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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Monk Was Right - It's A Jungle Out There!


    One of my all-time favorite television programs is “Monk.” Adrian Monk, the character played by actor Tony Shalhoub, is a brilliant police detective who has been sidelined from the San Francisco Police Department over the issue of his obsessive-compulsive disorder. His psychiatric problems developed in the wake of the tragic loss of his beloved wife, Trudy. His whole world disintegrated with her death, and now he copes by trying to keep everything around him as clean and orderly as possible. Beyond possible, actually, which makes for some pretty hilarious antics as he consults on puzzling crimes for the SFPD.
    Monk is very gifted as a crime-solver, but he is also a major hypochondriac and almost completely self-absorbed. He requires a full-time assistant to help him safely engage the contaminated and disorderly world around him. One of her main jobs is to keep him supplied with sanitary wipes because, as that great Randy Newman theme song declares, “it’s a jungle out there!”

Newman sings,
    People think I'm crazy, 'cause I worry all the time
    If you paid attention, you'd be worried too.
    You better pay attention or this world we love so much
    Might just kill you


Monk theme song, "It's A Jungle Out There"  

 
    Truthfully, I think Mr. Monk may be on to something, OCD or not.  I’ve suspected for some time now that I really could no longer eat with the same reckless disregard for nutritional content and calories that I did when I was younger. So I started reading up on nutrition and healthy eating. I also found lots of interesting lectures and documentaries to watch on Youtube.  And you know what? Mr. Monk was right - it’s a jungle out there!

    Did you know, for example, that modern wheat is the crack cocaine of food?  According to Dr. William Davis, author of Wheat Belly, we’re not eating the same wheat our grandparents did. Today’s version of wheat - which is found in practically all processed foods now - is actually an appetite stimulant. Two slices of whole wheat bread, like the ones in your low-fat turkey sandwich, will raise your blood sugar higher than a Snickers bar. A SNICKERS BAR, FOR PETE’S SAKE!  Come on! Like me, you’ve been eating whole wheat bread trying to be healthy.  Only it turns out that this so-called “healthy whole wheat” is not so good for you.  In fact, it’s probably the reason you’ve been packing on the pounds, no matter how much you exercise and pay attention to your diet. 

    Dr. Davis, a cardiologist, advised his diabetic-prone patients to try eliminating wheat from their diet. Those who complied began to report significant weight loss of 20 and 30 pounds or more in the first few months. Patients experienced plenty of other health benefits, too. Symptoms of acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome disappeared. Energy and focus improved. They slept better. Skin rashes cleared up. Rheumatoid arthritis pain improved. Asthma improved or disappeared entirely.  His diabetic patients became non-diabetics primarily by eliminating a “healthy food,” namely wheat, from their diet.

    Well, if we can't trust the wheat, at least we can count on clean drinking water, right? Most American cities add fluoride to the public drinking water because it’s supposed to prevent tooth decay.  However, according to research done by Dr. Russell Blaylock, a board certified neurosurgeon and wellness advocate, the early evidence did not show that adding fluoride to drinking water made any difference. In 1945, social engineers selected two Michigan test cities, Grand Rapids and Muskegon, to promote the idea of fluoridating the public’s drinking water. Grand Rapids got the fluoridation, Muskegon did not. Even before the testing was completed, it was gleefully announced that the amount of dental cavities in Grand Rapids had dropped 30 to 60%.  What they didn’t bother to tell anyone, however, was that the results were similar in Muskegon, which did not get the fluoridated water.  The decrease in cavities should have been attributed to the improved diet being enjoyed throughout the world at that time, not to water fluoridation. In fact, later testing has shown that fluoride is more likely to weaken dental enamel than to harden it. Not to mention that it accumulates in the body as a toxin.  You know, like arsenic.

    What we know today about about fluoridating water, per Dr. Blaylock, is that it increases the cancer risk. His estimate is that cancer rates are up by 10% since we started fluoridating water. Yet, incredibly, U.S. policy makers and governing bodies continue to insist that the public’s water must be fluoridated. Why? So our corpses won’t have any cavities? 

Fluoride’s Deadly Secret  

 
    Cancer treatment options are yet another mine field to be navigated by too many of us
. If you should develop cancer, God forbid, you will only be advised in the United States about surgery, radiation and chemotherapy - and two of the three are carcinogenic, i.e. “cancer causing,” therapies. Does that seem to any one like the best approach?  Cancer research fund raisers are all based on the appeal that if we pump enough money into research, scientists will eventually find a drug that will cure cancer once and for all. That would be outstanding, to be sure. Yet documented cancer cures have been available for over seventy-five years. If you don’t believe me, read about people like Dr. Max Gerson, who was healing terminal cancer and other diseases in Germany prior to Hitler’s rise to power and World War II. There’s Dr. Tullio Simoncini, an Italian oncologist who more recently observed that all cancer seems to originate from fungii (candida albicans). He had great success in the 1980s treating cancer by introducing a solution of inexpensive sodium bicarbonate (aka “baking soda”) directly into the area of a cancerous tumor.  When he presented his findings, however, they were ignored by the Italian medical establishment. They even disbarred Dr. Simoncini from practicing medicine at that time, and he was practically laughed out of Italy. Why? For using “a therapy that hadn’t been approved by the authorities.” I bet he cured cancer on the sabbath, too.

Read about Dr. Simoncini’s work


    Unfortunately, at least for drug companies, these inexpensive, natural cancer treatments can’t be patented and sold for huge profits. Let’s face it, treating cancer is a huge business. Where is any incentive, then, for conventional medical practitioners caught up in the machinations of the cancer industry to acknowledge and further develop the pioneering work of successful cancer healers? I’m afraid there is much more zeal in the corporate world to protect financial interests than there is to actually cure cancer.

Watch the documentary, "Cancer: The Forbidden Cures" 

     What a fine mess we're in! Our wheat is addictive, our water is poisonous, and accepted cancer treatments are cancer causing.  Just how is the average person supposed to navigate the treacherous path to a healthy lifestyle, given all the obstacles? Well, if you’re trying to lose weight, try losing the wheat. If you want safe drinking water, write your congressman - and switch to carrot juice. Pray that you and your loved ones never develop a life-threatening cancer.  And do your level best to take good care of your earth suit, because Monk was right the whole time -  it IS a jungle out there!

Lynn DeShazo