Fall Edition 2000
Your Body’s Many Cries for Water
F. Batmanghelidj, M.D.
Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, M.D. is a graduate of St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School of London University. Dr. Batmanghelidj discovered the healing powers of water 17 years ago when he was serving time as a political prisoner in an Iranian jail. He successfully treated 3,000 fellow prisoners with the only medication he possessed – water. Since his prison experience, he has focused his full-time attention on dehydration-produced health problems in the body. His discovery has helped hundreds of thousands of people suffering from a variety of pains and degenerative diseases regain their health.
I enjoyed reading Dr. Batmanghelidj’s book, for I could feel his commitment and enthusiasm in his writings. Dr. Batmanghelidj includes mechanisms of action on how water heals, examples of how drinking water helped heal many of his patients, and powerful testimonials from his patients. Among the many conditions he has sucessfully treated are preventing and reversing premature aging and elimination of pain, including heartburn, back pain, arthritis, colitis, angina, and migraine headaches. He sites the cure of asthma in a few days, naturally and forever. Water can also cure hypertension without diuretics or other medication, and it can help patients lose weight effortlessly and naturally, without strict dieting.
We need to remember to drink 8-10 glasses of plain water daily.
Winter Edition 2000
BEAUTY TO DIE FOR, The Cosmetic Consequence
by Judi Vance
As most of you know, I am constantly searching for "the best" oral hygiene products to recommend to you. This is the first resource I have seen that attempts to list chemicals and simplify how they may affect us. I have been using this book diligently as a reference and shopping guide.
The author, Judi Vance, became very ill in 1984, and because no one seemed to be able to help her, she embarked upon self-study and research. Her studies led her to poisons and eventually to the realization that she was poisoning herself with the various cosmetics and personal care products she was using. The author’s health improved steadily as she modified her lifestyle.
Vance describes how the contents in products that we use on the external part of our body can affect all of us. Our skin and especially the membranes in our mouth do absorb chemicals with possibly far-reaching effects.
You will find recipes for various products that can be easily made, thus enabling the consumer to have control over the ingredients. It is a valuable section. I highly recommend this book.
You may order by calling 1-800-231-1776
Summer Edition 2000
How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 Houseplants that purify your Home or Office
By B.C. Wolverton
Clean air is a basic requirement for good healthy. NASA was faced with the task of creating a life support system for extended living in space and began extensive studies on treating and recycling air. After 25 years of research, NASA figured out the best way to combat indoor air pollution is with plants. It makes sense. There are beautiful color pictures of various species, and plants are rated according to their effectiveness in the removal of specific airborne toxins. All plants are not created equal. The author’s ratings on ease of cultivation, susceptibility to insect infestation, and transpiration (humidification) rate allow the reader to select the “right” plants. I highly recommended this book that is easy to read and understand.
Spring Edition 2000
Excitotoxins The Taste that Kills
By Russell L. Blaylock, M.D.
A friend and fellow holistic medical practitioner recently told me that if I am concerned about chemicals in our food, I might want to educate myself on excitotoxins. He was right. Dr. Blaylock’s book opened my eyes. Excitotoxins are chemicals that are ad (Nutrasweet), cysteine, hydrolyzed protein, and aspartic acid. With the advent of processed foods and diet foods that have been stripped of fats and sugars, foods are not tasting as good as they should. That’s where excitotoxins enter the picture. What most consumers do not know is that these food additives are potentially damaging to brain cells.
The first part of the book may require slower reading for someone without a science background in anatomy and biochemistry. It does require concentration and rereading. I believe it is well worth it, for once Dr. Blaylock presents his case, it makes sense and is very convincing. Dr. Blaylock convincingly argues that excitotoxins can affect a human through all states of life. Later in life, these chemicals may contribute to the neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s dementia, Huntington’s diseases, and ALS, diseases that modern day medicine does not have a cure or prevention program. Could this be why we are hearing more about these ailments than in previous decades where processed foods were limited?
This is a book that I wish I had read sooner. I have become more vigilant in looking at what I eat that is processed. I advise family, friends, and patients that minor changes in their diet may have major positive effects in their health as they enter the “golden years”.
Published by Health Press - Paperback that lists for $17.95
Fall Edition 2000
The Metabolic Typing Diet
By William Wolcott
Have you tried a number of diets with unsuccessful results? Based on research information from quite a few years ago, William Wolcott convincingly writes of how there is no one diet that fits all. Wolcott believes that following a diet that matches your genetic predisposition will improve digestion, circulation, immunity, energy and mood. The diet does not just measure a single fixed variable such as your blood type or body type. It takes into account many different types of biochemical or metabolic variables, which are subject to continual change over the course of your life. The readers can take and retake a 65-question test then place themselves in one of three categories: protein type, carbohydrate type, or mixed type.
The message the author sends is a good one. We all need to listen to our bodies. After we eat a meal, we need to observe how our body reacts to the food, even hours later. I also believe, like William Wolcott, that the human body can heal itself if given the right raw materials.
I highly recommend this book. Wolcott presents in an easy to read style, refreshing ideas on how we could make food work for and not against us.
REAL AGE - Are You As Young As You Can Be?
By Michael F. Roizen
This #1 New York Times bestseller sends a great message. Unlike the common belief that aging is mostly under the control of our genes, “inherited genetics accounts for less than 30 percent of all aging effects, and the importance of genetic inheritance matters less and less the older your calendar age.”
Roizen states that no one really knows why we age. One theory is “our bodies eventually build up so many toxins and other waste products that our systems begin to shut down.” In a further elaboration of this hypothesis, many scientists believe that this waste buildup can even affect the structure of our genes.
One of our concerns is that dental materials may contribute to a toxic load in the body. It is hard to believe that it is acceptable to place some of the most toxic materials such as mercury in the mouth. The food we eat and the air we breathe pass over these materials and the heat, acids, bases and compressive forces accelerate the release of these toxic elements.
The three most important factors that affect aging, according to Roizen, are:
Aging of the arteries – It is clearly shown by medical research that periodontal disease can increase the incidence of cardiovascular disease. This is probably why the author states that flossing regularly can make your real age as much as 6.4 years younger!!
Aging of the immune system – Although not discussed by the author, there have been numerous studies that show mercury can reduce the immune system efficiency which, in turn, could shorten a person’s life span. Hidden infections within the mouth can also cause stress on the immune systems until these problems are eliminated. You can see the anecdotal evidence of this in some of the testimonials in our newsletters. Many patients report improvement in seemingly unrelated areas of health when infected teeth are removed from the mouth. In many cases, these patients exhibited no pain.
Social and environmental factors – Roizen defines this area as how we react to our environment biologically, psychologically and socially. He feels that 80% to 90% of cancers are linked to environmental causes. Here again, we can see how concerns in the oral cavity definitely impact this area. Mercury used in amalgams are so toxic, it is not legal for the dentist to dispose of the leftover filling in the wastepaper basket. It is a given that mercury affects humans both biologically and psychologically. Bad breath and an unsightly dental appearance will certainly affect a person on both the psychological and social levels.
Charts appear in the book so readers can calculate their Real Age. Dr. Roizen claims it may be possible for a person to gain up to 25 years of Real Age when everything is perfect. The book is entertaining and full of suggestions and statistics. For me, it’s a bargain at the list price of $25.95.
The Body Electric
by Robert O. Becker, M.D., and Gary Seldon
I was told this book was must reading for someone like myself who wanted to know more about electrical energy and healing. The first three parts of this book, 225 pages, are about Dr. Becker’s journey as a scientist and the fascinating discoveries on the healing potential of the human body. Dr. Becker details descriptions of experiments on laboratory animals. These early chapters were not easy to read for me.
The last part of the book was much easier reading. Here, Dr. Becker moved me to think outside the box about the potential effects on the human body from invisible energy fields. Chapter 14, explains how the earth’s electromagnetic activity can have a profound effect on all life on earth. In Chapter 15, however, Dr. Becker invites us to ponder how artificial energies, especially from the defense department and the communications networks, are interacting in such a complex fashion that it may be near to impossible to know how it is impacting life on the planet.
Dr. Becker urges us to keep an open mind. He summarizes it best in the last paragraph of his book. “I’ve taken the trouble to recount my experience in detail for two reasons. Obviously, I want to tell people about it because it makes me furious. More important, I want the general public to know that science isn’t run the way they read about it in the newspapers and magazines. I want lay people to understand that they cannot automatically accept scientists’ pronouncements at face value, for too often, they’re self-serving and misleading. I want our citizens, nonscientists as well as investigators, to work to change the way research is administered. The way it’s currently funded and evaluated, we’re learning more and more about less and less, and science is becoming our enemy instead of our friend.”
As a dental practitioner I share Dr. Becker’s stance that any form of research should be open to careful scrutiny. I try to keep abreast of research in dentistry through professional reading, conferences, and collaboration with colleagues at continuing education classes.