by Rex Newnham, Ph.D., D.O., N.D.
Article used with permission.
ARTHRITIS: THE MAINSTAY OF THE HEALTH INDUSTRY
THE DISEASE THAT HEALTH AUTHORITIES DON'T WANT
Arthritis and its close relative osteoporosis affect about
30% of all people today. The latter is responsible for more
long term hospital cases that any other single cause. Yet
the answer has been found over twenty years ago, and the efforts
of the health authorities have been to suppress this remedy.
We must remember that no man can cure any disease, but if
we give the body adequate nutrients and conditions then it
will cure itself.
I was not a medical man, but a teacher of soil science, chemistry
and agricultural botany. Thirty years ago I developed arthritis
and was given drugs that did not help the condition. There
is a cause for every effect and I soon realized that I should
seek the cause of my arthritis. I soon realized that the fruit
and vegetables, and probably wheat and meat were mineral deficient,
due to the lack of minerals in the sandy soils around Perth
All the common minerals were checked and none was relevant,
but the mineral boron which was deficient was written off
as not needed by man or animal. But I knew that boron was
needed by plants and that it aided calcium metabolism in plants.
I looked into the effect of boron and 45--60grams was a dangerous
dose. It has about the same toxicity as sodium chloride. So
I took less than one thousandth of this dangerous dose, namely
30 mg of sodium tetraborate. In three weeks all pain, swelling
and stiffness had gone. I was cured with no side effects.
Then I told the university medical school people and the
public health authorities but nobody was interested. Then
I told a few people who had arthritis and they were thrilled
as they were getting better. It meant that they buy a packet
of chemical that was labelled "poison - for killing cockcroaches
and ants". Some people believed the label and stayed
with their arthritis, but they persuaded me to have tablets
made with a safe and effective quantity of boron. This I did.
I also retired from teaching and qualified in alternative
medicine as I was too old to start a normal medical course.
This was fortunate as I studied nutrition, which doctors normally
do not study. Nutrition holds the key to nearly all our maladies
today. I qualified as a naturopath, osteopath, homoeopath
and nutritionist and later gained a Ph.D. in nutrition.
The first 1000 bottles of tablets took two years to sell,
but within five years they were selling at 10,000 bottles
a month and that was without advertising. Every satisfied
user told a few more and so the business grew. It was getting
too much for me and I went to a drug company for help in marketing.
They made most of their money from aspirin, the main drug
used for arthritics. I thought they would be interested in
helping arthritic patients. I was wrong and a fool for thinking
They said they were not interested, but they were most concerned;
not about people with arthritis, but about losing some of
their profits. This company had members on atleast two government
committes, and these men had boron declared poison in any
concentration. Then I was fined nearly $1000 for selling a
poison and they successfully put me out of business in Australia.
So I moved overseas where boron is not poison by law. Actually
there is no such thing as a poisonous substance, there are
only poisonous concentrations. We do not call oxygen a poison,
but if breathed when pure it will kill fairly quickly.
Since then a double-blind trial has been completed at the
Royal Melbourne Hospital and it showed that 70% of those who
completed the trial received much help from the boron tablets.
Only 12% received help when on placebo. There are little profits
to be made by this remedy, but already over 500,000 people
world wide have had much help and most have been cured of
their arthritis because the essential nutrients were restored
to their diet. There have been no real side effects, except
that some have reported that their heart ailment has also
been helped, better general health and less tiredness.
Following on my early work the U.S. Human Nutrition Research
Center in North Dakota' has shown that boron works through
the parathyroid, and this is the gland that controls mineralization
of bones. Boron also helps to restore the natural hormones
to elderly women who were suffering with osteoporosis. This
natural hormone is much better than the hormone replacement
therapy.[HRT] that is so often recommended by doctors. The
HRT too often leads to breast cancer, but not the natural
hormone. Patients who have used boron for arthritis just don't
seem to develop osteoporosis.
The effect of boron on bone fractures is very interesting,
as these fractures just heal in about half the normal time
in both man and animal. Horses and dogs with broken leg bones,
or even a broken pelvis have recovered fully. Yet it is impossible
to get orthopaedic surgeons to give the remedy a proper trial.
I did have patents in six different countries for my formula
but these were not worth the paper they are written on. Other
people can copy the important aspects of a formula, but vary
it a little and they are not infringing the patent. One company
even copied my formula exactly and they even used my patients
in their advertising and testimonials. So I took them to court
and the court made them apologise. This means that no one
can gain much money from boron, but there is satisfaction
in knowing that people are getting better from one's efforts.
I only wish that more knew about it and that they authorities
did not try to cover up this work.
During the 1980s I spent much time and effort in travelling
around the world nine times, so as to visit places where was
more or less arthritis than usual, or where there was more
or less soil boron than usual. The result of this to clearly
show that there is less arthritis where there is much soil
boron and there is much arthritis where soil boron is less.
Much use of chemical fertilizers without giving the soil a
rest aggravates the boron deficiency, and this is seen in
the sugar producing countries of Jamaica, Mauritius and Fiji
where there is much arthritis, up to 70%. There are small
areas where there is much boron, such as the far north-west
of Australia, parts of New Zealand where geo-thermal waters
have brought boron to the surface and Israel, where there
is less than 1% with arthritis.
It seems as if the "health authorities" just want
more and bigger hospitals with more top jobs and expensive
drug bills. I would rather see a healthy population who do
not need so many hospitals. If only 1% of the national health
budget was spent on preventive medicine, and by that I mean
proper nutritional advice and teaching the people how to avoid
these chronic diseases of old age, there would be fewer sick
people and fewer doctors and nurses. Maybe there would even
be unemployment in the medical and nursing business. That
would indicate that we were really healthier. Hospitals are
just a sign of an unhealthy community.
We are what we eat so that much of our lack of good health
is due to putting the wrong things into our mouths. It is
well known that smoking is deleterious to good health. Sugar
is another thing that should be labelled 'poison'. It contains
no minerals or vitamins, and when swallowed it requires phosphate
which must be taken from the body's store of phosphate, if
it was not in the meal. The body's store of phosphate is in
the boney skeleton, so when phosphate is removed to help metabolise
sugar, then calcium is released to pass out in the urine.
We see this effect in the teeth when they become holey, but
we don't see that other bones are also affected. This leads
later in life to osteoporosis. If sugar were unknown to a
modern nation and someone wanted to import it, then it is
most likely that sugar would be regarded as a prohibited import
or a dangerous drug, because of the many deleterious effects
it has on the people who eat it. Most of us have just grown
up with sugar and have never heard of its real problems and
Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads and fish
or meat from grass fed animals will supply natural minerals
and vitamins. But when we remove the best parts from these
foods in the processing industry we are left with poor deficient
part foods. Also when farmers grow for profit so as to get
quantity more than quality we suffer with mineral deficient
diseases such as arthritis and osteoporosis. I have shown
that Africans who eat maize for their entire diet have only
3% arthritis when they eat native maize grown without fertilizer,
but the same people soon develop 20% with arthritis when they
move to the big cities and eat processed commercially grown
maize. A native maize plant will produce about 1 KG of grain,
but a good hybrid maize plant will produce up to 10 Kg of
grain if well fertilized. But the 1 Kg of native maize had
the same amount of trace mineral .[especially boron] as the
10 Kg of hybrid maize. The fertilizer just forced the plant
to grow big and lush, but without the life giving trace minerals
that we need. In their native state these Africans consume
about 2 mg of boron a day but in the cities. they only consume
about 0.5 mg boron.
Another example of processed food is seen in commercial '
chicken farming. The young male birds are fed with female
hormones to make them grow big and fat, tranquilizers to keep
them still and quiet, tenderizers to make the meat immediately
tender and antibiotics to keep them alive in poor conditions.
I have known young women who had no periods for a year or
more because they ate too much chicken. Then it is known that
one third of all spent hens have 'broken bones due to osteoporosis,
and if they bad been broken for some time the flesh could
be bruised. So when they are killed the not so good parts
are removed and that is why we can buy so many chicken pieces.
Too many elderly people eat this meat because it is cheap,
but they are not doing their body any good, so we see more
osteoporosis in the elderly.
Racehorses are given the best diet of any animal as their
very existence depends on their performance. Quality of diet
is of paramount importance. Are we not of more value than
the best' racehorse. As a result we should be given the very
best quality food in our diet. Instead of this so many of
us are content to buy and eat food that has had the best part
of it removed so that it will last longer on the shelves:
of shops and warehouses. That is why the vitamins and minerals
are removed. Packet foods are meant to last a long time on
shelves and if we are truly discerning we would never eat
it. Pests will not touch much of the processed food as they
have instinct, but we lack this instinct and must learn. Sickness
is part of this learning process. In years to come people
will be able to look back and think what fools we were to
even try to survive on some of the deficient foods that so
many use today.
We can be particular in buying only fresh and unpolluted
food so as to avoid arthritis and similar deficiency diseases.
Meanwhile we often have to resort to using supplements that
contain the missing minerals and vitamins. I have even digressed
into giving some of the advice that "health" authorities
should be giving in an effort to prevent diseases such as
arthritis. We can prevent all these diseases and no drug or
pill can cure any disease, but we can nourish the body so
that it will gain strength and overcome the disease.
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