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Information About Combining Conventional &Alternative Medicine

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"Attitude is Everything."
OLMD definition of attitude: "An enduring, learned predisposition to behave in a consistent way toward a given class of objects, or a persistent mental and/or neural state of readiness to react to a certain class of objects, not as they are but as they are conceived to be."
WTSWYTTYS on attitude: "You will become what you think about most: your success or failure in anything, large or small, will depend on your programming - what you accept from others, and what you say when you talk to yourself."
Doc Brown in the movie Back To the Future: "Your future is not created yet, so make it a Great one!"
Optimism is magic. When we are optimistic, not only do we find our experiences rising to match our expectations, we keep energy moving, feel good, and are appreciated by others. In a similar vein, we have only to visualize good health, strength and vitality to begin developing more of it in our lives. We can affect every cell in our beings by positively visualizing what we desire.

3LS or 3-Legged Stool

Walt's How to Be Healthy Article
Refers to the most-beneficial combination of (1) Skilled Relaxation, (2) Aerobic Exercise, and (3) Whole Foods Diet that Walt Stoll encourages everyone to practice for Wellness.

AAEM - American Academy of Environmental Medicine

AAEM Web site
They can tell you who/where the closest Clinical Ecologist is.

AAL - AAL Reference Laboratories, Inc.

AAL web site
AAL offers a wide range of laboratory testing services including immunology, infectious diseases, nutrition, and oxidative medicine

AAPB - Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

AAPB Web Site
AAPB, 10200 West 44th Avenue, Suite 304, Wheat Ridge, Colorado 80033
(303) 422-8436
(800) 477-8892
Fax: (303) 422-8894

ACAM - American College for Advancement in Medicine

ACAM web site
A non-profit medical society dedicated to educating physicians on the latest findings and emerging procedures in complementary/alternative medicine, with special emphasis on preventive/nutritional medicine. ACAM's goals include both improvement of physicians' skills, knowledge, and diagnostic procedures, and enhanced awareness in the public at large of alternative methods of medical treatment.

Acceptance, Steps to

The well known way that ALL new things become known and accepted:
First they are ridiculed as foolishness.
Next they are attacked as false and misleading quackery.
Finally, they are accepted as true and that everyone had known it all the time.

Another way of putting it:
"All truth passes through three stages.
First it is ridiculed,
Then it is violently opposed,
Then it is taken as self-evident"


Walt's Acne and Accutane Q&A Archive
Complete Accutane Product Information Web Site (by Roche, the manufacturer of Accutane)
A medicine sometimes used to treat the symptoms of Acne. But it does nothing about the underlying hormonal causes of acne, and it has many significant and lasting side-effects.

Acid Reflux

Acid Reflux is stomach acid coming back up the throat, causing pain, and sometimes causing tissue damage. See GERD.

Acidophilus, Walt's advice for buying and using it:

First of all, ALL acidophilus products are the pure germs and can be used topically OR internally. All of them that are on the market are the normally occurring ones for a healthy colonic (or vaginal) ecology. There is not "one for candida and another for something else". All normal germs are helpful against the susceptibility to candida by maintaining a healthy ecology (the opposite of Dysbiosis).

From Metagenics, the names for the most effective ones Walt knows of are Ulterdophilus and Ultrabifidus. Call (800) 522-6382 for the places near you that carry their product. If there is none, tell them Walt Stoll recommended you to them and to sell it directly to you. If they give you problems, tell them to discuss it directly with Jim Shaddle (Vice President of the company in charge of Metagenics Midwest--the number I gave you.) It will come in dry ice shipping.

The only ones that I KNOW are alive are the ones by Klair and Metagenics and they would be in the refrigerator. Any place that does not know these simple facts is not a place you want to shop for stuff like this.


Walt's Acne and Accutane Q&A Archive
Walt says acne is caused by imbalances in the normal hormonal matrix that makes up us all. Women have several hormonal stressors that men do not: pregnancy, menopause, menses, nursing, and a generally more responsive hormonal net than men have. ANYONE with acne past puberty has to have a glandular imbalance that is showing as acne as just the tip of the iceberg of what effect this glandular/hormone imbalance will have on the rest of their health for the rest of their lives. Even if you could totally eliminate the acne with a pill, all you would be doing is turning off the message your bodymind is trying to send you about the iceberg. See Individualized Response to Hormonal Imbalance.

Walt's "cure" for acne is to take the pressure off the hypothalamic fight or flight storage. To do that, the single most important thing to do is SR. However, a whole foods diet, the E-diet and/or therapeutic doses of food supplements and essential oils, and aerobic exercise greatly magnify the effect of SR; and so most people will see faster results by doing all three. These are the 3 legs of the wellness stool so often mentioned here.

Dr. Kim's suggestions on acne: The skin is an indicator of what is going on underneath it.

The major pre-disposing factors for acne:
a. Diet high in refined carbohydrates.
b. Hormonal insufficiency (especially with adolescent acne).
c. Excess iron in the diet.
d. Insufficient vitamin A and E in the diet.
e. Insufficient zinc and magnesium in the diet.

Dr. Kim's Dietary Suggestions relating to acne would be to:
a. Drink at least 8 full glasses of pure water daily (avoid well water and water containing chlorine and fluoride).
b. Eliminate fried foods, refined carbohydrates (NO SUGAR!) and dairy products (except butter).
c. Avoid iron cooking utensils and iron containing supplements.
d. Increase raw foods high in fiber, as well as raw nuts and seeds.
e. Eliminate all hydrogenated fats and oils. Use fresh and raw oils.

Make sure you take a good multi-vitamin/mineral product and a good flax oil product. He has also used Thymex and Spanish Black Radish from Standard Process with good results.

Homeopathically, Ledum Pelustre is a remedy to investigate. He has had several patients do excellent with it.


In acupuncture, fine needles are inserted at specific points in the body to stimulate, disperse, and regulate the flow of Chi, or vital energy, through the body, and to restore a healthy energy balance. Often used in the US for pain relief, acupuncture is also used to improve well-being and to treat acute, chronic, and degenerative conditions.

Acute Vs Chronic

Acute: Occurring over a short period of time, or lasting a short time. As opposed to Chronic: Persisting over a long period of time, or recurring. Allopathic medicine is good at treating acute illness, but abysmal at treating chronic illness.


Adenoids are big lymph nodes in the nasopharynx (the junction between your nose and throat).

Adrenal Dysfunction

Walt's Adrenals Summary & Q&A Archive
The adrenals are key players in the adrenal, hypothalamic, thyroid axis that are the first line of defense in the stress response. The hypothalamus is the boss!

ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Walt's Children's Behavior Q/A Archive
See: Is This Your Child: Discovering and Treating Unrecognized Allergies in Children and Adults and Diet, Crime and Delinquency.
Great ADD/ADHD site on using biofeedback instead of drugs

Aerobic exercise

Walt's Exercise Q&A Archive
Any extended physical activity that makes you breathe hard while using the large muscle groups at a regular, even pace. Aerobic activities help make your heart stronger and more efficient. They also use more calories than other activities. Some examples of aerobic activities include: Brisk walking, Jogging, Bicycling, Swimming, Aerobic dancing, Racket sports, Rowing, Ice or Roller Skating, Cross-country or Downhill Skiing, and Using aerobic equipment (i.e., treadmill, stationary bike)

The idea in aerobic exercise is to do the exercise long and hard enough to use up all the oxygen circulating in your bloodstream to get into your "second wind" (to kick in a little-used alternate metabolic pathway which is a much more efficient oxygen transfer system), then to keep going a few minutes. That's actually when the major benefits of aerobic exercise actually accrue, during the activity done using one's second wind.

AF - Atrial Fibrillation

Walt's Atrial Fibrillation Summary and Q&A Archive
Heart flutters. A condition where there is disorganized electrical conduction in the atria, resulting in ineffective pumping of blood into the ventricle. Walt recommends: Skilled Relaxation. May also be related to an intracellular magnesium deficiency.

AG - Agriculturist metabolic type

Walt's Metabolic Type and ER4YT Diets Q&A Archive
A group of people whose ancestors lived in more temperate settings abundant in vegetation and far better suited for agriculture. Animal food sources were utilized less often and in much smaller quantities in their diets. These people today thrive on an almost vegetarian diet consisting primarily of complex carbohydrates from vegetables and fruit. They have relative metabolic difficulties with purines, fats and salt.

Aging Options

Walt's Aging Options Summary and Q/A Archive
As the old saw goes: "There is an alternative to aging. Die young." The purpose of holistic medicine is to die at an advanced age, but still to be functionally as young as possible. Dr. Friese's research has demonstrated (for 20 years) that a simple wellness program--as described on this BB-- not only extends life measurably, but MUCH more significantly, greatly improves the functionality of the last 1/3 of life.

AHHA - American Holistic Health Association

AHHA Web site
Wellness From Within Booklet
Incorporated 1989 as a nonprofit educational 501 (c) (3) corporation dedicated to connecting individuals with vital wellness solutions

AHMA - American Holistic Medical Association

Walt's AHMA Summary & Q/A Archive
AHMA Web site
AHMA Holistic Doctor-Finder Searchable Directory
The AHMA is an international organization of MDs and DOs who have been in the forefront of physicians who think holistically. This is the paradigm of the 21st century that will be necessary to resolve the chronic conditions that have not been amenable to the paradigm of the 20th century. (703) 556-9728

AHNA - American Holistic Nursing Association

AHNA web site
AHNA, PO Box 2130, Flagstaff, AZ 86003-2130 (800)-278-AHNA

AIDS - Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

Walt's AIDS Summary & Q&A Archive
Colorado HealthNet HIV/AIDS Main Page
An epidemic disease ostensibly caused by an infection by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1, HIV-2), a retrovirus that causes immune system failure and debilitation and is often accompanied by infections such as tuberculosis. AIDS is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids.

Walt says: Wellness is still the best way to keep exposure from retroviruses causing elevated HIV antibodies and, once the HIV is positive, keeping THAT condition from progressing to frank AIDS. Remember, only about one in ten people exposed to the AIDS virus actually become HIV positive, even if they do nothing. That means that nearly everyone with 10 exposures will become HIV positive UNLESS they are practicing wellness.

Airflow (breathing) Restriction

Inspirational (breathing) restriction is mostly due to chronic bracing always caused by stored fight or flight in the hypothalamus. Expirational restriction is mainly caused by allergy (asthmatic type).

AK - Applied Kinesiology

Walt's AK Q/A Archive
ICAK Website
A diagnostic system using muscle testing to augment normal examination procedures.

AKA - Also Known As


Walt's Alcohol Q&A Archive

Alexander Technique

Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique Web Site
A simple method developed around 1900 by E. M. Alexander for learning to be more aware of how we move as we go about our everyday activities. The aim is to regain the natural grace and balance of a child, and to discover easier and more efficient ways of movement, thus reducing the everyday tensions which have built up during the years. Several introductory books on this technique are "The Alexander Technique Manual : A Step-By-Step Guide to Improve Breathing, Posture and Well-Being" by Richard Brennan, "Body Learning" by Michael Gelb, and "Fitness Without Stress - A Guide to the Alexander Technique" by Robert Rickover.

All Chronic Illnesses stem from a single source

Walt has been trying for years to get people to understand that CFS, is the same as Chronic EBV, is the same as FMS, is the same as FibroMyalgia, is the same as hypoglycemia, thyroid problems, arthritis, LGS, etc.

THEY are all, basically, due to the accumulation of chronic stress-effect in the hypothalamus which changes the function of the hypothalamus--depending on the genetic susceptibility of the individual.

In other words, depending on your genes, the exact same causes might present as arthritis, thyroid conditions, CFS, colitis, hypertension, etc


Walt's Allergies Article
Walt's Allergies Summary & Q&A Archive
(Classical) A state of hypersensitivity induced by exposure to a particular antigen (allergen) resulting in harmful immunologic reactions on subsequent exposures, the term is usually used to refer to hypersensitivity to an environmental antigen (atopic allergy or contact dermatitis) or to drug allergy. See LGS and CRS for causes and Wellness for permanent cure. Allergies do not affect the palms of the hands.

In this site, we expand the useful definition past the classical limited allergy definition above, defining allergy as an abnormal response to a food, drug or something in our environment that usually does not cause symptoms in most people. Also we can view an allergy as anything that weakens the body’s energy system.

Allopathic Medicine

Originally coined by homeopathic physician Samuel Hahnemann in the 19th Century, the term allopathic medicine is derived from Greek roots meaning "other than the disease." The term is used most often today to refer to conventional medical practice, as opposed to alternative modalities such as homeopathy, herbal medicine, etc.


A brainwave ranging from 8-12 Hertz. Alpha is a state of light relaxation. Not a sleep state, but usually reflective of a calm, focused mind. Alpha is sometimes called the "superlearning state" because the brain seems to be more receptive and open to new information. Alpha is also considered ideal for creative brain-storming. Most meditation occurs in this state.

Alternative Medicine, The Definitive Guide link
By Burto Goldberg, Burton Goldberg 1887299335 1100 Pages! This encyclopedia puts all the schools of alternative medicine under one roof. The Guide is packed with lifesaving information and alternative treatments from 380 of the world's leading alternative physicians. Over 200 serious health conditions are covered--from cancer to obesity, heart disease to PMS This book gives you dozens of actual patient stories and physician treatments to show you how this medicine really works. For information about the " Alternative Medicine Yellow Pages" [published and compiled by the same people in 1995--240 pages] ($12.95) call (800) 720-6363.


Walt's Brain Chemistry Problems Summary and Q/A Archive

Analgesia, Stress-Induced

Some situations that cause pain can also lead to a situation where the pain is so great that you don't feel it. This is termed stress-induced analgesia. For example, injury in battle may be so stressful that some soldiers feel no pain; since histamines & endorphins are released.

ANDI - Autism Network for Dietary Intervention

ANDI Web Site
Providing help and support for families using a gluten- & casein-free diet In the treatment of Autism and related developmental disabilities


Walt's Aplastic Anemia Q&A Archive
Too few red blood cells in the bloodstream, resulting in insufficient oxygen supplied to tissues and organs.


Walt's Bulimia and Anorexia Q&A Archive
The uncontrolled lack or loss of the appetite for food.

Anorexia Nervosa

Walt's Anorexia Q&A Archive
An eating disorder characterized a misperception of body image. Individuals with anorexia nervosa often believe they are overweight even when they are grossly underweight. Profound intracellular zinc deficiency is the most common known cause of continued anorexia, since a vicious cycle occurs. See also Zinc Talley Test.

ANS - Autonomic Nervous System

An entire little "brain" unto itself. A control system of two types of nervous systems that actually oppose each other in their actions. When we are under stress, the activating aspect of this system, the sympathetic nervous system evokes the responses characteristic of the "fight-or-flight" response: it increases pulse and blood pressure, cools the skin, causes sweating, activates the production of sugar, pupils dilate, and the digestive system is put on hold. Conversely, the parasympathetic nervous system, the quieting aspect of the ANS, counteracts these actions by slowing down the body, including: slowing the heart, constricting the pupils, stimulating the gut and salivary glands, and other responses that are not a priority when being "chased by a tiger". The state of the body at any given time represents a balance between these two systems.

Antacids and mineral deficiencies

Antacids, by reducing the acidity of the stomach, prevent your system from absorbing nearly ALL minerals. Taking any antacid routinely, virtually guarantees that the person will eventually become deficient in minerals.

Anti-Aging Manual; The Encyclopedia of Natural Health Link
Book by Joseph Marion. This book is the definitive guide about natural medicine. Very comprehensive, yet, for the most part, extremely easy to understand. This is a must for individuals with cancer and immune disorders, as well as anyone wanting to stave off the effects of environmental health hazards. With this manual, I also recommend the book Alternative Medicine - The Definitive Guide by the Burton Goldberg Group. The two books go hand-in-hand.


Walt's Antiperspirant Summary & Q&A Archive
Something that prevents the skin from sweating.

Why NO ONE Should Use Antiperspirants:
Walt has assisted at surgery for total excision of the arm pit skin with skin graft to cover the huge empty space----ALL due to the use of antiperspirants.

Antiperspirants work by causing the little ducts to the sweat glands to pucker up and hold the sweat in. This eventually causes permanent damage, let alone the infections caused by the gland not being able to drain properly. Of course, this does not happen to everyone, which is why antiperspirants are still on the market. It does happen to too large a number of people for the public to not know about it.

Let me use this opportunity to help educate the public about body odor. Sweat does not HAVE an unpleasant odor!!!!!! It is only when the skin bacteria have had a chance to munch on it for a while that the waste products FROM THE BACTERIA start to smell bad.

People that use an antibacterial soap (Dial, Phase III, Safeguard, P300, etc.) keep the bacterial count on their skin pretty low. If one has never done this, they should take a bath twice a day for a few weeks to get the bacteria under control, and then once a day is enough.

Also, any clothing will be contaminated with these same bacteria, so using the same clothes 2 days in a row is a risk. Even using the same bath towel twice recontaminates the skin and should be avoided for at least 6 months (perhaps forever).

People who follow these simple directions will not have a body odor (UNLESS they are sick & need metabolic detoxification).


Walt's Depression/Anxiety Q&A Archive
The unpleasant emotional state consisting of psychophysiological responses to anticipation of real or imagined danger.

Physiological effects of anxiety include increased heart rate, altered respiration rate, sweating, trembling, weakness and fatigue, psychological effects include feelings of impending danger, powerlessness, apprehension, and tension.

Aplastic Anemia

Walt's Aplastic Anemia Summary & Q&A Archive
A form of anemia in which the bone marrow fails to produce adequate numbers of peripheral blood elements. This type of anemia is, perhaps, the most severe one can have since it is caused by a shutdown of the person's ability to MAKE blood cells. That means that, even if all the necessary nutrients are present, the factory cannot make them into cells.

The only known, conventional, solution is repeated blood transfusions. Eventually even that will not help, and the person dies. There are medications that will help for a while, but it is really whipping a deadly tired horse. Eventually, they will not work because the horse is dead.

It is now known that the most common cause of this condition is MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivities) and how early in life this happens to an individual is genetically determined. A good Clinical Ecologist can likely help a person avoid such toxins.

Nearly all aplastic anemia patients die of a complication of the disease - not from the disease itself. With aplastic anemia the body does not make immune cells just like it does not make red cells. SO the person's immunity goes WAY down. The standard way to treat a person with aplastic anemia in a hospital is just like treating someone with AIDS. They need isolation from the germs already in the hospital, or it is not safe for them to even BE in the hospital.


Walt's Aromatherapy Summary & Q&A Archive
The use of fragrances and essences (typically from plants) to affect a person's mood or behavior and to facilitate physical, mental, and emotional well-being.


Without rhythm. (As in Atrial Fibrillation)


Walt's Arthritis Summary and Q&A Archive
Walt's (Robert McFerran's) Metabolic Type and ER4YT Diets Q&A Archive
Colorado HealthNet Arthritis Main Page
Dr. Klaper's Nutritional Strategies for Inflamed Joints and Other Conditions
Joseph Hackett's Recovery from Rheumatoid Arthritis web site
An inflammatory condition that affects joints. Can be infective, autoimmune, or traumatic in origin. The further the process has progressed, the more likely there will be permanent damage due to calcium deposits or actual erosion of bone.

Dairy products are a common cause of arthritic spurs (calcium deposits) mainly because of the high phosphorus content of cows' milk in relationship to human milk and blood.

ASCH - American Society of Clinical Hypnosis

ASCH Organization Info
ASCH Web Site with Find A Hypnotherapist Info
American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, 130 East Elm Court, Suite 201, Roselle, IL 60172-2000
PHONE 630/980-4740
FAX 630/351-8490

The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis was founded in 1957 as a society for health professionals interested in the clinical applications of hypnosis. ASCH conducts training workshops in hypnosis, holds scientific meetings, provides information to its members, publishes a journal and newsletter, and facilitates communication among professionals. The society will provide a list of local professionals who use clinical hypnosis in their practices, if the request is accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope.


Walt's Aspartame Summary & Q/A Archive
An artificial sweetener that is safe for people with a normally functioning intestinal lining, but which is hazardous for anyone with LGS.


A drug that makes the naturally sticky platelets in the blood less sticky, reducing blood clotting.

(The) Assault on Medical Freedom shows it as out of print, but they will look for a new/used copy.
A book by P. J. Lisa, published by Hampton Roads in 1994, offers many examples of the harassment of some of the best physicians in our country by the AMA.


Walt's Allergies and Asthma Q&A Archive
Colorado HealthNet Asthma Main Page

Atonic Bowel

A lack of normal bowel tone or strength. Walt says that Atonic Bowel is the end stage of LGS.

ATP - Association for Transpersonal Psychology

ATP Web site
45 Franklin Street, Suite 313, San Francisco, CA 94102 phone:415/863-9941 fax:415/863-9942

Auditory Beats in the Brain AKA Binaural Beats AKA Brainwave Entrainment

Several scientists had noticed the effect of pulsating light and sound stimuli on brainwave patterns as early as 1910. But it wasn't until the early 1970's that neuroscientists confirmed that with the use of sound it is possible to stimulate the brain to move to or through any of the four main brainwave states (Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta).

In 1973, Dr. Gerald Oster of Mt. Sinai Medical Center published a paper called "Auditory Beats in the Brain" identifying a characteristic of the brain in which the brain would resonate to the frequency difference between two tones presented to opposite ears (typically using stereo headphones). Because the brain hemispheres are not entirely separate, but connected, they actually respond to these two tones by producing a third tone representing the difference between the two original tones. Here's an example:

Tone of 230 Hz played to right ear. Tone of 240 Hz played to left ear:

Difference = 10 Hz. (Alpha State)

So by using the above two tones, a calm alpha brainwave state can be created for the listener. This same process -- called Brainwave Entrainment - can be used to create virtually any brainwave pattern desired. Today, this technique is used as a means of achieving meditative states in personal growth (See SR), in treatment therapies for learning disabilities like dyslexia and attention deficit (see ADD), and in many other approaches to improving mental functioning and enhancing well-being.

There is also a dual-binaural beat technology that does not require the use of headphones, but uses ordinary speakers.


Walt's Autism Summary and Q/A Archive
ANDI Web Site
Mental introversion in which the attention or interest is fastened upon the patient's own ego. A self-centered state from which reality tends to be excluded.


One form of Skilled Relaxation. A systematic program to teach your body and mind to respond quickly and effectively to verbal commands to relax and to return to a balanced, normal state. Autogenic training consists of imagining a peaceful environment and comforting bodily sensations. Six basic focusing techniques are used: heaviness in the limbs, warmth in the limbs, cardiac regulation, centering on breathing, warmth in the upper abdomen, and coolness in the forehead.

Autoimmune conditions

Walt's Autoimmune Summary & Q/A Archive
Autoimmunity happens then the immune system mistakenly starts attacking our own tissues. Since those attacks are very specific--the way the immune system is designed to work--thyroid tissue, joints, connective tissue, blood elements, etc., are normally attacked in isolation even though the basic problem is autoimmunity. Walt says: ALL autoimmune conditions are basically caused by the same mechanisms: that of Bracing followed by LGS and frequently complicated by CRS and parasitosis. Finally, environmental hypersensitivities cause the damage, and they are made possible (even inevitable) by the processes described above.

Avoid Foods (E-Diet)

Walt's Metabolic Type and ER4YT Diets Q&A Archive
These are those foods that are metabolically inappropriate for your physiology. While they should generally be avoided, they can often be tolerated in small quantities when eaten in conjunction with your Core / Supplemental foods. Avoid Foods also tend to be best tolerated when eaten with your evening meal. This group of foods are the last that should be tested following the Elimination diet as many will generate symptoms.

(The) Awakened Mind: Biofeedback and the development of higher states of awareness link
A classic book by Maxwell Cade and Nona Coxhead, published by Delacorte Press. Required reading for anyone desiring to learn about the development and early discoveries of neurofeedback training. Easy to understand, written for the layperson.