Dr. Norman Allan's

Vol 1, No. 7,
October 2005


*  Character Archetype Workshop
   Darrell's Laws of Healing
*   newspaper clippings
   open house (treatment available by donation)
*   archives
*   what's new in my "practice".



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Darrell's first two laws of healing:

Darrell's first law of healing: you've got to do it yourself.
Darrell's second law: you gotta take help where you find it.

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Again, the bulk of this newsletter is made up of items I've seen in the press, related to health, that you might have missed, that might find interesting.

It's also an opportunity for me to tell you about my
open house on Thurs. from 3 to 6 pm.
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Newspaper clippings
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"Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is the leading cause of liver failure in North America" Jack Utrecht, professor of pharmacy and medicine, U of T, Canada research chair on Adverse Drug Reactions, in Elizabeth Bromstein "altHealth" column in Now Aug 18-24, 2005
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"Fruits and veggies trump vitamins"
Reprinted in then Toronto Star 12 Aug 2005, from the Boston Globe
Stephen Smith

"... For reasons that scientists have yet to figure out, the processes vitamins differently when they arrive in food than in pill form - probably because foods interact with each other in a way that may help nutrient absorption. So far, nutrition scientists said, scientists in labs can't beat what nature does.
""What you can buy in a bottle doesn't come close to providing you with the wealth of benefits that come automatically when those nutrient are present in the form of food," said Linda Van Horn, a research nutritionist at Northwestern university in Chicago.

Which should bring us to a discussion of "Organic" foods, as compared to Commercial foods... but we will get back to that topic.

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"Study Says Herb Can't Stop a Cold"
New York Times 28 July 2005

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine says that Echincacea neither prevented nor eased cold symptoms.
To assess this we would need to know how the herb was delivered; capsules, tablets, or tincture. My herb teacher, Michael Vertolli, cautions that one cannot, off hand, know how much of the active ingredients survive manufacture and that, therefore, the most reliable way to take herbs is as (alcoholic) tinctures.

"... Vitamin C won't prevent common cold"Globe and Mail, 28 June 2005

A meta-analysis of 23 studies published in the journal Public Library of Science Medicine found that vitamin C did not prevent or shorten symptoms of the common cold in the general public. However, in 6 studies of athletes and soldier experiencing extreme physical stress vitamin C reduced the occurrence of colds by 50%!

I wouldn't particularly trust the vitamin C study, either. Clinical studies are notoriously unreliable. Play it safe: take the vitamin C.

There has been a lot of debunking going on lately as witnessed by a rather confusing article -
"Vitamin B Heart Fear" - in the London Daily Mail, 6 Sept. 2005: It starts with... "taking high doses of vitamin B6 and folic acid..." and then continues, "... heart attack survivors who took a combination of B vitamins for three years were more likely to develop a range of problems including second heart attacks and strokes." They, the journalist, notes that many previous studies indicate, on the contrary, that B vitamins do protect. So, go on taking your vitamins if you feel inclined to.

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"Stress cuts breast cancer risk: study"
Metro, 9 Sept 2005

A Danish study published in the British Medical Journal indicates that levels of stress inversely correlate with the risk of breast cancer. It is hypotheses that this is because stress reduces estrogen levels: high estrogen levels correlate with higher incidence of breast cancer.

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"Scientists found ibuprofen quality of olive oil" The Guardian, 1 Sept, 2005

Tim Radford, Science editor

"Left the ibuprofen tablets at the holiday villa? Then just drizzle a modest dose of oleocanthal over the avocado and rocket salad and take your medicine the Mediterranean way. For US researchers have identified an anti-inflammatory agent in extra virgin olive oil.
   "Gary Beauchamp, of the Monell Chemical Senses Centre in Philadelphia, and colleagues, report in Nature today that they have identified a hitherto unknown compound, oleocanthal, that inhibits a set of enzymes called cyclooxygenase, and acts as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent.
   "He made the discovery at an olive oil tasting in Sicily, when he felt a sudden irritation at the back of his throat.
   ""I had considerable experience swallowing, and being stung in the back of the throat by ibuprofen from previous studies on its sensory properties," Dr. Beauchamp said. "So when I tasted newly-pressed olive oil while attending a meeting on molecular gastronomy, I was startled to notice that the throat sensations were virtually identical."
   "The scientists found the anti-inflammatory potency of extra virgin olive oil was directly related to the levels of the chemical they named oleocanthal."

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Speaking of ibuprofen...

"Blood pressure, painkillers linked"
Metro, 16 Aug, 2005

Women who take higher doses of common, over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen and Tylenol have higher blood pressure that women who do not. Only Aspirin did not raise the risk of high blood-pressure according to an article published in the journal Hypertension.

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Character Analysis
Bioenergetic Architypes

Dr. Norman Allan
offers a 2 hour Workshop
from 7:00 to 9:00
Thursday the 20th October
and again on the 17th November

at 2 College Street, suite 305

the fee for the workshop is $25

Enrollment is a limited
Register early -
Phone 416 928 9272

Wilheim Reich wrote extensively on Character Structure.
His pupil, Alexander Lowen,
the founder of "Bioenergetics Psychoanalysis",
elaborated on, and simplified, Reich's system.
Lowen's four "pre-oedipal" character types gives us a useful template
for understanding the roots of personality and character.
Participants will be introduced to the four basic character architypes,
and will "model" them to gain a firsthand understand.

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Dr. Norman Allan's Newsletter, August/September:snippets from newspapers, various, which I hope are of interest.

Dr. Norman Allan's Newsletter, June/July 2005:

Dr. Norman Allan's Newsletter, May 2005: as above.

Dr. Norman Allan's Newsletter, March/April 2005: an essay on immune tonics published in "Healthy Directions" - and snippets from newspapers, various, which I hope are of interest.

Dr. Norman Allan's Newsletter, February 2005: snippets from newspapers, various, which I hope are of interest - and a discussion of "C Reactive Protein" as an indicator of risk for heart disease.

Dr. Norman Allan's Newsletter, January 2005: snippets from newspapers, various.

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  What's new in my "practice":-  

Office Hours:
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8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Open House
Thursdays, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Dr. Allan is available on Thursday afternoons to answer questions and to demonstrate techniques.

Treatments are available during these times on a donation basis.

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