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Getting to the heart of lutein’s protective benefits

I promised you last month that I’d be back with more information on lutein’s newly discovered health benefits, and I don’t want you to think I don’t keep my promises! Like I said in the September issue, I’ve recommended lutein for macular degeneration for years. When news about this nutrient first emerged, I wondered what else lutein might do. It seemed unlikely that a molecule with that much power couldn’t do a lot of other good things. Well, I was right (if I do say so myself).

Last year, The Los Angeles Atherosclerosis Study, led by Dr. James H. Dwyer, was conducted to assess the protective effects of lutein against early hardening of the arteries. Researchers primarily studied the carotid arteries in the neck, since those are the ones most commonly “thickened” in cases of atherosclerosis.

After extensive investigation that looked at human arteries, mouse arteries, and artery cells in petri dishes, the researchers concluded that increased dietary intake of lutein is protective against the development of early atherosclerosis. According to the report, apparently this explains “why diets rich in fruits and vegetables are associated with lowered risk of heart disease.”

Now, I have no doubt that the researchers are all very gifted in their field, but I don’t know if anyone’s talented enough to get cells in petri dishes to eat green leafy vegetables…There is no proof that fruits or vegetables had any effect at all, since The L.A. Atherosclerosis Study used lutein supplements.

This is another example of the reporter being politically correct, whether or not he is a carrot cruncher himself. EGGS are your best source of lutein. If you don’t like eggs, you can find lutein supplements in most health food stores.

References:

“USC Study Suggests Low Levels Of Dietary Nutrient Lutein, Found In Leafy Greens, Linked To Thickening In Neck Arteries” Science Daily (www.sciencedaily.com), 6/18/01

“Oxygenated Carotenoid Lutein and Progression of Early Atherosclerosis. The Los Angeles Atherosclerosis Study” Circulation, 2001, 103(24): 2,922-2,927.

Never mind man– dogs become the pharmaceutical industry’s best friend

Drug companies will do anything for a buck, and they’re certainly not content with the cash rolling in from human consumers when there’s still so much living, breathing profit potential out there. So now they’ve set their sights on the animal kingdom. Dogs are now considered to be a market ripe for plucking. Of course, this means the drug giants had to pay researchers to invent some new diseases for man’s best friend.

“Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome,” CCDS, is one of these newly recognized diseases. Once upon a time, veterinarians simply told dog lovers that acting senile was a normal part of a dog’s aging. This, of course, is true, but what does truth have to do with selling drugs for dogs? Humans with senile degeneration are labeled as having Alzheimer’s disease so why should dogs get away with aging naturally?

Pfizer sniffed out this one and responded with a drug called Anipryl. But surprise, surprise-it’s not a cure, and dogs will need to take Anipryl for the rest of their lives to stifle symptoms. Let’s see now, 100,000,000 dogs at, say, 60 bucks a month Pfizer must be kicking themselves for not thinking of it sooner.

Then there’s Canine Separation Anxiety. This is basically when your dog freaks out and tears the house apart when you’re not home. I thought this was the whole reason doghouses were invented, but apparently the drug giant Novartis has come up with something better in its new wonder drug Clomicalm.

Of course, both of these drugs cause vomiting and diarrhea. So now your dog is sick as well as senile and/or socially deprived. Blood pressure medicine will probably be next, if they can figure out some way to take a dog’s blood pressure.

If Novartis and Pfizer were smart (which they are), they would recommend that both you and your dog take these drugs. After all, that little pill doesn’t know whether a dog or a human is swallowing it (and the drug company doesn’t care). So don’t be surprised if you start seeing ads recommending Clomicalm for those nights your husband or wife is late coming home from the office or Anipryl for the times you misplace your car keys. (But you should take this drug only on the advice of your veterinarian.).

References:

“FDA approves pair of doggie treatments: Drugs fight aging problems, separation anxiety” Associated Press, 1/11/99.

The killer in a candy bar wrapper

The advertisers control the press, and the press controls the people by keeping them ignorant about the nation’s No. 1 addiction-not caffeine, not alcohol, not cocaine, not pot, but SUGAR. You must remember that the main job of the press is no longer to inform the people but to sell advertising. The food industry would not look kindly on a headline like this in your local paper:

DIABETES KILLING THE AMERICAN DREAM, FOOD INDUSTRY DENIES COMPLICITY

So, the Associated Press, true to its tradition, left out half the case in its latest report on diabetes. The article, primarily about how one of the antidiabetic drugs is killing diabetics, reflected on the alarming rise in diabetes: “[Diabetes] has reached epidemic levels and afflicts about 17 million people nationwide.”

But the article treats Type II diabetes as though it’s something we have no control over. It doesn’t even bother mentioning the fact that the cause of Type II diabetes is well known-the excessive intake of sugar and starches in the diet. Instead, it focuses on how “ignorant” people are of the (completely avoidable) complications of (completely avoidable) Type II diabetes, including drug side effects, heart failure, and kidney failure.

Why is this? With all the “patient education” about a problem that has been growing for at least 50 years, why are patients still wallowing in ignorance?

The REAL message they should be teaching is, DIABETES IS KILLING YOU and it’s because the food industry, starting with Coca Cola and working up the food chain from there, puts sugar in just about everything it produces. The press, instead of aiding in the education of the public on the dangers of excessive use of sugar has suppressed the facts by simply ignoring the problem.

References:

“Diabetes drug called a deadly threat.” Associated Press/Miami Herald, 5/15/02, Page 3A

Living longer: An apple a day will get you part of the way

You’ve probably heard the terms “flavonoids” and “polyphenols” buzzing around in the heath world for the past couple of years. And for once, the media has latched on to something worthwhile: These phytochemicals (plant extracts) are powerful cancer-fighting substances. Researchers at Cornell University found that apples are rich in both.

Apples are all well and good, but if you want to avoid cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and all the modern “diseases of old age,” you must avoid sugar, carbohydrates, and most everything else you have been told is good for you by government agencies, mainstream physicians, and the food industry.

Having given you all that discouraging news, here’s the silver lining: If you’re under 75 and holding up pretty well in spite of having been fluoridated, aluminated, sprouted, and generally terrorized about life-sustaining animal fat and animal protein, you may be able to add a few more years to your life-or at least enhance the years you’ve got.

How?

First, ask a qualified doctor (contact the American College for Advancement in Medicine at 714-583-7666 for a referral) about taking HGH and testosterone. Then you get to do the fun part-drink a glass of red wine and smoke (without inhaling) two fine cigars a day. That’s no joke. I’ll have more to say on the health benefits of tobacco in an upcoming issue, as well as in my free Daily Dose e-mail service. But don’t start puffing away just yet-there are some important things you need to know first. So don’t miss out! Sign up for the Daily Dose by sending an e-mail to real_sub@agoramail.net.

Reference:

“Phytochemicals in apples are found to provide anticancer and anti-oxidant benefits, Cornell researchers show” Cornell News (press release), 6/21/00

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