Don’t go breakin’ my heart!

I am increasingly concerned with the direction of the health care system in our country. Some are saying that if we don’t like Obamacare we just want to go back to the “disastrous health care system” we had before. Actually, we had a health care system that was the model for the world. We offered the very best health care available, and at no time was anyone refused treatment. People came from around the world to be treated here. The “problem” began when the government and insurance companies took over the system many years ago. Costs to the patient skyrocketed, treatment began to be rationed, and the system started to decay. Even with all this, on January 1, 2009 we had the best health care system in the world. Now, we are faced with either taking care of our health ourselves or having bureaucrats do it for us. This will not end well if you don’t take charge right now. The purpose of our blog is to teach you how to take charge. The good news—-you can take charge of your health!

 

Let’s begin this blog with a personal story about how heart medications are prescribed and what might be wrong with the process. About 20 years ago I began having a problem with a “tachycardia” (unusual beating of the heart, including skipping of beats and pounding which could actually wake me up at night). Because I was on the verge of turning 50 years old, I decided to go to a cardiologist and have a complete work-up. If something was wrong, I wanted to deal with it, and if nothing was wrong, I wanted to have a good baseline.

 

The cardiologist was concerned and ordered several diagnostic regimens. I wore a “halter monitor” for 24 hours, I had a couple of different kinds of EKG and ECG, a cardiac ultrasound, and a “nuclear stress test.” About a week after all of these tests were completed I had a consultation appointment with the cardiologist and he said the following: “Tom, everything looks really good on all the tests. So, due to your age and the symptoms, I am going to be very conservative and prescribe a low-dose statin and a low-dose beta blocker.”

 

I was incredulous! I asked him to back up and review the part of the statement which went: “everything looks really good on all the tests.” He acknowledged this again, but then told me that he and his department partners believed that “all men over 50 years old should be taking low doses of these two drugs as a preventive measure.”

 

I left his office and decided to research what to do for the condition of tachycardia myself. I came up with the fact that I was most likely not getting enough magnesium and Coenzyme Q10 through my diet. So, I supplemented with both of these and lo and behold, my tachycardia symptoms went away within days!

 

On January 15, 2014 Forbes Magazine published an article which pointed out how medical guidelines regarding the use of beta blockers  have resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths in patients in just a few years. Forbes also said that British researchers have found that by following an established guideline on treatment of heart disease with beta blockers, doctors in the United Kingdom may have caused as many as 800,000 unnecessary deaths over the last 5 years. (European Heart Journal, 2014,:35(3); 131-137) That would be comparable to the crashes of almost 2,500 jumbo jet-liners over the 5 years or 500 crashes per year! Can you imagine the yelps from the press and public if that were to happen?

 

Furthermore, more than half of the lives lost may have occurred “after the research was discredited.” It turns out that if you do have a pre-existing, serious, life-threatening condition, beta blockers may help if you are going into surgery for your cardiac condition. If you have little or no prior heart risks, beta blockers may actually do harm.

 

The journal Science Daily pointed out in 2008 that the routine use of beta blockers actually increased the odds of having an acute coronary event.

 

As for statins, in addition to their proven negative effect on muscle tissue (and the heart is a muscle), and other negative side effects, the British Medical Journal found that simply eating an apple a day might help prevent cardiovascular-related deaths in those over 50 to a similar degree as using a daily statin (BMJ, 2013; 347). And exercising about 40 minutes a day 6 days a week is far superior to taking a daily statin and the exercise has only positive side effects. In December of 2013 Medical News Today reported that “research shows that prescribing a statin to everyone over the age of 50 (remember my age at the beginning?) could lead to over 1,000 extra cases of muscle disease and more than 10,000 additional cases of diabetes.”

 

One in 4 Americans over 45 currently take a statin drug, despite the fact that over 900 studies prove their adverse side effects. Also recently “updated” guidelines will double the number of Americans being prescribed these dangerous drugs. Further, and this is really scary, the research shows that statins can effectively  nullify the benefits of exercise, which is one of the best and primary heart disease prevention strategies.

 

To quote Dr. Joseph Mercola, “the take-home message here is that even if a drug or treatment is “backed by science” (often paid for by the drug companies) this absolutely does not mean it is safe or effective.”

 

You must realize that you are responsible for your own and your family’s health–not the drug companies and certainly not the government!

 

Over the next several months I will be posting new guidelines as to how you can take advantage of the services I have to offer, with different pricing depending on the services you choose. I hope you will utilize these services and tell your family, friends and neighbors about them.  In the meantime, stay well!!!

 

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“One of the biggest tragedies of human civilization is the precedents of chemical therapy over nutrition. It is a substitution of artificial therapy over natural, of poison over food, in which we are feeding people poisons trying to correct the reactions of starvation.”

Dr. Royal Lee, 1951

 

Please pass this blog along to your friends, family, and co-workers. We work with people by utilizing the modern technique known as “telemedicine,” and we would love to help you. You do not have to come to Delaware! We also can help you as a “Medical Advocate.” What this means is that, if you have questions about health matters, including the interpretation of laboratory testing, you can contact us and we will discuss what your test results mean and help you get good answers to your questions. It seems that today everyone, including doctors, is in a rush and you end up getting the short end of the stick. We can help with that problem. Just give us a call at 410-326-6690. Also, check out our Web Site at http://www.wholebodyhealth.us for more info.

Saving health care dollars!

Happy New Year! I want to start this new year with an item that demonstrates the value of a good supplement program which is implemented into your daily regimen. (Supplementation is the fourth pillar of the Four Pillars of Optimal Health.) The report was done by a management company, Frost and Sullivan (F&S), which is highly respected in the international business community. Basically, without publishing all 110 pages of the F&S report in my blog, I can say that the F&S report demonstrates that the use of specific dietary supplements can lead to large and positive health care cost savings.

The four diseases that F&S examined are: Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), Diabetes-attributed CHD, Age-related Eye Disease (ARED), and Osteoporosis. The conclusion of the study was that “Targeted dietary supplementation regimens are recommended as a means to help control rising societal health care costs and as a means for high-risk individuals to minimize the chance of having to deal with potential costly events and increase quality of life.” You and I are not concerned with controlling “societal” costs, but of controlling the costs to ourselves and our families. With the “changes” in our health care system occurring now and on the horizon, this becomes ever more important.

Today, approximately 75% of total U.S. health care expenditures are spent on preventable diseases, but only 3% of total health care expenditures are invested in disease prevention programs. And this includes things that are not preventable at all. For instance, “prevention” includes regular physician checkups and lab procedures on health people (including cancer screenings and blood work). In reality, this is not prevention at all. Rather, it is a form of health diagnostics, and diagnostics do not prevent illness! True prevention implies a lifelong habit of adopting lifestyle practices that are known to favor better health.

Since there is a significant amount of scientific research involving dietary supplements, this is a good place to look to see if there is a way we can take control of our own disease prevention. And indeed, there is significant scientific proof that supplements can save all of us a significant amount of money over our lifetime. But in addition, the intangible costs such as the significant physical and emotional distress of ARED sufferers and their families are also additional burdens to consider in assessing the overall quality of life and consequently the total social costs of Acute Macular Disease and cataracts.

One example of the results of this study is what that F&S has calculated that “there would be a savings of $4.76 billion per year in cumulative net osteoporosis-attributed cost savings if the target population used magnesium dietary supplements to increase intake by 100 mg per day.” And this amount of magnesium is actually far too low for almost everyone to be taking!! Effective control of osteoporosis requires much more than just magnesium. It requires other macro and micro nutrients, lifestyle changes, dietary changes, and exercise. But the effect of only adding magnesium was profound! The total savings in costs of all four diseases to society (and by extension to you) is estimated to be well over 30 billion dollars in money alone!! And there are some researchers who say that including Vitamin D and other supplements considered micro nutrients would be in excess of $1 trillion. Add in the other three Pillars of Optimal Health and you are talking real money!!

The take-away from all this is that you need to be using high quality supplements on a daily basis in order to have Optimal Health and to really enjoy life to the fullest. There is no longer any doubt in serious scientific minds!
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“One of the biggest tragedies of human civilization is the precedents of chemical therapy over nutrition. It is a substitution of artificial therapy over natural, of poison over food, in which we are feeding people poisons trying to correct the reactions of starvation.”
Dr. Royal Lee, 1951

Please pass this blog along to your friends, family, and co-workers. We work with people by utilizing the modern technique known as “telemedicine,” and we would love to help you. You do not have to come to Delaware! We also can help you as a “Medical Advocate.” What this means is that, if you have questions about health matters, including the interpretation of laboratory testing, you can contact us and we will discuss what your test results mean and help you get good answers to your questions. It seems that today everyone, including doctors, is in a rush and you end up getting the short end of the stick. We can help with that problem. Just give us a call at 410-326-6690. Also, check out our Web Site at http://www.wholebodyhealth.us for more info.

The Wonders of Coconut Oil

It’s far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has. Hippocrates

It seems that lately everywhere I look I’m finding articles on the wonder of coconut oil. Magazines, newspapers, and television are all touting “experts” who are talking about this “wonder oil.” If you have questions or are confused about what is causing this sudden wealth of information about coconut oil, I hope to help you with the subject in this blog. Right at the beginning, I need to tell you that I love coconut oil, and we use it for all kinds of things which I will talk about below. It is truly the essence of a “healthy fat,” and proves the “research” about saturated fats over a century ago was totally worthless!

Coconut oil is especially important at this time of year because we are facing cold and flu season, and I will be writing a separate blog on how to boost the immune system and avoid and defeat the viruses that cause these illnesses. It also has other uses, and in fact, there have been books written about coconut oil!

Coconut is nature’s number one source of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA’s), a group of fats that are absorbed into metabolically active cells, which use them for energy, growth, and repair, according to Mary Enig, PhD, author of Know Your Fats. MCFA’s neutralize damaging free radicals and reduce cellular inflammation.

To use coconut oil, just melt the oil by microwaving for 30 seconds, put in your hot tea, coffee, or hot water and let it melt. (Coconut oil is a solid at room temperature.) It can be substituted for other fats in baking (use the same amount as with butter, etc.), used in homemade salad dressings (use 1/2 the amount of the oil), or use topically by rubbing it into the skin or hair. It is far less expensive than “cosmetic” creams, and extremely non-toxic. Remember what I’ve said before: don’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat or drink.

Now for the uses of coconut oil:
1. Coconut’s MCFA’s prompt liver cells to burn fat 50% faster than normal, thereby melting fat fast. This is especially good following the Holidays! Research has shown that adding 2 tablespoons coconut oil to your daily diet will help shed up to 24 pounds per year.

2. The MCFA’s in coconut oil rev-up the white blood cells which fight infection, plus it kills germs on contact according to research at Michigan State University. Bruce Fife, ND, author of Coconut Cures says that consuming 3 tablespoons of the oil a day can prevent winter ailments. If you do get sick, the same dose can cut the length of time you are ill.

3. Many of us suffer from dry skin patches, especially in the cold winter. This is a time of increased rashes, fine lines and wrinkles. That’s right, I said wrinkles! Dabbing coconut oil on trouble spots twice daily can conquer winter skin woes quickly—as little as a week or two! The reason is that the lauric acid in the oil cuts down on inflammation, kills the bacteria that can cause pimples and diminishes fine lines and wrinkles!

4. Our hair gets dry and cracks more easily in the winter (and even in the summer due to the sun and the chlorine in the water). Coconut oil nourishes hair follicles, destroys dandruff-causing yeast and leaves a layer of healing fatty acids on hair. Just massage 2 tablespoons coconut oil into dry hair and scalp, cover with a shower cap if lying down, and shampoo 30 minutes later or the next morning. Repeat this procedure weekly.

5. You can use coconut oil to help end fatigue. Consume 2 tablespoons per day. The MCFA’s help the thyroid gland to ramp up production of thyroxine, the hormone that speeds the conversion of food into energy. Also, coconut oil helps heal overworked adrenal glands (the “stress glands”) which helps their output of adrenaline which energizes the body.

6. One in three women over 45 years of age have vaginal dryness. If nothing is done to alleviate this situation, it can lead to vaginal atrophy and painful intercourse. Hilda Hutcherson, MD, author of Pleasure, recommends massaging 1/4 teaspoon of coconut oil onto your vulva and labia daily. There is a bonus to this: the antifungal and antimicrobial coconut oil will help prevent or treat vaginal infections. (The oil damages latex, so don’t use it with condoms or diaphragms.)

7. The aforementioned Bruce Fife, ND has also done research which points out that coconut oil is useful in helping alcoholics and addicts to break these lethal habits. This should only be used with the help of an experienced and trained health professional, but it is really exciting. the coconut oil has an effect on the brain which defeats the need for the drug or for sugar.

8. You can use coconut oil as an inexpensive, fluoride free, and tasty toothpaste. Put a little on your brush, and it destroys the bacteria, viruses, and yeast that cause dental infections.

9. Coconut oil, because of its MCFA’s, is a great “brain food.” It supplies the fats the brain needs to function at its best. The brain needs sugar to function well, and even in a low-sugar diet, 1/4 of the sugar taken in by diet is used by the brain. Coconut oil replaces the sugar and is actually more effective in feeding brain cells. Research is investigating whether it might prevent, delay, or reverse dementia and Alzheimer’s. Mary Newport, MD has written that Alzheimer’s is a type of diabetes of the brain. She has documented cases where she has been able to reverse Alzheimer’s with coconut oil.

10. There is no better creamer for coffee (organic coffee, of course) than coconut creamer. It tastes great, has a long shelf-life, and is actually healthy for you! I use So Delicious which is available at Whole Foods and at Giant.

And coconut oil is relatively inexpensive! Just make sure you use an organic, high quality blend, or that you order it from us. One good one in the store is Spectrum Organic CO.

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This is the last edition of the Blog before Christmas. Kathy and I wish you the very Happiest of Christmases. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the wonder of the Season. It’s a time for reflection and looking ahead with great optimism!! Merry Christmas!!

“One of the biggest tragedies of human civilization is the precedents of chemical therapy over nutrition. It is a substitution of artificial therapy over natural, of poison over food, in which we are feeding people poisons trying to correct the reactions of starvation.”
Dr. Royal Lee, 1951

Please pass this blog along to your friends, family, and co-workers. We work with people by utilizing the modern technique known as “telemedicine,” and we would love to help you. You do not have to come to Delaware! We also can help you as a “Medical Advocate.” What this means is that, if you have questions about health matters, including the interpretation of laboratory testing, you can contact us and we will discuss what your test results mean and help you get good answers to your questions. It seems that today everyone, including doctors, is in a rush and you end up getting the short end of the stick. We can help with that problem. Just give us a call at 410-326-6690. Also, check out our Web Site at http://www.wholebodyhealth.us for more info.

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Biochemical Balance

“It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.” Hippocrates

It is becoming clear with almost every disease that the cause of the disease is a chemical imbalance in the body. Research has documented chemical imbalance as a major causative factor and contributor in such diverse problems as all hormone deficiencies and excesses, diabetes, Alzheimer’s Disease, osteoporosis, heart disease, ADD/ADHD, alcoholism, and a host of other “diseases.” The chemical imbalance is caused by either a lack of intake of proper fuel (nutrition), blockage against the use of this fuel (poor digestion), or an inability to get rid of toxins that build up naturally through metabolic processes, or through the food, air, and water that permeate our lives.

I can tell you that no disease is in response to a lack of a pharmaceutical drug. For example, the medical profession seems obsessed with statin drugs for the treatment of high cholesterol. The debate about whether cholesterol numbers mean anything at all is ongoing; however, the problem is that there are many negative side effects to this class of drug, it does not address the cause of the high cholesterol, and there are so many alternatives which have no side effects, that statins should be used only rarely in the human body. But, and this is the REAL POINT: no one is deficient in a statin drug! A body may be deficient in fatty acids, vitamins or minerals, but it is definitely NOT deficient in a statin!

The lack of vitamins, minerals, and other natural substances normally found in the body is what causes a chemical imbalance, and this is what must be addressed when treating a disease state. Another classic case is alcoholism. There is no question and there is a tremendous amount of evidence that alcoholism is a disease of chemical imbalance. The recent research has shown that the use of coconut oil is invaluable for helping an alcoholic or drug addict get through some tough times because it supplies the amino acids which allow the “Governor Center” of the anterior brain to function well and to help control the patient’s actions. This is exciting because it is another arrow in our quiver which will allow us to help the horrible affliction of addictions naturally and without side effects.

And the same thought process applies to all disease. Research is showing that YOU are in charge of your health. You need the help of a trained and dedicated health professional, but YOU can be in charge!

Give us a call! We need to talk!

“One of the biggest tragedies of human civilization is the precedents of chemical therapy over nutrition. It is a substitution of artificial therapy over natural, of poison over food, in which we are feeding people poisons trying to correct the reactions of starvation.”
Dr. Royal Lee, 1951

Please pass this blog along to your friends, family, and co-workers. We work with people by utilizing the modern technique known as “telemedicine,” and we would love to help you. You do not have to come to Delaware! We also can help you as a “Medical Advocate.” What this means is that, if you have questions about health matters, including the interpretation of laboratory testing, you can contact us and we will discuss what your test results mean and help you get good answers to your questions. It seems that today everyone, including doctors, is in a rush and you end up getting the short end of the stick. We can help with that problem. Just give us a call at 410-326-6690. Also, check out our Web Site at http://www.wholebodyhealth.us for more info.

“Prevention” of breast cancer by surgery?

“Whenever a Doctor cannot do good, he must be kept from doing harm.” Hippocrates

“Prevention” of Breast Cancer by Surgery?

A few months ago actress Angelina Jolie made the headlines for her decision to have both of her breasts removed in order to “prevent” breast cancer. She made this decision because she had tested positive for a breast cancer susceptibility gene (BRAC), and she has a family history of cancer.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. In 2007, more than 178,000 cases of breast cancer were diagnosed, and more than 40,000 women died from it that year. Projecting the results to 2013, it will only be worse, because that’s what the trends are indicating!

First of all, the standard recommendation of the cancer “experts” is that if you test positive and are a “carrier” for the BRAC1 or BRAC2 genes you should have a yearly mammogram and an MRI scan once a year. This recommendation for a yearly mammogram is ridiculous! The last thing you want to do is expose a susceptible body to ionizing radiation such as you get from a mammogram. An MRI which does not emit ionizing radiation is not dangerous, and a Thermogram is far superior to a mammogram. (The results of a Thermogram can guide the necessity of an MRI because it not only does not use ionizing radiation, but it also detects heat–one of the classic signs of a cancerous tumor.) But recent research has pointed out that “women with a history of chest radiation have a 43% increase in breast cancer compared to those who had no chest radiation.”

Also, the BRCA gene mutation accounts for only about TWO PERCENT of diagnosed breast cancer. Even if you should test positive for the BRCA defect, that in and of itself does not mean you will get breast cancer. It is not an automatic death sentence! There are many things you can do to decrease your cancer risk, and the best ways are by utilizing the Four Pillars of Optimal Health as I have described in past blogs.

The study of Epigenetics has shown that your genetic code is not the final determinant of what happens to you. You have a tremendous amount of control over how your genetic traits are expressed. Your genes express themselves based on the presence or absence of appropriate nutrients, toxins, and emotions. The study of how nutrition affects your gene expression is Nutragenomics, and it is powerful.

I don’t blame Angelina Jolie for what she decided to do, but I do fault a certain part of the medical community for pushing expensive testing for the BRAC genes (much more expensive than other genetic testing), the results of which may not mean anything at all, and for pushing a “preventive” strategy which promotes amputation of a bodily part as “prevention.” This is absurd! Would you have your lungs removed if you “have a gene which may or may not lead to lung cancer?”

I have said over and over again, and I will continue to say that it is important for you to take control over your own health, and today that need is greater than ever, and it is growing. You, my loyal readers, are the choir, and I am preaching to you. But, you know people who are in the downward spiral of today’s bureaucratic medicine, and they are being sucked into the vortex. Please forward this on to them and ask them to sign up for this blog. My purpose in my writing is to help you get your health under your own control and to keep it there.

A recent study at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and 10 other prominent universities, hospitals and research institutes confirms that “women with invasive breast cancer who took high quality vitamin/mineral supplements were 30 percent less likely to die from their cancers.” And many other studies have confirmed that all of the Four Pillars of Optimal Health (FPOH) will prevent these cancers in the first place. As a refresher, the FPOH are: lifestyle changes, diet, exercise, and high quality supplements.

There are many things to do to keep bad things, including defects in the BRCA genes, from killing you or altering the quality of your life for the worse, and my job is to help you determine what those things are and how to implement them into your life. You cannot do this alone without knowledge and expertise in what you are doing. You need someone to help guide you who will listen to you and have your best interests in mind and heart.

Give us a call! We need to talk!

“One of the biggest tragedies of human civilization is the precedents of chemical therapy over nutrition. It is a substitution of artificial therapy over natural, of poison over food, in which we are feeding people poisons trying to correct the reactions of starvation.”
Dr. Royal Lee, 1951

Please pass this blog along to your friends, family, and co-workers. We work with people by utilizing the modern technique known as “telemedicine,” and we would love to help you. You do not have to come to Delaware! We also can help you as a “Medical Advocate.” What this means is that, if you have questions about health matters, including the interpretation of laboratory testing, you can contact us and we will discuss what your test results mean and help you get good answers to your questions. It seems that today everyone, including doctors, is in a rush and you end up getting the short end of the stick. We can help with that problem. Just give us a call at 410-326-6690. Also, check out our Web Site at http://www.wholebodyhealth.us for more info.

Violence in America– the Causes

Violence in America–another perspective

Natural Forces within us are the true healers of disease.
Hippocrates

It seems that lately the incidence of violence in our country is escalating. There are no good ways to evaluate whether this is true, because it is not being studied! However, it is evident to me that the incidence is escalating, and it could be at a rate that is truly frightening. When violence erupts, many people tend to blame the weapon and not the perpetrator or the other causes.

At the same time, the diagnosis of depression or anxiety is increasing. It is estimated that almost 10% of the adult population in the USA is clinically depressed. In the September 20, 2013 edition of Scientific American it is stated that antidepressants have a history of causing violent side effects, and the author further stated that “Once again, antidepressants have been linked to an episode of horrific violence. Aaron Alexis, who allegedly shot 12 people to death at a Navy facility in Washington, DC, received a prescription for the antidepressant Trazadone in August.” In explaining Trazadone, Medline Plus says that the drug “has been associated with new or worsening depression; thinking about harming or killing yourself, or planning or trying to do so; extreme worry; aggressive behavior; and frenzied abnormal excitement.”

In 2010 the Institute of Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) published a study which identified 31 commonly prescribed drugs that are associated with violent acts. Topping the list is Chantix which is used to help one quit smoking, and it is followed by Prozac, Paxil, and ADHD drugs. The ISMP data were collected from the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), and even the people who run VAERS state that only 1 to 10 percent of all side effects are ever reported to VAERS. This means that the fact that more than 1,500 violent acts were actually reported as being linked to any drug is overwhelming.

Five of the top 10 most violence inducing drugs were antidepressants:
Prozac, Paxil, Luvox, Effexor, and Pristiq. Other studies have shown that one in every 250 subjects taking Paxil or Pozac were involved in a violent episode. In 2011, 14 million Paxil prescriptions and 25.5 million Prozac prescriptions were written. This mathematically equates to a minimum of 158,000 incidents of violence induced by these two anti-depressant drugs alone!!!!

So, anti-depressants account for 5 of the top 10 violence inducing drugs, but it is also important to note that two ADHD prescription drugs are also in the top 10. Since antidepressants and ADHD drugs are among the most-prescribed drugs in the USA, and they are so closely associated with violence, we should stop to consider whether the treatment is worse than the disease. This is especially true because we have more natural supplements and herbs to treat these problems, and they do so safely.

(This is beside the fact that ADHD drugs like Ritalin, Vyvanse, Strattera, and Adderall were also responsible for over 23,000 emergency room visits in 2011. That’s an increase of over 400% since 2005! And research over many published studies shows that 75% of the benefits of antidepressants and ADHD drugs can be duplicated by a placebo!)

Last year in Canada a judge ruled that a teenage boy murdered his friend because of the effects of Prozac. Drugwatch.com has published that GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to pay out over $1 billion to settle over 800 lawsuits related to side effects of Paxil, and that doesn’t include the over $3 billion GSK agreed to pay to settle the Justice Department’s investigation to illegal marketing of Paxil and other drugs.

Many people are upset with the gun laws in this country, but what about the number of people killing themselves and others because of drugs? What is an acceptable number for this? In my opinion, and it is only my opinion, Big Pharma is blocking any discussion of the causes of depression and anxiety disorders. The big drug companies and their compatriots in the FDA are not helping because of the enormous amount of money involved in treating depression and anxiety disorders with drugs.

If we are to take the violence in our society seriously, we must know if the people perpetrating this violence are taking drugs and which drugs they are taking. This is much more easily controlled than guns!

So, what can you do and what can society do to treat depression and anxiety? It once again comes down to the family, friends, and honest, informed medical people. Watch what is happening and intervene. Don’t hold back. If it hadn’t been for the intervention of my best friend and dental assistant, I would most likely be dead today. If it hadn’t been for my strong faith in God, I might be dead today.

If you or someone you know is depressed or suffering from “abnormal” anxiety, get a health professional who understands safe and natural treatments for these afflictions. Ask around among your neighbors, friends, families and co-workers for direction to a qualified professional. If you can’t find anyone where you live, please call or e-mail me and I will be glad to help.

The point of all of this is that we are going the wrong way for the wrong reasons in dealing with what appears to be a growing epidemic of violence. We are not looking at the cause, and we are hung up on the symptoms and signs of the violence. You can spend years and years and trillions of dollars and there will still be guns available to those who want to get them. Many more people are killed each year by hammers and knives than by guns. But the cause (biochemical imbalance) can be diagnosed and treated by competent professionals.

What a shame it would be to just forget the disasters of Columbine, Norway, Newtown, the naval Yards, and all the other violence both on a large and small scale. Guns do not cause violence. It may well be that drugs do. Demand that our “leaders” find out and do so right now!

“One of the biggest tragedies of human civilization is the precedents of chemical therapy over nutrition. It is a substitution of artificial therapy over natural, of poison over food, in which we are feeding people poisons trying to correct the reactions of starvation.”
Dr. Royal Lee, 1951

Please pass this blog along to your friends, family, and co-workers. We work with people by utilizing the modern technique known as “telemedicine,” and we would love to help you. You do not have to come to Delaware! We also can help you as a “Medical Advocate.” What this means is that, if you have questions about health matters, including the interpretation of laboratory testing, you can contact us and we will discuss what your test results mean and help you get good answers to your questions. It seems that today everyone, including doctors, is in a rush and you end up getting the short end of the stick. We can help with that problem. Just give us a call at 410-326-6690. Also, check out our Web Site at http://www.wholebodyhealth.us for more info.

Pillar Four: Supplementation

Pillar Four: Supplementation

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
Hippocrates

I am often asked why a person should have to use supplements if they eat a “healthy diet.” Good question, with many answers and reasons. There is no question that a good diet would be the best way to get all the nutrients your body needs. There are so many nutrients in food, and we have not even identified many of those nutrients. For example, when you look at the tiny leaf of a thyme plant, there are over 200 known nutrients in that little leaf! And that is what we know! Many of these micro-nutrients are necessary to make the macro-nutrients able to do their job. So, we need the whole food to get the supplements we need, and that is best done through diet. However, as you will see below, that is impossible to do in this day and age with just food alone! We just are not getting the proper nutrients from our food alone because of the tremendous damage to our soil, air, and water that has been done by toxins, over-farming, soil depletion, pesticides, artificial fertilizers, and on and on. We have reached contamination levels unprecedented in the history of our globe.

In many cases foods do not contain the nutrients that they used to contain. In 1950 you could buy spinach that contained 158 mg of iron. Today, the iron content of raw spinach is 27 mg. You have to eat 6 bowls of spinach to get the same amount of iron that one bowl would have given you in 1950! From 1963 to 1965 the amount of vitamin C in sweet peppers dropped from 128 to 89 mg. An orange that contained 50 mg. of natural vitamin C complex in 1950 now contains 5 mg!! The vitamin A in collards dropped from 6,500 IU to 3,800 IU in the same time frame. Even the National Academy of Sciences issued an alert that it takes twice as many vegetables to get the daily requirement of vitamin A as previously thought.

And this loss of value of farmland is nothing new. The US Senate Document #264 stated “The alarming fact is that foods…now being raised on millions of acres of land…no longer contain enough of certain vitamins and minerals. We cannot get all our daily essential nutrients from the food we grow and eat.” This was stated in the 2nd session of the 74th Congress in 1936. And it has only gotten worse since then!

Foods are picked early (before they mature) and shipped across the country for days or weeks before they get to the supermarket, losing precious vitamins and minerals from exposure to light and air. Without maturation, they do not have the chance to mature in their nutrient content. Food processing destroys essential nutrients. Our food supply is excessively sprayed with pesticides, fungicides, and insecticides, and these contaminating toxins then get into our water supply.

We also look at our foods and we see pesticides being sprayed on our produce, hormones and antibiotics used on our meats and farm raised fish, and GMO crops which have low amounts of nutrients, but they sure can survive Roundup! The pesticides and antibiotics kill the bacteria in the gut, thus not only reducing nutrient uptake and digestion, but virtually killing our immune system. That’s why my number one most important supplement is a really good and potent probiotic.

I said at the end of the last Blog that we would look at the “jungle” of supplementation. The reason I used this term is that the “research” concerning supplementation is in many cases awful. And the way it is reported in the television media is even worse. We have multiple years and reams of research that show that Vitamin E is good for heart health, and we have the same showing that Omega 3 Fatty Acids (“Fish Oil”) are good for mental health and prevention of mental degradation with age. Then in both cases really shoddy research comes out saying that all that was done before is wrong and that the two vitamins do not do what they have been shown to do. The TV media picks up the story and reports it like it has some validity. Then they don’t report it when it is demonstrated that the latest research is terribly flawed!

Also, supplemental quality differs greatly between manufacturers. Some fish oils are contaminated with mercury or are actually rancid, and nothing is done. Some are so bad that they don’t contain what they say they contain.

Supplements are an investment in your health! They are cheaper than prescription drugs, deal with the cause of disease instead of just the symptoms and signs of disease, are incredibly safe, and do not kill people like prescription medications do (one of the top three causes of death in the USA: Vioxx alone killed 60,000 people, and that was just an anti-inflammatory which does not in any way treat the cause of the problem.)

So, we take vitamin supplements to supplement the foods we eat. There are, however, many problems with the vitamins we buy at the local store. For example, Beta-carotene is only one carotenoid out of more than 600 that have been identified. We need all of them just like we get from our foods.

Do Kathy and I like taking so many “pills” every day as we do? No! But we do care about living a long healthy vibrant life, and I frankly don’t know how else to do it. We eat a healthy diet of organic whole foods with an emphasis on clean foods and organic foods raised naturally. And we have begun taking vitamins made from whole food complexes. This is how we intend to live a long life filled with vibrancy and quality.

That’s it for the Four Pillars of Optimal Health. It has encompassed the last 6 blog posts, but hopefully has been worth it! I have so many topics to cover over the next months, and I’m excited about that! Stay healthy!!

“One of the biggest tragedies of human civilization is the precedents of chemical therapy over nutrition. It is a substitution of artificial therapy over natural, of poison over food, in which we are feeding people poisons trying to correct the reactions of starvation.”
Dr. Royal Lee, 1951

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