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EpiCore Update
We've received lots of letters from people using the original Diamond V XPC. And I have a new supply to share with my readers.

Don't Forget the Troops
this Christmas

Tell them thanks and we miss them.

Why We Do This
We receive letters like this every week.

My Esophagogastros
Can't wait for my next colonoscopy.

Gobble De Goop Update
Special offer for our readers.

How I Lost 20 Pounds Without Dieting
Two books that will change your mind on diet and exercise, and change your body.

Magnascent Goes to Africa
And more info on the dis-eases caused by iodine deficiency.

Medical Intervention ─ A Leading Cause of Death
Filed under the heading Duh!

Landmark Study Reveals New and Innovative Concepts in Psychological Cancer Treatment
Healing the mind to heal the body.

Colloidal Silver
Inhibiting the growth of viruses and bacteria for centuries.

Switch on Your Anti-Aging Genes
An article from our friend Dr Alan Sears.

Miracles From Miracle Skin Products
Customers send in their praises; and Ron has a special offer for Christmas.

Introduction to HoloSync
If you have trouble meditating, this will help. Also, learn about the various brain waves we experience daily.

Christmas Gift Suggestions
People on my list are getting some of them.

Another Christmas Suggestion
If you are a videophile, you need this.

An Open Letter To Farrah Fawcett
From our good friend, Ralph Moss.

The Fluoride Conspiracy

Getting Weaker as You Age?
Here's a simple way to stay strong.

Reduce Heart Attack Risk with this Novel Grain
And avoid Type Two Diabetes.

Vitamin D and Cancer
And the American Cancer Society hasn't a clue.

Underground Cures
Arthritis, Herpes, and a pickle to lower your blood sugar.

ADHD: Toddlers are given powerful drugs that aren’t licensed or safe

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Blessings Everyone and Happy Hanukah, Merry Christmas, and the best of the holiday season to all. Printer Friendly Page

As some of you might have noticed, we’ve been closed since June. Our computers went down nearly losing everything. As a retired IT professional, I cannot tell you how important it is to keep your data backed up. Having said this, we first lost our backup drive, and two days later, we lost the main drive. It’s taken this long to recover most of our data. I now have a triple backup system in place, and have purchased another computer (a network of three) with which I will do my photography and videography. I swore I would not go into debt to keep this here project alive, but, again, I broke my promise.

Additionally, since I volunteered for Simply the Best to do their accounting and email on this system, they too were down, but we handled it the best we could manually and only made a kazillion errors.

On the plus side, with the new computer setup, I can now photograph weddings, special events, and high school portraits. All the proceeds will go to the International Wellness Directory and keep this little hobby up and running.

When the new system is installed, I’ll be posting some of my latest photography on the web, so keep your eyes pealed to David’s PhotoArt.

I’ve also been doing some more experimental photography using only a flashlight as my light source. Because of the crash, and catching up on my work, I’ve not yet even had a chance to put them on my computer, but after the holidays, I will, and I’ll post them.e holidays, I will, and I’ll post them.

And if anyone out there wants to buy me a gift for Christmas, check out the flashlight below:

EpiCore Update

In our last newsletter, I offered to send any interested readers a pound of my own personal stash of Diamond V XPC (I used it on my chicks this past summer, and I did not lose one to disease) for a donation of $15.00. We got three takers, and that was acceptable.

However, Dr David Williams, who writes the newsletter Alternatives, published a little piece about EpiCor and how he decided to buy the 90 pound bag of Diamond V XPC. He suggested to his readers to locate the product online, and suddenly I was inundated with hundreds of orders.

I am not equipped to pack up that much of anything, my supply ran out, my suppliers could no longer furnish it, and I finally found one supplier over two hours away that carried it.

So if you, like Dr David Williams’ readers wish to try it (I’ve filled capsules with it; you can find a little kit for doing this), then you’ll have to go here: Diamond V XPC. You will notice that I’ve had to raise the price of the donation. However, those using it are reporting that so far, they’ve not caught any dreaded winter bugs.

Don't Forget the Troops
this Christmas

This newsletter has been rushed to beat the holiday traffic. We have some great gift ideas, and don’t forget our soldiers in





And the next thing we can all do is get our troops home as quickly as possible. Write, call, visit your reps in Washington. We need them here at home. Now.

One last thing: the reason I do this web site, the books, and the directories (yes, I’m so far behind I don’t know where to start).

Why We Do This

This is a letter I got from a reader:

I wanted you to know that your web site helped to save my dad's life. : ) 

With info I got there, info I got from my docs and info I've read in books my dad's prostate cancer is undetectable. His type of cancer rated an 8 on the Gleason scale and his PSA levels got up to a 45. When it got that high he went ahead and had localized radiation which brought his PSA down to 11. He finally agreed to do the things I was suggesting to him and now his PSA is down to a .06 and at his physical exam yesterday the doc said he couldn't even feel the prostate anymore.

He eats a cup of raspberries every day. I got him to shift his diet to a more alkaline one. He takes green magma every day, beta glucans 1/3,1/6, zinc, saw palmetto, selenium etc.,etc.etc. He's 88 and counting!

Just thought I'd say thanks.

This is what keeps me going.

In future issues, we’ll be reviewing lots of books, CDs, you name it. We’re really behind, but we’ll catch up soon.

Oh, and if you want to make a donation to our cause this Holiday Season, please do. The software we use to create our directories and find alternative physicians, naturopaths, etcetera for our readers jumped from $200.00 per year to $1,000.00 per year.

My Esophagogastroscopy
That’s a mouthful.


I awoke one night with this terrible burning pain in my chest. I felt like I was having a heart attack. But could it be heartburn? I’ve never had debilitating heartburn.

The next night, I awoke to the same thing. I thought my chest was going to explode. Only one thing to do: call the VA and set an appointment.

When I arrived at the VA, my doctor called me right in. I told her the problem, and she typed at her computer, told me to go directly to the lab for blood tests and then next door to get an EKG.

A lot of people complain about socialized medicine. Most of them are the ones making lots of money in our money based system of medicine. They say that there are long waits, the service is poor, etc. etc.

Within ten minutes I was back in my doctor’s office where she told me: It’s heartburn.

Apparently, if you you’ve had a heart event, they will find specific enzymes in your blood stream.

So, it was quickly ruled out. In ten minutes, with no waits. At the lab I was taken straightaway, and ditto at the EKG lab.

The VA system is an example of how well socialized medicine can work. Yes, there are exceptions (e.g., Walter Reed) but they’ve been caused by budget cuts (during a time of war when vets are returning in droves).

My doctor wanted me to get an esophagogastroscopy. She explained that the procedure lasted less than five minutes; that they would insert a tube with a camera attached to take pictures.

I’ve always had a fear of suffocation since I was a kid. I told her this and she responded: "They give you this new drug, Versed. Once they give it to you, no matter what they do, it won’t affect you, and afterwards you’ll forget everything."

“Oh,” I said, “like high school.”

I remember the doc inserting the IV, and I felt a cool liquid entering my vein. I asked if they’d just given me the anesthesia, and he replied, “It’s not really an anesthesia.”

“Oh,” I said, “then you’re not an anesthesiologist.”

He said, “No,” and began to tell me all about the drug, but that’s as much as I remember. Now I can’t wait for my next Colonoscopy.

It turns out that there was nothing wrong with my stomach, I did not have a hiatal hernia, but they did find Candida on my esophagus.

My doctor sent me Tagamet® and an anti-fungal medicine, but I decided to use a less harsh therapy. I like the fact that my body digests food. I don’t need an acid blocker. And the anti-fungal meds had side effects I wasn’t interested in exploring.

I began a daily routine of 10 drops of Magnascent (it’s antifungal) in the morning, upping it from the usual 3 drops per day. Then I followed that by a squeeze of Grapefruit Seed Extract in the back of my throat. It’s horrid. Getting it down is difficult, but in the back of your throat, you can swallow and quickly wash it down. I also added iFlora 4 Women (was called iFlora Candida) to my regimine.

Symptoms vanished within three days, but I continued the protocol till my bottle of Grapefruit Seed Extract was finished.

Gobble De Goop is no mo

How I Lost 20 Pounds Without Dieting


I’ve been a fan of Dr Sears’ a long time. I’ve read some of his work in one of the horde of newsletters that trample down my mailbox (both physical and electronic). One day his people came to me asking if we would review one of his books.

It’s called the Pace® Program.

I began reading it, and the more and more I read, the more it seemed if I’d already written this. You see, the first chapters tore into aerobic exercise, revealing the myths so many still kneel to. It was so close to our findings, that we asked him if we could publish his first two chapters in our next edition of Bypassing Bypass. In exchange, we would link to his site so you could get the rest of the story.

I’ll give you a hint.

You work out hard, then soft, then hard, then soft, then…

At this pace, you’ll teach your body to burn more fat while resting. Oh, I should tell you that there are side effects: your heart becomes stronger, and your lung capacity grows.

Yes, it does all those things that we’ve been told aerobic exercise does. Only, research shows, it (aerobic exercise) does not.

You see, our bodies haven’t evolved much since we were hunter gatherers. The life of a hunter/gatherer was spent walking long distances, sometimes carrying great loads, interspersed with running at breakneck speeds either trying to capture something to eat, or trying to escape something that wanted to eat him. We were born to be hunter/gatherers.

Whether you jog, run, walk, swim, jump rope, or ride a bike, you can do the Pace® Program.

I chose the bike.

At this same time, I discovered Dr Hyman (he’s yet to contact us). His book Ultrametabolism caught my eye. I read it and liked it. Eating to boost our metabolism. What a concept. Some reviews say that his theories go beyond the research, but he’s done his homework. Nothing he claims has been disproven in any study. Far from it. Studies back him up.

One thing that keeps Americans fat is that we skip breakfast, and then snack at night. That is the first thing you’ll learn to reverse when you pick up this book.

The PACE® Program and Ultrametabolism are my gift to you to start you new year. The PACE® Program can be yours in less than ten minutes. You just click and download. Untrametabolism will take a few days to arrive. You can also order a hard copy of the PACE® Program.


Pace Program

Magnascent Goes to Africa
Why not get it to your home too?


We received a letter from a person with contacts in Africa who wanted to make nascent iodine for the population there suffering from malaria. It seems that all those making Edgar Cayce’s iodine recipes refused to give away their secrets.

I immediately contacted John Brookshire and got both parties together.

John not only gave them the instructions, he created a video showing them the entire process.

John is an angel. I hope you will all support his work, because, suddenly the FDA has defined iodine as a controlled substance, and John spent some $2,000.00 to get a license to make his nascent Iodine.

Additionally, I discovered an error in our reports on Iodine that I will try to clear up here, and later, I’ll repair the articles.

What is sold as Atomidine today is not nascent iodine.

From 1926 to 1935, it was nascent iodine. However, today, there are forms out there made with iodine trichloride, which is simply a dangerous form.

Edgar Cayce gave two readings on how to make Atomidine. He gave both to Sunker Bisey who decided, because of cost, to make the second form (from reading 358-2, rather than the first form (from reading 358-1) since the cost of this first process was prohibitive. This all occurred during the Great Depression, and the first recipe, which sold for a dollar a bottle, was preferred by the manufacturers over something no one could afford.

The difference between the two iodines is that the weaker method charged the molecules putting them into an energetic state, while the stronger method, true nascent iodine, broke the bonds holding the molecules together. The mild form is often referred to as Atomidine or Detoxified Iodine. The stronger form is true nascent iodine, or called, by John Brookshire, Magnascent.

The results from Magnascent are astounding. It is just a darn good product.

Here is a testimonial we received from one of the people who used his iodine:

My name is Terri B. and I was diagnosed with Small Cell Cancer in June 2002. The tumor was wrapped around my coronary artery. The Dr’s told me I would live a year, maybe less, because the small cell cancer would keep coming back. Sure enough, within a year I started jumbling my words and losing my balance. The MRI found a tumor the size of a lemon inside my brain. It was around this time that I bumped into John Brookshire again. He suggested I try [Magnascent] to help with the numerous side effect from chemotherapy and radiation. I was very impressed.

I would put 3-5 drops of [Magnascent] in a glass of water in the morning and at night, and I could tell a big difference in my energy level within a week. I was able to get up more and even wanted to get out of the house to go somewhere besides to the Dr or for tests. I also read a great book on the effects of not enough iodine in our bodies, and was shown how much this wonderful potion was helping women with Breast Cancer.

Here it is 2007 and I haven’t had any symptoms for over two years. I still use the [Magnascent] daily and I thank John for helping me get stronger

We’ve not yet put Iodine in our list of Alternative Cancer Therapies, but when I get the time, I will.

We will also review a book by Dr Brownstein on iodine in the near future, but in the meanwhile, you can order it yourself. Dr Guy Abraham has been testing iodine on breast cancer and prostate cancer, and he and Dr Brownstein are thoroughly convinced that when the body gets enough iodine, these cancers simply start to melt away.

Additionally, a lack of iodine (suffered by upwards of 85% of our population) affects our intelligence. In an article from the New York Times, December 16, 2006, entitled In Raising the World’s I.Q., the Secret’s in the Salt, experts suggest raising the quantity of iodine in our salt (to levels first proposed by a Dr Marlin – as we reported in an earlier article on iodine) would increase our intelligence.

“For 5 cents per person per year, you can make the whole population smarter than before,” said Dr. Gerald N. Burrow, a former dean of Yale’s medical school and vice chairman of the iodine council.

A reader sent us an interesting take on this:

I thought this was really interesting, though it doesn't mention iodine specifically. Since we know that mothers who don't get enough iodine tend to have dumber kids, it is interesting that mothers who eat a lot of fish tend to have smarter kids (even if the fish have mercury). This fits in interestingly with the "mermaid" hypothesis . . . . People living by the shore usually eat a fair bit of seaweed, which chelates mercury [bonds with mercury so it can pass], so even if the fish did have extra mercury, it might not be an issue. But the fetus would get all that nice iodine and omega-3 fatty acids to create a nice big brain.

The Thyroid Foundation of Canada published a paper on Iodine Deficiency Disorders in which they claim that “iodine deficiency currently represents a significant public health problem for 1575 million people (almost 30% of the world's population) in 110 countries. 655 million are affected by goitre, 20 million are believed to be significantly mentally handicapped as a result of iodine deficiency which is therefore the most prevalent preventable cause of impaired intellectual development in the world today.”

They go onto say:

Severe iodine deficiency may manifest itself by Cretinism i.e. children born with severe hypothyroidism. Neonates and young infants constitute the target population for the effects of iodine deficiency because, from a public health viewpoint, the most important complications of iodine deficiency are irreversible brain damage and mental retardation which result from iodine deficiency and thyroid failure during fetal and early postnatal life.

Other naturally occurring goitrogens can aggravate or simulate iodine deficiency, and these include such foods as cassava, maize, bamboo shoots, sweet potatoes, lima beans, and the Brassica group of vegetables. Iodine deficiency and/or these goitrogens interfere with the production of thyroid hormone, thus causing an increase in TSH, an increased size of the thyroid gland (goitre), and hypothyroidism.

The consequences of iodine deficiency even in developed areas such as Europe is enormous. For example the cost of the diagnosis and treatment of goitre due to iodine deficiency in Germany in 1986 was estimated at 700 million dollars, yet prevention by iodized salt would cost only 2-8 cents per person per year.

Elevated thyroid uptake due to iodine deficiency aggravates the risk of thyroid irradiation and development of thyroid cancer in the case of a nuclear accident. Even in Europe, clinically euthyroid school children born and living in an iodine deficient environment exhibit subtle or even overt neuropsychointellectual deficits as compared to controls living in the same ethnic, demographic, nutritional and socio-economic system, except that they are not exposed to iodine deficiency.

Iodine is an essential nutrient. Period. The simple fact that our government demands that our salt be iodized in a dosage that simply keeps us from developing goiters, while still keeping us iodine deficient means that each of us must get enough in our diet on our own.

John is working with a physician in Africa testing his iodine. Here is a letter he received from the good doctor:

I’m sorry for taking so long to reply on your e-mails.  I took leave for a month and went to Mozambique to have a good rest. 

I do not mind if you use my name in the newspaper.  I am still experimenting with the Iodine with lots of good results although you do not get the same results with all the medicines with everyone.  Overall it seems to work very well for Ostio-arthritis, Rumatoit-arthritis and even Gout.  I also use it for Septicemia and I find it very effective to put the undiluted drops on warts.  It also worked very well on kidney failure.  Yesterday I gave it to someone with full blown HIV on anti-retroviral treatment that failed, so I am waiting to see the response.  It is important that you mention that this study is in (it’s) experimental phase and the results were found with only a few patients.  It will take a few years and lots of patients to really come to a conclusion.  So far I had no side-effects or allergic response but, I am very positive that you can treat many illnesses with great success with this very inexpensive medicine. 

I will keep you updated on my results all the time.  Unfor­tunately most of my patients are (rural) black, so when they get cured, they do not come back to inform me about it.  They have no contact numbers, which means I can’t get into any contact with them to find out.  I do believe that God had not brought this medicine to me all the way from Zambia for nothing, so I expect that in this year, great things are going to happen.  I hope to generate some income with the Iodine, that I can go back to Zambia, to help our friend with all his good work.

We also got a letter from a woman with breast cancer who is under the care of Dr Guy Abraham. She writes: “It’s saving my life!”

Here is another letter:

Just good health info to pass on.  3 months ago my doctor tried to prescribe thyroid medicine to me.  I convinced him to let me try liquid iodine in my water morning and night before committing to the pills.  I just got my results in today and good news.  My thyroid went back up to normal.......no thyroid prescriptions.

Word to the wise:  We do not have enough iodine in our diets.

What can you do? Help yourself and your family by supporting John’s work.

To order Magnascent, Click Here: Magnascent, from Simply the Best.

Additionally, here are two books you really need to read.

Iodine: Why You Need It, why You Can't Live without It



Medical InterventionA Leading Cause of Death
Filed under the heading Duh!

Posted on: WACCOBB.NET

Not long ago I read a report that made the astonishing claim that the leading cause of death in the US is the American medical system. Medicare's recent announcement that it will no longer reimburse hospitals for the cost of treating certain "serious preventable events," such as an object left in a patient's body after an operation or giving a patient the wrong kind of blood, and particular infections amounts to a frightening acknowledgement of how bad things have gotten in mainstream health care.

Authors of the report on causes of death, published in Life Extension magazine, attributed nearly 800,000 deaths each year to medical interventions, in contrast to approximately 650,000 deaths from heart disease and 550,000 from cancer. The methodology they used to calculate that number didn't stand up to our analysis, so I don't think the numbers are quite so high. However, it did get my attention since the figures came from credible sources including peer-reviewed medical journals, citing for instance, 106,000 deaths annually from adverse drug reactions, 98,000 from medical errors and 88,000 from infections. This compares with 160,000 deaths from lung cancer anticipated for 2007, for instance. Death can't be held off forever, of course -- but preventable deaths from hospital-acquired infections, especially if due to poor hygiene such as those transmitted by not washing hands, are particularly egregious.

For greater insight into the risks we face, I spoke with David J. Sherer, MD, a board-certified anesthesiologist in Falls Church, Virginia, and the coauthor of Dr. David Sherer's Hospital Survival Guide: 100+ Ways to Make Your Hospital Stay Safe and Comfortable (Claren). He said that although this report is controversial and somewhat alarmist, it has elements of truth. Numbers can always be crunched and interpreted in different ways, but the indisputable point here is that medical errors and complications or adverse effects from medical interventions have reached a crisis point in this country -- one that needs to be addressed. That's beginning to happen.

Dr. Sherer and I discussed what's behind this alarming trend and how we can protect ourselves.


First of all, the problem is not that medical practitioners have suddenly and inexplicably become sloppy and careless. That's far too simplistic an explanation. Instead, Dr. Sherer chalks up the alarming statistics to a number of different factors:

  • The American public is getting older and sicker. Growing numbers of graying baby boomers are developing the diseases of aging -- heart disease, diabetes, orthopedic problems, etc. In the meantime, in people of all ages, ballooning rates of obesity contribute to these same health challenges. More sick people mean more medical interventions... and in hard numbers, that adds up to more mistakes or complications.
  • In a kind of medical "perfect storm," just as more Americans are developing serious health problems, we're struggling with a shortage of medical support personnel including nurses, which decreases the attention paid to patient needs and details of treatment. Also, managed care has meant doctors have less time to devote to patients during office visits and, as a result, are less likely to know the particulars of their history. Dr. Sherer warns that this sets up a system ripe for errors.
  • Americans today take more medications than anyone else in the world -- and drug companies are working hard to get us to take even more. Spending on direct-to-consumer drug advertising has increased over 300% in nearly a decade, to $4.2 billion in 2005 from $1.1 billion in 1997. With that much money aimed at advertising drugs not just to save lives, but to enhance mood or correct erectile dysfunction or alleviate restless legs syndrome, Dr. Sherer points out that drugs are often being taken by people who don't need them. More drugs mean more drug reactions and interactions to juggle than ever before... again, many more opportunities for errors.
  • We're paying closer attention to medical errors and preventable complications and -- paradoxically, the harder we look for them, the more we find. This makes the numbers look terrible in the short run, but in the long run this increased vigilance and accountability should result in improved care.


Forewarned is forearmed: There are many proactive steps you can take to shield yourself and your loved ones from this epidemic of deaths related to medical interventions. At the doctor's office or in the hospital, Dr. Sherer recommends...

  • Bring an up-to-date list of all medications you take. Make sure that you list not only prescription drugs, but also over-the-counter medications, herbal remedies, vitamins and other dietary supplements. These can all react with one another. Also list the condition for which you take each drug.
  • Include correct name, spelling, usage and dosage. Dr. Sherer cautions that many drugs -- for example, Xanax (for anxiety) and Zantac (to treat ulcers) -- sound similar. A comprehensive and accurate list that includes the condition for which a drug or supplement has been prescribed will help ward off confusion and errors. This is especially important when dealing with health-care professionals who don't speak English as their first language.
  • Tell practitioners about any drug allergies or sensitivities and all pre-existing conditions. For example, perhaps you are allergic to penicillin. While this information should appear on your chart, don't take for granted that it does. Reminding health-care providers of your medical history, including drug allergies, is a simple and effective way to avoid potentially life-threatening medical errors.
  • Do your homework. If you are scheduled to take a new drug or undergo a test or procedure, first research it at reliable government, hospital or university-based Web sites such as www.medlineplus.gov or www.mayoclinic.com or www.jhu.edu (Johns Hopkins). Peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association (jama.ama-assn.org) and the New England Journal of Medicine (content.nejm.org) can also be excellent sources of information. An objective non-biased drug assessment database is available through both print and on-line subscription (www.factsandcomparisons.com/) -- ask your health-care provider and/or pharmacist whether they use it.
  • Speak up. Ask your doctor the right questions. Why do I need this drug/test/procedure? What are the risks versus benefits? Is this the best drug/test/procedure for my condition? What about side effects? In the case of tests, are the results typically straightforward or subject to interpretation? How often is this test/procedure performed at your facility? How often does the surgeon or other medical practitioner perform it? In both cases, the more often, the better. Will there be pain or discomfort? If your physician can't or won't take the time to answer your questions, it's time to get a new physician.
  • Designate a friend or family member to be your advocate. When you're ill, it's all too easy to become nervous and forget the questions you want to ask, or fail to recall your physician's advice. It's not only comforting to have a trusted advocate by your side at such moments, it also contributes to a better understanding of the situation on your part, and more accountability on the part of your caregivers. If you're in the hospital, try to have someone with you or visiting frequently so that they can get help/nurse's attention if need be.
  • Take personal responsibility. In the long run, you remain in charge of your own health. Responsibility includes not just your interactions with medical practitioners, but also making lifestyle changes that reduce your risk of illness.

No doubt we will continue to hear more about this vitally important health topic -- and I'll continue to cover it in upcoming issues of Daily Health News. Given that hospitals will now have to absorb the costs of their mistakes due to Medicare's refusal to provide coverage for "serious preventable events," with a stipulation that prevents billing patients for them, too, it's clear that they will focus intently on reducing these events, which can only be good news. And meanwhile, Medicare's new hospital inpatient provisions will result not only in an estimated savings for the government of more than $20 million annually -- but, we can only hope, the saving of many lives as well.


David J. Sherer, MD, a board-certified anesthesiologist in clinical practice at Falls Church Ambulatory Surgery Center in Falls Church, Virginia, affiliated with Mid-Atlantic Permanente Group. He is coauthor of Dr. David Sherer's Hospital Survival Guide: 100+ Ways to Make Your Hospital Stay Safe and Comfortable (Claren).

Landmark Study Reveals New and Innovative Concepts in Psychological Cancer Treatment
Official Press Release

Author Rob van Overbruggen PhD shares his expertise and utilizes the power of the human mind to influence the cancer process in Healing Psyche

ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands - In Healing Psyche: Patterns and Structure of Complementary Psychological Cancer Treatment (CPCT), author Rob van Overbruggen describes the evolution of his ground-breaking concepts in psychological cancer treatment, how they differ from the more traditional psychological modalities, and how they have been carefully developed into a complete and complementary approach to treating cancer by tapping into the powers of the human mind.

During the research process, Van Overbruggen discovered overlapping patterns from different psychological approaches to cancer therapy.  In his book, he identifies those psychological patterns that influence the cancer process and how those patterns can be changed to aid the healing process.  Supported by many references to scientific literature, Healing Psyche is an analysis of the influence of mindset, behavior, emotions, and coping styles on cancer.

Based on his meticulous research, Van Overbruggen makes scientifically based suggestions for creating effective programs for somatic healing and offers tips for further research into the healing potential of the mind.  The book will be of great help and interest to a wide range of health practitioners and therapists who work with patients diagnosed with cancer. Patients themselves will also benefit from the new hope that these alternative healing approaches provide. Part therapeutic guidebook and part research dissertation, Healing Psyche will serve as a valuable addition and support to integrative medicine.

"This is a groundbreaking research paper that reads more like a page-turning novel. Full of absorbing case studies, Van Overbruggen presents some of the most provocative and mind-bending cancer research around."
- Ellen Tanner Marsh, New York Times best-selling author

For more information or to request a free review copy, members of the press can contact the author at his site 'healingpsyche'.  Healing Psyche: Patterns and Structure of Complementary Psychological Cancer Treatment (CPCT) is available for sale online at Amazon.com, BookSurge.com, and through additional wholesale and retail channels worldwide.

About the Author:

Rob van Overbruggen holds a doctorate in clinical hypnotherapy, and is an internationally licensed hypnotherapist, neuro linguistic programmer, and time line therapy trainer. He is the founder and director of Mexion, a company specializing in therapy and training.

From the Author:

After decades of research and billion dollars spent biomedical science has not yet discovered the cause for breast cancer. Every 13 minutes someone dies of breast cancer. Even if biomedical methods and technologies have enormously improved, health care costs have risen at a very high rate synchronistically.

Many organisations work together to beat this disease, however the Heal Breast Cancer Foundation is the only independent organisation that truly works on a holistic approach. Their independent research projects will shift the mainstream focus away from a biomedical, symptomatic therapy model towards a biopsychosocial prevention model.

That is why I support them and want to donate ALL my profits to them. All (!!!) revenue of the sales of my book (sold on December 12 2007) "Healing Psyche" will be donated to their campaign and research. If my book ends up in the top 5 of amazon.com then I will make an additional donation of $500 to support their cause.

Colloidal Silver
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Tony Isaacs, a good friend of our work, and author of Cancer's Natural Enemy, sent me a couple of bottles of Advanced Colloidal Silver. I used it for a few infections and it worked.

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One minor drawback to using colloidal silver is that it can't distinguish between good an bad bacteria, so you'll need to supplement with a good probiotic. My personal favorites are, as many of you know, the iFlora line from Sedona Labs.  

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Switch on Your Anti-Aging Genes
From Dr Alan Sears' Health Confidential


New research has uncovered a gene that can increase lifespan dramatically, as much as 100 percent in one study.1 All living things carry it – including humans. Even more exciting is the discovery that natural substances found in certain foods have the power to activate this gene.

We first discovered evidence of this “longevity gene” about twenty years ago. If you starve mice, giving them a nutritionally balanced diet with very few calories, their lifespan increases dramatically. Later studies revealed that this strange effect wasn’t limited to mice: calorie-restricted diets produced similar results in many life forms, from single celled organisms to plantVery recently, we found the explanation for this mysterious phenomenon. They isolated a family of genes called sirtuins (“silent information regulator proteins”). Sirtuins kick in under conditions of severe stress, bringing about a miraculous transformation.

They transmit signals to every cell in your body that literally cancel out the effects of aging. The processes that lead to cell death slow to a crawl, buying your body more time. o a crawl, buying your body more time.

The discovery of sirtuins pointed to another amazing fact. Most folks think of genetics as written in stone. You have the genes you inherited, and that’s it. What sirtuins show is that certain genes can be awakened and called upon to change your body in the course of a single lifetime.

You’re probably saying to yourself, “Do I have to starve myself to live longer?” Good point. The problem of how to “wake up” sleeping sirtuin genes had scientists stumped for years. They had to find some other way to flip the “off switch” on aging.

That’s where foods come in. Turns out some contain a natural compound that unleashes the anti-aging power of sirtuins as effectively as calorie restriction. It’s called resveratrol.

Nature’s Solution

Resveratrol’s higher in plums, grapes, blueberries and cranberries. Other plants also make smaller amounts. Its power to enhance and prolong your life goes beyond anti-aging. Years of research have shown that resveratrol boosts heart health, combats cancer, ramps up energy levels, limits the inflammation that causes arthritis, and benefits a number of major organs, including the heart, liver, and pancreas. It also has the remarkable capacity to halt cell “malfunctions” that can be lethal, like tumor generation.

As if that weren’t enough, resveratrol also acts as a potent antioxidant, binding with “free radicals,” the molecules that cause cell damage and lead to death over time.

The list of resveratrol’s many health benefits is long indeed. Let’s start with the heart.

Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too

Back in the 80’s, researchers stumbled on a mystery they called “the French Paradox.” Conventional wisdom had long held that if you eat a lot of saturated fats, your arteries would clog up, putting you on the fast track to a major heart attack.

But when they compared the average diets among people in different countries, their theory went out the window. The French were eating all the fat they wanted – cheese, cream, meat, buttery pastries, cakes, and desserts, even foods made out of pure fat like pâté – and yet they had much lower rates of heart disease than Americans, who ate just as much fat.

In other words, the French were having their cake and eating it, too. Why?

Further analysis offered a clue: the French love wine as much as they love fatty foods. Something in wine, they realized, was highly beneficial. So they performed more testing in the lab and uncovered the one of the main causes: the grapes used to make wine were rich in resveratrol.

It turns out that different wines have different levels of resveratrol. Wines made from Muscadine grapes have the highest levels.


Total resveratrol (mg/L)

Total resveratrol in a 5 oz glass (mg)

Muscadine Wines

14.1 - 40

2.12 - 6

Red Wines (Global)

1.98 – 7.13

0.30 – 1.07

Red Wines (Spanish)

1.92 – 12.59

0.29 – 1.89

Red grape juice (Spanish)

1.14 – 8.69

0.17 – 1.30

Rose Wines (Spanish)

0.43 – 3.52

0.06 – 0.53

Pinot Noir

0.40 – 2.0

0.06 – 0.30

White Wines (Spanish)

0.05 – 1.80

0.01 – 0.27

Meet One of Your Heart’s Best Friends

I’ve been studying ways to boost heart health for thirty years, and I’ve never come across anything more powerful than resveratrol.

There are actually two kinds of resveratrol, “cis-“ and “trans-resveratrol.” It’s the second kind appears to be the most beneficial.

One way it protects your heart is by preventing blood clots, a major cause of heart attack, particularly in older folks. In one study, researchers gave healthy male subjects a blood-clotting factor along with high doses of trans-resveratrol. They found that trans-resveratrol prevented their blood platelets from sticking together.3 Not only does this help your heart – it also prevents strokes, another effect of clotting.

Another way it powers your heart involves miraculous capability called “angio-genesis,” a fancy term for blood vessel growth. Trans-resveratrol acts a bit like bypass surgery by creating new blood vessels to deliver more oxygen to your heart when it’s not getting enough.

Finally trans-resveratrol drives down levels of bad fats called triglycerides. These are the fatty acids that clog your arteries. Scientists have been able to lower triglyceride levels as much as 15 percent in pre-menopausal women using concentrated grape powder.4 It’s this particular property that helped to explain the “French Paradox.” The French were eating fat, but it wasn’t clogging their arteries as fast as in Americans.

A “His-and-Hers” Cancer Fighter and Natural Sun Block

Resveratrol is a major weapon in the battle against cancer – in both men and women.

Someday, doctors may turn to resveratrol instead of drugs or surgery as a first-line defense and treatment for prostate cancer. In mice, it’s been shown to reduce prostate cancer risk as much as 87 percent. And in those who’d already developed prostate cancer, resveratrol slowed tumor growth up to 49 percent.5

For women, resveratrol may prove just as powerful in the fight against breast cancer. Another study on mice found that it slowed tumor growth and killed off cancer cells and the blood vessels they need to grow.6

This is truly amazing, if you think about it. Resveratrol acts just like chemotherapy in mice, but naturally and without any of the horrific side effects of chemo. And while it stimulates blood vessel growth to benefit the heart, it kills the blood vessels that feed tumors. When it comes to preventing cancer and heart disease, it’s you’re guardian angel.

What’s more, a number of studies suggest that resveratrol may prevent leukemia, pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, and lung cancer.

Plants use resveratrol to protect themselves from the harmful effects of too much sun. It may be able to do the same thing for humans. Scientists looked at resveratrol’s effects on skin tumor development in mice caused by harmful UVB rays.7 They used it just like a lotion, applying it to the skin twice weekly for 28 weeks. Not only did it prevent skin cancer; it also slowed tumor growth significantly.

Ramp Up Your Physical Strength and Vitality

Resveratrol may also turn out to be for humans what spinach was for Popeye. In one study, it turned mice into Mighty Mice, granting them extraordinary strength and stamina. Once fed resveratrol, they ramped up their aerobic capacity, lengthened their running time, and burned more oxygen. Researchers also noticed that resveratrol enhanced their muscles’ ability to turn fuel into energy.

Adding icing to the cake, the same study confirmed resveratrol’s power to enhance overall health and vitality: it boosted the immune system, protected the nervous system, and optimized liver, muscle, and fat cell function. It also prevented diabetes and obesity by lowering insulin resistance, the main cause of type 2 diabetes.8

Unlock Your Body’s Native Power

Resveratrol taps into your body’s natural, life-giving force, unleashing vitality, energy, strength, and stamina. It can literally add years to your life.

The problem is how to get enough of it.

Nearly all the experiments I mentioned used quantities of resveratrol well beyond what you’d be able to get from drinking a lot of wine or eating plums all day. So this is a case where supplements are a better option. They’re inexpensive and safe. You can find them in health food stores or on line. I recommend around taking 10 mg per day.

I’ll also be formulating my own mix of resveratrol in the coming months. Once it’s ready, I’ll let you know.


1. Howitz et al, “Small molecule activators of sirtuins extend Saccharomyces cerevisiae lifespan,” Nature, 2003, 425(6954):191-6.

2. Sinclair DA, Guarente L, “Unlocking the secrets of longevity genes,” Scientific American, 2006, 294(3): 48-57.

3. Wang et al, “Effects of red wine and wine polyphenol resveratrol on platelet aggregation in vivo and in vitro,” International Journal of Molecular Medicine, 2007 9(1):77-9.

4. Zern et al, “Grape polyphenols exert a cardioprotective effect in pre- and postmenopausal women by lowering plasma lipids and reducing oxidative stress,” The Journal of Nutrition, 2005, 135(8):1911-7.

5. Harper et al, “Resveratrol suppresses prostate cancer progression in transgenic mice,” Journal of Carcinogenesis, 2007 28(9):1946-1953.

6. Garvin et al, “Resveratrol induces apoptosis and inhibits angiogenesis in human breast cancer xenografts in vivo,” Cancer Letters, 2006, 231(1): 113-22.

7. Aziz et al, “Chemoprevention of skin cancer by grape constituent resveratrol: relevance to human disease?” The FASEB Journal, 2005, 19(9):1193-95.

8. Lagouge et al, “Resveratrol improves mitochondrial function and protects against metabolic disease by activating SIRT1 and PGC-1alpha,” Cell, 2006,127(6):1109-22.

To get Dr Sears' Health Confidential Newsletter, click here.

Miracles From Miracle Skin Products
Customers send us their praises.


I never get tired talking about Ron Salley’s line of creams. Ron has gotten orders from around the world because of our efforts to promote them. As many of you know, if it’s good, if it works, we’ll promote it, and if we receive negative lots of negative feedback, we’ll drop them and erase every mention of them found at this site.

Simply the Best started up because of the unique products we’ve discovered in this journey to perfect health. Simply the Best is the only site on the web handling Ron’s amazing creams.

Diabetic Wounds: Ron has received tons of letters from his customers who have used HealonPF™ for their diabetic wounds. I am currently researching products that can help these nearly untreatable inflictions for a future article, but the findings are slim. I cannot even tell you the number of people who’ve told Ron that his HealonPF™ saved a limb.

One recent customer had a team of doctors working on his foot for more than six months only to tell him that it would, in all probability, have to come off. He got a bottle of HealonPF™, used it twice a day over a six week period, and it healed right up. His doctors claimed it to be a “miracle” and then went on to take full credit for the event.

We expect to receive photographs (before and after soon), so stay tuned.

Two cases of spider bites (by the Brown Recluse) healed completely with no rotting flesh.

One young man in Texas had a lung condition that limited his lung capacity, and it was progressive. Each day he had more and more trouble breathing. When the doctors could no longer help him, he got some HealonPF™, put a few drops of it into a sauce pan, simmered up the solution, put a towel over his head and breathed in the steam. He did this once a day for ten days. He reports that he can finally breathe without straining; that he feels like he’s been given a new set of lungs. When he showed his doctor the bottle of HealonPF™ that had worked its magic, the doctor told him he didn’t want to hear about it, but added that he should continue using it.

Personally, I’ve found that when I have a sinus inflammation, I first put a few drops of Magnascent into a netipot and thoroughly clean out my nasal cavities. I then spray some SinusBuster up there with a bit of Colloidal Silver. Finally, I do the procedure mentioned above, and it’s gone.

Ron has created an ointment from his HealonPF™, and it’s currently being tested by Dr Hall (who is one of his admirers). For deep core diabetic wounds (that go right down to the bone), the doctor has found that he can pack the wound, which has saved some limbs that had, according to the medical world, not a chance of ever healing. Ron is not currently manufacturing this new product; it’s in the testing phase. His products are expensive to make, and he wants more clinical studies before it goes into production. We’ll be the first to tell you when this happens.

It seems that beauticians have been using the HealonPF™ for sever acne with great results. Ron also makes an Acne Formula, and used together, he’s not seen an acne condition that can’t be cleared up.

Ron is also working with veterinarians. Hot spots on dogs can clear up in two weeks with HealonPF™. One of the top horse Vets in Texas is now testing Ron’s experimental Healon™ Ointment on Laminitis. Laminitis is deadly in horses. In fact, a recent Kentucky Derby winner was put down because of it. We’ll get back to you soon on the results. There is no cure for Laminitis. If Ron’s ointment is successful, he’s taking me to Jamaica, because he’ll be a multi-millionaire.

For third degree burns, nothing seems to compare to HealonPF™. Even blisters clear up quickly.

Ron recently got a large order from Korea, due to our web site, and he sent us half the profits from the sale, and just in time; we had to pay our computer guru for recovering our 19 years of research. We cannot thank him enough for this.

So, if you don’t have a bottle of HealonPF™ in your first aid kit and one in your car, this Christmas Ron will send you a free bottle of HealonPF™ for any orders over $100.00.

Additionally, I convinced Ron to market his amazing lip balm. Most lip balms contain petroleum products (which have been linked to cancer, in fact, Vaseline Petroleum Jelly® has been outlawed in Europe because of this). Ron’s product are 100% natural, kosher, and organic (when possible). We’ve read testimonials about this stuff that are unbelievable. Some women have been using it on their crows feet and bags under their eyes. Whenever I let someone try mine, they love it. In fact, they often walk off with it.

The process to make his Lip Balm is long, tedious, and expensive and he never wanted to market it. I told him you have to sell this stuff, so why not sell it for $15.00? He said that’s awfully steep for a Lip Balm. I said, “No, it isn’t. Not for this stuff!”

Finally, Ron’s Psoriasis formula has help a lot of people, but on some, it’s done nothing. Psoriasis is a weird condition. There are a lot of products out there, and like Ron’s formula, sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. We could easily publish only the positive testimonials here, but that’s not our style.

If any of Ron’s products do not work for you, you get your money back, including the shipping. That’s his guarantee.

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Introduction to HoloSync
One quick path to peace and wellbeing.


NOTE: This article is at our site here: Binaural Beats.




Aside from the fact that we’re six months behind in our work, we do plan to review a lot of CDs on meditation and hypnosis.

HoloSync™  is just one of the recording schemes we will investigate in depth in a future newsletter.

We get a lot of letters here, and one subject we get often is: I CAN’T MEDITATE!

Our society runs at a ridiculous pace. The American Dream has become a nightmare. Most families have both parents working full time, and far too many have to maintain two jobs. Finding a peaceful space (or time) to meditate is difficult. Trying to clear one’s mind seems impossible. This is where HoloSync™ comes in.

As you read this, your brain is sending the words you see through your brain in electrical impulses. The speed at which these impulses travel is called frequency. Brain frequencies are measured in cycles per second, or hertz.

Let’s take a look at these frequencies:

  • Delta: 0-4Hz
    In the Delta state, you are in a profoundly deep sleep. The Delta phase serves as regenerative state.

  • Theta: 4-8Hz
    This is a trance state. If you’ve ever seen someone staring off into nowhere (or have done it yourself) then you know the Delta phase. It is our most creative state. Our thoughts are visual or emotional, rather than linguistic or, as some would say, rational.

  • Alpha: 8-12Hz
    When you open your eyes and passively view your surroundings, without much thinking, just observing, you are at the Alpha state. When you listen, you simply listen. The moment you stray and start thinking of other things, or how to respond, you enter the Beta phase.

  • SMR: 12-16Hz
    When you are doing things automatically without thinking, you are in the SMR phase. Driving a car is mostly done in this phase. Most of the time you don’t have to think about how to steer or use the accelerator or clutch. Only when you reach an intersection or a stop light do you have to think about what you are doing. Or, of course, should you suddenly find yourself sliding on ice, your brain kicks in high gear, and you reach the Beta phase. Professional dancers, skaters, and musicians often perform their art in this state. The rest of us have to think about what we’re doing.

  • Beta: 16-20Hz
    This is your active thought state. We study, learn, and plan in the Beta phase. Pick up a pencil and add a group of numbers, and the Beta phase kicks in.

It is possible to alter your brain frequencies. We do this by finding a quiet place and entering a meditative state. However, as most report to me, they just can’t do it.

In meditation, we try to focus on nothing. Many techniques tell you to focus on your breathing. When something comes into your mind, acknowledge it, and push it to the side, and continue to focus on your breathing.

Meditation slows the brain waves and synchronizes both hemispheres. (Yes, one side can be running at a different frequency than the other.) When you reach a state of consciousness where the Theta phase takes over, and both hemispheres are in sync, you reach a place of peace and well being.

However, many people tell me they just cannot do this. The moment they sit down, begin to breathe and center, thoughts of taking the kids to the dentist, getting to the supermarket, the laundry in the basket, a meeting with the PTA, or an upcoming holiday just begin to bombard them.

Again, this is where HoloSync™ comes in.

HoloSync™ is a process used to synchronize both hemispheres of the brain at a desired frequency by playing audio patterns containing binaural beats or tones. Binaural means “two tones.” All mammals are binaural, in that we have two ears.

The secret behind HoloSync™ is that, using earphones, one ear gets one tone, while the other gets another, but the brain hears a third tone created by the two combining.

In one set of CDs we will review (someday), they gave a great demonstration. First they played one tone in my left ear. Then they played another (very similar) in my right ear. Then they played them both together, and it was amazing: I heard this fluctuating “wawa” sound in my brain. It was a great demonstration.

The HoloSync™ CDs aim at bringing you slowly into the Theta or Delta states.

While first using the CDs, I and others with whom I shared the experience, found that focusing on nothing became quite easy. When something intruded our thoughts, they automatically vanished and again we were focused and centered.

I’ve heard reports from a Buddhist Monk who spent years learning to attain higher forms of consciousness that he was absolutely amazed at this recording process that helped so many get instantly what he’d been working on for years.

So, to all my readers, if you want to get the gift of peace, tranquility, and well being for Christmas this year, this is one gift to give your self (or a loved one).

Learning Strategies has a series of CDs called Euphoria. Check it out by clicking here: Euphoria. This is a large package with advice from some of the top experts in the field of self-empowerment, including Chunyi Lin, my qigong instructor.

Other CDs at this site are called Paraliminals. We've reviewed their Smoke-Free CD in the past (in our article on Quitting Smoking. Other's we've been privilaged to review are: Deep Relaxation, Ten Minute Supercharge, Ideal Weight, and New Behavior Generator. All of them can be viewed by clicking here: Learning Strategies Paraliminals. They make an excellent Christmas gift to yourself or a loved one.

Christmas Gift Suggestions
Personal Favorites!


I have a very eclectic taste in movies and audio CDs. In fact, since my retirement, I've become a movie nut, and often contribute to the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com).

My collection of movies is way over the 3,000 mark now and still climbing.

But even with 500 channels on your TV, it's amazing how many kids today don't know who Laurel and Hardy were or have never seen a Charlie Chaplin film.

Charlie Chaplin

Hollywood knows Charlie Chaplin. Movies today even steal many of his gags.

For the best introduction to Charlie Chaplin that will give you hours of pleasure, I suggest the Essential Charlie Chaplin Collection.

However, if that's a bit too spendy for you, then I would suggest this "must have" two DVD collection: The Chaplin Review.

Chaplin Review

All of the films in this little collection are priceless, but one, The Idle Class, has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. One of the first gags in the film has Charlie, an upper-class drunk, forgetting his pants and entering the lobby of his hotel. As he makes his way to the phone booth, the characters upstage of him perform their functions coincidentally covering his trouserless body. This gag has been subsequently lifted by the writers of the Spy Who Shagged Me. However, the way Charlie, once he realizes his situation, gets back to his room is pure Chaplin.

Another scene to watch for is when he gets a letter from his wife that she's not coming back till he quits his drinking. I've not found anyone who can keep a straight face watching this gag.

The product is sold by a seller for whom we are not an affiliate, but heck, it's Christmas.

Laurel and Hardy

This comic duo has no equal. Stan Laurel was a comic genius. All comic duos have their problems, but Laurel and Hardy never quibbled about a gag, since Hardy trusted Laurels sense of comedy explicitly. Though their work is old, their gags are timeless, and often lifted by contemporary Hollywood directors. 

Laurel wrote many of the scripts, directed some, and produced some, though only one movie actually lists Laurel as the producer, Way Out West.

Hardy helped write just one movie, Sons of the Desert.

They were awarded an Academy Award for only one short film: The Music Box, and Stan did receive a special lifetime achievement Oscar shortly before his death.

Only recently has Turner Classics started showing their work, though in the mid eighties, local channels still ran a Laurel and Hardy Comedy Hour (which I recorded to video tape religiously). Sadly, today many people have never heard of them.

I’ve introduced this duo to teens of friends, and at first they respond with something like, “Oh, black and white,” but within minutes, they’re rolling with laughter. Stan Laurel’s comic timing is impeccable.



Firesign Theater

As a child of the sixties (yes, with flowers in my hair and roaming the strip in Hollywood) I was introduced to the Firesign Theater while still in high school. Their comedy, though slightly over my head at the time, had me in tears. All of the players are highly educated. Their comedy pokes fun at our mass media, with most of their “radio” skits involving a character watching television (and often channel surfing).

I was first introduced to the word “hologram” in their work. These fellows are all degreed from top universities, and their allusions to history, science, literature, and pop culture are wide, varied, and deep.

When youngsters hear them today, they think: “Oh, that’s really old.” However, the clichés heard were not clichés when recorded. Some of their lines have made it firmly into our language today.

One thing you will quickly learn is that for the next ten to twenty years, every time you listen to them, you will hear something new.

Don’t Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers is the story of a man watching himself on TV all night long. It is rated R. Lots of references to drugs (heck, it was the sixties).

How Can You Be in Two Places at Once When You’re Not Anywhere at All has a different skit on each side (though they reference the other side of the phonographic album during the skits). One side has the Further Adventures of Nick Danger, Third Eye, while the other side begins with one of those ubiquitous Car Commercials (come on down!) we all heard in the LA area in the sixties, and ends with James Joyce’s Ulysses. The anti war theme is relevant today. It is rated R with even more of references to drugs.

I Think We’re All Bozos on this Bus is a trip to a Disneyland like theme park called The Future Fair. Even the word Bus is a reference to computers (which back in their day used up half a city block and had less than ten megabytes of memory). Welcome to the Future! (It’s smaller, but, ahhh, cleaner.)

They will all make you think, make you laugh, and make you play them again and again.

P.S. I've just introduced a few friends to my collection of the Firesign Theater this past month. They're still laughing.


Betty Boop

Here’s a question for you: What color is Betty Boop’s hair?

Everyone says, “black” because she’s always drawn that way in posters. However, in her two color cartoons, her hair was red.

Another question: What was Betty Boop before she was human?

Weird question? Not really. She was a dog. In her first seven cartoons Betty was a dog. She quickly transformed into a spicy flapper from the twenties, and after the Hays Office started enforcing their edicts(1934), Betty’s character and clothing began to get toned down. Her skirts grew longer, and her fans fell away. Her voice, Mae Questel, stayed with Max Fleisher’s studio to become the voice of Olive Oyl, Popeye’s goilfriend

The double collection (below) is a great introduction to Betty’s early years. In fact, the first time Louis Armstrong appeared on film was in a Betty Boop Cartoon that went by the name of the song Louis and his Band perform: I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You.

You’ll also find Cab Calloway in this collection, singing about Cocaine and Heroin, but the kids won’t know; they’re presented in street slang. Many of Betty’s early work would not have made it past the Hays Office had they established just a few years earlier.

Much of these old cartoons, though, as well as Charlie Chaplin’s work, and some Loony Tunes, are filled with racism. They are the product of their time, and you might want to explain a few things to your kids. 



Loony Tunes

The Loony Tunes Collections are my absolute favorites. These cartoons were not produced for solely for children. They were created for the child in all of us.

In the “olden days” when we went to a movie, we went for entertainment. Today, we go for entertainment, but we get assaulted with advertisement after advertisement and movie trailers followed by movie trailers.

In my day, each film was preceded by a cartoon. So now, when I make a DVD (recorded from my Tivo), if there is room, I always add a cartoon.

These collections are sheer gems. They contain commentaries, historical documentaries, and lots of special features. You will meet the crazy geniuses behind the Tunes, such as Tex Avery who was to the cartoon what Color and Sound were to movies. You’ll meet Frank Tashland (who went by many names, such as Tish Tash) who sped up cartoons faster, even faster than his mentor Tex Avery, and used camera angles that influenced Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Wells. Tashland went on to direct films for Hollywood, which the boys of Termite Terrace referred to as “a step down.”

You’ll learn that the voice of Bugs Bunny (and Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Speedy Gonzalez, and more), was done by Mel Blanc, who, by the way, hated carrots. However, after trying everything from raw potatoes to celery and apples, found that the only way to get the crunch-crunch sound of a carrot was by munching on a carrot. So, after every bite of a carrot followed by a line, Mel spit the carrot into a bucket.

You’ll learn about all the people behind the characters and gags from Warner Brothers. You’ll meet Chuck Jones, who first designed Bugs Bunny, and later you’ll meet Robert McKimson who finalized Bug’s Character in his model sheet drawn in 1943. You’ll meet a lot of people who never got credits in the openings, such as the animators, the sound effects people, and many voices. June Foray did a lot of female character voices for Warner Brothers, but was virtually unknown till she created the voices for both Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha on the Bullwinkle Hour.

And don’t forget to watch The Wabbit Who Came To Supper, for its famous “shower scene” in which those nutty guys managed to slip a few frames past the people in the Hays Office. And don’t forget to pay attention to the paintings on Elmer Fudd’s walls. He has four nudes.

And be sure to watch a few cartoons with the music (and sometimes sound effects) only. The artwork alone in these pieces are remarkable. The sunrise in Claws For Alarm, is sheer artistic genius. Additionally, this is just one of two cartoons in which Sylvester is Porky Pig’s pet, and gets no lines, though in the first one, Scaredy Cat, Sylvester does get to meow.


Disney's On the Front Lines

Did you know that Walt Disney played an integral role in defeating the Germans during WWII?

When the war began, Disney was nearly shut down. Many of his employees had been drafted. With hardly a workforce, Disney got contracts from the US Military to make training films (a few are in the collection below).

While working for the military, Disney read a book by Alexander Procofieff de Seversky, an aviation pioneer. The book was Victory Through Air Power.

Disney created his own Victory Through Air Power, which started out with the history of flight in cartoon form. As a child, I watched excerpts from this documentary, but only as an adult, with the release of Disney’s On The Front Lines, was I able to see the entire production of Victory Through Air Power.

With Seversky himself lecturing, Disney intersperses animations of Serversky’s theories on the tactics of long distance bombing. The animation is simply amazing and the quality…well, Disney never did anything poorly.

When the film was released, Winston Churchill went to see it. Upon meeting with Roosevelt, he was surprised to learn that Roosevelt had not yet seen the movie and arranged for a copy to be sent to Roosevelt. Roosevelt watched it, and within a month, our factories began producing long distance bombers; and the rest is history.

Included in this collection is the Academy Award wining cartoon, Der Fuehrer's Face. Donald also joins the army in one of the cartoons, and we get to see his middle name: Fauntleroy.

This is an amazing piece of history. Your children will love the cartoons, and you don’t even have to tell them they’re getting a college course in the history of WWII.

Jaques Tati

Finally we have two works by a French director, writer, producer, editor, and actor. He was voted the 46th Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly, and of the list of fifty, he was the only one who had directed a paltry 9 films.

I’ll lay odds that no one reading this has ever heard of this man, let alone having ever seen his films.

They are masterpieces. Tati is a genius of visual gags. He’s also an audio gag genius. You can hardly hear the dialogue, but you can hear the sounds he’s amplified. In fact, the dialogue is hardly central to his work.

For Playtime, the most expensive French film of its day, Tati employed 100 construction workers to build two buildings using ,700 square feet of glass, 38,700 square feet of plastic, 31,500 square feet of timber, and 486,000 square feet of concrete. The production began in October of 1964 and ended in October of 1967. Tati went bankrupt making this film, and it did not make a very big splash at the box office. However, Tati lived long enough to get the recognition he deserved. Even Roger Ebert added Playtime to his “great movies” list in August of 2004.

The movie comes with a documentary showing the work that went into the production.

Together, Mon Oncle and Playtime have been compared to Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, the story of an anonymous character trapped in a modern world.

Tati plays the main roll of Mr Hulot, an eccentric, conservative, goofy yet good-willing character who seems to be doomed to do everything wrong in the modern world.

Tati’s genius is the gag. Every scene turns into something else. There is so much going on, you will have to see these over and over to catch it all.

Guaranteed, if you order these films, you’ll be the only one on your block to own them; perhaps the only one in your city. And everyone will wonder what the heck you’re laughing at.


P.S. My friends will be getting gifts from these selections.

Another Christmas Suggestion
Something you can use all year long (for many years).


So your kids have a favorite DVD (or CD) or perhaps 20 favorites. They’re constantly playing them. Mom has to wipe the fingerprints off of them to get them to play properly. One day, the media just doesn’t play. There’s another $14.50 down the drain.

I have another solution.

It is NOT illegal to make backup copies of your DVDs and CDs. You paid for them. If they no longer function, you have the right to have a backup copy.

It is illegal to make illegal copies of a DVD or CD.

Before I loan out one of the many DVDs I have in my collection, to a friend, or neighbor, I always make a copy. Some people just don’t handle these media properly. I have one friend who never puts DVDs back in their jewel case. I’ve learned to back them up.

AnyDVD is the best darn program in the world. It allows you to do exactly as its name suggests. It can read ANY DVD.

CloneDVD2 will do exactly that too: it clones any DVD (only if AnyDVD is running on your computer) to a DVD or DVD image file (.ISO).

An Open Letter TO Farrah Fawcett
From our good friend at Cancer Decisions, Ralph Moss


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On my own behalf, as well as that of my coworkers, and the readers of our weekly online newsletter, I want to wish you success in pursuing innovative cancer treatments in Germany. I applaud your courage in seeking an approach that hopefully will be less toxic and more effective than the treatments you have so far been offered in the US.

With this open letter, I also hope to counter some of the negative comments that have been made in the media about your treatment choices. Some of the derogatory comments about "the murky world of overseas clinics" have come from the tabloids - no surprise there. As your spokesperson told People magazine, "It is now clear that the tabloids are as invasive and malignant as cancer." I wish there were some way to shield you from their abusive attacks.

Far more surprising have been highly critical comments from individuals associated with major US cancer institutions. Isn't it ironic that before your diagnosis you served as a celebrity spokesperson for the American Cancer Society? Now, some people associated with ACS and similar organizations have forgotten this former service and, in effect, have washed their hands of you.

Interviewed by the Associated Press about your case, Barrie Cassileth, PhD, is quoted as saying, "I would [tell a patient considering alternative treatment] that they are signing their own death certificate. I would say they are wasting time they could otherwise spend happier and with their families." Dr. Cassileth is chief of the Integrative Medicine Department at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York and has been prominently associated with your former organization, the ACS.

I find such statements both highly inappropriate and contradictory. Saying that people are "signing their own death certificate" by pursuing innovative cancer treatments outside the US implies that they would not be signing their death certificate had they only stayed in the US for treatment. While I do not presume to know the details of your case, I assume that you were fully informed by your American oncologists of the treatment options for your cancer, and found them unacceptable.

I am sure you did not make the decision to seek treatment in Germany on a whim, but after due deliberation of all your options. Dr. Cassileth's melodramatic statement implies that you are wasting your time by doing so and that you could instead spend "happier" time with your family. Not everyone will choose to, as it were, wait out the clock. I thoroughly understand your desire to seek more effective treatments, including those available abroad. This is of course a very personal choice, which is determined in part by one's resources and fighting spirit. But the fact that some people choose to seek out other possibilities abroad rather than give up hope at home is not a sign of irrationality.

Medicine develops unevenly and is still partly determined by national characteristics. (For confirmation, see Lynne Payer's classic Medicine and Culture.) Consequently, there are treatments available in Europe that are not yet available here, and vice versa. Dr. Cassileth seems to think that all German cancer clinics are a monolith and that all their techniques are the same and equally ineffective. But the topic of German innovative medical treatments is a huge one. According to one German Web site (www.klinik.de) there are presently 2,200 private clinics in Germany, containing 500,000 beds and treating 17.5 million patients annually. Many of these are cancer patients. These clinics were not set up to treat Americans, but primarily to serve the interests of the indigenous population. Germans in general (including many of their doctors) have a more positive attitude towards natural medicine than do their counterparts in America. In my experience, the German clinics are generally well run and are in full compliance with both local laws and international standards of ethical patient care.

Germany has long been a world leader in cancer research and treatment. German biologists pioneered almost every step in understanding the nature of this disease. Despite the terrible setbacks of World Wars I and II, German doctors continue to be well trained and well informed on all aspects of cancer care. In the use of complementary medicine they are without peer in the West. German doctors have either pioneered or expanded the use of mistletoe, enzymes, thymic peptides, immunotherapy, hyperthermia, and a host of other innovative techniques. These methods are sometimes employed alongside surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, when these are deemed necessary.

A glance at this year's program of the 41st Medizinische Woche (Medicine Week), held October 27-November 1, in Baden-Baden, reveals a panoply of treatment options that are unknown by most American oncologists. Recently I had the honor of co-editing a medical textbook on the German approach to integrative cancer therapy with Josef Beuth, MD, professor of complementary medicine at the University of Cologne. Our volume, Complementary Oncology (Thieme) gives some idea of the range of these treatments and the depth of their scientific evaluation including, in some instances, through the use of randomized controlled trials.

In conclusion, Ms Fawcett, I hardly think you are wasting your time, much less signing your own death certificate, by going abroad for treatment. You have made a rational decision under extremely difficult circumstances, and that decision deserves the utmost respect, not a flippant dismissal of your survival prospects. All people of good will wish you the best of luck in your search for effective treatments.

--Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.

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From the Silver Bulletin e-News Magazine |
The Fluoride Conspiracy

"Fluoridation is the greatest case of scientific fraud of this century." - Robert Carlton, Ph.D, former EPA scientist, 1992

The history of forcing fluoride on humans through the fluoridation of drinking water is wrought with lies, greed and deception. Governments that add fluoride to drinking water supplies insist that it is safe, beneficial and necessary, however, scientific evidence shows that fluoride is not safe to ingest and areas that fluoridate their drinking water supplies have higher rates of cavities, cancer, dental fluorosis, osteoporosis and other health problems. Because of the push from the aluminum industry, pharmaceutical companies and weapons manufacturers, fluoride continues to be added to water supplies all over North America and due to recent legal actions against water companies that fluoridate drinking water supplies, precedent has been set that will make it impossible for suits to be filed against water suppliers that fluoridate. There is a growing resistance against adding toxic fluoride to our water supplies, but unfortunately, because fluoride has become "the lifeblood of the modern industrial economy"(Bryson 2004), there is too much money at stake for those who endorse water fluoridation . The lies of the benefits of water fluoridation will continue to be fed to the public, not to encourage health benefits to a large number of people, but to profit the military-industrial complex.

The story begins in 1924, when Interessen Gemeinschaft Farben (I.G. Farben), a German chemical manufacturing company, began receiving loans from American bankers, gradually leading to the creation of the huge I.G. Farben cartel. In 1928 Henry Ford and American Standard Oil Company (The Rockefellers) merged their assets with I.G. Farben, and by the early thirties, there were more than a hundred American corporations which had subsidiaries and co-operative understandings in Germany. The I.G. Farben assets in America were controlled by a holding Company, American I.G. Farben, which listed on it’s board of directors: Edsel Ford, President of the Ford Motor Company, Chas. E. Mitchell, President of Rockerfeller’s National City Bank of New York, Walter Teagle, President of Standard Oil New York, Paul Warburg, Chairman of the federal reserve and brother of Max Warburg, financier of Germany’s War effort, Herman Metz, a director of the Bank of Manhattan, controlled by the Warburgs, and a number of other members, three of which were tried and convicted as German war criminals for their crimes against humanity. In 1939 under the Alted agreement, the American Aluminum Company (ALCOA), then the worlds largest producer of sodium fluoride, and the Dow Chemical Company transferred its technology to Germany. Colgate, Kellogg, Dupont and many other companies eventually signed cartel agreements with I.G. Farben, creating a powerful lobby group accurately dubbed "the fluoride mafia"(Stephen 1995).

At the end of World War II, the US government sent Charles Eliot Perkins, a research worker in chemistry, biochemistry, physiology and pathology, to take charge of the vast Farben chemical plants in Germany. The German chemists told Perkins of a scheme which they had devised during the war and had been adapted by the German General Staff. The German chemists explained of their attempt to control the population in any given area through the mass medication of drinking water with sodium fluoride, a tactic used in German and Russian prisoner of war camps to make the prisoners "stupid and docile"(Stephen 1995). Farben had developed plans during the war to fluoridate the occupied countries because it was found that fluoridation caused slight damage to a specific part of the brain, making it more difficult for the person affected to defend his freedom and causing the individual to become more docile towards authority. Fluoride remains one of the strongest anti-psychotic substances known, and is contained in twenty-five percent of the major tranquilizers. It may not seem surprising that Hitler’s regime practiced the concept of mind control through chemical means, but the American military continued Nazi research, exploring techniques to incapacitate an enemy or medicate an entire nation. As stated in the Rockefeller Report, a Presidential briefing on CIA activities, "the drug program was part of a much larger CIA program to study possible means of controlling human behavior"(Stephen 1995).

EDITOR'S NOTE: Though we appreciate getting articles from other sources, we should report that the idea that Hitler's scientists experimented with fluoride has been pretty much debunked. This is such a polemic issue, that it is truly hard to get to the facts because everyone has his own agenda. However, we have to go with those debunking the Hitler/Fluoride connection.

The ‘dental caries prevention myth’ associated with fluoride, originated in the United States in 1939, when a scientist named Gerald J. Cox, employed by ALCOA, the largest producer of toxic fluoride waste and at the time being threatened by fluoride damage claims, fluoridated some lab rats, concluded that fluoride reduced cavities and claimed that it should be added to the nation’s water supplies. In 1947, Oscar R. Ewing, a long time ALCOA lawyer, was appointed head of the Federal Security Agency , a position that placed him in charge of the Public Health Service(PHS). Over the next three years, eighty-seven new American cities began fluoridating their water, including the control city in a water fluoridation study in Michigan, thus eliminating the most scientifically objective test of safety and benefit before it was ever completed.

American ‘education and research’ was funded by the Aluminum Manufacturing, Fertilizer and Weapons Industry looking for an outlet for the increasingly mounting fluoride industrial waste while attaining positive profit increase. The ‘discovery’ that fluoride benefited teeth, was paid for by industry that needed to be able to defend "lawsuits from workers and communities poisoned by industrial fluoride emissions" (Bryson 1995) and turn a liability into an asset. Fluoride, a waste constituent in the manufacturing processes of explosives, fertilizers and other ‘necessities’, was expensive to dispose of properly and until a ‘use’ was found for it in America’s water supplies, the substance was only considered a toxic, hazardous waste. Through sly public re-education, fluoride, once a waste product, became the active ingredient in fluorinated pesticides, fungicides, rodenticides, anesthetics, tranquilizers, fluorinated pharmaceuticals, and a number of industrial and domestic products, fluorinated dental gels, rinses and toothpastes. Fluoride is so much a part of a multibillion-dollar industrial and pharmaceutical income, that any withdrawal of support from pro-fluoridationists is financially impossible, legally unthinkable and potentially devastating for their career and reputation.

Funded by US industrialists, in an attempt to encourage public acceptance of fluoride, Edward Bernays, known also as the father of PR, or the original spin doctor, began a campaign of deception to persuade public opinion. Barnays explained "you can get practically any idea accepted if doctors are in favour. The public is willing to accept it because a doctor is an authority to most people, regardless of how much he knows or doesn’t know"(Bryson 2004). Doctors who endorsed fluoridation didn’t know that research discrediting fluoride’s safety was either suppressed or not conducted in the first place. Fluoride became equated with scientific progress and since it was introduced to the public as a health-enhancing substance, added to the environment for the children’s sake, those opposing fluoride were dismissed as cranks, quacks and lunatics. Fluoride became impervious to criticism because of a relentless PR offensive, but also because of it’s overall toxicity. Unlike chemicals that have a signature effect, fluoride, a systemic poison, produces a range of health problems, so it’s effects are more difficult to diagnose.

Recently declassified US Military documents such as Manhattan Project, shows how Fluoride is the key chemical in atomic bomb production and millions of tons of it were needed for the manufacture of bomb-grade uranium and plutonium. Fluoride poisoning, not radiation poisoning, emerged as the leading chemical health hazard for both workers and nearby communities. A-bomb scientists were ordered to provide evidence useful for defense in litigation, so they began secretly testing fluoride on unsuspecting hospital patients and indignant, mentally retarded children.. "The August 1948 Journal of the American Dental Association shows that evidence of adverse effects from fluoride was censored by the US Atomic Energy Commission for reasons of "national security" (Griffiths 1998). The only report released stated that fluoride was safe for humans in small doses.

During the Cold War, Dr. Harold C. Hodge, who had been the toxicologist for the US Army Manhattan Project, was the leading scientific promoter of water fluoridation. While Dr. Hodge was reassuring congress of the safety of water fluoridation, he was covertly conducting one of the nation’s first public water fluoridation experiments in Newburgh, New York, secretly studying biological samples from Newburgh citizens at his US laboratory at the University of Rochester. Since there are no legal constraints against the suppression of scientific data, the only published conclusion resulting from these experiments was that fluoride was safe in low doses, a profoundly helpful verdict for the US Military who feared lawsuits for fluoride injury from workers in nuclear power plants and munitions factories. Fluoride pollution was one of the biggest legal worries facing key US industrial sectors during the cold war. A secret group of corporate attorneys, known as the Fluorine Lawyers Committee, whose members included US Steel, ALCOA, Kaiser Aluminum, and Reynolds Metals, commissioned research at the Kettering Laboratory at the University of Cincinnati to "provide ammunition"(Bryson 2004) for those corporations who were fighting a wave of citizen claims for fluoride injury. The Fluorine Lawyers Committee and their medical ambassadors were in personal and frequent contact with the senior officials of the federal National Institute for Dental Research, and have been implied in the ‘burying’ of the forty year old Kettering study, which showed that fluoride poisoned the lungs and lymph nodes in laboratory animals. Private interests, sought to destroy careers and censor information by ensuring that scientific studies raising doubts about the safety of fluoride never got funded, and if they did, never got published.

During the 1990’s, research conducted by Harvard toxicologist Phillis Mullenix showed that fluoride in water may lead to lower IQ’s, and produced symptoms in rats strongly resembling attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Just days before her research was accepted for publication, Mullenix was fired as the head of toxicology at the Forsyth Dental Center in Boston. Then her application for a grant to continue her fluoride and central nervous system research was turned down by the US National Institute of Health (NIH), when an NIH panel told her that "fluoride does not have central nervous system effects"(Griffiths 1998).

Despite growing evidence that it is harmful to public health, US federal and state pubic health agencies and large dental and medical organizations such as the American Dental Association (ADA), continue to promote fluoride. Water fluoridation continues, despite the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s own scientists, whose union, Chapter 280 of the National Treasury Employees Union, has taken a strong stand against it. Dr. William Hirzy, vice president of Chapter 280, stated that "fluoride (that is added to municipal water) is a hazardous waste product for which there is substantial evidence of adverse health effects and, contrary to public perception, virtually no evidence of significant benefits"( Mullenix 1998). Although fluoride is up to fifty times more toxic than sulfur dioxide, it is still not regulated as an air pollutant by the American Clean Air Act. Since thousands of tonnes of industrial fluoride waste is poured into drinking water supplies all over North America, supposedly to encourage gleaming smiles in our children, big industry in the US has the benefit of emitting as much fluoride waste into the environment as they like with absolutely no requirement to measure emissions and no way of being held accountable for poisoning people, animals and vegetation.

In August 2003, the EPA requested that the National Research Council, the research arm of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), re-evaluate water fluoride safety standards by reviewing recent scientific literature, because the last review in 1993 had major gaps in research. "Neither the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), nor the National Institute for Dental Research (NIDR), nor the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has any proof on fluoride’s safety or effectiveness"(Sterling 1993). The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology has classified fluoride as an unapproved dental medicament due to it’s high toxicity and the US National Cancer Institute Toxicological Program has found fluoride to be an "equivocal carcinogen" (Maurer 1990).

Currently the US government is continuing to introduce further fluoridation schemes throughout the country, including the Water Act passed in November 2003, which has made it impossible for water companies to undergo civil or criminal hearings as a result of adding fluoride to public water supplies.

In a society where products containing asbestos, lead, beryllium and many other carcinogens have been recalled from the marketplace, it is surprising that fluoride is embraced so thoroughly and blindly. It seems absurd that we would consider paying the chemical industry to dispose of their toxic waste by adding it to our water supply. Hiding the hazards of fluoride pollution from the public is a capitalist-style con job of epic proportions that has occurred because a powerful lobby wishes to manipulate public opinion in order to protect it’s own financial interests. "Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country... our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of" (Bernays 1991).

Getting Weaker as You Age? Here's a simple way to stay strong.


If you're over the age of 50, you may have noticed that your muscles are getting weaker. It happens to all of us, even when we follow a good exercise and weight lifting program. And it's very dangerous, as it makes you more prone to losing your balance and falling. Fortunately, there's a simple way to slow down how fast you lose that muscle strength.

Researchers recently studied 891 seniors and their selenium levels. They found that those who are low in this essential mineral have a 69% increased risk of poor hip strength. They also found that they had nearly double the risk for poor knee and grip strength compared to those who had higher levels.

This study confirms other studies that showed the same results. In fact, in China there are areas of very low selenium in the soil. People in those areas tend to age much quicker than areas where selenium is more common.

Selenium is one of my favorite nutrients. I use it with almost all of my patients. All of us have toxic heavy metal in our system. Selenium protects you from these. Here's how: Toxic metals, such as mercury and lead, bind with selenium. The selenium inactivates the metal when they bind together. However, that process costs you a selenium ion for each toxic metal ion it binds. So it's important to get plenty of selenium.

I usually recommend 200 mcg per day. In some cases, I use up to three times that amount. There are great preparations on the market. But most high quality multivitamin/mineral formulations will have between 100-200 mcg (this includes Healthy Resolve's Max Plus
www.healthyresolve.com/maxplus, which has 200 mcg). So, if you are taking one of these and doing well, you shouldn't need more.

The one exception is if you have a lot of amalgam fillings. In these cases, you should consider an additional 200 mcg on top of your multivitamin/mineral.

Yours for better health and medical freedom,
Robert Jay Rowen, MD

Ref: Am J Clin Nutr, 2007; 86(2): 347-52.

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Reduce Heart Attack Risk with this Novel Grain


If you have problems with insulin resistance, high blood pressure, or vascular disease, I've got great news. You can significantly lower your risk for heart attack with a grain.

That's right! Researchers tested a novel grain for its heart-protecting benefits on 20 subjects. The average age for the participants was 64. And all of them had well-controlled diabetes. They randomized all of the participants to receive either 37 grams a day of Salba or wheat bran for 12 weeks. They otherwise remained on their conventional diets. The published results have even taken me by surprise.

Salba, which is a grain that was popular with the ancient Aztecs, significantly reduced systolic blood pressure by an average of 6.3 mm. The highly significant heart-disease risk factor hs-CRP dropped by 40%. And the blood-clotting risk factor - von Willebrand factor - dropped by 21% compared to the controls.

Additionally, Salba induced significant decreases in hemoglobin A1c and fibrinogen by the end of the study. A1c tells you how much damage your high blood sugar is inflicting. Fibrinogen is a risk factor for thick and clot-prone blood. So reducing both is great news.

Salba didn't have any negative effects. In fact, it helped the diabetics maintain good glycemic and lipid control, which is amazing for a grain. The study authors concluded that Salba can help improve major cardiovascular risks factors safely.

I'm really excited about this report. I'm not a big fan of most grains, as you have to cook them before you eat them. However, there are exceptions. And Salba is one of those exceptions. Patients often tell me they would love to be able to add grains or some cooked source of denser calories. And Salba may hit a grand slam - a novel grain that reverses what most processed grains cause.

Salba is available online and in many health food stores. And it's fairly inexpensive. Please stay tuned for a more in-depth report on this fantastic grain I'm writing for my newsletter. If you're not a subscriber yet, please visit my website www.secondopinionnewsletter.com and sign up today.

Yours for better health and medical freedom,
Robert Jay Rowen, MD

Ref: "Supplementation of Conventional Therapy with the Novel Grain Salba (Salvia hispanica L.) Improves Major and Emerging Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Type 2 Diabetes: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial," Vuksan V, Whitham D, et al, Diabetes Care, 2007 August 8.

Editors Note: it is still hard to find Salba on the market, but there are a few products that include Salba in their ingredients. Visit your local health food store and ask for them.

Vitamin D and Cancer


More and more information is circulating on how Vitamin D can slash your risk of various cancers by up to 77%. However, at the same time, a study published in JAMA has been reported negatively, even though it supported all the previous studies. Guess who owns the media?

In Canada, their Canadian Cancer Association has published volumes on Vitamin D and cancer prevention, but our own American Cancer Society refuses to follow in step. One more reason to boycott this horrid organization.

Most studies seem to feel that we should be getting between 1000 - 1500 IU of Vitamin D daily. That’s an awful lot of sun for fair skinned people (who require the upper limits), and impossible in the winter time up north. Personally, I take at least 2,000 IU daily.

I found a sites that sell Vitamin D in 1000 IU doses inexpensively.

This just in (3/30/08): The FDA has just published the following:

Selenium may reduce the risk of certain cancers. Some scientific evidence suggests that consumption of selenium may reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer. However, the FDA has determined that this evidence is limited and not conclusive.

Studies show that Selenium can reduce DNA damage, reduces oxidative stress (a precursor to many cancers), and has a positive impact on genes that are linked to the progression of cancer.

So, we also found you some Selenium. The best form of selenium is L-selenomethionine (as used in the studies).

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Underground Cures


The Gin-Soaked Raisin Remedy for Arthritis
  • 1 lb golden raisins (sometimes called white raisins, not ordinary black raisins)
  • gin (approximately 1 pint)
  • shallow glass bowl (Pyrex® is good; crystal is bad)
  • glass jar with lid
  • eat just nine of these raisins daily

Spread the golden raisins evenly on the bottom of the glass bowl and pour enough gin over them to completely cover. Let them stay that way until all the gin is absorbed. It can take up to a few weeks.

When the gin is absorbed, transfer the raisins to the jar, put the lid on and keep it closed. Do not refrigerate.


BHT Herpes Cure
From Advanced Health & Life Extension (Go to original)

      BHT is an antioxidant and common food preservative, approved by the FDA for food, oils and fats. Over 25 years ago, a paper was published in the journal Science showing that BHT could inactivate herpes simplex and other lipid coated viruses in vitro (In lab dishes).(1) This was followed by another paper published in Science showing that BHT could prevent chickens from dying of Newcastle disease.(2) The herpes virus and the virus that causes Newcastle's disease have a lipid envelope. That is, the nucleic acid core of these viruses is coated with a fatty membrane. Viruses of this type require an intact lipid membrane in order to penetrate cell walls [sic.] and infect living cells.

      BHT appears to work against such viruses by disrupting their lipid membranes making them vulnerable to the immune system and impairing their ability to penetrate human cells. BHT also removes binding proteins that the virus uses to penetrate cell membranes. In addition, BHT acts as an antioxidant neutralizing free radicals that damage cell membranes and cause inflammation. It is believed that the destructive action of many pathogenic viruses involves the destructive action of free radicals on cellular membranes. More recent studies have confirmed the anti-viral activity of BHT against many different human and animal viruses including CMV (cytomegalovirus), (3) pseudorabies (4), genital herpes (5), HIV (6) and some strains of influenza.(7)

      A few of the viruses that have a lipid envelope and may be affected by BHT include herpes simplex I, herpes simplex II, herpes zoster, ckytomegalovirus, west nile virus, HIV virus, influenza virus, hepatitis B and C viruses, avian flu influenza virus and the SARS virus. Remember that BHT has not been clinically tested and approved to treat these infections.

      Based on these early scientific results, some individuals afflicted with herpes virus infections began experimenting on themselves with BHT. They used dosages in the 250 to 3000 mg. per day range with the result that they experienced a reduction in herpes outbreaks. For some, their eruptions remained suppressed for as long as they continued to take BHT daily. For others, they were able to eventually discontinue taking BHT with no recurrences. BHT is discussed in Mann and Fowke's book "Wipe Out Herpes with BHT" and Pearson and Shaw's book "Life Extension".(8)(9)

      At issue is that none of the controlled studies on the antiviral properties of BHT have been performed on humans. Rather, most of the experiments have been conducted in the laboratory or on animals. In addition, BHT is a common, inexpensive substance that is unpatentable. No pharmaceutical company will invest money in researching and certifying its value as a medication. Furthermore, it may be difficult to perform human trials because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved BHT for use only as a food preservative, not as a medicine.

      Therefore, it is not approved for the treatment of herpes infections or any other disease. While doctors have the authority to prescribe BHT, they could face peer pressure and malpractice insurance issues for using unapproved treatments. You are, therefore, unlikely to get a doctor to recommend or prescribe BHT. If you decide to make an independent decision to take BHT, at least tell your doctor what you are doing so that he can give you advice regarding your diagnosis, your other treatment options, potential consequences, possible drug interactions, etc.

      The lack of approval hasn't stopped some people from using BHT on their own to treat herpes or other viral conditions. While there is no accounting of how many people have used BHT to treat herpes and other viral infections, the estimates run from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands.

BHT Safety Concerns and Side Effects

      Studies performed on rats demonstrated liver and kidney damage at doses of 0.5 to 1.0 grams per kilogram.(10) This is the equivalent of a 160 pound adult taking 73 grams per day. Compare this to a typical suppressing dose of 0.25 to 0.50 grams per day and a typical dosage for an acute outbreak of 1.0 to 2.0 grams per day. No evidence was noted for BHT causing cancer and conflicting results were obtained regarding effects on the immune system, tumor formation and other effects. Again all of these tests were done on rats and usually using high doses far in excess of therapeutic dosages.

      BHT is metabolized by the liver and some of the rat experiments showed a suppression of liver enzymes and enlargement of the liver. This implies a degree of liver toxicity if the dose is high enough. At what dose a human might experience some degree of liver toxicity is unclear. Liver toxicity is a common side effect of a great many medications including some common over the counter pain relievers. If you are taking BHT or choose to take BHT, consider asking your doctor to do a blood test to measure your liver enzymes.

      A large number of individuals have taken BHT in therapeutic doses for extended periods of time with no reported adverse effects. (8)(9) A case was reported in The New England Journal of Medicine of a patient who took 4 grams of BHT as a single dose on an empty stomach and experienced severe gastric pain, nausea, vomiting and dehydration.(11) To be fair, a number of substances including aspirin, vitamin and mineral supplements some foods and many common medications can produce similar effects when taken on an empty stomach.

      Additional anecdotal reports indicated that BHT may cause hives in a few individuals who are sensitive to BHT. BHT was also observed to temporarily cause a decrease in blood clotting when individuals first begin taking it in substantial doses. One individual reported dizziness and disorientation when taking 3 grams per day. His symptoms disappeared when he dropped his dose down to 250 mg. per day. (8)(9)

      There are a few physicians who regularly prescribe BHT for herpes treatment and outbreak prevention and consider it safe. There have been no formal clinical trials on humans to definitively determine the safety status of BHT.

BHT Dosage

      Based on anecdotal information, it appears that a dosage of 250 mg. to 1000 mg. per day may be effective for many people. Dr. Ward Dean, M.D. recommends a dosage of 250 to 500 mg. per day as an anti-oxidant and 2000 mg. per day in divided doses for acute herpes outbreaks.(12) Anecdotal evidence also suggests that therapy at this dosage may be insufficient to suppress herpes outbreaks in some individuals. It is hypothesized that combining BHT with other measures, either alternative or orthodox, may be more effective than using BHT alone.

BHT Precautions

  • No one knows if there are any yet unrecognized health risks of large doses of BHT.
  • Patients with diseases that compromise liver function should have their liver enzymes monitored by a physician.
  • BHT is fat-soluble, so thin people may need less and may be more susceptible to side effects.
  • BHT can interfere with blood clotting. It may pose a risk to persons with clotting problems or persons using anti-coagulant medications.
  • Doses of BHT should start small and gradually increase.
  • A few people are chemically sensitive to BHT.
  • Alcohol should be avoided for at least several hours before and after taking BHT. Alcohol may have a stronger effect than usual.
  • BHT can interact with some drugs.
  • BHT is best taken with food, both to minimize any possible GI distress and to facilitate absorption.
  • Anyone who choses to take BHT with or against medical advice should consult a physician regarding their actions to obtain a diagnosis, advice on alternative treatments and advice on possible drug interactions.

Where to get BHT

      BHT in powder and capsules is available from: Vitamin Research Products

BHT and coldsores blog

BHT References

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[2] Brugh M Jr. Butylated hydroxytoluene protects chickens exposed to Newcastle disease virus. Science. 1977;197(4310):1291-2.

[3] Kim KS, Moon HM, Sapienza V, Carp RI, Pullarkat R. Inactivation of cytomegalovirus and Semliki Forest virus by butylated hydroxytoluene. J Infect Dis 1978;138(1):91-4.

[4] Pirtle EC, Sacks JM, Nachman RJ. Antiviral effectiveness of butylated hydroxytoluene against pseudorabies (Aujeszky's disease) virus in cell culture, mice, and swine. Am J Vet Res. 1986;47(9):1892-5.

[5] Richards JT, Katz ME, Kern ER. Topical butylated hydroxytoluene treatment of genital herpes simplex virus infections of guinea pigs. Antiviral Res 1985;5(5):281-90.

[6] Aloia RC, Jensen FC, Curtain CC, Mobley PW, Gordon LM. Lipid composition and fluidity of the human immunodeficiency virus. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 1988;85(3):900-4.

[7] Chetverikova LK, Ki'ldivatov II, Inozemtseva LI, Kramskaia TA, Filippov VK, Frolov BA. Factors of antiviral resistance in the pathogenesis of influenza in mice [in Russian]. Vestn Akad Med Nauk SSSR 1989;(11):63-8.

[8] Pearson D, Shaw S. Life Extension: A Practical Scientific Approach. New York, NY: Warner Books, Inc.; 1982:206-207.

[9] Mann JA, Fowkes SW. Wipe Out Herpes with BHT. Manhattan Beach, Calif: MegaHealth Society; 1983.

[10] Lanigan RS, Yamarik TA, Final report on the safety assessment of BHT, Int. J. Toxicol., 2002:21 Suppl 2:19-94

[11] Shlian DM, Goldstone J, Toxicity of butylated hydroxytoluene, N Engl J Med, 1986; 34; 648-649

[12] http://www.vrp.com/showdoc.asp?c=1161225336828&k=/vrpsearch.asp&m=/includes/vrp.css&p=no&s=0

[13 Williams GM, Iatropoulos MJ. Inhibition of the hepatocarcinogenicity of aflatoxin B1 in rats by low levels of the phenolic antioxidants butylated hydroxyanisole and butylated hydroxytoluene. Cancer Lett 1996;104(1):49-53.

[14] McKee RH, Tometsko AM. Inhibition of promutagen activation by the antioxidants butylated hydroxyanisole and butylated hydroxytoluene. J Natl Cancer Inst 1979;63(2):473-7.

[15] Franklin RA. Butylated hydroxytoluene in sarcoma-prone dogs. Lancet 1976;1(7972):1296.

[16] Schwarz KB. Oxidative stress during viral infection: a review. Free Radic Biol Med 1996;21(5):641-9.

[17] Hannuksela M, Lahti A. Peroral challenge tests with food additives in urticaria and atopic dermatitis. Int J Dermatol 1986;25(3):178-80.

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Diabetes: Apple Cider Vinegar on your salad helps

On Dec. 7, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson unveiled a national plan to combat the growing incidence of type 2 diabetes. It's the most common form of this disease, characterized by a growing resistance to the normal effects of the hormone insulin. A primary goal of the new federal program is to increase people's awareness of what they can do to prevent or manage this disorder, which costs the United States some $132 billion a year.

Vinegar as a Sweet Solution?
By Janet Raloff

Research by nutritionist Carol S. Johnston of Arizona State University East in Mesa suggests one easy measure that might have a notable impact: Consume more vinegar.

A few tablespoons of vinegar prior to a meal—such as part of an oil-and-vinegar salad dressing—could benefit people with diabetes or at high risk of developing the disease.

Her studies indicate that 2 tablespoons of vinegar before a meal—perhaps, as part of a vinaigrette salad dressing—will dramatically reduce the spike in blood concentrations of insulin and glucose that come after a meal. In people with type 2 diabetes, these spikes can be excessive and can foster complications, including heart disease

In Johnston's initial study, about one-third of the 29 volunteers had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, another third had signs that they could become diabetic, and the rest were healthy. The scientists gave each participant the vinegar dose or a placebo to drink immediately before they ate a high-carbohydrate breakfast consisting of orange juice, a bagel, and butter. A week later, each volunteer came back for the opposite premeal treatment and then the same breakfast. After both meals, the researchers sampled blood from the participants.

Once ingested, carbohydrates—sugars and starches—can quickly break down into glucose that builds up in a person's blood (see The New GI Tracts). That's why people with diabetes frequently have to severely curb their carb intake. High-carbohydrate meals also prompt hunger to return earlier than low-carb meals do. Indeed, such observations spawned the low-carb diet craze (see Counting Carbs).

Although all three groups in the study had better blood readings after meals begun with vinegar cocktails, the people with signs of future diabetes—prediabetic symptoms—reaped the biggest gains. For instance, vinegar cut their blood-glucose rise in the first hour after a meal by about half, compared with readings after a placebo premeal drink. In contrast, blood-glucose concentrations were only about 25 percent better after people with diabetes drank vinegar. In addition, people with prediabetic symptoms ended up with lower blood glucose than even healthy volunteers, after both groups drank vinegar.

In these tests, vinegar had an effect on volunteers' blood comparable to what might be expected from antidiabetes drugs, such as metformin, the researchers reported last January in Diabetes Care. A follow-up study has now turned up an added—and totally unexpected—benefit from vinegar: moderate weight loss.

Both findings should come as welcome news during this season when sweet and caloric treats taunt diabetics, who face true health risks from indulging in too many carbs.

In a pickle

Why vinegar? A nutritionist, Johnston was looking for possible diet modifications that would make meals less risky for people with diabetes. While reviewing research published earlier by others, she ran across reports from about 2 decades ago that suggesting that vinegar limits glucose and insulin spikes in a person's blood after a meal.

A few research groups had conducted limited follow-up trials. For instance, Johnston points to a 2001 paper in which researchers at Lund University in Sweden evaluated pickles—cucumbers preserved in vinegar—as a dietary supplement to lower the blood-sugar rise in healthy people after a meal. The Swedish team, led by Elin M. Östman, reported that pickles dramatically blunted the blood-sugar spike after a high-carb breakfast. Fresh cukes didn't.

"I became really intrigued," Johnston says, because adding vinegar to the diet would be simple "and wouldn't require counting how many carbs you ate." t first, she attempted to replicate findings by others, focusing specifically on people with diabetes or prediabetic symptoms.

When these individuals showed clear benefits from vinegar after a single meal, Johnston' group initiated a trial to evaluate longer-term effects. It also explored vinegar' effect on cholesterol concentrations in blood. The Arizona State scientists had hypothesized that by preventing digestion of carbs in the stomach, vinegar might cause carbohydrate molecules to instead ferment in the colon, a process that signals the liver to synthesize less cholesterol.

So, in one trial, Johnston had half of the volunteers take a 2-tablespoon dose of vinegar prior to each of two meals daily for 4 weeks. The others were told to avoid vinegar. All were weighed before and after the trial.

As it turns out, cholesterol values didn't change in either group. To Johnston's surprise, however, "here was actually about a 2-pound weight loss, on average, over the 4 weeks in the vinegar group." In fact, unlike the control group, none in the vinegar cohort gained any weight, and a few people lost up to 4 pounds. Average weight remained constant in the group not drinking vinegar.

Johnston would now like to repeat the trial in a larger group of individuals to confirm the finding, but that study is currently on hold.

Why? To no one's astonishment, the study volunteers didn't like drinking vinegar straight—even flavored, apple-cider vinegar. Indeed, Johnston says, "I would prefer eating pickled foods or getting . . . vinegar in a salad dressing."

Now, the scientists are developing a less objectionable, encapsulated form of vinegar and testing its efficacy. Although there are commercially available vinegar dietary supplements, Johnston notes that they "don't appear to contain acetic acid," and based on studies by others, she suspects that's the antidiabetic ingredient in the vinegar.


Johnston, C.S., C.M. Kim, and A.J. Buller. 2004. Vinegar improves insulin sensitivity to a high-carbohydrate meal in subjects with insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care 27(January):281-282. Available at http://care.diabetesjournals.org/cgi/content/full/27/1/281.

Östman, E.M., H.G.M.L. Elmståhl, and I.M.E. Björck. 2001. Inconsistency between glycemic and insulinemic responses to regular and fermented milk products. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 74(July):96-100. Available at http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/full/74/1/96.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 2004. Diabetes: A National Plan for Action. Available at http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/NDAP/NDAP04.pdf.

Further Readings:

Boudreau, D. 2004. A spoonful of vinegar helps the sugar go down. ASU Research 14(Fall):16. Available at http://researchmag.asu.edu/stories/vinegar.html

Raloff, J. 2004. Counting carbs. Science News 166(July 17):40-42. Available at http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20040717/bob8.asp.

______. 2004. Coffee, spices, wine. Science News 165(May 1):282-284. Available at http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20040501/bob10.asp.

______. 2002. Diets to ward off diabetes. Science News Online (Nov. 30). Available at http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20021130/food.asp.

______. 2000. A different GI link to colon cancers. Science News 157(May 6):298. Available to subscribers at http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20000506/note14.asp.

______. 2000. The new GI tracts. Science News 157(April 8):236-237. Available at http://www.sciencenews.org/20000408/bob9.asp.

______. 1999. Alcohol may guard diabetics' hearts. Science News 156(July 24):52. References and sources available at http://www.sciencenews.org/pages/sn_arc99/7_24_99/fob1ref.htm.

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Editor's Note: Read labels! Most store bought pickles are made with white vinegar.

The only vinegar you should ever consume is Apple Cider Vinegar. Unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar is even better. Keep it refrigerated. If the label says Vinegar, assume it is White Vinegar. White Vinegar should be used as a cleaning solution only.

We have two pickle recipes at this site: Healthy Pickles.

And don’t forget the other method we’ve already talked about that will help to stabilize your blood sugar: Coconut Products. Check out our Coconut Recipes and make sure you get your coconut products from our friends at Wilderness Family Naturals, in upper Minnesota. When you support them, they support us.

ADHD: Toddlers are given powerful drugs that aren’t licensed or safe


Children as young as three are being given a powerful drug such as Ritalin to treat their ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) - even though it's not licensed for use among small children, and nobody’s been checking to see how safe the drug is in this age group.

Early studies suggest that around a third of small children given Ritalin or another ADHD drug have such a bad reaction that they have to stop treatment. Reactions have included sleeplessness, irritability, repetitive behaviour or thoughts, and appetite loss.

The drugs also affect the child’s growth. Children on an ADHD drug are around 20 per cent shorter, and 55 per cent lighter, for their age.

(Source: Journal of the American Medical Association, 2007; 298: 1747-9).

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On the subject of alternative medicine . . .

Here's scientific fact: People who treat, for instance, their type 2 diabetes by NATURAL methods, including diet, herbs, supplements, and exercise, do FAR better in every measureable respect -- including all the specific "complications" you mention -- than those who use drugs.

Natural methods follow the dictum of the Hippocratic oath to "first do no harm", get at underlying causes, and produce total benefits, whereas allopathic medicine suppresses symptoms, with no long-term benefit and great harm, including "side effects".

There is actually no such thing as "side effects", just effects. And the total effect of conventional medicine on chronic disease is decidedly not positive, nor remotely cost-effective in any sense.

People who take a prescription medication for a chronic disorder INVARIABLY face a cycle of increased dosages, NEW medications for the "side effects" of the old, and overall deterioration of health. Not to mention that prescription medicines are responsible for the spiraling out-of-control cost of medical care.

Natural approaches are much less expensive, much safer, AND much more effective in terms of total and long term effect. It's not much of a choice, really.

P.S. Clinical trials of drugs have been repeatedly shown to be flawed. You can basically "buy" any result you want. The new "wonder drug" of today is killing people tomorrow. So much for the validity of clinical trials. Even people in conventional medicine have a saying, "The only 'safe' drug is a NEW one."

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Lafter is the Best Medicine!

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A friend sent me this letter. It was a response from a right-wing friend who thought we need to focus more energy on fighting terrorism (though it was leaked today (12/03/03) that the President wants to slash funding to the antiterrorism programs).

Here is her response:

I know what I want in 2008.
I want more war, more national debt, less health insurance, less income, more foreclosures,  higher prescription prices, more child molesters in congress, more closeted gay politicians, more slave labor, more lying, more secrecy, more wiretapping, more intrusion into my personal life, more laws written by lobbyists, fewer civil rights, more lead in toys, more negative feelings about America, more Christianity in government, more wealthy politicians, more private armed militias, more outsourcing, more contaminated food, more downsizing, more white slavery, higher oil prices, more cross-dressing mayors, more war profiteering, more dead innocent Iraqi's, more dead soldiers, more dead children, and more contempt for the Constitution.
That's why I'm voting Republican

The latest telephone poll taken by the Florida Governor's office, asked whether people who live in  Florida think illegal immigration is a serious problem: 

29% of respondents answered: "Yes, it is a serious problem." 

71% of respondents answered: "No es una problema seriosa."

The Bathtub Test

During a visit to the mental asylum, a visitor asked the Director how
you determine whether or not a patient should be

"Well," said the Director, "We fill up a bathtub, and then we offer a
teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her
to empty the bathtub."

"Oh, I understand," said the visitor. "A normal person would use the
bucket  because it's bigger than the spoon or the teacup."

"No."said the Director, "A normal person would pull the plug. Do you
want a bed near the window?"

This morning on the way to work I rear-ended a car at a stop light while not really paying attention.

Anyway the fellow who was driving got out.

And he was a dwarf.

He said "I'm not happy."

I said "Well, which one are you then?

For Sale: Slightly Used Tazer

I bought something really cool for my wife.  The occasion is my retirement, and I was looking for a little something extra for my lovely bride.  What I came across was a 100,000-volt, pocket purse-sized Tazer gun with a clip.

For those of you who are not familiar with this product, it is a less-than-lethal stun gun with two metal prongs designed to incapacitate an assailant with a shock of high-voltage, low amperage electricity while you flee to safety.  The effects are supposed to be short lived, with no long-term adverse affect on your assailant but allowing you adequate time to retreat to safety.  You simply jab the prongs into your250 lb. tattooed assailant, push the button, and it will render him a slobbering, goggle-eyed, muscle-twitching, whimpering, pencil-neck geek.

If you've never seen one of these things in action then you're truly missing out; it's way too cool!  I've seen several demonstrations for cops, but I found this handheld one for civilians.

Long story short, I bought the device and brought it home.  I loaded two AAA batteries in the darn thing and pushed the button.  Nothing!  I was so disappointed.  Upon reading the directions (we don't need no stinkin' directions), I found much to my chagrin that this particular model would not create an arc between the prongs.  How disappointing! I do love fire for effect.

I learned that if I pushed the button, and pressed it against a metal surface that I'd get the blue arc of electricity darting back and forth between the prongs that I was so looking forward to.  I did it.Awesome!!!  Sparks, a blue arc of electricity, and a loud pop!! Yipeeeeee... I'm easily amused, just for your information, but I have yet to explain to her what that burn spot is on the face of her microwave. 

Okay, so I was home alone with this new toy, thinking to myself that it couldn't be all that bad with only two triple-A batteries, etc., etc. There I sat in my recliner, her cat looking on intently (trusting little soul), reading the directions (that would be me, not the cat) and thinking that I really needed to try this thing out on a flesh and blood target.

I must admit I thought about zapping the cat for a fraction of a second and thought better of it.  She is such a sweet kitty after all.  But if I was going to give this thing to my wife to protect herself against a mugger, I did want some assurance that it would work as advertised.  Am I wrong?  Was I wrong to think that?  It seemed reasonable to me at the time.

So, there I sat in a pair of shorts with my reading glasses perched delicately on the bridge of my nose, directions in one hand, Tazer in the other.  The directions said that a one-second burst would shock and disorient your assailant; a two-second burst was supposed to cause muscle spasms and a loss of bodily control; a three-second burst would purportedly make your assailant flop on the ground like a fish out of water.

All the while I'm looking at this little device (measuring about 5" long, less than 3/4 inch in circumference, pretty cute really, and loaded with two itsy, bitsy AAA batteries) thinking to myself, "no way!" Trust me, but I'm getting ahead of myself. What happened next is almost beyond description, but I'll do my best.

Those of you who know me well have got a pretty good idea of what followed.  I'm sitting there alone, the cat looking on with her head cocked to one side as to say, "don't do it buddy," reasoning that a one-second burst from such a tiny lil' ole thing couldn't hurt all that bad (sound, rational thinking under the circumstances, wouldn't you agree?).  I decided to give myself a one-second burst just for the heck of it.  (Note: You know, a bad decision is like hindsight-- always twenty-twenty. 

It is so obvious that it was a bad decision after the fact, even though it seemed so right at the time.  Don't ya hate that?) I touched the prongs to my naked thigh, pushed the button, and *&%$$#[email protected]##@!!!!! 

I'm pretty sure that Jessie Ventura ran in through the front door, picked me up out of that recliner then body slammed me on the carpet over and over again.  I vaguely recall waking up on my side in the fetal position, nipples on fire, testicles nowhere to be found, soaking wet, with my left arm tucked under my body in the oddest position.

The cat was standing over me making sounds I had never heard before, licking my face, undoubtedly thinking to herself, "do it again, do it again!"

Note: If you ever feel compelled to mug yourself with a Tazer, one note of caution.  There is no such thing as a one-second burst when you zap yourself.  You're not going to let go of that thing until it is dislodged from your hand by a violent thrashing about on the floor. Then, if you're lucky, you won't lodge one of the prongs 1/4" deep in your thigh like yours truly.  That hurt!

A minute or so later (I can't be sure, as time was a relative thing at this point), I collected my wits (what little I had left), sat up and surveyed the landscape.  My reading glasses were on the mantel of the fireplace.  How did they get there? My triceps, right thigh and both titties were still twitching. My face felt like it had been shot up with Novocain, as my bottom lip weighed 88 lbs., give or take an ounce or two, I'm pretty sure.

By the way, has anyone seen my testicles?  I think they ran away. I'm offering a reward.  They're round.  Miss 'em...! Sure would like to get em back.

I wonder what retirement day two will bring? retirement day two will bring?