Are Fruit Loops Safe?

After years of various consumer advocacy groups trying to get the FDA to ban artificial food colorings, and the FDA denying any connection between artificial food coloring and health problems, the agency is finally considering some movement forward. While the movement isn’t earth shattering, the FDA did announce that it will ask a panel of experts to review the evidence.

Having reviewed the existing studies on the health effects of artificial food coloring, the FDA concluded that, although they don’t believe food colorings actually cause behavioral problems in children, they do acknowledge that some kids who already have behavioral problems may get worse because of artificial food colorings, as well as other substances in food.

The report also said, basically, that there’s nothing wrong with the substances themselves; the problem is that the kids just can’t tolerate them. Other studies have shown that not to be the case. One study published in The Lancet, for example, showed that artificial food colorings can negatively affect the behavior of children who had no previous problems.

Despite the agency’s conclusion that the problem is the kids, not the food colorings, they convened the Food Advisory Committee to look into it further and recommend action.

The food industry is up in arms, saying that everything they use is approved by the FDA. That’s probably true. But many things have been approved by the FDA that have later been found to be dangerous or toxic and have either had black box warnings added to their labeling and usage information, or have been taken off the market altogether.

Additionally, some of the food colorings in current use were approved in 1931. In fact, they’re not even really the same substances now as they were then: they used to be made with coal tar, now they’re made with petroleum products.

It would also be nice to know that approvals are based on modern testing methods, equipment and procedures, rather than nearly century-old technology.

According to many experts and a number of studies, behavioral problems are far from the only possible health effects of artificial food colorings. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a consumer advocacy group dedicated to “conduct innovative research and advocacy programs in health and nutrition, and to provide consumers with current, useful information about their health and well-being,” has been fighting the artificial food coloring battle for years and has a valuable collection of studies and other information available on their website.


Sources: FDA,; New York Times,

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Study Proves: This Everyday Drink Lowers Your IQ

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Paul Connett, co-author of the book, The Case Against Fluoride, is joined by his wife, Ellen, webmaster of the Fluoride Action Network (FAN), and Tara Blank, PhD, Science Liason Officer for FAN, in authoring this article on fluoride and the brain. Together they have recently provided an extensive commentary in response to the EPA’s Office of Drinking water in response to its proposed safe reference dose for fluoride1.

In an ongoing effort to determine which chemicals may damage the developing brain, scientists from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently conducted an extensive literature review of over 400 chemicals, including fluoride.

Fluoride is Classified as a Neurotoxin

While the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) would have us all believe that fluoride is perfectly innocuous and safe, scientists from the EPA’s National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory have classified fluoride as a “chemical having substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity”.2 Consistent with the EPA’s conclusion, a continually growing body of human and animal research strongly suggests that fluoride can damage the developing brain.

Consider for example:

  • 24 studies have now reported an association between fluoride exposure and reduced IQ in children
  • Three studies have reported an association between fluoride exposure and impaired neurobehavioral development
  • Three studies have reported damage to the brain of aborted fetuses in high fluoride areas, and
  • Over 100 laboratory studies have reported damage to the brain and/or cognitive function among fluoride-exposed animals3.

Most of the 30 studies linking fluoride to reduced IQ, impaired neurobehavioral development, and fetal brain damage have come from China where fluoride occurs at moderate to high levels in the drinking water in what is known as “endemic areas for fluorosis.” While there have been shortcomings in the methodologies of some of these studies, they have been remarkably consistent in their findings. Children exposed to excessive fluoride have been consistently observed to suffer from some form of neurological impairment.

Your Brain Under Attack

Statistics tell us that our brains are under attack. For example:

We do not know the causes for the alarming increases in these diseases but we do know that wherever possible, everything must be done by regulatory agencies and caregivers to protect the brain from known neurotoxins. Fluoride is a known neurotoxin and it is time to stop adding it to public drinking water systems. However, convincing U.S. regulatory authorities of this urgent necessity is proving very difficult.

Developmental Neurotoxicity

In 2007 Choi and Grandjean4 stated:

“In humans, only five substances have so far been documented as developmental neurotoxicants: lead, methylmercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, arsenic, and toluene. From this evidence, including our own studies on some of these substances, parallels may be drawn that suggest that fluoride could well belong to the same class of toxins, but uncertainties remain…”

Health Agencies are Ignoring Fluoride-Brain Studies

Even though health agencies in the U.S. and other fluoridating countries have recognized that children are being grossly over-exposed to fluoride (41 percent of American children aged 12-15 now have some form of dental fluorosis5), they are unwilling to concede that fluoride may be impacting the brain. Their approach has been either to ignore these studies completely or to challenge the relevance and the methodology of the fluoride-brain studies. They have thus far failed to conduct any IQ studies of their own.

Bottle-Fed Babies at Risk

The level of fluoride in mothers’ milk is remarkably low; only about0.004 ppm6. In the view of many critics of fluoridation, including Arvid Carlsson, Nobel laureate in medicine/physiology, it is reckless to expose infants to levels of fluoride orders of magnitude higher than that found in breast milk.

In the U.S., infants who are fed formula reconstituted with fluoridated tap water receive the highest levels of fluoride (per kilogram bodyweight) in the human population. Specifically, infants who are fed formula made with fluoridated water at the current level of 1 part-per-million (1 ppm = 1 mg/liter) fluoride will receive a dose up to 250 times more than the breastfed infant.

Even with the proposal by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to lower fluoride to 0.7 ppm in fluoridation schemes, bottle-fed infants will still receive up to 175 times more fluoride than the breastfed infant.

In addition to bottle-fed infants, others at heightened risk include those with poor nutrition and both African American and Mexican-American children.

Recent studies indicate that African American and Mexican-American children have higher rates of the more severe forms of dental fluorosis than white children7. As dental fluorosis provides a visual indication that fluoride has exerted a toxic effect on your body, it is reasonable to assume that these same children will also be more vulnerable to other toxic effects of fluoride including damage to the brain.

EPA Protecting Fluoridation Program, Not Public Health

On January 7, 2011, the EPA’s Office of Water (OW), while pursuing its mandate to set a new safe drinking water standard for fluoride, made it clear that it would do so without jeopardizing the water fluoridation program. According to Peter Silva, EPA Assistant Administrator for the OW:

“EPA’s new analysis will help us make sure that people benefit from tooth decay prevention while at the same time avoiding the unwanted health effects from too much fluoride”8.

Silva was referring to severe dental fluorosis, broken bones, and skeletal fluorosis as the unwanted health effects. These were the three health effects that the National Research Council of the National Academies in its 2006 report Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of EPA’s Standards singled out. The report recommended that the EPA perform a new health risk assessment to determine a safe drinking water standard for fluoride because they found the current level of 4 ppm was not protective of health.

In its first draft risk assessment, EPA claimed that the most sensitive health effect of fluoride was severe dental fluorosis9. Brain effects were ignored by EPA even though many more studies have been published since the NRC made its recommendation. Science does not stand still.

The NRC examined five IQ studies; there have now been nearly five times more at 24!

Making matters worse, the EPA’s Office of Water risk assessment excluded the fetus and infants under 6 months of age, as the EPA does not expect them to get dental fluorosis! Whether fluoride impacts the growing tooth enamel during this period or not, this is a very important period for brain development. As noted above, an infant fed formula made with fluoridated water at the proposed lower level of 0.7 ppm will receive 175 times more fluoride than the breast-fed infant.

EPA Research Laboratory Takes Different View

Fortunately, the EPA does not speak with a single voice on fluoride’s neurotoxicity. While the EPA’s Office of Water ignored any brain effect in its 2011 risk assessment, the Neurotoxicology Division at the EPA’s National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory included fluoride in its list of “Chemicals with Substantial Evidence of Developmental Neurotoxicity”, for a new project expected to be launched this year10.

Ultimately, therefore, the EPA administrator will have to resolve the following question: Is it more important to protect our children’s brains or the fluoridation experiment?

Fluoridation Proponents’ False Claim

Proponents of fluoridation have dismissed the fluoride-IQ studies on the basis of the claim that the children in these studies were drinking water containing fluoride at much higher levels than used for water fluoridation (approximately 1 ppm).

However, such claims do not bear close scrutiny, Xiang11 estimated that the threshold for IQ lowering was 1.9 ppm and more recently Ding et al. (2011) found a lowering of IQ in the range of 0.3 to 3 ppm. These findings reveal that there is no adequate margin of safety to protect ALL American children drinking uncontrolled amounts of fluoridated water and ingesting fluoride from other sources (e.g. toothpaste).

While we will discuss this crucial margin of safety argument in more detail below, suffice it to say here that when harm is found in a small human study a safety factor of 10 to 100 is typically applied in order to extrapolate to a level designed to protect a whole population from harm.

The NRC (2006) Review of Fluoride

The NRC panel devoted a whole chapter on the brain in its 507-page 2006 review and concluded:

“it is apparent that fluorides have the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain and the body by direct and indirect means.

Of the five IQ studies reviewed by the NRC the panel drew special attention to the study by Xiang et al.12, which they indicated had the strongest design. The panel described this study:

“This study compared the intelligence of 512 children (ages 8-13) living in two villages with different fluoride concentrations in the water. The IQ test was administered in a double-blind manner. The high-fluoride area had a mean water concentration of 2.47 ± 0.79 mg/L (range 0.57-4.50 milligrams per liter [mg/L]), and the low-fluoride area had a mean water concentration of 0.36 ± 0.15 mg/L (range 0.18-0.76 mg/L). The populations studied had comparable iodine and creatinine concentrations, family incomes, family educational levels, and other factors.

The populations were not exposed to other significant sources of fluoride, such as smoke from coal fires, industrial pollution, or consumption of brick tea. Thus, the difference in fluoride exposure was attributed to the amount in the drinking water… the average intelligence quotient (IQ) of the children in Wamiao was found to be significantly lower (92.2 ± 13.00; range, 54-126) than that in Xinhuai (100.41 ± 13.21; range, 60-128).

The IQ scores in both males and females declined with increasing fluoride exposure.”

The shift in the IQ curves for both males and females are shown in Figures 1 and 2.

Figure 1
Figure 1. Distribution of IQ scores from males in Wiamiao and Xinuai. Source: data from Xiang et al. 2003a (as shown in NRC, 2006, Figure 7-2, p. 207).

Figure 2
Figure 2. Distribution of IQ scores from females in Wiamiao and Xinuai. Source: data from Xiang et al. 2003a (as shown in NRC, 2006, Figure 7-1, p. 207).

According to the NRC (p. 206):

“A follow-up study to determine whether the lower IQ scores of the children in Wamiao might be related to differences in lead exposure disclosed no significant difference in blood lead concentrations in the two groups of children13.”

Xiang extrapolating from the whole set of data estimated that the threshold for IQ lowering would be 1.9 ppm. Below we use this estimate in a margin of safety analysis to calculate a level that would be sufficient to protect all children drinking fluoridated water.

The NRC panel’s overall conclusion based on its review of these five IQ studies was:

“A few epidemiologic studies of Chinese populations have reported IQ deficits in children exposed to fluoride at 2.5 to 4 mg/L in drinking water. Although the studies lacked sufficient detail for the committee to fully assess their quality and relevance to U.S. populations, the consistency of the results appears significant enough to warrant additional research on the effects of fluoride on intelligence.”

Incredibly, no fluoridating country has followed up on this. We continue to fly blind on this critical issue. One of the animal studies reviewed by the NRC was the study by Julie A. Varner and co-workers14 from the State University of New York at Binghamton. These authors fed rats for one year with 1 ppm fluoride in their water. One group received sodium fluoride, the other aluminum fluoride.

In the rats treated with either fluoride compound, Varner et al. discovered the following:

  • Morphological changes in the kidney and the brain
  • An increased uptake of aluminum into the brain
  • The formation of beta-amyloid deposits, which are a hallmark for Alzheimer’s disease

More Brain Studies Published Since NRC 2006 Review

Since the NRC panel wrote its report in 2006 many more animal studies have been published and another 14 IQ studies have either been published or translated. Five more IQ studies wait translation from the original Chinese. This brings the total to 24 IQ studies that have found exposure to fluoride associated with lowered IQ15.

At least 16 studies on animals have shown that fluoride has an effect upon the hippocampus and nine of these have been published since the NRC’s 2006 review. Damage in this area of your brain usually results in difficulties in forming new memories and recalling events that occurred prior to the damage16.

Xiang Updates His Work17

An updated version of Xiang et al.’s (2003a) work18, which included new information about the relationship between the level of fluoride in the children’s plasma and IQ was accepted for publication in Environmental Health Perspectives (the journal of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) and made available online on December 17, 2010.

This article was later withdrawn when it was found that some of the material had been previously published. However, for those who have used criticisms of the methodologies of some of the 24 IQ studies to justify ignoring the issue completely, it is important to note that the Xiang et al. paper successfully passed the peer-review process of this important journal.

Another Important Fluoride IQ Study

An IQ study published in 2011 by Ding et al.19 investigated the effects of low levels of fluoride on IQ. Children were exposed to 0.3 to 3 mg F/L fluoride via drinking water. The authors found a very significant linear correlation (p <0.0001) between fluoride levels in the children’s urine and lowered IQ (Figure 3). They calculated that there will be a lowering of IQ by 0.59 points for each increase of 1 mg/L urinary fluoride.

Figure 3
Figure 3. The relationship between IQ differences and urine fluoride concentrations. Multiple linear regression model was carried out to confirm the association with urine fluoride exposure and IQ scores (F=9.85, p < 0.0001) (Figure 2, Ding et al., 2011)

Margin of Safety: The Safety Factors Used in Toxicological Assessments

Promoters of fluoridation, either through ignorance or design, betray little understanding of the concept of margin of safety. This is revealed when they dismiss studies carried out at levels higher than 1 ppm as being irrelevant for assessing the risks posed by water fluoridation.

This indicates that they have no appreciation of the difference between concentration and dose.

Someone drinking three liters of water with 1 ppm fluoride would get a higher dose (3 mg) than someone drinking one liter of water with 2 ppm fluoride (2 mg). In other words, it is the dose that hurts people, and thus finding harm at levels as high as 4 ppm are still relevant to a high water consumer drinking water at 1 ppm.

Toxicologists usually have to work from high dose animal experiments to extrapolate to a safe level for humans.

This typically requires the application of a safety factor of 10, when extrapolating from the dose that causes harm in animals to predict a safe dose for humans (in order to account for the potential variation between species). Then a second safety factor of 10 is commonly applied to take into account the full range of sensitivity to any toxic substance that is to be expected in any large population. In other words some individuals are likely to be 10 times more sensitive to fluoride than others.

In the case of fluoride we are in the unusual situation of having quite a large amount of human data to work with, especially in the case of its neurotoxic effects, so it is only necessary to address the variation in sensitivity expected in a large population.

In its January 7, 2011, draft risk assessment the EPA Office of Water took the most unusual tack of not using any safety factor at all when extrapolating from the dose that causes severe dental fluorosis20.

In other words they believed that they had enough data to state – with no uncertainty—that no one consuming less than 0.08 mg of fluoride per kilogram bodyweight per day would develop severe dental fluorosis. For them to legitimately forego any safety factor they need to demonstrate that this purported “threshold” dose is based on sufficiently large numbers of subjects to represent the full range of different vulnerabilities and sensitivities in the U.S. population.

Such variations include: age, income levels, nutritional status, genetic and ethnic variability.

It is notable therefore, that the study on which the EPA’s calculations were based21 did not include African American or Mexican-American children, or children from a full range of family income levels.

Dr. Paul Connett, director of the Fluoride Action Network believes that the EPA Office of Water was forced to choose this “uncertainty factor” of 1 in order to produce a “safe reference dose” that was higher than the dose deemed necessary to protect teeth against decay. In other words, this was a political decision made to protect the water fluoridation program. Even more political was the EPA’s willingness to ignore the studies that indicate that fluoride lowers IQ.

No Margin of Safety for Fluoride

The level at which Ding et al. (2011) researchers found a lowering of IQ (0.3-3 ppm) overlaps the range at which fluoride is added to water in the US (0.7 – 1.2 ppm). Even without applying a safety margin to this finding, it would suggest that there is no safe level that would protect ALL of America’s children from potential interference with mental development from fluoride exposure via the water supply.

However, Ding et al. state that this is a preliminary finding, and more work should be done to control for possible confounding factors. Meanwhile, it is possible to use the findings of Xiang et al.22 to estimate a safe reference dose to protect all American children from this effect.

This is the task that the EPA Office of Water should have undertaken.

However, as indicated above, their preliminary calculations for the safe reference dose published on January 7, 2011, failed to consider fluoride’s potential to lower IQ. The EPA defended its decision to only consider severe dental fluorosis, by claiming that this is the most sensitive endpoint of fluoride’s toxicity. The EPA made this claim despite the fact that, in both the Ding and Xiang studies, reductions in IQ were observed among children without severe dental fluorosis. This clearly challenges the EPA’s claim that severe dental fluorosis is the most sensitive adverse effect of fluoride.

Other Human Brain Studies

Three other studies from China23 indicate that aborted fetuses in endemic areas for fluorosis show signs of brain changes compared to aborted fetuses in non-endemic areas.

Moreover, in a study from Mexico24, Rocha-Amador et al found that children exposed to moderate levels of fluoride had impaired visual-spatial recognition abilities. Such impairments could affect a child’s development. In 2009 the Rocha-Amador team performed tests25 on children exposed to various neurotoxicants (Fluoride, Arsenic, Lead, DDT, DDE or PCBs). Fluoride exposed children were selected if they had dental fluorosis (a bio-marker for fluoride over-exposure).

All the children exposed to the various neurotoxicants “had very poor performance in Copy and Immediate Recall tests and in general they recalled less information on the Construction/Memory score.”

As the authors of these studies note, fluoride’s impact on the brain may be evident in the absence of crude reductions in IQ. Indeed, the authors note that IQ tests may well fail to detect fluoride’s more subtle effects on cognitive function.

Consistent with Rocha-Amador’s research on non-IQ effects, Li et al.26 reported that infants born in areas with high fluoride levels had “significant differences in the non-biological visual orientation reaction and biological visual and auditory orientation reaction” compared to infants born in areas with low fluoride levels.

Establishing a Safe Drinking Water Level for Fluoride MCLG

The most important step in setting a federally enforceable safe drinking water standard (maximum contaminant level or MCL) is the determination of the Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG). This determination is made by the EPA’s Office of Water. The MCLG is the level of a contaminant in water below which there is no known or reasonably anticipated risk to health.

The MCLG is the basis for setting the enforceable standard (MCL).

This enforceable standard takes into account the cost of removing the contaminant and is therefore not as protective as the MCLG level. For example the MCLG for arsenic is zero, but the MCL is set at 15 ppb (parts per billion) due to the costs of removing natural arsenic from some water supplies. For fluoride, Xiang et al. (2003a, b) estimated that the lowest water concentration associated with a lowering of IQ was 1.9 mg F/L. Ironically, this is the same threshold that the EPA’s Office of Water offers for severe dental fluorosis.

We convert this to a dose by assuming that the children in the Xiang study were consuming on average one liter of water a day. One liter of water at 1.9 mg F/L translates into a dose of 1.9 mg/day. This is called the lowest observable adverse effect level (LOAEL).

Because these studies only dealt with 500 children, with fairly similar genetics, lifestyles and nutritional status, we would need at least the standard uncertainty factor of 10 to account for the full range of sensitivity expected in the whole population in the U.S. to arrive at a safe daily dose. 1.9 mg F/day divided by 10 equals 0.19 mg F/day and thus a safe daily dose should be set no higher than this. Such a dose would be exceeded by a child drinking less than one glass of water (250 ml) at 1 ppm (1 ppm = 1 mg/liter).

In other words water fluoridation is not safe; some children could have their mental development impaired by drinking as little as one glass of fluoridated water on a daily basis.

As far as setting a maximum contaminant level goal (MCLG) for safe drinking water is concerned, we should note that this safe daily dose of 0.19 mg/day is already being exceeded from other sources.

For example the EPA OW estimates that mean fluoride ingestion from toothpaste among children between the ages of 1 and 4 is 0.34 mg/day27. Fluoride intake from toothpaste alone, therefore, contributes twice the safe daily dose of 0.19 mg/day. Thus, since some children will exceed the safe dose of fluoride from non-water sources alone, it is difficult to understand how the MCLG for fluoride could be set any higher than ZERO if the EPA were to acknowledge the existence of these IQ studies and follow routine procedures.

Of all the dangers posed by fluoridation (and there are many others) the potential to impact a child’s mental development must be considered one of the most serious. Just how long can promoters continue to ignore the voluminous evidence of these dangers?

And how long will the public let them?

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Troubling Weight Trend

The latest obesity statistics demonstrate that too many Americans continue to slide down a slippery slope toward a poorer quality of life and many otherwise preventable conditions like heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Thirty-nine states now have 25% or more of their population classified as obese.

As recently as twenty years ago, not one state had over 15% obesity, and now the lowest rate is 19.8% in Colorado, the only state currently under twenty percent. Mississippi continues to hold the top position, with 34.4% of their citizens considered obese. These number don’t even count those who would be thought of as “overweight,” but only those who meet the clinical definition of obesity, having a body mass index of 30 or more. (To find your body mass index, or BMI, divide your weight in kilograms by your height in meters squared — it roughly translates to about thirty pounds or more overweight, or someone five-foot-nine weighing 203 pounds or more.)

It is time to change this scary trend! For more information on how our natural strategies can help call 565-7474 or visit


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You may have heard of the LAP-BAND® System. It is basically an inflatable (with water) band placed around the opening to the stomach. It reduces the amount of food the stomach can hold and makes you feel full faster. It’s approved by the FDA for those who are roughly 100 pounds overweight. However, a recent FDA advisory panel voted 8 to 1 to make the procedure available for those with a much less severe weight problem.

The exact criteria used to determine whether or not a less overweight person would qualify for the surgery are complicated, but a fair estimate would include those who weigh only an extra 65 pounds. The FDA doesn’t always accept the recommendations of an advisory panel but it does more often than not. If the FDA accepts this advice, roughly 27 million adults will be eligible for the LAP-BAND System.

One study found that the majority of the 149 participants lost 33 percent of their excess weight in the first year after Lap-Band surgery, but critics are warning that allowing 27 million adults to get this surgery would be a mistake. Why?

It has not been tested on anyone outside the current approval limitations.

Long-term European studies show an increase in complications and failure rates over time. In fact, even a 2007 study funded by Allergan (the makers of the Lap-Band) found that up to 76 percent of patients developed complications over the first three years. The complications included leakage and infection along the Lap-Band, frequent vomiting, an inability to swallow, erosion of the Lap-Band and slippage or failure.

Weight loss tends to peak at two years.

Studies show the procedure has a 50 percent failure rate.

In November 2010, Allergan recalled 152,000 bands because of a defect.

Although many insurance companies cover the cost of the initial Lap-Band surgery, they often do not cover the surgery to get it taken out. Either the patient has to pay, or it will come out of taxpayers’ pockets.

Ironically, and perhaps most importantly, it would be hard for anyone to not lose weight following the dietary and exercise guidelines recommended to accompany Lap-Band surgery.

One of the people giving a testimonial on the Lap-Band site states that she tried every diet going and nothing worked until the Lap-Band. Aside from making it impossible to not cut down on portion size, the recommendations on follow-up for the surgery include no junk food, no sugar, lots of protein, lots of exercise, and so on. Did the person try that? It’s more likely they didn’t because, really, there’s virtually no way you could avoid losing significant weight if you did that. You may have a medical condition that prevents success, but that condition would not get addressed by the Lap-Band.

All in all, getting on the right diet and exercise program, and addressing any health issues that are preventing you from losing weight, may be a better way to go than gastric surgery.


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Beyond Antibiotics: Are There Healthier Options?

by Dr. Michael Schmidt

For decades, antibiotics have been the cornerstone of treatment for bacterial infections. Antibiotics have saved many lives during this time. However, doctors have come to rely too heavily on these miracle drugs and the overuse of antibiotics has led to serious problems.

For all of the potential benefits of antibiotics, a growing list of adverse health consequences has emerged because of overuse. A sample of these is listed below:

  • Children with chronic earaches who take many series of antibiotics experience 2-6 times more recurrent ear infections.
  • Antibiotic overuse can upset intestinal integrity.
  • Antibiotic overuse can suppress immune function.

Factors that Lower Immunity . We know that there are many factors that lower immunity and thus make the body more susceptible to infection. These include:

  • Nutrition: Low vitamin C and zinc lead to sluggish Immune response.
  • Diet: Excess sugar consumption slows the ability of white blood cells to engulf and destroy bacteria.
  • Lifestyle: Sedentary people tend to have more sluggish immune systems than active people.
  • Environment: Solvent chemicals and heavy metals such as lead increase susceptibility to infection.
  • Psychological: People under stress are more likely to have frequent infections, while those with better coping skills are less sensitive to the effects of stress on their immune systems.

Are there Natural Remedies that can Help? For many common ailments, scientific research is confirming time-honored traditions.

  • Ear infections: The vast majority of children with recurrent ear infections improved after removing food allergens from their diets. Warm sesame oil drops can help ease the pain.
  • Bladder infections: Unsweetened cranberry juice clears bacteria from the bladder. Yogurt and acidophilus are also helpful.
  • Respiratory infections: A sauna once a week can reduce respiratory problems by one- half.
  • Intestinal infections: Homeopathic medicine has been helpful in reducing diarrhea in children.

Live Healthfully and Be Informed. Remember, antibiotics can save lives and reduce suffering. They are vital components of the healing arsenal. However, they must be used wisely. Your goal should be to optimize the health of your family to reduce the need for drug intervention and to make wise, informed decisions should drug intervention become necessary.

Are Antibiotics Being Overused in Your Care? Does your doctor:

  • Prescribe antibiotics over the phone?
  • Refill a prescription without an examination?
  • Prescribe without taking a blood count?
  • Neglect to ask about diet, nutrition or lifestyle factors?- Prescribe after only a cursory examination?
  • Write off or ignore concerns about negative side effects?
  • Remark that antibiotics are harmless?
  • Try to intimidate or frighten you into following orders?
  • Prescribe several courses of antibiotics when there is no improvement?
  • Prescribe antibiotics when illness is viral such as a cold?
  • Seem overworked or overbooked?
  • Cut your visit short by handing you a prescription?

If you answered “yes” to more than five items, you or someone in your family may be receiving antibiotics needlessly. Ask your doctor for a full re-evaluation or seek another opinion.

Dr. Schmidt‘s books Beyond Antibiotics: Strategies for Living in a World of Emerging Infections & Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria -Third Edition and Healing Childhood Ear Infections: Prevention, Home Care, and Alternative Treatment . Both can both be ordered through DDR‘s Amazon Associates account which provides financial support to the organization.

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The Importance of Carbohydrates

Mylohyoid muscle visible right under jaw
Image via Wikipedia

Do you notice symptoms of:

Or do any of these sound like you?

  1. Dry, itchy eyes or dry mouth
  2. Poor memory
  3. Unable to relax, become serene, or meditate
  4. History of diabetes in family
  5. Blood sugar problems, either hypoglycemia or diabetes
  6. Uncontrollable appetite (i.e., eating when not hungry)
  7. Desire to lose weight
  8. In need of a meal replacement

There is often a stress point involves the tongue, muscles of deglutination, and the posterior and lateral muscles of the neck. These muscles are involved with tongue movement, swallowing and the hyoid bone. When they are weak and contracted, hence the previous mentioned complaints.
#6/SvG – T1 to T3 – Stress Point Palpation

Other tissues that may be involved with this stress point are:

  • Retina
  • Muscles and tissues of the face and nose
  • Teeth

Effect of Carbohydrate Reduction in the Diet

The tissues prefer to use carbohydrate for energy over both protein and fat. The quantity of carbohydrate stores in the body is only a few hundred grams (glycogen in the liver and muscles.) This can supply energy needed for the body for about half a day. Therefore, after a few hours of carbohydrate deprivation the body resorts to converting protein and fat to glucose (in Stress Mode). Fat will be the primary source of energy production and depletion of its stores will continue unabated until depleted.

A very good product is SVG. It is essential to delivering the lacking carbohydrates.

Stretch Exercise
Practice the “tongue in cheek” movement. Hold for a count of five. Do each side at least three times several times daily.

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Why Health Care Costs for LBP Are So High

Initiating care with an MD for back pain results in much higher health care costs than going to a DC, says study.

By Peter W. Crownfield

With the much-touted Choudhry/Milstein study already putting insurers and other health care stakeholders on notice that chiropractic care for back pain “is highly cost-effective [and] represents a good value in comparison to medical physician care and to widely accepted cost-effectiveness thresholds,” along comes “Cost of Care for Common Back Pain Conditions Initiated With Chiropractic Doctor vs. Medical Doctor / Doctor of Osteopathy as First Physician.”

Published in the December 2010 issue of JMPT, the study, a retrospective claims analysis of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee’s intermediate and large group fully insured population, determined that paid costs for episodes of care were 40 percent lower when care was initiated with a doctor of chiropractic compared to an allopathic provider. Even when risk-adjusting each patient’s costs to account for severity, paid costs for chiropractic patients were 20 percent lower than medical patients treated for low back pain.

“Our results support a growing body of evidence that chiropractic treatment of low back pain is less expensive than traditional medical care,” stated the study authors in their conclusion. “We found that episode cost of care for LBP initiated with a DC is less expensive than care initiated through an MD. … Our results suggest that insurance companies that restrict access to chiropractic care for LBP may, inadvertently, be paying more for care than they would if they removed these restrictions.”

Health Care Cost In their study, the researchers identified Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee members with an LBP claim based on the presence of any of the following ICD-9 codes on a paid claim: 722 Intervertebral disk disorders, 724 Other and unspecified disorders of back, 729 Other disorders of soft tissues, 739 Nonallopathic lesions not elsewhere classified, 846 Sprains and strains of sacroiliac region, and 847 Sprains and strains of other and unspecified parts of back. Of more than 650,000 members during the two-year period analyzed (Oct. 1, 2004 – Sept. 30, 2006), 85,402 had been diagnosed using one of the above codes.

Plan members had open access to MDs and DCs through self-referral (ER visits were categorized as MD-initiated care), without any limit to the number of visits. Co-pays did not vary between provider type.

Total episode costs for each episode of LBP were determined by calculating the cost paid by the insurer for all services provided during the episode by the same and other providers. Costs per episode were $452.33 (paid) for patients initiating care with a chiropractor and $1,037.04 for patients initiating care with a medical provider; risk-adjusted paid costs were $532.54 (DC) vs. $661.10 (MD).

“As doctors of chiropractic, we know firsthand that our care often helps patients avoid or reduce more costly interventions such as drugs and surgery. This study supports what we see in our practices every day,” said ACA President Rick McMichael, DC, in an ACA release reporting on the study findings. “It also demonstrates the value of chiropractic care at a critical time, when our nation is attempting to reform its health care system and contain runaway costs.”

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Natural Solutions to Diabetes

About 30 million people in North America have diabetes, and this does not include the millions more who are in the prediabetes stage.

What is diabetes? It’s a hormonal disorder that increases blood sugar levels in your body. Pregnant women sometimes suffer from gestational diabetes; however, the most prevalent forms of diabetes are type 1 and type 2.
Although it is less common, type 1 diabetes occurs when your body’s immune system attacks insulin-production cells in your pancreas. Without insulin, your body cannot properly control blood sugar (glucose). Sufferers of type 1 diabetes require insulin injections to balance their blood sugar levels. There is currently no way to prevent or screen
for type 1.

Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes. With this kind, the body cannot adequately produce enough insulin, or it cannot identify the insulin – which prevents insulin from being absorbed by your body’s cells. Type 2 usually occurs in people over the age over 40, but an alarming trend is the growing rate of this diabetes among children, resulting from a rise in childhood obesity.

Health Consequences of Diabetes

Both types of diabetes can cause serious and even life-threatening health problems. Diabetics are more prone to heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage, circulation problems and many other conditions compared to non-diabetics.

A blood test can determine the sugar levels in your body. Symptoms of diabetes include: increased thirst, frequent urination, fatigue, blurred vision and unexplained weight loss.

You can help reduce your risk or manage diabetes by incorporating positive lifestyle changes.


Engaging in adequate physical activity is a great idea for almost everyone, but it is especially important for diabetics. Exercise helps manage blood sugar levels, improve the circulatory system, and reduce blood pressure and  cholesterol 1.

But diabetics need to take certain precautions when engaging in exercise. If blood glucose levels drop too much, diabetics can suffer from hypoglycemia – a condition that can cause blood sugar levels to decrease so quickly it  results in loss of consciousness.

Conversely, if blood sugar levels are high before starting to exercise, the physical activity may increase glucose
to dangerous levels. That is why diabetics need to consult a qualified health professional to learn the right type and right amount of exercise they should be doing.


As it can have a dramatic impact on blood sugar balance, food plays an important role in diabetes. Diabetics should avoid foods high in cholesterol and saturated fat, such as fried foods, whole milk dairy products and fatty meats. They should also skip cookies, cakes and pies.

Whole grains have been proven to help reduce the risk of diabetes. According to a study published in the
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “Data showed a lower risk of diabetes and heart disease in people eating a diet
high in whole grains.”1

Nature’s Helping Hand for Diabetes

While it may be necessary for some diabetics to take medications to control their disease, recent research in natural
substances reveals promising developments for their use in the prevention and management of diabetes.

In September of this year, the University of California (San Diego School of Medicine) identified how omega-3 fatty
acids in fish oil switch on a specific macrophage (a type of white blood cell) resulting in enhanced insulin sensitivity
and reduced inflammation.2

The antioxidant properties of garlic oil may help prevent cardiomyopathy, a type of heart disease that’s the leading
cause of death for diabetics. Research that appeared in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry shows the oil
may contain 20 or more substances that protect the heart against the development of cardiomyopathy. 3

Another natural ingredient that shows potential for diabetes (type 2) is the herb milk thistle (silymarin). One trial
study revealed that after four months of taking milk thistle, test participants saw their fasting blood glucose levels
decrease by 15 percent, while the placebo group saw their levels rise by 13 percent. Milk thistle seems to have
the ability to block chemical signals associated with raising blood sugar. 4

While the research into natural ingredients shows exciting promise, diabetics should not use supplements without consulting a qualified health specialist, such as a chiropractor.

Chiropractic & Diabetes

As it can seriously impact numerous parts of the body, it should be no surprise that diabetes also affects musculoskeletal health. The disease is associated with joint restriction and osteoarthritis. Diabetic macrovascular
disease affects large blood vessels in the body and can also interfere with the nervous system. Your chiropractor
helps maintain your nervous system health by keeping it clear of subluxations, which in turn leads to not just a
healthier body but an overall better quality of life!

1. Whole grains, bran, and germ in relation to homocysteine and markers of glycemic control, lipids, and inflammation – American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 83, No. 2, 275-283, February 2006
2. GPR120 Is an Omega-3 Fatty Acid Receptor Mediating Potent Anti-inflammatory and Insulin-Sensitizing Effects
– Cell, Volume 142, Issue 5, 687-698, 3 September 2010.
3. Cardiac Contractile Dysfunction and Apoptosis in Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetic Rats Are Ameliorated by Garlic Oil Supplementation – J. Agric. Food Chem., 2010, 58 (19), pp 10347–10355.
4. The efficacy of Silybum marianum (L.) Gaertn. (silymarin) in the treatment of type II diabetes: a randomized,
double-blind, placebocontrolled, clinical trial – Phytother Res. 2006 Dec; 20(12):1036-9.
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