Friday, 19 June 2009

Does Cholesterol Have a Purpose?

Cholesterol makes hormones. It also lines the nervous system and allows electrical flows. Cholesterol heals damaged tissues. It feeds the eyes, particularly the lens of the eye, which has no direct blood supply, so it can only grow via cholesterol-rich cells.
Because of this, anything that interferes with cholesterol metabolism (e.g., anti-cholesterol drugs) has the potential to cause cataracts.
Other side effects of cholesterol-lowering drugs include the following: A 700 percent increase in colon cancers A 12-fold increase in breast cancer A 45 percent increase in gallstones A 145 percent increase in gastritis An increase, rather than the expected decrease, in heart- and circulation-related deaths and twice as many heart attacks Internal bleeding and severe constipation Liver disease and ulcers of the stomach and intestines
Anemia, taste and smell disturbances, and visual difficulties
Dizziness and a lowered white blood cell count
Angina (heart pain), heart rhythm abnormalities, phlebitis
Cancer Increased death rate (in a 5,000-patient study, there was a 36 percent increase in deaths as compared to those taking a placebo)
Increased incidences of impulsive homicidal and suicidal behavior
A 175 percent increase in appendicitis

health research

Why is it that medical authorities are unable to incorporate new discoveries about health? One reason is the myth, perpetuated by the American Medical Association, that only their practices are based on scientific proof, while alternative approaches are supported only by anecdotal evidence. The fact is-medicine as it is practiced today is anything but scientific.

In 1989, the United States government formed the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR). Its purpose is to assist in the development and maintenance of national health practice guidelines in order to control runaway medical costs, which, if left unchecked, will soon equal the Gross National Product. In 1992, Dr. David Eddy of Duke University, an advisor to the AHCPR, evaluated 21 areas in the field of medicine. Here's what he found: 17 of these areas had little or no scientific validation and existed simply because they were traditional; 99% of the articles in medical journals were scientifically unsound; and 85% of medicine had no scientific basis. It would appear from these findings that the term "medical science" is as much an oxymoron as "military intelligence."

The AHCPR also investigated an area of medical practice particularly relevant to muscle-back problems. According to a study released in December 1994, one of the most costly, non-validated medical areas is back surgery. This report found that both surgery and physiotherapy were ineffective in treating acute back pain. It stated, "Despite and extensive medical literature on failed back surgery and evidence that repeat surgical procedures for low back problems rarely lead to improved outcome, there are documented examples of patients who have had as many as 20 spine operations." Evidently these "scientific" surgeons consider reports of their failures to be anecdotal.

Kids on Love

"Love is what makes you smile when you're tired."
Terri - age 4

"Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before
giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK."
Danny - age 7

"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents
and listen."
Bobby - age 7

"If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you
Nikka - age 6

"I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and
has to go out and buy new ones."
Lauren - age 4

"When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out
of you." :)
Karen - age 7

A four year old child had a next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had
recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the
old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.

When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said,
"Nothing, I just helped him cry."

-- Kids on Marriage

How do you decide who to marry?

"No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God
decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with."
-- Kristen, age 10

How can a strangeer tell if two people are married?

"You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same
-- Derrick, age 8

What do most people do on a date?

"Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other.
Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough."
-- Lynnette, age 8

What would you do on a first date that was turning sour?

"I'd run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and
make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns."
-- Craig, age 9 (ingenious)

Is it better to be single or married?

"It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean
up after them."
-- Anita, age 9 (bless you child)

How would the world be different if the people did not get married?

"There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there?"
-- Kelvin, age 8

How would you make a marriage work?

"Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck."
-- Ricky, age 10

Tuesday, 16 June 2009


Do you remember the old joke of the guy who every morning gets up at 6:00 and stomps around the outside of his house. His neighbor finally comes out and says, "What in the world are you doing? Every morning, I look out my window when I'm fixing my breakfast, and there you are in your bathrobe stomping around the house." The guy says, "Oh, well, I'm keeping the elephants away."

"Elephants? There are no elephants in this neighborhood."

And the first man says, "See how well it works!"

Monday, 15 June 2009

Fix Allergies with KST

from Tedd Koren, D.C.
Your immune system works to keep you 100% natural, organic, unadulterated, you! It recognizes and destroys bacteria, viri, pollutants, dust, pollen, drugs, tumors, debris and artificial substances (metal and plastic, however, don’t trigger an immune reaction).

Many things influence how well your immune system functions: your nervous system, endocrine system, diet, genes and emotions.

Allergens and allergies

The most common immune system disorder is the allergy that occurs when the immune system overreacts to an allergen (dust, pollen, milk, dog or cat dander, strawberries, etc.) and the body produces too many neutralizing chemicals (especially histamines) in response.

KST and allergies

After developing Koren Specific Technique (KST), I was often asked if it could address allergies. I’m happy to report that doctors are finding that KST can be used as a simple, yet powerful, procedure to help allergy sufferers.

The allergy "posture"

First the patient is analyzed and adjusted so they are cleared out: no subluxations. Now the patient is put in the "posture" of the allergy.

How is that done?

It is rather simple to do. All you do is tell the patient to think of their allergy. While they are thinking of it, their body will subluxate into their "allergy pattern."

Now the allergy pattern must be located. I have found this is best done using a dynamic bio-indicator analysis system that is quickly able to locate subluxations. Bio-indicators are used by applied kinesiology (AK); muscle weakness, directional non-force technique (DNFT™) and Activator™ (a derivative of DNFT); the short leg reflex, Toftness ™; skin autonomic response and others.

KST employs the occipital drop (OD) that was discovered by Lowell Ward, DC, developer of Spinal Column Stressology, as a bio-indicator. Dr. Ward discovered that the occiput/mastoid area of the skull will appear to lower on the left when the person is stressed by a subluxation. By using the OD, the patient does not need to lie down to be checked and there is no muscle fatigue.

To continue the allergy protocol: While the patient is thinking of their allergy, the practitioner locates the subluxations that appear. In most cases, the subluxation involves the left and right greater wings of the sphenoid (anterior) and occipital bone (inferior).

In addition, sometimes a subluxation will involve the temporal or upper thoracic.

Now, the correction.

As the patient is thinking of their allergy, their subluxations are corrected or adjusted. I find an adjusting instrument works best, as this permits the patient to stay in one position while the force/energy/information (adjustment) can be directed specifically.

Next, ask the patient to think of the allergen again. There should be no OD. If there is an OD, go through the analysis and adjustment again. You may have missed something.

Are we finished?

Not quite. We have to see if the patient’s relationship with the allergen has been completely defused. Now ask the patient to think about the allergy from a different angle. For example, tell the patient, "Imagine taking the allergen and putting it in your mouth." Then test for an OD. If you get it, locate and correct their subluxations (usually they will be the same ones you already corrected).

Try other statements to defuse the allergy. Tell the patient to imagine how they feel when they have an allergic reaction. Tell them to imagine breathing the allergen. Tell them to imagine clear sinuses or being free of other allergy symptoms.

Go through a number of these exercises until you simply can’t elicit an OD from the patient.

That’s it

It’s usually that simple. You may find an emotional reaction associated with the allergy, but that’s rare.

What exactly are we doing?

As with other allergy elimination protocols (i.e., NAET, JMT) we appear to be breaking a neurological reflex that causes the patient to overreact to an allergen.

With KST, we find that, when putting patients in the toxin posture of subluxation and adjusting them while in that posture, the allergy reflex is broken.

KST is a refinement in locating and correcting subluxations. Using KST procedures, chiropractors can easily and quickly locate and correct subluxations as they reveal themselves in any posture—physical, emotional or chemical.

Koren Specific Technique, developed by Tedd Koren, D.C., is a quick and easy way to locate and correct subluxations; it is gentle and low-force.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

What the Drug Companies Won't Tell You

Dr. Murray, widely regarded as one of the world's leading authorities on natural
medicine, has a new book out June 30th - "What the Drug Companies Won't Tell You And
Your Doctor Doesn't Know." The book argues that our reliance on medications to cure
us is at the core of America's health crisis, and shows stunning evidence that
pharmaceutical treatments for common diseases are often ineffective and result in
serious, widespread side effects - the existence of which is frequently hidden from
the public.

Here are just some of the shocking facts about drug companies that he chronicles -
with proof - in his book:

v According to a noted Harvard cardiologist and published studies in the Journal of
the American Medical Association, more than 80 percent of coronary angioplasty and
bypass operations are not necessary.

v Since statins were introduced in 1987, the number of people in the United States
with high cholesterol has increased from 13 million to nearly 100 million.

v It is estimated that 70 percent of patients with chronic daily headaches suffer
from drug-induced headaches.

v Aspirin, ibuprofen, and other nonsteroidal drugs (NSAIDs) used for arthritis lead
to joint destruction by inhibiting the formation of cartilage.

v Acetaminophen overdose is the leading cause of acute liver failure and causes 10
percent of all cases of kidney failure.

v Drugs like Paxil, Zoloft, and Prozac contribute to obesity, but weight gain is
not listed as a common side effect of these drugs.

v It is estimated that drug companies spend more than $57.5 billion a year
marketing to physicians--With about 700,000 practicing physicians in the United
States, it is estimated that the drug industry spends about $60,000 in marketing per
physician annually.

v According to a very detailed analysis by two Canadian researchers, Marc-André
Gagnon and Joel Lexchin, drug companies spend twice as much money on marketing as on
research and development.

v There is now considerable evidence that the drug companies exert significant
control over the FDA and the drug approval process.

Monday, 1 June 2009

hay fever

From Dr Eben Davis DC ;
"Allergies are very common. One of the most common allergies is hay fever, or Allergic Rhinitis. Hay fever is thought to effect over 30% of the population in one form or another.

Hay fever occurs when the body over produces histamine in response to pollen grasses, air-borne chemicals, and dust particles. This is why the treatment is usually anti-histamine.

The problem with anti-histamine is that the body makes more histamine in response to it...which is why you have to keep taking more of it. It's a viscous cycle.
The nervous system controls and regulates every function in your body...including histamine production by the white blood cells...this is part of your immune system.

The nervous system consists of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves...which exit from in between the bones of the spine. If these bones (vertebrae) are out of alignment, they can offend and irritate the same nerves they were designed to protect...this is called a vertebral subluxation.

If the irritated nerves are involved with your immune response and histamine production, you may have abnormal reactions such as hay fever.

At my downtown San Francisco Chiropractic Center, I have patients that come to see me for allergies only. I don't treat the allergies...I treat the subluxations, which allows the nervous sytem to better balance body chemistry and immune response.

If you have hay fever it can be a real bummer. I would seriously consider visiting a good chiropractor to find out it he or she can help your allergies. I think you might be pleasantly surprised."