Reverse osteoporosis, arthritis and incurable cancers! Restore
male potency and female libido with a single herb from the Peruvian
rain forest! Sounds like a lot of hype, doesn't it; like claims
in all those glossy mass-mailed advertising promos. However, a number
of the new products introduced in recent months appear to have great
potential as remedies for some of our most common as well as serious
After considering topics relative to the New Year, such as resolutions
to lose weight, exercise more and so on, I decided, rather, to go
back over the past year and review some intriguing products I've
been investigating. Each caught my eye for some reason, such as
the prevalence of the problem in my office, immediate benefits or
the existence of medical studies to support claims.
If I personally see a many patients with a certain problem, it
is certain that many more people out there suffer the same disorder.
As for supporting evidence, it is invaluable in an industry where
all manner of outrageous and unproven claims are made about product
benefits, ingredients, potency and so on. In an unregulated supplements
market, many uninformed or misinformed customers are wasting money
and time using products that are useless and possibly even dangerous.
Consultation with trained professionals can often avoid common pitfalls
encountered by self-prescribing or purchasing from questionable
Osteoporosis is the thinning and weakening of bone. You have probably
never given it much thought, being a disease primarily of elderly
women. Think again. Recent studies have found physically active
and seemingly very fit and healthy women in their thirties, to have
the bone structures of eighty-year-olds. These women were stunned
to learn that they could easily walk outside, step off the curb
and fracture a hip. Poor nutrition, including the lack of minerals
resulting from replacing vegetables with junk food, and milk with
diet soda pop, has been a major contributing factor.
A solution may well be microcrystalline hydroxyappetite complex
(MCHC). Calcium is to bone what cement is to concrete - a key ingredient
but not sufficient in itself. MCHC is like ready-mix concrete -
just add water and you have the finished material, ready to build
a solid structure. The Federal Trade Commission challenged the company's
medical claims in court, but eventually backed down due to the volume
of scientific evidence supporting claims that MCHC can halt and
even reverse the progression of osteoporosis,
with no side effects. This is very good news for women of all ages.
No drug I am aware of can make any such claim for benefit, let alone
lack of unwanted complications.
My first patient this morning related stories of two friends diagnosed
with cancers in recent weeks. Chances are that cancer will get most
of us if heart disease doesn't get us first. A product made of Chinese
medicinal mushrooms and rice bran, MGN-3, has been found to be effective
in treating various cancers, including the first patient known to
survive multiple melanomas.
MGN-3 addresses all cancers by stimulating multiple components
of the immune system, increasing chemicals such as interferon and
as well as the activity of NK, T and B cells. The numbers are impressive.
40% of the breast cancer cases were in complete remission after
six to eight weeks. Natural killer (NK) cells were destroying 27
times more cancer cells in a four-hour period after just two months
of therapy. It is said to be the most powerful natural cancer therapy
in human studies, and is non-toxic -- a big advantage over chemo
and radiotherapies with damaging side effects.
Peruvian Maca Root was used by the Incas centuries ago. It affects
the pituitary and hypothalamus and improves sexual function in both
sexes, such as potency in men and fertility or menopausal problems
in women. It is said to be a big advance over yam-based natural
hormone replacement therapy, which may promote further loss of function
The last product is the Chi Machine, designed by a Japanese doctor
to increase blood oxygen levels. You may have seen it at health
fairs when you noticed people lying on tables, feet oscillating
rapidly side-to-side, grinning and commenting on energy rushes and
vibrations throughout their bodies. I have never seen any device
that provides so much immediate relaxation, loosening of tight muscles
and joints and relief of pain. Users report dramatic relief of serious
back injuries and spinal disorders as well.
I now use the machine with most patients, as many pains will be
reduced before I begin the acupuncture or shiatsu, making my job
easier and the results longer lasting. I feel the machine to be
of benefit for many health problems as well as general maintenance
for anyone seeking high-level wellness.
Jim Martin, Lic. Ac. is an acupuncturist with offices in Hillsboro
(503-640-3668) and Scappoose (503-543-7266). He presents slide and
lecture programs about travels in search of strange and wonderful
people and places around the world. Email: email@example.com