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Big Pharmaceuticals

What happens when the big pharmaceuticals take hold of our lives? An interesting read.

Excuse Busters

Think you have a justification for that 'reason why I cannot...'? This may help.

Our body is self-sufficient

The body is a miraculours organic living organism. Join Dr Sniadach for another point of view.

Healthful Living

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Positive Thinking

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Tibetan Five Rights

Benefits of a 2 hour yoga session in 10 minutes. A set of ancient excercise techniques that can be completed without any equipment and little space. Great for busy people.

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Busting Big Pharma

Robert Lusetich

WHAT happens when a slick sales force of 87,000 is set loose with billions of dollars to wine and dine, entertain and educate the US 's 600,000 doctors?

The short answer is that six years ago Americans spent $US89 billion on prescription drugs. Last year the amount exploded to $US149 billion. In the year to March 2004, Australia spent $5.8 billion on prescription drugs.

The US accounts for half of all global profits for Big Pharma, as the pharmaceutical corporations are known.

"The result of all those attractive women in short skirts armed with pseudo-science invading the practices of doctors is that Americans are over-medicated, taking far too many drugs, most of which they don't even need, and they are paying too much for them," says Jerome Kassirer, a former editor of The New England Journal of Medicine and prominent critic of Big Pharma.

Beyond the skyrocketing profits, however, lies a darker picture of a virtually unregulated omnipotent industry whose questionable practices – some call them criminal – in the quest for higher revenues has turned Big Pharma into the latest corporate villain.

As a growing army of critics – and the courts – fling open the doors of the world's leading drug companies to reveal unfavourable buried studies, the parallels to Big Oil, Big Banking and, the most notorious of all, Big Tobacco are striking.

"These guys and their ethics are precisely where Big Tobacco was 20 years ago," says Peter Breggin, a prominent New York psychiatrist who has campaigned against the spread of controversial antidepressants.

Scandals, such as US pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co yanking its $US2.5billion ($3.3 billion) a year blockbuster painkiller Vioxx off the market on September 30 after the company belatedly conceded it was causing heart attacks and strokes, have led to an unprecedented erosion in public trust.

In the past year 300,000 Australians – about one-third of patients suffering osteoarthritis – used Vioxx. Since its September withdrawal more than 600 Australians who suffered heart attacks, strokes and blood-related illnesses after taking the drug have joined a multi-billion-dollar class action against Merck.

"For decades both the public and physicians thought the pharmaceuticals were looking out for the health and welfare of society and never challenged what the industry claimed," says Arnold Relman, emeritus professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

"Now everyone is starting to wise up to an industry [that] is hugely profitable and driven, obsessed with making more profits and to do that by any means it can, even if it means stretching laws, stretching ethics."

A flurry of new books by high-profile authors – including Kassirer and Marcia Angell, another former editor at The New England Journal of Medicine – as well as court cases, such as the one against the antidepressant Paxil brought by New York's crusading Attorney-General Eliot Spitzer, reveals the way in which Big Pharma has managed to generate profits and cover up its skeletons.

The system is enabled, say reform-minded doctors, by the US Food and Drug Administration – which generates most of its budget from drug companies and has proven to be "nothing but a lapdog", Angell says – as well as by physicians who blithely accept dubious studies provided by drug company sales representatives.

"Suppose you are a big pharmaceutical company. You make a drug that is approved for a very limited use. How could you turn it into a blockbuster?" Angell says.

"You could simply market the drug for unapproved, or off-label, uses even though it's against the law to do so. You do that by carrying out 'research' that falls way below the standard required for FDA approval, then 'educating' doctors about any favourable results. That way you circumvent the law [because doctors can prescribe whatever drugs they see fit].

"You could say you were not marketing for unapproved uses; you were merely disseminating the results of research to doctors, who can legally prescribe a drug for any use. But it would be bogus education about bogus research. It would really be marketing."

Nowhere is this better illustrated than with the antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, a class of drug of dubious benefit that, through savvy marketing, has become a multi-billion-dollar cash cow.

A staggering one in 10 women in the US are on these drugs. In Australia , there was a 350 per cent increase in prescriptions for SSRIs – such as Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil – between 1990 and 2002.

Yet, says Breggin, who has appeared at trials on behalf of people who commit crimes or of families who have lost a family member to suicide while under the influence of SSRIs, "not only do these drugs not work but they're [also] dangerous".

Karen Barth Menzies, a Los Angeles lawyer who is perhaps the leading antidepressant litigation attorney in the world, explains the disease is marketed and sold in order to sell the drugs.

"That's why it's been so successful," she says. "The drug's a narcotic, it's an upper, so no wonder you feel better."

Kassirer says drug companies – the most powerful special interest in Washington, with an army of 700 lobbyists – have public relations firms draw up "research papers" based on selective studies, conducted by medical researchers who dare not go against the company line, to promote their drugs and then have "experts" put their names to them, often just parroting what the company wants disseminated.

"These councils with the official sounding names, the alliance of something or the foundation for something, what are they doing?" he asks. "They're doctors who are being paid to promote awareness of some condition [that] invariably is treated by a drug made by the drug company [that] is bankrolling the council.

"The system is awash in drug company money and it's corrupt. All this money and favours is forcing doctors to do things that I think are pretty terrible. It creates deception, erodes professionalism and is destroying the profession.

"If anybody is up to their ears in conflicts of interest, it's psychiatrists."

Critics say some mental illnesses are invented by panels of psychiatrists – who in turn are paid large sums by drug companies – to sell drugs. Kassirer cites the example of executive dysfunction, a new-found disease supposedly marked by fatigue, apathy, bad mood and an inability to communicate clearly. Yet even those who diagnose executive dysfunction say that it has no standard medical definition and is better regarded as a concept, he says.

"But it doesn't stop them prescribing drugs for the so-called condition," Kassirer says.

Barth Menzies says she has seen evidence for years that the drug companies knew their antidepressants not only didn't work but were causing suicidal or violent tendencies among some users, yet tried to hide the evidence for fear of financial loss.

"The internal documents we've found through discovery show what a total sham these antidepressants are," she says. "The science is bought and paid for, experts are willing to sell their names and their souls, the whole thing's been an amazing web of lies and fraud.

"I used to think, 'How many people have to die before someone does something about it?' And then I saw the answer. In their greed to find new markets, they started pushing SSRIs on kids. I knew that once kids started dying, someone would finally say enough is enough."

Authorities in Britain were the first to ban the prescribing of SSRIs – except Prozac, although even the FDA now agrees that Prozac works in the same way and has the same inherent dangers – to children and adolescents.

In the US – where more than 1 million youngsters are on these drugs – the FDA was forced to issue a black box warning on the SSRIs, while Spitzer has filed fraud charges against GlaxoSmithKline, the world's second largest drug maker, for blatantly hiding or trying to spin negative findings of clinical trials of Paxil's effects on children and teenagers.

GSK settled the suit but is facing an avalanche of lawsuits from people whose children hurt or even killed themselves – or others – while on the drugs. Part of GSK's settlement forced it to publish findings of all trials on its website, though critics say this needs to be independently monitored. Meanwhile, Big Pharma is fighting efforts in Washington to force all trials, irrespective of their results, to be made public.

"I'm not that hopeful for any real change," Angell says. "They have bought politicians and doctors. They've looked at everyone and anyone who could stand in their way and they've thrown money at them. The only hope we have is a grassroots revolution that will make the politicians decide they love votes more than drug company money."

It is little wonder that Michael Moore, whose scathing films on the gun lobby and President George W. Bush have been among the most successful documentaries in history, is pointing his lens at Big Pharma. And the working title of his proposed documentary? Sicko.

16 December 2004

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Excuse Busters

What would other people think?

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Are you afraid of looking foolish for some reason? Why? You know what you need to do, and you're committed to doing it. Don't worry about looking foolish. What will really make you look foolish is if you just sit around making excuses. An honest effort is nothing to be ashamed of. What other people think is their problem, not yours. Let them think what they will. It doesn't matter. Do what needs to be done. Get on with it.

It's uncomfortable

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Sure it is uncomfortable to take action. But what is so great about comfort? Are you committed to comfort or to accomplishment? A cow grazing in a pasture is comfortable. You are capable of much more. You have possibilities to be explored, and to explore them you'll need to get your hands dirty. But a little discomfort right now is much less painful than the regret you'll eventually feel if you don't ever take action. Discomfort can eventually be overcome, but regret will never go away. Get up out of your comfort zone and start making a difference.

I'll never be as good as ____

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The only person you should compare yourself against is yourself. Your obligation is to do your very best. Don't worry about how that compares to someone else. Just do it. Everyone is unique. Everyone has their own special contribution to make. You'll only discover yours by taking action.

If you decide in advance that you'll never be as good as so-and-so, then you forgo the opportunity to find your own unique skills. Winners refuse to even acknowledge the competition, by blazing new trails. Comparing yourself to others will only bring you down. Set off in your own unique direction. Get into action make it happen.

It's too complicated

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Often a new task can appear complicated because you're not familiar with it. Once you dive in, once you get a little experience, you'll get the hang of it. Think of all the things you've learned in your life. You're good at learning, and the best way to learn is to start taking action.

Whatever you see as too complicated, there's something about it that you can understand. Use that as your starting point. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. That's how you learn. There's no reason to be ashamed about not knowing something. Everyone had to learn it at some point in time. Now is your time to learn. Dive right in, take on the challenge, take action, learn, grow and you'll accomplish things you never thought possible.

It will take too long

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Then you better get started as soon as possible. It will take even longer if you sit around bemoaning the fact that it will take too long. Great accomplishments take time and effort. And the most fulfilling part of any accomplishment is not in finishing it, but in doing it. The journey is the reward, so be thankful that you'll be rewarded over a long period of time.

If the end result suddenly appeared out of thin air, with no effort on your part, of what value would it be? If it will take a long time, then it will be valuable and worthwhile. So by all means get started as soon as possible. Start making it happen and enjoy the long, fulfilling journey.

No one will care whether I do it or not

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That's not true. You will care, and you are someone. The world is not anxious to hand success to you on a silver platter. If no one cares about you, it is probably because you don't care enough about anyone else (or yourself for that matter) to do what it takes to make a life of accomplishment for yourself. If you start taking focused, directed action toward your goals, you can be sure that people will start to take notice.

The world is indeed indifferent to those who sit around and make excuses. If that's all you do, you're right -- no one will care. But if you stand up, step forward and take action, you'll be amazed at how many people are waiting to cheer you on. What are you waiting for? Get busy and you'll get noticed.

I could never do that

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Why not? What do you mean, "I could never"? Of course you could. You could indeed. If it can be done, you can do it. You've got to want it, of course. And if you want it enough, you'll do it. "I could never" is usually said wistfully, meaning "I wish I could, but I can't." That's preposterous. You can if you really want to. Free yourself from your own limitations. What do you want to do? What will fulfill the enormous potential of your life? Certainly not hiding behind "I could never." You are capable of truly extraordinary accomplishments. You can do whatever you decide you're going to do. You can find a way. Have the courage to live your possibilities.

I'm overwhelmed

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Sometimes you're just so overwhelmed, you feel like throwing up your hands or crawling into a hole and curling up in the fetal position. WRONG! That's exactly what you must not do. When you're overwhelmed, that's all the more reason to start taking the actions that will rectify your situation. When you're overwhelmed is when you're the most frustrated and the most motivated. Now is your chance to really take action with dedication and commitment. Don't blow the opportunity. The frustration you feel is good, solid positive energy waiting to be released. If it is not released in a positive direction, there is a very big danger that it will become destructive energy. Use that frustration to your advantage. You're overwhelmed? GREAT! Do something about it right now. Quit complaining and start taking positive action. If you're overwhelmed it means that there are plenty of things which can be done, things which will most likely make a difference very quickly. Pick something and start doing it right now. As soon as you get busy your frustration will start pushing you forward.

I don't deserve to succeed

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You are just as good, just as worthy, just as valuable as anyone. No one can intimidate you, no matter what kind of car they drive, or what their business card says, or how big their house is, or how big their factory is. No one is better than you. You are the best there is. Inside you is the potential to do, or be, or have anything you desire. No one has more than that. Some may have progressed farther down the path at this moment, but that doesn't make them any better than you. If you start to take action right now, you will be working your way down that same path. No matter what anyone says, or does, no matter what your situation -- personal, financial, social or otherwise -- you can choose to live your life in your own way. And there is no greater success than that. But you must be the one to achieve your success. Though no one can hold you back if you're determined enough, by the same token no one can do it for you.

You've got to step up to the challenge, believe in yourself, and do what it takes. Right now is a great time to start. You deserve the best that life has to offer. Do whatever needs to be done to make it happen.

It's too hard

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Anything worth having, or doing, or being, requires effort. What if you could have whatever you wanted, again and again, just by snapping your fingers? And what if everyone else could, as well? How much would you value and appreciate the things you had? What would you do with your life, if there was no need for effort? Where would you find meaning, what would give you satisfaction? The value of effort is not only in what it produces, but also in what it demands of you. The greatest opportunity in life is not for a free ride. The greatest opportunity is to be fully challenged, and to meet challenge with effective effort. The things we value are the things to which, and for which, we give of ourselves. There is no way around that. Some of the hardest working people are those who are wealthy enough that they don't need the money. However, they do need the effort, and the accomplishment, and the challenge. We all do. Without it, life is shallow and empty. Make the effort. Do it now. Start today to meet the challenge.

I'm too tired

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What are you tired of? Doing nothing can be just as tiring as taking action. If you're physically tired, then go to bed and get a good night's rest. Then get up in the morning and get started. Whatever you do today, you'll be tired tonight. You can be tired after a day of effective effort and accomplishment, or you can be tired after a day of getting nowhere.

The choice is yours. If you're going to be tired anyway, it makes sense to get something out of it. To put forth your best effort, to move in the direction of your goals, to make a difference, to make a life of excellence for yourself and the world around you. Take action toward an exciting goal, and instead of being tired you'll be exhilarated.

It won't matter anyway

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What you do, matters. You can make a difference if you choose to do so. If there's something that needs to be done, doing it will make a difference. You know that. Thinking that is won't matter is just a petty rationalization. Of course it matters. If it doesn't then find something else that does. You are a creative, effective person who is full of possibilities. The job at hand may not be the most important thing in the history of the world, but if it gets you into action, then it matters very much. Because no matter how small the effort or consequence, it is a start. It revs up the momentum of the intelligent, creative, productive person that you are. And once you get going, there's no telling how much you can accomplish. It all starts with taking action. Don't hide behind the thinking that it won't matter. Jump in and get started. It does matter. Do it now.

It's no fun

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How do you know if you haven't even started it yet? Most things are precisely as enjoyable as we make them. Is making excuses fun? Look at what you need to do, and realize that it is an exciting opportunity to make a difference. Sure, there are probably tedious parts to the job. But look beyond those. Look all the way to the end. Look at what you will be accomplishing. It will probably be a lot more fun than you imagine. Just get started and you'll see.

I'm afraid I would fail

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You never fail -- you always succeed in producing results. If you don't like the results you are producing, then you can learn from your mistakes and change your strategy. By taking action, you will not fail. In fact, the only way to fail is to not take action. By taking action you always achieve a result. The result could very well be the achievement of your goal, or it could be a learning experience that will eventually bring you to the goal you desire. But you never fail. After Thomas Edison had tried 9,999 times to perfect the light bulb, and had not succeeded, someone asked him if he was going to have 10,000 failures. Edison replied that he had not failed -- that he had just discovered another way not to invent the electric light. Failure is simply not an option. Everything you do has a result and eventually those results will lead you to the achievement of whatever you desire.

I'm not committed to this

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Then why are you even considering it? If it's something you know you need to do, then think about why. Find a reason that is meaningful and compelling to you, why you must take action. You may not be committed to this particular action, yet you need to do it because of something else to which you're committed. Remind yourself of what that is. Remind yourself of why it is important. Get committed and do it, or move on to something else right now.

I'll do it as soon as I get back on my feet

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Taking positive action toward your goals is precisely what will GET you back on your feet. If you wait for conditions to be perfect, that time will never come. Even if you could somehow get things perfect before taking action, problems and obstacles would come along soon after you started anyway, so why bother waiting. If something needs to be done, waiting will only make your situation worse. Yes, there are problems to deal with. That's part of the challenge. Just step right in and start to work on the first problem. When that's solved, get busy on the next problem. Suddenly you'll be making progress -- infinitely more progress than if you waited for things to be perfect before starting. Stop waiting for things to be perfect. Start now. Get going. It's the best thing you can do.

I'm too busy

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What are you accomplishing with all that busy-ness? Simply being "busy" gets you nowhere. Stop being busy, evaluate your priorities, and start taking focused, directed action. Anyone can be busy, but so what? Accomplish requires more than just burning up time. Accomplishment demands action and results. Stop being busy and start doing something today.

I can't decide

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If you are having trouble deciding on a course of action, then there's probably not all that much difference between the various choices. Evaluate them all objectively and sincerely. Project each choice into the future. If you still cannot decide which course of action would be best, just choose one. You can always make adjustments along the way. Going forward is much better than being paralyzed by the inability to make a decision. The optimal decision is the one that gets you where you want to go, and for that to happen you must pick one and make it work.

I can always do it later

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Yes, that's right. You can always do it later. And when it's later, you'll probably say the same thing. Nothing gets done by putting it off until later. The fact is, you are alive and making decisions right now. Right now is the period of time over which you have control. Right now is the time that's available for you to take action. Action that is not taken now, doesn't get taken. As you're reading this, try to do something next week. Really put out all the effort you can to get something done next week. Were you able to do it? Of course not. Because next week isn't here, and it never will be. It is always now, and now is the time to act. Do it now and it will get done.

I've already tried

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Trying is not enough. The only way to accomplish something is to do it, to do whatever it takes, to keep making the effort until the goal is reached. If at first you don't succeed, you've still learned something valuable about how to proceed. If you've already tried, that's fine. Keep going. Make use of that experience. You've got a valuable perspective on what works and what doesn't. Stop trying and start taking whatever action is necessary to reach the goal. Learn from the mistakes and disappointments. Keep going. Start right now to really make it happen.

I don't know where to start

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There is always something you can do, some step that will start to move you in the direction of your goal. Envision the ultimate goal, and work backwards, step by step, until you arrive at something that can be done right now. Then do it. "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Take that step right now, and then the next one. Repeat until done.

Why not

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Whatever you wish to accomplish, there's no reason why you cannot start right now. When you're truly committed to reaching your goal, there will always be something that can be done right away, to get started. Action will get you where you want to go. Excuses will hold you back. The choice is yours. What are you waiting for?

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Our Body is Self-sufficient

by Dr. Robert Sniadach

While striving at self-sufficiency on a homestead, our body is already an "old hand" at such matters. From the moment of birth, the body is self-healing or self-repairing, self-directing and self regulating on a continual basis. Let's take a look at how it has been accomplishinfcg this task.

Cells of Repair
Our body has certain cells with very specialized jobs to perform. These cells work for us to maintain health and thwart any outside influence that may interfere with our well being.

Neutrophil
The neutrophil is a white blood cell that is one of the most common and most important of the cells active in the healing and repair process. These cells contain large quantities of a characteristic protein that has a marked ability to dispose of decayed or spent bacteria and other debris.
During the inflammatory reaction, neutrophils migrate into the tissues where they are very active phagocytes. In this situation, neutrophils are mainly responsible for ingesting the unwanted debris that accumulates. During phagocytosis, the granules or lysosomes of the cells are discharged and many of the cells die; the aggregate of dead neutrophils forms the material known as pus. Bacteria then proliferate to feast on this pus, thus making it easier to expel.

Eosinophil
Eosinophils are white blood cells that occur in the bloodstream in much smaller numbers than do neutrophils. They are also somewhat phagocytic and are found in greatly increased numbers in both blood and tissues during inflammatory conditions.


Basophils
Basophils constitute only 0.5 percent of the white cells of the blood. They are said to contain histamine and a heparin-like substance. Histamine dilates capillaries and often permits fluid to move through the capillaries and into the tissues. Heparin is an anticoagulant of the blood. Apparently tissue basophils become the mast cells of the tissues. The large granules of mast cells are thought to store enzymes. Mast cells are important in cellular mechanisms needed during injury.

Monocytes
There are comparatively few monocytes in the blood about 5 percent of the total white cell count. Monocytes are actively motile and phagocytic. It is thought that they function in contributing to the repair and reorganization of tissues. Monocytes and macrophages are capable of engulfing old, worn out neutrophils, mast cells, and particles of tissue in the process of cleaning up an area of inflammation after the initial stages have been passed and recovery is in progress.

Fibroblasts
The function of fibroblasts in tissue repair is to lay down dense collagen fibers to form a firm, mechanically-strong replacement for dead tissue. The simplest such situation is after an incised wound has been made in the skin. There the collagen fibers are oriented transversely across the incision, restoring mechanical strength.

Lymphocytes
Lymphocytes are also strongly phagocytic and carry out their duty of healing and repair by assisting the neutrophils during inflammation conditions and injury.
The Organs of Repair

Lymph Nodes
The lymph nodes contain small lymphocytes and large dendritic macrophages. The dendrites of the macrophages carry important impulses or messages to the cell body. The lymph stream widens very greatly as it passes through the node; therefore the rate of flow is greatly reduced. The lymph filters through a maze of passageways lined with phagocytic cells. Such cells engulf bacteria and other foreign materials from the lymph stream. Thus the body is kept in a healthy and stable condition.

The Spleen
The spleen has four major functions:
1. Blood destruction - Old red blood cells are destroyed in all parts of the reticuloendothelial system, including those of the lymph nodes and spleen. (Reticuloendothelial system applies to those cells scattered throughout the body that have the power to ingest bacteria and solid particles.)
2. Cellular production - The spleen manufactures lymphocytes and monocytes.
3. Blood storage - The spleen serves as a reservoir for blood, or, more specifically, for red blood cells, as most of the plasma is returned to the circulation whereas red blood cells are enmeshed in the splenic bulb. Marked contraction of the spleen occurs during muscular exercise, thereby releasing red blood cells and increasing oxygen capacity. The spleen undergoes rhythmic variations in size in response to physiologic demands, such as exercise and hemorrhage, and thus influences the volume of circulating blood. The volume of stored blood may vary from a liter to as little as 50 ml.
4. Blood filtration - The spleen, serving as a part of the body's reticuloendothelial mechanism, filters spent cells and their debris from the blood.

The Liver
Organisms are filtered from the blood by macrophages in the wall of the sinusoids (minute blood vessels), and various toxic chemicals are removed from the blood by liver cells. The sinusoids are lined partly by flat nonphagocytic endothelial cells and partly by more rounded and irregular shaped macrophages (or Kupffer cells) that project into the lumen of the sinusoid. These cells are similar in structure to macrophages elsewhere and are avidly phagocytic. The protective function of the liver is associated with its ability to detoxify products of catabolism that might accumulate in dangerous proportions. These products are changed chemically into substances that can be excreted by the kidneys or through the intestinal tract. Macrophages present in the liver sinusoids aid in filtering foreign matter from the blood.

The Bone Marrow
Bone marrow is highly important as the source of the cells of the blood and other cells in the body's system. Development of blood cells within the bones commences during the fifth month of fetal life. Blood-forming elements appear initially in the centers of the bone marrow cavities; the blood-forming centers later expand to occupy the entire marrow space. This widely-dispensed blood cell formation continues until puberty, when the marrow in all the ends of the long bones becomes less cellular and fattier, giving rise to yellow bone marrow, in which most of the hematopoietic tissue has been replaced by fat. In the adult, only the redbone marrow, located principally in the skull, vertebrae, ribs, sternum, and pelvis, retains hematopoietic activity. The total productive bone marrow in the adult is about 1,400 gm.

It is apparent that a most important part of the bodily repair mechanism is the production of cells--polymorphs, lymphocytes, macrophages, and plasma cells. When bodily mechanisms break down, one of the commonest causes of impairment is failure to produce these cells. The failure may be due to drugs or poisons, to gross errors in diet, to destruction of the bone marrow by neoplasm, or to irradiation of the marrow. The way that the mechanism fails depends on what group of cells is most severely affected. If the precursors of neutrophil polymorphs are affected, then there is an acute shortage of cells able to phagocytose dead or decaying bacteria. Alternatively, the megakaryocytes may be damaged. These are the precursors of the blood platelets, the cells that play a vital part in blood clotting. In their absence, the blood will not clot and the individual may bleed to death. Such abnormalities only occur in an enervated and toxic body. When you are living correctly, cells that are active in healing and repair will be present in correct numbers to maintain a state of health.

From the above study of the roles of the cells and organs of repair, you can clearly see that the body is constantly at work to maintain homeostasis or ideal operating conditions. Even under some adverse conditions (when we disobey some physiological law of nature), these forces remain active. It is only after repeated abuse that the healing forces fail because they become overwhelmed and exhausted. It is the duty of the teacher, then, to instruct his client to restore the conditions of health. The body's healing forces will then regain normalcy.

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The Healthful Living Credo of Life

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Attuning to our natural instincts and aligning with Nature is part and parcel of Healthful Living. We are of the firm conviction that only by living healthfully can we realize the loftiest joys and destiny which is are our birthright. Two centuries of unfailing results have proven Healthful Living, which is synonymous with Natural Hygiene, to be the true science of health and the greatest healthful living practice humanity has ever known.

Healthful Living holds that life should be meaningful and filled with beauty, love, kindness, goodness and happiness.

Healthful Living holds that we are naturally good, righteous, loving, sharing and virtuous, and that our exalted character will manifest under ideal life conditions.

Healthful Living holds that superlative well-being is normal to our existence and is necessary to the achievement of our highest potential.

Healthful Living holds that supreme human excellence can be realized only in those who embrace those precepts and practices which are productive of superb well-being.

Healthful Living, which encompasses all that bears upon human well-being, and which bases itself soundly upon the human biological and spiritual heritage, constitutes the way to realize the highest possible order of human existence.

Healthful Living is in harmony with nature, in accord with the principles of vital organic existence, correct in science, sound in philosophy, ethics, environment, economics, and animal rights, agreement with common sense, successful in practice and a blessing to human-kind.

Healthful Living recognizes that the human body is self-constructing, having developed from a fertilized ovum, that it is self-preserving, that it is self-defending and, through the mighty power and intelligence that constructed it, totally self-cleansing and self--repairing.

Healthful Living recognizes that the body maintains itself in perfect health, completely free of disease, if its needs are correctly met. Foremost among these needs are fresh air, pure water, rest and sleep, cleanliness, foods consonant with our biological adaptations, love and appreciation, comfortable temperature, sunshine, vigorous activity, constructive work, emotional poise, self-mastery, recreation and pleasant environment.

Healthful Living recognizes that humans are biologically and anatomically frugivores and are constitutionally, anatomically and aesthetically adapted to a diet of primarily fruits and, secondarily, nuts, seeds and vegetables. Ideally, they must be eaten in the fresh, raw, natural state in combinations that are compatible in digestive chemistry.

Healthful Living recognizes that diseases are caused by the body in response to improper life practices, especially dietary indiscretions. Illness proceeds from reduced nerve energy and consequent toxicosis from internally generated wastes, from ingested substances bearing or begetting toxicity, or from a combination of both. Insufficient nerve energy arises from dissipation, stress, overindulgence, excess or deficiency of the normal essentials of life, or toxification of the body with substances not normal to it. Accordingly, recovery from sickness can be achieved only by removing the causes and establishing conditions favorable to recovery.

Healthful Living recognizes that a thoroughgoing rest, which includes fasting (physical, emotional, sensory, and physiologic rest), is the most favorable condition under which an ailing body can purify and restore itself.

Healthful Living, which teaches that exalted well-being can be attained and maintained only through biologically correct living practices, is not in any sense a healing art or a curing cult. It regards as mistaken and productive of much grief the idea that disease can be prevented or overcome by agencies abnormal to our natural being. Consequently, Healthful Living emphatically rejects drugs, medications, vaccinations and treatments because they undermine health by suppressing, disrupting or destroying vital body processes, functions, cells and tissues

Therefore, Healthful Living regards body and mind as the inviolable sanctuary of an individual's being. Healthful Living holds that everyone has an unalienable right to have a pure and uncontaminated body, to be free of abnormal compulsions and restraints, and to be free to meet his or her needs as a responsible member of society.

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Love and Relationships

Refusing to ask for help when you need it
is refusing someone the chance to be helpful.

Love never ask how much must I do,
but how much can I do.

The world is not comprehensible,
but it is embraceable: through the
embracing of one of its beings.
--Martin Buber

If you are thinking of changing partners,
remember, it is a short distance from
the frying pan to the fire.
--John R. Cathorn

Being alive is loving being alive.
--Judith Eileen Alligrim

Truth above all, even when it upsets
and overwhelms us.
--Henri Frederic Amiel

Love never divides but always compounds,
multiplies and adds everything good to our life.

Wealth is not what we have but what we are.

We were created by love and that is why we are here

Love in your heart wasn't put there to stay.
Love isn't love till you give it away.
--Oscar Hammerstein


One word frees us all of the weight
and pain of life; that word is love.
--Sophocles

Love is all we have, the only way
that each can help the other.
--Euripides, Orestes

For small creatures such as we the
vastness is bearable only through love.
--Carl Sagan

Love is a canvas furnished by nature
and embroidered by imagination.
--Voltaire

No love, no friendship can cross the path
of our destiny without leaving some mark
on it forever. --Francois Mauriac

There is no greater invitation to love
than loving first. --St. Augustine

A man of many companions may
come to ruin but there is a friend
who sticks closer than a brother.

I like not only to be loved, but
to be told I am loved.
--George Elliot

This is one of the miracles of love: It gives...a power

of seeing through its own enchantments and yet

not being disenchanted. --C.S. Lewis

Nothing is more true, more real, than the primeval
magnetic disturbances that two souls may
communicate to one another, through the tiny
sparks of a moment's glance.
--Victor Hugo

Relationships do not work unless you do!


It all starts with YOU, only by loving
yourself first can you love another....

For one human being to love another...
that is why we are here.

May Your Right Hand Always Be Extended
In Friendship, And Never In want.
--Irish Proverb

I love you not only for what you are
but for what I am when I am with you.
--Elizabeth Barret Browning

Nobody has ever measured, even poets,
how much the heart can hold.
--Zelda Fitzgerald

One of the oldest human needs is having
someone wonder where you are when you
don't come home at night. --Margaret Mead


Children need models rather than critics.
--Joseph Joubert

There is no greater joy than
the joy of the heart. --Solomon

There's a miracle called Friendship

That dwells in the heart

You don't know how it happens

Or when it gets its start

But you know the special lift

It always brings

And you realize that Friendship

Is life's most precious gift!

--Author Unknown


A hug is the one thing you always get back
when you give one. --Dale Hilding

You may forget with whom you laughed,
but you will never forget with whom you wept.

When hands reach out in friendship,
hearts are touched with joy.

If we want a love message to be heard,
it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp
burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.
--Mother Teresa

You may be only one person in the world,
but you may also be the world to one person.

People need loving most when they deserve it least.
--Mary Crowley

There's no better feeling than helping another person.

Leadership and Success:

Coming together is a beginning;
keeping together is a process;
working together is success.
--Henry Ford


Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
--Max Ehrmann

Take chances, make your way,
take pride in your work.

There is something much rarer than ability:
the ability to recognize ability.
--Robert Half

If a man (or woman) is called to be a streetsweeper,
he (she) should sweep streets even as Michelangelo
painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare
wrote poetry.

He (she) should sweep streets so well that all the host
of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived
a great streetsweeper who did his job well".
--Dr. Martin Luther King, JR.

You cannot sit on the road to success
for if you do, you will be run over.

If you would be a leader you must lead
your own generation, not the next one.
--Woodrow Wilson

Show me a thoroughly satisfied man,
and I will show you a failure.
- Thomas Edison

Success comes in cans, not cant's.
--Brian Tracy

We act as though comfort and luxury were the
chief requirements of life, when all that we need
to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic
about. --Charles Kingsley

Do what you can where you are with
what you've got. --Theodore Roosevelt

In all things, be willing to listen
to people around you. None of
us is really smart enough to go
it alone. --John Clendenin

By accident or fortune you may rule
the world for a time, but by virtue of
love you may rule the world forever.
--Lao Tzu

The difficulty in life is choice.
--George Moore

First say to yourself what you would be;
and then do what you have to do.
--Epictetus

The pricks of thorns on the difficult
path signify one's progress.
-– Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

Successful leaders have the courage
to take action while others hesitate.
--John Maxwell

People do not follow programs,

but leaders who inspire them.

--John White

Present choices determine future consequences.

When you're through improving, you're through.

The effective leader recognizes that
she is more dependant on her people
than they are on her. Walk softly...

All great leaders have one common
spiritual gift - faith.
--Elmer Towns

Leadership means not having to be in complete
harmony with everyone else.
--Winston Churchill

Never ruin an apology with an excuse"
-- Kimberly Johnson

High performance people are
dependent on high quality relationships.

Outsource every function and activity
that can possibly be done better by
someone else.

A quitter never wins.
A winner never quits,
but he may choose
another path to his goal.

Everybody does things that top people
do occasionally. Top people do these
things all of the time.

Integrity is the most valuable and respected
quality of leadership. Always keep your word

Success usually comes to those
who are too busy to be looking for it.
--Henry David Thoreau

Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you are right.
--Henry Ford

I tell you and you forget. I show you and you
remember. I involve you and you understand.
-Eric Butterworth

Speed is one of the most important qualities
of leadership.

There is no failure except in no longer trying.
--Elbert Hubbard

"When I despair, I remember that all through history
the ways of truth and love have always won. There
have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time
they can seem invincible, but in the end they
always fall. Think of it... always."
-Gandhi

If your life is free of failures, you
are not taking enough risk.

"If you treat an individual as he is, he will
remain as he is. But if you treat him as if
he were what he ought to be and could be,
he will become what he ought and could be."
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It's not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.
--Sir Edmund Hillary


One of the best ways to persuade others is
with your ears --- by listening to them.
--Dean Rusk

Watch your "Thoughts" they become words.
Watch your "Words" they become actions.
Watch your "Actions" they become habits.
Watch your "Habits" they become character.
Watch your "Character" for it becomes your "Destiny".

Nehanda S. Toure'

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
--Albert Einstein

 

If the people will lead, the leaders will follow...

Success comes to only those who are willing to act.

Follow what you love!...Don't deign to ask what
" they" are looking for out there. Ask what you
have inside. Follow not your interest, which
change, but what you are and what you love,
which will and should not change.
--Georgie Anne Geyer

Motivation and Inspiration:

Happiness is like a Butterfly! The more you chase it, the more it eludes you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come & sit softly on your shoulder --Thoreau

We struggle to find life outside ourselves,
unaware that the life we are seeking is within.
--Kahil Gibran

The business of life is to go forward.
--Samuel Johnson

 

Today Is The Tomorrow That You Worried About
Yesterday, and All Is Well!
--author unknown

Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity.
The soul must see through these eyes alone,
and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded.
--Goethe

Dream no small dreams for they have no power
to move men. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Robbers Of Time Are The Past And The Future.
I Will Suffer More From Imagination Than From Reality.
So I Must Live Fully In The Moment.
- Larry W. Roberts ------ New Attitude Designs

Obstacles are those FRIGHTFUL things
you see when you take your eyes off your goal!

--Dave

The question is not whether we will die,
but how we will live.
- Joan Borysenko


One good wish changes nothing.
One good decision changes everything.

Embrace life, have confidence in yourself,
take action

Choose your dreams and leave your doubts behind.

We are born of eternal day, and the
Spiritual Sun shall never set...
--Ernest Holmes

The universe is change; our life
is what our thoughts make it.
--Marcus Aurelius

In all things of nature there is something
of the marvelous. --Aristotle

Where there is life, there is hope.

--Terence

Tonight when the stars are bright take a
moment to glance at the heavens and
pick a star out in the sky.
Now for a moment imagine you are on
that star looking back at the earth,
what do you see?
Our earth floating in the heavens
just a pale blue dot floating
in heaven.
I believe, we are all in heaven already
its just that most of us never realize it
until it's too late!
--DRB

The conception of heaven that emerges from the
peak-experiences is one which exists all the time
all around us....
--Abraham H. Maslow


If you woke up today, you have a purpose
and you have work to do begin now.

Sometimes, the leaders we brand as "evil"
are willing to work seriously with us for the
sake of peace. --Jimmy Carter

I have always been pushed by the negative...
the apparent failure of a play sends me back
to my typewriter that very night, before the
reviews are out. I am more compelled to
get back to work than if I had a success.

--Tennessee Williams

"Real happiness is not dependent on external things.
The pond is fed from within. You must cultivate
your mind if you wish to achieve enduring happiness."
-William Lyon Phelps

Learn how to be happy with what you have
while you pursue all that you want.


The mind is much like the stomach. It is not
how much you put into it that counts, but
how much it digests.

Kindness: a language the deaf
can hear and the blind can see.

Great discoveries and improvements
invariably involve the cooperation of
many minds. --Alexander Graham Bell

A journey of a thousand miles, starts
from beneath one's feet. --Lao Tzu

It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
--Eleanor Roosevelt

I am convinced that life is 10 percent what
happens to me and 90 percent how I react
to it. --Charles Swindoll

When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed
of two characters. One represents danger, and the other
represents opportunity. --John F. Kennedy

Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.
The real miracle is the love that inspires them.
In this sense everything that comes from love
is a miracle. --A Course in Miracles

We are here to recognize our own
Magnificence & Divinity
--Anonymous

Most people consider the course of events
as natural and inevitable. They little know
what radical changes are possible through prayer.

When it gets dark enough,
you can see the stars.
- Lee Salk

A truly happy person is one who
can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

 

What's an earth for, but to make a heaven of...
-Anonymous

When you have the choice between being "right"
or being "kind" always choose kind.
--Wayne Dyer

Sometimes one may travel far to discover what is near.
--Uri Shulevitz

Some thoughts to ponder...

Read Each One Carefully and Think About It a Second or Two

1. I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am
with you.

2. No man or woman is worth your tears, and the one who is, won't make you cry.

3. Just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to, doesn't mean
they don't love you with all they have.

4. A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.

5. The worst way to miss someone is to be sitting right beside them knowing you can't have them.

6. Never frown, even when you are sad, because you never know who is falling in love with your smile.

7. To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.

8. Don't waste your time on a man/woman, who isn't willing to waste their time on you.

9. Maybe God wants us to meet a few wrong people before meeting the right one, so that when we finally meet the person, we will know how to be grateful.

10. Don't cry because it is over, smile because it happened.

11. There's always going to be people that hurt you so what you have to do is keep on trusting and just be more careful about who you trust next time around.

12. Make yourself a better person and know who you are before you try and know someone else and expect them to know you.

13. Don't try so hard, the best things come when you least expect them to.

REMEMBER: WHATEVER HAPPENS, HAPPENS FOR A REASON!

Think about this:

1. At least 2 people in this world love you so much
they would die for you.

2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.

3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you is because
they want to be just like you.

4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even
if they don't like you.

5. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they
go to sleep.

6. You mean the world to someone.

7. If not for you, someone may not be living.

8. You are special and unique.

9. Someone that you don't even know exists, loves you.

10. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something
good always comes from it.

11. When you think the world has turned its back on you,
take a look: you most likely turned your back on the world.

12. When you think you have no chance of getting what you want,
you probably won't get it, but if you believe in yourself, probably,
sooner or later, you will get it.

13. Always remember the compliments you received.
Forget about the rude remarks.

14. Always tell someone how you feel about them;
you will feel much better when they know.

15. If you have a great friend, take the time to let them
know that they are great.

16. Send this to all the people you care about, if you do so,
You will certainly brighten someone's day.

What makes us happy:

It looks like *they* are finally studying what makes
us HAPPY instead of what makes us SAD. If you
ask me, it's about time!

This article is a must read, you can find it here

and...

I'll be happy when...
We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a
baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren't old enough
and we'll be more content when they are. After that, we're frustrated that
we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are
out of that stage. We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when
our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, when we
are able to go on a nice vacation or when we retire. The truth is there's
no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when? Your life will
always be filled with challenges.


It's best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway.
Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment that you have and treasure
it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend
your time with ..... and remember that time waits for no one.


So, stop waiting ..
Until your car or home is paid off.
Until you get a new car or home.
Until your kids leave the house.
Until you go back to school.
Until you finish school.
Until you lose 10 lbs.
Until you gain 10 lbs.
Until you get married.
Until you get a divorce.
Until you have kids.
Until you retire.
Until summer..
Until spring.
Until winter.
Until fall.
Until you die.


There is no better time than right now to be happy. Happiness is a journey,
not a destination. So work like you don't need money, love like you've
never been hurt, and, dance like no one's watching

This Land

This land has many stories
It speaks in many tongues
It lives within my bones
I breathe it with my lungs.

It has within each hill and curve
A story that could be told
Of ancient times long ago
When there were no humans to behold.

When no foot trod its Earthen skin
No hand to fell a tree
Pristine, pure and innocent
Just like you and me.

And just like the child within
This land's now been trodden on
But it's beauty still remains
It's spirit still is strong.

This week we've been feeding
On the breast milk of the Earth
Nourished with it's abundance
While bringing consciousness to birth.

My heart now is pulsating
With the beat of this earthen love
Touched by the tender branches
Feeding me from above.

And I don't know about you
But I've got to say I'm pleased
That all my prayers have been answered
With a steady flow of ease.

For as we heal on sacred land
And our beings expand in light
So too do all humans and this earth heal
As we wake up
to what is….
our birthright.

by Janet McGeever
written at the Purification Retreat
November 2002

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Tibetan Five Rights

I am a trained yoga hatha teacher, have practiced Ashtanga for nearly two years and enjoy walking. I took up these excercises as a lot of my work has lead me to sit behind a computer with a phone most of the day. I find it the best way to get to so many people.

To balance this out yoga was neccessary, though I found this took up a lot of my time and I eventually found injuries occurring through intense Ashtanga sessions. Also, I was never really into too much physical stuff.

Then along came a friend that introduced me to a secret method taught by Ancient Tibetan Masters called "Five Tibetan Rites". I found that with just 10 minutes a day I was getting the same effect as 1 hour of yoga. I feel great in doing these excercises and so glad that I have a tool that I can use anywhere, without any further tuition, no equipment and I dont even need to work up a drippy sweat! I expect to gain the same peace of mind as those original Tibetan monks ;)

The version I have found- Kelder's manuscript contains not only the original drawings but also the unedited and unexpurgated story of British Colonel Bradford , the man who searched for and found the long-hidden Tibetan monastery that housed the ageless monks who taught him the secret rejuvenation rites in the 1920's.

In this ebook you get to also learn about energy foods eaten by Tibetan monks.

The Five Rites eBook comes with a 100% money back guarantee, so I'm really happy to point you to this classic in the natural health field. The exercises work for me, and I bet they'd work for you too. Click here to check out the details.

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SOME TESTIMONIALS

I started the Tibetan exercises 9 days ago. The first burst of energy came on the 4th day and has increased each day. This is the most amazing thing I've seen or heard of. Not only has my energy increased so has my physical strength and endurance. On top of all this I believe I can conquer my world. I'm really excited -- what will my vitality be like at the end of the 10 weeks? I'm expecting AWESOME.

Norma Wilson

I purchased the Five Rites from you back in September and did them for a week or so and didn't notice any difference or feel any more energy. Then I got busy with other things and stopped doing them.

In January I read some more of the reports in your newsletter about how the rites were helping people and decided to try them again.

Well, I've been slowly working up with the number of repetitions and I've been doing the rites faithfully six days a week now for about six weeks, and frankly I'm stunned at how much my energy levels have increased, my energy has almost doubled. I'm also sleeping better and not as stressed out as I used to be.

Thanks for continuing to share reports about these exercises because they really do work IF you don't give up on them too soon like I did the first time. Now I'll be doing them for the rest of my life. They really are that good.

Cary Sorenson

 

I've been doing the five daily rites for fifteen years now. Even though I am nearly fifty years of age, many people guess my age to be in my mid-thirties.

I admit that I do not always do the exercises, but I seem to be aging more slowly than other people that I grew up with, including my brothers, which tends to rule out a genetic factor.

I cannot say for certain that the five daily rites have slowed my aging process; but I don't do much of anything else to slow my aging except taking vitamins regularly. It is good to see the Five Rites on your site.

Gary Dornier

 

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