Newsletter Archive - 2012

If you missed a recent bi-weekly newsletter from Jon Barron, don't fret! We have archived all the health newsletters below for your convenience. Scroll topics or if you are looking for specific health information, use our search field above. More than likely, Jon covered your topic in one of these health newsletters!

  • Toxins in your body
    In the past few weeks, there has been a flurry of studies published about the omnipresence of dangerous fire resistant chemicals in our furniture, our homes, and our bodies.
  • 12/1/2012
    Although a new study from Danish researchers has determined that there's little benefit to the routine annual physical exams for healthy people, that may not be entirely true.
  • Fish Farming Health
    The bottom line is that since fish farming, despite its major problems, is here to stay, we need to make it better rather than tilt at windmills hoping it will go away. It won't.
  • 10/22/2012
    We live in a world of absolutes. Everyone wants their health advice in black and white. Tell me what herb cures cancer. Does Echinacea cure colds? What drug should I take if I have diabetes? And everyone from the media to natural health practitioners to the medical community is only too happy to comply.
  • Is Organic Food Better For You
    Why are the differences in nutritional values in organic food VS conventional food, as presented in the Standord study, so much lower than most people expected? And why were the differences in pesticide contamination also less than expected?
  • Dangers of soy products
      The benefits of soy products are often over publicized and over stated. Meanwhile, soy protein dangers are nowhere near as pronounced as many of its detractors claim. On a good-bad scale, they probably come in at a 35:65 ratio, with the 65 lined up on the negative side.
  • 8/13/2012
    On August 2nd, The New England Journal of Medicine published a lead “perspective” article entitled, “Are Americans Ready to Solve the Weight of the Nation? And as it represents the evolving mainstream medical point of view on the obesity epidemic, I think it’s worth examining point by point, with my commentary following each quote.
  • L-Carnosine benefits and side affects
    Make no mistake; L-carnosine may no longer be "new" news. And it may no longer be trendy; but it still ranks as one of the most important anti-aging supplements available to us today.
  • q&a with jon barron
    We receive thousands of questions each month at the Baseline of Health Foundation and Baseline Nutritionals -- a handful of which open the door to broader issues related to health and nutrition. I've selected some of those questions to share with you today.
  • 7/9/2012
    Healthy people share their bodies with more than 10,000 species of microbes -- living on our skin, in the mucous membrane of our noses and mouths, and most notably, throughout the length and breadth of our intestinal tracts. These microbes are not just helpful; they are essential. Quite simply, we cannot live without a healthy microbial population living in and on our bodies. And yet, we are constantly attacking and destroying it.
  • 6/18/2012
    According to a study just published in the journal CANCER, aspirin and the other commonly used NSAIDS may help protect against skin cancer. But according to another study just published in JAMA, low-dose aspirin use is “significantly” associated with an increased risk of major gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding episodes.  Who is correct and what is the natural alternative?
  • 6/4/2012
    Epigenetics and methylation are normal parts of life. They are neither good nor bad; they just are. Some controls on gene expression are required so that you can form different cells as needed. Other forms, such as those that promote cancer, not so much.
  • 5/21/2012
    It seems there is a great deal of pent up anger in the alternative health community when it comes to the so-called professional skeptics like Bob Carroll and Stephen Barrett.
  • 5/7/2012
    Let's once and for all throw some light on some of the canards that self-appointed "skeptics" have relied on to bash the alternative health community. For too long, they've been allowed to get away with "strange beliefs and un-amusing deceptions" by claiming that science and logic support them.  As you will see in the case of Robert Carroll's Skeptic Dictionary, they don't.
  • 4/23/2012
    Statin therapy should not be recommended for individuals with elevated cholesterol who are otherwise healthy.
  • 4/9/2012
    We explore diseases of the urninary system in order to gain an understanding of how to either prevent them in the first place, or reverse them after the fact -- rather than merely manage their symptoms.
  • 3/26/2012
    Understanding how the nephrons in your kidneys work, and how you can prevent and reverse damage to them -- even assist them -- is fundamental to maintaining optimum health.
  • 3/12/2012
    Jon examines the anatomy of the urinary system and explores those things that can go wrong in all areas of the system -- and how we can use natural therapies to overcome those problems.  
  • 2/27/2012
    Only about 20% of conventional medicine is supported by studies. And even at that, studies provide far less validation and certitude than most people think.
  • 2/13/2012
    When it comes to nutrition, the medical community and so-called scientific studies may be the greatest spreaders of myth and misinformation in the world today. And now they're at it again.
  • 1/30/2012
    Research published in BMJ Open last November, strongly suggests that there may be a link between synthetic estrogen from oral contraceptives that has found its way into the environment and the rising rate of prostate cancer among men around the world.
  • 1/16/2012
    Jon examines the validity of a recently released study that claims that at least 14,000 people (with a special focus on children under the age of one) died in the U.S. during the 14 weeks following the Fukushima disaster.
  • 1/2/2012
    This newsletter is my gift to all our media subscribers. By the end of this newsletter, I want you to walk away newly outfitted with two fundamental questions that you will henceforth be able to call upon when reporting on future studies.