Archive for August 2009

Great information about vaccines

August 31, 2009

Here’s a link to a new article at, some interesting historical information about vaccines.

For example, here are a few of the items quoted:

• In the USA in 1960, two virologists discovered that both polio vaccines were contaminated with the SV 40 virus which causes cancer in animals as well as changes in human cell tissue cultures. Millions of children had been injected with these vaccines. (Med Jnl of Australia 17/3/1973 p555)

• In 1871-2, England, with 98% of the population aged between 2 and 50 vaccinated against smallpox, it experienced its worst ever smallpox outbreak with 45,000 deaths. During the same period in Germany, with a vaccination rate of 96%, there were over 125,000 deaths from smallpox. (…)
The Hadwen Documents

• In Germany, compulsory mass vaccination against diphtheria commenced in 1940 and by 1945 diphtheria cases were up from 40,000 to 250,000. (Don’t Get Stuck, Hannah Allen)

• In 1967, Ghana was declared measles free by the World Health Organisation after 96% of its population was vaccinated. In 1972, Ghana experienced one of its worst measles outbreaks with its highest ever mortality rate. (Dr H Albonico, MMR Vaccine Campaign in Switzerland, March 1990)

• In 1977, Dr Jonas Salk who developed the first polio vaccine, testified along with other scientists, that mass inoculation against polio was the cause of most polio cases throughout the USA since 1961. (Science 4/4/77 “Abstracts” )

It takes the information from a very interesting website I recommend perusing, The graphs they show on the historical trends of disease mortality are VERY interesting. You can check them out here.

I cannot, and will not, give anyone medical advice. When it comes to vaccinations, do your own research and make the choices that seem right for you and your family. I will tell you this, I stopped taking flu shots about 8 years ago and I have no intention of taking any this year, either. Read earlier posts about natural ways to deal with influenza, if you’re so inclined.

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Great point about Healthcare Reform

August 25, 2009

This is a link to an entry at the Portland Clinic Director’s blog. Good stuff. In essence, our “health care” system is totally oriented NOT around actually creating health, but in recognizing disease and “fixing” it, often in very expensive, invasive and toxic ways.

Read more here.

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This is just beautiful, and amazing

August 24, 2009

Watch this video, about 3 and a half minutes long. Sand art. Sounds weird but, man, this is just beautiful and amazing stuff.


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Getting Real About the High Cost of Cheap Food

August 22, 2009

This is a GREAT article from Time Magazine, I STRONGLY encourage everyone to read this.

Simply put, the way our country produces food is a disaster, it’s actually the opposite of what you would choose to do if you were starting a system from scratch. We heavily subsidize the production of foods that both hurt our health and harm our environment, like beef, pork and poultry, and we make it more difficult to produce foods that improve our health and don’t harm our environment, like fruits and vegetables. What we’re doing now is, literally, insane and it cannot be sustained.

Here’s something for you to think about. I know a lot of people running around talking about conserving water. They are doing things like watering their yards less frequently, installing low-flow toilets and shower heads, etc… Are those good things to do? Sure, but they are literally drops in the bucket. You know how much water it takes to bring a pound of California beef to your table? 2,500 gallons! Depending on where you look and how you calculate it you can come up with different numbers but this is a pretty solid one. For data on where I got this number, look here.

So, frankly, if you’re running around claiming to be all about the environment and you’re trying to conserve water but you and your family consume just 4 pounds of beef a week (and the average family consumes a LOT more than that), that’s 10,000 gallons a week of water so that you can eat something that is harmful to your health! That is over a half a million gallons of water a year! Now, tell me again about your low flow toilets. Yeah, I’m not impressed.

Some estimates say that if we stopped subsidizing the cost of beef that a pound of hamburger would cost over $30. I wish that would happen. I wish the government would stop distorting the prices of foods to appease special interests. Let food cost what it costs so people can start making better choices, both for their wallet, their health and the environment.

So, again, I encourage you to read this article, you can find it at Time Magazine here.

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Why does my leg hurt when I run?

August 20, 2009

If you’re a runner, have you ever asked yourself that question? Matt Whitehead, our clinic director in Portland, was a cross country runner in high school and college and he asked himself that question a lot before finding Egoscue. Whether you’re a runner trying to understand why your body feels the way it feels, or you just want to learn more about the body in general, Matt’s story is a good one and will get you thinking.

You can read about how Matt found Egoscue here. Enjoy!

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Is posture affecting the way you think?

August 18, 2009

Our clinic director in Santa Monica, Paul Schell, wrote a great article for his email newsletter. I enjoyed it and thought you might, too.

If you live in the LA area, you’re blessed. There are two clinics in the general area, one in Santa Monica, one in Irvine. Both are staffed with some of our most experienced clinic directors and a great team of therapists. If you’re having any kind of issues, call them up, even if you just want to talk about your situation. That goes for wherever you live. You don’t need to be a client to call and get advice. Every clinic would love the opportunity to help you start to make sense of your issues and give you whatever guidance and service you desire. We genuinely want to serve, so give us a call!

Here’s Paul’s article. Read it and pass it on to a friend!

Could my posture be affecting the way I think?

When was the last time someone invited you to participate in a trip, activity or outing and you had to turn them down? Friends, children, grandchildren? And you most likely didn’t turn them down because you didn’t want to go — but because of the fear that you wouldn’t be able to keep up, that the environment may be too uncomfortable given your pain, or that you would be a burden to others? How many times do we choose to stay in isolation with pain and keep from interacting (also read “playing”) with our friends and family due to the inherent limitations we have accepted for ourselves?

The fear can be limiting. The fear can be stifling. The fear can be disabling. And while I’m not writing this to say, “just get over the fear,” I am saying that you don’t have to live with the limiting, stifling and disabling beliefs. An active social life is a large part of what is necessary for each of our overall health and wellness. If living with pain or physical limitations is affecting the relationships we have with others, then we are simply accepting a compromised lifestyle. Life doesn’t have to be like this. You have all that you need within your own gifts and abilities to live the life you desire.

How we view our bodies and the beliefs we have about the body’s complexity and capabilities will either result in a fully functional body moving with ease and fluidity or one without structural support, little energy, and far less physical ability and agility. In other words, if we perceive our body to be in disrepair and broken down, then this is what we will have. However, if we think of our body as resilient, capable of moving, healing and full of life, then you will be a lot closer to achieving this.

At Egoscue, we believe no one should have to live in pain and that you should be able to enjoy an active lifestyle. Once you’ve set it in your mind that your body can and will heal. That it can and will be able to move in the ways that it is designed. That you can enjoy the company of others without limitations of your body and you are able to overcome fear, then it is a matter of setting a plan of action. The body then needs to match up to the mental state.

Get some help with your plan of action. You can get started by reading one of Pete Egoscue’s books. I recommend “Pain Free” if you have symptoms. You can also get started with the exercises on or, better yet, call to set up your free consultation and find out what the best path is for your personal condition.

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Great information for dealing with swine flu

August 16, 2009

Here is a link to the latest newsletter on this subject from legendary health expert Jon Barron. I would strongly recommend you read this carefully.

It has a lot of good information, some of which could save your life. For example, read carefully about the topic of cytokine storms. A lot of people are running around talking about doing things to build your immunity and advising you take things like echinacea, but they aren’t talking about taking things that reduce viral load. If you do one without the other, you run the serious risk of creating a cytokine storm. I won’t go into detail here about that, read the newsletter for more information about it, but trust me, you do NOT want to create this condition.

I wrote about the swine flu earlier. I strongly recommend everyone have an ample supply of a few of Jon Barron’s products on board. If you wait to order this stuff until you’re already sick, it’s too late. I recommend a number of his products, but at a minimum I would get Super ViraGon, Immunify and his probiotic formula. Super ViraGon is considered the top-rated herbal anti-viral preparation. It is legendary, and it is very, very effective. You can buy his products at

I would recommend having 3 bottles of SuperViraGon for each person in the family. If you start getting symptoms you want to hit yourself with a megadose immediately, then taper down. You have to take steps during incubation to reduce viral load. If you do, you can prevent coming down with the flu entirely, or at least greatly reduce its severity and duration and the risk of incurring a cytokine storm.

Hope this is helpful. Don’t freak out about this, just be prepared.

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