Author: ProfKeith

Auto-immune disease and allergy

I first wrote about this in my books in the 1980s. I endorse her story but it was pre-written by great pioneers, decades ago! In THE AUTOIMMUNE EPIDEMIC: Bodies Gone Haywire in a World Out of Balance—and the Cutting Edge Science that Promises Hope, Donna Jackson Nakazawa, herself afflicted with Guillan Barre syndrome (an autoimmune disease), and other autoimmune diseases, lays forth the disturbing ways that “autogens” — a term Nakazawa coined to denote chemical and other triggers of autoimmune disease — are wreaking havoc with the human immune system. She offers a clear course for hope, detailing the personal, political, and economic choices that can help curb this epidemic before it is too late. THE AUTOIMMUNE EPIDEMIC combines up-to-the-minute research emerging out of dozens of today’s cutting-edge scientific labs with the frontline perspective of autoimmune sufferers. Nakazawa explores vital topics including: What role chemicals, heavy metals, viruses, diet, and genes play in developing autoimmune disease •How our modern lifestyles and environmental contamination have created a “perfect storm” – the ripest possible conditions for today’s autoimmune epidemic to take hold The connection between autoimmune disease and allergies, the rates of which are likewise skyrocketing The disturbing fact that 75% of autoimmune sufferers are women—and one in nine women will be afflicted with these diseases The fact that the average American woman is eight times more likely to have autoimmune...

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oxygen aids chemo and radiation. time for O2 therapy?

This week an interesting new study published has shown us that scientists are close to developing a simple way to measure oxygen levels in tumors, giving doctors a heads-up about what kind of treatment is best for individual patients. It’s about time. Oxygen helps kill tumors, that’s now official. But they still argue it’s wrong to give oxygen! Read more...

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Osteoporosis Affects Men Too

Osteoporosis, the bone thinning disease, affects mainly older women. It’s not a problem to men, right? Wrong. Men do get it and generally it goes undiagnosed. Older women are routinely screened for osteoporosis, a condition in which the bone becomes porous, says Amir Qaseem, a senior medical associate at the American College of Physicians. An estimated 20% of women 50 and older have osteoporosis. But little attention has been paid to the male version of the disease. So it gets missed. Qaseem and his colleagues reviewed the evidence culled from more than 200 scientific studies. They found that osteoporosis strikes about six of 100 men by age 65, and they recommend that doctors start to screen men at that age. Risk factors for osteoporosis include low body weight, physical inactivity, a history of bone fracture not caused by substantial trauma, smoking and low levels of calcium and vitamin D. Men who have taken medication to treat prostate cancer also are at risk, the report says. The so-called anti-androgen drugs, such as Lupron and Finasteride. The guidelines also suggest that doctors order a bone scan for men found to be at risk. A bone scan, or a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, is a painless procedure that identifies thin bone. Just don’t bother with the Fosamax and other junk they will shove on you. Know that boron is a potent enhancer of...

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Retail Therapy Doesn’t Work according to a scientific study

Spending money on yourself to feel better doesn’t work. It’s official science. The trick is to spend money on other people. That’s PROVEN scientifically to make you happier. This is no kidding! It’s according to a study published last week in the journal Science (Science, March 21, 2008; vol 319: pp 1687-1688). 632 individuals were asked to rate their general happiness and report their income and spending, including bills, gifts for others, gifts for themselves, and charitable donations. The happiest people were the biggest givers, no matter what they earned, while those who spent more on themselves did not feel any happier, really. Another myth bites the dust. No doubt the concept of “retail therapy” has been fostered in the interests of Big Business. There’s more. The study team asked 16 employees at a Boston company to rate their happiness one month before receiving a bonus from their company, and again six to eight weeks after getting the bonus. Those who gave more of their bonus money to other people or charities were happier after getting the bonus. Big bonus, small bonus — that didn’t matter. It wasn’t about the size of the check; it was about how it was spent. The team had a further bright idea: they gave participants some money with orders to spend it by 5.00 pm. Some were told to give it away and...

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