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Posted April 25, 2014: by Bill Sardi
Geneticists have made a stunning breakthrough, at least in their own minds. Though not quite ready for human application, they have “edited” DNA to cure a disease in an adult animal.
News reports don’t quite put this development into perspective. It is one thing to insert a new gene in animal eggs so the next generation can benefit but quite another to do this in a fully developed adult with full-blown disease. What this means is that single-gene mutation diseases humans were born with can possibly be cured today, not just corrected in the next generation.
Posted April 18, 2014: by Bill Sardi
A New England Journal of Medicine report is the latest to condemn mammography. Its title (Abolishing Mammography Screening Programs) suggests it’s time to close up breast cancer screening centers altogether.
Cited as evidence is a 25-year study among thousands of women detected just 484 cancers and 22% of them were unnecessarily treated with surgery, radiation or other therapies.
Also cited was a larger trial of over a half-million women that showed no evidence that mammography screening reduces over-all mortality. The report is even more sobering. For every breast-cancer death prevented in the U.S. prevented by annual screening beginning at age 50, 460-670 women are likely to have a false positive mammogram with repeat examination; 70-100 a needless biopsy and 3 to 14 an over-diagnosed case of cancer that would never be life threatening.
Posted April 17, 2014: by Bill Sardi
The incidence of herpes zoster (the shingles) has risen by 39% over the past decade and a leading medical authority with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says they don’t know why. [Medscape April 14, 2014] The varicella zoster virus is acquired during childhood and emanates as chicken pox and the virus is harbored in nerve sheaths where it erupts much later in life as a painful skin rash.
The Centers for Disease control is a public health agency that serves as a shill for the pharmaceutical industry. So it is no surprise to hear CDC representatives advise adults over age 60 to receive zoster vaccine. However, the vaccine is a little bit of the disease itself and the virus may spread to other family members of the vaccinated.
Posted April 15, 2014: by Knowledge of Health
Arrows indicate multiple patchy calcified sites on the descending aorta and bilateral femoral arteries.
Posted April 14, 2014: by Bill Sardi
A Bloomberg News report delved into the reasons why a few patients respond to experimental cancer treatments while most others do not. Investigators still aren’t sure why some patients respond “miraculously” to treatment that largely fails others. It may be genetic predisposition. [Cancer ‘Miracle’ Patients Studied Anew For Disease Clues]. Readers were invited to comment on the report. Here is what one commentator posted:
Please, don’t be stupid with these alternative treatments. If you don’t understand how disease/cure works on cellular level defer it to professionals. Stephen Jobs was so arrogant that he delayed his treatment for 7 months trying to find alternative treatment. Please, don’t make same mistakes. Simple answers never work for complex questions. The Dark ages ended some time ago.
Posted March 25, 2014: by Bill Sardi
Vitamin D was discovered to cure rickets in 1922. A short time later ergocalciferol, synthetic vitamin D, was developed and is still today the only FDA-approved prescription form of vitamin D despite it being inferior to natural form cholecalciferol – vitamin D3.
Over 90 years have passed since that discovery. The 1920 and 1930s was the era of vitamin discovery. During that time the practice of medicine gravitated away from use of crude medicines such as quinine, opium, cocaine, digitalis and nitroglycerin to synthetic molecules like procaine and barbital that garnered patent protection for pharmaceutical companies. Atabrine was among the first patentable drugs approved for many uses and is related to melfoquine used today to treat malaria.
Posted March 23, 2014: by Bill Sardi
If a news reporter asks the vitamin C experts at the Linus Pauling Institute today about how much vitamin C is needed to maintain health they are going to answer with the same nonsense that has polluted the minds of millions over the past 3-4 decades – only 200 milligrams a day and forget vitamin C pills, fruits and vegetables will do.
As one reads the latest discourse from the experts (“Myths, Artifacts, And Flaws: Identifying Limitation And Opportunities In Vitamin C Research,” Nutrients Volume 5, page 5161, 2013), who certainly must know more than the rest of us, after careful examination one begins to wonder if they live in the real world or just their world filled with test tubes and lab rats where they can create their own reality.
Posted March 17, 2014: by Bill Sardi
Every day we read or hear about some biological threat, whether it be from a potentially deadly strain of the flu virus, a prevalent pathogenic bacterium in foods like Campylobacter in uncooked chicken meat; or a seemingly safe FDA-approved drug that has been found to be unsafe like aspirin that induces bleeding gastric ulcers and brain hemorrhages; or pollutants in the air or water like the endemic fungus that causes Valley Fever or chlorine that decontaminates our tap water but increases risk for colon cancer; or toxic heavy metals like mercury or lead in our dental fillings and roadways; or parasitic germs like H. pylori, Candida albicans or Streptococcus that are commonly harbored in our own digestive tract.
Then there is aging itself with all of the chronic diseases it brings with it – circulatory problems, insidious decline in vision from cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration, as well as fatty liver, excessive sugar levels and numerous malignancies.
Posted March 11, 2014: by Bill Sardi
The world pays a steep price when its doctors turn a blind eye at nutritional medicine.
Imagine what eradication of polio would be like if it were treated nutritionally.
In 1988 the world set out to inoculate all the billions of people on the planet against the stomach virus known as polio. There were an estimated 350,000 new annual cases of paralyzing polio then which has now been reduced to just a couple hundred cases with a much larger world population. There are an estimated 10 million people walking today that would be crippled from polio if a polio vaccination program hadn’t been started. [World Health Organization] The indigenous wild-strain of the virus was mostly eradicated in 1999 [American Journal Epidemiology 2010] leaving the vaccine derived strain as the predominant form of the virus in circulation!
Despite such progress, total eradication of polio eludes modern medicine because it ignores nutritional medicine.
How did modern medicine almost totally eradicate polio but at the same time doom any possibility of abolishing it?
Posted February 25, 2014: by Bill Sardi
Public health officials in California report a polio-like paralysis among as many as 25 children that has doctors perplexed. This nerve-paralyzing malady strikes after a brief illness and kids lose their ability to move their arms or legs.
Health officials say it definitely isn’t polio and they suspect it is caused by an enterovirus (stomach virus). Beyond that, doctors appear to be clueless. This story is making headlines worldwide.
So what could it be? Could it be a vaccine like the Swine Flu vaccine that caused a nerve paralyzing disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome in 1976? But Guillain-Barre produces a whole different set of symptoms.
Could it be something in foods that only attacks kids’ vulnerable immune systems? So far it’s not linked to any food common among those affected.
The very idea of a virus paralyzing kids by an unknown virus for which there is no known effective treatment is certainly scary.