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fibroids (leiomyomas)
Fibroids are non-cancerous tumours which grow on the smooth muscle layer of the uterus. They can consist of the muscle cells, collagen, proteoglycan, and fibronectin. As many as 80% of all women will have fibroids during their thirties and forties, and for the vast majority of these women, they    (more info - fibroids)

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Labour Support Provider
provide support through the different stages of labour, emphasizing non-pharmacologic methods of pain relief

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lactose
A sugar (disaccharide) that occurs only in milk, comprised one glucose molecule linked to a galactose molecule, which the body breaks down into the components (the monosaccharidesg alactose and glucose). It has the chemical formula of C12H22O11.

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laughter
1. the activity of laughing, 2. the sound of laughing. A movement (usually involuntary) of the muscles of the face, particularly of the lips, with a peculiar expression of the eyes, indicating merriment, satisfaction, or derision, and usually attended by a sonorous and interrupted expulsion of a   (more info - laughter)

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Lead
A soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull gray; "the children were playing with lead soldiers". It is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream and is believed to have adverse effects on the central nervous system, the cardiovascular syste   (more info - Lead)

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Lecithin
A complex, yellow, nitrogenous phospholipid (phosphorized substance) essential for the metabolism of fats. It is widely distributed through the animal body, and especially conspicuous in the brain and nerve tissue, in yolk of eggs, and in the white blood corpuscles. Lecithin is found in egg yolk    (more info - Lecithin)

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Lectins
A complex molecule that has both protein and sugars (sugar-binding proteins). Lectins are able to bind to the outside of a cell and cause biochemical changes in it. Lectins are made by both animals and plants. Lectins play a role in biological recognition phenomena involving cells and proteins. F   (more info - Lectins)

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leptin
A protein hormone which has been linked to obesity. Leptin plays a key role in regulating energy intake and energy expenditure, including appetite and metabolism. It is produced in adipocyte tissue by the obese (ob) gene and probably acts as a signal to the brain on the amount of fat currently in   (more info - leptin)

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Leucine
One of the twenty naturally occurring amino acids. Leucine is white crystalline chemical essential amino acid, meaning that the human body cannot synthesize it, and it therefore must be ingested. It occurs in proteins and is obtained by the hydrolysis of most dietary proteins. Leucine is utilized   (more info - Leucine)

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Leukemia (leukaemia)
A malignant neoplasm of blood-forming tissues; characterized by abnormal proliferation of leukocytes; one of the four major types of cancer. Specifically, any of several cancers of blood-forming organs (usually bone marrow cells) which result in the uncontrolled production of abnormal white blood ce   (more info - Leukemia)

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leukocytes
White blood cells that engulf and digest bacteria and fungi. They destroy invading cells and clear debris, an important part of the body's immune system.

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leukopenia
An abnormal lowering of the white blood cell count (leukocytes).

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levorotatory
Rotating to the left; counterclockwise. Turning or rotating the plane of polarization towards the left; levogyrate, as levulose, left-handed quartz crystals, etc. Opposite: dextrorotatory.

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lifestyles of health and sustainability (LOHAS)
Usually just "LOHAS". This is a term which combines together growers, service providers, suppliers, marketers, and consumers looking to do the ecologically and socially responsible thing by creating and buying products that benefit the world and the people around them. It takes what is usually c   (more info - lifestyles of health and sustainability (LOHAS))

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ligament
Any connection or unifying bond; a flexible sheet, membranous fold, or band of tough fibrous tissue connecting bones, joints, or cartilages or supporting muscles or organs. Ligaments often support or retain an organ in place, such as the gastrophrenic ligament, which connects the diaphragm and st   (more info - ligament)

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Light therapy (phototherapy)
Classically referred to as heliotherapy, light therapy consists of exposure to daylight or to specific wavelengths of light using lasers, light-emitting diodes, fluorescent lamps, dichroic lamps or very bright, full-spectrum light, usually controlled with various devices. The light is administered f   (more info - Light therapy)

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lignans
Lignans are a class of phenolic compounds found in seeds, grains, fruit, and vegetables such as flaxseeds, sesame seed, rye grains, soybeans, linseeds, strawberries, apricots, carrots, spinach, and cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli. They are also found in wheat, oat a   (more info - lignans)

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lignin
A complex polymer; the chief non-carbohydrate constituent of wood; binds to cellulose fibers to harden and strengthen cell walls of plants. Lignin differs from cellulose in its conduct with certain chemical reagents. Four forms of lignins have been distinguished: lignose, lignin, lignone, and lig   (more info - lignin)

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limonene
A liquid terpene with a lemon odor; found in lemons, limes, grapefruit, caraway, dill, bergamot, peppermint, spearmint, grasses, tomatoes, oranges and other essential oils. Excellent as a cleaning agent; has antibacterial and antimutagenic properties.    (more info - limonene)

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linalool
A colourless fragrant oil having the odor or flavor of the plant from which it comes; used in perfume and flavourings.

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linoleic acid
[n] a liquid polyunsaturated fatty acid (see polyunsaturated fats) abundant in plant fats and oils; a fatty acid essential for nutrition; also used to make soap (saponification).

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lipid
A fatty, waxy, or oily compound that is characteristically insoluble in water but readily soluble in organic solvents (such as chloroform or alcohol). Lipids contain carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, but have far less oxygen proportionally than carbohydrates. They include many natural oils, waxes, st   (more info - lipid)

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Lipoproteins
A complex of one or more lipids bound to one or more proteins. In humans, lipoproteins transport water-insoluble fats in the blood and are classified by their density: very-low-density lipoproteins (VLDLs), low-density lipoproteins (LDLs) and high-density lipoproteins (HDLs). Cholesterol is carri   (more info - Lipoproteins)

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listeria
* Listeria is a bacteria often found in soil, vegetation, fodder, and humans and animals feces. * Listeria can be contracted by eating or even touching dairy products, vegetables, and fish and meat products that are contaminated with the bacteria. * Symptoms can start with flu-like nau   (more info - listeria)

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liver disease
There are over 100 known forms of liver disease caused by a variety of factors and affecting everyone from infants to older adults. It can occur through several mechanisms, including viral infection, high consumption of alcohol, cancer, and hereditary or genetic factors. Viral hepatitides such as   (more info - liver disease)

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Lomi Lomi
An ancient Hawaiians healing art utilizing finger, palm and elbow strokes. Kukui nut, macadamia nut and coconut oils are used as lubricants and nutritional moisturizers during the massage.

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lonely (loneliness)
1. The state of being alone in solitary isolation, whether physical or mental/emotional.2. Sequestered from company or neighbors; solitary; retired; in want of company; forsaken.3. Loneliness: Sadness or depression resulting from the consciousness of being alone, forsaken, or abandoned. Lonelines   (more info - lonely)

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longevity
Long duration of life; length of life or service; the property of being long-lived. The word "longevity" is sometimes used as a synonym for "life expectancy" in demography -- however, the term "longevity" is sometimes meant to refer only to especially long lived members of a population, whereas "   (more info - longevity)

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lotion
n 1: any of various cosmetic preparations that are applied to the skin 2: liquid preparation having a soothing or antiseptic or medicinal action when applied to the skin; "a lotion for dry skin" [syn: application]

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Low Density Lipoprotein (ldl)
1. a blood substance with large amounts of cholesterol. 2. A component of blood that carries cholesterol and is associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis; the so-called bad cholesterol.    (more info - Low Density Lipoprotein)

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Low-level laser therapy (cold laser therapy)
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a medical and veterinary treatment that uses coherent light beams (lasers or light-emitting diodes) for biostimulation to alter cellular function. The effects of LLLT appear to be limited to a specified set of wavelengths of laser, and though more research is req   (more info - Low-level laser therapy)

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lozenges
[n] a dose of medicine in the form of a small pellet [n] a small aromatic or medicated candy    (more info - lozenges)

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Lupus
A ulcerative skin (cutaneous) disease occurring under three distinct forms: Lupus erythematosus, Lupus vulgaris, and Lupus pernio.L. erythematosus is a group of autoimmune diseases characterized by an eruption of red patches, which become incrusted, leaving superficial scars. L. vulgaris is marked b   (more info - Lupus)

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lutein
A yellow carotenoid pigments in plants and animal fats and egg yolks; one of 600 known that occurs naturally. Lutein is synthesized only by plants and like other xanthophylls is found in high quantities in green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale. Lutein is an important part of our diet, t   (more info - lutein)

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luteolin
A yellow crystalline compound that is a flavonoid and used as dyestuff. It is so named because it can be obtained from the foliage of the dyer's broom (Reseda luteola). It is thought to play a role in the human body possibly as an antioxidant, a free radical scavenger, a promoter of carbohydrate me   (more info - luteolin)

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Lycine (betaine)
Betaine is a nitrogenous base, (C5H11NO2), produced artificially, and also occurring naturally in beet-root molasses and its residues, from which it is extracted as a white crystalline substance; -- called also lycine and oxyneurine. It has a sweetish taste. Lycine is a weak base identical with b   (more info - Lycine)

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lycopene
A carotenoid pigment that makes tomatoes and many berries and fruits red, including: red carrots, watermelons, red grapes, red peppers, beets, guava, pink grapefruit, sea buckthorn, wolfberry (goji, a berry relative of tomato), rosehips, and papayas (but not strawberries or cherries). Although ly   (more info - lycopene)

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Lymph Drainage Therapy
A hands-on method for lymphatic drainage involving flat hands, utilising all of the fingers to simulate wave-like movements. This enables the practioner to feel the rhythm of the body fluids to determine the exact pressure, direction and rhythm needed.

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lymph glands (lymph nodes)
Also called: "lymph nodes". Lymph glands are small round or oval glands clustered in the neck, armpits, abdomen, and groin that supply infection-fighting cells to the bloodstream and filter out bacteria and other antigens. Lymph glands house t cells, b cells, macrophages, lymphocytes, and othe   (more info - lymph glands)

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lymphatic system
Also called the "lymphoid system". The lymphatic system is an interconnected system of spaces and vessels between body tissues and organs by which lymph circulates throughout the body. This includes lymph glands(nodes) and other lymphatic tissues (like the spleen and bone marrow) that collect, fi   (more info - lymphatic system)

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lymphocytes
Any one of a group of white blood cells (leukocytes) of crucial importance to the adaptive part of the body's immune system. They mainly stay in lymphatic tissue (e.g., the lymph nodes) and are active in immune responses, including the production of antibodies. Includes: B cells, T cells   (more info - lymphocytes)

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Lysosomes
An organelle (a specialized part of a cell analogous to an organ e.g. the nucleus) found in the cytoplasm of most cells (especially in leukocytes and liver and kidney cells), which are the cell's waste disposal system and can digest some compounds. Lysosomes are sac-like compartments inside cells th   (more info - Lysosomes)

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