Archive for June, 2010

Memorable Senior Moment

images A young lawyer and a senior citizen are sitting next to each other on a long flight.

The lawyer is thinking that seniors are so dumb that he could get one over on them easy.
So the lawyer asks if the senior would like to play a fun game.

The senior is tired and just wants to take a nap, so he politely declines and tries to catch a few winks.

The lawyer persists, saying that the game is a lot of fun. "I ask you a question, and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me only $5. Then you ask me one, and if I don’t know the answer, I will pay you $500," he says.

This catches the senior’s attention and to keep the lawyer quiet, he agrees to play the game.
The lawyer asks the first question. "What’s the distance from the Earth to the Moon?"

The senior doesn’t say a word, but reaches into his pocket, pulls out a five-dollar bill, and hands it to the lawyer.

Now it’s the senior’s turn. He asks the lawyer, "What goes up a hill with three legs, and comes down with four?"

The lawyer uses his laptop and searches all references he could find on the Net. He sends e-mails to all the smart friends he knows; all to no avail.

After an hour of searching, he finally gives up. He wakes the senior and hands him $500. The senior pockets the $500 and goes right back to sleep.

The lawyer is going nuts not knowing the answer. He wakes the senior up and asks, "Well, so what goes up a hill with three legs and comes down with four?"

The senior reaches into his pocket, hands the lawyer $5 and goes back to sleep.

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Study Links Imbalance of Gut Flora to Elevated Colon Cancer Risk

redbacteria2 What a revelation!  A new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine suggests that a shift in the balance between the “good” bacteria and the “bad” bacteria that populate our gut could be a harbinger of colon cancer.  

Natural health practitioners have long proclaimed that “health begins and ends in the gut”, but to hear that message being reinforced from the heart of modern medicine’s “Research Triangle” is refreshing indeed. 

The health of the GI tract has been largely ignored and often trampled by modern medicine in its rush to mask symptoms and “manage”’ diseases. The researchers in this study noted and even emphasized the critical role that beneficial bacteria play in protecting and maintaining our health… although their recommended method of getting enough probiotics in the diet (yogurt) leaves a lot to be desired.

Typical yogurt products are loaded with sugar (or even worse – chemical sweeteners and lack adequate numbers of active probiotic cultures to deliver therapeutic benefits.  A high potency, broad spectrum probiotic supplement like Essential Flora is the easiest and most effective way to boost friendly flora levels.

The findings, which will appear online in the May/June 2010 issue of the journal Gut Microbes, could lead to strategies to identify people who are at high risk as well as ways to manipulate the microbiota to prevent colon cancer.

According to senior study author and research associate professor of medicine at UNC, Temitope Keku, PhD,  “We have come a long way from the time when we didn’t know our risk factors and how they impact our chances of getting colon cancer, but now that we can look at bacteria and their role, it opens up a whole new world and gives us a better understanding of the entire gamut of factors involved in cancer – diet, environment, genes, and microbes.”

It will be very interesting to see where the research goes from here.

Response to an Antacid Question

Q: Dear John,

I am currently taking Previcid and have been since March.  I have had all kinds of tests including an endoscopy and colonoscopy and nothing major has been found.  I have been diagnosed with possible Celic disease and am now on a gluten free diet for 10 weeks when another blood test will be taken to determine if my levels have gone down.  I am very interested in knowing if one of your digestive products can replace the Previcid.  Please email me to let me know what I can take and how much is to be taken daily.  Thank you!

R: Dear Virginia,

Logos does not have anything to “replace” Previcid in terms of blocking stomach acid production because doing so leads to severe health consequences.  Our Creator designed us to have strong stomach acidity, and for very good reasons.  Without the acidic environment of the stomach, we are left open to invasion by airborne or food born pathogens, and our ability to digest and assimilate nutrients is compromised… especially proteins and minerals.

Furthermore, research indicates that raising the pH (lowering the acidity) of the stomach causes highly caustic bile salts to be solubilized and concentrated in the squamous cells lining the esophagus (something our Creator never intended), which may explain why esophageal cancer has skyrocketed since the introduction of PPI (Proton Pump Inhibitor) drugs.

Reflux is a symptom, not a disease. It is a byproduct of our hectic lifestyles, our nutrient poor, sugar filled diet and our xenobiotic chemical exposure. It is caused in most cases by an imbalance of intestinal flora, fungal overgrowth, digestive enzyme deficiency and/or a lack of stomach acidity. In some cases, surgical intervention is required to relieve symptoms of reflux (i.e.- hiatal hernia or esophageal sphincter repair).

The vast majority of people suffering with reflux can find permanent, inexpensive and non-intrusive relief by simply restoring and maintaining normal physiology in the gut.  In the process, they will improve their overall health immeasurably. Instead of addressing the underlying causes of reflux, millions of people every day turn to acid blocking drugs for a quick fix of their symptoms, not knowing there is a high price to pay for doing so.

Digestive health is so crucial to overall heatlh that nearly two thirds of the nutrients in the Burgstiner Wellness Protocol are aimed at restoring and promoting normal physiology in the GI tract.  Essential Digestion, Essential Flora, Essential Omegas, and Liver CS Plus all have a direct and profound impact on gut health by controlling overgrowth of yeast and other pathogens, restoring digestive efficiency, reducing inflammation and promoting detoxification pathways.

MagnifiCal supports digestive health as well by reducing systemic calcification and helping to alkalyze the body while promoting proper acidity in the stomach… with a wonderful bonus of strong bones.  Weak bones are another insidious side effect of acid blocking drugs.

Getting back to your question, the two most important products in the protocol to support digestion would be Essential Flora and Essential Digestion. The enzymes should be taken one before or with each meal and the flora one in the morning and one at bedtime.

Often our customers tell us that at the first sign of a reflux episode, if they empty an Essential Digestion capsule into their mouth and let it coat their esophagus with their saliva alone, it will give them almost immediate relief.  I must say that I have tried it and it worked very well for me too.  Some of the herbs have a somewhat bitter taste, but it was well worth it for me.  You can just wash it down after a few minutes.

Delayed food allergies are a growing problem in our culture, and another telltale sign of man’s departure from a wholesome diet.  Good decision to remove glutens from your diet… they provoke inflammatory responses in a vast number of people. Allergy testing is a valuable tool to help you find out what foods you are reactive to so that by avoiding those foods, you can lower your burden of inflammation.

In addition to all the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that serve to fuel metabolism, Complete Thymic Formula contains thymus glandular materials that revitalize your thymus gland (the master gland of immunity) so it can produce immune modulating proteins to balance and strengthen immunity.

Thanks again Virginia for sharing your concerns. I hope this helps your understanding of the underlying issues involved with reflux and how to best overcome the problems associated with it. Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns, and keep us posted on your progress.

Blessings,

John

FDA Defeated In Landmark Censorship Decision

Victory Thanks to the tenacity and dedication of Jonathan Emord, Esq , the cause of health freedom won a significant victory last week when he defeated the FDA in a landmark 1st Amendment decision. This was a key federal case argued for ANH-USA and other plaintiffs by the Emord law firm. It was a remarkable seventh victory for Emord over the FDA in the area of allowable health claims for food or supplements.

Unless reversed on appeal, the decision restricts the Agency’s ability to place gag orders on the emerging science behind healthy foods and dietary supplements. The U.S. District Court judge for the District of Columbia ruled that the FDA violated the First Amendment rights of a supplement company in censoring a legitimate and truthful health claim about how selenium can reduce the risk of cancer.

The FDA has a long history of violating the First Amendment rights of supplement manufacturers in suppressing truthful and scientific health claims. According to Mike Adams of www.NaturalNews.com , “The FDA applied its doctrine of censorship to these selenium supplements in the same way it oppresses truthful and scientifically-supported health claims across all dietary supplements. The purpose of the FDA’s censorship of truthful information about the health benefits of dietary supplements, as NaturalNews readers already know, is to keep the American people nutritionally illiterate and protect the profits of the pharmaceutical industry.”

Ahh, isn’t it always about the money?  The FDA does not want to allow legitimate health claims for foods or supplements because it might create competition for the drug companies that fund its overhead. The ANH announcement pointed out that the Environmental Protection Agency does not, so far as we can see, represent the interests of coal mining companies. So why should the FDA represent the drug companies rather than the public? Probably because the monopoly created for drug companies by the FDA has given the drug companies vast sums to spend to gain influence. Coal companies are poor by comparison.

Kudos to Mr. Emord!  As the ANH website put it,”Although the struggle is far from over, this court victory is an important milestone along the way to an eventual victory for free speech, uncensored science, and common sense.”

Honor and Respect

MAY GOD BLESS THIS AIRLINE CAPTAIN!

He writes:

My lead flight attendant came to me and said, "We have an H.R. on this flight." (H.R. stands for human remains) "Are they military?" I asked. 
"Yes", she said.
"Is there an escort?" I asked.
"Yes, I already assigned him a seat". 
"Would you please tell him to come to the flight deck. You can board him early", I said. 

A short while later, a young army sergeant entered the flight deck.  He was the image of the perfectly dressed soldier.  He introduced himself and I asked him about his soldier. The escorts of these fallen soldiers talk about them as if they are still alive and still with us.  

“My soldier is on his way back to Virginia”, he said.  He proceeded to answer my questions, but offered no words. I asked him if there was anything I could do for him and he said no.  I told him that he had the toughest job in the military and that I appreciated the work that he does for the families of our fallen soldiers. The first officer and I got up out of our seats to shake his hand.  He left the flight deck to find his seat.

We completed our preflight checks, pushed back and performed an uneventful departure.  About 30 minutes into our flight I received a call from the lead flight attendant in the cabin. “I just found out the family of the soldier we are carrying, is on board”, she said. 

She then proceeded to tell me that the father, mother, wife and 2-year old daughter were escorting their son, husband, and father home.  The family was upset because they were unable to see the container that the soldier was in before we left.  We were on our way to a major hub at which the family was going to wait four hours for the connecting flight home to Virginia.

The father of the soldier told the flight attendant that knowing his son was below him in the cargo compartment and being unable to see him was too much for him and the family to bear.  He had asked the flight attendant if there was anything that could be done to allow them to see him upon our arrival. The family wanted to be outside by the cargo door to watch the soldier being taken off the airplane. I could hear the desperation in the flight attendant’s voice when she asked me if there was anything I could do… “I’m on it”, I said. I told her that I would get back to her. 

Airborne communication with my company normally occurs in the form of e-mail like messages.  I decided to bypass this system and contact my flight dispatcher directly on a secondary radio. There is a radio operator in the operations control center who connects you to the telephone of the dispatcher. I was in direct contact with the dispatcher.  I explained the situation I had on board with the family and what it was the family wanted.  He said he understood and that he would get back to me.  

Two hours went by and I had not heard from the dispatcher.  We were going to get busy soon and I needed to know what to tell the family.  I sent a text message asking for an update.  I saved the return message from the dispatcher and the following is the text:

Captain, sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. There is policy on this now and I had to check on a few things. Upon your arrival a dedicated escort team will meet the aircraft.  The team will escort the family to the ramp and plane side.  A van will be used to load the remains with a secondary van for the family.  The family will be taken to their departure area and escorted into the terminal where the remains can be seen on the ramp.  It is a private area for the family only.  When the connecting aircraft arrives, the family will be escorted onto the ramp and plane side to watch the remains being loaded for the final leg home.  Captain, most of us here in flight control are veterans.    Please pass our condolences on to the family.  Thanks.”

I sent a message back telling flight control thanks for a good job.   I printed out the message and gave it to the lead flight attendant to pass on to the father. The lead flight attendant was very thankful and told me, “You have no idea how much this will mean to them.”

Things started getting busy for the descent, approach and landing.   After landing, we cleared the runway and taxied to the ramp area.  The ramp is huge with 15 gates on either side of the alleyway.  It is always a busy area with aircraft maneuvering every which way to enter and exit.  When we entered the ramp and checked in with the ramp controller, we were told that all traffic was being held for us. 

“There is a team in place to meet the aircraft”, we were told.  It looked like it was all coming  together, then I  realized that once we turned the  seat belt sign off,  everyone would stand up at  once and delay the family from  getting off the airplane. As we approached our gate, I asked the copilot to tell the ramp controller we were going to stop short of the gate to make an announcement to the passengers.   He did that and the ramp controller said, “Take your time.”

I stopped the aircraft and set the parking brake.   I pushed the public address button and said, “Ladies and gentleman, this is your Captain speaking. I have stopped short of our gate to make a special announcement.  We have a passenger on board who deserves our honor and respect.  His Name is Private __________, a soldier who recently lost his life.   Private _________ is under your feet in the cargo hold.  Escorting him today is Army Sergeant_________.  Also on board are his father, mother, wife, and daughter.  Your entire flight crew is asking for all passengers to remain in their seats to allow the family to exit the aircraft first. Thank you.” 

We continued the turn to the gate, came to a stop and started our shutdown procedures.  A couple of minutes later I opened the cockpit door.  I found the two forward flight attendants crying, something you just do not see.  I was told that after we came to a stop, every passenger on the aircraft stayed in their seats, waiting for the family to exit the aircraft.
When the family got up and gathered their things, a passenger slowly started to clap his hands.   Moments later more passengers joined in and soon the entire aircraft was clapping.  Words of “God Bless You”, “I’m sorry”, “Thank you”, “Be proud”, and other kind words were uttered to the family as they made their way down the aisle and out of the airplane.  They were escorted down to the ramp to finally be with their loved one. 

Many of the passengers disembarking thanked me for the announcement I had made.  They were just words, I told them, I could say them over and over again, but nothing I say will bring back that brave soldier. 

I respectfully ask that all of you reflect on this event and the sacrifices that millions of our men and women have made to ensure our freedom and safety in these United States of AMERICA. 

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