Friday, September 30, 2016

Monsanto Causing Farmer Suicides in India

"One very alarming sign that change is needed NOW is the wave of farmer suicides in India. The rate of Indian farmer suicides, for instance, has greatly increased since Bt cotton was introduced in 2002.

A publication from the New York University School of Law shows that in 2009 alone, 17,638 Indian farmers committed suicide, which translates to one farmer every 30 minutes. A great number of those affected are cash crop farmers, cotton farmers in particular."

Patenting seeds is such a crime against humanity. Moreover once these seeds are planted in ur land, other seeds dont give produce. Because they change the nutrients and other components of the land. You have to buy those seeds again to get a good produce.

You will not find any news coverage for these protests. You will find full coverage for 'gay rights'.

You wont find it unless you know it already and specifically looking for it.

Seeds of Evil: Monsanto and Genetic Engineering

For thousands of years, farmers have saved seeds from one farming season to another. But when Monsanto developed genetically modified (GM) seeds that would resist its own herbicide, the glyphosate-based Roundup, it patented the seeds. 

The United States Patent and Trademark Office, for practically all of its history, refused to grant patents on seeds, viewing them as life forms with too many variables to be patented. However, in 1980, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed for seed patents in a 5-4 decision. This laid the groundwork for plenty of corporations to start gaining control of global food supply. 

The patenting of seeds is only one of the different ways that Monsanto affects food, farming, and your future health. 

Seeds of Profit and Dominance 

Over the past 15 years or so, a collection of five giant biotech corporations - Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow, and DuPont - have bought up more than 200 other companies, allowing them to dominate access to seeds. 

Monsanto has become the world leader in genetic engineering of seeds, winning 674 biotechnology patents, which is more than any other company. If you are a farmer who buys its Roundup Ready seeds, you are required to sign an agreement promising not to save the seed produced after each harvest for re-planting. You are also prohibited from selling the seed to other farmers. In short, you must buy new seeds every year. 

Because saving seeds is considered patent infringement, anyone who does save GM seeds must pay a license fee to re-sow them. This results in higher prices and reduced product options, as well as the increased need for pesticides and herbicides required by GM crops. 

Mafia-Like Tactics?

Given their current powers, Monsanto puts pressure on farmers, farmer's coops, seed dealers, and anyone it suspects may have infringed its seed patents. It does so through the following: 

⦁    Its shadowy army of private investigators and agents secretly photograph and videotape farmers, co-ops, and store owners

⦁    Its private investigators infiltrate community meetings and gather news from informants about farming activities

⦁    Its agents pretend to be surveyors

⦁    Its agents confront farmers on their land and try to pressure them to sign papers that give Monsanto access to their private records. 

These Monsanto agents and investigators are called the "seed police" by farmers, and they are said to employ "Gestapo" and "mafia" like tactics. 

Farmer Suicides

Farmers are caught up in a lose-lose situation. They end up with a far more expensive crop that has the potential to fail more frequently than conventional crops and can be very dangerous to the animals and humans who consume them. 

According to Phillip Howard from Michigan University, as quoted by The Ecologist, the increasing power of seed companies is "incompatible" with renewable agricultural practices, and one solution to restricting their control would be through banning the practice of granting patents on seeds, plants, and genes.

One very alarming sign that change is needed NOW is the wave of farmer suicides in India. The rate of Indian farmer suicides, for instance, has greatly increased since Bt cotton was introduced in 2002. 

A publication from the New York University School of Law shows that in 2009 alone, 17,638 Indian farmers committed suicide, which translates to one farmer every 30 minutes. A great number of those affected are cash crop farmers, cotton farmers in particular. 

There are a number of factors contributing to this grim reality, which has been dubbed "the largest wave of recorded suicides in human history": 

⦁    GE seeds are very expensive compared to traditional seeds, and have to be repurchased every planting season 

⦁    GE crops require much more water to grow, have much higher requirements for fertilizers and pesticide, and provide no increased yield 

⦁    The "Green Revolution" of the 1960s and 1970s has funneled money toward the middle class and away from the farming/peasant classes 

⦁    Rising prices for seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, and other farm supplies, along with falling prices for farm commodities. These lead farmers to take out high-interest loans from opportunistic moneylenders 

⦁    A shift from polyculture farming (diverse crops) to monoculture farming (primarily cotton) had depleted the soil and increased pest infestation on crop ⦁    Limited water supplies, periodic drought, decreased monsoon rainfall, and poor access to irrigation 

⦁    Lack of government support, grossly inadequate government relief programs, and predatory salesmen

Monsanto has been ruthless in its aim to use India as a testing ground for GE crops, giving you a clear picture of what could happen for the small farmers of the world if GE seed conglomerates are allowed to continue. 

The Consequences of GE Technology on Your Food and Wellness Aside from these existing agricultural problems, there are other issues with genetic engineering, including the contamination of organic crop varieties and the development of herbicide-resistant superweeds. Air and rain samples are contaminated with glyphosate, while waterways in agricultural areas are contaminated with a GE bug-killing protein.   There are also human and animal health effects that we're yet to fully understand. There are no long-term safety studies on these GE crops. Biotech giants such as Monsanto impose strict regulations when it comes to studying and evaluating their GE crops, which are protected under copyright and proprietary information laws. It should be known that regulatory assessments on GE crops only come from these corporations themselves. If you are an independent research aiming to conduct studies on GMOs, you are forbidden to use the very crops you want to study. Worst, your work is criticized as "flawed and insubstantial"! This is an emergency-level situation, given the mounting amount of research exposing the health repercussions of genetically modified foods. Food allergies have dramatically increased, with almost five million children today suffering from them. Have you also heard of Morgellon's disease? As of February 2007, more than 10,000 reports - coming from 15 nations across the world, including all 50 U.S. states - of this mysterious disease have been reported on the Morgellon Foundation website. In February 2006, there were only 2,000 reports of this illness. Individuals with Morgellon's disease describe their condition as a feeling of bugs or parasites scuttling around beneath their skin, with open lesions that heal slowly and ooze out blue, black, or white millimeters-long fibers. These fibers appear similar to pliable plastic; they can be as fine as spider silk yet are strong enough to distend your skin when pulled and cause shooting pains when you try to remove them. Morgellon's disease has been linked to GE food.  A research team from Oklahoma State University led by Dr. Randy Wymore studied some of the fibers sent by Morgellon's patients. They discovered that the fibers from different individuals look strikingly similar to each other, yet do not match any common environmental fibers. Vitaly Citovsky, professor biochemistry and cell biology at Stony Brook University in New York, found that the fibers contain Agrobacterium, a genus of gram-negative bacteria capable of genetically transforming plans and other eukaryotic species, including human cells. It will make you think: are we on the brink of the GE food disaster that we fear from the very start? Until when will Monsanto and other biotech companies keep us in the dark when it comes to the safety of their lab creations? GMOs and the Pharmaceutical Trade

Monsanto is not only engaged in developing genetically modified organisms (GMOs), but also has a deep entrenchment in the pharmaceutical industry. In April 2000, Pharmacia Corporation was created through the merger of Pharmacia & Upjohn with Monsanto Company and its G.D. Searle unit. 

There are few individuals connecting GMO crops with the sale of drugs, but both pose significant challenges to your future health. 

The pharmaceutical industry is among the primary driving forces for the traditional paradigm, which focuses on using band-aids to treat symptoms and thus makes you sicker and sicker. It requires more of its expensive, self-serving drug "solutions" to address your symptoms. Put GMOs and the overuse of drugs together (one is feeding the profits of the other), and you get an urgent concern. 

You Can Take Control of Your Food and Health

GE foods have become so ubiquitous in the food chain. They are so prevalent in the country that if you randomly pick a packaged item off the grocery store shelf, there is a 75 percent chance of picking something with GE ingredients! Seven out of every 10 processed foods have been genetically engineered. 

But there are ways for you to decrease your consumption of GM foods as much as you can:

⦁    Reduce or eliminate processed foods in your diet. The fact that 75 percent of processed foods contain GE ingredients is already compelling enough for you to eat only a whole foods diet. 

⦁    Be a savvy reader of produce and food labels. Making up the largest portion of GE crops are conventionally raised soybeans and corn. Ingredients made from these foods include high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), corn flour and meal, dextrin, starch, soy sauce, margarine, and tofu. 

⦁    Buy and consume organic produce. Certified organic foods, by definition, must be free from all genetically engineered organisms, produced without artificial pesticides and fertilizers, and come from an animal raised without the routine use of antibiotics, growth promoters, or other drugs. Grass-fed beef, too, will not have been fed GE corn feed. 

Let your elected officials and health regulators know how you feel about GMOs. Ask your local supermarket to stock more natural organic foods. Vote with your wallet - avoid everything containing GE ingredients. This means you have to avoid practically all processed food products and stick to fresh, organic, locally grown food. This will allow you to rediscover basic food preparation on your own home. You will do your health a favor by cooking from scratch, using only wholesome ingredients. .


Friday, November 27, 2015

Story of Vitamin B17/Amygdalin/Laetrile/ and Cancer

Amygdalin is a compound found in seeds of all fruits except those of citrus fruits. It is found in high amounts in Apricot kernels and Almonds.

 Anti-tumor properties of Amygdalin have been discussed and argued over and over through out the cancer research circles. A quick google search of 'Amygdalin' will tell you that it is a 'quack medicine', that it has no action on cancer cells and that it is dangerously poisonous substance. Laetrile is the name of semi-synthetic (drug- tablet and injection) form of amygdalin available in the market.

 Let me present the readers with PubMed articles - published data in prestigious peer reviewed journals, regarding the anti-tumor properties of Amygdalin. Links will be provided with each statement.
  • Amygdalin has anti-tumor tumor properties. It has antitussive and antiasthamatic effects. It has apoptotic effect on Renal Fibroblasts- helpful in chronic kidney disease. It stimulates the immune system and acts as an analgesic. Toxic dose in human is around 4 grams per day for 15 days. Toxicity can be avoided if dose is reduced to 1 gram per day. Source: PubMed-25207888 and Full Article at CancerJournal
  • Amygdalin influences bladder cancer cell migration, adhesion and invasion by modulation beta1 and beta4 integrins. Source: PubMed-25333694
  • Amygdalin mediated Non-small cell lung cancer cell invasion in vitro: "In summary, this study showed that amygdalin inhibited the in vitro proliferation, invasion and migration of NSCLC. The mechanisms may be related to the more extensive regulation of gene expression by regulating integrin and E-cadherin expression, and the downstream key signaling pathways such as Akt-mTOR." Source: PubMed-PMC4503109
  • Chinese medicine amygdalin and β-glucosidase combined with antibody enzymatic prodrug system as a feasible antitumor therapy: "The Chinese medicine amarogentin (amygdalin) and β-glucosidase will become an important treatment for various tumors when an appropriate monoclonal antibody is developed." Source: PubMed-26272547.
  • Amygdalin blocks bladder cancer cell growth in vitro by diminishing cyclin A and cdk2. Source: PubMed-25136960.
  • Amygdalin induces apoptosis through regulation of Bax and Bcl-2 expressions in human DU145 and LNCaP prostate cancer cells. Source: PubMed-16880611.
  • Amygdalin induces apoptosis in human cervical cancer cell line HeLa cells. Source: PubMed-23137229
  • Amygdalin inhibits renal fibrosis in chronic kidney disease. Source: PubMed-23525378
It is quite clear that there is overwhelming data showing some kind of antitumor action of amygdalin.  I have to mention here that Amygdalin is not approved by US FDA as a cancer drug/treatment. More research and control trials are needed to devise a protocol for amygdalin to be used as an anticancer drug. At the same time, outrightly accusing amygdalin as a 'quack medicine' is unfair.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

FDA approves experimental Genetically Modified Salmon for human consumption without Safety Trials/Studies

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has brazenly betrayed the public's trust by approving the world's first genetically modified (GM) animal in direct defiance of science – a transgenic salmon branded "AquAdvantage" that has never been proven safe for human consumption or the natural environment. The New York Times (NYT) reports that AquAdvantage, a product of AquaBounty Technologies, has received official FDA approval after years of fierce lobbying by its manufacturer in favor of open approval. Despite repeated warnings from detractors that AquAdvantage poses serious threats to aquatic ecosystems and humans, the FDA has determined that this GM fish is completely safe for everything and everyone on the planet.

 Many of the claims made about AquAdvantage by its manufacturer have been debunked, including the lie that this "Frankenfish" grows more quickly than natural salmon and is less prone to disease – both of which claims are patently false. AquAdvantage was also said to pose no threats to aquatic environments because it is supposedly sterile, but this, too, has been called into question by independent scientific review.

 The FDA has repeatedly ignored all petitions from consumer watchdog groups to take a closer and more unbiased look at GM salmon to determine its true safety, including whether or not it is even needed. Consumers have overwhelmingly indicated that they don't want to eat this or any other GM animal, yet the FDA now plans to allow its entrance into the food supply – unlabeled, of course.

 "This unfortunate, historic decision disregards the vast majority of consumers, many independent scientists, numerous members of Congress and salmon growers around the world, who have voiced strong opposition," voiced Wenonah Hauter, executive director of the consumer advocacy group Food and Water Watch (FWW), in a recent statement.

 Consumer group to file lawsuit against rogue FDA over GM salmon approval Approval for AquAdvantage has been a long time coming, as AquaBounty petitioned for the FDA's blessing on its phony fish as far back as the 1990s. Five years ago, the FDA granted a type of preliminary approval for AquAdvantage, but the fish never entered the market due to what many believe was the federal government's fear of public backlash. But the FDA's decision to grant quiet approval for this GM salmon amidst media distraction aimed at global terrorism and war in the Middle East isn't necessarily going as smoothly as planned.

The Center for Food Safety (CFS), which has long opposed approval for AquAdvantage on the basis of science, warned within hours of the FDA's approval that it plans to file a lawsuit against the agency. "The fallout from this decision will have enormous impact on the environment," lamented Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of CFS, in a recent press release. "Center for Food Safety has no choice but to file suit to stop the introduction of this dangerous contaminant. FDA has neglected its responsibility to protect the public."

 Not only have millions of Americans voiced their opposition to GM salmon over the past several years – with no acknowledgment from the FDA – but so have at least 40 members of Congress and more than 300 environmental groups that work on behalf of consumers, animals, fisheries, food companies and restaurants.

 "The review process by FDA was inadequate, failed to fully examine the likely impacts of the salmon's introduction, and lacked a comprehensive analysis," Kimbrell added.

"This decision sets a dangerous precedent, lowering the standards of safety in this country. CFS will hold FDA to their obligations to the American people.

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 Learn more: NaturalNews

People speaking multiple languages have better recovery after a stroke- Study suggests

A study conducted by American Heart Association suggests that people speaking multiple languages have better recovery from stroke than those who speak one language.
Study Highlights
  • Bilingual patients were twice as likely as those who spoke one language to have normal cognitive function after a stroke.
  • Bilingual patients performed better than single language patients on attention, information retrieval and organization.
Embargoed until 3 p.m. CT/4 p.m. ET, Thursday, Nov. 19 2015
DALLAS, Texas, Nov. 19, 2015— Bilingual patients were twice as likely as those who spoke one language to have normal cognitive functions after a stroke, in a study reported in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.
Previous research found bilingualism may delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
“People tend to think of Alzheimer’s as the only cause of dementia, but they need to know that stroke is also an important cause,” said Subhash Kaul, D.M., senior investigator and developer of the stroke registry at Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) in Hyderabad, India.
In the new study, researchers reviewed the records of 608 patients in the NIMS stroke registry in 2006-13. More than half the patients were bilingual, defined in the study as speaking two or more languages. To ensure results weren’t due to bilinguals having a healthier lifestyle, researchers took into account other factors such as smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes and age. They found:
  • About 40 percent of bilingual patients had normal cognitive functions following a stroke, compared to about 20 percent of single language patients.
  • Bilinguals performed better on post-stroke tests that measured attention, and ability to retrieve and organize information.
  • Surprisingly, there was no difference between bilinguals and those who spoke one language in the likelihood of experiencing aphasia, a disorder that can cause difficulties in speaking, reading and writing, after a stroke.
“The advantage of bilingualism is that it makes people switch from one language to another, so while they inhibit one language, they have to activate another to communicate,” said Suvarna Alladi, D.M., lead author and a neurology professor at NIMS.
“The combined vocabulary of bilinguals can make it more difficult for them to find specific words. This may explain what appears to be a surprising result,” said Thomas Bak, M.D., study co-author at the University of Edinburgh in United Kingdom.
The study’s results may not be universally applicable to all bilingual people. Hyderabad is a multicultural city in which many languages are commonly spoken, including Telugu, Urdu, Hindi and English. “Constantly switching languages is a daily reality for many residents of Hyderabad,” Alladi said. “The cognitive benefit may not be seen in places where the need to function in two or more languages isn’t as extensive.”
People who speak only one language shouldn’t necessarily begin learning another one, Kaul said. “Our study suggests that intellectually stimulating activities pursued over time, from a young age or even starting in mid-life, can protect you from the damage brought on by a stroke.”
On average, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds, according to the American Heart Association’s 2015 Statistical Update.
Other co-authors are Shailaja Mekala, Ph.D.; Amulya Rajan, M.A.; Jaydip Ray Chaudhuri, D.M.; Eneida Mioshi, Ph.D.; Rajesh Krovvidi, D.M.; Bapiraju Surampudi, Ph.D. and Vasanta Duggirala, Ph.D. Author disclosures are on the manuscript.
The Indian Council of Medical Research funded the study.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Yusuf Hamied (Cipla) appointed to a high level Panel on Health by the UN

Yusuf Hamied, Indian scientist and Chairman of Indian pharma major Cipla has been named by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to the United Nations Health and Technology panel to enhance inclusive access to treatments and medicines in the developing world.
Yusuf Hamied will be part of the 16-member panel that will be co-chaired by former President of Switzerland Ruth Dreifuss among others. Ban appointed Botswana’s Festus Mogae and others for their knowledge of public health, commerce, legal issues and human rights.
Yusuf Hamied has led led efforts to treat and eradicate AIDS and other diseases in the developing world, and to give patients life-saving medicines regardless of their ability to pay. He offered the world’s first affordable AIDS medicine at the unprecedented cost of $1 per day in 2001.
Hamied has also been influential in pioneering the development of multi-drug combination pills, notably for HIV, tuberculosis, asthma and other ailments chiefly affecting developing countries, as well as the development of paediatric formulations of drugs, especially those benefiting children in poor settings.
The move by Moon is to change the track from profit-centric pharma field to address health needs of the poorest and most vulnerable communities, especially in asia and Africa. the emphasis to African scientists underscores the need to address the Ebola outbreak in West Africa with more than 11,000 fatalities confirmed and to face such challenges in the future.
The panel will meet in its first meeting next month and submit its results to Secretary General by June 2016.
More details at The EconomicTimes.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

BCG Vaccine- How efficient is it?

BCG vaccines are live vaccines derived from a strain of Mycobacterium bovis that was attenuated by Calmette and Guérin at the Pasteur Institute in Lille, France. BCG was first administered to humans in 1921.

Every child born in the "third word" country (India, Africa, Burma, Nepal- Basically all poor nations) get vaccinated with BCG soon after birth. Did you ever think "Is it really needed?" "How does this vaccine work?" "Are the claims made by the government and the vaccine makers really true?" "Are there any side effects on the child in long term?" "What is the history of this vaccine story?" No. We never think so much. We just get our children get vaccinated like all "good parents" around us do. Its always good to follow the herd, Isn't it? you will never ask those questions for yourself until and unless its too late and your child starts getting autoimmune disorders and sometimes the effect may be seen in far distant future- like in their 40s or 50 when they get all kinds of chronic diseases (diabetes, thyroid disorders, SLE, Autism, cancer etc) because their immunity has been messed up since they were born.

I am giving references from the websites of CDC (Centers for Disease Control- US) and British medical Journal and ICMR. This is not something I have made up. These are official websites and its all in there. you can read them yourselves.

"The use of BCG vaccine has been limited because a) its effectiveness in preventing infectious forms of TB is uncertain and b) the reactivity to tuberculin that occurs after vaccination interferes with the management of persons who are possibly infected with M. tuberculosis."- CDC.GOV

 "In the United States, the use of BCG vaccination is rarely indicated. BCG vaccination is not recommended for inclusion in immunization or TB control programs, and it is not recommended for most HCWs (health Care Workers). Physicians considering the use of BCG vaccine for their patients are encouraged to consult the TB control programs in their area. The statement recommended against BCG vaccination for HCWs at risk for occupationally acquired M. tuberculosis infection because a) BCG vaccination interferes with the identification of HCWs who have latent M. tuberculosis infection and the implementation of preventive-therapy programs in health-care facilities and b) the protective efficacy of BCG for pulmonary TB in adults is uncertain."- CDC.GOV 

Vaccine Efficacy: 

 "In 1947 and 1950, two controlled trials that used the Tice vaccine demonstrated rates of protective efficacy ranging from zero to 75% (31,32 ). Since 1975, case-control studies using different BCG strains indicated that vaccine efficacies ranged from zero to 80% (33 ). In young children, the estimated protective efficacy rates of the vaccine have ranged from 52% to 100% for prevention of tuberculous meningitis and miliary TB and from 2% to 80% for prevention of pulmonary TB."

"The largest community-based controlled trial of BCG vaccination was conducted from 1968 to 1971 in southern India. Although two different vaccine strains that were considered the most potent available were used in this study, no protective efficacy in either adults or children was demonstrated 5 years after vaccination. These vaccine recipients were re-evaluated 15 years after BCG vaccination, at which time the protective efficacy in persons who had been vaccinated as children was 17%; no protective effect was demonstrated in persons who had been vaccinated as adolescents or adults." Source: CDC.GOV

What? Did you notice that range of those figures? Zero to 80%? Can any sane person believe in such a trail which gives such wide range of results- Zero to 75%, Zero to 80% and 2 to 80%. BCG is effective from Zero to 80%? It should be something like this- Either 0 to 10% or 70% to 80%. I am the only one who is feeling disgusted here? Are these really scientific trials or some children playing around?

"The 15-year follow up results merely confirmed what was known since 1980, when results of the 71/2- year follow-up of the same study were published. BCG offered no overall protection against adult type bacillary tuberculosis and a low level of overall protection (27%, 95% CI - 8 to 50%) in children. ICMR trails/ Madras trials, the largest ever conducted BCG trails." Source ICMR. More about these trails (which were also known as the Great Madras Failure or the Great BCG Hoax)

Ok. So the CDC tells us that BCG vaccine is good for children especially from poor countries- that is to say our children (so called third word children). Really? Can we believe CDC? Keep reading-

 "The primary analysis included 14 studies and 3855 participants. The estimated overall risk ratio was 0.81 (95% confidence interval 0.71 to 0.92), indicating a protective efficacy of 19% against infection among vaccinated children after exposure compared with unvaccinated children." Source: British Medical Journal.

19%? The CDC says BCG gives protection to children by upto 80%. Now the latest trails say its just 19% higher when compared to unvaccinated children. Whats games of numbers are being played? Can we really trust these numbers and statistics? If an educated person is so confused with what these guys are saying, what about a common man who has no knowledge of medicine or math? He will never understand and not even to try to understand these big charts and calculations and he will just do what everyone else believes to be true and that is what the TV and news tells them to be true. Wait for a moment. I am not asking you to stop all vaccinations at once and start protesting. I am asking you to get involved in your children's health care business. Do your own research before pricking your newborn children with those needles. Once you are satisfied, definitely get them vaccinated. But do it only after being fully aware. Don't just do it because all other parents are doing it. Be informed and then take the decision. Know both sides of the story, do your home work and then decide. That is real consent.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Starry Sky

Those of you who are interested in photography and use Flickr, Pinterest etc might be familiar with this picture. This picture was taken by Harry Finder and the name given to this picture is "Silhouettes in the sky". Looking at beautiful sceneries, landscapes and even pictures is good for health. There are published studies in journals about this. People admitted in hospital rooms that have windows that allow them to gaze at the hospital gardens or even open sky recover faster. People who have beautiful pictures in their rooms also recover faster. This observation has led the big reputable hospitals to maintain beautiful gardens in their hospitals, especially close to terminally sick patients like cancer patients. Probably intense feelings of satisfaction and amazement, releases enkephalins and endorphins in the brain which might explain why beautiful sceneries are good for health. More beautiful pictures will be posted with the tag Beautiful Pictures.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Insulin Potentiation Therapy- Link between Diabetes and Cancer

Early this year, there was a conference held by Cipla India. Distinguished speakers from all over the world presented their views about diabetes in that conference. When I entered the auditorium, a Doctor from Poland was speaking on "Diabetes and Cancer". He was chair of the European Association for Study or Diabetes (regret that I can't recollect his name). I thought 'oh this is very interesting.' I listened to his lecture very attentively.

 He went through the concept of how cancer cells have a lot of Insulin receptors over them and how insulin resistance over the period of time can lead to cancer. He spoke of how most of the cancer patients had been diagnosed with Diabetes mellitus prior to being diagnosed with cancer. Insulin is an anabolic hormone. Cancer cells have lot of insulin receptors on their surface. Repeated stimulation from insulin keeps the cancer cells building and growing themselves without any break. He also explained how Metformin can be used as a cancer treatment in near future.

After he finished with his presentation, he asked the audience "any questions". I asked him "Can we consider cancer as a metabolic disorder?" He took a short pause and said "yes actually in a sense it is indeed a metabolic disease. We can think on those lines." then he added with a smile, "we have some fresh minds here." That entire episode was very encouraging.

A few months later, when I was reviewing the literature about cancer and various modes of treatment that are available, I came across something which got my attention.

 "Insulin Potentiation Therapy." 

The cancer cells have high metabolic rates because they are always building and dividing. And we know well now, that these cancer cells use only glucose as their source of energy. So naturally they have lot of insulin receptors on them than the normal cells have. When you give insulin, the blood sugar goes down and the cancer cells are staved. At this point, when you give glucose along with chemotherapeutic agent, the cancer cell will open up to take large amounts of glucose and at the same time, it will take in large amount of chemotherapeutic agent as well. In this therapeutic module, we require minimal amount of chemotherapy drug dosage when compared to what we give in conventional chemotherapy. Because of the direct targeting of cancer cells with insulin and glucose, less amount of chemo will do the job. I tried to discuss this concept with my Oncologist (who is a very compassionate and fair doctor by the way. An ideal doctor any patient could think of) but he brushed it aside because it was not mentioned in any journals or guidelines.

But there are some really successful testimonials from cancer patients around the world, who tried this therapy. There are no clinical trials or published data regarding this IPT. For a cancer patient who has tried everything (chemo, radiation, surgery) and only got worse, I don't find any reason why he should not try the IPT.

More info about the link between Diabetes and Cancer: link 1 and link 2
More about Insulin Potentiation Therapy: Details.
For IPT in India, Click Here

Omega 6 Fatty Acids and Cancer

Several sources of information suggest that human beings evolved on a diet with a ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFA) of approximately 1 whereas in Western diets the ratio is 15/1-16.7/1. Western diets are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, and have excessive amounts of omega-6 fatty acids compared with the diet on which human beings evolved and their genetic patterns were established. Excessive amounts of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and a very high omega-6/omega-3 ratio, as is found in today's Western diets, promote the pathogenesis of many diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, whereas increased levels of omega-3 PUFA (a low omega-6/omega-3 ratio) exert suppressive effects. In the secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, a ratio of 4/1 was associated with a 70% decrease in total mortality. A ratio of 2.5/1 reduced rectal cell proliferation in patients with colorectal cancer, whereas a ratio of 4/1 with the same amount of omega-3 PUFA had no effect. The lower omega-6/omega-3 ratio in women with breast cancer was associated with decreased risk. A ratio of 2-3/1 suppressed inflammation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, and a ratio of 5/1 had a beneficial effect on patients with asthma, whereas a ratio of 10/1 had adverse consequences. These studies indicate that the optimal ratio may vary with the disease under consideration. This is consistent with the fact that chronic diseases are multigenic and multifactorial. Therefore, it is quite possible that the therapeutic dose of omega-3 fatty acids will depend on the degree of severity of disease resulting from the genetic predisposition. A lower ratio of omega-6/omega-3 fatty acids is more desirable in reducing the risk of many of the chronic diseases of high prevalence in Western societies, as well as in the developing countries, that are being exported to the rest of the world.
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] Click here.

Prostate cancer (PCa) is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men. Studies show that consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) modulates the development and progression of prostate cancer. High amounts of omega-6 fatty acids have been linked with increased prostate cancer risk, whereas omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to inhibit PCa growth. However, because omega-3 and omega-6 are both essential fatty acids and part of a complete diet, it is more relevant to determine the ideal ratio of the two that would allow patients to benefit from the therapeutic properties of omega-3 fatty acids. LNCaP prostate cancer cells were treated with dietary-based ratios of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids under hormone-deprivation conditions, and effects on various cellular processes were determined. A low omega-6 to omega-3 PUFA ratio can delay the progression of cells toward castration-resistance by suppressing pathways involved in prostate cancer progression, such as the Akt/mTOR/NFκB axis. It also suppresses the expression of cyclin D1, and activation of caspase-3 and annexin V staining shows induction of proapoptotic events. Taken together, our data demonstrates that maintaining a low omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids ratio can enhance efficacy of hormone ablation therapy.
23659447  [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] Click here

 One of the main determinants of “silent” inflammations in our bodies that promote the development of cancer is the balance between omega-6 fatty acids (which favor inflammation) and omega-3 fatty acids (which reduce it). Here I discuss how to measure this key ratio, and how to act on it.

 Since World War II, the farm animals that give us meat, butter, milk, cheese, cream and eggs are no longer nourished with grass and leaves; they are fed soy and maize instead. Grass is very rich in omega-3s, but maize contains none at all, and soy products contain very little. The animal products that we eat now are thus highly unbalanced, with far too many omega-6s and very few omega-3s. Since these foods are (erroneously) the basis of the Western diet, studies show that almost all of us are out of balance in terms of our omega ratio, with a considerable excess of omega-6s.

 On average, people in the West have 10 to 15 times more omega-6s in our bodies than omega-3s. This is one of the reasons why all the diseases that are nourished by inflammation (arthritis, allergies, heart trouble, Alzheimer’s, depression and cancer) are in constant progression in Western countries.

 To check your own omega-6/omega-3 ratio, you can ask a technician to draw your blood and send it to a specialized lab that measures omega-6s and omega-3s present in the hematids. (But be careful – not the levels present in the serum, but in the membrane of the hematids, in other words, the red blood cells). The ratio between them is a relatively constant reflection of the proportions of omega-6s and omega-3s throughout the body, including the brain.

 If the ratio omega-6 (total) / omega-3 (total) is higher than 10, your body is in a state of inflammation – inflammation that is at least “silent” and possibly manifest (arthritis or other illness). In order to better protect yourself from cancer, you should ideally bring this ratio down below 3.

If you have cancer in an active phase, some naturopathic practitioners recommend you bring the ratio to under 1 – in other words, you should aim to have more omega 3s than omega-6s in your body. Be careful, though, because when the omega ratio drops too low – under 0.5 – it may increase the risk of hemorrhage, as we see in certain Inuit populations. (Nosebleeds are among the first symptoms).

 How can we act on the omega-6/omega-3 ratio? 

 The omega-6s and omega-3s in our bodies come exclusively from our diet. They thus reflect exactly what we eat and drink. To lower the omega ratio, all we need to do is reduce dietary sources of inflammation-promoting omega-6s: red meat, especially if it is produced by industrial farming techniques and if it does not carry an “omega-3” label; dairy products; eggs not marked “omega-3”; sunflower oil, corn oil, safflower oil, and soybean oil.

Use olive oil, rapeseed oil or a mixture. We should also increase all sources of omega-3s: oily fish twice a week (sardines, anchovies, mackerel, salmon); omega-3 eggs; nuts; lambs’-ear salad; green vegetables; linseed or flaxseed oil and flax seeds. Some people also take omega-3 supplements (roughly 1g or 0.03 oz of the EPA-DHA combination) to make sure they have a regular and constant absorption of omega-3s even when they are traveling and find it difficult to maintain a healthy daily diet. You can measure your omega ratio again after a period of at least two months: this will give your biology time to catch up with the changes in your diet. If you have followed the nutritional guidelines, your ratio will drop rapidly, and you should also begin to see positive changes such as silkier hair, stronger nails, softer and less blemished skin, and a better mood.

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Cancer and Vegetable Oils

Cooking with vegetable oils releases toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other diseases, according to leading scientists, who are now recommending food be fried in olive oil, coconut oil, butter or even lard.
The results of a series of experiments threaten to turn on its head official advice that oils rich in polyunsaturated fats – such as corn oil and sunflower oil – are better for the health than the saturated fats in animal products.
Scientists found that heating up vegetable oils led to the release of high concentrations of chemicals called aldehydes, which have been linked to illnesses including cancer, heart disease and dementia.
Martin Grootveld, a professor of bioanalytical chemistry and chemical pathology, said that his research showed “a typical meal of fish and chips”, fried in vegetable oil, contained as much as 100 to 200 times more toxic aldehydes than the safe daily limit set by the World Health Organisation.
“The human brain is changing in a way that is as serious as climate change threatens to be"
Professor John Stein, Oxford University’s emeritus professor of neuroscience
In contrast, heating up butter, olive oil and lard in tests produced much lower levels of aldehydes. Coconut oil produced the lowest levels of the harmful chemicals.
Concerns over toxic chemicals in heated oils are backed up by separate research from a University of Oxford professor, who claims that the fatty acids in vegetable oils are contributing to other health problems.
Professor John Stein, Oxford’s emeritus professor of neuroscience, said that partly as a result of corn and sunflower oils, “the human brain is changing in a way that is as serious as climate change threatens to be”.
Because vegetable oils are rich in omega 6 acids, they are contributing to a reduction in critical omega 3 fatty acids in the brain by replacing them, he believes.
“If you eat too much corn oil or sunflower oil, the brain is absorbing too much omega 6, and that effectively forces out omega 3,” said Prof Stein. “I believe the lack of omega 3 is a powerful contributory factor to such problems as increasing mental health issues and other problems such as dyslexia.”
He said sunflower oil and corn oil were now banished from his own kitchen, replaced by olive oil and butter.
NHS advice is to replace “foods high in saturated fat with lower-fat versions” and warns against frying food in butter or lard, recommending instead corn oil, sunflower oil and rapeseed oil. Saturated fats raise cholesterol levels, increasing the risk of heart disease.
But Prof Grootveld, of De Montfort University in Leicester, who carried out a series of experiments, said: “For decades, the authorities have been warning us how bad butter and lard was. But we have found butter is very, very good for frying purposes and so is lard.
“People have been telling us how healthy polyunsaturates are in corn oil and sunflower oil. But when you start messing around with them, subjecting them to high amounts of energy in the frying pan or the oven, they undergo a complex series of chemical reactions which results in the accumulation of large amounts of toxic compounds.”
The findings are contained in research papers. Prof Grootveld’s team measured levels of “aldehydic lipid oxidation products” (LOPs), produced when oils were heated to varying temperatures. The tests suggested coconut oil produces the lowest levels of aldehydes, and three times more aldehydes were produced when heating corn oil and sunflower oil than butter.
The team concluded in one paper last year: “The most obvious solution to the generation of LOPs in culinary oils during frying is to avoid consuming foods fried in PUFA [polyunsaturated fatty acid]-rich oils as much as possible.”
Prof Grootveld said: “This major problem has received scant or limited attention from the food industry and health researchers.” Evidence of high levels of toxicity from heating oils has been available for many years, he said.
Health concerns linked to the toxic by-products include heart disease; cancer; “malformations” during pregnancy; inflammation; risk of ulcers and a rise in blood pressure.
He said the oils when “completely pure [and] authentic … offer no threats to human health” but that “LOPs arising from the frequent and common use of polyunsaturated fats” for frying “certainly do so”.
Public Health England says saturated fats, including butter and coconut oil “can be eaten occasionally in small amounts as part of a healthy balanced diet”.


I have been asked by friends to do an article about Hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism means thyroid gland which is under functioning and therefore deficiency of Thyroid hormone is seen with resultant increased TSH. Here I am posting all the important information that I can get on this topic. Allopathic view of the reasons for thyroid disorders is "idiopathic" meaning- don't know. So lets look at what a naturopath or holopathic practitioner has to say about hypothyroidism.

The causes of Thyroid disorder or of any endocrine disorder for that matter can vary over a wide range of issues. These can include:
  • Imbalances of blood-sugar levels affecting energy metabolism. 
  • Digestive disturbances, e.g., deficiency of enzymes, causing abdominal bloating and undigested food molecules leaking through the gut wall to trigger an inappropriate immune system response. 
  • Imbalance of the detoxification functions of the liver resulting in an increase of toxic compounds which may irritate the thyroid tissues.
  • Deficiencies of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements needed for healthy thyroid function. 
  • Prolonged stress, anxiety states, or sudden shock. Muscle and joint problems in the neck and upper back which may interfere with circulation and nerve supply to the gland. Whether you have an overgrowth of yeast (candidiasis) in the gut.

Summarizing the causes:
  1.  Toxicity: Radiation and Heavy Metal exposure.
  2.  Deficiency: In Iodine and Selenium.
  3.  Food Intolerance: Gluten and A1 Casein Allergy.
  4.  Hormone Imbalance – High Cortisol from stress, too many carbs, too little fat in diet.
 Thyroid diseases are becoming increasingly more prevalent around the globe, with the most common thyroid disease being autoimmune Hashimoto's thyroiditis. However, it is also very common, especially for women, to have low thyroid hormone (also known as hypothyroidism) without having an obvious autoimmune component.

 Symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

  •  fatigue, 
  • weight gain, 
  • thinning and loss of hair, 
  • dry skin and brittle nails, 
  • constipation, 
  • depression 
  • and menstrual problems among others. 
 The current conventional medical treatment for hypothyroidism is giving thyroid hormone supplementation to correct the low levels of thyroid hormone in the body. The problem with this approach is, the basis of the disease is not identified and the practical problem here is finding the right dose. Most patients never find the right dose on a long term. This month they need lot of thyroid hormone while the very next month they find that their TSH has gone too low and T4 gone way too up and they have to reduce their dose- Only to increase it again the next month. In the mean time the patients is symptomatic most of the time.

The thyroid gland is suppressed by our constant intake of soy; an ingredient in the great majority of processed foods, and even in most of the so-called healthy alternatives. Additionally, fluoride is extremely damaging to the thyroid. Until the 1970's, doctors prescribed fluoride to patients with hyperthyroidism (an over-active thyroid), in order to cripple it. It was shown to be effective at 2 mg. per day. People in the present are estimated to be consuming 2-10 mg. per day from tap water, non-stick cookware, toothpaste, pharmaceuticals, infant formula, processed cereals, and sodas.

Hypothyroidism is also recognized to be caused by certain medications, such as lithium. All S.S.R.I. anti-depressant drugs feature fluoride as a main ingredient, so these psychiatric drugs dramatically contribute to thyroid disorders, and they are the primary cause of hypothyroidism in some cases. S.S.R.I. drugs are notorious for causing nutritional deficiencies, due to their overall toxicity and because they dramatically disrupt the serotonin that is used for digestion. Contrary to the dishonest drug company marketing, only 10% of an individual's serotonin is used by his brain, while about 80% of it is used by his digestive system. Without the proper nutrients, hypothyroidism cannot be cured, because those nutrients are needed to balance the hormones and to strengthen the thyroid. S.S.R.I. drugs furthermore reduce usable calcium in the body, and thereby it renders magnesium unusable; since magnesium and calcium are interdependent. Magnesium deficiencies are rife in modern society because people do not eat enough green leafy vegetables. A severe magnesium deficiency can lead to sudden heart attacks, and lesser deficiencies may cause heart attacks when monosodium glutamate (MSG) is consumed.

People who have hypothyroidism are much more likely to have heart problems, because the hormones that are produced by a healthy thyroid help to strengthen heart contractions and regulate heart rhythm. The medical establishment prescribes synthetic hormone pills to hypothyroidism patients, and patients must continue taking them for the rest of their lives. This is because these artificial hormones cause a body to stop producing its own thyroid hormones permanently; similar to what is experienced with diabetics taking synthetic insulin. In both cases, the result is perpetual customers who will forever after be reliant on 'the system', because the medications actually destroy the organ that they supposedly help. Be forewarned that with orthodox therapies, there is no cure, and there may be no turning back.

 Below I am listing various supplements and foods that help put back your thyroid in order:

  1.  Go Gluten and A1 Casein FREE – the most common allergies and food intolerances today are from wheat and dairy products because of the hybridized proteins of gluten and a1 casein. These proteins can cause “Leaky Gut” which in turn will cause inflammation of the thyroid and effect it’s function. Follow a grain-free diet or at least go gluten free. Then only consume dairy products that come from A2 cows, goat milk, or sheep milk.
  2. NO BPA – Bisphenol A (BPA) is found in plastic bottles and can disrupt your endocrine system and effect your thyroid. I recommend only drinking out of glass, stainless steel, or BPA free plastic bottles. 
  3. Check Your Iodine Levels – If they are low use a kelp or organic liquid iodine supplement. 
  4. Heavy Metal Detox – I recommend using a combination of Milk Thistle (used in cancer patients also), Turmeric (also a powerful anti cancer agent), Chlorella, and Cilantro to detox these harmful metals from your cells and organs. 
  5. More Selenium – Make sure you’re getting enough selenium in your diet but also don’t go overboard. Some of the best selenium containing foods are brazil nuts, salmon, sunflower seeds, beef, mushrooms and onions. 
  6. Adaptogen Supplements – Can lower cortisol levels and improve thyroid function like Ashwagandha and Tulsi. 
  7. Silver Fillings Removal – if you have amalgam fillings talk with a DAMS mercury safe dentist about proper removal. 
  8. Lower Carbohydrate Intake – Lower your intake of sugars and grains and replace them with healthy fats. Most women especially consume far too many carbs which increase estrogen and negatively effect the thyroid. Instead consume healthy fats that will balance hormones, like: coconut oil, coconut milk, avocado, grass-fed beef, wild salmon, chia, flaxseeds, and hemp seeds. 
  9.  Consume foods naturally high in B vitamins, such as whole grains, nuts, and seeds, and iodine (fish, seaweed, vegetables and root vegetables). 
  10.  Exercise daily, at least 30–60 minutes per day, 4–5 times a week. Practice deep breathing and other techniques that trigger the “relaxation response” – such as meditation and guided visualization.
  11. It is recommended that you get adequate sun exposure if you live in a northern climate (15–20 minutes twice a day of unprotected sun in early morning and evening) to maintain vitamin D levels. This helps support healthy immune function and calcium metabolism. 
  12.  Zero in on unresolved emotional issues as a source of stress. 
  13. Eat Sea Vegetables Twice a Week Sea vegetables are a good natural source of iodine to support the thyroid. Incorporating some sea veggies into your diet can be as simple as: Adding a piece of kombu to a pot of beans or soup during cooking Sprinkle kelp granules over your salads or hot dishes just like you would use salt Making a nori wrap (this is what’s used to wrap sushi). 
  14. Don’t Be Afraid of Butter “The endocrine system loves butter,” consider keeping grass-fed butter (like KerryGold butter) in your diet. 
  15. Cook Your Kale If you have thyroid issues, then raw cruciferous vegetables may not be the best choice. You might want to skip the kale smoothies and salads, and eat your greens cooked instead. The reason is that the cruciferous vegetables contain goitrogens that may disrupt the thyroid if consumed in large quantities. Other cruciferous veggies include cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower. 
  16. Slow Down Your Eating. The thyroid gland is located in your throat area, so it literally connects the mind and body. When you rush while eating, the food moves so quickly from mouth to stomach that the connection from mind to body is not strong. The mouth doesn’t know what the stomach is doing and vice versa. This is good health advice no matter what: sit down, slow down, savor, breathe and chew your food. Since the thyroid is the master of your metabolism, you want to eat slowly enough so it can record the message that food is entering the body. 
  17. Drop the cell phone. We already know about the connection between cell phones and brain tumors. But this little radiation machine that you hold up to your ear is awfully close to your thyroid gland as well. 
  18. Find Your Voice Once again, if you look to the anatomy, you find the thyroid gland located in the throat, the center of our communication with the world. It has been said that people with hypothyroid tend to “swallow down” what they really want to say. It’s been very healing for them to learn to speak their truth. On the flip side, people with hyperthyroid are talking too much, and can benefit by listening more. 
  19. Do Yoga During my experience at yoga teacher training, I was delighted to learn how much the yoga can stimulate and support the entire endocrine system. The shoulderstand (sarvangasana) is especially beneficial for stimulating the thyroid gland. 
  20. Support Your Adrenals The thyroid and adrenal glands work together, so if you are exhausted and depleted you may benefit from adrenal support.
More on this topic will be published later.