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Incredibly, a 2004 survey found that 630,000

infants — 15 percent of all babies born that year

— had mercury exposures exceeding EPA “safe”

levels. The elevated levels were mainly due to a

combination of exposures including vaccinations

containing thimerosal, atmospheric exposures,

seafood, and dental amalgam in pregnant mothers.

So, herein lies the dilemma — should we eat

seafood for the health benefits of omega-3 oils, or

should we avoid it because of the health-destroying

effects of methymercury found in the seafood?

 

Getting to the Truth

As usual in the field of

nutritional health, experts agree

on little. And, as with all issues,

the truth requires rational

thought, logic, and study. One

has to balance the financial

prejudice of those who say the

seafood supplies are safe with

the findings of more objective

scientists.

 

During the past decade, over

2,000 scientific articles have

been written on the subject of

methymercury toxicity.

They concluded that

methymercury is infinitely more toxic than

previously thought, especially to developing and

aging nervous systems. The “safe” dose level

continues to fall and some have concluded that

there is no “safe” level of mercury in the body.

Mercury is one of the most poisonous metals

known. Doses less than a millionth of a gram are

toxic to brain cells.

 

Worse still, mercury, especially

methylmercury, tends to accumulate in fatty

parts of the body and remains for decades. It

is important to understand that the brain is

composed of 60 percent fats.

 

Mercury interferes with a great number of cell

enzymes and triggers chronic brain inflammation

and excitotoxicity. This is, at least in part, how

mercury from vaccines is connected to autism and

other neurodevelopmental brain problems.

Mercury also plays havoc with the immune

system, causing an impaired immune response

and higher rates of autoimmune diseases.

This is bad news for those whose genetic

makeup has already put them at risk for lupus,

rheumatoid arthritis or juvenile diabetes.

Dr. Jane Hightower, a physician practicing in

San Francisco, studied her patients looking for a

connection between mercury levels in their body

and consumption of fish known to be high in

mercury. She found a strong correlation.

In addition, Hightower found that patients

with high mercury levels complained of memory

loss, mental fog, confusion, a loss of hair, and an

inability to focus.

 

She also found an increased incidence

of coronary heart disease and general

atherosclerosis. Newer studies

have shown a connection between

atherosclerosis, heart failure, and

blood mercury levels.

 

A Worldwide Problem

So, just how bad is this problem?

First, this is not just an American

problem, but one which is worldwide.

Studies from Finland, Sweden, the

Faro and Seychelles islands, Germany

and the U.K. all show the same

general levels of contamination.

Where does mercury

contamination come from? There are

four major contributors:

• Coal-burning plants

• Pesticide/herbicide use

• Undersea volcanic eruptions

• Runoff from gold and other mining

operations

 

Maps of atmospheric mercury accumulations

demonstrate heavy levels along the Arctic Circle,

Europe, the Asian land mass and the Eastern

seaboard of the United States and Canada.

Because mercury accumulates in sea life, the

older, larger predatory fish contain the highest

levels of mercury.

 

The big fish eat the little fish, concentrating

the mercury in their tissues.

 

Safer Seafood

Choose seafood that is naturally low in

mercury:

• Clams • Wild Alaskan Salmon

• Shrimp • Sardines

• Crab • Scallops

How Toxic Is

Mercury?

Mercury is one of the

most poisonous metals

known. Doses less than

1 millionth of a gram are

toxic to brain cells.

The “safe” dose level

continues to fall, and some

doctors and scientists have

concluded that in fact there

is no safe level of mercury

for the body.

 

The EPA and FDA list four fish that should

never

• Tilefish

• Shark

• King mackerel

• Swordfish

Despite this warning, most seafood restaurants

serve one or more of these toxic fish — and most

grocery stores and supermarkets sell them — and

never even warn pregnant women of the danger.

 

Remember — mercury accumulates in the

body and studies have shown that mercury

accumulates in the fetus in higher concentrations

than in the mother.

 

In fact, according to a joint EPA-FDA advisory

put out in 2004, women should be warned not

to eat fish high in mercury if they are pregnant

or may get pregnant within a year. Likewise,

because the fetus is smaller and undergoing rapid

development, it is infinitely more vulnerable to

the toxicity of mercury, especially in regard to

brain development.

 

Unfortunately, the amount of mercury being

deposited in the seas increases every year. Tuna

is of great concern because it is more commonly

eaten, especially by small children.

 

Generally, tuna is a larger, older fish and

consequently has very high mercury levels.

Americans consume about 1.2 billion cans of tuna

a year.

 

A recent survey of canned tuna by the

Mercury Policy Project in Montpellier, Vt.,

tested 60 cans of albacore tuna bought at local

supermarkets. They found that 48 of the cans

had mercury levels that exceeded EPA safety

standards.

 

More shocking was that even the cans labeled

light tuna (from smaller skipjack tuna) often had

high mercury levels. An independent review

confirmed the study’s accuracy.

 

Tuna steaks served in restaurants have

even higher mercury levels. The joint EPA-FDA

advisory suggests not eating more than six ounces

of albacore tuna per week. Overall, they suggest

limiting the consumption of any fish containing

mercury to 12 ounces a week.

 

The state of California filed a lawsuit against

several grocery giants and restaurants saying they

violated Proposition 65, which requires that foods

containing toxic substances carry warning labels.

The warning would especially target pregnant

women and women who might become pregnant.

 California itself has a major problem with

mercury-contaminated waters.

 

A recent study by the San Francisco Estuary

Institute in Oakland, which looked at seven

species of fish from the San Francisco bay

(white croaker, shiner surfperch, leopard shark,

California halibut, white sturgeon, striped bass

and jacksmelt), and found not only elevated

mercury levels in some of the fish, but also high

levels of PCBs, dioxins, DDTs, chlordanes (a

pesticide) and PBDEs (a flame retardant).

They found levels that exceed EPA safety

limits for PCBs in 90 percent of samples tested,

dioxins in 69 percent, mercury in 38 percent, and

dieldrin (a pesticide) in 19 percent.

Unfortunately, most people are unaware of

these chemical carcinogens and neurotoxins

contained in many commercial fish. Contaminants

are a particular problem with seafood imported

from communist China, which has been cited

for using industrially polluted waters for seafood

harvesting.

 

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Where to Go for

Information on Fish

Oceans Alive, an organization that

focuses on protecting ecosystems and

fisheries, has a Web site (www.oceansalive.

org) that lists the best and worst seafood to

eat in terms of mercury and PCBs pollution.

Their list of the most contaminated seafood

is long:

• Chilean sea bass

• Grouper

• Marlin

• Orange roughy

• Rockfish (rock cod)

• Atlantic salmon (farmed)

 

On the safe side, Pacific salmon is

considered to be safe, but you must exercise

caution — a number of seafood outlets and

restaurants sell “Alaskan salmon” that is

really Atlantic farmed salmon, which has a

high incidence of mercury contamination.

One Web site offers a free analysis to

determine exact concentrations of mercury

based on fish consumption. Go to

www.gotmercury.org/english/advanced.htm.

• Swordfish

• Tilefish

• Sturgeon

• Bluefin tuna

• Shark

This includes a large percentage of the shrimp

consumed in America.

 

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

Some researchers and doctors insist that the

clamor concerning mercury

in fish is overblown, and we

should not worry. They base this

assumption on a series of studies

that were conducted on children

from the Faroe and Seychelles

islands where the natives eat

seafood that is high in mercury.

They measured the mercury

levels in the children and then measured mental

function using a battery of sophisticated tests.

What they found was that there appeared to

be no serious impact on mental function among

these island children.

 

A more careful series of tests of the same

children, by independent researchers, did find

problems with learning and other higher brain

functions. Despite this, defenders of mercury

safety made the audacious claim that mercury

actually improved IQ.

 

When I analyzed these studies, it became

obvious how this sleight of hand was done. A diet

high in fish oils is known to elevate learning ability

and several aspects of higher brain function.

The children with the highest seafood (N-

3 oil) intake were found to have a higher IQ

when compared to those with low intakes of the

beneficial oil. When the children who ate the

most seafood (and had the highest intake of fish

oils) ate fish contaminated with mercury, their IQ

fell between the lower IQ and the higher IQ.

In other words, the mercury blunted the

beneficial effects of the fish oil. However, they

could still say children who ingested mercury

actually had a higher IQ.

 

This, of course is disingenuous because it was

not the mercury that was working the miracle,

it was the fish oil. The mercury, in fact,

reduced

its effectiveness. Unfortunately, this sort of

manipulation of facts and data is all too common.

It is a reminder of the truth of the old adage that

there are three kinds of lies — lies, damn lies, and

statistics.

 

My analysis is confirmed by a new study that

found that middle-aged men eating mercurycontaminated

fish had significantly higher rates

of coronary artery disease. This Finnish study,

which lasted 14 years, also found that mercury

counteracted the beneficial effects of omega-3 oils

(N-3 oils) in reducing heart attacks. Other studies

have shown that high mercury

levels increase atherosclerosis

and severely damage the heart

muscle. One study found that the

heart muscle of people dying of

heart failure had mercury levels

thousands of times higher than

normal.

 

Alarmingly, recent studies

have shown that people in the United States often

have hair mercury levels that even exceed those

found in the Finnish study. One can quickly

appreciate that if you already have cardiovascular

disease, kidney disease or neurological disease,

eating methylmercury-contaminated seafood can

greatly aggravate your condition. The same would

be true for common conditions such as diabetes

and the metabolic syndrome. Unfortunately, most

physicians are totally unaware of this.

There are a number of sources of mercury

contamination for the average person, and here

are some examples:

• The flu vaccine contains a full dose of

mercury as the preservative thimerosal.

• There are varying concentrations of mercury

in the air from various sources.

• Many lakes and streams are contaminated by

mercury from pesticide and herbicide runoff.

• Millions of people still have a type of dental

filling called amalgam, which contains

around 50 percent mercury.

Protect Yourself Against Mercury

An individual’s resistance to mercury toxicity

is quite variable.

 

This is because many dietary factors can

reduce its toxicity and enhance the body’s

defensive mechanisms.

 

For example, we know that much of mercury’s

damage is secondary to its ability to generate

numerous free radicals in the body. Hence,

antioxidants, especially those working as a

network, can reduce these free radicals. In part,

this is how fish oils (the DHA components) help

reduce the damage.

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Cooking Tip

Here’s a great tip: Cook

your seafood with garlic. Garlic

has been shown to bind and

reduce levels of mercury in the

body, making it less toxic.

Likewise, various nutrients can enhance the

body’s detoxification systems, elevate protective

antioxidant enzymes, and even directly neutralize

mercury within the body.

Selenium

mercury and is why fish, which have high levels

of selenomethionine, are less affected by the

mercury than are humans.

(as selenomethionine) — detoxifies

Flavonoids

particularly vegetables, are especially protective.

This explains why the Japanese are also less

affected, since they have high intakes of both N-3

oils and flavonoids. Americans, and increasingly

other Western countries with their diet of endless

junk foods, are at highest risk.

 

One obvious thing to do is to choose seafood

that is naturally low in mercury contamination,

such as clams, shrimp, wild Alaskan salmon,

sardines, scallops, crab and other small, relatively

young sea creatures. 

 

For more information on mercury toxicity and

for references, see the chapter “Mercury: The

Silent Killer” in my book, “Health and Nutrition

Secrets That Can Save Your Life,” published in

2006. (For more information on my book, go to

www.russellblaylockmd.com.)

 

— as found in fruits and

Health and Nutrition Updates

It’s Your Skin — Protect It!

Schools are once again opening their doors, and

parents are rushing towards the beaches and the

great outdoors to get in their last fling in the sun.

This brings us to a very hot topic — skin protection

from sun-induced aging and skin cancers.

Skin cancer is one of the most common human

malignancies in the world and continues to rise,

despite the growing use of sunscreens.

 

The sun’s rays contain two forms of highenergy

radiation: UVA and UVB. Most attention

has been paid to the UVB type, since it is

associated with the obvious burning and swelling

of the skin, something we call sunburn. This

form of radiation directly damages the DNA of

important skin cells called keratinocytes, as well

as other skin cells.

 

DNA damage, which accumulates from

receiving a number of sunburns each summer,

eventually leads to the formation of skin cancers

called photocarcinogenesis.

 

The forgotten longer wavelength ultraviolet

light, called UVA, in fact, makes up 90 percent to

95 percent of the UV spectrum of sunlight. Unlike

its more aggressive cousin, UVA irradiation causes

damage to skin cells and connective tissues by

producing abundant free radicals deep within the

layers of the skin.

 

Over time this leads to significant aging and

wrinkling of the skin as well as skin cancer. Those

with lighter skin are most vulnerable, but this does

not let people with darker skin off the hook since,

over time, these rays can penetrate their skin as

well.

 

One of the mysteries of skin cancer, especially

with melanoma (the deadliest form of skin

cancer) involves the steep rise in the incidence

of melanomas despite the increased use of UVBblocking

sunscreens. Recent studies have shown

that the previously ignored UVA rays may in fact

be the culprit.

1

 

When people use the UVB-blocking sunscreens,

thus avoiding sunburns, they are unaware that

the UVA rays are silently causing the same DNA

damage, only indirectly and over a longer period

of time — years rather than minutes.

 

The buildup of UVA-induced free radicals

within the melanocyte (from which melanomas

arise) appears to eventually transform into a

highly malignant cancer in some people, which is

prone to spread throughout the body.

Having several serious sunburns early in life

can increase your risk of developing the following:

• melanomas

• squamous cell carcinomas

• basal cell carcinomas

Basal cell cancer is less serious. After age 30,

sun exposure is less often related to basal cell

carcinoma incidence.

In essence, we see that the same processes

triggered by both UVA and UVB irradiation can

accelerate aging of the skin and in some, the

development of a variety of skin cancers most

often squamous cell carcinomas and melanomas.

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Care for Your Skin

Excess exposure to the sun is one of the most

frequent causes of aging of the skin. This is

because of irradiation of the skin cell’s DNA, loss of

collagen, loss of facial muscle tone, and suppression

of the skin’s immunity.

 

This latter effect is very important, not only

in skin aging, but also in the development of skin

cancers, especially melanomas. You may have

noticed that when you prolong exposure of your

face to the sun, even short of burning, pimples

began to appear.

 

This is secondary to immune suppression within

the skin as well as the body itself.

Although the sun plays a critical role in skin

aging, it’s not the only culprit. Anything that

increases free-radical generation in the skin

promotes aging. This includes chronic illnesses,

such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, autoimmune

diseases, chronic stress, smoking, and the use of

certain illicit drugs.

 

Most of us have noticed the rapid skin aging of

a heavy smoker. One of the real enigmas of modern

society is the dramatic increase in smoking by

young girls who also spend increasing billions on

“age-defying” skin treatments and plastic surgery.

You may also have seen the pictures demonstrating

the dramatic transformation of a young woman who

uses crystal methamphetamine.

 

This drug also generates enormous storms of

free radicals, which not only fill the body, but the

skin as well.

 

Special cells lie within the deep layers of the

skin whose function it is to maintain the skin. They

also have the capacity to fix a great deal of damage.

We are finding that a number of plant extracts

enhance the ability of these reparative cells to do

their job.

 

They work mainly by preventing immune

suppression, protecting the reparative cells from

free-radical damage, and protecting the skin’s

collagen from destruction.

 

A number of skin care products contain green

tea extract, curcumin, and other flavonoids, which

not only block free radical and lipid peroxidation

damage in the skin, but also restore the skin’s

immunity.

2

 

Some products contain substances such as

DMAE that not only block free-radical damage but

also restore skin firmness and muscle tone, thus

reducing facial sagging and formation of bags under

the eyes.

reduce bags under the eyes.

 

Take care to avoid skin-care products that

contain substances harmful to the skin, such as

aluminum, hydrolyzed protein, sodium lauryl

sulfate and petroleum products (petrolatum).

In general, things that retard skin aging also

reduce the risk of skin cancer, since the same

process — free-radical/lipid peroxidation and

inflammation of the skin — causes both.

 

There is good evidence to suggest that changes

in the skin reflect what is happening to your brain.

Age spots also occur within the brain and are called

lipofuscin, a chemical reaction caused by excess

free radicals and lipid peroxidation both in the

brain and in the skin. Resorting to plastic surgery

alone merely hides the destructive process, which

is eating away at your entire body, including your

arteries. High-sugar consumption increases this

destructive process.

 

There is a concern over the low levels of

vitamin D-3 in people due to the widespread use

of sunscreens. Vitamin D-3 is critical in preventing

cancers, multiple sclerosis, and osteoporosis.

3 Green tea extract has also been shown to4

Most vitamin D-3 is made in the skin by

exposure to sunlight. Those with darker skin are at

a greater risk of being deficient. Trying to balance

the benefits of preventing skin cancers with

maintaining adequate vitamin D-3 production is

becoming difficult.

 

Exposing the arms, chest, and back to sunlight

for 30 minutes a day is usually adequate. Following

this method, you can use sun blocker on your face

 

The Right Kind of Exercise

for Your Skin

There are two things to keep in mind,

in regards to your skin, when it comes to

exercising:

• Excessive exercise, especially aerobics,

increases skin aging.

• Intense exercise dramatically increases

free-radical generation for prolonged periods

of time.

This is evident when you see young

extreme athletes who look much older than

their years.

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daily and still produce plenty of vitamin D-3. It is

a good idea to have all suspicious moles removed.

Most melanomas arise from flat, pigmented moles.

Those with a strong family history of skin cancer

of any type or who have had a skin cancer should

always use a sun blocker on any exposed skin. The

best sun blockers block UVA and UVB irradiation.

The most highly rated is Neutragena’s Ultra

Shear SPF brand. Vitamin D-3 can be obtained by

supplementation, usually 1,000 IU to 2,000 IU a day.

It is also important to appreciate that oral

antioxidants and flavonoids also protect the skin

against excessive aging and skin cancers.

 

Media Report Faulty Studies

on Fruits and Vegetables

A recent headline proclaimed that recent

research published in the prestigious Journal of the

AMA (JAMA) discovered that a very high intake

of fruits and vegetables had no beneficial effect on

reducing recurrences of breast cancer.

 

As with most such stories, it is as if a high priest

had shared his personal conversation with God with

us. And in the modern world, the “scientist” holds a

station rivaled only by the priest of times past.

I have carefully analyzed this article (JAMA

2007; 298: 289-298.) and will share only the most

important points.

 

First, unlike the impression given to the public,

the study was only designed to see if an extremely

high intake of fruits and vegetables and fiber

combined with a low fat diet could reduce breast

cancer recurrences even more than previously seen

with a high intake of fruits and vegetables. Note that

I said as previously seen with a

and vegetables.

 

Most Americans eat fewer than two servings of

vegetables a day and then the vegetables are usually

of low nutritional quality. In the study, researchers

noted that in both the test group and the control

group, people were eating, on average, seven

servings of fruits and vegetables a day. That is, both

were eating very high levels of cancer-inhibiting

foods.

 

In their paper they even state that one of their

previous studies found that there was a threshold

of five servings of fruits and vegetables that had the

maximum effect on cancer risk and recurrence.

Both groups, the test subjects and the controls,

were at that high level of consumption at the start

of the study.

 

It is true that previous studies have shown that

five servings, in people below age 50, provides the

maximum effectiveness against cancer. Therefore,

we knew basically what the study would show.

A number of studies have shown that people

who eat five servings of vegetables a day reduce

their risk of breast cancer over 50 percent.

It has also been adequately demonstrated that

five servings of vegetables a day reduces breast

high intake of fruits

 

Raw Vegetables vs.

Cooked Vegetables

There is an ongoing debate among

nutritionists as to the value of raw vs.

cooked vegetables. I have always favored

raw vegetables with a mix of some cooked

vegetables. We know that cooking vegetables

destroys many of the vitamins and some of

the flavonoids and the minerals end up in the

cooking water. But a new study found that the

ability of vegetables to prevent breast cancer

in both pre-menopausal and post-menopausal

women depends on how the vegetables are

prepared.

A German study compared the incidence

of breast cancer in 310 women based on

their intake of raw vegetables, vegetable

fiber, or total vegetables compared to 353

control women on a regular diet.

there was a dramatic 49 percent reduction in

breast cancer in women who ate plentiful raw

vegetables as compared to those who ate small

amounts. Eating large amounts of vegetable

fiber, not grain fiber, reduced breast cancer

incidence 38 percent, and a high intake of total

vegetables (mixed raw and cooked) produced a

43 percent reduction.

Cooked vegetables alone did not reduce

the incidence of breast cancer. Raw vegetables

included green leafy salads, fresh herbs

(parsley, watercress, chives, basil, and dill),

tomatoes, cucumbers, red and green peppers,

carrots, radishes, and cabbage.

I prefer using a wide assortment of

blenderized vegetables, such as kale, collard

and mustard greens, celery, broccoli, Brussels

sprouts, bok choy, and Chinese lettuce.

Blenderizing releases the anti-cancer

flavonoids so that drinking a cup of the mix is

equal to eating five servings of vegetables a

day. You can add some fruits to improve the

taste, such as blueberries, blackberries, etc.

5 They found

 

cancer recurrence and improves prognosis. So,

basically all this study can say is that eating even a

greater amount of vegetables offers no “additional”

benefit.

 

Yet, a careful analysis of their data does not

even confirm this conclusion.

For example, they found that people eating

three or fewer servings a day of vegetables had

52 more instances of tumor recurrence than

those eating more than five servings

Likewise, people eating the very high-vegetable

diets had 31 fewer deaths. We must understand

that when 210,000 women develop breast cancer

each year, this translates into thousands of fewer

recurrences and deaths from the disease, to say

nothing of the women who would never get the

disease in the first place.

 

What this means is that their study indeed

found a strong trend in reducing breast cancer

recurrence when a greater number of vegetables

were eaten each day. In other words, the headline

lied.

 

The study has a number of other flaws. No

allowances were made for alcohol consumption.

It has been shown that women who drink as little

as 15 grams of alcohol a day dramatically increase

their risk of developing breast cancer, but a high

intake of folate-containing vegetables dramatically

reduces this risk.

 

There is also evidence from their study that

more of the women who ate very high amounts of

vegetables had worse cancers to begin with.

They also admit that they did not consider

exercise, even though they collected the data.

Studies have shown that regular exercise reduces

breast cancer risk and recurrence of cancers.

One problem I have with all such studies is

that they never study people who eat washed

vegetables. It is ironic that the FDA site warns

that washing all fruits and vegetables to remove

harmful (cancer-causing) pesticides and herbicides

is critical.

 

Yet, cancer-prevention studies are done that

don’t consider this. In essence, eating pesticidesaturated

vegetables can increase your risk of

cancer or at least severely blunt the vegetables’

cancer-preventing effectiveness.

 

I have never seen one of these studies that

considered the very high intake of omega-6 oils

(corn, safflower, sunflower, peanut, canola, and

soybean oils) in most Western diets. These are

powerful promoters of cancer growth and spread.

This explains why vegetable extracts have

produced such dramatic results in experimental

animals that are either injected with powerful

carcinogenic compounds or implanted with

human tumors.

 

The animals are not exposed to MSG,

aspartame, omega-6 oils, or pesticides during the

study as are humans.

 

An abundant amount of new evidence shows

that most cancers contain glutamate receptors, and

that diets high in glutamate (such as the additives

MSG, hydrolyzed protein, soy protein isolates,

caseinate, and others) cause these cancers to grow

faster, invade more often, and metastasize widely.

In essence, they make many cancers more

deadly. Despite this, most oncologists do not warn

their patients to avoid MSG, food additives, etc.

Almost all processed foods contain one or more of

these glutamate additives.

 

A number of journals have a sweetheart deal

with major media outlets and release key articles

early to the press, even before being seen by

physicians and researchers, who might criticize the

study. By the time physicians, such as myself, can

respond with an analysis, it’s old news to the media.

Noted author Richard Weaver stated in an

analysis of the new media, “We are told the

time to laugh and the time to cry, and signs are

not wanting that the audience grows ever more

responsive to its cues.”

 

 

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References:

1. Berking C. Hautarzt 2005; 56: 687-696. (in German)

2. Svobodova A., et al., J Dermatol Sci 2007; 46: 21-30

3. Grossman R., Am J Clin Dermatology 2005; 6: 39-47

4. Reichrath J. Prog Biophys Mol Biol

5. Adzersen K.H., et al., Nutr Cancer 2003; 46: 131-137

Please note that this advice is generic

and not specific to any individual. You

should consult with your doctor before

undertaking any medical or nutritional

course of action.

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Q: I am taking a statin drug for cholesterol

and my doctor says my triglycerides are too

high as well. Why is that relevant and what

can be done about it?

— Myron R., Glendale, Wis.

A:

triglyceride levels are more important than total

cholesterol. My question is, Why are you taking a

statin drug? You might want to read my newsletter

on the danger of statin drugs. Briefly, there is

powerful evidence that elevated cholesterol by

itself does not cause atherosclerosis (leading to

heart attack and strokes).

In fact, lowering cholesterol too low (as is

commonly done with statin drugs) increases

mortality, especially from brain hemorrhages, and

may increase cancer rates as well.

The major studies on statin use indicate that,

at best, statins do not reduce heart attack rates

any lower than other treatments that do not

lower cholesterol, such as angiotensin-converting

enzyme inhibitor drugs and aspirin.

They also clearly demonstrate that any

effectiveness of the statins is based on their antiinflammatory,

immune-suppression effects and

antioxidant effects and not lowering cholesterol.

So, what sense does it make to take dangerous

statin drugs when other safer alternatives exist?

Newer studies have shown that curcumin,

ellagic acid (from raspberries and pomegranates),

quercetin, natural vitamin E, ascorbate, and

ginkgo biloba work much better and have other

health benefits, such as preventing cancer, another

chronic inflammatory disease.

The best way to lower triglycerides is to

lower your sugar and carbohydrate intake. Both

dramatically increase triglyceride levels. The

reason triglycerides are even connected with heart

attack and stroke risk is because they are also

oxidized and are converted to LDL-cholesterol,

which also becomes oxidized.

Un-oxidized cholesterol, no matter how high

(this has been proven in experimental studies)

does not cause atherosclerosis.

All studies are showing that the people who

develop high rates of heart attack and stroke are

people with prolonged inflammation in their body,

no matter the cause — chronically infected teeth

and gums, viral or bacterial infections, mercury

toxicity, food additive excitotoxin exposure (such

as MSG, hydrolyzed protein, caseinate, etc.) or

hypertension. This is why CRP levels (a measure

of inflammation) are a better indicator of risk than

cholesterol, even LDL-cholesterol.

Studies have shown that people who eat only

a Mediterranean diet reduce their risk of heart

attack by 78 percent. That exceeds statins by 46

percent. All it takes is something American have

far too little of — discipline.

Some studies indicate that elevated

Q: Is there anything I can do to alleviate

the symptoms of shingles?

— Doretta C., Vista, Calif.

A:

reactivation of a dormant chickenpox virus, and

affects a number of nerves in the face, chest,

abdomen, or extremities. It is caused by a loss of

immune function. This is why we see it in the

elderly more often than younger people.

It can also be a sign of an underlying cancer

for the same reason. Usually the pain develops in

the distribution of a particular nerve several days

before the rash appears, which is raised, red, and

blistering. An intense, unrelenting pain called

post-herpetic neuralgia can follow the outbreak of

the rash. Early treatment, within 72 hours of the

Shingles (herpes zoster) is caused by the

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appearance of the blisters, can often terminate an

attack and prevent the severe pain.

The most effective treatment I have found

is a combination of 5,000 IU of vitamin B-12

(methylcobalamin) twice a day, vitamin B-6

(as pyridoxal 5-phosphate) 50 milligrams a day,

vitamin B-1 (as benfotiamine) 200 milligrams a

day, magnesium citrate 500 milligrams twice a day

and DHA oil (Neuromins), 600 milligrams a day

and a vitamin mineral tablet (Extend Core from

www.vrp.com). This regimen should be taken for

three months. Most of these you can get from the

Web site www.vitacost.com.

To prevent recurrences you should stay on the

Extend Core permanently and use beta- 1,3/1,6

glucan 250 milligrams twice a week to be taken

on an empty stomach. The latter supplement

stimulates your immune system.

Q: What is your opinion on pork?

— George D., Pompano Beach, Fla.

A:

from China. Pork that has been fed melaminecontaminated

gluten from communist China

should never be eaten. (See last month’s

newsletter.) I would wait at least another six

months before eating pork for this reason.

Overall, pork is healthier than beef. Like beef,

it does contain a lot of iron, which can promote a

number of diseases, such as cancer, strokes, and

heart attacks; so it should be eaten in moderation

(6 ounces once to twice a week).

To reduce the effects of the high iron, always

eat your meals with lots of vegetables, which bind

the iron and prevent absorption. Tea also prevents

iron absorption. In general, pork is a leaner meat

than beef, especially if it is organically raised. I

would avoid all meat that is injected or animals fed

with antibiotics, hormones, or other additives.

These can cause weight gain, infertility, and

promote cancer growth.

Some processed pork products come

Q: Do you have any suggestions for relief

from tinnitus?

— Brenda W., Anthem, Ariz.

A:

or both ears, is becoming more common because

of poor nutrition, young people exposed to loud

music (concerts and personal players) and those of

us who shoot guns. Loud noises damage the hair

cells in the cochlea of the inner ear.

We also see tinnitus in older individuals,

secondary to poor blood supply as atherosclerosis

of the smaller vessels begins to occur.

A number of studies have found ginkgo biloba

to improve tinnitus and hearing, if the condition is

treated early. Ginkgo protects these delicate nerve

cells against excitotoxicity (a major cause of the

damage), improves blood flow, and slightly thins

the blood, which also improves flow through the

microvessels of the ear. The dose is 320 milligrams

a day of a high-quality extract.

Another product, Vinpocetine (extracted from

the periwinkle plant) also protects these nerves

and dramatically improves blood flow. This is

especially helpful in the elderly. The dose is

10 milligrams a day for one week and up to 20

milligrams a day if needed. It should be taken

before noon to prevent insomnia.

These same nerves are also very dependent

on the B vitamins, especially vitamin B-1 (as

benfotiamine 200 milligrams), riboflavin, vitamin

B-6, niacinamide, folate, and methylcobalamin.

Other antioxidants also help prevent the

progression of hearing loss.

These include curcumin, DHA, hesperidin,

quercetin, vitamin E (Unique-E) and vitamin C

(buffered). ENT physicians also offer a masking

device, which has variable results.

Tinnitus, which is a constant ringing in one

Q: Any ideas on raising one’s HDL without

statins? How can I relieve post-stroke thalamic

pain? I now take neurontin which helps, but

it has a tendency to reduce bone mass with

prolonged use.

— Mike E., Los Altos, Calif.

A:

related. One is a tendency to develop strokes,

which I assume was a minor stroke. You might

want to see my answer to the first question.

Second, is the thalamic syndrome, which is a

response to infarction (stroke) to the thalamus, a

sensory nucleus located deep within the brain.

The symptoms include severe sharp pains,

crawling sensations, burning, hypersensitivity to

touch, or tearing pains.

The pain may not appear for months or even

You have two problems — both closely

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years after a stroke and are typically made worse

with stress, lack of sleep, and exposure to cold.

Studies indicate that the problem is caused

by abnormal discharges of pain fibers within the

thalamus. It all gets very complicated, but suffice

it to say that it resembles a sensory seizure deep

within this brain nucleus. The main culprit is

the glutamate receptors and thus anything that

increases glutamate (or aspartate) also increases

the pain. Neurontin (gabapentin) works by

reducing both glutamate and aspartate in this

nucleus as well as spinal cord.

Magnesium plays a major role in controlling

these haywire impulses by reducing the activity

of the glutamate receptors. Increasing the

magnesium in your diet will help considerably.

Taking 500 milligrams of magnesium malate

or citrate twice a day should be sufficient. It

takes about a week of supplementation to reach

adequate brain levels.

You should also be aware that most processed

foods contain an abundant supply of glutamate

as an additive, such as MSG (monosodium

glutamate), hydrolyzed proteins, soy protein

isolate or concentrate, sodium or calcium

caseinate, carrageenan, stock, broth, natural

flavoring, etc. Also aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal)

also contains an excitotoxin (aspartate). These

all will make your symptoms worse and avoiding

them will make your symptoms better.

Other things that will reduce your symptoms

include DHA, silymarin (milk thistle extract),

natural vitamin E, magnesium ascorbate, vitamin

B-12 and vitamin B-6.

In combination they will reduce the damage

produced by glutamate. Theanine, a component

of white tea, also reduces glutamate levels and

calms the nervous system. It is a very useful sleep

supplement.

At a dose of 200 milligrams to 400 milligrams

twice a day you will be calmer and the pain

should be reduced significantly. Drinking three

cups of strong white tea a day will also help.

To raise HDL levels, I would recommend

krill oil, which has been shown to significantly

increase these levels.

September 2007

About Dr. Blaylock

Dr. Russell Blaylock edits NewsMax.com’s

Wellness Report

neurosurgeon, health practitioner, author, and

lecturer.

He attended the Louisiana State University School of

Medicine in New Orleans and completed his internship and

neurosurgical residency at the Medical University of South

Carolina in Charleston, S.C.

For the past 26 years, he has practiced neurosurgery in

addition to having a nutritional practice.

He recently retired from his neurosurgical duties to

devote his full attention to nutritional studies and research.

Dr. Blaylock has authored three books on nutrition and

wellness, including Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, Health

and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life, and his most

recent work, Natural Strategies for The Cancer Patient. An indemand

guest for radio and television programs, he lectures

extensively to both lay and professional medical audiences on

a variety of nutrition-related subjects.

Also, Dr. Blaylock has been appointed to serve on the

Scientific Advisory Board of the Life Extension Foundation.

He is the 2004 recipient of the Integrity in Science Award

granted by the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Dr. Blaylock serves on the editorial staff of the Journal of

the American Nutraceutical Association and is the associate

editor of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons,

official publication of the Association of American Physicians

and Surgeons.

He previously served as clinical assistant professor of

neurosurgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center

in Jackson, Miss., and is currently a visiting professor of

biology at the Belhaven College, also in Jackson.

Blaylock. He is a nationally recognized boardcertified

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Longtime readers of Financial Intelligence Report will recall Christopher

Ruddy’s visit with Sir John Templeton, the legendary investor.

As FIR detailed in its February 2005 edition, Templeton had a stark

warning to U.S. investors: They could expect housing prices to fall by as

much as 50 percent when the bubble burst.

So far, that prediction has not unfolded. But it will, undoubtedly.

Already, housing sales and starts are plummeting and inventories are

mushrooming. And all of this is happening even though long-term interest

rates — which determine mortgage rates — have nudged only slightly

higher.

Templeton’s view about the coming residential housing

meltdown is shared by renowned Yale economist Robert

Shiller.

You may recall that FIR spoke with Shiller (see FIR,

April 2006), and he also told our readers about “worrisome

signs” that pointed to a “major decline” in real estate prices,

possibly 40 percent or more before the dust settles.

Recently, Shiller told Money magazine that he still sees disaster looming

for the U.S. housing market.

Shiller was credited with forecasting the dot-com crash with his uncanny

predictions in his book “Irrational Exuberance.” Shiller attributed that stock

crash to “collective consciousness.”

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opined: “It doesn’t seem like we’re there quite yet.”

He also warned that there’s a strong possibility the return on real estate

will actually be “substantially negative” over the next 10 years. (For more

details on Shiller’s thoughts, see “Shiller Sees ‘Worst Case’ Housing Crash”

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long way to making

mercury less toxic

A little garlic goes a

comes from many

sources

PLUS

Mercury contamination

from the sun’s UVB rays

. . . but is that enough?

ASK DR. BLAYLOCK

You protect yourself

triglycerides; Treatment

for shingles; Should you

eat pork?

Help for high

 

Americans eat 4 billion pounds of fish a year. That’s 4

trends like eating sushi only promise to boost that figure. The

question is,

 

Edited by Russell L. Blaylock, M.D.

Key Points

billion. AndShould we be eating all that fish?