It's your call

I was in the outback of Belize recently, between the Caribbean and the mountainous inland. There is nothing there but farms, cows, and chickens. As I bumped along the pothole road, I noticed a peasant woman in the distance with the usual load on her back. Her head was twisted in a peculiar fashion. My diagnosis: congenital cervical scoliosis. As I passed her, I discovered the real cause of her distorted posture - she was talking on a cell phone.

It is remarkable how fast the cell phone caught on. Tens of millions of people use them. It seems to me that if they were a danger to health, we would have evidence of it by now. However, there is always the fear of long-term exposure with today's children. Will something turn up after 40 years of jabbering on the infernal things? Probably not, as there is not a particle of evidence to indict them.

Even the Washington Post, in an unusual burst of sanity and reason regarding suits against the cell phone industry editorialized:

"Here is a case in which a trial lawyer goes after an industry that produces gadgets people love and that is central to the high-tech future. He goes after it claiming not that the industry definitely has caused harm but that it may do so. The lawyer seeks to punish the industry by assembling millions of unconsulted consumers into a vast 'class' and demanding a remedy that makes no sense."

The Luddites, the lawyers, the Greenies, and other environmentalist con men see another mother lode here. If they can successfully loot the tobacco industry, the asbestos industry, the breast implant industry, cripple the state of California, and even loot the Swiss banks, why not the cellular phone companies?

Soy industry milks consumers

I have sounded off on soy on a number of occasions. The selling of soy as a substitute for animal fat and animal protein, because of its higher profit margin, is a crime against the American people, especially children, who need animal fat for neurological and brain development and animal protein for normal growth.

Soy is an equal-opportunity oppressor of the health and well-being of all Americans. These days, it's found in practically everything. The objective is to literally eliminate meat and animal fat from the human diet. Ugh, what a future we face: Stop the world and let me OFF!

Excess soy intake causes deficiencies in a wide array of nutrients, one of which is calcium. The soy sellers tacitly admit this, as they now "fortify" their soy drinks with a calcium salt. Cow's milk contains 300 milligrams of calcium per serving. Unfortified soy "milk" contains about 10 milligrams of calcium per serving, which is, for all practical purposes, none. So don't fall for the false labeling on the soy carton that claims the product has an amount of calcium equivalent to cow's milk. It may be true as far as actual quantities are concerned, but the calcium added, called tricalcium phosphate, cannot be effectively absorbed by the body.

Researchers from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, who reported their study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, confirm what I have been telling you.

Dr. Robert Heaney, chief author of the study, said, "It's not possible for consumers to know exactly how much calcium their body is absorbing based on nutrition labels." He contends that the soy manufacturers' decision to use this particular salt is generally based on taste, shelf life, and how well the salt dissolves into the product, not how well the calcium salt is absorbed by the consumer.

It is recommended that adults consume between 1,000 milligrams and 1,500 milligrams of calcium per day to reduce their risk of osteoporosis and other diseases related to inadequate calcium intake. Dairy products, such as milk and cheese, account for about 70 percent of calcium sources in the U.S. diet. Calcium supplements do not prevent osteoporosis, and drinking them dissolved in soy juice doesn't help either.

Researchers agree that calcium-fortified soy "milk" does not constitute a calcium source comparable to cow's milk. And adequate calcium is not the entire story in osteoporosis prevention: You also need magnesium, zinc, and iron to even come close to anything resembling prevention. So throwing in calcium salt will not solve the problem, since the soy milk is also deficient, compared to real milk, in magnesium, zinc, and iron.

And your best source of these essential nutrients? The natural, unpasteurized, unhomogenized milk of the cow.