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[Dalektro N]  [Damiana]  [Darvon]  [David’s Garden]  [debulk]  [decadron]  [Defaeton]  [Dental Amalgams,
History of Ill Effects
]  [Dental appliance]  [Dental Associations]  [Dental Remedies, Complete Book of]  [Dental
]  [Dentistry Without Mercury]  [dermatome]  [Detox Kit]  [detoxification]  [Dexa Scan]  [DHEA]
[Diagnos-Tech, Inc.]  [Diamond Crown]  [Dibenz (a,h) anthracene]  [Digestase]  [Direct mail and internet
]  [Direct Mail, How to Use]  [Discovering Homeopathy]  [Discus Compositum]  [DMPS]  [DMSA]
[DMSO (Dimethyl sulfoxide)]  [Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary]  [Dr. Ho's Muscle Massage System]
[drainage remedy]  [Drexel University]  [Drinking Water Regulations]  [Dura mater membrane]

Dalektro N: a remedy that contains homeopathic minerals that normalize regulation of the electrolyte system and stimulate enzyme activity. These minerals also act as vital catalysts that activate profound chemical changes at the cellular level to help return a chronically ill body to health. Dalketro N drops are particularly indicated for treatment of diseases that involve an impaired metabolism, including leukopenia, anemia, thyroid gland afflictions, heart conditions and arteriosclerosis. Dalektro N drops' homeopathic minerals differ from standard mineral supplements by providing a unique stimulant that enables the body to utilize trace elements present in the digestive tract and replace those missing at a cellular level. Reasons for mineral deficiencies may include poor absorption due to intestinal dysbiosis, an impaired mucosal system, bad nutritional habits, self-intoxification through smoking or chronic illness. Dalektro N drops' trace elements also regulate and normalize systemic processes, which in turn enables the body's immune system to address the underlying causes of illnesses. Moreover, this medication helps activate a blocked Mesenchyme (connective tissue), a pathogenic process that can lead to chronic sinusitis, anal fistula and eczema.



Damiana: a small shrub that is used medicinallyas a mild purgative, diuretic, tonic, stimulant, hypochondriastic, and aphrodisiac.



Darvon: the common name for "propoxyphene," a popular pain reliever that is a centrally acting narcotic analgesic. Commercially, darvon is usually combined with aspirin or some other simple pain killer in a single tablet or capsule. This drug, which is structurally similar to methadone, has been widely abused and is tightly controlled. Side effects can include physical addiction, confusion, convulsions, dizziness, low blood pressure, and weakness.



David’s Garden: manufactures flower essences using flowers that are either wildcrafted from pure woodlands and meadows of grown organically.



debulk: to surgically remove a portion of a tumour to help reduce pain, symptoms associated with the tumour, or to improve quality of life.



decadron: a steroid that is administered both intravenously and orally.  Decadron is used in a variety of situations in cancer patients, including anti-nausea, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer (for such cancers as Hodgkin's Disease and Multiple Myeloma). Side effects are the same as other steroids, the degree and severity depending on the dosage. Such side effets include stomach irritation, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and fluid retention.



Defaeton: a remedy that regulates proper intestinal function and works as a gentle laxative. This remedy helps relieve acute or chronic constipation, spastic colics and nervous indigestion while stimulating proper excretion.



Dental Amalgam, History of Ill Effects: Gary Null analyzes the debate over Mercury Dental Amalgams in this website. He explains the high levels of toxicity mercury contains and discusses the dangers of using it in amalgams.



Dental appliance: a device to repair teeth, replace missing teeth, or reshape the bite.



Dental Associations: a comprehensive list of dental resources compiled by



Dental Remedies, The Complete Book of: a medical book for lay readers on Dental remedies. Written by a dentist interested in health education, The Complete Book of Dental Remedies fills this gap in health collections. The book contains three sections. The first provides an introduction to oral anatomy, information on choosing a dentist, and basic facts about nutrition, homeopathy, and herbal therapy. The second is a dictionary of dental disorders. Among the subjects covered are cavities, gum disease, dry mouth, eating disorders and tooth problems, and the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) as a possible cause of migraines. Entries include a description of the disorder followed by nutritional advice and the conventional, homeopathic, and herbal treatments for it. The author is careful to explain the limits and necessary precautions for alternative therapies and the need for conventional treatments for such conditions as cleft palate and cavities. The third explains dental procedures such as filling and extracting teeth, root canals, fitting dentures, and proper brushing and flossing techniques. A few black-and-white illustrations, a glossary, a brief bibliography, and lists of professional organizations and dental schools complete the text. The information this book provides on alternative treatments and its consumer-oriented approach make it a valuable complementary source and a good addition to consumer-health collections.



Dental Xchange: the most trafficked commercial dental site on the Internet, offering a growing collection of Internet-based services and applications for the $60 billion dental industry. It has grown from a simple portal to an application service provider.



Dentistry Without Mercury: a book by Sam and Michael F. Ziff that reveals the dangers of mercury in dentistry, and reveals the contradictions in the work of Stanley Saxe, who has written that dentistry with mercury bears no ill affects.



dermatome: an area of skin the receives sensations through a single nerve.



Detox Kit: a Heel remedy comprised of Berberis-Hommaccord, Lympomyosot, and Nux vomica-Hommacord. It provides relief of symptoms of illness caused by an unhealthy lifestyle (substance abuse or unbalanced diet) and/or exposure to environmental toxins (pollution, pesticides or allergens). Promotes detoxification.



detoxification: the body’s own chemical and transport processes that clear tissues of contaminants. The chemical processes metabolize the toxic chemical (xenobiotic) into a form that is more readily excreted. Many of these processes are enzymatic. The enzymes often require cofactors that are derived from essential nutrients.



Dexa Scan: the most commonly used test to measure bone density. Dexa stands for "Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry." It is the best way to diagnosis osteopenia or osteoporosis. The test is so accurate that your follow up dexa scan can be used to monitor treatment to learn if a treatment plan is working.



DHEA: short for "dehydroepiandrosterone," DHEA is the most abundant adrenal steroid hormone in the body. After it is made by the adrenal glands, it travels into cells throughout the body where it is converted into androgens and estrogens. These hormones regulate fat and mineral metabolism, endocrine and reproductive function, and energy levels. The amount of each hormone that DHEA converts to depends on an individual's biochemistry, age, and sex. DHEA levels peak around age 25 and then decline steadily. DHEA supplementation has been associated with increased emotional well-being and immune function.



Diagnos-Tech, Inc.: established in 1987, it was the 1st lab in the United States to implement salivary based hormone assessment into routine clinical practice. For the past twelve years, their tests have converted many physicians in their preferences from run-of-the-mill mass production panels to precision diagnosis of problems. These tests have become powerful tools in evaluating gastrointestinal problems, stress and hormone related diseases and the overall wellness of the patient.



Diamond Crown: a dental composite resin developed by DRM Research Laboratories Inc, in Branford CT, USA. It is a polyglass light-curing material composed of a phenolic- epoxyne matrix (PEX), glass-ceramicsilica filled, with a semi-crystalline microstructure (Figg.1,2) and excellent physical and mecha-nical properties (Tab. I). This material is totally bio-compatible because does not contain anycytotoxic metallic ion constituents, any evaporable methacrylic acid constituents or any chemi-stry that yelds mucous membrane irritation, fibroblast changes, epithelial changes, microabces-ses formation, lysis or haemolytic behaviour. The Diamond System is composed of 16 opaceousdentin, 16 dentin ,16 enamel Vita shades and 6 incisalshades with opacity unit values ranging between 5 OU(incisal transparent) and 100 OU (metal opaque).



Dibenz (a,h) anthracene: a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) with five aromatic rings. No commercial production or use of dibenz (a,h) anthracene is known. It occurs as a component of coal tars, shale oils, and soots and has been detected in gasoline engine exhaust, coke oven emissions, cigarette smoke, charcoal broiled meats, vegetation near heavily traveled roads, and surface water and soils near hazardous waste sites.



Digestase: represents the culmination of the most advanced study of the human digestive system to date – conducted by the prestigious Dutch research organization, TNO. Digestase™ is formulated with proteases that activate at different pH ranges to guarantee protein digestion as well as various amylases and lipases for the breakdown of starch and fats.



Direct mail and internet fundraising: a link to Mal Warwick Associates, who provide a number of services to non-profits, including growing a donor base, increasing revenue, and building strong donor relationships.



Direct mail, how to use: a question and answer format published by in which they offer this answer for Direct Mail: There are quite a range of opinions among professional fundraisers on the value of direct mail. Some see it as a waste of time and money,  others see it as the best way to grow your donor base. Most think it has at least a limited place in your fundraising plan for the following reasons: It can help you identify new donors. It can be used for public relations. It increases your visibility. Helps you identify potential volunteers. Helps to publicize new programs.



Discovering Homeopathy – Medicine for the 21st Century: Dana Ullman, one of the leading advocates of homeopathic medicine, has produced a comprehensive, lucid introduction to this branch of complementary medicine, covering the history and the philosophy of homeopathy as well as scientific evidence supporting its effectiveness for a variety of conditions. A detailed discussion of the effectiveness and the limits of homeopathy in the treatment of infectious disease, allergies, chronic diseases, psychological conditions and dentistry, as well as its applications in pregnancy and labor, women's health, pediatrics and sports medicine follows.



Discus Compositum: a Heel remedy that treats osteochondrosis and disorders of the joints (chronic arthritits and ar-throsis). It is particularly beneficial for neuralgic/rheumatic disorders in the region of the vertebral column.



DMPS: also known as Dimovol, DMPS is a synthetic amino acid chelating agent of toxic heavy metals, which forms a water soluble complex with toxic heavy metals and is believed by many to lead to their removal through the kidneys, liver, gastrointestinal tract. DMPS has been use in West Germany where it has been studied and is available as a commercial drug for the treatment of heavy metal toxicity. Studies in West Germany report safety in animals and humans in the doses given. DMPS does not appear to be toxic. Because DMPS has not been studied in the United States of America, it is considered "experimental" by the FDA. DMPS chelation can be administered either by intravenous (I.V.), intramuscularly (I.M.), or by subcutaneous injection (S.Q.). The preferred administration is via an I.V. "push," pushing about 10 CC of solution. The I.V. push uses a syringe in which the nurse inserts the catheter into the patient’s vein, the catheter is connected with clear tubing to a large syringe containing the DMPS solution, and the patient usually takes charge to slowly push the solution into their vein over about a 20 – 30 minute period of time. In contrast, EDTA chelation is very "hot" to the veins, is mixed usually into a 500 CC solution, and must be administered via a very slow I.V. "drip" which will take about 3 – 4 hours to administer. Possible side effects include: temporary lowering of blood pressure or tackycardia, vertigo, general weakness or paleness 5 – 10 minutes after injection, and infiltration into the soft tissue which may create local itching that can last 30 minutes. Symptoms have been shown to generally be reversible after discontinuation of the drug. Aggravation of the metal related symptoms may result from the mobilization of heavy metals over the following several days after receiving DMPS treatment.



DMSA: the organic mercury species with greatest toxicity are methylmercury compounds, which have a high affinity for the brain and nervous system. DMSA is shown to cross the blood brain barrier and remove mercury from that organ. DMPS is much less effective. DMPS is also 3 times more toxic than DMSA, based on LD-50.  Animal studies show DMSA to be almost 3 times more effective than DMPS in removing brain mercury, as tabulated below. DMSA has the added advantage that it is taken by mouth in capsule form. DMPS is usually given by injection.



DMSO (Dimethyl sulfoxide): a by-product of the wood industry, DMSO has been in use as a commercial solvent since 1953. It is also one of the most studied but least understood pharmaceutical agents of our time--at least in the United States. According to Stanley Jacob, MD, a former head of the organ transplant program at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, more than 40,000 articles on its chemistry have appeared in scientific journals, which, in conjunction with thousands of laboratory studies, provide strong evidence of a wide variety of properties. (See Major Properties Attributed to DMSO) Worldwide, some 11,000 articles have been written on its medical and clinical implications, and in 125 countries throughout the world, including Canada, Great Britain, Germany, and Japan, doctors prescribe it for a variety of ailments, including pain, inflammation, scleroderma, interstitial cystitis, and arthritis elevated intercranial pressure. Yet in the United States, DMSO has Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval only for use as a preservative of organs for transplant and for interstitial cystitis, a bladder disease. It has fallen out of the limelight and out of the mainstream of medical discourse, leading some to believe that it was discredited.



Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary: the aim of the author of this work has been to produce, in a volume of convenient size, an up-to-date Medical Dictionary, sufficiently full for the various requirements of all. The book does not claim to be an encyclopedia; it is a dictionary, a concise and convenient word-book, aiming to furnish full definitions of the terms of medicine and kindred branches. The author has sought a middle course between the large, unwieldy lexicon and the abridged students' dictionary, avoiding the disadvantages of each.



Dr. Ho's Muscle Massage System: a professional device used by Chiropractors and Physiotherapist. It was developed by Dr. Michael Ho, a Chiropractor and Acupuncturist at his Pain and Headache Clinic in Toronto, Canada for his patients. This digital massage system is programmed to provide 12 different relaxation massage techniques.



drainage remedy: before a condition or disease fully develops, most patients will notice various symptoms. The majority of all symptoms relate directly to a decrease of circulation in the related organ system. Sluggish circulation in any organ tissue builds-up cellular waste (metabolites) in the connective tissue that surrounds the cells. This cellular waste also hinders the absorption of nutrients. For this reason, the first therapeutic step should always be to increase circulation, to clear the pathway to the cells. For example, patients who have a poor diet and do not exercise have sluggish circulation. Here arteriosclerotic plaque build-up is like the waste that accrues at the banks of a slow flowing river. Increased blood flow washes waste away like a fast mountain stream. A clear pathway in the connective tissue guarantees healthy cell growth. Herbs that improve metabolic functions by increasing circulation are called “Drainage Remedies.” A drainage remedy needs to have two main characteristics: it increases circulation in a specific organ system, and it must be biochemically active.



Drexel University: offers a variety of educational and employment opportunities to students through study and internship programs in Europe, Asia and Latin America, and the cooperative education ("co-op") program. The only mandatory co-op in Pennsylvania and one of three in the United States, Drexel's program is among the nation's oldest, largest and most respected.



Drinking Water Regulations: a list of rules and regulations for safe drinking water, as put forth by the EPA.



Dura mater membrane: literally, hard mother (in Latin). The outermost, toughest, and most fibrous of the three membranes (meninges) covering the brain and the spinal cord.