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This month we learn together. Almost everything in this newsletter is just as new to me as it is to you. Except this first piece, which has been on my mind for some time now, and it will give you a bit of insight into the apotheosis of medical science. If you don't know the word apotheosis, don't worry. Neither did I the first time I saw it.  

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1. What Is - Homeopathy? Allopathy? etc.

2. Medicine vs Science

3. Modern Medicine: The New World Religion

4. Quackbuster Stephen Barrett: "Not an Expert," declares Judge!

5. Doctors May Now Charge Medicare, Medicaid, and YOUR Insurance For Alternative Therapies

6. Bypassing Bypass - Yup, still selling, and thanx a lot!

7. Ephedra in the News Again

8. Warning: Herbs Can Be Abused

9. Death - Now Available Without a Prescription 

10. Alternative Pain Relief - Fewer side effects, a lot less death.

11. Aspartame Update - Nutrasweet, Equal, call it what you will, the Coca Cola company knew it was a poison.

12. Magnetic Therapy - Pain relief for many.

13. Viagra Alert - Yup, more side effects.

14. Wellness News of the Weird

15. Protein Kills Cancer - Possibly a new adjunct to other cancer therapies.

16. Essential Oils I - How they Heal - Special Focus

17. Essential Oils II - Their Properties - Special Focus

18. Chinese Herb -- Possible Cancer Remedy - A brand new RE-discovery

19. Tidbits - Letter from Dr Christine Northrop, MD and more. 

20. Laughter - The Best Medicine


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The following article is 5 years late in appearing at this site and I apologize. It is also published at this site in another location. So many have asked us to define some of the terms we use here, so if you need anything defined for you in the future, just contact us.

What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathic medicine treats disease using remedies that will produce the same symptoms as the disease itself. For example, if you suffer a rash on one arm, a homeopathic remedy is applied to it, which, if applied to your healthy arm, would result in the same rash. 

Another good example surrounds kitchen burns. For kitchen burns, most people apply an allopathic remedy: ice. However, when the ice melts, the pain returns. Placing the burned part under hot, running water until the skin around the burn feels as hot as the burn (and holding it there for a couple of seconds) will take away the pain almost immediately. Only the brave will test this, thus only the brave will find out how well it works. 

Another concept of Homeopathy, is the use of minimal (or small) dosages. Let's face it, if something you are about to take will cause the same symptoms of your disease, then it must be toxic, therefore it is prescribed in very small dosages.

Homeopathy's strength lies in the ability to treat pain and suffering for which no apparent cause can be found. Chronic pain can oftentimes be caused by psychological problems. A person suffering from chronic pain, if diagnosed by a psychiatrist as being enormously depressed and suicidal, will be given a homeopathic remedy that in a healthy person would cause that person to become enormously depressed and suicidal. Though this sounds crazy at first, it works, and successful treatments of this sort are commonplace in the homeopathic community.

Homeopathy's weakness lies in treating fractures and other injuries requiring intervention. Another of its weaknesses is that it, like Allopathy, cannot do a thing for a disorder caused by a nutritional deficiency. Only nutrition can do that.

Homeopathy has proven itself in blind study after blind study, but it still takes a lot of flack from critics and does not receive funding for research anywhere close to what Allopathic medicine gets.

Homeopathy has never killed a patient and is never contraindicated. Homeopaths will tell you it either works, or it doesn't. It just never kills the patient.

What is Allopathy?

Allopathic medicine treats disease using remedies that will produce symptoms different from the disease treated. For example, because there is no cure for the common cold, allopathic remedies for colds attempt to relieve congestion, clear nasal blockage, and reduce coughing. Infections are caused by bacteria and are cured by applying antibiotics.

Allopathic medicine has come to be known as orthodox medical treatment, just as the Germ Theory of Medicine has come to be the most prominent paradigm within Allopathic medicine, though this wasn't the case when the germ theory was first introduced. The medical community laughed when Pasteur postulated his theory of germs, but soon picked up the theory because it was easy to comprehend: a germ attacks an organism; apply a medication to remove the germ.

The allopathic community is beginning to consider this: ten people come into contact with cold germs, but only two or three come down with a cold. Even Pasteur on his death bed contradicted his theories saying, ". . . the microbes are nothing. It is the terrain." In other words, lowered resistance causes disease, not the germs. Thus, many in the allopathic community are now beginning to investigate wellness medicine, incorporating studies in nutrition, lifestyle, and spirituality.

Allopathy's strength lies in intervention. When you need a shot of penicillin, you need a shot of penicillin. When your body needs insulin, no therapy other than insulin injections will do. If surgery is required, then surgery is the solution.

Allopathy's weakness lies in the simple fact that removing the symptoms of a disease does not necessarily remove the cause of the disease. Its greatest weakness is that many of its cures are killing people. One reason many people have left conventional medicine for healthier alternatives is that death is not an acceptable side effect.

What is Natural Medicine?

Natural medicine is based upon three things only.

1. What goes into your body.

2. What comes out of your body.

3. The bubble which is our body is never broken.

Often asked is, doesn't everything that goes into your body come out? The simple answer is no, we must detox our bodies, at times, to cleanse them. The more complex answer is that with the advent of post WWII chemistry, we've created some very dangerous organic compounds that go in, and don't come out no matter what we do. They simply change and adapt when attacked.

Things like this, can scare the hell out of practitioners of Natural Medicine, because there is nothing that can be done except keep the body as healthy as possible.

Natural medicine is about natural, organic, healthy, whole foods. Foods for natural medicine are high in nutritional value and their preparation is done so that the foods keep their nutritional values.

Detoxication programs are also required in Natural Medicine. The order of detox to "most" practitioners of natural medicine is: colon (and kidneys), liver, and finally the blood and other organs. Foods are also consumed that assist the detoxication process such as seaweeds, chlorella, cilantro, and superfoods.

The positive side of Natural Medicine is that this lifestyle is the healthiest of all lifestyles. The drawbacks are that in today's society, as toxic as it is, it is almost impossible to get all of the nutrition our bodies need without supplementation.

Natural Medicine does not use homeopathy, acupuncture (breaks the bubble which is our body), surgery, or vaccinations.

The removal of tumors is taken care of through diet, detox, and herbal remedies and/or poultices.

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Did You Know?
Every second your body loses
and replaces
eight million blood cells.
(Thanks Bathroom Reader!)
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What is Naturopathy?

Naturopathy is related to Natural Medicine in that the first two statements of Natural Medicine's foundation (What goes in - out of our bodies) are also Naturopathy's foundation, but naturopathy will employ Homeopathy, Herbal and Vitamin Supplementation, Acupuncture and Chinese medicine. What Naturopathy does is to extend the word Natural a bit further than a person practicing natural medicine.

Naturopaths will employ megadoses of specific herbs, vitamins, and supplements to get the body back in balance, and then get the patient back onto a regimen of food, exercise, and spiritual pursuits.

Naturopathy's strength lies in the simple fact that our creator (or nature) has given us all the tools we need to heal. Naturopathy does not kill the patient.

Naturopathy's weakness is that natural healing takes time. Modern Americans want a cure now. This is one reason why Allopathy is so popular and successful: Take a pill, and your headache is gone.

Naturopathy and Natural Medicine both assert that it took you years to get ill, you will not get better overnight. 

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Medicine vs Science

This is a very strange title, right? Isn’t Medicine supposed to BE Science? Isn’t Medicine based upon Science?

The simple answer is, "No." And we shall prove this.

Science is objective and, like Justice, blind. It cares not for the outcome. Science cares only that its results are duplicable.

A science experiment carried out in Afghanistan will have the same result in Nome, Alaska if all other factors are the same.

Science is cold. It cares not for the results. It has nothing invested in the results. Science cannot laugh, cry, or care.

Now, pure science hardly exists. There is always a human element. But scientists do attempt to be as objective as possible.

Medicine, on the other hand, has a goal of curing disease. Presently, medicine means pharmaceutical. Medical cures come from pharmaceuticals. We are told that medicine is based upon hard science.

Let me say that again: We are told that medicine is based upon hard science.

Let us look at medicine by comparing it to NASA. NASA's goals are many. They go into space, make discoveries, perform experiments, perform maintenance of communication satellites, and on and on. Oh yes, they ferry  back and forth equipment, materials, and workers to build the Space Station.

Science? Without scientists, theorists, and a lot of trial and error, NASA would not exist. NASA must prove itself on every flight. Superstitions don't put rockets and astronauts into space. Science and sweat puts them there.

We lost another shuttle recently. This affected everyone. Once again NASA was called on the carpet; its goals, purpose, and worth challenged. Some were calling for "unmanned" flights.

Medicine killed 3,000 to 6,000 people last week.

We are told our medical science is sound science, but were the Airline Industry to crash a fully-loaded airbus every day, which is less than those killed by medicine each day, every day, would we be checking into the "science" of NOT KILLING PASSENGERS? Would we allow this to continue?

Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and over and over expecting a different result. Science rules something out, and moves on.

Burton Goldberg writes: "The only science you should listen to is a science whose vested interests are purely and solely in the health and welfare of human beings, not tobacco companies, drug companies, or food additive makers."

He also informs us that:

. . . the National Academy of Sciences reported the results of their "exhaustive review of scientific reports" regarding the health role of the 6000 carcinogens, pesticide residues, and food additives commonly found in foods. If you're worried about these synthetic substances producing cancer, relax: you're at far greater risk from the naturally occurring "carcinogens" in broccoli and lettuce. Industry-made poisons are present in foods at such low levels, that they are "unlikely to pose an appreciable cancer risk," said the Academy.

Science is based upon methodology, logic, and common sense. The results of the above report are not logical, and make no sense at all, therefore the methodology was bogus to begin with.

Science is not afraid to have its methodology scrutinized. Science is cold, remember? Medicine hates when it's scrutinized, and so they formed the AMA (American Medical Association) to speak for all of conventional medicine.

In 1977, the AMA's official stance on nutrition was that it had nothing to do with health or illness.

Today the AMA, American Cancer Society, NCI, and you name it, all say that nutrition is half the battle. Science is consistent. Science has not changed since the seventies. But ideas have. Medicine is not based upon science as much as it is based upon what is believed and what is accepted to be true, science be damned. And even still, with the Medical front bowing to nutrition, they propose to cure nutritional disorders with pharmaceuticals.

A nutritional disorder cannot be reversed with medicine.

NASA encourages creative thinking: "How can we get more payload into space using less energy and fewer resources?" When someone comes to NASA with an idea, someone from outside of NASA, their ideas are considered.

In Medicine, new ideas are rejected offhand. Alternative medicine is rejected. It has always been rejected. Everything in medicine was once an alternative. Everything in medicine was once laughed at, sneered at, and rejected out of hand.

True science cannot reject something it has not tested. The true scientist says, "we don't know." Medicine rejects everything that is not tested, "because you won't get the medicine you need."

The reality is, you won't get the medicine that kills 3 to 6 thousand people a week. Sham Medical science has become such a danger to life, that sometimes doing nothing is healthier than following a physician's advice.

Science cannot be swayed by politics, money, or emotions. Medicine, much of it, is based entirely upon politics, money, and emotions.

The AMA is NOT a scientific organization, it is a political organization, a PAC (political action committee) and one of Washington's largest lobbies. To get a drug approved or a therapy approved, the medical/pharmaceutical companies have rigged the process by making it impossible for an individual or private organization to afford the costs involved in testing a specific therapy.

And finally, medicine plays on the emotions, fear being the greatest focus. How many of us have heard something to the effect that, "If you do not follow my advice, you will die."

The absolute truth about medicine is IF science were TRULY applied to medicine, we would have to call it a complete and utter failure. You cannot kill 3,000 people a week and rate this a success. This should be obvious, but still, medicine goes on. Why?

Medicine is a religion. This is why Medicine can do what it does free from impunity. We have raised medicine to the status of a religion. The similarities between medicine and Catholicism are striking. Priests wear crosses, doctors wear stethoscopes. (Ask your physician the last time he cleaned that thing.)

Excuse the digression, but I must tell you this quotation I read in Love, Medicine, and Miracles (Audio Format): 

Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous.

Further on in this newsletter we talk about the book Healing Oils from the Bible. The author mentions a wonderful book I read years ago, Confessions of a Medical Heretic (notice the "religious" allusion) by Dr Robert S Mendelsohn, MD.

Part of Dr Mendelsohn's Thesis is that medicine is a religion and he demonstrates this assertion quite nicely, but there is a French author who wrote a book on this same theme, and he's allowed us to reprint his introduction here at our web site.

He is Olivier Clerc and his book is Modern Medicine: The New World Religion. When his entire book is ready in English, we will link you to it.

For some of you this article MIGHT upset you because it looks like religion is on the attack. Olivier is NOT attacking religion, though some could see it that way, mainly because we do not like seeing our "beliefs" dissected, inspected, and objectified.

If Medicine is opposed to Science, how many people feel their religion is in line with their science? Science can neither prove nor disprove a religion, and that is not the point of science. Bring Theoretical Science into the picture and you can have some pretty volatile debates, such as the Evolution vs. Creation debate.

Personally, I lean towards Einstein's view: "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." Keep in mind that religion can also mean spirituality.

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Did You Know?
Saliva is healing?
In qigong, during your session, one should build 
saliva in the mouth and swish it around swallowing 
it and feeling it descend straight to your TanTien.

Additionally, saliva helps fight cavities. Thus, any drugs
that suppress production of saliva can lead to dental cavities, 
such as antidepressants, antihypertensives, antihistamines, 
decongestants, and muscle relaxants.  
(Thanks Bathroom Reader!)
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Speaking of science….

Quackbuster Stephen Barrett:

"Not an Expert," Declares Judge!

Stephen Barrett, the Wizard of Odds, played his odds and lost. He just hasn't had a very good year.

Stephen Barrett has attacked some of the most successful alternative therapies in the world. He has issued threats and initiated lawsuits, and until last year, got away with all of it. Then, his world began to crumble.

Barrett filed a lawsuit against King Bio Pharmaceuticals, makers of homeopathics. Now, science has already established the value of homeopathy, but Barrett, ignoring science while pandering to the pharmaceutical industry, just had to do something. The result? Here is an excerpt from the judge's decision:

As for his credential as an expert on FDA regulation of homeopathic drugs, the Court finds that Dr. Barrett lacks sufficient qualifications in this area. Expertise in FDA regulation suggests a knowledge of how the agency enforces federal statutes and the agency's own regulations. Dr. Barrett's purported legal and regulatory knowledge is not apparent. He is not a lawyer, although he claims he attended several semesters of correspondence law school. While Dr. Barrett appears to have had several past conversations with FDA representatives, these appear to have been sporadic, mainly at his own instigation, and principally for the purpose of gathering information for his various articles and Internet web-sites. He has never testified before any governmental panel or agency on issues relating to FDA regulation of drugs. Presumably his professional continuing education experiences are outdated given that he has not had a current medical licence [sic]  in over seven years. For these reasons, there is no sound basis on which to consider Dr. Barrett qualified as an expert on the issues he was offered to address. Moreover, there was no real focus to his testimony with respect to any of the issues in this case associated with Defendants' products.

C. Credibility of Plaintiff's experts

Furthermore, the Court finds that both Dr. Sampson and Dr. Barrett are biased heavily in favor of the Plaintiff and thus the weight to be accorded their testimony is slight in any event. Both are long-time board members of the Plaintiff; Dr. Barrett has served as its Chairman. Both participated in an application to the U.S. FDA during the early 1990s designed to restrict the sale of most homeopathic drugs. Dr. Sampson's university course presents what is effectively a one-sided, critical view of alternative medicine. Dr. Barrett's heavy activities in lecturing and writing about alternative medicine similarly are focused on the eradication of the practices about which he opines. Both witnesses' fees, as Dr. Barrett testified, are paid from a fund established by Plaintiff NCAHF from the proceeds of suits such as the case at bar. Based on this fact alone, the Court may infer that Dr. Barrett and Sampson are more likely to receive fees for testifying on behalf of NCAHF in future cases if the Plaintiff prevails in the instant action and thereby wins funds to enrich the litigation fund described by Dr. Barrett. It is apparent, therefore, that both men have a direct, personal financial interest in the outcome of this litigation. Based on all of these factors, Dr. Sampson and Dr. Barrett can be described as zealous advocates of the Plaintiff's position, and therefore not neutral or dispassionate witnesses or experts. In light of these affiliations and their orientation, it can fairly be said that Drs. Barrett and Sampson are themselves the client, and therefore their testimony should be accorded little, if any, credibility on that basis as well.

This was just one loss in court. The story gets better!

Some of you know how we here at the International Wellness Directory have taken an stance against fluoridation. The stuff is just not what the American Dental Association has been preaching. I do not drink the stuff and I have just three fluoride treatments a year…and then detox the heck out of myself.

Well, Darlene Sherrell ( http://www.rvi.net/~fluoride ) has a web site dedicated to fighting Fluoride Poisoning. She has been under attack by Stephen Barrett and his ilk for some time. She fought back and attacked Barrett. Barrett filed a libel lawsuit against her. He's threatened many people with defamation of character lawsuits (including yours truly) but this was the first time it has gotten to court.

Here is the background, from the Health Freedom Law web site (www.healthfreedomlaw.com):

In the summer of 1998, Darlene Sherrell, challenged Barrett to come forward to name a study demonstrating the safety of current fluoride levels in drinking water and the effect excessive daily intake of fluoride as a possible cause to chronic fluoride poisoning. At the time, in response to Sherrell's challenge Barrett was "careful to state that he is and was aware of hundreds of studies pertaining to the safety of fluoridation of drinking water..." However, "...He did not testify that any study demonstrates the safety of current fluoridation levels..." Barrett had rebuked Sherrell's continuous challenges and sent a message to her stating that she (Sherrell) was "delusional."

Long story short, case was dismissed. Barrett who claims to be backed by the FDA, FTC, DHHS, NCI, HIH, AMA, and ADA showed up with one witness and his own lame testimony. Barrett claimed to have hundreds of studies, but couldn't produce one.

Next, Barrett attacked that famous quack, Dr Hulda Clark who says she can cure all diseases. Now, personally, I don't believe anyone can cure all diseases. There is something very mystical about healing. And Dr Hulda is probably a bit whacko. But, I still love her. She has some darn good ideas and science is beginning to prove her out. Well, Barrett lost his case against her too!

Now, this isn't over yet, because there are laws against filing frivolous lawsuits and Barrett is just beginning to feel the backlash of his programmed stupidity. He's been slapped left and right with lawsuits for filing frivolous lawsuits, and it is estimated that he now owes somewhere close to half a million dollars.

And now that he's been losing in court, people are starting to sue him. Century Press just filed a $10 Million lawsuit against him (Hulda Clark's publishing company).

After years of threatening everyone and everything with lawsuits, Barrett is on the losing end of every single one of them. This being the case, he dropped his lawsuit against Dr Joseph Mercola, who runs one of the best alternative medicine web sites in the world (and much of what we find and pass on to you comes from the good doctor).

So, to all those wonderful organizations who give credence to the garbage published at Quackwatch (and their ilk) and to the URAC (www.urac.org) that certifies Medically Sound Web Sites (Barrett's web site is certified by URAC!), we say, your time is running out. Barrett is no expert, he has no science to back up his claims, and his web site has enough BS to fertilize all the farms in Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska.

Medicine as we know it, is on the brink of destruction. Healing is where the heart is. The future of Medicine is going to beRacketeering in Medicine: The Suppression of Alternatives based upon what Edison and Socrates tried to tell us long ago: "We are what we eat" along with what ancient texts, including the Bible, have told us for centuries: Our Creator (Nature) has supplied us with all the medicines we will ever need. Now, if we can stop the corruption of our environment by monied interests, heck, Paradise isn't too far off.

Recommended Reading: Racketeering in Medicine: The Suppression of Alternatives

And to prove that medicine is changing, the following article will give you a gentle look into the future of medicine.

Doctors May Now Charge Medicare, Medicaid, and YOUR Insurance
For Alternative Therapies

Tommy Thompson, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), signed approvals for the use of a new billing code system that will allow doctors to submit alternative medical procedures to insurance companies, Medicare and Medicaid.

Previously, the codes under which a physician could bill were controlled by the American Medical Association's Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Codes. Thus the AMA had the power to control which medical procedures would get reimbursed.

A few years back (1996) congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) designed to standardize and simplify processing health insurance claims. Health and Human Services ran with the ball and began testing modifications to the existing standards. A healthcare consulting company, Alternative Links, began developing its own codes some five or six years ago called the Advanced Billing Concept Codes. With a little lobbying by the World Chiropractic Alliance, the American Association of Oriental Medicine, the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance, the Midwives Alliance of North America, the American Massage Therapy Association, the American Nurses Association, and the American Holistic Nurses Association, to name a few, the ABC Code system was given the green light by Sec Thompson in January, 2003.

Now for the downside of this news: this is a test. For the next two years, we're going to see how well it works and how it is accepted. Next, all physicians, chiropractors, etc, must be registered within the system by March 16th to participate in this trial. They can register at www.alternativelink.com.

["Testing of ABC Codes Approved for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Nursing" Alternative Link press release, Internetwire.com, 2/3/03]

 

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Question of the Month:

How many surgical instruments 
are accidentally left inside 
surgery patients yearly?
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Ephedra In The News Again
Medicine on the Attack...
 

Ok, so you all heard the news. Some young, up-and-coming pitcher was killed by Ephedra last month.

Bull!

The truth is this: 

1. He was not using Ephedra, he was using Ephedrine; a drug made from Ephedra and sold over the counter. Ephedrine is a highly concentrated form of Ephedra and should be used with caution.

2. This pitcher had an enlarged heart and a history of heart disease with borderline hypertension and liver abnormalities.

3. All products containing Ephedra or Ephedrine specifically warn you that if you have a heart condition you should not be taking this product. 

4. He was dieting heavily and had eaten very little for at least three days, possibly more.

5. He was overly dressed (his internal temperature when he was found was 106 degrees).

6. Therefore, this pitcher killed himself by abusing this product.

Will this come out in the news? 

At this point it's time to get an expert's view of Ephedra. Here is a letter by Dr Linda Page, N.D., Ph.D. 

"I am continually distressed about ephedra's misuse and abuse, most importantly the isolated component of ephedra, ephedrine. If herbalists and formulators lose the ability to use ephedra, we are losing one of the best broncho-dilators from the plant kingdom that is extremely valuable when used for asthma and allergies. What then would people have to choose from to alleviate their symptoms? Drugs of course. 

"Ephedra also has thermogenic qualities so it is very effective for weight loss. Weight loss product manufacturers know this, and in most cases, the ephedrine is isolated and boosted so that the end result is people are taking a dangerously high amount. Further, when ephedrine is isolated
and boosted, it becomes an herbal 'drug.' 

"In the whole plant, ephedrine accounts for approximately 1%. In a whole herb formulation, there may be up to 50mg of ephedra, which in its whole form is an effective dose, yielding .5mg of ephedrine. Products with isolated ephedrine may be up to 20mg of ephedrine! It is no wonder there are
problems!

"Remember, too, that whole plants are foods and taken into the body through enzyme activity. Drugs, even herbal drugs, are not. In addition, whole plants have protective qualities built in. Drugs, even herbal drugs, do not. 

"Ephedra when used correctly and with common sense is a safe, effective herb and it would be terribly wrong to lose it on account of its misuse and abuse." [ Health Sciences Institute e-Alert, January 16, 2003]   

Additionally, we and others have continually researched this subject and so far, we cannot find one, not one case in which the proper use of Ephedra resulted in death. NSAIDs (Tylenol too) cannot make this claim, as we show you further on. 

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Did You Know?
Every day, Americans eat
an estimated 18 acres of pizza.
(Thanks Bathroom Reader!)
The plus side to this figure is:
we get lycopene from the tomatoes to protect
us from certain cancers, and those who eat
anchovies get healthy omega-3 fatty acids,
DHA to keep us from getting depressed, and 
lots of very available calcium and magnesium.

The negative side is most of that tomato sauce
is cooked long and hot inside aluminum cookware 
and being acidic, it does leach some aluminum into the
sauce. A good detoxication program for pulling this, 
and other heavy metals from our bodies is highly recommended.
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Warning: Herbs Can Be Abused

While researching one of the articles here, I came across a web site of an organization of physicians who incorporate some meditation and massage and yoga into their programs at their clinic. But they warned against using alternatives stating that (among other things) alternative medicine cannot cure cancer, AIDS, or heart disease. 

That is a blatant lie and someday there will be fewer people making this lie because there will be fewer and fewer people who believe it. If there are two things we want everyone to know they are these: All medicine was once an alternative and no medicine will reverse a nutritional deficiency.  

They also made big warnings against the following herbs (most of which are hardly used, but yes, you should be aware that there are herbal preparations that must be handled with care and you should be under the supervision of a professional naturopath or herbalist if you are going to use them.)

The remarks in red are ours.

Ephedra ( Ma-Huang) known to cause dangerous elevations in blood pressure and heart rate -- DEADLY IF ABUSED

Feverfew - may inhibit platelet activity and increase bleeding. Patients taking anticoagulants should avoid use as it may enhance bleeding. It's a great blood thinner if you need one, because it is still safer than Coumadin/Warfarin.

Garlic - may increase bleeding. Has never caused a death, although the medications to thin blood kill upwards of 20,000 people a year.

Ginger - may increase bleeding time or cause excessive bleeding when used in combination with Warfarin/Coumadin. Perhaps you don't know this, but Coumadin/Warfarin is the main ingredient in rat poison. Ginger is not found in any poisons. Ginger is harmless. When they say "may cause bleeding" they mean "might" cause bleeding...and again, monkeys MIGHT fly out of your butt.

Ginkgo Biloba - may increase bleeding. Is used medicinally to increase blood flow.

Ginseng - may increase heart rate or blood pressure. Yes, this is a stimulant. It has also been known to lower blood pressure.

Licorice - may cause high blood pressure. Used as a digestive aid. Most licorice on the market isn't licorice but is only sugar.

St. John’s Wort - a relaxant, may prolong effects of certain anesthetic agents. 

Larkspur - pulse irregularities, seizures, weakness, vomiting, breathlessness. Well, it kills parasites and like all things that kill must be used in moderation. Kills head lice too. The seeds, which are not used for anything, are poisonous.

Foxglove (Oleander) - nausea, vomiting, slow pulse. It is the herb from which the heart medicine Digitalis is derived. This is one herb you will not find many herbalists using and should never be self-administered. Only derivatives from this herb are ever used, and still, there are much safer herbs that do the same thing. This is a poisonous plant. SPECIAL NOTE: a nontoxic derivative of this plant is called Anvirzel, a very promising cancer cure, except that it's developers called it a cancer cure and in doing so, guaranteed that it will take years of testing before it will be available and available at a ridiculously high price (since testing costs so much). 

Yohimbine - hypertension, rapid pulse. Used for erectile dysfunction, Viagra is more dangerous than yohimbine, but yohimbine is not as effective either.

Lobelia - hypertension, respiratory collapse. In Very large doses ONLY, and no herbalist we checked with has ever heard of a death from this herb.

Guarana - hypertension, agitation, fast pulse. Yes, it's a stimulant from the Amazon Rain forest. Just like coffee.

Jimson weed (Belladonna) - rapid pulse, retention, hypertension, mental changes. Because of its toxicity, this is hardly used and you can classify it as having no medicinal value, but is a great hallucinogen if you run out of LSD, only not as safe. The first mention of this plant involved a few early settlers who decided to eat the seeds, started hallucinating and ran outside off into the woods, never to be seen again. The only people injured by it are those who abuse it.

Wormwood - agitation, mental changes, renal failure. Hardly used today, except by those who are looking for an expensive high.

Hops, kava, valerian, passion flower - sedation, coma. Of these, only Kava and valerian are still used medicinally. Some people are sensitive to them. No known deaths have occurred from either but Kava (also known as Kava Kava) has been linked to liver damage. If you have liver damage, you might want to avoid it. Valerian root, as anything used for relaxation or as a sleep aid, should be used with caution.

Pokeweed - nausea, profound diarrhea, shock. Actually this weed is poisonous raw. It was used by the early Natives, but had to be cooked. Some very interesting therapies are being discovered from research with pokeweed.

Pennyroyal - hepatitis, renal failure. Is hardly used in herbal medicine.

Podophyllin - vomiting, neuropathy, mental changes. Also known as the Mayapple. Parts of the plant, other than the fruit are deadly poisonous. Locally, the Parker Hughes Cancer center has been using derivatives of this plant to cure cancer and childhood leukemia with FEW side effects.

Keeping in mind that the number of deaths due to people using the above products in the manner in which they are prescribed, is ZERO. No one has ever died using them properly. 

Now, in contrast to that, we give you the following article: 

Death
Now Available Over-the-Counter

We were sent a news story by one of our readers with no link to the original, but it did come with the following sources: Harris Interactive Poll, conducted Dec. 16-19, 2002 • Linda Golodner, president, National Consumer's League • Marie Griffin, MD, professor of preventive medicine, Vanderbilt University • C. Mel Wilcox, MD, professor of medicine, University of Alabama-Birmingham; and spokesperson, American Gastroenerological Association • Susan Burkholder, retired schoolteacher, Goshen, Ind.

So, in keeping with our theme of Dangerous Medicine, we will present the entire article with a note afterwards:

Many Americans may be playing a dangerous game of Russian roulette when it comes to numbing their pain. A new survey shows nearly half of the 175 million adults who take over-the-counter pain relievers admit to exceeding the recommended dose, and few are aware of the potential risks.

Although most nonprescription pain relievers are safe for healthy people when used as directed, some of the most commonly used medications, known as NSAIDs or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, can cause potentially deadly side effects. NSAIDs include aspirin and drugs containing ibuprofen or naproxen, such as Advil and Aleve.

Researchers say 16,500 people die and 103,000 are hospitalized each year because of NSAID-related problems.

"Too often, consumers just want the pain to go away, so they take more medicine than the label instructs, and they don't talk to their doctor about possible risks," says Linda Golodner, president of the National Consumers League, who sponsored and presented the results of the survey today at a briefing in New York City. "But just because a medication is available without a prescription doesn't mean it's risk free."

The survey of more than 4,200 adults, conducted by Harris Interactive, is one of the largest public opinion polls to date on over-the-counter pain medications. Researchers say the results show that many consumers are simply unaware of the potentially serious health risks associated with NSAIDs, such as stomach bleeding and ulcers.

For example, the survey shows that 50% of respondents who took an over-the-counter pain medication in the last year were not concerned about side effects, and nearly half of them (45%) said it is more important to control pain regardless of risk.

The survey also found that Americans are twice as likely to take NSAIDs for pain than other acetaminophen-based pain relievers, such as Tylenol. And those who use NSAIDs are more likely to take more than the recommended dose or take the drugs while drinking alcohol.

That type of behavior could put some people at risk for serious complications, according to experts. Exceeding the recommended dosage, taking the drugs for an extended period of time, taking them along with other pain medications, and taking NSAIDs in combination with alcohol can all increase the risk of stomach or intestinal bleeding or other side effects.

Marie Griffin, MD, professor of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University, says the risk of complications is relatively low for young, healthy people who take the drugs as directed. But the risk is considerably higher for older adults, especially for women who frequently take the drugs for persistent pain.

Griffin says non-prescription NSAIDs are not intended to treat chronic pain caused by conditions that affect many older women, such as arthritis or migraines.

"[Over-the-counter] NSAIDs are not a treatment for arthritis," says Griffin, who also spoke at the briefing. "NSAIDs don't really treat the arthritis, they really just help the symptoms, like pain and discomfort. But some people are under the impression that they actually retard the progression of arthritis or that by taking it their arthritis will get better, but that's not true."

Many older adults may also already be using a prescription NSAID, such as Vioxx, for chronic pain, and should consult their doctor before taking an over-the-counter NSAID for other aches and pains.

Mel Wilcox, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, says one of the most common mistakes people make is simply not knowing what type of pain medications they're taking.

"Many don't know what prescription drugs they're on," says Wilcox, who is also a spokesperson for the American Gastroenterology Association. But he says if it's a drug to treat virtually any type of pain, it could pose a risk if taken with an over-the-counter NSAID.

He says many of his patients who have been warned to stay away from aspirin because of potential stomach problems are often unaware that many "non-aspirin" pain medications are still NSAIDs and could pose a health risk.

But the survey shows that more than half of over-the-counter drug users do not talk with their doctor about their over-the-counter drug use, and even fewer doctors initiate discussions about over-the-counter medications.

Researchers say reading the warning labels that come with over-the-counter pain medications is a good way for consumers to make an informed decision about their heath. But only 16% of those surveyed said they read the entire product label before using an over-the-counter pain medication.

Sometimes even that may not be enough, as former schoolteacher Susan Burkholder learned four years ago. The 72-year-old retiree from Goshen, Ind., was prescribed an NSAID by her doctor to treat a painful heel spur. But she felt so much better on the medication that she kept taking it for three months longer than originally prescribed and ended up in the hospital after suffering severe nausea and vomiting caused by a stomach ulcer.

"I guess I was overly confident," says Burkholder. "I read the little sheet that came with the drug and then folded it up and said it wouldn't happen to me. Busy people will always do whatever is convenient in order to get over the pain."

You must keep in mind that these are all over-the-counter NSAIDs, such as Advil, Nuprin, Aspirin, Ibuprofien, Tylenol. When you add in the deaths (and hospitalizations) due to prescription medications, and the figures quoted above (16,500 people dead and 103,000 hospitalized) nearly double. 

So, what do we do for pain? Well, we promised a long time ago to write for you an article on Alternatives for Pain Relief, and we finally did it. The problem is this, it is not complete. It will probably never be complete because new things are always being discovered to help relieve pain, and we're pretty sure that even the pharmaceutical industry might even stumble upon something that won't kill anyone too. So, for now, we have the following article for you.

Alternative Pain Relief
(with fewer side effects and a lot less death)

Just click on the title above to see the article. We didn't want this newsletter to get too unwieldy this time. 

Here is another article on pain relief concerning magnets. Note that the last part was found at www.arthritissupport.com. This is a wonderful site if you have arthritis. Why? Simply because they report what works. If it's conventional or alternative or from the planet Zotar, if it works, it works. Isn't it nice to just have the truth? 

There is one pain that no drug, no herb, no homeopathic will ever cure. Just as no drug can cure a pain (disease) caused by nutritional deficiencies, nothing outside of yourself can cure that pain that got inside of you. The closest thing to a cure is knowing that. . . 

Nothing outside of myself can hurt me, unless I let it inside.

Sure, some things seem to get in all on their own, but hey, it's not about YOU at all. You are what you are about. Not something outside of you.

Stop. Breathe. Smile. Acknowledge. Then, and only when you are clear, take your best step.

We step out of our pain body, onto a clear path.

To wellness.

 

Aspartame Update

From Betty Martini we get:   As a member of the National Soft Drink Association, Coke opposed FDA approval of aspartame for beverages.  Their objections, running to several pages published in the congressional record of 5/7/85, said aspartame is uniquely and inherently unstable and breaks down in the can.  It decomposes into formaldehyde, methyl alcohol, formic acid, diketopiperazine and other toxins.  In a test on 7 monkeys 5 had grand mal seizures and one died, a casualty rate of 86%. 

Coke knew; and knowing, broke their good faith contract with customers, a breach shown by their English plot to program vending machines to kite the price with the temperature.  Dissatisfied with selling flavored sugar water plus phosphoric acid, they switched to pushing an addictive formula called "Diet".  Addiction multiplies consumption, so Diet Coke soared off the sales charts, spreading obesity.  We're fatter because aspartame suppresses serotonin and makes us crave carbohydrates. 

What exactly does this mean?  Well, for one thing, the Coca Cola company knowingly served the American public (and the rest of the world) a proven toxin. There is a class action lawsuit rumbling and burgeoning right now that will topple a few very large corporations. This could be bigger than the tobacco lawsuits, because unlike Cigarettes (which everyone knew were unhealthy) Diet Coke was supposed to be good for us. 

Visit Betty's site at: www.dorway.com 

 

Magnetic Therapy

A lot of people are using magnets for localized pain. Some even sleep on mattresses with magnets sewn into the fabric.

When the magnet craze first hit, conventional medicine lambasted it saying, "Save your money, this is Junk Medicine." For those of you interested, here is Stephen Barrett's take on Magnets: http://www.quackwatch.org/04ConsumerEducation/QA/magnet.html

Well, beyond the simple fact that Stephen Barrett is NOT an expert, today we have a bunch of double blind studies that show, definitely: magnets help heal pain.

How Do Magnets Work?

According to the "experts" magnets increase the capillary blood flow which may help flush lactic acid and other inflammatory agents that build up tissue to ease pain and inflammation. The blood supply also carries oxygen which may be helpful in relaxing muscles and relieving cramps and spasms which are oxygen starved. This is the same reason massage is often used to loosen muscles in spasm; to allow blood to flow and deliver oxygen necessary to terminate the spasm.

What Kind of Pain Are Magnets Used For?

People with chronic back pain have obtained significant relief from sleeping on magnetic mattresses and/or magnetic seat cushions. Tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome and other tendon or ligament problems heal faster when wrapped in magnetic bandages or magnets are applied to the area. In some hospitals, powerful electromagnetics are used to speed healing of broken bones. Regular use of magnets can even help prevent asthma and relieve headaches. The benefits of magnetic therapy are often apparent within the first hour of treatment, sometimes three or four days of steady treatment are required.

Who Makes The Best Magnets?

I have no flippin idea. There are so many magnet companies out there with magnetic beds, magnetic car seats, magnetic insoles…and they cost anywhere from $5 to $1000.

However, we do know this. Refrigerator magnets will not work. They are not powerful enough. And we have heard from a variety of sources that magnets inlaid next to each other with opposite poles facing are best. However, this I cannot prove and have to take our sources' word for it.

For you requiring the double blind studies, here are just a few.

Vallbona, Carlos et. al., "Response of pain to static Magnetic fields in postpolio patients, a double blind Pilot study" Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Vol 78, American congress of rehabilitation medicine, p 1200-1203.

The experimenters recruited 50 patients who not only had post-polio syndrome but also reported muscular or arthritic pain. These patients had significant pain for at least 4 weeks and had not taken any painkillers or anti-inflammatories for at least 3 hours before the study. The subjects all had a trigger point or painful region and had a body weight of less than 140% of the predicted weight for their age and height, and had a trigger point or circumscribed painful area.

The magnets and placebos (described under Materials.) were supplied in equal numbers from Bioflex. Each magnet or placebo was placed in number coded envelopes and delivered according to its shape. The code for placebos and magnets was not broken until the end of the study.

 Subjects who had an active magnet reported significantly less pain than did subjects who received the placebo. The confidence interval on the difference between means shows that the effect is large and therefore of practical as well as statistical significance.

In February of 2001, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine released the results of a study from the University of Virginia. One article states: "Although the results of the study were inconclusive, magnet therapy reduced fibromyalgia pain intensity enough in one group of study participants to be 'clinically meaningful,' the researchers said."

The study consisted of Ninety-four patients who suffered from fibromyalgia, randomly divided into 4 groups. Half were in 2 control groups, one that received fake magnets and the other on standard treatment. The other 2 groups received active magnetic pads, however, the pads differed slightly adding another variable to the study. The study tracked results over a six-month periods.

The results? The two groups that slept on pads with active magnets generally showed improvement while the subjects in the control group did not.

Researchers expressed surprise that they saw positive results from the study with virtually nothing known as to how magnets work to relieve pain. They do feel that in light of the results from this study that more research on magnet therapy for pain is justified.

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"They do feel that in light of the results from this study that more research on magnet therapy for pain is justified."

I just had to re-emphasize this last sentence. It is a very common statement in conventional medicine. When Nixon opened the doors to China and our physicians went there and witnessed a lung resection using only Acupuncture as the anesthesia, this was their response: more research is needed. I'm sorry if I have to hammer this point home at times, but healing is about healing. If something works and has no side effects, then use it. In modern medicine, far too many people suffer and die waiting for a therapy to be approved. 

From www.arthritissupport.com we found the following:

11-27-2002

Do magnets have healing power? Alternative practitioners have long said yes, and recent studies suggest that they may be right.

In a recent study published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston found magnets to be more effective than sham magnets at blocking pain caused by post-polio syndrome.

In the controlled study, 76% of patients treated with a magnet got pain relief. Only 18% treated with a sham magnet got relief.

Growing Body of Evidence

In other studies, magnets have proven effective against:

Fibromyalgia. Researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston showed that magnets help reduce muscle pain caused by this mysterious condition.

In the study, patients who slept on magnetic mattresses experienced greater pain relief than patients who slept on ordinary mattresses.

Diabetic neuropathy. In research conducted at New York Medical College in Valhalla, magnetic footpads were more effective than nonmagnetic footpads at relieving numbness, tingling and pain associated with this diabetes-related problem.

Evidence suggests that roughly 80% of chronic pain sufferers could benefit from magnetic therapy. That's true for virtually any form of pain.

How Magnets Relieve Pain

When held against the skin, magnets relax capillary walls, thereby boosting blood flow to the painful area.

They also help prevent the muscle spasms that underlie many forms of pain--apparently by interfering with muscle contractions. And they interfere with the electrochemical reactions that take place within nerve cells, impeding their ability to transmit pain messages to the brain.

Of course, chronic pain can be controlled with aspirin and other over-the-counter and prescription painkillers. But unlike pain medications, magnets do not carry any risk of side effects.

Selecting Medical Magnets

Medical magnets come in a dizzying range of shapes, sizes and strengths. They range in price from about $5 all the way to $900.

It's usually best to start with one or more coin-shaped magnets made of the rare earth metal neodymium-boron. For most applications, these "neo" magnets work just as well as - and cost less than - other magnets. Cost: About $10 apiece.

Magnetism is measured in gauss. A typical refrigerator magnet is about 10 gauss. That's too weak to penetrate the skin--and unlikely to be helpful for anything more than a minor bruise.

Medical magnets range in strength from 450 gauss to 10,000 gauss. The higher the gauss, the better the pain relief.

Since magnets aren't always helpful, it's best to purchase yours from a company that offers a money-back guarantee of at least 30 days.

For a free list of magnet manufacturers and their phone numbers, contact the North American Academy of Magnetic Therapy.

Putting Magnets to Work

The magnet should be affixed to the skin directly over the painful area. Some people use ordinary adhesive bandages to affix the magnets. But Transpore - a paper tape made by 3M - works better. It holds well, and it doesn't pull the hairs from the skin when it's removed.

If the magnet fails to provide relief within a few days, reposition the magnet over the nearest acupuncture point. To locate these points on the body, consult a book on acupuncture.

If repositioning the magnet fails to bring relief within 30 days, odds are it's not going to work. Switch to another type of magnet...or speak with your doctor about using pain-killing medication or another conventional approach.

Aching feet. Magnetic insoles can relieve foot pain and the achy feeling in the legs after you've been standing all day.

Arthritis. If pain is limited to your fingers, a neo magnet taped to the affected joint should do the trick. Or you can wear a magnetic wristband.

For fibromyalgia or for arthritis pain throughout the body, a magnetic mattress is usually best. If the $900 cost is too much for you, opt for a magnetic pad, which will usually cost between three to five hundred dollars.

We highly recommend the site: www.arthritissupport.com for those of you with arthritis (of either kind). They have some great research there and they are very honest in their appraisals of various therapies, and they give neither Conventional or Alternative Medicine the upper hand. If it works, it works. 

Viagra Alert

Under the heading, Television Commercials We'd Like to See:

Scene opens: Dignified African American, our subject, steps out of an elevator. Sharply dressed, he wears sunglasses and is led by a Seeing Eye dog. Someone passes him and asks, "Hey, you been working out?"

Subject smiles and shakes his head.

As our subject turns a corner, another colleague approaches and asks, "New hair cut?"

Subject smiles and shakes his head.

Our subject enters his office, turns to find his chair, when another colleague steps through his door and asks him, "Hey, did you get a raise?" Subject shakes his head. "Did I get a raise?" Subject, no longer smiling, tries to step around to the front of his desk, knocking his shins on his chair, nearly falling over, but quickly catches his balance and, leaning on the edge of his desk, "No, you idiot! I'm freaking Blind. Get it? I'm blind!"

Voice over: Ask your doctor if Viagra is right for you.

Ok, folks, for those of you who haven't seen the commercial we've just parodied, well, it's all about a successful love life due to modern pharmaceuticals.

However, Viagra comes with side effects, and the latest to be reported is PERMANENT BLINDNESS IN ONE OR BOTH EYES. Other side effects are headache, facial flushing, bluish vision, blurred vision and/or sensitivity to light and upset stomach. If you have a history of heart disease or are on nitrate drugs, do NOT take Viagra. If you do, death is a very possible side effect.

If you experience chest pain, nausea, or any other discomforts during sex or an erection lasts longer than four hours, you are advised to seek immediate medical help.

Editor's Note: Because of the number of letters from men (and women) about Viagra and alternatives to Viagra, there will be an article in the near future on supplements for those of us entering our golden years who want to maintain a healthy sex life. 

Wellness News of the Weird

Just in time for the next Olympics…

Matthew and Elaine Sweetapple recently invented a "game of skill, power, speed and endurance," consisting of a biodegradable ball (smaller than a golf ball) placed in a urinal, to be disintegrated by a urinator (either alone or in "competition"). The product, Peeball, was launched for sale (equivalent of $1.70) late in 2002 by Great Britain's Prostate Cancer Charity, which hopes the novelty will call attention to its cause, in that players with prostate problems are typically poor at the game. Player strategies, basically, are (1) direct stream and (2) intermittent stream. [The Times (London), 1- 20-03; The Observer (London), 11-17-02]

Solar-powered Indian Man Says He Doesn't Need Food

An Indian man who claims not to have eaten solid food since 1995 says he gets all of the energy he needs from the sun. Hira Ratan Manek, 65, from Calicut in Kerala, says he has conquered hunger by absorbing solar energy through his eyes.

He believes people can induce changes in their bodies by gazing at the sun every day during the first hour of sunrise or last hour of sunset while standing barefoot on the ground.

He said: "After a few days of practice, you will feel the energy entering the body through the eyes. By receiving the sun rays through the eyes, the brain gets charged and brings out its unutilised powers."

The mechanical engineer underwent a 411-day fast beginning January 1, 2000 under the observation of doctors in Ahmedabad, and had lived without food for 211 days prior to that.

It is reported he has not eaten solid food since 1995.

Mr Manek told The Asian Age: "Solar energy absorbed through the eyes eliminates mental illness, physical illness, spiritual ignorance and makes life happy and peaceful. One's hunger just disappears."

"It also activates the dormant human brain and awakens the infinite powers in human beings."  [Story filed: 10:16 Saturday 8th February 2003. www.ananova.com]

Protein Found That Kills Cancer Cells

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, MO recently found a protein they named CUGBP2 (cytidine uridine guanosine binding protein-2), which shows some progress in the war on cancer.

When the protein was introduced into cultured tumor cells, more than 70% self-destructed.

Ok, here's how it works (not gonna get too technical on you). It seems that CUGBP2 regulates the production of COX-2, that nasty culprit responsible for arthritic pain (hence the new COX-2 inhibitors).

In the early stages of cancer, the gene that produces COX-2 is "turned on" and for a long time, researchers have wondered whether interfering with it might be an effective therapy.

Now, as a cancer grows, COX-2 levels rise and trigger prostaglandins, which bind to tumor cells and assists in "turning on" the genes involved in generating new blood vessels. Because tumors have a very high metabolism, they require a lot more nourishment than regular cells, thus they require a lot more blood vessels to deliver this nourishment.

I'm sure you've all heard of this before, for it is the theory behind using drugs/herbs to turn off the growth of new blood vessels, the so called anti-angeogenesis drugs.

Not very startling, the researchers found that levels of CUGBP2 were found to be very low in eight different types of cancers.

They quickly learned that exposing cancer cells to CUGBP2 slammed the breaks on COX-2 production and the cancer cells began to die off.

Since CUGBP2 is found in healthy cells, it is not a toxic chemical and can be used in very small doses to deliver its punch.

Again, this is not a cancer cure, and might not alleviate a cancer at all by itself, but it sure does seem to be another weapon in our arsenal for battling cancer and can easily be used as an adjunct to other therapies.

The simple fact, however, that CUGBP2 is not toxic does not mean that we'll be seeing it used soon in cancer regimens. This is just the way our system works, so please, if you really want medicine to change, go camp out on your representative's doorstep. And give me a call, I just love camping!

[Mukhopadhyay D, Houchen CW, Kennedy S, Dieckgraefe BK, Anant S. Coupled mRNA stabilization and translational silencing of cyclooxygenase-2 by a novel RNA binding protein. Molecular Cell, vol. 11:1, pp. 113-126, Jan. 17, 2003]

Essential Oils
Our Special Focus

For the longest time, I thought these were oils that smelled nice and had a few properties. Boy, was I wrong.

Just as our creator (or nature) provides us herbs and foods that serve us and heal us, so to has it provided us with the oils of certain herbs. These oils came from living things. They contain life: they have an electrical charge, they affect every cell in our body, and yes, they even have properties that help to heal cancer. Your author is learning this stuff right along with you, my dear reader, and there will be more in upcoming issues.

For now, the following two articles are posted permanently at our site (you can find them in the Table of Contents):

Essential Oils - How they Heal (An Introduction) 

Essential Oils - Their Properties (A hefty list of oils and their properties) 

Additionally, we've added a section in Alternative Cancer Therapies on Essential Oils

And if you want to know EVERYTHING about Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, then you must pick up a copy of: Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health and Well Being

Chinese Herb
Possible Cancer Remedy

Since we are getting ready to update our second edition of the Wellness Directory of Minnesota (the Cancer/Immune System Edition), we are just finishing up our research into cancer therapies we either missed prior to that publication, or have since then been discovered. Here is one that was used 2000 years ago, lost, and then rediscovered: 

Artemisinin is now a section in our article entitled: Alternative Cancer Therapies. 

For your information; we've received many, many requests for a hard copy of our cancer information. We are trying to put all this information into a complete work which will be available to subscribers to our Third Edition of the Wellness Directory of Minnesota, Bypassing Bypass, and in electronic version (Acrobat Reader/PDF) to those online. Hopefully this will be out in June of this year. 

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Appropriate Quotations

Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.
Oscar Wilde

Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.
Mao

If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.
Moshe Dayan

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.


St. Francis of Assisi

I hope...that mankind will at length, as they call themselves reasonable creatures, have reason and sense enough to settle their differences without cutting throats; for in my opinion there never was a good war, or a bad peace.

Benjamin Franklin

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.


Jimmy Hendrix

The most faithful disciples of Christ have been builders of peace, to the point of forgiving their enemies, sometimes even to the point of giving their lives for them.


Pope John Paul II

First keep peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.


Thomas à Kempis

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. 

John F. Kennedy

At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.


Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.


Martin Luther King, Jr.

The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend. 


Abraham Lincoln

When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it? 


Eleanor Roosevelt

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know you are my disciples, if you love one another.
Jesus of Nazareth


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Homeland Security
Ok, so I've got my duck taped, what's next?  

 

Tidbits 

2-15-03

Christiane Northrup, PhD, and best-selling author, wrote this recently and is trying to reach as many as possible so we can truly make a difference. If it resonates with you, please send it on to others.

Dear Friends,

The fear and anxiety caused by the possibility of war are the biggest health challenges we face right now. As a physician, I know full well that emotions such as fear and anger impede the healing process and, if held long enough, actually lock us into a vicious cycle that produces more pain, more fear, and more anxiety. This can wreak havoc on our minds, bodies, and spirits. But this doesn't have to be the case.

There are very specific things each of us can do right now to help prevent war and at the same time create peace in our bodies, minds, and spirits. I was strongly reminded of this week. Both of my daughters called from their respective colleges with concerns and worries about what they've heard on the news about a possible terrorist attack. One wanted to know what I thought about stockpiling cash, water, and canned goods. Her roommate's mother had sent them warnings. The other daughter wanted to know if I thought it was safe for her to go to NYC this weekend. I told them to go about their lives as usual, while paying attention to their inner guidance. I reassured them that they each had access to guidance from within that would lead them in the right direction if they paid attention. I also gave them a way to think about the current global situation that leads to healing and peace, not further conflict, and shared with them my unshakable belief that each of us has the power, through our thoughts and emotions, to influence the energy of the planet in a way that helps prevent further conflict and also creates peace.

Here's what you can do.

1. Use your thoughts wisely. Understand their power. Thoughts have a tendency to become their physical equivalent. This is one of the fundamental laws of the universe. Another one is the law of attraction, which states that "like attracts like." Because it is consciousness that creates reality, the kind of consciousness you hold-your vibration-actually creates the kind of life you're living. It's impossible to create peace and harmony if you're pushing up against a war. It's impossible to create peace and harmony if you're condemning George Bush, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, etc. You don't have to agree with them, but realize that you'll be contributing to the energy that creates war if you assume an "embattled" mentality concerning them. The split in our nation right now about war is actually creating more of the energy of war. It's not possible to "fight" for peace without creating war.

2. To create peace, you have to be peaceful. The only way to stop war is to start from within yourself. You must do personal disarmament. The only way to get and stay peaceful is to concentrate on what brings you peace and resist the downward spiral of negative emotions that blames others for your lack of peace. Remember, that to which you give your attention expands. Although there is no denying that we're in a perilous and frightening position right now, that doesn't mean we are powerless to change it. But the only way to do so is by changing your thoughts and emotions from those of anger, hatred, and fear to those associated with compassion and peace.

Spend 30 seconds several times a day creating a "virtual" reality of what peace would look and feel like. Imagine that it's a year from now and the economy is flourishing. George Bush is radiantly healthy; the governments of the free world are all cooperating to ensure global harmony and peace. And Saddam and Bin Laden and their influence have disappeared from the planet. Imagine all our soldiers back home and reunited with their families. Imagine a global village in which all of us can travel freely and joyously and with understanding and acceptance of each other's cultures. When thinking about Iraq or North Korea, imagine the women and children. Send your energy and compassion to them. Don't try to change the men of these countries. In fact, don't even give them any thought lest you energize them. Withdraw your energy from them so that you will no longer be "feeding" them.

Dozens of studies have documented the fact that our thoughts can and do affect others in profound and measurable ways. When a critical mass of individuals (1 percent of the population) was brought together to practice Transcendental Meditation in various areas of the world, for example, there was a measurable decrease in the number of violent crimes, suicides, terrorist attacks, and even international conflicts worldwide. (Orme-Johnson, et al. (1988). International Peace Project in the Middle East: The effect of the Maharishi technology on the unified field. Journal of Conflict Resolution, vol. 32, (4), pp. 776-812.) There are also over 180 studies that have documented the positive effect of prayer on everything from other humans to yeast cells.

3. Imagine all the angels and non-physical beings who are working on the other side to protect and uplift all of us. Know that they can only do their work in an atmosphere of compassion, not condemnation. The energy of condemnation will prevent them from connecting with the hearts of those who most need their inspiration and love.

4. Avoid watching the news and reading the newspapers. Headlines are designed to keep you afraid and disempowered so that you will buy more papers or watch more TV. Then you get "hooked" on the news because you're waiting for some official "guidance" that will keep you safe and secure. This simply can't happen, because it's not the way the media is set up. The media is designed to get you riled up, so that you remain tuned in to the "chain of pain." The only lasting safety and security come from the peace that you create within yourself. What's safe for one person will be dangerous for another. Remember all the hundreds of stories from September 11, about the people who were supposed to be at the World Trade Center but, for hundreds of different reasons, simply weren't there that day. Tune in to how you are feeling when you've severed the influence of the mass media. This will give you the guidance you're seeking.

5. Finally, know that when you are tuned into your heart, your Inner Wisdom, and God, then your energy lightens up and your vibration literally changes. You become a beacon of light and peace. You become an uplifter and a peacemaker. There's an old saying, "The rising tide lifts all boats. But it won't raise a stone." Stop looking at and thinking about the stones. Join me in raising the tide. And remember the words of the great M. K. Gandhi, "When

in despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won; there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall."

Warmly,

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

The above was forwarded to me. Many people send me forwards (after forwards after forwards) which I read, and then go to the debunking web sites and get their take on them. Way too many people succumb to Internet hoaxes, rumors, and urban legends. Please, people, if you find something that is shocking or too good to believe, and has been forwarded more than once...go take a look at the various sites: 

1. for current internet hoaxes, check here: urbanlegends.about.com/?once=true& 

2. for a great site on urban legends, check here:  www.snopes2.com

3. and finally, try this one once in a while (they have the worst search engine of all three): www.truthorfiction.com 

And now that this is all cleared up, here is a letter I sent out that you CAN forward with a clean, clear conscience:

My dear friends,

Another Internet rumor is circulating madly and we must put a stop to it immediately. It seems that some jackass has started a rumor that America is going to war shortly with Iraq.

Like all Internet Hoaxes, this one:

1. Does not have a date. All rumors do not include a date because this way they can circulate forever. The phrase "shortly" is the only time reference.

2. Purports to come from a "High" authority. This time, if you can believe it, it is supposedly from our president, George Bush.

3. Like most urban legends, tends to spread a lot of random fear. People are afraid to get in their cars, to go to McDonalds, to visit a mall.

People, this rumor has to stop before someone gets hurt.

If you get this rumor in your email, immediately reply to the sender with the following:
 
1. American never fires first. America is the good guy. We wear the white hats.

2. The FBI and CIA have all stated clearly that Iraq has no connections to Al-Qaida.

3.  Sure, Saddam Hussein is a low life, but the people of Iraq are innocent and do not want us to kill them, destabilize the region, and create millions of refugees. Duh!

4. There is peace now. America wants peace. The inspectors are there. Our media are there. There is peace now. To pull out our people and start a war would be insanity, especially for a government and people who say they want peace. We have it now! Duh!

5. No President is stupid enough to think that we can install a democratic government. Since 1945 we have "bombed" and/or fought in the following countries: China 1945-46, Korea 1950-53, China 1950-53, Guatemala 1954, Indonesia 1958, Cuba 1959-60, Guatemala 1960, Congo 1964, Peru 1965, Laos 1964-73, Vietnam 1961-73, Cambodia 1969-70, Guatemala 1967-69, Grenada 1983, Libya 1986, El Salvador 1980s, Nicaragua 1980s, Panama 1989, Iraq 1991-99, Sudan 1998, Afghanistan 1998, Yugoslavia 1999. Out of all those, we have not successfully installed one democratic government respectful of human rights. No one in Washington with any sort of historical perspective really thinks we could possibly do this now. Remember people, even Albert Einstein said that, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result." Our USofA could not possibly be insane. 

6. We are fighting terrorism. We are not fighting women and children and old people. When fighting terrorism, no country would be stupid enough to piss off the entire world by killing thousands of helpless, innocent civilians and letting loose the Shiete majority to murder the Sunni minority who've been oppressing them for decades under Saddam Hussein. No country could be insane enough to destabilize the world in such a way as to invite more and more terrorism onto its shores.

Please people. Stop this rumor dead in its tracks. Go to a movie. Visit the mall. Go to church. Love your neighbor. And forward this letter to ten people. No, forward it to twenty. No…forward it to as many people as you can. And someone, please, for the sake of freedom and democracy and liberty and justice and for life…someone forward it to the people in Washington…oh, yeah, and to that Bush guy.

Something else circulating the Internet, perhaps because of the PATRIOT ACT or it's Sequel, PATRIOT ACT II (known here as Kill The Survivors!) we have this:

First, they came for the terrorists, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a terrorist.
Then they came for the foreigners, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a foreigner.
Then they came for the Arab-Americans, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't Arab-American.
Then they came for the radical dissenters, and I didn't speak up, because I was just an ordinary troubled citizen.
Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me.
(Adapted from Pastor Niemoller's 1945 poem about the Nazis)

More points to ponder. . .  

"There are 22 million people in Iraq and only one of them is Saddam Hussein. Not one Iraqi child should die to satisfy Donald Rumsfeld or Dick Cheney's desire to flex American muscles." http://www.cnn.com/2002/ALLPOLITICS/10/08/elec02.bush.politicking.ap/index.html 

"Bush is the guy whose grandfather was convicted of playing footsie with Hitler, whose daddy played footsie with Saddam and Noriega, and who apparently had his own shoes off under the table with members of the bin Laden family."
http://home.earthlink.net/~comicnews/index.html 

"Today the world faces a single man armed with weapons of mass destruction, manifesting an aggressive, bullying attitude, who may well plunge the world into chaos and bloodshed. This person, belligerent, arrogant and sure of himself, truly is the most dangerous person on Earth. The problem is that his name is George W. Bush, and he is our president." Jack M. Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School. September 22, 2002
http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/jbalkin/opeds/themostdangerous1.htm 

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." President Teddy Roosevelt
http://www.cnn.com/2002/ALLPOLITICS/05/21/column.billpress/index.html 

"A true patriot would keep the attention of his fellow citizens awake to their grievances, and not allow them to rest 'til the causes of their just complaints are removed."  Sam Adams/Sons of Liberty, Boston, Massachusetts, 1771.

In case you feel it necessary, here is a place for you to do your duty: www.votetoimpeach.org 

Want to learn about the PATRIOT ACT? or just fight it? www.repealnow.com/support  or www.bordc.org 

Women from around the world are Baring Witness for Peace.

There is so much really good stuff to read on the web (mostly from an alternative source) and here are some links: 

Blood Money by Wm Rivers Pit

Terrorists Plan to Hit Egypt if the US Strikes Iraq

Just War -- or a Just War by Jimmy Carter (he's the only president to win a Nobel Peace Prize)

We Stand Passively Mute by Senator Robert Byrd

FBI Whistle Blower Warns Mueller on Iraq...again, there is no evidence connecting Iraq and Al-Qaida/9-11

Patriotism and the Flag by Bill Moyers - for those of you who do not get to watch his program Now on PBS.

In These Times by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Into The Darkness - William Rivers Pit

For the best of the web, the best of the media, by people who only want the truth (let's face it, in war, truth is the first casualty), you can find lots to read and think about at www.truthout.org

Laughter - The Best Medicine

I must leave you with something a little less depressing than that last section. Besides, laughter increases you immunoglobulins, your T-Cell counts, and interleukins. So....let's get with it.

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Wellness Quotation of the Month

My body is a temple, with ample parking in the rear.
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Five surgeons are discussing who makes the best patients to operate on.

The first surgeon says, "I like to see accountants on my operating table because when you open them up, everything inside is numbered."

The second responds, "Yeah, but you should try electricians! Everything inside them is color coded."

The third surgeon says, "No, I really think librarians are the best. Everything inside them is in alphabetical order."

The fourth surgeon chimes in. "You know, I like construction workers ... those guys always understand when you have a few parts left over at the end, and when the job takes longer than you said it would."

But the fifth surgeon shut them all up when he observed, "You're all wrong. Politicians are the easiest to operate on: no guts, no heart, no spine, and the head and ass are interchangeable.

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Best use so far for Duct Tape which produces REAL Homeland Security: 

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This is actually (we did our homework) a TRUE story.

One World War II Quaker conscientious objector had been a professional wrestler.  Once when he and some other inmates of the Coshocton CPScamp in Ohio made a trip into town, they were hassled about their pacifism by some local youths, who insisted that only force could change the German's views.

In response, the ex-wrestler took off his coat, challenged one of the local boys to a match, and promptly threw the townie across the room.

He then asked the youth, "Now do you believe that force won't change people's views?"

"Heck no!"  the local boy hollered back.


"That's exactly my point," said the Quaker, who put on his coat and left.

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For those of you who like fascinating web sites, try this: http://www.linkydinky.com/falling.shtml 

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Just a Couple Responses from the President's State of the Union Address: 

"To judge from the alacrity with which everyone leapt to their feet when Bush hit the line about subsidized prescriptions, I'm beginning to suspect that the whole Congress is on drugs. " Chris Buckley 

"As for [Bush's call for] hydrogen-power cars, I can't wait to buy the first off-the-assembly-line Hindenberg convertible. " Walter Shapiro

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Are you experiencing Technical Difficulties?

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An old Cherokee Chief sat in his hut on the reservation, smoking the ceremonial pipe, eyeing the U.S. government officials sent to interview him.

"Chief," one official began, "you have observed the white man for 90 years. You have observed his wars and his material wealth. You have seen his progress and the damage he has done..."

The Chief nodded that it was so. 

The official continued, "Considering all these events, in your opinion, where did the white man go wrong?"

The Chief stared at the government officials for over a minute, and then calmly replied:

"When white man found the land, Indians were running it with no taxes, no debt, plenty buffalo, plenty beaver. Women did all the work, medicine man free. Indian man spend all day hunting and fishing, all night making love to the women." The Chief leaned back and smiled, "White man dumb enough to think he could improve system like that?"

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Another neat web site that people have shared with us: http://www.cyberglass.co.uk/assets/Flash/psychic.swf

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And you think the price of gas is up in your neighborhood?

Medical Advancement

A British doctor says "Medicine in my country is so advanced that we can take a kidney out of one man put it in another and have him looking for work in six weeks."

A German doctor says, "That's nothing, we can take a lung out of one person put it in another and have him looking for work in four weeks."

A Russian doctor says, "In my country medicine is so advanced we can take half a heart out of one person put it in another and have them both looking for work in two weeks."

The American doctor, not to be outdone, says, "You guys are way behind. We just took a man with no brain, put him in the White House, and now half the country is looking for work."

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 Name This War

Update!

We received a total of three submissions. Now, come on...someone must want to name this war. Truly, and personally, I'd like to call this one: The War That Never Was. So, let's get going here!

Original Contest: As long as thousands of innocent civilians are going to die, let's have some fun and Name This War. 

Operation Desert Storm was a classic Madison Avenue moniker. In this day and age of spiffy catch phrases, we really need a good one for the coming atrocities.  So, put on your thinking caps and send a letter to ahzoov@aol.com with the subject: How Much Does This Holocaust?

We will post the best ten in the next newsletter, and let our readers vote.

The winner gets an electronic copy of the Third Edition of the Wellness Directory of Minnesota: Bypassing Bypass.

Answer 

To the question: How many surgical instruments are accidentally left inside surgery patients yearly?

According to the New England Journal of Medicine [January 2002], an estimated 1,500 items were left inside surgery patients in 2001.

In fact…if it hadn't been for the metal detector at the Regina, Saskatchewan, airport, one woman might still wonder why her stomach pains, following June 2002 surgery, were persisting. When the detector relentlessly beeped but no metal could be found on her, she scheduled an X-ray and discovered that a 12-inch-long surgical retractor had been left inside. [Boston Globe-Reuters, 12-17-02] [Associated Press, 1-16-03]

 

Blessings,
David 

Thanx to Janet for proofing this and all my stuff. 

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