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									Arden O. Pulley, D.M.D. 5425 Chippewa St. St. Louis, Mo. 63109 314-752-0239 January 2009 Dear Patient: In this year‘s letter, I first want to share some very interesting information on upcoming medical advances, and then things that are available now that are underutilized that could help in many medical conditions.

Biological and Medical Advances:
Biological science is advancing at a high rate. It has been said that in the next 50 years the information and new discoveries will be greater than those that have been made in electronics in the last 50 years. There is a need for improvement, because of the increase in the problems that face us, which include autoimmune disease, development of resistant microorganisms, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, dementia, the inability to bring about meaningful change and the failure to reduce costs for medical care. Following are examples of research being done that could very well lead to important methods for treating disease. Stem Cell Research: Michael D. West, Ph.D.,is CEO of Biotime, Inc. (OTC:BTIM), and will help spearhead Biotime‘s entry into the field of regenerative medicine by developing advanced human stem cell products and technologies for diagnostic, therapeutic, and research use. Regenerative medicine refers to therapy based on human stem cell technologies that are designed to rebuild cell and tissue function lost due to degenerative disease or injury. Dr. West reports that a team at Kyoto University in Japan has shown that it is possible to take molecules called transcription factors out of egg cells and use them to treat somatic cells (cells from the body) and make them become like embryonic stem cells without having to use embryonic stem cells. The new cells are called induced pluri potent stem cells (iPS). For instance, skin cells could be treated, and with the transcription factors, in a couple of weeks you would have colonies of stem cells that would look exactly like embryonic stem cells. When these cells are placed in a tissue, they grow new cells that are like the ones that they are placed in. This could allow damaged tissue to be repaired. Scientists don‘t understand how stem cells ―figure out‖ what kind of tissue they are destined to turn into. In embryonic development, stem cells, in a certain environment, produce certain types of cells. This could allow organs to be produced that could be transplanted without the problem of tissue rejection and immune-system inhibiting drugs. Dr. West‘s team has used this

technology in conducting experiments. In the first experiment they produced 140 different cell types. Each of these types is known as an embryonic progenitor cell. Each is capable of developing into many types of cells of a particular tissue type. For example, it could be muscle cells or blood cells or nervous system tissue. Stem cells can be recovered from baby teeth when they come out and frozen for use later on, but the iPS cells would be more versatile and would therefore be better to use. There is a lot of research that needs to be done to find information and conditions that will be able to utilize these cells advancing regenerative medicine. (Life Extension Foundation Magazine, Nov. 2008, p. 56) Antimicrobial Peptides: Antimicrobial peptides are present in all kinds of species of animals. Vit. D-3 stimulates the formation of antimicrobial peptides in the body. This is how it can protect against the flu virus. It also helps against bacterial and fungal infections. The antimicrobial peptides only act for a short period of time and they are present in low concentrations, but they are very effective. If you don‘t get enough Vit. D-3, then you don‘t get the benefit of enough antimicrobial peptides. The dose of 400 IU of Vit. D will prevent Rickets, but it is not enough to stimulate antimicrobial peptides. The dose of Vit. D-3 should be between 2000 IU for a younger person up to 4,000 IU for an older person in the winter, but the exact level needed should be determined by a blood test. Most people, even in Hawaii, are Vit.D-3 deficient. Research is in progress to study these peptides and understand how they work. Anti-microbial peptides have a positive and a negative charge and a part that is a lipid-type component. The lipid-type component disrupts lipid-type components of bacteria, fungi and viruses. The lipid coat of a virus can be disrupted by this and kill the virus. The modes of action by which antimicrobial peptides kill bacteria is varied and includes disrupting membranes, interfering with metabolism, and targeting cytoplasmic components. In many cases the exact mechanism of killing is not known. In contrast to many conventional antibiotics, these peptides appear to be bacteriocidal (bacteria killer) instead of bacteriostatic (bacteria growth inhibitor). Paul D. Savage, Ph.D. at Brigham Young University, found that the antimicrobial peptides were hard to isolate and short-acting, and thus not practical to use as a normal-type drug, but he developed synthetic compounds that had structural components similar to them, and he calls the synthetic substances ceragenins. They are active against a broad spectrum of bacteria, fungi, and viruses with excellent activity against multi-drug resistant strains. Over 1.7 million Americans get an infection in the hospital that they didn‘t have when they went in. The result has been

99,000 deaths per year from these infections. Ceragenix Pharmaceuticals (OTC:CGXP) has licensed the development and marketing of ceragenins. Ceragenin technology has been the subject of extensive early-stage research and has shown measureable effects against the HIV Virus and a broad range of multiple drug-resistant organisms such as MRSA, DRSA, pseudomonas and certain bioterrorism agents. Ceragenix is presently developing ceragenins for use as a medical device coating which may prevent hospital-acquired infections as well as being used as topical antibiotics. Other ceragenin products that are now in the experimental and development stages include: a nasal antibacterial/antiviral product for the reduction of bacterial colonization, a topical anti-fungal treatment cream, a therapeutic drug that will alleviate CVC infections, and a sterile dressing for use with burns. Short-Pulse Lasers (USPs): There is a class of lasers called ultra short-pulse lasers (USPs). Scientists have tuned the laser to the same frequencies that viruses vibrate on and then have increased the volume and decreased exposure time. This is like a high-pitched sound that shatters glass. The laser breaks the virus apart. The energy level is 1/40th the amount that would cause human cell damage. This procedure could be used to treat viruses such as HIV that currently have no cure as well as others. This could be used to clear viruses in blood and make transfusions very safe.

patients did just as will as those who had surgery at much less cost and much less trauma to the patient. EECP would be useful for those who have had angioplasty, stents, or bypass surgery and their symptoms have returned, are not candidates for surgery due to other medical conditions, do not want to have surgery, are diabetic, have small vessels, rely on medications or curtail activities to avoid angina, and other symptoms. This procedure is FDAapproved, Medicare-approved and covered by insurance. One place that it is done is: St. Louis Heart & Vascular, 11155 Dunn Road Suite 306E, St. Louis, MO 63137, 314-741-0501 Prolotherapy: This is a method of helping reduce or eliminate some forms of pain . The pain is usually due to loose tendons and or ligaments. A tendon attaches to a muscle while a ligament connects two bones. If they are loose, they allow movement that can cause pain. A solution, which could be dextrose alone or with other substances, is injected into the ligament or tendon. and causes local inflammation. This sets in motion the healing process that involves the deposition of new collagen. The new collagen shrinks and tightens the ligament and makes it bigger and stronger. The method is technique sensitive, which means that you want to find someone who does it frequently and knows how to do it. I had a patient who was involved in an accident at work. He had chronic back pain afterwards for two years and went to several doctors and tried everything they suggested but nothing worked. Finally, one of the doctors suggested he might try prolotherapy. After two treatments he was pain free and has remained that way. It has been used in several conditions such as arthritis, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, headaches, knee pain, ligament sprains, neck pain, sciatica, shoulder pain, sports injuries, tendonitis and unresolved whiplash injuries. If the pain is due to loose tendons or ligaments, it can help. Some books on the subject are: The Knee Crisis Handbook by Brian Halpern, MD, An Alternative to Knee surgery by Ross A, Houser, MD, Prolotrapy, Living Pain-Free by Marc Darrow, MD. JD. In Saint Louis this procedure is done by Thomas Lieb, MD 1027 Bellevue Suite 27, Saint Mary‘s Bellevue Building,, Mid-County Orthopedics, 314-983-4700 (he has another office in Creve Coeur, too).

Beneficial but Underused Procedures That are Generally Safer and Less Expensive:
I want to put more emphasis on prevention because it is better for you, less costly and is not as traumatic and expensive as some treatments can be. The letters that I send out every year have this as their main objective both for dental purposes as well as general health considerations. There are a number of treatments that should be more widely used than they are. These include: EECP: EECP (Enhanced External Counterpulsation) also called ECP. This technique uses a series of blood pressure cuffs around the legs to inflate and deflate in sync with your own heart beat. It expands the blood vessels sort of like angioplasty and also builds collateral circulation. A patient should be evaluated to see if he/she is a suitable candidate. When used, it is as effective as bypass surgery, angioplasty, and stents. It is noninvasive and less costly than bypass surgery. A stent placed in a vessel going to the heart will help the heart but what about the vessels going to the rest of the body? After five years, EECP

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Monolaurin: Monolaurin is a substance found in mothers‘ milk and some other substances such as coconut. It helps protect the infant child from infection and is very safe. It has some of the properties of antimicrobials. It is a compound made of one lauric acid with one glycerin (glycerol). The glycerin part is hydrophilic and the end of the lauric acid is hydrophobic. This allows it to disrupt the lipid cover of a virus or membrane of a bacteria or a fungus. It may also interfere with the assembly of the virus. It is active against the following viruses: HIV, herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1 and –2), Measles virus, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), Influenza virus, Leukemia virus, Human papilloma virus (HPV), Rubella virus, Respiratory Syncytial Virus, Dungue Virus (Type 14), Cytomegalovirus (CMV), Lymphocytic choriomengingitis, and pneumovirus. It is also active against the following bacteria: Bacillas anthracis (Anthrax), Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, Groups A,B,F, and G streptococci, Mycobacteria, Claustridium perfringes, Chylamydia pneumonia, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Helicobacter pylorus, Mycoplasma pneumonia, and Vibrio parahaemolyticus. It is also active against the following fungi and molds: Asperigillus Niger, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Ringworm tinea (Trichophyton), Penicillium citrinum, Candida albicans, Giardia lambelia. It does not seem to have an effect on desirable bacteria, and it does not appear to work against E.coli or Salmonella. Monolaurin sometimes works slowly. You can purchase and get additional information on monolauren at the following website: www.lauricidin.com 8 oz. (227 grams) $29.95. Low-Dose Naltrexone: Dr. Bernard Bihari, M.D., is a neurologist who was treating drug addicts with Naltrexone. A dose of 50 mg./day was used with addicts who were drug free of narcotics such as heroin or alcohol to keep them from going back on them. Unfortunately, it was difficult to keep the patients on the drug because it interfered with feelings or emotions, kept them awake at night and caused high blood pressure. He tried a lower dose of Naltrexone on a drug addict who had Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.) and found that it relieved the symptoms of M.S. He found that a dose of 3-4.5 mg. taken at bedtime slowed down or stopped the progression of the disease. It attached to narcotic receptor sites for a period of hours and in

response, the body increased the production of endorphins. Endorphins tend to be low in M.S. patients. The endorphins increased the effectiveness of the immune system and retarded the autoimmune response. Dr. Bihari found that this has stopped the progression of the disease in 98% of his M.S. patients. If they quit taking the Low-Dose Naltrexone, the progression of the disease returns. The increase in the endorphins produce a sense of well-being and greatly improves the immune system. Clinical trials have been conducted on Low-Dose Naltrexone for M.S., and as a result more physicians are inclined to prescribe it. Dr. Bihari, as well as other physicians and researchers, have described beneficial effects of Low-Dose Naltrexone (LDN) on a variety of diseases. In brief, there is a growing recognition in the scientific community that autoimmune diseases result from immunodeficiency, which disturbs the ability of the immune system to distinguish ―self‖ from ―non-self.‖ The normalization of the immune system induced by LDN makes it an obvious candidate for a treatment plan in such diseases. Because LDN clearly halts progression in M.S., its use has been more recently extended to other neurodegenerative diseases. Research by others on neuropeptide receptors expressed by various human tumors—has found opioid receptors in many types of cancers. Cancer patients commonly have lowered immune systems and low blood levels of endorphins are generally present. Cancers LDN can help are: Bladder, Breast, Colon and Rectal, Astrocytoma and Glioblastoma Brain cancers, Endometrial, Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, Liver, Lung (NonSmall cell), Lymphocytic Leukemia (chronic), Lymphoma (Hodgkin‘s and Non-Hodgkin‘s), Malignant Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, Neuroblastoma, Myeloid leukemia, Neuroblastoma, Ovarian, Pancreatic, Prostate (untreated), Renal Cell Carcinoma, Throat, and Uterine. Other Diseases LDN can help: ALS (Lou Gehrig‘s Disease), Alzheimer‘s Disease, Askylosing Spondylitis, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Behcet‘s Disease, Celiac Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, CREST syndrome, Crohn‘s Disease, Emphysema (COPD), Endometriosis, Fibromyalgia, HIV/AIDS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), M.S., Parkinson‘s Disease, Primary Lateral Sclerosis (PLS), Psoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Stiff Person Syndrome, Systemic Lupus, Transverse Myelitis, and Ulcerative Colitis. The use of LowDose Naltrone for the above conditions is an offlabel use for a prescription drug, and therefore, you may have difficulty finding a physician who will prescribe it for these conditions. A prescription would need to be filled at a compounding pharmacy

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such as Lindenwood Drug. 6903 Lansdowne, Saint Louis, Mo. 63109, 314-781-2445. You can visit: www.lowdosenaltrexone.org for more information. GERD Treatment: Heartburn (GERD): The dictionary defines heartburn as a burning discomfort behind the lower part of the sternum, usually related to spasms of the lower end of the esophagus or upper part of the stomach. Medically, it is called gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). ―For some people it causes minor discomfort after eating, but for some the pain can be so intense that a person thinks he is having a heart attack. A common misconception is that heartburn is caused only by excess stomach acid that regurgitates back up into the esophagus. What few doctors realize is that when the sphincter muscle at the lower end of the esophagus fails to close properly, the result is a reflux of pancreatic enzymes, bile, food, beverages, and acid into the lining of the esophagus. Since esophageal tissues are relatively delicate, they are not able to handle the harsh digestive components from the stomach. The result is heartburn.‖ (Life Extension Magazine, Sept. 2000) The class of drugs frequently used to treat this condition is called proton-pump inhibitor drugs (Prilosec, Previcid, Nexium). These drugs almost shut down all stomach acid production and provides temporary relief, but does not cure the condition since it does not provide the proper amount of acid in order for the sphincter muscle to close, or provide an environment for proper digestion of food. They reduce the intrinsic factor needed for absorption of Vit. B-12 and can also lead to undesirable microorganism overgrowth. Chronic heartburn can lead to a higher risk of esophageal cancer and other diseases of the upper digestive tract. A better and natural solution involves taking one 1,000 mg. purifed d-Limonene capsule every other day for 20 days. This can reduce or eliminate GERD symptoms for six months or longer. I have a patient who had constant problems with GERD and she tried the d-Limonene treatment and she‘s been symptom free for over six months. Occasionally, this product will not provide relief. Clinical trials show d-Limonene to be effective. The product can be purchased from Life Extension Foundation: www.lef.org or 1-800-544-4440, Product #913, Natural Esophaguard for $19.95+ shipping and handling. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT): A patient is placed in a chamber with high oxygen concentration and a pressure of at least 1.4 absolute atmospheric pressure. This floods the body with oxygen and increases the oxygen concentration in areas where there may not be adequate blood flow. It also stimulates the growth of new blood vessels to areas with reduced circulation improving blood flow

to areas with arterial blockage. It also increases blood vessel diameter and stimulates superoxide dismutase, an enzyme that is a free-radical scavenger. It enhances white blood cells action stimulating the immune system, and increases germkilling antibiotics. This treatment is approved for the following conditions: carbon monoxide poisoning, gas gangrene, a crash injury resulting in insufficient oxygen, decompression sickness, enhanced healing in selected problem wounds (especially diabetics), exceptional blood loss (anemia), intracranial abscess, necrotizing soft tissue infections, refractory osteomyelitis, delayed radiation injury (soft tissue and bony necrosis), compromised skin grafts and flaps, and thermal burns. Even though the above conditions are approved for use of HBOT, there seems to be a reluctance to use it in some cases, and for insurance companies to pay for it in all cases. I have a patient who is a diabetic with an ulcer that has not healed in a long time, and they‘ve tried everything they can think of except HBOT for it. Some of the conditions that could be helped by HBOT but have not been approved yet are: Stroke recovery, Parkinson‘s Disease, Brain dysfunction following By-Pass Surgery and Angioplasty, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, ALS, Alzheimer‘s Disease, Cardiovascular Disease, Cancer, non-healing wounds, especially bone infections, Crohn‘s Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hepatitis, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Migraine headaches, Trigeminal Neuralgia, near drowning, Autism, Frostbite, Diabetic Retinopathy, Lyme Disease, flesh-eating bacteria (Melaney Ulcer), Brown Recluse Spider bite, and many more. Some conditions require many treatments of HBOT, which can be expensive and inconvenient, but even on approved treatment, insurance companies limit the number of treatments that they will pay for. I want to talk further about HBOT in two conditions in particular: Parkinson‘s Disease and Stroke: Parkinson‘s Disease: A patient went to California to be treated by Julian Whitaker, M.D., at the Whitaker Wellness Institute, (800-488-1500, www.whitakerwellness.com) for her Parkinson‘s Disease, and after four days of IV. Glutathion infusion (a powerful natural antioxidant that is low in Parkinson‘s patients) along with HBOT, her gait began to steady, her tremors started to subside, and for the first time she was hopeful she might gain control of her Parkinson‘s Disease instead of its controlling her. She rented an apartment and received several more treatments. Supplements of Glutathion don‘t help much because they go through the digestive process, but I.V. Glutathione hits the target. This woman went from a walker to dancing again. Unfortunately, the treatments only last from 2-4 months so maintenance treatments are needed. Dr. Whitaker said: ―I don‘t know what it‘s going to

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take to get conventional physicians to embrace I.V. Glutathione and HBOT, but don‘t hold your breath waiting for your doc to come around. I strongly urge you to find a treatment center near you, and if you can‘t, consider coming to the Whitaker Wellness Institute.‖ Stroke: One of the world‘s most experienced authorities on hyperbaric medicine is Dr. Edgar End, clinical professor of environmental medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, who voiced his opinion on HBOT‘s value for the treatment of stroke in this way: ―I‘ve seen partially paralyzed people half carried into the HBOT chamber and they walk out after the first treatment. If we got these people quickly, we could prevent a good deal of damage.‖ It‘s interesting to Google HBOT and Stroke on the computer and then look at some patients who are on You Tube to see the results for yourself. I don‘t know of anyone in Saint Louis who does HBOT for unapproved conditions. A place that it is done is the Cole Center for Healing, 11974 Lebanon Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45241, 800-667-5395, Website: www.Colecenter.com

that helps quench free radicals). Mitrochondria are kidney-shaped structures in a cell that contain the enzymes lined up in order to use glucose or fat to produce ATP. ATP is the currency the body uses for energy. During this production of ATP, some free radicals are produced. They can cause mitochondrial DNA damage. Selegiline acts to prevent these free radicals from forming and being destructive. It has been used off-label by Life Extentionists hoping that it would extend the length of life and good health. In clinical tests it has been shown to improve cognitive performance in Alzheimer‘s patients, and in some healthy individuals. It has been used successfully to treat canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome. Experiments with rats have shown that at a low dose, Selegiline extends the life expectancy of rats by 20%, enhances drive, libido, and endurance. Aging rats have poor spacial memory and fewer hypocampo neurons than rats on Selegiline. Using selegiline for the above, is an off-label use for a prescription drug. The usual dose is 5 mg to be taken 3 times per week.

Anti-Cancer Book: Selegiline (Deprenyl): This is a drug approved and used at a dose of 70 mg./week (10 mg./day) to retard the development of Parkinson‘s Disease. As a patch, it‘s approved as an anti-depressant in resistant cases. It was originally made as an anti-depressant or tranquilizer and was later found to be beneficial for Parkinson‘s patients. Since it has a sparing effect on dopamine, it probably explains its action in elevating mood, and would explain why it would be beneficial as an antidepressant. Parkinson‘s is a disease where there is progressive destruction of the substantia nigra (area in the brain that is important for movement of muscles) resulting in a profound deficiency in the neurotransmitter dopamine. When the level of dopamine drops to 30% of normal, symptoms of Parkinson‘s Disease develop. When it gets down to a level of 10%, death follows. The enzyme monoamine oxidase B increases with age. This enzyme destroys dopamine and is probably responsible for the decrease in the substantia nigra. Selegiline inhibits monoamine oxidase B and helps maintain a higher level of dopamine. Selegiline boosts the immune system, has antineurodegenerative effects, increases the level of Tyrosine hydroxylase, growth hormone, and cerebral nitric oxide. Selegiline protects against DNA damage and oxidative stress by trapping hydroxyl and peroxyl radicals. A free radical is an unpaired electron and it causes damage to other molecules such as proteins or DNA. Selegiline also increases the release of super oxide dismutase (a key enzyme Anti-Cancer, a New Way of Life is a book by David Servan-Schreiber, M.D., Ph.D., who tells his own story about research he was doing on the brain and how it functions. One of the his student subjects didn‘t show up for an M.R.I., and the author took the student‘s place to see how his brain would react to certain tests. In one of the studies, they ran an M.R.I. of his brain and found a cancerous tumor. He experienced the mental trauma of finding out that he had cancer, feeling his mortality, and then he endured the chemotherapy and radiation treatments that were used to treat it. He felt he should be doing more on his own to get well, and asked his doctor what he could do. The doctor told him to do anything he wanted to, but that nothing else would really help. He did extensive research on nutrition, because that was something doctors have very little training in (he knew that firsthand as a medical student); the patient‘s emotional state (It‘s important to feel empowered that you‘re going to win rather than having a hopeless feeling that makes you feel like giving up. Not only is it better for your mind, but you‘re more likely to do the right thing.); group therapy (people participating with others lived much longer than those who tried to handle it all on their own), meditation; and exercise. He had a friend who had pancreatic cancer and the oncologist gave him six months to live. With the help of the proper diet and work on attitude and the other factors mentioned above, he lived for four years, which is unusual for pancreatic cancer patients. He said that the American diet is fertilizer for cancer. The high levels of sugar, white flour, transfats, and beef grown

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in feed lots instead of being grass fed, all increase the risk of cancer. He had a relapse of his brain cancer, and using the information that he had found and the best treatments available, he was able to survive the recurrence of the brain cancer. He provides a lot of nutritional information not normally given by a physician to his patients. Examples would be foods that would inhibit various forms of cancer such as brain, prostate, lung, and breast—foods such as garlic, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, spinach, and many others—see Anticancer Action, Insert p. 82. His open mind about nutrition allowed him to put together very important information for treating and preventing cancer. The approach he recommends is not only good for cancer, but is good for health in general. For example, it would reduce heart attacks, diabetes, and other diseases.

them. Foods low on the Glycemic Index should be an important part of your diet. I also believe that patients who have a terminal condition, where they have been given a few months to live, should be allowed to try anything they want to as long as it is safe. At this time, that is not allowed as only approved drugs can be used. The Food and Drug Administration admits that it is not capable of properly judging new products that will be developed. There is a need to reorganize the FDA to be more responsive to consumers. They use experts from the drug companies to help them make decisions, and these experts can and do influence the FDA to their benefit. This should be changed. In 1963 the Codex Alimentarius Commission was organized to protect the health of consumers and insure fair practices in the international food trade. That sounds all well and good, but some very powerful interests have taken over the Commission, which include the pharmaceutical, pesticide, biotechnology, and chemical industries. The Codex now calls for all vitamins, herbs, minerals, and any other supplements currently used to only be available when produced by drug companies. That means that your doctor will have to write a prescription for them. Since most doctors don‘t believe in supplements anyway, they essentially will be hard to get. It is scheduled to go into effect all over the world by December 31, 2009. You will see many articles showing how these nutrients are either worthless or harmful to your health, and the government needs to protect you from them. Be leery of this false information. It is true that some companies have products that do not have any or as much active ingredient as they claim in their products, but there are many companies that do an excellent job of standardizing and testing their products. Do a little research on the companies who make the supplements you buy. There are few deaths that occur from supplements but probably 100,000 that occur from drugs. Also, the price of supplements has been going down recently, and the price of drugs has been going up. If Codex goes into effect, you can be sure that the price of supplements will go up, if you can get them at all. Write letters to your congressmen and women to vote against Codex. It is a pleasure to serve you, your family, and friends. I hope that the above information has been of interest and hopefully, helpful to you. If you have any questions about any of the above topics, just give us a call. Sincerely,

Flexible Thinking by Physicians Recommended: Frank Shallenberger, M.D. proposed a bill to the Nevada State Legislature that would encourage the use of supplements by physicians to treat and prevent disease. Dr. Shallenberger feels that double-blind placebo tests are not needed to prove efficacy, especially where the supplement is safe and inexpensive. If it doesn‘t work, the standard drug could be used. A physician from the State Medical Association, who opposed the bill, acted as though I was suggesting putting his patients on acid, and said he thought that this was practicing incompetent medicine and that he would rather use medication with known dangers and side effects ―because at least they are proven and I know what to expect.‖ Most physicians like to base their use of drugs on multi-centered double-blind placebo controlled tests such as are carried out by drug companies to get FDA approval at considerable cost. If a person tries something and it works and he tells someone else about it and they try it and it works, the average person would be inclined to try it. If it works for him, this is considered anecdotal and the average physician considers it to be somewhere between unreliable and worthless. He would only prescribe something approved by the FDA. Dr. Shallenberger says: ―I guess I‘m grateful that I could never see that kind of logic, because over the years I have been blessed to see so many patients successfully replace their ‗proven‘ patent medications and the side effects that went with them with less proven natural supplements. (The Type-2 Diabetes Breakthrough by Frank Shallenberger, M.D., p. 106) I think that individuals should find out what they should do to have good health, and following the advice in the anti-cancer book would be one source. If you don‘t like vegetables, then find ways to camouflage them in your foods so they are not objectionable but that you get the nutrients from

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