- DEAR FRIEND:
- There are now about 13 million
cases of AIDS world wide. About 1 million Americans have the HIV virus. This
is a rapidly spreading epidemic with an anticipated 70,000 new cases being diagnosed in
the U.S. alone in 1994. Compare this with the previous 8 years since AIDS was first
discovered in which 100,000 cases developed.
- American women have
underestimated their risk and as a result of lack of caution the infection is increasing 4
times faster in women than in men. The disease is also rapidly escalating in
American teenagers. It is estimated that some 80,000 children under the age of 18
will lose their mothers to AIDS by the year 2000.
- The cost to society in terms of
medical care will reach some $15 billion by 1995.
- Debate continues in the
scientific literature as to what has really caused the disease. Some researchers
believe it is simply the result of a disease agent(s). Others believe it is a
syndrome in which certain microbes, including the HIV virus, are opportunists.
Others argue that it is a manufactured disease that has
been inoculated into the population via contaminated vaccines, either inadvertently or on
purpose. (For some interesting references exploring how AIDS is likely an entirely
man-made debacle see Vol. 1 No. 10)
- Although there is great hope
for an "AIDS vaccine," it is unlikely that one will be forthcoming. If and
when it does it will probably be introduced just as the disease is going through its
natural epidemiological regression. Pharmaceutical companies will reap billions by
taking credit for doing what nature has already done. (Vol. 8 No. 1 for an example of how
this occurred with measles.)
- AIDS is linked with a
debilitated immune system, promiscuity, drug use, and blood transfusions. No one has
to take drugs and arguably no one ever has to receive a transfusion (Vol. 4 No. 7; 6, 6).
- Sex is another matter.
Don't hold your breath for everyone to stop "doing it."
Nevertheless, scientists have resigned themselves to recommending that the only way
to prevent the disease is to abstain or maintain a mutually monogamous relationship.
But with divorce rates exceeding 50%, and teens and adults continually assaulted
with titillating sexual media messages, these steps of denial will be slow in coming.
- In the meantime, be aware that
the disease is out there and that it is ubiquitous. Follow the counsel in the Health Letter to build your resistance so that if
you are exposed you put the odds in your favor for resisting the disease or perhaps even
recovering from it. Although AIDS is arguably 100% fatal, this is only a guess since
how do we truly know how many individuals have been exposed and have simply overcome it,
leaving no detectable signs of the event?
- Interestingly, some
practitioners outside the mainstream claim success in treating and curing this
"incurable" disease. (Resource A) Finally, for those of you who would like
to try to make the most of a mutually monogamous HIV-free marriage, our lead article will
give some interesting insight on doing the seemingly impossiblegetting along.
Medicine section from Wysong Resource Catalog, 1880 North Eastman, Midland, MI
- MARRIAGE - THE UNION OF OPPOSITES
- It is natural for us to seek
out companions who have similar interests. After all, if you want to spend your days
cooking meals and sewing, why seek a companion who wants to spend their time playing golf
and fishing? Yet sharp contrasts in interests exist in most marriages.
- These differences seem
unimportant in the early stages of a male-female relationship. Bonding occurs
because of romantic love and sexual desire. Some anthropologists argue that the
initial infatuation between men and women only lasts long enough to raise a child through
his or her first four years. Unless another child is born, it would be
"normal" for relationships to end. The anthropological argument is that
humans today are still, biologically, nomadic hunters and gatherers with men inclined to
move from mate to mate to spread their genetics as far and wide as possible, and women
inclined to seek a stable environment within which to raise children. The
manifestation stereotyped of that today is the male's easy arousal to a female's
beauty and the woman's more measured assessment of man as an economically stable
opportunity for the future of a family. This seems a little cold, I know, but I
suspect we are far more victims of this biology than we would like to admit.
- In a world in which perpetuation of the species is
of utmost importance, such biological predispositions are critical. On the other
hand, this is not so appropriate today, for ours is a world in which stable, peaceful
relationships and intelligent population control are necessary for the very survival of
the planet and the species.
- A common scenario: couple
meets, falls in love. They fulfill each other's needs for love, affection, security
and worth. They marry. The husband becomes absorbed in his work
(hunting/protecting). The wife feels neglected and unfulfilled. She has a
child and becomes absorbed in its care (mothering/nurturing). The child fulfills and
satisfies instinctual needs for loving and affection for the mother, but now the husband
feels neglected and unfulfilled.
- If the two don't recognize
their differences and work to continue to satisfy one another's needs, resentment,
bitterness, animosity, and even hostility and separation can result. The dream of a
lifelong loving, close family can become a nightmare of divorce courts, child custody
separations, dating turmoil, emotional trauma to the children, support payments and
destroyed assets... not to mention the toll on health.
- Understanding how to make a
man-woman relationship work requires first of all understanding that the
sexual/reproductive, romantic love bond that joins them in the beginningan almost
mindless state which is oblivious to differenceswill pass. Couples are then
left with the work of developing a mutually satisfying relationship that can bring each
peace, happiness, contentment and a feeling of purpose and worth. Her early morning
wake-up time and his late hours may not matter to a couple who are all googly eyed in love
with each other in the beginning of a relationship. Down the road, after their brains
return from vacation in the gonads, these differences do matter and can cause division,
anger, hostility and animosity. To make matters worse, often to resolve the
differences the goal of each mate becomes changing the other to their liking.
- The differences between the
sexes go far beyond the pinks and blues of babies. In my children I noticed
differences at the very earliest age when they were able to make any choices. Given
2 stacks of toys, girls will usually show a preference for the dolls and playing house,
the typical mothering instincts, and boys will be infatuated with trucks, dinosaurs and
sports, the typical hunting and protecting instincts. Without any guidance
whatsoever, given equal access to various toys, I have watched with amazement as my
children make these choices clearly and irrevocably.
- Here are some other differences
that will underscore the distinction between the sexes. These are differences that
are virtually impossible to erase. They must be acknowledged and incorporated into
life if the two opposites are to live together in peace and happiness.
- 1. Men average 59".
Women average 54".
- 2. Men carry 1-1/2 times
as much muscle and bone and 1/2 as much fat as women.
- 3. Men add an inch to
their true height while women subtract more than two pounds from their true weight.
- 4. Women live an average
of 2,665 more days than men.
- 5. For men, money and sex
are equally important, but for women money has higher priority.
- 6. Sex drive is highest
in the morning for men but varies with a monthly cycle for women.
- 7. More women than men
- 8. More than 8% of men
are alcoholics compared to only 3.5% of women.
- 9. Women suffer some
symptom of discomfort, such as headache or fatigue, more than 43% of the time, while men
experience it only 28% of the time.
- 10. Women can endure
twice as much chronic pain as men.
- 11. Women remember
details more effectively than men.
- 12. Men have a weaker
sense of smell than women, but are more sensitive to light.
- 13. Boys in high school
are twice as likely to be daily users of marijuana than girls.
- 14. Men take criticism
from children harder than women.
- 15. Men are more prone to
use criticisms and ultimatums for employees. Women would more likely use a
- 16. Men are more likely
than women to favor expenditures for nuclear weapons.
- 17. Men talk more about
news and work and women talk more about food and health.
- 18. Men drive twice as
many miles as women annually.
- 19. Women develop
cellulite, men dont due to the differences in a fibrous structure meshing between
the skin, fat and muscle layers.
- 20. 85% of women want to
lose weight, 45% of men want to gain weight.
- 21. Men attract women
with boasts of earning potential and showing off cars and stereos, whereas women attract
men by their looks or displaying sympathy for a guys troubles.
- 22. Intimacy for men
creates confidence and resiliency that lets them conquer the world, whereas intimacy for
women leads to a greater satisfaction in their roles as wife and mother.
- 23. Mens preferred
home activity is sex, whereas womens preferred activity is time with the family.
- 24. Men exercise more
strenuously than women.
- 25. Women know more about
nutrition, and doctor more than men.
- 26. Mens most
popular sport is fishing. Womens most popular sport is swimming.
- 27. Men perspire more
heavily on their chests and women more heavily on their arms.
- 28. Men sleep lighter as
age advances, whereas women are not affected as much by differences in sleep patterns with
- 29. Most men put their
pants on left leg first. Most women start with the right leg.
- 30. Men are more likely
than women to choose foods to increase athletic performance, but women are more likely to
eat foods that enhance health.
- 31. Men have double the
risk of heart disease that women have.
- 32. School bullies are
far more likely to be boys than girls.
- 33. One of three women
diet, compared with one out of five men.
- 34. The CEOs of 497 of
the Fortune 500 companies are male.
- 35. 71% of women spank
children and only 30% of men do.
- 36. 35% of men have used
headache as an excuse to avoid sex, whereas only 23% of women have.
- 37. The heaviest weight
lifted overhead by a man is 560 lbs. compared to 286 lbs. for the woman.
- 38. The fastest mile run
by a man is 3:46.32 and for a woman 4:15.61.
- 39. The chance that a man
would be struck by lightning is approximately twice that of a woman.
- 40. The percentage of men
who are college graduates is 22% compared to 16% for women.
- 41. The percentage of
violent crimes committed by men is 62% compared to 38% for women.
- 42. The number of men on
death row is 2,211 compared to 33 women.
- 43. Nobel prizes awarded
to men are 588, compared to 24 for women.
- 44. There are twice as
many male members of the American MENSA Highest IQ Society, as women. (This does not
mean that men are brighter, perhaps only that they have interest in MENSA's activities or
they have more self-confidence in their intellect.)
- 45. The chance that a man
talks to himself is 1:12 compared to 1:7 for women.
- 46. The percentage of men
who like the way they look in the nude is 68%, compared to 22% for women.
- 47. The percentage of men
who snore is 53% compared to 23% for women.
- 48. The chance that a man
is color blind is 1:25 compared to 1:50,000 for women.
- 49. Women find the face
to be an important attractive feature twice as often as do men.
- 50. The chance that your
best friend fantasizes about your wife is 1:2.5 compared to your best friends wife
fantasizing about you being 1:6.6.
- 51. The percentage of men
who have had an extramarital affair is 37% compared to 29% for women.
- 52. The success rate for
men who use the pickup line "Hi" in a bar is 71%, whereas with the same pickup
line for a woman, success is 100%.
- 53. The average number of
intercourse positions that a man knows is 14, compared to 9 for women.
- 54. The percentage of men
who prefer sex with the lights on is 45% compared to 17% for women.
- 55. The likelihood for a
woman to see going to a mall as entertainment is 10 times that as for a man.
- 56. The likelihood for a
man to spend a weekend afternoon watching a sports event on television is 10 times that as
for a woman.
- Many primitive societies
recognize these differences and are structured accordingly. There are several
tribes and societies, such as the Yanomama, which keep men together in separate housing,
discussing their hunting forays, and the women house together discussing their family
activities. The sexes come together as necessary to procreate.
- Our society is not structured
to accommodate male-female differences. But this does not mean that all marriages
must end in divorce, with resultant social chaos and abandoned children. The key is
to recognize the differences. By recognizing that each partner is captive to their
biology, frustrating efforts to change one another will not preoccupy the relationship.
- A womans family
orientation (procreation and nurturing) complements a mans occupational (hunting)
endeavors. Thus a division of duties is normal and harmonious. Differences can
actually be used for benefit. For example, a womans inclination to wake
earlier in the morning and to retire earlier at night permits each a period of alone time
during the course of a day. A mate does not need to mirror your every thought and
movement. But this is also not an excuse to be oblivious to a mate's needs,
selfishly isolating to serve your own biology. Synergistic balance can occur between
two totally different creatures, as can be seen throughout the synergistic, commensal and
various symbiotic relationships in nature.
- Not recognizing differences and
allowing them as a part of the basic nature of your mate can create tensions and stress
that can make life miserable, and impact severely upon health through the daily continuous
stress created. Divorce is not necessarily the answer, rather, understanding and
communication can create balance, peace and happiness. Harmony may simply be a
matter of sitting down and rationally discussing needs, expectations, differences and
areas where adjustment is possible, as discussed in Vol. 5 No. 6; 4, 2.
- Often married couples move from
their romantic love bond to the busyness of family life. These activities keep them
bound together and seemingly happy as each proceeds in the interest of the family with
little consideration for self. But when the children leave and retirement
approaches, the things that distracted each from the other's differences now must be faced
squarely. The golden years that could be the highlight of life and of the
relationship can turn into a bitter, resentful entanglement with each partner now simply
barely tolerating the other, but remaining because they see no other option.
- So where lies hope? It
begins with knowledge, not fantasies. The infatuation and fervor of romantic love
does not last. If it did, productive society would crumble as couples spent days
dreaming of one another and nights breeding the planet into oblivion. This does not
mean a romantic beginning cannot blossom into a mature loving friendship and partnership.
- The differences in the sexes
can result in a mutually satisfying symbiosis. But before this occurs, understanding
and tolerances of innate differences between the sexes is essential. While each can
allow for those differences in the other, each also will need to compromise the biological
imperatives to a degree to help fulfill the needs of the other. Without totally
sacrificing self, make your partner think, "I like you because you make me feel good
about myself." Relationships, particularly close ones, aren't easy. But the
mind and body health benefits of a pleasant and mutually satisfying respectful one are
worth the effort.
- (P.S. For those of you who
cannot believe men and women will ever get along, hope is on the horizon. Next month
I'll show you howif we continue to tamper with our environment as we havewe
all will become feminized, thus no genders to create differences!)
News, November 27, 1993: 360-
Men's Health Advisor 1993, Ed.
- Medical Cost Effectiveness
- The cost to add a year to life
by using dietary modification and supplements is less than $3,000. On the other
hand, to add one year to one person's life by using modern medical measures and mammograms
(if such can even happensee related article this issue), costs $82,000, plus using
cholesterol-lowering drugs ranges between $50,000 and $100,000, and considering yearly Pap
smears is $930,000.6
- Our invasive, manipulative,
high-tech, medical approach to disease is an illusion that is sucking the economic blood
out of society.
- Meanwhile, our government
debates how to solve the "health care crisis," which will likely mean not a
revision in the way health care is delivered, but rather simply a revision in the way it
is paid for. This approach will mean productive, working people will increasingly
pick up an ever-greater portion of the tab for useless and dangerous interventionistic
- Other than crisis and emergency
care, for which modern technology is a wonderful boon, health needs to be addressed on a
true preventive basis, which includes dietary and lifestyle modification and environmental
restoration to natural synorgonic balances. By placing the responsibility for health
where it belongson the individualand educating in the principles of self-care,
well over 90% of the $800+ billion spent in this country alone could be eliminated and the
health of our society would be vastly improved.
- We need to stop running to the
doctor with every sniffle and ache, and realize that we are having a problem because of
what we are doing, not because of what the doctor is not doing. The solution is to
examine our food, our lifestyle and environment and make the changes to get well.
- We don't need free medical care
or more extensive third-party coverage, we need less medical care (a cause of much illness
by iatrogenesis [doctor-caused]) and personal responsibility.
- If you're sick, look inward to your own life.
You are likely the cause. You fix it, and seek assistance primarily from
those who help you help yourself.
Southern Medical Journal, Vol. 83, 1990: 1421-
- SUBMIT NOW - PAY LATER
- An ongoing theme in the Health Letter is that choices you make now can have
dramatic impact on your life far into the future.
- Here is another example:
2,657 infants in Rochester, New York were given x-ray treatments for suspected
thymus enlargement. These, along with about 5,000 controls (infants who did not
receive such x-ray treatments) were followed for 37 years to evaluate the incidence of
thyroid cancer. (Since the thymus is very close to the thyroid, when the thymus was
irradiated the thyroid also received radiation.) There were 37 thyroid cancers in
the irradiated group and 5 in the control group. The higher the dose of radiation,
the higher the risk of cancer. Although the risk of developing cancer declines
somewhat over time for those individuals who were irradiated, there was still an increased
risk some 45 years after the treatment.
- You can be sure that, when it
was popular, irradiation of the thymus in infants was being touted as the latest wonderful
technological achievement of medicine, perfectly safe and wonderfully effective.
Since no adverse effects were measured in the months or years following
irradiation, and the thymus decreased in size, the assumption was made that these claims
were true. Unfortunately for these "infants," now
in their fourth decade of life following this technology, thyroid cancer belies all the
- Remember the synorgonic filter
we emphasize repeatedly in the Health Letter and
in the Empowerment tape. If a therapy or
an environmental circumstance puts us out of our natural context (and certainly the
irradiation of the neck in an infant is an unnatural event, an unnatural context for neck
tissues), then it is to be viewed with high suspicion for its possible adverse effects.
- In spite of the super
technology and elitist bedside manner that is supposed to make us all feel like we are as
well cared for as an astronaut on the way to the moon, arguably the greatest danger to
health today is the doctor who practices modern high-tech medicine on a submissive,
compliant, ignorant patient.
American Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 137, No.
10, 1993: 1068-
- Gulf War Disease
- Some two years after the Gulf
War, many veterans are experiencing a serious syndrome. It includes symptoms such as
staggering, slurred speech, pain in the joints, lack of energy and hair loss.
Thirteen out of every 15 babies born to these veterans have had blood disorders or
birth defects. Even blood banks are reportedly refusing to take blood from Gulf War
- Although there is much denial
by government, it is becoming increasingly clear that the Gulf War was not the surgically
precise, clean victory we were led to believe. Individuals who are experiencing this
condition may have difficulty obtaining effective treatment. Dr. Edward Hymen, a New
Orleans physician, has, however, treated this syndrome successfully using special
antibiotic regimens. He would certainly be the one to contact for those who are
having difficulty getting a response. Media reports indicated that no biological
agents were used against U.S. soldiers... but then why would an antibiotic regimen
work for these soldiers?
Opinion, January, 1994: 1-
- Why our water is in danger
- In the drawing to the right
from the National Resource Defense Council publication, The Amicus Journal, one can clearly see how our
water supply is in danger. Be aware that water is a finite resource. Be sure
to consume only water that has been properly purified. (Resource B)
purifiers/distillers (Contact The Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188). For
further reading see Ecology/Environment section in the Wysong Library catalog: 1880
North Eastman, Midland, MI 48640.
- Government for everyone
- Here is a way to make everybody
friendly toward government: Make state employee payrolls grow twice as fast as the
population nationwide (which is currently happening) and do like the city of New York,
which now employs 353,000 people. That is 1 out of every 21
residents. The idea is to create new services for unmet needs, and insure proper
voting by putting a greater percentage of the population on the government payroll.
American Spectator, January, 1994
- The pineal gland, located at
the base of the brain, secretes a hormone called melatonin. Light signals the
release of the hormone and darkness shuts its production down. As evening approaches
and melatonin levels in our body drop, tiredness ensues and sleep results.
- This hormone has been studied
extensively and is one of the best known links between our external world, in particular
light, and the functioning and rhythms of our body cycles.
- Melatonin is available in oral
form without prescription. I doubt this will last, since there are many health
claims being made about the use of Melatonin and surely the FDA will intercede. I
would urge caution in the use of any hormone substance that is naturally produced by the
body. The level of hormones and our ability to produce them is determined by a
feedback mechanism based upon the levels of hormones that are in the body. For
example, if androgenic steroid hormones are taken by athletes, these male hormones signal
to the testicles that there are plenty of male hormones circulating in the body and thus
the testicles will shut down their production of testosterone. If the hormones are
continually taken, the testicles can actually atrophy (shrink) and lose their ability to
produce the hormone. I worry about a similar affect by taking supplemental
melatonin. But perhaps for the measures mentioned below short-term therapy might be
tried if other methods seem ineffective. Some examples of the use of melatonin are
for jet lag, depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), schizophrenia, insomnia,
breast cancer and Alzheimer's disease. All of these conditions are hormone mediated
in one way or another, and reports in various medical journals have demonstrated
effectiveness of melatonin in their treatment.
- Melatonin is normally taken at
a dosage of 2-3 mg before bedtime and is available from resource C.
Melatonin (Contact The
Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188).
Alternatives, July, 1993: 1-
- Silicone and Autoimmune Disease
- Silicone breast implants are
suspected of causing immune disorders in women. Now evidence has shown a possible
link between silicone implants and systemic lupus erythematosus, a debilitating autoimmune
disease. One child, a 15-year-old boy, had a silicone testicular prosthesis placed
in the scrotum for cosmetic reasons due to a birth defect known as cryptorochidism, which
results in only one testicle descending into the scrotum. In another case a young
girl had a silicone scleral sponge implanted in her eye after having retinal detachment.
In both cases lupus erythematosus developed. Although these are not
controlled studies, they are a warning.
- I can remember when I used to
work at Dow Corning here in Midland. We learned that silicone had great potential in
the medical field because of its "proven" inertness in tissue. Isnt
it amazing that what we know for sure in our science today is not so tomorrow?
Lancet, February 5, 1994: 354
Screening By Hand
- If a woman follows the American
Cancer Society's guidelines she would get her first mammogram at 40, and then one every
year or two until age 50 and then one per year after that. If a woman survives into
old age, she may have received 50 or more doses of ionizing radiation to the sensitive
breast tissues. Evidence reported in a recent Journal of the National Cancer
Institute demonstrated that there was no benefit from mammography screening of women in
their 40's. A Swedish study has, in fact, demonstrated an increased risk for breast
disease for women following radiation therapy.
- Remember, the time to cure
breast cancer is before it ever begins. Examining for existing breast cancer is not
prevention. Following the many lifestyle and dietary measures outlined monthly in
the Health Letter can do much to prevent this
and many diseases before they ever begin.
- When women think of breast
screening they always think of mammography. As we have discussed previously in the Health Letter, all radiation including that used
for diagnostic tests such as mammography, is both toxic and additive. That means
that the radiation you receive from mammography adds to the radiation you received at the
dentist, which adds to the radiation you received from a chest x-ray, which adds to the
background environmental radiation you may be receiving. This radiation adds
together and accumulates through the years to create its potentially toxic effects.
- Though mammography may be able
to detect small tumors that might not be able to be felt by hand, there is no evidence
that the detection of such small tumors decreases mortality for women or that such
non-palpable tumors would ever cause any symptoms at all or threaten life.
- It is now concluded by some
medical researchers that simple physical examination of the breast is as effective as
mammography in terms of both human and economic costs. As reported in a recent
British medical journal, "The question we should be asking is not how to refine
mammographic screening, but whether we need it at all."
News, October 23, 1993: 259, 262;
Lancet, February 5, 1994: 342-
- Calcium and high blood pressure
- In a study of almost 7,000 men
and women over a 15 year period it was found that those individuals who consumed at least
1 gram of calcium per day had a significantly lower risk of high blood pressure. On
the other hand, if the person drinks alcohol every day this calcium effect is of no
- Science News, November 21,
- Organic food proven superior
- In some studies testing organic
food against commercial foods, it is argued that there is little or no difference.
Often such testing will measure things like protein or mineral levels. Such
crude analyses are like attempting to measure bacteria with a yard stick. Nutrition
is a matter of subtleties and incredibly complicated interconnections. Nevertheless,
a new study has shown that certain nutrient concentrations in fresh, organic foods were
twice those of commercial foods. For those of you who would like a scientific
reference to help prove the value of organic foods, see resource D.
entitled "Organic Foods Vs. Supermarket Foods," available from Balancing Body
Chemistry, Box 17, Cannonsberg, MI 49317. Send SASE with 52¢ postage.
- Canker sores
- To heal and stop the pain of
canker sores try dabbing powdered alum directly on the sore. Reportedly the cankers
will be gone within two days and seldom is more than one application required.
Alternatives, July, 1993: 5
- Coffee, exercise, and high blood
- For individuals who have
hypertension (high blood pressure), drinking coffee and then doing aerobic exercise can
boost diastolic and systolic pressure, and may increase damage to the cardiovascular
system. In effect, it accelerates the damage that is already resulting from high
News, November 21, 1992: 238
- Kidney Stones
- The herb hydrangea is
reportedly effective in dissolving some types of kidney stones according to herbologists.
(Resource E) Some kidney stones sufferers experience
a relief of pain by drinking fresh squeezed lemon juice. One individual in great
pain from stones reported a complete cure by taking a citrus powder containing D-limonene
(Resource F), along with cranberry juice concentrate capsules. With each meal one
capsule of the citrus powder and two capsules of the cranberry juice were taken.
Within two days the pain was gone, and six weeks after beginning the stones had
disappeared from the kidneys.
The herb hydrangea is
available from The Health Center for Better Living, 1-813-566-2611.
containing D-limonene available from Nature's Herbs 1-800-437-2257.
Alternatives, July, 1993: 5
- Vitamin E dosage
- A study of some 87,000 female
American registered nurses demonstrated that doses of less than 100 IU of vitamin E had
little or no benefit for coronary disease risk, whereas doses above 250 IUs per day did
not give better protection than doses between 100 and 250 IUs per day. Therefore,
according to these studies, the best dose of vitamin E is between 100 and 250 IUs per day
to achieve the benefits of decreasing cardiovascular disease risk.
Nutrition Research Newsletter, June, 1993: 65
- Flavonoids and heart disease
- Flavonoids are antioxidants
naturally present in vegetables, fruits and certain beverages such as wine and tea.
In a study of 805 men aged 65-84 it was found that flavonoids regularly consumed
may indeed reduce the risk of death from coronary heart disease in elderly men. Yet
another testimony to our constant reminders to increase fresh whole fruits and vegetables
in the diet.
Lancet, October 22, 1993: 1007
- Ultrasound dangers during pregnancy
- A study of 2,834 women
demonstrated that frequent exposure to ultrasound may influence fetal growth.
Researchers recommended that ultrasound not be used routinely for the entertainment
of the parents but be restricted to those women for whom there is a significant cause to
Lancet, October 9, 1993: 887
- Brand your kids
- Kidnapping of children is a
very real danger in the United States. Over one million children are reported
missing each year and 50,000 remain unaccounted for. Keep a regular updated, complete
description of children including height, weight, hair and eye color, birth dates and
identifying marks. Also take color photographs on a regular basis. You might
even consider having your dentist prepare a dental chart, and have your children finger
printed (as was recently offered at our local grade schools). It seems incredible to
even have to consider such precautions, but until our world becomes more secure, danger
lies primarily in not being cautious enough.
Consulting, December, 1993: 2
- Low-fat mayonnaise
- If you substitute 1/2 cup of
plain, nonfat yogurt for the same amount of mayonnaise called for in a recipe, you will
delete 736 calories and 89 grams of fat and greatly increase nutritional value. See
resource G for how to make your own superior yogurt.
cultures, equipment and directions (Contact The Healthy Alternatives Store at
& Nutrition Letter, July, 1993: 4
- Making peanut butter better
- Peanuts are a protein-rich
legume like, beans and soy. They are quite nutritious, containing a spectrum of
vitamins and minerals and are energy dense with fatty acids.
- Although Americans eat about
100 tablespoons of peanut butter per person each year, in the quest for asthetics and
mouth-feel, manufacturers have unfortunately replaced the goodness of peanuts with
dangerous additives and manufactured toxins. For example, refined salt, stripped of
all of its natural trace minerals, is in most commercial products. In order to keep
the oil from separating in the jar, manufacturers have hydrogenated the oils, creating
dangerous trans-fatty acids (Vol. 7 No. 3) and converted unsaturated fatty acids to
saturated fatty acids. Peanuts come from factory-farmed crops which have been laced
with pesticides and herbicides and either a synthetic preservative or no preservative is
used to protect the essential unsaturated fatty acids that are so important to health.
- I enjoy peanut butter and used
to feel good about feeding it to my children until I learned what corporate peanut butter
was all about. So I decided to fix it. We first found a source of organic
peanuts and organic soy beans. The peanuts are cooked and ground and the soy beans
are extruded. By combining the two, we are able to greatly enhance the essential
fatty acid and lecithin content and also enhance the protein levels. Also, in
preparation, compounds within the legumes that can be antinutritional are inactivated.
(Vol. 3 No. 1; 3, 9; 7, 6) Next, we added a 74-trace-mineral salt and a
natural antioxidant comprised of vitamin E, tocopherols, herbal oleo resins and other
natural antioxidants to protect the essential fatty acids.
- The result is a unique,
delicious peanut butter that is packed with good, wholesome nutrition. Though the
oil will separate in the bottle, it does not take that much effort to mix the oil back in,
or alternatively you can simply store the bottle inverted so that the oil remains
- Try this nutritionally enhanced
Peanut Butter Plus product in baked goods, on sandwiches, on toast and as a dip for your
veggies. (Resource I)
Lipid Nutrition - Understanding Fats and Oils in Health
and Disease, by Dr. R. L. Wysong is available from the Wysong Library catalog, 1880
North Eastman, Midland, MI 48640.
Peanut Butter Plus
(Contact The Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188).