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Thursday, July 30, 2009

US agencies challenge natural products

US agencies challenge natural products in advance of vaccination program

ANH joins the dots over FDA and FTC restrictions on natural products prior to vaccine roll-out

A cancerous conspiracy to poison your faith in organic food

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Say NO to Electronic Medical Records

We already know that Google generally collects and sells data (a good reason to use for your search engine). They've also been implicated with government spy and law enforcement agencies.

We also know that electronic medical record will not save money as well as the fact that HIPAA was the open sesame for everyone to get access to your data.

You do have a choice, and most likely it is to find a health care professional that doesn't do third party insurance billing and takes cash.
From Times Online July 27, 2009

David Davis: Google is the last company I would trust with my personal dataSam Coates, Chief Political Correspondent
Google cannot be trusted with sensitive personal data and any plan to transfer health records to the company is “naive”, David Davis writes in The Times today.

The former Shadow Home Secretary, who resigned from the Tory front bench to campaign on privacy issues, says that companies should not be able to make money out of holding patient records.

Mr Davis has been tipped for a return to frontline politics if the Tories win the general election. However, in today’s article he labels as “amoral” a company with close ties to the Conservative Party — David Cameron’s adviser Steve Hilton is married to Rachel Whetstone, Google’s head of communications.

He also criticises the work of “young researchers” in Conservative headquarters and queries whether Mr Cameron’s notion of the “post-bureaucratic age” may further damage public trust in the state.

This comes amid divisions in the Conservative Party over its cherished policy of publishing government-collected statistics, which underpins many of their plans for public-sector reform.

An insider told The Times there was a “healthy debate” over whether information such as hospital cleanliness ward by ward or street-by-street crime data should be released free or sold. Some believe that there is vital money to be made for the Exchequer.

Others say that existing commercial websites have failed to turn a profit from the small amount of public-sector data already freely available, raising questions over whether private companies would fulfil the function of websites currently run by government.

Mr Davis, who has championed privacy issues since he refought and won his parliamentary seat of Howden & Haltemprice in a by-election last year, accepts that there are “massive weaknesses” in the NHS patient records database, which is not expected to be fully delivered until 2013-4.

However, he adds: “Google is the last company I would trust with sensitive personal data belonging to me. In the words of Privacy International, Google has ‘a history of ignoring privacy concerns. Every corporate announcement has some new practice involving surveillance’.”

He says that Google, whose chief executive Eric Schmidt is on a Tory advisory board, has a “near monopoly internet presence, combined with legally unfettered use of vast quantities of personal data”.

Senior Tories emphasise that there are still huge barriers before health records could be transferred to private-sector companies such as Google Health or Microsoft HealthVault. A review is underway by Dr Glyn Hayes, a member of the British Computer Society.

There still appears to be disagreement inside the party over whether patients — or their GPs — should act as the gatekeeper for records. It may be up to GPs, rather than patients, to chose which company stores the data, for instance.

David Cameron has repeatedly said that he does not want a big central state-run database for health records. “For every penny we could save on the computer that isn’t really working very well we could put money into nurses and doctors and patient care.” The NHS points out that health records are not held centrally, but by individual trusts.

One stumbling block in the idea to transfer records to services such as Google Health would be that this could make it inaccessible to hospital doctors in accident and emergency facing a patient unexpectedly.

Patients brought unconscious into hospital, for instance, may not be able sign over electronic “permission” for the A&E doctors and nurses to see their notes.

Senior Tories have decided however this is not a fundamental flaw in the idea. They have been told by doctors that A&E staff, for instance, have not in the past required comprehensive notes in the first few hours when a patient is critically ill and that patients often have other ways of indicating allergies, such as wristbands.

The most important part of the Tory plan, insiders say, is that all systems used to maintain patient records — whether managed by the patient themselves or their GP — must be electronically compatible with one another.

Google, the search engine, has said there are no circumstances in which it would sell health data to outside companies, even in an anonymised fashion.

The company strongly rejected suggestions it they would consider selling data for health trials by pharmacuetical companies.

Challenged over how the Google Health service in the UK could make money, the company said its goal was to “drive brand loyalty and more searches on where we make our money on advertising”, adding “at this time, we have no plans to host ads into Google Health”.

However, they hinted that in future they could, in principle, use the service to sell advertising.

A Google spokeswoman said: “We would not serve ads on Google Health without fully informing our users in advance.”

Copyright 2009 Times Newspapers Ltd.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Flu Shot Increases Hospitalization Risk for Children

UPDATE: 4 August-
Schools should not overreact to swine fluPublished: Aug. 3, 2009

Parents and school staff will need to balance the need for being prepared with avoiding overreaction to influenza A H1N1, U.S. health experts say.

Lloyd Kolbe and Dr. David Orentlicher, both of Indiana University Bloomington, citing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, say if teachers, administrators and parents emphasize hand washing now, instead of waiting for outbreaks, it will at least help prevent the spread of colds, or H1N1 flu.

Orentlicher says the CDC recommends that:

-- School dismissal is not advised for a suspected or confirmed case of novel influenza A H1N1 and, in general, is not advised unless there is a magnitude of faculty or student absenteeism that interferes with the school's ability to function.

-- Students, faculty or staff with influenza-like illness, fever with a cough or sore throat, should stay home.

-- Aspirin or aspirin-containing products should not be administered to any confirmed or suspected cases of novel H1N1 influenza virus infection in those age 18 and and younger, due to the risk of Reye syndrome. It is associated with aspirin consumption by children with viral illness, but also occurs in the absence of aspirin use.
© 2009 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

UPDATE: 2 August- Flu Shots A Danger To Pregnant Women
People need to do more research rather thatn blindly accepting that giving a pregnant woman a flu shot, or any vaccine for that matter is safe. Heed Dr. Blayock's warning on the current flu shot hysteria.Please refer to Dr. Bate's inexpensive and protective orthomolecular protocol.
"Previous studies of flu viruses found that the danger to the unborn is not from the virus, but from the cytokine immune reaction to the virus--that is the mother's immune reaction to the virus. What this means is that pregnant women who
take this vaccine (especially since it is to be a two to three part vaccine)will have the same immune effects and may dramatically increase the mother's risk of having a child with autism or schizophrenia. This is accepted in the medical literature and have been done repeatedly in animals exposed to vaccine during pregnancy. We could see a real disaster with this vaccine program. Mothers should be warned. Remember, there is no evidence that the vaccine will protect anyone from the virus. Russell Blaylock, M.D."

UPDATE: July 29 -
Flu Data You Need to Know
"There is at present a serious trend of deteriorating health among American children. Published in a 1994 JAMA article, a survey conducted by Dr. Michel Odent found that children receiving the whooping cough vaccine were six times more likely to develop asthma than children not receiving this vaccine. (My note: One of the target groups for the H1N1 vaccine is asthma.)
U.S. panel to set priorities for H1N1 flu vaccines

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor – Tue Jul 28, 6:03 pm ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vaccine experts who advise the U.S. government are likely on Wednesday to put healthcare workers, pregnant women and patients with asthma and diabetes at the front of the line to get vaccinated against the new pandemic H1N1 influenza. Full Article (My note: Vaccinating Healthcare workers may help spread the virus to those with compromised health status.)

Dr. J. Anthony Morris, former FDA research virologist, thinks undeveloped immune systems of those so young are particularly susceptible to damage from overload. "That is absolutely the wrong approach, to give so many new vaccines."

With two-year-olds facing as many as four injections in a single pediatric visit, we have created an atmosphere in which the costs far outweigh any perceived benefits. Representative John Mica, R-FL, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Drug Policy and Human Resources , has questioned the safety of the hepatitis B vaccine: "Is it possible the Preventive measure for this disease is riskier than the disease itself?"

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) indicated that one third of the nearly 80,000 reports filed between 1990 and 1997 involved the DPT, whooping cough, vaccine. A total of 876 deaths were recorded after children received the DPT vaccine, a vaccine that is still on the market although a safer alternative exists. Of those, 291, or 33 percent of the deaths reported after a DPT shot, were within 24 hours of the vaccination. Milwaukee immunologist Burton Waisbren, a veteran clinical investigator, told a H ouse oversight subcommittee on federal health policy that "an injustice is being done to the children of this country." He labeled infant hepatitis B vaccination "an experiment sponsored by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) which is designed to determine if vaccination at birth of all babies in the United States will eventually decrease the frequency of cancer of the liver."

For many years, mercury was used as a preservative in vaccines, especially in the United States. In many cases, a preservative was only needed because multiple vaccinations were being given in one shot. Preservative free vaccines were available if taken one vaccination at a time. Why did the medical establishment push more and more vaccinations into one multiple shot? Because they thought that parents could not be trusted to come back to the doctor for a series of single shots spaced out over time. The result is not only potentially dangerous preservatives; it is also a greatly heightened risk of overloading the child's immune system by injecting too much in any one day. This approach does not put the child's welfare first.

Today protests have led to the removal of mercury from most childhood vaccines. But mercury is still used in flu vaccines for children and adults. In the past, children were inoculated against flu from birth to five years of age. This puts mercury into very immature bodies and immune systems. But the new recommedation, just out, is to continue inoculating until age 18. Is this for the children? No, it is supposed to provide better protection for the adults around the children. Meanwhile how much highly toxic mercury will our children be exposed to by age 18?

AAHF believes parents should be informed of their right to omit or simply postpone shots like the hepatitis B and flu vaccines. Informed consent to any medical procedure carrying the risk of injury or death, such as vaccination, has been the prevailing ethical standard in medical care since the Nuremberg Code and Helsinki Declarations became part of international law after World War II. With increasing numbers of vaccines for non-life threatening conditions being developed and mandated for school-age children, we believe parents should have the right to philosocphical or conscientious belief exemptions for their children."

Courtesy AAHF

Please be alert to this information as this fall children are proposed to be "hit" with more than one more vaccine.

Please refer to Dr. Carolyn Dean or Dr. Sherri Tenpenny for more information.

You may also refer to the other flu related articles at Natural Health News and at

See also: Swine Flu or Just Makin Bacon


Swine Flu is not for children.

The following is in keeping with the information I included in an article on children's health about 15 years ago. The MD I interviewed found consistently that the sick children were always the ones who received vaccines. In his practice he routinely relied on the effectiveness of homeopathy to help resolve flu and other illnesses, which also was very effective in keeping children healthy and well.

Couple this with sound nutrition and you can't go wrong!

Children Who Get Flu Vaccine Have Three Times Risk Of Hospitalization For Flu, Study Suggests

ScienceDaily (2009-05-20) -- The inactivated flu vaccine does not appear to be effective in preventing influenza-related hospitalizations in children, especially the ones with asthma. In fact, children who get the flu vaccine are more at risk for hospitalization than their peers who do not get the vaccine, according to new research. While these findings do raise questions about the efficacy of the vaccine, they do not in fact implicate it as a cause of hospitalizations, according to researchers. ... > read full article

Blogspot: Friends of Peltier

Sides square off in rare parole hearing for Leonard PeltierDecision by parole board likely to come within three weeks.
from the Rapid City (SD) Journal, By The Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota reservation where imprisoned American Indian activist Leonard Peltier grew up has made arrangements to incorporate him back into society should he be paroled, Peltier's attorney said Tuesday.

Peltier is serving two life sentences for the execution-style deaths of FBI agents Jack Coler and Ronald Williams during a June 26, 1975, standoff on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He was convicted in Fargo, N.D., in 1977. He has claimed the FBI framed him, which the agency denies, and unsuccessfully appealed his conviction numerous times.

Defense attorney Eric Seitz said a representative of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa spoke at Peltier's first full parole hearing in 15 years, held Tuesday in a Lewisburg, Pa., federal prison. The hearing was not open to the public.

Seitz said the tribe has arranged for Peltier to have a place to live, a teaching job and a position on the Council of Elders.

John Trimbach said his father, Joseph, an FBI agent who was at Pine Ridge, read a statement at the parole hearing opposing Peltier's bid for freedom, telling Peltier "healing is possible only if you acknowledge your guilt, ask for forgiveness and show remorse for the terrible crimes you committed."

Drew Wrigley, U.S. attorney for North Dakota, provided a 17-page letter to the hearing officer in which he said, "Peltier is simply an unrepentant, violent, armed criminal who is a continuing danger to the public welfare.

"Paroling him at this time would create an unacceptable risk to society in general and to the United States Parole and Probation officers who would be tasked with the duty of attempting to supervise him," Wrigley said.

Seitz called the government's testimony "largely repetitive and rhetorical," and said his focus during the six-hour parole hearing was not to retry the criminal case but to address criteria for parole. He said that included the arrangements made by the Turtle Mountain tribe and Peltier's conduct in prison. He said Peltier has had no documented misconduct in the past 10 years, "which is remarkable in a prison."

Seitz said the 64-year-old Peltier is in poor health, with diabetes, high blood pressure, a jaw problem and a urinary system ailment.

Seitz and Wrigley said the hearing officer is expected to make a recommendation on Peltier's parole request to the full Parole Commission within a few days. The commission will then make a decision within three weeks.

Parole was abolished for federal convicts in 1987, but Peltier remains eligible because he was convicted before then. The U.S. Parole Commission denied Peltier's parole request in 1993 and said he could not ask again for 15 years.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Vitamin C Facts

UPDATE: July 28 - Here is some additional information that may be useful to you regarding the flu propaganda. Additional vitamin C is helpful for your animal companions as well.
I recently cured myself and my wife using that "miracle drug" vitamin C, and I posted an article "What Doctors Don't Know". This article is scheduled to appear in the Holistic Health Magazine in September. It is reprinted below. I would appreciate it if everyone on this list copies at least the part about Preventing Autism, and passes it on to every pregnant woman. This will greatly lower the autism birth rate considerably.

What Your Doctor Doesn't Know

Here are 3 simple secrets that are unknown (or ignored) by the medical profession and bitterly disputed by Big Pharma that routinely publishes phony research and myths against them.

1. Plain cheap vitamin C takes all minerals out of the blood by combining with them metabolically. It's cheaper and safer than any other method.

2. The same vitamin C kills viruses - also by combining with them metabolically.

3. The ONLY bad side effect possible using vitamin C is diarrhea.

Few MD's know this because they get little or no vitamin information in med school, and med journals depend on drug advertising for their existence. Any journal that told the truth would go out of business.

As the only PhD in the Orthomolecular Medical Society, I could not use EDTA or other chelation drugs to get toxic minerals out of a patient. In 1981, I had my first case of schizophrenia from a high copper/zinc cause. I asked Carl Pfeiffer what to do in such a case. He told me that he thought vitamin C could be used, and referred me to Linus Pauling. Linus spent a half hour of his time mentoring me in the use of vitamin C for this.

After using vitamin C for many years to "cure" mineral toxicity in many cases of schizophrenia (copper/zinc ratio) and depression (mercury toxicity), I KNOW that vitamin C works!

I have personally been taking 4000 mg (4 grams) per day for years. And all my mineral analysis results for years have shown either very low levels of all toxic minerals, or actually immeasurable amounts. I know that this safe and cheap method works personally. (A copy of my recent hair analysis is available showing this "proof".)

I recently cured the what I believe was the swine flu in myself and my wife in 24 hours using only vitamin C. For the flu, it took 48 grams per day (6 each 1000mg pills every 3 hours) for both my wife and I to beat it.

The RDA of only 75 mg per day allows people to think that this is healthy, not realizing that this small amount is the MINIMUM just to prevent scurvy.

Talk to a vet in the zoo who takes care of primates (primates are apes, monkeys and us), and you'll find out that the RDA to keep a 150 pound ape healthy is 4 grams per day for good health. This is the same for you and I - I take 2 grams AM and PM.

The first two FACTS listed above about vitamin C lead to two different therapies related to Autism, and a very important one for virus curing.

1. That first fact makes for a simple, safe therapy to Prevent Autism by taking toxic minerals (mostly mercury) out of the pregnant woman prior to birth. This leads to the tiny infant liver being able to handle mercury in toxic amounts, not only from vaccines, but from environmental sources such as mothers milk, and mercury from every coal burning power plant around. Basically, this simple system has the expectant mother taking at least 2 grams of vitamin C at breakfast and dinner, leaving other vitamins and minerals for lunch. Increase to 3 grams each time if mother has 6 months or less remaining. Remember that vitamin C takes out good minerals along with the toxic ones, so it's necessary to put back the good ones. (Details on

2. This same fact helps persons with autism remove mercury, lead, and aluminum from the blood, safely, effectively, and cheap! These all can do damage to the brain. Doing this is essential to any autism "cure". (A complete article on this therapy was featured in the August issue of this magazine, and may be found at

3. The other fact dictates the use of vitamin C in huge amounts immediately when any sign of a cold or flu shows up. Start taking at least 6 grams of vitamin C pills every three hours until diarrhea starts. At that point. drop to 6 every 4-5 hours. The idea is to keep high in vitamin C, but not high enough to cause diarrhea. Diarrhea shows that the bloodstream is finally "saturated", and "overflowing". Until that point, virus cells are increasing by doubling every 20 minutes or so.

See now why phony research about vitamin C and virus using 500 mg to 1 gram is useless? If it even kills off half of the virus cells, in 20 minutes after it's used up, the virus is back to full strength. As one researcher put it, "the only mistake is not using enough vitamin C."

For more information, go to On the "navigation" section, there are many articles on vitamin C, and using it for the above therapies.

Please help me get this Prevent Autism simple safe and cheap information out to pregnant women everywhere. We can stop this epidemic or at least slow it down easily without a lot of cost (a bottle of 500 one gram pills costs less than $20 at Costco or even WalMart.)

This is a case of not using Big Pharma's pet phrase "ask your doctor". They simply don't know.
Phil Bate PhD is a retired Orthomolecular Psychologist
And a pioneer in many new Alternate Health therapies.

UPDATE: July 24 - To foil the musings of mainstream medicine and mainstream media who wrongfully attack the use of supplements, especially vitamins C and E, here is a recent report on how these vitamins reduce mortality.

One main focus at Natural Health News is to get you to think for yourself and to move away from accepting everything you are told by the media and medicine without inquiring further.

Your life and your health may depend on it.
Vitamin C and E supplementation associated with reduced five year mortality

An article published online on July 13, 2009 in the American Journal of Epidemiology reported the results of a study conducted by researchers at Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center which found that vitamin C and vitamin E supplement users had a lower risk of dying over a five year period than those who did not supplement.

For their analysis, Gaia Pocobelli and colleagues evaluated data from 77,673 participants in the Vitamins and Lifestyle Study of men and women aged 50 to 76. Questionnaires completed between 2000 and 2002 provided information on the participants' supplement use over the previous ten years. Deaths that occurred over the following five years were classified as being due to cardiovascular disease, cancer, or other causes.

Over the follow-up period, 3,577 deaths occurred. Participants who reported using vitamin C and vitamin E supplements were found to have a lower risk of dying from any cause than those who did not use the supplements. Subjects whose vitamin C supplementation was in the top one-third of participants at an average daily dose of 322.1 milligrams per day or higher over the 10 year period had an 11 percent lower risk of dying than nonusers. Those whose vitamin E supplementation was among the highest third of participants at an average of 215.1 milligrams per day or more also experienced an 11 percent lower risk of dying over follow-up than those who did not supplement. When the analysis was restricted to those who never smoked, participants in the top third of vitamin C supplementation were found to have a 24 percent lower risk of dying than nonusers, and for those in the top third of vitamin E, the risk was 20 percent lower. A similarly decreased risk was shown for those whose body mass index was 30 or greater and those whose intake of fruit and vegetables was below the median. "Our findings of stronger associations between total mortality risk and use of vitamins C and E among persons with greater body mass index and lesser fruit and vegetable consumption are consistent with the hypothesis that any impact of vitamins C and E on total mortality risk may be stronger among persons with greater levels of oxidative stress," the authors write. "On the other hand, the associations between use of vitamins C and E and total mortality risk were stronger among never smokers than among current/recent smokers, yet smoking is thought to increase oxidative stress."

When mortality was examined by cause, multivitamin use of 6 to 7 days per week was associated with a 16 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease death and vitamin E use averaging over 215 milligrams per day was associated with a 28 percent lower risk. In their introduction to the article, the authors note that oxidative damage, which can be prevented, in part, by antioxidant vitamins, has adverse effects on DNA, proteins, and lipids that is associated with diseases such as cancer and atherosclerosis. However, they recommend caution in interpreting the current study's findings, since supplement users tend to adopt other healthy lifestyle practices that reduce the development of major diseases and related mortality.
Originally posted June 2009:
1. The most "wrong" lie is that vitamin C is used for abortions, and causes them. Many years ago Dr Klenner fed over 300 pregnant women vitamin C in amounts from 5 to 10 grams per day (5000-10,000 mg) all during their pregnancy with not only no abortions or miscarriages, but in general much better health than average contemporaries.

2. The next lie stems from Big Pharma "research" that comes up every so often that vitamin C is not effective against either virus or bacteria. As Linus Pauling put it, "Law: the number one side effect of vitamins is failure to take enough of them."

These "studies" are usually done by people that think that because the FDA for C is only 75 mg, that 500 mg is a "megadose". Remember that 75 mg is the amount that will JUST prevent scurvy. It is not even close to good health. Learn and Remember four facts:

a. Bacteria and virus both multiply in a binary replication, i.e., they double every 20 minutes or so.

b. You MUST saturate the bloodstream, and keep it saturated for several hours to kill ALL of the infecting agents.

c. The only effect from overdosing on vitamin C is diarrea.

d. The RDA for a 150 pound primate in a zoo is 4000 mg per day. (Ask a vet, NOT an MD about vitamin C.)

500 mg of vitamin C daily will not kill even half of the infecting agents, even if taken at one time. It takes a minimum of 2000 mg (2 grams) to do this, and that lasts only 2-4 hours. It is used up by combining with the infecting agent very quickly. How long vitamin C lasts in the bloodstream depends on how much, and what jobs it has to do.

So, even assuming that 500 mg kills of half of the infection, just 20 minutes later the infection is right back to where it started. This means that in the best conditions, in one hour after the vitamin C was taken, the virus or bacteria is twice as strong as when it started.

These studies underwritten by Big Pharma is only a small part of it's efforts to protect their income. Another example: If women knew that vitamin B6 and magnesium stopped PMS, how much money would they lose on Midll, and various other drugs? It's money folks!

3. The last is something few MD's are even aware of (again due to Big Pharmas "brainwashing".) Vitamin C and glutathione are the two natural chelation chemicals that get toxic minerals and other toxins out of the body. Why don't MD's know this simple fact? They're "educationally handicapped" first by the medical training which doesn't devote any real time to vitamins and minerals, second by the fact that no medical journals (where they get their updated medical info) simply cannot publish vitamin information, or Big Pharma will cut their advertising - the lifeblood of all med journals.

Because I was unable to prescribe the "usual" drugs (EDTA or Penicillamine) in my practice, I was forced to look for an alternate. Carl Pfeiffer , the foremost expert (then and still IMO), told me to try vitamin C. I used in my practice for successful treatment of over 10 high copper schizophrenia patients. An interesting sidelight - all such patients lost all of the schizophrenic symptoms within days of taking vitamin C.

The following is found in Dr Klenner's "Clinical Guide to the Use of Vitamin C",

Heavy Metal Poisonings: Especially lead and mercury--are controlled with Vitamin C injections and oral intake. An intake of Vitamin C daily will protect animals--and by extrapolation, humans--from fatal doses of mercury. If a guinea pig needed 200 mg one day to protect it from an otherwise fatal dose of mercury, the human would need 14 grams daily. Smaller doses would be able to protect the body from smaller amounts of the toxin.

Lead poisoning: 350 mg of Vitamin C per one kg of body weight taken intramuscularly every two to four hours; recovery in less than 72 hours.
The "greats" in the Orthomolecular Medical Society, Linus Pauling, Carl Pfeiffer, Emanuel Cheraskin, William J. McCormick, Irwin Stone, Robert F. Cathcart, and Andrew Saul all agree with me on the use of vitamin C as opposed to drugs.

For all those who would like to learn more about vitamin C as an old "miracle drug" here are some unbiased info by a few of these "greats",

Dr. Frederick R. Klenner's Clinical Guide to the Use of Vitamin C is posted in its entirety at

The complete text of Irwin Stone's book The Healing Factor is posted for free reading at

A very large number of full-text papers on curing illness with vitamin C are posted at . These include Frederick R. Klenner. by Andrew Saul

from Phil Bate PhD, orthomolecular pioneer

PUFAS Lead to Increased Inflammation

"A high intake of polyunsaturated fat in the diet, ... may lead to inflammatory ... disease, ..."

Dating back to 2007 there have been a dozen posts here on problems with the plant sterol products glutting the market. The most common of these products is the margarine with the claim of reducing heart disease.

Some other data exists showing that these products lead to asthma. Asthma, heart disease and inflammatory bowel disease are all symptoms of reactive inflammation.

I don't count plant sterols or the products made from them as healthy, nor do I consider that the PUFAS (polyunsaturated fatty acids) to be health promoting, except when an actual imbalance exists.

Additionally, the fact that many of these oils are from genetically engineered sources raise even more health concerns.

As the story goes, when making margarine just cooking the oils a little longer gives you the tub...

Learn more from the Campaign for Healthier Eating
And read Smith's comments on Obama's new food czar here.

I'll stick with my long used, made at home organic unsalted butter and olive oil blend recipe!
Healthy fat link to bowel disease
A high intake of polyunsaturated fat in the diet, while good for the heart, may lead to inflammatory bowel disease, say researchers.

Experts believe a high intake of linoleic acid, found in foods like "healthy" margarines, may be implicated in a third of ulcerative colitis cases.

The researchers base their findings, due to be published in Gut, on food diaries from more than 200,000 people.

If the link proves to be causal, some people might want to modify their diet.

“ There is good biological plausibility of why linoleic acid can cause inflamation, and certainly Western diets are often excessive in this kind of fat ”
Dr Anton Emmanual Core

The researchers also found that a diet rich in another type of fat, omega 3 fatty acid found in oily fish such as salmon and herring, reduced the likelihood of developing ulcerative colitis by 77%.

Linoleic acid is a naturally occurring essential fatty acid, present in a variety of foods, including the oils of seeds and nuts, such as sunflower, safflower, soya, corn seeds or walnut oils.

The multinational team working on the EPIC (European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition) study say there is a plausible biological mechanism that could explain why linoleic acid is linked with this bowel condition.

Cell membranes

Once in the body, linoleic acid is converted to arachidonic acid, which is a component of the cell membranes in the bowel.

Arachidonic acid can then be converted into various inflammatory chemicals, high levels of which have been found in the bowel tissue of patients with ulcerative colitis.

In all, 126 of the people in the study developed ulcerative colitis after an average period of four years.

After adjusting for other factors likely to influence the results, including smoking, age, total energy intake, and use of aspirin, those whose diets included the most linoleic acid were more than twice as likely to develop the condition as those whose diets contained the least.

Lead researcher Dr Andrew Hart of the University of East Anglia, Norwich, said: "There are no dietary modifications of benefit in patients with ulcerative colitis, although, based on this study's findings, a diet low in linoleic acid may merit investigation."

In the UK, people consume on average about 10g per day of linoleic acid, found in around nine level teaspoons of polyunsaturated margarine or three teaspoons of sunflower oil.

In the study, the people who consumed the most linoleic acid had a daily intake three times this or more.

Biologically plausible

Dr Anton Emmanual, medical director of the digestive disorders charity Core, stressed that the study did not prove that linoleic acid caused bowel disorders, and warned that dietary diaries could be unreliable.

However, he said: "Nevertheless there is good biological plausibility of why linoleic acid can cause inflamation, and certainly Western diets are often excessive in this kind of fat.

"The omega 3 fish oils counteract the harmful effects of lineloic acid it would be helpful to see whether diets high in fish oils reduce colitis.

"Lineloic acid may have small part to play in some patients, but factors such as smoking, bacteria and stress are likely to be at least as important."

Professor Jon Rhodes, of the British Society of Gastroenterology, said the study was interesting, but also stressed it did not prove cause and effect - further tightly controlled studies would be needed to do that.

Dr Elisabeth Weichselbaum, of the British Nutrition Foundation, said the study was interesting.

But added: "The results need to be interpreted with caution.

"People who have very high intakes of omega-6 fats are likely to have a generally different diet from those with low intakes. Therefore, it may as well be possible that there are other factors that could have an effect."

Story from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2009/07/24 00:00:44 GMT © BBC MMIX

Friday, July 17, 2009

ABC Fails Listeners Again: The View

UPDATE: 30 July - More ABC health propaganda on the way. Add this to the Dr. OZ show and The Doctors to give you more mainstream madness, so look for health status to surely go down. Stay tuned for strong commentary.
ABC expands medical coverage, hires CDC doctor

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione, Ap Medical Writer – 1 hr 14 mins ago
ABC News has hired a top government doctor as part of an expansion of its medical coverage.

Dr. Richard Besser, who was acting director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when the swine flu epidemic began, will join the network as senior health and medical editor.

ABC also promoted its longtime health commentator Dr. Timothy Johnson to chief medical editor. Johnson is a regular on "Good Morning America," "Nightline" and "20/20."

Besser, a pediatrician, plans to report on obesity, swine flu and other public health issues for multiple programs starting in September.

Yesterday morning I was working out and happened to flip the background noise machine known as TV on to The View.

I really if ever watch daytime TV or much TV for any reason. It is sort of the tool I use to hear the health propaganda spewed out by mainstream media. After all I have to keep my ear to the ground you know.

Oh, Baba Wawa, shame on you and your panel, along with ABC for the junque spewed out by your MD guest, hawking your sponsor's product during their segment.

Proctor & Gamble's Crest toothpaste to allegedly re-mineralize your tooth enamel with stannous (tin) fluoride is a sponsor of The View.

Yesterday (16 July) everyone in the audience went home with a tube of this new Crest toothpaste after hearing the spiel on how you need it to protect tooth enamel.

Fluoride does not protect your teeth or your bones (bisphosphonate drugs like P & Gs Actonel) and it has very serious toxic and poisonous side effects. Read more here...

This segment was an explicit example of how TV is used to promote corporate agendas and health misinformation.
Humans who swallowed large amounts of inorganic tin in research studies suffered stomach aches, anemia, and liver and kidney problems. Studies with inorganic tin in animals have shown similar effects to those observed in humans. There is no evidence that inorganic tin compounds affect reproductive functions, produce birth defects, or cause genetic changes. Inorganic tin compounds are not known to cause cancer.
Inhalation (breathing in), oral (eating or drinking), or dermal exposure (skin contact) to some organotin compounds has been shown to cause harmful effects in humans, but the main effect will depend on the particular organotin compound. There have been reports of skin and eye irritation, respiratory irritation, gastrointestinal effects, and neurological problems in humans exposed for a short period of time to high amounts of certain organotin compounds. Some neurological problems have persisted for years after the poisoning occurred. Lethal cases have been reported following ingestion of very high amounts. Studies in animals have shown that certain organotins mainly affect the immune system, but a different type primarily affects the nervous system. Yet, there are some organotins that exhibit very low toxicity. Exposure of pregnant rats and mice to some organotin compounds has reduced fertility and caused stillbirth, but scientists still are not sure whether this occurs only with doses that are also toxic to the mother. Some animal studies also suggested that reproductive organs of males may be affected. There are no studies of cancer in humans exposed to organotin compounds. Studies of a few organotins in animals suggest that some organotin compounds can produce cancer. On the basis of no data in humans and questionable data from a study in rats, EPA has determined that one specific organotin, tributyltin oxide, is not classifiable as to human carcinogenicity; that is, it is not known whether or not it causes cancer in humans.

from NHN December 2007
ABC Fails Listeners on Health Topics
F is for failure. And this is exactly the grade ABC News and Charles Gibson get for their ridiculous report about yoghurt.

Yoghurt is replete with health promoting bacteria and it has been recognized for hundreds of years for this very reason. If you rely on mainstream media to inform you on this topic you really are left out in the cold.

Of course now that Kraft Foods and General Mills are in the over priced trendy nutrafood market now of course this becomes the focal point for getting air time on the networks or in print or electronic media.

Real yoghurt, the kind I know and have eaten for a bit over half a century isn't in a cute little container containing synthetic ingredients, high fructose corn syrup or aspartame or sucralose. It doesn't even have a marketing campaign to make women believe it support "The Race for the Cure".

The kind of real yoghurt I know and love is the same kind known to give the Hunza and Bulgarians world wide recognition for their health and longevity.

Its also the kind that is scientifically proven to be is rich in potassium, calcium, protein and B vitamins, including B-12. Yoghurt strengthens and stabilizes the immune system.

It also fights the damage caused by antibiotics - I've been teaching this for at least 20 years - and helps prevent secondary infections.

Do your self a favor, look for only high quality and preferably organic whole milk or low fat yoghurt. You might have to look in the health food section of your store or at a health food store. Use fresh fruit, honey, vanilla, cocoa powder or more natural substances to add flavor if you need to.

Don't waste your money on those grocery stores or or highly marketed products because that isn't yoghurt.

And you can donate to our Women's Health Education program instead of buying pink lids. General Mills won't support our work because we don't support their fake foods.

Someone must be reading my writing

It was just a matter of time before coincidental thinking would start to surface in this current debacle amongst members of Congress.

Observing some of these discussion, along with the Sotomayor hearings, I'm amazed more people don't stand up to the idiots they've elected to office. Rarely are the people being represented.

But, along came Jones, aka Senator Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma physician who has hit the nail on the head.

Just yesterday I sent a missive to Rep. Jay Inslee, D-WA, in response to his boiler-plate email on the insurance issue. His canned information was so far off base it showed just what he and fellow D, Rick Larsen are up to. Senators Murray and Cantwell aren't far behind.

What we need are more members of Congress to really represent their constituents, turning a blind eye to payola from Big Insurance and Big Pharma.

NHN related articles -
Wrong Questions and Invalid Assumptions
Insurance Issues

Perhaps your representatives need to hear from YOU!
A Prescription for the Goose…
The Coburn amendment would force members of Congress to use ObamaCare.
Senator Tom Coburn is a physician who until recently still went home to Oklahoma to deliver babies. He believes Congress should weigh the dangers of a nationalized health system much more seriously than it has. In the tradition of someone using a 2x4 to win the attention of a mule, yesterday he successfully pressed the Senate Health Committee to approve his idea of requiring Members of Congress themselves to enroll in whatever "public plan" is passed to compete with private insurance companies.

"Let's demonstrate leadership -- and confidence in the system -- by requiring that every member of Congress go into it," Mr. Coburn told his colleagues as they were marking up the health care proposal championed by Senator Ted Kennedy. His idea wasn't exactly greeted warmly by many public plan supporters. Senator Jeff Bingaman, a New Mexico Democrat, responded: "I don't know why we should require ourselves to participate in a plan that no one else needs to participate in. This bill goes to great lengths to show that the choice is there for everybody."

But Mr. Coburn disagreed, saying his reading of the 1,000-page health care bill convinced him that everyone would end up being forced into the public plan as private insurance carriers were squeezed out of the market by mandates and regulations. Therefore, if Congress decides a government-run health plan is good enough for the American people, it should be willing to put itself under its care umbrella.

By a 12 to 11 margin, the Senate Health Committee agreed. Senator Chris Dodd, the committee's acting chairman, and Senator Kennedy were absent from the committee but sent in proxy votes in favor. Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski was the only other Democrat to back the measure. Every Republican save for New Hampshire's Judd Gregg voted in favor of the Coburn mandate.

Obviously, many members of Congress -- who are used to a generous and flexible set of health benefits -- have no intention of letting the Coburn mandate become law. They will undoubtedly try to strip it from the bill at some point, in a conference committee between the two houses if necessary. But for now it is embedded in the bill and any overt attempt to remove it would be met with howls of public outrage.

--John Fund

Wrong Questions and Invalid Assumptions

This is where things are as far as the insurance coverage debate.

Even though I disagree often with Dr. McDermott, whom I have known since the late 1970s, especially on the Farm bill he recently supported, this is an excellent retort to Republicans who are intimately intertwined with Big Pharma and Big Insurance.

"If the private sector is so good ... why do we have 50 million people with no health insurance today?" Jim McDermott, MD, D-WA.

Dangerous Drug Pairs

It is hard to say exactly why this problem is so prevalent but it is one I have addressed over the years based on my experience as a nurse practitioner.

During all of the required and on-going courses I completed in pharmacology it was always stressed to address the required responsibility of knowing the risks and benefits of a pharmaceutical agent, including interaction risk, and educate your client with this information.

As you can see, research has proven my theory that little or none of this occurs.

When you retain our services, and you are using prescribed pharmaceuticals, one of the first tasks I address is the completion of a drug interaction profile.

You would be very surprised at the numerous and serious drug/health issues that I am able to identify.

If you'd like to engage our consultation services you can learn more here...

Pharmacy Research Shows Prescribers Miss Potentially Dangerous Drug Pairs

ScienceDaily (2009-07-16) -- Medication prescribers correctly identified fewer than half of drug pairs with potentially dangerous drug-drug interactions. The researchers mailed a questionnaire to 12,500 U.S. prescribers who were selected based on a history of prescribing drugs associated with known potential for drug-drug interaction. Prescribers were primarily physicians, physicians' assistants and nurse practitioners. ... > read full article

And perhaps this is profit driven..

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Report links cancer to mobile phone use

More supporting data on cell phone use and cancer -
JERUSALEM, July 16 (UPI) -- An Israeli health report says the sharp rise of salivary gland cancer could be linked to the growing use of mobile phones.

The report focused on oral cavity cancer in Israel from 1970 to 2006, Haaretz said Thursday.

Researchers expressed concern over the increase of malignant growth in parotid glands, located under the ear, the report said. The report said from 1980 to 2002, the number of sufferers of this kind of cancer were approximately 25 each year but the number rose dramatically to 70 cases each year more recently.

Salivary gland cancer was the third most common cancer of the 11,843 Israelis who suffer from oral cancer documented in the report, the paper said. Lip cancer and throat cancer were the most common forms of cancer, the paper said.

The report was commissioned by Israel's Dental Association and directed by Avi Zini of the Hebrew University Hadassah School of Dental Medicine.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Tenth in the FLU Series

UPDATE: 28 July - Startling New Evidence That The 'Swine Flu' Pandemic Is Man-Made

UPDATE: 18 July - Now that the propaganda is in full swing to turn your child's school into a vaccination clinic perhaps you'd like to wonder why HHS is acting to protect the vaccine manufacturer's from lawsuits in case things go wrong.

Just this move alone, following on an almost $2 Billion vaccine purchase of something unproven and by the time it gets to market won't be effective because of viral mutation, gives you a big window for questioning this move and contacting your member of congress to ask just why their constituents are being used as lab rats without informed consent and without protection for their health.
Legal immunity set for swine flu vaccine makers
UPDATE: 15 July - Last evening's news reports on the need you'll have to not be able to rely on just one dose of the rush-to-market and untested "swine flu" vaccine. You'll purportedly require up to three shots in addition to the "regular" flu shot which is announced to be pushed on you in September, ahead of the usual fall "flu" propaganda schedule, usually scheduled in October/November.

Please do your research now in order to protect your health and that of your loved ones, especially the children.

Please see new information added at the end of this article, and thank you.
Here at Natural Health News we've been posting on this topic for some time and there are nine other posts on the site, staring from last fall. Some of the posts contain links to our main URL ( where you'll find much more information.

Look at the recent marketing campaign (propaganda by any other name should smell so sweet) from HHS to get an idea how the plan is to co-opt undiscerning citizens into this insanity -

Sebelius has said nothing about the swine flu vaccine, the fact it is made in chicken eggs and how this is a risk to people with chicken and chicken egg allergy (I am one but of course I know how to avoid this and am not the only allergy prone person).

We also know that Tamiflu is useless yet HHS is already spending billions on what may be a useless vaccine and a useless product.
Vaccine May Be More Dangerous Than Swine FluTuesday, July 7, 2009
By: Dr. Russell Blaylock

An outbreak of swine flu occurred in Mexico this spring that eventually affected 4,910 Mexican citizens and resulted in 85 deaths. By the time it spread to the United States, the virus caused only mild cases of flu-like illness.

Thanks to air travel and the failure of public health officials to control travel from Mexico, the virus spread worldwide. Despite predictions of massive numbers of deaths and the arrival of doomsday, the virus has remained a relatively mild disease, something we know happens each year with flu epidemics.

Worldwide, there have only been 311 deaths out of 70,893 cases of swine flu. In the United States, 27,717 cases have resulted in 127 deaths. Every death is a tragedy, but such a low death rate should not be the basis of a draconian government policy.

It is helpful to recall that the Centers for Disease Control with the collusion of the media, constantly tell us that 36,000 people die from the flu each year, a figure that has been shown to be a lie. In this case, we are talking about 300 plus deaths for the entire world.

This virus continues to be an enigma for virologists. In the April 30, 2009 issue of Nature, a virologist was quoted as saying,“Where the hell it got all these genes from we don’t know.” Extensive analysis of the virus found that it contained the original 1918 H1N1 flu virus, the avian flu virus (bird flu), and two new H3N2 virus genes from Eurasia. Debate continues over the possibility that swine flu is a genetically engineered virus.

Naturally, vaccine manufacturers have been in a competitive battle to produce the first vaccine. The main contenders have been Baxter Pharmaceuticals and Novartis Pharmaceuticals, the latter of which recently acquired the scandal-ridden Chiron vaccine company. Both of these companies have had agreements with the World Health Organization to produce a pandemic vaccine.

The Baxter vaccine, called Celvapan, has had fast track approval. It uses a new vero cell technology, which utilizes cultured cells from the African green monkey. This same animal tissue transmits a number of vaccine-contaminating viruses, including the HIV virus.

The Baxter company has been associated with two deadly scandals. The first event occurred in 2006 when hemophiliac components were contaminated with HIV virus and injected in tens of thousands of people, including thousands of children. Baxter continued to release the HIV contaminated vaccine even after the contamination was known.

The second event occurred recently when it was discovered that Baxter had released a seasonal flu vaccine containing the bird flu virus, which would have produced a real world pandemic, to 18 countries. Fortunately, astute lab workers in the Czech Republic discovered the deadly combination and blew the whistle before a worldwide disaster was unleashed.

Despite these two deadly events, WHO maintains an agreement with Baxter Pharmaceuticals to produce the world’s pandemic vaccine.

Novartis, the second contender, also has an agreement with WHO for a pandemic vaccine. Novartis appears to have won the contract, since their vaccine is near completion. What is terrifying is that these pandemic vaccines contain ingredients, called immune adjuvants that a number of studies have shown cause devastating autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and lupus.

Animal studies using this adjuvant have found them to be deadly. A study using 14 guinea pigs found that when they were injected with the special adjuvant, only one animal survived. A repeat of the study found the same deadly outcome.

So, what is this deadly ingredient? It is called squalene, a type of oil. The Chiron company, maker of the deadly anthrax vaccine, makes an adjuvant called MF-59 which contains two main ingredients of concern—squalene and gp120. A number of studies have shown that squalene can trigger all of the above-mentioned autoimmune diseases when injected.

The MF-59 adjuvant has been used in several vaccines. These vaccines, including tetanus and diphtheria, are the same vaccines frequently associated with adverse reactions.

I reviewed a number of studies on this adjuvant and found something quite interesting. Several studies done on human test subjects found MF-59 to be a very safe immune adjuvant. But when I checked to see who did these studies, I found—to no surprise—that they were done by the Novartis Pharmaceutical Company and Chiron Pharmaceutical Company, which have merged. They were all published in “prestigious” medical journals. Also, to no surprise, a great number of studies done by independent laboratories and research institutions all found a strong link between MF-59 and autoimmune diseases.

Squalene in vaccines has been strongly linked to the Gulf War Syndrome. On August 1991, Anthony Principi, Secretary of Veterans Affairs admitted that soldiers vaccinated with the anthrax vaccine from 1990 to 1991 had an increased risk of 200 percent in developing the deadly disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig’s disease. The soldiers also suffered from a number of debilitating and life-shortening diseases, such as polyarteritis nodosa, multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus, transverse myelitis (a neurological disorder caused by inflammation of the spinal cord), endocarditis (inflammation of the heart’s inner lining), optic neuritis with blindness and glomerulonephritis (a type of kidney disease).

Because squalene, the main ingredient in MF-59, can induce hyperimmune responses and induce autoimmunity, a real danger exists for prolonged activation of the brain’s immune cells, the microglia. This type of prolonged activation has been strongly associated with such diseases as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS and possibly vaccine-related encephalitis. It has been shown that activation of the systemic immune system, as occurs with vaccination, rapidly activates the brain’s microglia at the same time, and this brain inflammation can persist for long periods.

So, how would the gp120 get into the brain? Studies of other immune adjuvants using careful tracer techniques have shown that they routinely enter the brain following vaccination. What most people do not know, even the doctors who recommend the vaccines, is that most such studies by pharmaceutical companies observe the patients for only one to two weeks following vaccination—these types of reactions may take months or even years to manifest.

It is obvious that the vaccine manufacturers stand to make billions of dollars in profits from this WHO/government-promoted pandemic. Novartis, the maker of the new pandemic vaccine, recently announced that they would not give free vaccines to impoverished nations—everybody pays.

One must keep in mind that once the vaccine is injected, there is little you can do to protect yourself—at least by conventional medicine. It will mean a lifetime of crippling illness and early death.

There are much safer ways to protect oneself from this flu virus, such as higher doses of vitamin D3, selective immune enhancement using supplements, and a good diet.
© 2009 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Here is an eleventh opinion - Mandatory Swine Flu Vaccination Alert
and here is a related story

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Insurance Issues

Remember that it's MEDICAL (SICKNESS) CARE INSURANCE that you really are trying to get and I have to wonder if you really know that this isn't how you get health.

I remind you to listen to my interview with Dr. Katherine Albrecht to learn some of the things you aren't hearing in the media, or from the Beltway pundits trying to make you believe they are working for you.

What's happening with Obama's group of planners and the same working for members of Congress is nothing much and nothing new. It's all still in the court of Big Pharma and Big Insurance, and don't think it will be too much different or substantial change.

This is the latest corporate rip off waiting to happen, ... not.

Wonder if anyone has proposed major medical only coverage and the same for the politicians who are supposedly elected to serve their constituents. This would save billions in a blink of an eye.

Obama too, with a swipe of his pen, could overhaul the welfare citizens hand out to elected politicians, as far as their health benefits go.

Here's where 'change' needs to start.
10 Things Your Congressperson Won't Say

5. “My health benefits are way better than yours . . .”

Congresspeople love tinkering with our health care. They virtually created the managed-care industry, for instance, with the Health Maintenance Organization Act of 1973, which tilted the playing field in favor of HMOs, ultimately stripping many Americans of all other choices. Meanwhile, congresspeople enjoy more than a dozen options, including prized indemnity plans, which provide reimbursement without limiting the pool of medical care providers, that few workers in the public sector receive. On top of that, for an annual fee of $480, they can get just about all the medical attention they want at the Capitol Office of the Attending Physician, which has five doctors and a dozen assistants on call for routine checkups, tests, prescriptions, emergency care, and mental health services. Who’s making up the difference? Taxpayers, naturally, to the tune of $2.8 million in 2008.

What happens once a congressperson is out of office? She needn’t fret: Just five years into the job, she’s entitled to keep her regular health coverage until she’s ready for Medicare. And she doesn’t have to pay extra, as you do for Cobra, under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which she voted for in 1996.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Harm from Medical Care

As we have maintained in many discussions, we have medical care, not health care.

This paradigm is created and regulated by Big Pharma and Big Insurance. The current smoke and mirrors game being played to make you believe there will be better access to medical care is misplaced.

Your health is directly related to what you do to for prevention and proper nutrition. It is also incumbent on you to learn as much as possible about supplements, herbs, and whole food to keep your health.

Health is your most precious asset and it is your responsibility to protect and enhance it.
When healthcare can cause harm
July 7, 2009, UPI

U.S. healthcare can cause harm when the focus is on providing services instead of improving health, two physicians said in a commentary.

Dr. Charles M. Kilo, chief executive officer of GreenField Health in Portland, Ore., and co-author Dr. Eric B. Larson of Group Health Cooperative in Seattle distinguish health from healthcare -- asserting one can never have too much health but with overuse of medicine one can get so much healthcare it causes harm.

"Although healthcare's objective should be to improve health, its primary emphasis has been on producing services," the authors said in a statement.

Fee-for-service payment encourages using more treatment, new technology and extra testing, the researchers said. These additional services, and their attendant extra costs, may harm health, they said.

Kilo and Larson wrote in the Journal of American Medical Association that the cost pressure that healthcare places on employers, individuals and families has become so significant healthcare may well be inducing aggregate harm to the health of communities when the cost shift involved in funding healthcare is taken into account.

In addition to direct harm from healthcare, which includes adverse physical and emotional effects, indirect harm comes from the collateral effect of the opportunity cost of healthcare spending -- money spent on healthcare that could have been spent on education, jobs and environmental quality, all important determinants of health, the authors said.

© 2009 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Stimulation from Caffeine Counters Memory Loss

Consider that coffee is known for its antioxidant capacity and as an antioxidant it is also anti-inflammatory.

We have always encouraged organic coffee to offer a higher level of polyphenol benefit. If you'd like to purchase organic and fair trade coffee from us please let us know. We'll be happy to provide you with our list of organic coffee varieties.
Caffeine reverses memory impairment

MIAMI, July 6 (UPI) -- Memory impairment was reversed in aged mice, bred to develop symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, after they were given caffeine, U.S. researchers said.

Researchers at the University of South Florida said back-to-back studies show caffeine significantly decreased abnormal levels of the protein linked to Alzheimer's disease -- both in the brains and in the blood of mice exhibiting symptoms of the disease.

Both studies build upon previous research by the University of South Florida that showed caffeine in early adulthood prevented the onset of memory problems in mice bred to develop Alzheimer's symptoms in old age.

"The new findings provide evidence that caffeine could be a viable 'treatment' for established Alzheimer's disease, and not simply a protective strategy," lead author Gary Arendash said in a statement. "That's important because caffeine is a safe drug for most people, it easily enters the brain, and it appears to directly affect the disease process."

The Alzheimer's mice received the equivalent of five 8-oz. cups of regular coffee a day -- 500 milligrams of caffeine.

In the study, half of the 55 mice genetically altered to develop memory problems mimicking Alzheimer's disease were given caffeine, and half were given water. At the end of the two-month study, the caffeinated mice performed much better on tests measuring their memory and thinking skills.

The study was published online in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

Whey Protein Product Recall

UPDATE: 1 June, 2010 - Current reports of heavy metal toxicity and risk of kidney problems faced by protein drinks, many containing whey.  Note also that the two most questioned for problems contain sucralose (Splenda) that  is known to be harmful to kidneys and a cause of other health concerns
from July, 09

Whey protein is one of the most commonly relied upon products in the health food and sports nutrition industry today.

Whey is also an excellent supplement for Elders attempting to maintain muscle mass.

Our choice is certified organic whey powder. If you'd like to order it in bulk
(1 pound minimum) please contact us.
FDA warns of possible product tampering
Published: July 6, 2009
Salmonella-related milk recalls announced
NOW Foods recalls whey products

WASHINGTON, July 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to drink Hardcore Energize Bullet or New Whey liquid products.

The FDA said it issued the warning because of suspected product tampering involving utility knife blades found in two containers, one in the United States and the other in Canada.

The drinks, sold in test tube-like vials, are manufactured by Protica Inc. of Whitehall, Pa., and sold in the United States and Canada.

Hardcore Energize Bullet liquid products were distributed in Canada in two flavors -- Blue Rage and Black Rush. The affected lots for the Blue Rage liquid product are 1961, 1962 and 1794. The affected lot for the Black Rush liquid product is 1963.

New Whey liquid products were distributed to various retail stores in two flavors -- New Whey Fruit Punch and New Whey Blue Raspberry. The affected lot number the New Whey Fruit Punch is 1960 and the lot number for New Whey Blue Raspberry is 1944.

NOW Foods recalls whey products
Published: July 3, 2009

WASHINGTON, July 3 (UPI) -- NOW Foods is recalling products containing whey protein concentrate because of possible Salmonella contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.

The voluntary recall of 12 products and 29 lots is an extension of the recall being conducted by NOW supplier Plainview Milk Products Cooperative, FDA officials said in a release Friday.

The products being recalled include Strawberry Whey Protein, lot 1125277; Vanilla Whey Protein Economy, lot 1066010 and Vanilla Whey Protein with Glutamine, lot 1104205. Customers can return the products to the store where purchased for a full refund,

For questions, call NOW Foods at 1-888-NOWFOODS (1-888-669-3663).

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. Symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and stomach pain.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Drug Risk List Released by FDA

UPDATE: 1 July
Chantix and Zyban (Wellbutrin) to Receive Boxed Warnings for Serious Neuropsychiatric Symptoms
July 1, 2009 — The smoking cessation drugs varenicline (Chantix) and bupropion (Zyban and generics) will receive new boxed warnings on their labeling regarding the risk for serious neuropsychiatric symptoms such as changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal thoughts and behavior, and attempted suicide, the US Food and Drug Administration said today.

from 6/5/09, One of 8 NHN articles on Chantix et al -
I am not sure why the public is so keen on health insurance under the same scheme as is prevalent today with this type of reporting, as well as no inclusion of choice and no mention of coverage for safe supplements that prevent and reverse medical diagnosed conditions.

You would wonder too if you talked to the people who contact me and hear their horror stories with drugs and medicine.

I'd suggest we need a model based on the health freedom law in Idaho, one I helped write the update to in 2003-04.
FDA releases list of potential drug risksBy Lisa Richwine, Jun 4, 2009
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators on Thursday listed two dozen drugs, including weight-loss medicines and sleep disorder pills, that it is at an early stage of reviewing for potential safety problems.

Many of the issues have been previously disclosed, but remain under review by the Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA said it was checking Pfizer Inc's smoking cessation drug Chantix for possible risk of accidental injury, vision impairment and other issues, and Cephalon Inc's sleep disorder drugs Nuvigil and Provigil for a potential of serious skin reactions.

Other drugs listed included orlistat, a weight-loss drug sold by Roche Inc as the prescription product Xenical and by GlaxoSmithKline Plc as the over-the-counter drug Alli. The FDA said it was continuing to evaluate liver toxicity reports for orlistat.

The FDA also said Pfizer's overactive bladder drug Detrol was under investigation for reports of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a serious skin reaction.

The FDA releases a quarterly list of safety probes as part of an effort to inform the public about early investigations of potential side effects that have been reported. The list released on Thursday covers October through December 2008.

The problems are potential safety issues and their appearance on the list "does not mean that FDA has identified a causal relationship" with the drug, the agency said.

Roche spokesman Terry Hurley, commenting on the listing of Xenical, said available data "does not suggest that orlistat is causally related" to liver problems, noting obesity itself is a risk factor for liver injury.

Glaxo spokeswoman Mary Anne Rhyne also said "no causal relationship ... has been established" between Alli and hepatitis, a liver disease.

Pfizer spokeswoman Sally Beatty said the maker of Chantix evaluates any reports of health problems and "as with all our medicines, we work with the FDA to ensure our labeling reflects the latest safety information."

The FDA had said last year it was taking a closer look at Chantix after reports of accidents, vision loss and other problems in hundreds of patients

A Cephalon spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Nuvigil and Provigil. Serious skin reactions were identified as an issue with the drugs in 2007 and the FDA continues to study the matter, the agency said.

A spokeswoman for Glaxo could not immediately be reached for comment on the listing of Alli.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co's HIV drug, Sustiva, was listed due to one report of an eye-related birth defect. A description of the case was added to the drug's prescribing instructions in March 2009, the FDA said.

Bristol-Myers spokeswoman Cristi Barnett said the drug's label states it should only be used in pregnant women, "if the benefit to the patient justifies the potential risk to the fetus."

The FDA also is probing pancreatitis with Bayer AG's contraceptive Yasmin, the agency's list said. Bayer spokeswoman Rose Talarico said the listing "was not prompted by any change in the existing safety profile" of Yasmin and the company "continues to work with the FDA to ensure that the most up-to-date and accurate safety information" is included in the drug's label.

The FDA posted the list on its Website at

(Reporting by Lisa Richwine and Lewis Krauskopf; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick, Gary Hill)

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