Blessings Everyone!

What a miraculous election. Our intermediary newsletter provoked 3 people to send me a slew of invectives and cancel their subscriptions. Apparently our research is valid only if we stick to reporting on wellness issues, but if we talk about the environment and the worst environmental president in the US, our research is invalid.

Newsflash: at this site, our beliefs do not guide our research; our research creates our beliefs.

Wellness is political, as you will see in the Vioxx debacle.

Wellness is political, as you will see as your health dissipates due to toxic water, air, and food.

Wellness is political when you see your right to vitamins and supplements slip quickly away. 

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The true axis of evil in America is the brilliance of our marketing combined with the stupidity of our people. George Bush has a hundred 80 million dollars to spend. With that kind of money he could convince Americans to drink paint. And he probably will.

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

 

1. Letters

2. Calling for Volunteers - We sponsor two double blind studies.

3. Medical Fraud - Chemotherapy

4. Coming Clean - The Story of Soap

5. Update on Electrical Pollution

6. Cold & Flu Update - How to Catch a Cold

7. Jazz for Peace - Watch Our Benefit Concert On-Line!

8. Prostasol - New Product for Prostate Cancer and Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy

9. Digestion Update - Two new products, one additional therapy for Heart Burn

10. Artemisinin Update - We got a letter from someone using this and electrolyzed water.

11. For Animal People - An electrolyzed water testimonial, and more.

12. Recipes - A few new recipes, some updated recipes, AND we've indexed all the recipes at this site.

13. Success Story - From an ex FDA employee who discovered our site.

14. Electrolyzed Water Update - Some really neat testimonials. This stuff is fantastic.

15. Coconut Oil Update - Not really, but we do have a recipe modification.

16. Sweet Misery - Review of video on Aspartame --> Highly Recommended!

17. Corrections - Ooops, made a few more mistakes.

18. MGN-3 Update - Not gonna like this.

19. Vioxx Update - Ask your doctor if a heart attack is right for you.

20. Health Freedom At Risk . . . Again - It ain't going away, Folks.

21. Deadly Vitamin E - Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

22. Broccoli Fights Cancer - It's the Indole-3-Carbinol

23. Meet Frank Wiewel of People Against Cancer

24. Paw Paw - Promising New Herb Fights Cancer

25. Two Biographies - You figure out which one is the quack

26. What is Biophysics?

27. Tidbits

28. Laughter is the Best Medicine

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Letters

First I must preface this letter with an explanation. I bought a loaf of bread made at the Natural Ovens Bakery. In each loaf there's a little newsletter. This one talked about the connection between meat and osteoporosis. Now I knew that their one page newsletter wasn't really enough room for a thorough examination of the subject, but I went ahead and wrote to the owners of the bakery (both PhDs, by the way) telling them how I thought the meat industry was being harshly trashed for their roll in bone density loss in this country; that there were many other factors in this situation, etc etc etc. (You know me, how I go on and on and on).

Well, I got the sweetest most thoughtful letter I've ever received from Barbara, one of the owners. Here it is:

Thank you, David, for your comments.  Yes, I am very familiar with the work of Weston Price.  The difference in the protein eaten at that time is that it was high in Omega-3 as the larger animals ate grass, while most of the meat was from the smaller wild game.  The Eskimo diet with the whale blubber was/is also high in Omega-3.

Unfortunately this is not true with the present high protein diets - as the corn fed animals have made the meat high in Omega-6 which is pro-inflammatory in the body - while Omega 3 (fish, flaxseed, walnuts, dark green leafy vegetables) is anti-inflammatory.  The two need to be in balance. A 15 year study at the UW in Madison showed that if a person consumed more than 45 grams of animal (mostly from the cow) protein per day for women or 50 to 55 grams per day for males it was impossible to keep the body in calcium balance. And I agree whole heartedly that soda pop is a huge culprit in creating an acid body which causes leaching of calcium from the bones. 

Paul also did some research on bone density with the U of IL.  The animals fed their balanced food as well as the animals fed our whole grain breads had shorter bones that were 26% stronger and more flexible than the ones fed the cow's milk protein.  Have you noticed how tall  the kids are getting at such early ages?  The growth hormones (both natural and added) are effecting the growth of the children - longer and more brittle bones.   

Kids are also reaching puberty at much earlier ages due to the hormones intended for a baby calf to grow to 1200-1400 pounds within two years.  Some years ago when our USDA surplus cheese, etc. were/are being shipped to Puerto Rico they traced it back as the cause of the much too early development of the children.  The same thing is happening with the WIC program and to the school food for students…stale USDA surplus foods (that the Food Service is getting for the cost of shipping) and feeding our students…who are reaching puberty earlier and earlier for both girls and boys.  Of course they are getting the negative foods at home, and in fast food places as well as in school…they are surrounded.

Would you like to have a copy of our latest DVD/video, The Impact of Fresh Healthy Foods on Learning and Behavior, covering 5 years of Natural Ovens underwriting fresh whole foods and eliminating all 'Junk foods' for an Alternative School in Appleton, WI?  The results were so dramatic that the entire school district of 15,000 students are now getting healthier foods with the elimination of soda, chips, candy, etc.

The Appleton program is featured in the recent hit documentary Super Size Me with the question of, "Why aren't the other schools providing healthier foods for students??  Thousands of copies of the video of what happened in Appleton have traveled across the nation (including Australia, Canada, England, etc.) and we have received hundreds of calls from other schools wanting to do the same program.  We simply MUST feed our students/children better!  So basic and so inexpensive - and yet good nutrition is almost never considered when 'programs' are tried to improve the health, behavior and learning ability of students.

Effective with this school year, we will be duplicating the fresh food program with the Perspectives Alternative School in Chicago.  NBC has already stated they will chronicle the progress over the four years we will be underwriting the program.  How can anyone argue it is not the food when we have a total of nine duplicated years of positive results in two different Alternative schools.   Fresh whole foods (with lots of education!) address the current problems of obesity, diabetes, behavior and learning - all to the benefit of everybody.

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

The acid/alkaline imbalance absolutely is the basic base for the problems - totally agree with you.  In my book, Food & Behavior , I reprinted an article published in The Medical Review of Reviews in 1910.   George M. Gould, M.D., corrected epilepsy by eliminating white flour and sugar products and perfectly described ADHD in a 9 year old epileptic boy….in 1910!  How much worse it is now!  Having been diagnosed epileptic at age 32, I found this especially interesting.  During 20 years of working with the Courts as a probation officer - with 12 of those years as Chief Probation Officer, I helped correct behavior by correcting the diet as the number one tool.  The results hit the front page of the Wall Street Journal June 2, 1977 - and I have been in orbit ever since.  Joining forces with Paul (a research biochemist) in 1982 has made us both stronger and able to do much more than we could have ever done separately.

Thank you so much for your interest in health.  It is a fascinating subject and has been my main interest for 41years of wellness - since a $1.25 book, Look Younger and Live Longer by Gayelord Hauser prompted me to change my diet in 1963.  Without it I would not have lived to be 50 as my health was in deep, deep trouble by the time I was 33.

Please call if you have any further questions.

Best wishes to you,
Barbara R. Stitt, Ph.D., President - 1-800-558-3535

Natural Ovens Bakery
4300 Hwy. CR
P. O. Box 730
Manitowoc, WI 54221-0730

I loved this letter. Barbara did send me a copy of her DVD which is FREE and you can order a copy for your school district and then MAKE SURE the students and faculty watch the thing. It is the story of the Miracle in Wisconsin which we wrote about back in January of 2003. When your doctor tells you (or WebMD or some other authority in nutrition who's actually never studied nutrition) that nutrition has nothing to do with behavior, hand her/him a copy of the DVD). Just call Barbara and ask for one: 800-558-3535 .

Barbara mentioned something quite interesting. I know a little bit about prostaglandin chemistry and how certain prostaglandins up the inflammatory response while other prostaglandins bring it down, but I had no idea there was a connection between inflammation and bone loss, even though I should have. And, if you know me, well, I went out and found the connection.

The first connection came to me from my own experience with the periodontal disease I'd picked up overseas. Just a minor gum inflammation eats away at the jaw bone loosening teeth. This is what should have tipped me off, but nope. My special senior moment.

My next finding came from a search through scientific literature. I found quite a bit, but what I did not find was a reason. Science/medicine knows about the connection, but cannot explain how it works. Interestingly enough, the bulk of the work done connecting bone loss to inflammation started while studying irritable bowel syndrome.

Patients with IBS often times undergo surgery or drug treatment with steroids. While on steroids, their bone density is monitored because bone loss is a side effect of steroids. However, because good science likes to have a "control" with which to gauge the differences between the experimental group and the control group, they discovered also in the group NOT receiving the steroids that they too developed a steady bone loss. The conclusion? Inflammation causes bone loss. Again, they've not yet figured out how or why, but they're sure it does.

Abitbol V, Mary JY, Roux C, et al. Osteoporosis in inflammatory bowel disease: effect of calcium and vitamin D with or without fluoride. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2002;(16)5:919-927.
Valentine JF, Sninsky CA. Prevention and treatment of osteoporosis in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Am J Gastroenterol. 1999;94(4):878-883.

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

Barbara R. Stitt, PhD
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David,

As a Vietnam veteran, what do you think of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ads?

In the words of John McCain, these men were dishonorable. You have the official record, and then you have all these Nam Vets who happen to hate John Kerry. The simple truth was, he put himself in harms way while the man he ran against stated, openly, that he wasn't about to blow out an ear drum or flee to Canada, so he joined the National Guard.

There are three types of Vietnam veterans.

The first type are those who believe we should have and could have won the war. The second type believes that that kind of war is un-winnable. The third type believes that the war was un-winnable, but also believes that we should not have been there in the first place; that the people of Vietnam have as much right to self-determination as we do.

I was all three of those Veterans at one period. When I first came home, I was the first kind. Soon I became the second kind, but when I saw John Kerry delivering his testimony before congress, I was angered. Six months later I became the third kind and I joined the Vietnam Veterans Against the War.

If someone today belongs to group number one, you can bet he will never change, and he will go to his grave angry and bitter. These veterans feel betrayed and there is no comforting them. They feel that people like Kerry and me were the reason we "lost the war," that because of us many more of our brothers had to die, and because of us Vietnam today has the most repressive society in the world, where millions were murdered after we left.

I believe differently. I believe that the pressure put on the government by all the protesters helped to end an un-winnable, immoral war. Had more pressure been put on the government, perhaps even more American soldiers' lives could have been saved.

The repressive regime in Vietnam, is not the fault of just one or two Americans, it is the fault of all Americans.

The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.

After WWI, President Wilson went to Europe to sign the peace treaties, and while there, he gave a speech telling all the world that every nation has a right to self-determination; that no nation had the right to force its will over another sovereign nation. Ho Chi Minh heard this speech, and tried to get a meeting with President Wilson. Minh was tossed out and treated like a lunatic. Apparently the rights of nations that Wilson spoke of did not extend to nations populated by little slant-eyed yellow people.

During WWII, Ho Chi Minh helped to rescue downed American aviators in his little country. The Americans needed his services and gladly accepted them. However, when he again approached American asking for help in liberating their country from foreign oppression (the French), his pleas went unanswered.

Why is Vietnam a communist country? Because the Democratic/capitalistic countries refused to help Vietnam. When Ho Chi Minh approached communist Russia and communist China, they agreed to help him.

Add in a little known historical fact: all revolutions begin quite radically, but end very conservatively (take our own, it began with the Declaration of Independence [quite radical] and ended with the Constitution [very conservative]), and you have the repressive regime in Vietnam.

Vietnam tossed out the French in a military victory equal to (perhaps even surpassing) our victory over the British.

Our entry into that war was immoral, taking over where the French left off. Our rationale was based on the great Domino Theory, that if one country falls to communism, others will soon follow, like a row of standing dominos. Funny how we have the reverse Domino Theory in operation today: if one country falls to Democracy (in the Middle East) others will follow. Wars are built on great theories; until we look back on them years later and see how absurd they were.

During the war's infancy, Ho Chi Minh wrote letter after letter to our President Johnson pleading over and over that of all the people in the world, YOU (President Johnson) should know what it is the people of Vietnam are fighting for: Self Determination.

Johnson never answered.

Who is responsible for the most repressive regime in the world? John Kerry?

It's quite laughable.

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Question: Can you name a drug (that is not an antibiotic) that actually cures some illness or disorder 75% of the time?

See end of newsletter for the answer.
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Calling for Volunteers
for Two Double Blind Studies

We are conducting another double blind study here at the International Wellness Directory. In the past, we did a study that was inconclusive due to a high dropout rate. We're taking precautions this time.

Please take time to read this study. If you know someone with one of the illnesses listed, please forward them the site. Then go watch the movie (the big version is the best) and see how this stuff kills pathogens in the blood.

Click Here: Study

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"A hospital is no place to be sick."
Samuel Goldwin
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Medical Fraud

This time we look at chemotherapy, however, before you go, two things:

An alternative health practitioner has been charged in the death of a woman with breast cancer. He is charged because he advised her not to get chemotherapy. http://health.yahoo.com/search/healthnews?lb=s&p=id%3A65651

Does anyone have the right to tell a person NOT to use chemotherapy? If chemotherapy is worthless for your cancer, why do doctors still prescribe it? If that chemo kills you, your family has no recourse.

Because of inherent double standards built into the system to favor conventional medicine, if you die of your cancer under conventional medicine, that's that; no recourse for your family. If you die of your illness under alternative treatment, apparently the government can toss the practitioner in prison and the family can sue him/her too.

I don't know the particulars in this case, but this is just another way our government enforces the medical monopoly, by maintaining this double standard.

Secondly, an American Icon, Lance Armstrong, has become a whore for the pharmaceutical industry. In one of their best self promoting advertisements, Lance tells us that his greatest victory was over cancer. He just happened to have a cancer that has a successful outcome greater than 96% of the time. It could easily be discovered that shoe polish might be a cure for his type of cancer.

Lance tells us that the drug companies are fighting to save lives. Thus far, only 13% of the American public actually believes that the pharmaceutical companies hold our complete health and welfare in their interests. But, with advertising, this figure will rise.

Keep this all in mind as you read about the Medical Fraud that is Chemotherapy.

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The average American has 91 industrial compounds and pollutants in blood and urine samples.

Source: Harper's Index
(It is estimated that there are even more pollutants (and heavy metals) in our tissues. )
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Coming Clean - The Story of Soap

Shivani, who sent us some fabulous soaps and tooth powder, wrote a great story on the who, what, whys, and wheres about soap. It's history, science, and what to look for or how to pick the best soap for your body and for the environment.

Remember, what you put in your body and on your body goes down your drains. The drains go into our water supply. In lakes and rivers throughout America, scientists are finding easily measurable quantities of drugs: antibiotics, blood pressure medicines, and the American favorite, antidepressants, just to name a few.

I'm told that in half of our 10,000 lakes in Minnesota, the fish are so stoned they really don't care if they're caught.

Do not wait for the government to do something about this. We are the cause, we must all be the answer. Be careful what you buy and use in your home and kitchen and what you put in your body. It all comes back to you again.

Click Here: Coming Clean

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Celery Trivia

Celery was regarded as an aphrodisiac during Roman times. It can aid in digestion, and has been made into an elixir to soothe the pain of arthritis. Dieters sometimes avoid celery because of its salt content, hence water retention, when in reality, celery actually helps regulate and balance bodily fluids.

Celery can clean the kidneys, act as an anti-inflammatory, is charged with minerals and contains a phytochemical that helps to lower blood pressure by reducing hormones associated with stress. Have you been bombarded with that weight loss commercial touting stress as the major cause of retaining weight? If that is so, then here is a natural (not to mention cheaper) alternative to expensive weight loss drugs.

Additionally, you can make a topical solution from celery to help heal cuts and bruises.

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Update on Electrical Pollution

Shivani wrote for us a great article on Electrical Pollution for a previous newsletter. Well, it seems that many people are beginning to realize the potential health hazards of this sort of pollution. Here is an article we were sent, from The Chronicle, in Wisconsin: Testing the current: Researchers look into the affects of electrical pollution on human health.

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“All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently the first condition of progress is the removal of censorships.”

George Bernard Shaw
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Cold and Flu Update

Every year, about this time, we have to contend with the "so-called" cold and flu season. I say "so-called" because, personally, since I've incorporated this little regimen, I've not caught a cold or flu (in the past five years). That is till just a while back, when, I refused to admit (to believe) I was getting sick. Then there was the time that I decided to actually go out and catch a cold . . . .

Ok, I'll fill in the blanks.

My cousin was visiting from New Mexico. We went out to see friends, I took her on a tour of the city, and took her out for a canoe ride she'll never forget (we raced a squall line to shore).

Then I came down with a case of diarrhea. Sometimes this just happens. Something I ate, I figured. But by night, when it didn't go away, I asked her if she'd caught it too (seeing how we both had eaten the same food for the past two days). She said, "Nope."

So, you'd think I'd be able to figure this one out, eh?

Nope. Because I don't seem to get sick (anymore), I just never assumed I was getting sick, that is till I awoke the next day with body pains, aches, and chills. It was already too late to do my Cold & Flu Cure, because you have to "do" the cure when you first feel it coming on, and that was the day previous.

Instead, I got into bed and sent my cousin to the store for some Elderberry Extract. I was amazed; it worked. I took the entire ounce in one day (taking a third, three times a day) and had my famous Chicken, Garlic, and Cayenne soup. The next day, I was weak, but the flu was gone.

As for my cousin, she came in and put a cold pack on my forehead while I was in the throes of the flu (hey, it really sux to get sick) and told me that she thought she was coming down with my bug. I got out of bed, got together the "cure" and she drank it all down, stopping to remark only how terrible most of it tasted. She went and lay down for a few hours, and when she was next at my bedside (with another cold compress for my forehead) she told me the cure worked. She was fine.

Again, this really works: Cold & Flu Cure. So far we've not received ONE letter telling us that it did not work, when taken at the first sign of cold or flu.

HOW TO CATCH A COLD

Someone told me they had a cold cure. In fact, they said that, most of the time, it will kill any cold or flu bug in one day, sometimes two or three depending on how long you've had it.

I'm very skeptical of all claims, but luckily I've become a true Liberal, in that I'm willing and open to try something before judging it, while, of course, maintaining an objective skepticism.

They said they'd sent me a package and it should arrive any day now. So, in order to test it, I had to go out and catch a cold. (The things I do for this newsletter.)

I awoke early the next day to feed and water the animals, but instead of a smoothie (or my organic decaf with my homemade, organic cocoa), I pretended to be in college and drank down a beer. That's one great way to startle the immune system.

After my chores, I had to run some errands. At the gas station, I bought two bottles of Mountain Dew—16 tablespoons of sugar; enough to drag down my immune system to about one tenth its normal capacity.

On the way home, I stopped off at a friend's house (I knew she'd had a cold because we'd run into each other the day previous). She was sipping on some water and lemon and I asked her if I could share it with her.

She warned me, "You'll catch my cold."

And I replied, "Yup, that's the plan."

The next morning I awoke with a sore throat, elevated temp, stuffy nose, and a boatload of phlegm just waiting to dock. I was so proud of myself I smiled.

Then I got the phone call. UPS had held up the shipment. It would not arrive for a week. It was too late to take the cold and flu cure because, again, I had full blown symptoms already. So I kept it under control with lots of garlic and vitamin C and meditation, but all in all, suffered slightly for six days, and on the seventh, the "cure" arrived.

However, I did get a chance to try it out about three weeks later, when I got hit, once again, by a new flu bug going about. I let it take hold, was not looking forward to waking up in the morning (thinking in the back of my head that this new "cure" would probably not work—again with the skepticism) and I drank down a quart of this "cure" anyway and went to bed.

In the morning, I'd forgotten I had been sick. I got up, did some Tai Chi, had my mocha-coffee, and sat down to get my email. It hit me later on, that the cure had worked. I called the manufacturer/developer and remarked, hey, great stuff. He sent me to a site to read some of the studies. I did, and I tested it, seeing it work in a few "anecdotal" cases, and hearing testimonials from those I'd sent some to, I decided to conduct a full blown double blind study with crossovers. If you are interested, just click here: Double Blind Study.

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Did You Know?

People with high cholesterol live longer.

As we get ready to update out book, Bypassing Bypass, we've picked up a new advisor: Dr Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD, the author of The Cholesterol Myths.

Because of my research into fatty acids and their anti-inflammatory properties, I wrote to the good doctor and asked him if cholesterol had any anti-inflammatory properties. He wrote back with the links I've supplied below. You see, upwards of 80% of all heart attacks are caused by inflammations in the blood. Cholesterol, so called "bad" cholesterol, does have anti-inflammatory properties.

If you are on a cholesterol drug, you are part of the greatest medical fraud in history. They are even sold over the counter in England.

One thing that is going into our revised copy of Bypassing Bypass is that cholesterol actually protects you from atherosclerosis. You can read it here:    The Benefits of High Cholesterol  or here: High Cholesterol May Protect Against Infections and Atherosclerosis if you are up to a lot of scientific lingo.

Or you can wait for our next edition of Bypassing Bypass. (If you purchase this edition now, you will get the next edition sent to your email address absolutely free when it is finished.)
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Jazz for Peace

Their first concert was held in Jerusalem. The musicians were both Israelis and Palestinians.

This is one remarkable organization.

Every concert they put on is a benefit concert. They have approached us and they want to put on a concert in St Paul, Minnesota, for us: you, me, the International Wellness Directory.

Monies from this concert will allow us to get more books out to more people needing them (yes, we give away more than we sell), and help us continue this work without going broke.

The concert benefiting us will be simulcast on the web.

Please go visit their site: www.jazzforpeace.com and then write us a letter telling us if you would be willing to buy tickets to this concert: Click Here To Tell Us Your Thoughts.

We need readers to respond to get this concert moving forward. So please write to us.

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“Today we are faced with a challenge that calls for a shift in our thinking, so that humanity stops threatening its life-support system.”

Wangari Maathai, 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Laureat
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Prostasol

Another weapon against Prostate Cancer. We've received some mail telling us how darn good this stuff is. We've posted information on Prostasol in two places: Prostate Cancer and Alternative Cancer Therapies Page 3.

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"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)
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Digestion Update

Our series on Digestion was well received, but like all things, we learn more as we go along.

From the Health Sciences Institute, we received information we really have to pass on to you.

First off, we cannot overemphasize that the use of antacids is NOT recommended. You need stomach acid to digest your food. The drug companies are now scaring everyone into buying their poisons by telling you that you're going to get esophageal cancer if you don't stop your stomach from producing acid.

The truth is, your chances of cancer, heart disease, and stroke increase when your body doesn't get the nutrition it needs.

Next, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study showing that people taking Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix,
Aciphex, Pepcid, Zantac, Tagamet, Rotane, or Axid had a FOUR times greater risk of pneumonia. Wow. [Risk of Community-Acquired Pneumonia and Use of Gastric Acid-Suppressive Drugs" Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 292, No. 16, 10/27/04]

So, from HSI we have another nice and easy remedy GERD, that burning sensation in your esophagus from acid reflux. Dr Allan Spreen suggests opening up one or two or three capsules of acidophilus powder, mixing it with your saliva, and swallowing it down. It is something your body needs, and it heals the esophagus. My favorite brand, that we've talked about, from Sedona Labs is NOT recommended here. Their acidophilus is made with a coating that helps it pass thru to the small intestines where they are needed. The coating will not dissipate by your saliva. So you need to find a good refrigerated brand, and have it handy. You will NOT be able to take it along to with you, as heat kills the live bacteria (yes, acidophilus is live bacteria).

And yes, you can have a few sips of water. They warn us though, that it could be possible to be sensitive to high doses of acidophilus, though it is extremely rare. Just cut back a bit, and try to see how much you can take, should you have a reaction to it.

Next, HSI told us of a product from England that is worth a try for you who suffer from heart burn or GERD. It's called Potters Acidosis and it improves the environment so that your GE sphincter can tighten up a bit.

It consists of mainly of three natural ingredients:

We found some on the web at: http://www.goodnessdirect.co.uk/cgi-local/frameset/detail/925116.html

So, there you have it. Two more tools for you to have a great Christmas meal.

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"You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do."

Anne Lamott
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Artemisinin Update

We got this letter from a reader:

We have been reading and following your published advice for several months now.  Our reward, as evidenced this morning, is a cancer free human being.  My wife Sharon was diagnosed with 3 types of cancer in January 2002.  She received the big 3 chemo's and a major operation and still the cancer persisted.  Mets to the lungs and lymph nodes.  After just a few months of artemisinin, tahebo tea, and many other ideas gleaned from the MN Wellness Directory and other sources,

Sharon's body appears to be cancer free after this AM's cat scan.  Won't have the official word for 2 more days, however, as Sharon is a physical therapist and has become trained in reading her films. She and the MD were surprised to find no apparent tumors or spreading of her cancer in the initial reading.  Gotta be the artemisinin!  Thanks for your assistance.

He also sent us info on where to buy Artemisinin and here are two links:

HerbsMD.com: http://herbsmd.com/search/sq.asp?sq=Artemisinin+&scat=1&btnGo2.x=11&btnGo2.y=10

Organic-Pharmacy.com: http://www.organic-pharmacy.com/ARG.Artemisinin.htm

One more thing, but we've not been able to check this out, but our reader tells us that the price of Artemisinin is about to go up because of heavy usage for malaria.

If you are planning on using Artemisinin, please READ the article: Artemisinin, and print it out and take it to your physician. You NEED to be monitored on this substance. You should NEVER go it alone and try to be your own doctor. You need someone to monitor you along the way. It is not safe, nor even recommended that you do anything on your own. Form a partnership with your physician, naturopath, osteopath, or homeopath. This is the best way to get to that place of perfect health.

For Animal People
(a little testimonial about electrolyzed water too)

This is for Animal People Only. You know if you are an animal person by this test: Do you say things like: "Our pets are just like family"?

Cuz you're not an Animal Person if you do. You see, to Animal People, pets ARE family.

This summer, my neighbor called with a computer problem. I had to rush over there to help him. I loaded up the car. The two dogs, Misha and Bruiser (on the right) just had to come with. I slammed the doors a few times, had to run back to the house, kept forgetting something, and called to Ahzoova (below), our older dog to see if she wanted to come. I looked around and figured she was off hunting rabbits again, or just making her usual rounds. I got in the car, started her up, and began backing up. Then I heard the screaming.

I stopped the car, jumped out, and dived under the car. There was Ahzoova, trapped, but alive. She's so old and deaf, she never heard us filling up the car or calling for her. And I normally ALWAYS check under the car because on hot days, she loves to sleep there.

She was pinned and I could do nothing, so I called my neighbor who has a hydraulic jack. He arrived in a bout fifteen minutes, and we got Ahzoova out. Then I noticed her back. I lifted the fur. It was quite gross: I'd torn a hunk of fur off of her back, about four or five inches wide and about 4 inches deep. The neighbor mentioned something about taking her to the vet. Well, Ahzoova is about 14 years old. She hates doctors, so as long as she was ok, I wasn't about to add any more trauma to her injuries. I quickly ran and got my bottle of Golden Touch, lifted the flap of fur and sprayed vigorously, and laid the flap back down. Since she'd been under there for fifteen minutes, I figured that she'd probably had time for lots of dirt and stuff to get into her blood, so got a round of antibiotics from the vet. However, as to the back injury, all we did was spray it down, three or four times a day. It looked really bad, for the longest time. And then finally, one day, it looked perfect. There was a little scab (which wouldn't even have been there except that Bruiser thinks he's Florence Nightingale and wherever we went, he'd lick and lick and lick.

Today, you can't tell that she'd even had a wound. The patch healed nicely. And good old, deaf Ahzoova is back to being her old self again.

Now this next story involves my baby Bruiser.

One morning, I went to feed and water the chickens, and Bruiser came along as usual. He's right there at the gate when I get there. I open the gate and he's the first one through. But I saw his back legs were wobbly. Like any parent, I got worried, but it had already cost me $50 when I took him into see the vet cuz he was limping. It cost me $50.00 to find out his leg had fallen asleep. So, I wasn't about to make that mistake again.

About ten o'clock, just a few hours later, I stepped outside to take a break from my work, and Bruiser looked up at me with a glassy stare. He was drooling. I called to him to come and he couldn't get up. I called again. When he finally got up, he wobbled about trying to come towards me and finally made it. I grabbed his chin and looked into his eyes. He was stoned.

I grabbed my keys, tossed Bruiser in the back seat and took him directly to the vet. We burst through the door, Bruiser wobbling behind me, and I said to the receptionists: "Bruiser's been poisoned."

When I built Humane Societies in Israel, I discovered that poisoning was the main cause of early death in dogs. I saw a lot of poisoned dogs. For some reason, if you hate your neighbor, you poison their dog. It was one of the reasons I actually took up building Humane Societies; to stop the poisoning.  Even the municipality laid out poison for stray dogs.

The vet got him his own room and tried to make him vomit. They couldn't. Later, they told me, they went to another clinic and got this special drug. You put one drop of this drug in a dog's eye, and it starts vomiting. Nothing. Nothing they did could cause Bruiser to vomit. They did blood and urine tests. Nothing. Everything was perfect.

I went home and searched for poisons. I checked with the neighbors, to see if they had left out any poisons. Nothing. They all owned dogs. The auto shop next door said that they were very careful with their antifreeze. Besides, the vet told me that antifreeze would show up as crystals in his urine if he'd had some. But nothing, all the tests were negative.

At five in the afternoon, they called me. They said that I'd better come down to say goodbye to baby Bruiser. He was breathing his last. He had difficult breathing. His breaths were 20 to 30 seconds apart. There was nothing they could do. They'd forced charcoal down his throat. They'd had him on an IV to get liquids into him. He would not vomit.

I did not want to go down there to say goodbye to my puppy. He'd had such a short life, he was just over a year old. And he'd brought such happiness to us. His leaving was going to rip a hole in our family.

Around six, he still had belabored breathing. They were getting ready to close. I went to see him. He lay on the floor, his eyes closed, charcoal drooling from his mouth. I got down next to him and petted him saying, "Baby Bruiser? How ya feeling?"

Then Bruiser did the most amazing thing ever. He wagged his tail and lifted his leg for me to pet his belly. The vet tech at the door said, "We didn't expect that," and called to the vet who came in just as Bruiser opened his eyes. The vet looked down and said, "Well, that's the best sign we've seen all day."

When I'd brought him in, he had been full of burrs from playing in the weeds. They'd brushed him clean. He looked just precious. And there was a grin on his face. The vet pointed that out. I told her that it wasn't because I was there, but because he was stoned. She shook her head. "We just don't have a clue." It was then that I asked, "Could it have been a mushroom?" "Maybe," was all she could say. 

I petted him some more. It was obvious that this dog was very stoned, but he wasn't about to leave us. I pulled out some electrolyzed water that I'd slipped a quarter teaspoon of Himalayan salt into (we'll tell you about this salt in the next newsletter) and gave him some with an eye dropper. I kept giving this too him and petting him. He was responding, but he could not sit up or even lift his head. I arranged with one of the vet techs to take him home and keep him on an IV. We lifted him and put him in the back of her van. When we arrived at her place, he was sitting up, but not very steadily. That night she gave him lots of the electrolyzed water and took him out three times to urinate. She had to hold him up each time. By 9 in the morning, he stood on his own, still shaky, but he was on his own.

I did some research and found out that when you are poisoned by a mushroom, the first thing the poisons attack are the base of your brain, the medulla oblongata; the primitive part of the brain where our breathing, swallowing, heart beat, and blinking are controlled; all those things we do but don't have to think about. Our gag reflex is located there. If you eat a poisoned mushroom, you will not be able to vomit, no matter what you do.

I contacted the vet and told her this.

The funny thing was, the amount of mushroom needed to poison an animal or human, is not even measured in grams, but much smaller. It is said that Nero poisoned a thousand people with one mushroom.

Bruiser was stoned, alright. It had to be a bit of fungus on a stick. And wouldn't you know it, when I told the story to someone from the cities, they told me that just a few days earlier there had been a write-up in one the local newspapers about how with the high humidity we'd had this year there were thousands of poisonous mushrooms popping up all over.

It was probably just a bit of fungus on a stick. But it took Bruiser nearly three months to recover fully .

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

Jon Stewart
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Recipes

We've finally indexed all our recipes at this site. You can find them here: Index of Recipes.

Next, we got this great letter from a reader:

We love your Mayo Recipe. We made up a batch of it up, made tuna salad, chicken salad, potato salad, and suddenly we ran out of Mayo. So we started another batch. Right in the middle of dripping oil all over the kitchen floor, I hear my wife ask me, "Hey! Do you know how much a quart of this costs?" I didn't have time to answer. She said, "Fourteen dollars!"

It was then that we decided to buy the coconut oil in bulk.

I must say, this is the tastiest stuff we've ever tried. The wife has me making extra trips to the health food store for fresh organic eggs and we just bought five gallons of coconut oil and your honey, cinnamon, and coconut oil on toast recipe is part of our morning ritual now.

Thanks for all the hard work and the wonderful recipe. I have to admit we really wondered why you spent so much time researching and creating healthy Ketchup and Mayo recopies, till we researched ourselves a bit and found that the chemicals in this stuff, not to mention the GE foods, were trying to kill us. But it sure ain't cheap.

I wrote back that no mater what the cost, I'm worth it. I don't spend my money on health insurance. My lifestyle and the food that goes in my body is my health insurance. And please don't tell me I'm missing out on all the good things in life. I am not. I partake. But it's not what you do Saturday Night that counts, it's what you do the rest of the week.

So now I'm going to give you my favorite pickle recipe. Most (nearly all) store-bought pickles are terribly acidifying to your body. They are made with processed salt, chemically grown vegetables, and white vinegar. White vinegar belongs in your laundry room, not in your kitchen.

First, you can make these with or without sterilizing the jars. If not sterilized, you can still bathe them for 20 minutes when they are finished. Or, if you're lazy like me, just store them in the fridge and they'll not go bad on you. The recipe is very simple, and delicious. I learned this in Israel. And we had wanted to get this recipe out to all of you this fall (but computer problems got in the way) but for those of you in a warmer climate where you can see the sun in the winter time, you can make these year round.

Sun Pickles

2 Tablespoons Celtic Sea Salt
2 cloves (or fingers) of Garlic 
2 Tablespoons Dry Dill Seed -- Although I prefer fresh dill, and I don't measure)
1/2 Cup Un-pasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar

Wash and pack cucumbers (cut in any shape or leave whole; poking them with a fork is sometimes helpful) in QUART Wide mouth jars, add above ingredients and fill with water.

Screw on canning lids careful not to let dill get between jar and lid. Set in sun turning upside down every 24 hours for 4 days. The sun will seal the jars. (What if it rains? Give them another day.)

Now, you can spice up this recipe by adding a habanera pepper, or if you can't take that, try a couple of cayenne peppers.

Next, you can make your own pickled peppers by using this same recipe, but leaving out the dill.

We've often made out own hot pepper sauce by pickling cayenne peppers this way, and then just tossing them into the blender with a little of the pickle juice, and adding a bit more Celtic Sea Salt.

Pickled habanera peppers makes one heck of a sauce. You can even feel them the next day.

Smoothies

If you hate health food, blend it up in a smoothie. These are great for dieters and also a great way to get coconut oil.

This first one I call the Fat Flush Simple Smoothie (because it was the smoothie we made during our fat flush diet)

4 oz Unsweetened Cranberry Juice
4 oz (half a cup) raspberries (fresh or frozen)
1 Scoop (about a third of a cup) Whey powder
2 Tablespoons Crushed Flax Seed (I prefer three tablespoons of Omegasentials)
A pinch of Stevia Powder (stevia is a very potent plant based sweetener;  you need very little to sweeten anything; so experiment a bit)

Blend and drink.

Now...things you can add to this to make great smoothies in the morning, or evening.

Instead of the Whey Powder, some people like adding yogurt. I always use unsweetened Yogurt and sweeten with either honey or stevia. Never sugar or aspartame.

Sometimes I'll add some concord grape juice. Then adding an egg or two, you get a B-12 infusion equal to an injection.

Adding a raw egg (or two to a smoothie) sounds terrible, but remember, you're not about to drink this with your ears. They actually don't taste all that bad, and the benefits of a raw, organic, free range egg are enormous. Oh, and you really should read this paper on raw eggs written by Dr Mercola. He sounds like he was raised on a farm: Raw Eggs.

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

You can add more fruit. Add a bit of Ester C powder. If you suffer from a bit of joint pain, this is a great place to add your MSM.

And if you want to get 4 tablespoons of Coconut Oil into you, this is the place to add it. But always add it while the blender is running to make sure that it doesn't harden up and clump by sticking to the side. Just pour it right into the whirlpool (if liquid). If it's solid, still add it while blending.

Also you can increase the amount of fruit. I use raspberries because they are cancer fighters. So are strawberries, blue berries, grapes (seeds and all) and blackberries. If you add a kiwi, wash the skin and let that blend up too. The skin is edible and contains vitamin E (the only fruit with vitamin E, or so we are told).

When I make my concord grape jelly, I save the seeds and skins. Adding them to your smoothie will give you extra antioxidant protection.

That's it. There are millions of ways to make a smoothie, so go and experiment.

My one indulgence: Homemade Cocoa (I add it to my Fair Exchange Organic Decaf Coffee in the morning).

Before we give you the recipe, let me tell you about Fair Exchange foods: if you simply buy coffee or chocolate (from M&Ms/Mars) you are supporting slave labor (much of it done by children). Companies selling Fair Exchange foods, make sure that the growers get a living wage. Now, you have to make the decision, but read this first:

There's nothing sweet about child slavery.

Companies like M&M/Mars, the world's biggest chocolate company, make huge profits selling chocolate. Their products are favorites among children around the world. However, chocolate is no treat for the hundreds of thousands of child cocoa laborers who work on their poor families' farms or even as slaves on cocoa farms far from home.

The U.S. chocolate industry has agreed to work to end child slavery by 2005, but their plan involves "voluntary standards" and does not guarantee fair and stable cocoa prices, which is the only way to end child slavery and exploitation for good.

The solution? Fair trade. Fair trade guarantees a minimum price per pound (a living wage), prohibits abusive child labor and forced labor, requires independent monitoring, and promotes environmental sustainability. But M&M/Mars has refused to sell Fair Trade Certified chocolate.

Chocolate lovers everywhere - we have the power to make a real difference in the lives of poor children in cocoa-producing nations! Please urge M&M/Mars to do the right thing, and commit to selling Fair Trade Certified chocolate: http://www.care2.com/go/z/19164

So, it is again, your personal decision. Do you buy cheap or do you pay full price.

Homemade Organic Free Trade Cocoa

4 Cups Organic Dried Milk (this is really hard to find, but I did and I buy it by the 25 lb bag)
1 Cup Organic Sucanat
1/4 Cup Free Trade Dark Cocoa Powder

Pour the Milk and Sucanat in a large plastic bag and sift through a sieve the Cocoa Powder (it has a tendency to clump). Then blow some air into the bag, twist off the end so that no air escapes, and shake it all up. Just add hot water and get yourself something to blend it all together. The organic milk tends to clump when water is added. I have this little white thing that you turn on, it buzzes loudly, and blends everything up. Add to coffee with a drop of REAL vanilla. It's a real treat.

Over the holidays, warm up some cocoa, light a fire in the fireplace, make your lover/partner/spouse comfy in front of the fire, and with one of those silly candy canes that seem to appear from now where this time of year, stir in some Peppermint Schnapps and enjoy the benefits of being alive and well and able to count your blessing.

Holiday Dressing

So many people have written to us about our heart healthy dressing (and the many variations) that we've created one for the holidays. Here is the original recipe:

1 medium lemon - peal it by trimming off the yellow but leaving lots of white skin (you need these bioflavonoids).
2 round tsp Celtic Sea Salt
1/3 Cup Flax Oil (or more, if you like)
2 tbs Lecithin - this is optional
1/3 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
4-7 Cloves Garlic (depending on taste)
8 oz Plain Yogurt OR 8 oz Cottage Cheese (or a combination, the yogurt dressing is very thin; cottage cheese dressing is quite thick)
2 Cups Cilantro Leaves (makes it a Christmassy Green) keep in mind, it can get really strong! so...you might not want to add more than two cups
1 Pomegranate (peel and put all the tasty beads into a bowl— adds some Christmassy Red)
Optional: Some honey.

Toss all into a blender and puree. You can make some variations on this. For example, you could increase your Flax Oil. I've often added MSM and Coral Calcium at times, even a bit of powdered Ester C, but keep in mind these can make it bitter. The honey was originally added because it can be a bit bitter because of the lemon skin. The cilantro is added to help pull heavy metals from your body, but this time, with two to three cups, you'll get a bright green color. The pomegranate is added for the red Christmassy color. It also adds a great taste to your salad.

Some find this recipe a bit rich, so you can blend in a few red or green peppers or add some more yogurt to it.

Finally, here is the first Healthy Recipe I ever invented. It was Christmas time and you and I and Santa all know that at Christmas time, our sugar consumption skyrockets. Well, I just had to come up with a Christmas Recipe that you could actually feel good about, so here it is:

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

1 ¼ cup organic butter
1 ¼ cup Sucanat™
1 free range organic egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 ½ cup organic whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp aluminum free baking soda
1 tsp Celtic Sea Salt
 
1 tsp organic cinnamon
¼ tsp organic nutmeg
3 cups organic whole rolled oats
1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
2 tbl pure maple syrup
½ cup organic (shelled) pumpkin seeds
Lovites™ or Super Acerola Plus®
 

Beat together butter and sugar (Sucanat™) till light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and spices, add to mixture and mix well. Instead of cranberries, dried blueberries, or raisins or any other dried fruit you can think of can be substituted (or combined).

Drop by rounded teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet (use organic butter or coconut oil rather than vegetable shortening).

Bake at 375°, 8 – 9 minutes for chewy cookies; 10 – 11 minutes for crisp cookies. Remove from oven and cool. Makes 4 ½dozen.

Add one Lovites™ (Vitamin C, heart shaped tablet) or one Super Acerola Plus® to each cookie while they cool. You can find these in a variety of sizes, from 100 mgs to 500 mgs.

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"God wisely designed the human body so that
we can neither pat our own backs
nor kick ourselves too easily."

Author Unknown
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Success Story

We got a great letter sent to us from an ex-employee of the FDA who found our site, and started to heal himself. He tells us what raspberries and electrolyzed water did for him. Great letter: Click Here.

Electrolyzed Water Update

We've received some great testimonials, learned a bit more, and made some changes in the protocol. So, take a look here: Electrolyzed Water Update (link temporarily out of commission).

Coconut Oil Update

We ran out of time and couldn't get you our update (on coconut oil), but we will get you one next newsletter. In the mean while:

WILL THE PERSON WHO SENT ME THE TROPICAL TRADITIONS COCONUT OIL PLEASE TELL ME WHO YOU ARE. It was very tasty, and we'd like to at least give you a link.

We have found more products from coconut, like Coconut Vinegar. It has a stronger taste than Apple Cider Vinegar, so you have to use a little less in your recipes. We will also fill you in on Palm Oil in our next newsletter, which is another amazing food from the tropics.

So, in the mean while, here is a modified version of our Mayo recipe, using the new healthy choices we've discovered:

Version One

4 Egg Yolks
1 tsp Celtic Sea Salt
2 tsp Dry Mustard
5 Tbls Lemon Juice
1 3/4 Cups Safflower Oil
1/4 Cup Palm Oil (NEW)
1 Cup Coconut Oil
3 Tbls Arrow Root Powder (or Corn Starch or cake flour)
1 Cup Water
2 Tbls Honey (no need to be exact, in fact, 2 rounded, dripping tablespoons is just perfect too)
1/4 Cup Coconut Vinegar (NEW)
1 Tbls Celtic Sea Salt

Using a mixer, blend egg yolks, salt, dry mustard, and 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice. Very slowly (a few drops at a time) add 1 cup of Safflower oil with the blender at full speed. The idea is to get lots of air into the oil, and if you put it in too fast, the air just doesn't get there.

Mix it thoroughly, and then add the remaining oil (and palm oil) a little faster (but not too fast) blending and whipping it all up thoroughly before adding more. Then add the remaining 3 tablespoons of lemon juice.

In a medium saucepan stir up the remaining ingredients: water, honey, 1/4 cup vinegar, coconut oil, and Arrow Root powder while heating. Cook to a smooth paste stirring often. Blend this hot mixture (slowly) into the original mixture, pour it into a container, and let cool in the fridge. We discovered that with the lemon juice, this can last up to three weeks in the fridge.

Version Two

4 Egg Yolks
1 tsp Celtic Sea Salt
2 tsp Dry Mustard
5 Tbls Lemon juice
2 Cups Safflower Oil
1 Cup Palm Oil (might have to be warmed as it is solid at a high temp) (NEW)
3 Tbls Arrow Root Powder (or Corn Starch or cake flour)
1 Cup Water
2 Tbls Honey (no need to be exact, in fact, 2 rounded, dripping tablespoons is just perfect too)
1/4 Cup Coconut Vinegar (NEW)
1 Tbls Celtic Sea Salt

Using a mixer, blend egg yolks, salt, dry mustard, and 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice. Very slowly (a few drops at a time) add 1 cup of Safflower oil with the blender at full speed. The idea is to get lots of air into the oil, and if you put it in too fast, the air just doesn't get there.

Mix it thoroughly, and then add the remaining oil (and palm oil) a little faster (but not too fast) blending and whipping it all up thoroughly before adding more. Then add the remaining 3 tablespoons of lemon juice.

In a medium saucepan stir up the remaining ingredients: water, honey, 1/4 cup vinegar, and Arrow Root powder while heating. Cook to a smooth paste stirring often. Blend this hot mixture (slowly) into the original mixture, pour it into a container, and let cool in the fridge. It lasts only about a week, so use it up quickly.

The more palm oil you use, the redder your outcome. Palm oil is filled with natural vitamin E (mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols) and mixed carotenoids. We'll tell you all about it in our next newsletter. 

 

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"People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world, is also a confession of character"

 Emerson
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Sweet Misery
Aspartame® Documentary

In November of 2001, Cori Brackett, co-owner of Sound and Fury Productions, was in the process of doing research on Eugenics and the absurd idea of "Perfect People" as advocated by such seemingly diverse folks as Social Darwinists and Hitler, when she began to experience a tingling sensation in her hands and feet.

At the time, she was unaware of any controversy surrounding artificial sweeteners and had been a heavy consumer of diet soda.

Then she read an article about aspartame being connected to many health problems and quit using products like diet soda—which contain aspartame.

However, the tingling stubbornly continued, eventually convincing her to seek medical advice. Her doctor ordered an MRI of her brain which resulted in the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.

At first, she was horrified as her condition quickly progressed to the point that she had double vision, slurred speech, and weak limbs forcing her to use a wheelchair. Through dietary changes and a host of therapies, her condition improved and continues to do so to this day.

This rather extreme experience caused her to go on a journey across country, seeking answers. The result of this quest is the documentary, Sweet Misery.

Cori sent us a copy of her video. It's very well done, not the flash and graphics of Super Size Me, but it's a thorough look at this chemical that, in the congressional record from 1985, got this write-up: "Aspartame is inherently, markedly and uniquely unstable in aqueous media."

At a lot of sites on the web you are told that all the hullabaloo surrounding Aspartame (NutraSweet®, Equal®) is a hoax. That there is nothing wrong with Aspartame, it's perfectly harmless, blah blah blah.

There are presently three (that we know of) class action law suits against the makers.

The most interesting point the movie made was that one man was hired, during the Reagan administration, by the company that made Aspartame, for the sole purpose of shoving this chemical through the FDA using any means possible. His name is Donald Rumsfeld.

Dr. Woodrow C. Monte wrote: "Methanol [one of the breakdown products of aspartame] has no therapeutic properties and is considered only as a toxicant. The ingestion of two teaspoons is considered lethal in humans" (Monte, Woodrow, "Aspartame: Methanol and the Public Health", Journal of Applied Nutrition, Vol. 36, Number 1, 1984, p. 44).

Though it can hardly be considered good fortune to have an immediate reaction to aspartame, at least you are spared the potential long-term ticking time-bomb of a large array of neurological illnesses. These include, but are not limited to Brain Cancer, Lou Gehrig's Disease, Graves Disease, Chronic Fatigue, MS and Epilepsy.

The movie is shocking. Every school should have a copy. Every person who's ever drank a diet soda or sweetened their coffee with Equal® should view this movie.

Yes, some people simply do not have any symptoms from drinking Aspartame. They are lucky. The stories in this movie are eye-openers. The ending story, you just have to see to believe.

Now you can go to www.soundandfury.tv to order your copy for $30.00, or you can write them a letter, enclose a check for $25.00 and tell them you're a reader of the International Wellness Directory Newsletter.

It makes a fine gift for Christmas and the coming new year. Get one for yourself, and one for your neighborhood school.

My brother-in-law died of a very slow growing cancer. He never listened to me. Never read my books, articles, etc. But one day, out of the blue, he called me and said he'd quit drinking diet Coke. He'd been addicted to it. He called to tell me that he'd finally quit, that he'd been off of it for about three weeks, and that I was right: The stuff was poison. He'd never felt better in his life.

So: send $25.00 along with a mention of this website to:

Sound and Fury Productions
2301 E. Broadway, #111
Tucson, AZ 85719

 

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"And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."

Anais Nin
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Corrections

Our article Cancer Loves Sugar gets a lot of hits each month. It is so popular that a few sites have reprinted it. However, someone wrote to me that the article falsely claimed that Otto Warburg had been awarded his Nobel Prize in the fifties. She said that it was actually in the thirties.

Well, of course it was. But I'd made a typo by hitting 5 instead of 3. Now the interesting thing is, because I have a memory disorder (I never trust my memory, which is a smart move for any journalist), if I have to mention something I've previously written, I often look up those articles to confirm the facts and make sure I repeat them correctly.

Well, apparently, I must have made this typo a while back because I found a slough of articles referring to Warburg's prize with the year being 1951 instead of 1931. So I did a complete search of our web for Otto Warburg and made sure all those fives were changed to threes. However, what I didn't know was that at one point I'd actually written out the word in the long form: Fifties. It took me a long time to discover this error, with the frustrated writer telling me over and over that the error was still there. 

Then I got another letter, on a different subject, concerning this same article. The letter asked me where I'd found this information, the part about medicine's official stand on nutrition was that nutrition had nothing to do with health.

 The memory is a funny thing. This time I knew exactly where I'd found it: a book on trivia called Significa. He had wanted to know because the article, Cancer Loves Sugar stated that this particular information was available to anyone through the court records. What court records? I quickly read the article again and realized that I'd written Court when I had meant Congress. Everything is found in the Congressional Records. (Duh.)

So, now the article is fixed, and I apologize for all the confusion (which apparently is hard to avoid at times).

Here is just ONE of the many letters I've received about this article:

My father died of live cancer a year ago and I began to research the reaction his body was having.  My father loathed sugar, he loved meats and vegetables about the only starch my father ever consumed were white rice and some fruits never simple carbs ever since I could remember.  When he was diagnosed with liver cancer which was in a very advanced stage he just wanted sugar, anything that was sweet.  He no longer wanted meats or vegetables it actually made him nauseous, all he said his body craved was sugar and I found this so odd.  I am still intrigued by this and I found your site.  Why don’t doctors tell this to their patients who have cancer?  Why does this not receive more publicity?

We also had to make some changes concerning our Alternative Cancer Therapies, the Anvirzel section.

We had written that Anvirzel was harmless as water. That's not quite true. We have an insider who is reporting that some people have had reactions to the drug. Nothing serious, not even close to the Vioxx mess. It's still pretty harmless compared to most pharmaceuticals, but it's just as harmless as water. Additionally, we've also found out that the headaches and diarrhea that some get from Oleander Soup are not side effects of the Oleander Soup, but the result of bacteria in the mixture.

 

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"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires."

Susan B. Anthony
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MGN-3 Update

Because they kept telling people that it cured cancer, the FDA and FCC pulled the plug on their operation and shut them down. You cannot buy MGN-3 anymore. We recommend Transfer Factor Plus and any of the fine products from www.ultimateimmune.com.

UPDATE 5/11/06: We've found a new MGN-3 at http://www.buy-biobran.com/index.htm.

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Text of the "black box" warning
that the Food and Drug Administration
ordered included on all antidepressants:

Antidepressants increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in children and adolescents with major depressive disorder (MDD) and other psychiatric disorders. Anyone considering the use of (drug name) or any other antidepressant in a child or adolescent must balance this risk with the clinical need. Patients who are started on therapy should be observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior. Families and caregivers should be advised of the need for close observation and communication with the prescriber. (Drug name) is not approved for use in pediatric patients except for patients with (approved pediatric claim).

Pooled analyses of short-term (four to 16 weeks) placebo-controlled trials of nine antidepressant drugs (SSRIs and others) in children and adolescents with MDD, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), or other psychiatric disorders (a total of 24 trials involving over 4,400 patients) have revealed a greater risk of adverse events representing suicidal thinking or behavior (suicidality) during the first few months of treatment in those receiving antidepressants. The average risk of such events on drug was 4 percent, twice the placebo risk of 2 percent. No suicides occurred in these trials.

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Vioxx Update

We reported to you the possibility that Vioxx might cause Heart Attacks back in July of 2001. Well, it seems that Merck knew about this in the mid nineties, and even prompted their salespersons to steer clear of cardiovascular issues.

It is now estimated that Vioxx caused up to 100,000 heart attacks, and killed some 28,000 people.

Now, tell me that wellness isn't political when we start a war over 3,000 dead in New York but sit back passively while Merck kills 28,000 people, curse at trial lawyers and frivolous lawsuits while families and victims alike join forces in a class action law suit that won't even put a dent in Merck's profits (upon the news release of the class action lawsuit, Merk's stocks dropped less than ten points; these people are made of Teflon).

The story surrounding Merck's removal of Vioxx from the market is quite intriguing. Their public position is that they are putting patient health first, but shortly after the FDA released the study showing that high doses of Vioxx tripled the risks of heart attacks, Senator Charles Grassley revealed that the FDA originally tried to silence the author of this study. Grassley reported that the FDA sat on Dr David Graham's study and that he was "subjected to veiled threats and intimidation."

It was the Wall Street Journal that uncovered internal memos from Merck which included a memo instructing sales reps to dodge the questions when physicians asked about Vioxx's cardiac record. The internal memos went back to 1996.

As Molly Ivins reported November 5th in the Sacramento Bee:

In short, we have a toothless regulatory agency in the pocket of the industry it is supposed to patrol. We have an administration-wide contempt for science and plain facts. And the allegation against the folks at Merck is that they were making such enormous profits on a drug that killed people that when they knew or suspected it was killing people, they kept right on selling it. When the information that Merck had known for a long time about Vioxx and heart attacks became public, the company's stock fell by 9.6 percent.

That's the system President Bush stands for: Where a corporation can knowingly kill people for profit and, when it finally comes out, everyone knows the penalties will be so light the company doesn't even lose a tenth of its worth. Hey, just a little bump in the road.

We sure don't want any of that terrible, burdensome government regulation to control that kind of behavior, do we? We sure don't want an FDA that listens to its own scientists and acts promptly, do we? We sure don't want anyone to sue these monster corporations, do we? I bet if it were possible to compare the odds of an American getting killed by a negligent regulatory agency and rapacious corporate behavior versus an American getting killed by a terrorist, it would turn out we need to be a lot more scared of rank greed and its enablers than we do of terrorists. And that's not counting what the corps (pronounced corpse) steal and mess up.

This country was formed by the people, for the people, and of the people.  We've been hijacked by a group of people who believe that our country was formed by the corporation, for the corporation, and of the corporation.

Thomas Jefferson warned us years ago in this statement: “I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.” But we dropped our guard and got lazy. Now we sit silent unaware that Jefferson warned us that, “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."

You can bet every dime left in your savings that health and wellness is political. If you're not fighting for your health freedom, you're living under every growing tyranny.

Perfect Timing

The PBS series, Frontline, focused on the problems of the FDA and drug safety in a program called Dangerous Prescription. The entire program is online, and it is a must see. The whistle blower was called a Maverick. He's not. He's just honest. 

Dangerous Prescription

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"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism."

Thomas Jefferson
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Health Freedom At Risk . . . Again

It's getting closer and closer. England just fell. Canada fell a couple of years back. Australia fell and they now have the strictest measures in place. We have bills pending in the House asking to put harsher restrictions and regulations on vitamins and supplements than are currently on drugs. This is unacceptable. Some have called for a compromise. There can be no compromise. It's just dead wrong. Drugs kill: Not garlic and vitamin C.

Here is a very important article written by Dr Julian Whitaker, and posted at Dr Mercola's web site.

http://www.mercola.com/2004/oct/13/vitamins_minerals.htm

To see what CODEX is doing in Europe and how it WILL affect us from an attorney who is battling them, Click Here

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"I myself feel that our country, for whose Constitution I fought in a just war, might as well have been invaded by Martians and body snatchers. Sometimes I wish it had been. What has happened, though, is that it has been taken over by means of the sleaziest, low-comedy, Keystone Cops-style coup d’etat imaginable. And those now in charge of the federal government are upper-crust C-students who know no history or geography, plus not-so-closeted white supremacists, aka 'Christians,' and plus, most frighteningly, psychopathic personalities, or 'PPs.'"

Vonnegut
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Deadly Vitamin E

My mailbox was full of cries from readers wanting to know the truth of this latest (laughable) study. Apparently it was posted at WebMD and on AOL (even hit the nightly news, which I avoid at all costs) so that everyone could be frightened of one more boogie man. Someone said they'd even heard it on Fox News. Fox News is to news as Military Music is to music.

What can I say? The news media is into sensationalism.

First off, it was one of the worst designed studies ever conducted. Dr Allan Spreen, MD (from the Health Sciences Institute) responded: "Good Lord, what a joke. I can't believe such a moronic study even got published."

The study, though deemed "long term" actually figured up to about three years per study. This is not long term.

The study ignored all previous studies that were absolutely contrary to their results, while even these results couldn't match up to the hype once the media got a hold of it. We live in spooky times when our news has a bias and cannot be trusted. The media used to be our guarantee of democracy; today it's a tool of tyranny. 

“Freedom of the press is not just important to democracy, it is democracy.” Walter Cronkite

A little known fact, unless you've read the study, is that it was conducted on people who were very sick to begin with and the study itself points out that their findings might not be valid for healthy individuals.

What the news media did not tell you was that the study wasn't actually focusing on vitamin E and many people in the studies were taking a multivitamin (most of which are crap).

Lastly, the vitamin E that most conventional studies use is a synthetic single form (alpha tocopherol). We've told you before and we'll tell you again: This is crap. It shouldn't even be used. Real vitamin E is mixed tocopherols and mixed tocotrienols.

What I like mostly about WebMD's take on vitamin E was the smug attitude of the article. They started out by stating something to the effect of: we've known for years that vitamin E does nothing for heart disease.

Oh really? Here's a quotation from our own book: Bypassing Bypass.

Dr Ishwarlal Jialal won the American Heart Association’s 1989 Young Investigator Award when he compared the effectiveness of vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene. The results were this: vitamin E was found to prevent plaque buildup by 45%, beta-carotene by 90% and vitamin C by 95%.

And:

Study after study after study show that vitamin E cuts the risk of strokes and yes, the risk of clots. Vitamin E in large doses (800 IU or greater) will thin your blood as well as anything a physician can give you and is better for you. . . . Dr Niedzwiecki discovered that both vitamin C and vitamin E helped inhibit the growth of atherosclerotic tumors.

As the force behind CODEX gets more and more courageous in its tyrannical roll toward the finish line (where we all lose this race), you will see more and more articles calling vitamins and supplements worthless and/or dangerous. The only way the drug companies can shove their nostrums down our throats is by outlawing all alternatives.

You will see a lot of junk science and studies designed to fail appearing at your favorite health web sites such as WebMD and PubMed. Expect more and more disinformation.

Before we move on, another "quaint" study recently published showed that eating veggies doesn't protect against cancer. Oh really? Read on...

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"Rabbit's clever," said Pooh thoughtfully.
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit's clever."
"And he has Brain."
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit has Brain."
There was a long silence.
"I suppose," said Pooh, "that that's why he never understands anything."

A. A. Milne -The House at Pooh Corner
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Broccoli Fights Cancer
it's the Indole-3-Carbinol

We've known for years that cruciferous vegetables (named because the flowers look like little crosses) fight cancer. The scientists have determined that the active ingredient in the destruction of cancer cells is called Indole-3-Carbinol.

In breast cancer studies, these indole-3-carbinols out preformed Taxol.

From our Breast Cancer article, studies "show that they cause cell death in cancer (apoptosis) at a rate of 90% with no side effects, while Taxol caused apoptosis at a rate of 60% with many side effects."

From our article Nutrition, —A Cancer Battle Plan: "Cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, and Chinese vegetables . . . . contain indole-3-carbinol that stimulates liver enzymes to reduce levels of hormones and immuno-suppressive agents. They also contain sulfur, which is an overlooked nutritional supplement. However if the gas from cruciferous veggies is too much, try Bok Choy with only two percent sulfur.

"At Cornell University, rats that were given a substance that causes breast cancer were separated into two groups and both were fed the same, except that one group got 20% ground up Brussels sprouts. 70% of the group not getting the Brussels sprouts developed cancers, compared to 13% in the Brussels sprout group. Additionally, when those who had come down with cancer were given Brussels sprouts, their cancers stopped spreading. [Cancer Letters, 88]

"It is also assumed that the indoles from cruciferous veggies fight breast cancer by either converting the cancer promoting type of estrogen to a harmless form or by preventing am overproduction of estrogen. [Environmental Nutrition, August, 1995]

"Sulforaphane, another phytochemical in cruciferous vegetables, has been shown to neutralize carcinogens before they could trigger tumors, and isothiocyanates, the chemicals that give these veggies their sharp flavor, 'have been shown to slow the progression of cancerous cells in rats.' [Health and Healing, August 1993, 3:8]

We have placed I-3-C into our Alternative Cancer Therapies article because vitamin companies are now making a concentrated form that flood our bodies with this safe, and effective cancer fighter. As a preventative, there should be nothing better.

Dr Williams, from his newsletter Alternatives, tells us that in one study "-3-C made cervical cancer go into complete remission after just 12 weeks!" This is quite interesting, especially when you consider that cervical cancer in its later stages, is considered incurable.

We do not know the best company or I-3-C product. We know it exists and a few companies make it. You might want to check with your health care practitioner and have her/him find out if Standard Process Labs makes a form. They make all their vitamins and supplements from organic foods.

NOW Foods has a brand, and as we've said previously, NOW is the best of the cheapest. We get ours from Body Builders.

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The American Cancer Society is the world's largest non-religious charity - taking in over $6 million a year, with cash reserves of over one billion dollars. Spending for the 'American Cancer Society' alone is over $1 million a day. Only about 16% goes directly into programs for cancer patients, the rest into bureaucratic overhead and expensive drug research. Any meager prevention programs are guaranteed not to offend the big polluters. The Cancer Establishment's Board of Directors is a revolving door of people with interests other than a true cancer dialogue: many leave to become high ranking officers in pharmaceutical and processed food industries.

 wabisabiwriter@yahoo.com
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 Meet Frank Wiewel
of People Against Cancer

A lot of ideas and concepts in this current newsletter have come from an interview with Frank Wiewel.

Frank has been interested in Alternative Medicine for a long time. When his father had cancer, he took him to the Burzynski Clinic in Houston. While sitting in the waiting room, Frank and his father were witness to the siege by the FDA storm troopers who barged in, took all of Dr Burzynski's research and papers and patient files and grabbed the good doctor and locked him up.

This is what happens when you start curing cancer.

This incident caused Frank to get quite active in pursuing alternative therapies, He became a health freedom fighter, and our government hired him to consult on the creation of the Office of Alternative Medicine. Frank told us that it's been open for 12 years now, and they've not spent a single minute investigating alternative cancer therapies. He left there early on. He said they kept investigating acupuncture and massage therapy. He was disappointed, but not defeated.

He opened People Against Cancer. It's an interesting name, because when brought up in conversations, some often remark, "Is there anyone for cancer?" as if everyone belongs to People Against Cancer. No, they don't.

To join this organization, costs money. And what do you get for your money? If you have been diagnosed with cancer, for a year's subscription, Frank will have a minimum of five specialists (from a list of hundreds of cancer specialists who prefer to stay anonymous) look at your diagnosis and blood work, and they will recommend the best hospital/clinic in the world with the best chances of helping you fight your particular cancer. It matters not whether the center uses conventional or alternative medicine, the recommendation will find what will work for your. You cannot ask more of anyone.

You also have free support for a year and access to their library, and even a newsletter.

Frank is always a joy to call. No phone call to him has ever lasted under five minutes. He is full of information, and has often contributed to our work here with insights and facts.

He told us of Dr Simone (whom we will interview for the next newsletter), Ronald Regan's doctor when he was battling colon cancer. He told us about his trip to Europe where he had the distinct feeling that he was constantly being followed. He asked his hosts about it and discovered that after the fall of East Germany there were some 200,000 secret police suddenly out of work. Who hired them? The pharmaceutical industry.

Frank believes that health care is all about drugs and drugs are all about money. "It's a business and greed defines the field." He too, like us, believes that medicine is a monopoly, and monopolies do what they've always done: They destroy competition and gain market share. However, they also go out of their way to make patients. The latest figures on cholesterol were designed not to help us avoid heart attacks, but rather to turn more people into patients (customers). He said in England, statin drugs are sold over the counter. He also told us that the Pharm Industry is very slow to admit to the numbers of people they're killing yearly, and that with the release of the news on Vioxx, they finally had to admit to killing more than 100,000 per year (as they've admitted in the past) and they upped it to 200,000 per year. Though many in the field, Gary Null PhD for one, find that number a tad ridiculous and challenge their figures with some of their own: 700,000 dead yearly due to prescription drugs is the best figure Null came up.

Frank said that we pay three times for our drugs: once when they are being developed (by our tax dollars); once when our doctor prescribe them and we must buy them, and once more we pay for them when they cause us side effects which can cripple or kill us.

It's been said that the Pharmaceutical interests will be the Tobacco Companies of the near future. That if you think the law suits against the tobacco companies won big, just wait for these. Frank points to statistics showing that, if things keep progressing at the rate they are now, by the year 2016 half our Gross Domestic Product will be pharmaceuticals (pills).

What a great big, sick country that would be.

But there are those who would block lawsuits against the pharmaceutical industry. Frank told me about our President and how he's determined to stop these "frivolous lawsuits," like that law suit against the makers of Zoloft, when a little girl committed suicide. Even though their own trials showed a high rate of suicide, Bush's justice department blocked the lawsuit. The family could not sue for damages. They could only bury their little girl.

Frank (as well an ex-employee of the FDA) told me that when you get cancer, you are suddenly worth $300,000.00 to the cancer industry. He told us that chemotherapy, for the most part, is unproven. He put us onto Dr Ulrich Abel's work which helped us write our article on Medical Fraud (Chemotherapy).

Frank is a health freedom fighter who can help you out if you have been diagnosed with cancer. He can be found at our Alternative Cancer Clinics page (under Cancer Information Centers), or right here:

www.peopleagainstcancer.com
nfo@peopleagainstcancer.com
Fax (515) 972-4415
(515) 972-4444

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Because of the number of suicides in people using antidepressants, a house sub-committee was established to study the problem. The subcommittee, scheduled to meet this past July, was postponed for 50 days while its chairperson considered a job as a lobbyist for the Pharmaceutical industry.

Source: Harper's Index
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Paw Paw - Promising New Herb Fights Cancer

We've posted a brief write up about Paw Paw and cancer in our Alternative Cancer Therapies pages, and we have a much longer (and a bit more difficult) paper explaining the actions of Paw Paw right here: Paw Paw. Even though it is a bit difficult, there are some very important things you should know about this tree that grows from Ontario, down through the Ohio Valley (there's even a Paw Paw festival) and on down to Florida. There are links there that you might want to check out too.

 

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To announce there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."

Theodore Roosevelt
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Two Biographies
You figure out which one is the quack.

We've written two people up in our Biographies section; one found a cure for cancer and was chased out of the US; the other person was part of the group that helped chase him out.

Lawrence Burton                  Victor Herbert

 

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"There is nothing more frightening than active ignorance."

Goethe
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What is Biophysics?

In our What Is series, we felt we should touch on this NEW science. It's going to be important for you to understand some of the things we'll be discussing in the future, so here you go: What is Biophysics?

 

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Did you know?

Forty-four percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug.
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GOD HELP AMERICA
THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN

originally published in The Mirror - United Kingdom 11-5-04

THEY say that in life you get what you deserve. Well, today America has deservedly got a lawless cowboy to lead them further into carnage and isolation and the unreserved contempt of most of the rest of the world.

This once-great country has pulled up its drawbridge for another four years and stuck a finger up to the billions of us forced to share the same air. And in doing so, it has shown itself to be a fearful, backward-looking and very small nation.

This should have been the day when Americans finally answered their critics by raising their eyes from their own sidewalks and looking outward towards the rest of humanity.

And for a few hours early yesterday, when the exit polls predicted a John Kerry victory, it seemed they had.

But then the horrible, inevitable truth hit home. They had somehow managed to re-elect the most devious, blinkered and reckless leader ever put before them. The Yellow Rogue of Texas.

A self-serving, dim-witted, draft-dodging, gung-ho little rich boy, whose idea of courage is to yell: "I feel good," as he unleashes an awesome fury which slaughters 100,000 innocents for no other reason than greed and vanity. [For those of you who don't get this reference; the day Bush went on the air to declare War on Iraq; we caught the speech, but the rest of the world saw his antics: prior to the speech, the cameras were rolling to make sure everything was ready while Bush was prepped by the makeup people. He mugged at the cameras, said "feel good" and made inane faces. Michael Moore captured a bit of this in Fahrenheit 9-11, but it was never explained and the "feel good" part wasn't in it either, just some of the faces he made. Well, long story short, the rest of the world got to see this, with the cameras rolling; while we Americans only saw the Resolute Bush giving his speech.]

A dangerous chameleon, his charming exterior provides cover for a power-crazed clique of Doctor Strangeloves whose goal is to increase America's grip on the world's economies and natural resources.

And in foolishly backing him, Americans have given the go-ahead for more unilateral pre-emptive strikes, more world instability and most probably another 9/11.

Why else do you think bin Laden was so happy to scare them to the polls, then made no attempt to scupper the outcome?

There's only one headline in town today, folks: "It Was Osama Wot Won It."

And soon he'll expect pay-back. Well, he can't allow Bush to have his folks whoopin' and a-hollerin' without his own getting a share of the fun, can he?

Heck, guys, I hope you're feeling proud today.

To the tens of millions who voted for John Kerry, my commiserations.

To the overwhelming majority of you who didn't, I simply ask: Have you learnt nothing? Do you despise your own image that much?

Do you care so little about the world beyond your shores? How could you do this to yourselves?

How appalling must one man's record at home and abroad be for you to reject him?

Kerry wasn't the best presidential candidate the Democrats have ever fielded (and he did deserve a kicking for that "reporting for doo-dee" moment), but at least he understood the complexity of the world outside America, and domestic disgraces like the 45 million of his fellow citizens without health cover.

He would have done something to make that country fairer and re-connected it with the wider world.

Instead America chose a man without morals or vision. An economic incompetent who inherited a $2 billion surplus from Clinton, gave it in tax cuts to the rich and turned the US into the world's largest debtor nation.

A man who sneers at the rights of other nations. Who has withdrawn from international treaties on the environment and chemical weapons.

A man who flattens sovereign states then hands the rebuilding contracts to his own billionaire party backers.

A man who promotes trade protectionism and backs an Israeli government which continually flouts UN resolutions.

America has chosen a menacingly immature buffoon who likened the pursuit of the 9/11 terrorists to a Wild West, Wanted Dead or Alive man-hunt and, during the Afghanistan war, kept a baseball scorecard in his drawer, notching up hits when news came through of enemy deaths.

A RADICAL Christian fanatic who decided the world was made up of the forces of good and evil, who invented a war on terror, and thus as author of it, believed he had the right to set the rules of engagement.

Which translates to telling his troops to do what the hell they want to the bad guys. As he has at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib and countless towns across Iraq.

You have to feel sorry for the millions of Yanks in the big cities like New York, Washington, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco who voted to kick him out.

These are the sophisticated side of the electorate who recognise a gibbon when they see one.

As for the ones who put him in, across the Bible Belt and the South, us outsiders can only feel pity.

Were I a Kerry voter, though, I'd feel deep anger, not only at them returning Bush to power, but for allowing the outside world to lump us all into the same category of moronic muppets.

The self-righteous, gun-totin', military lovin', sister marryin', abortion-hatin', gay-loathin', foreigner-despisin', non-passport ownin' red-necks, who believe God gave America the biggest dick in the world so it could urinate on the rest of us and make their land "free and strong".

You probably won't be surprised to learn of would-be Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn who, on Tuesday, promised to ban abortion and execute any doctors who carried them out.

He also told voters that lesbianism is so rampant in the state's schools that girls were being sent to toilets on their own. Not that any principal could be found to back him up.

These are the people who hijack the word patriot and liken compassion to child-molesting. And they are unknowingly bin Laden's chief recruiting officers.

Al-Qaeda's existence is fuelled by the outpourings of America's Christian right. Bush is its commander-in-chief. And he and bin Laden need each other to survive.

Both need to play Lex Luther to each others' Superman with their own fanatical people. Maybe that's why the mightiest military machine ever assembled has failed to catch the world's most wanted man.

Or is the reason simply that America is incompetent? That behind the bluff they are frightened and clueless, which is why they've stayed with the devil they know.

VISITORS from another planet watching this election would surely not credit the amateurism.

The queues for hours to register a tick; the 17,000 lawyers needed to ensure there was no cheating; the $1.2bn wasted by parties trying to discredit the enemy; the allegations of fraud, intimidation and dirty tricks; the exit polls which were so wildly inaccurate; an Electoral College voting system that makes the Eurovision Song Contest [few Americans even know what this is; yet it is the largest song contest in the world with all of Europe, Turkey and Israel entering songs] look like a beacon of democracy and efficiency; and the delays and the legal wrangles in announcing the victor.

Yet America would have us believe theirs is the finest democracy in the world. Well, that fine democracy has got the man it deserved. George W Bush.

But is America safer today without Kerry in charge? A man who overnight would have given back to the UN some credibility and authority. Who would have worked out the best way to undo the Iraq mess without fear of losing face.

Instead, the questions facing America today are - how many more thousands of their sons will die as Iraq descends into a new Vietnam? And how many more Vietnams are on the horizon now they have given Bush the mandate to go after Iran, Syria, North Korea or Cuba...?

Today is a sad day for the world, but it's even sadder for the millions of intelligent Americans embarrassed by a gung-ho leader and backed by a banal electorate, half of whom still believe Saddam Hussein was behind 9/11.

Yanks had the chance to show the world a better way this week, instead they made a thuggish cowboy ride off into the sunset bathed in glory.

And in doing so it brought Armageddon that little bit closer and re-christened their beloved nation The Home Of The Knave and the Land Of The Freak.

God Help America.

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Evidence from Torture Is Usable, U.S. Asserts
The Associated Press

Friday 03 December 2004

Tribunals reviewing detention of foreigners as enemy combatants are free to rely on results from such tactics, an official tells court.
Washington - U.S. military panels reviewing the detention of foreigners as enemy combatants would be allowed to use evidence gained through torture in deciding whether to keep them imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, the government said in court Thursday.

The acknowledgment by Deputy Associate Atty. Gen. Brian Boyle came during a U.S. District Court hearing. Boyle said, however, that he did not believe any torture had occurred at Guantánamo.

The hearing was held on lawsuits brought by some of the 550 foreigners imprisoned at the U.S. naval base in Cuba.

The foreigners' lawsuits challenge their detention without charges.

Attorneys for the prisoners argued that some were held solely on evidence gained through torture, which they said violated fundamental fairness and U.S. due process standards.

But Boyle argued in a similar hearing Wednesday that the detainees "have no constitutional rights enforceable in this court."

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon asked whether a detention would be illegal if it were based solely on evidence gathered by torture, because "torture is illegal; we all know that."

Boyle replied that if the military's combatant status review tribunals "determine that evidence of questionable provenance were reliable, nothing in the due process clause [of the Constitution] prohibits them from relying on it."

Leon asked whether there were any restrictions on using evidence produced by torture.

Boyle replied that the United States would never adopt a policy that would have barred it from acting on evidence that could have prevented the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, even if the data came from questionable practices, such as torture by a foreign power.

Evidence based on torture is not admissible in U.S. courts. Leon asked if U.S. courts could review detentions based on evidence from torture conducted by U.S. personnel.

Boyle said torture was against U.S. policy and any allegations of it would be "forwarded through command channels for military discipline."

He added, "I don't think anything remotely like torture has occurred at Guantánamo."

But Boyle noted that some U.S. soldiers there had been disciplined for misconduct, including a female interrogator who removed her blouse during questioning.

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The Unexplained Exit Poll Discrepancy
by Steven F. Freeman, PhD

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Letter From a Fallujah Marine 
 
Once again the blogger world has stepped up to the plate to do job the mainstream media are supposed to do - but seldom bother to do anymore. 
 
While U.S. and Arab media went-pedal-to-the-metal with the NBC video of a Marine in Fallujah committing the "atrocity" of defending himself and his platoon against a wounded terrorist, PowerlineBlog.com has helped put the incident in perspective by publishing a letter from a brother Marine who describes just what our guys are up against. The moving account is beginning to make the rounds on talk radio, with WABC host Mark Levin sharing it with his audience Thursday night. 
 
We thought it was worth doing the same: 
 
Letter From a Fallujah Marine: 

This is one story of many that people normally don't hear, and one that everyone does. This is one most don't hear: 
 
A young Marine and his cover man cautiously enter a room just recently filled with insurgents armed with AK-47's and RPG's. There are three dead, another wailing in pain. The insurgent can be heard saying, "Mister, mister! Diktoor, diktoor (doctor)!" 

 
He is badly wounded, lying in a pool of his own blood. The Marine and his cover man slowly walk toward the injured man, scanning to make sure no enemies come from behind. In a split second, the pressure in the room greatly exceeds that of the outside, and the concussion seems to be felt before the blast is heard. Marines outside rush to the room, and look in horror as the dust gradually settles. 
 
The result is a room filled with the barely recognizable remains of the deceased, caused by an insurgent setting off several pounds of explosives. The Marines' remains are gathered by teary-eyed comrades, brothers in arms, and shipped home in a box. The families can only mourn over a casket and a picture of their loved one, a life cut short by someone who hid behind a white flag.

But no one hears these stories, except those who have lived to carry remains of a friend, and the families who loved the dead. No one hears this, so no one cares.
 
This is the story everyone hears:

A young Marine and his fire team cautiously enter a room just recently filled with insurgents armed with AK-47's and RPG's. There are three dead, another wailing in pain. The insurgent can be heard saying, "Mister, mister! Diktoor, diktoor (doctor)!" He is badly wounded. 

Suddenly, he pulls from under his bloody clothes a grenade, without the pin. The explosion rocks the room, killing one Marine, wounding the others. The young Marine catches shrapnel in the face.

The next day, same Marine, same type of situation, a different story. The young Marine and his cover man enter a room with two wounded insurgents. One lies on the floor in a puddle of blood, another against the wall. A reporter and his camera survey the wreckage inside, and in
the background can be heard the voice of a Marine, "He's moving, he's moving!" 

The pop of a rifle is heard, and the insurgent against the wall is now dead. Minutes, hours later, the scene is aired on national television, and the Marine is being held for committing a war crime. Unlawful killing. 

And now, another Marine has the possibility of being burned at the stake for protecting the life of his brethren. His family now wrings their hands in grief, tears streaming down their face. Brother, should I have been in your boots, I too would have done the same.

For those of you who don't know, we Marines, Band of Brothers, Jarheads, Leathernecks, etc., do not fight because we think it is right, or think it is wrong.
We are here for the man to our left, and the man to our right. We choose to give our lives so that the man or woman next to us can go home and see their husbands, wives, children, friends and families. 

For those of you who sit on your couches in front of your television, and choose to condemn this man's actions, I have but one thing to say to you. Get out of your recliner, lace up my boots, pick up a rifle, leave your family behind and join me. See what I've seen, walk where I have walked. To those of you who support us, my sincerest gratitude. You keep us alive.
 
I am a Marine currently doing his second tour in Iraq. These are my opinions and mine alone. They do not represent those of the Marine Corps or of the US military, or any other.

Ed's Note: I marked that sentence in Red because in Vietnam, when we weren't quite sure what the hell we were doing in South Vietnam anyway, we all knew that the one reason we were there, the one reason everyone could agree on, was that we were there for each other.

Let's bring them home soon.



Evidence from Torture Is Usable, U.S. Asserts
The Associated Press
Friday 03 December 2004

Tribunals reviewing detention of foreigners as enemy combatants are free to rely on results from such tactics, an official tells court.

Washington - U.S. military panels reviewing the detention of foreigners as enemy combatants would be allowed to use evidence gained through torture in deciding whether to keep them imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, the government said in court Thursday.

The acknowledgment by Deputy Associate Atty. Gen. Brian Boyle came during a U.S. District Court hearing. Boyle said, however, that he did not believe any torture had occurred at Guantánamo.

The hearing was held on lawsuits brought by some of the 550 foreigners imprisoned at the U.S. naval base in Cuba.

The foreigners' lawsuits challenge their detention without charges.

Attorneys for the prisoners argued that some were held solely on evidence gained through torture, which they said violated fundamental fairness and U.S. due process standards.

But Boyle argued in a similar hearing Wednesday that the detainees "have no constitutional rights enforceable in this court."

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon asked whether a detention would be illegal if it were based solely on evidence gathered by torture, because "torture is illegal; we all know that."

Boyle replied that if the military's combatant status review tribunals "determine that evidence of questionable provenance were reliable, nothing in the due process clause [of the Constitution] prohibits them from relying on it."

Leon asked whether there were any restrictions on using evidence produced by torture.

Boyle replied that the United States would never adopt a policy that would have barred it from acting on evidence that could have prevented the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, even if the data came from questionable practices, such as torture by a foreign power.

Evidence based on torture is not admissible in U.S. courts. Leon asked if U.S. courts could review detentions based on evidence from torture conducted by U.S. personnel.

Boyle said torture was against U.S. policy and any allegations of it would be "forwarded through command channels for military discipline."

He added, "I don't think anything remotely like torture has occurred at Guantánamo."

But Boyle noted that some U.S. soldiers there had been disciplined for misconduct, including a female interrogator who removed her blouse during questioning.

Editor's Note: We try to teach our children that two wrongs don't make a right, but when it comes to terrorism, we become the worst in our own children.

Someone asked me, "Well, how do we get information we need from terrorists."

Historically, confessions given up through torture are worthless. The individual will say anything to stop the torture.  For 70 years the Supreme Court decision NOT to allow confessions given under torture to be allowed in courts has stood as a deterrent to torture.

A good 50% of the people point to the beheadings and feel that anything we do back to them is justified. Two wrong suddenly do make a right.

Torture is against the Geneva Convention; our Supreme Court has ruled against it, and torture is condemned by our American ideals. But that doesn't bother Washington right now.

This is NOT the America our forefathers envisioned. They wrote quite succinctly that all men are endowed with certain inalienable rights.

But not detainees, apparently.

It's very sad. We think we are the good guys, the cowboys in the white hats. We make movies like Miracle in which the underdog wins over those evil communists, but today is a different world. Millions of votes don't count, yet we call it an election. Muslims are "detained" and tortured for just being Muslim and we call it fair. We kill Iraqi citizens and call it liberation.

Ironic that the Ukraine, once a nation of the Soviet block, now has to teach American the meaning of democracy.

"If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."
   James Madison, U.S. Fourth President, 1751-1836

Who exactly are we fighting and killing in Iraq? The neocons would have us believe that they are terrorists; trained soldiers who have crossed into Iraq to pick a fight with Americans (hence, we are told that we should fight them over there instead of fighting them here).

Actually, according to the best intelligence, we are killing Iraqis. Patriots fighting for their independence from American occupation.

In order to win this war militarily, we must become the monster we deposed. In fact, we might have already. We certainly do not know how many we've killed. We don't know because we refuse to keep track. This way we can maintain, the Reagan era term, plausible deniability.

Here is a story from one of the people we are fighting: An Insurgent's Story

Bush Administration’s Approach to Muslim World Incoherent and Counterproductive
December 3, 2004

A hard-hitting report by the Defense Science Board Task Force, an advisory committee designed to give the Pentagon independent advice and analysis, concludes America’s strategic communication with the Muslim world is “in a state of crisis.” The report concludes America has no clear message for the Muslim world and no adequate means for communicating that message. The institutions charged with battling the “war of ideas” are neglected, confused, or broken. Consequently, the United States has lost its “power to persuade.”

 

 

BACKROOM DEAL WITH CHEMICAL COMPANIES TRIPLES RAT POISONING RATE IN KIDS
In 2001, the Bush led EPA struck a deal with chemical companies to remove two important rat poison regulations designed to protect the safety of children. Specifically, the safety
measures had required rat poisons contain an ingredient that makes the candy-like pellets taste bitter to kids and a dye to make it more obvious to adults when a child has ingested the poison. As a result of no longer requiring those safety additives, the nation is now seeing a record number of children poisoned by the toxic pellets. This year more than 50,000 children were poisoned by rodenticides, which is three times as many as were affected prior to the removal of safety regulations. According to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, the EPA met five times behind closed doors with representatives of the chemical industry, which ultimately resulted in the removal of the safety regulations.
Read more and sign petition...
http://www.organicconsumers.org/epa.htm 

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QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"EPA's acquiescence to the demands of the rat poison industry is a disturbing example of the Bush administration EPA allowing industry literally to rewrite the rules."
Aaron Colangelo (Attorney who uncovered EPA documents of private industry meetings)

"To bow to business pressure and take the child-proofing out of rat poison seems the stuff of parody, something you might read in the Onion. But this is no joke."
Minneapolis Star and Tribune 11/22/2004

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MAD COW USA: MIRACULOUS LUCK OR GOVERNMENT COVER-UP?
A second likely case of Mad Cow disease was recently announced by the USDA. Two initial screening tests for the disease turned up positive. According to Bio-Rad Laboratories, the makers of the test, "Greater than 95 percent of all doubly reactive tests are ultimately confirmed [to have mad cow disease]." Yet on Nov. 23, the USDA announced that a third test had somehow turned out negative. Dr. Michael Hansen, a Mad Cow expert, skeptically told the New York Times that given the conflicting results, "further tests should be conducted," but the USDA has declined to do so. Since the first case of Mad Cow disease was reported in the U.S. nearly one year ago, there has been mounting pressure from consumer groups, including the OCA, for the U.S. to adopt European and Japanese-style precautions to stop the spread of Mad Cow Disease, including banning the feeding of blood, manure, and slaughterhouse waste to animals, and testing all cattle at slaughter, before infected animals can get into the food chain. The USDA currently tests only 3% of the 35 million cattle slaughtered annually in the U.S. Learn more...

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70% OF WAL-MART PRODUCTS NOW MADE IN CHINA
The China Business Daily reports that Wal-Mart's inventory of stock produced in China is expected to hit $18 billion this year, which represents a full 70% of all of Wal-Mart's products. According to Xu Jun, Wal-Mart China's director of external affairs, "If Wal-Mart were an individual economy, it would rank as China's eighth-biggest trading partner, ahead of Russia, Australia and Canada." Learn more...

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STUDENTS CHOOSING SALAD BAR OVER PIZZA
Under pressure from decreased state and federal funding, many schools are discovering that providing a salad bar option to the standard pizza/corndog/burger hot lunch is more affordable, more nutritious, and more popular among students. With a cost of roughly 40 cents less per student, salad bar meals are growing in popularity and are now available at 10% of the nation's schools. Districts are reporting that more students are choosing the salad bar over the hot lunch. Stocked with fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, dairy and meats, the salad bar gives students the freedom of choice. "I always get salad bar because they have good stuff like oranges, pickles, yogurt," said 7-year-old Oscar Sibrian of Frances Willard Elementary School in California. "And you can make up your own choice." Some schools are also sourcing their salad bar produce from local and organic farms.

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THANKSGIVING DINNER AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE
Retailers witnessed a modest shift in the types of foods consumers purchased for last week's Thanksgiving dinner, demonstrating that the American diet is slowly but surely undergoing a transformation. For example, organic turkey sales doubled this year. For vegetarians, roughly 160,000 "Tofurkeys" were consumed (a soy-based alternative to turkey). And the Atkins diet (good or bad) spawned a slew of new food product lines, including an odd beverage from Jones Soda Company called "Turkey and Gravy Soda," which has no calories and no carbohydrates.
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U.S. WILL OFFICIALLY LEGALIZE GE CROP CONTAMINATION
Two years ago, the Bush Administration proposed legalizing the contamination of food crops with experimental genetically engineered crops. Last Friday, the FDA approved that initiative and is calling on the rest of the world to do the same. The FDA said that under this new directive biotech companies can "voluntarily" have their experimental crops tested for safety, but it is not required. In contrast, Germany announced a new strict "polluter pays" liability law this week that makes GE farmers and biotech companies financially liable for economic damage caused if their crops contaminate non-GE or organic crops. Learn more...

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BANNING OF GE CROPS SPREADS
The City Council of Arcata, California has voted unanimously to ban the growing of genetically engineered crops within the city limits, following the lead of three Northern California counties who have also recently enacted bans--Mendocino, Trinity, and Marin. On the international front, the Bush Administration's threats against the EU to overturn its ban on certain genetically modified organisms have turned up dry, as European member states voted overwhelmingly on Monday to maintain the current bans.

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MONSANTO AND DOW SHRUG OFF CHARGES OF WAR CRIMES
Some four million Vietnamese have filed a lawsuit against chemical giants Dow and Monsanto for poisoning them and their children with Agent Orange, a powerful defoliant sprayed in massive quantities during the Vietnam War. Since the war ended in 1975, hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese (and American Vietnam veterans) have died or developed cancer due to their exposure to Agent Orange. In addition thousands of children have been born with severe, often horrific, birth defects. The plaintiffs argue that knowingly and deliberately supplying such chemicals to the U.S. military constitutes a war crime by Monsanto and Dow. Although Agent Orange contains dioxin, one of the deadliest chemicals on the planet, Dow and Monsanto still claim there is no evidence that Agent Orange does any harm to humans, other than causing minor skin irritation. The final ruling is to take place in October. Learn more...

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TAKE ACTION: MAD COW USA--STOP THE MADNESS
Despite stating six months ago that regulations would be tightened and enforced to stop the spread of Mad Cow Disease, the FDA has yet to implement any regulations. Instead, in July, the FDA put forth an "Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking." The public comment deadline on this important proposed federal regulation is this Friday 8/13/2004. OCA suggests you tell the FDA bluntly: stop feeding blood, slaughterhouse waste, and manure to animals, period. And start testing all cattle at slaughter for Mad Cow Disease. More information on how you can submit comments...

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PROZAC IN UK DRINKING WATER
So many Britons are now taking the antidepressant pharmaceutical drug Prozac that it is showing up in the water supply. With 24 million prescriptions for the "happy pills," the drug is finding its way into the water via treated sewage. Experts are debating the possible impacts to the environment and human health given this new constant exposure to low levels of the antidepressant. Read more...

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DON'T JUST MOURN, ORGANIZE!
Join hundreds of other Organic Consumer network members across the U.S. and host an OCA House Party/Film Showing/Fundraiser. Meet up with other food and anti-genetic engineering activists in your community and watch the powerful new documentary, "The Future of Food." Discuss how you can take action locally and spread GE-Free Zones Across the America. OCA's goal is to have 300 simultaneous house parties across America September 11-12, and we're already half way there, with 150 house parties organized so far! Join us to make this goal a reality! Read more...

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ORGANIC PET FOOD FLIES OFF SHELVES
Organic pet food sales are increasing at a rate three times as fast as organic human food sales. "People want their pets to eat as well as they do," says Nell Newman, co-founder of Newman's Own Organics and daughter of actor Paul Newman. Although a bag of organic dog or cat food can be on the pricey side, organic pet foods are exploding in popularity, particularly on the West Coast. Organic consumers can purchase everything from organic catnip to organic dog cookies. With skyrocketing sales, the labeling of these products is of increasing concern, given the USDA has made recent announcements that it will neither monitor nor police organic labeling of pet foods. Learn more...

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POISONING CONSUMERS WITH TEFLON
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has filed a complaint against DuPont for withholding evidence revealing negative health and environmental impacts from a chemical used to produce Teflon. The chemical, commonly known as PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid), has been found to cause cancer in laboratory animals. Due to Teflon's popularity (those nifty non-stick frying pans, etc.), PFOA can now be detected in the bodies of 90% of Americans. The EPA is investigating the possibility that DuPont may have learned of potential problems with the chemical more than two decades ago. On an international level, the EPA's announcement has prompted foreign governments to launch investigations into the toxicity of the chemical, and stores in China have begun pulling Teflon products from their shelves. Read more...

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INDIAN FARMERS RETURNING TO TRADITIONAL ORGANIC PRACTICES
Last week organic farmers and experts in India organized to address the agriculture crisis facing the nation's 700 million farmers. Poor yields, degraded soils, and expensive chemical inputs arising from the cultivation of pesticide intensive crops, including genetically engineered cotton, have devastated India's rural economy. Crop failures and crushing debt led over 300 Indian farmers to commit suicide between May and July. To address this crisis, farmers from all over the country joined together August 2 to create the "Organic Vision 2020," a long term strategy to shift the country's farming focus back to ecological and traditional organic practices. Read more...

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AN ETHICAL FASHION STATEMENT
Clothing companies from Patagonia to American Apparel are profiting from one of the fastest growing segments of the organic industry: cotton. With more consumers making conscious decisions to purchase organic cotton products and avoid genetically engineered or pesticide intensive cotton, farmers and producers are shifting production methods to meet the increasing demand. In regards to organic cotton t-shirts, Roian Atwood of American Apparel said, "We double sales every two months." Learn more...


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RANCHERS GO GREEN
In Wyoming a new movement, based upon traditional practices, is developing among cattle ranchers called Holistic Resource Management (HRM). Ranchers are finding that cattle herds and the land thrive when cattle and livestock are treated more like a wild herd. Altering cattle grazing patterns and herd clustering to emulate those of their buffalo predecessors has a significant positive impact on the environment, including the health and diversity of the native grasses. Rodents are controlled by providing natural habitat for predators like eagles. According to Jim Gould, HRM practitioner on his family's ranch, "Everything has a place in this life, you just have to figure out what it is." Read more...

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KITCHEN GARDEN DAY, AUGUST 22
International Kitchen Garden Day is a global celebration of delicious locally produced foods. It is an opportunity for people around the world to gather in their gardens and fields with friends, family, and members of their local communities to enjoy the multiple pleasures and benefits of locally-grown, home-cooked, organic foods. Kitchen Garden Day is coordinated by Kitchen Gardeners International.


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HELPING FAMILY FARMERS THROUGH MUSIC
Farm Aid 2004, a benefit concert for family farmers, will be held in Seattle on September 18. The benefit was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 and has raised $26 million for family farmers since its inception. "There are two million farmers in this country, and we are losing about 350 family farmers per week," said Farm Aid Campaign Director Mark Smith. "Our take on that is that with the loss of every family farmer comes diminished access to local fresh food. It also means we are more dependent on corporate farming and food overseas." Learn more...

 

Hidden Soy In Fast Food
'Cutting Men's Fertility'


By Antony Barnett
Public Affairs Editor
The Observer - UK 11-7-4   Britons' love of convenience food packed full of 'invisible' soya is a cause of declining sperm counts and a host of fertility problems, new research into its impact on Western diets reveals.   Many
[so-called] healthy foods such as soya milk and soya yogurt are also implicated.   A team led by Sheena Lewis, professor of reproductive medicine at Queen's University in Belfast, has conducted studies linking soya to reduced male fertility. Scientists believe chemicals in the soya bean mimic the female hormone, oestrogen.   The research is disclosed in an investigation into the multi-billion dollar global soya industry published in today's Observer Food Monthly magazine. It reveals that soya is no longer eaten just by vegetarians but used as cheap protein in most processed and fast foods.   Other research has linked the hormonal chemicals in soya to certain cancers, brain disease and developmental abnormalities in infants.   Lewis said: 'Chemicals found in soya can lower sperm count ... The results do give us concerns and there need to be further studies on a much larger scale.'   One of his team, Dr Lorraine Anderson, said: 'If you alter the oestrogen that a man is exposed to, you can not only affect their sperm quality but you can get an increase in structural abnormalities like undescended testes.' She believes this could lead to other problems later in life, such as testicular cancer.   The Soya Protein Association, which represents food makers, said: 'We have seen no convincing evidence that soya causes any harm.'   Guardian Unlimited © Guardian Newspapers Limited 2004
http://www.guardian.co.uk/medicine/story/0,11381,1345541,00.html

 

Nobel Peace laureate calls for a greener tomorrow
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OSLO — Kenyan ecologist Wangari Maathai, who yesterday received the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Oslo, said protecting the environment was vital to promote peace and democracy.

“There can be no peace without equitable development and there can be no development without sustainable management of the environment in a democratic and peaceful space.

This shift is an idea whose time has come,” said Maathai, who is the first environmentalist to receive the prestigious prize.

“Industry and global institutions must appreciate that ensuring economic justice, equity and ecological integrity are of greater value than profits at any cost,” she added in her acceptance speech.

Kenya’s assistant minister for environment since 2003, Maathai is the founder of the Green Belt Movement — a campaign to save Africa’s forests that began with nine trees in her yard nearly three decades ago, and which has grown into the largest tree planting project in Africa with more than 30 million trees planted across the continent.

Dressed in orange with a matching headband, Maathai, 64, accepted the award in the brightly decorated Oslo City Hall, decked with red and purple flowers, from the chairman of the Nobel Committee Ole Mjoes, and in the presence of Norway’s King Harald.

During a colourful ceremony at which African dancers in grass skirts swayed to the beat of tom-tom drums, Maathai received a check for the 10 million Swedish kronor ($ 1.4 million) prize sum, as well as a Nobel diploma and gold medal.

The Nobel Committee’s decision to award her the coveted prize reflects a new view on peace activism and the extraordinary emergence of environmentalism from the wings to the centre stage of politics.

“Environmental protection has become yet another path to peace,” Mjoes said.

“There are connections between peace on the one hand and an environment on the other in which scarce resources such as oil, water, minerals and timber are quarrelled over,” he added, evoking the Arab-Israeli battle over water and the Darfur conflict in Sudan, which he said had largely been provoked by deforestation and desertification in the region.

“When the environment is destroyed, plundered or mismanaged, we undermine our quality of life and that of future generations,” agreed Maathai, the 12th woman and the first African woman to win the Peace Prize.

“Widespread destruction of ecosystems, especially through deforestation, climatic instability, and contamination in the soils and waters... all contribute to excruciating poverty,” she added.

Maathai, who was the first Kenyan woman ever to win a doctorate degree and the first female professor at the University of Nairobi, also warned that the dilution of traditional culture around the world and especially in Africa was a threat to environmental conservation.

“With the destruction of these cultures and the introduction of new values, local biodiversity is no longer valued or protected and as a result, it is quickly degraded and disappears,” she said.

Recalling the beauty of the rural Kenya of her childhood, before she witnessed “forests being cleared and replaced by commercial plantations,” Maathai insisted on the importance of giving “back to the children a world of beauty and wonder.”

“Today we are faced with a challenge that calls for a shift in our thinking, so that humanity stops threatening its life-support system,” Maathai said.
While some critics have raised questions about the Nobel Committee’s decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to an environmentalist, the choice of Maathai has been seen as uncontroversial compared to past laureates, who include the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger.

Maathai did create a stir however when media around the world reported in October that she had claimed the Aids virus was a deliberately created biological agent, but she has since denied making such a statement. “I did not say what I’m reported to have said, nor do I believe it,” she told reporters in Oslo on Thursday. — AFP

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

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

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

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WORLD'S EASIEST QUIZ

1) How long did the Hundred Years War last?

2) Which country makes Panama hats?

3) From which animal do we get catgut?

4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?

5) What is a camel's hair brush made of?

6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?

7) What was King George VI's first name?

8) What color is a purple finch?

9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from?

10) What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane?




ANSWERS TO THE QUIZ

1) How long did the Hundred Years War last? *116 years

2) Which country makes Panama hats? *Ecuador

3) From which animal do we get cat gut? *Sheep and Horses

4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution? *November

5) What is a camel's hair brush made of? *Squirrel fur

6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal? *Dogs

7) What was King George VI's first name? *Albert

8) What color is a purple finch? *Crimson

9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from? *New Zealand

10) What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane? *Orange, of course.

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Q: What is the main difference between the Vietnam War and the Iraq War?

A: George W. Bush had a plan for getting out of the Vietnam War.

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In Jerusalem, an English, female journalist heard about an old rabbi who visited the Wailing Wall to pray, twice a day, everyday, for a long, long time. In an effort to check out the story, she goes to the holy site and there he is!

She watches the bearded old man at prayer — and after about 45 minutes, when he turns to leave, she approaches him for an interview. "I'm Rebecca Smith from the BBC, Sir, how long have you been coming to the Wailing Wall and praying?"

"For about 50 years", he informs her.

"50 years! That's amazing! What do you pray for?"

"I pray for peace between the Jews and the Arabs. I pray for all the hatred to stop and I pray for all our children to grow up in safety and friendship."

"And how do you feel, Sir, after doing this for 50 years?"

"Like I'm talking to a brick wall."

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ITALIAN PASTA DIET

IT REALLY WORKS !!


1) You walka pasta da bakery.

2) You walka pasta da candy store.

3) You walka pasta da Ice Cream shop.

4) You walka pasta da table and fridge.

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

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

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

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

He said, "I want 5 loaves."

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

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

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I went to the U.S. Patent Office to register some of my inventions. I went to the main desk to sign in and the lady at the desk asked me what I'd invented.
 
I said, "A folding bottle."

She said, "Okay, what do you call it?"

"A Fottle"

"What else do you have?"

"A folding carton."

"What do you call it?" "A Farton."

She snickered and said, "Those are silly names for products and one of them sounds kind of crude."

I was so upset by her comment that I grabbed the form and left the office without telling her about my folding bucket.

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An old farmer in Kansas had owned a large farm for several years. He had a large pond in the back, fixed up nice; picnic tables, horseshoe courts, and some apple and peach trees. The pond was properly shaped and fixed up for swimming when it was built.

One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the pond, as he hadn't been there for a while, and look it over. He grabbed a five gallon bucket to bring back some fruit. As he neared the pond, he heard voices shouting and laughing with glee. As he came closer he saw it was a bunch of young women skinny-dipping in his pond. He made the women aware of his presence and they all went to the deep end of the pond.

One of the women shouted to him, "We're not coming out until you leave!" The old man frowned, "I didn't come down here to watch you ladies swim naked or make you get out of the pond naked." Holding the bucket up he said, "I'm here to feed the alligator."

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Florida to Permit Felons to Vote

In what can be described only as the biggest republican flip-flop of the new millennium, Governor Jeb Bush signed into legislation a new law that would allow felons, who have finished serving their time, to vote.

Governor Bush was unavailable for comment because he is preparing his 2008 campaign in his bid for Supreme Ruler of the Neofascist States of America, but a spokesperson for the Secretary of State did tell us, “In Florida we have taken election fraud to the level of an art form. We’ve proven we can do just about anything we want with little reprisal. So it is only fitting that we allow felons the right to vote. Heck, let ‘em vote twice.”

And election official in Liberty County, the county in which George W Bush received an unprecedented 712% of registered Republican votes, told us, “We’re inundated by felons in our little county. So much so, that if another Bush ever runs for office, we can guarantee him over 1000% of the registered republican vote.”

Clearly in a mood to keep this precedent rolling, other states are now joining in and loosening up restrictions on voting.

A spokesperson for the State of Ohio has told us that they plan to consider allowing felons to vote sometime after the recount. “We figure,” he told us, “that if we can fix the recount as smoothly as we fixed the original vote, then surly felons should be allowed to participate. We’re even considering allowing Canadians to come down and vote.”

In New Mexico, where a number of counties filed reports of voters who had lined up for hours but cast no votes, we were told by election officials that allowing felons to vote was only logical. One official pointed out, “Since so many felons are out of work, come voting day, it wouldn’t really matter to them to line up for 8 to 10 hours to not cast their votes.”

In related economic news, Democracy hit an all time high in the commodities market, probably due to the heavy trade deficit. Harry Dent, from the PBS Program, Wall $treet Week with FORTUNE, explained to us, “We’ve exported practically all our Democracy to countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Ukraine, with resulting corporate profits so great that many are now considering exchanging our rights, privileges, and liberties for a bit of good old fashioned torture. Now that it’s legal in the US, it could prove to be quite profitable.”

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Click the Polar Bear to make the penguin jump. Then click the bear again to make him swing his bat at the penguin.

Smack the Penguin.

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For Animal Lovers
Tree Decorating 101
With Iris and Fern

Answer

Question: Can you name a drug (that is not an antibiotic) that actually cures some illness or disorder 75% of the time?

Answer: I haven't a clue. I've looked and looked, but I cannot find one drug that cures anything other than antibiotics. I did find a drug that cures one form of leukemia 95% of the time, but you have to take it the rest of your life (it costs nearly $30,000.00 per year) or if you go off it, your leukemia will come back. If you know, please write to me: I know the answer!

 

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