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This book was originally published by C.J. Frompovich; Coopersberg, PA.
The original title was "Kitchen Contraceptives" since it contained many kitchen food items that have spermicidal qualities.
With the help of The Oregon Regional Primate Center, many kitchen ingredients such as honey, vinegar,  salt and yogurt were tested with live sperm. The most successful combinations were then sent to the Department of Physiology, University of Illinois Medical Center to see how they would perform in vivo (real life situations.). The most successful was a combination of lemon juice and salt which had the same or better results than commercial, chemical preparations. Finally, the best combination was tested on live rabbits for tissue sensitivity. Once again, the salt, lemon juice was less irritating than the commercial varieties.
Also contained in this book are chapters such as "Contraception Through the Ages" (This chapter is truly fascinating and goes clear back to what was used in ancient Egypt and the Middle ages); "The Mechanisms of Conception" and of course "Making Your Own Spermicide".
I believe many people will find this a most fascinating read, as well as instructive.
In light of the fact that we are now discovering so many adverse effects from commercial contraceptives, many people are finding renewed interest in this publication.

My second book "Our Food Dilemma" became outdated when I published my third book "The Second Dilemma" which contains all of the material from Our Food Dilemma but with additional chapters.





THIS BOOK BELONGS IN EVERY HOUSEHOLD TO ANSWER SUCH QUESTIONS AS:

Why do I need to buy "Organic food?,

What is E coli?. How can we be protected?

How can the hormones in meat and milk endanger my child?

Can I make my infant formula?

What vitamin supplements should we take?

How can we prevent Heart disease? Cancer?

Are there any such things as Natural Cosmetics?

How can we improve and strengthen our immune system?
 
Is there any way to recognize Vitamin Deficiencies?
 
How can I raise a "Super Child?

Is Immunization safe?
....And so much more!







Take a look at my current incomplete book. We have much to do to complete it, but it will be a compilation of all my years using yoga in my practice. It will relate my experiences in using  yoga to treat many health conditions. If you are a teacher or not, you will find this book to be an invaluable addition to your library.





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WHY YOGA WORKS

Aside from my professional training, I have had the privilege of meeting and studying with many Indian teachers in my Yoga School in Hawaii.

So just what is yoga? It sounds so mysterious and foreign. It seems to intrigue most people. Let's take a look.

One need only research the word YOGA   to find a world of information about this subject. For one thing, it can be divided into many subcategories, however, for this book, we will only concentrate on one aspect of yoga called hatha yoga that is the physical part of yoga.

Hence, when we use this term YOGA, we are speaking only of hatha yoga.

Going back to Sanskrit texts of India, hatha yoga can be traced back almost 3,000 years. That's a long time!
I think we can agree that if anything lasts that long, there must be a reason,  something beneficial to it.
So why would the practice of yoga last that long? The only answer can be because it has value. It helps people.

In my former Studio in Hawaii The Aquarian School of Yoga, I was astounded and gratified by the comments that I received from many of my students:

"I just stopped smoking, had no more cravings"

"I've been constipated most of my life, but since starting yoga, my bowels move every day"

"My periods are now regular"

"I'm no longer tired all the time"

" My back doesn't hurt any more"

I could go on and on as can any Yoga teacher. But what causes these results?

I want to answer those questions now.

Being a chiropractic physician myself, and having taught Anatomy and Physiology for 12 years, I would have to admit that the innovators of yoga had to know  a good deal about the human body.

They simply had to. Or was it simply trial and error? I can't answer that question.

Another intriguing question that interests me is 'was just one person involved in the innovation of yoga , or was it an evolution of ideas by many people through the centuries'?

And what is it about yoga that makes people feel better, and yes even cures people?

I would like to give you my ideas from A DOCTORS PERSPECTIVE.

As mentioned in my introduction, I have utilized yoga postures with my patients during my entire 41 years of practice. So, now let me give you my insight as to why yoga is so effective.

It is important to keep and maintain the range of motion of every joint of the body. That is true. In physical medicine we revere the phrase "If you don't use it, you loose it"  From the ankles, knees, shoulders and arms all joints must be utilized or the range of motion will be lost, you'll get stiff. So ideally every joint of the body should be exercised to its full range…every day! However the most important joints to maintain are those of the spine. Let me show you a picture of only a few adjoining segments of the spine.  All of the following pictures are looking from the side view, showing only the bones nerves and disks.

Looking at the picture, aside from the disks above and below we also have the "facets" (joints) above and below each segment.

Each of these joints must be maintained. Preferably by moving them through their full range of motion each day. Otherwise, they stiffen. When anyone looks at the spine as such you might wonder, why is it so "complicated"? The reason is quite simple. It houses the spinal cord which must not be pinched or twisted or it can damage the spinal cord which is housed within.. With this design, that cannot happen.

Take notice of the yellow colored spinal nerves. Through these nerves flows the nerve energy to and from the brain, directing and coordinating and integrating all functions of the body. Any displacement of the segments, or swelling in the area can affect those nerves and hence the vital flow of nerve energy. These are really the most vulnerable parts of our anatomy.

You have no doubt seen pictures of yogis in very contorted positions. With the spine designed as such it is still virtually impossible to damage the spinal cord except by injury. But as I have mentioned it is not essential in my opinion when practicing yoga to indulge in these 'extreme' contorted postures. As you can see, the important part of our anatomy is our spine because the spine houses the very important central nervous system.

Aside from understanding basic anatomy, the key to understanding the remarkable results from yoga, one must understand the Human Nervous System.

This schematic drawing below will give you an idea of which areas of the spine can affect which organs.  Any swelling or pressure at those specific areas can put pressure on those spinal nerves affecting the nerve flow and the organs that they innervate.

This chart below is called the Meric chart.




The brain coordinates and integrates the entire body. The brain receives signals from all parts of he body.  And from the brain, the organs and muscles receive their instruction This all happens through signals carried by the nerves. If these nerves (wires) are interfered with, the body can malfunction.

The nerves both to and from the brain are transmitted through the spine. The spine is very vulnerable.

For example trace the yellow nerves of the heart and lungs to the spine. You'll see that they emit from the spine in the upper back.

Trace the nerves of the stomach and you'll find that the come from the mid back and so on. If there is something wrong with those organs, the place to look at first is the corresponding part of the spine.

You see, Chiropractic and Yoga have much in common, except that Chiropractic treatments can be much more specific and yoga more general in their applications.

So, as a chiropractor working with a patient with stomach problems, I would concentrate my treatments on that part of the spine, and then give the patient exercises that involve that area of the spine.

In similar manner when recommending yoga as a therapy I would prescribe to my patient yoga exercises that move that part of the spine.

I do feel that the excellent results I had in my practice were in a large part due to the assistance of the yoga exercises I prescribed.

Let me give you several real life examples from my practice:

In the way of examples, two cases that stand out from my years of practice.

Patient "X" was a little 5 year old girl. Her home was in Papeete, Tahiti. After seeing specialists through out the Pacific Rim, she was eventually referred to my office.

Her case history was basically this: She was playing in the street in front of her house in Papeete and was struck by a car. She was taken to the hospital where x rays determined that she had no fractures or apparent injuries. She was then sent back home. It wasn't until several months later that she began showing signs of kidney failure; edema and blood and protein in her urine. When she was brought to my office my first question to her mother was "Has she been involved in any accident prior to these symptoms?"

Astonished her mother asked "why do you ask, no one else asked me that question" Obviously my treatments required that information.

Before  examining her I indicated to the mother the place in her spine where the nerves emit that go to her kidneys. I said "If she is tender in this area, I might be able to help her.

When I pressed on that spinal segment, she almost screamed. I told the mother I might be able to help her. In a matter of one or two weeks, the visible blood disappeared from the urine and the edema was visibly gone.

If you go back up to the diagram above, you'll see that the kidneys are innervated from the low part of the spine. That is where she was tender and that is where I concentrated my treatments.

Are you starting to get the picture? The auto accident didn't fracture her spine, it mildly displaced several vertebrae interfering with the nerve flow to her kidneys. It then took several months before the kidneys started malfunctioning.

The area of the spine that is the problem will be tender to pressure. Yoga therapy should concentrate getting movement and even correction in that area.

Patient "Y" was a 29 year old woman who happened to be a bodybuilder She was having a serious problem with bleeding stomach ulcers. When she came for her initial visit, she brought  x rays from her medical physician. She came to me wanted to see if chiropractic could help. During the exam, it was easily determined by pressing on different segments of her spine that a segment in her upper-mid back was indeed tender. My treatments were centered  at that area and within two weeks, the ulcers were gone.

But I want to explain this further:

We have sensory nerves that bring signals from all parts of the body to the brain. And we have motor nerves that go from the brain to specific parts of the body both muscles and organs.

Perhaps you remember an experiment that you did in High School.

Freshly killed frogs were brought into the laboratory. Among other things, we had to separate the muscle fibers in the thigh and expose a nerve. Then with our tweezers we flicked the nerve and the leg jumped!  That nerve could be flicked anywhere along its course and the leg jumped.

In a similar way, in  a human, if the nerve going from the brain to the cells lining the stomach that secrete digestive acid were irritated, they will excrete stomach acid even if there is no food to digest in the stomach. Consequently if that nerve is continually irritated those stomach cells will continue to secrete acid and eventually an ulcer is created.

Here is a yoga test for you. In each of these cases which yoga exercises would you recommend?

When I taught Anatomy at Bikram's teacher training, I always passed out copies of this diagram. It is very important, not only for yoga teachers, but for individuals involved in self help.

I suggest that each of you make an enlarged hard copy of this diagram so that you may refer to it frequently.


























































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