1. The hidden toxin behind autoimmune disease in women

    The dangerous way to ease hot flashes

    Soy isn't a food -- it's a dangerous unregulated drug, and most people are getting dosed with it at every meal.

    We should be getting ZERO soy, but instead the mainstream is busily trying to cook up ways to sell us MORE -- like the new study that claims it can reduce the number of hot flashes during menopause.

    Does it work? Barely -- and even that's debatable.

    In a review of 19 studies involving a combined 1,200 women, researchers claim that soy in any number of forms -- from nauseating soy "milk" to nasty old tofu -- offered minor improvements in the frequency and severity of hot flashes.

    But the only reason it MIGHT work at all is what I've said all along: Soy is a hormone, not a food -- specifically it's a plant version of estrogen.

    Soy backers grudgingly admit this is true, but they've always claimed it's so weak it doesn't have any estrogen-like effects inside the body.

    Sounds to me like they're trying to have it both ways on this. On the one hand, it's too weak to affect the body. On the other, it's so strong it can reduce hot flash frequency and severity in ways that we know estrogen can.

    Which is it gentlemen?

    But it's a moot point anyway, because the last thing anyone needs -- even women who really do need more estrogen -- is fluctuating doses of female hormones from soy.

    Soy can wreak havoc on the immune systems of women and disrupt or damage the adrenal, thyroid, and pituitary glands in men and women alike (and let's not forget that it can give even a "manly man" his very own set of boobs).

    Ladies, if you're looking to beat "the change," you might need some estrogen -- but stick with tried-and-true hormone therapy from an experienced naturopathic physician.

  2. The creepy-crawly way to beat MS

    Fair warning: This one's going to get gross.

    Researchers around the world have been testing parasitic worms as a treatment for multiple sclerosis -- and as crackpot as that may sound, the early word is pretty promising.

    In one new study, researchers in Wisconsin gave five MS patients a sports drink laced with about 2,500 pig whipworm eggs.

    I'm told it tasted "salty."

    (Hey, I warned you, didn't I?)

    But there was nothing icky about the results: The researchers say four of the five patients had fewer of the telltale lesions in the brain when worms were living in the belly.

    And when the worms died, the MS lesions came back.

    If the idea of swallowing worm eggs isn't enough to give you the willies, a research team in Europe is working with hookworms, which burrow into the skin and crawl through your body until they reach the stomach.

    Since these worms start in the shoulder, that's quite a journey... but this one may also end in MS relief.

    Like I said, this is disgusting stuff -- but once you get past the "yuck factor" I don't see much of a downside here, especially when you compare worms to meds.

    One of the drugs recently approved for the condition, Ampyra, is actually bird poison -- and if that's not frightening enough, one of its side effects is an MS relapse.

    Other drugs aren't much better, and ultimately can leave you far more miserable than the disease ever will.

    Worms, on the other hand, are just worms -- and in most cases, your own immune system will keep them in check, even if it can't do much for the accompanying heebie-jeebies.

    But before you turn to worms -- and certainly before you try meds -- make sure you really have MS, because you wouldn't believe how often docs get it wrong.

    I have a full list of common conditions that can mimic this disease in my Douglass Report newsletter, and if you're a subscriber you can read all about it the June 2010 issue.

    If you're not a subscriber and you've been diagnosed with MS, sign up today -- and find out what you REALLY have.

  3. The beginning of the end for mercury fillings

    All that jibber-jabber from the FDA about the safety of mercury fillings is about to come crashing down -- because now, one of the agency's own panels wants a second opinion.
  4. Vitamin D reduces cancer risk

    Studies have shown time and again that if there's one nutrient you don't want to be without, it's vitamin D. Here are a few of the reasons why…
  5. One new reason to be a fan of tryptophan

    However, tryptophan is one of only a few of these substances that the body doesn't naturally produce. We MUST get it through diet, or we don't get it at all.

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