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Be Your Own Health Advocate... Or You Will End Up With Punctured Organs!

SnowboardingHere is an image of me on a recent snow boarding trip with some friends in West Virginia. While doing a spinning triple flip off the most dangerous jump on the steepest quadruple black diamond run, my board came out from under me as I lunched myself into the air.... and then I not so gracefully landed on my side. On impact, I heard a delightful variety of crunching sounds .  I knew right away I broke some ribs.


As soon as I got back to Raleigh the next day, I went to the closest open urgent care. The MD felt my ribs and said there was nothing broken, but agreed to the X-Ray I requested. After reviewing the films, the MD again said there were no broken bones and everything was fine. Quite surprised to hear this (because I could feel bones clicking and moving in my chest), I requested copies of the X-Rays. I was given a CD with the images. The MD told me that the X-Rays would be reviewed by their radiology doctor and they would get back to me within 48 hours. I left with no discharge instructions or words of caution.


I am admittedly no radiologist and have had no formal training in reading X-Rays, but I do know ribs should be in one piece...


Click here to read the rest of my adventures & for the moral of the story...


March 2013
Can You Read X-Rays?
Shennanigans & The FDA
Europe-Wide Ban on Monsanto
The Zombie Apocalypse
Deadly Pills
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"Shenanigans!"--- Let The Fun Begin!


I promised to bring to light some of the shenanigans happening related to our food, health and medicine. I am happy to announce that the very first "SHENANIGNAS!" goes to....(drum  roll).....



Congratulations FDA! You win the first Shenanigans award because in 1994 you passed an act, which by definition, legally made a synthetic drug the ONLY type substance in the entire world capable of stating it can cure, treat, diagnosis or prevent any specific disease or health condition. REALLY?!?!


According to the FDA, "a product sold as a dietary supplement and promoted on its label or in labeling as a treatment, prevention or cure for a specific disease or condition would be considered an unapproved--and thus illegal-drug." The FDA requires supplement manufacturers to put disclaimers on their products indicating that "this product is not intended to 'diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.' because ONLY a drug can legally make such a claim."

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Let's consider the implications of this legal definition that ONLY a drug can claim to "diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease". According to the FDA, ONLY individuals with pharmaceutical prescriptive authority have the ability to legally prescribe products (drugs) that can "diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease".   Who has pharmaceutical prescriptive authority? Basically, only individuals trained in conventional modern day Western medicine have prescriptive authority.   Therefore, according to the FDA, ONLY individuals trained in conventional modern day allopathic medicine have the ability to use products which "diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease".


Furthermore, did you know substances from nature (herbs, vitamins, minerals...) cannot be patented and sold with exclusive proprietary rights? Substances from nature belong to nature and cannot be the property of an individual or company. It is an interesting coincidence that as of 1994, according to the FDA, ONLY a drug (which, lo and behold, can be patented and sold with proprietary rights) can "diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease". How ironic that according to the FDA, the ONLY substances that can "diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease" are substances which are patented and sold by pharmaceutical companies. I wonder why this is? I wonder who benefits and who is harmed from these legal "clarifications" and definitions?


Some say this 1994 rule was designed to "inform and protect" the public. Others say this rule was a deliberate attempt to monopolize medicine, ensure profits of specific types of industry, and strategically harm "alternative" health practitioners and discredit perceptions of natural medicine and forms of healing which are alternatives to pharmaceuticals and allopathic Western medicine. What to you think?


Regardless, it is truly a miracle that the human race is not extinct! Apparently, according to the FDA, prior to the creation of synthetic pharmaceuticals (late 1800's) there was absolutely no product, herb, supplement, vitamin, mineral, or substance that could "diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease". I can't imagine how we, as a species, somehow managed to thrive for 200,000+ years before we were saved by pharmaceuticals which could finally "diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease".


Did I really just go there? Oh yeah, I did.  And there is more.  Wait for it...


Europe-wide Ban On Monsanto GM Corn Imminent In Wake Of French Study Linking It To Cancer

Pending affirmation by its national health agency, France is expected to call for an official ban on Monsanto's genetically-modified (GM) corn very soon "at a European level," according to the French news source RFI.


Following the recent release of a University of Caen study that found a link between the "Frankencorn" and the development of severe tumors in rats, French officials have been urging a Europe-wide ban on both the cultivation and import of the GM corn, which was never proven safe in the first place prior to its commercial release.

The study, which was published in the peer-reviewed journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, revealed for the first time that rats fed Monsanto's NK603 GM corn treated with Roundup (glyphosate) herbicide for longer than 90 days developed deadly tumors at a much higher, and much quicker, rate than rats not exposed to these products. Similar health consequences were observed in rats fed NK603 GM corn without Roundup, as well as in rats exposed to just Roundup, revealing more about the true toxicity of these two highly-pervasive food technologies.


Click here for the complete article.

WARNING- this link will take you to the original article which includes images of severely deformed rats with tumors resulting from ingesting of GMO food. It is a little many ways.


*Article by Ethan A. Huff, featured at


Prepare For The Zombie Apocalypse!
Are you prepared for the Zombie
Apocalypse? The Center for Disease Control (CDC) thinks you should be.
No, seriously... sort of...
Check out the CDC's website which features the article,

I had no idea the CDC was so cool.


 "Deadly Pills"- People Special Report

Interesting facts from the article "Deadly Pills" featured in People magazine by Kristen Mascia, printed January 28, 2013.

  • "One death every 24 minutes. Drugs are now the No.1 accidental killer in the U.S., with the vast majority of deaths caused by prescription meds. A look at how medicines that are now a part of everyday life can also turn families upside down forever"
  • "The statistics are staggering, the medicines powerful and highly addictive: This year more Americans will die of drug overdoses than in any other type of accident- including car crashes. In most cases, those deaths are caused by pills in may people's medicine cabinets.
  • 61- average number of pharmaceutical drug deaths per day in the United States according to the CDC
  • 12 Million- Americans 12 or older who have used prescriptions drugs nonmedically
  • 90% increase in poisoning deaths between 1999 and 2008, most of them due to prescription drugs.
Thank you to all my clients and to everyone reading this to improve and maintain your quality of health.   
Quinn Takei
Licensed Acupuncturist
The Center: Natural Health Specialists
(919) 848-0200