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Kids' Health 101
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When it comes to the health of your kids and grandkids, drugs, vaccines, and even invasive procedures
like tonsillectomies and more start early and come often. Can you remember back to high school,
when your first basic English class was called English 101? Well to start your kids and
grandkids off on the right foot toward a healthy life, you will need to use what I like to call Kids’ Health 101.
In a nutshell, if you practice Kids’ Health 101 outlined in the simple protocols in this article, your kids and
grandkids will have an amazing head start toward a lifetime of good health. And everything in Kids’ Health 101 is
simple, basic, pragmatic, safe, effective, inexpensive, time tested, and based on common sense.
The Basics of Kids' Health 101
1) Eat a whole foods diet, with less fast- and processed-foods and more whole foods (not from any package).
2) Practice alternatives to chronic use of antibiotics, prescription drugs, and surgeries. These alternatives will be primarily a healthy diet,
real nutritional supplements, pure water, and exercise. This is what you will need:
- A few supplements to have on hand: Cataplex B, Calcium Lactate, and Congaplex from
Standard Process, and Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil from Green Pasture.
- Some antimicrobials: Sinus Relief, Respiratory Relief, and Digestive and Urinary Tonic (DUT) from Nature's Rite.
- A nebulizer to transform Respiratory Relief liquid into a breathable mist.
- A copy of my article, “How to Prevent and Kill Colds, Flu, Sinusitis, Bronchitis, and Pneumonia.” You can get a
copy in the archived articles on this site or by calling my office at 1-800-231-8063 (M-F, 9-5 PST).
What to do ...
1) For Kids Who Are Exhausted, Depressed and Have Emotional Problems
If your kids are chronically tired, exhausted, sullen, depressed, or are having emotional problems
like anxiety, rage, anorexia, nervousness, apprehension, uneasiness, vague or morbid fears, hostility, hallucinations, ADD,
ADHD, and a debilitating feeling that something horrible will happen, the odds are great that they are suffering from B-Complex
Deficiency Syndrome (BCDS). They desperately need real vitamin B. This must be in the form of Cataplex B (6–12 daily) from Standard Process.
Cataplex B has an 81-year track record of success, first being produced in 1934!
2) For Kids Who Suffer from Chronic Pain and Infections
If your kids suffer with “growing pains,” which are really a calcium deficiency, feed them real bioavailable calcium.
If they get chronic colds, bronchitis, ear infections, flu, gut infections, fevers, muscle cramps, or are always tense and uneasy,
give them bioavailable calcium. And if they can’t sit still in school, can’t concentrate, or are having chronic joint or muscle aches,
give them bioavailable calcium. This form of calcium is Calcium Lactate by Standard Process (you can safely give your kids 6–12 daily).
Calcium Lactate has a 67-year track record of success. I know this because it was first produced in the year I was born—1947.
3) To Fight Colds, Flu, and Infections Without Dangerous Antibiotics
If your kids can’t get over a simple cold, or just chronically get colds, flu, coughs, sinus, ear infections, etc., give them real
vitamin complexes of A, C and bioflavonoids as well as calcium lactate and thymus gland extract. All five of these are combined into one wonder
product called Congaplex by Standard Process. With chronic problems, give your kids 1–3 daily on a regular basis. At the first sign of a cold or flu,
give them 1–2 every hour or two until the cold is resolved. Congaplex has a 56-year track record of success, first being produced in 1959.
4) For Skin and Gut Problems, Allergies and Asthma: The Magic of Cod Liver Oil
If your kids have any kind of skin problems, gut problems, allergies, or asthma give them real, whole, pristine cod liver oil. The product of choice is
Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil (3–6 daily) by Green Pasture. And if they are having any of the first three problems discussed in this
article: 1) emotional, 2) chronic aches/pains, 3) chronic colds/flu/sinus/bronchitis/ear infections, add cod liver oil to their protocol.
Three to six capsules is an excellent daily dose for kids.
Antimicrobials as Alternatives
Colds, Flu or Sinusitis: At the first sign of any cold, flu, or sinusitis start your child on Congaplex as discussed. Also start them
on Sinus Relief spray. Use 1–2 sprays in each nostril every two hours until the problem is resolved. At the first sign of any cough or
bronchitis, have them breathe in 2–3 mls of Respiratory Relief from the nebulizer six times daily until the cough is resolved. These products
have strong, measurable kill ratios against microbes that cause disease. They are very powerful and can even help you wipe out the worst cold
or flu, pneumonia, whooping cough, and more.
Ear Infections: If your kids develop ear infections, remember that antibiotics and ear tubes are, for the most part, ineffective treatments.
Instead kill the bugs where they live—directly in the ear. Get a bottle of Ear Drops by NutriBiotic from your neighbourhood health food store
and apply 1–2 drops 2–3x daily until the infection is resolved—usually in 1–3 days.
Food Poisoning: If your kids develop food poisoning, immediately give them two ounces of Digestive and Urinary Tonic (DUT) followed by another
2 ounces one hour later -- both on an empty stomach. Follow this with one to two more doses on an empty stomach every two hours. This will usually wipe out any food poisoning
related diarrhea, etc., after 3–4 doses. If the problem persists you know you are dealing with a stomach or intestinal infection, virus or flu. In these cases, simply continue the four doses (two ounces each) daily
for another 2–3 days. It will help you wipe out the worst infections. You can find antimicrobials as well as a small and effective nebulizer at
discount prices at the Health Alert Store. Just go to www.healthalertstore.com, or call 1-800-231-8063, M–F, 9–5 PST.
A Note About Pneumonia
It is always a good idea to visit your doctor when your kids develop serious problems like pneumonia. But what really happens medically with pneumonia?
Well, what happens is pretty clear to see from a recent article from the New England Journal of Medicine.1
Of kids who are hospitalized with pneumonia:
Now compare that kind of treatment against our treatment with nutrition and antimicrobials which can allow you to wipe out colds, flu, etc., before they
become pneumonia. And our protocols will even allow you to wipe out pneumonia if you are unfortunate enough to let it get that far.
- 70% were younger than five years old.
- 30% were vaccinated for flu and 80% were vaccinated with at least three doses of the pneumonia vaccine.
- Most of the kids had a history of asthma.
- 66% of the pneumonia was caused by viruses, and only 8% by bacteria—yet 88% of the kids received antibiotics
(which are useless against viruses).
- Almost three-quarters of the viruses were identified as the common colds, flu, sinus, bronchitis viruses.
- 21% of the kids required intensive care, and some died.
Protect Your Kids from Harm
Your kids will not be damaged by antibiotics which were proven completely useless against all but 8% of the cases. You will not risk hospital infections or
additional problems that occur in all hospitals. Your kids will not be at any risk or harm from the pneumonia vaccine, which proved totally useless, or from antibiotic damage to their gut flora.
Your care will be so cheap compared to medicine that it is almost free. And your kids will not be set up for future colds, flu, bronchitis, and pneumonia by the
medical treatments, including antibiotics.
Once you experience the alternative approach to colds, flu, pneumonia, and indeed most kids’ health problems,
you will immediately see that antibiotics, etc., simply cannot even compare. If every family in America followed the advice on these pages with their kids,
hospitals and clinics would shut down. Drug sales would plummet. Kids everywhere would be happier and healthier. And so would their parents.
By the way…this advice is just as critical for you.
1 “Etiology of community-acquired pneumonia requiring hospitalization in children,”
Deborah Lehman, MD, reviewing Jain S et al. New England Journal of Medicine 2015 Feb 26.
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MORE MASS MURDERS
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“Do you know a teen? Or better yet, do you
own one? If so, help him or her live a long
and healthy life. Make sure he or she eats
foods rich in B vitamins—like lean meat,
green leafy vegetables, organic eggs, etc. If
he or she refuses, get them a good, natural,
whole-food vitamin B supplement.”
Health Alert, Vol. 4, No. 8 (August, 1987!)
Remember the term B-Complex Deficiency
Syndrome, or BCDS. Over the past 35 years, I’ve
cared for more than 10,000 adolescent and preadolescent
patients suffering from BCDS. Based
on my experience and standard physiology
textbooks, there is no doubt that it is the cause of
much of today’s emotional and psychological
problems with kids. Because of this, it is one of
the underlying causes of the horrendous violence
in teens that eventually plays itself out as mass
Today one of the world’s top talk show hosts
was mocking a group for claiming that there is a
connection between diet, nutrition, and mental
illness which can lead to mass murders on a scale
of the latest in Connecticut. As I have said before,
I wish all talk show hosts and politicians would
stick to what they know (most often too little) and
stay out of what they are ignorant of (too often too
much). Diet, nutrition, and mental illness are three
topics of which almost all are ignorant.
The Diet-Mental Health Connection
There would be no connection between young
people’s mental health and disasters like that in
Connecticut if young people did not eat the typical
or standard American diet (SAD). This diet is
filled with non-foods that are primarily carbohydrates,
most of which are refined, full of sugar,
and highly processed. These non-foods are nearly
devoid of any B vitamins and omega-3 fats—
essential brain and heart foods. Because of this,
the standard American diet which is sponsored
and even developed by the processed food
industry and supported by the U.S. government is
the cause B-Complex Deficiency Syndrome or
As young people become more and more
nutritionally deficient from their diet and BCDS,
they become deeply confounded, emotionally
unstable, and psychologically damaged. This
condition is near epidemic proportions among the
American youth population, as they gobble up
soda, cereal, candy, pop-tarts, twinkies,
doughnuts, cookies, breads, french fries, fast-food,
and mountains of processed concoctions that are
not only devoid of B vitamins, but make a B vitamin
In Young People, BCDS Causes Emotional Problems
B-complex deficiency syndrome results in
beriberi of the heart in older Americans—which is
the primary cause of most heart disease. But in
adolescents and pre-adolescents the first signs of
BCDS show up in their developing brain as
emotional and psychological problems that the
kids do not recognize or understand. Physiology
textbooks (about which most talk show hosts and
politicians are ignorant) spell out, almost wordfor-
word, what a vitamin B deficiency does to
young people. They say, and because of my
experience I agree, that BCDS often starts out as
depression. But it can quickly worsen to
“nervousness, anxiety, irritability, mental fatigue,
severe depression, manic depression, paranoiac
thinking, hostility, rage, vague fears, morbid fears,
and an overwhelming fear that something
horrible is about to happen.” 1,2,3,4,5
And is America’s common-sense answer to
this horrific problem a prescription for kids to eat
more B-vitamin rich whole foods? Absolutely
not—this would infringe on the fast-food,
processed-food and pharmaceutical industry’s
profits. Instead the answer is more
antidepressants and psychotropic drugs! Is all
this serious? Do the symptoms of BCDS sound an
awful lot like the horrific murders that occurred in
Connecticut, in the movie theater in Colorado, and
It is deadly serious. I have had countless
patients who simply could not find anyone who
could help their kids. One mother cried to me that
her 13-year old continually told her that he was
going to kill her! And sadly, it is too often not
even the kids’ fault. They, their friends, their
doctors, their parents, their teachers, and their
pastors and spiritual leaders are all unaware that
BCDS is causing faulty brain chemistry leading to
abnormal, pathological, and even psychotic
thinking and behavior.
Change Is Not on the Horizon
Unfortunately Connecticut, Oregon, and Colorado
are going to repeat themselves over and over.
Since millions of people are employed in the
processed and fast-food industries…since these
concoctions taste great...since there is so much
money in the business of selling these non-foods...
since there is almost as much money in
peddling psychotropoic drugs…and since too
many Americans still believe in the diabetes causing,
ridiculous low-fat diet…there is simply
no way out of future disasters. No gun control,
background checks, mental health facilities, drugs,
counseling, or anything else is going to let even a
ray of light through the shroud of darkness that
envelops too many American kids and
adolescents. Thanks to profits over mental health,
kids are dished up their toxic, non-food daily faire;
which leads to their dismal nutritional status;
which causes BCDS; which results in emotional
and psychological problems that can escalate from
depression to psychosis.
For the Young People in Your Life
If you have a troubled kid or teen, please try to
encourage them to eat real food. If they refuse—
and most will because processed foods are
actually created to be habit-forming and
addictive—you must get them to take a whole-food
B-complex supplement. And remember, B
vitamins must come from food. “Vitamins,” even
“high-potency” B vitamins (any vitamins you can
buy in any store) are isolated chemicals. As such
they will fail to help your kids—just like 95% of
all synthetic “vitamins” fail to help any disease or
There are only a couple B vitamin and omega-
3 supplements that are truly whole organic foods
concentrated into supplements. These are
produced by highly specialized and often patented
techniques primarily by Standard Process and
So if you have a troubled teen who refuses to
eat real food, at the very least get them to take 6–9
Cataplex B from Standard Process daily to
supplement their B vitamins. Adding in 3–4 Blue
Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil capsules from
Green Pastures daily would provide their omega 3
fats, and whole vitamins A, F, D and K—making
their protocol even better. And if your young
person is extremely agitated, nervous, ADD, or
ADHD, make sure to also add the calming portion
of the B complex—known as vitamin G. Use
Cataplex G from Standard Process at a dose of 4–
6 daily. This protocol is the only real thing that
could make a difference when it comes to the
nutritional deficiencies, brain insult, and resultant
emotional and psychological problems with kids.
After more than 10,000 young patients, I know
this to be true.
But since most of psychiatry ignores this
completely. And since no one believes that
nutrition has anything to do with mental health.
And since young Americans are not likely to
improve their diet on their own. And since top talk
show hosts make fun of anyone even bringing up
the topic—there will be more mass murders. At
least you and I are aware of one of the main
underlying causes, and will do something about it.
1 Vitamin Deficiencies Affect Emotional and Mental Health, Murray and
2 Biochemistry, Kleiner, Orton.
3 Principles of Biochemistry, White, Handler, Smith, Stetton.
4 Medical Physiology, Guyton.
5 Textbook of Medicine, Cecil.
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“The whole cholesterol thing has bilked
tens of billions [now hundreds of
billions] from Americans. The sad thing
is that medicine is slowly bankrupting
America by duping our people into
ridiculous and dangerous medical
procedures that are nothing more than
Health Alert, Vol. 10, No. 7
The greatest breakthrough in the world
of cardiology ever is happening right now!
It is led by a new breed of cardiologists and
Health Alert. And it is based on the now proven
fact that cholesterol does not cause
heart disease! This new breed of doctors,
many of whom have performed thousands of
open-heart surgeries, has now set out to right
the wrong. For many decades the so called
labeled “opinion makers”—have bombarded
the scientific literature, brainwashed
physicians, and, with the backing of the
pharmaceutical industry, bamboozled the
American public into believing their insistent
lie that cholesterol is the cause of heart
Despite its miserable failure, these
opinion makers have been so successful in
promoting this scam that the only accepted
medical treatment (the gold standard) is the
prescription of cholesterol-lowering drugs
and a severe, low-fat diet. Insisting that this
treatment will lower cholesterol and, in turn,
lower heart disease rates, they have managed
to persuade everyone that any deviation
from this therapy by physicians is a form
of heresy. And indeed, in some cases any
deviation could be considered grounds for
But in 2012, bold and courageous
physicians and medical leaders are coming
out of hiding to tell you that they have
been wrong about the medical low-fat and
cholesterol-lowering theory of heart disease.
These are people, including cardiologists
and heart surgeons, who have actually
looked inside tens of thousands of coronary
arteries. They know the truth—the gold
standard medical protocol is a scam. They
now say that low-fat diets and lowering
cholesterol have been the medical Holy
Grail for many decades, despite the fact
that they do not work, and are no longer
scientifically or morally defensible. Of
course, many of us have known this for
a long, long time. Close to 30 years ago,
I wrote in Health Alert, “Paranoia about
cholesterol is widespread…yet cholesterol is
an important tissue substance and it is not to
be universally avoided.” (Health Alert, Vol.
1, No. 8, 1984!)
Even worse than the useless, forced,
gold standard low-fat and cholesterollowering
protocol itself, is the fact that these
recommendations have created additional
untold suffering. You see, the medically
recommended diet that is low in saturated
fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and
carbohydrates creates constant repeated
injury and inflammation to the linings of
blood vessels, leading to heart disease,
stroke, diabetes, and obesity. The damage
caused by decades of the cholesterol scam is
now glaringly apparent.
At the same time that low-fat and
cholesterol-lowering protocols really got
going, coronary artery disease, heart disease,
obesity, and diabetes rates skyrocketed
to epidemic levels. The consequences of
diseases caused by years of the medical low-
fat diet and cholesterol scam—in terms of
human suffering, economic consequences,
and deaths—dwarf any plague in history!
Despite the medical mantra to lower fat and
cholesterol at all costs (close to one-third of
all Americans take a cholesterol-lowering
statin drug and/or eat a low-fat diet), more
Americans than ever are suffering and dying.
Close to 75 million Americans suffer from
heart disease, and almost 100 million suffer
from diabetes or prediabetes. Despite the fact
that we have reduced the fat in our diets and
reduced our cholesterol with drugs, more
Americans will die this year of heart disease
than ever before! Isn’t that proof enough that
the medical gold standard is a bust? Not for
organized medicine and the pharmaceutical
If Cholesterol Doesn’t Cause Heart
Disease, What Does?
About 26 years ago I said, “There is no
relationship between your cholesterol level
and the amount of plaque in your arteries.”
(Health Alert, Vol. 3, No. 1, 1986.) And 23
years ago I said, “We have proclaimed for
over 5 years that cholesterol is not the culprit
in heart or blood vessel disease.” (Health
Alert, Vol. 6, No. 11, 1989.) And 10 years ago
I said, “Cholesterol drug therapy produces
instant gratification for doctor and patient
by lowering cholesterol numbers. These
drugs are indeed the cure for the condition of
cholesterolphobia (the unwarranted fear of
cholesterol).” (Health Alert, Vol. 19, No. 10,
Most recently I summed it all up by
saying, “Just why does the manipulation of
cholesterol levels fail to reduce the risk of
heart attacks or strokes? It is the same reason
why half of all heart attacks occur in people
with normal to low cholesterol. And why half
of all people with high cholesterol do not have
heart attacks. It is because cholesterol has
little or nothing to do with heart disease!”
(Health Alert, Vol. 29, No. 3, 2012.)
So if it’s not cholesterol, what is it? Well
the bold physicians who are blowing the lid
off the cholesterol scam have their own idea
about the cause of heart disease. And they
are 100% correct about this one cause. About
10 years ago I wrote, “There is no doubt that
infection and inflammation in the inner layer
of blood vessels cause disruption of blood
flow, potential clots, and resultant stroke and
heart attacks.” (Health Alert, Vol. 20, No. 8.)
And that is exactly what the “smartest of the
smart” in cardiology are proclaiming as the
cause of heart disease—inflammation of the
inner layer of the arteries, particularly the
Inflammation is caused by too much sugar
from too many carbohydrates, the high levels
of insulin that they cause, polyunsaturated
fats, and processed vegetable oils—the staples
of the low-fat diet and the very protocol
prescribed for decades by mainstream
medicine. That’s correct—the decades long
medical protocol for heart disease has
been the main cause of the chronic, daily,
repeated insult to and inflammation of our
coronary arteries. Because of this, medical
therapy has been and is a main cause of the
epidemic number of people suffering and
dying from coronary artery disease (CAD),
heart disease, diabetes, heart attacks, strokes,
Heart surgeons who have peered inside
coronary arteries will tell you that the
inside of an inflamed coronary artery looks
like it has been sandpapered! They liken
inflammation of coronary arteries to rubbing
a stiff brush over soft skin until it bleeds.
When you keep this up, several times daily
(after each meal), every day, for years, then
each day the injuries are compounded and
worsened as your body desperately tries to
patch things up with plaque, etc.
Excess carbohydrates and sugar, the
excess insulin they cause, too much of store bought
oils (like soybean), processed foods,
fast foods, and cholesterol-free foods are the
sandpaper. And without sufficient omega-3
fats in your diet, store-bought oils actually
produce powerful, inflammatory chemicals
called cytokines. The more you eat the
low-fat faire, the more cytokines your body
produces, and the worse the inflammation to
your coronary arteries becomes!
What to Do
To stop this insult to your arteries, your
heart, and all of your body, you simply must
say no to your physician’s recommendation
for a low-fat diet. Forget the “science”
drummed into your head for decades about
this type of eating. Forget avoiding saturated
fat such as meat, fish, eggs, poultry, and
more. The “science” that these foods cause
heart disease is nonexistent. Do not substitute
fat-free, cholesterol-free, low-fat, or “heart healthy”
Instead eat a whole-foods diet. This is the
diet that finally transformed Bill Clinton after
he quit the recommended low-fat diet/heart
drugs protocol he languished on for years.
Remember that the cholesterol theory led
to the no-fat and low-fat recommendations
that spurred the processed foods industry
and caused an epidemic of inflammation.
Medicine has made a terrible mistake, and it
is time to right a wrong. Your diet should be
whole foods like your grandmother used to
eat—fresh, unprocessed, and in their natural
Choose complex carbohydrates like
vegetables. Eat fruits and vegetables that are
colorful. Eat healthy oils such as cod liver,
flax, and olive oils. Eat more protein in the
form of lean meat, fish, poultry, whey, and
eggs to build muscle and stay strong. Use
butter instead of margarine. Drink pure water.
Simply put, eat the way I have preached for
35 years—a Mediterranean diet. And if
you already have artery inflammation, you
will need the proper supplements for 6–18
months to help heal your circulatory system.
This protocol is discussed at the end of this
Heart Disease Without Inflamed
Arteries—Beriberi of the Heart
The new breed of cardiologists should be
lauded for admitting that they and everyone
in the money-driven world of medicine have
been wrong. And they are right on about
inflammation in the walls of arteries causing
heart disease, coronary artery disease, heart
attacks, strokes, and quite frankly, pain
throughout the body. But they are only half
right. There are millions of people languishing
with heart failure, cardiomyopathy, and other
forms of heart disease who do not have
inflammation in their coronary arteries. You
may be one of these folks. So what is the real
cause of your heart disease?
If this is your situation, you are weak,
on heart drugs, depressed, and have an
enlarged, palpitating, swollen, leaking,
failing heart—with blood pressure problems,
breathing problems, and all the classic signs
of heart disease. But did you know that
these are also the classic signs of beriberi of
the heart? Ironically, the same medicallyprescribed
low-fat diet that can contribute
to inflammation in your arteries can also
predispose you to beriberi of the heart. The
reason is simple. The main cause of artery
inflammation is a deficiency of the whole
vitamin C complex and real bioflavonoids.
Beriberi is caused by a deficiency of B
vitamins. And the foods in the medical low-
fat diet as well as the typical American diet
are nearly devoid of both.
In this case however, just switching to a
Mediterranean diet will not resolve your heart
disease. Beriberi of the heart is much more
serious, and to reverse it you will need to
take the correct supplements. About 25 years
ago I began stating that most of today’s heart
failure was a form of beriberi of the heart.
And almost 10 years ago I wrote, “Today
in America there are hundreds of thousands
(perhaps millions) of people suffering from
beriberi.” (Health Alert, Vol. 22, No. 5.)
And if you thought I was ridiculed about my
preaching that diet causes inflammation in
the arteries, and the fact that cholesterol does
not cause heart disease, that was nothing. My
proclamation about beriberi as the cause of
heart disease and most heart failure really
made organized medicine crazy.
You see, over the past 30 years I have been
able to use very specific nutrition to help tens
of thousands of folks like you reverse their
crippling and medically incurable heart
disease. Despite the “opinion makers” and
“experts” in medicine, I have been able
to accomplish this because I address the
underlying cause of their heart disease—
beriberi of the heart. And there can be no
mistake because when treated with my heart
protocol (and nothing else) almost all these
folks got better—often quickly. They were
able to shrink their swollen and water-logged
hearts, stop their heart valves from leaking,
restore strong cardiac output and ejection
fraction, normalize blood pressure, enjoy
breathing that once again becomes easy,
increase their energy, and finally restore the
balance and function of their hearts.
These remarkable phenomena were
simply ignored or considered irrelevant and
“anecdotal” to medical “experts”—meaning
that it is interesting but nothing more. But
common sense dictates that when these
phenomena are observed tens of thousands
of times over a period of more than 30
years, it is no longer anecdotal. It is simply a
fact, or what we like to call evidence-based
As a very wise physician once said, “If I
throw an apple out a window and it goes up
instead of down, I don’t need a double-blind
study to tell me that something is going on.”
I have the best success rates in the world for
helping people with heart failure, a weak
heart, cardiomyopathy, and any other heart
disease syndrome that may have been given
any number of medical names. I simply treat
my patients for beriberi of the heart, and they
get well—by the tens of thousands! This is
true, evidence-based medicine in the classic
Beriberi No Longer Exists—It Can’t
Cause Heart Disease
And here is where organized medicine, and
even some of the new breed of cardiologists,
are missing the boat. Most medical people
believe that beriberi was a muscle-paralyzing
and nerve-damaging disease that was wiped
out long ago. And even if it did exist today,
a little thiamine would cure it. But that is
actually not the case because this form of
beriberi is subclinical (not a full blown case),
and it affects the heart muscle in particular.
And it will not respond to thiamine or any
other isolated or synthetic B vitamin, no
matter how superpotent the dose. With this
type of heart disease, you can only cure it
with the full range of B complex vitamins in
their natural form. It is a little like synthetic
ascorbic acid (vitamin C)—no matter how
superpotent the dose, it cannot cure scurvy.
But lime juice, with the full, natural form of
vitamin C, can.
With this type of debilitating heart disease,
vitamin B4 is most critical. And this nutritional
substance cannot be synthesized. You can
only get it from foods or supplements made
from concentrated foods. I found this out the
hard way early on in my career by trying all
types of isolated B vitamins—all to no avail.
They simply did no good at all. I was unable
to help those suffering from heart disease
until I stumbled on supplements made from
concentrated forms of heart tissue, adrenal
tissue, liver, nutritional yeast, carrots, wheat
germ, beets, rice bran, lecithin, and much
more. Let’s face it, these are not exactly the
foods you want to consume by the buckets
daily to get well. But they are the main source
of vitamin B4, which is needed to overcome
beriberi—making them rocket fuel for your
heart. So we do the next best thing. We use
concentrated sources of these foods in the
form of supplements produced properly—
without heat or chemicals. Very precise,
patented, and painstaking supplement making
procedures—in use for over 50
years—ensure that you get the full life force
of the nutrients.
The Truth About Heart Disease
The truth is finally getting out that
cholesterol does not cause heart disease. And
thanks to a new breed of cardiologists, the
truth is finally getting out that inflammation—
from the wrong, medically-prescribed diet
and drugs—is a main cause of heart disease.
This information sounds exactly like Health
Alert almost 30 years ago. And the truth is
finally getting out that beriberi of the heart is
a major cause of heart disease.
Because of these truths, statin drugs will
fail. Stents and bypasses will fail in the longterm.
And the myriad of prescription drugs to
force the heart to beat stronger, faster, slower,
and/or weaker will, at best, fail to do much
more than keep patients alive in a debilitated
state. At worst, they will turn millions of
people into cardiac invalids, while killing
unknown numbers. Remarkably, treating
the underlying cause of heart disease allows
patients to truly get well and actually cure
their heart disease—what a concept! And
the right protocol usually includes nutrients
like the bioflavonoid complex found in
Cyruta® Plus (from Standard Process)
that helps heal artery inflammation. It also
includes the whole vitamins A, D, F, and K
complexes found in High Vitamin™ Butter
Oil and Blue Ice™ Fermented Cod Liver
Oil (from Green Pastures). These are the
most antiplaque nutrients known. And the
right protocol contains the whole vitamin B
(including B4), C, and E complexes found
in Cardio-Plus®, Cataplex® B, and Cataplex®
F (from Standard Process). It also contains
the minerals, trace minerals, and all the
other ancillary nutritional factors found in
these products as well as in Min-Tran® and
Organically Bound Minerals (from Standard
By using the correct supplements, which
are never a part of any conventional medical
treatment, you will be able to address both
underlying causes of your heart disease. This
is important because most (but not all) people
suffer from both problems—inflammation in
the linings of the arteries and beriberi of the
heart. This type of protocol is true, pragmatic
medicine at its best. And as always, if you are
too confused about how to proceed, drop me
a note and tell me about your heart problems.
I will see that you get the information you
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How to Prevent and Kill Colds, Flu, Sinusitis,
Bronchitis, and Pneumonia
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The information in this article will tell you about real vitamin D from real cod liver oil;
real supplements from plant, animal and glandular extracts; and antimicrobials to kill
germs, viruses, and fungus in your sinuses, throat, bronchi, and lungs.
In short—it will tell you how to kill colds, flu, sinusitis, bronchitis, and pneumonia…
“There is no question that vitamin D is a critical nutrient. It is anticancer. It is an essential part of
your hormone balance. It is a building block to prevent and treat chronic colds, flu, bronchitis, and pneumonia.
In fact, it is a major part of my colds/flu/sinus/bronchitis/pneumonia protocol that includes vitamin D-rich
Blue Ice™ Fermented Cod Liver Oil as well as
Standard Process’ products, Immuplex® and
-Health Alert, Vol. 27, No. 7
Oh my, how things have changed.… Medicine has gone from “Vitamin D therapy is a
scam” and “Vitamins may cause your death” to saying that vitamin D has a major
impact on your immune system, is a major fighter of inflammation, plays a
critical role in prevention and treatment of asthma, favorably influences
hormone levels via its role as a steroid hormone in the “vitamin D endocrine
system,”1 is a potent cancer inhibitor, and plays a major role in
cases of chronic sinusitis, sinus infection, and chronic rhinosinusitis!
Wow, when a journal of immunology starts talking like this about vitamin D, and
when none of the authors are selling vitamin D or have any financial ties to
companies selling vitamin D, you know something is really up. And just
perhaps, especially since Americans are turning up with surprisingly low levels
of vitamin D, we may have one more major therapy to help us with chronic
sinusitus, colds, flu, bronchitis, asthma, and pneumonia.
Here are just a few things that the
immunology experts are now saying:
Well, it took a lot of years for this information to finally make it to
mainstream medicine, but it is here now. If you have chronic colds, flu,
sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, allergic rhinitis, chronic rhinosinusitis or
other immune problems—and you have tried everything, including my protocols,
antimicrobial sprays and liquids like Sinus Relief™ and Respiratory Relief™, and
more—there is hope. You may simply need to utilize my protocols while you boost
your vitamin D levels even higher than what I originally thought necessary.
- Vitamin D directly and favorably affects the cells of your immune system,
including monocytes, macrophages, dendritic cells, and T cells (all immune cells
that fight infection and disease).
- When it comes to your immune system, vitamins A and D
take center stage by influencing dozens of immune system reactions and responses to bacteria,
viruses, and fungi.3 The technical names for just some of the cells and immune
functions that vitamin D favorably affects are T cells, B cells, calcitriol (which regulates over 100 genes),
monocytes, interleukin-1, interleukin-17, interferon, CD4 and CD8 cells, plasma cells, and immunoglobulin.
The technical names for just some of the cells and immune functions that vitamin D favorably affects are T cells, B cells,
calcitriol (which regulates over 100 genes),
monocytes, interleukin-1, interleukin-17,
interferon, CD4 and CD8 cells, plasma cells,
- Vitamin D suppresses inflammation
(the source of most of your suffering) in the
sinuses as well as in your nasal and breathing
- Vitamin D favorably regulates
cathelicidin. his is the only
antimicrobial (fights microbes such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi) agent of
its type produced by humans. With adequate vitamin D, cathelicidin is produced
on your skin, in your breathing passages, and throughout your digestive
system—all of which are constantly exposed to microbes, germs, and pathogens.
- Vitamin D levels are consistently and significantly lower in patients in the
intensive care unit with hospital infections and sepsis.
- Vitamin D levels are consistently lower in people who suffer from chronic
sinus problems, sinusitis, sinus infection, rhinosinusitis, and even nasal
Once you read the article by immunology experts, you truly realize that vitamin
D is powerful, and that it is actually a steroid hormone. That puts it in the
category with cortisone. Since it is such a powerful anti-inflammatory player in
your immune function, you must get only real vitamin D. We now know that vitamin
D comes in many, many forms or isomers. It is not just vitamin D2 or D3. Rather,
there are dozens or perhaps hundreds of various forms and even various colors of
vitamin D in nature. You need to get the real thing.
Do Not Take Store-Bought Vitamin D
Studies are showing that synthetic or high doses of isolated vitamin D can cause
problems. Some of these problems relate to calcification in your body. That
means that hardening of the arteries might worsen, kidney stones might form, and
artery blockages to your heart could worsen. These problems are rare, but real.
That is why you must get vitamin D from whole food and the sun only. Stay away
from all store-bought vitamin D.
The best form of whole food vitamin D is real cod liver oil. Unfortunately, most
cod liver oils are now industrially produced from the livers of inferior fish.
The oil is heavily treated, with most brands removing the natural vitamins A and
D and adding back synthetic versions. Fortunately, there is one last cod liver
oil made from the livers of healthy fish from pristine deep ocean waters. The
livers are not treated in any way, they are simply fermented—an age-old process
of naturally purifying foods and oils.
This type of cod liver oil contains thousands of molecular structures. We have
clues on how approximately two dozen work. And the remaining thousands of
molecules and nutritional structures? We simply do not understand everything—and
in many cases they have not even been fully identified. There is one thing we do
know about real cod liver oil: It contains the counterbalancing nutrients to
vitamin D that render it totally healthful and safe.
The vitamins A and F are just a couple of these nutrients. As the vitamin D in
cod liver oil naturally drives calcium into your bones (calcification), the
vitamins A and F (omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids) maintain calcium in your soft
tissues and muscles—providing the natural antidote to calcification. And
vitamin A combined with vitamin D comprise a vitamin team considered the premier
immune-enhancing, anti-infection combination. Therefore, while more than 1,000
IUs of synthetic vitamin D might be problematic, thousands of IUs of real
vitamin D from cod liver oil are simply powerful nutrition. Again, that is
because vitamin D is more properly metabolized (used by your body) and balanced
by the naturally-occurring nutritional counterparts found in the cod liver oil.
This basic nutritional premise is the cornerstone of effective, safe,
nutritional therapy. Your body uses nutrients when they are consumed in their
whole, raw, natural state—with all their naturally-occurring nutritional
counterparts. When consumed this way, they are more effective—sometimes 100
times more effective—than synthetics, and they are rendered far safer. Need
vitamin D to build strong bones, modulate hormones, strengthen your immune
system, normalize your sinus and breathing passages, reduce your joint pain, and
more? Take Blue Ice™ Fermented
Cod Liver Oil.
The normal dose of Blue Ice™ Fermented Cod Liver Oil is 3-4 capsules daily. But
when your body is under stress, as with colds or flu, your vitamin D needs jump.
If you tried to take a higher dose of vitamin D from the store, you would risk
problems. But with cod liver oil you can get your extra vitamin D during periods
of colds, flu, and stress without the worry.
How to Kill Colds, Flu, Sinusitis,
Bronchitis, and Pneumonia
Step 1. At the first sign of sinus problems, colds, flu, or bronchitis, begin to
use the antimicrobial spray Sinus Relief™ every hour. If your problem is in the
bronchi or lungs, use the antimicrobial liquid Respiratory Relief™. Place it
into one of our nebulizers, which atomizes it into a fine mist that should be
used as an inhalation treatment 3-6 times daily. Viruses, bacteria, and microbes
reproduce at an amazing rate—some doubling their populations in your nose,
throat, and bronchi every hour or two. That is why it’s important to catch your
cold early, and use the antimicrobial treatments very frequently—at least every
2 hours, and better every hour. This is critical. If you are not killing germs,
you are not treating often enough to overcome their super reproduction rates.
Step 2. In addition, take the following nutrition from Standard Process:
(2 every hour or two) and Immuplex® (2 taken 3x daily) until your
cold or flu is resolved. Given all the latest vitamin D research, I also
recommend taking Blue Ice™ Fermented Cod Liver Oil (3-4 capsules taken 3-4x
daily). Use this protocol, along with Sinus Relief™ (sprayed into the nose every
hour) and Respiratory Relief™ in our nebulizer (every 3-4 hours), until your
cold is resolved.
Proper nutrition, including the real vitamin A and D complexes, will keep your
immune system powered up. Powerful antimicrobial therapy attacks germs at the
site with a proven kill ratio. This is so much better than antibiotics that also
kill other cells including the microflora in your gut and elsewhere—often
leaving you with powerful side effects and stubborn yeast infections. Nutrition
and antimicrobials—powerful therapy indeed.
And when it comes to cod liver oil and vitamin D, do not use any cod liver oil
or vitamin D substitutes because you will be cheating yourself, possibly harming
yourself, and spending too much money for inferior products. All the
antimicrobials and the nebulizer for my protocol are available at the
very best price at the Health Alert Store ( www.healthalertstore.com,
or call 1-800-231-8063, anytime).
My family is never without these products
on hand. At ages 66, 51, and 11, we are all
extremely healthy. Thanks to these products,
I have never had the flu and I have not had a
cold in years.
As for antibiotics for acute sinus problems, most of Europe has trended away
from prescription antibiotics. They rarely help relieve symptoms or resolve the
sinusitis sooner. They can be harmful. And they contribute to the overall
antibiotic abuse problem world-wide. American physicians have not adopted the
new attitude of restraint on antibiotic use for sinusitis. The newest study on
antibiotics and sinusitis shows that 10 days of amoxicillin versus a placebo
showed no difference.4
As usual, if you want the real scoop on all the studies (that is, to find out if
antibiotics are good for sinusitis or not), simply go to www.thennt.com
for real numbers. There you will find the results of all the studies—good and bad,
slanted and unslanted, biased and unbiased. The results of all studies show that
93.2% of people show no benefit, 6.8% show slight improvement, 12.5% are harmed,
and 1.4% cannot tolerate the drugs. Or in simple terms, 1 in 15 were slightly
helped, 1 in 8 were harmed, and 1 in 78 could not tolerate the drugs. These
facts are just so refreshing, and yet antibiotics are still the gold standard
treatment for sinusitis in this country.
The Flu News
As far as flu goes, the last few years have been ho-hum years. And
are way down as people are getting wise to the fact that the vaccines are
ineffective (don’t work or only slightly reduce symptoms), actually cause flu
symptoms, and that they are not safe. But not to worry about vaccine makers. It
may just be time for another pandemic. It’s been a few years since the last
pandemic that wasn’t. They had a good run going—the swine flu, the bird flu, the
H1N1, and on and on. These scam “pandemics” have provided billions of dollars in
profits for the vaccine makers. Of course, no pandemic ever really existed.
But I’ve recently noticed articles in the research saying that some cases of
swine flu were turning up. Can it be that we are going back to that one? Even
though it is a mild form of flu, with a little help from the right governmental
agencies (accomplices), Big Pharma can get back on the money track with the
newest, albeit rehashed, pandemic—the “new swine flu.”
The Final Trick to Beating Colds and Flu Quickly
The trick to beating colds and flu quickly lies primarily in
early, correct treatment. We have the correct treatment. But viruses, bacteria, and even fungi
reproduce at fantastic rates, sometimes doubling their populations in an hour.
If you wait hours, or even days before starting treatment, you’ll be trying to
kill billions of microbes instead of thousands.
So at the very first sign of a cold and flu—you know, when you are not even sure
you are catching a cold—start treatment immediately as if you already had a
cold. The sooner you start, the higher and quicker your success rate will be.
And that means less suffering. Often this results in not even getting the cold,
or wiping it out overnight. So order your protocol now to be prepared to do
battle. You will be happy that you did.
By the way, our protocols are also highly effective for people preventing or
fighting the flu. These are the protocols that can change your life. Our
protocols have changed little over the decades, but they are evolving and
improving with the newest research. Remember, bugs are tough and getting
tougher. Decades of antibiotic abuse have caused superstrains of bugs.
Antibiotics don’t work as well as they once did. And the newer drugs are very
powerful with strong side effects that can ruin your life. Be armed and
prepared. And make sure you get adequate supplies of real vitamin D, plus the
other nutrients, anti-microbials, and a nebulizer to help you fight the newest
and strongest microbial attacks—even including “pandemics.”
1 Norman, A. W., “From vitamin D to hormone D: Fundamentals of the vitamin
D endocrine system essential for good health,” American Journal of Clinical
Nutrition, August 2008; 88(2):491S–499S.
2 Abuzeid, W. M., Akbar, N, A., Zacharek, M. A., “Vitamin D and chronic
rhinitis,” Current Opinion in Allergy & Clinical Immunology, February 2012;
4 Williamson, I. G., et al, “Antibiotics and topical nasal steroid for treatment of
acute maxillary sinusitis,” Journal of the American Medical Association, 2007;
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I do not like to take care of my friends medically. But when they are headed toward health disaster,
I simply cannot just sit by. I learned this the hard way through my friend Jim Foster, who was like a father to me.
When he began to have heart troubles, I gently offered my help. He turned me down for a renowned cardiologist in a world-famous heart clinic.
As Jim got into more and more trouble, I offered again and again, telling him that he was in danger. But it wasn’t enough,
as Jim was finally turned into a drooling invalid, and eventually poisoned and cut to death by drugs and surgery.
This was a hard lesson for me. I now know that I needed to grab Jim by the collar and tell him he would be killed if
he didn’t listen to me. But I wasn’t strong enough, the rest is history, and I learned my lesson.
So when one of my physician friends (Dave) had a heart attack, I knew what I had to do. During Dave’s hospitalization,
he learned that he was becoming obese; that his blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides were through the roof;
that he was diabetic; and that he was at extreme risk for another heart attack and/or stroke. His (and my)
medical friends rallied to his side, and he came home on 6 prescriptions for blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, and potential stroke.
Aside from Dave’s immediate health problems, he was faced with the reality that at the age of
65, these drugs were a dead-end that could not be maintained without a terrific toll on his quality of life.
In addition, the very things that he needed to do to reverse his diseases—diet, exercise, and
phytonutrients—were foreign to him and completely against his nature.
Nonetheless, my course of action was clear—all I had to do was think about Jim Foster. So we had a heart-to-heart.
I thought Dave would reject my protocol out-of-hand. But instead, much to my surprise and joy, and unlike Jim Foster, he embraced it.
And this is no easy task for a man who has never exercised, and who likes to eat
unhealthy foods and drink alcohol.
The Cure Begins
So Dave began to cut out the carbohydrates and alcohol. This was the first step.
He ate healthy protein and complex carbohydrates—shunning processed foods and
sweets. He cut back drastically on alcohol. And then he started his second step
to beat diabetes, which would lead to resolving all his other problems. He began
intensive weight training (weight lifting).
Only when muscles are taxed with resistance (like with weight lifting), can
sugar be removed from the bloodstream without insulin. Once this starts, the
blood glucose level begins to lower. As this happens, the pancreas produces less
insulin, decreasing high blood insulin levels. This all takes place with a low
carbohydrate diet, exercise, and in the presence of the correct nutrients.
Finally, Dave started his third step toward regaining his health. He started a
phytonutrient regimen. People with diabetes and heart disease suffer primarily
from deficiencies and imbalances of B vitamins (including vitamin B4), minerals,
and omega-3 fatty acids. Dave began to take the following supplements:
(3x3 daily with meals), Cataplex GTF (2x3 daily with meals),
daily with meals), Cardio-Plus (3x3 daily with meals), and Cataplex B (2x3 daily
with meals). In addition, he took Blue Ice™ Fermented Cod Liver Oil (3 capsules
daily). Much to my amazement, and with encouragement but no “enforcement” on my
part, he followed this regime while consuming a low carbohydrate diet and
maintaining a strict weight- training schedule. He was basically reinventing his
The Right Supplements
The cure for people with diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and high
blood fats (cholesterol, triglycerides, etc.) is a combination regimen. Any
part of the program without the others will only result in
partial success—frequently with the need for ongoing and debilitating
But when the entire program is in force, all
drugs can usually be weaned and eliminated with the help of the prescribing
doctor. And this is exactly what happened with my friend—and in less than 90
The Diaplex I prescribed is critical in supporting the healthy function of the
pancreas. Among dozens of other nutrients, it contains pancreatic extract
combined with B vitamins and trace minerals. A healthy pancreas along with
vitamins and trace minerals are needed to normalize insulin levels.
Cataplex GTF contains B vitamins and trace minerals, including the biologically
active form of chromium. B vitamins and chromium combine to make up what is
known as the glucose tolerance factor (GTF), which is essential to maintain
normal glucose (sugar) levels in the blood. Without these nutrients, no amount
of exercise or low-carb dieting would normalize high-glucose levels.
Cataplex B contains the full, biologically active, phytonutrient B vitamins,
including B4, which cannot be synthesized. These are necessary to help normalize
blood fats, maintain a strong and steady heart muscle and heartbeat, and support
proper sugar metabolism in the body.
Cardio-Plus is a combination of five products in one. It contains:
In addition, Cardio-Plus contains an entire spectrum of other nutrients,
including selenium, potassium, CoQ10, and more.
- Cardiotrophin (heart extract);
- Cataplex C (the whole vitamin C complex—not just ascorbic acid);
- Cataplex E2 (the oxygen-sparing portion of the vitamin E complex);
- Cataplex G (the calming side of the vitamin B complex—the natural partner to
- Calcium Lactate (the most usable form of calcium).
Min-Tran is a naturally calming mineral complex containing Calcium Lactate and
other minerals (including iodine, magnesium, and more) from kelp and alfalfa. It
is known that minerals from food are far more active than mineral supplements.
In fact, in a study reported in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition (May 2007), it
was again proven that calcium from food is best. Women who got their calcium
from food enjoyed better calcium metabolism and bone development than women who
consumed even higher levels of calcium from supplements.
All the nutrients prescribed for Dave and our patients are made from food
(phytonutrients). And there simply are no substitutes. Dave had taken an entire
array of “natural” vitamins and minerals for several years prior to his heart
attack, subsequent type 2 diabetes, and blood fat abnormalities. Thankfully, he
is now living proof that getting the right phytonutrients will make a
The Wheat, Gluten, and Slow Burn Connection
Being a physician, Dave is inquisitive. And he closely monitors his blood sugar.
He has told me that I was absolutely correct in recommending no wheat or gluten,
along with strong weight lifting. His sugar rises most precipitously and stays
high longer when he eats wheat or gluten. And his sugar drops quickly and stays
normal longer after his intense weight lifting.
I recommended that Dave lift weights following the “slow burn” technique. This
is lifting weights very slowly, for only 4 to 6 repetitions per exercise, and
only once every 5 to 7 days. Sound good—lifting weights only once or twice
weekly, instead of the usual 4 to 6 times? You bet. The studies show that when
you exercise in this manner, the positive effects last in your body for the next
5 to 7 days! And Dave has proved that over and over again with the simple use of
a blood glucose monitor.
For anyone with diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and/or blood fats
problems, I always recommend a gluten-free diet and slow burn weight lifting. You can learn all you need to know about wheat, gluten, and being
overweight by getting the book, Low-Fat Lies. You can get it at a discount from
the Health Alert store (www.healthalertstore.com or 1-800-231-8063). And you can
learn all about the benefits and technique of slow burn weight lifting by
getting the book, The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution, by Frederick Hahn, Michael
Eades, MD, and Mary Eades, MD.
And slow burn is not just for younger folks. If
you start this technique, it can be your personal fountain of youth. I have
patients in their 90s who lift weights in this manner. Older folks routinely
become stronger, more stable, more secure, more positive, and more independent
after 3 months on this regime. Sound like the fountain of youth to you?
The Obesity Connection
For most Americans, it is all about insulin. Both the Journal
of the American Medical Association (May 16, 2007) and Time Magazine (June 11,
2007) agree. If you consume lots of wheat, grains, and processed foods (which
all contain gluten), your pancreas secretes higher than normal amounts of
insulin. Insulin is irritating to your blood vessel linings and can lead to
coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis.
But more important, high insulin
levels mean that you will have more degenerative diseases like arthritis, heart
disease, coronary artery disease, and obesity. And it is not your genes that
make you secrete high levels of insulin. It is simply your diet— processed
foods, grains, and sugar, as well as lack of exercise. These things make your
muscle (and other) cells less receptive to insulin. So they won’t let the sugar
in with the usual amount of insulin circulating in your blood. Therefore your
blood sugar rises, and your body secretes more insulin. Genes are not the cause
of obesity, insulin is. When you have high insulin levels, you have a much
harder time losing weight. And when you do not exercise, your insulin levels
Once insulin levels begin to rise, the body starts to inhibit the
fat-burning hormone called hormone-sensitive lipase.
Without this hormone you cannot burn fat for energy. You will
begin using protein (lean muscle mass) and carbohydrates for energy. This causes
you to become abnormally hungry, which causes you to eat more
carbohydrates—continuing the cycle.
But when you remove the processed foods and
gluten, and you start exercising, your insulin level drops. When this happens,
your hormone-sensitive lipase levels normalize. You then start to once again
burn fat for energy. The net result is weight loss and getting a handle on
degenerative diseases. It is not rocket science.
DDD: The Deadly Diabetes Duo
The deadly diabetes duo is wheat and lack of exercise. Despite all the “science”
in medical therapy for type 2 diabetes, it still remains a man-made disease. And
as sure as it is man-made, it can be “man-cured.” This disease is caused by
eating processed foods loaded with wheat, sugar, and corn syrup, all the while
staying on the couch and avoiding exercise. It is as simple as that. For those
of you who do not believe this, all you need is an accurate glucose monitor for
diabetes testing. Within 30 days of following the instructions in this article,
you will have proven it to yourself. To eliminate blood sugar problems, all you
need to do is eat only real foods with lots of protein, avoid wheat and sugar,
exercise, and take the correct supplements. That’s it!
Skeptical? Test It!
Think wheat and lack of exercise are not the deadly duo? Take this test. If you are
diabetic, you probably already know your average blood sugar fluctuations. Now
stop all wheat and any food with wheat in it. (Be sure to read ingredient
labels—you will be surprised.) At the same time, join a gym and start exerising
your muscles—hard. The best way I have found is “slow burn” weight lifting.
After one month on this regimen, compare your blood sugar readings with previous
readings. If you have not cheated, you will be absolutely amazed.
And you can take it a couple steps farther. Have a blood test after a month on
this treatment plan and compare your blood glucose readings, your triglycerides,
and even your HDL/LDL ratio to those from past months. If you’re still not
convinced, monitor your blood sugar after specific meals. See how high your
blood sugar spikes after a big pasta or other wheat-laden meal—and note how long
it takes to normalize again. You will find that nothing pushes up blood sugar
like wheat. And nothing keeps that sugar-high longer than wheat. If you still
need more evidence, watch your blood sugar drop within hours after one of your
strong, “slow burn” exercise sessions—and how long it stays down following
exercise. Nothing (even drugs) has a more powerful and longer-lasting
glucosemoderating effect than strong, muscular, weightbearing exercise (weight
Wheat and Diabetes
A “healthy” meal of “whole-grain” cereal is not the
breakfast of champions. It is the breakfast of diabetics. If you insist on
eating wheat all the time, you will eventually (if not already) be relegated to
a lifetime of diabetic drugs with all their problems and life-threatening side
effects. Just stop eating wheat altogether. If you would like a book
recommendation to help you design a healthy diet, get a copy of Low-Fat Lies
from our store, or pick up the classic Protein Power, by Eades and Eades. It is
available in bookstores and online.
Exercise and Diabetes
exercise is the only time the body takes sugar out of the blood and into the
muscles without insulin. That defines the cure for type 2 diabetes. You can test
your own blood sugar for the proof. I am aware that most people really don’t
like to exercise. That is one of the reasons why “slow burn” exercising is the
How to Be Drug-Free in 90 Days
Quite frankly, without exercise and the
elimination of, or dramatic reduction in, wheat intake, you simply
will never overcome diabetes. And conversely, with these two factors and the
right supplements, you can be drug-free within 90 days. Supplements are also
needed to overcome longtime nutritional deficiencies brought about by a diabetes
If you need final proof, combine this new diet, new exercise program, and
new supplement protocol and then take regular blood sugar readings. After one to
three months start to compare them to past readings. If you are diabetic, take
the final step and take these readings to your doctor. Let him or her know that
you have cured your diabetes naturally— and you wish to wean off diabetes drugs.
Now that’s a formula for success.
There could not have been a worse
patient than Dave. He was very overweight and had never exercised in his life.
He loved his wines. He was trained in classical medicine. All his friends wanted
to help him with prescription drugs for life. In fact, his two best friends were
a cardiologist and an internist. But he actually came to me! And more
shocking—he followed through on my recommendations.
His rewards were a 60-point
drop to normal blood pressure. His blood glucose dropped over 200 points to
normal. His triglycerides dropped over 300 points to normal. He lost 40 pounds
of fat. And he is now stronger than he was 25 years ago. All without drugs or
surgery. Can diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and abnormal
blood fats be reversed? You bet.
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2012 marks our 30th year!
Can it be true? 2012 marks our 30th year!
A lot has happened in that time. For starters, I got married and had a son—the greatest accomplishments of my life. And 30 years ago, my idea to publish a newsletter containing the results of my research on natural cures (so people could actually help themselves and get cured—what a concept!) was universally ridiculed. But we founded the health-newsletter field anyway by launching Health Alert. Now the idea is popular, with over 50 imitators, among them medical centers, medical schools and universities, and teaching hospitals.
Over the same decades, we continued to research phytonutrients, cardiotonics, osteofactors, and a host of other therapies that treat the actual cause of diseases. Slowly but surely we became the experts in these fields. Today we have passed a major milestone in health care by successfully helping more patients than any other physician or doctor of any kind.
During this same period, the cost of health care and health insurance has skyrocketed, single-handedly causing Medicare’s bankruptcy, and sending the American auto industry—once the powerhouse and envy of the world— overseas or into bankruptcy. And the prices for medical insurance and medical-symptom care continue to soar.
In the last 30 years, the cancer industry stuck to its guns and primarily promoted drugs, surgery, and radiation treatments. New super-expensive drugs were heralded with all the fanfare of a second coming. Most were discredited and quietly discarded as useless—but only after billions of dollars were fleeced from the public and government. On the bright side, there was a major turning point with breast cancer. After 40 years of failing to decrease the rate of cancer or death—despite billions of research dollars and thousands of cancer curathons—the rates dramatically began to drop in 2002. The reason was that women rejected the advice of their physicians and simply decided to avoid menopausal hormone drugs (like estrogen) en masse.
The world of cardiology was catapulted into high-tech, band-aid treatments such as angioplasty, bypasses, stents, shock therapy, and ablation.
They continue to be the preferred treatments even though they do nothing to treat the cause of heart disease, and have not been proven to prolong life. Those not suitable for this high-tech world were treated with an ever-increasing number of highly touted heart, blood pressure, and cholesterol drugs. These treatments became popular even though many of the drugs had paralyzing side effects that caused heart disease and/or killed thousands of heart patients. And despite the fact that the real research shows that most of these drugs do not prevent heart attacks or prolong life, they remain the mainstay of medical therapy.
Some positive strides were taken in medicine—spurred mostly by entrepreneurial physicians and by companies that make medical equipment such as lasers. Laser therapy for men with benign prostate hypertrophy eliminated the medical “gold standard” of the bloody TURP (a “roto-rooter” of the prostate). And lasers are now being introduced for outpatient spinal surgery that is often highly effective as well as dramatically safer, easier, and less debilitating. These safer procedures can provide relief—even to patients who suffer long-term chronic and debilitating back and leg pain that no other therapy can help.
During the last 30 years, the medico-pharmaceutical industry transformed itself into a mega-business. It developed new marketing skills to ensure that every single American became a patient using drugs and other medical therapies for life. The industry employed or enlisted the services of politicians, lawyers, and even governments. And their latest, highly successful campaign of disease mongering involves free screenings, and full-body scans. This campaign encompasses several approaches, such as comparing the bone mass of older women to women in their thirties, ratcheting down the “normal” levels of blood pressure to 110/70 and the “normal” levels of cholesterol to below 150, and much more.
When your free health screening uncovers “abnormal” blood pressure, cholesterol, or bone mass, you are ushered off to your physician to start your very own prescription drug regimen for life. And just in case some people were still missed, this same industry has taken to dishing out blood pressure and cholesterol drugs to children.
The final insult has now come as powerful, addicting, psychotropic drugs such as Ritalin are handed out like candy to grammar school kids for diseases that do not exist! All with an assuring nod from the teachers, school administrators, health officials, community leaders, politicians, physicians, and even the parents. What could be a better scam for the medico-pharmaceutical industry?
As if this was not enough, throughout the 1980s and 1990s a Gestapo-style campaign was initiated against any physician who strayed from the established “gold standard” of medical therapy. Doctors who broke with their profession to offer patients holistic therapies were persecuted, sued, lost their licenses, and, on some occasions, even had their clinics invaded by armed security agents.
Upon hearing about this from their constituents, Congress passed a law protecting “vitamin and mineral supplements.” And slowly but surely the tide turned. The persecutors were discredited, losing case after case in court, their real motives exposed. During this time the “supplement” industry exploded. Thousands of rip-off artists bought the raw ingredients for supplements for pennies, and then developed shrewd marketing techniques to sell their supplements for thousands of times their cost. Most of these supplements were useless. However, billions of dollars were made and continue to be made by unscrupulous supplement profiteers.
Professional athletes got in on performance-enhancing supplements, but quickly found that these products did not perform as advertised. So they turned to drugs—illicit, steroid hormone and growth hormone drugs. It was heartbreaking for me, an ex-athlete who loves athletics and sports. My heroes were discredited, their gold medals stripped. And Congress grapples today with how to handle the hundreds of professional athletes who are “juiced” on drugs.
Throughout all these events, Health Alert continued to publish our results in treating the cause of disease. Our sheer volume of experience with tens of thousands of patients has provided us with a “looking-glass” into every type of condition, disease, and treatment. For example, after seeing 10,000 patients treated with X drug for their heart disease, it is easy to know what is going to happen to the next 10,000. The side effects, problems, and ramifications of most medical treatments are the same in almost all patients. It becomes repetitive and predictable.
And after helping 50,000 to 60,000 more people with the same type of heart disease, or digestive disorder, or bone disorder, we have learned which plant and/or glandular extract will effect the result we want and help cure the patient. In most cases, this experience allows us to tell patients that in 6 to 18 months their condition will be a memory.
Yet there are times when a drug is needed and can be miraculous. Most of these times are in emergency situations, with infections, and when an organ system is worn out or destroyed. For most everything else, including most degenerative diseases, providing the body what it needs to resolve the underlying cause of disease is best. And this type of treatment is certainly better than toxic drugs, with their litany of side effects. After all, we’ve already had the benefit of the “looking glass”—into tens of thousands of case histories, all with similar or identical results of lifetime drug therapy.
In fact, most patients start on our protocols while they are under the care of their own physician. He or she is truly trying very hard to do everything they can to help the patient, with one prescription after another. It is when the positive results of our protocol begin to become obvious that most patients confront their physicians about their prescriptions. And in most cases, people cannot get completely well until they wean off their prescriptions or cut back to a bare minimum, with the help of the prescribing physician.
So Contrary, but So True
Almost 30 years ago, I began to tell patients that many of their concepts about health and disease, usually learned from the medical profession, were false. Throughout the past 30 years, I have published my own basic concepts about health and disease that fly in the face of medical “science.” Almost every single concept has now been proven true. But the medical profession remains paralyzed—unable to break the financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry—even as the average physician does everything possible to help patients with their health problems.
Some of the most shocking truths that I initiated and published are:
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- Most people with indigestion, gas, bloating, heartburn, and reflux suffer from too little stomach acid, not too much. And if this is your situation, then taking antacids, by definition, will make you permanently ill. It will also further impair your digestion of valuable nutrients, and worsen your body’s ability to produce adequate amounts of digestive juices and acids. Anyone with indigestion problems can perform the Zypan Test to determine if they are low on stomach acid.
- Most forms of muscular heart disease, including congestive heart failure, are due to beriberi of the heart. This debilitating disease, induced by a lack of the whole B-vitamin phytonutrient complex, paralyzes the heart and causes it to enlarge and become “waterlogged.” When the heart muscle weakens, the heart and valves stretch, causing leaky heart valves. Most cases of mitral valve prolapse are not due to a disease at all. Rather these “disease” diagnoses are simply symptoms of a nutritional deficiency.
- We have repeatedly stated (for more than 20 years) that “the heart is the most responsive organ in the body when the proper phytonutrient therapy is applied.” Almost all medical heart disease treatments completely ignore the underlying cause of this epidemic disease in America. Most traditional treatments cause too many and too serious side effects to utilize long-term. When the proper phytonutrient protocols are employed, most medical treatments are never needed.
- Prescription hormones are a Pandora’s box. They can prolong lives (as in the use of insulin with type 1 diabetes), but they can wreak havoc with haphazard use (such as estrogen for all women in menopause). My statement, “When you find you have developed uterine or breast cancer from estrogen, you will wish you could have your hot flashes back,” turned out truer than I could have even foreseen. After 50 years of rising breast cancer rates, they finally took a dramatic swing downward when millions of women began to reject menopausal estrogen.
- The antioxidant craze is a hoax. While your body needs certain antioxidant nutrients, the blanket marketing of chemical antioxidants to fight free radicals is a rip-off. And claiming that all diseases are caused by free radical damage—thus promoting useless antioxidant products, produced for pennies and sold for hundreds of dollars—makes the whole thing worse.
- The low-fat diet to fight heart disease is a sham. Thankfully no one can stay on this kind of diet for long because it will starve you of the very nutrition you need to heal a diseased heart. It will also rob you of the fats needed for proper hormone production, proper brain function, and it will damage your skin. Avoiding animal fats and cholesterol at all costs is a dreadful idea that could cost you your life. In addition, all the low-fat, low-calorie, zero-cholesterol, zero-trans-fat, and “heart-healthy” foods are junk. They are a form of liquid plastic and should not be consumed.
- Omega-3 fatty acids must be consumed on a regular basis to maintain good heart, brain, hormone, and skin health. Cod liver and flax oils are excellent supplements to provide these critical nutrients.
- Prescription Drug Withdrawal is an integral part of any protocol that treats the cause of disease. Though many people are brainwashed into thinking that the more drugs they take, the healthier they will be, the opposite is true. Specifically, most powerful drugs used for heart patients must be gradually reduced as the patients are cured by one of our protocols. If not, the drug that may have been temporarily helpful will become a toxic poison.
- Almost 20 years ago I coined a critical phrase: “New drugs? Cheaper drugs? Free drugs? Who cares? What we need is fundamental change.”
- Deep breathing is the first line of defense against chronic stress and resultant high blood pressure. Two decades before “effective breathing machines” like RESPeRATE® came onto the market, we offered one of our first free flyers on how to breath deeply to lower your blood pressure.
- And more than two decades ago, we recommended exercise that also involves your mind as a key to controlling high blood pressure. Today Zona Plus™, an exercise technique using no drugs, involves exercise and the mind as a “proven first line of defense against high blood pressure that is natural, safe, and effective.”
- Type 2 diabetes is a deficiency disease that anyone can cure. Brought on by a sedentary lifestyle and a typical American diet laden with wheat, white flour, and sugar, the cure is to treat the nutritional deficiencies of B vitamin phytonutrient complexes and minerals, and to begin a weight resistance (weight lifting) exercise program. A person with diabetes who is willing to quit wheat and sugar, while lifting weights twice weekly, can get off diabetes drugs—with all their horrifying side effects—usually within 90 days.
- Diagnostic tests like x-rays, scans, and MRIs for joint problems and especially spinal problems, rarely pinpoint the real cause of the problem. Surgeries based on findings from these tests often backfire, leaving the patient in a worsened condition. Painkillers for joint disease and pain are killers indeed. They don’t really kill the pain, and they are highly toxic to the liver and heart. The real answer for people with joint problems, including arthritis and osteoporosis, is a diet of whole foods (with a third of them raw), weight lifting, raw bone supplements, cod liver oil, and therapies that treat the real cause of the problem. We have listed many of these therapies to be used in conjunction with a diet, supplement, and exercise protocol to end patients’ joint pain.
- Cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease. And the whole industry built around cholesterol screenings, zero-cholesterol foods, and lowering cholesterol at all costs (almost always with drugs) is a scam to make money. Lowering the “normal” cholesterol levels to below 150 is part of the same scam. Long-term (30-year) use of statin (cholesterol-lowering) drugs prolongs life by only a few months.1
- Blood pressure screenings, lowering the “normal” blood pressure to below 110/70, and the mindset of “lowering blood pressure with drugs at all costs” are more examples of the same scam to make money. Long-term (30-year) use of blood pressure drugs prolongs life by only a few weeks (actually 9 days statistically).2
- Cancer is a systemic (throughout the body) disease, no matter what your doctor tells you. Telling patients, based on post-operation scans, that “we got it all” is always a lie. Scans to predict if you are cancer-free are useless. Most cancers have been growing and spreading for 5 to 10 years before they are detected and diagnosed. Billions of cancer cells must be present to show up on any scan. Surgery, although often needed, can spread cancer. The word “cure” in oncology (cancer care) circles has up to fifty different definitions. The only real cure is the one where you live long enough to die from something other than cancer. These survivors are strong, and most utilize a protocol to treat cancer everywhere in their body, rather than relying solely on local surgery, local radiation, and/or chemotherapy.
- The diaphragm muscle is overlooked by almost everyone as a cause of very common and chronic problems. A weakness in the diaphragm can cause indigestion and reflux. The same weakness can cause the heart to feel like it is palpitating and “flip-flopping” in the chest, especially at night. And this same diaphragm problem can irritate the vagus nerve causing real excess acid production in the stomach. Unless you treat the diaphragm with a specific hands-on pressure technique (which is basically unknown to most physicians), all other
medical therapies— including drugs, medical therapies and surgery—are useless, band-aid treatments that are virtually unnecessary.
- Phytonutrient supplements made from plant, animal, and glandular extracts and concentrates perform thousands of times more effectively in the body than the isolated vitamins and minerals found in most supplements. In fact, most supplements tested over the past three decades, with thousands of patients, have proved useless in treating people who have come to us with serious diseases and health problems.
These are just the highlights of the remarkable concepts we have brought forth. They were all initially ridiculed, and later proven true. If you find yourself in one or more of these categories, and you do not have the particular Health Alert issue or articles regarding your problem, we can help. Just drop us a brief note about your problem. Be sure to enclose a self-addressed, stamped (with 2 stamps) envelope, and I will make sure you get the information you need.
Has it really been 30 years? Yes. And the years have proven once again that truth is truly timeless. New drugs? Who cares? Fundamental change is what is needed in health care. Health Alert is the change, and these are just some of the fundamentals.
1 The MRC/BHF Heart Protection Study.
2 Journal of the American Medical Association, May, 2003.
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Hiatal Hernia, Indigestion, Heartburn, Reflux, GERD, and Esophagitis
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What is the biggest and strongest muscle in the body? The back? The legs or thighs? How about the big muscles of your arms? Well, the strongest muscle in the body is the diaphragm, the muscle that separates the chest from the abdomen. And strangely enough, it is a muscle you don’t have to think about—unless you run into trouble.
Diaphragm Strain (Hiatal Hernia)
One day, after playing volleyball, I felt a little odd. Soon, the oddness became downright uncomfortable. I was slightly dizzy, I had trouble concentrating, I was weak and trembly, and my heart was starting to palpitate. Heart attack? No, only a diaphragm strain! Unfortunately, not one physician in 1,000 would recognize this. If it were you, you’d end up in the hospital, undergo thousands of dollars in tests, and potentially be harmed by iatrogenic (doctor- or drug-induced) testing or treatments.
I was simply treated by my local chiropractor. He knew how to effectively stretch my diaphragm back to its normal position, freeing the stomach from its trap in the diaphragm and allowing normal breathing and diaphragm action to resume. The entire treatment took less than two minutes and was 100% effective immediately.
My case was relatively benign. I had the experience to recognize what was happening. But it can become very serious. The palpitations can become severe. Gastrointestinal problems like vomiting and reflux can ensue. You can faint or become extremely weak. You can suffer a severe backache or headache. In some cases, you feel that you are going to die. Remember, the diaphragm is the strongest muscle in the body. Without its proper action, you can’t breathe.
Worse yet, millions of people carry around the damage from a strained diaphragm for years or for life! It is estimated that up to half of all Americans over age 60 may suffer from a hiatal hernia (diaphragm strain). A huge percentage of these people have not only stomach and reflux problems, but heart and related circulatory problems as well, all caused by the weakness in the diaphragm.
The danger of an undiagnosed hiatal hernia is that folks are treated with dangerous drugs for a suspected stomach, heart, or circulatory problem that, when properly diagnosed, would be corrected in the same fashion I was treated. So, if this sounds like you, please take note. Even if a gastroenterologist puts a scope down into your stomach and pronounces you do not have a hiatal hernia, still have it checked out. This condition is often impossible to diagnose via standard medical procedures.
Is It Gastroesophageal Reflux or Hiatal Hernia or Both?
A diaphragm strain or hiatal hernia can cause not only the problems described above, it can also produce severe, chronic heartburn, indigestion, and reflux. Billions of dollars are spent yearly on medical treatments for the symptoms of this condition.
The catchphrase diagnosis for heartburn these days is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In fact, most heartburn and reflux occur when acids from the stomach are allowed up through the muscular opening in the diaphragm into the esophagus. Although your stomach lining is designed to handle these acidic compounds, your esophagus is not. Constant acid reflux can eventually damage, ulcerate, or even cause a precancerous condition (Barrett’s Esophagus) in your lower throat.
No one knows for sure what causes GERD. However, we have found that many GERD sufferers have inadequate digestive enzymes (acids) or faulty digestive enzyme production and distribution in their stomach and intestines. For most sufferers, the cause of the problem falls into one or more of four general categories:
For numbers one and two, relief is pretty easy. Number three can often be readily solved by working with your MD to get off the offending medication. And even if you have mechanical problems (as in number four), or a combination of problems, relief is most often possible. In most cases, it boils down to whether or not you can break bad habits to solve the problem and prevent serious throat disease.
- Poor diet, poor food combining, overeating, and a high refined-carbohydrate-sugar intake.
- Poor or inadequate digestive enzyme function in the stomach, pancreas, and small intestine.
- Prescription drugs that contribute to reflux problems.
- Mechanical problems in the diaphragm like a hiatal hernia or diaphragm strain (as discussed previously).
What to Do for Diet and Digestion Problems
When it comes to numbers one and two, perform this experiment: For one week, eat only protein and vegetables. Before each meal, drink half a glass of water. With each meal, take from one to three Zypan and one to three Okra Pepsin E3 tablets (both from Standard Process).
In fact, a good way to test if you have too much or too little stomach acid is to do the Zypan test. Simply take two Zypan tablets with your meal. If your digestion improves, you have too little stomach acid and should continue to use Zypan. If you get a tingling or light burning, you have too much stomach acid; in that case, use one to three Gastrex tablets (from Standard Process) instead of Zypan. The rest of the therapy will be the same.
While on your experimental week, eat until you are only three-quarters full. This is critical, because the stomach needs a little extra space to churn and swirl its contents with the digestive enzymes. If your stomach is stuffed completely full of food, the swirling and churning will force food into the esophagus simply because there’s not enough room in your stomach.
Food allergies can also cause heartburn and GERD. Some of those that most commonly cause GERD are wheat, sugar, chocolate, onions, tomatoes, and citrus. If you are not getting the expected results from other therapies, and if you suspect food allergies, send us a self-addressed, stamped (with two stamps) envelope and write FOOD ALLERGIES.
As stated, drugs can also be a cause of GERD problems. The most common problems come from muscle relaxants, asthma drugs like theophylline, and beta antagonists. Since antacids are most often not necessary, if your doctor prescribes them, be sure to read the article, “Gas and Bloating After Eating: So Common -— It’s ‘Normal’ ”.
Mechanical Problems (Hiatal Hernia)
Nowadays, thousands (perhaps millions) of people are being treated with drugs and even surgery to correct GERD, while no attention is paid to the mechanical or structural causes of the problem. Even those doctors who suggest a nutritional/dietary approach generally ignore mechanical/structural causes. That’s not surprising since probably not one in 1,000 physicians knows how to detect and correct the underlying and mechanical causes of GERD.
Thanks to people like George Goodheart, DC, and in particular the now deceased Richard Van Rumpt, DC, the critical information needed to detect and correct hiatal hernia and mechanical causes of GERD is available. It is usually a chiropractor or kinesiologist who knows how to perform this service. But you can often detect and treat a GERD problem yourself with the right data.
Upwards of 50% of the general population over age 60 may have the structural weakness likened to a hiatal hernia, when a portion of the stomach or stomach contents are allowed up through the diaphragm into the chest cavity or esophagus (see schematic). The general complaints of this condition are indigestion, heartburn, angina, vomiting, ulcers, left-arm pain, palpitations, difficult breathing, or just plain chronic fullness and bloating.
Diagnosis and Treatment
If you wish to test someone else or yourself, try this treatment with the help of a partner. You will need a watch or clock with a second hand. For the sake of my instructions, your partner will be the patient.
(Reverse roles if you are the actual patient.) Have your partner hold his or her breath for as long as possible. Record the time in seconds. Now place your hand on the upper abdomen just under the “V” of the breastbone and ribs [see photo].
Use a steady, heavy, inward and downward pressure for ten to 15 seconds while the patient relaxes and breathes normally. Repeat this three or four times. Now test your partner’s breath-holding time again. Compare this time with the original. If the breath-holding time increases by 50% or more, this is diagnostic of hiatal hernia or a mechanical problem with the diaphragm and stomach.
The procedure used in diagnosing this problem is also the same procedure used to treat the condition. While it may have to be repeated several times until successful, it will usually provide some immediate relief from the first treatment. If you have problems with the standing treatment, you can also perform the treatment with the patient lying down with the head and shoulders supported by pillows [as shown in the next photo]. In this case, you will use the fleshy part of your hand and wrist to apply the inward and downward pressure. Your hand makes contact under the ribs, slightly left of center. Apply pressure inward and downward toward the patient’s left foot. Hold the pressure the same as in the standing treatment.
In all cases, be sure you are free of the patient’s ribs and rib ends. Ribs can snap (especially if the ribs are brittle). If you are squeamish, or if the patient is old and has brittle bones, it is best to have a professional perform this therapy. Generally chiropractors, osteopaths, and kinesiologists know how to perform this treatment. To find a referral for one of these doctors near you, call the International College of Applied Kinesiology (1-913-384-5336) or e-mail ICAK@dci-kansascity.com.
Once you get a list of doctors near your home, call them up and tell them you are a Health Alert reader and you want to know if they are familiar with correcting a hiatal hernia with the technique described in this article. The one who tells you that he or she does this treatment all the time is most likely the one you want to visit.
How Many Treatments?
The general rule is to treat until successful. In some instances, the problem within the muscle of the diaphragm is so great, treatment may need to continue periodically throughout life. In most cases, relief comes quickly. With some people, during treatment, the stomach will actually be pulled back through the diaphragm out of the chest and into the abdomen with a feeling similar to pulling a cork out of a bottle. In general, treat daily, then three times per week, then weekly, then biweekly, then monthly, and so on.
While the dietary changes are absolutely necessary when it comes to indigestion, the reason so many doctors and patients fail to manage this problem is that the mechanics of the stomach are overlooked. So keep this in mind. And even if your doctor tells you that you do not have a hiatal hernia or any problem in your diaphragm, perform the test I’ve recommended anyway. It is diagnostic and no matter what your doctor’s tests say (including x-rays and scope tests of the GI tract), treatment is needed when your diagnosis is positive.
If you eliminate the mechanical problem and follow the dietary and nutritional supplement advice in this article, you will be performing a vital service for your entire body.
Instead of making yourself permanently sick with antacids, you will allow for proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, thereby providing your body with its priceless source of energy and life. If you need more information about what to eat and what not to eat, as well as what to combine with what, send us a self-addressed, stamped (with two stamps) envelope and write FOOD COMBINING.
Return To Hands-On Healing
Health care professionals of all types have gotten away from hands-on healing. Every day, the body is inundated with all kinds of forces, some emotional and many physical. Occasionally something gets knocked out of place. For the most part, the body is capable of adjusting itself back to normal. But sometimes, something gets stuck.
This occurs all the time in the spine, and now you know it can also occur in the diaphragm and stomach. To think that all treatment should be shots, prescriptions, vitamins, or some other nonphysical therapy is absurd. There is a time when the doctor’s hands need to be placed on the patient and some form of force or adjustment needs to be delivered. If this is the situation with you (such as the hiatal hernia problem), all the pills, shots, potions, and lotions in the world will not suffice.
Remember, bodies get stuck and often need some physical help. In particular, the problem with the diaphragm and hiatal hernia is serious and extremely common. It is almost always treated improperly, and the wrong treatment causes untold cases of iatrogenic disease. The cost is astronomical and the suffering is unnecessary.
This problem can be treated at home with the help of a spouse or a friend. But if you feel frail and at risk from this or any other treatment, do not try it on your own. Go straight to a professional.
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HEART DISEASE RISK FACTORS: MOSTLY BALONEY
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Except for those with heart disease or those at the highest risk for heart disease, all the standard medical risk factors added up to mostly nothing when it comes to predicting heart disease, heart attack, or stroke. And for healthy adults, even the "alternative" risk factors, like homocysteine and C-Reactive protein findings were next to useless.
This is a big one since so many multiple risk factor intervention programs are in full swing, with more planned, throughout the US and Europe. The typical risk factors include cholesterol, smoking, blood pressure and diabetes. And programs include prescription drugs as their centerpiece, with counseling and education as adjunct treatments.
These are led up by the American Heart Association, the AMA, local and state governments, and even the federal government.
Yet just as was found 10 years ago by the Cochrane Heart Group and Cochrane Collaboration www.cochrane.com treating risk factors was "ineffective in achieving reductions in total or cardiovascular disease mortality (death)."
Indeed the findings of these interventional programs showed that some people actually got worse. Overall deaths actually increased among the drug-treated group with high blood pressure. And some did benefit. Those were the folks at the very highest risk of heart disease.
But in the end, it showed once again that high cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc. were poor predictors of heart disease, stroke or death in healthy people. And the same can be said for the biomarker risk factors like homocysteine, C-Reactive protein, B-type natriuretic peptide. The conclusions were that the costs of using these risk factors and treating for the same are very high, and these resources would be better spent in other areas, or simply on those at the highest risk levels.
If you are healthy, and when your health screening finds your cholesterol at 250 (which is normal), or your blood pressure to be 140/90 (which is normal), do not be fooled into powerful, dangerous, usually life-long prescription drug treatments. This is "not particularly effective in terms of reducing the risk of clinical events (stroke, heart attack, angina, etc.)"
But What About CRP and Homocysteine?
Around about 2005 I began wondering about the relevance of homocysteine levels. After all, synthetic B vitamins would often lower homocysteine to safe levels, yet do nothing to help heal the heart. Was this finding not as important as I previously thought. That may indeed be the case. I now feel that the lowering of the homocysteine levels has little direct correlation to heart disease.
And while I still monitor the C-Reactive protein (CRP) levels in heart patients, I now feel that a high CRP level is just an ancillary finding. In some cases, it can help diagnose inflammation or infection in the coronary arteries. But it is probably not the major risk factor that many of us were convinced of.
So it is back to basics. Taking all the tests, getting all the counseling, following the low-fat diet, taking the drugs like Caduet (a cholesterol-lowering and blood pressure drug combined into one), doesn't amount to much, and can even hurt you. Instead, eat whole foods, exercise, drink pure water, keep a positive attitude, and use phytonutrients when needed. This is the formula for heart success.
This will be a hard pill for most in the medical profession to swallow. After all, screenings, interventions, and drugs are critical to their ongoing control over people and patients. There are thousands of well-meaning physicians right now that truly believe that a statin (cholesterol-lowering) drug should be prescribed for every American over age 50!
More Medical Myths
The risk factors for heart disease are taking their place among medical myths. While the list of myths is growing, some of the classics are:
1. Taking an aspirin a day forever will make you live longer.
2. Low-carbohydrate diets are unsafe and ineffective for losing weight.
3. Nearly everyone would benefit by using statin (cholesterol-lowering) drugs.
4. Nearly everyone over age 50 should take blood pressure drugs.
5. All radiation is dangerous unless administered by an oncologist.
6. Annual mammograms and follow-up treatment prolong life.
7. Cancer treatments are better than ever-with cure rates of over 60%.
8. Water fluoridation prevents tooth decay and is perfectly safe.
These are classic medical myths. They become malignant myths when they are prolonged for more than 15 years. Almost all of these fit that definition.
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