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Acupuncture does not improve chronic knee pain, study finds
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Mysterious Balkan disease's likeliest risk factor also in Chinese medicines
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If you live in the US, you may regard pumpkins primarily as an ornamental squash, and use them to decorate your home for fall or carve into a jack-o-lantern on Halloween. However, the vast majority of pumpkins are grown not for ornamental use but for eating.
Most pumpkin that is processed is made into canned pumpkin and canned pumpkin pie mix, but you can also purchase fresh ?pie? pumpkins and puree the flesh yourself. There is, of course, far more to do with pumpkin than make pumpkin pie.
In fact, recent food trends show that the most popular pumpkin dish ? by a landslide ? is actually pumpkin curry (coming in at 54 percent of orders compared to just 3 percent for pumpkin pie).1
If you?re looking to try something new for lunch or dinner, and you want to add in the seasonal (and nutrient-rich) flavor of pumpkin, try the warming pumpkin chili with chicken recipe that follows.2 It?s perfect for a cool autumn day.
1 1/2 cups fresh pumpkin puree (see below for recipe)
2 cups homemade chicken broth
1 1/2 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. cumin
Salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups cooked kidney beans
1 1/2 cups cooked white kidney beans
Warm oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, jalapeño, and garlic; sauté until tender, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Add chicken to pot and cook, stirring, until no pink remains, about 8 minutes. Return vegetables to pot.
Add tomatoes, pumpkin, broth, chili powder, cumin, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in all beans. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until chili thickens slightly, about 30 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
The Impressive Nutrient Power of Pumpkins
Pumpkin, with its bright or deep orange color, is an excellent source of carotenoids, including beta-carotene (which converts into vitamin A in your body). One cup of pumpkin contains more than 200 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which is beneficial for your vision3 and more.
As an antioxidant, beta-carotene helps protect your body from disease-causing free radicals while boosting immune function. Further, research shows that people who eat four or more daily servings of beta-carotene-rich foods may lower their risk of heart disease and cancer.4
Pumpkin is also rich in fiber, with three grams in a one-cup serving. Fiber can help control your blood sugar levels, improve skin health, lower hemorrhoid risk, and provide relief from irritable bowel syndrome... along with help you maintain a healthy weight and proper digestion.
Other notable nutrients in pumpkin include vitamin C, potassium, riboflavin, copper, and manganese, along with vitamin E, B vitamins, folate, iron, and phosphorus. Taken together, pumpkin provides a powerful blend of nutrients that work together to synergistically benefit your health. As reported in Nutrition Research Reviews:5
?Pumpkin is one of the well-known edible plants and has substantial medicinal properties due to the presence of unique natural edible substances. It contains several phyto-constituents belonging to the categories of alkaloids, flavonoids, and palmitic, oleic and linoleic acids.
Various important medicinal properties including anti-diabetic, antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and others have been well documented.?
Don?t Forget to Eat the Seeds, Too
There are many different varieties of pumpkins, and those grown for use as jack-o-lanterns are specifically made for carving, as their flesh tends to be bland and stringy (if you want a pumpkin with sweet, less stringy flesh, choose a pie pumpkin.) However, even ?jack-o-lantern? pumpkins are typically full of seeds that can be roasted or even eaten raw as a nutritious snack.
With a wide variety of nutrients ranging from magnesium and manganese to copper, protein, and zinc, pumpkin seeds are nutritional powerhouses wrapped up in a very small package.
They also contain plant compounds known as phytosterols and free-radical scavenging antioxidants,6 which can give your health an added boost. Some of the many reasons to eat your pumpkin?s seeds (in addition to the flesh) include:
Heart-healthy magnesium: One-quarter cup of pumpkin seeds contains nearly half of the recommended daily amount of magnesium.
Zinc for immune support: One ounce of pumpkin seeds contains more than 2 mg of this beneficial mineral. Zinc is important to your body in many ways, including immunity, cell growth and division, sleep, mood, your senses of taste and smell, eye and skin health, insulin regulation, and male sexual function.
Plant-based omega-3 fats: Raw nuts and seeds, including pumpkin seeds, are one of the best sources of plant-based omega-3s (alpha-linolenic acid or ALA).
Tryptophan for restful sleep: Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of tryptophan, an amino acid (protein building block) that your body converts into serotonin, which in turn is converted into melatonin, the ?sleep hormone.?
Anti-inflammatory effects: Pumpkin seed oil has been found to exhibit anti-inflammatory effects. One animal study even found it worked as well as the anti-inflammatory drug indomethacin in treating arthritis, but without the side effects.7
Prostate health: Pumpkin seeds have long been valued as an important natural food for men?s health. This is in part because of their high zinc content, which is important for prostate health (where it is found in the highest concentrations in the body), and also because pumpkin seed extracts and oils may play a role in treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, or enlarged prostate).
Anti-diabetic effects: Animal studies suggest that pumpkin seeds may help improve insulin regulation and help prevent diabetic complications by decreasing oxidative stress.8
What?s the Best Way to Consume Pumpkin Seeds?
As far as the seeds go, in order to preserve the healthy fats present in the seeds, pumpkin seeds should be eaten raw. If you choose to purchase seeds from a bulk bin, make sure they smell fresh ? not musty, spoiled, or stale, which could indicate rancidity or the presence of fungal mycotoxins.
Organic pumpkin seeds are preferred, as they will not be contaminated with pesticides or other harmful chemicals. However, most nuts and seeds have anti-nutrients like phytic acid that can make all the previously discussed important nutrients less bioavailable when you consume them.
So if you plan on consuming seeds or nuts on a regular basis, it would be wise to soak or sprout them. To make them more palatable, you can then dehydrate them in your oven, or better yet and more cost effectively in a dehydrator. If you prefer to eat the seeds roasted, do so yourself so you can control the roasting temperature and time.
Raw pumpkin seeds can be roasted on a low heat setting in your oven (no more than 170°F or 75°C), sprinkled with Himalayan or other natural salt, for about 15-20 minutes.
How to Make Your Own Pumpkin Puree
Most recipes call for canned pumpkin puree, but you can make your own from fresh pumpkins (and avoid potential BPA in the can lining). Choose a pie pumpkin meant for cooking (ideally organic), then wash its exterior. Cut in half lengthwise, remove the seeds (save them for eating) and pulp, and roast it in your own for about 45 minutes at 350°F.
When it?s done cooking, you?ll be able to simply peel away the skin from the flesh, then toss it in your food processor or blender. The resulting puree can be used fresh or frozen for later use.9 You?ll find it comes in handy for boosting the nutrition, flavor, and ?bulk? of many meals. It works well in chili, soups, and stews, as well mixed in with foods you might not expect, like tomato sauce, raw yogurt and kefir, or even hummus.
How Sun Exposure Improves Your Health and How Glyphosate Disrupts It
By Dr. Mercola
Sensible sun exposure is an important component for optimal health, for a number of reasons. Vitamin D production is one, of course, but of equal importance is the production of cholesterol sulfate.
Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is an expert on sulfate, and in my recent interview with her we discuss the various ways sunlight contributes to health.
The cholesterol produced in your skin in response to sun exposure is actually a substrate-forming vitamin D. Unfortunately, virtually no one, aside from Dr. Seneff, is talking about cholesterol sulfate.
"I identified it as an important molecule many years ago," she says. "Ever since then I've been combing the literature to learn everything I can about cholesterol sulfate...
Most people are just not paying attention to this molecule. Mostly what you'll see is, 'Oh, yeah, there's always cholesterol sulfate in the blood, and we don't know what it's for.'"
Cholesterol Sulfate May Be Essential for Health of All Cells
What is widely known is that red blood cells produce cholesterol sulfate and that this molecule protects the red blood cells from falling apart. If a red blood cell can?t produce enough cholesterol sulfate, it will spill its contents out into the blood (a condition called hemolysis).
In short, the red blood cells need the cholesterol sulfate to stay healthy and to function properly.
"It's a very elegant concept that they need sunlight to make sulfate," Dr. Seneff notes. "I came upon this as an idea when thinking about the skin. The skin makes a huge amount of cholesterol sulfate. It's the main producer.
Your skin is exposed to sunlight and produces [both cholesterol sulfate and] vitamin D sulfate at the same time. The vitamin D that's produced in the skin is transported in the sulfated form....
When you sulfate the cholesterol, you turn it into a water-soluble and a fat-soluble molecule. It can get just about anywhere on its own. It doesn't have to be packaged up inside a low-density lipoprotein (LDL) particle, for example.
The LDL particles have a high association with heart disease, and they're giving everybody a statin drug to try to knock it down, which is a very bad idea.
The cholesterol sulfate serves the really important role of distributing both cholesterol and sulfate to all tissues. I think that's one of the really important things that it does. It's incredibly important because the cholesterol and the sulfate are absolutely essential to the well-being of all the cells."
Sulfate Appears to Play an Important Regulatory Role in Your Blood
The molecule in your red blood cells which Dr. Seneff believes is responsible for making cholesterol sulfate is called endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), which has been very well studied.
There are thousands of papers on eNOS, and the general understanding is that it makes nitric oxide (NO). It also makes superoxide, which is considered to be pathogenic.
However, according to Dr. Seneff, this may be an erroneous conclusion, because superoxide is actually needed to oxidize sulfur to make sulfate. Again, while these molecules are complex, and we still do not completely understand how they work, it's clear that sulfate plays a very important role in your blood.
"For example, in the endothelial wall lining the blood vessels, sulfated sugar molecules control what gets in and what doesn't... A lot of important signaling molecules are attached to these sulfated sugar molecules before they go in, and then there's all this regulation that takes place.
When the artery wall is depleted in sulfate, it doesn't work properly. That's when you get cascades that end up producing things like cardiovascular plaque, because there's not enough sulfate in the artery wall. That's what causes the plaque to build," she explains.
Glyphosate Disrupts Vitamin D Activation and Sulfate Production
One therapeutic recommendation to reduce your cardiovascular health risks is to increase your sulfate, which is related to boosting your sulfur level. Sun exposure is one way. In terms of food sources, garlic is an excellent source of sulfur, perhaps one of the best.
Unfortunately, you may still have problems if you're eating processed foods because processed foods are loaded with glyphosate?the herbicide chemical used on most conventional and genetically engineered food crops.
According to Dr. Seneff, glyphosate is a major problem in our food supply because it interferes with a number of biological mechanisms, including enzymes responsible for activating vitamin D in your liver and kidneys. She explains:
"Glyphosate disrupts cytochrome p450 enzymes. There are lots of them in the liver [where they] activate vitamin D. We have a vitamin D deficiency epidemic right now. I think a lot of it might be due to the fact that it's not getting activated in the liver because of the disruption from the glyphosate."
The eNOS, which is responsible for making cholesterol sulfate,1 is also a cytochrome p450enzyme. Therefore, it too is disrupted by glyphosate. One of the first things that happen when you ingest excessive amounts of glyphosate is something called disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), which means that the red blood cells coagulate your blood.
The red blood cells fall apart from the exposure to glyphosate as a result of losing their cholesterol sulfate. All around the world, people are using glyphosate to commit suicide, as it's a very potent toxin.
"Small amounts don't cause anything that dramatic, but they interfere with the red blood cells' ability to supply cholesterol sulfate to your tissues, and your heart. I think heart failure is a direct consequence of insufficient cholesterol and insufficient sulfate delivery to the heart," Dr. Seneff says.
The eNOS Molecule Helps Regulate and Balance Your Blood
To clarify further, eNOS is a dual-purpose enzyme. When it's attached to the cell membrane, it makes sulfate. When it's detached from the membrane and in the cytoplasm, it makes nitric oxide, which eventually becomes nitrate. So it oxidizes both sulfur and nitrogen, and there's an intricate control mechanism that allows every single eNOS molecule to switch back and forth between those two options.
"It's important that it's one molecule controlling both the sulfate and the nitrate [oxidation] because these two molecules have very opposite effects on the blood. Sulfate gels the blood and nitrate turns it into water. It's called kosmotropes and chaotropes in chemical terms. They have opposite effects. And your body is always negotiating, 'Which way? Maybe the blood is too thick?let's put out some nitric oxide. Or maybe it's too thin?let's put some sulfate in.' It's able to titrate between the two very nicely with that one molecule [eNOS]."
Most scientists are still unfamiliar with this, and cannot understand why eNOS is always found on the membrane of red blood cells. "Articles are written where they're puzzling over why is it that red blood cells have eNOS, because there's no reason they would want to make nitric oxide," Dr. Seneff notes. "It's like carbon monoxide?it would poison the hemoglobin. They think, 'Oh, well, maybe it's vestigial.'"
The reason they don't understand it is because they're discounting the cholesterol sulfate component. They're only considering the nitric oxide, ignoring the fact that eNOS can switch back and forth and make both, thereby maintaining balance in your blood and ensuring that it's not too thick or too thin...
Why Sun Exposure Is the Ideal Way to Optimize Your Vitamin D Level
Dr. Seneff is against using high-dose oral vitamin D supplements, because doing so might fool your body into thinking the sulfate system is working when in reality it?s not. Essentially, the process begins in your skin: When sunshine or UVB light strikes your skin, vitamin D sulfate is produced. The vitamin D transports this sulfate to your liver, where the vitamin D gets oxidized by the CYP enzyme, thus becoming activated. Next, it?s transported to your kidney where it gets activated with another cytochrome p450 enzyme. You now have double-activated vitamin D.
"The signal that the vitamin D provides is a message that all those things are working," Dr. Seneff explains. "But if you take huge amounts of vitamin D supplements, you're fooling the system because you've got so much more vitamin D that some of it gets activated... You've got enough to fool your body into thinking the cytochrome p450 enzymes are working properly. That's why I think the answer is not to take huge amounts of vitamin D supplements."
Based on this chain of events, I really believe that optimizing your vitamin D level through sun exposure is the ideal strategy. Interestingly, the cholesterol sulfate also makes gelled water around the cell. I've previously interviewed Dr. Gerald Pollack, a biophysicist with the University of Washington, who is an expert on water. He calls this gel-like water EZ water (H2O3), which stands for exclusion zone. It's basically structured water, which is the type of water your cells are made of.
Electrons end up inside the structured water, and they become mobile. When an oxygen gas molecule comes in, it will get hit by one of those electrons. When you add that to a sulfur molecule, you end up with sulfate. This is basically what eNOS does. It has a zinc atom inside, which has a positive charge. The zinc is an important catalyst in this process, so if you're zinc deficient, your sulfate pathway is also disrupted. Here, again, glyphosate exposure is a factor, as glyphosate causes zinc deficiency by chelating it out.
Glyphosate May Be Related to Increase in Skin Cancer
In addition to all its other functions, the sulfate synthesis actually protects your body from the adverse effects of sun exposure. Unfortunately, many sunscreens contain aluminum nanoparticles ? zinc oxide and titanium dioxide?and when you add aluminum to your skin, it interferes with the functioning of eNOS.
"It gets into the eNOS and ruins it, because the aluminum will displace the iron in the heme group, which will make the eNOS not work," Dr. Seneff says. "Of course, that's going to cause trouble in the liver, too, because the heme is part of the cytochrome p450 enzymes, which have this heme group that contains iron inside this porphyrin ring. The aluminum messes that up."
According to Dr. Seneff, exposure to glyphosate increases your risk of skin cancer via this mechanism. In a nutshell, there's a strong positive correlation between sunscreen usage and the rise in skin cancer, and Dr. Seneff believes this may be because the aluminum in the sunscreen in combination with glyphosate exposure through the food supply effectively prevents your body from detoxing. Again, both aluminum and glyphosate disrupt eNOS, albeit in different ways. Adding insult to injury, the retinoic acid in sunscreen also suppresses cholesterol sulfate synthesis.
Tying It All Together
While these issues are clearly complex, the take-home message is that cholesterol and sulfur are closely interrelated, and both are dependent on the vitamin D synthesized in your skin as a result of sun exposure. Taking high-dose vitamin D supplements will not have the identical effect, as it does not allow your body to make sulfate. That is why it is nearly always best to get your vitamin D from sensible sun exposure on large areas of your skin. I personally have not swallowed any oral vitamin D for five years.
Cholesterol sulfate is produced in sun-exposed skin by a cytochrome p450 enzyme called eNOS. When you are deficient in cholesterol sulfate from lack of sun exposure, your body employs another mechanism to increase it, as it is essential for optimal heart- and brain function. It does this by taking damaged LDL and turning it into plaque. Cholesterol is being stashed inside the plaque, awaiting a supply of sulfate so that it can be shipped out as cholesterol sulfate. This plaque causes the unfortunate side effect of increasing your risk of cardiovascular disease... In addition to promoting cardiovascular health, cholesterol sulfate is also necessary for the health of your red blood cells.
In short, the ideal way to raise your vitamin D and sulfate level, while simultaneously lowering your LDL cholesterol is to get appropriate amounts of sunlight exposure on your skin. To summarize the function and importance of eNOS, which creates the cholesterol sulfate, it's important to remember that eNOS is a dual-purpose enzyme that makes both sulfate and nitric oxide (NO).
Since eNOS is a cytochrome p450enzyme, it is disrupted by glyphosate. Aluminum, such as the aluminum nanoparticles found in sunscreens, also disrupts the function of eNOS?thereby preventing sulfate production. According to Dr. Seneff, the evidence suggests that the combination of glyphosate exposure and use of aluminum-based sunscreens may be responsible for the rise in skin cancer, despite the fact that people are massively avoiding sunlight. From my perspective, all of this supports two very basic health recommendations:
Get an appropriate amount of sun exposure, without the use of sunscreen, to optimize your vitamin D and sulfate levels
Swap out processed foods for organic whole foods to avoid glyphosate exposure
If you are old enough, you might recall a controversy in the early 1970s regarding the compound Laetrile, purported to prevent the spread of cancer. New York?s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center was ground zero in that firestorm.
In the early 1970s, America?s war on cancer was in full force, and Sloan Kettering was regarded as one of the world?s leading cancer research centers.
But Sloan Kettering?s Board of Directors swept positive findings about Laetrile under the rug when it became unprofitable and publicly unpopular for them to support it.
Their Laetrile research was done under their own roof by one of the world?s most respected cancer researchers of the day?Dr. Kanematsu Sugiura. One person?and only one?has come forward with the truth about what turned out to be one of the most reprehensible cover-ups in the history of cancer research.
In 1974, young science writer Ralph Moss had just netted his first big-time job in Sloan Kettering?s public relations department, but he soon found himself smack dab in the middle of the Laetrile fiasco.
In July 1977, Moss was no longer willing to lie on behalf of his employer, so he exposed the truth about Sloan Kettering?s conduct at a highly publicized press conference. The next business day he was fired and swiftly escorted to the door by armed guards.
This story is personally recounted in a new documentary Second Opinion: Laetrile at Sloan Kettering,1,2 in which Moss reveals the full extent of the Laetrile cover-up, in its entirety, as an insider. He?s also written a book about it, called Doctored Results.
The fact that mainstream media has embraced this documentary with positive reviews is rather astonishing, and perhaps a sign of changing times.
?Though a documentary, it?s dramatic enough to be reminiscent of ?The Insider,? the whistleblowing thriller about Big Tobacco.?
?Graham Fuller, New York Daily News, August 28, 2014
What Is Laetrile?
Laetrile is the patented drug made from the natural compound amygdalin, found in the seeds of many fruits, such as apricot, plum and peach pits, apple seeds, and quince, as well as in almonds. Laetrile is also known as Amigdalina B-17 or vitamin B17, although there is very little evidence it warrants classification as a vitamin.
Amygdalin contains glucose, benzaldehyde, and cyanide. Cyanide is believed to be the active cancer-toxic ingredient in Laetrile. However, cyanide is toxic to all cells, so Laetrile?s overall toxicity is a concern.3
Some Laetrile proponents claim that it?s more toxic to cancer cells than to normal cells.4 Getting cyanide poisoning from apple seeds or almonds is extremely unlikely.5
In 1924, Laetrile was synthesized from amygdalin and promoted as a cancer treatment. By 1978, it was estimated that more than 70,000 Americans had tried it?despite its being banned in the US since 1963. Most people obtain Laetrile from Tijuana clinics, as the agent is still legal in Mexico.6
Dr. Sugiura?s Research
Dr. Kanematsu Sugiura7 spent most of his career at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, authoring more than 250 papers and receiving numerous awards, including the highest honors from the Japan Medical Association for outstanding contributions in cancer research.
While studying Laetrile, which was previously written off as ?quack medicine,? Dr. Sugiura discovered Laetrile to have very positive effects in preventing the spread of malignant lung tumors in laboratory mice.
In control groups, which received only plain saline, the lung tumors spread in 80 to 90 percent of the animals. But in those given Laetrile, the tumors spread in only 10 to 20 percent.8
Then, the Cover-Up
By 1974, the findings were so positive that Sloan Kettering had signed off on clinical trials?but suddenly everything changed.9 The center began shifting their Laetrile experiments away from Dr. Sugiura to other scientists. But every time new experiments even hinted at a positive outcome, the research was scrapped, for ridiculous reasons.
Even the scientists at Sloan Kettering who had previously been supportive of Sugiura?s studies began to characterize Laetrile as a fraud?yet nothing had changed scientifically to negate Sugiura?s findings. Despite the opposition, Dr. Sugiura stood firmly by his work.
Ralph Moss had befriended Dr. Sugiura from the beginning of his employment at Sloan Kettering, and Sugiura had excitedly shared his findings about Laetrile with Moss. When things went south, Moss was suddenly caught in a dilemma.
His only choices were to lie, in order to support his employer, or tell the truth and sacrifice his job and potentially his career. He tried leaking the documents of Sugiura?s work to the editor of the New York Times, but they never saw the light of day.
Ultimately, Moss chose to come clean at a press conference in July 1977, which ended up being the final day of his employment at Sloan Kettering. He was admonished to never set foot in the facility again. What happened to cause this sudden, drastic shift about Laetrile?
Embarrassment Over Patchwork Mice
Just prior to the Laetrile controversy, Sloan Kettering was already reeling in embarrassment from research fraud, courtesy of dermatologist William T. Summerlin. In 1974, Summerlin was supposedly studying transplantation immunology and claimed to have successfully performed the first skin transplant from a black mouse onto a white mouse?quite a scientific feat, as they were genetically unrelated animals.
Shortly thereafter, technicians noticed that the black ?pigmentation? on the white mice wiped off with a cotton swab, tipping them off that Summerlin had merely colored the skin patch with a black permanent marker. Further investigation revealed that many of Summerlin?s prior studies were equally bogus.10
Sloan Kettering did not want to be in the spotlight for anything else even remotely resembling quackery, and Laetrile was considered too controversial. The problem was compounded by the fact that the pro-Laetrile movement had been commandeered by the extreme right wing John Birch Society, with whom the center did not want to be associated. And then, you must consider the individuals comprising Sloan Kettering?s Board of Directors.
Sloan Kettering?s Board Included Drug and Petrochemical Industry Big-Wigs
According to Ralph Moss, the Laetrile cover-up really only makes sense when viewed through the lens of ?the politics of cancer.? According to Moss:11?The individuals on Sloan Kettering?s Board of Directors were a ?Who's Who? of investors in petrochemical and other polluting industries. In other words, the hospital was being run by people who made their wealth by investing in the worst cancer-causing things on the planet.?
The Board was dominated by CEOs from top pharmaceutical companies that produce cancer drugs, whose interest was in promoting chemotherapy and undermining natural therapies. For example, both the Chairman and Vice President of Bristol-Myers Squibb (the world?s leading manufacturer of chemotherapy drugs) occupied high positions on the Board. Of the nine members of the hospital?s powerful Institutional Policy Committee, seven had ties to the pharmaceutical industry. Even the hospital itself invested in stock of these drug companies. The Board also included directors of the biggest tobacco companies in the US?Phillip Morris and RJR Nabisco. Moss writes:
?With this background in mind, it should come as no surprise to learn that Sugiura?s findings did not please his employer. What goes on inside the laboratories is generally of little interest to board members. It is assumed that, whatever it is, it will result in a new patented drug that will keep the cash flow moving in their direction. They were slow to pick up on the implications of Sugiura?s work, but when they did, all hell broke loose in the board room. If a cure for cancer were to be found in an extract from the lowly apricot seed, it would be a terrible economic blow to the cancer-drug industry.?
Related to this is one very telling quote that comes near the end of the film, attributed to William W. Vodra, the former Associate Chief Counsel for Drugs at the USFDA: ?Nobody is going to pay $70,000 for a new cancer drug if they can buy Laetrile for 75 cents.? The Sloan Kettering Board likely realized that Laetrile offered no hope as a profitable cancer treatment?so it had to be squelched.
Corporate Greed Knows No Bounds
The Laetrile story is not unlike the Stanislaw Burzynski and Nicholas Gonzalez stories, where potentially powerful cancer treatments are silenced by those whose real agenda is to protect corporate bank accounts. The cancer paradigm is based on toxic drugs, dangerous surgeries, and expensive machines. There's an enormous amount of money to be made in this system, and those who threaten to overturn it will pay a steep price.
Conventional medicine purports to be beholden to science-based medicine, yet it resists and denies solid science-based evidence again and again. Things have not changed much since the 1974 Laetrile cover-up?in fact, they may getting worse. ?Science? may not be as trustworthy as we would all like to believe. We continue to see one case after another of shocking medical science fraud, particularly in the extremely profitable cancer industry.
Our current medical system has been masterfully orchestrated by the drug companies to create a system that gives the perception of science based medicine when it is really a heavily manipulated process designed to boost their profits, and more accurately labeled science biased medicine. One review of retracted biomedical and life-science research found that only 21 percent of retractions were due to errors?the rest were due to misconduct, fraud, or plagiarism.
The more respected or influential the journal was, the more likely its retractions were attributed to fraud or suspected fraud! Even the prestigious Mayo Clinic is not immune to this type of scandal, retracting 19 papers from nine research journals due to shady research a few years back. Ralph Moss was very clear in saying he?s not an advocate for Laetrile, but rather an advocate for truth in medical science. An interesting aside is that another laetrile researcher, Dr. Harold Manner, was head of the biology department at Loyola University in the late 70s. Two of his graduate students, Dr. Tom Michalson and Dr. Steve Disanti, were in my medical school class and their Laetrile stories confirmed the details in this story.
Contemporary Laetrile Studies Confirm Sugiura?s Work?But an Apology from Sloan Kettering Is Nowhere to Be Found
The research into Laetrile did not stop just because Sloan Kettering buried it 40 years ago. Many recent studies confirm Dr. Sugiura?s work, supporting his conclusion that Laetrile shows potential in reducing the spread of cancer, although it?s not a cure. Laetrile and amygdalin may also have benefits for other medical issues, such as kidney disease. Here are just a few of the more recent studies that substantiate Dr. Sugiura?s work:
August 2014: In a new German study, amygdalin dose-dependently reduced growth and proliferation of bladder cancer12
May 2013: Amygdalin inhibits renal fibrosis in chronic kidney disease; researchers conclude it is a ?potent antifibrotic agent that may have therapeutic potential for patients with fibrotic kidney diseases?13
February 2013: Amygdalin induces apoptosis in human cervical cancer cells; authors conclude it may offer a new therapeutic option for cervical cancer patients14
August 2006: Amygdalin also induces apoptosis in human prostate cancer cells15
February 2003: Amygdalin from Prunus persica seeds (peach pits) shows anti-tumor effects comparable to epigallocatechin gallate in green tea16
Despite contemporary research findings, you will find no retraction (or apology) by Sloan Kettering, and sadly, the vast majority of cancer information sites claim that Laetrile is useless as a cancer treatment. Laetrile was a lost opportunity. This type of misinformation is rampant in the industry, and the people who really suffer are those battling cancer and denied access to treatments that could potentially save them or extend their lives. The facts show that Dr. Sugiura was both competent and honest, but instead of accolades, he received nothing but grief because he just happened to step into the middle of a political hornets? nest.
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Ralph Moss?s organization Second Opinion has a petition urging Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to acknowledge its positive results about Laetrile from the 1970s. You can sign that petition here. Since being fired by Sloan Kettering in 1975, Ralph Moss has written or edited 12 books and three film documentaries about issues related to cancer research and treatment. He currently directs The Moss Reports, an up-to-date library of detailed reports on more than 200 types of cancer. You can obtain further information about Dr. Moss and his work on his website.
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If you live in the US, there?s a good chance your bathroom does not contain a bidet. Yet, if you travel to certain parts of Europe, South America, the Middle East, or Japan, bidets are commonplace ? and they wouldn?t have it any other way.
For those who aren?t familiar with how they work, a bidet looks similar to a toilet but it is designed to help you freshen up after toilet use. Most modern bidets have one or more jets that spray water, allowing you to straddle the device for a cleansing far superior to toilet paper.
In fact, the word ?bidet? comes from the French stout pony by the same name. It got its name because sitting astride a bidet is very similar to the position you would take if riding the small horse.
Today, there are even better and easier to use bidet seats (which you can put atop a regular toilet) and bidet toilets, which are like a toilet and a bidet in one (a wand under the seat sprays water).
Bidet seats are far less expensive to purchase and install and although some high-end ones retail for $1500, many can easily be found for well under $100 (with no need for a plumber). For me, they are an essential part of my hygiene.
In fact, the thing I miss most when I travel is having access to my bidet, so I always bring along my portable travel bidet (which is similar to a plastic spray bottle, but much easier to direct the water flow) when I leave home for an extended period.
Bidets are easy to use, hygienic, gentle on your skin, and good for the environment? so why haven?t Americans adopted this form of personal cleansing?
Why Bidets Aren?t Popular in America
There are a number of theories why bidets haven?t taken off in the US the way they have in other countries. The device is said to have originated in France in the early 1700s. At that time, the bidet was basically a bowl full of water, from which you could splash water using your hand.
Around 1750, a hand pump was added that allowed water to be sprayed upward.1 From there, the modern bidet was born. As reported by Today I Found Out:2
?The modern bidet that resembles a toilet was developed in the 19th century, and the very popular bidet seat came about in the 1960s, with one of the most popular invented by an American, Arnold Cohen?
In the 1980s, the modern seat was improved with the creation of the ?washlet.? Using remote-controlled wands that spout water jets and finish with a warm-air dryer, the washlet is hugely popular, particularly in Japan.
So why don?t Americans use this? After all, if fecal matter got on just about anywhere else on your body, you wouldn?t just wipe it off with toilet paper and call it good. Why should your derrière be any different??
The most plausible theories for why Americans prefer to be sans-bidet include:3
History: In the 18th century, Britons had a disdain for French aristocracy (which were among the first to champion the use of bidets). When the early colonists came to America, they may have brought this sentiment with them.
World War II: During this war, US soldiers likely saw bidets in French brothels (and probably nowhere else), which spread the idea that they were ?dirty? or ?immoral?
Conservatism: The first bidets involved using your hand to cleanse your genitals directly. Americans have, traditionally, been conservative in this area and probably preferred the ?shield? of toilet paper between one?s genitals and hands (in fact, the US was so conservative that the first toilet flushing wasn?t seen on film until the 1960 film Psycho)4
Are Bidets Becoming More Popular?
According to Kohler, which is the largest manufacturer of bidets in the US, yes, especially among the elderly.5 If you have arthritis or are unsteady on your feet (which means you may have a difficult time showering regularly or even twisting to wipe properly on a toilet), a bidet can provide excellent personal hygiene.
There is also a theory that using a bidet may help prevent urinary tract infections due to better cleansing, and this is another reason why they?re becoming popular among older populations.
But that?s not all. Others in the bathroom industry say bidets are catching on as a high-end luxury? a way to upgrade the last ?bastion? that hasn?t yet been upgraded: the toilet.6 Indeed, you can find bidets, bidet toilets, and bidet seats with many spa-like luxuries, from digital temperature controls and ?precision? warm air dryers to even motion-activated lids.
Do You Know How Much Toilet Paper Americans Are Wasting?
If the idea of increased freshness and less irritation doesn?t appeal to you, consider this: Americans use close to 8 million tons of toilet paper every year,7 and forests are being destroyed to keep up with this demand. As reported by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC):8
?Giant paper producers are forcing the destruction of our continent's most vibrant forests, and devastating the habitat for countless wildlife species in the process.
Instead of making better use of materials such as post-consumer recycled fiber and agricultural residue to meet the escalating demand for toilet paper, paper towels and other disposable tissue products, these companies buy virgin pulp from suppliers that reach deep into North American forests for timber, from northern Canada to the southeastern United States.?
If every US household replaced even one roll of virgin fiber toilet paper with one made from 100% recycled fibers, 423,900 trees would be saved.9 You can also opt to choose toilet paper sourced from forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
However, even toilet paper that comes from specially planted tree plantations is not a sustainable choice in the long run, as these single-species plantations cannot compare with the species-rich forests that have formed a natural habitat for centuries.
Aside from the waste, the process of bleaching toilet paper white leads to the creation of cancer-causing chemicals like dioxins and furans, which not only enter the air but also waterways, soil, and the food chain. Exposure to even low levels of dioxins has been linked to hormone alterations, immune system impairments, reduced fertility, birth defects, and other reproductive problems.
Are You Missing Out on the ?Luxury? of a Bidet?
Obviously, toilet paper hasn?t been around that long. Before its invention, people around the world turned to their environment for the best ways to clean up, using whatever items were most practical and available. This included objects like corncobs, leaves, and coconut shells to handfuls of snow? but no, I?m not suggesting you give this a try (unless you?re so inclined!).
A bidet makes far more sense and pays for itself in no time with the money saved on toilet paper, and helps save valuable environmental resources while reducing pollution.
When you use a bidet, you may still need a sheet or two of toilet paper to dry yourself (unless yours has a built-in dryer), but that is a tiny fraction of what you would need to clean yourself. This can easily be done using reusable cloths made from cut up flannel, sheets, or even an old t-shirt, too.
The bidet may be making an emergence in the US as a ?luxury? item, but once you try it you?ll view it more as a necessity. Most people I know who?ve tried one love it and only wish they?d gotten one sooner.
Prescription Drugs Now Factor in Higher Percentage of Fatal Car Crashes Than Alcohol or Marijuana
By Dr. Mercola
Prescription drugs, marijuana, and multiple drug combinations are frequently found in the blood of drivers involved in fatal car crashes on US roads, according to a new study in Public Health Reports.1
Drivers today are more likely to test positive for drugs than drivers 20 years ago, and drugged drivers are now likely to be older than 50.
Gone are the days when drunk drivers were our only concern?alcohol is but one of MANY drugs that can make you dangerous behind the wheel. And now many people are on multiple drug cocktails, especially prescription drugs, which multiplies their impairment.
In 1993, about one in eight drivers were using more than one drug, but by 2010, it was closer to one in five. The number of drivers with three or more drugs in their system nearly doubled in this period, increasing from 11.5 to 21.5 percent. Study author Fernando Wilson of the University of Nebraska Medical Center adds:2
"Beyond that, we're also seeing more and more people using drugs and alcohol together. About 70 percent of drivers who tested positive for cocaine had also been consuming alcohol, and almost 55 percent of drivers who tested positive for cannabis [marijuana] also had alcohol in their systems."
The study identified several drug use trends. Almost 60 percent of marijuana-only users were younger than 30, but 39 percent of prescription users were 50 or older.
This trend seems to be in line with the overall increased reliance on prescription medications, especially among lower income and older segments of the population. Ninety percent of people age 65 and up now use prescription medications.3
It is mind-boggling that the average person may have taken 14,000 prescription pills by age 70?and this doesn't include over-the-counter drugs! By the time you reach your 70s, you could be taking five or more pills every day, according to the documentary Pill Poppers. Virtually no drug is side effect-free, and drug side effects are often treated with even more drugs, perpetuating a vicious cycle.
Even drugs such as over-the-counter cold medications can make you sleepy and potentially dangerous behind the wheel. A 2013 CDC report estimated that up to 33 percent of all fatal car crashes involve a drowsy driver.4
Many people assume that the combination of drugs prescribed to them is safe to take while driving, because their doctor did not specifically warn them otherwise. The researchers suggest prescribers should take more care to warn patients about potential drugged driving impairment?a point also made by AAA in their 2009 report on this topic.5
Polypharmacy?using multiple drugs simultaneously?has numerous potentially adverse effects in your body, beyond impairing your operation of a motor vehicle, and typically a combination of drugs results in more impairment than any one single drug.
Even Small Amounts of Some Drugs Can Impair Your Driving
Use of a psychoactive (mind-altering) drug makes driving potentially unsafe?just like driving after drinking alcohol. The effects of specific drugs differ depending on how they act in your brain, but all can impair faculties necessary for the safe operation of a vehicle.
This includes motor skills, balance and coordination, spacial orientation, attention, reaction time, and judgment. According to National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA):6
"Even small amounts of some drugs can have a measurable effect on driving ability...
It is hard to measure the exact contribution of drug intoxication to driving accidents, because blood tests for drugs other than alcohol are inconsistently performed, and many drivers who cause accidents are found to have both drugs and alcohol in their system, making it hard to determine which substance had the greater effect."
Drugs commonly implicated in accidents include opiates (narcotics), amphetamines (stimulants), benzodiazepines (depressants), cannabinoids, and cocaine. Many people are still under the illusion that prescription drugs are somehow safer than street drugs, but it's important to realize that prescription medications like hydrocodone and oxycodone are opioids?very similar to heroin.
Many prescription drugs, including opioid pain relievers and benzodiazepines prescribed for anxiety or sleep disorders, come with warnings about the operation of machinery?including motor vehicles?for a specified period of time after use. When prescription drugs are abused (taken without medical supervision), impaired driving and other harmful reactions are even more likely.
18 Percent of Fatally Injured Drivers Test Positive for Multiple Drugs
Eighteen states currently have zero tolerance laws for drugged drivers. However, recent studies suggest these laws may not be making our roads much safer. One of these studies is the 2007 National Roadside Survey, performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).7 The survey found that more than 16 percent of weekend, nighttime drivers tested positive for illegal, prescription, or over-the-counter drugs.
More than 11 percent tested positive for illicit drugs. In 2009, another NHTSA survey found that 18 percent of fatally injured drivers tested positive for at least one illicit, prescription, or over-the-counter drug (an increase from 13 percent in 2005).8 These statistics are clearly trending in the wrong direction. According to a government report,9 in 2009 narcotics and cannabinoids accounted for almost half of all fatally injured drivers testing positive for drugs. The report, which includes an impressive array of statistical graphs and charts, includes the following facts:
Fatally injured male drivers outnumbered fatally injured female drivers by approximately 3:1
The younger age groups (15 to 24 and 25 to 34) accounted for almost half of all fatally injured drivers (each group with 23 percent)
Cannabinoid-positive drivers were younger, peaking at age group 15 to 24, while narcotic-positive drivers peaked at age group 45 to 54
Alcohol was involved in about one-third (34 percent) of all fatal crashes, yet among drivers who tested positive for any drug, 48 percent also tested positive for alcohol
Driver inattentiveness was associated with 10 percent of all fatally injured drivers but was slightly more common among narcotic, depressant, and other drug-positive drivers; drug-positive drivers are also less likely to wear seatbelts
Prescriptions Can Be Fatal if Used While Driving
In the CDC's Public Health Reports study, prescription drugs were involved in fatal car crashes at three times the rate of marijuana. In half of the fatal crashes, alcohol was also a factor. This is not meant to be an argument that driving under the influence of marijuana is safe, but this latest study clearly shows that combining prescription drugs and alcohol is even MORE dangerous when you're on the road.10
People involved in car accidents are more likely to have taken psychotropic drugs for a period of days, weeks, or months, according to a study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.11 Psychotropic drugs are those that alter your mental processes and are typically prescribed for anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other psychiatric disorders. Benzodiazepines, antidepressants, and insomnia drugs known as Z-drugs (including Sonata, Ambien, Imovane, and Lunesta) all have the potential to impair your driving.
Impaired driving is just one of the many risks of these drugs. Since 2009, deaths from properly prescribed drugs have outnumbered traffic fatalities in the US, largely from overdoses. Prescription medications are also killing more people than illegal drugs these days. Psychotropic drugs are associated with a variety of serious mental and physical problems, including but not limited to the following:
Benzodiazepines are associated with an increased risk of dementia, certain cancers, and premature death; hypnotics such as Ambien, Lunesta, and Sonata ("sleeping pills") have been linked to certain forms of cancer and overall reduced lifespan
Opioid pain relievers (narcotics) are associated with an increased risk of depression; the use of these painkillers has quintupled in recent years, and addiction to painkillers has reached epidemic levels
Deaths from prescription painkillers increased five-fold among women between 1999 to 2010, largely as a result of overdoses; a 2011 CDC report stated that prescription painkiller overdoses now exceed the number of deaths from heroin and cocaine combined12
ADHD drugs (stimulants such as Ritalin, Adderall, and Strattera) have been linked to permanent brain damage, liver, heart and blood vessel damage, heart attack, stroke, sudden death, depression, suicide, and increased cancer risk; yet these psychotropic drugs are still being prescribed to children at alarming rates
Antidepressants such as Prozac and Paxil have been associated with a disproportionate number of violent acts, including assaults, suicides, and homicides
Alcohol Kills One in 10 Working-Age Adults
According to a recent CDC study, alcohol accounts for one in 10 deaths among working-age adults.13 In addition to alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents, the study also took into account deaths from homicides, falls, and chronic diseases, such as alcoholic liver disease, stroke, and breast cancer. The report emphasizes alcohol is the fourth-largest cause of preventable death, behind smoking, poor nutrition, and lack of exercise. The report also estimates that the ravages of alcohol cost the US $224 billion each year, or $1.90 per drink.14
Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana May Double Your Risk of an Accident
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the most psychoactive compound in marijuana) can also cause serious driving impairment, especially at higher blood levels. Studies in several localities have found that between four and 14 percent of drivers who sustained injury or died in traffic accidents tested positive for THC.15 A large study in the British Medical Journal found that marijuana nearly doubles your risk of having a vehicle collision.16
In the 2007 NHTSA survey, 8.7 percent of weekend nighttime drivers tested positive for marijuana?four times as many as had blood alcohol concentrations exceeding the legal limit.17 This should be a wake-up call, particularly now that marijuana has been legalized in some states. According to NIDA:18
"Considerable evidence from both real and simulated driving studies indicates that marijuana can negatively affect a driver's attentiveness, perception of time and speed, and ability to draw on information obtained from past experiences. Research shows that impairment increases significantly when marijuana use is combined with alcohol."
Cannabis and Alcohol Produce Different Types of Driving Impairment
Cannabis and alcohol acutely impair several driving-related skills in a dose-dependent fashion, but the effects of cannabis vary more between individuals than alcohol because of individual tolerance, varying methods of ingestion (smoking, eating, etc.), and differences in THC absorption and metabolism.19 Alcohol and THC produce different patterns of impairment. The detrimental effects of THC are more pronounced with your automatic driving functions (such as spatial location) than with more complex tasks that require your conscious control. With alcohol, the opposite is true.
Some scientists believe that moderate marijuana smokers tend to be more aware of their impairment than drinkers, so they tend to compensate more effectively while driving by utilizing a variety of behavioral strategies. Alcohol impairs reaction time and increases risk-taking behavior (driving faster, tailgating, and passing recklessly), whereas moderately stoned drivers tend to slow down and be more cautious. However, as THC levels rise, these compensation strategies fail. The differences in impairment between alcohol and cannabis are further elucidated by Slate:20
"Real-world data from auto accidents indicate that a drunk driver is approximately 10 times more likely to cause a fatal accident than a stoned driver. Pot makes drivers worse at mindless tasks like staying in a lane, while alcohol undermines behaviors that require more attention, like yielding to pedestrians or taking note of stop signs."
Epidemiological studies show that drivers with THC blood levels exceeding 10 ng/mL?equivalent to smoking about one-half of a joint?are far more likely than sober drivers to cause an accident.21 One study found that blood THC concentrations of only 2 to 5 ng/ml were associated with substantial driving impairment, particularly in occasional smokers.22,23 The most consistent finding in driving studies is that marijuana and alcohol together pose a much greater risk than using either one alone, which is very concerning as the two drugs are frequently used together.24,25
Some forms of cannabis have powerful medicinal effects due to their combination of cannabidiol (CBD), medicinal terpenes, and flavonoids. But THC is also present in medical cannabis in varying concentrations, so if you use it, please don't underestimate its psychoactive effects, and err on the side of caution?especially when it comes to operating a vehicle.
Lesson: Don't Get Behind the Wheel if You Are Taking Psychotropic Medication
The risk of driving impairment from prescription medications has likely been underestimated for many years. There is no way to know how many of the accidents attributed to "drunk driving" have really been a combination of alcohol AND prescription drugs. When you take combinations of drugs, even those prescribed by your doctor, the mental and physical effects can be complex and unpredictable. If you do choose to take psychoactive medications, exercise good judgment and avoid getting behind the wheel.
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Diet trends often receive backlash from the public, and the gluten-free diet has not been able to escape this. Although it is recommended by medical professionals for people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities, other people have adopted it without having either condition. The diet has been called a fad due to its popularity, and the criticism is hurting people with celiac disease.
Critics of the gluten-free diet point to previous fads such as the low carbohydrate diet or cabbage soup diet.
Michael Jackson concert tribute will be performed by girl with Asperger?s syndrome
The Michael Jackson concert in Nevada will feature a young girl with a special talent. Falynne Lewing has Asperger?s syndrome and had problems walking as a child, but these issues are not visible once she starts to dance. The 13-year-old will be a featured dancer at the tribute concert in Reno.
Fans of Michael Jackson will be fortunate to see a young girl perform the amazing moves at Grand Sierra Resort during the tribute concert.
Gluten-free pancake and waffle mix recalled: New Hope Mills chia mix
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The recalled New Hope Mills Gluten Free Chia Pancake and Waffle Mix was sold in multiple locations, but the company believes only the following states were affected: Florida, Pennsylvania, New York
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