Chapter 1: A Patient’s Frustration

Improve your health through a different perspective • Your body as a garden • Connections that help you to heal • The emotional, mental, and spiritual roots of our health experience

Chapter 2: Health Care: Beware the Hidden Risks

The runaway prescription-drug-use train • Why did the prescription work well for them but not for me? • Treating illness as a war: A helpful alternative • The modern medical paradigm: Moving beyond the focus on crisis/symptom management • Antibiotics: New consequences • Surgery suggested? Depends where you live • C-sections: No medical reason for an eightfold increase; increased risks to children • Resources for suggestions from medical specialists on tests, drugs, surgeries

Chapter 3: Can’t Stomach It?

Health problems to watch out for if you make antacids a habit • Heartburn may mean too little acid, not too much • Your stomach and brain atrophy: Connections you need to know about • Bitters that are sweet for your digestion

Chapter 4: Exploring Your Body’s Connections

How your brain function affects digestion and gallstones • How your gut helps with depression • Osteoporosis: Hidden connections • Gluten-sensitive people: Some do just fine with these kinds of wheat • Kids: Bellyaches increase depression

Chapter 5: Our Health in Pieces

What should your doctor’s long-term goals be? • Why are we still working with an industrial-era health approach? • Symptoms are consequences • What basic physical exam finding did more than 1,000 specialists miss?

Chapter 6: What Color Is Your Traffic Light?

When your lab work looks fine—yet you feel anything but • Your body’s systems: Healing connections that help you to feel better • Fat and skinny? You can be both at the same time!

Chapter 7: The Power That Heals You

You: Beyond your biology • Chi, qi, prana, vital essence: The healing force of life • Philosophy, art, and science: The three legs of any clinical approach • Your nervous system: The bridge between you, health, and life experiences • Innate intelligence and chiropractic: Healing through your nervous system

Chapter 8: The Internet, Blood Pressure, and Emotions

Our global nervous system gives clues to better health • Not being sick doesn’t mean you’re well • High blood pressure: Learning about its many causes

Chapter 9: The Pressure’s On

Some prescriptions just won’t work • Which type of test can guide you to better treatment • The surprising hidden players in the blood-pressure game • Lab tests: A good place to start, but not to conclude • The new BP med from your kitchen tap (it yielded a 60-systolic-point drop for this group) • Fast heartbeat? A shorter life (remedies listed)

Chapter 10: Everything Is Connected, Everything Matters

Can your body feel emotions? Receptors found throughout the body • The body-mind concept • A doctor’s trip to a remote Indian village • What does “doctor” really mean?

Chapter 11: It Takes a Village

A healthy brain: A community of cellular support • What controls your brain? • The thyroid/brain connection: Helping or harming each other? • Your blood weighs 10 percent of you: What measures the health of the other 90 percent • Learn about normal thyroid hormone levels that can indicate weight-gain issues

Chapter 12: That Little Gland Does What?

The thyroid: Same weight as a quarter, but it affects practically everything • Normal thyroid lab tests, yet thyroid symptoms—and risk for diabetes • How chronic dieting affects thyroid hormone function • Is stress keeping your body from accepting your thyroid’s hormones? • Why your thyroid medicine may not be enough

Chapter 13: Problems with Smoothies?

Too much of a good thing? • Smoothies can increase your weight • Why chewing your smoothies makes a difference • Adding good fats: An avocado a day . . .

Chapter 14: Are Your Symptoms Really Consequences?

Gut on fire, brain on fire. Inflammation damages your brain’s protective barrier • Nature’s pattern: Our brains grow like cities

Chapter 15: Seeds of Health

Supplements and seeds: Common links to healing • Brain issues lead to joint pain • Gut bacteria’s connections to alcoholism, anemia, Parkinson’s, and more • It’s not always a gluten issue: FODMAP • Intestinal health and diabetes • Helping Alzheimer’s symptoms naturally

Chapter 16: Wolves and the Big Picture

Eye issues and your liver • Chronic low back pain? Connections to repressed emotions, childhood trauma • Ancient Incan and Tibetan cultures: Connections between mind and health • Bodymind connection • Pain: The personal experience • Pain relievers: Drawbacks and natural alternatives • Ten-year plan for health? • Wolves changing rivers • Hidden anemia connections

Chapter 17: All for One

Change health paradigms, not just therapies • A presidential approach to clinical care • Helping one part has a domino effect • Herbal contraindication guide

Chapter 18: How to Make the Weight Slide Right Off

Don’t put the cart in front of the horse! • A tailored approach • Too many supplements not good? • Journaling: Breaking your food patterns

Chapter 19: A Sick Dog’s Weight-Loss Lessons

Obesity as a symptom • Discovering connections to root issues • 188 countries on diets—did any work? • Prediabetes and mental dysfunction • Diabetics lose brain volume, die earlier • Statins’ higher diabetes risk • Calories: The type matters! • Cortisol, serotonin, and your weight • Fix the body to fix the fat!

Chapter 20: Obesity and Inflammation: A Terrible Twosome

Obesity and inflammation go hand-in-hand • Connection between inflammation and overeating • Adrenal fatigue: Sleep and food issues • High cortisol levels increase weight • Two-minutes exercises to change your hormone levels • Foods’ calming effects: Other ways to feel better • Insulin, cortisol, and thyroid: Brakes to losing weight?

Chapter 21: Your Hormones and Stress

Chronic stress: Glandular changes • How stress can help you • How chronic stress interferes with hormones • Not all natural supplements are equal • Metabolomic studies and phytochemicals: Advantage to organic foods • Food pesticides: Check your children’s urine levels • Medieval England: An herbal healing garden in every home

Chapter 22: Mirror, Mirror

Your mirror’s image is a reflection of your health • The crucial first step to losing weight • Body-weight set points: How to shift to a skinnier you • Changing epigenetics with food • Losing fat or muscle? When weight gain can mean fat loss • Lose volume, not density! • Beyond discipline: What else is needed to keep the weight off?

Chapter 23: Secrets to Weight Loss?

Why wanting it badly isn’t enough • Energy expenditure: How your body burns calories • Two organs that use up almost half your calories • Where does your weight go when you lose it? Hint: It’s in the air • A surprisingly quick exercise to lose weight • Connections within your body that help you to slim down—or gain weight • Liver, kidneys, adrenals, and other organs: Keys to losing weight • Hormones’ effect on your ability to lose the pounds

Chapter 24: Fat Children? Act Now!

Permanent numbers of fat cells set at early age • When are lifetime obesity patterns set? • Pregnant women: Eating habits affect two generations • Fish oil for adolescent behavioral issues • Computers’ effect on children’s obesity: What to do now • Overweight children and future depression: A simple blood test • How to help children have healthy weight levels

Chapter 25: When Health Goes Up, Weight Goes

Obese and can’t exercise? There’s a vitamin . . . • Insulin resistance leads to overeating • Insulin resistance in the brain • The vicious food-neurotransmitters cycle: Breaking the bonds • Beyond exercise and eating well • Free online cognitive behavior therapy for eating patterns and other issues

Chapter 26: Eating Chocolate to Lose Weight!

Yes, eating chocolate . . . daily! • Getting around the emotional obstacle course to maintaining a diet • Healthy brain, healthy food choices • Decision fatigue and weight gain • Foods that help with emotional eating patterns • Rats and Oreo cookies: Stronger than cocaine!

Chapter 27: Just Chew It!

Saliva versus water • Chewing and antimicrobial benefits • Slowly does it: Stomach receptors need time • The bad news about your thyroid when you go on a diet • Your body’s connectivity: A spider’s web of cooperation and conflict • Gain it to lose it! • Finally: The best food plan in the world! • Isocaloric is not isometabolic: The same number can have different effects • Eating and emotions • Glycemic load vs. glycemic index • Sugar levels: Changing your body’s response • Resistant starches: Healthy for your gut and waistline • To eat or not to eat . . . that is the breakfast

Chapter 28: Gonna Keep Pumping Air in That Tire?

Lifetime prescriptions? • A quick review • Immune systems connections: A web of healing • Three questions to ask before taking drugs

Chapter 29: On Healing and Rainbows

Initial healing responses: Herxheimer reactions • Genetic nutrition and nutrigenomics • Healing: The individual experience • The colors of clinical diversity: A rainbow approach

Chapter 30: Your Body Is Your Garden

When cancer brought healing • Illness as a teacher • The wheel of life • The meaning of health • Journaling for answers to illnesses

Chapter 31: The Essential You: Deeper Meanings to Illness

How the ancient Greeks viewed illness • Restoring health: Past civilizations have their say • The purpose of disease • Jung’s essential Self and individuation • Roman healing temples • Yearning for wholeness • The rhythms of life: Different eras, unified viewpoints • Healing beyond the body • The deeper you: Resources

Chapter 32: Help for Deep Healing: Life’s Toolbox

Tools for healing the inner aspects of life • Brain-derived neurotrophic factor: A healing aid • Active imagination: Breath work, meditation, dreams, and more • Galen diagnoses using dreams • The best remedy of all

Chapter 33: Dreaming Your Way to Better Health

Reflections of our inner worlds • Keeping a dream journal: A guidepost to better health • Health benefits of reviewing dreams • Exercising the healing power of gratitude

Chapter 34: The Reason Why

Ancient cultures’ bridge to our inner worlds • Affirmations: An easy addition to your dream journal • Contemplative exercises: An open doorway to greater understanding • Clinical priorities • Applying the wisdom of ancient cultures • Our highest purpose



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