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The next time you get sick, consider this before picking up the aspirin: your body may be doing exactly what it's supposed to. In this ground-breaking book, two pioneers of the science of Darwinian medicine argue that illness as well as the factors that predispose us toward it are subject to the same laws of natural selection that otherwise make our bodies such miracles of design. Among the concerns they raise: When may a fever be beneficial? Why do pregnant women get morning sickness? How do certain viruses "manipulate" their hosts into infecting others? What evolutionary factors may be responsible for depression and panic disorder? Deftly summarizing research on disorders ranging from allergies to Alzheimer's, and form cancer to Huntington's chorea, Why We Get Sick, answers these questions and more. The result is a book that will revolutionize our attitudes toward illness and will intrigue and instruct lay person and medical practitioners alike. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Genre : Health & Fitness
Author : Randolph M. Nesse
Publisher : Vintage
Release : 2012-02-08
File : 304 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780307816009

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A scientist reveals the groundbreaking evidence linking many major diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease, to a common root cause--insulin resistance--and shares an easy, effective plan to reverse and prevent it. We are sick. Around the world, we struggle with diseases that were once considered rare. Cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, and diabetes affect millions each year; many people are also struggling with hypertension, weight gain, fatty liver, dementia, low testosterone, menstrual irregularities and infertility, and more. We treat the symptoms, not realizing that all of these diseases and disorders have something in common. Each of them is caused or made worse by a condition known as insulin resistance. And you might have it. Odds are you do--over half of all adults in the United States are insulin resistant, with most other countries either worse or not far behind. In Why We Get Sick, internationally renowned scientist and pathophysiology professor Benjamin Bikman explores why insulin resistance has become so prevalent and why it matters. Unless we recognize it and take steps to reverse the trend, major chronic diseases will be even more widespread. But reversing insulin resistance is possible, and Bikman offers an evidence-based plan to stop and prevent it, with helpful food lists, meal suggestions, easy exercise principles, and more. Full of surprising research and practical advice, Why We Get Sick will help you to take control of your health.

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Genre : Health & Fitness
Author : Benjamin Bikman
Publisher : Benbella Books
Release : 2020
File : 270 Pages
ISBN-13 : 194883698X

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Presents the argument that the mind affects a variety of conditions, from heart disease and cancer to asthma and arthritis, and calls for greater awareness of the mind-body connection.

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Genre : Health & Fitness
Author : Darian Leader
Publisher :
Release : 2008
File : 376 Pages
ISBN-13 : 1933648813

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When a doctor gets sick, his status changes. No longer is his role de fined as deriving from doctus, i. e. , learned, but as from patiens, the present participle of the deponent verb, patior, i. e. , to suffer, with all the passive acceptance of pain the verb implies. From pass us, the past participle, we get the word passion, with its wide gamut of emotional allusions, ranging from animal lust to the sufferings of martyrs. It is the connotation, not the denotation, of the word that defines the change of status. When a doctor is sick enough to be admitted to a hospital, he can no longer write orders; orders are written about him, removing him from control of his own situation. One recalls a sonnet from W. H. Auden's sequence, The Quest, which closes with the lines: Unluckily they were their situation: One should not give a poisoner medicine, A conjuror fine apparatus, Nor a rifle to a melancholic bore. That is a reasonable expression of twentieth-century skepticism and ra tionalism. Almost all medical literature is written from the doctor's point of view. Only a few medically trained writers-one thinks of Chekhov's Ward Six-manage to incorporate the patient's response to his situa tion. Patients' voices were not much in evidence until well into the twentieth century, but an early example is John Donne's Devotions upon Emergent Occasions (1624).

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Genre : Medical
Author : H.N. Mandell
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release : 2013-11-11
File : 464 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781489920010

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One day Raymond Francis, a chemist and a graduate of MIT, found himself in a hospital, battling for his life. The diagnosis: acute chemical hepatitis, chronic fatigue, multiple chemical sensitivities, and several autoimmune syndromes, causing him to suffer fatigue, dizziness, impaired memory, heart palpitations, diarrhea, numbness, seizures and numerous other ailments. Knowing death was imminent unless he took action, Francis decided to research solutions for his disease himself. His findings and eventual recovery led him to conclude that almost all disease can be both prevented and reversed. In Never Be Sick Again, Francis presents a seminal work based on these findings — a revolutionary theory of health and disease: there is only one disease (malfunctioning cells), only two causes of disease (deficiency and toxicity), and six pathways to health and disease (nutrition, toxins, psychological, physical, genetic, and medical). This remarkable book answers the questions: What is health? What is disease? Why do people get sick? How can disease be prevented? How can it be reversed? It will teach readers, in one easy lesson, an entirely new way to look at health and disease — an approach that is easy to understand, yet so powerful that they may, indeed, never have to be sick again. Providing a basic understanding of health and disease, this book takes the mystery out of disease. It provides readers, no matter what their present physical condition, a holistic approach to living that will empower them to get well — and stay well.

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Genre : Health & Fitness
Author : Raymond Francis
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release : 2010-01-01
File : 300 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780757396281

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The next best thing to a cure for the common cold: proven strategies to outsmart germs and help you stay disease-free. Coming down with the latest bug to make the rounds will never be on anyone's to-do list. After all, who has time to be laid up by, say, a cold or the flu? And now that the germs are getting bigger and badder, there's even more reason to try to stay healthy. Don't Get Sick makes the case for smart self-care as the key to stopping the spread of infectious illness. While germs may not be 100 percent avoidable, there's a lot that people can do to reduce their exposure and strengthen their natural defenses. Drawing on scientific research and expert interviews, Don't Get Sick reveals: • where germs are most likely to linger • how nurses, teachers, and others in high-risk professions manage to outsmart illness • which immune-boosting products really work—and which aren't worth the money Packed with real-world advice, along with a healthy dose of perspective on swine flu and other health risks, Don't Get Sick is a must-have resource for anyone concerned about their health.

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Genre : Health & Fitness
Author : Editors of Prevention
Publisher : Rodale Books
Release : 2010-02-02
File : 160 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781605291819

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Achieve the best health of your life by following in the footsteps of people who never get sick. Some take a daily nap. Or a cold shower. Some do yoga, lift weights, swear by brewer’s yeast. And one dunks his head in hydrogen peroxide—he hasn’t had a cold in two decades. In profiles of twenty-five people who never get sick and revealing their secrets and practices, Gene Stone covers the surprising science of personal health. The stories make it real, the research explains why, and the do-it-yourself information shows how to bring each secret into your own life. It’s your turn to become a person who never gets sick.

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Genre : Health & Fitness
Author : Gene Stone
Publisher : Workman Publishing
Release : 2012-01-15
File : 256 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780761171430

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The first ever description of how evolutionary principles can be applied to questions of health and sickness.

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Genre : Adaptation (Physiology)
Author : Randolph M. Nesse
Publisher : Phoenix Illustrated
Release : 1996
File : 290 Pages
ISBN-13 : 1857995066

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The definitive guide to fighting coronaviruses, colds, flus, pandemics, and deadly diseases, from one of North America’s leading public health authorities, now updated with a new introduction on protecting yourself and others from COVID-19. Dr. Bonnie Henry, a leading epidemiologist (microbe hunter) and public health doctor at the forefront of the fight against the worldwide COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, has spent the better part of the last three decades chasing bugs all over the world — from Ebola in Uganda to polio in Pakistan, SARS in Toronto, and the H1N1 influenza outbreak across North America. Now she offers three simple rules to live by: wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough, and stay at home when you have a fever. From viruses to bacteria to parasites and fungi, Dr. Henry takes us on a tour through the halls of Microbes Inc., providing up-to-date and accurate information on everything from the bugs we breathe, to the bugs we eat and drink, the bugs in our backyard, and beyond. Urgent and informative, Soap and Water & Common Sense is the definitive guide to staying healthy in a germ-filled world.

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Genre : Health & Fitness
Author : Dr. Bonnie Henry
Publisher : House of Anansi
Release : 2020-03-31
File : 288 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780887849374

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With a diagnosis of colon cancer, George Malkmus launched an intensive biblical and scientific search to find out why he, a Christian, got sick—and to possibly find an alternative treatment to the medical profession's usually unsuccessful ones. Why Christians Get Sick by George Malkmus, is the most important book Christians can read, after the Bible. It delves into the questions of why we get sick, and provides the Biblical answers. With more than 150 Bible verses, this book clearly shows how we can avoid sickness and disease and experience superior health through a natural diet and lifestyle. People the world over have been transformed by the truth of the teachings found in this book.

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Genre : Religion
Author : George Malkmus
Publisher : Destiny Image Publishers
Release : 2011-07-28
File : 159 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780768491654

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