Health Notes 1

Sorting through the McHype 

This must be some kind of joke. “McDonald’s delayed a decision to cook its French fries in lower-fat oil, saying that they are most focused on product quality and customer satisfaction. After 12 months of declining sales, McDonald’s is launching new products, including premium salads and all-white-meat chicken McNuggets, in order to attract consumers who are looking for healthier meal choices,” Reuter’s Health reports.

What is so special about “all-white-meat chicken” as opposed to all-dark chicken? Does “all-dark chicken” remind the customers too much of that lethal product, red meat? And what do they consider “lower-fat oil”? Motor oil?

“The new product line will feature salads with dressings from the Newman’s Own label from actor Paul Newman,” they added. What does Paul Newman know about nutrition? What is the message here? I get it. If you can be a movie star, you can act like a nutritional biochemist. Simple.

But there’s a big problem being overlooked in all this McHype. Go back a few paragraphs. What is this stuff about focusing on “product quality”? The meat McDonald’s serves is cooked to death, thus making it a homocysteine time bomb. Not to mention that 95 percent of any meal at a fast food restaurant is surrounded by fat-inducing carbohydrates. If you are crazy enough to eat this “quality product,” ask them to hold the fries, bun, and soda and replace all that with a side order of folic acid.

Some fast food joints are making an effort by tossing the bun, with essentially zero nutritional value, and replacing it with a lettuce wrap. That’s OK, even though lettuce is a better water substitute than it is a nutrient–but at least they’re getting rid of the starchy bun. With that and the folic acid, maybe you will at least come out even.


“McDonald’s Getting Healthier?” Reuters Health News, 3/10/03

The best way to prepare yourself for the flu 

I wrote my first article on the menacing flu epidemic 12 years ago. But it keeps knocking on the door every year–and the knocking seems to get louder and more persistent. The 1918 flu epidemic was one of the greatest epidemics in history. The discouraging news is that we are just as unprepared now as they were then. This year, there weren’t even enough flu shots to go around. (Of course, they don’t work anyway.)

The even more discouraging news is that researchers at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis are predicting that another flu epidemic, even worse than the one in 1918, “could be imminent.”

But there is good news as well. Homeopathic flu remedies, taken orally, are very effective. Conventional doctors will fight homeopathic treatment to the death, including their own death. But it works, and has been proven in numerous studies over the years.

Action to take:

Be prepared. For information on homeopathic flu remedies, contact the National Center for Homeopathy at (877)624-0613 or (703)548-7790 or visit them on-line at


“Flu virus ‘is the greatest bio-terror threat of all,’” The Daily Telegraph (London), 11/28/03

More sunny news on MS

The sun god, Huitzilopochtli, is no doubt chortling on his fiery throne. According to a study published in the August 9, 2003, edition of the British Medical Journal, higher sun exposure during childhood and early adolescence is associated with a reduced risk of multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis is more common at higher latitudes, which generally have lower levels of ultraviolet radiation. The study was carried out in Tasmania, which is located at high latitude and has a high prevalence of multiple sclerosis.

Researchers surveyed 136 patients with multiple sclerosis and 272 controls about their past sun exposure, measures they had taken to protect themselves against the sun, medical history, and other factors. They found that higher sun exposure between the ages of 6 and 15 years was associated with a decreased risk of multiple sclerosis.

Of course, today’s “medical Aztecs” have been saying the exact opposite: sunburn in early life leads to serious problems, especially malignant melanoma, later. There is no evidence for that at all, but it’s good for the sunscreen and hat businesses.

The researchers suggested that insufficient ultraviolet radiation, vitamin D (which the body synthesizes from the sun’s UV rays), or both might influence the development of multiple sclerosis. This is a significant study, as it flies in the face of the current commercially inspired propaganda that the sun is your deadly enemy. Nothing could be further from the truth.


“Past exposure to sun, skin phenotype, and risk of multiple sclerosis: case-control study,” British Medical Journal 2003; 327(7,410): 316

“Sun may reduce MS risk,” BBC News, 8/7/03