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December 23, 2008

The Truth About Calories And Cholesterol

Thomas Turk
45 Years in the Fitness industry and the author of gthairrejuvenation.com.


In this information age, one is bombarded with information and misinformation. Take the all important subject of calories and cholesterol. When one is confronted with diametrically opposed ideas on food trends, one tends to give up, and often chooses the idea that is more heavily promoted, and that is, unfortunately here, the misinformation. Where does it start? The professors of nutrition must teach whats in the `book`, ( so I have been informed, although they admit know better). From then on, doctors, dieticians, sports trainers, food writers and celebrity chefs will repeat, without any further thought, the same dogma.

Obesity is used as the first scare. The non-scientific calorific calculations of all foods removes or reduces valuable nutrient-rich food from the diet, such as eggs, butter and liver. Why don`t calories count? In human physiology, there are various homeo-stasis mechanisms. These attempt to maintain body fat and protein stores. These mechanisms probably evolved over miillions of years and some of their pathways have now been identiifed. One is thermic (Engl. thermogenic) effect. This is the rise of metabolic rate after a meal, depending partly on both what was eaten, and the bone-structure of the individual. Example. A light bone-structured individual may quaff down half a gallon of ice- cream, yet the next day they will weigh the same. Their metabolic rate rose about 50% after the meal, and burnt off the excess fuel. The body may have have needed to minimise fat stores for a hot climate. Conversely, a heavy bone structured individual, may eat a few pieces of fruit after dinner, and they gain fat. This is because their metabolic rate may rise only 25%, to allow fat stores to build up or stay high, for a colder climate. The body also prepares for famine by slowing metabolic rate as calories are reduced by eating less, and by eating less high calorie (but nutritious) foods. To further destroy the calorie myth, we have continuous vigorous exercise raising metabolic rate fifteen fold! Also, vigorous interval training it will maintain a raised metabolic rate for many hours. The oversimplifed formula of calories in equals calories out is both wrong and unhealthy.

The cholesterol scare. This is used for marketing toxic statin drugs, low fat diets and a variety of pharmaceuticals to depress appetite, block fat absorbtion etc. Stains, a 24 billion dollar fraud, block CQ10 production, (the heart-energy enzyme), cause kidney faulure and weaken muscles. There is no need to lower blood cholesterol nor to reduce dietary cholesterol, (nor take statin or other drugs), to prevent heart disease and stroke. This nonsense started with a faulty study in Framingham, Massachusetts, in 1953. The study showed that the population had slightly elevated blood cholesterol, and also slightly elevated heart disease. The study mistakenly concluded that dietary cholesterol had caused the higher blood cholesterol, and that in turn, the raised blood cholesterol caused the higher rate of heart disease. This study is the Holy Grail of the cholesterol scarers and the scams.

What raised the cholesterol levels of the subjects in the study? One or more, or any combination of... insufficient omega 3 fatty acids in the diet, lack of vigorous exercise, overweight, insufficient Viatmin B3, (niacin), post menopausal period in woman, aging in men.

What caused the heart disease to be slightly above average in the study? One or more, or any combination of... high blood triglycerides, (blood fats elevated by sugar, alcohol and carbs); high lipo-protein alpha, (lowered with vitamin C); high homocysteine, (lowered with vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid); and to a lesser extent, smoking, dog heart worm, transfats, inflamation from obesity, (a new idea, but prevented by vitamin D3), nickel. To suplement or not? YES, we do need to supplement for optimum health, even if your doctor/dietician say DONT. (A study a few years ago showed 80% of doctors in USA self-supplementing with Vitamin E) !

Lets examine the benefits of some high calorie and high cholesterol foods. Butter contains the omegas in perfect proportion, arichidonic acid, short and medium chain fatty acids, and conjugated linoleic acids . All good. Also present are selenium, iodine, manganese zinc, chromium, and lecithin. Butter synthesises Vitamin B6 through the friendly intestinal bacteria, thus reducing heart-disease causing homocysteine. This was shown in a large scale study in Lancet, whereby those on a very high ghee, (clarified butter) diet had one tenth the heart disease of the pure vegetarians. Eggs contain l-cysteine and selenium, powerful heart-protecting anti-oxidants. A study by Drs Cayley and Hammond of the American Cancer Society, showed that those that ate more than 5 eggs a week had less heart disease. Beef fat contains conjugated linoleic acid. Beef and beef liver are a rich souce of protein, minerals and B vitamins. All these nutrients protect.



Several diverse groups of people consume a very high saturated fat diet, but have no heart disease history. These are the Masai and Samburu in East Africa, the Eskimo, the Benedicitine Monks, the Irish in America, and various Pacific Islanders. The Amish in America is another group, but scientists now claim they have a special gene to combat the high fat diet, but that is just a smokescreen.

The so called Mediterranean diet, reputed to prevent heart disease, as it would be low in saturated fat, in reality does NOT exist. Italians traditionally cook with butter, goose fat and lard, depending on the region. The Greeks eat large amounts of high saturated fat feta goat cheese daily. The Spanish and Portuguese loads of fatty pork, beef and eggs. The French cook with butter and cream, and consume so much cheese. Less heart disease yes, but not from that mythical fish and olive oil diet.



The good (HDL) and the bad (LDL) cholesterol are risk indicators and not the causes. High fat diets, such as Atkins, showed improvement in these indicators.



The food pyramid. This is also designed to keep you away from nutritious foods. It is NOT science based, with its recommended high carbohydrate intake from fruit, (fructose) and grains (carbs and plant chemicals lectins and leptins), that cause heart disease, obesity, and diabetes risk.

If you already have narrowed arteries, EDTA, with its 20 beneficial side effects, cleans them out, despite desperate denial by the mainstream.

The cancer scare. High saturated fat foods have been implicated as possible cancer causes for the colon etc., this based on statistical studies. As science has moved ahead and we today have the identified causes and pathways of all cancers, these vague and inaccurate statistics no longer apply. (The Cure and Prevention of All Cancers. 2007. H R Clark PhD ND). You will not hear of the cancer cure from mainstream medicine for a long time, keeping in mind that it took them four hundred years to accept that Vitamin C cures scurvy.

Why have we been misinformed? Is it because the Universities, being mainly funded by the pharmaceutical industry, need to control information in order to keep the population sickly, so as to drive up profits? I suspect so.

Don't dismiss alternative ideas. Research well. Your health depends on these simple health choices.


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FDA Approves Stevia, or Does It?

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, naturalnews.com

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued letters of non-objection for the use of a natural, zero-calorie sweetener, called stevia, it once sought to wipe out from the U.S. marketplace. Following political pressure from powerful consumer product corporations (Coca-Cola and Pepsi, primarily), the FDA has once again fallen in step with the interests of Big Business and legalized a food and beverage ingredient that it once aggressively oppressed.

In this case, however, the approval of this ingredient happens to be in the best interests of consumers. Why? Because it will largely replace aspartame, an artificial sweetener chemical linked to numerous neurological disorders, including headaches, eye disorders and other problems.

It will also unleash a wave of stevia-sweetened products for consumers, and that's good news for diabetics or anyone seeking healthier products sweetened with an herbal extract rather than a synthetic chemical.

The circumstances surrounding this FDA approval of stevia reveal yet again the true loyalties of the agency. When stevia threatened the profits of aspartame, it was routinely suppressed by the agency. FDA thugs seized imports of stevia at the border, destroyed millions of dollars in stevia products, threatened companies with fines for daring to sell stevia, and even ordered one company to destroy its recipe books that mentioned stevia in dessert recipes. But now, when Coca-Cola and Pepsi want stevia approved, the FDA suddenly reverses its oppression and decides to legalize the herb.

Again, this is a rare case where the FDA's decision benefits consumers, but the circumstances behind the decision were in no way motivated by consumer interest. They were motivated by corporate profits.

Betty Martini's victory
What's so profitable about stevia? Well, thanks to the efforts of Betty Martini and others who have been warning about the dangers of aspartame, word has spread across the 'net to the point where informed consumers no longer want to consume aspartame at all. In other words, the aspartame opponents succeeded in destroying the consumer acceptability of aspartame! And that led the big players (Coke, Pepsi, etc.) to look for something that would be more acceptable to consumers.

That search led them to stevia. And once Big Business got behind the herb, it was only a matter of time before the FDA caved in to commercial interests and legalized the herb.

Realize this crucial point: The FDA's decisions these days are based entirely on corporate profits and have absolutely nothing to do with science, safety or consumer interests. Remember, it was just a few days ago that the FDA declared infants, children and even pregnant women could now eat essentially unlimited quantities of mercury in fish, without any negative health consequences whatsoever! This is the same agency that says children can "safely" eat melamine, bisphenol-A, MSG, sodium nitrite and all sorts of other dangerous, toxic substances that harm human health.

So don't be fooled for a minute into thinking that the FDA's approval of stevia has anything to do with serving the People.

Is Cargill's stevia really safe?
There is some speculation that the patented stevia being used by Coca-Cola, Pepsi and other big businesses is in some way less natural than the traditional stevia we've been buying at health food stores for years. Some have wondered how their patented stevia (Truvia) could actually be patented unless there were some synthetic molecules in it.

It's a reasonable question, but at the moment, I'm not aware of any evidence of Truvia being adulterated or synthesized in any way at all. In fact, I personally welcome the ingredient and applaud Cargill for pressuring the FDA into getting this GRAS approved. There is no evidence I'm aware of that their stevia is genetically modified or altered in any way. Of course, if such evidence emerges, I'll make it available here on NaturalNews, but at the moment I'm supporting this Truvia ingredient and would even consume it myself. That's always subject to change if new information emerges, of course.

Sherry Weiss Poall, who works for the RF Binder public relations agency that serves Cargill, has been distributing safety research data about Truvia since July, 2008, but since those studies were paid for by Cargill, many people might dismiss their objectivity.

In any case, I believe that the natural health community should cautiously embrace this ingredient for the time being. It is, after all, a hugely positive move for the food and beverage industry to be able to ditch aspartame and shift to an herbal sweetener. If anything, this is a monumental victory for natural health over synthetic chemicals. It's a victory that took over a decade to become a reality, but it has finally arrived in the United States thanks to this late decision by a reluctant FDA.

Watch for stevia-sweetened products to appear on store shelves everywhere. You'll also see lots of formulations that will combine stevia with other sweeteners to provide higher sweetness with fewer overall calories (and a lower glycemic index).



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FDA Approves Stevia, or Does It?

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, naturalnews.com

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued letters of non-objection for the use of a natural, zero-calorie sweetener, called stevia, it once sought to wipe out from the U.S. marketplace. Following political pressure from powerful consumer product corporations (Coca-Cola and Pepsi, primarily), the FDA has once again fallen in step with the interests of Big Business and legalized a food and beverage ingredient that it once aggressively oppressed.

In this case, however, the approval of this ingredient happens to be in the best interests of consumers. Why? Because it will largely replace aspartame, an artificial sweetener chemical linked to numerous neurological disorders, including headaches, eye disorders and other problems.

It will also unleash a wave of stevia-sweetened products for consumers, and that's good news for diabetics or anyone seeking healthier products sweetened with an herbal extract rather than a synthetic chemical.

The circumstances surrounding this FDA approval of stevia reveal yet again the true loyalties of the agency. When stevia threatened the profits of aspartame, it was routinely suppressed by the agency. FDA thugs seized imports of stevia at the border, destroyed millions of dollars in stevia products, threatened companies with fines for daring to sell stevia, and even ordered one company to destroy its recipe books that mentioned stevia in dessert recipes. But now, when Coca-Cola and Pepsi want stevia approved, the FDA suddenly reverses its oppression and decides to legalize the herb.

Again, this is a rare case where the FDA's decision benefits consumers, but the circumstances behind the decision were in no way motivated by consumer interest. They were motivated by corporate profits.

Betty Martini's victory
What's so profitable about stevia? Well, thanks to the efforts of Betty Martini and others who have been warning about the dangers of aspartame, word has spread across the 'net to the point where informed consumers no longer want to consume aspartame at all. In other words, the aspartame opponents succeeded in destroying the consumer acceptability of aspartame! And that led the big players (Coke, Pepsi, etc.) to look for something that would be more acceptable to consumers.

That search led them to stevia. And once Big Business got behind the herb, it was only a matter of time before the FDA caved in to commercial interests and legalized the herb.

Realize this crucial point: The FDA's decisions these days are based entirely on corporate profits and have absolutely nothing to do with science, safety or consumer interests. Remember, it was just a few days ago that the FDA declared infants, children and even pregnant women could now eat essentially unlimited quantities of mercury in fish, without any negative health consequences whatsoever! This is the same agency that says children can "safely" eat melamine, bisphenol-A, MSG, sodium nitrite and all sorts of other dangerous, toxic substances that harm human health.

So don't be fooled for a minute into thinking that the FDA's approval of stevia has anything to do with serving the People.

Is Cargill's stevia really safe?
There is some speculation that the patented stevia being used by Coca-Cola, Pepsi and other big businesses is in some way less natural than the traditional stevia we've been buying at health food stores for years. Some have wondered how their patented stevia (Truvia) could actually be patented unless there were some synthetic molecules in it.

It's a reasonable question, but at the moment, I'm not aware of any evidence of Truvia being adulterated or synthesized in any way at all. In fact, I personally welcome the ingredient and applaud Cargill for pressuring the FDA into getting this GRAS approved. There is no evidence I'm aware of that their stevia is genetically modified or altered in any way. Of course, if such evidence emerges, I'll make it available here on NaturalNews, but at the moment I'm supporting this Truvia ingredient and would even consume it myself. That's always subject to change if new information emerges, of course.

Sherry Weiss Poall, who works for the RF Binder public relations agency that serves Cargill, has been distributing safety research data about Truvia since July, 2008, but since those studies were paid for by Cargill, many people might dismiss their objectivity.

In any case, I believe that the natural health community should cautiously embrace this ingredient for the time being. It is, after all, a hugely positive move for the food and beverage industry to be able to ditch aspartame and shift to an herbal sweetener. If anything, this is a monumental victory for natural health over synthetic chemicals. It's a victory that took over a decade to become a reality, but it has finally arrived in the United States thanks to this late decision by a reluctant FDA.

Watch for stevia-sweetened products to appear on store shelves everywhere. You'll also see lots of formulations that will combine stevia with other sweeteners to provide higher sweetness with fewer overall calories (and a lower glycemic index).



Stevia Cookbook

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September 27, 2008

New Salvo in Splenda Skirmish

New ammunition has been added to the battle that is pitting a leading artificial sweetener against sugar, leading the two sides to claim fresh grievances.

The latest salvo comes from Duke University researchers, who have published a study that says Splenda — the grainy white crystals in the little yellow packets — contributes to obesity, destroys “good” intestinal bacteria and prevents prescription drugs from being absorbed.

But the Duke study was financed by the Sugar Association, the lobbying group for the natural-sugar industry and a chief competitor to and legal adversary of Splenda.

The study, which disclosed the financing, was posted last week on the Web site of a peer-reviewed scholarly journal, The Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, and will appear in the printed version. But it is likely to fuel questions about the relationship between the private sector and academia.

Nevertheless, a consumer advocacy group, Citizens for Health of Minneapolis, is arguing that the Duke study shows that Splenda is a health threat, according to a statement made by the group on Monday.

The group is scheduled to testify next month at a hearing held by the California Assembly on potentially unhealthy food additives.

On Monday, Splenda’s maker, McNeil Nutritionals, dismissed the study’s findings as “unsupported by the data presented.” Among other things, the Web site for Splenda says the sweetener will not cause weight gain and “may be used as part of a healthy diet.”

Splenda was introduced in late 1999 and over the years has gained nearly two-thirds of the estimated $1.5 billion artificial sweetener market, taking significant market share from rival Equal, also known as aspartame — the sweetener in the little blue packets. It has also helped to push down table sugar’s market share.

The Sugar Association sued McNeil, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, in a California federal court in 2004, contending that McNeil had misled consumers with its former slogan “made like sugar, so it tastes like sugar.” Splenda’s main ingredient is sucralose, which is manufactured in laboratories. While a sugar molecule is used in the process, no sugar, technically called sucrose, remains at the end. Splenda’s slogan is now “it’s made from sugar. It tastes like sugar. But it’s not sugar.”

Also in 2004, the maker of Equal, Merisant, sued McNeil in a Philadelphia federal court over false-advertising claims. The two companies reached an undisclosed settlement last May.

Adam R. Fox, a lawyer for the Sugar Association, said the group’s complaint in part challenged Splenda’s claim to be healthy. McNeil has countersued, accusing the group of defamation.

The judge in the case, Dale S. Fisher of Federal District Court in Los Angeles, ruled in July that the Sugar Association could not use as evidence the findings of the Duke study, which was completed by last year, or testimony by its two lead researchers. The case is scheduled to go to trial next January.

The Duke study — decried on Monday by McNeil as “the Sugar Association-funded rat study” — was conducted on male rats over 12 weeks. The Food and Drug Administration also tested Splenda on rats — a standard process — before approving it for sale to the public.

Mr. Fox defended what he said was the impartiality of the study. “We engaged the services” of the Duke scientists to look into this, he said, adding that his law firm, Squire Sanders & Dempsey, sought out, met and spoke with the Duke experts before commissioning them to perform the study. He declined to disclose the study’s cost.

One of the lead researchers of the study, Dr. Mohamed B. Abou-Donia, said Monday that the Sugar Association had “no input” into the study’s findings and conclusions.


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September 25, 2008

Those Small Baby Carrots In Bags

The following is information from a farmer who grows and packages carrots for IGA, METRO, LOBLAWS, etc.

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The small cocktail (baby) carrots you buy in small plastic bags are made using the larger crooked or deformed carrots which are put through a machine which cuts and shapes them into cocktail carrots . most people probably know this already.

What you may not know and should know is the following: once the carrots are cut and shaped into cocktail carrots they are dipped in a solution of water and chlorine in order to preserve them (this is the same chlorine used your pool) since they do not have their skin or natural protective covering, they give them a higher dose of chlorine. You will notice that once you keep these carrots in your refrigerator for a few days, a white covering will form on the carrots, this is the chlorine which resurfaces. At what cost do we put our health at risk to have esthetically pleasing vegetables which are practically plastic?

We do hope that this information can be passed on to as many people as possible in the hopes of informing them where these carrots come from and how they are processed. Chlorine is a very well known carcinogen. Please let us make this information available to as many people as possible. If you care about your family and friends, pass it on.

Weight loss without dieting

Those Small Baby Carrots In Bags

The following is information from a farmer who grows and packages carrots for IGA, METRO, LOBLAWS, etc.

_____

The small cocktail (baby) carrots you buy in small plastic bags are made using the larger crooked or deformed carrots which are put through a machine which cuts and shapes them into cocktail carrots . most people probably know this already.

What you may not know and should know is the following: once the carrots are cut and shaped into cocktail carrots they are dipped in a solution of water and chlorine in order to preserve them (this is the same chlorine used your pool) since they do not have their skin or natural protective covering, they give them a higher dose of chlorine. You will notice that once you keep these carrots in your refrigerator for a few days, a white covering will form on the carrots, this is the chlorine which resurfaces. At what cost do we put our health at risk to have esthetically pleasing vegetables which are practically plastic?

We do hope that this information can be passed on to as many people as possible in the hopes of informing them where these carrots come from and how they are processed. Chlorine is a very well known carcinogen. Please let us make this information available to as many people as possible. If you care about your family and friends, pass it on.


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February 23, 2008

EXTREMELY Important!- Health Hazards of Genetically Engineered Foods

This article discusses the potential health risks of genetically engineered foods (GMOs). It draws on some previously used material because its importance bears repeating. It also cites three notable books and highlights one in particular - Jeffrey Smith's "Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods." Detailed information from the book is featured below.

Genetically engineered foods saturate our diet today. In the US alone, over 80% of all processed foods contain them. Others include grains like rice, corn and wheat; legumes like soybeans and soy products; vegetable oils, soft drinks; salad dressings; vegetables and fruits; dairy products including eggs; meat, chicken, pork and other animal products; and even infant formula plus a vast array of hidden additives and ingredients in processed foods (like in tomato sauce, ice cream, margarine and peanut butter). Consumers don't know what they're eating because labeling is prohibited, yet the danger is clear. Independently conducted studies show the more of these foods we eat, the greater the potential harm to our health.

Today, consumers are kept in the dark and are part of an uncontrolled, unregulated mass human experiment the results of which are unknown. Yet, the risks are enormous, it will take years to learn them, and when we finally know it'll be too late to reverse the damage if it's proved conclusively that genetically engineered foods harm human health as growing numbers of independent experts believe. Once GM seeds are introduced to an area, the genie is out of the bottle for keeps. There is nothing known to science today to reverse the contamination already spread over two-thirds of arable US farmland and heading everywhere unless checked.

This is happening in spite of the risk because of what F. William Engdahl revealed in his powerfully important, well documented book titled "Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation." It's the diabolical story of how Washington and four Anglo-American agribusiness giants plan world domination by patenting animal and vegetable life forms to gain worldwide control of our food supply, make it all genetically engineered, and use it as a weapon to reward friends and punish enemies.

Today, consumers eat these foods daily without knowing the potential health risks. In 2003, Jeffrey Smith explained them in his book titled "Seeds of Deception." He revealed that efforts to inform the public have been quashed, reliable science has been buried, and consider what happened to two distinguished scientists - UC Berkeley's Ignacio Chapela and former Scotland Rowett Research Institute researcher and world's leading lectins and plant genetic modification expert, Arpad Pusztai. They were vilified, hounded, and threatened for their research, and in the case of Pusztai, fired from his job for doing it.

He believed in the promise of GM foods, was commissioned to study them, and conducted the first ever independent one on them anywhere. Like other researchers since, he was shocked by his findings. Rats fed GM potatoes had smaller livers, hearts, testicles and brains, damaged immune systems, and showed structural changes in their white blood cells making them more vulnerable to infection and disease compared to other rats fed non-GMO potatoes. It got worse. Thymus and spleen damage showed up; enlarged tissues, including the pancreas and intestines; and there were cases of liver atrophy as well as significant proliferation of stomach and intestines cells that could be a sign of greater future risk of cancer. Equally alarming, results showed up after 10 days of testing, and they persisted after 110 days that's the human equivalent of 10 years.

Later independent studies confirmed what Pusztai learned, and Smith published information on them in his 2007 book called "Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods." The book is encyclopedic in depth, an invaluable comprehensive source, and this article reviews some of the shocking data in it.

Compelling Evidence of Potential GMO Harm

In his introduction, Smith cites the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) policy statement on GM food safety without a shred of evidence to back it. It supported GHW Bush's Executive Order that GMOs are "substantially equivalent" to ordinary seeds and crops and need no government regulation. The agency said it was "not aware of any information showing that foods derived by these new methods differ from other foods in any meaningful or uniform way." That single statement meant no safety studies are needed and "Ultimately, it is the food producer" that bears responsibility "for assuring safety." As a consequence, foxes now guard our henhouse in a brave new dangerous world.

FDA policy opened the floodgates, and Smith put it this way: It "set the stage for the rapid deployment of the new technology," allowed the seed industry to become "consolidated, millions of acres (to be) planted, hundreds of millions to be fed (these foods in spite of nations and consumers objecting, and) laws to be passed (to assure it)." The toll today is contaminated crops, billions of dollars lost, human health harmed, and it turns out the FDA lied.

The agency knew GM crops are "meaningfully different" because their technical experts told them so. As a result, they recommended long-term studies, including on humans, to test for possible allergies, toxins, new diseases and nutritional problems. Instead, politics trumped science, the White House ordered the FDA to promote GM crops, and a former Monsanto vice-president went to FDA to assure it.

Today, the industry is unregulated, and when companies say their foods are safe, their views are unquestioned. Further, Smith noted that policy makers in other countries trust FDA and wrongly assume their assessments are valid. They're disproved when independent studies are matched against industry-run ones. The differences are startling. The former report adverse affects while the latter claim the opposite. It's no secret why. Agribusiness giants allow nothing to interfere with profits, safety is off the table, and all negative information is quashed.

As a result, their studies are substandard, adverse findings are hidden, and they typically "fail to investigate the impacts of GM food on gut function, liver function, kidney function, the immune system, endocrine system, blood composition, allergic response, effects on the unborn, the potential to cause cancer, or impacts on gut bacteria." In addition, industry-funded studies creatively avoid finding problems or conceal any uncovered. They cook the books by using older instead of younger more sensitive animals, keep sample sizes too low for statistical significance, dilute the GM component of feeds used, limit the duration of feeding trials, ignore animal deaths and sickness, and engage in other unscientific practices. It's to assure people never learn of the potential harm from these foods, and Smith says they can do it because "They've got 'bad science' down to a science."

The real kinds show GMOs produce "massive changes in the natural functioning of (a) plant's DNA. Native genes can be mutated, deleted, permanently turned off or on....the inserted gene can become truncated, fragmented, mixed with other genes, inverted or multiplied, and the GM protein it produces may have unintended characteristics" that may be harmful.

GMOs also pose other health risks. When a transgene functions in a new cell, it may produce different proteins than the ones intended. They may be harmful, but there's no way to know without scientific testing. Even if the protein is exactly the same, there are still problems. Consider corn varieties engineered to produce a pesticidal protein called Bt-toxin. Farmers use it in spray form, and companies falsely claim it's harmless to humans. In fact, people exposed to the spray develop allergic-type symptoms, mice ingesting Bt had powerful immune responses and abnormal and excessive cell growth, and a growing number of human and livestock illnesses are linked to Bt crops.

Smith notes still another problem relating to inserted genes. Assuming they're destroyed by our digestive system, as industry claims, is false. In fact, they may move from food into gut bacteria or internal organs, and consider the potential harm. If corn genes with Bt-toxin get into gut bacteria, our intestinal flora may become pesticide factories. There's been no research done to prove if it's true or false. Agribusiness giants aren't looking, neither is FDA, consumers are left to play "Genetic Roulette," and the few animal feeding studies done show the odds are against them.

Arpad Pusztai and other scientists were shocked at their results of animals fed GM foods. His results were cited above. Other independent studies showed stunted growth, impaired immune systems, bleeding stomachs, abnormal and potentially precancerous cell growth in the intestines, impaired blood cell development, misshaped cell structures in the liver, pancreas and testicles, altered gene expression and cell metabolism, liver and kidney lesions, partially atrophied livers, inflamed kidneys, less developed organs, reduced digestive enzymes, higher blood sugar, inflamed lung tissue, increased death rates and higher offspring mortality as well.

There's more. Two dozen farmers reported their pigs and cows fed GM corn became sterile, 71 shepherds said 25% of their sheep fed Bt cotton plants died, and other reports showed the same effects on cows, chickens, water buffaloes and horses. After GM soy was introduced in the UK, allergies from the product skyrocketed by 50%, and in the US in the 1980s, a GM food supplement killed dozens and left five to ten thousand others sick or disabled.

Today, Monsanto is the world's largest seed producer, and Smith notes how the company deals with reports like these. In response to the US Public Health Service concerning adverse reactions from its toxic PCBs, the company claims its experience "has been singularly free of difficulties." That's in spite of lawsuit-obtained records showing "this was part of a cover-up and denial that lasted decades" by a company with a long history of irresponsible behavior that includes "extensive bribery, highjacking of regulatory agencies, suppressing negative information about its products" and threatening journalists and scientists who dare report them. The company long ago proved it can't be trusted with protecting human health.

In his book, "Seeds of Destruction," Engdahl names four dominant agribusiness giants - Monsanto, DuPont, Dow Agrisciences and Syngenta in Switzerland from the merger of the agriculture divisions of Novartis and AstraZeneca. Smith calls these companies Ag biotech and names a fifth - Germany-based Bayer CropScience AG (division of Bayer AG) with its Environmental Science and BioScience headquarters in France.

Their business is to do the impossible and practically overnight - change the laws of nature and do them one better for profit. So far they haven't independent because genetic engineering doesn't work like natural breeding. It may or may not be a lot of things, but it isn't sex, says Smith. Michael Antoniou, a molecular geneticist involved in human gene therapy, explains that genetic modification "technically and conceptually bears no resemblance to natural breeding." The reproduction process works by both parents contributing thousands of genes to the offspring. They, in turn, get sorted naturally, and plant breeders have successfully worked this way for thousands of years.

Genetic manipulation is different and so far fraught with danger. It works by forcibly inserting a single gene from a species' DNA into another unnaturally. Smith puts it this way: "A pig can mate with a pig and a tomato can mate with a tomato. But this is no way that a pig can mate with a tomato and vice versa." The process transfers genes across natural barriers that "separated species over millions of years of evolution" and managed to work. The biotech industry now wants us to believe it can do nature one better, and that genetic engineering is just an extension or superior alternative to natural breeding. It's unproved, indefensible pseudoscience mumbo jumbo, and that's the problem.

Biologist David Schubert explains that industry claims are "not only scientifically incorrect but exceptionally deceptive....to make the GE process sound similar to conventional plant breeding." It a smoke screen to hide the fact that what happens in laboratories can't duplicate nature, at least not up to now. Genetic engineering involves combining genes that never before existed together, the process defies natural breeding proved safe over thousands of years, and there's no way to assure the result won't be a deadly unrecallable Andromeda Strain, no longer the world of science fiction.

The industry pooh-pooh's the suggestion of potential harm, and unscientifically claims millions of people in the US and worldwide have eaten GM food for a decade, and no one got sick. Smith's reply: How can we know as "GM foods might already be contributing to serious health problems, but since no one is monitoring for this, it could take decades" to find out. By then, it will be too late and some industry critics argue it already may be or dangerously close.

Today, most existing diseases have no effective surveillance systems in place. If GM foods create new ones, that potentially compounds the problem manyfold. Consider HIV/AIDS. It went unnoticed for decades and when identified, many thousands worldwide were infected or had died.

Then there's the problem of linkage. In the US and many countries, GM foods are unlabeled so it's impossible tracing illness and diseases to specific substances ingested even if thousands of people are affected. It can plausibly be blamed on anything, especially when governments and regulatory agencies support industry claims of reliability and safety.

It's rare that problems like the L-Tryptophan epidemic of the late 1980s are identified, but when it was thousands were already harmed. L-Tryptophan is a natural amino acid constituent of most proteins and for years was produced by many companies including Showa Denko in Japan. The company then got greedy, saw a way to increase profits from a product designed to induce sleep naturally, and gene-spliced a bacterium into the natural product to do it. The result was many dozens dead, over 1500 crippled, and up to 10,000 afflicted with a blood disorder from a new incurable disease called Eosinophilia Myalgia Syndrome or EMS.

It's a painful, multi-system disease that causes permanent scarring and fibrosis to nerve and muscle tissues, continuing inflammation, and a permanent change in a person's immune system. It cost the company two billion dollars to settle claims. Hundreds have since died, in all likelihood from contracting EMS.

This is the known toll from a single product. Consider the potential harm with Ag biotech wanting all foods to be unlabeled GMOs worldwide and governments unable to balk because WTO Agreement on Agriculture (AoA) and Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) rules deny them. They're also prevented under WTO's Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement (SPS). It states that national laws banning GMO products are "unfair trade practices" even when they endanger human health. Other WTO rules also apply - called "Technical Barriers to Trade." They prohibit GMO labeling so consumers don't know what they're eating and can't avoid these potentially hazardous foods.

The 1996 Biosafety Protocol was drafted to prevent this problem, and it should be in place to do it. Public safety, however, was ambushed by Washington, the FDA and the agribusiness lobby. It sabotaged talks and insisted biosafety measures be subordinate to WTO trade rules that apply regardless of other considerations, including public health and safety. The path is thus cleared for the unrestricted spread of GMO seeds and foods worldwide unless a way is found to stop it.

Independent Animal Studies Showing GMO Harm

Rats fed genetically engineered Calgene Flavr-Savr tomatoes (developed to look fresh for weeks) for 28 days got bleeding stomachs (stomach lesions) and seven died and were replaced in the study.

Rats fed Monsanto 863 Bt corn for 90 days developed multiple reactions typically found in response to allergies, infections, toxins, diseases like cancer, anemia and blood pressure problems. Their blood cells, livers and kidneys showed significant changes indicative of disease.

Mice fed either GM potatoes engineered to produce Bt- toxin or natural potatoes containing the toxin had intestinal damage. Both varieties created abnormal and excessive cell growth in the lower intestine. The equivalent human damage might cause incontinence or flu-like symptoms and could be pre-cancerous. The study disproved the contention that digestion destroys Bt-toxin and is not biologically active in mammals.

Workers in India handling Bt cotton while picking, loading, weighing and separating the fiber from seeds developed allergies. They began with "mild to severe itching," then redness and swelling, followed by skin eruptions. These symptoms affected their skin, eyes (got red and swollen with excessive tearing) and upper respiratory tract causing nasal discharge and sneezing. In some cases, hospitalization was required. At one cotton gin factory, workers take antihistamines daily.

Sheep grazing on Bt cotton developed "unusual systems" before dying "mysteriously." Reports from four Indian villages revealed 25% of them died within a week. Post mortems indicated a toxic reaction. The study raises questions about cottonseed oil safety and human health for people who eat meat from animals fed GM cotton. It's crucial to understand that what animals eat, so do people.

Nearly all 100 Filipinos living adjacent to a Bt corn field became ill. Their symptoms appeared when the crop was producing airborne pollen and was apparently inhaled. Doing it produced headaches, dizziness, extreme stomach pain, vomiting, chest pains, fever, and allergies plus respiratory, intestinal and skin reactions. Blood tests conducted on 39 victims showed an antibody response to Bt-toxin suggesting it was the cause. Four other villages experienced the same problems that also resulted in several animal deaths.

Iowa farmers reported a conception rate drop of from 80% to 20% among sows (female pigs) fed GM corn. Most animals also had false pregnancies, some delivered bags of water and others stopped menstruating. Male pigs were also affected as well as cows and bulls. They became sterile and all were fed GM corn.

German farmer Gottfried Glockner grew GM corn and fed it to his cows. Twelve subsequently died from the Bt 176 variety, and other cows had to be destroyed due to a "mysterious" illness. The corn plots were field trials for Ag biotech giant Syngenta that later took the product off the market with no admission of fault.

Mice fed Monsanto Roundup Ready soybeans developed significant liver cell changes indicating a dramatic general metabolism increase. Symptoms included irregularly shaped nuclei and nucleoli, and an increased number of nuclear pores and other changes. It's thought this resulted from exposure to a toxin, and most symptoms disappeared when Roundup Ready was removed from the diet.

Mice fed Roundup Ready had pancreas problems, heavier livers and unexplained testicular cell changes. The Monsanto product also produced cell metabolism changes in rabbit organs, and most offspring of rats on this diet died within three weeks.

The death rate for chickens fed GM Liberty Link corn for 42 days doubled. They also experienced less weight gain, and their food intake was erratic.

In the mid-1990s, Australian scientists discovered that GM peas generated an allergic-type inflammatory response in mice in contrast to the natural protein that had no adverse effect. Commercialization of the product was cancelled because of fear humans might have the same reaction.

When given a choice, animals avoid GM foods. This was learned by observing a flock of geese that annually visit an Illinois pond and feed on soybeans from an adjacent farm. After half the acreage had GM crops, the geese ate only from the non-GMO side. Another observation showed 40 deer ate organic soybeans from one field but shunned the GMO kind across the road. The same thing happened with GM corn.

Inserting foreign or transgenes is called insertional mutagenesis or insertion mutation. When done, it usually disrupts DNA at the insertion site and affects gene functioning overall by scrambling, deleting or relocating the genetic code near the insertion site.

The process of creating a GM plant requires scientists first to isolate and grow plant cells in the laboratory using a tissue culture process. The problem is when it's done it can create hundreds or thousands of DNA mutations throughout the genome. Changing a single base pair may be harmful. However, widespread genome changes compound the potential problem manyfold.

Promoters are used in GM crops as switches to turn on the foreign gene. When done, the process may accidently switch on other natural plant genes permanently. The result may be to overproduce an allergen, toxin, carcinogen, antinutrient, enzymes that stimulate or inhibit hormone production, RNA that silences genes, or changes that affect fetal development. They may also produce regulators that block other genes and/or switch on a dormant virus that may cause great harm. In addition, evidence suggests the promoter may create genetic instability and mutations that can result in the breakup and recombination of the gene sequence.

Plants naturally produce thousands of chemicals to enhance health and protect against disease. However, changing plant protein may alter these chemicals, increase plant toxins and/or reduce its phytonutrients. For example, GM soybeans produce less cancer-fighting isoflavones. Overall, studies show genetic modification produces unintended changes in nutrients, toxins, allergens and small molecule metabolism products.

To create a GM soybean with a more complete protein balance, Pioneer Hi-Bred inserted a Brazil nut gene. By doing it, an allergenic protein was introduced affecting people allergic to Brazil nuts. When tests confirmed this, the project was cancelled. GM proteins in other crops like corn and papaya may also be allergenic. The same problem exists for other crops like Bt corn, and evidence shows allergies skyrocketed after GM crops were introduced.

Another study of Monsanto's high-lysine corn showed it contained toxins and other potentially harmful substances that may retard growth. If consumed in large amounts, it may also adversely affect human health. In addition, when this product is cooked, it may produce toxins associated with Alzheimer's, diabetes, allergies, kidney disease, cancer and aging symptoms.

Disease-resistant crops like zucchini, squash and Hawaiian papaya may promote human viruses and other diseases, and eating these products may suppress the body's natural defense against viral infections.

Protein structural aspects in GM crops may be altered in unforeseen ways. They may be misfolded or have added molecules. During insertion, transgenes may become truncated, rearranged or interspersed with other DNA pieces with unknown harmful effects. Transgenes may also be unstable and spontaneously rearrange over time, again with unpredictable consequences. In addition, they may create more than one protein from a process called alternative splicing. Environmental factors, weather, natural and man-made substances and genetic disposition of a plant further complicate things and pose risks. They're introduced as well because genetic engineering disrupts complex DNA relationships.

Contrary to industry claims, studies show transgenes aren't destroyed digestively in humans or animals. Foreign DNA can wander, survive in the gastro-intestinal tract, and be transported by blood to internal organs. This raises the risk that transgenes may transfer to gut bacteria, proliferate over time, and get into cells DNA, possibly causing chronic diseases. A single human feeding study confirmed that genes, in fact, transferred from GM soy into the DNA gut bacteria of three of seven test subjects.

Antibiotic Resister Marker (ARM) genes are attached to transgenes prior to insertion and allow cells to survive antibiotic applications. If ARM genes transfer to pathogenic gut or mouth bacteria, they potentially can cause antibiotic-resistant super-diseases. The proliferation of GM crops increases the possibility. The CaMV promoter in nearly all GMOs can also transfer and may switch on random genes or viruses that produce toxins, allergens or carcinogens as well as create genetic instability.

GM crops interact with their environment and are part of a complex ecosystem that includes our food. These crops may increase environmental and other toxins that may accumulate throughout the food chain. Crops genetically engineered to be glufosinate (herbicide)resistant may produce intestinal herbicide with known toxic effects. If transference to gut bacteria occurs, greater problems may result.

Repeated use of seeds like Monsanto's Roundup Ready soybeans results in vicious new super-weeds that need far greater amounts of stronger herbicides to combat. Their toxic residues remain in crops that humans and animals then eat. Even small amounts of these toxins may be endocrine disruptors that can affect human reproduction adversely. Evidence exists that GM crops accumulate toxins or concentrate them in milk or animals fed GM feed. Disease-resistant crops may also produce new plant viruses that affect humans.

All type GM foods, not just crops, carry these risks. Milk, for example, from cows injected with Monsanto's bovine growth hormone (rbGH), has much higher levels of the hormone IGF-1 that risks breast, prostate, colon, lung and other cancers. The milk also has lower nutritional value. GM food additives also pose health risks, and their use has proliferated in processed foods.

Potential harm to adults is magnified for children. Another concern is that pregnant mothers eating GM foods may endanger their offspring by harming normal fetal development and altering gene expression that's then passed to future generations. Children are also more endangered than adults, especially those drinking substantial amounts of rbGH-treated milk.

Conclusion

The above information is largely drawn from Smith's "Genetic Roulette." The data is startling and confirms a clear conclusion. The proliferation of untested, unregulated GM foods in the span of a decade is more a leap of faith than reliable science. Microbiologist Richard Lacey captures the risk stating: "it is virtually impossible to even conceive of a testing procedure to assess the health effects of (GM) foods when introduced into the food chain, nor is there any valid nutritional or public interest reason for their introduction." Other scientists worldwide agree that GM foods entered the market long before science could evaluate their safety and benefits. They want a halt to this dangerous experiment that needs decades of rigorous research and testing before we can know.

Unchecked and unregulated, human health and safety are at risk because once GMOs enter the food chain, the genie is out of the bottle for keeps. Thankfully, resistance is growing worldwide, many millions are opposed, but reversing the tide won't be easy. Washington and Ag biotech are on a roll with big unstated aims - total control of our food, making it all genetically engineered, and scheming to use it as a weapon to reward friends and punish enemies.

Smith is hopeful that people will prevail over profits. Hopefully he's right because human health and safety must never be compromised. Resistance already halted the introduction of new crop varieties, and Smith believes that with enough momentum existing ones may end up withdrawn. He cites an example he calls a "Shift away from GM foods in the United States" in 2007. Leading it is an initiative launched last spring to remove GM ingredients from the entire natural food sector. It's led by a coalition of natural food products producers, distributors and retailers along with the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT). It's called the Campaign for Healthier Eating in America, and its aims are big - to educate consumers about GM food risks and promote healthy alternatives through shopping guides.

A Pew survey reported that 29% of Americans, representing 87 million people, strongly oppose these foods and believe they're unsafe. That's a respectable start if backed up with efforts to avoid them, and more information how is at ResponsibleTechnology.org. Jeffrey Smith founded IRT in 2003 "to promote the responsible use of technology and stop GM foods and crops through both grassroots and national strategies." It seeks safe alternatives and aims to "ban the genetic engineering of our food supply and all outdoor releases of (GM) organisms, at least until (or unless scientific opinion) believes such products are safe and appropriate based on independent and reliable data."

IRT urges consumers to become educated about the risks, mobilize to combat them and act in our mutual self-interest. It's beginning to happen, and Smith believes "there is an excellent chance that food manufacturers will abandon GM foods in the near future" if a public groundswell demands it. He ends his book saying: "Although GMOs present one of the greatest dangers, with informed, motivated people, it is one of the easiest global issues to solve." Hopefully he's right.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to The Global Research News Hour on RepublicBroadcasting.org Mondays from 11AM to 1PM US Central time for cutting-edge discussions of world and national topics with distinguished guests.



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September 15, 2007

What's added takes away

We barely know about the effects of chemical food additives, and our governments don't care

Eric Schlosser
Thursday September 6, 2007
The Guardian

The overwhelming majority of our additive intake today has been part of the diet of humans for generations: yeast, salt, sugar, baking powder. But thousands of other additives, derived from both natural and synthetic sources, have recently become commonplace in western eating. What are these substances doing to our bodies and our minds? We are just beginning to find out.

A study published today by Southampton University, into the impact of additives on groups of three-year-olds and eight-year-olds, produced some alarming results. The Food Standards Agency-commissioned report found a link between hyperactivity among children and certain food colourings, as well as a preservative used in sweets, drinks and processed foods in the UK.

We are only just beginning to learn the impact of synthetic additions to what we eat. The industrialisation of the food supply has turned consumers into the unwitting subjects of a vast, ongoing scientific experiment.

Spices and preservatives have been added to foods for millennia in order to make them last longer and taste better. And there is a long history of using additives to mislead consumers, with various chemicals employed to supply taste, enhance colour and disguise the aroma of spoiled meats. Before the advent of federal food safety laws in the United States, dangerous heavy metals were routinely used as colouring agents in children's sweets.

It would be hard to find a processed food on a supermarket shelf (or on a fast food menu) that does not contain a vast array of chemical additives. Indeed, the packaged food industry and the fast food industry are dependent on the use of such additives to prevent spoilage, to allow the transport of products long distances, and to maintain uniformity. Any finding that such additives pose a threat to human health will threaten the financial health of these industries. And that is why so few large-scale studies have been conducted. The absence of adequate information greatly benefits the producers of industrial food.

In the United States there is an extremely cosy relationship between the food industry and the government agencies that are ostensibly regulating it. Until a few years ago, the head of the food and drug administration - our version of the Food Standards Agency, responsible for the safety of most of the food that Americans eat - was a former executive vice president of the national food processors association. Similarly close ties between industry and government can be found in the European Union. As a result, hundreds of food additives are never tested for harmful effects. And the risks posed by consuming a variety of additives in combination are rarely explored.

I don't think that people should feel panicky about food additives or succumb to the latest food scare. The best advice is probably caveat emptor. We simply don't know what effect these things are having on us. And government food safety agencies don't seem eager to find out. "Food additives play a vital role in today's bountiful and nutritious food supply," the US food and drug administration claimed in a brochure some years ago. "They make possible an array of convenience foods without the inconvenience of daily shopping."

Perhaps a little less convenience, and a lot more unprocessed food, would be the wise course.

· Eric Schlosser is the author of Fast Food Nation: What the All-American Meal Is Doing to the World, and Chew on This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food
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Vitamin D something of a panacea

SHERYL UBELACKER

Canadian Press

September 10, 2007 at 10:20 PM EDT

TORONTO — People who take vitamin D supplements appear to have a lower risk of death from any cause, an analysis of numerous studies has found, adding to the weight of evidence suggesting that the “sunshine nutrient” confers widespread health benefits.

In an analysis of data pooled from 18 randomized controlled trials, researchers at the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the European Institute of Oncology found that subjects who took at least 500 international units of vitamin D daily had a 7 per cent lower risk of death, on average, compared with control groups given a dummy pill.

The 18 clinical trials involved a total of more than 57,000 subjects, who were followed for almost six years. Most of the studies, with participants mainly over age 65, were investigating the role of vitamin D in keeping bones strong and preventing fractures.

In the nine trials that collected blood samples, participants who took supplements had an average 1.4- to 5.2-fold higher blood level of vitamin D than those who did not, the analysis shows.

Previous studies have suggested that vitamin D deficiency may be linked to a higher risk of dying from cancer, heart disease and diabetes — illnesses that account for 60 per cent to 70 per cent of deaths in high-income countries, the authors say.

“If the associations made between vitamin D and these conditions were consistent, then interventions effectively strengthening vitamin D status should result in reduced total mortality,” the authors write.

Researchers can't say for sure what it is about vitamin D that seems to improve health and apparently prolong life.

“It's still a little bit obscure,” co-author Dr. Philippe Autier, chief of epidemiology and biostatistics at the Agency for Research on Cancer, said Monday from Lyon, France. “There's one area of research quite recently that showed that vitamin D had the possibility to delay, to retard, the progression of certain diseases, essentially cancer and some cardiovascular diseases.”

Numerous laboratory studies have shown that vitamin D can halt the growth of cells, Dr. Autier said. “Cancer is characterized by the proliferation of cells. It looks like the vitamin D was able to . . . put a control on this, put the brake on this proliferation.”

“So that's why probably vitamin D could be able to decrease the progression of the disease and explain better survival and greater life expectancy.”

In June, the Canadian Cancer Society recommended that adults consider taking a vitamin D supplement of 1,000 IUs daily during fall and winter, while darker-skinned and older people should think about maintaining that daily intake year-round.

Dr. Reinhold Vieth, an expert in vitamin D and osteoporosis at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, called the analysis “really interesting.” By pooling results from many studies, the European researchers were able to tease out vitamin D's effect on longevity that wouldn't have been statistically relevant in a single study.

“So what it's coming along at is more and more little pieces of evidence that say it's very interesting to look at vitamin D a little bit more,” said Dr. Vieth, who was not involved in the research published Tuesday in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Two other recently published papers have shown vitamin D's apparent benefits: In one, young Finnish men who took the nutrient had half the number of respiratory infections compared with those not taking a supplement.

And in a study of older people in the Netherlands, who were followed for eight years, researchers found that those with high vitamin D levels in their blood were less likely to end up in a nursing home and less likely to die early compared to those with low blood levels of vitamin D.

“What we've been finding out over the last 10 years is that vitamin D is not a one-trick pony that just relates to bone (health), but to many biological functions that go on throughout the body and make use of vitamin D to regulate the way they work,” dr. Vieth said.

“So it covers a lot of territory.”

In an editorial accompanying the study, Dr. Edward Giovannucci of the Harvard School of Public Health says the meta-analysis “adds a new chapter in the accumulating evidence for a beneficial role of vitamin D on health.”

“Research on vitamin D should be continued to clearly elucidate the specific benefits and optimal intakes and levels of vitamin D,” Dr. Giovannucci writes. “Nonetheless, based on the total body of evidence of health conditions associated with vitamin D deficiency, abetted with the results from this meta-analysis, a more proactive attitude to identify, prevent and treat vitamin D deficiency should be part of standard medical care.”

“From a broader public health perspective, the roles of moderate sun exposure, food fortification with vitamin D and higher-dose vitamin D supplements for adults need to be debated.”



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Vitamin C's Cancer-Fighting Properties

By Will Dunham
9-11-7

(Reuters) -- Vitamin C can impede the growth of some types of tumors although not in the way some scientists had suspected, researchers reported on Monday.

The new research, published in the journal Cancer Cell, supported the general notion that vitamin C and other so-called antioxidants can slow tumor growth, but pointed to a mechanism different from the one many experts had suspected.

The researchers generated encouraging results when giving vitamin C to mice that had been implanted with human cancer cells -- either the blood cancer lymphoma or prostate cancer. Another antioxidant, N-acetylcysteine, also limited tumor growth in the mice, the researchers said.

Antioxidants are nutrients that prevent some of the damage from unstable molecules known as free radicals, created when the body turns food into energy. Vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene are among well-known antioxidants.

Previous research had suggested that vitamin C may stifle tumor growth by preventing DNA damage from free radicals.

But researchers led by Dr. Chi Dang, a professor of medicine and oncology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, found that antioxidants appear to be working in a different way -- undermining a tumor's ability to grow under certain conditions.

Figuring out how antioxidants impede tumors should help scientists figure out how they might be harnessed to fight cancer, Dang said. In addition to the cancer types involved in this study, others that might be vulnerable to vitamin C include colon cancer and cervical cancer, he said.

Dang said more research is needed and cautioned against taking high doses of vitamin C based on these findings.

"Certainly we would very much discourage people with untreated cancer to go out and take buckets full of vitamin C," Dang said in a telephone interview.

Linus Pauling argued in the 1970s that vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid, could ward off cancer, but the notion has proved contentious.

Pauling, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry as well as the Nobel Peace Prize, died in 1994.

"Pauling actually had some good evidence that under certain situations vitamin C can prevent tumor formation. It's just the mechanism was really not that clear then," Dang said.

"Now that, I think, we provide relatively compelling evidence of how this works, maybe Pauling is partly right. We shouldn't dismiss him so quickly." Dang added.

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Critical Response To Vitamin C's Cancer-Fighting Properties
By Ken Adachi
9-15-7


Dear Jeff,
Re: http://www.rense.com/general78/csprop.htm
How utterly vexing and annoying it was to read the salubrious, yet untrue assertions made by oncologist and John Hopkins professor Dr. Chi Dang concerning the role that Dr Linus Pauling played in the 1970s in regard to heralding the importance of Vitamin C as a CRITICAL ingredient in immune system modulation (enhancement) to not only PREVENT the formation of cancerous tumors, but to ALSO mitigate and reduce the advancement of cancer growth, once it had reached the full blown metastasis stage.
Dr Dang, an obvious servant of the chemical cancer industry, reduces the Herculean contributions in vitamin C knowledge provided by Nobel laureate Dr. Linus Pauling down to that of a minor, peon researcher whose discoveries merit no more mention than that of a footnote.
I'd like to punch that guy square in the nose for uttering such vapid stupidities!
Long before this man showed up in a national press release, Linus Pauling had ALREADY PROVEN and DEMONSTRATED THE many pathways by which Vitamin C enhances immunity, and not only for cancer, but for ANY disease condition.
Pauling went FAR BEYOND tests with mice. He had already graduated though ALL the ranks of animal research and was long ago engaged in LONG TERM human studies (with Dr Cameron of Canada) in the EARLY 1970S! He had published all of his research findings in numerous peer reviewed journals and published no less than SEVEN Books documenting his findings!
This is NOT the first time that I have encountered institutional hacks from big name "medical research" universities or institutions that have attempted to lay claim to discoveries that had ALREADY been documented and published by earlier pioneers. About 6 years ago, I caught a brief news item under new science discoveries in which a claim was made by a female university "team leader" from a Big Deal university in San Diego where she said that SHE had discovered some NEW and remarkable attributes of Flax seed oil to stem cancer proliferation. I wrote her and her adoring university promoters, that she hadn't discovered ANYTHING; that her "work" was a virtual carbon copy of Dr Johanna Budwig's research about flax seed oil made in the 1950s in Germany for which she had to endure endless assaults and debunking travails from the entrenched food oil industry in Germany.
If you want to find out what Vitamin C can do to improve health and immunity, then obtain the books of Dr Linus Pauling, published in the 1970's and 1980s, and you will find out what this man will undoubtedly lay claim to as "discovering" in the coming months and years.
Long live the Corporate Foundation Research Grant and the hacks who covet them, for they make life worth living for no other reason than to rebuke their calumny and pretense to fame!
Sincerely,

Ken Adachi



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June 24, 2007

A Patient Cured is a Customer Lost - How Big Pharma Has Invaded Your Life

Ted Twietmeyer
6-20-7


This is dedicated to readers who are NOT yet seriously ill or who do NOT serve as caregivers for the chronically ill. Hopefully it will instill some very sobering thoughts. If you are one of these fortunate people - live every day like it's your last. Not one of us will ever know when some nasty disease will strike us and wreak havoc on our lives, or the life of someone we love or care about. There are actually only a handful of different ways we can get our exit ticket punched on this Earth. We may never know when we'll meet the train conductor face to face.

As a caregiver, I can testify that serious illness around you (or in you) will drain you even while you're still relatively healthy, in countless ways which will test your patience with the medical and drug professions. Expenses will bombard you from all directions that will drain your wallet with insane, countless costs you never thought possible. On top of all this, every year these costs increase. There is a frustration doctors can create in your mind with their often frustrating behavior and "standard of care" which all doctors must follow.

We see more and more power being consolidated into fewer and fewer and drug companies and government organizations. Now the FDA wants to suckle at big pharma nipples under the guise of "fees." I'll not delve into that black hole in depth here as others already have done so far more eloquently than I. But we will explore the medical and drug profession which is connected at the waist like Siamese twins. The core of this matter is the public's ignorant, blind trust in the FDA as their watchdog. People seldom can help themselves to believe otherwise, as they are unknowingly brainwashed to think that way by media. Is this a cultural thing perhaps?

There is also a well-known phenomenon that everyone in the medical profession knows about - the "white lab coat effect." This one is strange but true. Generic white lab coats were originally designed to protect street clothes from chemicals and spills in a laboratory. But it was discovered a long time ago that people blindly trust almost anyone wearing a white lab coat! This is why many doctors wear them, even though most doctors never step foot in a laboratory.

What a mistake it is to blindly trust the FDA - this is akin to trusting Jack the Ripper with a sharpened knife alone in a dark alley with a woman. But instead of a knife, today there are countless pills which are equally dangerous. At least you KNOW that the knife is a dangerous weapon. A pill is an innocent looking object, and stays that way - until you take it. It hides very complex chemistry. When you take any pill you roll the dice - will you get better or feel far worse? And what was in that pill you took? Too late now

It's almost totally impossible to know which prescription meds will work right and which ones will not. Those reassuring voices speaking daily on the squawk box in your living room constantly tell you how wonderful these designer chemicals are, in spite of an actor casually downplaying dangerous side effects. Web research can be highly informative..

CORPORATE - FDA CONNECTION TO DOCTORS

This corporate-FDA connection most certainly fits under the cliché "The tie that binds." Western medical profession is centered on treating A disease. (Emphasis placed on the letter "A" here.) We give a dog a treat for behaving as trained. Or a child is bribed with a treat for behaving themselves. Medical students trained to become doctors learn to ever avoid uttering the word "cure." They use "treatment" instead. To use the "cure" word is almost the career equivalent to a disk jockey using the "F" or "N" word on the air.

When you enter their office, many receptionists demand your co-pay up front or they may refuse to see you. They "treat" you to a whopping bill for just thirty seconds of a doctor's time. So much for the Hippocratic Oath.

When you are sick, there are basically only five things that will happen to you upon seeing your doctor:

1. NOTHING HAPPENS - You are sent home because it's actually a cold or flu. Translation: It's all in your head. This might result in a referral to a head doctor as it did for many thousands of Gulf War 1 vets suffering from Gulf War Disease.

2. YOU ARE MIS-DIAGNOSED - Not detecting a serious life-threatening illness is the worst. Nothing usually happens to the doctor because of his/her incompetence, because often the patient DIES before it ever goes to court. Few people think about the hazard of mis-diagnosis. DON,T schedule your appointment (if you think you are seriously ill) on the day your doctor plays golf!

3. OFF TO SURGERY - Into the hospital you,ll go as an inpatient or outpatient, hopefully for a positive outcome. God willing you won't contract a drug-resistant bug or two during your stay there. (Hospitals are good at hiding infection statistics.) Hopefully, while you're there the surgeon will do the RIGHT surgery on you. Diligent surgeons will ask YOU who you are and what procedure you are there to have, BEFORE putting you under anesthetic. Be sure to tell them a ghost surgeon OR A STUDENT will not be allowed to work on you. Don't put it as a request - make it a demand. It's your life and in reality it's up to YOU to defend it, not them.

The cold truth is you are just raw material for doctors, not unlike a butcher working on a side of beef. Without the beef, the butcher would not have a job to do. No real difference, except that the beef can't sue the butcher. Never, ever lose track that being on the table is only a business arrangement and nothing more. There is no real charity in a commercial hospital. Don't think so? Try owing one of them any money and see what happens to your bank account and property.

4. TESTS REQUIRED - Lots of these are often required to confirm a diagnosis. That's part of the "standard of care" all physicians must follow. A doctor's malpractice insurance requires them to follow the standard of care or risk being cancelled. Again, lawyers really determine what a doctor's limits are. And you,ll most likely be going back to the doctor (paying again) for a review of the results. If something is found in a test, count on MORE TESTS being prescribed. Too many prescribed tests can be a sign of incompetence. If the doctor finally says that he/she doesn't know what's wrong, ask a friend of relative for the name of a good proven doctor who is known to hopefully be more competent than your previous one.

5. PRESCRIPTIONS - You will most likely travel straight from the doctor's office to the pharmacy to get the latest drug pushed by big pharma reps. who visit your doctor regularly. This may happen even if tests are scheduled as a precaution, such as when you are in pain or have an infection. If you are lucky, you might even get free samples of big pharma's latest "designer drug" to make you better. Note the key word here is to get "better," not be cured.

Most doctors tend to focus on using number 1 or 5 above. Someone said it all perfectly many years ago: "A patient cured is a customer lost."

If they follow the standard and something goes wrong that isn't their fault and you are hurt or even die, the doctor probably cannot be successfully sued. I lost a relative 5 years ago to MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, commonly known as a drug resistant Staph infection) that entered his body from an IV while still IN the operating room.

Methicillin is such a strong drug that it's one of the few intravenous drugs still stored and delivered to patients in a glass bottle. Yet even this drug couldn't stop the infection.

The hospital lied and said that this Staph germ is everywhere. In reality, tests established several years earlier that the MRSA version of Staph evolved in operating rooms. It is actually resistant to antiseptics used to sterilize operating rooms. In some cities, operating rooms were closed off and gassed to kill everything off. Yet no lawyer would touch the MRSA case, even though it was a clear case of incompetence. A simple alcohol swab would have easily sterilized the IV entry site on his neck.

There is a only a small distinction between illegal drug dealers in hidden locations cooking up powerful "designer drugs" to strongly addict people, and the latest "Designer drugs" from major pharmaceutical manufacturers. Did you see the difference? One is spelled with a "D" instead of a "d." Otherwise they are the same. Will future street drug pushers go the legal route, and just start their own big pharma companies? Who knows - one day even illegal Crack might become a prescription. Let's hope not, but only time will tell. Drugs being pushed on television today have so many side effects, that just 20 years ago they would never be allowed on the market.

DRUG PUSHING MACHINERY

But is there a machine behind all this to legally keep pushing these chemical cocktails into mainstream America? Could this be the barrage of drug commercials on radio, TV, newspapers and magazines?

There exists a well known, established method to control the human mind. It doesn't involve the MK-Ultra program. It doesn't requite electrodes, RF mind control, water boarding or hypnosis. It doesn't even employ forced drugging. What is it? Simple repetition. Television shows are carefully designed to have a cliff-hanger hit the viewer, and then WHAMMO on comes a drug commercial repeat, such as the smiling idiot holding a limp garden hose.

One thirty second non-prime time television ad costs several hundred thousand dollars, to over a million dollars during sporting events and prime time.

But drug companies don't mind paying high TV advertising prices for a reason.

Do these expensive TV drug ads pay for themselves? Drug companies see it purely as an investment and part of the cost of doing business. These companies know that they can brainwash a certain percentage of the people a given drug is targeted for. These people in turn go beg their physicians for these drugs, staying on them from several years to perhaps a lifetime. Or at least until the drug is taken off the market after enough patients die.

Even if a small number of patients are brainwashed, the commercial has just paid for itself many times over as we shall see. We can crunch some simple numbers to conservatively look at the payoff. Keep in mind that the raw materials to make almost ANY drug are a few pennies. Profit margins are measured in thousands of percent. It costs mere pennies to manufacture any given drug on today's high speed machinery.

Let's look at a typical health maintenance prescription drug we'll call drug "X." For simplicity we'll leave out the ever increasing cost of drug X each year and just use a flat price. Of course local and on-line pharmacies will some make money off re-selling drug X - but their profits is quite small compared with drug company profits as we shall see.

1. Drug X - Patient cost is typically $100.00 per month, which equates to $1200.00 per year.

2. If a patient is on drug X for 5 years before it's taken off the market because patients DIE from it, the total expenditure by a patient for those five years is a whopping $6,000.00. Of course, this total doesn't include numerous follow-up doctor visit costs and additional prescription drugs that might be needed to counter side effects of drug X.

3. If across the United States 200,000 patients take drug X (a conservative number to be sure,) the drug X manufacturer will have 240 MILLION DOLLARS in sales EACH YEAR. This results in conservative total drug sales over 5 years of 1.2 BILLION dollars. The TV ad has paid for itself in just one year more than 200 times over. But it won't be a mere 200,000 patients that take drug X for some common malady. If there won't be an estimated market measured in millions of patients, no drug company will be interested. Sadly, this is why numerous rare afflictions will probably never have a drug to cure or slow disease progress. It's all about profit, shareholders and greed and not medicine in the final analysis for every drug companies. Curing patients is an unwanted side effect drug companies don't want.

Many wiser patients become well again without taking any prescriptions at all.

MS - ONE OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE DISEASES

Think that drug X is expensive? Not compared to some other "designer" drugs for health maintenance which never cure any diseases. With cancer, you either get better or die. With MS, disease treatment can last the length of a normal lifetime and cost a staggering sum of money, just to try to live a somewhat normal life. Even then, a patient is never cured of it. No need to carry a wallet either.

Some drugs which are incredibly expensive are also highly successful. Since these drugs are pushed by doctors, many never need to advertise on television at all. They don't need to because of the staggering profits these drugs earn all year round.

Let's look at the details for just one of these phenomenally successful drugs - Copaxone.


Copaxone Pre-loaded syringe - one of the most popular drugs used to treat MS
Felt-tip marker shown for size comparison. (Photo - author)

Copaxone comes as 30 pre-loaded syringes in a box, one injection for each day of the month. They are shipped monthly via overnight courier and are packed in a Styrofoam box with icepacks for temperature stabilization.

Cost for above syringe used for daily injection: $63.00

Minimum prescription order shipped: 30 syringes

Injections required per year: 365

Length of time patient takes this drug: Remainder of their life

Storage: Refrigeration

Country of origin: Israel

Number of patients cured: 0.

Effectiveness to slow MS progression according to data sheet: 7% average

Chemistry by which Copaxone works: Unknown according to manufacturer's data sheet.

Sales in 2003: $720,000,000.00

This drug approved only treatment of relapsing/remitting MS. It cures NOTHING and officially has an unknown mechanism according to the drug's data sheet, but was still FDA approved! How can this be possible? FDA Connections? Something to do with the Star of David?

I know from numerous experiences as a caregiver that many emergency room doctors don't have a clue what Copaxone is - although most MS patients know about it even if they aren't on it. Apparently homework for many doctors ends once they earn their MD degree.

Some foolishly think that a socialized public healthcare system will pay for Copaxone. Not so. The UK health system refuses to provide it to patients according to numerous on-line personal health histories posted on various MS websites. What do socialized medicine doctors in the UK give as a reason for this? "Too expensive" is what they are often told. Any patient that wants to obtain the drug must be able to pay for it themselves. This is equivalent to paying every month for a mortgage on a large home - a home they will never see or own.

In the UK, a local pharmacy is more commonly known as a Chemist. In the early days before formal drug treatments from big pharma companies, doctors prescribed drugs. These local pharmacists mixed up chemicals according to prescribed methods to cure various illnesses.

There is a cold truth about socialized medicine today. If you have a serious disease like MS, it's in the government's best interest if you just die. Many patients eventually become so disabled with MS that they can no longer work. Hence, they cannot pay taxes which go into the health system. Therefore, these patients become a negative cash flow drain to the government's health care system. With the scandal of vaccines in the UK now connected to Autism in school children, it's clear the government there has little regard for their people's future. What does any business (which government really is) do with a bad liability? Abolish it.

Logically, it's only a matter of time before government-assisted suicide becomes part of life, but probably not before more engineered diseases like MS are unleashed upon the unsuspecting public. There is already strong evidence the later is happening with West Nile, CJD, Anthrax and new bird flu strains to name a few.

Let's return to Copaxone, and check out the profit numbers for the Copaxone drug racket:

It might cost Teva Pharmaceuticals which manufactures Copaxone perhaps 50 cents for each filled syringe (if it costs that much.)

Typical monthly discount cost of Copaxone to a patient: $1,900.00.

Yearly cost: $22,800.00

Cost for a patient over 5 years: $114,000.00

Purpose: To slow disease progression by an average of just 7%.

Length of time patient takes this drug: Until they die or switch to another drug.

Let's assume for conservative comparative purposes that a mere 1,000,000 patients worldwide are on Copaxone. However, the number of people on Copaxone worldwide today must conservatively number at least several million patients. The drug has far less side effects than the other popular treatment, Beta-Interferon. It's been estimated that about 10 million people in the United States have MS, with thousands more unaware they have it. Teva Pharmaceuticals announced about 2 years ago that a THIRD automated plant built to produce the drug is now operational in Israel.

Did the new Copaxone factory lower the cost of the drug to patients? No - instead the company increased their prices. In fact, in just four years the drug's price has increased about $400.00 a month per patient. So much for mass production reducing patient costs. Greed begets more greed.

For sales over a 5 year period, total sales of Copaxone for just 1,000,000 patients worldwide (at US$1,900.00 per month) will result in the staggering sum of $114,000,000,000.00! Yes, that really is ONE HUNDRED FOURTEEN BILLION DOLLARS. Is this drug available generically? Not at all, and it's also covered by numerous patents. Surely more patents will be filed later to assure the drug company's on-going, tight fisted greed can continue. Or they will cook up another "maintenance drug" supposedly better than Copaxone.

It's very hard to imagine being able to patent anything without knowing how it works. If you were to try to patent any device and not fully explain in your patent filing how it works, it will be flatly rejected by a USA patent examiner. As a patent holder, I quickly learned from a patent lawyer that you cannot withhold any information as to how a patent works. If you do, your patent can be rejected by an examiner or later declared invalid in a courtroom when challenged. USA patent law states that a patent must be written so that someone skilled in the arts can replicate it.

How could Teva been awarded a patent several years ago for Copaxone - a drug which they cannot definitively explain how it works or what it does inside the human body? This is outrageous to say the least.

Copaxone syringes are made on automated production machinery in three modern plants. This drug doesn't require recombinant DNA or other exotic technology like other drugs such as insulin use today.

Copaxone isn't the only medicine an MS patient requires. Other prescription drugs pills and capsules are used to manage the constellation of MS symptoms like sleeplessness, seizures, pain, depression, nausea, etc... These can total 8 or more.

So what is in Copaxone? Although claimed by some to rebuild nerves, this drug has only ONE ingredient: Calcium Glatimer Acetate. And what is a key chemical element in cell and nerve chemistry? Calcium. Get the idea here? Could a dietary change do the same thing Copaxone does? This isn't known yet, but certainly worth exploring.

Remember that doctor's statement earlier? "A patient cured is a customer lost."

Where are the three Copaxone factories? In Israel, where else?

What's next from Israel - prescription toilet-paper? Prescription food?

TREASURE AVAILABLE ALTERNATIVE HEALTH SUPPLIMENTS NOW

Now the FDA is out to kill alternative therapies and medicines by using various regulations such as labeling, and new laws they want to enact. One alternative health care product called SeaSilver was on the FDA hit list - all because of a labeling issue. This product simply made from sea vegetables was hammered off the market by the FDA for more than a year. The FDA demanded they change the label to more clearly define the benefits of the supplement. So they did, but that wasn't enough. Then the FDA demanded they add a preservative to it and change the labeling again. So they did that, too.

The company finally made a comeback after the Gestapo left their lives and were selling product again, but irreversible damage was done. Now SeaSilver has permanently closed as a company. Why? Because the government has taxpayer-funded lawyers on their payroll, but small companies must hire lawyers to defend themselves from them.

In the final analysis, alternative food and supplement companies are hiring lawyers to defend themselves from themselves, because both private and corporate taxes are paying for government lawyers to attack them.

I salute people like Jeff Rense, Rev. Ted Pike, Dr. Patricia Doyle and many others. They sound the alarm when we are threatened with losing our rights, and losing access to alternative non-prescription treatments and supplements. If the Codex Alumentarius model is ever fully enacted in America, it will end access to dietary supplements and hope for better health for millions of people. But then, maybe that really is the government agenda after all - a sick, twisted attempt to "cull the masses."

If citizens in America don't start standing up for their right to cure and treat themselves for their illnesses, their hands will be tied by greedy big pharma. And when these same sick people find that big pharma "designer drugs" won't cure any of their serious illness, it may be too late to obtain an alternative. But that might be the master plan all along.

Remember this the next time you're ill - "A patient cured is a customer lost."

Ted Twietmeyer
www.data4science.net




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June 20, 2007

Fluoride - The Battle of Light and Darkness

by Mary Sparrowdancer
Copyright © 2003
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It was due to my growing concerns about our country's growing health problems as well as the erosion of our civil liberties that, in November of 2002, I published a paper focusing upon both of these issues and spoke about them on several radio programs. The paper quietly made its way through Washington, D.C., and then around the world.

The paper detailed the "revolving door" in Washington, D.C., an apparent turnstile between private industries and the United States government. Through this invisible door, industry managers pass directly into the very agencies that govern industry - the government's food, drug, agricultural and chemical regulatory departments - in order to influence regulations or speed the approval of their company's products. The paper, "Let Them Eat Anything," showed this unholy alliance, the conflict of interest that has contributed to a mounting epidemic of health problems in the United States. (1)

I expected the paper to provoke comments, but I did not expect it to result in my being contacted by a nutrition expert who had worked in the USDA. She called to thank me for writing the paper. Incredibly, because light was the topic of my previous book detailing a personal Near Death Experience and ongoing, unexplained encounters with light phenomena, in an example of incomparable synchronicity, the name of the former USDA expert who contacted me was Luise Light.

I read the first email I received from Luise Light with a sense of astonishment. Luise had been the former team leader and Special Nutrition Assistant to USDA's Carol Tucker Foreman - who is described as "a prominent food safety advocate" by Eric Schlosser in his best-selling book, Fast Food Nation.

From her personal experience, Dr. Light confirmed not only the revolving door I had described in my paper, but in addition, the corruption within the "government" taking place just on the other side of that door. Here, from an eyewitness, came the truth that individuals representing corporations are not only holding key government positions, they have also been determining which studies are done, who receives grants, and they have been "adjusting" the reports in order to create a false sense of security about their favored products and services.

With the promise of corporate gain and personal profit, the industry "representatives" have been making important decisions affecting all of us profoundly. For the most part, the general public has been unaware of this partnership between private business and our publicly funded federal government.

Of special interest to Luise was what I had presented as the "absurd American food pyramid" - a dietary guide that first came out in the 1980s, and in which our "government" recommended starch as the foundation of our diet. This was of particular interest to Luise because, as I read in awe, it was she and her team of nutrition experts who had created the concept of the food pyramid - but with a very major twist. The real food pyramid, Luise wrote, was completely different from the "adjusted" pyramid that was distributed to an unsuspecting American public.

The true pyramid that Luise and her team developed was not absurd, at all. It did not have starch as the foundation. Instead, it called for a base of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, with 5 to 9 servings daily. Whole grain cereals and grains were recommended in amounts of 2 to 4 servings daily - with the smaller amount for females and those with less active lifestyles. The real pyramid that Luise and her team created placed baked goods, crackers, sweets and other low-nutrient foods up with the sugars and fats at the top of the pyramid, where they were recommended only as occasional treats.

"But what happened?" Luise wrote, stating that there had been a deliberate, unexplained switch made at the political level that completely distorted the pyramid - which is the subject of her forthcoming book, Ketchup is Not a Vegetable; Sane Eating in a Toxic Food World.

"Instead of fruits and vegetables making up the base of the diet," she wrote, "the cereals and wheat products were made the base of the pyramid, and the recommendation [for starchy foods] was no longer 2 to 4 as we had determined but switched 6 to 11 servings! We couldn't believe it! What possible rationale could there be for such an unprecedented and unjustified switch? In fact the health consequences of encouraging the public to eat so much refined grain, which the body processes like sugar, was frightening! But our exhortations to the political heads of the agency fell on deaf ears. The new food guide, replacing the 'Basic Four,' would be a promotional tool to get the public to buy and consume more calories, sugar and starch." Ultimately, this would result in a poorer quality diet.

What was given to the public in the 1980s was a pyramid with a foundation based (in more ways than one) on dough. And the American people - with full and innocent trust in the health advice given to them by the government - then attempted to follow the new health-based plan. The result would be profit and gain for some, and the torments of ill health and weight gain for countless others.

As Americans complied with the new dietary suggestions, within a few years the results of this unsuspecting compliance began to surface.

According to studies and charts provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), during the years 1988 to 2000 the percentage of children and teens suffering from obesity more than doubled. During those same years, the CDC reported that the prevalence of adults suffering from overweight and obesity rose steadily to 64%. In 2001, the second most frequently prescribed drug sold in America was a synthetic hormone drug, indicating a vast number of individuals were now suffering from thyroid malfunction. Tied in with the overweight and obesity problems resulting from thyroid malfunction are a host of additional, potentially deadly afflictions suggesting that "overweight" might be only a symptom rather than a diagnosis - it is actually only one of the more visible clues that something is not right, that something is out of kilter. (2, 3, 4)

According to the CDC, between the years 1980 and 1994 the overall incidence of asthma increased 75%. Since 1991, the number of US adults with diagnosed diabetes has increased 61%, and the number is projected to more than double by the year 2050. (5, 6)

An article in the New England Journal of Medicine stated that the incidence of gastric/esophageal cancer (adenocarcinoma) has inexplicably risen more rapidly than any other cancer incidence in the United States. Yale New Haven Hospital and the National Cancer Institute list that rate of increase at 350%. Also noted was the observation that the majority of the unfortunates suffering from gastric cancer in this particular study were white males, and the majority of those white males first presented with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Adult white males were not the only ones suffering from GERD, however. By the CDC's own definition of "epidemic," GERD appears to be an epidemic of staggering proportions in the United States, today. (7)

The motto of The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is "Safer, Healthier People." The CDC mission statement is, "To promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability." Yet, when I contacted the CDC because I was having difficulty in locating their statistical reports on the increasing prevalence of GERD, the response I received was, "CDC does not have activities related to GERD."

With CDC unable to supply statistics on this epidemic, it was necessary to look elsewhere. A reasonable idea of prevalence and trends could be obtained by "following the money" and looking at pharmaceutical marketing data.

What was found was stunning, and it suggested that medicine focused on the treatment of chronic symptoms results in a dependency on chronic treatment. People struggling for relief and a chance to live normal lives become dependent on the pharmaceutical industry for relief. If they can pay the price, they will be served.

Americans are apparently now paying the price because the marketing information indicates this country is now considered "the world leader" in the overall consumption of pharmaceutical products.

By following records of drug sales, one can follow the trend of GERD, and America once again has somehow become a "world leader," this time in the prevalence of caustic heartburn in its citizenry.

Beginning in 1997, the top-selling prescription drug being purchased by Americans was a pharmaceutical preparation that promised relief from ulcers, GERD and other conditions related to excessive, corrosive acid in the stomach and esophagus. In 1998, 1999 and 2000, that acid-relief drug remained the number one prescribed drug in the country.

An editorial that appeared in the March 18, 1999 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, (Volume 340:878-879, Number 11), by Sidney Cohen, M.D. and Henry P. Parkman, M.D. noted, "It is ironic that the incidence of adenocarcinoma of the esophagus has increased dramatically in the very period in which highly effective therapies have provided symptomatic relief and mucosal healing."

Indeed.

In treating the symptoms of GERD, are we silencing true "gut instinct?" Are we silencing a divinely designed warning system that is trying to tell us we are ingesting something toxic, corrosive and dangerous? Are we silencing with drugs a signal that is warning us we must stop ingesting a toxic substance before it kills us?

It was not until 2001, that the most popularly prescribed drug was overtaken by drugs being purchased by Americans seeking relief from something else tormenting them within. In 2001, Americans were spending their money in an attempt to seek relief from personal and profound depression - another symptom that, along with weight problems, is known to occur as a result of thyroid malfunction. It was another signal telling us that something was affecting not only our bodies, but our minds and emotions.

While this surge in both corrosive gastric disorders and mental anguish was easily dismissed as the price to pay for "the daily stress of life," the same theory cannot be used to explain away the surge in rates of mental torment and GERD now afflicting infants and children.

During the five-year period ending in 2001, the sale of drugs prescribed to treat reflux, heartburn and other gastrointestinal disorders in children soared 660 percent. In a report looking at four of those same years, the cost of treating behavioral problems presently referred to as ADHD in children also increased 120 percent. (8, 9)

According to an annual report of the US Department of Education to Congress, the number of "children aged 0 to 21" being treated for autism and traumatic brain injury rose from the first 5,000 reported cases in 1992/93 (at the start of mandatory reporting), to 94,000 cases in 2000/01. In looking at individual states, a troubling mosaic forms. States showing the highest increase (a two thousand percent increase or greater) in the number of children being treated for autism include Alaska, Colorado, Kentucky, Mississippi, Maryland and Oregon. This is not to say that the other states were faring well - in California from 1987 through 2002, the number of people being treated for autism by the Department of Developmental Services increased by 634%. In Indiana the percentage of children suffering from autism rose by 860%. In Michigan, the increase was over 1000%. The 1999 Journal of Pediatrics indicated that the majority of autistic children who were followed in one study were also suffering from reflux and other digestive problems. (10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)

Unfortunately, it appears that little boys are far more likely than little girls to suffer from autism as well as from a variety of childhood behavioral disorders. Typically, even as infants these boys also appear to be suffering from reflux and sleep disturbances. It is while noting the surge in ADHD that another disturbing fact emerges: Some of the states with the worst surges in behavioral problems - including Colorado, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alaska and Oregon - are also states in which still-unexplained behavior in juvenile males has manifested in horrific school shootings.

While the brain and its workings are still not fully understood, it is within the frontal lobes of the brain that the capacities for moral judgment, attention and memory are now thought to be situated. PET scans and functional MRIs of the boys afflicted with autistic disorders have revealed what appears to be "decreased glucose metabolic rate in the medial frontal region,"and "hypometabolism [lowered metabolism] demonstrated in the temporal and parietal regions." (16)

Tests have also indicated that, in the brains of the afflicted boys there is a "decreased activity and reduced anatomical size, particularly in the right brain . . . " Other brain disturbances, including disturbances in the brain's processing of tryptophan, serotonin and melatonin are becoming known, as is damage to the hippocampus area, thought to be associated with memory problems and obsessive thoughts. (17)

Pharmaceuticals such as methylphenidate, now in popular use, stimulate the frontal lobes in order to heighten the brain's ability to filter out noncritical parts of the daily barrage of stimuli. This pharmaceutical appears to at least temporarily improve the behavioral symptoms of agitation, hyperactivity and inattention in children whose brains are otherwise unable to filter stimuli on their own.

While stimulants might improve outward symptoms, though, research now indicates that within the right brain, most notably within the right temporal lobe and hippocampus regions, there exists an extremely unusual area of neuroreceptors and transmitters. It is this area of the brain that is believed to be the connection between the human individual and the still unexplained realm of the mystical and the divine - the realm of divinely perceived Light. For this reason, this area of the brain is now being referred to by some researchers as the "God Spot"- what might be our most important connection of all.

Despite the fact that this extraordinary realm of Light is largely bypassed as noncritical by the majority of researchers, many individuals have now described numerous, similar experiences with the Light, indicating such experience is not as uncommon as orthodox science has assumed. In examining some of the oldest texts in human history, it is apparent that interactions with Beings of Light have, since the earliest of times, been the most cherished and desired of all human experiences. Writings from ancient Egypt describe journeys into the Light and contact with beings and messengers. "Manna," was the expression voiced by startled Egyptians on seeing the living entities emerging from the light. "Manna," meant, "what is this?"

We can judge from the unprecedented volume of prescriptions for psychiatric drugs that something is having a profoundly depressing influence upon the human mind at this time. Something is happening within our brains that is manifesting as anxiety, depression and impaired cognitive abilities - this much we know. Because adequate research of the God-Spot is not an "approved" field of study, however, we have no scientific reports warning us if the God connection in the brain is also being damaged at this time. Again, we have only outward signs to observe - signals indicating something is blocking our access to the most important light of our lives, and symptoms that speak to a growing angst, darkness and the loneliness of godlessness.

Researchers who dare to study this area of human experience, do so facing professional humiliation from peers, although such research may actually be critical to the well-being of humanity. Those who guard the borders of acceptable research are often quite skeptical or disapproving of what they contend is mere "paranormal" speculation, and for this reason, that area of study has been largely avoided by professionals and researchers.

Melvin Morse, M.D., pediatrician and author of Closer to the Light, is one of very few professionals who has dared to explore this uncharted territory. In summing up this unfortunate situation of acceptable study versus study that is dismissed as paranormal, he writes, "This lack of a theoretical scientific model to allow interaction with an interconnected universe has led to a 100 year 'skeptic' versus 'believer' debate which has not advanced our understanding of human consciousness." (18, 19, 20)

Although our increasing inability to perceive the divine and understand the full extent of our human capabilities remains largely ignored by those discrediting or rejecting "paranormal" research, the growing epidemic of anxiety, depression and overwhelming despair in this country's children deserves the attention of all of us. It should be considered a national emergency, and a national tragedy.

In Colorado, the rate of suicide among teenagers, children and young adults has been consistently above the national average since 1980. Suicide is, sadly, the second-leading cause of death in children between the ages of 10 through 19 in Colorado. In Kentucky, suicide is also the second leading cause of death in children, teens and young adults. In Mississippi, the number of teen and young-adult suicides has increased 126% since 1969, with more than 90% of the victims being males. In Alaska, the suicide rate among teenagers is nearly twice that of the national average - twice. (21, 22, 23, 24)

Other strange surges in human suffering have been noted, as well. In Colorado, from 1990 through 1999, the percentage of children with orthopedic impairments rose 484%. In Alaska, during 1990-98, the incidence of diabetes increased by 152%, (much greater than the national rate), and now Alaska is among the top three states with the highest incidence of squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus. (25, 26)

In the midst of all this growing and tragic suffering, in the year 2000 the Surgeon General issued a "first ever" call to action in response to what was noted as a "silent epidemic" of dental problems in the United States. Something strange is happening in the mouths of Americans. (27)

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, an estimated 80% of American adults currently have some form of periodontal (gum) disease. In parts of Kentucky, nearly half of the toddlers have cavities in their teeth, which is approximately twice the national average. In addition to Kentucky, the top five states cited in a 1997 table used in the Surgeon General's report on toothlessness included West Virginia, Louisiana, Arkansas and Maine. (28, 29, 30)

Perhaps it is at this point that one might begin to reasonably suspect that whatever lies at the cause of this epidemic of epidemics - whatever is disabling Americans in body, mind and spirit - just might be something we are putting into our mouths or otherwise absorbing into our bodies. This is not an unreasonable suspicion.

Given the avalanche of starch that is now figuratively suffocating us and literally fattening us, given the strange new bioengineered oddities now secretly passing as food in America, given the relatively new insertion of soy compounds in seemingly infinite forms and aliases into nearly every packaged, jarred and canned food on the grocery shelves - given the chemicals, the mandatory cocktails of highly questionable and extremely toxic vaccines all being inserted into the American population - it does not appear at all unreasonable to think that what is wrong with our health and well-being might have something to do with what we are taking in with mouths, skin and lungs.

It does not appear to be at all unreasonable to suspect that our new status as world leader in pursuit of relief-seeking drugs has a cause, and that cause just might be something unnatural that is entering our bodies en masse.

The list of possible suspected toxins, though lengthy, can be shortened by a deductive process. Not all of us consume soy - some avoid it by preference, others because of allergies, and still others avoid it who have been alerted to questions raised by research about its safety. Not all parents permit their children to take the vaccines mandated by government. A significant number of Americans avoid bioengineered food by purchasing organic, GE-free products, and still others have cut large amounts of starch from their diets in order to maintain proper weight and health. Not all of us have similar lifestyles that might be blamed as the cause for physical distress, mental despair, stress, cognitive malfunctions and uncompassionate apathy now upon us.

The toxic suspect is unlikely to be an elective, avoidable substance. More likely the toxin is in something that we all consume because we need it, like flowers need the rain. It might be something undetectable at first - something that we willingly ingest without knowing it. It would be a toxin that could be added into virtually every food and beverage, with no mention of it required on the labels.

The substance would also be now causing problems in a bizarre geographical manner. As though it were seemingly able to sense invisible county boundary lines, it would be a toxin that is leaving a trail which jumps from county to county, state to state, missing some counties and entire states while hitting other counties and states particularly hard.

The search is for a substance that can be absorbed through the skin and lungs as well as by swallowing it. Undetectable to us except by scientific measuring, it is a substance that does its work quietly and in extremely low doses. Working at a molecular level, it would cause a gradual onset of disease and disability observable only after the slow passage of years. It is then, after that slow, slow passage of years, that an epidemic of epidemics would be noticed while its cause long forgotten in the mists of time.

After a process of elimination, the substance that meets all of the criteria and stands alone in the crosshairs of our search is a substance that does not appear to be suspect. In fact, it raises no suspicions in most of us, whatsoever, because most of us are unaware of the research pertaining to this substance.

It is a substance that, according to government reports, has been known since 1930 to have such a powerful effect upon thyroid function, it has been used in prescription medications to treat hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid). It can, therefore, along with our pyramid of dough, be reasonably marked as a suspicious agent contributing to the current epidemic of obesity and thyroid problems. (31, 32, 33, 34)

It is a substance that has also long been known to cause or exacerbate the exact periodontal disease resulting in the tooth loss that has caught the attention of the Surgeon General. In addition to being a causative agent in periodontal disease, it is a substance that is known to accumulate in the teeth and bones creating brittleness, and for this reason it has also been associated with osteoporosis and other bone diseases and disorders that are also now being seen in America.

The mysterious substance is so corrosive, when added to water it will eat its way through a titanium container. Since it will eat its way through titanium, perhaps it should not come as a great surprise to learn that it is also known to act as a severe corrosive agent on human gastric and mucosal tissues. (35, 36, 37, 38)

As Americans' afflictions continue to unfold unlike anything else that humanity has known and brought upon itself, we also learn that the material, once thought unable to cross the blood-brain barrier, crosses it rather well. It also concentrates in the pineal gland that is located within the brain. (39, 40, 41, 42)

Any agent that passes through the brain can be expected to affect behavior, mood and cognitive function, and this substance has been repeatedly shown to create a depressing, numbing effect.

As early as 1954 this substance was reported by George L. Waldbott, M.D., to cause his patients to become "incoherent, drowsy, lethargic and forgetful." His reports are not isolated. Government reports indicate similar findings of "impaired cognition and memory." So well-known is the impact of this chemical on the human brain and mental function, it continues to be incorporated in and sold in a variety of popular, well-known psychiatric drugs. (43, 44, 45)

Given the existing reports of this substance's presence within the brain - including its effects on the right temporal lobe, hippocampus and the pineal gland - perhaps it should come as no wonder that a growing number of people, children in particular, are now behaving strangely, unpredictably, and sometimes very badly while also noting gross memory impairment after ingesting or absorbing this substance.

Reports also indicate that the substance is not as effectively eliminated from the body in young males as it is in others. Thus retained in the body, its effect upon juvenile males appears to be quite different from its effect on females or even adult males. (46)

Because of its known toxic side effects, this substance requires a prescription when administered by medical professionals, but in a bizarre and quite deadly paradox enabled by industry masterminds working within the government, it can be administered en masse to the general public by dealers who have no medical training whatsoever, no license to dispense medications whatsoever, and who, in fact, have no idea to whom they are administering this corrosive, toxic, mind-altering substance.

Those who avoid non-prescribed pharmaceutical substances might feel safe as a result of personal choices to refrain from unapproved drugs and substances. We have dutifully repeated the "just say no to drugs" mantra, and we have instructed our children to repeat the same after us. We would not think of taking mind-altering drugs from a dealer, and would never consider giving such a substance in unregulated doses to our infants and children.

However, we have been innocently doing just that. In a growing number of geographical areas that begin and end with invisible county lines, the substance is almost impossible to avoid. Some of the hardest hit counties are located in Alaska, Colorado, Kentucky, Michigan and Mississippi.

As the old saying goes, when no other agent can be located as the cause for our problems, blame it on the water. "It must be something in the water," the saying has been said for ages, usually with a shrug and chuckle.

Perhaps it's time for us as individuals and as a nation to repeat this phrase again - this time as though our lives depended upon it, this time without a shrug and chuckle - and while we are at it, take a closer look at our water.

Maybe there is something in the water, after all.

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The strange, corrosive, toxic but still controversial agent in the water is fluoride.

The atomic symbol for the negatively charged halogen known as fluorine is, simply, "F" or "F-." When the negatively charged ions - or anions - of fluorine gas combine with another element, a fluoride compound is formed. If the F combines with sodium (Na), for instance, the compound would then be known as sodium fluoride, or NaF. If it combines with calcium (Ca), the compound formed is calcium fluoride, or CaF. If it combines with arsenic, it becomes AsF. And so on.

Fluoride is a trace element in nature, but manmade fluoride compounds became grossly abundant as a result of the invention of weapons of mass destruction in World War II. Fluoride and uranium are key components in the atomic bomb, and fluoride is also a key ingredient in fluorinated organophosphate nerve agents, such as Sarin.

Radioactive uranium is naturally present in phosphate ore, but it must be "enriched" if it is to become a nuclear weapon or a reactor fuel. After the phosphate is mined, the uranium "yellow cake" is removed and sent to an enrichment facility such as the plant owned by the Department of Energy in Paducah, Kentucky. There, the uranium is fluorinated and uranium hexafluoride (UF6) is produced. Paducah's enrichment plant stopped making UF6 for weapons in the 1960s, and began creating it, instead, for commercial purposes as a reactor fuel.

Uranium fission was first discovered in the late 1930s by German scientists. In 1939, there was a reported fear that the Nazis were about to develop a bomb using uranium fission. In 1942, Americans began similar research, facilitated by the knowledge of scientists who had fled their own countries and moved to the United States. Thus, America was the first to achieve both creation - and use - of atomic weaponry in 1945.

That year, 1945, was one of many changes. With World War II over, 1945 marked the year in which the Nuremberg Trials began - trials that presumably reaffirmed the sanctity of life, and human rights - trials which would eventually address the atrocities of Nazi human experimentation.

As the world breathed a sigh a relief in knowing that the Nazi health officials' experimentation on human beings had been halted in Germany, 1945 marked the year that "public health officials" in America began their experimentation on human beings with water fluoridation.

In what would turn out to be the biggest human experimentation in history, sodium fluoride - NaF - was added into American's drinking water in selected communities under the medical claim that the F would prevent dental caries (cavities) in children. Those receiving this experimental, medicinal treatment in their drinking water, received it then as they do now: They are forced to ingest it, inhale it, bathe and shower in it, whether or not they want or even need this toxic chemical in their bodies.

As with all medicinal compounds - indeed, as with virtually everything on Earth - some individuals can be expected to have extreme side effects and allergic reactions. Individuals having severe allergic reactions to penicillin, poison ivy or peanuts are very likely to use common sense and avoid those substances. Unlike the penicillin, poison ivy or peanuts, however - in fact, unlike any other medicinal compound in history - over 60% of Americans at this time are now unable to electively avoid the F product unless they also can find a way to avoid their water. While the list of side effects from fluoride has been falsely minimized or completely concealed by fluoride promoters, the side effects are well documented. Side effects have been so severe that previously approved medications containing high-grade F compounds have been removed from the market by the FDA. (47, 48, 49, 50, 51)

In a recent paper authored by Myron Coplan, PE, and Roger Masters, PhD, a professor at Dartmouth, the authors discovered that a subtle but potentially lethal change in F additives took place shortly after the fluoride experimentation on Americans began. In 1947 instead of higher-grade NaF or sodium fluoride - silicofluorides, or SiFs, were substituted as the fluorinating compound in drinking water. This switch was carried out under the gross misconception that all F compounds are the same. As outlined in some largely ignored research, however, one part of SiF is substantially more potent than six parts of NaF. Despite this evidence, and despite the fact that it is now SiF rather than NaF primarily being used in American water fluoridation, Masters and Coplan found that "virtually all the extensive laboratory research on the biological properties and effects of fluoride in water has been performed using NaF rather than SiFs..." (52)

Merck gives the definition of silicofluoride as, "fluorosilicate is a compound of silicon and some other base with fluorine, such as sodium silicofluoride; fluorosilicates are sometimes used as insecticides, and are very toxic when ingested. Called also silicofluoride." (53)

While many are still assuming that the SiF compounds being added to drinking water are high-grade pharmaceuticals, the CDC's National Fluoridation Engineer has publicly stated that all fluoride compounds currently used for water fluorination are "byproducts of the phosphate fertilizer industry." (54)

Because of the toxic nature of this compound, the SiF being added to drinking water is an industrial waste that would otherwise have to be disposed of by the industry that created it, and it would have to be disposed of according to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HAZMAT). Disposal of toxic substances under hazmat regulations, however, results in an expense for the industries.

This costly disposal dilemma - and its clever marketing remedy - was expertly summed up in a 1983 letter written by EPA's Rebecca Hanmer, (formerly the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water), who stated that by putting the SiF waste into drinking water rather than disposing of it, an important financial savings is made for the industry. Miss Hanmer wrote that this industrial plan is "...an ideal solution to a long standing problem. By recovering by-product fluosilicic acid (sic) from fertilizer manufacturing, water and air pollution are minimized, and water authorities have a low-cost source of fluoride..." (55)

Ongoing research by Dr. Roger Masters' team revealed that the effect of SiF in young, growing boys differs from its effects on adult males. In juvenile males, ingested fluoride is not excreted from the body as efficiently as it is excreted from the body of adult males. It is this finding that perhaps explains why this substance might be creating an extreme reaction in boys. In addition, after comparing blood lead levels of over 400,000 children in communities using SiF-treated water, it was found that SiF water was also significantly associated with increased levels of lead in the children tested. This should be cause for alarm because the findings of other recent studies show a distinct correlation between blood concentrations of lead and unusual, aggressive behavior. (56)

Information published in 2003 detailed the findings of a controlled study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Researchers found in this study that elevated amounts of lead in the blood "may cause aggressive and even violent behavior." Dr. John D. Bogden, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Community Health participated in this study at the New Jersey Medical School. He stated, "The data of this study demonstrate that lead exposure enhances predatory aggression in animals, and provide support for lead exposure as a cause of aggressive behavior in humans." Among other researchers also participating in this study was Dr. Donald B. Louria, Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health. Dr. Louria stated, "The results support other recent investigations that have found associations between lead in blood or bones and delinquent and aggressive behavior in teenagers." (57)

In seeking further documented evidence regarding aggressive behavior and its association with SiF water, Dr. Masters contacted personnel in the EPA in 2000 and asked them if they had empirical, scientific data on the effects of SiFs on health and behavior. Robert Thurnau, Chief, Water Supply and Water Resources Division of the EPA responded. ". . . our answer is no." (58)

In spite of the increasing evidence pointing directly to a potential calamity stemming from massive fluoride poisoning, there remain outspoken groups that continue to advocate the blanket dosing of entire communities with still-untested, unapproved fluoridation. Among them is a group known as "Quackwatch."

Quackwatch is chaired by retired psychiatrist, Stephen Barrett, M.D. He and the Quackwatch associates have gathered together for the purpose of acting as both watchdog and instructor for the gullible, unlettered public. The group has apparently done some substantial instructing, because it claims to be one of the three most popular medical websites on the entire internet. Dr. also serves as a Fellow of the "Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal."

Quackwatch uses an FDA quotation to describe what, exactly, quackery or health fraud is, and it also provides the public with guidelines to help us more easily identify the "quacks" among us. According to Quackwatch, "The FDA defines health fraud as 'the promotion, for profit, of a medical remedy known to be false or unproven.'"

In reading through the reports published on Quackwatch, one will read claims that opponents to fluoridation have no supporting evidence to back their opposition to fluoridation. In fact, the only suspicions regarding F that seem to be embraced by Quackwatch are suspicions raised about individuals who oppose or question fluoridation. In one report that appears on Quackwatch, "Community Water Fluoridation in America: The Unprincipled Opposition," Michael Easley, DDS, another outspoken promoter of fluoride, refers to fluoridation opponents as "health quacks," and quotes from a 1983 paper which likens fluoride opponents to "parasites" who "steal undeserved credibility just by sharing the stage with respected scientists," all of whom (we are apparently to believe) are pro-fluoridation. (59, 60)

Quackwatch warns that one of the tactics of an "anti" (an opponent to the mass fluoridation of drinking water), is to use tactics based upon "those of Hitler," and to state that fluoride is the cause of an entire laundry list of problems. Quackwatch is correct about the laundry list. This is not a "tactic," however. It is a mere statement of facts.

Those who have dared to ask a few questions in spite of the potential risk of public humiliation by Quackwatch and other fluoridation promoters, have discovered information that flatly contradicts the information being generated by the promoters.

In a journal found in the National Library of Medicine, studies have shown that in doses as low as 3 mg per day, fluoride has produced toxic effects on male reproductive hormones. Despite what Americans are being told by fluoridation promoters, the negative effects of F upon both body and mind have not only been discovered, but they have also been duly reported, albeit in areas and texts that most Americans - including professionals - do not regularly access, subscribe to or read. (61, 62, 63, 64)

Perhaps the most amazing fact of all discovered by those daring to ask questions, is the fact that the F compound being added into our drinking water under a promised, medicinal claim, has not ever been approved by the FDA.

Representative Glenn Donnelson of Utah summed this fact up during the winter, 2003, National Conference of State Legislatures. When asked about fluoride he stated, "A major concern is that the Food and Drug Administration has never approved fluoride for safety or effectiveness . . . When a product, substance or chemical is added to the public water supply for the purposes of treating or preventing a disease, that chemical must have an approved health claim by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. To say that 'fluoridated water will decrease tooth decay' is an illegal health claim." (65)

Amid the Quackwatch reports, is a report reprinted from the 2002 FDA Consumer magazine focusing on the Surgeon General's "silent epidemic" of oral/dental problems, previously mentioned above. The article is named, "Fighting Gum Disease: How to Keep Your Teeth." The paper focuses on "Americans' bad oral health," and on the high incidence of gum disease in the US. A portion of this scientific paper, however, reads suspiciously like a product promotion and endorsement. It is in that particular area of this paper on "how to keep your teeth," that the inevitable endorsement of a fluoride product is made. (66)

A more realistic paper focusing on "Fighting Gum Disease: How to Keep Your Teeth," might have actually contained a warning about fluoride.

According to a patent application that can be located through the US Patent and Trademark Office, the following statement was given as supporting evidence by researchers applying for patent #636150, filed on April 22, 1996: "We have found that fluoride, in the concentration range in which it is employed for the prevention of dental caries, stimulates the production of prostaglandins and thereby exacerbates the inflammatory response in gingivitis and periodontitis." The claim for which these researchers were seeking a patent was, "A method for preventing dental caries and at the same time controlling periodontal bone loss precipitated by the fluoride..."

Could it possibly be that fluoride does not belong on the list of the "Ten Great Public Health Achievements in the Twentieth Century," as is claimed by the CDC and seconded by popular fluoride promoters such as Quackwatch?

Is it possible that along with the "adjusted" reports that have been given to the public from the USDA as well as from the EPA (as has recently been charged by angered EPA scientists), that individuals in the CDC, the FDA and those crying foul and quack in the private sector might be giving us - albeit with great authoritarian bluster - more inaccurate information in order to promote and market this product?

Most of the dental problems in the Surgeon General's report are broken down according to race, income and educational levels in the government's apparent attempt to find a reason behind the appalling increase in gum disease. It is in the midst of this data that the following lament is made: ". . . about 40 percent of the public does not receive the benefits of community water fluoridation." Because the mention of "fluoride-deficient" communities is listed in this report, one might reasonably draw a conclusion that fluoridated drinking water must be working wonders for those more fortunate folks in the fluoridated counties. Certainly, the five states mentioned on the Surgeon General's list as having the worst toothlessness problems - Kentucky, West Virginia, Arkansas, Louisiana and Maine - must be five of the most embarrassingly "fluoride-deficient" states in the entire United States. (67)

A brief review of a state-by-state CDC score card of "optimally fluoridated" communities reveals just the opposite.

Predictably, and in keeping with research that reveals fluoride causes gum disease, the two states with the worst edentulous problems in the country - Kentucky and West Virginia - were 96% and 87% "optimally fluoridated" in 2000. In fact, Kentucky, which was mentioned earlier above as also having twice the rate of cavities in toddlers as the national average, was actually 100% fluoridated in 1992.

Among the other top five states of now-toothless-Americans, Maine was 75% fluoridated, Arkansas was about 60% fluoridated and over 53% of Louisiana's residents were being "optimally fluoridated" via hazmat waste in their drinking water. (68)

Adding to the overall contradictory statistics is yet another report, this one a 2001-02 "report card" issued by a fluoride-promoting group calling itself "Oral Health America" (OHA). They gave the United States an oral health grade of only "C," a grade that was in part lowered because each state not "optimally fluoridated" automatically received one "F"to be figured into their grade. According to OHA's data, there were only four states that actually received a better grade than the national average of C. Two of those four states that received the highest grades in America for overall oral health were Utah and Hawaii. Both Utah and Hawaii received a B minus.

Utah and Hawaii, however, are the two "hold-out" states in America. Both states have been roundly rejecting water fluoridation for some time. (69)

Once again, the list of areas being "optimally fluoridated" or "fluoride deficient" pertains only to fluoridation of drinking water. There is no mention of the other sources of fluoride pollution in America. Among the other sources are ongoing fluoride contamination of the air and environment by Superfund sites, fluoride contamination in animal feeds, pesticides, cigarette smoke, coal combustion, in fertilizers being incorporated into soils, the fluoride that is contained in plastics and in nonstick cookware, the fluoride contamination of human foods as well as canned/bottled juices, soft drinks and other beverages, and the fluoride that is added to an overwhelming number of pharmaceutical products, including antibiotics, steroids, molecular imaging tracking agents, anesthetics, vitamins and antidepressants.

As though even more fluoride were somehow needed by a nation that is clearly already overdosed, the list also does not include one of the most highly concentrated sources of fluoride that is purchased by most Americans and used daily: Conventional toothpastes. Most toothpastes have a fluoride content that is so potentially lethal, a poison warning must be displayed on their labels. In what must be the most bizarre examples of conflicting and confusing in formation, while "public health officials" in many states are using words such as "enforcement" when it comes to keeping fluoride in people's drinking water, the notice on the toothpaste tubes warns specifically against the ingestion of the fluoride product. The government's Medline encyclopedia gives the following prognosis following an ingested toothpaste overdose: "For fluoridated toothpastes -- If the patient survives for 48 hours, recovery is usually likely." (70)

Amid the confusion, one might wonder why topical fluoride dental products would even be necessary when the fluoridation of drinking water is now being enforced in so many communities. The answer to this question can be found in statements from the CDC and other fluoride promoters: Ingested fluoride only affects teeth prior to tooth eruption. According to the CDC, after the tooth has erupted from the gums in toddlers and children, ingested fluoride no longer affects the tooth. (71, 72)

There are only preliminary estimates available regarding how much F is absorbed through the skin and lungs even though over half of all Americans now have no choice but to stand naked in their showers and be completely contaminated by F water - and then pay for it in their utility bill. Estimates suggest that dermal and pulmonary absorption of F are far more efficient routes than ingestion by mouth, as was demonstrated over a half century ago by the Nazis during their experimentation with lethal, fluorinated nerve gases.

It is perhaps of interest to note that while Quackwatch includes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its list of "Reliable Agencies and Organizations," several important pieces of literature pertaining to F and published by EPA Headquarters Union of Scientists have either escaped the Quackwatch notice or have simply been ignored.

It appears that a number of scientists in the EPA have also been able to uncover existing information that documents the dangers of F. In fact, some of the scientists of the EPA have been issuing warnings about the dangers of fluoride in our drinking water for over ten years, but - again - reports that do not further the sale of this product have been seriously "adjusted" by overseers occupying jobs within the government. Only after being adjusted are the reports then given to the unsuspecting public. In other cases, the scientists' warnings appear to be completely ignored by major news media, as well as by some of the more popular medical sites that profess to keep Americans informed.

One statement prepared by J. William Hirzy, Ph.D. of the EPA Headquarters Union of scientists, summarizes the stand of approximately 1500 scientists and professionals in Washington, D.C. "... our opposition to drinking water fluoridation has grown, based on the scientific literature documenting the increasingly out-of-control exposures to fluoride, the lack of benefit to dental health from ingestion of fluoride and the hazards to human health from such ingestion. These hazards include acute toxic hazard, such as to people with impaired kidney function, as well as chronic toxic hazards of gene mutations, cancer, reproductive effects, neurotoxicity, bone pathology and dental fluorosis." In another statement issued before the Subcommittee on Drinking Water in D.C., Dr. Hirzy urged an immediate moratorium on water fluoridation, citing among other possible links, the growing psychological problems children are now suffering. (73, 74)

While research on the destructive role that F is playing in the human body continues to unfold, a much earlier clue regarding the toxic effects of cellular message disruption was given years ago in an old book written by Adelle Davis, Let's Get Well. (Ms. Davis, who was suspicious of fluoride, was posthumously inducted into the lengthy Quackwatch list of Quacks for misinforming the public.)

Although she was not writing about fluoride when she mentioned the words "xanthurenic acid" in that old book - she was writing about diabetes - both xanthurenic acid and diabetes fit well into any study of fluoride and America's health problems.

Referencing research done in the 1950s, on page 94 Ms. Davis wrote: "When too little vitamin B6 (pyridoxin) is obtained, an essential amino acid from complete proteins, tryptophane, is not used normally; instead it is changed into a substance known as xanthurenic acid. If animals are deficient in B6, xanthurenic acid in the blood becomes so high that it damages the pancreas within 48 hours and diabetes is produced."

On the next page, she stated that magnesium plays an important partnership role with B6 by decreasing the need for B6. A more recent study shows that a magnesium deficiency impairs B6 status by inhibiting the uptake of B6 in the tissues. On page 342, Adelle Davis stated that many foods grown in America today using chemical fertilizers are deficient in magnesium content. (75)

These are important statements in that old book, as they clearly demonstrate that the need for appropriate nutrition as well as the devastating effects of an improper diet were well-known by researchers in the 1950s - long before adjusters gave us our pyramid of dough. Information available through the CDC also states that a poor diet - something that is now quite easy to come-by in the United States - can lead to a depletion of B6. (76)

In order to better understand what, exactly, xanthurenic acid is, and how important each small piece of the puzzle is, one must look at the symphonic workings of the nerves, chemicals, proteins and hormones that are receiving and transmitting messages in the brain and throughout the body each moment of every day of our lives. It is the very ability of the receptors and transmitters to give and receive their accurate messages that creates the symphony that is the song of life.

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that must be obtained through a proper, balanced diet. The tryptophan is then further dependent upon - and influenced by - other nutrients and messages for its destined work in the body.

If the tryptophan is not able to metabolize in the brain because of missing nutrients or due to incorrect messaging, the tryptophan degrades into xanthurenic acid, a toxin that causes cells to self-destruct in a cellular suicidal action called "apoptosis." All of the B complex vitamins are essential for proper cellular messaging, but in studying the specific roles of each of the B vitamins, a deficiency of vitamin B6 has, indeed, been shown to lead to tryptophan degradation. What little B6 that is gained from a poor diet can be further depleted by something else as easy to come by in the US as a poor diet - stress. (77, 78, 79, 80)

On the other hand, if all goes well and all nutrients are present, instead of metabolizing into xanthurenic acid the tryptophan will interact and then form serotonin, which is a powerful neurotransmitter. Serotonin's molecular messaging role is so vast and important in the body, it is sometimes referred to as the "serotonin system." It is a key player in the regulation of mood and behavior. It also directly affects the gastrointestinal tract, and low levels are being found in the development of heart disease. Serotonin is also thought to play a regulatory role in insulin production, and a disruption of serotonin levels has also been found to worsen the behavior in some autism cases. (81, 82, 83, 84, 85)

In a paper published in a peer-reviewed journal, the point is made that, "Evidence is mounting that abnormalities of serotonin metabolism play an important role in individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Whole-blood serotonin often is elevated in children with autistic disorder and normal intelligence. Also, in boys with autistic disorder, serotonin synthesis typically is decreased in the frontal region and thalamus on one side of the brain and increased in the dentate nucleus of the opposite cerebellum." (86)

Once the tryptophan is transformed into serotonin, the serotonin acts as the precursor to melatonin which is formed in the pineal gland. Melatonin is the hormone that regulates daily cycles, and it induces sound sleep which is necessary for our bodies to heal and repair themselves each night. It is also an extremely important regulator of apoptosis and it also plays a role in the regulation of insulin. Because of its role in the regulation of apoptosis, when the melatonin is able to send and receive its messages properly, its messages tell cancer cells to self-destruct, while keeping other cells on task. It also helps to govern mood and behavior, and plays a role in the triggering of puberty. (87, 88)

As science has leapt forward in various areas, researchers are now better able to understand some of the smaller, lesser-known details of the great symphony within us. They are now aware, for instance, of the critical role played by something that was discovered not long ago by a gentleman of science named Martin Rodbell. He discovered one of the most critical messengers in our bodies - messengers that are now referred to as the "G-proteins."

According to "The Martin Rodbell Papers - Signal Transduction and the Discovery of G-Proteins, 1969-1980," which can be viewed in the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, "'Signal transduction' describes how individual cells receive, process, and ultimately transmit information derived from external 'signals,' such as hormones, drugs, or even light . . . The G-proteins proved to be the essential components of the hormone signaling process." This was a discovery that was so profound, it resulted in a shared Nobel Prize for Dr. Rodbell and Alfred Gilman, M.D., PhD. (89)

But, Dr. Rodbell had also seen something else. At a press conference in 1994 he took a moment to express concern for something troubling him. He was concerned about the increasing profit-oriented arenas into which the field of science was moving. "The tenor is changed," he stated, "the world ain't the same, everything is targeted, everything is bottom line, how to make a buck." He added that there is a crucial need to "capture knowledge for its own sake and for humanity." In one of his last public speaking engagements, the man who represented pure science rather than industry - a scientist who was also a poet and unafraid to speak of Amazing Grace - Dr. Rodbell said, "We should be able to together bring about a better world, a world that we, as humans, can be proud of." (90, 91)

Eerily, strangely - very strangely - as though he had looked at the smallest of the small details and in those details found divine consciousness, at his Nobel banquet celebrating the discovery of the G-proteins, Martin Rodbell the scientist and poet told us that when we think of G, to remember all that it stands for - "lucky seven in the alphabet, the starting point for everything surely profound, remember God..." (92)

Since the great, internal symphony is so dependent upon the abilities of the G-proteins to send and receive their messages, it would appear reasonable to assume that life, itself, depends upon the safe and unblocked passage of these messengers.

Fluoride can now be suspected in a host of illnesses including GERD, gum disease, bone problems, diabetes, thyroid malfunction and mental impairment. As stated earlier, a significant number of the health and mental problems in the US are more pronounced in boys. Because tryptophan, serotonin and the melatonin formed in the pineal gland are specifically associated with behavior (both aggressive and nonaggressive), with mood, sleep, appetite control, mucosal function of the gastrointestinal tract, regulation of cells and a host of other functions of the body, it appears that something is disturbing the proper functioning of the messengers, thus resulting in outward signs of disease and behavioral problems. (93, 94, 95)

Additionally, fluoride has now been found to accumulate in extremely high concentrations within the pineal gland where melatonin is formed. This observation was made during postmortem examinations by researcher Jennifer Luke, DDS, PhD. A known neurotoxin, fluoride has also been shown to cause nerve cell degeneration, resulting in an outright disruption of motor coordination. It has also been shown to inhibit and interfere with the production of insulin, interfere with thyroid function and to directly affect thought process. (96, 97, 98, 99, 100)

The outward signs, however, are but the symptoms, the end results - the effects. Having found the effect, one must look at the smallest of the small details to find the cause. There in the small details, in the nucleus of the symphony where the divine is meant to sing, something else is, instead, lying: Fluoride has now also been identified as interfering with G-protein messages. A messenger of utter falsehood, fluoride both activates and inhibits cellular activity. (101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106)

This means that fluoride, along with those promoting it, is sending out some rather confusing messages. (107)

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It was while studying the raging debate over whether "we" should or should not pay the uranium mining industries to use our drinking water as a cheap way to dispose of their fluoride wastes, that another fact appeared.

It appeared rather quietly and without fanfare, almost as background noise that was unnoticeable against the din of debate on municipal fluoridation. It might have been missed entirely if it weren't for the fact that I was focusing on the growing list of behavioral problems in children, and wondering each step of the way if the children's problems might possibly be tied into an epidemic of epidemics caused by fluoride.

While adults were sometimes being given an opportunity to express opinions prior to the fluoridation of their water supplies, another fluoridation program was quietly begun. In the 1960s and 1970s, fluoridation was begun in children's schools which had their own water supplies. The fluoridation plan for the schools' drinking water, however, differed slightly from the municipal fluoridation plans. The CDC guidelines suggested that school children's drinking water should be fluoridated at approximately 4.5 times the amount suggested for municipal fluoridation. (108, 109)

This deliberate overdose, which translates into ranges reaching 6.5 mg per liter of water, is not a dose that was based upon any child's size, weight, age or body mass. It is not a dose that was based upon any particular child's individual dental needs - nor was there even consideration of whether the children's teeth had already erupted and were therefore no longer affected by ingested fluoride. The dose was certainly not based upon any parent's desire to have his or her children exposed to fluoride in amounts that the parents would not want to receive. It is a dose that does not even take into consideration the amount of fluoride the children might already be exposed via topical dental products.

In fact, it is a dose that callously - and quite coldly - takes nothing whatsoever into consideration other than the mean outdoor temperature. In schools where the average daily temperature is 79.3 to 90.5 degrees Fahrenheit, the suggested dose is 3.2 milligrams per liter, with the upper range being 3.8 mg/L. But, heaven help the schools in colder areas where the average air temperature is 50 to 53.7 degrees Fahrenheit. In those schools, the suggested dose is 5.4 mg/L, with upper limits at 6.5 mg/L. (110)

With the dose of fluoride experimentation at such extreme levels, one would think that at least caution and close monitoring would be in order.

Once again, such a thought is apparently considered unreasonable in the minds of those promoting fluoride. In a report dated August 17, 2001, the CDC states that while schools in thirteen states had initiated school water fluoridation at some point during the course of this experiment, as of 2001, "school water fluoridation has been phased out in several states; the current extent of this practice is not known." (111)

In addition to school fluoridation now being "not known," in the same National Conference of State Legislatures in which Representative Donnelson registered his opposition to fluoridation, another 2001 study was reviewed. The study examined the knowledge level of operators controlling both small and large water plants. Specifically, this study focused on the knowledge level of individuals responsible for adding the fluoride into the drinking water. The two-year study found that only "approximately 64 percent of plant operators knew the correct optimal fluoride concentration for their plant . . ." (112)

Medical experimentation is always undertaken for a purpose. The purpose in most cases is to achieve or study end results. It is not unreasonable to suspect that the massive medical experiment involving one of the most powerful of the greenhouse gases - fluoride - might finally be revealing its long-term, end results. With children being subjected to more than a full measure of this experiment, it is not unreasonable to suspect that the children might reach their breaking point before the larger, older, heavier adult population.

It is not unreasonable to assume that children might now be showing signs not only of dental fluorosis - which has been visible for years in the United States - but also signs of systemic fluorosis manifesting in ways that have nothing to do with their teeth.

With a manmade, toxic substance now effectively sending false messages throughout the minds and bodies of most Americans, it is not unreasonable to suggest that previously unheard-of behavioral and mood problems might be directly related to that manmade substance which is sending out those false messages. Along with the new, bizarre fascination with darkness that appears to be growing in this country's juveniles, there seems to be a new aloofness and a growing lack of compassion.

In some children there appears to be a growing inability to think clearly beyond the moment at hand, and an inability to avoid bizarre and impulsive behavior. In some boys, there appears to be a growing inability to feel, and therefore an inability to behave in a manner that considers the feelings of others. School bullying, once a rare and punishable offense, is simply seen now as "life in the real world," as the principal of a notably violent middle school in Tallahassee told me. Along with an inability to feel, there is a growing inability to even perceive a concept of the divine. Instead, there appears to be a growing willingness to follow dark, provocative and charismatic leaders who are now easily leading their young disciples directly into hell.

There is also a growing reverence for Nazi philosophy reported among some school children, nationwide.

Xanthurenic acid is the toxic element needed before a number of illnesses - including malaria - are set into motion. Following this example of cause and effect, one might reasonably wonder at this point if it is fluoride, itself, that set into motion the numbing, light-blocking, emotionless disease of godlessness that is Nazi philosophy. Was it, perhaps, the fluoride that created the Nazis?

With children's minds now being ruled by a false messenger, it is within reason to wonder if this messenger of lies is the toxic agent behind the growing, horrific cases of murder, suicide and inexplicable behavior now being carried out by children - irrational acts carried out by children who are unable to think clearly enough to "just say no" to anything.

Christopher Pittman - was twelve years old when he shot his grandparents to death as they slept in 2001. In the weeks leading up to this horrifying event, Christopher had briefly lived in South Carolina with his grandparents. While the drinking water of South Carolina is over 90% "optimally fluoridated," this does not take into consideration all of the other sources of fluoridation mentioned earlier. According to news reports, Christopher had also been placed on prescription antidepressants just weeks prior to tragedy. Both of his prescribed drugs are classified as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, and in addition, one of them is a fluorinated compound.

While it is possible that the two prescribed serotonin-altering agents might take the stand with Christopher, fluoride will undoubtedly continue to be ignored because the masterminds behind its marketing are still claiming after over a half a century of unproven experimentation that it is good for us.

A reflection of the accelerating lack of reason and compassion governing this country, and in spite of the fact that there is no child in the United States safe from fluoride, Christopher - like a growing number of boys and teenagers now being charged with life-shattering crimes - is being charged as an adult. He faces life in prison because, as a twelve-year-old, he was unable to control strange and terrible impulses that occurred following his ingestion of mind-altering compounds, including fluoride. (113, 114, 115, 116)

One might pray that reason and compassion will once again flow through this country and govern the behavior of our leaders. Reason and compassion, however, are now as rare as pure, sweet water.

For those in whom there remains the last of this nation's reason and compassion, let those people come forward now and speak in a clear voice on behalf of all who have no voice - let us speak first on behalf of the children in this country. Let the voice of reason and compassion take the stand with Christopher as he is charged as an adult, and let us speak on behalf of him and of all other children in this country who have been charged as adults and are serving life sentences or facing life sentences in the United States. Let our voice speak of the clear evidence that no child in this country can "just say no to drugs"when they are being drugged through their drinking water, their food and the air they breathe.

Let us next come forward on behalf of all those on whom the fluoridation of drinking water is being enforced.

Let us come forward with reason and compassion as though all of our lives and the future of America depend upon it, and let us tell industry that it must control its fluoride waste instead of placing it in our drinking water. This is not an unreasonable request.

Let us come together with a unified voice and remind those working in government that one cannot serve two masters. The government of this country was meant to work on behalf of the people of this country - on behalf of all people, including the children who have no voice.

Let those who are professionals be daring enough to take the research presented here and add to it. Further research cannot harm us. It can only lead to an increase in our knowledge. Like the symphonic workings of tryptophan, serotonin, melatonin and the G-proteins, knowledge that is tempered with reason and compassion unfolds into wisdom.

It is time for us to awaken and move beyond America's dark age of fluoride and time to strive for that wisdom which is so long overdue. It is wisdom that unfolds into enlightenment, and it is enlightenment that belongs to each of us. Enlightenment, along with our connection to the divine, belong to us. They are ours, by divine birthright.

It is time for us to remove the darkness of the false messenger known as F, the 6th letter of the alphabet, and to go forward so that we may reconnect with all that the next letter, G, represents.

Something wonderful is waiting for us there in the smallest details. We have been told so by a poet and scholar who was among the first to learn of it, and then to realize that he had encountered a symphony of universal proportions.

It is there, in the smallest of the small, that evidence of the largest of the large can be found.

It is time for us to try to remember God.

Copyright December 2003 by Mary Sparrowdancer

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Mary is the author of The Love Song of the Universe, (2001, Hampton Roads), documenting her fifteen-year, ongoing encounter with the light. The above work represents excerpts from Mary's forthcoming book, Fluoride: The Battle of Darkness and Light, to be published in 2004. The information has been provided here freely because of its critical nature. Mary can be reached through her website at www.sparrowdancer.com or at PO Box 535, Tallahassee, FL 32302.

Mary wishes to thank Valerie Guernsey, DO, specialist in adolescent psychiatry, Luise Light, MS, EdD, nutrition expert, editor and author, and J. William Hirzy, Ph.D. of the EPA Headquarters Union of scientists for their valuable help in preparing this paper.

Look for Ketchup is Not a Vegetable; Sane Eating in a Toxic Food World by Luise Light in the fall of 2005.

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May 06, 2006

Calorie-free stevia's 11-year war with FDA

BY ERICA ORDEN
Special to Newsday

May 2, 2006

To many people these days, simply sweetening a cup of coffee is practically akin to picking a poison. Sugar or honey? Too many calories. Equal or Nutrasweet? Too many health risks, especially given recent reports detailing diet soda's dangerously high levels of the cancer-causing compound benzene.

So to the sweet-toothed consumer, the increasingly popular, all natural, calorie-free substance called stevia sounds too good to be true.

And to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it is.

For the past 11 years, while artificial sweeteners like Splenda, Equal and Nutrasweet have dominated the diet-conscious market, the stevia industry and the FDA have been at odds over whether the additive poses health risks.

But with sales of the plant-based substance, indigenous to South America, growing rapidly in the past few years, stevia's sticky situation is creating an increasingly complex marketplace for consumers, manufacturers and retailers.



FDA hard to convince

Though the stevia industry promotes it as the only natural, no-calorie way to sweeten foods and drinks and denies any health risks, citing the heavy use of the substance in Japan since the 1970s without any major reported safety concerns, the FDA isn't convinced. Since 1995, the FDA has banned the use of stevia as a sweetener, approving it only for use as a dietary supplement because "available toxicological information on stevia is inadequate to demonstrate its safety as a food additive or to affirm its status as GRAS [generally recognized as safe]."

But consumers looking for alternatives to sugar and to chemical sweeteners keep snapping it up.

In recent years, the consumption of stevia, which is sold in powder, tablet and liquid form and has a slightly bitter taste, has ballooned. Sales of stevia in the United States reached about $45 million in 2005, up nearly 25 percent from the previous year's sales, according to the Nutrition Business Journal, an industry guide to market research. Once limited to obscure health food stores, stevia can now be found at Trader Joe's stores, Whole Foods and King Kullen stores across Long Island.



A well-kept secret

But despite its growing consumer base, stevia's long-term prospects are severely limited under FDA regulations. For one thing, most consumers know little to nothing about the plant derivative because government regulations prevent even retail outlets from explaining much about the substance. Even diabetics, sweetener-savvy consumers and potentially some of stevia's most devoted fans, aren't sure what to make of the product. While nutritionists, including those who have worked in conjunction with the American Diabetes Association like Virginia-based consultant Robyn Webb, recommend stevia to diabetics as a safe way to sweeten foods and drinks, the ADA refuses to endorse it because it looks to the FDA for dietary guidelines.

And while stevia distributors are pleased with the recent growth of their industry, some worry about the future of their marketplace.

"The true growth is in food processors putting it in food products, and that will only come when the FDA approves it," says Warren Sablosky, 52, president of NuNaturals, an Arizona-based stevia distributor that sells pure extract to Wild Oats and Whole Foods Markets. "A lot of big food producers don't want to sit on the legal line."

But some have taken the plunge. In January 2004, Steaz, a Pennsylvania-based natural soda manufacturer, introduced a diet line made with stevia rather than aspartame or Nutrasweet. To comply with the legal guidelines, the company can't market it as a soda or even as a beverage (it calls the product a dietary supplement) and must list "supplement facts" rather than "nutrition facts" on its back label.



Sales on the rise

But for Steaz, the marketing maneuvering was worth the trouble. The company's diet black cherry flavor is now its top-selling item at national grocery chain Wild Oats, and sales of the diet line have increased 200 percent over each of the past two years, according to Eric Schnell, 35, co-founder of Steaz. "The natural community has embraced the brand," Schnell says.

Still, the general public, even consumers wary of artificial sweeteners, may not be quite as quick to make the switch.

"It's not as good as sugar," said Sigal Elias, 41, of Great Neck, as she tried a tiny taste of pure stevia alongside her two children, Edan, 13, and Romi, 11, at a recent Earth Day celebration outside Grand Central Terminal. "Usually, we drink diet soda, but now we're trying to eliminate it. Because of the side effects, we're kind of concerned," she admitted, "but we love the flavor of Splenda."

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January 20, 2006

The 'New Food Pyramid' Part Deux...Or Eric Cartman's 'Breakfast of Champions'

By Alan Graham (with Alfred Lehmberg)
AlienView.net
I think we showed last time ...

http://www.alienview.net/ALLT1.html#Fatlie
or http://www.rense.com/general68/fatlie.htm

... that the numerous lies concerning fats and oils prove beyond doubt that the New Food Pyramid (NFP) is "in the tank" for several powerful organizations. The NFP stands already exposed...

Not surprisingly, these insults to the foundation of individual health are continued with regard to the remaining "Pyramid" categories. Truth.

Because the NFP relies heavily on grains and dairy but impacts on children so profoundly (in more than a few ways), let us begin with a discussion on the destructive "one - two" punch that starts virtually every child's day ... Cereal & Milk.

This ubiquitous meal is not the "Breakfast of Champions," as it would be touted by a conflicted eight-year-old like the "I'm-not-fat-I'm-big-boned" -- Eric Cartman of South Park. No. Ironically? It is more likely practiced in this country like a "breakfast of the diseased dim-bulbed..."

Grain? The "Staff of Life"?

Our reliance on processed and refined carbohydrates in the multitude of cereals, breads, baked-goods, and pasta products is probably the number one health hazard facing this country. Moreover, this "Carbo-Mind Set" is completely corporate driven, forgetting we have to make it so easy for them... ...willingly going for the *Fluffy-Sweet Goodness* of a Twinkie, say... even when we know it's crap... This is despite the reason for the alarming increase in obesity, diabetes and heart disease! Still, we "Carbo-load"

Forgetting for a moment carbohydrate's role in expanding the disease lexicon... the so called "Adult Onset Diabetes" has to be called "type II" diabetes, lately... because NOW even children are effected! Furthermore, an accelerating trend occurs as there are many inflammatory diseases revealing themselves... ...unheard of even a few decades ago.

Examples?

Examples include Fibromyalgia, Syndrome "X" (essentially Heart Disease caused by Diabetes), and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)... all of which can be caused or exacerbated by over consumption of processed and refined carbohydrates. Add to the list my favorite new ailment: the "Double D" disease (...that's where you are born with type I diabetes, then, while still a child... you develop type II diabetes). ...A list, not iterated here, continues, reader!

Concerning carbohydrates in general? Here's an interesting fact.

It is possible to have a deficiency in protein, vitamins, minerals, trace minerals (all 70+), and Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)... but there is no such thing as a carbohydrate deficiency! Consider that...

Carbohydrates are not essential to build tissue, enhance the immune system, or protect the nerves! They will provide ready energy... sure ...but any not immediately used will rapidly turn to body fat.

Two of the most heart healthy, diabetic free groups on this planet rarely, if ever, consume carbs of ANY kind, especially grains. Discussed last time, the Eskimos consume meat protein, saturated fat, and EFAs. Introduced now are the Massi warriors / herdsman in Kenya. They eat meat protein, cow's blood, and raw milk (not the pasteurized / homogenized crap we drink).

Carbohydrates are not necessary! Like the Eskimos, et al. I wish I could say "make meat your major source of protein..." ...but with all the hormones, antibiotics, and general disrespect implied and extant in non-organic meat? I think you should try to get most, if not all, of your protein from the two most digestible sources remaining: 1) Whey protein isolate. 2) Cage-free Eggs, raw or lightly poached.

Don't get me wrong! Complex Carbs can be a very good thing if you get the majority of them from raw, mostly above ground, veggies...cruciferous & green leafy ones in particular. Moreover, even unhealthful Carbs like soy and grains can become very healthful foods by soaking, sprouting, or made Hi-Probiotic by fermenting... Of course, the NFP never mentions "fermenting, soaking, or sprouting...".

No, true to form, the NFP has you consuming twice as many servings of grains as compared to the other categories. This is particularly troubling because, according to the NFP, half of the *total* can be refined Carbs ... like white flour. That's insane, reader! As most people are confused by *official* claims concerning which grain products are less processed, thus more healthful... ...they wind up consuming, unhealthily, mostly refined Carbs, instead of unrefined or even half refined Carbs which are more healthful!

Here are just a few of the things wrong with grain Carbs and cereal in particular:

1) Gluten -- this is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley which is particularly difficult to digest, to start! Now, exacerbate the situation by destroying valuable stomach acid with carbonated drinks and antacids ( MD's pass out antacids like candy ).

Folks, copious amounts of stomach acid are required to properly "soften-up" protein. With a stomach acid deficit? The undigested protein finds itself too far down the intestinal tract for its unsatisfactory degree of digestion! This can cause an autoimmune response because the undigested protein is seen as a foreign invader, tragically, so your own immune system attacks... you!

This condition can result in undiagnosed and mysterious symptoms of joint pain, poor digestion, etc. with many persons. With others? Well, these develop debilitating and life threatening autoimmune diseases!

Unfortunately then, most *distracted* MDs giddily treat the symptoms of these provoked diseases the individual winds up with, but never address the underlying initial cause! What was the underlying initial cause? You needed to take supplemental stomach acid ( Betaine HCL with Pepsin ) NOT antacids... to improve your digestion... and stop betraying it!

Oh Yeah! You might want to also avoid gluten. If you have Celiac Disease, you have to avoid gluten, altogether. FYI: Hi-gluten rice contains no gluten. FYI-2: The pH of your stomach should be less than 3 to protect you from parasites, microbes, et al. and to rapidly start breaking down protein. A stomach pH of 1 is better than 2 for this purpose...battery acid is also a pH of 1. Doctors indiscriminately passing out Antacids to people that already have an alkaline stomach is a crime against Humanity.


2) Refined Carbs cause pancreatic insulin freak-out which contributes to obesity and inflammatory diseases... ...like heart disease and MS. Our society, gorging itself on cereals and Hi-carb snack foods is also the cause of the dramatic increase in Type II diabetes. Smoke that.

3) Grains are high in several anti-nutrients like phytates and oxalates which bind to minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron... ...and probably most importantly? Zinc.

Phytates can be avoided if grains are soaked, sprouted, or sour-leavened. Phytates and oxalates found in veggies are probably not a problem for non-vegetarians, especially if they supplement and avoid most grains.

It is most likely a waste of time to try to maintain a low-oxalate diet like some recommend. For one thing? There are many very healthful high oxalate foods like spinach, blueberries, green peppers, green beans, etc.

Also, Popeye was a little off concerning spinach... that's because even though it is high in calcium it is very high in oxalates which means only about 5% of the calcium is usable due to oxalate binding. This is no problem if you supplement with a good absorbable Calcium / Magnesium Complex ( milk is not the answer ). Minerals ( like Cal/Mag/Zinc ) which are bound to Inorganic Salts like carbonate & oxide are the least absorbable - always use some form of Organic Chelation like my favorite, Amino Acid Chelation, or others like Kreb Cycle, Calcium Citrate, et al. This supplementing will also help you avoid calcium oxalate crystals turning to kidney stones.

There is one food; however, that is so high in oxalates that it binds all its own calcium, then goes looking for more... that is unfermented Soy. Unfermented Soy is a whole other paper.

4) Cereals -- As far as carbohydrates causing an increase in insulin secretion is concerned... most cereals are the worst. The absolute worst...

Even if you start with some grain that might be considered reasonably healthful, like whole wheat, etc... ...by the time it's converted to flakes or cute little shapes, it's almost as destructive as table sugar! The various grains are ground and mixed in a slurry (a thick liquid) that is then forced (pooped!), under heat and pressure, through an extruder... ...to pop out magically delicious *charms* and *stars*...

The resulting grain *product* doesn't look or act anything like the grain product Jesus passed out with the fishes, reader...

...Now, "supercharge" the product with copious amounts of refined sugar... and you have a bowl of insulin producing garbage turning your children into troubled and aggressive little sociopaths *needing* drugs like Ritalin... When you add cow's milk to the mix? Well, then you have the necessary ingredients for your children repeatedly having ear infections, respiratory infections and allergic reactions...

Commercially processed cow's milk, by its self, can cause these reactions, however, you "fan the flames" when you suppress the child's immune system with sugar, cereal & fruit juices. Heavy sigh... reader!

And let's be honest as to why parents love cereal. It's not because 'way down deep' they are certain the stuff is a healthful food ...no. It's because they are too lazy or feel they are too busy to make their kids a big plate of eggs, soft scrambled with cheese & veggies. Or maybe a smoothie of Whey Protein Isolate, Kefir, ground flax seed, blueberries, or banana and then sweetened with Stevia... raw eggs are also great in smoothies as long as you go to www.mercola.com and read raw egg safety protocols.

Alternating these two breakfast meals can turn your hyper or listless child into a "Wunderkinder", and (with a gram or two of fish oil?) maybe even snap them out of the ADHD hell they're forced to endure. Both hyper activity & listlessness are very likely a manifestation of the same problem... too much Sugar, Cereal, Fruit juice, Toast & Jelly, Pancakes & Syrup, Doughnuts, Sweet Rolls, Muffins, Granola bars...

But hey! Lucky Charms and Twinkies are so convenient for a "busy" mom, like Mrs. Cartman... besides Eric pouts, dangerously, when he doesn't get his "Cheezy Poofs & Snacky Cakes." What's a doting mom and crack-smoking trollop to do?

FYI: When you super heat carbohydrate foods and turn the surface toasty brown ( bread crust, french fries, etc.) you create a paticularly nasty Free Radical, Acrylamides. Guess which food has the most toasted surface area per cup...that's right - flake cereals, like Corn Flakes & Wheaties, "The Breakfast of Champions".

Oh Boy... exercise! Everyone's favorite! But seriously...

As mentioned, most people (even vegetarians) don't have to worry about oxalates if they supplement properly. Phytates, on the other hand, could be a concern for vegetarians, maybe even if they do supplement! Keeping soy and grains to a minimum is probably the answer to this conundrum. There is one situation; however, where oxalates and phytates can be deadly serious.

Visualize this scenario. You have a 50 year old vegetarian and marathon runner who is jogging through his neighborhood and otherwise being as devout a disciple of the famous marathoner Jim Fixx as he can. Like Fixx, this middle-aged obsessive of our conjecture, thinks supplementation is a foolish waste of money. In his uninformed mind, longevity is all about physical fitness and caloric intake.

Well, like Jim Fixx at 52, he has a heart attack and drops dead in his trendy cul-de-sac... drops dead while his overweight, 65 year old neighbor, lounging on his porch smoking cigarettes and chain-pounding DingDongs, remarks to his wife... "See, honey, I told you that running crap could kill you..."

Ironically, in this situation the surviving neighbor is right. Here's how.

Just like Jim Fixx... ...who set the stage by not supplementing with the Essential Big Minerals or the 70 or so, equally critical, trace minerals... ...who ate a high oxalate and phytate diet binding critical minerals and trace minerals... ...who drank distilled or reverse osmosis (RO) water, leaching out even more minerals and trace minerals... ...who consumed lots of unfermented soy leaching out even more essential minerals...

Then, to top it all off? For years, his long distance running sweated out a "soup" of un-replaced electrolytes and essential minerals -- in particular, potassium (one of the most critical heart nutrients extant!) is readily excreted when he copiously perspired ... a decrease of potassium (Hypokalemia) can profoundly affect the nervous system and increases the chance of irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias), which, when extreme, can be fatal.

...Folks! After a few years of chronic mineral deficiency blithely provoked in just this manner? It's easy to drop dead from a heart attack!

True to form, after Jim Fixx died, his number one disciple Brian Maxwell only increased his effort through physical fitness without supplemental minerals... and he fell dead in his early 50's also! Many other high-toned athletes have dropped dead mysteriously in a similar fashion! But Gee...lets go find an innocent and beneficial herb, like Ephedra, to blame. Ephedra killed a few hundred people that abused it - Vioxx killed at least 28,000 when taken as directed.

FYI: Aerobic cardiovascular training is great... ...if you replace the lost minerals forfeited with the exercise! Also, more and more fitness folks feel that moderate weight training might be as importance as aerobic. Also, I use RO water... ...but I always re-mineralize it with liquid Trace Mineral drops.

Got milk?

I suspect that Pasteurizing & Homogenizing milk turns a fairly decent food (remember the Massi thriving on raw milk) into an unhealthful, completely unnecessary food source. There are certainly better ways to get the vitamins & protein that the Milk Advocates are always alluding to. So, if you want to use a little cheese or some fermented dairy products... do it because you really like it ... not so much because of the vitamins & protein and certainly not because you think it's a good source of calcium.

The New Food Pyramid's reliance on milk as a source of calcium is bogus to the extreme! Here's why.

Several major minerals need to be close to the correct ratio in order for the body to properly use calcium. One in particular is magnesium. This should be, at a minimum, a 2 to 1 ratio (2 Cal to 1 Mag). Many of the top holistic practitioners (like mercola.com, The Leaf Lady, et al.) feel it should be even higher, at a one to one ratio, or even higher than that. So you can see that cow's milk at a 10 to 1 Cal/Mag ratio has a real problem. Do the math.

Also, the vitamin D3 that mother nature supplies from the sun and fish liver oils is critical for Cal/Mag absorption. Unfortunately, most fortified milk uses the synthetic vitamin D2! It is not very effective for this purpose. Additionally, D2 is much more likely to cause a problem with vitamin D toxicity.

For a great tasting milk substitute (that children love better than milk) I recommend the following Kefir concoction: Kefir (plain, no added sugar) thin with ice water, leave plain or flavor it with whatever's handy (vanilla, chocolate or Kahlua if you're an adult) then sweeten with Stevia.

For those not familiar with Kefir? Kefir is a fermented product sort of like a "Super" yogurt, except it is higher in protein and Probiotics (good bacteria) yet lower in natural sugar. Fermentation makes the lactose digestible for lactose intolerant folks. Also, the Kefir I've seen in health food stores uses vitamin D3, not the inferior (and possibly dangerous) D2. It also comes in Organic form to avoid any residual hormones or antibiotics.

Technically, I still have Crohn's Disease, but I no longer suffer from it like I did for many years when under the care of a team of MDs. They almost had me poisoned to death with toxic pharmaceuticals when I discovered supplementation & proper nutrition! For the whole story read "How I Beat Crohn's Disease" http://www.alienview.net/crohns.html ...

The Point is? Because of the Crohn's, I'm very sensitive to what works well & not so well for the gut... ...Folks, Kefir is the superior form of Live Cultured, Probiotics (good Gut Flora & Fauna) in my opinion, and I've tried most of them.

To sum up, a person does not have to scratch the surface very deep to see that the NFP is a dangerous joke. Unfortunately the only ones laughing are the people in the "Sickness" business (like MD's & Drug companies) and the food industries that profit from the NFP's "official" prevarication (like the Cereal makers & the Poly Food Oil industry).

In closing, had you ever been warmed by the odd closing comment in probably every cereal commercial ever made that the cereal concerned was only PART of a good breakfast?

They know, reader. They know "Trix" isn't for Rabbits or Kids... Trix is for unhealthily maintained and cognitively compromised idiots and nascent dim-bulbs!

That's enough... ...If ADM (Archer Daniels Midland Company) doesn't have me "Whacked" for my transgressions... ? ...I should do one more iteration on the NFP, soon, concerning Fruit/Fruit Juices & Meat -- more scurvy lies there, too.

Until next time... Well be!

Alan D. Graham
334 774-0395
NEW Email -- alan068@centurytel.net
www.AlienView.net



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November 14, 2005

The New Food Pyramid - The Big 'FAT' Lie!

By Alan Graham (with Alfred Lehmberg)
AlienView.net



The "New Food Pyramid" (NFP) is a corporate driven lie that is not about keeping you, remotely healthy, reader... It couldn't be!


On the contrary! The objective, as these corporate interests would have it, is for us to continue following the same stupid dietary rules that got us in this mess endured in the first place. Misleadingly, they prosecute their objective with cleverly worded half truths, gross obfuscations, lies of omission, and sweeping generalizations.

Clearly, the major corporations selling a plethora of unhealthful products want to keep you, the individual, sufficiently confused... ...so maybe you will consume even more grains, milk, and margarine... ...thoroughly convinced you're doing the right thing. You're not. You just haplessly live their aggregate lie.

Additionally, and explicably reader, the persons vested in the "sickness business" (MDs, HMOs, and Drug Companies) get richer and richer... ...as our society gets sicker and sicker...

In this iteration? I'm only going to discuss the lies associated with FATS & OILS ... if I included the other five NFP categories involved, this paper could turn into a small book... so we'll cover those in subsequent iterations. There are many astonishing surprises there too.

To start:

1. The NFP recommends, tragically... ...Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFAs) in food oils like Soy, Corn, Canola, Sunflower -- etc. Naturally, it starts right out "Muddying the Water"... by lumping healthful and complex PUFAs (like Omega 6, GLA, and Omega 3 ALA ... found in seeds, nuts, and legumes) in with the unhealthful and LESS complex PUFA (Omega 6, LA) like the food oils mentioned above.

In supplemental form? These complex PUFAs are called 'Medicinal Oils' ( Borage, Hemp, Flax Seed, Fish Oil, etc.) and must be "Cold Pressed" Under Refrigeration. PUFAs that are 'Food Oils'... are "Cold Pressed" WITHOUT Refrigeration...therein lies the problem. Heat! Heat & Air "kills" the oil ... makes it toxic. "Cold pressed" only means no heat was added... ...but it still gets hot due to pressure. More on that in a moment...

Also, with regard to these oils, it is officially claimed that PUFA vegetable food oils have beneficial Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), Vitamin E, plus... they do not raise LDL (bad cholesterol). These are the claims. Well... the preceding is almost true... that is to say ...the preceding is not a complete lie... The truth of the matter is this:

Poly Unsat food oils will do those positive things... ...but ONLY if they are the very special kind carefully processed under the much more stringent conditions required to avoid oxidation and rancidity... ...A kind you will NEVER find in the typical grocery store.

These "less processed" oils are much more expensive and require refrigeration after opening. The cheaper poly oils ( pressed without refrigeration) you buy at the grocery store have already turned rancid and toxic (lipid peroxide) at its initial processing... consequently, it must be Refined, Bleached & Deodorized (RBDed) to hide the rancid smell. This is what you drive away from your Neighborhood Grocery Store with, reader -- believe it or not.

This is also why these oils don't need to be refrigerated after opening... ...because RBDed poly food oil is so "dead" and stripped of any beneficial nutrition, that it will stay "fresh" for a very long time, even at room temperature.

So, with regard to the NFPs supposed beneficial EFAs? They have not only been destroyed... they have been converted to the toxin, lipid peroxide! ...Less than wholesome, folks, to understate.

This means (...contrary to NFPs Claims...) RBDed oils DO increase LDL (bad cholesterol) ...but probably of greater significance is oxidized poly oil is one of the major artery clogging substances known to science... ...yet all you ever hear MDs complain about is cholesterol... ...when in fact obligatory cholesterol is an innocent "victim" that gets unjustly blamed for its roll in blocked arteries...

...It's oxidized poly oil, Trans Fat from partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (pHVO) and refined carbohydrates are the real culprits. A 1994 study appearing in the Lancet showed that almost three quarters of the fat in artery clogs is unsaturated. The "artery clogging" fats are not animal fats but vegetable oils. Know a tree by its fruit reader!

2. Mono Unsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFAs) like Olive and Macadamia nut oils are heart healthful. Mono oils are non-reactive (unlike highly reactive poly oils) so they don't go rancid during pressing, consequently, they do not require being RBDed. These oils are ALIVE in comparison! AND...they don't need refrigeration after opening !

Unfortunately the NFP does subtle little things to steer you away from healthful mono oils. For instance, when listing "healthful" oils, they ALWAYS list poly oils first, when in reality they should not be lumping mono and poly together to begin with... it makes it seem that the two are of equal healthfulness. They are most certainly not equal...

Reader! Is death equal to life?

Consider. In the NFP "7 day meal planner", not once do they recommend olive oil... every example for vinegar & oil dressing or for frying... ...they recommend sunflower oil! What?

Remember... mono is stable and poly is reactive (turns rancid easily) -- so of all the examples of PUFAs they could have used, Sunflower is almost the worst at 70% RBDed poly!

The worst? That would be Safflower oil at 80% poly. The more poly? The more toxic, reader.

...And Pleeease... don't put Canola oil in the same class with a "true mono" oil like OLIVE OIL just because it's 54% mono... Canola is also 37% poly that has been RBDed, which trumps any beneficial effects of the 54% mono!


In healthy contrast? Olive oil is 76% mono, and has an insignificant amount of poly at only 8%. Macadamia nut is even better at 80% mono.

3. The NFP demonizes, by association, saturated fat (SatFat) by always listing SatFat and TransFat together in their warnings... ...like they were remotely the same thing! This is WRONG! They are not the same thing! Their very dodgy and suspicious reasoning is that both fats are solid at room temperature... pause to gag!

Folks! Being a solid at room temperature does not make a fat "BAD"... any more than being a liquid at room temperature makes an oil "GOOD"!

...As evidence, TransFat from pHVO is an *evil*, toxic, man-made, solid *fat* (...toxic sludge actually!) which has been irrefutably linked to virtually every chronic disease... especially heart disease! On the other hand, unburnt / unprocessed / undamaged SatFat is good for you! Look at the extremely high SatFat (blubber), grain-free traditional diet of the Inuit ( Eskimos )! With the help of Omega 3 thrown in, they have about the lowest incidence of heart disease and MS on the planet! The children eat raw SatFat as if it were "Cheezy Poofs".

SatFat is only heart unhealthy when it is burnt or processed- burning creates a dangerous free radical (HCA), or if damaged through arduous processing causes oxidation. Folks, even the cholesterol associated with undamaged SatFat is good for you! It only becomes the enemy when damaged through processing! The most extreme examples of this are powdered milk and powdered eggs.

In contrast, undamaged cholesterol in raw or lightly poached eggs is good for you. The NFP, ridiculously, allows only one hard cooked egg per week! I'm astonished that the Egg Industry is remotely sitting still for this slight. If I were the Egg-man I'd be standing on somebody's Desk!

goo goo g'joob... ( ...You remember the Beatle's ?)

Here's another subtle little trick at the NFP website. They never mention TransFat and partially Hydrogenated Veg. Oil (pHVO) in the same breath! Even though the pHVO molecule and the TransFat molecule are the SAME THING !!... This is so they can slip pHVO into products without you realizing it. Here's how:

They tell you to avoid TransFat by looking for products, like margarine, and Peanut Butter, with "ZERO TransFat" ( this might be prominently displayed on the front label ), and zero transfat is listed under the "fat content" on the back... This is WITHOUT telling you to avoid pHVO, which you might then find listed under "ingredients." If one of the ingredients is pHVO -- how can it contain "ZERO" TransFat? Well -- that's the trick! If a serving has less than 0.5 grams of TransFat, they can then advertise it as "ZERO" TransFat! Outrage! The substance is still in the FOOD, reader.

So, with certain products like margarine and Peanut butter where they can make serving sizes very small (like one or two tbsp) then they put in 0.49 grams of pHVO per serving... which is just enough solid *fat* to keep the margarine from turning completely liquid and enough so the oil in Peanut butter won't separate and float to the top... like in natural peanut butter. See Peanut Butter Paper..
http://www.alienview.net/ALLT1.html#Renutbutter

BUT!... If you know pHVO and TransFat are the same thing and you see pHVO in the ingredients? Then you know it has TransFat, even if the label SCREAMS "Zero TransFat."


The only place I saw pHVO even mentioned? It was linked with Oil as things to avoid in breads and cereals... ...I guess, because it is called partially Hyd."VEGETABLE Oil" they can try to pass it off as oil... ...when it's actually a solid, man-made toxic, *fat*, and not a real food at all!

When I was young & dumb I use to think pHVO was good for you because it was...well... uh... "vegetable oil". ...And isn't a vegetable a good thing?

Now get this! The NFP advises the individual to avoid pHVO in bread because it would add extra calories, but NOT because it is the dangerous TransFat molecule causing or exacerbating virtually every chronic disease! Noooo!...The only bad thing that they could come up with, is that it adds a few extra calories...Un-freaking believable!

4. Coconut oil -- Maybe the most blatantly egregious "FAT" lie is lumping CCNut oil in with "damaged" SatFat and toxic TransFat... They are from different universes nutritionally!

Again...lumped together just because they are all solid at room temperature! This is just another "muddy the water" half-truth. Disabuse yourself of this ludicrous notion, reader!

Yes! CCNut oil is a saturated fat... but it is a MAGICAL SatFat... unlike Long-Chain Fatty Acids (LCFAs) such as animal SatFat and Food Oils, which have 18 carbon atoms in the chain... CCNut oil's Medium Chain Triglyceride (MCT) or Medium Chain Fatty Acid (MCFA) is only 12 carbon atoms long. This makes these MCTs very digestible, which is why they are in Breast milk and the reason every baby formula on the shelf contains CCNut oil. Folks! Demonized CCNut Oil is good enough for babies?!?

YES...Babies have inefficient desaturaese enzyme systems, initially, making it difficult to break down LCFAs -- but MCTs are easily broken down with saliva and stomach acid (don't require enzymes), thus providing instant energy and heat for babies to grow and thrive. All of these shorter chain FAs, like Coconut Oil and a couple of the chains that are around 6 atoms long, found in real butter, have truly unique and powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties!

Well, about now you should be asking - if Coconut oil is so great, especially for babies... why do medical doctors and non-holistic dieticians say it is heart unhealthful??

Here's the shameful truth...

4 or 5 decades ago the "Evilly powerful pHVO industry" took wonderful unrefined CCNut oil and turned it TOXIC by "hydrogenating" it... then conducted tests with this ringer-oil showing an increase in bad cholesterol and heart disease! Folks! They cooked their own books! Why would they do something SO disgustingly dishonest? You already know the answer...Money !!

They were afraid of the tenuous, yet growing, toehold that CCNut oil had in this country (in the 50s and 60s many theatre chains used healthful, solid CCNut oil to make popcorn). Now days they ALL use the toxic pHVO. This unjust demonizing was easily accomplished because 90% of the CCNut oil comes from the Philippine Islands, which is a poor country that multi-national corporatists could easily "SLAP" around.

This is no secret. Every naturopathic doctor and holistic practitioner in the "World" knows about this dirty trick... ...and knows, too, that "non-hydrogenated" Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is magical stuff. Yet MDs and Dieticians still quote that BOGUS data from 50 years ago as justification to demonize all tropical oils... ...while THEY recommend "margarines" with its toxic complement of hydrogenated TransFat molecules. This is truly sinful behavior on the part of our institutional leadership!

5. OK... The last big "FAT" lie:

The required (4 to 1) EFA ratio (that's 4 Omega 6 to 1 Omega 3) is dangerously ignored ... The NFP website claims that poly unsat food oils contain EFAs that activate beneficial prostaglandins.... Wow! This is not even a HALF truth...it's more like a QUARTER truth. The following is the 'down and dirty' version. For a complete explanation to include illustrations of both EFA Prostaglandin Pathways (PWs) see "Fat Facts" paper.

http://www.alienview.net/zfat.html

To refresh your memory, PUFAs like corn oil (LA) cascade down the Omega 6 Prostaglandin Pathway (PW) ultimately activating the PG-1 (Series One Prostaglandin) that reduces inflammation, platelet stickiness, blood pressure and allergic reactions...

Yes -- it is true that the less complex Omega 6 (LA), like Sunflower oil, etc. CAN (but probably won't ) cascade down the Omega 6 PW increasing in complexity before taking the fork in that Pathway that activates the beneficial PG-1. But, if you closely adhere to the NFP, "7 day meal planner" and consume only poly Omega 6 oils and margarine (which is also poly Omega 6 oil that's been solidified, you know...pHVO ) then the LA will cascade down the PW and take the "wrong" fork in the road activating the undesirable PG-2, which increases inflammation, platelet stickiness, blood pressure and allergic reactions... leading to heart disease, MS and a host of other problems?

This is because for optimum good health you need a balanced and efficient Omega 6 / Omega 3 Prostaglandin system where your EFA ratio is (4 to 1) or less. With every increase above (4 to 1)... the DEATH rate increases.

Unfortunately, most Americans are at an "out of whack", heart stopping, (20 or 30 to 1 ) ratio. This is a result of consuming TOO MUCH Omega 6 (LA) and TOO LITTLE Omega 3 (ALA) from flax seed & Omega 3 (EPA / DHA) from fish oil and eggs.

Yes, Omega 6 (LA) is an "Essential" FA, (Essential means- you must have it, but you can't make it); however, it is everywhere, in every form of food to include fruit! We need to make a conscious effort to get Omega 6 out of our life! ...Not look for ways to include it back in!

The obvious and easiest way is to avoid poly unsat food oils. This is also the healthiest way because, unlike the LA in food oils, most of the LA found naturally in foods like seeds, nuts, fruits & veggies has not been damaged...So, if every time the NFP, "7 day planner" calls for Omega 6 sunflower oil... ...you substitute Omega 9 Olive Oil ... and everyplace it calls for margarine? Switch out with real butter... then your EFA ratio will be much closer to a healthful (4 to 1) or less.

You can really nail down this ratio if you also add 2 or 3 tbsp of ground flax seed, 2 or 3 grams of fish oil and avoid ALL forms of Sugar.

Enough?

Next time we will discuss how the NFP "spits" in Mother Nature's face by encouraging things we did not evolve to consume -- like bread, cereal, pasta, milk, and fruit Juice. The preceding, you will find... ...are not the wholesome foodstuffs you are encouraged to trust... not by a long shot.

Until next time, then... Well BE!


Alan D. Graham
334 774-0395
NEW E-mail -- alan068@centurytel.net
www.alienview.net


July 04, 2005

Vitamins to be Banned Worldwide...

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

Monday, July 4th, 2005

"Big Pharma" won a major victory in Rome, Italy today. Vitamins and minerals, for over-the-counter sale will be phased out, almost completely, in every country on Planet Earth. The "German Model" of health care will now be the law of the land - in every land.

Below is a press release from Diane Miller JD of the National Health Freedom Coalition, detailing the action. Diane is in Rome at the meeting.

Press Release - National Health Freedom Coalition: Codex Full Commission adopts Codex Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplements in final form July 4, 2005, Rome Italy. by Diane Miller JD.

Minutes ago the full Commission of Codex Alimentarius adopted in final form, the Codex Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplements. This adoption is the Step 8 adoption, the final stage of adoption for the international Codex guidelines. The Codex Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplements guidelines are now official and no longer in draft form.

The Commission, attended by over 85 of the 171 Codex countries, adopted the guidelines by consensus method. There was brief discussion before adoption taking in comments from a small number of countries and two NGOs.

Australia requested adding the word "only" in Section 1.3 bertwee the words "apply" and "in". The sentence would then read "These guidelines apply only in those jurisdictions where products defined in 2.1 are regulated as foods."

Australia's comments were followed by request from Venzuela and Spain to clarify the spanish translation.

Venezuela was followed by China. China stated that every government in making decisions about vitamins and minerals should take into account the dietary limitations of their own countries, that governments can select vitamins and minerals acocording to the customs and habits of their country. China also pointed out that there should be definitions of the sources of vitamins.

Columbia spoke up and commented that Vitamins and Minerals are intended for deficiencies and are recommended for health reasons and said that there has to be no exaggerated use of minerals.

Egypt commented and offered a clarification saying that vitamin and minerals can be considered if daily needs are not being met.

After the countries were heard, the Chairman recognized NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations). National Health Federation (NHF) a world wide consumer organization with NGO status at Codex was recognized to speak. Attonery Scott Tipps of NHF stood and requested the guidelines not be adopted but rather be sent back to commitee for 3 important reasons. 1) According to Codex rules a "purpose" statement must be part of all guidelines adopted and the Vitamin and Mineral guidelines did not contain a purpose. Secondly,the guidelines did not define vitamin and mineral and therefore it is unclear as to what is being regulated. And lastly, he pointed out that the Chinese comments were substantive and according to Codex rules on page 27 of the procedural manual, a substantive amendment request should be addressed at the committee level. His comments were heard.

The NGO IADSA was then recognized. IADSA stressed the fact that the draft guidelines should be adopted because they had been worked on in committee for near 10 years and that valuable consensus had been reached in the Bonn Germany committee meeting and the guidelines should now be passed.

After all comments, the Chair, consulted with counsel to assess whether the addition of the word "only" would change the meaning of the sentence. After learning that it would not he consulted with Australia and Australia repeated their request for amendment. The Chair recommended adoption of the amendment and there was no dissent. Then the Chair recommended the guidelines be adopted at Stage 8 in their final form and that China submit their substantive amendment requests to the committee at their next meeting. There was no further comment or dissent from any country and the guidelines were adopted.


What this means, in the United States, is that as soon as CAFTA (Central American Free Trade Agreement) passes the House of Representatives (it has already passed the Senate), the US government will be forced, by the terms of that CAFTA agreement
, to restrict vitamin and supplement sales in accordance with the "German Model" of health care.

If and when this happens, the hard won 1994 DSHEA (Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act) will be nullified, and the dismantling of the North American supplement Industry will begin.

However, it is not inevitable - the use of "supplements" and other "alternatives" to conventional medicine regimens represents over fifty percent (50%) of the total US health dollar spent annually. Eighty-eight percent (88%) of US adults use an "alternative," and believe in them. Opposition is already gearing up for the battle - (click here).

This is a battle between "We the People," and the free world's biggest, and worst, enemy - ever - "Big Pharma."

Stay tuned...

Tim Bolen - Consumer Advocate




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May 22, 2005

Ten Lies About Health Your Doctor Taught You

Lie #1: Prescription drugs will make you healthier.
Truth #1: Prescription drugs only mask symptoms. They do nothing to correct the underlying biochemical causes of disease. Simultaneously, most prescription drugs cause nutritional deficiencies which lead to further progression of chronic disease.

See http://www.newstarget.com/001352.html

Lie #2: You should actively treat the swelling of sprains, strains and other injuries.

Truth #2: Swelling is your body's natural strategy for enhancing the flow of blood and nutrients to the injured area. If drugs or hormones are used to prevent swelling, the injured tissues won't heal correctly, greatly increasing the likelihood of repeat injuries to the same area.

Lie #3: Mammograms prevent cancer.

Truth #3: Mammograms actually cause cancer. They dose the breast tissues with harmful radiation. Even when they spot breast cancer tumors, they aren't "preventing" breast cancer; they're merely detecting breast cancer. True prevention requires changes in food choice and lifestyle, not the use of imaging technology.

See http://www.newstarget.com/000895.html

Lie #4: Vitamins give you "expensive urine."

Truth #4: The most expensive urine in the world is created by taking multiple overpriced prescription drugs, not vitamins. With more than 40% of the U.S. population now on prescription drugs, the drug content in human urine is now so high that trace amounts of antidepressant drugs can be found in public water supplies. Compared to drugs, vitamins are cheap prevention.

See http://www.newstarget.com/001891.html

Lie #5: The sun will give you cancer.

Truth #5: The sun will prevent cancer due to the creation of vitamin D by the skin. Most Americans (and Canadians and Europeans, for that matter) are deficient in vitamin D. As a result, tumor cell growth in the breast and prostate is unregulated. Sensible exposure to natural sunlight generates cancer-preventing vitamin D... at no charge! Sunburns are actually caused by nutritional deficiencies (lack of antioxidants in the skin), not by sensible exposure to sunlight.

See http://www.newstarget.com/Vitamin_D.html

Lie #6: CT scans (CAT scans) are perfectly safe.

Truth #6: CT scans expose patients to 1000 times the radiation of chest X-rays. Repeated exposure to CT scans raises a patient's cumulative radiation to levels experienced by many hydrogen bomb victims in Hiroshima. In addition, rigorous studies have concluded that CT scans offer no medical benefit whatsoever.

See http://www.newstarget.com/004060.html

Lie #7: The U.S. health care system is the best in the world.

Truth #7: The health of U.S. citizens is actually the worst of any industrialized nation. We pay double, triple, and even quadruple the price for prescription drugs as any other country. We also have the highest rates of obesity, Alzheimer's, cancer and diabetes, plus the highest health insurance costs in the world. The U.S. health care system ("sick care system") is so bad that people are fleeing the country to seek medical services in Asia. It's a trend called "medical tourism," and it's flourishing.

See http://www.newstarget.com/007097.html

Lie #8: All surgical procedures have been proven safe and effective.

Truth #8: There is currently NO requirement whatsoever that surgical procedures must be either safe or effective in order to be practiced. Hundreds of thousands of medically unnecessary surgical procedures are performed each year in the U.S. alone, including hysterectomies and prostate cancer surgeries.

See http://www.newstarget.com/002608.html

Lie #9: You can get all the nutrition you need from three balanced meals a day.

Truth #9: Today's foods are nutrient depleted, and they come from depleted soils. Processed and manufactured foods would have to be eaten at the rate of 10,000 calories a day just to meet minimum RDA requirements for basic nutrition (see related ebook on nutrition). The only way to get adequate nutrition is to supplement with superfoods or whole food concentrates (vitamins, whole food powders, supplement capsules, etc.) along with eating healthy meals. Organizations like the AHA, however, insist that nutrient supplementation is actually bad for your health.

See http://www.newstarget.com/001587.html

Lie #10: All these lab tests are for your own good.

Truth #10: At least half of all diagnostic tests ordered by doctors are medically unnecessary. They're often conducted merely to generate revenues for the hospital or medical group that owns the doctor's clinic. Some doctors are actually required to generate a certain dollar amount of lab test revenues in order to keep their jobs.

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May 16, 2005

A Silent Killer - The War On Constipation!

By Dr. Jennifer Daniels
Vitality Capsules.com

War, poverty, disease, and ignorance are just a few of the many worries and overt threats that preoccupy us and often times cause pain and suffering to ourselves and the people we love. Unfortunately it seems that every time we conquer one problem and inoculate ourselves from a given danger, dozens more reveal themselves and we are back to square one or worse.

Threats will continue to amass, which is a given. But our ability and power to deal with the challenges we face is the dynamic variable or secret weapon that entirely depends upon us. Even if we are well-equipped with effective strategies and alert minds, and can deal with various adverse conditions as they arise, our preparedness is only at 50% if we do not have a sound and properly functioning internal system. In the ensuing battles, not only will effective tactics and reflexes of the mind be needed, but even more important will be the internal condition of our physical bodies, as the combined duo of a healthy physical and mental state will substantially increase our chances of success when faced with the toxic and emotional challenges that lie ahead. Some say we are a nation of a thousand illnesses and disorders, when we are in fact a nation of immense potential and a few problems that unfortunately spawn many ailments. One of the problems or bottlenecks to better internal health that must be addressed on a large scale due to it's heightened prevalence across our nation, is constipation, a danger that lurks in the shadows and affects over 70% of Americans.

Stated bluntly, anyone who is not having at least 2 bowel movements a day is constipated. Yes, at least 2 (optimally 3) bowel movements a day are vital for optimal health!

Are you constipated right now? Whether you are occasionally constipated or suffer from chronic constipation, as 40% of Americans do, there's absolutely nothing to be ashamed of, as many of your peers are in the same boat. Drop everything and pay attention, for it's time to look at ways we can address this problem. First let's review why constipation can be such a pain in the behind and how it leads to progressively worse or more dangerous conditions if it isn't resolved.

The transit time for all foods in your system should be 16 hours. So if you're interested in testing your digestive timing, ingest some corn and time how long it takes to appear in your stool. The time from ingestion to the time the corn ceases to appear in your stool is the true transit time. To the extent that the interval is greater than 16 hours, you are constipated and waste products are remaining in your body long enough to cause disease.

Major danger can arise when we add meat products to a poorly functioning or constipated system. Red meat that stays in the system for over 16 hours begins to putrefy and becomes toxic. Not only will this create discomfort and intense odor, but food that putrefies in the stomach, colon, or intestines creates a breeding ground for viruses, bacteria, and tumors.

The toxins and diseases that arise from a constipated system aren't the only reasons for concern. In addition to cancer, heart disease, diverticulitis, IBS, obesity, arthritis and a plethora of other conditions that have some link to constipation, the energy and straining required to relieve a clogged system can cause heart attacks, hemorrhoids, a ballooning of the intestinal wall, and can negatively affect the prostate.

According to various reports of the autopsies of two of our nation's most beloved personalities, upon their passing, John Wayne was found to have at least 40 lbs of fecal matter in his colon, and Elvis was found to have 60 lbs. Neither stardom nor wishful thinking can protect us from this current endemic. We must take action!

I have often advised a complete overhaul of the diets and lifestyles that cause constipation. Increasing water (at least six 8-oz glasses per day), fiber (31 grams), and 30 minutes or more of exercise a day can help to move waste material through the body. Unfortunately many of the ingrained habits and firmly held routines of most sufferers make it difficult to achieve an optimal working system and prevent the dire consequences of constipation. Amazingly, rather than altering their nutritional intake and making the needed lifestyle changes, many Americans have adopted the use of laxatives to solve their constipation. This is an incomplete solution as most laxatives work only at the level of the colon and do not address the poor circulation, poor liver and gallbladder functions which cause symptoms such as sluggishness and fatigue.

Because many people have trouble consuming the water needed, and refuse to resort to enemas, I often suggest incorporating Vitality capsules into their lives as a daily internal cleanser that does not interfere with their everyday obligations. This is a formula that I have worked on over the years, which is an herbal blend that improves the functioning of our internal organs and circulation, as well as boosts energy levels. These vegetarian capsules target constipation and toxic environments in many ways thanks to the unique herbal blend of ginger, cape aloe, garlic, cascara sagrada, cayenne pepper, barberry root, and senna leaf, which have solved the constipation woes of many of my friends, family members and patients for years. Of course, if taking natural supplements or organic herbs isn't your cup of tea, and you still want to be free of constipation, then it's most often necessary to adhere to a disciplined array of lifestyle changes, such as consuming more water and fiber, adopting a more regular sleep cycle, minimizing meat intake, and increasing your current levels of daily exercise.

Remember, that regardless of what regimen you follow in your fight against constipation, the decision to get better is solely up to you. But know that once you decide to get better, your march to better health will become easier and more rewarding every day. The road to 100% preparedness starts now!

RECIPE REMEDY FOR CONSTIPATION

Ingredients:

1 quart of distilled water
2 tbs lemon juice
1 cup pitted prunes, cut in half
1 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

Put all ingredients except lemon juice in a pot. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in lemon juice. Eat as is or spoon over oatmeal as a sweetener.

I used this recipe when cooking for the students of the Guru. Meditation students did a lot of deep breathing which caused constipation due to water loss. They also sat for extended periods of time which caused constipation due to inactivity. This particular side dish/condiment kept many a devotee comfortable and tastes best with organic ingredients!

How The Ingredients Work:

The water provides lubrication necessary for movement. The lemon juice is a mild astringent which tones and strengthens the intestines. It is also a mild antiseptic and loosens the material from the intestines. Prunes provide the bulk or fiber and stimulation to move the intestines. While the cinnamon is a stimulant it also creates a sense of well-being.


A spoonful of this recipe brings a relaxed smile to one's face.

Please stay tuned for my next article, where I will investigate the linkages between constipation and depression. Please visit VitalityCapsules.com and join my mailing list to receive free weekly recipes and health advice.

Jennifer Daniels, M.D., M.B.A is a graduate of Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and the Wharton School of Business. Dr. Daniels loves receiving email, so feel free to drop her a line at jennifer@vitalitycapsules.com



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