Blessings Everyone!

Interesting how things turn out. One of my favorite subjects is water. In this newsletter, we'll talk about water some more, from the rocket fuel ending up in it to the purest artesian well water on the planet. And just as we get ready to post this newsletter, we've learned of an International Water Conference, called Bridging the Water Gap, being held here in Minnesota, and we got everyone who reads this a discount on tuition. Dr Emoto, who has published a series of Messages in Water books (exhibiting the wide array of crystals he's discovered in different waters) will be one of the main speakers. Funny, but again, in this newsletter, in the article Healing Beyond Medicine, we have two pictures of his crystals. I'm told there are no coincidences. And I'm beginning to believe this.

Before Dr Emoto leaves America, rumor has it that he will establish one of his labs here in Minnesota.

Tap Water Before Prayer

Tap Water After Prayer

But for now, if you want to attend this conference (at a discount), here is your discount code: AERS4422

Here is where you can order tickets: Ticketweb.com

And here is the site to learn more about the conference (you can go to Ticketweb.com from there, but don't forget your code): AquaEssence ReSource

There are deadlines, and lots of hotels in Minnesota (and don't forget the famous Mall of America).

Any questions? Just write: info@mnwelldir.org

As we get ready to publish, I discovered a movie, What the Bleep Do We Know? in which Dr Emoto's work again appears. It is coming out on video/DVD soon, for those of you who've not seen the show (and it will be on Pay Per Vue).  You can go to the site and catch the Trailer on the show.

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But, when the wit began to wheeze,
And wine had warm'd the politician,
Cur'd yesterday of my disease,
I died last night of my physician.

Matthew Prior
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Warning!
People are like snowflakes: no two are alike. What works for one person doesn't necessarily have to work for another and can, at times, do damage. This information is presented to you as information only and is not designed for self-assessment or self-treatment. Never go it alone. Find a professional to help you on your way to perfect health.

 

1. Attention Gardeners - Get your healthy tomatoes early.

2. Vioxx Update - Deadly, but still FDA approved.

3. Bush Tort Reform: Executive Clemency For Executive Killers - by Greg Palast.

4. Rocket Fuel Found in Mother's Milk - Start your baby's day with a BLAST.

5. On Death and Dying - Meet one strong spirited kid.

6. CBS Hatchet Job on Alternative MD - The Red Herring of the Medical Industrial Complex.

7. Hydrogen Peroxide Doesn’t Kill Patients, Drugs Do - by Dr Robert Jay Rowen, MD.  

8. CODEX Update - It ain't goin away and even democrats (Sen Durbin from IL) are in the pockets of the drug interests.

9. Healing Beyond Medicine - Some amazing findings that seem to resist scientific explanation.

10. History of Medicine (1800 - 1850) - The first medical licensing laws legalized the most dangerous of the bunch.

11. Elizabeth Blackwell - First woman to earn her MD in the US.

12. Update on Miracle Skin - Great products, great results.

13. Anvirzel Update - A new drug appears, the older one might still be better.

14. On Cell Phones - Are they safe? Is there any good science behind the testing?

15. Microwaving Your Food Isn't Safe - We've known this for years, but some still haven't caught on.

16. Success Stories - These just keep me going.

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18. Coconut Oil Update - Even more benefits from this healing oil.

19. Palm Oil - Another healing oil; you gotta check this one out.

20. Original Himalayan Crystal Salt - Amazing salt backed by a controlled study (and you can try it yourself).

21. Stop Smoking Update - We review a Paraliminal/Holosync CD. Really well done. As good as hypnosis.

22. Eniva Vitamins - Some pretty darn good vitamins.

23. Soy Update - Two very good articles from the Gerson Institute.

24.  Raw Egg Update - From Dr Mercola

25. Discovery Shows New Vitamin C Health Benefits - And as we learn about these new benefits, the drug companies are trying to stop your access to this vitamin. In Germany, you can pay over $100.OO for a bottle of vitamin C, after you go to your doctor for a prescription.

26. The National Institutes of Health: Public Servant or Private Marketer? - by David Willman

27. Review: Cancer Salves - One of the best books I've read anywhere, any time.

28. Tidbits - Oh boy, we got a lot.

29. Laughter is the Best Medicine - And it still is.

 

Attention Gardeners!

Last year I introduced you to some new brands of healthy tomatoes. I had planned to get back to you and tell you how they worked out, but then we had the coolest summer on record and the tomatoes were still green at the end of August. However, the Health Kick tomato plant was filled with cooking/canning tomatoes. The Double Rich and the Peron were the tastiest in the garden. The Health Kick contains 50% more lycopene and the Double Rich and Peron are extra high in Vitamin C.

The entire garden was just a waste for the most part. It was a terribly cool summer. Most of my tomatoes were mushy and flavorless. However, I'm not going to let that stop me and this year, we'll try it again. Here are the places I get my tomatoes. They are great businesses that deserve to be patronized:

Knapps Fresh Vegies 

Sow Organic Seeds 

Seeds of Change

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Department of Little Victories

March 9, 2005

Today, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee rejected President Bush's air pollution plan a.k.a. "Clear Skies".

President Bush's corporate air pollution bill would have stopped the enforcement of the Clean Air Act, allowed the oldest, dirtiest power plants to increase pollution, and given power plants an extra 10 years to avoid reducing toxic mercury pollution.

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Anne Lamott
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Vioxx Update

Vioxx is even deadlier than first expected. The FDA whistleblower, Dr David Graham, released on Thursday, February 17th, that Vioxx at any dosage is deadly. It attacks the arteries and causes terrible damage, equal to the damage caused by smoking.

Since our last newsletter, the estimates of the number of people killed by Vioxx have been revised upwards. There were over 100,000 heart attacks and somewhere between 30,000 and 60,000 deaths.

At latest count, there were 685 lobbiests for the phamaceutical industry, but only two for patient rights.

I don't want to minimize the suffering of the tsunami victims, but when modern pharmaceuticals kill 200,000 Americans yearly, where is the outcry? Where are the relief web sites gathering donations to the families left behind by pharmaceutical deaths? Where are the benefit concerts hoping to raise money when the bread earner in American families is killed by prescription medications?

When will our government provide us with ex-presidents to give comfort and aid to the multitudes of ruined lives left in the wake of pharmaceutical tsunamis?

NEWS FLASH

Panel decides to keep Vioxx on the market because the benefits outweigh the risks.

Here is the timeline to this story.

Dr Graham reports that taking Vioxx is like being a full time smoker. Vioxx is much more dangerous than previously thought.

Within a week, President Bush signs the infamous "Tort Reform" bill into law, followed by applause, champagne, hand shakes, and pats on backs.

The next day, a panel of "experts" present their decision to keep Vioxx on the market. The experts all have connections to drug companies. Their official summary: The benefits outweigh the risks.

The benefits (billions in profits) outweigh the risks (the risks of class action law suits).

The system just flipped us the bird. They're free to kill 30,00 to 60,000 people yearly with hardly a risk of payback. And this is with just one pill: Vioxx.

I wonder if the Red States realized the Pinto would make a comeback.

Bush Tort Reform: Executive Clemency For Executive Killers
Friday, February 18, 2005
By Greg Palast

It's a great day for the Eichmanns of corporate America. President Bush minutes ago signed the ill-named 'tort reform' bill into law, limiting class action suits. Doubtless, Ken Lay, former Enron CEO, is grinning as are the corporate suite killers at drug maker Merck who are now safer from the widows and orphans of Vioxx victims. Closing the doors of justice to the ruined and wrecked families of boardroom bad guys is nothing less than executive clemency for executive executioners.

You think my accusation is over the top? Well, please talk with Elaine Levenson.

Levenson, a Cincinnati housewife, has been waiting for her heart to explode. In 1981, surgeons implanted a mechanical valve in her heart, the Bjork-Shiley, "the Rolls-Royce of valves," her doctor told her. What neither she nor her doctor knew was that several Bjork-Shiley valves had fractured during testing, years before her implant. The company that made the valve, a unit of the New York-based pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, never told the government.

At Pfizer's factory in the Caribbean, company inspectors found inferior equipment, which made poor welds. Rather than toss out bad valves, Pfizer management ordered the defects ground down, weakening the valves further but making them look smooth and perfect. Then Pfizer sold them worldwide.

When the valve's struts break and the heart contracts, it explodes. Two-thirds of the victims die, usually in minutes. In 1980, Dr. Viking Bjork, whose respected name helped sell the products, wrote to Pfizer demanding corrective action. He threatened to publish cases of valve strut failures.

A panicked Pfizer executive telexed, "ATTN PROF BJORK, WE WOULD PREFER THAT YOU DID NOT PUBLISH THE DATA RELATIVE TO STRUT FRACTURE." The company man gave this reason for holding off public exposure of the deadly valve failures: "WE EXPECT A FEW MORE." His expectations were realized. The count has reached eight hundred fractures, five hundred dead-so far.

Dr. Bjork called it murder, but kept his public silence.

Eight months after the "don't publish" letter, a valve was implanted in Mrs. Levenson. In 1994, the U.S. Justice Department nabbed Pfizer. To avoid criminal charges, the company paid civil penalties-and about $200 million in restitution to victims. Without the damning evidence prized from Pfizer by a squadron of lawyers, the Justice Department would never have brought its case.

Pfizer moans that lawyers still hound the company with more demands. But that is partly because Pfizer recalled only the unused valves. The company refused to pay to replace valves of fearful recipients.

As we've all learned from watching episodes of LA Law, in America's courtrooms the rich get away with murder. Yet no matter the odds for the Average Joe, easy access to the courts is a right far more valuable than the quadrennial privilege of voting for the Philanderer-in-Chief. This wee bit of justice, when victim David can demand to face corporate Goliath, makes America feel like a democracy until today, when our President blocked the courtroom door with his 'tort-reform' laws.

We can even vent our fury on the führer. I have in my book a copy of a letter from Adolf Hitler. In it he's agreeing to Volkswagen's request for more slave laborers from concentration camps. This evidence would never have come to light were it not for lawsuits filed by bloodsucking lawyer leeches, as the corporate lobby would like to characterize class-action plaintiffs' attorneys. In this case, the firm of Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, Washington, DC, outed this document in a suit on behalf of slave workers whose children died in deadly "nurseries" run by the automakers VW, Ford, Daimler and others. (If Hitler had been captured, he might have used the defense, "I was only taking orders . . . from Volkswagen.")

But the Nazi profiteers have their friends in the corporate lobby. Victims' rights are under attack. Waving the banner of "Tort Reform," corporate America has funded an ad campaign portraying entrepreneurs held hostage by frivolous lawsuits. But proposed remedies stink of special exemptions from justice. One would give Pfizer a free ride for its deadly heart-attack machines. A ban on all lawsuits against makers of parts for body implants, even those with deadly defects, was slipped into patients' rights legislation by the Republican Senate leader. The clause, killed by exposure, was lobbied by the Health Industries Manufacturers Association, which is supported by-you guessed it-Pfizer.

At their best, tort lawyers are cops who police civil crime. Just as a wave of burglaries leads to demand for more policemen, the massive increase in litigation has a single cause: a corporate civil crime wave.

And today, the corporate killer gang received executive clemency from our President. They don't call him the 'Chief Executive' for nothing.

A decade ago, after eighteen buildings blew up in Chicago and killed four people, I searched through the records of the local private gas company on behalf of survivors. What I found would make you sick. I saw engineers' reports, from years earlier, with maps marking where explosions would be likely to take place. The company, People's Gas, could have bought the coffins in advance.

Management had rejected costly repairs as "not in the strategic plan." It's not planned evil at work here, but the enormity of corporate structures in which human consequences of financial acts are distant and unimaginable.

I admit, of the nearly one million lawyers in the United States, you could probably drown 90 percent and only their mothers would grieve. But as Mrs. Levenson told me, without her lawyer and the threat of a class action tort, Pfizer would not have paid her a dime of compensation.

The tort reformers' line is that fee-hungry lawyers are hawking bogus fears, poisoning Americans' faith in the basic decency of the business community, turning us into a nation of people who no longer trust each other. But whose fault is that? The lawyers? Elaine Levenson put her trust in Pfizer Pharmaceutical. Then they broke her heart.

Greg Palast is author of the New York Times bestseller, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. For more information go to http://www.gregpalast.com/

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And . . .

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005

Contact
Sally Greenberg, (202) 462-6262

Consumers Union Calls Vote Today in Senate on Class Action Bill a “Sad Day For Consumers”

(Washington, D.C.) – Today’s 61-38 vote in the Senate against the pro-consumer Feinstein-Bingaman amendment on the class action bill is a sad day for consumers, said Sally Greenberg, senior product safety counsel for Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports.

“Consumers who are victims of fraud, who suffer toxic pollution of their air and water, or suffer discrimination in the workplace have precious few avenues of redress. Now, the U.S. Senate has closed off citizens’ ability to band together and have their claims heard by their own judges in their own state courts under their own state laws,” Greenberg said.

“The Feinstein-Bingaman amendment would have insured that consumers had a forum, and that a Federal Court couldn’t throw out a case because plaintiffs from too many states were involved. Without that protection, we fear that consumers will find themselves totally without a forum to have their cases heard.

“Consumers Union is greatly disappointed that members of the Senate have chosen to side with the largest corporations in America – many of whom lobbied heavily for this bill – and against the interests of regular people seeking access to justice,” Greenberg added.
 

In a related story.....

Rocket Fuel Found in Mother's Milk
from Organic Consumers Association

ALERT: STOP THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX FROM POLLUTING OUR FOOD & WATER This week [Jan 14th] the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released its long awaited report on perchlorates, a byproduct of rocket fuel that has contaminated water, vegetables, and dairy products across the United States. Perchlorates, recklessly discharged into streams and rivers near military bases and weapons manufacturing facilities, have contaminated drinking water in 35 states, and have been detected in measurable amounts in 93% of lettuce and milk samples as well, including organic products. The government funded NAS study has found that perchlorates are roughly ten times more toxic to humans than the Department of Defense has been claiming. Perchlorates can inhibit thyroid function, cause birth defects [brain damage in babies], and lower IQs [and can cause fatal anemia in adults]. Perchlorates are considered particularly dangerous to children. In monitoring wells across the U.S., scientists have found perchlorate levels as high as 30,000 times what the NAS report indicates would be "safe" exposure. Due to pressure exerted on Congress by military officials and defense contractors, there are currently no federal restrictions or tolerance levels regulating perchlorates. To date, only one Senator, Diane Feinstein from California, has had the backbone to propose legislation that would clean up perchlorate pollution and make the military (and other perchlorate polluters) pay for this clean-up. Please send a quick letter urging Congress to support Senator Feinstein's (CA) bill to create federal perchlorate safety regulations, and to allocate funding for its clean-up. Take action here: http://www.organicconsumers.org/perchlorate.htm

21st CENTURY TIMELINE OF U.S. ROCKET FUEL POLLUTION SCANDAL

2002: EPA releases draft report highlighting widespread water contamination of a toxic rocket fuel byproduct known as perchlorate. The report indicates that most of the pollution is coming from U.S. military sites. [Source]

January 2003: Courtroom proceedings reveal that aerospace and defense contractor Lockheed Martin was concealing documents for several years indicating the company knew about toxic levels of perchlorate contamination in the nation's vegetable produce. [Source]

March 2003: California's Senator Feinstein demands the military clean up perchlorate pollution as a matter of public safety. The Department of Defense responds by saying it should be exempt from perchlorate liability, as a matter of anti-terrorist "readiness." [Source].

April 2003: Bush Administration puts gag order on the Environmental Protection Agency, mandating complete silence regarding military perchlorate pollution and human health impacts. [Source]

November 2004: FDA finds perchlorate in 93% of lettuce and milk samples across the nation. Bush Administration requests no regulatory action take place until the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) concludes investigation of human health implications. [Source]

January 2005: NAS announces perchlorates are as much as ten times as toxic as what the Department of Defense had been claiming. Senator Feinstein of California announces forthcoming bill proposal to create federal perchlorate regulations and to allocate funding for clean-up of existing contamination. [Source]

February 2005: President Bush signed into legislation "tort reform" assuring the military, and industry in general, that they are no longer liable to the public and thus free to act with careless abandon.

Suggested Solutions

The amounts of perchlorate found in mother's milk has ranged from 10 parts per billion to 92 parts per billion. The acceptable limit, suggested by experts, is only 6 parts per billion.

Scientists, knowing that the situation will get worse before it gets worse, have suggested that pregnant and nursing mothers try to avoid the effects of perchlorate by supplementing their diets with iodide and by voting for Democrats in upcoming elections.

Red States are currently being asked to consider, in addition to cleaning up their water supply, focusing on real human values that do not poison off succeeding generations of democrats, republicans, and independents. Let's put the LIFE back in Pro Life, is the new battle cry.

And in related news:

WORLD'S MOST POWERFUL NATION IS SICK
The World Health Organization has announced that the U.S. now has shorter life expectancies and higher infant and child mortality rates than Canada, Japan and all of Western Europe, except Portugal. Factors contributing to this decline in public health include weaker laws on toxic chemicals, higher levels of economic disparity, junk food diets, and a lack of health care access for millions of families. According to the Congressional Budget Office, average prices for pharmaceutical drugs in the top 25 industrialized nations of the world are 35% to 55% lower than in the United States, where profits of pharmaceutical companies are on the rise. Learn more... [ THIS IS A GREAT ARTICLE CALLED: American Drug Prices: Big Pharma's Dirty Little Secret .... A must read.] [Thank you Organic Consumers Association]

Special Treat for Our Readers

We've posted, from Infoplease, last years figures for longevity and infant mortality. We've sorted them for you by both Infant Mortality and Life Expectancy. We are ranked 20th in both. This year, sadly, we're a little worse off. Click Here to see the graphs.

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Outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson: "For the life of me, I cannot understand why the terrorists have not attacked our food supply because it is so easy to do," Thompson said. "We are importing a lot of food from the Middle East, and it would be easy to tamper with that."

Why should terrorists attack our food supply when our own people are attacking it daily? Our quote from our last issue:

"Frankly, if a group of people had gotten together in a room and plotted on how to destroy the health of our people, they could not have done a better job than is happening with the invasion of the refined and processed 'food' industry." Barbara R. Stitt, PhD

“Never murder a man who is committing suicide.” Woodrow Wilson
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"We do have great concerns about [Celebrex] and this class of products."
-- Acting FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford

"I don't think Celebrex or Vioxx should be pulled. The problem was there were millions of people taking them who shouldn't have been."
-- Pharmacologist Raymond Woosley, who says consumer marketing led to overprescribing

"We market all of our medicines consistent with regulation. Doctors and patients are in the best position to say which drugs are most appropriate for them." -- Pfizer spokeswoman

"I support the FDA. They do a spectacular job... They live up to the expectation of improving health care.'' Andrew Card, President Bush's chief of staff
 

 
"We need an FDA that looks out for the health of patients and not just the health of the pharmaceutical industry."
-- Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.

[And my personal favorite.]
"The thing that bugs me is that people think the FDA is protecting them. It isn't. What the FDA is doing and what the public thinks it's doing are as different as night and day." -- Former FDA Commissioner Dr Herbert Ley

 

Sources: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today

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Question:
Can you arrange the prescription drugs listed below in order of best selling to least best selling?

Antidepressants
Anti-ulcer Drugs
Cholesterol Lowering Drugs

See end of newsletter for the answer.
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On Death and Dying

Medicine today seems to forget that death is just a part of life. Death is the enemy. If a patient dies, many doctors feel that they have failed.

In fact, I recently received a letter from a reader who said that she had noticed that we ask people, in our Table of Contents, to remember us in their will. She had felt that on a site dedicated to wellness, that this request was self-defeating.

Death is not the enemy. It is simply a part of life. Being well is not about cheating life; it is about experiencing life to its fullest; it's about quality of life, not quantity.

We have a story for you that came from friends who lost their son. There is nothing more difficult in this life than to bury your own child.

The little boy, though dying, had some very life affirming advice for all of us. So, I'm going to reprint the eulogy his father gave:


Jarrett N. Young
12/21/1990 - 01/09/2005

The Courageous One

Webster defines courage as: The state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or vicissitudes with self-possession, confidence, and resolution; bravery. I cannot think of any other description that fits Jarrett better that one given by Webster.

Every one of us is here today because in some way shape or form, Jarrett has touched all of our lives. Jarrett lived his life without fear of what was happening to him. He believed in the people who loved him. He knew he was loved.

I want to share a story about his courage and bravery. About 3 months ago we took one of his friends out to dinner to Kobe Steakhouse for Sushi. (Imagine that, huh) While we were waiting for the food to arrive he turned to his friend and asked him if he knew his tumor was growing back. His friend answered that he indeed knew. Jarrett then asked him if he knew what was going to happen if the tumor did not stop growing. His friend knowing the right answer told Jarrett that he was not sure what was going to happen. Jarrett proceeded to tell him that, and I quote “if my tumor does not stop growing, I am going to die, but you know what? I am not afraid to die. You know why? Because I know that I have lived a good life, my parents have always been there for me and have always gotten me everything I wanted. I have the dog I always wanted and I know that I am loved, so if I am going to die from this then it was meant to be.” Well, needless to say we about fell out of our seats. To our immediate right there was a couple who looked horrified at what Jarrett said, I apologized to them for Jarrett’s frankness. The man immediately told me there was no reason to apologize. He was not horrified at what Jarrett said but was in awe of Jarrett’s bravery and courage in accepting the situation. He said that it was the most sincere statement that he had ever heard in his life. Jarrett taught all of us a valuable lesson that day about courage. We decided at that very second that if this child could accept what was going to happen to him with all the grace and fearlessness in the world then we certainly could.

This is just a small anecdote about what this child was all about. There are hundreds of other stories just like this one that proves to us that he was truly the COURAGEOUS ONE.

In closing, I would just like to say to all of you please try to remember that Jarrett LIVED and do not dwell on the fact that he has died. He did die; He will always be a part of our hearts, our minds and more importantly our souls forever. When you go home tonight and hit your knees, please ask GOD to give you the strength and the courage that Jarrett possessed. We should all be so lucky.

Thank you.

Visit Jarrett's Guest Book
The Jarrett Young Memorial Fund

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Last year, 5,375 US soldiers returned from Iraq
diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
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CBS Hatchet Job on Alternative MD

It's fun to be an investigative reporter and investigate other investigative reporters.

Someone called me and said, "Quick, turn on CBS. Sixty Minutes is doing a story on a doctor that killed two patients." I did not catch the entire program, so I went online to CBS to read up. Then I decided to do a little snooping.

The snooping turned up people (experts) who CBS had interviewed, but somehow these interviews never got aired. The story quotes doctors saying that Hydrogen Peroxide therapy is worthless and that there have never been any studies showing that it has any value. Had they aired the other interviews, you would have learned of the studies in which Hydrogen Peroxide has been tested successfully; that there is a great deal of value in Hydrogen Peroxide therapy.

When the program aired, CBS failed to tell its listeners that the case had already gone to civil court, but had been thrown out. However they were quick to point out that the board of licensing was trying to revoke the doctor in question's license. They ended their story thus:

Six months after Katherine Bibeau's death, South Carolina's board of medical examiners moved to suspend Shortt's license. A disciplinary hearing is scheduled for later this month.

For the time being, Shortt has agreed to stop using hydrogen peroxide, but he's still in business, still seeing patients. If you look him up tonight on the state licensing board's Web site, you'll find James Shortt listed as a doctor "in good standing."

In the wake of the Vioxx debacle, with 30,000 to 60,000 dropping dead, and the pharmaceutical company (Merck) knowing but covering up the dangers of Vioxx, it makes sense for moneyed interests to try to throw the spotlight on a doctor using a non-approved FDA therapy. Vioxx was FDA approved. This is the infamous Red Herring Approach.

Dr Shortt's main crime is that he cannot afford millions of dollars to advertise on CBS.

CBS owes the pharmaceutical industry an awful lot, and it seems that they finally came to collect. Next time you watch the evening news, count the number of drug commercials.

If you go read the original story, keep in mind that the State of South Carolina already tossed it out to let the silly people at the board of licensing deal with it, that no one from the International Oxidative Medical Association appeared in the story to back up the good Dr Shortt, and that the real criminal in this story is the coroner who wrote MURDER as the cause of death for these poor patients. This guy should be slapped with a counter lawsuit for malpractice and malfeasance. Read the article below by a real doctor, and you will learn the truth about oxidative medicine and why the coroner should be jailed, and not Dr Shortt.

And if you value your freedom, please read below on WHAT YOU CAN DO. Dr Shortt will need legal funds. The people attacking him have deep pockets. They can attack attack attack with no credibility whatsoever, and Dr Shortt will simply go broke and get put out of business. This is racketeering, plain and simple. We have to stop this by setting precedents. Please, chip in and send them some money, some moral support, and forward this story to your friends.

Hydrogen Peroxide Doesn’t Kill Patients, Drugs Do
By Dr. Robert Jay Rowen, MD  

This courageous doctor did everything right for his patient. Now they're trying to strip his license and throw him in prison. 

You may have heard about Dr. Jim Shortt in South Carolina. He’s accused of murdering one his patients, Mrs. Katherine Bibeau, by giving her intravenous hydrogen peroxide. Maybe you read the story in your local paper or saw the hatchet-job CBS did on 60 Minutes.

In charging Dr. Shortt with murder, the coroner and pathologist claim that Mrs. Bibeau died as a result of bubbles in her bloodstream. They allege these bubbles were caused by the hydrogen peroxide infusion Dr. Shortt gave his patient. But this is absolutely impossible. Let me tell you why.

Why Peroxide Therapy Is Safe

Hydrogen peroxide therapy uses the same stuff you pour on your cuts, but at much lower concentrations. The doctor takes a half-teaspoon of peroxide and dilutes it in 8-1/2 ounces of sugar water. That means the peroxide Mrs. Bibeau received was just 1/100th as strong as the stuff you put on your cuts.

When you put hydrogen peroxide on a cut, you get bubbles. Those bubbles are simply the hydrogen peroxide releasing oxygen.

When the peroxide enters the bloodstream, it releases oxygen there, too. The roughly half-teaspoon of peroxide the doctor uses will release about 25 cc of oxygen. And since it is administered through an IV, it doesn’t go in all at once but over the course of 2 hours.

Is that enough to have killed Mrs. Bibeau? Well, let’s look at what the mainstream medical literature says.

According to one physiology textbook, it takes 50 cc of air to cause damage to the body. That damage can include a sudden drop in blood pressure or changes to the heartbeat. But that 50 cc of air would have to be administered instantly in order to cause the damage.

In order to kill someone, the medical literature says it takes 300 cc of air administered instantly. (J Vasc Interv Radiol, 2001; 12:1291–1295)

At most, Mrs. Bibeau got only 25 cc of oxygen. So even if Dr. Shortt administered it instantly, it still would have been less than 10% of the amount needed to kill her!

And even if she had been given 10 times as much peroxide, it still wouldn’t have killed her. Why? Because there’s a huge difference between oxygen and air. Air is composed mostly of nitrogen, which remains in the blood for long periods of time and can do great harm (think of the bends in scuba divers.) Oxygen, on the other hand, is rapidly consumed, easy to absorb, and vital for good health.

Your Body Burns Oxygen Instantly

The pathologist claims that he found bubbles in Mrs. Bibeau’s bloodstream. Yet she died four days after her hydrogen peroxide treatment. Could those bubbles possibly be from the hydrogen peroxide therapy? Of course not! Any pre-med student will tell you that oxygen is consumed so quickly that it’s impossible any bubbles would have lasted all that time.

Even if she were given gallons of oxygen fast enough to kill her instantly, her body would have continued absorbing it, even after death. You see, cells remain active and continue using oxygen long after the heart stops.

But only 25 cc of oxygen … four days before … given during a two-hour IV? Your body burns that much oxygen in mere seconds! Oxygen in these amounts simply can’t kill someone. And doctors who administer hydrogen peroxide therapy have known this for decades.

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong!

Hydrogen peroxide is not the monster therapy the so-called authorities are making it out to be. The medical examiner is wrong. The coroner is wrong. 60 Minutes is wrong.

There are no medical reports ANYWHERE that indicate properly administered hydrogen peroxide could cause any of the skin markings, lab abnormalities, and/or clotting in Mrs. Bibeau when she arrived at the ER. On the contrary, hundreds of reputable doctors (including me) have given millions of peroxide treatments over many, many years. And thousands of grateful patients credit this amazing therapy with saving their lives!

Studies have shown that hydrogen peroxide is effective in the treatment of asthma … pneumonia … yeast infections … lupus … Legionnaire’s Disease … Crohn’s disease, and more. And I’ve personally witnessed dramatic improvements in people with cardiovascular disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and certain types of arthritis. And in all of those cases and all those patient histories, there has never been any proof that properly administered hydrogen peroxide causes any harm.

So What Killed Mrs. Bibeau?

Well, here’s something interesting. The coroner’s report said she was taking the drugs Tegretol and Copaxone. Look these drugs up in the Physician’s Desk Reference. You’ll find that they cause a variety of side affects including echymosis (bruising), infection, bleeding, metorrhagia, thrombosis, clotting problems, liver damage, and infections. These are the exact symptoms found in Mrs. Bibeau when she arrived at the hospital.

Peroxide has caused no significant harm in the millions of infusions worldwide given by doctors over a span of decades. Contrast that to a minimum of 140,000 deaths caused by drugs prescribed by doctors every year. That fact alone should force the pathologist to look first at the drugs as a primary cause of Mrs. Bibeau’s death, not peroxide.

So why is the system putting a spin on this death and covering up the real cause? Well, it wouldn’t be the first time that an effective alternative therapy and doctor was railroaded. It’s too easy for the pathologist, the coroner, and the mainstream media to attack what they don’t understand. Drugs are good, right? Peroxide must be bad, right? I hope you now know better!

What You Can Do

Please help spread the truth! Share this article with everyone you can. Send them to our website: http://www.secondopinionnewsletter.com/peroxide.asp

If you’re a South Carolina citizen, you must write your state-elected officials and demand an independent investigation into the coroner’s report. Demand that the death certificate reflect the real cause. You can find your state Senator’s information at http://www.scstatehouse.net/html-pages/senatemembers.html. Your state Representative’s information is at http://www.scstatehouse.net/html-pages/housemembers.html.

If you’re not a South Carolina resident, you can still help. Please consider a contribution to Dr. Shortt’s legal defense fund. Send your donation to: Free Choice Legal Defense Fund, c/o Transfer Point, 1073 Statler Rd., Columbia, SC 29210, Phone:877-407-399 and web site: www.transferpoint.com. Any funds left over will be used to secure protection for oxidation therapies and/or press for more medical freedom laws in still unprotected states.

An innocent man’s freedom is at stake. And a life-saving therapy is under attack. Please help!    

Yours for medical freedom, 
Robert J. Rowen, MD 

P.S. You can find the AP story on Dr. Shortt and the hatchet-job CBS did on 60 Minutes in these links:  

http://www.timesargus.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050102/NEWS/501020313/1014

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/01/12/60II/main666489.shtml  

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The people of Iraq, under the American Occupation have a 2.5 greater chance of dying than under the last year of Saddam Hussein.

Source: Harper's Index
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CODEX Update

THIS IS EXTREMELY SERIOUS.  PLEASE TAKE ACTION!

Can you afford to pay $100/Month for each and every vitamin and mineral supplement you take?

Read this very important health message below and contact everyone in the suggestions.

Your right to choose your herbal, mineral and other supplements may end in June of this year (2005).  After that U.S. supplements will be defined and controlled by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).  The CODEX ALIMENTARIUS (Food Code) is setting the supplement standards for all countries in the WTO.  They will be enforced by the WTO and will override U.S. laws.  The U.S. President and Congress agreed to this take-over when the WTO Treaty was signed. Violations are punished by WTO trade sanctions.

CODEX drastically restricts vitamins, minerals, herbs and other supplements. CODEX met secretly in November, 2004 and finalized Step 8 (the final stage) to begin implementation in June, 2005.

The CODE includes:

(1) No supplement can be sold for preventive or therapeutic use.

(2) Any potency higher than RDA (minimal strength) is a drug requiring a prescription and must be produced by drug companies. Over 5000 safe items now in health stores will be banned, terminating health stores as we now know them.

(3) CODEX regulations become binding internationally.

(4) New supplements are banned unless given very expensive CODEX testing and approval.

CODEX now applies to Norway and Germany, among others, where zinc tablets rose from $4 per bottle to $52.  Echinacea (an ancient immune-enhancement herb) rose from $14 to $153 (both examples are now allowed by prescription only).  They are now drugs.  Vitamin C above 200 mg, niacin above 32 mg, vitamin B6 above 4 mg, all are banned over-the-counter as drugs.  No amino acids (arginine, lysine, carnitine, etc. = essential amino acids!), essential fatty acids (omegas 3, 6, 9, etc.), or other essential supplements such as DMEA, DHEA, CoQ10, MSM, beta-carotene, etc. are allowed.

The CODEX rules are not based on real science.  They are made by a few people meeting in secret (see web sites below), not necessarily scientists.  In 1993 the FDA and drug corporations tried to put all supplements under restriction and prescription.  But over 4 million Americans told Congress and the President to protect their freedom of choice on health supplements.  The DSHEA Law was passed in 1994, which does protect our freedom of choice.  But this will be over ruled by CODEX and the World Trade Organization.  Virtually nothing about it has been in the media.  What the drug corporations have failed to do through Congress they have gotten by sneak attack through CODEX with the help of a silent media.

What can be done at this late hour?

(1) Spread the word as much as possible.  Inform yourselves fully at www.ahha.org, www.iahf.com, and www.alliance-natural-health.org.

(2) Oppose bills S.722 and H.R.3377.  These support the CODEX restrictions with U.S. laws, changing the DSHEA law.

(3) Support H. R.1146 which would restore the sovereignty of the U.S. Constitution over CODEX, etc.

(4) Express your wishes to the President, Senators and Representatives  (Click the link to find yours.) ASAP.

(5) Contact multi-level health marketing groups that can get their members to inform the government.

(6) Send donations, however small, to the British Alliance for Natural Health (see web site above).  It has succeeded in challenging the CODEX directives in World Court later this month or next.  They need help financially, having carried the fight effectively for everyone.

CODEX and the FDA wish to protect us by controlling supplements in the same way they do prescription drugs.  A study of the latter by three medical scientists was reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, April 15, 1998 Vol. 279, No. 15, p. 1200.  Incidence of Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) was found to be extremely high.  Covering 30 years (1966 to 1996) it was found that in the U.S. an average of 106,000 hospitalized patients per year (290 per day) die from ADRs and 2,200,000 need more hospitalization for recovery.  These were FDA approved drugs, properly administered by competent professionals in hospitals --none were considered malpractice. This is the number four cause of death in the U.S. When combined, these account for 7% of all hospitalized patients.  This is equivalent to a 9-11 attack every ten days.  There are very few fatalities from supplements or the news would be on every front page.  There is no need for more FDA control of supplements than is already in place, which is substantial.  Instead of drastically restricting supplements, why doesn't the FDA better control and restrict the extremely dangerous pharmaceutical drugs which are now killing us at the rate of a major airline crash per day?

Wallace G. Heath, Ph.D.
1145 Marine Drive Bellingham , WA 98225

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Because America is part of the World Trade Organization, what happens in Europe, will happen here, and doesn't even require a vote in congress. How? The following is from the FDA's own web site:

International Harmonization
The harmonization of laws, regulations and standards between and among trading partners requires intense, complex, time-consuming negotiations by CFSAN officials. Harmonization must simultaneously facilitate international trade and promote mutual understanding, while protecting national interests and establish a basis to resolve food issues on sound scientific evidence in an objective atmosphere. Failure to reach a consistent, harmonized set of laws, regulations and standards within the freetrade agreements and the World Trade Organization Agreements can result in considerable economic repercussions. [http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~comm/int-laws.html]

We are creating a page for updates on CODEX.
The latest update will be at the top.
Check often to see what
you can do:
CODEX

(put it in your favorite places and check back often)
Another good link is:
www.healthfreedomUSA.org

To see what CODEX is doing in Europe and how it WILL affect us, Click Here

 

NOW HEAR THIS
Senator Durbin Sponsors Dietary Supplement Congressional Briefing

Guess who he's meeting with to determine the "safety" of vitamins and supplements?

The American Society for Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics (ASCPT), the American Society for Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET), and the Society of Toxicology.

All of these organizations profit from our being ill. They WANT us to be ill, so they can sell us their drugs. They earn NOTHING if you are healthy.

Remember Ephedra? No one died last year due to Ephedra. They died abusing Ephedrine, a highly concentrated form of Ephedra.

One hundred people a year die from Tylenol. But they're not about to take it off the market.

The purpose of the January 31st briefing entitled, "Botanical Dietary Supplements: Scientific Perspectives and Public Health Pitfalls." was to reexamine dietary supplements and the scientific, legal and regulatory frameworks surrounding this multi-billion dollar industry. The briefing’s organizers have positions favoring strict regulation for dietary supplement and are heavily supported by pharmaceutical companies.

Time to contact Senator Durbin and explain to him that we know that the pharmaceutical industry has him in their deep pockets. That we will not allow anyone to restrict our freedoms to care for ourselves and choose health over pharmaceutical illness.

Write to him here: http://www.senate.gov/~durbin/sitepages/contact.cfm

Call his offices and make sure he knows that we know that he is derelict in his duty by supporting the moneyed interests and not his constituents.

Washington, DC
332 Dirksen Senate
Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-2152
(202) 228-0400 - fax
Chicago
230 South Dearborn St.
Suite 3892
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 353-4952
(312) 353-0150 - fax
Springfield
525 South 8th St.
Springfield, IL 62703
(217 ) 492-4062
(217) 492-4382 - fax
Marion
701 N. Court St.
Marion, IL 62959
(618) 998-8812
(618) 997-0176 - fax

Beyond Durbin; Beyond CODEX...

Health freedom is still under attack in this country at this very moment and we're not going to stop telling you this till FREEDOM comes to America.

As Edward R Murrow once said, “We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.”

Anyone interested in Health Freedom must visit the Citizens For Health web site. Go to the Action Center and start writing letters. Write letters, get on the phone, make calls. When our Senators and Representatives introduce legislation or vote on legislation that restricts our choices, THEY ARE WORKING AGAINST THEIR CONSTITUENTS' INTERESTS. They are working FOR the Pharmaceutical Companies. In the end, it is we the people who determine who gets to serve us in Washington, and serve us they'd better.

Ephedra was taken off the market to protect the Pharmaceutical Industry, not to protect you. If you take Ephedra correctly, it is safer than Tylenol®.

There are more lobbyists for the Pharmaceutical Industry than there are representatives and senators. The Pharmaceutical Interests have very deep pockets, and they have nearly every one of the people we sent to Washington inside them.

At latest count, there were 685 lobbiests for the phamaceutical industry, but only two for patient rights.

Only 13% of Americans trust the Pharmaceutical Companies, but money talks and they still control legislation. If we don't do something quickly, we'll all be worse off for it. Visit Citizens For Health.

Volunteers Wanted

We would like to give each senator and representative (to include up and coming candidates for both positions) a report card on Health Care Freedom. We need people to investigate their senators and representatives from their states; look at their voting records; call their offices; ask some hard questions. If you are interested, please write to Yes I Want To Volunteer, and do it soon. We will disseminate this information to all health freedom sites so that those "servants" in Washington who are working against our best interests, working to restrict our freedoms are put on notice that they might soon be retired from office. Please help out. It is a lot harder to reverse a rotten law than it is to stop legislation from becoming a rotten law.

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“There is no obvious spiritual content to the clues of daily life. They are simply the first beckoning, a call to awaken."

Deepak Chopra
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Healing Beyond Medicine

A while back I wrote on Healing Beyond Medicine, it was referenced in a newsletter, but was never made available thru the table of contents. In it I quoted Dr Larry Dossey, MD quite a bit. So, as this trip of mine continues and I start to investigate more and more the subtle energies of healing, I set out to write a bit more on the subject. And sure enough, I'm handed, halfway thru the article I'm writing, another book by Dr Larry Dossey, MD Healing Beyond the Body.

So, we have two articles on Healing that takes place beyond conventional science and beyond the body. And Dr Dossey has once again helped us out. Some of you have read the first part and can go directly to the second, and some will have to read both. However, if you haven't read What is Biophysics yet, you really should.

Healing Beyond Medicine - Part I  
Healing Beyond Medicine - Part II New

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Iraq

Come for the weapons of mass destruction, stay for the democracy!
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History of Medicine
1800-1850

Learn about the first licensing laws, and how early Americans, knowing the price of freedom, fought back; how Homeopathy rose to challenge the regular physicians, and how the regulars began adopting many of the tenets of homeopathy; how women progressed in medicine, and much, much more:

The History of Medicine
1800-1850

Elizabeth Blackwell
First woman to earn her MD in the US.

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Daily Affirmation

“I will fill myself with love, and I will send that out into the world. How others treat me is their path. How I take it is mine."

Wayne Dyer
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Ron Salley's Amazing Herbal Creams
Miracle Skin
(reviewed here!)

Healon PF™Sugar Foot™Wrinkle Cream
(Special Discounts for Our Readers)

Update on Miracle Skin
The Genius Products of our friend Ron Salley

Ron Salley isn't just a genius entrepreneur who created the best skin products we've had the honor of testing, he's a reader. He's been fighting a bit of prostate cancer, and he's been winning. He had a little setback, but I put him in touch with a friend and he fixed him up. He calls me and updates me on his progress.

My friend had made him up a dried raspberry extract. Ron called me once asking, "Hey, how the heck do I take this?" Apparently they'd sent him this brick sort of thing, big heavy, and red.

Ron eventually got it to blend into his smoothies, drank down a few gallons of electrolyzed water, and he tells me now that his tests are back to normal and he's feeling just fine.

However, one thing I did squeeze out of him is that our review here really didn't spark all that many sales. So, Simply The Best has created a site especially for our readers and you can get his wonderful products at a discount.

I have always asked my readers to support companies making good products because they've gone broke doing research and development, and if they come to us for help, they're scraping the bottom of the barrel, right?

Actually, they know they'll get an objective review if they come to us. I'm not going to be a nickel richer or a nickel poorer if I like or dislike a product. We've had the honor to discover Omegasentials, or Electrolyzed Water (link temporarily out of commission), and Miracle Skin. As I write these words, within my site is an open case of Electrolyzed water, a case of Omegasentials that just arrived, and next to me is a bottle of Salley's Healon PF. Yes, I use all my greatest discoveries.

I have NEVER run into a cream like Sugar Foot that can help heal deep cracks in your feet in less than two days. I am constantly amazed. This winter, three times I really needed Sugar Foot. I soaked my feet, dried them, and rubbed in the Sugar Foot. Every time, the deep cracks (and boy, do I get deep cracks) were gone in under two days.

We got a letter from a woman who was looking for Sugar Foot  on the web and came across our site. She sent us a great letter, but asked we not reprint it, though she did agree that we could pass on her story.

While she was in the hospital, preparing to give birth to her second baby, her contractions let up for a bit, and to pass the time she started chit-chatting with the nurse. She happened to mention that she wasn't looking forward to nursing again; that the last time it had been a very painful experience and she explained how her nipples, especially in the winter time, dried up and cracked when she'd nursed her first baby. The nurse told her she'd be right back, left her room for a few minutes, and returned with a jar of Sugar Foot. The nurse told her that took to work with her daily because of all the hand washing they do in obstetrics, and told her how her hands, before Sugar Foot, used to get so dry with deep cracks near the nails no matter what creams and moisturizers she used. The nurse told her that this cream was a miracle; that her hands no longer cracked. The nurse set the jar on her bedside stand and said, "Hope you don't mind if I used some, but there should be enough left in there for you," and then the nurse told her that she should apply it to her nipples after nursing. The only catch was, "You have to call me and tell me how it worked, so I can pass it onto other new mothers."

Well, long story short, she was just nutz about the Sugar Foot. She said she had called the hospital "maybe" on her third week home to thank that nurse for the bottle. She was absolutely amazed how soft and supple her nipples had stayed. She remembered that the first time she'd nursed; by the end of the first week her nipples were already dried, cracked, and painful. It's been three months now, and she's decided to continue nursing her baby one more month but was running out of the Sugar Foot. That's how she found our site, and when I heard her story, I went upstairs and found the last of my stash (gonna have to order more) and sent her the jar. I've got two half used jars left. One I carry with me wherever I go, and one I keep next to my bed. But I'm going to order more.

The stuff just heals deep cracks in your skin. I've never seen a product like it. And you don't have to take it every day, though preventive applications do make sense (I know, we all forget!). If you order it, it will be there when you need it.

We sent out bottles of Healon PF and everyone reported that their sores healed quicker with it; that diabetic sores healed that just wouldn't go away on anything else. This is another great product. The only medicine that even approaches Healon PF costs over $200.00 a little bottle. And it's not as good as the Healon PF. The podiatrists who try Healon PF, stick with Healon PF.

Simply the Best has offered our readers a discount on all of Ron Salley's Miracle Skin products. They are truly miracles.

Ron Salley's Amazing Herbal Creams
Miracle Skin
(reviewed here!)

Healon PFSugar FootWrinkle Cream
(Special Discounts for Our Readers)

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"Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential"

Liane Cordess
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Anvirzel Update

I was sent a letter from a person who has a NEW oleander extract that is currently in Phase II trials.

The new drug is called Xenavex  and you qualify for the study ONLY if you have Hep C, Cancer, or AIDS and have undergone treatments that were ineffective already.

Xenavexis already a prescription drug, a cardioglycoside (cardiac glycoside), like digitalis. It is used in Congestive Heart Failure and stimulates contractions improving cardiac output.

The phytochemical in Xenavex  that has anti-tumor properties is called oleandrin. According to the letter we received, oleandrin has been studied since 1995 as an anti-inflammatory.

Xenavex  differs from Anvirzel or Oleander Soup in both chemical composition and oleandrin content. The oleandrin content is much greater in Xenavex.

The oleandrin in Xenavex  is extracted using ethanol (alcohol). Anvirzel and Oleander Soup use a water extraction process.

Oleander soup and Anvirzel are both taken orally, except in some studies, Anvirzel is injected intramuscularly. Xenavex  is sprayed under the tongue.

Xenavex is made available at no charge to patients who qualify for single patient investigational new drug access guidelines, provided of course they meet FDA criteria. The Food and Drug Administration maintains an office that coordinates such applications, and routinely helps patients determine if their situation is such that they qualify for this type access. The pharmaceutical company can assist applicants' physicians in this process.

Xenavex is available for prescription delivery for its labeled indications (similar to the indications for Lanoxin/digoxin) and can be written by a physician "off-label" for cancer.

In an upcoming clinical trial for non-small cell lung cancer, the drug has been designated  as SAOB-0401, and the trial is designed as an "off label" trial of the drug in advanced non-small cell lung cancer patients.

The web site www.shimoda-atlantic.com is where general information about the company is available, including other pipeline projects. Our field of research includes a nanotherapy/targeted delivery agent, a vaccine project and other related endeavors. With the exception of Xenavex, all of our projects are early stage projects.

If you fit the criteria to join this study, we suggest you contact the company through their webs site: www.shimoda-atlantic.com

However, after doing a little more research, it seems that along with the drug Xenavexyou get a hypodermic needle and a card instructing whoever finds you passed out to inject this into a vein. Just in the event of cardiac arrest.

You see, cardio glycosides are quite dangerous.

From the Harvard Medical School: "Oleander has similar cardiac glycoside properties to digoxin (Lanoxin), and the adverse effects of oleander on the heart are likely to be increased if it is taken with digoxin or digitoxin. Oleander may have significant adverse effects on the heart, resulting in complete heart block, extremely slow heart rhythms, irregular rhythms or rapid, pounding heartbeat."

OLEANDER BOOK IN PROGRESS

Your story can be part of this book. Since we published the recipe for Oleander Soup, many have started to use it. Tony Issacs and Ed Hensley have teamed up to write a book about Oleander, Anvirzel, and all the success stories from these two substances.

If you have a success story, please contact them at tmark1217@yahoo.com or ed4636@yahoo.com.  They don't need your full name, just your first name, your disorder, your success, and any other drugs you had been on and what they did for you.

When the book is released, you'll find out about it here, first!

 

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"Is there no hope?" the sick man said,
The silent doctor shook his head,
And took his leave with signs of sorrow,
Despairing of his fee to-morrow.

John Gay
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On Cell Phones

Studies show this, studies show that. Who can you believe. We offer you the links (below) to better inform our readers. Cell phones are everywhere. They're not going away. So, be informed.

Grave Cell Phone Dangers Revealed

You Don't Deserve Brain Cancer
You Deserve the Facts

Cell Phone Health Effects | Busy Signals
Think Twice Before You Place That Call

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"Religion is a powerful healing force in a world torn apart . . . by religion"

Jon Stewart
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Microwaving Your Food Isn't Safe
by Larry Cook
Go to the original story.

If you have ever wondered whether or not microwaved food is safe, here's an experiment you can do at home. Plant seeds in two pots. Water one pot with water that has been microwaved, the other with regular tap. The seeds that received microwaved water won't sprout. If microwaved water can stop plants from growing, think of what microwaved food can do to your health!

In 1989, Swiss biologist and food scientist Dr. Hans Hertel studied the effects of microwaved food. Eight people participated in the study. For eight weeks, they lived in a controlled environment and intermittently ate raw foods, conventionally cooked foods and microwaved foods. Blood samples were tested after each meal. They discovered that eating microwaved food, over time, causes significant changes in blood chemistry:1 a decrease in hemoglobin and cholesterol values, in the HDL (good cholesterol) versus LDL (bad cholesterol) ratio and in white blood cells, weakening the immune system, and an increase in leukocyte levels, which tends to indicate poisoning and cell damage. [Click here to read about the study.]

Overall, the study suggested that eating microwaved foods can cause degenerative diseases and/or cancer.2 "The measurable effects on man through the ingestion of microwaved food, unlike untreated food, are blood alterations, that can also be found at the beginning of a pathological condition, also indicative of a beginning cancerous process," wrote Dr. Bernard Blanc, who assisted in the study.3 Microwave ovens "cook" food by forcing the atoms, molecules and cells within the food to reverse polarity billions of times per second, causing friction-the more the friction, the more the heat. This oscillation tears and deforms the molecular structure of food. New compounds are formed, called radiolytic [chemical decomposition by the action of radiation] compounds, which are not found in nature. Interestingly, microwaves are actually used in gene-altering technology to deliberately break cells and neutralize their "life-force" so they can be manipulated. Microwaves destroy the life-force that gives food its vitality and nourishment. When this life-force dissipates, microorganisms start breaking food down and it begins to rot.

In early 1991, a lawsuit was filed against an Oklahoma hospital because a patient died form receiving a microwaved blood transfusion. Hospitals routinely heat blood for transfusion, but not in a microwave.

The effects of microwaving breast milk have also been researched. John Kerner, M.D. and Richard Quin, M.D. from Stanford University said that "Microwaving human milk, even at a low setting, can destroy some of its important disease-fighting capabilities."4 After more research, Kerner wrote in the April 1992 issue of Pediatrics that "Microwaving itself may in fact cause some injury to the milk above and beyond the heating." And a radio announcement at the University of Minnesota said that "Microwaves are not recommended for heating a baby's bottle. Heating the bottle in a microwave can cause slight changes in the milk. In infant formulas there may be a loss of some vitamins. In expressed milk, some protective properties may be destroyed."5 Another study in Vienna warned that microwaving breast milk "can lead to structural, functional and immunological changes," and that microwaves transform the amino acid L-proline into D-proline, a proven toxin to the nervous system, liver and kidneys.6

In Russia, microwave ovens were banned in 1976 because of their negative health consequences and many studies were conducted on their use. Here are some of their findings on microwaving food:

1. Microwaved foods lose 60 ~ 90% of the vital-energy field and microwaving accelerates the structural disintegration of foods.

2. Microwaving creates cancer-causing agents within milk and cereals.

3. Microwaving alters elemental food-substances, causing digestive disorders.

4. Microwaving alters food chemistry, which can lead to malfunctions in the lymphatic system and degeneration of the body's ability to protect itself against cancerous growths.

5. Microwaved foods lead to a higher percentage of cancerous cells in the bloodstream.

6. Microwaving altered the breakdown of elemental substances when raw, cooked, or frozen vegetables were exposed for even a very short time and free radicals were formed.

7. Microwaved foods caused stomach and intestinal cancerous growths, a general degeneration of peripheral cellular tissues, and a gradual breakdown of the digestive and excretive systems in a statistically high percentage of people.

8. Microwaved foods lowered the body's ability of the body to utilize B-complex vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, essential minerals and lipotropics.

9. The microwave field next to a microwave oven caused a slew of health problems as well.

Aside form these studies, many people find that microwaving their food doesn't help them feel good. Stephanie Relfe, Kinesiologist, found herself feeling "grey and rather low" one day and discovered that she had inadvertently eaten microwaved food at a restaurant.8 In her practice, she found that all of her patients gave body signals of having allergic reactions to microwaved foods. Another Kinesiologist, David Bridgeman, said, "Of all the people I test for allergies, 99.9% so far show severe sensitivity to any microwaved food."

In conclusion then, the safest way to heat your food is to use your stove top and throw away your microwave!

Endnotes:
1 The Swiss Association of Dealers for Electroapparatuses for Households and Industry complained quite loudly about the findings, which caused a court order to ban Hans Hertel from talking about his findings about the dangers of microwaved food to the public. In 1998, the European Court of Human Rights held that there had been a violation of Hertel's rights in the 1993 decision, lifted the gag order and sentenced Switzerland to pay compensation of F 40,000. See "H.U.H. against Switzerland" at [http://www.dhcommhr.coe.fr/eng/huhvch.shn.html  link no longer exists]

2 The World Foundation for Natural Science : "Are Microwave Ovens a Source of Danger?," Microwave Oven Critique" http://www.naturalscience.org/en/frames.html, and "The Hidden Hazards of Microwave Cooking," http://www.nexusmagazine.com/microwave.html, from Nexus Magazine [has been taken off the web by Nexus].

3 The World Foundation for Natural Science : "Are Microwave Ovens a Source of Danger?", " Microwave Oven Critique" http://www.naturalscience.org/en/frames.html

4 Science News, 4/25/1992 issue and "The Hidden Hazards of Microwave Cooking," http://www.nexusmagazine.com/microwave.html, from Nexus Magazine

5 Health, Wealth & Happiness, "MICROWAVED FOOD: It's Like Eating Nuclear Waste!." http://www.relfe.com/microwave.html

6 Lubec, G. et al. (1989): Amino acid Isomerisation and Microwave Exposure. ? The Lancet, 2 (8676): 1392-93; and The World Foundation for Natural Science : "Are Microwave Ovens a Source of Danger?," Microwave Oven Critique" http://www.naturalscience.org/en/frames.html , and "The Hidden Hazards of Microwave Cooking," http://www.nexusmagazine.com/microwave.html, from Nexus Magazine [has been taken off the web by Nexus]  and "Healing with Whole Foods" by Paul Pitchford, pg. 20.

Written by Larry Cook (406-556-8089) Reprint from Natural Life News & Directory
 

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One doctor, singly like the sculler plies,
The patient struggles, and by inches dies;
But two physicians, like a pair of oars,
Waft him right swiftly to the Stygian shores.

Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas

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Success Stories

It's funny, but we got three letters from readers (after our last newsletter) in which they told me that, if I wanted to publish their letters, I should re-write them. Ok, I understand.

But one letter we got, was part of a newsletter. Sharon and Ward Gillette wrote a newsletter that followed Sharon on her healing journey (funny, but that's the reason for this newsletter, site, and books). Much of what Sharon and Ward found, the tell me, was from this site. The last edition of their newsletter went out Feb 28, 2005. Sharon is healed. Here is her Success Story.

This next Success Story is from one of our contributors and most avid fans. So, since I've followed his healing and sent him to a variety of sites to order supplements, I'm going to tell you his story. Besides, Bill told me to tell his story for him.

In June of 2004, his doctors found a lump in Bill's prostate. His doctor referred him to another doctor, but Bill wrote to me telling me that he had a lump in is prostate (probably cancer, but he wasn't about to do a biopsy that might spread it), and that he had blood in his urine. I told him about our research into raspberries and prostate cancer, and that one study showed that one cup of raspberries per week stopped prostate cancer growth for a week. Then I told him how Ryan, the head of ultimateimmune.com, would make up (special orders only) a raspberry extract that was very potent. Bill contacted Ryan and a few days later, his extract arrived. I got a letter from Bill shortly after that. He was truly excited to tell me that the bleeding stopped right away. Then Bill got himself some Paw Paw and Graviola. He tried them for one month but found no shrinkage in his tumor. Next he found Dr David William's web site (his newsletter is called Alternatives) and learned of a product from Australia called HP8, for prostate support. Dr Williams claimed that it seemed to help prostate cancer patients. So, Bill ordered a few bottles. After one bottle, he finally decided to get a biopsy, and sure enough, his prostate was clear. Bill swears that the Raspberry Extract really went to work fast and kept his cancer from spreading and that the HP8 helped to finish it off. He even sent me a bottle of HP8 to try myself.

I'll tell you all about that in our next newsletter.

 

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There is a story of a man listening to a Zen master talking abut the benefits of practicing Zen. The master mentioned in his talk that everyone in this world always has 38 problems, so the man asks why bother to practice Zen if you are always going to have 38 problems anyway. The master replies that Zen helps you avoid the 39th problem. "And what is that?" the man asks. "Thinking that there is a problem with having 38 problems."
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Coconut Oil Update

In our original article on coconut oil, we focused on the many benefits of this wonderful and nutritious product. Well, there is more. There is a lot more.

For instance, the Department of Health in the Philippines (luckily for them they are not yet our 51st state) began a clinical study in February of 1999 to study the effectiveness, safety, and tolerability of coconut oil in the fight against the HIV virus.

The study began as the accumulation of anecdotal reports grew to the point where they could no longer be ignored.

Mary Enig from the Weston Price Foundation, a genius when it comes to oils of all kinds, had investigated an AIDS organization, Keep Hope Alive, in order to document the cases in which people with AIDS had their viral loads drop to undetectable levels by eating either a half a coconut a day or 3 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil, which is roughly 20-25 grams of lauric acid.

The initial studies in the Philippines are completed and they did confirm that coconut oil does have an antiviral effect. However, not all people in the study benefited, and as most “initial” studies conclude: “More and longer therapies using monolaurin [the anti-viral part of lauric acid] will have to be designed and done before the definite role of such coco products can be determined.” [http://www.doh.gov.ph/sars/coconut_oil.htm]

I was on the phone to our suppliers, Wilderness Family Naturals, when Annette told me some stories about the performance enhancement qualities of coconut oil. I went online and sure enough, I found nearly everything she’d talked about. We found this by Dr Bruce Fife (whose book we have reviewed in our original article on Coconut Oil):

The fact that MCFA digest immediately to produce energy and stimulate metabolism has led athletes to use them as a means to enhance exercise performance.  There are several studies showing this to be true.  For example, in one study, investigators tested the physical endurance of mice who were given MCFA in their daily diet against those that weren't.   The study extended over a six week period.  The mice were subjected to a swimming endurance test every other day.  They were placed in a pool of water with a constant current flow like that found in a river.  The total swimming time until exhaustion was measured.  While at first there was little difference between the groups of mice, those fed MCFA quickly began to out-perform the others and continued to improve throughout the testing period. [http://www.coconut-connections.com/hypothyroidism.htm]

A bit later, refining my web search, I found the actual study:

The effect of chronic administration of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) on swimming endurance (swim capacity) was investigated in male Std ddY mice. The mice were fed a diet containing 80 g MCT + 20 g long-chain triglycerides (LCT)/kg diet for 6 wk; mice fed diet containing 100 g LCT/kg diet were used as controls. After being accustomed to swimming, the mice were subjected to forced swimming every 2 d in the current water pool that we had developed, and the total swimming period until exhaustion was measured. The total swimming period was used as the index of swim capacity. The group fed MCT showed significantly greater swim capacity than the control group (89.5 +/- 2.5 vs. 80.2 +/- 2.0 min). In another experiment, after 4 wk of MCT diet consumption, significantly greater swim capacity was found in untrained mice. The major metabolic consequences of the adaptations of muscle to prolonged MCT administration during endurance training were higher activities of 3-oxo acid CoA-transferase (P < 0.01), citrate synthase (P < 0.1) and malate dehydrogenase (P < 0.1). These findings suggest that increases in the enzyme activities of the tricarboxylic acid cycle and ketone body utilization associated with the chronic administration of an MCT-containing diet enhance swim capacity in mice. [Fushiki, T and Matsumoto, K 1995,  Swimming endurance capacity of mice is increased by consumption of medium-chain triglycerides.  Journal of Nutrition  125:531]

The information we could not find is the following. Keep in mind that in investigative journalism, nothing is confirmed till you get three different sources to confirm it. So, this information, for the present, has just one source.

In France, in the race that Lance Armstrong has won 6 years in a row, there are many cyclists. The French team conducted a double blind study. All the riders got a new blend of Gatorade®. They all got a coconut flavored Gatorade® except that in reality, half the team got coconut flavored while the other half got real coconut in theirs. The half of the team that got the real deal came in ahead of the other half (that got the flavored brand) in the Tour de France.

Additionally, more and more horse trainers from the Blue Grass state are feeding their horses coconut oil. I chased down the trainer to last years Kentucky Derby winner, but he’d not heard of coconut oil. Those who are using it, report back to the people at Wilderness Family Naturals that their horses are running better and that they don’t need to worm the horses because coconut oil is anti-parasitic.

So, that’s our update for now. If any of this information is confirmed, we’ll be the first to tell you. If any more information comes in, we’ll gladly update you. And if any of you out there have a story to tell about your use of coconut oil, please, feel free to send it along to Coconut Stories.

 

Palm Oil

We've discovered another VERY healthy oil. You just gotta read about this: Palm Oil.

 

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“But nothing is more estimable than a physician who, having studied nature from his youth, knows the properties of the human body, the diseases which assail it, the remedies which will benefit it, exercises his art with caution, and pays equal attention to the rich and the poor.”

Voltaire
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Original Himalayan Crystal Salt

Funny how things come together. We've been talking about Biophysics and Healing Beyond Science/Medicine and subtle energies. They all come together in our review of Original Himalayan Crystal Salt.

One of our readers sent me some salt. It was wonderful. It's minimally processed, charged with minerals, and is very pure with no pollutants whatsoever, since the salt mines are cut off from our human polluting societies. The salt also contains a very subtle energy, which you will see later in a double blind study conducted.

Many of you know how I use Celtic Sea Salt (original article). Many of the people selling Original Himalayan Crystal Salt once used Celtic Sea Salt. However, those who will tell you that Celtic Sea Salt is polluted (since it comes from the ocean) are basically talking out of their pants. 

Salt is a mineral. Minerals cannot bond with other chemicals easily. If salt were covered by an oil spill, once washed off, the salt would contain no petrochemicals. Some detractors say that the mercury content in Celtic Sea Salt has increased because the ocean is toxic. We've seen the latest assays, and the mercury content has not increased.

The main difference "physical" between Celtic Sea Salt and Original Himalayan Crystal Salt is that the sodium content of the Celtic Sea Salt is less (hence the mineral content is greater) but the biophysical difference is that the Original Himalayan Crystal Salt contains subtle energies that are "probably" purer.

This latter point, the purer subtle energies, is something that is difficult to prove. However, just as Emoto has shown us magnificent crystals from Artesian wells, where water lives within the bowels of the planet absorbing the ancient earth energies, I'm sure he could show us some wondrous crystals from the Original Himalayan Crystal Salt since the salt mines are far from polluting energies.

Click here to read about Original Himalayan Crystal Salt, the testimonials, uses, and the double blind study conducted.

Because of the study and because of Original Himalayan Crystal Salt™ market success, there are many knockoffs and pretenders on the market. Please be sure to look for the full name: Original Himalayan Crystal Salt™; the product is trademarked.

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“Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing.”

Voltaire
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Ultimate Cancer Breakthroughs
Find out things that we don't even have at this site!
If you purchase this book, please, we want to hear from you. We are hoping to get reviews from readers that we can pass on to others.

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“Nature is the physician of man.”

Hippocrates, “the father of medicine”
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Stop Smoking Update

We received a CD from Learning Strategies Corporation that uses their own Paraliminal Technology along with something we're currently investigating, Holosync Technology.

The Paraliminal Technology was developed by Learning Strategies. It consists of simultaneous messages that, if you are wearing headphones, are different for each ear. The messages blend in your mind into one message.

Holosync Technology plays subtle tones into your ears, each ear getting different tones. Studies on this technology show that people are able to go into deeply meditative states quite quickly, which used to take masters years to accomplish. We will be reviewing an entire Holosync Program someday soon.

All in all, the CD that Learning Strategies sent us is an excellent tool for quitting smoking. We listened to it and passed it onto people who wanted to quit smoking. It is a very powerful tool in helping to quit smoking, and in our estimate, as effective as hypnosis when used regularly, even after you've quit.

If you want to learn more, just go here: Smoke Free Paraliminal CD. While you're there, take a look at the other CDs. We'll be reviewing more of them in our next newsletter.

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"The simplicity of truth is annoying to man."

Goethe
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Omegasentials

Since we first discovered this wonderful product, we've always have a supply on hand.

As a reader of the International Wellness Directory, you can now order Omegasentials at an even greater discount than before: Go Here!

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“Medicine can only cure curable diseases, and then not always.”

Chinese Proverb
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Eniva Vitamins

We have decided that starting immediately, we will no longer review Multilevel Marketing products. Yes, there are some very amazing products out there that are good for you. But with our experience with Master's Miracle, and other's we've just decided to avoid them. They have too many things in common: hardly anyone buys retail, members are forced to buy more of the product than they need, and some people make tons of money while others, working just as hard, make nothing. 

So, our last Multi-level Marketing product happens to be one of the best we've come across. They make very good vitamin and mineral products: Eniva.

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“I firmly believe that if the whole materia medica could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind, and all the worse for the fishes.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes
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Soy Update

God bless our readers. They send me so much stuff that I no longer have to go searching for subjects to write on. Sometimes they send me a question or a quotation from someone or entire articles that just incite me to go find out more. This time, they sent me an article that must be reprinted.

It's from the Gerson Institute's Newsletter.

Say No to Soy Milk and Rice Milk

By Dr. Ben Kim
Life Essentials Health Clinic

With greater awareness of the many health problems associated with pasteurized dairy products, many people are turning to vegetarian milk substitutes like soy milk and rice milk. I’m not a big fan of either. Here are some reasons why I don’t think soy or rice milk should be staples in your diet:

1. Many brands of soy and rice milk contain polyunsaturated vegetable oils which can contribute to an imbalance of essential fatty acids in your body. As harmless as this might sound, I am convinced that a chronic imbalance of essential fatty acids caused by regular consumption of polyunsaturated vegetable oils is a major cause of cardiovascular disease. Polyunsaturated fats that contribute to this harmful imbalance are found in safflower, corn, soybean, sunflower, and cottonseed oils. I recommend that you stay away from these oils completely.

2. Some brands of soy and rice milk contain rice syrup, evaporated cane juice, or some other natural sweetener. Natural or not, most sweeteners put significant stress on your pancreas and liver. They also raise your insulin levels, which significantly increases your risk of suffering from unhealthy weight gain, high blood pressure, heart disease, premature aging, and several other negative side effects.

3. While fermented forms of soy like miso, tempeh, and natto can be healthy choices for some people, non-fermented soy products can cause a variety of health problems if consumed in large quantities on a regular basis. I will discuss the details of when soy can be good and when it can be bad in a future newsletter.

Ready for some good news?

You can make a rich and creamy alternative to cow’s, soy, and rice milk with raw almonds and a good blender. Here is how we make it at our clinic:

All-Natural Almond Milk

1 1/2 cups of raw almonds, soaked in water overnight
4 cups of filtered or spring water
3-5 dates (optional)

Blend 1 ½ cups of raw almonds that have been soaked overnight in 4 cups of water. Blend with dates if you like your milk with a hint of sweetness. Strain once to remove almond granules. The result is a delicious, creamy milk that is free of harmful vegetable oil, concentrated sweeteners, and the problems associated with cow’s milk and soy. It can be stored safely for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.
 


 

Soy: Too Good to be True

by Brandon Finucan & Charlotte Gerson
Gerson Healing Newsletter
Vol. 14, No. 4 / July-August 1999

 

In the November/December issue of our Gerson Healing Newsletter, we published a very popular article on the negative aspects of soy called, "Are Soy Products Dangerous." While even in 1966 there was considerable research on the harmful substances within soybeans, you'll be hard pressed to find articles today that claim soy is anything short of a miracle-food. As soy gains more and more popularity through industry advertising, we are moved once again to raise our voice of concern.

We have previously published two articles on soy ("Are Soy Products Dangerous?" Vol. 11, No. 5 and "Soy Products Follow-up" Vol. 11, No. 6), so this third article has been written as both a brief summary and an update.

The Soybean Industry in America
In 1924 soybean production in the U.S. was only at 1.8 million acres harvested, but by 1954, the harvested acres grew to 18.9 million. Today, the soybean is America's third largest crop (harvesting 72 million acres in 1998), supplying more than 50 percent of the world's soybean demand.

Most of these beans are made into animal feed and are manufactured into soy oil for use as vegetable oil, margarine and shortening. Of the traditional uses for soy as a food, only soy sauce enjoys widespread consumption in the American diet. Tofu, measuring 90 percent of Asia's use of the soybean, has gained more popularity in the U.S., but soy is still nowhere near a measurable component of the average American diet - or is it?

For more than 20 years now, the soy industry has concentrated on finding alternative uses and new markets for soybeans and soy byproducts. At your local supermarket, soy can now be found disguised as everything from soy cheese, milk, burgers and hot dogs, to ice cream, yogurt, vegetable oil, baby formula and flour (to name just a few). These are often marketed as low-fat, dairy-free, or as a high-protein, meat substitute for vegetarians. But soy isn’t always mentioned on the box cover. Today, an alarming 60% of the food on America's supermarket shelves contain soy derivatives (i.e. soy flour, textured vegetable protein, partially hydrogenated soy bean oil, soy protein isolate). When you look at the ingredients list, and really look at the contents of the "Average American Diet," from snack foods and fast foods to pre-packaged frozen meals, soy plays a major role.

Where the soybean goes wrong?
Here at the Gerson Institute, we feel the positive aspects of the soybean are overshadowed by their potential for harm. Soybeans in fact contain a large number of dangerous substances. One among them is phytic acid, also called phytates. This organic acid is present in the bran or hulls of all seeds and legumes, but none have the high level of phytates that soybeans do. These acids block the body’s uptake of essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron and especially zinc. Adding to the high-phytate problem, soybeans are very resistant to phytate reducing techniques, such as long, slow cooking.

Soybeans also contain potent enzyme inhibitors. These inhibitors block uptake of trypsin and other enzymes that the body needs for protein digestion. Normal cooking does not deactivate these harmful "antinutrients," that can cause serious gastric distress, reduced protein digestion and can lead to chronic deficiencies in amino acid uptake.

Beyond these, soybeans also contain hemagglutinin, a clot promoting substance that causes red blood cells to clump together. These clustered blood cells are unable to properly absorb oxygen for distribution to the body's tissues, and cannot help in maintaining good cardiac health. Hemagglutinin and trypsin inhibitors are both "growth depressant" substances. Although the act of fermenting soybeans does deactivate both trypsin inhibitors and hemagglutinin, precipitation and cooking do not. Even though these enzyme inhibitors are reduced in levels within precipitated soy products like tofu, they are not altogether eliminated.

Only after a long period of fermentation (as in the creation of miso or tempeh) are the phytate and "antinutrient" levels of soybeans reduced, making their nourishment available to the human digestive system. The high levels of harmful substances remaining in precipitated soy products leave their nutritional value questionable at best, and in the least, potentially harmful.

What About the Studies?
In recent years, several studies have been made regarding the soybean’s effect on human health. The results of those studies, largely underwritten by various factions of the soy industry, were of course overwhelmingly in favor of soy. The primary claims about soy's health benefits are based purely on bad science. Although primary arguments for cancer patients to use soy focus on statistics showing low rates of breast, colon and prostate cancer among Asian people, there are obvious facts being utterly ignored.

While the studies boast that Asian women suffer far fewer cases of breast cancer than American women do, the hype neglects to point out that these Asian women eat a diet that is dramatically different than their American counterparts. The standard Asian diet consists of more natural products, far less fatty meat, greater amounts of vegetables and more fish. Their diets are also lower in chemicals and toxins, as they eat far fewer processed (canned, jarred, pickled, frozen) foods. It is likely these studies are influenced by the fact that cancer rates rise among Asian people who move to the U.S. and adopt American-ized diets. Of course, this change of diet goes hand-in-hand with a dramatic shift in lifestyle. Ignoring the remarkable diet and lifestyle changes, to assume only that reduced levels of soy in these American-ized Asian diets is a primary factor in greater cancer rates is poor judgment, and as stated above, bad science. The changes of diet and lifestyle must be considered to reach the correct conclusion.

A widely circulated article, written by Jane E. Allen, AP Science Writer, titled, "Scientists Suggest More Soy in Diet", cites in the course of a symposium, numerous speakers discussing the probable advantages of soy under the title, "Health Impact of Soy Protein." However, the article states that the $50,000 symposium "was underwritten by Protein Technologies International of St. Louis, a DuPont subsidiary that makes soy protein!" In the course of the same symposium, Thomas Clarkson, professor of comparative medicine at Wake Forest University, states "Current hormone replacement therapy has been a dismal failure from a public health point of view," not because Premarin® is known to cause uterine or other female organ cancers, but "because only 20 percent of the women who could benefit from it are taking it."

Other popular arguments in support of soy state that fermented products, like tempeh or natto, contain high levels of vitamin B-12. However, these supportive arguments fail to mention that soy's B-12 is an inactive B-12 analog, not utilized as a vitamin in the human body. Some researchers speculate this analog may actually serve to block the body's B-12 absorption. It has also been found that allergic reactions to soybeans are far more common than to all other legumes. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics admits that early exposure to soy through commercial infant formulas, may be a leading cause of soy allergies among older children and adults.

In his classic book, A Cancer Therapy - Results of 50 Cases (p. 237), Dr. Gerson put "Soy and Soy Products" on the "FORBIDDEN" list of foods for Gerson Therapy patients. At the time, his greatest concerns were two items: the high oil cont7ent of soy and soy products, and the rather high rate of allergic reactions to soy. Soybeans can add as much as 9 grams of fat per serving, typically adding an average of 5 grams of fat per serving when part of an average American diet.

The Extraction Process
The processes which render the soybean "edible" are also the processes which render it "inedible." In fermenting soybeans, the process entails that the beans be puréed and soaked in an alkaline solution. The puréed mixture is then heated to about 115°C (239°F) inside a pressure cooker. This heating and soaking process destroys most, but not all, of the anti-nutrients. At the same time, it has the unwelcome effect of denaturing the proteins of the beans so they become very difficult to digest and greatly reduced in effectiveness. Unfortunately, the alkaline solution also produces a carcinogen, lysinealine, while it reduces the already low cystine content within the soybean. Cystine plays an essential role in liver detoxification, allowing our bodies to filter and eliminate toxins. Without proper amounts of cystine, the protein complex of the soybean becomes useless, unless the diet is fortified with cystine-rich meat, egg, or dairy products - not an option for Gerson patients.

To the soybean’s credit, they do contain large amounts of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, but these are particularly susceptible to rancidity when subjected to high pressures and temperatures. Unfortunately, high pressure and temperature are required to remove soybean oil from the soybean.

Before soybeans are sent to your table, they undergo a rigorous process to strip them of their oil. Hexane or other solvents are first applied to help separate the oil from the beans, leaving trace amounts of these toxins in the commercial product. Hexane by definition is; "any of five colorless, volatile, liquid hydrocarbons C6H14 of the paraffin series," and cannot be the least bit beneficial in anyone’s diet. After the oil is extracted, the defatted flakes are used to form the three basic soy protein products. With the exception of full-fat soy flour, all soybean products contain trace amounts of carcinogenic solvents.

Personal Experiences
The following letter was received in November 1998: "I have used soy milk for 12 years with no problems. About 9 months ago, I started to have heart palpitations. I thought maybe that I was in menopause, but I wasn’t. I added more potassium to my diet and magnesium and vitamin E. No change. I am already decaffeinated but I also took all sugar out of my diet. I lost 25 pounds and felt great except for the palpitations. I tried hawthorn and garlic but nothing was helping. Recently I came down with acute bronchitis and could only drink water because even the soy milk made me have horrendous bouts of coughing. I realized that after a few days my heart palpitations had stopped. I didn't think anything of it because it never occurred to me that soy was the culprit. As soon as I started drinking it again, my heart went crazy. I went off it for a week and then changed brands. Within 30 minutes of drinking only 4 ounces [of soy milk], my heart was all over the place. I've noticed that it takes about 24 to 36 hours for my heart to settle down. I wondered if your research turned up anything like this in regard to soy. I know it is not within the definition of an allergy, but something is definitely going on. I called the manufacturer of the soy milk, but they were of no help. I am very upset because I only drink soy milk and water. I also use the soy milk to make protein shakes (with what else…but soy protein)."

In our November/December 1996 issue of the Gerson Healing Newsletter we described another case: a pregnant lady who looked very ill and was terribly deficient! She also described her son, age five, who had many allergies and infections - both were using a good deal of soy in their diet. I recommended that they discontinue the use of all soy products. At the time, I had only just run across this situation. However, a year later, I was in the same area for a lecture, and the lady invited me to dinner. She had cut out all soy products: her skin was now rosy, her face filled out, her sunken eyes normal, her black circles gone and her little boy, now six, was in greatly improved health.

Just last week, another interesting story came to our attention. A patient at the Gerson Certified Hospital in Mexico told us of her son, now 25, who has total lack of hair (Alopecia) with the exception of eyebrows and eyelashes. She added that this started when he was just three years old. Since the mother asked me about this situation, I considered the problem for a moment. Then, looking at the parents who both have normal hair, I figured that the boy's problem was most probably not genetic. So, I asked the mother if he used a lot of soy. She said, no. But then, after thinking about the question for a moment, she said that at about one year of age, the boy had many allergies, so she regularly fed him soy milk! I explained to her that the enzyme and nutrient blocking ability of soy and the likelihood of the soy milk being the cause of his condition starting at age three. Since we had just witnessed the case of a patient whose hair grew back on his bald pate, (See "Practitioner Training" article in this issue) after being bald for some 20 years, I cautiously suggested that a complete change of diet accompanied by intensive detoxification, may be able to overcome the problem.

Don't Believe the Hype!

The Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) is one of the leading manufacturers of soy products. They are seeking "GRAS" (generally recognized as safe) status from the FDA for isoflavones, the estrogen-like compounds found in soy products. They have submitted a document entitled, " An information document reviewing the safety of soy isoflavones used in specific dietary applications."

Dr. Mike Fitzpatrick, a biochemist and former Auckland University professor has carefully analyzed this material and presented his findings in an article entitled, "Soy Isoflavones: Panacea or Poison" published in the Journal of the Price-Pottinger Nutrition Foundation (vol. 22, no. 3). Dr. Fitzpatrick concluded that ADM's supporting document "contains factual errors, misrepresents cited authors and does not present the full body of scientific evidence."

ADM claims that "these isoflavones have been consumed by millions of humans for over two thousand years." In actuality, while they have been used in Asia for hundreds of years, they "did not form a significant part of [the Asian] diet." Furthermore, notes Fitzpatrick, "the traditional soybean was quite different from the soybean as we know it today ." The wild soybean, Glycine soja, "is the species that was consumed traditionally and is the ancestor of the modern cultivar, Glycine max, explains Fitzpatrick. The modern day species has been cultivated to breed much more protein than the traditional soybean. The isoflavones serve as a "defense mechanism in response to pests. Increased disease resistance has been a consistent goal of soybean breeders and it is quite conceivable that this goal has served to increase the levels of isoflavones, and other naturally occurring toxins in the Glycine max." The levels of isoflavones in Glycine max vary considerably. "If this is so, then it is not implausible that the traditional Asian soybean, Glycine soja, contained quite low levels of isoflavones or perhaps none at all," states Fitzpatrick. Therefore, ADM's assertion that soybeans have been safely consumed for over two thousand years cannot be substantiated.

Soy and Infant Formula
What is particularly worrisome is the presence of soy in infant formulas. It is interesting to note that many infants cannot tolerate soy formulas, that they seem to be "allergic" to the soy.

Perhaps the body is instinctively rejecting the enzyme inhibitors found in the soy. In a letter addressed to Linda Kahl at the division of Product Policy of the Food and Drug Administration dated April 22, 1998, Daniel Sheehan, Ph.d and director of the Estrogen Base Program at the National Center for Toxicological Research wrote:

"There is abundant evidence that some of the isoflavones, including genistein and equal are toxicants... additionally, isoflavones are inhibitors of thyroid peroxidase which makes T3 and T4. Inhibition can be expected to generate thyroid abnormalities including goiter and autoimmune thyroiditis. In fact, infants consuming soy infant formula rich in isoflavones have about a two-fold risk of developing these diseases...While isoflavones may have beneficial effects at some ages or circumstances, this cannot be assumed to be true at all ages. Isoflavones are like other estrogens in that they are two-edged swords, conferring both benefits and risk. Dr. Sheehan believes that "The addition of isoflavones to foods needs to be considered just as would the addition of estrogen to foods, which is a bad idea."

Dr. Sheehan is very concerned about the high isoflavone content found in soy based formulas. He feels that infants fed these formulas have been placed at risk in a "large, uncontrolled, and basically unmonitored human infant experiment." Dr. Fitzpatrick raises another issue: he believes that soy may combine with other xenoestrogens (such as pesticides). Fitzpatrick writes that "because of the potential for synergistic effects, human exposure to all endocrine disrupters, such as the soy isoflavones urgently requires reduction."

Soy and the Western Diet
In part one of this article, we mentioned that assumptions have been made linking soy intake to the low incidence of certain cancers in Asia. "However, an epidemiological study in China has shown that high soy intake is not protective against breast cancer."1

The soy proponents have conveniently overlooked a study which has shown that high levels of genistein "may stimulate breast cells to enter the cell cycle" 2. These findings are "consistent with an earlier report by Petrakis et al. who expressed concern that women fed soy protein isolate have an increased incidence of epithelial hyperplasia."3

The U.K. government recently published their findings of the effects of soy in the diet, concluding that "there was almost no evidence linking health benefits from foods containing isoflavones to the isoflavones themselves."4

Another study concluded that "any benefits from soy products are not due to isoflavones specifically... [and] the combination of a high phytoestrogen intake with a western diet may not be beneficial.5

Adding to the natural trouble with soybeans, we are faced with a new Western phenomenon: genetically altered soy. Among other genetically altered, or transgenic foods like corn, apples, tomatoes, squash, strawberries, lettuce, potatoes, wheat and even walnuts (to name just a few), soy is one of the most controversial. MonsantoTM, the multi-million dollar biotechnology leader that brought us rBGH (Bovine Growth Hormone), has been fighting to put genetically altered foods on your table for several years. So far, they are winning. The truth is, unless you've been eating ONLY organic foods, it is likely you've been tasting Monsanto's handiwork.

Monsanto has gained millions in profits from sales of its popular herbicide, Roundup®, and in turn has produced several transgenic crops that resist it. Soy is of course among those Roundup-Ready® crops. Being resistant to this powerful herbicide, farmers are able to spray more of it on their crops, resulting in higher levels of toxins in the harvested product. Recent studies have shown that sprayed soybean crops have an elevated estrogen level (much higher than the soybean's already high levels). As we mentioned earlier, the synergistic effect of these estrogens - especially on children ingesting soy based formula is unknown, but in a recent study reported in Pediatrics raised a few eyebrows. "Investigators found that one percent of all girls now show signs of puberty, such as breast development or pubic hair before the age of THREE; by age eight 14.7 percent of Caucasian girls and a whopping 48.3 percent of African-American girls had one or both of these characteristics" states Sally Fallon in the Price-Pottinger article on soy. (For a natural alternative to soy and milk based formula, see Nourishing Traditions, available through PPNF at 619-574-7763).

These higher estrogen levels have proven to increase amounts of fat produced in the milk of cows fed the altered and sprayed beans. Together with the use of rBGH, the elevated estrogen levels bring into question whether cows milk can really be called milk.

The European Union has fought desperately to keep genetically altered crops from entering Europe's food chain, but this June, both France and Ireland will be planting the first altered crops to be grown on European soil. In the United States, there are very few (if any) regulations placed on the biotechnology industry.

Soy and Protein Intake
Soybeans are not the basis of measurement for whether or not a vegetarian diet is supplying you with the protein and nutrients your body needs. In fact, a diet completely devoid of soy or meat products, but varied in vegetables and fruits, can supply your body with all the protein and nutrients it needs. The important factor in determining whether or not your soy-free, vegetarian diet is good enough for you is not careful food combining, it is calories. As long as you are eating enough leafy greens, fruits and vegetables, your body will be supplied with everything it needs. This is why the Gerson Therapy, with its well-balanced, plant-based (soy-free) diet, rich in vitamins and enzymes, is able to effectively heal even the most difficult of ailments.

Web References from “Soy: Too Good to be True”

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“He who lives by medical prescriptions lives miserably.”

Proverb
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Raw Egg Update

Some of our smoothie recipes call for a raw egg. However, note that Dr Mercola now has a warning concerning raw eggs. Simply summarized: raw egg whites contain a chemical that can use up your biotin. If you eat raw egg whites, you need to take a LOT of biotin. Perhaps it's best that you separate the yokes and eat only that.

We've posted this warning at all our recipes.

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Recent Poll Taken on AOL

Do you worry about the safety of prescription drugs?
 
A lot................51%
A little ............36%
Not at all.......... 13%
 
How many prescription drugs do you take?
 
1 or 2...............35%
3 or 4...............24%
5 or more .......... 21%
 
None.................20%

[Interestingly enough, in our last article we learned from Frank Wiewel that another national poll had only 13% of the American public believing that drug companies had our best interests in mind.]

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Discovery Shows New Vitamin C Health Benefits

From OSU News and Communication Services
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By David Stauth, 541-737-0787
SOURCES: Fred Stevens, 541-737-9534
Balz Frei, 541-737-5078

CORVALLIS - Researchers in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University have made a major discovery about the way vitamin C functions in the human body - a breakthrough that may help explain its possible value in preventing cancer and heart disease.

The study, which explores the role of vitamin C in dealing with the toxins that result from fat metabolism, was just published in a professional journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

It contradicts the conclusions of some research that was widely publicized three years ago, which had suggested that this essential nutrient might actually have toxic effects.

The new OSU study confirmed some of the results of that earlier laboratory study, which had found vitamin C to be involved in the formation of compounds potentially damaging to DNA. But that research, scientists say, only provided part of the story about what actually happens in the human body.

The newest findings explain for the first time how vitamin C can react with and neutralize the toxic byproducts of human fat metabolism.

"This is a previously unrecognized function for vitamin C in the human body," said Fred Stevens, an assistant professor in the Linus Pauling Institute. "We knew that vitamin C is an antioxidant that can help neutralize free radicals. But the new discovery indicates it has a complex protective role against toxic compounds formed from oxidized lipids, preventing the genetic damage or inflammation they can cause."

Some earlier studies done in another laboratory had exposed oxidized lipids - which essentially are rancid fats - to vitamin C, and found some reaction products that can cause DNA damage. These test tube studies suggested that vitamin C could actually form "genotoxins" that damage genes and DNA, the types of biological mutations that can precede cancer.

But that study, while valid, does not tell the whole story, the OSU researchers say.

"It's true that vitamin C does react with oxidized lipids to form potential genotoxins," said Balz Frei, professor and director of the Linus Pauling Institute, and co-author on this study. "But the process does not stop there. We found in human studies that the remaining vitamin C in the body continues to react with these toxins to form conjugates - different types of molecules with a covalent bond - that appear to be harmless."

In human tests, the OSU scientists found in blood plasma extraordinarily high levels of these conjugates, which show this protective effect of vitamin C against toxic lipids.

"Prior to this, we never knew what indicators to look for that would demonstrate the protective role of vitamin C against oxidized lipids," Stevens said. "Now that we see them, it becomes very clear how vitamin C can provide a protective role against these oxidized lipids and the toxins derived from them. And this isn't just test tube chemistry, this is the way our bodies work.

"This discovery of a new class of lipid metabolites could be very important in our understanding of this vitamin and the metabolic role it plays," Stevens said. "This appears to be a major pathway by which the body can get rid of the toxic byproducts of fat metabolism, and it clearly could relate to cancer prevention."

Oxidation of lipids has been the focus of considerable research in recent years, the scientists say, not just for the role it may play in cancer but also in other chronic diseases such as heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, and autoimmune disorders.

The toxic products produced by fat oxidation may not only be relevant to genetic damage and cancer, researchers believe, but are also very reactive compounds that damage proteins. For instance, there's a protein in LDL, the "bad" cholesterol in your blood, which if damaged by toxic lipids can increase the chance of atherosclerotic lesions. In continuing research, the OSU team plans to study the role of this newly understood reaction between vitamin C and toxic lipids in atherosclerosis. In clinical studies they plan to examine the blood chemistry of patients who have been diagnosed with coronary artery disease, compared to a healthy control group.

"In the early stages of atherosclerosis, it appears that some of these toxic lipids make white blood cells stick to the arterial wall, and start an inflammatory process that ultimately can lead to heart disease or stroke," Frei said. "When we better understand that process and the role that micronutrients such as vitamin C play in it, there may be strategies we can suggest to prevent this from happening."

The new findings, the OSU scientists say, also point to new biomarkers that can be useful in identifying oxidative stress in the human body. They may provide an indicator of people who may be at special risk of chronic disease.
 

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“God heals and the doctor takes the fee.”

Benjamin Franklin
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The National Institutes of Health: Public Servant or Private Marketer?
By David Willman, Times Staff Writer

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Doctors have long relied on the NIH to set medical standards. But with its researchers accepting fees and stock from drug companies, will that change? A continuing examination by The Times shows an unabashed mingling of science and commerce.

For 15 million Americans, it is a daily ritual: gulping down a pill to reduce cholesterol.

They do it because their doctors tell them to. Their doctors, in turn, rely on recommendations from the National Institutes of Health and its scientists, such as Dr. H. Bryan Brewer Jr.

Brewer, as a leader at the NIH, was part of a team that gave the nation new cholesterol guidelines that were expected to prompt millions more people to take the daily pill. He also has written favorably of a specific brand of cholesterol medication, Crestor, which recently proved controversial.

What doctors were not told for years is this: While making recommendations in the name of the NIH, Brewer was working for the companies that sell the drugs. Government and company records show that from 2001 to 2003, he accepted about $114,000 in consulting fees from four companies making or developing cholesterol medications, including $31,000 from the maker of Crestor.

Brewer was far from alone in taking industry's money: At least 530 government scientists at the NIH, the nation's preeminent agency for medical research, have taken fees, stock or stock options from biomedical companies in the last five years, records show.

NIH Director Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni has told Congress that outside work should be allowed if "the scientist is giving advice in an area … that is not part of his official duties."

Information gathered by a congressional committee, in addition to company records and 15,000 pages of government documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times under the Freedom of Information Act, shows that NIH researchers have repeatedly crossed Zerhouni's line.

For example:

• Dr. P. Trey Sunderland III, a senior psychiatric researcher, took $508,050 in fees and related income from Pfizer Inc. at the same time that he collaborated with Pfizer — in his government capacity — in studying patients with Alzheimer's disease. Without declaring his affiliation with the company, Sunderland endorsed the use of an Alzheimer's drug marketed by Pfizer during a nationally televised presentation at the NIH in 2003.

• Dr. Lance A. Liotta, a laboratory director at the National Cancer Institute, was working in his official capacity with a company trying to develop an ovarian cancer test. He then took $70,000 as a consultant to the company's rival. Development of the cancer test stalled, prompting a complaint from the company. The NIH backed Liotta.

• Dr. Harvey G. Klein, the NIH's top blood transfusion expert, accepted $240,200 in fees and 76,000 stock options over the last five years from companies developing blood-related products. During the same period, he wrote or spoke out about the usefulness of such products without publicly declaring his company ties.

Announcing such ties is not required by the NIH. The agency has encouraged outside consulting, and has allowed most of its scientists to file confidential income disclosure forms.

Supported by the taxpayers at a cost this year of $28 billion, the NIH oversees research with a mission to extend healthy life and to reduce "the burdens of illness and disability." The laboratories and offices of most NIH scientists are at the agency's woodsy, 300-acre headquarters in Bethesda, Md., nine miles north of the White House.

The scientists at the NIH — seen by many outsiders as neutral government experts — advise federal regulators and write hundreds of articles for influential medical journals. Some travel the world encouraging doctors to prescribe a particular medication.

The flow of drug industry fees and stock options to NIH scientists was disclosed in December 2003 in an article in The Times. The article also explained the bureaucratic means by which most of the payments had been kept secret from Congress, the public and the nation's doctors.

Subsequent inquiries this year by Congress have shown that even Zerhouni, the NIH's director, did not know the extent to which agency scientists were being paid by industry.

When leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee felt the NIH was not complying with a request to identify every drug industry payment, the panel went directly to 20 companies. Those responses revealed more than 130 consulting deals with industry that did not appear to have the required NIH approval. One of them was the $508,050 relationship between Sunderland, the Alzheimer's researcher, and Pfizer.

Other documents obtained this year by The Times, including programs of industry meetings for physicians that featured NIH scientists as speakers, reveal dozens more relationships not reported as approved by the agency.

The companies, in marketing their products, have frequently cited the NIH's reputation for high scientific standards. The cholesterol guidelines, for example, have been widely circulated by makers of anticholesterol drugs.

Dr. Curt D. Furberg, a former head of clinical trials at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and now a professor at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, explained how such information reached physicians: "The [company] reps tell the doctors, 'You should follow these guidelines,' implying that you're not a good doctor if you don't follow these guidelines."

Often NIH involvement is featured, while the government researchers' links to the companies go unmentioned.

When Brewer, the cholesterol researcher, praised Crestor in a medical journal in 2003, the article identified him as an NIH scientist, not as a paid consultant to the manufacturer. In marketing Crestor to doctors, the company cited Brewer's findings without mentioning that he was on its payroll.

As leader of the NIH, Zerhouni has acknowledged that some past deals have been improper. But he has also argued for allowing most agency scientists to consult privately for industry. Close government-industry cooperation, he says, can help bring important products to market. He has also said that the supplemental income from industry fees can help the NIH retain talented scientists.

Others disagree. Dr. Marcia Angell, the former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, said in an interview that doctors and patients counted on NIH scientists for "their critical, scientific, dispassionate judgment."

"When they have financial ties to the companies that make the products that they're supposed to be impartial about, we can't assume that," Angell said.

Dr. Philip R. Lee, who served Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Bill Clinton as an assistant secretary of Health, said that every NIH scientist should be prohibited from taking industry money.

"Damn it, if you work for NIH, you're not working for a drug company, you're working for the public," Lee said. "When you have people who have a split allegiance, undisclosed to the public, to me it is just unthinkable."

'Should Have Mentioned It'

As chief of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's molecular disease branch since 1976, Brewer is one of the nation's leading experts on cholesterol.

With his rimmed glasses and shock of sandy hair, he has the bearing of an accomplished scientist and the credentials to match. Born in Casper, Wyo., he gained his medical degree from Stanford University and received further training at Massachusetts General Hospital. Now 66, Brewer has a manner that is both authoritative and plain-spoken.

But when Brewer wrote a medical journal article in 2003 helping to introduce Crestor, he did not inform doctors about a potentially lethal safety risk.

The product was about to be launched in the United States by AstraZeneca, a British company that had put Brewer on a scientific advisory board and paid him $31,000 from 2001 through 2003, according to NIH records.

In the Aug. 21, 2003, American Journal of Cardiology, Brewer wrote that Crestor "produced markedly greater reductions" in cholesterol levels than three established competitor drugs tested in clinical trials. That was true. But Brewer also concluded that Crestor's "benefit-risk profile … appears to be very favorable," and that proved to be questionable.

Brewer assured doctors there was no basis for worry about a muscle-wasting side effect called rhabdomyolysis, which can cause kidney failure and death. (Another anticholesterol drug, Baycol, was removed from the market in 2001 after at least 31 deaths related to rhabdomyolysis were reported.)

Brewer wrote: "No cases of rhabdomyolysis occurred in patients receiving [Crestor] at 10 to 40" milligrams.

But eight cases of rhabdomyolysis were reported during clinical trials of Crestor. One of the case reports cited a patient who took the drug in 10-milligram doses, according to records filed with the Food and Drug Administration and reviewed by The Times under the Freedom of Information Act. Sales representatives for AstraZeneca have routinely provided copies of Brewer's journal article about Crestor to doctors nationwide, a company spokeswoman confirmed last week.

The FDA received 78 reports of rhabdomyolysis among patients taking Crestor during its first year on the market, FDA records show. Two of those patients died.

In contrast to Brewer's opinion in August 2003, an editorial two months later in the Lancet, the prominent British medical journal, said: "Physicians must tell their patients the truth about [Crestor] — that, compared with its competitors, [Crestor] has an inferior evidence base supporting its safe use."

In March of this year, a U.S. consumer group, Public Citizen, called for banning Crestor based upon several cases of kidney failure or muscle damage. AstraZeneca defended its drug as safe and effective in print and television ads this fall, adding that FDA management agreed. But on Nov. 18, senior FDA epidemiologist Dr. David J. Graham told a Senate committee that the safety of Crestor needed reassessment.

After Dr. Sidney Wolfe of Public Citizen questioned Brewer's ties to AstraZeneca and his depiction of Crestor's safety, Brewer sought to explain himself in a July 9 memo to NIH Director Zerhouni.

Brewer told Zerhouni that he had not mentioned seven of the rhabdomyolysis cases because those patients had received doses of Crestor higher than the approved level. As for the patient who took the drug at 10 milligrams, "it was not possible to definitively conclude" that Crestor had caused her rhabdomyolysis, Brewer wrote. Other medical experts said reviewers should report such a serious event regardless of possible cause.

"Baycol had already been pulled for exactly that same side effect and it was a matter of great concern," said Angell, the former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine. "If he knew about it, he should have mentioned it."

Zerhouni sought to distance his agency from the controversy in a written response to Wolfe, suggesting that the NIH had no responsibility for omissions in Brewer's article about Crestor. Brewer had produced it in his "private capacity" as a consultant to AstraZeneca, Zerhouni wrote. That the article identified Brewer as an NIH employee and directed reprint requests to the NIH was "most unfortunate," Zerhouni added, acknowledging that it "gives the reader the impression that it was done in his Government capacity."

Zerhouni's letter added: "Dr. Brewer has been counseled about these requirements." A spokeswoman for AstraZeneca, Emily Denney, said that Brewer had remained a consultant to the company until April of this year.

AstraZeneca was not the only client of Brewer's who made use of his NIH title. Agency rules have long instructed employees not to use their NIH affiliations for outside consulting work. Nonetheless, Lipid Sciences Inc. of Pleasanton, Calif., listed Brewer by his title on the company website — and displayed video clips of Brewer that showed the entrance to his federal workplace, the NIH Clinical Center.

In the clips, Brewer appeared in his white lab coat, telling viewers, "Currently, there are a number of excellent new drugs that have come out." In late November, after The Times submitted questions to Brewer about his role with the company, Lipid Sciences removed the video clips and all references to Brewer from the website.

The company, which is developing a product that would remove cholesterol from human cells, paid Brewer $83,000 from 2002 through 2003. As of September 2003, his consulting contract with Lipid Sciences was to pay him $125,000 annually plus stock options, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company reported in March that Brewer, who until recently served on its board of directors and scientific advisory board, held 411,927 stock options.

Brewer also has taken consulting fees from Pfizer, the maker of Lipitor, the nation's biggest-selling cholesterol pill. From 2001 to 2003, Pfizer paid Brewer fees totaling $55,500, according to NIH records. Brewer has been among the many agency employees whose annual financial reports were kept confidential by the NIH.

Brewer's other duties have included serving with the agency-sponsored National Cholesterol Education Program, which issued aggressive guidelines for reducing cholesterol in 2001, and revised them in July of this year to call for even wider use of cholesterol drugs.

Eight of the nine authors of the guidelines, including Brewer, had financial ties with companies that marketed cholesterol drugs — but their connections were not mentioned in their report, published in July by the medical journal Circulation. Following criticism from consumer advocates, the NIH posted on its website a listing of the authors' financial ties.

Dr. David L. Brown, chief of cardiology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, said the interpretations of data in the cholesterol recommendations should not be trusted because the NIH panel was "in the pocket of the drug companies."

Brown was among 22 physicians who wrote to Zerhouni in September, questioning the 2001 guidelines and the revisions this year. NIH officials said they stood behind the recommendations.

Brewer, whose annual government salary is $187,305, referred questions submitted by The Times to an NIH spokeswoman, Diane Striar, who said Brewer's paid consulting arrangements for four drug companies had been approved in advance.

As of this month, Brewer "no longer serves on any advisory boards of pharmaceutical companies," Striar said, adding that the agency would not comment further. Brewer, after accepting consulting payments from companies for several months this year, had stopped doing so by this fall, records show.

Meanwhile, anticholesterol pills are the biggest-selling category of prescription drugs in America, with sales last year of $14.7 billion. Under the current guidelines, the number of Americans taking the medications may more than double, to 35 million, according to NIH estimates.

Winning Over Its Critics

The pharmaceutical bonanza that has swept the country in the last decade has created one of the most influential lobbies in Washington. A total of 3.5 billion prescriptions — medicating about 129 million Americans — were filled last year. Drug industry revenue in the U.S. tops $231 billion annually. The drug companies donated $41 million to candidates for federal offices in the last four years, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

"The pharmaceutical industry has never been more powerful than now," said Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Los Angeles). "The companies have made investments in the people who have power in Washington. And they've gotten a very good return on those investments."

In the last 12 years, the companies have secured passage of legislation that fast-tracked FDA approvals of new drugs and transformed the agency into a more compliant partner of industry.

And when congressional critics surface, the industry has a way of winning them over: This year's top two recruits had recently launched a congressional investigation of conflicts of interest at the NIH.

Rep. W.J. "Billy" Tauzin (R-La.), as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, had cited "secret consulting fees and stock options from drug companies" to NIH scientists as a reason for requesting that the agency produce documentation of all the payments. Tauzin, who did not seek reelection, was hired this month to be the president of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the group that represents the nation's largest drug companies.

Rep. James C. Greenwood (R-Pa.), who led three hearings this year on NIH conflicts of interest, had criticized the agency for allowing its scientists to use "a swivel chair" to make government decisions while taking drug company fees. In July, Greenwood announced that he would give up his position as chairman of the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on oversight and investigations and retire from Congress to become president of the Biotechnology Industry Organization — a group that urged policymakers this year not to prohibit NIH scientists from paid consulting deals.

In the face of such industry influence, leading the NIH has become more complicated. Zerhouni, the agency's director, is an expert in magnetic resonance imaging. He also knows the value of moonlighting: While serving as executive vice dean of the Medical School at Johns Hopkins University, he cofounded a Maryland company that developed and marketed devices to enhance the usefulness of MRI scans.

He was trained as a physician in his native Algeria. With a gently accented English and a propensity to say that he agrees with members of Congress even when they pose pointed questions, Zerhouni, 53, has projected affability while addressing the NIH's conflicts of interest.

When he was appointed by President Bush in March 2002, Zerhouni inherited an agency whose scientists were avidly pursuing private consulting.

Although historically separate from industry, the NIH by the late 1980s was allowing some limited outside arrangements. In November 1995, the consulting gate was swung wide open by then-Director Harold E. Varmus in an internal memo, which was first made public in December 2003 by The Times.

The Varmus memo "immediately" lifted all limits on outside income, reversed the prohibition against taking stock or stock options, and freed the top leaders — the directors of the research institutes and centers — to start making personal deals with companies.

At the same time, arcane rules wielded by NIH administrators were allowing more and more of the deals to remain confidential.

Following The Times' report, Zerhouni was summoned to Capitol Hill on Jan. 22 by the Senate appropriations subcommittee for health issues.

Zerhouni initially told the panel that the NIH had "not identified any situations where outside activities resulted in undue influence" on official decisions. The subcommittee's chairman, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), warned Zerhouni that far-reaching, internal investigations would be needed to ensure that conflicts of interest did not exist.

Zerhouni said he would impose tighter controls. Henceforth, he said, the consulting deals of all NIH employees would be subjected to "independent peer review" by a newly created ethics committee.

He also said he was appointing a blue-ribbon committee to "completely review" the NIH's policies on conflicts of interest. But Zerhouni added that "instead of having a complete one-size-fits-all rule, I think the rules should be different" depending on the employee's rank or authority to oversee research grants.

Zerhouni's position sought to keep the agency's many influential laboratory or branch chiefs, such as Brewer, Sunderland, Liotta and Klein, eligible for outside consulting.

Two months later, Zerhouni's blue-ribbon panel recommended what he wanted. It called for barring the institute directors and their top administrators from outside consulting — while allowing 5,000 or more staff scientists, including all the laboratory and branch chiefs — to take payments from industry. The panel also recommended, and Zerhouni said he supported, an agency wide ban on taking stock or stock options from biomedical companies.

Most NIH scientists should be allowed to consult, Zerhouni said, because such arrangements helped "translate" discoveries from NIH labs into products that could help patients.

"You can have a policy that says, 'All right, all prohibited.' But how does that help the public, in terms of translating the discoveries in our laboratories into real things?" Zerhouni told reporters.

For years, the agency has had procedures for formal collaborations with industry — but they prohibit NIH scientists from taking the companies' money. The formal agreements have resulted in at least 1,300 collaborations with biomedical companies over the last 20 years, agency records show.

On the other hand, the public record is bereft of products "translated" from NIH labs to patients through private consulting contracts. No such evidence was presented during days of testimony this year before the NIH blue-ribbon panel or congressional subcommittees.

By midyear, the failure of the NIH to produce a full accounting of its ties to industry had spurred bipartisan criticism in the House. On May 12, the new chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), warned Zerhouni to lift the agency's secrecy and to relinquish all records documenting drug industry payments to NIH scientists.

The panel's senior Democrat, Rep. Peter Deutsch of Florida, told Zerhouni at the same hearing: "I would urge you in the strongest possible terms to end the practice today of NIH researchers taking anything of value from a drug or a biotech company."

Zerhouni endorsed some additional restrictions, including ceilings on compensation that employees could accept from industry and the amount of time they could devote to outside activities. While NIH employees could still accept fees to sit on companies' scientific advisory boards, they would be barred from serving on boards of directors.

But a July report by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics concluded that the NIH was beset by a "permissive culture." The office found that 40% of the 155 outside payments to NIH employees it sampled randomly had not been approved in advance or accounted for within the agency.

Zerhouni proposed another compromise: a one-year "moratorium" on industry consulting. Details of the moratorium have not been completed.

Last month, nearly 200 NIH researchers said in a letter to Zerhouni that a permanent ban would make the scientific staff — who are paid between $130,000 and $200,000 a year by the government — "second-class citizens in the biomedical community."

Dr. Raynard S. Kington, a deputy NIH director, said Tuesday that the agency had "moved actually quite fast" to carry out tougher restrictions. Yet he acknowledged that unless new rules were put into effect, perhaps in the new year, the scientists were free to continue collecting stock options and consulting fees from drug companies.

"Fundamentally," Kington said, "we are operating under the same rules."

Times researcher Janet Lundblad in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
 

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Better to hunt in fields for health unbought,
Than fee the doctor for a nauseous draught.
The wise for cure on exercise depend;
God never made his work for man to mend.

John Dryden
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Cancer Salves

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Listen online, by clicking the links above.

Here is a picture of Wendy Wilde and her daughter.

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And here is Franken and Davis doing an old routine, while taping the Al Franken Show in Minneapolis, MN.

And no, we are not paid to advertise these stations. It is our pleasure.

 

Tidbits

The editors of the Encyclopaedia Britannica sent an historical article, which had been in the book for a good many years, to the head of a western United States university history department for possible revision. It came back with the caustic comment that it was "badly
disorganized and full of errors."

Curious to see who had written such an "inaccurate" article for them originally, the editors checked their files. They were flabbergasted to find that the article had been written by the professor himself - so many years before that he had forgotten it. - The Saturday Evening Post

 

Ward Churchill has come under a lot of fire from the right. So we thought we'd present his thoughts within a perspective.

There are many theories on why we were attacked on 9-11. There are two extremes. First we will present the far right theory (espoused by Jerry Falwell) and then we will present the far left theory (espoused by Ward Churchill). The truth, I assure you, lies in between.

"The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America, I point the finger in their face and say: you helped this happen." Jerry Falwell

Ward Churchill's take: http://www.darknightpress.org/index.php?i=news&c=recent&view=9&long=1

Interestingly enough, Pat Buchanan, once considered far right, seems to agree more with Churchill than Falwell: http://www.counterpunch.com/mccarthy02162005.html

Even the Christian Science Monitor published a related article: Pentagon Reports: They Hate Our Policies, Not Our Freedom

Here is some news from Iraq that you will not find on CNN, MSNBC, or Fox News. Why? Because according to them, this is all a lie. The author is an American, an Arab American who went to Iraq and embedded himself among the people. I hear he lies, and lies, and lies. Well, believe what you will, for you will; but for the rest of you, here's the news you won't find easily.

Covering Iraq

Stories from Fallujah

 As we are about to publish this newsletter:

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The US has obstructed - and continues to obstruct - journalists from documenting the horror that was and is Falluja. This video is unique in that it focuses on Falluja, that it was made by a team of independent Iraqi videographers, and that we are able to see it in the US.

The DVD is available for $10 on the PepperSpray Productions website. Funds generated by this video will support further independent reporting from Iraq.

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Life under the Bombs

Some Just Voted for Food

Eason Jordan's off the record remark that journalists were killed by American soldiers in Iraq got him fired. How close, though, was he to the truth. Italian Journalist Wounded in Hostage Drama Recalls Her Ordeal. She was, apparently writing a story on our use of illegal weapons in Falluja:  Media Held Guilty of Deception & U.S. used banned weapons in Fallujah – Health ministry.

Another Journalist Deliberately Targeted?
By WilliamPitt, (Go To Original)

Sun Mar 6th, 2005 at 11:42:41 AM EST :: Media ::

TO writer Steve Weissman has been publishing an incredibly important investigation into the deliberate targeting of journalists by U.S. forces in Iraq.

A few days ago, another journalist was almost added to the list.

As you may have heard by now, Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena was freed after a month of captivity in Iraq. Literally moments after she was freed, her car came under fire from U.S. forces at a checkpoint near the Baghdad airport. Sgrena was shot in the shoulder, and an Italian secret service agent named Nicola Calipari was shot in the head and killed.

U.S. military representatives claim the car was speeding at the checkpoint, and that warning shots were fired before the final assault. Sgrena rejected this claim, stating their car was driving at a normal rate of speed and that no warning shots were fired.

Was Giuliana Sgrena deliberately targeted?

A few facts to consider:

1. The agent who was killed died while shielding Sgrena with his own body, according to Reuters. "He leaned over me, probably to protect me, and then he slumped down, and I saw he was dead," she said. This could mean one of two things: Either the agent was reacting as trained to the gunfire and was protecting his principle, or he saw that she was the target of the fire.

2. Pier Scolari, companion to Sgrena, has stated the attack was deliberate, according to Agence France Presse. "The Americans and Italians knew about (her) car coming," Scolari said. "They were 700 meters (yards) from the airport, which means that they had passed all checkpoints. Giuliana had information, and the US military did not want her to survive."

3. The chief editor of Sgrena's newspaper Il Manifesto, Gabriele Polo, branded Calipari's death a "murder". "He was hit in the head," he said.

4. For a journalist like Sgrena to be deliberately targeted, a motive would have to exist. An examination of the work she was doing in Iraq, particularly about the annihilation of Fallujah, makes it clear that she was disbursing information the U.S. military and civilian command structure do not want widely known. A few examples of her reports:

Ten thousand Iraqis in US and British prisons

Napalm Raid on Falluja?

The death throes of Fallujah

Interview with an Iraqi woman tortured at Abu Graib

Several other articles in this vein can be found down the left column of this page.

A longer and more detailed examination of these allegations has been written by Luciana Bohne at Online Journal. Give that article a careful read.

Both the Italian people and the Italian government are outraged at the attack upon Sgrena and the death of Agent Calipari. Calipari's coffin arrived at Rome's Ciampino airport aboard a C-130 military plane. His wife, mother and daughter broke down in tears as his casket, draped in an Italian flag, was carried out by a guard of honor. Italy has been one of the most reliable allies for the Bush administration in Iraq, but this attack has soured that relationship as a mounting sense of fury grips that nation.

They are demanding a full investigation. One Italian official has said he does not believe the U.S. version of events. Given the close relationship between the governments of Berlusconi and Bush, and given the fact that Italy has been unwavering in their support of the Iraq invasion and occupation, the demands for an investigation carry added weight. Hopefully, it will happen. We need to know what took place at that Baghdad checkpoint, and why. If there is merit to Luciana Bohne's article, it is also worth asking who actually kidnapped Sgrena in the first place.

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One soldier, being asked to fire upon children throwing stones, has called it quits. In my humble opinion, and yes, I am a Vietnam Veteran, this young man is a hero. Standing up for what you believe is right, in the face of opposition, choosing peace over violence, should be honored. However, that's not the case. A Matter of Conscience.

And what if it was all a big mistake?

Support our Troops

CIA Tells Whitehouse that The War Helps Recruit Terrorists

Is Al Qaeda Just a Bush Boogeyman?

A Christmas Story of Peace and Love

While America begs the Shiites in Iraq not to usurp the rights of the Suni minority, the Republican congress engages in an all out effort to crush the rights of the minority party in our own country. Perhaps we need to all support the agenda at: www.fairvote.org 
 

Senate Democrats are asking people to sign their Pledge to Protect Social Security. This simple pledge lays out the reasons why George Bush's privatization plan is not the answer:

• It would cut Social Security’s funding and weaken the program.

• It would cut benefits by one-third or more, even for those who choose not to risk their money in a privatized account.

• It would require even deeper benefit cuts for those who do choose a privatized account.

• It would require borrowing nearly $5 trillion, much of which from foreign countries like China and Japan.

Join me and sign our Social Security Pledge today. I did and you should too:

http://democrats.senate.gov/ss/pledge.html

 

 


ACTION ALERT--TERMINATE THE TERMINATOR
Consumer, farmer, and environmental organizations across the globe are mobilizing to stop the legalization and commercialization of the controversial Terminator Gene Technology, whereby seeds are genetically engineered to become sterile or commit suicide after one growing season. The Monsanto corporation and the biotech industry support the Terminator Technology, because it will force many of the 1.4 billion farmers around the world to stop saving their seeds and instead to purchase patented seed varieties from the Gene Giants. In addition, scientists are concerned that genetic pollution from Terminator crops will lead to killing off a wide range of crops and plants, as Terminator pollen and seeds are spread by the wind, insect pollinators, and commercial seed co-mingling and transportation. After a massive international campaign in 1998, Monsanto Corporation announced they were shelving plans to commercialize the Terminator, while the United Nations (UN) called for a global ban. But today (2/11/2005), renewed efforts to overturn the worldwide ban were launched at a UN conference in Bangkok.

Learn more and sign OCA's petition to the UN to terminate the Terminator Gene:
http://organicconsumers.org/un.htm 

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CATHOLIC LEADERS CLARIFY VATICAN'S STANCE ON GENETIC ENGINEERING
Catholic leaders around the world are standing up against the biotech industry's claim that the Vatican endorses genetically engineered (GE) crops. Biotech proponents have enjoyed a major public relations boost by trumpeting a portion of a report released by the Vatican last year. In one part, the report stated that it is the Catholic Church's stance that God gave humans the right to manipulate and control the natural environment on any level, including genetic engineering. The biotech industry has failed to mention that the report also states that GE crops should not be spread unless they are conclusively proven to be safe for human health and the environment. The Vatican report elaborates on that point, indicating that the Catholic Church does not believe adequate testing of GE crops has been done, saying, "available scientific data are contradictory or quantitatively scarce. It may then be appropriate to base evaluations on the precautionary principle."
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SHARING GOD'S PLANET
The Church of England is seriously discussing making major changes in its practices, in order to exercise the type of stewardship towards the earth that they believe is commanded by God in the Bible. The changes include serving fair trade coffee, providing organic bread and wine, increasing recycling, using natural fibers in clergy robes, and pressuring the UK government to take a stronger stance on global climate change. Archbishops will meet in late February to discuss these changes as well as a new report by the Church of England entitled "Sharing God's Planet," in which Christians are urged to take much more active roles in protecting the environment, in order to "celebrate and care for God's creation."
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MAD COW TIDBITS

The British government is investigating a report that cosmetic plastic surgery injections for fuller cheekbones and plumper lips with infected collagen could spread the human form of mad cow disease, called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). Due to increasing demand for such procedures, a number of rogue clinics have opened that are not adhering to the stringent guidelines dictating that collagen "fillers" should be sourced only from tissues guaranteed to be free from Mad Cow. UK Tests have already found illegal and potentially contaminated collagen in widespread use, derived from dead cows, birds, and human tissue.
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Japanese officials confirmed the human variant of mad cow disease caused a man's death. The victim is believed to have become infected with the disease in 1989 when he was on a short visit to the UK. At the time, the UK was undergoing an massive outbreak of mad cow disease. Japan has tested all of its cattle for the disease since 2001 and banned U.S. and Canadian beef imports after the disease was discovered in those countries. Learn more...

More cases of Mad Cow are being diagnosed in North America, but beef industry practices in the U.S. remain unchanged. The fatal disease can be expected to spread across the continent as the massive feeding of slaughterhouse waste, blood, and manure to animals continues unabated. OCA has a new educational DVD on Mad Cow Disease, featuring a lecture by Dr. Michael Greger, OCA's Mad Cow coordinator, for use for house parties or community showings. To learn more about how to get a copy of the Michael Greger Mad Cow DVD and a manual for how to organize a showing of this DVD, k

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RBGH MILK IS RBGH MILK
The Center for Global Food Safety, an industry front group funded in part by the Monsanto Corporation, has launched an aggressive "Milk is Milk" campaign, claiming there is no difference between milk produced by cows injected with genetically engineered hormones (Monsanto's recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone), and organic or naturally produced milk. The FDA is aiding the industry's anti-organic "Milk is Milk" campaign, saying they will crack down on organic and rBGH-free dairies that label their products as "hormone free." Monsanto's controversial hormone has been banned in every industrialized country in the world, other than the U.S., Brazil and Mexico, due to scientific evidence indicating that the milk from injected cows contains more pus, antibiotic residues, and IGF-1, a potent cancer tumor promoter. The drug also seriously damages the health of the cows. Read an analysis of the risks of rBGH and a response to the launching of the "Milk is Milk" campaign by Samuel S. Epstein, M.D.(University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health) and Ronnie Cummins of the OCA.
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TEENY-TINY NEWS TIDBITS

North Dakota legislators are proposing a bill that would keep information about factory farm feedlots confidential and inaccessible to the public. People living near a feedlot currently have the right to information regarding the facility's pollutants. Proponents of the bill say that it is necessary to begin to keep that information secret so that it doesn't fall into the hands of terrorists.
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In Arkansas and Texas, childhood obesity rates are as high as 38%, leading to the recent passage of new laws that require schools to report children's body fat index to parents along with the student's grades. Learn more...

The second annual State of Science Review has found that cancer-fighting antioxidant levels are, on average, 30% higher in organic produce vs. conventionally grown fruits and vegetables. The cause for this, say scientists, is that antioxidant chemicals are created within a plant grown organically or in the wild when the plant triggers internal defense mechanisms. These beneficial mechanisms are rarely triggered in plants that are raised with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.
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ALERT: NEW EPA DEAL LETS FACTORY FARMS POLLUTE AIR WITHOUT RESTRICTION
The day after the inauguration, January 21, the Bush Administration signed an agreement that allows factory farms to freely violate any and all clean air standards for the next two years, and forgives these same companies from paying fines for past air pollution violations. In exchange for the freedom to pollute without any restrictions, the deal "requests" that factory farms agree to monitor their air pollution and provide that data to the government. Bush's "Dirty Air" agreement is outrageous, given that the Clean Air Act already requires factory farms to provide air pollution data, while also requiring facilities to adhere to clean air standards. One of the companies that will benefit the most from this arrangement with the Bush Administration is Tyson Foods, who also happened to be one of the largest donors to the Bush inaugural festivities. Fortunately there is a 30 day public comment period. Please make your voice heard. Take action here.
http://www.organicconsumers.org/epa3.htm

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A QUICK LOOK AT HOW SOME COUNTRIES ADVERTISE FOOD TO KIDS

Ireland: All television commercials for fast food and candy are banned.
Sweden/Norway/Austria/Luxembourg: All television advertising to children is banned.
Belgium/France/Portugal/Vietnam: All marketing is banned in schools.
United States: Spending more per child than any other nation in the world, the U.S. plugs $15 billion per year into marketing food to kids, which is more than what it would cost to provide health insurance for all uninsured children.

Sources:
New York Times 1/12/2005, Children's Defense Fund 5/14/2003 press release, USgovinfo SCHIP Program

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INDUSTRY LAUNCHES NEW CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE "HEALTHIER" JUNK FOOD IN SCHOOLS
In response to efforts to rid schools of junk food, the Vending Association has launched a new marketing campaign using color-coded stickers to indicate to children the relative "healthiness" of the vending machine snack. A red sticker indicates the snack should only be chosen rarely, yellow is "choose occasionally," and green means the snack is healthy and should be chosen frequently. An example of a snack that will receive a green sticker is Teddy Grahams, a product that comes in varieties such as sugared cinnamon, chocolate, and creme-filled. The Vending Association announced this new campaign with a press conference, urging parents and children to exercise more frequently by doing sit-ups and push-ups during TV commercials.
Learn more...

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THICKBURGERS, WAL-MART, & COKE: THE 10 WORST CORPORATIONS OF 2004
The Multinational Monitor has released its annual list of the "10 Worst Corporations of 2004." Among the "winners" of this prestigious award are Coca-Cola, Wal-Mart and Hardees. Coca-Cola made the list when documentation surfaced revealing the company was involved in 179 human rights violations at its bottling plants in Columbia, including allegations of involvement in nine murders of union leaders. Wal-Mart was caught manipulating the tax system in order maximize profits at the expense of taxpayers. In fact, it turns out that each of Wal-Mart's 1000+ stores are costing taxpayers nearly half a million dollars per year. Hardees made its debut on the "Worst Corporations" list for its overtly aggressive advertising of its new product, the "Monster Thickburger." The 2/3 pound sandwich is 1,420 calories and equivalent to eating five standard sized hamburgers.
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SPEAKING OF MEAT... BAD NEWS FOR MAD COWS
Mad Cow disease may be far more widespread than scientists had previously thought. This week the journal Science revealed that prions, the mysterious misshapen proteins that are responsible for spreading the fatal disease, may be found throughout the infected animal, contrary to prior theories. Researchers from Zurich, the Institute of Neurology in London, and Yale University School of Medicine confirmed study results showing prions are not restricted to areas of the animal body like the spinal column, nervous tissue and the brain, but may also exist in muscle tissue (the meat). This means that infected meat and blood may be currently entering the human food supply, at least in countries such as the United States, Canada, and Mexico, where comprehensive, universal testing for the disease is not required. Given the serious public health implications of these findings, researchers are calling on the global community to take action. No case of Mad Cow has ever been detected in an animal raised its entire life on an organic farm. Organic farms prohibit the feeding of blood, manure, and slaughterhouse waste to animals.
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PESTICIDE INDUSTRY DECLARES WAR ON GREEN-MINDED CONSUMERS
The pesticide industry is accelerating its attacks on the organic lawn and garden movement. The "green industry," as conventional lawn treatment companies refer to themselves, have launched "Project Evergreen," a marketing campaign to better their image. A new ad in trade magazines from the group says, "Yes, legislation and regulations have been throwing the green industry some rough punches, and we're about to start fighting back." The ad is in reference to the growing trend of communities banning certain types of lawn pesticides and synthetic fertilizers that have been shown to be toxic or negatively affect local waterways. Allen James, the president of the industry's lobbying group spoke out about these ordinances, saying, "Local communities generally do not have the expertise on issues about pesticides to make responsible decisions."
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STOP FACTORY DAIRY FARMS FROM LABELING THEIR PRODUCTS AS ORGANIC
The battle to safeguard organic standards is coming to a head next week (March 1-3) at the meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) in Washington, D.C. The board will be addressing the issue of livestock standards, specifically the controversy surrounding "factory dairy feedlots" marketing their products as "organic." Ignoring USDA organic standards that require regular access to natural pasture for cows, intensive confinement feedlots with thousands of cows in Idaho, Colorado, and California are currently labeling and selling their products as organic. Wisconsin's Cornucopia Institute has filed a formal complaint against several of these factory farm operations, including Horizon Organic, the largest organic dairy brand in the U.S. Horizon is owned by Dean Foods, the nation's largest dairy conglomerate. It is important that the NOSB hear from as many consumers as possible on this issue. Studies have shown that grass-fed cows are healthier, and that their meat and dairy products are nutritionally superior to grain-fed cows reared in feedlots. Take action here: http://www.organicconsumers.org/nosb.htm

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DUMPING FRANKENFOODS ON THE POOR
World Food Programme (WFP) food aid shipments, predominantly from the United States, have been found to be heavily contaminated with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), including Starlink, a genetically engineered (GE) variety of corn banned for human consumption worldwide. Starlink corn, which is gene-spliced with an insecticidal protein, was registered for animal feed use in the U.S. in 1998, despite protests from scientists that it would inevitably contaminate human food supplies. As predicted, in 2000 Starlink contaminated a full 10% of the U.S. corn harvest, prompting complaints from hundreds of U.S. consumers who suffered allergic reactions after eating Starlink-tainted corn taco shells and other products. Recent tests have found 80% of food aid corn sent to Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala contains GMOs which are prohibited in these countries. Julio Sánchez from Centro Humboldt in Nicaragua said it's outrageous that the WFP would purchase GE corn from the U.S. that is not fit for human consumption, jeopardizing the health of vulnerable populations like pregnant women and children, while contaminating indigenous corn fields and seed banks. Sanchez added that there are massive amounts of surplus non-GE corn produced by nations other than the U.S. that should be used for food aid instead. Learn more...

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CLONED BEEF ON AMERICA'S DINNER PLATES
According to semen brokers, cloned animals will begin to enter the U.S. food supply in less than eight months. Thousands of units of semen from cloned bulls have been exchanging hands among ranchers. Ranchers say it's eerie how similar the cloned animals are to the originals. "Every wrinkle--everything about them, even the disposition and character--are the same," said Larry Coleman, a cattle rancher who sells semen from clones of his prize bull for $700 a vial. Learn more...

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SUPPORT TILLAMOOK CHEESE AGAINST MONSANTO INTIMIDATION
Tillamook, an Oregon-based nationwide distributor of cheese, has announced it plans to require that all of its dairy farmers stop injecting their cows with Bovine Growth Hormone, a drug banned in Europe and most industrialized countries. In response, Monsanto, the producer of the controversial genetically engineered animal drug, rBGH (recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone), has threatened to sue Tillamook. Tillamook's farmers will vote on banning rBGH at their meeting Monday, Feb. 28 at 10:00 a.m. Please contact Tillamook as soon as possible and tell them to stay rBGH-free.
Take action here: http://www.organicconsumers.org/rbgh/tillamook.cfm

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YET ANOTHER STUDY FINDS ORGANIC FOOD IS HEALTHIER
The Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences has released a new study showing that lab animals raised on organic produce had stronger immune systems, slept better and were slimmer than those raised on conventional produce. Dr. Kristen Brandt, one of the lead scientists in the study said they can’t say specifically why there were developmental variations between the two groups of rats, but "the difference was so big that it is very unlikely to be random." Learn more...

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HEALTHY & ORGANIC FOODS FOR STUDENTS
A number of schools around the U.S. are finding that offering healthy and organic food choices to children not only curbs obesity, but also increases students' abilities to concentrate. What's more, healthier salad bars and lunch items are actually proving to be more affordable for school districts than conventional hot lunch lines. In the U.S., public schools are paid state and federal dollars according to the number of meals served, and those districts that are providing students salad bar and organic options are seeing school lunch participation increase dramatically, sometimes even doubling--as in the case of Hopkins, Minnesota, where two fresh fruits and six fresh vegetables are offered daily, along with whole grain breads, organic milk, and an assortment of foods made from scratch. Food service directors attribute part of the success of the healthy salad bars to the fact that students simply like the freedom to choose what goes on their plates. Learn more...

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HEALTHY & ORGANIC FOODS FOR HOSPITAL STAFF & PATIENTS
Providing healthy and flavorful foods on a limited budget in a hospital cafeteria is not easy, but Deane Bussiere, a chef at the Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, CA, is proving it can be done. Using the same budget that once provided unhealthy fare such as instant mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese, Bussiere has transformed the cafeteria into a successful purveyor of organic foods, ranging from gorgonzola bread pudding to winter root-vegetable medley soup. A portion of the hospital grounds has been turned into a vegetable garden for local schools to teach kids how to grow their own food while supplying the hospital cafeteria with fresh organic ingredients. Learn more...

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RATTLING THE CHAINS: RESTAURANT NEWS TIDBITS

STARBUCKS -- A recent survey revealed that consumers in the UK view the Starbucks coffee corporation as being "arrogant, intrusive and self centered." The survey of 8,000 participants was launched by Starbucks to explore why the coffee chain has lost roughly $15 million per year since opening stores in the UK. The feedback indicated that many British coffee drinkers refuse to patronize Starbucks due to what they perceive as "unethical" business practices. Starbucks has responded to these consumer concerns by hiring a new UK public relations firm. Learn more...

McDonalds -- A lawsuit has been settled by McDonalds that will require the fast food chain to pay $7 million to the American Heart Association for public education on trans-fats. www.BanTransFats.com initially launched the lawsuit, alleging that McDonalds had misled its customers. In September of 2002, McDonalds announced it would be lowering trans-fats in its cooking oils within five months. Two and a half years later, the transition to healthier oils has yet to occur. Learn more...

KFC -- The NAACP, Def Jam Records, and celebrities including Pamela Anderson and Paul McCartney are speaking out against (Kentucky Fried Chicken) KFC for its cruel and inhumane treatment of chickens. Ongoing undercover documentation from the poultry slaughterhouses where KFC sources its chickens have consistently shown the birds being inhumanely beaten and abused, including being boiled alive to remove the feathers. Learn more...

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VIVA CUBA!
The Organic Consumers Association is happy to announce our new Cuba project with an opportunity to join a Research Delegation to Cuba, in collaboration with Global Exchange. As you know, Cuba is one of the world¹s leader¹s in organic agriculture and sustainable development. In addition to learning more about the Cuban organic agriculture experience and the opportunity to build bridges between our communities, the OCA is also sponsoring Cuba House Parties and much more. Click here to find out more: http://www.organicconsumers.org/cuba.htm

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EPA CUTTING BACKROOM DEAL THAT THREATENS KIDS
Dow Chemical company is in the process of striking a backroom deal with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to repeal a ban on a widely used, highly toxic pesticide called Dursban. Four years ago, the EPA announced it had conclusive evidence that Dow's pesticide Dursban (chlorpyrifos) "does not provide an adequate margin of protection for children." The EPA said that Dursban, which is commonly applied to lawns, parks and playgrounds, can cause severe neurological disorders in kids, as well as birth defects. As a result, the EPA mandated that the insecticide be removed from the market by Dec. 31, 2004. However, the Washington Post reported Dec. 21 that the EPA is planning to reverse the ban on Dursban, based on pressure from Dow, who insists that the chemical is safe for kids. As a note on the trustworthiness of Dow, in 2003 the company was fined $2 million for illegally making false safety claims about its pesticides.
Sign a petition to the EPA here: http://www.organicconsumers.org/epa-dow.htm 

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BREAKING NEWS ON THE OZONE LAYER
In violation of an international treaty and the Clean Air Act, the EPA has approved the continued use of the banned toxic pesticide methyl bromide, which is highly dangerous to human health, and a leading cause of ozone depletion. The Montreal Protocol, a landmark international treaty signed in 1987 by every industrialized nation, including the U.S., required that methyl bromide be eliminated by the end of 2004, in order to stop the life-threatening depletion of the ozone layer. Under pressure from agribusiness and chemical lobbyists, President Bush announced in early 2004 that the U.S. would become the only industrialized nation in the world to pull out of this environmental treaty. Last week, the EPA took action on that request, and, instead of banning methyl bromide along with the rest of the world, has increased its allowed use. Learn more...

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A WARM ORGANIC THANKS!
We'd like to thank all of you who have made donations to the Organic Consumers Association in 2004. Your donations of time and money, among other things, have enabled us to double the size of our online network (we now have more than 200,000 subscribers to Organic Bytes), increase the daily traffic on our website (eight million hits per month), and turn up the heat on out-of-control corporations and government bureaucrats. We look forward to stepping up the pace with the entire OCA community in the New Year-- safeguarding organic standards, challenging genetic engineering and industrial farming, and promoting sustainable agriculture, global justice, and Fair Trade. Thank you for your support and all your efforts for a better world!

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COCA-COLA'S MARKETING PRACTICES RIVAL BIG TOBACCO
The American Postal Workers Union has passed a resolution: "that the United States Postal Service remove all Coca-Cola products from all postal facilities." The resolution was passed in response to Coca-Cola's heavy marketing to children, including schools, and the company's recent denial of negative health effects associated with consumption of sugar-laced sodas. In a recent letter to educationnews.org, the Coca-Cola company went so far as to claim that soft drinks have no connection whatsoever to obesity or diabetes. In the manner of Big Tobacco, John Alm, Coca-Cola's chief operating officer, was quoted in the Atlanta Journal as saying, "The school system is where you build brand loyalty." Coca-Cola's 2003 Management Financial Review document speaks out against "Laws that restrict our ability to distribute products in schools." Learn more...

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YOUNG ECO-HEROES SOUGHT
Action for Nature is seeking applications from kids 8 to 16 years old for its 2005 International Young Eco-Hero Awards Program. Cash prizes up to $500 will be awarded. The 2004 award winners include Janine Licare (14), who helps to save endangered animals in Costa Rica; Christina Faust (16) of Georgia, who studies the vegetation around streams to better understand how plants contribute to the stream's ecosystem; and Salaar Khan (11) of Pakistan, who influences his neighbors to use cloth bags and eliminate the toxins created when plastic bags are burned. Learn more...

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FARM CONSERVATION PROGRAMS SLASHED
On December 8, congress passed and the President signed an omnibus appropriations bill that created the following cuts in farm conservation programs:

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program cut by $182 million.
The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program cut by 55% ($38 million).
100,000 acres (38%) cut out of the Wetlands Reserve Program.
The Conservation Security Program cut by $80 million.
The Farm and Ranchland Protection Program cut by $12 million.
Read the full final appropriations bill here.

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WORLD'S MOST POWERFUL NATION IS SICK
The World Health Organization has announced that the U.S. now has shorter life expectancies and higher infant and child mortality rates than Canada, Japan and all of Western Europe, except Portugal. Factors contributing to this decline in public health include weaker laws on toxic chemicals, higher levels of economic disparity, junk food diets, and a lack of health care access for millions of families. According to the Congressional Budget Office, average prices for pharmaceutical drugs in the top 25 industrialized nations of the world are 35% to 55% lower than in the United States, where profits of pharmaceutical companies are on the rise. Learn more...

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NEW CASE OF MAD COW IN CANADA
Shortly after the U.S. had said it would lift the ban on Canadian cattle imports, Canada has announced that screening tests have revealed a new suspected case of mad cow disease. The U.S. banned Canadian cattle imports on May 20, 2003, after mad cow disease was first found in Alberta. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the ban will be lifted despite the discovery of a new case of the fatal disease, due to the fact that the suspect animal was born before the Canadian mad cow regulations were implemented seven years ago. Learn more...


 

The Miniature Earth
Lots of crud circulates the web pretending to be truth. One particular piece shrinks the population of the planet into 100 people and then tells you that 10 will be gay, etc. etc., however, they really got their facts wrong. The best representation of our human population put into this sort of perspective is in this nice flash presentation. Just click the link above.

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Man peed way out of avalanche

A Slovak man trapped in his car under an avalanche freed himself by drinking 60 bottles of beer and urinating on the snow to melt it.

Rescue teams found Richard Kral drunk and staggering along a mountain path four days after his Audi car was buried in the Slovak Tatra mountains.

He told them that after the avalanche, he had opened his car window and tried to dig his way out.

But as he dug with his hands, he realized the snow would fill his car before he managed to break through.

He had 60 half-litre bottles of beer in his car as he was going on holiday, and after cracking one open to think about the problem he realized he could urinate on the snow to melt it, local media reported.

He said: "I was scooping the snow from above me and packing it down below the window, and then I peed on it to melt it. It was hard and now my kidneys and liver hurt. But I'm glad the beer I took on holiday turned out to be useful and I managed to get out of there."

Parts of Europe have this week been hit by the heaviest snowfalls since 1941, with some places registering more than ten feet of snow in 24 hours. [Source: http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1261997.html]
 

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From the BBC and British Tabloid New.....

PRACTITIONERS of the oldest profession have been found at work on the icy shores of Antarctica plying their trade in a dress of black and white feathers - they are penguin prostitutes.

The first recorded examples of bird prostitution have been observed in colonies of Adelie penguins on Ross Island, about 800 miles from the South Pole, by Dr Fiona Hunter of Cambridge University and Dr Lloyd Davis of the University of Otago, supported by the New Zealand Antarctic Programme.

They observed how male Adelies pay for sexual favors with rocks and stones, a limited resource that can prove crucial for the survival of broods. In no other bird have such extra-marital exchanges been recorded, said Dr Hunter, a post-doctoral researcher who has made annual visits to Antarctica to study their sex life.

She described how, at the start of the breeding season, the penguins hunt for stones. Once all the loose rocks have been collected, they attempt to peck them out of the frozen mud to construct a nest platform, crucial to keep eggs high and dry above mud and chilly melt water.

Stones are so valuable that they will steal them from each other, though they risk being attacked by the owners of the hard currency. In the journal Auk, Drs Hunter and Davis describe how females have developed another strategy: they lure nearby male penguins for sex in exchange for the rocks. "Females have figured out that one way to steal the stones without being attacked is to swap copulations for them," said Dr Hunter.

They slip away from their partner and wander over to the nest of an unpaired male. Standard courtship follows, with a dip of the head and a coy look from the corner of her eye. If he shows interest, she will lie prone which, in the language of penguin love, is an invitation to mate or carry out what the scientists call "extra-pair copulation".

Once mating is over, the female picks up her payment, a stone, and carries it to her nesting platform. Sometimes their customers are so satisfied that the females can return for second helpings of stones, without having to offer more sex. Other females found that a little courtship was enough to persuade a male to allow them to play with a rock, then cart it away. One especially teasing female managed to collect 62 stones this way, said Dr Hunter. "The males were probably duped into thinking that she was a possible partner."

The zoologists are now analyzing the benefits of penguin whoredom. While the male may lose some of his rocks, he gains the possibility of fathering extra chicks. The benefits to the females are less clear. "I don't think that she is just after his stones," said Dr Hunter. "Perhaps the female mates with an extra male for another reason, say to increase the quality or genetic variability of her offspring. This seems reasonable given that not all males actually father the chicks they help to rear."

Another reason for seeking male company could be to form a relationship with a potential mate for the next season if her partner dies. The team is now planning another trip to the frozen continent to uncover more details of the penguin's complicated love life.

For more on this, go here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/60302.stm

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Love is in the air, but so are soot, smog, and mercury. As Americans across the country celebrate Valentine's Day with their sweethearts, friends, and family, Bush and his and his allies in Congress are working to rollback 30 years of environmental progress.  Sign the petition: http://www.care2.com/go/z/21452

Bush's so-called "Clear Skies" Initiative is a sweetheart deal for polluters and now on a fast track in the Senate. Bush's plan would be disastrous to the public's health - rolling back protection from dangerous soot and smog, eliminating safeguards for our national parks, allowing increased emissions of toxic mercury, and completely ignoring the threat of global warming. President Bush, where's the love?

Air pollution from power plants alone contributes to an estimated 30,000 premature deaths, hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks, and tens of thousands of hospitalizations for respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses each year. Everyone deserves air that is safe to breathe!

That's why Congress needs to hear from you right away to prevent this unprecedented attack on the Clean Air Act.

Tell your U.S. Senators today to oppose any plans to make our air dirtier and more dangerous!

Sign the petition: http://www.care2.com/go/z/21452

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STRESS MANAGEMENT

A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, "How heavy is this glass of water?" Answers called out ranged from 20 grams to 500 grams. The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it."
 

"If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

He continued, "And that's the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on. As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden."

"So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can. Relax; pick them up later after you've rested. Life is short. Enjoy it!"

He added, "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms." (1 Peter 4:10)

And then he shared some ways of dealing with the burdens of life:

Accept that some days you're the windshield and some days you're the bug.
Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.
If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
Never buy a car you can't push.
Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.
Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
The second mouse gets the cheese.
When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.
We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

--Author Unknown

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Banana Facts That Might Surprise You
(This has been circulating the web; we checked it out, and it seems that everything checks out. If anyone finds a flaw or fallacy, please inform us: info@mnwelldir.org)

After Reading THIS, you'll NEVER look at a banana in the same way again!!

Bananas. Containing three natural sugars -- sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber, a banana gives an instant, sustained, and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout.

No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.

But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses, and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain L-tryptophan, an amino acid that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex, England) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach, and with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight and at work: Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer, L-tryptophan.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain, and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes: According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine, "eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of having a stroke much as 40%!

Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around, so maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"

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March 15, 2005 (Center for American Progress)
The Bush administration's new plan to curb mercury emissions is a gross handout to polluters and industry. It will reduce toxic mercury pollution at a much slower rate than other more environmentally favorable plans while instituting a cap-and-trade system, which lets dirty power plants buy credits from cleaner ones.

The president's plan would make mercury pollution worse not better. Every year, power plants emit 48 tons of toxic mercury into the atmosphere. President Bush likes to claim his plan will reduce mercury pollution by 70 percent by 2018. But he won't tell you that this represents a large step backwards from previous efforts. The Bush administration rolled back a plan a 2000 Clinton White House plan which "would have mandated curtailing emissions at every plant by the maximum amount possible, which proponents said could bring a 90 percent reduction in three years using existing technology," according to the LA Times.


The administration allowed the polluters to write their own laws and regulations. The EPA's mercury emission rules were partially drafted by the very energy companies they're supposed to regulate. In April 2003, a group of eight power plants reviewed the administration's plan and submitted a "wish list" of changes to weaken regulations. The Washington Post last year found that, in a side-by-side comparison of the rules and the power-plant memo, at least "a dozen paragraphs were lifted, sometimes verbatim, from the industry suggestions."


Under the president's plan, some power plants will be allowed to increase mercury pollution while others will profit from selling their credits to the worst offenders. The cap-and-trade system will produce so-called "hot-spots," localized areas of severe pollution and contamination. As the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes today: "There's no gentle way to put it: The White House is ignoring the public's will, betraying the public's trust and endangering the public's health by proposing weak mercury regulations for the nation's power plants."
 

Laughter is the Best Medicine

A school teacher injured his back and had to wear a plaster cast around the upper part of his body. It fit under his shirt and was not noticeable at all. On the first day of the term, still with the cast under his shirt, he found himself assigned to the toughest students in school.

Walking confidently into the rowdy classroom, he opened the window as wide as possible and then busied himself with desk work. When a strong breeze
made his tie flap, he took the desk stapler and stapled the tie to his chest.

He had no trouble with discipline that term.

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When the power went off at the elementary school, the cook made up stacks of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to feed the kids.

As one little boy filled his plate, he said, "At last -- a home-cooked meal!"

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White House Rethinks Press Corps Policy

On the heals of reports that the White House had granted a press pass to a gay prostitute who could toss the president soft balls, White house press secretary Scott McClellan announced Sunday that they were thoroughly reviewing their press corps policies.

The FBI quickly went to work performing background checks on all those issued press passes over the past four years and discovered that passes had somehow been issued to an escaped convict and mass murderer, John Eric Armstrong, a Russian cosmonaut, two transvestites, a soccer ball, three tourists, and a Siberian husky.

Recaptured and back in his cell in Oregon, John Eric Armstrong was rather candid about his journalistic experience at the White House: “Few people realize that 76% of all mass murderers are Republican, and being on the right side is what access is all about.”

One of the three tourists, Ralph H.Slurry from Arkansas, was tracked down, but had no comment beyond, “Hey, I was in a group touring the White House; someone asked the question, ‘Who watches FOX News’? I raised my hand and the next thing I knew I was being escorted into the press room while being told to ask the President, ‘How has your faith guided your fantastic decisions?’”

Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev was still sensitive about his appearance at a press conference in the spring of last year, because he was not allowed to ask his question. “When President Bush said he wanted to go to Mars, I truly thought he was serious. I wanted to go with him.”

Unavailable for comment was the Siberian husky who is currently part of a sled dog team racing in the Iditarod.

In a slightly related story, Helen Thomas was arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct inside the gates of the White House where she was allegedly throwing pebbles at the President’s bedroom window while screaming, “Answer the f***ing question, Dubya!”

Copyright © 2005
David

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SWEDISH FIRE DEPARTMENT
One dark night outside a small town in Minnesota, a fire started inside the local chemical plant and in a blink of an eye it exploded into massive flames. The alarm went out to all the fire departments for miles around.

When the volunteer fire fighters appeared on the scene, the chemical company president rushed to the fire chief and said, "All our secret formulas are in the vault in the center of the plant. They must be saved. I will give $50,000 to the fire department that brings them out intact."

But the roaring flames held the firefighters off.

Soon more fire departments had to be called in as the situation became desperate. As the firemen arrived, the president shouted out that the offer was now $100,000 to the fire department who could bring out the company's secret files.

From the distance, a lone siren was heard as another fire truck came into sight. It was the nearby Swedish Rural Township Volunteer Fire Company, composed mainly of Swedes over the age of 65.

To everyone's amazement, that little run-down fire engine roared right past all the newer sleek engines that were parked outside the plant. Without even slowing down it drove straight into the middle of the inferno. Outside, the other firemen watched as the Swedish old timers jumped off right in the middle of the fire fought it back on all sides. It was a performance and effort never seen before. Within a short time, the Swedish old timers had extinguished the fire and had saved the secret formulas.

The grateful chemical company president announced that for such a superhuman feat he was upping the reward to $200,000, and walked over to personally thank each of the brave fire fighters.

The local TV news reporter rushed in to capture the event on film, asking their chief, "What are you going to do with all that money?"

"Vell," said Ole Larson, the 70-year-old fire chief, "Da first thing ve gonna do is fix da brakes on dat f*****g truck!"

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I OWE MY MOTHER

1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."

2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"

4.My mother taught me LOGIC.
" Because I said so, that's why."

5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."

6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."

7. My mother taught me IRONY.
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."

8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."

9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"

10. My mother taught me about STAMINA.
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."

11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."

12 My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"

13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."

14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
"Stop acting like your father!"

15. My mother taught me about ENVY.
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do."

16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait until we get home."

17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
"You are going to get it when you get home!"

18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way."

19. My mother taught me ESP.
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"

20. My mother taught me HUMOR.
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

22. My mother taught me GENETICS.
"You're just like your father."

23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"

24. My mother taught me WISDOM.
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."

25. And my favorite: My mother taught me about JUSTICE.
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!"
 

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Did anyone notice that the State of the Union was given on Groundhog's day? Coincidence?

One involved a meaningless ritual in which we look to a creature of little intelligence for prognostication and the other involved a groundhog.
 

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SPECIAL CLASSES FOR MEN AT
THE LEARNING CENTER FOR ADULTS
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NOTE: DUE TO THE COMPLEXITY AND ADVANCED LEVEL OF THESE COURSES, CLASS SIZE WILL BE LIMITED.  YOU ARE ADVISED TO REGISTER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

 Class 1:  How to Fill Up the Ice Cube Trays. Step by Step, with Slide Presentation.
               Meets 4 weeks, Monday and Wednesday for 2 hours
               beginning at 7:00 PM.


Class 2:   The Toilet Paper Roll. Does it Change Itself?

                Round Table Discussion. Meets 2 weeks,
                Saturdays 12:00 for 2 hours.


Class 3:
  Is it Possible to Urinate Using the Technique of Lifting the Seat and Avoiding the Floor/Walls and Nearby Bathtub? Group Practice.
               Meets 4 weeks, Saturdays 10:00 PM for 2 hours.


Class 4:   Fundamental Differences Between the Laundry Hamper and the Floor. Pictures and Explanatory Graphics.

               Meets Saturdays at 2:00 PM for 3 weeks.


Class 5:   After Dinner Dishes. Can They Levitate and Fly Into the Kitchen Sink?

              Examples on Video. Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for
              2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM


Class 6:  Loss of Identity - Losing the Remote to Your Significant Other.

              Help Line Support and Support Groups. Meets 4 Weeks,
              Friday and Sunday 7:00PM.


Class 7:  Learning How to Find Things - Starting with looking in the right places instead of turning the house upside down while screaming.

              Open Forum. Monday at 8:00 PM, 2 hours.

 Class 8: Health Watch - Bringing her flowers is not harmful to your health.
              Graphics and Audio Tapes. Three nights; Monday,
              Wednesday, Friday at 7:00PM for 2 hours.


Class 9:   Real Men ask for Directions When Lost. Real Life Testimonials.

               Tuesdays at 6:00 PM, location to be determined.


Class 10:   Is it genetically impossible to sit quietly while she parallel parks?

                Driving Simulations. 4 weeks, Saturdays at noon, 2 hours.


Class 11:   Learning to Live - Basic Differences Between Mother and Wife.

                 Online Classes and role-playing. Location and times to be announced.


Class 12:   How to be the Ideal Shopping Companion. Relaxation Exercises, Meditation and Breathing Techniques.

                 Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM.


Class 13:   How to Fight Cerebral Atrophy - Remembering Birthdays, Anniversaries and Other Important Dates and Calling When You're Going to be Late.
                    Cerebral Shock Therapy Sessions and Full Lobotomies                 
                    Offered. Three nights; Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00PM for 2 hours.


Class 14:   The Stove/Oven - What it is and How it is Used.

                
Live Demonstration. Tuesdays at 6:00 PM, location to be determined.

Upon completion of any of the above courses, diplomas will be issued to the survivors

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CIA ATTACKS AL-QAEDA WITH PRESCRIPTION DRUGS


Secret Weapon in War on Terror


The Central Intelligence Agency has implemented a new plan to destroy the al-Qaeda terror network by convincing the terrorists to start taking hazardous prescription drugs, the agency confirmed today.

Within the intelligence community, hopes are high that evildoers will begin taking the medications and will soon afterwards suffer from a broad range of serious side effects, including heart attacks and death.

According to one CIA source, agency analysts developed the prescription drug strategy after they viewed a video of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden walking in mountainous terrain and noticed that he seemed to be experiencing "a certain degree of joint pain."

The source said that on Monday of this week the agency launched a multimillion-dollar marketing campaign aimed at terrorists and madmen around the world, urging them to start taking several recently discredited pharmaceuticals.

In one commercial currently airing on the Arabic-language al-Jazeera network, an actor portraying a terrorist says, "I was in so much pain, I just didn't feel like going on jihad anymore."

After praising a prescription arthritis medication, however, the same evildoer is seen jumping through an obstacle course at a terror training camp, saying, "Now I wake up every morning ready to kill the infidels!"

According to the CIA source, prescription drugs may be the secret weapon that the spy agency has long been looking for to win the war on terror: "The bad guys may have Anthrax, but we have Vioxx."

Elsewhere, a Colorado man who said he was optimistic about the upcoming Iraqi elections later discovered that he had a four-inch nail lodged in his skull.


ANDY IN NYC JANUARY 25


Andy returns to the Marquee Theater in NYC for one night only on Tuesday, January 25. With comedy superstars Ben Bailey, Laurie Kilmartin, DC Benny and Andy Blitz! 356 Bowery (bet. E. 3rd and E.4th). Show begins at 8 PM, doors open at 7:30; tickets $5. For more info email Erin.Keating@nbcuni.com.


BRING THE BOROWITZ REPORT TO YOUR TOWN

The Borowitz Report is now being syndicated to local newspapers by Creators Syndicate. Contact your local newspaper and tell them to start carrying the Borowitz Report in 2005!

The Borowitz Report: Waste Someone's Time: Forward to a Friend.

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Last year I replaced all the windows in my house with those expensive double-pane energy efficient kinds. But this week I got a call from the contractor complaining that his work had been completed a whole year ago and I had yet to pay for them. Boy oh boy, did we go around ! Just because I'm blonde doesn't mean that I am automatically stupid.

So, I proceeded to tell him just what his fast talking sales guy had told me last year, that in one year the windows would pay for themselves.

There was silence on the other end of the line so I just hung up and I haven't heard back since.

Guess I won that stupid argument.

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Tired of Losing Elections?
BECOME A REPUBLICAN!

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A guy walks into the local welfare office for his monthly check. He marches straight up to the counter and says, "Hi. You know, I just HATE coming in here drawing welfare month after month. I'd really much rather have a   job".

The social worker behind the counter says, "Your timing is excellent. We just got a job opening from a very wealthy old man who wants a chauffeur-bodyguard for his wayward daughter. You'll have to drive around in his Mercedes, but he'll supply all of your clothes. Because of the long hours, meals will be provided. You'll be expected to escort her on her overseas holiday trips. You'll have a two-bedroom apartment above the garage. The starting salary is $200,000 a year".

The guy says, "You're bullshitting me!"

The social worker says, "Yeah, well, you started it."

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For my friend Diane, who is about to get her pilot's license, I post these aviation truisms (from an old pilot to one who wishes to be an old pilot someday):

No matter what else happens, fly the aircraft. Forget all that stuff about thrust and drag, lift and gravity; an aircraft flies because of money and a pilot.

A check ride ought to be like a skirt: short enough to make it interesting but long enough to cover everything.

Speed is life, altitude is life insurance. No-one has ever collided with the sky.

Always remember you fly an aircraft with your head, not your hands.

Never let an aircraft take you somewhere your brain didn't get to five minutes earlier.

Don't drop the aircraft in order to fly the microphone. An aircraft flies because of a principle discovered by Bernoulli, not Marconi. Unskilled pilots are always found in the wreckage with their hand around the microphone.

If you push the stick forward, the houses get bigger. If you pull the stick back, they get smaller--unless you keep pulling the stick back, then they get bigger again.

Hovering is for pilots who love to fly but have no place to go.

The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire.

Everyone knows the definition of a 'good' landing is one from which you can walk away. But very few know the definition of a 'great' landing: it's the one after which you can use the aircraft again.

It's a good landing if you can still get the doors open. (And it's a damn good landing if the only thing you've messed are your pants.)

A smooth landing is mostly luck; two in a row is all luck; three in a row is prevarication.

There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing. Unfortunately, no-one knows what they are.

The probability of survival is inversely proportionate to the angle of arrival.

A helicopter is a collection of rotating parts going round and round and some going up and down--all of them trying to become random motion.

If God meant man to fly, He'd have given him more money.

What's the difference between God and Gunship Pilots? God doesn't think He's a Gunship Pilot.

Any pilot who does not at least privately consider himself the best in the business is in the wrong business.

Flying is not dangerous; crashing is dangerous.

A good simulator ride is like successful surgery on a corpse.

Asking a pilot what he thinks about the FAA is like asking a tree what it thinks about dogs.

Trust your Captain but keep your safety belt fastened.

An aircraft may disappoint a pilot, but it won't surprise him. Learn from the mistakes of others. You won’t live long enough to make them all yourself.

Any pilot who relies on a terminal forecast can be sold the Brooklyn Bridge. If he relies on winds aloft reports he can be sold Niagara Falls.

Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment.

Being an airline pilot would be great if you didn't have to go on all those trips.

Aviation is not so much a profession as it is a disease.

The only thing worse than a captain who never flew as a co-pilot is a co-pilot who once was a captain.

It's best to keep the pointed end going forward as much as possible.

If an earthquake suddenly opened a fissure in the runway that caused an accident, the FAA would find a way to blame it on pilot error.

Any attempt to stretch fuel is guaranteed to cause a headwind.

A thunderstorm is never as bad on the inside as it appears on the outside. It's worse.

It's easy to make a small fortune in aviation. You start with a large fortune.

A fool and his money are soon flying more aircraft than he can handle.

Take-offs are optional. Landings are mandatory.

There are old pilots, and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold, pilots.

What is the difference between air traffic controllers and pilots? If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies. If ATC screws up, the pilot dies.

Stay out of clouds. The silver lining everyone keeps talking about might be another airplane going in the opposite direction.

Always try to keep the number of landings you make equal to the number of take offs you've made.

The three most useless things to a pilot are the altitude above you, runway behind you, and a tenth of a second ago.

Remember, gravity is not just a good idea. It’s the law, and not subject to negotiation. Gravity never loses—the best you can hope for is a draw.

Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death ..I Shall Fear No Evil ... For I am at 80,000 Feet and Climbing. (sign over the entrance to the SR-71 operating location Kadena, Japan).

You've never been lost until you've been lost at Mach 3. (Paul F.Crickmore -test pilot)

There are more planes in the ocean than submarines in the sky. (From an old carrier sailor - Blue water Navy truism)

If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage, it's probably a helicopter -- and therefore, unsafe.

Navy carrier pilots to Air Force pilots: Flaring is like squatting to pee.

When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane you always have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash.

Without ammunition, the USAF would be just another expensive flying club.

Never trade luck for skill.

Remember, you’re always a student in an airplane.

The three most common expressions (or famous last words) in aviation are: "Why is it doing that?", "Where are we?" and "Oh Shit!"

Weather forecasts are horoscopes with numbers.

Progress in airline flying; now a flight attendant can get a pilot pregnant.

Airspeed, altitude, and brains. Two are always needed to successfully complete the flight.

Only very old pilots remember when sex was safe and flying was dangerous.

Mankind has a perfect record in aviation; we've never left one up there.

Flashlights are tubular metal containers kept in a flight bag for the purpose of storing dead batteries.

Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground, incapable of understanding or doing anything about it.

When a flight is proceeding incredibly well, something was forgotten.

Just remember, if you crash because of weather, your funeral will be held on a sunny day.

Advice given to RAF pilots during W.W. II. When a prang (crash) seems inevitable, endeavor to strike the softest, cheapest object in the vicinity as slowly and gently as possible.

The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill you. (Attributed to Max Stanley, Northrop test pilot)

A pilot who doesn't have any fear probably isn't flying his plane to its maximum. (Jon McBride, astronaut)

If you're faced with a forced landing, fly the thing as far into the crash as possible. (Bob Hoover - renowned aerobatic and test pilot)

If an airplane is still in one piece, don't cheat on it; ride the bastard down. (Ernest K. Gann, author & aviator)

Fly it until the last piece stops moving.

Never fly in the same cockpit with someone braver than you.

There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime. (Sign over squadron ops desk at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 1970.)

The three best things in life are a good landing, a good orgasm, and, a good bowel movement. The night carrier landing is one of the few opportunities in life where you get to experience all three at the same time.

If something hasn't broken on your helicopter, it's about to.

Basic Flying Rules. Try to stay in the middle of the air. Do not go near the edges of it. The edges of the air can be recognized by the appearance of ground, buildings, sea, trees and interstellar space. It is much more difficult to fly there.

You know that your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full power to taxi to the terminal.

All aircrafts have stress limits, unless the odds of another flight begin to approach nil, then there are no stress limits.

And finally: the pilots will generally get to where the aircraft is going, first.

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A scientist from Texas A&M University has invented a bra that keeps women's breasts from jiggling and prevents the nipples from pushing through the fabric when cold weather sets in.

At a news conference announcing the invention, a large group of men took the scientist outside and kicked the crap out of him.

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ANNUAL NEOLOGISM CONTEST

Once again, The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words.

The winners are:

1. Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.

2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.

3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

4. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.

5. Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.

6. Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown.

7. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.

8. Gargoyle (n.), olive-flavored mouthwash.

9. Flatulence (n.) emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.

10. Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.

11. Testicle (n.), a humorous question on an exam.

12. Rectitude (n.), the formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.

13. Pokemon (n), a Rastafarian proctologist.

14. Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.

15. Frisbeetarianism (n.), (back by popular demand): The belief that, when you die, your Soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.

16. Circumvent (n.), an opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.

The Washington Post's Style Invitational once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are this year's winners:

1. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

2. Foreploy (v): Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.

3. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.

4. Giraffiti (n): Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

5. Sarchasm (n): The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

6. Inoculatte (v): To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

7. Hipatitis (n): Terminal coolness.

8. Osteopornosis (n): A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

9. Karmageddon (n): It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.

10. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

11. Glibido (v): All talk and no action.

12. Dopeler effect (n): The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

13. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.

14. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

15. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you're eating.

And the pick of the literature:

16. Ignoranus (n): A person who's both stupid and an a*hole.
 

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Ole, while not a brilliant man, was a gifted portrait artist. His fame grew and soon people from all over the country were coming to him for paintings. One day, a beautiful young woman pulled up to his house in a stretch limo. She asked Ole if he would paint her in the nude. This was the first time anyone had made this request. The beautiful lady said money was no object; she was willing to pay $5,000. Not wanting to get into trouble with his wife, Ole asked the lady to wait while he went in the house and conferred with Lena, his wife. In a few minutes he returned and said to the lady, "Ya shure, yoo betcha. I'll paint yoo in da nute, but I'll heff ta leave on my socks so I'll heff a place to vipe my brushes."

 

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Two old guys, one 80 and one 87, were sitting on their usual park bench one morning. The 87 year old had just finished his morning jog and wasn't even short of breath.

The 80 year old was amazed at his friend's stamina and asked him what he did to have so much energy.

The 87 year old said; "well I eat Italian bread every day. It keeps your energy level high and you'll have great stamina with the ladies."

So, on the way home, the 80 year old stops at the bakery. As he was looking around,, the lady asked if he needed any help. He said, "Do you have any Italian bread?" She said, "Yes, there's a whole shelf of it, would you like some?"

He said, "I want 5 loaves."

She said , "My goodness, 5 loaves...it'll get hard."

He replied, "Does everybody in the world know about this Italian bread but ME?

 

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A woman walked into a bridal shop and told the sales clerk that she was looking for a wedding gown for her fourth wedding.

"Well," replied the sales clerk, "exactly what type of dress are you looking for?"

The bride to be said, "A long, frilly white dress with a veil."

The sales clerk didn't know quite what to say but finally said, "Frankly, madam, gowns of that nature are considered more appropriate for brides who are being married the first time .... for those who are a bit more innocent, if you know what I mean?"

"Well," replied the customer, more than a little put out, "I can assure you that I am as innocent as the rest of them."

"You see, my first husband was so excited about our wedding he died as we were checking into our hotel. My second husband and I got into a terrible fight in the limo on our way to the reception and we have not spoken since. We had that wedding annulled immediately."

"What about your third husband?" asked the sales clerk.

"Well," said the woman, "he was a Republican, and every night for four years he just sat on the edge of the bed and told me how good it was going to be."

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Answer

Question:

Can you arrange the prescription drugs listed below in order of best selling to least best selling?

Antidepressants
Anti-ulcer Drugs
Cholesterol Lowering Drugs

Answer: 1. Cholesterol Lowering Drugs; 2. Antidepressants; 3. Anti-Ulcer Drugs. The top selling over-the-counter drug in America is the stomach/ant-acid drug. Can you imagine just how unhealthy we are as a nation with so many people not able to digest their food?

 

Blessings All,
David

My thanx to our proofreaders Shiela and Suzanne and Joanne.