Socialized Medicine Doctor: ‘We should stop trying to cure cancer it is ‘best option for an aging population’
If only old people would just hurry up and die — that’s the point of view for most proponents of socialized medicine around the world. Case in point is British doctor Richard Smith, who says we should stop trying to cure cancer because it’s best for elderly people to just go ahead and die.
Cancer is the best way to die because it gives people the chance to come to terms with their own mortality, the former editor of the British Medical Journal has claimed. Continue reading
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We have lost the war on cancer. At the beginning of the last century, one person in twenty would get cancer. In the 1940s it was one out of every sixteen people. In the 1970s it was one person out of ten. Today one person out of three gets cancer in the course of their life.
The cancer industry is probably the most prosperous business in the United States. In 2014, there will be an estimated 1,665,540 new cancer cases diagnosed and 585,720 cancer deaths in the US. $6 billion of tax-payer funds are cycled through various federal agencies for cancer research, such as the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The NCI states that the medical costs of cancer care are $125 billion, with a projected 39 percent increase to $173 billion by 2020.
The simple fact is that the cancer industry employs too many people and produces too much income to allow a cure to be found. All of the current research on cancer drugs is based on the premise that the cancer market will grow, not shrink.
Study finds compound in the plant can help shrink aggressive brain tumours
Cannabis can have a dramatic effect on aggressive forms of brain cancer, a new study shows.
The new research, conducted by specialists at St George’s, University of London, studied the treatment of brain tumours in the laboratory.
It found the most effective treatment was to combine active chemical components of the cannabis plant, which are known as cannabinoids.
Two of these – called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) – were tested as part of the research into brain cancer.
This is particularly difficult to treat and claims the lives of about 5,200 patients each year.
It also has a particularly poor prognosis as the rate of survival after five years of patients’ diagnosis is around 10 per cent, the new research is the first to show a drastic effect when combining THC and CBD with radiation.
Dr Wai Liu, Senior Research Fellow and lead researcher on the project, said: ‘The results are extremely exciting. Continue reading
The system for researching new cancer treatments is ‘broken’, one of Britain’s top academics has claimed.
Professor Paul Workman, chief executive of the Institute of Cancer Research in London, accused ‘risk averse’ pharmaceutical firms of only developing drugs they know will turn a profit.
Speaking at the World Oncology Forum in Switzerland, the professor said the war against cancer has lost momentum, despite huge theoretical advances in the laboratory.
‘There have been some impressive advances in the personalised treatment of cancer,’ Professor Workman said.
‘But overall progress has failed to keep pace with the dramatic advances over the last 20 years in our knowledge about cancer biology and genetics.
‘We could, and should, be doing much better. Continue reading
A glass of red wine, a handful of peanuts or a nibble of chocolate could protect against osteoporosis.
Resveratrol, a natural compound found in red wine and grapes, mulberries, cocao powder and peanuts has anti-inflammatory properties which protect against bone loss in mice and rats.
Now Danish researchers have shown the plant compound, a type of natural phenol, increased spinal bone density in men with metabolic syndrome which has been linked to low-grade inflammation that can cause bone loss.
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors, such as obesity or high blood pressure, that raise the risk of developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Continue reading
Artificial sweeteners may disrupt the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, causing metabolic changes that can be a precursor to diabetes, researchers are reporting.
That is “the very same condition that we often aim to prevent” by consuming sweeteners instead of sugar, said Dr. Eran Elinav, an immunologist at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, at a news conference to discuss the findings.
The scientists performed a multitude of experiments, mostly on mice, to back up their assertion that the sweeteners alter the microbiome, the population of bacteria that is in the digestive system. Continue reading
At this time of year, we have so much to be merry about. In the last couple of decades, there has been enormous progress in medical treatments, and as a result several of my friends are still alive who surely would have died amid the technology of yesteryear. Every invention of a new medical procedure, every discovery of a new medicine, is an example of what God gives to mankind – the gifts of intelligence, insight and creativity. It’s way too easy to overlook what that kind of progress means to all of us and our families.
Certain things have long been taken for granted, such as eyeglasses (legend has it that Ben Franklin invented bifocals). Dentures have been around a long time, too – George Washington had wooden teeth. Today schoolchildren routinely look through microscopes at bacteria, but two centuries ago there was no understanding of the role of bacteria.
Only the very elderly among us remember what it was like before penicillin was discovered. Even well into the 20th century, if a child got a disease like pneumonia, it was usually fatal. A century ago, parents were wise to have 6 or 8 children, to have confidence that a few of them would live to adulthood. World War I closed with an armistice because more soldiers were dying of influenza than from bullets. Continue reading
As health officials scramble to explain how two nurses in Dallas became infected with Ebola, psychologists are increasingly concerned about another kind of contagion, whose symptoms range from heightened anxiety to avoidance of public places to full-blown hysteria.
So far, emergency rooms have not been overwhelmed with people afraid that they have caught the Ebola virus, and no one is hiding in the basement and hoarding food. But there is little doubt that the events of the past week have left the public increasingly worried, particularly the admission by Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director the of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that the initial response to the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States was inadequate. Continue reading
Women who have less drastic surgery live just as long
Women with breast cancer do not increase their survival chances by having a double mastectomy, researchers claim.
They found women who only had lumps taken out followed by radiotherapy lived just as long as those who had both breasts removed.
Researchers also point out that double mastectomies are major operations that take two months to recover from.
By comparison, women who have lumpectomies – where only the tumour and nearby tissue are removed – usually get back to their daily routines within a few days. Continue reading
A new report shows that three of the top preventable risk factors for cancer have to do with what we eat and how often we move.
In the American Association for Cancer Research’s mammoth new cancer progress report lies the sad fact that about half of the 585,720 cancer deaths expected to occur in the United States this year are related to preventable behaviors. For a disease that often seems (and is) so senseless, it turns out that many cases can be avoided with lifestyle tweaks. Continue reading
Here’s How To Tell…
The left column shows examples of melanomas. The right column shows examples of normal moles. These examples are not comprehensive, and you should have a dermatologist take a look at any moles you’re concerned about.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20% of Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives if current trends continue.
While not all skin cancers are deadly, melanoma, the most dangerous and third-most-common kind, is extremely deadly if not found early. The American Cancer Society estimates that in the United States in 2014, about 76,100 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed, and 9,710 people are expected to die from the disease.
Fortunately, melanoma is easy to treat if caught early enough, and it usually provides a telltale sign that you should talk to your doctor about: a mole, blemish, or mark on your skin. There’s an easy way to evaluate those moles, which can be remembered with the acronym ABCDE. Continue reading
…and 21 Other Facts About America’s Endless Pharmaceutical Nightmare
Has there ever been a nation more hooked on drugs than the United States? And I am not just talking about illegal drugs – the truth is that the number of Americans addicted to legal drugs is far greater than the number of Americans addicted to illegal drugs. As you will read about below, more than 30 million Americans are currently on antidepressants and doctors in the U.S. wrote more than 250 million prescriptions for painkillers last year. Sadly, most people got hooked on these drugs very innocently. They trusted that their doctors would never prescribe something for them that would be harmful, and they trusted that the federal government would never approve any drugs that were not safe. And once the drug companies get you hooked, they often have you for life.
You see, the reality of the matter is that some of these “legal drugs” are actually some of the most addictive substances on the entire planet. And when they start raising the prices on those drugs, there isn’t much that the addicts can do about it. It is a brutally efficient business model, and the pharmaceutical industry guards their territory fiercely. Very powerful people will often do some really crazy things when there are hundreds of billions of dollars at stake. The following are 22 facts about America’s endless pharmaceutical nightmare that everyone should know… Continue reading
We’ve known for a while that excessive screen time is not good for your sleep schedule, but the latest findings are overwhelmingly gloomy – and extend well beyond insomnia.
An eye doctor says he’s recently seen a few 35-year-old patients whose lenses, which are typically clear all the way up until around age 40, are so cloudy they resemble 75-year-olds’. A sleep doctor says kids as young as toddlers are suffering from chronic insomnia, which in turn affects their behavior and performance at school and daycare. A scientist finds that women who work night shifts are twice as likely to develop breast cancer than those who sleep at night.
What do all these anecdotes have in common? Nighttime exposure to the blue light emanating from our screens. Continue reading
Emil Oprisa describes himself as someone who once was the “embodiment of laziness,” not doing much more than eating junk food and taking a taxi just to go to the grocery store down the street (1). Eventually, his six-foot frame was carrying around an unhealthy 328 pounds.
He knew that his health was in jeopardy, but it wasn’t until 2012 when he enrolled in a masters school program in the Alps that the lure of hiking trails became his wake up call. Barely able to make steps that other people could with ease, Oprisa challenged himself and was soon able to tackle various inclines. Along the way, he lost an incredible 125 pounds and is now an avid hiker, runner and cyclist who weighs about 203 pounds (his goal is 185 pounds). However, he also says that adopting a healthier diet also played a significant role in his weight loss. Continue reading
• Figures out today show a steep rise in rates of lifestyle-linked cancers
• 89,000 cases of cancer could be avoided if we were healthier
• This includes eating a diet that includes a variety of fruit and vegetables
• Plus being as physically active as possible and a healthy weight
Do you always take an elevator or escalator rather than climb that flight of stairs? Or struggle to eat any fruit or veg?
If so, you could be dramatically increasing your risk of cancer – and using the quiz referenced below, you will be able to gauge by how much. Continue reading
We at PoopReport spend all day talking about poop. But how many of us know what it really is and how it really works? Many of the explanations we read are written so that only trained medical professionals can understand them. But I’m going to try to demystify the process so that the next time your stomach doubles you over in cramps, you can think to yourself, as you stumble to the bathroom, “Hey! I know why this is happening! Thanks — *ughnnnnnnnn*” ~ Motherload
The human digestive system operates like a factory. The plan of operation for this facility is pretty simple.
1. Obtain raw materials
2. Prepare raw materials for processing
3. Construct the product
4. Export the finished product
5. Profit from the endeavor
The raw materials needed here are food and water. They need to be of a particularly high standard in order to produce a quality end result. If automobile manufacturers used junk parts, and if they didn’t use the proper mixture of chemicals to make paint, for instance, the end result would be one ugly and poorly operating vehicle. Same thing goes for your stomach: even though the goal here in your digestive plant is to actually produce a piece of poop, it should be some good poop. Nobody likes a crappy car, and nobody likes sub-standard turds, either. Continue reading
- Color guide reveals the health clues in stools
- When it comes to toilet habits, everyone is different.
- But, there are rules that hold true for everyone.
Now, a comprehensive guide to poo colors has been drawn up and it can reveal a lot about your health.
Faeces can be any shade from brown to green and be considered normal.
But, there are other colors that can indicate a serious problem, Gizmodo reports.
Green stools can be caused by many things – they often suggest food is being digested too quickly, but can also be caused by eating a lot of vegetables or green food dye.
In other cases, they can be caused by sensitivity to Anise oil or be a side effect of taking iron supplements. Continue reading
New cancer-prevention research says that consuming broccoli sprouts makes people excrete benzene in their urine, mitigating effects of breathing polluted air.
What are you doing with the benzene you inhale? Just absorbing it, stocking up on sleepiness, dizziness, anemia, possibly leukemia? Or are you taking control and expunging it in your urine? Continue reading
- Antioxidant-rich fruit relaxes lining inside blood vessels
- Could eating strawberries lower blood pressure?
In a trial at Florida State University, 60 post-menopausal women with mild to moderately high blood pressure will have a handful of freeze-dried strawberries or a placebo once a day for eight weeks.
Their blood pressure before and after the trial will be compared.
The women in the study have blood pressure greater than 130/85, but less than 160. Higher blood pressure is common after the menopause, possibly because of hormonal changes and weight gain. Continue reading