The 10 Tenets of The Simonton Cancer Program


Alkalize or Die

In the 1930′s, Dr Howard Hay devised a diet plan popularly known as “food combining”, which has helped millions of people towards better health. He recommended eating alkaline forming foods, avoiding refined and heavily processed foods, fruit on its own, and not to eat protein rich and carbohydrate rich foods together. These factors are still valid today.

One of Dr. Hay’s greatest observations was that people with more acidic blood were more likely to be ill. He defined a pH range of 7.4 to 7.5 to be associated with good health. When foods are metabolized, acids are produced which are neutralized by the alkaline salts (carbonates) of calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium. Foods containing chlorine, phosphorous, sulfur and nitrogen, animal products and refined carbohydrates tend to be acid forming. Strenuous exercise has a great effect in that it creates more acid in the body. So athletes be advised, carbo-loading with pasta and other refined carbohydrates is also acid forming. Your performance and health can be adversely affected by not keeping your body alkaline!

In her book “The Wright Diet”, Celia Wright describes the over-acid person as being grouchy, sensitive, exhausted, inclined to aches and pains, headaches, and problems with sleeping and acidity of the stomach. Smokers have been found to have a high acid content in their urine. Cravings appear to be reduced on a more alkaline diet.

Acidic Salts

Dr. Hidemitsu Hayashi, Director of the Water Institute, Tokyo, says that bad diets such as meat and potatoes, fried foods, soft drink colas, and sugars build up acid salts in the body. Often these deposits, by having to be stored away from the blood flow, can remain in the body for decades. He recommends the consumption of Ionized alkaline water, which will slowly and gently wash these salts away.

The accumulation of non-disposed acidic wastes within our body is a main contributor to the aging process. As most of the foods we eat are acidic forming, the waste products are acidic, and can only be removed by alkaline solvents. If the body is struggling to obtain sufficient alkaline from the diet to make the bloodstream a constant pH of 7.4, it has to resort to other methods. It can take calcium from the bones (osteoporosis) or it can store it in the tissues as solid acid waste so removing it from the bloodstream. Over a period of many years with the same dietary habits, this can amount to a very large amount of toxic acid waste, waiting for diseases to take place. It is probably no coincidence that cancer cells are acidic.

Dr. T. Baroody Ph.D.. states that it is absolutely imperative to keep the body more alkaline so the body can heal itself. We should be eating 80 percent alkaline forming foods and 20 percent acid forming foods. Unfortunately the average western diet is skewed the other way around, which after a period is a recipe for disaster.

Examples of strongly acid forming foods and those of strongly alkaline forming foods

Colas (1.0)
Soft drinks artificially sweetened (1.0)
Sugar (1.0)
Liquor (1.0 – 2.0)
Coffee (1.5)
Salt Refined (1.5)
Wheat refined (1.5)
White rice (1.5)
Cereal corn (2.5)
Meat (2.5)
Fried potato chips (3.0)
Chicken and fish (3.0)
Prescribed drugs are normally highly acidic

Melons (7.0)
Asparagus (6.5)
Pineapple (6.5)
Fresh fruit juices (6.5)
Avocados (6.0)
Citrus fruits (6.0)
Most vegetables (5.0 – 6.0)
Potatoes with skin (5.5)
Almonds (5.0)




The above pH figures are approximate and are measured by testing the residue after combustion or in other words digestion. For example, cola maybe (2.5) before digestion, but (1.0) after digestion. What must be remembered is that each unit change of pH is to the power of ten. In other words, a decrease of pH from seven to six is an increase of acidity of ten times! From seven to five is an increase of acidity of 100 times!

With modern foods, it really is not easy to obtain an alkaline diet, in fact if one followed correct practice; one would be labeled a fanatic or even a nerd! Dr Theodore Baroody ND, PhD, who is a foremost authority on acidity of the body, has written a five star book called “Alkalize or Die,” which is a must read for those concerned with health and longevity. The newest concept in drinking water today is alkaline water. The one Dr. Baroody has tested and feels exited about is:

“In my opinion, distilled water and alkaline restructured water are the safest forms of water at this time of our earth’s toxic exploitation. It is not advisable to drink city tap water. It is nauseating to see what is precipitated out of an apparently clear glass of tap water. The chlorine in it breaks down to form chloroform. The fluoride is a waste product. The aluminum, used to make the water sparkle, has been linked by responsible researchers to many illnesses, including Alzheimer’s disease. “

“Electronically restructured water is produced through a special unit right at your own sink. This method yields alkaline drinking water and has another facet that I find particularly interesting — it lowers the millivoltage of the water. This means that the water molecule is re-figured into a lighter, simpler form that is definitely more absorbable in the body. So not only are you getting a more alkaline product, but also there is a hertz frequency charge that is beneficial. The acid run-off water can be used to water your plants or as a disinfectant on the skin. There are companies that produce units that treat the entire house water supply as well. “

“I have administered over 5000 gallons of this water for about every health situation imaginable. I feel that restructured alkaline water can benefit everyone.”

“After years of very positive continuous clinical experiment that I am conducting with hundreds of clients using electronically restructured alkaline water, it is my opinion that this technology will change the way in which all health providers and the public will approach their health in the coming years.

“Restructured alkaline water alkalizes by displacing acids and replacing alkalines. The other health benefit of restructured water is the imparted frequencies that are not in distilled water. These frequencies assist in acid displacement toward the elimination channels.

“My suggestion is to drink restructured alkaline water whenever possible.”


The Japanese and Koreans, arguably, are way ahead of most western doctors on neutralization and washing out acid wastes from the body with their alkaline water treatment. Advanced technology has made it possible for households to have their own Ionizers, which can produce water with a pH of over 9! More than 100 times more alkaline than tap water! Oriental doctors have had wonderful results and use alkaline water successfully for many ailments including reverse aging.

Scientist Sang Whang explains everything in his book “Reverse Aging”, (another must read) including why the west is slow on this technology in that very little Japanese research is translated into English, where in contrast much western research is translated into Japanese. Water Ionizers are only manufactured in Japan and Korea. He explains:

“Here is the simple process of aging. Every living cell within our body creates waste products. The nutrients from our food are delivered to each cell and they burn with oxygen to provide energy for us to live. The burned nutrients are the waste products. The food that is either good or bad for you is determined by the amount and quality of the wastes produced: toxic, acid, alkaline, etc. Most of our cells go through metabolism and old dead cells become waste products. “

“These waste products must be discharged from our body. In fact, our body tries its best to dispose of them through urine and perspiration. Virtually all waste products are acidic; that is why urine is acidic and skin surface is also acidic. The problem is that, due to several reasons, our body cannot get rid of 100% of the waste products it produces. “

“The main reason for this is our lifestyle. We stay up late and get up early. We do not take time to rest; some of us work more than one job. We, therefore, spend more time producing waste products than processing them. “

“The second reason is food. Most of the food we like is mainly acidic. Acidic food does not necessarily mean that it tastes acidic, but that the wastes produced are acidic. Grains and meats are mainly acidic; fruits and vegetables are alkaline. Citric fruits may taste acidic but they are considered to be alkaline because they contain alkaline minerals. “

“The third reason is our environment. More healthy cells are killed by pollutants in the air, water and soil than the natural deaths of cells caused by normal metabolism. Thus, more wastes products are created. “

“The question is: “What happens to those non-disposed acidic waste products?” The answer is simple. These waste products become solid wastes, such as, cholesterol, fatty acid, uric acid, kidney stones, urates, phosphates, sulfate etc., and unknown to us they accumulate and build up somewhere within our body. This accumulation of non-disposed acidic wastes within the our body is the aging process. “

“Alkaline neutralizes acid. Drinking alkaline water helps our body dissolve acid wastes and makes it easier for the body to dispose of them safely since the accumulation of acid wastes is aging, the reduction of acid wastes is reverse aging. Alkaline water is not a medicine to cure any disease. However if consumed regularly, alkaline water gradually reduces the accumulated acid wastes. As a result of acid reduction, there are many reports of natural health improvement in Japan.”

Ionization is simple and natural. The objective of a household Ionizer is to duplicate the tumbling waters of mountain streams and waterfalls. This generates an electrical charge similar to electrolysis, which generates negative ions, which in turn creates alkaline water. People drinking mountain alkaline water are known to have less disease and greater longevity. Negative ions allow inorganic minerals to be easily absorbed by the body. At the same time, quality Ionizers have an efficient, activated charcoal filter, which removes chlorine, bacteria, heavy metals and other pollutants from tap water, whilst retaining and concentrating beneficial minerals.

A daily intake of eight glasses of alkaline water helps your body combat free radicals and to neutralize and wash out acid wastes.


In an emergency, the human body can manage to survive without food for well over one month, but without water we can only survive for a few days. Water is the essence of life. Over seventy percent of the human body is made up of water. That is over sixty liters in the average male! It therefore makes very good sense to drink water of the very highest quality. Trillions of cells in the body require clean water to function and to get rid of waste. Every cell in the body makes waste products, which are normally acidic and have to be removed. The easier it is for the water to enter the cells the easier it is for the cells to receive nutrients and get rid of waste. Cells do not accept any old water. The better the water the better the health of the cells.

At least eight glasses of water a day should be consumed and are we not talking about tea, coffee, sodas, colas and alcoholic drinks, which are highly acidic and all strong diuretics. Freshly made fruit and vegetable juices are excellent but there is a limit to how much one can drink.

Municipal water is the best of a bad job. Increasing pollutants, toxic metals such as lead and mercury, pesticides, industrial solvents, arsenic, nitrate and estrogen mimics (endocrine disrupters) are entering water supplies. Hundreds of toxins are now being detected in drinking water and many a municipality have only the means of testing for only twelve….

Recently, on the television program Carte Blanche, Professor Riana Bornman said that she thinks what is important is to get the message through to industry, and get them to reduce the concentration [pollution] in production they are producing, and to limit the effluent they put into our drinking water. Gauteng’s drinking water is questionable.

Many water authorities are complacent when they reassure everyone that the water we drink is great, whereas often it is nothing of the sort.

Chlorine, added to kill bacteria is carcinogenic and is another toxin that the body has to contend with. The real problem is that you never know how good or bad your tap water really is. Even with an expert analysis today, tomorrow can be different. A good filter to eliminate chlorine, bacteria, and other toxins, especially if we are drinking eight glasses a day, is an absolute must.

In some areas, well-meaning municipalities add fluoride to prevent tooth decay. There is now much evidence that it does not at all, but more later. Fluoride is an accumulative toxin that can build up in the body. Unfortunately, except for an expensive activated alumina filter, no other design of filter can remove fluoride in any meaningful way. Only distillation removes fluorides completely, reverse osmosis to low levels and Ionization by about half. Drinking carbonated water is no solution, as the carbon is unattached, binds with valuable minerals and removes them from the body. People who drink plenty of sodas often have less dense bones.

The dangers of chlorine

If you are not convinced about the dangers of chlorine in your tap water, go to an extract from Dr. Z Rona.

Your body’s many cries for water

Dr. Batmanghelidj has written a remarkable book called “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water” in which he describes many cures for many illnesses by drinking at least eight glasses (250ml each) of water per day. He advocates for every quart (liter) of water one should take a quarter teaspoon of sea salt. Just like many nutritionist who believe that most people are walking around with a mild form of scurvy through lack of vitamin C, Dr. Batmanghelidj really believes that most people are suffering from dehydration or a deficiency of water. If the sensation of “dry mouth” is not present, it does not indicate that the body has sufficient water, and when “dry mouth” is present it is far too late.

Pains such as headaches, asthma, peptic pain, hypertension, angina, joint pains and many others, could well be one of one your body’s many cries for water. The body has a rationing system with the brain having priority. If the brain begins to be short of water, water is taken from another part of the body to the detriment of that part, which eventually will malfunction and cause disease. This makes sense as the only way cells can rejuvenate themselves and get rid of waste is through ample water, and very few people drink eight glasses of water per day. It’s hard to believe we can be foolish enough to put our health on the line over a few glasses of water.

The medical establishment is ignoring Dr. Batmanghelidj in spite of the mountain of evidence he has put forward in many well-theorised papers. In many cases doctors are treating dehydration with diuretic drugs. Oh well, there’s no money in water! Anyway, after selling more than 400,000 books, Dr. Batman is receiving such an avalanche of thanks and testimonies (including doctors) that he must be helping many people, and their wallets. So keep your water levels topped up!

Take a look at what the doctors are saying!

Endorsement from Dr. Theodore A. Baroody on Ionized Water

  • It is definitely a health benefit to anyone who would use it. I predict that the use of electronically restructured alkaline [ionized] water will change healthcare on a worldwide basis….
  • Through a very detailed system of testing and analysis covering 170 areas, called Bio kinetics, I have seen the following areas strengthened and stabilized on my clients by restructured [ionized] water….
  • Urethra
  • Kidney Gravel
  • Lymph Vessels
  • Alkaline/Acid Imbalances
  • Kidney
  • Colon
  • Stomach
  • Pancreas


Director International Water Council

  • Cancer tumors cannot live in alkaline water. All cancer patients should be on alkaline water, and you and I should be drinking alkalized water so our bodies won’t provide an environment for cancer tumors to live.
  • Alkaline water is fantastic for insomnia and colic.
  • The brain is 90% water and when it can’t maintain that percentage it will pull water from all other parts of the body.
  • Salt, caffeine, nicotine, valium, alcohol and sugar put your body out of balance. If we don’t keep our blood pH at 7.3 or above, death will occur. In fact, death will occur if the blood pH goes below 7.
  • The hydrogen ion is positively charged….[An ionizer]…changes the hydrogen ion into a negative charge. The liver loves negative hydrogen ions. That is why kidney and liver problems can be helped with alkaline ionized water.
  • Urine that has a strong odor indicates an unhealthy body. If the body is balanced there is no ammonia and protein in the urine. An over acid body causes kidney stones and gall stones.
  • Cysts are the beginning of tumors, which lead to cancer because minerals are deficient from that part of the body. Cancer is a long period of mineral deficiency caused by an over acid condition of the body.
  • The kidney, heart, lungs, brain, intestines, mucous and skin are [electrolytic] membranes and need electrolyzed water.
  • Ionized water is great for Attention Deficit Disorder as this condition is [caused by] too much rhodium and iridium in the brain. Ionized water calms these types of children.
    Alkaline ionized water allows greater penetration than any other water and thus wrinkles reduce because the skin is getting the water in needs.
  • When alkaline ionized water was used with Alzheimer’s patients, just by drinking a gallon a day, their senility problem subsided.
  • Alkaline ionized water is the frequency of the pineal gland and thus affects all other glands below the pineal gland. That is why the water can lower blood pressure and blood sugar, shrink an enlarged prostrate, stimulate sex drive, improve vision, improve MS and Parkinson’s Disease, just to name a few.
  • Reverse osmosis water units remove too many minerals from the water that our body needs and is too acid for the body to help the over acid condition.
  • Distilled water is neutral, dead water, and has no minerals or charge.
  • Alkaline ionized water electrolysis converts the inorganic minerals present in the water to organic minerals, just like plant juice.
  • Alkaline ionized water ties up free radicals from attacking healthy cells.
  • Also we are aging too fast because we are acidic and dehydrated!
  • Alkaline ionized water is the most powerful liquid antioxidant that can rebuild the immune system and is revolutionizing the health industry. Most of our health problems today are caused by an over-acid condition of the body.
  • Read the book, ALKALIZE OR DIE, by Dr. Baroody. He endorses ionized water as one of the best and quickest way to get the body alkaline.


[Click to Read Article]


[Click to Read Article]


[Click to Read Article]


[Click to Read Article]


Want to stay healthy and look younger?

Alternative Medicine Digest Issue #9
Article Title: Rejuvenation Keys SPECIAL FOCUS ON REJUVENATION

Ever since the 1960s, Japanese scientists have been redefining what good water means. Today, if you ask any of an estimated 300,000 Japanese how they spell good water, they’ll tell you it’s Ionized Water because they use it in/ their homes every day. Ionized Water is a new technology for filtering and enhancing the quality of water by making the size of water molecules smaller. It’s already a $700 million a year industry in Japan and it is now being introduced to the U.S. under the “Ange” label with an impressive roster of health claims.

Here’s how it works. The Ionized Water unit, hooked up to a faucet, uses a carbon-activated filter to remove impurities from the water (including chlorine, fluoride, and trihalomethanines). Then it injects a small electrical charge into the water that separates the water into two kinds. Flowing out of one tube there is an acidic water (with positive ions) useful for topical, external uses; out of another tube comes alkaline water (with negative ions) perfect for drinking. The unit makes this separation at the rate of one gallon per minute.

The applications of the acidic portion of Ionized Water are numerous and quite surprising. According to the research and based on early reports from African and South American users, acidic Ionized Water acts as a “super-oxidant” to disinfect and sterilize surfaces, skin, wounds, even surgical instruments. It can kill bacteria and viruses; it can promote the healing of acne, eczema, wounds, sore throats, and blisters and it can improve skin quality. When used on foods, it can retard spoilage or act as a bacterial cleanser for meats; it can be used by dentists to sterilize the mouth during dental procedures. You can even use it as a mouthwash when you brush your teeth.

Regarding the alkaline Ionized Water, here the smaller size of the water molecules shows its advantage. According to Hidemistu Hayashi, M.D., one of Japan’s foremost Ionized Water researchers, alkaline Ionized Water can act as a powerful antioxidant in the body, destroying harmful free radicals, just as do vitamins A, C, and E, which are also antioxidants.

Although the reports are still, strictly speaking, anecdotal, Dr. Hayashi reports that he and his colleagues have seen improvements in diabetes, constipation, ulcers, blood pressure, allergies, circulation, migraines, obesity, osteoporosis, and menstrual irregularities after drinking Ionized Water every day for several months. The use of Ionized Water as a preventive medicine technology is reportedly expanding in Japanese clinics and hospitals.

Once Ionized Water gets absorbed by the body’s cells, says Dr. Hayashi, it helps to dissolve acidic wastes that have accumulated there over many years and reduces the chronic dehydration common in many people. In effect, thanks to the smaller molecular size, more water is absorbed by the body and more water actually penetrates all the cells and tissues. When the body has more water to work with (and, in this case, a more refined form of it), it is able to better deliver nutrients to all the cells, tissues, and organs.

The water tastes unusually smooth and soft, and due to its high concentration of negative ions (typical of pure mountain springs), it can be refreshing. “We are advancing the theory that the most effective and economical source for an antioxidant is ordinary tap water after it is filtered and treated with a Ionized Water unit,” says Dr. Hayashi. If Ionized Water’s claims are true, one key to rejuvenation may be as simple as drinking a few glasses of good water every day.

Doctors are the Third Leading Cause of Death Each Year

Why you may want to take responsibility for your own health care and practice preventative self-care

Article courtesy of the web site of Dr. Mercola at and he offers a free newsletter.

This week’s issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) is the best article I have ever seen written in the published literature documenting the tragedy of the traditional medical paradigm.

This information is a followup of the Institute of Medicine report which hit the papers in December of last year, but the data was hard to reference as it was not in peer-reviewed journal. Now it is published in JAMA which is the most widely circulated medical periodical in the world.

The author is Dr. Barbara Starfield of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and she desribes how the US health care system may contribute to poor health.


unnecessary surgery 8
medication errors in hospitals 9
other errors in hospitals 10
infections in hospitals 10
non-error, negative effects of drugs

These total to 250,000 deaths per year from iatrogenic causes!!

What does the word iatrogenic mean? This term is defined as induced in a patient by a physician’s activity, manner, or therapy. Used especially of a complication of treatment.

Dr. Starfield offers several warnings in interpreting these numbers:



    • First, most of the data are derived from studies in hospitalized patients.



    • Second, these estimates are for deaths only and do not include negative effects that are associated with disability or discomfort.



    • Third, the estimates of death due to error are lower than those in the IOM report.1


If the higher estimates are used, the deaths due to iatrogenic causes would range from 230,000 to 284,000. In any case, 225,000 deaths per year constitutes the third leading cause of death in the United States, after deaths from heart disease and cancer. Even if these figures are overestimated, there is a wide margin between these numbers of deaths and the next leading cause of death (cerebrovascular disease).

Another analysis concluded that between 4% and 18% of consecutive patients experience negative effects in outpatient settings,with:



    • 116 million extra physician visits



    • 77 million extra prescriptions



    • 17 million emergency department visits



    • 8 million hospitalizations



    • 3 million long-term admissions



    • 199,000 additional deaths



  • $77 billion in extra costs

The high cost of the health care system is considered to be a deficit, but seems to be tolerated under the assumption that better health results from more expensive care.

However, evidence from a few studies indicates that as many as 20% to 30% of patients receive inappropriate care.

An estimated 44,000 to 98,000 among them die each year as a result of medical errors.2

This might be tolerated if it resulted in better health, but does it? Of 13 countries in a recent comparison,3,4 the United States ranks an average of 12th (second from the bottom) for 16 available health indicators. More specifically, the ranking of the US on several indicators was:



    • 13th (last) for low-birth-weight percentages



  • 13th for neonatal mortality and infant mortality overall 14



    • 11th for postneonatal mortality



    • 13th for years of potential life lost (excluding external causes)



    • 11th for life expectancy at 1 year for females, 12th for males



    • 10th for life expectancy at 15 years for females, 12th for males



    • 10th for life expectancy at 40 years for females, 9th for males



    • 7th for life expectancy at 65 years for females, 7th for males



    • 3rd for life expectancy at 80 years for females, 3rd for males



  • 10th for age-adjusted mortality

The poor performance of the US was recently confirmed by a World Health Organization study, which used different data and ranked the United States as 15th among 25 industrialized countries.

There is a perception that the American public “behaves badly” by smoking, drinking, and perpetrating violence.” However the data does not support this assertion.



    • The proportion of females who smoke ranges from 14% in Japan to 41% in Denmark; in the United States, it is 24% (fifth best). For males, the range is from 26% in Sweden to 61% in Japan; it is 28% in the United States (third best).



    • The US ranks fifth best for alcoholic beverage consumption.



  • The US has relatively low consumption of animal fats (fifth lowest in men aged 55-64 years in 20 industrialized countries) and the third lowest mean cholesterol concentrations among men aged 50 to 70 years among 13 industrialized countries.

These estimates of death due to error are lower than those in a recent Institutes of Medicine report, and if the higher estimates are used, the deaths due to iatrogenic causes would range from 230,000 to 284,000.

Even at the lower estimate of 225,000 deaths per year, this constitutes the third leading cause of death in the US, following heart disease and cancer.

Lack of technology is certainly not a contributing factor to the US’s low ranking.



    • Among 29 countries, the United States is second only to Japan in the availability of magnetic resonance imaging units and computed tomography scanners per million population.



    • Japan, however, ranks highest on health, whereas the US ranks among the lowest.



    • It is possible that the high use of technology in Japan is limited to diagnostic technology not matched by high rates of treatment, whereas in the US, high use of diagnostic technology may be linked to more treatment.



  • Supporting this possibility are data showing that the number of employees per bed (full-time equivalents) in the United States is highest among the countries ranked, whereas they are very low in Japan, far lower than can be accounted for by the common practice of having family members rather than hospital staff provide the amenities of hospital care.

Journal American Medical Association Vol 284 July 26, 2000

COMMENT (by Dr. Mercola): Folks, this is what they call a “Landmark Article”. Only several ones like this are published every year. One of the major reasons it is so huge as that it is published in JAMA which is the largest and one of the most respected medical journals in the entire world. I did find it most curious that the best wire service in the world, Reuter’s, did not pick up this article. I have no idea why they let it slip by.

I would encourage you to bookmark this article and review it several times so you can use the statistics to counter the arguments of your friends and relatives who are so enthralled with the traditional medical paradigm. These statistics prove very clearly that the system is just not working. It is broken and is in desperate need of repair.

I was previously fond of saying that drugs are the fourth leading cause of death in this country. However, this article makes it quite clear that the more powerful number is that doctors are the third leading cause of death in this country killing nearly a quarter million people a year. The only more common causes are cancer and heart disease. This statistic is likely to be seriously underestimated as much of the coding only describes the cause of organ failure and does not address iatrogenic causes at all.

Japan seems to have benefited from recognizing that technology is wonderful, but just because you diagnose something with it, one should not be committed to undergoing treatment in the traditional paradigm. Their health statistics reflect this aspect of their philosophy as much of their treatment is not treatment at all, but loving care rendered in the home.

Care, not treatment, is the answer. Drugs, surgery and hospitals are rarely the answer to chronic health problems. Facilitating the God-given healing capacity that all of us have is the key. Improving the diet, exercise, and lifestyle are basic. Effective interventions for the underlying emotional and spiritual wounding behind most chronic illness are also important clues to maximizing health and reducing disease.

(This is where Emotional Freedom Techniques is a valuable process- KM)

Medical Mistakes Kill 100,000 per year

Author/Article Information

Author Affiliation: Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, Md. Corresponding Author and Reprints: Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, 624 N Broadway, Room 452, Baltimore, MD 21205-1996 (e-mail:


1. Schuster M, McGlynn E, Brook R. How good is the quality of health care in the United States?
Milbank Q. 1998;76:517-563.

2. Kohn L, ed, Corrigan J, ed, Donaldson M, ed. To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System. Washington, DC: National Academy Press; 1999.

3. Starfield B. Primary Care: Balancing Health Needs, Services, and Technology. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 1998.

5. Kunst A. Cross-national Comparisons of Socioeconomic Differences in Mortality. Rotterdam, the Netherlands: Erasmus University; 1997.

6. Law M, Wald N. Why heart disease mortality is low in France: the time lag explanation. BMJ. 1999;313:1471-1480.

7. Starfield B. Evaluating the State Children’s Health Insurance Program: critical considerations.
Annu Rev Public Health. 2000;21:569-585.

8. Leape L.Unecessarsary surgery. Annu Rev Public Health. 1992;13:363-383.

9. Phillips D, Christenfeld N, Glynn L. Increase in US medication-error deaths between 1983 and 1993. Lancet. 1998;351:643-644.

11. Weingart SN, Wilson RM, Gibberd RW, Harrison B. Epidemiology and medical error. BMJ. 2000;320:774-777.

12. Wilkinson R. Unhealthy Societies: The Afflictions of Inequality. London, England: Routledge; 1996.

13. Evans R, Roos N. What is right about the Canadian health system? Milbank Q. 1999;77:393-399.

14. Guyer B, Hoyert D, Martin J, Ventura S, MacDorman M, Strobino D. Annual summary of vital statistics1998. Pediatrics. 1999;104:1229-1246.

15. Harrold LR, Field TS, Gurwitz JH. Knowledge, patterns of care, and outcomes of care for generalists and specialists. J Gen Intern Med. 1999;14:499-511.

16. Donahoe MT. Comparing generalist and specialty care: discrepancies, deficiencies, and excesses. Arch Intern Med. 1998;158:1596-1607.

17. Anderson G, Poullier J-P. Health Spending, Access, and Outcomes: Trends in Industrialized Countries. New York, NY: The Commonwealth Fund; 1999.

18. Mold J, Stein H. The cascade effect in the clinical care of patients. N Engl J Med. 1986;314:512-514.

19. Shi L, Starfield B. Income inequality, primary care, and health indicators. J Fam Pract.


10 Ways to Beat the Reaper

“It ain’t over till its over.” (Yogi Berra)

This article is presented with permission of Dr. Andrew Saul
The DOCTOR YOURSELF (SM) NEWSLETTER Vol 1, No 24 October 10, 2001 “Free of charge, free of advertising, and free of the A.M.A.”
Written by Andrew Saul, PhD. of , a free online library of more than 250 natural healing articles with nearly 4,000 scientific references. Dr. Saul offers a free newsletter. Subscribe on his web site.
All terminal patients need to be reminded that while there is life, there is more than hope alone. Namely:

1. A condition may be serious, and generally considered fatal by expert medical opinion. Well, expert opinion has been wrong before this. Dewey did not defeat Truman.

2. You risk nothing when you acknowledge desperation. Health practitioners often hide from patients when they think nothing more can be done. Too bad, because desperate patients work harder. Harness that will to live and go for it.

3. Read Ageless Body, Timeless Mind by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, New York, 1993) for encouragement.

4. Death is to be denied, fought and beaten for as long as possible. There is too much talk about “preparing for death,” “putting affairs in order” and “accepting death as a fact of life.” You can if you want, but I will never negotiate with death. Death is described as the “last enemy” in the Bible. We’re all going to go, but we certainly don’t have to go quietly. Life may be fatal to everyone, but it doesn’t have to be today and it doesn’t have to be you. Don’t wait until you hear the rattle of death; duck and run for it now. Is this an attitude of “denying” death? Not really. In Africa, we did not deny the existence of lions by avoiding them. Keep fighting, and don’t worry about hurting death’s feelings by doing it.

5. Medical doctors generally fight disease with one hand tied behind their backs. This is because they arrogantly assume that if they don’t know it, it isn’t knowable or worth knowing. Baloney. Aggressive use of vitamins and radical diet revision DO have their place in the science of therapeutics. Besides, if someone is going to die anyway, what have they got to lose?

6. Body saturation of Vitamin C is indicated by diarrhea. Saturation of carotene is indicated by orange skin. Saturation of niacin is indicated by flushing. In order, these are the benchmarks of maximum use of the most powerful antibiotic-antiviral, cancer/heart disease preventer, and mind-calmer in nature. If you are really sick, and still haven’t tried these, then you haven’t lived yet. If you are breathing, you haven’t died yet.

7. Practitioners, here are four steps to harnessing the life force even in grave cases.

A. LISTEN to the patient; they will tell you more than technology ever can. Patients will tell you why they are sick, and it is as likely to be from misery as from microbes. Don’t forget stress reduction training, counseling, clergy, hugs.

B. KNOW about nutrition and vitamin therapies and ALL possible options. Never say never, and do your homework. Were he a physician, Will Rogers might have said “All I know is what I read in the journals.” Get your nose out of JAMA and read other journals, such as American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine. Doctor, if you are too busy to seriously investigate alternatives, then you are too busy. Send me a self-addressed, stamped envelope and I’ll send you a free one-page list of the very best health reading you’ll ever do.

C. Access your patient and COMMUNICATE knowledge, one adult to another. Provide your references and give homework. As you did yours, the patient should do theirs. It only takes half a minute to provide a patient with an alternative medicine reading list and the suggestion, “Take vitamins, become a vegetarian, get and use a juicer, and load up on Vitamin C.” I’m NOT saying that this is a sure cure but rather that it is a very potent and very low risk additional measure.

D. MOTIVATE and stimulate the patient to want to try all possible healing approaches. We do not trivialize medicine nor do we guarantee miracles when we urge alternatives. Doctors and patients alike must do everything possible to get well. Every physician is duty bound to offer ALL options “for the good of the patient, to the best of my ability.” Your ability includes offering encouragement. Build a fire and fan it.

8. For a terminal patient, any improvement at all is cause for celebration. Slowing the rate of decline is improvement. Stabilization is better. Some recovery is better still. Cure is, of course, the best. Improved length of life is a major goal, but improved quality of life is the most important of all.

9. The only thing good about yesterday’s obituary column is that you weren’t in it, and the proof is that you are reading this today. The people that didn’t make it have no bearing on you. Will Rogers was once told that parachutes in airplanes would probably only save one person per crash. He answered, “But wouldn’t he be just tickled!”

10. I have worked with the dying, and have come into intensive care units to find beds empty that yesterday contained a friend. Sometimes it was because he’d died during the night. Sometimes it was because she went home well. No one, but no one, knows how long they have to live, whether sick or not.
Copyright C 1999 and prior years Andrew W. Saul. From the books QUACK DOCTOR and PAPERBACK CLINIC, available from Dr. Andrew Saul, Number 8 Van Buren Street, Holley, New York 14470.

To send this page to a friend using Internet Explorer Click follows these instructions:

  • Click the word File on your menu bar
  • On the menu that drops down move your cursor over the word Send
  • On the menu that appears to the right click the words Page by Email…
  • Fill in the addresses of the people you want to send the page to in the “To” field of your e-mail program

If your e-mail program is not set up correctly then this prcedure will not work.

10 Ways to Make your Doctor into a Naturopath

This article is presented with permission of Dr. Andrew Saul
The DOCTOR YOURSELF (SM) NEWSLETTER Vol 1, No 24 October 10, 2001 “Free of charge, free of advertising, and free of the A.M.A.”
Written by Andrew Saul, PhD. of , a free online library of more than 250 natural healing articles with nearly 4,000 scientific references. Dr. Saul offers a free newsletter. Subscribe on his web site.

Ten Ways To Make Your Doctor Into A Naturopath

1. Pick a workable doctor. How do you know if a doctor is workable? Interview them. I screen any physician I am thinking of consulting with. Since there may be a charge for this “initial consultation,” I carry this out by asking the office manager, nurse or assistant to please relay these three questions to the doctor:

First: “I take vitamin supplements. How do you feel about that?”

Second: “I feel that my doctor should work with me, but that I am in charge of my health. Is this compatible with your philosophy of care?”

Third: “I choose to decline immunizations. Are you willing to accept this viewpoint?”

If the doctor agrees to all three position statements, you are in business. If not, keep looking. Be prepared to spend some time on this process. It pays off.

2. Not all doctors that openly promote themselves as “holistic,” “alternative” or “complimentary” will be as advertised. Lip-service to a natural philosophy is not the same as actually prescribing a fast for obesity or treating bronchitis with vitamin C. Hiring a doctor requires an in-depth evaluation which only personal experience can provide. Word of mouth is a way to capitalize on others’ experience with this doctor. Ask around.

3. Make it easy for your doctor: Stay healthy. Eat right. Do not smoke. Avoid alcohol. No illegal drugs. Diet if you need to. Keep fit. Show that you take care of yourself. As you brush your teeth before visiting the dentist, present as healthy a body as possible when you visit the doctor.

4. Do your homework. Prepare your case before you go in for an office visit. Look up your ailment in the Merck Manual. You will there learn what the conventional medical approach to such an illness is. Then read up on the alternatives. I have reviewed 50 of the best natural health books at There is no substitute for being well informed.

5. If you need a diagnosis, get one. Be responsible. Use technology. Listen to what your doctor has to say, but do not DO it until you complete step 4, above.

6. Use the “suggestive selling” technique. Suggest a natural alternative to any medical treatment you may be offered. Or, instead of an either-or choice, suggest “both.” Know what you want and see that
you get it.

7. Look at your situation from the doctor’s perspective. If you were legally bound and professionally constrained to the extent that most physicians are, how would you react to a know-it-all upstart patient that marched in to your office and began to dictate terms? To avoid a defensive physician, avoid backing your doctor into any corners. Instead, bring along materials written by other physicians who treat naturally. These may be in the form of journal papers, published treatment plans (protocols), excerpts from books, and highlighted articles. If such-and-such a doctor already does it successfully, it takes the pressure off your doctor in trying it with you. Ask for a “therapeutic trial.”

8. Try the “Good Cop, Bad Cop” approach: Offer to sign a paper stating that you will not sue the doctor if the natural treatment you request is not successful. At the same time, subtly point out that a patient could sue if the doctor refused a patient’s natural treatment request.

9. Half a pie is always better than none. Your doctor does not have to meet you 100% on every issue. It is generally sufficient to hear any of the following phrases, which commonly indicate an open-minded physician:

“Vitamins aren’t likely to do you any harm.”
“I’ve heard of more and more people doing this.”
“I attended a seminar on this recently.”
“Let’s try it.”
“Let me know how this works out for you.”
“I told my other patients about it.”

10. Doctors love to be told that “their” therapy is successful. Provide your doctor with maximum positive feedback and, whenever appropriate, tell him/her that you are feeling great. You are likely to
be rewarded with, “Whatever you are doing, keep doing it.” That is the sweet sound of self-reliant success.

Why You May Want to Take Responsibility for Your Own Health Care and Practice Preventative Self-care

Remember physicians are legally bound and professionally constrained to follow Methods of practice set out by the powerful American Medical Association or the Medical Association of their respective country. Few are taught to treat the root cause and nutrition might be considered not taught at all. Fortunately, some universities are offering courses in Integrative Medicine which brings in alternative healing methods. Until these teachings are more widely available from trained physicians, you might consider researching alternative methods. Two excellent sites are and

To send this page to a friend using Internet Explorer Click follows these instructions:

  • Click the word File on your menu bar
  • On the menu that drops down move your cursor over the word Send
  • On the menu that appears to the right click the words Page by Email…
  • Fill in the addresses of the people you want to send the page to in the “To” field of your e-mail program

If your e-mail program is not set up correctly then this prcedure will not work.

The Best Way to Say Goodbye; A Legal, Peaceful Choice at the End of Life

Review from Amazon Can you control when you die? Will others honor your Last Wishes?

By Stephen Pletko “Uncle Stevie” (London, Ontario, Canada)

“Death is not something any one need be afraid of. It is peaceful. What I fear is suffering a long time before I die.”

The above is found in this extremely well researched, well-written, and empowering book authored by psychiatrist Dr. Stanley Terman. (It was Terman’s mother who said the above quoted statements to her then young son.) Clinical professor & medical ethicist Dr. Ronald Miller and attorney & social worker Michael Evans “provided professional oversight” during the creation of this book by being “critical readers and contributors” to it.

Thus, any potential reader of this book can be assured that the information on its pages is completely accurate especially from legal, clinical-medical, psychological-sociological, ethical-philosophical, and religious perspectives.

This book deals only with the process of dying, not death. It specifically has two goals:

(1) To provide a description of a legal and peaceful choice or method of dying for most of those who are suffering from devastating, terminal conditions (such as permanent brain damage or incurable, progressive dementia). Two things should be mentioned about this method:

First, it gives the suffering patient sufficient time to reconsider his/her decision with no residual effects if the patient does reconsider. Therefore, there is some control.

Second, the author tested the method out on himself!!

(2) To maximize the probability that others will honor your Last Wishes especially if you cannot speak for yourself. Thus, Terman explains why we must create precise, non-ambiguous, strategic, written documents or forms that correspond to our Last Wishes and he shows us how to do that.

The bulk of this book is devoted to questions on the choice of dying advocated by this book and the comprehensive answers to these questions. However the book strives “to maintain balance in the presentation by revealing pros and cons, and by suggesting other strategies [or choices] that may be effective, so you can decide whether or not you wish this option [the one advocated in this book] for yourself or for your loved one.” After a chapter that presents five general questions with answers, there are questions with answers that form the basis of chapters pertaining to:

(1) medical aspects (9 questions)
(2) religion versus science (4 questions)
(3) legality, civil rights, and safety (7 questions)
(4) competency, brain function, and Alzheimer’s disease & related dementias (4 questions)
(5) creating strategic advance directives with regard to your Last Wishes (7 questions)
(6) the dying patient’s family (5 questions)
(7) the role of physicians (4 questions)
(8) obtaining advice, securing a proxy (person designated to make medical decisions for you) , and to feeling secure that others will honor your Last Wishes (5 questions)

Besides having a book set up in a question and answer format where readers can zero in on those questions that pertain to their particular situation, there are many other features of this book. Here are the ones that I found to be particularly interesting and useful:

(1) Patient stories and legal cases (there are sixty):

It is important to read these for their instructive value. One specific thing to especially look for is to see what happens to patients when the advice in this book is not followed or not followed adequately.

(2) Humorous tales and cartoons (over twenty):

Included for two reasons: (i) to provide some comic relief since the book is dealing with a serious and difficult subject (ii) to provide instruction by highlighting a major point found in the main narrative or story. These can be skipped if the reader finds them inappropriate.

(3) Forms (six):

These are what you must create in writing (using the forms or documents in this book as guides) to insure that the probability that your Last Wishes will be honored.

(4) Choice of how to read this book (one page at the very beginning):

You can start at the beginning and read everything or you can choose one of the seven options of different ways to gain immediate value from this book. Especially note the option that gives a “quick overview” of the entire book.

(5) Comprehensive glossary (defines over fifty key terms):

Even though key terms are defined once in the main narrative, this glossary comes in handy if you forget a key definition. It also provides more information about key terms.

Finally, it should be emphasized that the important information in this book is not designed for minors, or for people with serious emotional disorders, or for use for illegal purposes.

In conclusion, Dr. Terman says the following in his preface:

“I hope that my writing this book honors my [deceased] mother.”

From one who has thoroughly scrutinized this book and has been wowed by its comprehensiveness and sensitivity, I can confidently say that she would be quite honored and proud of her son for writing this much-needed and necessary tome!!

(first published 2007; your reading choices; foreword; acknowledgements; preface; prologue; 12 chapters; conclusion; epilogue; main narrative 440 pages; medical references and legal citations; glossary; further resources; index; about those who provided professional oversight; about the author and his end-of-life beliefs)

Links to the book and further information:

the best goodbye       thirst control