FDA Censorship and FTC Censorship

THE PROBLEM

FDA Censorship

The FDA censors health information. It does so to protect drugs and its drug approval process from competition.

The cost of FDA censorship is staggering. Consider the following examples:

  • Between 1992 and 1996, FDA prohibited companies that sell folic acid from telling women of childbearing age that .4 mg of folic acid daily before pregnancy could reduce the incidence of neural tube defects (including spina bifida and encephaly) by 40%. FDA’s censorship contributed to a preventable 10,000 neural tube defect births.
  • Between 1994 to 2000, FDA prohibited companies that sell omega-3 fatty acids from telling Americans that those fatty acids found in fish oil could reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by as much as 50%. FDA’s censorship contributed to a preventable 1.8 million sudden death heart attacks.
  • Between 2000 and the present, FDA prohibits companies that sell saw palmetto extract (the fruit of the dwarf American palm tree) from telling Americans that saw palmetto reduces enlarged prostates and relieves related symptoms. Approximately 50% of all men age 50 and older suffer from enlarged prostates and are denied access to this information.
  • Between 2000 and the present, FDA prohibits companies that sell glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate from telling Americans that those dietary ingredients treat osteoarthritis and relieve osteoarthritic pain and stiffness. Approximately 20 million Americans suffer needlessly from osteoarthritis.

FDA censors every claim that a dietary ingredient treats disease, regardless of the proof in support of the claim. FDA only allows drug companies to make claims of treatment. It protects a monopoly for those companies at the expense of the health and freedom of the American people. The FDA’s unconstitutional system of speech censorship and monopoly protection has got to come to an end.

FTC Censorship

The FTC is destroying American businesses. Under the First Amendment, government cannot restrict speech unless it can prove advertising deceptive by a preponderance of the evidence and, even then, it must rely on obvious less speech restrictive alternatives to outright suppression. FTC violates the First Amendment.

FTC holds advertising deceptive not based on proof that the ads are false but based on the failure of a company accused of deception to prove to a near certain degree that the ads are true. That reverses the First Amendment burden of proof. That violates the Constitution.

FTC has removed over $28 million dollars from the American economy based on charges of deceptive advertising under this unconstitutional regime. It has destroyed some companies and damaged others, resulting in unemployment for innocent workers at those companies. Rather than stop fraud, the FTC is in the business of defining a speech orthodoxy in America. The FTC’s unconstitutional actions must be stopped.
THE SOLUTION

FDA and FTC Censorship robs the American people of health information indispensable to their exercise of freedom of choice. FDA and FTC Censorship benefits large drug companies by protecting them from competition and destroying innovation. The solution lies in a new laws that will strip FDA and FTC of their censorship powers.

The solutions are the Freedom of Health Speech Act (H.R. 3394), the Health Freedom Act (H.R. 3395), and the Congressional Responsibility and Accountability Act (H.R. 3396).

HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
November 10, 2005

Free Speech and Dietary Supplements

Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce the Health Freedom Protection Act. This bill restores the First Amendment rights of consumers to receive truthful information regarding the benefits of foods and dietary supplements by codifying the First Amendment standards used by federal courts to strike down the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) efforts to censor truthful health claims. The Health Freedom Protection Act also stops the Federal Trade Commissions (FTC) from censoring truthful health care claims.

The American people have made it clear they do not want the federal government to interfere with their access to dietary supplements, yet the FDA and the FTC continue to engage in heavy-handed attempts to restrict such access. The FDA continues to frustrate consumers’ efforts to learn how they can improve their health even after Congress, responding to a record number of constituents’ comments, passed the Dietary Supplement and Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA). FDA bureaucrats are so determined to frustrate consumer access to truthful information that they are even evading their duty to comply with four federal court decisions vindicating consumers’ First Amendment rights to discover the health benefits of foods and dietary supplements.

FDA bureaucrats have even refused to abide by the DSHEA section allowing the public to have access to scientific articles and publications regarding the role of nutrients in protecting against diseases by claiming that every article concerning this topic is evidence of intent to sell a drug.

Because of the FDA’s censorship of truthful health claims, millions of Americans may suffer with diseases and other health care problems they may have avoided by using dietary supplements. For example, the FDA prohibited consumers from learning how folic acid reduces the risk of neural tube defects for four years after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended every woman of childbearing age take folic acid supplements to reduce neural tube defects. This FDA action contributed to an estimated 10,000 cases of preventable neutral tube defects!

The FDA also continues to prohibit consumers from learning about the scientific evidence that glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are effective in the treatment of osteoarthritis; that omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of sudden death heart attack; and that calcium may reduce the risk of bone fractures.

The Health Freedom Protection Act will force the FDA to at last comply with the commands of Congress, the First Amendment, and the American people by codifying the First Amendment standards adopted by the federal courts. Specifically, the Health Freedom Protection Act stops the FDA from censoring truthful claims about the curative, mitigative, or preventative effects of dietary supplements, and adopts the federal court’s suggested use of disclaimers as an alternative to censorship. The Health Freedom Protection Act also stops the FDA from prohibiting the distribution of scientific articles and publications regarding the role of nutrients in protecting against disease.

This legislation also addresses the FTC’s violations of the First Amendment. Under traditional First Amendment jurisprudence, the federal government bears the burden of proving an advertising statement false before censoring that statement. However, the FTC has reversed the standard in the case of dietary supplements by requiring supplement manufactures to satisfy an unobtainable standard of proof that their statement is true. The FTC’s standards are blocking innovation in the marketplace.

The Health Freedom Protection Act requires the government bear the burden of proving that speech could be censored. This is how it should be in a free, dynamic society. The bill also requires that the FTC warn parties that their advertising is false and give them a chance to correct their mistakes.

Mr. Speaker, if we are serious about putting people in charge of their health care, then shouldn’t we stop federal bureaucrats from preventing Americans from learning about simple ways to improve their health. I therefore call on my colleagues to stand up for good health care and the First Amendment by cosponsoring the Health Freedom Protection Act.

 

10 Reasons Parents Take Healthy Children To Chiropractors

By Dr Jen / 24th June

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Some adults may wonder why more and more children are starting to see chiropractors. That’s a good question and the answer is simple: whether we have a large spine or a tiny little spine, if that spine is creating nerve distress then our magnificent bodies may not operate smoothly…

The nervous system is the ‘Master Controller’

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The nervous system is the master controller of our body and if its communication channels become fuzzy, distorted or damaged then we experience all sorts of communication errors. For babies and children, this ineffective communication may play out as colic or irritability, an inability to suckle and breastfeed, poor sleep, developmental delays, digestion issues, asthma, behavioural problems, low energy, inability to concentrate, headaches, etc – the list is endless. In fact, regardless of what the end result or symptom may be, all roads to ‘optiminal health’ lead back to the body’s ability to self-regulate and function at a peak level.

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While chiropractic may be able to help with a number of health issues, our focus is not treating or curing ailments; our focus is ensuring the nervous system has every opportunity to work efficiently and effectively.

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For example, imagine your nervous system is like the lighting system in your home. If the lights start to dim, you might not be able to cook dinner very well, you may start banging into furniture, you may trip and hurt yourself, you may feel frightened. How the dim lights influence you precisely will vary but the issue is still the same – there is a communication problem between the wiring and the the light globe which needs detecting and fixing.

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In the same way, chiropractors spend years studying the nervous system to be able to detect and correct these ‘communication errors’ in the body.

Another question you may ask is…

“How do little kids get nerve irritation?”

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Nerve irritations (or vertebral subluxations) occur as a part of normal daily life. They may result from physical, chemical and emotional stressors or ‘insults’ to our health, such as bad posture, prolonged postures, sleeping on our stomachs, knocks and falls, poor food choices, dehydration, exposure to chemicals and toxins, and stress and anxiety. Some research suggests that even before these lifestyle stressors have an impact, nerve irritation may occur in the uterus from awkward positioning, restriction of movement, and exposure to toxins. Subluxations or nerve irritation may also occur from birth complications such as long labours, very fast labours, or forceps or caesarean delivery.

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While research to support how effective chiropractic for children is not yet extensive, parental satisifaction with results achieved is compelling in its own right.

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While more research into the benefits of chiropractic for babies and children is needed, chiropractic for little people has been shown to be gentle, safe and effective. Babies can be checked by chiropractors very soon after birth and special techniques have been developed to carefully correct any subluxated areas. When we appreciate how the nervous system may be hindered and impaired it makes sense why more parents are having their child’s spine and nervous system assessed.

10 reasons parents take their children to see a chiropractor:

  1. To encourage good neural plasticity (brain and nerve development).
  2. To support their child’s overall health and wellbeing.
  3. To help strengthen their child’s immunity and potentially reduce the incidence of colds, ear-aches and general illness.
  4. To assist with colic and Irritable Baby Syndrome.
  5. To help with asthma, breathing difficulties and allergies.
  6. To encourage good spinal posture.
  7. To help improve their child’s ability to concentrate.
  8. To assist with behavioural disorders.
  9. To help alleviate digestive problems.
  10. To assist with bed-wetting and sleep issues.

 

 

 

Low glycemic index diet

Diets based on the glycemic index suggest that you eat foods and beverages with low glycemic index rankings to help you keep your blood sugar balanced. Proponents say this will help you lose weight and reduce risk factors for certain chronic diseases.

Why you might follow the glycemic index diet
You might choose to follow the glycemic index diet because you:

  • Want to change blood sugar imbalances related to your current diet
  • Want to change your overall eating habits
  • Don’t want to count calories or go low-carb
  • Want a diet that you can stick to for the long term

See List below:

VEGETABLES:
Alfalfa seeds, sprouted 1.28
Arugula 2.05
Asparagus, cooked 2.63
Bamboo shoots, cooked 0.92
Beans, green, cooked 4.69
Beans, snap, green, cooked 4.68
Beet greens, cooked 2.56
Broccoli, cooked 2.16
Brussels sprouts, cooked 4.5
Cabbage, cooked 2.16
Cauliflower, cooked 1.41
Celeriac (celery root), cooked 4.7
Celery 1.95
Chard, swiss, cooked 2.04
Collards, cooked 2.1
Cucumber 1.8
Dandelion greens, cooked 3.5
Eggplant, cooked 4.14
Endive 0.25
Fennel, bulb 4.19
Green onions, young, tops only 3.94
Hearts of palm, canned 2.22
Jicama 3.92
Kale, cooked 3.63
Lettuce, butterhead 1.32
Lettuce, cos or romaine 0.67
Lettuce, iceberg 0.69
Mustard greens, cooked 0.1
Mushrooms 2.94-3.57 (except shitake)
Nopales, cooked 1.27
Okra, cooked 4.71
Olives, canned ripe 3.06
Parsley 3.03
Peppers, serano 3.00
Peppers, jalapeno 3.11
Peppers, sweet green 4.63
Peppers, sweet red 4.43
Pumpkin, cooked 3.80
Purslane 3.43
Radicchio 3.58
Radishes 1.99
Rhubarb 2.74
Sauerkraut 1.78
Scallions (green onions) 4.74
Spinach, cooked 1.35
Squash, summer, cooked 2.91
Squash, zucchini, cooked 2.53
Tomatillos 3.93
Tomatoes 3.54
Tomato juice 3.83
Turnips, cooked 2.9
Turnip greens, cooked 0.86
Watercress 0.79
FRUIT:
Avocados 2.39
Chayote (christophene) 2.20
Raspberries 4.77
Strawberries 4.72
NUTS:
Macademia Nuts 4.83
Pecans 4.26
MEAT AND FISH:
All meat and fin fish 0.00
Caviar 4.00
Crab 0.95
Lobster 1.28
Shrimp 0.00
EGGS AND DAIRY:
Butter 0.06
Buttermilk, lowfat 4.79
Cheese, cheddar 1.28
Cheese, Edam 1.43
Cheese, Gouda 2.22
Cheese, Swiss 3.38
Cream cheese, 2.66
Cottage cheese, 2% milkfat 3.63
Eggs 1.22
Half and Half 4.30
Heavy Cream 2.79
Goat milk 4.45
Mayonnaise 2.70
Milk, 1% milkfat, added solids 4.97
Milk, 3.25% milkfat 4.66
Ricotta cheese, whole milk 3.04
Soy milk, 0.51
Yogurt, plain, whole milk 4.66
DIETARY FIBER:
Soluble and insoluble fiber (a part of other foods) 0.00
BEVERAGES:
Coffee (without cream or sugar) 0.00
Tea (without milk or sugar) 0.00
Water 0.00
SWEETENERS:
Stevia 0.00

 

Diabetes Tied to Timing of Baby’s First Solid Food

Diabetes Tied to Timing of Baby’s First Solid Food

Published: Jul 8, 2013 | Updated: Jul 10, 2013

By  Todd Neale , Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today
Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD; Emeritus Professor, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN, Nurse Planner

Among children already at higher risk for type 1 diabetes, missing the sweet spot for introduction of solid foods may increase the risk even further, researchers found.

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Compared with exposing children to solid food for the first time at ages 4 or 5 months, introducing solid food both earlier and later was associated with greater risks of developing the disease (hazard ratio 1.91 for early and HR 3.02 for later), according to Jill Norris, PhD, MPH, of the Colorado School of Public Health in Aurora, and colleagues.

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The specific food category associated with the greatest risk was rice or oats when first exposure occurred at age 6 months or later (HR 2.88, 95% CI 1.36-6.11), the researchers reported online in JAMA Pediatrics.

“These results suggest the safest age to introduce solid foods in children at increased genetic risk for type 1 diabetes is between 4 and 5 months of age,” they wrote, noting that the findings are consistent with the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation to start giving solid foods at 4 to 6 months of age, but should be confirmed in a larger study.

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Previous studies looking at the association between the timing of the introduction of solid foods and risk of type 1 diabetes have yielded conflicting results, and Norris and colleagues further explored the issue using data from the Diabetes Autoimmunity Study in the Young (DAISY), a longitudinal investigation of risk factors for the disease.

The current analysis included 1,835 children who either underwent screening for diabetes-susceptibility alleles or had a first-degree relative with type 1 diabetes. Only those followed from birth with complete information about solid food exposure were included.

During the study, 53 of the children were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Introducing solid foods in general too soon or too late was associated with a greater risk of developing type 1 diabetes after adjustment for human leukocyte antigen genotype, having a first-degree relative with the disease, maternal education, and type of delivery.

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Early exposure to fruit — excluding fruit juice — was associated with a greater risk (HR 2.23, 95% CI 1.14-4.39), although the relationship became nonsignificant after accounting for other food exposures.

“The risk predicted by early exposure to solid foods might suggest a mechanism involving an abnormal immune response to solid food antigens in an immature gut immune system in susceptible individuals,” the authors wrote. “As the increased risk is not limited to a specific food, it is possible many solids, including cereals and fruits, contain a common component that triggers an immature response.”

On the other hand, the relationship between late exposure to solid foods and risk of type 1 diabetes “may be related to the larger amounts given at initial exposure to older children. Also, if solid foods are introduced too late, when breast milk alone no longer meets the infant’s energy and nutrient needs, nutrient deficiencies may occur, which may play a role in increasing … risk,” according to the researchers.

“Additionally, the increased risk predicted by late exposure to solid foods may be related to the cessation of breastfeeding before solid foods are introduced, resulting in a loss of the protective effects of breast milk at the introduction of foreign food antigens,” they wrote.

Although breastfeeding duration was not related to diabetes risk in the current study, breastfeeding at the time of the first exposure to wheat or barley was associated with a lower risk of developing the disease (HR 0.47, 95% CI 0.26-0.86), “suggesting that breast milk may protect against an abnormal immune response to new antigens in an immature gut,” according to Norris and colleagues.

The timing of exposure to meats, vegetables, and cow’s milk was not associated with the risk of type 1 diabetes.

Did you ever learn to breathe?

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The breath of life

Since breathing is a movement pattern, it can be  altered by a combination of factors. The rate, rhythm and volume of breathing are affected by physical, chemical and emotional influences. How we breathe is a habit or repetitive process, that processor pattern is controlled and regulated through the central nervous system.

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Breathing has a significant role in its effect on movement quality and stability of the core and spine. If breathing is normal or “functional”, posture and stabilization of the spine will be maintained in a healthy manner. The converse is true in that dysfunctional breathing plays a key role in not only posture and stabilization of the spine, but also a myriad of other health issues.

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The rhythm and quality of our breathing affects blood pH levels, making it more alkaline or acidic; and altered pH can correlate with asthma, anxiety and chronic pain syndromes. Stress, high-altitude, infection, allergies, kidney disease and even mouth breathing can affect pH levels. Short-term pH levels are regulated by the lungs, long-term regulation is by the kidneys. It is a long-term pattern of respiration and pH levels that are of concern. Breathing patterns can also be consciously restored to functional or normal patterns replacing dysfunctional patterns caused by many of these issues, especially in the pattern has been altered by musculoskeletal pain.

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The relationship between the diaphragm, breathing and stabilization of the spine is closely linked. When the diaphragm is compromised and breathing patterns are altered, the spine will be involved and when the spine is involved with this function, pain, reverse is also true. Patients with a history of neck or back pain, even when the pain is gone, will most likely have an abnormal breathing pattern, causing inner core dysfunction affecting the diaphragm. Of note, epidemiology studies have shown that disorders of breathing and continuance are more closely linked to the development of low back pain than are excessive BMI and physical activity.

 

Breathing 101

Breathing should begin with the diaphragm and the opening up of the lower lungs. As we move through inspiration the upper chest will be the last that is activated. A lot of people will present with shallow breathing. In other words most of their breathing is in their upper chest which leads to hyperventilation and feeds anxiety or stress situations. When you’re under stress it’s common to go into shallow breathing as a stress response but in the reverse shallow breathing can cause stress. So under stress you need to breathe slower and deeper.

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Breathing exercise

Lay on your back and put one hand on your upper chest and the other over your stomach. Now take a deep breath and notice which hand moves first or if both of them move at the same time. If both of them move at the same time or the upper chest moves first you need to re-program your breathing. When you first take a deep breath the hand over your stomach should move first and you should feel the air fill up around to your back, then your upper chest should move as you fill the upper part of your lungs. With a little practice you can retrain your breathing so the diaphragm works first. As the diaphragm expands you will feel your stomach move first at the end of the complete breath your hand over your upper chest will move last; this is the proper breathing sequence.

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Take time to do 10 slow deep breaths and make sure that the bottom hand moves first, you can develop proper breathing habits. Using this method you can reduce stress. If you find yourself in a stressful situation and you take a deep cleansing breath and then 10 slow deep breaths engaging the diaphragm first this will have a calming effect on your system. This will help your body learn how to handle stress in a more positive manner. This 10 breaths training can also be helpful when you want to fall asleep, because this calms the nervous system.

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

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Week of: Monday Aug. 26, 2013

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IN THE NEWS: Beyond Hyperloop: Wild ideas for the future of transportation Monday evening Elon Musk finally unveiled his vision for a futuristic transportation system he calls Hyperloop; like a giant silver bullet shot from a gun at up to 800 miles per hour, it would transport people (and cars) across California faster than a bullet train — and at a fraction of the cost. What of those jetpacks that everyone craves? Yes, Martin Aircraft Corp. has promised the things for years. The New Zealand developer said Tuesday that aviation authorities have issued the device a flying permit — finally allowing for manned test flights. A space elevator would raise and lower people and cargo to a platform tethered in space by a sturdy length of nanoengineered cable. Scientists believe the platform — essentially a satellite — would remain stable, while robots would crawl up and down the length of the cable. If it ever works, a trip to space would require no more energy than that of the motor raising and lowering the platform.
WELLNESS:  Recent research shows that beet juice (also called beetroot juice) is one of the richest dietary sources of nitrates.  The body transforms nitrates into nitric oxide, a crucial compound that optimizes blood flow to the brain… heart… muscles… and more.  So while this root vegetable may not receive the press coverage devoted to perennial favorites like salmon and blueberries, emerging studies indicate it deserves a top spot on any list of super foods. “We are starting to unravel the intriguing health benefits of beet juice,” said Gary Miller, Ph.D., a researcher at Wake Forest University.  The impact of dietary nitrates on blood flow and blood pressure is a primary factor spurring scientific interest in beet juice, Miller said.   A 2009 study indicated that beet juice’s stamina boost is another result generated by its high nitrate content.  Nitrates reduce oxygen uptake, as a result, exercise is less tiring.  Study participants were able to exercise 16% longer after adding beetroot juice to their daily diet. While nitrates have drawn the bulk of the attention so far, beet juice is wonderful source of a variety of nutrients, including…  Folate Potassium Vitamin C Fiber Antioxidants

 

CHIROPRACTIC:  CHIROPRACTIC CARE AND DNA REPAIR.  Patient satisfaction has always driven chiropractic acceptance. Several surveys covering thousands of chiropractic participants have shown quantitative benefits to periodic long term care. They include reduced use of health care services (including hospitalizations and prescription drugs) and better sense of well-being even for seniors over 75 years of age. Geneticists in the area of ecogenetics have periodically looked at chiropractic since the late 1970s as a potential source of reducing what was called mutagen sensitivity back then. Thiol is one of the chemicals your body makes to repair damage to your DNA. A study of regular chiropractic patients in 2005 showed an increase in this DNA repair chemical compared to the general public. DNA damage leads to disease even cancer and early death.  This is one of the reasons we recommend wellness care. Chiropractic helps keep your DNA healthy.

 

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The assessment of complications after spine surgery: time for a paradigm shift?

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The Study: The assessment of complications after spine surgery: time for a paradigm shift?

The Facts:

a. Researchers are starting to place greater emphasis on the patient’s perspective as to outcomes.

b. This is a prospective study which assessed complications following spinal surgery from the patient’s perspective

c. The patients underwent surgery “for painful degenerative lumbar disorders.”

d. 27% or the patients indicated they suffered complications.

e. 34% of patients reporting complications said their complication was “very” bothersome while 17% of those reporting complications rated their complication as “extremely” bothersome.

f. The most common complications were sensory disturbances and ongoing/new pain.

g. Interestingly, “More often than not, the complications reported by the patient were not documented by the surgeon…”

h. “Surgeons reported lower complication rates than the patients…”

Take Home:

I think the authors said it best, “…complications and severity should be assessed from both the patient’s and surgeon’s perspective.”

Reviewer’s Comments:

I think this is what we would expect. If you are a patient, you live with any remaining problems day after day. You know exactly how you feel. If you are the surgeon you have a snap shot look into the patient’s life. It’s a little like the old joke about ham and eggs for breakfast. The chicken is involved but the pig is committed. It doesn’t mean that the surgeon did anything wrong or that the patient had unrealistic expectations. It just means that cutting into a spine is inherently fraught with dangers.

Reviewer: Roger Coleman DC

Reference: Mannion AF, Fekete TF, O’Riordan D, Porchet F, Mutter UM, Jeszensky D, Lattig F, Grob D, Kleinstueck FS. The assessment of complications after spine surgery: time for a paradigm shift? Spine J 2013 Jun;13(6):615-24

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Copper link to Alzheimer’s? New research fuels debate

Copper link to Alzheimer’s? New research fuels debate

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Scientists on Monday reported new evidence that copper can lead to the plaque buildup in the brain that causes Alzheimer’s disease, fueling fresh debate over the mineral’s role in dementia.

The scientific community is divided on the question of whether copper — found in red meat, vegetables, dairy products as well as pipes that carry drinking water in much of the developed world — causes or prevents Alzheimer’s disease.

For the latest study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers looked at how copper in the capillaries may cause a breakdown in the blood-brain barrier, leading to a buildup of the protein amyloid beta, or plaques that are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s.

According to lead author Rashid Deane, a research professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center, experiments using mice and human cells showed that low levels of copper delivered via drinking water accumulated in the capillary walls that feed blood to the brain.

“These are very low levels of copper, equivalent to what people would consume in a normal diet,” said Deane.

The copper caused oxidation which interfered with another protein, called lipoprotein receptor-related protein 1 (LRP1), that would normally clear amyloid beta from the brain, his study said.

Not only did copper appear to prevent the clearance of plaque that is believed to be a prime culprit in Alzheimer’s, it also stimulated neurons to produce more amyloid beta.

Researchers described their findings in a press release as a “one-two punch” that “provides strong evidence that copper is a key player in Alzheimer’s disease.”

“Copper is an essential metal and it is clear that these effects are due to exposure over a long period of time,” said Deane in a statement.

“The key will be striking the right balance between too little and too much copper consumption. Right now we cannot say what the right level will be, but diet may ultimately play an important role in regulating this process.”

However, other experts who have studied copper and Alzheimer’s questioned the paper’s findings.

“Research including our own shows the opposite, that copper prevents amyloid from forming the type of structures seen in the plaques,” said Christopher Exley, professor in Bioinorganic Chemistry at Keele University in Staffordshire.

Exley and colleagues recently published their latest paper on the topic in the British journal Nature in February.

“As a group we would be thinking, based on everything that we know — and our research has been done with human brains and brain tissues — that if anything, copper would be protective against Alzheimer’s.”

Exley said a “number of things” in the PNAS paper raised red flags, such as the way they measured the copper amounts and the fact that they used animal models which do not always translate directly to humans.

“You do need a significant amount of tissue to produce results that you have a high level of confidence in. A mouse capillary — these are very, very, very small things,” Exley told AFP.

“The amount of copper which they are talking about as being possibly proactive is normal,” he added.

“If you took this paper at absolute face value, it is telling everybody that we are all suffering from the effects that this paper is documenting right now because we are all exposed to this amount of copper.”

Another outside researcher, George Brewer, emeritus professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan medical school, said the “authors miss an important point about copper toxicity to the brain.”

“They don’t differentiate copper delivered in drinking water, as they delivered it in their study, from copper in food,” Brewer said in an email to AFP.

“We have always had copper in food, so it couldn’t possibly be the cause of this new AD epidemic,” he said.

“If they had added this trace amount of copper to food, rather than putting it in drinking water, it would have had no effect.”

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WELLNESS/PREVENTION:  EATING RAW GARLIC MAY HELP CUT RISK OF LUNG CANCER ALMOST IN HALF, STUDY FINDS A clove of garlic a day might keep the vampires away, but the vegetable may have other protective properties as well. According to a new study by researchers from the Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention in China, consuming raw garlic might actually help prevent lung cancer, along with other various chronic health problems. Researchers believe that raw garlic’s benefits are connected to a chemical called allicin, which is released once raw garlic is smashed or diced. This chemical is believed to not only reduce inflammation, but also reduce damage from free radicals to the body’s cells.

 
 

IN THE NEWS:  US PROBES USE OF ANTIPSYCHOTIC DRUGS ON CHILDREN Federal health officials have launched a probe into the use of antipsychotic drugs on children in the Medicaid system, amid concern that the medications are being prescribed too often to treat behavioral problems in the very young. The inspector general’s office at Department of Health and Human Services says it recently began a review of antipsychotic-drug use by Medicaid recipients age 17 and under. And various agencies within HHS are requiring officials in all 50 states to tighten oversight of prescriptions for such drugs to Medicaid-eligible young people. WARNING: THESE DRUGS HAVE SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS, THESE POOR KID’S BRAINS WILL NOT DEVELOP NORMALLY AND THEIR EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT WILL BE STUNTED.

 

CHIROPRACTIC: SUBLUXATION ALTERS NEUROLOGICAL PROCESSING Subluxation is a term used to describe mechanical compression and irritation to spinal joints and nerves. Subluxation scrambles the neurological feedback loop by causing altered rhythms of neurological flow. Subluxation insults the neurology of the infant and affects normal development and maturation. This can often create an environment conducive to the formation of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, ADHD and SPD. Two recent studies published in the 2011 edition of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health showed the benefits of chiropractic on SPD and Autism. In both cases the children were diagnosed with upper cervical subluxation patterns that were thought to have occurred from early childhood traumas. The children also showed signs of neurological imbalance and subluxation in other regions of the spine. Results of their care were startling and would naturally be considered a major breakthroughs in the medical model.

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I HAVE BEEN SAYING THIS FOR 30 YRS.

Heart surgeon speaks out on what really causes heart disease

Dr. Dwight Lundell
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We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is. I freely admit to being wrong. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries, today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact.

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I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labelled “opinion makers.” Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol.

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The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake. The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart disease. Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy and could quite possibly result in malpractice.

It Is Not Working!

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These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible. The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.

The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences.

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Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before.

Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes and 57 million have pre-diabetes. These disorders are affecting younger and younger people in greater numbers every year.

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Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.

Inflammation is not complicated — it is quite simply your body’s natural defence to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus. The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from these bacterial and viral invaders. However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process,a condition occurs called chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is just as harmful as acute inflammation is beneficial.

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What thoughtful person would willfully expose himself repeatedly to foods or other substances that are known to cause injury to the body? Well, smokers perhaps, but at least they made that choice willfully.

The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.

Let me repeat that: The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine.

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What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation? Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods.

Take a moment to visualize rubbing a stiff brush repeatedly over soft skin until it becomes quite red and nearly bleeding. you kept this up several times a day, every day for five years. If you could tolerate this painful brushing, you would have a bleeding, swollen infected area that became worse with each repeated injury. This is a good way to visualize the inflammatory process that could be going on in your body right now.

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Regardless of where the inflammatory process occurs, externally or internally, it is the same. I have peered inside thousands upon thousands of arteries. A diseased artery looks as if someone took a brush and scrubbed repeatedly against its wall. Several times a day, every day, the foods we eat create small injuries compounding into more injuries, causing the body to respond continuously and appropriately with inflammation.

While we savor the tantalizing taste of a sweet roll, our bodies respond alarmingly as if a foreign invader arrived declaring war. Foods loaded with sugars and simple carbohydrates, or processed with omega-6 oils for long shelf life have been the mainstay of the American diet for six decades. These foods have been slowly poisoning everyone.

How does eating a simple sweet roll create a cascade of inflammation to make you sick?

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Imagine spilling syrup on your keyboard and you have a visual of what occurs inside the cell. When we consume simple carbohydrates such as sugar, blood sugar rises rapidly. In response, your pancreas secretes insulin whose primary purpose is to drive sugar into each cell where it is stored for energy. If the cell is full and does not need glucose, it is rejected to avoid extra sugar gumming up the works.

When your full cells reject the extra glucose, blood sugar rises producing more insulin and the glucose converts to stored fat.

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What does all this have to do with inflammation? Blood sugar is controlled in a very narrow range. Extra sugar molecules attach to a variety of proteins that in turn injure the blood vessel wall. This repeated injury to the blood vessel wall sets off inflammation. When you spike your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is exactly like taking sandpaper to the inside of your delicate blood vessels.

While you may not be able to see it, rest assured it is there. I saw it in over 5,000 surgical patients spanning 25 years who all shared one common denominator — inflammation in their arteries.

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Let’s get back to the sweet roll. That innocent looking goody not only contains sugars, it is baked in one of many omega-6 oils such as soybean. Chips and fries are soaked in soybean oil; processed foods are manufactured with omega-6 oils for longer shelf life. While omega-6’s are essential -they are part of every cell membrane controlling what goes in and out of the cell — they must be in the correct balance with omega-3’s.

If the balance shifts by consuming excessive omega-6, the cell membrane produces chemicals called cytokines that directly cause inflammation.

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Today’s mainstream American diet has produced an extreme imbalance of these two fats. The ratio of imbalance ranges from 15:1 to as high as 30:1 in favor of omega-6. That’s a tremendous amount of cytokines causing inflammation. In today’s food environment, a 3:1 ratio would be optimal and healthy.

To make matters worse, the excess weight you are carrying from eating these foods creates overloaded fat cells that pour out large quantities of pro-inflammatory chemicals that add to the injury caused by having high blood sugar. The process that began with a sweet roll turns into a vicious cycle over time that creates heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and finally, Alzheimer’s disease, as the inflammatory process continues unabated.

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There is no escaping the fact that the more we consume prepared and processed foods, the more we trip the inflammation switch little by little each day. The human body cannot process, nor was it designed to consume, foods packed with sugars and soaked in omega-6 oils.

There is but one answer to quieting inflammation, and that is returning to foods closer to their natural state. To build muscle, eat more protein. Choose carbohydrates that are very complex such as colorful fruits and vegetables. Cut down on or eliminate inflammation- causing omega-6 fats like corn and soybean oil and the processed foods that are made from them.

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One tablespoon of corn oil contains 7,280 mg of omega-6; soybean contains 6,940 mg. Instead, use olive oil or butter from grass-fed beef.

Animal fats contain less than 20% omega-6 and are much less likely to cause inflammation than the supposedly healthy oils labelled polyunsaturated. Forget the “science” that has been drummed into your head for decades. The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent. The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also very weak. Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today.

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The cholesterol theory led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that in turn created the very foods now causing an epidemic of inflammation. Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats. We now have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers.

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What you can do is choose whole foods your grandmother served and not those your mom turned to as grocery store aisles filled with manufactured foods. By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding essential nutrients from fresh unprocessed food, you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body from consuming the typical American diet.

ADHD

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Despite persistent skepticism, the most common childhood psychiatric disorder is increasingly understood to be a brain malfunction. Different forms of the disorder may have different biological roots.

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Discoveries in neuroscience are reinforcing a growing consensus that attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as it is officially known, is not just a set of behavior problems but a biologically based disorder of brain function. The symptoms of impulsiveness, inattentiveness, and hyperactivity arise, this research suggests, because misfiring of the brain’s executive function – its management system – make it difficult to stay still, concentrate, and exercise forethought and self-control.

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ADHD is known to have a strong genetic component – one of the highest among psychiatric disorders – and several genetic markers are known. Similar symptoms have also been found in children with autism and fetal alcohol syndrome and even those exposed to nicotine in the womb. In two studies, ADHD-like symptoms appeared in 15 of 29 children who had strokes, and in 16% of children admitted to trauma centers after a head injury. In most children diagnosed with ADHD, signs and symptoms appear before the age of 7, although they sometimes may occur even earlier.

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Signs and symptoms of inattention may include:
”    Often fails to pay close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork or other activities
”    Often has trouble sustaining attention during tasks or play
”    Seems not to listen even when spoken to directly
”    Has difficulty following through on instructions and often fails to finish schoolwork, chores or other tasks
”    Often has problems organizing tasks or activities
”    Avoids or dislikes tasks that require sustained mental effort, such as schoolwork or homework
”    Frequently loses needed items, such as books, pencils, toys or tools
”    Can be easily distracted
”    Forgetful often

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Hyperactivity-impulsiveness
Signs and symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsive behavior may include:
”    Fidgets or squirms frequently
”    Often leaves his or her seat in the classroom or in other situations when remaining seated is expected
”    Often runs or climbs excessively when it’s not appropriate or, if an adolescent, might constantly feel restless
”    Frequently has difficulty playing quietly
”    Always seems on the go
”    Talks excessively
”    Blurts out the answers before questions have been completely asked
”    Frequently has difficulty waiting for his or her turn
”    Often interrupts or intrudes on others’ conversations or games

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Most healthy children exhibit many of these behaviors at one time or another. For instance, parents may worry that a 3-year-old who can’t listen to a story from beginning to end or finish a drawing may have ADHD. But preschoolers normally have a short attention span and aren’t able to stick with one activity for long. This doesn’t mean they’re inattentive – it simply means they’re normal preschoolers.

Symptoms of ADHD in adults

Dr. Keefe, Keefe Clinic. Tulsa Chiropractor, pain, natural health care.ADHD always begins in childhood, but it may persist into adult life. The core signs and symptoms of distractibility, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior are the same for adults as for children, but they often manifest themselves differently and far more subtly in adults. Hyperactivity, in particular, is generally less overt in adults. Children may race around madly; adults are more likely to be restless and to have trouble relaxing.
On the other hand, problems with organization and concentration often increase as people get older when their lives become more complicated and demanding. Adults diagnosed with ADHD often say that their biggest frustration is their inability to focus and to prioritize, leading not only to missed deadlines but also to forgotten meetings and social engagements.

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We have seen many patients helped over the years with a combination of chiropractic adjustments to improve neurological function, neurological exercise and Eyelights when indicated and diet and nutritional therapy including detoxification and food avoidance as necessary.  Also the lack of proper sleep habits can be a big factor sometimes. Each patient is evaluated and treated individually.  Patience and persistence are the key to treatment success.  Below is the suggested first two weeks dietary changes to help identify offending foods.

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First, what NOT to eat for TWO WEEKS:

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1) NO DAIRY PRODUCTS, especially cow’s milk. This is the single most important restriction. Instead try Almond milk, Rice milk, or Better Than Milk. Drink water instead of milk. In fact, drink lots of water. The brain is about 80% water, and increasing your water intake to 7 to 10 glasses per day might be helpful all by itself. Sodas, Gatorade, teas, icees, etc., do not count as water. Water counts as water.
2) NO YELLOW FOODS. Especially Corn or Squash. Bananas are white. Don’t eat the peel.
3) NO JUNK FOODS. If it comes in a cellophane wrapper, don’t eat it.
4) NO FRUIT JUICES. Too much sugar content. One small glass of apple juice has the sugar content of eight apples. Later on you can have juice, but dilute it with water 50/50.
5) CUT SUGAR INTAKE BY 90%. If you can, cut it down to zero. Sugar is in just about everything, but give it a try. Do your best without going crazy. Ask about Steva.
6) CUT CHOCOLATE BY 90%. No more than a single piece, once a week.
7) NO NUTRASWEET. None. Period.
8) NO PROCESSED MEATS and NO MSG. Only get meats with labels that say, “Turkey and Water,” etc. If the meat has chemicals listed that you can’t pronounce, don’t buy it.
9) CUT FRIED FOODS BY 90%.
10) AVOID FOOD COLORINGS WHENEVER POSSIBLE. See if your child is sensitive to any particular colors, such as Reds, Yellows, etc. For now, though, avoid all if possible.

SUMMARY: Just eat foods that God made for a while. Eat like people did in the 1940’s. Go to a used book store and get a Betty Crocker’s Cook Book for recipe ideas. There really are about 10,000 meals that you CAN eat. Just not much in the way of “fast foods” or “convenience” foods.

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AFTER TWO WEEKS begin adding these foods back into your diet, one food every other day. Eat A LOT of that food every day for four days. If you have a problem with one of the foods, you will see some kind of a “reaction” within four days. The reaction can vary from big red splotches on the body to ears turning bright red to explosive temper outbursts. If there’s a problem, you’ll know. If there’s no problem, enjoy the food.

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Powerhouse vegetables

onions (allium ) family vegetables:

Garlic, onions, scallions, leaks, chives

Improve body’s ability to detoxify cancer-causing chemicals, may help suppress tumor growth.

Associate with lower cancer risk.

Enhance carcinogen detoxification, and are associated with suppress tumor growth

 

Powerhouse fruits

Berries:

Especially raspberries and blueberries

High anti-oxidant levels

reduce growth of: prostate cancer cells

 

Tomatoes:

contains lycopene-protected against prostate, lung, colon and breast cancer

cooked tomatoes and eat with fat (i.e. olive oil) for better absorption lycopene.

This is a call to action, we are losing our healthcare freedoms.

This is a call to action, we are losing our healthcare freedoms.

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Most people don’t realize that with Obama care that we will eventually lose some of our health choices. And what I’m sure most people don’t realize is that we’ve already lost our freedom of speech in this country when it comes to healthcare. And it’s time to see if social media has any meaningful benefit. It’s time to stand up and say than I will not take it anymore, this is a government of the people, for the people and by the people. And as the government gets bigger we get smaller. Big brother knows better than you.

Let me tell you a story about you,maybe: let’s say that you are fascinated with fragrances and you developed a perfume that when people wore it they notice there headaches went away. And after receiving hundreds of testimonials and doing your own small study you notice that was true. So what do you do with that information. Did you know about 3500 women die every year from ibuprofen that they take for headaches. What if you could tell the women of the world that if they wore your fragrance there headaches would disappear. It just so happens the essential oils you use to make your fragrance had an effect on the vascular system which relieved the pain when someone has a headache. That would be amazing wouldn’t it? But did you know that if you told one person that, the FDA could come in and shut your business down. Think about that for a second, this is America the home of freedom of speech. You stumbled over a simple remedy for headaches, one of the top 10 reasons people seek medical care. Your treatment is based on essential oils that are been used safely for thousands of years. And pain killers are some of the most dangerous drugs on the market killing thousands of people every year. And you can’t tell a soul about your fragrance relieving headaches naturally. Now we live in America. And you do not have the freedom of speech to tell others what you found out because you manufacturer that product. Now if you wanted to spend a couple of million dollars in research to prove that not only is it safe (even though these essential oils you use have been used for thousands of years) but is effective for headaches. Now let’s say you had the money to do the research and everything is taken care of as far as that one hurdle.

Then you have to spend another half a million or more fighting the FDA to allow you to make claims about the product. By the time all that happens your product that you sell for $20 a bottle now will cost over $500 a bottle. And you have no guarantee that the FDA Will Give you the right to say what it does . Because they have a history when it comes to nonpharmaceutical, nonsurgical products or devices that you might be forced after spending all this money also spend it on attorneys in court to force them to give your approval.

Now get ready for what I am about to tell you, that if you did all of this to get your product approved you might end up taking out a gun and shooting yourself in the head. Why? Because now you have a $20 product that you have to sell for $500 a bottle to try to recoup the money you spent getting it approved. Because your product is made of natural products it can’t be patented. What does that mean? As you’re selling your $500 a bottle product to try to recoup your money Joe blow down the street finds out your formula packages it and sells it for $10 a bottle because you can’t have sole property of your product because natural products are in the public domain. Pharmaceutical companies can have a patent on their product for 20 years and no one else can sell it so they can get their money back. So that’s why it’s morally bankrupt to put natural products under the same criteria as drugs. Don’t you think the brains at the FDA know that? Of course they do they could care less. It’s all politics. The medical doctors that run the FDA want to promote medicine not natural healthcare and that’s why supplements have had to be protected by Congress or else you wouldn’t be able today go down and by supplements at the store. The FDA wants to make them all prescriptions.

 

So here we are you have a product that could save thousands of lives and you can’t say a thing about. This is just the tip of the iceberg. The FDA needs to be stopped and they need to be stopped today. Call your Congressman and tell them you want the FDA out of the control of natural healthcare products, like supplements. They need a new division that regulates natural healthcare products that are not run by medical doctors. There are plenty of natural healthcare practitioners who could run that division of the government and establish a level playing field. But if you don’t speak up in you’re going to continue to lose your rights. And pretty soon when you’re sick the government will tell you exactly what kind of care you get, what drugs you have to take, what surgeries that you get there don’t get and they will fine and put in jail any physician who doesn’t comply with big Brothers rules.

 

Here is a notice I recently received from a company that makes nonpharmaceutical, nonsurgical devices. They are absolutely tongue-tied as far as telling people what their products can do and they could be punished if I tell you.

 

Government Update – FDA

A certain company (can’t even name them)  has recently learned that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is once again doing what it can to expand the agency’s definition of what and who makes a disease claim on a product. Originally, they only looked at what manufacturers said about their products in order to decide how to classify the products. Then a few years ago, the FDA expanded this to include what resellers say about products as well. Now, the FDA even pays attention to what consumers say about a product — whether it be a supplement or a device — to determine if the product should be classified as a drug or medical device. This public information is considered to be part of the product’s labeling, depending on how the company responds to that information.

Facebook is a prime example of how the FDA is using customer feedback to dictate product classification. For example, if one of their customer was to leave a comment on the their Facebook page explaining how the products have helped them and this company  “likes” the comment, the FDA can use that to reclassify the this companies products as a medical device. Of course, it does depend on what the comment says, but essentially, all but the most benign comments become fuel for the FDA.

In order to stay ahead of the curve, they regularly reviews all customer comments on our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages and removes any comments that could be interpreted as “medical” in their nature. While this current policy applies to the FDA, we expect that other regulatory bodies across the globe will be taking similar measures.

While their Retailers and Practitioners are already aware of the strict limitations placed on them for what can and cannot be said about the their products, this serves as a reminder that it isn’t only what they say about the products that matter, but also what their customers say. While we would love to be able to have customers comment freely on the products, sadly, we live in a time where we have to monitor customer comments and remove any comments that might be considered suspect by agencies like the FDA.

Their Retailers and Practitioners are asked to monitor their customer feedback and remove any comments that might cause the FDA to reclassify their units. We would encourage you — like we do at this company— to contact the customer directly, advising them that their comment has been removed and why.

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Week of: Monday Aug. 12, 2013

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FUN FACTS: Scallops have as many as 100 simple eyes. They’re frequently blue. The ocean is 12,080.7 feet (3,682.2 meters) deep on average. That’s about eight Empire State Buildings, stacked one on top of the other. The deepest part of the ocean, however, is about 36,200 feet down (11,030 m). That’s more like 25 Empire State Buildings. The Central American salamander Bolitoglossa dofleini can extend its tongue more than half its body length in 7 milliseconds, 50 times faster than you can blink an eye. The Catholic Church once put a dead Pope on trial. After Pope Formosus died in A.D. 896, his successor had him disinterred, dressed in papal robes and set up to face a laundry list of political charges. The cadaver lost. The male platypus has a venomous spur on its hind foot capable of dispensing a poison that can kill a medium-sized dog. Prosopagnosia is a disorder in which people struggle to recognize faces. Faces are so important that humans have a brain area called the fusiform gyrus that specializes in recognizing them. Developmental problems or injuries to the fusiform gyrus can leave people clueless about the looks of even loved ones.

DIET: IT’S NO MAGIC BULLET, BUT THE BENEFITS OF WATER ARE MANY. “Think of water as a nutrient your body needs that is present in liquids, plain water, and foods. All of these are essential daily to replace the large amounts of water lost each day,” says Joan Koelemay, RD, dietitian for the Beverage Institute, an industry group. Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids. Water Can Help Control Calories Water Helps Energize Muscles. Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good. Water Helps Your Kidneys. Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function. WATER NEEDS ARE BASED ON YOUR BODY WEIGHT: HALF YOUR WEIGHT = YOUR CLEANSING DOSE AND EIGHTY PERCENT OF THAT = YOU’RE MINIMUM DOSE. A 100 LB PERSON SHOULD DRINK BETWEEN 40 TO 50 OZS

CHIROPRACTIC:   MINOR PRESSURE ON NERVES CAUSES PROBLEMS   A paper published in the September 2001 issue of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research confirms what chiropractors have been saying for 106 years. The study’s title is, “The Effects of Mild Compression on Spinal Nerve Roots With Implications for Models of Vertebral Subluxation and the Clinical Effects of Chiropractic Adjustment: A Review of the Literature.” The author is George Muhs, D.C., Assistant Professor of Clinical Services at the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic and Scott Alderson D.C., a chiropractor in private practice.    The research revealed that “as little as 10 mm Mercury pressure can alter the nerve root and dorsal root ganglion’s ability to function normally”. The authors concluded that “these alterations would therefore alter the quality and/or quantity of the message sent. At the tissue and cellular level, the message received would not be adequate for the function the body demands. The entire body could then theoretically be affected.” The authors also noted “The concept that a vertebral subluxation can induce pressure increases at the level of the IVF (Intervertebral Foramen) is supported by the literature. This increase, though seemingly mild, is enough to alter nerve function.” They continued “The chiropractic adjustment can effect a restoration of normal H-reflex (nerve function) in compressed nerve roots.

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Supplements deserve their own system of regulation

You will probably get a little deja vu when you read the subject of this alert. Since this is not the first – or second – time Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) has tried to pass his pet bill, now called S. 1425, the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act of 2013.
This is his third crack at it! His first try was in 2011, just before the sleepy holiday weekend news cycle.
For his second attempt, in 2012 he tried to add it as an amendment to the then-pending FDA Safety and Innovation Act (S.3187).
Apparently he, and his co-sponsor Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), believe that “the third time’s the charm” for sneaking this pernicious legislation into law – but charmed, we are not.
Supplements deserve their own system of regulation – and that’s the point. Such a system already exists thanks to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), and it has done a more than adequate job protecting consumers largely due to supplement companies’ compliance with, and support of, that system.
Put simply: At best, S. 1425 is a bad bill, albeit with good intentions. At worst, it uses recent attacks on supplement safety as an excuse to take another crack at imposing unnecessary regulations on the dietary supplement industry, which has demonstrated time and again its ability to ensure the safety of its products.

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John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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WELLNESS/PREVENTION:  GROUNDING STRAPS FOR THE CAR MIGHT AFFECT DRIVING FATIGUE AND MOTION SICKNESS. Testimonials: “As a mother of two children and given that I spend a lot of time in my car driving them around the motion sickness experienced by my daughter has become a real problem. I have tried to solve that problem using different techniques. I have especially tried motion sickness medication but it was not very effective and my daughter felt constantly sleepy. With a “Mizter antistatic strap” on my car my daughter has experienced complete and total relief from her motion sickness problem. She is not cranky anymore when she rides the car and does not fear going in the car as she used to”.Violene C – Marietta, GA “For years I have experienced extreme fatigue and falling asleep when driving – even on a short one hour trip. So, to have experienced such immediate and dramatic results since using your “Mizter antistatic” strap deserves recognition. Juanell L. – GermanTown, TN “Over 20 years ago I had a large, very carsick dog. A friend of mine introduced me to the antistatic strap, It worked! I am thrilled, for now I shall have the freedom of being able to travel with my new puppy and not have to leave him behind. Phillis S. – Chatam, MA

 

IN THE NEWS:  CAT ALLERGY RESEARCH SPARKS HOPES OF NEW TREATMENT Scientists at Cambridge University have discovered how allergic reactions to cats are triggered, in a study they say could pave the way for new treatments. Researchers believe that a protein found in cat dander — microscopic skin particles shed by animals — can trigger an allergic response in humans when it comes into contact with a common bacteria. Reactions can include sneezing and coughing, swollen, itchy eyes and breathing difficulties, similar to the symptoms of a common cold. The most common allergen is the Fel d 1 protein, which is found in cats’ saliva and spreads easily to their skin when they groom themselves. ASK ABOUT OUR ALLERGY MIX

 

CHIROPRACTIC: CHIROPRACTIC ISN’T ABOUT NECK PAIN OR BACK PAIN, IT’S ABOUT MAINTAINING YOUR HEALTH. The research is now showing these amazing health benefits: A recent study from the University of Chicago showed that chiropractic care was able to reduce blood pressure by the equivalent of two medications taken at the same time. A study based on data collected from over 5000 patients showed chiropractic care improved asthma and digestive complaints. More than one study has shown that colic improves under chiropractic care. Multiple studies have shown headaches, including migraines, to improve under chiropractic care. Case studies find that childhood ear infections clear with chiropractic. Several studies have been done that show even childhood bed wetting resolves under chiropractic care. There you have it. The secret is out. When your spine is out of alignment, you don’t have a back or neck problem, you have a health problem. Be sure to book a check up with your chiropractor to make sure you keep your health at optimum!

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