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Letters to the Editor: March 30

A Coke and a smile

EDITOR: My undergraduate is in biochemistry.

I’ve suffered from gout for years.

So one night I’m sitting home and I’m thinking about it. And I wondered if low phosphate levels in the body might have something to do with gout.

To supplement my phosphate levels I would drink one 500ml bottle of Mexican Coca-Cola, made with sugar, on Fridays and Mondays. My gout went away. I haven’t had an attack of gout for over a year. Previously I had tried everything.

I started to do some research on the internet. It turns out that during gout attacks people suffer from hypophosphatetemia. So there is a correlation, they are linked. It might be that the phosphoric acid in the Coca-Cola dissolves or leaches uric acid from the body. Phosphoric acid leaches calcium from the body. So replace it as you go. It might be that the acid provides phosphate for the formation of ATP. ATP is the body’s energy molecule. The phosphate may allow for the metabolism of uric acid. It may also assist the kidneys in clearing uric acid from the body. Or the it might be used in the glucose glycogen pathway, allowing the liver to metabolize sugars. I don’t know. It works for me

I have tried everything for gout and this works. If you suffer from gout please give this a try. Help me conduct a field study. Drink one 500ml of Mexican Coke on Friday and Monday afternoon. Be consistent because this will create a sine nodal rhythm in the metabolism. Try it for a month. Let me know how it works for you. If you can keep it up for a year.

Send the results of your experience to,P.O. Box 116, Glen Ellen, California 95442.

Eric Heine

Glen Ellen

Thompson silent on assault rifles

EDITOR: following the Yountville tragedy, Rep. Mike Thomson said, “We need to do everything we can to put a curb on gun violence. We have to make sure that my colleagues in Washington, who have to date refused to do anything, get off the dime.”

Mr. Thompson had cause to talk an awful lot, lately, about guns, which happens to be a subject that he loves. I find it interesting though, that Mr. Thompson’s current bill, the Thompson-King bill, has no language banning assault rifles, even though it’s clear even to those who disagree that the people are demanding just such a ban.

This is supposed to be a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Yet it seems like our “representatives” are working against us, not for us. It’s also interesting to note that none of our elected officials, including Mr. Thompson, are really talking about the causes of gun violence. I find it hypocritical of him to say that his “colleagues in Washington have refused to do anything,” when his own bill doesn’t do much, and he isn’t actually trying to solve the problem at the root. I have been trying to have a public conversation with Mr. Thompson about this and other issues for months, now, but he has remained silent.

Jason Kishineff

American Canyon

April Fool’s joke is on the animals

EDITOR: The coming April Fool’s Day reminds us how the meat, egg and dairy industries play us for fools every day.

The meat industry has developed a whole dictionary designed to fool unwary consumers. The flesh of pigs is called “pork” or “bacon” to fool viewers of “Charlotte’s Web” into eating it. Killing of stunned animals for food is labeled “humane.” And, cesspools of pig waste that spill into our drinking water supplies during hurricanes are named “lagoons.”

The egg-laying industry is arguing with the USDA whether chickens laying organic eggs should have access to the outdoors. But few seem to care that, for each hen that lays eggs, a male chick was ground up alive or suffocated in a plastic garbage bag, because it doesn’t.

Or that laying hens themselves get to live less than one tenth of their natural lives.

A number of states have also enacted “ag-gag” laws that criminalize the exposing of factory farm and slaughterhouse atrocities.The meat, dairy and egg industry’s fooling days may be counted. Many of us are seeing through the deception and replacing animal meat, milk, cheese and ice cream with kinder, healthier and eco-friendly nut and grain-based products available in every supermarket.

Pedro Muniz

Petaluma

Here’s to your health

EDITOR: California legislators recently introduced a hodge-podge healthcare package they say will provide more residents with insurance coverage through a series of patches and tweaks to our already convoluted and inefficient system.

Their proposals build on the Affordable Care Act, a system that has tragically demonstrated that insurance “coverage,” with its huge out of pocket costs, forces many to skip care even if they are paying for premiums.

Why would we want to expand a system designed to enrich the health insurance industry by restricting and denying care to so many?

It’s time for California to lead the nation by adopting the Medicare-for-all type system proposed in the Healthy California Act- SB562, sponsored by the California Nurses Association.

Critics of SB 562, say it would cost too much. On the contrary, it would save billions and cover everyone, regardless of their economic or immigration status. It is our current healthcare system that costs too much.

We pay far more than other nations and get far less, including poorer health outcomes and a reduced life span. SB 562 will save billions of dollars and save lives. We can and must do both.

Sofia Close

Sonoma