Originally published December 17 2007
Mike Adams Speaks Out on Skin Cancer and Antidepressant Drugs
by Kevin Gianni
(NaturalNews) This is an excerpt from Mike Adams' interview for the Raw Summit, a complete interview encyclopedia of cutting edge living and raw food knowledge. You can find the complete transcripts and audios at (http://www.RawSummit.com) and (www.RawSummitArchives.com). In this article, Mike discusses vitamin D and skin cancer as well as some of the issues with taking prescription drugs and off-label prescribing.
Raw Food World Summit Interview Excerpt with Mike Adams
Kevin Gianni: Hi everyone, this is Kevin Gianni, Optimal Health Expert, and I'd like to welcome you to another very special Raw Summit Teleseminar, which can be found online at (http://www.rawsummit.com)(www.RawSummitArchives.com) . The purpose of the Raw Summit is to pass along cutting edge information about raw and living food technologies for you to reach optimal health wellness and success.
Today I have a special guest to Raw Summit on the line. He is an author, speaker, an incredible provider and publisher of health and wellness information. If you've heard news in the health industry, chances are he is the one who brought it to your attention through his NaturalNews site. So I'd to welcome Mike Adams: The Health Ranger to the Raw Summit. Hey Mike, how are you doing?
Mike Adams: Hey, I'm good Kevin. Thanks for having me on as a guest today. It's a pleasure to be here.
Kevin: Yes. I'm extremely excited about this call, as I am with all of them, because it is just incredible information, but I want to start off by just having you talk a little bit about why you're called The Health Ranger? What started all this?
Mike: Sure, like a lot of people at one point in my life I found myself in a serious health crisis. This was a few years ago when I was about 30, and I was nearly obese, diabetic, depressed, suffering from chronic back pain, I had a terrible diet and I got in this shape by listening to my doctors.
Mike: I was following medical advice and life was terrible. I mean I was only 30. At some point, I woke up and realized that if I was going to get healthy, I was going to have to teach myself something different from the information that I was being given. So I dove into reading about nutrition and I discovered for the first time for me about the healing nutrients found in everyday foods, and super foods, and medicinal herbs, and all kinds of different modalities of herbs and alternative medicine. I began to apply this information and it wasn't long before things started to turn around and after just 6 months, I dropped 50 pounds of body fat.
Mike: I became extremely fit. I started taking up gymnastics and capoeira in my 30's, and ... I was able to start taking up speed reading of books and able to really absorb information very quickly and that led to the NaturalNews.com publishing where I now put out articles everyday and reach over half a million readers with information about health transformation. That's the short version of the story.
Kevin: Sure. Now, as you were listening to your doctors, I mean obviously you've realized that something wasn't right. Who were some of the people that you turned to that you started to learn from that were influential in your transition?
Mike: Well, at the very beginning I was picking up books off the shelf of everyday bookstores, so I was reading books by guys like Michael T. Murray who was an author and graduate of Bastyr University and Joseph Pizzorno who was one of the co-founders. That was just the beginning. As I began to sort of peel away the layers of medicinal wisdom I began to get into more "radical" thinkers or radical teachers. I've learned from people like Dr. Gabriel Cousens, I got into raw foods, I got into medicine from different regions of the world. I traveled to South America. I interviewed people there and learned about their system of medicine. I began studying Chinese medicine, Tibetan medicine, and Ayurvedic medicine. Just began to realize how you can assemble this wisdom from this knowledge base around the world that is largely ignored in the United States today.
Mike: We have an information gap in this country and thank goodness, people like you are doing what you're doing to help fill that gap, because we're in a desperate situation in this country. I really want to share with people, I hope we get a chance to do that here in the next hour, some of the solutions that are censored in this country, things that people are not allowed to know that are essential to preventing disease and leading a healthful vibrant life. I hope we get a chance to do some of that.
Kevin: Absolutely. You talked about South America and you talked about traveling around there, and a lot of the raw and living food teachers have spent time there. Tell us a little about your travels there and what you discovered.
Mike: Well, my most recent trip was to Ecuador and I went there to research how people engage in such long-lived lives and I interviewed people there who are in their 80's and 90's who were very healthy, and they still exercise, they still walk 2 hours a day, they don't have any degenerative disease, they never take pharmaceuticals, they never put sunscreen on their skin, okay, one of the things that we're taught to do in this country which is completely wrong. Sunscreen products mostly cause cancer. They don't actually prevent it and I can share with you a much better way to prevent skin cancer using nutrition, but there are so many things that they engage in down there just without even thinking about it. For example, if they have a problem with their teeth, they pull the leaves off of a tree called the Tika tree and they chew on these leaves. They don't use special medicines for gum disease they just chew on these leaves and the tooth pain goes away, the tooth enamel is very strong, and they don't have cavities because they're not eating these processed foods. They just take care of their health by turning to nature and living very close to the land.
And another interesting thing that I found in Ecuador is that you can tell the truth about your products there. If you make a dietary supplement, let's say for example Una de Gato, also called Cat's Claw, one of my favorite medicinal herbs from the rainforest, but if you make a Cat's Claw supplement and you put it on the market, you can put right on the bottle this is good for cancer, inflammation, Alzheimer's or whatever the conditions are that this herb treats. Now, in the United States that would be illegal. The FDA would march in and confiscate your product in the United States if you told the truth about what it can do. This is how the FDA keeps the U.S public in a state of designed or planned ignorance. It keeps people dissociated from the true healing potential of these herbs. In South America, that idea would be insane. Everybody knows Cat's Claw helps prevent cancer, it's common knowledge. These kinds of things, for example if you buy a pack of cigarettes in Ecuador, that pack says in very bold typed right on the front says, "Fumar causa cancer." Right? Smoking causes cancer. In the United States, it's all watered down because it's been influenced by big tobacco so it says…well the surgeon general has determined that smoking cigarettes may possibly somehow, someday, in some ways slightly increase your risk of some kind of carcinoma. You know what I'm saying?
Mike: It's like... in South America you get the truth, man. In America, you get some watered down BS version of what's good for you or what's not good for you. It's refreshing to visit South America and see how other people live in relationship to herbs and medicine.
Kevin: Yes. You mentioned skin cancer so just briefly let's talk about that little trick that you can use to prevent.
Mike: Okay. Skin cancer, the myth is that the sun alone causes skin cancer, right? I know a lot of people listening to this are going to be skeptical, and you have every right to be skeptical but stay tuned here, I'm going to tell you how this works. The sun is not to be feared, okay. The sun doesn't kill us. If it did, our ancestors never would have survived. We wouldn't be here, alright? The sun is actually healthy. Now, exposure to ultraviolet radiation is really part of the normal human experience, and it's necessary to generate vitamin D in our skin. Most people already know that, but very few people know what a powerful medicine vitamin D really is when it comes to preventing cancer. Vitamin D circulating through your blood prevents more than 50% of all hormone-related cancers, so that's breast cancer and prostate cancer. That makes vitamin D the single most potent anti-cancer medicine that has ever been discovered by modern medical science. I mean even the most overly hyped marketed cancer drugs from pharmaceutical companies only reduce cancer risk in maybe one out of 100 people. Two out of 100 is a miracle drug, alright? Vitamin D slashes you're cancer risk by 50%. That includes all cancers by the way, leukemia, multiple myeloma cancer, kidney cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer and skin cancer. It turns out that vitamin D is one of the best ways to prevent skin cancer. Then people say, "Well, but I have really light skin and I burn easily, and isn't that causing damage?" Yes, if you burn your skin that's causing damage, but the best sunscreen in the world is the sunscreen that you eat. What do I mean by that? When you have a layer of antioxidants in your skin from your food and these can be found in Astaxanthin, which is a red microalgae. They can be found in Chlorella, in Spirulina and in berries like blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and so on. When you have this layer of antioxidants in your skin, it functions as a natural sunscreen. It blocks excessive ultraviolet radiation from causing sunburn.
Western medicine says, well, the sun causes sunburns, and skin cancer, and that's not really the whole story. The sun combined with nutritional deficiency causes sunburn and skin cancer, but the sun combined with great nutrition that is lots of antioxidants and lots of vitamin D results in very, very healthy skin, and cancer prevention throughout your body. Like I mentioned Kevin, that the people I interviewed in Ecuador in their 80's and 90's never had skin cancer, never use sunscreen. They didn't put a single skin product on their body in their entire life, and they live under the equator, right or at the equator? They are getting more sun radiation than anyone in the world and they have no skin cancer.
Kevin: It's unbelievable.
Mike: Yes. If all of this talk from dermatology, in conventional medicine today were actually correct, then the people living in Ecuador should have the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, right? That's rational scientific thinking. If the sun causes cancer, they should have the highest rate in the world. They have almost no cancer, period.
Kevin: Wow. What do you think happens? Where do you think the rational thought goes?
Mike: Wow. Well, rational thought gets replaced by profit motive in the United States.
Mike: The US and first world nations today or as I call them, western nations, have become so overrun with this corporate profit motivation, that real scientific thinking no longer has any place in medicine today, and certainly not in nutrition. The FDA actually believes that nutrition has no significant role in human health, that food essentially had no purpose other than to provide calories and that there's no difference between calories from say, dead or radiated refined sugar versus live enzymatically active and energetically active broccoli sprouts, and there is no difference in the minds of the FDA and food companies. They think that's all the same. So profit has become everything in this country. During that profit takeover, human health got completely cast away and so does human compassion by the way, and so did all kinds of incredible wisdom from our ancestors, our midwives, and the ancient healers, and shamans, and medicine women. I mean, this knowledge has been cast away and replaced by lies, lies that say that humans only need patented chemicals in order to be healthy. And that's why this nation now has 40% of its population taking synthetic chemicals every single day. It's a nation that has become drugged, and the drug companies want to drug you from birth to death by saying that you have numerous diseases from the moment you are born. This is all false information. I mean, that's just a lie put out there by the drug company. There are better ways to live. Let's talk about some of those. What do you want to explore now?
Kevin: I want to explore some of the dangerous drugs that are out there. I want to get an idea of what some of these things are doing to us, and what some of these chemical compounds are doing.
Mike: Okay. Well, let's talk about the most popular classification of drugs. I will start with statin drugs, which are these anti-cholesterol drugs. These work by interfering with normal enzyme reactions in the human body and they block the ability of the liver to produce cholesterol. Now, at the same time, unfortunately, they also block the liver's ability to produce the cholesterol that we need, alright. Cholesterol is really not the culprit here. Cholesterol is used throughout the body to make other things that we really need such as sex hormones or even in a partial way, vitamin D, but it's also... it turns out that it also blocks CoQ10 or Coenzyme Q10 production in the cells and this is the molecule that the mitochondria in the cells produce for cellular energy. This is the power station of every cell in your body. It needs CoQ10 in order to produce energy, and statin drugs block CoQ10 production. This is why many people who get on statin drugs suddenly feel like they have no energy. Some of them can't even get out of bed anymore. They're just fatigued all the time and some people actually go into a coma and die because of it.
Mike: I know a local person here, a captain in the police force, who was almost killed by a statin drug. Now, drug companies don't tell you this and doctors don't tell you this, and the FDA isn't telling you this, but statin drugs can kill you and in fact, they cause a condition called rhabdomyolysis which means your muscles become so fatigued that you can't even walk or stand without excruciating pain. An individual taking statin drugs may not experience that, but it may harm them in a way that is not to the threshold where they get those huge symptoms. They are still being harmed at some level by those drugs because they interfere with normal human biochemistry. Now, let's move on to antidepressant drugs. Antidepressant drugs, we now know, cause an average weight gain of 22 pounds of body fat in the first year of using them.
Kevin: On average?
Mike: That's the average, yes. Think about this alright, someone's already depressed and they reach... they go to the doctor and they get prescribed antidepressant drugs, and then they gain 22 pounds in the first year. Do you think they're going to be more depressed or less depressed after that? At the same time, with these powerful psychotropic drugs, it turns out that they cause violent thoughts and behavior especially in young males. Remember those school shootings a couple of years ago at the Columbine, Colorado School?
Mike: Well, those students who picked up those assault rifles and opened fire on their classmates were on psychotropic drugs prescribed to them, and the same thing has held true across every school shooting that I've monitored in the year since. Every one of them is a child that's on these drugs. That's why these drugs have actually been banned in Europe for being prescribed to children and even in the United States. Here's something that very few people know, even in the United States, every antidepressant drug that is prescribed to a child is being illegally prescribed. The FDA has never given approval for these drugs to be used on children.
Mike: Really. In every case, these doctors are practicing what's called "off-label prescribing," which means the drug wasn't approved for that thing. Now, think about the FDA's claims of what great science they're engaged in, and the defenders of conventional medicine say, "Yes we use the scientific method. Everything is scientific. It's based on the evidence. It's black and white", and yet once a drug is approved by the FDA for any condition, it can be legally prescribed for any other condition. I shouldn't say legally, I should say it's a tolerated practice.
Mike: In other words, a drug that's approved for Alzheimer's disease, a doctor can take that drug and prescribe it for osteoporosis, even though it has never been tested for osteoporosis.
Mike: As you can see Kevin, our whole system of pharmacological medicine is really based on fiction. There is no science behind it. They can prescribe it for anything regardless of whether there's ever been any testing.
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