Happy man who has discovered the secret to improving your memory without caffeine

How To Improve Your Memory and Enhance Your Energy Naturally & Without Caffeine

Most opt for a cup of coffee or an energy drink when they feel the need to improve their memory, sharpen their thoughts, and boost their energy levels. However, caffeine can often leave you feeling overstimulated. Fortunately, there are safe, natural alternatives that can provide you the memory improvement and energy enhancement you’re looking for. Below are three that I have tried and continue to use.

Cognitol

Several years ago I discovered Cognitol, celastrus paniculatus (OM-CHI Herbs, www.omchiherbs.com), an herb mentioned in ancient Indian literature as an intelligence promoter. The seed oil has been studied adequately to prove its safety. Dosages of up to 400 mg/kg showed no side effects and up to 5 grams/kg (1500 times the clinical dose) produced no neurotoxic effects.

Interestingly it has also been reported to serve as a tranquilizer for the nervous system, while at the same time stimulating intellect and sharpening memory. Perhaps its calming of anxiety is the reason for improved learning and memory. It does not produce drowsiness.

Among other benefits, Cognitol stabilizes dopamine and serotonin levels and leads to increased levels of phospholipids in the brain. It has been shown to increase I.Q. in mentally retarded children. It deserves consideration as an afternoon pick-up as well as trials in multiple sclerosis patients.
J. Res. Ind. Med., 1967, 2:191.
BOOST YOUR BRAIN POWER, Keats Pub., 1998
Arch. Int. Pharmacodrn., 144, 1963, pp. 34-50.
Alt. Med., 1986, pp.355-360

GPA

Om-Chi Herbs has combined several excellent herbs in GPA. Ganoderma lucidum, better known as Reishi mushroom, clinically inhibits growth of harmful bacteria and enhances immune function, increasing production of RNA and DNA in bone marrow. It stimulates the production of interferon-1 and-2. It may decrease food sensitivities and is an excellent antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties

Polygonum Multiflora (Fo Ti or Shou Wu Chi) — I first discovered Shou Wu Chi over ten years ago. It is believed to prevent premature aging while maintaining body strength and stamina. I have used it for years and like its chi energizing effects.

Finally, GPA includes Astralgus membranaceus, another general energy or chi strengthening herb. It enhances macrophage activity and increases killer cell activity. It strengthens immune function while inhibiting autoimmune conditions. It is hundreds of times stronger in antioxidant activity than grape seed extract.

THE ANCIENT WISDOM OF THE CHINESE TONIC HERBS, Warner Books, 1998.

MEM-FOR—3 Om-Chi Herbs for memory

Ginkgo biloba is one of the best-known herbs to improve your memory, with improvement in short-term memory as well as learning rate. It decreases platelet aggregation, so it should not be taken with coumadin and should be stopped a week before elective surgery.

Gota kola (centella asiatica) is also reasonably well known as a stimulant for memory and may enhance immune function.

Withania Somnifera (Ashwagandha) is also known as Indian Ginseng. Ashwagandha is especially recommended for nervous exhaustion and it has been helpful in an animal model for Alzheimer’s disease.

THE AYURVEDIC ENCYCLOPEDIA, NATURAL SECRETS TO HEALING PREVENTION AND LONGEVITY.
Fortsch med, 1992, 110: 73-76
J. Res. Ind. Med., 4: 160, 1970

ZANG

ZANG is another Om-Chi product. It combines:

  • Panax Ginseng (ginseng) is well known for its anti-fatigue, energy-enhancing properties.
  • Cordyceps Sinensis is another of the natural tonics said to be equivalent to ginseng.
  • Withania Somnifera (ashwangandha) is described in the section on Mem-For.
  • Royal Jelly is one of the great longevity enhancing products.

The bottom line to naturally improve your memory & enhance your energy:

You are unique and have specific needs for improving your memory and energy. You will also have an individual response to each of these supplements.

I personally have explored all these products and find them useful. I think they are much superior to coffee for energy restoration, without overstimulation. If you need energy, stamina, and/or memory enhancement, then I suggest you try each separately for two to 4 weeks and explore the benefits.

Obviously you may combine them but then you would not know which is most effective. Once you have explored individual products, you may wish to try combinations. All seem reasonable and safe. Remember to be cautious of Ginkgo if you are on coumadin.

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Woman dispensing a drop of castor oil into the palm of her hand.

Castor Oil Uses And Benefits – The Palma Christi

In September 1972, I was introduced to the Edgar Cayce readings, undoubtedly the most studied material channeled by an exceptionally talented intuitive. The concept that most intrigued me initially was Cayce’s recommendation of castor oil packs for a wide variety of problems. Dr. William McGarey of the ARE Clinic in Phoenix has written extensively on clinical results.

Castor oil uses and benefits include:

  • Five drops of castor oil orally each morning to control allergies.
  • Puncture wounds, cuts and bruises heal rapidly when rubbed with castor oil.
  • Prevention of pregnancy stretch marks when abdomen is rubbed with castor oil during the last two months of pregnancy.
  • Rapid healing of a sprained ankle wrapped overnight in castor oil.
  • Marked reduction in tinnitus and hearing loss by applying castor oil drops in the ears.
  • Rapid healing of hepatitis using daily castor oil packs.
  • Clearing of cataracts with one drop of USP castor oil in each eye at bedtime.
  • Healing of a pilonidal cyst after castor oil packs.
  • Clearing of brown skin aging spots with castor oil plus baking soda.
  • Relief of severe eye allergies by rubbing eyelids with castor oil at bedtime.
  • Relief of low back pain with one week of castor oil packs.
  • Relief of chronic diarrhea with abdominal castor oil packs.
  • Clearing of vocal cord nodes and hoarseness with castor oil packs daily on the neck for three months.
  • Complete clearing of tinnitus with 6-8 drops of castor oil orally each day for four weeks.
  • Clearing of hyperactivity with abdominal castor oil packs.
  • Removal of a wart after four weeks of application of castor oil.
  • Resolution of a calcium deposit from the sole of the foot with daily castor oil massage.
  • Clearing of skin cancer with castor oil plus baking soda.
  • Clearing of snoring after two weeks of abdominal castor oil packs.
  • Rapid clearing of a bee sting by application of castor oil.
  • Increased hair growth with daily scalp massage with castor oil twenty minutes before shampooing.
  • Clearing of nail fungus after four months of castor oil packs on the nail.

All of these are from: http://www.edgarcayce.org/th/tharchive/therapies/castor1.html

My personal experience with castor oil uses and benefits has been:

  • Marked reduction of swelling of the knee in a number of patients who wrapped the knee in a castor oil cloth overnight.
  • Excellent and rapid relief of acute abdominal pain with acute intestinal ”flu.”
  • Healing of deep wounds on the pastern of horses.
  • Rapid recovery from viral infections with castor oil baths or suits.

Castor Oil Packs

Cayce recommended white wool flannel but even old cotton flannel works well or in a pinch, use Kleenex. Soak in castor oil and place over the entire abdomen, especially the liver area (or around a joint, over neck, etc). Cover with plastic. Best to wrap plastic wrap around the body to absorb leaking of castor oil. Cover with a towel and use a warm heating pad for one hour and/or leave on overnight without the heating pad.

Castor Oil Bath

Fill the tub with pleasantly warm water (102 to 104 degrees F). Step in and rub castor oil over the entire body (4 to 8 oz.). Soak 20 to 30 minutes. Use an inexpensive shampoo and rub every part of the body liberally with the shampoo. Wash the entire inside of the tub well. Be certain there is no feeling of slipperiness before and after you empty the tub. Rub your hands on the bottom of the tub to be certain it is not slippery before you stand to dry off.

Castor Oil Suit – At Least as Effective as the Castor Oil Bath

Rub castor oil liberally over the entire body up to the neck, including arms and legs. Put on an old pair of sweat pants and shirt or long Johns and socks and sleep in them overnight. You may reuse the suit three to four nights before washing it. It will never lose all the oil so you won’t be able to use the suit for anything other than a castor oil suit. Store the suit in a plastic bag with a few drops of lavender oil.

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LIES, DAMN LIES AND STATISTICS

Mark Twain was much brighter than the PharmacoMafia in his remarkably accurate statement about statistics. I am repeatedly amazed at the conclusions of drug-related research. For instance, the best antidepressant is 42% effective (actually, if we subtract the placebo effect, about 7% effective!), with a list of complications, curiously called ”side effects”, long enough to choke a horse. It seems obvious to me that the actual efficacy of any drug is ONLY the success rate ABOVE that of placebo. I ask you to evaluate the following article:

”Effect of Orlistat on Weight and Body Composition in Obese Adolescents – A Randomized Controlled Study” by Jean-Pierre Chanoine, et al, JAMA, June 15, 2005, 23:2873-2883.

539 obese adolescents were entered into the study at 32 centers – less than 20 at each center. 357 were given Orlistat, a drug to reduce fat absorption. 182 were given the placebo. All nicely double blinded. All individuals were also placed on a diet designed to reduce calories by 40% and to be ”nutritionally balanced.” A behavioral psychologist encouraged all to engage in physical activity and all used a staff ”encouraging” behavioral modification.

DROPOUT RESULTS – from TABLE 1
Placebo Group
64 of 181 (What happened to number 182?)
Orlistat group
120 of 352 (What happened to the other 5?)

But in the article they state that 190 dropped out. Table 1 does not reflect this.

Body Mass Index decrease of 5% or more:
Placebo, 15.7% of patients; Orlistat, 26.5%
Complications
Placebo
Orlistat
Headache
30.9%
38.1%
Back pain
6.1%
8.0%
Limb Injury
2.8%
5.1%
Gastroenteritis
4.4%
6.5%
Major total
44.2%
57.7%

HMMM! And at some centers the Gastroenteritis rate reached 50%! Orlistat had a 10.8% greater weight loss than placebo and a 13.5% greater risk of major complications, called side effects.

The author’s conclusion is that Orlistat ”in conjunction with a reduced calorie diet, and behavioral modification, significantly improves weight management—” Most people read and remember only this statement. This ridiculous drug may go the commercial route of Celebrex and other notables. My statement is ”How useful, practical and reasonable is such NONsense?”

MY CONCLUSIONS:

  • Pretty poor behavioral modification. Neither the ”control” group nor the treated group did as well as ”average” placebo.
  • The failure rate in the Orlistat group is 89.2% (10.8% better than placebo)
  • The complication rate in the Orlistat group is greater than the slight ”success rate”
  • The actual success rate in the Orlistat group is 10.8% (success above placebo)
  • The research centers varied tremendously in their efforts/results/complications
  • What a waste of money, time and effort!
  • About typical for drug research

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THE PALEO DIET – A REVIEW

THE PALEO DIET -A REVIEW
THE PALEO DIET, by Loren Cordain, John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, N.J., 2002. $14.95

We all know that agriculture began only about 10,000 years ago. Prior to that humans ate wild game, fish and wild fruits and vegetables. There were virtually no grains. Cordain strongly suggests that we revert to the diet of primitive people—BUT he is certainly inconsistent with that premise when he suggests Diet Soda as a beverage!! And several more of his suggestions are incongruent. Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how does his play stack up?

He recommends lean meat, seafood and fruits and veggies. NO cereals, legumes, dairy, starchy tubers, processed foods (what about diet pop (???). It seems to be more process than food! No doubt about it, Cordain's is correct that we eat too much sugar, high fructose corn syrup, starch, unhealthy fat, salt and fake food, and too little fiber.

Actually Price and Pottinger in the 1940's (''Nutrition and Physical Degeneration,'' WA Price, DDS, Price-Pottinger. Nutrition Foundation Publisher, La Mesa, Ca., Eleventh Printing 1982), demonstrated well that degenerative diseases became rampant when white flour and white sugar were introduced. Later processing further damaged our food supply, with the ''fast'' food industry providing the final blow. Denis Burkitt (Western Diseases, Their Emergence and Prevention – H. C. Trowell & Denis P. Burkitt. Harvard Univ Pr, 1981.) further demonstrated much the same about ''refined'' food.

Yes, Cordain is correct that a huge variety of diseases are at least significantly related to our crummy nutrition. McDonalds and its clones, General Mills, and most big food corporations provide little REAL food. Acne, allergies, anger, appendicitis, arteriosclerosis, asthma, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular diseases, Crohn's disease, constipation, dental decay, depression, diabetes, diverticulitis, duodenal ulcers, gallstones, heartburn, hemorrhoids, hiatal hernia, hostility, indigestion, irritable bowel disease, osteoporosis, polycystic ovaries, schizophrenia, ulcerative colitis, and varicose veins are all significantly related to poor nutrition! Throw in psychological and environmental stress and you can add cancer and every other disease.

I think Cordain's recommendations are too extreme and simplistic. ''The only good nuts are walnuts.'' ''Flaxseed oil is the best oil.'' I doubt the Paleos had much flaxseed, let alone the oil. And he recommends many salt substitutes—lemon and limejuice, cloves, organic allspice, celery seed, cardamom, black pepper, etc. Virtually all of these are agricultural products, hardly the primitive diet he recommends.

For the vast majority of people eating SMALL amounts of whole grain bread or cereals, some dairy such as cheese, yogurt or buttermilk, olive oil, fish oils, butter, wine, cooked legumes and peanut butter adds pleasure and no provable risk. Unless you are truly obese and/or have significant cardiovascular disease, I recommend you enjoy some of these foods. Keeping your weight within a Body Mass Index of 19 to 24, adequate physical exercise, relaxation, and a happy, healthy attitude are far more important than an extreme diet. Price, Pottinger and Burkitt all did a better job!


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Middle-aged man at the beach who is managing his cholesterol with policosanol.

Cholesterol Re-Visited – Policosanol

Thanks to my med school classmate, Dr. Sheldon Steiner for reminding me of policosanol. This naturally occurring health-enhancing nutrient has moved to the top of my list! Back in the 1970’s policosanol (or Octacosanol) was touted as a treatment for Amotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. It actually was not very good for that serious disease. Meanwhile, there are numerous studies reporting the benefit of policosanol in safely lowering cholesterol, at a relatively low dose of 10 to 20 mg, with minimal or no ”side effects”.

For instance, a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials involved 4596 patients from 52 separate studies. LDL was lowered 11% with plant sterols, such as my favorite beta-sitosterol complex (with 3.4 grams/day) in 23 studies versus 23.7% in 29 studies with policosanol (at only 12 mg/day). Policosanol also was better in raising HDL, lowering total cholesterol, and lowering triglycerides. Both compounds were remarkably well tolerated, with less than one percent of patients withdrawing from their study. Indeed policosanol is far superior to any cholesterol-lowering drug!! That means MUCH safer and MUCH less expensive than statin drugs, with which the PharmacoMafia wishes to poison everyone.

SO, MY LATEST RECOMMENDATIONS for optimal cholesterol (160 TO 180; NOT BELOW 150 HDL AT LEAST 40 TO 60):

  • DO NOT TAKE STATINS
  • KEEP YOUR WEIGHT BETWEEN 19 AND 24 BODY MASS INDEX
  • EAT WISELY, AVOIDING JUNK AND JUNK FAST FOOD, HYDROGENATED FATS, EXCESS CARBS
  • EXERCISE WISELY, AT LEAST AN HOUR A DAY
  • RELAX AND PRACTICE STRESS REDUCTION
  • IF YOUR CHOLESTEROL IS ABOVE 200, ADD 10 AND UP TO 20 MG OF POLICOSANOL (quality products are available at 888-242-6105)
  • Use only butter, olive oil and flax seed oils as added fats
  • If you are a man by age 50 take at least 1200 mg of beta sitosterol complex—up to 4200 mg to keep the prostate healthy
  • In men or women, if the policosanol does not lower cholesterol adequately, add at least 1200 mg of beta sitosterol complex and up to 4200 mg
  • If that does not work, add lecithin granules 2 heaping tablespoons twice daily
  • If that does not work, add L-Arginine 3000 mg daily
  • If that does not work, add L-Taurine 3000 mg daily

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VOYAGERS II 2E: SCIENCE OR SCIENCE FICTION

For twenty-five years, Zechariah Sitchen’s The Twelfth Planet and subsequent volumes of his Earth Chronicles have intrigued me. His description of The Bible as an abbreviated ”digest” of history is particularly intriguing, especially when one carefully reads Genesis. The discussion in Genesis of The Elohim – ”the Gods who came down,” and a vindictive Jehovah are further elucidated in Sitchen’s lengthy volumes translating and integrating Babylonian clay tablets. The Annunaki invasion of earth and the many un-god like activities of the Annunaki depicted in the Earth Chronicles make little sense with their all-too-human malevolent behaviors. Surely a benign, loving God is not at all like these warring creatures. VoyagersII, 2e may impart some clarity. This book, fascinating, provocative and often tedious, is more difficult to put in perspective than Alice Bailey’s books, which are equally tedious.

In contrast to Bailey’s channeled work, Ashayana states that VoyagersII, 2e is information imparted to her over a thirty-year period by ”direct, physical, consensual…ongoing contact with pro-human higher intelligence.”

In essence, here is a ”history” of the ”world” over the past 560 million years.

I suggest, if you are inspired to read this provocative book, that you read pages 1-105 and 447-504 first. Attempt to digest and intuit your reactions to this broad source of metaphysical history. If this intrigues you adequately, then read pages 106-438, skipping some of the most tedious material. You’ll know when utter confusion hits! Nevertheless, VoyagersII, 2e confirms my sense, from the time I first read Sitchen, that the Annunaki were anything but good. The underlying theme of VoyagerII, 2e is that evil forces have brainwashed most religions and political leaders to ensnare us in true double speak. It takes Abramsons’ None Dare Call It Conspiracy many light years back and forward. VoyagersII, 2e makes the Star Wars movies pale by comparison, while suggesting that science fiction is an intuitive ”hit” at some future (or past) reality.

Many will reject the concepts and messages of VoyagersII, 2e. However, if you can avoid being overwhelmed by the negative conspiracy themes, there is a spiritual message that feels to me correct. If you read and practice only the 4 Field Exercises on pages 493-504, this book will be worthwhile. Even the three Christ’s concept makes more sense than the conflicting tales in The New Testament.

You may well question why I am reviewing this unusual book in Youthful Aging. My work with DNA rejuvenation using the SheLi TENS, 54 to 78 GigaHz technology, has convinced me that health and longevity require DNA restoration. VoyagersII, 2e suggests alternative approaches, using mental imagery. Some day we may be able to demonstrate the science of the 12 strand DNA discussed in such detail. Meanwhile, I invite your intuitive evaluation of VoyagersII, 2e.

Various pills and capsules each promising to cure.

Cure Me If You Can – Are Drugs Really Worth The Risk?

Eric Berne’s magnificent book GAMES PEOPLE PLAY included one ”game,” ”Cure me if you can” which has provided the PharmacoMafia and insecure physicians unlimited innings to provide ever more complicated and risky drugs. Then came Talwin, which was even worse, initially requiring injections which led to severe scarring, and even elephantiasis. Meanwhile one of the most useless, Tylenol, became the ”pain-reliever most prescribed most by physicians.” Good for reducing fever, poor for pain relief and disastrous for the liver, acetaminophen has allowed Johnson and Johnson to profit immensely from this drug which I consider no better than placebo, but much more dangerous.

Fifty years ago the old standard, aspirin, was reported to be responsible for 10,000 deaths each year. Today it is only responsible for 15,000 deaths, thanks to many innovations, which kill many times more people.

Vioxx? and Celebrex? are only the tip of a giant iceberg of supposed panaceas which become temporarily king of the mountain. As of 2000, the JAMA admitted that well over 100,000 people were killed each year by drugs, while the American Medical System killed at least 250,000. That number almost certainly does not include the many thousands whose death is accelerated by chemotherapy drugs.

The most critical fact everyone needs to recognize is THERE IS NO TOTALLY SAFE DRUG!!

Read the warnings, available in THE PHYSICIANS DESK REFERENCE, and you will want to restrict the use of drugs, both prescribed and OTC, for use when there is no alternative and the symptoms warrant the RISK.

Is the symptom itself an indication of a risky disease? If the risk of the drug is greater than the risk of the disease, why bother??

In general, ”minor aches and pains”, minor or moderate depression, and anxiety are far less serious than any drug.

Cholesterol elevations are less risky in most people than the drugs used to reduce cholesterol.

If everyone avoided drugs just for these ”indications”, the PharmacoMafia would collapse, and the world would be better off. Overall, I strongly suspect that drugs kill and harm more people than they truly cure. Twenty years ago the Congressional Office of Technological Assessment reported that 85% of prescription drugs did not have the scientific proof of efficacy. That situation has not improved!

Fortunately, there are safe and effective alternative solutions for minor aches and pains, depression, anxiety and elevated cholesterol. Do not expect drugs to CURE these problems. Look at the safe alternatives—physical exercise, good nutrition, positive mental attitude, electrical stimulation (TENS), some herbs and nutritional supplements, massage, saunas, vibrators, natural anti-inflammatory foods are just a few of the agents which are safe and effective.

You are responsible for your own health and for the choices you make in therapy. Do not depend on the PharmacoMafia to be responsible for your health. That industry’s only interest is making money. If the ”cure” is not worth the risk, beware!

C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D. is the father of holistic medicine. He recommends autogenic focus (the basis of the Biogenics System) as part of your overall commitment to self-health. Register to download your FREE autogenic focus MP3 now.

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A Review Of WORST PILLS, Best Pills

Worst Pills, Best Pills, edited by Sidney Wolfe, M.D, et al. Pocket Books, N.Y., 2005 This remarkable 900+ page book is an encyclopedia that anyone who is even vaguely considering a drug should consult.

Indeed, this post is being written the very week when three more categories of drugs hit the skids.

One of my least favorite so-called pain relievers (and I have always considered it a hyped placebo!) Tylenol and all its clones, acetaminophens, DOUBLE the incidence of hypertension. Most other real NSAIDS also increase the risk of hypertension, although overall they do not have the other toxic effects of Tylenol.

Then the PILL, that major insult to the entire endocrine system, has finally been reported to increase the risk of breast and uterine cancer. We have known for decades that these pills increase the risk of stroke. And, although ”convenient”, the Pill is no better at preventing pregnancy than a diaphragm with a spermicidal cream.

Worst Pills, Best Pills emphasizes many warnings that do not appear in the PharmacoMafia’s little leaflets that are sometimes provided with prescription drugs.

For instance, there are 14 PAIRS of drugs that can cause life-threatening reactions. Interesting that Viagra is one of those (with nitroglycerine). And even St. John’s Wort with the PILL. And don’t forget Lopid with Mevacor or Lipitor with Tricor.

Of course, all the statins can cause life-threatening reactions even when taken without other drugs! Or Prozac, which significantly increases the risk of suicide, is made even more risky when taken with Mellaril. The book also lists 181 top-selling drugs that should NEVER be taken!!

The list of drugs that can CAUSE depression is almost three pages long. And there are 23 pages devoted to Drug-Induced Diseases.

Remember that over 2000 people die EVERY WEEK from prescription drugs.

Remember also that the BEST antidepressant is at best 42% effective, with at least a 25% complication rate.

If you won’t consult this terrific book, at least go to the Internet BEFORE you take any drug and read extensively, especially all the warnings and complications. You can find most information with a little extra work.

More importantly, NEVER TAKE ANY DRUG ELECTIVELY!! Unless you have a significant illness, which really requires drug treatment, avoid drugs.

Most of those advertised on TV are unlikely to be needed. The PharmacoMafia is pumping them. Before filling any prescription, ask your physician what are the risks of the illness without the drug. And talk with a pharmacist personally to learn all the risks/complications — or side effects, a real oxymoron, if ever there was one. Those side effects may cost you your life.

You do not need birth control pills. You do not need Tylenol/acetaminophen. You do not need statins. You do not need Ativan or Valium. And it now appears you do not need NSAIDS! Try Curcumin, Boswellin, and, of course, aspirin. If you do not have allergies to aspirin, it works better than most NSAIDS. Take it with a 500 mg capsule of glutamine, to help avoid the intestinal irritation.

You can treat depression twice as effectively and totally safely with the Liss CES and Shealy RelaxMate II. You can treat anxiety and tension with magnesium lotion and many forms of deep relaxation, including the RelaxMate. You can control cholesterol far more effectively with beta sitosterol and lecithin. Take control of your life and save your life by avoiding WORST DRUGS

C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D. is the father of holistic medicine. He recommends autogenic focus (the basis of the Biogenics System) as part of your commitment to self-health. Register to download your FREE autogenic focus MP3 now.

THE AMERICAN MEDICAL SYSTEM: NUMBER ONE OR NUMBER THREE CAUSE OF DEATH?

On Nov. 3, 2003 The NEJM released online a ‘new’ method for using flu vaccine–almost exactly what I have used for 30 years! Intradermal. Of course, they have not caught up yet with the need to give 3 intradermal shots for optimal immunity!

The JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION in 2000 reported that the American Medical System was the third leading cause of death, with 250,000 medically ’caused’ deaths in 1998. Overall, Medicine may be responsible for shortening average life expectancy by about 7.5 years.

Drs. Gary Null, Carolyn Dean Martin Feldman Debora Rasio and Dorothy Smith have conservatively estimated ‘iatrogenic events as the number one killer at 738,000 annual deaths.’ Assuming average life expectancy to be 75 years that would mean the medical system would wipe out 55,350,000 of current Americans, or roughly 20% of the population. At only 250,000 per year, there are still EVERY week, almost as many medically caused deaths as occurred in the World Trade Center destruction 9/11. But few seem disturbed by these appalling numbers!

This problem may not be uniquely American. In Spain it is estimated that 20 to 25% of all surgical operations are unnecessary. And in New Zealand the third leading cause of death is the Medical System.

And, of course, the problem is not just one of modern medicine. George Washington was hurried to the grave by bloodletting. Samuel Hahneman, developer of homeopathy, railed against the medical system in Germany at that time. Interestingly, in ‘undeveloped’ countries the leading cause of death is infectious diseases, especially in the very young. Just as today, the greatest NATURAL risks of a shortened life are infectious diseases, caused by poor sanitation and inadequate protein. And Dr. Thomas McKeown, in his landmark book THE ROLE OF MEDICINE, stated that only 8% (8% of 25 years is only an average of two years) of the increased longevity of Americans achieved in the first 75 years of the twentieth century was the result of modern medicine. If the advances of Medicine over the past 100 years increase life by an average of 2 years but decrease it by an average of 7.5 years, then we do not even wind up ‘barely on the positive side of zero’, as posited by Franz Inglefinger, late editor of THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE!

The problem appears to be a lack of the uncommon commodity, common sense. Today polypharmacy appears to be the major equivalency of purging and bloodletting 300 years ago, with even more dangerous results. The Congressional Office of Technology Assessment has estimated that over 80% of modern drugs have not been significantly proven effective. Elective surgery is an oxymoron. In view of the serious problems briefly outlined here, what is the average person to do?

SELF-RESPONSIBILITY FOR HEALTH!
Nothing is more important than no smoking, minimal drinking of alcohol, maintaining ad Body Mass Index between 19 and 24, excellent exercise, a positive attitude, no street drugs (and few PRESCRIBED ones), adequate sleep and relaxation.

When you are ill, despite healthy habits, insist on knowing all the risks (NOT SIDE EFFECTS< RISKS) of every drug and proposed invasive test or surgery. Find a great Family Nurse Practitioner as your primary care provider. And search the Internet and everywhere possible for safe alternative approaches for your problem. Of course, in acute illnesses and injuries, you must rely upon that American Medical System. Fortunately, it is in acute illness that the System works best.

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Nutrition: The Crown Jewel of Cam

Two critical works influenced my interest in safe ”alternatives” to drugs and surgery for most chronic diseases. THE ROLE OF MEDICINE by Dr. Thomas McKeown (The Nuffield Trust, 1976) emphasized the fact that 92% of advances in longevity were the result of sanitation, chlorination of water, pasteurization of milk and adequate protein. Dr. John Knowles, late President of the Rockefeller Foundation, stated that 80% of illnesses are the result of unhealthy behavior (”The Responsibility of the Individual”, Daedalus, Winter, 1977).

The current epidemic of obesity is clearly the result of poor nutritional choices, and nutrition is a major contributor to stroke, coronary artery disease, cataracts, macular degeneration, cancer of the colon, breast and prostate cancer, to name a few. I have room in this brief article for only a few references but there are more scientific articles supporting nutrition than there are for all drugs in the PDR. I have reviewed over 10,000 journal articles and created an annotated bibliography to give me rapid access to important published data. The most important findings seem to be those affecting cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, mental health, cancer, and degenerative diseases, especially cataracts and macular degeneration.

CHOLESTEROL – Perhaps there is no more medically attacked nutrient than cholesterol. People who eat the most cholesterol and saturated fat, including the French, Okinawanese, Yemen Jews, Northern Indians, African Masai, have half the death rate from heart disease as do Americans. More importantly, cholesterol can be remarkably lowered to safer levels with lecithin, arginine, taurine, saw palmetto extract, and even Red Rice yeast. (Rosch, Paul J. ”Ignore the experts and eat more meat and fat?,” HEALTH AND STRESS, American Institute of Stress, N.Y., # 11, 2003). And, of course, homocysteine is far more important than cholesterol!

HOMOCYSTEINE levels even in the ”normal” mid-range and above are associated with marked increases in hypertension, stroke, coronary artery disease and Alzheimer’s, not to mention spinal bifida with meningoceles. This is perhaps the most treatable of all nutritional problems, although the levels of B 12 and especially folate may need to be much higher than the measly 400 micrograms recommended.

IODINE – Subclinical hypothyroidism has been a major controversy for over three-quarters of a century. My own studies have shown that at least 80% of individuals have a body temperature below normal, low levels of iodine, many of the symptoms of low thyroid function, etc. Average iodine intake has fallen in the past two decades to only 150 micrograms per day, the supposed minimal daily requirement. Meanwhile, a variety of factors have increased our need for iodine – marked increased intake of cruciferous vegetables, chlorination of water, higher intake of protein, and nuclear contamination over the past 50 years. Additionally, only half the salt in the U.S. is iodized and physicians have recommended low salt intake for decades. At least 60% of individuals have body temperature return to normal within one month of adding iodine to their diet.

MAGNESIUM – Magnesium deficiency is rampant throughout the world. At least 80% of women and 70% of men do not eat the recommended minimum daily requirement of magnesium. There are over 350 enzymes that require magnesium. Magnesium is the major determinant of cellular membrane potential. Magnesium deficiency has been reported in virtually every major disease – hypertension, eclampsia, diabetes, asthma, cancer, allergies, migraine, coronary artery disease, etc. Magnesium is notoriously difficult to absorb orally, as its salts are laxatives. If magnesium goes through the intestines in less than 12 hours, absorption is seriously impaired. In my experience, even the best of the oral preparations, Magnesium Taurate, requires oral supplementation for 6 to 12 months to restore intracellular levels. Incidentally, only two tests for magnesium are accurate—the magnesium load test and the intracellular spectrometric exam. Blood levels are notoriously inaccurate, with true serum deficiencies found primarily in starvation and acute alcoholism. Transdermal applied, Magnesium Lotion, with 25% magnesium chloride restores intracellular levels within 4 to 6 weeks.

TAURINE – Taurine is the most abundant amino acid in the body, is found only in animal protein, and is synergistic with magnesium in maintaining cell membrane potential. Taurine is deficient in 86% of depressed individuals; 100% of depressed patients have deficiencies of one to seven essential amino acids, the building blocks of neurochemicals such as serotonin, norepinephrine, etc. Taurine is one of several essentials for preventing macular degeneration and is almost equally important in heart muscle.

OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS – Omega-3’s are the most essential fats and are remarkably low in the American diet. Depression, atherosclerosis, arthritis, and many degenerative diseases are helped by increased intake of the critical fish-oil Omega-3’s found in salmon, sardines, mackerel, cod liver, etc.

VITAMIN D – There is increasing evidence that a minimum of 1,000 units of Vitamin D is required. Skin and colon cancer and many immune disorders, including autoimmune diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, are strongly influenced by D deficiency.

BORON – To name just a few important correlations, bone strength, testosterone and estrogen are dependent upon adequate levels of boron.

LITHIUM – Tryptophan cannot be converted into serotonin without lithium, B 3 and B 6.

B COMPLEX – 80% of smokers and 35% of non-smokers are deficient in B 6, even when they are taking the RDA.

ANTIOXIDANTS – Free radicals are major determinants of degenerative diseases, cancer and death. Inflammatory reactions are major contributors to virtually every disease. There are several herbal preparations that are superior o NSAIDS, without the ”side effects”. These include Bromelain, ginger, Curcumin, licorice, and Frankincense (Boswellia). Of course adequate levels of Vitamins C, E and beta-carotene are also essential.

C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D. is the father of holistic medicine. Register and get his book 90 Days To Self-Health free