Thursday, January 8, 2009

"Hide 'n' don't seek?" NATURALLY Speaking by Christopher C. Barr

This column marks the eighth year of NATURALLY Speaking with combined experience going back to the 1980s for this columnist regarding print and broadcast journalism on the subject matter of health.

A pattern has emerged that news in the mainstream (a polluted stream if ever there was one) often publishes stories on holidays and weekends that the mainstream would rather not get too much attention. People generally are paying less attention to news and more attention to leisure on holidays and weekends.

Stories hidden away in this fashion could be a good news item of which too much notice is not desired, or it could be a bad news item of which too much notice is not desired.

Never was this popular mainstream media game ever more evident than on this past, long, New Year’s holiday weekend with not either but rather both a multiple of good and bad news stories involved.

Good news

First, there was a great “good news” item appearing very late New Year’s Eve about grape seed extract killing cancer cells. Though surprising to see in a mainstream news report it was not at all surprising news to me as I have more than a little knowledge and experience with this dating back at least 20 years.

This current report was based on a study conducted at the University of Kentucky and published in the science journal Clinical Cancer Research.

More good news

At the very same late hour New Year’s Eve another “good news” item appeared on naprapathy which is a not well known alternative medical system of healing. This report noted superiority of naprapathy for pain relief compared to regular medical approaches.

Specific mention was made of “nutritional counseling” as part of the benefit offered by naprapathy. Specific mention was made of relief regarding connective tissue matter in general with singling out of back pain, neck pain, knee strain, sciatica, shoulder pain and tennis elbow.

The mineral nutrient silicon (or silica) is the key nutrient for connective tissue and has a long history of successful use with regard to these very areas singled out in the news story.

Shifting gears

Following the two “good news” reports were two “bad news” reports and each regarding the same substance – the drug Fosamax.

The first of the two “bad news” reports on Fosamax was in the middle of New Year’s Day. Is anybody paying attention to news in the middle of New Year’s Day?

Shifty gearings

The first of the Fosamax reports was a sneaky bit of propaganda titled, ‘Osteoporosis Drug Prompts Increase in Certain Bone Cells’.

The title makes this sound like a positive finding though it is actually positively deceptive.

Since osteoporosis is bone loss then increase in bone cells sounds good.

The story named Fosamax right out at the very beginning and continued its mention repeatedly.

Yet, if you read the story carefully it was noted well into the story that this was not necessarily (if at all) a good thing.

Too many Americans dumbed down by government sponsored education and government certified refined, denatured ‘foods’ that have been robbed of their nutrients would see this as a positive story about the government approved Fosamax drug rather than the negative story about Fosamax that story actually is.

Bad news and worse news still

The final item was at almost midnight at the end of New Year’s Day.

Is anybody paying any attention to any new (or anything else) after New Year’s Eve followed by a full day of New Year’s Day activities leading well into a four-day weekend?

This news item noted very bad news about Fosamax that could not be manipulated into any kind of positive spin.

However, this news story did disguise the Fosamax connection by speaking in generic chemical terms and only noting the name ‘Fosamax’ very far down into the story.

A problem with jaw disintegration from use of osteoporosis drugs – including (especially) with Fosamax – was noted in the new Journal of The American Dental Association.

This has been referred to as Fossyjaw for a very long time by those of us in the know though the story made no mention of either this term or this fact.

The story did admit that the problem “may be much higher than previously thought”.

This is more frequent than everybody would like to think it is,” the story quoted from the dentist who authored the newly published study.

The story noted an increase from one case per year to one to four cases per week. If you do the math (which the news story did not) that is an increase of from more than 5,000 to almost 21,000 per cent! That should be phenomenal news if not state-of-emergency news rather than buried-where-and-when-nobody-is-paying-any-attention news.

Another aspect of Fosamax that is barely mentioned in the story regards an increase in esophageal cancer with its use. However, the story considerably plays this down.

Readily admitted is that there is a decided increase in GERD (acid reflux) among users of Fosamax.

Do you happen to know that one of the primary medical concerns regarding GERD is that it substantially increases risk of esophageal cancer? This wasn’t mentioned in the news stories on Fosamax.

Oh what a tangled web the mainstream media weaves when it pretty much constantly practices to deceive.

Saving the best news for last

For the record, osteoporosis and bone loss is not caused by a deficiency of Fosamax – or a deficiency of any other drug for that matter.

A gross nutritional deficiency of the mineral nutrient silicon (or silica) earlier mentioned in another regard is the predominant factor in osteoporosis.

Christopher C. Barr writes Naturally Speaking from Arkansas: The Natural State … naturally! You may write him at P. O. Box 1147, Pocahontas, Arkansas 72455 or by e-mail at

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