith Allen, and Arlene B. Miller, Called to Care: A Christian Theology of Nursing, ISBN: 0830815988 9780830815982.

    Shelly, Judith Allen, Not Just a Job: Serving Christ in Your Work, ISBN: 0877843325 9780877843320.

    Shelly, Judith Allen, and Arlene B. Miller, Values in Conflict: Christian Nursing in a Changing Profession, ISBN: 0830813306 9780830813308.

    Smith, Robert D., The Christian Counselor's Medical Desk Reference, ISBN: 1889032263 9781889032269.

    Smith, Wesley J., Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in America, ISBN: 1893554066 9781893554061 189355449X 9781893554498.

    *Sparrow, Malcolm K., License to Steal: How Fraud Bleeds America's Health Care System, 304 pages, ISBN: 0813368103 9780813368108.
    Table of Contents: Preface, Acknowledgments, Introduction, Fictitious companies, The state of the art, Control failures, Two distinct sciences: fraud detection, and utilization review, how goes the war? Counterattack, new frontiers for control, false claims, Managed care, The nature of the fraud-control challenge, The pathology of fraud control, The importance of measurement, Assessment of existing fraud-control systems, The antithesis of modern claims processing, Prescription for progress, A model fraud-control strategy, Detection systems, Conclusion, Acronyms and abbreviations, Notes, Index
    "In LICENSE TO STEAL, Malcolm K. Sparrow shows how the industry's defenses, which focus mostly on finding and correcting billing errors, are no match for such well orchestrated attacks. The maxim for thieves simply becomes 'bill your lies correctly.' Provided they do that, fraud perpetrators with any degree of sophistication can steal millions of dollars with impunity, testing payment systems carefully, and then spreading fraudulent billings widely enough across patient and provider accounts to escape detection. The kinds of highly automated, quality controlled claims processing systems that pervade the industry present fraud perpetrators with their favorite kind of target: rich, fast paying, transparent, utterly predictable check printing systems, with little threat of human intervention, and with the U.S. Treasury on the end of the electronic line. Sparrow picks apart the industry's response to the government's efforts to control this problem. The provider associations (well heeled and politically influential) have vociferously opposed almost every recent enforcement initiative, creating the unfortunate public impression that the entire health care industry is against effective fraud control. A significant segment of the industry, it seems, regards fraud and abuse not as a problem, but as a lucrative enterprise worth defending.
    "Meanwhile, it remains a perfectly commonplace experience for patients or their relatives to examine a medical bill and discover that half of it never happened, or that; likewise, if patients then complain, they discover that no one seems to care, or that no one has the resources to do anything about it. Sparrow's research suggests that the growth of capitated managed care systems does not solve the problem, as many in the industry had assumed, but merely changes its form. The managed care environment produces scams involving underutilization, and the withholding of medical care schemes that are harder to uncover and investigate, and much more dangerous to human health. Having worked extensively with federal and state officials since the appearance of his first book on this subject, Sparrow is in a unique position to evaluate recent law enforcement initiatives. He admits the 'war on fraud' is at least now engaged, but it is far from won.
    "Malcolm K. Sparrow teaches Regulatory and Enforcement Strategy, and Analytic Methods, at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Formerly a Detective Chief Inspector with the British police service, he now specializes in issues of enforcement strategy, regulatory compliance, and risk control -- he is the acknowledged national expert on the subject of Health Care Fraud. He is author of THE RISK BUSINESS: DEFINING THE REGULATORY CRAFT (2000), LICENSE TO STEAL: WHY FRAUD PLAGUES AMERICA'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM (1996), IMPOSING DUTIES: GOVERNMENT'S CHANGING APPROACH TO COMPLIANCE (1994); and co-author of BEYOND 911: A NEW ERA FOR POLICING (1990) and ETHICS IN GOVERNMENT: THE MORAL CHALLENGE FOR PUBLIC LEADERSHIP (1990)." -- Publisher
    "Although he has a wealth of expertise and a scholar's background, Sparrow speaks in a narrative style about the sad state of health care fraud in America today. While some progress is being made, there remains a little depth and sophistication in the responses to the complex and clever fraud schemes out there. Regrettably, the many political and institutional barriers to measuring and uncovering fraud continue to allow the system to be drained of precious dollars. While it takes a large investment to begin the fight on the level Sparrow advocates, the return is immeasurably greater. Not recommended for folks who don't need their blood pressure to rise." -- Reader's Comment

    *Szasz, Thomas S., Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct, ISBN: 0060911514 9780060911515.
    "A classic work that has revolutionized thinking throughout the Western world about the nature of the psychiatric profession and the moral implications of its practices. 'Bold and often brilliant'." -- Science
    "I believe this is one of the most important books in the history of psychiatry. The book is ground-breaking and establishes a new parardigm and organizing concept for many 'mind' disciplines. Dr Szasz's ideas are timeless, revolutionary and common sense -- not to be contrued as a criticism. Indeed many revolutionary ideas are simple and obvious and I think that is exactly why this book and Dr Szasz must be taken seriously. I am speaking behind the times when I say this because the book is nearly 40 years on the market. However Dr Szasz is as relevant today as ever. Institutionalized persecution of "different" behaviours has evolved beyond the ridiculous to the absurd. Dr Szasz's characterization of this as a 'war on personal responsibility' is important from a medical and a moral perspective, as a challenge to the popular notions of 'inner child,' the gowing 'victim' industry (e.g. gambling and shopping 'addictions,' among many many more) and similiar conceptual garabage.
    "THE MYTH OF MENTAL ILLNESS creates for the reader a reference point for cross diciplinary thinking in sociology, linguistics, philosophy of mind and science, psychology, history and or course medicine. The concepts are true to human beings as self-responsible moral agents and consistent with the North American work-ethic. Dr Szasz is commended for his insight and understanding of a pyschiatric industry gone mad." -- Reader's Comment
    "Descriptive criteria aside, what is the essence of mental disorders? Are they merely physiological disorders of the brain, or, more precisely of its chemistry? If so, can they be cured by restoring the balance of substances and secretions in that mysterious organ? And, once equilibrium is reinstated -- is the illness 'gone' or is it still lurking there, 'under wraps,' waiting to erupt? Are psychiatric problems inherited, rooted in faulty genes (though amplified by environmental factors) -- or brought on by abusive or wrong nurturance?
    "These questions are the domain of the 'medical' school of mental health.
    "Others cling to the spiritual view of the human psyche. They believe that mental ailments amount to the metaphysical discomposure of an unknown medium -- the soul. Theirs is a holistic approach, taking in the patient in his or her entirety, as well as his milieu.
    "The members of the functional school regard mental health disorders as perturbations in the proper, statistically 'normal,' behaviours and manifestations of 'healthy' individuals, or as dysfunctions. The 'sick' individual -- ill at ease with himself (ego-dystonic) or making others unhappy (deviant) -- is 'mended' when rendered functional again by the prevailing standards of his social and cultural frame of reference.
    "In a way, the three schools are akin to the trio of blind men who render disparate descriptions of the very same elephant. Still, they share not only their subject matter -- but, to a counter intuitively large degree, a faulty methodology.
    "As the renowned anti-psychiatrist, Thomas Szasz, of the State University of New York, notes in his article "The Lying Truths of Psychiatry," mental health scholars, regardless of academic predilection, infer the etiology of mental disorders from the success or failure of treatment modalities.
    "This form of 'reverse engineering' of scientific models is not unknown in other fields of science, nor is it unacceptable if the experiments meet the criteria of the scientific method. The theory must be all-inclusive (anamnetic), consistent, falsifiable, logically compatible, monovalent, and parsimonious. Psychological 'theories' -- even the 'medical' ones (the role of serotonin and dopamine in mood disorders, for instance) -- are usually none of these things.
    "The outcome is a bewildering array of ever-shifting mental health 'diagnoses' expressly centered around Western civilisation and its standards (example: the ethical objection to suicide). Neurosis, a historically fundamental 'condition' vanished after 1980. Homosexuality, according to the American Psychiatric Association, was a pathology prior to 1973. Seven years later, narcissism was declared a 'personality disorder,' almost seven decades after it was first described by Freud.
    "Szasz is the father of the 'anti-psychiatry' movement and this is his best book -- a riveting, mind boggling, scholarly read." -- Sam Vaknin, author of Malignant Self Love -- Narcissism Revisited
    "This is the seminal work by the great Thomas Szasz, psychiatry's most important critic. Szasz ranks with Hayek, Mill, and Madison as one of the greatest proponents of liberty. No educated person should be unfamiliar with his writings." -- Nicolas S. Martin
    Szasz is an athiest and a Libertarian.
    Thomas S. Szasz Cybercenter for Liberty and Responsibility
    "Liberty and responsibility are two sides of the same coin. No policy -- public or private -- can increase or decrease one without increasing or decreasing the other. Human behavior has reasons, not causes. . . .
    http://www.szasz.com/
    Mental Disorders are not Diseases, Thomas S. Szasz, M.D.
    "Psychiatrists and their allies have succeeded in persuading the scientific community, courts, media, and general public that mental illnesses are phenomena independent of human motivation or will. . . ."
    "No one believes that love sickness is a disease, but nearly everyone believes that mental sickness is, and virtually no one realizes that, if this were true, it would prove the nonexistence of mental illness. If mental illnesses are brain diseases (like Parkinsonism), then they are diseases of the body, not the mind." -- USA Today (Magazine) January 2000
    http://szasz.com/usatoday.html

    Tada, Joni Eareckson, C. Everett, M.D. (foreword), When is it Right to Die?: Suicide, Euthanasia, Suffering, Mercy, ISBN: 0310585708 9780310585701.
    "This book argues against the practice of euthanasia from a decidedly Christian point of view. Tada bases her arguments on the implication that euthanasia is the 'ultimate expression of selfishness' and that persons entertaining such thoughts are being tempted by the forces of evil. While Tada is undeniably self-righteous in tone, readers should note that she writes with personal authority, having been paralyzed in a diving accident in her teens. Libraries seeking to balance their euthanasia collections should consider this for purchase, along with Robert Wennberg's similarly argued TERMINAL CHOICES (LJ 11/15/89). . . . See also: David Cundiff's EUTHANASIA IS NOT THE ANSWER. . . ." -- -Jennifer Amador, Central State Hospital Medical Library, Petersburg, VA, in the Library Journal
    "Joni Eareckson Tada is president of Joni and Friends, a ministry to disabled people. A presidential appointee to the National Council on Disability, she has served as a political activist on disability-related issues. She explores the issues surrounding euthanasia in more depth. . . ." -- Discipleship Journal

    Terrell, Hilton P., and Franklin E. Payne (editors), Journal of Biblical Ethics in Medicine, Volumes 1-4: 1987-1990, ISSN: 1050-3404. Available from Covenant Enterprises, P.O. Box 14488, Augusta, GA 30919-0488.
    "The JBEM was founded to bring biblical thinking to bear on medical issues. This book collects the first four years worth of articles, and includes a general index and an index of Scripture references. (A second volume, containing the next 4 years, is forthcoming). Many articles are relevant to matters that come up in counseling ministry, matters about which counselors will want to offer informed advice." -- David Powlison
    Journal of Biblical Ethics in Medicine
    http://capo.org/jbem/intro_pa.htm

    Townsend, Don, AIDS: Moral and Theological Implications

    Tricoci, P (Pierluigi), Allen JM, Kramer JM, Califf RM, Smith SC Jr., Division of Cardiology and Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, Scientific Evidence Underlying the ACC/AHA [American College of Cardiologists/American Heart Association -- compiler], Clinical Practice Guidelines, JAMA. 2009 Feb 25;301(8):868-9.
    "ACC provides exclusive benefits and services designed specifically for cardiologists, including advocacy, education and access to information." -- from the ACC website
    "More than a million people get an angioplasty, stent, or bypass surgery each year. How many of these costly procedures are really essential?"
    "RESULTS: Among guidelines with at least 1 revision or update by September 2008, the number of recommendations increased from 1330 to 1973 (+48 percent) from the first to the current version, with the largest increase observed in use of class II recommendations. Considering the 16 current guidelines reporting levels of evidence, only 314 recommendations of 2711 total are classified as level of evidence A (median, 11 percent), [emphasis added, that is, only 11 percent of the ACC/AHA recommended guidelines provided to cardiologists were based upon solid scientific evidence -- compiler], whereas 1246 (median, 48 percent) are level of evidence C [medical opinion -- compiler]. Level of evidence significantly varies across categories of guidelines (disease, intervention, or diagnostic), and across individual guidelines. Recommendations with level of evidence A are mostly concentrated in class I, but only 245 of 1305 class I recommendations have level of evidence A (median, 19 percent).
    "CONCLUSIONS: Recommendations issued in current ACC/AHA clinical practice guidelines are largely developed from lower levels of evidence or expert opinion. The proportion of recommendations for which there is no conclusive evidence is also growing. These findings highlight the need to improve the process of writing guidelines and to expand the evidence base from which clinical practice guidelines are derived."
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19244190?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

    Ubel, Peter A., Critical Decisions: How you and Your Doctor can Make the Right Medical Choices Together, ISBN: 9780062103826 0062103822.
    "We've all been there, sitting uncomfortably in a paper gown as a doctor impassively describes our prognosis. Sometimes it's simple and treatable. Other times we get news we can't fathom and then are faced with decisions that are literally life and death. In this revolutionary book, physician, behavioral scientist, and bioethicist Peter Ubel, M.D., reveals how hidden dynamics in the doctor/patient relationship keep us and our loved ones from making the best medical choices. From doctors who struggle to explain, to patients who fail to properly listen, countless factors alter the course of our care, causing things to go seriously awry. With riveting stories of Ubel's own experience in the field, his groundbreaking research, and his personal journey walking loved ones through difficult treatment choices, CRITICAL DECISIONS will forever change the way we communicate inside hospitals and medical offices, where thoughtful decision making matters the most. Dr. Ubel has been on both ends of the stethoscope, and in this book, he shows how patients and doctors can learn to become partners and work together to make the right choices. From choosing to get surgery, to discussing the side effects of a blood pressure medication, we can finally discover the tools to improve communication, understand the issues, and make confident decisions for our future health and happiness." -- Publisher

    *Welch, Edward T., Blame it on the Brain?: Distinguishing Chemical Imbalances, Brain Disorders, and Disobedience, ISBN: 0875526020 9780875526027.
    "Dr. Welch has a Ph.D. in psychology as well as theology degrees, and has been a counselor for years. His doctoral work was on brain physiology, so Blame it on the Brain is the fruit of 20 years of reflection on the subject.
    "Welch wonders if the brain 'has been given too much credit.' (p. 12). Many have held the brain responsible for some bad behavior: 'My disease did it!' (p. 13). While the observations of the rapidly expanding field of brain sciences can be very helpful, when interpreted through a biblical lens they can be put in a more modest and helpful perspective. How do these discoveries illustrate biblical truths that can be applied to people's lives? Instead, too often sin problems are mislabeled as solely brain problems, and thus the true cause is left unaddressed. (p. 25)
    "Four very practical principles emerge from this approach to mind-body issues: 1. The brain cannot by itself 'make' a person sin. (p. 49f). 2. Each person's abilities (brain strengths and weaknesses) are unique. (p. 53f). 3. Brain problems can expose heart problems. (p. 56f). 4. Sinful hearts can lead to physical illness; upright hearts can contribute to good health. (p. 58f)
    "In part two of the book these principles are then concisely but thoughtfully applied to a series of examples. First are apparently physical issues: Alzheimer's disease (p. 67f), and head injury (p. 85f). Next are more psychiatric issues: depression (p. 115f), 'A.D.D.' (p. 131f), homosexuality (p. 151f), and alcoholism. (p. 183f)
    "Welch's treatments of these problems abound with practical, sensitive insight. In the process he clearly defines the deeper issues at stake: what is the soul?; what is the body?; what is sin?
    "For me, a crucial component of the book is the section on the mind-body relationships, especially pp. 43-48. Welch is careful to distinguish the heart from the body, but without separating them. Drawing upon rich Trinitarian analogies, he is careful to outline a model that seeks not to over-emphasize either the duality or the unity. This understanding enables us to try to distinguish between sin and sickness. As Welch ably defines it: 'any behavior that does not conform to biblical commands or any behavior that transgresses biblical prohibitions proceeds form the heart and is sin.' (p. 43). Conversely, 'any behavior that is more accurately called a weakness proceeds from the body and is sickness or suffering.' (p. 44). We are to repent of sin. But things that reflect only our creaturely limitations are not immoral, but proceed from our fallen bodies.
    "The example Welch uses of hallucinations is illustrative. The Bible does not prohibit them, so we can not admonish someone for experiencing them. We are called to compassion for them. The hallucination may have been caused by a prior sinful choice, and the hallucinatory may respond to them with sin, but the hallucination itself is not sinful. A helpful chart on p. 45 lists out some examples of body problems (broken bones, mental retardation, feelings of depression, hallucinations) and heart (mind) problems (anger, pride, drunkenness). Of course, many problems involve both the body and the heart or mind, and in unequal and obscured proportions. How do we separate out the differences? And why is it helpful to try?
    "Each summer during high school and college I worked in a nursing home. The changes I witnessed in particular residents after being away from them for almost a year were often shocking and tragic. I think of a seemingly kind and affable man named D., who in a few months seemed to transform into an unrecognizably profane and lewd bore. Welch demonstrates convincingly that such brain or body problems as D.'s Alzheimer's can expose what is in the heart. The brain appears to have led the person into bad behavior, when it is more accurate to say that the brain problem allowed certain otherwise hidden parts of their heart to be uncovered. Welch contends, 'In some case brain problems function like truth serum for the heart.' (p. 58)
    "Welch's treatment of the subject is fairly comprehensive but far from exhaustive. Questions of application remain. If meds can only, at their best, address the body issues and not the heart, how do we know which needs addressing? Welch addresses this in a wise, but frustratingly brief section in pp. 125-127. Adopting Welch's guidelines is easy enough, but applying them to real life situations, I know from experience, is another matter. What about the person who meets some but not all of the criteria listed on p. 127 (they are over forty; have had no prior history of problems with depression; are taking prescription drugs, etc.)? This is not a flaw in Welch's treatment of the topic, just a limitation of its brief explication here.
    "I have known a person, for example, who had his first bout with depression at age 62. But it was extremely serious. He became despondent and delusional and was checked into a residential treatment facility. His case meets the first of the two criteria listed by Welch, but not the last two. Clearly, his depression was triggered by some circumstances in his life (some the direct result of some horrible choices, others not). Yet, just as clearly it seems that the depression, while largely originating from his sinful behavior, now had a physical component. His medications, while wrought with multiple serious side effects, did seem to successfully contribute to his ability to function. Yet, if I were given a decision making role in his 'treatment,' I would want to somehow know: were the drugs really helpful, or was it their placebo effect? And if they did reduce his anxiety, is that all necessarily good? Did he not need discomfort to drive him to make changes in his absolutely horrendous behavior? And if so, how much and what type of discomfort?
    "Anyway, Welch's book wrestles with some deep issues and presents them in a lucid and readable format." -- Raymond Cannata
    " 'What is needed is not necessarily more sophistication in understanding the brain. Instead, what is needed is a more in-depth and practical examination of Scripture that is relevant to these questions.' (pp. 19-20). In this chapter, he remains resolute in affirming the supreme authority of God's Word in understanding and applying the deluge of information which our secular society is bent on giving us. . . .
    'Heart and body are both two and one. They are two in that the body cannot be reduced to heart or spirit, and heart cannot be reduced to body. But they are mutually independent. They need each other. Human life cannot even be imagined without both the inner and the outer person. . . .' (p. 47)
    "In chapters 4 and 5, we read about legitimate brain dysfunctions which are the result of Alzheimer's disease (and dementia) or serious head injury stemming from an accident. Here, Welch wants the reader to understand that there are indeed cases where the brain can suffer illness or injury to the extent that the behavior and mental capacity of the individual will be directly affected. He is quick to point out that though these conditions may harm the outer man, they do not necessarily mean that the inner man will also begin to dissipate.
    "In chapters 7 and 8, we read about psychiatric problems such as depression and attention deficit disorder (ADD) which may or may not be the result of the brain's alleged deficiencies. . . . He is also quick to point out that the depression or ADD may be the result of a spiritual problem and that the care of the individual and their relation to God ought to factor in the treatment every bit as much as medicinal treatments.
    "In chapters 9 and 10 we read about two areas of human behavior which the brain is often held responsible for -- homosexuality and alcoholism. In both cases, Welch is insistent that the brain cannot the cause of one's sinful behavior. As he says so plainly, " 'The ultimate cause of sin is always the human heart,' (p. 169). He argues that when these behaviors are seen as proceeding directly from the brain's activity, then the connection that exists between human beings as morally accountable agents and a holy and righteous God is severed. What needs to take place is repentance from such sinful behavior in light of the promise of God's gracious provision of forgiveness which can be found in Jesus Christ. Though these sins present particularly strong forms of bondage, God's mercy can break even their stronghold." -- Daniel Mark Donovan

    See also: Ethics, Ethics, Computer Ethics, Cyberethics Hypothyroidism, Depression, Correct diagnosis, Prescription Drugs With Dangers, The pharmaceutical industry, big pharma, Toxic and harmful substances, cancer, Oncology (cancer treatment), Generic drugs, Stress, The limits of modern medicine, The failure of the american medical system, What your doctor may not tell you, Emotions and health, Bad Relationships as a Cause of Disease and Death, Sexual relationship, Spiritual adultery (spiritual whoredom/harlotry), Idolatry, syncretism, Sexual wholeness, Spiritual Adultery (Spiritual Whoredom/Harlotry), Soul-violence,

    The government role of punishing wrongdoers, Bribery, Lying and deceit, self-deceit, Sin and its consequences, Toleration, liberty of conscience, pluralism, and neutrality,

    Healthcare reform, Healthcare horror stories, Extortion, Conspiracy and corruption, The veterans administration medical centers, Meltdown 2008: the greatest depression in history,

    The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The inspiration and infallibility of scripture (the doctrine of revelation, the doctrine of plenary inspiration, the doctrine of divine inspiration, the doctrine of verbal inspiration, theopneustia, sufficiency of scripture), Epistemology, Repentance, the key to salvation and change, The covenant faithfulness of god, Covenant theology and covenanting, Bible magistracy turns back the wrath of god, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Christian character, Justice, the theology of judgment, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, Leniency, Christianity in the workplace, The ten commandments: the moral law, Appendix a: the words of christ, The westminster standards, The larger catechism (also commentaries on the larger catechism), Casuistry and conscience, Systematic theology, Ethics, Computer Ethics, Cyberethics The westminster standards, Logic based on god's truth, Casuistry and conscience, Unity and uniformity in the visible church: unity in the truth, National establishment of religion: establishmentarianism, Toleration and liberty of conscience, Oaths, secret societies and ungodly alliance, Resolutions, The right to petition, Referendum votes,

    Patient advocacy, Prevention of disease, Nutrition, nutriceuticals, Patient advocacy, Public health, Abortion and the sanctity of life, Vaccination, The aged, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 481, 1337, 1338, 1975-1985, 2148, 2527, 2798, 3054, 3077-3080, 3737, 4127, 4177
    MGTP: Ethics

    Related WebLinks

    American Academy of Medical Administrators Code of Ethics
    http://www.aameda.org/AboutAAMA/codeofethics.html

    The American Iatrogenic Association
    "The American Iatrogenic Association is devoted to the study and reporting of medical errors that lead to disease and death."
    "We urge everyone to join opposition to government control and funding of health care. The only way to maximize medical safety is to increase consumer power through free markets, not to make physicians agents of the state." -- Nicolas Martin, Executive Director, American Iatrogenic Association
    http://www.iatrogenic.org/ (broken link January 18, 2012)

    American Institute for Technology and Science Education
    "We are a consortium of scientists, engineers, physicians, and professionals from other disciplines working together to improve science education and increase scientific integrity, thereby unleashing a new era of scientific discovery. We offer clear, reliable, and balanced education with the goal of liberating science and technology from ideology, politics and the illusion of consensus. Our programs advance honest, ethical, and beneficial scientific progress that is responsive to the real needs of present and future generations."
    http://www.americaninstitutetechnologyscienceeducation.com/

    American Medical Association (AMA) Code of Medical Ethics
    "The medical profession has long subscribed to a body of ethical statements developed primarily for the benefit of the patient. As a member of this profession, a physician must recognize responsibility to patients first and foremost, as well as to society, to other health professionals, and to self. The following Principles adopted by the American Medical Association are not laws, but standards of conduct which define the essentials of honorable behavior for the physician."
    http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/2512.html (broken link as of May 30, 2017)

    CEO Pay: Healthy pay for Health Care CEOs, May 27, 2014
    "Health care tops other industries for highest median CEO pay, again.
    "Here's a look at median CEO pay by industry last year, as calculated by executive pay research firm Equilar and The Associated Press. For the fifth time in six years, health care CEOs got the most pay while CEOs at utility companies got the least.
    "Health care: $12.3 million, up 13 percent
    "Financial: $12 million, up 22 percent"
    http://news.yahoo.com/ceo-pay-healthy-pay-health-071116429.html

    Death by Medicine
    This is an 18,491 word article in Life Extension magazine that includes many of the statistics from the 2001 study. Documented with 151 endnotes.
    "Until now, Life Extension could cite only isolated statistics to make its case about the dangers of conventional medicine. No one had ever analyzed and combined ALL of the published literature dealing with injuries and deaths caused by government-protected medicine. That has now changed.
    "A group of researchers meticulously reviewed the statistical evidence and their findings are absolutely shocking.4 These researchers have authored a paper titled 'Death by Medicine' that presents compelling evidence that today's system frequently causes more harm than good.
    "This fully referenced report shows the number of people having in-hospital, adverse reactions to prescribed drugs to be 2.2 million per year. The number of unnecessary antibiotics prescribed annually for viral infections is 20 million per year. The number of unnecessary medical and surgical procedures performed annually is 7.5 million per year. The number of people exposed to unnecessary hospitalization annually is 8.9 million per year.
    "The most stunning statistic, however, is that the total number of deaths caused by conventional medicine is an astounding 783,936 per year. It is now evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the US. (By contrast, the number of deaths attributable to heart disease in 2001 was 699,697, while the number of deaths attributable to cancer was 553,251.5)
    "We placed this article on our website to memorialize the failure of the American medical system. By exposing these gruesome statistics in painstaking detail, we provide a basis for competent and compassionate medical professionals to recognize the inadequacies of today's system and at least attempt to institute meaningful reforms."
    http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2004/mar2004_awsi_death_01.htm

    Diagnosis: Corruption, Bill Sardi
    "The Federal branches of government responsible for protecting and promoting public health are in a state of moral collapse. The recent recall of the anti-inflammatory drug Vioxx, with the revelation that the continued use of the drug long after the Food and Drug Administration and its manufacturer knew it doubled the risk of heart attacks and may have caused 30,000 or so avoidable deaths, is only a small picture of what is going on inside federal health agencies today."
    http://www.lewrockwell.com/sardi/sardi32.html

    Doctors Admit Lying to Patients, Pat Anson, February 11, 2012
    "There's an expectation that our doctors will be truthful, and most are but some are not," said Eric Campbell, the director of research at Massachusetts General Hospital, who co-authored one study of doctors that is being published in the journal Health Affairs.
    "Campbell and his colleagues surveyed nearly 1,900 doctors in 2009 and found that 11 percent had told their patients something untrue in the previous year. Over a third of the doctors believed it was not always necessary to disclose a serious medical error to a patient.
    "Other survey results:

    http://americannewsreport.com/doctors-admit-lying-to-patients-8813139.html

    DrGreene.com
    "Dr. Greene is the Chief Medical Officer of A.D.A.M., Inc., the Founder and CEO of DrGreene.com, and the Pediatric Expert for AmericanBaby.com. He is on the Clinical Faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine where he sees patients and teaches Residents. He is the President of Hi-Ethics (Health Internet Ethics) and helped URAC develop its standards for eHealth accreditation. Dr. Greene has been recognized by Advance for Health Information Executives as one of the top 25 most influential forces in healthcare IT. Dr. Greene was also named Intel's Internet Health Hero for children's health. He is an author, medical expert, and a media personality.
    "Dr. Greene entered primary care pediatrics in January 1993. In 1995, he launched Dr. Greene's HouseCalls, cited by the AMA as the first physician Web site on The Internet -- http://www.DrGreene.com. On his Web site, Dr. Greene answers pediatric questions submitted by readers from all over the world. DrGreene.com now receives over 14 million hits per month from parents, students, and medical professionals.
    "He is the author of THE PARENT'S COMPLETE GUIDE TO EAR INFECTIONS (People's Medical Society, 1997). He is the medical expert for three additional books, THE PARENT'S SOUP A-TO-Z GUIDE TO YOUR NEW BABY (Contemporary Books, 1998) THE PARENT'S SOUP A-TO-Z GUIDE TO YOUR TODDLER (Contemporary Books, 1999), THE MOTHER OF ALL BABY BOOKS (Hungry Minds, Inc., 2002), FROM FIRST KICKS TO FIRST STEPS: NURTURING YOUR BABY'S DEVELOPMENT FROM PREGNANCY THROUGH THE FIRST YEAR OF LIFE (McGraw-Hill Companies: August 2004).
    "Alan Greene earned a Bachelor's degree in the History and Philosophy of Science from Princeton University. He graduated from medical school at University of California at San Francisco. Upon completion of his pediatric residency program at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Northern California in 1993, he served as Chief Resident. During his Chief year, Dr. Greene passed the pediatric boards in the top 5 percent of the nation.
    http://www.drgreene.com/about

    Ethics Codes and Practice Guidelines for Assessment, Therapy, Counseling, and Forensic Practice
    "This page presents links to therapy, counseling, forensic, and related ethics (and practice) codes developed by professional organizations (e.g., of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, marriage and family counselors). Codes are listed only if they appear online.
    "Links to related resources are listed at the end."
    http://kspope.com/ethcodes/index.php

    From 'Soak the Rich' to 'Soak the Poor:' Recent Trends in Hospital Pricing, Gerard F. Anderson, Health Affairs, 26, no. 3 (May-June, 2007): 780-789.
    "In 2004, the rates charged to many uninsured and other "self-pay" patients for hospital services were often 2.5 times what most health insurers actually paid and more than three times the hospital's Medicare-allowable costs. The gaps between rates charged to self-pay patients and those charged to other payers are much wider than they were in the mid-1980s, and they make it increasingly more difficult for some patients, especially the uninsured, to pay their hospital bills. This has triggered lawsuits and some recent government efforts involving price transparency. Three specific policy options that could lower the markups are a voluntary effort by hospitals, litigation, and legislation."
    http://content.healthaffairs.org/cgi/content/abstract/26/3/780

    Get This Wrong and at Best you go Bankrupt
    "You may have read some of these shocking statistics:

  • Between 2000 and 2006, wages in the United States increased by 3.8 percent, but health care premiums increased by 87 percent.[1]
  • If the U.S. healthcare system was a country, it would be the 6th largest economy in the entire world.[2]
  • In 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid. Today, one out of every 6 Americans is on Medicaid.[3]
  • It is being projected that Obamacare will add 16 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls.[4]
  • "The website for the Social Security Administration tells us this:
  • In 2013, almost 58 million Americans will receive $816 billion in Social Security benefits.[5]
  • Nine out of ten individuals age 65 and older receive Social Security benefits.[6]
  • Social Security provided at least half the income for 64 percent of the aged beneficiaries in 2011.[7]
  • "Many of us struggle to comprehend the sheer magnitude of the state's role as primary caregiver. I know I do. The civil government's role starts when someone is in the womb and extends beyond their death. The state finances pregnancy, delivery into the world, education through adulthood, elderly care, allocation of inheritance, and a host of areas in between. Think about it. It is quite literally 'pre-cradle to post-grave'."
    http://americanvision.org/9751/get-wrong-best-go-bankrupt/#sthash.IM5jH9K2.jiw9ThNT.dpbs

    Hippocratic Oath
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippocratic_Oath

    J.D. Power and Associates -- Healthcare Division
    "There is no greater asset than trusted consumer-based information. J.D. Power and Associates Healthcare Division offers managed care organizations, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies independent and unbiased research that clearly articulates their customer perceptions, intentions, and behaviors. With this valuable insight, strategic decisions can be made, valuable resources allocated, and competitors outmaneuvered."
    http://www.jdpower.com/healthcare/

    Journal of Biblical Ethics in Medicine
    http://capo.org/jbem/intro_pa.htm

    Journal of Biblical Ethics in Medicine
    http://capo.org/jbem/intro_pa.htm

    Landmark Report by Surgeon General Calls Drug Crisis 'a moral test for America"
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/landmark-report-by-surgeon-general-calls-drug-crisis-a-moral-test-for-america/2016/11/16/4214bf2a-ac49-11e6-977a-1030f822fc35_story.html

    Medical Debt Among People With Health Insurance, Karen Pollitz, et al., (The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation), Jan 07, 2014
    "Medical bills are a leading cause of personal bankruptcy in the U.S., contributing to 62 percent of personal bankruptcies in 2007. Most who filed for medical bankruptcy that year were well educated, owned homes, and had middle-class occupations. Three quarters had health insurance." (David Himmelstein, et al., "Medical Bankruptcy in the United States, 2007: Results of a National Study," The American Journal of Medicine, Volume 122, Issue 8, August 2009)
    http://kff.org/report-section/medical-debt-among-people-with-health-insurance-consequences-of-medical-debt/

    The Non-duality of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother: A Profile
    http://www.lettermen2.com/syncret.html

    Open-heart Profiteering?
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/05/06/eveningnews/main552636.shtml

    Pharmaceutical Firm Queried Over High Price of Hepatitis C Drug, March 27, 2014
    "A new medicine to treat hepatitis C is creating a lot of controversy because of its price tag. The maker of Sovaldi, Gilead Sciences, is planning to charge as much as $84,000 for a course of treatment.
    "This drug is the first in a new generation of oral anti-viral therapies for hepatitis C and it is being hailed as a breakthrough. The cure rate is higher and side effects are fewer than with other treatment."
    "It is estimated that as many as 3 million Americans are infected with this virus, so sales could quickly add up to billions of dollars annually for the company. Congress and insurance companies are questioning the high price, especially since the company will be selling the drug for substantially less in other countries."
    http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2014/03/27/pharmaceutical-firm-queried-over-high-price-of-hepatitis-c-drug/

    The Psycho State, Rep. Ron Paul, MD.
    "Parents must do everything possible to retain responsibility and control over their children's well-being. There is no end to the bureaucratic appetite to rule every aspect of our lives, including how we raise our children. Forced mental health screening is just the latest of many state usurpations of parental authority: compulsory education laws, politically-correct school curricula, mandatory vaccines, and interference with discipline through phony "social services" agencies all represent assaults on families. The political right has now joined the political left in seeking the de facto nationalization of children, and only informed resistance by parents can stop it. The federal government is slowly but surely destroying real families, but it is hardly a benevolent surrogate parent."
    http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul203.html

    Psychology and Psychiatry
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrappc.html

    Quackwatch
    Extensive resources compiled by Stephen Barrett, M.D.
    "Quackwatch, Inc., which was a member of Consumer Federation of America from 1973 through 2003, is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies. Its primary focus is on quackery-related information that is difficult or impossible to get elsewhere. Founded by Dr. Stephen Barrett in 1969 as the Lehigh Valley Committee Against Health Fraud, it was incorporated in 1970. In 1997, it assumed its current name and began developing a worldwide network of volunteers and expert advisers.
    "To avoid semantic problems, quackery could be broadly defined as "anything involving overpromotion in the field of health." This definition would include questionable ideas as well as questionable products and services, regardless of the sincerity of their promoters. In line with this definition, the word 'fraud' would be reserved only for situations in which deliberate deception is involved."
    http://www.quackwatch.org/

    The Role of Cryosurgery in Palliative Care for Cancer
    "Cryoablation [Cryology -- compiler], is adaptable for the treatment of nearly all solid tumors. According to current experience, percutaneous cryoablation, as a feasible and mini-invasive technique offers an effective and safe therapy for patients with tumors [including throat cancer in early stages and melanoma in early stages -- compiler], and is especially suitable for the treatment of unresectable advanced tumors. The role of this technique is growing, with large-scale prospective randomized trials, continued advances can be expected."
    http://www.amepc.org/apm/article/view/1435/2048#B3

    Skyrocketing Health Insurer CEOs' Paychecks are "Crazy," Says Executive Comp Expert, 06/09/2014
    "If health insurance companies announce big premium increases on policies for 2015, I hope regulators, lawmakers and the media will look closely at whether they are justified, especially in light of recent disclosures of better-than-expected profits in 2013, rosy outlooks for the rest of this year and soaring CEO compensation.
    "Almost all of the publicly traded health insurers reported big increases in revenue and profits last year. The big winners have been the top executives of those companies, led by Mark Bertolini, CEO of Aetna, the nation's third largest health insurer. Bertolini's total compensation of $30.7 million in 2013 was 131 percent higher than in 2012.
    "If the stock prices of these firms keep growing at the current pace, Bertolini and his peers can expect to be rewarded even more handsomely this year, especially if they can hike premiums high enough to satisfy shareholders. . . .
    "Of those 11 companies (Aetna, Centene, Cigna, Health Net, Humana, Molina, Triple-S Management Corp., UnitedHealth Group, Universal American, Wellcare, and WellPoint) nine saw their stocks close near 52-week highs this past Friday.
    "The biggest gainer has been Humana, one of the largest operators of Medicare Advantage plans, whose share price has increased more than 53 percent over the past year.
    "The increases have been equally impressive at most of the other big companies. Aetna's share price is up 31 percent, Cigna's 32 percent. United's is up 28 percent. And WellPoint's is up 39 percent.
    "But it is the CEO compensation that has been the most eye-popping, especially at two of the publicly traded companies that specialize in managing Medicaid enrollees in several states: Centene and Molina.
    "Centene's CEO Micheal Neidorff saw his compensation increase 71 percent last year, from $8.5 million to $14.5 million. Even more impressive was the 140 percent raise Molina's J. Mario Molina got. His compensation jumped from $4.95 million in 2012 to $11.9 million in 2013.
    "All of those totals were disclosed in the proxy statements those companies filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this spring."
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wendell-potter/skyrocketing-health-insur_b_5473618.html?utm_hp_ref=politics&ir=Politics

    Theft: Commentary and Cases of Conscience. A Listing Excerpted From The Institutes of Biblical Law by Rousas John Rushdoony, 1973 edition
    http://www.lettermen2.com/theft.html

    URAC, American Accreditation HealthCare Commission, Inc. (formerly Utilization Review Accreditation Commission)
    "URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, is well-known as a leader in promoting health care quality through its accreditation and certification programs. URAC offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs and services that keep pace with the rapid changes in the health care system, and provide a symbol of excellence for organizations to validate their commitment to quality and accountability. Through its broad-based governance structure and an inclusive standards development process, URAC ensures that all stakeholders are represented in establishing meaningful quality measures for the entire health care industry.
    "For those unfamiliar with URAC, we are an independent, nonprofit organization committed to promoting health care quality through accreditation, certification and other quality improvement activities. Today, URAC's accreditations help protect 140 million Americans.
    "In recent years, URAC has become a nationally recognized quality improvement leader by reviewing and auditing a broad array of health care service functions and systems. Quality benchmarking activities cover health plans, preferred provider organizations, medical management systems, health technology services, health call centers, specialty care, workers' compensation, Web sites, and HIPAA privacy and security compliance, among other areas."
    http://www.urac.org/

    U.S. Abortion Statistics
    "In 2011, approximately 1.06 million abortions took place in the U.S." [56 million American babies from 1973 to 2014, annual rate continues at 1.2 million babies a year].
    http://www.abort73.com/abortion_facts/us_abortion_statistics/

    U.S. Patients' Bill of Rights
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Patients%27_Bill_of_Rights

    The way it is, Paul Hein
    "Some truths -- probably most of them -- are not subject to scientific proof. Thus, when we ponder modern life, and the role of government, we may find ourselves puzzled. It is obvious that government is an organization that, in its actions, varies between terrible malignancy, and breathtaking inanity. We wonder why that should be, and seek an answer. But the answer, if we find it at all, is not scientifically demonstrable, as is the fact that the square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides.
    "The answer is something that most of us already know; it was first put forth by Lord Action (1834-1902). 'Power corrupts.' The full quote is: 'Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end. -- Liberty is the only object which benefits all alike, and provokes no sincere opposition. The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern. -- Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.' And that's it! That's the way it is." [See: Chapter 9: "Corporate Faithfulness and Sanctification," "Selection of Covenant Heads for Positions of Leadership," "Reform of the Church," "Ethics, Computer Ethics, Cyberethics," and so forth, and so on. -- compiler]
    http://www.lewrockwell.com/hein/hein88.html

    White Coat Conspiracy Covers up Medical Tragedy, April 29, 2013
    "I used to think that doctors were the innocent victims of ambulance-chasing attorneys and litigious patients. I now realize that physicians have also contributed to any malpractice crisis that exists, because as a group they cover up mistakes all the time."
    http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/04/29/code-of-silence-covers-up-medical-tragedy/



    Prevention of Disease

    Word: "disease;" Meaning; "disturb;" Sample location: "Luke 8:49" -- from the "Glossary," 1599 Geneva Bible, Tolle Lege edition

    Disease, n. Dizeze. [dis and ease].
    1. In its primary sense, pain, uneasiness, distress, and so used by Spenser; but in this sense, obsolete.
    2. The cause of pain or uneasiness . . . disorder; any state of a living body in which the natural functions of the organs are interrupted or disturbed . . . The first effect of disease is uneasiness or pain, and the ultimate effect is death. . . .
    3. A disordered state of the mind or intellect, by which the reason is impaired.
    4. In society, vice; corrupt state of morals. Vices are called moral diseases. A wise man converses with the wicked, as a physician with the sick, not to catch the disease, but to cure it.
    5. Political or civil disorder, or vices in a state; any practice which tends to disturb the peace of society, or impede or prevent the regular administration of government.
    The instability, injustice and confusion introduced into the public councils have, in truth, been the mortal diseases under which popular governments have every where perished. -- 1846 edition of An American Dictionary of the English Language
    DISEASE, v.t. dizeze.
    1. To interrupt or impair any or all the natural and regular functions of the several organs of a living body [i.e. robbing a neighbor of sleep -- compiler]; to afflict with pain or sickness to make morbid . . .
    2. To interrupt or render imperfect the regular functions of the brain, or of the intellect; to disorder; to derange.
    3. To infect; to communicate disease to, by contagion.
    4. To pain; to make uneasy. -- 1828 edition of Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language

    The health of the body is a delicate matter and we should treat our body with the utmost respect and care.

    The current model of healthcare relies on the presence of a disease. Without a disease, there can be no diagnosis. Without a diagnosis there can be no treatment. "Prevention" is felt to be detection when there are no symptoms. Common examples of traditional preventive measures include mammography, PAP smears, PSA tests, colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy, stress test, etc. Although these are important and essential measures, they are not truly preventive, but rather methods of screening and detection.
    Often, years before any disease can be detected, biochemical imbalances exist that trigger and eventually lead to illness. These imbalances are chemical and energetic in origin and are affected by nutrients, genetics, energy, environment and the mind. By identifying and correcting these imbalances early, then nutritional and lifestyle changes can be successful in restoring balance and truly preventing the development of disease. This is what we call ultraprevention. -- From the Ultraprevention website

    Eliminate of exposure to toxic materials including environmental pollutants, alcohol, smoke, prescription drugs, counterfeit drugs, drug interactions, illegal drugs, RF/microwave radiation, and nuclear radiation will help prevent cancer. (See Toxic and harmful substances, cancer) Also research is appearing linking cancer to bacterial infections.

    The informal motto of The People's Pharmacy radio program is "Moderation in all things."

    Investigative journalists like Gary Taubes have shown again and again that some health-related recommendations are based on bad science and political/career considerations, NOT the best interests of the people. Like politics, health research seems to be polarized between groups competing for control, power, and the billions of dollars at stake. We are pawns in a very big game. -- Reader's Comment

    The following works contain health information of value, that may not be found anywhere else. But most of the authors are non-Christians, some adhere to non-duality, a basic tenet of Eastern Religion and the New Age, therefore Christians must read them with utmost discernment, remembering that the Second Person of the Trinity is The Great Physician.
    This is not the only life we have. Perhaps adherents to Eastern Religion have excelled in publishing health information, because, among other reasons, they do not believe in The Means of Grace and The Life to Come. -- compiler

    Heart disease is the third leading cause of death among women aged 25-44 years, the 2nd leading cause of death among women aged 45-64 years, and the leading cause of death among women aged 65 years and older. -- ScienceDaily, Jan. 11, 2008

    *Agus, David, and Kristin Loberg, The End of Illness, ISBN: 9781451610178 1451610173.
    "Can we live robustly until our last breath? Do we have to suffer from debilitating conditions and sickness? Is it possible to add more vibrant years to our lives? In THE END OF ILLNESS, David B. Agus, MD, one of the world's leading cancer doctors, researchers, and technology innovators, tackles these fundamental questions, challenging long-held wisdoms and dismantling misperceptions about what health means. With a blend of storytelling, landmark research, and provocative ideas on health, Dr. Agus presents an eye-opening picture of the human body and all of the ways it works -- and fails -- showing us how a new perspective on our individual health will allow each of us to achieve that often elusive but now reachable goal of a long, vigorous life.
    "When Dr. Agus decided to pursue a career in oncology, many of his mentors questioned his choice. Why, they asked, would a promising young doctor want to enter a field known for its inescapably grim outcomes? But it was precisely the lack of progress that inspired Dr. Agus to join the war on cancer. He moved away from the modern methods of the medical establishment, which aim to reduce our afflictions to a single point. Instead, as he does in this book, Dr. Agus argues for the adoption of a systemic view -- a way of honoring our bodies as complex, whole systems. This outlook informs how we can avoid all illnesses -- not just cancer. Dr. Agus empowers us to take charge of our individual health in personal, customized ways we could not have imagined before.
    "This indispensable book is not only a manifesto -- a call for revising the way we think about health -- it's also filled with practical but impossible-to-ignore suggestions, including:

    "Dr. Agus also offers insights and access to breathtaking and powerful new technologies that promise to transform medicine in our generation. In the course of offering recommendations, he emphasizes his belief that there is no right answer, no master guide that is one size fits all. Each one of us must get to know our bodies in uniquely personal ways, and he shows us exactly how to do that so that we can individually create a plan for wellness.
    "THE END OF ILLNESS is a bold call for all of us to become our own personal health advocates, and a dramatic departure from orthodox thinking. This is a seminal work that promises to revolutionize how we live." -- Publisher
    "In this seminal book, Dr. David Agus presents a brilliant new model of health based on the body as a complex system with an emphasis on prevention. THE END OF ILLNESS may reframe everything you thought you knew about health. It is both provocative and inspiring. Highly recommended." -- Dean Ornish, MD founder and president of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco
    "Dr. David B. Agus is a professor of medicine and engineering at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and Viterbi School of Engineering and heads U.S.C.'s Westside Cancer Center and the Center for Applied Molecular Medicine. He is one of the world's leading cancer doctors, and the co-founder of two pioneering personalized medicine companies, Navigenics and Applied Proteomics. Dr. Agus is an international leader in new technologies and approaches for personalized healthcare, chairs the Global Agenda Council (GAC) on Genetics for the World Economic Forum, and speaks regularly at TEDMED, the Aspen Ideas Festival, DLD and the World Economic Forum. He has received numerous awards, including the 2009 GQ Magazine Rockstar of Science Award." -- Publisher

    Bernstein, Richard K., The Diabetes Diet: Dr. Bernstein's Low-Carbohydrate Solution, ISBN: 0316737844 9780316737845.
    "A revolutionary new low-carb diet for diabetics by the doctor who pioneered a successful new approach to the disease -- with 100 original mouth watering recipes. For diabetics, diet is more than a lifestyle choice -- it's the key to controlling the course of their disease. Many diabetics struggle their entire lives to maintain a healthy weight, but the guidelines given to them by the American Diabetes Association have proven unhelpful in regulating blood sugar -- the critical component in keeping diabetes in check. In THE DIABETES DIET, Dr. Bernstein serves up the groundbreaking low-carbohydrate approach to diabetes care that has enabled his patients to take control of their disease by regulating their blood sugar without the usual swings. Dr. Bernstein himself is living proof of the success of this method, and he has the science to back it up. Plunging into the current debate on low-fat vs. low-carb diets, he shows that, especially for diabetics, low-carb is what will change lives -- and he offers 100 delicious all-new recipes to help keep diabetics on track for life. The recipes and advice in THE DIABETES DIET will provide readers with an easy-to-follow guide for controlling their disease and regaining their health and well-being. There are an estimated 18 million diabetics in America, and their number is increasing every year -- yet there are no low-carb diet books appropriate for diabetics.
    "Since publication in 1997, Dr. Bernstein's DIABETES SOLUTION and its revised 2003 edition have sold more than 120,000 copies.
    "An engineer by training, Bernstein pioneered blood glucose self-monitoring and the tight control of blood sugar that is now accepted as the standard treatment of diabetes. He entered medical school at the age of 45 in order to publish his findings." -- Publisher

    Bernstein, Richard K., Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars, ISBN: 0316099066 9780316099066.
    "Since its first publication in 1997, DR. BERNSTEIN'S DIABETES SOLUTION has become the treatment of choice in the medical field. His groundbreaking approach to diabetes care enables patients to take control of their disease and to live long and healthy lives by normalizing their blood sugar without the usual swings. Dr. Bernstein himself is living proof of the success of this method. In this revised and updated edition of his work, he provides an accessible, detailed guide to his revolutionary approach to regulating blood sugars and outlines his plan for preventing or reversing long-term complications of diabetes. He offers the most up-to-date information on new products, medications, and supplements, and explains the connection between obesity and adult-onset diabetes. Dr. Bernstein discusses breakthrough science and potential cures, and has added new methods for treating the disease, including new uses of medication and exercise approaches, as well as 40 new gourmet, low carbohydrate recipes in addition to the original 50. The only book to detail step-by-step methods for normalizing blood sugars in both Type I and Type II diabetes, DR. BERNSTEIN'S DIABETES SOLUTION will enable patients to take charge of their health and live longer, healthier lives." -- Publisher

    Childre, Doc Lew, and Howard Martin, The HeartMath Solution: The Institute of HeartMath's Revolutionary Program for Engaging the Power of the Heart's Intelligence, ISBN: 0062516051 9780062516053 006251606X 9780062516060.
    "The Intelligent Heart. Access the power of your heart's intelligence to improve your focus and creativity, elevate your emotional clarity, lower your stress and anxiety levels, strengthen your immune system, promote your body's optimal performance, and slow the aging process." -- Publisher
    "THE HEARTMATH SOLUTION may easily be written off as a book too eccentric for widespread public consumption, and that's unfortunate. The title's a bit misleading -- it's not about cardiac care and it's not about calculus, but rather how 30 years of research have shown that the heart's 'intelligence' affects emotions and physical health -- especially when it comes to handling stress -- and specifically what you can do to balance heart rhythms, reduce stress hormones, and boost your immune system. Yes, it sounds complicated, especially when you read that cardiologists worked with physicists and psychiatrists to develop the HeartMath program. But it's worth brushing off your skepticism and exploring the concepts in the Solution, as many employees of Fortune 500 companies have already done.
    "The 'intelligence' that the authors focus on refers to both the heart's 'brain,' or the 40,000 neurons found in the heart (the same number in the brain itself), and the intuitive signals the heart sends, including feelings of love, happiness, care, and appreciation. When such positive emotions are felt, they 'not only change patterns of activity in the nervous system; they also reduce the production of the stress hormone cortisol.' When there's less cortisol, there's more DHEA, the so-called fountain of youth hormone known to have anti-aging effects on many of the body's systems.
    "The HeartMath Solution outlines 10 steps for harnessing the power of the heart's intelligence, including ways to manage your emotions and keep energy levels high. One of the most important is the 'Freeze-Frame' technique for calming the nervous system, improving clarity of thought and perception, and boosting productivity (which is one of the many appealing features for those Fortune 500 companies). Each step includes references to data proving its effectiveness, with handy summaries of the key points to remember at the end of each chapter. This is a book that takes a bit of scientific understanding and a lot of time to wade through, but one that could help you prevent stress from ruling your existence." -- Erica Jorgensen
    "Is the heart the missing link in the mind-body connection? By combining age-old philosophy with modern science, Childre and Martin make a compelling case for the idea that good health is really a triumph of heart, not mind, over matter. Citing the Institute's research on the heart's role in human health, they demonstrate that the so-called metaphorical condition of the heart -- which has long been associated with love, wisdom, courage, and happiness -- may play as important a role in mental well-being as its physical function. The HeartMath solution lies in developing what Childre and Martin call the core heart feelings (such as love, forgiveness, appreciation and care), which trigger physiological responses resulting in less stress, better brain function and a stronger immune system. Although this book is about the heart, it's written with cool intelligence and intelligibility for the head. Despite slightly off-putting names (Freeze-Frame, Cut-Thru and Lock-In), the relaxation exercises, which are being taught at corporations and at schools, are simple to do, although perhaps already too familiar to anyone who has tried other kinds of meditative techniques. Nevertheless, in presenting a clear argument for following one's heart, this book certainly breaks new ground in the holistic approach to health." -- Publishers Weekly
    "Ancient cultures believed that the heart rather than the brain was the seat of emotions, vestiges of which are still apparent in descriptive phrases such as 'broken hearted,' 'cold hearted,' and many others. Recent research confirms the existence of complex communication links between these two organs as well as other systems responsible for maintaining homeostasis, and unanticipated electrical energy pathways that may mediate these activities. This book describes cutting edge approaches that can not only tune into such conversations, but also reduce stress and promote physical and mental health by influencing the dialogue." -- Paul J. Rosch, President, The American Institute of Stress
    "HeartMath has had a profound influence on the lives of patients, staff, and administrators at our hospital. Specific health problems such as hypertension and arrhythmias have improved in several patients through interventions with HeartMath tools. Communication and creativity among staff members trained in these tools has taken a quantum leap. They have noticed a completely different way of looking at problems and interacting with those around them." -- Bruce Wilson, M.D., Former Director, University of Pittsburgh Heart Institute, Chairman, Medical Education Committee, Columbia Hospital, Milwaukee, WI

    Cullen, Ellie, Ann Louise Gittleman (foreword), and Betty Kamen (introduction), Normal Blood Test Scores Aren't Good Enough! A Complete Guide to Understanding Preventive Blood Testing, ISBN: 0971628300 9780971628304.
    A leading guide to preventive blood testing.
    "A complete guide to understanding preventive blood testing.
    "In this informative, easy-to-understand guide to the chronically misunderstood subject of preventive blood testing, Ellie Cullen, a Registered Nurse with over 24 years of hands-on, clinical experience, teaches you how to use simple blood tests to learn your body's current-and future!-state of health.
    "This one-of-a-kind health companion also contains 20 fascinating case studies detailing how the health secrets contained within helped real-life sufferers of heart disease, cancer, obesity, arthritis, even infertility! In addition, a comprehensive guide to over 60 specific blood tests make this book an invaluable tool in taking charge of your personal health today!
    "Foreword by Ann Louise Gittleman, ND, author of the USA Today Best Seller THE FAT FLUSH PLAN and Introduction by Betty Kamen, Ph.D. author of HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY: HOW TO MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION. -- Publisher
    "Ellie Cullen, a registered nurse, is one of the world's leading experts on using blood analysis to customize diet and wellness plans to individual biochemistry. Her many years as a consultant to physicians and other healthcare professionals has resulted in Ellie working with thousands of clients nationally and internationally.
    "Ellie has been a licensed Registered Nurse for more than thirty years. She trained at Johns Hopkins, and has over twenty-five years of extensive clinical nursing, nutrition, and lifestyle consulting experience. She has personally overcome arthritis and low blood sugar using her YFH system.
    "Ellie is the Founder and CEO of YFH (Your Future Health), a leader in the preventive blood testing industry. Specializing in HealthPrints, YFH has been helping people understand, improve, and take control of their health for the past twenty-three years."
    Your Future Health
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    Davis, Mike, The Monster at our Door: The Global Threat of Avian Flu, ISBN: 1595580115 9781595580115.
    Apparently an example of how wrong health science can be. -- compiler, April 7, 2014.
    "From the acclaimed writer The Nation calls the "master of disaster prose," a terrifying forecast of a new global threat.
    " 'We are talking at least seven million deaths, but maybe more -- 10 million, 20 million, and the worst case, 100 million.' -- Shigeru Omi, Regional Director, Western Pacific Office of the World Health Organization, November 2004
    "Avian influenza is a viral asteroid on a collision course with humanity. In 1918, a pandemic strain of influenza killed at least 40 million people in three months. Now, leading researchers believe, another world catastrophe is imminent.
    "A virus of astonishing lethality, known as H5N1, has become entrenched in the poultry and wild bird populations of East Asia. It kills two out of every three people it infects. The World Health Organization warns that it is on the verge of mutating into a super-contagious pandemic form that could visit several billion homes within two years.
    "In this urgent and extraordinarily frightening book, Mike Davis reconstructs the scientific and political history of a viral apocalypse in the making, exposing the central roles of agribusiness and the fast-food industries, abetted by corrupt governments, in creating the ecological conditions for the emergence of this new plague. He also details the scandalous failure of the Bush administration, obsessed with hypothetical 'bio-terrorism,' to safeguard Americans from the greatest biological threat since HIV/AIDS." -- Publisher
    "Sorry, but I won't review this book per se. It is too scary. I will tell you that almost 100 percent of what the author says is true. The bottom line is: There will be a deadly world wide pandemic. Millions will die.It will be revealed that the White House has left us unprotected. It will be just like New Orleans with many more deaths. Without going into the facts in the book, which should be mandatory reading by those in command of our country, my message to Americans is to go to your doctors and get a prescription for 10 tablets of Tamiflu, 75mg. Tamiflu is made by Hoffman La-Roche pharmecuticals in Switzerland. It is an anti viral pill, and at the present time is considered the best medicine to protect against the Avian Virus . . . . H5N1. Good luck. We're last in line, as the other major nations of the world have orders in front of us that may take Hoffman La-Roche years to fill. However, I want you to know that there is another anti viral medicine which our country is stock piling: Relenza from Glaxco Smith-Kline in Australia. The rub is that this is not a pill, but must be inhaled. Nevertheless, that may be the solution for our country. As for the new Avian immunization vaccine developed by Dr. Robert Webster, at St. Judes hospital in Memphis, using reverse engineering, the dose needed is so high that the amount of vaccine that our government is stockpiling will protect only a few million people. So, there you are. There is one possibility that can save us all. The H5N1 Avian virus is not easily transmitted from birds to humans. Since the late nineties, when the virus first appeared in China, approximately 60 people have died. If the H5N1 virus mutates or assorts with a human common flu virus or cold, then we will have a deadly pandemic, and millions will die, because humans will not have immunity. If our government can develop a crash program to produce the avian virus vaccine, then we and all the people of the world might be saved! And finally depending on how the virus mutates or assorts, the vaccine may not work. That is always a possibility. There is one other solution. Our government should violate the legal exclusivity of Hoffman La-Roch, and manufacture Tamiflu on a grand scale.
    "On that happy ending I advise every American to get a prescription for Tamiflu 75 mg and to read this book. Wake up America as to what is happening in the world around you!!" -- Donald E. Olds
    "MacArthur fellow Mike Davis is the author of several books, including CITY OF QUARTZ, Ecology of Fear, Late Victorian Holocausts, Dead Cities, and -- with Kelly Mayhew and Jim Miller -- UNDER THE PERFECT SUN. He lives in San Diego."

    Dowd, James, and Diane Stafford, The Vitamin D Cure, ISBN: 9780470455753 0470455756.
    "It may sound too good to be true, but it's actually solid medicine based on real science: groundbreaking new research has traced the source of a wide array of disorders that afflict up to 200 million Americans to a single common factor -- vitamin D deficiency. Increasing the amount of vitamin D in your body can cure or help treat a remarkable number of ailments -- from obesity to arthritis, from high blood pressure to back pain, from diabetes to muscle cramps. If you suffer from these or many other chronic health problems, you may wonder whether you are getting enough vitamin D and what to do about it.
    "In THE VITAMIN D CURE, leading rheumatologist and researcher Dr. James Dowd reveals the causes of vitamin D deficiency and explains why North Americans are particularly vulnerable to it. He then offers a simple, easy-to-follow five-step program that can eliminate or alleviate a host of seemingly incurable conditions, such as arthritis, in as little as six weeks. Better yet, by staying on the program, you can enjoy robust health and improved fitness for the rest of your life.
    "Citing numerous scientific studies, a wealth of clinical data, and case stories from his practice, Dr. Dowd shows how lifestyle and diet have combined to reduce the vitamin D intake of most of us who live north of the equator. Eating the wrong foods, not getting enough exercise, and spending too much time indoors have produced a major health crisis." -- Publisher
    The Vitamin Cure
    http://www.thevitamindcure.com

    Dunn, Rob R., The Wild Life of our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape who we are Today, ISBN: 9780061806483 006180648X.
    "Shares the known and potential consequences of the changing relationships with nature and interactions with other species and emphasizes the importance of reconnecting with the web of life." -- Publisher

    Edlund, Matthew, Healthy Without Health Insurance: Protect Yourself, ISBN: 9780974892719 0974892718.
    "Provides a step-by-step program that combines ordinary activities to maximize health and happiness and regenerate your body." -- Publisher

    Ewald, Paul W., Plague Time: The new Germ Theory of Diease, ISBN: 0385721846 9780385721844.
    "Argues that serious illnesses are caused by a plague of chronic infections and not by a person's genes and lifestyle." -- Publisher "The author, Dr. Ewald is a college professor and researcher who has become well known for his ideas relating natural selection and evolution to infectious diseases in humans. Some of the more noted medical schools in the country are incorporating his ideas into their training of physicians. The basic theme of his book is that some of the most common and dangerous diseases in humans might have an infectious disease component. Most people including many physicians and researchers do not consider heart attacks, autoimmune diseases, cancer, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, etc to be related in any way to microorganisms. Ewald describes how the same thing was thought in the not too distant past about ulcers, cervical cancer, infertility, liver cancer, etc. Ewald presents a historical perspective of the latter diseases and shows how researchers that "thought outside of the box" were able to prove that infectious organisms were in fact responsible. He then discusses recent findings that are providing hints that we may still have some big surprises in store for the future of many diseases thought to be free of microbial influence. For example, he speculates what it will mean if we find that the inflammation and atherosclerosis that often precedes heart attacks has a microbial cause.He cites studies that indicate that the bacterium that causes one form of "walking pneumonia," Chlamydia pneumoniae, is somehow involved. He states that if these findings are true, "atherosclerosis would be enough to make C. pneumoniae rank among the most deadly human pathogens of all times." Another intriguing example, among many, is his discussion of an infectious cause for breast cancer. When he is discussing the role of microbes in such human afflictions, the book is engrossing. On the other hand there are topics of discussion that are peripheral to his theme that would be better edited out. For example the extensive discussion of the evidence for HIV being introduced into humans through vaccine production could have been edited and still made the point. Likewise, the section on biological warfare/terrorism could have either been deleted altogether or at least tied into the overall theme a little more smoothly. Overall, this book discusses an idea that is, as Scientific American noted, "Provocative. . . . if correct, this theory will change the course of medicine." -- Reader's Comment

    Ewald, Paul W., and Holly Swain Ewald, Controlling Cancer: A Powerful Plan for Taking on the World's Most Daunting Disease, ISBN: 9781937382094 1937382095.

    Fitzgerald, Randall, The Hundred-Year Lie: How to Protect Yourself From the Chemicals That are Destroying Your Health, ISBN: 0525949518 9780525949510.
    "In a devastating expos‚ in the tradition of SILENT SPRING and FAST FOOD NATION, investigative journalist Randall Fitzgerald warns how thousands of man-made chemicals in our food, water, medicine, and environment are making humans the most polluted species on the planet. A century ago in 1906, when Congress enacted the Pure Food and Drug Act, Americans were promised 'better living through chemistry.' Fitzgerald provides overwhelming evidence to shatter this myth, and many others perpetrated by the chemical, pharmaceutical, and processed foods industries. In the face of this national health crisis, Fitzgerald also presents informed and practical suggestions for what we can do to turn the tide and live healthier lives.
    Human beings are fast becoming one of the most polluted species on the planet. Learn why your body has become so toxic that you would never pass an FDA inspection:

    "Are we becoming a mutant species?
    "Randall Fitzgerald has written investigative features for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, and for twenty years was a contributing editor for Reader's Digest, where he researched, wrote, and edited articles on science and medicine." -- Publisher

    *Flavel, John (1628-1691), Keeping the Heart, ISBN: 1573580775. A Christian classic. Alternate title: A SAINT INDEED, OR THE GREAT WORK OF A CHRISTIAN OPENED AND PRESSED. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "One of the most endearing Puritan works.
    This "is an extensive treatment of Proverbs 4:23, Keep thy heart, for out of it flow the issues of life. This book has been completely retypeset and updated for easier reading; and there is also a helpful introduction and added study guide which makes this book suitable for study by individuals and groups. -- Publisher
    Flavel, John, A Treatise on Keeping the Heart. Selected From the Works of the Rev. John Flavel. The style adapted to the present state of improvement (1813)
    http://archive.org/details/treatiseonkeepin00flav
    On Keeping the Heart, John Flavel
    http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/ipb-e/epl-10/web/flavel-keeping.html

    Green, Peter H.R., and Rory Jones, Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic, ISBN: 006076693X 9780060766931.
    Celiac disease is sensitivity to gluten: wheat, sugar, and carbohydrates. See also: GRAIN BRAIN: THE SURPRISING TRUTH ABOUT WHEAT, CARBS, AND SUGAR -- YOUR BRAIN'S SILENT KILLERS.
    "A survey of the frequently undiagnosed autoimmune disease describes the signs and symptoms of celiac disease, its effects on the human body's digestive system, available diagnostic procedures, treatment options, and diet and lifestyle issues." -- Publisher

    Holick, Michael F., and Mark Jenkins, The UV Advantage, ISBN: 0743486471 9780743486477.
    "According to Dr Michael Holick of the Boston University School of Medicine and America's leading expert on Vitamin D, the scare tactics of international health leaders about the potential hazards of sun exposure have gone too far. Their exaggerated warnings about the sun's harmful effects have led to public misconceptions that is threatening our overall health. As a result, we in the midst of a 'silent epidemic' of vitamin D deficiency in the West that has widespread repercussions. With the UV Advantage, Dr Holick is the first highly credentialed doctor to author a book that proclaims the clinically demonstrated benefits of sensible sun exposure on bone, cellular, organ, autoimmune and mood-related health.
    "During the past 25 years, Dr. Holick has looked at not only how vitamin D is made in the skin during sun exposure to sunlight, but has also provided global recognition for how sunlight exposure is important to bone health. He has pioneered the use of activated vitamin D compounds for the treatment of psoriasis, considered to be the treatment of choice for this common skin disorder." -- Publisher
    "Evidence is given from Dr. Holick's own work and others that vitamin D levels are too low in a large fraction of the world's humans, especially those with dark skin and living more than 30 degrees from the equator. This deficiency causes more osteoporosis, rickets, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attacks, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and cancer than had been believed just 20 years ago. The types of skin cancer caused by excessive sunlight are easily treated and are rarely fatal. . . .
    "This easy-to-read book, backed by 120 citations to papers in peer-reviewed journals (unfortunately not numbered), has an index and a glossary. Dr. Holick is no outsider, having published over 200 peer-reviewed papers, and with a lifetime of research in dermatology and endocrinology. . . ." -- Reader's Comment
    UV Advantage
    http://www.uvadvantage.org
    Vitamind Health
    http://www.vitamindhealth.org

    Hyman, Mark, Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss, ISBN: 0743272552 9780743272551.
    "No wonder it's so hard to lose weight -- our bodies are designed to keep weight on at all costs; it's a matter of survival. It's embedded in our DNA. Our diet has changed dramatically over the past ten thousand years, but our genetic blueprint has not -- our bodies are not designed to process the types of food we are fed today. It's like putting diesel fuel into a regular car -- it just won't work. And making matters worse is the fact that diets don't work either: less than 6 percent of weight-loss attempts succeed. The average person who goes on a diet actually gains five pounds. But a medical revolution is under way, finally showing us precisely how the powerful forces that keep weight on can actually be reprogrammed to automatically burn fat and keep weight off for good. The concept is simple. By learning how to work with our bodies instead of against them, we can ignite the natural fat-burning furnaces that lie dormant within us. For the first time ever, Dr. Mark Hyman makes this new science of weight loss available to the general public. This medical revolution is based on a groundbreaking concept called nutrigenomics -- the science of how food talks to our genes. This science is actually startlingly simple. Food contains information and instructions for our bodies -- eat the right foods and send instructions of weight loss and health; eat the wrong foods and send messages of weight gain and disease. After spending the last ten years conducting pioneering, hands-on research with over two thousand patients at Canyon Ranch, one of the world's leading health resorts, Dr. Hyman has discovered the seven fundamental causes of obesity. While fad diets have identified one or two of these causes, never before have they all been integrated into a single, simple plan for automatic weight loss -- this is the promise of ULTRAMETABOLISM.
    "ULTRAMETABOLISM is an easy-to-follow eight-week plan to help you lose weight based on your own unique genetic needs. Since each of our bodies is different and may require more or less of certain nutrients to awaken our fat-burning DNA, Dr. Hyman shows you exactly how to customize the program for your own particular needs. The program includes menus, recipes, and shopping lists, as well as recommendations for supplements and exercise and lifestyle treatments designed to create a healthy metabolism -- an UltraMetabolism -- permanent weight loss, and lifelong health." -- Publisher

    Hyman, Mark, Mark Liponis, Ultraprevention: The 6-Week Plan That will Make You Healthy for Life, ISBN: 0743448839 9780743448833 0743227115 9780743227117.
    "Two physicians unveil a revolutionary, accessible, science-based, patient-centered program for living an active, age-defying, disease-free life.
    "Healthcare is pulled and shaped by many forces, by drug and insurance companies looking for profits, by politicians in search of votes, and by stressed, overworked physicians who barely have time to talk to you before writing a prescription or packing you off to a specialist.
    "So is anyone interested in keeping you well?
    "Yes. The ULTRAPREVENTION program will work for everyone. The promise of its practice is huge -- a health span that matches life span -- and you'll experience increased energy, weight loss, enhanced mood and memory, better digestion, deeper sleep, diminished stress, and more.
    "Isolating the source of more than 90 percent of today's most common diseases, from cancer and heart disease to diabetes, stroke, and Alzheimer's, Drs. Hyman and Liponis enumerate the Five Forces of Illness -- Sludge (malnutrition), Burnout (impaired metabolism), Heat (inflammation), Waste (impaired detoxification), and Rust (oxidative stress).
    "Through the practice of the six-week ULTRAPREVENTION program, you'll learn three simple steps that stop these forces and create a lifetime of good health. So stop falling for the myths that make you sick and start Ultraprevention, the powerful plan to get older without aging, to maintain health for all of life." -- Publisher

    Johnson, David W., Feel 30 for the Next 50 Years, ISBN: 0380974630 9780380974634.
    " 'It's not mortality that's on our minds. . . . It is the specter of spending the last quarter of our lives incapable of enjoying ourselves, of losing our memories and our mental acuity, our health, sexuality, and attractiveness,' writes David W. Johnson, Ph.D., physiology professor and medical researcher. This doesn't have to happen, says Johnson, if we use supplements and strategies that 'literally convince your body that it is younger.' FEEL 30 FOR THE NEXT 50 YEARS explains why and how to use hormonal-replacement therapies, antioxidants, cognitive-enhancing drugs, diet, brain exercises, physical exercise, and stress-reducing techniques. Johnson examines the physical, mental, and emotional changes we attribute to aging, and offers a detailed plan for combating them. Gingko biloba, for example, increases blood flow to the brain, thereby enhancing memory. Antioxidant supplements retard the rate of cellular death. Meditation and biofeedback reduce stress-induced damage. Hormone supplementation, including DHEA, can restore hormones to youthful levels. By following his plan, you can 'pretty much skip old age,' says Johnson, extending the years of 'Youthspan' (optimum health, energy, strength, mobility, and vitality), through age 60, and continuing to live a vigorous and healthy life through age 80 and beyond." -- Joan Price

    Katz, David L., Stacey Colino, and Tim Andres Pabon, Disease Proof: The Remarkable Truth About What Makes us Well, ISBN: 9781594631245 1594631247.
    "The skills you need to slash your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and more-by 80 percent. Though we may not realize it, our behavior has tremendous effects on our health, well-being, and even gene expression. In DISEASE-PROOF, renowned preventive medicine specialist Dr. David Katz reveals that we can reduce our risk of any chronic disease by an astonishing 80 percent-more than any drug or intervention could ever hope to do. Abundant scientific evidence shows that four simple things -- not smoking, eating well, being active, and maintaining a healthy weight-play an enormous role in our health. Drawing upon the latest scientific evidence and decades of clinical experience, Dr. Katz arms us with the skills to make lasting changes in each of these areas. DISEASE-PROOF equips listeners with the knowledge to manage weight, improve immune function, reprogram our genes, and prevent and reverse life-altering illnesses" -- Publisher
    Dr. Katz's website
    http://www.davidkatzmd.com

    Kaufmann, Doug, Fungus Link, ISBN: 9780970341808 0970341806.
    Introduction to Fungal Disease Including the Initial Phase THE FUNGUS LINK was an incredibly helpful and informational tool for me to deal with chronic candida. As a research fanatic, the explanation of just HOW fungal toxins disrupt and injure the body and how to eliminate them made all the difference for me. There's a huge difference between knowing you have a condition and treating it and REALLY getting it and being empowered to deal with it in a holistic way -- through nutrition, lifestyle, etc. Doug makes something complicated easy to understand and conquer! The Phase I diet really does work and isn't difficult to achieve on a daily basis with some effort. Knowing what foods to avoid during a healing crisis helps a person to realize what foods to avoid in the long run, as going back to them may regenerate the problem. As a result of faithfully following the Phase I diet and continuing to abstain from sugar, cheese, most grains and white flour products, I have achieved and maintained a 52 pound weight loss, lower cholesterol, significantly lower triglycerides, blood pressure and much more energy! A definite MUST READ for anyone suffering from candida, cancer, obesity, diabetes and many other ailments -- fungal overgrowth, toxicity and candida is far reaching!!" -- Reader's Comment

    La Puma, John, and Rebecca Powell Marx, ChefMD's big Book of Culinary Medicine: A Food Lover's Road map to Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Getting Really Healthy, ISBN: 9780307394620 030739462X.
    "Integrating nutritional science with culinary expertise, a physician explains how to prevent disease, shed pounds, and promote overall health by using foods that tempt the palate while promoting the body's immunity." -- Publisher Dr. John La Puma's website, http://www.DrJohnLaPuma.com

    Liponis, Mark, UltraLongevity: The Seven-Step Program for a Younger, Healthier You, 304 pages, ISBN: 0316017280 9780316017282.
    "Medical director of the world-famous Canyon Ranch Health Resorts, Dr. Mark Liponis presents his extraordinary new idea: that aging and aging-related diseases -- including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes -- are autoimmune problems, and that a well-managed immune system is the key to healthy aging. Cutting-edge research makes ULTRALONGEVITY the first and only book to explore aging within the context of the immune system, and it will change the way we look at health forever. Starting with a quiz -- 'How Fast Are You Aging?' -- Liponis explains the new science, lays out an accessible and proven 7-step program with an 8-day meal plan, and motivates readers to put the program into practice so that they can keep their minds sharp, become more physically fit, be more resistant to infections and disease, and feel and stay younger than they ever imagined. Through the UltraLongevity program, Liponis promises more than a long life; he promises a long, healthy life.
    "Mark Liponis, MD, Corporate Medical Director of Canyon Ranch Resorts. His previous book, with Dr. Mark Hyman, was Ultraprevention." -- Publisher
    "What an awesome and practical anti-aging program! Dr. Liponis's approach to longevity is based on proven technological breakthroughs supported by hundreds of studies. This is the best original thinking I have seen in decades!" -- Stephen T. Sinatra, MD, FACC, CNS, co-author of REVERSE HEART DISEASE NOW
    "UltraLongevity is a treasure -- it's loaded with exactly the kind of information everyone needs to live well and vibrantly-for as long as possible." -- Christiane Northrup, MD, author of WOMEN'S BODIES, WOMEN'S WISDOM
    "An insightful, simplified, and integrated approach to achieving optimal health, wellness, and longevity." -- Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the United States
    "What do breathing, eating, sleeping, loving, soothing, enhancing, and dancing accomplish? They are the seven things you can do to change your life for the younger (and better).
    "Recent scientific research indicates that by paying attention to your immune system, you can control the aging process. . . .
    "Talk about your interesting book. It is chock full of great information that inspires you to better living. He gives just enough details to make various lifestyle changes not only reasonable, but feasible. . . .
    "My chief complaint about this book is the great amount of time he spent in the netherworld of evolution. The science of the immune system was quite possibly spot on, but it was absolutely unnecessary to continue to state over and over again how it evolved over millions of years. A reference or two I wouldn't even mention, but the evolution horse was beaten dead. Regardless, there is a great amount of useful information in the rest of the book and I intend to put it to use. . . ." This is a great resource for those experiencing an overactive immune system and those who hope not to." -- Reader's Comment

    Low Dog, Tieraona, Life is Your Best Medicine: A Woman's Guide to Health, Healing, and Wholeness at Every Age, ISBN: 9781426209604 1426209606.
    "The author has an important message for women: what you do and what choice you make can have a positive and profound impact on your health. This book is suitable for readers with an interest in Native American and other natural and alternative healing practices, and to cancer survivors -- especially breast cancer."-- Publisher
    Tieraona Low Dog's website
    http://www.drlowdog.com

    Low Dog, Tieraona, et al., Healthy at Home: Get Well and Stay Well Without Prescriptions, ISBN: 9781426212581 1426212585.
    "Get the how, when, and why of getting better and staying well with homemade remedies that the doctor orders. National Geographic helps you take charge of health care guided by a physician expert in natural healing, herbal medicine, and home remedies. In this book she guides us in identifying, responding to, and caring for all the most common ailments, so that when it's time to take care at home, you have a doctor's advice on how. Learn how to make herbal remedies and why you and your family will be healthier for doing so -- and get advice on when it's best to consult a health care professional instead." -- Publisher
    Tieraona Low Dog's website
    http://www.drlowdog.com

    Popkin, Barry, The World is fat: The Fads, Trends, Policies, and Products That are Fattening the Human Race, ISBN: 1583333134 9781583333136.
    "FAST FOOD NATION meets THE WORLD IS FAT in this eye-opening look at the obesity epidemic.
    "Today, the planet's 1.3 billion overweight people by far outnumber the 700 million who are undernourished. This figure would have seemed ludicrous just fifty years ago, when hunger was the world's most pressing nutritional problem.
    "In THE WORLD IS FAT, Barry Popkin argues that the fattening of the human race is not simply about that next cheeseburger; rather, it is a result of an unprecedented collision of human biology with trends in technology, globalization, government policy, and the food industry that are changing how we eat and how we live.
    "Popkin, whose expertise in both nutrition and economics makes him uniquely qualified to write this book, compares our lifestyles today with those of half a century ago through the stories of five families living in the United States, Mexico, and India. He shows how increasing access to media and exposure to advertising, a powerful food industry, the rise of Wal-Mart like shopping centers, and a dramatic decline in physical activity are clashing with millions of years of human evolution, creating a world of overweight people with debilitating health problems such as diabetes. Ultimately, Popkin contends that widespread obesity is less a result of poor individual dietary choices than about a hi-tech, interconnected world in which governments and multinational corporations have extraordinary power to shape our everyday lives.
    "Barry Popkinis the Carla Smith Chamblee Distinguished Professor of Global Nutrition at the University of North Carolina and the director of the UNC Interdisciplinary Obesity Center. His research has spanned all continents over the past thirty years. His work has been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Scientific American." -- Publisher

    *Reisman, Judith A., Eunice V. Ray (editor), and Alfred Moreschi (illustrator), Kinsey: Crimes and Consequences the Red Queen and the Grand Scheme, ISBN: 0966662415 9780966662412.
    "Dr. Judith Reisman's new book, KINSEY: CRIMES AND CONSEQUENCES THE RED QUEEN AND THE GRAND SCHEME, presents sinister material on the man who seduced America.
    "The 1960s' sexual revolution was based on the most elaborate and carefully crafted scientific fraud of this century, writes author Judith Reisman. Early sexologist Alfred C. Kinsey, with his two famous reports just 50 years ago, seemingly legitimized both profligacy and deviancy, and thus established 'the sexual license he [personally] espoused.' SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR IN THE HUMAN MALE (1948) and its female equivalent (1953) kicked off no-fault divorce, the wife-swapping era, the gay rights movement, classroom sex education, sex 'therapy' as a growth industry, explicit imagery in the media and entertainment industry, and an avalanche of pornography and obscenity.
    "Although Kinsey was a sexual revolutionary, Dr. Reisman contends, he was falsely portrayed by Indiana University where he worked, and the Rockefeller Foundation which funded him, 'as just a normal American guy/husband/family man who simply "discovered" the "really" that most American men commonly engaged in sexually aberrant and outlaw behaviour.' Kinsey's 'research' alleged that 10 percent of American males were homosexual, that all of us were bisexual, that children were sexual from birth, and could engage in sexual activity with adults without harm, plus a whole broad spectrum of things taught today in our schools and practiced today in courts of law as fact and as true . . . It was fraud then, it is fraud now, and it revolutionized this nation and turned us into Kinsey's [psychological] clones.
    "His 'Grand Scheme' was to eliminate normal families in favour of selective breeding predicated upon racial and sexual eugenics, she charges, and his 'scientific conclusions' were concocted to advance it. The reference is to the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland who wanted the sentence (beheading) carried out first and the verdict pronounced afterwards.
    "Disturbing information about Kinsey's work and private life has been accumulating since his death in 1956 at age 62. (The official cause was pneumonia due to overwork, but his extensive homosexual and sado-masochistic activities were likely contributors). Dr. Reisman revealed much of it in 1990, for example, in KINSEY, SEX AND FRAUD. Even last year's resolutely non-condemnatory biography by fellow Indiana University scholar James H. Jones, ALFRED C. KINSEY: A PUBLIC/PRIVATE LIFE (Norton), is replete with gruesomely shocking details.
    "KINSEY: CRIME AND CONSEQUENCES cannot be described as non-condemnatory. Its central figure, Dr. Reisman asserts, 'fits the classic definition of a sexual psychopath.' Had the public known that he 'and his male population were sexually abnormal, the popular use of their data to change [our] law, education and public policy would have come to a screeching halt.' He was able, however, to blackmail into silence associates who knew about 'his extensive use of deviants, his large prison population or, worse, his active child molesters.'
    "Still, she thinks his 'findings' should have roused suspicion. 'When I first read Kinsey's research, I thought this man is not reporting on America -- he's reporting on himself and then projecting that onto the nation. Kinsey prostituted his own wife Clara . . . into acts of sodomy with fellow "researchers," which Kinsey filmed. He seduced his own students at Indiana University -- male, not female students. He devised sexual activities with his "co-workers," who then became his co-authors. He [personally] engaged in violent sadistic activity, in which he harmed himself terribly . . . and appears to have died, frankly, as a result of the trauma to his body.'
    "But his famed reports were carefully phrased to obscure the fact that words like 'contacts,' 'partners' and 'sex play' could signify grown men sodomizing children. He was also both racist and cautious about his colleagues, avoiding Jews, blacks and moral traditionalists. Dr. Reisman quotes Kinsey co-author Wardell Pomeroy (KINSEY AND THE INSTITUTE FOR SEX RESEARCH, Harper & Row, 1972), on his hiring technique: 'As usual . . . we took his sexual history first . . . [Then] Kinsey put down his pen and said, "I don't think you want to work for us." "But I do," the researcher insisted. "Well," Kinsey observed, "you have just said that premarital intercourse might lead to later difficulties in marriage, that extramarital relations would break up a marriage, that homosexuality is abnormal, and intercourse with animals is ludicrous. Apparently you have all the answers. . . . Why do you want to do research'?"
    "Biographer Jones describes Kinsey as 'one of the scholarly eugenicists of pre-WWII' who favoured mass sterilization for the lower classes and selective breeding for the 'better classes.' Moreover, Judith Reisman emphasizes, the Rockefeller Foundation was early interested in population control and in using the media to popularize it. The Reece Committee, investigating U.S. tax-exempt foundations in 1953-54, concluded that this 'plutocratic control' was accomplished by 'funding the "right" university research by the "right" researchers, then by funding mass media dissemination of the "right" science data to the public.' Kinsey's numbers made him a perfect fit for anyone eager to alter what he would call human 'breeding patterns.'
    "Dr. Reisman, a specialist in content analysis studies of written and visual media, lost many family members in the Holocaust. In that context she raises further sinister questions about Kinsey's data. For instance, who was the 'lone pedophile,' the 'elderly gentleman' cited by Kinsey for his sexual molestation of 800 children? Who were 'The Children of Table 34' and what became of them? How did Kinsey's 'technically trained' observers gain access to the claimed 1,800 American children for illegal genital experiments? 'To this day,' she observes, 'the Kinsey Institute and Indiana University have repeatedly . . . refused to reveal any names of the subjects or the experimenters.' Nor has any one of these children ever come forward, although the institute seems an excellent target for lawsuits.
    "Even in the destitute 1930s, at the cited rate of a dollar a day, she doubts that children as young as three months were obtainable in such numbers around Bloomington, Indiana. She suggests an ominous but credible alternative: a collaborative link between Kinsey and Nazi Germany, then a police state where such 'experimentation' could easily be conducted 'as part of an ongoing collegial, cross-cultural, multinational, "fact-finding" research project.' She cites significant links, such as one George Sylvester Viereck, who worked for the German embassy in Washington, D.C., in those years, setting up Nazi front groups, and who is known to have been a Kinsey correspondent. Furthermore, the Rockefeller Foundation was simultaneously funding eugenics projects in Berlin.
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    "Beautifully illustrated with striking full-color and instructional photographs, The Canyon Ranch Guide to Living Younger Longer is as inspiring and exhilarating as it is practical. With information on everything from how to flavor recipes without salt to how to incorporate more spirituality into a busy life, this book is truly a reflection of the spirit, style, and philosophy of the famous Canyon Ranch Health Resort." -- Publisher

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    "Read this book and you will think twice about common cancer screening tests such as total body scans, mammograms, and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests.
    "Combining patient stories and solid data on common cancers, Dr. H. Gilbert Welch makes the case that testing healthy people for cancer is really a double-edged sword: while these tests may help, they often have surprisingly little effect and are sometimes even harmful. Bringing together a body of little-known medical research in an engaging and accessible style, he discusses in detail the pitfalls of screening tests, showing how they can miss some cancers, how they can lead to invasive, unnecessary treatments, and how they can distract doctors from other important issues. Welch's conclusions are powerful, counterintuitive, and disturbing: the early detection of cancer does not always save lives, it can be hard to know who really has early cancer, and there are some cancers better left undiscovered.
    "SHOULD I BE TESTED FOR CANCER? is the only book to clearly and simply lay out the pros and cons of cancer testing for the general public. It is indispensable reading for the millions of Americans who repeatedly face screening tests and who want to make better-informed decisions about their own health care.
    "H. Gilbert Welch, M.D., M.P.H., is Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School and Codirector of the VA Outcomes Group in the Department of Veterans Affairs, White River Junction, Vermont." -- Publisher
    "It is hard to put into words the importance of the book, SHOULD I BE TESTED FOR CANCER? by Gilbert Welch, M.D., Professor of Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. It is equally as hard to put into words the courage that it must have taken to write this book. The medical establishment does not look kindly on those who stray too far from the constraints of conventional wisdom. Those of us who seek only about the truth as it pertains to healthcare issues are greatly indebted to Dr. Welch for daring to do so.
    "I have been involved with health care issues for over 28 years. This book is a God-sent and is easily the most important book on this subject I've read in the last decade. Quite frankly, I couldn't put it down. It was given to me by one of my patients who, over the years, has known of my 'healthy skepticism' towards many aspects of conventional medical practice, especially as it relates to cancer diagnosis and treatment. The book confirms many of the thoughts that I have shared with my 'nontraditional' patients over the years.
    "The author has performed an invaluable service to the many concerned people who dare to think for themselves 'outside of the box.' A simple perusal of some of the chapter headings reveals all you need to know about where the book is headed: 'It is unlikely that you will benefit.' 'You may have a "cancer scare" and face and endless cycle of testing.' 'You may receive unnecessary treatment.' 'You may find a cancer you would rather not know about.' 'Your pathologist may say it's cancer, while others say it's not.' 'Your doctor may get distracted from other issues that are more important to you'." "In Dr. Welch unemotional, factual writing style, we learn about such concepts as 'false positives,' 'pseudo disease,' the fallacy of 'early detection,' suspicious and unreliable 'cure rates.' We are introduced to the rarely recommended but legitimate treatment option of 'watchful waiting' which, for many patients and some forms of cancer, may be the best course of action. We are told that how hard doctors look for prostate cancer affects how much they find. Did you know that there is a saying among doctors about prostate cancer: more men die with it than die from it? There are similar nuggets of wisdom about breast cancer, cervical cancer, and lung cancer. And did you know that you could easily become a victim of a deadly form of medical 'political correctness'?
    "Here are a few snippets from the book well worth quoting:

    Tests can be wrong, people are made to worry unnecessarily, some are treated unnecessarily, and some are even harmed by treatment.
    I will argue that a decision to forgo cancer treatment can be a reasonable option.
    If the behavior of doctors and the public continues unabated, eventually every well person will be labeled as sick.
    Some believe that anyone who dies of cancer and wasn't screened would have been saved had they had a test. But that's not true.
    I object to the emerging mindset that patients should be persuaded, frightened, and coerced into undergoing [mammography, PSA tests, fecal occult blood testing]. There is today a certain 'medical correctness' about screening -- making patients feel guilty if they choose not to pursue testing. This is wrong'."

    "This book is . . . for those thinking individuals who are open to questioning the wisdom of traditional medical practices, especially as they pertain to cancer testing and conventional treatment modalities. For them this book is a definite eye-opener and may someday become a life-saver. Again, one can only admire the courage that it took to write a book of this magnitude. . . .
    "This book has greatly assured me that this is a sound, reasonable philosophy, and as such, I will be highly recommending this book to all those who want to be actively involved in their own healthcare decision-making process." -- Reader's Comment

    See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Prescription Drugs With Dangers, The pharmaceutical industry, big pharma, Toxic and harmful substances, cancer, Oncology (cancer treatment), Generic drugs, Spiritual aspects of health, Emotions and health, Joy, Humor, Psychosomatic illness, Healing, Depression, Physiological problems, Stress, Fasting, Rest, Sleep, Exercise, Psychosomatic illness, Hypothyroidism, Correct diagnosis, The limits of modern medicine, The failure of the american medical system, What your doctor may not tell you, Nutrition, nutriceuticals, Emotions and health, Bad Relationships as a Cause of Disease and Death, Sexual relationship, Spiritual adultery (spiritual whoredom/harlotry), Idolatry, syncretism, Sexual wholeness, Prevention of disease, Medical ethics, Ethics, Computer ethics, cyberethics, Healthcare reform, Patient advocacy, Public health, Abortion and the sanctity of life, Vaccination, The aged, Patient advocacy, Vaccination, Healthcare horror stories, and so forth, and so on.
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    "It is natural for physicians to focus on treatment. A far better focus is prevention." -- Giulio J. D'Angio, M.D., former Chairman of the Department of Radiation Therapy, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
    "Each time a patient comes in and needs cancer therapy, you could say it was a failure of prevention." -- Dr. Samuel Broder, former Director of the National Cancer Institute
    "The best prescription is knowledge." -- Dr. C. Everett Koop, former Surgeon General of the United States
    "In 1904, only 1 out of every 24 Americans developed cancer in their lifetime. Currently, the cancer rate in America is 50 percent for men and 60 percent for women. For the year 2006, it is expected that nearly 1.4 million Americans will have been diagnosed with cancer and more than 550,000 will have died from it."
    http://www.aging-no-more.com/acid-alkaline.html

    Why are you not Dead yet? Life expectancy doubled in the past 150 years. Here's why, Laura Helmuth
    "We used to live 35 or 40 years on average in the United States, but now we live almost 80."
    http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science_of_longevity/2013/09/life_expectancy_history_public_health_and_medical_advances_that_lead_to.html

    Why we Eat More Than we Think, June 28, 2014
    "Studying the impact of environmental cues on how much we eat shows us how we could change some of those factors to achieve healthier eating patterns. How could choosing low-fat snacks get you into trouble? How do you know when you are done with dinner? Learn about tricks you can use to stop eating when you want to."
    http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2014/06/28/951-why-we-eat-more-than-we-think/



    Nutrition, Nutriceuticals

    Let food be your medicine. -- Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine

    "Good food is the best medicine."

    Simply put, if you have an appetite, and you eat something that does not make you feel good, then you probably should not be eating it. In other words, generally your body will tell you when you eat a food that is good for you. Your body will feel truly good after eating it, not, for example, just crave more sugar or salt.

    "Scientists discovered the properties of the Lactobacillus reuteri in Probiotica in 1985 . Reuteri was originally derived from mothers' milk. It has been extensively studied, and has been licensed and sold in various products throughout the world. Probiotica is ideal for those who want to supplement beneficial bacteria in their GI tract. Travelers and others who are at risk for GI system imbalance may wish to consider using this daily supplement.
    "Probiotica dietary supplement is sold over-the-counter, next to Imodium, at food, drug, and mass merchandise retailers. It does not require refrigeration and is available in 60 and 90-tablet packages."

    *Balch, Phyllis A., Prescription for Nutritional Healing: A Practical A-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs, and Food Supplements, 5th edition, 2010, 9781583334003 1583334009.
    "Natural health's number-one bestseller for more than twenty years, completely revised and updated.
    "With more than five million copies sold, PRESCRIPTION FOR NUTRITIONAL HEALING is the most trusted, comprehensive source on dietary supplements, vitamins, minerals, and herbs. A pioneer in the field of nutritional healing, Phyllis Balch passionately and meticulously researched and compiled this groundbreaking book. Now, a generation later, her message has more relevance than ever: consume fresh foods, avoid processed foods and those high in saturated fat, and optimize your intake of essential nutrients with the right supplements. Today's well-stocked vitamin and natural-health stores can be confusing, and people need Balch's clear, concise, landmark guide.
    "To help them make sense of the mind-numbing array of choices that are available, readers of PRESCRIPTION FOR NUTRITIONAL HEALING will:

    PRESCRIPTION FOR NUTRITIONAL HEALING is an essential resource for every health-minded consumer." -- Publisher for the 5th edition
    The following review is for third edition with her late husband James F. Balch (co-author).
    "PRESCRIPTION FOR NUTRITIONAL HEALING by nutritionist Phyllis A. Balch and James F. Balch, M.D., has long been considered one of the most trusted, comprehensive sources on the mind-boggling array of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other dietary supplements now available. Working from the premise that a good diet promotes good health, this third edition of PNH still starts with the basics: consume fresh produce, grains, and lean meats; avoid foods that are processed or high in saturated fat; cook using glass, stainless steel, or iron -- never aluminum; and drink filtered water. The authors also stand by their claim that the government-prescribed recommended daily allowances are ridiculously low, and that the book's optimal daily intake for nutrients should be followed instead.
    So what's new in the third edition? Along with now-accepted remedies, like zinc and echinacea for the common cold, the Balches also explore many of the newer supplements to hit the market: Same (recommended for depression and joint pain), phosphatidyl serine (mental acuity), red yeast rice (cholesterol), and 5-HTP (weight loss, insomnia, depression). You'll also find an expanded chapter on alternative therapies that encompasses Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine, along with a hefty section on pain control that offers a grab bag of options such as acupuncture, biofeedback, guided imagery, chiropractic care, and massage.
    Still, the bulk of the book remains the more than 250 health conditions -- from everyday problems such as insect bites and bad breath to serious diseases including bulimia, cancer, and AIDS -- and the nutritional protocols the Balches recommend for treatment. Since any number of supplements can be taken for the same condition, the Balches make sifting through the glut of information a little easier by separating their nutrient recommendations into four categories: essential, very important, important, and helpful. And they take a lot of the guesswork out of buying supplements by listing the brands they know and trust. Once again, the authors have squeezed in an impressive amount of information, including valuable sidebars on topics such as the dangers of aspartame; how to choose a calcium supplement; common heart problems and procedures; cancer risk factors, diagnosis, and treatments; and sports nutrition. This is not relaxing reading, but it's enormously useful. While the material can be dense, the authors still manage to present it in a straightforward manner that's understandable even for readers without a medical degree." -- Reader's Comment

    Bernstein, Richard K., The Diabetes Diet: Dr. Bernstein's Low-Carbohydrate Solution, ISBN: 0316737844 9780316737845.
    "A revolutionary new low-carb diet for diabetics by the doctor who pioneered a successful new approach to the disease -- with 100 original mouth watering recipes. For diabetics, diet is more than a lifestyle choice -- it's the key to controlling the course of their disease. Many diabetics struggle their entire lives to maintain a healthy weight, but the guidelines given to them by the American Diabetes Association have proven unhelpful in regulating blood sugar -- the critical component in keeping diabetes in check. In THE DIABETES DIET, Dr. Bernstein serves up the groundbreaking low-carbohydrate approach to diabetes care that has enabled his patients to take control of their disease by regulating their blood sugar without the usual swings. Dr. Bernstein himself is living proof of the success of this method, and he has the science to back it up. Plunging into the current debate on low-fat vs. low-carb diets, he shows that, especially for diabetics, low-carb is what will change lives -- and he offers 100 delicious all-new recipes to help keep diabetics on track for life. The recipes and advice in THE DIABETES DIET will provide readers with an easy-to-follow guide for controlling their disease and regaining their health and well-being. There are an estimated 18 million diabetics in America, and their number is increasing every year -- yet there are no low-carb diet books appropriate for diabetics.
    "Since publication in 1997, Dr. Bernstein's DIABETES SOLUTION and its revised 2003 edition have sold more than 120,000 copies.
    "An engineer by training, Bernstein pioneered blood glucose self-monitoring and the tight control of blood sugar that is now accepted as the standard treatment of diabetes. He entered medical school at the age of 45 in order to publish his findings." -- Publisher

    Bernstein, Richard K., Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars, ISBN: 0316099066 9780316099066.
    "Since its first publication in 1997, DR. BERNSTEIN'S DIABETES SOLUTION has become the treatment of choice in the medical field. His groundbreaking approach to diabetes care enables patients to take control of their disease and to live long and healthy lives by normalizing their blood sugar without the usual swings. Dr. Bernstein himself is living proof of the success of this method. In this revised and updated edition of his work, he provides an accessible, detailed guide to his revolutionary approach to regulating blood sugars and outlines his plan for preventing or reversing long-term complications of diabetes. He offers the most up-to-date information on new products, medications, and supplements, and explains the connection between obesity and adult-onset diabetes. Dr. Bernstein discusses breakthrough science and potential cures, and has added new methods for treating the disease, including new uses of medication and exercise approaches, as well as 40 new gourmet, low carbohydrate recipes in addition to the original 50. The only book to detail step-by-step methods for normalizing blood sugars in both Type I and Type II diabetes, DR. BERNSTEIN'S DIABETES SOLUTION will enable patients to take charge of their health and live longer, healthier lives." -- Publisher

    *Campbell, T. Colin and Thomas M. Campbell II, The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health, ISBN: 1932100385 9781932100389.
    "This exhaustive presentation of the findings from the China Study conclusively demonstrates the link between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Referred to as the "Grand Prix of epidemiology" by The New York Times, this study examines more than 350 variables of health and nutrition with surveys from 6,500 adults in 65 counties, representing 2,500 counties across rural China and Taiwan. While revealing that proper nutrition can have a dramatic effect on reducing and reversing these ailments as well as obesity, this text calls into question the practices of many of the current dietary programs, such as the Atkins diet, that enjoy widespread popularity in the West. The impact of the politics of nutrition and the efforts of special interest groups on the creation and dissemination of public information on nutrition are also discussed.
    "T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., is the project director of the China-Oxford-Cornell Diet and Health Project (the China Study), a 20-year study of nutrition and health. He is a Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University. In more than 40 years of research he has received more than 70 grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding and authored more than 300 research papers. He lives in Ithaca, New York. Thomas M. Campbell II lives in Ithaca, New York." -- Publisher
    "The China Study describes a monumental survey of diet and death rates from cancer in more than 2,400 Chinese counties and the equally monumental efforts to explore its significance and implications for nutrition and health. Dr. Campbell and his son, Thomas, have written a lively, provocative and important book that deserves widespread attention." -- Frank Rhodes, Ph.D., President (1978-1995), Emeritus, Cornell University
    "Colin Campbell's The China Study is an important book, and a highly readable one. With his son, Tom, Colin studies the relationship between diet and disease, and his conclusions are startling. The China Study is a story that needs to be heard." -- Robert C. Richardson, Ph.D., Nobel Prize Winner, Professor of Physics and Vice Provost of Research, Cornell University
    "The China Study is the account of a ground-breaking research study that provides the answers long sought by physicians, scientists, and health-conscious readers. Based on painstaking investigations over many years, it unearths surprising answers to the most important nutritional questions of our time: What really causes cancer? How can we extend our lives? What will turn around the obesity epidemic? The China Study quickly and easily dispenses with fad diets, relying on solid and convincing evidence. Clearly and beautifully written by one of the world's most respected nutrition authorities, The China Study represents a major turning point in our understanding of health." -- Neal Barnard, M.D., President, Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine
    "Everyone in the field of nutrition science stands on the shoulders of T. Colin Campbell, who is one of the giants in the field. This is one of the most important books about nutrition ever written -- reading it may save your life." -- Dean Ornish, M.D. Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. Author, Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease and Love and Survival
    "So many diet and health books contain conflicting advice, but most have one thing in common-an agenda to sell something. Dr. Campbell's only agenda is truth. As a distinguished professor at Cornell University, Dr. Campbell is the Einstein of nutrition. The China Study is based on hardcore scientific research, not the rank speculation of a Zone, Atkins, SugarBusters or any other current fad. Dr. Campbell lays out his lifetime of research in an accessible, entertaining way. Read this book and you will know why." -- Jeff Nelson, President, VegSource.com (most visited food website in the world)
    VegSource.com
    Said to be the most visited food website in the world.
    http://www.VegSource.com

    Colbert, Don, What Would Jesus Eat? The Ultimate Program for Eating Well, Feeling Great, and Living Longer, ISBN: 0785265678 9780785265672 9780785273196 0785273190.
    "In WHAT WOULD JESUS EAT? THE ULTIMATE PROGRAM FOR EATING WELL, FEELING GREAT, AND LIVING LONGER, Don Colbert, M.D. makes a compelling case for Christians to use the blueprint of this appetizing spin on traditional faith-based diet books to develop a healthier lifestyle using foods available today. 'If you truly want to follow Jesus in every area of your life, you cannot ignore your eating habits,' postulates Colbert. He examines America's alarming addiction to fast food, explores Old Testament Jewish dietary laws, and takes a comprehensive look at foods mentioned in the Bible, from herbs to bread to meat. To this information Colbert adds a healthy serving of Scripture references, mixes in a few anecdotes, and finishes the book with an easy-to-follow weekly eating guide. Colbert also tackles the subject of drinking red wine as part of a healthy lifestyle, something often ignored in Christian-based health books. Readers looking for spiritual reasons to make dietary changes will discover excellent justification here to take the plunge." -- Reader's Comment

    Colbert, Don, The What Would Jesus Eat Cookbook, ISBN: 0785265198 9780785265191.
    "Based on a biblical and historical study of what Jesus ate, as well as scientific research on why these particular foods are ideal for healthy living, WHAT WOULD JESUS EAT? is the ultimate program for eating well in the twenty-first century. Now, this companion cookbook helps readers to creatively and practically incorporate these foods into their own diets.
    "These easy-to-follow recipes are designed to help the reader prepare foods commonly eaten during the time of Christ in a way that will satisfy modern-day palates. Dishes feature fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fish, olive oil, and more. This unique cookbook is ideal for anyone desiring to safely lose weight or simply eat healthier." -- Publisher

    Dean, Carolyn, Death by Modern Medicine, ISBN: 0973739207 9780973739206.
    "Carolyn Dean, MD, ND is a powerful and clear writer who exposes the deep corruption in our medical and food industries with passion and conviction. She backs up her outrageous claims with deeply researched citations from the standard medical literature and government databases. She shows that despite medical error being underreported by a factor of 20, it is STILL the number ONE cause of death in America (and almost surely Canada). Hospital error, hospital-acquired infection, adverse drug reactions, nursing homes, all come in for their share of the total death toll. Why this atrocity is allowed to continue unabated and unnoticed is a question we all have responsibility for." -- Reader's Comment
    Death by Medicine
    This is an 18,491 word article in Life Extension magazine that includes many of the statistics from the 2001 study included in Dean's book. Documented with 151 endnotes.
    "Until now, Life Extension could cite only isolated statistics to make its case about the dangers of conventional medicine. No one had ever analyzed and combined ALL of the published literature dealing with injuries and deaths caused by government-protected medicine. That has now changed.
    "A group of researchers meticulously reviewed the statistical evidence and their findings are absolutely shocking. These researchers have authored a paper titled Death by Medicine that presents compelling evidence that today's system frequently causes more harm than good.
    "This fully referenced report shows the number of people having in-hospital, adverse reactions to prescribed drugs to be 2.2 million per year. The number of unnecessary antibiotics prescribed annually for viral infections is 20 million per year. The number of unnecessary medical and surgical procedures performed annually is 7.5 million per year. The number of people exposed to unnecessary hospitalization annually is 8.9 million per year.
    "The most stunning statistic, however, is that the total number of deaths caused by conventional medicine is an astounding 783,936 per year. It is now evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the US. (By contrast, the number of deaths attributable to heart disease in 2001 was 699,697, while the number of deaths attributable to cancer was 553,251.5)
    "We placed this article on our website to memorialize the failure of the American medical system. By exposing these gruesome statistics in painstaking detail, we provide a basis for competent and compassionate medical professionals to recognize the inadequacies of today's system and at least attempt to institute meaningful reforms."
    http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2004/mar2004_awsi_death_01.htm

    Dean, Carolyn, MD ND, The Magnesium Miracle: Discover the Essential Nutrient That Will Lower the Risk of Heart Disease, Prevent Stroke and Obesity, Treat Diabetes, and Improve Mood and Memory, ISBN: 9780345494580 034549458X.
    "More than seventy-five years ago, medical scientists declared magnesium to be an essential nutrient, indispensable to life. When this mineral is part of your diet, you are guarding against -- and helping to alleviate -- health threats such as heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, diabetes, depression, arthritis, and asthma. But while research continues to reaffirm magnesium's irreplaceable contribution to good health, many Americans remain dangerously deficient.
    "In THE MIRACLE OF MAGNESIUM, Dr. Carolyn Dean, an authority on this mineral who has used it with dramatic success in her own practice, explains the vital role that magnesium plays in the control of many serious ailments -- from painful muscle spasms and bladder problems to traumatic brain injury and complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Inside you will discover:

    "Whether you need help with a serious health problem or merely want to protect the good health you already enjoy, The Miracle of Magnesium will answer all your questions. It may even save your life.
    "Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D., is a medical doctor, naturopath, acupuncturist, homeopath, herbalist, and certified clinical nutritionist, and a regular guest on radio and television programs. She has written three other health books and is contributing editor to Natural Health magazine." -- Publisher

    Fallon, Sally, Mary G. Enig, and Pat Connolly, Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats, ISBN: 9781417665112 1417665114.

    Graedon, Joe, and Terry Graedon, Favorite Foods: Mother Nature's Medicine, ISBN: 9780615326375 0615326374.
    "Find the Best Choice for What Ails You!
    "Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, gave this advice, 'Let food be your medicine.' Thousands of years later, it is truer than ever. Learn how foods can enhance your health. In FAVORITE FOODS, Joe and Terry Graedon share: Hundreds of foods to improve common ailments | Indexed by food and by health condition | Up-to-date research on using food for healing | Health benefits of the DASH, low carb and Mediterranean diets | Tips on how to choose and follow the best diet for you | Amazing success stories from readers of The People's Pharmacy | Favorite Foods is packed with folk wisdom that will surprise you, and science that will shock you."
    Only available through the publisher or the used book trade.
    http://peoplespharmacy.com/favorite-foods/

    Houston, Mark C., Barry Fox, and Nadine Taylor, What Your Doctor may not Tell you About Hypertension: The Revolutionary Nutrition and Lifestyle Program to Help Fight High Blood Pressure, ISBN: 0446690848 9780446690843.
    "A revolutionary, all-natural treatment program for reversing the 'Silent Killer' affecting more than 50 million Americans. Hypertension is a dangerous and deadly disease. There are no symptoms, so most sufferers have no idea anything is wrong -- making more than 45 million Americans ticking time bombs. And while there are many drugs on the market that combat this condition, the costs and side effects are often prohibitive. Now, a leading expert and researcher introduces an all-natural solution. His comprehensive treatment regimen controls high blood pressure using the best of traditional and alternative medicine. Readers will learn about Dr. Houston's own successful all-natural formula, which attacks hypertension from many angles. When used in conjunction with dietary approaches -- also outlined in the book -- and combined with exercise, stress reduction, and medication, this program has resulted in success for 90 percent of Dr. Houston's patients!" -- Publisher
    "Known as the silent killer, hypertension is a truly deadly disease. There are no symptoms and most sufferers have absolutely no idea something is amiss. Since only 27 percent of sufferers are being successfully treated, that means 36 million Americans are ticking time bombs. While there are many drugs on the market that combat this condition, the costs and side effects are prohibitive. However, now there's an all-natural solution! Dr. Mark Houston, a leading hypertension expert and researcher, has designed a comprehensive, all-natural treatment regimen using the best of traditional and alternative medicine. In this book, Dr. Houston explains how certain vitamins, minerals, and other food-related substances can reverse hypertension naturally! Readers will learn about his own successful, all-natural formula, based on a combination of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, flavonoids, fatty acids, and other nutraceuticals. Taken together, the ingredients in the Vasatrol Therapy attack the problem of hypertension from many angles. Readers will also learn about the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), diet, and how to implement it. Combined with exercise, stress reduction, and the judicial use of medicines, 90 percent of Dr. Houston's patients have gotten results!" -- Publisher

    Johnson, Rebecca L., National Geographic Society (U.S.), et al., 36 Healing Herbs: The World's Best Medicinal Plants, ISBN: 9781426209802 1426209800.
    "National Geographic's guide to 36 'super' herbs such as aloe, echinacea, ginkgo, and peppermint includes a wealth of essential information on the history, culture, folklore, and science of traditional and contemporary herbal medicine in all major culture areas of the world. Emphasizing current research and therapeutic uses, the volume provides an A-Z listing of 36 of the more than 80,000 known medicinal plants around the world. Information about each plant includes traditional and current medicinal uses, common and Latin names, description, habitat, cultivation and preparation, research, and caution alerts. Additional essays on the healing plants of Africa, Australia and New Zealand, Central and South America, China, Europe, India, North America, the Middle East, and Oceania provide insightful glimpses into the fascinating range and diversity of local health practices while also revealing the multifaceted roles that herbalists, healers, and herbal-medicine practitioners play in the lives of their patients." -- Publisher

    Johnson, Rebecca L., Steven Foster, and National Geographic Society (U.S.); et al., National Geographic Guide to Medicinal Herbs: The World's Most Effective Healing Plants, ISBN: 9781426207006 142620700X 9781426207013 1426207018.
    "Highlights the world's most important healing herbs and how they address ailments in all body systems, from brain to bones, sinus to stomach. This book showcases the world's 72 most effective healing plants, describing their botany and medicinal uses, together with how-to advice and medical cautions." -- Publisher

    Katz, David L., and Stacey Colino, Disease-proof: The Remarkable Truth About What Makes us Well, ISBN: 9781594631245 1594631247.
    "It sometimes seems as if everyone around us is being diagnosed with a chronic illness -- and that we might soon join them. It's easy to feel as though we have no control over our medical future, but in reality our behavior has tremendous effects on our health, well-being, and even the expression of our genes. In Disease-Proof, disease prevention expert Dr. David Katz reveals that we can slash our risk of every major chronic disease -- heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, dementia, and obesity -- by 80 percent or more. But to get there, we need specific skills. This book arms us with what Dr. Katz calls skillpower: a user-friendly set of tools that will help us put this knowledge into action. Drawing upon the latest scientific evidence and decades of clinical experience, Dr. Katz shows us how to make lasting changes, from smart food swaps to figuring out what kind of exercise is right for us (and that will actually be enjoyable), to identifying and overcoming our particular health challenges." -- Publisher
    Dr. Katz's website
    http://www.davidkatzmd.com

    Kenner, Robert, Richard Pearce, Eric Schlosser, Magnolia Pictures (Firm), and et al., Food, Inc., a DVD. Alternate title: FOOD INCORPORATED.
    "Explores the U.S. commercial food industry, examining corporate control of supply and market. The film seeks to demonstrate how the incentive for corporate profit can overwhelm consumer health needs, as well as the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers, and the environment. Reveals various details of food ingredients and additives, and how contemporary mass production methods of food affects U.S. culture." -- Publisher

    Knickerbocker, Peggy, and Christopher Hirsheimer, The San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market Cookbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Impeccable Produce Plus Seasonal Recipes, ISBN: 0811844625 9780811844628.
    "Internationally known as one of the most magnificent farmers' markets in the world, the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market has inspired this gorgeous illustrated market companion. The perfect guide and cookbook -- no matter where you live -- each page celebrates the abundant seasonal produce grown by local organic and specialty-crop farmers along with more than 100 fresh, remarkably easy-to-assemble recipes. Organized by season, the book details the availability of products at the market and offers advice on choosing, storing, preparing, and freezing items. A foreword by Alice Waters, the history of the market, and vivid color photos throughout bring this farm fresh market guide to life.
    "Peggy Knickerbocker is a freelance food and travel writer living in San Francisco and Paris. She has contributed to Saveur, Gourmet, Food and Wine, House and Garden, and numerous newspapers. She is the author of OLIVE OIL: FROM TREE TO TABLE (0-8118-1350-9), and SIMPLE SOIREES: SEASONAL MENUS FOR SENSATIONAL DINNER PARTIES (1-5847-9460-7). Christopher Hirsheimer was executive editor of Saveur. Her photographs appear in Saveur and have illustrated numerous cookbooks, including SAVEUR COOKS AUTHENTIC AMERICAN (0-8118-2160-9), and SAVEUR COOKS AUTHENTIC FRENCH (0-8118-2564-7). She lives in Pennsylvania." -- Publisher
    "California is a state bursting with flavor. In such a large state, virtually anything can grow there. Kiwifruits, rice, wine, olives, tomatoes, corn, strawberries and much more! The influx of other cultures help infuse their produce and culinary contributions.
    "Excellent recipes in this book are: Avocado and Grapefruit Salad with Frisee, Fried Zucchini Blossoms, Shaved Raw Asparagus with Lemon Vinaigrette and Roasted Halibut with Braised Artichokes and Potatoes.
    "This entire book reminds me of my previous life in California where food never tasted fresher. Where ingredients are fresh, recipes are simple, yet the result was sophisticated and intoxicating." -- Reader's Comment

    La Puma, John, and Rebecca Powell Marx, ChefMD's big Book of Culinary Medicine: A Food Lover's Road map to Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Getting Really Healthy, ISBN: 9780307394620 030739462X.
    "Integrating nutritional science with culinary expertise, a physician explains how to prevent disease, shed pounds, and promote overall health by using foods that tempt the palate while promoting the body's immunity." -- Publisher Dr. John La Puma's website
    http://www.DrJohnLaPuma.com

    Low Dog, Tieraona, Fortify Your Life: Your Guide to Vitamins, Minerals, and More,
    ""Health-conscious consumers read nutritional labels, but it's nearly impossible to get the nutrients we need with diet alone. To get the USDA-recommended daily quota of vitamin D, for example, you need to eat 15 eggs or 26 sardines; of iron, 414 almonds or 15 cups of broccoli. So we rely on nutritional supplements -- vitamins and minerals, probiotics and enzymes -- but the variety of pills, products, and elixirs on the market today is overwhelming. And, as we have seen in recent news, some of these products are downright fakes. Trusted natural health physician and bestselling author Tiearaona Low Dog, M.D. provides a personalized approach to using nutritional supplements for your specific health needs, helping you navigate the complex and often confusing landscape of vitamins, minerals, and more. Dr. Low Dog explains the basics about every essential nutritional supplement and guides the reader in creating a personalized supplement plan, tailored to individual genetics, age, gender, and lifestyle. Low Dog evaluates current research, explains the relationship between food and supplements, describes how medications cause chemical imbalances in the body, and advises on how to judge brands and read labels. Low Dog engages and encourages readers to take charge of their own health and provides guidance to find the right combination of nutritional supplements to improve mood, strength, energy, and well-being.
    "Tieraona Low Dog, MD is an internationally recognized expert in dietary supplements and integrative medicine. In addition to her many years as a clinician and educator, she has been involved in national health policy and regulatory issues, serving on advisory panels for the White House and the National Institutes of Health and chairing two committees on dietary supplements for the U.S. Pharmacopoeia. She is the author of FORTIFY YOUR LIFE, HEALTHY AT HOME, LIFE IS YOUR BEST MEDICINE, and GUIDE TO MEDICINAL HERBS." -- Publisher
    Dr. Tieraona Low Dog is Director of the Interprofessional Fellowship in Integrative Health & Medicine for healthcare professionals.

    *Lustig, Robert H., Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease, ISBN: 159463100X 9781594631009.
    "Robert Lustig's ninety-minute YouTube video "Sugar: The Bitter Truth" has been viewed nearly three million times. Now, in this highly anticipated book, he documents the science and the politics that have led to the personal misery and public crisis -- the pandemic of obesity and chronic disease -- over the last thirty years. In the late 1970s, when the U.S. government declared that we needed to get the fat out of our diets, the food industry responded by pumping in more sugar to make food more palatable (and more salable), and by removing the fiber to make food last longer on the shelf. The result has been a perfect storm for our health, disastrously altering our biochemistry to make us think we're starving, drive our eating habits out of our control, and turn us into couch potatoes. If we cannot control how we eat, it's because of the catrastrophic excess of sugar in our diet -- the resulting hormonal imbalances have rewired our brains! To help us lose weight and recover our health, Lustig presents strategies we can each use to readjust the key hormones that regulate hunger, reward, and stress, as well as societal strategies to improve the health of the next generation. With scientific rigor and even a little humor, FAT CHANCE categorically proves that 'a calorie is not a calorie,' and takes that knowledge to its logical conclusion -- an overhaul of the global food system." -- Publisher "If I could go back in time and warn my younger self about one drug to watch out for it wouldn't be tobacco, alcohol, class A drugs or recreational drugs, it'd be sugar. It's the one addictive, and slowly damaging drug that no one seriously talks to you about. Hopefully that will start to change." -- Reader's Comment

    Lustig, Robert H., Heather Millar, and Cindy Gershen, The Fat Chance Cookbook: More Than 100 Recipes Ready in Under 30 Minutes to Help You Lose the Sugar and the Weight, ISBN: 9781594632945 1594632944 .
    "The companion cookbook to the New York Times bestseller FAT CHANCE. FAT CHANCE became an instant New York Times bestseller. Robert Lustig's message that the increased sugar in our diets has led to the pandemic of chronic disease over the last thirty years captured our national attention. Now, in THE FAT CHANCE COOKBOOK, Lustig helps us put this information into action for ourselves. With more than 100 recipes as well as meal plans, nutritional analyses, shopping lists, and food swaps, he shows us easy ways to drastically reduce sugar and increase fiber to lose weight and regain health, both for ourselves and for our families. Lustig also shows us how to navigate the grocery store with handy lists for stocking the pantry as well as how to read a food label in order to find hidden sugars and evaluate fiber content. Accessible, affordable, and geared toward lasting results, The Fat Chance Cookbook will be a fun and easy roadmap to better health for the whole family." -- Publisher

    Messenger, David L., and John C. Souter, Dr. Messenger's Guide to Better Health, ISBN: 0800711130 9780800711139.
    "Writing in the wake of the best-seller advocating different kinds of diets, Messenger spells out a sane, sensible approach to sound health. In the process he ably integrates the teaching of Scripture with principles of nutrition and how indigestion, excessive weight, fatigue, anxiety, and the like may be eliminated." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Meyerowitz, Steve, Power Juices Super Drinks: Quick, Delicious Recipes to Prevent and Reverse Disease, ISBN: 157566528X 9781575665283.
    "As a Nutritional Consultant, I find this book one of the most valuable resources for creating good health available today! I recommend that every household in the world get a copy of this book and use the recipes in it on a daily basis. Great health for the individual will be the result!
    "The book is full of recommendations on the use of 'food as medicine.' POWER JUICES SUPER DRINKS has over 100 common health issues listed. For each issue the author lists wonderful recipes, individual foods, and a wide array of nutrients and herbs that are helpful in addressing each of these various health challenges.
    "Please do yourself a huge favour, buy this book and use it every day!" -- Reader's Comment

    Pollan, Michael, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, ISBN: 9781594201455 1594201455.
    " 'Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.' These simple words go to the heart of food journalist Pollan's thesis. Humans used to know how to eat well, he argues, but the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists. As a result, we face today a complex culinary landscape dense with bad advice and foods that are not "real." Indeed, plain old eating is being replaced by an obsession with nutrition that is, paradoxically, ruining our health, not to mention our meals. Pollan's advice is: 'Don't eat anything that your great-great grandmother would not recognize as food.' Looking at what science does and does not know about diet and health, he proposes a new way to think about what to eat, informed by ecology and tradition rather than by the nutrient-by-nutrient approach." -- Publisher

    Richter, Henry, Dr. Richter's Common Sense Diet: A Complete Guide to the Fruits and Vegetables That Help You get fit and Feel Great! ISBN: 097031390X 9780970313904.
    "DR. RICHTER'S FRESH PRODUCE GUIDE provides in-depth information about nearly 300 fruit and vegetable varieties with full-color photos for visual reference. This easy-to-use book includes: descriptions, nutrition, selection and storage information, and preparation and cooking tips. The best-ever guide to 300 varieties of fruit and vegetables!" -- Publisher

    Russell, Rex, What the Bible Says About Healthy Living: Three Biblical Principles That Will Change Your Diet and Improve Your Health, ISBN: 0800717686 9780800717681.
    "A must read for every Christian who is serious about living a healthy and vigorous life that pleases God." -- Dennis Rainey

    Salatin, Joel, Family Friendly Farming: A Multi-generational Home-based Business Testament, 402 pages, ISBN: 0963810936 9780963810939.

    Salatin, Joel, Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World,ISBN: 9780892968190 0892968192.
    "From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view, life in the 21st century just ain't normal. In FOLKS, THIS AIN'T NORMAL, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love. Salatin has many thoughts on what normal is and shares practical and philosophical ideas for changing our lives in small ways that have big impact.
    "Salatin, hailed by the New York Times as 'Virginia's most multifaceted agrarian since Thomas Jefferson [and] the high priest of the pasture' and profiled in the Academy Award nominated documentary Food, Inc. and the bestselling book THE OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA, understands what food should be: Wholesome, seasonal, raised naturally, procured locally, prepared lovingly, and eaten with a profound reverence for the circle of life. And his message doesn't stop there. From child-rearing, to creating quality family time, to respecting the environment, Salatin writes with a wicked sense of humor and true storyteller's knack for the revealing anecdote.
    "Salatin's crucial message and distinctive voice -- practical, provocative, scientific, and down-home philosophical in equal measure -- make FOLKS, THIS AIN'T NORMAL a must-read book." -- Publisher

    Salatin, Joel, and Grass Menagerie (musical group), Polyface Farm DVD.
    "A look at an environmentally friendly family farm. Farming entrepreneur Joel Salatin explains balance and interconnectedness in the landscape, community, plants and animals." -- Publisher

    Salatin, Joel, Salad bar Beef, ISBN: 096381091X 9780963810915.

    Salatin, Joel, You can Farm: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Start and Succeed in a Farm Enterprise, ISBN: 0963810928 9780963810922.

    Salatin, Joel, and Grass Menagerie (musical group), Polyface Farm DVD. A look at an environmentally friendly family farm. Farming entrepreneur Joel Salatin explains balance and interconnectedness in the landscape, community, plants and animals.

    Servan-Schreiber, David, Anticancer, A new way of Life, ISBN: 9780670020348 0670020346.
    "The New York Times and international bestseller -- now updated with the latest research.
    "ANTICANCER has been a bestselling phenomenon since Viking first published it in fall 2008. Now, a new edition addresses current developments in cancer research and offers more tips on how people living with cancer can fight it and how healthy people can prevent it. The new edition of ANTICANCER includes:

  • The latest research on anticancer foods, including new alternatives to sugar and cautions about some that are now on the market
  • New information about how vitamin D strengthens the immune system
  • Warnings about common food contaminants that have recently been proven to contribute to cancer progression
  • A new chapter on mind-body approaches to stress reduction, with recent studies that show how our reactions to stress can interfere with natural defenses and how friendships can support healing in ways never before understood
  • A groundbreaking study showing that lifestyle modification, as originally proposed in Anticancer, reduces mortality for breast cancer by an astounding 68 percent after completion of treatment
  • New supporting evidence for the entire Anticancer program." -- Publisher
  • "It came as a total shock when I found out I had a brain tumor in October, 2009. I am a non-smoker, a vegetarian, I've always been slim and I exercised 3-4 days a week. I'd seen this book before my diagnosis and thought it looked good, but didn't buy it. I thought I didn't need it.
    "Once I realized the author also had brain cancer and had been able to keep it in check for over 15 years through diet and other means, I knew this was the book for me. If you want to learn how to do something, go to someone who has done it! So I bought the book. It's an easy read and is backed up by scientific research and 28 pages of footnotes in case you want to learn more. The book is very specific in its recommendations.
    "I took the plunge around Christmas, 2009 and have been following the diet ever since. I underwent a year of chemotherapy treatments at the same time. During that time I periodically had MRI's that showed the tumor was shrinking. The tumor has continued to shrink even after I finished chemotherapy in January, 2011, so the diet change and supplements are having the intended effect.
    "Reading this book and changing what I eat has been incredibly empowering for me. I thought I knew a lot about nutrition before, but I learned some important things from Dr. Servan-Schreiber:
  • Vegetables to eat daily (broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, all cabbages)
  • Good oils to use (olive and canola)
  • Spices to add (garlic, ginger, turmeric)
  • "I also learned some sobering facts about sugar (see page 61):
    The German biologist Otto Heinrick Warburg won the Nobel Prize in medicine for his discovery that the metabolism of malignant tumors is largely dependent on glucose consumption. (Glucose is the form of digested sugar in the body.) In fact the PET scan commonly used to detect cancer simply measures the areas in the body that consume the most glucose. If a particular area stands out because it consumes too much sugar, cancer is very likely the cause.
    "I never thought I could kick the sugar habit, but after the first two weeks it wasn't hard. I found substitutes to feed my sweet tooth - berries, fruits, cinnamon, stevia, and baker's chocolate (which is unsweetened) with any of the above.
    "If you have the right motivation I believe you can do just about anything. My plan is to live well and long!" -- Reader's Comment

    Shaver, Sonya, Eat Local Challenge, the cover story for the July 2007 issue of eightyone
    After reading 100-MILE DIET, by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon, Sonya Shaver decided to take the Eat Local Challenge.
    Includes resource listings for the Harrisonburg, Virginia area.
    The idea seems particularly relevant again (July 2008), with gas prices up, the need to conserve fossil fuel, produce prices up, salmonella and E. coli outbreaks in the food supply line, economic recession, and so forth.
    http://www.eightyone.info/online/?p=104

    Sinatra, Stephen T., and James C. Roberts (introduction), The Sinatra Solution: New Hope for Preventing and Treating Heart Disease, ISBN: 1591201608 9781591201601 1591201586 9781591201588 9781591202165 1591202167.
    "Dr. Stephen Sinatra is the preeminent metabolic cardiologist." Joe Graedon, "The People's Pharmacy," Show #553.
    Dr. Sinatra prescribes the following nutriceuticals for heart health: Magnesium, Co Q-10, Acetyl L-Carnitine, D-Ribos, fish oil, B Vitamins (a good B multi-vitamin), and Vitamin C.
    "There's new hope for preventing and treating heart disease. If you suffer from heart disease, Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra has the solution you've been looking for: Maximize the amount of oxygen your heart extracts from your bloodstream by accelerating the rate at which your cells convert nutrients to energy. This can be achieved by following Dr. Sinatra's energy-enhancing nutritional approach. This approach focuses on the supplemental use of three amazing bioenergetic nutrients: Coenzyme Q10, L-carnitine, and D-ribose. The synergistic combination of these nutrients essentially charge up every body cell to function at optimal capacity. So, not only will you experience renewed heart health with all that energy, you'll also gain a greater sense of overall well-being.
    "Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., is a board-certified cardiologist, a certified bioenergetic psychotherapist, and a certified nutrition and anti-aging specialist. At his practice in Manchester, Connecticut, Dr. Sinatra integrates conventional medicine with complementary nutritional and psychological therapies to help heal the heart. He is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and is the author of several books, including OPTIMAL HEALTH, HEARTBREAK AND HEART DISEASE, HEART SENSE FOR WOMEN, and EIGHT WEEKS TO LOWERING BLOOD PRESSURE." -- Publisher
    "Dr. Stephen Sinatra has been an outspoken leader among physicians in the country on raising awareness of the relationship of supplements to cardiac health, especially Carnitine and Coenzyme Q-10. He has continued his campaign to raise awareness among physicians and the public, bringing nutrition, a real understanding of physiology and the generation of energy necessary for cardiac function back into the discussion of heart disease and cardiac rehabilitation. For too long medical discussions have centered only on which pharmaceutical drug might one use to reduce symptoms after the damage has occurred . . . and still, at most medical conferences, that is all that is discussed. Dr. Sinatra's preventive cardiology gives you an understanding of what it takes to keep your heart and circulation functioning at the 'prime of life' level well into your advanced age. He has a holistic and compassionate understanding of all of the factors that make for a 'sick heart' from dietary influences to environmental toxins, to the impact of unavoidable stress on our lives, and how we choose to deal with it.
    "Dr. Sinatra is also a contagious optimist, and a brilliant doctor. You will learn a lot from his book, and he writes as he speaks, very personably, very warm. I, as a physician, seize every opportunity I can to hear him speak, and quote his advice to my patients often.
    "Modern medicine is not really on the side of us staying healthy. We have to take responsibility for this ourselves. We have to learn from the masters who are generous enough to deeply study preventive medicine and give us the tools we need to heal and treat ourselves. This book is one of those indispensable tools." -- Dr. Tedde Rinker, Anti-Aging Physician, Redwood City, California, www.stress-medicine.com

    Strand,Ray D., What Your Doctor Doesn't Know About Nutritional Medicine may be Killing you, ISBN: 0785264868 9780785264866 9780785288831 078528883X.
    "South Dakota-based Strand, a general practitioner for nearly a quarter century, turned his attention to nutrition in the mid-90s when traditional medical approaches failed to help his wife's chronic fatigue. In his authorial debut, Strand preaches vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and other nutritional supplements with the zeal of a new convert. His opponents are formidable: the government, food suppliers and the medical establishment who, Strand says, disregard evidence that the RDA recommendations are inadequate to supply us with the weapons to fight chronic diseases. Chapters cover 'Oxidative Stress and Your Eyes,' 'Cellular Nutrition' and 'Homocysteine: New Kid on the Block,' among other ailments and panaceas. Despite the alarmist title, those who suffer from or are at risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, auto-immune disorders and lung disease may want to weigh the evidence for themselves; Stand's book is designed to provide an alternative perspective that aids in doing so, though it also includes various supplemental regimens he has devised. His message, after all, is fundamentally a simple one: let's protect and care for our bodies, Strand says, and 'may we all live until we die'." -- Publishers Weekly

    Swenson, Allan A., Foods Jesus ate and how to Grow Them, ISBN: 9781602392144 1602392145.

    Taubes, Gary, Why we get fat and What to do About it, ISBN: 9780307272706 0307272702.
    "This work is an examination of what makes us fat. In his book GOOD CALORIES, BAD CALORIES, the author, an acclaimed science writer argues that certain kinds of carbohydrates, not fats and not simply excess calories, have led to our current obesity epidemic. Now he brings that message to a wider, nonscientific audience. With fresh evidence for his claim, this book makes his critical argument newly accessible. He reveals the bad nutritional science of the last century, none more damaging than the 'calories-in, calories-out' model of why we get fat, the good science that has been ignored, especially regarding insulin's regulation of our fat tissue. He also answers key questions: Why are some people thin and others fat? What roles do exercise and genetics play in our weight? What foods should we eat or avoid? Concluding with an easy-to-follow diet, this book is one key to understanding an international epidemic and a guide to improving our own health." -- Publisher

    Teitelbaum, Jacob, and Chrystle Fiedler, Beat Sugar Addiction Now: The Cutting-edge Program That Cures Your Type of Sugar Addiction and Puts you on the Road to Feeling Great -- and Losing Weight, ISBN: 9781592334155 1592334156.
    "With one-third of our calories coming from sugar and white flour added to processed foods, sugar addiction is a rapidly growing epidemic. Teitelbaum uncovers four types of sugar addiction and gives a step-by-step plan for resolving their underling causes, breaking sugar cravings forever, and achieving improved health and energy levels." -- Publisher

    Related WebLinks

    2014 Buy Fresh, Buy Local, Shenandoah Valley
    Issued annually.
    http://buylocalshenvalley.org/find-it-in-the-guide/

    Allergy Avoidance Diet: Delayed Reactions to Food
    "Many of the same foods that are known to cause immediate hypersensitivities in a small number of people, have been implicated as a cause of delayed or "masked" food allergies in much larger numbers of individuals. Delayed food hypersensitivity reactions are believed to affect millions of people; some physicians have suggested that as many as 60 percent of all Americans suffer from masked food allergies.
    "Only through careful dietary manipulation, such as an Elimination Diet or Rotation Diet, is it usually possible to identify these hidden food allergies. The foods most often associated with delayed hypersensitivities include dairy products, eggs, wheat, soy products, peanuts, shellfish, and refined sugar."
    http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=diet&dbid=7

    Are Eggs Forbidden Food? February 23, 2012
    "As heretical as it may sound, up to an egg a day does not appear to have a major impact on most people's risk of heart attack or stroke. That is what Harvard researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association (April 21, 1999).
    People assumed that because eggs contain cholesterol they would increase the risk of heart disease. But studies of over 37,000 men and 80,000 women followed for many years demonstrated that avoiding eggs did not prevent cardiovascular problems. These results may not apply to diabetics."
    http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/02/23/are-eggs-forbidden-food/

    Beet Juice was Better Than a Drug for Lowering Blood Pressure
    "Beet juice drunk daily has been shown to lower blood pressure even in people with hypertension. Blood pressure dropped in the folks getting the full-nitrate beet juice (8 points systolic). That's even more than if they had been taking HCTZ (6.5 systolic)."
    https://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2015/04/20/beet-juice-was-better-than-drugs-for-lowering-blood-pressure/

    Chocolate is Health Food
    "A recent review of research on cocoa flavanols concluded that the positive effects of these compounds on the lining of blood vessels are likely to reduce cardiovascular risk (Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, online March 7, 2012). German researchers agree. British scientists found in an experiment that dark chocolate containing cocoa flavanols can boost cognitive and visual function (Physiology and Behavior, June 1, 2011). A review by Harvard investigators found that cocoa flavanols probably help to protect against heart disease (Nutrition and Metabolism, Jan. 2006). This is just a tiny sampling of the research that has been published in the last few years alone. . . .
    "The Mars Botanical company, like Callebaut, has invested in research to determine how cocoa flavanols affect blood vessels as well as technology to preserve these compounds during processing. The company's CocoaVia products include beverage powders providing 250 mg of cocoa flavanols per 30-calorie serving."
    http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/07/19/chocolate-is-health-food/

    Cocoa Boosts Muscle Mitochondria, March 8, 2012
    "A clinical trial at the University of California, San Diego, revealed a new benefit of dark chocolate. Five people with type 2 diabetes and advanced heart failure had the mitochondria in their muscles measured before and after three months of consuming dark chocolate enriched with epicatechin, one of the flavonoids found in cacao. The beverage and chocolate bars the volunteers were given provided 100 mg of epicatechin daily. After three months, the muscle mitochondria, the energy factories of cells, had recovered nearly to normal levels."
    http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/03/08/cocoa-boosts-muscle-mitochondria/

    Dealing Medical Flip Flops, June 7, 2012
    "It can be infuriating to follow health advice for years and later learn that the experts have changed their minds. Medical recommendations on diet are notoriously subject to flip-flops."
    For example, coffee, calcium supplements, saturated fat, salt.
    http://www.peoplespharmacyy.com/2012/06/07/861-dealing-with-medical-flip-flops/

    Diet and Lifestyle as Gene Therapy
    "The field of epigenetics has been developing rapidly over the past few decades, and we now have a much better understanding of how exercise, diet and other lifestyle factors influence gene expression. And our genes are not the only ones that matter: billions of bacteria that live in and on us have genes, the microbiome, that are profoundly affected by what we eat and what we do."
    http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2015/10/22/show-990-diet-and-lifestyle-as-gene-therapy/

    Eating Broccoli may Give Harmful Chemicals the Boot, Eliza Barclay, June 18, 2014
    "The results of a recent clinical trial suggest that compounds in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli (and kale) prod cells to get rid of certain air pollutants. The intriguing randomized control trial of about 300 Chinese adults found that consuming a beverage made with broccoli sprouts every day for three months led to high rates of excretion (in urine) of two harmful chemicals: benzene and acrolein."
    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/06/18/323214050/eating-broccoli-may-give-harmful-chemicals-the-boot

    EWG's 2011 Food Shopping Guide to Pesticides in Produce
    http://static.ewg.org/reports/2011/foodnews/pdf/2011EWGPesticideGuide.pdf

    Healthy Diet? Why Plants Outgrow all Other Trends, Sue Dibb, 9 June 2014
    "Numerous studies link vegetarian eating and low-meat diets with reduced risk of diseases such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and cancer. The more veg you eat the better, according to the latest research, which says 'five a day' is no longer enough. It has been calculated by researchers at Oxford University that eating meat no more than three times a week and replacing it with plant foods would prevent 45,000 early deaths a year in the UK and save the NHS 1.2bn a year."
    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jun/09/healthy-diet-why-plants-outgrow-all-other-trends

    Institute for Responsible Nutrition
    "The World Health Organization recommends limiting sugar to 5 percent of total calories -- about 25 grams/day. That limit is easy to surpass by breakfast."
    http://www.responsiblefoods.org/

    Is a Calorie Just a Calorie? Why Overdosing on Sugar Could be Killing you, May 24, 2014
    "There is growing evidence that not all calories are created equal. Although Americans have been told to avoid fat because it can make us fat, this advice has resulted in higher amounts of sugar, fructose, and other highly refined carbohydrates in our diet. Dr. Robert Lustig finds that processed foods, high in sugar and low in fiber, are the most likely culprits that are truly making Americans fatter. He offers scientific evidence, and he has practical advice on the solution: eat real food!"
    http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2014/05/24/947-is-a-calorie-just-a-calorie-why-overdosing-on-sugar-could-be-killing-you/

    Is a Low Salt Diet Dangerous for Your Health? Joe Graedon November 4, 2013
    "There is no conclusive evidence that a low sodium diet reduces cardiovascular events in normotensive and pre-hypertensive or hypertensive individuals. On the contrary, there is sound evidence that a low sodium diet leads to a worse cardiovascular prognosis in patients with systolic congestive heart failure or type 2 diabetes mellitus. Worldwide sodium restriction, through its adverse effects on insulin resistance, may lead to an increase in the rates of type 2 diabetes mellitus -- Advising low sodium diets seems misguided and potentially dangerous and illustrates the problem of guidelines based on flawed studies using surrogate measures."
    http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/11/04/is-a-low-salt-diet-dangerous-for-your-health/

    The Mediterranean Zone Diet
    "Merging the benefits of the Zone diet and the Mediterranean diet, the Mediterranean Zone diet promises flavorful meals that keep hunger in check for hours. The Zone diet popularized by Dr. Barry Sears was one of the earliest to emphasize the importance of balancing protein, fat and carbohydrate consumption at every meal. Dr. Sears pioneered the idea that the food we eat is more powerful than any drug in controlling the activity of multiple hormones in our bodies."
    http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2016/08/18/show-989-the-mediterranean-zone-diet/

    Munching on Sugary Treats Adds to Cardiovascular Risk, February 6, 2014
    "Sugar is turning out to be more dangerous than previously thought. That's the conclusion of a large epidemiological study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. More than 30,000 people were questioned in detail about their health and their diets between 1988 and 2010. Approximately 11,000 adults were included in a study that linked mortality to diet. The conclusions are pretty chilling. As added sugar makes up a greater proportion of the diet, the risk of dying from heart disease or stroke climbs. People who got 25 percent or more of their calories from sugar, whether in soft drinks, desserts, or candy or cereal, were almost three times more likely to die during the study from cardiovascular causes. For those eating 2,000 calories a day, 25 percent translates into 500 calories from sugar or roughly 31 teaspoons."
    http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2014/02/06/munching-on-sugary-treats-adds-to-cardiovascular-risk/

    No More war Against Vitamin C, Bill Sardi
    "Then another stunner -- a review of nine previously published studies found that vitamin C, over 700 milligrams daily, an amount that can only be achieved by taking vitamin pills, lowers the mortality rate by about 25 percent over a 10-year period compared to Americans whose consume low amounts of vitamin C. [Am J Clin Nutrition 2004 Dec; 80(6):1508-20]. The average American consumes just 110 milligrams of vitamin C from their diet. The mortality rate for more than 100 million Americans who consume low amounts of vitamin C would drop even further if they would take just one 1000-milligram vitamin C pill per day! This is enough information to create a worldwide shortage of vitamin C pills alone. But this rapidly unfolding story doesn't stop here."
    http://www.lewrockwell.com/sardi/sardi33.html

    Organic Consumers Association
    "Campaigning for Food Safety, Organic Agriculture, Fair Trade and Sustainability"
    http://www.organicconsumers.org/btc/protest111405.cfm

    Organic Valley Family of Farms
    http://www.organicvalley.com/

    Polyface, "The farm of many faces"
    "Polyface, Inc. is a family owned, multi-generational, pasture-based, beyond organic, local-market farm and informational outreach in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley."
    http://www.polyfacefarms.com/

    Review: "Nutritional comparison of fresh, frozen, and canned fruits and vegetables II. Vitamin A and carotenoids, vitamin E, minerals and fiber" Joy C. Rickman, Christine M. Bruhn? and Diane M. Barrett, Department of Food Science and Technology, University of California -- Davis, Davis, CA
    "Loss of nutrients in fresh products may be more substantial than commonly perceived. Storage and cooking can lead to overall losses of up to half of the original nutrient content prior to consumption."
    http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/files/datastore/234-778.pdf

    Sea Salt Instead of Iodized Salt Led to Thyroid Problem and Hearing Loss
    http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/09/22/sea-salt-instead-of-iodized-salt-led-to-thyroid-problem-and-hearing-loss/

    Seven Ways the Government has Screwed up American Food, Bonnie Kristian, May 4, 2016
    "The last 100 years have seen our government play farmer, grocer, and nutritionist, with each role a bigger failure than the last.
    "Indeed, the 'story of the changing American diet over the last 60 years is a story of junk science funded by both government and corporate interests, as well as a cascade of health panics and regulations aimed at one demon ingredient after another,' as Michael Brendan Dougherty chronicles at The Week."
    http://rare.us/story/7-ways-the-government-has-screwed-up-american-food/

    A Spoonful of Yellow Mustard Makes the Leg Cramps go Away
    http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/09/23/a-spoonful-of-yellow-mustard-makes-the-leg-cramps-go-away/

    Study Finds no Link Between Saturated fat and Heart Attack Risk
    "Too many of the dietary recommendations of the past half century were based on belief rather than data. From the evils of eggs to the sins of sodium, simple public health messages have been shown time and again to be misleading.
    "So what guidelines should you use to follow a healthful diet? We think the grandmothers got it right: real foods, lovingly prepared. It does take a little longer to cook from scratch rather than eating out of a package, but the taste and health benefits are big. To learn more about how to follow this type of healthy diet, you may be interested in our books, RECIPES & REMEDIES AND FAVORITE FOODS (online at PeoplesPharmacy.com)."
    http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2014/03/31/study-finds-no-link-between-sat-fat-and-heart-attack-risk/

    Traditional Diets
    "Our ancestors survived without supermarkets, by growing and preparing their own food. Some of their traditional ways of cooking, that involve fermenting foods like sauerkraut or sourdough bread, are sliding into oblivion. Our guest, Sally Fallon, has been bucking the nutrition establishment to suggest that the old ways of eating have very real and important benefits. She advocates including saturated fats like butter or coconut oil in the diet for good health and she opposes the widespread use of most commercial vegetable oils. Guest: Sally Fallon Morell, founder of the Weston A Price Foundation for Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, a nonprofit nutrition education foundation based in Washington, DC. Her book is NOURISHING TRADITIONS: THE COOKBOOK THAT CHALLENGES POLITICALLY CORRECT NUTRITION AND THE DIET DICTOCRATS. Her Web site is www.WestonAPrice.org. She also founded A Campaign for Real Milk, dedicated to creating consumer awareness of the health benefits of clean, whole unpasteurized milk from grass-fed cows. (See www.realmilk.com.)"
    http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/05/18/723-traditional-1/

    Tricks of the Trade
    Tips on fraudulent labeling on supposedly "organic" products.
    http://www.organicconsumers.org/bodycare/032403_natural_cosmetics.cfm

    You are What you eat: Is Your Diet Killing you?
    "Then they looked at deaths due to heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes and teased out which dietary habits contributed to these deaths. They found an estimated 45% of these deaths were linked to a diet containing too much salt, sugar and processed meat."
    https://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2017/03/09/you-are-what-you-eat-is-your-diet-killing-you/

    Vitamin Reverses Nerve Pain, July 18, 2011
    "The compound is benfotiamine, a synthetic form of thiamine (vitamin B1). It has been used in Germany to treat peripheral neuropathy due to diabetes. Our caller, a physician, says the dose is 300 mg twice daily to start with; maintenance is 150 mg twice a day. Benfotiamine is available without a prescription, but not all pharmacies carry it."
    It has been reported that a dietary supplement "Super B-Complex" containing key B vitamines plus vitamin C also reduces symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.
    http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/07/18/vitamin-reverses-nerve-pain/

    The World's Healthiest Foods
    "The World's Healthiest Foods website is a leading source of information and expert on the Healthiest Way of Eating and Cooking. It's one of the most visited website on The Internet when it comes to 'Healthiest Foods' and 'Healthiest Recipes' and comes up #1 on a Google search for these phrases."
    Gives the percentage of the minimum daily requirement of vitamines per portion of healthy foods.
    http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=44



    Toxic and Harmful Substances, Cancer

    It is the inability to see the effects of chronic, low level toxicities on human health that has been, and remains, our greatest failing as intelligent beings. -- Dr. Boyd Haley

    The procedure for synthesizing chemicals from petroleum was advanced during World War II. The steep increase in cancer rates following World War II coincided with the chemicalization of the environment by synthetic petrochemicals following the war. Synthetic chemicals are also known to be endocrine disruptors.
    It is estimated that 20 million Americans are currently (2005) taking prescriptions for antidepressants, and that 75 to 80 percent of them actually are suffering from hypothyroidism (under active thyroid).
    Of course, chronic fatigue is the principle symptom of hypothyroidism and causes depression.
    Furthermore, the hypothyroidism causing chronic fatigue and consequently depression, may be caused by ubiquitous synthetic petrochemicals in our environment. (See Colborn, Dumanoski, and Meyers, Our Stolen Future and the website for the book listed below, Berkson Hormone Deception, Krimsky Hormonal Chaos, the "Suspected Endocrine Toxicants" website, and the "Oil to Petrochemicals" website for a listing of Primary Petrochemicals, Petrochemical Intermediates and Derivatives, and Major End Use Markets.)

    According to the Environmental Working Group, there have been 315 pollutants found in America's tap water since 2004, and over half of these pollutants are completely unregulated, and can legally exist in any amount.

    Endocrine disruptors are man-made chemicals that mimic thyroid, estrogen, testosterone, and other hormones and, thus, affect the endocrine system, including the thyroid gland and its functions. They also cause birth defects, cancer, infertility, and other serious health problems. The Endocrine Disruptor Screening and Testing Advisory Committee (EDSTAC) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that about fifteen thousand (15,000) different chemicals that are included in common products like pesticides, cosmetics, and plastics should be analyzed to see if they act as endocrine disruptors.
    Internationally known health researcher and author Dr. Theodora Colborn, author of OUR STOLEN FUTURE, believes that exposure to even low doses of endocrine disruptors can be harmful to our health. Coburn says:

    They're in the lipstick, in the cosmetics you put on, in the solvents you clean house with, in fire retardants. These things are everywhere, and we know nothing about them. -- this entire quotation, Mary Shomon in Living Well With Hypothyroidism, p. 470

    Americans should test their home's air for radon every two years, after a move, or when changes are made to the home, says the advisory.
    Millions of homes have elevated radon levels, says a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) news release. Radon levels are at or above the recommended level in 1 out 15 homes, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
    Radon occurs naturally in soil. Indoor radon can be detected with simple test kits. The EPA recommends that homeowners make radon-reducing alterations to homes if the radon level is 4 pCi/L (pico-Curies per liter), or more.

    Vinegar is a healthy substitute for toxic Clorox. Documentation can be found verifying that vinegar is approximately 97 percent as effective the anti-bacterial agent Clorox. One obvious difference, one can not get a patent on vinegar, but Clorox is patented.

    Ash, Michael, Irene Ash, Knovel (firm), Handbook of Pharmaceutical Additives, ISBN: 9781601196446 160119644X 9781890595937 1890595934.

    Berkson, D. Lindsey, Hormone Deception: How Everyday Foods and Products Are Disrupting Your Hormones -- and How to Protect Yourself and Your Family, ISBN: 0658021303 9780658021305.
    "Dust we track home, steam from showers and dishwashers, and plastic wrappings for meat and cheese all send manmade hormone-disrupting chemicals into our bodies. The extent to which this exposure affects human health is unknown, but evidence suggests that it may be responsible for recent worldwide increases in health problems, including breast cancer and declining sperm counts. This accessible, extensively researched handbook gives the reader information to respond to this new reality. Berkson (Bioenvironmental Science, Tulane University), the author of several books on natural healing, provides background on how hormones work in our bodies, discusses the known and suspected effects of hormone-disrupting chemicals, and offers practical advice on avoiding exposure and on detoxifying oneself. Charts of chemicals, a list of organizational resources, and a room-by-room tour of the potential hazards in a typical house are featured. Based on scientific studies and communications with experts in the field, this book is recommended for public and academic libraries." -- Noemie Maxwell Vassilakis, Seattle Midwifery School, in Library Journal

    Berthold-Bond, Annie, Clean and Green: The Complete Guide to Non-Toxic and Environmentally Safe Housekeeping, ISBN: 1886101019 9781886101012.
    "Now You Can Clean, Polish and Disinfect Naturally. CLEAN AND GREEN is filled with new and traditional ideas for living free of hazardous household products.
    "Create a 'fantastic' cleaner and a 'soft scrubber' | Clean produce effectively | Eliminate mold without toxic disinfectants | Discover the cleaning power of lemon, rhubarb, and other plants | Use little-known cleaning agents like pumice and zeolite | Make your own car wax, rust inhibitor, and engine degreaser | Rediscover gentle disinfectants like pine oil and borax | Create a healthier environment with air-filtering house plants | Preserve cleaning formulas naturally | Wash floors with a flea-fighting soap | Personalize homemade cleaners with your favorite natural fragrance | Choose the best commercial products available from the natural food store, supermarket, and by mail.
    "I never thought a book (or anything else), could make me enthusiast about house-cleaning, but this book has!" -- Donella Meadows, Adjunct professor of environmental studies, Dartmouth College "The ultimate in childproofing. Every home needs this veritable encyclopedia of nontoxic, environment-friendly cleaning products." -- Wendy Gordon Rockefeller, Co-chair, Mothers and Others for a Livable Planet
    "485 ways to clean, polish, disinfect, deodorize, launder, remove stains, even wash your car, without harming yourself or the environment. Recipes based on harmless, nonpolluting, renewable ingredients. 160 pages, recycled paper/vegetable ink, paperback." -- Publisher

    Bollinger, Ty, The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest - The True History of Chemo and the Pharmaceutical Monopoly,
    This is the first of a series of 12 DVDs entitled "The Truth About Cancer."
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqJAzQe7_0g

    Bollinger, Ty M., The Truth About Cancer: What you Need to Know About Cancer's History, Treatment, and Prevention, ISBN: 9781401952235 1401952232.
    "One out of three women alive today, and one out of two men, will face a cancer diagnosis, according to the World Health Organization. Ty Bollinger takes this personally: in the course of a decade, he says, 'I lost my entire family to cancer. I don't believe I had to lose them.' THE TRUTH ABOUT CANCER has been written for one simple reason: to share the knowledge we need to protect ourselves, treat ourselves, and in some cases save our lives or the lives of those we love. Bollinger, whose October 2015 documentary miniseries The Truth about Cancer: A Global Quest has received over 5 million views to date, explains that there are many methods we can access to treat and prevent cancer -- we just don't know about them. The book delves into the history of medicine -- all the way back to Hippocrates's credo of 'do no harm'-- as well as up-to-the-minute research that proves the efficacy of dozens of advanced cancer treatments being used around the globe. Bollinger arms readers with essential, sometimes startling information about: The history and politics of cancer, The takeover of medical education by special interests and for-profit agendas, How some life-saving treatments have been kept from the public, and Why treatment options that go well beyond chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.
    " 'To us this is not a business, it's a mission,' he explains. 'We're on a mission to save the world'."-- Publisher

    Bower, John, The Healthy House: How to buy one, How to Build one, How to Cure a Sick one, 4th revised edition, ISBN: 0963715690 9780963715692.
    "Even a healthy homeowner may feel queasy after dipping into this book. Bower, a designer and builder who has written about the environment, states that some people are highly sensitive to household odors, dust, molds and plastics out-gassing, then goes on to warn that the number of such sufferers is increasing. Perhaps, but since Bower presents no hard data, his authority is called into question. And though he offers a long list of technical and scientific references in support of his arguments, at other points the author undermines his credibility, tossing ecological brickbats at many of today's building products, not always with the accuracy expected of a building professional. For example, Bower faults concrete roof tile for its porosity (which encourages mold), and periodic need of repainting (paint chemicals can adversely affect sensitive people), despite the fact that, as most roofers know, much concrete tile sold is permanently color-glazed and non-porous. In a single sentence, Bower dismisses vinyl, the highest-selling siding nationally, as simply 'not recommended,' with an imperiousness typical and regrettable." -- Publishers Weekly
    "You and your family deserve a healthy house and this book will show you how you can have one. In it, you'll learn:

    "This 2001 4th edition contains contributions, in the form of sidebars, from 50 healthy house professionals from across North America." -- Publisher

    Bower, Lynn Marie, Creating a Healthy Household: The Ultimate Guide for Healthier, Safer, Less-Toxic Living, ISBN: 0963715674 9780963715678.
    "Many consumers are researching alternative products and greener lifestyles owing to the increasing prevalence of asthma, allergies, and chemical sensitivity. The author, who suffers from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, offers suggestions and resources for more natural personal and household products based on her review of manufacturers' material safety data sheets, product literature, and discussions with technical-service personnel, consumer affairs specialists, dealers, and consumers. The first part of this well-organized book briefly discusses some of the medical conditions associated with unhealthy indoor environments and generally addresses purchasing alternative items. Six subsequent, detailed sections cover a wide range of home and personal issues, including cleaning, laundry, cosmetics, textiles, remodeling, automobiles, home safety, pests, hobbies, appliances, and water and air quality. Throughout, suppliers are listed in boldfaced type, while a comprehensive resource list gives full contact information for each reputable company or organization mentioned. An extensive book that will empower users, this is highly recommended for public libraries." -- Bonnie Poquette, from Library Journal
    "Everything you put inside your house should be as healthy as the structure itself. Creating a Healthy Household offers practical suggestions for improving virtually every aspect of your homes indoor living environment.
    "With chapters devoted to cleaning products, personal-care, clothing, linens, interior decorating, life-styles, housekeeping, air and water quality, and reducing electromagnetic radiation, no other book matches its thoroughness. Its an essential reference for anyone interested in their families health and well-being.
    "Containing an impressive 704 pages, this book is the only one of its kind. It is a complete reference library all in one book. With hundreds of listings for new companies, products, catalogs, sources, web sites, and a comprehensive index, its simply indispensable." -- Publisher

    *Colborn, Theo, Dianne Dumanoski, and John Peter Meyers, Our Stolen Future: How we are Threatening our Fertility, Intelligence, and Survival, ISBN: 0452274141 9780452274143.
    "The Industrial Revolution ushered in a lot of nice toys and some really convenient products -- if it hasn't made our lives a little more frantic -- but with this book, and now a host of other books like it, we see that the end results of our mad-dash to make and remake the world using our new scientific know-how is taking a huge toll on human health: Sperm counts are plummeting, cancer-rates are sky high, the immune system is being undermined, and hormone-mimics are quite possibly eroding our intelligence and altering our behavior. Without realizing it, we have put ourselves in grave peril, and ironically enough it is a cadre of scientists (life scientists, that is, ecologists and biologists), who are sounding the wake-up call -- ironic because it was their ilk, the chemists and scientific industrialists, who brought us pesticides, PCBs, and other toxic substances in the first place. The sad fact is, we all have these substances in our body now. There is no way to escape the new, chemicalized environment we have constructed. So in other words, there is no getting off this joy ride. That said, if you are interested in learning about natural detoxification processes, read HORMONE DECEPTION (Berkson, 2000). There is a lot of useful information in there, as well as a chapter about how diet and exercise can help keep these substances at lower levels by speeding up and aiding the body's natural detoxification processes. In a nutshell, she suggested eating green, yellow and red veggies, taking in a lot of protein (nuts and seeds work fine for vegetarians), getting a regular dose of antioxidents, and exercising until you sweat for 30 minutes six days a week. For more detailed information, read the book. Take care of your body. Tread lightly on the planet. Good luck!" -- Jeff W. Krueger
    "OUR STOLEN FUTURE is a great introduction to one of the most important scientific discoveries in our time. Having recently completed a thesis project at university on Endocrine Disruptors, I have reviewed hundreds of papers on the subject. This book is a good clear overview of the scientific literature on EDs. The authors are experts -- Theo Colborn is largely responsible for creating the field by bringing together diverse researchers so they could see the big picture of their work. Many of the principle investigators are interviewed and quoted at length on the way chemicals participate in and interfere with delicate hormonal systems in animals (including humans). The major accomplishment of the book is to make an easy-to-follow story out of complex research. Many resources are available to help you assess the reliability of this story, and the best thing to do if you have any doubts is read review articles in scientific journals (which are easier to understand than technical papers). The Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) have a guidebook for health-care professionals on Endocrine Disruptors, and the US EPA has many reports on the matter. Beware of people or websites who try to 'debunk' this book (or the science behind it), by simply declaring it false, flawed or disproven. There is far too much supporting research for so simple a refutation. OUR STOLEN FUTURE is well written and a compelling read." -- Reader's Comment
    Our Stolen Future
    "OUR STOLEN FUTURE is a scientific detective story that explores the emerging science of endocrine disruption: how some synthetic chemicals interfere with the ways that hormones work in humans and wildlife.
    "This web site, www.ourstolenfuture.org, is the web home for the authors of OUR STOLEN FUTURE, where we provide regular updates about the cutting edge of science related to endocrine disruption. We will also post information about ongoing policy debates, as well as new suggestions about what you can do as a consumer and citizen to minimize risks related to hormonally-disruptive contaminants."
    http://www.ourstolenfuture.org/

    Cox, Caroline (2001), Insecticide Factsheet / Imidacloprid [IMD], Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP), Journal of Pesticide Reform, Vol. 21, No.1, pp.15-21
    "Imidacloprid [a neonicotinoid class insecticide -- compiler] is a relatively new, systemic insecticide chemically related to the tobacco toxin nicotine. Like nicotine, it acts on the nervous system. Worldwide, it is considered to be one of the insecticides used in the largest volume.
    "It has a wide diversity of uses: in agriculture, on turf, on pets, and for household pests. . . .
    " 'Imidacloprid is highly toxic to honey bees.1 . . .
    " 'The U.S.Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration do not include imidacloprid in their food monitoring programs.65,66 There are two published imidacloprid monitoring studies from Spain. One found imidacloprid residues in all samples of greenhouse vegetables tested one week after treatment.67 The other found imidacloprid in tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, carrots, eggplant, pears, and melons; 21 percent of the samples were contaminated.68'."
    "Read on for more important facts, i.e. it is systemic, is applied to the soil, has a half-life on 1 year in the soil (according to currently available tests), gets into ground water and run-off, is highly toxic to some birds and to some aquatic life, will kill cats (kittens) in small doses applied to the skin, affects the thyroid, as a systemic it gets into honey and pollen, and has been detected in bee hives, the EPA has not established a long-term toxicity to humans since IMD came into use in 1994, and so forth, and so on. It's use has been banned in some European countries."
    http://www.apiservices.com/intoxications/imidacloprid.pdf

    Dadd-Redalia, Debra (Debra Lynn Dadd), Home Safe Home: Protecting Yourself and Your Family From Everyday Toxics and Harmful Household Products in the Home, ISBN: 087477859X 9780874778595 0874778646 9780874778649.
    "Responding to the increasing interest in the effects of chemicals in the myriad products used every day, nontoxic-living advocate Dadd offers a combined revised and expanded edition of two of her titles, published in the mid-1980s as NONTOXIC AND NATURAL (LJ 2/1/85), and THE NONTOXIC HOME (LJ 11/1/86), and updated later as NONTOXIC, NATURAL AND EARTHWISE (Tarcher, 1990), and THE NONTOXIC HOME AND OFFICE (Tarcher, 1992), respectively. This listing of toxic materials and how to avoid them uses the manufacturers' warnings and mostly resists sensationalism. Dadd's suggestions are reasonable and not too difficult to accomplish. Like Lynn Marie Bower in THE HEALTHY HOUSEHOLD (LJ 7/95), Dadd includes extensive resource lists, though Bower covers a wider range of products. An excellent choice for libraries not owning the Bower title." -- Susan B. Hagloch, from Library Journal
    "Home Safe Home offers more than 400 tips, including do-it-yourself formulas for inexpensive, safe products to replace harmful substances we are exposed to in our own homes. Whether you suffer from unexplained headaches, fatigue, or depression, or if you worry about the link between increased use of toxics and the rising rate of cancer, the many suggestions in this book can make your life virtually toxic-free!" -- Publisher

    Doyle, Jack, Trespass Against us: Dow Chemical and the Toxic Century, ISBN: 1567512682 9781567512687.
    "For the last 50 years, a huge tsunami of synthetic substances produced by the chemical industry has flooded over societies and the global environment.
    "Toxic, harmful chemicals are being found in our blood, in our body tissue, in the breast milk given to nursing children.
    "The Centers for Disease Control and other public health centers doing the blood work and tissue sampling are finding hundreds of substances in humans and wildlife all over the planet. And these invasive substances are largely out of sight. They are silently crossing into our blood and body. At least 500 chemicals have been found in human blood and body tissue so far.
    "So, with this book, TRESPASS AGAINST US -- a title borrowed from the popular Lord's prayer -- we are trying to raise the toxic trespass issue and the visibility of the body burden invasion. Chemical trespass is occurring daily, in all of us. But unlike a thief or person who trespasses on your property, chemical companies, or drug companies for that matter, that invade your body, or your child's body, and set things askew, aren't being prosecuted or hauled off to jail.
    "And clearly, a property right is being violated -- human property. Property is something business understands -- they are always talking about proprietary protection. Human property, however, is sacrosanct -- arguably the highest form of property.
    "Keeping it inviolable, especially for health and human reproduction, should be an assumed human right. But today, human and environmental health are being violated daily by the trespass of tens of thousands of synthetic substances.
    "And today, new chemical substances -- likely not tested for the full range of toxicological effects -- enter global commerce at a rate of about three per day.
    "This idea of human property rights is key. Or stated another way -- body burden chemicals made by the petrochemical industry are a transgression on the inherent human right to health. This is why we are trying to elevate chemical trespass and body burden in the popular literature." -- Jack Doyle, author of Trespass Against Us: Dow Chemical and the Toxic Century

    Dracos, Theodore Michael, Biocidal: Confronting the Poisonous Legacy of PCBs, ISBN: 9780807006122 0807006122.

    Ewald, Paul W., and Holly Swain Ewald, Controlling Cancer: A Powerful Plan for Taking on the World's Most Daunting Disease, ISBN: 9781937382094 1937382095.

    Fitzgerald, Randall, The Hundred-Year Lie: How to Protect Yourself From the Chemicals That are Destroying Your Health, ISBN: 0525949518 9780525949510.
    "In a devastating expos‚ in the tradition of SILENT SPRING and FAST FOOD NATION, investigative journalist Randall Fitzgerald warns how thousands of man-made chemicals in our food, water, medicine, and environment are making humans the most polluted species on the planet. A century ago in 1906, when Congress enacted the Pure Food and Drug Act, Americans were promised 'better living through chemistry.' Fitzgerald provides overwhelming evidence to shatter this myth, and many others perpetrated by the chemical, pharmaceutical, and processed foods industries. In the face of this national health crisis, Fitzgerald also presents informed and practical suggestions for what we can do to turn the tide and live healthier lives.
    Human beings are fast becoming one of the most polluted species on the planet. Learn why your body has become so toxic that you would never pass an FDA inspection:

    "Are we becoming a mutant species?
    "Randall Fitzgerald has written investigative features for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, and for twenty years was a contributing editor for Reader's Digest, where he researched, wrote, and edited articles on science and medicine." -- Publisher

    Green, Peter H.R., and Rory Jones, Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic, ISBN: 006076693X 9780060766931.
    Celiac disease is sensitivity to gluten: wheat, sugar, and carbohydrates. See also: GRAIN BRAIN: THE SURPRISING TRUTH ABOUT WHEAT, CARBS, AND SUGAR -- YOUR BRAIN'S SILENT KILLERS.
    "A survey of the frequently undiagnosed autoimmune disease describes the signs and symptoms of celiac disease, its effects on the human body's digestive system, available diagnostic procedures, treatment options, and diet and lifestyle issues." -- Publisher

    Harte, John, Cheryl Holdren, Richard Schneider, and Christine Shirley, Toxics A to Z: A Guide to Everyday Pollution Hazards, ISBN: 0520072235 9780520072237 0520072243 9780520072244.
    "For the average individual trying to manage in a polluted world, this is an eminently readable guide to the toxins we live with. The first part of the book includes an overview of toxic issues, discusses the major sources of toxic exposure (air, water, food, and consumer products), and deals with special groups of toxics like petrochemicals and radiation. Part 2 is an alphabetical listing of over 100 commonly occurring toxic substances. Each entry addresses properties, health effects, and protection and prevention methods, and provides suggestions for further reading. A cross reference to entries by exposure ("household activities," "workplace contaminants"), is a useful aid. A much-needed, comprehensive reference for the lay reader, this book should be in all public libraries." -- Linda Knaack, in Library Journal

    Hulse, Virgil M., Mad Cows and Milk Gate, ISBN: 0965437701 9780965437707.
    "The book MAD COWS AND MILK GATE written by Dr Hulse, a former Dairy Inspector and board certified in Family practice and Public Health expresses concern over the rampant diseases in dairy cows, the ways they are treated and the problems those treatments cause. It details proof that we have the Mad Cow Disease in this country. The book main focus is the practice of feeding often diseased sheep, chickens, and other cows blood to cows, and the viruses that are thus spread from species to species. The picture painted is not a pretty one, but it is one we must study if we are to make informed choices when choosing what we eat. With the U.S. Government assuring us that beef and dairy are safe, we are fortunate to have a insider's view of what is really going on in the cattle industry. Dr Hulse is an expert medical witness on the Mad Cow Disease and is presently defending those that have been sued by the beef industry. Dr Hulse states that we are unable to sell our cows to Europe because 80 percent of the cows in the US have the Bovine leukemia virus which causes cancer in every organ of the cow and is spread to other animals by the milk. Dr Hulse also has concern that it may be causing cancer in humans. He states that cows are infected with a bacteria that is in the milk and beef and that it is the same bacteria that is found in Crohn's disease in children and adults and is not killed by current pasteurization temperatures. Dr Hulse has a great fear of mutant prions invading this country given our insane practices of bovine cannibalism. The books shocking information about the health hazards in our dairy and beef supply is enough to make you sick . . . There is overwhelming evidence that an epidemic of diseases are lying in wait behind the plastic wrap and dairy cartons of our food stores. Dr Hulse hopes that the developers of public policy will show courage in placing the health of the America