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Emergency Alert: FDA Attempting to Ban Natural Supplements

Monday, September 19th, 2011

If you take supplements as part of your approach to maintain good health or as part of your approach to naturally treat different health conditions, you should be warned that the FDA is getting ready to try and intervene with your ability to do so.

It appears that the FDA is using the banner of “consumer protection” to prevent you from buying already proven and time tested vitamin, mineral, and herbal supplements.  A similar approach was taken when ephedra was banned by the FDA.  This attack on your right to natural agents stands to greatly benefit the pharmaceutical industry.  It would serve to turn commonly used supplements into prescription medications.

Why is This Dangerous for Your Health?

The vast majority of physicians in the U.S. have no nutritional back ground, making them unqualified to be the leaders on this issue.  How many times have you heard your doctor talk down to you when you brought up supplements at a visit?  Point being, do you really want to have to rely on your primary care doctor to have access to omega 3 supplements?

Many medications (both prescription and over the counter) cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies.  For example, your doctor commonly prescribes cholesterol lowering drugs (statins) and blood pressure lowering drugs.  The chemicals interfere with your body’s ability to produce the vital nutrient coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10).  CoQ10 deficiency causes elevations in blood pressure, muscle weakness, muscle pain, liver damage, and congestive heart failure.  If the FDA is successful in taking away your ability to buy supplements, you would not be able to proactively address these issues.  Think about it…can you recall the last time your doctor actually made a recommendation about a supplement to counter balance the negative nutritional side effects?

Learn more about this problem by clicking the link below…

      Drug Induced Nutritional Deficiencies

What can you do?

Contact your local representative now.  I have provided a link below for you.  Let them know that you are concerned about this attack on your personal freedom to maintain your health without government intervention.

Is High Cholesterol a Hoax?

Friday, February 12th, 2010
“We have one and a half million heart attacks in the U.S.each year. About 50 percent have normal cholesterol. Clearly, current guidelines are not adequate to identify all those individuals who are at increased risk,”
Nader Rifai, MD(2004)

Statistically speaking, cholesterol levels have zero relevance in determining heart attack risk. A 50-50 chance, after all, means a coin flips worth of certainty.  But that’s not all: people with the highest cholesterol may also live the longest…

Consider the finding of Dr. Harlan Krumholz of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale University, who reported in 1994 that elderly with low cholesterol died twice as often from a heart attack as did the elderly with high cholesterol. His research also showed that people with higher cholesterol lived longer than those with lower cholesterol.

Cholesterol has long been blamed for the epidemic of heart disease in this country, despite hundreds of peer reviewed studies indicating that – to the contrary – low cholesterol levels may increase the risk of dying from infection, stroke, cancer, and yes, even heart attack itself. Consider the fact that there are scientific organizations composed of concerned scientists and physicians whose sole purpose is to point out inaccuracies of the cholesterol theory of heart disease. For more elaborate information please visit

The Term “Bad Cholesterol” is a Myth

Let’s begin by acknowledging that cholesterol is an essential substance produced by nearly every cell of our body, and the building block for the cell wall, bile salts, vitamin D, steroid hormones, the myelin sheath of the nerves, and 30% of our brain tissue.  LDL or so-called “bad cholesterol,” transports antioxidants throughout the body and helps fight bacterial infection.  How can something that has so many important functions be so bad for you?

High Cholesterol is not a Disease

It is unscientific to call high cholesterol a disease.  Elevations in cholesterol are often times normal reactions to events in the environment.  Cholesterol production is extremely variable and depends on many factors.  Take into consideration the following: When we have allergy flare ups during the Spring or Fall, our cholesterol can increase to help support immune function.  Catching cold or the flu can cause temporary elevations in cholesterol.  Contrary to popular belief, diets high in processed grains can cause elevations in cholesterol.  And to top it off, medications prescribed for the following conditions elevate cholesterol: high blood pressure, hormone contraceptives, asthma, chronic pain, and acne.

So, why have we been fixated on cholesterol as the enemy for all these years?

The answer to that question has to do with the sad fact that the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) guidelines were written under tremendous bias.  Of the nine members who wrote the guidelines, 8 had direct financial ties to the pharmaceutical companies that profit from the sale of cholesterol lowering medications.  Additionally, the research used to base the NCEP guidelines was paid for by the pharmaceutical industry.

Treating Symptoms Doesn’t Work

Despite medical intervention, there are more than 80 million cases of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the U.S.  Cholesterol lowering medications cost U.S. taxpayers more than 10 billion annually.  If treating cholesterol with medicine was the answer, why do so many still suffer from CVD? Why does it still kill a million people every year?

What about the side effects of cholesterol lowering medications?  Congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, muscle pain and weakness, fatigue, and nerve damage are some of the possibilities.  What happened to the Hippocratic Oath – “First, do no harm”?

Heart disease is not caused by a lack of medication.  Research and common sense continue to show that the best treatment lies with prevention.  Cultures that do not consume processed refined foods have extremely low to no incidence of CVD.  Diet and lifestyle play a much greater role than do genetics as we did not inherit heart disease from our ancestors.  It is foolish to diminish the role that they play in health and wellness.

The bottom line – people are becoming more and more skeptical about the massive use of pharmaceuticals to treat disease.  They are looking to find the contributing factors and causes of their ailments, not to treat the symptoms.

“The Doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” – Thomas Edison

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Cholesterol Myth

Cholesterol Myth

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

stethoscope lying on a ekgWhat You Should Know About Cholesterol Before Taking Medication

By Dr. Osborne

High cholesterol is a household word in America. We have been told that it causes heart disease and stroke. We have been told to eat less animal fat. We have been told to eat more carbohydrates and fiber. We have been told that children as young as 2 years old should have their cholesterol checked. We have been marketed to by cereal companies. They tell us to eat whole grain sugar loaded cereals (i.e. Honey Nut Cheerios and Lucky Charms) to lower our cholesterol and prevent heart disease. Drug companies like Merck and Pfizer have told us that we need to take artificial chemicals to lower cholesterol. Our doctors have told us that we should use these medications for the rest of our lives…

Has anyone stopped to ask why?   Does it sound reasonable to put an 8 year old on cholesterol medication?  It is reasonable to think that a processed cereal with excessive sugar be used as a tool to improve health?  Is it reasonable to believe that we need to avoid eggs and animal protein and take a drug to keep the body functioning normally? What did we do before the medicine?   Statistically speaking, heart disease and stroke are on the rise in spite of the use of preventative cardiovascular medicines.  So the big question is: If taking these medications prevents heart disease, why are people dying from heart disease in record numbers?

Let’s take a look at the scientific facts surrounding this issue:

High cholesterol as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease is a disproven theory.   Many medical experts have refuted this hypothesis for years.(1-2)  Studies using cholesterol medications to lower the risk for heart disease are funded and sponsored by pharmaceutical companies.   Both the editors of the New England Journal of Medicine & Journal of the American Medical Association have admitted that published papers in the two journals are often times fraught with conflicts of interest and that many studies that yield non beneficial drug effects go unreported. Many studies overstate the benefit of medication use by manipulating statistics and reporting relative risk reduction instead of actual risk reduction. For example, a recent study reported a 53% “relative” reduction in heart disease using Crestor, but the actual risk reduction was only 0.9%.

Multiple studies have shown that people with higher cholesterol live longer.(5)   High cholesterol has not been shown to be a risk factor for heart disease in women, diabetics, coronary heart disease patients, or the elderly.(3)  As a matter of fact, several studies have shown that higher cholesterol levels in the elderly population is associated with greater longevity and a reduced risk of dying from cancer and infection.(4-5)

Add the following facts to the above information: Low cholesterol has been linked to an increased risk of stroke, depression, aggressive and violent behavior, and suppression of immunity.

Risk Vs. Benefit
When considering the use of any medication it is important to know what NNT (numbers needed to treat) means. NNT is a value that rates the efficacy of a medication. The NNT for statin drugs is about 100. This means for one person to receive the benefit of the medication, 100 people have to be taking it. That’s a whopping 1% efficacy value. When you take into account the side effects of cholesterol lowering medications the question becomes: Is it worth it?

How can something responsible for so many critical functions be so bad?

1. Cholesterol is a precursor to all sex steroids (progesterone, testosteron, estrogen)
2. Cholesterol allows your body to make vitamin D (deficiency of vitamin D causes heart disease)
3. Cholesterol allows your body to make Coenzyme Q10 (Deficiency of CoQ10 causes congestive heart failure and high blood pressure.)
4. Cholesterol helps fight viral and bacterial infection
5. Cholesterol is necessary for brain cells to form communication synapses.

References: (Not all are listed, but they are available by request.)

1. Rosch PJ. Cholesterol does not cause coronary heart disease in contrast to stress. Scand Cardiovasc J. 2008 Aug;42(4):244-9.
2. Ravnskov U, Rosch PJ, Houston MC. Should we lower cholesterol as much as possible? BMJ2006;332:1330-1332.
3. Ravnskov U. Should medical science ignore the past? BMJ 2008;337:a1681.
4. Krumholz HM, et al. JAMA 1994;272(17):1335-1340.
5. Weverling AW, et al. Lancet 1997;18(9085):1119-23.

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Sudden Cardiac Death with ADD Medications, Chiropractic & Nutrition a Natural Option

Monday, October 12th, 2009

A recent report on CBS Health Watch Warns About Sudden Cardiac Death Being Caused by Common Medications Prescribed for ADD/ADHD

Dr. Peter Osborne, Diplomate with the American Clinical Board of NutritionDoctor Osborne’s Comment

I have been saying for years that medications like ritalin and adderall are nothing more than cocaine for children.  Let’s take a look at the facts surrounding ADD and ADHD.

Diagnosing ADD/ADHD has no definitive testing protocol.  The diagnosis is typically based on opinion of teachers, parents, and doctors.  In the last 60 years, we went from a few thousand to more than 4 million prescriptions given annually for children with this condition.  Further more, Ritalin and Adderall have not been shown to improve grade performance at school, but this is commonly touted as on of the main reasons for their use.   As a matter of fact, Ritalin and Adderall work on the same neural receptors as cocaine and are classified as schedule II agents because of their potential for abuse.  Common side effects include:

  • sudden cardiac death
  • abdominal pain
  • insomnia
  • delayed growth
  • anxiety
  • nervousness
  • agitation
  • hallucinations
  • weight loss
  • increased heart rate
  • addiction
U.S. consumption of food colors alone 100 million pounds (13-15 gm/day)
Artificial food colors, flavorings, and preservatives(benzoates, nitrates, and sulfites.
Anticaking agents – aluminosilicates
Synthetic antioxidants – BHA, BHT
Bleaching agents – hydrogen peroxide
Shannon in 1922 studies found 30-50% of children improved after an elimination diet
Feingold (1200 pediatric case studies)
Studies not repeated with success in U.S.
Studies conducted in the U.S. sponsored by the Nutrition Foundation, a corporate food lobby group.
Studies repeated with success in Europe
Review of 14 studies by Schardt
ADHD + asthma, eczema, irritability, sleep disturbances, food allergies, or other severe behavioral disorders was in part made better by removing additives from the diet

Common Chemicals in our Food:

Let’s take a look at some dietary and nutritional contributions to ADD/ADHD.  U.S. consumption of food colors alone 100 million pounds (13-15 gm/day).  These chemicals have been linked to abnormal behavioral problems in children.  Other common chemicals shown to affect behavior that are commonly found in many foods are artificial flavorings, and preservatives(benzoates, nitrates, and sulfites, anticaking agents – aluminosilicates, synthetic antioxidants – BHA, BHT, and bleaching agents – hydrogen peroxide.  These ingredients are found in some very common foods such as:
  1. Breakfast cereals
  2. Yogurt
  3. Lunch meats
  4. Breads
  5. Pasta
  6. Flavored Beverages (Gatorade, Soda, etc)
  7. Dried fruits
  8. Candy and gum
  9. Canned fruits and vegetables
  10. Salad dressings and marinades

A number of research studies have found that diet changes improve behavior.  The list below is only a small sample:

  1. Shannon in 1922 studies found that 30-50% of children improved after an elimination diet.
  2. Dr. Feingold (1200 pediatric case studies) showing that eliminating artificial colors and flavorings improved behavior.
  3. A 1979 study by in New York City showed that reducing the sugar content of the school feeding program increased district test scores by 15.7% over a 4 year period.
  4. a 1997 study found an association between provoking foods and increased brain electrical activity leading to ADHD like symptoms.
  5. A 1991 review on the implementation of nutrient dense foods into the diet of school aged children found that conduct, intelligence, and academic performance all improved.
  6. A 1986 study discusses how diet effects the production of neurotransmitters.
  7. Review of 14 studies by Schardt revealed the following:  ADHD, asthma, eczema, irritability, sleep disturbances, food allergies, and other severe behavioral disorders were made better by removing additives from the diet.

What You Can Do:

  1. Eliminate processed and packaged foods with artificial ingredients from your child’s diet.
  2. Have your child allergy tested using blood tests that measure delayed reactions.
  3. Test your child for nutritional deficiencies as these can disrupt how the body is able to produce the nerve chemicals responsible for communication in the body.
  4. Educate your child about the importance of nutrition and how it effects their health.
  5. Take your child to the chiropractor to help rule out nerve interference as a contributing factor to their symptoms.

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Kids Damaged by Drugs on a Regular Basis

Kids damaged by drugs on a regular basis

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Toxic labelMore than half a million U.S. children yearly have bad reactions or side effects from widely used medicines that require medical treatment and sometimes hospitalization.

Children younger than age 5 are most commonly affected. Penicillin and other prescription antibiotics are among drugs causing the most problems, including rashes, stomach aches and diarrhea.

Parents should pay close attention when their children are started on medicines since “first-time medication exposures may reveal an allergic reaction,” said lead author Dr. Florence Bourgeois, a pediatrician with Children’s Hospital in Boston.

Doctors also should tell parents about possible symptoms for a new medication, she said.

Source: Associated Press and the Medical Journal Pediatrics October 2009.


Dr. Peter Osborne, Diplomate with the American Clinical Board of NutritionDr. Osborne’s Comment

This study simply eludes to a much greater problem that American health care is facing.  The medicine doctors give very commonly does more damage than good.  A study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1997 analyzed the number of deaths caused by the proper use of medicines and surgical procedures.  The alarming conclusion was that more than 100,000 deaths per year were caused by the medical treatments themselves.  That makes medicine the fourth leading cause of death in the United States!  Looking at this scenario objectively analyze the following:  Heart disease, cancer, and stroke are the top three leading causes of death in this country.  Mainstream medicine treats these conditions with drugs and various other surgical procedures.  Drugs and surgical procedures are the fourth leading cause of death.  Do you follow the logic?  How is this type of healthcare ever going to stop contributing to bankrupting the nation?

The solution to this problem is quite simple.  Educate yourself about food and nutrition.  Stay active to stay healthy.  The central core of good health revolves around these issues.  If you ignore them, you will be more predisposed to developing illnesses that lead you into mainstream medicine’s failing model of sick care.

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