We have an in-house day care program here at our offices in Midland. There is a classroom, an area sectioned off for indoor play, a kitchen and outside playground equipment. We have full-time teachers and lots of little munchkins interrupting us during the course of the day.
An Historic Shift
Once every few centuries there is a global shift in economy and power. When it happens, it happens so quickly that those living through it no longer recognize their world. Economic analysts believe we here, in America in particular, are experiencing such a shift.
Just a few decades ago, America was the manufacturing capital of the world. Even workers of low skill could get good jobs and support their families with only one parent working. Notice the difference today? How many families do you know wherein only one parent works?
The shift in manufacturing and economic power is moving to parts of the world that had been considered backward and even impoverished twenty years ago. In America, living standards are dropping rapidly and frustration is reaching the boiling point.
In our community here in Midland, Michigan, with a population of about 35,000 people, recently there have been approximately 1,000 layoffs from just two major employers. These have been layoffs across the board from high ranking management to scientific researchers to secretaries. Companies in fear of retaliatory violence and theft terminate employees by simply having a security guard show up at the office door, unload the desk, walk you to personnel for your final check, and out the gate. That you may have put 20 or 30 years into the company is no longer of significance. A company with falling profits simply must trim.
My heart goes out to those unemployed who are now in their middle or later years. The job market is simply not there. This will create incredible stress for these families and adjustments will be extremely difficult.
If this should happen to you, keep your bearings. There are always places willing to hire truly good workers. If you need a job or are having difficulty finding one, then make finding a job your job. Take command, dont allow yourself to feel victimized. Finding a job is indeed an art, but as in any other form of work, success only comes after perseverance and diligence. Also, our global economy is no longer one which can permit companies to simply absorb worker lassitude and flaw. Be sure that when you find a job, you dont stop looking for work.
Back to this historic shift. The nations now growing the fastest in this new Industrial Revolution are those in Southeast Asia. They are working hard, saving much, and investing wisely. Everyone in these countries saves a lot. For example, in 1991 Singapores national savings rate was 43% compared to our 3.2% in the U.S. Also notice what their governments have done. From 1980-1990 there was an annual budget surplus in Singapore of 10.5%. Compare this to the U.S. where deficits average 4%. If we had Singapores surplus instead of our deficit, Washington would now have 4 trillion dollars in extra money instead of owing that much. The U.S. dollar lost 50% of its value against the Singapore dollar in the five years from 1985 to 1990.
The average American middle class is taxed to death, whereas the starting income tax rate in Singapore is 3% and half of the tax payers pay less than $150 per year there. Per capita annual income has increased five-fold since 1975 in Singapore, where our rate has actually fallen in real terms since 1973.
Similar revolutionary things are happening in Thailand, Malaysia, and China. China, in fact, if it attains even the per capita wealth of Taiwan, will be a larger economy than the rest of todays industrial world combined.
There are many reasons for this, including the cultural beliefs of the Far East. One is that they have come to believe that paying people welfare for not working is a drug that has stopped the vitality in the West. In contrast, Asian governments spend very little on health and social security.
For those who might believe that life is slavery and unduly harsh in the Eastern countries, consider that a baby born in Hong Kong can expect to live 77 years, and that is two years longer than an American or British baby can expect to live. Families in the Far East save and provide for their own and let government instead spend their budget on education, industry, and infrastructure. Asias secret is this: Get skilled, work hard, save, tax little, make quality products the world wants at prices the world can afford, invest in good schools, a strong infrastructure, and success is guaranteed.
What does this have to do with health? It has to do with being a victim. If this revolution is truly occurring, we in America are going to be increasingly victimized and apparently helpless. We must be aware that we are a part of the world economy and that many of our social, political, and economic assumptions may have to be revised. We must adjust to a new ethic of value given for value received. This applies not only to companies but to their work force as well. These are particularly important times to apply the principles in the Empowerment tape. We must increasingly become independent and self-reliant. By doing so, we will not become victims, powerless, and suffer the personal and health consequences from such a state. See Resource B for investment opportunities based on this historic shift.
As it stands, members of congress and senators can be perpetually voted into office. Thomas Jefferson and other framers of the Constitution favored term limits, but it did not get drafted as a part of the document. Many believe it is one of the few mistakes the writers made.
There are career incumbents who were in congress at the time that Truman defeated Dewey in 1948. The ability of seated politicians to marshal the economic support of special interests can almost insure their continued reelection. Last year, for example, 93% retained their seats. This is not because they are doing a fantastic job, but because they have spent a great deal of the time in office actually building campaign contributions and the political machinery to influence the publics vote when they should have been spending time making appropriate reforms.
The annual deficit is $300 billion. Taking a close look at this situation, as we will indeed do in forthcoming Reviews, will demonstrate that this is not just debt. This in effect has put the country in bankruptcy. What is bankruptcy? It means that all of the property within that country, the things you and I have worked a lifetime for, are in effect in receivership.
This debt is there for a variety of reasons but primarily because politicians love to spend because spending can create votes. Fearing defeat, congressmen do not act on their conscience but rather bow to the powerful economic influences that can either terminate or extend their political careers.
There is a movement for the term limit amendment to the Constitution which would prohibit a senator from serving more than 12 years and a representative from serving more than 6 (See resource C).
We need people of leadership and representation with vision and reform on their minds. They need to be able to act fearlessly and it seems that limiting terms would be a significant step in the right direction. Contact the organization and read their literature to see whether you agree or not.
England Journal of Medicine, Feb. 4, 1993: 303-
Supplements Needed If Dieting
Researchers from Utah State University have attempted to devise menus which would meet RDAs as well as meet guidelines for reducing fats, calories, meats, and so forth. They ran into an interesting snag. If the diet consists of less than 2,200 calories per day, the researchers found that it was impossible to meet both the RDAs and the NRCs Diet and Health guidelines.
If you will recall from previous Reviews, such nutrient recommendations (RDAs, NRC) are minimal recommendations based on average needs of a population. Thus the question would certainly arise: If a 2,200 calorie diet cannot meet these minimal recommendations for vitamins and minerals, what is happening to a person dieting at 1,500, 1,000 or even 800 calories per day? You guessed it. They are being nutrient-starved, throwing a system already stressed by the dieting program into even further stress and imbalance. Any wonder why people have trouble staying on diets?
The relationship between caloric intake and micronutrients is discussed thoroughly in my book, The Synorgon Diet - Achieving Healthy Weight in a World of Excess (see resource E). In the book it is demonstrated that dieting is not even necessary to achieve and maintain healthy weight.
Better than dieting, according to these researchers, is to simply increase physical activity so caloric demands increase and thus more food is consumed and with that more micronutrients. That is exactly how our preindustrial ancestors stayed healthy.
Journal of Nutrition Education, May 1992: 136-
Nutrition Research Newsletter, Sept. 1992: 96
Diet Cycling Increases Mortality
Losing and gaining in diet cycles is no laughing matter. It is deadly serious. A Harvard study following over 21,000 participants showed that mortality was significantly increased in individuals who either gained or lost weight in cycles.
We are designed to maintain a lean body weight from birth throughout life. When weight is either gained, or gained and then lost, the body is forced to adapt to this violation of natural law, if you will. It can do so to a degree for a period of time, but ultimately a price is paid.
Journal of American Medical Association, Oct. 21, 1992: 2045-
Dieting and the Menstrual Cycle
Fertility and Sterility, April, 1992: 771-
Tamoxifen and Depression
Tamoxifen is a drug used in mammary cancers which are estrogen sensitive. We recently reported several dangers associated with taking this drug. New evidence now suggests that extreme depression may also be associated with its use. One women reported that she is convinced she would have taken her life had she continued to take tamoxifen. She had even made plans to kill herself and set a date. When discussing her depression with her pharmacist, she astutely suggested that perhaps this was a side effect of tamoxifen and she might consider discontinuing its use. She did and now she is fine.
Hopefully all the people who will be participating in the tamoxifen trial (see below) will be alerted to this dangerous possibility with the usage of this drug.
Science News, Jan. 16, 1993: 35
The Tamoxifen Trial
The National Cancer Institute has launched a large breast cancer prevention trial, recruiting some 16,000 healthy women who are supposedly at high risk of mammary cancer. The rationale is that they believe that by giving 20 mg. of tamoxifen daily for at least five years that there will be a reduction in the incidence of breast cancer, osteoporosis, and heart attacks. Although such trials are perhaps warranted with women who have disease, launching a large experiment such as this on healthy women is potentially fraught with danger.
If you have volunteered into this study or know of someone who has, we would highly recommend that you read the evidence to suggest that you may simply be substituting dangers by taking this potentially dangerous drug over a five year period.
New England Journal of Medicine, Nov. 26, 1992: 1596
The Lancet, Nov. 11, 1992: 1143
DDT and Breast Cancer
DDT, a chlorinated organic pesticide, was banned due to its toxicity in 1972 in the United States. But levels of this pesticide persist in food up to this day. It is also believed that every human in this country has levels of DDE, a persistent break-down product of DDT, in body fat stores.
A study of 14,290 women, following them with special attention to the development of breast cancer, found that women who did develop breast cancer had DDE concentrations averaging 35% higher than those who did not develop the disease.
DDE and other chlorinated organics such as PCBs and dioxin may mimic the effects of steroid hormones in the body such as estrogen. Breast cancer is sensitive to estrogen and thus it is theorized that the DDE mimicking ability may stimulate mammary cancers.
This is yet another proof of our continuing theme that what we do now can affect us decades later. It also should confirm our suspicions of those who tell us that a little bit of radiation, a little bit of this chemical or that chemical, a little bit of that processed food or this processed food surely wont hurt you.
It is easy to scoff at the purists who advocate organic foods, biodegradability, environmental protection. So we enjoy ourselves now, living the good life, filling our grocery baskets with white bread, hydrogenated oils, sugar, additives and pesticides, keep the thermostat up so we can walk around in T-shirts, jump in our automobiles to drive a block, and shop till we drop for unnecessities should we then one day wonder why the blood vessels feeding our heart are choked with oxidized crud, vision is lost to cataracts, we struggle with arthritic pain every time we move, or we begin to worry about the mysterious lump that is growing in our arm pit?
I have a feeling that the purists are right and they will have the last laugh.
Here are some things to do:
· Chlorinated organics, as well as many other toxins contaminating our environment, are fat soluble. The more fat you have, the more of these toxins you will store. Get your body weight where it should be (see resource E).
· Next seek organic foods. They may cost more, but this cost is nothing compared to the cost of the devastation to your life and wallet which can come from a serious degenerative disease caused by pollutants. If consuming regular grocery products, be sure to clean and peel the skins thoroughly.
· Next, follow the anti-aging youth renewal guidelines discussed in the Empowerment tape and revealed monthly in the Review. Consuming high levels of the antioxidant nutrients, A (beta carotene), C and E, (see resource G) has been proven to be both effective as a preventive, and as therapy for pollutant stresses and the diseases they can produce.
Journal of the National Cancer Institute, April 21, 1993
Science News, April 24, 1993: 262
Mammography of Questionable Value A study of New Zealand woman aged 40-49 showed that there was no reduction in breast cancer deaths as a result of screening with mammography.
On the other hand, researchers argue that women in their 50s and 60s show a decreased death rate from breast cancer for those women receiving mammograms.
This is a controversial area with some researchers even arguing that the radiation from mammography may actually induce cancers.
The buyer (in this case of medical services) should beware. Lets not be in the position of not doubting what no one is sure about.
Science News, March 6, 1993: 149
Benign esophageal stricture is a condition whereby the esophagus is narrowed resulting in food boluses plugging the esophagus. The usual medical approach is to pass an endoscope down the esophagus and break the bolus up piecemeal.
In a study of 13 episodes of bolus obstruction of the esophagus, it was found that by administering Coca-Cola or some other fizzy drink such as champagne (for those of you who wish to make this a more elegant and black-tie therapy) the obstruction was disintegrated before any endoscopy was necessary. In some cases, Coca-Cola was successful whereas endoscopy was totally unsuccessful.
It is surmised that the fizzling liquid penetrates the bolus, releasing carbon dioxide causing its disintegration, or that the drink passes the bolus into the stomach, releasing gas causing burps to break the bolus up.
Royal College of Surgeons of England Annals, 75: 94-
The Lancet. March 20, 1993: 752
Is Aromatherapy for You?
Can our lives be improved by the use of aromatherapy? It worked for the Egyptians over 2000 years ago, as they used the leaves, flowers, resins, barks, stems and roots of various trees, plants and fruits to gather the essential oils which were (and still are) used for medicine, perfumes, and beauty purposes as well as religious and spiritual enhancement.
Indulging yourself with aromatherapy treatments at home is a great way to spoil yourself a little while receiving a wide range of therapeutic bonuses. It doesnt have to take a great deal of time, nor much effort. Some manufacturers of aromatherapy products make it easy to get started by producing pre-blended, ready-to-use items (see H on page 8).
Why use aromatherapy? One therapeutic reason is stress reduction, but believers also indicate that you can enjoy mood elevations, attitude readjustments, tension reduction, and even baby-soft skin as a real bonus.
Lets look at the elements for a stress-reducing soak: After your worst day at work in recent history (remember, you always think they cant get any worse, but they do), put warm water in your bath and soak for twenty minutes with ten drops of lavender, geranium, or chamomile oil or all three. Twenty minutes later you should be a new you, refreshed and relaxed.
If this can become a routine for you, the healthier you will be. Dont retain the hostility, aggression and frustration which accompany you home. We all are aware of the detrimental health effects of this sort of rage. Soak it away and begin anew each evening.
Or, if youre dragging and want a formula to energize, try ten drops of rosemary or juniper oil. Ylang-ylang is also reported to lift the spirits in the event that youve somehow dropped into the abyss as we all do from time to time.
H) To purchase aromatherapy essential oils products contact the Healthy Alternatives Store 1-800-748-0188. 20% discount to Co-op members. Other sources to explore include: Aroma Vera, 3384 So. Robertson Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90034 1-800-669-9514, Aura Cacia, P.O. Box 399, Weaverville, CA 96093 1-800-437-3301.