DR DEAN HOWELL NEWSLETTER, Number 3
In this issue:
The Patterns of Daily Life: Work Space, Mental/Emotional Issues, and the Food You Eat, by Trisha Howell
In this issue we want to call attention to practices you engage in every day that may or may not be supporting your health. Many of us work at least part (if not all) of out workdays at a desk. In the leading article of this issue, Dr. Howell discusses what you can do to make your workstation safe. You can prevent many structurally-triggered injuries by choosing the correct chair and positioning it in optimal alignment with your desk height and your monitor height.
Every day we engage with the world on the basis of mental and emotional habits that we have developed throughout our lives in response to past issues. Many times these patterns no longer serve us and should be replaced by more positive and self-empowering reactions. In my article on Defusion, I introduce you to a simple method that is easy to learn and which can be used to take control of (even your subconscious) mental and emotional patterns. This enables you to eliminate whatever thoughts/beliefs and emotional reactions are impeding your life and to replace them with what helps you to move forward with more awareness, freedom, and happiness.
Finally, in this issue we want to inform you about several significant dangers in your food supply: pesticides, genetically-modified foods, and excitotoxins. It is very important to know about these dangers because of their widespread presence in your food and the severe damage they can cause to your body. Be careful to read all labels in the future. Better yet, avoid packaged foods as much as possible since most of them contain one or more of these dangers. Buy organically-raised foods, preferably fresh and locally grown. That way you can avoid toxins that will otherwise, over time, seriously compromise your health. Be careful to consume what is pure, and our body will thank you!
Employers scoffed at employee complaints about workstations:
Some history about workstation safety:
I first began seeing my patients with repetitive usage injuries from improperly set up workstations in the 1980s. The rash of carpal tunnel surgeries that you been in vogue over the past six or eight years are created, in part, from the bad workstations that the baby boomers had during the 1980s and 1990s. Since US law was already in place defining proper workplaces, the employers were required to furnish safe work environments. So they were responsible for these injuries. Workmen’s compensation attorneys picked up on this, which led to some sizable settlements and to placing many people on permanent disability pensions, all from bad workstation environments.
Are you in danger, too?
What can you do? First, consider that there is a world out there that doesn’t require computers or desks to operate. So go outside and be active! If you can afford it, get work that doesn’t require you to spend a majority of your day harnessed to a workstation. Second, if you must spend so much time at a workstation, work with your employer to modify your workplace to fit your body. Third, take hourly breaks from your desk, and be physically active for three to five minutes.
Redesigning your workplace:
Next, find a desk that has its working surface or keyboard tray positioned so that your upper arms hang straight down and your lower arms reach straight out to the keyboard tray. In these more enlightened times, many desks will have keyboard trays at the proper heights for most office chairs. It is important that you try to keep your hands parallel with the keyboard as your type, or that you place keyboard (wrist) pads in front of your keyboard and use them to minimize repetitive strain injuries of the wrists. You must also place your mouse close to the keyboard so that you are not reaching out, just to use your mouse.
Third, (and this will be the hardest) position your monitor at a height so that you are looking straight across from your eyes to the monitor. Tilting your head down to see your monitor is really hard on your neck. If you are using a notebook computer, then you should not use it more than an hour or two daily. Instead, use an additional monitor placed at the proper height or use a separate keyboard with the notebook placed at a height that requires no head tilt to see the monitor, either of these methods will permit a proper workstation setup.
Anticipating future modifications of safe workplace rules:
Lighting is another big issue. You have probably seen full spectrum and non-glare lighting touted for their “health benefits”. They really help, especially with reducing eyestrain and eye fatigue. It is already becoming common for workplaces to utilize improved lighting because the employees are more productive. For the employees with stupid employers, they will have to wait until newer safety standards mandate these changes. In the interim, consider getting a small full spectrum, non-glare light and placing it near your workstation, where it seems to most reduce your eyestrain.
So, even if you don’t like your job, you can use these tips to make your workplace a place that you like!
I was in a café several months ago when I noticed a woman with a sign at her table saying that she offered Defusion sessions. I’ve experienced dozens and dozens of alternative health therapies and was curious because this was one I’d never heard of.
Although I was feeling stressed and in a hurry to leave, something told me that I should check it out. The woman, Frances, was very friendly and explained to me that Defusion is a way to release our limiting beliefs and self-sabotaging patterns and then to plant a more affirming and uplifting state of mind in their place. If we are experiencing any stress, discontent, or other unpleasant things in our lives, these are pointing out issues that need to be defused.
Something told me to give it a try, and we started with a stress that had plagued me consciously for years, on nearly a daily basis: the experience that there was more I needed to do each day than I had time for and the frustration, and even feeling of torture, from not being able to get it all done. I’ve felt very behind, with things hanging over my head that seemed very necessary yet impossible to all accomplish. I felt like I had delegated responsibilities as much as I could; there was simply too much on my plate. I was skeptical that Defusion could do anything about this. It seemed to me that all that would help would be to somehow organize and focus myself better so that I could in fact get these things done.
Frances started by setting the intention, “To defuse all thought forms that are causing Trisha to feel the time pressure of having more to do than she can accomplish.” Then she started muscle testing me, explaining that each person’s body contains a vast wisdom beyond that of their conscious minds. We were quickly able to pinpoint the origin of this issue, both in time and in terms of the way it manifested itself emotionally when it first emerged and how it manifested in the present. The tools we used in pinpointing this were The Behavioral Barometer (which maps out eight emotional states in each of eighteen emotional categories) and The Order of Creation (which is a sort of time map).
Next, Frances tested to determine the therapy with the highest priority to defuse this issue. She had a thick notebook full of fifteen classes of therapy, each with numerous subheadings. When the appropriate therapy/therapies were revealed through muscle testing, she then had me read and follow the directions for each, while she facilitated the defusion. After checking to make sure that the issue had been fully defused, she instilled the appropriate positive behavioral/feeling trait (again determined by muscle testing) in place of the old one.
I left feeling that it was all pretty weird and probably hadn’t worked, but soon I noticed that there was a lightness and freedom in my being that hadn’t been there before. At first it seemed subtle, but as I started noticing that I no longer reacted (negatively) in a variety of situations the way I used to. To my amazement, even though I still had the same number of things to do, they didn’t seem so oppressive but were easily manageable and even enjoyable. I used to dwell on all the things I wasn’t getting accomplished, and now I didn’t even think about them anymore, focusing almost exclusively on the present moment, which made me much more effective.
I realized that Defusion is a very powerful technique in which I should take training. I contacted the co-developer (Shondra Johnston, (425) 739-0567, firstname.lastname@example.org) and arranged to take her next training seminar. My stepson Derek was also enthusiastic and happily joined me. Shondra says, “It is time for us to remember that we are powerful creators and that we create everything in our lives. Before that can happen, we must release our limiting beliefs and self-sabotaging programs. This is a workshop designed to identify your personal beliefs that stop you from living in joy and trust and synchronicity and to teach you how to permanently release these limitations from your consciousness through the process of defusion. Just imagine how your life will change when you live 100% in synchronicity and all your desires are met, before you even know that you have them!”
The class was a very intense and full two-day course (after an initial private session) in which we learned how to perform defusion on ourselves and also on others. We began in the private session by having Shondra ground us, rooting us in our appropriate energy (masculine or feminine) signature, defusing any unconscious hatred we might have of this energy, and defusing any unconscious hatred or fear we might have of being in physical form. She also defused any thought forms causing us to have resistance to doing this work and from having less than 100% results from doing the work. Furthermore, she identified our primary wounds, the tools we use to get what we want from others (and allow them to use to get what they want from us), the extent of our poverty and prosperity consciousness, and a percentage scale of such things as how responsible, patient, trusting, creative, living in the present, etc. we are.
The results from these tests were then used in the class when we worked on ourselves or had others work on us. This was definitely the most energetically intense course I’ve ever taken! Both Derek and I were exhausted at the end of each day because we had released so much during the hands-on sessions. But we both felt much different (better) after doing all of this!
I highly recommend that you consider taking this training (which currently costs $450 for one person or $750 for two). Alternately, Derek and I will both be offering Defusion sessions at our Los Angeles clinic, should you be interested in experiencing the process. We hope that it will be as beneficial to you as it has been to us!
Most contaminated fruits and vegetables–ranked from most contaminated to least contaminated
Least contaminated fruits and vegetables — ranked from most contaminated to least contaminated
“Strawberries lead the list of the thirteen most contaminated fruits and vegetables sold in American supermarkets. According to a 1993 Environmental Working Group study, on some farms strawberries are sprayed with 500 pounds of pesticides per acre. Red and green bell peppers come next, which are high in neurotoxic residues. Other highly contaminated foods include spinach, cherries, peaches, Mexican cantaloupe, celery, apples, apricots, green beans, Chilean grapes, and cucumbers.
Fruits and vegetables from foreign countries are subject to even less stringent regulations than domestic varieties. Imported bananas, for example, often are treated with benomyl (linked to birth defects) and chlorpyrifos (a neurotoxin). Among grains, rice and oats were found to be the most contaminated.”
HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR FOOD HAS BEEN GENETICALLY MODIFIED
How to know for certain about your produce: Look at the little stickers on the fruits and vegetables. The PLU code will tell you. The PLU code for conventionally grown fruit consists of four numbers; organically grown, five numbers prefaced by the number 9; and GM fruit, five numbers prefaced by the number 8. For example:
Other strategies: Avoid hybrid fruits (usually the seedless varieties). Buy only organic produce; by definition, it cannot be genetically modified. Avoid processed foods. They also often contain trans-fats and acrylamides. If you pick an item off your grocery store’s shelves, you have a 70% chance of picking a food with genetically modified (GM) ingredients. There are no labeling requirements for genetically-modified food. No studies have ever been done on how genetically modified food might affect humans. “Buying organic is currently the best way to ensure that your food has not been genetically modified.”
Genetically modified soybeans and corn make up the largest portion of GM crops. If any of the following ingredients are listed on a product label, there is a good chance that it has come from GM corn or soy beans unless it is listed as organic:
Aside from corn and soy, other GM foods grown in the US include cotton, canola, squash and papaya.
One of the most serious and largely unknown threats to our health today is the presence of excitotoxins in most packaged foods. This is something that negatively affects every person who lives and eats in “civilized” countries, even those of us who eat a so-called healthful diet. Therefore, it is imperative that we take action to protect ourselves and those around us. The first step is to boost awareness of this critical issue.
In his book, Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills (Health Press, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1997), Russell L. Blaylock, M.D., provides hundreds of pages of research (with 493 citations, mostly from medical journals) indicating the great danger these chemicals pose and where they are present in our food supply. Excitotoxins stimulate neurons to death, causing varying degrees of brain damage. Hypothalamus cells can be destroyed after a single dose. Children are especially vulnerable as excitotoxins alter brain development, making them more susceptible to learning and emotional problems as well as to violent behavior.
The most famous excitotoxin is MSG. Many people know that MSG can cause headaches, nausea, and a general sense of ill ease. This is sometimes called the Chinese Restaurant Syndrome. MSG was discovered in Japan (derived from kombu, a seaweed) and has been widely used by American food manufacturers since World War II. The amount of MSG added to foods has doubled every decade since the 1940’s, reaching over 250,000 metric tons by the early 1970’s. MSG was voluntarily removed from baby foods in 1969 after evidence of brain damage (children were found to be most vulnerable) was presented to Congress. But it continues in adult foods. However, since so many people know of MSG’s harmfulness, manufacturers have turned increasingly to other excitotoxins.
Excitotoxins have been linked through rigorous scientific studies to learning, behavioral and emotional problems, hormonal imbalances, brain defects, tumors and lesions. These chemicals contribute to or aggravate Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease), strokes, migraines, seizures, hypertension, diabetes, meningitis, encephalitis, multiple sclerosis (MS), and more. Excitotoxins typically cause a slow destruction of brain cells that are specifically sensitive to them, such as neurons that normally use small amounts of glutamate for a transmitter. Excitotoxins literally stimulate these neurons to death.
Excitotoxins are the food industry’s way of disguising and substituting for MSG. Unfortunately, many of these chemicals—like aspartame (NutraSweet), cysteine and hydrolyzed vegetable (or plant) protein—are even more dangerous than MSG. Hydrolyzed vegetable protein, for instance, contains three known excitotoxins plus MSG. It is a mixture made from junk vegetables unfit for sale that are boiled in a vat of acid and then neutralized with caustic soda. The resulting sludge, which is very high in MSG, is scraped off and powdered. It is contained in a number of spice blends.
Why would food manufacturers use such chemicals? Because they taste good and thus encourage us to eat more at each meal and to keep buying their products. People can even become addicted to a certain kind of excitotoxin, insuring extreme brand loyalty. This occurs often with soft drinks, almost all of which contain excitotoxins. You must read labels carefully if you wish to avoid such brain damaging chemicals.
What food additives contain these chemicals? In his appendix, Dr. Blaylock lists many of them. Those that always contain excitotoxins include aspartame, aspartate, L-cysteine, MSG (including glutamate or glutamic acid), hydrolyzed (vegetable or plant) protein, plant protein extract, sodium case inate, calcium case inate, yeast extract, textured protein, autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed oat flour and kombu. Additives that frequently contain excitotoxins include malt extract, malt flavoring, bouillon, broth, stock, flavoring, natural flavoring, natural beef or chicken flavoring, seasoning and spices. Those that sometimes contain excitotoxins include carrageenan, enzymes, soy protein concentrate, soy protein isolate and whey protein concentrate. Also, protease enzymes of various sources can release excitotoxin amino acids from food proteins.
As I look at labels, the excitotoxin additives I find most frequently are natural flavors, spices, spice extract, (autolyzed) yeast extract, (natural) enzymes and carrageenan. The majority of prepared foods seem to contain one or more of these ingredients as flavor enhancers. So please read labels carefully and write the manufacturer of your favorite packaged foods to protest. That is what I have done.
Some manufacturers have responded favorably to me (pledging to eliminate these chemicals), others have denied that these ingredients could be a problem, and some have failed to answer even after I contacted them several times. What the food industry needs to hear is that there are many of us who are highly concerned about these ingredients. They will change only when we, a multitude of individuals, let them know that we will not be buying products that contain excitotoxins. So please read the labels of packaged foods you enjoy and write or call the manufacturer! Together we may be able to persuade the food industry to eliminate or at least reduce their use of these chemicals.
Also, remember the nutritional value of the meal home cooked from scratch (as long as it uses spices that do not contain excitotoxins). Make sure that each spice is clearly identified, as the ingredient “spices” is often a term referring to an excitotoxin blend.
I wish the greatest health and vitality to every one of us!
MSG—SLOWLY POISONING AMERICA
I wondered if there could be an actual chemical causing the massive obesity epidemic, so did a friend of mine, John Erb. He was a research assistant at the University of Waterloo and spent years working for the government. He made an amazing discovery while going through scientific journals for a book he was writing called The Slow Poisoning of America. In hundreds of studies around the world, scientists were creating obese mice and rats to use in diet or diabetes test studies. No strain of rat or mice is naturally obese, so the scientists have to create them. They make these morbidly obese creatures by injecting them with a chemical when they are first born, MSG. MSG triples the amount of insulin the pancreas creates, causing rats (and humans?) to become obese They even have a title for the race of fat rodents they create: “MSG-Treated Rats.” MSG?
I was shocked too. I went to my kitchen, checking the cupboards and the fridge. MSG was in everything! The Campbell’s soups, the Hostess Doritos, the Lays flavored potato chips, Top Ramen, Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper, Heinz canned gravy, Swanson frozen prepared meals, Kraft salad dressings, especially the ‘healthy low fat’ ones. The items that didn’t have MSG had something called Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, which is just another name for Monosodium Glutamate. It was shocking to see just how many of the foods we feed our children every day are filled with this stuff. They hide MSG under many different names in order to fool those who catch on.
But it didn’t stop there. When our family went out to eat, we started asking at the restaurants what menu items had MSG. Many employees, even the managers, swore they didn’t use MSG. But when we ask for the ingredient list, which they grudgingly provided, sure enough MSG and Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein were everywhere. Burger King, McDonalds, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, every restaurant, even the sit down ones like TGIF, Chilis’, Applebees and Denny’s use MSG in abundance. Kentucky Fried Chicken seemed to be the WORST offender: MSG was in every chicken dish, salad dressing and gravy. No wonder I loved to eat that coating on the skin, their secret spice was MSG!
So why is MSG in so may of the foods we eat? Is it a preservative or a vitamin? Not according to my friend John. In the book he wrote, an expose of the food additive industry called The Slow Poisoning of America, (www.spofamerica.com ), he said that MSG is added to food for the addictive effect it has on the human body. Even the propaganda website sponsored by the food manufacturers lobby group supporting MSG at http://www.msgfacts.com/facts/msgfact12.html explains that the reason they add it to food is to make people eat more. A study of elderly people showed that people eat more of the foods that it is added to. The Glutamate Association lobby group says eating more benefits the elderly (really?), but what does it do to the rest of us? ‘Betcha can’t eat just one’, takes on a whole new meaning where MSG is concerned!
And we wonder why the nation is overweight? The MSG manufacturers themselves admit that it addicts people to their products. It makes people choose their product over others and makes people eat more of it than they would if MSG wasn’t added. Not only is MSG scientifically proven to cause obesity, it is an addictive substance: NICOTINE for FOOD! Since its introduction into the American food supply fifty years ago, MSG has been added in larger and larger doses to the prepackaged meals, soups, snacks, and fast foods we are tempted to eat everyday. The FDA has set no limits on how much of it can be added to food. They claim it’s safe to eat in any amount. How can they claim it is safe when there are hundreds of scientific studies with titles like these?
Yes, that last study was not a typo, it WAS written in 1978. Both the medical research community and food “manufaturers” have known about MSG’s side effects for decades!
Many more studies mentioned in John Erb’s book link MSG to Diabetes, Migraines and headaches, Autism, ADHD, and even Alzheimer’s.
But what can we do to stop the food manufactures from dumping fattening and addictive MSG into our food supply and causing the obesity epidemic we now see?
Even as you read this, George W. Bush and his corporate supporters are pushing a Bill through Congress called the “Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act.” Also known as the “Cheeseburger Bil,l” this sweeping law bans anyone from suing food manufacturers, sellers, and distributors—even if it comes out that they purposely added an addictive chemical to their foods. Read about it for yourself at: http://www.yahoo.com.
The Bill has already been rushed through the House of Representatives, and it is due for the same rubber stamp at Senate level. It is important that Bush and his corporate supporters get it through before the media lets everyone know about MSG, the intentional Nicotine for food. Several months ago, John Erb took his book and his concerns to one of the highest government health officials in Canada. While sitting in the Government office, the official told him, “Sure, I know how bad MSG is; I wouldn’t touch the stuff!” But this top level government official refused to tell the public what he knew. The big media doesn’t want to tell the public either, fearing legal issues with their advertisers. It seems that the fallout on the fast food industry may hurt their profit margin.
So what do we do? The food producers and restaurants have been addicting us to their products for years, and now we are paying the price for it. Our children should not be cursed with obesity caused by an addictive food additive. But what can I do about it? I’m just one voice. What can I do to stop the poisoning of our children, while guys like Bush are insuring financial protection for the industry that is poisoning us? I for one am doing something about it. I am sending this email out to everyone I know in an attempt to show you the truth that the corporate owned politicians and media won’t tell you.
The best way you can help save yourself and your children from this drug-induced epidemic is to forward this email to everyone. With any luck, it will circle the globe before Bush can pass the Bill protecting those who poisoned us. The food industry learned a lot from the tobacco industry. Imagine if big tobacco had a bill like this in place before someone blew the whistle on Nicotine? Blow the whistle on MSG!
If you are one of the few who still believes that MSG is good for us, and you don’t believe what John Erb says, see for yourself. Go to the National Library of Medicine, at http://www.pubmed.com. Type in the words “MSG Obese”, and read a few of the 115 medical studies that appear.
We do not want to be rats in one giant experiment, and we do not approve of food that makes us into a nation of obese, lethargic, addicted sheep, waiting for the slaughter. With your help we can put an end to this, and stop the Slow Poisoning of America. Let’s save our childrenhttp://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/FluoridePoisoning/message/1908
What if someone were to tell you that a chemical (MSG) added to food could cause brain damage in your children and that this chemical could affect how your children’s nervous systems formed during development so that in later years they may have learning or emotional difficulties? What if there was scientific evidence that these chemicals could permanently damage a critical part of the brain known to control hormones so that later in life your child might have endocrine problems? How would you feel?
Suppose evidence was presented to you strongly suggesting that the artificial sweetener in your diet soft drink may cause brain tumors to develop and that the number of brain tumors reported since the introduction of this widespread introduction of this artificial sweetener has risen dramatically? Would that affect your decision to drink these products and especially to allow your children to drink them?
What if you could be shown overwhelming evidence that one of the main ingredients in this sweetener (aspartate) could cause the same brain lesions as MSG? Would that affect your buying decisions? And finally, what if it could be demonstrated that all of these types of chemicals, called excitotoxins, could possibly aggravate or even precipitate many of today’s epidemic neurodegenerative brain diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, ALS, and Alzheimer’s disease?
Would you be concerned if you knew that these excitotoxin food additives are a particular risk if you have diabetes, or have ever had a stroke, brain injury, brain tumor, seizure, or have suffered from hypertension, meningitis, or viral encephalitis?
Would you also be upset to learn that many of the brain lesions caused by these products in your children are irreversible and can result from a SINGLE exposure of these products in sufficient concentration? How would you feel when you learn the food industry hides and disguises these excitotoxin additives (MSG and Aspartate) so they can’t be recognized? Incredulous? Enraged? Many foods are labeled as having “No MSG” but in fact not only contain MSG but also are laced with other excitotoxins of equal potency and danger.
All of the above is true. And all of these well known brain toxins are poured into our food and drink by the thousands of tons to boost sales. These additives have NO OTHER purpose other than to enhance to TASTE of food and the SWEETNESS of various diet products.
Hidden Sources Of MSG
Food Additives that ALWAYS contain MSG
Food Additives that FREQUENTLY Contain MSG
Food Additives That MAY Contain MSG Or Excitotoxins
Also: Protease Enzymes of various sources can release excitotoxin amino acids from food proteins.
Aspartame – An Intense Source Of Excitotoxins
1. DKP (diketopiperazine) (When ingested, converts to a near duplicate of a powerful brain tumor causing agent)
2. Formic Acid (ant venom)
3. Formaldehyde (embalming fluid)
4. Methanol (causes blindness…extremely dangerous substance)
(A Final Note…
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