Archive for May, 2009

Just For Fun!

May 30, 2009

Something a little less serious for a change:

For those of you who watch what you eat, here’s what just might be the final word on nutrition and health. It’s such a relief to finally know the absolute truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies:

  1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
  2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
  3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
  4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer heart attacks than Americans.
  5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

Conclusion:

Eat and drink what you like and want!

Speaking English is apparently what kills!¬† ūüėČ

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Autism And The Paleo Diet

May 25, 2009

A gluten-free, casein-free diet is popular for autism.1 In individuals with leaky gut syndrome, it could be possible that peptides derived from milk and gluten proteins may pass into the systemic circulation. Indeed, autistic children present a variety of gastrointestinal symptoms, and a significant percentage of these children have increased intestinal permeability (the so called leaky gut).2-4

Some of these peptides that are derived from milk and gluten proteins have opiate-like activity,5 which means that if they could access circulation and pass the blood-brain barrier, they would have the capacity to influence a variety of neurotransmitter systems that regulate behaviour.2-5 Since some studies2-6 (but not all)7 have reported abnormal levels of peptides in the urine and cerebrospinal fluid of children with autism, a gluten-free, casein-free diet has been widely promoted for these children.

Nevertheless, current evidence for efficacy of these diets remains poor, and there is an urgent need for large scale, randomized controlled trials.6

Yet, evidence is increasing that autism may be autoimmune in nature,8-17 and that casein and gluten may be implicated through this mechanism.10-13 As readers are aware, we believe that gluten, dairy and other Neolithic foods, such as legumes, potatoes and tomatoes are suspected environmental triggers in various autoimmune diseases. Furthermore, a class of proteins in wheat gluten called gliadins upregulates a protein called zonulin,18 which increases tight junction diameter. This increases gut permeability in virtually all people, and a leaky gut is a common phenomenon in multiple autoimmune diseases,19-39 and in autism.2-4

Therefore, it is our opinion that any dietary intervention study should include the multiple dietary factors implicated in autism, and not just gluten and casein. One such diet is the Paleo diet with its avoidance of grains, dairy, legumes, tomatoes, potatoes or other factors that increase intestinal permeability, such as hot peppers40,41 and alcohol.42

In addition, correcting zinc and vitamin D deficiency is extremely important because such deficiencies may increase intestinal permeability.43,44 Recent evidence appears to show that vitamin D deficiency may be directly implicated in autism.45

References:

1.  Elder JH. The gluten-free, casein-free diet in autism: an overview with clinical implications. Nutr Clin Pract. 2008;23(6):583-588

2.  Kidd PM. Autism, an extreme challenge to integrative medicine. Part: 1: The knowledge base. Altern Med Rev. 2002 Aug;7(4):292-316

3. Kidd PM. Autism, an extreme challenge to integrative medicine. Part 2: medical management. Altern Med Rev. 2002 Dec;7(6):472-99

4.  White JF. Intestinal pathophysiology in autism. Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2003 Jun;228(6):639-49

5.  Gardner MLG. Exorphins and other biologically active peptides derived from diet. In Brostoff J, Challacombe SJ. Food Allergy and Intolerance 2nd Edition. Saunders, 2002, pgs 465-478

6. Millward C, Ferriter M, Calver S, Connell-Jones G. Gluten- and casein-free diets for autistic spectrum disorder. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2008 Apr 16;(2):CD003498

7.¬†Cass H, Gringras P, March J, McKendrick I, O’Hare AE, Owen L, Pollin C. Absence of urinary opioid peptides in children with autism. Arch Dis Child. 2008 Sep;93(9):745-50

8. Singh VK et al. Antibodies to myelin basic protein in children with autistic behavior. Brain, Behavior and Immunity 1993;7:97-103

9.  Warren RP et al. Strong association of the third hypervariable region of HLA-DR beta 1 with autism. J Neuroimmunol 1996;67:97-102

10.¬† Vojdani A, O’Bryan T, Green JA, Mccandless J, Woeller KN, Vojdani E, Nourian AA, Cooper EL. Immune response to dietary proteins, gliadin and cerebellar peptides in children with autism. Nutr Neurosci. 2004 Jun;7(3):151-61

11. Vojdani A, Bazargan M, Vojdani E, Samadi J, Nourian AA, Eghbalieh N, Cooper EL. Heat shock protein and gliadin peptide promote development of peptidase antibodies in children with autism and patients with autoimmune disease. Clin Diagn Lab Immunol. 2004 May;11(3):515-24

12. Vojdani A, Pangborn JB, Vojdani E, Cooper EL. Infections, toxic chemicals and dietary peptides binding to lymphocyte receptors and tissue enzymes are major instigators of autoimmunity in autism. Int J Immunopathol Pharmacol. 2003 Sep-Dec;16(3):189-99

13. Vojdani A, Campbell AW, Anyanwu E, Kashanian A, Bock K, Vojdani E. Antibodies to neuron-specific antigens in children with autism: possible cross-reaction with encephalitogenic proteins from milk, Chlamydia pneumoniae and Streptococcus group A. J Neuroimmunol. 2002 Aug;129(1-2):168-77

14.  Enstrom AM, Van de Water JA, Ashwood P. Autoimmunity in autism. Curr Opin Investig Drugs. 2009 May;10(5):463-73

15. Castellani ML, Conti CM, Kempuraj DJ, Salini V, Vecchiet J, Tete S, Ciampoli C, Conti F, Cerulli G, Caraffa A, Antinolfi P, Galzio R, Shaik Y, Theoharides TC, De Amicis D, Perrella A, Cuccurullo C, Boscolo P, Felaco M, Doyle R, Verrocchio C, Fulcheri M. Autism and immunity: revisited study. Int J Immunopathol Pharmacol. 2009 Jan-Mar;22(1):15-9

16.  Wills S, Cabanlit M, Bennett J, Ashwood P, Amaral D, Van de Water J. Autoantibodies in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2007 Jun;1107:79-91

17. Zimmerman AW, Connors SL, Matteson KJ, Lee LC, Singer HS, Castaneda JA, Pearce DA. Maternal antibrain antibodies in autism. Brain Behav Immun. 2007 Mar;21(3):351-7

18.¬† Drago S, El Asmar R, Di Pierro M, Grazia Clemente M, Tripathi A, Sapone A, Thakar M, Iacono G, Carroccio A, D’Agate C, Not T, Zampini L, Catassi C, Fasano A. Gliadin, zonulin and gut permeability: Effects on celiac and non-celiac intestinal mucosa and intestinal cell lines. Scand J Gastroenterol. 2006 Apr;41(4):408-19

19. Cordain L, Toohey L, Smith MJ, Hickey MS. Modulation of immune function by dietary lectins in rheumatoid arthritis. Br J Nutr. 2000 Mar;83(3):207-17

20. Fasano A. Physiological, pathological, and therapeutic implications of zonulin-mediated intestinal barrier modulation: living life on the edge of the wall. Am J Pathol. 2008 Nov;173(5):1243-52

21. Teshima CW, Meddings JB. The measurement and clinical significance of intestinal permeability. Curr Gastroenterol Rep. 2008 Oct;10(5):443-9

22. Meddings JB, Jarand J, Urbanski SJ, Hardin J, Gall DG. Increased gastrointestinal permeability is an early lesion in the spontaneously diabetic BB rat. Am J Physiol. 1999 Apr;276(4 Pt 1):G951-7

23.¬†Harrison LC, Honeyman MC. Cow’s milk and type 1 diabetes: the real debate is about mucosal immune function. Diabetes. 1999 Aug;48(8):1501-7

24.  Watts T, Berti I, Sapone A, Gerarduzzi T, Not T, Zielke R, Fasano A. Role of the intestinal tight junction modulator zonulin in the pathogenesis of type I diabetes in BB diabetic-prone rats. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2005 Feb 22;102(8):2916-21

25. Neu J, Reverte CM, Mackey AD, Liboni K, Tuhacek-Tenace LM, Hatch M, Li N, Caicedo RA, Schatz DA, Atkinson M. Changes in intestinal morphology and permeability in the biobreeding rat before the onset of type 1 diabetes. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2005 May;40(5):589-95

26.¬†Vaarala O. Is type 1 diabetes a disease of the gut immune system triggered by cow’s milk insulin? Adv Exp Med Biol. 2005;569:151-6

27. Sapone A, de Magistris L, Pietzak M, Clemente MG, Tripathi A, Cucca F, Lampis R, Kryszak D, Cartenì M, Generoso M, Iafusco D, Prisco F, Laghi F, Riegler G, Carratu R, Counts D, Fasano A. Zonulin upregulation is associated with increased gut permeability in subjects with type 1 diabetes and their relatives. Diabetes. 2006 May;55(5):1443-9

28. Bosi E, Molteni L, Radaelli MG, Folini L, Fermo I, Bazzigaluppi E, Piemonti L, Pastore MR, Paroni R. Increased intestinal permeability precedes clinical onset of type 1 diabetes. Diabetologia. 2006 Dec;49(12):2824-7

29.¬† Simpson MD, Norris JM. Mucosal immunity and type 1 diabetes: looking at the horizon beyond cow’s milk. Pediatr Diabetes. 2008 Oct;9(5):431-3

30. Vaarala O. Leaking gut in type 1 diabetes. Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2008 Nov;24(6):701-6

31. Fasano A, Not T, Wang W, Uzzau S, Berti I, Tommasini A, Goldblum SE. Zonulin, a newly discovered modulator of intestinal permeability, and its expression in coeliac disease. Lancet. 2000 Apr 29;355(9214):1518-9

32 .¬†Drago S, El Asmar R, Di Pierro M, Grazia Clemente M, Tripathi A, Sapone A, Thakar M, Iacono G, Carroccio A, D’Agate C, Not T, Zampini L, Catassi C, Fasano A.¬† Gliadin, zonulin and gut permeability: Effects on celiac and non-celiac intestinal mucosa and intestinal cell lines. Scand J Gastroenterol. 2006 Apr;41(4):408-19

33. Lammers KM, Lu R, Brownley J, Lu B, Gerard C, Thomas K, Rallabhandi P, Shea-Donohue T, Tamiz A, Alkan S, Netzel-Arnett S, Antalis T, Vogel SN, Fasano A. Gliadin induces an increase in intestinal permeability and zonulin release by binding to the chemokine receptor CXCR3. Gastroenterology. 2008 Jul;135(1):194-204.e3

34.¬† Smecuol E, Sugai E, Niveloni S, V√°zquez H, Pedreira S, Mazure R, Moreno ML, Label M, Mauri√Īo E, Fasano A, Meddings J, Bai JC.¬† Permeability, zonulin production, and enteropathy in dermatitis herpetiformis. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2005 Apr;3(4):335-41

35. Yacyshyn B, Meddings J, Sadowski D, Bowen-Yacyshyn MB.  Multiple sclerosis patients have peripheral blood CD45RO+ B cells and increased intestinal permeability. Dig Dis Sci. 1996 Dec;41(12):2493-8

36.  Vaile JH, Meddings JB, Yacyshyn BR, Russell AS, Maksymowych WP. Bowel permeability and CD45RO expression on circulating CD20+ B cells in patients with ankylosing spondylitis and their relatives. J Rheumatol. 1999 Jan;26(1):128-35

37.¬†Wyatt J, Vogelsang H, H√ľbl W, Waldh√∂er T, Lochs H. Intestinal permeability and the prediction of relapse in Crohn’s disease. Lancet. 1993 Jun 5;341(8858):1437-9

38. D’Inc√† R, Annese V, di Leo V, Latiano A, Quaino V, Abazia C, Vettorato MG, Sturniolo GC. Increased intestinal permeability and NOD2 variants in familial and sporadic Crohn’s disease. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2006 May 15;23(10):1455-61

39. Collett A, Higgs NB, Gironella M, Zeef LA, Hayes A, Salmo E, Haboubi N, Iovanna JL, Carlson GL, Warhurst G. Early molecular and functional changes in colonic epithelium that precede increased gut permeability during colitis development in mdr1a(-/-) mice. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2008 May;14(5):620-31

40.  Jensen-Jarolim E, Gajdzik L, Haberl I, Kraft D, Scheiner O, Graf J. Hot spices influence permeability of human intestinal epithelial monolayers. J Nutr. 1998 Mar;128(3):577-81

41.  Tsukura Y, Mori M, Hirotani Y, Ikeda K, Amano F, Kato R, Ijiri Y, Tanaka K. Effects of capsaicin on cellular damage and monolayer permeability in human intestinal Caco-2 cells. Biol Pharm Bull. 2007 Oct;30(10):1982-6

42.  Purohit V, Bode JC, Bode C, Brenner DA, Choudhry MA, Hamilton F, Kang YJ, Keshavarzian A, Rao R, Sartor RB, Swanson C, Turner JR. Alcohol, intestinal bacterial growth, intestinal permeability to endotoxin, and medical consequences: summary of a symposium. Alcohol. 2008 Aug;42(5):349-61

43.  Kong J, Zhang Z, Musch MW, Ning G, Sun J, Hart J, Bissonnette M, Li YC. Novelole of the vitamin D receptor in maintaining the integrity of the intestinal mucosal barrier. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2008 Jan;294(1):G208-16

44.  Finamore A, Massimi M, Conti Devirgiliis L, Mengheri E. Zinc deficiency induces membrane barrier damage and increases neutrophil transmigration in Caco-2 cells. J Nutr. 2008 Sep;138(9):1664-70

45. Cannell JJ. Autism and vitamin D. Med Hypotheses. 2008;70(4):750-9

Protect Us From Compulsory Vaccination, Drugging

May 25, 2009

Demand Protection from Mandatory Vaccination, Drugging or Sanctions, Including Internment and Quarantine In the Event of a Pandemic

CDC and WHO are predicting that the H1N1 Swine Flu will be back this fall in a new and deadly form.  Since the organism appears to have been man made, this prediction may be one they can make accurately.

They also say that a new vaccine will be ready for deployment at the very time when the H1N1 Pandemic virus circulates around the globe and are proposing universal (mandatory) vaccination, starting with our most vulnerable: the very young and the very old.

The White House is proposing vaccination for both seasonal flu AND H1N1 flu although the total number of US fatlaities to date from H1N1 has reached a total of 2.

State Emergency Medical Powers Acts and Federal legislation, including the Patriot Acts I, II and III, BARDA and others provide for mandatory vaccination or drugging.  No exemptions are provided.  Those who refuse will be classified as felons at the State level, subject to immedate incarceration and quarantine of indefinite length in jails or other facilities reserved for such refusers.

Those who refuse at the Federal level will be subject to immediate incarceration and quarantine of indefinite length, probably in FEMA camps set up across the US.

That means that untested, potentially lethal vaccines and dangerous drugs like Tamiflu could be forced upon people who do not wish them and who would face incarceration or worse if they choose not to accept them.¬† The CDC has said that there would be no exemptions and that there would be “a certain amount of human wastage”.

Vaccine manufacturers are exempt, thanks to Congress and the FDA, from any legal liability for damage or death from these dangerous drugs.

The vaccines produced for the bioengineered H1N1 Pandemic will not have been tested by the time they are delivered into our bodies and those of our children in the fall of 2009, if the World Health Organization and CDC are to be believed.

The US Constitution prohibits both slavery and indentured servitude, two conditions in which the body of one person is controlled totally by another person, the “master”.¬† Please send the following letter, modified as you prefer.¬† Then send this action item link, http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/568/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=27275 , to every person on your list, all organizations which care about health, freedom and liberty and urge them to do the same.

Thank you for your strong and immediate action.

Yours in health and freedom,

Dr. Rima

Rima E. Laibow, MD

Medical Director

Natural Solutions Foundation

Hey! Doc here. I can not urge you strongly enough to copy the following letter, edit it as you see fit, and send to all of our federal, state and city representatives and senators.

I am writing to you on a matter of grave personal concern at the suggestion of the Natural Solutions Foundation, a not for profit humanitarian NGO devoted to health and health freedom.

When the people of this district elected you, we anticipated that, true to your election words, you would protect our well-being and our rights.  The proposed enforcement of mandatory treatment, including mandatory vaccines, for a Pandemic condition is both a violation of that commitment and a violation of my rights to control my own body and make my own health choices.

Both State and Federal legislation now provides for the mandatory vaccination, drugging or incarceration for those who refuse such treatment.¬† The hype and hysteria of the media and the distortion of the science of infection and contagion by governmental and international bodies, coupled with the pharmaceutical industry’s headlong rush to yet more profits from vaccines which are both untested and dangerous plus drugs which are known to be both ineffective and unsafe leads me to write to you to urge you to push back this potentially deadly tide of political pandemic response. It is a clear violation of the Constitutional provisions against both slavery and indentured servitude since a free, unindentured or enslaved person may make his/her own health choices while an indentured servant or slave’s body is owned by a master who may make health decisions about the body of the slave which may be enforced on a compulsory basis.

In addition to the moral and cultural repugnance which mandatory treatment invokes, it violates the rights of citizens and introduces the possibility of harm to them which cannot, under the current legal structure, be recompensed.  Vaccination is an uninsurable risk and vaccine manufacturers are immune from liability for dangerous or even deadly products while vaccines have never been proven to be either safe or effective.  On the other hand, even the CDC admits that there are risks of significant proportion with vaccines.

Any pandemic  vaccine would be untested upon its use as predicted by the CDC and WHO in the fall of 2009.  The possibilities for disaster are enormous.  Those of us who do not desire these treatments should be free to make such a choice with the endorsement and support of the State.

As a person who is neither an indentured servant nor a slave, but a member of your constituency, I urge you in the strongest terms to:

1. Commit to holding fact finding hearings in the immediate future to evaluate the true status of pandemic threat and pandemic treatment safety

2. Commit to putting your efforts toward reversing dangerous legislation and policies which can endanger the lives and health of the members of your constituency

3. Provide for sanction-free personal exemptions from proposed mandatory drug or vaccination treatment, instead offering people who do not wish to be so treated the opportunity and support necessary for self-quarantine if needed for public safety reasons.  Such support would include food, water and communication support, provision of medications or supplies of their choice and other means which support their choice and safety.

Thank you for your support of liberty and of your sworn duty to protect both the US Constitution and the well-being of your constituents.

Yours in health and freedom,

Doc again! Please do your part to fight for your freedoms because if you don’t fight now – rest assured – they will be taken from you.

Please check back often for updates – and don’t be afraid to leave a comment.

Important Read On HPV Vaccine

May 21, 2009

Caught this article regarding the HPV vaccine that the MD’s are pushing our young girls to take. Please do your own ‘due diligence’ and do not allow your children/grandchildren to be maimed! Here’s the article:

1300 Girls Harmed by HPV Vaccines in UK; Bizarre Side Effects Like Paralysis and Epilepsy

David Gutierrez
NaturalNews
Tuesday, May 19, 2009

More than 1,300 girls in the United Kingdom have experienced negative reactions to the government-mandated Cervarix vaccine for the human papillomavirus (HPV), according to adverse events reports collected from doctors by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

‚ÄúWhen they introduced this new vaccine, we had major concerns about its safety,‚ÄĚ said Jackie Fletcher of Jabs, a support group for those negatively affected by vaccines. ‚ÄúThe current statistics detailing adverse reactions ‚ÄĒ including cases of epilepsy and convulsions ‚ÄĒ bears out that we were right to be concerned.‚ÄĚ

Cervarix, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, inoculates patients against strains 16 and 18 of HPV, which are believed to be responsible for 70 percent of cervical cancer cases. The British government began a program to vaccinate all secondary school girls in September 2008, and 700,000 have received the injections so far. The government’s plan is to have all girls under the age of 18 vaccinated by 2011.

Critics have objected, however, that the government based its decision on studies of women under the age of 26, rather than studies conducted on school-age girls. In addition, while the vaccine has been shown to prevent against HPV infection in the short term, there is no evidence of its long-term efficacy or that it actually lowers cancer rates.

The MHRA reports show a total of 2,891 adverse events reported in 1,340 girls. The majority were minor and short-lived problems, such as swelling, rashes, pain or mild allergies to the vaccine. A number of cases were more severe, however, including 20 cases of blurred vision, four cases of convulsions, one case of seizures and one epileptic fit. Five cases of partial paralysis were reported, including Bell’s palsy (face), Guillain-Barre syndrome (legs), hyopaesthesia (loss of sense of touch) and hemiparesis (severe weakening or paralysis of half the body).

‚ÄúThe government needs to look at the future of this program given the number of side-effects coming through,‚ÄĚ Fletcher said.

Would you survive longer on a diet of just water OR on a diet of water and refined sugar?

May 19, 2009

Here’s a very interesting story that I recently picked up – very informative and some of the facts even surprised me – and that’s not easy to do ūüėČ

Would you survive longer on a diet of just water OR on a diet of water and refined sugar?

The answer: You would survive longer on just water.

Sound impossible? Just ask the five sailors who were shipwrecked in 1793.

The ship was filled with sugar, thus giving the marooned five a diet of sugar and water. When they were finally picked up, nine days later, they were in a wasted condition due to starvation.

The story of the five sailors intrigued French physiologist Francois Magendie to conduct a series of experiments in which he fed dogs a diet of sugar. All of the dogs died. (“Poor Dogs”)

Magendie proved that as a steady diet, refined sugar is worse than nothing.

How can sugar be worse than nothing? Plainly put, refined sugar is an anti-nutrient.

It starts out as sugar cane, and then goes through an extensive refining process that destroys all of the enzymes, fiber, vitamins and minerals. What you’re left with are empty, naked calories.

The problem is that your body needs the enzymes, fiber, vitamins and minerals that were taken out in the refining process in order to metabolize sugar and use it as energy. So it takes those nutrients from your own body.

So while you are enjoying that chocolate bar, sugar is draining vital nutrients from your body. Like a sweet parasite.

And it doesn’t end there‚Ķ

  • Sugar creates false hunger (as a result of the insulin rush and then ensuing plummet in your blood sugar levels), which makes you overeat. This means a constant struggle with your weight in which you never seem to achieve your ideal size.
  • Sugar promotes aging (due to the advanced glycation end products, or AGEs, that occur when insulin levels are consistently elevated as a result of eating too much sugar). Sugar has even been dubbed the negative fountain of youth.
  • Sugar weakens your bones – making you vulnerable for osteoporosis, and weakens your teeth – making you vulnerable for cavities (both due to the calcium being pulled from your bones and teeth in order for your body to process sugar).
  • Sugar in excess is stored as fat (after your liver has no more room to store it, sugar is converted to fat and deposited on your belly, thighs, hips and the backs of your arms).
  • Sugar can impair brain functioning (as a result of depleted B-vitamin production).

If you’re still not convinced of the danger of sugar here are more ailments linked to its overconsumption: varicose veins, constipation, hormonal imbalances, ADD and ADHD, increased emotional instability, depressed immune system, increased risk of cancer and degenerative diseases.

The average modern person consumes 46 teaspoons of sugar every day. That comes out to roughly 175 pounds of sugar each year.

And it’s no wonder, since sugar industry is big business. They sneak sugar into any product that they can.

Go through the foods in your home and you’ll see that sugar has been added to everything from ketchup and spaghetti sauce to crackers, oatmeal, peanut butter and even ‚Äėhealthy’ items like weight loss bars.

Where does this leave you?

You are in a unique position. Your personal judgment determines the foods that you eat and the foods that you avoid. It is our hope that you approach sugar with new eyes.

Use your judgment wisely and limit your sugar consumption – you’ll love the benefits of low sugar living.¬† And to enhance your health even more, don‚Äôt forget to take our Liquid Power Organic Multi-Vitamin/Multi-Mineral for all the vitamins and minerals you will need.

(Oh, and if you’re ever in a shipwreck with only sugar and water at your disposal – just drink the water!)

How Much Vitamin D?

May 18, 2009

Apparently, the first few articles regarding Vitamin D have caused some resonance in those who have read them. Questions regarding how much Vitamin D should be taken daily – what form should be taken – and how do I know if I’m deficient have become quite numerous among my patient family. The curious thing is that everyone who has tested for Vitamin D – who have not been taking any form of the vitamin – has shown a deficiency state. When they began taking the form that I strongly recommend – an emulsified liquid form of Vitamin D3 – they have generally reached a sufficient state within 30 to 90 days.

So, generally, my strong recommendation is that you have your Vitamin D level checked as quickly as possible. Then:

1)    Take enough Vitamin D3 to get your 25(OH)D level above substrate starvation levels (50 ng/ml or 125 nmol/L).  Levels of 50 ng/ml usually require at least 5,000 IU per day for adults, some adults will require more.  Children should take 1,000 IU per every 25 pounds of body weight.  After taking this dose for 3 months have a 25(OH)D level. Individual variation in dose response is great and natural 25(OH)D levels (50-70 ng/ml) are not assured by these doses. I think it possible that Vitamin D levels of 30 ng/ml, which are often obtained by people taking low doses of Vitamin D (1,000 to 2,000 IU/day), may increase your risk of death from a 1918-like influenza virus.

2) Stock your home’s pharmacy with several fresh bottles of emulsified Vitamin D3,¬† a medicine, not a supplement, and if you get a flu, take 2,000 IU per kg (2.2 lbs) of body weight per day for a week.¬† As I weigh 220 pounds, I would take 200,000 IU per day for seven days if I thought I had an infection with a 1918-like influenza virus.

H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) CDC Update

May 9, 2009

Here’s what the CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) released yesterday (5/8/09):

“The ongoing outbreak of novel influenza A (H1N1) continues to expand in the United States. CDC expects that more cases, more hospitalizations and more deaths from this outbreak will occur over the coming days and weeks.

CDC continues to take aggressive action to respond to the expanding outbreak. CDC’s response goals are to reduce spread and illness severity, and provide information to help health care providers, public health officials and the public address the challenges posed by this emergency.

CDC is issuing updated interim guidance daily in response to the rapidly evolving situation.

Antiviral Guidance

CDC has issued guidance for health care providers on the use of antiviral medications during the current outbreak. The priority use for influenza antiviral drugs is to treat severe influenza illness and people who are at high risk of serious influenza-related conditions.

School Guidance

At this time, CDC recommends the primary means to reduce spread of influenza in schools focus on early identification of ill students and staff, staying home when sick, and good cough etiquette and frequent hand washing. Decisions about school closure should be at the discretion of local authorities based on local considerations. (See the School Guidance.)

Increased Testing

CDC has developed a PCR diagnostic test kit to detect this novel H1N1 virus and has now distributed test kits to all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The test kits are being shipped internationally as well. This will allow states and other countries to test for this new virus. This increase in testing capacity is likely to result in an increase in the number of reported confirmed cases in this country, which should provide a more accurate picture of the burden of disease in the United States.”

According to the latest statistics the CDC released:

U.S. Human Cases of H1N1 Flu Infection

U.S. Human Cases of H1N1 Flu Infection
(As of May 8, 2009, 11:00 AM ET)
States* Laboratory confirmed cases Deaths
TOTAL (43) 1639 cases 2 deaths
*includes the District of Columbia
International Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection, see World Health OrganizationExternal Web Site Policy.

View state-by-state table >>

Map of StatesView complete map >>

Chiropractic Adjustments Reduce Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

May 8, 2009

Fibromyalgia disables muscles and muscular tissue fibers. Those who suffer from this epidemic are in constant pain, sleep poorly, feel fatigued and are depressed. So far, little relief or treatment is available, but there is good news – Chiropractic spinal adjustments are helping to reduce the symptoms of Fibromyalgia.

John C. Lowe, MA, DC in Houston, Texas recently concluded a year-long study supporting Chiropractic care as a proper and effective treatment for Fibromyalgia. He found repetitive adjustments reduced muscle inflammation and reduced pain.

His report is timely. Chiropractors have been under attack for adjusting Fibromyalgia patients. But, as more and more patients turn to Chiropractic, support is growing.

Rheumatologist, Dr. Frederick Wolfe, a well-known investigator of Fibromyalgia, clinical professor, Department of Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine, pointed out Chiropractic does help. Wolfe and his colleagues, recently completed a study showing Chiropractic among the most effective Fibromyalgia treatments.

Dr. Bernard Rubin conducted a study at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He studied the effects of spinal manipulation, drugs and placebos on Fibromyalgia patients. One group received only placebos, the second only manipulation, the third were given drugs and the fourth, drugs with manipulation.

Results showed drugs were effective, but manipulation improved the patients most, giving them a better sense of well-being.

SOURCE: “Fibromyalgia: Are Chiropractic Adjustments Appropriate?”

by John Lowe, MA, DC

Prevention Protocol

May 8, 2009

Many have asked about the ‘Flu Prevention Protocol’ that I would strongly recommend for anyone that believes, in the wake of this most recent viral release, the fall will bring an even stronger flu season than we have been used to in the past. I’ll try to keep this short and to the point.

Human-to-human transmission of flu mainly occurs through the coughing or sneezing of people infected with the virus and/or by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching the mouth, eyes or nose. Signs and symptoms of infection generally present within 24-48 hours (incubation time) and include:

  • Fever of more than 100 degrees F
  • Coughing – dry at first, then more productive of mucous
  • Lethargy / fatigue
  • Lack of appetite
  • Sore throat, runny nose
  • Body aches and chills (from the fever)
  • Headache – sometimes severe
  • Vomiting and / or diarrhea are common

The virus is most easily transmitted from person to person during the first 5 days of the illness, although some people, mostly children, can remain contagious for up to 10 days.

So, here are some prevention tips to keep in mind:

  • Be mindful of when you are touching public access surfaces such as doorknobs, handles (grocery carts, taxis), elevator buttons, remote control devices, telephones, etc…
  • Wash hands often
  • Try to stay in good general health. Get plenty of ‘restful’ sleep (taking a teaspoon of Calm about 30 minutes before bed helps greatly), manage your stress (again – Calm helps here too!), be physically active (try a 30 minute brisk walk every day), drink plenty of fluids (water, diluted fresh fruit juice, fresh vegetable juice, herbal teas), eat nutritious food (primarily the Paleolithic Diet) and get your Chiropractic Spinal Adjustments (for a healthy functioning structure and nervous system – at least once every 3-4 weeks)
  • Alcohol wipes, such as those used in clinics, are cheap and easy to carry in a pocket or purse for disinfecting a hotel room, or hands after touching public access surfaces.

The following recommendations are intended to build-up the immune system prior to an exposure (PREVENTION PROTOCOL) and to fight the infection if exposure risk is high, or an acute infection is suspected (under threat):

PREVENTION PROTOCOL

  1. Organic Life                                                                             1 Capful morning and evening
  2. Calm                                                                                              1-2 teaspoons morning and evening
  3. Andrographis Complex tablets                                  1 tablet with three meals
  4. Echinacea Premium tablets                                         1 tablet with three meals
  5. St. John’s Wort tablets¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 1 tablet with three meals
  6. Argentyn 23                                                                             1 teaspoon once daily
  7. Homeopathic Influenza                                                  3 sprays once daily

The above protocol should be started as soon as possible and followed right through the coming “flu season” that begins in the fall.

As we move closer to the flu season, I’ll be giving you the ‘Treatment Protocol.

Prevention is always the best medicine.

Article Of Interest

May 1, 2009

SWINE FLU HYSTERIA SPREADS FASTER THAN THE ACTUAL VIRUS

Why are governments acting as if Armageddon is around the corner when swine flu has claimed just one victim all week?

Friday, May 1, 2009

Despite the fact that swine flu has claimed just one victim all week, a kill rate multiple times lower than the common flu, governments of the world are acting as if Armageddon is right around the corner.

The World Health Organization calls a virus that has killed a confirmed 12 people in over a week a ‚Äúthreat to humanity‚ÄĚ while talk of martial law, mandatory vaccinations and forced quarantines runs rampant.

Much of the hysteria is being fueled by people inundating hospitals and doctor‚Äôs offices who have mundane illnesses like the common cold, but who just want to ‚Äúmake sure‚ÄĚ they don‚Äôt have swine flu. Such cases are immediately treated as ‚Äúsuspected swine flu cases‚ÄĚ by the media and the panic spreads faster than the actual virus, which according to Mexican health officials is now clearly slowing down.

However, while media headlines and government advisors scream about a potential pandemic and hundreds of thousands of fatalities, an anonymous GP writing for the London Guardian today explains that calls from people worried they have swine flu have tailed off, while people with flu symptoms are almost non-existent.

‚ÄúYesterday we had two such calls: a patient just returned from Turkey who had diarrhoea and wondered if it could be flu, and an elderly lady wanting advice about her husband who has respiratory problems. Should he be started on Tamiflu? Simple answer: No,‚ÄĚ he writes.

‚ÄúToday, so far, there have been no calls at all. We have 15,000 patients and are close to one of the larger airports in England, but have not seen a case of flu. We have not had a single patient worrying that he or she might have flu. It feels like a phoney war. We have seen two patients with heart attacks, three acute asthmatic attacks, and a child who had swallowed an implausibly large piece of Lego. Such is general practice.‚ÄĚ

However, on the flip side we’ve received reports that the virus is spreading far worse than officially recognized. As was reported yesterday, a doctor in Texas claims that the crisis is at least 10 times worse than reported and that a level 6 pandemic is already in effect.

We can draw the same conclusion that we proposed nearly a week ago just after all this started. Either the spread and severity of the disease is far worse than has been reported or, if the official fatality figures of just 12 confirmed deaths is accurate, governments are engaged in a mammoth fear mongering campaign in order to beta-test the martial law procedures that they eventually plan to institute. Suspension of constitutional rights and the implementation of martial law is already being discussed as a possible response to something that has not claimed a single life of a U.S. citizen.

In addition, pharmaceutical companies with deep ties to the establishment are making obscene profits while governments are cashing in on huge stocks of Tamiflu purchased four years ago to fight a bird flu pandemic that never came, before the drugs pass their expiry date and are useless.

Governments are parroting the line that they are ‚Äúwell prepared‚ÄĚ to fight swine flu because of the billions of dollars spent on preparing for the threat of avian flu in 2005 and 2006. The U.S. and UK governments bought a combined 34.6 million doses of Tamiflu alone in October 2005, costing billions of dollars. The shelf life on those doses is quickly running out. Along comes a swine flu scare just at the right time to allow them to shift millions of batches of stock that would otherwise be heading for the landfill.

If the official figures of hundreds infected and just 12 dead are accurate more than a week after the outbreak of the virus, it seems that our first hunch has been proven true. The swine flu story is merely a repeat of the cynical and agenda-driven scare of 1976, when more people ended up dying as a result of taking the vaccine than from the actual virus itself.

As Simon Jenkins discusses, we‚Äôve seen it all too often before. During the BSE scare in Britain in the mid-nineties, we were told that the disease had ‚Äúthe potential to infect up to 10 million Britons‚ÄĚ. The damage done by the disease was virtually none yet the meat industry was savaged and British farming was all but destroyed.

Likewise, in 2003 Dr Patrick Dixon, formerly of the London Business School, created a furore when he stated the SARS virus had ‚Äúa 25% chance of killing tens of millions‚ÄĚ. The virus killed 774 between November 2002 and July 2003 and there hasn‚Äôt been a single infection in the six years since.

A fatality figure in the millions was again hyped during the avian flu scare of 2005-2006, another doomsday scenario that never happened.

Compared to the lethality of swine flu, these diseases had a far greater impact, and yet none of them even came close to living up to the same ‚Äúend-is-nigh‚ÄĚ proclamations made by health authorities that we are again hearing today.