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  1. Teens caught sucking each other

    Kids just love their vampires these days.

    If you've been to the movies, a bookstore or even turned on the TV lately, you've probably seen some fanged creature engaging in its own form of penetration.

    Apart from the D.C. bloodsuckers who drain our bank accounts, vampires aren't real -- but that hasn't stopped young girls and their pale, wimpy boyfriends from playing a dangerous game of make-believe.

    You see, some youths love their fictional vampires so much that they're playing Dracula for real. They're actually biting each other so hard that they break the skin, and then they lick or suck up the blood.

    I could make an off-color joke here, but I don't want to distract you from the real issue -- and that's the fact that this is a dangerous and irresponsible habit that could lead to a lifetime of repercussions for your child or grandchild.

    Those rubber gloves healthcare workers put on before drawing blood aren't for show: Human blood can carry any number of pathogens -- from hepatitis B and C to HIV.

    The human mouth is also filthy and filled with bacteria -- especially the mouths of sweaty hormonal teens. Human mouths are dirtier than those of cats and dogs, which is why up to 15 percent of all human bite wounds become infected.

    I don't know how many kids are really playing vampire games, but MSNBC.com found a number of Web sites where teens boast of how much blood they suck and how wonderful it tastes and feels.

    And I'd be willing to bet many young couples intimate enough to suck each other's blood are probably engaging in other risky activities together as well.

    That's reason enough to drive a stake through the heart of this bad fad before it's too late.

  2. Bee propolis one, urologists zero

    Bee propolis one, urologists zero

    In the next issue of Real Health, I'm going to tell you all about an herbal treatment for benign prostate enlargement that performs better than the most common prescription. Of course, the pharmaceutical industry is working to ensure that doctors continue to dispense the prescription. You might think this is just one isolated case - our RESPONSIBLE medical community would NEVER push a prescription down our throats when an herbal supplement performs better, right? Hmmm

    A recent study compared a popular prescription drug, Zovirax, to an herbal supplement available in most health food stores, bee propolis. (Bee propolis is a waxy substance collected by honeybees.) Ninety men and women were randomly divided into three equally sized groups and treated with propolis, acyclovir (Zovirax) or placebo ointments. The results were impressive and heavily in favor of bee propolis. The outbreaks of 80 percent of people in the propolis group were completely healed in just 10 days, compared with only 4 percent in the acyclovir group and 40 percent in the placebo group.

    So how many urologists (the docs that treat most venereal diseases) do you suppose will not prescribe bee propolis instead of Zovirax? Probably only those with herpes themselves

    A shot in the dark

    In 1993, the NIH began an experiment on seven volunteers with hepatitis B. Everyone is eager to find a cure for this deadly disease, which kills millions. Before it was all said and done, four of the subjects had died of liver and kidney failure, prompting a Washington Post reporter covering the study to describe the disease as "maddeningly untreatable."

    But hepatitis B is NOT "maddeningly untreatable." In treating AIDS patients over ten years ago, I found that those with hepatitis B infection responded without exception to UV light therapy (photoluminescence). Keep in mind that these were patients with severely damaged immune systems, yet they consistently responded to UV light therapy. Yet this is rarely offered as an option in traditional medicine.

    So what's going on here? Why aren't they using a therapy that can save millions of lives, safely and cheaply? It's because of a strange blindness in the scientific mind that goes back throughout history, one that's mysterious and downright bizarre. Scientists-especially in medicine-have been mesmerized by what they think they know. Their cage of certitude is almost impenetrable, to the detriment of us all.

    By the way, one of the more imbecilic medical assaults on the American people in recent years is the drive to immunize children against hepatitis B. Assuming that the vaccine even works, your six-year-old child is not at risk. Transmission is through sex and intravenous drug use. These children are in more danger from the shot than from the disease.

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