Health Notes

Health Notes

Good news for rat bones-but what about yours?

The rats are euphoric-and who can blame them? For years, they have been clamoring for attention: “We’re tired of being used as experimental animals. What are you doing for us?” Now it has happened. In an experiment designed (as usual) with humans in mind, it has been discovered that onion prevents osteoporosis in rats.

Investigators from the University of Bern, Switzerland, found that after eating a small fraction of an ounce of onion with their food, rats became significantly less likely to lose bone. (It was front-page news in the Rodent Review, tiny as a rat’s hand and a popular tabloid in New York City where they have more rats than people. Unfortunately, after they read it, they eat it-so copies are hard to come by.)

This is great news for rats, but the author of the study, Dr. Rudolf Brenneisen, admits that you would need to eat at least 400 grams-that’s nearly a pound-of onions each day to equal the amount rats ate during their program.

So Brenneisen also paid homage to all fruits and vegetables (it’s required rhetoric in these nutrition papers) by stating other fruits and vegetables will do the same thing. But since practically everybody eats fruits and vegetables, why is there still so much osteoporosis?

Is it possible that Brenneisen and other veg/fruit pushers have it backward? Is it possible that osteoporosis is so common because people don’t eat enough animal fat and animal protein?

Since the high-carbohydrate- vegetarian craze has peaked (I hope), I think we will probably start to see a decrease in osteoporosis over the next few years.

Action to take:

I have what I think is a better suggestion than fruits and veggies. As Marie Antoinette should have said, “Let ‘em eat steak.”

“A gamma-glutamyl peptide isolated from onion (Allium cepa L.) by bioassay-guided fractionation inhibits resorption activity of osteoclasts.” Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 2005; 53(9):3,408-3,414

“A dash of onion halts bone loss in rats,” Reuters Health, 5/4/05

Let healthcare freedom ring

There was an interesting article in a recent issue of The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons newsletter that doesn’t specifically mention , but does tell us a lot if you read between the lines-and if you possess a healthy (and much needed in this world) attitude of paranoia.

Michael D. Ostrolink reported: “more than half of Americans are bypassing the corporate/government medicine complex to purchase natural medicine products and services spending more than $30 billion out of pocket each year for items such as dietary supplements, acupuncture, and massage therapy. As these self-directed customers and the practitioners who treat them encounter the roadblocks set up by corporate interests and government, they could become a powerful force for liberty.”

So you see? I told you you have to be paranoid. “Roadblocks” is code for Codex, which will wipe out the natural supplement portion of this 30 billion macaroon consumer revolution unless we make enough noise to make them, at least temporarily, slither back under their World Trade Organization/UN/CODEX rock.

If it keeps going full steam ahead, eventually Codex will make homeopathy, oriental medicine, naturopathy, and even just plain nutritional therapy with natural foods illegal without a doctor’s prescription.

Action to take:

I don’t usually recommend having anything to do with government officials, but this is one case where it’s best to keep your friends close and your enemies even closer.

So write, call, and e-mail your state’s senators and congressmen and tell them you’re not interested in having the government involved in deciding what vitamins, minerals, and herbs you can take and what other natural and alternative therapies you should be allowed to try.

To find out the names and addresses of your state and local representatives, visit or call Capitol Advantage at (703)289-4670.

If that fails, move to Panama.

“Legislative Alert: Forces for Liberty,” AAPS News 2005; 61(2)

Non-health news that could make you sick

I know this is a health newsletter, and, normally, I am not in the business of financial writing, but something wandered across my computer screen recently that I thought you should know.

Apparently, every productive American (i.e., anyone not working for local, state, or federal government) has a bill outstanding from the government for $571,428. That’s not including his taxes, and, I can assure you, the bill has increased since I typed this.

If that doesn’t make you sick, then you either have a very strong immune system or you are really, really stupid. Well, I’ll be: This turned out to be a health report after all.

“Odious, market-manipulating remedies,” Daily Reckoning (, 3/28/05