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									                                                                                                                 January 2005

                          In Good Hands
                   A Free Monthly Newsletter For The Friends and Patients of Irvine Family Chiropractic

The Amazing Weight Loss Secret Of The South African
Bushman Finally Stumbled Upon After Thousands of Years…
Irvine, CA – Ever wanted to just take a pill and shed a few of              reached her destination, Los Angeles…
those extra pounds you’ve got hangin’ around your mid-                      she had lost 69 pounds… and was the
section? Or, how about dropping a whole bunch of unwanted                   star of a Trimspa commercial! Just kid-
weight, quickly and easily, without ever feeling even the least             ding. But the rest of that scenario is
bit hungry?                                                                 pretty much true. The South African
 If you do - you are not alone. Every year over $40 BILLION                Bushmen have been eating that cactus-
 is spent on products designed to help you slim down. The only              like plant to kill hunger and thirst on their
 problem is - they either don’t work… or… have devastating                  long desert trips for thousands of years.
 side effects. Some even kill you. Remember fen-phen?                       
 The amazing plant that tricks the
  But what if there was something that actually worked? And                brain by making the stomach feel full
  what if this “secret” had already been used, successfully, for            is called hoodia and it ONLY grows in
  thousands and thousands of years? Would you want to know                  the Kalahari Desert of South Africa.
  something about it? Maybe give it a shot?                                 Although the West is just discovering hoodia, the Bushmen of
 Sound too good to be true? Well, you may change your mind               the Kalahari have been eating it for a very long time. After all,
  after reading this incredible story about the South African               they have been living off the land in southern Africa for more
  Bushman and their all-natural century’s old weight loss secret.           than 100,000 years.
   Here’s the story - with a little “embellishing” by me!                  Some of the Bushmen, still live in grass huts, collect food and
   Many, many moons ago - let’s say a couple thousand years -               cook it the old fashioned way.
   there was a South African Bushman. Actually, Bushwoman. For              The first scientific investigation of the plant was conducted at
   lack of a better name, let’s call her Anna Nicole Smith. Anna for        South Africa’s national laboratory. Because Bushmen were
   short.                                                                   known to eat hoodia, it was included in a study of indigenous
 Part of being a Bushman/Bushwoman is, every now and                    foods.
   then, making a trek across the South African desert. As you can          “What they found was when they fed it to animals, the ani-
   imagine - it’s not a short trek. It takes several weeks and food         mals ate it and lost weight,” says Dr. Richard Dixey, who heads
   and water are scarce.                                                    an English pharmaceutical company called Phytopharm that is
    So, before Anna’s first trek, she goes to see the wisest Bush-         trying to develop weight-loss products based on hoodia.
    man in her village. She sits down with him, a little nervous and        According to Dixey, discovering hoodia’s weight loss benefits
    asks, quite bluntly…                                                    took quite some time. Research began way back in the 60’s. It
    “How The Heck Am I Going To Make It All The Way                         took the South African national laboratory 30 years to isolate
    Across That Huge Desert Without Hardly ANY Food Or                      and identify the specific appetite-suppressing ingredient in
    Water? I’m Gonna Starve To Death!”                                      hoodia. When they found it, they applied for a patent and li-
 That’s when the wise old Bushman revealed his secret. He              censed it to Phytopharm.
    brought Anna a few paces out into the desert and pointed to a           Phytopharm has spent more than $20 million so far on research,
    cactus-like plant and said,                                             including clinical trials with obese volunteers that have yielded
                       “Eat that - and you will never be                    promising results. Subjects given hoodia ended up eating about
                           hungry or thirsty again.”                        1,000 calories a day less than those in the control group. That is
             The next morning Anna, who was a little overweight           quite a bit considering the average American man consumes
     and, let’s just say, a “big eater,” cut off some of this cactus-like   about 2,600 calories a day; a woman about 1,900.
     plant, ate it, and began her long jury. She walked and walked                            Basically, when you eat hoodia,
     and walked. Lunchtime came and passed. So did dinner. Both                                    you don’t get hungry.
     without feeling hungry or thirsty at all.                              Why would anyone want to patent a plant? Actually, the patent
      Anna was shocked. So, the next day… she ate some more.               is not on the plant. It is on the application of the plant as a
      And the next day and so on. The next thing she knew, Anna had

           Irvine Family Chiropractic • 15435 Jeffrey Road, Suite 138, Irvine, CA 92618 • (949) 552-5535
weight loss material, and on the active compounds within the           The point is - ALL DRUGS HAVE SIDE EFFECTS. Herbs are
plant.                                                                 also chemical compounds. Doesn’t matter they come from the
That means no one else but Phytopharm can use hoodia for               rain forest or the desert in South Africa. Now I’m not saying not
weight loss.                                                           to take supplements. Not at all. Some are EXTREMELY help-
That brings us full circle with our Bushwoman - Anna Nicole            ful. But you must understand what you are taking. That’s why I
Smith. You knew I just didn’t pick her name out of a hat…              am here. If you have any questions… just ask. And as for
didn’t you?                                                            weight loss - I’d rather see you do it with a sensible diet and
Well, it just so happens that Trimspa is claiming the product she      exercise program before you put your health at risk with all
used, that they manufacture, has hoodia in it.                         these supplements and drugs. After all - all hoodia does is make
When asked about that in a recent 60 Minutes interview, Dixey          you eat less. MY guess is… you can do that all on your own!
said, “This is just straightforward theft. That’s what it is. People   Although I’ve got to tell ya, can’t wait to hear more about the
are stealing data, which they haven’t done, they’ve got no             hoodia saga! I’ll be sure to keep you posted.
proper understanding of, and sticking on the bottle, when we
have assayed these materials, they contain between 0.1 and             …And don’t forget, if you ever have any questions or concerns
0.01 percent of the active ingredient claimed. But they use the        about your health, talk to us. Contact us with your questions.
term hoodia on the bottle, of course, so they -- do nothing at         We’re here to help, and don’t enjoy anything more than partici-
all.”                                                                  pating in your life long good health.
So Dixey and Phytopharm feel a little ripped off. Well,
they’re not the only ones. It just so happens, the Bushmen, who        Did You Know?…
gave direct information that led to the patent, first heard of the        The common goldfish is the only animal that can see
patent through a press release.                                            both infrared and ultraviolet light.
And the worst thing was - these impoverished people were                 
 Tennessee is bordered by more states than any other.
not going to be compensated one cent!
                                                                           The eight states are Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas,
Hmmmmm. Steal from Phytopharm bad. Steal from poor
Bushman good.                                                              Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and
Thankfully, however, the Bushmen were able to acquire legal                Virginia.
counsel and will be getting a percentage of the profit.                  
 Des Moines has the highest per capita Jell-O con-
Attempts at synthetically reproducing the compound have                    sumption in the U.S
proven futile. So far, it cannot be made in large enough amounts         
 The geographical center of North America is near
and is very expensive. So, Phytopharm has started hoodia plan-             Rugby, North Dakota.
tations in South Africa with the hopes of harvesting large               
 If you stretch a standard Slinky out flat it measures 87
enough amounts to market. They believe their product will hit              feet long.
the mass weight loss market by 2008.                                     
 Most Americans’ car horns beep in the key of F.
As you may suspect - I have an opinion… and a warning…
 Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our
about all this weight loss stuff.
Here it is: First is about the drug companies’ attempt to make a           nose and ears never stop growing.
synthetic version of hoodia. There is an inherent problem taking         
 The Statue of Liberty’s tablet is two feet thick.
something found in nature and making it unnatural. Over and              
 There are only thirteen blimps in the world. Nine of
over we have seen the results change and the side effects in-              the thirteen blimps are in the United States. The exist-
crease. You cannot isolate the active ingredient, reproduce it in a        ing biggest blimp is the Fuji Film blimp.
lab, put it in a pill form and expect it to react in the body the        
 Naugahyde, plastic “leather” was created in Nauga-
same way it does in its natural form. Things just don’t work that          tuck, Connecticut.
 The Boston University Bridge (on Commonwealth
The only reason it is done that way is money. Patent the for-              Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts) is the only place in
mula, cheaply reproduce a synthetic version… and… make
                                                                           the world where a boat can sail under a train driving
The other BIG problem here is with the commonly accepted                   under a car driving under an airplane.
notion that anything that is natural is harmless. Herb supple-           
 It is believed that Shakespeare was 46 around the time
ments have been sold under this guise for quite some time. I               that the King James Version of the Bible was written.
don’t know how many times I’ve heard in a vitamin shop, “it’s              In Psalms 46, the 46th word from the first word is
safe because it’s all natural!”                                            shake and the 46th word from the last word is spear.
Oh yeah? Last time I checked some of the most toxic sub-                 
 The top layer of a wedding cake, known as the
stances on the planet were all natural. Poison ivy is all natural…         groom’s cake, traditionally is a fruit cake. That way it
wanna go eat some? Snake venom - another safe all natural                  will save until the first anniversary.
substance. Mercury --- ENOUGH! You get the point.

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              Are You Sick and Tired of being a Drug Junkie?
                     If so, then you need to come to our Saturday lecture.

 The whole core of the Saturday lectures is based on ‘functional endocrinology’, the study of the endocrine
system (hormones) in action.

  Under normal circumstances your body is controlled by your brain and nervous system; one part of the brain
sends a message to another part which releases a hormone that ends up going to the organ involved and mak-
ing that organ function more or less depending on what the situation calls for. This organ can be the thyroid
gland (when malfunctioning causing under or over active thyroid), reproductive glands, digestive tract, heart
and blood vessels to name a few.

  When you have a specific problem, or go for your standard yearly check up, the general allopathic approach
is to run a series of blood work which comes back with a range for every factor that is measured. The problem
is when only half of the pathway from the brain to the organ is measured and who knows if the problem you
are experiencing is within THAT half of the pathway. Secondly, whatever is being measured is considered
normal if it falls within the lab’s normal range. PROBLEM-----> let’s say your blood measure of factor x is
determined to be 5 and the lab’s normal range for factor x is 4-10 so you are told that you are normal in the x-
factor! Here is the catch: the two extremes of 4 and 10 in this example are the ‘sick’ range. In other words, if
you are less than 4 or more than 10, you are considered ‘sick’. Now who says we should wait until we fall
within the ‘sick’ category to catch the problem? Would it not be smart to catch the problem before it is symp-

  As the sign in my office says: Medicine treats the disease that has the person, chiropractic treats the person
who has the disease and NO, chiropractic is not just the adjustment- it is everything else but the drug prescrip-
tion; I am proud to say that every day of my life is spent educating myself about what there is to know about
health and this is a long road that will never end. Traditionally, you are not sick unless you have symptoms but
the presence or absence of symptoms is NO INDICATION of health. After all, look at cancer which works in
its nasty latent ‘appearance’ way before it becomes symptomatic. So does it mean that because the person
lacks symptoms, he is cancer-free?

  Back to functional endocrinology, it is crucial to look at the lab work, whether it is standard routine blood
work or the revolutionary saliva test, with a different set of glasses. The one that looks for the ‘healthy’ vs the
standard ‘sick’ range.

  The lectures that we will be having, will review the pathway involved with each of the most common forms
of health related conditions and ways to solve them. For example, you will be surprised to know that DE-
PRESSION may have nothing to do with your brain and every thing to do with your adrenal gland. Now, don't
run to your primary care physician, have him check your adrenals!!-- they more than likely have no idea what
you are talking about, not because they lack the information on the anatomy or physiology. The bottom line
my friends is that their job is to give medicine and medicine is out there to treat the symptoms and not the
cause of your problem. The cause of your problem is NOT a deficiency of Prozac, Zoloft, Synthroid, Xantax
and many other drug in your body!!! The noble idea that you get sick, you go to your doctor and he/she
KNOWS what to do is over.

  Unfortunately, as the last 2 newsletter clearly proved to you, you cannot trust just anyone when it comes to
your health and you need to educate yourself or your ignorance will lead to sickness and a miserable old age.
You cannot avoid aging but you do have an option to be a sick old (wo)man or simply an old (wo)man. The
Vioxx scandal was just one of many examples of the drug companies wanting to financially benefit from you.
I recently read about an interview with a resigned spokesman for a drug company where he admitted to have
misled the public and confessed to have run TV ads which were later caught by FDA to have misinformed the
general public and that by the time they pulled the ad off there were millions of people who had watched them
on TV, requesting their doctors to prescribe the drug to them, making the drug company billions of dollar and
that it was WAY worth it!!

 Listen, the bottom line is that you HAVE to take a proactive approach to your health and the more educated
you become, the less you will be tricked into things. It has everything to do with money and not much to do
with your health - the choice is yours.

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                  5 Tips To Lose Maximum Weight As Fast As Humanly Possible!
      So, it’s a brand New Year and you want to lose a whole bunch of weight… in the blink of an eye. I sure as heck don’t
want the “secret” of losing weight slowly. Do you? That’s no secret at all. Well, I’ve got some good news - and bad. The
good news is - you can lose weight rapidly. The bad news is - you must do it the right way… or else! One of the most
important “rules” of weight loss that actually works is…You Can Not Lose Weight TOO Fast!
      Why? Because when most people want to lose weight rapidly, they stop eating. If you don’t eat, you will lose weight.
Makes sense - right? And, you will lose weight in the beginning. As a matter of fact, you will lose it FAST. Problem is - in
order to survive, you have been given innate or inborn abilities to adapt to your surroundings. For example, take dark
skinned versus light skin. Why are the dark skinned dark? Simply because they live in a place where they are exposed to a
lot of sun. They have adapted to dark skin to protect them from the constant and powerful rays of the sun.
     The light skinned, however, have adapted in the opposite direction. Since they live in an area that does not get as
much direct sunlight, they have lighter, more sun-sensitive skin. Since the sun is one of our most important sources of
vitamin D, if they did not have such light skin, they would become sick.
     What does all this have to do with weight loss? Good question.
     When you stop eating… or… drastically cut down what you eat - your body adapts. It goes into starvation mode
      The end result is: you lose a bunch of weight quickly and then it stops. And here’s the worst part --- as soon as you
start eating again (and at some point you have to) you gain it all back and then some.
      Most of the time you end up fatter than you were before you starved yourself. So you starve yourself again and end
up fatter and fatter and fatter! What’s the solution? The first thing you have to understand is there is no one answer for
everyone. You cannot fit everyone into one “program”.
      Everyone has slightly different body types. Some do well with low carbs - others higher levels of “good” carbs.
      Whatever you do, you want to change the way you eat and exercise for the rest of your life. The harsh reality is: there
are no “diets” you can do for 6-8 weeks, lose a bunch of weight… and then go back to sitting on the couch and eating all
the bad foods again. That being said, here are 5 rules of weight loss:
     #1 Don’t try to lose weight fast without checking with your doctor. If you have any question, feel free to schedule
a weight loss consultation with me.
     #2 Don’t have unrealistic weight loss goals. The speed at which you can lose weight (without regaining it) depends
on various factors including: (1) your present weight, (2) your general lifestyle, (3) how active (or inactive) you are, (4)
the amount of stress in your life, and (5) your family history.
     #3 Make sure you follow a sensible eating and lifestyle plan… NOT A FAD DIET! Fad “quick fixes” at the very
best make you fatter. At the worst, they can ruin your metabolism and health that can take you years to recover from.
     #4 Never go hungry! Like I said before, when we stop eating, our metabolism slows down. Conversely, when we eat
many small meals spaced out throughout the day (as long as it is good food!) our metabolism speeds up. You will actually
lose more weight when you eat more of the right food in 5 small meals a day than if you ate half as much in one or two
     #5 Stop eating out! And I’m not just talking about fast food. Most restaurants take good food and add all kinds of
junk to make it taste better and get you fat! Eating at home will save you money and help you shed countless pounds.

                                                                                    Welcome New Patients!
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give it to a friend or loved one so that others may benefit from
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the information. Thanks!
                                                                   you to all of our patients that refer their family and friends. Your confi-
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