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North SanDiego SEPT/OCT 2012 • VOL 26 A Deadly Epidemic


& the Attempt to Hide its Link to Genetic Engineering By Jeffrey M. Smith


In October, 1989, 44-year old Kathy Lorio arrived in the medical office of Dr. Phil Hertzman in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Lorio, who had been healthy and active, was suddenly


struck with severe pain and a host of debilitating symptoms. Blood tests revealed that her eosinophil count had skyrock- eted. The normal concentra- tion of this white blood cell is about 10 per CC. Allergies or asthma can make it rise to 500. Lorio's was over 10,000.


In a coincidence that was des- tined to save lives, Hertzman referred her to Santa Fe rheumatologist James Mayer, who happened to have re- cently seen another patient, Bonnie Bishop, with similar symptoms. Bishop was in se- vere pain, her arms and legs


were filled with fluid, she had trouble breathing, and her muscles were so weak she couldn't even sit up. "She slumped like a rag doll."[1] And her eosinophil count was ex- tremely high.


Patient histories revealed that both Bishop and Lorio were taking the food supplement L- tryptophan. Although it was the only supplement common to both patients, the doctors were hesitant to blame L-tryp- tophan for the disease. It is an essential amino acid, naturally found in turkey and milk, and in supplement form had been consumed safely for years as a treatment for stress, insomnia and depression.


Hertzman checked the litera- ture on eosinophils. One au- thor's name kept coming upDr. Gerald Gleich of the Mayo Clinic. Hertzman gave him a call. Gleich told him that two cases weren't enough to draw a conclusion about L-


tryptophan. Better wait. They didn't wait long. That same day a third case, also linked to L-tryptophan, was reported in New Mexico. Gleich called the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta and told them about the cluster of pa- tients in New Mexico and the possible link to L-tryptophan. Within two weeks, three other patients checked into the Mayo Clinic with serious symptomsone needed a respi- rator to breathe. All had taken L-tryptophan and they were from different parts of the country. Gleich called the CDC again. He told them it's not limited to New Mexicoit's out and it's deadly. An L-trypto- phan alert went nationwide.


Articles began circulating about the mysterious disease. TheAlbuquerque Journal ran a series about it that eventually won the Pulitzer Prize. The New York Times covered it. As more articles appeared, the phone calls started coming Continued on page 5


Breast Health


Mamms Oversold, Therms Rock We all know that October is Breast Cancer Aware- ness Month and time for the relentless push for women to get their mammograms. Recent studies have indicated that the mammogram is oversold and the benefits are exaggerated. There can even be harm from radiation and injury to the breast. Read more on page 16.


Chronic Pain


Baker’s Cyst: A Common Cause of Recurrent Knee Pain


Recurrent knee pain is a very common complaint that affects people of all ages. In a substantial number of patients, identification of the anatomic origin of the knee pain may represent a difficult task, especially when x-rays show no obvious joint diseases. The use of imag- ing technique such as musculoskeletal ultrasound, MRI and computerized tomography demonstrates a fre- quent association of Baker’s cyst with knee pain. Read more on page 5.


Nutrition


Krill Oil Benefits and Studies The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least two times a week, because fish are a major source of Omega 3 oils. But considering most fish are contaminated with mercury and other heavy metals, what should individuals do? A clean and potent alter- native is krill, touted by folks like Dr. Oz and John Elway as the best source of Omega oils. Krill (order Euphausi- acea) are small crustaceans found in all the oceans of the world. Read more on page 9.


Legal Health


What is Joint Tenancy? Joint Tenancy is a form of title to real property in which two or more persons own an undivided right to the use and enjoyment of the property during their lives. Parents often place property in Joint Ten- ancy to leave the property to their children, thinking that nothing happens until they die. This is an erro- neous belief that can cause huge problems. Read more on page 7.


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