A 9-year collaboration has just shown how sugar exacerbates cancer
Yes, most of us know by now that there’s a relationship between cancer and sugar, but working out exactly how it works has proven elusive. Now, after a nine-year research project, scientists have made a breakthrough.
They’ve narrowed down the mechanism of exactly how cancer cells metabolise sugar.
The focus of the new research was on a metabolic effect understood and accepted for over 90 years.
We know that cells in the body require energy. This energy comes from sugars in the food we eat. Cancer cells also require sugars to grow. But they are sugar hogs. They need a greater glucose intake than that of healthy cells, and their rate of fermentation of that glucose into lactic acid is also high.
This is known as the Warburg effect. Many scientists have hypothesised that it is somehow related to cancer’s rapid growth rate. But it’s been hard to determine whether the Warburg effect is a symptom or a cause of cancer.
It’s been proposed that the growth of cancer cells may be stalled by starving them of sugar, but the problem is there’s currently no method of cutting the supply to cancer cells but keeping it open to normal cells.
This is why the biological mechanism behind the increased glucose metabolism is important. It may hold the key to starving cancer cells while keeping healthy cells functioning.
We’re not there yet, but this research brings us a critical step closer.
“Our research reveals how the hyperactive sugar consumption of cancerous cells leads to a vicious cycle of continued stimulation of cancer development and growth,” said researcher Johan Thevelein from KU Leuven in Belgium.
“Thus, it is able to explain the correlation between the strength of the Warburg effect and tumour aggressiveness. This link between sugar and cancer has sweeping consequences. Our results provide a foundation for future research in this domain, which can now be performed with a much more precise and relevant focus.”
His team used yeast cells for its research – specifically looking at the ‘Ras‘ gene family, a family of genes that is present in all animal cells, including human cancer cells. This makes the study of Ras mutations in yeast an increasingly useful tool in cancer research.
Yeast also has highly active sugar metabolism, yet doesn’t have the additional regulatory processes of mammalian cells that can conceal underlying processes.
“We observed in yeast that sugar degradation is linked via the intermediate fructose 1,6-biophosphate to the activation of Ras proteins, which stimulate the multiplication of both yeast and cancer cells. It is striking that this mechanism has been conserved throughout the long evolution of yeast cell to human,” Thevelein said.
In our language, the researchers were able to conclude that the yeast that had an overactive influx of glucose caused the Ras proteins to activate too much, which would then allow the cells to grow at an accelerated rate.
Thevelein was, however, careful to note that this research, while important, is one step in a much larger process – and that a breakthrough in research is not the same thing as a medical breakthrough.
“The findings are not sufficient to identify the primary cause of the Warburg effect,” he added. “Further research is needed to find out whether this primary cause is also conserved in yeast cells.”
The team’s research has been published in the journal Nature Communications.
Under our very noses, there’s a revolution. A diet revolution.
It’s happening in the right place; in the offices and surgeries of our integrative cancer physicians. Suddenly, after a thousand years of repetition, “Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” is gaining a whole lot of traction. And it’s in the form of ‘fat-centric’ ketogenic therapy.
Oxygen deprivation injures our mitochondria within each cell. Nobel Prize winner Dr. Otto Warburg’s work demonstrated that when a cell is deprived of just 35% of its oxygen for 2 days, the cell can turn cancerous. However, an injured cell can survive if it can revert to the primitive way of creating energy called fermentation. This method requires no oxygen. We can think of fermentation as a back-up generator. The process of fermentation is as old as the earth itself, created spontaneously when the earth had little oxygen. It was enough for the small life forms of that period. It’s less efficient for energy creation, but hey, today’s defective cell is just trying to make it through the day. Its DNA has become unstable, so it forgets that it is supposed to die, begins reproducing uncontrollably… and we call it cancer.
Here’s exactly what Dr Warburg said.
“The prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by fermentation of sugar,”
He was awarded the 1931 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering how cells obtain energy from fermentation.
There is one thing Cancer cells can’t ferment.
Cancer cells cannot ferment fats. But… they can ferment sugar very efficiently. Cancer cells produce extra glucose transporters. This enables more sugar to enter their cell membranes. Yes, the fermentation process turns glucose and the amino acid glutamine into sufficient quantities of energy – just not enough to do the heavy lifting required of normal cells like pumping blood and giving us vision.
We have just enough to survive and hopefully grow.
Dr. Warburg was considered by many to be the greatest biochemist of the 20th century. Yet his discoveries faded from view as later researchers became highly excited with the mysteries of genetics. Even so, a small thread of his work did find a foothold in mainstream medicine; a positron emission tomography (PET) scan looks for cancer by combining a radioactive tracer with glucose. Cancer cells take up more sugar than healthy cells and – tarrah! – we see the image of a tumor. Today, PET scans are used routinely to diagnose and stage cancer.
So, what if we starve the cancer cells of their sugar? Can we just switch the fuel we put in the body to something cancer cells can’t use?
Enter the ketogenic approach.
Dr. Robert Eslinger of Nevada says that Dr Thomas Seyfried is why things have changed, why we are using the ketogenic method now,He’s the guy who said we need to listen closer to what Dr Warburg said. And Seyfried is producing the studies to prove it.”
Dr. Seyfried: an amazing character.
He taught and conducted research in the fields of neurogenetics, neurochemistry, and cancer for more than 25 years at Yale University and Boston College. In 2012 he wrote a game changer book, ‘Cancer as a Metabolic Disease: On the Origin, Management, and Prevention of Cancer’. His basic message:Cancer is a mitochondrial metabolic disease. Sick mitochondria are dependent on glucose and glutamine for fuel.
Thus, cancer requires metabolic solutions for its management and prevention. He is saying that cancer is not a disease caused by bad genes.
“The study that tipped me over was his glioblastoma study with the mice,” said Dr. Eslinger, who presented on “Ketogenic Potentiated Therapy” at the annual International Organization of Integrative Cancer Physicians (IOICP) conference in April 2017, in San Diego. He was mobbed by other attendees after his lecture for more detail.
“I have a couple of hundred patients using the ketogenic approach in the last couple of years,” he said. “I see significant improvement in response to treatment. I want patients to be able to get into ketosis before we start the therapies because it enhances all the therapies.”
The ketogenic approach is the closest thing to a sugar-free diet we can possibly eat.
When our blood glucose is low, insulin’s opposite hormone, glucagon, kicks in. Glucagon stimulates fat burning and that puts ketones – the breakdown of fats – into the bloodstream. Cancer cells can’t use ketones for fuel – so when ketones are just about the only thing in the pipeline, cancer cells are stressed. As a bonus, fewer free radicals are made. And topping it off, it’s anti-inflammatory.
This strategy is designed to turn you from a sugar burner into a fat burner. If you are “in ketosis,” you are burning fat. Patients diet is very low on carbohydrates, low on protein, and high in fats.. nuts and nut butters, avocados, olives, fish (especially those high in omega-3 fatty acids like halibut, herring, mackerel, orange roughy, sardines), eggs, poultry, game, and even some dairy. Oils used in the diet are coconut, MCT, and olive. Other cooking fats include avocado oil, butter, lard, tallow, duck fat, and goose fat. What’s off the list? None of the refined, adulterated, inflammatory seed oils like soy, corn, canola, safflower, sunflower, and cottonseed that have been so prevalent in American foods for the last 60 years.
“The only friendly form of carb,” said Dr. Sean Devlin, “is a low glycemic carb such as broccoli, kale, asparagus, artichoke hearts, bell peppers, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cucumber, celery, eggplant, onions, radishes, snow peas, spinach, turnips, watercress, zucchini, and dark leafy greens.
None of the starchy stuff like potatoes and pasta.” Dr. Devlin is the Medical Director for the Best Answer for Cancer Foundation, which hosts the annual IOICP conference.
Those starchy carbs are the biggest struggle for most Americans who typically eat a substantial amount of carbohydrates. Starchy carbs turn to sugar in the body, and sugar is seriously addictive. The author of Wheat Belly, Dr William Davis, believes sugar is several times more addictive than cocaine.
To be in a state of ketosis, people consume approximately 80 percent fat for fuel, and a 20 percent mix of carbs and proteins. For a 150 pound cancer patient, Dr. Eslinger designs a daily food intake of 120 grams of fat, 75 grams of protein, 12 grams of carbs. Fat is the main entrée, and carbs are reduced to a mere condiment. Our SAD – standard American diet is almost a direct opposite – carbohydrate intake is about 40-60 percent of calories. To achieve a state of ketosis, carbs plummet to 2-4 percent of calories.
People report they are over the worst of the sugar cravings after two or three weeks. They begin to like the fats. Hunger leaves, and they experience lower blood sugar and insulin levels. CRP level, a marker of inflammation, goes down. Cholesterol levels improve.
Protein is also limited because once sugar is gone, cancer cells can access free amino acids from the breakdown of protein and use them as fuel.
Dr. Seyfried recommends that blood sugar levels be allowed to fall into the 55-65 mg/dL range, and that ketones rise to at least 4.0 mM.
More and more physicians combine the ketogenic approach with intermittent fasting.
That can mean not eating anything between last night’s dinner and today’s lunch or even today’s dinner, or fasting for several days at a time.
“That alone has shown a lot of efficacy,” said Dr. Nasha Winters of Colorado. “Too much protein or too little fat will keep you hungry. I feel it when I am out of ketosis. I get headaches, fatigue, and my brain isn’t firing at all cylinders. Some of my patients are amazed at how clear their thoughts are when they follow the diet.”
The initial protocol used by integrative cancer physicians often makes use of a blood ketone meter, a combination of bio-active silver hydrosol and aloe vera to cleanse the gut, targeted supplements, digestive enzymes, and depending upon the patient, a liver flush.
Dr. Thomas Seyfried believes that a breast cancer is no different than a cancer of the liver, or lung, or any other part of the body because all cancer cells, regardless of where they come from, have the same disease of energy metabolism.
“They all ferment glucose and glutamine; they all have the same fuel driving these tumors. Ketosis works because it targets several key hallmarks of cancer. First, it is antiangiogenic (it shrivels blood vessels in the tumor). Second, it is powerfully anti-inflammatory (systemic inflammation can cause cancer or sustain its progression). Third, it is pro-apoptotic (increases tumor cell death). It is a very simple, elegant, and non-toxic checkmate on tumor cells. And when you remove glucose and glutamine, the cells are very sensitive to hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which eliminates the need for radiation. So, quality of life during treatment is much higher.”
And what about all the new immunotherapy drugs making headlines? Dr. Seyfried doesn’t think they will amount to much.
“Immunotherapies are based on gene therapy and this is not a genetic disease. Genetic changes are a downstream effect of the metabolic dysfunction. Physicians have said to me, ‘If this is so important, I would have been told this in med school.’ Are you kidding me? They would never be taught in medical school that food is medicine. As long as the American Medical Association, groups like Susan G. Komen, and major cancer centers keep calling it a genetic disease, the revenue streams keep flowing. Meanwhile, the bodies keep piling up; 1,600 people a day in the United States die of cancer. Patients are very receptive to metabolic therapy, but they get discouraged when their oncologist – who does not understand the biology of the disease – rolls his eyes and tells them that being in a fat-burning state of ketosis won’t work. The standard of care is based on a false impression of what the disease is, but we just can’t keep brutalizing cancer patients like this. Patients need to demand better.”
Here’s the basic problem for all integrative physicians.Food gets little respect and no grant money from the establishment pursuing gene therapies, and yet there have been zero large trials of the ketogenic therapy. But evidence is mounting up, patient by patient, study by study. Seyfried says several peer-reviewed studies have been completed; and as more physicians see the light, there are more and more former stage IV cancer patients walking around alive and well.
We admit that ketogenic therapy is an emerging area. So there will be refinements and modifications as we learn more. As Dr. Devlin put it, “Ketosis is the biggest, most inexpensive tool people have in cancer treatment.”
Ian: I have been keto for around six years. In my case I credit it entirely for my escape from what we diagnosed as early onset Alzheimers’. I still get my carbs and fibre in the form of dark leafy greens, and this makes me think of my diet as ‘Alkaline Keto’.
Of course I continue to ensure my water is pure and contains high levels of molecular hydrogen because it supports my inflammation health, my apoptosis ability, my antioxidant capability. I have never enjoyed food as much in my life. It’s certainly not a diet you would see as a task or a problem.
Sandia National Laboratory (SNL) and the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) are trying to pull off what some people would call an environmental crime.
SNL wants to leave high level nuclear, mixed waste in unlined pits and trenches in a dump that is contaminating our drinking water aquifer. The Environment Department has expressed willingness (?!?) to grant a certificate that no cleanup of the Mixed Waste Landfill is necessary.
The high level wastes will remain dangerous for hundreds of thousands of years contaminating soil, air and water. These are among the most dangerous wastes on the planet – Plutonium, Americium, Depleted Uranium, Uranium-235, Mercury, Tritium, Beryllium, Sodium, TCE, PCBs and hundreds of other radionuclides, solvents and heavy metals.
High Level Waste that comes from irradiating nuclear fuel in a reactor is supposed to be contained in a deep geologic repository where it will remain safe for at least 10,000 years. The Department of Energy, Sandia and the Environment Department know that they are breaking environmental laws and regulations by not keeping these wastes contained and safe for human health and the environment. It’s all about Lockheed Martin/Sandia and the Department of Energy saving and making money.
Sandia and the Environment Department have kept a big secret from the public. For decades, Sandia and the Environment Department told the public that only low level radioactive mixed waste was put into the Mixed Waste Landfill (MWL). It was a big lie. Radioactive waste in the dump is from the Nevada Test Site, the 1979 Three Mile Island meltdown, Kwajalein atomic bomb tests, Kirtland AFB and commercial nuclear reactor meltdown tests performed at Sandia.
During the 1970s and 80s, dozens of commercial nuclear fuel meltdown experiments were conducted in Sandia’s ACRR nuclear reactor. The meltdown experiments were conducted under various acronyms such as STAR, TRAN, EEOS, DF, FD and Debris Bed. The public was never informed of the names of these experiments and that high-level radioactive wastes from the experiments were disposed of in the MWL dump. Sandia claimed that only low-level mixed waste was in the MWL and that the Environment Department gave permission to leave the waste under a dirt cover.
The fresh and irradiated fuel for the meltdown experiments came from around the world. The fuel was put into steel canisters and subjected to extreme temperatures that melted and puddled inside the canisters placed in the core of the ACRR reactor. Some fuel was so hot that it vaporized and plated the inside of the canisters. Some of the extremely radioactive canisters also contained highly corrosive metallic sodium and were placed into pits into the classified area of the MWL. Some canisters were put into small diameter holes drilled into the bottom of the MWL trenches. The canisters containing spent fuel and sodium can explode from corrosion that would allow moisture to enter the canister. Wastes were dumped into trenches and pits in cardboard boxes, plastic bags, and drums that are breaking up and corroding in the dump. Recent soil gas surveys show that volatile organic such as TCE and PCE have reached the groundwater.
Sandia was required by law to perform a 5-year review in 2010 for the feasibility of excavating these dangerous wastes. But Sandia and the Environment Department cut a secret, closed door deal to postpone any excavation review for another 14 years. While a lawsuit is pending about the delay, Sandia filed a Certification request, which the Environment Department intends to approve, so that Sandia will never to do any cleanup of the wastes. The Environment Department knows further that the groundwater monitoring network at the dump has been defective at all times up to the present so that contamination isn’t detected. (EPA Region 6 2007, EPA Inspector General 2012.) The dirt cover is not protective for the millennia that the dump’s wastes will remain lethal. (TechLaw, Inc. 2006)
I’m sure all of our readers are aware that we DO NOT make claims of therapeutic effect from the purchase of our H2 products.
After 16 years we know – and understand that – especially in the case of cancer, anyone claiming they can cure cancer knows precious little about the disease, which has at least 200 ‘faces’, all with different symptoms and regimens.
So we make no claims that the UltraStream can heal anything. What we do, however, is encourage readers to do the research themselves. including accessing the hundreds of scientific studies already available.
This study showing the results for colon cancer in mice is NOT a human study and so it’s your choice of how much weight you give it.
We always encourage you to check in with your medico before ANY change to your health regime.
Here’s the study. The interesting thing to me is that it validates what we’ve experienced; that a higher concentration of H2 is a better method.
What’s really in the water at the community swimming pool?
Summertime, especially if you live in a hot region means that a swimming pool becomes a boon and a lifesaver when the temperature soars. It’s a refreshing way to keep cool on a hot day, and a good swim gives us the chance for some healthy exercise. And yet… with great fun comes great responsibility, as these oases can easily turn into a bacteria soup.
Pools may be the best way to cool off, but not all of them are as benign as we might think. If you thought take care of germs, well… you’re … partially right.
But some single-cell bacteria, like Giardia andCryptosporidium, don’t mind the chlorine. These parasites are the leading factor in world-wide pool-related illnesses associated with the digestive tract. Their protective outer-layer allows Giardia and Crypto to survive in pool water for up to 10 days, which is plenty of time to meet new acquaintances.
Chlorine smell isn’t the guarantee of safety you thought it was!
Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration and even fever, are all common symptoms caused by Giardia and Cryptosporidium. But pool water seems to be the last thing on our minds when we suddenly fall sick in the summer. Indeed, no more than 1-in-10 people report to their doctor when these symptoms occur.
Even fewer submit samples for lab tests, which means that when they next go to the pool, other people will contract the parasites and get sick.
When we smell chlorine, we’re used to thinking safety. First impressions are not always right, however. Besides the fact that chlorine doesn’t kill every germ that loves to take a dip, the smell is a bad sign on its own. When chlorine comes in contact with sweat, urine and other micro-organisms from our bodies, a chemical reaction is triggered. The result is what you can tell by your nose.
Chlorine is not everlasting. Each and every reaction it passes through transforms the substance into chloramines, a by-product that does nothing but smell. If more chlorine is put into the water, the smell is reduced and the by-product is eliminated, which means that an optimally clean pool should have enough chlorine to kill potential germs, as well as cover up the resulting scent of this magnificent process. No smell is therefore a much better sign. However, exposure to all those chemicals is certainly not healthy.
Nasties are more likely than you think
If you thoughtn that the people you swim with don’t have embarrassing accidents, think on this. You don’t need “big accidents” to release the microbes into the water. All it takes is a very small lack of attention to personal hygiene, or skipping that shower before getting into the pool, to unleash the likes of Escherichia coli (E. coli), Norovirus, Shigella spp and their highly-infectious close-relatives already at home in chlorine.
It gets worse.
Pools that are poorly tended to and mismanaged in terms of chlorine levels can spread parasites that cause amoebic meningitis. Children bathing in lakes, springs and rivers are more likely to contract this brain-eating parasite, but they can also flourish in warm, fresh water that’s inadequately chlorinated. With at least one “accidental release” every week throughout the hot summer, paying attention to the place you decide to take a dip might save you and your family from a multitude of health concerns.
How to protect yourself
Smelly, dirty or cloudy water should be avoided under all circumstances. Other cues to watch for are the tiles on the edges. Generally, if they are not really clean or if they have grease on them, it’s best to keep your clothes on. When you jump in, try not to ingest any of the water, since this is the main way for parasites to get into your system. Also, try to make sure that children take trips to the bathroom as often as possible. Pee may be sterile, but if a “number 1” is allowed out, what’s to keep a “number 2” in?
And while we are on the subject of chlorine.. have you read the post about chlorine and carcinogenic coffee here?
First.. the Good News about drinking Coffee.
The benefits of coffee consumption have long been questioned, but now a new group of experts have given it the thumbs up – at least for one issue.
A review of studies published in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics says that increasing coffee intake could help reduce the chances of developing alcohol-related cirrhosis.
To examine the relationship between coffee consumption and the risk of cirrhosis, a research team from Southampton University, analyzed nine studies involving more than 430,000 participants. The studies included 1,990 cirrhosis patients. The length of the studies varied, but one lasted nearly 20 years.
In eight of the nine studies analyzed, increasing coffee consumption by two cups per day was “associated with a statistically significant reduction in the risk of cirrhosis” – specifically by 44%.
And.. compared to no coffee consumption, researchers noted approximately one cup per day was linked to 22% lower risk of cirrhosis, three cups helped decrease the risk by 57%, and four cups significantly dropped the risk to 65%. “However, there may be an upper limit beyond which there is no further benefit,” expressed Kennedy. Nevertheless, the researchers cautioned caffeine enthusiasts not to immediately load up on fancy lattes and sugar-laden frappes.
It’s not yet clear what compound in coffee or even which type of coffee bean leads to a healthier liver. The team noted that the potential link between coffee’s health benefits and cirrhosis isn’t a new discovery; however, health care professionals often find this a difficult concept to accept. Additionally, researchers expressed some of the studies reviewed did not account for other risk factors for cirrhosis, like obesity and diabetes.
Now for the Bad News
Chlorine in your coffee water has a dirty little secret. When chlorinated water meets organic matter like coffee grounds, or even tea, it forms carcinogenic trihalomethanes. So unless you have a water filter that removes chlorine and its even nastier alter ego, chloramines, you’re ingesting carcinogens with every sip.
Here’s the conversation we overheard from top water quality specialists from around the world on LinkedIn.
Franz Dillard: “Dear All,
I suppose many of us drink coffee or tea using tap water without removing chlorine from it and we do it every day. I was wondering if the process of coffee or tea making could produce THMs when using chlorinated drinking water?
~ THMs (Trihalomethanes) are carcinogens, byproducts of the reaction between chlorine and organic matter in water.
~ Drinking water has a free chlorine concentration from 0.2 to 0.5 mg/L and coffee or tea are a concentrate of organic matter.
~ During the water treatment process, we avoid the production of THMs by removing as much organic matter as we can before chlorinating the water.
~ But with the coffee or tea preparation process, we put chlorinated water in contact with a concentrate of organic matter.
Owen Boyd : FYI..Trihalomethanes (THMs) are suspected carcinogens and reproductive toxicants commonly found in chlorinated drinking water. This study investigates THM formation during the preparation of beverages and foods using chlorinated drinking water.
A total of 11 foods and 17 beverages were tested. Under the experimental conditions, each food and beverage formed THMs, primarily chloroform, although low or trace levels of brominated THMs were also detected. Tea formed the highest THM levels (e.g., chloroform levels from 3 to 67 microg l(-1)), followed by coffee (from 3 to 13 microg l(-1)), rice (9 microg l(-1)), soups (from 0.4 to 3.0 microg l(-1)), vegetables (<1 microg l(-1)), and baby food (<0.7 microg l(-1)). Chloroform formationwith instant tea, used as a highly reproducible model system, increased with free chlorine concentration, decreased with higher food (tea) concentration, and was unaffected by reaction (steeping) time and bromide ion concentration.
Erik Desormeaux There is not always a silver bullet in terms of water distribution or food and beverage. TTHM’s are just a fraction of the disinfection byproducts that can be of concern. When not utilized properly, Ozone can create bromate that exceeds regulated levels and chloramines can lead to NDMA and other nitrosamines with potential risks that we do not yet fully understand. So the best solution will likely be different at different places based on specific needs.
Also, cold brewed coffee is becoming a popular way of making coffee without boiling.
Hoda Tafvizi I think the best idea is using a filtering device on the tap including activated carbon filter and then you can be sure about THMs!
Ian: Now here’s the silver lining to this bad news. It’s a secret Brita and other filter jug sellers definitely DON’t want you to know!
Thierry Minguet Just put tap water in an open bottle in your fridge. After about half an hour, the chlorine dissolved in the water , maintained in solution under pressure in the pipes, will evolue into gazeous chlorine and evaporate Under atmospheric pressure. Hold the water into the fridge to avoid an infection under room temperature. Don’t hold the water for a long time. Use/replace it. Very cheaper and tasty, not only for coffee.
Moustafa Hedayah Before I make my tea and coffee I boil the water ,,, and that will remove Chlorine gas in case if you don’t have carbon filter.
Richard Ebong There is need for in depth and independent study on this subject. The effect might vary with geographical location and race.
Joy Montgomery How much do bleached coffee filters add?
John Robertson If we were to drink 10 cups (2L) of water from a tap or 10 cups (2L) of boiled water from the same tap per day which would be safer. Safe water needs to be available to the broad population which economically precludes carbon filtration at the point of consumption.
Ian: So.. we’ve learned that if we consume a sixpack of beer a day, it’s a good idea to drink coffee.
But if we do.. we’re ingesting a known carcinogen.
Strange world. Here’s my tuppence worth.
1. If you have a coffee maker, see if the water tank in it is vented. If it is, you’re lucky, becasue as discussed here, chlorine is a gas and will ‘outgas’ from your coffee maker water if it has sufficient surface area.
2. Ring your local council to see if they are using cheap n’ nasty chloramine. This is a mix of ammonia and chlorine which does NOT outgas, but still has the same effect on organics like tea leaves and coffee grounds.
3. If you bought a water filter jug to remove chlorine you were gypped. As you’ve seen here, the chlorine will outgas anyway.
4. Want a better coffee anyway? A good water filter like the UltraStream will remove a far greater range of contaminants and it will alkalize the water, making it take up coffee flavour better. You’ll get more from your coffee dollars and enjoy it more. just like us here at home.
What if millions of medical diagnoses, procedures, and treatments were based on, at best, questionable scientific evidence, but still performed daily, the world over, in the name of saving patients lives or reducing their suffering? A new JAMA review indicates this may be exactly what is happening.
A disturbing new review published in JAMA online about overuse of medical care, i.e., health care where “risk of harm exceeds its potential for benefit,” concludes that many common medical procedures, given to millions are subjected to each year, have questionable or even non-existent evidence.
According to the review, co-authored by researchers from some of the country’s most respected medical institutions, medical overuse can also be defined as ‘a health care practice, about which when patients are fully informed, they would choose to forego care’. They go further:
Medical Overuse encompasses over diagnosis, which occurs when “individuals are diagnosed with conditions that will never cause symptoms,” and over treatment, which is treatment targeting over diagnosed disease or from which there is minimal or no benefit.”
Obviously when information is withheld on the real risks and benefits of a procedure, the whole principle of informed consent is violated. It’s a far too common occurrence in today’s medicine where money competes with scientific evidence to drive the doctor’s consensus that determines standard of care. It appears published biomedical literature is so corrupted by industry influence, and bias, that the entire ideal of ‘Evidence-Based Medicine” is in reality based on no more than a coin’s flip worth of certainty.
There’s also the more insidious problem of the mis-classification or misunderstanding of disease. This can mislead health care professionals and their patients into performing or undergoing harmful procedures without anyone understanding and accepting the harm and even lethal result they have wrought.
Over the past eight years, a vast, submerged iceberg of overdiagnosed and overtreated medical conditions, with the worst examples being common forms of breast, prostate, thyroid, and ovarian cancer has been identified. It wasn’t till 2013 that the issue broke open.
A National Cancer Institute commissioned expert panel acknowledged that early-stage or ‘stage zero’ breast (DCIS) and prostate (HGPIN) “cancers” are actually benign or indolent lesions of epithelial origin and should never have been, and should never be, termed “carcinomas.”
Summarizing, the report revealed that millions have been wrongly diagnosed and treated for breast and prostate cancers over the past few decades that they never had. In the case of stage zero breast ‘cancer’, some 1.3 million American women were subjected to sa combination of either mastectomy, lumpectomy, radiation, and chemotherapy over the past 30 years, even though their screen-detected condition had no symptoms. Left untreated this would likely never have caused them any harm. It doesn’t even account for the radiobiological harm caused by x-ray mammography. This could well have planted the seeds of malignancy into the healthy breasts of millions of women in the name of “prevention through early detection.”
The study, titled “Update on Medical Practices That Should Be Questioned in 2015,” reviewed 910 articles published in 2014, of which 440 directly addressed medical overuse. 104 of these were selected as “most relevant,” with the 10 most influential articles selected by author consensus, and forming the basis for their 10-topic critique, which is divided into three sections: overdiagnosis, overtreatment, and methods to avoid medical overuse.
- Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis: Colloquially known as “blocked or restricted arteries in the neck,” carotid artery stenosis often presents with no symptoms (asymptomatic), and yet is routinely treated with carotid angioplasty and stenting (placing a balloon or stent within the artery to open it) or surgical endarterectomy (removal of the inner lining of the artery and obstructive deposits found there) as “precautionary measures.” The review referenced a systematic review and meta-analysis by the US Preventive Services Task Force that found no studies providing data on whether screening for carotid stenosis reduced stroke. What was found is that carotid ultrasonography screening leads to many false-positives; a finding that I believe, contributes to increased morbidity and mortality in screened populations. This is especially apparent when you consider that safe and effective non-surgical alternatives exist: pomegranate juice has been found to reverse carotid artery stenosis within only months!
- Screening Pelvic Examinations Are Inaccurate in Asymptomatic Women and Are Associated With Harms That Exceed Clinical Benefits.
Pelvic examination is often included in annual preventive visits for women and usually consists of both visual examination and the insertion of the hand and instruments like a speculum in the vagina. This soft-tissue evaluation includes the upper genital tracts, as well as urethra, bladder, and rectum. Amazingly, a cited review found no studies assessing the effect of pelvic examinations on morbidity or mortality from cancers (including ovarian cancers) or benign gynecological conditions. Moreover, it was found that the harms of screening include “discomfort, anxiety, psychological effects, embarrassment, and unnecessary procedures, including surgery (1.4% [29 of 2000] of women in one study).” The review opined strongly about the study implications: “Do not perform screening pelvic examinations. Clinicians should educate female patients about the low value of the examination. This review informed a new guideline from the American College of Physicians recommending against routine pelvic examinations for screening asymptomatic women.” [emphasis added] Given the lack of evidence supporting pelvic examinations, could the practice be considered just another form of the violation of women by medical care providers, not unlike unnecessary C-sections?
- Head Computed Tomography Is Often Ordered but Is Rarely Helpful:
Computer tomography uses ionizing radiation and sometimes a contrasting agent in diagnosis, both of which have significant potential to cause adverse health effects. Often CT scans produce incidental, and clinically unimportant findings, and will lead to additional CT scans being ordered. The review concluded, “A second head CT scan rarely affects patient management. Clinicians should be judicious in ordering multiple CT scans in the same patient.” Consider also, that a study published in the NEJM in 2007 estimated that .4% of all cancers in the US may be attributable to CT scans!
- Thyroid Cancer Is Massively Overdiagnosed, Leading to Concrete Harms:
In the past 30 years, there has been a global increase in the implementation of thyroid cancer screening programs which have lead to dramatically increased rates of diagnosis of “thyroid cancer,”mostly due to papillary carcinomas, which are non-fatal. Thyroid cancer mortality rates remained the same throughout this period, a clear indication of overdiagnosis, i.e. the thyroid lesions were non-cancerous insofar as they would have never caused harm if left untreated. The review cited a new study that reviewed the 15-fold increase in thyroid cancer in South Korean, from 1993 to 2011, concluding that, “Overdiagnosis of thyroid cancer is extremely common. The harms associated with this overtreatment include lifelong thyroid replacement, hypoparathyroidism, and vocal cord paralysis.” Learn more by reading my article, “Thyroid Cancer Epidemic Caused by Misinformation, Not Cancer.”Ian: Is it any wonder we as ordinary mortals are resorting to alternative methods? While the efficacy and medical veracity may often be in question, it’s, to my mind, healthy in that whatever the form, people are taking responsibility for future health away from the medical establishment.
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Author Sayer Ji is founder of Greenmedinfo.com, where this article first appeared. He is on the Board of Governors for the National Health Federation, and Fearless Parent, Steering Committee Member of the Global GMO Free Coalition (GGFC), a reviewer at the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine. Like on Facebook – Follow on Twitter
TV News alleges:
In 2013 and 2014, Sacramento residents were exposed to a carcinogenic chemical in their drinking water called aluminum chlorohydrate.
During those 2 years, Sacramento tested aluminum chlorohydrate (ACH) at its main water treatment plant and according to TV station ABC10, alarm bells sounded almost immediately.
But… the city didn’t warn locals or take action for a year.
It appears Sacramento residents were exposed to disinfection byproducts (DBP: considered likely carcinogens). They have already been linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer. DBPs are typically found in products like deodorants, body washes and soaps. In addition to being potential cancer-causers, they’ve been shown to disrupt hormones and congest the lymph system when absorbed through the skin. These byproducts have also been known to cause low birth rate and even miscarriages.
Even though the testing generated DBPs at levels considered unsafe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), especially with long-term use, it seems the city of Sacramento allowed the testing to continue. Sacramento’s Utility Director, Bill Busath says that the testing of ACH to replace another water treatment chemical called ALUM was intended to be a short-term trial, but continued for a full year because of the almighty dollar.
“There was an expectation that we would be able to save quite a bit of money,” he told ABC10.
Sacramento officials have finally admitted that the test created a dangerous situation, saying it allowed DBP numbers to rise to “historically high levels when using (ACH) aluminum chlorohydrate.”
ACH and ALUM are used to take river water and bond with impurities after they enter a treatment plant, but the ACH proved ineffective. To cope with the problem, city officials pumped in more chlorine, which bonded with the organic compounds, turning the chlorine into DBPs.
Busath said, “As soon as the levels got to where we thought that we wouldn’t be in compliance, and hence wouldn’t be protective of public health, we stopped the trial.”
But the trial didn’t end until May 2014, a full year after it began. Internal tests performed by the city show that time after time, the DBP readings went above what the EPA considers safe for long-term exposure. A city chemist noticed the problem three days into the test.
In an e-mail to managers, the chemist wrote: “I’m nervous about the distribution samples.”
Bob Bowcock, a man who grew up working in the water treatment industry and is an adviser to Erin Brokovich, explains that DBPs are especially dangerous for pregnant women and unborn babies.
“In first trimester pregnancies, there’s a significant rise in miscarriages, and in third trimester there’s evidence of low birth weight,” he said, describing how the water contaminated with DBPs is even more dangerous when its mists are breathed in while showering or washing dishes.
“I think the testing should have stopped immediately,” Bowcock said. “I think they should have called the Division of Drinking Water.”
But the lives of mothers and babies didn’t seem to matter to Sacramento city officials, who, it appears, ignored the warnings and, instead, expanded the test and told city council they needed enough money allocated, $850,000, to buy a truckload of ACH every week for a year for more testing.
In July 2013, Busath and other utility heads officially signed Sacramento residents up to be guinea pigs for a full year, telling the city council in a staff report that the State of California “has now mandated that the trial be extended from three weeks to a full year.”
But there is one little problem: the California EPA Division of Drinking Water claims it never told the city that it had to conduct a year-long trial of ACH or any other chemical. It was just the opposite.
“The city approached us,” said Division of Drinking Water Deputy Director Bruce Burton. “It was the city who asked us if they could use that chemical at their water treatment plant.”
When interviewed by ABC10, Busath said:
“The word mandate used in the council report was probably a poor choice of words.”
And when the news outlet asked Busath why the test continued, he repeatedly gave the same answer. “Because we had the anticipation of saving money with using ACH,” said Busath.
So, why didn’t Busath’s department share the troubling data with regulators and the public? Says Busath:
“As long as we were in compliance, we don’t need to contact them. All this trial, we were within the guidelines for the disinfectant byproduct levels, which is a one-year running average.”
At least once, in January 2014, the Sacramento River Plant where the chemicals were being tested was turned off, and the city took water from another plant on the American River. The city even intentionally switched water sources from the city to the county after one of the quarterly tests.
This was the subject of one email; “Request for emergency water service from Sacramento County Water Agency to the City of Sacramento.”
The emergency was that if Sacramento didn’t get water from another source, it was doomed to exceed yearly standards for its disinfection byproducts.
Ian: DBP’s are a very unfortunate result of the addition of chlorine to our water supply. If our water supply carried no organic matter, chlorine would not create DBP’s. In reality, there’s always some organics in our water, and hence, some DBP’s. Luckily for our clients, the UltraStream‘s powerful catalytic carbon neutralises DBP’s with ease.
In the space of one week, we’ve received 3 pretty amazing reports.
The first one showed the presence of artificial sweeteners in drinking water. The second was about e-Coli in bottled water. Now we get a report that the poor souls in Kokomo, US have vinyl chloride in their water and it has only now been discovered.
Most vinyl chloride is used to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic and vinyl products. Acute (short-term) exposure to high levels of vinyl chloride in air has resulted in central nervous system effects (CNS), such as dizziness, drowsiness, and headaches in humans. Chronic (long-term) exposure to vinyl chloride through inhalation and oral exposure in humans has resulted in liver damage. Cancer is a major concern from exposure to vinyl chloride via inhalation, as vinyl chloride exposure has been shown to increase the risk of a rare form of liver cancer in humans. EPA has classified vinyl chloride as a Group A, human carcinogen.
- Serious indeed! When we designed the UltraStream we realised it was an opportunity to have the best effect for thousands of people IF we gave up on economics and decided to simply ask for the very best filtration possible. America is the home of the best filtration media but of course it comes at a far greater cost than Chinese media.
- We have done Chinese media before and sadly, we came to the conclusion that we simply could not trust that we received what we ordered. Nor could we rely on the filter being filled properly. So our US manufacturing decision was all about our need to sleep soundly at night, knowing we had not made a deal with the devil and leave customers to the risks that result from a cheapo decision.
- Lucky for us – and for our customers – our decision proved right. Yes, there are cheapo Chinese copies around, and yes, people do buy them. But over 5000 people so far have made a decision for safe pure water over cheap possibly pure water.
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There have been many people over many years making the claim that an alkaline diet will cure cancer.
In our 15 years of researching the alkaline diet and water we have had many thousands of people ask us this question. In the early days we were very optimistic. In retrospect we share that optimism with many thousands of other websites on the net, and yes, we did have customers tell us that our alkaline water had healed them.
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TreeHugger has a great article on the latest bottled water.. or is it?
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Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) – another totally scary chemical term – seems to be something the bald eagle likes to consume. recently a study of Michigan’s bald eagle population discovered that they are the most contaminated birds on the planet. Banned flame retardant chemicals were found in their livers.The population of bald eagles in the region is stable, but the PBDE compounds have shown, in other birds, to impair reproduction, development, disrupt hormones, and even cause weird behavior.
I guess the most iconic animal in the United States won’t catch on fire too easily…
Originally, companies started putting PBDEs into furniture cushions, electronics and clothing in an effort to slow the spread of flames if they catch fire. Chemicals quickly built up in people and the earth. Despite a phase-out beginning in the early 2000s, PBDEs are still persistent. They are still found in the air, the dirt and yes, everyone on the planet.
The eagles were probably exposed to chemicals that ended up in water, and then in the fish that they eat. Because they are at the top of the food chain, they naturally tend to accumulate higher concentrations than living things lower down. This also makes them early warning indicators for these types of pollutants.
And who else is at the top of the food chain? That’s right, you and me.
Environmental Health News says: “PBDE concentrations were “among the highest found in liver tissues of any wildlife,” the authors wrote, with one eagle measuring 1,538 parts per billion PBDEs in its liver. Americans have some of the highest levels of PBDEs in their bodies worldwide, with studies of U.S. breast milk finding median PBDE concentrations of about 30 ppb, though the types of PBDEs vary.”
Ian: So.. what can we do when we are already contaminated? For me, I love my life so I’m committed to eating good clean food and as many detoxifying greens as possible. I eat meat to get the widest range of amino acids and I drink high H2 water and use high H2 supplements.
Eating kale and other cruciferous vegetables two to three times a week or, even better, four to five times a week, is an easy way to significantly boost your health. Just one cup of kale will flood your body with disease-fighting vitamins K, A, and C, along with respectable amounts of manganese, copper, B vitamins, fiber, calcium, and potassium.
With each serving of kale, you’ll also find more than 45 unique flavonoids, which have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. In terms of green leafy vegetables, you really can’t go wrong… but kale is definitely worthy of its reputation as “king of veggies.”
And here’s a secret: kale’s flavor gets sweeter after it’s been exposed to a frost, making winter the ideal time to eat it (and it is in season starting mid-winter). When the temperatures drop you might not feel like eating a raw kale salad, but what about a bowl of warm kale soup?
The recipe that follows, from the George Mateljan Foundation, will not only warm you up and boost your nutrition, it’ll give you a nice energy boost, too.
Super Energy Kale Soup
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 5 cups chicken or bone broth
- 1 medium carrot, diced into 1/4-inch cubes (about 1 cup)
- 1 cup diced celery
- 2 red potatoes, diced into 1/2-inch cubes
- 3 cups kale, rinsed, stems removed and chopped very fine
- 2 tsp dried thyme
- 2 tsp dried sage
- salt and pepper to taste
- Chop garlic and onions and let sit for 5 minutes to bring out their health benefits.
- Heat 1 TBS broth in a medium soup pot.
- Sauté onion in broth over medium heat for about 5 minutes stirring frequently.
- Add garlic and continue to sauté for another minute.
- Add broth, carrots, and celery and bring to a boil on high heat.
- Once it comes to a boil reduce heat to a simmer and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Add potatoes and cook until tender, about 15 more minutes.
- Add kale and rest of ingredients and cook another 5 minutes. If you want to simmer for a longer time for extra flavor and richness, you may need to add a little more broth.
Kale May Fight at Least Five Types of Cancer
Like other cruciferous vegetables, kale is a good source of cancer-fighting sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol. To date, kale has been found to lower the risk of at least five types of cancer, including bladder, breast, colon, ovary and prostate.
The glucosinolates in kale and other cruciferous vegetables break down into products that help protect DNA from damage. As noted by the George Mateljan Foundation:
“Kale’s special mix of cancer-preventing glucosinolates has been the hottest area of research on this cruciferous vegetable.
Kale is an especially rich source of glucosinolates, and once kale is eaten and digested, these glucosinolates can be converted by the body into cancer preventive compounds. Some of this conversion process can also take place in the food itself, prior to consumption.”
While some research suggests raw kale is best for cancer prevention, other studies suggest lightly cooked is best, in part because it improves kale’s ability to bind with bile acids in your digestive tract.
This makes the bile acids easier for your body to excrete, which not only has a beneficial impact on your cholesterol levels, but also on your risk of cancer (bile acids have been associated with an increased risk of cancer). According to one study inNutrition Research:
“Steam cooking significantly improved the in vitro bile acid binding of collard greens, kale, mustard greens, broccoli, green bell pepper, and cabbage compared with previously observed bile acid binding values for these vegetables raw (uncooked).
Inclusion of steam-cooked collard greens, kale, mustard greens, broccoli, green bell pepper, and cabbage in our daily diet as health-promoting vegetables should be emphasized.
These green/leafy vegetables, when consumed regularly after steam cooking, would lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer, advance human nutrition research, and improve public health.”
Eat Kale to Support Natural Detoxification
Foods that support both Phase 1 and Phase 2 detoxification are key to supporting your body’s daily removal of harmful substances from your body. Phase 1 detoxification is when toxins are broken down into smaller particles, while during your body’s Phase 2 detoxification process, the broken down toxins are shuttled out of your system.
If you eat foods that support Phase 1, but not Phase 2, the broken-down toxins may begin to accumulate in your body. But the isothiocyanates (ITCs) in kale help to promote both Phase 1 and Phase 2 detoxification. The George Mateljan Foundation explained:7
“In addition, the unusually large numbers of sulfur compounds in kale have been shown to help support aspects of Phase II detoxification that require the presence of sulfur.
By supporting both aspects of our cellular detox process (Phase I and Phase II), nutrients in kale can give our body an “edge up” in dealing with toxic exposure, whether from our environment or from our food.”
Kale Earns Its Reputation as a Superfood
Kale is one vegetable that lives up to its nutritional hype. It’s loaded with both lutein and zeaxanthin at over 26 mg combined, per serving, for starters. Of all the carotenoids, only zeaxanthin and lutein are found in your retina, which has the highest concentration of fatty acids of any tissue in your body.
This is because your retina is a highly light- and oxygen-rich environment, and it needs a large supply of free radical scavengers to prevent oxidative damage there.
It is theorized that your body concentrates zeaxanthin and lutein in your retina to perform this duty, and consuming these antioxidants may help to ward off eye problems like age-related macular degeneration.
And as far as calcium is concerned, one cup of kale will give you 90 milligrams in a highly bioavailable form. One calcium bioavailability study found that calcium from kale was 25% better absorbed than calcium from milk. What else do you gain when you eat kale?
- Anti-inflammatory properties that may help prevent arthritis, heart disease and autoimmune diseases
- Plant-based omega-3 fats for building cell membranes, protecting against heart disease and stroke, and regulating blood clotting
- An impressive number of beneficial flavonoids, including 32 phenolic compounds and three hydroxycinnamic acids to help support healthy cholesterol levels and scavenge free radicals
Choose Organic Kale When You Can
When choosing kale, look for firm, fresh deeply colored leaves with hardy stems. Avoid leaves that are brown or yellow or that contain holes. Kale with smaller leaves tends to be more tender and milder than larger-leaved kale. Choose organic varieties (or grow your own), as kale is frequently sprayed with pesticides, and particularly toxic pesticides at that. One study by the Environmental Working Group detected 51 pesticides on kale, including several they described as “highly toxic.” For best results, store kale in your refrigerator (unwashed) in a plastic storage bag. Remove as much air as you can. Ideally, eat kale as soon as you can, because the longer it sits the more bitter the flavor becomes.
Broccoli is an edible green plant in the cabbage family, whose large flowering head is used as a vegetable. The word broccoli comes from the Italian plural of broccolo, which means “the flowering crest of a cabbage”, and is the diminutive form of brocco, meaning “small nail” or “sprout”. Broccoli is often boiled or steamed but may be eaten raw.
- Is high in Vitamin C: more than 30mg in a single 100G serve!
- Contains multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties, such as diindolylmethane and small amounts of selenium. Diindolylmethane is a potent modulator of the innate immune response system with anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-cancer activity.
- contains the compound glucoraphanin, which can be processed into an anti-cancer compound sulforaphane, (though the anti-cancer benefits of broccoli are greatly reduced if the vegetable is boiled).
- is an excellent source of indole-3-carbinol, a chemical which boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of cancer cells.
- has the highest levels of carotenoids in the brassica family. It is particularly rich in lutein and also provides a modest amount of beta-carotene.
It’s also a Vitamin Powerhouse.
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At RSNA in Chicago, Philips is introducing its new ‘in-bore patient distraction’ offering for patients undergoing head-first scans under MRI. Currently, only exams that keep the patient’s head outside the scanner allow for headphones to be worn and a display to be seen.
The new Philips solution is essentially a video screen positioned outside the bore and a mirror attached to the head coil that lets patients focus on what’s playing on the screen instead of worrying about the exam. Moreover, sound is also piped to the patient to help distract from the crunchy MRI noises.
Yup, we are SO lucky!
A new study published in Lancet’s Oncology Journal by the International Agency for research on cancer carried out a population study. They compared BMI and cancer data on 20+ year olds. They assumed a ten year lag to ensure they made correct assumptions.
The result? They found that in 2012 excess body weight was the reason for 481,000 new cases of cancer.
“Worldwide, we estimate that 481 000 or 3·6% of all new cancer cases in adults (aged 30 years and older after the 10-year lag period) in 2012 were attributable to high BMI. PAFs were greater in women than in men (5·4% vs 1·9%). The burden of attributable cases was higher in countries with very high and high human development indices (HDIs; PAF 5·3% and 4·8%, respectively) than in those with moderate (1·6%) and low HDIs (1·0%). Corpus uteri, postmenopausal breast, and colon cancers accounted for 63·6% of cancers attributable to high BMI. A quarter (about 118 000) of the cancer cases related to high BMI in 2012 could be attributed to the increase in BMI since 1982.”
I just read an article in Time by Dr Makary of Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is commenting (after many, many years of cancer work) – on what it costing us to chase cancer. He cited a man who came to see him.
“The patient’s story began with a full-body CT scan – a screening used to detect tumors – that revealed a cyst on his pancreas. Some 3% of people have these cysts and they are rarely problematic. Based on the cyst’s size and features there was no clear answer as to what to do about it, but he was given options.
[sociallocker id=”16735″] The patient tossed and turned at night, agonising over stories of pancreatic cancer tragedies, consumed by the dilemma of whether to risk surgery to remove the cyst or leave it alone. The conundrum strained his marriage and distracted him from his work.
Months before I met him, the patient underwent the surgery, which revealed that the cyst was no threat to his health. The operation was supposed to cost $25,00 and require 8 weeks ff his work. But the toll was much greater, with a debilitating surgical complication.”
I thought, This is why he shouldn’t have had a CT scan in the first place. Screening made him sick.”
Now we’re beginning to see research pinpointing the fact that screening has over-reached itself. One such study showed annual mammograms did not prolong the lives of low risk women aged 40-59. The study followed 89,000 people over 25 years so it was in study terms, solid gold.
Here’s another example of excessive health protection. We’ve all heard of the idea of a daily aspirin as some sort of overall heart health support. Well, think again. Another study found that it can cause significant gastro-intestinal or cerebral bleeding. Sure, your heart is still beating but either your stomach or your brain is in a bad way.
Prostate tests are another case of alleged over servicing. I submitted to two colposcopies because I was told I was ‘at risk’. Questioning my surgeon, I was having a real problem seeing exactly why i had the procedure.
How big is the problem of overservicing? Well, The Dept of Health and Human Resources in the US attributes 180,000 deaths a year to Medicare patients alone. If we look at it as unintentional harm, it’s the #3 cause of death in the US!
Dr Makery was prompted to write his article for another reason. he was deeply disturbed by the emotional trauma he saw this particular patent suffer. The patient didn’t just suffer from ‘normal’ fear of cancer. he also suffered from fear of a technology that could not deliver a succinct diagnosis without invasive surgery.
For me, I heartily concur with the good doctor, but I prefer to look at what I can do for myself and my loved ones in my hopefully ‘pre-cancer’ state. I would naturally prefer to not be another number in the mass statistic of people being ‘processed’ through a huge medical system that seems hypnotised by the promise of a technological answer rather than a preventative approach.
A doctor once told me that we all have cancer. it’s just that it hasn’t received the requisite signals to rampantly develop within our bodies. If that is so then avoiding the idea of cancer seems to me to be a form of selective blindness. If I do have cancer somewhere in my body in a latent form, then I can, especially now with the vast support of the internet, educate myself with everything I need to keep my cancer happily slumbering within.
What do I do? I eat good organic food. I eat greens as much as possible. I drink hydrogen rich alkaline water. I exercise to keep my life systems active. I meditate.
How about you? What’s your ‘cancer support’ strategy?[/sociallocker]
There’s a new study published in Journal of American Medical Association: Otolaryngology.
It points to over-diagnosis of cancer and treatment of unthreatening tumors for the 300% increase in thyroid cancer researchers have seen since 1975. There’s increasing evidence on detailed questions certain scientists had about the need for aggressive cancer treatment.
Treating certain cancers (often prostate, breast and lung)may often not be considered medically necessary because they would not become deadly to the individual. Thyroid cancer is also seen as similar.
Our thyroid governs the release of hormones in the body and helps do many things like regulate your metabolism. Thyroid cancer treatment removes the gland and involves a lifetime of hormone pills.
Around 85% of people diagnosed with thyroid cancer have the gland removed. But… medical guidelines advise against aggressive surgery for certain types of low-risk thyroid tumors.
Researchers surveyed a large amount of government medical data from 1975 to 2009. Colleagues from Dartmouth University found that thyroid cancer rose substantially from 5 per 100,000 people to 14 per 100,000 people.
The majority diagnosed had papillary thyroid cancer – considered the least deadly (and most common) form of the disease.
The use of ultrasound and radiation equipment can sometimes work against a person – making a tumor that was not going to be a problem rapidly turn into one. Certainly, physicians support an increased range of detection methods, but researchers involved with this study were clear that more serious treatments and surgeries are performed on thyroid cancer victims than are medically necessary.
The conclusions of the study encouraged doctors to introduce patients to the idea that small thyroid cancers may be made worse by attempting to treat it aggressively.
Further studies are planned to begin deciphering clues as to which types of tumors are going to progress past the stage of being small and unthreatening to those that place a persons life in jeopardy. In the near future, it may become more common for people to engage in close monitoring sessions than lengthy bouts of radiation or chemotherapy treatments.
Ian: And still we meet so many people whose strategy to prevent cancer begins on the day they are diagnosed!
A just published study in the Journal of American Medical Association: Otolaryngology has shown up over-diagnosis of cancer and treatment of unthreatening tumors for the 300% increase in thyroid cancer researchers have seen since 1975. There has been an ever-increasing body of evidence that detailed questions certain scientists had about the need for aggressive cancer treatment.
The treatment of certain types of cancers (often ones in the prostate, breast and lung) is sometimes not considered to be medically necessary since they would not become deadly to the individual. Thyroid cancer is also said to be similar.
As many of you already know, your thyroid governs the release of hormones in the body and helps do many things like regulate your metabolism. Thyroid cancer involves the removal of the gland from your throat and then involves a lifetime of hormone pills to supplement its loss.
Approximately 85% of people diagnosed with thyroid cancer have the gland removed. This is in sharp contrast with a medical guidelines that advise against aggressive surgery for certain types of low-risk thyroid tumors.
The researchers involved with the study surveyed a large amount of government medical data that spanned from 1975 to 2009. A pair of colleagues from Dartmouth University found that thyroid cancer rose substantially from 5 per 100,000 people to 14 per 100,000 people. The majority of those diagnosed had papillary thyroid cancer – considered to be the least deadly (and most common) form of the disease.
The use of ultrasound and radiation equipment can sometimes work against a person – making a tumor that was not going to be a problem rapidly turn into one. While physicians are pleased with an increased range of detection methods, the researchers involved with this study were firm that more serious treatments and surgeries are performed on thyroid cancer victims than are medically necessary.
The conclusions of the study encouraged doctors to introduce patients to the idea that small thyroid cancers may be made worse by attempting to treat it aggressively.
Further studies are planned to begin deciphering clues as to which types of tumors are going to progress past the stage of being small and unthreatening to those that place a persons life in jeopardy. In the near future, it may become more common for people to engage in close monitoring sessions than lengthy bouts of radiation or chemotherapy treatments.
This chart below (courtesy of Dr Joseph Mercola’s site paints a pretty depressing picture of the many ways a woman might get cancer.
This article was brought to my attention by a client who has been happily drinking our water for many years. She asked for my comments. I’ll add them below. I’m also going to colour red the phrases that actually have no purpose but to reinforce the point.
It’s an ANTI alkaline water article and one reader already thought that because it is on our blog we too were anti alkaline water. Nothing could be further from the truth. We LOVE our water and have done ever since we began drinking it in 2000.
“For the past couple of years a product has slowly infiltrated the natural health arena and convinced unsuspecting consumers to shell out hundreds of dollars for a so-called miracle cure. The miracle cure? Alkaline water. I have to admit when I first heard about alkaline water and its incredible ability to cure cancer, I was intrigued. Then I started doing some research.”
I am not a scaremonger. Like most people I am well aware that some websites are highly successful BECAUSE they scare people. I don’t like it and I don’t want to think that I could get rich that way. So what should I do when the facts published every day convince me that what we do for people will help every single person in the US from the two ‘clear and present dangers’ of Fukushima fallout and heavy metal rain across America?
I tell people. I would be more guilty if I did not than if I did, because I truly believe we have something important to give to people.
It’s not as if what we have to offer everyone is what we thought it was. When we designed the UltraStream water filter, ionizer and alkalizer, we designed it for that purpose; to give the cleanest possible alkaline ionized water to people at a price that they could, at last, afford. We achieved that easily with our choice of the very best and tested filtration media plus the very best alkalizing and ionizing media in the world.
But what does that have to do with Fukushima radiation falling on America? And what does it have to do with America being carpeted with heavy metal fallout from China?
It was a chance meeting with a brilliant young specialist in physiology and biochemistry that alerted us to the possibility that our water might be an answer to the radiation problem. He carried out very exhaustive research on electric water ionizers and taught me two important things.
(1) that the claims the vendor had made were scientifically er.. ‘inept’., and
(2) as he continued researching and also began his own lab testing and research he discovered something far bigger. He found that the process of what the vendor called ‘ionization’ actually infused molecular hydrogen (H2) gas into the output water. (There are currently over 350 scientific reports on ‘H2’).
In reality people should have been told the facts about molecular hydrogen in the first place; Indeed, hydrogen gas in the water was what was giving all the beneficial effects to drinkers. And once he studied the 350 scientific reports, he realized he had discovered what people should have been told; that hydrogen gas in the water was what was giving all the beneficial effects to drinkers.
The range of studies is amazing.
It includes over 80 disease-specific studies including Alzheimer’s, Bipolar disease, and far, far more. But buried away in the mound of studies he also found studies showing the beneficial effect of molecular hydrogen on radiation effects. Yes, radiation effects! Here is the link to the studies. Take a look. I can’t say as a result of these studies that you can be fully protected from the effects of Fukushima radiation if you drink UltraStream water. What I can say is that everyone we have delivered an UltraStream to are very, very happy about the existence of the studies, because their decision for the UltraStream has been validated.
Dr Leigh Erin Connealy, MD posted this in the Townsend Letter Letter. A link to the full article is below the quote.
The Cancer Cascade
The cancer cascade is a 12-year-long process during which time cells develop into a tumor.
First, the cancer cells cloak themselves with fibrin, a substance that makes them invisible to the immune system. Next, the cells stick to one another, forming a cluster that attaches to a muscle wall where it has access to a blood supply. This is the beginning of a tumor.
Since sugar – including simple carbohydrates, like those found in white flour and most prepared and processed foods – is a tumor’s favorite food, one of the keys to preventing or eliminating cancer is to stop feeding it. Giving up sugar, in all its many forms, is part of the one-two punch that can kill cancer cells.
Removing sugar and simple carbs from your life is a good way to discourage cancer from establishing (or re-establishing) itself in your body.
The second part of that punch involves reducing your body’s acidity. Acidic environments are a cancer favorite. If you’ve been eating the standard American diet (SAD) of processed, packaged, and fast foods, there’s a good chance that you are acidic. It’s easy to check. Simply purchase a packet of pH strips at any pharmacy and test your urine. Ideally, your test score should be slightly alkaline, between 7.2 and 7.4. Anything below that is considered acidic, while test results above 7.4 indicates alkalinity. If your test shows that you are too acidic, add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Nearly all vegetables are alkaline, so eating more fresh, organic produce is an easy, nutritious way to stop the cancer cascade from continuing.
Otherwise, without intervention on your part, the tumor keeps growing. As a general rule, it takes 8 years for the cascade process to create a tumor, then another 4 for the tumor to grow large enough to show up on medical tests or create symptoms. During those 12 years, there is a great deal that you can do to interfere with a tumor’s growth.
Full article: HERE
I just read a quite scary article about the findings of scientists studying bee deaths in the US. At first, research identified one range of pesticides called neonicotinoids as the culprit. So the answer was to remove these pesticides from farms, right?
Well, now another group of scientists have come up with a more chilling tale. They watched hives decline when they were put in areas where there was a very mixed usage of insecticides, herbicides and fungicides and the dieback was equally bad.
Why is this chilling?
Because there is simply no way our modern agribusiness model can survive if they have to stop use of such a broad spectrum of products whose only purpose is to permit intensive cost effective food production. So it’s now a very tough choice. The food? Or the bees? And if it’s the food, we better find another way (something we haven’t been able to do so far) of pollinating the billions of plants our bes do so efficiently – because there won’t be any bees!
As bad as that may be, I take it as a lesson for myself, and it is prompted by a message from a friend of ours who rang us to say how elated he was. he had had a hair analysis and the therapist involved rang him in great excitement. He was the first person in twenty years of testing to get a report with NO heavy metals or other toxins. Peter has had his own AlkaWay water ionizer for years and also has his own FIR sauna. , so I’m not saying that it was only our water, but what amazed me about hi story was the prevalence of toxicity in every other report over a 20 year period. We could say that except for Peter, everyone was toxic.
There’s more. If indeed our little buzzy friends thrived and supported us for millions of years and only now become an endangered species due to our toxic habits. what does that say about us? For millions of years we developed a life system as sophisticated as (or more than) a bee. The bee is now incapable of handling the combination of toxins we have thrown at it and on our crops.. so why would we be any better off? Why aren’t WE dying off like the bee? Or.. perhaps we are. Cancer? Allergies galore? Motor neurone disease? And hundreds of diseases so weird that it takes a faculty of specialists to even identify it.
So does this make sense to you?
If indeed we need a clean inner environment to deflect all the challenges we are forced to overcome in food as toxic and varied in types and form of toxicity , but we don’t HAVE a clean inner environment, how can we think that like the bees we will keep on buzzing? Surely it behooves us to give our kids the best possible chance of a long and healthy life by giving them good organic food and encourage them to drink exactly what our paleo ancestors drank – clean mineral and (hopefully) hydrogen-strong water. Why? Because if, like the be, we are designed to operate without contaminants floating around inside is? surely we have to get back to that clean state and remain there as soon as we are able!