Naturopathic Health Care
Everyone is susceptible to ignorance, even smart people.  Ignorance causes the misunderstanding that everything is separate and independent of other events.   For example, ignorance doesn’t recognize that the well being of one is intimately interdependent on the well being of all.  Not realizing this concept of interconnectedness, people who act solely for the benefit of themselves create suffering for all.

May 2007
Dr. Jon Dunn, Licensed Naturopathic Physician
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The American Medical Association (AMA) and affiliate organizations are blinded by ignorance.  They have a goal which is to restrict your access to natural medicine, and they are using fear to accomplish this. This is a common ploy of ignorant individuals.  In this month’s newsletter I intend to augment April’s newsletter with a particular focus on vitamin E, natural hormones and your right and privilege to have access to natural medicines.

It has been well publicized over the last several years that free radicals are damaging to our health, and that natural antioxidants like vitamins C, E, and beta carotene protect our body from free radical damage.  This knowledge should immediately raise the red flag when an article showcased in the Feb. issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) generated media headlines declaring: Death by Vitamins, Antioxidants May Kill, and Vitamins Could Be Killing You.

It is important to understand how these ignorant people are working to confuse the general public as part of a larger plan to restrict public access to natural medicines.    Introductory comments are revealing in this JAMA article titled: Mortality in Randomized Trials of Antioxidant Supplements for Primary and Secondary Prevention: “Our findings support and extend our previous findings regarding antioxidant supplements and increased mortality”.  

Here is how the results of previous studies were manipulated to discredit vitamins A, C, E and beta carotene.

1.  This is not a new study, but a carefully crafted meta-analysis of statistics from existing studies.

2.  Of the 815 studies from 1990 to 2005 on antioxidants that were reviewed for this article, 747 were excluded because there were no deaths in those studies. This resulted in a group of studies meeting the preconceived criteria of the authors: that antioxidants increase mortality.

3.  After all trials originally included in the study were reviewed the authors found no risk of increased mortality with vitamins.  However, by selecting a small subset of the total trials the authors were able to conclude that vitamins A, E and beta carotene singly or in combination increased mortality, vitamin C had no effect and selenium decreased mortality.

4.  Concluding comments indicated that because selenium reduced mortality, further studies were needed to fully assess selenium.  However, no further studies were deemed necessary to assess those vitamins with negative findings, despite the larger number of studies which show them to be beneficial to health and longevity.

5.  By using relative instead of absolute risk numbers with an emphasis on those studies in which people were already markedly ill  the study results appear more alarming then they actually are.

6.  These studies did not differentiate between rational healthy nutritional supplementing and unbalanced mono supplement regimens.

Meir Stampfer, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard commented on this JAMA study saying “This study does not advance our understanding and could easily lead to misinterpretations of the data” concluding that he would continue his daily consumption of vitamins despite the findings.

This JAMA study reveals that you can “prove” whatever you set out to “prove” by careful manipulation of data culled from a select group of previous studies.  While negative studies of this sort are a concern, they are part of the medical-political landscape that has been going on for years.  What really concerns me is that behind the charade of these carefully orchestrated media distractions is a more ominous issue taking place at the congressional level.

Soon after last November’s elections the new Chairman of the House Commerce and Energy Committee, John Dingell declared a top priority would be to regulate dietary supplements which he says “are killing people,” and that he would “kill” the “snake”.  Mr. Dingell with the support of Senators Kennedy, Burr and others along with lobbyists for the AMA and pharmaceutical companies are hard at work.  While their efforts are not particularly new, the proximity to realizing their goal of limiting your access to natural supplements (by prescription only) and natural hormones (they may well be outlawed) is uncomfortably close.  What to do?

When people’s thoughts and actions are colored by ignorance it is especially important to be patient, think clearly then act compassionately.  Two groups that I believe to be working in this fashion are: www.womensinternational.com and www.healthfreedom.net     I urge you to take a moment of your time, and email your senators and congressional aides in order to ensure and maintain the degree of access to natural medicines that you now enjoy.

Please contact me if you’d like more information regarding the subjects discussed in this month’s newsletter.

In Health,
Jon Dunn, ND





"...people are working to confuse the general public as part of a larger plan to restrict public access to natural medicines."
"...not realizing this concept of interconnectedness, people who act solely for the benefit of themselves create suffering for all."
"What really concerns me is that behind the charade of these carefully orchestrated media distractions is a more ominous issue taking place at the congressional level."
"When people's thoughts and actions are colored by ignorance it is especially important to be patient, think clearly then act compassionately."