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Cholesterol Myth, Danger of Statin and Low Blood Cholesterol

The idea that too much animal fat and a high cholesterol is dangerous to your heart and vessels is nothing but a myth. Cholesterol is not a deadly poison, but a substance vital to the cells of all mammals. Researchers at the University San Diego School of Medicine UCSD point out that high cholesterol in those over 75 years of age is protective, rather than harmful and that low cholesterol is a risk factor for heart arrhythmias (leading cause of death if heart attack occurs). Researchers from the University of Denmark report that about 15% of cholesterol lowering drug users over the age of 50 will suffer from nerve damage as direct result of using statin drugs. USA Today reported that Statins have killed and injured more people than the government has acknowledged.

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Dr. Allan Somersall M.D - "To raise glutathione levels is to reduce premature oxidation, to quench destructive free radicals and help detoxify the poisons inside each cell when it needs to. Only Immunocal is clinically proven to do that in a safe, effective and convenient way."

How Immunocal Can Raise Glutathione GSH Level in Our Cells and Optimize The Immune System

The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About "The medical establishment works closely with the drug multinationals whose main objective is profits, and whose worst nightmare would be an epidemic of good health. Lots of drugs MUST be sold. In order to achieve this, anything goes: lies, fraud, and kickbacks. Doctors are the principal salespeople of the drug companies." Guylaine Lanctot, M.D.

Side Effects or Flu Vaccine, H1N1, and Tamiflu Drug Dangerous Side Effects or Flu Vaccine, and Flu Drugs

NFL cheerleader suffers brain damage after getting flu shot (watch the video). Medical doctors warning about dangerous side effects of flu vaccine and flu drug.

Re-awaken Your Body's Healing Power With Marine Phytoplankton, Mother's Nature's Milk From the Ocean Dr. Jerry Tennant, M.D. says that marine phytoplankton contains almost everything one needs to sustain life and to restore health by providing the raw materials to make new cells that function normally. These nutrients improve mental function, and memory. They reduce depression, harmful effects of stress, and mood swings. Profound Life-Giving Properties of Marine Phytoplankton

Edible clay therapy The Native Americans call it "Ee-Wah-Kee meaning"The-Mud-That-Heals." In addition to the role it plays as a potent detoxifier, therapeutic clay has also been used extensively in the treatment of pain, open wounds, colitis, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, stomach ulcers, intestinal problems, acne, anemia, and a variety of other health issues. more

Healing Teas Teas Are One of The Most Effective Ways to Benefit from Nature's Healing Herbs

Teas can help fight depression and anxiety, heal skin conditions and gastrointestinal disorders, regulate hormone imbalances, improve your sex life, prevent illness, and help you heal faster. Many diseases and conditions for which we turn to modern medicine can also be treated naturally with healing herbs. These treatments can be safer, less expensive and possibly even more effective than traditional methods.

Green Pharma Dr. Myklebust, MD: "Teas are rich in antioxidants called polyphenols which are plant chemicals that may help prevent cancer, heart disease, and other diseases"

Magnesium Therapy

Magnesium Therapyy: Magnesium helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, and bones strong - "Magnesium deficiency can affect virtually every organ system of the body. With regard to skeletal muscle, one may experience twitches, cramps, muscle tension, muscle soreness, including back aches, neck pain, tension headaches and jaw joint (TMJ) dysfunction." Dr. Sidney Baker

Natural Stem Cell Enhancers

Natural Stem Cell Enhancers

The first natural plant-based stem cells have shown to trigger the release of millions of adult stem cells from the bone marrow very quickly. These stem cells can then migrate and attach to any cells, tissue, bone, muscle, cartilage, organ anywhere in the body needing repair.

Parasites Infections in Humans and Animals

truth behind the AIDS propaganda
AIDS/HIV/AZT: truth behind the propaganda

Detoxification comes in many forms and refers to many different programs that cleanse the body of toxins. Chemicals and Toxins Are The Primary Cause of Illness, Disease and Obesity. Detoxification comes in many forms and refers to many different programs that cleanse the body of toxins. Detoxification for Optimum Health

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Cholesterol Myth & Dangers of Statin Drugs


Cholesterol Myth & Dangers of Statin Drugs

Robert O. Young D.Sc., Ph.D. - "Cholesterol does NOT cause heart attacks or stokes. Not a single one. This is a distortion and an inaccuracy based on faulty observation and inquiry. Environmental, dietary and metabolic acid cause heart attacks and strokes. The body releases cholesterol or LDL's to buffer or chelate the toxic lethal affects of acid to protect the body, not harm the body. It is your thoughts, your words and your deeds that create waste products or acids. If these acids are not eliminated through urination. perspiration, defection or respiration, the body will release cholesterol or LDL's to buffer these acids for protection and not for destruction. A recent landmark study showed that you are more likely to have a heart attack or stroke with normal or low cholesterol then a person with a total cholesterol over 300. Your risk for a heart attack or stroke increases significantly as your acid levels increase or if you lower your cholesterol with drugs without lowering your production of acid from the environment, lifestyle, diet and/or metabolism."

Conventional medical wisdom about cholesterol and the role of statins is now being challenged by a small, but growing number of health professionals. The Masai people of Kenya only eat only milk, blood and meat. According to the cholesterol theory they should have dangerously high blood levels of the lipid. But this is not the case! Dr. Ravnskov informs us that the Masai blood cholesterol levels are among the lowest in the world. For decades now we have been told not to eat saturated fats. Years ago the media ran the all too familiar line about the dangers of eggs. This message has been rescinded at least. But we have got a long way to go before we can return to sense. The media has played a huge part in the perpetuation of this dangerous myth. It is tied to revenue received from pharmaceutical companies and the food industry. Man-made vegetable oils have been ushered into the daily diets in place of the demonised butter. The fat free leg of lamb has no resemblance to the wholesome meal of our youth; our palates and hunger are no longer satiated. more...

Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD - "People with high cholesterol live the longest. This statement seems so incredible that it takes a long time to clear one´s brainwashed mind to fully understand its importance. Yet the fact that people with high cholesterol live the longest emerges clearly from many scientific papers. Consider the finding of Dr. Harlan Krumholz of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale University, who reported in 1994 that old people with low cholesterol died twice as often from a heart attack as did old people with a high cholesterol. Supporters of the cholesterol campaign consistently ignore his observation, or consider it as a rare exception, produced by chance among a huge number of studies finding the opposite."

The European Heart Journal has published the results of a 3-year study involving 11,500 patients. Researcher Behar and associates found that in the low cholesterol group (total cholesterol below 160 mg/dl) the relative risk of death was 2.27 times higher relative to those with high cholesterol. The most common cause of death in the low cholesterol group was cancer while the risk of cardiac death was the same in both groups. Evidence that statin treatment causes cancer. "Carcinogenicity of lipid-lowering drugs" by Thomas Newman in the January 3rd, 1996 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association tabulated rodent data on the cancer causing effects of cholesterol-lowering medications from the 1994 Physician's Desk Reference, and other sources (275:55). more

Obstetrician-gynecologist McGee has been in general practice in Ecuador and China as well as the U.S., and his overseas experience included epidemiology and health statistics in rural areas where people live on simple foods. The title of his book arises from his insistence that more than 80 percent of angiograms and heart bypass surgeries are unnecessary. He also argues that cholesterol isn't as major a factor in provoking heart attacks as it is made out to be, and that advertising and greed are among the main forces driving many drug companies and much of medical practice to say that it is. This isn't the ivory-tower spouting of a fanatic, for, whatever one may think of his satire and sarcasm, some of which is very clever, McGee knows the medical literature and thoroughly documents his points from the contents of reputable journals. He blasts some fresh air through modern medicine and blows away some of its profitable sacred cows. Cholesterol and Chronic Heart Failure

Researchers at Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, showed for the first time that low level of glutathione suggest a coming heart attack. The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a study saying that the higher your glutathione levels, the less likely you are to have a heart attack or heart disease. It appears that high glutathione levels are protective against cardiovascular disease. The American Heart Association journal Stroke has also reported research saying that "higher levels of plasma glutathione (GSH) are associated with a lower incidence of cardiovascular disease," particularly cerebral small vessel disease. Dr. Jimmy Gutman, MD - "Clinical evidence links low glutathione levels to the most common illnesses of our time as well as newly emerging diseases. Glutathione levels diminish as we age and many diseases normally associated with aging have been linked to glutathione deficiency." "Raised glutathione levels fight the oxidation of circulating fats in the bloodstream, includingcholesterol, retarding the process of plaque formation in the arteries - the underlying cause for most heart disease and stroke". - Nutrition Reviews 54: 1-30, 1996 learn more..

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Scientific evidence continues to mount that trans- fats contribute to heart disease and possibly other conditions as well. Even the conservative Harvard Health Letter referred to them as "the new enemy. Hydrogenated Oils - Silent Killers; The Margarine Hoax Hydrogenated oils and trans fatty acids are silent killers. Research studies show conclusively that they cause non-insulin dependent type II diabetes, or hyperinsulinemia. This is a disease which can eventually burn out the pancreas and cause insulin dependent diabetes. These changed molecular oils dramatically increase the risk of coronary heart disease, breast cancer, other types of cancers and auto immune diseases.

Over 100 research studies show how harmful these oils are to the human body. However, these findings have been largely ignored by the mass media and the FDA. In addition, the Commercial Edible Food Industry has suppressed these research findings for sometime. Why? Money and lots of it! Food processing companies and the companies that own the patents on this process would lose billions of dollars if they had to change their method of food production of hydrogenating oils. The main reason oils are hydrogenated is that the hydrogenation of the oils act as a preservative. This leads to increased shelf life of products and less returns or spoilage of products. But at what cost is it to the human body? more

Dr. Hugo Rodier, MD. talks about the cholesterol lies and truth. Dr. Rodier is the Medical director of Pioneer Clinic, Draper, Utah; adjunct professor in the Family Practice Program of Social Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine; nationwide talk show host on integrative health; author and researcher

High Cholesterol Protects Against Infection and Atherosclerosis
Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD

Many researchers have suggested that the blood lipids play a key role in the immune defence system. There is also a growing understanding that an inflammatory response of the arterial intima to injury is a crucial step in the genesis of atherosclerosis. and that infections may be one type ofsuch injury.22 These two concepts are difficult to harmonize with the low-density-lipoprotein (LDL) receptor hypothesis, according to which high LDL cholesterol is the most important cause of atherosclerosis. However, the many observations that conflict with the LDL receptor hypothesis, may be explained by the idea that high serum cholesterol and/or high LDL is protective against infection and atherosclerosis.

High Cholesterol Protects Against Infection

Many studies have found that low cholesterol is in certain respects worse than high cholesterol. For instance, in 19 large studies of more than 68,000 deaths, reviewed by Professor David R. Jacobs and his co-workers from the Division of Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota, low cholesterol predicted an increased risk of dying from gastrointestinal and respiratory diseases.

Most gastrointestinal and respiratory diseases have an infectious origin. Therefore, a relevant question is whether it is the infection that lowers cholesterol or the low cholesterol that predisposes to infection? To answer this question Professor Jacobs and his group, together with Dr. Carlos Iribarren, followed more than 100,000 healthy individuals in the San Francisco area for fifteen years. At the end of the study those who had low cholesterol at the start of the study had more often been admitted to the hospital because of an infectious disease. This finding cannot be explained away with the argument that the infection had caused cholesterol to go down, because how could low cholesterol, recorded when these people were without any evidence of infection, be caused by a disease they had not yet encountered? Isn´t it more likely that low cholesterol in some way made them more vulnerable to infection, or that high cholesterol protected those who did not become infected? Much evidence exists to support that interpretation. more

Low Cholesterol and HIV/AIDS

Young, unmarried men with a previous sexually transmitted disease or liver disease run a much greater risk of becoming infected with HIV virus than other people. The Minnesota researchers, now led by Dr. Ami Claxton, followed such individuals for 7-8 years. After having excluded those who became HIV-positive during the first four years, they ended up with a group of 2446 men. At the end of the study, 140 of these people tested positive for HIV; those who had low cholesterol at the beginning of the study were twice as likely to test postitive for HIV compared with those with the highest cholesterol. Similar results come from a study of the MRFIT screenees, including more than 300,000 young and middle-aged men, which found that 16 years after the first cholesterol analysis the number of men whose cholesterol was lower than 160 and who had died from AIDS was four times higher than the number of men who had died from AIDS with a cholesterol above 240. Scientists rejecting AIDS' conventional wisdom

Omega-3 Oils for a Healthy Cholesterol Balance

We have been mislead in our understanding of cholesterol. Cholesterol has been portrayed as being bad. The fact is cholesterol forms the membranes that enclose every cell in the body. Within the cells of the skin, cholesterol is changed by the sunlight into vitamin D which regulates the use of calcium. Cholesterol convert into bile salts in the liver to digest fats. The emphasis shouldnot be lowering cholesterol, rather on the “measures” of cholesterol, dietary among them, supporting its benefits to produce optimal cholesterol levels. One of the measures you can apply is to increase the amount of omega-3 EFA you consume. The omega-3 oils appear to change the balance of cholesterol in the blood: (1) they lower the “bad” LDL (low density lipoprotein) that carry cholesterol to the cells throughout the body. If levels get too high they go rancid and stick to arterial walls causing them to narrow. (2) they raise the “good” HDL (high density lipoprotein) which removes cholesterol from the blood and carries It back to the liver. Only when the diet provides enough omega-3 to link up with cholesterol in the liver can cholesterol do its many important functions safely.

The 60 Day Prescription Free Cholesterol Cure

If you ever wanted to lower your high cholesterol without high-priced prescriptions, or harmful drugs riddled with side effects, then this will most definitely be the most significant letter you read in your entire life. When diagnosed with high cholesterol doctors often prescribe drugs known as statins, or prescription strength cholesterol lowering drugs. Statins, although sometimes necessary, can also produce some unwanted and very serious side effects including but not limited to the following:

  • Rhabdomyolysis (muscle-destroying condition)
  • Kidney Damage
  • Muscle Weakness And Pain
  • Memory Loss
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Decreased Sexual Interest Or Ability
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Gas And Belching
  • Headache
  • Heartburn Or Indigestion
  • Nausea Or Vomiting
What You Must know about Statin Drugs and Their Natural Alternatives: A Consumer's Guide to Safely Using Lipitor, Zocor, Pravachol, Crestor, Mevacor, or Natural Alternatives Low Cholesterol Cues Cataract Development

The unacceptable legacy of statin drug use at today’s high doses is a trail of chronic aches and pains, numbness, weakness, confusion, fatigue, shortness of breath and even heart failure in hordes of unsuspecting victims. Only by knowing this information can you make an informed decision about your health care.

"Statin drugs don't do that" was a refrain the author heard hundreds of times from physicians and pharmacists as, four years ago, he began to investigate his own mysterious reaction to Lipitor. As a former astronaut, aerospace medical research scientist, flight surgeon and family doctor, he was appalled by the lack of information in his own medical community on the true side effects of the statin drugs.

If you are a user of Vytorin, Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor, Mevacor, Pravachol or Lescol you must read this book. Most of the statin side effects I discuss are unknown to your busy doctor. Although knowledgeable about muscle and liver problems, few have heard of statin amnesia and other forms of memory dysfunction and fewer still associate hostility, aggression and profound depression as statin related. But even more ominous is the work of Muldoon who reports that 100% of statin users have cognitive deficit if sufficiently sensitive tests are used. Statin Drugs Side Effects and The Misguided War on Cholesterol

Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD - The idea that too much animal fat and a high cholesterol is dangerous to your heart and vessels is nothing but a myth. more

Good fats are the naturally-occurring, traditional fats that haven't been damaged by high heat, refining, processing or other man-made tampering such as 'partial hydrogenation'. Many studies have demonstrated a very close association between consumption of unsaturated oils and the incidence of cancer.

The Journal of the American Medical Association, published a study entitled: Cholesterol and Mortality. 30 Years of Follow-up from the Framingham study. Shocking to most, this in-depth study showed that after the age of 50 there is no increased overall death associated with high cholesterol! There was however a direct association between low levels (or dropping levels) of cholesterol and increased death. Specifically, medical researchers reported that CVD death rates increased by 14% for every 1 mg/dl drop in total cholesterol levels per year.

Transfer Factor en Espanol Los mitos del colesterol - La idea de que el consumo excesivo de grasa y un nivel alto de colesterol son un peligro para su salud y sus arterias es un mito. Aquí se presentan algunos hechos sorprendentes y terribles. Para ver la evidencia científica, haga click sobre los números al principio de cada párrafo. El colesterol no es un veneno mortal, sino una sustancia vital para las células de todos los mamíferos. No hay un colesterol bueno y uno malo, sino que el estrés, la actividad física y el cambio del peso corporal pueden afectar los niveles de colesterol. Un nivel alto de colesterol no es peligroso en si mismo, pero puede reflejar una desequilibrio en la salud, o puede no significar nada. aprenda más

New cholesterol guidelines for converting healthy people into patients
Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD

People with high cholesterol live the longest. This statement seems so incredible that it takes a long time to clear one´s brainwashed mind to fully understand its importance. Yet the fact that people with high cholesterol live the longest emerges clearly from many scientific papers. Consider the finding of Dr. Harlan Krumholz of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale University, who reported in 1994 that old people with low cholesterol died twice as often from a heart attack as did old people with a high cholesterol. Supporters of the cholesterol campaign consistently ignore his observation, or consider it as a rare exception, produced by chance among a huge number of studies finding the opposite.

Instead of preventing cardiovascular disease the new guidelines may increase the mortality of other diseases, transform healthy individuals into unhappy hypochondriacs obsessed with the chemical composition of their food and their blood, reduce the income of producers of animal fat, undermine the art of cuisine, destroy the joy of eating, and divert health care money from the sick and the poor to the rich and the healthy. The only winners are the drug and imitation food industry and the researchers that they support.

The Cholesterol Scam

Cholesterol is very necessary stuff. It's converted into Vitamin D by sunlight, and it's the precursor for steroid hormones like the testosterone you need to grow, and the estrogen women need to be feminine. The liver manufactures something like 1,000 mg of cholesterol per day, even if you consume no cholesterol at all. Of that amount, about 800 mg becomes bile salts, which is necessary for the digestion of fats.[Guyton, 885] That leaves about 200 available for other functions

The Truth About Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs (Statins), Cholesterol, and Health
"... Public Citizen, representing 135,000 consumers nationwide, hereby petitions the FDA pursuant to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act 21, U.S.C. Section 355(e)(3), and C.F.R. 10.30, to add a black box warning and additional consistent bolded warnings about this serious problem to the label of all statins marketed in the United States."

" Doctors and the public must be warned to immediately discontinue use of statin drugs at the onset of muscle pain, muscle tenderness, muscle weakness or tiredness."

The Dangers of Low Blood Cholesterol

A large study in Japan, covering two decades, which concluded that low levels of blood cholesterol also increase the incidence of stroke.

FATS, CHOLESTEROL AND HEART DISEASE

"Lowering serum cholesterol concentrations does not reduce mortality and is unlikely to prevent coronary heart disease. Claims of the opposite are based on preferential citation of supportive trials." A review of twenty-six studies published in 1992

Natural Cholesterol Remedy - Like high blood pressure and high blood sugar levels, high levels of LDL cholesterol are recognized as symptoms of imbalance in the system. Naturopaths recognize that the whole system and not just the symptoms should be treated. Recognizing the need for a healthier and more effective approach, without the side effects of the statin drugs. Cholesto-Rite - a 100% herbal remedy containing well researched ingredients and manufactured in therapeutic dosage according to the highest pharmaceutical standards. more

THE CHOLESTEROL MYTH:
Dr. Barry Groves, Ph.D.

Over the past couple of decades there has been a growing concern about fats and cholesterol. Dieticians, nutritionists and doctors have been telling us that fat is a killer. Apart from those with a very rare disease, has cholesterol got anything to do with heart disease - or any other disease? And even if it has, will a change of diet be beneficial? Like all debates, this one about cholesterol has two sides. The Cholesterol Myth explores the evidence on which present healthy eating' dietary recommendations are based.

Heart Frauds: Uncovering the Biggest Health Scam in History

Because of the propaganda, you can be forgiven for thinking that cholesterol is a harmful alien substance that should be avoided at all costs. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Cholesterol is an essential component in the body. It is found in all the cells of the body, particularly in the brain and nerve cells. Body cells are continually dying and new ones being made. Cholesterol is a major building block from which cell walls are made. Cholesterol is also used to make a number of other important substances: hormones (including the sex hormones), bile acids and, in conjunction with sunlight on the skin, vitamin D 3 . The body uses large quantities of cholesterol every day and the substance is so important that, with the exception of brain cells, every body cell has the ability to make it.

Cholesterol may be ingested in animal products, but less than twenty percent of your body's cholesterol needs will be supplied in this way. Your body then makes up the difference. If you eat less cholesterol, your body merely compensates by making more. Although the media and food companies still warn against cholesterol in diet, it has been repeatedly demonstrated that the level of cholesterol in your blood is affected very little by the amount of cholesterol you eat. References

F. Batmanghelidj, M.D. - "We in the medical profession, totally oblivious of the vital roles of cholesterol in the body, have been duped into thinking that it is this substance that causes arterial disease of the heart and the brain. The pharmaceutical industry has capitalized on the slogan of bad cholesterol and has produced toxic-to-the-body chemicals that minimally lower the level of cholesterol in the body and in the process cause liver damage to thousands of people, some who die as a result of using the medication."

Bad Cholesterol: A Myth and a Fraud!

Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD - "The idea that too much animal fat and a high cholesterol is dangerous to your heart and vessels is nothing but a myth." Here are some astonishing and frightening facts.

"To produce healthy hormones in your body you need cholesterol. Listening to the foolishness of keeping your cholesterol low by always eating low fat, low cholesterol foods all the time, will lead to premature aging, more depression, more overweight problems, more anxiety, more cancer, more heart disease, etc. Then the pharmaceuticals will sell you synthetic estrogen, DHEA, testosterone, cholesterol lowering drugs, Prozac, Xanax, Valium, etc. ALL OF WHICH encourage disease in your body. Then they will sell you chemo and radiation. And then they will say 'we have nothing else to offer you.' The question is, did they ever?" Timothy Long

Myths And Truths about other Fats
Bad Cholesterol: A Myth and a Fraud!

There are no such things as good or bad cholesterol, but mental stress, physical activity and change of body weight may influence the level of blood cholesterol. A high cholesterol is not dangerous by itself, but may reflect an unhealthy condition, or it may be totally innocent. Your body produces three to four times more cholesterol than you eat. The production of cholesterol increases when you eat little cholesterol and decreases when you eat much. This explains why the ”prudent” diet cannot lower cholesterol more than on average a few per cent. The reason why laymen, doctors and most scientists have been misled is because opposing and disagreeing results are systematically ignored or misquoted in the scientific press.

The unacceptable legacy of statin drug use at today's high doses is a trail of chronic aches and pains, numbness, weakness, confusion, fatigue, shortness of breath and even heart failure in hordes of unsuspecting victims. Many physicians now have become victims of statin drug use and, like the author, now suspect the message of persuasive drug "reps" may not have been the entire truth. This book will frighten you as it informs you. The reader will never be quite the same again.

Dr. Duane Graveline, former astronaut, aerospace medical research scientist, flight surgeon, and family doctor, given Lipitor(r) to lower his cholesterol, loses his short-term memory for several hours. He discontinues the drug, but a year later at his annual NASA physical is urged to resume it at half the dose. Six weeks later he loses both short and retrograde memories for half a day and is diagnosed in the ER with transient global amnesia (TGA). Appalled by the medical community's ignorance of the cognitive side effects of the statin drugs, he begins searching for answers to his traumatic experience. Lipitor(r), Thief of Memory, Statin Drugs and the Misguided War On Cholesterol is the "scary, appealingly written" account of his findings.

Class action lawsuit filed against Pfizer the makers of Lipitor

A recent class action suit filed against Pfizer, Inc. the makers of Lipitor ( atorvastatin calcium ) contends that the manufacturers of this statin drug promoted its use to a population that would receive little or no cardiovascular benefit. The groups specifically mentioned in the lawsuit are women and the elderly who in various clinical trials have reportedly been shown to have received no clinical benefit by taking Lipitor. The plaintiffs contend that unnecessary drug costs were incurred as a result by patients in these groups and their healthcare providers.

Statins Forum Read and share information on legal issues and statin drugs on the new message board.

"I've long wondered why everyone over the age of 40 seems to be on Lipitor. Lipitor is in fact the Number 1 selling drug in the world. TRANS FATS by Judith Shaw has answered that question. Our government is in bed with the food and pharmaceutical industries. It allows the food industry to profit by poisoning our food with partially hydrogenated oils - even though the human body's tolerance level is zero. And, it allows the pharmaceutical industry to profit enormously from the sale of cholesterol-lowering drugs prescribed for people suffering from a lifetime of toxictrans fat build-up. Sincere thanks to Judith Shaw for bringing this to our attention in such a concise, readable way. Insincere thanks to our US Government for betraying its citizens once again. As Ronald Reagan said, "Government is not the solution to our problems; Government IS the problem." We need to begin holding our elected scoundrels accountable for their duplicity!" Book Reviewer



THE MARGARINE HOAX ---- Why Butter is Better

Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD - "It's no longer a secret that the margarine Americans have been spreading on their toast, and the hydrogenated fats they eat in commercial baked goods like cookies and crackers, is the chief culprit in our current plague of cancer and heart disease.22 But mainline nutrition writers continue to denigrate butter—recommending new fangled tub spreads instead.23 These may not contain hydrogenated fats but they are composed of highly processed rancid vegetable oils, soy protein isolate and a host of additives. A glitzy cookbook called Butter Busters promotes butter buds, made from maltodextrin, a carbohydrate derived from corn, along with dozens of other highly processed so-called low-fat commercial products."

Margarine is made by adding hydrogen atoms to the fat molecules to make them more saturated, raising the melting point of the fat so it remains a solid at room temperature, i.e., the margarine won't run all over the table. This process, called "hydrogenation," requires the presence of a metal catalyst and temperatures of about 500°F (260°C) for the reaction to take place. It causes about half of the cis- bonds to flip over into a trans- configuration. Another 'side-effect' of hydrogenation is that a residue of toxic metals, usually nickel and aluminum, is left behind in the finished product." Since trans- fats don't occur in nature, our bodies don't know how to deal with them effectively and they act as poisons to crucial cellular reactions. The body tries to use them as it would the cis- form, and they wind up in cell membranes and other places they shouldn't be." Scientific evidence continues to mount that trans- fats contribute to heart disease and possibly other conditions as well. Even the conservative Harvard Health Letter referred to them as "the new enemy."

Engineered Fats and Oils and The Degenerative Disease Epidemic

"The degenerative disease epidemic that wracks the nation came coincidentally with the introduction of engineered fats and oils. It is the type of fats and oils that we consume that is directly correlated to the rise of epidemic degenerative disease; it is not the amount of fats and oils that we eat that causes the problem. It is by chronically consuming the fats and oils that cause degenerative disease that we impair our ability to consume healthy fats and oils. We also impair our ability to consume carbohydrates and thus become Diabetic and Obese." more

Hydrogenated oils and trans fatty acids are silent killers. Research studies show conclusively that they cause non-insulin dependent type II diabetes, or hyperinsulinemia. This is a disease which can eventually burn out the pancreas and cause insulin dependent diabetes. These changed molecular oils dramatically increase the risk of coronary heart disease, breast cancer, other types of cancers and auto immune diseases. Over 100 research studies show how harmful these oils are to the human body. However, these findings have been largely ignored by the mass media and the FDA. In addition, the Commercial Edible Food Industry has suppressed these research findings for sometime. Why? Money and lots of it! Food processing companies and the companies that own the patents on this process would lose billions of dollars if they had to change their method of food production of hydrogenating oils. The main reason oils are hydrogenated is that the hydrogenation of the oils act as a preservative. This leads to increased shelf life of products and less returns or spoilage of products. But at what cost is it to the human body? Hydrogenated Oils - Silent Killers; The Margarine Hoax

Most cholesterol is manufactured within the body. A maximum of about 4% of all cholesterol comes from the diet. Cholesterol is the raw material for the adrenal stress hormones and the sex hormones. The body often reacts to stress by producing more cholesterol. This allows the body to make more stress-fighting hormones. As biochemical stress is reduced through a scientific nutrition program, cholesterol levels often decrease without the need for restrictive diets.

In fact, eating some animal products often helps balance body chemistry. In these instances, cholesterol levels or the cholesterol/HDL ratio improves although the diet contains cholesterol-containing foods. In general, fast oxidizers or fast metabolizers can eat more butter and other fatty foods. True fast oxidizers run lower cholesterol levels. They also burn up fats more rapidly and efficiently. Slow oxidizers should restrict all fats and oils, including butter. However, a small amount of butter (1 teaspoon daily) may be eaten by slow oxidizers. Butter is a healthy fat. Read The Case for Butter

Your body needs fat to function properly. Taking the Fear out of Eating Fats Besides being an energy source, fat is a nutrient used in the production of cell membranes, as well as in several hormone-like compounds called eicosanoids. These compounds help regulate blood pressure, heart rate, blood vessel constriction, blood clotting and the nervous system. In addition, dietary fat carries fat-soluble vitamins — vitamins A, D, E and K — from your food into your body. Fat also helps maintain healthy hair and skin, protects vital organs, keeps your body insulated, and provides a sense of fullness after meals (satiety). more

Health benefits of good fats and oils

Fats and Oils That Can Save Your Life
Flax Oil as a True Aid Against Arthritis, Heart Infarction, Cancer and Other Diseases. Recent research suggests that ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) and lignans in flaxseed modulate the immune response and may play a beneficial role in the clinical management of autoimmune diseases.


Taking the Fear out of Eating Fats- Excerpt

Lori Lipinski, Certified Nutritional Consultant, lecturer and writer whose articles have been published and quoted in highly respected national and international health journals and books.

The medical community, junk food industry and the media have done an incredible job convincing the American public that fats are bad for us. Fats have been blamed for everything from clogging our arteries to causing cancer. And fats are definitely the most popular scapegoat for our national health obsession—obesity! Don't be afraid to eat real food. The closer to nature, the better it is for you. Choose foods in their whole state. Do your best to avoid processed, prepackaged foods, especially those that are reduced-fat products.

2. REPLACE MARGARINE WITH BUTTER
We have been told to eat margarine because butter raises our cholesterol and is bad for our heart. The truth is that margarine eaters have twice the rate of heart disease as butter eaters (Nutrition Week 3/22/91 21:12).

We've also been told that saturated fats, the kind that are in butter, clog the arteries. But according to a study published in The Lancet (1994 344:1195), the fatty acids found in artery clogs are mostly unsaturated, not saturated, as we have been led to believe.

Butter is a natural fat, made from cream. Margarine is an artificial concoction of chemicals. Not only does butter taste better, but it's good for you. Butter is a source of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, and important trace minerals magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium and iodine. Purchase organic butter produced without the use of hormones, steroids and antibiotics. Raw butter from pasture-fed cows is even better.

3. REPLACE PROCESSED VEGETABLE OILS WITH TRADITIONAL FATS
For many years the media have told us to replace saturated fats with unsaturated fats, like those from vegetable oils. This advice does more harm than good. In the process of producing vegetable oils, toxic chemicals and high temperatures are used to extract the oil from the seed or bean. In this process virtually all of the nutritional value has been destroyed, not to mention that the high temperatures turn the oil rancid before you even bring it home.

Even worse, most of the vegetable oils that end up in packaged foods have been partially hydrogenated, a process that rearranges the fatty acid molecules, turning them from the natural cis configuration into trans fats, most of which do not exist in nature. Not only are trans fats difficult to digest, they have been implicated as a cause of both cancer and heart disease.

According to Dr. John Lee, MD, of California, "Trans fatty acids enter our metabolic processes but are defective for our bodily uses. Our cell membranes, our hormone synthesis, our immune system, our ability to deal with inflammation and to heal, and many, many, other vital systems all become defective when trans fatty acids substitute for the health-giving cis fatty acids. Unknowingly we are poisoning ourselves."

The best fats for us to eat are those that generations thrived on before Quaker and Nabisco became household names. These tra ditional fats include butter, lard, tallow, olive oil, coconut and palm oils—fats that you don't hear about too often on TV!

BUTTER
Butter is a rich source of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. The saturated fat in butter actually enhances our immune function, protects the liver from toxins, provides nourishment for the heart in times of stress, gives stiffness and integrity to our cell membranes, and aids in the proper utilization of omega-3 essential fatty acids. Butter will add extra nutrients and flavor to your vegetables, whole grain breads, and sautéed dishes. more

LARD
Lard is a traditional fat, the mention of which causes us moderns to cringe. Yet lard is a healthy, natural fat. Lard is rendered fat from pork and is mostly monounsaturated. Lard can be a wonderful source of vitamin D. Traditionally, lard has been used and enjoyed for pastries and frying potatoes—until the vegetable oil industry took over. Don't be afraid to experiment with lard in your kitchen, it will add lots of flavor to your food.

On a side note, I worked with a client from Mexico who was here visiting her daughter over the summer. The mother was 85 years old, very strong and healthy, and had not one wrinkle on her beautiful face. Her skin was incredible! It was so soft and silky, not at all dry, scaly or wrinkly like the skin I'm so used to seeing with most of my clients. I just had to ask her what kind of fats she eats. Her daughter translated my question to her mother and then replied, "She said she eats mostly lard. I can't believe it! I keep telling her that's not good for her, but she just won't listen!" Us silly Americans!



Why Butter is Better ----- The Margarine Hoax
by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD (excerpt from the article)

Butter contains lecithin, a substance that assists in the proper assimilation and metabolism of cholesterol and other fat constituents. Butter also contains a number of anti-oxidants that protect against the kind of free radical damage that weakens the arteries. Vitamin A and vitamin E found in butter both play a strong anti-oxidant role. Butter is a very rich source of selenium, a vital anti-oxidant—containing more per gram than herring or wheat germ.

Butter is also a good dietary source cholesterol. What?? Cholesterol an anti-oxidant?? Yes indeed, cholesterol is a potent anti-oxidant that is flooded into the blood when we take in too many harmful free-radicals—usually from damaged and rancid fats in margarine and highly processed vegetable oils.3 A Medical Research Council survey showed that men eating butter ran half the risk of developing heart disease as those using margarine.

Butterfat contains glycospingolipids, a special category of fatty acids that protect against gastro-intestinal infection, especially in the very young and the elderly. For this reason, children who drink skim milk have diarrhea at rates three to five times greater than children who drink whole milk.12 Cholesterol in butterfat promotes health of the intestinal wall and protects against cancer of the colon.13 Short and medium chain fatty acids protect against pathogens and have strong anti-fungal effects.14 Butter thus has an important role to play in the treatment of candida overgrowth.

Who benefits from the propaganda blitz against butter? The list is a long one and includes orthodox medicine, hospitals, the drug companies and food processors. But the chief beneficiary is the large corporate farm and the cartels that buy their products—chiefly cotton, corn and soy—America's three main crops, which are usually grown as monocultures on large farms, requiring extensive use of artificial fertilizers and pesticides. All three—soy, cotton and corn—can be used to make both margarine and the new designer spreads. In order to make these products acceptable to the up-scale consumer, food processors and agribusiness see to it that they are promoted as health foods. We are fools to believe them. more

Margarine killed turkeys

Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back. It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavorings.

The difference between margarine and butter:
  • Both have the same amount of calories.
  • Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams compared to 5 grams.
  • Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study
  • Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.
  • Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few only because they are added!
  • Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods.
  • Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years .
  • And now, for Margarine...
  • Very high in Trans fatty acids.
  • Triple risk of coronary heart disease .
  • Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol).
  • Increases the risk of cancers up to five fold.
  • Lowers quality of breast milk.
  • Decreases immune response.
  • Decreases insulin response.
  • Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC. This fact alone was enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance). You can try this yourself: Purchase a tub of margarine and leave it in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will note a couple of things: no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something) and it does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weenie microorganisms will not a find a home to grow. Why? Because it is nearly plastic . Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?
Fats That Heal
The Margarine Hoax



Oil Pulling / Swishing Therapy
Oil pulling was developed by Dr. Karach and presented in a paper claiming oil pulling can cure head-aches, bronchitis, tooth pain, thrombosis, eczema, ulcers chronic sleeplessness and diseases of stomach, intestines, heart, blood, kidney, liver, lungs and women’s diseases. It heals diseases of nerves, paralysis, and encephalitis. It prevents the growth of malignant tumors, cuts and heals them. learn more

Immunocal and high cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood sugar
"My friend Dan started "feeding me" Immunocal about 4 or so months ago when we got our first shipment of Immunocal. I figured it was harmless and we had so much of it, that I might as well try it. About two month after I started taking Immunocal, I noticed my energy levels were way up. Seriously up. I joined a workout class. I mean, I'm a total couch potato and never in my life did I imagine ever doing such a thing. It's just never sounded fun before. About a month after that, I joined a running club. I'm working out 5-6 days a week now. I went from total sloth to exercise freak in just 3 months. But wait, it gets better. I've been on medication for high cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood sugar, dermatitis and ADHD for years. About two weeks ago I started having weird side effects. My doctor suspected it was my cholesterol medication and recommended that I stop taking it to see if the side effects went away. I decided to go one better and stop taking all of my medications. Well it's been two weeks withoutmedication and my blood sugar is normal, my cholesterol is normal, my skin looks clear and my ADHD is totally under control. My side effects cleared up too. I have to go in to see my doctor in two weeks for a full round of tests. We haven't looked at my triglycerides yet, but he said that if this keeps up, I can go off of all of my medications permanently. I'm blown away.

My blood sugar was 135 this morning, it used to get up in the 260-300 range before I started taking medication. My cholesterol is 153 now, it used to be above 300. I'm not sure if any of my friends believe what's going on well enough to sign up, but a couple might. I'm really trying to not use Facebook for marketing, however some things are just way too good not to share.

Glyconutrients and Cell to Cell Communication

Research over the past decade has demonstrated the importance of essential fatty acids and essential proteins (amino acids). Now scientists and nutritionists are beginning to understand the role of glyconutrients which supports the process our individual tissue cells use to recognize, and communicate with, each other. The work that Dr. Blobel and many others have done let us understand the importance of good cell communication to ensure good health. Disease is a symptom of one or more body systems in distress. When you nourish and balance the systems, you give your body what it requires to resist, repair and overcome disease, and to achieve optimal health. learn more


Killer Fats

Good fats are the naturally-occurring, traditional fats that haven't been damaged by high heat, refining, processing or other man-made tampering such as 'partial hydrogenation'. Many studies have demonstrated a very close association between consumption of unsaturated oils and the incidence of cancer.

Trans Fats: the Hidden Killer in our Food

Unlike butter or virgin coconut oil, hydrogenated oils contain high levels of trans fats. A trans fat is an otherwise normal fatty acid that has been "transmogrified", by high-heat processing of a free oil. The fatty acids can be double-linked, cross-linked, bond-shifted, twisted, or messed up in a variety of other ways. Trans fats are poisons, just like arsenic or cyanide. They interfere with the metabolic processes of life by taking the place of a natural substance that performs a critical function. And that is the definition of a poison. Your body has no defense against them, because they never even existed in our two billion years of evolution -- so we've never had the need or the opportunity to evolve a defense against them. Partially hydrogenated oils will not only kill you in the long term by producing diseases like multiple sclerosis and allergies that lead to arthritis, but in the meantime they will make you fat!

Hydrogenated Oils - Silent Killers; The Margarine Hoax

LAWSUIT FILED IN FEDERAL COURT - 5-1-2003 - A lawsuit has been filed in Federal Court against a major food company to halt the sales and marketing of foods containinghydrogenated oils. Finally steps are being taken to take these deadly oils out of foods.

Dane A. Roubos, D.C - "Another 'side-effect' of hydrogenation is that a residue of toxic metals, usually nickel and aluminium, is left behind in the finished product. These metals are used as catalysts in the reaction, but they accumulate in our cells and nervous system where they poison enzyme systems and alter cellular functions, endangering health and causing a wide variety of problems. These toxic metals are difficult to eliminate without special detoxification techniques, and our 'toxic load' increases steadily with small exposures over time. Since they are increasingly found in our air, food and water, the cumulative doses can add up to dangerous levels over time. Since trans- fats don't occur in nature, our bodies don't know how to deal with them effectively and they act as poisons to crucial cellular reactions. The body tries to use them as it would the cis- form, and they wind up in cell membranes and other places they shouldn't be."

Leo Galland, M.D. with Dian Dincin Buchman, Ph.D. - "Unfortunately, many of the popular oils used today are nonessential fats and many are hydrogenated. Hydrogenation is a manufacturing process which converts unsaturated fats into saturated fats to prolong shelf life. Read the labels of foods you buy in the grocery store. Hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils are found in margarine, shortening, commercial baked goods and processed foods. Partial hydrogenation physically alters any EFAs (essential fatty acids) in the oil which creates artificial fatty acids. Dr. Galland states that "These artificial fatty acids are not only unnatural and unnecessary, they can have a disastrous effect on your child's body's ability to use EFAs."

Health Risks from Processed Foods and Trans Fats In this fascinating discussion nutritional expert Mary Enig, Ph.D. is interviewed by Dr. Richard A. Passwater concerning the harm caused by partially hydrogenated fats that are present in processed foods.

Beware of canola oil
"Canola oil comes from the rape seed, which is part of the mustard family of plants. Rape is the most toxic of all food-oil plants. Like soy, rape is a weed. Insects will not eat it; it is deadly poisonous! The oil from the rape seed is a hundred times more toxic than soy oil."

Beware of heated oils Heat processed oils are toxic. Make sure to always get COLD PRESSED oils. (With olive oil make sure its also "extra virgin") Always keep your oils sealed and refrigerated.

Myths And Truths about Fats
excerpt from the Weston Price Foundation
  • Myth: Heart disease in America is caused by consumption of cholesterol and saturated fat from animal products.
    • Truth: During the period of rapid increase in heart disease (1920-1960), American consumption of animal fats declined but consumption of hydrogenated and industrially processed vegetable fats increased dramatically. (USDA-HNI)
  • Myth: For good health, serum cholesterol should be less than 180 mg/dl.
    • Truth: The all-cause death rate is higher in individuals with cholesterol levels lower than 180 mg/dl. (Circulation 1992 86:3:1026-1029)
  • Myth: Animal fats cause cancer and heart disease.
    • Truth: Animal fats contain many nutrients that protect against cancer and heart disease; elevated rates of cancer and heart disease are associated with consumption of large amounts of vegetable oils. (Fed Proc July 1978 37:2215)
  • Myth: Children benefit from a low-fat diet.
    • Truth: Children on low-fat diets suffer from growth problems, failure to thrive and learning disabilities. (Food Chem News 10/3/94)
  • Myth: A low-fat diet will make you “feel better . . . and increase your joy of living.”
    • Truth: Low-fat diets are associated with increased rates of depression, psychological problems, fatigue, violence and suicide. (Lancet 3/21/92 v339)
  • Myth: Americans do not consume enough essential fatty acids.
    • Truth: Americans consume far too much of one kind of EFA (omega-6 EFAs found in most polyunsaturated vegetable oils) but not enough of another kind of EFA (omega-3 EFAs found in fish, fish oils, eggs from properly fed chickens, dark green vegetables and herbs, and oils from certain seeds such as flax and chia, nuts such as walnuts and in small amounts in all whole grains.) (Am J Clin Nutr 1991 54:438-63)
  • Myth: To avoid heart disease, we should use margarine instead of butter.
    • Truth: Margarine eaters have twice the rate of heart disease as butter eaters. (Nutrition Week 3/22/91 21:12)


Butter is a healthy fat. Read The Case for Butter
Bad Cholesterol: A Myth and a Fraud!
Taking the Fear out of Eating Fats


The Healing Power of Omega-3 Oils

Robert Willner, M.D., Ph.D. - "A top European cancer research scientist, Dr Johanna Budwig, has discovered a totally natural formula that not only protects against the development of cancer but people all over the world who have been diagnosed with incurable cancer and sent home to die have actually been cured and now lead normal healthy lives."

"Despite all the concern about fat in our diet, the body does require fat to function. The problem is that most people are getting the wrong kinds of fats in their diet and are lacking the good fats in their diets. The human body cannot function properly without two polyunsaturated fats - linoleic and alpha-linolenic acid. These fatty acids, which are found in Flaxseed Oil are truly essential to normal cell structure and body function. Some Conditions Improved by Omega-3 Oils: High Cholesterol Levels - Prevention of Strokes and Heart Attacks - Angina - High Blood Pressure - Arthritis - Multiple Sclerosis - Psoriasis and Eczema - Cancer Prevention and Treatment - Allergies - Asthma - Calmness Under Stress - Vitality" more on flaxoil

Flaxseed (Linseed) as Functional Food for People... and as Feed for Other Animals
Prepared by Jack Carter, Professor Emeritus, Department of Plant Sciences

Historically, flaxseed has been used for food and feed for animals for several thousand years in Europe, Asia and Africa, and more recently in Canada and the United States. Oil pressed from flaxseed also has been a basic cooking oil in China and other countries for centuries.

FLAXSEED for food contains . . .
  • Large amounts of OMEGA 3 fatty acid, alpha linolenic acid (ALA) an ESSENTIAL FATTY ACID, (EFA), that our bodies can't make from other foods . . .
  • Very high amounts of DIETARY FIBER, both SOLUBLE and insoluble, similar to dietary fiber in other GRAINS, for example, oats, wheat, corn, rice, dry beans, soybeans, etc.
  • the PHYTOCHEMICALS, called LIGNANS, having apparent anticarcinogenic action in animals....and
  • other NUTRIENTS such as proteins, carbohydrates, minerals flaxseed is very HIGH IN POTASSIUM and Flaxseed has a pleasant, nutty flavor TASTES GOOD!!
Some Apparent Health Benefits to people consuming flaxseed are reported in the scientific literature:
  • Reduction of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides . . . and may reduce heart arrhythmia during "coronary events" (Bierenbaum and Alexander)
  • Anti-inflammatory effects ... (Zurier and Kelly)
  • Natural laxative effects of the dietary fiber . . . (Cunnane)
  • Helps glucose control in diabetics. . . (Cunnane)
  • Softens skin and improves coat (fur) of animals . . . (Simopoulos)
  • Reduces some psoriasis in people and other animals . . . (Simopoulos)
  • Ameliorates renal disease (Lupus nephritis) with favorable effects on plasma lipids and blood pressure (Clark, Parbtani)
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The Healing Power of Borage Oil

Borage has been used in connection with the following conditions: Eczema, Infantile seborrheic dermatitis, Rheumatoid arthritis.

Borage oil, extracted from the seed of the blue, star shaped borage flower, is gaining much attention by alternative health practitioners and mainstream medicine alike for its profound medicinal properties. Whereas the oil is getting all of the credit, it is actually the oil's active component, gamma linoleic acid (GLA), that has drawn the interest of researchers. The majority of the early studies done on GLA, dating back to the late 1940's, were conducted with the oil of evening primrose.

Active constituents: Borage seed oil is the richest source of gamma linolenic acid (GLA) and contains 20–26% GLA.

While GLA from evening primrose oil has been widely researched, scientific evidence supporting the use of borage oil has been limited. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis who received either 1.4 grams of GLA daily from borage oil or placebo for twenty-four weeks experienced significant reductions in such symptoms as tender and swollen joints after utilizing the oil.3

Borage oil has also been employed for atopic dermatitis (eczema) in open clinical trials, with reductions in skin inflammation, dryness, scaliness, and itch without side effects being reported.4 However, a controlled study using 360 mg of GLA daily from borage in patients with atopic dermatitis (3–17 years of age) was unable to reproduce these results.5 In another open pilot study, forty-eight children with infantile seborrheic dermatitis were treated with borage oil (0.5 ml) applied to the diaper region twice daily.6 Within ten to twelve days, all the children were free from skin lesions, even in the areas not treated with borage. Moreover, using the oil topically two to three times a week kept the seborrhea in remission until the patients were six to seven months old. There were no relapses after the oil was discontinued.

How much is usually taken? For the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, the adult dose of GLA from borage is 1.4 grams daily for at least two months.7 Although one can try borage oil at a dose of 360 mg of GLA daily for eczema, research has not successfully supported its use for this condition.8 Topically, 0.5 ml of borage oil can be applied to areas of seborrhea daily for two weeks and then three times a week until the condition is stable.

Andrew Weill, MD - "Healing is impaired and immune function decreased when there is a deficiency of omega 3 fatty acids" Borage oil, rich in gamma linoleic acid (GLA) Borage has been used in connection with the following conditions: Eczema, Infantile seborrheic dermatitis, Rheumatoid arthritis.



Coconut Oil - Health and Nutritional Benefits

Mary G. Enig, Ph.D - "Coconut oil has a unique role in the diet as an important physiologically functional food. The health and nutritional benefits that can be derived from consuming coconut oil have been recognized in many parts of the world for centuries. A review of the diet/heart disease literature relevant to coconut oil clearly indicates that coconut oil is at worst neutral with respect to atherogenicity of fats and oils and, in fact, is likely to be a beneficial oil for prevention and treatment of some heart disease. Additionally, coconut oil provides a source of antimicrobial lipid for individuals with compromised immune systems and is a nonpromoting fat with respect to chemical carcinogenesis.

Approximately 50% of the fatty acids in coconut fat are lauric acid. Lauric acid is a medium chain fatty acid, which has the additional beneficial function of being formed into monolaurin in the human or animal body. The antiviral,antibacterial, and antiprotozoal properties of lauric acid and monolaurin have been recognized by a small number of researchers for nearly four decades: this knowledge has resulted in more than 20 research papers and several U.S. patents, and this past year it resulted in a comprehensive book chapter, which reviewed the important aspects of lauric oils as antimicrobial agents (Enig 1998). Monolaurin is the antiviral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal monoglyceride used by the human or animal to destroy lipid-coated viruses such as HIV, herpes, cytomegalovirus, influenza, various pathogenic bacteria, including listeria monocytogenes and helicobacter pylori, and protozoa such as giardia lamblia. Some studies have also shown some antimicrobial effects of the free lauric acid."

Not all Fats are Alike. Replacing the fats you now eat with coconut oil may be the wisest decision you can make to lose excess body fat. We often think that the less fat we eat, the better. However, you don’t necessarily need to reduce your fat intake, you simply need to choose a fat that is better for you, one that doesn’t contribute to weight gain. You can lose unwanted body fat by eating more saturated fat (in the form of coconut oil) and less polyunsaturated fat (processed vegetable oils). One of the remarkable things about coconut oil is that it can help you lose weight. Yes, there is a dietary fat that can actually help you take off unwanted pounds. Coconut oil can quite literally be called a low-fat fat. The anti-obesity effect of coconut oil is clear in all of the animal studies.

When coconut oil was fed as 7% of energy to patients recovering from heart attacks, the patients had greater improvement compared to untreated controls, and no difference compared to patents treated with corn or safflower oils. Populations that consume coconut oil have low rates of heart disease. Coconut oil may also be one of the most useful oils to prevent heart disease because of its antiviral and antimicrobial characteristics. JAMA 1967 202:1119-1123; Am J Clin Nutr 1981 34:1552

Coconut oil for weight reduction
One of the remarkable things about coconut oil is that it can help you lose weight. Yes, there is a dietary fat that can actually help you take off unwanted pounds. Coconut oil can quite literally be called a low-fat fat.

Raymond Peat, Ph.D. - "The anti-obesity effect of coconut oil is clear in all of the animal studies, and in my friends who eat it regularly."

Mary G. Enig, Ph.D - "Coconut oil has a unique role in the diet as an important physiologically functional food. The health and nutritional benefits that can be derived from consuming coconut oil have been recognized in many parts of the world for centuries. A review of the diet/heart disease literature relevant to coconut oil clearly indicates that coconut oil is at worst neutral with respect to atherogenicity of fats and oils and, in fact, is likely to be a beneficial oil for prevention and treatment of some heart disease. Additionally, coconut oil provides a source of antimicrobial lipid for individuals with compromised immune systems and is a nonpromoting fat with respect to chemical carcinogenesis."

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The Amazing Hemp Plant and its healing oil (Cannabis sativa L.)
by Karen Railey

"Hemp seed is the richest source of EFA’s (essential fatty acids) in the plant kingdom and contains a relatively low percentage of saturated fats. The EFA’s in the oil and seeds promote cellular growth, healthy skin, hair, and eyes, aid in immune response, disease prevention, weight control, and even in cognitive functions. The human brain is 60% fat; therefore the EFA’s are critically important to its proper function and good health. EFA’s are also the raw material the body needs to produce hormones, the body’s communication network for cellular activity. Hemp oil supports the body’s detoxification process due to the fact that the LA (linoleic acid) and ALA (Alpha- linolenic Acid) have the ability to carry toxic substances to the surface of the skin, intestinal tract, kidneys, and lungs where they can be eliminated from the body."

The nutritional content of the hemp seed is impressive, offering 30% complete and highly digestible protein and containing over 36% essential fatty acids, which is 16% more than flaxseed. It is the best source of Omega 3, Linolenic acid and Omega 6, Linoleic acid, as well as GLA, Gamma Linoleic acid (approximately 3%). Hemp seed contains protein, lipids, choline, inositol, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, phospholipids, phytosterols, and all eight essential amino acids. The amino acid profile is superior to soybean, human milk, and cow’s milk. (more type the word "hemp" in the search box of that site.)

Hemp for Health : The Medicinal and Nutritional Uses of Cannabis Sativa



Cold Pressed Olive Oil

Dr. Budwig of Germany discovered years ago that Flax oil had to be cold pressed to be effective as an immune stimulant for her cancer patients. In olive oil, only the Extra Virgin is cold pressed. Other grades are processed with varying degrees of heat. The only sure place to buy cold pressed oils is in a health food store. The label must say “cold pressed.” High temperatures damage oils by inducing lipid peroxidation which reduces the number of unsaturated bonds.


Fish Oil

"More than half of the salmon Americans eat is farmed. Farm fish usually doesn't contain much omega-3 at all. Only fish from the oceans contain many omega-3 essential fatty acids."

Much of the nutritional benefit of wild fish is lost in the farmed variety because of their artificial diets. More than half of the salmon Americans eat is farmed, that is, not hunted and dragged flailing from the sea but raised docilely in giant sea cages floating in the ocean, where they grow big and fast on high protein diets, just like their feed lot and henhouse friends. Much of the nutritional benefit of wild fish is lost in the farmed variety because of their artificial diets.

"Farmed salmon is much more consistent than wild salmon," says Swecker. "You can grow it year-round. The buyer can expect to have it on his doorstep 52 weeks a year. He can plan a restaurant menu. And the people he serves can plan on having it when they go there. Anytime you can standardize something it makes it more convenient, instead of wasting a lot of time looking for alternatives."

The salmon he's talking about is not the one you fish for past the Golden Gate Bridge. That's Pacific salmon, of which there are five different West Coast species -- Chinook (King), Coho (Silver), Sockeye, Pink and Chum -- and a sixth in Asia. Each has different characteristics: more oil, more fat, more flavor, different flavor.

The salmon Swecker means is Atlantic salmon. Nearly all the farmed salmon in the world is the single Atlantic species. The first West Coast fish farmers bred Coho and Chinook, back in the '70s, but the darn things wouldn't quit swimming. That made the farmers mad, since swimming burns fat, ill-advised in a business that sells by the pound. So they brought in Atlantics, who don't mind treading water for a living.

At first the farmers tried to re-create their natural diet, feeding them lots of fish. But salmon can eat 10 times their body weight, which meant they were killing 10 pounds of fish, or some substantial fraction, for every pound of product. So fish feed manufacturers started adding vegetable proteins, such as soy, canola, corn gluten, animal byproducts, including poultry and feathers, and vitamin and mineral supplements. Fish feed currently consists of only 35 percent fish, and falling.

Like herbivorous cattle fed meat, carnivorous fish are now largely vegetarians. The result is a blander fish, which, according to Swecker, is just what the public wants. "American consumers generally prefer bland white fish as a major preference," he says. "It's not so 'fishy.'"

It also has less nutritional value, says Frank Hu, the lead author of the 16-year study of omega-3 and cardiac disease that appeared in April's Journal of the American Medical Association. Hu is assistant professor of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.

"Farm fish usually doesn't contain much omega-3 at all. Only fish from the oceans contain many omega-3 essential fatty acids." Essential fatty acids are not produced by the body and must be absorbed through food. The April study did not look at farmed fish, although Hu says "previous studies have documented that."

"Depending on what kind of food they're eating, it will store in the body as omega-3 or -6. Fish in farms eat mostly corn or soybean and will store omega-6 in the body. Wild fish and algae will be stored as omega-3."

Omega-6s are found in vegetable oils and processed foods, among others. They have a contrary, though balancing, effect on 3s. A one-to-one ratio is ideal, according to the American Cancer Society. However, "many Americans have 10 to 20 times more omega-6s than omega-3s in their systems," ACS says. Studies show that women with breast cancer have two-to-five times more omega-6s than omega-3 fatty acids in their systems." When diets high in omega-6s are fed to fish, the result is the same as Junior shoveling Big Macs down his gullet: it super-sizes 'em.

Artificial Coloring
Bland or no, consumers still prefer their salmon to look like salmon, which is why feed manufacturers add astaxanthin, a chemical analog of the actual pigment, to pink up the flesh. As with omega-3, wild salmon have pink flesh due to their diet. Farmed salmon, living like couch potatoes, each confined to an area the size of a bathtub, bloat and grow white with fat. Concerned market researchers cornered shoppers with "SalmoFan"TM color cards produced by Roche, the drug company behind astaxanthin, and learned something important: "Deeply colored flesh was associated with higher quality, better tasting salmon," according to sales literature for Sysco, the giant food service supplier. "This market research indicated that consumers may be willing to pay more for deeply colored salmon." The color that resonated strongest with the targeted group was Number 33, which, in the Big Box carton of Crayolas, falls midway between "Red-orange" and "Tickle Me Pink."

Fish Oil: The Natural Anti-inflammatory
by Joseph Maroon, Ph.D.

Did you know that the root cause of serious chronic diseases such as heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, cancer, arthritis, and asthma has been identified as chronic inflammation? Although numerous studies have confirmed these findings, few physcians are aware of or consider the fact that the battle against inflammation is at the forefront of the fight for health and well-being of the global population. Authors Joseph Maroon and Jeffrey Bost have set out to reverse that trend with "Fish Oil: The Natural Anti-Inflammatory."Ultra-Refined Fish Oil

Pharmaceujtical companies have spent billions of dollars in an attempt to understand the bio-chemistry of inflammation. Unfortunately, pharmaceutical anit-inflammatories such as Celebrex, Vioxx, and Bextra have been shown to greatly increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and uncontrollable gastric hemorrhage, with potentially fatal consequences. Is there a safer alternative? Absolutiely! The answer lies in the power of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil, undeniably the most under-recognized and also the most petent natural anti-inflammatory available. With compelling arguments and the results of thousands of clinical studies to support them. the uathors explain in plain and simple terms; How the inflammation process works and how it can evolve into a chroninc condition that is the cause of many diseases; How fatty acids work in the body; Why supplementtion with omega-3 fatty acids can restore the body's balance and mitigate the effects of inflmmatory factors; and why fish oil is the best source of omega-3 fatty acids, and how to identify good-quality fish oil supplements.

Joseph C Maroon. M.D.,is a professor and vice chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is also a Heindl Scholar in Neuroscience as well as the team neurosurgeon to the world-champion Pittsburgh Steelers. His publications numbr more than 250, and he is a reviewer on five medical journals and an editorial board member of "Neurological Research." Jeffrey Bost is a neurosurgical physician assistant and clinical instructor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He has coauthored many presentations, articles, and grants exploring the use of omega-3 fatty acids.


Curing Hyperinsulinemia, Type II Diabetes
by Thomas Smith (excerpts)

"To cure Hyperinsulinemia, Type II Diabetes, Syndrome X and many other consequential diseases that stem from poisonous fats and oils, it is important to realize that the chronic ingestion of Refined and Hydrogenated fats and oils is implicated as a causal agent in these diseases. Margarine, artificial shortenings, refined oils and all Hydrogenated edible products are long term toxic to the human metabolism."

"An important consideration about these edible oils is a widespread fraudulent advertising technique that enables the oils manufacturer to sell known toxic oils to the unsuspecting public without breaking the law. Many refined vegetable oils are advertised as monounsaturated or as polyunsaturated in order to confuse the purchaser."

"There is no law to require the oils manufacturer, or the store, to advise the consumer that these "monounsaturates" and "polyunsaturates" are trans-isomers and other toxic byproducts that result from the destruction of the good edible oils that they think they are getting. Since no law exists to keep their claims honest, oils manufacturers feel free to deceive with dishonest claims that few consumers understand. In some circles this is not considered to be fraud."

Natural Treatments for Diabetes Diabetic condition improved with fulvic acids, B12 vitamin, bitter melon, and gamma linolenic acid (GLA) found in borage oil, and herbal remedies.

JUVENILE DIABETES AND VACCINATION: NEW EVIDENCE FOR A CONNECTION
Vaccines have been proven to cause insulin dependent diabetes and many are seeking compensation from the US government for this vaccine induced injury.