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Prof. Keith Scott-Mumby's Total Health Newsletter #14. Week ending Aug 23rd, 2009
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  1. Official Flu Theory Comes Up Against Fants And Common Sense
  2. Vitamin C Can Half Your Chance Of A Heart Attack
  3. Who's To Blame In Corruption Cases? The One Who Bribes Or The One Who Accepts?
  4. Dogs As Clever As 2-Year Old Kids? Doggiephiles will love this one!
  5. World Without Antibiotics
  6. The Book Of Kells
  7. What's In A Word?
  8. This Week's Quote

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1. Official Flu Theory Comes Up Against Facts And Common Sense

The Pharma vaccination heist that’s planned for this Fall (autumn) has met some serious opposition: hard facts and cool common sense!

Those who stand to gain are insisting that when the flu revisits this Fall it will be much more severe than the first spring “herald wave” we had. They are banking on it (literally!)

Trouble is that if you look at the facts, meaning the history of flu epidemics, it just isn’t true. The idea it starts mild and gets stronger by picking up mutations is a myth, according to leading experts of today.

"Pandemic history suggests that changes neither in transmissibility nor in pathogenicity are inevitable," concluded Drs. David Morens and Jeffery Taubenberger, infectious disease experts at the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health.

In an article published in the Aug. 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, the experts blast the much-publicized theory that the next round of flu will be more severe (as predicted by the CNN and CBS Institute of Medical Science!! Ha ha!)

The so-called "herald wave" theory stems from the belief that the deadly 1918-19 flu pandemic began with a milder spring wave of illness, which got more deadly as the virus spread throughout the summer, picking up lethal mutations.

However, while flu outbreaks were noted in Europe in the spring of 1918, no viruses from these outbreaks have yet been identified, according to Morens and Taubenberger. The truth is the actual course of the 1918 pandemic flu varied greatly around the world and most areas experienced no "spring herald wave" at all.

Another top expert has weighed in and attacked this stupid theory by the sneaky use of facts! Dr. Pascal James Imperato, dean of the school of public health at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York City, said that looking back at 20th century flu pandemics, "secondary waves have pretty much been either the same or even of less epidemiologic significance than the first wave."

Imperato concurred with that assessment. Swine flu is "still circulating," he said, "and that means that a lot of people have developed protection against it, plus we have the advantage that it's a descendant of other H1N1 viruses that were in circulation in the late '70s through the '80s, so older people have solid protection."

"It's hard to conceive that if the H1N1 should reappear in the fall in the Northern Hemisphere that we would have a more severe epidemic," he said.

So much for junk media science.

It could cost these rebel experts their jobs, of course. Or likely they’ll be discredited as idiots by media lackeys like Sanjay Gupta.

But facts are facts and it’s refreshing to get a sudden sweet bouquet of them!

SOURCE: Aug. 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association

Of course, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is holding to the fact that, even if the outbreak is very mild (as I predict), people should still get vaccinated. Why, Kathleen? Explain that to me in simple language…

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2. Vitamin C Can Half Your Chance Of A Heart Attack.

Vitamin C - You know it’s good for you. Linuis Pauling famously showed 2 grams a day protects from viruses and cancer.

But did you know that vitamin C can actually reverse aterey plaque and reduce arteriosclerosis as we age? You read that right: not just protective but it can REVERSE the age damage of arteries.

Dr. James Enstrom from the University of California studied the vitamin intake of over 11,000 people for 10 years. He found that 300mg of vitamin C a day reduced risk of heart disease by 50 percent in men and 40 percent in women. The test also revealed that a higher intake of vitamin C boosted life expectancy by 6 years.[Enstrom J. Epidemiology.1992; 3:3, pp 194-202]

We know that lack of vitamin C leads to deterioration in collagen elasticity. In fact skin won't heal; small blood vessels damage easily, leading to bruising; and teeth drop out. Bloode vessels too deteriorate and that may lead to scarring we call "plaque" (thick plates inside the blood vessel walls).

Vitamin C is essential for the prevention of dangerous plaque buildup. Dr. Matthias Rath divided a group of guinea pigs into two groups. One group received only the equivalent of 60 mg of vitamin C a day in humans (the recommended daily allowance or RDA). The other group got the equivalent of 5,000-mg of vitamin C per day. In all other respects their diets were identical.

In just 5 weeks, the guinea pigs who received 60mg of vitamin C per day developed significant plaque deposits – especially in areas around the heart. The arteries of those who received 5,000mg of vitamin C per day were strong and clear without plaque.[Rath M. Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks… But People Do! 2003. MR Publishing, Inc.]

Why do we need these high doses of vitamin C? Because we can't make our own. Most animals can manufacture their own vitamin C, which is why you don't see cows, dogs and cats running around with flu and colds! Guinea pigs are like humans and can't make on-baord vitamin C, which is why Dr. Rath used them.

 

3. Who's To Blame In Corruption Cases? The Briber Or The One Who Accepts?

I learned this shocking story from Al Sears MD. We just don’t have blatant corruption and bribery of this sort in Europe (not because people are inherently nicer but because there isn’t a system to bribe, such as the FDA approval mechanism).

Al’s email included this chart. It shows the annual budget for the University of Michigan’s “Risk Science Center” versus a recent one-time donation:

That single $5 million donation, from Charles Gelman, the retired head of Gelman Sciences, a medical device manufacturing company, is enough to fund the research center every day for the next 50 years.

Why would a retired company founder donate so much money to a rather insignificant research center? The answer lies at the core of one of the most lucrative products of the $177.2 billion chemical industry. Right now an FDA panel is preparing to make a ruling on Bisphenol-A, a primary ingredient in plastics.

And the chairman of the FDA panel also happens to be the chairman of the “Risk Science Center”. As Al Sears says, it doesn’t take a genius to see that Gelman’s donation likely isn’t for purely altruistic reasons!

Thanks for the heads up, Al.

Thing is: who’s really to blame, Gelman or the FDA? With an ethical and honorable government agency this shouldn’t happen. Bribes wouldn’t work.

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4. Dogs As Clever As 2-Year Old Kids?

I’m not so much a dog lover as an amused observer of dog lovers!

The Aug. 8, 2009, presentation of the American Psychological Association annual meeting, in Toronto, should be a feast for you doggiephiles.

Experts there presented research suggesting dogs are about as clever as 2-year old human kids.

The average dog can learn 165 words, although "super dog" Rico, a border collie, could understand 200 spoken words. Experts think some dogs can learn up to 250 words.

Dogs can count up to four or five and can correct you if you can't add one plus one.

But beware of the idea dogs can read: one canine was able to "deliver" mail addressed to two girls, one with a short name and one with a long name. Although the owner thought the dog was actually reading, it turns out the canine was gauging the length of the name, not the individual characters.

Different breeds of dog differ in their intelligence, with border collies topping the list for working (instinctive) and obedience intelligence. The next six smartest are poodles, German shepherds, golden retrievers, Dobermans, Shetland sheepdogs and Labrador retrievers. Poodles? If I was smart, I wouldn’t BE a poodle!

Like 2-year-olds, dogs can experience fear, anger, happiness and disgust, but not guilt. Humans don't feel guilt until about age 4.

That doesn't mean dogs can't make humans feel guilty. That desolate look when a dog's human leaves the house is probably totally intentional in its effect.

Dogs apparently can ponder the existential meaning of "dog" and they do have a consciousness of self, though not as complex as that of humans.

And they dream, as demonstrated through movements they make while they're asleep.

They can also deceive other dogs.

Not to mention people…
 
Here’s a good story told by Stanley Coren, Ph.D., professor emeritus, psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and author of numerous books on dogs including How to Speak Dog and How Dogs Think.

Coren has both a beagle and a cat. The cat is fed on the kitchen counter so the beagle can't interfere with feline meal-time.

One time, though, the beagle started scrabbling around, digging at the kitchen floor. "I was quite confused," Coren recalls. "He looked around and continued again, then he looked up at me. I finally got down on my hands and knees and he immediately jumped onto my back and onto the counter. He decided his psychologist father could be used as a ladder."

Superdog Gromit, as we all know, is far cleverer than his owner Wallace!

wallace and Grommitt

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5. World Without Antibiotics

More exactly "How To Survive In A World Without Antibiotics" has been probably my most successful publication to date. It broke all records.

That just shows what a need there is and that this report fulfills that need.

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The truth is we are already entering the world without antibiotics. It's not something theoretical. It's a predictable reality which has come to pass.

But we don't need to fear, if we know what the alternatives are. And there are many, as this report shows!

watch the video I made

It finishes with some suggestions for your medicine cabinet. Let me know your thoughts on this. I'd like some exchange of ideas!

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6. The Book Of Kells

The imminent departure of my friend Ric McConnell for Ireland next week got us talking about the Book Of Kells. He's a deeply committed believer in the One True Church and this ancient masterpiece was written, of course, long before there ever was such a thing as Protestantism to mess up the hegemony of Rome!

I hope he gets to see it while he is there. I saw it myself when I used to have a clinic in Dublin. The day I went it was open at the so-called Chi Rho page, which is indescribably majestic. It caused such a surge of feelings, I literally burst into tears. Click here for a tiny portion of that page!

If you EVER get chance to see this, the world's most beautiful book, sieze it. You'll never regret it. In the meantime, take a look at this short video on YouTube, based on a facsimile copy in the Washington-Centerville Public Library (they won't let me embed the video here):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMvfMVBhUXI

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What's In A Word?

Prevaricate.

It means to speak or act in a deceptive, ambiguous or evasive way; to quibble; to lie.

Nowadays, I supposed B*S* has all but taken over in popular language.

It comes from Latin praevaricare, literally to walk crookedly, from pre- before + varicare straddle; also related to varus crooked. Varus is a term used by orthopods (orthopedic surgeons!)

The medical Latin name for a club foot is Talipes equinovarus: The common ("classic") form of clubfoot. Talipes is made up of the Latin talus (ankle) + pes (foot). Equino- indicates the heel is elevated (like a horse's) and -varus indicates crooked. With this type of clubfoot, the foot is turned in sharply and the person seems to be walking on their ankle.

Here is a picture of this sad deformity, before surgery and braces:

club foot

You'll be surprised to know that 1 in 1,000 infants born in the USA have club foot (similar in Europe and elsewhere. Male children with club foot are 3 times commoner than girls).

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This Week's Quote:

Today Big Bang theorists see a universe much like that envisioned by the mediaeval scholars—a finite cosmos created, ex nihilo, from nothing, whose perfection is in the past, which is degenerating to its final end. The perfect principles used to form this universe can be known only by pure reason, guided by authority, independent of observation. Such a cosmic myth arises in periods of social crisis or retreat, and reinforces the separation of thought and action, ruler and ruled. It breeds a fatalistic pessimism paralyzes society.

Eric J. Lerner The Big Bang Never Happened

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So, that's all for this week!

Be well; find the sacred in all you do, otherwise don't do it!

Prof.

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