ALS AND ELECTRICITY
Mainstream medical literature has finally confirmed that workers in certain occupations are more at risk of Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS). The full article can be read at: newscientist.com/ article/212626. Roel Vermeulen at Utrecht University in the Netherlands and his team found that people whose jobs exposed them to high levels of very low frequency (VLF) magnetic fields were twice as likely to develop ALS as those who have never had this kind of occupational exposure. These jobs include electric line installers, welders, sewing machine operators and aircraft pilots. Vermeulen said, “These are essentially jobs where workers are placed in close proximity to appliances that use a lot of electricity.”
Dr. Samuel Milham, author of the book Dirty Electricity, was far ahead of mainstream medicine when he postulated that athletes come down with ALS far more often than the general population because of their exposure to TENS machines. This is a small electrical device that is used extensively by athletes and others when they injure themselves. It is used for pain relief. Milham knew of a twenty-three-year-old athlete who had ALS.
This reminds me of a minister who worked at a nearby church and died of ALS. He often mentioned that he owned a motorcycle and that he rode it extensively. When I heard about his death from this disease, I was not surprised. When you are sitting on a motorcycle, you are sitting on a large motor absorbing large amounts of EMFs, no doubt! At least in a car, the driver is a fair distance from the motor and so the EMF levels are somewhat lower. There are no regulations about how much EMFs can be given off by motorcycles, cars, trucks, etc.
It behooves us to keep our EMF levels down and to measure them once in a while. There are various meters on the market that measure magnetic fields, radiofrequency (RF) microwaves and electric fields. The price of these meters is coming down as more people are using them. Or you can hire a building biologist who will take measurements in your home and workplace.
To read more about the link between disease and electricity exposure, a good book is The Invisible Rainbow by Arthur Firstenburg.
Editor’s Response: The TENS machine is a modern invention, but other electrical stimulation devices for pain existed in earlier times, including one called the Electreat. It is entirely possible that the New York Yankees had such a machine in the mid-20th century, when Lou Gehrig was playing for the team.
Our family has been incorporating Wise Traditions principles for about seven years now. Last year, our three-year-old daughter was unfortunately injured while playing with her older sisters. Her cry was different this time, and we knew she needed medical attention, but as a first stop we went to the chiropractor to see whether she had dislocated her knee. The chiropractor felt her leg and said that the muscles on one side of her lower leg were stiff in one location. He said that there was most li kely a f racture and that we should seek out x-rays and medical attention at the local clinic. We followed his advice, and two hours later we found out that our three-year-old had a complete fracture of her tibia and a hairline fracture of the fibula. She was put in a splint and the next day a cast on her leg.
We returned eight days later for a recheck and more x-rays to make sure the bones had stayed stabilized. During this appointment, the pediatric orthopedic surgeon pulled up her x-rays and could not believe his eyes! He exclaimed, “How many days has it been? Only eight! I’ve never seen a bone heal this fast!” The hairline fracture in her fibula was completely healed, and the complete fracture in her tibia was 75 percent healed! He said that he normally wants children to be in a cast for at least four weeks, as the bone needs all that time to heal. After much discussion, the doctor agreed to allow removal of the cast at three weeks as long as the x-rays showed that the injury was completely healed. Well, on day fourteen, our three-year-old was up and running in her cast, chasing chickens and playing in the sun! I had no doubt that her leg had indeed healed. We still had another week in that cast, though (a very long week for a three-year-old)!
We returned in week three, and after one x-ray she was cleared for cast removal! The doctor couldn’t believe it. He said, “I don’t know what you did.” I promptly interrupted him and told him what we had done—a diet consisting of emu oil, cod liver oil, raw milk, raw yogurt, raw cheese, homemade bone broth, while avoiding sugars and processed foods. I also handed him a Weston A. Price brochure! Like most doctors, he just chuckled, told me to have a good day and left the room.
Our three-year-old is our first child who is 100 percent Weston Price—as I ate properly before conception and during pregnancy—and she has been well-nourished since birth. I have no doubt that God heals through food. He created our bodies to heal themselves with the right nutrition. His master blueprint for our bodies is so very perfect that our skin regenerates, cuts heal and bones can be healed! There is a huge difference between being merely fed and being well nourished! Thank you, Weston A. Price Foundation, for spreading the word about true nourishment!
Crystal La Brake
Tyndall, South Dakota
Recently, a study by Michael J. Mina and others made news because it stated that following a measles infection, antibody levels to other viral and bacterial infections drop during the following three to six months. This means, according to these authors, that not only is the actual measles infection itself a grave danger to the child, but also that having a measles infection causes a global immune suppression, making the child susceptible to other potentially deadly infections in the period after the measles have cleared.
This same immune suppression is not caused by the MMR vaccine, they assert, thereby creating an even stronger argument that we must vigorously push for full acceptance of the measles vaccine so that we can achieve “herd immunity,” which they claim happens when 95 percent of the population is immune from measles because they received the required measles vaccines.
For very important reasons, however, the Mina paper should lead us to exactly the opposite conclusion.
First, antibody levels are not predictive of immunity. In fact, there is significant research showing that the drop in antibodies following measles infection is a protective response, as it means that the level of cell-derived transfer factor, the substance in the blood most linked with resistance to viral diseases, has gone up. This phenomenon is the most likely explanation for the results of the biggest study ever done on what actually happens to children after they have a measles infection. Dr. Peter Aaby’s research showed that even though the levels of antibodies went down, the death rate of children following measles infection was four times lower than the death rate for children who didn’t contract measles. Here is the quote from Aaby’s paper: “Exposed children developing clinical measles had lower age-adjusted mortality over the next four years than exposed children who did not develop clinical measles.”
In addition, I have to mention that the idea of vaccine-induced “herd immunity” to measles is pure fiction. According to published CDC data, the primary failure rate for measles vaccines i s 4 .7 percent. In other words, 4.7 percent of children who receive a measles vaccine never develop immunity to measles. If we need to have 95 percent immunity, then the figure the CDC uses for effective herd immunity if we vaccinated 100 percent of the people is at best 95.3 percent.
However, we must consider the “secondary failure rate.” This term refers to the percentage of people who lose their immunity over time after vaccination. This happens because without the working together of the cellular and humoral immune systems, most people will not develop lifelong immunity. In fact, peer-reviewed studies show that between 0.5 and 1 percent of vaccinated people lose immunity to measles for each year that passes. In other words, for thirty-year-olds, whose last vaccine was at age ten, they have between a 10 to 20 percent chance of no longer having immunity to measles. If you do the math and average this all out, one finds that the maximum level of immunity to measles that can be achieved through vaccination is about 65 percent in the entire population—far, far below the level we are told needs to occur to achieve effective herd immunity.
Herd immunity is a make-believe concept, used to “herd” unsuspecting people into a behavior that they wouldn’t choose otherwise. As Dr. Albert Sabin noted, official data have shown that large-scale vaccination in the U.S. has failed to obtain any significant improvement of the diseases for which the vaccines are supposed to provide immunity. In essence, vaccinations were and are a failure.
Thomas Cowan, MD
San Francisco, California
DYEING TO LOOK GOOD
Regarding the article “Dyeing to Look Good” (Fall, 2019), there is a global movement concerning the dangers of sensitization associated with PPD (paraphenylenediamine) found in the traditional box hair color products. Catherine Cartwright-Jones, PhD, has championed the path to safe hair coloring with plants that have been used for centuries.
I first became aware of Dr. Cartwright-Jones’ work when doing my own research to find a better way after experiencing an itchy scalp every time I used box hair dye. The natural henna and other plants finely ground, mixed and applied to even stubborn grey hair result in lustrous, shiny, healthy hair in a wide variety of shades. The mehandi. com website not only educates against PPD and fake henna, but also provides videos, boxed or bulk plant hair products and all of the history and scientific research available. They also have a Facebook page.
I highly recommend reading the information on the site, even if you are not interested in coloring your hair!
Betty Armbrecht, DNP APRN, FNP-BC, CEN
CHICKENS AND CABBAGES
With each passing issue of Wise Traditions, my affinity increases for the ideas and events discussed. No sooner had the Fall 2019 copy arrived when I read Nenah Sylver’s “Mutant Cabbages” letter, which reinforced the experience I have had with chickens.
For ten years I have raised chickens, primarily for their eggs, selling most of them through a CSA. My modus operandi was to buy a cohort of twenty-five-day-old chicks of the same variety. Six months later I would buy another cohort of a different variety. Sequencing cohorts in this manner made it easy to tell the ages of the birds and to track the productivity of certain varieties. Over the years, I have had Wyandottes, Barred Rocks, Buff Orpingtons, Rhode Island Reds and New Hampshires. After two years of a cohort, egg productivity would begin to drop off and I would process the cohort for meat.
Each new cohort required six months of tending before I got the first egg, and within a couple of weeks, they all were laying. It was like clockwork. That pattern was well-established for all of the chickens, except the last batch.
I was astounded to have some of the chickens laying eggs within three and four months. I could barely believe it. When their egg-laying rate started to taper off in less than two years, I also was surprised—but not so much. I figured that “normal growth and metabolic signals [had] been dramatically interfered with”—using Nenah’s words—but I suspected a different cause. I was buying the same heritage lines from the same supplier and using the same feed and forage. I could understand how through selective breeding, the supplier, remaining true to heritage lines, chose to select for a more rapid maturity to enhance marketability.
Nenah’s cabbage might be mutant. I have no doubt that our changing biological (viruses), chemical (pesticides) and physical (radiation) environment may be the culprit for Nenah’s inferior cabbage. It might also be an overlooked side effect of aggressive breeding by the seed supplier seeking any of a myriad of “preferred attributes” such as a higher germination rate; greater disease, heat and drought resistance; or faster growth. This can all take place without violating any organic or heritage standards. Even as “purists,” we must realize that a seed supplier’s preferences do not always match perfectly with the consumer’s preferences.
For me, I face a daunting task. If I want, for example, Barred Rock chickens to mature more slowly and to lay for a longer period of time, I need to consider raising my own line so that they will conform to my definition of what a Barred Rock chicken is.
Bill Hyde, PhD
I just watched a deceptive, misleading movie (infomercial) called “Game Changers” (see p. 63) on Netflix by James Cameron in which he poo-poos eating meat and tries to convince everyone that eating any animal product including cheese, eggs and milk is disease-producing, unhealthy and far inferior to eating vegan. The film is vague, full of half-truths or wrong on almost all aspects. I looked up James Cameron and found he is invested in a one-hundred-forty-million dollar enterprise to produce pea protein, which I suspect he sells to veggie-burger makers and other vegan companies. This is another example of a self-serving infomercial trying to appear objective.
Robin Hood, DC
Editor’s Response: Actually, pea protein is the main ingredient of the Beyond Burger!
TRY ALTERNATIVES FIRST!
The other day I found an article about afib (atrial fibrillation) and low potassium—and yesterday found a plethora of articles about the “well-known” connection between potassium deficiency and hypertension. Nobody mentioned that to me when, starting in 2012 (taking care of my dying parents), my blood pressure started going up and up. I was never told to eat more potassium-rich foods nor to supplement! What is this world coming to?
This is my philosophy now, said before but bears repeating: for chronic conditions (including aging), try alternatives first. If they don’t work, you still have strong options left. But, if you go in guns blaring and remove body parts or permanently alter stuff and wreck physiological pathways, you cannot go back and explore the gentle “cures.” Also, prevention is number one.
I look for safe, cheap, effective, easy, simple-elegant, mechanistically plausible, ancient practice, accessible to many, not irreversible and quick. Western emergency care is spectacular, but acute! For example, consumption of apple cider vinegar as a remedy is very old, about twenty-five hundred years!
Vaccination is in no way “prevention.” It’s a Frankenstein-injecting, money-making, disease-inducing technology which bypasses crucial immune system checks and evolved mechanisms Using these chemical cocktails first is a thoroughly bad idea.
After years of reading the homeopathy column in the WAPF journal, mainly out of academic interest, and because I like to read your journal cover to cover, I have finally waded into homeopathy.
It’s been like a miracle for the vaccine-injured pets we inherited. Travis’s multi-year-old fluid-filled cyst (tumor?) has shrunk by 40 percent, and Roxy’s perpetual river of morning brown eye gunk, that drained in three-inch-long rivulets each day, has evaporated with Thuja Occidentalis 3 0C. S he i s a lso much better adjusted mentally. She has become a much more loving dog and is better engaged with other dogs. That is, she does not emit blood curdling howls at them, followed by a “raised hackles” diarrhea. I chose Thuja 30C because it fit all their symptoms perfectly, and it has worked for many an autistic child.
Early this summer, while gardening, a big wheelbarrow filled with dirt tipped on my calf and gave me a giant bruise that hurt abominably. I was writhing in pain on the lawn. I developed a five-inch by five-inch black-and-blue, blunt trauma bruise on the underside of my calf. I hobbled to the kitchen cabinet and took Arnica Montana 30C (only because I had absolutely nothing else to treat it with), and the pain disappeared like magic.
It started hurting again in thirty minutes. I took another dose and it disappeared again. Sometimes, and definitely in my case, you have to be hurt really badly to see the light. I was able to walk the dogs a couple of miles on my injury. The injury also healed beautifully.
I have no idea how homeopathy works. As a matter of fact, for years I have wrestled with all the theories of homeopathy and found them to be inexplicable, yet I am now a firm believer in the magic and miracle of homeopathy. I don’t need randomized controlled trials, and I don’t need proof positive, because for this sample of one, it has been amazingly restorative medicine. And I know it’s not placebo, because it works on pets. I can actually measure tumor shrinkage. And I know it’s not toxic.
Thanks to your persistence in educating the general public over a long period of time, through all sorts of mental blocks (to wit mine), my family now have a way of administering medicine that is in keeping with our philosophy. I am deeply saddened that I forgot that my mother routinely took us to old Dr. Banerjee, the homeopath in Delhi. I had relegated these memories to the back of my mind as really drudgerous things mums do to torture you. My only recollection of those events is sitting in his office fidgeting restlessly, while he took long case histories and made everybody wait for hours. Sometimes you have to be very, very old to respect and admire what your mom did for you. The WAPF has been a lifesaver for me. Like the universal mother (and grandmother) really, without the intergenerational receptivity gap.
Truly, knowledge is power. Even subliminal knowledge! I have now been reading through many of the eighteen hundred or so studies that were trashed by the Australian epidemiological analysis on homeopathy and am finding fascinating nuggets of research that have been simply dismissed by mainstream allopathic medicine—a horrendous state of affairs we must correct. Similia similibus curentur—like does indeed cure like. Hippocrates was right, as was old German folk medicine. I am reading the Banerji protocols and their stunning results for cancers—all without chemotherapy and radiation.
I am so glad my grandson is growing up in Europe where MDs and pediatricians routinely prescribe homeopathics. I am starting a homeopathic study circle in my town. All parents who are trigger-happy with Tylenol and amoxicillin need this information. All American mums need this information. Actually, all mums worldwide need this information.
The article about growing fruit and vegetables in high tunnels (Summer, 2019) did raise some general doubts in my mind. Obviously, it is helpful to provide reliable warmth and shelter in climates that can otherwise pose a problem, but what research has been done—none I suspect—on plants and their nutritional quality grown under either semi-opaque or dark material? For instance, I have read that here in the UK cherry growers now grow their fruit under cover—clear for the early fruit, then semi-opaque and then dark plastic roofs.
More and more is being discovered about the subtle effects of the full spectrum of radiation from the sun on the human body, and plants are probably no different.
The author writes that the four requirements for plants are water, air (he does not mention the sun here), an amicable temperature and nutrients. How is the soil going to be kept healthy? He implies that you test for nutrients and put in what is missing, but that only tests for what you think is important! Good soil, and one that continues to be good, is far more complex than that.
No doubt the resulting crops from tunnels will be market-fresh with much reduced food miles and will look healthy. But I do wonder whether there will be a long-term decline in the nutritional quality of produce grown like this.
London, United Kingdom
Recently I wrote a letter to our prime minister, Boris Johnson, which I want to share with fellow WAPF members:
Dear Mr. Johnson: I consider it wholly inappropriate to find a conservative leader claim at the United Nations that consumer choice and personal sovereignty have a negative impact on the development of any technology or product. How come all conservatives agree that personal consumer choice in, say, shoes and socks or bread is the very force, nonexistent in the Soviet Union, that drives innovation, yet somehow, if we remove these things and agree with Karl Marx with regards to vaccination, that it will somehow result in technological innovation?
Conservative voters will not accept the doublethink in this speech, which claims that repression, censorship and control and an Orwellian state are repulsive in the areas where our dear leader seeks liberty, but not in those that he seeks to repress.
You stated: “A whole movement called the anti-vaxxers, who refuse to acknowledge the evidence that vaccinations have eradicated smallpox, and who, by their prejudices, are actually endangering the very children they want to protect. And I totally reject this anti-scientific pessimism.”
Surely, it is by government stepping out of the way, forcing the pharmaceutical industry to have to engage their marketing departments with those who have concerns about their products, be it vaccines, thalidomide, socks and shoes or loaves of bread, that we can allow Adam Smith’s invisible hand and not the whip hand and boot of government to drive technological innovation?
If you genuinely believe in vaccination, you should focus on persuasion, debate, possibly reverse psychology and certainly free-market principles, not the Orwellian boot-on-the-face that you rejected on the one hand, supported on the other. If you continue to demonize sovereign individuals for their consumer choice in regards to medical products, you transfer the debate from whether these are good products to a matter of principle about personal choice. This is not the sort of debate that is easily won against the British, who tend to reject tyranny in principle regardless of its intention.
WAPF Honorary Board Member
London, United Kingdom
A LITTLE BIT OF LIGHT
I just wanted to write to say thanks for being a little bit of light in this crazy time. When my daughter was born in the 1990s, I knew several moms who questioned the safety of vaccines and were interested in diet. We read Mothering magazine and had a whole community. Now, I constantly see people being crucified online if they even dare to question vaccines! They are called anti-vaxxers and labeled as insane. So much change has come about in the last twenty-two years, and it scares me to death.
I found a pamphlet about you in my local Amish health food store (I live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania), so I felt compelled to write. I will be donating. And I just subscribed to your podcast as well.
COOKBOOKS FROM THE PAST
I’m in Switzerland and in my small amount of spare time, I check out many second-hand shops looking for cookbooks showing the history of food from countries like Italy, Spain, Greece, France, Germany and Russia. I even have one called Das römische Kochbuch des Apicius (From the Time of the Romans) with half the book written in Latin. I also have two or three military cookbooks from Switzerland.
In Europe during and after the Second World War, there was famine everywhere (because streets were bombed, roads broken, businesses disrupted, stores empty) and most folks were on food stamps in order to distribute food equally. But these people were not vegetarians. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who just made a movie promoting vegetarianism, grew up on a farm in Austria and had raw milk! Has he forgotten?
Every one of my newly-obtained books include fatty meats of all kinds, with more fat than you ever see in any American supermarket. I have pictures from our past visits in Ukraine of an open farmers market having huge tables filled with a slab of fat and more fat, organ meats and more organ meats—and all this in ninety-plus-degree summer heat, sitting there all day!
These people wanted meat, and that includes the Swiss military cookbooks—they even cooked with bone broth!
Tomorrow morning early I’m out hunting for a special spoon or needle that butchers here use to thread fat strips into roasts. One can find roasts here wrapped in fatty bacon strips. Hello Dr. Ancel Keys!
A JOURNEY TO WELLNESS
I found out a lot about vaccines when we lived in Pennsylvania for a brief time. I ended up getting the Tdap and then feeling horrible. The doctors (two of them) just said I was homesick. I was homesick, but not so homesick as to feel suicidal, as the shot made me feel. Anyway, I went to a place called the Well of Life in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It was the first time I had heard of natural healing. It truly changed my life. It was the first time I heard of muscle testing and asking the body.
I have Hashimoto’s and had my thyroid taken out in 1999. I had been doing trial and error with diet and exercise to keep myself feeling better.
I found out about eggs from soy-fed hens because my hands would hurt when I ate them. My joints would feel arthritic. We love eggs. We were buying organic eggs at Costco. So I stopped eating the eggs and then tried again. It was definitely the eggs. I got online and found lots of information about Costco and their practices and the Environmental Working Group gave them a very low score. I went to Mom’s Market and started experimenting with eggs. I noticed the eggs with soy weren’t my friend. What I find bothersome is you don’t know what they are feeding the chickens and many times it’s a gamble. Even the dozen (Vital Farms) I have in the fridge now say they are pastured and the Environmental Working Group gives them a very high rating. And I’ve not had a reaction from them but I don’t know what they are fed.
But I think producers should be required to list what they feed the chickens. Same with the beef.
We had been buying organic meat and poultry from Costco, and I just wouldn’t feel great. But I blamed it on my Hashimoto’s. But then my husband would get sick to his stomach with the chicken and it started to raise a red flag. And I looked into it.
Now we have found soy-free eggs and beef and feel so much better. Now, we’re sticklers about whether the meat is grass- or grain-finished because it really makes a difference. Some grass-finished is a bit tougher to chew but we’re not getting questionable grain.
My husband has chronic aspergillus and has lost most of his left lung. Together we have learned food is medicine or it can be poison. It’s up to you to choose.
WISE TRADITIONS ROCKS!
I want to take this opportunity to let you know that I think that the Wise Traditions journal is written factually, truthfully and very professionally. It should be required reading in every high school in the U.S. It should be a required course in every university too. I am so proud of everyone involved in the creation of this publication. I love the information and education it provides and I love reading every word of it. It’s worth the price and if the price was raised, I would pay without complaint. Thank you for the wonderful irreplaceable information you provide. It’s a treasure. I’ve saved every issue.
Keystone, South Dakota