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Adaptogen
  a substance that produces a normalizing effect on the body; it can both lower or raise levels of physiological response to a wide range of biological, chemical and physical influences..
Alkalizing
  the process of changing pH (potential for Hydrogen) to a less acidic or more alkaline state.
Allergic contact dermatitis
  is due to skin contact with substances that most people don't react to - most commonly nickel, perfume, rubber, hair dye or preservatives. A dermatologist may identify the responsible agent by patch testing.
Anion
  a negatively charged ion. Ie/ When Coral Calcium is introduced to liquid it becomes an anion or ionized.
Arthritis
  inflammation of the joints. Several forms exist, but osteoarthritis is the most common followed by rheumatoid arthritis.
Atopic dermatitis
  is particularly prevalent in children; inherited factors seem important, as there is nearly always a family history of dermatitis or asthma.
Bioavailability
  the extent to which a metabolite or drug can be utilized by its site of action. Ie/ some forms of calcium have higher bioavailability than others.
Bone Density
  concentration of bone mass - made up primarily of calcium and other minerals. Measurable radio graphically.
Bone Loss
  A progressive demineralization of bones - also called osteoporosis.
Bone Spur
  an often painful calcium deposit on found on the bone. Most commonly it is found on the heel, but can be found on any bone including neck, spine, arms and legs.
Calcium
  the essential mineral found in largest quantities in the human body.
Calcium Deposit
  calcification of a small area of soft tissue or bone. This deposit is usually soft to begin with but may harden with time.
Calcareous
  having the qualities of or containing calcium carbonate. In the case of Coral Calcium, having a special digested form of calcium carbonate that is highly bio-available. See Cancer Study for varying results.
Chelation
  process of binding a metal to another substance. Of ten done with calcium to enhance absorption. Although chelation helps, it is not as bioavailable as the natural organic form in which calcium is found in coral.
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Contact irritant dermatitis
  is provoked by handling water, detergents, solvents or harsh chemicals, and by friction. Irritants cause more trouble in those who have a tendency to atopic dermatitis.
Cortisone Creams
  also referred to as corticosteroid or steroid creams, are used with great success to treat most skin disease since the 1950's. They work by suppressing the immune system causing an anti-inflammatory effect.
Cluster headaches
  are relatively uncommon, but cause excruciating, sharp-as-knife pain around one eye. Attacks occur daily in clusters of weeks or months , then disappear completely for months or years. 90% of sufferers are males, most aged 20-30. See your doctor if you think you have a cluster headache.
Coelenterate
  an animal of the phylum coelenterate, consisting of invertebrates that are radially symmetrical as hydras, jellyfish, and coral.
Coral
  the hard, calcareous, white, red or black, skeleton of any or a variety of marine invertebrate animals. Collectively they form reefs. In the case of Coral Calcium from Okinawa, it is all the Sango variety.
Coral Calcium
  this sometimes confusing term refers to ground up Coral, whose main constituent is Calcium (usually 1/3) and the balance includes about 70 minerals.
Coral Polyp
  a sedentary coelenterate animal, or colony, as in coral.
Element
  the simplest kind of homologous substance that cannot be decomposed by chemical means.
Ion
  a positively or negatively charge particle.
Migraine headaches
  produce moderate to severe pounding or throbbing pain, common on one side of the head. Migraine pain is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, dizziness and sensitivity to light and/or sounds.
Minerals
  naturally occurring inorganic substances of non-biologic origin. Minerals can be found in organic or biologic hosts such as in Coral Calcium.
Mineral Interference
  the process in which one mineral inhibits the biochemical activity of another.
Mineral Wheel
  a circular representation originally developed by scientists, Ashmead, Graff and Ashmead in 1985 explaining the chemical interrelationships between minerals in the human body.
Osteoporosis
  a disorder in which bony tissue is depleted of minerals and elements.
Plantar Fasciitis
  is a condition that is sometimes called a heel spur. This condition causes pain on the bottom of the heel when putting weight on the foot.
PPM
  parts per million; a unit of measurement that indicated the concentration of one substance relative to another.
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Psoriasis
  is a disorder of the skin which typically consists of red patches covered by silvery-white scales.
Rash
  a common expression referring to any number of red or inflamed skin conditions When you hear about face rash, diaper rash, road rash, allergic rash, red rash, hand rash etc, most often "rash" refers to a form of eczema or dermatitis.
Rebound headaches
  occur in patients whose persistent headache pain causes them to overuse headache medication. This may cause symptoms to worsen instead of improve. See your doctor if you are taking maximum recommended doses without relief.
Rosacea
  is a facial rash that occurs in middle aged men and women - especially those with fair-skin, blue eyes and of Celtic origin. Rosacea affects the cheeks, nose and forehead - rarely does it involve the trunk and upper limbs.
Sango Coral
  local name for Coral types found in Okinawan reefs.
Seborrhea
  is the name given to excessively oily skin. It is due to overactive sebaceous glands and can affect both males and females. The oil produced by the skin is called sebum.
Seborrhoeic dermatitis
  appears to relate to Malassezia furfur yeasts that live on the scalp, face and sometimes elsewhere. It is a common, harmless, scaling rash affecting the face, scalp and other areas. Dandruff (also called pityriasis capitis) is seborrhoeic dermatitis of the scalp.
Sinus headaches
  are relatively uncommon, contrary to popular belief. Most people who think they have sinus headaches actually suffer from tension headaches or migraines.
Tension headaches
  are sometimes called muscle contraction headaches. The pain is usually a dull ache on both sides of the head and has been described as feeling like a tight band across the head.
Toxic Essential Minerals
  minerals that are essential for human life, yet become toxic when found in excessive amounts in the body. Ie/ antimony, arsenic, cadmium, copper, lead, lithium, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, selenium, vanadium, and zinc.
Trace Minerals
  a mineral or element that is present in minute but detectable quantities; usually less than .01% of the body.
Whole Food
  a naturally occurring food that has many elements combined - as opposed to single entity nutritional supplements. Ie/ Coral calcium is a whole food source of calcium compared to calcium carbonate and calcium citrate.
Vitamins
  organic substances that are essential in metabolic processes.
 
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