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This is an article, and a book, for the AGEs

Posted: 2019/11/02

Garden City Park, NY: Our author Helen Vlassara, MD is finally getting proper recognition for her pioneering work with AGEs (Advanced Glycation Endproducts), and how its chemical reaction in our dry-heat prepared meals are aging us prematurely and increasing all manner of chronic disease.

A new article in South Carolina's daily paper The Post and Courier, written by three-time Pulitzer finalist series editor Tony Bartelme, has rightfully positioned Dr. Vlassara as the go-to expert on this topic.

Her book Dr. Vlassara's AGE-less Diet ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0420-9), co-written along with Vlassara by fellow medical doctor (and her husband) Gary E. Striker, MD and bestselling cookbook author Sandra Woodruff, MS, RD, is now the #1 book in the "Antioxidants and Phytochemicals" category on Amazon, and has charted at #25 in "Weight Loss Books" as well.

Alongside this major new article, which has also triggered off strong book sales in the UK and various other points across Europe, the paper has also provided a fun and informative sidebar article titled "9 Easy Ways to Eat Fewer AGEs: A Stress-Free Guide." This playful but serious-as-a-heart-attack list yields further very important stuff about what we eat and what it can do to us.

In addition to Dr. Vlassara's AGE-less Diet, those who want to further incorporate AGEs-minded thinking into their daily lives can pick up the handy-dandy mass market-sized companion volume The AGE Food Guide ($8.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0429-2) as well.

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Heavy Metal Lullabyes for Babies? More Than a Matter of Taste, When It Comes to the Standard American Diet (SAD)

Posted: 2019/10/18

Garden City Park, NY:  Over the past two years, several health studies in the US and abroad have presented a a growing tide of worrisome facts about the harmful things found in many of our processed foods—especially in our baby foods.

Back in October 2017, a major study conducted by a nonprofit organization called The Clean Label Project found alarming levels of arsenic, lead, and other heavy metals in approximately eighty percent (80%) of baby food/infant formulas sold on the market.

As of this month (October 2019), a new study from the nonprofit group Healthy Babies Bright Futures now finds the percentage of US-produced baby foods with heavy metal toxins has increased to the near-total statistic of ninety-five percent (95%). This only accounts for the toxin levels found in baby foods—the processed foods at the heart of the Standard American Diet (SAD), which have driven epidemic levels of adult Americans into a state of obesity, cannot be too much farther behind.

These are not the first indications of food dangers here in the US, according to former FDA investigator and food safety whistle blower Dr. Renee Dufault (author of Unsafe at Any MealISBN: 978-0-7570-0436-0). According to an August 2018 article she wrote for the peer-reviewed Integrative Food, Nutrition and Metabolism Journal, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claim the number of children in the US struggling with ADHD and autism has continued to increase each year over the past decade. With ADHD in particular, the prevalence rate in the US has been nearly seven times that of children in the UK; with autism, the US prevalence rate remains three times that in the UK. The reason, as presented by Dr. Dufault in her article, has to do with the fact that the UK requires that food labels must indicate the presence of potentially harmful heavy metal toxins found in the synthetic food dyes and high fructose corn syrup (HCFS) levels within their products—a requirement that the US still does not currently enforce.

In that same month (August 2018), another study conducted by an advocacy group called the Environmental Working Group found trace levels of a dangerous crop-dusting herbicide called glyphosate in Cheerios, Quaker Oats, and a variety of other processed breakfast foods that the report showed could increase the likelihood of cancer in young children.

Meanwhile, the overall evidence against processed foods for children and adults alike has only increased in the past year. Back in March, a group of Harvard researchers with the T. H. Chan School of Public Health discovered a direct and dangerous link between drinking "sodas, sports drinks, and other sugary beverages" and the increased likelihood of dying from heart disease and breast or colon cancers. Said more plainly, you can shorten your life span by fourteen to eighteen percent (14 %–18%) if or whenever you drink just two cans of soda.

In addition, two new studies reported this past May out of France and Spain have shown a link between repeated consumption of "ultra-processed" foods and early death from cancer and heart disease. The first of those studies, conducted by Spain's University of Navarra, spent a decade in which they followed and reported each year the diet of 19,899 people, while France's University of Paris observed the eating habits of 105,159 people over a five-year period. From the 335 deaths that occurred during the course of their study, the University of Navarra found there were 16 deaths among those who ate the most ultra-processed food for every 10 deaths of those who ate the least. In the University of Paris study, meanwhile, heart disease and cancer rates stood at 277 people per 100,000 per year among those who ate the most ultra-processed food—compared with the lower figure of 242 people per 100,000 each year among those who had eaten the lesser amounts.

These ongoing reports and studies concerning food safety among our young and old are enough to give us all a cause for pause when it comes to what we eat. And yet, too many of us are not paying attention. Like our newborns, many of us have fallen asleep to the tune of a lullabye—except in this case, the lullabye in question has been the various harmful elements at play in so many of our processed foods. In order to wake up and fight back, we all need a solid guide that can show us what we need to do to survive and thrive in these challenging times.  Based on Dr. Dufault's years of food safety expertise and health advocacy, Unsafe at Any Meal  ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0436-0) can serve as our best foundation in this regard.

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The Game Remains Afoot for the Two NY Doctors Who Revealed Jack the Ripper's Identity in THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. DOYLE

Posted: 2019/09/30   Source: Daniel Friedman, MD; Eugene Friedman, MD

Garden City Park, NY: What do you get when you put together two Long Island doctors with Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's  Sherlock Holmes adventure, "The Sign of the Four"?

If the two doctors in question are son/father writing and research team Daniel Friedman, MD and Eugene Friedman, MD, then what you end up with is a remarkable new article in the prestigious Baker Street Journal, a publication dedicated to all things Sherlockian. Once again, the Friedmans have unearthed a startling amount of never-before-documented evidence that shows that Doyle was as clever and stealthful in his wholesale use of Stevenson's writing as he is when his Professor Moriarty is at work outwitting Sherlock Holmes.

In their article, titled "The Dead Man’s Chest: Treasure Island and 'The Sign of the Four'" and featured in Baker Street Journal Autumn 2019 edition (Vol 69, No. 3), the Friedmans clearly demonstrate how Doyle was able to mix elements taken from a selection of Stevenson’s poems, short stories, and novels and then bring them together within the structure and language of "The Sign of the Four," one of Holmes's most enduring stories.

According to the Friedmans, "Not only are the plots of both stories eerily similar, but several of Doyle’s characters owe their names to prominent figures in Stevenson's Treasure Island. In addition, Doyle even went so far as to use the imagery employed by Stevenson in his poetic 'Dead Man’s Chest' song in the death scene with which 'The Sign of the Four' begins."

Pushing beyond fiction into real life, the Friedmans have further illustrated that Doyle's fascination with—and use of—Stevenson's writing went with him to his grave, literally. After all, according to the doctors, the epitaph inscribed on Doyle's own gravestone—"Steel True, Blade Straight"—comes directly from a Stevenson poem.

The choice of the setting and time of "The Sign of the Four" is of significance to the Friedmans' The Strange Case of Dr. Doyle, as its action occurs at the same moment and place where "Jack the Ripper" was wreaking havoc, London’s Whitechapel District. The Friedmans speculate that Doyle did all of this with a veiled purpose. As spelled out in their well-researched book The Strange Case of Dr. Doyle (now available in a new trade paperback edition, the title of which intentionally echoes Robert Louis Stevenson's immortal "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde"), the Friedmans offer proof that Doyle and "Jack" were one and the same. Just recently, television audiences throughout the world were won over by their evidence-based presentation on The Travel Channel's "America Unearthed," hosted by world-renowned forensic investigator Scott Wolter.

This week, on September 30, marks the precise date in 1888 when the mutilated bodies of "Ripper" victims Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes were discovered on the streets of London. The evidence presented by the Friedmans, although frightening, is stunning.

The Strange Case of Dr. Doyle ($17.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0431-5) is available at Amazon, B&, and wherever else books are sold.

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Yes, Vaping Is Bad for Teens—But the Standard American Diet (SAD) Is Worse

Posted: 2019/09/10

Garden City Park, NY: Seven vaping-related deaths have now been reported widely by national media over the past week. While this is certainly a subject worthy of discussion and concern, far more worrisome is the growing epidemic of child, adolescent, and teen obesity that continues to plague the United States.

It has been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that obesity now affects over 13.7 million children and adolescents, while the National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates 300,000 deaths per year due to obesity—and that means we have around 800 obesity-related deaths each and every day. At this point, 13.9% of our obese population signifies 2- to 5-year-olds; 18.4% represents 6- to 11-year-olds; and 20.6% represents 12- to 19-year-olds. In fact, obesity remains the second leading cause of preventable death in this country.

What has made so many of our young people so obese? Parents across the globe might be mortified to learn that the answer to that question is: THEM.

According to certified nutritionist Matt Poteet, PharmD in his recent article "Why Parents Are Killing Their Kids With Fast Food," a study conducted in 2016 "found that 91% of parents had fed their children fast food, up from 79% in 2010." These fast foods, however, are just a part of children's daily diets. Dr. Renee Dufault, former FDA food investigator and author of our book, Unsafe at Any Meal, explains throughout her work that the Standard American Diet (SAD, aptly enough) is filled with alarmingly high levels of sugar, fat, and sodium—as dangerous for adults as they are for our kids. In particular, Dr. Dufault points out that the prevalence of HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) in so many of these heavily processed fast foods serves as a magic carpet to various health problems over time for youngsters such as: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, asthma, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease among other conditions.

Whenever whistle-blowers like Dr. Dufault or longtime natural health advocate Dr. Nancy Appleton (bestselling author of our books Suicide by Sugar, Killer Colas, and Stopping Inflammation) have tried to bring to light the pervasive enslavement at the heart of this country's fast food addiction, their message has either been disputed by those corporate interests that stand to lose money or dismissed by a general public still too close to the problem to recognize it. With the national media seemingly beholden to fast food products and suppliers because of the huge advertising dollars they represent, it stands to reason that the American family will frown upon vaping as they line up at a fast-food restaurant drive-through window to buy their children yet another potentially dangerous meal.

So how can we change all of this—what can we do? According to Bill Tara, author of the forthcoming How to Eat Right & Save the Planet ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0486-5), the answer is as simple as what you and your family now choose to place on your food plates. In his new book, Tara confirms plainly but urgently that the world's modern diet is a mere reflection of "vested interests that are deeply embedded in the political, medical, agricultural, and food manufacturing sections that powerful forces can call into play whenever challenges are made to the status quo."

In addition, the mainstream Western diet's continued emphasis on meat has created an industry that kills over 70 billion land animals every year—and also sets the stage for the deaths of our grown children decades earlier than the average lifespan at this point in human history. By driving ourselves away from those fast-food restaurants and embracing a plant-based diet in place of meat, Tara believes we stand our best shot at keeping ourselves, our children, and our planet alive and healthy.

Built upon decades of previous experience that included his co-founding of the Kushi Institute together with Michio and Aveline Kushi (who introduced macrobiotics to the West in the early 1950s), Mr. Tara's stellar reputation across the natural foods community has included stints as a senior faculty member for the Kiental Institute in Switzerland and the Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. In addition, he has served as Chairman of the European Macrobiotic Assembly for four years; as Chairman of the North American Macrobiotic Congress; as Director of Natural Health Care at the SHA Wellness Clinic in Spain; and more recently, as founder of the Community Health Foundation in London, England, one of the largest natural health education centers in the world. Upon publication of his new book, Tara plans—along with his wife, Marlene Watson-Tara—to contine teaching workshops and intensive training in macrobiotics, vegan nutrition, and natural health care throughout the world.

This is a time in history where technology has made many things easier but has also kept us busier than ever before. It's not unreasonable then to assume that the aforementioned corporate interests at the heart of the fast-food industry have come to rely upon—perhaps even have cultivated—a general public driven by the distraction of everyday life to embrace the convenience and comfort that fast food meals deliver to them and their children. The truth, as ever, is harsher than anyone wants to admit. It's commendable that parents try to protect their children from the new health dangers of vaping, but it's also troubling when they put their kids directly in harm's way by serving them up a daily life culture in which all manner of fast-food consumption occurs throughout the school year. By pointing out how crucial a well-balanced and nutritious diet is to a child's health, the hope is that life can be made better. It has to start somewhere—why not here?

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Since it began almost two decades ago in 2000, Square One Publishers has continued its mission to bring out books that awaken readers to the existence of this nationwide health crisis—one that has only grown in size and and effect over the past few years. The realities of the crisis should no longer be a mystery to anyone, but the following are a few of the key Square One health titles that we feel might help provide workable solutions to this ongoing problem:

Dr. Vlassara's AGE-less Diet:
How Chemicals in the Foods We Eat Promote Disease, Obesity, and Aging and the
Steps We Can Take to Stop It
by Helen Vlassara, MD; Sandra Woodruff, MS, RD; and Gary E. Striker, MD

* Unsafe at Any Meal
What the FDA Does Not Want You to Know About the Foods You Eat
by Dr. Renee Joy Dufault

* Suicide by Sugar
A Startling Look at Our #1 National Addiction
by Dr. Nancy Appleton

* Killer Colas
The Hard Truth About Soft Drinks
by Dr. Nancy Appleton

* End Your Addiction Now
The Proven Nutritional Supplement Program That Can Set You Free
by Charles Gant, MD and Greg Lewis, PhD

The Fabulous Fiber Cookbook:
Great Recipes You Can't Live Without
by Sandra Woodruff

* Why You Can't Lose Weight
Why It's So Hard to Shed Pounds and What You Can Do About It
by Pamela Wartian Smith, MD, MPh

* The Book of Macrobiotics
The Universal Way of Health, Happiness & Peace
by Michio Kushi with Alex Jack

* Deadly Harvest
The Intimate Relationship Between Our Health and Our Food
by Geoff Bond

* Vicki's Vegan Kitchen
Eating with Sanity, Compassion & Taste
by Vicki Chelf

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Burn Your Bras, Again!

Posted: 2019/09/04

Garden City Park, NY: Could wearing a tight bra really be one of the leading causes of breast cancer? New and continuing research—presented in the form of a new article published this week, a month before National Breast Cancer Awareness Month commences in October—provides continuing support to this claim, which has remained a major controversy since first announced by medical anthropologists Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer in their book, Dressed to Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras (first published in 1995, and now fully updated for Square One’s “Second Edition” release).

The new article—“Bras Cause More than Breast Cancer: Preliminary Results of the International Bra-Free Study"—is focused on Singer and Grismaijer's ongoing International Bra-Free Study. Begun in 2018, the study's key purpose is to assess the changes that a woman experiences once she stops using bras. According to Singer, who remains in place as Director of the Institute for the Study of Culturogenic Disease, the study now counts nearly 1,000 women as willing participants.

In addition to Singer and Grismaijer's groundbreaking work from the mid-1990s, which first showed how tight bras cut off the flow of the lymphatic system that surrounds the breast tissue, their new study is in line with a growing number of other studies throughout the world in the past decade that has also found that any form of tight clothing (according to Singer's article) "compresses our soft body tissues, impairing the function of blood vessels, lymphatic vessels, nerves, and more. Research shows tight neckties, tight pants, girdles, corsets, bras, and other compression garments can cause serious harm."

Following the lead of Singer and Grismaijer, along with a study published in 2002 by the International Journal of Biometeorology, there has also been:

* A study based out of Spain in 2011 that found bras in general—underwire bras, in particular—were being increasingly linked to breast disease;

* A study based out of Nairobi in 2014 found a bra-cancer link in pre- and post-menopausal women;

* A major study, based out of Brazil and built directly upon the precepts of Singer and Grismaijer's work in Fiji back in the mid-'90s, was published in the May 2016 issue of Journal of Oncology Research and Treatment and, as described by Singer in his new article, was "the first epidemiological study to look at bra tightness and time worn, and found a significant bra-cancer link"; and

* An early 2018 article published in the Journal of Dermatological Science  ("Lymph stasis promotes tumor growth") was a testament to what many medical expertis across Europe and Asia said they had believed for more than a decade—the impairment of lymphatic flow throughout the female breast and elsewhere in the body caused by the wearing of bras was a key factor in subsequent diagnosis of cancer throughout much of the world.

All of which begs the question: What does any woman really stand to lose by losing their bra? For Singer and Grismaijer, together with the nearly one thousand women who have chosen to go bra-less as a part of the continued study, safety and comfort and peace of mind is what can be gained by taking this one stand against so-called established convention and cultural norm.

To learn more about what Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer have to say about bras and breast cancer, check out a copy of Dressed to Kill—Second Edition. If you or someone you know is concerned about the possibility of breast cancer due to bras, consider becoming a participant in the International Bra-Free Study by visiting

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