Dr. Norman Allan's

Vol 3, No. 1,
Winter 2007


*   newspaper clippings
   open house (treatment available by donation)
*   archives
*   what's new in my "practice"

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A long sabbatical, but some of you have said they've missed the newsletter, so I'm going to try to send it out quarterly.

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Newspaper clippings
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"Global Warming, The answer's underfoot, Soil is our best carbon trapper - if only conventional agro weren't churning it up"
Wayne Roberts, Now magazine, 15-21 Feb 2007

This is an important article: organic farming is a carbon sink, industrial farming is a large carbon dioxide, greenhouse gas, producer - up to a third of the greenhouse gases! So the true cost of organic food, Kyoto adjusted, is similar to the agrobiz cost.

"soil is the global warming gas storage mother-lode, a sink that can hold about three times more carbon than all the world's plants and trees (but plants are part of this soil process, surely, or are we speaking exclusively bacteria and humus here? I recall a figure [an image] that the bacteria in an acre of soil weigh the equivalent of two elephants - meanwhile an acre can support a cow, or a family) ... with one proviso: that the soil is not disturbed by industrial-style farm equipment and methods.
     ... there's a consensus that agri-business accounts for about a third of all global warming gases. Research shows that strategic subsides to local and organic farmers (which governments now avoid) could easily return food-related warming emissions to the 1990 levels required by Kyoto. ...
     A hectare of well-managed organic land can store nine tons of carbon, almost making it eligible for payouts from emission-trading...



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"... vitamin D slashes risk of colorectal and breast malignancies"
Globe and Mail: 7 Feb 2007

"...increasing daily intake of vitamin D could prevent the development of breast cancer by as much as half and that of colorectal cancer by nearly two-thirds. ...They found a two-third reduction in the incidence of colorectal cancer in those who took 2000 IU of vitamin D... 'There's really no downside to taking 2000 IU of vitamin D...' "

Vitamin D is this years panacea. Good for all sorts of stuff. ("A growing body of work (and "meta-analysis) has shown that vitamin D in important in the prevention of heart disease, lung disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, schizophrenia and multiple sclerosis, and of course, osteoporosis.") And fibromyalgia.

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An interesting clipping that I've stumbled on since the last letter concerns vibration:(Globe and Mail, 13 June 2006) "SCIENTIST GETS VIBES TO BUILD BONES. Device to help space travelers approved to treat sufferers of osteoporosis." The device is a machine that generates vibrations - vibration implies acceleration/deceleration, and is therefore somewhat like gravity - therefore in theory, and it seems in practice, good for maintenance of bone mass in zero gravity (it was designed for use in space). On earth, the article says, "a person who stands on [the platform of the vibration device] for 20 minutes a day can build bone density an average of 2 percent a year. ... By sending small vibrations through the body - moving about 50 micrometers (or the thickness of a few human hairs) up and down and repeating at a rate of 34 cycles per second - the platform triggers musculoskeletal stimulations that naturally occur... the vibrations from the platform are set to a frequency that [generates acceleration that] is one-third that of gravity... and is therefore safe. Other devices (exercise machines) which generate 4 to 15 gravities are dangerous, we are told.

The thing that I find interesting here is that a relatively subtle vibration is having an appreciable (positive) effect on body metabolism and function. I am therefore wondering what the vibrational effects of chanting, OM, for instance, are? We'd need an engineer to tell us about the difference in order of magnitude between that devise and the vibrations that are set up in your body by, a) a rock band in a bar, b) by chanting, OM for instance. However, orders of magnitude might or might not be of relevance here. Subtle vibrations may be having physiological effects. One would have to look and see.

Meanwhile, the safe course would be to do the chanting. It's bound to have salubrious effects at many levels (if not bone mass and muscle mass - muscles, that too was in the article). ("Salubrious" = health promoting - forgive the use of a relatively obscure word.) "Over all the bone density of the controlled group (the reporter has got this wrong - he means "experimental group" as compared to the control group) increased by 3 percent during a year, and muscle mass improved by 4 percent."

So get chanting, OM (or what you fancy).

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Dr. Norman Allan's Newsletter, May 2006: snippets from newspapers, various, which I hope are of interest.

Dr. Norman Allan's Newsletter, April 2006: as above

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Dr. Norman Allan's Newsletter, March/April 2005: an essay on immune tonics published in "Healthy Directions" - and snippets from newspapers, various, which I hope are of interest.

Dr. Norman Allan's Newsletter, February 2005: snippets from newspapers, various, which I hope are of interest - and a discussion of "C Reactive Protein" as an indicator of risk for heart disease.

Dr. Norman Allan's Newsletter, January 2005: snippets from newspapers, various.

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