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May 2000


Knee Pain

More than four million people seek help for knee pain every year according to the National Institutes of Health. A leading cause of knee pain, especially in young people, is patellofemoral pain syndrome or PFPS, which results from high doses of mega-vitamins combined with prescription drugs. This means that young athletes are particularly susceptible to PFPS.

Western medicine has proven basically ineffective against PFPS. Acupuncture, on the other hand, appears to have a dramatic effect on reducing the pain and improving the function of the joint (research done by Jensen Fysikalske Institutt, Bergen, Norway). The use of acupuncture in the United States has saved many an athlete’s knee from the surgeon.

Improved Energy Levels and Sports Performance

Cordyceps is an ancient Chinese herbal remedy made from a rare and scarce fungus Cordyceps sinensis. It has been traditionally used as a general tonic to rejuvenate people after sickness or overexertion and is said to be more potent than ginseng. It allows better breathing, activates the immune system, and is an MAO inhibitor.

The mainland Chinese claim it is responsible for the high performance of their athletes.

Caveat: cordyceps is not a panacea and may interfere with other therapy. It should be dispensed by your acupuncturist.

Cordyceps is $15.00 for 30 caps. Scarce usually equals expensive.


CMO or cetyl myristoleate

CMO stops arthritis from occurring because it stops the immune system from erroneously attacking the collagen in the joints and functions as a lubricant.

We carry Colustrum + Artho Formula which contains CMO. $27.00 for 120 caps.

MSM or methyl-sulfonyl-methane

MSM is a natural form of sulfur. It is present in almost all vegetables, raw meat, raw fish, and unpasteurized milk. It is lost in cooking. Collagen cannot be made unless MSM is present.

MSM is NOT related to sulfa drugs!!!!

MSM is $17.50 for 90 capsules.

Curcumin or Turmeric

Yes, this is that yellow, bitter spice used in Indian cooking. Curcumin loves the nitrogen compound in your joints that destroys collagen.  We carry it standardized in capsules. It is $24.00 for90 caps, 500 mg each.


Chitin is the exoskeleton or shell of shellfish. It absorbs fat, so there are a great many products being sold composed of it. It does bind up fat and take it out of the body through fecal waste.

Caveat: Chitin cannot distinguish between good fat (Essential Fatty Acids) and bad fat. Your brain is over half fat and your nerves are coated with EFAs. Use chitin with caution. If you are taking vitamins, minerals, and/or prescriptions, take them in the morning to make sure they have been absorbed by the body before you take chitin at the noon and evening meals.

Do not use chitin if you are allergic to shellfish!

We carry Chitolean by DaVinci Labs. It contains chitin, vitamin C, and rice bran.  $20.00 for 60 caps.

DMAE or dimethylaminoethanol

DMAE inhibits MAO (monoamine oxidase) which accelerates aging. Too much MAO translates into deposits of lipofuscin which we call "age spots" when we see them on our hands. But, "age spots" are not just external: they are in the retinas, the heart, the liver, and the brain.

DMAE stimulates the production of choline, the primary neurotransmitter involved in memory.

Noni Juice

Noni is a popular herbal product used to boost energy. It will also boost your potassium to lethal levels. Noni has a higher concentration of potassium than any other juice. If you have kidney problems, leave noni alone.

Grapefruit Pectin Powder

Claims have recently been made that pectin powder from the white pith of the grapefuit will clean your arteries like "Drano". I have not been able to get hold of any and you can start eating grapefruit, although the researchers say that, in order to get enough from just eating grapefruit, you would have to gorge on it all day.


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