Health, Fitness & Diet - Comment

Joe Rogan Interviews Victor Conte on the coverup on sports enhancing drugs / Oct 2012
Victor Conte was one of the pioneers of illegal doping programs in the United States, and he was founder of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO) which distributed steroids to athletes. Conte did time for his activities, and is now focused on nutritional methods for increasing performance. Here he lifts the lid to Joe Rogan on how widespread doping has become, and how positive results are buried by the authorities so that the image of sport is not damaged. He states that 50% of athletes are now taking performance enhancing illegal drugs, including many of the big names in all different sports, including track & field, boxing, football and tennis. (Thanks Sab)

BOOK: The China Study/ Campbell & Campbell
The China Study is the most comprehensive medical study ever to be undertaken to show the link between diet and chronic disease such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. The basic findings of this study indicated that a plant-based diet is far healthier, and that, for optimum health, we all need to cut right down on animal proteins such as those found in eggs, dairy products like cheese and milk, and flesh products like meat and fish. By doing this we not only drastically cut our risk of serious chronic disease, but we are able to increase our chance of recovery should we already be in a diseased state. No other nutrition/diet book has the same heavy-weight scientific clout as this one, which makes it a must-read for those with or wanting to prevent the risk of chronic diseases.

GlaxoSmithKline LogoMonsanto VP Appointed FDA Advisor / 13 Aug 12
Obama has just appointed Michael R. Taylor, former Monsanto Vice President and chief lobbyist, to the post of senior advisor to the commissioner of the FDA. This gives Monsanto huge influence over American food and drug policy, presenting a massive conflict of interest. It is these sorts of appointments that explain why the FDA is so blatantly against natural health solutions and organic farming. This also means that toxic farm chemicals as well as genetically modified foods will now be pushed through with impunity, as Monsanto rides high on its path to world domination. It is not in the people's interest to have individuals like Tailor in positions of power, but Obama's decisions are nothing to do with the interests of the people.

BOOK: Acid & Alkaline / Herman Aihara
Maintaining an alkaline balance in our bodies is important for health and in this book, Aihara outlines how different foods have alkaline, acid or neutral effects in the body once they have been digested, something that isn't always obvious from their initial state. For example, lemons are an extremely acid fruit, whereas once they have been digested they leave an alkaline ash in the body. This is one important aspect of diet that is often overlooked by most nutritionists.

GlaxoSmithKline Logo$3 Billion Fine for GlaxoSmithKline Healthcare Fraud / 4th July
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has admitted in the US courts that it bribed physicians to push dangerous drugs in exchange for Madonna tickets, Hawaiian holidays, a European pheasant shoot, cash and very lucrative speaking tours. The company also admitted to distributing misleading information on Paxil, saying it could be used for children when it was not approved for children. Considering that the company has a market value of $133 billion, a $3 billion fine amounts to just 2% of its value. Imagine if a natural health company had made just simple claims for a product (never mind bribes and dangerous info), it would be fined a lot more than 2% of its value, indeed, it would probably be closed down, with calls for draconian control of the natural health industry. But big business controls the shots even in government, and so a slap on the wrist is considered sufficient.

Airport X-Ray Body Scanners Safety Tests were Rigged (17 May 2011)
NaturalNews reported this week that "the TSA faked its safety data on its X-ray airport scanners in order to deceive the public about the safety of such devices." Now five professors from the University of California, San Francisco and Arizona State University have written a letter to bring this deception to public awareness. They report that the tests, which were done anonymously and secretly, "didn't even use the actual machines installed at airports" but a "custom combination of spare parts rigged by the manufacturer of the machines" in order to produce the required safety data. Peter Rez, a physic professor from Arizona State, says that "the high-quality images described by the TSA could not be produced with the low levels of radiation being claimed by the TSA," and goes on to say that an estimate of the actual radiation these scanners are producing is 45 times higher than we are being told, and the radiation is increased further to "zoom" into interesting parts of our body.

BOOK: Prescription for Dietary Wellness / Balch & Balch
The Balchs new book is set to become as successful as their other book below. Dietary Wellness focuses on treating diseases using specific diets. The book includes charts with warning signs of disease and nutrient deficiency, and highly nutritious recipes. It is a shame that the book suffers from poor editing.

Did Brian Deer Lie in his false exposure of Dr. Andrew Wakefield? (Jan 2011)
In May 2010, surgeon and medical researcher, Dr. Wakefield was struck off by the Medical Register (he can no longer practise medicine in the UK) for dishonest and fraudulent research which uncovered the dangers of MMR vaccination and its link to autism. Then in January 2011, journalist Brian Deer published an exposé of Wakefield's work as an "elaborate fraud", urging that Wakefield face criminal charges. However, further investigation reveals that Deer's allegations against Deer are categorically false. This is a long series of interviews undertaken by Dr. Gary Null who has access to all the documents that Deer had access to, and he conclusively shows that ALL the allegations against Wakefield are lies.

You can hear these interviews by visiting:
http://www.naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=2969467AE82B11FA08943967096BFDA0
[Thank you to Heidi from Our Gaia for the link.]

BOOK: Prescription for Nutrional Healing / Balch & Balch
This is one of the leading guides to natural health. Indexed like a home medical encyclopaedia, instead of outlining normal orthodox treatments, this highly informative and best selling book gives natural treatments using nutritional supplements and herbal remedies. Highly recommended.
False Pandemic - Jane Burgermeister

eBOOK: False Pandemic - Jane Burgermeister (Jan 2010)
Jane Burgermeister is a highly regarded medical editor and journalist who has become one of the leading whistle blowers on the hidden agendas of the vaccine industry and governments that collude with them. This ebook is the story of the swine flu pandemic and how is was manufactured for the specific purpose, not only to enrich the pharmaceutical industry with vaccine sales, but also as an attempt to depopulate the globe and install a one-world government. Farfetched? It certainly sounds that way, until you actually examine the evidence that Burgermeister has uncovered, evidence that was compelling enough for her to file criminal charges against those responsible. And there is a great deal of unequivocal evidence to show that both governments and big pharma are systematically lying about this whole pandemic to the general public. If you want to know the truth, if you value your own life and that of your family, then read this ebook. Also, visit Burgermeister's website at www.theflucase.com.

Lifesmart / Carole Caplin
Carole Caplin is an experienced nutritionist and lifestyle expert with twenty years of experience helping men and women achive optimum health. In the UK is she famous for having been alternative health advisor to the Blairs and for campaigning against a proposed restriction on health supplements. Unlike many other celebrity health "experts", however, Caplin really does know her stuff and her practical book is certainly the best in the "live well, feel good and look great" category that we have come across for a while.

General Electric Gags Doctor Warning Risks of Drug Omniscan (Dec 2009)
GE Healthcare, a British subsidiary of General Electric, is using the free-speech stifling British Libel laws to gag a Danish academic, Henrik Thomsen, after he described the side-effects of GE's drug Omniscan as a "nightmare". Thomsen expressed concern at a scientific congress in Oxford in 2007 after witnessing kideny patients at his hospital contracting a potentially deadly condition after taking Omniscan. When the UK Sunday Times asked GE Healthcare to highlight which part of this presentation was problematical, the spokeswoman could not do so. GE Healthcare alludes in its writ only to defamation by "innuendo", and so is effectively using UK libel law to gag a doctor speaking out in the interests of public health to protect profits. For more information, visit: PharmaGossip.

BOOK: Racketeering in Medicine / James Carter
Any doctor who tries to buck the medical establishment is a brave person, and Dr. James Carter is no exception. In this well researched book Carter presents hard evidence and specific facts showing how the orthodox medical establishment are systematically crushing effective alternative therapies using their economic clout to launch campaigns of harassment, trumped-up charges and outright amoral behaviour.
Osterhaus

Meet The Man Credited for Generating the Whole Swine Flu Hysteria (Dec 2009)
The man with the nickname "Dr Flu", Professor Albert Osterhaus, of the Erasmus University in Rotterdam Holland has been named by Dutch media researchers as the person at the center of the worldwide Swine Flu H1N1 Influenza A 2009 pandemic hysteria. Not only is Osterhaus the connecting person in an international network that has been described as the Pharma Mafia (he stands at the global nexus of every major virus panic of the past two decades), he is THE key advisor to WHO on influenza and is intimately positioned to personally profit from the billions of euros in vaccines allegedly aimed at H1N1. As a government and WHO flu advisor who has substantial financial interests in the vaccine industry, Osterhaus is now under investigation for this huge conflict of interest. For more information, click here.

BOOK: Milk: The Deadly Poison / Robert Cohen
"Drink up your milk if you want to be strong and healthy" or "drink milk if you want strong bones". We have all heard this rubbish at some point in our lives but, as Cohen points out in this great book, milk is actually a toxic substance which can produce an array of ailments in humans. It also contains growth hormones that have been shown to stimulate cancer cells. If you want to be healthy, stopping drinking milk may be one of the most important things that you can do. years. Read and contemplate this thesis today. Tomorrow, it may be the news headlines."

Alternative Cancer Doctor is Kidnapped by the FDA (Dec 09)
Dr. Greg Caton has been researching and developing effective alternative cancer treatments for the last 20 plus years. However, the powers that be and the big pharmaceuticals needed Caton to be silenced regarding his cancer treatments, and so, on the 2 December 2009, Greg Caton was kidnapped by the FDA in Ecuador where he has been living and working perfectly legally, flown back to the US, and has not been seen or heard of since. [more]

BOOK: Conscious Eating / Gabriel Cousens
Gabriel Cousens is a doctor who runs the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in the United States, and this book is the culmination of his experience and experimentation with various diets. The book contains a great deal of useful information, especially on vegetarianism, although the raw food aspect of the book might be too drastic for most people, especially those living in cold countries.
Does the Vaccine Matter?: Flu vaccines are based on shaky science at best. Brownlee and Lenzer have written an important article in The Atlantic outlining the inability of flu shots to protect humanity against a possible flu pandemic.

Swine Flu Jab More Dangerous Than Swine Flu Itself (16 Aug 2009)
The Health Protection Agency has sent a confidential letter to the Government demanding to know why the public has not been informed of the full dangers of the Swine Flu vaccination, and more specifically its ability to increase the risk (by as much as 8x) of a brain disorder called Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), which attacks the nerve lining causing paralysis and problems with breathing. The letter states that a similar vaccine used in the US in 1976 ended up killing more people than the disease itself, and at that time the vaccine had to be withdrawn after just ten weeks. As a result of this information, one leading neurologist said last night: "I would not have the swine flu jab because of the GSB risk." This comes only days after Oxford University researchers advised that children should not to be given the vaccine because the harm taking it outweighs the benefits. [Source: Mail On Sunday]

BOOK: Healing Beyond The Body / Larry Dossey
Dosseys is a medical doctor who has been involved with alterative medicine since the 70s, when his hard-headed scientific side was forced to acknowledge by his experiences that there was more to the body than just mechanics and chemistry. In this book Dossey explains how the meaning that a person assigns to his or her illness is an essential component in whether and how soon he or she recovers. From here, Dossey goes on to explore the power of the mind over the body and how the mind even survives the death of the body. This is an inspiring book.
Vaccine Ingredients: Vaccines contain many ingredients other than the actual vaccine itself, and these include heavy metals such as mercury and aluminium, phenol and other very toxic compounds. If you want to see what is in the vaccine you are taking, check out this comprehensive information site, run by doctors, that lists most of the well-known vaccines: www.novaccine.com.
BOOK: The Hundred Year Lie / Randall Fitzgerald
Have you ever wondered why, just 100 years ago, cancer was only the tenth leading cause of death in the US, representing only 3% of deaths, whereas today it is 20%? Diabetes, asthma and many other diseases were all orders of magnitude less prevalent. What caused this problem? Fitzgerald traces the rise in ill-health with the development of the chemical industry, modern agriculture, modern food processing and production, and the pharmaceutical industries, all which have filled our bodies with toxins whilst stripping the nutrients from our diets. And by supporting these industries, our governments have betrayed us.
The Truth About The Flu Shot: Read Dr. Tenpenny's pdf intro guide on the flue shot and the risks it poses to the population. [Source: www.drtenpenny.com]
BOOK: Vibrational Medicine / Richard Gerber
This is the classic bestseller that firmly establishes the existence of the body's subtle energetic systems. Gerber provides an encyclopaedic treatment of energetic healing, covering subtle-energy fields, acupuncture, Bach flower remedies, homeopathy, radionics, crystal healing, electrotherapy, radiology, chakras, meditation, and psychic healing. He also describes a new holistic paradigm that helps us to conceptually understand the common ground between all these different therapies. Highly recommended.

Dangers of Vaccination: Private insurance companies, which do the best liability studies and risk assessments, have totally abandoned coverage for damage to life and property due to:

  • Acts of God
  • Nuclear war and nuclear power plant accidents
  • Vaccination
Mmm… I wonder why? Vist www.sayingnotovaccines.com for more info.
BOOK: Living Proof / Michael Gearin-Tosh
Gearin-Tosh discovered that he had bone marrow cancer when he was 54. This is the story of his quest to manage and overcome his illness and his determination not to be coerced by specialists, the NHS and even colleagues into joining programmes of invasive treatments. This is not a "how-to" book, rather an account of one man's quest to listen to his own inner voice of intuition rather than assuming that doctors know best.
Official: Ecstasy no more dangerous than horse riding (Feb 2009)
Whilst the government plays up the dangers of the recreational drug ecstasy, the chairman of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) has had the good sense to put the safety issues of ecstasy into context with other activities in life. He wrote recently in the Journal of Psychopharmacology that: "Drug harm can be equal to harms in other parts of life. There is not much difference between horse-riding and ecstasy." [Source BBC]
BOOK: The Gerson Therapy / Charlotte Gerson & Morton Walker
This is an uptodate and accessible account of one of the first alternative cancer therapies that has been used with some success for over 60 years. By consuming large quantities of specific vegetable and fruit juices, we are able to change our body's chemistry and increasing our chance of recovery. This book is not only for cancer sufferers, but also for people with conditions such as AIDS, hepatitis, emphysema and fibromyalgia.
Morgellon's DiseaseFrankenFood GMO Disease (Apr 2008)
Morgellon's Disease sounds like a horror movie: rashes appear on the skin which becomes itchy to the point of suicide and starts to produce unusual multicolored fibers. A study has shown that these fibers contain DNA from both a fungus and bacterium used in the commercial preparation of genetically modified foods and non-food crops (such as cotton). So far around 1200 people are reported to have this nightmare disease, but the numbers will no doubt grow as GM foods continue to be eaten in ever larger quantities (70-80% of all US foods now contain unlabelled GM ingredients.) And it is not just Morgellon's we have to worry about: according to Mike Stagman, PhD, "Genetic Engineering is a nightmare technology that has already caused MANY disease epidemics — documented but unpublicized." [more info]
BOOK: Chemotherapy Heals Cancer and the World is Flat / Lothar Hireise
Cancer is one of the most feared diseases in modern society, regarded by most as a death sentence. This is a remarkable book by Lothar Hirneise, an authoritative cancer specialist who has traveled the world in search of successful methods of treatment. The fact that he is not a doctor has kept his mind open enough to make an important discovery: anyone can find a solution to cancer… but brazen confidence is an essential precondition. If you or a loved one have cancer, READ THIS BOOK. Also, have a look at the 2003 interview with Hireise published here. This book is only just available in English.
Reassessment of Recreational Drug Dangers (Feb 2008)
BBC's Horizon program reports on the investigation of a team of scientists reassessing the dangers of recreational drugs. They took into consideration three factors: the research on their effects on the body, short and long term; their addictiveness; and their effect on society. The following is how they ordered the top 20 recreational drugs in terms of their dangerousness:
  1. Heroin — no surprises here!
  2. Cocaine — crack is even more dangerous
  3. Barbituarates (Pink Ladies) — prescription
  4. Street Methadone
  5. Alcohol — legal and extremely dangerous
  6. Ketamine (Special K) — horse tranquillizer
  7. Benzodiazepine (Downers) — prescription
  8. Amphetamine (Speed) — prescription
  9. Tobacco — legal, unhealthy and addictive
10. Buprenorphine — prescription
11. Cannabis (Hash, Dope) — not as safe as believed
12. Solvents — legal
13. 4MTA (Flatliner)
14. LSD (acid) — completely non-toxic to the body
15. Methylphenidate — prescription
16. Anabolic Steroids
17. GHB (Liquid Ecstasy) — known as "date rape" drug
18. Ecstasy (E) — safe but danger in body hydration levels
19. Alkyl Nitrite (Poppers) — legal
20. Khat — legal
What is astonishing is how those who use alcohol or tobacco — highly dangerous drugs responsible for the vast majority of drug deaths and social ills — often stigmatise the safer alternatives.
Minimize Pesticide Exposure (Feb 2008)
Okay, so you can't afford or can't get hold of organic food. Well the next best thing is to select very carefully what you buy, because some fruits and vegetables generally have far more pesticide residues than others. The Environmental Working Group has produced a list rating non-organic fruits and vegetables:
Safest (lowest pesticide residue): Onions, avocado, frozen sweet corn, pineapples, mango, frozen peas, asparagus, kiwi, bananas, cabbage, broccoli, eggplant.
Most dangerous (only buy organic): peaches, apples, sweet peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, lettuce, grapes (imported), pears, spinach and potatoes.
BOOK: The New Optimum Nutrition Bible / Patrick Holford
Patrick Holford always writes excellent and comprehensive nutritional books, but this one has to be his best. He calls it the "Bible" and that is exactly what it is, covering all the essentials including necessary food supplements, effective dieting and weight-loss, the truth about fats, the myth of the "well-balanced diet", good digestion and lifestyles that minimize the risk of degenerative diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and arthritis. What I like about this book is that it keeps its feet on the ground without becoming too alternative (like, for example, Gabriel Cousins). Very readable and informative.
Wi-FiSafety of Wi-Fi / WiMax in doubt (Dec 2007)
Wireless technology is currently invading our homes, yet few are aware that it has never been properly safety tested. In fact, there is a growing body of research accumulating to suggest that wireless radiation can cause an array of serious health problems from cancers to reduced cognitive function. Researchers now believe that the radiation from these devices, and similar ones like mobile phones, are able to close down our cellular membrane transport system, which starves our cells of nutrients and prevents toxins from leaving. Yet the industry and our governments ignores these findings and push ahead regardless. [Source - Ecologist. Further info - powerwatch.org.uk, safewireless.org]
Drug Side Effects Increasingly Alarmingly (Nov 2007)
Serious bad reactions to pharmaceutial drugs were 2.6 times more frequent in 2005 than they were in 1998, with deaths increasing by 2.7 times during this period. [New Scientist]
BOOK: Your Health at Risk / Toni Jeffreys
A no nonsense guide to all aspects of alternative health from GM food, cholesteral and vaccinations to mercury fillings, margarine and antibiotics. This highly informative book, by a health jounalist in New Zealand, represents 20 years of her research into health — both orthodox and unorthodox. I am surprised that this book is not more widely available. (ISBN 0 7225 3925 8)
A picture of modern health (Nov 2007)
I was walking along the street in London the other day and passed this medical centre. Nothing wrong with that… until I looked up. There, on top of the building were several TETRA masts, two of which are visible in this photo. For those of you who do not know, TETRA masts are mobile phone transmitter/receivers whose pulsed microwave radiation has been linked to cancer, nervous system and brain disorders. (mastsanity.org, tetrawatch.net, electrosensitivity.org.uk) So this picture neatly encapsulates modern healthcare: we ignore the causes of our ill-health — poor diet, pollution, radiation and sedentary lifestyles — in favour of an expensive patch-up healthcare system that focuses merely on symptomatic relief. This way healthcare becomes moneycare, and the system drains our health in order to maximise profit.
BOOK: The Medical Mafia / Guylaine Lanctot
Lanctot went to court over this fantastic book because the medical establishment that she takes to task were unhappy at a mutineer in their ranks. During the trial she told her accusers, "I am a free physician." and with that simply walked out. Freedom is the message in her book: we should all be free to follow the treatments that we feel are right for us. What is sad about brilliant anti-establishment books like this one is that they all seem to go out of print very quickly despite huge popularity… I wonder why?
BMJ Clinical EvidenceOrthodox Medicine Untested (Nov 2007)
Doctors are always going on about how alternative medicine is untested. Well, perhaps these hypocrites should get their own profession in order before pointing a figure at others. The BMJ's Clinical Evidence website shows that only 13% of orthodox treatments are definitely beneficial — no doubt a generous estimate! clinicalevidence.bmj.com
BOOK: Hope's Edge / Frances Moore Lappe
Frances Lappe, in her groundbreaking book Diet for a Small Planet published thirty years ago, was one of the first to promote changes in eating habits as one of the keys to healing the planet. In this book she presents updated information that includes genetically engineered foods, worldwide famine and the growth of obesity in Western countries. She also introduces us to pioneers in different parts of the world who have transformed their lives and their communities into veritable Edens.
High IQ kids more likely to become vegetarians (Nov 2007)
New research at Southampton University in the UK shows that ntelligent children are more likely to become vegetarians later in life. Lead researcher Catharine Gale said: "The finding that children with greater intelligence are more likely to report being vegetarian as adults, together with the evidence on the potential benefits of a vegetarian diet on heart health, may help to explain why higher IQ in childhood or adolescence is linked with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease in adult life." [source]
BOOK: Eat Your Heart Out / Felicity Lawrence
This is the story of how a handful of American global corporations managed to gain a stranglehold on the modern food supply system, and in the process gave them the power to determin, based on the maximum profit they could make, what hundreds of millions of people around the world eat every day. The result is a mass food industry that is not only bad for the planet but bad for our health too. Lawrence's previous book was the bestseller Not on The Label, and with this one she looks further into an industry that is slowly destroying public health and the environment. This book highlights the importance of our dietary choices.
Drug side-effects dismissed by doctors (Sep 2007)
A survey of 650 patients taking cholesterol-lowering statins by Dr. Golomb and colleagues at the University of California in San Diego found that, "Physicians seem to commonly dismiss the possibility of a connection [between reported side-effects and statin use]. This seems to occur even for the best-supported adverse effects of the most widely prescribed class of drugs…" Side-effects of statins include liver damage and muscle problems, as well as cognitive problems. Overall, 32% of patients reported that their doctors told them there was no link between their symptoms and atatin use, 39% said their physicians said such a connection was possible, and 29% said their doctors "neither endorse nor dismissed the possibility of symptom link to statins." [source]
BOOK: The Heart of Listening / Hugh Milne
This is an unusual book to be recommending because it is about cranial sacral therapy and will mostly have been read by practitioners. However, Volume 1 illustrated on the left has some very interesting pertinent information for non-therapists as well. It is a book about learning to listen without preconceptions, opening ourselves up to the rhythm of another. Look at this book first before you buy it because it won't suit everyone.
$75,000 can't bribe a doctor to drink a vaccine! (Aug 2007)
Jack Doubleday, director of the non-profit corporation Natural Woman, Natural Man, Inc., is now offering $90,000 to the first medical doctor or pharmaceutical company CEO who publicly drinks a mixture of standard vaccine additives, similar to those recommended for 6-year-olds by the US Centers for Diesase Control and Prevention (CDC). This mixture will body-weight calibrated and will include: thimerosal (a mercury derivative), ethylene glycol (anti-freeze), phenol (a disinfectant dye), aluminium (a bio-toxic metal), benzethonium chloride (a toxic disinfectant) and formaldehyde (a toxic preservative and disinfectant). This offer was originally $20,000 back in Jan 2001, and has rises steadily over the years. Doubleday will now be increasing it at $5000 a month until someone has the courage to drink what they are happy to inject into children. www.vaclib.org
BOOK: Cancer Is Not A Disease! / Andreas Moritz
This book will turn your view of cancer on its head. Rather than the perspective that it is a terrible life-threatening disease, Moritz asserts that most cancer is actually a survival mechanism used by the body when the internal cellular environment turns toxic from poor lifestyle choices. Without it, we would die much more quickly. A tumour actually acts as a secondary liver. What is so great about this book is how empowering it is: rather than having cancer and disease in general as the mortal enemy, diseases are seen from a naturopathic point of view as true helpers on our journey to wholeness.
"A study of nearly a million Medicare patients provides a compelling example of how too much care can cause harm. Medicare patients treated at hospitals that did the most test and treatment and spent the most money were up to 6% more likely to die than patients at hospitals spending the least. In short, more spending, more hospitalisation, more technology and more drugs do not necessarily equal better health care." Kim Ridley, Ode Magazine Vol 5 Issue 6
BOOK: Healing with Whole Foods / Paul Pitchford
This is a book about diet and food from the perspective of Chinese medicine (it is quite macrobiotic in flavour). Pitchford puts forward different food recommendations for different conditions, and explains from a yin/yang energetic perspective why certain foods should be avoided for certain people. This is certainly a very practical book and well-indexed book and it has many recipe recommendations as well. Highly recommended.

Guy's Hospital

Can you spot what is wrong with this picture? (Jun 2007)
Guy's Hospital is one of the main teaching hospitals in the UK, turning out new generations of doctors and dentists. But wait a minute: what message is Guys giving allowing a McDonalds fast food outlet to be integrated into its compound? Is it any wonder that conventional doctors tend to be so ignorant regarding the central role of diet in health and disease? And this is nothing unusual: fast-food outlets are now in most Western hospitals.

BOOK: Diet For A New America / John Robbins
A fantastic book, similar to The Silent Ark above, that focuses on the health aspects of our current meat-cantered culture. Robbins goes into detail on how excess meat in the diet is one of the leading causes in everything from heart disease to food poisoning, and he backs up his claims with substantial amounts of research and documentation. He also shows just how environmentally unsound a meat industry is, and how it spreads, through its PR campaigns, untruths about the value of meat in the diet
Codex Alimentarius - The End of Natural Health
Over here in Europe, many of us know the horrors of "Codex Alimentarius," a set of internationally recognized food standards and nutritional guidelines that basically hand every aspect of food, food production and nutrition over to the control of big business (which will end up producing profitable toxic, modified, irradiated and nutritionally-void food). We know Codex over here because we are currently witnessing the disappearance of thousands of safe and effective vitamins, minerals and other nutritional supplements from our shelves for no other reason than the "harmonisation" of Europe. But those in the US seem to believe that they are safe from Codex because, in 1994, The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) was passed which supposedly protects the right to natural health supplements and therapies. However, things are not what they seem and Codex IS going to have an enormous impact on the United States. To find out more, watch this disturbing video or visit www.healthfreedomusa.org and sign the petition.
BOOK: The Food Revolution / John Robbins
This book, in a way that few others do, really does show how the simple choices of what we eat and how we live can have huge global consequences. Robbins examines the terrible cruelty and mendacity of the meat production industry and its devastating consequences to human health. He also blows holes in modern fad diets like the Atkins Diet that are decidedly dangerous. Genetically modified foods are of particular concern to Robbins who makes the disturbing claim that two-thirds of all foods in the US are now genetically modified. The book ends on a positive note of hope. Excellent reading!
US Prescription Deaths skyrocket (Mar 2007)
On the 9th Feb, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report entitled, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, showing that deaths from prescription drugs rose in the US from 4.4 per 100,000 in '99 to 7.1 per 100,00 in '04. This increase actually represents a jump from 11,000 to 20,000 people. These figures are considered very conservative in the health industry, and the actual numbers of people killed by the pharmaceutical industry is probably a lot higher. The Institute of Medicine - IOM - estimate that 225,000 people die in the USA every year as a result of orthodox medicine, and half these are due to prescription drugs. (This estimate was considered accurate enough to publish in prestigious Journal of American Medical Association in 2000.) In the words of Mike Adams, a consumer health advocate: "The entire drug industry, including the monopolistic drug giants and their FDA co-conspirator, has clearly become the single greatest threat to the health and safety of the American people."
BOOK: Fast Food Nation / Eric Schlosser
Fast food nation is not only a strong critique of the fast food industry, but it presents this industry as the capitalism and self-interest taken to the extreme. One in four Americans will visit a fast-food restaurant on any given day and, for a huge percentage, working in these sorts of outlets for extremely low wages was their first job. Schlosser however shows that the major corporations' economic clout and desire to homogenize the food has had an extremely deleterious effect on the landscape, society and its workforce. This is a must read for everybody.
GlaxoSmithKline hid suicide link to Seroxat (Jan 2007)
The anti-depressant, Seroxat, was banned for under 18s in 2003 after GSK's own studies showed that the drug trebles the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviour in depressed children. And yet, the BBC investigative program, Panorama, reveals that GSK was aware of the problem and yet paid an expert psychiatrist, Dr. Neal Ryan of the University of Pittsburgh, to promote its effectiveness as an anti-depressant nonetheless. Even an email from GSK's own PR department stated that "Essentially the study did not really show it was effective in treating adolescent depression." Here in the UK, the MHRA in the UK began criminal investigations into GSK's conduct three years ago and yet NO ACTION has yet been taken. Can you imagine if this was a natural health supplement? It would be banned immediately, the perpetrators jailed and negative press on health supplements plastered all over the mass media. But because it involves a pharmaceutical company with big money and influence, the MHRA is taking a "cautious" approach, nobody has been indicted and there is no negative press for pharmaceuticals. GSK now faces legal action from bereaved US families (although in the UK there is no legal aid for victims to sue pharmaceuticals).
BOOK: An Olympian's Guide to Weight Loss / Fiona Taylor
Olympian, Mystic, Metaphysical Counselor & World Champion Windsurfer and founder of Barakaya.com Fiona Taylor shares how she lost 18 pounds in 2 days & 40 pounds after 4 emotional shifts - diet & exercise had nothing to do with it! This book goes further than other emotional or spiritual healing books to explain the mind-body-emotions-Soul connection. The importance of clearing the aura and how past life wounds can affect our emotional, mental and physical well being. The book explains in detail what emotions are and how to transform them and all addictive behaviour. (Order from www.barakaya.com.)
Big Pharmas spends $60bn a year on drug PR (July 2006)
A report issued by Consumers International last month entitled Branding the Cure has slated the pharmaceutical industry for putting the maximization of profit before people's health (no big surprise here). Based on an in depth study of 20 of the world's largest drug companies, the report criticises the $60bn spent annually by the industry on drug promotion, and accuses these companies of creating illnesses and using kickbacks, cartels, infiltrating patient groups, universities and chatrooms in an effort to maximize their profits — a cunning way to bypass the ban on advertising direct to the public We have seen a lot of this in the media recently with newspapers whipping up outrage at the refusal of health services to give the latest drug solutions to seriously ill patients on grounds of cost or medical evidence. In this way, patients are being manipulated by the pharmaceutical industry into acting as their PR agents. These companies also use specialist PR consultancies that groom health professionals to become 'key opinion leaders' and to promote their products through their work, and over half of them have been implicated in anti-competitive strategies including cartels, fraudulent patent manoeuvres, improper discounts, price hikes, payments to competitors for not challenging patents, and the restriction of supply to keep prices high. The report also questions the practice of the pharmaceutical industry funding scientific studies, a clear conflict of interest and one that has been shown to favourably manipulate the results. [Source: The Ecologist]
BOOK: Saying No to Vaccines / Sherri Tenpenny
Just how dangerous are vaccines? Read this guide by Dr. Tenpenny to find out. It shines a light on the 25 most common misconceptions about vaccines and addresses problems with vaccines in all age groups. Many of us are aware of the dangers of vaccines to children, but this book shows that they can severely injure adults as well. And with the escalating number of vaccine requirements and the possibility of enforced national vaccination in the face of pandemics like the swine flu, this danger to society, fuelled by the greed of the pharmaceutical industry, only increase. What can you do to protect yourself and your family from vaccines? Read this very informative guide.
Understanding the Corruption of Allopathic Healthcare
If you have not read one of Martin Walker's books, then you probably do not understand the politics of healthcare and how it sacrifices the health of the many for the wealth of the few. Medical policy is now about money, politics and control, and has little to do with health or care. It is about governments and the medical establishment jumping into bed with big business — the pharmaceutical, chemical and processed-food industries — to produce a national "cattle ranch" agenda which brings untold suffering and death to the people. Martin Walker is a health investigator who has been personally threatened many times for his fearless exposés of "healthcare" agendas. His books are only available as e-books because nobody will touch them, such is the state of free speech in Western Democracies. Please visit slingshotpublications.com and zero-risk.org, and consider making a donation to a man fighting for us all on the front line.
BOOK: Dirty Medicine / Martin J. Walker
Few would have the courage or the tenaciousness, as Walker has, to single-handedly take on the entire pharmaceutical industry in this expose of its immoral, deceitful, corrupt and greedy practices. You won't find Dirty Medicine in many bookshops because the industry has fought so hard in trying to get it banned. The orthodox medical industry has and continues to wage a war of dirty tricks, industrial sabotage and character assassination on alternative and complementary therapies and practitioners, hiding behind the façade of well-known health research associations and orthodox medical titles. (ISBN: 0 9519646 0 7)
Chemotherapy Study shows 2.3% success (2006)
A recent issue of the Australian Prescriber highlights the dismal success rate of chemotherapy by featuring a study conducted in Australia by two oncologists (Clinical Oncology 2004; 16;549-60) showing that chemotherapy improves survival by only 2.3% in Australia and 2.1% in the US. The two researchers, one of whom is a professor, concluded that "chemotherapy only makes a minor contribution to cancer survival" and that "to justify the continued funding and availability of drugs used in cytotoxic chemotherapy, a rigorous evaluation of the cost-effectiveness and impact on quality of life is urgently required." This is more depressing than Ralph Moss' earlier meta study that showed an overall success rate of 7%. The irony is that the Australian study's methodology was criticised by a leading professor of oncology at Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Professor Michael Boyer, who stated that "if you start… saying how much does chemotherapy add in the people that you might actually use it [on], the numbers start creeping up… to 5 or 6%." So even the staunch defenders of chemo admit that it is one of the most useless treatments around! If an alternative treatment had such a dismal success rate, it would be off the market in a second. Remember, most cancer sufferers don't die from cancer; they die from chemotherapy. [Nexus 06/2006]
The Aspartame (NutraSweet™) Killer (22 Aug 2005)
Aspartame, or as it is popularly branded NutraSweet™, is an artificial sweetener that you will find on the ingredients lists of a huge variety of foods including soft drinks, sweets, breakfast cereals, calorie-reduced products and a host of other items. The problem with it is that the FDA's approval of this sweetener was always political and not scientific, pushed through by none other than Donald Rumsfeld, the CEO of Searle at the time (late 70s - early 80s). Despite the FDA's own commission panel rejecting the sweeter on grounds of safety, the FDA approved it anyway, showing just how corrupt and unscientific it really is. Since then, evidence has accumulated that Aspartame/Nutrasweet™ breaks down in the body into extremely toxic by-products including phenylalanine, DKP, aspartic acid, methanol, formaldehyde and formic acid. These toxins can produce a variety of symptoms that are usually associated with: multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, fibromyalgia, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, attentional deficit disorder, panic disorder, depression, lupus, diabetes, birth defects, lymphoma, Lyme disease, hypothyroidism and chemical sensitivity. It is estimated that millions have been adversely affected by it, mostly in the US, and it is only a matter of time before civil lawsuits will force this poison off our supermarket shelves. [The Ecologist, Sep 05]
Update May 06: The European Food Safety Authority has recently stated that a further safety review is unnecessary. This whitewash was somewhat expected as industry and the EU authorities are such intimate bed-fellows. Here are some links that outline the true risk:
www.theecologist.co.uk (Must-read article in The Ecologist)
www.wnho.net (Best industry-independent Aspartame news)
www.dorway.com (A personal Aspartame tragedy)
Update Oct 06: Apparently aspartame makes a great ant killer. Leave moistened aspartame out for the troublesome ants and within just two days they will be completely gone. (Mercola)
Anti-Bacterial Cleaners Create Superbugs (03 Aug 2005)
Anti-bacterial cleaning fluids, washing-up liquids, washing powders, toothpastes, soaps, deodorants — you name it — now fill our supermarket shelves. These products have created a big boon in sales for the multinationals that produce them, and huge amounts are spent on advertising and marketing to convince us that these anti-bacterial products are best for our health. This month, The Ecologist has run an interesting piece on anti-bacterial products and how their widespread use in the home is actually creating superbugs (strains of MRSA) in the same way that widespread use of antibiotics is doing in hospitals: these cleaners kill 99% of bacteria, selecting only the hardiest and most virulent to survive and multiply with no competition from innocuous bacteria. The result is a selective process that creates a dangerous problem for the future. In fact, so concerned are some at the exponential growth in antibiotic cleaners and toiletry products that, in 2000 for example, six Finnish public authorities urged consumers not to buy them, advice repeated by the German environmental minister in 2001. So if the label says "anti-bacterial" or "contains Triclosan", remember that it is really saying that the product is an antibiotic — pure and simple.
"The mission of the Food and Drug Administration is to ensure that the public is protected from unsafe food, drugs and other medical products. Daniel Troy [then Chief Counsel of the FDA] is instead making it the agency's mission to protect the drug companies from being held accountable when their products do serious harm." U.S. Representative Maurice Hinchey, 2004