1. The herb that's 42 times better for you than an apple

    Are you getting enough salt?

    Talk about scare tactics-the high-blood-pressure Gestapo is working to convince us that the slightest shake of salt on our food is going to send us to an early grave. They're recommending daily intake quantities that are likely to rob every ounce of flavor from the food we enjoy. Don't stand for it!

    Salt, or, more accurately, sodium, is a vital mineral in the human diet. It is the main component of the body's extracellular fluids and carries nutrients to and from cells. Sodium also causes the body to retain water that is needed to perform numerous chemical processes, maintains blood pH, and helps regulate muscle, nerve, and stomach functions.

    Several studies have proven the benefits of dietary salt. In the spring of 1995, a report on the results of a four-year study suggested a link between a low-salt diet and higher risk of heart attack. It was published in Hypertension, a journal of the American Heart Association.

    Inconclusive results, found by researchers at the University of Toronto (after studying the effect of sodium on blood pressure in 3,505 subjects) suggest that there is a need to reevaluate the entire concept of low-sodium diets. In light of emerging evidence that a low-sodium diet may actually be harmful to some individuals, the researchers said, the objective of universal dietary sodium restrictions should be reevaluated.

    The former president of the American Heart Association, Dr. Suzanne Oparil, agrees. Her personal view is that the government may have been too quick to recommend that everyone cut back. "Salt restriction as a solitary recommendation for the population for the prevention or treatment of hypertension is not a powerful weapon and is probably not worth the trouble," she said.

    According to Oparil, the link between high blood pressure and sodium intake first surfaced about 50 years ago--when studies indicated that hypertension was rare in countries with low-salt diets. But salt isn't the only factor in blood pressure levels. So long as you are getting enough calcium, potassium, and magnesium, there's no apparent reason to cut back on salt unless, of course, you just don't like it.

    Today, some researchers believe that low-salt diets may actually be dangerous. One theory holds that people with high blood pressure are at greater risk for heart attacks if their kidneys produce excess levels of the enzyme renin. A low-salt diet causes renin levels to increase.

    Expect the experts to be duking this out for years to come.

    The only salt worthy of your consideration is sea salt from a clean seabed. Don't be fooled: If the label says "U.S. crude salt" it doesn't mean the contents are pure. Crude salt is unrefined industrial salt. It may be unrefined, but it has been mined from a source that is most likely heavily contaminated with heavy metals. Sea salt is the only option.

    To be a sea salt worthy of your family, it must meet all three of the following criteria:

    1) The salt will not be the snow-white variety you're used to. It should be light gray in color. After sitting for a time, the color at the bottom of the container will be darker. If the salt is crystal white, it may be sea salt but it has been treated and fractionated to rid it of impurities and, at the same time, this rids it of essential minerals. If it is not light gray, it is not a nutritious salt.

    2) Legitimate sea salt is not dry to the touch. It should be a little soggy. The moistness is due to the presence of magnesium salts. When kept in cool storage, it doesn't dry out.

    3) The crystals, under magnification, are small and cubic.

    Finding pure sea salt can be rather difficult. There are plenty of products out there claiming to be "pure" but, unfortunately, they have almost all been tampered with to some degree. I have only been able to find one source that I trust--The Grain and Salt Society in Ashville, North Carolina. They can be reached at (800) 867-7258 or on the Internet at

  2. Artificial sweeteners linked to brain tumors

    Artificial sweeteners linked to brain tumors

    Let me give you fair warning that I'm about to traduce (I think it means "to verbally beat the hell out of") aspartame. I know I've talked about it before, but after reading a 1,000-page book called Aspartame Disease by H.J. Roberts, M.D., I'm more fired up about it now than I've ever been. The massive introduction of this neurotoxin into the food supply is nothing less than biological warfare against every single one of us, and the only acceptable solution is to ban it from the food chain.

    Dr. Roberts doesn't waste any time listing some powerful reasons for you to avoid this neurotoxin. I'm going to paraphrase them for lack of space (my apologies to Dr. Roberts), but I'm sure you'll get the idea.

    FDA in-house scientists, consultants for the General Accounting Office (one of the few trustworthy bureaus in the U.S. government), and a public board of inquiry all urged that aspartame not be approved for human consumption. Yet despite clear evidence that this neurotoxin induced brain tumors in experimental animals, the FDA head at the time ignored the facts that were right in front of his face and approved the chemical for public consumption.

    Did you know it's against the law to expose people to a drug found to induce cancer in experimental animals? (It's called the "Delaney Clause.") Doing so amounts to genocide and treason, both of which, as I understand it, are illegal.

    Anyway, instead of blacklisting the chemical with a "POISON!" sign like they should have, the perps down at the FDA stamped it with their coveted GRAS clearance. In case you're not familiar with the acronym, it means "generally regarded as safe." It gets my heart rate up just thinking about applying such a misleading term to something as UNSAFE as aspartame. It's like impersonating a police officer or slipping razor blades into candy bars.

    And let me tell you, that GRAS clearance has been aspartame's "get-out-of-jail-free card" on more than one occasion. Now, when a complaint comes in about a neurological disease or other serious reaction that appears to be aspartame-induced, the FDA blows it off as anecdotal and not worthy of further comment. After all, aspartame is a GRAS chemical - the FDA said so themselves.

    So if everything Roberts says is true, why haven't you heard about this scandal on the evening news, or read about it in the papers, or even been warned about it by your doctor? I'll tell you why: Professional organizations and their publications continue to suppress the truth about aspartame because they've all been bought off. In most cases, Big Pharma is behind such under-the-table deals, but in this case, the big food corporations are the culprits.

    All of the food giants use the inexpensive imposter in huge quantities in their products. How sweet it is - especially for the bottom line. That leaves them plenty of money to buy off anyone who might want to blow the whistle on their deadly little scam - and leaves most doctors as ignorant as their patients about the dangers of aspartame. And it makes even more sense when you find out that most of the studies "proving" the safety of aspartame were financed by - guess who? - the big food industry.

    I'll end with a statistic for you: 66 percent of adults and 40 percent of children consume products containing this toxin. (This statistic is from 2000, so I'm sure these percentages are higher by now - especially considering Bill Clinton's Diet Coke push in our public schools.)

    So is it any wonder that every single neurological disease is on the rise? Roberts doesn't think so. In the book, he lists hundreds of diseases he believes can be traced back to aspartame - and he explains the basis for his arguments. Obviously, I don't have the space to get into specifics here, so let's just look at the big picture.

    A toxin like aspartame goes to many different types of cells, but it seems to have a particular liking for the cells of the central and peripheral nervous systems. That means that the damage from aspartame can show up anywhere the nerves are - which, of course, is anywhere in the body. And because it attacks your body at the cellular level, it can cause any number of diseases. The collection of signs and symptoms will vary, but the diseases will still come back to one root cause - aspartame.

    The use of aspartame is as detrimental to your health as fluoride, chlorine, and soybean products. It's not easy to avoid, either. Aspartame is in hundreds of different colas, desserts, candies, and other junk foods. The only way to avoid it is to shop the supermarket periphery for your food - the meat and fish, dairy, and fresh fruits and vegetables. There are also many fine foods from Europe and the far East that come in cans and jars that don't contain the poisonous sugar substitute - tuna, meat and fish pates, muscles, clams - you get the idea. Yes, a lot of these foods are expensive, but let me tell you, your food is NOT the place to cut budget costs. It'll just drive your healthcare costs up in the future.

    No sugar is good sugar

    Some people argue that regular sugar is just as bad for you as sugar substitutes like NutraSweet and Equal. And in a sense, they're right. In time, taking in too much sugar can lead to diabetes, which will lead to heart disease, renal disease, peripheral vascular disease, diabetic retinitis (blindness), diabetic peripheral neuropathy, and the list goes on and on.

    But again, let's look at the big picture. What we're talking about here is a "lesser of evils." The best possible thing you could do for your body would be to eliminate any and all sugar from your diet. If you want to live to a healthy old age (key word here being "healthy"), you should extract your sweet tooth ASAP in order to avoid the laundry list of horrors I just mentioned.

    But like I said, we're talking about a lesser of evils here, so if you have a sweet tooth that just won't take "no" for an answer, consider using a sweetener that doesn't contain aspartame - like Stevia, cyclamate, or lo-han.

  3. The simplest way to slash your risk of heart attack in half (or more)

    Studies show remarkable results in heart attack and sudden death prevention from eating fish and taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements.
  4. The All-American tradition that could save your heart

    The Associated Press reported a highly significant finding on these ballpark staples: Hot dogs are actually good for you.
  5. Prevent Parkinson's disease with 2 all-natural wonder drugs…

    Despite the plethora of research on Parkinson's disease, progress toward finding a cure has been painfully slow…
  6. Why women can't live without testosterone

    But there is an even bigger threat to women's health, one that is often overlooked, misdiagnosed, or thought of as a primarily male problem.
  7. Two simple steps to keeping your balance at any age

    I've been critical of the weight-lifting and exercise crazes for a long time. The "body shops" are, for the most part, a sociological phenomenon…
  8. Relieve the symptoms of an enlarged prostate, naturally

    The history of using plant extracts to treat BPH dates back to descriptions written on an Egyptian papyrus 15 centuries before Christ.
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    I've been critical of the weight-lifting and exercise crazes for a long time. The "body shops" are, for the most part, a sociological phenomenon…
  10. Halt the pain and damage of osteoarthritis in just 24 hours

    I have recommended cod liver oil for 30 years. I always said that if it was good enough for my great grandmother Bell then it is good enough for you and me.

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