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Saturday, June 30, 2007

SAFETY OF IMPORTED FOODS

SAFETY OF IMPORTED FOODS

Today it was reported that fish imported from China was contaminated with dangerous chemicals. Some of these chemicals found their way into the fish because of practice of farm raising. Others are added to keep fish from decaying rapidly. Much of the fish we eat today IS farm raised in large ponds in the case of catfish and in the ocean in the case of salmon and corvina, a fish commonly eaten here in Panama.

I used to like to eat catfish when I lived in the US and for years almost every time I purchased catfish in the supermarkets, it was contaminated with tiny roundworms which most people would not notice because they were not educated or trained in the field of public health as I am. Sometimes I would pull the worms out when I saw them. Worms in fish are not considered hazardous nor do they cause disease in humans, and their presence is not considered a reason to dump the batch and discard the product. They are allowed by the FDA’s HACCP Regulations for Seafood – the regulations which delineate seafood safety chiefly because the parasitic worms are killed with cooking. To whit, I am HACCP Certified after having gone through a rather vigorous instructional and training program. I mention this only to indicate that I have the credentials to write intelligently about the subject. The only thing I might lack is a bit of humility! But I believe, and you might agree that sometimes it is important to know that a person writing on a topic, especially when it relates to health, medicine, and science that the individual has the credentials to discuss the topic.

Be that as it may, why the worms? It is because the conditions of farm raising consist of raising very large numbers of fish in a confined environment and providing sufficient food to allow the fish to grow rapidly. Money is made in the growing of food products when certain conditions are controlled, namely, time, amount of space devoted to the process, and preventing animals, especially, to exercise. These conditions are quite controlled in the farm raising of fish, and also in the latter stages of cattle raising when they are placed in rather close quarters – not conducive to exercising – and fed almost continuously to “fatten them up.” I have spoken in an earlier Blog (Re: "E. coli contamination of beef, 10 June 2007) about the incident with the Washington Beef Company and their unsanitary practice of herding cattle in large feeder lot where during the rainy season in Washington State the cattle wallow knee deep in the mud and their own “shit,” might I be so bold as to use one of those barred-from-English-usage four letter Anglo-Saxon words. But reality will prevail here and what I have going for me and my readers is “The Truth.”

The same is true with the raising of poultry. Large numbers of chickens are housed in a relatively small area considering the numbers, little area to exercise, and force feeding to accommodate the time factor. Chickens are brought to market as fryers in a mater of weeks after hatching. The larger broilers require more time.

Egg production has been perfected in the US because the industry employs the White Leghorn breed of chicken which produces a white egg. These chickens live in very crowded condition and fed, fed, and fed. They usually can produce 300 eggs per year which is a number far greater than the red variety of chicken which lays considerably less. The amount of calcium which must be fed to the chickens is great to provide the chicken the ability to make shell. And still even then the shells of the average white egg is quite thin when compared to free range chickens. I might note that I used to observe the South Americans on Saturday morning at one of our local live chicken purveyors buying live chickens and they would buy ONLY red chickens, not white. Here in Panama, I see only brown eggs. I have yet to see a white egg even in the large supermarkets. People will not eat them.

When animals are grown in crowded conditions, the incidence of disease increases. But money and profits rule and the practice of raising animals in such conditions continues.

To return to the problems of raising farm-raised fish, the incidence of diseases increases under similar conditions. Farmers then provide antibiotics and other chemicals to control diseases as they also do with the raising of chickens and cattle. That is the reason why meats in the US are contaminated with antibiotics (to keep diseases down), and hormones (to make the animals grow faster) – remember the time factor.

Additionally, it is believed the Chinese are also using external chemicals, such as formaldehyde (the same chemical used in embalming) to minimize the decaying process. We know how fish which is not fresh begins to telegraph their age out of water with their smell.

Since moving to Panama, my health has improved considerably. I believe this is partly due to the improved quality of the food I eat. In Panama City, there is a very large fish market of locally caught fresh fish. I do not see Chinese fish there. I feel safe. Of course, it is also a matter of choice. One should regularly read labels, especially in canned and packaged foods and avoid as much as one can foods containing chemicals.

Some day I will describe how the farming of vegetables and grains are similarly affected by the farming process. It is not good. Who would have thought that a vegetable like spinach would be contaminated with E. coli, a contaminant from cattle feces? I talked in an earlier Blog how we eliminated the dysentery diseases such as Typhoid Fever and Cholera, solely by employing public health measures of separating the water supply from sewage in the early 1900's. We now need to return using these same principals with the raising of both animal and vegetable food products.

This is what I see today from my vantage point, here in Panama. Stay healthy folks. Eat well, exercise, harbor good thoughts, keep your spiritual house in order, and stay well. (How to Benefit from Stress, by Tauraso and Batzler).

nicola michael c. Tauraso, M.D.

Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic

Thursday, June 28, 2007

THE FEDS JUST DON'T GET IT

THE FEDS JUST DON’T GET IT

The Feds just don’t get it as they haven’t for some years. They are so worried about inflation that they see nothing else. They are unable to correct anything in the economy before it happens, but rather react to what has already gone on. They are and have been backwards looking for many years. They have reacted to correct a recession after the recession was already here. They have not been able to anticipate this past recession, even though many economists were able to do so, but, not the Feds.

Currently, we have a serious problem in the housing sector brought on by the Feds increasing interest rates too rapidly. Of course, they created the so-called housing bubble by reducing rates so rapidly in the years before, but after a recession already occurred. They had little opportunity to do otherwise since Greenspan increased rates so frequently prior to that which resulted in his pricking the .com bubble prematurely. If he stopped increasing rates so rapidly, he might have either postponed or eliminated the subsequent disaster of the serious recession which followed. Afterwards, the Fed should have increased the interest rates more slowly to allow the housing sector to adjust and react more slowly. When interest rates are increased or decreased rapidly in any direction and noone is looking at how the market is reacting, disaster results. We are now experiencing the effects of increasing interest rates so rapidly that trying to gauge the markets reaction is impossible.

Why cannot the Feds try to be more proactive and try to solve a problem rather than reactive after the problem exists? If they do not solve the current housing sector problem, the sub-prime market will collapse. The ensuing collapse of some rather large hedge funds will topple with it. Then, we will experience a “rational depression” as opposed to “irrational exuberance.”

I am suggesting that the Fed start slowly lowering the interest rate to stimulate the housing market. So what if we experience a bit of inflation? Inflation is not caused by decreasing interest rates. Inflation is caused by the Feds printing too much paper money without assets to back it up. But, they just don’t get it. The printing of too much worthless paper money to pay the US debt is also causing the dollar to tank and it will continue to tank if we continue to print more worthless paper money. The entire world is getting it. Why doesn’t the Fed.

This reminds me of the story of the scorpion and the frog. The scorpion tried to elicit the frog to take him to the other side of the pond. But, initially the frog said no because as he told the scorpion “you sting and kill others.” The scorpion responded that, if the frog would take him across, he promissed not sting him. As the frog was finally depositing the scorpion on the opposite bank of the pond, he stung the frog. As the frog was lying there dying he looked at the scorpion and said “but you promised not to sting me.” The scorpion responded “Ah, that is true, my dear frog, but you must understand that it is my nature to sting others.”

For the same reason, it is the nature and habit of the Feds to print more paper money. Habits – good or bad – are hard to change. (Read “How to Benefit from Stress,” by Tauraso and Batzler). Watch as the entire world will eventually denominate oil in EUROS rather than DOLLARS. Many nations have already begun to do so. As more nations see the benefits of this, they will also change. The dollar is soon losing its stature as the world’s currency. The reason more countries do not change immediately is because they hold so much US treasury notes and as the dollar goes down, so do the value of these notes. But, there will be a gradual change, the nations of the world will “suck in their guts” and dump the dollar for more valuable currencies. They will not remain slaves to the dollar forever.

I am not a trained economist. But, I have been educated in logic and philosophy. The feds would do well to return to school and study philosophy so that they can modulate their decisions so the common good will be better served.

nicola michael c. Tauraso, M.D.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

POLITICS AND SCIENCE

POLITICS AND SCIENCE

Today I am discussing a topic about which I have written previously, and that involves how distorted science becomes when politicians get involved. Today I watched a TV clip on the First Lady’s visit to Africa trying to help the Africans deal with AIDS and malaria. Nothing will be done to control these diseases because of ignorance and the absence of will.

First, I will discuss malaria. At the turn of the century Teddy Roosevelt had some good doctors in charge of the bad health conditions which really prevented the French from completing the Panama Canal. So many workers died because of Yellow Fever and Malaria. Following the great work of Dr. Walter Reed, Dr. Gorgas who was in charge at the time told Roosevelt that before anything could be done to build the canal, the swamps had to be cleaned up and the mosquitoes destroyed. After this was accomplished, work on the canal began and we all know how successful this project was. But it took the pioneering work of Dr. Gorgas to set the stage. This was accomplished within the first decade of 1900.

Another story is what Mussolini accomplished in Italy. One of the major causes of death in Rome and, if fact, all over Italy was Malaria. In the early 1930's it was under Mussolini’s direction that the swamps around Rome were cleaned up and the mosquitoes destroyed. Malaria was eliminated as a major public health problem.

So why in the first decade of 2000, 100 years after the accomplishments of Dr. Gorgas and 70 years after Mussolini’s work, are the countries in Africa so far behind? In my opinion it is due to ignorance of the political powers in Africa.

Second, the problem with the control of AIDS is yet a more serious problem. As I see it, the number one cause of death in Africa is probably starvation. This is followed by lead poisoning from bullets, AIDS, and Malaria. The United Nations has recognized the major cause of AIDS and it is the unnatural sex practiced by many African natives. I know this is not the politically correct thing to say, but this is science and science deals in evidence, facts, the scientific method. Political correctness has no place in science. You heard it here, folks. Without the correction of unnatural practices of adults/adults and adults/children, the incidence AIDS will not diminish. I do not care of how much anti AIDS drugs you pour into Africa.

Politically, many can get a lot of political leverage going to Africa and stating how much we can do and how much money we can give to help controlling the AIDS epidemic, but the science of this disease must be considered before anything will be accomplished. Most of the advances which have been made in controlling diseases were made in the early 20th Century by instituting basic public health measures. Cholera, Typhoid and the other dysenteries were controlled by cleaning up the water supply. Yellow Fever and Malaria were controlled by cleaning up the breeding area of the mosquito carrier. The next step occurred with the elimination of Polio, Measles, Whopping Cough, Tetanus, etc with the use of vaccines. Finally with the discovery of antibiotics we were able to cure bacterial diseases of infections, pneumonia, etc. But antibiotics will not adequately control viral diseases such as AIDS. We need to return to the basics of instituting public health measures.

There are some things money cannot cure. Frequently we pour money into a project without understanding the true nature of the problem. This, I believe, is much the case with our approach to the AIDS problem in Africa.

nicola michael c. Tauraso, M.D.
Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic
www.drtauraso.com

Monday, June 25, 2007

WHAT TO DO ABOUT EMAIL HOAXES

WHAT TO DO ABOUT EMAIL HOAXES

I was prompted to write this Blog by a very intelligent computer authority I have befriended here in Panama. His suggestion was based upon the following notice which was sent to me by a friend and which I, in my ignorance, forwarded to several of my friends. For reference, the following in quotes is what I received and forwarded, but please be careful not to act upon it until you read my entire Blog:

“USA TODAY - IT IS FOR REAL
> > >
> > > To all of my friends, I do not usually forward messages,
> > > But this is from my friend Pearlas Sandborn and she really is
> > > an attorney.
> > >
> > > If she says that this will work - It will work . After all, What have
> > > you got to lose?
> > >
> > > SORRY EVERYBODY.. JUST HAD TO TAKE THE CHANCE!!! I'm an
> > > attorney, And I know the law. This thing is for real. Rest assured
> > > AOL and &nbs p; Intel will follow through with their promises for
> > > fear of
> > > facing a multimillion-dollar class action suit similar to the one
> > > filed by PepsiCo against General Electric not too long ag o.
> > >
> > > Dear Friends: Please do not take this for a junk letter.
> > > Bill Gates sharing his fortune. If you ignore this, You will repent
> > > later.
> > >
> > > Microsoft and AOL are now the largest Internet companies
> > > and in an effort to make sure that Internet Explorer remains the
> > > most widely used program, Microsoft and AOL are running an e-mail
> > > beta test.
> > >
> > > When you forward this e-mail to f riends, Microsoft can and will
> > > track it (If you are a Microsoft Windows user) For a two weeks
> > > time period.
> > >
> > > For every person that you forward this e-mail to, Microsoft will pay
> > > you $245..00 For every person that you sent it to that forwards it
> >on,
> > > Microsoft will pay you $243.00 and for every t hird p erson that
> > >receives
> > > it, You will be paid $241.00. Within two weeks, Microsoft will
> >contact > > > you for your address and then send you a
> > > check.

> > > Regards. Charles S Bailey General Manager Field Operations
> > > 1-800-842-2332 Ext. 1085 or 904-1085 or RNX 292-1085
> > >
> > >
> > > Thought this was a scam myself, But two weeks after receiving this
> > > e-mail and forwarding it on. Microsoft contacted me for my address
> >and
> > > within days, I received a check fo r $24, 800.00. You need to respond
> > > before the beta testing is over. If anyone can affoard this, Bill
> > >gates is the
> > > man.
> > >
> > > It's all marketing expense to him. Please forward this to as many
> > > people as possible. You are bound to get at least $10, 000.00
> > > We're not going to help them out with their e-mail beta test without
> > > getting a little something for our time. My brother's girlfriend got
> > >in
> > > on this a few months ago. When I went to visit him for the Baylor/UT
> > > game, she showed me her check. It was for the sum of $4,324.44 and
> > >
> > > was stamped "Paid In Full".”

DR. Tauraso writes: I called the above 800 number and was told the number could not be reached from my calling area. Although I am in Panama, using SKYPE I always call 800 numbers without any trouble. This is Flag #1.

1.

Now I will publish what my computer friend wrote to me after I forwarded the above to him:

“Thank you for writing. This is something you might want to write about in your blog, titled "what to do about e-mail hoaxes".

This message, Dr. Tauraso, is what's called an "email hoax"; it's the direct descendant of the fax hoaxes that used to plague us back in the late 70s and all through the 80s and 90s. Since the growth in popularity of the internet in the late 90s it's snowballed as a phenomenon; it causes a considerable amount of damage to the world economy from lost productivity and wasted resources.

I'd appreciate if you let your friends and family know that if you receive any sort of chain letter like this they may forward it to me and I'll gladly do the proper research in order to let you and them know whether or not it's true.

This one you sent me is a variation on several ones that have been around on the internet since it became popular in the late 90s. The names and players may have changed, but the gist of it is the same.
There is *no such thing* as an e-mail campaign that will pay you to forward an e-mail. What there is, however, is a lot of unscrupulous people who will grab the e-mail addresses of this forwarded e-mail (just a few hundred from this message alone) and use these addresses to send junk mail to. Since most e-mail providers don't accept e-mail from nonexistent accounts, they'll even use these addresses to fake the "from:" address so that you and your contacts get the "bounces" as if you had sent out such mailings.

In the meantime you can check out http://snopes.com/ and http://urbanlegends.about.com/ to know more about these e-mail hoaxes, including ones you may recognize like "alligators in the sewers", "hotmail is shutting down or going to charge a fee", "kid with inoperable brain tumor wants to break world record for receiving postcards" (he got an operation and is probably an adult by now), and so on.

Regards,

Alex

PS: Remember... Forward them to me and I'll check them out for you...”

I believe the above letter says it all and I guess we all should know that THERE IS NO FREE LUNCH or IF IT SOUND TO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT USUALLY IS. What about the old Latin phrase: Caveat Emptor?

nicola michael Tauraso, M.D.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

MORE ON PAXIL

MORE ON PAXIL


Truthman30 is not missing a step today. I also recommend the two additional blogs he is suggesting.

Truthman30 has left a new comment on your post "PAXIL FOLLOW UP":

Thank you for highlighting my blog

There are two other seroxat related blogs which are also very important and they are well worth checking out ...

They are : Seroxat Secrets

http://seroxatsecrets.wordpress.com/

And : Seroxat Sufferers

http://fiddaman.blogspot.com/search/label/Devious%20Sales

Thanks again “

Additional comments by DrT: The public is being bombarded by so many commercials from the drug industry, that they easily believe what they hear and see. I especially refer to the TV ads. I personally know many physicians who prescribe drugs to their patients BECAUSE, yes you can believe it, they, the patients, request it. The physician has no time to argue with the patient and they also fear the legal ramifications if they ignore their patients’ requests. The public has no idea how much the fear of malpractice suits influence the decisions of their physicians. Soon, the physicians begin to believe in the usefulness of the dangerous drugs they prescribe.

Most of my cardiologist friends actually do not know the dangers of the STATIN drugs – the subject of another Blog. One very good friend of mine told me I was preaching quackery for telling the public of the dangers of the STATIN drugs. Here in Panama I muse: “who are the real quacks?”

Folks, you can continue poisoning yourselves by taking many of the dangerous drugs on the market today. I for one will not. You can sue the drug companies when your loved ones die, but, remember, you are the ones who believed the hype. This is tough stuff.

nicola michael c. Tauraso, M.D.
Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic




PAXIL FOLLOW UP

PAXIL FOLLOW UP

I received the following comment on my Blog on PAXIL: A Very Dangerous Drug. Although this comment was published at the initial Paxil site, I thought it was so important to republish it here in its entirety. Readers should check out the Truthman30 web site: http://truthman30.wordpress.com and get educated.

I know there are some defenders of the use of this drug, but let me assure my readers this Paxil is one of the most dangerous psychotropic drugs on the market today: caveat emptor. Do not wait for the FDA to remove it from the Pharmacopeia. If you are taking Paxil and are having difficulty stopping the drug, get in touch with us. We may be able to help you.

Comment:

Truthman30 has left a new comment on your post "PAXIL: A Very Dangerous Drug":

Absolutely unreal...

It is the mental health thalidomide...

http://truthman30.wordpress.com/ “


nicola michael c. Tauraso, M.D.

Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic

Saturday, June 16, 2007

BORDER FENCE A CONVENIENT LADDER

BORDER FENCE A CONVENIENT LADDER

Once in a while I pose a question, obviously to find an answer. Over a month ago I posed a question why aren’t horses shot in the Westerns? Bullets are going back and forth from the good guys chasing the bad guys. Some good guys get shot and fall off their horses, and the same for the bad guys. But no horses get shot! I have yet to receive an answer. Today, my question concerns the border fence between the US and Mexico.

Anyone who watches TV has seen those Mexicans climbing the border fence using the very convenient lateral protruding ridges. The fence actually looks like a ladder, and it is easy for an agile individual to climb the fence using the lateral ridges employing their hands and feet to climb. In less than a fraction of a minute individuals climb up the Mexican side and over the top they go.

I have been wondering why the ridges? Why not make the side a smooth surface so an individual could not easily climb it? Please someone, give me an answer.

By the way, if you have an answer on the horse issue, please let me know so I can sleep at night!

nicola michael Tauraso, M.D.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

E. COLI CONTAMINATION OF BEEF

E.COLI CONTAMINATION OF BEEF

During the late 1800's and early 1900's the US and many other underdeveloped countries (and we were one then) suffered with outbreaks of dysentery diseases such as cholera and typhoid fever. During this period medical scientists were beginning to appreciate that microbes, especially bacteria, might have been causing these diseases. One of the great accomplishments also occurred during this period, that of separating the human waste sewage from the water supply. The great epidemics of the dysentery diseases were essentially stopped, and the only places such epidemics now occur are in those still underdeveloped countries, many in South East Asia, where the water supply gets tainted with human waste products usually due to floods from overflowing rivers and storms.

The solution of some epidemics causing considerable human illness and death occurred long before we had vaccines which took us into the next phase of epidemics control.

But recently we have begun to experience the contamination of food, not by human wastes but by wastes from cattle. It is this problem I wish to address today.

It was in 1993 when we experienced one of the first outbreaks of E. Coli-contaminated beef, with the incident which occurred in a Jack-In-The- Box restaurant in Seattle. It was found that a specific strain of E. Coli, strain O 157:H7, was the culprit. This case immediately brought to mind something which personally happened to me 10, 11, and12 years previously. I used to travel around the country for The GoTaCh Center for Health, an Holistic Health Center which I founded but since has become defunct (that is, another story worth telling some day!) giving lectures on stress and holistic health. Now it is well known that the North West area near Seattle experiences a tremendous rainfall from hundreds of inches each year at the Pacific end to almost nothing at the eastern end after you pass the base of the mountain range and get into the high desert area between Yakima and as you get closer to Spokane.

I was driving east proceeding down the last mountain range before getting to the flat desert area ahead and there at the base of the mountains was one of the largest cattle feeder lots of the Washington beef Company, which I am quite sure supplied much of the beef for the upper North West states. A feeder lot is where cattle are house in the open in rather close quarters and fed grain food to fatten them up prior to slaughter. It was shortly after it had been raining for a few days and the cattle, thousands of them, knee deep in a mixture of mud and their own feces roaming up to their troughs with difficulty because of the depth of the mud feeding on their food. Not only were the outsides of the cattle contaminated but with all that sloshing around contamination of the feed-containing-troughs was inevitable, so the cattle were also eating their own feces.

Remembering this when the Seattle outbreak occurred, I telephoned the USDA in Washington to let them know of the possible source of the contamination and spoke with several officials, none of whom seemed to be interested in what I had to say. The fact that at one time I was a Branch Chief at the prestigious National Institutes Of Health and my expertise was microbiology made little difference.

This also brought to mind what happens in a bureaucracy when people who supposed to know what they are doing do not know and you get what I have often referred to as “the beaurocratic side step,” which is a dance perfected in Washington, DC! I often wonder whether the unsanitary practices of the Washington Beef Company have changed since.

Grazing cattle in an open field provides a certain degree of sanitation not experienced in feeder lots which are quite dirtier. Imagine having to wash the cattle when they enter the slaughter house, the washing can never be that complete. The internal organs are contaminated because the bacteria are ingested and allowed to grow within the intestines of the cattle to a proportion much higher than if they had not previously ingested the highly pathogenic-to-human strain E. Coli bacteria.

In my opinion, feeder lots should be monitored as to their sanitation which should include, among other things, numbers of cattle housed per acre and weather changes significantly affect sanitation. I hope the USDA is vigilant in this charge.

The contamination of vegetables which occurred in the summer of 2006 brings up another matter. We should reevaluate the techniques implemented in the early 1900's and insure the food supply and the sewage, this time not of human but of animal origin, be separated.

nicola michael c. Tauraso, M.D.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

OPEN MESSAGE TO ABC, CBS, AND NBC

OPEN MESSAGE TO ABC, CBS, AND NBC

This is going to be a strange Blog where I will be so impertinent as to tell the networks how they could be number one in the ratings. I will start be outlining the ground rules.

First Rule: The first network who contacts me will be the fortunate one to listen to my plan on how they can be the number one network on TV. I will only select one if I think they have the vision and where-with-all to do what I outline. From where I stand, the network who contacts me has absolutely nothing to lose.

Second Rule: Although initially someone of low rank in the network may contact me, I will outline my full plan only to someone high enough in the network organization who can make a decision.

Third Rule: I will promise to negotiate only with a single network outlining my plan which I know will work.

Fourth Rule: The network will determine my compensation ONLY if the plan works.

What do you have to lose, ABC, CBS, NBC?

I kid you not, hear me out. Remember that I did tell you that it would be a strange and impertinent offer!

nicola michael c. Tauraso, M.D.

Ps: I am the ONLY one who reads my email and since I am a Physician, I know how to keep a confidence.

PARIS HILTON'S PROBLEM CAUSED BY PARENTS

PARIS HILTON’S PROBLEM CAUSED BY PARENTS

In previous Blogs I have been very critical of Paris Hilton, but it really not totally her fault. In my book Awaken the Genius in Your Child, I detail how parents can positively influence the total physical, mental, psychological, and spiritual well being of their children. What we have seen during the past several days with the behavior of Paris is something which could have been prevented by proper and adequate parenting

Here we have a 26 year old should-be adult acting more like an early teenager. The reason is very simple. Unfortunately she is exhibiting the behavior of an adolescent. Because of the way her parents have brought her up, her mental and psychological development has been arrested. I mention her parents, but who else can you blame? From what can be gathered from the media, we almost NEVER see the father who appears to be some aloof individual in the background. And as we observe the mother what do we see: an individual who when Paris was very young, I mean very very young, during the first several months of life would constantly talk to the infant repeating that she is a “STAR?” Over the years, the mother’s constant efforts were designed to make Paris what unfortunately she is today -- an adolescent spoiled brat. I know these are harsh words, but her behavior bears this out.

Paris has been taught well to make herself look pretty and to prance around in provocative poses to excite men and serve as a role model for other women, or should I say girls? Her fame started out when a video of her stripping somehow got on the net, and he career, because of her family’s influence and money just took off from there. If such behavior was exhibited from some girl “from the other side of the track,” she would have been labeled “a slut or a whore.” But, we do not refer to individuals of noble birth in such crude terms. And so the public, especially the media who created her, accepts this kind of behavior not realizing that it is very damaging to other impressionable young people.

I, for one, and I know I am in the minority, would not buy or be involved with any commercial venture Paris promotes or advertises, for to do so just empowers such behavior. If more people thought and acted similarly, the likes of individuals like Paris would have no power and would not become the idols which they are. The press and TV empower these people. We empower them.

But where does the problem really lie? We have been blaming Paris for her bizarre adolescent behavior, when in reality the problem was caused by her upbringing. Unfortunately, at this stage Paris is acting in the only way she knows how. She is so isolated in matters of maturity she is unable to keep track of the things in her life expected by society: whether her driver’s license is valid; whether she is so inebriated she is unable to drive her car; to show up in court on time. Perhaps a 13 year old might think that arriving in court late is par for the course. God, a 26 year old should know not to get the judge mad especially when they have your life completely in their hands, I mean completely.

As a side issue, is anyone really looking into why she is freaking out in jail and in court? Some have explained that withdrawing from some mental altering prescription drugs she is taking may be the cause of her wacky behavior. But has anyone tested her for hard drugs because withdrawal from cocaine and heroine can also explain it? Here we have a lady who is in Hollywood, going to parties, and abusing alcohol. These people are usually also on drugs. Why aren’t the authorities looking into this? Maybe they are, but I do not think so. Paris is a prime target for both alcohol and drug abuse. Paris is from a privilege class with fame and money and too frequently society protects them from us. As I see it we should be protected from them.

Paris’s mother is much the cause of what is happening to her unfortunate daughter. Because of the way she has raised her daughter, she, the mother, is the one who has set up the train wreck we are now observing today. As I already mentioned Paris has not mentally or emotionally developed beyond her adolescence. Jail will not solve her problem for it is too deeply ingrained. It is part of her sum and substance. It is truly unfortunate. I am not confident that anything will change as long as she has such a poor support group around her.

Let me not leave on such a negative note. Things could change, but only with the proper guidance.

That’s the way I see it today.

nicola michael c. Tauraso, M.D.

Friday, June 8, 2007

DO WE NEED VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS?

DO WE NEED VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS?

Conventional medical practitioners have yet to recognize the value of vitamin and dietary supplements. Talking with a cardiologist friend of mine recently at the bar of Tauraso’s Ristorante, when I brought up the value of Coenzyme CoQ10 in patients with heart disease, he told me that studies have shown that CoQ10 had no beneficial effect.

Other cardiologists swear that CoQ10 is so beneficial that they would not think about not giving their patients both CoQ10 and L-carnitine, two of a long list of anti-oxidants found to positively influence cardiac patients. (Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., “The Coenzyme Q10 Phenomenon,” Keats Publishing, 1998; Emile G. Bliznakov, M.D., “The Miracle Nutrient Coenzyme Q10,” Bantam Books, 1987)

Table I describes the “Symptoms of Early Vitamin Deficiencies.” We can easily appreciate that vitamin deficiencies, especially the water-soluble B-complex group, causes symptoms similar to those experienced in cerebral allergies.

TABLE I: SYMPTOMS OF EARLY VITAMIN DEFICIENCY

B1 (Thiamine)

Loss of appetite, depression, irritability, confusion, loss of memory, inability to concentrate, sensitivity to noise.

B3 (Niacin)

Anxiety, depression, fatigue, hyperactivity, headache, insomnia, hyperesthesia (increased sensitivity to touch). Later symptoms include: failing vision, hypersensitivity to light and odors, dizziness, dulled sense of taste and hallucinations.

B6 (Pyridoxine)

No specific symptoms. This vitamin is a precursor for at least 50 enzymes necessary for normal body function. It is also required for zinc utilization.

B12 (Cyanocobalamine)

Depression, agitation and hallucinations.

Panthothenic acid

Irritability, depression, tension, numbness, dizziness, and a sullen disposition. This vitamin is needed to respond to stress.

C (Ascorbic acid)

Listlessness and blood vessel problems. Rats need three times as much vitamin C when stressed. Humans apparently also require additional vitamin C for mental and physical stress.

We should appreciate that prolonged consumption of the “empty calories” of refined carbohydrates (e.g., sugar, white flour and rice, and alcohol) lead to vitamin deficiencies, especially the water-soluble B-complex.

The subtleness of the consequences is one of the problems. Dr. Lansdale and Shamberger found that many juvenile offenders were deficient in thiamine (vitamin B1), referring to this condition as sub-clinical beri-beri. (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, February, 1980).

To correct this problem, the doctors gave each youth between 150 to 200 mg of thiamine a day for three weeks, while carefully monitoring when the blood levels returned to normal. This dose of thiamine was 100 to 200 the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of B1 which is 1.5 mg. It took three weeks before the thiamine blood level reached the desired normal.

This emphasizes the fact that symptoms may not disappear as immediately as one would expect from symptoms related to simple uncomplicated allergy, sensitivity, or deficiency. The personality traits (e.g., poor impulse control; easily angered; sensitive to criticism; easily irritated; and usually hostile and aggressive) exhibited by the juvenile offenders disappeared over the three week period.

When the RDA’s were established medical researches were determining what levels of thiamine were needed to prevent clinical beri-beri. Little was known at the time about subclinical beri-beri. We tare now beginning to appreciate that preventing sub clinical beri-beri may require more than what was thought needed to prevent overt beri-beri.

When an individual is deficient in a vitamin, it may take weeks, if not months, of high supplementation before blood levels return to normal. And we should keep in mind that blood levels may not reflect tissue levels which may lower. This, I believe, may well be the case with magnesium deficiency (covered in a previous Blog).

Role of Zinc

Several prominent allergists are establishing the relationship of zinc deficiency with sensitivity/allergic manifestations and with symptoms similar to those experienced in cerebral allergies.

Zinc is not only critical to the prevention of rare diseases like acrodermatitis enteropathica and Crohn’s disease (regional enteritis), but essential for normal growth, wound healing, resistance to infections, healthy prostate function, keen night vision, and sharp senses of taste and smell. Zinc also seems to reduce inflammation, reduce body odor, and clear up acne.

It has now been established that zinc is also required for learning, memory, and concentration, and for establishing integrity of the immunological system dealing with allergies. Additionally, zinc spurs growth and sexual maturity.

Zinc deficiency can be signaled by loss of weight and appetite, listlessness, rough and scaly skin, poor night vision, dull sense of taste and smell, white spots on fingernails, and eczema.

Acquired immune dysfunctions in humans occur with deficiencies of iron, zinc, vitamin A, B-6 (pyridoxine), B-12, and folic acid, and with excesses of essential fatty acids and vitamin E. (J. American Medical Association, 245:53-58, 1981.)

Generalized sensitivities and allergies have been associated with zinc deficiency. Once corrected with zinc supplementation, the clinical manifestation of allergy disappears.

Since nutritionally-induced immune dysfunction is generally reversible, it is important to recognize and identify clinical illnesses in which immunological malfunctions are of nutritional origin. Correction of the malnutrition should lead to prompt reversal of acquired immune malfunction.

When supplementing with zinc, it is always important to remember that it must be given with pyridoxine (B-6). Zinc requires B-6 for proper utilization in the body.

nicola michael c. Tauraso, M.D.

Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic

www.drtauraso.com

Thursday, June 7, 2007

STATIN DRUGS AND THEIR DANGERS

STATIN DRUGS AND THEIR DANGERS

If you are taking one of the STATIN drugs (e.g., Lipitor, Mevacor, Zocor, Pravachol, Lescol, and Baycol), there are some things you should know, especially if you are experiencing sub clinical symptoms of liver disease (marked by increases in liver enzymes) and myopathy (muscle weakness and soreness, which may progress to complete muscle breakdown, or rhabdomyolysis).

These very important sub clinical symptoms of liver damage and myopathy are side effects of taking STATIN drugs.


Not to be too technical, STATIN drugs block the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase involved in the manufacture of cholesterol by the liver. As a result, cholesterol levels drop. However, the liver also manufactures coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) in the same manner. CoQ10 is absolutely essential for without it cells are unable to produce energy. Early complications of CoQ10 deficiencies are the liver damage and the myopathies described above.

The incidence of congestive heart failure has doubled over the past 12 years. This has coincided with the marked increase in the use of STATIN drugs. There are 400,000 new cases of congestive heart failure diagnosed every year. This condition results from an inability of the heart to pump blood effectively. Fluid builds up in the extremities and lungs, breathing becomes difficult, and patients are plagued with weakness and fatigue. Half of the 4.8 million Americans who currently have congestive failure will die within five years. As mentioned in an earlier Blog, my mother died of such a condition, probably as a result of taking DBI manufactured by the drug company, U.S. Vitamin.

What most experts have failed to do is make the connection between the use of STATIN drugs and congestive heart failure. A primary cause of congestive heart failure is cardiomyopathy, a degeneration of the cardiac muscle. Presently, a primary cause of cardiomyopathy is CoQ10 deficiency, which STATIN drugs are known to cause. The unexplained increase in heart failure coincides with the accelerated use of STATIN drugs over the past decade.

If you are taking these dangerous STATIN drugs and are experiencing symptoms of CoQ10 deficiency, please contact your nutritionally oriented physician who will help you, perhaps to get off these dangerous drugs completely. There are ways nutritionally to lower your cholesterol. You really do not need the dangerous STATIN drugs. Forget about asking your conventional cardiologist. Although some more up to date cardiologists are open minded about these matters, most are still in the dark ages when it comes to admitting the dangers of STATIN drugs. If you are on STATIN drugs, is your physician testing you regularly for the status of your liver enzymes?

Several keys to controlling cholesterol levels are a good diet, exercise, and taking the supplement, CoQ10, among other things.

nicola michael c. Tauraso, M.D.
Director, The Tauraso Medical Clinic
507-6653-6495; www.drtauraso.com

WHO CARES ABOUT PARIS, LINDSAY, AND ROSIE?

WHO CARES ABOUT PARIS, LINDSAY, AND ROSIE?


The TV media have a hard on about public figures who are not good role models for either adults or children. Being a Pediatrician, I am more concerned about the children. Those of us who have children have a very difficult time raising them for I have believed for some time now that society is not conducive or supportive of raising healthy children.


Who are these people anyway? They are supposedly celebrities. But who makes them celebrities? It is Hollywood and, especially, the TV media. Observe that while TV is in the process of showing these individuals, they are also questioning why they are so popular. I find myself talking to the TV saying it is because you are making them celebrities by your constant bombarding us with their antics and at the same time questioning why the public adore them. It is the TV media that must fill in their time spaces with something.


There is a flood, several times per hour, of the same video shot as small as it may seem being played over and over again. If I see Tara Connor come down that stage again in her bikini I think I am going to vomit. Enough is enough. Even Bill O’Reilly who claims to hold the high moral ground keeps showing these clips over and over as all his other cohorts do. Do not get me wrong. I like Bill but, Bill, enough is enough.


Who cares about Paris Hilton? Is she a good role model: a person whose only attribute is her beauty (and sorry to say, she is not my type and I do not consider her beautiful). Her face and body appears to reflect someone suffering from phthisis, the White Plague? She thinks she can break the law. Why? Because her father is Rick Hilton, son of Barron, son of Conrad? She is not even endowed with a degree of female pulchritude women usually go to their plastic surgeons to achieve.


I use Paris here as an example, but the same can be said of Lindsay Lohan. But what about Rosie? Rosie also reflects what is quite dangerous in our society. She acts like a sick woman. Although our noble Constitution gives her the freedom to spew the hatred and especially the falsehoods, it is the media once again who empower her because they make money from her ratings. She should be barred from the public airways. Just because the public wants it does not make it right. I know people who like to watch cock fights, but our government bars us from promoting cock fights. Do roosters have more rights than our children?


Here in Panama they have it right. Cock fights are allowed. TV programs are somewhat monitored and controlled. We in the US have it backwards. It appears that sometimes I act schizophrenically. I live in Panama and consider it my new home, but at the same time I talk about we in the US. Do not tell me I am bad; I already know it. But my delusions hurt no one! I think.


Lindsay Lohan is another example of a girl gone wild. The danger of her situation is similar to that of Paris. The media make them celebrities. We and our children are exposed to consider them role models. Unfortunately, they represent the worst in our society, hardly individuals who should be considered role models.


Although I started writing this Blog several days ago, I am finishing it today, the day Paris was discharged from jail after spending 5 days of a 23 day sentence which had already been reduced from the court ordered 45 days. But the jail authorities say she was not discharged from jail. Instead she was reassigned to spend some 40 day at her plush West Los Angeles home, but with an ankle bracelet. Oh, give me a break.


Our society appears to hold the Hollywood types as very special people who are not bound by the laws to which the rest of us must abide. We cannot convict murderers such as OJ, and I do not know about Baretta! When are going to become realistic about our values? If we want our children to grow up with healthy values, we must support such values for everyone in our society. Additionally, we as parents should be aware of the values of their teachers. We must insist, if we can, that their values reflect parental values.


As a Pediatrician who is concerned about our promoting healthy children and young adults, I am recommending, and perhaps warning, parents to be concerned about what their children are exposed. Put controls on their computers, monitor and select the TV programs they watch, and make sure they keep away from dangerous internet places such as My Space, which can be more a source of danger than you realize. Remember that all that is out there is not good. What is out there is what someone wants to sell you. Most in the marketplace do not care what they sell you provided they are making money.


Listening to me might make you conclude that I am cynical. Folks, it has nothing to do with being cynical; it has to do with REALITY.


Years ago I wrote a book: Awaken the Genius in Your Child (soon to be available on my web site). In that book I try to instruct parents how to raise children so they grow up not only with healthy bodies, but also with healthy minds and spirit. Although the book was written 30 years ago the principles and human nature have not changed, only some circumstances have changed. The problems we face today are quite similar to those of 30 years ago, but more importantly, how the human responds to adversity and the joys in life have not changed.


I have often criticized and described myself as Saint John the Baptist, the biblical man who was described as a voice crying in the wilderness! I hope someone out there IS listening.


nicola michael Tauraso, M.D.

SECURITY IN PARKING LOTS RE KELSEY SMITH

SECURITY IN PARKING LOTS RE KELSEY SMITH

After the tragic situation in Kansas with the abduction and murder of Kelsey Smith, I got to thinking about the increasing incidence of similar situations in the US where we rely so much upon high tech security cameras to monitor stores, shopping malls, parking lots, etc. Although such security devices have their place, most of the time these are useful after a crime has been committed and not during.

As post investigative techniques security devices most of the time cameras provide a record of what has occurred. Analysis oif the data from these devices frequently allow police to solve crimes, but they do very little to prevent crimes except perhaps if they deter crimes when potential criminals know such devices are there. There are many criminals who are either stupid or willing to take their chances anyway.

Since many of my readers know I now live in Panama, I frequently compare what goes on in the US with what happens in Panama. The US could learn much from what we do here in Panama. One of the situations which some individuals who visit me from the US observe is that police and security guards are everywhere. Some are unnerved by this. But I respond by saying that Panama is a safe place to live, and crime is very low, and, since I am not a criminal, why should they bother me?

First, there are private security guards at the entrance of almost every store, bank, and place of business. They frequently open the door of the store or bank for you and are quite friendly. In the evening, if you are entering some stores such as pharmacies, they only allow one or two people to enter the store at one time. When one person exits, another is let in.

Second, there is the Transito Police who frequently direct traffic. What they do is quite similar to what happens in the US. It is almost impossible to go out on the street and look up and down and not see at least one or two or more police. When the Transito Police direct traffic at an intersection, it becomes such a confusing event. I can understand it is important to have someone direct traffic when the lights are not functioning, but when the lights are working?

Third, there are also what might best be described as State Police who go up and down streets usually in pairs on motor scooters. One of the pair usually carries an automatic rifle. This police force is rather unobtrusive. They are just there and I have never felt threatened by their presence.

Fourth, there is a special police force which guards the Presidential entourage. Many of them can be seen in Casca Viejo (Old Panama) where the Presidential Palace (Heron Palace) is.

Each of the above described are clearly identified by their uniforms.

The situation I wish to discuss is the importance of having some form of guard or police force monitor parking lots in addition to having security guards at the entrance of stores. If the store is small with a small adjoining parking lot, the entrance guard could easily observe what occurs in the parking area.

If the store is large or, if it is a larger mall, there could be some guard or police force driving around, perhaps on scooters or cars, observing what goes on in the parking lots. With such a presence, potential criminals might be reluctant to commit crimes.

It is tragic to admit that frequently it is not safe to be in public areas even in the daylight. But, sorry to say that it appears to be a problem of our times. As I was growing up in the US I never would have thought there would be so many crazies roaming the streets. I have a solution to the problem but it is so massive that I do not believe it could ever be implemented. Society is becoming so complex and we enjoy so many freedoms that individuals would never agree to what might be obvious solutions.

nicola michael Tauraso, M.D.