Much More Serious Than We


An alarming discovery of some of the leading causes of cancer and disease today. 

By Mrs. Julie A. Clark 

Recently, a close friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer.  This news arrived only three months following my father’s death from pancreatic cancer.  My mother also died of cancer in 2002 at age 56 and my stepmother is currently dying of metastatic breast cancer.   Having experienced both my parents’ deaths of cancer, numerous close friends over the past seven years, along with countless others my husband and I have met, I found this news of my friend’s cancer very disturbing: sending me into quandary. I keep questioning, “Why is the general population getting cancer at exponential rates”?  I reason in my mind that we must be missing something very obvious, but what is it? 

So I set out to research this for myself similarly to how my husband has been doing research for years, looking at published medical research articles and anything else I can find that was referenced with scientific and evidence based research.  Recently my husband came across an article on the harmful effects of time on screens (computers, iPads, mobile/cellular phones, tablets and television screens).  The article explains how it affects our brains like heroin or cocaine: it is highly addictive.(1)   After reading this article, I immediately began to look up medical research articles from the same researcher Dr. Peter Whybrow, director of neuroscience at UCLA, who’s research was cited within that article.  While confirming the legitimacy of the findings about addiction to ‘screens’, something else caught my eye.  It was a published study of the effect of LED lighting on mental illness.  This made me wonder what, exactly, the effects of lighting and screen devices on our brains really are?

Researching for hours and days, I discovered several things that are drastically affecting the production of melatonin (from the pineal gland) within our brains.  First of all, and most importantly, my husband and I know from previous research that melatonin is vital to the health of our immune systems and for keeping cancer from forming in our bodies.(2) I recall a colleague of my husbands (Ron Meinhardt) telling us once that in order for people to have good melatonin production, people should cease use of computers, smart phones, televisions, etc. by 3 or 4:00pm in the afternoons.  I continued to wonder about this because I knew that some friends of mine who have died of cancer in the past few years did not use televisions, smart phones and computers late into the evenings.  My immediate suspicion was to question artificial lighting’s effect on melatonin. 

I learned years ago that electromagnetic fields/radiation (EMF/EMR) is harmful to health.  It is well known that compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL’s) emit radiation (EMF) and are implicated with cancer and other serious health problems.(4,16,19)  But I still wondered to myself ‘what about Light Emitting Diodes (LED) lighting’?  In research, I found that both CFL and LED lighting are now highly implicated as being carcinogenic.(3,4)  While that in itself is very alarming, I was still wondering what the actual mechanism is that causes cancer from this kind of lighting? 

There is an old saying, generally known, that “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”.  But it is true that the earlier we go to bed after the sun goes down, the more melatonin our bodies will produce?  Any light at night in our environment reduces melatonin production, but the later we go to bed, the greater the decrease.  After more research, I found out that both CFL and LED lighting have been shown to decrease melatonin production within the pineal gland of our brains due to the blueness of their light wavelengths. It is good to go to bed earlier, but studies show that if we have any lights in our environment at night, be it night lights, street lights or alarm clock lights, any light seriously affects our bodies ability to produce melatonin.(17)  It is not just light in our eyes that affects it, but surprisingly it is light on our skin at night that also decreases melatonin.  So we can forget the eye mask idea, it does not work.  It is both our eyes and bodies that both need darkness at night.   It is very important to remember that melatonin is vital for a healthy immune system and as an anti-cancer agent within our body to prevent and reduce cancer cells (oncostatic) within our bodies.(2,5,8,16,18) Melatonin is also very important for people who suffer insomnia due to it’s effects on the our circadian rhythm (sleep/wake cycle). 

My quest to learn more about what affects melatonin continued.  I came across a recent study that documented how fluoride significantly inhibits the release of melatonin from the pineal gland and what is worse; fluoride accumulates in the pineal gland in very large concentrations in individuals drinking fluoridated water.(6) But, not all people live in areas where drinking water is fluoridated and many people drink distilled or purified water free from fluoride.  Melatonin levels are found significantly lower in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of Alzheimer s patients as compared with normal individuals.(13) The fact that fluoride lowers melatonin production would indicate the risk of neuro-degeneration.(14,18)  From what other sources are people getting fluoride?  It is well documented that fluoride is being placed in municipal water supplies for cities and towns all over the world.  What people might not realize is that fluoride is also found in our food and beverages, toothpastes, medications, telfon-coated cookware, fluoridated salt and fluoride based pesticides.  Another very surprising and alarming finding I came across is of the huge amount of fluoride found in green and black tea.  If the tea is decaffeinated, the concentration of fluoride is even greater.  Rooibos tea also contains fluoride, as does some pink Himalayan salt which is so popular these days.  Many green tea / cancer studies last only a few months, and do not take into account the cumulative effects of fluoride, which is a known cancer promoter, and has the ability to transform healthy cells into cancerous ones (6,9,10,11,12)  Tea plants naturally accumulate fluoride and other heavy metals (lead, aluminum, arsenic) and typically grow in acidic soils, which results in even higher uptake.(15)  The heavy metal aluminum in green and black teas is also problematic in that it compounds the fluoride problem due to the alumino-fluoride complexes.(18)

Precariously, excitotoxins (MSG or free glutamic acid and aspartate) also greatly inhibits melatonin release from the pineal gland and does so by a metabotropic receptor.(7,18)  This is very important to know because excitotoxins are hidden in food and beverages under a multitude of different names and is found in nearly all processed foods, seasonings and flavors.  Aspartate is used in many soft drinks (sodas) as a sugar-free substitute (sweetener).  Excitotoxins are known to cause cancer but is one the most insidious hazards that humans face today.  Please see this link to another article written on this topic alone which includes a list of the commonly known names of ingredients known to have the MSG and excitotoxin problem in them. (LINK)

For over twelve years of health education I have been involved in, I often wonder why is it that people are generally very slow to act upon the things they learn that are harmful to their health?  I and my husband both can verify that it is much more difficult to try and reverse cancer once a person is diagnosed with it.  By the time most people learn that they have cancer, they have had it for a significant amount of time; up to five years or more.  My husband and I have witnessed countless people not being proactive about their health until they were diagnosed with cancer or with some other serious illness of the auto-immune disease spectrum.  I implore the readers of this article that none of you wait until you are sick, or until you have cancer.  Do all you can to prevent disease and reduce your risks.  If you need more information, please contact me/us and we will be happy to help you. 

The laws of health are like the law of gravity, “What goes up, must come down.”  When the body does not have what it needs to be healthy, or when it is exposed to things that cause illness, eventually the bodies’ constitution breaks down and sickness results.  The information needs in this article needs to be shared.  Please pass it on to your loved ones, your friends, your colleagues and even strangers.  If you have want further information on any of the things brought up in this article, please contact me and I will provide you with what I have in my computer files.

It is Much More Serious Than We Think!  Don’t wait until you have cancer to be serious about your health.

 Summary with further details for melatonin production, cancer prevention and for the body to heal: 

  • Go to bed early everyday and keep the same schedule everyday of the week (example 9pm-5am or 8:30pm-4:30am). This helps the body in many ways, with melatonin production and circadian rhythm.
  • Limit your time on screens (TV, phones, computers, etc) and cease use at least three hours before bedtime.
  • Avoid use of CFL (Compact Fluorescent) lighting completely.
    Use only incandescent lighting or LED lighting that emits light closer to the red spectrum than ‘white or blue).
  • Avoid all green and black tea and all sources of fluoride (see list in article)
  • Drink only pure water free from fluoride, chlorine and all other harmful contaminants.  Only reverse osmosis (RO) and distillation remove fluoride in water.  RO filters have to be changed regularly (quarterly) due to the effects of fluoride on the filter.  It is recommended that a post distillation filter such as charcoal or a countertop filter such as Brita or Pur for soluble contaminants and volatile chemicals that are  carried over and not removed during the distillation process.
  • Avoid all free glutamate and excitotoxic substances in food. (See link for an article explaining this further with a list of ingredients to avoid) Also avoid eating mushrooms, especially cooked mushrooms. Mushrooms are high in glutamate and cooking releases it causing the MSG problem.
  • Avoid using a mobile phone anywhere near your head.  Better to use a landline with a corded phone.
  • Avoid use of cordless phones anywhere near your head.  Avoid using baby monitors near infants heads for the same reason.  Use speaker phone.  (DECT technology in cordless phones and baby monitors are one of the most harmful).
  • Do not live near or spend any great length of time near a mobile phone tower or high tension power lines. (absolute minimum distance 500 meters or 1,640 feet)
  • Red Clover Tea: found to reduce harmful effects from the “MSG” problem.(20) It is well documented of having cancer fighting compounds in addition to being helpful for many other conditions.


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3)     Milham S, Stetzer D. The electronics in fluorescent bulbs and light emitting diodes (LED), rather than ultraviolet radiation, cause increased malignant melanoma incidence in indoor office workers and tanning bed users. Med Hypotheses. 2018 Jul;116:33-39. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2018.04.013. Epub 2018 Apr 17.

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12)  NTEU - "Why EPA's Headquarters Union of Scientists Opposes Fluoridation" Prepared on behalf of the National Treasury Employees Union Chapter 280 by Chapter Senior Vice-President J. William Hirzy, Ph.D. For more information please call Dr. Hirzy at 202-260-4683.

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