New Treatments | Book Reviews
March 2000, I started to see that the prednison would not cure my disease. I was very frustrated but eventually decided to turn my (low level of) energy into something positive. I was going to educate myself. My mother one day bought me the following book: Eat Right for your Type by Dr. D'Adamo.
I read it in a couple of days and decided to give it a try. My bloodtype is O+, so I am supposed to be a caveman and I should eating the same diet as he used to do in the Paleolithic period. That means: No more wheat, instead one can use spelt, which is a grain that contains less allergenes than wheat does. I also was supposed to eat more meat. Red meat would be especailly beneficial. Meat and vegetables and some spelt should make up a large part of the diet. Acids found in fruits and other foods should be avoided. This is because the stomach of an O+ person already is very acid. This is neccessary for the proper digestion of the meats.
I started the diet (I was still on prednison at that time) and discovered that my energy level gained. That was very good news.
In August / September, after having stopped the prednison (gradually ofcourse, under doctors supervision), the inflammation sadly started to return. This was visible in my blood works and I started to feel worse.
I concluded that the ER4YT diet was a step in the right direction, but it wasn't good enough.
Eat Right For Your Type
By Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo
October 2001, I stumbled upon David Gregg's Website: www.krysalis.net. His article really amazed me. He writes he has cured a woman that had Crohn's disease using DMSO.. At that time I didn't know what DMSO was, so I decided to buy the book. I also ordered the DMSO, which stands for Dimethyl Sulphoxide, from the USA, because my physician was reluctant to prescribe it for me.
This book started to open my eyes: Dr. Morton Walker showed me that many alternative medicines are boycotted by organisations like the FDA. Universities are sponsored by large pharmaceutical companies and thus can't be trusted to give objective information and perform objective studies.
One study showed that DMSO cured scleroderma. A scleroderma patient was to put one of his/her hands into a DMSO solution. Over time, the result was that both hands were healed. The FDA didn't acknowledge the efficacy of DMSO, because both hands were healed. Because the DMSO was only applied to one hand, this ruled out the fact that DMSO could have healed this person. In effect, both hands healed because the DMSO enters the bloodstream after contact and thereby also reaches the other hand !
At the end of November 2000 I finally received the DMSO and I started to use it immediately. I started to make progress. In the end, it was the SCDiet which I had also started in October 2000 that caused the healing inside of me. Read more below:
DMSO Nature's Healer
by Dr. Morton Walker
End of October 2000, I received Breaking The Vicious Cycle, written by Elaine Gottschall. I decided to buy this book after a discussion on a Crohn's newsgroup (usenet). Somebody who had gotten better told me that ER4YT was not enough to heal your intestines. Only specific carbohydrates can be eaten, the monosaccharides. No starches and complex sugars are allowed.. That means: No milk, no grains, no rice, no potatoes.. It sounded like I couldn't eat anything anymore. Anyway, I decided to buy the book so I could see for myself.
When I started reading, I got very interested in the theories Elaine Gottschall wrote about. I read the entire book in two days. And then again. I decided to start the diet. It all looked so sensible to me. The theory behind the Specific Carbohydrate Diet is very simple and clear: Don't share your meal with the bad bacteria in your stomach. This can be accomplished by only eating things, you can digest and absorb yourself. The bacteria eat carbohydrates, so one should only eat the carbohydrates that can be absorbed and digested quickly. That rules out all starches and all unnatural or refined sugars. That leaves: Glucose, which is found in fruit and small amounts of starches and fibers that are found in vegetables.
I started the diet immediately. I didn't think it would completely take away all my symptoms, but I was certain it was going to be a step in the right direction.
One week later, my weight stabilized and I didn't have to visit the toilet that often. My flatulence had almost completely disappeared and the burping too !
Two months later, and more than eight kilo's (16 pounds) heavier I realized that the SCDiet had healed my intestines. My blood works were free of flaws. My energy was back. I felt like reborn.
Breaking The Vicious Cycle
by Elaine Gottschall, B.A., M.Sc.
I did still suffer from brain fogs, night sweats and other problems. When I was diagnosed to have hypoglycemia after having done an extended glucose tolerance test, I decided to stop drinking the grape juice (15% glucose+fructose) and stop using the honey I used to put in my tea. That already helped a bit.
I also decided to buy a book to see if I could minimize the symptoms that were the result of my hypoglycemia.The low blood sugar handbook, written by Edward and Patricia Krimmel showed me that hypoglycemia can indeed cause a lot of symptoms, of which I had a lot. I started to follow the program and it did help. The book suggests to stop eating high-carb foods (also high carb vegetables like carrots). It also suggests to take a bedtime snack and a snack when you wake up. These things did help me. On one point the book is not perfect: It suggests that the diet should primarily contain carbohydrates (slow-acting). This was a problem, because it can't be combined with the SCDiet, because the slow-acting carbs the book was suggesting to eat, are forbidden on the SCDiet (full kernel bread, etc).
In the end, this book did help, but not enough to remove all symptoms.
The Low Blood Sugar Handbook
By Edward and Patricia Krimmel
Then I read at the hypoglycemia survey page that Dr. Atkins's New Diet was the most successful at stopping hypoglycmia symptoms from appearing. August 2001 I received the book.
This diet tells you to eat more protein, more fat and much less carbohydrates. This improved my health tremendously. The book once again showed me that the medical world isn't all that ethical. Studies that showed that a 90%-fat diet and a 90%-protein diet both caused a decrease of weight and a 90%-carbohydrate that caused in increase in weight (even when calories were severely restricted down to 50%) were not acknowledged by the nutrionial instances.. All dieticians were learned that only a calorie-restricted, low fat, high-carb diet would help. In fact, it does help sometimes but in the long-run only 3% was able to stick to the low fat diet. 97% will find themselves heavier than when they started the diet a year later.
I decided to eat less carbohydrates. I stopped eating the almonds and I ate some less vegetables.. Over time I decided to eat even less carbohydrates. In the end I decided to eat no more than 30 grams of carbohydrates a day (that's basically the same amount of carbohydrates as in one or two wheat cookies.. Not much).
This drastic change showed even more drastic improvements. My brain fogs were finally gone, I could sleep in one period, instead of waking up many,many times. I wouldn't perspire anymore during sleep. I was symptom-free at last !
New Diet Revolution
By Robert C. Atkins
Some days later I received the Diabetes Solution by Richard K. Bernstein. This book confirms my personal findings: A diabetic (a hypoglycemic is in fact a type II diabetic) should not eat more than 30 grams of carbohydrates a day.
Another thing Richard showed me was that anaerobic exercise (the exercise where your muscles start to ache after some time) drastically improves your health, because the muscles use glucose as primary fuel (whereas aerobic exercise use almost no glucose.. Jogging is worthless for controlling blood sugar). Besides that it also increases overall insulin sensitivity: The new-built muscles are not insulin resistant. This improvement is effective for two weeks after one stops exercising. So it's important to change one's lifestyle to include frequent anaerobic exercise.
I'm proud to tell you that it does work for me.. Besides that I've gained some weight.. Not fat, but pure lean muscles ! I look a lot better and I feel a lot better. The special exercise plan in his book is very nice. It takes only about 15 minutes a day to accomplish the same as normal people do when they do a regular workout !
By Richard K. Bernstein, M.D.
In August 2001 I also received this book: Lights Out by T.S. Wiley with Bent Formby. It shows how wrong our current lifestyle is. One third of the book is covered with references to medical studies. I believe he is correct: Our diet and lifestyle is completely insane !
This is what happens: Because of the invention of artificial light (the light bulb), we can control night and artificial daytime. This is the primary cause of allmost all modern diseases. The lights in the winter are the worst. In the winter, the nights are very long: Up to 14 hours. What we, stupid humans, do is the following: We decide to stay up all night and get up early. We shorten the night down to five to seven hours ! This has disastrous results. Our body and hormone-producing organs think it's summer (where the nights are really short). The organs start producing hormones that should only be in the blood stream one time a year (in the summer, just before the winter).
The hormones of which the production is increased: Sex hormones (Start making children, so that next spring your baby will be born), Insulin (Eat enough carbohydrates, so they can be converted into fat), Opiums (Get satisfaction from eating high-carbohydrate foods, so we can survive the famine in the winter) !
At the same time the production of other hormones is inhibited: Melatonin, the most important antioxidant of mankind is only produced during sleep.. Well, sleep is short and we sleep in the light (even an LCD-screen of your radio is enough), so this inhibits melatonin production.
End result: More than 40% of the Americans are overweight because they
chronically crave carbohydrates.. Their bodies continuously thinks famine
Check this book for yourself. It's very interesting.. One very interesting aspect is that the US government is aware of the fact that our diet is completely wrong, but they won't tell you ! How come ?
Sleep, Sugar and Survival
By T.S. Wiley with Bent Formby
Life wihtout Bread
is written by Wolgang Lutz. He has done many medical studies that confirm
the efficacy of the low-carbohydrate diet for many diseases, among which
Crohn's and Colitis Ulcerosa. Very much detailed information is available
on treating the many diseases with a low-carbohydrate diet (max 70 gram per day).
Although it is very successful for treating crohn's, the SCDiet has a higher
success-percentage. The technical, biochemical part of the book is also very
interesting. It explains that most cells like fats a lot better
than carbohydrates. Fats can be metabolized in one step by the mitochondria, the
cell energy-factory, while carbohydrates need four steps to be metabolized much
less efficiently than fats do.
I remember one patient, the foreman of a Mercedes-Re service station, who came to me years ago and told me that he has had diarrhoea for over 15 years now and that he had consulted at least ten physicians without any success. He did not dare to leave his house anymore; when he had to out anyway, he would immediately look for a rest stop since at times he could hold his stool not even for one minute. I prescribed him a low-carbohydrate diet and told him to see me again in a fortnight, because I was sure that the problem would have resolved by then. This was indeed the case. He came, thanked me and told me that of the many doctors he consulted previously, not one knew how to help him. He did not quite understand that, because if there is mechanical trouble with one the Mercedes-Benz models, all service stations in the whole world would be informed and instructed how to repair the defect. Whether this was not so in medicine? No, I had to admit: we have the so-called scholarly medicine with certain dogmatic views, and other views are not tolerated. The many "outsiders" among the medical scientists will surely agree with me wholeheartedly.
Read chapter seven here: http://www.scdiet.org/7archives/lutz/lutz7.html
Life without Bread
by Wolfang Lutz, M.D. &
Christian B. Allan, Ph.D.
Our dog (a bouvier) is suffering from a lot flatulence. The problem is that the
gas smells *REALLY* bad. Then I checked the food contents of his commercial food.
A very small amount of fats and proteins is in it. On the nutrient list no carbohydrates
are listed. When I check the ingredients it states: *GRAINS*. I think that this food
consists primarily of grains and thus carbohydrates. This book showed me how right I was
and how devastating this is to the health of a dog.
Give your dog a bone
by Dr. Ian Billingherst
I received this book after Christmas 2001. It's a really amazing book.
A must-read for anybody interested in nutrients, minerals and vitamins.
The book shows how bad our diet currently is. For example refined white flour only
contains 13% of the chromium-content of whole-wheat flour. Also, the
cadmium:zinc ratio drops from 1:200 to 1:20. Cadmium is zinc's antagonist. Eating bread
causes chromium and zinc-deficiency.
Mental and Elemental Nutrients
by Carl C. Pfeiffer, Ph.D., M.D.
This review is written by Martyn, one of the visitors
In his chiropractic practice dr. Pagano has during 25 years concentrated his efforts on studying psoriatric patients and theories. He has also concentrated on proving, indisputably, that psoriasis and eczema, long classified as 'incurable' by the orthodox scientific community, can be healed in a perfectly natural way. The holistic based method avoids any synthetic systhemic or topical drugs (corticosteroids, like prednisone, and even immuunsuppressants) which never leads to a structural cure but often to further illness, addiction and misery.
Pagano says that psoriasis is a external manifestation of an internal intoxification of the human body. His approch is conform the leaky gut theory: internal toxins that have accumulated in the lymphatics and blood stream by 'seeping' through thin intestinal walls. His alternative approach to healing is based twofold:
To achieve the two basic requirements the patient has to have a internal cleansing (bowels, kidney, liver), a restrictive nutritious diet (of 80% alkalic food and 20% acid food, no nightshades, no sugar, no alcohol), specific herb teas, some external applications (optional) and right thinking. The therapy, also applicable for eczema, is well known in most (alternative) skin disease communities among the internet and it is helpfull for the majority of patients (so, mostly 95-100% symptom free or significant helpfull).
The pagano theory (also based on Edgar Cayce theories) is very similar to the Scdiet approach. For more infromation you can surf to www.psoriasis-healing.com. The book costs about $25 (warning: I have no formal, informal, financial or other kinds of contact with this foundation). For moderate and severe psoriasis and eczema, the regular approach is, in my opinion, non effective and even health destructive on the medium or long term.
The Natural Alternative
by Dr. John O.A. Pagano
Kwasniewski's diet is backed up by good research that was conducted in Poland. Several ten-thousands of people follow his diet with great success.
by Jan Kwasniewski
The Body Electric
By Robert O. Becker, M.D. and Gary Selden
This is one of the most fascinating books I've read in a while. The introduction is already very interesting: It starts with a bit of history, before penicillin became known. Becker was a medical student back then and he remembers very well the devestating effects of lobar (pneumococcal) pneoumonia. This disease was almost epidemic and most people admitted to the hospitals in New York suffered from this. The fever would rise to 140-150 degrees F. Then there were to options: Either the patient would start sweating and eventually survive or the patient would remain hot and dry and this would be the sign of eventual death. Confident in his medical knowledge, Robert Becker was horrified to find that there was nothing he could do for these patients.
But then penicillin came and all this was ended. A very small amount of this white powder, penicillin, could cure people easily. Before that hundreds of thousands of Americans died of this disease. It had a mortality rate of 50%. After penicillin it was close to 0%.
Penicillin alas changed much more: It changed the whole point of view of modern medicine. Doctors believed that for every disease there would be a simple powder, or medication, to cure the disease. The concept of viewing the body as a whole disappeared and everything was downgraded to simple "scientific" biochemistry: What does medication A do for the body in this or that state, etc. The aspect of life totally disappeared. The extremely complex human body was simplified into a biochemical soup of processes taking place. The factor "life" was non-existent. It was all biochemistry. Then, with the decipherment of the DNA code, it was all clear, they thought.
"Prevention, nutrition, exercise, lifestyle, mental influences, environmental pollutuans - all were glossed over", Becker writes. "Even today, after so many years and millions of dollars spent for negligable results, it's still assumed that the cure for cancer will be a chemical that kills malignant cells without harming healthy ones ". He finished the paragraph with: "If a human is merely a chemical machine, then the ultimate human is a robot".
The Body Electic counts over 350 pages and gets a bit technical now and then. It's illustrated with numerous drawings, which clarify the matter a lot. The first part of the book contains quite some interesting (but sometimes gross and horrible) experiments. For example: Cutting off the front-right leg of a salamander, will start the regrowth of that same leg. However, when you would cut of the leg, then take off the blastema tissue that forms on the wound and implant it on his tail, then a second tail would grow on its already existing tail: A salamander with two tails. However, when we do the same and transplant the late blastema to the tail, the leg will regrow on that spot, on the tail: A salamander with a leg attached to his tail. Quite odd. Conclusion: The early blastema gets its instructions from nearby tissues, while the late blastema already has its instructions.
The experiments continue and also show how advanced the regeneration processes are in specific animals. Newts for example can even regenerate their iris in the eye. His research shows how the DC voltages in the animal and human body vary and which DC field patterns exist. Also how these fluctuate during the healing process of for example fractured bones.
A very interesting point is the following: In humans below 12 years of age, a torn-off finger will *invariably* fully regrow, if and only if it's torn off beyond the outermost crease of the outermost joint.. If only a small part of the finger is torn off, it will not regrow: The signal for regeneration is not given.. This signal is also not given when the wound on the finger is neatly closed by a flap of skin: Regeneration doesn't occur then. Several hospitals now follow the regeneration procedure: They sometimes even cut off an extra part and purposely "neglect" the wound.
Further research shows why young salamanders can regenerate the spinal cord, while older salamanders can't: The older salamander gets a long spinal shock which is characterized by a long potential change with positive voltages. Thje spinal shock of a young salamander is very short and directly after the shock, the spine starts to regenerate. The older salamander's shock is comparable to what happens in complex animals like cats, dogs, and animals. This spinal shock is the main obstacle w.r.t. regenerating the spinal cord in humans.
Becker explains what the regeneration possibilities are for every type of tisue and organ. Did you know salamanders can regenerate large parts of their brains !
Becker also shows a very interesting link with cancer: As regeneration capability decreases, cancer increases. Worms virtually can't get cancer, like salamanders and most reptiles. However, humans have a much higher incidence of cancer and aren't able to regenerate much, besides some skin and bones. A cancer transplanted on a salamander will eventually kill the salamder: the cancer spreads throughout his body. However, when the limb, on which the cancer was implanted, is amputated through the cancer (so half of the cancer remains), the salamander will invariably regenerate: The regeneration electrical impulses make the cancer convert into healthy tissue ! Even when this experiment is repeated, when the cancer had already spread to other organs, it still works: all the tumors are converted into healthy tissue.
Next, Becker analyzes these electrical impulses of regeneration and starts a next experiment: Implanting a small battery which sends out these same impulses in the amputated leg of a rat: And behold, the leg starts regenerating fully: Nerves, bones, collagen, skin, hair, all of it. However, it didn't complete: Either there aren't enough cells available that are able to first dediffernentiate and then redifferentiate into the specific cell needed at that place. Or the electrical signal wasn't specific enough to complete the regeneration. In frogs this experiment yielded the right results, however: The entire leg was regenerated. Mammals seemed to a lot tougher.
Another interesting experiment: A bone could be regrown completely in rats by leading sciatic nerve through the bonemarrow and attaching the other side to a hole, made in the skin. In mammals, the skin can regenerate, and because of the hole in the skin, electrical impulses are lead to the bone, through the nerve. Alas, this technique only seems to work for bones, as bones contain bone marrow which contains plenty of cells which are able to de- and then re-differentiate. In other tissues, there was virtually no regeneration.
That's about it: Robert Becker's experiments had to stop here, because all funding was stopped. No university, no hospital and no companies were interested in funding his next studies. I believe, that if he was able to continue his studies, we would now be able to regrow virtually any organ in the human body. The basic formula would be: Supply the right regenerative currents to the area that needs to regenerate and if needed supply the right amount of de- and redifferentiable cells.
This will be even more interesting to some of you: Experiments in rats show that a colon, cut in two pieces and then left in the abdomen without connecting them can regenerate itself in 20% of the cases. The two ends magically find their counterparts and the wound heals. Sounds like pure magic. The success rate increases to 60% when the rats is given a temporary pouch. The rat colon can also regenerate cut-away parts of the ileum, and this is even without any electronic help from the outside.
Whenever I would loose a leg, I would seriously consider doing some of these experiments on myself. If this research was allowed to be continued with the proper funds, lots and lots of vietnam veterans would have been out of missery. And what to think of all people who don't have a colon anymore. At first I thought regeneration would be extremely difficult, because you would need to know the exact frequency, voltage and ampere to regenerate each specific organ. In practice, it seems a lot simpler: One specific voltage triggers regeneration, it's as simple as that. But ofcourse there still some obstacles, of which one is the availability of the specific cells that can redifferentiate. Because of the high complexity of mammals, many cells are so specialized that they've lost the ability to dedifferentiate.
The last part of his book warns us about the dangers of electrosmog. The studies he quotes confirm my experiences with it. I lived in an appartment with very high levels of high frequency radiation because of a nearby cellular phone antenna. Even very low levels (a "cold" 110V or 220V wire next to your bed) might prevent the pineal gland from making enough melatonin. It seems the body doesn't differentiate between light or electrosmog: Both suppress the pineal gland.. And we all know how important melatonin is for health.
The Russians made a simple assumption: Any electronic radiation, higher than those available in nature (currently we have about 2 million times more radiation than natural levels) can potentially be very unhealthy. In the USA and most of the Western World, this assumption was the other way around: No radiation, whatever the strength will cause any harm to any person. We all know who was right in the end. The same for the microwave: It's one of the unhealthiest devices in many households. Read this book and you'll know why.. One simple observation: When you know your body processes are controlled by minute electrical currents, it's safe to assume that currents comparable in power will influence the body (whether for good or bad) and that currents multifolds stronger might have serious effects on life.
Electrosmog also has a very high effect on the calcium-flux and also on the blood-brain barrier (it breaks) in the body: That explains exactly why I became extremely "allergic" to calcium. Calcium flows into the brain, causing aspartame-like effects: Neurons dying.
I've done some tests with the two electrosmog-meters I currently own ( from www.aaronia.de ) and I learned that the bed should be placed at least 3 meters from all electronics wires, even when no applicances are plugged in. This is just to make sure, the body can produce the melatonin. The only safe bedroom is the one in which all power is cut from the fuse-box (just remove or turn of the fuse for the bedrooms).. When you have a DECT wireless phone (or even if your direct neighbour has one), you've already lost the battle.
Conclusion: A very interesting book, both for people interested in this matter, as for scientists.
The Body Electric
by Robert O. Becker M.D. and Gary Selden
The Field is a very fascinating book and a must-read for openminded people
who already believe that there is more between heaven and earth, but
especially for the people who resist to believe that this is the case. This book
reviews a massive amount of scientific evidence that water *can* hold
information, that the life force ch'i does exist, that the body radiates *light*
and many more interesting subjects. Using special devices one can make visible
the energetic field around any living organism. Using this technique it became
clear that a baby salamander has the energy field around him of his full-grown
version: A blueprint. It's probably this blueprint which the body follows during
the growing process. Biology has never managed to explain how the body knows that
this end of the body should form a foot, while another part should form an eye.
This blueprint might be part of the explanation. The book is very well readable
for both the interested reader and scientists.
The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe
by Lynne McTaggart
NeanderThin author Ray Audette is someone who appears to be a real-life
nature boy at the same time he's a science aficionado to boot. He spends
considerable time hunting and gathering with his falcon, making him
something of a Tom Brown for the alternative diet crowd. In keeping with
that, Audette's book NeanderThin is an easily-read, somewhat meandering
exposition of why he thinks we should all be eating a paleodiet. It's
really devilishly simple, almost religious even--with chapters titled
"Genesis," "Life in the Garden of Eden," and even "Catechism." I took
the religious overtones as tongue-in-cheek originally, but rumor has it
that Mr. Audette is working on a book about Paleolithic religion, so
right now it's unclear how seriously he considers the religious
overtones. Read the rest of the review on
NeanderThin: A Caveman's Guide to Nutrition
by Ray Audette with Troy Gilchrist