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Colds, Flu and Snake Oil




January 05, 2007

Colds, Flu and Snake Oil

Cathy Arnst

It's that time of year when we and our kids are all snuffling, sneezing, and coughing, and thoughts turn to Vitamin C, echinacea, multivitamins, cough syrups and whatever else might keep us healthy. STOP NOW! Every year Americans throw away hundreds of millions of dollars on remedies they think might prevent or cure colds, and none of them--none of them--have been proven to work. Some of them, in fact, are little better than snake oil. Worst of all are most of the so-called "natural" supplements that we spend $21 billion a year on.

I just reviewed an excellent book on this subject, Natural Causes: Death Lies and Politics in America's Vitamin and Herbal Supplement Industry, by medical journalist Dan Hurley. The book details the many untested, unproven and often tragically unsafe supplements that we love to buy. If the book doesn't convince you,

check out the National Institutes of Health report on multivitamins released last May. Here's a quote from the scientist who chaired the committee investigating multivitamins:

??ore than half of American adults are taking dietary supplements, the majority of which are multivitamins, and the bottom line is that we don?? know for sure that they??e benefiting from them. In fact, we??e concerned that some people may be getting too much of certain nutrients,?said J. Michael McGinnis, M.D., M.P.P., Senior Scholar with the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, who chaired the panel.

If you want some common sense tips on how to treat and avoid colds, from the National Institutes of Health, keep reading. And remember, young children get three to eight colds a year because their immune systems have not fully developed yet. In other words--it's normal. Don't freak out. And whatever you do, don't give your children or yourself antibiotics. They never, ever work on colds, because they are only effective against bacteria. Colds are caused by viruses.

Click on the American Lung Association for other myths and facts about cold and flu. The Nemours Foundation has some useful information for what to do when your child has a cold.

Here are five proven ways to reduce exposure to germs, from the National Institutes of Health:

Wash hands: Children and adults should wash hands at key moments -- after nose-wiping, after diapering or toileting, before eating, and before preparing food.

Use instant hand sanitizers: A little dab will kill 99.99% of germs without any water or towels. The products use alcohol to destroy germs. They are an antiseptic, not an antibiotic, so resistance can't develop.

Disinfect: Clean commonly touched surfaces (sink handles, sleeping mats) with an EPA-approved disinfectant.

Use paper towels instead of shared cloth towels.

Here are seven ways to support the immune system:

Avoid unnecessary antibiotics: The more people use antibiotics, the more likely they are to get sick with longer, more stubborn infections caused by more resistant organisms in the future.

Breastfeed: Breast milk is known to protect against respiratory tract infections, even years after breastfeeding is done. Kids who don't breastfeed average five times more ear infections.

Avoid second-hand smoke: Keep as far away from it as possible! It is responsible for many health problems, including millions of colds.

Get enough sleep: Late bedtimes and poor sleep leave people vulnerable.

Drink water: Your body needs fluids for the immune system to function properly.

Eat yogurt: The beneficial bacteria in some active yogurt cultures help prevent colds.

Take zinc: Children and adults who are zinc-deficient get more infections and stay sick longer.

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Riddled With Lies and Omissions of Truth

This book props up the infamous liar, Sue Gilliatt. In the book she claims that the herb bloodroot disfigured her face. However, in court records she claimed that a zinc salt (zinc chloride), not bloodroot, was the chemical in the recipe that created a chemical burn on her nose. When two chemical engineers referred to her assertions as fanciful and lacking any credibility she dropped her case, but that was after she’d already conned Alpha Omega Laboratories out of 800,000.00 dollars. The section in this book concerning Sue Gilliatt is riddled with lies and omissions of truth… and that puts the rest of the book in suspect.

What the Alternative health industry needs are honest courts which are fair and impartial….not liars and opportunists that manipulate the courts and our emotions for their own personal gain.

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadendid )… “Sanguinarine, derived from the root of Sanguinaria canadendid, has been shown to possess antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. Here we compared the antiproliferative and apoptotic potential of sanguinarine against human epidermoid carcinoma” (Skin Cancer)……….. “We suggest that sanguinarine could be developed as an anticancer drug.” The following quote can be found at Clinical Cancer Research Vol. 6, 1524-1528, April 2000 or

I have numerous family members who were diagnosed with cancer and used products that contained bloodroot to cure themselves of cancer. I am personally and morally offended that someone who admits to cutting off her nose with embroidery scissors (this is found in court records) is getting attention and pity after mutilating her own person for the love of money.

The following information can be found at.

The Facts of the Case Speak For Themselves

Sue Gilliatt never had cancer on her nose, this according to her medical records filed with the court.

• I, Dan Raber, applied the TumorX Paste to my person for 24 hours after I made the paste. I have never had any healthy tissue harmed using this paste.

• The pH of the TumorX Paste is about 2.73 while Heinz food grade distilled vinegar has a 5% acidity value and a pH of 2.39 (please note the acidity value is greater with vinegar).

• The TumorX Paste is made by combining water, herbs and a zinc salt.

• I have offered to the court to apply TumorX Paste to my nose or any other places that they see appropriate... this to demonstrate the safety of the product.

• Quote from the affidavit filed with the Federal Court in Indiana. Walker (chemical engineer) "I believe Sue Gilliatt is lying when she stated that the bloodroot paste liquefied her nose. Only a basic material with a pH over 10 or so could do this. It is impossible for the bloodroot paste to have liquefied Gilliatt’s nose."

• Quote from the affidavit filed with the Federal Court in Indiana. Jim Raber (chemical engineer) "Liquefaction of skin as described by Sue Gilliatt in her deposition can not be caused by a mildly acidic substance such as the Bloodroot Paste. Therefore one can reasonable conclude that some other substance caused the damage she described."

• Sue Gilliatt admits in oral deposition she cut off her nose with embroidery scissors (Gilliatt deposition page 98 line 7-14 and page 99 lines 1-16).

• Gilliatt admits that she was buying products not for use but in fact "As evidence". This is found on page 94 line 25, but to get a feeling of the deception she was perpetrating on the court and the defendants one needs to read pages 94-95.

• Cansema salve is not TumorX Paste and I cannot be held liable for the actions of Caton's insurance company, i.e. settling Sue Gilliatt's frivolous law suit.

Case Dismissed

TumorX Paste will not harm healthy tissue, but will kill topical cancers.

After the truth was revealed Gilliatt dismissed the 40 million dollar law suit she filed against Dan Raber et al.

This case is a good example of why we all have high insurance rates; we are all paying for Insurance Fraud.

Posted by: kelly at January 21, 2007 07:11 AM

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