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A Potpourri of Healthful Information

About a year and a half ago, I discovered a website that I feel is so invaluable. It was created by a woman named Shirley Lipschutz-Robinson who started it because she was not happy with the way western doctors were treating her illnesses. To quote her, she said "I was once a victim of the never-ending flow of propaganda from the medical establishment (which I think of as the "disease" establishment because they focus on disease rather than on prevention and wellness) who wants to maintain a monopoly on the word "cure" and who wants us to believe that we have no control over our own health and that our only hope to get "well" is with drugs, surgery and radiation....". She goes on to give her personal account of how she achieved optimum health and wellness without drugs, surgery or radiation. I highly recommend this website. Shirley has added so much new health and wellness material - you'll be glad you found it, especially if a health problem arises concerning you or someone you love.


Another site for women is Dr. Susan Lark's website. She offers a free "eletter" which consists of bi-weekly health updates. She also offers a plethora of health advice on a host of issues that plague women. There are recipes, message boards, topics such as Eating Right for Your PH type; Aging Beautifully; Bone health, Fibroids and Endometriosis, and much, much more too numerous to go into. I strongly suggest you visit her terrific website and check out what one of the foremost authorities in the field of clinical nutrition and preventive medicine has to say.

I found something of special interest to me on her site. She claims that your body can be restored with a plant nutrient (which is found in cruciferous vegetables) called diindolylmethane, or "DIM". If you are gaining weight rather steadily, Dr. Lark says - chances are that you are not overeating, it's more likely that your insulin* response is out of whack. This means that you have a trigger happy pancreas that pumps insulin into your blood at the slightest provocation ("insulin-resistance" was mentioned in one of my previous articles). She says you can stabilize your pancreas with 600 mg. of alpha lipoic acid and 20 mg. of vanadium. Another helpful tidbit: "Vitamin E sops up excess insulin like a paper towel". If you take 1/2 tsp. of sodium and potassium bicarbonate in a glass of water, one hour before eating, it alkalizes your body so you can deal with a high protein meal without robbing your bone bank.

In case you weren't aware, Dr. Lark claims high protein diets double a woman's loss of calcium. To deal with excess acidity (which is triggered by eating protein), your body has to "borrow" alkaline minerals from your bone bank.

*insulin : Insulin is a polypeptide hormone primarily playing a pivotal role in the regulation of carbohydrate metabolism; it also takes an active part in the metabolism of fat (triglycerides) and proteins - it has anabolic properties.


In one of my upcoming articles, I will be talking about another wonderful website, the website of Dr. Joseph Mercola.

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