Healing and Preventing Cardiovascular Disease

 

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To kick off this newsletter, we thought we’d report on some of the latest findings from the American Heart Association that have been in the news recently.

For years, women have not been included in studies on heart disease. One reason is that men have more heart attacks than women. However, once women were included, it was quickly discovered that in spite of that fact, women have a higher death rate than men.

·        Heart disease is the leading killer of women [if you don’t count medicine itself], killing half a million per year.

·        More women die from cardiovascular disease than all forms of cancer.

·        Since women tend to develop heart disease later than men, many women are still excluded from clinical trials on the prevention and treatment of heart disease. [http://www.fda.gov/womens/scienceprogram/heart.html, http://atvb.ahajournals.org/cgi/content/full/24/3/394]

The American Heart Association (AHA), in conjunction with the American College of Cardiology (ACC) have developed guidelines for preventing cardiovascular disease, some of which are quite effective while others are simply bull on a major scale, supporting the theory that medicine is better for us than proper nutrition. Please note that like you, we’ve uncovered versions of this story that don’t seem to mesh at times, so we’ll just present what we’ve found:

·        Women should be encouraged not to smoke and avoid second hand smoke.

·        Women should get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day (brisk walking). One report states that women should try to do 60 – 90 minutes a day. Yeah. Like this is going to happen.

·        Women should eat a heart healthy diet that incorporates a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, low fat dairy products, fish (omega-3s), legumes, and sources of protein that are low in saturated fats.

·        Women should keep their cholesterol levels below 200, with one report specifically recommending that women keep their, so-called, bad cholesterol below 70.

·        Women should keep their weight down.

·        Daily low dose aspirin is recommended for women at risk of cardiovascular disease and those over 65 no matter what their risk. [http://atvb.ahajournals.org/cgi/content/full/24/3/394#TBL1

·        Supplements such as vitamin E, C, folic acid and beta-carotene do not prevent heart disease and should not be taken to prevent it. [http://health.aol.com/news/story/_a/new-heart-guidelines-for-women-stress/20070220101009990002]

Some of these recommendations are fine, indeed, while some are just plain nonsense.

For example, a diet of grains can, for some, be quite dangerous. We have an inordinate number of individuals in the US who are sensitive to wheat or gluten. In his book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, Weston Price traced the migration of cardiovascular disease with the introduction of wheat in Europe. Additionally, most grain foods are dead foods. People with high intake of breads also have higher rates of cancer. [International Journal of Cancer, October 20, 2006; Arch Intern Med, 2006.]

Corn is a grain, but as you read in our article on Chronic Inflammation, it is one of the culprits behind the inflammation, and chronic inflammation is one of the culprits behind cardiovascular disease.

Women are encouraged to eat fish twice a week or take a fish oil supplement. Which fish to eat, they don’t tell you. And no where in the reports was ever mentioned the Scandinavian secret of eating a hand full of nuts after a meal (to get your good fats).

First, let’s take a look at the fish highest in your omega-3s.

Cold water fish rank higher in omega-3s than warm water fish. If you bake or poach the fish, it retains more of the omega-3s than if you fry it in oil. Eating your fish raw, at a sushi bar, is the best way to get your omega-3 fish oils, period.

Fish highest in omega-3s are Salmon, cold water tuna (best to buy a specialty brand that is packed in its own oil), halibut, shrimp, snapper, and scallops. Interestingly enough, shrimp is high in saturated fats (cholesterol). Funny thing, this cholesterol stuff. The benefits of the omega-3s outweigh the hazards of cholesterol, which, in this author’s opinion are blown up way out of proportion.

Finally, there’s the green mussel from New Zealand. The fatty acids in this little guy have been compared to ibuprofen for pain relief from arthritis; according to the experts, it’s 300 times more powerful if taken over a period of time.

For those who do not like fish, there are fish oil capsules; however, you get what you pay for. Pharmaceutical grade fish oils are the best. What you get at Target or Wal-Mart might not be the best. There is cod liver oil in capsules. These caps also contain Vitamin D, which we’ve written about pretty extensively lately. (Please take your fish oils with a meal; they’ll work much better.)

Finally you have Omegasentials. This is a flax product with fish added. This is our favorite product and you won’t see my fridge ever without a bag in there. Flax is another form of omega-3s, and the human body needs both forms.

Two final notes on DHA and EPA, the beneficial fish oils, is that your probiotics (the good bacteria in your gut) poop them. So, keeping a healthy dose of good fauna in your system is also important. Additionally, a healthy liver and the proper nutrients can produce DHA.

Finally, when we talk about beneficial fats, we can’t overlook nuts. Walnuts contain beneficial oils, but the Hazelnut is the hero of the good fat race.

In a recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Sep 2006), participants were put on a low fat, low cholesterol for four weeks. Then, for four weeks, the participants ate 40 grams (about 1.5 ounces) of hazelnuts after each meal. The results were startling. In addition to a 31.8% reduction in triglycerides, overall cholesterol was reduced by 5.2% with HDL cholesterol (the “good” kind) rising 12.6%.

These figures are truly impressive.

Makes you wonder why they were overlooked by the AHA/ACC guidelines.

The pharmaceutical recommendations will not be printed here. Read our Cardiovascular Articles and you will find nutritional therapies that are better, more effective, and saner than any drug protocol.

The recommendations for an aspirin a day seem to have been proposed without mentioning a recent study that showed when you come off of aspirin (say prior to a surgery) your heart attack chances jump through the roof.  This was discovered after doctors who had been telling their patients to stop their aspirin therapy prior to surgeries noticed that a lot of them didn’t live long enough to have the surgery. A cohort study soon proved that coming off your aspirin therapy was much more dangerous than the reasons for going on it in the first place.

The recommendations also don’t tell you that aspirin therapy increases your chances for hemorrhagic stroke by some 40%. (You will find the aspirin myths and the dangers of aspirin in our Cardiovascular Articles).

And finally, along with the last recommendation listed above (concerning vitamins and supplements), another article we read from the Canadian Broadcasting System: http://cbs13.com/topstories/local_story_050194656.html quoted a physician on the use of vitamins and supplements: “People are wasting their money when they are looking at it from a cardiac standpoint.”

A few articles we found were quick to quote recent studies showing that folic acid doesn’t work as we once thought it did.

We also found many studies and articles that still recommended folic acid.

Again, we must take the stand that until the medical community stops running studies involving vitamins and supplements that are designed to fail, whatever modern medicine has to say about supplements will be suspect.

Folic acid cuts homocysteine levels. Homocysteines cause cardiovascular disease. The research on Vitamin E is plain and simple. Vitamin E helps thin our blood. Read our articles to learn more on Vitamin E and cardiovascular disease. We’re very tired of doctors giving us nutritional advice when they’ve never studied nutrition.

This same physician, quoted above, went on to say that “antioxidants from fruits and vegetables are best.” This is something we happen to agree with, in part.

“Let your food be your medicine....” Hippocrates 

However, if you’re a jogger or you live in Los Angeles County, you probably need at least 6,000 milligrams of vitamin C daily. If you wanted to get this from eating oranges, according to my calculations, you will need to eat from 105 to 120 oranges daily.

Again, we have one more reason not to listen to physicians when they preach on a subject with which they are totally unfamiliar, nutritional wellness. They’ve never studied nutrition, and they shouldn’t study it. They need to stick to medicine.

In our Cardiovascular Articles, we have nutritional guidelines for you that came from unbiased research; guidelines that actually recommend folate and B vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin E. You will find these recommendations already in our cardiovascular wellness articles and they’ve been there since the first day we published them in 2002. As for an aspirin replacement: check out the systemic enzymes and our article on the dangers of aspirin.

All in all, some of the recommendations are good, some are silly. Poor red meat is constantly getting a bad rap, but if you eat grass fed beef that’s not been injected with hormones, or poisoned with pesticides, or overdosed in antibiotics, you’ve got the perfect protein.

The simple fact that chlorinated water was completely overlooked by this study as a cause of heart disease (and boy is it), leaves room for speculation and conspiracy theorists. Chlorinated water should not be allowed in our country let alone our bodies.

If women simply increased their activity a little, tossed out their corn oil and replaced it with coconut oil (for frying), and increased their antioxidants, B vitamins and Essential Fatty Acids, we could cut their heart disease death rates to the lowest in the world.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy heart.

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Vitamins are Poison!

 

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The doctors in the previous article are old school. They want to promulgate only that vitamins and minerals are worthless.

There is a new school of doctors who want us to know that:

Vitamins are POISON!

Ok, let’s take a look at this.

The Journal of the American Medical Association (NAMBLA JAMA) just published a study that came to the conclusion that vitamin E, A, and beta carotene will lead to an early demise.

Next time you tell your doctor you use these, just watch him tell you about this study.

The study went on to say that it needs to investigate selenium and vitamin C further to determine if they have an effect on mortality.

I did a quick google and found the original study.

It was written up very professionally, using the terminology only a statistician could possibly understand, but luckily there are experts in the field who can see thru the gobbledygook and spot the flaws.

First off, you must know that this was not an actual study but rather a meta analysis of many studies. Right off the bat, this is bad methodology because it weighs all studies the same no matter the length of time, the quality of the vitamins, or the dosages. The key feature here is that the researchers claim to have used “all” relevant trials.

Apparently, when we wrote Bypassing Bypass we found a study these fellows didn’t that was published in NEJM in 1993 in which nearly 90,000 nurses were divided into two groups, one that got vitamin E and another that got a placebo. After two years, the group receiving the vitamin E had a 40% lower risk of heart attack. Similar results were realized in a smaller follow-up study involving nearly 40,000 men.

Medicos consistently create studies designed to fail. They use synthetic “parts” of vitamins (not the whole complex), and doses small enough to be meaningless. Sometimes they use the worst possible vitamins on the market. You’ll never see a study on vitamins using the Cadillac of vitamins made by Standard Process Labs.

I found a response to this study called: META-ANALYSIS ON ANTIOXIDANTS PROVIDES MUDDLED CONCLUSIONS written by the Council for Responsible Nutrition. It’s worth reading, because it answers this study line for line. The highlight is a quotation by Dr Andrew Shao, PhD when he called the original study a: “pre-determined conclusion in search of a method to support it.”

This kind of research has one overwhelming motivation behind it: to eventually limit our access to vitamins and supplements that are cutting into the profits of medicine and the pharmaceutical industry.

Look who sponsors our evening newscasts: drug companies. Since the doctors who once worked for the tobacco companies are out of work, ABC news seems to have hired a few to promote their anti-vitamin stance. I’m not sure if Dr Beth M. Wicklund, MD once worked for the tobacco companies, but she’s certainly picked up their style. She warned millions of Americans that fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) are stored in our fatty tissues and can “Lead to toxic buildup in the liver, brain, and heart.”

I’m not sure if she learned this in medical school, or just made it up for the fear effect, but it is pure, unmitigated bull.

Yes, we store these longer than water soluble vitamins, but no one’s ever died from vitamin E toxicity. In fact, well, let’s shoot a glance at something from an organization that actually researches how vitamins are utilized by the body and what they do for us; an organization based upon the work of Linus Pauling, a two time Nobel laureate:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, February 23, 2007

NO DEATHS FROM VITAMINS: Poison Control Statistics Prove Supplements’ Safety

(OMNS Feb 23, 2007) There was not even one death caused by vitamins in 2005, according to the most recent statistics available from the US National Poisoning and Exposure Database. The 129-page annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers published in the journal Clinical Toxicology (1) shows zero deaths from multiple vitamins; zero deaths from any of the B vitamins; zero deaths from vitamins A, C, D, or E; and zero deaths from any other vitamin.

Over half of the U.S. population takes daily vitamin supplements. Even if each of those people took only one single tablet per day, that makes 145,000,000 individual doses per day, for a total of over 53 billion doses annually. Since many persons take additional vitamins, the numbers are considerably higher, and the safety of vitamins all the more remarkable.

Reference:

1. Lai MW, Klein-Schwartz W, Rodgers GC et al. 2005 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers' national poisoning and exposure database. Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2006; 44(6-7): 803-932. Free download from http://www.aapcc.org/Annual%20Reports/05report/2005%20Publsihed.pdf . Vitamins statistics are found in Table 22, towards the end of the report.

For further reading:

Download any Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers from 1983-2005 free of charge at: http://www.aapcc.org/annual.htm The "Vitamin" category is usually at the very end of the report.

Nutritional Medicine is Orthomolecular Medicine

Linus Pauling defined orthomolecular medicine as "the treatment of disease by the provision of the optimum molecular environment, especially the optimum concentrations of substances normally present in the human body." Orthomolecular medicine uses safe, effective nutritional therapy to fight illness. For more information: http://www.orthomolecular.org

The peer-reviewed Orthomolecular Medicine News Service is a non-profit and non-commercial informational resource.

Editorial Review Board:

Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D.
Harold D. Foster, Ph.D.
Bradford Weeks, M.D.
Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D.
Erik Paterson, M.D.
Thomas Levy, M.D., J.D.
Steve Hickey, Ph.D.

Andrew W. Saul, Editor and contact person. email: drsaul@doctoryourself.com .

To subscribe at no charge: http://orthomolecular.org/subscribe.html

So, we’re told how dangerous vitamins are, but it seems that no one died last year taking them.

How many died from pharmaceuticals? Or from over-the-counter-drugs?

Tylenol kills over 100 each year. NSAIDS hospitalize nearly 100,000 a year, with a minimum of 30,000 dying. Very low estimates put pharmaceutical deaths at 200,000, total.

But your doctor wants you to be careful taking vitamins.

Hmmmm.

Yes, Vitamin A can kill you if you take too much. How much is too much? An awful lot. Dr Allan Spreen, MD tells us that he can take 10,000 IU of vitamin A safely, but the same amount of aspirin will kill you.

We know that smokers shouldn’t take Beta Carotene because legitimate studies have proven it is deadly to them. However, we also know they should quit smoking. Duh.

Oh, and just how deadly are these vitamins really?

The study ends by telling us that we need to eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruits to get our daily vitamins. Apparently they’re not as deadly in the food we eat.

Think about it. Medicine has to tell us that we need our vitamins, otherwise everyone would know they’re lying to us. So they tell us to get our vitamins in our food (which is good advice). But vitamin therapies are drawing profits away from the medical industry; so they have to turn around and tell us that supplementing will kill us.

I wonder if this logic will ever stimulate medical researchers to use “real” food derived vitamins in future studies, rather than the synthetic partials they use today.

Before I go, I have to tell you this: I got an interesting letter from someone asking about an investigative report on NBC that was based upon a ConsumerLab report on vitamins. The report gave high marks to Flintstones Complete because they contained everything that was on the label, were chewable, hence easily dissolved, and were free of impurities.

I wrote back that I wished ConsumerLabs would stick to testing toasters and air bags.

Pick up a bottle of Flintstones Complete, or visit their web site, and you’ll see that they also contain aspartame, soybean oil, artificial colors, and trans fats. They are not complete vitamins in any sense since all vitamins are complex and most of the Flintstones Complete ingredients are synthetic.

Sure, it’s good that someone is out there assaying our vitamins and minerals to keep the producers honest, but they are not experts in nutrition and haven’t a clue as to our bodies’ needs.


Cardio Briefs
A few studies that might have slipped by under the radar.

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Postmenopausal? Pre-cardiac Arrest?  

In a recent study published March 7th in JAMA, we learned that postmenopausal women, who have had no signs or symptoms of any cardiovascular problems are at a greater risk of death from a cardiovascular event if they have had even minor abnormalities show up on an electrocardiogram.

Interestingly enough, post menopausal women had been studied previously, but only in comparison to men. This time, however, they studied women only, and took into consideration those on HRT, and, guess what: researchers fond there was a “significant increase” in coronary disease among those taking HRT as opposed to a placebo. [http://www.seniorjournal.com/NEWS/Health/2007/7-03-07-OlderWomenWith.htm ]

Planning a heart attack? Don’t wait for the weekend.

In Brunswick, New Jersey, researchers discovered that patients admitted to hospitals on weekends with cardiovascular issues were more likely to die of a heart attack than those who were admitted during the week. Weekend patients were less likely to receive percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) on admission as well as less likely to undergo invasive cardiac procedures than were those arriving on weekdays.

Dr Kotis concluded, “The increase in mortality, which may persist for more than a year, could account for several thousand deaths annually in the U.S. More appropriate hospital staffing or regionalization of care of patients with acute myocardial infarction may prevent some of these deaths.”

While Drs Redelmeier and Bell wrote that “clinicians strive to provide care to patients every day of the week. Doing so entails effort, and people who work in hospitals (unlike those in many other lines of work) are not always compensated for taking the weekend shift.”

So, remember to tip your emergency room staff members on weekends and holidays. [http://www.medpagetoday.com/Cardiology/MyocardialInfarction/tb1/5256]

When it comes to cardiac care, your local hospital might not be color blind.

A recent study published in the February 2007 issue of the medical journal Academic Emergency Medicine showed that race, gender, and insurance coverage determines the type and quality of care you get when admitted to the ER.

The study focused on patients admitted into the ER complaining of chest pain. What did the study find?

·        African-American men were 25 to 30% less likely to receive the tests for coronary artery disease compared to non-African-Americans.

·        All forms of the tests — electrocardiograms, chest x-rays, cardiac monitoring, and oxygen saturation monitoring — have been declining in use for African-American males.

·        African-American women saw a 5% lesser chance of getting an electrocardiogram than non-African-American men.

·        African-American women saw a 17% lesser chance of receiving cardiac monitoring, a 14% lesser chance of receiving oxygen saturation monitoring, and a six percent lesser chance of receiving a chest x-ray in comparison to non-African-American men.

·        Patients who did not have private insurance had a 13% lesser chance of receiving electrocardiography. Whereas 82% of non-African-American men with commercial insurance received electrocardiography.

 [http://www.seniorjournal.com/NEWS/Health/2007/7-02-04-RaceGender.htm]
 

An Aspirin a day doesn't keep the doctor away.

A recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine concluded that people who who use analgesics (pain relievers, commonly called NSAIDS) regularly had higher blood pressure rates than those who did not use them regularly.

The industry apologists tell us that NSAID usage causes salt retention, but those who have read our cardiovascular wellness articles already know that salt alone is not the problem. The problem is the sodium/potassium ratio, which, in Celtic Sea Salt is perfect for the human body.

The study went onto single out certain pain relievers:

When Tylenol was singled out, risk of hyptertension jumped 34%.

Aspirin? risks jumped 28%.

All other over the counter NSAIDS (ibuprofen, advil, naproxin, etc) raised your risks of high blood pressure nearly 40%.

["Frequency of Analgesic Use and Risk of Hypertension" Archives of Internal Medicine, Vol. 167, No. 4, 2/26/07, www.archinte.ama-assn.org]  
 


Anvirzel Update
Many have written to us over the years asking for an update.

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The news is not all that good.

First, we have the story of Anvirzel™ by the daughter of Dr Ozel, the inventor of the drug: The Story of Anvirzel.

Second, we have a little more information on the drug, what's been happening, and it's progress with the FDA along with input from people working with their own extracts of the Nerium Oleander plant: Anvirzel Update.

Finally, we have this article on Anvirzel, sent to us by somebody (however, we forgot who sent it. It is very close to an article on the Annieapplseed Project: http://www.annieappleseedproject.org/anpat51.html, but Annie says it's not hers.

So, we'll reprint it and hope we're not infringing upon anybody's copyrights:

Nerium Oleander

An aqueous extract of Nerium Oleander has been patented internationally as ANVIRZEL ™. (US Patent #5,135,745) The Nerium Oleander extract used in the Agaricus OPC proprietary herbal mix is similar to the ANVIRZEL ™ extract and the following excerpt is taken from the description of ANVIRZEL ™ on the Internet:

Extensive laboratory and clinical experience indicate both cytotoxic and immunological activities for the drug. In developing a protocol for clinical trials, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center states, "It is thought that the polysaccharides present in ANVIRZEL™ are capable of activating the immune cells, which in turn can recognize the epitopes present on the cancer cell surfaces, thereby enhancing the efficacy of the immune response. It is believed that the cytotoxic action present in the extract may be essential for synergistic activities. It is believed that the cytotoxic action both arrests tumor growth and prevents cancer cell reproduction as well as having and/or producing a Tumor Necrosis Factorlike activity. Research has proved conclusively that Anvirzel™ is active on dual pathways at the cellular level to both inhibit the growth of tumor cells (through the antiangiogenesis activity of the oleandrin) and to promote apoptosis of the tumor cells.

Extensive in vitro research has been conducted by Dr. Robert Newman, Chief of Pharmacology, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC), Houston, Texas. Dr. Newman has tested ANVIRZEL™. against a broad spectrum of human malignant cell lines, and has demonstrated that ANVIRZEL™ has a high order of efficacy.

In addition to the research being conducted by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, concurrent research is being conducted by Dr. Wendell Winters, a noted immunologist with the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio,Texas. Dr. Winter's work has confirmed that ANVIRZEL™ has been "shown to stimulate the immune system by stimulation of the function and capability of specific subsets of mononuclear cells." In addition, Dr. Winters' research has shown that ANVIRZEL™ specifically stimulates T and B lymphocytes, the cell-mediated and the humoral mediated immune systems.

In April 2000, a USFDA approved study entitled "Phase I Study of ANVIRZEL™ in Patients with Advanced Solid Tumors" was commenced under the direction of Ronald Buckowski, M.D. at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

Because of its strong cytotoxic effect in combination with an equally strong immunomodulatory effect, ANVIRZEL™ is indicated as a therapy, both primary and adjuvant, for cell proliferative disease (cancer), certain viral disease, and autoimmune/inflammatory disease. Clinical application of ANVIRZEL™ in the United States, Ireland, and Honduras has demonstrated efficacy against various neoplastic disease, hepatic disease such as Hepatitis C, late and early stage HIV/AIDS, as well as autoimmune/inflammatory disease such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. The results have been determined both by the clinical practitioner and independent laboratory analysis using PET, CT scan, MRI, and hematological screening.

International Clinical Experience Using ANVIRZEL™ Therapy International clinicians have been treating patients suffering from the above referenced disorders on a compassionate use basis since 1997. Many of these patients were previously diagnosed as terminal. These clinicians have experienced a very high level of success with disease stabilization, partial remission, and complete remission, almost always accompanied by a very marked improvement in the patients' quality of life.

Dr. Anibal Villatoro of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Former Executive Director of the Honduran Institute of Social Security (administrator of the public health system) has since January of 1999 been conducting a compassionate use trial with ANVIRZEL™ for HIV (SIDA) patients in Tegucigalpa. His early results indicate a strong level of response to ANVIRZEL™ therapy with a feeling of homeostasis (feeling of well being) and an improved quality of life, as well as significant improvement in their immune systems. (Reports that slipped out in late 1999 showed that Anvirzel reversed AIDS, no matter what the phase of the disease, arthritis, psoriasis, hepatitis C, and even diabetes in some cases. Initially, Anvirzel was thought to work only on cancers found early, however, very positive results have been found in people given just weeks to live. To top this all off, Anvirzel seems to be the first cancer remedy to show positive results for leiomyosarcoma, probably the deadliest of cancers. Anvirzel also crosses the blood-brain barrier (like Poly-MVA) and gives hope to people with brain tumors.)

The "Common Thread" running through almost all of the clinical records of the patient population using ANVIRZEL™ on a compassionate use basis has been the marked improvement in the "quality of life" of those patients. This includes, but is not limited to, homeostasis, marked improvement in pain management with elimination of or marked reduction in use of analgesics, positive response to antibiotics, increased appetite with concomitant weight gain, and increase in energy with reduction of fatigue.

Toxicity studies. A toxicity study was performed by Southern Research Institute, Birmingham, AL, on 28 beagle dogs, and the study states, "No clinical signs of toxicity were noted in any of the dogs in this study..." Another lethality assessment of ANVIRZEL™ in a murine (laboratory mouse) population was conducted by Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX., and the study states, "On the day of NOI (Nerium Oleander Extract Injectible) administration and over a subsequent 14 day post dose period, none of the treated animals showed any pathological signs or ill effect of the injections as assessed by daily morbidity and mortality observations."

No reports of toxicity have been received from clinicians supervising patients experiencing Anvirzel™ therapy.


EpiCor Update
Boy...did we get letters!

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After publishing our last newsletter, in which we discussed this new immune booster EpiCor, I got about four letters in the first week telling me, hey, if this comes from their products, wouldn't it be cheaper to buy a fifty pound bag of their fermented yeast product than buy a bottle of pills that lasts a month?

Well, that's exactly what I thought, and I went right out and ordered a fifty pound bag of Diamond V XPC.

Like everything else I get, the first thing I put the XPC into was a smoothie. It's not very good tasting. However, I'm now giving it to my chickens and my dogs. As for me, I'm still using it in my smoothies, but I've started adding it to our super muffin recipes.

The first thing we created after the last newseltter, was a brand new muffin we called: The Most Expensive Muffins in the World. This was because we calculated that the cost of all ingredients added up to about $2.75 cents per muffin. Because of all the ingredients we put into the muffins, we called them Longevity Muffins.

The recipe is located here: Longevity Muffins.

For those of you who want to try the Diamond V XPC but don't want to have to buy a fifty pound bag for $90.00, for a fifteen dollar donation to this web site, I will bag up one pound of my own personal stash of the Diamond V XPC and mail it to you. Having said this, I make no promises concerning the benefits of XPC and if you're sick, go find a health care professional.

Just make sure you enter your mailing address and a mention that you'd like me to bag up some XPC and ship it off to you.


Miracle Skin Update
Ron sends his thanks

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Ahhhhgggg! Boy, did we get mail! Ron wants to thank all those who bought his products over the holiday season, and into the new year. He's been surprising buyers with free lip balm, that he makes only for friends and family.

“It’s time consuming and expensive,” Ron told me. “But for your readers, I'm gonna send them a little gift if they order two or more products.”

Already people are telling us their experiences. A woman with diabetic sores that responded to nothing, suddenly healed in just under three weeks with HealonPF. One person sent for a bottle of HealonPF for hemorrhoids, got such quick relief, that she quickly ordered two more bottles, one for a friend. Two people reported that the swelling from spider bites (brown recluse) went down within hours from applying the HealonPF.

Those using the lip balm tell us that it's perfect on their crow's feet.

And the number of people who wrote us that the SugarFoot is the best thing they've ever found for dry, cracking skin. However, to get to the root of dry cracking skin, increase your vitamin E (mixed tocopherols and mixed tocotrienols), your omega-3s, and keep your probiotics in your gut flourishing.

A few people have inquired into selling Ron's products under their own label, and as always, they would really like to know how to make them. Ron has told me that he's more then willing to give out the formulas, but that those who put them together won't get even half the healing power of his products, because of the ingredients.

Not all ingredients are created equally. For example, take a trip over the web searching for Tea Tree oil. You'll find retail prices anywhere from $.68/per ounce to $4.95/ounce. Then you have to ask yourself, how much did the distributor pay for the original Tea Tree oil.

Ron pays his supplier $3.80 per ounce for his own Tea Tree oil that has been distilled according to his strict instructions. Because they have to maintain temperature stability, it has to be made in very small batches. Ron won't sell you his Tea Tree Oil at all. It's his proprietary product. So, knowing how to make Ron's formulas, doesn't do you any good without Ron's proprietary ingredients.

Once again, every first aid kit should have a bottle of HealonPF. There is no expiration date on the bottle. Bottles that are 7 and 8 years old show no signs of breaking down. And if you need it, then you'd better have it on hand.

We will post before and after pictures when they start coming in. If you have your own, feel free to send them to us. info@mnwelldir.org

For Ron Salley's Miracle Skin products, please visit Simply the Best.


Wilderness Family Naturals Has NONI
A review

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We got a bottle of noni from our good friends at Wilderness Family Naturals and wow, it was potent.

This is the real thing. No fruit juice added, no preservatives added, just pure noni juice from the fruit and leaves. And, it’s organic.

That is ALL we can tell you now, because now that we’ve found a source that is really, really good, we’re going to do some more research.

Here are some highlights of the research we will be publishing at this site: Costa Rican noni has a more vitamin C than noni from Tahiti. Noni not only boosts the immune system, it’s an antioxidant, an anti-inflammatory, an antiangiogenic agent (stops the growth of new blood vessels to a tumor), and an analgesic (pain killer).

We also received notice that only this noni was given as therapy to a breast cancer patient, and she is now in remission.

So, for your noni needs, contact Wilderness Family Naturals (because they support us here) and you can also check out South Pacific Trading Company who are handling the same exact product.

So, really, not much to more to say, except this is the best noni we’ve found to date. Period.


We're Breaking down FDA's New Conflict-of-Interest Proposal
Posted by Matt Madia at OMB Watch

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Editor's note: the FDA is finally addressing the issue of conflicts of interest. Sure, as you'll read below these are pretty half-assed gestures, but they are a start in the right direction after millions have died from pharmaceuticals. 10 of the 30 people who voted to pass Vioxx had taken money from the makers of Vioxx.

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In today's New York Times, there appears a story by reporter Gardiner Harris about FDA's new guidance intending to reduce conflicts of interest on agency advisory boards. (Note: The story refers to the proposal as "rules" but it is actually "draft guidance" which, unlike rules/regulations, does not carry the force of law.)

The guidance is a response to an increasing problem at FDA: Scientists determining the public safety of drugs and medical devices often have financial ties to the products or industry on which they are commenting. There are pros and cons to the draft guidance.

The good:

The bad:

The ugly:

Stay tuned to Reg•Watch for more on this.

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Open Letter to Congress and Presidential Candidates
"The penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves." Abraham Lincoln

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Editor's Note: Health Care is political. I have been very active politically for many years. The following letter has been sent to all my congress-people, and to many candidates for office. Feel free to copy it and send it to your people in congress and your favorite candidate.

The last time I checked, the World Health Organization ranked our health care system 37th in the world. We are ranked 20th in infant mortality. We are ranked 20th in longevity. However, our health care system is ranked the 1st (highest) in cost.

An estimated 200,000 Americans are killed yearly by prescription drugs; 300,000 more die from hospital errors, infections picked up in hospitals, malpractice, and mistakes. Many of these figures have been published in JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine, and are, admittedly, low estimates.

With such a poor health care system, I find it astonishing that politicians feel that the main problem with our health care is that too many people still do not have access to it.

This kind of logic is reminiscent of that Woody Allen joke where two women are in a restaurant and one says to the other, “The food in here is awful,” to which her friend responds, “Yes, and such small portions.”

The plain truth about our health care system is that it is a disease care system whose bottom line is the almighty dollar. It is fraught with fraud, redundancy, and just plain bad science. Where our health care system excels is in trauma care and diagnostics. 

Those famous tobacco industry scientists who for years told us tobacco was not detrimental to our health have gone to work for the AMA and now tell us that vitamins and supplements are worthless, and that real health demands drugs. Our health care is founded on the science of the lowest bidder: if we grease enough palms, doctors will say anything.

Medicine is a powerful monopoly. Doctors, drug companies, and the FDA are all in bed together. This is not an empty attack; it is not a conspiracy theory; it’s simply the goal of every monopoly: to crush the competition and gain market share; it’s just business as usual.

If you study the history of medicine, you cannot help but see how medicine has become a powerful monopoly: Health Care for Dummies, or How the Rich Got Richer While the Sick Got Sicker.

Before we can have universal health care, we must first create real health care. We have to rid the system of fraud.

We can cut our health care costs 9 billon dollars overnight by outlawing cholesterol lowering drugs.

I’ve spent years researching cholesterol, and there is not one study that has shown that cholesterol causes heart disease. All cholesterol lowering drugs, until the recent Statin drugs, shortened life spans. Statin drugs have extended life spans because they are also anti-inflammatories; expensive anti-inflammatories that could be replaced by Boswellia, an herb from the rain forest that costs $12 per bottle, or replaced by aspirin; although, it is not my personal choice.

Our elderly are drugged into oblivion. Visit any elderly care site and you’ll not find a single individual on fewer then three drugs with far too many are on five to fifteen drugs. Once you put a person on three or more drugs, all double blind studies go out the window. No one can tell you the overall results of overmedicating. This is quackery.

Recently, all over the media has been the story of a drug from Canada that might just be a cancer cure, but the problem is its patent has run out. [http://www.newscientist.com/channel/health/mg19325874.700-cheap-safe-drug-kills-most-cancers.html]

This is a terrible problem. We might have a cure for cancer but no one can profit from it. That’s a terrible problem, because who will spend the billion dollars required to prove this drug?

The problem is we have a health care industry that profits from our being ill, not from our being healthy. If we are healthy, the industry suffers.

And yet congress keeps funding pharmaceutical companies and their research.

It is time to cut corporate welfare to the pharmaceutical industry and put that money into our universities. Universities can test cheap alternatives objectively; therapies that can profit no one but can save countless lives. We must study and test non patentable therapies, or we’ll have just more of the same: expensive, dangerous medicine that might just kill more people than it cures.

The problem with our health care system is not that people don’t have access to it. The problem is that our health care system has nothing to do with health.

The primary objective of our medical schools is to teach physicians to fix disease. Our medical schools know nothing about health and wellness, and thus our physicians know nothing about health and wellness. Our health care system is diseased from the start; it is a disease care system.  

We are what we eat, breathe, drink, and think. Any physician who does not believe this is not a healer. Any person who does not believe this is deluded. Any politician who does not believe this does not have a health care solution, and universal health care is just corporate welfare and an empty election promise.

Sincerely,

David Bonello


Dr Atkins Vindicated

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Editor's Note: Meet Dr Al Sears. We have long admired his work and suddenly we are told he's pretty intrigued about our work. So, we are forming a working relationship. In future newsletters and at this site, we'll be posting articles written by the good doctor and promoting his work.

Al Sears, MD
12794 Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 16
Wellington, FL 33414 March 12, 2007 

There is a simple truth about your diet and your health:

We have been deceived into eating way too much carbohydrate.

A new study “proves” this to my satisfaction but will not end the controversy because financial incentives distort this simple truth.

You will hear results from a new study in this week’s JAMA by researchers at Stanford University. It was the largest and best done study ever to compare popular diets. It proved that women on the Atkins diet lost and kept off significantly more weight than women on other diets.

At the end of one year, women on the Atkins diet lost an average of 10 pounds versus just about 3 pounds for followers of The Zone, Standard, or low-fat diets. What’s more, women on the Atkins diet ended the year with higher HDL (good cholesterol) and lower blood pressure.

In spite of the persecution Atkins faced during his life, he had correctly diagnosed the cause of the modern epidemic of obesity. For the first time, he made it clear that Americans were not getting fat because they were consuming too much fat.

They were getting fat from eating too many carbs.

And this Stanford study is not the first to prove Atkins right:

February 2003: A landmark study that compared the American Heart Association’s low-fat diet to the Atkins diet. The Atkins diet caused greater weight loss and lowered cholesterol and triglycerides much more effectively than a low fat diet of equal calories.

May 2003: The prestigious New England Journal of Medicine published a study that found the Atkins approach beat out the American Heart Association’s low fat approach for both weight loss and blood fats improvement.

Nutrition Week 2003: National meetings recently reported preliminary results of a study performed by Heritage Medical Center on patients with Metabolic Syndrome. Participants ate a low-carb diet for 18 months. Their LDL (“bad” cholesterol) reduced by an average of 82%. HDL (“good” cholesterol) scores increased by an average of 30%.

But Atkins didn’t go far enough in providing a solution…

He was right in noting that dietary fat was not the modern change that had made us fat. But there are other issues with modern fat he neglected:

You must eat more “good” fats than “bad” fats.

By implying that the modern over consumption of omega-6 fatty acids and trans fats in processed and artificially created foods is okay, Atkins failed to get the solution right.

An excess of omega-6 fats, which you’ll find in today’s grain-fed meat, causes inflammation. And this internal swelling leads to arthritis, heart disease and cancer. Artificial trans fats clog your arteries and boost your risk of heart attack.

To get the most out of Atkins’ diet and legacy, cut down your carbs as he recommends. But stay away from the bad fats and focus on getting more of the healthy omega-3 fats.

How do you get back your omega 3 fats we used to get from the internal organs of our catch? Cod liver oil is the most effective way I’ve found.

Cod liver oil builds up your HDL (good cholesterol) and lowers triglycerides (blood fats). It also improves memory and relieves depression.

Cod liver oil plays an important role in fat loss. I’ve seen remarkable results in my patients. And that’s one I never heard Atkins elucidate. Cod liver oil helps you to lose fat by improving your response to blood sugar your sensitivity to insulin. That’s why I use it to treat diabetes. (And others have had good results.123)

Controlling your blood sugar and lowering your insulin is the key to losing fat and keeping it off.

I use 5 grams of cod liver oil daily. You can get our own mercury and PCB-free pure Dr. Sears’ Brand Cod Liver Oil, HERE

To Your Good Health,

 

Al Sears, MD

1 Lombardo YB, et al. Dietary fish oil normalize dyslipidemia and glucose intolerance with unchanged insulin levels in rats fed a high sucrose diet. Biochim.Biophys.Acta 1996;1299:175-82.

2 Chicco A, et al. Effect of moderate levels of dietary fish oil on insulin secretion and sensitivity, and pancreas insulin content in normal rats. Ann.Nutr Metab 1996;40:61-70.

3 Shimizu H, et al. Long-term effect of eicosapentaenoic acid ethyl (EPA-E) on albuminuria of non-insulin dependent diabetic patients. Diabetes Res.Clin Pract. 1995;28:35-40.

And while we're on the subject of cod liver oil ...

We would be remiss not to tell you of two new studies recently published on Vitamin D and Cancer Prevention.

If you have breast or colon cancer in your family, you are warned that you are at risk for these two cancers.

As we’ve seen I this newsletter, the only information most doctors have access to is that vitamins will shorten your life.

However, the study published online in the Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology concluded that those women with the lowest amounts of vitamin D in their blood had the highest rates of breast cancer. The author’s of the study claim that increasing our vitamin D intake to 2000 IU daily could reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer by 50%.

The colorectal cancer study was published in the Journal of Preventive Medicine. Quite astonishing, they discovered the same thing that the breast cancer study produced, that a daily intake of 2000 IU could cut the risk of colorectal cancer 50%.

Remember: you can get vitamin D in the sun, and in certain foods: salmon, sardines, shrimp, milk, cod, and eggs. You are also free to supplement with cod liver oil and vitamin D tablets.


Pet Food Recall
How the heck did this happen.

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So, how do you say rat poison in Chinese?

Yup, the rat poison that was found contaminating many brands of pet foods, turned out to be a chemotherapeutic agent in this country (but rat poison in China).

On the serious side, http://www.menufoods.com/recall/ is where you can find a list of foods that are possibly contaminated.

Currently, the news media is abuzz with this one; some people calling for organic pet foods, others initiating a class action lawsuit, and the actual number of animals affected depends on who's telling you.

As a pet lover, this is disturbing. Just luckily, none of the foods I feed mine were tainted.

Last Minute Addition

A Genetic Engineered Food Disaster?

By Michael W. Fox B.Vet.Med., Ph.D., D.Sc., M.R.C.V.S.

 

I have received several letters from dog and cat owners thanking me for ‘saving their animal’s lives’ because they were feeding them the kind of home-made diet that I have been advocating as a veterinarian for some years. These letters came after the largest pet food recall in the pet food industry’s history.

 

On March 23, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets announced that they had found ‘rat poison’ in contaminated wheat gluten imported from China was responsible for the suffering and deaths of an as yet uncounted numbers of cats and dogs across North America. The poison is a chemical compound called aminopterin.

 

Veterinary toxicologists with the ASPCA and American College of Internal Veterinary Medicine shared my concern that there may be some other food contaminant (s) in addition to the  aminopterin that was sickening and killing many pets. Experts were not convinced that the finding of rat poison contamination was the end of the story.

 

On March 30, the FDA reported finding a widely used compound called melamine described as a chemical  used in the manufacture of plastics, as a wood resin adhesive and protective, in the suspect pet foods. The FDA claimed  that the melamine was the cause of an as yet uncounted number of cat and dog poisonings and deaths. The FDA could not find the rat poison, aminopterin, in the samples it analyzed. However a lab in Canada, at the University of Guelph, has confirmed the presence of rat poison.

 

The Associated Press cited the Environmental Protection Agency as having identified melamine as a contaminant and byproduct of several pesticides, including cryomazine. People began to question if there is also pesticide contamination of the wheat gluten. Is there a possibility of deliberate contamination, or is it the result of gross mismanagement and lack of effective food-safety and quality controls that accounts for levels of melamine reported to be as high as 6.6% by in FDA analyzed samples of the wheat gluten?

 

A brief internet search quickly reveals that the widely used insect growth regulator cryomazine is not only made from melamine, but it also breaks down into melamine after ingestion by an animal.  Wheat gluten is wheat gluten, fit for human consumption, so the question remains, what was wrong with this gluten that it was only bought for use in pet food?

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On April 3 Associated Press named the US importer as ChemNutra of Las Vegas, reporting that the company had recalled 873 tons of wheat gluten that had been shipped to three pet food makers and a single distributor who in turn supplies the pet food industry.

 

While Congressional hearings are now being called for by grieving pet owners, and class action suits put together, this debacle could have catastrophic consequences not only for conventional agribusiness, of which the pet food industry is a lucrative subsidiary, but also for the agricultural biotechnology industry, with its millions of acres of genetically engineered crops around the world.

I reach this conclusion, until there is evidence to the contrary, for the following reasons:

 

1. The wheat gluten imported from China was not for human consumption, because, I believe, it had been genetically engineered. The FDA has a wholly cavalier attitude toward feeding animals such ‘frankenfoods’ but places some restrictions when human consumption is involved (yet refuses appropriate food labeling).

 

2. The ‘rat poison’ aminopterin is used in molecular biology as an anti-metabolite, folate antagonist, and in genetic engineering biotechnology as a genetic marker. This could account for its presence in this imported wheat gluten.

 

3. The ‘plastic’, ‘wood preservative’, contaminant melamine, the parent chemical for a potent insecticide cyromazine, could well have been manufactured WITHIN the wheat plants themselves as a genetically engineered pesticide. This is much like the Bt. insecticidal poison present in most US commodity crops that go into animal feed.

 

4.So called ‘overexpression’ can occur when spliced genes that synthesize such chemicals become hyperactive inside the plant and  result in potentially toxic plant tissues,  lethal not just to meal worms and other crop pests, but to cats, dogs, birds, butterflies and other wildlife; and to their creators. (For details, see my book Killer Foods: What Scientists Do to Make Food Better is Not Always Best. Lyon’s Press, 2004).

 

 How else can one account for samples of pet food containing as much as 6% melamine? It was surely not mixed in such amounts when the wheat gluten was being processed, but rather was already in the wheat, along with the aminopterin genetic marker. My suspicion is that the FDA was aware that the gluten came from genetically engineered wheat that was considered safe for animal consumption. To admit that the gluten came from a genetically engineered food crop could harm the US  agricultural biotechnology industry, and raise valid consumer concerns.

 

I could be wrong. But a greater wrong is surely for the pet food industry to use food ingredients and food and beverage industry by-products considered unfit for human consumption; to continue to do business without any adequate government oversight and inspection; and for government to give greater priority and support to agricultural biotechnology ( that requires far more food quality and safety tests and surveillance than conventional crops--- all at the public’s expense0---than to organic, humane, ecologically sound and safe food production.

 

I believe that there is evidence of gross negligence, not simply on the part of the pet food industry, but by all who are responsible for food quality and safety in the global market that is clearly dysfunctional. The Pet Food Institute should start an emergency fund to compensate all veterinary expenses incurred as a result of this---and any future---mass poisonings of people’s beloved animal companions.

 

Dr. Fox writes the syndicated newspaper column Animal Doctor, with United Features, NY, and is author of the forthcoming two books on pet care, Dog Body, Dog Mind: Exploring Canine Consciousness and Well-Being, and Cat Body, Cat Mind: Exploring Feline Consciousness and Total Well-Being, published by  The Lyons Press. His website is www.doctormwfox.org


Alzheimer's Disease
Prevention and Treatment

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Someone sent me to Jon Barron's site. I was very impressed.

Alzheimer's disease has been in the news lately. Alzheimer's disease is affecting more and more people; the ranks are growing; it could become an epidemic.

Jon has some of the best research I've read on Alzheimer's. His writing is crisp and clear.

We asked his permission to reprint his articles on Alzheimer's and here they are:

Alzheimer's and Dementia Bullets

Treating and Preventing Alzheimer's


Cheap Cancer Cure?
Must be hot; everyone's talking about it.

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I must have received 30 emails with the subject: Cheap, 'safe' drug kills most cancers.

Here's the story.

Cancer cells metabolize by fermentation. Fermentation requires sugar and the by product is lactic acid.

There is a condition in humans where because of lack of oxygen, muscles overproduce lactic acid. If you are a long distance runner, you know this, because the day after you're muscles are in pain. That pain is caused by lactic acid. Having too much lactic acid in your system is called Lactic Acidosis.

The “new” cancer cure is called DCA or dichloroacetate has been used to treat Lactic Acidosis. Thus, someone got the idea to test this on cancer. If it stops the creation of lactic acid, perhaps it could stop the same process in cancer's metabolization (neat word;  you'll only find two incidences of it in online reference books).

Long story short, it worked. Canadian scientists at the University of Alberta in Edmonton found that DCA killed lung, breast, and brain cancer cells, but not healthy human cells, outside the body (in vitro).

Tumours in rats deliberately infected with human cancer also shrank drastically when they were fed DCA-laced water for several weeks. [NewScientist.com]

The article goes on to quote the publication in which this study was first published:

DCA attacks a unique feature of cancer cells: the fact that they make their energy throughout the main body of the cell, rather than in distinct organelles called mitochondria. This process, called glycolysis, is inefficient and uses up vast amounts of sugar. Until now it had been assumed that cancer cells used glycolysis because their mitochondria were irreparably damaged. However, Michelakis's experiments prove this is not the case, because DCA reawakened the mitochondria in cancer cells. The cells then withered and died (Cancer Cell, DOI: 10.1016/j.ccr.2006.10.020).

Despite the fact that many in the cancer industry would argue the point about mitochondria in cancer cells, the theory goes on that once re-awakened, they activate apoptosis (cell death) in the cancer cells.

“Once reawakened by DCA, mitochondria order the abnormal cancer cells in a tumour to die.”

DCA is considered “relatively safe” and very cheap. It is related to chlorine, and heaven knows we don't have a lack of chlorine in our society.

By the time I got the 30th email on DCA from my wonderful readers, a quick search of the web showed a flood of articles warning people about DCA.

DCA does have side effects: pain, numbness, and gait disturbances in some patients.

So now we have articles telling us that we have a really cheap cancer cure, which, they admit, no pharmaceutical company will ever invest in because they couldn't possibly make a profit from it (funny how everyone seems to agree on this point, while the AMA calls this a conspiracy theory) and others are warning us about DCA's dangers and that we must proceed with caution and not give cancer patient's false hope.

The first paper I discovered that began the debunking of DCA was at the American Cancer Society's pages, written by Dr Len Lichtenfeld. He writes:

Before we replace rational discourse with irrational exuberance, it is my personal opinion that a bit of caution is in order. The basic reason for my conservative view is “been there, done that.”

Ironically, this has been the response of the ACS since it's inception. They've trashed every cheap alternative to come down the pike, even taking Gerson to congressional hearings for promoting food therapies. Today, the ACS publishes pamphlets on diet and nutrition and cancer as if they discovered the connection.

The first thing that Dr Lichtenfeld points out is that a quick scan of medical literature and you'll discover that DCA causes liver cancer in mice.

What he doesn't tell us is that you have to dose the mice quite a bit to get this; and this is why the mice in the Canadian study didn't get the liver tumors.

The good doctor goes on to tell of his experiences; how someone came out and claimed to have a cure and sure enough, after a thorough examination it turned out to be a dead end.

Sadly, when doctors test inexpensive cancer therapies, they do have a tendency to fail, mainly because the study was designed to fail. All you have to do is read the story of Hydrazine Sulfate. If not for the Russians testing HS years later, we'd still think the stuff was useless. However, the scientist who initially studied HS was proved out. His estimates of the efficacy were exactly what the Russians found in their study.

“It is way too soon to know whether this is a cancer treatment breakthrough or an urban legend or something in between,” Dr Lichtenfeld tells us, but then again, he's an oncologist and not a cancer patient.

The number of articles warning people about self medicating with DCA or telling us to sit back and let the system work (as if it's ever worked) are quickly approaching the number of articles praising this new and possible cancer cure.

Where do I stand on it? Read our article Rational Medicine. In there I propose that universities, with funding by the government (the one of the people, by the people, and for the people), test non patentable therapies.

It takes about a billion dollars to pass a drug thru the FDA (and then it still might kill you).

As the original article in New Scientist magazine says:

The next step is to run clinical trials of DCA in people with cancer. These may have to be funded by charities, universities and governments: pharmaceutical companies are unlikely to pay because they can't make money on unpatented medicines. The pay-off is that if DCA does work, it will be easy to manufacture and dirt cheap. [From issue 2587 of New Scientist magazine, 20 January 2007, page 13]

There's that conspiracy theory again: pharmaceutical companies are mean and hateful and only interested in profits.

No, not really. It's business as usual.

Before I leave this subject, I should tell you that there's a web site that is already up and running that will keep us all updated on DCA's progress: www.thedcasite.com

Next, I ran across an article on DCA that came to the same conclusion we have, but then the author says:

Anyway, you’ve learned more about DCA than you care to, or need to, know. That’s because there is another small molecule that deserves more attention. Like DCA, it is a small molecule that can enter the cell nucleus and switch genes on or off. It is perceived by the body as a toxin, but actually is non-toxic, and it is very stealth, it can penetrate any resistant cancer cell. It works in a similar manner to DCA by inducing cancer cell death (apoptosis). The molecule is resveratrol, known as a red wine molecule. Resveratrol appears to kill off cancer cells by depolarizing (demagnetizing) mitochondrial bodies within tumor cells.

Resveratrol is 100 anti-cancer drugs in one. Resveratrol works in so many ways to block cancer, researchers can’t find a cancer-promotion pathway it doesn’t inhibit. It is virtually non-toxic since, after oral ingestion, it is quickly metabolized by the liver, attached to a detoxification molecule called glucuronate, which renders it harmless, though biologically inactive, at least for a time. [About the Latest Cancer Cure]

This I got a kick out of. Right on. If science were really interested in curing cancer, it would study Resveratrol, or Ellagic Acid, or Nerium Oleander Extract.

And as long as we're talking about the buildup of lactic acid and loss of oxygen. Nothing brings oxygen and a solid negative electrical charge into the body like flax oil. We've talked about this a lot at this web site, especially concerning Johanna Budwig's work, and the fine product Omegasentials that has come out of her work.

The list goes on, and on, but sadly, even science has a bottom line: profits. So stay tuned for the next cheap alternative that will be ignored by your cadre of oncologists.

For the latest news on DCA, check out NewScientist.com.


Updates At Our Site
A few things we've updated since our last newsletter.

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Under Alternative Cancer Therapies, we modified our articles on ABM Mushrooms, Organic Germanium, and Coley's Toxins (we added a site that sells them, and one that is conducting a clinical tiral). We have about seven more alternatives to post. Hopefully we'll do those soon.

Under UV Light we've added new pictures of Sunlight Therapy (Heliotherapy) for TB, as well as a quick little list of what sunlight can do for you.

Additionally, under UV Light, in the article on Photoluminescence Therapy, we list two more sites that offer this therapy, one in Oklahoma and the other in Arizona.

We've taken down all our water articles. We are currently researching and will be rewriting them soon. It seems that one of our sources for this information told us a lot of myths. Because we had no one else at the time to bounce these off, we were taken in. So, we have found a credible source who is offering us a lot of his research, and we will hopefully present it to you in the next newsletter.

We've published a Near Death Experience in our section on the Spirit. This NDE is considered one of the most unique, and most extraordinary NDEs ever described. It is called Through the Light. We thank the author for his permission to republish in our book Bypassing Bypass, and now that we've put the book online (for free), we again thank him for his contribution. I hope you'll all read it.

The Monsanto Video on our home page is missing. Why is it missing? Does Monsanto have enough clout to force Google to remove the video? All we know is that it no longer exists and we don't know where to find another copy. If anyone out there knows who made the video, or where it can be found, please pass this information to us: info@mnwelldir.org.

The most important article we've posted in a long time is called Rational Medicine. This should be the medicine of the future, the medicine of today. Perhaps it will take over profit driven medicine. Perhaps it won't. We can only pray. 

Under the heading of Medical Fraud: Chemotherapy, we have two responses to the articles by people familiar with this stuff. Worth the read: Responses.

And finally, we've published a series of three articles on the politics of cancer that we got from our good friends at cancertutor.com. They are very important articles about a disease that seems to touch us all. They're a bit overwritten, at times; personally I don't think any sentence needs six exclamation points, but the people are passionate, and no one can blame them for that. Here is the first article (the rest are linked): Introduction to Alternative Cancer Treatments - Part 1: The Medicine.


Gobble de Goop
The natural way to clean your pipes.

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Probiotics for your pipes!

Good for your pipes, good for your septic system, good for the city sewage system, and good for the environment. And if your child gets a hold of it, you won't have to call poison control.

Read All About It!


Software Reviews - Photo Editing, Video Editing, DVD Creation
I've been working with some of these for well over 5 years.

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Because of my hobby of photography, I get as many letters about that as I do about our articles. Many have asked about the camera equipment I use, about how I got a particular shot, techniques, etc. However, a lot of people ask me about the software I use when working with my photos. Some have continued writing asking about video editing software and rippers and DVD editing software.

Well, to tell the truth, I'm not rich enough to buy a lot of programs, but I am blessed with some great readers. Some have sent me copies of software, others have contacted software developers and asked them to send me copies.

You see, before I got into writing about journalism, I was a computer expert. My roots go way back to working with C/PM and beta testing MS DOS 1.0.

I'm much too old to learn new software quickly, but when it comes to reviewing software, my readers would really appreciate software that is easy to learn.

I have created a page where I will be posting my reviews. Like everything I write, they'll be understandable, enough to get you started, and broad enough to give you a taste of the software as if you had hands on experience.

Here is the site: www.mnwelldir.org/docs/p_reviews

Please note that only that page exists for now. I'll be writing the reviews over the next few months. There are still more software packages I expect to receive soon. If you have a suggestion, contact the publishers, tell them about our site, tell them we have over half a million readers, and give them our address.

The worst that can happen is that they can say no.


Nutiva Organic Superfoods
A review.

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We heard about Nutiva from a reader who complained about hemp and flax products containing phytoestrogen (plant estrogen). We’d known about flax, but not hemp. Yes, there are phytoestrogens in both, but nothing compared to the amounts in most soy products.

We went to the Nutiva web site to take a look. The products Nutiva manufactured sounded interesting. For instance, here is what they say about their HempShakes™:

The powdered shakes contain nourishing superfoods, such as hemp, blueberries, pomegranates, açai and goji berries, maca root, and ramon nuts, that are rich not only in protein but in minerals, antioxidants, and healthful fatty acids. Hemp protein contains 66 percent edestin—easier to digest than soy—and, unlike most soy protein, isn’t processed with hexane solvents.

Nutiva sent us a package filled with a  nice variety of their products.

The first things we tried were the shakes. The first one we tried (a friend and myself) was the chocolate shake. No one doesn’t like chocolate. We couldn’t think of a fruit juice that would blend with chocolate, so we got some organic skim milk. The shake? Not so hot. We really like chocolate in this house.

The second shake we tried that day, was the Berry Pomegranate. Since we had pomegranate juice in the house, we mixed the powder up in 8 oz of that, and BINGO: that was a good drink.

Later that night, we decided to try the last shake, the Amazon Acai. We mixed it with orange juice, and then got a little naughty and put in half a shot of Malibu Coconut Rum. Now THIS shake was EXCELLENT, though not as healthy with the rum in it. However humans do not live by health foods alone, and this was a delightful combination.

They also sent us some of their Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. And yes, it was as good as any we’ve ever tasted.

Finally, they sent us something that seems to be sold out at their site. They explain why this happens occasionally, and we know you'll all want to try it: Organic shelled hempseed.

The hemp is from Canada. Canada seems to be a bit smarter than we down here. Hemp is not Marijuana. Smoke it and you’ll get a headache. It has no natural enemies, so it needs not pesticides. If you grow it close together, it chokes out all weeds, so it needs not herbicides. And finally, there is more protein in an acre of hemp than in an acre of soybeans. And if we’re looking for alternatives to petrochemical oil from the Middle East, one acre of hemp creates 20 barrels of oil.

We immediately made, of course, MUFFINS!

Here is the recipe we used:

Banana Chocolate Chip Hemp Muffins

1½ cup Nutivia® Organic Shelled Hempseed
1 cup sifted coconut flour
¼ cup Diamond V XPC
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ginger
¾ teaspoon Himalayan Crystal Salt

2 teaspoons vanilla
½  cup coconut milk
8 eggs
2½ cups organic bananas
½ cup organic maple syrup
½ cup honey
¼ cup organic coconut oil (melted)

Large Milk Chocolate Chips (about a cup…or more)

Makes 8 Texas Sized Muffins
(the big muffin pans are called Texas Muffin Pans here)

If you do not have the coconut flour (we use coconut flour because it’s high in both protein and fiber) you can substitute two cups of organic whole wheat pastry flour, and remember to cut the number of eggs to just two. Coconut flour requires one egg per ounce of coconut flour.

Please note: Diamond V XPC is the product that stimulated the research and production of Epicor. Please read above on Epicor. Also note that Diamond V XPC is NOT really required in this recipe. The muffins are just as great without the XPC.

Combine all the dry ingredients: Hempseed, flour, Diamond V XPC, salt, baking powder, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves; set aside. Mix together (in a blender) coconut milk, eggs, maple syrup, honey, bananas, and melted coconut oil; and fold in the first dry ingredient mixture.

Note: Finely ground Celtic Sea Salt can be substituted for Himalayan Crystal Salt.

Pour into oiled muffin tins. It is at this point that I add the chocolate chips. We use milk chocolate extra large chips from our food co-op; they are milk chocolate and are much larger than your original chocolate chip. The chocolate is Fair Trade (meaning the people who produce it make a living wage). I simply fill each muffin location nearly to the top and add some chocolate chips.

Bake at 340 degrees until the mixture begins to rise (about five minutes), then drop the temperature to 325 and bake for about 15 - 20 minutes more. If you press the tops and they bounce back, they're done. At our place, they're ready in just 13 to 15 minutes more after lowering the temp, but we have a convection oven.

Now, these muffins were not as healthy as the Omegasentials version which had fish oils and more fiber than these, but these muffins were light and delicious. One taster said that they were like “fine pastries.” But yes, Hempseed are rich in your omega-3 essential fatty acids, so these are some very healthy snacks.

Finally, they sent us some of their snack bars, with hemp seed, nuts, some had flax seed, but darn, I got to taste only one. I had friends over and they went really quickly. Great healthy snacks charged with honey for quick energy.

Health food doesn’t have to be boring.

Nutiva® is a fine company and deserves our business. They donate some of their profits to non profit organizations, they make healthy products, and their prices are very reasonable. We’re proud that they allowed us to enjoy their products, and hope all of you will visit their website: http://nutiva.com/

Links on Hemp:

http://www.ratical.org/renewables/hempseed1.html

http://nutiva.com/hempinfo.php 

 


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Body Burden
A new term for the chemicals found in our bodies that our bodies were never meant to have to deal with. Better living thru Chemistry?

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The term Body Burden is relatively new. Since the year 2000, the Environmental Working Group has conducted a number of studies aimed at determining the chemicals in our bodies.

Body Burden is the amount of toxic substances in your body. Some will be there permanently, as the body does not have a method of expelling them.

There have been found some 455 chemical toxins, pesticides, pollutants, and a variety of manufacturing chemicals in blood, urine, and breast milk.

We've already talked about the rocket fuel found in breast milk and DNA adducts of Benzine (attached to a newborn baby's DNA).

But we're not about to stop. We have a few articles we will post here and others we will link to.

 

The Frightening Truth About Household Products
 
By Theresa Allen

Children in America today inhabit a world that is vastly different from that of two generations ago. The traditional infectious diseases have been largely eradicated. The expected life span of a baby born now in the United States is 20 years longer than that of a child born at the beginning of the 20th century. But children today face hazards in the environment that were neither known nor suspected only a few decades ago. There have been at least 75,000 new synthetic chemicals developed and dispersed into our environment and fewer than half of these compounds have ever been tested for their potential toxicity to humans and fewer still have been assessed for their toxicity to children, according to the Office of Children's Health Protection of the US Environmental Protection Agency. Children's Environmental Health Basics: A Brief Fact Sheet lists historical facts that show an increase in birth defects, behavioral disabilities and serious illnesses in children as the production of synthetic chemicals has increased over the past half-century.

According to America's Children and the Environment: Measure of Contaminants, Body Burdens and Illnesses (2003), the incident of cancer in children jumped 26% between 1975 and 1998. The report, In Harm's Way, authored by Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility, links chemicals widely used by industry and commonly found at home to learning, behavioral and developmental disabilities. Many of us assume that if products are sold in stores, they are safe. Unfortunately, most of the chemicals in ordinary products that we use or are exposed to every day have not been tested for safety. In the article Making Informed Decisions: Why it is Important to Know What's in the Products You Use by Andrea DesJardins of Earth Angels Association/Health & Environmental Resource Center, DesJardins points out that the liver (our body's most important detoxification organ) can lose as much as 70% of normal functioning before symptoms of liver disease surface. This is just one of the reasons we should all be selective in choosing safe products for our families.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has put together a great tool for educating children on the hazards of chemicals in everyday household products. Learn About Chemicals Around Your House is interactive, fun and very informative for adults too!

This article is not intended to scare, but to educate you so that you can be selective in choosing products that you bring home. It is YOUR responsibility to replace the products in your home with safer products for the protection of your children. It is OUR responsibility as we become more informed, to tell our friends and neighbors to stop using products that contain dangerous chemicals hazardous to both their health and the environment.

The MOM Team educates families on household wellness and shows you how to convert your home to environmentally safe products. We focus on Complete Family Wellness: As you improve your physical wellness, reduce financial pressures and free up your time, you will find yourself in the best position to focus on the needs of your family.

"By the year 2010, an additional $1 Trillion dollars of the US economy will be devoted to the Wellness Industry. People are becoming concerned with the consequences of not living a healthy lifestyle."

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Contact information: Theresa Allen
Director I The MOM Team
momsonamission@charter.net
(734) 878-9081

www.MomAtHomeWorking.com


New Tests Show Many Perfumes Don’t Pass the Toxicological Sniff Test
by Connie McDanel 

For centuries, perfumes have been making an elegant mark on the world. Once used to cover up personal olfactory shortcomings, today these products are used for less urgent and more positive purposes. A new study of popular perfumes, however, says that these products are hardly heaven scent. Instead, too many contain harmful chemicals in unfortunate amounts.

A new report from Greenpeace has found that many of the world’s best-selling perfumes contain hazardous levels of certain dangerous chemicals. The organization had the Dutch chemistry lab TNO Environment and Geosciences analyze 36 randomly selected perfumes for the presence of two known toxic hazards: phthalates and synthetic musks, and discovered that both types of chemical were present in the vast majority of samples.

Thirty-four of the tested perfumes were found to contain (DEP) diethyl phthalate. The highest levels were found in Calvin Klein’s Eternity for Women, which contained DEP levels of 2.2% by weight. Other heavy hitters included Melvita’s Iris Blue (1.1% by weight) and Jean-Paul Gaultier’s Le Male (just under 1% by weight).

Synthetic musks were found in 21 of the tested samples. The highest total quantities of these synthetic musks were found in the Body Shop’s White Musk (9.4% of total volume by weight), Gaultier’s Le Male (6.4% by weight), and Cartier’s Le Baiser Du Dragon (4.5% by weight).

Both phthalates and synthetic musks are hazardous to human health. Phthalates are solvents added to perfume formulas because they have an ability to easily evaporate at room temperature. This makes them ideal carriers for perfume fragrances. With phthalates added to its formula, a perfume becomes more "smellable" as evaporating phthalate molecules carry the scent with them into the air. Unfortunately, this ability to enter the air means that phthalates can also easily enter the lungs and the body, where they cause all kinds of havoc. Emerging evidence has linked exposure to phthalates to reproductive and developmental disorders, cancer, organ damage, childhood asthma, and allergies.

Synthetic musks are fragrances manufactured to replace the very expensive natural musks once traditionally used to make perfumes. These compounds have found a home in an a wide variety of scented products including laundry detergents, air fresheners, hand creams, and soaps. As with phthalates, synthetic musks persist in the environment and the human body, where they accumulate as part of the body burden of toxic chemicals that builds up over time in our tissues. Although definitive research is needed, initial studies of synthetic musks suggest that like many other persistent chemicals they, function as hormone-mimicking endocrine disruptors in animals, including humans, and may affect reproductive functions. According to an article in the April 28th edition of the International Herald Tribune, Croatian and American scientists have also discovered that these compounds disrupt the system used by mussels to prevent toxins from entering cells. This research is troubling because the human body uses virtually the same biological process to protect its own cells from toxic invaders.

With the exception of natural products, virtually all scented products from household cleaners to scratch-and-sniff kids books use artificial scents like synthetic musks because they are far cheaper to produce. Pound for pound, a natural scenting agent can cost as much as four thousand times its synthetic version.

Because so many modern products contain them, a recent government report targeted synthetic fragrances as one of the six categories of chemicals that should be given the highest priority for neurotoxicity testing along with insecticides, heavy metals, solvents, food additives, and air pollutants.

Shockingly, 84% of the ingredients used in today’s synthetic fragrances have never been tested for human toxicity, or have had only minimal testing. In a list of 2,983 chemicals used by the fragrance industry, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health identified 884 toxic substances. These compounds are capable of causing breathing difficulty, allergic reactions, multiple chemical sensitivities, and other serious maladies, including neurological damage. Key among these toxins are petroleum-derived VOCs, which are the actively "smell-able" components of virtually every synthetic fragrance. For it’s part, the FDA has acknowledged that the incidence of adverse reactions to perfume products appears to be increasing and that these reactions involve the immune and neurological systems.

Concerned consumers are advised to take the following precautions:

• Avoid perfumes and colognes. Substitute natural essential oils if you’d like to scent your body on special occasions.

• Scrutinize product labels carefully. Personal care products must list all their ingredients and many household cleaners will list at least some. Unless the manufacturer specifically references the use of a naturally-derived fragrance, assume that the product contains synthetic fragrances and avoid it. Similarly, consumers should assume that generic mentions of "scent" or "fragrance" refer to synthetic types.

• If you like scented products, pick those that use natural scents or essential oils to provide a pleasant smell.

• Unscented products are another alternative, but be aware that even products with no smell may be using synthetic fragrances to mask existing odors and produce a neutral "non-scent."

• If you need to deodorize a room, don’t use air fresheners, which are typically loaded with synthetic fragrances that simply overwhelm bad smells.

For more information about the Greenpeace report, see http://www.greenpeace.org/international/press/reports/perfume-an-investigation-of

Links:

Carcinogens Are Everywhere: A pretty good article at the Life Extension Foundation. Lots of ideas and things we can do proactively.

Pollution In People: Take a tour inside someone who might be your neighbor, your grocer, your child's teacher at school. Then discover the chemicals found in their bodies.

Toxic Chemicals by the Hundred Found in Blood of Newborns: A frightening story of the Body Burden of newborn children.

Chemical Body Burden: Another good site with lots of research into the chemicals found in our blood.

Trade Secrets: A very in-depth PBS program on Body Burden presented by Bill Moyers (who had his blood tested).

Body Burden at the Annieappleseed Project.

Body Burden Chemical Load: A very in depth paper on the history of chemical toxins in our country, health risks, and action you can take.

Dr Green's Body Burden: A pediatrician's take on body burden.

A Body's Burden: This is a Flash presentation. Very well done, but it's over 2MB so if you've got dial up internet, it's going to take at least 10 minutes to download.


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Rewriting the Reality Code
The Quantum Power of Living From The Answer
Copyright © Gregg Braden

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Reprinted with permission from Mystic Pop Magazine, Nov/Dec Issue 2006
www.mysticpopmagazine.com

“What strange beings we are!” noted the 13th Century mystic Rumi, “That sitting in Hell at the bottom of the dark, we are afraid of our own immortality!” Perhaps it is actually the power to choose our immortality, as well as everything from our personal healing to the peace of our world, that truly frightens us!

A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that it is us —our consciousness— that holds the key to life and even reality itself! In 1967 the pioneering physicist Konrad Zuse married the ideas of consciousness with modern technology and proposed that our universe works like a massive consciousness computer. And just as every computer translates “Input-commands” into “Output-results,” our cosmic consciousness computer appears to do precisely the same thing! When we translate our deepest beliefs into the reality of our world, we are literally re-writing the code that makes the universe appear as it does.

Living In A Participatory Universe

A series of breathtaking discoveries has given us a powerful new way to think of our role in the universe. Rather than the conventional view that suggests we are passive observers, living a brief moment of time in a creation that already exists, the discoveries suggest that it is actually consciousness itself that is responsible for the existence of the universe! Perhaps the most revolutionary discovery supporting this idea, is the scientific fact that when we look at the stuff our world is made of — tiny quantum particles such as an electron, for example — the very act of us watching that electron changes the way it behaves in our presence. What’s more, the longer we look, the more it changes! In 1998, scientists at Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science documented this phenomenon showing that “the greater the amount of ‘watching,’ the greater the observer’s influence on what actually takes place.” (Nature, Feb. 26, 1998) Citing such experiments, Princeton University physicist John Wheeler suggests that we not only play a role in the creation of our everyday world, but we play the prime role in what he calls a “participatory universe.” Wheeler states that we can no longer think of ourselves merely as onlookers who have no effect on the world around us, because it is impossible to simply watch. If we are alive and conscious, then we are affecting our world. “The old word ‘observer,’” he says, “simply has to be crossed off the books…and we must put in the new word ‘participator!” The key to Wheeler’s proposition is the word “participatory.” In a participatory universe, you and I are part of the equation. We are both creating the events of our lives, as well as the experiencers of what we create. Both are happening at the same time! In other words, we are like artists expressing our deepest passions, fears, dreams, and desires through the living essence of a mysterious quantum canvas. The difference between us and conventional artists, however, is that we are the canvas, as well as the images upon the canvas. We are the tools as well as the artists using the tools. And just as artists refine an image until it is just right in their minds, we may think of ourselves as perpetual artists, building a creation that is ever changing and never ending. Through our artist’s palette of beliefs, judgments, emotions, and prayers, we find ourselves in relationships, jobs, and situations of support and betrayal that play out with different people in different places. What a beautiful, bizarre, and powerful concept.

Living from the Answer

From the perspective of us participating in an ever-changing universe, the solution to any condition is a change in attitude and belief. And this is the great secret of propelling our heart’s desires from the possibility of imagination, to the reality of our everyday lives. The key is our ability to feel as if our dreams have already come to life, our prayers already answered, and live from that feeling. There is a subtle, and yet powerful difference between working toward a result, and feeling from that result. When we work toward something, we embark upon an open-ended and never-ending journey. While we may identify milestones, and set goals to get us closer to our accomplishment, in our mind we are always “on our way” to the goal, rather than in the experience of accomplishing our goal. This is precisely why Neville’s invitation to “enter the image” of our heart’s desire and “think from it” is so powerful in our lives. In the ancient studies of martial arts, we see a beautiful metaphor in the physical world for precisely the way this principle works in consciousness. When martial artists choose to break a concrete block as a demonstration of focus, for example, the very last thing in their minds is the place where their hand will touch that block. The key is to place our focus upon the completed act: the healing already accomplished, or the brick already broken. As a student of the martial arts, I was taught to do this by focusing on a point in space that is beyond the bottom of the block. The only way that my hand could be at that point was if it had already passed through the brick. In this way, I was thinking from the completion, rather than how hard it would be to get to the completion. I was feeling the joy of what it feels like to accomplish the act, rather than all of the things that must happen before I could be successful. This simple example offers a powerful analogy for precisely the way that consciousness seems to work. And this is the great secret that has been protected and preserved for us in wisdom of our past. From the monasteries of Egypt and Tibet to the forgotten texts of our most cherished traditions we are reminded that we are part of, rather than separate from, the world around us. As part of everything we see, we have the power to participate — not control or manipulate — but to consciously chart the course of our lives and our world. Please don’t be deceived by the simplicity of contemporary philosopher Goddard Neville’s words when he suggests that all we need to do is to “assume the feeling of our wish fulfilled.” In a participatory universe of our own making, why would we expect that peace, healing, and a long and healthy life should be any more difficult?


The Live Blood and Cellular Matrix Study of the Body Human Project

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The Live Blood and Cellular Matrix Study is on going and looking for new members to confirm the existing literature and the preliminary results we have observed regarding organic sulfur (pure crystal methylsulfonylmethane, free of pulverization and anti caking additives ) as a way to address sulfur deficiency due to the use of chemical fertilizers and over processing of our food.

The Sulfur Cycle begins in the ocean where volcanic activity releases magna directly into salt water.  The sulfur is released directly into the sea and is consumed by plankton.  In the ocean these microscopic organisms are the beginning of the oceanic food chain as we know it.

That sulfur not consumed by even the great whales evaporates into the atmosphere and falls with rain to provide sulfur for the plants, animals and finally man in this mineral dance of life.  As long as the fires from within continue to make “brimstone” which is released into the oceans the sulfur cycle should remain unbroken. 

Man may be contributing to global warming.   But man is responsible for breaking the sulfur cycle by producing artificial fertilizer utilizing the same heat necessary to produce under sea organic sulfur.  But the sulfur that was present in the crude oil from which the fertilizers are made from is vaporized into the atmosphere as sulfates and sulfites.  These compounds of sulfur are not bio available to animals or for that matter even plants.  Sulfur is one of the universal bonding elements, there is a sulfate or sulfite for almost every other mineral on the periodic table.  When bio available sulfur falls with the rain it is bound up by the fertilizers which are devoid of sulfur.

You may ask what is sulfur necessary for? 

Sulfur based amino acids is one answer that comes to mind, but the interaction with oxygen may be the key to the discussion regarding our health.  Sulfur is our primary oxygen transport mineral.    Whether oxygen is carried in the cardiovascular system or the lymphatic system a permeable cell membrane is necessary for the transport of oxygen across the cell membrane and it appears that is what sulfur does.  It keeps the cell membrane pliable to allow the transport of oxygen and the elimination of carbon dioxide.

Sulfur is not a catalyst in the strict chemical sense but acts as an enabler of oxygen transport across the cell membrane.  Our cells and all the cells of the organisms with which we share this planet are in a continual cellular regenerative process.  Plants are easier to understand because they grow from within and push the old cells outward. Animals regenerate their cells in situ, and dispose of the old cells through the lymph system along with the work of the “garbage men” of mammals, the virus.  But you may say the virus is our enemy?  When our system becomes acidic or anaerobic this is true, but most of the viruses we must contend with are already in our bodies, waiting dormant to clean up weak or dying cells.

What the Study has observed thanks to the willingness of it members to answer simple questions regarding their health, diet and meds has been an interesting examples of cellular regeneration across a very wide spectrum.  Naming the diseases or maladies which have responded is unnecessary being that almost all of those maladies respond to increased intracellular oxygen.  But what the respondents have stated regarding their meds was at first a big surprise while now it is one of the areas we track with great interest.  In a nut shell over 80% of the Study members have ceased taking the drugs whether OTC or prescribed since beginning their use of Organic Sulfur.  This was done voluntarily by the members of the Study, we have never suggested that any member stop taking their prescribed meds nor those which they purchased from the ads they had seen on the Tube.

Linus Pauling is often quoted:  “If we search carefully we will find a mineral deficiency as a source for all of the diseases of modern man.  The Study believes that sulfur is one of those forgotten minerals which fits Dr Pauling’s statement even though we have not found any reference to sulfur in his writings. 

To participate in the Study three things are necessary:  One, purchase Organic Sulfur from the Study.  Two, email a 3 mega pixel ( or higher, digital photograph of the face ( top of head to the neck ) to the Study.  From beginning of the sulfur regimen and at subsequent periods i.e. three months and six months, etc.  The Study compares the “magnified” cellular matrix of these photographs looking for changes in that cellular matrix of the skin cells.   Being that cellular regeneration occurs throughout the body human we believe that observed changes can be correlated with the changes described by the members regarding their health.  The Study believes that “how are you feeling” is a reasonable question especially when tied to changes in diet and the nature of the meds that are taken to address those issues which are considered “ill health.”  We are what we eat.

There are specific medical issues that the Study is interested, HIV/AIDS, Hep C with liver degeneration, cancer especially when treated with chemotherapy and pulmonary issues of all types especially those which cause degeneration of the alveoli of the lungs.  In many instances these are viral in nature and the Study believes that no virus can replicate in cells with adequate intracellular oxygen.  If that sounds too simple consider the types of therapy which are presently offered for these people who suffer from these maladies and the fact that Organic Sulfur has never been described as creating an adverse side effect, detoxification yes but no adverse side effects.  The other medical issues which do not seem to viral in nature are those incurable conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, and any disease entity which at present has no or little medical solutions.  Cellular regeneration is how we are made from one cell and if regenerating those cells in a healthy manner has anything to do with intracellular oxygen then possibly sulfur’s ability to enable intracellular oxygen could be of benefit.

Our economy is not about to become truly organic overnight, bio friendly is the term used in Europe, but the Study believes that until our food again has all the minerals we need for proper cellular regeneration that recreating the sulfur cycle within our bodies could be an effective way to allow oxygen to be part of healthy cellular regeneration.

If you have any questions or wish to join the Study please contact

Patrick McGean
Director
Live Blood and Cellular Matrix Study of the Body Human Project
organicsulfur@sisna.com
801-290-2013


Medieval Medical Technique Making a Comeback for Heart Disease
by Wendy Potter, BA

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Editor's Note: This article came from an online newsletter I receive called DOCTORS HEALTH e-BULLETIN published by the Doctors Health Press. We have heard from many sources that this "technique" is making a comeback. However, please read the note at the end of the article.

It might sound like something from the Middle Ages, conjuring up dark images for many of us, but blood-letting is now being considered as a potentially beneficial treatment for some heart disease patients.

Blood-letting was a medical practice that was used quite commonly during ancient times, in many different cultures, and right up to the 19th Century. Basically, it was thought that removing substantial quantities of blood from the body would prevent or cure many different conditions for a variety of reasons that we won't go into right now. For the most part, this technique has died out, as it proved to be ineffective (and sometimes dangerous). However, it's currently being investigated for a few diseases, including peripheral arterial disease (PAD).

Many medical professionals believe that there is a link between a high level of iron in the body and the risk of developing heart disease. However, this theory is controversial. It is thought that the body, unable to excrete iron (except in the case of premenopausal women), can build up the mineral to a point where it can cause oxidative damage. For this reason, it makes sense that bringing the level of iron in the body down could reduce a person's vulnerability to heart problems.

That's the reasoning behind this latest study, anyway. So, to see if there could be such a link, researchers decided to see if removing blood (thus, iron) could help people with PAD.

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) can affect the veins, arteries, or lymph vessels. PAD is the most prevalent form of this disease -- eight to 12 million Americans are living with it. What occurs is that fatty deposits ("plaque") build up on the inner artery walls, slowing down and sometimes blocking blood flow. Eventually, such a blockage can lead to heart attack or stroke.

Another dangerous thing about this condition is that many people, especially women, don't realize that they have it. One reason is that 75% of PAD sufferers have absolutely no symptoms at all. A second reason is the insidiousness of the most common symptom: cramping in the hips, thighs, or calves. This is caused by "intermittent claudication," which basically means that, because the arteries are blocked by plaque, not enough blood is getting to your muscles, causing pain.

However, most people don't pay much attention to cramps, leaving PAD to flourish untreated. If you're feeling any type of pain in your leg area while moving, make sure you mention it to your doctor.

The recent PAD trial was based on within the Department of Veterans Affairs Cooperative Studies Program's Iron and Atherosclerosis Study (FeAST), which occurred between 1999 and 2005. U.S. researchers performed a random study involving 1,277 adults with PAD. Half of the patients received blood-letting therapy, also known as "phlebotomy," every six months. The other half was maintained as a control group.

At the end of the study, there was no significant difference between the groups when it came to mortality rate, either due to any cause or to heart attack/stroke. However, when looked at from an age standpoint, the numbers took on a different meaning. Study subjects between the ages of 43 and 61 who had had blood-letting saw some significant benefit.

Specifically, there were 54% fewer mortalities from all causes and 57% fewer after non-fatal heart attack or stroke in this group. Benefits were also seen in smokers and non-diabetics. Therefore, blood-letting could have a role in preventing heart-disease-related deaths -- but only if it's done early enough in life. More studies need to be done in order to back up these findings before blood-letting can be recommended as a prevention technique in PAD.

Sources:

Zacharski, L.R., "Reduction of Iron Stores and Cardiovascular Outcomes in Patients With Peripheral Arterial Disease," JAMA, February 14, 2007; http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/297/6/603

"Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)," American Heart Association, accessed February 20, 2007; http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3020242

Gardner, A., "Blood-Letting Treatment Might Help Some Heart Patients," HealthDay News, February 13, 2007; http://www.healthfinder.gov/news/newsstory.asp?docID=601870

Editor's Note: Maslow once said: If the only tool you have is hammer, every problem starts to look like a nail.

I laughed when I read this article, and then I got mad.

Vitamin C bonds with iron and then you pass it. This is how simple the problem of excess iron can be handled. But do not expect your doctor to prescribe vitamin C. 


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ANAEMIA: Major warning on drugs that kill

A major health alert has been issued on a class of drugs that treats anaemia. The drugs, known as erythropoiesis stimulating agents, cause fatal cancers and heart problems.

In an earlier study that involved 1,432 patients, 222 suffered heart problems, some of which were fatal.

America’s drugs watchdog, the Food and Drug Administration, has issued a federal alert about the drugs, and will review their continued availability at a meeting next month. In the meantime, the FDA is advising doctors to keep dosages low.

The drugs are big business.  In 2002, the latest year when figures are available, global sales had reached $8.1bn (£4.2bn), an increase of 18 per cent on the previous year.

The drugs are routinely given to patients who are anaemic following chronic renal failure, cancer, chemotherapy treatment, or HIV and AIDS.
(Source:  The FDA website).

Have you heard the fish oil advertisements that tell you "We Icelanders live longer than anyone else in the world!"

Well, here are the latest longevity figures:

1. Andorra 83.5
2. San Marino 81.7
3. Singapore 81.7
4. Japan 81.2
5. Australia 80.5
 6. Sweden 80.5
 7. Switzerland 80.5
8. Iceland 80.3
9. Canada 80.2
10. Italy 79.8

(from infoplease)

 

I've Got A Headache

German police baffeled by Bush poo-flags : Indybay

Priests to purify site after Bush visit

As a gun owner, a hunter, and a member of the NRA, I am still appalled that these guns can be purchased in the US. They must be restricted to military use.
50 Caliber Sniper Rifle

Fair Elections

Please, it is up to us, each and every one of us, to petition our government and demand Fair Elections.

 

Sign The Petition

 

“It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.” Joseph Stalin

 

Filed under: Promise Her Anything

In 2000, Team Bush took over the Republican Party and laid out its promises to the American people.  The following pledges and claims are taken directly from the 2000 GOP Platform. 

Honest Government
“Trust, pride, and respect: we pledge to restore these qualities to the way Americans view their government.”

Keeping Intelligence Free of Politics
"Nor should the intelligence community be made the scapegoat for political misjudgments. A Republican administration working with the Congress will respect the needs and quiet sacrifices of these public servants as it strengthens America's intelligence and counter-intelligence capabilities…”

Diplomacy and Maintaining Allies
“The arrogance, inconsistency, and unreliability of the [Clinton] administration's diplomacy have undermined American alliances, alienated friends, and emboldened our adversaries."

Endless Military Missions, Exit Strategies and Troop Readiness
"The current administration has casually sent American armed forces on dozens of missions without clear goals, realizable objectives, favorable rules of engagement, or defined exit strategies.” [Emphasis added.]

"Sending our military on vague, aimless, and endless missions rapidly saps morale. Even the highest morale is eventually undermined by back-to-back deployments, poor pay, shortages of spare parts and equipment, inadequate training, and rapidly declining readiness. When it comes to military health, the administration is not providing an adequate military health care system…"

Restoring the Rule of Law and the Justice Department
The rule of law, the very foundation for a free society, has been under assault, not only by criminals from the ground up, but also from the top down. An administration that lives by evasion, coverup, stonewalling, and duplicity has given us a totally discredited Department of Justice. The credibility of those who now manage the nation’s top law enforcement agency is tragically eroded. We are fortunate to have its dedicated career workforce, especially its criminal prosecutors, who have faced the unprecedented politicization of decisions regarding both personnel and investigations.”

Gas Prices (then $1.55 per gallon)
“Today, gas prices have skyrocketed, and oil imports are at all-time highs....By any reasonable standard, the Department of Energy has utterly failed in its mission to safeguard America’s energy security. “

Did you know that:

Source: Newstarget.com


Can you guess which of the following are true and which are false? (Answers below, above the copyright notice, but don't peek!)

1. Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.

2. Alfred Hitchcock didn't have a belly button. (I don't see how this could be true.)

3. A pack-a-day smoker will lose approximately 2 teeth every 10 years.

4. People do not get sick from cold weather; it's from being indoors a lot more.

5. When you sneeze, all bodily functions stop, even your heart!

6. Only 7 per cent of the population are lefties.

7. Forty people are sent to the hospital for dog bites every minute.

8. Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until they are 2-6 years old.

9. The average person over 50 will have spent 5 years waiting in lines.

10. The toothbrush was invented in 1498.

11 The average housefly lives for one month.

12. 40,000 Americans are injured by toilets each year.

13. A coat hanger is 44 inches long when straightened.

14. The average computer user blinks 7 times a minute.

15. Your feet are bigger in the afternoon than any other time of day.

16. Most of us have eaten a spider in our sleep.

17. The REAL reason ostriches stick their head in the sand is to search for water.

18. The only two animals that can see behind themselves without turning their heads are the rabbit and the parrot.

19. John Travolta turned down the starring roles in "An Officer and a Gentleman" and "Tootsie."

20. Michael Jackson owns the rights to the South CarolinaStateanthem.

21. In most television commercials advertising milk, a mixture of white paint and a little thinner is used in place of the milk.

22. Prince Charles and Prince William NEVER travel on the same airplane, just in case there is a crash.

23. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle built in 1903 used a tomato can for a carburetor.

24. Most hospitals make money by selling the umbilical cords cut from women who give birth. They are used in vein transplant surgery.

25. Humphrey Bogart was related to Princess Diana. They were 7th cousins.

26. If coloring weren't added to Coca-Cola, it would be green.

 

Ike's Farewell
A warning to all future generations.

Amazing Illusion

No Muslim Peril

by Charley Reese
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Let's suppose that I interviewed David Duke, the Louisiana politician who rails against what he calls Jewish supremacy, and also interviewed the lunatic preacher who disrupted the funerals of American servicemen with his message of killing all the gays.

And let's suppose I presented these men's views as typical of American Christian thought.

You'd say, and rightly so, that these men are not representative of mainstream Christianity, much less mainstream America. Well, the same thing applies to Islam. There are 1.2 billion Muslims in the world. Broadcasting or reporting the words of a few extremists does not reflect mainstream Muslim thought.

Yellow journalism is never all right, but as long as it's confined to celebrities and other nonimportant matters, it is at least not too harmful. But yellow journalism applied to national security and to foreign affairs should be considered unacceptable.

A number of irresponsible journalists and broadcasters, egged on by the crazy neocons, are trying to duplicate the mass fear of foreigners that characterized earlier times in America when demagogues spoke of the "yellow peril." Now demagogues speak of the "jihadi peril." And, as was inevitable, the demagoguery slips away from Muslim extremists and talks about Muslims and Islam as if there were no difference.

Yes, there are some Muslim extremists, just as there are some Christian extremists, Hindu extremists, Jewish extremists and so forth. Extremism is a personality disorder not confined to any one religion or political system. Anyone can become infected with it.

Islam has been around for more than 1,300 years. The overwhelming majority of Muslims are peaceful people, just like you and I, and they are not plotting to storm the citadels of the West. Muslim countries are full of universities, professors, poets, novelists, scientists and engineers. It was the Muslims who preserved the wisdom of the classical world and passed it on to the Europeans, thus making the Renaissance possible.

And there have been American Muslims since at least the late 1800s. Most of them so assimilated into American society that no one noticed them. They are as patriotic as any other American.

Most of the conflict in the Middle East – at least until we stirred the caldron in Iraq – is about secular matters, not religion. Hamas and Islamic Jihad oppose Israeli occupation of Palestine. Hezbollah opposes Israeli occupation of Lebanon. Even Osama bin Laden, if you bother to read what he says, opposes us on secular matters – support for Israel, the invasion of two Muslim countries and our massive military presence in the Persian Gulf.

The neocons would like to convince you that it is a war over religious matters so they won't have to address the real causes, which are our own bad policies in that part of the world.

You should know that the wealthy powers in this world wouldn't waste a dime on a religious conflict. It's control of the world's oil that interests them, and also the arms business. War to them is a profitable enterprise, especially since they and their children don't have to fight the wars.

These elite almost panicked when communism collapsed. How could they maintain power and make money without an enemy at the gate? Then bin Laden gave them exactly what they wanted with the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Now they have an enemy so ill-defined, their "war on terror" can go on forever, provided they can keep the American public ignorant and ill-informed.

February 10, 2007

Charley Reese [send him mail] has been a journalist for 49 years.

© 2007 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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The Torture Memos

My friend, KooKoo the fox, passed away after 14 glorious years in the care of my good friend Peggy. In the wild, a fox lives about 4 years.

 

NATIONAL ORGANIC STANDARDS BOARD STACKED WITH INDUSTRY REPS
The USDA, behind closed doors, recently announced several highly questionable appointees to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). Despite calls from the organic community to let the public know ahead of time who the nominees were, the USDA kept the names of the nominees secret. The NOSB advises the USDA on how to interpret and implement national organic standards. Despite federal law that mandates that the 15-member NOSB must be broadly representative of the organic community, the USDA's recent appointees are all notable for their past or present ties to corporate agribusiness. For example the appointee for the seat reserved for a "Consumer and Public Interest Group Representative" was given to Tracy Miedema, who works for Stahlbush Island Farms, a split-farm operation with 3/4 of its acreage non-organic. Miedema, who previously worked for a subsidiary of General Mills (Small Planet) freely admits that Stahlbush utilizes Monsanto's herbicide Roundup, as well as other chemical pesticides and fungicides. The USDA's appointee for the seat reserved for a scientist is Katrina Heinze, who works for Small Planet/General Mills, a company with a hardball reputation for selling sugar-laden cereals to kids, supporting GMOs, and industrial agriculture. Heinze was forced to resign from the NOSB last year, under pressure from the OCA and the Consumer's Union, after being appointed "consumer representative" to the NOSB. Another one of the "organic experts" appointed to this powerful government board is a representative of Campbell's Soup. Please tell the USDA that organic consumers want all nominees and future appointments to be made in a fair and transparent manner and that we believe the current crop of pro-industry appointees are completely unacceptable.
Learn more and take action: http://www.organicconsumers.org/rd/nosb.cfm

"A generation shaped by Vietnam must remember the lessons of Vietnam. When American uses force in the world, the cause must be just, the goal must be clear, and the victory must be overwhelming." George Bush 2000 RNC

Kitelife Magazine - Ray Bethell (Promo Video)

The King Center

How Much Does Your Gas REALLY Cost?

Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month (8/23). The day after she died, my 4 year old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. She dictated and I wrote:

Dear God,

Will you please take special care of our dog, Abbey? She died yesterday

and is in heaven. We miss her very much. We are happy that you let us have her as our dog even though she got sick. I hope that you will play with her. She likes to play with balls and swim before she got sick. I am sending some pictures of her so that when you see her in heaven you will know she is our special dog. But I really do miss her.

Love,

Meredith Claire
ps: Mommy wrote the words after Mer told them to her

We put that in an envelope with 2 pictures of Abbey, and addressed it to

God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Mer stuck some stamps on the front (because, as she said, it may take lots of stamps to get a letter all the way to heaven) and that afternoon I let her drop it into the letter box at the post office.

For a few days, she would ask if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had. Yesterday, for Labor Day, we took the kids to Austin to a natural history museum. When we got back, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch. Curious, I went to look at it. It had a gold star card on the front and said "To: Mer" in an unfamiliar hand.

Meredith took it in and opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers, "When a Pet Dies ". Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God, in it's opened envelope (which was marked Return to Sender:  Insufficient address). On the opposite page, one of the pictures of Abbey was taped under the words "For Meredith." We turned to the back cover, and there was the other picture of Abbey, and this handwritten note on pink paper:

Dear Mer,

I know that you will be happy to know that Abbey arrived safely and soundly in Heaven! Having the pictures you sent to me was such a big help. I recognized Abbey right away.  You know, Meredith, she isn't sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me--just like she stays in your heart--young and running and playing. Abbey loved being your dog, you know. Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't have any pockets!—so I can't keep your beautiful letter. I am sending it to you with the pictures so that you will have this book to keep and remember Abbey.

One of my angels is taking care of this for me. I hope the little book helps.

Thank you for the beautiful letter. Thank your mother for sending it. What a wonderful mother you have! I picked her especially for you.

I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I am in heaven and wherever there is love.

Love,

God, and the special angel who wrote this after God told her the words.

As a parent and a pet lover, this is one of the kindest things that I've ever experienced. I have no way to know who sent it, but there is some very kind soul working in the dead letter office. Just wanted to share this act of compassion. 

 


Lafter is the Best Medicine

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What We Call The News - Funny Video Animation by JibJab

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An elderly gentleman went to the local drug store and asked the pharmacist for the little blue "Viagra" pills.

The pharmacist asked, "How many?"

The man replied, "Just a few, maybe a half dozen.  I cut each one into four pieces."

The pharmacist said, "That's too small a dose.  That won't get you through intimacy."

The old fellow said, "Oh, I'm past eighty years old and I don't even think about intimacy much anymore.  I just want it to stick out far enough so I don't pee on my new golf shoes."

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 A very elderly gentleman, (mid nineties) very well dressed, hair well groomed, great looking suit, flower in his lapel smelling slightly of a good after shave, presenting a well looked-after image, walks into an upscale cocktail lounge. Seated at the bar is an elderly looking lady, in her mid-eighties.

The gentleman walks over, sits alongside of her, orders a drink, takes a sip, turns to her and says, "So tell me, do I come here often?"

***

An elderly gentleman had serious hearing problems for a number of years.

He went to the doctor and the doctor was able to have him fitted for a set of hearing aids that allowed the gentleman to hear 100%.

The elderly gentleman went back in a month to the doctor and the doctor said, "Your hearing is perfect. Your family must be really pleased that you can hear again."

The gentleman replied, "Oh, I haven't told my family yet. I've changed my will three times!"

***

Two elderly gentlemen from a retirement center were sitting on a bench under a tree when one turns to the other and says: "Slim, I'm 83 years old now and I'm just full of aches and pains. I know you're about my age. How do you feel?"

Slim says, "I feel just like a newborn baby."

"Really!? Like a newborn baby!?"

"Yep. No hair, no teeth, and I think I just wet my pants.

***

An elderly couple had dinner at another couple's house, and after eating, the wives left the table and went into the kitchen. The two gentlemen were talking, and one said, "Last night we went out to a new restaurant and it was really great. I would recommend it very highly."

The other man said, "What is the name of the restaurant?"

The first man thought and thought and finally said, "What is the name of that flower you give to someone you love? You know... the one that's red and has thorns."

"Do you mean a rose?"

"Yes, that's the one," replied the man. He then turned towards the kitchen and yelled, "Rose, what's the name of that restaurant we went to last night?"

***

Hospital regulations require a wheelchair for patients being discharged However, while working as a student nurse, I found one elderly gentleman -- already dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet -- who insisted he didn't need my help to leave the hospital.

After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let me wheel him to the elevator. On the way down I asked him if his wife was meeting him.

"I don't know," he said. "She's still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown."

***

A couple in their nineties are both having problems remembering things. During a checkup, the doctor tells them that they're physically okay, but they might want to start writing things down to help them remember.

Later that night, while watching TV, the old man gets up from his chair "Want anything while I'm in the kitchen?" he asks.

"Will you get me a bowl of ice cream?" "Sure." "Don't you think you should write it down so you can remember it?" she asks. "No, I can remember it."

"Well, I'd like some strawberries on top, too. Maybe you should write it down, so's not to forget it?"

He says, "I can remember that. You want a bowl of ice cream with strawberries."

"I'd also like whipped cream. I'm certain you'll forget that, write it down?" she asks.

Irritated, he says, "I don't need to write it down, I can remember it! Ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream - I got it, for goodness sake!"

Then he toddles into the kitchen. After about 20 minutes, the old man returns from the kitchen and hands his wife a plate of bacon and eggs.

She stares at the plate for a moment. "Where's my toast?"

***

A senior citizen said to his eighty-year old buddy: "So I hear you're getting married?"

"Yep!"

"Do I know her?"

"Nope!"

"This woman, is she good looking?"

"Not really."

"Is she a good cook?"

"Naw, she can't cook too well."

"Does she have lots of money?"

"Nope! Poor as a church mouse."

"Well, then, is she good in bed?"

"I don't know."

"Why in the world do you want to marry her then?"

"Because she can still drive!"

***

Three old guys are out walking. First one says, "Windy, isn't it?" Second one says, "No, it's Thursday!" Third one says, "So am I. Let's go get a beer."

***

A man was telling his neighbor, "I just bought a new hearing aid. It cost me four thousand dollars, but it's state of the art. It's perfect."

"Really," answered the neighbor. "What kind is it?"

"Twelve thirty."

***

Morris, an 82 year-old man, went to the doctor to get a physical.  A few days later, the doctor saw Morris walking down the street with a gorgeous young woman on his arm. A couple of days later, the doctor spoke to Morris and said, "You're really doing great, aren't you?"

Morris replied, "Just doing what you said, Doc: 'Get a hot mamma and be cheerful.'"

The doctor said, "I didn't say that. I said, 'You've got a heart murmur; be careful.'"

***

A little old man shuffled slowly into an ice cream parlor and pulled himself slowly, painfully, up onto a stool. After catching his breath, he ordered a banana split. The waitress asked kindly, "Crushed nuts?"

"No," he replied, "Arthritis."

***

He was the city's most successful lawyer. So a United Way volunteer paid the lawyer a visit in his lavish office.

The volunteer opened the meeting by saying, "Our research shows that even though your annual income is over two million dollars, you don't give a penny to charity. Wouldn't you like to give something back to your community through the United Way?"

The lawyer thinks for a minute and says, "First, did your research also show you that my mother is dying after a long, painful illness and she has huge medical bills that are far beyond her ability to pay?"

Embarrassed, the United Way rep mumbles, "Uh... no, I didn't know that."

Secondly," says the lawyer, "my brother, a disabled veteran, is blind and confined to a wheelchair and is unable to support his wife and six children."

The stricken United Way rep begins to stammer an apology, but is cut off again.

"Thirdly, did your research also show you that my sister's husband died in a dreadful car accident, leaving her penniless with a mortgage and three children, one of whom is disabled and another that has learning disabilities requiring a huge array of private tutors?"

The humiliated United Way rep, completely beaten, says, "I'm so sorry, I had no idea."

And the lawyer says,   "So...if I didn't give any money to them, what makes you think I'd give any to you?"

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