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Glossary - D

Dangers of Soy

Article at Dr. Mercola Web Site

David Ferguson, AKA Doc Dave

Chiropractor (606) 234-2044

DCD - Diet, Crime and Delinquency shows it as out of print, but they will look for a new/used copy.

By Alexander Schauss, PhD. First published in 1981 by Parker House and no longer be in print. I am sure your intra-library-loan system can find you a copy. While you have it out, you would be wise to Xerox it (It is only 100 pages.)


A brainwave ranging from 2-4 Hertz. Delta, the deepest of the brainwave patterns, is a state of deep sleep, or trance-like consciousness. Maintaining awareness into delta can result in opening access to the unconscious portion of our consciousness.

Dental/Oral Health

Dental and Oral Health Main Page at Colorado


Walt's Depression/Anxiety Q&A Archive
ColoradoHealthNet Depression/Anxiety Main Page
A mental state of depressed mood characterized by feelings of sadness, despair and discouragement. Depression ranges from normal feelings of the blues through dysthymia to major depression.

In many ways depression resembles the grief and mourning that follow bereavement. There are often feelings of low self-esteem, guilt, and self-reproach, withdrawal from interpersonal contact, and somatic symptoms such as eating and sleep disturbances.


Walt's Detoxification Procedures Q/A Archive


Walt's Diabetes Q&A Archive
Colorado HealthNet Diabetes Main Page
A condition in which blood glucose is not well-controlled. Type 1 diabetics make no insulin. Type 2 diabetics are characterized by the overproduction of insulin, but the inability of the target cells to respond to the insulin. Statistically, Type 2 diabetes reduces immunity by at least 90%

Why Diabetics should never apply heat to their feet: One complication of diabetes is damage to the small arteries at the greatest distance from the heart (the feet). When heat is applied locally, the skin demands more oxygen, but the arteries cannot supply it. This is a sure way to precipitate gangrene, since the definition of gangrene is when the tissue is not getting enough oxygen to survive.

Diagnosis and Symptoms(some advice)

Let us suggest an approach that is a little different. This seems very strange at first, but it is a highly effective way to see your symptoms melt away.

Stop focusing on a diagnosis. Stop. I know it goes against everything "medical" you have ever known, but do it. If you AT least suspend your focus on the question of "what to call it," you will have freed up a tremendous amount of energy. Now, take that energy and DEVOTE it to doing everything you can to make yourself better by giving your body what it needs. I mean basically beginning a new approach to eating, but some exercise is important, and effective relaxation to defeat stress must also be incorporated. See Walt's 3-legged Wellness Stool.

You will find that the way to end weird and varied symptoms is NOT by going from doctor to doctor and test to test to test to come up with a name, a diagnosis. The way to stop most symptoms is to give your body what it needs to end the issues itself.

You see, symptoms are a complex equation. Sometimes a distinct disease with a name will be at the end of the equation. Many times it will not. However, your doctor will assume that there IS a disease behind your symptoms and WILL waste your money, time, energy, and health by launching a search for what probably isn't there. And, in the meantime, things are still getting worse, aren't they ?

Give your body what it needs (most people do not even come close!) and then see what signs your body is still giving of a major problem. THEN the signs will be much clearer. In the meantime, if you still think you want to play the name game with "professionals" who benefit from extending the process too long, at least find a doctor who can examine your biochemistry with modern techniques. You yourself may wisely note that, on paper, you look fine. There's something obviously wrong with the paper, but most doctors won't realize that. Perhaps check with the American Academy of Environmental Medicine to find a doctor who can assess things like your RBC zinc and chromium, or do a magnesium loading test, or a 24 hour urine sample test, etc.-- not their less effective, outdated equivalents. These doctors may not have the special focus you think you need, but they will have the knowledge to look at the right variables to create a picture of your health.

Dietary Theories

Dietary Theories Web Site
There are so many different dietary theories around that it is hard to know which one to try first. No one diet is RIGHT for everyone, despite many book claims to the contrary.

Diet Mal-adaptation

and why there is NO one right diet for everyone
Robert McFerran: ANY mal-adaptation creates a stress response in the human physiology. Eating a diet that is mismatched to one's inherited metabolism WILL create some form of stress response.

In some folks the stress response might be high blood pressure -- in others it might be low blood pressure. In some folks the stress response is high blood sugar, in others it could be low blood sugar. It might also effect energy levels, mental stability, etc. etc.

If a person continues to expose themselves to something to which they are poorly adapted, the stress response eventually becomes a chronic illness. The chronic high blood pressure might lead to coronary disease, the chronic high blood sugar might lead to diabetes, etc.

So the aim of finding your BEST diet is to find the foods to which you are BEST ADAPTED. Fortunately we have our mind/body physiology to give us an indication of what is creating 'stress' on YOUR individual physiology.

If you are SERIOUS about exploring the above, you should run the elimination diet to find and to eliminate the STRESS from specific foods (things that are called food allergies'). This will also give you a strong indication of which metabolism you've inherited (H/G, Mixed, or AG), and you can 'test' foods that would work best for you with this specific metabolism.

Your physiology will tell you your BEST diet for you. A pre-specified diet (of any type) will only work if you are lucky. Do you feel lucky?

Digestive System

The digestive system, which extends from the mouth to the anus, is responsible for receiving food, breaking it down into nutrients (a process called digestion), absorbing the nutrients into the bloodstream, and eliminating the indigestible parts of food from the body. The digestive tract consists of the mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, and anus. The digestive system also includes organs that lie outside the digestive tract: the pancreas, the liver, and the gallbladder.

Dirty Medicine

Science, big business, and the assault on natural health care shows it as out of print, but they will look for a new/used copy.
A book by Martin J. Walker, published by Slingshot Publications in 1993, BM Box #8314, London WCIN 3XX, England. At 729 pages, it is $24.00.


Extraordinary Health: Maximize Your Sense of Well-being On All Levels
An alteration in the state of the body or of some of its organs, interrupting or disturbing the performance of the vital functions, and causing or threatening pain and weakness; malady; affection; illness; sickness; disorder.

Energetic Explanation for Dis-ease:We are each filled with universal life force energy. It is the essence of our beings, our consciousness, and our souls. As the flow of life force energy moves through the physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies, it can become imbalanced, stagnant, or blocked. We then experience what is called dis-ease. Dis-ease, as the term suggests, is lack of ease. It is the inability of one's life force energy to flow freely.

Dis-ease is the reaction to imbalanced life force energy in the physical, emotional, or spiritual body. This imbalanced energy can manifest as physical problems, as well as life patterns and cycles that keep us from growing. Dis-ease can manifest in the physical body in the form of headaches, back pain, arthritis, or cancer. It can manifest in the emotional body in the form of anger, rage, phobias, depression, and hate. It can also manifest in the spiritual body, appearing as narrow-mindedness, disrespect for life and nature, or materialism.


Almost always a complication of LGS.

DMSO - DiMethyl SulfOxide

Walt's DMSO Summary & Q/A Archive
DMSO Topic Index Link
DMSO write-up
An industrial solvent sometimes used topically to reduce pain and swelling, and as a drug-delivery system, because it penetrates the skin quickly and deeply without damaging it. You can get DMSO at any veterinarian or health food store. Do not use it at a greater strength than 50%, since the higher strengths might be irritating to sensitive skin.

Doing Wellness, or any significant lifestyle change, for that matter, FOR /TO another person

Remember the question: "How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb?"
Answer: "Only one, but the light bulb has to really WANT to change."

You cannot do wellness, or make any other significant lifestyle change for/to another person. They have to WANT to change.

Dr. Kim - Dr. Kim Shunkwiler

Dr. Kim Photo (not recent!)
Dr. Kim Web Site
Email Dr. Kim

AKA Doc Kim. A (man!) chiropractor trained in and who practices: Neural Organization Technique (N.O.T.),
Applied Kinesiology, Sacral/Occipital Technique, Meridian Therapy, Craniopathy,
Homeopathy, and applied Clinical Nutrition.

Dr. Kim Shunkwiler, Shunkwiler Chiropractic Health Center, 5978 N. Wayne Rd., Westland, MI. 48185 (734) 728-5533.

I have learned that you usually don’t hurt where you hurt and that most of what ails us is, in a way, self-inflicted. Poor choices of diet is the number one culprit. The second is the belief that health comes from outside the body. The ultimate determinant is the patient's desire to do what he has to do to get better.

Drug Roulette

The dangerous game you play which is too often encouraged by the entire medical/pharmaceutical complex: "Take this drug for the side-effects THAT drug caused; and then come back so we can give you more drugs to deal with the side-effects the last drug caused; ad infinitum."


Colorado HealthNet Drugs Main Page
PDR Family Guide to Prescription Drugs-A good quick reference on common prescription and some over the counter drugs

Dumb Questions

There are NO dumb questions, only people who are afraid to ask them.

DX - Diagnosis


Walt's Dysautonomia Q&A Archive
Dysautonomia, in its easily reversible stage, consists of an imbalance of the autonomic and endocrinological systems' function due to a homeodynamic resetting of function most commonly caused by chronic stress-effect storage in the hypothalamus. See Selye, Pelletier, and Benson.

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) , Neurocardiogenic Syncope, Mitral Valve Prolapse Dysautonomia, Pure Autonomic Failure, Multiple System Atrophy (Shy-Drager Syndrome), and Diabetes Mellitus are some of the many disorders that involve Dysautonomia.


Intestinal Dysbiosis and the Causes of Disease Link
A state of living with intestinal flora that has harmful effects. It can be described as being due to either putrefaction, fermentation, deficiency, or sensitization. A number of inflammatory diseases within the bowel or involving skin and connective tissue have been reported in association with Dysbiosis.

Walt says: There are about 500+ varieties of normal bacteria in the gut that work together to create an environment that discourages all kinds of pathogenic bacteria and parasites (of which candida is just one). An imbalance of that ecology is called Dysbiosis. ALL people with LGS will eventually get Dysbiosis and then eventually get parasitosis. Once they get to this stage, they all will have environmental sensitivities (of which food is just the easiest to deal with).


Walt's Atrial Fibrillation Summary and Q&A Archive
Abnormal heart rhythm. Walt says the 2 main factors of chronic cardiac dysrrhythmias that are within our control are low intracellular magnesium and chronic stress-effect storage in the hypothalamus.
The solution to the former is, of course, raising the intracellular magnesium, and so far, the only resolution to the latter is EFFECTIVE Skilled Relaxation. Neither of these approaches can interfere with any conventional treatment and neither has any negative side effects.