The Ashwin
The Ashwin is a monthly webzine for ΑΩ Labs' customers -- Feb., 2002 Edition
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Old Amish Dewormer

The importance of controlling parasite activity is stressed in this month's introduction of 'Old Amish' Dewormer. Later this month we will provide a pictorial for practitioners so that on examination of stool samples, a correct identification of various species can be made at various stages of their life cycle.
Among the most common parasites found on using our Dewormer are the intestinal fluke (Fasciolopsis Busii), round worm (Trichinella spiralis, liver fluke (Fasciola hepatica), and tapeworm (Echinoccoccus granulosus).
What shocks people is that the vast majority of adult humans have one of more major parasite infestations. What is even more amazing is that with all the advances in modern medicine, more emphasis has not be placed on vermifuges - and, in fact, as our main Dewormer page points out, we have lost knowledge about its importance that was considered common knowledge as recently in North America as the time of the early colonists.
Even if you decide not to purchase Dewormer - at least read the articles.

Apricot Seeds (Prunus armeniaca 'blenheim')
Well ... it had to happen sooner or later.
It wouldn't be right for (our original domain) to not weigh in on the apricot seed / laetrile controversy.
The short version is this: although we are now offering apricot seeds under our own label, we do not enthusiastically endorse the claims found with such gusto elsewhere on the internet - and it isn't just the legalities. There are empirical, clinical reasons for taking a more conservative position and refraining from raising people's hopes with strong curative overtures.
You'll read all about it in our introduction to our Blenheim Apricot Seeds.

"ET, Write Home!"
In addition to our general email page, our testimonial submissions page, our Ashwin Letter to the Editor page, we now have a Chat Room and a Bulletin Board. We know it will take time, particularly for our older customers and practitioners (who have so little time with their busy practices now), to actually use these new communication tools, but we encourage you to do so. It will help everyone in our end of the alternative health care market do a better job of networking.
So be sure to check out these online facilities when you get a chance.

Note to our Readers: This is the fifth edition of the The Ashwin (pronounced "Ah-sh' win"), covering February, 2002. Previous editions are archived. If you have questions, email us.

"Hail, 'Shroom
of the Gods!"

Mushroom Biology Within the last few years there has been enormous interest in medicinal mushrooms - especially those with useful amounts of cancer-fighting, long-chain polysaccharides. Some of the clinical data coming out on mushroom extracts, particularly from the Far East, has been extremely encouraging.
Among those that have received the most scientific, clinical, and journalistic interest are reishi, shiitake, maitake, and cordyceps. However, as it pertains to research in the area of anti-cancer compounds, one particular mushroom stands out: Agaricus Blazei Murill, or "ABM" - a fungi so revered in its native Brazil, that the indigenous people who use it refer to it as "the mushroom of the Gods."
As is typical of this field, hosts of web sites have sprung up - each with an extract supposedly more highly refined, with higher "standardized triterpenes" or other isolated chemical group - most attempting to justify pharmaceutical level prices for what are ostensibly simple extracts.
For certain cases, based on a review of the latest scientific literature, we would actually refer a patient to another vendor that offered good mushroom extracts - until we discovered the variances in quality and price. (One popular supplier offers a 250 Cap bottle for $124.00). Mushroom extracts aren't cheap, but some of the prices out there are outrageous.
For that reason we are introducing our own product this month. Please note that some abstracts from the literature have been put on our agaricus page. Be advised that these are for general information only. We are not claiming that there is anything conclusive in what we currently know about ABM, or any of its cousins in the Basidiomycota class. Clinical results - including comments from our own customers - is extremely encouraging, however.
Used strictly as a nutraceutical, those who would do well to look into adding ABM to whatever other supplements they take would include those suffering from blood cancers (lymphoma, leukemia, or Hodgkins), as well as uteran, ovarian, and cervical cancer cases. Other classes also hold good prospects, but, again, the literature is not yet conclusive.

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