Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I need to take vitamins?

A large population study showed that not one person was able to obtain the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamins from their daily food. When you consider that the RDA is often set at very low levels that are not necessarily optimal for good health, the answer is a strong yes. An example of the low standards set by the FDA is well illustrated by vitamin C. The RDA for vitamin C is 60 mg. This quantity will prevent an individual from getting scurvy but is probably way below the level needed for optimal health. Dr. Linus Pauling thought that 10 grams daily was the needed dose of vitamin C.

2. How can I quit smoking?

The simplest solution that I am aware of is to take a polynesian fruit drink called Noni. Noni contains a substance xeronine that reprograms brain proteins so that the receptors that are craving nicotine become adjusted to getting xeronine instead. Taking Noni two ounces twice daily for four days is reported to be adequate to resolve tobacco addiction.

3. How is it possible for me to have high blood pressure when I feel well?

High blood pressure is a very insidious disease as it often produces no symptoms. I have seen patients with blood pressures of 230/130 who felt fine. Insurance company actuarial information proves that regardless of feeling well the elevated blood pressure is a serious problem that greatly shortens life expectancy if left untreated.

4. What are antioxidants?

In the course of daily living all persons are exposed to noxious agents (pesticides, herbicides, hydrocarbon exhaust, cigarette smoke, chlorine, fluoride, heavy metals, petrochemical residue in water, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats, margarine, air pollution, fried foods, etc.). The body must eliminate these materials to preserve our health. As these noxious materials are disposed of, free radicals are created which appear to be responsible for the development of degenerative illnesses (arteriosclerosis, arthritis, cataracts, diabetes, and cancer).

The body uses antioxidant substances such as vitamin C, vitamin E, glutathione, melatonin, pycnogenol, and fresh fruit and vegetables to eliminate the free radicals. After many years of hard fighting, the immune system begins failing to nullify the adverse effects of the free radicals and a degenerative disease begins.

5. Does eating sugar cause diabetes?

There is no question that the number of cases of diabetes is rapidly escalating. The average person in the United States eats 150 ponds of sugar annually. This is in sharp contrast to 1900 when sugar intake was a few pounds a year and diabetes was a rare illness. Sugar is now added to many foods and many persons are in the habit of drinking large quantities of soft drinks daily. This highly refined (white) sugar intake produces an immediate spike in blood sugar level (in unprocessed sugar cane, the sugar is bound to fiber. The sugar is slowly freed from the fiber so there is no sudden sugar blood level spike). The body reacts to this high value of sugar by immediately excreting a large amount of insulin into the blood stream to lower the sugar level. This state of high insulin levels is very injurious to health as it damages the artery linings (arteriosclerosis), causes obesity, and ultimately when the pancreas has been overwhelmed and can no longer excrete huge amounts of insulin, Type 2 diabetes appears.

The common Type 2 diabetes associated with insulin resistance is caused by a dietary lack of omega 3 fatty acids (flax oil and cold water fish), and the eating of large quantities of synthetic fats such as margarine, salad oils, and shortening. Nearly all processed foods (packaged, canned, and bottled) contain dangerous fats and should be avoided. Omega 3 fatty acids (flax oil, perilla oil or fish oils) need to be taken daily.

The cell membranes contain large amounts of fatty acids and when the body lacks omega 3 fatty acids, these membranes are constructed and repaired with the abnormal, dangerous fats that are available (margarine, salad oil, cooking oils). Naturally, the body’s cells do not function normally and diabetes, cancer, depression, arteriosclerosis, arthritis, and cataracts result.

6. Why am I unable to lose weight when I do not eat much food?

There are at least two explanations for this dilemma. The first is that most of the obesity in the United States appears to be caused by chronic excessive secretion of insulin. This excess insulin converts glucose to fat which gets stored in fat cells and causes obesity to appear. Later the pancreas fails and diabetes appears with high blood sugars. The high insulin levels are a consequence of damaged cell membranes from improper fat metabolism, due to a lack of omega 3 fatty acids and the ingestion of large quantities of abnormal synthetic fats including margarine, salad oils, and shortening. The damaged cell membranes fail to transport glucose into the cell (insulin resistance).

The second explanation relates to the discovery that fat is stored instead of burned when the body does not have an adequate intake of conjugated linoleic acid. Conjugated linoleic acid is found in beef, lamb, turkey, and some milk products. Because cattle are no longer grazed on grass but fatten in feedlots where they eat grain, the quantity of conjugated linoleic acid in meat has dropped by 75 to 80 % in the USA. Cows that graze on grass have much higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid in their meat than those fed grains. To make matters even worse, many persons have cut back on meat and milk to decrease their saturated fat intake.

It appears that proper metabolism of fat, where the fat is able to enter cells and be burned instead of being stored, can not occur until the proper levels of conjugated linoleic acid are restored. These two problems can be differentiated by obtaining an insulin level check. If the insulin level is high, the problem is the pre-diabetic state with disordered fat metabolism. If insulin is normal, restoring conjugated linoleic acid for two months may permit weight loss to occur.

7. Does diet have anything to do with treating arthritis?

Yes. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are helped by eating fruit and vegetables and cutting back on their intake of meat, eggs, and dairy products. These three food groups contain arachidonic acid which is converted into the highly inflammatory series 2 prostaglandins when the dietary intake of essential 3 fatty acids is deficient (90 % of U.S. public). This overactivity of series 2 prostaglandins greatly increases inflammatory reactions in the body making arthritis worse.

8. What can I do to avoid getting cancer?

Fortunately there are many constructive measures that can be instituted to make cancer very unlikely. Start with a diet high in organic food (meat, fresh fruit, fish and vegetables).

• Cut back on your intake of saturated animal fats as there is clear evidence from population studies that high intake of saturated animal fat increases the risk of developing cancer of the lung, colon, breast, prostate, and non-Hodgekin’s lymphoma.

• Take a multivitamin that contains the antioxidant vitamins C, E, A, and selenium.

• Take either flax oil (2 tablespoons daily or 4 tablespoons of ground flaxseed daily) or else take three capsules of fish oil daily.

• Make sure your diet is high in fiber which removes carcinogens in the stool. Flax, fruit and vegetables are high in fiber. The herbs garlic, turmeric, pau d’arco, goldenseal and Echinacea all have anticancer properties.

Coral calcium keeps the body alkaline with high levels of oxygen in the tissues. Noble Prize winner Dr. Otto Warburg was convinced that lack of oxygen in tissues contributed to the start of a malignant process. Taking coral calcium has enabled many persons with malignancies to restore their shortage of alkalinizing minerals and increase tissue levels of oxygen, which creates an environment in which cancer cells are less able to survive.

9. Is there anything available that increases longevity?

Yes. Animal studies have shown that remaining thin is clearly associated with longer lifespan. Regular fasting increases life span by 5 to 7 years if you fast three days monthly. This may be beneficial because it enables the body to eliminate toxins and decreases the work of metabolizing food for the period of the fast. Regular physical exertion also appears to promote longevity.

What we eat is critical. Avoiding artificial foods (white rice, white flour, white sugar, margarine, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated salad oils and shortenings), and eating lots of organic fresh fruit, vegetables, and flax, as well as eating fish and avoiding saturated animal fat is helpful. Drinking filtered water gets rid of fluoride, chlorine, pesticides, heavy metals, and infectious agents.

Taking a vitamin with antioxidants is valuable. Studies of healthy aged (over 80) persons disclose that all have high levels of the amino acid glutathione. Foods high in glutathione (cruciferous vegetables) are desirable and medicines that delete the body of glutathione appear to be undesirable (acetaminophen such as Tylenol). Melatonin, growth hormone, coral calcium and dihydroepiandosterone (DHEA) all appear to promote longevity.

10. What do you recommend to combat chronic anger?

It is vital that we recognize that we have all done bad things to others. To be forgiven these harmful acts, we must be able to forgive others. When I have forgiven others for hurting me it is remarkable how quickly my hatred turned to concern about the welfare of the person who had hurt me.

11. What are your thoughts about exertion?

For me, exertion was a bore but when my diabetes went out of control I knew that it was necessary to get serious about physical activity. As little as 30 minutes daily of brisk walking can improve carbohydrate metabolism making diabetes less likely, improve heart performance, increase our life span, release endorphins which improves our mood, and help with weight control. Regular exertion is a key component to remaining healthy. Weight lifting increases muscle mass and this improves glucose metabolism.

12. What do you recommend for insomnia?

I am intrigued by the hormone melatonin. This substance offers a non-addicting method to improve sleep. Melatonin also helps recovery from jet lag. Additionally, melatonin is a powerful antioxidant that acts against free radicals both within the brain and throughout the body. Melatonin benefits the immune system and has anti-tumor activity. Growth hormone, an effective anti-aging substance, rises with melatonin usage. An essential oil (lavender) also permits safe sleep.

13. What causes high blood pressure?

The person who answers this question should be rewarded with the Nobel Prize. I do not know the absolute answer to the question, but there has been considerable evidence linking high blood pressure to the kidney. In animal experiments, constricting the artery to one kidney leads to high blood pressure. When the constriction is removed the blood pressure returns to normal. There are congenital malformations of an artery to a kidney or a narrowed artery from arteriosclerosis that mimic this experimental model, because surgery restores the blood pressure to normal.

14. What can I do to stay healthy?

A. Eat vegetables, fruit, fish, whole grains, cereals, brown rice, beans, nuts (no oil), natural cheese, butter, olive oil, coconut oil (unrefined), along with some chicken and eggs which are a good food. Eat meat from grazed animals that have not been given hormones and do not get pesticides or antibiotics in their feed (organic).Avoid all synthetic food (margarine, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated shortening and salad oils, white flour, white rice, white sugar). Anything in a package, can, or bottle is dangerous. In general, eat only food that can spoil, but eat it before it spoils.

B. Drink filtered water to eliminate chlorine, fluorine, pesticides, heavy metals, petrochemical residue and infectious agents.

C. Take a multivitamin with minerals including magnesium, chromium, vanadium, and selenium. Be sure antioxidants are included (vitamins C, E, and A) and nutrients, (bioflavonoids, choline, DL methionine, silica).

D. Take either flaxseed, flax oil, or fish oil.

E. Exert regularly.

F. Persons over the age of 40 will probably remain healthy and live longer if they take dihydroepiandosterone (DHEA) – females 25mg and males 50mg.

G. Persons in a stressful occupation should benefit from Noni, and those under temporary stress could obtain the same benefit from one ounce of Noni daily.

H. Obviously cigarettes, addicting drugs, and heavy use of alcohol need to be avoided. All three damage the immune system.

I. Growth hormone appears to reverse aging as it increases muscle mass, decreases fat deposition, improves stamina, and improves sexual performance in many individuals.

J. Regular fasting and daily coral calcium prolong life significantly.

15. Is there anything that parents can do to have children that are more intelligent and well behaved?

Surprisingly, the answer appears to be yes. Taking natural progesterone during a pregnancy produces children that are 35 I.Q. points higher and are well adjusted.

16. Can osteoporosis be reversed?

Yes. Topical application of natural progesterone restores bone density to that of a 35 year old.

17. Is there any therapy that clears psoriasis?

Psoriasis appears to be an autoimmune illness. Therapy with thymic extract, vitamins, and minerals arrested 12 cases of psoriasis in the practice of Dr. Carson Burgstiner.

18. Are there any new ways to treat hay fever and asthma?

Nasal washing with the sugar xylitol appears to be a very effective in patients with hay fever, asthma, sinusitis, and recurring infantile ear infections.

19. Can the progression of emphysema be stopped?

Yes. The fatty acid cetyl myristolate often improves breathing function and halts the disease in 30 days. Intravenous infusions of hydrogen peroxide also seem to improve breathing in emphysema. Intravenous glutathione has helped many persons with emphysema.

20. Is there any way to treat a urinary tract infection other than using antibiotics?

The sugar mannitol breaks up the adherence of bacteria to the lining membranes in the urinary tract. This enables the bacteria to be washed out in the urine. Mannitol has no effect on bacterial metabolism so no resistant bacteria are created. This works in about 80 percent of urinary tract infections.

21. Can cataracts be treated in any way other than surgery?

Yes. Immunocal, the Chinese herb Ba Wei Wan, and St. Lucia eye drops all are capable of dissolving cataracts.

22. Does the administration of antibiotics to cattle, pigs, and chickens have effects on human health?

Unfortunately it does. The feeding of antibiotics to healthy animals has led to the development of bacterial resistance to the antibiotics that are used in treating humans.

23. What is the most serious health problem facing citizens in the developed nations?

This is a tough question. One major problem appears to be overexposure to estrogen. Potent estrogens (xenoestrogens), predominantly of petrochemical origin, are found in our air, fuel, herbicides, pesticides, plastics, clothing, propylene glycol, and sodium lauryl sulfate. Estrogens are also given to animals to speed up meat development. This estrogen passes to humans when the meat is eaten.

This exposure to estrogen is creating impotence and infertility problems in males.
In females, the end result of this exposure to excessive estrogen is decreased fertility, fibrocystic disease in the breasts, rising rates of breast and uterine cancer, fibroid tumors in the uterus, and anovulatory menstrual cycles with heavy bleeding.

24. What is the status of food grown in North America?

In 1992 a world soil study disclosed that 85 % of the minerals were missing from North American soil. This was worse than any other continent in the world. It appears to be a consequence of using nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium fertilizers without trace mineral supplements.

Heavy use of pesticides has led to their presence in our processed foods and drinking water. Estrogens are routinely used to fatten cattle, pigs, and chickens. Synthetic growth hormone is given to cows to increase milk production.

25. Does fluoridation of water have any health consequences?

Yes. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that fluoride is more toxic than lead, but less toxic than arsenic. A large population study compared 10 large U.S. cities that fluoridated their water with 10 large cities that did not use fluoride. After 20 years, the incidence of cancer had gone up by 10 % in the fluoridating cities.

26. Are vaccines safe?

In the US, the number of compulsory immunizations has risen from 10 to 36 in the past 25 years. The number of cases of Type 1 diabetes in children rose by 61.5 % in New Zealand after the introduction of a Hepatitis B vaccination program. Similar rises were seen in England, Italy, Sweden and Denmark after instituting hepatitis B vaccination programs.

Autism has increased in all U. S. states by between 200 % and 600 % in the past 10 years. The incidence of Type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, asthma, hay fever, and other auto immune illnesses has shown a steady rise coincident with the establishment of more immunization programs. It has been hypothesized that the presence of viral particles and foreign materials from vaccines in the cells after immunizations leads to an attempt by the body to destroy these “foreign” cells, producing an autoimmune illness.

The incidence of cancer in the United States began an explosive rise simultaneously with the start of mandatory vaccination in the early 1900’s. An Indiana physician of that era, Dr. W.B. Clarke, made an astute observation. He stated that “cancer was practically unknown until vaccination was introduced. I had to care for 200 patients with cancer and have never seen a case of cancer in an unvaccinated person”. Vaccines are not a natural way to develop immunity, and the process of vaccinating appears to cause injury to the immune system.

27. Are genetically modified foods safe to eat?

No one knows yet, but there are plenty of reasons to be concerned about these new foods. Many of the genes being transferred into foods are originating in bacteria, viruses, and fungi which are not native to food. Geneticist Dr. Mae-Wan Ho states that the insertion of foreign genes into the host gene pool has long been known to have many harmful effects, including cancer, in the recipient organism.

Genetically modified organisms (GMO) have already been introduced into corn, rice, squash, papaya, cotton, canola oil, tomatoes, peppers, many garden vegetables and some fruit. Because there are no labeling laws, it is impossible to know whether you are eating GMO food or not. In the US, 35 to 50 percent of corn is GMO and 55 to 65 percent of soybeans are GMO. Because the US supplies much of the world with soybeans, it is probably impossible to eat soybeans without consuming GMO. Last year Europe refused to import US GMO corn because of concerns about its safety.

Calgene has a Flave Savr tomato that blocks the gene that causes food to soften and rot. When scientists fed these GMO tomatoes to rodents, they refused to eat them.
Monsanto has created a GMO soybean which contains genes from a virus, a soil bacteria, and a petunia plant, none of which had previously been eaten by humans. These gene additions made the plant resistant to the herbicide glyphosphate. Now the field can be sprayed with Monsanto’s glyphosphate without killing the soybean plant. This permits more of this chemical to be used on crops than was previously possible. This also causes humans to eat more glyphosphate than usual. How can the ingestion of greater quantities of herbicides and pesticides have an adverse effect on insects and weeds without also injuring humans?

In a very clever manner, crop seeds are being treated with GMO that causes the seed to fail to reproduce. This will soon place all the world’s farmers at the pricing mercy of agribusiness when they need new crop seed. Gene pollution lasts for eternity. In 1994 a genetically engineered bacteria developed to aid in the production of ethanol produced residues that caused the soil to be infertile. New crops planted on this soil grew to 3 inches and fell over dead.

Ladybugs that had eaten aphids, which in turn had eaten genetically altered potatoes, died. In 1999 researchers at Cornell University found out that monarch butterflies died unexpectedly after eating milkweed plants that had been dusted with the pollen of GMO Bt corn. Because the transfer of GMO crops and pollen beyond the planted field is unavoidable, herbicide-tolerant weeds have appeared.

Because wind blows pollen from GMO corn, soybeans, and other crops onto adjacent fields contaminating non-GMO crops, it will soon be IMPOSSIBLE TO GROW ORGANIC FOOD. To learn more about this issue contact The Crusader at 1-800-593-6273 for Greg Ciola’s book on GMO foods.