Against Depression, a Sugar Pill Is Hard to Beat

Placebos Improve Mood, Change Brain Chemistry in Majority of Trials of Antidepressants

By Shankar Vedantam, Washington Post Staff Writer, Tuesday, May 7, 2002; Page A01

After thousands of studies, hundreds of millions of prescriptions and tens of billions of dollars in sales, two things are certain about pills that treat depression: Antidepressants like Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft work. And so do sugar pills.

A new analysis has found that in the majority of trials conducted by drug companies in recent decades, sugar pills have done as well as — or better than — antidepressants. Companies have had to conduct numerous trials to get two that show a positive result, which is the Food and Drug Administration’s minimum for approval.

What’s more, the sugar pills, or placebos, cause profound changes in the same areas of the brain affected by the medicines, according to research published last week. One researcher has ruefully concluded that a higher percentage of depressed patients get better on placebos today than 20 years ago.

(see the whole story at WashingtonPost.com)

I am amazed that the Washington Post actually printed this story. It shows the deceit surrounding the most-prescribed drugs of all time.

We are so blessed to have safe, effective tools for wellness at our disposal. The first thing is to feed the body superior nutrition, enabling the body’s dying cells to be replaced with superior cells. Five to ten servings of fresh vegetables and fruits daily is a good start, along with 2-3 tablespoons of Barleygreen. Then your body can begin healing itself.

We have also found that there is little use trying to combat cancer or any other disease without first killing parasites. The zapper, discovered by Dr. Hulda Clark, has become a standard for helping the body kill parasites, bacteria and most viruses.

We have found that no matter what health challenge you have, the road to wellness always begins with excellent nutrition and the zapper to help kill parasites.

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Best Zapper Developments

Arthur has been hard at work in the design lab for the past 3 months. He has been working on an amazing new alternative health product not yet available anywhere in the world. It is called the “Bio-Cell Radio” – the theory of it is to reprogram the DNA of the body. We don’t know how it does this, but results we are getting with this machine have been very convincing. That’s about all I can say right now, as the machine is still being developed. We’ll keep you posted on progress!


Plastic Wrap Toxins

When you hear of someone with infertility problems, or your sister gets breast cancer, does plastic cling wrap come to your mind? Not likely.

I received a warning paper the other day about the dangers of heating foods in the microwave using plastic wrap. It made sense, so here it is.

A few years ago Claire Nelson, a tenth grade student, proved that a carcinogen found in plastic wrap was transferred into microwaved food covered with kitchen plastic wrap. She measured as much as 10,000,000 times the FDA safe level! The carcinogen is DEHA (di(ethylhexyl) adepate). She also found that zenoestrogens (alien estrogens) were being transferred into the food. Zenoestrogens are hormones linked to low sperm counts in men and breast cancer in women.

We recommend using glass, Corning Ware, or ceramic containers for heating food. Foods that require reheating should be removed from their plastic container and then heated in something else. Do not store food in plastic wrap: use glass containers, regular plastic bags, or plastic containers with a lid.


Dr. Clark is on sabbatical right now, presently traveling in Europe.


Hi! I received the Auto-Zap delivered to my door this morning and have just finished my first zapping session. I am very impressed with the indicator lights and construction, and the way the darn thing works exactly as you say it would! Perhaps it has knocked out something in the scalp and eye areas where there has been inflammation for a very long time. I feel a nice lightness. I am interested in how it will help in the long range. Thanks for making a quality zapper.
– DW

Hello, my friends. This is Jan R. I am one of your customers. I have bought several of your Auto Zap zappers. I am sitting here with my mother, treating her (or should I say helping her), and I want you to know how much I appreciate it. Mother is 102 and one reason she is 102 is because of the Auto-Zap. You are our special friends… I just want to tell you how much we appreciate what you are doing and what you have done to help us.


A New Look at Barleygreen by Jann Abrams, R.N., and Janet Pauly, R.N.

Lyn’s Note: If you are a new subscriber to the newsletter and would like to read the first two parts of this article, go to http://bestzapper.com/zaptimes/

We have an excellent audiotape of Janet Pauly’s own miraculous recovery from cancer using AIM Barleygreen. It is FREE for anyone who asks us for it.


The 11 million diabetics in the U.S. have an increased need for vitamin/mineral supplementation. Diabetes is the #1 cause of blindness, the #1 cause of kidney failure and the #1 cause of amputations. When glucose rises to levels above 160 to 170, as it does frequently in even well controlled diabetics, it acts as an osmotic diuretic, overwhelming the system, causing substantial, even massive, losses of water-soluble nutrients that pass out in the urine.

Consequently, diabetes and its complications are as much a result of nutritional wasting as of elevated blood sugar. Taking Barleygreen will go a long way towards protecting from the ravages of diabetes. AIM’s Bear Paw Garlic offers special protection to a diabetic’s kidney. Many Type II diabetics report healthful drops in blood sugar levels when they take Barleygreen faithfully. Some Type I diabetics have reported being able to cut down on their insulin.


Countless millions of people have an increased nutrient need because of stress. You should increase your nutrient intake when you are under stress. If you normally take small servings of Barleygreen (2-4 teaspoonfuls daily) go up to 2-4 Tablespoonfuls daily if you are under unusual stress. If you are under constant stress in your life, take this larger serving daily. Also, very helpful for reducing stress is a nightly soak in the bathtub with ¼ cup of Cell Wellness Restorer added.


Whenever the dieter’s total caloric intake drops below 1400 calories per day, it is almost impossible to obtain most vitamins and minerals in adequate amounts. Your nutrient requirements remain the same despite your caloric intake, even during total fasting. Dieters not taking supplemental vitamins and minerals are at risk for nutrient deficiencies. Dieting in the form of skipped meals or fad diets is common and almost guarantees inadequate intakes of necessary nutrients. Because Barleygreen contains all the nutrients necessary to support life and is low in calories, it is the ideal choice for those trying to lose weight. It is also the perfect liquid supplement for fasting. When nutrient needs are completely met on a daily basis, cravings diminish.


There are an estimated 31 million people in this country with serious chronic illnesses. This group is at risk for inadequate nutrient intake because of interactions of medications with micronutrients or because of the effects of various diseases themselves. About 36 million people are hospitalized yearly and the nutritional status of seriously ill hospitalized patients is very poor. Their disease or injury increases their nutritional needs, which can precipitate malnutrition and impair the immune system. If you or anyone you know has a chronic illness and you haven’t shared Barleygreen with them, shame on you!

If the person is hospitalized they should talk to their physician and explain that Barleygreen is a whole food concentrate and they would like to be able to take it during their hospital stay. If the doctor refuses for no medical reason, it would be out of ignorance. Remember that the more serious your health problem, the more Barleygreen you need to take. 2 tablespoonfuls four times a day is a prudent amount for a very ill person. You could also put 1/8th to ¼ teaspoonful under the tongue as often as you like.


Barleygreen can be mixed with water, poured into a large syringe and pushed into the feeding tube. Every time the patient is given water, 2 teaspoons of Barleygreen can be added. Barleygreen can also be added to any liquid nutritional supplement. Be sure to flush the tube with water after giving Barleygreen.


Approximately 5 million people are in the hospital yearly with infections. The majority of these people have little or no appetite. Infections, even mild ones, increase metabolic losses of a number of vitamins and minerals and at the same time, increased immune response requires increased nutrients. To make matters worse, acute or chronic infections of the gastrointestinal tract impair the absorption of nutrients. Barleygreen will be essential to provide nutritional support so the body can heal itself.


More than 23 million people undergo surgery every year, and their nutritional status is compromised by the trauma of surgery. Some operations interfere with ingestion, digestion and absorption of food as well. Trauma and wound healing require increased amounts of nutrients. Barleygreen should be taken in large amounts for several weeks prior to surgery and during the recovery phase. A pre-menopausal woman preparing for breast surgery should only have the surgery during the last two weeks of her menstrual cycle, when progesterone levels are highest. It would be wise for her to supplement her own progesterone with AIM’s Renewed Balance for at least one to two weeks before surgery. Postmenopausal women should use Renewed Balance every day for at least a month prior to surgery. Studies have shown that women who have breast cancer surgery when progesterone levels are high have a much higher long-term survival rate.


Osteoporosis is the disease that American women are most likely to develop as they age. Every year more than 1.5 million Americans sustain an osteoporosis-related fracture of the hip, spine or wrist.

Fractures of the hip, which affect 1/3 of ALL women and 1/6 of ALL men, are the most devastating. Two-thirds of these patients never regain their former level of activity, half lose their ability to walk independently, and one-fourth die within a year of the hip fracture.

The three major myths about osteoporosis:

  1. It is a calcium deficiency disease (most are getting plenty of calcium in their diet)
  2. It is an estrogen deficiency disease (this is a fabrication of the pharmaceutical industry with no scientific evidence to support it.
  3. It is a disease of menopause (osteoporosis begins anywhere from five to twenty years prior to menopause, when estrogen levels are still high.)

To prevent or reverse osteoporosis, eat a health promoting diet: fresh & simply prepared foods, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds. Foods we eat today contain far less vitamins and minerals than in the past due to changes in farming practices/food processing resulting in chronic, low-level deficiencies of a wide range of micronutrients.

For those with osteoporosis a minimum of 2 tablespoonsful of Barleygreen every day will help ensure adequate nutrients and good bone mineralization. Eating too much concentrated protein such as meat and dairy will accelerate bone calcium loss to the extent that no amount of calcium supplementation can compensate.

There is no substitute for the use of AIM’s Renewed Balance (a potent real natural progesterone cream), which will allow new healthy bone to be laid down. This is vitally important. John Lee, M.D., a foremost hormone researcher, says that he uses 1/16th tsp (10 mg) progesterone cream every day to protect himself against prostate cancer. Weight bearing exercise, such as walking, is essential for both men and women.


“All studies using vitamins and minerals .(along) with chemotherapy and radiation show the same effect: increased tumor killing and increased protection of normal tissue.” Charles B. Simone M.D. Breast Health, Avery Pub. 1995, p. 83.

We know that 40% or more of cancer patients die of _malnutrition_ and that chemotherapy and radiation can worsen this condition. Barleygreen can be given dry under the tongue (¼ teaspoonful every few minutes) or reconstituted into a raw juice drink every hour. This is HIGH-OCTANE NUTRITION, easy to assimilate. It will not tax a weakened digestive system.

There is good evidence that antioxidant supplements can prevent or reduce many of the side effects associated with chemotherapy. Tumor cells do not absorb antioxidants as well as normal cells, therefore therapeutic levels of these substances make chemotherapy more selective in targeting cancer cells. Whether or not you choose to undergo chemotherapy and/or radiation, it is ESSENTIAL that you protect yourself.


“The good news is that we know breast cancer is related to ovarian/hormonal activity. The bad news is that we have known this since 1896-just over one-hundred years.” R. Hoover, National Cancer Institute.

What we know: The message of estrogen (either our own or supplemental) to the cells of the uterus, ovary, and breasts is to grow and proliferate. Then, in the normal monthly cycle, progesterone comes on the scene and sends the message to the cells to stop their rapid dividing, slow down, and mature. Every month that there is no progesterone in the body, estrogen’s message becomes deadly because there is nothing to stop the rapid cell proliferation. Every month of estrogen dominance is an opportunity for cancer to start.

We believe that if every woman would start using the Renewed Balance cream at age 30, so that she would never have a month of estrogen dominance, the breast cancer rate could drop. AIM’s Renewed Balance is a natural progesterone, exactly like your body makes, and has no adverse side effects.

Women at or after menopause, whose breast cancer rates are skyrocketing, certainly need Renewed Balance, not only to help prevent breast cancer but to reduce hot flashes and sleep disturbances if they are present.

Note: Synthetic progesterone is called “progestin.” (e.g. Provera) BEWARE! The deadly combination of synthetic estrogen and progestin like Prempro, have a long list of dangerous side effects. In the US most brands of birth control pills have synthetic estrogen (ethinyl estradiol or mestranol) combined with progestin.

The risk of breast cancer is up 30% with one year on oral contraceptives (even the lower estrogen pill) and quadruples after 8-10 years, well documented in many studies. Also there is even more risk if the pill is started before age 18. Dr. Pike, researcher and professor at UCLA; British Med. J; J. National Cancer Inst. 87 (11):827-835 )1995

“All hormonal components of oral contraceptives have been found to be carcinogenic in animal models” Acta Oncologica 28: 857

Estrogen studies have shown that most women have plenty of estrogen throughout their life. Fat cells churn out estrogen. This is why obesity is a risk factor for breast cancer. The more fat cells the more estrogen! There is a 72% greater risk of fatal ovarian cancer in women using unopposed replacement estrogen therapy for six years or more. This supports the theory that estrogen dominance significantly increased the risk of fatal ovarian cancer. Am. J. Epidemiology 1995; 141:828-835.

Please note that estrogen dominance is not limited to those receiving estrogen replacement therapy, but can occur also when women are progesterone deficient and their natural estrogen is unopposed.

Osteoporosis and Heart disease: don’t buy into the myth that estrogen helps either of these. Natural progesterone does, estrogen does NOT.

Progestins (synthetic progesterone): It is a well known fact that premenopausal women rarely get heart attacks, but after menopause they quickly catch up with the rate common to men. HOWEVER, they have more cardiac spasms of the heart muscles and men have more heart attacks caused by clogged arteries.

In a landmark study, K. Miyagawa at Oregon Regional Research Center set out to study the effect of hormones on coronary spasms. The monkeys on the progestin and estrogen suffered unrelenting spasm that would have caused death had they not been injected within minutes with a drug to reverse the spasm. Researchers were unable to induce cardiac spasm in the monkeys that had been treated with natural progesterone. Natural progesterone obviously protects against cardiac spasm (the biggest killer of women) and estrogen and progestin promotes spasm. (Use Renewed Balance and protect yourself against cardiac spasm)

Women with a progesterone deficiency also have 5.4 times the risk of developing premenopausal breast cancer and a tenfold increase in death from all malignant cancers. (Use Renewed Balance)

Understand the role of genetics. Genetic endowment is what you inherit, and genetic expression is what disease you actually get. Many women live in fear of breast cancer because it runs in their family and they feel doomed by genetics. The good news is that good lifestyle choices and adding some of the AIM products can change the course of our health. Remember, gene expression is nutrient dependent and toxin sensitive.

“Genetics loads the gun but lifestyle pulls the trigger!”

If you need information on any of the products listed in Janet Pauly’s article above, please e-mail us.

For over five years we have found AIM Barleygreen to be our best health insurance. Now we take BarleyPlus every day. It comes with a three-month money-back guarantee. Why not try some?

God bless you all!

Arthur & Lyn Doerksen

Celebrating 7 years cancer-free, with no chemotherapy, drugs or radiation!

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