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Blessings Everyone!

 

I've been a bad boy this past month. I spent $600 on books. I just had to have them. Most were out of print and hard to find. I spent nearly $40 on a pamphlet (full of errata!) from 1962. I called my brother and told him that this was a very expensive hobby. He told me it could become my most expensive hobby ever. It's his hobby. He's published a few articles on the history of medicine. He paid $600.00 for just one book: Florence Nightingale's notes.  

Here is an addendum to our first article on the History of Medicine: We learned after the publication of this particular essay, something that we had suspected all along, but did not find the materials to prove, and that was, that 40% of the physicians in the early colonies were women. Midwives at this time were considered doctors. Healing was a practice that was handed down to women, as there were none who'd had a formal education in medicine. There were few men who'd had a formal education either. We are very grateful to Gail Collins, the editor of the New York Times editorial page (the first woman to hold this position) for her book, America’s Women. She did the original research that opened our eyes to a lost history of women in medicine.

Ok, so now I've got a brand new addiction called History. Boy...would my mother be surprised. Were she alive today she'd needle me with: "Why couldn't you study this hard in high school. You wasted your father's hard earned money, sending you to a private school. For what?" 

Right around Christmas time I miss her very much. No one had such lousy taste in Christmas presents. No one. 

So, we hope you'll find this edition of our newsletter interesting and helpful. We wish all our readers the best of this holiday season, and we ask for prayers to bring our troops home soon.

Please Note:

Our newsletter will no longer be monthly beginning this issue. It just takes too long to put one of these together. From this point forward our newsletter will be published every three months, or quarterly. The next issue will be out in March of 2004. Articles will be posted in the Table of Contents as we finish them; the newsletter will point to all new articles and, as always, will be filled with a wealth of information.

 

 

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Disclaimer

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.

 

 

FIRST OF ALL-- IT IS COLD AND FLU SEASON 
Click Here To Beat the Season!

1. Letters - And our replies

2. The Meatrix & Krafty Scientists - For those of you who found that last two Matrix episodes a drag

3. We Answer the Advertisements - Sometimes you just want to scream at that TV

4. Digestion - The second part of this series

5. The History of Medicine - The Revolutionary War

6. The Paleolithic Diet - A Lesson in Myth Busting

7. My Surgery Update

8. Weston A Price - Biography from the History of Medicine

9. Retraction - Yes, Virginia, there is an oncogene. 

10. Recent Study on Echinacea - Junk Science is a lot of junk and very little science.

11. Tidbits

12. Laughter is the Best Medicine

 

Something new...for those who want to help out:

This Just In 

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NATIONAL VACCINE INFORMATION CENTER


INFORMED CONSENT ADVOCATE SAYS GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY SHOULD RELEASE FLU VACCINE EFFECTIVENESS DATA

Washington, D.C. - A leading vaccine safety and informed consent advocate is calling on federal health officials and flu vaccine makers to be honest with the American people about the effectiveness of this year's flu vaccine. "Public health officials knew last spring that it was highly likely that the A/Panama strain in the current vaccine was not going to protect against the mutated, more dangerous A/Fujian strain of flu. If there is solid new evidence that the vaccine is protective against Fujian, then it should be released. If there is no such evidence, then it is not right to lead people to believe that if they get vaccinated now, they will be protected against it," said Barbara Loe Fisher, president, National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC).

Federal officials were prevented from replacing the A/Panama strain with the Fujian strain emerging out of Asia and being detected in Europe and the U.S. last spring because scientists in labs around the world were unable to isolate and grow the virus in a way that would allow vaccine production. Transcripts from the February 20 and March 18, 2003 meetings of the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) reveal that health officials around the world knew the genetically mutated Fujian strain was associated with significant morbidity and mortality and that last year's vaccine showed little protection against it. Fisher, who was the consumer voting member of the FDA Advisory Committee, abstained from the strain selection vote on March 18, saying "I feel uncomfortable voting for inclusion of an A/Panama-like virus, when what may really be needed is an A/Fujian-like virus. So I am going to abstain and urge that the public be informed that next year's flu vaccine may not be protective against an emerging strain." 

The National Vaccine Information Center is a non-profit, educational organization founded in 1982 by parents whose children were injured or died from reactions to the DPT vaccine. Dedicated to preventing vaccine injuries and deaths through public education, NVIC also advocates for the inclusion of informed consent protections in national vaccine policies and laws. "This is a matter of the public's right to have full and truthful information about the benefits and risks of a particular vaccine in order for us to make an informed choice. Although there were technological limitations with making the switch this year to the new emerging strain, it does not serve either public health officials, industry or the public to not be honest about what the current vaccine can and can't do. At the end of the day, it is a matter of respecting the public trust," she said.

Every year, health officials at the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) gather information about influenza activity around the world in order to try to make an educated guess about which three flu strains to include in the current year's flu vaccine. This year, in addition to the inactivated (killed) flu vaccine which is injected, a new live virus nasal flu vaccine is available in the U.S. Both the inactivated and live virus vaccines contain the same three flu strains. Neither flu vaccine this year contains the mutated Fujian strain that is causing the most severe flu in the U.S. this season.

The new live virus vaccine (FLUMIST), which is squirted up the nose, was licensed by the FDA in June 2003 for use in healthy individuals between the ages of five and 50. It is not recommended for pregnant women or those with asthma, chronic lung or heart disease; chronic underlying medical conditions such as diabetes or kidney disorders; immune suppression or immune system problems; children or adolescents receiving aspirin therapy, anyone allergic to eggs; or those with a history of Guillain Barre syndrome. It should not be given simultaneously with other vaccines.

FLUMIST's vaccine live virus is shed after vaccination so the vaccinated are advised to avoid close contact with immune compromised individuals for at least 21 days. Some hospital personnel are asking those recently vaccinated with FLUMIST to avoid visiting patients in hospitals to prevent the risk of transmitting the vaccine strain virus to sick patients. The most common reactions to the live flu vaccine are similar to the flu: runny nose, nasal congestion, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, fever, chills, and weakness.

The killed flu vaccine, which is injected, has historically been used in individuals over 60 years old who are at high risk for dying or becoming seriously ill during a bout with the flu. However, in recent years, the CDC has been asking all age groups to get an annual flu shot and now recommends that all healthy children older than 6 months of age get an annual flu shot. Contraindications for the killed flu vaccine are: fever, an impaired immune system, egg allergy, mercury allergy or a history of Guillain Barre syndrome. In the past, pregnancy was a contraindication but now the CDC recommends flu vaccine for women more than 14 weeks pregnant. However this recommendation is controversial since most flu vaccines still contain the mercury preservative, Thimerosal, and mercury has been associated with brain damage and developmental delays in fetuses whose mothers were exposed to high levels of mercury during pregnancy.

The most common reactions to killed flu vaccine are fever, fatigue, painful joints and headache. The most serious reported reaction, which usually occurs within two weeks of vaccination, is Guillain Barre syndrome, an immune mediated nerve disorder characterized by muscle weakness, numbness, pain and paralysis.

Flu vaccine only protects against the three specific viruses which are included in any given year's flu vaccine formulation and does not protect against throat, respiratory, gastrointestinal and ear infections caused by bacteria and other kinds of viruses. When the match between the vaccine and circulating viruses is close, the flu vaccine is thought to provide a 70 to 90 percent chance of temporary immunity to selected strains in healthy persons less than 65 years old. For those over 65 years old, the efficacy rate drops to 30 to 40 percent, although it is considered to be 50 to 60 percent effective in preventing hospitalization or pneumonia and 80 percent effective in preventing death from flu caused by the covered strains. For more information on flu vaccine and selection of this year's flu vaccine strains, go to NVIC's website at www.NVIC.org/Diseases/Influenza.htm <http://www.nvic.org/Diseases/Influenza.htm>. 

Letters
The following are some letters from our readers, and my answers.
Unless you tell me otherwise, I will post all letters w/o names...so tell me if I can list your name.

David,

I just re-read your article on the history of medicine and ran into these words:

"If so, then why don't our medical community test for it?

Again, why test for something that pharmaceuticals or surgery cannot repair?"

Truer words were never spoken. I just got my physical and I asked the doctor to prescribe a test for my EFA amounts (DHA, EPA, LA and LNA) and also a natural killer cell count. Do you know how he replied? I don't ask for those tests because what do you do with the results? His rational was if your natural killer cell count was low or you omega-3 concentration was low what can you do about it anyway. I was stunned, especially since I went to a DO because I thought these guys took a heavy dose of nutrition courses in medical school. In New Jersey we are stuck with doctors like this. I briefly tried to tell him there was a lot one could do but as I was talking he put his stethoscope over his ears so I knew he didn't want to hear it.

He did congratulate me a couple of days later because my triglyceride count was 59 and my cholesterol 181. You think I should have told him about your latest book ;o)

Then yesterday my brother in law’s aunt who is a doctor was trying to tell me to consider drugs because they like to see cholesterol below 180 nowadays.

When will the madness end?
Dino

The reason I reprint this letter is to show you how ingrained some learned behaviors can be. 

My first writing job was for a British company. This was well before the word processing era and my boss hated a messy paper with mistakes. So I became a master typist, hardly erring in my work. However, I wrote American English, and they wanted British English. In England, words like family and community are plural. I had this so firmly beaten into my sconce, that even now, as I see by the sentence quoted above, in red, I still hang onto the British way. I've changed the sentence in the archives, though. 

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David,

I found a really cheap vitamin E that listed as the ingredients alpha-tocopherol. Is this any good?

Sherri

Dear Sherri,

All vitamins are complex substances. The reductionism of conventional medicine and conventional science forces us to look for the "active ingredient" in things. Vitamin C, in conventional thinking is considered to be ascorbic acid. Look in any dictionary, this is what they tell you. However, Vitamin C was found to cure scurvy. Studies show that ascorbic acid, alone, does not cure scurvy. Ascorbic acid might just be the "active ingredient" but it doesn’t play well as a solo. Ascorbic acid needs the entire orchestra: l-lysine, bioflavanoids, copper, calcium, and who knows what else. The way we will find out everything that makes up vitamin C is to create a database of substances found in plants from which we find vitamin C and then deduce which are always found along with ascorbic acid.

As to your so called vitamin E, we find in plant sources of vitamin E, alpha, beta, gamma, and theta-tocopherol as well as tocotrienols of the same flavors (alpha, beta, etc) and selenium.

One substance alone might be good for something, but when you want the full benefit of a vitamin, get the full vitamin. And, by the way….your vitamin E was probably extracted from crude oil. Don’t tell anyone, but most of our B vitamins are retrieved from sewage plants.

Find a good form from whole foods. Studies everywhere show that real vitamins are absorbed faster and better than synthetic.

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David, What do you say to someone who thinks that health is a matter of luck?
Margie

Dear Margie:

I usually say "Goodbye."

Some people get it, some don’t.

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I’ve read your article on nutrition and depression and though you make a very good case, I just don’t see nutrition being the only cure for depression.

Nothing at this site is an "only." We focused on nutrition because we are a malnourished nation and good health begins on the end of your fork. There are many modalities that a person who feels depressed should check out. Psychology has some 40 forms of therapy to choose from. Sometimes a good massage will do the trick. Some have used acupuncture. And then again, there’s the site Depression Is A Choice. This last one is a shock to some. They refuse they’ve chosen to be depressed.

But there are victims and there are victors. Entertaining the thought that this depression could be a choice starts to empower a person. It’s a very interesting site with lots of exercises to follow.

And now here’s something we’ve yet to ever mention at this site. Next time you get sick and feel the need to run off and see a doctor, go somewhere else.

I’m serious. Go see a psychologist, a priest, minister, or rabbi. Go see a spiritual healer or a massage therapist. Or visit a friend. Illness is not just something affecting our physical bodies. An imbalance in the system of body/mind/spirit can result in anything from whooping cough to hives. The television ads tell us to "think outside the box." So, go do it.

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The following two letters are of a type we get here all the time and perhaps I can answer them both once and for all.

One starts out, I love your site, but how come you don’t have references and footnotes like other sites?

My answer: 

My degree is in English. I studied it thoroughly and have even taught English in settings from grade school to the college level. I know how to footnote, annotate, and create a bibliography.

Our web site and publications are informal. One reason we do not attempt to appear "scholarly" is that appearances are deceiving.

If you visit all the quackbuster sites on the web, you will see authoritatively written materials documented from head to toe with footnotes (nice pun, eh?).

The quackbusters want to appear authoritative, yet their references leave much to be desired. They quote physicians who have never treated a single patient in their careers. They quote experts who have not been trained in the field for which they claim expertise. Take Steven Barret, the original quackbuster. He had his ass handed to him by a judge who finally declared him NOT to be an authority in all these areas he seems to claim authority. A physician trained solely in allopathy cannot claim to be an authority in homeopathy. Additionally, many authorities referenced at these sites have never tested the therapies they are supposedly authorities on. The Hoxsey Treatment for cancer has a slew of quackbusters tossing slurs at it when not one objective test has ever been done on it (There is a rich history of double standards in these quack hunts, as you will see in our essays on the History of Medicine.) And finally, the quackbusters often reference studies whose methodology wouldn’t pass muster in a freshman science lab. Anyone can put together a bad study to prove whatever they want [as you can see below in our response to the recent Echinacea Study] and list names on the study from Dr This to Professor That in order to lend an air of authority, when in realty junk science is just a lot of junk and very little science.

We here at the directory are interested in only what works. I do this as a hobby; a life giving pursuit of truth, happiness, and health. I do this for me. It might seem quite selfish, but my first goal is to heal myself, and in doing so, I pass this on to others. We are all learning together. 

I would never pass on to my readers something I was not willing to use. 

We reference what we find, but we do it informally. We do not want to have an air of authority when most of the time it is simply air. We want only the truth. What works and what doesn’t. And sometimes when there is no reference, well, as many tell me, after 20 some years of my performing this research, I am now the authority. So, sometimes, I'm quoting me. I guess I get to do this after all this work, at least once in a while.

As far as who benefits monetarily from all this? Not a single person involved with the research or production of this site or our books is paid a cent. Yes, we have sales people who earn commissions selling our books and advertising, but as to the research that goes into the work, it is all done on a voluntary basis. We do this because someone with nothing to gain has to do this. Or it would not be done.

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Another question we often get is: "I like your site. What are your credentials?" or "What are your qualifications for doing this sort of work?"

Here is what I tell them: 

Our qualifications to do this work are the same qualifications the Wright Brothers had when they built the first aircraft and flew it. The same as Edison’s qualifications when he made tungsten glow inside a vacuum. The same as Bell’s qualifications when he made sound travel across an electric wire.

We are qualified because we do it. 

We are dedicated, hard workers: the only qualification needed to get the job done. We do have physicians and researchers who informally support us, guide us, and who've ghost written a few of our articles, but we do the legwork because we can do the legwork and we want to do the legwork.

Our qualifications, our credentials are stamped on every page. Our work is our resume.

And here is just a very interesting letter we received from the program director at a school of homeopathy here in Minnesota:

I was watching a snatch of a late-night E.T.-type show, & the story was about Pamela Anderson, whom I'd never heard of . . .  She's a buxom  blonde who apparently is starring in a new movie, Scary Movie 3.  She earned fame on Baywatch & V.I.P. (which shows I've never seen) but here's what I want you to know about her . . . (it blew me away!) 

Quotes from a "Google" of Pamela Anderson:

"Expects Death in a Decade

'I think I've got a good 10 years left in me, which is sad, too. Maybe 15, if I'm lucky,' Anderson tells Us Weekly magazine in a first-person story for the Nov. 3 issue. 'It's scary, but lately I've been feeling great. For some reason, my liver keeps getting healthier.' Hepatitis C causes inflammation of the liver, which can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver failure. About 3.9 million Americans have the disease. Anti-viral drugs are a standard treatment, and therapy is successful about half the time. But Anderson isn't taking interferon, the injectable drug hepatitis patients often use. Her homeopathic doctor, Wendy Hewland, tells the magazine she 'made a single remedy specifically for Pam' that Anderson is using as an alternative form of medicine. The Scary Movie 3 actress - who claims she contracted the condition from her rocker ex-husband Tommy Lee - told American DJ Howard Stern about the effects of the liver disease, before adding she has adopted a much healthier lifestyle in an attempt to survive long enough to see her young sons Dylan, five, and Brandon, seven, turn 21. Pamela says, 'I've got a good five to 10 years left. I feel good. Pretty good. But it is deadly. I've got to make sure I'm around. Every time I have a health check my liver is getting healthier.'"

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Did You Know?
Tobacco was removed from the Pharmacopoeia in 1900.
It was considered a sexual stimulant, not that much unlike
Viagra today. It was administered in an Enema. The 
famous lover, Casanova, had a tobacco enema daily.

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The Meatrix
and Krafty Scientists

For those of you who have Flash installed in your browser and have a pretty fast connection (or lots of patience) you're going to want to watch this little movie: The Meatrix 

And for those of you who love Kraft Foods (a division of that other fine company Philip Morris) you'll want to know about the experiment you will be a part of this Christmas: A Special Holiday Message 

We Answer The Advertisements 

Advertising has been called legalized lying, and for good reasons. In many of my communications with the FTC I’ve leaned that advertisers are allowed to imply anything as long as they don’t come right out and tell a direct lie. Sins of omission, exaggeration, and hyperbole are all methods of stretching the truth. They are perfectly legal and someone has to answer to them.

Our research on the History of Medicine has brought us down some very interesting paths. We discovered Morris Beale, an investigative journalist, and a little pamphlet of his from 1962. His work uncovered the following.[Bealle, Morris, Dangerous Doses, Columbia Publishing, Wash DC 1964]

When the radio was invented, advertising came into its own. When the TV came along, advertising became an art. Listerine commercials told us that by gargling you could get fewer colds. The FDA and FTC came down on them, and they had to make a retraction. Some of you will remember the toothpaste commercial in which a young lad tells us: "After two years my group had 34% fewer cavities with Crest!" By the time the FTC discovered that no such study had ever taken place, the commercial was already off TV. Then there are the cigarette commercials and magazine ads that told us that this brand was smooth and helped relieve that nagging cough. Before the FTC could come down hard on the tobacco industry, the industry tossed the AMA a cool ten million smackaroos and were allowed to continue this deception a few decades longer, filling both their pockets with profits and graveyards with dead smokers.

Morris Bealle reported that aggregated media advertising in 1957 added up to a whopping ten and a half billion dollars. Eighty percent of that was from the drug interests.  

So, now it’s our turn to tell you the truth behind some of the ads you’re bombarded with every day on television.

It’s not uncommon to see three or four drug commercials in a row. Your nightly news casts are paid for mainly by the drug interests. Let’s face it, watching the news is painful. You’ll need relief.

My favorites are the antidepressant commercials. The little Zoloft, lovable cartoon character just grabs my heart. The voice over says, "The cause of depression is unknown." This is a lie. Some of the causes of depression are known, but to "scientifically prove" them would cost billions. No one wants to spend that much money on something that won’t bring in a profit. The drug companies are willing, though, to spend billions pushing their drugs, because that has an actual return. What they are actually telling you in the advertisement is: Though we don’t know the cause, we know what you will buy.

Then there’s the Welbutrin commercial in which a woman states: "I’m just not myself anymore." I usually jump up and yell at my TV: Have you checked your diet lately? Are you eating the Standard American Diet? Processed foods? No enzymes? No fiber? Empty calories? Great taste? Fun foods? For those of you who want to know how depression and nutrition are related, go here: Depression & Nutrition.

Beyond nutrition, there are many drugless therapies. Besides, would you really take an antidepressant? if the doctor came in, looked you in the face, and while telling you the side effects, adds, "Oh, and there’s a chance, a slight chance, you know, that you’ll kill yourself."

Later on (in the article on the Paleolithic Diet) we dispel the myth of the connection between a high protein/meat diet and bone loss (yes, we too bought into this in the last newsletter, always keep in mind, we’re learning this right along with you). Prescription drugs are more of a culprit to bone loss than high protein. Almost all medicines turn your terrain acidic. Antidepressants are one of the biggest culprits of bone loss among prescription drugs. And don't get me started on soda pop.

Celebrex: "Tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease."

Isn’t your doctor supposed to tell you if you have kidney or liver disease? If you have to tell your doctor about that, perhaps you should tell him about medical school too.

"With Celebrex I will not give in." News flash, lady: your body will. By not taking care of the problem (by masking the symptoms) you’re asking for a total joint replacement if you live long enough.

This goes for ALL COX2 inhibitors and ALL NSAIDs. If you take a pain killer only for osteoarthritis, you are asking for even bigger problems in the future. You are doing damage to your body, but you can’t feel it because of the painkillers.

"With Aleve I can sleep pain free all night long."

Take them too long and you’ll sleep forever.

Since we are still working on our series on Digestion, we will give you some of the following information twice, so it’s not CRS or Alzheimer’s, but rather just related materials.

Dr David Graham, while working with the Veterans Administration, discovered that 70% of patients taking NSAIDs had intestinal erosion, while only 10% of those taking acetaminophen only (Tylenol), or nothing at all, had any intestinal erosion. Even worse, it seems that 25% of those taking NSAIDs had severe lesions, compared with none in the control group. He reports that ibuprofen (there are many brand names using ibuprofen), indomethacin, and naproxen (ALEVE) appeared to be the worst. [http://www.hon.ch/News/HSN/511002.html]

Now COX2 inhibitors do NOT cause these lesions in the intestinal tract. This is one of their benefits over NSAIDS. Another benefit is they actually protect against cancer, since the COX2 enzyme interferes with apoptosis (cell death) of cancer cells.

Don’t expect to find the following information in your brochures on the NSAIDs your doctor gave you, but another study out of Great Britain and published in the British Medical Journal and in the Archives of Internal Medicine (2000:160(6):777-784) implicates NSAIDs in nearly 20% of all first hospital admissions for Congestive Heart Failure.

The reasoning is this: NSAIDs affect kidney function and they’re not able to excrete excess salt. Excess salt can lead to water retention, and eventually, edema. As fluids accumulate the strain and pressure on the body cause a host of problems including high blood pressure. CHF is only a few steps away from this. COX2 inhibitors also affect kidney function. The problem goes away when you get off of the drugs, though. [http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/abstract/327/7411/368]

Another study we got from the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program involved some 1,055 women in a cohort study. The women were followed through their pregnancies and it became clear that women who used NSAIDs had an 80% greater risk of a miscarriage. The British Medical Journal in 2001 and 2003 published reports of miscarriages being linked to NSAIDs, and yet medicine has known for years that NSAIDs interfere with the fertilized eggs attaching to the uterus in animal studies. We’ve not yet found a human study on this yet.

One more thing, in the past 20 years incidence of asthma has more than doubled in Western countries. One connection is the NSAIDs link. Most physicians have never been taught, though it is often a subject in a variety of medical journals, that patients can, with years of use, suddenly develop a hypersensitivity to the drugs they’re on. The most prominent symptoms include: asthma, headaches, upper respiratory problems, hives, eczema, skin eruptions, and/or urinary tract problems.

Pop commercials too try to convey a message of an active, full life. X-treme sports athletes supposedly drink Mountain Dew. Sexy music video stars drink Pepsi. Open a bottle of Sierra Mist and you’ll have an instant party. I don’t buy it. Do not expect an active, full life if you are a regular pop drinker.

Don’t get me started on soda pop! 

Carbon dioxide, the chemical behind the fizz in carbonated drinks, is a waste product. As you’ll see in our article on digestion, carbonated drinks destroy the good bacteria in your digestive tract. We’ve already mentioned bone loss, and this is the biggest culprit of them all. Studies on high schoolers who are regular pop drinkers show bone loss usually associated with aging. Make it a "sugar free/diet" soda, and the bone loss accelerates even faster. 

I love the antibacterial soap commercials! "Mom says sponges don’t kill germs, they just spread em around."

Our bodies’ immune systems need to be challenged, especially growing bodies of babies and young children. Asthma and allergy rates are increasing exponentially, it seems. Keeping a sterile home does two things: it introduces chemicals into your body that were never meant to be there and our immune systems go unchallenged. When something strikes, we’re knocked for a much bigger loss than those who get their daily challenge from a few bugs. (More about this in our review of Sedona Labs' probiotics.)

What used to be categorized as simple heartburn is now called GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease. The television subtly scares you by telling you that your chances of cancer increase with untreated GERD, and then turns around and tells you that, "Additional stomach problems may still exist." I have to laugh out loud when I hear this commercial.

Yes, cutting your stomach acid will help your esophagus heal, but no drug will heal the original problem. And yes, YOU STILL HAVE A PROBLEM. Your main problem is: You’ve just neutralized the substances that were going to digest that meal you just ate. Like the early prospectors who were found dead of starvation with their bellies full of rabbit, you’re full and you’re starving. Rabbits were abundant in the deserts, but no matter how many you eat, you’re not getting the fats and oils your body needs. Prospectors who stuck to a strict rabbit diet never lived long enough to cash in their gold. And how long will you live not digesting your food properly?

The main problem with antacids is, from a nutritional standpoint, they interfere with the absorption of minerals (especially calcium) and vitamins (especially your B vitamins). [ J Am Coll Nutr 1994 Dec;13(6):544-5] If you want to know what happens to people who do not get their calcium and B vitamins, just ask yourself: what are the three main disease affecting our elderly population today? When you find out that the answer is: Heart Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Osteoporosis, then you’ll know what the long term effects of continual antacid use. As I'm ready to send this off, I just caught a TUMS commercial telling us how TUMS has "long lasting effects." As we say in Minnesota, "Ya betcha!"

Side effects of antacids include allergies, headaches, dizziness, constipation, diarrhea, stomach pains and in some cases fatigue. Long term effects with continued use may include damage to the kidneys, heart or bones. In pregnant women they seem to cause problems with their babies, and in elderly, well, you don’t want to give any medications containing aluminum to the elderly. [http://www.drugs.com/xq/cfm/pageID_0/htm_202047/type_cons/bn_Antacids/micr_medex/qx/index.htm]

One final point: drug commercials turn your doctor into a pusher, not a physician. There is a French medical saying that goes back hundreds of years. "Guerir quelquefois, soulager souvent, consoler toujours" or "To cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always." When you turn your physician into some kind of junky willing to toss any pill your direction for a fee, you undermine all of medicine and everyone becomes a little less for it.

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Did You Know?
Grandma was right? Rich, homemade (organic!) chicken broth, 
sometimes called Jewish Penicillin, contains a weak antibiotic, and minerals 
in a form the body can absorb easily--not just calcium 
but magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and trace minerals. 
It contains chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, 
sold as expensive supplements for arthritis and joint pain.
 http://www.biomed.lib.umn.edu/hmed/2000/11/20001108_soup.html] 
BioMedical Library U of MN 

P.S. To relieve the symptoms of your cold, add lots of fresh
garlic and cayenne pepper to your soup.
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Digestion Part II
Digestive Aids & Probiotics 

For those of you with heartburn, GERD (the latest fashionable disorder), hiatal hernia, or an ulcer, we have good news. Really good news. We are reviewing a few products here and the great news is that they have all worked just as we were told and just as we are telling you.

The products we review are from Standard Process Labs, NOW Foods, and Sedona Labs. They all worked very well. Additionally, if you should have GERD due to a "mechanical problem" (most of the time a hiatal hernia) we have the cure for that too. If you can't find a Chiropractor or Kinesiologist to help you fix it, we give you instructions to have a partner help you fix it. 

So...read on: Digestion Part II.

The History of Medicine
Revolutionary War

It is not the purpose of our historical exploration of medicine to laugh at anyone, though understandably our forefathers’ ideas of science and medicine were surely laughable. Progress is always shocking and looking back is often quite humorous. A hundred years from now, much of what we take for granted today will seem to our successors as laughable.

In science, as in medicine, there are no Golden (Sacred) Calves. Nothing is written in stone. What we know today can easily be overturned tomorrow, but this is possible only when the responsible parties are open minded and interested strictly in the truth.

As Herbert Spencer once wrote: "There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance--that principle is contempt prior to investigation."

Too often in medicine, while masquerading as science, the investigator is not set on a path of honest investigation, but on a path to satisfy an agenda. And though some may say that in these essays (or at this web site) there is an agenda, we shall not attempt to dispute that, opting instead to let the truth speak for itself. If we are wrong, please, someone step forward and show us.

We are more than willing to admit to error when we learn we are wrong. For instance, we have published that a diet high in animal protein is acidic and that an acidic environment can lead to osteoporosis. In our research on the history of medicine, we found contrary evidence. There is always much more to learn. We don’t know it all, but we’ll tell you what we find, not only when it goes against orthodox thought, but when it contradicts our own previous research. The truth is oftentimes evasive, but it can catch up with us.

After reading our initial essay on medicine in the early colonies, one reader wrote asking how Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine had gotten so far ahead of our Western medicine. Both the Chinese and Ayurvedic traditions differ immensely from the Four Humors, and even they seem laughable to some of us, though it’s easy to laugh at things we do not understand. Personally, after investigating these "so called" primitive theories, I’ve found them to be quite rational, and derived from the science of strict observation. They were, and are still today, very successful healing modalities.

The reason Eastern medicine was so far ahead of anything we had in the West (Europe, Great Britain, and the British Colonies) was because Eastern medicine is thousands of years older than ours. When Chinese medicine began, our European ancestors were still swinging from trees and beating up neighboring tribes with sticks and stones.

We’ve stated outright throughout these pages that what works is used and what doesn’t is abandoned. This is just how it goes, usually. On the other hand, the majority of allopathic physicians stayed locked into a failed system of medicine for reasons that will be revealed as our discussion continues, but the most obvious and blatant reason was pride, or hubris, as the Greeks called it. Western physicians, historically, rarely admit to being in error. How could the finest education Europe had to offer produce a system of medicine that was fallible? Impossible. 

Today, still, we have a failing medical system. Some readers are sure to point out, then if so, it goes against your statement: what works is used and what doesn’t is abandoned. Our answer is simply: Who says it’s not working? Sure it’s a failed system, but it is working. Someone is getting very rich off of this system. For them, it is working. Boy is it working. 

So…keep on reading and you will see how slowly medicine changed, what kept it from changing, and finally, how it became a monopoly with even the loved ones of those it has laid in an early grave praising its supremacy.

Click here to read: Medicine During the American Revolution.

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Did You Know?
Children who eat ten to twelve hotdogs per month
have a 4 fold excess risk of brain cancer and a
7 fold excess risk of leukemia.
Politics of Cancer Revisited by Dr Sam Epstein
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The Paleolithic Diet
A Lesson In Myth Busting

My interest in the history of medicine has led me down many paths. A subject uncovered reveals another still more interesting. As you will soon learn, nearly ever visitor to this country from 1800 to 1850 remarked upon his return how sickly we Americans appeared. Our color was sallow, almost grey; our teeth and jaws in a state of collapse; our bodies spindly and weakened. Any bug that hit our population, hit hard.

With further investigation, I discovered a startling contrast in the health of those rugged types who lived away from the cities; our pioneers who crossed the nation foraging and hunting their daily sustenance. Getting out of the cities was the healthiest thing you could do at the time, if you didn't get killed by the indigenous population we were starting to irritate. 

Then, with our discovery of Dr Weston Price, our eyes were opened to the secrets of true nutritional healing found in primative cultures. So, the question was asked, "What was the health of the native population when our white ancestors began settling this nation?"

The answer is another lesson in proper nutrition. The answer busts many of our nutritional myths. The answer could save your life one day.

Recently there have been many veterinarians coming forward, veterinarians who call themselves holistic or alternative and who focus on nutritional therapies, who have stated that the raw diet is the best diet for our animals. One of these far seeing vets told me to feed my dogs fresh, raw chicken once in a while, bones and all.

"But don’t dogs choke on bones?" I asked. The vet pointed out that raw chicken bones are quite digestible. He also pointed out that in the wild, before dogs were domesticated, their ancestors ate their kills bones and all. And they sure didn’t cook their kills first.

Someone asked me after I’d mentioned this, "But what about salmonella?" Salmonella is a disease of factory farming. My organic chickens, like their eggs, are healthy, disease, and chemical free.

This situation begs the question: If the best diet for our animals is their natural diet, shouldn’t our best diet be our natural diet?

The human animal, for thousands of years before we learned to write, was a hunter and gatherer. Weston Price examined the diets and health of people cut off from modern civilization. These peoples he studied were not exactly the same hunter/gatherers of our ancestors, but they were as close as you will find on this planet.

Myth: A high animal protein diet contributes to osteoporosis.

The Eskimo diet has very few vegetables. It is mostly protein and fats. An Eskimo's grave is dug into the tundra (though many are dug up and eaten by the wild life) and preserved by the low temperatures. In archeological digs, it has been found that these high protein eaters had strong healthy bones. However, Eskimos just one generation away from their ancestral diets (living on modern processed foods) were found to have substantial bone loss.

Bone loss is a processed food disease. Mix in prescription drugs, like antacids, beta blockers, and antidepressants and you have an epidemic of osteoporosis. (And don't get me started on soda pop!)

There are many people on the web who promote a so-called Paleolithic diet. I have to laugh. Apparently these diets are full of polyunsaturated oils, but actually low in fat. Low in fat? Eskimos lived off of fat. Early natives dried their fats as they dried their meats.

The best article on the fats in our native Americans’ diets is called "Guts and Grease: The Diet of Native Americans" by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD It should come as no surprise that it is located at the Weston A Price Foundation web site.

The article quotes an early explorer Cabeza de Vaca in a piece I found while researching this particular diet a while back. I’ll give you Mary and Sally’s version: 

The early explorers consistently described the native Americans as tall and well formed. Of the Indians of Texas, the explorer Cabeza de Vaca7 wrote, "The men could run after a deer for an entire day without resting and without apparent fatigue. . . one man near seven feet in stature. . . runs down a buffalo on foot and slays it with his knife or lance, as he runs by its side." The Indians were difficult to kill. De Vaca reports on an Indian "traversed by an arrow. . . he does not die but recovers from his wound." The Karakawas, a tribe that lived near the Gulf Coast, were tall, well-built and muscular. "The men went stark naked, the lower lip and nipple pierced, covered in alligator grease [to ward off mosquitos], happy and generous, with amazing physical prowess. . . they go naked in the most burning sun, in winter they go out in early dawn to take a bath, breaking the ice with their body." [http://www.westonaprice.org/traditional_diets/native_americans.html]

One book that we highly recommend is Beverly Hungry Wolf’s, The Ways of My Grandmothers. This will give you some insight into how food was prepared in such a way as not to waste a thing. Additionally, you will see how much fat the natives actually ate.

We’ve already talked much about the myth of the low fat diet here at this site, especially as it relates to "dieting," but there are still more myth concerning fat and the slew of diseases it is supposed to cause.

A high fat diet has been blamed for everything from heart disease to cancer and a sundry of disorders in between. Nowhere in archeology or anthropology or any of Weston Price’s research has anyone found a link between high fat and disease. However, in today’s politically correct society, animal fat is unhealthy.

We talk about breast tissues and how pesticides are stored in the fat stores that make up women’s breasts. Fat stores toxins. In our society filled with pesticides, antibiotics, and chemicals so numerous we don’t have room to list them, yes, fat is going to have some drawbacks. Even in organic meats do we still find traces of PCBs and DDT.

Water Soluble Vitamins

Eskimos eat few fruits and vegetables. Some of the cultures that Price studied had periods in which vegetables and fruits were not to be found, such as wintertime. Yet, they still got their Vitamin C and bioflavonoids. How?

Of all the animals in our vast (but quickly shrinking) animal kingdom, only humans and guinea pigs do NOT make their own vitamin C.

A dog makes 40mg per kilogram of weight per day. That is approximately equivalent to 2,800mg per day in humans. Funny how the RDA for vitamin C is (I think) 56mg. (I’m not sure and I’m not about to look it up since whatever it is, it’s just enough to keep us all ill and in need of constant medical care.) As Joel Evens, from the Center for Women’s Health puts it: "The RDA (U. S. government Recommended Daily Allowance) is the nutritional equivalent of the minimum wage." Everyone knows you can't survive on minimum wage.

So where did these people get their water soluble vitamins? By eating the organs of beasts. The adrenal glands of moose, for example, are highly charged with vitamin C.

Weston Price noted early on in his research that when people left their natural diets they began to develop poor health and dental caries (cavities). Just one generation away from their "natural" diets and tuberculosis showed up. He wrote that TB was an unknown disease to people who stuck to their traditional diets. Arthritis, diabetes, and cancer were unheard of. "The native Africans exhibited a very high tolerance to infectious disease including malaria carried by mosquitoes, typhus and fevers transmitted by lice and sleeping sickness borne by the tsetse fly." [Out of Africa, what Dr Price and Burkitt Discovered in their Studies of Sub-Saharan Tribes.]

He noted that as they brought in more refined foods and refined sugars, that TB began to spread among people. He watched resistance to disease drop and infertility rates rise. He witnessed a decrease in mental capacity. He predicted that as our society became more dependent on polyunsaturated oils, processed sugars and processed foods in general that disease would burgeon and infertility rates would grow.

Greek mythology tells us of a prophetess by the name of Cassandra who lived in Troy. She incurred the wrath of the Gods and Apollo put a curse upon her, that she would prophesy the truth, but no one would listen to her. Thus spelled the fall of Troy and Cassandra could do nothing but watch the city crumble.

Price advocated breast feeding in a time when modern medicine thought it knew better than nature and wanted mothers feeding their newborns formula. He felt that butter was a superb food. He urged parents to give their kids a daily dose of cod liver oil (rich in omega-3 EFAs). He preached against herbicides and pesticides, against preservatives, food colorings, refined sugars, processed vegetable oils, and everything we associate with our modern supermarkets. He was very unpopular.

As with Cassandra, no one listened to Dr Weston Price. Today we live in a country with the most expensive medical care in the world, and 20% of couples are infertile. One in three will get cancer. We each have a nearly a 50% chance of heart disease. 

I’m happy to announce that people are beginning to listen. We are rediscovering the work of Dr Weston Price.

Dr H Leon Abrams, a nutritional anthropologist and associate professor emeritus from Georgia has published over 200 articles and some seven or eight books which all claim Dr Price to be a giant, well ahead of his time. Nutritional therapists, such as Dr Jonathan Wright and Abram Hoffer all walk in Price’s foot steps.

Paleolithic Dietary Rules:

The most amazing thing to note here is that nearly all cultures consumed foods that today your politically correct nutritionists and dietitians tell us are UNHEALTHY: raw milk, cheese, red meat, fat, shellfish and coconut oil.

We have found copies of Weston Price's book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. This will one day be the Whole Foods Bible, and every human who wants a lifetime of health and happiness will own a copy. Go here to get yours now: http://www.price-pottenger.org/books.htm 

References and Further Reading:

             

Abrams, H. Leon. Vegetarianism: An Anthropological/Nutritional Evaluation, Journal of Applied Nutrition, 32:2, 1980.

The Preference for Animal Protein and Fat: A Cross-Cultural Survey, Food and Evolution, Marvin Harris and Eric Ross, eds., Temple University Press, 1987.

Diorio, L.P., et al The Separate Effects of Protein and Calorie Malnutrition of the Development and Growth of Rat Bone and Teeth, Journal of Nutrition 103:856-865, 1973.

 

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Question of the Month:
From Dr Samuel S Epstein's book, 
The Politics of Cancer Revisited, we get
the following sentence. Your job is to fill in the blank.

"Worldwide use of ___________________________
dating back to 1960, constitutes the largest uncontrolled 
experiment in human carcinogenesis ever undertaken."

A. genetically engineered foods
B. pesticides                          
C. plastics                              
D. the contraceptive pill         
E. microwave ovens   
                 
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Something new...for those who want to help out:

Surgery Update

I went back to see Dr Chipman for a post surgery checkup. I'm amazed that in today's climate of hustle and bustle in which you are allotted 6 minutes for each visit to your doctor, that he spent so much time with me. We've visited twice and altogether we spent well over an hour together. 

He looked at my navel. The area is healing well. But, he said as he spotted my "outy" that it pained him to see it that way. Later he drew me a picture of how the surgery went, and explained that the navel was attached with a single suture. He said that 99% of the time that's all that is needed. But somehow, either getting out of bed or one of the dogs jumping up, I popped the stitch. So now I have an outy. 

I really liked this guy. He's very bright. He filled me in on the benefits to the new COX2 inhibitors, since he worked with the scientist who had discovered the enzyme. He was very honest about the possible side effects, but then he said, most go away when you go off the drug. 

He also helped me with my misunderstanding about oncogenes, which you will see below in my retraction. 

The lesson I walked away with from the surgery and my early recovery was this: The better your health, the easier it all goes. 

I enjoyed watching the procedure they used to make sure I was the right patient about to get the right operation. Dr Chipman showed up and told me all about the procedures, that out of 350,000 surgeries per year in the Twin Cities, there were 13 errors: wrong patient/wrong surgery/wrong part. 

He said that 9 of them occurred at the same location, so that was easy to fix. He also said, that incorporating a system of checks and double checks allowed the hospitals to focus on those procedures more important to successful outcomes. And ironically enough, the procedures caught an error in my case. The anesthesiologist was prepared to put me out entirely, and I said, "Hey, I'm doing this under local." When Dr Chipman arrived, he assented, saying that they'd slip me some valium in the IV and handle it with a local. During the surgery I awoke and said, "Hey doc...a little more Novocain, please. I felt that!" 

I had two surgeons, one a student, and Dr Chipman. Everyone was delightful. I fell in and out of sleep and snored like a stuck pig. I awoke once while they were all commenting on my sleep apnea. 

When the surgery was done, I was already wide awake before leaving the operating room and answering all their questions. We got to post op and I looked around at all the other patients and truly felt for them. A nurse came over took my temp and blood pressure, looked me in the eyes and said, "Ok, yer outa here." They pointed me down the hallway and I went and got dressed.

Afterwards, I learned how important a good digestive system is after having abdominal surgery. You do not want to have to push!

So, because of all I've learned about digestion and eating whole foods and getting my daily fiber, I had no problems. In the bathroom and out in under 30 seconds. I was very, VERY grateful for a good digestive system, because it sure felt like someone had stuck me in the gut with a knife.

Today, I feel great, hernia is healed, and my navel sticks out a quarter inch (and it looks a lot bigger than it did inside). Next spring we ride the horse again!

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Quote of the Month 

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs - ask yourself what makes you
come alive,  and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people
who have come  alive." -- Harold Thurman Whitman
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Weston A Price
Biographies from the History of Medicine

History, if you watch the History Channel, seems to be about wars. Personally, I think history is about people. People who are so far ahead of their time, that we oftentimes learn from them a bit too late. 

In our journey into the history of medicine in this country, I've met many intriguing people. I've decided to create web pages dedicated to those people who shaped our medical history, both for the good and for the detriment of all. 

Our first is on Dr Weston A Price.

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Did You Know?

The US General Accounting Office reported that over an 
8 year period, 50% of the drugs approved by the FDA had 
"serious post approval risks such as heart failure, convulsions, 
kidney & liver failure, birth defects and blindness."

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Retraction
Yes Virginia, there is an oncogene.

Ok, it took some convincing, but I’m about to reverse my stand. Yup, I goofed. I hung onto an archaic definition of an oncogene. It was Dr Chipman, my surgeon, who first convinced me otherwise.

I was resting under an ancient formula that stated an oncogene was something, if found, would guarantee you cancer at least 80% of the time. What has happened is, as the field of genetics has grown, even their ideas on what an oncogene should be has been changed too. 

Today an oncogene is any gene that, by it’s absence, appearance, or damage to it, increases your chances "significantly" of getting cancer.

So, I spent two hours searching for someone I could talk to at the genetics lab at the University of Minnesota and eventually had to call two more universities. Finally being connected to a physician and scientist, I introduced myself, told him I needed material for my newsletter (and my retraction) and I started asking him a handful of questions he gladly answered.

But there was something wrong with these answers. They seemed to be pat answers; no real life. And so I asked my favorite question regarding genetics and cancer: "One hundred years ago your chances of getting cancer were one in thirty or one in forty. Today, it’s about one in three. What exactly has that got to do with genetics?"

He started telling me something, then faltered and paused, and finally he asked: "Do you want the official party line, or do you want my opinion, because my opinion is strictly off the record."

I told him that I’d forgotten his name already and that I’d just have to refer to him as Dr X.

"Oncogenes tells us about a propensity, not an actuality," he told me.

I liked him already.

He went on to say that for years the official stand on cancer, as the numbers started climbing at extraordinary rates after WWII, was to blame the patient's diet and lifestyle. This was up until "some" physicians began using diet and lifestyle changes to help battle cancer in the fifties and sixties. Then the official party line switched to "we don’t know" what causes cancer, but we’re sure that genetics is involved. (This stance helped to attack those "alternative" physicians using nutrition at the time, as you will see in our series on the History of Medicine in America.) By the mid eighties, we were forced to admit to an environmental factor, and then it finally leaked out that medicine had covered up the vaccination/cancer connection successfully for 30 or 40 years, and still, today, no one in orthodox medicine has yet to admit the involvement of prescription medications because we’re too busy telling people about our research on pesticides and xenoestrogens.

I liked this guy a lot.

I asked him, of all the diseases in the world, not just cancer and degenerative diseases, how many are truly genetic; what percentage of people have a truly genetic disorder? He said 4 to 5 percent, tops.

And then we began talking about the money involved. He said that billions will be spent in the next decade locating more and more genes. He said that he was involved with about 20 suspected genes right now, but that their focus was specifically on three as they didn't want to overlap research being done elsewhere. He said that 50 to 100 billion, maybe even more, will be spent before we find a genetic cure, but in reality, it won’t put a dent in the cancer epidemic. He said we’re poisoned, and until we take care of that problem, genetic solutions are worthless. He told me he’d just lost someone close to cancer. I didn’t ask any further.

Nothing like the death of a loved one to force you to look at the reality of cancer.

I thanked him for his time. I assured him his anonymity would be safe with me. And I gave him a link to this newsletter so he could see what we were doing. He told me to read The Politics of Cancer by Dr Samuel Epstein. (As you can see by the question of the month, I did that right away.)

We have often stressed diet and lifestyle at this site and in our publications, but we never try to blame anyone for their choices. There is a great difference between taking blame and taking responsibility. We all make mistakes. As you can see, I make my fair share.

"If you're not making mistakes, you're not taking risks, and that means you're not going anywhere. The key is to make mistakes faster than the competition ...." John W. Holt, Jr.

I’m not so attached to my beliefs that I can’t toss them when I see better ones come along. The overwhelming environmental factor in the development of cancer can make an individual choose either to battle even harder or to give in and say, "Well we all have to go sometime."

Health is something you can buy, if you know where to shop and you get out and shop early. It is the most precious gift on the planet. Just ask someone who’s not healthy. They say they’ll give everything they’ve got to get better. Some say they’ll do anything to get rid of this cancer. I’ve often heard this. But will they really do "anything" or will they let their doctors do anything to them?

We have a saying here: Everything works when you do everything.

I have a friend who has been blessed with breast cancer for about 9 years now. According to her tests, she’s still got a bit of cancer in her body. She had a mastectomy but refused chemotherapy and radiation. The first 4 to 5 years of her comeback were spent mainly in the kitchen, juicing, slicing, and preparing recipes that had no sugar, no salt. She did coffee enemas daily. She took her supplements. She flew back and forth to the Gerson Clinic in Mexico. She prayed, did qigong, and thanked her creator for every breath of life that filled each cell with grace. She’s worked harder than anyone I’ve ever known in her struggle with cancer. And today, she still calls her cancer a blessing. Some will never understand this. How could cancer be a blessing?

For those who cannot comprehend how cancer can be a blessing, perhaps they can understand this. From her initial support group which she joined early in her cancer experience, she’s the only one still alive. She is a true representation of the phrase: "The patient is the only physician."

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Recent Study on Echinacea
Judged Ineffective?

When modern, orthodox medicine conducts a study repudiating herbs, vitamins, nutrition, and anything else that is not drug related, the information is quickly and widely disseminated. NBC got a hold of this study and had a field day. Throughout the Internet news sources quickly picked up on it. Everyone wants you to know that 300 years of research into Echinacea is a total fraud.

Some of you have read our History of Echinacea. We all know there have been many positive studies on echinacea; from Germany alone there have been at least 50 studies showing echinacea’s effectiveness.

This study was published in JAMA. The study was conducted by physicians with no knowledge of the use of echinacea, no knowledge of herbalism. Their conclusion: "Echinacea purpurea, as dosed in this study was not effective in treating URI symptoms in patients 2 to 11 years old, and its use was associated with an increased risk of rash." [JAMA, Dec 2003; 290: 2824 - 2830]

There was no mention in this study of any blood tests conducted prior to, periodically, during, or after the study. Since herbalists have claimed for years that echinacea boosts T-cell levels, it’s just a bit suspicious that T-cell counts (sometimes referred to as a CD4 count) weren’t conducted.

I’ve contacted a handful of herbalists for their take on this study, and they all seem to question the quality of the echinacea used.

Get this: In herbal products there are NO standards. Knowing this, many manufacturers can put out a lot of crap while telling you how great it is. The orthodoxy, knowing this, can take advantage of this fact and use the worst product on the market in order to demonstrate it’s uselessness. The NCI, I seem to recall, attempted to test the Essiac Formula using herbs that were ten years old once; another time they tried using a solution that had been frozen on another. At least this is how the story goes.

Should there be standards in herbal preparations?

No, I don’t think so. I want to see an unregulated industry with real-- key word: real -- competition. I want to see the best products rise to the top and the least effective sink to the bottom. The moment we instill regulations, that’s the moment we kill this competition … and instead of survival of the fittest we have the survival of the fattest.

My Christian friends tell me that God hates sin. John D Rockefeller hated sin too:

"Competition is a sin." John D Rockefeller

Personally, I want to keep all government regulations out of the Supplement and Herb industry and for many reasons, the most salient being: Drugs are regulated and still 100,000 people die annually from them (one new source tells us 700,000 die annually from drugs and one third of all hospitalizations are due to drugs) and you and I don’t want any standards imposed on an industry that would double, triple, or quadruple the price of something that grows wild in my back yard. When I find a company producing quality products, I stick with them.

Now get this: Even if they had used the best echinacea available on our FREE market, the study would have still bombed as it did. The main problem with this study lies in the key phrase "as dosed in this study."

They did not dose the echinacea as prescribed by herbalists for over 300 years.

Had they allowed an herbalist (maybe that would have prejudiced things?) into the study, s/he would have spotted the flaw in their methodology immediately.

Nearly since the inception of this web site we’ve had the dosing procedure for echinacea posted somewhere on this site. So, for the sake of duplication . . .

Echinacea is used to kick start your immune system. Once your T-cell count is raised, you do not continue using echinacea. This would be tantamount to hitting the ignition while the engine is already running. Echinacea is used for a period of no more than two weeks, and then stopped. If you were to hold the key to your car in the start position after the engine has started, you will do damage. If you continue to take echinacea after the initial two week period, you can do damage. A rash that showed up in this study on the echinacea users.

Personally, I like to take a large shot of echinacea when I feel something coming on, and if the next day it’s still there, I take an even larger shot. Maybe an ounce. It’s worked well for me. Especially when supplementing further: carrot juice, wheat grass juice, greens, vitamin C complex, garlic, and niacin. And always, ALWAYS Omegasentials.

And as we’ve stated previously at this site, any product that you are supposed to take daily that has echinacea in it was designed by a fool. Throw it out.

For you who’ve yet to read the history of echinacea, you’ll find everything you want to know right here: The History of Echinacea. Oh, and if you want symptom relief from a cold, try chicken soup with lots (and lots) of garlic and some cayenne pepper.

Now, ask your self. Why does a prestigious journal such as JAMA publish a such incompetent, supposedly scientific garbage? Why would they not include an herbalist in the study?

Is it not suspicious that these are the same people who have controlled modern medicine since the 1920s, claiming that science gives them their right? All fifty states turned over our health care (disease care) to them by regulating medical licensing, in effect telling us, the citizens, which medicine we could choose and which we could not. Science is their foundation.

When you realize that much of this science, like this study, can be junk science, then you’ll know why this failing system (the most expensive medical system on earth), kills 2,000 to 6,000 of our brothers and sisters weekly, and is ranked about 24th by the World Health Organization.

And funny, while handing us a load of junk science (and this has been going on since the inception of the American Medical Association), they label everything beyond the scope of profitable, allopathic medicine, "Quackery!"

In the Next Issue, we will start telling you the History of QUACKERY! It’s flipping amazing.

Dr A I Lansing, a pre 1950 big wig with the AMA, having been well oiled at a Philadelphia convention gathering, admitted in his addressing his esteemed colleagues:

It is certain that some day cancer and heart disease will be conquered . . . . It is no exaggeration to point out that elimination of these degenerative diseases, which at first glance might be a blessing, could easily constitute a major disaster." [Bealle, Morris, Dangerous Doses, 1962]

 

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News of the Weird

Ecstasy Tested To Treat PTSD

The drug Ecstasy, also known as MDMA, may be helpful for those suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. Researchers are scheduled to conduct a trial next year that will test the effects of the drug on traumatized crime victims. The use of MDMA therapeutically is controversial -- studies of the long-term effects of taking the drug suggest there may be health risks -- however some researchers believe the risks can be managed, the BBC reports. MDMA had been used in conjunction with counseling in the 1970s but it grew out of favor.

Tai Chi Record In Taiwan

A total of 14,603 Tai Chi enthusiasts in Taipei, Taiwan, helped set a new record for the largest number of people performing the ancient Chinese martial art together. Tai Chi practitioners performed in unison for 30 minutes as traditional Chinese music was piped into the square of Taipei's Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. All wore white shirts and the traditional black, free-flowing Kung Fu trousers making for a spectacular sight, Britain's Sky News reported. The former record was set in Hong Kong on Dec. 2, 2001, when 10,425 Tai Chi practitioners performed.

Celebrating What Killed You

Among the themed funeral settings available for families recently at U.S. mortuaries (at $1,000 to $3,000) (according to a September Associated Press report): "Big Mama's Kitchen," with Crisco, Wonder Bread and fried chicken (for the loved one who was a fan of lavish feasts). [Associated Press, 9-25-03]

Don't Light a Match

In April The New York Times reported that a pest-control professional in Stockton, Calif., had developed a new termite-detection method that relies on locating concentrations of methane gas that are expelled because of termites' high-fiber (i.e., wood) diet.

Flatulence Tax Folds

The New Zealand government has backed off its plan for a flatulence tax because of farmer opposition. The flatulence tax would have required farmers to pay up to $43 cents per animal to fund a $5 million research fund for livestock emissions, reports the New Zealand the Dominion Post. The proposal angered farmers and newspapers worldwide wrote headlines such as London Guardian's, "Farmers raise stink over New Zealand fart tax." Meanwhile, industry organizations and the government have agreed to contribute money toward the research. 

The Rat Race - Rats Win!

1) Japanese scientists (Yokohama City University) said in September that they had created tumor-suppressing nerve stem cells that reverse the symptoms of Parkinson's disease in rats. (2) Wake Forest University researchers said in April that they had created a 700-mouse colony that could survive any number of direct cancer-cell injections. (3) University of Pittsburgh researchers said in April that they had developed a gene therapy in rats to restore surgery-damaged nerves needed for erections. None of the therapies has yet been successful with humans. [Reuters, 9-24-03] [New Scientist, 4-28-03] [Reuters, 4-28-03] 

Forced Exercise By Companies

Companies who pay the lion's share of health care costs are planning office space that requires their workers to get up and walk. Sprint's headquarters in Overland Park, Kan., has elevators and escalators that are deliberately slow to encourage its workers to take the stairs. The telephone company also banned cars on its 200-acre headquarters, forcing employees to park at the perimeter as well as putting food facilities at the edge of the buildings not in the middle. "It's a forced wellness program," Dan Jeakins, an architect in Dallas who has designed office buildings that encourage walking and stair-climbing, tells New York Times. Renewing a debate, Czech scientist Jaroslav Flegr reported in September that human infection by Taxoplasma gondii (to which cat owners are vulnerable as they clean litter boxes) tends to make women "reckless" and "friendly" and men "jealous" and "morose." Though any mammal could pass the toxins, cats that handle dead birds, bugs or mice rather easily pass it in their stools, though only for a few days after their first infection. (A 2001 report by researchers from Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland had suggested that such infections might even cause schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.) [New Zealand Herald-Reuters, 9-23-03] 

Cow Manure May Fuel Cars

Cow manure, agricultural crop wastes or municipal sewage could produce a clean, environmentally friendly form of natural gas to fuel cars. Biogas is methane extracted from organic sources such as cow manure, treated to remove impurities and then liquefied or compressed as a gas. California-Sweden Biogas Initiative, a venture between CalStart, a Pasadena nonprofit that promotes advanced transportation technologies, and the Swedish group Business Region Goteborg is testing the fuel, the Los Angeles Times reports. In Sweden, biogas has been used in cars and commercial trucks for several years.

Not Smoking May Be Hazardous to Your Health

A 17-year-old girl accidentally fell to her death after sitting on a 15th-floor ledge, to which she had retreated to get away from cigarette smoke during a party (Strathclyde, England, May).

Do Not Resuscitate

A 27-year-old man, fishing with three friends, choked to death on a 4-inch bream that he had put into his mouth, possibly to imitate a stunt he had seen on television (Palatka, Fla., October).

Thinning The Herd

A man commandeered a fire department rescue boat but then drowned when he leaped overboard while being pursued by police; trained rescue personnel were late arriving at the scene because, after all, their boat had been stolen (Nashville, Tenn., August).

Tidbits 

The Crime of Conscription by Rep. Ron Paul, MD November 26, 2003

The ultimate cost of war is almost always the loss of liberty. True defensive wars and revolutionary wars against tyrants may preserve or establish a free society, as did our war against the British. But these wars are rare. Most wars are unnecessary, dangerous, and cause senseless suffering with little being gained. The result of most conflicts throughout the ages has been loss of liberty and life on both sides. The current war in which we find ourselves clearly qualifies as one of those unnecessary and dangerous wars. To get the people to support ill-conceived wars, the nation's leaders employ grand schemes of deception.

Woodrow Wilson orchestrated our entry into World War I by first promising during the election of 1916 to keep us out of the European conflict, then a few months later pressuring and maneuvering Congress into declaring war against Germany. Whether it was the Spanish American War before that or all the wars since, U.S. presidents have deceived the people to gain popular support for ill- conceived military ventures. Wilson wanted the war and immediately demanded conscription to fight it. He didn't have the guts even to name the program a military draft; instead in a speech before Congress calling for war he advised the army should be "chosen upon the principle of universal liability to service." Most Americans at the time of the declaration didn't believe actual combat troops would be sent. What a dramatic change from this early perception, when the people endorsed the war, to the carnage that followed - and the later disillusionment with Wilson and his grand scheme for world government under the League of Nations. The American people rejected this gross new entanglement, a reflection of a somewhat healthier age than the one we find ourselves in today.

But when it comes to war, the principle of deception lives on. The plan for "universal liability to serve" once again is raising its ugly head. The dollar cost of the current war is already staggering, yet plans are being made to drastically expand the human cost by forcing conscription on the young men (and maybe women) who have no ax to grind with the Iraqi people and want no part of this fight.

Hundreds of Americans have already been killed, and thousands more wounded and crippled, while thousands of others will experience new and deadly war-related illnesses not yet identified.

We were told we had to support this pre-emptive war against Iraq because Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction (and to confront al Qaeda). It was said our national security depended on it. But all these dangers were found not to exist in Iraq. It was implied that lack of support for this Iraqi invasion was un-American and unpatriotic.

Since the original reasons for the war never existed, it is now claimed that we're there to make Iraq a western-style democracy and to spread western values. And besides, it's argued, it's nice that Saddam Hussein has been removed from power. But does the mere existence of evil somewhere in the world justify preemptive war at the expense of the American people? Utopian dreams, fulfilled by autocratic means, hardly qualify as being morally justifiable.

These after-the-fact excuses for invasion and occupation of a sovereign nation direct attention away from the charge that the military industrial complex encouraged this war. It was encouraged by war profiteering, a desire to control natural resources (oil), and a Neo-con agenda of American hegemony with the goal of redrawing the borders of the countries of the Middle East.

The inevitable failure of such a seriously flawed foreign policy cannot be contemplated by those who have put so much energy into this occupation. The current quagmire prompts calls from many for escalation, with more troops being sent to Iraq. Many of our reservists and National Guardsmen cannot wait to get out and have no plans to re-enlist. The odds are that our policy of foreign intervention, which has been with us for many decades, is not likely to soon change. The dilemma of how to win an un-winnable war is the issue begging for an answer.

To get more troops, the draft will likely be reinstated. The implicit prohibition of "involuntary servitude" under the 13th Amendment to the Constitution has already been ignored many times so few will challenge the constitutionality of the coming draft.

Unpopular wars invite conscription. Volunteers disappear, as well they should. A truly defensive just war prompts popular support. A conscripted, unhappy soldier is better off on the long run than the slaves of old since the "enslavement" is only temporary. But in the short run the draft may well turn out to be more deadly and degrading, as one is forced to commit life and limb to a less than worthy cause - like teaching democracy to unwilling and angry Arabs. Slaves were safer in that their owners had an economic interest in protecting their lives. Endangering the lives of our soldiers is acceptable policy, and that's why they are needed. Too often, though, our men and women who are exposed to the hostilities of war and welcomed initially are easily forgotten after the fighting ends. Soon afterward, the injured and the sick are ignored and forgotten.

It is said we go about the world waging war to promote peace, and yet the price paid is rarely weighed against the failed efforts to make the world a better place. Justifying conscription to promote the cause of liberty is one of the most bizarre notions ever conceived by man! Forced servitude, with the risk of death and serious injury as a price to live free, makes no sense. What right does anyone have to sacrifice the lives of others for some cause of questionable value? Even if well motivated it can't justify using force on uninterested persons.

It's said that the 18-year-old owes it to his country. Hogwash! It just as easily could be argued that a 50 year- old chicken-hawk, who promotes war and places the danger on innocent young people, owes a heck of a lot more to the country than the 18-year-old being denied his liberty for a cause that has no justification.

All drafts are unfair. All 18- and 19-year-olds are never drafted. By its very nature a draft must be discriminatory. All drafts hit the most vulnerable young people, as the elites learn quickly how to avoid the risks of combat.

The dollar cost of war and the economic hardship is great in all wars and cannot be minimized. War is never economically beneficial except for those in position to profit from war expenditures. The great tragedy of war is the careless disregard for civil liberties of our own people. Abuses of German and Japanese Americans in World War I and World War II are well known.

But the real sacrifice comes with conscription - forcing a small number of young vulnerable citizens to fight the wars that older men and women, who seek glory in military victory without themselves being exposed to danger, promote. These are wars with neither purpose nor moral justification, and too often not even declared by the Congress.

Without conscription, unpopular wars are much more difficult to fight. Once the draft was undermined in the 1960s and early 1970s, the Vietnam War came to an end. But most importantly, liberty cannot be preserved by tyranny. A free society must always resort to volunteers. Tyrants think nothing of forcing men to fight and serve in wrongheaded wars; a true fight for survival and defense of America would elicit, I'm sure, the assistance of every able-bodied man and woman. This is not the case for wars of mischief far away from home in which we so often have found ourselves in the past century.

One of the worst votes that an elected official could ever cast would be to institute a military draft to fight an illegal war, if that individual himself maneuvered to avoid military service. But avoiding the draft on principle qualifies oneself to work hard to avoid all unnecessary war and oppose the draft for all others.

A government that is willing to enslave a portion of its people to fight an unjust war can never be trusted to protect the liberties of its own citizens. The ends can never justify the means, no matter what the Neo-cons say.

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Dr. Ron Paul is a medical doctor and republican member of Congress from Texas.

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WHAT BUSH WANTS, BUSH GETS 
The Bush Administration and biotech industry won a significant GE battle this week. After a five year moratorium on genetically engineered (GE) foods, the European Union has caved in to pressure from the US and has now conceded that it will lift the ban and approve GE sweetcorn. This resignation of food safety standards falls on the heels of New Zealand's cancellation of a two year moratorium on GE crop trials, which happened just two weeks ago. http://www.organicconsumers.org/corp/corn111803.cfm 

FLYING SCARECROWS 
It's becoming increasingly common in California for vineyards to practice innovative and ecological methods of controlling pests. One such problem is that of birds who descend on the crops when the grapes are fully ripe, gobbling up as much as 10% of the profits. In the past, vineyards have tried everything from poison to shotguns, but an age-old solution has been rediscovered: falcons. Dan Connors, the manager of Robert Mondavi's Cuesta Ridge vineyards, says the object isn't to kill the invading birds, but just to scare them off. Trained falconers bring the birds out in the morning and set the falcons free. "The falcon climbs to about 1,500 feet.-. The falcon then dives. As soon as the birds see the falcon, they're out of there," said Connors. A single falcon can cover 500 acres and scare off thousands of birds. http://www.organicconsumers.org/organic/falcons110203.cfm 

YOU'RE BEING WATCHED 
According to a recent Chicago Sun Times investigative feature, Wal-Mart and Procter and Gamble (P&G) have been found to be concealing high tech tracking devices in their consumer products and hiding cameras in store displays. The tracking devices, known as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), can be as small as a grain of sand, and, so far, they have been detected in P&Gs Lipfinity products at Wal-Mart, as well as in Gillette razors and Benetton clothes. The electromagnetic tracking devices can be read through clothes and walls. P&G admits this was just a trial-run of tracking devices it would ultimately like to use in all products---serving as "the barcode of the future," and "strictly for marketing research." Katherine Albrecht, the Director of Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering, said, "This trial is a perfect illustration of how easy it is to set up a secret RFID infrastructure and use it to spy on people." In addition to the "spy chips", hidden cameras were also discovered in store displays, allowing P&G to watch shoppers from hundreds of miles away. Wal-Mart does not deny having prior knowledge of the hidden cameras and tracking devices, given the fact that their employees set up those very same displays. http://www.organicconsumers.org/corp/rfid111303.cfm 

BRONNER'S DONATING 10% OF WEB SALES TO OCA 
Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps has committed to donating 10% of all web sales in November and December to the Organic Consumers Association. Bronner's recently won Co-op America's prestigious 2003 Green Business Award for leadership in advancing the Green business movement. The 50 year old natural soap and body care product company was selected from 2,200 Green businesses for its dedication to the environment, social rights, and the community. Click here to shop: http://www.drbronner.com/store/merchant.mvc?Action=LOGO&Screen=SFNT 

THE DESTRUCTIVE POWER OF JUST ONE MAD COW 
A single case of Mad Cow Disease, which surfaced only six months ago, has cost Canada's meat industry over $2.5 billion (US). Mad Cow Disease has been linked to the potentially fatal Creutzfeldt-Jakob brain wasting disease in humans, and only seems to surface in densely overpopulated cattle feedlots. During a Mad Cow Disease epidemic in the UK, over 100 people contracted and died from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, which nearly brought the British beef industry to its knees. As a result, discoveries of new cases of the disease now mandate the implementation of highly expensive quarantine procedures, including limiting exports, in order to halt the spread. Canada's multi-billion dollar losses include downsizing of herds, quarantine costs, relocation of farms neighboring the sector of the Mad Cow case, and export impacts. http://www.organicconsumers.org/madcow/canada111603.cfm 

3 SENTENCES ABOUT THE ORGANIC BEEF MOO-VEMENT 
The organic beef market is exploding. Ignited by consumer concerns over Mad Cow Disease, meat irradiation, antibiotics and synthetic hormones, the beef industry is currently witnessing a massive market shift towards organic meat. Texas ranchers are responding to the nationwide increased demand for organic beef, converting vast acreages of conventional ranches into organic production. This has launched the state from #12 most organic acreage in the US to #2 (Colorado is #1, with nearly 600,000 organic acres in production). http://www.organicconsumers.org/organic/texas111603.cfm

MORE GOOD NEWS 
Wisconsin is also currently demonstrating how to raise cattle sustainably, healthily and profitably. Recent statistics show the state now produces 22% of the nation's organic milk and ranks second in the US for acres of organic hay and silage. While conventional dairy farmers have been struggling with heavily fluctuating dairy prices, organic dairy farmers have been enjoying the quick growth of the organic dairy market. As an example of this blossoming sect of the economy, Organic Valley, a Wisconsin based co-op of organic farmers, watched their sales grow by more than 1,200 percent between 1995 and 2002. http://www.organicconsumers.org/rbgh/wisc111603.cfm 

QUICK RELATED RESOURCES 
Search OCA's online database of rBGH-free dairy, Farmers Markets, CSAs and organic food http://www.organicconsumers.org/purelink.html  

VATICAN TO TAKE STANCE ON GE FOODS 
The Vatican has invited 67 scientists and plant experts to Rome to speak about the benefits and drawbacks of genetically engineered food crops. Upon closure of this exclusive conference, the Vatican is expected to take a formal stance on the issue, which ultimately represents the viewpoint of the Catholic Church. On that level, the outcome of the conference, organized by the pro-biotech Cardinal Renato Martino, could have massive political ramifications. Many priests who oppose biotech have already shared their concerns over the fact that the majority of experts consulting the Vatican on the topic are pro-biotech. The final decision is likely to be heavily influenced by the biotech claim that GE seed global proliferation could ease world hunger. http://www.organicconsumers.org/ge/vatican111303.cfm 

CAN GE FOODS EASE WORLD HUNGER? 
In the New York Times, Dr. Charles Benbrook says, "The first generation of genetically modified food crops - corn and soybean seeds - were created to make pest management simpler on America's large, mechanized farms. The technologies would be far less effective on African farms, which are small and diversified and rely largely on human labor." Adding to that sentiment, a recent Reuters article points out that GE crops need nearly ideal growing conditions, something the arid and drought-ridden climes of Africa simply cannot provide- not to mention the fact that impoverished African farmers can't even afford GE seeds, which typically cost 35% more than traditional seeds. http://www.organicconsumers.org/ge/africa111103.cfm http://www.organicconsumers.org/ge/071403_ge_africa.cfm 

CLONED YUMMY NUMMIES - IT'S WHAT'S FOR DINNER 
The FDA has vowed it will release a foods risk assessment of food products from cloned animals within the next six weeks. The assessment will be developed from the input of the FDA's Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee and will then be made available for public comment. FDA committee scientists are complaining that there is far too little data available to make a judgment either way. The cost of cloning is such that only a small handful of large companies are able to afford it. These same companies say much of their research data is proprietary. Complicating matters, there are very few comprehensive public sector studies focused on food safety, relating to cloned animal byproducts. "Most of the data presented this week was based on the result of one company's work," said pathobiologist Jack Sherman, speaking about the committee's most recent meeting. "There's no evidence yet to base a go/no-go decision." Stay tuned. http://www.organicconsumers.org/foodsafety/clonedmeat111303.cfm 

TAKE ACTION 
If any of the issues above spark your desire to take action, please visit OCA's Action Center for instant faxes, petitions, volunteering and donation opportunities. http://www.organicconsumers.org/action.htm 

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Two Wolves

An elder Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said to them, "A fight is going on inside me... it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.

One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too." They thought about it for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old Cherokee simply replied... "The one you feed

 

 

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Are You a Hypocrite?

How many can you answer TRUE  to?

1. Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you're a conservative radio host. Then it's an illness and you need our prayers for your recovery.

2. The United States should get out of the United Nations, and our highest national priority is enforcing U.N. resolutions against Iraq.

3. Government should relax regulation of Big Business and Big Money but crack down on individuals who use marijuana to relieve the pain of illness.

4. "Standing Tall for America" means firing your workers and moving their jobs to India.

5. A woman can't be trusted with decisions about her own body, but multi-national corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind without regulation.

6. Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hillary Clinton.

7. The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches while slashing veterans' benefits and combat pay.

8. Group sex and drug use are degenerate acts unless you someday run for governor of California as a Republican.

9. If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won't have sex.

10. A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our long-time allies, then demand their cooperation and money.

11. HMOs and insurance companies have the interest of the public at heart.

12. Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy. Providing health care to all Americans is socialism.

13. There are good drugs and there are bad drugs. Good drugs make money for America. Bad drugs make money for street gangs.

14. Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush's daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him and a bad guy when Bush needed a "we can't find Bin Laden" diversion.

15. A president lying about an extramarital affair is an impeachable offense. A president lying to enlist support for a war in which thousands die is solid defense policy.

16. Government should limit itself to the powers named in the Constitution, which include banning gay marriages and censoring the Internet.

17. The public has a right to know about Hillary's cattle trades, but George Bush's military record and his year long AWOL status is none of our business.

18. You support states' rights, which means Attorney General John Ashcroft can tell states what local voter initiatives they have a right to adopt.

19. Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is communist, but trade with China is vital to a spirit of international harmony.

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UNNAMED WHITE HOUSE SOURCE DENIES LEAK
White House Denies Leaking Denial

by Andy Borowitz

http://www.borowitzreport.com/archive_rpt.asp?rec=704  

An unnamed White House source last night vigorously denied leaking classified information about a CIA operative, sending the White House scrambling to identify the source of the leaked denial.

The unnamed source leaked a strongly worded denial of the previous leak in phone conversations with over two hundred newspaper columnists across the country.

“We are not in the business of leaking information,” the unnamed source said.

Ben Trimble, a political columnist for the Canton (OH) Star-Ledger, attempted to STAR-69 the call in order to identify the source of the leaked denial, but to no avail.

“It wouldn’t disclose the phone number or the location,” Mr. Trimble said. “That kind of made me think it was Cheney.”

At the White House, spokesman Scott McClellan said that the Administration would launch a “full investigation” to determine the source of the leaked denials.

“If someone is out there denying leaks, that is very serious business,” Mr. McClellan said. “Denying leaks is my job.”

But moments after Mr. McClellan spoke, columnists received a new round of anonymous phone calls, this time denying that the White House had been the source of the earlier denials.

As the number of anonymous leaks from the White House mounts to a dozen or more a day, newspaper columnists are increasingly signing up for the Federal “do not call” list to keep unnamed White House sources from bothering them at home.

“The first couple of leaks I didn’t mind,” said the Star-Ledger’s Trimble. “But these guys keep calling me at dinnertime.”

 

And for the real story, that is even funnier, you MUST read: http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/7023417.htm

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Laughter
The Best Medicine

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Quotation of the Month

Friendship is like peeing in your pants. Everyone can
see it, but only you can feel its true warmth. 

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Four All Who Reed and Right

We'll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes; but the plural of ox became oxen not oxes.

One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese, yet the plural of moose should never be meese.

You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice; yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.

If the plural of man is always called men, why shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen?

If I spoke of my foot and show you my feet, and I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?

If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth, why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth?

Then one may be that, and three would be those, yet hat in the plural would never be hose and the plural of cat is cats, not cose.

We speak of a brother and also of brethren, but though we say mother, we never say methren.

Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him, but imagine the feminine, she, shis and shim.

Some other reasons to be grateful if you grew up speaking English:

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

8) At the Army base, a bass was painted on the head of a bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object.

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18) After a number of Novocain injections, my jaw got number.

19) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

20) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

21) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

22) I spent last evening evening out a pile of dirt.

Let's face it - English is a crazy language.

There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England. 

We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig. And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends, but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it? If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? 

Sometimes I think all the folks who grew up speaking English should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what other language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out, and in which an alarm goes off by going on. And so, it goes on and on and on ...

AUTHOR UNKNOWN,... or is it KNOT KNOWN .

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Among the 15 "worst" actual jobs in science (from the October issue of Popular Science): (15) counting fish (one by one, for hours) that swim by dams in the Pacific Northwest; (11) the only two government bureaucrats whose job is to convince Americans of the merits of the metric system; (7) researchers who reach into a cow's rumen to pull out and analyze the stomach contents; (4) mosquito catchers who endure up to 15 bites a minute on three-hour shifts and hope not to get malaria; (3) researchers who extract sperm from animals for study or artificial insemination (and extracting from a pig is much preferable to extracting from a bull); and (1) "flatus odor judges" working for gastroenterologist Michael Levitt, who feeds subjects pinto beans, then gathers gases in plastic collection tubes direct from the source, and then has judges sniff as many as 100 samples, rating them for strength. [Popular Science, October 2003]

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Q: What is the difference between a terrorist and a lady with PMS?

A: You can negotiate with a terrorist.

Now one for the ladies:

A female brain cell one day woke up inside the skull of a man. She was very disoriented and began to look for a way out. She looked and looked, and then it suddenly struck her odd that there wasn't a single male brain cell to be found. So she called out. But no one answered. She called out again even louder. Then, from far away she heard the voice of a male brain cell call back: "We're down here!"

 

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Answer 

From Dr Samuel S Epstein's book, 
The Politics of Cancer Revisited, we get
the following sentence. Your job is to fill in the blank.

"Worldwide use of ___________________________
dating back to 1960, constitutes the largest uncontrolled 
experiment in human carcinogenesis ever undertaken."

A. genetically engineered foods
B. pesticides                          
C. plastics                              
D. the contraceptive pill         
E. microwave ovens   
                 

 

The answer is d; "the contraceptive pill." In the History of Medicine in the USA, women have been treated as second class citizens. They weren't allowed into most medical schools, and any schools that accepted women lost their accreditation. Early surgeons experimented on slave women. Once they had successfully removed a woman's female parts, any time a women appeared at her doctor's office with a complaint, ziiiiip, out went her uterus. Unnecessary hysterectomies (hysterical-rectomy, to be correct) bought many a yacht in this country, and they still are quite profitable. In the sixties, mothers were drugged with uppers in the morning, tranquilizers in the afternoon, and barbiturates to help bring on sleep. And though women today are now accepted as physicians, many report they are still treated as second class citizens by male colleagues and administrators. 

The untested contraceptive pill and the many hormonal therapies that grew out of it, have laid millions of women to rest, permanently, since 1960.   

 

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year to all. 


David 

Thanx to Brenda and Katherine for proofing at the last minute