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Asthma, Autism and
a host of other health problems are dramatically on the rise in America.
Consider the following statistics:
The number of adults
suffering from asthma more than doubled
from 1980 to 2000 with existing cases becoming more severe; steroid prescriptions have
Medical Journal July 8, 2000;321:88-92.
Obesity increased from 12% in 1991 to 18% in 1998.
Increases were seen in both sexes and all socio-economic classes,
with the greatest increase seen in 18-29 year-olds and in those who
have achieved higher education.
Mokdad AH, Serdula
MK, Dietz WH, Bowman BA, Marks JS, Koplan JP. The spread of the
obesity epidemic in the United States, 1991-1998.
1999; 282: 1519 -1522.
30 years ago, 2% of all cases of new onset
(type II) were in people between 9 and 19 years old. Now, it's about
30% to 50%.
Dr. Gerald Bernstein, a past president of
the American Diabetes Association (ADA)
and an endocrinologist with Beth Israel Medical Center in New York
The emerging epidemic of type II
children reflects a trend in the population at large. There
has also been a 70% rise in the number of 30-39 year-old adults with the
disorder between 1990-1998. Over the same period, rates of the
disease rose by 40% among those aged 40-49, and by 31% among those
The Centers for Disease Control and
- 25-33% of the population now has
allergies. A century ago that number was closer to 10%, and it is
only expected to keep rising.
Richard Weber, an allergist and professor of medicine at
National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver.
This data should be a surprise. It indicates that some problems
are getting worse. And it's not just data. You probably have personal
experience. It may seem to you that all of your friends, regardless of age (even some
children!), are on some kind of prescription medication (allergy meds
being the most common). Yet, in the face of worsening health, Americans
are following the official medical guidelines more and more closely!
How can it be that
following the official rules is
accompanied by a nationwide decline in health?
Let's fix this problem!
For those who want to know what to do, but don't care
about the details, this first section is for you. Try the advice below for a
few months and see if your health improves:
- Measure your Calories:
Set a daily limit
- Vary the calorie limit until you're weight is
ideal. Take your time getting there. Once you're at that weight,
keep counting calories at a maintenance level.
- Never stop counting and limiting calories.
Minimize Body Weight
thin, whatever that means for you, but try to be as thin as you can
while still being healthy and without sacrificing nutrition.
- Basically this is any carbohydrate that is removed from its fruit or vegetable.
table sugar, fruit juice, soft drinks, sauces, and also honey.
More Vegetables - Make them 70% or more of your daily meals
- Vegetables Should Be:
colorful, from a plant, and low-calorie
spinach, kale and other greens, red cabbage, zucchini, brussels
- Also: lettuce, green cabbage,
colorful, but good for you)
- Vegetables Are Not:
(fruit is a different category),
(e.g., potatoes or corn)
- Eat foods
with live bacteria (yogurt, kefir, "smelly" cheese, etc)
- Take the following
and night (2X/Day):
oil for Omega-3 fatty acids
- Folic Acid
- Vitamin D
(specifically D3, cholecalciferol)
- Also take N-Acetyl
Glucosamine if you can afford to do so.
- Trans-Resveratrol (about 200 mg/day)
- Don't be afraid to eat these (if you count
- eggs, meat
- fresh or frozen fruit, the more exotic the better.
- dairy (Cheese and Milk)
- butter, lard, various oils
- nuts, seeds
- If you cook with oils or fats, make sure it is a
- Saturated fats are solid at room temperature
(butter, coconut oil, lard).
- Unsaturated fats (like olive oil, Peanut oil,
Canola oil, etc.) form trans-fats when heated.
- No, these fats won't clog your arteries!
- Think carefully about the medical advice you're
getting. Don't be afraid to question it or get multiple opinions.
- Exercise a little, but don't obsess. Long walks are
LESSONS: WHY TO DO IT
For those who want to know how and why these principles
work, the following eight lessons will give you all the details you ever
EXPERTS, THEY MAKE MISTAKES TOO!
- Don't worship your doctor(s). Keep in mind
that they could be giving you bad advice.
- Doctors are usually
good, decent people. They are hard-working, intelligent, and often
hold themselves to a strict moral code. However, things still go
wrong on a regular basis. Here are two reasons why:
- The system can be "broken" even while the doctors
within it are doing their best.
- A broken system affects both the
initial education as well as the
education of medical professionals.
- A good doctor, like the rest of us, can be
led astray by erroneous trends in his field.
doctor or researcher knows everything. In fact, they are continuously
learning new things... which means that they didn't know those things before.
any given time, experts are in disagreement about many
important medical "facts."
The medical establishment takes time
(sometimes decades) to adjust to new
information. If you read about a new way to treat your ailments, don't wait!
Try to find a way to test the new information safely.
Pride can come between
a doctor and his ability to change his mind when the evidence truly
warrants a change.
Don't assume that anyone or any system knows best. No individual
doctor is all-knowing and no system is above reproach.
for the "He's an expert; he can't be wrong" fallacy.
medical advice works for you. Be ready to stop accepting advice that
isn't doing you any good or is making you worse. Following medical
advice should be better than doing nothing.
Medical services have their place. Visit
a doctor when you have need... just don't assume they have it all
However, on the other hand:
of quick fixes and scams. If you decide that a doctor's
advice isn't working
for you, you may think that the answer lies with another expert or
another kind of advice.
bad as official experts may be, they are still usually better than the
fringe. Don't take too many risks or waste too much money
following expensive dreams.
You are at your
when you are suffering.
about this website? Does the above advice mean all websites are
full of lies?
It depends... you need to be able to judge for yourself.
Here are some reasons to trust the advice
on this page:
Nothing is for sale.
There are no ads.
There is no profit being made in any way.
- This advice requires self-discipline. These
are not quick fixes.
- This site has the new research that works and the old wisdom
that has been working.
- Also, be aware that your illness may not be curable.
Desperately trying new things can make a situation worse. Remember
that we're all mortal, sometimes you just have to stop searching for a
cure and make the best of your remaining years.
- Nonetheless, when you have an incurable illness, eating
well and other forms of self-discipline can help to delay or stop
the worsening of symptoms.
- Giving up your "radical" search for a cure
doesn't mean giving up on life. It means returning to a more
even-headed approach to health.
FAT IS NOT BAD FOR YOU... IT IS ESSENTIAL FOR HEALTH
SUGAR CAN CAUSE DISEASE
You Know What a Carbohydrate Is?
are three major kinds of food: Proteins, Fats, and Carbohydrates
of foods with Fats and Proteins include Meat, Eggs, Cheese
and proteins are almost always found together.
of foods with Carbohydrates include Sweets, Starches, Potatoes,
Bread, Pasta, and Fruits.
Sugars are the simplest and the most rapidly digested of the
Are They a Problem?
they raise blood sugar and blood insulin. Insulin causes artery
health to decline. It should be minimized.
are the main problem. Breads, pasta, and potatoes are safe in
reasonable quantities. However, sugars should be eaten only on
special occasions, that is, very sparingly.
or drinking sugar raises blood sugar too quickly. This results
in a spike of insulin. Insulin in high doses shocks the cells
and causes them to withdraw receptors for insulin from their
outer membranes. This, in turn, causes the body to secrete more
insulin as it tries to get the signal through... the cycle repeats and insulin levels increase each
time. This process slowly grows out of control until Type II Diabetes
results. (Though the onset of diabetes is complex and not
thoroughly understood, the above is an excellent description of
how the process works in practical or experiential terms.)
How Insulin Harms Artery Health:
is similar in structure to a growth factor called,
Growth Factor (IGF). In fact, when you have too much insulin, the
body reacts in a similar way to having too much IGF. A great
example of this is the length of the eyeball. Why do you need
glasses? The most common form of eye disease involves an overly
elongated eye leading to myopia (near-sightedness). In most
cases, this is caused by blood insulin that was consistently too high.
This leads to the eye continuing to grow when it should have stopped.
Since insulin mimics IGF, it tells tissues to grow in
inappropriate situations. (see article on Near-Sightedness
similar process occurs in your arteries... have you ever noticed
that most of the diseases that plague the elderly involve poor
blood vessel health?
Disease (coronary arteries hardened and inflamed)
(clots in arteries)
or "blood clots" (veins)
(arteries in brain)
(arteries with weakened or ruptured outer walls)
Blood Pressure (arteries inflamed all over)
Degeneration (arteries in retina of the eye)
of Limbs (diabetics have problems with circulation in their
feet and hands... due to poor capillary and artery health).
are damaged by insulin, and this damage leads to the diseases
above. Clearly, they are all part of the SAME DISEASE. The disease
is caused by insulin. Insulin is increased by sugar (and also by
eating too many calories overall).
Counts the Most:
Some foods raise blood sugar slowly, others raise it quickly.
is produced in response to sugar to help process it.
- More insulin is produced when blood
sugar is raised quickly than when it is raised slowly.
Therefore, the more quickly that sugars enter your blood, the
higher the insulin response. It over-responds
because of the suddenness of the spike in blood sugar.
raise your blood
sugar the fastest, and as a result, raise your insulin levels the
carbohydrates like pasta, bread, or potatoes take longer to
digest. This means they are not as bad as simple carbohydrates
like sugars. In reasonable quantities, and as part of a
low-calorie diet, they don't do any harm.
and fiber, when mixed with sugar, slow the absorption of carbohydrates to a safer rate.
Thus, vegetables are safe despite containing some carbohydrates. Fruit is
safer than fruit juice because the fiber in fruit slows the
absorption of the fructose. Fruit juice is almost as dangerous
as soda pop despite its source.
of carbohydrate absorption is measured by "glycemic
index." Removing fat and fiber from sweet foods increases the rate of sugar
another reason why "low fat" foods are not healthy, they are actually
high-sugar or high-carbohydrate with a higher-than-usual glycemic index.
When fat is
reduced it leaves a void that must be filled. If your food
weighs 5 ounces and you take out 2 ounces of fat, this mass
is replaced by more of whatever is left, protein and
carbohydrate. This replacement is accomplished by increasing
the portion size of a low-fat food. Therefore, low fat means
Effect Builds with Time:
Repeated exposure to sugary and starchy foods causes insulin
levels to be chronically high (high all the time) which desensitizes your
body to insulin.
insensitivity is often compared to "deafness." The
insulin is like a signal to the cells of the body. When the signal
becomes too "loud," the cells have a way to "cover their
ears." This results in more insulin being produced. When
someone is hard of hearing, you speak louder to them. In order
to get the signal across to the cells that are "deaf," the body
increases the signal to get the message across--more insulin.
effect compounds with time. More insulin results in more deafness
(insensitivity to insulin) and more deafness results in more
insulin. When your blood insulin
and sugar go high enough, you become diabetic (Type II).
Fortunately, this kind of diabetes can
be reversed by eliminating starches and
sugars from the diet. Keeping total calories low is also very
- This process goes by a few different names.
Metabolic Syndrome, Pre-Diabetes, and Low-Blood Sugar. These can
be "treated" by eating less sugar and keeping calories low.eft" class="style1">HoHow do you know if you have it? You may be
overweight, have poor circulation, or get "jittery" when you
don't eat for a few hours. Being jittery along with being
hungery is not normal. It is a sign that you are stuck in this
sugar-insulin cycle that leads to diabetes.
insulin levels shorten lifespan significantly and create many horrible health problems
blood insulin levels, ironically, INCREASES your appetite while
simultaneously causing you to convert and store those excess
CARBOHYDRATES as BODY FAT.
Linked to Excess Sugar in Diet of Children.
is a study by Loren Cordain,
al, Department of Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State
What About Fruit Juice?
Pop is sweetened with fructose in the form of
corn syrup. Yet, the sweet substance in orange or apple
juice is also fructose! It's the same molecule, and it doesn't matter
which type of plant produced it.
- It still
causes disease. The extra nutrients in fruit don't prevent this.
Don't give fruit juice to your kids! Yes,
you should give them some fruit for the nutrition,
but keep the fruit in its original, unprocessed state and limit
the quantity. We should all be eating more vegetables than
DIETS MAXIMIZE LIFESPAN AND HEALTH
and its a big if ... If you get adequate
nutrition, THEN you may actually increase your otherwise normal
lifespan by minimizing calories.
animals all see an
amazing increase in health and lifespan when kept on a very low
calorie, highly nutritious diet. Most seem to live from 1.5 to 2.0
times as long as normal! It hasn't been done on humans yet, but
they're currently doing a study with primates that is showing
promising results so far.
How does it work?
researchers are not sure how, just yet. However, it is probably
much more than a coincidence that insulin levels are kept as low
as possible on this diet. (see lesson #3 above)
is also some indication that a set of genes called
"SIR2" are activated when calories are kept low. These
are thought to activate stem cells to regenerate old tissues more
than they would otherwise. (Other names for SIR2 include: SIRT1, SIR2L1 or Sir2-alpha
which are all abbreviations for "sirtuins"
It has also been suggested that cells enter a
"protective mode" when calories are low. This limits the amount
of damage that can be done to the cells' DNA. Some scientists
think that DNA damage in stem cells is the root cause of aging
and I agree.
I subscribe to this theory of aging and I think this best
describes why low-calorie diets increase life span.
Scientists are currently testing to
see if it is possible to limit certain amino acids instead of
total calories. I.e., to have a "normal" calorie intake, but
limit, for example, methionine. Until this is better understood,
it is best to limit total calories.
you have to starve yourself? Who wants to live like that?
you eat nutritious foods, and plenty of vegetables, then your
appetite will naturally decrease. But, it can be a rough start so
do it very slowly. If you're counting and limiting calories
anyway, why not try to slowly minimize them?
you eat a steady amount of calories each day, even if its low,
then your appetite will behave itself.
you are losing weight, your appetite will be stronger than usual,
once you stabilize (regardless of your weight), your appetite will decrease to
levels even if you're very thin.
foods are known to decrease appetite: Apple Cider Vinegar,
(e.g. as from vegetables, beans, or raw oats), chromium
supplements, and even turmeric. You can use these
to help manage appetite.
low should calories be?
by realistically measuring what you currently eat. For most men,
this runs between 2000 and 3000 calories per day. Women average
between 1000 and 2000.
reduce it by 100-300 calories and try to stick with that level for a
while, maybe a year or so. Your weight should slowly go down and
then gradually stabilize at a new, lower weight.
after your body weight is down to a fairly low level, try to go a
little lower. The lower you can go, the better (within reason, and
without sacrificing nutrition). The lower you can go
safely, the longer the lifespan will be.
Is this Anorexia? No, anorexia is a pathology of eating very
little without any concern for nutrition caused by a false
view of one's appearance and attractiveness to others. The result
of anorexia is a
reduction in health and a premature death.
produces similar effects in the body even if it does not result
in an overall reduction in calories (i.e., you make up for it
later). Fasting means that you don't eat any calories at all.
There is not such thing as a "Juice Fast." If you're drinking
juice, you're not fasting!
Fasting is very good for
you, but it can be hard to drum up enough will power. It's
actually easier to keep calories steady and low for long periods
You can fast
for short or long periods. Even exercise is technically a
fast because it lowers blood sugar it actually burns
it off for fuel) and then your body runs out of calories in
the liver after about 30 minutes of exercise. This forces
the body to burn fat just like it does when you fast.
People have been known to fast for more than a year! These
folks start out obese and supplement with essential
nutrients as needed.
exercise to increase health is a two-edged sword. Doing it
with diet is preferable. Of course, light exercise can
complement a diet plan, but it also increases appetite. In
any case, some activity is necessary.
fast duration to start is one 24-hour day. If this does not
cause problems for you, then you can try longer fasts. Note
that, after about two days you will become very weak. This
is not a bad thing, but it can be very inconvenient or even
dangerous depending on what you need to be doing. The risk
of fainting is significant. So, for example, don't ride a
increases lifespan and health.
that were forced to fast every other day, but allowed to eat as
much as they wanted on the days they did eat, lived about 1.25
times as long as average, but were still fat! ...
Fasting can increase appetite. So, you need more
discipline to fast than to eat right all the time.
MAYBE A MAGIC BULLET!
reading lesson #4, you will be delighted to know that there is a
chemical produced in grape skins and some other plants that activates
the SIR2 genes (or similar gene complexes in
other species). It goes by the name "Resveratrol." (rez - vare' -
ah - trawl)
- Mice fed
high levels of this compound live longer than normal
despite a normal diet. If they are put on a high-calorie diet, resveratrol allows mice to
live normal life spans. Both groups avoid disease
for longer than their counterparts.
is a real-world example of this happening in the human population.
Because this compound is found in red wine, populations that
regularly drink it tend to have healthier people. This is
sometimes called the "French Paradox" because the
French, and many other Mediterranean cultures, eat what is considered to
be an unhealthy diet, yet remain fairly healthy.
- How to get
it, pitfalls to avoid:
compound that you need is called trans-resveratrol.
Don't be fooled by cheaper products promising "resveratrols"
or "grape skin/seed extract." The real deal is expensive. You
need about 100 or more milligrams per day. Also, grape seed
compounds are entirely different.
doesn't matter if the compound comes from grape skins or not. Just
be careful that the chemical name is exactly correct (except maybe for
the dash)... trans-resveratrol.
- Why is this
enzyme such a big deal?
Well, let's see... This is the only, THE ONLY, substance
found to increase lifespan significantly. This is a first for history.
It should be much bigger news than it is. (Do you wonder why it's
not?) In any case, take advantage of it now that you know!
make a good diet obsolete?
- No! Resveratrol will enhance the effects of
a good diet. Do both!
- Should I drink more red wine?
- Not really. If you're drinking 1-2 glasses a
day you should not increase that amount.
- However, the co-factors in wine will help you
to use resveratrol more effectively. So, you should drink some
red wine (ideally one glass per day with dinner), and also
supplement with resveratrol pills.
- Wine alone is not as effective, but if you
can't afford both, pick the wine.
FADS & OTHER KINDS OF MISINFORMATION
ideas come and go while others stand the test of time. How can you know
the difference now?
advice on this page is either very old and merely against the fads
of today, or
- It is
backed by remarkable empirical evidence (e.g., resveratrol, and low-calorie
- Following these
ideas is hard work. It will not make you popular and it will not
benefit any large industry. In fact, it will likely hurt the
processed food and medical/pharmaceutical industries and increase
world population (if enough people do it). So... "they" don't want
you to follow this advice!
- The only benefit will be a longer, healthier life and a probable
reduction in the diseases you already have.
- Fad Diets
Are Based On The Idea of TEMPORARY FIXES:
plain truth is obvious... if you ever go back to eating the way you
do now, then you'll go back to looking and feeling the way you do
now. No fad diet, done temporarily, will fix you for the rest of
- You can never go back to eating the way
you did when you were a kid.
- Life rewards self-discipline and
hard work. Your diet and health are no exceptions.
- Hiding Health Information:
There is some reason to suspect that some information is being
suppressed that might help us live healthier lives. Other
information is made to seem unimportant or wrong when it is
actually very important and right. We have to be concerned with
the way in which information is reported to us. This goes for
the public as well as for doctors. Drug reps visit doctors
regularly. Funding is a major complication for medical research.
a key example researchers recently found a substance called
"acrylamide" in virtually all processed foods. It is a known
carcinogen. It was announced in all the newspapers and TV news
shows for a few days. Then, as if a switch had been flicked, the
story disappeared! The removal of the story was surprisingly
complete. It seems that the food industry realized that they
would be ruined if the public ever started to cry for its
removal. Since the media are fueled by advertisements and
much of that revenue is provided by the food industry, it seems
unavoidable to conclude that this is an example of a financial
reason to suppress important health information. (I am
aware that some later research seemed to indicate that it was
not a problem, but I am not yet convinced.)
- In any case, vegetables don't have
any acrylamide in them!
Generally speaking, the following factors might warrant some
health industry would be financially reduced if health improved.
While the idea of deliberately maintaining levels of medical
dependence is abhorrent to most health care professionals (their
motto is: "first
do no harm"), the prescription drug industry is known to maximize
profit by various unethical means, which I need not go into.
- Besides money, another reason to withhold
important health information is that many social engineers fear
high population. If a magical cure was widely available, or if a
commonly absorbed toxin were suddenly removed, the population
would begin to increase faster than it already is. To avoid
the "problem" of your long life, I think that there are
efforts in place to withhold many different kinds of aids:
medicines, foods, health information, etc.
you should exercise... a little.
increases insulin sensitivity by producing a mini-starvation in your
body. By using up all of your muscles' and liver's calorie reserves, exercise
causes the body to
react as it would on a fast... which is a good thing.
high blood sugar and insulin levels make you feel good and low levels
make you feel very bad. So, the healthy state feels
bad, and the unhealthy state feels good. That's part of the reason that exercise is
both painful and good for you. Your body is trying to keep you from using too much energy by
making it hurt. Since you don't have a fuel gauge, your body
communicates the "danger, low-fuel" message by causing you to suffer as the tank nears
are many fuel
tanks in the body. The first is your blood sugar, second is the
energy stored in the muscles, the third is the glycogen in
the Liver, and the last resort is in body fat. You have to use up
the first three before the last is tapped. And all of these "fuel
tanks" like to stay full... so they resist you when you try to
lose weight... that's why it hurts!
Regarding health and longevity,
that you can do with exercise can be done better with diet. It is true
that increases in strength and stamina require exercise. But,
obtaining health through diet is safer
and leads to a longer life span.
- Mild exercise
can compliment a good diet, but intense exercise can also do damage. Don't obsess! I
would suggest mainly productive activities like gardening, house work,
and even real work. Do everything at an even pace. Bicycling and walking are also good
when done in moderation. Some weight lifting can be good too, and can be good for strengthening weak body parts, like
a "bad back."
exercise increases your
metabolic rate which makes you hungry, causes you to metabolize more
food and this increases the rate at
which you age. Most people will say that exercise helps you to live longer.
However, this is only true in comparison to a typically fat, lazy,
gluttonous person (i.e., a couch potato).
- The truth is that your stem cells
(the source of your ability to renew tissues) have a limited
number of divisions and exercise causes them to go through their
divisions more rapidly. This is what is behind the rate of aging.
- Low-calorie diets help you to
live longer, partially, because they slow the rate of cell
Fiber is digested by bacteria in our intestines. The byproducts of
this process calm our immune systems so that they will cause less
This is not anecdotal! Not any more. Australian
Charles Mackay (pictured), and Kendle Maslowski, both
research PhDs working at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research,
have determined that human immune cells have a specific receptor (GPR43) for
short-chain fatty acids (SCFA). These SCFAs are produced in the gut
by bacterial digestion of insoluble fiber.
eating insoluble fiber feeds the bacteria in our intestines and causes
them to produce SCFAs. In turn, the SCFAs stimulate the GPR43
receptor on immune cells. This, reduces the inflammatory
processes of these immune cells.
- There is a definite link between eating
fiber and reducing inflammation.
- These researchers also showed how fiber encourages
the right kind of bacteria to flourish in the intestines.
This helps to keep appetite under control.
- In a related science-news article, Maslowski
"We're also now beginning to understand that from the moment
you're born, it's incredibly important to be colonized by the
right kinds of gut bacteria. The kinds of foods you eat directly
determine the levels of certain bacteria in your gut.
Changing diets are changing the kinds of
gut bacteria we have, as well as their by-products,
particularly short chain fatty acids. If we have low amounts of
dietary fiber, then we're going to have low levels of short
chain fatty acids, which we have demonstrated are very important
in the immune systems of mice." -
physorg.com (color added for emphasis)
- View the
Institute press release on this study.
- As was noted at the top of this page, there are
a number of health problems that are on the increase throughout this
country. Inflammation is a main component of almost all of them. So,
reducing inflammation is something everyone should be trying to do
as much as possible.
- IBS and IBD (irritable
bowel syndrome and disease, respectively) are helped especially
by intake of large amounts of insoluble fiber. Also, for some
reason, marshmallow root helps these problems noticeably.
- The benefits come from
long-term use, this is not a sudden fix.
- Therefore, eat vegetables. Eat beans. Eat
- Supplement with a fiber powder like Metamucil
several times a day. Be sure that your fiber supplement contains
mainly insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber is easier to take, but it is not as
- Yes, this causes gas. But, your body adjusts
with time so that it isn't too bad. Some gas will always be produced, however, since gas and
SCFAs are both caused by bacterial action. You'll just have to get used to it!
OTHER IMPORTANT LESSONS:
and Recommended Reading:
Studies Support a Link Between Antibiotics and Allergies/Asthma:
new studies, out of Germany, tested both mice in the lab as well as
the human population of Germany. Thus it was a two-sided approach.
the Lab: The
mice that had taken antibiotics developed allergies more readily than the
other mice later in their life.
the Population: People
receiving antibiotics, especially as children, were more
likely to develop allergies during their lifetime.
antibiotics be the cause of our allergies and other autoimmune
immune system that attacks the wrong things can be very
inconvenient (allergies), disabling (asthma), or lethal (MS).
foods with live bacteria can help alleviate the problem after
antibiotics have done their damage. If you can't avoid them, due
to a life-threatening illness, then eat high-quality yogurt like
crazy and take probiotic pills at 3X the recommended dose. Also, be
sure to eat plenty of fiber to keep the bacteria well fed.
antibiotics kill "friendly" bacteria, your immune
system loses touch with the first "outsiders" with
which it learned to co-exist after birth.
to overwhelm your system with friendly bacterial substitutes.
This may help it
reestablish the ability to recognize biomolecular friends
without attacking them.
- Glucosamine and N-Acetyl Glucosamine prevent and ameliorate
The Truth About
Ted H Spence, DDS, ND, PhD/DSc, MH
sea salt) is good for you and causes no health problems.
Remember, having unhealthy
arteries (from a lifetime of sugar) often leads to increased blood pressure. Salt in
the diet can make this worse, but it is not the cause of the
All inflammation is made worse when the
body retains fluids. Salt causes your body to retain fluids. So,
it can appear that salt causes problems. But, if you're healthy,
salt is perfectly safe... salt to taste!
- Do Not Eat
can't fool your body for long. People who use artificial
sweeteners tend to be very fat and show no signs of getting thin.
is some indication that even sweet tastes can increase blood
insulin levels. This might explain the difficulty that people have
losing weight while using sweeteners. Insulin increases appetite
and initiates fat storage mechanisms.
Good and Bad
Consider this carefully: vaccines do some good and some bad.
Several factors are involved in making a personal
evidence against vaccines in general is fairly weak, but there is some
evidence that they can lead to particular health problems.
- I do not think mercury was ever the problem.
Instead, the problem is the ability of vaccines to create
auto-immune responses (the body is inadvertently "trained" by the vaccine to
attack part of itself instead of the disease the vaccine is supposed
to protect against).
No doubt, vaccines help to eradicate disease at the population level
(e.g., polio). But, there is also no doubt that there is some risk
that they will facilitate an auto-immune disease at the individual
- Therefore, I recommend that, in a society that
is widely vaccinated, individuals should avoid getting vaccinations.
And, in a situation where there is a lot of dangerous disease, it is better to
get the vaccine. It's a matter of managing risk and playing the
- If the disease that the vaccine protects
against is not dangerous (e.g., the flu), then it is not worth
the risk unless the flu might kill you due to your weakened
state. If the disease is virtually eradicated, then the vaccine
may be unwarranted.
- Infant vaccination is an added complication. I
suggest getting a few different books on the issue. Some
vaccinations are more important than others. And,
many doctors are
sympathetic to the need to limit vaccinations and to spread them out
in time. It will still be best to minimize the number of
vaccinations your child receives in total. "Minimize" means that you
get only the ones that you can't imagine not getting. Keep in
mind that, no matter what you do, you cannot eliminate risk.
Vaccines may help, and they may hurt.
- Of course, avoiding vaccination removes a form of
protection against disease! So, either decision has its risk. If
you avoid vaccines, you should also find other ways to protect your
child from the more dangerous illnesses:
- Wash hands after exposure to people (dirt
and the "great outdoors" are not as dangerous as people. You
should not provide a sterile
environment for your child.)
- Avoid exposure to people when possible
(stores, church, schools, etc.). If it can't be avoided, limit
duration of exposure, wash hands and faces afterwards, and never
leave your child in a nursery. If you don't vaccinate,
seriously about home schooling.
- Try to avoid nose blowing. Children
force bacteria into their middle ears through the eustachian
tube this way and get ear infections that often require
antibiotics (which should also be avoided).
- Keep your child in good health by providing
I have an old document about legal issues
that might help:
Avoid Being Legally Forced To Take A Vaccine/Immunization
- Maybe avoid
Fluoride in your water and toothpaste
If you ate a tube of toothpaste, the Fluoride would probably
kill you! Fluoride is very toxic!
If you need to use it because your teeth
rot without it, try using a non-fluoride toothpaste four days
per week or some similar method.
For most, brushing regularly and eating well
does the trick.
Sugar in the diet diminishes the natural, cavity-fighting functions of your teeth.
Carbonated Soft Drinks, containing both sugar
and acid, are the number one enemy of your teeth. If you must drink them, immediately brush your teeth with baking
soda to neutralize the acid.
- Low-calorie diets have been
rumored to improve the condition of
by allowing them to re-enamelize. I cannot verify this, but it
tap water still contains
Fluorine; Use Reverse Osmosis
Filtration or use bottled or well water.
took fluoride out of their public water because it was toxic.
Complete Fluoride Debate (PDF format) compiled by
- Religion Maximizes Life Span
These resources aren't 100% correct, but they are
generally informative. Above all else, get a wide exposure to ideas so
you can compare them and start thinking for yourself!
"Trust Us, We're
Experts : How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles With Your
Future" by John Stauber, Sheldon Rampton
(pictured left to right);
Publisher: J. P. Tarcher; ISBN: 158542059X; 1st edition
(December 22, 2000). (Pictured)
Grain and Carbohydrate Diets Treat Hypoglycemia, Heart Disease,
Diabetes Cancer and Nearly ALL Chronic Illness by Joseph Brasco,
Dr. Joseph Brasco, M.D. is board
certified in both internal medicine and gastroenterology. Dr. Brasco
went to medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
and did his post graduate training at the University of Illinois,
Chicago. He has been in private practice in the Northwest Suburbs of
Chicago for the past 10 years and is known as one of the leading nutritional GI specialists in the country. Dr. Brasco
strives for cures rather than treating symptoms with drugs.
Ways Sugar Can Ruin Your Health Referenced List compiled by Nancy Appleton,
We Eat Far Too Many
Polyunsaturated Fats in the US by PM Kris-Etherton, Denise
Shaffer Taylor, et. al.
Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 71, No. 1, 179-188,
January 2000. Penny M. Kris-Etherton Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, University
of Minnesota, 1978. Dr. Kris-Etherton is Didactic Program Director for
the American Dietetic Association (ADA).
Down the Prostaglandin Pathways by Sally Fallon, M.A. and
Nutrition Foundation Journal Vol. 20, #3 FALL 1996
Sally Fallon is a food historian and nutrition journalist; She is
President of the Weston
A. Price Foundation and editor of 'Wise Traditions', the
Foundation's quarterly magazine. Mary Enig is a
nutritionist/biochemist of international renown for her research on
the nutritional aspects of fats and oils. She is a consultant,
clinician, and the Director of the Nutritional Sciences Division of
Enig Associates, Inc., Silver Spring, Maryland.
Fluoride, and the Thyroid by Andreas
Schuld, Parents of Fluoride Poisoned Children (PFPC)
Plan: Dr. Joseph Mercola. Eat what your body was made to eat: Raw Unmodified Vegetables,
Grass-Fed Meat, Eggs, Nuts and Seeds... It's a
lot like turning the USDA's Food Pyramid upside down!
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