Archive for April 22nd, 2011

“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information” (TM)

There’s SO much need for information. SO many people are ill because they are NOT getting the real knowledge they need to make good decisions about their Health. Why is this? A lot has to do with Big Pharma slamming the doors on open-knowledge through America’s FDA (Federal Drug Administration) enforcement channels. Now there’s a ray of hope!

Dr. Robert Rowen, MD reports:

The Free Speech About Science (FSAS) Act – HR1364.

Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah designed this bill to protect your access to scientific information. It amends the current FDA law to allow  legitimate scientific and educational information attached to supplements.

It still permits the FDA and FTC the right to take action against false and misleading information, but that is appropriate.

The FDA should have never had any ability to take action against truthful statements, but it has been doing that. To most people, that’s a blatant violation of the First Amendment (and it should have been halted long ago)¬† but Big Pharma is the most important lobbying group and usually gets what it wants. That’s why YOU have to help[ this Bill survive!

Dr. Rowen says: “This is a small but important step in medical freedom. In my opinion, the FDA acts more as the enforcing arm of Big Pharma, than a protector of the people. Currently, Big Pharma grabs billions in blood money profits from its false and fraudulent studies. And the FDA recalls or stops these poisons only after the drug companies have made their “killing.” But if you were to make a truthful statement about a non-patented natural substance, you’ll get fined and possibly jailed.”

“The only way for Pharma to stay in business with inferior and dangerous products is to maintain its monopoly on disease maintenance.”

I’m not sure why, but at the moment, the Bill is in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce (I guess it’s there because it’s about “sales”, rather than Health).

If any of your state Representatives serve on this committee, please urge them to take up the Bill. Otherwise, it will likely never get out of Committee. To find out who serves on this panel and how to contact them, please visit this website: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/committee.xpd?id=HSIF .

Now, on to VANADIUM.

Most people have never heard the word, but Vanadium is a crucial mineral for diabetics.

Patrick Quillin, PhD, RD, CNS says in his book, “The Diabetes Improvement Program”, that vanadium is low in the American food chain as AgriBusiness does not replace it in the soil. Factory farms just tend to rape the land and put very little back into it.

Buying standard, non-organic food will likely leave you with only 10 – 60 mcg (micrograms, NOT milligrams) of vanadium in your food, daily. Organic food usually comes from better amended and naturally-amended soil, so it should have higher values.

When non-insulin dependent diabetics were given 100 mcg of Vanadyl sulfate a day, their blood sugar levels fell by 14%. That’s substantial.


Toxicity to vanadyl sulfate may begin at 130 mcg (that is, at 1.3mg), so be aware of that when choosing supplements OR when combining foods to excess.

Hypoglycemics (those who have bouts with LOW blood sugar) should NOT supplement with vanadium.

Diabetics must confer and co-ordinate with their physician if using vanadium supplements, as they will mimic insulin, to a degree, and affect dosage of your medications.

Vanadium supplements should NOT be given to children.

People with kidney disease or low white blood cell counts also should NOT take vanadium supplements.

If you take warfarin, coumadin, heparin or aspirin, talk to your physician before taking vanadium supplements.


When using moderate, average amounts in food, people would have a hard time overdosing. Vanadium rich foods are seaweeds* and sea vegetables*, healing mushrooms (shitake, maitake), walnuts, shellfish from clean waters, dill, parsley, some whole grains and black pepper.

Vanadium is not well absorbed by our body (only about 5% of what is ingested) and chromium and iron help increase absorbability.

The website at http://whfoods.org states:

” As part of their natural defense mechanisms, sea vegetables contain a variety of enzymes called haloperoxidases. These enzymes all require vanadium in order to function. Although this mineral is not as well known as some of the other mineral nutrients, it appears to play a multi-faceted role in regulation of carbohydrate metabolism and blood sugar. While research in this area is still in the preliminary stage and remains mixed in terms of results, vanadium may help to increase our body’s sensitivity to insulin by inhibiting a group of enzymes called protein tyrosine phosphatases. It may also help us decrease our body’s production of glucose and help us increase our body’s ability to store starch in the form of glycogen. ”

Take daily steps towards Health and Knowledge.

Best to all — Em


University of Maryland Medical Center

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