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Colonoscopy: Is it Worth the Risk?

In the early spring of 2008, while researching the iatrogenic (related to medical treatments) causes of colorectal disorders, I wrote an essay entitled “Colonoscopy: Is it worth it?” It was based on the following crystal-clear statement-of-fact by the National Cancer Institute: “…it is not yet known for certain whether colonoscopy can help reduce the number of deaths from colorectal cancer.”

National Cancer Institute

The facts, figures, and conclusions presented in that essay were so appalling that I sent a private letter to Ms. Katie Couric — a principal driving force behind colonoscopy screenings in the United States — who has been claiming a complete opposite: “ In fact, it‘s [colon cancer] more than 90% curable — but only if you get tested in time.” Here is a copy of that letter:

Ms. Katie Couric
Anchor, Managing Editor
CBS Evening News
524 West 57th St.
New York, NY 10019

Tel. (212) 975-3247

Dear Ms. Couric,

I am the author of the enclosed book entitled Fiber Menace, and its matching web site FiberMenace.com. Along with other articles related to colorectal health, this site features an essay entitled “Colonoscopy: Is it worth it?” This essay outlines the considerable risks related to colonoscopies, their relative worthlessness, and provides a balanced and weighted approach regarding colon cancer screening and risk avoidance.

Once you have had an opportunity to review my book and site, you‘ll have a much better perspective on why you are receiving this letter, and why I am asking you for help. My request is very simple: please use your considerable influence to become an agent of change. Some very unscrupulous people have been using your grief, prominence, and position to promote colonoscopies and fiber for their own good, not for the good of you, your family, or your audience.

At present, you are the only person in the United States who can facilitate abrupt change and bring to an end this ruthless exploitation of unsuspecting Americans. Just like you, all these millions of people who are submitting themselves to unnecessary colonoscopies are someone else‘s mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, or sons and daughters.

Lets work together to stop this disaster. I realize how embarrassing it may be for your to reverse your position and to admit that you have been used, but it would be even more embarrassing if people without your best interest in mind used this information against you, against the NCCRA, and against your current and past employers.

I look forward to meeting you in New York at your earliest convenience. You may contact me at [my cell phone number] to arrange a meeting to discuss this matter further. I have eight years of extensive experience in live radio and some experience in television, and am an effective spokesperson for causes I choose to promote. With your kind help and participation, we can save countless lives, and prevent more cases of colon cancer and more tragedies than any other approach.

Please help me, help yourself, help your fellow Americans, please, please, please!.. Thank you in advance for considering my request.

Sincerely yours,

Konstantin Monastyrsky

To my astonishment, a seemingly sincere and caring Ms. Couric has never replied, so I’ve kept on digging this topic deeper and deeper. After identifying even more disturbing facts behind the relentless promotion of screening colonoscopies, I’ve produced an expanded version of the original report on video and released it in January of 2009.

Despite my considerable efforts to inform health reporters at major newspapers, magazines, wire services, and television stations about the dangers of screening colonoscopies outlined in my report, it was also ignored.

After failing to attract the attention of mainstream media, I prepared a video appeal and accompanying cover letter (below) to our newly elected president and submitted both to the WhiteHouse.gov website on March 23, 2009. After all, Mr. Obama at that time had been urging our active participation in the formation of public policy, and I had absolutely no reason to doubt his interest:

The President of The United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

March 23, 2009

Dear Mr. President,

Congratulations on becoming the President of the United States. Your election has become a tremendous source of inspiration to me, and the catalyst to become a public health advocate.

Your intention to transform our healthcare system has motivated me to challenge one of the most deadliest of medical dogmas — the necessity, safety, and alleged efficacy of screening colonoscopies.

This challenge is difficult to accomplish on my own because it adversely affects the reputations, careers, and the immense profits of influential individuals and entities in the mass media, business, and medicine that have been built on promoting colorectal cancer screenings. For this reason I‘ve decided to appeal to you publicly, and ask for your intervention in this matter.

All of the facts presented in my appeal are no more farfetched or improbable than the recently disgraced screening test for prostate cancer, even though the independent experts were warning us about its appalling potential for harm over many years.

You yourself, Mr. President, are just a few years away from your first screening colonoscopy. Your well-meaning doctors may erroneously advise you that your colorectal cancer risk is “higher than average” because of your African heritage.

This erroneous assumption is derived from analyzing the morbidity and mortality of African-Americans, who, on average, have higher rates of obesity and diabetes — major predisposing risk factors for colorectal cancer — than white Americans.

Hopefully, your review of the facts and recommendations presented in my appeal will spare you from taking unnecessary medical risks that may irreversibly compromise your health, future, and longevity.

Your attention to this grievous situation will also help all Americans to learn the true facts about the dangers of screening colonoscopies, reduce related morbidity and mortality, and save or redirect tens of billions of dollars to critical services for children and the uninsured.

Thank you in advance for reviewing and acting upon my appeal.

Respectfully yours,

Konstantin Monastyrsky, medical writer

Submitted on WhiteHouse.gov website
March 23, 2009

Well, as you can surmise by now, my appeal [link] was ignored by Mr. Obama’s staff, and no one had bothered to alert their boss or First Lady about this matter. Lo and behold, in March of 2010 President Obama himself underwent a CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) test during his first physical exam as commander-in-chief [link]. This dubious procedure exposed him to a dose of ionizing radiation comparable to “some of the Japanese survivors of the atomic bombs”:

US Food and Drug Administration

Considering Mr. Obama’s ethnicity (the rates of major cancers among black Americans are higher than among whites), smoking habit, and overexposure to stress, his lifetime risk of a fatal cancer will probably be even greater. Who needs to fear nuclear terrorists when your own doctors are so eager to nuke you?

Well, truth is a stubborn creature. On November 9, 2011, three and a half years after my first contact with Ms. Couric, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published an editorial entitled «Less is More: Not “Going the Distance” and Why» [link]. After enumerating a smaller subset of the problems related to screening colonoscopies, it concluded:

…less colonoscopy can mean
more well-being for us all.

Sure, being righted feels great. On the other hand, a lot of people have been harmed or killed in the past several years; a lot more, including the President of the United States, have been exposed to cancer-causing ionizing radiation from virtual colonoscopies, and I feel terrible about it. Even more dreadful — I don’t expect this travesty to end anytime soon because so much windfall profit rides on this deadly racket.

Without further ado, here is the original report from January 2009:

DEATHS FROM COLONOSCOPY? YOU BET…

Each year over 14 million healthy Americans are getting screened for colon cancer. Of these, according to the report “Complications of Colonoscopy in an Integrated Health Care Delivery System” by the Annals of Internal Medicine, an estimated 70,000 (0.5%) are killed or injured by colonoscopy-related complications. This figure is higher than the total number of annual deaths from colon cancer itself, 22% higher.

The number of casualties above doesn’t include deferred complications from colon prep and general anesthesia, such as kidney failure, stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism, pneumonia, intestinal obstruction, and numerous others. Nor does it include the increased risk of all other cancers from radiation exposure caused by virtual colonoscopies. Thus, if you are close to or past 50, and have been considering screening colonoscopy, the next 9 minutes may save your life and prevent other cancers:

Part I. The Anatomy Of A Deadly Deception

Problems watching? View on YouTube. Read transcript.

Key Highlights From Part I:

dotDramatic increase in the incidence of colorectal cancer. Despite tens of millions of screening colonoscopies performed between the years 2000 and 2007, the annual incidence of colorectal cancer in the United States increased by about 30,000 more cases.

dotMore polyps are missed than found. Up to a third of all colonoscopies routinely miss polyps and cancerous tumors. According to the report I cited at the beginning of this page, practically 100% of all polyps are missed in the right (ascending) colon.

dotIncreased cancer risk from radiation. X-ray exposure from a single virtual colonoscopy increases one‘s lifetime risk of cancer by 20%. Virtual colonoscopies are now recommended every 5 years. By age 70 one‘s risk of developing any other form of cancer grows to 100%. Killing you with another form of cancer before the colon gets affected is one hell of the way to “prevent” colon cancer.

dotPolypectomy doesn’t prevent cancers. According to the research published back in 2006, the screened patients in all of the studies developed colorectal cancer “at the same rate as would be expected in the general population without screening” in the next few years, even though they have removed all found polyps.

dotNo clinical research to support the rationale of colonoscopy screening. According to the American Cancer Society, up untill now (that‘s in 2009) “…there are no prospective randomized controlled trials of screening colonoscopy for the reduction in incidence of or mortality from colorectal cancer.” In other words, the recommendation to undergo colonoscopy screening is based entirely on its income potential, not proven health benefits.

dotNo clinical research to support the effectiveness of virtual colonoscopies. The National Cancer Institute is even more explicit: “…it is not yet known [in 2008] for certain whether colonoscopy can help reduce the number of deaths from colorectal cancer.” and “Whether virtual colonoscopy can reduce the number of deaths from colorectal cancer is not yet known.”

Part II. Turning A Probable Death Sentence Into A Manageable Risk

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Key Highlights From Part II:

dotOverblown risk of colorectal cancer death. The risk of colorectal cancer is exaggerated for commercial purposes. Even a person in a high-risk group is 12 times as likely to die from heart disease; 10 times from any other cancer, 6 times from a medical error, 3 times from stroke, and twice as likely to die from an accident.

dotA large-scale investigation of colonoscopy screening demonstrated its complete futility. The eighteen-years-long Minnesota Colon Cancer Control Study included 46,000+ patients between the ages of 50 and 80. It demonstrated only a 0.6% reduction in the incidence of colorectal cancer. Statistically speaking, this difference is even less than the chance outcome of one thousand coin flips.

dotColonoscopy screening increases mortality from all other causes, research shows. The Telemark Polyp Study I demonstrated a 157% increase in mortality among screened patients vis-à-vis unscreened controls. The decrease in the incidence of colorectal cancers was only… 2%, which, statistically speaking again, is essentially none at all. In the video I mistakenly indicate 57% increase in mortality instead of 157%.

dotColorectal cancer is a lifestyle disease. The majority of colorectal cancers aren’t hereditary, and the majority of people in the high-risk group never develop one either. This means that colorectal cancer is connected to lifestyle factors, just like lung cancer is connected to one’s smoking.

Part III. Why Screening Colonoscopy Increases the Risk of Colorectal Cancer

Watch on YouTube. Read transcript.

Key Highlights From Part III:

An estimated 95% of all polyps are benign. They will never become cancers, so removing them makes just as much sense as zapping the moles off your buttocks to prevent melanoma.

Not all colorectal cancers are preceded by detectable polyps. It is believed an even larger share of colon cancers start from flat lesions that no one is suggesting to remove, even though they are considered five times as cancerous as large polyps.

Increased cancer risk. Removing polyps or even doing biopsies releases cancer cells into the bloodstream and the colon’s lumen. In turn, these cells may seed all other cancers throughout the body.

Unreliable procedure. Even the most thorough endoscopists may miss up to 30% of detectable polyps. The less rigorous routinely miss up to 60%, including actual cancer tumors. All of them, regardless of skill or attention, miss 100% of polyps in the right colon.

Unnecessary procedure. The average age for colorectal cancer diagnosis is 72. Commencing invasive screening and polypectomies in asymptomatic people at age 50 is just as absurd as taking contraceptives after menopause.

High risk of internal bleeding. Polypectomy profoundly increases patients’ risk of death from hard-to-detect internal bleeding, which may lead to ischemic stroke, myocardial ischemia, cardiac arrest, or sudden cardiac death.

No demonstrable benefit. If polypectomies were, indeed, effective, with about half of Americans past age fifty getting screened, we should have enjoyed at least a 50% reduction in the incidence and mortality of colon cancer. Instead, we have a 22% increase in the incidence of colorectal cancer. Most likely, this increase is related to polypectomies.

Part IV. Why Screening Colonoscopy Increases Mortality?

Watch on YouTube. Read transcript.

Key Highlights From Part IV:

Irreversible kidney damage. Over 85,000 people die annually from kidney failure — that is almost 50% more than from colorectal cancer. Many of these deaths have been precipitated by a careless and damaging colon prep.

Severe dehydration. Colonoscopy prep causes severe dehydration. It may result in dizziness, syncope, ischemic stroke, blood clotting, sudden cardiac death, a fall or an accident, medication overdose, and other complications. The death rate related to these side effects is not known.

Chronic bowel disorders. Bowel movement disruption following colonoscopy commonly leads to chronic constipation, severe diarrhea, diverticulitis, and bowel obstruction. All of these conditions constitute a primary cause of inflammatory bowel disease. That factor alone increases the risk of colon cancer by 32 times!

Severe heart disease. The confirmed rate of severe cardiovascular risk from general anesthesia for low-risk surgical procedures, such as colonoscopy, ranges from 0.27% to 1.1% within the first six days after the surgery.

Blood clotting and pulmonary embolism. Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are a common side effect related to general anesthesia. Pulmonary embolism causes or contributes to up to 200,000 deaths annually in the United States.

Chest infection and pneumonia. An estimated 25% of all people develop chest infections after general anesthesia, and many older people die weeks or months later from acute pneumonia. The mortality rate from pneumonia is 5%, and about 60,000 people die annually — more than from colorectal cancer.

Complications and medical errors related to colonoscopy. At least 70,000 patients get injured by colonoscopy, according to actual reports. The unreported injury rate may be close to 280,000, or 2%.

Increased risk of all other cancers. The potential long-term death toll from all other cancers caused by polypectomy-related contamination, and radiation exposure from virtual colonoscopies, is in the millions.

No measurable impact relative to effort. Even according to Katie Couric, who has a penchant for exaggeration, colorectal cancer mortality is down just 2,500 cases a year, or under 2% of all deaths, a value too small to be considered a definite trendsetter.

Additional Reading:

The following sections expand on above videos with practical advice and additional commentaries:

» Side Effects Of Screening Colonoscopies

» Frequently Asked Questions About Screening Colonoscopies

» Colorectal Cancer Risk Factors

» Colorectal Cancer Prevention

You can also access all these sections from selected sidebars.

Author’s note

A wealthy acquaintance of mine died at age 56 from brain cancer. His brain tumor was probably contributed to by earlier treatment for colon cancer. In turn, his colon cancer was probably caused by frequent virtual colonoscopies and coronary angiograms — a preventative computer-assisted x-ray (CT scan) of, respectively, the colon and heart.

With a strong conviction that money can buy just about anything, a $1,000 scan to him was less than $1 to most people. So, why not, as he once told me, buy some “peace of mind,” right? Apparently not…

I wrote my books and developed this site for people who still value a buck and wish to prevent common gastrointestinal disorders and escape colorectal cancer without relying on cancer-causing screening colonoscopies, addictive laxatives, harmful fiber supplements, ineffective and deadly drugs, and irreversible, complication-prone surgeries.

The information on this site complements and expands the content of Gut Sense and Fiber Menace. Both books evolved from my extensive research in the field of forensic nutrition. Unlike orthodox nutrition, which studies and promotes “health food, ” forensic nutrition studies why people get sick and die from a presumably “healthy ” diet.

Konstantin Monastyrsky

Miracles Do Happen

Baby healed of CANCER through Prayers and GOD’S Herbs!

Our son, Dallas Cole Guffey, was born Monday, October 17, 1994 at 5:16 p.m.  He had the appearance of a healthy 7 lb. 3 oz. bouncing baby boy.  But less than one hour after his birth everything changed.  He was brought to me in recovery where I was to feed him for the first time.  During the feeding Dallas began gasping for air and his forehead turned blue.  I called immediately for the nurse and she rushed Dallas to the nursery.  In about an hour the pediatrician was standing at my bedside telling us that Dallas had quit breathing but was revived by inserting a tube into his throat.  The doctor also said that he was so concerned about Dallas that he had already called the Med Flight Unit in Huntsville for immediate transportation.

At 10:30 p.m. Dallas was in the helicopter.  Waylon, my husband, went to Huntsville with Dallas and called me every hour to update me on his condition since the doctor would not release me at that time.  Dallas remained in Huntsville for the next 3 days.  The doctors in Huntsville felt that it was necessary for him to be transferred on Thursday to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham for further tests.

On Friday afternoon we were told that Dallas was not able to breathe because a large mass was located behind his right lung.  This mass was preventing air flow to his lungs and putting pressure on his heart causing an irregular heartbeat.  The lungs were so restricted that each breath was a tremendous task for Dallas.  His stomach and his back bone would almost meet because it took so much for him to get the air he needed.

We were told that surgery was necessary to remove the mass early Monday morning.  We would not know what the mass was until it was removed and examined.  Thank God the surgery went great and Dallas recovered extremely well.

From birth up until this point it had been necessary for Dallas to have the tube in his throat to be able to breath.  The morning after surgery the doctor told us they were about to remove the tube from his throat.  I had reservations about doing this soon after surgery so I fell to my knees in prayer while Waylon went to talk to the doctor about waiting one more day to allow his strength to increase.  The doctor agreed to wait.  On Wednesday morning a team of about 6 doctors equipped with emergency equipment gathered around Dallas to remove the tube.  Very shortly thereafter, the nurse came to get us with a huge smile on her face.  She said that the doctors were extremely surprised at how well Dallas began to breathe on his own without missing a single breath.

That afternoon we were told that the tissue had been examined and diagnosed as a Neuroblastoma, a cancerous tumor involving the nervous system, and they determined that the cancer was in Stage 4, which is very serious.  It would be impossible for me to even try to express the extent of our devastated emotions at this point, but I can honestly tell you that this was the worst moment we had ever experienced in our lives.

The doctor told us that they were going to do more tests to be sure that there were no more tumors.  They were quite sure that there was less than a 5% chance that any more tumors would be found.  Since the doctors would not allow us to give Dallas herbs directly, my only choice would be to get them to him by way of nursing him.  As soon as we were able to get our thoughts together, I called home and asked that someone make me some Native Legend Tea and bring it to me along with some Red Clover Plus, CoQ10, Chlorophyll, Nature’s Tea, Lifiber, EFA’s, Stress Aid and much more.  We also began to give him PhytoPath when it was made available in January.  After receiving the products, I began taking mega doses of these products.  I took about 60 to 80 capsules 3 times a day plus I was drinking mega doses of Red Clover Plus and Native Legend Tea daily because I wanted my milk to be strong with nutrients for Dallas’ benefit.

Baby healed of CANCER through Prayers and GOD’S Herbs!

Our son, Dallas Cole Guffey, was born Monday, October 17, 1994 at 5:16 p.m.  He had the appearance of a healthy 7 lb. 3 oz. bouncing baby boy.  But less than one hour after his birth everything changed.  He was brought to me in recovery where I was to feed him for the first time.  During the feeding Dallas began gasping for air and his forehead turned blue.  I called immediately for the nurse and she rushed Dallas to the nursery.  In about an hour the pediatrician was standing at my bedside telling us that Dallas had quit breathing but was revived by inserting a tube into his throat.  The doctor also said that he was so concerned about Dallas that he had already called the Med Flight Unit in Huntsville for immediate transportation.

At 10:30 p.m. Dallas was in the helicopter.  Waylon, my husband, went to Huntsville with Dallas and called me every hour to update me on his condition since the doctor would not release me at that time.  Dallas remained in Huntsville for the next 3 days.  The doctors in Huntsville felt that it was necessary for him to be transferred on Thursday to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham for further tests.

On Friday afternoon we were told that Dallas was not able to breathe because a large mass was located behind his right lung.  This mass was preventing air flow to his lungs and putting pressure on his heart causing an irregular heartbeat.  The lungs were so restricted that each breath was a tremendous task for Dallas.  His stomach and his back bone would almost meet because it took so much for him to get the air he needed.

We were told that surgery was necessary to remove the mass early Monday morning.  We would not know what the mass was until it was removed and examined.  Thank God the surgery went great and Dallas recovered extremely well.

From birth up until this point it had been necessary for Dallas to have the tube in his throat to be able to breath.  The morning after surgery the doctor told us they were about to remove the tube from his throat.  I had reservations about doing this soon after surgery so I fell to my knees in prayer while Waylon went to talk to the doctor about waiting one more day to allow his strength to increase.  The doctor agreed to wait.  On Wednesday morning a team of about 6 doctors equipped with emergency equipment gathered around Dallas to remove the tube.  Very shortly thereafter, the nurse came to get us with a huge smile on her face.  She said that the doctors were extremely surprised at how well Dallas began to breathe on his own without missing a single breath.

That afternoon we were told that the tissue had been examined and diagnosed as a Neuroblastoma, a cancerous tumor involving the nervous system, and they determined that the cancer was in Stage 4, which is very serious.  It would be impossible for me to even try to express the extent of our devastated emotions at this point, but I can honestly tell you that this was the worst moment we had ever experienced in our lives.

The doctor told us that they were going to do more tests to be sure that there were no more tumors.  They were quite sure that there was less than a 5% chance that any more tumors would be found.  Since the doctors would not allow us to give Dallas herbs directly, my only choice would be to get them to him by way of nursing him.  As soon as we were able to get our thoughts together, I called home and asked that someone make me some Native Legend Tea and bring it to me along with some Red Clover Plus, CoQ10, Chlorophyll, Nature’s Tea, Lifiber, EFA’s, Stress Aid and much more.  We also began to give him PhytoPath when it was made available in January.  After receiving the products, I began taking mega doses of these products.  I took about 60 to 80 capsules 3 times a day plus I was drinking mega doses of Red Clover Plus and Native Legend Tea daily because I wanted my milk to be strong with nutrients for Dallas’ benefit.

On Thursday we were told that the x-rays revealed two more tumors!  One was located on the bones around both eyes and the other one was against his spine.  At this point we almost lost what little strength and sanity we had.  Waylon and I believe strongly in God and that God answers prayers.  God had already answered one of our prayers when He gave us a child and we knew that He would also take care of this wonderful gift.  I know that God was holding our hands and guiding us through every turn of this journey.

The doctor felt that chemotherapy was necessary because the pressure of the tumor against his spine could possibly cause his limbs on his right side to become paralyzed.  Waylon and I have always been horrified of chemo because we have seen friends suffer and even die as a result of it.  We prayed about this and decided that we would do one treatment.  The recommended dosage was to be the mildest dosage he could be given.  We knew that we could cleanse his body of the drugs afterwards but if he became paralyzed we could not do anything about that.

During a meeting with the doctor she informed us of all of the side effects of the two drugs Cytoxan and Adriamycin.  These side effects ranged from mild to severe stomach aches, liver and kidney damage and even leukemia.  Out of curiosity, Waylon asked the doctor what she would do if the chemo caused leukemia.  She said she would treat the leukemia with a different kind of chemo.  (This made little sense to us.)  These dangerous side effects made us feel comfortable with our decision to give Dallas only one chemo treatment.  The doctor laughed at us and said, “One treatment is a nice thing to wish for, but don’t count on it.”  We told her that we were not wishing for it, we were praying for it, and it would happen.  The doctor’s intentions were to give him 5 treatments.  We were very careful in asking her prior to signing any consent forms if we could in fact, stop the treatments after the first one without a court battle over our child’s care.  She told us that his care was in our control and we could stop after one treatment.

His chemo treatment would last for eight days.  For seven days Dallas received Cytoxan by mouth and on the eighth day he received Adriamycin through an external central catheter.  During these eight days Dallas never had a fretful day or a fever.  In addition to that, several nurses commented to us that they had never seen a baby as sick as Dallas have such a great attitude.  Even though he had monitoring wires attached to him and at least two to three I.V.s in his scalp, he was always smiling.  We contributed this to God and the nutrients Dallas received from the herbs we were giving him.  He was released from the hospital on Sunday which was the day after his treatment was completed.  This had been the longest 3 weeks of our entire lives!

November 21st (one month old) was our first follow-up visit after leaving the hospital.  The doctor told us that the tumor on his spine had decreased 50%!  We were beside oursleves with excitement!  His doctor was not happy at all when we told her that we still did not want any more chemo.  It was at this point that we told her about the herbs we were giving him and that we preferred to continue that route.  She was furious, but she saw that we were firm with our decision.

Our second follow-up visit was on December 16th (two months old).  We originally scheduled his appointment for January in order to give the herbs as much time as possible to strengthen his body.  One day upon returning home we were astonished to find an incredibly insensitive as well as unprofessional message from Dallas’ doctor on our answering machine.  In an extremely hateful tone she demanded to see Dallas at once, bluntly stating Dallas’ impending death if a chemo treatment was not administered immediately.  She said the tumor would grow to the point of not allowing him to breathe and he would die.  Such a message made us very angry.  In order to prove to her that our child was not being neglected but in fact, was doing great we agreed to see her immediately as she requested.  One fact that made her statement on our machine so incredibly ridiculous was that the tumor that had caused him not to be able to breathe had been removed when he was 1 week old from which time his breathing had not been an issue.  At our visit it was discovered to her amazement according to the x-rays that the tumor on the spine had decreased by another10% and the tumors on the bones around both eyes was completely gone!  It was during this visit, after giving us such wonderful news, that his doctor threatened to force us to give him more chemo by taking us to court.  We quickly and plainly told her that under no conditions would she force our child to have any more chemo.

She also was very negative with her words.  She was saying things like “death” in the same sentence with our son’s name.  I more or less got directly in her face and told her very strongly that if she could not say anything positive about our son in either his or our presence that I preferred she say nothing at all.

Our third follow-up visit was on February 6th, 1995 (four months old).  The x-rays revealed at this appointment that the tumor had decreased by an additional 5%.  We were very pleased with his improvement but again all his doctor could talk about was more chemo.  As a matter of fact, her attitude was so negative and rude, that we decided on that day to terminate her as his doctor and never subject our son or ourselves to that kind of treatment again.

As parents who love our son dearly, we prayed for a doctor that would respect us as parents, and would be more interested in our son’s health than filling their pockets full of money.  We also prayed for a doctor who believed in God as our Healer.

A friend of ours put us in contact with a doctor whom he believed could help us.  This doctor called to ask what we expected from him.  I told him that first of all, we believe God heals the body.  Secondly, we believe in and take nutritional supplements.  Thirdly, Dallas would not have any more chemo as long as the tumor continues to shrink without it.  Also, that we would not tolerate someone threatening to take us to court.  In the end, he was very nice and said he would gladly work with us, however, we should expect him to recommend chemo just as the previous doctor had.  I told him that he could recommend it as long as he understood that we could refuse it.

Our first appointment with him was on April 21st (six months old).  On this glorious day the x-rays revealed that the tumor was no longer a tumor.  It has now become what he referred to as “scar tissue”.  Also, according to the urine and blood test there was no cancer in Dallas’ body.  He went on to say that according to the medical records transferred from Birmingham, that on February 6th, it was also the opinion of Dallas’ previous doctor that the tumor was, even then, only “scar tissue”.  (However, she undoubtly did not find it necessary to share this important information with us.)  Waylon asked the doctor why this information had been kept from us by the doctor in Birmingham.  He simply gave us a very confusing look and said that he did not know.  As you recall, the doctor in Birmingham had nothing to say on that day of February 6th except how we were not being fair to our son by not allowing her to give him more chemo because she insisted the tumor would grow. (I have a copy of Dallas’ medical reports and x-rays in my possession to prove her dishonesty and deception.)  The doctor told us that Dallas looked clear, but before giving us his final diagnosis he wanted to study the x-rays in more detail with a team of doctors on his staff.  He said he would call us on May 1 to give us the final decision.

May 1, 1995 was almost as joyous for us as the day Dallas was born because just as the doctor promised he called and confirmed his initial decision.

Considering the fact that the doctor in Birmingham was sure that Dallas would die of cancer if any other treatment besides chemo was given, he is today vibrant, healthy and cancer free with the use of alternative methods rather than chemo.  Dallas has recently turned eight months old weighing a healthy 20 lbs.  He is extremely strong and advanced for his age.  He is always in a pleasant mood with a constant smile on his face.  When people meet Dallas they are shocked to learn what he has been through because he is the ideal picture of health.

We could not have made it without everyone’s prayers, and because God is faithful to those who look to Him.  We thank God for healing Dallas and we also thank God for giving us the herbs and nutrients to cleanse and strengthen our bodies.

UPDATE ON DALLAS

Dallas is now 3 yrs. old.  He has just completed his first year of pre-school at Living Word Christian Academy.  He was the youngest student in the 2-4 year old class.  At 3 years old he is still healthy, happy and very intelligent.  I must take a moment to brag about my son.  He can write his name, recite The Lord’s Prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance to the Bible, the Christian Flag, and the U.S. Flag.  He can also recite John 3:16 and many other Bible verses.  At Awards Night he received the award for Most Polite.  Are we proud parents or what?!

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Dallas Guffe at 15

Dallas’ health is doing great!  We returned to Vanderbilt in Nashville on February 18, 1998 (3 yrs. 4 mo. old) for his annual checkup.  When we arrived we asked the receptionist about our normal routine of getting Dallas’ urine sample and doing the x-rays as we had been required to do in the past.  She said she did not know about the x-ray because there was a big question mark on the front of Dallas’ chart so she did not know what was going on.  At first this scared us, then we thought – No, that just means that Dallas has done so well that they don’t know what they need.  Within a few minutes we were called back to see the doctor.  He reviewed Dallas’ history with us.  He also reviewed with us the fact that Dallas only had the one chemo treatment and no radiation.  He then asked us if Dallas had received all of his immunization shots.  We were quick to tell him that we do not believe in immunizations.  (If you have children please do some research into these shots for your child’s sake.  Give yourself the opportunity to make an informed and educated decision).  After the questions the doctor examined Dallas.  Turning to Waylon and myself, the doctor said, “Well, Dallas is obviously healthy and has done so well for so long that I don’t see any reason why Dallas needs to come back to see us anymore.”  We were so excited!  We have been waiting to hear this report for over 3 years.  I said, “Doctor, you have made our day by officially closing this chaper of our lives.”  I looked at Dallas and said, “Dallas could you please recite something for the nice doctor?”  He said, “Yes, The Lord’s Prayer.”  So he did.  When he finished the doctor gave him a hug and said, “Son, you just made my day.”

We are blessed and thank the Lord every day for our blessings.  We are also thankful that He gave us such a wonderful testimony of His love for us all and of how He provided the herbs and nutrients that we need to be healthy.  Even though our Lord provided the tools for good health I feel that it is our responsibility to learn about them and to use them.  We did not rely on the doctor or anyone else for our son’s health.  Instead, we relied on the Lord and took on the responsibility of Dallas’ health ourselves by educating ourselves and making our own decisions instead of allowing anyone to order us to do anything we did not feel good about.

When we first learned of Dallas’ problems I asked the Lord “Why us?” The Lord told me “Be patient my child, I am giving you a testimony.”  From that moment on, I knew that Dallas would eventually be perfectly healthy because this was going to be a great testimony about God’s desire for us to be happy, healthy and prosperous.  For this reason, I feel it is my duty to share Dallas’ story with everyone.  Yes, we have been blessed with a wonderful miracle, but this same miracle of health is possible for others too.

May God Bless You,

Kim and Waylon Guffey, Jr.

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On Thursday we were told that the x-rays revealed two more tumors!  One was located on the bones around both eyes and the other one was against his spine.  At this point we almost lost what little strength and sanity we had.  Waylon and I believe strongly in God and that God answers prayers.  God had already answered one of our prayers when He gave us a child and we knew that He would also take care of this wonderful gift.  I know that God was holding our hands and guiding us through every turn of this journey.

The doctor felt that chemotherapy was necessary because the pressure of the tumor against his spine could possibly cause his limbs on his right side to become paralyzed.  Waylon and I have always been horrified of chemo because we have seen friends suffer and even die as a result of it.  We prayed about this and decided that we would do one treatment.  The recommended dosage was to be the mildest dosage he could be given.  We knew that we could cleanse his body of the drugs afterwards but if he became paralyzed we could not do anything about that.

During a meeting with the doctor she informed us of all of the side effects of the two drugs Cytoxan and Adriamycin.  These side effects ranged from mild to severe stomach aches, liver and kidney damage and even leukemia.  Out of curiosity, Waylon asked the doctor what she would do if the chemo caused leukemia.  She said she would treat the leukemia with a different kind of chemo.  (This made little sense to us.)  These dangerous side effects made us feel comfortable with our decision to give Dallas only one chemo treatment.  The doctor laughed at us and said, “One treatment is a nice thing to wish for, but don’t count on it.”  We told her that we were not wishing for it, we were praying for it, and it would happen.  The doctor’s intentions were to give him 5 treatments.  We were very careful in asking her prior to signing any consent forms if we could in fact, stop the treatments after the first one without a court battle over our child’s care.  She told us that his care was in our control and we could stop after one treatment.

His chemo treatment would last for eight days.  For seven days Dallas received Cytoxan by mouth and on the eighth day he received Adriamycin through an external central catheter.  During these eight days Dallas never had a fretful day or a fever.  In addition to that, several nurses commented to us that they had never seen a baby as sick as Dallas have such a great attitude.  Even though he had monitoring wires attached to him and at least two to three I.V.s in his scalp, he was always smiling.  We contributed this to God and the nutrients Dallas received from the herbs we were giving him.  He was released from the hospital on Sunday which was the day after his treatment was completed.  This had been the longest 3 weeks of our entire lives!

November 21st (one month old) was our first follow-up visit after leaving the hospital.  The doctor told us that the tumor on his spine had decreased 50%!  We were beside oursleves with excitement!  His doctor was not happy at all when we told her that we still did not want any more chemo.  It was at this point that we told her about the herbs we were giving him and that we preferred to continue that route.  She was furious, but she saw that we were firm with our decision.

Our second follow-up visit was on December 16th (two months old).  We originally scheduled his appointment for January in order to give the herbs as much time as possible to strengthen his body.  One day upon returning home we were astonished to find an incredibly insensitive as well as unprofessional message from Dallas’ doctor on our answering machine.  In an extremely hateful tone she demanded to see Dallas at once, bluntly stating Dallas’ impending death if a chemo treatment was not administered immediately.  She said the tumor would grow to the point of not allowing him to breathe and he would die.  Such a message made us very angry.  In order to prove to her that our child was not being neglected but in fact, was doing great we agreed to see her immediately as she requested.  One fact that made her statement on our machine so incredibly ridiculous was that the tumor that had caused him not to be able to breathe had been removed when he was 1 week old from which time his breathing had not been an issue.  At our visit it was discovered to her amazement according to the x-rays that the tumor on the spine had decreased by another10% and the tumors on the bones around both eyes was completely gone!  It was during this visit, after giving us such wonderful news, that his doctor threatened to force us to give him more chemo by taking us to court.  We quickly and plainly told her that under no conditions would she force our child to have any more chemo.

She also was very negative with her words.  She was saying things like “death” in the same sentence with our son’s name.  I more or less got directly in her face and told her very strongly that if she could not say anything positive about our son in either his or our presence that I preferred she say nothing at all.

Our third follow-up visit was on February 6th, 1995 (four months old).  The x-rays revealed at this appointment that the tumor had decreased by an additional 5%.  We were very pleased with his improvement but again all his doctor could talk about was more chemo.  As a matter of fact, her attitude was so negative and rude, that we decided on that day to terminate her as his doctor and never subject our son or ourselves to that kind of treatment again.

As parents who love our son dearly, we prayed for a doctor that would respect us as parents, and would be more interested in our son’s health than filling their pockets full of money.  We also prayed for a doctor who believed in God as our Healer.

A friend of ours put us in contact with a doctor whom he believed could help us.  This doctor called to ask what we expected from him.  I told him that first of all, we believe God heals the body.  Secondly, we believe in and take nutritional supplements.  Thirdly, Dallas would not have any more chemo as long as the tumor continues to shrink without it.  Also, that we would not tolerate someone threatening to take us to court.  In the end, he was very nice and said he would gladly work with us, however, we should expect him to recommend chemo just as the previous doctor had.  I told him that he could recommend it as long as he understood that we could refuse it.

Our first appointment with him was on April 21st (six months old).  On this glorious day the x-rays revealed that the tumor was no longer a tumor.  It has now become what he referred to as “scar tissue”.  Also, according to the urine and blood test there was no cancer in Dallas’ body.  He went on to say that according to the medical records transferred from Birmingham, that on February 6th, it was also the opinion of Dallas’ previous doctor that the tumor was, even then, only “scar tissue”.  (However, she undoubtly did not find it necessary to share this important information with us.)  Waylon asked the doctor why this information had been kept from us by the doctor in Birmingham.  He simply gave us a very confusing look and said that he did not know.  As you recall, the doctor in Birmingham had nothing to say on that day of February 6th except how we were not being fair to our son by not allowing her to give him more chemo because she insisted the tumor would grow. (I have a copy of Dallas’ medical reports and x-rays in my possession to prove her dishonesty and deception.)  The doctor told us that Dallas looked clear, but before giving us his final diagnosis he wanted to study the x-rays in more detail with a team of doctors on his staff.  He said he would call us on May 1 to give us the final decision.

May 1, 1995 was almost as joyous for us as the day Dallas was born because just as the doctor promised he called and confirmed his initial decision.

Considering the fact that the doctor in Birmingham was sure that Dallas would die of cancer if any other treatment besides chemo was given, he is today vibrant, healthy and cancer free with the use of alternative methods rather than chemo.  Dallas has recently turned eight months old weighing a healthy 20 lbs.  He is extremely strong and advanced for his age.  He is always in a pleasant mood with a constant smile on his face.  When people meet Dallas they are shocked to learn what he has been through because he is the ideal picture of health.

We could not have made it without everyone’s prayers, and because God is faithful to those who look to Him.  We thank God for healing Dallas and we also thank God for giving us the herbs and nutrients to cleanse and strengthen our bodies.

UPDATE ON DALLAS

Dallas is now 3 yrs. old.  He has just completed his first year of pre-school at Living Word Christian Academy.  He was the youngest student in the 2-4 year old class.  At 3 years old he is still healthy, happy and very intelligent.  I must take a moment to brag about my son.  He can write his name, recite The Lord’s Prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance to the Bible, the Christian Flag, and the U.S. Flag.  He can also recite John 3:16 and many other Bible verses.  At Awards Night he received the award for Most Polite.  Are we proud parents or what?!

Dallas’ health is doing great!  We returned to Vanderbilt in Nashville on February 18, 1998 (3 yrs. 4 mo. old) for his annual checkup.  When we arrived we asked the receptionist about our normal routine of getting Dallas’ urine sample and doing the x-rays as we had been required to do in the past.  She said she did not know about the x-ray because there was a big question mark on the front of Dallas’ chart so she did not know what was going on.  At first this scared us, then we thought – No, that just means that Dallas has done so well that they don’t know what they need.  Within a few minutes we were called back to see the doctor.  He reviewed Dallas’ history with us.  He also reviewed with us the fact that Dallas only had the one chemo treatment and no radiation.  He then asked us if Dallas had received all of his immunization shots.  We were quick to tell him that we do not believe in immunizations.  (If you have children please do some research into these shots for your child’s sake.  Give yourself the opportunity to make an informed and educated decision).  After the questions the doctor examined Dallas.  Turning to Waylon and myself, the doctor said, “Well, Dallas is obviously healthy and has done so well for so long that I don’t see any reason why Dallas needs to come back to see us anymore.”  We were so excited!  We have been waiting to hear this report for over 3 years.  I said, “Doctor, you have made our day by officially closing this chaper of our lives.”  I looked at Dallas and said, “Dallas could you please recite something for the nice doctor?”  He said, “Yes, The Lord’s Prayer.”  So he did.  When he finished the doctor gave him a hug and said, “Son, you just made my day.”

Dallas Graduates PHS

Dallas Graduates PHS

We are blessed and thank the Lord every day for our blessings.  We are also thankful that He gave us such a wonderful testimony of His love for us all and of how He provided the herbs and nutrients that we need to be healthy.  Even though our Lord provided the tools for good health I feel that it is our responsibility to learn about them and to use them.  We did not rely on the doctor or anyone else for our son’s health.  Instead, we relied on the Lord and took on the responsibility of Dallas’ health ourselves by educating ourselves and making our own decisions instead of allowing anyone to order us to do anything we did not feel good about.

When we first learned of Dallas’ problems I asked the Lord “Why us?” The Lord told me “Be patient my child, I am giving you a testimony.”  From that moment on, I knew that Dallas would eventually be perfectly healthy because this was going to be a great testimony about God’s desire for us to be happy, healthy and prosperous.  For this reason, I feel it is my duty to share Dallas’ story with everyone.  Yes, we have been blessed with a wonderful miracle, but this same miracle of health is possible for others too.

May God Bless You,

Kim and Waylon Guffey, Jr.

 The Pharmaceutical/ Supplement Debate

Is it not time that we stop relying so heavily on Pharmaceuticals?   We are creating our own Hell on Earth  with our demands on the Medical system and by continuing with our own bad habits.There are absolute alternatives that most of us do not understand or embrace.

Pharmaceutical companies will bend over backwards to create a drug for a condition. Even though there are natural alternatives clinically proven, in the SAME research facilities to be more effective, billions of dollars are spent to find a drug alternative that is known to cause significant side-effects.  Financial gain is sustaining the momentum on this practice, however we are the ones creating the demand for it by not taking proper care!  Our Medical facilities cannot keep up with the demands we place on them either!

Medical professionals are not taught an overwhelming amount of nutrition. They understand how treat a condition with pharmaceuticals, and they are, for the most part,  bound to follow that training.

The popularity of dietary supplements has created a great deal of research on the interactions of drugs and supplements.

Due to a large rapidly aging population relying on pharmaceutical products, it is found by some of the research, there is a monumental risk that these individuals will suffer nutritional inadequacies, or worse, nutritional deficiencies induced by the use of pharmaceuticals.  The impact of waste from these products flushing through our bodies and down the drain, are another contributing factor to global environmental catastrophes and global epidemic health problems.

Another example was the delayed publishing the news of the radioactive spill of Tritium at the Automic Energy Canada,Chalk River nuclear facility in December.  It is well known that this facility is in desperate need of upgrade for public safety, however this plant generates 70% of the global supply of isotopes used for Cancer radiation and medical diagnostics.  Some are downplaying it as “just a minor amount”, not to worry.

But , consider that a great deal of cancers would not occur if we had proper nutrition.  We also need to reduce our exposures to harmful elements.  We all know this, but were are running our routines, no time to change gears.  It’s somebody else’s problem, somebody else’s fault.  Are we really helpless to  effect change?

Calcium de Glucarte is a formulation which has given several Cancer patients years of life and a quality of life.  Calcium D-Glucarate’s effect is to favor the body’s natural defense mechanism for eliminating carcinogens thus preventing many forms of cancer, including lung, breast, prostate, and colon. It was proven in several studies done at the MD Anderson Cancer Clinic in Houston , Texas. There are no toxic effects from taking D-Glucararate.  I have heard of many people gaining several years of quality life using this. How many people have ever heard of this ?    Do you wonder why ?

Would there not be less of a demand for the nuclear facility in Chalk River and  those isotopes if we were to personally place more focus on managing our health and environment a bit better?

Statins are globally used to assist the Cardiovascular epidemic reduce cholesterol.  This is 40 billion industry in North America. The Statins are known reduce CoQ10 in your body- this is extremely important for heart health. As CoQ10 decreases people develop congestive heart failure.

Our bodies are not chemical processing plants.  I doubt that evolution is going to have us caught up to that any time soon either! Why are we, marching so steadfastly to that Pharmaceutical pit here in North America?  Heart disease is 80% preventable, and yet it is the leading cause of death globally.  .

Diuretics used to decrease the volumes of salt and or water in our bodies to reduce blood pressure.  They do this very effectively.  The trade-off is depletion of the essential minerals magnesium and potassium, and  the Vitamin-B , thiamin responsible for neuro-function and carbohydrate metabolism.

Metabolismis important!!  We have an epidemic of Obesity epidemic to the point where we are thinking it might just be a good idea to get those fat kids on Statins… ?We have solid science on natural alternatives that absolutely work.Why is that not part of the medical regiment?

Pharmaceuticals provide important benefits to patients with medical problems but consumers should beware of the potential depletion of nutrients associated with their use.

We have absolute solid science on many natural alternatives that address serious conditions.  Pharmaceuticals provide important benefits to patients with medical problems.  To learn more on Calcium D-Glucarate go to the link above WELLNESS, WOMEN’s Health – Women’s Formula Plus,      MEN’s HEALTH- Men’s Formula Plus. For further information on Bios Life, the only clinically proven natural alternative for Statin Drugs see HEALTH SOLUTIONS, Read about Bios Life, read about the Heart.

I believe that the responsibility is ours to pay attention to our lifestyle alternatives.  We are running out of time!

ref:  Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., VP of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Natural Products Association

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Stewart A. Lonky, MD, FACP

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Wonders of Melatonin

Melatonin, which is non-addictive, gives her “a great night’s sleep” and leaves you feeling terrific when you wake up.  Melatonin’s has a proven ability to counter insomnia and jet lag, but also  an array of experts are touting it as a wonder drug that can extend life and help to combat a wide variety of illnesses, including AIDS, cancer and epilepsy.  AND it’s very, very inexpensive!

Melatonin is hormone naturally prouduced by the body by the pineal gland, an organ about the size of a kernel of corn that is formed three weeks after conception and located at the center of the brain.  It  also can be produced by marrow cells and epithelial cells .  These form your epihelium tissue which is a type of tissue that lines cavities and surfaces throughout the body.

When the sun goes down at the end of each day, the gland boosts the body’s melatonin levels, inducing a feeling of sleepiness – an effect which an increasing number of insomniacs are seeking to enhance by taking melatonin supplements. That same property, which researchers have demonstrated in several studies using human subjects, also makes melatonin a popular pill among airline workers and frequent flyers who experience jet lag. Ingesting melatonin at bedtime at a traveller’s destination can help to reset the body’s internal clock, the “carcadian cycle”.  Athsmatics and people who suffer with Tinnitus  also find an improvement in sleep and its benefits.   It is also important to note, that with or without Melatonin, you will rest better if  your bedroom is free of electronics and the room is dark.  As it turns out, Melatonin production in the brain is inhibited by light, even at low levels.  The presence of light will reduce your production by 50%.  Melatonin is released into the blood stream and levels peak in the middle of the night.

Russell Reiter, a Texas neuroendocrinologist and author of Melatonin: Your Body’s Natural Wonder Drug, says that the hormone’s most important role is neutralizing free radicals – unstable molecules that oxidize healthy ones by pirating electrons from them. Scientists say that oxidizing molecules play a major role in diseases such as AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. Free radicals also contribute to aging by undermining collagen proteins that support the skin, causing wrinkles and sagging jowls. While vitamins C and E are well-known fighters of oxidizing free radicals, Reiter says that melatonin is a much more powerful antioxidant. In 1993, Reiter co-authored a study on rats showing that melatonin shielded the animals’ cells from safrole, a toxic substance that causes cancer by generating large amounts of free radicals. “I was awestruck by the potency of melatonin,” Reiter says.

It may help reduce the amount of seizures with epileptics.

George Bubenik, a physician and associate professor of biological sciences at Ontario’s University of Guelph, has studied melatonin for more than 20 years. In a landmark 1977 study, Bubenik induced epileptic seizures in cats – and stopped them within 10 minutes by injecting the animals with melatonin.

Your immune system is stimulated by melatonin.

Studies in the Mayo Clinic show a positive effect on ADHD children.

Melatonin may reduce intra-ocular pressure for glaucoma patients and delay macular degeneration.

Melatonin helps to lower blood pressure, prevents damage from ischemia of the brain and the heart.  It plays an important role in preventing some arrhythmia.  Those who suffer from Depression and Bi-polar disorder benefit from Melatonin.

Chronic headache sufferers, migraines, cluster headaches and tension headaches will discover  Melatonin to be a benefit to their conditions.

Low levels of Melatonin production has been proposed as a factor in higher levels of cancer for night workers ad modern day lighting practices has bee suggested as a factor in higher levels of cancer incidence in the entire developed world.

Melatonin is also proving to be an important and ‘special’ antioxidant.  It is referred to a s a ‘terminal’ or ‘suicide’ antioxidant because it forms a stable end product upon reacting with a free radical.

Melatonin is believed to protect the DNA and prevent damage from some carcinogens therefore halting some of the mechanisms in the body that cause cancer.

Low levels of Melatonin have been linked to breast cancer; adding Melatonin has been shown to inhibit growth of these cancer cells; has been shown when combined with tamoxifen caused tumors to modestly shrink in 28% of the women.

In prostrate cancer, Melatonin has been shown to block growth of cancer cells and improved survival rates in 9 out of 14 men when used as an adjunct therapy.

Melatonin may help improve platelet count due to cancer therapies.

It show promise in reducing damage to the brain caused by the onset of Parkinson’s.

Lab research shows that Melatonin increases longevity by 20%.

It may help couter-act acquired immunodeficiency.

Melatonin may help fight viral and bacterial infectious diseases.

Melatonin stimulates cells called osteoblasts an promotes bone growth thereby aiding in the prevention of osteoporosis.

Melatonin has been shown to relieve depression and anxiety for post menopausal women. It causes a sure in your serotonin levels.  Low Serotonin levels are believed to be the reason for many cases of mild to moderate depression which can lead to symptoms like anxiety, apathy, and fear, feelings of worthlessness, insomnia and fatigue.

Melatonin benefits Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Low levels of Melatonin have been found in ASD—autistic children and their non affected parents.
Melatonin receptors appear to be important in the mechanism of memory and learning.
Melatonin is useful for Alzheimer’s – it prevents neuronal death in the brain caused by toxic proteins in the brain in Alzheimer’s patients—-it also has been shown to help lessen and prevent ‘sundowning’ in Alzheimer’s patients which is heightened afternoon agitation.
Because Melatonin controls the timing and release of reproductive hormones in peri-menopausal women it helps prevent depression, migraines and cluster headaches and improves Thyroid function
Melatonin is involved in regulation of body weight especially when combined with calcium.

Improves sarcodosis, the development of fibrous tissue in lungs and other tissues in the body. The amounts needed was 20 mg per day for 4-12 months.
Melatonin has proven to be effective even in small doses. In research Melatonin was to shown to be as effective over time in small doses as the larger doses.
Remember keep your rooms dark and remove electrical appliances, move your electric alarm clock at least 6 feet from your bed and NO night-lights. Night-lights even for children impair their valuable Melatonin production through the night.

Canada NFR # 24785, US # 24785

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