[back to articles]
|Chronic Disease & Solutions|
|Oct 3, 2007||Alberta doctors support outspoken peer|
Alberta doctors support outspoken peer
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 | 1:11 PM CT
The Alberta Medical Association has passed a unanimous motion supporting a doctor at the centre of an environmental controversy in northern Alberta.
In February, Health Canada officials filed a complaint against Dr. John O'Connor, who raised concerns about high rates of cancers and other illnesses in a community downstream from Alberta's oilsands developments.
Dr. Gerry Keifer, the Alberta Medical Association's president, said Monday that doctors have a right to voice concerns.
"We want to make sure the federal minister of health and public authorities are aware of a physician's professional obligation and his right to speak out when he observes something."
A letter of support for O'Connor has been sent to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, as well the the federal and provincial health ministers, Keifer said. [full story]
|Oct 3, 2007||More Revelations About The Latest Spicy Cancer Fighter|
http://v.mercola.com/blogs/public_blog/More-Revelations-About-The-Latest-Spicy-Cancer-Fighter-3893.aspx More Revelations About The Latest Spicy Cancer FighterThe good news just keeps on coming regarding the recently acknowledged potential of capsaicin -- the active ingredient in chili peppers -- as a natural treatment for type 1 diabetes and cancer. New research has targeted how capsaicin triggers apoptosis, the death of cancer cells.
Based on contact with cultures from various human cancer cells (lung and pancreatic), capsaicin -- part of the vanilloid family -- binds to proteins in cancer cell mitochondria, triggering cellular death without harming healthy cells. [full story]
|Oct 3, 2007||Researchers surprised so few kids take vitamins|
Researchers surprised so few kids take vitamins
By Will DunhamMon Oct 1, 5:34 PM ET
Less than a third of U.S. children are taking vitamin and mineral dietary supplements, according to a study published on Monday by researchers who were surprised the number was so low.
All told, 32 percent of U.S. children used a dietary supplement in the past month, based on a nationally representative survey from 1999 to 2002 that included 10,136 children age 18 or younger, the researchers said.
The most commonly used supplements were multivitamins and multiminerals, taken by 18 percent of the children. Another 4 percent used single-vitamin supplements and 2 percent used single-mineral supplements, and just under 1 percent used botanical supplements, the researchers said.
The remaining supplement users took a diverse array of other supplement types, the researchers said.
"In the adult population, 50 percent of the U.S. population is taking any dietary supplement. Thirty percent of the adult population is taking a multivitamin, multimineral preparation," Mary Frances Picciano, a nutrition researcher at the National Institutes of Health who led the study, said in a telephone interview. [full story]
|Oct 1, 2007||Vitamin K linked to better vascular health|
Vitamin K linked to better vascular healthVaricosis, also known as varicose veins, may be attributable to a lack of vitamin K, according to a new study in the "Journal of Vascular Research."
Inadequate levels of vitamin K may reduce the activity of the matrix GLA protein (MGP), which in turn has been identified as a key player in the development of varicosis. Since vitamin K is required to activate MGP, it is believed that adequate dietary intake of vitamin K is a prerequisite for the prevention of varicose veins.
There are two main forms of vitamin K:
1. K1 (phylloquinone, aka phytonadione)2. K2 (menaquinones)
Vitamin K3 is a synthetic variant of the vitamin, which is not recommended for human consumption. [full story]
|Oct 1, 2007||Tangerine peel may be a cancer fighter|
Salvestrol is a compound also found in the purple and red coloring matter in huckleberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, grapes and some other colored fruit and vegetables- CW Tangerine peel may be a cancer fighter
Breast, lung, prostate and ovarian cancer patients may benefit from finding
Updated: 1:35 p.m. PT Sept 12, 2007
LONDON - Tangerine peel could help in the fight against certain cancers, researchers said on Wednesday.
Human cancer cells, which contain an enzyme called P450 CYP1B1, were destroyed by a compound contained in tangerine peel, Salvestrol Q40, scientists at Leicester School of Pharmacy found. [full story]
|Oct 1, 2007||Study shows vitamin C's cancer-fighting properties|
Study shows vitamin C's cancer-fighting properties
By Will Dunham
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vitamin C can impede the growth of some types of tumours although not in the way some scientists had suspected, researchers reported on Monday.
The new research, published in the journal Cancer Cell, supported the general notion that vitamin C and other so-called antioxidants can slow tumour growth, but pointed to a mechanism different from the one many experts had suspected.
The researchers generated encouraging results when giving vitamin C to mice that had been implanted with human cancer cells -- either the blood cancer lymphoma or prostate cancer. Another antioxidant, N-acetylcysteine, also limited tumour growth in the mice, the researchers said.
Antioxidants are nutrients that prevent some of the damage from unstable molecules known as free radicals, created when the body turns food into energy. Vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene are among well-known antioxidants. [full story]
|Sep 30, 2007||In the post "9/11" world, the way we sustain our health will be parallel to the way we sustain life, peace, and fairness on the planet; they can't be separated.|
The Huffington Post September 13, 2007 Karen Kisslinger The Real Alternative Medicine  or why we have to get it to the kids!In the post "9/11" world, the way we sustain our health will be parallel to the way we sustain life, peace, and fairness on the planet; they can't be separated. Though this has always been true, it's blaring at us right now. Knowing the breadth of what we can't control: the hatred or the greed of others, for example, we can each do our most positive work toward what we can influence and transform in ourselves. For many years I've had fun and deep satisfaction from lecturing and doing workshops in a variety of high school settings. The subjects are a wide spectrum of topics related to "alternative medicine", "complementary medicine", wellness, natural healing, meditation, relaxation and stress reduction. For most of those years I've given an experienced based lecture or workshop about the preventative aspects of Oriental Medicine, the philosophical foundations of the medicine, and how those approaches might allow a paradigm shift in how the students think about health, healing and their own lives. I receive e-mails and calls from former students who want to explore acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as their life work. [full story]
|Sep 30, 2007||Obesity is Only One Piece of the Diabetes Puzzle|
Obesity is Only One Piece of the Diabetes PuzzleAlthough the health implications of diabetes are clear, researchers are still struggling to understand many of the aspects of the disease.
One question being asked is why most people with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese, when most overweight or obese people are not diabetics?
The fat cells themselves may offer a clue. These cells release triglycerides and free fatty acids into the blood, which may decrease cells ability to respond to insulin, thereby increasing the body's demand for the hormone. Paradoxically, another hormone, adiponectin, is also made by fat cells, and this hormone makes cells more responsive to insulin.
According to Dr. C. [full story]
|Sep 29, 2007||Safely removes toxins & heavy metals from the body|
Safely removes toxins & heavy metals from the body
What is Zeolite?
Natural Zeolites are porous minerals created through the interaction of volcanic ash with sea water, forming over thousands of years. Liquid Zeolite is made from clinoptilolite, a safe and well-studied variety of zeolite.
|Sep 29, 2007||Omega-3 fatty acids protect against diabetes: study|
Omega-3 fatty acids protect against diabetes: study
By Julie SteenhuysenTue Sep 25, 4:39 PM ET
A diet rich in fish and other sources of omega-3 fatty acids helped cut the risk that children with a family history of diabetes would develop the disease, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.
"It is a relatively large effect," said Jill Norris, whose study appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
"It is exciting because it suggests we might be able to develop nutritional interventions to prevent diabetes." [full story]
|Sep 26, 2007||Iodine is utilized by every hormone receptor in the body.|
---------- Forwarded message ----------From: Mark Sircus Ac., OMD < email@example.com>Date: Sep 26, 2007 7:05 PM Subject: [Medicalnewscommentaries] IMVA - Nascent Iodine - September 26, 2007To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Iodine is utilized by every hormone receptor in the body. The absence of iodine causes a hormonal dysfunction that can be seen with practically every hormone inside the body.
Nascent Iodine is a scientific term for iodine where the iodine molecule has the diatomic bond broken and has a high amount of electromagnetic energy associated with it. During the 2 to 3 hour of activation time (within the human body, once diluted in water and consumed) the nascent iodine atom has the ability to be of assistance to the body. This form of iodine is produced by subjection of a 1 % tincture of iodine to a high electro magnetic field for a given time in order to produce the nascent iodine state. This atomic state and electromagnetic charge is held by the atom until diluted in water and consumed. Once diluted and inside the body this atom is readily absorbed and utilized by the body. This charged atom of iodine starts a process where it gradually loses its energy over 2 to 3 hours. During this time the body recognizes this atom as the same nascent iodine it produces in the thyroid in order to make the T3 and T4 hormones. [full story]
|Sep 26, 2007||There's no such thing as a cure-all, but Vitamin D comes pretty close.|
The virtues of Vitamin D: It's time we saw the light
There's no such thing as a cure-all, but Vitamin D comes pretty close. Jeremy Laurance explains how a little sunshine could help you live a lot longer
Published: 18 September 2007
It may not be the first supplement to be called a "wonder vitamin", but it is one of the few to have lived up to the name. Last week, the biggest review of the role of vitamin D in health found that people who took supplements of the vitamin for six years reduced their risk of dying from all causes.
It was the proof that researchers had been waiting for. Earlier studies had suggested that vitamin D played a key role in protecting against cancer, heart disease and diabetes – conditions that account for 60 to 70 per cent of all deaths in the West. The new study, by scientists from the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon and the European Institute of Oncology in Milan and published in Archives of Internal Medicine, shows that it does. The review of 18 trials involving 57,000 people found that those who took the supplements had an 7 per cent lower risk of death overall during the six-year period of the study.
Edward Giovannucci, a professor of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, said that the research added "a new chapter in the accumulating evidence for the beneficial role of vitamin D on health". He called for a debate on the merits of "moderate sun exposure, food fortification with vitamin D and higher dose supplements for adults". [full story]
|Sep 24, 2007||Take more vitamin D, mothers told Pediatricians recommend tenfold increase for pregnant or breast-feeding women|
Take more vitamin D, mothers told
Pediatricians recommend tenfold increase for pregnant or breast-feeding women
From Monday's Globe and Mail
September 24, 2007 at 3:49 AM EDT
Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should consider increasing their vitamin D intake to 2,000 international units a day to reduce the chances their children will develop such ailments as multiple sclerosis, diabetes and cancer later in life, the Canadian Pediatric Society says.
That amount of vitamin D is 10 times higher than what is currently recommended by Health Canada for women in their childbearing years, and the advice is believed to be the first time a medical group has called for healthy people to take such elevated amounts of the sunshine vitamin. [full story]
|Sep 24, 2007||Bacteria and the Cause of Cancer Interview with Dr. Alan Cantwell|
Bacteria and the Cause of Cancer
Interview with Dr. Alan CantwellSeptember 11th, 2007
Dr. Alan Cantwell has investigated the phenomenon of cancer bacteria for over thirty years. A graduate of New York Medical College, Cantwell completed a residency program in dermatology at Long Beach Veteran's Administration Hospital in Long Beach, CA and then practiced in the dermatology department of Kaiser-Permanente in Hollywood, California, from 1965 until his retirement in 1994. Dr. Cantwell is the author of more than thirty published papers on breast cancer, lymphoma, Kaposi's sarcoma, Hodgkin's Disease, lupus, scleroderma, AIDS, and other immunological diseases. These papers have appeared in many peer-reviewed journals, including Growth, International Journal of Dermatology, Journal of Dermatologic Surgery and Oncology, and the Archives of Dermatology. He has also written The Cancer Microbe and Four Women Against Cancer and several books on AIDS. [full story]
|Sep 23, 2007||"Sleep is the most undervalued contributor to optimal health and performance,"|
Is it True The More You Sleep, The Longer You Live?"Sleep is the most undervalued contributor to optimal health and performance," says Dr. Keith Humphreys, professor of psychiatry at Stanford University. Dr. Humphreys does research in addiction treatment, and national mental health and drug policy. He has written for the New York Times and other publications.
Many people have no idea that getting enough sleep is essential for helping them stick to a diet, making their workouts more productive, or boosting their immune system in general.
When it comes to dieting, leptin and ghrelin are the two hormones that regulate appetite, and are adversely affected by sleep deprivation. Ghrelin, which is produced in the stomach, signals to the brain when it's time to eat. Leptin, on the other hand, is secreted by fat tissue and has the reverse effect, signaling when you are full. [full story]
|Sep 16, 2007||If vitamin D3 levels among populations worldwide were increased, 600,000 cases of breast and colorectal cancers could be prevented each year|
Lack of Sunshine Causes One Million Deaths a YearIf vitamin D3 levels among populations worldwide were increased, 600,000 cases of breast and colorectal cancers could be prevented each year, according to researchers from the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).This includes nearly 150,000 cases of cancer that could be prevented in the United States alone. [full story]
|Sep 16, 2007||the way we sustain our health will be parallel to the way we sustain life, peace, and fairness on the planet; they can't be separated.|
The Huffington Post September 13, 2007 Karen Kisslinger The Real Alternative Medicine  or why we have to get it to the kids!In the post "9/11" world, the way we sustain our health will be parallel to the way we sustain life, peace, and fairness on the planet; they can't be separated. Though this has always been true, it's blaring at us right now. Knowing the breadth of what we can't control: the hatred or the greed of others, for example, we can each do our most positive work toward what we can influence and transform in ourselves. For many years I've had fun and deep satisfaction from lecturing and doing workshops in a variety of high school settings. The subjects are a wide spectrum of topics related to "alternative medicine", "complementary medicine", wellness, natural healing, meditation, relaxation and stress reduction. [full story]
|Sep 9, 2007||Eating the right grains for breakfast such as whole-grain barley or rye can help regulate blood sugar for the rest of day, a Swedish study found.|
Whole-grain breakfast has 10-hour impact
Published: Sept. 6, 2007 at 4:29 PMLUND, Sweden, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Eating the right grains for breakfast such as whole-grain barley or rye can help regulate blood sugar for the rest of day, a Swedish study found. Experiments also showed that the blood sugar increase following breakfast can be moderated in a similar way by eating the right grain products the night before, said study leader Anne Nilsson, a doctoral student at Lund University."It is known that a carbohydrate-rich breakfast with low glycemic index can moderate increases in blood sugar after lunch," Nilsson said in a statement. [full story]
|Sep 9, 2007|| The best way to treat cancer is to stimulate the body's own resources to destroy the invading intruders, the colonies of yeast and fungus that cancer is.|
Fundamental Methodology of Survival Medicine Cancer TreatmentInternational Medical Veritas Association
The best way to treat cancer is to stimulate the body's own resources to destroy the invading intruders, the colonies of yeast and fungus that cancer is. This fundamental methodology makes much more common sense than the FDA's and pharmaceutical industries poisonous slash and burn methods of chemotherapy and radiation which appear to kill more people than it cures.[i] It has been said by many that drugs don't heal; the body heals itself when properly nurtured and strengthened and led to do so by concentrated nutritional substances and a careful confrontation with attitudes and life conflicts that are undermining the immune system.
Strong immune systems are formed by the foods we eat and the attitudes we keep.
At its core, immunity is simple. The body discriminates between what is "you" (autologous or self) and "not you" (foreign or non-self). The immune system includes white blood cells (leukocytes) and the lymphoid organs (such as the thyroid or spleen). It responds to infectious attack or internal mutation with either strength or weakness depending on a wide variety of factors. Until a person actually dies it is possible to renew this system and throw it into higher gear to seek out and destroy even late stage infections. Miracles are just the potential for intense life bursts that manifest through the immune system; it’s almost like our central nervous system and its capacity to react in emergency situations. In fact the two systems can and do mirror each other. We can, if we consciously choose, engage the full spectrum of the inherent healing powers our bodies, minds and soul if we engage ourselves fully in the absolute truth of our situations. [full story]
|Sep 7, 2007||but now a new book claims to reveal which complementary therapies are backed by scientific evidence that they really do work.|
Sunday Herald U.K.Alternative treatments do work – sometimes By Judith Duffy, Health Correspondent Science backs up claims for certain therapies IT'S A controversial field of medicine dismissed by some as quackery - but now a new book claims to reveal which complementary therapies are backed by scientific evidence that they really do work. A review of more than 10,000 studies found that echinacea and melatonin are among those with proven benefits, but the jury is still out on claims for some popular remedies, such as green tea. Professor Jayney Goddard, president of the Complementary Medical Association (CMA), who edited the book, said that she had been surprised by the evidence for some of the treatments. advertisement "A real old wives' tale, which is taking hawthorn for the heart, is actually borne out in trials," she said. "With complementary medicine a lot of detractors will say there is no evidence - in actual fact if they took the time to look, there is tonnes." [full story]
|Sep 3, 2007||Honey as Medicine is Making a Comeback|
Honey as Medicine is Making a ComebackLast month, the Food and Drug Administration approved Manuka honey to be used in wound and burn care in the United States. Manuka wound dressings have already been used for several years in Great Britain, Australia, and its native New Zealand. Canada also cleared it for use as an antimicrobial dressing earlier this year.
Honey was a conventional therapy in fighting infection up until the early 20th century, at which time its use slowly vanished with the advent of penicillin. [full story]