NITRATES, NITRITES AND NITROSAMINES

Nitrates and nitrites, widely used as food additives in products such as smoked meats and fish, can undergo reactions in the stomach to yield nitrosamines, which are considered to be carcinogenic.

The reaction is encouraged when the compounds are subjected to high heat, such as takes place when bacon is cooked. Since both nitrates and the amines with which they react occur plentifully in many foods, and nitrates are also found in human saliva, elimination of food additives in the diet alone will not on its own prevent the formation of nitrosamines.

The good news is that Vitamin C can block the formation of these carcinogenic compounds.
People whose diets are rich in Vitamin C have been found to be less prone to stomach cancers. Manufacturers of processed meats have taken advantage of this information not only by reducing the amount of nitrites used during processing, but by adding forms of Vitamin C to their products.

Both nitrites and nitrates have been linked with health problems other than cancer. Migraine sufferers might do well to eliminate nitrates from their diets, since these compounds have been known to cause headaches in sensitive individuals. Chronic sufferers of hives are hypersensitive to a number of preservatives, including nitrites.

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DISEASES OF THE LIVER AND GALL-BLADDER: DISTURBANCES OF

GALL-BLADDER AND GALL DUCTS

1. The inflammatory gall-bladder disturbances are recognised by a lightening of colour in the gall-bladder area—white lines or wisps. It is usually a question of an inflammation extending from the intestine, as already stated in connection with inflammatory states of the liver, going out from the duodenum, and extending in proportion to the disturbance as far as the liver. Usually only white lines are seen = pain lines.

2. Gallstones themselves do not, of course, register in the iris. However, their presence can be presumed when small dark spots are seen in the gall-bladder area. Gallstones lead readily to inflammation and to gall stasis.

3. Fine white, generally serrated, lines indicate the tendency to colic. The same tendency is also indicated by nerve rings which interrupt in the gall-bladder and gall duct areas.

4. Not infrequently, one finds the gall-bladder and liver areas displaced in profile to about

41′-42′. Patients who have this sign are tainted by hereditary disease. Among their antecedents there must have been alcoholism. We must also remember here that diseases which show the organ signs displaced in profile, are either not healed at all or only with great difficulty.

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MOTION SICKNESS

Car, plane and sea sickness result from the overstimulation of the canals of the inner ear which regulate the body’s system of balance. Waves of nausea are the principal symptom, usually resulting in vomiting. These are sometimes accompanied by cold sweats and giddiness. People vary in their susceptibility and, with regular travel, can learn to overcome the problem in most cases. Children, for example, are more prone to car sickness than adults. Motion sickness is much more likely to occur in an enclosed space with insufficient ventilation, such as in a cabin of a ship. At sea, get up on deck when possible; in a car or bus, open the windows; and when travelling by plane, keep the ventilator on full.

Avoid alcohol, rich, aromatic food and excessive tobacco and do not attempt to read until your body has adapted to the motion. Do not try to focus your eyes on objects moving around you.

To prevent and treat motion sickness, administer strong ginger tea before travelling and carry a supply for the journey. This simple anti-nausea medicine is highly effective and can safely be given to young children.

Some motion sickness has emotional causes such as fear of flying. In this case, counselling may help.

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MISCARRIAGE

The loss of a foetus in early pregnancy is a distressing experience. While the risk of miscarriage exists with every pregnancy, it can be reduced. All pregnant women should cease smoking and drinking alcohol. Try to avoid taking medications but, if you must, check with your doctor to ensure that they will not induce spontaneous abortion or harm the foetus in any way. This also applies for herbal remedies, many of which can induce miscarriages.

Vitamin E is thought to reduce the risk of miscarriage as is the regular drinking of raspberry leaf tea which strengthens the uterus. Avoid eating new or green potatoes. These contain the toxin solanine which can cause women to miscarry.

Throughout pregnancy, exercise should be regular and gentle. In the early months of the pregnancy, some doctors advise against having sexual intercourse during the days when the women would normally have her period. If the women has miscarried previously, particular care should be taken at the stage of the pregnancy when the last miscarriage occured.

Generally, a balanced diet, perhaps a little more rich in protein, will prepare a woman well to carry her baby full term. If spotting occurs, immediate and complete bed rest is advised until professional advice is sought.

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