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Five Operations You Don’t Want To Get
1. Hysterectomy
The removal of the uterus and ovaries takes away sources of estrogen and testosterone, which dramatically increases the risk for heart disease and osteoporosis. Other potential side effects include pelvic problems and reduced sexual desire. A recent study has shown that removing the ovaries in women who are not at risk for ovarian cancer, may actually increase their risks for other health problems. Hysterectomies should be considered for uterine cancer, but most procedures are done for other reasons. Some recent findings show that as many as 76 to 85 percent of annual hysterectomies may be unnecessary. There are many alternatives to hysterectomies available, so if your doctor suggests one for a non-cancerous problem, it may be wise to get a second opinion. Obstetrics & Gynecology (See Estrolog monograph in Resources Below)

2. Episiotomy
Episiotomy is a surgical incision to enlarge the vaginal opening prior to childbirth. The reasoning behind this procedure is to ease delivery and decrease perineal tears. The procedure causes healing pain, and may increase the risk of pelvic muscle tears and incontinence. Many women do not know that this procedure is voluntary, so make sure to communicate your desires well before labor. Doctors will say, “It will help can get the baby out quicker” at a time when women can’t have time pass fast enough. Other ways to avoid the surgery include Kegal exercises to strengthen vaginal muscles and working with a nurse or midwife before and during labor. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

3. Angioplasty
Over 1 million angioplasties are performed annually in the United States. A recent study has shown that heart medication was just as beneficial as the invasive surgery. The study also showed that angioplasty did not appear to prevent heart attacks or save lives among non-emergency patients. The New England Journal of Medicine (See Carvasol monograph in Resources below)

4. Heartburn Surgery
A surgical procedure to help control acid reflux is called nissen fundoplication. It involves restoring the valve function of the esophagus to prevent stomach acid backup. This quick fix is usually temporary because lifestyle and dietary habits usually remain unchanged. The surgery can also come undone and cause side effects such as difficulty swallowing and bloat. Additionally, the surgery doesn’t affect healing of the underlying problem and esophageal cancer remains a risk. Lifestyle and dietary changes are the best treatment for acid reflux. The American Journal of Surgery (See Probiosyn and Wellspring monographs in Resources Below)

5. Lower-Back Surgery
Over the last 20 years, lower-back surgery has increased by over 50%. The surgery may relieve lower back pain, but only sometimes and temporarily at that. Moderate, low impact, back-specific exercise is the best and safest treatment. Pain killers are dangerous because they permit activity that may further exacerbate the problem—usually a bulged or herniated disc. University of Colorado School of Medicine (See Contifin and Glucosamine monographs in Resources below)

Drug Companies Top Lobbyists
Pharmaceutical companies are now spending more money than other health organizations to lobby Congress. In 2000, health care lobbying expenditure totaled more than any other industry, and the majority ($96 million) was from drug companies. Doctors, hospitals and health insurance organizations ranked distantly below the drug company expenditure. Case Western Reserve University

Sun-Avoidance Linked to Autism

The increasing rate of autism in the U.S. has been linked to the presence of mercury in early childhood vaccines, as well as a deficiency in vitamin D. Sun-avoidance is a trend that has increased substantially in the last 20 years in response to warnings from the medical community. The Vitamin D council believes that there is a link between sun-avoidance and autism. The vitamin D receptor, which appears in many different brain tissues in prenatal and early postnatal development, increases nerve growth in the brain once activated. The National Institute of Mental Health has concluded that it is vital for expectant mothers to get adequate vitamin D, and to also provide moderate sun exposure once the baby is born. This can be achieved through exposure on a daily basis without using sunscreens. The Vitamin D Council (See O-Mega D monograph in Resources below)

Poisonous Feed Additive
An arsenic-based additive that is commonly used in chicken feed has been found to potentially convert to more toxic forms of inorganic arsenic. Roxarsone is often added to feed to promote growth in chickens, lend anti-parasitic properties, and improve meat color. It has been found that under certain conditions, which may occur inside live chickens or on farmland, roxarsone converts to a form of arsenic that has been linked to multiple cancers, partial paralysis, and diabetes. Although a few food suppliers have eliminated roxarsone from their chickens’ feed, 70 percent of the food chickens produced in the U.S. each year are still given feed containing roxarsone. Chemical & Engineering News

Wound Healing with Honey

A problem associated with diabetes is poor circulation and resultant ulcers. The modern medical approach to combating such ulcers is antibiotic therapy, which often results in drug-resistant bacteria. Studies have shown that honey can provide relief from infections in diabetic ulcers by producing an acidic pH, causing dehydration of bacteria, and enzymatic excretion of hydrogen peroxide. Honey promises the hope of tremendous benefits to the roughly 200 million diabetics worldwide. University of Wisconsin-Madison (See Natural Honey monograph in Resources below)

Raw Honey Offers Further Healing Properties

Researchers in England are treating patients having mouth and throat cancer with honey to help reduce the chances of bacterial infections, especially those antibiotic resistant. Honey is known to act as an antimicrobial for many bacteria and fungi. It has also been found to speed up wound and ulcer healing, as well as offer relief from diarrhea, insomnia, sunburn and sore throats. Yemen Observer (See Natural Honey monograph in Resources below)

Kids Don’t Need Glasses
Twenty percent of children with normal eyesight were unnecessarily prescribed glasses after visual exams. Some believe that this is because the doctors have had little or no training in dealing with children’s cognitive development. Prescribing glasses when they are not necessary in effect cripples the eyes and makes the child glasses-dependent. Review of Optometry (See Resource Directory of Alternative Resources)

Reducing Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
To help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, follow these suggestions –
Avoid sugars
Eat plenty of high quality omega-3 fish oil
Avoid most fish (unless tested to verify absence of mercury)
Avoid aluminum-containing products such as antiperspirants, cookware, etc
Eat plenty of vegetables
Avoid flu vaccinations
Supplement with antioxidants and B-vitamins
Increase physical exercise
Avoid smoking (doubles risk!)
Sunlight Nutrition and Health Research Center (See Marine Lipids and Omega-D in Resources below)

Canada's Tame Wildlife
Click the link below to view some fascinating pictures of a polar bear playing with domestic sled dogs in the Canada's Hudson Bay. Also included are cute pet photos.


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