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Yes, Vaping Is Bad for Teens—But the Standard American Diet (SAD) Is Worse

Posted: 2019/09/10

Garden City Park, NY: Six vaping-related deaths have been reported widely by national media over the past week. While this is certainly a subject worthy of discussion and concern, far more worrisome is the growing epidemic of child, adolescent, and teen obesity that continues to plague the United States.

It has been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that obesity now affects over 13.7 million children and adolescents, while the National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates 300,000 deaths per year due to obesity—and that means we have around 800 obesity-related deaths each and every day. At this point, 13.9% of our obese population signifies 2- to 5-year-olds; 18.4% represents 6- to 11-year-olds; and 20.6% represents 12- to 19-year-olds. In fact, obesity remains the second leading cause of preventable death in the US.

What has made so many of our young people so obese? Parents across the globe might be mortified to learn that the answer to that question is: THEM!

According to certified nutritionist Matt Poteet, PharmD in his recent article "Why Parents Are Killing Their Kids With Fast Food," a study conducted in 2016 "found that 91% of parents had fed their children fast food, up from 79% in 2010." These fast foods, however, are just part of children's daily diets. Dr. Renee Dufault, former FDA food investigator and author of our book, Unsafe at Any Meal, explains throughout her work that the Standard American Diet (SAD, aptly enough) is filled with alarmingly high levels of sugar, fat, and sodium—as dangerous for adults as they are for our kids. In particular, Dr. Dufault points out that the prevalence of HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) in so many of these heavily processed fast foods serves as a magic carpet to various health problems over time for youngsters such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, asthma, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease among other conditions.

Whenever whistleblowers like Dr. Dufault or longtime natural health advocate Dr. Nancy Appleton (bestselling author of our books Suicide by Sugar, Killer Colas, and Stopping Inflammation) have tried to bring to light the pervasiveness of enslavement at the heart of this country's fast food addiction, their message has either been disputed by those corporate interests that stand to lose money or dismissed by a general public still too close to the problem to recognize it for what it is. With the national media seemingly beholden to fast food products and suppliers because of the huge advertising dollars they represent, it stands to reason that the American family will frown upon vaping as they line up at yet another fast food restaurant drive-through window to buy their children another potentially dangerous meal.

So how can we change all of this—what can we do? According to Bill Tara, author of the timely forthcoming book How to Eat Right & Save the Planet (Square One, $16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0486-5), the answer is as simple as what you and your family now choose to place on your food plates. In his new book, Tara confirms plainly but urgently that the world's modern diet is a mere reflection of "vested interests that are deeply embedded in the political, medical, agricultural, and food manufacturing sections that powerful forces can call into play whenever challenges are made to the status quo."

In addition, the mainstream Western diet's continued emphasis on meat has created an industry that kills over 70 billion land animals every year—and also sets the stage for the deaths of our children decades earlier than the average lifespan at this point in human history. By pulling ourselves away from those fast-food restaurant drive-through windows and embracing a plant-based diet in place of meat, Tara believes we stand our best shot at keeping ourselves, our children, and our planet alive and healthy.

Built upon decades of previous experience that included his co-founding of the Kushi Institute together with Michio and Aveline Kushi (who introduced macrobiotics to the West in the early 1950s), Mr. Tara's stellar reputation across the natural foods community has included stints as a senior faculty member for the Kiental Institute in Switzerland and the Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. In addition, he has served as Chairman of the European Macrobiotic Assembly for four years; as Chairman of the North American Macrobiotic Congress; as Director of Natural Health Care at the SHA Wellness Clinic in Spain; and more recently, as founder of the Community Health Foundation in London, England, one of the largest natural health education centers in the world. Upon publication of his new book, Tara plans—along with his wife, Marlene Watson-Tara—to contine teaching workshops and intensive training in macrobiotics, vegan nutrition, and natural health care throughout the world.

This is a time in history where technology has made many things easier but has also kept us busier than ever before. As such, it's not unreasonable to assume that the aforementioned corporate interests at the heart of the fast food industry have come to rely upon—perhaps even cultivate—a general public driven by the distraction of everyday life to embrace the convenience and comfort that fast food meals deliver to them and their children. The truth, as ever, is far harsher than anyone wants to admit. It's commendable for parents to try to protect their children from the new health dangers of vaping, but it's also troubling when they put their kids directly in harm's way by continually serving them up a daily life culture in which all manner of fast food consumption occurs throughout the school year. By pointing out how crucial a well-balanced and nutritious diet is to a child's health and well-being, the hope is that life can be made better. It has to start somewhere—why not here?

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Since it began almost two decades ago in 2000, Square One Publishers has continued its mission to bring out books that awaken readers to the existence of this nationwide health crisis—one that has only grown in size and and effect over the past years. The realities of the crisis should no longer be a mystery to anyone, but the following are a few of the key Square One health titles that we feel might help provide workable solutions to this ongoing problem:

Dr. Vlassara's AGE-less Diet:
How Chemicals in the Foods We Eat Promote Disease, Obesity, and Aging and the
Steps We Can Take to Stop It
by Helen Vlassara, MD; Sandra Woodruff, MS, RD; and Gary E. Striker, MD

* Unsafe at Any Meal
What the FDA Does Not Want You to Know About the Foods You Eat
by Dr. Renee Joy Dufault

* Suicide by Sugar
A Startling Look at Our #1 National Addiction
by Dr. Nancy Appleton

* Killer Colas
The Hard Truth About Soft Drinks
by Dr. Nancy Appleton

* End Your Addiction Now
The Proven Nutritional Supplement Program That Can Set You Free
by Charles Gant, MD and Greg Lewis, PhD

The Fabulous Fiber Cookbook:
Great Recipes You Can't Live Without
by Sandra Woodruff

* Why You Can't Lose Weight
Why It's So Hard to Shed Pounds and What You Can Do About It
by Pamela Wartian Smith, MD, MPh

* The Book of Macrobiotics
The Universal Way of Health, Happiness & Peace
by Michio Kushi with Alex Jack

* Deadly Harvest
The Intimate Relationship Between Our Health and Our Food
by Geoff Bond

* Vicki's Vegan Kitchen
Eating with Sanity, Compassion & Taste
by Vicki Chelf

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Burn Your Bras, Again!

Posted: 2019/09/04

Garden City Park, NY: Could wearing a tight bra really be one of the leading causes of breast cancer? New and continuing research—presented in the form of a new article published this week, a month before National Breast Cancer Awareness Month commences in October—provides continuing support to this claim, which has remained a major controversy since first announced by medical anthropologists Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer in their book, Dressed to Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras (first published in 1995, and now fully updated for Square One’s “Second Edition” release).

The new article—“Bras Cause More than Breast Cancer: Preliminary Results of the International Bra-Free Study"—is focused on Singer and Grismaijer's ongoing International Bra-Free Study. Begun in 2018, the study's key purpose is to assess the changes that a woman experiences once she stops using bras. According to Singer, who remains in place as Director of the Institute for the Study of Culturogenic Disease, the study now counts nearly 1,000 women as willing participants.

In addition to Singer and Grismaijer's groundbreaking work from the mid-1990s, which first showed how tight bras cut off the flow of the lymphatic system that surrounds the breast tissue, their new study is in line with a growing number of other studies throughout the world in the past decade that has also found that any form of tight clothing (according to Singer's article) "compresses our soft body tissues, impairing the function of blood vessels, lymphatic vessels, nerves, and more. Research shows tight neckties, tight pants, girdles, corsets, bras, and other compression garments can cause serious harm."

Following the lead of Singer and Grismaijer, along with a study published in 2002 by the International Journal of Biometeorology, there has also been:

* A study based out of Spain in 2011 that found bras in general—underwire bras, in particular—were being increasingly linked to breast disease;

* A study based out of Nairobi in 2014 found a bra-cancer link in pre- and post-menopausal women;

* A major study, based out of Brazil and built directly upon the precepts of Singer and Grismaijer's work in Fiji back in the mid-'90s, was published in the May 2016 issue of Journal of Oncology Research and Treatment and, as described by Singer in his new article, was "the first epidemiological study to look at bra tightness and time worn, and found a significant bra-cancer link"; and

* An early 2018 article published in the Journal of Dermatological Science  ("Lymph stasis promotes tumor growth") was a testament to what many medical expertis across Europe and Asia said they had believed for more than a decade—the impairment of lymphatic flow throughout the female breast and elsewhere in the body caused by the wearing of bras was a key factor in subsequent diagnosis of cancer throughout much of the world.

All of which begs the question: What does any woman really stand to lose by losing their bra? For Singer and Grismaijer, together with the nearly one thousand women who have chosen to go bra-less as a part of the continued study, safety and comfort and peace of mind is what can be gained by taking this one stand against so-called established convention and cultural norm.

To learn more about what Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer have to say about bras and breast cancer, check out a copy of Dressed to Kill—Second Edition. If you or someone you know is concerned about the possibility of breast cancer due to bras, consider becoming a participant in the International Bra-Free Study by visiting

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Square One's two "Big Yoga" books for National Yoga Month (September)

Posted: 2019/09/01

Garden City Park, NY: With summer on the wane and Labor Day bringing an end to the wearing of white pants, why not pull on a pair of yoga pants in time for National Yoga Month.

While folks who need it the most are often discouraged by the widespread image of perfectly "skinny" yoga instructors and practitioners alike, the truth is most Americans tend to reside in that "plus-size" universe. Those who think they are too heavy to even attempt yoga are wrong—and in her two books for Square One, longtime yoga expert and award-winning author Meera Patricia Kerr hopes to forever erase that notion.

In her first bestselling book, Big YogaA Simple Guide for Bigger Bodies (Square One, $17.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0215-1), Kerr explains the basics of yoga and provides over forty different techniques specifically designed to work with bigger bodies. Easy-to-follow photographs appear throughout alongside text, and all feature Kerr herself demonstrating the poses in each exercise. This first of Kerr's books, which includes a Foreword by noted physician Dean Ornish, MD, won the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Health Title and is declared "a welcoming, comprehensive exercise program for the rest of us" by Publishers Weekly.

The follow-up title, Big Yoga for Less StressA Simple Guide to Reducing Everyday Anxiety (Square One, $17.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0405-6), applies Kerr's step-by-step approach to the universal problem of stress. Armed with yoga to help fight against such telltale symptoms of stress as tension headaches, nervousness, exhaustion, high blood pressure, and lowered immunity, this acclaimed companion volume is well-suited to those who struggle with far too much going on in their busy lives. In any given day of stress, these books can provide an oasis of key yoga movements and exercise for millions of people around the world—even you.

Big Yoga and Big Yoga for Less Stress are both available through, B&, and wherever else books are sold.

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UNSAFE AT ANY MEAL author Dr. Renee Dufault appears on Dr. Ronald Hoffman's popular "Intelligent Medicine" podcast

Posted: 2019/08/22

Garden City Park, NY: This past week, food safety whistleblower and former FDA investigator Dr. Renee Joy Dufault discussed her important book Unsafe at Any Meal  with Dr. Ronald Hoffman on his internationally popular podcast and radio show, "Intelligent Medicine."

The interview is in two parts, and can be heard by clicking on the links provided below:



In addition to being downloaded more than 6.6 million times to date, Dr. Hoffman's "Intelligent Medicine" podcast and radio show is heard on over 100 radio stations nationwide (including WOR Radio in New York City) and sends a weekly newsletter to a list of 11,000-plus subscribers.

Dr. Hoffman has also given the book a rousing review on his site, where he has this to say about it:

"Dr. Dufault is a worthy successor to [Ralph] Nader as an industry insider blowing the lid off the food industry's dark secrets . . . the unique reveal in Unsafe at Any Meal is the pervasiveness of mercury in our foods . . . Dufault fingers high-fructose corn syrup as a Trojan Horse for an even more insidious toxin: mercury . . . What's the solution? Dufault is skeptical of lobbying for more stringent environmental regulations and food safety rules after the brush-off she received from the FDA. Instead, she calls for us to vote with our consumer dollars by purchasing locally-sourced, organic foods, minimally processed, and free of additives. Her mission is to make us aware of what we're putting into our mouths. Thus forewarned, we can protect ourselves and our families."

Unsafe at Any Meal ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0436-0) is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble (both in stores and online), and wherever else books are sold.

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Harvard's new study shows good effect of cannabis on pancreatic cancer survival rate

Posted: 2019/08/21

Garden City Park, NY: A new study out of Harvard's Dana-Ferber Cancer Institute—the findings of which have recently been published in the medical journal Frontiers of Oncology—points to a newly-discovered chemical found in cannabis that shows "significant therapy potential" in the treatment of pancreatic cancer.

The drug in question—derived from cannabis flavonoids, which are naturally occurring compounds found in various fruits, plants, and vegetables—has been named FBL-03G.

Since these flavonoids would usually only account for 0.14 percent of the plant in total, genetic engineering has now found a way to aim FBL-03G squarely at all manner of metastatic tumor within the body. Drawing on this as their starting point, the Harvard research team chose to test this flavonoid on pancreatic cancer—one of the fastest-moving forms of the disease, and also one with a tendency of the shortest survival rates.

According to Harvard professor and one of the study's lead researchers Wilfred Ngwa, PhD, though, the effect of FBL-03G in their tests on pancreatic cancer have been remarkable. "The most significant conclusion," notes Ngwa in a recent interview with Yahoo Lifestyle, "is that tumor-targeted delivery of flavonoids, derived from cannabis, enabled both local and metastatic tumor cell kill, significantly increasing survival from pancreatic cancer."

Though not yet tested on human subjects, the Harvard team hopes to complete a spate of pre-clinical trials with this particular flavonoid by the end of next year (2020). In the meantime, there already exists such a range of positive health effects from use of medical marijuana that further knowledge of this plant can only improve the quality—and now, it would seem, the quantity—of daily life for everyone. To learn more, be sure to check out our book Healing with Medical Marijuana ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0441-4) by noted health researcher and international bestselling author Dr. Mark Sircus.

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