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The most up to date collection of scientifically based health facts.
Includes simple to understand definitions and complete references



Deficiency: (also see Nerves or Essential Fatty Acids)
Diabetes: (also see Pancreas)
Disease: (also see Heart Disease)

: (see Nerves or Essential Fatty Acids)
95% of Americans are EFA deficient: Reference: Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill, Udo Erasmus, Alive Books, Burnaby, BC, Canada, 1993, page 314.
Symptoms of EFA deficiency: headaches, hormonal imbalances, dry skin and a lack of cardiovascular support. Reference: Erasmus, U. (1993).Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill,Alive Books: Burnaby BC, Canada
3 generations of EFA deficiency resulted in reduced brain size in rats. Reference: British Journal of Nutrition,1973; 29:127-137.
Diabetes: (see Pancreas)

“Our results underscore the importance of tight glucose [sugar] control in limiting beta-cell destruction…” Glucose [sugar from carbohydrates] causes diabetes. Reference: Diabetes 2001; 50 1683-1690.

Symptoms of Diabetes
Type 1- These symptoms often come on suddenly and very severely;
-Exceptional Thirst
-Dry Mouth
-Need to Urinate Often
-Weight Loss (though you’re hungry and eating)
-Weakness and Tiredness
-Blurry Vision
Type 2- Sometimes symptoms don’t occur or come on gradually.
-Blurry Vision
-Cuts or Sores that are slow to heal
-Itchy Skin, Yeast Infections
-Increased Thirst
-Dry Mouth
-Need to Urinate Often
-Leg Pain

1999: Diet of 50% fat [half fat!], 30% protein, and 20% [low] carbohydrates improves weight loss and blood lipid profiles in type II diabetics. Reference: Abstract of presentation before 1999 meeting of Endocrine Society: by James Hayes, MD, endocrinologist.


“Diets high in polyunsaturated fat have been more effective than low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets in lowering cholesterol as well as the incidence of heart disease.” Reference: New England Journal of Medicine, 1997, 337:1491-1499.


60%-70% of protein eaten is used to fuel energy of digestion. Only 30%-40% is left for body structure — like muscles — and system function — like enzyme production. Reference: Basic Medical Biochemistry: A Clinical Approach. Dawn B. Marks, Allan D. Marks, Colleen M. Smith, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, August 1996, ISBN: 068305595X

Daily Elimination - Also, it is expected by most people that solid elimination should take place daily, but when not following a high fiber diet, it is natural for the body not to eliminate solid waste but every 2 to 3 days. This is because proteins produce much less waste product and it takes more time for the body to build up enough waste to be eliminated.

One way disease works: The body can produce its own "cleansing" agents (such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and prions) when the need arises. Also, these agents can be transmitted from others, or as in the case of Mad Cow Disease, by humans ingesting prions* by eating the flesh of the cow or other infected animal.

When these agents start cleaning out the toxins in the body, the toxins are dumped into the blood stream to be filtered and eliminated from the body. These toxins then cause symptoms, which the doctor diagnoses as "disease" and the doctor then NAMES the disease according to the symptoms it produces.

The medical and pharmaceutical establishment then tries to produce a DRUG to STOP the cleansing process, in order to STOP the patient's uncomfortable symptoms. But the drug NEVER cures the "disease" - it just stops the cleansing process so the patient's body remains sick and filled with the toxins, even though the patient may feel somewhat better - at least for a time. Reference: ©Copyright Dr. Joseph Mercola, 2003. All Rights Reserved.

*Prions: A microscopic protein particle similar to a virus but lacking nucleic acid, thought to be the infectious agent responsible for Scrapie (a livestock disease) and certain other degenerative diseases of the nervous system.


Cholesterol-lowering drugs do not work significantly. Reference: Journal of American Medical Association, 1994, No. 272, pgs 1335-1340.


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