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Tuesday, September 07, 2004

# 29 Good Health Info Source

Wide range of very good information on health ,
food , and baby nutrition.
Be prepared to have many prior nutrional beliefs shattered.
Good info on baby formula concerns.
This was one of my favorite sources
BEFORE the internet, and still is with the net.


Have been watching the information on what is called the AMAS cancer test, for a few years. Seems as though this test is the most reliable todate, cancer test available. At a 99% reliability factor , and if true , is a good test. If one needs peace of mind, this $135.00 AMAS test should do it.You may need to educate your doctor on this one. Medicare will I understand pay for this test, so that means it's on an "approved" list some where, that a regular doctor can access.

For more details go to the listed website.

Monday, September 06, 2004


Strange , but true, is the fact that I was checking out things of this nature, as a national service manager, working for a large coffee company . These nasty microorganisms showed up in cities and states, in places where none had ever been seen or reported previously. Things of this nature forced me to go into some sharp learning curves, involving many hours of intense study, and the contacting of numerous city, state and federal agencies. Nasties of this type, and even the more deadly types can now show-up any place in the world, in less than twenty four hours. Now dont panic, just be aware that things like this can and do happen. IE: FLU bugs of all types, SARS, AIDS, EBOLA etc. Is the why of my interests in Grapefruit Seed Extract, Oregano, Honegar , and Super Tonic , to name a few.

The Talker

Giardia Lamblia
Giardia lamblia is a protozoan flagellate that causes the disease Giardiasis. In Europe, the organism is sometimes called Lamblia intestinalis. At one time, the infection was known as "beaver fever" because it was thought that only the beaver harbored the cyst.
Because of its teardrop shape and two nuclei, the organism has a distinct appearance under a microscope, resembling a human face looking back at you. It also has four flagella for locomotion, and exists in both the trophozoite and cyst stages. Giardia is a tiny organism but only one cyst is enough to cause disease. About 8,000 trophozoites can fit on the head of a pin. They are not all killed with chlorination, but can be with iodine-based solutions. Boiling also kills them, but the water must be a rolling boil for at least ten minutes at sea level. At higher elevations, boiling requires and additional five minutes. Understandably, there is not much left of the water after that length of time. Filtering is the most reliable means, but not all filters are created equal. The filter size cannot be greater than three microns, and it must state that giardia will be filtered out.
Washing vegetables and fruits must also be taken into account when using tap water. The cyst is able to exist for long periods outside the body, remaining on such inanimate objects as toys, and regaining entrance to a human body through the oral route.
Since many children do not readily show symptoms of any illness, they unwittingly spread the disease. More often than not, infection is spread when the cysts lodge under fingernails after a diaper change.
In this manner, infection can easily be passed from one infant to another in day care centers, or from one person to another in homes. In some day care centers, more than 90% of the children were infected. The infection rate is increasing so rapidly that it may now be the most frequently found parasite. Since giardia cysts are resistant to stomach acid destruction, it passes on through to the intestines. There, it reverts to the trophozoite stage and multiplies by dividing (just a little mathematical humor!).
Incubation is five to twenty-five days, with most feeling sick within a week. The trophozoites adhere only to the upper small intestine, and do not spread to other parts of the body. By adhering to this part of the intestine, its numbers prevent the digestion and assimilation of foods, causing gastroenteritis. Another result of such interference is with the absorption of fats, causing them to be eliminated in the feces.
This may sound like a wonderful idea for dieting, but instead, it is destructive. Fat soluble nutrients are then unable to be assimilated because the fats are unable to help carry them into the system. Therefore, deficiencies soon develop. Damage to the intestinal villi can persist long after the infection is controlled. Problems with chronic iron deficiency, anemia, vitamins A and B12 deficiencies, low serum calcium, lack of folic acid, fat malabsorption, and lactose intolerance occur with prolonged infections. Infectiousness can last a year or as long as the cysts are excreted. The expelled cysts can remain infectious in a moist environment for several months.
Signs of giardia infection include the following: gastroenteritis and diarrhea that produce dark, greasy, foul-smelling stools; bloating; nausea; weight loss; and abdominal cramping. Chills, low-grade fever, belching, and a headache may also be present, along with considerable amounts of discomfort and flatulence. After an acute episode, symptoms will diminish, leaving intermittent diarrhea and constipation, abdominal distention, and a persistent foul-smelling gas. The giardia can sometimes attach to the bile ducts of the liver, creating symptoms mimicking gall bladder disease. In addition, it is one of the many microscopic organisms that can affect behavior, as well as physical, function. Chronic fatigue and depression are symptomatic of long-standing giardiasis.
In small children and the elderly, severe dehydration caused by diarrhea and vomiting can be fatal. It can also be misdiagnosed as celiac disease or failure to thrive syndrome.
Symptoms can last for two to three weeks, with gradual improvement. The infection can become chronic, however, with intermittent bouts of diarrhea, accompanied by anorexia, weight loss, and nausea. With or without treatment, the organism is difficult to eliminate. Individuals most at risk are those with type A blood, who lack sufficient hydrochloric acid, or who have a history combating Candida albicans.
Almost 50% of those infected will have a sugar intolerance, especially to lactose and sucrose. Children diagnosed with celiac disease or ADD may be infected with this parasite, and, by treating them for it, all the other symptoms disappear, in most cases. It is the most common intestinal protozoal infection in the US, with municipal water often the source of infection. Outbreaks of giardiasis are doubling every five years, having infected at least eighteen million people in the US alone.
Because of the number of ignored or misdiagnosed cases
(giardiasis often being diagnosed as irritable bowel or chronic fatigue syndrome), many researchers feel that the actual number of giardiasis cases is astronomical. Other estimates are that 90% of the documented cases of water-borne giardia come from surface water contaminated by animal feces.
Divers often become infected with giardia as well as Entamoeba histolytica.

# 26 Crypto What ?

Cryptosporidium is a protozoan that causes the disease
known as Cryptosporidiosis, a type of diarrhea that plagues
both humans and animals. Cryptosporidium has long been
recognized as a cause of intestinal disease in cattle and sheep,
but not in humans until 1976, and has been found in over
85% of the water supplies in the US since then. The species,
Cryptosporidium parvum, is the cause of many outbreaks in
the water supply of affluent nations, and only has been
considered a health risk since 1993, when Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, had numerous cases of diarrhea traced to
contamination in the city's water supply.
The microorganism is about 1/16th the size of a dust particle
that floats in the air. It takes only ten organisms to cause an
infection; and each generation can develop and mature in as
little as twelve to fourteen hours. Huge numbers can colonize
in the intestinal tract in just a few days. Therefore, it takes
special filtering to remove them from the drinking supply
since they are not killed by routine chlorination of water.
However, boiling can kill them. Boiling water for one minute
will kill most water-born pathogens, including hepatitis A.
In an altitude of more than 6,500 feet, the water should be
boiled for at least three minutes. Within the intestinal cells,
the parasite goes through all the stages of its life cycle,
producing worms, called oocysts, which pass out of the
body in the feces. Oocysts can survive outside the body
for long periods of time, eventually finding their way back
into drinking water and food.
Cryptosporidium muris is also transmitted via
contaminated water supplies from farm animal waste.
As with other Cryptosporidium species, it is most often
found in day-care centers, where infection is directly
related to improper washing after diaper changes.
In healthy patients, infection is usually mild and of a
short duration, but in the immunocompromised,
illness can be more acute and severe.
Symptoms include the following: abdominal discomfort,
weight loss, fever, and nausea causing severe dehydration
and electrolyte imbalances.

Sunday, September 05, 2004

# 25 What Is A Healing Crisis?

What is a healing crisis?
A healing crisis is the opposite of a dis-ease crisis yet in many ways feels the same, and symptoms are often similar. It's very important to make the distinction between the symptoms of dis-ease process and those of the healing process. Healing crisis usually occurs after a period of increased well-being, and may last a few days. Each healing crisis releases physical problems from the past. When a healing crisis comes, do not attempt to stop it! This confuses most people because, "If I feel sick, I must be sick," when in actuality, the discomfort of the healing crisis is an indication of your own body working to heal itself, from the inside, out. The fastest, easiest and most effective method to promote healing is to detoxify the tissue. Colon cleansing is an all important step in this process. A cleansing program ultimately leads to the beneficial and important healing crisis, which manifests as the recurrence of old physical problems, such as a runny nose, flu-like symptoms, and fever which occurs to burn out toxic waste. The ills that were once suppressed by drugs are now released. As one continues a healthful pattern of living through good nutritional practice (the science of food combining known as Trophology), one may experience several healing crises, each time releasing past problems. This is a sure sign that the right path has been taken and that the body has gained the strength to heal itself naturally. Our body does its best with what we give it, therefore, we must learn to work with nature and not against it. Typically, as a condition proceeds toward the chronic stage, the allopathic approach calls for powerful drugs to suppress symptoms. To begin the reversal path and get back to a higher level of health, we must retrace the path back, from illness back to wellness. To bring about a reversal, and a healing, we must understand that suppression is the wrong way to go. Rejuvenation cannot be accomplished by using drugs or suppressing symptoms. Elimination of toxic material must be assisted rather than repressed. "There is a tremendous need to make a distinction between the symptoms of a disease process and those of the healing process." Dr. Bernard Jensen states , Herings Law of Cure explains the distinct differences between the development of the disease process and the healing process. There are differences between the symptoms manifested by disease from the symptoms of healing a disease. Herings Law of Cure states, "All cure comes from within out, from the head down and in reverse order as the symptoms have appeared in the body." As we adopt right eating and living habits, our body reacts to these new behaviors. The state of health will retrace backward via the same path that led us to disease in the first place. By working toward a healing crisis you can activate the location of chronic settlements and toxins that create weakness in the body. When the old waste matter is activated, or stirred up, it returns to the bloodstream and begins the process of being eliminated from the body. It isn't pleasant to experience, but necessary for healing to occur. As the toxins become free flowing, they work their way out through the eliminative channels and orifices of the body. Don't settle for short term suppression, reach for long term tissue rejuvenation through bowel cleansing. Toxins can be eliminated by colon cleansing and good nutrition, which is a more natural wholistic approach to make us whole again. Dr. Bernard Jensen sums it up well by stressing that what's important for elevating your good health is not the cleansing program, but the nurturing and healing of body and soul that takes place after the cleanse. He said, "As you have built up conditions in the body through foods, pollution, overwork, enervation, lifestyle, etc., we have to learn our lesson and go back over them and relive them, so to speak. You can expect all of those problems to return as you get well."


- Microbe Can Survive at 266 Degrees Microbe Can Survive at 266 Degrees
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By PAUL RECER, AP Science Writer WASHINGTON - Some may like it hot, but nothing likes it hotter than a weird microbe known as Strain 121. The one-celled organism, captured from a magma vent at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, can survive 266 degrees, a temperature no other known life form can tolerate.

The as-yet-unnamed microbe was able to reproduce and grow vigorously at about 250 degrees, the typical temperature used in autoclaves to sterilize medical instruments, said Derek R. Lovley, a University of Massachusetts microbiologist who was the senior author of a study appearing Friday in the journal Science. "It has been the dogma in microbiology for 120 years that that temperature would kill any living organism," Lovley said. But not Strain 121. In laboratory experiments, Lovley and his co-author, Kazem Kashefi, subjected Strain 121 to higher and higher temperatures and it survived each test. "We just kept increasing the temperature and it kept living," he said. "Finally, we put it into the autoclave which was supposed to kill everything, but when we pulled it out it was still alive and, in fact, had grown. It amazed us." Previously, the most heat tolerant organism known was Pyrolobus fumarii, a microbe recovered in 1997 from a thermal pool in Italy. Lovley said Pyrolobus fumarii stops growing at a temperature of 235 degrees and is killed after one hour in an autoclave at 250 degrees.
Strain 121, however, seems to enjoy the torrid temperatures inside an autoclave. In 24 hours at 250 degrees, the microbe not only lived, but doubled in number. When the temperature was raised to 266 degrees, Strain 121 stopped growing, but it did survive. When the superheated specimen was cooled down to a mere 217 degrees, still above the boiling of water, the microbe was alive and able to grow. "It will survive that high temperature (266 degrees) but it will not multiply, at least that we could detect," Lovley said. Both Strain 121 and Pyrolobus fumarii are members of the unusual life domain known as Archaea. Living organisms are divided in three domains, based on their genetic makeup and cell structure. People, plants and animals are in the Eukaryotic domain, and most germs are in the Eubacteria domain. The third domain, Archaea, are microorganisms that generally live in extreme conditions of heat, cold, pressures or acidity and have a DNA structure unlike the other two. Strain 121 was found in samples taken from the stream of water and chemicals spewing from a natural chimney, or smoking vent, in the Juan de Fuca Ridge off the northwest coast of the United States. These chimneys, in about 1 1/2 miles of water, are built up on the ocean floor by superheated water ejected through vents from magma chambers below. They spew water heated to more than 300 degrees, along with dissolved minerals such as sulfur and iron. Lovley said Strain 121 uses iron oxide in the vent streams to metabolize organic molecules. In effect, he said the microbe uses iron in the same way that surface-dwelling organisms use oxygen. The very earliest forms of life on Earth, he said, could have been like Strain 121, tolerating high temperatures and using iron for metabolism. Lovley said early in the Earth's history, the planet was iron-rich and oxygen poor, so it is logical that early forms of life could have lived as Strain 121 does now at the bottom of the ocean. Finding a microbe that can withstand such high temperatures and pressures also increases the hope that there may be life on other planets in the solar system or elsewhere in the universe, Lovley said. "Raising the temperature of life increases that window where you could expect to find some other life form," he said. Jan Amend, a Washington University in St. Louis microbial geochemist who is not part of Lovley's team, said the discovery is important because it strengthens the case that early Earth life was sustained using ferric iron instead of oxygen. He said it also improves the prospects of finding life beyond the Earth. "Any time you have organisms that live at higher temperatures or at higher pressures, that expands the limits of possibility that there might be life elsewhere in our solar system or beyond," said Amend.
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Infectious Bacteria in Milk Survives Pasteurization

Scientists presented a disturbing finding regarding the milk we drink --
it is contaminated with anorganism that may cause Crohn's disease.
These findings were confirmed through the testing of 702 samples from California, Minnesota andWisconsin, three of the biggest milk-producing states. It was discovered that at least 2.8 percentof the samples tested carried a dangerous organism called mycobacterium avium Paratuberculosis (MAP) that was both active and had the ability of multiplying.
It has been known that MAP causes Johne's disease among the cattle and sheep population. The continual rise of Johne's has become a concern among the dairy producers because of the way it wreaks havoc upon the bodies of the animals. MAP damages the animal's systems by triggering chronic inflammation of their intestines then spreading rampant throughout their bodies leaving them with a deteriorating disease and no practical cure.

Facts on Crohn's Disease

Chronic inflammatory is defined as a disease of the intestine that initiates a wasting reaction in people's bodies Crohn's disease afflicts over half a million Americans Approximately 20,000 Americans, particularly young people, are diagnosed with Crohn's disease each year Experts have noted a clear relationship between MAP and Crohn's disease. This could be seen from the tests that revealed nearly all of the people affected by Crohn's disease had also been affected with the MAP infection.
Despite the milk industry's awareness of this dangerous connection, they have decided to create clever marketing campaigns targeting children instead of investing time into finding out how to rectify the problem. The milk industry and the FDA argued that the milk was safe because it went through a pasteurization process, which they claimed killed off any dangerous bacterias such as the MAP infection.
Members of a research association that supports Crohn's patients have continued to push for removal of MAP from all dairy products and are waiting to see what the FDA will do next to address the problem.
Dr. Mercola's Comment:
So not only does pasteurization kill the beneficial bacteria available in the milk, but it leaves a potentially harmful organism alive and well. The evidence for drinking healthful raw milk is well documented, and I suspect it is only a matter of time before the many reasons not to drink pasteurized milk become public.
The solution to this contaminated milk dilemma -- drink raw milk.
Raw milk is actually one of the more profound healing agents in inflammatory bowel disease. Rather than causing it, raw milk causes the disease to go into remission.
Dangerous Grains are one of the main contributors to the development of Crohn's disease. There is fairly strong Paleolithic evidence that 10,000 years ago most humans did not consume many grains. They were hunter-gatherers who subsisted mostly on vegetables and meats. Ten thousand years is a mere blip in a biological sense for humans -- over 99 percent of our genetic make-up was in place, in fact, before we ever started consuming grains.
When considered from this perspective alone, it is not too surprising that grains can cause a wide array of health issues. Contemporary humans have not suddenly evolved mechanisms to incorporate the high carbohydrates from starch- and sugar-rich foods into their diets. You can find out more about the dangers of grains in my new book.
For those with Crohn's disease or IBS, coconut oil would be an extremely beneficial addition to your diet.
The anti-inflammatory and healing effects of coconut oil have been shown to play a role in soothing inflammation and healing injury in the digestive tract. Coconut oil also has antimicrobial properties that promote intestinal health by killing troublesome microorganisms that may cause chronic inflammation.
Related Articles:
Don't Drink Your Milk!
Pasteurized Milk and its Link to Autism, Part I
Autism and Malnutrition: The Milk Connection
More Reasons Why You Don’t Want to Drink Pasteurized Milk
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The Mystery in Your Milk
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Saturday, September 04, 2004

# 23 Castor Oil Pack Usage

Rather than do a whole bunch of typing and error checking I've used the write-up from the company I buy from.
Have used one time or another , castor oil packs over a period of forty years. Has spared me numerous doctor bills. I've also bought castor oil locally and have used cut up wool socks and cotton shirts in doing these castor oil packs. Just be sure to put some plastic or Saran wrap over the pack. It is very difficult to clean up castor oil stains. In between usages I store my items in a plastic bag. When its time for fresh cloths , just throw out the old ones. So if you have a hurt , give the castor oil packs a try. Again , there is much more involved here than is being stated, I do it this way to spare you the long write-ups.

Castor Oil Packs

How To Use Castor Oil and Castor Oil Packs
Edited by Bruce Baar, MS, ND (candidate)
Castor Oil has been used through out the ages as a natural therapy. Castor oil applied externally in the form of "packs" is very popular with natural health practitioners. The Edgar Cayce Readings inform us that castor oil packs are to be used to improve assimilations, eliminations and circulation; especially of the lymphatic system. A castor oil pack is made from several layers of flannel like material, enough to absorb and hold the castor oil during application. The flannel material is wool, cotton or the newly designed disposable pack, each of which you will need to saturate with cold-pressed castor oil before using. A common area to apply the castor oil pack is on the right side of the abdomen, between the upper part of the rib cage and the upper edge of the hipbone. Another common area is across the abdomen from the right to the left side of the body, covering from the sternum to the pubic or groin area. Application is usually for 1 to 2 hours. A heating pad is placed on top of the castor oil pack to keep it very warm during application. It is best to consult your health care practitioner to determine frequency of application. applications. You can use the same castor oil pack for additional applications. It is important to discard the pack after a certain number of uses or when it becomes rancid. It may be helpful to store the pack in a plastic storage container and refrigerate between uses. The wool and cotton flannel packs can be used for approximately 25-30 applications before they are to be discarded. The new inexpensive disposable packs can be used for about 10 uses before discarding. Here is a picture of a castor oil pack used too long and left in a hot room for many months. Before you begin, you will need to choose either the Wool Flannel (#757), Cotton Flannel (#759) or the Disposable Flannel (#755) Pack. Using either the wool flannel or cotton flannel is a personal choice. Some individuals are sensitive to wool. The Disposable Flannel Pack consists of flannel-like material which is absorbent on one side and is coated with plastic on the other side to protect the heating pad. This disposable flannel is also used to protect the area you are resting on. When used in this manner it replaces the old method of placing a plastic bag and towel underneath you as a protective cover. Cold-pressed Castor Oil is available in an 8 oz. (#753), pint (#752), quart (#751) or gallon (#750) size. Most individuals start with either a pint or a quart. Frequent users usually purchase by the gallon. Small amounts of Castor Oil should be added to the pack before each use to refresh it. If your choice is to use the Cotton Flannel (#759) or Wool Flannel (#757) Pack, consider purchasing several Disposable Flannel Packs (#759) for bed or sheet cover protection. The plastic side of the Disposable Flannel Pack will prevent castor oil from soiling your linens or sheets. An electric heating pad is needed to heat the castor oil pack. There are units that will automatically turn itself off in one to two hours and there are units that stay on. Choose the one that fits your needs. Directions for Using the Castor Oil Packs Place a Disposable Pack (#755) with the green plastic side down on your bed for protection against the castor oil soiling. Place the heating pad on top of this protective pack and turn it on to a medium or high setting. If the pack that you are using for application is a Wool Flannel or Cotton Flannel material, then protect your heating pad by placing plastic wrap on top of the heating pad. Next, fold the wool or cotton flannel into 3 layers and place it on top of the plastic wrap. Add castor oil to the flannel. The castor oil should be added to saturate all three layers of flannel, but not so much that it drips from the pack. If using the Disposable Flannel Pack for application, add the castor in a circle in the middle of the absorbent white material, using the green side against the heating pad in place of the plastic wrap. Wait about 5 to 10 minutes for the oil to become warm. When you are ready to begin, flip the castor oil pack and heating pad on to your abdominal area and relax. General application time is between 1-2 hours. After your session, clean the oil from your body with CastorWash #769. Many people store the castor oil pack in a plastic storage container between uses. Be sure to keep the pack out of the sun and in a cool dark place. After 3 days of using the castor oil pack take about 1 teaspoon of olive oil (NOT castor oil) by mouth. Taken usually in the evening before retiring. Always seek medical advice prior to use. Do NOT use during pregnancy or during menstrual flow.
These products can be purchased from the manufacturer at 610-873-4591 (USA)

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# 22 Health Joke

In the beginning God created the heavens
and the Earth.
And the Earth was without form, and void,
and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
And Satan said, "It doesn't get any better than this!
And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.
And God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed,
and the fruit tree yielding fruit," and God saw that it was good.
And Satan said, "There goes the neighborhood."
Then God created humans in his own image; male and female created he them.
And God looked upon Man and Woman and saw that they were lean and fit.
And Satan said, "I know how I can get back in this game."
And God populated the earth with broccoli and cauliflower
and spinach, green and yellow vegetables of all kinds,
so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.
And Satan created McDonald's.
And McDonald's brought forth the 99-cent double cheeseburger.
And Satan said to Man, "You want fries with that?"
And Man said, "Supersize them." And Man gained 5 pounds.
And God created the healthful yogurt, that woman might keep her
figure that man found so fair. And Satan brought forth chocolate.
And Woman gained 5 pounds. And God said, "Try my crispy fresh salad."
And Satan brought forth Ben and Jerry's. And Woman gained 10 pounds.
And God said, "I have sent thee heart-healthy vegetables
and olive oil with which to cook them."
And Satan brought forth chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter.
And Man gained 10 pounds and his bad cholesterol went through the roof.
And God brought forth running shoes
and Man resolved to lose those extra pounds.
And Satan brought forth cable TV with remote control
so Man would not have to toil to change channels between ESPN and ESPN2.
And Man gained another 20 pounds.
And God said, "You're running up the score, Devil."
And God brought forth the potato, a vegetable naturally low in fat
and brimming with nutrition.
And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips
and deep-fat fried them. And he created sour cream dip also.
And Man clutched his remote control
and ate the potato chips swaddled in cholesterol.
And Satan saw and said, "It is good." And Man went into cardiac arrest.
And God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.
And Satan smiled and created HMO's

Thursday, September 02, 2004

# 21 While Americans Slept

Dear Reader,
Two years ago Dr. Wright warned us about Codex Alimentarius -- an international "food standardization" program -- and how one part of it in particular, called the European Union Directive on Dietary Supplements, could effectively wipe out the availability of natural products in this country. That warning is fast becoming a reality -- and time is running out to put a stop to the impending loss of health freedom we are all facing.
If the EU adopts this directive, the U.S. essentially will have to as well, since we are members of the World Trade Organization. Not that this country always abides by its pacts and treaties with other countries. But when it conveniently handles an item already on the Feds' agenda, honoring an international treaty suddenly becomes much more important.
The FDA is more likely to view the EU directive as an answer to their prayers than something to question and resist. In fact, for them, it's a convenient backdoor way to change this country's laws regarding the availability of vitamins and supplements without having to take any of the heat.
The EU Directive is especially convenient for the FDA since this challenge to natural health products is coming at a time when hostilities between the makers of natural supplements and the U.S. government are at an all-time high. We've told you all about the various bans on natural products such as red yeast rice and ephedra. And that's just the tip of the iceberg: There is also a systematic move towards shutting down the makers of natural supplements as well.
Consider the case of Lane Labs, an innovative company that formulated some natural products currently being studied by the National Cancer Institute. Of course, natural products that might be effective against cancer present a serious threat to the multi-trillion dollar pharmaceutical industry, so they're seeking nothing less than annihilation of competitors like Lane Labs. And the U.S. government seems all-too-eager to help.
In their first judgment against Lane Labs four years ago, the government levied a million-dollar fine against the company for making false marketing claims. Mind you, there were no customer complaints, and none of these products were deemed harmful or ineffective. The company continued to sell the products and fight the suit, so the government changed their tactics. In a crushing blow delivered six weeks ago, a judge ordered that all of the products in question be destroyed and that Lane Labs refund the money they collected from all purchased products since September of 1999.
The battle lines keep changing -- and more and more natural products are being lost as each of these battles are waged.
It's up to people like you and me -- who know the value of having access to vitamins, minerals, and dietary supplements -- to fight for our right to keep ourselves healthy naturally.
Start by contacting your state and local representatives and letting them know that you are aware of this threat and exactly where you stand on the issue.
While Americans Slept
by A. Ofria
When it comes to international affairs, we Americans tend to sit back and let our leaders do the talking. It is not that we don't care, but the issues are confusing and it is easier to trust that our government knows best. So most of us were silent when multinational corporations began taking over global markets and talk of “globalization and harmonization” replaced calls for “global harmony.” We assumed that our government was protecting us.
Now we must question whether our leaders' actions were in our best interest. Was it for our good that they signed Mutual Recognition Agreements as part of GATT and NAFTA, giving up our right to refuse to “harmonize” with intrusive international standards? Will their decisions cost us access to vitamins, even though the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act of 1994 was supposed to secure our right forever? How did they let supplements become a global issue and why did un-elected U.S.bureaucrats signal to the world that Americans were willing to “harmonize” U.S. supplement laws to conform to restrictive international standards?
Our problem began years ago when the U.N. authorized the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization to develop a universal food code, “Codex Alimentarius.” The Codex Commission came under the influence of the pharmaceutical cartel and instead of focusing on food safety, it used its power to promote worldwide restrictions on vitamins. Meanwhile our U.S. Codex Delegation not only stood by, but made matters worse. In Bonn in 1996, for instance, Dr. Yetley of our FDA illegally seconded a motion to shift deliberations on herbs out of Codex, where at least they were considered foods (consistent with US law), to a secret panel at WHO that treats herbs as drugs, leaving them open to “prescription only” status.
Now multinational interests are pressuring our federal agencies to impose “Upper Limits” on vitamins. If our government succumbs and sets these arbitrary safety standards, we will lose our right to opt out of Codex because we will have in effect agreed that this is a safety issue.
Codex cannot control us directly. Statute 19USC 3512 safeguards our domestic laws from outside interference by stopping anyone from forcing us to conform to standards that conflict with existing U.S. law unless Congress consents. Unfortunately, Codex can circumvent this law because if we refuseto harmonize, the World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Body can impose crippling trade sanctions on numerous industries unrelated to supplements. This immense pressure would force Congress to change our laws. In fact, Congress has already “harmonized” under threat of WTO sanctions and this Achilles Heel is why Rep. Ron Paul introduced the American Sovereignty Restoration Act (HR 1146) to pull us out of the UN.
When we see powerful players forcing our leaders to act in ways that threaten the rights that Americans have historically died to preserve, we must remind them of their duty to safeguard our way of life. If we do not raise our voices above the clamor of multinational commercial interests, we may be silenced forever.
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"Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an underground dictatorship... To restrict the art of healing to one class of men and deny equal privileges to others will constitute the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic and have no place in a republic... The Constitution of this republic should make special privilege for medical freedom as well as religious freedom."--Dr Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence.

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Wednesday, September 01, 2004

# 20 And In This Corner We Have

Sometimes you need someone in your corner.
In the e-Alert "No Buts About It" (8/30/04), I told you about
the experience of a friend of mine who nearly found out the hard
way that doctors may recommend uncomfortable or invasive
medical procedures based on suspect test results.

The lesson:
Always ask for specifics regarding factors that can create false positive or false negative test results.
And now - along the same lines - I have another good tip to pass along.
In an Internet Broadcasting Systems (IBS) article titled "Over-Medication Sickens Seniors," geriatrician Dr. Mary Cohan discusses several problems that I've addressed in previous e- Alerts. For instance, many elderly patients require the care of specialists and end up visiting more than one doctor on a regular basis. When several doctors prescribe different medications, the chances for adverse drug interactions increase, along with the risk of side effects.
And here's the disturbing result of that trend: A recent survey revealed that older patients suffering from side effects or adverse interactions account for 20 percent of all emergency room visits.
A friend of mine named Jan experienced this very situation with her father who had multiple health problems. In deep frustration, Jan and her family wondered why all of the specialists couldn't get on the same page. It slowly dawned on her that the doctors had no motivation to do so; to each of them her father was just one of many patients who required attention for a few brief minutes at a time.
Finally, she and some family members organized and insisted on a joint conference between four different specialists. It was quite difficult to match up their schedules, so the family had to be persistent in scheduling and rescheduling. When the meeting finally took place, two of the doctors realized that some of their prescribed drug therapies needed immediate adjustment. Obviously, her father couldn't have handled this situation on his own. Which brings us to this simple health care tip: Get an advocate.
Many patients - especially those who are elderly or who have multiple health problems - need someone to step forward and coordinate their health care. That advocate doesn't need to be a health care professional, they just need to be diligent in asking hard questions, following up on the answers, and making sure that all of the doctors involved are aware of the entire scope of diagnoses, tests,prescriptions, dietary recommendations, etc.
Never assume that a hospital or a nursing staff or a doctor's office will do any coordinating of the big picture. Patients with complicated health challenges need an advocate to help do that for them.
To Your Good Health,
Jenny Thompson Health Sciences Institute