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Something’s fishy

According to a recent e-letter I received “eating fish or taking fish oil supplements can help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s. ‘Our studies showed a 60- to 70-percent reduced risk in Alzheimer’s disease in people who consumed fish one or more times a week,’ said Lynne Shinto of Oregon Health & Science University.”

I hate to denigrate anything reported by a university when it actually is something we all want to believe. But I bark and nip constantly at the anti-smokers, the enviro-coo coos, and the anti-nuclear nut balls, so I must be consistent. How can they prove a 70-percent reduction in risk of Alzheimer’s by simply eating fish once a week? Maybe all the subjects smoked a pack of Marlboros a day. That might help just as much. But maybe a compromise is in order. I know: let them eat smoked fish.

Reference: Early to Rise (e-letter), 11/30/04 .

“It’s-about-time” news from Norway: Painkillers are mostly placebo

I have maintained for years that Tylenol, Motrin and all the other “non-steroidal inflammatory agents” are no better than aspirin and, in most cases not as good. And that includes the COX-2 “wonder drugs” which, we now know have been killing people-the ultimate side effect.

Now some scientists are saying the same thing: “Painkillers taken by millions of arthritis sufferers worldwide are actually of limited use in relieving symptoms,” said Norwegian researchers from the University of Bergen. The Reuters report on this study said “their findings suggested the drugs should be used only on a short-term basis and be prescribed much more critically in the future.”

I can’t help but ask, since they don’t actually do much to relieve symptoms, why use them in the first place? Wouldn’t it be better just to prescribe green, blue, or red placebo pills? Green for moderate pain, blue for moderately severe pain, and red for very severe pain? They should vary in price, of course, the “stronger” the placebo, the higher the price.

But no.

“Given the serious adverse effects that the drugs can cause, doctors needed to review carefully whether their use was justified,” Dr. Jan Magnus Bjordal said.

Don’t you just hate these wimpy, cover-your-rear statements? Why don’t they come right out and say it? “These pain drugs are a fraud. Stop using them and apologize to your heart before it decides to get its own revenge on you.

Reference:

“Arthritis pills may be little use in beating pain,” Reuters Health News, 11/23/04

The soy-scam must-read that will change your life

You can’t imagine how scammed you have been by the soy mongers; even your dog has been duped. Just read Chapter Nine, page 365, first paragraph, of the new book The Whole Soy Story by Kaayla Daniel to your dog. He will be enraged and you will be too.

OK, as long as you are planning to “read it later,” let me quote a little from it: “Soy phytoestrogens affect the fertility, the testosterone levels, and probably the sex drives of men… Sperm production of rodents, primates, and humans is similar and known to be disruptive by estrogens” What does this have to do with your dog? Kibble is SOY BEAN-derived to a great extent. Whether your dog is a he or a she, it is going to have problems with a soy diet.

Same with your children.

Soy is feminizing. That is not necessarily bad if you are girl but boy babies don’t need estrogen and, with soy, “Estrogen R Us.” Daniel explains: “Can soy phytoestrogens taken by the mother during pregnancy exert demasculinizing effects on the unborn baby boy?Animal studies suggest that this is a strong possibility all mammalian fetuses develop into phenotypic females unless male hormones are produced.” “Phenotypic” means they have the visible properties of a female because their genes have been affected by some environmental factor. In this case, soy.

Here’s the bottom line: A soy diet is disastrous for a male baby. It may lead to an undersized penis, low sex drive, and feminization in appearance or body language.

Every concerned American should read this brilliant and entertaining book. It goes a long way toward explaining some of the psychosocial oddities that have alarmed and puzzled us all.

Reference:

Daniel, Kaayla. The Whole Soy Story. Winona Lake (IN): New Trends Publishing, 2004

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