of the American Naturopathic
NUMBER ATTEND 22ND
22nd annual convention was an unprecedented
largest and most inclusive based
organization for naturopathic and
natural health care practitioners, celebrated it’s 22nd anniversary in the entertainment capitol of the
world, Las Vegas, Nevada. Attendees
came from all over the United States, and from all around the world.
ANMA members know, we are a professional organization which is dedicated
to inclusion and that too was clearly represented in Las Vegas. Natural
Health Care Practitioners of all types enjoyed comradery and
enlightenment. Many schools
and programs have chosen the ANMA’s annual convention to invite
students, and graduates for annual reunions.
Our speakers reflected the
multi-disciplinary and multinational feel of this outstanding event.
The lecture rooms were filled with intellectual stimulation and
excitement as the audience absorbed up to date information presented by
our distinguished guest speakers. The
doctors in attendance had their thirst for knowledge quenched by
speakers who are leaders in their fields.
Continuing to offer high quality educational events is a goal of
ANMA. Competency testing is
always available for those seeking quality certification in many
year the ANMA program covers many aspects of complimentary and
alternative medicine. The
latest and most exciting research techniques, and therapies from around
the world can always be found at the ANMA convention. The convention
set-up pleases all, with merchants being located adjacent to the lecture
contributes to the friendly atmosphere found at the ANMA convention.
The Following ANMA Members
James “Jim” Critchlow,
a personal friend, and supporter of ANMA passed away on August 8, 2003.
A resident of Arizona, and Navy veteran of World War II, Jim
recently retired as President of Phyne Pharmaceutical, a company he
devoted his life to . A
loyal friend, supporter and member of ANMA, Jim introduced many friends
to ANMA through membership, attended all conventions, and made his
services available whenever called upon.
He too, spoke positively
of the many accomplishments and missions of ANMA.
Dr. Critchlow leaves his wife, Donna, a daughter Mimi, and
several loved grandchildren. Jim
will be greatly missed.
Murray Ricketts passed away on June 18th
in Scottsdale, AZ of a sudden illness.
Dr. Ricketts graduated from Indiana University School of
Dentistry and then the University of Illinois Graduate School with a
Masters Degree in Orthodontics. Dr.
Ricketts served as a Lieutenant, J.G. in the Navy Dental Corps from
1945-47. He began his
orthodontic practice in Pacific Palisades, CA in 1952.
Ricketts moved to Scottsdale, AZ in 1987 to devote his time to research,
writing and lecturing.
He helped develop several contemporary mechanisms in equipment
now used internationally in
orthodontics and helped found Rocky Mountain Data Systems.
Dr. Ricketts founded the American Institute for Bioprogressive
Education in 1981 and offered advanced orthodontic seminars.
He received many honors and award throughout his career.
Loma Linda University, CA dedicated a library in his name. He continued to lecture internationally and publish until the
time of his death. In
addition to his orthodontic career, Dr. ricketts helped formulate
nutritional supplements that are distributed internationally.
Ricketts was an extraordinary man with a keen intellect and a great zest
for like He made many lasting friends wherever he traveled.
He will be deeply missed by his family, friends at ANMA.
Larry Wilson, a personal friend and supporter of ANMA passed
away on July 6, 2003. Dr.
Wilson practiced in both the State of Kansas, and State of Colorado, and
at one time he was an instructor for the National College of
Naturopathic Medicine. A
strong supporter of freedom of choice in natural health, Dr. Wilson was,
in past years, very active in
ANMA’s legislative efforts. Larry attended annual conventions, and
made his services available whenever called upon.
Like so many outstanding members and supporters of ANMA, he
believed in its many accomplishments, and goals.
Dr. Wilson leaves a wife, and will be greatly missed.
In Loving Memory
CANP Betrayed Itself & Real
Opinion By: Robert J Thiel, Ph.D., Naturopath
has a worldwide reputation as being a bastion of the natural health
movement. Yet, an
anti-naturopathic bill, SB 907, has passed the State
Senate and Assembly (as of this writing
it awaits final committee approval
and the Governor’s signature).
Like many attacks on our freedoms these days, the outward
approach being taken in California is that it is enhancing
naturopathy while in fact they are betraying it.
By licensing a group of ‘pseudo-naturopaths’ endorsed by the
California Association of Naturopathic Physicians (CANP), negatively
affecting real naturopathy, and calling it a ‘health freedom’ bill.
The plain teaching of the acknowledged American founder of
naturopathy (Dr. Benedict Lust) that naturopaths are doctors
minus drugs and surgery is being replaced by a bill that teaches that
naturopaths cannot be doctors unless they graduated from schools that
promote drugs and surgery.
medical authorities in California had major reservations about SB 907,
and were able to get the bill amended on June 26, 2003 (presumably
behind closed doors as there was no hearing that date to the best of
this writer’s knowledge) and on August 25, 2003.
For the first time, the California
Medical Association (CMA) changed its position opposing
that it wrote a few years back that it would not do.
It appears obvious from the amendments
that the CMA did not suddenly wish to embrace the
principles of natural health.
It looks like CMA wanted control.
Thus, its amendments, were written into that bill, and were
acceptable to the CANP.
But CANP did so by betraying itself and real naturopathy.
Twelve Compromises & Betrayals
to secure votes, the CANP (and/or its affiliates) had to do the
affect the thousands of traditional naturopathic doctors who did not
study allopathic modalities. SB
907 specifically prohibits individuals who did not graduate from CANP
schools to practice as naturopathic doctors—there has never been such
a specific anti-naturopathic law in California—nor has there ever been
a specific board that will be able to investigate any who are suspected
of violating this law. Many traditional naturopathic doctors have been
practicing in California for decades and there is no
for them (attempts to ask for ‘grandfathering’—allowing
existing naturopathic doctors to continue
to practice as they have been—were rebuffed).
SB 907 will also put them in the difficult position of having to
disclose their education (in accordance with B&P 2053.6) yet not
otherwise use the terms N.D. or naturopathic doctor, or similar titles
(Article 6. 3660).
3) Admit that its pre-2000 graduates were inadequately trained in non-naturopathic modalities. They initially were required to prove additional training (SB 907, 17 b 6/26/03) to do them.
an advisory council, dominated by the medical
profession, that cannot have any traditional naturopaths on it.
This will prevent real naturopathy from getting any foothold into
affecting policy as the M.D./CANP council only allows public members who
themselves (or their family members) have no “economic interest in
naturopathy” (Article 2. 3625.(a)& (b)(2)).
the ability to use the term ‘naturopathic physician’.
Since the NP part of CANP stands for
‘naturopathic physicians’, the CANP has let the medical
authorities know that it would give up the title that it most wants. As part of its compromise
with the CMA, CANP lost having minor surgery, such as
suturing, in SB 907. Instead
it is given a promise that the medical authorities
will, in the future, look at whether or not CANP naturopaths should be
allowed to do any type of surgery.
the budget problems in the State of California.
Assuming SB 907 becomes law, out-of-state graduates from CNME
schools will pour into California to secure possible insurance
reimbursement and to try to take jobs currently held by
traditional naturopathic doctors. The insurance benefits of State
employees paid for by the State of California will rise.
Due to the current
financial state of affairs in the California budget, anything that adds
additional strain needs stronger justification
than SB 907 has. The State of California simply does not have the money for
this type of bill at this time; yet, if signed, California will have to
either raise taxes or cut other State provided services in order to pay
for SB 907. There also will
be regulatory costs associated
with SB 907.
the one CANP acknowledges as the
founder of American naturopathy. SB 907 gives restricted
prescription drugs rights. It
originally provided for limited
surgery rights, but that was amended out (many CMA members were against
it). Dr. Benedict Lust spent much of his life fighting for real
naturopathy as there have always been pseudo-naturopaths who were
against it. Dr. Lust once
told California naturopaths,
“Remember: Naturopaths are Doctors – minus Materia Medica and
Surgery”. With SB 907, traditional naturopaths will not be able to be
doctors—and those who will be doctors will use the
materia medica and hope to use surgery!
Decades ago, Dr. Lust further
addressed a related naturopathic
problem in California when he stated, “there was an
element, which...were giving narcotics,
prescribing liquors, performing
major and minor operations...bringing ill repute on the proud and clean
name of Naturopathy....If members of our Association insist on
practicing medicine, either legally or illegally,
why not join the AMA and be done with them” (Lust, B. A Report on
Conditions in California. The Naturopath, May 1923, pp.250-251).
SB 907 may be the first step towards that type of naturopath to
ultimately be able to do so.
falsely argue that the debate between themselves and the
traditional naturopaths was about standards as opposed to true
naturopaths opposed SB 907 from
the start, because they knew that
many in the CANP wanted drugs and surgery.
True naturopaths believe what Benedict Lust, the founder of the
American naturopathic movement, declared, “Naturopathy is not in
the practice of medicine or surgery...All the methods of a
Naturopathy are natural methods, the agents of life such as food,
air, sun, exercises, relaxation, sleep, the use of herbs” (Wendell P.
Standardized Naturopathy: The Science and Art of Natural Healing, 1951).
the natural health movement.
By accepting medical supervision
over its prescription ability and
by accepting combined pharmaceutical/medical input in
determining the naturopathic formulary,
CANP has betrayed the natural health movement.
This betrayal may
ultimately give the medical
profession control over various
SB 907 is
not a ‘health freedom’ bill. It
is a wolf that some see in sheep’s clothing.
do not realize is that CANP/CNME affiliates betrayed the natural health
movement years ago, but its propaganda machine has left most of its
supporters unaware of them. A
few of these prior betrayals include:
Attempting to get the rights to inject prescription substances
such as narcotics in two states in 1999.
Becoming acceptable to the American Dietetic Association (ADA).
As its literature and public
statements show, the ADA favors genetically modified foods, synthetic
vitamins, food additives, irradiation of foods, and just about
everything that real naturopaths oppose.
Failing to take a stand against genetically modified foods,
synthetic vitamins, etc.
Nor have they spoken out against international
efforts, like CODEX, to restrict
consumer access to dietary
supplements. CANP/CNME and their affiliates have been basically
singularly focused on their own
licensure and have been loath to stand for real naturopathy—perhaps
because it may offend potential supporters.
Of course, the fact that some doctor-oriented
suppliers of synthetic vitamins and/or industrially processed
mineral salt containing supplements
have provided vast amounts of money to most, if not all, CNME schools
may also be a factor.
Encouraging the CNME to ‘accredit’
at least two schools through compromise. It is a matter of public record that CNME had its federal
status pulled twice.
Teaching prescription drugs and surgery as acceptable
modalities for naturopaths.
Since these modalities by definition
are not naturopathic, they never should have been taught.
Yet all the CNME schools teach them.
of the natural health movement should not think for one minute that the
CNME schools truly support real naturopathy.
It appears that ‘pseudo-naturopathy’ is their area.
this has always been a problem. Back
in 1948 it was reported that “After the miserable
failure of the pseudo group to stop the Golden Jubilee…one
would think that it would desist and admit its
error and wrongs. But
no, it continues its viscous
propaganda to mislead physicians everywhere, while at the same time its
officers plead they want harmony and unification.
What they want is
Domination…Observe their efforts…We condemn the
persistent efforts of those who know better to mislead the field”
(Gehman JM. From the Office of the President: Pseudo-Group Once Again
Misleading the Naturopathic Field. Official Bulletin ANA, January 25,
‘pseudo group’ referred to
did not accept the standards
established for the profession in
1947, which included the statement, “Naturopathy does not make use of
synthetic or inorganic
vitamins or minerals or of drugs,
narcotics, surgery, serums, vaccines, anti-toxins, toxoid,
injections or inoculations”.
It is my understanding that the CNME schools teach their ‘naturopaths’ to use synthetic vitamins, inorganic minerals, drugs, narcotics, surgery, serums, vaccines, injections, and inoculations (they may also teach the other anti-naturopathic interventions as well). This is why I feel that ‘pseudo naturopathy’ is what CNME has long been about.
What CANP Received
CANP really get for this betrayal of real naturopathy?
Crumbs and servitude.
gives CANP naturopaths the exclusive right to be licensed or use the
terms N.D. or naturopathic doctor
while it takes this title away from thousands of traditional
practitioners—but it does so by
basically considering them nurse practitioners with training in
vitamins. It may allow
certain insurance reimbursements.
It also gives CANP members who submit to the
supervision of medical doctors, some limited rights to prescribe
drugs. This shows that the
California legislature apparently believes that the graduates of CNME
schools are not qualified to work alone, nor are they qualified enough
to be called naturopathic physicians.
How many millions of dollars
were spent by CANP and its affiliates to get this absurd,
SB 907 puts CANP naturopaths under the domination of the medical establishment in order to give them a legal edge over real naturopaths. CANP appears to fear competition from traditional naturopathic doctors more than it fears domination by the medical establishment. . Why else would SB 907 make it a crime to be a REAL traditional naturopathic doctor? CANP sold out itself and the natural health movement for crumbs.
What REAL Naturopaths Got
SB 907 wants to prevent REAL naturopaths from using the terms “Dr.,
N.D., naturopathic doctor, doctor
of naturopathic medicine, and
similar titles”, it does not prevent our ability to continue to
practice (though it makes the playing ground uneven).
Specifically, the following
sections, which were in the bill
as of August 25, 2003, are
probably helpful to REAL naturopaths:
(e) “Naturopathy” means a noninvasive system of health practice that
employs natural health modalities,
substances, and education to promote health.”
(a) This chapter may not be construed to limit the practice of a person
licensed, certified, or registered
under any other provision of law relating to the healing arts when the
person is engaged in his or her authorized and licensed practice. (b)
This chapter may not be construed to limit an activity that does not
require licensure or is otherwise
allowed by law, including the practice
of naturopathy, when performed
consistent with Sections 2053.5 and 2053.6.”
This chapter does not prevent or restrict the practice, services, or
activities of any of the following:
person licensed, certified, or otherwise recognized in this state by any
other law or regulation if that person is engaged in the
profession or occupation for which he or she is licensed,
certified, or otherwise recognized.
person employed by the federal
government in the practice of
naturopathic medicine while the person is engaged in the performance of
duties prescribed by laws and regulations of the United States.
person rendering aid to a family
member or in an emergency, if no
fee or other consideration for
the service is charged, received, expected, or contemplated.
A person who makes recommendations
regarding or is engaged in the sale of food, extracts of food,
nutraceuticals, vitamins, amino acids, minerals,
enzymes, botanicals and their extracts, botanical medicines,
homeopathic medicines, dietary supplements, and nonprescription drugs or
other products of nature, the sale of which is not otherwise
prohibited under state or federal law.
person engaged in good faith in the practice of the religious tenets of
any church or religious belief
without using prescription drugs.
person acting in good faith for religious reasons as a
matter of conscience or based on a personal belief, while
obtaining or providing information regarding health care and the
use of any product described in subdivision
person who provides the following
recommendations regarding the
human body and its function: (1) Nonprescription
products. (2) Natural elements such as air, heat, water, and
light. (3) Class I or class II nonprescription, approved medical
devices, as defined in Section
360c of Title 21 of the United States Code. (4)
Vitamins, minerals, herbs, homeopathics, natural food products
and their extracts, and nutritional supplements.
person who is licensed in another state, territory, or the District of
Columbia to practice naturopathic medicine if the person is incidentally
called into this state for consultation
with a naturopathic doctor.”
add that those eligible under
section (h) are apparently prohibited
from having an office, seeing
regular clients, etc. in another place in this bill).
(a) This chapter permits, and does not restrict the use of, the
following titles by persons who are educated and trained as any
of the following: (1) “Naturopath.” (2)
“Naturopathic practitioner.” (3)
“Traditional naturopathic practitioner.”
(b) This chapter permits, and does not restrict, the education of
persons as described in paragraphs (1) to (3), inclusive, of subdivision
(a). Those persons are not required to be licensed under this
add that there was a provision in
SB 907 which would have provided medical doctors and
pharmacists control of the ‘naturopathic
formulary’ including vitamins
and herbs, but it was removed
when ANMA supporters protested. I
would also like to thank C.F.N.H.,
N.M.A.C., A.A.N.C. and C.N.A. for their work to try to get some
decent provisions in this bill.
the bill warns us of things to come such as “the bill would make the
violation of certain of its
provisions a crime” (SB 907 preamble (3)).
specifically warns us about our
yellow page listings and advertisements:
4. Section 149 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
149. (a) If, upon investigation, an agency designated in subdivision (e)
has probable cause to believe that a person is advertising in a
telephone directory with respect to the offering or performance of
services, without being properly licensed by or
registered with the agency to offer or perform those services,
the agency may issue a citation under Section 148 containing an order of
correction that requires the violator to do both of the following: (1)
Cease the unlawful advertising.
(2) Notify the telephone company furnishing services to the violator to
disconnect the telephone service furnished to any telephone number
contained in the unlawful advertising.
(b) This action is stayed if the person to whom a citation is
issued under subdivision (a) notifies the agency in writing that
he or she intends to contest the citation. The agency shall afford an
opportunity for a hearing, as specified in Section 125.9. (c) If the
person to whom a citation and order of correction is
issued under subdivision (a) fails to comply with the order of
correction after that order is final, the agency shall inform the Public
Utilities Commission of the
violation and the Public Utilities Commission shall
require the telephone corporation
furnishing services to that person to disconnect the telephone
service furnished to any
telephone number contained in the unlawful advertising. (d) The good
faith compliance by a telephone corporation with an order of the Public
Utilities Commission to terminate service issued pursuant to this
section shall constitute a complete
defense to any civil or criminal
action brought against the telephone corporation arising from the
termination of service.”
I should probably add that my understanding of SB 907 supporters interpretation of California B&P code 2054 indicates that they will challenge us for what we put on our business cards, signs, brochures, advertisements, and web sites (such as the terms ‘doctor’, ‘Dr.’., ‘N.D.’, ‘N.M.D.’, etc.). However, neither statute specifically mentions the initials N.H.D., when it stands for having received a Doctorate in Natural Health.
Benedict Lust taught, “Remember
Naturopaths are Doctors – minus Materia Medica and Surgery”.
Yet SB 907 says that naturopaths cannot be
doctors unless they graduated from schools, which promote drugs
and surgery. All
supporters of natural health should be up in arms about this.
supporters of the natural health movement do not make deals with
organizations that historically have opposed the positions of natural
health proponents. How can
any true believer accept that organizations of medical doctors,
pharmacists, and registered dietitians (Bastyr has a registered
dietetics program) should help control/define naturopathy?
True believers in real naturopathy cannot support SB 907 as SB
907 is a betrayal. A
double-edged betrayal in that it does not give CANP what it really says
it wants (plus it puts them under medical domination) and while also
betraying REAL naturopathy.
Americans were once warned, “Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will
come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship…To
restrict the art of healing to one class of men and deny equal
privileges to others will constitute
the Bastille of medical
science. All such
laws are un-American and despotic and have not place in a republic…The
Constitution of this republic should make special privilege for medical
freedom as well as religious
freedom”—Benjamin Rush, M.D., signer of the Declaration of
Independence and physician to George Washington (from The
Autobiography of Benjamin Rush).
Bread of Life
By: Asad Shahsavari, NMD, PhD, MD(MA)
Nutritionists and knowledgeable food
experts are aware that most food used in this country is a disaster.
Some people call our bread wallpaper
paste fluffed up to resemble the real McCoy.
Others say the phony concoction has the consistency of old
newspapers with an aroma “resembling
general consensus is direct and final, the commercial loaf of
bread is described as being
tasteless and bland. Additionally
it withholds from the unsuspecting masses the so
urgently required food essentials, without which the health
status of the entire nation and world becomes
imperiled. This is
particularly the case among the poor who are unable to purchase the
“protective” foods for
compensation as advised by
governmental agencies or processors.
For this reason we are far from being the world’s healthiest
people. We are, to a
frightening degree, subject to
the onslaught of chronic metabolic disorders.
Here we see the cornerstone of a great nutritional tragedy.
scanning through the history of grain products we find that the present
state of affairs was caused by preconceived ideas from the
public as well as greed by processors.
In the ancient countries Egypt, Greece, Rome and others, the
bread was made out of whole wheat. In other parts of Europe, rye was
largely used with some mixtures of barley and other grains.
In Europe, a small amount of wheat bread was available also, but
usually reserved for the wealthy class.
White bread was nonexistent,
the grains were coarsely ground, and chemical bleaching agents were
two hundred fifty years ago in 1760, the French miller Malliset designed
the first important improvement
of the ancient stone mill. Instead
of one, there were three successive
grindings between millstones held
at varying distances apart. The
new process made the appearance of white bread possible. Since only twenty percent of the bran content was removed,
the finished product still contained some nutritional value.
At the turn of century, certain technological innovations in the
milling process evolved.
of red separators equipped with silk halting cloth made it now possible
to more efficiently remove the outer covering from the ground grains.
The resulting flour became lighter in color and the status symbol
“white is better!!!” became more deeply entrenched among the masses.
were other improvements by the millers.
Through an air current, the flour became separated from the bran.
It was now possible to mill-spring
center of the spring wheat area, evolved as the leading flour
milling center of the United States.
the Polish promoter Mueller marked on another new milling
process, which was later improved by the Swiss engineer
Hungary the new invention was quickly adopted.
Their white flour soon captured the world market.
In 1873, during the Vienna World Fair, the visitors, including
Americans, admired the Glistening
white rolls. Shortly
thereafter, Hungarian engineers
were imported to construct roller mills throughout the state of
Minnesota. The new refining
equipment was steam powered and with its tremendous speed and
output created mechanical perfection in the devitalization and
impoverishment of the flour. The
entire outer covering, which is 35 to 40 percent of the grain, gets
removed. The “offals”
are used for the manufacture of vitamins as well as stock feed.
Nutritionally, the thoroughly refined product is
drastically inferior to the whole-wheat flour produced by the old
stone mill. The protein content is much reduced, particularly being
deficient in the amino acid lysine, a tryptophane
essential to growth.
vitamins, the losses are very impressive.
As an example, with the daily consumption of whole wheat bread we
would obtain 1,200 units of natural vitamin B, while the refined loaf
assures us only 200 units. As
to other vitamins, a corresponding loss is suffered with vitamin E,
which is considered even more important to our well being.
The losses also extend to
proteins, as formerly mentioned,
and to minerals. In studies done
by the University of California,
the College of Agriculture, it was found that the refining process
removes from fifty to as much as ninety-eight percent of all protective
substances from the grains. This
is the verdict reached by reliable scientific
circles after a typical evaluation
of our food substances.
Norman Jolliffe of the New York City Department of Health, wrote that
people, particularly those spending less than a few dollars per week for
food, “subsist on a vitamin borderline.”
Sir Frederick Hopkins, Cambridge
professor of physiological chemistry and Nobel Prize Winner stated:
“all my work to date confirms my belief in the superior food value of
standard whole wheat bread after proving that young animals grow with
greater rapidity on stone ground whole wheat flour than on white
flour.” These experiments
by Hopkins were somewhat similar to those made by Grijns, the Dutch
colonial health Administrator in Java; he found that polished
rice had been the cause of beriberi.
In a more
demonstrable display, the German raider Kron Prince Wilhelm was
involved. The ships limped
into Newport seeking help, not from the Guns of pursuing warships, but
from a mysterious disorder that had attacked
the crew. They were
suffering from beriberi. Their
legs were paralyzed and swollen, their hearts were dilated, they had
acute anemia and so on. In this case they had not been eating polished rice but the
typical fare of America workers, white bread, canned meat and canned
enterprising newspaper reporter,
McCanu, prescribed whole wheat
bread and large quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables.
With great rapidity the sick sailors became well.
monotonous repetitions the Japanese navy had corrected similar
deficiencies by instituting similar dietary
Arctic and Antarctic explores,
beriberi and scurvy were evident. Amundsen
and Mac Millan were exceptions, they kept
themselves fit by consuming whole wheat and oatmeal biscuits,
plus dehydrated vegetables.
United States Public Health Service issued a warning in relation to
deficiency diseases in the South. In
their bulletin it was declared that animals which were fed a highly
milled wheat and corn diet showed signs of deficiencies within a month
or two, in contrast to those that were fed exclusively unmilled wheat
Hoover’s Food Administration was unable to force the millers and
bakers to a less drastic degree of refinement.
Promptly, the life extension institute distinctly declared:
Destruction of food is an injury to our country, as positively as is
destruction of munitions or arms;
and the commonest and most inexcusable
destruction of food is the milling of wheat.
Charles E. Banks, senior surgeon of U.S. Public Health
Service, became angered beyond endurance; in a fiery statement
the doctor declared the end result of the devitalization of flour as
“what is the matter with the American people today!! Physically forty
inches around the waist at the age of forty, an inch for
every year, a puff for each eye and a hag for each cheek.” To
this the miller objected vigorously.
officials at the Public Health Service were on sound
scientific ground. But
by this time the problem lost its scientific implication, it suddenly
had changed to pressure politics. They
changed the meaning of their former verdict by explaining that white
bread was wholesome if balanced in the diet by an
adequate consumption of protective foods such as dairy
products, fruits, and vegetables.
now, our concern has been the milling of the grains that go into our
daily loaf of bread. But
now we are getting involved with
bakers who were looking for a shortcut in the aging of flour, which has
also been purported to improve it.
Through the use of various kinds of bleaching agents, the bakers
discovered that this could be accomplished with much less effort.
In addition, the chemicals were keeping the flour sterile and
preventing it from weevils or from becoming moldy.
Bleaching chemicals were also used to substitute inferior flours
for high grade ones. During the time of Dr. Wiley, there had been a strong
opposition to the use of bleaching flour.
This was because objectionable
substances without any food values were added to the flour for the
purpose of concealing
inferiority. Flour bleach
known as agene (nitrogen trichloride) was introduced for bread making
without adequate testing. It
was used for about thirty years in the United States and England.
During this time it was noticed that in the Southern United
States dogs became disinterested,
frightened, unfriendly and had dry mouths.
Finally they frothed at the mouth, had epileptic fits and
collapsed. It was found
that agene was the cause for running fits in the dogs.
animals’ central nervous system became
primarily affected. When tested by
Sloan-Kettering Institute in 1949, agene showed that it caused
psychosis in patients. There
were hallucinations and disorientation for several days after the
administration of agene.
did not deter the milling industry from the use of destructive bleaching
or aging processes, which was termed by Chicago University’s
Dr. Anton Carlson as “biological stupidity.”
There were other noxious chemicals available for these purposes;
among the substituted poisons, chlorine dioxide is most widely used.
up to its lethal side effects, the chemical destroys the remaining
vitamin E in the flour, which may have escaped the milling process.
Dr. Bicknell remarked that by adding it to this graveyard of
nutrients, the millers have achieved flour as nearly non-nutritious as
possible and insidiously corrupting
to the body as food can be.
the reporter of the German weekly magazine
Stern visited Dr. Otto Warburg, Nobel Prize laureate in medicine.
The reporter found the
doctor in his laboratory grinding
his own flour in a small hand operated mill.
The reporter learned that
Warburg and his associates made their own flour
and their own bread. He
asked Dr. Warburg why?
Dr. Warburg explained:
“most of the vitamins essential
for life as well as important protein building blocks, such as
methionine, are all destroyed.”
no label requirements in the United States Standards for bromated flour,
which is widely used in commercial
bread. Constantly using
these substances is dangerous.
Germany the death rate had dropped, after stopping the use of all
bleaching agents in flour. There
was also a marked decline in pelvic disorders,
diabetes, heart involvement,
kidney trouble, high blood pressure and cancer.
There were no other changes in diet or
cities it is possible to get a wholesome slice of bread from health food
stores or supermarkets, but in small towns it is a gloomy situation.
Some clerks assure that they have never heard of whole bread
before. In the larger
markets, a darker loaf of bread caring the label “whole wheat” might
be seen occasionally. Remember,
this pertains to the whole wheat bread with flour manufactured by the
usually the type of bread served in eating establishments, if a
whole-wheat variety is requested. How
good is such a product?!!!…
the answer is negative. Whole
wheat bread steel rolled is not real whole wheat bread. Whole wheat bread organically grown and stone-ground, without
added bleaching agents and
undergoing the agene process, is ok.
interesting to note that usually only one chemical additive is
mentioned such as a mold retardant (cal, or sodium propionate).
It would be shocking for the public to know that not only a
single one but as many as sixty chemicals may be present in a loaf of
bread without label declaration.
Council on Food and Nutrition first suggested the enrichment of white
flour by addition of synthetic vitamins in 1936.
Two years later the food enrichment principle was
endorsed. Specifically synthetic B vitamins,
as thiamin, riboflavin and niacin and one mineral, iron.
Soon thereafter, calcium and vitamin D were added to the list.
exist sharp differences between
synthetic and natural food components.
Even if the three vitamins
were living up to their purported
functions, what about the other factors acknowledged to be
vital to human physiology? Where
were the vitamin E replacement, biotin,
pyridoxine and pantothenic acid and minerals such as copper,
manganese, potassium, phosphorus, etc.?
How was the lack of amino acids, such as tryptophane and lysine
the inclusion of iron, other questions become apparent.
In the case of ferrous sulphate, it was shown that it greatly
increased the need for oxygen and pantothenic acid.
But most importantly, iron harms unsaturated
fatty acids as well as destroys
vitamin A, C and E. During
illness when little food is eaten and protein intake is low, iron
compounds can cause serious liver damage.
Iron salts taken during pregnancy can bring about miscarriages or
premature or delayed births since the need for
oxygen, which is already under supplied
to the fetus, increases. It
may also cause anemia and jaundice.
This impressive information was gathered from one of Adelle
Davis’s books, authenticated with footnotes.
valid today is the old biological dictum that if only one member of the
interlocking nutritional components is absent, the remaining group
cannot function at optimum levels.
Schools Without Walls
By: Dr. Stephen D. Nugent
What Knowledge Comes From Walls?
who is truly objective knows that knowledge
comes from books, instructors, experience
and now the electronic media. Other
than reading hieroglyphics, what knowledge has come from walls?
Nonresident Accreditation Bias
amazing how little most Americans know about college and higher
education in general. It is
appalling to find that most college graduates don’t seem to
fully understand the process of higher education
beyond that of their own experience. Most Americans think that a real college education can only
be had by sitting in uncomfortable chairs listening to often boring
instructors who do little else than tell you to go home and read the
following or write the following or go to the library and do the
following research. Do you
really need to be in a classroom to be told to do school work, the
majority of which will invariably be done outside of the classroom?
I hear academic snobs as well as the
academically impoverished using such diminutive phrases as
correspondence schools or mail order degrees.
Diploma mills do exist, but if you think that all nonresident
programs are diploma mills you
are sadly mistaken.
Can More Than 100 Universities Be
compelled to point out that there are more than 100
regionally accredited colleges and universities offering
accredited nonresident course work.
Many of these schools offer accredited nonresident degree
programs at both the undergraduate
and graduate levels. Colleges
that have withstood the scrutiny
of independent review and met the highest standards from regional
accreditation obviously have no problem with the concept of nonresident
people who run the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME)
created, and dominated by the AANP, simply wants to insure that no
schools except the ones they control and profit from can be accredited.
This prevents Americans interested in pursuing Naturopathy as a
profession from choosing other schools and insures that all money spent
on Naturopathic education goes into the pockets of AANP alumni.
Motivation And Discipline
completed both undergraduate and graduate degree programs at full regionally accredited
universities in residence. I have also completed short resident and nonresident
programs. I would be less
than honest if I said all of one type was good and all of another type
was bad. While in a
resident program you are in most cases nagged by the instructor to
complete your homework. If
you are in a nonresident program, you must be strong, goal oriented
and motivated. You have to be a mature adult because you are your only
regulator. All the
programs I experienced had mentors available to answer
questions and give guidance where the text material seemed
unclear, but the attention was one on one as opposed to
competing with 40 other students for the instructor’s time. All the exams were proctored, so there could be no cheating
on them, just the same as in a classroom.
If a nonresident program
is designed properly then there is no reason for it not to be just as
rewarding and enlightening as any classroom experience.
of course the attitude that says, I suffered in a classroom so you must
too! Well, that sounds like
a behavioral problem to me. The
other motivation of course is control.
That is the aim of the AANP plain and simple.
They tell everyone that the only quality education is from their
schools and they encourage everyone to believe that all nonresident
training is no good. They
would be hard pressed to convince the more than 100 regionally
accredited colleges and
universities who offer nonresident education that this is true.
One of my alma maters is the University
of Michigan (UM), a school consistently rated in the top 5 of American
colleges and universities every year.
The last I checked UM was rated number three in the nation behind
Princeton #1 and Harvard #2. I
completed my post graduate studies at UM in the class room, but surely
no one can say that UM is a diploma mill because they offer nonresident
training as well. UM
standards for entrance and graduation are among the highest in the
nation, why don’t they look down on nonresident schools?
The answer is simple, their main interest is
education not control. By
the way, even though the AANP continually states that their three alumni
schools are equivalent to Harvard or Johns Hopkins it should be noted
that the AANP’s schools are not even rated in the top 400.
six degrees from three accredited colleges and I have completed a number
of nonresident programs as well. I
have more than twenty years of nearly continuous study so, I think I’m
in a better position than most to give an opinion on nonresident study
as compared to traditional study. With
the exception of those courses that absolutely require hands on training
such as lab courses, and minor surgery,
there is nothing in Naturopathy that cannot be learned through
the assertion that Naturopaths should be doing obstetrics and
surgery, well, my opinion has always been that those are
allopathic procedures not
Naturopathic. Just as the
Osteopaths decided to train in
those allopathic areas, if a Naturopath
chooses to train in invasive,
synthetic or other allopathic procedures then that is their choice, but
don’t call it Naturopathy.
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