Friday, November 30, 2012

Kindness EVERYWHERE!!

AH BY NOW MILLIONS HAVE PROBABLY SEEN IT..... the policeman in New York city buying a man who had no socks or shoes, a pair of socks and shoes, yes from his own money, not the city's.

Before him was a city bus driver in Winnipeg, Canada, giving his own shoes to a man on the bus with no shoes.

Then there is the unknown (at his request) rich man, following he says in the footsteps of a friend, who gives out $100  dollar bills to strangers, and will do it to 1,000 more people before he's finished.

All this reminds me of a news story way back, oh maybe 15 or more years ago now. This man in Vancouver. B.C. Canada, had a piece of land. He sold it and was amazed that he got 20 Million dollars for it. He was already retired and in good financial shape. He called up his children (think he had 4 of them) and asked if it was okay with them to give most of this 20 million dollars away. They all said they were in good shape money wise, and so he should enjoy giving it away. And that is exactly what he did.

He was not going to be unwise in how he gave it away, yes a $20 dollar bill to this person on the street in need. But wise when it came to giving away big chunks of money.

This one lady took him to a half-way house for women needing to get away from abusive husbands. The B.C. Government was no longer going to fund the lady running this half-way house, and so it would have to close down. The camera was there: the lady bringing the man said to the lady running the half-way house, "What do you need?" She answered, "Well this....." (forgot what it was). The man nodded his head as for a yes. "You have it," said the first lady. "Now what else do you need?" "Well this....." (forgot what she asked for now). The man nodded his head for a yes. "You have it," said the first lady. "What else do you need?" By now the house lady was beginning to think this was all a joke, and with a small laugh said, "Well everything." Obviously to keep the house open she needed what she needed to keep it open. All that the B.C. Government was no longer going to give her. The man nodded his head, as for a yes. "You have it," said the first lady. The house lady realized this was not some joke, and broke down in tears.

Wow when I still think about this, and relate it again, I have tears in my eyes.

THERE  IS  A  LOT  OF  GOOD  OUT  THERE  BEING  DONE,  AND  WE  PROBABLY  SHOULD  HEAR  A  LOT  MORE  ABOUT  IT  THAN  WE  DO.

The policeman in New York buying a man socks and shoes....... the photo was taken by a tourist who then sent it to the NYPD office, who put it up on their facebook.......then it went viral, and the rest is now history.

SO  WHEN  YOU  CAN,  DO  GOOD  TO  SOMEONE  OR  SOMETHING.

IT  WAS  WHAT  JESUS  TAUGHT  AND WHAT  THE  GOOD  BOOK  THE  BIBLE  TEACHES.

YES,  WE  ARE  OUR  BOTHER'S  KEEPER!
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EXERCISE ..... and CANCER!!


Exercise Helps Your Immune System Protect Against Future Cancers

November 30, 2012 | 132,346 views | + Add to Favorites


By Dr. Mercola
If you are like most people, when you think of reducing your risk of cancer, exercise probably isn't at the top of your list. However, there is compelling evidence that exercise can not only help slash your risk of cancer, but can also help cancer patients get well sooner, and help prevent cancer recurrence.
Research has also shown it may help minimize the side effects of conventional cancer treatment.
A preliminary study presented at The Integrative Biology of Exercise VI meeting in mid-October1 helps shed light on why exercise is so effective for decreasing the risk of secondary cancers in survivors, or why it can decrease your risk of getting cancer in the first place.

Exercise Improves Your Immune System's "Cancer Surveillance"

Sixteen cancer survivors who had just completed chemotherapy participated in the three-month long study. The fitness program, which was tailored to each individual, included:
  • Strength training
  • Endurance training
  • Cardiovascular exercise
  • Exercises for flexibility, balance and posture
The researchers examined the immune cells in the participants' blood before and after completion of the 12-week program, and the analysis showed that a large portion of the T cells were altered into a more effective disease-fighting form, called "na├»ve" T cells. As reported by Medical News Today:2
"[Lead researcher] Bilek explained, 'What we're suggesting is that with exercise, you might be getting rid of T cells that aren't helpful and making room for T cells that might be helpful.'
This research is important because it not only emphasizes the advantages of exercise for cancer patients and cancer survivors, but it also demonstrates how it can benefit healthy individuals. However, the increased 'cancer surveillance,' or the power of the immune system to stop emerging cancers, is particularly beneficial for those struggling with cancer, or who have just survived it.
Bilek concluded: 'There's a litany of positive benefits from exercise. If exercise indeed strengthens the immune system and potentially improves cancer surveillance, it's one more thing we should educate patients about as a reason they should schedule regular activity throughout their day and make it a priority in their lives.'"

Viewing Exercise as a Drug

Besides altering your immune cells into a more potent disease-fighting form and improving circulation of those immune cells in your blood, another primary way exercise lowers your risk for cancer is by reducing elevated insulin levels. This creates a low sugar environment that discourages the growth and spread of cancer cells. It's also been suggested that apoptosis (programmed cell death) istriggered by exercise, causing cancer cells to die.
The trick though, is understanding how to use exercise as a precise tool. I like to suggest viewing it as a "drug" that needs to be carefully prescribed to achieve its maximum benefit. This ensures you're getting enough to achieve the benefit, not too much to cause injury, and the right variety to balance your entire physical structure and maintain strength, flexibility, and aerobic and anaerobic fitness levels.
Ideally, doctors would prescribe exercise in specific "doses" and intervals. To do this properly, oncologists would be wise to develop relationships with personal trainers, and prescribe training sessions for their patients. If you have cancer, I would highly recommend discussing exercise with your oncologist, and/or work with a trained fitness professional who can help you devise a safe and effective regimen.
Unfortunately, many public health guidelines still focus only on the aerobic aspects of exercise, and this exclusive focus can lead to imbalances that may actually prevent optimal health.
It's important to include a large variety of techniques in your exercise routine, such as strength training, aerobics, core-building activities, and stretching. Most important of all, however, is to make sure you include high-intensity, burst-type exercise, once or twice a week, in which you raise your heart rate up to your anaerobic threshold for 20 to 30 seconds, and then you recover for 90 seconds. These exercises can increase your body's natural production of human growth hormone.

Compelling Evidence in Support of Exercise as Cancer Prophylactic

In the 1980s the notion that exercise may help prevent cancer started getting its due attention. According to a study published 12 years ago in the British Medical Journal,3 which explored the relationship between exercise and cancer, exercise affects several biological functions that may directly influence your cancer risk. These effects include changes in:
Cardiovascular capacityEnergy balance
Pulmonary capacityImmune function
Bowel motilityAntioxidant defense
Hormone levelsDNA repair

In 2003, a paper in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise4 reported that "more than a hundred epidemiologic studies on the role of physical activity and cancer prevention have been published." The authors noted that:
"The data are clear in showing that physically active men and women have about a 30-40 percent reduction in the risk of developing colon cancer, compared with inactive persons … With regard to breast cancer, there is reasonably clear evidence that physically active women have about a 20-30 percent reduction in risk, compared with inactive women. It also appears that 30-60 min·d-1 of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity is needed to decrease the risk of breast cancer, and that there is likely a dose-response relation."

Cancer Groups Recommend Making Exercise Part of Standard Care

In recent years, a number of cancer groups have started taking exercise seriously. For example, a recent report issued by the British organization Macmillan Cancer Support5 argues that exercise really should be part of standard cancer care. It recommends that all patients getting cancer treatment should be told to engage in moderate-intensity exercise for two and a half hours every week, stating that the advice to rest and take it easy after treatment is an outdated view.
The organization offers loads of helpful information about the benefits of exercise for cancer patients on their website, and also has a number of videos on the subject, available on their YouTube channel.6
According to Ciaran Devane, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support:7
"Cancer patients would be shocked if they knew just how much of a benefit physical activity could have on their recovery and long term health, in some cases reducing their chances of having to go through the grueling ordeal of treatment all over again..."
Indeed, the reduction in risk for recurrence is quite impressive. Previous research has shown that breast and colon cancer patients who exercise regularly have half the recurrence rate than non-exercisers.8 Macmillan Cancer Support also notes that exercise can help you to mitigate some of the common side effects of conventional cancer treatment, including:
Reduce fatigue and improve your energy levelsManage stress, anxiety, low mood or depressionImprove bone health
Improve heart health (some chemotherapy drugs and radiotherapy can cause heart problems later in life)Build muscle strength, relieve pain and improve range of movementMaintain a healthy weight
Sleep betterImprove your appetitePrevent constipation

Exercise Tips for Cancer Patients

I would strongly recommend you read up on my Peak Fitness program, which includes high-intensity exercises that can reduce your exercise time while actually improving your benefits.
Now, if you have cancer or any other chronic disease, you will of course need to tailor your exercise routine to your individual circumstances, taking into account your fitness level and current health. Often, you will be able to take part in a regular exercise program -- one that involves a variety of exercises like strength training, core-building, stretching, aerobic and anaerobic -- with very little changes necessary. However, at times you may find you need to exercise at a lower intensity, or for shorter durations.
Always listen to your body and if you feel you need a break, take time to rest.
Just remember that exercising for just a few minutes a day is better than not exercising at all, and you'll likely find that your stamina increases and you're able to complete more challenging workouts with each passing day. In the event you are suffering from a very weakened immune system, you may want to exercise at home instead of visiting a public gym. But remember that exercise will ultimately help to boost your immune system, so it's very important to continue with your program, even if you suffer from chronic illness or cancer.
That said, if your body will not allow you to exercise, either due to pain or worsening of your underlying condition, then you have no practical option but to honor your body's signals and exercise less. Even though your body desperately needs the exercise to improve, you will only get worse if you violate your current limitations.

Protein Intake Also Crucial for Cancers

I recently interviewed Dr. Ron Rosedale for nearly fifteen hours and I hope to be able to start posting those articles very soon. He is one of the first physicians in the U.S. that started measuring leptin levels clinically and was far ahead of the curve on this one. In our interview, he helped me understand the major importance that excessive protein intake can have on cancer growth.
The mTOR pathway is short for mammalian target of rapamycin. This pathway is ancient but relatively recently appreciated and has only been known for less than 20 years. Odds are very high your doctor was never taught this is medical school and isn't even aware of it. Many new cancer drugs are actually being targeted to use this pathway. Drugs using this pathway have also been given to animals to radically extend their lifespan. But you don't have to use drugs to get this pathway to work for you.
You can biohack your body and merely restrict your protein intake and replace the decreased protein with healthy fats as this will provide virtually identical benefits as these dangerous and expensive drugs.
Eating excessive protein can be an additional synergistically powerful mechanism. Dr. Rosedale believes that when you consume protein in levels higher than one gram of protein per kilogram of LEAN body mass you can activate the mTOR pathway, which will radically increase your risk of cancers. It is very easy to consume excess protein and my guess is that most people reading this are. I know I was, and as a result of this new insight I have reduced my protein intake by about half.
To determine your lean body mass find out your percent body fat and subtract from 100. So if you are 20% body fat you would have 80% lean body mass. Just multiply that times your current weight to get lean body mass. For most people this means restricting protein intake from 35 to 75 grams. Pregnant women and those working out extensively need about 25% more protein though.
Of course when you reduce protein you need to replace it with other calories, so the key is to replace the lost calories with high-quality fats such as avocados, butter, coconut oil, olives, olive oil, nuts and eggs. It is also very helpful to avoid eating anything for three hours before going to bed as this allows you to have relatively low blood sugars while you are sleeping. This is another good trick to move your body to fat burning mode.
Nearly everyone is primarily in carb burning mode because of the amount of carbohydrate content that they consume. The beauty of shifting over to fat burning mode is that it virtually eliminates hunger. Intermittent fasting is one way to help achieve this, but radically cutting back on non-vegetable carbs is also very important. Coconut oil is particularly useful to use in making the transition to fat burning mode as it is primarily short and medium chain fats which break down very quickly and can be used as an energy source which is important for countering the decreased energy and other physical challenges that many encounter in the several weeks it typically takes to make the transition to fat burning mode .
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5 TIMES FASTER...!!

 ON  THE  LOCAL  CALGARY  WORLD  NEWS  TONIGHT........GREENLAND  IS  MELTING  5  TIMES,  YES  5  TIMES  FASTER  THAN  PREDICTED!!!

THE  NORTH  POLE  LIKEWISE  IS  MELTING  FASTER  THAN  PREDICTED!!!

THE  SEA  LEVEL  IS  RISING.  MANY  NATIONS  WILL  BE  EFFECTED!

MORE  SUPER  SANDY  STORMS  WILL  COME.

SCIENTISTS  ADMIT  IT  IS  THE  LAST  150  YEARS  OF  INDUSTRY  AND  OTHER  POLLUTION,  BEING  THROWN  INTO  THE  AIR  THAT  IS  BRINGING  ABOUT  GLOBAL  WARMING.

REPRESENTATIVES  OF  NATIONS  WILL  AGAIN  MEET  TO  TRY  AND  GET  THE  BIG  GUYS  (USA, CHINA, INDIA)  TO  CUT  EMISSIONS.

THE  NATIONS  NEED  TO  MOVE  QUICKER  INTO  ELECTRIC  CARS,  SOLA  POWER,  WIND  POWER,  AND  THE  BIG  NATIONS  NEED  TO  DO  WHAT  BRITAIN  DID  DECADES  AGO --  NO  POLLUTION  COMING  FROM  INDUSTRY,  HENCE  THEY  WERE  ABLE  TO  SAND -BLAST  BUILDINGS  LIKE  BUCKINGHAM  PALACE,  WESTMINSTER  ABBEY,  AND  MAKE  THEM  LOOK  LIKE  NEW.

WHERE  ARE  THE  AL  GORE  LAUGHERS  AND  NAY-SAYERS  NOW,  WHO   POO-HOOD  HIS  "AN  INCONVENIENT TRUTH"  LECTURES  AND  DVD?
DO  THEY  STILL  HAVE  THEIR  HEAD  IN  THE  SAND  WHILE  THE  SEA  RISES  AROUND  THEM?

I  CAN  TELL  YOU  LIVING  IN  CANADA  SINCE  1961  THAT  CANADA,  ESPECIALLY  THE  PRAIRIES,  HAS  WARMED  UP  A  HUGE  AMOUNT.  IN  THE  1960s  ON  THE  PRAIRIES  IT  WAS  COMMON  TO  HAVE  -30 F  FOR  4  OR  5  WEEKS  IN  A  ROW  DURING  THE  WINTER.  NOW  IF  CANADA  BELOW  THE  NORTHWEST  TERRITORIES  GETS  A  WEEK  OF  -30 F  IT  IS  ON  THE  NATIONAL  NEWS. 

ANYONE  DENYING  GLOBAL  WARMING  IS  FROZEN  IN  TIME  AND  NEEDS  TO  COME  INSIDE  AND  WARM  UP  TO  THE  TRUTH  OF  THE  MATTER.
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Thursday, November 29, 2012

FOUND the BOOK!!

WELL  AM  I  PLEASED!!

I  FOUND  ON  AMAZON. COM  THE  GREAT  BOOK  THAT  BLEW  ME  AWAY  IN  THE WINTER  OF  1961/62.

I  WAS  19  YEARS  OLD.  THE  BOOK  WAS  PUBLISHED  IN  1958.  IT  WAS  IN  THE  LOCAL  TOWN'S  LIBRARY  WHERE  I  WAS  LIVING  AT  THE  TIME.

THE  BOOK:  "HANDBOOK  OF  CHRISTIAN  FEASTS  AND  CUSTOMS"  BY  A  BISHOP  OF  THE  ROMAN  CATHOLIC  FAITH.

HE  OPENLY  TELLS  YOU  THE  TRUTH  ABOUT  ALL  THE  SO-CALLED  "CHRISTIAN"  FEASTS  THE  WORLD  OBSERVES.

THERE  WERE  ONLY  5  OF  THESE  BOOKS  GIVEN  ON  AMAZON. COM  STARTING  AT  $72.  BUT  FOR  ME  $72  WELL  SPENT.  IT'S  A  FRANK  BLOCK-BUSTER  OF  A  BOOK!

IT  WILL  BE  MY  PLEASURE  TO  PUT  THE  ENTIRE  BOOK  UP  ON  MY  WEBSITE.

SO  IN  THE  MIDDLE  OF  DECEMBER  START  TO  LOOK  FOR  THE  FIRST  CHAPTERS  UNDER  "FEASTS  OF  GOD  VERSES  PAGAN  ONES"  ON  MY  WEBSITE.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Re-building New York

The CBC TV news this evening had an interesting spot on HOW New York needs to be re-built after super-storm Sandy.

They showed how a very large chunk of New York has changed over the last 200 years. Changed where land was claimed from the sea, hence is either on the level of the sea or even BELOW the sea level.

A number of things are being proposed or looked into - including huge walls that would be raised if another (which is not IF but WHEN as the experts say) super storm Sandy comes. But the cost of that would be BILLIONS of dollars, and so in a USA ridden debt scene, makes that idea just about impossible.

Some other very unique ideas are being put forth for those in the skill to know what would save New York from another destruction like Sandy brought.

Time will tell if they really do put into action what many say must be done to safe-guard New York. The rising sea level and more huge storms are going to be a fact of life so the experts tell us - a fact of a worming planet.

AND  SPEAKING  OF  A  WARMING  PLANET.  WHERE  HAVE  ALL THE  NAY-SAYERS AND  ONES  WHO  LAUGHED  AT  AL  GORE'S  LECTURES  AND  DVD  ON  CLIMATE  CHANGE (AN  INCONVENIENT  TRUTH)  -  WHERE  HAVE  THEY  GONE?

IF  THERE  ARE  STILL  SOME  OUT  THERE  WHO  BELIEVE  WE  ARE  NOT  INTO  CLIMATE  CHANGE,  THEY  NEEED TO  COME  OUT  OF  THEIR  DARK-AGE  CAVE  AND  SEE  THE  LIGHT!!
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Interviews and etc. of .......

SO  NOW  THERE  IS  A  PLACE  IN  SIBER  SPACE  WHERE  YOU  CAN  HEAR  INTERVIEWS  AND  ETC.  OF  THE  ROCK  BANDS  OF  ....  I  GUESS  ANY  TIME.

THE  ROLLING  STONES  -  GOING  FOR  50  YEARS  -  THEY  LOOK  LIKE  THEY  HAVE  BEEN  CHISELED  OUT  OF  STONE .....  AND  NOT  WORTH  THE  TIME  OF  DAY  TO  LISTEN  TO  THEIR  SHOUTING  NOISE,  OFTEN  SCREAMING  NOISE.

THE  BEATLES ..... WELL  THEY  DID  INTERVIEW  PAUL  M.  A  FEW  YEARS  BACK  AND  THEY  ASKED  HIM  A  QUESTION: WHY  IS  THE  BEATLES'  MUSIC  STILL  SO POPULAR - HIS  ANSWER:  "WELL  WE  HAD  MELODY  IN  OUR  SONGS."

WOW,  HE  WAS  CORRECT.  98  PERCENT  OF  ROCK  BANDS  TO  FOLLOW  THE  BEATLES .....  SHOUTING  AND  SCREAMING,  OVER  AMPLIFICATION  OF  INSTRUMENTS  AND  WAILING  GUITARS,  MELODY - MELODIC  SOUND  THROWN  OUT  THE  WINDOW.  THE  ROLLING  STONES  HAVE  LED  THE  WAY  IN  THE  ROCK  BANDS  OF  TODAY - THE  MORE  SCREAMING  AND  SHOUTING  THE  MORE  YOUNG  PEOPLE  (MAYBE  MANY  NOT  SO  YOUNG  ANYMORE)  LAP  IT  UP.

THE  INFLUENCE  -  BAD  INFLUENCE  -  OF  THE  ROCK  BANDS  WITH  THEIR  DRUG HABITS,  AND  PROFANE  LIFE-STYLES,  HAS  DONE  MORE  DAMAGE  TO  YOUTH  THAN  MOST  WANT  TO  ADMIT.

AND  THEN  YOU  HAVE  TODAY  THE  SHOUTING,  SCREAMING,  HEAVY  METAL  SOUND  IN  "CHURCH  MUSIC"  BY  THE  YOUTH  OF  MANY  CHURCHES.

TRULY  WE  HAVE  DEGRADED  THE  YOUTH  IN  THE  WORLD  AND  IN  THE  CHURCH.

A  SIGN  OF  OUR  END  TIME  AGE.
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It's FLU season ..... and.....


Science Behind Tamiflu Recommendations “Missing in Action”

November 28, 2012 | 101,972 views | + Add to Favorites
By Dr. Mercola
What should you reach for when you come down with the flu? The antiviral drug Tamiflu is the second recommendation on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) list of recommended treatments, right behind the flu vaccine.
Both the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency have approved Tamiflu for both the treatment and prevention of flu, and governments around the world have stockpiled the drug at the recommendation of the World Health Organization (WHO), in preparation for potential flu pandemics.
Use of the drug dramatically increased after the worldwide 2009 swine flu pandemic. But does Tamiflu actually work?
Researchers with the prestigious Cochrane Collaboration group are now raising serious questions about the drug's effectiveness and the scientific basis for the global recommendation of the drug. In a similar vein, despite the fact that the science behind flu vaccines is flimsy at best, with numerous studies showing flu vaccines simply do not work, 150 Cincinatti health care workers now face being fired unless they get a flu shot, as reported by CNBC above. This trend of widely recommending, or worse, mandating, certain drugs and vaccines without a sturdy scientific base for doing so is truly troubling, and must be addressed.

Researchers Demand Transparency of Science

The Cochrane Collaboration conducts and publishes analyses of the scientific evidence supporting the use of various drugs and vaccines. They are considered the "gold standard" of independent scientific reviews, so when they issue a report, you're well advised to pay heed because it's free of conflict of interests and therefore very objective.
I've previously discussed a number of their reviews on flu vaccines that have shed light on the sheer lack of scientific data supporting the claim that flu vaccines are a safe and effective means of preventing seasonal influenza.
Most recently, Cochrane decided to update previous reviews that might have a bearing on influenza management, which includes Tamiflu. The previous assessment of Tamiflu was done in 2009. At the time, the group was unable to get Roche, the manufacturer of Tamiflu, to release eight of the 10 clinical trials involving the drug. The review therefore concluded that:
"Paucity of good data has undermined previous findings for oseltamivir's prevention of complications from influenza. Independent randomized trials to resolve these uncertainties are needed."
Three years later and now faced with continued stonewalling, Cochrane in collaboration with the British Medical Journaldecided to take the issue to the public. The BMJ Open Data Campaign1 was recently created in an effort to force transparency as Roche continues to refuse to release the data from eight out of 10 clinical trials on Tamiflu. The campaign site contains links to Cochrane's correspondence with not just Roche, but also with the CDC and WHO — all of whom appear to be complicit in this scheme to massively promote a drug without scientific support for doing so.
"This open correspondence of letters offers readers the chance to witness attempts to compel greater accountability and responsibility in public health decision making and policy. The BMJ plans to launch other campaigns linked to its investigations in the future," the campaign page reads.
This is indeed an unsuspected and exciting turn of events. Such a campaign for transparency in science is fairly unprecedented. According to Peter Doshi,2 a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University:
"I'm not aware of anything that does more than just a simple open letter," he tells David Payne, editor of BMJ.3 "The reader can see the correspondence almost as a stage play. One can see how the actors are actually acting, especially when one is pushing for accountability but the other party refuses to engage. If you make that kind of behavior visible, perhaps you can actually achieve progress."
"For decades industry and regulators have worked largely under agreement — sometimes forced by law and other times just tacit agreements — that the data that would be shared between them would be confidential and treated as a trade secret. Now we're realizing there is a number of enormously harmful consequences from those policies in which arguably drug disasters like Vioxx [rofecoxib] or Celebrex [celecoxib] or Avandia [rosiglitazone] could have been detected much earlier had the data been available."

Government Recommendations for Tamiflu are Based on "Nothing"

In 2009, conflicts of interest within WHO were unearthed, showing links between Roche, the manufacturer of Tamiflu, and those responsible for creating pandemic flu planning guidelines. Tamiflu is currently on the organization's list of "essential medicines." Meanwhile, the Cochrane team could find "no evidence" to suggest that Tamiflu actually reduces complications in cases of influenza...
BMJ editor David Payne reports:
"Influenza drug oseltamivir has made billions of pounds for Roche, but why won't the company give patients and doctors access to the full clinical data? ... [Cochrane researcher Tom] Jefferson told the BMJ... the US Food and Drug Administration had described Tamiflu's effects as modest. 'Despite this, WHO and CDC have been extensively promoting the drug. WHO has made Tamiflu one of the essential drugs, so it sits next door to aspirin and penicillin, cortisone,' he said.
"The CDC has extensively recommended the use of Tamiflu, and, as you know, governments worldwide have stockpiled it on the advice, essentially, of WHO. 'We were trying to find out exactly what evidence these decisions were made on. So we asked questions, and we also asked WHO and CDC whether they'd seen our review and what their thoughts were.'
"Readers will see the kind of stonewalling that we got. Indeed, my correspondence with WHO shows that they didn't answer a single one of my questions. Politicians have ignored the problem and have not demanded accountability from their own decision makers, from regulators, and from industry."

One in 10 Scientists Have Witnessed Scientific Fraud

I for one am thrilled to see that people with functional moral compasses still exist, who are willing to fight for true science-based medicine. Hiding unfavorable research and/or "cherry picking" data has become a monstrous problem in medical science, along with outright fraud.
Earlier this year, a BMJ poll4 revealed that more than 1 in 10 scientists and doctors have witnessed colleagues deliberately fabricating data in order to get their research published! At the time, Dr. Richard Lehman from Oxford University and BMJ editor of clinical epidemiology Dr. Elizabeth Loder wrote:5
"Clinical medicine involves making decisions under uncertainty. Clinical research aims to reduce this uncertainty, usually by performing experiments on groups of people who consent to run the risks of such trials in the belief that the resulting knowledge will benefit others. Most clinicians assume that the complex regulatory systems that govern human research ensure that this knowledge is relevant, reliable, and properly disseminated.
It generally comes as a shock to clinicians, and certainly to the public, to learn that this is far from the case. The linked cluster of papers on unpublished evidence should reinforce this sense of shock.
These articles confirm the fact that a large proportion of evidence from human trials is unreported, and much of what is reported is done so inadequately. We are not dealing here with trial design, hidden bias, or problems of data analysis — we are talking simply about the absence of the data. And this is no academic matter, because missing data about harm in trials can harm patients, and incomplete data about benefit can lead to futile costs to health systems. Moreover, researchers or others who deliberately conceal trial results have breached their ethical duty to trial participants."
The pair called for an end to the "culture of haphazard publication and incomplete data disclosure," through the implementation of more robust regulation and full access to the raw trial data to ensure transparency. The BMJ Open Data Campaign demanding the release of trial information about Tamiflu is part and parcel of this new effort to put the house of medical science back in order.

What You Need to Know About Tamiflu

Tamiflu (oseltamivir phosphate) is approved for treatment of uncomplicated influenza A and B in children one year of age or older. It is also approved for prevention of influenza in people 13 years or older. It is part of a group of anti-influenza drugs called neuraminidase inhibitors, which work by blocking a viral enzyme that helps the influenza virus to invade cells in your respiratory tract.
If taken within 48 hours of onset of illness, it may reduce the duration of flu symptoms by about a day to a day and a half. That's the extent of what this $100-plus treatment will get you.
However, some patients with influenza are at increased risk for secondary bacterial infections when on Tamiflu, which of course would defeat the plan of being able to jump out of bed a day sooner. Furthermore, adverse events reported include pediatric deaths, serious skin reactions, and neuropsychiatric events, including suicide committed while delirious.
According to BMJ editor-in-chief Fiona Godlee,6 Tamiflu's effectiveness has likely been overstated and serious adverse effects have been under-reported, and with eight out of 10 clinical trials "missing in action," there's every reason to suspect this to be true.
As for the claims that Tamiflu can prevent flu if you've come in contact with someone who's ill, Cochrane's review of the available data shows that any preventive effect is modest at best. Pediatric studies showed that 13 children would need to be treated to prevent just one case of flu. So if 13 children were treated, 12 would receive no benefit. A Cochrane review published in April of this year7 concluded that:
"There is currently no high-quality evidence to support targeted treatment of 'at risk' children (with underlying chronic medical conditions) with neuraminidase inhibitors."

Tamiflu — Another Massive Drug Scam?

So, let's face it. You've been scammed. Health care providers around the world have been scammed. Patients have been hurt, and children have died because of this drug, just like 60,000 people died from Vioxx, and tens of thousands were injured by the diabetes drug Avandia — all because those in charge of the science behind these "science-based" medicines decide to withhold critical data in order to protect their bottom lines.
"[T]axpayers in the United Kingdom and around the world have spent billions of dollars stockpiling a drug for which no one except the manufacturer has seen the complete evidence base," Fiona Godlee, BMJ editor-in-chief, writes.8
In response to the Open Data Campaign, Sarah Wollaston, a general practitioner and Conservative Member of Parliament in the UK, recently brought the issue of missing clinical trial data before the Parliament, asking ministers from the Department of Health to make sure all historical and future data is released in the public domain.9 British health minister Norman Lamb subsequently agreed to meet experts to discuss what he referred to as "the really important issue" of access to data from clinical trials.10
"In an email telling [Cochrane researcher] Jefferson about the planned meeting, Wollaston said: "It will surely be a turning point in the campaign for open data if we can show that £1 in every £200 of the total NHS budget for 2009 was spent stockpiling a drug for which a drug company had knowingly concealed data either showing it had no real benefits . . . or worse . . . caused real harm," Payne writes.11

The Two Most Potent Flu Prevention Strategies I Know of

So, what is the best way to avoid contracting the flu each and every year? And what can you do to speed up your recovery should you get ill? In a recent WebMD article,12 Chris Del Mar, MD, dean of medicine at Bond University in Australia, echoes my own sentiments when he says:
"Don't take [the antivirals] to prevent complications because we don't have enough good data for that. It reduces the [duration of the] illness by one day. So you have to make a decision about whether it's worth it or not."
But while Dr. Del Mar limits his recommendations to taking acetaminophen or a hot lemon drink, I believe there are far more effective alternatives. The answer lies in maintaining a robust immune system, and the first thing you want to do when you feel yourself coming down with a cold or flu is to avoid ALL sugars (fructose in particular), artificial sweeteners, and processed foods. This also includes fructose from fruit juice, and all types of grains (as they break down as sugar in your body).
It's important to remember that excessive sugar consumption effectively suppresses your immune system and impairs your defenses against all infectious disease.
I also strongly recommend taking one specific action that can help reduce your chances of ever developing symptoms in the first place, and that is to make sure your vitamin D levels are optimized year-round. There's a hypothesis that the widespread prevalence of colds and flu's may actually be due to vitamin D deficiency, which is incredibly common in the United States, especially during the winter months when cold and flu viruses are at their peak. And, while studies keep confirming the ineffectiveness of flu vaccines and flu drugs like Tamiflu, several studies now support that vitamin D can help keep you healthy during flu season:
  • In the largest and most nationally representative study13 of its kind, people with the lowest vitamin D levels reported having significantly more recent colds or cases of the flu.
  • In another study,14 published two years ago, schoolchildren were given either vitamin D or a placebo for a year. Influenza A occurred in just 10.8 percent of the children in the vitamin D group, compared with 18.6 percent children in the placebo group.
  • At least five additional studies also show an inverse association between lower respiratory tract infections and vitamin D levels.
This is not surprising once you realize that vitamin D produces 200 to 300 different antimicrobial peptides in your body that kill bacteria, viruses and fungi. Essentially, it works as a very broad antibacterial and antiviral agent.

Other All-Natural Immune-Boosting Strategies

Aside from boosting your vitamin D levels and abstaining from sugary foods, additional long-term prevention strategies include getting plenty of quality sleep, exercising regularly,15 and effectively addressing the daily stresses of your life. Taken together, these strategies lay the groundwork for a robust immune system that can stand up to all kinds of viral and bacterial assaults. However, there are also a number of all-natural therapies that can help you combat colds and flu's on a more short-term basis. Here's a listing of some of the most effective ones:
  • Zinc: According to a Cochrane Database Review of the medical research on zinc, when taken within one day of the first symptoms, zinc can cut down the duration of a cold by about 24 hours. It was also found to greatly reduce the severity of symptoms.
  • Chicken soup: Chicken contains a natural amino acid called cysteine, which can thin the mucus in your lungs and make it less sticky so you can expel it more easily. For best results, make up a fresh batch yourself (or ask a friend or family member to do so) and make the soup hot and spicy with plenty of pepper. The spices will trigger a sudden release of watery fluids in your mouth, throat, and lungs, which will help thin down the respiratory mucus so it's easier to cough up and expel. I would also strongly recommend using local pastured chicken and simmering the bones (and the feet if available) for 24 hours to get the most you can out of the chicken. It makes an absolutely heavenly soup.
  • Vitamin C: A very potent antioxidant; use a natural form such as acerola, which contains associated micronutrients. You can take several grams every hour till you are better unless you start developing loose stools
  • Oregano Oil: The higher the carvacrol concentration, the more effective it is. Carvacrol is the most active antimicrobial agent in oregano oil.
  • Propolis: A bee resin and one of the most broad-spectrum antimicrobial compounds in the world; propolis is also the richest source of caffeic acid and apigenin, two very important compounds that aid in immune response.
  • A tea made from a combination of elderflower, yarrow, boneset, linden, peppermint and ginger: drink it hot and often for combating a cold or flu. It causes you to sweat, which is helpful for eradicating a virus from your system.
  • Olive leaf extract: Ancient Egyptians and Mediterranean cultures used it for a variety of health-promoting uses and it is widely known as a natural, non-toxic immune system builder.
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Monday, November 26, 2012

"Life of PI" movie

IT  IS  A  GOOD  MOVIE.  I  DID  ENJOY  IT.  HOW  THEY  GOT  THE  TIGER  TO  ACT  AS  IT  DID  HAVE  NO  CLUE.  PROBABLY  WHEN  THE  DVD  COMES  OUT  THEY  WILL  EXPLAIN  ON  THE  "SPECIALS"  IT  WILL  NO  DOUBT  HAVE.

THE  3D  IN  PARTS  IS  ABOVE  AVERAGE  AND  CLOSE  TO  THE  3D  EFFECT  OF  THE  NOW  FAMOUS  "AVITA"  MOVIE.

I  FIND  MOST  3D  MOVIES  TO  BE  VERY  POOR  IN  THEIR  SO-CALLED  3D  DEPARTMENT.

SO  TWO  THUMBS  UP  FOR  "LIFE  OF  PI"  AND  SOME  FINE  3D  SECTIONS.
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