We are reviewing a diet in this edition. The book this diet came from has taught me more about nutrition than all my previous research. The diet is written by a clinical nutritionist. Does it work? Well, your host here just lost 40 pounds and 18 inches off his belly in a little over a month.
We are beginning this edition though with letters that ask some very important questions. And, no kidding, we have a statin drug update (again). Yup. The horrors we talked about in our previous edition were just the beginning.
And one more important thing: Yes, our book is selling well, but we still have more bills than money so we are going to go more and more commercial till we can pay all our bills (or we shut down .... and what would I do, this is my only consistent hobby!)
So, in this and our coming newsletters we are going to start little campaigns to raise money. Hopefully in a way that won't turn any of you away. For instance, someone suggested that I print up 100 copies of my short stories, put a hand-made cover on each one (we know some people who make paper) number each one and sell them for 150 bucks a piece as a collector's item.
People are like snowflakes: no two are alike. What works for one person doesn't necessarily have to work for another and can, at times, do damage. This information is presented to you as information only and is not designed for self-assessment or self-treatment. Never go it alone. Find a professional to help you on your way to perfect health.
1. Letters - and our replies
2. Fat Flush Plan - Not for sissies!
3. Statin Drug Update - Prescription death
4. New Food Labels - Trans fats highlighted
5. Oleander Update - We print the formula!
6. Psychoneuroimmunology Update - Take this simple test
7. SARS Update - Back to basics
8. Candida Albicans - The Cancer - Yeast connection
9. Grapefruit Seed Extract - History and use in Candida
10. Spirituality - The third part to body/mind/spirit wellness
11. Notes from the Underground - Those crazy pharmaceutical corporations
12. Tidbits - Worth reading
13. Laughter - The Best Medicine
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Senate Bill 722 - The Beginning of the End!
Your Supplements Are In Danger
A bill is being introduced in the US Senate called the Dietary Supplement "Safety" Act. If passed, this act will expand FDA authority, limit freedoms, and allow the FDA to pull hundreds of products from the market based on a single adverse effect report.
IF THIS SAME RULE WAS APPLIED TO ASPIRIN, IT WOULD BE TAKEN OFF THE MARKET.
IF THESE SAME RULES WERE APPLIED TO ALL DRUGS, THERE WOULD BE NONE ON THE MARKET.
The bill may
be voted on later this summer, or there may be attempts to attach it to others
and push it through the back door.
We all need to act immediately to help avoid this significant threat! Please do the following:
Email the message below--or something similar--to your senators. An easy, automated way to do this is through http://capwiz.com/nnfa/issues/alert/?alertid=2103491 . This site also provides information on how to phone your senators and provides a great deal of information on the bill. You can find your senators' addresses in the "government" information section of the phone book white pages OR look here: http://www.webslingerz.com/jhoffman/congress-email.html. If each letter is deemed to represent 1500 constituents, imagine the impact we could collectively make!
Send something to your representatives too, because every bill has to go through there too! And finally, tell Senator Durbin (firstname.lastname@example.org) that his bill will not save any lives. Tell him you know who he's supporting in this matter (the Pharmaceutical Interests) and that if these same rules were applied to drugs, we'd be a drug free nation!
Our supplements are under attack!
THIS IS HAPPENING ALL OVER THE WORLD. IN GERMANY YOU NEED A PRESCRIPTION FOR VITAMIN C. IN CANADA YOU CANNOT GET CoQ10 WITHOUT A PRESCRIPTION. DO NOT LET IT HAPPEN HERE!
I've read at this site that science has yet to discover a cancer gene. But at other sites they talk about the HER2 gene in breast cancer and the P53 gene. Aren't these cancer genes?
Very good question. However, these are not cancer genes; they are related to cancer. Let's take a look at the HER2 gene. In cancer literature, they state that this gene plays a role in promoting cancer.
Hot dogs (because of their nitrates and nitrites which turn into nitrosamines) promote cancer. Do they "cause" cancer? No. Not everyone who eats a hot dog gets cancer. However, eating a hot dog (or conventional lunch meats, bacon, sausages, etc) increases your chances of getting cancer.
The P53 gene is another story. If it is destroyed, this can lead to cancer. The gene itself does not lead to cancer, but rather its destruction by outside forces does. These forces are the cause of cancer.
A cancer gene (or oncogene) has not been found. If you have a gene for blue eyes, you have blue eyes. If you have an oncogene, you will get cancer. This type of gene has not been found.
When we hear that cancer runs in a family, scientists start testing. Why? Because they are looking for a gene. Many people have undergone genetic testing, but still, we've yet to find an oncogene. At the same time, we tend to dismiss the simple fact that families live in the same environments.
In her book, Living Downstream, Sandra Steingraber references a study of cancer among families with adopted children. She points out that an adopted child's chances of getting cancer increase five fold when one of the parents (not birth parent) dies of cancer. Yet, that same child's chances are unaffected if her/his birth parents die from cancer.
This should tell us something, but most of the time it leads to silence. She writes: "These silences remind me how unfamiliar many of us are with the notion that families share environments as well as chromosomes or with the concept that our genes work in communion with substances streaming in from the larger, ecological world. What runs in families does not necessarily run in blood."
Families breathe the same air, walk, lie, and roll around on the same carpets (carpets contain upwards of 400 chemicals). Families eat the same foods, visit the same campgrounds, and drink the same water (the Health Science Institute tells us that the average glass of water contains 2000 carcinogens).
If someone in your family gets cancer, don't go searching for a problem in your genes. Prevention is easier than you think. It sure is easier than chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery. We have many studies of people who used diet, detox, and exercise to prevent illness. The secret might be in detoxing your lifestyle.
Science Finds An Anti-Cancer Gene
This following (from NewScientst.com) was not in our response to the previous letter, but since it is related, here's the place it belongs:
LUCKY DISCOVERY UNCOVERS CANCER PROOF
NewScientist.com news service
A cancer-proof mouse, which can survive being injected with any number of cancer cells, has been discovered by US scientists. The discovery of the resistant mouse could pave the way for future gene or drug therapies if the mechanism by which it fights cancer can be understood
Researchers at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina have now bred a colony of 700 cancer-proof mice from the resistant male they stumbled across while doing other experiments.
Doctors have known for many years that in rare cases, cancers can mysteriously clear up of their own accord. But this is the first time such cancer-killing ability has been shown to be genetic.
"The power of this resistance seems to be unlimited," said biochemist Zheng Cui, the study leader. "You can give them many, many tumour cells and the mice get rid of them."
"This is at a preliminary stage, but very promising," adds pathologist Mark Willingham, another member of the team. "Our hope is that, some day, this will have an impact on human cancer."
The scientists discovered the original cancer-proof mouse by luck during experiments in which mice were injected with soft tissue cancers, called sarcomas. Despite repeated injections, one mouse did not develop cancer.
When this mouse bred with a normal mouse, some of their offspring were resistant. And these resistant mice were also able to confer resistance, for at least seven generations. "The resistance appears to be caused by just one gene, or a cluster of closely related genes," Cui told New Scientist.
The cancer-killing ability of the mice was unusually consistent with different types of cancer. "What's surprising is it appears these mice are able to recognise something in common to all cancer cell lines," said Cui. "Usually it's difficult to find a common theme."
Willingham told New Scientist that the cancer cells are killed by the mice in a "somewhat novel" way. The body's usual first line of defence [Sic] against invaders - white blood cells called T-cells - were not employed. Instead the body's innate immune system, consisting of cells like neutrophils and macrophages, attacked the tumour cells and ruptured them.
Previous mice bred so that their immune systems could beat cancer went on [to] develop autoimmune diseases, but that did not happen with these mice.
Your Editor's Comment: Sure, this discovery will pave the way to drug therapies. To a world without cancer. Sure thing. Not as long as cancer is profitable.
I have breast cancer and I really love your site, but something keeps bugging me. My grandmother lived to be 90 years old and she lived the same as I do and died quietly at home. I don't get it. And I'm worried about my boy. Is he destined to get cancer too?
Life just isn't fair is it? But there's something else going on here that I would like to tell you about because the following is something I hear all the time: "So-and-so ate what he wanted, drank a quart of booze each night and smoked three packs of Camel Straights every day and lived to be 110. Whadya think of that?"
I think: this is an exception. Funny how people will rationalize their unhealth and unhappiness with little stories such as these. There are always exceptions. But, the rest of us have to play the odds. If you smoke, your odds of dying early are much greater than a non smoker. Again my favorite line is: Play the odds. Your doctor does.
Next. Stories of grandma and grandpa eating what they wanted: real butter, red meat, etc. etc. abound. Keep in mind that grandma and grandpa grew up previous to the chemical expansion following WWII. Since WWII we've created 75,000 new chemicals (of which less than 2,000 have been tested for their carcinogenicity). Their beef wasn't filled with growth hormones or antibiotics and were fed natural grasses. Pesticides, herbicides, all these chemicals were nearly unknown to grandma and grandpa.
We live in a toxic world. Most people simply ignore this fact and live their lives as if they are unaffected by it. For them, the first time it hits home is when their doctor looks at them gravely expressing the "C" word.
Today, we have to focus on prevention. This doesn't mean you have to live the life of a monk either. The American Cancer Society (who fought against nutrition for years) touts the benefits of grape skins, raw cabbage and broccoli, salmon, raspberries, etc etc. You can detox your kitchen and bathroom. You can choose a carpet that is untreated. You can take your shoes off when entering your home. (The Japanese do this because most of the toxins in our homes are brought in on the bottom of our shoes.)
If you just focus on your health in all aspects of your life, then on Saturday night you can go out for that burger, fries, and a shake guiltlessly.
(Note to the reader: I interviewed a woman listed in our directory (Healing Ways) who, when she set out to do her healing practices and massage therapy, realized that she suddenly had no health insurance. It was then that she decided to walk her talk. She's lived a healthy lifestyle for some 30 years now and never once has needed a physician. Health is a conscious choice. "We all have to die sometimes" is a cop out. Health is not a matter of luck.)
I just read an article that said that antioxidants don't do anything for heart patients. The article said that the study was published in the Lancet? Could this be true?
Yup. It's true. It was published in Lancet. And people are dying from Ephedra. It's all true...to a degree.
The pharmaceutical industry (under the title CODEX Alimentarius) wants complete control over your supplements. For one thing, they are cutting into their profits. For another thing, once doctors get control over supplements, because they have no training in nutrition, they will probably not prescribe them.
The study in Lancet used people at "High Risk" for heart disease. Next they used "fractionated" vitamins. What are "fractionated" vitamins? They are not the complete vitamin. For Vitamin C they use ascorbic acid. For Vitamin E they use alpha tocopherol.
There are hundreds of studies that show the exact opposite of this particular study. Why were these others successful? Because they used the complete vitamin. Vitamin E is mixed tocopherols, tocotrienol, and selenium. Vitamin C is ascorbic acid and bioflavonoids and lysine and copper and even calcium. Do we know what is in the complete vitamin? Actually, no; we can only guess. We know the active ingredient, which is ascorbic acid. But ascorbic acid alone is not vitamin C. Try flying an airplane using only the active ingredient in fuel. You won't get off the ground.
This is the one thing I personally have against vitamin companies. They try to sell us fractions of vitamins while calling it the "whole" vitamin. For that vitamin to work properly, it has to "borrow" from your body what it needs which can lead to draining the body of important nutrients.
One thing the study did point out is that for people who smoke, taking beta carotene shortens their life. However, we've known this for some time. Beta-carotene is not good for smokers. So, what do they do? They usually give up beta carotene.
Just remember that for every study attacking nutrition or organic farming or acupuncture or anything that is not inline with conventional thinking, there are many, many more showing their effectiveness. Always keep in mind that the most important variable in any experiment is the experimenter (or the industry supplying the funding).
I heard that too much vitamin A can be deadly. Is this true? And vitamin C, can it cause diarrhea?
Again, this is another attack on the Vitamin & Supplement industry. Yes, too much Vitamin A can kill you. So can too much water. Do we stop drinking water?
Yup, too much water can wash away your electrolytes and kill you. There's even a mental disorder in which people are addicted to water and they drink dangerously way to much and have to be monitored closely.
So, do we stop drinking water? No, and we don't stop using vitamin A, or eating carrots.
In Europe, they used to cure constipation with large quantities of Vitamin C (well, ascorbic acid).
Take what you need and your body will thank you.
My husband was just diagnosed with colon cancer. The doctor said it could have been there for years. But my husband has been as healthy as a horse. How can this be?
Funny thing, but I hear the phrase "healthy as a horse" all the time. What exactly does that mean?
First I must ask you, how do you know how healthy your husband is? How do you know how healthy you are? You and he are showing no symptoms?
Disease begins long (long) before symptoms. This is why TOM (Traditional Oriental Medicine) has different diagnostic techniques than our conventional medicine. The TOM practitioner is looking for signs "below" symptoms.
We too can do this, however, we use our diagnostics and technology once a symptom has shown up.
Secondly, let me ask you a few pertinent questions about your husband's health.
1. What is his NK Cell activity count?
2. What is his CD4 and CD8 count?
3. Is his C-Reactive Protein test positive or negative?
4. What is your husband's pH?
When you know the answer to these, you will know if your husband is really and truly healthy as a horse.
NK Cell activity is a very important yardstick for measuring health. If it drops below 20, you can expect to get sick. The CD4 and CD8 counts are simply your T-Cell counts. If your C-Reactive Protein is positive, you have an 800% greater chance of getting a heart attack or stroke than someone who's test is negative. And finally, one of the most important factors to health is our body's pH. Let me say that again:
Acidify and die is the operating phrase here. You can test your pH daily. But until recently there was no easy way to keep the body's pH alkaline.
Editors Note: In our next newsletter we will let you in on an amazing way to bring your body back into an alkaline state. It is in this state that healing miracles begins. Until recently, the only way to get there was through diet alone and it's no use talking to people who refuse to make significant changes in their diets. Now, with just a few changes and this new method, you can bring your body back in balance and watch the healing begin.
Did You Know?
Milk drinkers have higher rates of Osteoporosis than
people who do not drink milk?
The Fat Flush Plan
I got a phone call one night asking me if I was the person responsible for this web site. She then asked if I could help her pronounce certain words. The first was "eicosapentaenoic acid." Little did she know that I had a talking dictionary that pronounced each word, but still, I was glad to help.
Four months later, I received a book on CD in the mail, with a note saying, "Thank You." I assumed that it was a book that someone wanted me to review. But as I listened, I heard all those words that this woman had asked me to pronounce and I did remember her saying that she worked for a company that produced books on tape (CD).
Despite the strange way events lead us to our discoveries, I listened intently to the book and discovered that this fat flush plan is more than just a diet. It is a lesson in the metabolism and digestion of fats. It's a nutritional biology lesson. It's a wealth of information about how the body works, how the liver works, and how to get it to flush fat.
The author, Ann Louise Gittleman, spends a lot of time talking about water retention, cellulite, and hormonal imbalances. I wonder if I'm out of line stating that the focus of this diet seems to be more for women than men, seeing how men don't retain water as women do and we don't have these hormonal imbalances. And, I think, though I could be wrong, that men just lose weight faster than women do. However, the key fact that tipped me off to this being a diet for women is that I keep referring to my loss in dress sizes!
Yup, I'm down 3 dress sizes in just two weeks. My first three days I dropped 10 pounds. In the first two weeks I lost 20 pounds. I went to see my physician, and as the nurse weighed me in, she did a double take. Just one and a half months previous, she had weighed me in at 240. The scale read 210. She (and a few others) wanted to know how I'd done this so fast. (As I send this off, I am on a modified Phase 3 and I have dropped 40 pounds in a month and a half.)
Now, this diet is not for sissies. You don't go hungry, but you might go mad.
First I must tell you that after my accident last year (I was kicked by a horse), I led a pretty sedentary life and put on "a few" pounds. So, getting this diet in the mail was a godsend. I immediately went out and bought everything I needed to begin, and for the first three days I had a headache like I've never had in my life, not to mention nausea. I went online to Ivillage (where this diet is all the rage) and read others' experiences. Additionally, I purchased a hard copy of the book so I could use it as a reference.
The first thing I experienced (the headache and nausea) on this plan was caffeine withdrawal. I had no idea that one cup of coffee per day was an addiction, but I quickly found out. I increased my magnesium (as per Ann's recommendations) and the headaches finally went away.
Since mentioning my chunk of weight loss to friends, twice I've been told that it is unhealthy to lose that much weight that fast. Actually, no. If you are losing fat, it is not healthy. If you are losing muscle, that is unhealthy. Your heart is a muscle.
This diet is also an "elimination diet." You eliminate a lot of foods from your diet that could be causing food allergies. Then, you slowly put them back into your diet (over a period of weeks) to see how your body reacts to them.
It is also a Candida diet. Candida (yeast) overgrowth is such a prevalent disorder in our society that I've decided to write about it in this newsletter also. So, read on.
This is a very strict diet. You cannot have (in the first phase) any salt, sugar, high glycemic carbs, caffeine, milk products, wheat products, or artificial sweeteners (except for stevia). In other words, no packaged foods.
It is an expensive diet in that you must buy pure unsweetened cranberry juice, evening primrose oil, flax oil, and organic meats and vegetables.
The purpose is to detox and flush the liver, and keep it healthy so it can metabolize fat.
At Ivillage I read one person's posting. She stated that she went to Sam's Club and bought a lot of fresh veggies and was all set to start this plan. Sam's Club purchases the cheapest vegetables in the world. They are factory farmed, meaning they have little nutrition and are packed with chemicals. You are not going to experience a rapid fat flush if you fill the liver with toxins.
Now, Ann talks about keeping the colon flowing and the liver clean. However, she does not have a plan for you to actually detox your colon and liver (beyond the few things she has you consume during this plan). If your colon is toxic, it suppresses liver function. So, if you are ready to do this plan but have not ever detoxed your colon or liver, then you must go here and first do yourself a very healthy detox: Cleaning House - The Correct Way To Detox.
The Fat Flush Plan is a high protein diet too. Protein stimulates metabolism. Someone told me that, according to WebMD, a high protein diet causes kidney stones. I just love WebMD. They give you only "half" the information so they can perpetuate the myth that medicine alone can save you.
An acidic body together with dehydration and poor kidney function causes kidney stones. Our water supply is acidic. Our diets are acidic. An acidic body is nearly responsible for all our degenerative diseases, including cancer. Cancer loves an acidic environment. (We will cover acidosis and how to reverse it in our next newsletter.)
A high protein diet causes the body to turn acidic. This is the connection. However, coffee, soda pop (even diet pop), and carbonated beverages are the leading causes of acidosis. We will cover this subject thoroughly in our next newsletter.
There are ways to help alkalize the body, but most of them involve a significant change in your diet. The latest craze is Coral Calcium. It is over-hyped and over-priced. This Bob Barefoot seems to be its biggest promoter, but apparently objective third parties aren't getting the same results testing coral calcium that Bob gets.
Yes, calcium buffers acids. Coral calcium will help your body return to its normal pH. But it won't detox those things that contribute to your body's acidosis. Calcium buffers acid. Why do you think it's in TUMS? But in TUMS is a very poor form of calcium; one that is not very assimilable by the body.
Osteoporosis? An acidic body has to be regulated, so where does it find the calcium to do this? The Calcium Bank: our skeleton. Thus, an acidic body leads to osteoporosis by constantly going to the calcium bank to buffer the acid in our bodies.
Coral Calcium is a good product and will help. But still, you must keep the kidneys working and flowing at the same time to avoid calcium buildup (though there are other types of stones, not related to calcium).
In this plan, we drink a cup of hot water and the juice of half a lemon each morning. Interestingly enough, a lemon, though acidic, helps the body turn alkaline. This little morning drink will help keep your kidneys flowing and help raise your body's pH. (Again, we will cover this in depth in our next newsletter and we'll show you another way to alkalize and detox the body.)
I suppose the best thing about this entire plan is that Ann puts the myth of "low fat" to rest. We are a nation of fatties despite the low-fat craze we've been caught up in for some 10 years now. We've mentioned this previously at this site, and now Ann says it:
The one thing I did not like about the first part of this plan was the Cranberry Water. I got tired of it really soon and it was making my stomach queasy just thinking about it. Now don't let this put you off. Every time I complain to someone about the Cranberry Water, that person tells me, "Oh, I just LOVE the cranberry water."
Cranberry juice (non-sweetened) is such an essential part of the plan, that I experimented with a variety of ways to get it down. One way was to chug the concentrate and follow it with lots of water. After losing 20 pounds in two weeks, I then jumped into a modified third phase of the plan and to keep up my cranberry juice intake, I discovered smoothies!
Before we go on, let me just tell you that most of you will NOT experience the extreme weight loss I experienced. This was exceptional, hence an exception. Most drop about six to ten pounds in the first two weeks. But you are dropping fat so, for some who drop only five or six pounds, it's the inches that you will see melt away as your fat cells shrink. This is the type of plan that should be monitored with measuring tape rather than a scale.
Since I dropped so much weight, I jumped into a "modified" part three of the diet (or a modified part two) and I began to work out with weights. I actually gained weight (which I've since lost) for a few days, but even as I was gaining pounds, I was losing inches.
I modified the diet to fit me, but I'm still using Ann Gittleman's theories. For one thing, I just had to increase my salt intake. As some of you know, I use Celtic Sea Salt to get my minerals. One important mineral to my mental health is Lithium. When I say, my mental health, I could say Your mental health as well. It has been said that the difference between the brain of a raving, psychopathic murderer locked up in some prison and the average person on the street is just a few cents worth of lithium. And I discovered that with the introduction of Celtic Sea Salt (one that Ann herself recommends) there was a touch of "water retention" but it was truly insignificant in my situation.
Back to the smoothies!
Although I have heard of them (I even have a book on Smoothies) I've never made a smoothie. Since I had to do something with all that cranberry juice, I began making smoothies that also used up my fruit allotment, got me those Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids, and even incorporated Ann's Long Life Cocktail at the same time (since that too began to gag me after the second week). So here are some of the things I did.
First, I used, instead of crushed flax seed, Omegasentials. I've even contacted Ann and told her about Omegasentials, which is one of the best discoveries we've made since beginning our research. To read about them, go to: Johanna Budwig Revisited (and don't forget to get your discount by mentioning the International Wellness Directory).
Next I used frozen (fresh when I can!) organic berries. Those of you who know me know that I love my berries and my berries love me. They fight cancer and heart disease. Because I was using cranberry concentrate (unsweetened) as the base, I added just a touch of stevia (as a sweetener: get it at your local health food store). I also added a teaspoon of Coral Calcium and a teaspoon of MSM, nutritional sulfur. MSM is an amazing substance. It aids in detoxing the body, which went right along with this plan. Since this is a Candida diet (nothing in this diet promotes the growth of yeast in the intestinal tract) I added some grapefruit seed extract to the smoothie also to start killing the yeast.
In my smoothies I would occasionally add a little extra flax oil, grapefruit fiber, liquid lecithin, Vitamin C, and once in a while a raw egg. And do not let the raw egg scare you. In a sweet, fruity drink, they taste delicious. Just make sure the egg is from a healthy, free range (organic, preferably) chicken. Only factory farmed eggs will give you salmonella.
Now here is something that is in our book Bypassing Bypass that I will pass on to you. A biologist sent me a recipe for a shot of B-12. B-12 is great when you need extra energy (Bruce Springsteen gets a shot of B-12 before going on stage) and it's great for heart disease. Oh yes, and great for depression too. So what was this recipe? How can you get the equivalent to a shot of B-12 without a needle? Take a glass of organic grape juice (more vitamins) and one organic egg from a free range chicken. Blend them together. Drink.
Now when I wrote this for our book, I had not yet tried it. Why? Cuz a raw egg just doesn't sound tasty. But, I was happily proved wrong. It tastes like a wonderful grape smoothie. And, something else that is in the book? Grape juice daily will start to reverse atherosclerotic plaque.
However, note that Dr Mercola now has a warning concerning raw eggs. Simply summarized: raw egg whites contain a chemical that can use up your biotin. If you eat raw egg whites, you need to take a LOT of biotin. So, perhaps it's best that you separate the yokes and eat only that.
Grape juice is not on the first week of this plan, simply because it is high in carbs. However, Ann does tell us that we can take in a friendly carb (piece of fruit) if we need the extra energy. So, right before a good 5 sets of tennis, I made this drink.
Additionally, I used a heart healthy recipe for salad dressing that I had to modify just a very little. I shall pass this on to you now:
1 medium lemon - peal
it by trimming off the yellow but leaving lots of white skin (you need these
2 round tsp Celtic Sea Salt - not allowed on the first two parts of this plan.
1/3 Cup Flax Oil
1/3 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
4-6 Cloves Garlic (to taste)
8 oz Plain Yogurt (for thin dressing) or 8 oz Low Fat Cottage Cheese for a thicker dressing (though you can use less, depending on taste)
1-2 Cup Cilantro Leaves (to taste)
Optional: Honey (but it's not on the fat flush plan)
Toss all into a blender and puree. You can make some variations on this. For example, you could increase your Flax Oil so that it matches the amount you will take on this plan. I've added MSM and Coral Calcium at times, even a bit of powdered Ester C. The honey was originally added because it can be a bit bitter because of the lemon skin. The cilantro is added to help pull heavy metals from your body (again, we're detoxing).
Optional in this recipe:
1/3 Cup Wheat Germ Oil
2 tbs to 1/3 cup Lecithin
If you need these oils in your diet, go ahead and add them, but you'll have to increase the yogurt and vinegar amounts to cut the fat.
When you can add a milk product to your menu, it is probably best to start with yogurt. At this time you can also add it to this dressing recipe too, instead of the tofu. And if green is not your color, toss in a little chunk of beet and the dressing turns into the sweetest pink you've ever seen. Play with this recipe. Toss in an onion. Have fun.
Some Final Notes on the Fat Flush Plan:
Ann knows her stuff. The less you cheat, the more you will lose. Also, since you are losing fat, it's not the number of pounds you lose that is important, but the inches. So, measure yourself as well as weigh yourself. And keep a diary. Do not get disappointed if you don't lose much weight. You are losing inches.
You can go to Ivillage and find a lot of people talking about this diet, read their postings, learn from them. But the best advice is GET THE BOOK. You will learn one heck of a lot about nutrition. For instance, she tells you why the low-fat craze is putting weight on our kids and why diet pops make you GAIN weight rather than lose.
You can also purchase the book or CDs here (and support this site as we do get a small percentage from sales) or you can go to Ann's site and purchase it directly from her if you so wish.
Here are our affiliate links (and remember, shipping is free for orders over $25):
The Fat Flush Plan Hardcover.
The Fat Flush Plan On CD.
The Fat Flush Plan On audio tape.
Just enjoy your new body and new health!
UPDATE AS OF AUGUST 2, 2003: I just got my blood work back from the VA Hospital. Previous to this fat flush, my cholesterol level was 219 and my triglycerides were 267.
My latest numbers are, after being on this fat flush plan for just a little over a month are:
Now, as I've mentioned in the past, I'm not a big one on the theory of cholesterol being the cause of heart disease. However, if YOU are, and you want to drop your cholesterol/triglyceride levels through a diet plan, this one is definitely for you.
Did You Know?
According to a study of eight years' worth of
medical records of over 7000 patients conducted by Britain's
Medical Research Council (and reported in my favorite medical
journal, The Lancet), if you pop Ibuprofen for any reason -
say, arthritis pain relief - while engaged in aspirin therapy
for heart disease, you're twice as likely to keel over from a
heart attack because of the way these two powerful drugs interact.
Campbell Douglass II, MD
Attention Heart Patients
Statin Drug Update
The popular cholesterol lowering drugs Lipitor, Mevacor, Zocor, Pravacol, Lescol and Baycol (this last one was recently taken off the market) work by blocking the enzyme HGM-CoA reductase in the liver. This shuts down the liver's ability to manufacture cholesterol. However, Coenzyme Q 10, referred to as CoQ10, is manufactured via the same pathway. CoQ10 is essential to your body. Each cell in your body produces energy. Without CoQ10, they cannot produce energy and they start to die. The liver is the first to go. This is why your liver enzymes are constantly being monitored while on these drugs. Muscles get weak, sore, and start to die (myopathy). Your heart is a muscle. It starts to die without CoQ10.
Now isn't it ironic that you are dropping your cholesterol in order to avoid heart disease, yet in doing so you can damage your heart muscle?
Do the drug companies know this? Yes, in fact, they do. Merck & Co (manufacturers of Mevacor) in 1987 received two US patents for the use of CoQ10 and statin drugs. This was intended to prevent the side effects. According to Dr Julian Whitaker, the patents describe "CoQ10s role in the prevention and treatment of the drug's side effects."
Baycol was taken off the market in 2001 because of some 80 deaths due to rhabdomyolysis (a serious deterioration in muscle tissue that allows toxins to build up and resulting in kidney failure) which is also listed as a side effect to statin drugs.
If the drug companies had instructed physicians in the use of CoQ10, these deaths could have been avoided. However, there is NO mention of CoQ10 therapy in the physician or patient literature that accompanies the drugs.
Ok...nuff said. First off, high cholesterol is not a disease. It is a symptom of a dis-ease. High cholesterol does not cause heart disease. Heart disease causes high cholesterol, but only in some people. If you look at the statistics on deaths due to heart disease and strokes, across the board, people with normal cholesterol levels are dying at a rate slightly higher than those with excessive cholesterol. Again people, please stop dying and start reading. A good place to start is the wonderful web site called The Cholesterol Myths. The next place to start is our book: Bypassing Bypass. We spent over 9 years collecting information from the top minds in medicine who know how to keep your heart healthy and reverse heart disease without pharmaceuticals.. Let me ask you: Is 10 bucks too much to pay to save your life?
Please, do something. Or just get a copy of The Fat Flush Plan. This diet alone could lower your cholesterol (if you think your cholesterol is a bad thing). Personally, my cholesterol dropped on this diet plan, but it's still over 200 and that is EXACTLY where it will stay. For people over 45, 200 to 240 is necessary for proper brain function. Your brain needs this cholesterol stuff, so don't let anyone tell you differently.
New Food Labels
We put this here because it too affects the health of your heart, and again tries to perpetuate the myth we talked about above.
CBS news announced that food labels will soon be changing (we mentioned this two years ago) in such a way as to inform you how much trans fat is in the product you are consuming. Trans fats are also known as Partially Hydrogenated Oils. We have talked about these for years too. They are one of the things responsible for heart disease, cancer, type II diabetes and other maladies.
One line from their article goes like this: Studies show consumption of trans fatty acids contributes to increased blood LDL-cholesterol ("bad" cholesterol) levels, which increase the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD).
Again, we're going to let you in on something we learned in our research on heart disease and is found in our book Bypassing Bypass. This is very VERY basic information that is overlooked by medicine and the pharmaceutical industry. Why? Because it does not sell drugs. But, listen up and we shall explain.
Cholesterol does not cause heart disease. Rancid cholesterol causes (contributes to) heart disease. LDL cholesterol is referred to as BAD cholesterol. This is dead wrong.
Trans fats are man-made. Our bodies were never designed to consume man-made foods.
Heart disease begins by pitting in your arteries. The pitting is caused by a number of things. Dr Linus Pauling and Dr Mathias Rath wrote the first paper describing the process by which atherosclerosis (coating of the arteries) begins. It does not begin with Cholesterol.
The pitting begins. Pitting, according to Drs Pauling and Rath is caused by a lack of Vitamin C (and other related essential nutrients). Further research produced further causes: germs, toxins, chlorinated water, and trans fats.
When the arteries develop pits, they must be repaired. So cholesterol comes along and covers the pits, right? No, not yet. The first thing to come along is a very sticky lipid (fat) called lipoprotein alpha or lp(a). This coats the pit and attracts cholesterol. It attracts the very thick cholesterol, the LDL-cholesterol. This sticks to the lp(a) and covers the pit to keep you from bleeding internally.
What we call Bad Cholesterol is really good cholesterol because it is saving your life, and it has still another related function: it gloms onto Candida and the associated toxins trying to rid your blood stream of it.
When our arteries are pitted, our cholesterol levels rise. This is the connection between high cholesterol levels and heart disease. But cholesterol no more causes heart disease than your speedometer causes high speed in your car. Lowering cholesterol with drugs is the same as breaking your speedometer, grabbing that little needle and dragging it to zero. It won't lower your speed. Lowering your cholesterol with drugs won't stop the pitting in your arteries.
All we can say is this: avoid trans fats all week and then have a little fun on Saturday night. And for your own good, do a little research and discover the truth behind all the commercial medicine we're inundated with in this society. If medicine ever gets back to its original purpose, it won't be with the support of the pharmaceutical industry.
Question of the Month:
banned from the US years ago.
But it is still used around the globe.
Which country manufactures the most DDT?
If you do not know what Anvirzel is, please read this link: Anvirzel™. Anvirzel™ is heading into Phase II trials and we certainly hope it will be available soon.
NOW for the GOOD NEWS. We have the formula to anOleander Extract.
This is NOT Anvirzel™. It is not in any way related to Anvirzel™. Anvirzel comes from the Oleander plant. This is all these two things have in common.
This is an ancient folk remedy from Turkey that was used by a healer. This healer gave away all his research.
The plant is POISONOUS. The formula is said to be 25 years old, except that some think that it has been used for thousands of years in Turkey.
Again, we have the formula and we are going to print it right here and right now. But PLEASE, if you make it, please please please follow the instructions. If you make it wrong, you can die. And of course, we are going to print the following disclaimer:
WARNING: THE OLEANDER PLANT AND ALL OF IT'S PARTS, IN RAW, UNCOOKED FORM, IS POISONOUS AND TOXIC TO ALL LIVING ANIMALS. A SMALL AMOUNT OF THE RAW MATERIAL, IF INGESTED, CAN CAUSE DEATH.
This is published as Information Only....and we make no medical claims here whatsoever.
FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR COOKING THE PLANT MATERIAL EXACTLY, COOKING IT IN BOILING WATER FOR AT LEAST FOUR (4) HOURS, STRAINING THE CONCENTRATE EXTRACT AT ROOM TEMPERATURE AFTERWARDS.
WHEN CUTTING FRESH OLEANDER PLANT, DO NOT ALLOW THE SAP TO CONTACT EXPOSED SKIN. IT IS TOXIC AND WILL PENETRATE YOUR SKIN. WASH WITH WATER IMMEDIATELY IF ACCIDENTAL CONTACT OCCURS.
SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION IF RAW OLEANDER IS INGESTED. WEAR RUBBER GLOVES WHEN CUTTING AND HANDLING OLEANDER. WASH THE GLOVES IN WATER AND SOAP AFTER USE. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THIS WARNING CAN RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
THE International Wellness Directory AND MINNESOTA WELLNESS PUBLICATIONS, INC. MAKE NO GUARANTEES ABOUT THIS FORMULA NOR DO WE RECOMMEND MAKING IT.
THE DECISION TO MAKE THIS FORMULA IS YOUR DECISION.
Now, with that out of the way, I can tell you that we've received three reports from our readers (who asked for the formula) who tell us that they are making this formula and that it seems to be working, though it is still too early to tell. They do tell us that those using it feel better and have extra energy. The original person sending us the formula (which came to him from the originator of Anvirzel, Dr Ozel) tells us that his Mother is cancer free and five months past being told she had only three months to live (with lung cancer and mets to bones). Her last bone scan was negative. His sister, who has Hep-C, now has a functioning liver and no symptoms now because of this formula. She makes it up herself from her own plants.
1. Use garden hand trimmers to trim oleander new growth stems and leaves 6" from tip. Any part of the plant can be used, but trimming the new growth 6 to 8 inches from the tips will ensure that the plant lives. However, you can just use the entire plant.
Put the cuttings in a plastic shopping bag. Avoid touching cut ends, use gloves, as the sap will penetrate skin and is toxic.
2. Use a Wal*Mart large porcelain steam pot into which you stuff the trimmings to 2" from top. This is the same kind of pot used for making jellies and canning. Fill with water to top of trimmings.
3. Boil with lid on for 3.5 hours.
4. Remove plant material with tongs and discard.
5. Volume remaining is about 60% of original liquid.
6. Boil this for about 2 hours, reducing 50%, to about 30% of original liquid. Let cool to room temp. This liquid is about 1010 specific gravity as Ozel recommends.
7. Strain remainder through 4 layers of paper towels using colanders, again Wal*Mart, the plastic .99 ones work great. Stack one on top of another with a towel in each. The top towel may plug and need to be replaced. Strain into a 1/2 gal. container.
8. Mix remainder with 80 proof vodka, 50/50 as a preservative, extending shelf life by at least 6 months. Add a pint of your favorite pancake syrup, mine is boysenberry, for flavoring, mixing all up.
9. Pour into 20 oz plastic or glass bottles and refrigerate. That's it! (Personally, I prefer brown glass bottles, as this protects most liquids.)
10. For skin cream, slowly boil the original brew down to a syrup, leaving about 1/2" of extract in bottom of stew pan. Takes about 2 hours. Mix 30% with any hand cream. That's that. Gets rid or pre-cancerous skin cells, age spots, moles, and psoriasis.
Note that because of bacteria, you can get a headache from the formula.
Treatment Dosage: 1 teaspoon 3 x daily with meals. More is not harmful, but increases diarrhea. Take Immodium™ to offset effect. Take this dosage until it no longer produces a fever. And help the fever by taking liquids, perhaps a Raspberry Leaf Tea and a hot bath. In our next newsletter we will show you a detoxing bath that will change your life!
Prevention/Maintenance Dosage: 1 regular dose daily (one tablespoon) forever. It's easy to make, costs almost nothing (if you live in the south), and knocks the crap out of any virus or cell proliferating disease, while boosting the immune system at the same time. How can you lose?
Did you know?
A study of our nations five-year-olds discovered that
all of them had already developed the first stages
of atherosclerosis (gumming up of the arteries).
At our site we have already discussed Psychoneuroimmunology, a big word for what's going on in your mind is affecting your immune system. Well, we've gone one step further to find a test that all of you can take in a couple of minutes, the results of which will tell you just how your immune system is being affected by your current stressors. Not to worry, there are things you can do to limit the damage. One thing is to learn stress management. In our next newsletter, we will pass on another wonderful product that can help you here too. But for now...just click here (and take this test): Social Readjustment Rating Scale.
Did You Know?
When you put something on your skin,
it goes into your bloodstream in under
With the world-wide threat of SARS dissipating, perhaps this story is one you missed:
On June 3rd of this year (2003), the Calgary Sun printed a very (VERY) interesting article about SARS.
The article was a slap in the face of Medicine (with a Capital M).
It seems that patients treated with antibiotics get sicker and sicker and those who are not treated with antibiotics get better, quicker.
From the article: "At the hospital, Dr. Thomas Louis states, "If we stop the antibiotics, it [the germ] will go away."
What's happening here is something naturopaths have been telling us for years: Antibiotics do not cure a disease, they remedy a condition. And in remedying a condition, they establish another condition that too must be remedied.
Two "side effects" of antibiotics are this: your good bacteria in your intestinal tract are depleted and your body's pH goes down (you become acidic). An alkaline body attracts disease. Wipe out your beneficial bacteria, and your immune system is crippled. Both of these "conditions" must be put back to normal for your "dis-ease" to vanish. You have to rebuild your flora (beneficial bacteria) and you must alkalize your body.
Yogurt (organic) is the best place to start. Every culture that has a large percentage living beyond 100 years, has a yogurt "type" product in their daily diet. As to changing your body's pH, we will tell you all about that in our next newsletter.
the first time in history,
America is searching for the reason
we went to war after the war is over."
Editor's Note: This is the start of something very VERY important to all my readers. We will continue this discussion in our next newsletter. Everything you know or think you know about basic biology is about to explode in your face (as it had done in mine).
I would like to introduce you to a systemic yeast problem called Candida (pronounced just like Canada except that you toss in the extra "d"). Many of my readers have cancer. Did you also know that you have Candida? Yes, every blood test of cancer patients comes back positive for Candida. Are they related? Well, yes and no.
You see, medical science is a bit torn up about this because Candida does not respond to drug therapy.
This yeast problem begins in our gut, our skin, and in our mucous membranes. It is normal for them to live there and they even seem to serve a purpose. In our intestines they (along with other nasty fungi) help to break up our stool that could lead to constipation. In a healthy physical environment, they are kept in check by both the environment and by our beneficial bacteria (often referred to as Pro-Biotics; such as acidophilus and bifidus). When our good bacteria are under attack by antibiotics, Candida can flourish. And if our internal environment becomes acidic (through diet, toxins, or our thinking processes), Candida takes off.
Women notice this more than men because under a physician's care, when a woman takes antibiotics, often times she'll come down with a yeast infection. Internally, things are even worse!
Out of control and unhampered by a poor immune system, Candida mutates into a fungal form that spreads our thin, wiry arms called mycelia. These actually penetrate the large intestines and reach into other organs. This fungal infection does a number on us. It steals nutrition right from a cell under attack, it gives off toxins such as acetaldehyde and uric acid (both of which play havoc with the immune system), and produces hormonal-like substances that interfere with our normal hormone production. Still worse are the holes in our digestive tract that leak food particles into the blood stream where they suddenly become attacked by our immune system (which is already overworked) and as the immune system begins to build resistance, we are suddenly sensitive to certain foods because we now have food allergies. Yes, we've trained our immune systems to respond to the food we put into our bodies.
So, what is the connection between Cancer and Candida? If you will recall from our article The ABCs of Battling Cancer, we state there that cancer is NOT a disease. It is a symptom of an even larger systemic disease. The disease is an overworked immune system. This is the connection (though, as you will learn in our next edition, not the only connection).
If you have a Candida infection, you are a ticking time bomb for cancer, and that is that. Sadly, modern medicine cannot protect you at this point. As stated above, there is NO pharmaceutical cure for Candida: it does not respond to drug therapy.
In women, Candida overgrowth commonly occurs while taking birth control pills. In all individuals, cortisone medications and antibiotics set up the environment necessary to allow Candida to flourish by killing off our beneficial bacteria. Other things that kill this good bacteria are chlorine, toxins in our food and water and alcohol. Our diets further fuels the flames by feeding the growth: sweets, refined foods, carbohydrates, chips, pastas, you name it. Candida loves our American diet.
However, diets rich in Essential Fatty Acids (flax oil, evening primrose oil), whole foods, vitamins and minerals keep Candida under control.
Symptoms of Candida
Initial symptoms: indigestion, flatulence, fatigue, constipation or diarrhea, depression, anxiety, and diminished libido are most common. As the Candida flourishes, symptoms get more virulent: carbohydrate and alcohol cravings, frequent bladder, vaginal, and ear infections, a variety of skin afflictions (eczema, acne) and multiple chemical sensitivities (reactions to perfumes, cleaning agents, gasoline, etc). In fact, those people with multiple allergies most likely suffer too from Candida overgrowth.
Dr Cochran, a naturopath from Minnesota, tells us that most chronic diseases can be linked to Candida overgrowth: Lupus is Candida of the liver; Diabetes is Candida of the pancreas; Multiple Sclerosis is Candida of the myelin sheath; Fibromyalgia is Candida of the muscle tissues.
The Candida Diet
This is where I'm supposed to tell you how to diet to create an environment to battle Candida, but I'm not going to. I'm going to pass you Ann Gittleman's book, The Fat Flush Plan. This IS a perfect Candida diet plan too. You can lose weight and shut down the spread of Candida throughout your body with this very simple plan. For some of you, you will notice a change right away. When you quit feeding a parasite, it dies. Feed it a little and it will live on and on and on. The first two phases of Ann's plan is a potent weapon in your battle against Candida. And now this leads us to something that will help you even further to kill that Candida in your system.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Jacob Harich was born in Yugoslavia in 1919 and educated in Germany. He was a budding nuclear physicist until WWII interrupted his studies. He spent the next five years as a fighter pilot where the horrors of war inspired him to want to improve life on earth rather than destroy it. Thus after the war, Jacob took up medicine, studying both in Europe and the US.
But it was a sunny morning in France, just following the end of WWII that our story actually began, for the young ex-fighter pilot sat at his breakfast table savoring the sweet flavor of a rare (all fruits were rare at this time) grapefruit. He accidentally bit into a seed and winced at its bitterness. He wondered, "What makes this so bitter?"
Any one of us would have stopped there, but not a scientist. Jacob set out to extract the oil and find out what it was and what it could do. So, when his career moved him to sunny Florida, right in the middle of grapefruit country, support for his research on this strange chemical composition also took off.
He approached Drs Otwell and Marchall who were both leading researchers on the effects of "microbes" on food. Jacob told them about the properties of grapefruit seed extract and how it could protect produce from the onslaught of microbes. They listened politely and would have dismissed his ideas if not for the demonstration. That caught their attention. Not only did it protect produce but fish and poultry too from the assaults of bacteria, fungi, and parasites. These two doctors helped spread the word about GSE's protective properties, and by 1990 naturopaths began to hear about this remarkable product. The implications for their patients would be astounding if they proved out, and sure enough, GSE did prove itself in clinical situations and in human trials.
In 1995 Dr Jacob Harich was invited to be the guest of honor at the Pasteur Institute of France. There they thanked and honored Dr Harich for his work and showed him their own studies using GSE against the AIDS virus and against the secondary infections it caused. The farmers of Europe also honored the good doctor for his invention of a powdered form of GSE used to protect fish and poultry against the two lethal bacteria, Salmonella and E. Coli.
Dr Harich died in May of 1966 after receiving recognition for a life devoted to a revolutionary, non toxic, and inexpensive approach to controlling dangerous microbes.
Treating Candida with GSE
First you must go on Ann's Fat Flush Plan or something very close to it. You cut out all processed foods, cut down on high glycemic fruits, cut out fermented foods (cheeses, pickles, alcohol), cut out coffee and cigarettes. This will stop feeding the Candida.
Follow the plan for at least one week. Longer if you think you need it. Then begin using GSE daily, in between meals. (The following comes from a naturopath/homeopath living in Arizona where one can get arrested for practicing such things....and so remains anonymous).
The following dosage is for a person of 150 pounds. You will want to adjust the dosage for weight considerations. Keep in mind that GSE has been established to be completely safe, even for newborns.
The first three days: ten drops twice daily in juice or water or one 125 mg capsule twice daily.
The next seven days: fifteen drops twice daily or one capsule three times per day.
The next twenty days: fifteen drops three times daily or two capsules three times per day.
Keep in mind that for a chronic, long-standing condition, this regimen should be kept up for six months.
And in our next newsletter, we will add something to this that will help you keep your Candida in check for the rest of your life (and it also cleans your oven).
The Completion of the Body/Mind/Spirit Triumvirate
Body and Mind are we. Spirit? We've focused only a bit on the spiritual side of our health and wellness, and that is mostly due to the simple fact that religion can be a touchy subject.
Here at the directory we promote no particular religion and we hope (and pray) that all religions will learn to leave the others alone and that we can all learn to live in harmony.
According to Greek Mythology, one knows fully that God is on his side, ONLY when beckoning his own downfall. Yet everyone seems to think that God is on her/his side in every endeavor. Even Hitler's most elite troops had printed on their belt buckles: Gott Mit Uns (God is on our side).
So, we here tend to avoid arguments about religion and focus on spirituality which is something everyone, no matter what your beliefs, can connect with. And in this vein, I want to pass on to you a story that I had heard many years ago that had helped me along my spiritual path. It is a very short, but deeply loving and spiritual story of a child:
Soon after her brother was born, little Sachi began to ask her parents to leave her alone with the new baby. They worried that like most four-year-olds, she might feel jealous and want to hit or shake him, so they said no. But she showed no signs of jealousy. She treated the baby with kindness and her pleas to be left alone with him became more urgent. They decided to allow it.
Elated, she went into the baby's room and shut the door, but it opened a crack -- enough for her curious parents to peek in and listen. They saw little Sachi walk quietly up to her baby brother, put her face close to his and say quietly, "Baby, tell me what God feels like. I'm starting to forget."
PROMISE YOURSELF by Christian D. Larson
Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel that there is something in them. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. To think only of the best, to work only for the best and expect only the best. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile. To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
And finally, I will pass you on a prayer that someone passed on to me. You might want to just take a moment to go over it.Heavenly Father,
Help us remember that the jerk who cut us off in traffic last night is a single mother who worked nine hours that day and is rushing home to cook dinner, help with homework, do the laundry and spend a few precious moments with her children.
Help us to remember that the pierced, tattooed, disinterested young man who can't make change correctly is a worried 19-year-old college student, balancing his apprehension over final exams with his fear of not getting his student loans for next semester.
Remind us, Lord, that the scary looking bum, begging for money in the same spot every day (who really ought to get a job) is a slave to addictions that we can only imagine in our worst nightmares.
Help us to remember that the old couple walking annoyingly slow through the store aisles and blocking our shopping progress is savoring this moment, knowing that, based on the biopsy report she got back last week, this will be the last year that they go shopping together.
Heavenly Father, remind us each day that of all the gifts you give us, the greatest gift is love. It is not enough to share that love with those we hold dear. Open our hearts not to just those who are close to us, but to all humanity. Let us judge not lest we be judged, and be quick to forgive, show patience, empathy and love.
Notes from the Underground
Just two little things that were passed on to us from a reader and physician. We've checked out the stories and, yes, they seem to be true. First off, there was an international meeting of the Pharmaceutical Companies to determine, among other things, how underdeveloped countries could get the drugs they needed. There seemed to be only one problem standing in the way: The USofA Pharm Reps; they did not want to sell their Rolls Royce Medicines to the poor at Volkswagen Prices. And the US got its way because we're just too big and strong not to.
This next news bit should floor you. It seems that a number of drugs are made from blood. Some of our supply of these drugs, prior to an AIDS screening test, had been tainted with HIV. The problem for the drug companies was: what to do with all these "possibly" tainted drugs? Well, it's very simple, right? Burn them.
But no...these "possibly" tainted drugs were sold to poor countries.
Now you have the full picture: Medicine as we know it today (pharmaceutical based medicine) is all about money and not about care. Remember that next time you pick up your prescription.
Is There Anything Left That
by Joan Chittister, OSB
A Benedictine Sister of Erie, Sister Joan is a best-selling author and well- known international lecturer. She is founder and executive director of Benetvision: A Resource and Research Center for Contemporary Spirituality, and past president of the Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Sister Joan has been recognized by universities and national organizations for her work for justice, peace and equality for women in the Church and society. She is an active member of the International Peace Council.
This is what I don't understand: All of a sudden nothing seems to matter.
First, they said they wanted Bin Laden "dead or alive." But they didn't get him. So now they tell us that it doesn't matter. Our mission is greater than one man.
Then they said they wanted Saddam Hussein, "dead or alive." He's apparently alive but we haven't got him yet, either. However, President Bush told reporters recently, "It doesn't matter. Our mission is greater than one man."
Finally, they told us that we were invading Iraq to destroy their weapons of mass destruction. Now they say those weapons probably don't exist. Maybe never existed. Apparently that doesn't matter either.
Except that it does matter.
I know we're not supposed to say that. I know it's called "unpatriotic." But it's also called honesty. And dishonesty matters.
It matters that the infrastructure of a foreign nation that couldn't defend itself against us has been destroyed on the grounds that it was a military threat to the world.
It matters that it was destroyed by us under a new doctrine of "pre-emptive war" when there was apparently nothing worth pre-empting.
It surely matters to the families here whose sons went to war to make the world safe from weapons of mass destruction and will never come home.
It matters to families in the United States whose life support programs were ended, whose medical insurance ran out, whose food stamps were cut off, whose day care programs were eliminated so we could spend the money on sending an army to do what did not need to be done.
It matters to the Iraqi girl whose face was burned by a lamp that toppled over as a result of a U.S. bombing run.
It matters to Ali, the Iraqi boy who lost his family -and both his arms - in a U.S. air attack.
It matters to the people in Baghdad whose water supply is now fetid, whose electricity is gone, whose streets are unsafe, whose 158 government ministries' buildings and all their records have been destroyed, whose cultural heritage and social system has been looted and whose cities teem with anti-American protests.
It matters that the people we say we "liberated" do not feel liberated in the midst of the lawlessness, destruction and wholesale social suffering that so-called liberation created.
It matters to the United Nations whose integrity was impugned, whose authority was denied, whose inspection teams are even now still being overlooked in the process of technical evaluation and disarmament.
It matters to the reputation of the United States in the eyes of the world, both now and for decades to come, perhaps.
And surely it matters to the integrity of this nation whether or not its intelligence gathering agencies have any real intelligence or not before we launch a military armada on its say-so.
And it should matter whether or not our government is either incompetent and didn't know what they were doing or were dishonest and refused to say. The unspoken truth is that either as a people we were misled, or we were lied to, about the real reason for this war. Either we made a huge - and unforgivable - mistake, an arrogant or ignorant mistake, or we are swaggering around the world like a blind giant, flailing in all directions while the rest of the world watches in horror or in ridicule.
If Bill Clinton's definition of "is" matters, surely this matters. If a president's sex life matters, surely a president's use of global force against some of the weakest people in the world matters. If a president's word in a court of law about a private indiscretion matters, surely a president's word to the community of nations and the security of millions of people matters.
And if not, why not? If not, surely there is something as wrong with us as citizens, as thinkers, as Christians as there must be with some facet of the government. If wars that the public says are wrong yesterday - as over 70% of U.S. citizens did before the attack on Iraq - suddenly become "right" the minute the first bombs drop, what kind of national morality is that?
Of what are we really capable as a nation if the considered judgment of politicians and people around the world means nothing to us as a people?
What is the depth of the American soul if we can allow destruction to be done in our name and the name of "liberation" and never even demand an accounting of its costs, both personal and public, when it is over?
We like to take comfort in the notion that people make a distinction between our government and ourselves. We like to say that the people of the world love Americans, they simply mistrust our government. But excoriating a distant and anonymous "government" for wreaking rubble on a nation in pretense of good requires very little of either character or intelligence.
What may count most, however, is that we may well be the ones Proverbs warns when it reminds us: "Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value the one who speaks the truth." The point is clear: If the people speak and the king doesn't listen, there is something wrong with the king. If the king acts precipitously and the people say nothing, something is wrong with the people.
It may be time for us to realize that in a country that prides itself on being democratic, we are our government. And the rest of the world is figuring that out very quickly.
From where I stand, that matters.
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Leaving The City of Regret
I had not really planned on taking a trip this time of year, and yet I found myself packing rather hurriedly. This trip was going to be unpleasant and I knew in advance that no real good would come of it. I'm talking about my annual "Guilt Trip."
I got tickets to fly there on Wish I Had airlines. It was an extremely short flight. I got my baggage, which I could not check. I chose to carry it myself all the way. It was weighted down with a thousand memories of what might have been. No one greeted me as I entered the terminal to the Regret City International Airport. I say international because people from all over the world come to this dismal town.
As I checked into the Last Resort Hotel, I noticed that they would be hosting the year's most important event, the Annual Pity Party. I wasn't going to miss that great social occasion. Many of the towns leading citizens would be there.
First, there would be the Done family, you know, Should Have, Would Have and Could Have. Then came the I Had family. You probably know ol' Wish and his clan. Of course, the Opportunities would be present, Missed and Lost. The biggest family would be the Yesterdays. There are far too many of them to count, but each one would have a very sad story to share.
Then Shattered Dreams would surely make and appearance. And It's Their Fault would regale us with stories (excuses) about how things had failed in his life, and each story would be loudly applauded by Don't Blame Me and I Couldn't Help It.
Well, to make a long story short, I went to this depressing party knowing that there would be no real benefit in doing so. And, as usual, I became very depressed. But as I thought about all of the stories of failures brought back from the past, it occurred to me that all of this trip and subsequent "pity party" could be cancelled by ME! I started to truly realize that I did not have to be there. I didn't have to be depressed. One thing kept going through my mind, I CAN'T CHANGE YESTERDAY, BUT I DO HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE TODAY A WONDERFUL DAY. I can be happy, joyous, fulfilled, encouraged, as well as encouraging. Knowing this, I left the City of Regret immediately and left no forwarding address. Am I sorry for mistakes I've made in the past? YES! But there is no physical way to undo them.
So, if you're planning a trip back to the City of Regret, please cancel all your reservations now. Instead, take a trip to a place called, Starting Again. I liked it so much that I have now taken up permanent residence there. My neighbors, the I Forgive Myselfs and the New Starts are so very helpful. By the way, you don't have to carry around heavy baggage, because the load is lifted from your shoulders upon arrival. God bless you in finding this great town. If you can find it -- it's in your own heart -- please look me up. I live on I Can Do It street.
Laughter - The Best Medicine
As the comedian said, I'd like to leave you laughing. So please. Think of something funny as I walk off the stage.
Laughter increases your immunoglobulins, your T-Cell counts, and interleukins. So....let's get with it.
Wellness Quotation of the Month
signed up for an exercise class and was told to wear loose fitting
If I had any loose fitting clothing, I wouldn't have signed up in the first place!"
In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, "Socrates, do you know what I just heard about your friend?"
"Hold on a minute," Socrates replied. "Before telling me anything I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test."
"That's right," Socrates continued. "Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what you're going to say. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?"
"No," the man said, "actually I just heard about it and..."
"All right," said Socrates. "So you don't really know if it's true or not. Now let's try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?"
"No, on the contrary..."
"So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him, but you're not certain it's true. You may still pass the test though, because there's one filter left: the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?"
"No, not really."
"Well," concluded Socrates, "if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?"
This is why Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem.
It also explains why he never found out his best friend was sleeping with his wife.
Late one night at the insane asylum, one inmate shouted, "I am Napoleon!"
Another patient asked, "How do you know?"
The first inmate said, "Because God told me!"
Just then, a voice from another room shouted, "I did NOT!"
A forty-ish woman was at home happily jumping on her bed and squealing with delight. Her husband watches her for a while and asks, "Do you have any idea how ridiculous you look? What's the matter with you?" The woman continues to bounce on the bed and says, "I don't care. I just came from having a mammography and the doctor says I have the breasts of an 18 year-old." The husband said, "What did he say about your 45 year old ass?"
"Your name never came up," she replied.
One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed little Alex was staring up at the large plaque that hung in the foyer of the church. It was covered with names, and small American flags were mounted on either side of it. The seven year old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood beside the little boy, and said quietly, "Good morning, Alex." "Good morning, Pastor," replied the young man, still focused on the plaque. "Pastor, what is this?" "Well, son, it's a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service." Soberly, they stood together, staring at the large plaque. Little Alex's voice was barely audible, trembling with fear, when he asked, "Which service, the 9:45 or the 11:15?"
IF WOMEN RULED THE WORLD
A poor man walking in the forest feels close enough to God to ask, "God, what is a million years to you?"
God replies, "My son, a million years to you is like a second to me."
The man asks, "God, what is a million dollars to you?"
God replies, "My son, a million dollars to you is less than a penny to me. It means almost nothing to me."
The man asks, "So God, can I have a million dollars?"
And God replies, "In a second."
I was sitting at a stop light this morning. The lady in front of me was going through papers on the seat of her car, and when the light changed to green, she didn't move an inch.. Then when the light turned to red, and she had still not moved, I began (with my windows up) screaming epithets and beating on my steering wheel.
My expressions of distress were interrupted by a policeman, gun drawn, tapping on my window. Against my protestations of, "You can't arrest me for hollering in my car," he ordered me into the backseat of his car.
After about two hours in a holding cell, the arresting officer advised me I was free to go. I said, "I knew you couldn't arrest me for what I was yelling in my own car. You haven't heard the last of this."
The officer replied, "I didn't arrest you for shouting in your car. I was directly behind you at the light. I saw you screaming and beating your steering wheel, and I said to myself, "What a jerk. But there is nothing I can do to him for throwing a fit in his own car. Then I noticed the 'Cross ' hanging from your rear view mirror, the bright yellow 'Choose Life' license tag, the 'Jesus is Coming Soon' bumper sticker on one side and 'God is my Co-Pilot' on the other, and the Fish symbol, and I figured you must have stolen the car."
Q: What happens when a Buddhist becomes totally absorbed with the computer he is working with?
A: He enters Nerdvana.
WASHINGTON, April 24 (Reuters)
A tragic fire on Monday destroyed the personal library of President George W. Bush. Both of his books have been lost. Presidential spokesman, Ari Fleischer, said the President was devastated as he had not finished coloring the second one.
The doctor told me "Physical exercise is good for you." So, I've worked out this easy daily program I can do anywhere ...
Monday: Beat around the bush. Jump to conclusions. Climb the walls. Wade through paperwork.
Tuesday: Drag my heels. Push my luck. Make mountains out of mole hills. Hit the nail on the head.
Wednesday: Bend over backwards. Jump on the band wagon. Balance the books. Run around in circles.
Thursday: Toot my own horn. Climb the ladder of success. Pull out the stops. Add fuel to the fire.
Friday: Open a can of worms. Put my foot in my mouth. Start the ball rolling. Go over the edge.
Saturday: Pick up the pieces.
A lady walks into the drug store and asks
the pharmacist for some arsenic.
The pharmacist asks "Ma'am, what do you want with arsenic?".
The lady say's "To kill my husband."
"I can't sell you any for that reason" says the pharmacist.
The lady then reaches into her purse and pulls out a photo of her husband having sex with the pharmacist's wife.
He looks at the photo and says "Oh....... I didn't know you had a prescription!
Weapons of Mass Destruction Found: Click Here!
Which country manufactures the most DDT?
Why the good old USA, of course! We're number one! And we sell it to Mexico and Brazil and all these other countries and then we import their goods into our stores so that we can all share the wealth. Just business as usual!
Thanx to Janet for proofing this and all my stuff.
When you mix a Border Collie with a
Springer Spaniel, you get a very dirty puppy!