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What it Means: Probably gout. Yes, that old-fashioned-sounding disease is still very much around—and you don't have to be over 65 to get it. Gout is a form of arthritis (also called "gouty arthritis") that's usually caused by too much uric acid, a natural substance. The built-up uric acid forms needlelike crystals, especially at low body temperatures. And the coolest part of the body, farthest from the heart, happens to be the big toe.

"Three-fourths of the time, you wake up with a red-hot swollen toe joint as the first presentation of gout," says podiatrist Andersen.


More Clues: Swelling and shiny red or purplish skin—along with a sensation of heat and pain—can also occur in the instep, the Achilles tendon, the knees and the elbows. Anyone can develop gout, though men in their 40s and 50s are especially prone. Women with gout tend to be postmenopausal.



Gout is a form of arthritis because it causes pain in the joints, usually the big toe, although other joints can be effected like fingers, elbows, knees, ankles/heels, etc. It is caused by a build-up of Uric Acid in the blood a by-product of the breakdown of old cells and the construction of new ones. When levels rise beyond a certain point, Uric Acid Crystals form and collect in the affected joint or joints, causing excruciating pain. Imagine shards of ground glass inside the joints! These crystals can also form in the body’s major organs and do considerable damage, so avoiding pain is not the only reason to keep this serious condition under control.

Uric Acid is usually filtered out of the body by the kidneys. But, when there’s too much acid in the bloodstream, it begins to accumulate in the joints. Uric Acid Crystals inflict intense joint pain, often in attacks that come without warning. Swelling, inflammation, a sensation that the joint is on fire, and chills or fever can also result. Joints that have an injury or have been weakened from an injury or previous Gout infliction are especially prone to attack.

Gout tends to run in families. Three hundred years ago, it was associated with wealth, because Gout attacks were thought to be provoked by eating a rich diet. Now we know the disease afflicts rich and poor alike. More than 95% of people who have gout are men over 30. An estimated 10% to 20% of the population has elevated Uric Acid levels, but only 3 people in 1,000 experience Gout. Nine out of ten people with Gout are middle-aged men; over half of those with Gout have a genetic predisposition to the ailment. Those who are overweight and those prone to high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes are likely candidates.

Gout has traditionally been thought of as a disease of the affluent who dine on fatty meats, wines, and rich dairy products. But newer research points to a different culprit: beer. One study found that the major dietary difference between 61 men with Gout and a group of men who didn’t have it was that 41% of the Gout group drank more than a dozen cans of beer – two and a half liters – a day.



Celery: Eat 4 celery stalks per day or take Celery Seed Extract is very effective: 2 to 4 tablets per day 

Cherries and Berries: Eating eight ounces of canned or fresh cherries (especially black) or berries (especially strawberries and blueberries). Black Cherry Juice is very effective: ¼ to ½ cup per day. Cherry/Berry Cocktail: Mix cherry, pineapple, strawberry, and blueberry juices together with a little bit of licorice and a lot of ginger and turmeric.



Pineapple * Raisins * Avocado * Olives * Grains/Seeds/Nuts * Raw Fruits and Vegetables * High Fiber Foods * Complex Carbohydrates * Vegetable Broths * Vegetable Juices (Carrot, Celery, Parsley) * Willow Bark Tea  *

Plenty of Water



Alcohol/Beer/Wine * Anchovies * Asparagus * Cauliflower * Dried Beans and Lentils * Herring * Lunch Meats *

Organ Meats * Fatty Meats * Mushrooms * Mussels * Peas * Oatmeal * Rich Dairy Products * Deep Fried Foods 



Folic Acid: 200 to 400 mg per day * Alpha Lipoic Acid: 50 to 800 mg per day * Vitamin E: 200 to 400 IU per day

Selenium: 200 mcg per day * Omega 3 Fatty Acid (Fish Oils): 1,200 to 2,000 mg per day * Omega 6 Fatty Acid (Sunflower, Safflower, Olive, Soy Oils): 500 to 1,500 mg per day * Bromelain (Pineapple): 500 to 1,500 GDU per day


HERBS (Lowers Levels of Uric Acid, Promotes Pain Relief, and Decreases Inflammation):

Celery Seed * Grapeseed * Turmeric (Curcumin) * Chiso (Weedy Asian Mint) * Licorice * Cat’s Claw * Devil’s Claw * Stinging Nettle * Boswellia * Yucca


NOTE: Above items listed are suggested Natural Replacements to Prescription Drug: Allopurinol (Lopurin, Zyloprim) which

flushes out pain-causing Uric Acid in the bloodstream.


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Arthritis and Joint Pain Caused By Aspartame / NutraSweet (Monsanto)

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Chapter 1
(From "The Preventive Diet" by Richard J. Sabates, M.D.)

"There is no better reading than the book of your own life". A terrible pain woke me up in the middle of the night. My right big toe was on fire, even the sheets rubbing against it caused excruciating pain. I could not remember any recent trauma to my foot, but the pain continued, persisting day after day.

My first wrong diagnosis, and as it turned out, not the last, was gout. This is a type of arthritis characterized by pain and swelling in the joints. I had blood drawn in my own office to confirm the diagnosis, which should have shown high levels of uric acid. While awaiting the results, I took large dosages of the anti-inflammatory medication Indocin, plus Colchicine. These two drugs are normally effective first line drugs in the treatment of an acute gouty flair up.

Days later I still had the pain and had begun to walk with a noticeable limp. The test results came back negative, to my great surprise and showed no uric acid reaction. The blood test also showed no other type of infection, it registered totally normal.

This was just the beginning of a long odyssey of self diagnosis and treatments. I experimented with physical therapy, hot soaks, ultrasound, and massages. I restricted my physical activity and elevated my foot on top of my desk between patients. After x-rays were taken, I argued with the radiologist, insisting that he find something wrong, even though I knew perfectly well that the x-rays were negative. A few weeks later, the throbbing pain stopped in my foot and literally moved to my right hip. The limp was even worse. I could not even enter my car properly. I had to dive backward into the seat like I often had seen my father do after his hip replacement surgery.

I repeated every possible blood test. I checked rheumatoid factors, lupus, syphilis, parasites and even had an HIV test. All this time, I continued limping, popping pain pills and denying the obvious - that a doctor had no idea what was wrong with himself.

I stubbornly continued to think that I could decipher this illness myself. I dusted off my old textbooks and voraciously read all the latest arthritis journals. I remembered that high dosages of vitamin A may cause a similar arthritic syndrome, so I stopped taking all my vitamin A supplements.

Being a preventive physician, I started taking natural anti- inflammatories such as Bromelaine, Chondroitin Sulfate, and the oils GLA and EPA, as well as large dosages of vitamin C. All of these natural substances I had used for years in my medical practice, with good results. Finally I broke down and asked for help. First I consulted a long time friend of mine, Dr. Herbert Pardell. After a thorough examination and review of my extensive lab tests and x-rays, he diagnosed septic arthritis . He speculated that my ailment may have had an infectious origin, so I embarked on a fruitless regimen of anti- bacterial agents. Under the guide of Dr. Pardell I took strong antibiotics such as Tetracycline, Ampicillin and Flagyl for several months, without any results.

From the right hip, the pain migrated to my right shoulder. I could not even comb my hair. Dr. Pardell injected me with an anti- inflammatory substance named Sarapin, an excellent natural product for the treatment of bursitis. But after the anesthesia wore off, the pain returned.

I then consulted a well known orthopedic specialist, who recommended another stronger antibiotic (Cipro). He diagnosed atypical rheumatoid arthritis, though he was uncertain exactly what my ailment was.

Several weeks later I went to a chiropractor. The good doctor examined me. He assured me that my ailment was due to a problem in my neck and my back. He then adjusted me and I thanked him and left his office with the same pain with which I had come.

During my studies, it occurred to me that I may have contracted Lyme Disease. This rare illness is transmitted by an insect bite. I live on a ranch outside of Miami and have several horses. Perhaps I had been bitten some sort of insect. I had more blood drawn looking specifically for Lyme Disease - came back negative.

Two months later something happened that scared me even more. I noticed loss of vision in my left eye. It was cloudy, as if I had cataracts. I quickly consulted an ophthalmologist an an optometrist in my immediate family,. Both, after carefully examining me declared that I had perfect vision. They found nothing wrong with me. Interestingly, both were surprised that at my age pushing fifty, I did not need eye glasses. The lens of the eye usually hardens with age and the majority of people need glasses after age 40. I reminded them that the use of certain vitamins and antioxidants retards the aging process and that I would probably never need to use glasses. They laughed and said: "We will see you back in a couple of years to fit you for glasses."

The pain continued to plague me. From my right shoulder, the pain shifted to my left shoulder. Again, I had more x-rays, this time chest x-rays. I had more blood drawn, and again, all tests proved negative. I resigned myself to the possibility that I had some sort of hidden cancer. I remember being depressed and not being able to concentrate on my work. I had general fatigue and my hands would fall asleep, especially after waking up. I had to clap my hands in the morning just to get the feeling back. At that time, I thought my symptoms of depression were caused by mu inability to cope with this terrible affliction. I had no idea that all my symptoms may have been the result of the same illness.

Eight months had passed since the start of my arthritis. My research uncovered an article in a publication called The Townsend Letter, written in May, l991. This small publication is dedicated to discussing medical conditions and how they relate to nutrition and unorthodox therapies. Frequently, preventive physicians contribute interesting articles. Numerous articles in The Townsend Letter have been previously turned down by the most prestigious medical journals because they advocate the use of vitamins, minerals and alternative treatments not yet proven to the satisfaction of mainstream medicine.

I read an article titled "Joint Pains Associated with the use of Aspartame," written by Dr. H. J. Roberts, M.D., of West Palm Beach, Florida. In his introduction, he referred to the fact that the article had been turned down for publication in the Journal of the American Medical Association. With much interest but very little hope, I read Dr. Roberts describe 58 cases of multi-articular arthritis associated with the use of Aspartame (NutraSweet). All symptoms subsided after the patients discontinued using the artificial sweetener. The pain returned when he reintroduced aspartame.

Could it be that this product approved by the FDA and used by millions of people could be responsible for my arthritis? Could it be something so simple? I doubted it.

At that time I consumed large quantities of Aspartame, and like many people across the country, had a running battle with my weight. When hurricane Andrew ripped through South Florida, I used my two week vacation to help out in the community. I opened a small clinic in a partially damaged church where there was no water or electricity. We slept on the floor and all we had to eat were canned foods, colas and ham and cheese sandwiches. During this time, I gained more than 1 0 pounds. When I returned home I started a crash diet, including Aspartame products. My diet consisted of two to four yogurts a day, "lite" of course. I would add Aspartame to my Cuban coffee, as well as occasionally drink protein shakes sweetened with Aspartame. I reread Dr. Roberts article and started to believe that maybe Aspartame could be the cause of my arthritis.

Dr. Roberts article narrated the story of a 62 year old patient that had pain in all his joints. The man regularly used eight packets of Aspartame a day among the coffee, hot chocolate and gelatins in his diet. This patient also complained of loss of vision in one eye, headaches, hand cramps, irritability and a feeling of sleepiness during the day. Interestingly enough, he had gained 30 pounds instead of losing weight. When he stopped using Aspartame, all his symptoms disappeared in just a few weeks.

I nearly fell off my chair when I read this. This must be it. Full of renewed hope, I stopped my daily yogurt and called Dr. Roberts in West Palm Beach. The doctor spoke to me at length and told me his frustrating story of trying to alert the community of the Aspartame problem he uncovered. He had tried to publish his article not only in JAMA, but also in three other publications. Each turned him down. He suggested that the principle cause of this denial was money. The manufacturers of these drugs spend million of dollars in advertising and promotion to position their products in the medical community. Sometimes they are even able to exert editorial control and block unfavorable articles concerning their products. Dr. Roberts also told me that he had published a book titled "Sweetener Dearest" in an effort to alert the general population of the problems associated with this artificial sweetener.

My improvement was a lot slower than I wished, but little by little the pains became less intense and I began to engage in all my previously normal physical activities. Small tasks such as combing my hair and raising and lowering the glass of my car window to throw a coin in the Turnpike toll became very significant milestones in my life.

Two months after I began treatment, all my pains had disappeared though I was still troubled by my left eye. As a doctor, I knew that I had not proven that my particular arthritis was caused by aspartame. It may be a coincidence that my pains had disappeared. So I decided to be a scientist with all the risks this carried. First of all, I risked suffering the terrible pains again just to attain some sort of causal proof. And second, if the pains did not return, I would again worry about my mysterious illness. I started my Aspartame loaded diet as a test, consuming colas, yogurts, gelatins and ice creams.

It was with a mixture of happiness and sadness that I woke up the very next day with the familiar throbbing pain, this time in my shoulder.

These events took place several years ago. My vision has returned to around 100% normal. The pains are all gone, yet I know that my joints have suffered permanent damage. All damaged joints, through accidents, sports or arthritic processes, attract calcium and fibrin to the tissues that in the long run may cause permanent arthritic changes. All arthritic process liberates the so-called free radicals, toxic substances that erode the tissue. The only protection against them are antioxidants, especially ones that form SOD. I now take extra dosages of antioxidants and try to apply the lessons that I learned with my arthritis experience.


  1. I learned that sugar, even when used excessively (sometimes causing terrible health problems) is after all, a natural substance that our immune system recognizes. Never again will I touch artificial sweeteners and I will try to educate my patients as to the very important reasons why.
  2. In an effort to substitute nature through chemistry, all adulterated foods have a great possibility (sooner or later) of eventually producing toxic or allergic reactions in certain groups of people.
  3. The FDA is intimately related to the pharmaceutical industry. It is important to let the consumers know that many retired FDA officials go to work as special counselors to the pharmaceutical industry. FDA Commissioner Dr. Charles C. Edwards has said " It is not our purpose to endanger the financial interest of the pharmaceutical companies."

    FDA ex -commissioner Dr. Robert Liz put it more directly. "What bothers me most is that people believe that the FDA is protecting them....



Aspartame mimmicks symptoms or worsens the following diseases: fibromyalgia, arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS), parkinson's disease, lupis, multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), diabetes and diabetic complications, epilepsy, alzheimer's disease, birth defects, chronic fatigue syndrome, lymphoma, lyme disease, attention deficit disorder (ADD and ADHD), panic disorder, depression and other psychological disorders. I have also read emails from people who were ingesting large amounts of sugarfree diet sodas and some of their complaints were: severe headaches and migraines, hallucinations, chest pains, numbness in arms, legs, sexual disfunction, severe menstrual periods, nausea, vomiting, chronic diarhea, impotency and trouble conceiving, miscarriages, memory loss, seeming to be in a "fog" all the time, chronic fever, burning tongue, chronic sore throat, hair loss, brain tumors. Don't take my word for it, check it out yourself. Just punch in "Aspartame" in your search engine and search for yourself. I hope this helps.

Mary Wolfe
Read more at http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=56195&ktrack=kcplink


a killer!

"The London Sunday Express, with a circulation of 2 million, recently ran a front page headline calling for proof that the diet sweetener was safe. They even have a Member of Parliament interested in this crime of the century."

by Lucy Johnson, Sunday Express, London, UK.

Lyn Hunter's pain was so bad it nearly drove her to suicide. She cut out aspartame and it disappeared.

My two years of hell on low calorie drinks

Dozens of people have contacted the Sunday Express claiming they have suffered adverse reactions from Britain's best-selling low calorie sweetener aspartame.

This follows our revelations last week that a growing number of scientists, consumer groups and MPs are questioning its safety.

One reader, Lyn Hunter, says she regularly drank aspartame-flavoured soft drinks and chewed aspartame-sweetened gum. Two years ago she began to suffer pain in her feet. The pain spread to her hands, wrists, elbows, neck and shoulders.

Her doctor carried out blood tests for rheumatoid arthritis. Although the tests were negative, he treated her for the condition anyway. But the pain grew worse. Lyn, 49, of Liverpool, said: "It got to the stage where I was ready to commit suicide. Nothing could combat the ache. I
couldn't sleep, dress or wash myself. My body was just screaming in agony."

She also suffered headaches, lack of concentration, confusion, excessive tiredness and insomnia. She saw various doctors, including a hypnotherapist and rheumatologist, but it seemed nothing could help. "I was taking maximum strength, maximum dose painkillers daily along with my medication but it had no effect," she said. Last September a work colleague suggested Lyn may have an allergy.

Her own research led to the discovery that joint pain had been reported as a side-effect of aspartame. So she removed it from her diet.

"I noticed a difference within days and after a week most of my symptoms had almost disappeared," she said. Lyn is just one of a number of people who have complained of a series of debilitating symptoms such as headaches, joint pains, depression and poor vision which they believe could be linked to aspartame. Two of the alleged victims have engaged lawyers to investigate whether they may be able to sue the manufacturers.

Aspartame is produced by a number of firms, including the US multi-national Monsanto. Sold under the brand names NutraSweet or Canderel, it is widely used in products such as diet drinks and yogurts. It has been linked with more than 90 adverse reactions, including brain tumors and blindness.

Monsanto is confident that existing research has proved its safety. It says: "This product has been approved by health and regulatory authorities across the world. No credible, well-controlled independent research shows any link between health risks and aspartame."

But last week the Sunday Express demanded that the Government fund fresh research into the effects of long-term exposure. Since then we have been inundated with phone calls and letters.

Barbara Simmons, 66, drank diet drinks for years in an effort to control her weight. She began to suffer from very bad headaches.

"The pain used to come during the night from the back of the head to the front. It would cause my eye to drop on the left hand side and my left eye would narrow to a slit. It got so bad no painkillers could help."

About three years ago a friend told her that she believed her daughter's headaches were caused by aspartame and that she should remove it from her diet. "It took me a while to remove it completely-- I didn't realize it was in so many products.

I was taking it in jellies, blancmanges, orange drinks and fizzy drinks."

Within weeks of eliminating aspartame from her diet, Barbara's headaches stopped. That was three years ago and she has not had another headache since.

Liberal Democrat consumer affairs spokesman Norman Baker said last night that he would be seeking a meeting with health ministers to discuss concerns raised by Sunday Express readers.

"It is clear that aspartame requires a further and more detailed investigation to establish whether it should be taken off the market," he said.

A spokesman for NutraSweet said: "Ever since NutraSweet has been on the market, it has provided an inquiry line and when every one of these allegations is investigated by researchers it has not been possible to connect it with aspartame."

Aspartame has been used for 18 years but no study has properly analyzed the effects of long-term exposure. An analysis of studies in America until 1996 found that 92 per cent of independent research papers expressed concern that aspartame may be linked to illnesses such as brain tumors, blindness and seizures. As well as fizzy drinks and chewing gum, it is found in sweets, beer, spring water and vitamins. It is 200 times sweeter than sugar but contains virtually no calories. Sales are worth more than $1 billion a year.

From: http://www.lineone.net/express/00/01/16/news/n1320diet-d.html andhttp://www.lineone.net/express/index.html   
Written By: lucy.johnson@express.co.uk

From: "Carol Guilford" <carolg8@worldnet.att.net>


The Sunday Express today demanded a Government inquiry into the safety of aspartame, Britain's best-selling low calorie sweetener after mounting concern that it poses a health risk. The sweetener - sold as NutraSweet and Canderel and found in products such as diet drinks and desserts - has been linked with more than 90 adverse reactions including brain tumors and

Aspartame has been used for 18 years but no study has properly analyzed the affects of long-term exposure. It is now being questioned by a growing number of scientists, consumer groups and members of Parliament

The evidence is still inconclusive and its manufacturers Monsanto, are confident existing research has declared it safe. A spokesperson said: "This product has been approved by health and regulatory authorities across the world. No credible, well-controlled independent research shows any link between health risks and aspartame."

But most of the studies that declare it safe are funded by the food industry. An analysis of studies in America until 1996 found that 92 per cent of independent research papers expressed concerns.

From: "Carol Guilford" <carolg8@worldnet.att.net>

We must not sugar the pill over artificial sweetener worries... 
There is little more important to us than the food that we eat and drink. If we cannot be sure that it is safe then we are in a dangerous mess. That is why the Sunday Express launched its Faith In Our Foods campaign last year. So far we have had nothing but success. Our first task, to ensure that food labeling was accurate, was accomplished when the minister, Baroness
Hayman, pledged to take the necessary action. We take her at her word.

As we promised then, today we return to the campaign by calling for a review of the safety of the country's best-selling low-calorie sweetener, aspartame, which is sold under brand names such as NutraSweet and Canderel. Aspartame has been linked with more than 90 health problems from brain tumors and blindness to cancer.

Monsanto, which manufactures Nutrasweet, denies that there are any risks. Certainly, research funded by the food industry rules out any dangers. Other independent research, however, paints a more worrying picture.

We, the consumer, are left not knowing what to believe. Now the only satisfactory way forward is for an exhaustive government study from the new Food Standards Agency. This could clear up once and for all whether this widely used additive is safe.

We hope such a study would provide good news. But we need to know for sure.

From: "Carol Guilford" <carolg8@worldnet.att.net>

Bitter War of Words Over Safety of $1 Billion Sweetener
By Lucy Johnston

The Giant corporation vigorously defends its billion dollar chemical. The  mere suggestion of "health risks" can prompt threatening letters from its lawyers.

The company is Monsanto, the American multi-national. It is protecting the reputation of aspartame - a confected chemical compound which has one extraordinary property: it is very sweet.

Aspartame is the artificial sweetener which has revolutionized the low-calorie food and drink industry in the Western world. Most people would know it under brand names such asNutraSweet and Canderel. Unlike sugar, it isn't fattening and doesn't have the unpleasant aftertaste of its once-dominant competitor, saccharine.

The Monsanto lawyers take an unequivocal stance. Twice they have written letters headed "Not for Publication" to the Sunday Express, stressing that aspartame is the most thoroughly-tested ingredient in our food supply. Those tests, their clients state, prove it is safe.

However, scientists, doctors, psychiatrists, campaigners and members of Parliament believe there are safety questions. They believe such a debate should not be silenced by lawyers protecting lucrative commercial interests.

In Britain we consume 10 billion cans of fizzy drink a year and a little under half of them are artificially sweetened. We take aspartame in jelly, chewing gum, yogurts, desserts, sweets, beer, spring water and vitamins. Monsanto points to 200 "objective" scientific studies which document the safety of its product. All other studies, it says, have been discredited. Many reports indicating aspartame is safe are financed by the food industry.

However, a scientific review of all the evidence available in 1996 found 92 per cent of the independent - non-industry-funded - medical data relating to health risks of aspartame identified safety concerns. These include fears that aspartame may be linked to illnesses such as brain tumours, blindness and seizures.

Professor Ralph Walton, chairman of the psychiatry department at Northwestern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, said: "I dispute Monsanto's assertion that there are no health risks. I believe aspartame increases risk of cancer. Virtually all the studies attesting to its safety
have been funded by the industry."

America's influential Food and Drug Administration and Britain's food safety watchdogs have always given the sweetener a clean bill of health--but that may not be the end of the story.

The discovery of aspartame, in 1969, was accidental. While testing a new chemical as a possible anti-ulcer drug, chemist James Schlatter  inadvertently smeared his hand with liquid from a flask. He licked his thumb clean and was surprised by how sweet it tasted. The compound was 200 times sweeter than sugar.

Aspartame seemed wonderful. It contained virtually no calories and tasted more like sugar than other sweeteners: ideal for the growing diet market. Sales under the brand name NutraSweet became worth more than $ 1 billion a year.

It had taken 16 years from Schlatter's discovery for his company, US drug giant Searle, to win FDA approval for the sweetener. Searle's safety research was one of the main sticking points. Doubts over its reliability prompted a special investigation by the FDA, which discovered some of the tests were "seriously flawed". A senior FDA toxicologist told a Congressional committee: "At least one test has established beyond any reasonable doubt that aspartame is capable of producing brain tumors in animals."

IN 1981 an internal memo from three FDA scientists advised against approval of NutraSweet. That year President Reagan fired the FDA commissioner and gave the job to Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes. Three months later aspartame was passed for limited use and within two years was also approved for beverages.

The FDA's decision paved the way for 100 regulatory bodies in other countries to follow suit, including Britain. By 1985 Searle had been acquired by Monsanto - the company that invented Agent Orange - and aspartame became the market leader. As consumption of aspartame grew, with products such as Diet Coke and Wrigley's sugar-free gum, so did the concerns. The FDA has received reports of 92 different symptoms, claimed to have been triggered by aspartame. They include headaches, skin problems, gastro-intestinal problems, poor vision, depression, carbohydrate cravings, panic attacks, irregular heart rhythms, behavioral problems and seizures. The FDA stresses that none has yet been proved.

Dr. Hyman Roberts, of the Palm Beach Institute for Medical Research in Florida, had welcomed aspartame. "When it was introduced, I recommended it to diabetic patients because it contained no sugar, calories, cholesterol or sodium. It was a godsend," he said. However, he then saw more patients with problems such as chronic headaches, impaired vision and panic attacks. "We narrowed down the culprit to aspartame," he added.

The most common reaction among his 1,200 aspartame-sensitive patients has been headaches. "I also had numerous diabetic patients whose condition has been exacerbated by aspartame, including eye and nerve problems," he said. "When they were taken off aspartame, they improved dramatically."

During digestion aspartame breaks down into several constituents including methanol, which can act as a brain toxin, according to Dr Madelon Price, professor of neurobiology at Washington University Medical School. "Methanol can lead to visual problems, headaches and muscle cramps," she said.

Monsanto and NutraSweet argue that all the constituents of aspartame are in much greater quantities in natural drinks such as milk and tomato juice, not considered a health risk.

Four years ago an article in the American Association of Neuropathologists' journal claimed the sweetener was a "promising candidate" to explain a 10 per cent rise in brain tumor rates in America. The authors relied on an early trial in which some rats fed on aspartame developed brain tumors.

NutraSweet, said the report's authors had "manipulated" their data and pointed to other studies which showed its product was safe.

A British Government committee on carcinogenicity agreed there were flaws with the American study and rejected the allegation.

However, last month scientists at King's College in London began a three-year study to see whether aspartame could cause brain tumors in people with a certain genetic make-up.

Dr Peter Nunn, who is leading the team, said: "Some studies have shown a link between aspartame and primary brain tumors, and some have shown no link.

"This study does not set out to rubbish aspartame. It is a serious study into whether people with certain genes are more susceptible to these compounds than others."

Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker has urged the Government to investigate. "We do not know whether aspartame is dangerous," he said. "But independent researchers have expressed serious concerns. Aspartame should be withdrawn immediately pending further investigation."

* Additional reporting by Jonathan Calvert and Sarah Stacey

Does your feet hurt? this may be your problem


For our purposes, and to make it as easy as possible for you to under stand, “Morton’s Toe” will mean having either one or both of two abnormal, inherited conditions of the first metatarsal bone of the foot. Morton’s Toe was first written about in the 1920s byDr. Dudley J. Morton. Its importance in causing pain throughout the body was taught by Dr. Janet Travell who was President Kennedy’s and Johnson’s White House physician.

What is the first metatarsal bone ?

The first metatarsal bone is a finger-like bone to which the big toe attaches to. It extents about halfway down your foot toward your heel. There are five metatarsal bones one that attaches to each toe bone. They are inside your foot so you really cannot see them. The only way to truly see the metatarsal bones is with an x-ray of the foot.

Morton’s Toe, can be caused by one or both of two problems that can effect the first metatarsal bone

1. The first abnormal condition, and the most noted one, that can cause Morton’s Toe is where your first metatarsal bone is shorter than your second metatarsal bone.

2. The second condition that can cause a Morton’s Toe is when your first metatarsal bone is not as stable as it should be, and as a result, has too much motion. This is known as “Hypermobility of the First Metatarsal Bone.”

Do You Have a Short First Metatarsal Bone?

Look down at your feet. Socks off please! If your second toe seems longer, (and I mean even just a hair longer) than your first toe, you may have a short first metatarsal bone.

The above photograph show a classic Morton’s Toe caused by a short first metatarsal bone. Note how the big toe is shorter than the second toe. Morton’s Toe is normally not this noticeable. Most of the time in a Morton’s Toe the big toe will appear to be only a little shorter than the second toe or just about the same length as the second toe.

Another way to check to see if you have a short first metatarsal bone is to hold your first and second toes down. Right behind the spot where the toes attach to the foot, you will see bumps pushing up from the top of your foot. These bumps are the heads of the first and second metatarsal bones. Using a pen, lipstick, or marker, draw a line where the bumps end (flat area) and meet the top of the foot.

This spot is the very end of both of the heads of the first and second metatarsal bones. Look at both lines. If the line of the second metatarsal head is farther down your foot toward your toes than the first metatarsal head, even just a very little, then you probably have a short first metatarsal bone.

Sometimes it is not necessary to draw a line on top of the foot because the relationship of the metatarsal heads can easily be seen. If this is the case, you can see without difficulty that the second metatarsal head is farther down the top of the foot than the first metatarsal head.

Frequently, people with short first metatarsal bones will also have a “webbing” between their second and third toes. They will have a flap of excess skin that sort of looks like a “bat wing” in between the second and third toes. If you do have this webbing of the toes, it is a pretty good tip off that you do have a short metatarsal bone or you are part duck. Check to see if Mom or Dad, or anyone else in the family has this also.

Do You Have Hypermobility of the First Metatarsal Bone?

In a 1928 paper in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, and in Chapter 23 of his book The Human Foot, Dr. Dudley J. Morton father of the Morton’s Toe writes about, hypermobility of the first metatarsal bone, the other problems associated with Morton’s Toe.

Hypermobility of the First Metatarsal Bone may not be as famous as its “partner in pain,” the short first metatarsal bone, but in Morton’s own words “is responsible for the widest range of foot problems”. Hypermobility refers to the excessive motion present at the first metatarsal bone.

In the normal foot, there would be very little motion at this area. But in a foot with hypermobility of the first metatarsal bone, there is an excessive amount of motion that takes place. According to Dr. Morton, the reason for the excessive motion is due to an abnormal laxity (looseness) of the plantar ligament that runs under the metatarsal bone. This laxity is either inherited or acquired in childhood. Because the ligament is abnormally loose, the first metatarsal bone is not as stable as it should be, resulting in many foot problems.

Unlike the short first metatarsal bone, there is no simple reliable way that you can determine on your own if you have hypermobility of the first metatarsal bone. But because it is treated the same way as the short first metatarsal bone, with the Toe Pad, written about at the bottom of this page or discussed in greater detail in the new book Why You Really Hurt: It All Starts In The Foot . It is not that important for you to know for sure if you have hypermobility or not. What counts is are you any feeling better once you start to treat yourself for your Morton’s Toe?

Dr. Morton recognized that besides having either a short first metatarsal bone or hypermobility of that bone, there were many other actions, stresses, strains, and forces that affected the way your foot works and that can cause and contribute to foot problems. At no time or place did Dr. Morton ever state that having either of those conditions was a guarantee of having a foot problem or any other problem. In fact, the only thing he ever stated was that by having the short first metatarsal bone or the hypermobility of the first metatarsal bone may lead to having foot problems. In addition, it is very important that you need to be aware of it.

Aches and Pains a Morton’s Toe can cause, of your feet and body.

Morton’s Toe cannot only cause foot problems but as you will see, it can cause pains all over your body.

A. Foot Problems

The most common foot problem causes by a Morton’s Toe is due to excessive pressure under the second metatarsal head cause by the short first metatarsal bone. This pain, pressure or burring is commonly called metatarsalgia. But with time this ongoing abnormal pressure caused by a Morton’s Toe can lead to a callous being formed under the second metatarsal head.

Some of the other foot problems that can be caused by a Morton’s Toe are

B. Body wide problems caused by the Morton’s Toe

For several years, many of the patients I was treating for their foot problems due to Morton’s Toe were repeatedly telling me how much better they were feeling in other places on their bodies. They were happy because their feet were not only getting better, but also their backs, thighs, knees, legs and hips were also feeling better following my treatments. Many told me they were also sleeping better because of fewer leg cramps during the night. Some even told me their fibromyalgia was hurting less. I knew there was something special going on, but it did not immediately sink in.

It was not until about the time I finished my certification to become a Diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management that I realized what my patients had been trying to tell me for years; a Morton’s Toe could also cause chronic pain almost anywhere in the body! I also finally “got it” because of the book published around that time by Drs. Janet Travell and David Simon on Myofascial Pain Syndrome. That book showed that Morton’s Toe was one of the underlying causes of this extremely painful muscular condition that could cause pain all over.

Let me make it simple. If you have either a short first metatarsal bone or the hypermobility of the first metatarsal bone, it can cause Myofascial Pain Syndrome, and can then cause many of the following aches, pains and conditions, not only of the feet, but also of the whole body.

It is very possible that because you have a Morton’s Toe, you have been suffering for years with an undiagnosed Myofascial Pain Syndrome or Fibromyalgia. This could be the real underlying cause of the aches and pains, all over your body, that no one, no medicine, or no thing, has been able to help. Millions of people suffer every day, with these torments and do not know why. I believe that in many cases Morton’s Toe is the explanation for this WHY, and the reason for aches and pains not only in their back, knee, and hip but also in a lot other places in their body.

How does a Morton’s Toe causes Fallen Arches, Flat Feet, Weak Ankle and Tired Feet.

Everybody knows or has heard of “fallen arches and flat feet”. The million dollar question is why do we get them to start with?

The answer is simple, Morton’s Toe causes fallen arches and flat feet. Dr. Morton wrote passionately about this in his article of 1928, and his books of 1935, 1939 and 1952. Dr. Morton had no doubt that fallen arches, flat feet, weak ankle and tired feet are all caused by a unstable first metatarsal bone. He said when you had hypermobility of the first metatarsal bone there will be a loss of stability at the arch. This loss of stability will then cause the arch to fall, tilt or collapse inwardly because it has less support than normal due to the hypermobility of the first metatarsal bone.

Once this collapsing starts toward the inside part of the foot, then a chain reaction begins to take place that can cause many problems of your foot, heel and ankle. The muscles of the ankle will attempt to fight off this unnatural inward titling or collapsing of the arch. But if the abnormal forces put upon the muscles at the ankle and at the arch are too great, then these muscles will become strained and exhausted. They will then start to hurt in their attempt to prevent the arch from collapsing and to maintain the balance of the feet.

This unsuccessful battle of trying to prevent the arch from collapsing by the muscles of the ankle is also a common cause of tired feet and weak ankles. Chronic ankle sprains can also be caused by this acquired instability at the ankle joint due to its battle of trying to prevent the arch from collapsing. This straining or exhausting of the muscles can also cause spasms at night. The good news is that these problems can be easily treated with a toe pad or a shoe insert. In reality, true “fallen arches” are a rare thing. In spite of the fact that the term is now used to refer to several foot problems, in actuality it means a total breakdown and substantial deformity of the foot. This severe condition is, in fact, a truly uncommon occurrence in our time.

In other words if you do have hypermobility at the first metatarsal bone, you will have improper weight bearing, and in turn, will lose the stability needed in supporting the arch. This is the real reason why our arches fall causing flat feet.

How many times in your life have you heard the term “fallen arches” and had no idea what it really meant? Now, the next time you are sitting around with friends or family and someone mentions fallen arches, you can impress the heck out of him by saying , “Did you know that according to Professor Dudley Joy Morton, fallen arches are caused by the laxity of the plantar ligaments, causing a hypermobility of the first metatarsal bone, which affects the stability of the longitudinal arch?”

How a Morton’s Toe makes you hurt, or what goes wrong

In a perfect situation, Mother Nature makes the first metatarsal bone as long as or longer than the second metatarsal bone. “Mom” also designed the first metatarsal bone so that it would be able to carry twice the weight as the second metatarsal bone. However if the first metatarsal bone is shorter than the second metatarsal bone, then this proper lifting by the first metatarsal bone cannot take place This is because with every step, the second metatarsal bone will abnormally meet the ground before the first metatarsal bone does. When this happens, the first metatarsal bone is not able of doing its job of supporting most of the weight of the front part of the foot. The second metatarsal bone is now forced to not only to lift its share of the burden, but now is made to absorb the first metatarsal bone’s share, as well. This makes the second metatarsal bone do 100% of the work, when normally it would be doing only one third of the work. This puts a tremendous amount of abnormal stress on the second metatarsal bone. It is this “super stress” put upon the second metatarsal bone that starts the chain of events that can cause us to hurt all over. More important this stress also results in something known as pronation.


“Pronation has long been recognized as a

cardinal sign of foot disorder”

Dr. Dudley J. Morton

Human Locomotion & Body Form

Pronation is the single most important term used in any discussion of how the foot works. Morton’s Toe will cause you to have abnormal or over pronation. It is this pronation that is the ultimate cause or contributing factor to most of the problems that I write about, not only of your foot but also of your whole body.

Pronation is a series of movements our foot must make in order for us to walk properly. But, it is not that simply.

There are two types of pronation of the foot,

1. normal pronation, or

2. abnormal, or over pronation

Normal Pronation is a series of motions the foot must have, so that it can absorb the shock of meeting the ground. It must be able to do this, in order to adapt and adjust to the new walking surfaces it has just met. This adjustment should only last a fraction of a second to allow the foot to slow down ; absorb the shock of your body weight and adapt to the walking surface . At this point in time normal pronation is taking place the foot is referred to as a “bag of bones” due to it ability to adapt to the new walking or running surfaces. Part of this process of becoming a “bag of bones” is that the arch will start to flatten out and roll toward the ground. Once this adaption process has taken place your foot should stop pronating. If this does not happen and your foot keeps “over” pronating, it can then be the start of all the bad things that can happen to your foot and your body. If you think you have “fallen arches”, it is most probably because your feet are over pronating.

Over or Abnormal Pronation: As I stated above, this occurs when the foot is still pronating when it shouldn’t be. Once the foot has adapted to the ground the foot should stop pronating and should be starting to stabilizing itself or locking itself. This locking is called Supination* and is the opposite of Pronation. Supination must take place so the foot can become a “Rigid Lever*” (opposite of “bag of bones”) in order for it to support our body when we push off from the ground; and propel us forward for our next step. In Supination the arch of the foot goes up (instead of down as in Pronation) so that it can become the Ridge Lever. But, if you are Over Pronating and you still are a “Bag of Bones and not the Rigid Leverwhen pushing off from the ground, then your foot and body will attempt to stop the over pronation by compensation.

This compensation puts the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other structures under a tremendous amount of abnormal stress and strain not only of the foot but of the whole body. It is this abnormal stress caused by the body attempting to compensate that is the start of most of our feet and body wide problems. We know that if you have a Short First Metatarsal Bone, and or Hypermobility of the First Metatarsal Bone, thanks to a Morton’s Toe you can have a lack of proper stabilization on the fore foot, at the critical moment when the foot must be a “ridge lever” in order for it to push off from the ground. This instability will force the foot to compensate in its attempt to become that “ridge lever”.

It is this instability that that hinders proper weight bearing that starts the chain of events, thru compensation, that ends in you numerous aches and pains not only of your foot but also thru out your body. Pronation can also be made worst if you have one leg shorter than the other.

Shortness and or hypermobility of the first metatarsal bone are a two-headed monster that decreases the ability of the first metatarsal to work properly. It causes over pronation when walking and results in putting greater stress and strain not only on the foot but also on the whole body.

Why you get a Morton’s Toe

Heredity is one of the major causes for having foot problems. When someone says that you look like your mom or dad, bear in mind that the resemblances can also extend to how your feet look and act. It is not unusual for me to examine three generations of one family only to see the Morton’s Toe, or other similar foot problems, are present in all three generations. Most people think the reason(s) their feet are hurting are because of a bad pair of shoes, having the wrong job or just standing too much. I don’t believe so. Don’t misunderstand, those things (job, shoes, standing) can definitely aggravate a foot already susceptible to having problems, but by themselves, they are rarely the real underlying causes of the foot problems. They are simply the external stresses that finally push your feet over the edge in mid-life, causing you to have pain. When I tell patients for the first time that their foot problems are NOT likely due to their job, shoes, and/or standing on their feet too much, but rather due to Ma, Pa, or Uncle Louie, they look at me dumbfounded. Think about it. Does everyone you work with, who has the same job as you, stand on the same floor for as long as you do, or wear the same exact style shoe as you, have foot problems? Of course not! Then why do you and not them? It is because in the great lottery of life, you were born with the tendency to have a Morton’s Toe or some other foot problem. Of course, if you knowingly wear shoes that are wrong for your feet, they will hurt. In regard to shoes, don’t forget that famous age old saying, “You cannot fit a salami into a hot dog bun.”

Patients ask me all the time, “Dr. Schuler, what can I do to prevent my foot problems?” My answer is simple: “Pick different parents next time, when it comes to your feet.”

Most people who inherit the tendency to have foot problems don’t have these problems until they reach middle age. That is when these inherited traits start to take their toll due to the day-in, day-out trauma that has built up over the years.

Dr. Morton explained this in his 1952 book, Human Locomotion and Body Form. He stated that the tissues of the youthful foot have more elasticity than those of the older foot, and because of that, most foot problems do not appear until after thirty years of age. Morton went on to say that external events like prolonged periods of standing or abusive use due to high heels, do not affect the foot in our youth.

Dr. Dudley J. Morton, the Father of the Morton’s Toe

In the first half of the twentieth century, the most famous doctor in the United States, regarding problems of the human foot, was Dudley J. Morton, M.D. During that, time such publications as Readers Digest, Time Magazine. The New York Times regularly quoted and cited him. He was repeatedly written about in dozens of newspapers around the country, His medical books and articles on the foot were the leading authorities of their time. Aside from being a renowned authority of the foot, Morton was also an orthopedic surgeon, anatomist, evolutionist, teacher, anthropologist, author, musician, painter and inventor. He was born on March 27, 1884 in Baltimore, Maryland, on his family’s farm. In 1907, Morton graduated from Hahemann Medical College in Pennsylvania. During World War I, he went to France and served as a surgeon with the famous American Ambulance of Paris.

When he returned from the war, Dr. Morton became a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, where he served as an anatomist. While at the museum, he concerned himself with the evolutionary development of the human foot. This is where he started to establish his reputation. His numerous papers and studies in the early and mid-1920s revolved around his study of primates (monkeys). This laid the groundwork for his most important work pertaining to the human foot, which took place in the late 1920’s.

Besides his scientific publication, in 1924, he found the time to write and publish a delightful children’s book called “Grampa’s Toy Shop ” This delightful, highly imaginary Christmas story shows how diverse and creative Dr. Morton truly was.

Two Important Papers

Between 1924 and 1928, Morton was on the faculty of the Yale University School of Medicine, where he was an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery. While at Yale, he published the two papers that would present, for the first time, what Morton’s Toe was. In 1927, he published a paper in the prestigious Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery titled “Metatarus Atavicu: The Identification of a Distinctive Type of Foot Disorder“.This scientific paper was the first time Morton presented his theory of the short first metatarsal bone and its harmful effects it could cause on the foot. The following year, in 1928, Morton published another paper in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. This paper described, for the first time, another condition of the first metatarsal bone known as “Hypermobility of the First Metatarsal Bone”. This condition, and the short first metatarsal bone, is one of the two problems, that for our purposes, we consider to be the Morton’s Toe. Dr. Morton never referred to these two problems as a Morton’s Toe. This is the term that was given to these problems over a period of years by the medical profession.


If the 1920s was Morton’s decade of writing scientific articles, the 1930 through 1950s was his era of writing books both for the medical community and the general public. During those years, he wrote seven books. As before, these books were about evolution, anatomy and the human foot.

The Human Foot

The most important of these books was his 1935’s The Human Foot. It was written as a textbook for the medical community. The basis of the book came directly from his 1927 and 1928 papers written for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery in conjunction with his years of research as an anatomist, anthropologist, and an evolutionist. His years of work at the American Museum of National History, Yale, and Columbia were also reflected in the book. In The Human Foot, Morton laid out, step-by-step, via evolution and inheritances, why we have foot problems and what to do about them. It quickly became a medical classical, becoming the leading text of it time concerning the human foot. He explains (as noted previously) that the two major causes of foot problems were the short first metatarsal bone and hypermobility of the first metatarsal bone. In spite of the fact that over seventy years have passed since it publications the material Morton presented in The Human Foot is still true. Not only to those suffering with foot problems, but, as you will see, for those who also suffer with pains throughout their bodies. By the time that book was published, Morton was the leading authority of the foot in the medical world. Concerning fallen arches and flat feet he wrote in the Human Foot the following:

“Laxity of the plantar ligaments of this segment affects both the longitudinal arch, by impairing the stability of the foot as a base of support, and the fore part of the foot, by causing an improper distribution of weight upon the metatarsal bones.

Oh Doctor, My Feet!

If The Human Foot made Morton famous in the medical profession, it was his 1939 book,Oh Doctor, My Feet! written for the average person, that made him a household name. After the release of Oh Doctor, My Feet! there was no question that Dr. Dudley J. Morton was considered by both the public and the medical community as the leading authority in this country regarding foot pain. In that book, Morton explained to the average person why their feet really hurt, and what to do about it. The book was so celebrated that Reader’s Digest asked Dr. Morton to write an article about the book, in their April 1939 issue. In the first paragraph of the Reader’s Digest article, Morton wrote:

“Aching, pain galled feet are among the commonest afflictions besetting mankind. Seven of ten persons suffer from foot alignment of varying severity ranging from the nagging discomfort of corns to total disability from broken down feet”

Morton went on to say that then, as now, millions of dollars are spent annually on corrective shoes or other devices that are of questionable benefit in healing the foot. As always, he stated the two principal reasons for foot problems are the short first metatarsal bone and or the hypermobility of the first metatarsal bone. He continued to explain how to treat these conditions by putting a pad or a platform under the first metatarsal bone.

The book was also written about in the New Yorker Magazine and was reviewed in dozens of newspapers across the country, from the New York Times to the Oakland Tribune. At about the same time, The American Medical Association also published an article for physicians that were written by Morton based on Oh Doctor, My Feet!

Human Locomotion and Body Form: A Study of Gravity and Man

In 1952, with Dudley Dean Fuller, a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and Dr. Morton wrote his last book called Human Locomotion and Body Form: A Study of Gravity and Man. The book reflected Dr. Morton’s thirty-plus years of work on evolution that supported his belief that the only way humans could eventually stand erect and walk was because of inheritance over millions of years. There were of course, chapters on the short first metatarsal bone and hypermobility of the first metatarsal bone. It was well received and was republished over seas by an English publishing house.

Throw them Out!

In January 1942, Dr. Morton presented a paper at the Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in Atlantic City. According to the New York Times, Morton made quite a sensation when he stated, “that 90% of arch supports that prop up thousands of feet ought to be thrown out the window”. And, that the term “weak arches” should disappear in any discussion about the feet. Morton went on to say that, other than high heels, shoes are not normally responsible for most foot problems. He also said that fallen arches are not the cause of most foot problems; but the real problem is due to poorly distributed weight across the five metatarsal bones (i.e. Morton’s Toe ) Time Magazine, in their January 26, 1942 issue, also reported about Morton’s at this meeting.

From 1928 on, Morton was an associate professor of anatomy, at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University in New York. He not only taught and did research at Columbia, he also was on staff at Columbia Presbertyrian Hospital, where he treated patients. He stayed at Columbia for sixteen years until he resigned on June 30, 1944.

Later Work

In December 1949, the Reader’s Digest again published another article about Dr. Dudley J. Morton. This time it was a highly enthusiastic profile about him entitled “Something Wrong with Your Feet.” Paul de Kruif, who was a very famous author in his own right, wrote the piece. De Kruif was most noted for his book, Microbe Hunters that first published in 1926, and which is still in print today. De Kruif, who was a patient of Morton’s, testified that arch supports failed him, while Morton’s simple Toe Pad worked. He relates the story of how Morton discovered the importance of the short first metatarsal bone while looking at hundreds of x-rays, and how he developed the treatment for Morton’s Toe. He then goes on to say how, Morton received the scientific recognition he deserved, not only in the U.S. but overseas as well. De Kruif concluded The Reader Digest article by saying with admiration:

“Thus thanks largely to Dr. Morton’s pioneer work, one of the most common of foot defects need no longer cause widespread suffering”.

The Final Years

Morton’s grandchildren Janice, Sandy and Chris, (who are now in their fifties and sixties,) have nothing but fond memories of their grandfather. At Thanksgiving, he insisted on carving the turkey at the family gathering. Like many men of his time, Dr. Morton was a chain smoker. His grandson, Chris, clearly recalls watching ball games on TV with his grandfather, as Dr. Morton lit one cigarette after another. Unfortunately, it was this chain smoking that finally led to his death from cancer in May 1960 at the age of seventy-six.

History of the Morton’s Toe

Thru out history the long 2nd toe was referred as a “Roman Or Greek Foot”. Before Dr. Morton ever wrote about the long 2nd toe in the 1920’s it was written about for some time in various places. One of the most interesting of these publications is the U. S. National Park Service pamphlet about the Statute of Liberty, called The Statue of Liberty’s toes – or why she may wear sandals . In it, the history of the Roman and Greek foot, and the Morton’s Toe is given in regard to the feet of the Statue of Liberty. Fredric Bartholdi the sculptor was influenced by his classical training and gave the Statue of Liberty the Roman/Greek Foot.

The Toe Pad: the treatment for Morton’s Toe

The basic, simple treatment for Morton’s Toe and most of the problems associated with it, such as back pain, knee pain, hip pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis and most foot pains, is with a pad that is applied to the bottom of your first metatarsal bone that we call the “Toe Pad.” It was first written about by Dr. Morton in 1927. He invented it to treat the improperly working short first metatarsal bone. Realizing this device was new, different and literally one of a kind, Morton he applied for a patent on it on June 20, 1927. He called it “Means for Compensating for Foot Abnormalities.” It took almost five years, but on March 1, 1932, Dudley J. Morton was granted U.S. Patent # 1,847,973 for his device. After eighty years, its basic concept is still the best way of treating the problems of the foot and body associated with Morton’s Toe, but now it is much smaller and easier to make.

This is how the Toe Pad should look under the first metatarsal bone. Notice how it goes up and down.

How the Toe Pad Works to Make You Feel Better.

A Morton’s Toe can cause excessive strain on the second metatarsal bone or other parts of your body and foot. It is this strain that can be the real cause of why you can be hurting not only in your foot, but all over your body.

The Toe Pad works by removing this strain, by acting as a platform on the bottom of the first metatarsal bone. This platform allows the first metatarsal bone to meet the ground properly and then forces it to bear weight normally. Once this happens, the abnormal strain that was improperly put on the second metatarsal bone starts to be removed and shifted back to the first metatarsal bone. It is this shifting of the abnormal strain off of the second metatarsal bone, back to the first metatarsal bone where it belongs, that will start to have you feeling better again.

The Toe pad also acts as a platform in the treatment for hypermobility of the first metatarsal bone. But now its job is to remove the slack of the ligaments in and around the bottom of the first metatarsal bone, which is causing excess motion of the bone. By doing this, the toe pad stabilizes and also locks the first metatarsal bone in place. Once the bone is locked in place, it will help control all of the problems not only of the feet, but also throughout the body associated with hypermobility of the first metatarsal bone.

The Toe Pad is a patented, proven medical treatment, that has withstood the test of time. It is not a work in progress. It is not an arch support or a special shoe that costs hundreds of dollars and will not work. It is a simple pad or insole that can be made for about $2.00 -$3.00. In Why You Really Hurt: It All Starts In The Foot, we show you how to make the Toe Pad.THE TOE PAD


Rosacea cause and cure


Rosacea cause and cure


Rosacea - Cause/Etiology & Cure



Many rosacea patients and medical researchers have been baffled as to why some people have rosacea and others do not. Or why rosacea often appears as a hereditary trait. There is a very good explanation as you will learn below. And now some are beginning to learn that rosacea is more than a red face as patients often have allergy and sinus problems, fibromyalgia, digestive system disorders, and in later years osteoporosis and arthritis - rheumatism presents itself along with other body disorders. As you will read our below, you will find that rosacea is just one symptom of a 'metabolic acidosis disorder' that lowers the total immune system.

As we all noticed while growing up, everyone's face is different with very few looking exactly alike in the same family. Even identical twins are slightly different with their parents being able to tell them apart with small differences developing over the years. Later in life we learn that everyone's finger prints are different. So, just as our faces and finger prints are different, all internal organs are different from those of other people. Our brains are likewise wired different as identical twins rarely have the same religious, political, vocational, or other interest even when born and raised by the same parents.

Likewise, all body organs are different. Our stomach, gall bladder, pancreas, and kidneys are just as different from other people as our faces and finger prints. Yes, family members are more likely to have rosacea if their parents had rosacea as these are inherited genes that made the rosacea sufferer somewhat like their relatives, yet distinctly different than other people as 'we are all different'. Also, family members often have 'learned patterns of food and beverage choices' that are often good but sometimes not so good for their skin and overall health. So here is where the different digestive systems interact with rosacea. Please see the picture below:


The liver, gall bladder, kidneys , and pancreas functioning at their optimum level in all of us would be ideal. However, we will only discuss the key organ affecting rosacea which is the pancreas. The pancreas has two functions: 1.To produce a bile containing sodium bicarbonate with a very high pH to be added to the food after it passes out of the stomach into the small intestines just as the very acidic enzyme was added in the stomach to assist in digestion or the break down of the foods consumed.To begin the proper digestive process, thoroughly chew food, letting it mix with the saliva in your mouth until it turns into a soup (no more wolfing down food.) Now, you can enjoy the food that you have worked for more as well as a friends, family member, nature, or reading the paper while chewing properly, which is the first step of the digestive process. The pancreatic bile containing sodium bicarbonate enters the intestines via a duct just below the stomach to neutralizes the acidic foods and beverages from the stomach to keep the intestines from having some problems such as: irritated bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, necrotizing intestines ,and cancer. The second function of the pancreas is to produce insulin. Please note that both enzymes or biles produced by the pancreas are alkaline with a high pH and are very much needed for rosacea skin health and likewise for overall good body health. Yes, you can improve rosacea as well as diabetes with the intake of the proper foods and drinks.

As we can not change our height, we can not change our pancreas which is less effective in some people. The situation is similar to some people having eyes that need assistance thus we gain glasses. The pancreas works better in producing more concentrated alkaline bile if it has alkaline foods and drinks to extract it from. The pancreas is not as effective with acidic foods and drinks such as alcohol, coffee, pizza or the other trigger foods that you have noticed causing a redness soon after digestion.

To maintain total body and brain health almost all your body cells, including skin cells, should be alkaline. When the human blood is alkaline (and normally between the pH range of 7.35 and 7.42) your body can regenerate new cells for all body organs, including the skin. Red wine, pizza, and coffee can cause your face to turn red because they are acidic. A build up of lactic acid from over-exercising, or adrenaline from stress or anxiety can also cause the facial flushing to occur because they too are acidic. When the blood is too acidic it is a condition known as "metabolic acidosis." Just as police officers have warning lights on their cars to alert the driver that has too much red wine or other alcohol with a high blood alcohol content (metabolic intoxication) - these facial signs of rosacea are just warning lights that other organs are also being affected by the overly acidic blood, When you are physically tired from work, exercise, etc. your brain does not function normally. Our objective is to keep both the brain and body healthy by keeping them alkaline so body and brain cells can regenerate. The best way of doing this is to drink plenty of water, stay away from acidic foods and drinks, and find a way to relax!

It has been said that rosacea is more than a red face. In fact it is a complex system of action and reaction. Rosacea partially results from an overly acidic body and skin. The pH (potential of hydrogen) as you remember from your high school general science or chemistry class, ranges from 0 to 14 with 7 being neutral. As you think of your past rosacea history, you will see that all the rosacea triggers have come from 'acidic triggers' regardless of whether they are 'foods, drinks, stress, or lack of breath due to not enough oxygen' (oxygen is an alkaline) and inability to exhaust enough carbon dioxide (carbon dioxide is acidic'. We all know that if we hold our breath for 30 seconds or 60 seconds, we will all notice that our face turns pink or red. We all know, but hardly think that the cause is a build up of carbon dioxide which is an "acidic" gas and we have a shortage of oxygen. Very similarly, when we exercise for too long and become aerobic, we have a build up of lactic acid which is burned muscle and fat tissue (and obviously acidic) which results in more rosacea redness.

Red man syndrome is a reaction to the most powerful acidic antibiotic, Vancomycin, used as a last resort when the bacteria, that is progressing in strength and abundance, becomes resistant to all other antibiotics normally used. This is further evidence that things that are acidic turn one red, but things that are extremely acidic such as Vancomycin causes much of the body to turn red due to the acidic nature of the most powerful class of antibiotics being used to save a life. Likewise, rosacea is caused by an series of prolonged stress factors, medications that are almost acidic in nature and foods and drinks with a low pH, and infections of the body. We hope that you have an interest in learning more about rosacea and red man syndrome as a reaction to the highly acidic antibiotic vancomycin as further evidence that rosacea is caused by an acidic body.

Your drinking water should be alkaline and drinking more alkaline water with a pH of about 7.3 is the best and easiest way to neutralize, buffer, or balance our rosacea pH bank account. Bottled water is "acidic" to keep it from 'going flat' or growing bacteria during the bottling process, storage in warehouses, and distribution to stores. Here are some ways to increase the pH of your drinking water. We also strongly recommend drinking water to stay hydrated on commercial airline flights where pressurized aircraft cabins are notorious for their low humidity or moisture content with passengers competing in close quarters for moisture. As air is wicked out of the passengers bodies, any moisture is breathed internally including that of other passengers viral and bacterial disorders. So be well hydrated before the flight and drink water during the flight to keep your body moist help to prevent dehydration and to prevent virus and bacterial invasions in close proximity to others.

Likewise, those with rosacea need to be very concerned about the build up of acids in the blood stream due to the foods and beverages that we consume. We all know of our triggers such as alcohol, coffee, various medications, etc. which all have a pH below 7.0 or are termed acidic. Our objective therefore should be to balance, buffer, or neutralize the acids with alkaline. Always remember that rosacea is more than a red face as it affects the entire body from the brain to the intestines, and from your muscles and skin to your tongue. For a educational trial, the next time that you are very red faced, simply look into a mirror and stick out your tongue and you will quickly see that this internal muscle is more red also. You will quickly recognize that rosacea is beyond the skin, eyes, and tongue. Please do all you can do to help "combat rosacea".

Acidity is measured as a pH of 1 to 7. Alkalinity is 7 to 14.The numbers refer to how many hydrogen atoms are present compared to an ideal or standard solution. Normally, blood is slightly alkaline, at 7.35 to 7.45; urine pH is the best and easiest way to check on the proper foods and drinks being eaten. Try to keep the pH in the 6.8 to 7.00 range for optimal functioning of the body and brain. If we are excessively alkaline, we don't have the mental and physical 'go' so we need our energy, brain, and muscle foods and drinks during the day and very alkaline foods at night to calm the body and brain (parasympathetic system).

Water is alkaline with a pH of about 7.3, and likewise more alkaline foods such as more "fresh vegetables" and fruits are needed which are alkaline (higher pH than 7.0). Acidic foods and drinks are the problem with a pH of below 7.0 such as coffee at 2.2. To improve your total body and skin condition, eat and drink 90% of the alkaline foods with 10% meats while avoiding breads, pastas, sugars, desserts, etc.

The body has several different ways to ensure that the pH balance stays in the normal range of 7.35 to 7.42. These are referred to as buffer systems. Through normal day-to-day activity in the body, acids are formed as waste products that need to be neutralized, alkalized, or buffered and eliminated. Some of the acids are released with CO2 from exhaling; others are excreted via the kidneys. With acidic foods and drinks, there is always more carbon dioxide (acidic) while alkaline foods produce much more oxygen (think of your high school classes of the tree, grass, and plants giving off oxygen). These systems work together in the healthy human body to keep the pH level within normal ranges. Sometimes with extreme intake of acidic foods and drinks, the normal system cannot compensate and the body becomes even more stressed resulting in more stress hormones, which are also acidic in nature causing more of a blush/flush. Likewise, simple illnesses such as influenza, minor surgery, or emotional and mental stress continue to lower the pH of the body resulting in more skin blushing and flushing. Almost all medications are acidic except anti-acid medications such as Zantac, Milk of Magnesium, etc.

The adrenal cortex secretes cortisol, a natural body hormone of about 10 mg of cortisol daily, with peak cortisol levels occurring early in the morning and therefore the acne flushing and papules will look best in early mornings after this natural anti-inflammatory drug. The hormone will report back to the brain center, with information from other body organs to tell it to stop the whole cycle. Since cortisol is a potent hormone, the prolonged secretion of it will lead to health problems such as the break down of cardiovascular system, digestive system, immune system, musculoskeletal system with resulting osteoporosis and arthritis - rheumatism. You may not even realize that you have any of the above listed diseases or other disorders not listed during your early years of rosacea. Also when the organism does not have a chance for recovery, it will lead to both catecholamine and cortisol depletion. The whole idea is "not to keep" the body in a 'fight or flight' system with any stress, stimulation or food/drinks

Likewise more alkaline foods such as vegetables and fruits, are needed to offset the lactic acid of even mild body use at the office (and even more in strenuous labor jobs), carbon dioxide, adrenaline stress hormones, etc. Or, to keep the "rosacea bank account" balanced, the rosacea sufferer may simply exercise and try to minimize the acidic foods and drinks they consume.

The biggest offenders always seem to be alcohol, coffee, pastries, donuts, pizza, etc. and most of these are avoided easily. However, understanding alcohol is slightly more difficult. Beer has an average pH between 2.0 to 2.5 while wines are around 3.0, while whiskey, gin, and vodka are 'most interesting' with a pH of about 4.0 straight from the bottle. So if one wants to "stay sober and really drink to his or her health," they should drink small portions of gin, vodka or whisky and optionally mix the alcoholic beverage with "water or fruit juice", which are alkaline or neutral. Do not forget that party foods are very acidic and cause fat to accumulate on the body. Having more alkaline foods and drinks presents a very easy way to lose weight without trying and at the same time, reduce cellulite and bags under the eyes.

The accumulation of acids have different names depending on the location where it is noticed. When we intake acidic or party foods and drinks, we flush and call it rosacea on our face. With more accumulation and less exercise to burn the acids, the acids accumulate on the stomach or backside (buns) and we call it body fat or maybe fat and cellulite and purchase bigger clothes over the years. When acids accumulate on the teeth, we call it tooth plaque which breaks down the tooth enamel resulting in a tooth cavity. When acids build up in the arteries, we again call it artery plaque or cholesterol which can lead to artery blockages and heart attacks. All these words have a common meaning of Metabolic Acidosis which is the accumulation of lactic acid from exercising, prescription drugs or non-prescription drugs or street drugs and all food and beverage triggers.The process of better skin and likewise having all better organs is doing the opposite by neutralizing or buffering the acids by alkalizing the acids by the use of antioxidants.

Certainly acid or plaque/cholesterol accumulation makes it more difficult for the blood to move through the facial area resulting in more rosacea symptoms, thus the "Sobye Facial Massage," body stretching, and a small amount of exercise are needed for improved circulation due to the restricted vessels and arteries, as you will read on the Lifestyle Changes page.

An accumulation of body acids affects the bones very much as our bones are the biggest sources of alkaline minerals, which areantioxidants or the opposite of acids which are oxidants. These alkaline minerals or antioxidants (such as iron, zinc, copper, iodine, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, fluoride, sodium chloride, and potassium chloride) are vital to bones, organs, brain, and skin tissue life. When the pH balance becomes more "acidic" the minerals shift by the process of osmosis from the bones to the kidney and gall bladder creating very uncomfortable kidney stones, gall stones, or "bone stones".

Bones and teeth (which are just specialized bones), are composed of 70% hydroxyapatite, a mineral which includes calcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, calcium fluoride, calcium hydroxide and citrate, while the remaining 30% are organic compounds of which 90 to 95% is collagen, the rest being non-collagenous proteins.

Blood cells are produced by the marrow located within our bones. An average of 2.6 million red blood cells are produced each second by the bone marrow to replace the weathered red blood cells. Our bones serve as a storage area for minerals such as calcium and phosphorus. When an enough minerals with a pH high enough build up in the blood, it allows for a regeneration of the the bones. And the opposite also occurs, when the supply of these minerals within the blood is low, it will be withdrawn from the bones to replenish the needs of the body organs inclusive of the brain and the skin. Thus the visible organs of the body which are the eyes and skin and the invisible organs of the body including the brain will make a withdrawal from the body's bone account just as you would your own financial bank account. And now you will understand that our bones are an organ not only to support us but to protect the vital internal organs and also to be a storage area for building up and withdrawals of vital nutrients & minerals as well as the production of red blood cells. You can enjoy more life and you will have plenty of life to enjoy in further years with less or no rosacea if you can imagine this. Yes, there can be more happiness after you have taken the correct steps at reducing your facial problems through the best rosacea treatment.

The acidic/alkaline scale is logarithmic; meaning that each number is ten times "stronger or more potent" than the preceding number. For example, a pH of 2 is ten times more acidic than a pH of 3 and one hundred times more acidic than a pH of 4. So you will now be able to more easily understand why a rosacea sufferer needs to minimize the acidic foods and drinks (and do it for a long time to allow damaged rosacea skin to heal) as it takes so many more alkaline foods and drinks to balance or neutralize the acids. In doing so, you will have eliminated the cause or etiology and will have found both the "cure for rosacea" and the "best rosacea treatment".

Selecting the best foods to increase pH (primarily fruits and vegetables) is the most important part of balancing your Rosacea Flushing Bank Account to prevent overdraw or going into red or flushing. To improve your total body and skin condition, we have prepared our rosacea alkaline food page to help you select the most alkaline foods and avoid the most acidic ones. You don't have to understand the math, simply drink more alkaline water and alkaline foods from the green side of our rosacea food chart and avoid the more acid food chart foods as much as possible or enjoy them and balance them with the alkaline foods.

Our team of Rosacea Researchers with 60 years of collective research, led by a Johns Hopkins MD, have confirmed that the cause or etiology of rosacea is an immune system disorder. The "good rosacea news" is that your "Rosacea Flushing Bank Account" can be "balanced" to prevent an overdraw or going into the "red" or "rosacea flushing". Most medical researchers are baffled as to the cause or etiology of rosacea and it remains in contention among them currently. The cause of rosacea has been a hotly debated topic with the result being "One must wonder if they don't understand the cause, then how can they effectively treat rosacea?" Okay, just continue doing the same thing with marginal or no results is not a good answer. As Dr. Albert Einstein stated, "The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same thinking that created them".

Also, when any organ, system or body does not have a chance for recovery, it will lead to both catecholamine and cortisol depletion which results in rosacea and resulting flushing. We were very happy to see that the Rosacea.Org research study by Dr. Richard Gallio supported our research study just 8 years after our finding were reported on this page. Check to see if as a patient gain a good understanding of the 'cause of rosacea'. Our entire concept is not to keep the body in a 'fight or flight' mode with stress, stimulation from the use of 'acidic' food & drinks. The pH of foods, drinks and stress hormones affects "rosacea, the entire body and brain of the rosacea sufferer" and sometimes affects the family and co-workers and their ability to function proficiently in harmony.

THE FIRST PLACE TO START is learning of your body pH or waste pH which is the pH of your urine. It is easy to do and only takes about 3 seconds per day once you have the pH strip in hand.

The pH of the total intake of all foods, wines, tea, water, beer or any alcohol, cokes, etc. and of all foods, medications consumed orally, and the stress hormones is all reveled to you in the urine pH. Many companies use a urine analysis to learn of drug use for employees as it tells so very much. The rosacea patient is just trying to learn how 'acidic' they are and to remedy their food, drinks and medications to have a healthier skin, body organs and better mental skills as the brain functions much better when it is 'alkaline'. Only when we are 'hyper' from being acidic do we often feel that we are smarter or sharper just because we are in a state of 'frenzy' which does not relate to 'brilliance' but is usually the opposite.

You can make sure that your water and foods are alkaline by purchasing pH paper at most drug stores at a cost of about $12 to measure the pH of the water, drink, or foods. If you can't locate pH test strips in your area, you can purchase them online at pHion Balance Your urine should be in the 6.6 to 6.8 pH range as the low pH will reflect the culmination of the body process of removing waste. As you can imagine, if you drink and eat many acidic foods, the result will be deterioration of the skin, body organs, and bones.

You should consider alkaline water to be a miracle drug as it is the best "solvent" on earth as it dissolves, neutralizes, or buffers more substances than any other chemical and is most valuable in our bodies to dissolve acid build up such as cholesterol fats and other fatty acids. Also, water transports valuable minerals & vitamins as nutrients along the way that can penetrate the blood brain barrier (BBB). We think of water as 'simple' but very few scientist and medical doctors truly understand water at this time, or 'simply take water for granted'. Water is also vital for cell regeneration. H2O contains two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen. Obviously everyone knows they need oxygen but forget that the two atoms of hydrogen is the chemical element that holds every cell in the body together ranging from the skin to the brain cells. And H20 is needed for new cell regeneration.

Please see: Drinking Water to Maintain Good Health - Water - The Beverage Your Body Needs Most

For your convenience: 1 gallon =3.753 liter = 4 quarts = 8 pints = 128 ounces = 16 glasses of eight ounces of water. (glass or cup (8 fluid ounces) = 0.24 liter).

Some very provocative thoughts of the Longevity of U.S. Presidents and the relationship with foods and drinks follows: While we all are familiar with former U.S. President Bill Clinton having rosacea and probably receiving the best treatment that modern health science could provide with conventional medicine, the following article will make you think of how effective medicine has been during the last 5 presidents and the last 16 presidents versus the first 5 presidents and the first 16 presidents. So you might come to a conclusion about ‘medical treatment, foods and drinks’ available in 1776 when the first President of the United States took office, versus ‘medical treatment, foods and drinks’ available today and realize we may be going backwards? Please see: Longevity of U.S. Presidents.

We at Bass & Boney Pharmaceuticals, Inc. have admired the world renowned research scientist Dr. Sydney Brenner for years. Dr. Sydney Brenner is the distinguished professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. Dr. Brenner shared the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology with Robert Horvitz and John Sulston for their discoveries regarding the genetic regulation of organ development and programmed cell death. Please read about Dr. Sydney Brenner hammering 'factory science' at Vanderbilt University for using the same old thinking process instead of a solution outside of their normal 'boxed thinking' process. The very experienced Dr. Brenner encouraged medical research scientists to start their research by thinking of the patient's needs and then developing the treatment method product. It sounds so simple and workable and it is. Rather than to discover a novel product or treatment idea and then seek to find a patentable application for the new treatment product which is not always what the patient needs, it involves simply working 'from the bedside (patient's needs) to the bench'(laboratory) to create the proper needed treatment results or product. Dr. Brenner's methodology was the way we started our rosacea research & development of Rosacea-Ltd years ago which has resulted in our international success.

The research team of Bass & Boney, Inc. is constantly researching for new insight into rosacea, it's treatment, and the components of ocular rosacea and other skin problems such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, impetigo, dermatosis, neurodermatitis, pruritus, erythema, hidradenitis suppurative and the often fatal epidermolysis bullosa skin condition. Medical patents have been received in most countries of the world are pending in other for these skin disorders. Likewise patents have been received or patent pending for HIV/Aids in all countries of the world. We have researched and will be entering the patent stage for various cancers and severe and often fatal body burns during the year 2009.

Biblical reference to Vegetables and Water for improving the skin as an Article of the week for http://www.rosacea-ltd.com/aboutrosacealtd.php3 page


Alkaline Diet and Rosacea


Alkaline Diet & Rosacea

Can an Alkaline Diet Help Rosacea?

by Dr. Scott Olson, 
Naturopathic Doctor

If you are one of the unlucky people who have rosacea, you have probably searched for a solution to your problem and maybe you have tried a few approaches including various creams, light therapy (phototherapy), or even some alternative treatments. While some of these approaches may have worked for a while, eventually, the rosacea returned.

Not all is lost, though, and you have probably learned a lot during your search. You may have discovered that harsh chemical creams or lotions can actually make rosacea much worse, despite what the package claimed. You may have also learned that phototherapy worked, at least for a while. And you probably learned that many treatments simply don't work at all, despite whatever the hype was about the product.

All of these approaches are doomed because they fail to understand and address the underlying cause of the disease. What you need to do is forget trying to treat rosacea as a skin problem and think of it as a whole-body problem; or, more specifically, a gut problem.

The old saying that "beauty is more than skin deep" has never been truer than when you are dealing with a skin disease such as rosacea. Skin diseases are reflections of overall health. It is well-known, for example, that people who eat a non-Western diet have fewer skin diseases: including rosacea, acne, eczema and others. This is because non-Western diets focus on more fruits and vegetables and fewer sugars, grains, and processed foods. People eating a non-Western diet are healthier than the average American and their skin shows it.

Brady Barrows and author of a book on diet and rosacea, called Rosacea Diet: A simple method to control rosacea, commented on the relationship between processed foods and rosacea:

As the processed food industry of the developed world makes inroads into the underdeveloped world the result is a diet producing obesity. Rosacea during this same period has increased dramatically worldwide. The current number of Americans with rosacea is over 14 million.

There is a healthy path to clearer skin and, while it may take more effort on your part than simply buying a cream or lotion, the results will be dramatic and long-lasting.

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic skin disease that produces a red rash across the cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. The rash goes through periods of remission followed by periods where the rash is much worse (flare-ups). What exactly causes a flare-up is a bit of a mystery, but most people, over time, uncover their own triggers that seem to make the rash much worse. For some people, their trigger is coffee or other hot drinks, for others it is stress or anxiety, and for others it may be some food they ate.

What you need to recognize about triggers is that they point to you in the right direction: Triggers tell you that rosacea is a whole-body disease and not just a skin disease.

While rosacea can be severe and produce permanent swelling of the nose called rhinophyma, or even severe eye symptoms, for most people rosacea remains an unsightly, embarrassing blotch on their face.

The Gut and the Skin

While it can sound strange, there is actually a very close relationship between the health of your digestive tract and the health of your skin. Some researchers have gone as far as to say that inflammation or the rash on the face means that there is also inflammation throughout the gut.

Although the precise etiology of rosacea is not known, numerous associations with inflammatory gastrointestinal tract disorders have been reported. Furthermore, substance P-immunoreactive neurones occur in considerably greater numbers in tissue surrounding affected blood vessels suggesting involvement of neurogenic inflammation and moreover plasma kallikrein-kinin activation is consistently found in patients.

While there is a lot of technical jargon in the quote above, it is basically saying that there is a close relationship between inflammatory conditions of the gut (such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease or even Celiac disease) including body-wide inflammation and a disease like rosacea.

Slow transit time, better known as constipation, has also been known to be associated with rosacea. In a recent study, researchers treated a rosacea patient with slow transit time and saw a complete removal of his symptoms. This study, while incredibly small, shows the relationship between gut health and rosacea.

Other studies on diet and rosacea have also been preformed. A vegetarian alkaline diet was shown to dramatically reduce the symptoms of rosacea over two months. Not only did the symptoms of rosacea reduce or disappear in almost every participant, but eating an alkaline diet also reduced body-wide inflammation in the participants.

Acid Base Balance is the Key

A whole-body approach to rosacea recognizes that what you put into your mouth matters and what you eat can affect your health and the look of your skin. A whole-body approach is also an understanding that the body needs balance in order to thrive, and that most of what we typically eat puts us way out of balance.

The basic balance in your body is called the acid/base or acid/alkaline balance. You might have heard of pH balance, but not known what it is exactly. Every food that we eat has a certain pH: it is either a low pH (1 —7) and considered an acid, or it is a high pH (7-14) and considered a base. Water is right in the middle; it is not either an acid or a base. Your body likes to mimic water and keep its own pH close to neutral as possible; the blood, for instance, is slightly basic (pH of 7.3—7.4).

It is this at this neutral or slightly alkaline pH that your body functions its best.

When your body is in an acidic state, instead of the natural alkaline state, it doesn't function well. This means that the body's basic mechanisms such as detoxification, elimination, and repair all don't function as they should. When these mechanisms fail, the result is disease, in your case, this means that rosacea once again flairs up.

This acid problem is made worse by many of the activities we engage in: eating poorly, not sleeping well, not exercising, and feeling stressed... all of these push us to an acidic state.

How to Discover Your Own Balance

It is very easy to discover what you own personal acid base balance is by testing either your saliva or urine every morning. You can use pH strips, which are multicolored strips that can let you know if you are too acid or alkaline (although it is hard to be too alkaline).

In order to test your pH simply put a pH strip in your mouth or touch the paper to your urine stream. You want to do this first thing in the morning. As you eat an alkaline diet, you can watch how your pH readings will change from acidic to more basic (from unhealthy to healthy). You can also notice how different foods will change your morning pH and how you feel when you are more acidic.

When Acid Pushes You, Push Back

Since many of the activities you engage in push you towards a more acidic state, you have to develop an action plan to push back. The easiest way to do this is to eat a diet that is more alkaline. While you do not have to eat a purely vegetarian diet, you do want to include a large number of fruits and vegetables in your diet.

Much like giving a car the right fuel, our bodies thrive when we give it what it needs. Interestingly, eating an alkaline diet not only means that your body is more in the proper balance, but it is also getting more of the nutrients your body needs.

Diet—far from being just a source of potential triggers for Rosacea—is actually the key to a permanent solution to the disease. Eating an alkaline diet means that in as little as a few weeks, your skin should start looking better and you will feel much better.

Rosacea Rescue Diet

The best diet for someone with rosacea is an alkaline diet.

Here are the basics to an alkaline diet:

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables, in fact they should outnumber and outweigh all the other food that you eat.
  • Avoid acid-forming foods such as grains, sugar and many meats. Of the three (grains, sugar and meat), meat is the most allowable because it can be easily balanced by a large amount of vegetables or fruit.
  • Drink plenty of fresh clean water.
  • Make sure you are getting enough of the essential nutrients your body needs; supplement if you have to, you body may need the additional nutrients.
  • Avoid cooked fats, trans fats, and fried foods.
  • Avoid dairy foods.

While not a complete list, here are the most common acid and alkaline foods:

Acid-forming foods: alcoholic drinks, breads, cake, coffee, cereals, crackers, grains (except millet and quinoa), vinegar, eggs, oils or foods cooked in oils, meat, seafood and fish, nuts, seeds, pastas, salt, sugar, tofu

Alkaline-forming foods: fresh fruit, vegetable, salad green, sprouts, raw cider vinegar, lima beans, potatoes, citrus fruits, millet, quinoa

When following this diet, you don't want to completely avoid all acid-forming foods, but you want to balance them with as many alkaline-forming foods as possible. A good rule of thumb is to have a meal of 80 percent alkaline-forming foods and 20 percent acid-forming foods.

Other Helpful Tools

Don't just stop at changing your diet, there are other ways to keep your body in an alkaline state. Try the rest of these for an added punch to your anti-rosacea diet:

  • Manage stress
  • Detoxify your body
  • Drink enough water
  • Add fiber to your diet
  • Exercise
  • Avoid coffee, tea, trans fats, alcohol, cigarettes, fried foods
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners, some have been blamed on causing rosacea
  • Eat lots of berries
  • Eat cool foods
  • Maximize nutrition with a multivitamin
  • Take digestive enzymes
  • Make sure you get enough EFAs

Despite what you may think, you don't have to live with rosacea; as your body becomes healthier, so too, will your skin. The side effects of a choosing an alkaline diet is not only that you have healthier skin, but your whole body will feel better.

About DermaHarmony Products

DermapH™—is a daily nutrient complex for replenishing mineral reserves and buffering acids. Supplementing with alkaline minerals on a regular basis supports the body and helps to accelerate the process of deacidification and restoration of pH balance. Our pH formula is a combination of alkalizing greens, alkalizing minerals, colonic microorganisms, enzymes and botanical extracts.

Alkalive pH Stix (pH Test Strips)—As with many other conditions, pH imbalance can be multi-fold in its negative impact on psoriasis. Often people with a pH imbalance suffer from joint pain and arthritis as well as skin problems. Through increased exercise, and greater awareness of food choices, and reduction of stress, it is possible to ease the stress your body places on your renal system (kidneys).

Here are some resources for you. Read on for the answers you seek, then give us a call if you would like additional guidance.

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Natural treatment for Rosacea



More than 14 million people in North America have rosacea, a chronic skin condition. Women, fair-skinned people between the ages of 30 and 60 are more likely to be affected.

Symptoms and signs of rosacea include:

  • Areas of redness on your face 
  • Small red bumps or pustules on your nose, cheeks, forehead, and/or chin
  • Small blood vessels on your nose and/or cheeks (called telangiectasia)
  • Tendency to flush or blush


Rosacea may also result in a red, bulbous nose, called rhinophyma, or a burning or gritty sensation in your eyes, called ocular rosacea.

See a photo of rosacea.

Natural Treatments for Rosacea

Conventional treatments for rosacea include avoiding triggers that worsen rosacea symptoms and medication. Laser therapy may be suggested to reduce flushing and the appearance of blood vessels. The following are some of the most frequently used natural treatments for rosacea.

1) Chrysanthellum Indicum Cream

A cream containing an extract of the herb Chrysanthellum indicum has been explored for the treatment of rosacea. Compounds in the extract appear to strengthen capillaries. A large study involving 246 people with rosacea examined the safety and effectiveness of a cream containing one percent Chrysanthellum indicum extract (applied twice a day) or placebo.

After 12 weeks, the Chrysanthellum indicum cream significantly improved rosacea symptoms, including facial redness, compared to placebo. Adverse reactions were mild and did not differ compared with the placebo group.

2) Green Tea Cream

One small study, presented as an abstract at the 2005 American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting, found evidence that a green tea cream may help people with rosacea.

The study involved 60 women aged 25 to 50 years. All had red bumps and pustules, 20 had redness, and 17 had visible blood vessels. Half of the women applied the green tea cream containing 2% polyphenone) twice a day and the other half applied the placebo cream.

After four weeks, women using the green tea cream had a significant reduction in the number of red bumps and pustules compared to those applying the placebo cream. The small study was 75 percent funded by a company, Syed Skincare Inc., owned by Dr. Syed. Larger, independently-funded studies are needed.

3) Niacinamide Cream

Niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3, has been used topically for rosacea. It is thought to improve the skin barrier, improve the skin’s moisture level, and reduce inflammation. One study looked at a niacinamide-containing facial moisturizer (applied twice daily) or a placebo moisturizer in 50 people with rosacea. After four weeks, the niacinamide-containing moisturizer was found to improve the skin barrier. Niacinamide taken orally has also been explored for rosacea.

4) Licorice

Another topical treatment used for rosacea is the herb licorice. One study examined the effect of a topical licorice skin regimen in 62 people with mild to moderate facial redness. There was significant improvement in redness at the four and eight week assessments.

5) Digestive Enzymes

Some people with rosacea have indigestion, especially after eating fatty foods. One study found a deficiency of the pancreatic enzyme lipase, an enzyme that helps to digest fat.

When the rosacea patients in the study were given pancreatic enzyme supplements with meals, their symptoms of indigestion and rosacea both improved.

6) B Vitamins

Inadequate riboflavin, caused by insufficient dietary intake or poor absorption in the digestive tract, may be associated with rosacea.

One study found that Demodex folliculorum mites, which are normally found on the skin but more in larger numbers on the skin of rosacea patients, are more likely to affect the skin of animals in riboflavin. An increased number of mites may cause blockage of the pores from inflammation or may allow for the growth of bacteria on the skin.

7) Azelaic Acid Cream

Azelaic acid cream is derived from wheat, rye and barley. It appears to have antimicrobial action that slows the growth of skin bacteria and appears to be effective at reducing skin redness and papules and pustules associated with rosacea.

One study conducted by the University of British Columbia found that azelaic acid 20 percent cream was as effective as topical metronidazole 0.75 percent cream in reducing the number of papules and pustules on the skin. Azelaic acid also appeared to be slightly more effective at reducing redness.

In addition, overall improvement was rated by physicians as higher with azelaic acid. Both creams, however, showed equal improvement in the symptoms of dryness, burning, telangiectasia and itching. The most common side effect of the azelaic acid cream was stinging on application, but the patients still had a better overall impression of azelaic acid than the metronidazole cream.

Besides stinging, side effects of azelaic acid may include lightening of darkened areas of skin, although the skin does not appear to lighten beyond its normal color.

8) Food Intolerances

Some alternative practitioners have found clinically that certain foods may be associated with rosacea symptoms. Foods may cause the release of chemicals that dilate blood vessels and cause flushing.

An inexpensive and effective way of identifying food intolerance is through an elimination and challenge diet, which involves removing allergenic foods from the diet for one to two weeks then systematically introducing them into the diet to isolate the foods that cause reactions. Supervision by a health practitioner is recommended.

9) Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar taken orally is used as a home remedy for rosacea. It is thought to stimulate the release of digestive enzymes and help normalize the bacterial balance in the intestines. Consult a health practitioner before trying apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is available in liquid and tablet form. There have been reports linking use of the tablets with esophageal injury.

Other Natural Treatments for Rosacea


  • Aloe
  • Burdock
  • Chamomile
  • Betaine hydrochoride
  • Red clover
  • Rose hips
  • Selenium
  • B vitamins
  • Zinc



Dangers and side effects of Aspartame  (Rosacea & any artificial sweetener)


The Dangers & Side Effects of Aspartame

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The Dangers & Side Effects of Aspartame

The Dangers & Side Effects of Aspartame

Aspartame was introduced in 1981, and since then has gained an estimated 50% of the world market in artificial sweeteners. Available in approximately half of the countries in the world, aspartame is an ingredient in over 5,000 different products, including sodas, desserts, baked goods and other foods. The United States is the largest single consumer of aspartame in the world, with over half of adult Americans eating aspartame-containing products on a regular basis. Aspartame has been controversial since its introduction due to its reported negative side effects.

Brain Tumors

Aspartame has been linked wth the development of brain tumors in rats, and researchers have expressed concerns about the potential for aspartame to cause brain tumors in humans. A 1996 study by the American Association of Neuropathologists analyzed data from 1975 to 1992 regarding brain tumors in the United States, with a catchment area of approximately 10% of the entire U.S. population. This study, "Increasing Brain Tumor Rates: Is There a Link to Aspartame?," found that "the artificial sweetener aspartame is a promising candidate to explain the recent increase in incidence and degree of malignancy of brain tumors." Considering reasons for the increase in the incidence of brain tumors over the 17-year period studied, it was noted that the period of sharp increase in brain tumors coincided with the years of aspartame gaining a presence in the U.S. food and drink market.


In a 1988 epidemiological survey published in the "Journal of Applied Nutrition," 551 individuals reported toxic effects after consuming aspartame. A sizeable number of adverse health effects were noted, ranging from vision problems to neurological issues and chest palpitations. Among the most common problems reported were headaches, which occurred in 45% of respondents, dizziness in 39% and nausea in 14% of individuals. Although not all of the complaints registered in this survey were directly attributable to aspartame, a 2003 submission to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration noted that certain toxicity effects following aspartame ingestion were clearly linked to the sweetener. It was noted that pilots appear particularly susceptible to the effects of aspartame, with nearly 1,000 adverse pilot reactions to aspartame reported in 1995. These toxicity reactions included grand mal seizures occurring in the cockpit after aspartame ingestion by a pilot. Between the late 1980s and the present, journals focused on the piloting profession have published numerous warnings about the dangers of aspartame, noting that the sweetener increases pilots' susceptibility to seizures and vertigo.

Skin Flushing and Rosacea

Artificial sweeteners have a demonstrated negative effect on individuals suffering from the skin condition rosacea. Symptoms of this condition--which include facial redness, flushing, swelling and itching--can be exacerbated by the consumption of aspartame. Some 30% of patients with rosacea report an increase in facial flushing symptoms after eating foods that contain aspartame.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/255258-the-dangers-side-effects-of-aspartame/#ixzz19r6eJZKh



Diabetes and your Morton Toe

Diabetes and the Morton’s Toe


The purpose of this section is to explain how a Morton’s Toe specifically affects those patients with Diabetsis.

As I write about in Why You Really Hurt: It All Starts In The Foot, diabetics’ are often misdiagnosed with having a serious complication known as  Peripheral Neuropathies of the feet  when in reality they have nothing more than a simple Morton’s Toe problem.   Both of these problems can cause burning on the toes and the balls of the feet.  The average physician is not aware of what a Morton’s Toe is, and if a diabetic patient tells him, or her that their feet hurt or burn they will often assume this burning is due to diabetic neuropathies. This is very troublesome to me because it is very important for the patient to get the proper treatment.  If you truly have peripheral neuropathies because of diabetsis than you should be taking specific medications to treat it. The only thing worst than not taking this proper medications, is taking it when it is not needed, and not treating the Morton’s Toe problem when it needs to be treated.

The other problem associated with Morton’s Toe and diabetics is in regard to the development of ulcer.

Many non diabetics will develop callous on the balls of their feet from having Morton’s Toe. But if you are a diabetic this callous can easily turn into an ulcer because if you have poor circulation and or nerve problems from your diabetsis the skin on the bottom of your foot can break down causing an ulcer. The good news is that this is simply preventable with the Toe Pad.

During my career, I have written alot about Diabetes.  In fact, if you go to the resource page you will find a section that has 400 diabetic links that I have obtained.



Aspartame is a big time cause of peripheral neuropathy and causes burning feet.

All my best,
www.mpwhi.com, www.dorway.com, www.wnho.net
Aspartame Toxicity Center, www.holisticmed.com/aspartame

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