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The Blue Zone

Fifty years ago Prevention Magazine was the stalwart for promoting prevention of diseases in states through healthy eating. Somewhere along the way they lost their compass and started to accept advertising from pharmaceutical companies promoting pharmaceuticals. Today the majority of physicians in the United States believe in treating the symptoms of disease states and have a propensity not to explore the impact of lifestyle, poor nutrition, and lack of nutrients as the root cause in may illnesses.

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The Chicken and the Egg

One of the basic mysteries of life is what came first, the chicken or the egg? We can’t solve that question, but we can learn about how the chicken egg has evolved in the last 50 years.

Back in the 1950’s I read an article in Scientific America about how a Professor of Animal Husbandry proposed a new way to mass produce chicken eggs for the American consumer. Basically, it took the chicken from the farmyard and sunlight to a mechanized feeding and growing production line inside metal barns a half block long with artificial lighting. It is not uncommon to have 10,000 to 30,000 chickens crammed into metal cages inside these metal barns.

The chickens are fed a diet that stimulates faster growth and they weigh more than the barnyard chicken of old. This concept was embraced by the chicken farmers, and today, the majority of the 75 billion eggs produced in the US are from the factory chicken production lines.

It was discovered early on, that 30% of the chickens were developing rickets and breaking their legs. In addition, the crowded cage conditions increased the risk of having a bird disease caused by pathogens to decimate the chicken population.

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Infant Guinea Pigs

The marketing of Splenda by Johnson and Johnson epitomizes the advertising genius of how to sell a chemical sweetener to the American public. Not only has Johnson and Johnson done an A plus job on the brand name for sucralose, but sucralose is now seen as the answer to the obesity problem in the United States. It is now in thousands and thousands of food products consumed by the American public. Most of the products are advertising the lessened caloric intake of the product per serving. Most buyers of these food and drink products don’t even know they are consuming sucralose and not sucrose.

 It is amazing how two little letters can spell the difference between believing you are ingesting a naturally occurring sweetener verses a synthetically manipulated chemical where three oxidizing chlorine atoms are added to the chemical compound that resembles a sugar molecule.

What is generally misunderstood by the public is that salt which is a combination of sodium and chlorine which are toxic when isolated are not toxic for human consumption when it exists within the human body when it is at the normal saline solution level within the body. This paradox is explained by the fact that salt is a compound, a unique chemical substance, and not merely a mixture of sodium and chlorine. In fact, sodium atoms and chlorine atoms do not exist as such in salt! Every sodium atom has lost an electron to a chlorine atom, forming positive sodium ions, Na+, and negative chloride ions, CL-. It is not these negative chlorine atoms that are worrisome. It is oxidizing chlorine atoms that are being ingested.

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Vitamin D Blood Test

Learn Your Vitamin D Blood Value and Share with Your Physician
Endocrine Society Physicians believe that pregnant women, infants, children, seniors, the obese, and individuals with dark skin pigment are at high risk for being seriously Vitamin D deficient.
The goal is to know your Vitamin D blood level for good health. Boost your Vitamin D level with sensible use of sunshine &/or Vitamin D3 supplementation.
Options for measuring your Vitamin D Blood value.
New in 2016! Phoenix, Az residents can order a Vitamin D blood test at Walgreen stores with a Theranos Blood Station for just over $20 without a physicians order.
1. Order test via your physician which may or may not be covered by Medicare or private medical insurance.  Cost without reimbursement between $200 to $350 including physicians fee. Correct Diagnosis medical coding by physician is essential for reimbursement.
2. Order via mail order program from Cost $65. Testing Kit provides     self-use instructions and required test components for taking and sending blood spot sample back to ZRT laboratory for evaluation. Results provided by mail. New York State excluded.
3. Order mail order test kit from and enroll in 5 year study.  Cost $60 for 10 mail order kits over 5 years. Results provided via mail.  New York State excluded.
4. Order comprehensive Spectracell Nutrient Test Kit via your physician and learn your blood value of all key nutrients including Vitamin D, Co Q 10, Glutathione and 27 more nutrients.
Special request: Regardless of how you order your Vitamin D blood test, N2E would like you to share the results with us and tell us what action you took to improve your Vitamin D blood level.  Send information to  All emails will be held in strictest confidence.  Only summary information with no name disclosures will be published on the N2E website to provide all viewers a up to date report on the actual state of Vitamin D deficiency in the United States.

The Truth Behind Cholesterol Drugs

It isn’t often that a physician recognizes the fact that the medical science behind a multi-multi-billion dollar prescription drug class is based on poor medical research and has the courage to speak out on the uncounted physical harm that is being caused by it’s use

The physician who wrote the book “How Statin Drugs Really Work” has done just that.

The impetus for this three year project was motivated by the fact that her husband was a victim. Learn the truth that has been hidden from the FDA that unwittingly approved statin drugs for lowering cholesterol blood levels in a manner that causes more harm that good.

The research is impeccable, documented and overwhelming.  The author is an expert on human cellular biological function and is horrified by the physical harm than the statin drugs are doing over time to millions of statin drug users. Not to mention how it is contributing to a bloated expensive Healthcare system in the  United States.
This book should be recommend reading for all physicians as well as medical students who will soon
pledge to “Do no harm” to their future patients.
Thomas A. Braun RPh Founder Bringing health education to the community.
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Lalanne, Sunshine, Keeping Fit, and Enjoying Life

I’m obsessed. I’ll admit it. My obsession is telling everyone about the virtues of knowing your Vitamin D blood level and bringing the Vitamin D blood level up to par.

I don’t think Frank Kaiser will mind me talking about the fact that the first time Carolyn was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, I asked Carolyn to ask her oncologist about taking Vitamin D.  The answer was why?  The oncologist didn’t recommend it. Today, Carolyn takes Vitamin D.

That’s not unusual for oncologists to ignore the value of nutrients such as vitamin D during cancer treatment. The reason for this view is the fact that there is a basic belief that vitamins, herbal supplements and the like will interfere with the chemo regimen.

You can overdose on vitamins and herbal supplements, just as you can on Tylenol or prescription drugs. So, when you are under treatment for cancer and they don’t measure your blood value of key vitamins, minerals and etc., I guess you shouldn’t take them if you don’t know what your blood values are.

The famous New York City Cancer Hospital named Sloan Kettering did a patient survey and discovered 3 out of 4 cancer patients were below the low normal of 30 ng’s. It so happens that a Dr. Cedric Garland said the same thing many years before Sloan Kettering did the survey. Dr. Garland believes that 3 out of 4 cancers are preventable if you have a normal blood level of Vitamin D.  Even if he is 50% wrong, we would still save over 250,000 people a year from getting cancer if no one in America was low on Vitamin D.  American Cancer Society already states 1 out of 3 cancers can be prevented by good nutrition and exercise. That would be over 160,000 lives saved per year.

So, today, January 24th. 2011, I learned that Jack Lalanne passed away at 96 years young. Over the years he promoted good nutrition (juicing and etc.), vitamins and exercise for a long and healthy life. He did it well, but oh so few have followed his example. All I can say is “Good Job” Jack. We will miss you.

Hello Sunshine! That’s become my battle cry for knowing your Vitamin D value and to get out and welcome the sun prudently and not be sun shy.

I will always remember Jack LaLanne for showing so many the path to a long healthy life. Come join us…..

Thomas A. Braun RPh.

Retired but not senile yet.  Revised February 20, 2013 Copyright © Confessions of a Drug Pusher
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Vitamin D Video Review

2012 Update of Hello Sunshine A primer on Vitamin D focuses on the history of why 3 out of 4 Americans are deficient on Vitamin D and also explores the issue with presentations from Dr. Garland and Dr. Heaney who have devoted their medical career in researching the Vitamin D deficiency issue and what has to be done to reverse this medical travesty. Scientists now know that over 2400 genes require Vitamin D for normal biological function. Vitamin D deficiencies help contribute to the expression of different disease states and the impact on cancer and other major disease states is reviewed. New developments are addressed in this updated video. An informational video designed to motive individuals to have their blood value of Vitamin D determined and to take the appropriate treatment action with professional medical guidance.

Two minutes of the video on YouTube

He believes that Big Pharma, the FDA and Obamacare has lost their compass.
He has made a web page showing how you can have a healthy long life thru nutrients and nutrition (N2) and exercise (E).

Watched the 1 hour video Feb 2012
Nice introduction/overview of many of the vitamin D concerns
Probably covers more of the vitamin D topics than any other video I have seen
Includes videos of some of the vitamin D scientists
Notes on topics covered: 
Cancer vs latitude
Baggerly video
Garland video
We are now longer out in the sun
Sun screen
Spina Bifada analogy to vitamin D 1970 ==> 1996 FDA but only 1/4 as much as was needed.
still have 1500 per year with spina bifida (this was news to Henry)
Heaney video
Colon cancer
Prostate Cancer
Lung Cancer
Smoking reduces vitamin D
Vitamin D needed to activate genes – genes needed due to stress, etc
Have gone too far with the pendulum to avoid the sun – blocked all of the vitamin D from the sun
Only thing listed in Physicians Desk Reference is Vitamin D2
Doctors had been taught that > 1,000 IU vitamin D was toxic (as he had been)
40-60 ng is the level he feels is correct
Henry Lahore 360-301-9413

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Published on 01 of Feb., 2012

Can Aluminum Poison Be a Reality?

I just don’t drink pop too often, maybe a 12 pack per year. Usually it is a Ginger Ale when I’m flying. I do buy pop for guests who request it, but I don¹t buy any diet versions with artificial sweeteners. I believe it is so harmful over time; I just don¹t want to feel I¹m contributing to the health problems that develop for those who can¹t stop drinking it.

Some believe that the Iraqi Desert Storm syndrome with American troops was caused by diet pop sitting out in the desert in120 degree temperatures which seriously degraded the artificial sweetener into a toxic poison.

Usually, I overbuy the pop and some sits on a shelf for 6 months or more. The other day, I noticed one was leaking. It was a regular 12 oz. Pepsi. Its aluminum can had a pinhole leak. Two years ago, a similar situation developed with Coke Zero. I called Coke and they were gracious enough to send me a coupon for a free six pack. I never used the coupon.

So, what is the real issue? It¹s called phosphoric acid that is in the popular brands of pop that give it the fizzy taste. If the pop ages and isn¹t drunk right after purchasing, the phosphoric acid can chemically interact with the aluminum can and over time eat a hole in the wall of the aluminum can. In the process, aluminum is dissolved into the liquid soda.

Scientists know that you can develop aluminum toxicity, and the toxicity creates serious health problems for the individual. It has been found that aluminum can cause neurotoxicity, and is associated with altered function of the blood-brain barrier. Some scientists believe there is a strong connection between aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease. Some research clearly demonstrates abnormally high accumulations of aluminum within the brains of Alzheimer’s victims.

The pop manufacturers have the cans coated to prevent the leeching of aluminum into the cans, but apparently it only works if you don¹t store them for long periods of time. Pop is not the only source of potential aluminum toxicity.

A major source can be antacid tablets and there are also those who believe that underarm deodorants with an aluminum based astringent can contribute to a buildup of aluminum in the brain.

So, if you drink too much pop that is aged, get upset stomachs and take antacids with aluminum hydroxide and have serious body odor and use lots of aluminum under arm astringent to hold the badness in, you may be a candidate for aluminum toxicity poisoning.

I have written in the past about ³The Cumulative Effect² The FDA approves products for marketing to the consumer based on narrow testing that doesn¹t take into account the multiple sources of products which the consumer ultimately ingests with the same toxic substance over and over in multiple products.

Splenda (also known as sucralose) when added to such products as baby formula

(I¹m shocked at this approved use by the FDA), ice cream and salad dressing and etc. (over 5000 food products and counting) is just the latest way to be harmed and develop an unwanted illness. Equal (chemical name aspartame) is now also known as amino sweet. This is a ploy by the manufacturer to continue to sell this potentially toxic substance in products to the American public, since products labeled as aspartame are being rejected by more and more consumers.

It could very well be that the cumulative effect of toxins, such as aluminum poisoning, and artificial sweeteners over time will be found to be the true causes of Alzheimer¹s, restless leg syndrome, some neurological problems and fibromyalgia.

It¹s up to each of us, as concerned and informed Americans to be aware of the potential impact of toxins in our daily lives that can contribute to ill health.

Thomas A. Braun RPh., retired but not senile yet.

Copyright © April, 2011 Confessions of a Drug Pusher Permission granted to reproduce article in its entirety.


The Cumulative Effect of Sucralose

The latest artificial sweetener that is rapidly being disseminated to a myriad of food products is called Splenda. That is the branded name. The ingredient name is called sucralose. The ingredient name was chosen to convey the message that it is sugar like. Natural and without calories. The branded name Splenda was chosen because it conveys the concept that it is good and satisfying to the individual that consumes it. The marketing campaign behind Splenda is strong and powerful and is an example of the genius of an advertising agency. The product belongs to Johnson and Johnson and is being sold by the McNeil Nutritionals LLC (so named to convey the impression they sell natural products) It is a testimony to the marketing muscle of one of the most profitable giant global drug manufacturers. It is also a testament to the FDA’s inability to control the spread of chemicals into food products (including some kid’s chewable vitamins and baby foods) that are harmless in minute amounts when tested for safety in short term medical studies that are used to prove the chemical is safe. About 10 years ago, Dr. Mercola reported there were over 4500 food products that contained sucralose. Today, that number has to be in excess of 10,000 and growing.  The food manufacturer likes the product because it saves them money because it costs less than the cost of a sweetener like sugar or liquid corn syrup and it provides a marketing message that the consumer will lose weight if they buy the Splenda containing product which continues to be proven false. Only over time will the true health consequences of consuming it in multiple food and drink products be known.

Go to: learn more. This is only the most recent example of being overdosed by chemicals in products the American public consumes.During WWI, the Germans used mustard gas to disable their enemy. It was discovered by a chemist who combined ethylene and chlorine gas. It was spread in a yellow fog over the battle field and when inhaled or it touched the skin it caused blisters. It was a concentrated chemical combination of sulfur and chlorine gas. It is the chemical warfare agent that was banned by treaty. Chlorine is the chemical in bleach that is used to whiten clothes today. It is the concentration that determines its effect on humans or the whitening of clothes. The Chlorine atom is an oxidizing agent and when it comes into contact with human cells it destroys them. Each Splenda molecule contains 3 chlorine atoms.A few years back, a lawsuit was settled in California between Johnson and Johnson and the Sugar industry over the advertising that Splenda was a natural product like sugar. Johnson and Johnson claimed it was derived from sugar. The sugar industry won, but the name remains and implies to the consumer the product is natural and good.Once the FDA approves a product for marketing in the US, they are powerless to remove it from the market. Only through consent and agreement by the manufacturer can a product approved by the FDA be removed. In the case of Splenda, it will take years to determine the true effects of consuming multiple products that contains chlorine atoms and its effect on the health of the individual.This same scenario is also true for Equal (aspartame) which was approved by the FDA under the direction of Dr. Arthur Hayes who was working as a consultant for the US Army bio weapons division who had aspartame on the potential bio warfare weapons list in the 1970’s prior to his appointment to head the FDA. Donald Rumsfeld when he was Secretary of the Army in the 1970’s knew Dr. Hayes and used his political muscle to get Dr Hayes approved as the head of the FDA when Ronald Reagan became president . Mr. Rumsfeld was president of Searle at the time and had been frustrated by the FDA for 6 years in having Searle’s Equal rejected for human consumption. A great deal of research has indicated that it had detrimental health effects when consumed. At the same time, the manufacturer has generated a like amount of positive spin over the years to confuse the consumer. Now, they have introduced Equal for home baking which is sucralose with the Equal brand name.Another example is the impact of acetaminophen (#1 Brand name Tylenol) on the health of the American public. It has taken almost 60 years for it to be known that over 50% of all liver transplants are caused by the over consumption of acetaminophen that is found in over the counter sleep products, pain products and cold products. Thousands of people have innocently died because of over consumption and/or taking the acetaminophen with alcohol. Drug manufacturers of the 100’s of products both Rx and OTC will be required to put new warnings on the acetaminophen products they sell. Implementation is at a snail’s pace.It has taken almost four years to have these changes become regulations.  Implementing the changes is still in progress. In the meantime many thousands more required a liver transplant over the last four years. Over 40,000 cases of acetaminophen poisoning occur each year.Only recently, have there been public safety announcements from the government about being careful about not over dosing on acetaminophen. Too little too late for many. France and United Kingdom has limited the amount of acetaminophen that can be purchased and has drastically reduced the number of people poisoned by overdosing.

Until the FDA considers the impact of chemicals in the multiple products that are consumed by the American public and puts limitations in effect, the health of the American consumer will be subject to new health risks, each time an inventive chemist discovers a new chemical to enhance the falsely perceived food enhancement value.

Read the ingredient label on the drug or food product you buy before you make your decision to purchase.

Buyer Beware! Don’t count on the FDA to protect you!

by Thomas A. Braun RPh