The Bacon and Egg Cure for High Cholesterol
This Week In HealthBeat News:
This is a repeat of last week's
"urgent announcement." It is SO important that I WANT TO BE SURE EVERYONE
SAW IT. If you already took action, good for you and please go enjoy the
other articles from this week's HealthBeat. (And be sure to pass this
information along to friends and family)......
More Proof-Positive That Big Pharma Doesn't Give a Damn
About Your Health
by Dr. Dana Myatt
Breast cancer rates have not changed significantly in the last 50 years with
one notable exception. The rates dropped an unbelievable 7% in just one year
when the news about the connection between Premarin (Pregnant Mares
Urine) hormone therapy and breast cancer finally broke. This was
barely mentioned by the media, then it disappeared. I'm not sure if many
people really caught the significance of this, so let's review it in a
In 2001, sales of Premarin and Prempro (conventional
hormone replacement therapy for post-menopausal women) exceeded $2 billion.
In 2002, the huge Women's Health Initiative Study showed that both Prempro
and Premarin significantly increased women's risks of breast cancer, heart
attacks and dementia. (This information was actually known 20 years ago,
even before the Women's Health Initiatit5ve Study, when I was just a medical
student. But the news just "broke" to the general public in the last several
years). As a result of the study's findings about these increased health
risks, use of Premarin and Prempro plummeted along with sales. Revenues from
these poisons fell to less than $1 million per year ($880,000 to be exact)
by 2004. That's a drop of 99.96% in sales and profits if you need a little
help with the math.
Benefits of Natural (Bio-identical) Hormone
Many women turned from these deadly Big Pharma
hormones to natural, aka bio-identical, hormone replacement therapy which so
far appears to be MUCH safer than the drug versions of hormones. The big
difference is that natural hormone replacement therapy attempts to duplicate
a woman's hormones (replace the same approximate amounts the exact same
hormones a woman has when younger), instead of giving un-natural amounts of
only the strongest female horse-hormones, which is what the drug versions
do. Here is what we know about the benefits of natural hormone replacement
* Natural HRT has been used in the U.S. for
almost 25 years without a single related death or complaint
* Unlike synthetic HRT drugs (typically made from horse urine),
bio-identical hormones use the same four main sex hormones that the body
makes, and in "physiologic" amounts (amounts similar to what the body makes)
* Unlike "one-size-fits-all" horse hormone prescriptions, natural HRT
prescriptions are custom-tailored to individual patients
* Natural HRT still requires a doctor's prescription and supervision
Because the nHRT duplicates the pattern of
natural female hormones, they appear to be far safer than conventional HRT.
In fact, there is evidence that nHRT may actually help prevent breast
cancer instead of causing it. Many women have found relief from menopausal
complaints over the past 25 years with this apparently far-safer form of
hormone replacement therapy.
Big Pharma Doesn't Give a Damn About Your
In October of 2005, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals,
manufacturers of Prempro and Premarin, filed a complaint with the FDA asking
that the sale of ALL bio-identical hormones be banned. That's right ---Wyeth,
makers of cancer-causing hormones, has petitioned the FDA to outlaw the
natural HRT alternatives that are safer, more effective, and cheaper than
their dangerous drugs. This should go a long way to preserving the less than
one half of one-thousandth the dollars they used to make on these
killers. Apparently, Wyeth cares more about protecting the now-miniscule
market-share of their line of dismally failing drugs than they do for
protecting women's lives.
Wyeth's drugs were causing at least 7% of the country's breast cancers,
yet now they want to take away access to the much safer hormone alternative.
See how much our lives are worth to Big Pharma?
Why the FDA Sleeps with Big Pharma
Our lives aren't worth any more to the FDA than they are to Big Pharma.
After all, Big Medicine, Big Pharma and their Bed Partner the FDA are about
Big Money, not altruistic endeavors. (I hope I'm not popping anyone's
candy-colored bubble here).
The FDA receives "drug user fees," which totaled over 3 billion dollars in
2004 from pharmaceutical companies for the drugs they sell. The less drugs
that Wyeth or any Big Pharma Company sells, the less money goes into the FDA
coffers. Natural hormones, made by "compounding pharmacies," are regulated
by the states. The FDA does not receive any money from the sale of natural
hormones. No wonder the FDA is just as eager as Wyeth to either outlaw
natural hormones OR have compounding pharmacies fall under their (FDA)
Because the FDA and Big Pharma are bedfellows, an FDA ruling on the matter
would have gone in favor of Wyeth last year had it not been for a massive
grassroots effort that appeared to put the matter to rest. Now enter the
double-dealing "tag on" bill brought to you by our "Also don't give a damn
about the individual" politicians.
Crooked Politicians Aid and Abet The FDA and Big Pharma
(The Sneaky End-Run Around)
Another surprise to some of you, I know, but politicians actually aid and
abet this Big Money Machine, not our individual health freedoms or our
personal health concerns. Just several days ago, this "tag on" piece of
legislation was introduced by Senators Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), Pat Roberts
(R-Kan.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.), aka "the usual suspects." It should be
noted that Senator Kennedy is # 4 on the list of the top 20 political
recipients of Big Pharma money, reporting a total of $221,550 received from
the Pharmaceutical Industry in 2006 alone.
"The Safe Drug Compounding Act of 2007," deftly tacked on the back of a
major FDA funding bill, will be voted on the end of this month and will
surely pass (so much for our legislators "reigning in" the FDA). What this
sneaky "tag" will do is drastically curtail compounding pharmacies and place
them under FDA control instead of state control. Expect to kiss your natural
(bio-identical) hormone replacement therapy and all other compounded
Notice how this "tag" was placed at the last minute (so few people would
have time to hear about it, much less respond), and how it was added to a
bigger bill that is sure to pass? Evil, dirty, rotten nasty politics. This
stinks, but it's the "modus operandi" of Big Government and other Big Money
interests. You and I don't matter at all to these people except for the
money we can put in their collective pockets, and our individual health and
Take Action Now to
Preserve Compounding Pharmacy
and Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy
Remember that I promised to let you
know when it was time to take action on an impending health freedom matter?
The time is NOW to protect compounding pharmacy and
natural hormone replacement therapy.
What You Must Do Today to Protect
Your/Our Health Freedom
Since almost no one except HealthBeat readers have even heard about this
yet, the opportunity for a grassroots movement to stop this legislation is
cutting close. Don't wait until next week to act. Here is what you need to
do if you want to help save compounding
pharmacy and health freedom in general and natural hormone replacement
therapy in particular.
You need to write a letter to both your state Senators AND your state
Representatives. This letter should be FAXED to their office, not mailed. A
fax is far more potent than a phone call (if you can even get through) or an
email. It is estimated that each individual fax carries the weight of 13,000
voters (because they figure about one in about 13,000 who care about a
particular subject will ever actually contact a representative). Here is
what you need to say, and it is short and sweet:
(Please modify this into your own words, but this is the gist of it):
Dear Senator BlowHard:
I am vehemently opposed to the proposed "Safe Drug Compounding Act of 2007"
and request that you vote "no" on this stealthy tag-on legislation. Leave
compounding pharmacy where it belongs, under state jurisdiction. Further, I
believe the dysfunctional FDA does
not need more control over drug regulation, they need less.
Please help protect what shred of my health freedom remains by voting "no"
on this senseless legislation.
Your Voting Constituent,
How to locate your representatives:
Locate your representatives by state
Locate your senators by state
Political Action Steps Summary:
1.) Fax your state's senators and representatives ASAP. If you don't
have a fax machine,
http://www.faxzero.com lets you send out 2 free faxes per day. (Hot tip
on free faxing courtesy of Steven C.). A fax really is that much more
important and worth your time than an email, and a typed or legibly
hand-written letter carries a LOT of weight!
2.) Pass this note on to friends, family, anyone who gives a darn
about health freedom. (You know, all those people you forward e-mail jokes
to). If you have friends who aren't on e-mail, snail-mail them this
information. Encourage them to pass it along to as many people as they can.
Grassroots movements have saved the day on other health freedoms issues in
the past decade. We must not underestimate the power of the general
citizenry (that's us!) to slay the dragons that jeopardize our freedom.
Since the pen is mightier than the sword, please draw your weapon and let's
see if we can save the day for health freedom once again.
In Pursuit of Health and Freedom,
Why Don't You Bill Insurance?
by Mark Ziemann, R.N.
[Dr. Myatt's Note: The following commentary is a continuation of Nurse
Poor, Poor Pitiful Me: Why Some People Will Never Get Well and
Would Your Plummer Work This Cheap? from previous weeks' HealthBeat
News. If you haven't read these articles, you might want to check them out
first to see what has gotten my mild-mannered Nurse in such a tizzy. I do
believe this is the final installment of Nurse Mark's indignation! ;-)]
"Why Don't You Just Bill My Insurance?" This plea usually comes from someone
wanting to book an appointment, but who is haggling and chiseling at the
cost. "But she is so expensive - I couldn't possibly afford that much
money..." These people almost invariably go elsewhere, usually to their
"conventional" doc, who is only too happy to give them a 5 to 10 minute
visit, a mandatory drug prescription as a "prize" for visiting, and send
them happily on their way. These doctors usually have a bustling office
staff devoted to scheduling patients in at ten-minute intervals, and an even
busier back-office staff devoted to doing all the preliminary paperwork that
goes to the insurance company to generate income for the doctor and his
staff. Even with a back-office staff doing much of the prep work, the doctor
will still spend several hours each day finishing up his or her part of the
insurance paperwork. This really is a major business, and must be run as
efficiently as possible if that doctor is to achieve the desired income.
Here is the history behind Dr. Myatt's decision to "opt out" of the
insurance business. As she tells it, it was one of those rare "ah hah"
moments in life. Many years ago, while working for a major holistic medical
clinic in Phoenix (one that accepted insurance, as most do),
Dr. Myatt came into the office an hour early one morning to plow through the
mountain of insurance paperwork that her busy medical practice required.
Anyone who does their own income taxes has some idea of what these forms
look like, with one notable exception. Each insurance provider has a
different form and requirement of what information is needed.
So there sat Dr. Myatt, scratching her head and grinding her way through a
mountain of paperwork when in walked one of the clinic nurses, announcing
that there was a work-in patient in the ER, here before regular clinic hours
with severe breathing difficulty and chest pain. Doctor Myatt was the only
physician available (of course she was --- it was over an hour before the
clinic usually opened)! As The Good Doctor shifted mental gears from
paper-pusher to emergency room physician, she found herself for just a
moment feeling resentful. After all, how could she get the insurance
paperwork completed if she was interrupted with patients? Like a splash of
cold water in the face, this thought was immediately replaced with the
realization of what the paper-pushing had done to her. Too busy doing
insurance paperwork to see a patient? She got up, saw the patient (who was
in severe cardiac distress due to a non-functional mitral valve) and decided
right then and there that she would never resent seeing a patient for want
of more time to fill out insurance forms.
Dr. Myatt "opted out" of insurance and Medicare at that time (it is no
longer possible for a physician to "opt out" of Medicare), and has never
looked back or regretted her decision. She now spends all of her time on
patient care, and her results speak for themselves.
Here at the Wellness Club, we work at a slower pace. We book each patient
for a full hour, and visits often run longer. We focus entirely on the
patient and on how to make them well, not on how to comply with
sometimes-impossible insurance forms.
I recently had a patient (one of our "incurable" success stories) ask me
"do you really make any money at this?" and I had to answer honestly. We
cover the bills and expenses and we are comfortable, but we are not "rich"
and aren't likely to get rich any time soon unless we hit the lotto.
People measure success by many different markers. Some see success as a big,
fancy home (we live in a comfortable but modest straw bale home where we
have clean air, clean water, and plenty of outdoors to enjoy). Others
measure success by the car they drive (we have an older model van and an
older model Saturn wagon). We also have a --- you guessed it, older model
--- RV that allows us to travel to see patients, lecture, and teach. Still
other people believe that their success is measured in their 401K's,
retirement pensions and gold-plated medical (sickness) insurance plans. We
have no plans to "retire" for as long as we can keep helping people find
better health, our "health insurance" is our daily supplement and vitamin
clean air, clean water, good food, and modest exercise, and our "retirement
plan" is to build a modest home that is completely self-sustainable (no
electric company or propane delivery required) and raise our own food.
Dr. Myatt could undoubtedly make more money if we "took insurance." This
would require seeing far more patients for far less time each, and there
would be no time for individual "case study," but it would certainly bring a
Would we be "more successful" if we "took" insurance? Not if you calculate
success like we do, by the number of people that we have helped. We sleep
well at night knowing we are giving our all to each and every patient, and
we never find ourselves feeling annoyed that a patient is disturbing our
paperwork time. Most importantly, many patients reaffirm our "success" when
they thank us for helping them with "incurable" medical problems that
conventional medicine has given up on.
Now that's success in our book!
P.S. Here is the information from the "Insurance" page of our website
for those who are interested.
How Our Office Handles Insurance
Q: Does Dr. Myatt Accept Medicare or Medicaid?
A: No. Dr. Myatt "opted out" of Medicare years ago. Without a UPN number (universal
provider number required by Medicare), there is no way for
Medicare to cover Dr. Myatt's services. Further, Medicare rarely covers the
type of progressive, alternative care that Dr. Myatt and other holistic
Q: Does Dr. Myatt accept insurance?
A: No. Services are due and payable on the day they are rendered.
Q: Will Dr. Myatt fill out insurance paperwork if I file a claim myself?
A: Yes. Dr. Myatt will gladly complete any necessary insurance paperwork
including writing letters of medical necessity, as required by your
insurance company for you to file a claim yourself. However, all time spent
completing insurance paperwork or writing such letters is billed at Dr.
Myatt's usual hourly fee of $240. For example, if it takes Dr. Myatt
one-half hour to complete insurance paperwork, the patient will be billed
Q: Why does Dr. Myatt charge for filling out insurance paperwork? My other
doctor does this for free.
A: Your other doctor spends 5-10 minutes with you and charges for a complete
office visit. Dr. Myatt charges for the office visit (typically one hour,
the entire time of which is devoted to your care), then spends an average of
2-12 hours in "case study" following your exam or phone consultation. This
additional time spent on case study is not charged for but is included in
your visit. Very few physicians spend so much time and attention on an
Insurance paperwork is incredibly time-consuming. This is valuable time that
Dr. Myatt prefers to spend studying the patient's case in order to get the
patient well, not shuffling papers.
When you consider the true amount of time Dr. Myatt spends on an individual
case, you will see that her fees are a bargain. When you find yourself
recovering from an "incurable" illness, you will further understand why Dr.
Myatt's case-study time is so valuable and why we charge for the
non-wellness time spent on paperwork.
The Bacon and Egg Cure for High Cholesterol
Is your cholesterol still "too high"? (Above 230, but this depends on what
your "good cholesterol," or HDL levels, are, too).
We get calls and letters literally every day with questions about how to
lower high cholesterol. The self-treatment stories we hear include "I only
eat good carbohydrates," or "I almost never eat eggs." To which we reply,
"well no wonder your cholesterol is high!"
You see, what you have probably heard about how to lower cholesterol is
completely backwards. If it was correct, you'd see big result in as little
as a month. If you've been on your cholesterol-avoidance diet for more than
a month and haven't seen dramatic improvements, then you have proof that you
are on the wrong track. Clearly, it's time to try a new approach.
Cholesterol levels don't take that long to change.
I had a telephone follow-up with new patient Kim this week. She's thrilled
because the migraine headaches she originally contacted me about are gone.
Not reduced, but completely gone, no drugs needed. As a side-effect,
she's lost 30 pounds and her once-high cholesterol levels have dropped like
a rock, back into the normal range for the first time in many years. Her
secret? She's following my advice and having either a Super Shake or bacon
and eggs for breakfast, along with following the rest of The Myatt Diet. It
wasn't an easy "sell" to convince her to eat this way, but now she's an
absolute missionary for The Myatt Diet. (You'll see her testimonial
in an upcoming HealthBeat). She also tells me that she's amazed how her food
cravings have completely disappeared, so she's not missing her former junk
food, including "good carbs."
If you've bought into the prevalent but misguided idea that avoiding
cholesterol will lower your cholesterol, here's a hot "biochemical tidbit."
When you lower dietary cholesterol, your liver simply makes more.
(Cholesterol comprises 80% of the cell wall of every cell in your body, so
it's a very valuable commodity indeed). Fortunately, your liver knows how to
make cholesterol even when you don't eat it. When you stop eating eggs, your
liver detects a "cholesterol famine" and cranks out more of this life-giving
fat. Your attempts to outsmart Mother Nature will fail. (You can't get up
early enough to fool Mama Nature)!
Low Cholesterol diets rarely work to lower cholesterol. Eating only "good
carbs" rarely works to lower cholesterol. "If you always do what you've
always done, you'll always get what you've always gotten." Stop struggling
with your cholesterol levels and go have some bacon eggs for breakfast! ---
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bring fresh cuttings indoors for a continual warm-weather treat. And really,
can you call those tasteless red things from the grocery store a tomato
after you've tasted home-grown? A juicy red beefsteak still warm from the
vine atop fresh-picked lettuce puts me in salad bliss. Not only is
home-grown produce far fresher and more convenient, it can be FAR healthier
than store-bought produce grown with synthetic fertilizers, insecticides and
herbicides, then sprayed with anti-fungal agents, spoilage retardants and
Goddess only knows what else so they'll "keep" longer on the grocery shelf.
The toxic spate of chemicals in produce often offsets the value of "eating
green" in the first place! For my money and health, homegrown is better
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