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This newsletter is a bit late. It is also a bit different from the others. It has a theme: Stress. The theme came to me in the form of a blow to my guts and ribs that, as my physician told me, would have killed most people my age. You see, I was kicked by my horse the last week in April. I have been recovering since that day and itís not been an easy task. All my knowledge of healing has helped me, but the process of recovery from such an accident is slow and painful.
This newsletter comes to you in a narrative form. For those who need a table of contents, here it is:
1. Stress - What happens to your body when under stress.
2. Meet Lois of Minnesota Myotherapy and Fitness
3. Nature Shots - Fruits of the Earth - It's spring time again (finally) and my digital camera is loaded with new batteries.
4. Meet Audrey Grossman of Peaceful Heart
5. Beware the Xenoestrogens Have Arrived - by Dr Dan Harper, MD.
6. Stress Test - How much do you know about stress?
7. Approved Cancer Drugs - For a good laugh, call the FDA.
8. Bizarre Cancer Cure - Kids, don't try this at home.
9. Trashing Alternatives - Critical Thinking Gone Awry.
10. Meet the Amazon Herb Company - Adding to your health and the health of the Rainforests.
11. More on Quackwatch's Steven Barrett
12. Books You Must Read - The Crazy Makers and Living Downstream.
13. Cancer Survey - If your child has cancer, help identify toxins that might have caused it by taking this short survey.
14. Weight Loss Study - The results.
15. Calling for volunteers for a High Blood Pressure/Hypertension Study
16. Notes From the Underground
17. Meet Erin Rafael - Budding Nutritionist.
18. Meet FireHawk Productions and Alchemy VII
19. Meet the Unlimited Inspirations Center
20. Meet Charles Miller - Alphabiotics Practitioner - No Longer Practicing
21. How to Make a Salve - One for bruises and one for skin problems.
22. Mosquito-Free Summer - Chemical free too!
23. Autism Spectrum Disorder - Detoxing heavy metals with sea weed.
24. Breast Cancer Petition - It's on the web, takes a few seconds, go sign it.
25. Chicken MacPenicillin - Well at least you're not getting Cipro.
26. You Are Invited to our Shindig on the Fourth of July. Barbecued Organic, Free Range Chicken.
27. Frequently Asked Questions About Health Care
Baby chicks arrived on May second. Suddenly, because they were confined in such a small area, they began dying, one each day. Instead of giving them antibiotics, I put them on a Shipibo Tea (Amazon Herb Company) and ABM Mushroom tea. They stopped dying.
I had a friend over and we were barbecuing one of my tasty, free-range, organic chickens (in mesquite chips) when she said, "Hey, Buster hasnít been out this year yet."
Buster is my horse.
She thought it would be a good idea to take him for a walk.
I fastened Busterís halter and took him walking. Now Buster, being young, likes to get frisky and sometimes springs into the air and kicks out. I normally grab him and pull him close to me and correct him right away. So, as you can guess, I kept a strict eye focused on him on this first walk.
Then I decided to run with him. In the past, he was hesitant to run with me, but our bond has strengthened over the winter and yes, he wanted to run with me. He also wanted to jump and kick.
Then I tripped. Not wanting to hurt him, I let loose the lead rope. Little did I know, Buster was crouching low at that same moment in preparation for a youthful leap into the air.
I have practiced some form of martial art on a regular basis since the early eighties while living in Israel. In the martial arts, balance is everything. You catch your balance by grounding yourself. As I grounded and caught my balance, I also caught both hooves, one directly to the belly button. The other caromed off my arm into the ribs covering my right lung and liver.
Houdini was known to take a punch. On stage, heíd ask for a volunteer (he wasnít afraid of a big guy either) to come up and punch him in his stomach area, once, or twice. The punches were sometimes powerful enough to move him backwards. But he hardly flinched. He was prepared and he was in good shape.
One night after a performance, some college kid came up to him backstage and asked him if he could really take any punch in the gut. As he turned to answer him, the kid let loose with a terrific punch to the right side of Houdiniís trunk. Houdini was not prepared. He was also suffering from a low-grade fever caused by an appendicitis attack. His appendix burst, he was rushed to the hospital, and he died there. That is how Houdiniís life ended.
I was grounded. I was not prepared for the kick. The hoof to my belly passed through my body to my spine and doubled me over. As I fell to the ground, springboarding in and out of consciousness, two things were foremost in my mind.
1. This is the most pain Iíve felt in this existence.
2. It could have been a lot worse.
This second thought was contingent upon getting up again, I should add. Later someone told me that Iím the type of person who would automatically think this sort of thought because Iím an optimist. Optimism had nothing to do with it. Iíve seen my Buster kick. His kicks are usually head high. But we were going up a hill. Had the hill been steeper, the kick would have been lower. That too would have been a lot worse.
I did not rush to the doctor. I called the VA hospital just to confirm the symptoms of internal bleeding. I was in a lot of pain. Breathing hurt. I assumed that Iíd broken a rib or two. It was during this phone call that I realized that this kick probably knocked 30 points off my IQ. The operator at the hospital said she was passing me to the nursesí station. Nurse. Horse. Horse. Nurse. By the time someone answered, I responded: "Iíve just been kicked by a nurse."
I was put on hold. She came back on about 30 seconds later saying, "I know itís not professional to do that, but we all had a great laugh here." I corrected my mistake by replacing "nurse" with "horse." She said, "Yeah, we thought so."
They were kind enough to remind me of the symptoms of internal bleeding. Drop in blood pressure, dizziness, nausea, irregular bleeding (as if regular bleeding was ok), loss of appetite, exhaustion, chills. So, in other words, if I started feeling sick, I should come in.
We finished our day and put Buster back in his area. My friend said that after Iíd fallen, Buster stopped and looked around for me. He came when I called him. I figure he had no idea what heíd done.
The next morning, I sneezed and my right lung/liver/ribs locked up on me. Then with every movement they locked up again. Now it was time to go to the hospital and get some muscle relaxants. The pain was crazy.
My doctor (Ann) is actually a nurse practitioner. Sheís good too, though I wonít allow her to put me on cholesterol lowering drugs. She, a physicianís assistant (her first day on the job), and Cindy, a nurse, were all in the same room to care for me. They each got a chance to palpate the area and check out the extent of the damage. Ann said that I must be in pretty good shape since from my description of the kick, most people my age would be dead. She ordered a battery of x-rays (Iím not big on radiation and no, I wonít get a yearly chest x-ray). She then told the others that Iím her one patient who refuses drugs. I said, "Give me drugs." She went on, "Yes, this is the one person here who refuses to take drugs." "I want drugs! Lots and lots of drugs!" I gave in.
So, they had me stand and drop my shorts and 3, 2, 1 two of them hit me with simultaneous needles: one muscle relaxant, one pain killer. The rest of the day was lots of fun as my friend wheeled me around the hospital grounds. The only bad part was near the end of our drive home when I began snoring. You see, I was driving.
So, this is where the theme of this newsletter leaps in: Stress.
Any stress to the body and the parasympathetic systems get put on the back burner.
And this is real or imagined stress.
Our immune system is parasympathetic. So is our digestion.
Under stress (real or imagined), our bodies go into the fight or flight mode. Even if itís just a nagging boss (or partner). All hormonal/enzyme activity is aimed to help the body either fight or flee. The kidneys are stressed and corticosteroids are pumped into the blood so that should an injury occur, we wonít feel it.
We might live in a High Tech civilization far far far from our cave-dweller roots, but we have the same bodies as they did then. When being chased by a tiger, should you cut yourself on a branch, you donít feel it. Your heart beats faster, blood rushes to the muscles, adrenaline courses through your veins and arteries to make everything work faster and more efficient. All this because of a lion or tiger?
All this because of some idiot on the highway?
Todayís stressors (for the most part) arenít as life threatening as they were back then, but our bodies do not know this.
Here is something I just found as we're publishing this to the web from two experts in the field, Kenneth R. Jones, Ph.D. Research Assistant Professor of Medicine/Clinical Psychologist, and Steve Heymen, MS Instructor of Medicine/Certified Biofeedback Therapist entitled "Using Relaxation Coping with Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders:"
|Generally, the sympathetic nervous system is activated when you are challenged, stressed, or faced with a dangerous situation. When we are anxious, frightened, or in pain, we know that our heart beats more forcefully and races, our palms sweat, and we suddenly feel very awake and alert. By contrast, we tend to be more parasympathetically activated when out of danger and environmental demands are low. Under parasympathetic activation, the organs take care of "vegetative" or housekeeping functions such as digesting meals, converting blood sugars for long-term storage, and moving nutrients to cells while moving waste away.|
Now the brain has a lot less to do with our autonomic functions than previously thought. If youíll recall your high school biology class, you probably had a series of pictures explaining the autonomic functions: a person extends a finger towards the flame of a candle, a signal is sent from the finger to the brain, the brain sends a signal back to the finger and "bingo" the finger pulls away from the flame.
Sorry to say, thatís not how modern research sees it today. The finger actually pulls away before the brain gets the signal. How? Hormones.
Many of our autonomic functions are run by hormones. They send messages, control chemical activities, and basically try to keep us under control. Hormones are enzymes. Our bodies, when making enzymes for stressful times, are not making enzymes for digestion or for the immune system; Survival is Job Number One (sorry Ford).
Did you know that one way to diagnose stress is with a blood test? The white count. Our white counts climb when the body is under stress. The greater the stress, the greater the white count.
The reason behind this can be explained only in a parable: So your city has spent its last dime and has to make cutbacks. Some bureaucrat fires the fire department. A few days later, someone says, "Hey, if thereís a fire, what will we do?" And another bureaucrat proposes, "Weíll open all the fire hydrants, sprinkler system, and faucets. Maybe thatís all we need to prevent any fire."
This is what happens to the white count. The immune system, not getting the hormones/enzymes it needs, takes a rest while the body turns up the white count.
With the immune system on hold, the cancer in your body can take off. Doesnít matter how well youíre eating either, because your digestive system is on the back burner too and youíre not getting the nutrition from your food (if there is any).
Before we go any further talking about cancers (I have some interesting facts youíre gonna love), let's get back to my beaten body, which was stressed by trauma. For the pain, I visited Lois at Minnesota Myotherapy and got some great bodywork. I also spent a little time in bed taking pictures out the window which are showing up here as we go. With the time off, Iíve been able to take a lot of pictures. Note that you may click on them to enlarge them. Or you can go to Nature Shots or Fruits of the Earth to see them all.
The physicianís assistant at the VA had urged me to take deep breathsÖto practice deep breathing because with damage to my ribs and subsequent shallow breathing (and a suppressed immune system, which she didnít mention though I was well aware of) I could easily be back in the hospital with pneumonia.
Well, I immediately increased my vitamin C and my Agaricus mushrooms. That right there SHOULD have normally been enough to boost my immune function. But, little did I know the extent of the damage. I was just sore all over, and within a week, I came down with my first cold in nearly three years.
I began taking garlic (by the tons) and chicken soup (called Jewish penicillin because the fat actually contains an antibiotic). However, I also started taking something else that normally you will not find in my home: Cough Medicine.
You see, I donít use cough medicine because it suppresses symptoms only. And what are symptoms but your immune system fighting back. Suppress the symptoms and you suppress the immune system. However, I was in a lot of pain and I did not like coughing, because each cough felt like another kick to the ribs.
And what happened? Well, when I cough during a cold, I always check the color of the phlegm. White or clear is good. Yellow is bad. It means pneumonia, most of the time. Blood means bronchitis. So does green phlegm, though it can mean viral pneumonia. Oh, do you know what phlegm is? Phlegm is a mass of dead immune system cells. Theyíve fought their battles and done their jobs and passed on. They then become phlegm.
Well, one day I coughed and looked at the phlegm: yellow. I immediately drank down nearly a full bottle of the ABM [Agaricus Blazei Murill mushroom] extract. Additionally, I interviewed an intuitive healer (and psychological counselor) named Audrey Grossman. She did Reiki on me that day, a form of energy work, and that evening my phlegm was a nice rich white again.
Now we can talk about stress and cancer.
Let me make a statement that might rock some of you out there: Cancer is a normal state.
Yup. It is not a disease but rather it is a normal state. How can I say this? Well, letís back up a bit.
The normal state of a cell is "health." A healthy cell will divide in a controlled manner. The odds of it dividing in an uncontrolled manner (cancer) are very slim. Stressors can cause this, especially chemical stressors such as the thousands of carcinogens in our environment. Stressors like xenoestrogens. These are the fake estrogens found in pesticides and plastics (we ingest them from microwaved foods, when plastics are used) and even from the old Barbie Dolls with the pliable arms. Those fumes you smelled were full of xenoestrogens and here is an article from a member of our directory who is a functional and orthomolecular physician. He can help you heal any chronic degenerative disease. Dr Dan Harper from Montana. Here is his article he sent us. Xenoestrogens.
Weíll get into chemical stressors in a book review coming up here, but first, let's get back to my outrageous statement.
So, the normal, healthy, controlled dividing cell is the norm and the odds of a cell dividing out of control (cancer) are very, very slim. But now consider this: your body has billions and billions of cells. This means, if you know your basic statistics, though the odds of one cell mutating are slim, within the body of billions of cells, one will eventually mutate. A few million mutations is quite normal in a body of billions of cells.
There has never been a thorough autopsy that has NOT found cancer. Usually, if you want to find a little cancer, start at the thyroid gland. This is where cancer is often times found right off the bat.
Cancer is a normal state. We create millions of cancer cells daily. Our immune systems clean them up. However, under stress or under circumstances in which our cells are creating cancer cells at ridiculous rates, cancer will take off. The things that cause rapid cancer growth can be a multitude of things: viruses, bacteria, chemical carcinogens.
Any person who states that cancer has one cause and one cause alone is silly. Many in the alternative community hold these beliefs from Dr Kelly (Steve McQueenís physician) to that whacko Dr Hulda Clark who wrote The Cure for All CancersÖto many, many others. They are simply silly, though as Iíve stated in here before, just because theyíre off base in one area doesnít mean they havenít helped people to survive using their therapies. Whackos can help cure cancer too. Iíd rather have a whacko giving me treatment that wonít kill me than have a perfectly serious and astute physician pouring poison into my veins.
For those of you interested, Dr Kelly's entire book on how he cures cancer is online. Sure, he's one of the nuts that thinks cancer has a specific cause and that's all there is to it, but his therapies have been very successful, and if you look hard enough you'll see Steven McQueen's story in there: http://www.drkelley.com/CANLIVER55.html
So, we will end this with: cancer is a normal state and if it takes off, it is due to a poor immune system which is either undernourished or put on hold by stress. Stress kills. For a great little test on Stress, click here: Stress Test.
Back to cancer and chemotherapy. I found a few things out about cancer and chemotherapy during my healing period (itís not over yet). One thing is: people are very defensive about their chemo.
"IT WORKED FOR ME!!!"
Itís as if they had to cross the Grand Canyon on a tightrope with no net to cure their cancer and theyíll defend it to the death. However, for every person who has been helped by chemotherapy, there are two that it did not help. Chemotherapy has an overall success rate of 30% and that is all.
Here is a site where you can look for approved chemotherapies, and you can read the studies that passed them onto us and see for yourself the success rates: the first one I clicked on was 25% in a very limited study. Try it: Approved Cancer Drugs.
Additionally, I discovered that many of the chemotherapies that you feel are FDA approved might not be. And some that are listed as approved are approved ONLY for further studies. How did I find this out? I called the FDA and asked if a specific chemo was approved (one of the people on this newsletter sent me the name) and they initially answered "Yes." So I asked, then why did a patient (the person who sent it to me) have to sign a release to which the person from the FDA said, "Well thatís because it was approved for further studies."
So, if you have to sign a release, you are part of a study; the chemotherapy is not FDA approved.
Next I discovered that there are no FDA approved Chemotherapy Protocols. This means, no one has approved a dosage. That is up to your physician, entirely.
Then I discovered, that still, knowing all of the above, some people surviving chemotherapy will STILL defend their choice to the death. "It worked for me." Even in the face of the simple fact that two out of three die, "It worked for me!"
So now I like to tell them the following story that came to me in my Bizarre News of the Day:
|A Texas man who only had two months to live due to an inoperable and fatal brain tumor decided to make the sentence a little shorter by taking his own life. "Steve Huey" reportedly wrote a suicide note and then placed the gun to his head and shot. A few hours later, Huey's friends found him on the floor in a pool of blood and called an ambulance. The amazing thing is that Huey not only survived the gunshot to the head, he actually shot the tumor off of his brain. Doctors say this is a 254 million to one shot.|
IT WORKED FOR HIM!
But I wouldnít recommend it.
And when I talk about alternatives that are more successful than chemotherapy, I still hear people asking me: WHY DONíT DOCTORS KNOW ABOUT THIS?
For one thing, they havenít read my newsletters (and neither did the people asking me this question even though they are on my mailing list). For another, they, like their doctors, hear it but refuse to accept it. Who in the medical field after battling to get their degree will admit that they didnít learn all there was to know in school? And finally, the people who sell the alternatives usually cannot afford to take your oncologist on expensive cruises, or take her/him to dinner, or play golf or whatever else the pharmaceutical companies do to woo your doctors over.
Just as I arrived at this place in the newsletter, I received in my email a link to the ABC news site. Remarkably, they, ABC, have a story of conflicts of interest between doctors and pharmaceutical companies. Remarkable since the pharmaceutical interests are the heaviest advertisers during newscasts. So, read for yourself:
So, it seems that no matter what the FACTS are, people will believe what they want or what they are forced to believe especially when confronted with a deadly disease. I hear it all the time: "I have so few options."
The simple truth is your options are directly proportionate to the amount of objective information you gather.
And thenÖagain, someone sent me a link to an article trashing "Alternatives" which was published in Time:
I had to reply to this one and here is my letter to the editor. (I did receive a response saying that my opinion had been posted, but havenít had the time to go find out where.)
We were glad you posted a picture of Leon Jaroff along with his recent article "Wasting Big Bucks On Alternative Medicine." This allowed all of us to gauge his age and put his sentiments into an historical perspective.
Leon doesnít look old enough to have been one of Semmelweissís detractors. Semmelweiss dared to introduce alternatives to the physicians of his time. "What nonsense this alternative theory of germs. Why should doctors ever have to wash their hands before surgery?"
However, he does appear to be old enough to have been among the critics of that ridiculous alternative called antibiotics; one of the masses who kept antibiotics a theory only, as thousands upon thousands died from infections that could have been prevented.
One would hope that with age comes wisdom, or at least sensibility, but apparently no one has informed Mr Jaroff that everything in medicine was once an alternative.
Mr Jaroffís cries that 110 million dollars has been wasted on research into alternatives fall on nearly deaf ears still ringing from War on Cancer in which billions and billions of dollars have been poured into a group of poisons 9 out of 10 oncologists would never use themselves. Every cohort study to date shows that people who avoid chemotherapy, on the average, live longer than those who choose it.
Perhaps it is time for the alternative community to put Mr Jaroff and his ilk on notice and remind them that when modern medicine admits to killing a quarter million people a year, we have been wrongly named; for we do not represent an alternative, but rather the true meaning of health care as set forth by Hippocrates, the father of medicine, when he wrote: "First, do no harm."
Stanchfield, MN 55080
Just a short note here on people living longer who avoid conventional medicine: From the book Forbidden Medicine, by Ellen Brown we get the following quotation:
|One of the few studies ... was conducted by Dr. Hardin Jones, professor of medical physics and physiology at the University of California, Berkeley. He told an ACS panel, "My studies have proven conclusively that untreated cancer victims actually live up to four times longer than treated individuals. For a typical type of cancer, people who refused treatment lived for an average of 12-1/2 years. Those who accepted surgery or other kinds of treatment [chemotherapy, radiation, cobalt] lived an average of only three years. . . . I attribute this to the traumatic effect of surgery on the body's natural defense mechanism. The body has a natural defense against every type of cancer.|
And to top off my recovery period, someone sent me to another SKEPTICís web page that trashes all the alternatives. Itís funny, but the owner of the site talked about Critical Thinking and then violated his own rules every step of the way. People believe what they want to believe no matter what the facts are.
People knock herbs and tell us only drugs work. Well, most drugs come from herbs. And if critical thinking canít see that, then that critical thinking was done without the help of a brain. Speaking of HERBS, here is a group of products Iíve been reviewing, and that were extremely helpful with the pain from my recent trauma: Amazon Herb Company. Youíll find some interesting facts there about herbal medicines too.
Critical thinking tells us that one or two success stories do not a study make. You can tell a person about hundreds of people whoíve been helped through cancer successfully without chemotherapy but they will still ask you to show them the study. Then in the same breath, for them to trash an alternative, they need only mention one person who used alternatives and died, "because she did not get the chemotherapy she needed." (I found this at the Critical Thinking site.) The conclusion? That all alternatives are trash.
I read a scathing review of homeopathy. I will give you a good definition of it some day, but for now, accept that homeopathy treats "like with like." In other words, to cure a rash, you put something on it that would actually cause the same rash, but in such a small quantity that you're actually applying only the "energy" of the toxin or substance or whatever. Now, here was the logic used: "You wouldn't treat scurvy with homeopathy, because scurvy is a vitamin C deficiency." This I loved. Congestive Heart Failure is a vitamin B deficiency (or beriberi of the heart, as Dr Bruce West puts it) and yet we treat it with conventional medicine, the medicine these skeptics support, which treats only the symptoms of CHF and does nothing to heal the condition. Study after study shows we can reverse CHF with nutrition.
I even read how Oriental Medicine couldnít be all that good when China is listed seventy-something in longevity by the World Health Organization while we in the US are listed at 17th place. This one cracked me up, because Japan is listed in first place. Apparently Critical Thinking involves a lot of blindness. And besides, when it comes to China, you have to consider that even the WHO openly admits that their statistics come from the government of China and that most of them were gathered in the big cities and not in rural areas (where traditional oriental medicine is practiced) and (even forgetting Amnesty Internationalís figures) that in China an inordinate number of young people are executed and these figures are factored in. Critical Thinking? Please!
And finally there was this attack on Qi or Chi. They say that there is no scientific evidence of its existence, and that besides, it is something metaphysical or "spiritual" which could never be proven in a laboratory anyway.
Wrong. There are thousands of Western style studies on Qi. Thousands. And as far as it being something beyond the realm of science...
1. Modern medicine in 1994 discovered, using high tech instruments that measure very tiny amounts of energy, the meridian system through which Qi flows.
2. Modern science has discovered four types of energy emitted by a Qigong healer.
3. Energy is energy and can be measured.
So, I decided to do my own critical thinking in May because it was unseasonably cold. With a bit of "critical" thought I finally figured out why. Letís look at what took place in May.
In the political arena we had news that the White House might have known something prior to 9-11 with top executives being told to avoid commercial airlines. And then there were the connections between Bush and Enron proving to be much older (and more solid) than Bush initially admitted to. Also there was the farce in Brazil when GW Bush blurted out to the President, "Do You Have Blacks In Brazil, Too?" The incident ended with the Brazilian Press proclaiming in headlines: "An Overwhelming Ignorance."
And despite all this, Bushís ratings are the highest in his career.
On the other side of the political fence, Michael Mooreís book Stupid White Men sat atop the NY Times Best Seller list all that month. His movie, Bowling for Columbine, won special awards at Canne's Film Festival.
Finally, to top it off, the Minnesota Twins are in first place.
The reason for the cold weather?
Hell is freezing over.
And never let it be said that we donít correct our errors when we find them. It seems that in our trashing of Dr Steven Barrett (the chief quack at Quackwatch) we made a few errors (our sources were a bit wrong). For one thing, he did not lose his medical license, he gave it up, at least according to him. Additionally, he was not in on the AMAís attack on chiropractic. However, to find out who he truly is, you might want to peruse this article:
With that over, let us get back to stress.
I went back to the hospital for more tests. Blood tests and an ultrasound. So far here is what I have. NO BROKEN RIBS!!! Amazing, just amazing. But on the down side, I have a bit of arthritis in the elbow of the arm that was injured and canít extend it all the way. I have liver and pancreas damage. I have spinal damage with a bit of neuropathy (that feeling that somethingís gone to sleep) in my legs and a hernia on top of my belly button. This is the stress that led to my immune system taking a dive on me.
Then one Saturday I awoke with an itch in my throat. I refused to believe I was coming down with another cold after having just gotten over one. That would be two colds in less than three weeks when I hadnít had ONE cold in nearly three years! So, I went into denial.
Wrong. By the time I admitted that I had a cold, I was truly sick. And with any bacterial or viral infection, the sooner you catch it the sooner it will be over. Now I was tossing back mushrooms and echinacea and vitamins trying to play catch up. I had a low-grade sore throat for two weeks (in fact Iíve still got it). And Iíve been doing everything, even colostrum. As bad as I feel (and felt) I can only imagine how Iíd feel without the supplements Iím taking.
So, I took a break from all my work and took pictures and read. Reading was a natural since I had to sleep sitting up for a few weeks.
One book I read was The Crazy Makers: How the Food Industry Is Destroying Our Brains and Harming Our Children. It was a real eye opener. Her thesis, put simply, is that the food industry has removed all brain nutrition from the foods we feed our children and have added neurotoxins (in the way of pesticides) and, what Dr Russell Blaylock called Excitotoxins, such as MSG and NutraSweetģ that burn out our brain cells. I know there have been many pieces circulating on the web about the causes of events like what happened at Columbine, some point to parents as the cause, others to our kicking God out of our schools as the cause, but the problems of our children are much, much simpler. They lack the proper nutrition to develop a proper, functioning brain. How many cases of ADD and ADHD are newly diagnosed each year? How many kids are on Prozac? Is the phrase "We are what we eat" only to be used to sell some instant breakfast bar? Or will we actually someday realize that our diets are turning us into monsters? If you want to know more about this problem or want some simple, healthy recipes to save the lives of your kids, go get a copy of this book. And you might want a copy of Blaylockís book: Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills:
|Please Note: When you purchase a book from any of these links, the International Wellness Directory is paid a small percentage of the sale. This is how our web site is funded. We are a non profit and we want you to support our efforts and we want you to know exactly how we get our funding. Additionally, we always read the books we recommend. So no matter how many of you go to the Barnes & Noble website and purchase through our links, the amount we earn will never cover the cost of the book. Yes, a losing proposition, but what the hey. I love my job.|
The next book I read was Living Downstream: A Scientist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment by Sandra Steingraber, a poet and a scientist. The book is so beautifully written, so exquisitely understated, that it is much more than a scientific report on the chemicals that have invaded our lives, it is a work of art.
Living Downstream is Ms Steingraberís personal quest for the root causes of her own bladder cancer that she picked up in her high school years. It is also a follow-up to Rachel Carsonís work Silent Spring. Iíve mentioned this work many times in our newsletters. Carson tried to warn us about the world Steingraber now describes. What I didnít know about Rachel Carson was that when her book was published and she traveled about the country lecturing and signing copies of her book, that she wore a wig. Like many people on chemotherapy, she wore it to cover her bald head. Before she could finish her work on this planet, Rachel Carson died from breast cancer.
There is a phrase I just love that goes like this: Coincidence is Godís way of remaining anonymous. Halfway through the book, I received an email telling me to watch Bill Moyerís program that following day on PBS. I switched it on, and the second half of his program focused on Ms Steingraber and her work.
The amount of knowledge Steingraber passes on to the reader is overwhelming, startling, and moving. The thesis is quite simple: we all live downstream. We all eat, drink, breathe, and shower in a mixture of chemicals that are destroying lives at epidemic rates.
Like a recent newsletter, she brings up hard statistics that show that pesticides just do not work. The more pesticides we use, the more damage from pests we have.
I once watched a program about a country that had a terrible locust problem. Each year it got bigger and bigger. Planes were dumping DDT over the swarms to kill them. The final scene of the program boiled down to this: Weíd finally won. We dumped thousands of tons of chemicals on the locusts. We finally won. The locusts were dead. And sadly, the crops we were trying to protect were too poisonous to eat.
This is where we are headed. We will eventually wipe out all human life before we wipe out the pests. We will get to the point where to just maintain and harvest enough, that our food supply will be deadly.
A friend asked me, "If it doesnít work, why do they do it? Thatís not logical."
The answer is quite simple. Farmers use these chemicals because they donít know how not to use them. If they stopped using their pesticides and herbicides tomorrow, they would lose their crops. They do not know how not to use them. All the farming knowledge that was handed down from generation to generation on rotating crops and planting herbs that draw in good insects to eat the pests, and growing live mulch to keep down the weeds, all of this knowledge has been replaced by Union Carbide and Dow Chemical.
Steingraber points out: "In 1950, 10% of cornfields were sprayed with pesticides. In 1993, 99% were chemically treated." She goes on to add that in Illinois, 91% of their rivers in 1993 showed pesticide contamination.
Aviators have a saying: Never fart in a closed cockpit.
The world is becoming a closed cockpit. What is sprayed in Mexico this year, will be in our soda pops next year. What we dump on Africa today will rain down on us tomorrow.
Anyone living in the farm belt has heard the word Atrazine. Chemical companies have profited heavily from the production of Atrazine. There are many derivatives of AtrazineÖchemical herbicides used widely throughout the US. These chemicals kill weeds. For a long time we did not know how they worked, but we knew they worked. Then one day we discovered their mechanism. They stop the process of photosynthesis, the process that makes food for the plant from sunlight. The process is stopped right before the point where oxygen is made from carbon dioxide. Oxygen is needed for all animal life to survive. Atrazine takes years and years to break down. "Triazines [a form of Atrazine] have Ö been detected in raindrops in twenty-three states in the upper Midwest and NortheastÖ."
The implications of this are horrid. Weíve put a chemical into our atmosphere that stops the production of oxygen.
Well, it gets worse. There are approximately 75,000 chemicals in use today that were not around prior to WWII. Of those, only about 2000 have been tested for safety. Steingraber points out that there are three classifications of carcinogens: known carcinogens, probable carcinogens, and suspected carcinogens.
They all cause cancer, but for the latter two, probable and suspected, not enough data has been gathered to prove (beyond a shadow of a doubt) that humans are dying (at an "unacceptable" rate) from a specific chemical.
Keep in mind that we are allowed to die at an acceptable rate. This is the concept of acceptable risk. Remember, the business of America is business, not life and liberty as taught in grade schools.
Once a chemical is classified as a known carcinogen, most of us will breathe a heavy sigh of relief that someone will now do something about it. Wrong. It takes years to get rid of it, and sometimes, we only get rid of its use here in America and send it other countries.
You might want to know (and Steingraber doesnít bring this up) that recent studies show that DDT protects women against breast cancer. In fact, some are calling it Vitamin DDT. Even if it protected every woman in the world 100% against breast cancer, there is no OTHER reason why we should allow it back in our country (or why we still ship it to Mexico). The other deleterious effects are well known. We also know that weíve wiped out Malaria on many islands following WWII with the use of DDT. What is not so widely published is that we also introduced cancer to these places that had never heard of it previously.
For you NutraSweetģ drinkers, here is one more reason you should reconsider: Formaldehyde is formed by diet pop sitting on the shelves, we all know this. Steingraber points out that formaldehyde attaches to your DNA and inhibits the gene that facilitated detoxication of radiation. When we get an x-ray, sit in the sun, have a mammogram, or CT scan your body has to detox that radiation. Well, if you drink diet pop, your body is going to hang onto that radiation. Radiation, we know, causes cancer.
She asks us all to become politically active. The rules must change. Right now we have to prove something harmful to get it removed, when logic tells us that the chemical companies should have to prove it safe before it is used. And of course, the government wants the onus to be placed on the consumer telling us that we have to wash our fruits, have checkups, filter our water.
This is your country, but it is run by large corporations. Here's an interesting quotation I found this past month:
|Corporations by and large owe no
allegiance to soil or flag, or people for that matter, yet exercise
tremendous influence over the governance of nations. At issue here is
... who will rule: elected representatives of the people or
unaccountable corporations through vast monied networks and pressure
She points to the fallacy of our having to change our lifestyles to prevent the diseases caused by these chemicals. She points out the pamphlets exhorting women to exercise, eat less fat, get mammograms. The very laughable phrase: "Early detection is the best prevention" should make us all puke. And how about the pamphlet that tells you that one of the "risk factors" to breast cancer is "Delayed childbirth" meaning after the age of 20. She asks why no one is circulating information in our high schools about "prompt childbirth."
If you have cancer, or someone in your family has cancer, you must read this book. It will tell you where you got it.
I see parents aghast at the fact that their little baby has cancer. How can a young child get cancer? It isnít fair.
No, it isnít fair. Life isnít fair. But it is real.
Steingraber introduces us (in her book and in Bill Moyerís program) to DNA adducts. An adduct is a chemical that attaches itself to our DNA and stays there a long, long time. Each time a cell splits, the chemical is there. It can at any time influence how the cell replicates. In the program, one of the women in a study in Chicago gave birth and immediately following the birth of her child, blood was gathered from the placenta and rushed to a laboratory. There it was put into a centrifuge and separated. The DNA was extracted and examined. They found a Benzene Adduct. Her baby was born with a benzene molecule, a known carcinogen, attached to his DNA.
How do babies get cancer? Look at the carpet they crawl on. It can contain over a thousand chemicals brought in by your shoes. (Shoes are not allowed in Japanese homes for this very reason: they bring in everything you step in during the day. Today we have lead and benzene [and thousands of chemicals], thousands of years ago they had chicken doodle and horse manudle.)
IF YOUR CHILD HAS CANCER,, YOU CAN HELP TO IDENTIFY THE CAUSES BY TAKING A SURVEY. A FEW MINUTES WILL HELP CREATE A COHORT STUDY IDENTIFYING THE TOXIC CHEMICALS THAT CAUSE CANCER IN CHILDREN. GO HERE: http://www.chem-tox.com/cancerchildren/survey.htm
Should we live in a bubble? No, we have to assume a bit of risk in this life. But we can cut our chances by taking some simple precautions. And we must get political. If every person affected by cancer went on strike for one day, this country would shut down. This country would be on its knees. This country is your country and only you can change it.
Take dioxins: there is no legal allowable limit to these in your body. They have no use in the world. They are created by mixing chemicals, something as simple as burning paper that has been bleached (with chlorine) and a bit of tape together. Dioxins result. How do we get rid of dioxins? With our dollars. Find out if that magazine you get weekly has been chlorine bleached. Time magazine still uses chlorine and dumps some 800 tons of waste with every edition. When you buy Time, you are voting for dioxins. Contact the magazines you buy and ask them. If no answer, assume they bleach their paper. And the paper for your computer, if they can't tell you whether or not it's bleached, assume it is. Spend a little more, to get a little less. A little less toxic world.
Here's something I came across in my research (suddenly it's not just xenoestrogens that you eat from microwaved foods, but also dioxins):
|Dr. Edward Fujimoto from Castle Hospital is the manager of the Wellness Program at the hospital. He talks about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers; foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxins into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Dioxins are carcinogens and highly toxic to the cells of our bodies. Instead, he recommends using glass, Corning Ware, or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results without the dioxins. So such things as TV dinners, soups, etc. should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corningware, etc. He said we might remember when some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.|
Or better still, don't microwave your food. Here's the reason (for those who haven't read it yet): http://www.all-natural.com/microwa1.html
In a recent edition of Vegetarian Times they listed the Top Ten Most Wanted (Vegetables/Fruits that Kill). These are the foods with the most toxins in them. These are the ones you will want to buy locally or organically grown.
1. Apples. Who eats the most apples? Children and Elderly in the form of apple sauce. Two servings of apple sauce might contain a legal limit of some chemical, but a baby might eat ten times her/his legal limit in two or three days.
2. Bell Peppers.
3. Cucumbers. And the wax on them isnít good for you either.
4. Green Beans.
6. Pears. Like apples, babies get a lot of these.
7. Spinach. This one pulls DDT still remaining in the soil into itself.
8. Strawberries. Normally they kill cancer because of their phytochemicals. However, you do not want to know how they are shipped. Iíve watched the process and have not eaten an inorganically raised/shipped strawberry since.
10. Winter Squash.
All of these contain carcinogens. All of these should be eaten only if they were raised organically (or locally with as few chemicals as possible). Some hydroponically grown fruits and vegetables (especially tomatoes) are grown without "that many" chemicals, but you might want to check with the growers.
Iíve just received an email telling me of some research in which even organically grown foods were found to contain pesticides and carcinogens. Some of you reading that study would conclude that nothing is safe so you might as well eat anything you want. Personally, I feel this even more of a call to eat only organic foods. The only way the world will ever clean itself up is if more and more farmers switch to sustainable agriculture and organic farming.
To top it off, Iíve just received another email of a study showing that our drugs are beginning to appear in our water supply. How many of you, when finished with a drug will toss the remaining drugs in the toilet? Antidepressants, anti-inflammatories, and even cancer drugs have been detected in our water supply.
Again, if you have any questions or doubts as to where your cancer came from or if you simply want a good book to motivate you to help change the present day situation and clean up our planet, our communities, and our lives, then Living Downstream is a must read.
Another thing that happened during my recovery period was the end of our Weight Loss Study. It ended unsatisfactorily. You see, too many people dropped out of the study to make the figures valid. However, I will report to you the figures we did attain.
Maximum Weight Loss
Average Weight Loss
Minimum Weight Loss
The study is a bust because too many people dropped out. This means that only the "motivated" people were left and that can skew the figures. Additionally, with fewer people, one exception can skew the figures. For instance, the person who lost the six pounds in the control group lost nothing for 30 days, and then was hit by a sudden divorce action and dropped 6 pounds in the next two weeks. Without her figures, the most weight loss in the control group was 3 pounds. With so few people left in the study, if we knocked off the highest and lowest figures, what's left doesn't even make sense, so...the study was a failure. Though, I'm pretty sure that the product works to some degree.
The study covered a 45-day period in which the participants were to wear slippers (that we sent them) for up to 3 hours a day. They also had to be standing or walking during this period (which can account for weight loss in the control group). You can read up on these slippers here: www.getslimslippers.com
The fine people at this company heard about my accident and sent me a wonderful heating pad that heats up instantly without doing a thing. It was amazing, really helpful, and felt darn good (and darn hot).
Here is a link to this amazing product: www.activeheat.net
Please note: we don't make a penny from any sales at these sites. We simply like their products.
So now I guess I'll have to tell you about the next study we are going to help them with. Using Traditional Oriental Medicine theories, they've developed a slipper that can lower your blood pressure. In our research for our next book, we discovered a few things about blood pressure medicines, and one is, they don't always work. In fact, they have less than a 60% success rate at lowering your blood pressure. So, if you'd like to be in a study and get these slippers/sandals free (oh, this time we're making the rules a bit harder so people won't drop out and leave us hanging...we've learned our lesson here), Click Here: Blood Pressure/Hypertension Study.
Perhaps you'd like to learn some very shocking things about cancer and the cancer industry right now? Well, here's our latest column:
Notes From the Underground
I've been in contact with a local naturopath for some six or seven years. This guy is a real trip. He likes to maintain a low profile because he knows how people who go around saving lives have suddenly found themselves having to save their own. He recently went to visit Jimmy Keller in Canada. Jimmy (his full story will be posted at our site before this year runs out, but until then you can click to read about him) Keller was curing cancer in Mexico using injections of L-arginine, an amino acid. This cure didn't work all the time, which cure does? But when it did work, it worked overnight. Tumors shrunk and the patient's energy returned. So they pulled Jimmy out of Mexico, beat him up and tossed him in jail.
Jimmy just suffered a stroke, so my friend's visit was pretty short.
The good news is my friend, this naturopath, has come up with a cure for ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease. He's going to keep me informed as to his progress here.
Also, he pointed out a few things about cancer we should all know (some were already known to us, but it's good to pass them on to our readers).
First off, two thirds of a tumor is protection. Not protection of the tumor, but protection of the body from the tumor. Your immune system wraps a protective layer around the tumor to protect the rest of the body. A few cancers do not have this protective coating, such as myeloma and melanoma. These will spread unless they are caught right away. However, for those with the coating, here's something your docs don't want you to know.
You go in for a checkup and your doctor says, "The tumor is shrinking." This actually means that they've destroyed the protective layer of the tumor, the easiest layer to destroy. Now they have to really get busy because unless they can kill it all, it's going to spread. The normal route is ->Liver ->Lung ->Bone ->Brain.
If you'll look at the article on intravenous vitamin C and how that affects the tumor, you'll see that these outer layers are much easier to destroy than the solid tumor in the center (like a Tootsie Pop, I suppose).
Next, a few scientists were poking around some tissues and then radiated them and poof, developed a tumor. They thought this was rather unique and tried it again. It worked again. Then they took some live lab rats and did the same. They poked it with a needle then radiated the area and it caused a tumor.
They couldn't believe it. They did it again, and again a tumor grew. They still could not believe it. Why? THIS IS A STANDARD MEDICAL TREATMENT: BIOPSY AND THEN RADIATE THE AREA.
So, once again, we find that routine medical treatments actually cause disease. And these deaths (if the patient eventually dies) are not listed among the 250,000 dead each year due to modern medicine.
|In studies, the indoles (phytochemicals from cruciferous vegetables, broccoli being one) caused cell death in cancer (apoptosis) at a rate of 90% with no side effects. Taxol caused apoptosis at a rate of 60% with many side effects. So, which does modern medicine choose to use?|
But the good news on cancer is this: Energy Medicine! In Milwaukee (according to National Geographic this past January) they are using Far Infra Red to heal brain tumors. Heat is a great cure for cancer, because the body temp can rise 8 degrees and still survive, but tumors cannot. In Germany, they have a better than 90% cure rate for prostate cancer using directed radio waves. The FDA has allowed this therapy into America, but physicians just don't know about it (the boys with the equipment just can't afford to wine and dine every oncologist yet). We have been using microwaves to do this, but the side effects and collateral damage is just not acceptable, especially considering that there are no (zip, zero, nada) side effects or collateral damage using radio waves. Work with your doctor. Teach your doctor. Form a partnership with your doctor. Hey, it's your body!
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While recovering, I met with Erin Rafael who is an amazing person listed in our directory (click her name to view our write-up) and received a couple CDs from FireHawk Productions and Alchemy VII. Additionally, Janet (one of our proofreaders and all around great volunteer) and I went to the Unlimited Inspirations Center to find out what they are all about. So, you can see, the universe is definitely taking good care of me, and they say there are no accidents. This little horse kick allowed me to get some rest, meet some very interesting people, and get some great healing in.
That kick also brought me to Charles Miller, an Alphabiotics practitioner, who gave me an adjustment. I also learned a bit more about the body's reaction to stress, as you will when you Meet Charles Miller.
And then there was my next accident.
I was watering my young tomato plants below the stairwell in my basement, when I had to jump forward over this little plant and SMACK, I banged my head on the low ceiling. It was a pretty nasty bang. I lost the vision in my left eye, and my right eye wasn't all too clear either. Janet, still here taking care of me from my kick, drove me to the local health food store where I quickly drank down a small bottle of DMSO (yuck!). DMSO cleans engine parts. It's a solution (made from a type of tree) that really penetrates and is used in alternative cancer therapies, is rubbed on wounds, helps with arthritis and gives relief to varicose veins. Additionally, because I'm writing a book on Cardiovascular Wellness, which includes strokes, I recalled that following a stroke, if it isn't a hemorrhagic stroke (in which case 99% of the time you're dead), you're supposed to drink down a few ounces of DMSO within a half hour of the stroke. This seems to bring back function. Since my eyes weren't functioning, I went for the DMSO. Within five minutes, my sight came back. Then I called my good friend and advisor, Dr Dan (the author of the above article on Xenoestrogens) and asked him if I did the right thing. Yup, and now it was time for oxygen therapies, he told me. Except that we don't have anyone in the area who does oxygen therapies, so instead, I increased my MSM, DMG, and Microhydrin. That all helped.
Next, I visited Lucy Jackson who put a yarrow salve on me. Yarrow is a common herb growing all over this country. We were all amazed, in less than five minutes, the wound (on my head) looked wonderful. Yarrow breaks up congealed blood. You want to get rid of that black eye? Yarrow. That bruise? Yarrow. So, she gave me some olive oil and yarrow and I put it on my ribs and head every night and boy, did that help the healing.
Then one day, Lucy stopped by with some chickweed. We broke it all up (herbs don't like knives; the metal changes their properties) and then cooked some up in olive oil. Chickweed is great for the liver (I have a bit of liver damage, as you'll recall), is good for skin rashes, eczema, etc., and also helps to break up fats and is a great diet aid for burning up and getting rid of fat. You can put it in your salad, juice it into some vegetable juices, dry it and take it in pill form or teas. But I decided to make a salve (I get heat rashes in the summer) and use it that way. It's really easy to do.
So now I'm going to teach you how to make a salve.
In either a double boiler (not aluminum!) or a crock pot, place your herb and cover with virgin olive oil. Cook slowly till the herb is crisp then filter out the herb. Next, take some beeswax (sold in health food stores and craft stores) and with a cheese grater, start grating the beeswax into the oil (in the double boiler or crock pot). It will melt right away and you'll be using about two ounces of bees wax to a cup of olive oil. To find out how well you're doing, stick a plastic fork into the solution, pull it out, blow on it and test the consistency. That's it. Just pour into little wide-mouth jars and you have a great salve. Chickweed for skin problems and Yarrow for bruises. With the yarrow, you must use the flowers and the furry leaves and some stems. I'll tell you about the roots later.
This fall we'll teach you how to make all the lip balm you'll need this winter, and there won't be any petrochemicals in the mixture.
And since summer is upon us and some of you probably don't want to spray all those insect chemicals on your bodies, here are two recipes for a Mosquito-Free Summer. Please write and tell me your results.
1. Put some water in a white dinner plate and add just a couple of drops of Lemon Fresh Joy dishwashing soap. Set the dish on a porch or patio. Not sure what attracts them, the lemon smell, the white color, or what, but mosquitoes flock to it, and drop dead, or fall into the water, or on the floor within about 10 ft. Enjoy the mosquito-free summer. (UPDATE: we tried this a good number of times, and found it was totally ineffective. If you've had better results, we want to hear from you: contact us.)
2. Slice 1 large lemon and find a fresh sprig of rosemary
Place lemon and rosemary in glass or ceramic bowl (not metal or plastic); pour 2 cups boiling water over, cover and let sit overnight. Strain and pour into squirt bottle. Spray on animals or humans. Keeps fleas, tick, and mosquitoes off.
And someone has turned me on to the products at this site. We are in contact with them and they are willing to send us some of their products to try out. Seems they do everything from cure cancer to repel insects in your garden to treating badly abused soils. And you "might" not believe the story of how this solution came about, but then again, you're free to believe whatever you want when things like this are involved: http://www.miracle2.net
And in keeping with our subject of stress, one of the stressors in our bodies are the heavy metals we take in. If you use antiperspirant or Preparation H, you have aluminum in your body. We know there's a connection between aluminum and Alzheimer's. I received an article from a company selling edible seaweed. I like seaweed. It's a great detoxifier (the Japanese used it after WWII to detox all that radiation). They included an article in a PDF format (Acrobat Reader). The article is on Autism and Detoxication. You may click here to read it: Autism Spectrum Disorder.
BREAST CANCER PETITION
There's a bill called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act, which will require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital stay for patients undergoing a mastectomy. It's about eliminating the "drive-through mastectomy" where women are forced to go home hours after surgery against the wishes of their doctor, still groggy from anesthesia and sometimes with drainage tubes still attached.
Lifetime Television has put this bill on their web page with a petition drive to show your support. Last year over half the House signed on.
Sign the petition by clicking on the web site below and help women with breast cancer surgery get the care they need and deserve.
There is no cost or monetary pledge involved. You need not give more than your name and zip code number.
Now here's something of interest.
You Are Invited to a Chicken Pot Luck
If you want antibiotic-free chicken, pesticide-free chicken, and chickens that were raised humanely and lovingly with organic feed only and clean fresh water, then you are all invited to my place on July 4th, 2002.
Simply respond to me and I will send you a link to a map with instructions on how to get to my place in the woods, 4 miles north of Cambridge, MN.
It's a potluck, with lots of fresh, organically raised, free-range chickens. Bring a dish, drinks, and maybe a chair or two. Mosquito spray is welcome, just don't put it on around me.
Click here: Yes, I want to come to your party!!!
And finally, to end this newsletter (if you've gotten this far and you've read not only everything in the letter but all the links, then you really deserve a break), we have a little humor for you.
Frequently Asked Questions About Health Care
Q. What does HMO stand for? A. This is actually a variation of the phrase, "Hey, Moe!" Its roots go back to a concept pioneered by Doctor Moe Howard, who discovered that a patient could be made to forget about the pain in his foot if he was poked hard enough in the eyes. Modern practice replaces the physical finger poke with hi-tech equivalents such as voice mail and referral slips, but the result remains the same.
Q. Do all diagnostic procedures require pre-certification? A. No. Only those you need.
Q. I just joined a new HMO. How difficult will it be to choose the doctor I want? A. Just slightly more difficult than choosing your parents. Your insurer will provide you with a book listing all the doctors who were participating in the plan at the time the information was gathered. These doctors basically fall into two categories -- those who are no longer accepting new patients, and those who will see you but are no longer part of the plan. But don't worry -- the remaining doctor who is still in the plan and accepting new patients has an office just a half day's drive away!
Q. What are preexisting conditions? A. This is a phrase used by the grammatically challenged when they want to talk about existing conditions. Unfortunately, we appear to be pre-stuck with it.
Q. Well, can I get coverage for my preexisting conditions? A. Certainly, as long as they don't require any treatment.
Q. What happens if I want to try alternative forms of medicine? A. You'll need to find alternative forms of payment.
Q. My pharmacy plan only covers generic drugs, but I need the name brand. I tried the generic medication, but it gave me a stomach ache. What should I do? A. Poke yourself in the eye.
Q. I have an 80/20 plan with a $200 deductible and a $2,000 yearly cap. My insurer reimbursed the doctor for my outpatient surgery, but I'd already paid my bill. What should I do? A. You have two choices. Your doctor can sign the reimbursement check over to you, or you can ask him to invest the money for you in one of those great offers that only doctors and dentists hear about, like windmill farms or frog hatcheries.
Q. What should I do if I get sick while traveling? A. Try sitting in a different part of the bus.
Q. No, I mean what if I'm away from home and I get sick? A. You really shouldn't do that. You'll have a hard time seeing your primary care physician. It's best to wait until you return, and then get sick.
Q. I think I need to see a specialist, but my doctor insists he can handle my problem. Can a general practitioner really perform a heart transplant right in his office? A. Hard to say, but considering that all you're risking is the $10 co-payment, there's no harm giving him a shot at it.
Q. What accounts for the largest portion of health care costs? A. Doctors trying to recoup their investment losses.
Q. Will health care be any different in the next century? A. No, but if you call right now, you might get an appointment by then.
One last book recommendation! And I will recommend this book again and again and again till all of you have it.
It is The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle.
THIS IS MORE THAN A LIFE CHANGING BOOK, IT IS A LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE.
Every person who has purchased this book has written to me thanking me for the "experience."
If you are tired of the cycles of pain in your life, the dramas in your life, and want to find true happiness and inner peace, then you must not only purchase this book, you must hear this man read it. His voice is amazing. He is truly enlightened. If he is speaking in your area, drop everything, quit your job, do what it takes to go see and hear this man. Over the next five years (he's booked) he will bring in millions of dollars speaking around the world. He will also give it away. Unlike many of the so-called gurus of this new enlightened age (who have to drive Jaguars and live in multi-million dollar mansions), Mr Eckhart Tolle has all he needs in this existence. And he wants to let you have it, because you already do have it, you just don't know you have it.
No matter what your religious or spiritual background, nothing he tells you will go against your belief system.
I've purchased the seven set CD version and every night I fall to sleep listening to one of the CDs. Every morning I awaken a little more light hearted, a little closer to the "light," a little closer to my Creator, and a little closer to enlightenment.
Healing works on many many levels. This book/CD/audio tape works on many levels. The greatest gift I could ever pass on to you is peace of mind.
|Power of Now - Hard Cover Edition|
Bless you all,
and hope to see you on the 4th of July!
My thanx to Janet, Wendi, and Marlene for proofing my ramblings.
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This is our last newsletter until the third edition of the Wellness Directory of Minnesotaô is completed and in bookstores. We have too many people depending on us and we've had too many delays. Wish us luck and see you again in August or September.