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Primal Panacea by Thomas E. Levy, M.D., J.D. (ISBN 978-0-9837-7280-4; Medfox Publishing, 2011;; paperback, 350 pages; $29.95)

Dr. Thomas Levy's Primal Panacea is arguably the best book ever written about Vitamin C.  Levy has again accomplished the nearly impossible. Many books have been written revealing what Vitamin C does, including several important books by Dr. Levy.  Primal Panacea is the first book that explains how Vitamin C does all that it does.   Levy's theory explains how and why one substance can be a global antidote for all toxins, and virtually all pathogens, and why and how it can selectively kill cancer cells while protecting healthy, non-malignant cells.  Levy's new Vitamin-C theory explains why the dosage of Vitamin C that is administered to patients is so important, and why more Vitamin C is almost always better.  And Levy explains all of this in only two paragraphs – an elegance rarely matched in the history of science.

Levy's Vitamin-C theory is so simple that it should not matter whether the reader is uneducated or highly educated.  Everyone and anyone can understand it. Once Vitamin C's simple method of action is understood, all of Vitamin C’s properties become more readily acceptable to the reader, and I believe they will become more acceptable to the medical profession.  The great potential of this book is that, by itself, it can fill the great void in the Vitamin-C knowledge most medical doctors lack.  It and its many references contain everything of importance a medical doctor needs to know about Vitamin C.  I predict that medical doctors who read Primal Panacea will begin to give high-dose, intravenous Vitamin C to their very ill patients, especially when there are no other options.

Healing Waters: The Powerful Health Benefits of Ionized Water

By Ben Johnson, M.D., D.O., N.M.D. (ISBN 978-0-7570-0328-8; Square One Publishers, 2011;; paperback, 124 pages; $15.95) 

(Book Review by Katherine A. Carroll, NTP)


Healing Waters is an inspiring book on strategies to achieve optimum health. It is packed with scientific studies from around the World to support its claims that ionized, alkaline water will restore the basic foundations of health. Many of us have read Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj’s book on the healing power of water for common ailments, diseases, obesity, even cancer, which was written while he was in an  Iranian prison on political  charges. He overstayed his sentence because his research was so compelling.

Dr. Johnson shows how simple chronic dehydration combined with acidosis, having a system that is acidic versus alkaline, is the source of numerous health problems. Dr. Kancho Kinanaka, pioneer in ionized water treatment asserts, “People with high blood pressure also suffer from acidosis “virtually without exception.”

We are approximately 65% water in composition. Many of our bodily processes are pH dependent so it proves a wise strategy to meet these basic needs for proper hydration and a proper acid-alkaline pH balance.

Dr. Johnson cites Dr. Mushik Jhon, Korean scientist and expert on ionized water, “All water is not created equal and it is the structure of water within our bodies that ultimately determines health or sickness.”

So… hands up, who knows about Candidiasis? Have you got it? Tricky question, I think. The chances are, if you have followed the standard Western diet for any real length of time during your life, you’re a prime candidate. The diet that the majority of the population consider to be normal because they see the supermarket shelves stacked high with this convenience food and “treats,” is actually a silent killer of many. Most have been brought up to look upon sugar products as treats. The associations alone are dangerous; unhealthy food is so often used as a bribe for children. This, combined with other environmental factors, is part of the reason why widely recognized diseases like cancer, heart disease, strokes, and diabetes (among others) are, in my opinion, so prolific. But this is not acknowledged nearly as often as it needs to be. We are still placing too much faith in the pharmaceutical industry’s opinions and a good example of how these opinions are killing people daily is Candidiasis. I am willing to bet that the majority of allopathic doctors do not understand this issue on any real level; they wouldn’t have had to consider something caused as a result of terrible nutrition, given that they know virtually nothing about the subject. I know mine certainly didn’t, and I found this out the hard way.

You may by now have gathered that I am qualified to talk of this subject through personal experience of it. In my initial ignorance, I allowed doctors to take me on a painful, expensive, and fruitless journey, resulting in a lot of distress and no relief whatsoever. However, I do have this to thank for my current situation as in desperation I turned to alternative medicines, finding a new lease of life and a way to help others change their lives for the better.

Hospitals and Health – Your Orthomolecular Guide to a Shorter, Safer Hospital Stay 

By Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D., Andrew W. Saul, Ph.D., and Steve Hickey, Ph.D. (ISBN 978-1-59120-260-8; Basic Health Publications, Inc., 2011;; paperback, 249 pages; $18.95)

What an oxymoron. Hospitals and Health? That sounds suspiciously like “Military Justice,” or “intelligent politicians” – something that just doesn’t make sense. Yet, only a few pages into this book and you will see that the authors make a lot of sense as they dissect the current medical monopoly mafia and tell their readers how to navigate the labyrinth of truly deadly pitfalls that face all of us who ever enter this disease-care system.

Well-written, Hospitals and Health is also a post-mortem tribute to lead author Abram Hoffer, who passed away at the age of 91 while collaborating with the other authors on this book. Dr. Hoffer, as our readers may recall, was a giant in the field of orthomolecular medicine, having influenced such grand personages as Linus Pauling.

The book is conveniently divided into two main parts: “Diagnosis – Hazardous to Your Health” and “Antidote – Patient Power.” So, in the first section, the authors set forth the problem; that is, that doctors and hospitals are very resistant to change, that they actually maim and kill far more patients than would be allowed for any other business (and not just because they are already dealing with sick patients), and that a disincentive actually exists for doctors to heal their patients, or to prevent them from getting sick in the first place, since otherwise the doctors and hospitals could not stay in business, at least not in the numbers and with the income that are now enjoyed. This section explains the problem; and, unfortunately, the problem is vast and pervasive.

A feline kidney transplant is at least $8,000 - $10,000 in doctor’s fees,
no insurance coverage, and then my cat would have to be on immune
suppressing drugs for the rest of his nine lives.

With snowflakes flying and six-inch sheets of blue ice covering the yard, the three-week sub-freezing weather was ferocious. On this bitter Siberian morning, I didn’t see Zolie, my beautiful tuxedo cat, sneak out as I was leaving to see clients. My beloved 11-pound, five-year-old boy cat was outside in 18-degree weather for eight hours. When I got home, he was matted, eyes glazed over, and crying on the front porch. I tried to feed him, but he hardly touched his cat food, and I gave him some echinacea tea to boost his immune system. After 30 years as a clinical herbalist, I knew that hypothermia and dehydration were going to take their toll on this small animal, and I was really concerned.

The next morning, Zolie looked even worse. I had to leave the house, so I gave him more tea, and came back early. When I got home, he was laying on the cold tile in the bathroom, visibly ill. When I came near him, he growled and hissed at me. Zolie dragged himself into my closet, and wouldn’t come out. I knew, then, there was no other choice – I had to take him to a veterinarian in the morning.

Awakening at 5:00 a.m., I found Zolie’s  vomit projected across the carpet and a large pool of his bloody urine next to him. I knew he was in big trouble. It’s 24 miles to the only available animal hospital so off we went that Saturday morning. I put Zolie's fluffy old towel on the bottom of the carrier and away we went before the storm kicked up again. He cried the whole way.