Israel's PerspectiveIn the Perspective section article May...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

June 26, 1995

Israel's Perspective

In the Perspective section article May 21, "Israel's Land Seizures in Jerusalem Show There Won't Be Any More Pullouts," author Geoffrey Aronson is referred to as director of the Foundation for Middle East Peace.

I found it altogether remarkable how misinformed or poorly informed this individual is. He misses by a mile on almost ever issue he covers.

If one begins a discourse with a faulty premise, the body of the work and conclusion will hardly be worth the cost of the paper on which it is written. This seems to be the case here.

Mr. Aronson begins by referring to the territories which Israel occupied in June of 1967. He leaves out any reference that these areas, when under the control of neighboring Arab nations, were twice used as the launching pad for attacks by five Arab nations that were every bit as vicious and ill-conceived as the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

He writes glowingly about the "historic agreement" between Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat and immediately shifts gears by blaming Israel for its failure to honor in what he terms the Jewish state's commitment in light of its "ideology of conquest."

He dismisses Israel's repeated need for security, calling this totally rational and justifiable demand an obsession rather than the necessary element in the peace process we know it to be.

Mr. Aronson completely dismisses the slaughter of innocent Israelis by Arab militants, which Arafat promised to end in that same Oslo agreement, as though it were a matter of little significance.

He ignores the random Arab slaughter of Jews during the British mandate governing the area from 1920 to 1948, the continued killing while the West Bank and Gaza strip were under the control of Jordan and Egypt after the departure of the British and the marked increase in killings following the present Israeli government's signing the Oslo agreement with Arafat designed to stop the killings.

In reviewing this horribly myopic report on that situation in the Middle East, one must wonder why it is that we give such great regard and attention to those with euphonic titles who claim to speak for impressive-sounding groups most of us have never hard of (that seem to be cropping up in our midst every day).

And why is it that, armed with these questioned credentials, these spokespersons and groups are the ones who generate the most space in print at times when we cry out for truth and honesty, not credentialed fallacies?

Harry Cohen

Baltimore

Nutrition Counts

I want to respond to the June 6 article, "Results are not in on emerging phytonutrients," by Colleen Pierre, specifically her comments about Interior Design Nutritionals dietary supplements.

The medical profession has neglected a vast amount of nutritional research of the past four years that was paid for by American tax dollars.

Research information on anti-oxidants and phytonutrients has increased from 190 to 22,000 articles. Based on these studies, the editorial board of the University of California at Berkeley Wellness Letter made a 180-degree turn and, in 1994, stated that "we must continue taking our anti-oxidants" for optimum health.

One can only get full anti-oxidant protection from free radicals with supplements.

Food sources have gradually deteriorated in nutritional value over recent years. Eating a well-balanced diet remains the ideal standard, but which of us can do it within the time constraints that we all have and with the volume of food required? Probably less than 10 percent of the population.

The recommended daily allowances are being upgraded because they were originally designed in World War II for the prevention of deficiency diseases such as scurvy, beriberi and rickets.

What the American public needs now are optimum health recommendations. In a democratic society we have the right to hear all sides and make an informed decision.

Leading physicians from such prestigious schools as Berkeley, Tufts, the University of Kentucky, Harvard and Duke currently take anti-oxidants . . .

There are also many local notable and excellent physicians in every specialty, including the family doctor of the year, who offer their patients, among other supplements, those of IDN, which are some of the finest products on the market. They have impacted favorably on these physicians' health as well as the health of their families and patients.

IDN sports products have enabled many athletes, including those who should have reached their prime years ago, to capture gold medals in the last Olympics and to compete again in the future.

Fortunately, some of us have taken the time to read the latest research and apply it clinically rather than blindly follow the old ways.

Using specific nutrient recommendations, we can even correct that most common form of malnutrition, obesity.

The medical profession is waking up to nutrition as a cornerstone of disease prevention and optimization of health and wellness. The old guard of the nutritional profession must get up to date as well.

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