Dateline: March 1, 2015
This past eight months have gone by, and I owe our readers an apology.
On June 23rd, 2014 I moved into my son’s home in Phoenix, Arizona, with the intent of a two month clean-up, paint and minor repair renovation. The purpose: To resell the home at a fair and comfortable profit for the kids. It sure beat selling it for less that what they had paid but two years earlier.
The intent of well laid plans wasn’t meant to be. In a few more days I will be witnessing my ninth full moon in this place, which I now recognize as Heaven on Earth. For those who regularly listen to my daily broadcast, this project has turned into one of total restoration of a home that was built sometime before 1955 and 1962. The jury seems to be out on that one as of yet – but we’ll get it figured out. Continue reading
A new study published October 22 (2014) reinforces once again that olive oil is one of the best oils for cooking compared to other seed oils. Researchers based their conclusion on a few different factors, including nutritional content and the oil’s ability to maintain quality under high temperatures.
Published in the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists note that various oils have different physical, chemical and nutritional properties that can be degraded under high heat and repeated use.
Many cooking oils can become impaired while heating in the pan or frying, and the food that you’re cooking can actually also lose its nutritional content, making your choice of oil critical for producing a healthy dish. Continue reading
A handful of almonds a day could be the key to a longer and shapelier life.
The nutrient-rich snack can get rid of your muffin top, give you slimmer legs and stave off heart disease by reducing cholesterol, scientists say.
And eating 42g (1.5 oz) of the superfood every day could reduce the likelihood of an early death. Continue reading
A new online test which assesses the chance of developing Alzheimer’s should be taken by everyone over the age of 50, according to experts.
The 20-minute cognitive function test, launched online today, asks simple questions about lifestyle and diet and can calculate a person’s risk of being diagnosed with the brain condition.
Featuring a total of 37 questions, as well as additional interactive memory tests, experts believe the online assessment will help encourage people to change risk factors in their lifestyle and provide vital information about the disease.
Designed for those aged 50 to 70, it has been developed by Professor David Smith from Oxford University, who is one of the leading figures in Alzheimer’s research in Britain, and charity Food For The Brain. Continue reading
Editor’s Note: We are no longer certain that the Swiss Water Method is safe, so please disregard our recommendation until we have an opportunity to do further research. For now, our recommendation is to avoid all decaffeinated tea and coffee.
Decaffeinated drinks have been touted as a healthy alternative for several decades at the behest of the chemical industry, but these drinks are often more dangerous than the unmodified versions.
Early decaffeination efforts were abruptly terminated because of the toxic solvents that were used in the process (benzene, chloroform, and trichloroethylene). Of course, the F.D.A. is okay with benzene being inside your soft drinks (Coke, Pepsi, etc.), where it can be found in remarkably high amounts, and inside all of your microwaved foods. Money from its industry partners makes all the difference. In the early days of decaffeination, the new industry was not lucrative enough to buy F.D.A. safety studies. Continue reading
Unbeknownst to most, a Copernican revolution has already taken place in cancer theory. Today, the weight of evidence indicates that plants and not chemicals are the solution for reversing the global cancer epidemic.
Our understanding of what causes cancer has undergone something akin to a Copernican revolution in the past decade. Biological fatalism has been the predominant force in medicine over the past half century, where most conditions including cancer were believed predestined ‘in the genes,’ and therefore impossible to reverse. Instead of looking for root cause resolution of disease (RCRD), we resigned ourselves to ‘finding it early’ and in the case of cancer, when doing so (even when it was benign), we waged war against it, quite literally using weapons grade materials (mustard gas- and nuclear materials-derived agents). Now, however, in this post-Genomic era, factors above (epi-) the control of the genes – epigenetic factors – are taking center stage; these include environmental exposures, stress, nutritional factors, and various lifestyle-based variables that are within the ambit of our control and volition, and which are often reversible. Continue reading
Scientists have discovered what triggers one of the most deadly types of breast cancer, raising hopes of new treatments for it.
They have pinpointed a gene that drives triple-negative breast cancer – an especially fast-growing and hard-to-treat form of the disease.
It accounts for up to one in five cases of breast cancer and is particularly likely to strike women when they are still in their 20s and 30s.
Scientists have discovered a gene which drives a fast-growing, aggressive form of breast cancer.
Breast cancer drugs from the gold-standard treatment tamoxifen to ‘wonder drug’ Herceptin are useless against it and it has a worse prognosis than other forms of the disease. Continue reading
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
Jeffrey Bennett, Editor
~ Editor Comments ~
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