Steve Alten Newsletter
August 2010
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HUGE character contest begins today, and it's a lot of fun for those of you who love music. Also included is an update on my treatment for Parkinsons and a new free chapter for GRIM REAPER.

Again, thank you for all your kindness and support.

Ancient Species Discovered in Depths

Sound familiar? And these creatures are OLDER than Megalodon. Is MEG still out there?

GRIM REAPER: Sneak Peek #4

The next free chapter of my upcoming novel, GRIM REAPER: End of Days is now available at You can read the Prologue and the first three chapters from the unedited Advanced Reader Copy FREE. First edition hardbacks can be preordered at Amazon or through your local bookstores. I PROMISE they will be collector items.

Parkinsons Update: Steve Alten completes experimental treatment

As most of you know by now, I was diagnosed with stage one Parkinsons 3 years ago. Through an answered prayer and a gift from a bone marrow specialist, I was given an opportunity to undergo a new stem cell process that can potentially remove the symptoms of this degenerative disease and possible be a cure. Dr. Dipnari Maharaj is the Medical Director at the South Florida Bone Marrow Clinic in Boynton Beach. I'd list his education and resume, but the newsletter would be too long. He is incredibly caring, confident, yet quite conservative. His approach defines methodological. There are three phases of the treatment, covering six weeks. Each phase consists of seven days of blood work in the AM, followed by two injections in the afternoon, then seven days off, with blood drawn every other day to ensure the white cell count is returning to normal. The method pulse releases the stem cells from the bone marrow into the blood.


I completed Phase 3 last week and have begun some physical therapy to force myself to use my right arm more - I am a righty but have become left handed due to the rigidity in my right arm and wrist. When I began the treatment, PD was pushing me down hill at a steady pace. I feel I am no longer moving downhill but have neutralized and am moving gradually uphill toward improvement. Physically, I would say I have a 15% improvement at this time. It may take a lot of hard PT work and perhaps even a booster week in the future to eliminate the rigidity. My goal is significant improvement, perhaps even a complete reversal of symptoms. This involves retraining muscle memory regarding gait, movement, etc. Certainly every patient is different. What is most important was to retard the progression of the disease, and instinctively I feel that may be what is happening. Other PD patients show continued improvement, so time and hard work will tell. I will keep you updated.

For those of you interested in these treatments, go to the link below.

LIVING TIP: Aspertame in Yogurt

This revelation really made me angry as I eat a lot of yogurt, believing it was healthy. Read the history of Aspertame and you'll learn the FDA refused to approve this dangerous artificial sweetener under the Carter Administration. So the company hired Donald Rumsfeld as their paid political hack. After Reagan was elected he fired the Head of the FDA and Apertame was suddenly on the market (how do these a-holes sleep at night?) This article reveals Aspertame affects dopamine balance - as in Parkinsons Disease!

MEG fan attacked by Barracuda!

This was sent to me by Dina Parker, the mother of the girl bitten.

CHARACTER CONTEST - This is a BIG ONE! (and really fun)

Ever watch a movie or TV commercial and feel you could have selected a better soundtrack for the video or a better visual. Now you can! One of my talented fans created a great GRIM REAPER movie trailer. We're offering you the opportunity to make it better! And to the top 50 entries, I'm offering IMMORTALITY as a character in a soon-to-be-announced new novel.

All instructions are located at

1. Think you know a better song? Great! Change the song. It's easy.
2. Think you could do a better job with the video? Great! Re-cut it!


1. Top 25 winners as voted by the fans on the contest page from August thru November 30th.
2. Top 25 winners as voted by our panel.


Create a video and you may see it aired on shows like The TODAY SHOW or Good Morning America!

Give it a try, then circulate your YouTube link to friends and family. Post on facebook and twitter. Have fun with it, you could be the Spielberg of book trailers!

LIVING TIPS: When visiting the USA, beware of the water!
(From the former manager of a small US water treatment plant)

I was responsible for the entire water supply for a small town. In the year of study that it took to become state certified to run the water treatment plant I learned many distressing things. The first was NOT to drink the water. Though the plant originally was state of the art, it had fallen into such disrepair (regular maintenance had been done only a few times in the many years since it was built) and was beyond simple repair costs that the town could afford. The filters themselves were breaking down and, I believed, ineffective. The people running the plant before me had little concept of what they were doing in the disinfection process of the water. The water entering the plant came from deep wells and was pumped to the station for treatment and then pumped out to the town. The disinfection process must be adhered to for any water source and is federally mandated. But the process is the problem. Before I came along, the chlorine was just poured into the system, without a care for how much. Using chlorine is the only way to prove that disinfection has taken place by the residual chlorine tested downstream of the plant, usually in people's homes. I did this testing. And I learned that chlorination also produces byproducts that may be more harmful than the raw water depending on the source. How many times have you gone to the tap for water and it tasted bad or smelled like chlorine? The people in town were appreciative that I learned so much and reduced the chlorine in their tap water to minimal levels. But I knew it was still doing damage. I questioned the status quo, I questioned the governing agencies, I noted other horrible things this water department was doing. I was forced out of the water company for speaking my mind and trying to enforce the rules as I had learned them. I drink bottled water now, or water available at storefronts now that have RO filter equipment on site or vending machines that have RO, carbon, and ultraviolet disinfection processes included. These systems are available for homes and are coming down in price. I even look askance at bottled water knowing that up to a few years ago, there was very little overseeing of bottled water companies, and that "crisp, clean, cold spring water" most likely came from a well in someone's back yard, as I was approached to go into business in this manner. Let the consumer beware, water is the stuff of life, but processed water is mankind's shame, it's too expensive to do it right. Just because it's filtered doesn't mean all the contaminants are addressed. The old adage of drinking 8 glasses of water a day, is just a suggestion, I drink even more. But please know your water source! Thanks Steve, for letting me vent here and spread information to those who may benefit.

NOTE FROM STEVE: Even more dangerous than chlorine are the chemicals and pesticides that are rained down into water supplies. Minimum Fed standards are NOT health standards. I used to sell Reverse Osmosis equipment and still have a top-of-the-line system with a lifetime guarantee that has protected us for 21 years and counting. *IF YOU HAVE A LIVING TIP YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, please e-mail to me at [email protected] Put LIVING TIP in the subject line.

Joke of the Month

Two blondes are sitting on a beach at night. One blonde looks up at the moon and says "what do you think is farthest away, the moon or Italy?" The other blonde just looks at her and says, "DUH? Can you see Italy from here?"

In an attempt to be fair, here's the same joke with two brunettes:

Two brunettes are sitting on a beach at night. One brunette looks up at the moon and says, "what do you think is farthest away, the moon or Italy?" The other brunette just looks at her and says "the moon, bitch."

*IF YOU HAVE A JOKE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, please e-mail to me at MEG[email protected] Put JOKE in the subject line.

RECIPE of the Month: Atomic Buffalo Turds
(yes this is the real name)

Starting with your jalepenos, split them and remove the seeds. Spread cream cheese inside the pepper. You can add the atomic-power element of this recipe by mixing in a little cayenne pepper to the cream cheese. Then put a Little Smokey in the pepper/cheese combo, wrap in bacon and secure with a toothpick. Slap them on the grill or the barbecue, shut the lid and cook over indirect heat until the bacon is done, about 20 or 30 minutes.

IF YOU HAVE A RECIPE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, please e-mail to me at MEG82[email protected] Put RECIPE in the subject line.

That's all for now. Stay well, stay safe and know this author appreciates you very much.


Steve Alten, Ed.D.
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