Posted by: stgeorgemassage | September 4, 2008

SEPTEMBER Newsletter

Have you noticed the change in the weather? We don’t have clear cut seasons here in Southern Utah but you can see and feel the subtle changes we do have. Cooler nights even amidst daytime highs in the 100’s is the first signifier of an upcoming Autumn. I have always loved Autumn as my favorite time of the year. Look for me as Ghost #4 in St George Musical Theater’s “Ghost Tours” this Halloween.


Thank you to all who responded to my shout out for help with the Marathon. We still need more Host Homes, so here’s a repeat of last month’s message.

You know this town is booked solid during the Marathon with over 7,000 runners. In the past some of these massage therapists or massage students have had to sleep in the park the night before the event because they have to be here so early in the morning. So I am looking for “Host Homes”. If you would like to be a host home for any number of volunteers ( you don’t need a fancy guest room, just floor space for a sleeping bag and a shower) please let me know. This would be for one night Friday October 3rd. Chances are they will only be there from 10 pm until 7:30am and most of the time they be sleeping so you won’t have to do any entertaining. This is a great way for us to show these folks how great a town we live in.


SUBSTITUTES: Better living through Chemistry?

Maybe it started in World War II with K-Rations or in the scientific explosion that occurred in the 50’s & 60’s (what I like to call the “Tang” generation) but there is no doubt that we became voracious consumers requiring everything to be cooked up in a minute or freeze dried and just add water. In order to sell more products and fill up the shelves in the Supermarkets that replaced the neighborhood groceries, the ad men thought of new ways to convince the public that old was bad and new was good. Because 1 in 100,000 people had a problem with good old cheap aspirin, they convinced us that it was risky to take. They created a whole new market for higher priced Ibuprofen & Tylenol. They could also package these in 12 handy doses instead of the economical bottle of 100. With the power of television indoctrinating us it only took a decade to convince us that 4 out 5 doctors agreed that their product was the best and we bought it hook line & sinker.
Similarly, one calorie colas debuted in the early 60’s and the new wonder saccharine was introduced to replace sugar. This was when we began to hear the terrible propaganda about sugar. This was nearly derailed when the sugar substitute was taken off the market for causing cancer in lab rats. So the scientific minds that weren’t involved in putting a man on the Moon, had to find that wonder substitute for sugar and decided that presumption sounding names would remind people of these poor cancer ridden rodents so they named it “Splenda”.
Now here’s what they don’t tell you. White sugar is a pure crystal of glucose that the body uses for fuel. Fuel so powerful that it’s flammable (that’s what makes marshmallows burn). So we get the sugar high and sudden burst of energy because the body immediately uses this fuel source at the cellular level. Unfortunately, sugar also blends with other components in the things we like most into calories which we store up in fat cells for future energy reserves. Sugar in moderation is not bad for you. There are no additives in the crystallized form although there maybe some sulfates in molasses and brown sugar which is white sugar that hasn’t been cooked all the way to release the additives ( I worked in a sugar mill in 1971).
So back to the diet cola. Sugar substitutes have a metallic base which gives it that distinctive aftertaste which as time goes by we either get accustomed to or they continue to develop masking agents that cover the aftertaste. When you drink the diet cola, the body recognizes that there is no “fuel” in the product. The body needs fuel and since it isn’t getting want it needs the body’s own defenses puts us in starvation mode. This essentially causes the body to make more from the calories we do eat and is why people don’t lose weight on diet foods. The manufacturers know we need something which the body can recognize a fuel so they use additives like caffeine which give us a drug induced burst of energy which is quite different from the food induced energy of sugar, carb’s and proteins.
My point is, the more time goes by, the more we indulge in artificial nutrition. Substitutes for every thing to make products more microwavable and quicker at the drive through. Given enough time we may discover that these substitutes may be the cause of many of the modern ailments. Speeding up arthritis, fibromyalgia, vision problems and more. Just as we now learn many years later that Ibuprofen and Tylenol can cause liver or kidney damage but a aspirin a day can prevent heart attack. I’m not advocating that everyone go out and eat a chocolate eclair, but when did food groups get replaced by the periodic table?

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” —Thomas Edison



Marci Ware Jacob Kleiner Margi Corona

It pays to enter every month!!


Interested in having Michael come to your office, special event or party and do Chair Massage or Reflexology! (Sure beats that clown who blew up animal balloons last year) It’s easy to do and everyone loves bodywork. Call Michael at 435-215-3480



  1. This just published today!

    A new study out of Duke University published last week in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health suggests that the artificial sweetener Splenda and its key component sucralose may pose a number of health threats to people who consumer the product over time.

    Among the problems the scientists observed in the rats they tested were a 50% reduction in the ‘good bacteria’ that play a role in immune health, weight gain and potential blocking of a number of drugs.

    The news was alarming enough for James Turner, chairman of the national consumer education group Citizens for Health to call for an FDA review of splenda’s safety.

    Are you surprised that another chemical not recognized by the human body causes health problems? Don’t be. Remember, most food additives are recognized as safe until proven otherwise, so today is Splenda’s day, but it doesn’t mean that the other chemicals in your diet soda are safe and healthy. Stick with water, small amounts of natural sweeteners, and other whole, unadulterated food for best results.

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