- I remember from school
something vague about our forefathers and how the Constitution set the United States apart
from tyrannical governments because it made its citizens free.
- During election years there is
always political discussion. It is a time of debate, national pride for some, and
frustration for others. The highly popular Perot movement is an expression of rising
discontent. For many, there is a feeling that something is not quite right, that
government has acquired far too much power, and the individual has been lost in the
- Recent events, such as those we
have discussed concerning military-style regulatory action on health practitioners
dispensing vitamins, makes us aware that some rights are under siege.
- We are not really free
regarding how we wish to pursue our own health. Only drugs that have been subjected
to multi-million dollar trials as approved by the FDA are permitted to be marketed as
health remedies. It is unimportant that these trials do not assure safety or
efficacy, as evidenced by a long grocery list of drugs that have been approved and have
then subsequently killed and maimed.
- The government has taken the
position that we are not smart enough to make decisions about how we take care of our own
health. We are supposed to be comforted by their willingness to take care of
everything for us. As a result of this government concern we spend more money on
health than any country in human history, yet our citizens are becoming sicker, not
- Thomas Jefferson once said that
you should never trust your government. You need a revolution every 20 years
just to keep the government honest.
- Perhaps a revolution in our
approach to health care is past due. Unfortunately, there is much complacency, and
with a trillion dollars coming in per year the medical-industrial complex can do a lot of
wooing and marketing to make it appear that we are all being cared for better than an
astronaut on the way to the Moon.
- The best keeper of your health
is you. Ultimately, all healing comes from within. Thus, freedom to pursue
your own health is essential.
- Jefferson also said, The
price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Although we think this was all taken
care of long ago by our forefathers and the American Revolution, Im sure Jefferson
would have a contrary opinion on the state of affairs as they exist today. The best
of intentions, as expressed in our Constitution, is no guarantee that those intentions
will be carried out as originally intended without policing by the population.
- Lets look at two opposing
approaches to personal rights:
- PROGRAM A
- 1. Freedom of religion, press,
speech, assembly (total freedom, no permits, no licenses, equal time for all competing
ideas in the media).
- 2. Freedom to bear arms.
- 3. No forced
quartering of troops.
- 4. No
unlawful search and seizure (nothing like the raid on Dr. Wrights offices mentioned
in Vol. 6, No. 7 of the Health Letter).
- 5. Freedom not to witness
against self, guaranteed due process, just compensation.
- 6. Speedy and
public trial (no attorneyjudge deals, no waiting months for a trial).
- 7. Trial by
- 8. Freedom from excessive bail.
- 9. No denial
- 10. All
powers not mentioned reserved to States or the people.
- PROGRAM B
- 1. Abolition of private
property (if taxes are not paid, property goes to the State).
- 2. Heavy
progressive income tax.
- 3. Abolition of rights of
inheritance (the State becomes the third party through a marriage license).
- 4. Confiscate rebels
property (those not complying with State dictates may have property confiscated by SWAT
teams or the like).
- 5. Central
bank (a Central Federal Bank with the power to simply create money by printing it).
- 6. Government ownership of
communication and transportation (like a Federal.
Commission and State Department of Motor Vehicles).
- 7. Government owns factories
and farms (controls through permits, licenses, labor boards, OSHA, Soil Conservation
districts, Bureaus of Land Management, etc.).
- 8. Government controls labor
(like mandatory prerequisite Social Security numbers, enforced withholding tax on
- 9. Corporate farms, regional
planning (the gradual removal of the small family farm and its replacement with a few
super corporate farms directly linked to the government).
- 10. Government controls education (careful
control of permits and licensing of teachers and schools, as well as a state-approved
- Obviously Program B appears to
be more like our present situation. But which of the above two programs would you
rather live under? Can you guess what the origin is of the two programs? For
the answer see page 84 upside down. The answer will likely amaze you.
- Obviously the additive effect
of subtle slight-of-hand changes imposed upon us by government has removed us far from the
original intent of a free society. We are becoming what we have condemned while at
the same time believing we remain the land of the free.
- We spend much of our life in
the pursuit of personal freedom. Our work life is designed so that we can earn
enough money to be free to have time with our family in the evenings or on the weekends,
or during holidays or for brief vacations. We seek time (freedom) for peace and
harmony and not forced, continued, morning-to-evening enslavement.
- However, increasingly higher
work levels are required for both spouses as families attempt to make ends meet. We
move ever closer to being a colony of worker bees consumed with the day-to-day necessities
of life. True freedom under such circumstances can neither be enjoyed nor reached.
Continued desperate preoccupation with financial security can rob life of its
beauty and happiness and take a dramatic toll on health.
- The unique freedom document of
the United States, the Constitution, begins We, the people, not We, the
government, or We, the lawyers, We, the doctors, We,
the CPAs, We, the police, or We, all the multitude of
regulatory and licensing bodies. Our inclination to let someone else take care
of us is as much at fault in burdening us with control by others as is the desire by some
to wield direct political power.
- Inviting someone else to take
care of us sounds good, comfortable and safe. Particularly is this easy in a system
where we believe that there are appropriate controls to prevent abuse. But life
teaches the lesson that no one cares more about you than you. Therefore, you are the
best person to control your destiny. When you entrust others to do so, they will be
number one taking care of number one, and your interests will be only secondary,
tertiary or perhaps neverary.
- This non-critical-thinking,
follow-others personality begins early on. Bemoaning our sad state of affairs A. L.
St. Clair wrote in Informed Consent:
- We have permitted our public school systems to be used
to create a nation of functional illiterates. As such we function at a limited
capacity and in effect have become the automatons described by Ben Franklin during the
constitutional debates. The three most important subjects to any people wishing to
remain free are not even taught in any meaningful way in our schools. The lessons of
history, the science of law and the twin sciences of economics and money are all but
non-existent in our institutions of learning. Reared without even a smattering of
these disciplines, the people are docile and malleable. They make good corporate
citizens who tend to fear authority and seek escape from responsibility. They become
people who can perform tasks of work but do not have sufficient original thought
capability and reasoning powers to question the decisions of management. They are
easily ruled by those who would seek dominion. This is the condition we find
ourselves in as we are forced to seek solutions to a crumbling economy and failing
- These are perhaps broad
political, social, philosophic concepts that may or may not seem relevant to personal
health. It is a mistake, however, to not examine fundamental issues, for it is these
issues that shape our rights and our freedoms, and ultimately, our ability to pursue
health, vitality, and happiness.
- Oppressive government is what
created our nation of freedom seekers. The revolution was in part, a revolt against
a 5% tax made by George III on individuals. Today some can pay as much as 80-90%.
- It would be interesting for a
politician to dust off a copy of the Constitution and run for election by proposing a
restoration of the rights it describes. If that doesn't happen, maybe we should read
it ourselves (It is in fact a contract between people and government) and demand leaders
be held to their responsibility to protect our freedoms, not usurp them.
- Heres a question: Should we eat? We recently ran across a very
detailed and serious presentation books, audio cassettes, videos by
individuals claiming to be Breatharians and touting that lifestyle as
the definitive, correct one.
- Basically, breatharians dont
eat. Period. Maybe a bit of lemon or lime juice in a half-cup of water once a
week. Maybe. But not necessarily. Breatharians just dont eat or
drink. They take in their nutrients, as they claim, by breathing. A leader in
the movement weighs approximately 130 pounds and maintains that weight by breathing
healthy air. He says he would perish if forced to live on city air, but healthy
air contains everything we need for survival.
- Breatharians argue that
the process of eating is an addicting, toxic thing. The digestive system is
not an alimentation system, but a detoxifying system. The respiratory system is the
- All this eating, several times
a day, day in and day out, is poisoning us and is the ultimate reason that we die.
Two universal truths are... we all eat, and we all die. Breatharians claim
theyre connected. If you dont eat, you dont die or not at
least for two to three hundred years, or whatever our ultimate genetic potential is.
- While everything I know says
this is nonsense, apparently honest and sincere people say they are living on air alone.
If you would like to pursue this further, the book, BreatharianismBreathe and Live Forever, by
Wiley Brooks and Nancy Foss.
Breatharian International, Inc., PO Box 1629,
Arvada, CO 80001.
- Genetic Engineering
- Philosophically closer to more
of our dinner tables is this question: What
should or shouldn't we eat? We should avoid foods which have been overprocessed,
irradicated, and overchemicalized. Now we may need to look for foods which have not
been genetically altered as well. Our concern suddenly isnt just that our
carrot not be covered and infused with chemicals and pesticides now we must ask if
our carrot bears the growth genes of, say... a cow. If this sounds ridiculous, lets
look at some known genetic work with foods currently taking place.
- To quote Jeremy Rifkin, who has
launched the Pure Food Campaign against genetically altered foods, Our food is not
safe... Pig genes in your pasta! Millions of people vegetarians, Hindus,
Muslims, Orthodox Jews wont know what kind of animal genes are in their vegetables!
- Dr. Michael Fox, a department
vice president within the Humane Society, has written a new book entitled Superpigs and Wondercorn: The Brave New World
of Biotechnology, and Where It All May Lead. In his book he describes genetic
experiments that are shocking and almost unbelievable. Pigs programmed with
the human growth gene... were arthritic, lethargic, and had defective vision arising from
abnormal skull growth. He additionally reports that Merck & Co. have
developed a line of broiler chickens that carry the growth gene of cows. Merck
calls these their MacroChickens.
- Calgene, a leading
biotechnology corporation, says their genetically altered tomatoes which will be in
supermarkets in 1993 are a hell of a lot better-tasting than what you can buy
today. One researcher jokes that he has been eating what he calls the Flavr
Savr tomato for some time and hasnt grown any horns yet, which gives an
idea of what the new added genes are.
- What is the FDAs
position? Surprisingly enough, as vigilant as the FDA is in most areas, they are
considering that genetically altered foods be treated simply as whole foods. Genes
will not be considered as additives, and only foods with additives are tested for safety.
When questioned about this, one spokesperson for the FDA argued, You really
and truly arent adding anything youre changing it. Is the
correct conclusion then that it automatically must be safe? Rifkin and his group say
no. They have filed a petition with the FDA, demanding that the agency initiate
rules and guidelines to ensure the safety of genetically engineered foods.
Additionally, they want the FDA to require testing and clear labeling. While
I dont know about the testing requirements more government
intervention and likely more meaningless tests on innocent laboratory species clear
labeling with full disclosure about what has been done to the foods is a definite must.
Let the public then decide what they want to buy and eat.
- Many of the best professional
chefs of the world are up in arms about this too. They feel that their art, their
professional expertise, and the history of culinary beauty is all being sacrificed just to
boost the biotechnology industry. There are dozens of master chefs here in the
United States who have pledged to boycott genetically altered foods.
- In a world where most consumers
seem to be looking for pure, clean foods, the powers that be in our food industry are
going in the exact opposite direction, still looking for that super-manipulated space-age
wonder food. Yet in the consumer arena, the general consensus is, I just want
simple, good old-fashioned food. I dont want a super Flavr Savr tomato, a pork
+ human chop, or a MacroChicken. Please!
- If you are interested in more
information about this, you can contact the Pure Food Campaign.
Food Campaign, 1130 17th St NW, Suite 630, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 466-2823.
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- Zinc Supplementation For Infants
- As we continue to deplete our
land of major and trace minerals while only replacing nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus
(NPK) in commercial fertilizers, problems related to mineral deficiencies will likely
increase. Minerals cannot be synthesized either by plants or animals and thus we are
absolutely dependent upon their continuing presence within soils. But modern, high
intensity farming, combined with erosion and non-replenishment of the soils
when dozens of minerals are leached from it or taken up by the plants which
are used as foods, will continue to make food crops more and more mineral- poor.
- A recent study reported in The Lancet has shown that infants being fed
breast milk in both developing and developed countries are at risk of zinc deficiency.
Growth is zinc sensitive. Those infants in the study given a 5 mg. zinc supplement
daily showed better growth scores than those not receiving the supplement. The
authors concluded that for infants breast fed longer than four months, the decrease in
growth velocity is at least partly a result of inadequate zinc intake.
- Breast milk is the champion of
infant foods and provides minerals in their most biodegradable form. If the mother
is receiving a mineral depleted diet which is increasingly likely then
infants consequently suffer.
- Prudent supplementation with
naturally complexed vitamins and a spectrum of minerals is a safe and potentially
beneficial thing to do.
Lancet, September 19, 1992: 683-
- Exercise Dangers
- A regular program of both
aerobic and weight bearing exercise can bring many benefits. This is pretty much
- However, with competitive
sports and fitness manias, some people are embarking upon dangerous extraordinary
unremitting endurance exercises.
- Permanent heart injury has been
known to develop in such athletes, likely as a result of severe ischemia (insufficient
blood flow to the heart), the release of high levels of catecholamines (hormones released
due to stress), vasospasm and endothelial (blood lining) damage.
- Other possible mechanisms for
injury include a deficiency in magnesium ions induced by severe exercise, thrombogenesis
and the release of free fatty acids which, particularly if oxidized, could directly damage
the myocardium (heart muscle).
- Early humans exercised as a
part of their daily life. The feats of some primitive people such as the Tarahumara
Indians of Northern Mexico are quite remarkable. They have been observed to chase
deer for up to two days, until the animal simply dropped from exhaustion. Primitive
societies however, are believed to have followed a paleolithic rhythm with one or two days
of hunting 6 to 8 hours a day, followed by one or two days of rest.
- Modern athletes, however, are
stimulated by goals beyond just hunger and can stress their systems beyond their
capability of repair. Particularly is this so for endurance activities where little
rest occurs to permit repair.
- The point is to keep exercise a
part of your life. Make it challenging and vigorous, but use caution regarding
unremitting endurance exercise.
The Tarahumara: An Indian Tribe of Northern
Mexico, by Bennett W.C., Zingg, R.M., . Chicago:
University of Chicago Press, 1935: 113
- Anesthetic Dangers
- Nitrous oxide is an inhalation
analgesic used in hospitals, dental offices, and veterinary clinics. This laughing
gas is often used to decrease anxiety in the dentist chair preliminary to local
anesthetics. In veterinary and human medicine it is used primarily for its potent
analgesic (pain-killing) effects.
- Female personnel working in
environments where this gas is used are now believed to be at increased risk for reduced
- The New
England Journal of Medicine, October 1, 1992:993-
- Milk And Diabetes
- Type I diabetes, also known as
insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, is believed
to be a genetically determined disease. It is called insulin-dependent because its
control depends upon the daily administration of insulin to maintain proper blood sugar
levels. But things are never so simple as what we imagine they are.
- An interesting study from the
University of Toronto has taken one step further in demonstrating that there may be an
environmental link. Although the pancreatic beta cells responsible for releasing
insulin are known to be destroyed by an autoimmune response, it is not clear what triggers
this autoimmune response. These researchers are arguing that a specific protein in
milk, called bovine serum albumin, may be the culprit. An albumin peptide containing
17 amino acids may be the reactive epitope. Antibodies to this milk peptide can
react with the beta cells' surface protein P-69. Thus, this is an immune reaction
caused by our bodies forming antibodies to a milk protein, and then consequently having
these same antibodies destroy the beta cells in the pancreas, which are responsible for
- This issue is controversial
and, of course, as always, there is much debate in the literature. Evidence that
should make us suspicious of cows milk includes lack of the disease in
diabetes-prone rodents who were kept on a milk-free diet, epidemiological data in humans
showing a relationship between cows milk and diabetes, and a significantly reduced
incidence of diabetes in children exclusively fed by breast with a delay in exposure to
- The debate will continue among
researchers perhaps for years. But for those contemplating having children, this is
yet one more validation of the value of breast feeding infants.
- The New
England Journal of Medicine, July 30, 1992: 302
- The Breast And IQ
- Researchers have reported that
children who consumed mothers milk in the early weeks of life had significantly
higher IQ scores at 8 years of age than those not breast fed. A comparison was made
to those infants fed formula.
- Although there is debate in the
literature as to what has really caused the IQ difference, the difference is indeed there.
Some feel the difference in IQ was a result of other controlling factors such as
social class, the mother's education, and parenting skills.
The argument is that those women who do breast feed are
likely more alert, more intelligent and more attentive to their child, thus promoting
better IQ by better nurturing. Regardless of the exact cause, this is one other
piece of evidence in the long list of many we have mentioned in the Health Letter for giving children the ideal diet
they were designed to receive.
- The Lancet,
February 1, 1992: 261
- The Lancet,
April 11, 1992: 926
- Less Is More . . .
- In case Fall and Winter are
your hibernating times, with less exercise and outdoor activity, take special care to
avoid packing on too much extra Winter weight.
- There is little doubt that
western societies eat too much. Obesity is an epidemic in all age groups and disease
resulting from it is a serious health threat. Eating less, of course, would help
solve this problem. But as we have described before, obesity is not simply an issue
of eating less or exercising more. Modern obesity is a complex spin-off from the
opulent degradation of our modern world at large.
- Research has indeed shown that
the more weight you carry, the less time you are going to have to carry it. Studies
on mice called NR40-243 have demonstrated that there is less disease and less aging
degeneration if there is under-feeding. Underfeeding in fact almost doubled life
- The exact mechanism causing
this is not known, but is likely a result not so much of just eating less food as eating
less of the kinds of foods that are available today. The modern processed diet is
faulty, being both imbalanced and distorted such that it even poses a toxic threat.
Oxidized compounds and various other processing degradations may be the reason why
under-eating actually spares the body and can increase age.
- Many of the serious
environmental toxins which appear in our food supply, such as organic halogens, are lipid
soluble. Thus the more fat we have, the more readily these toxins are absorbed.
Then when we diet, we dump these out of our fat deposits into our systems.
Some believe the resulting sickness that often occurs, is a strong impediment to
people successfully dieting.
- Thus the value of undereating
may not be a result of the mathematics of calories but simply that the less we eat of our
modern processed foods, the less we are poisoned.
- A sobering thought.