Wheat Belly By Dr William Davis

Renowned cardiologist, Dr William Davis, explains how eliminating wheat from our diets can prevent fat storage, shrink unsightly bulges, and reverse myriad health problems.

Every day, over 200 million Americans consume food products made of wheat. As a result, over 100 million of them experience some form of adverse health effect, ranging from minor rashes and high blood sugar to the unattractive stomach bulges that preventive cardiologist William Davis calls “wheat bellies.” According to Davis, that excess fat has nothing to do with gluttony, sloth, or too much butter: It’s due to the whole grain wraps we eat for lunch.

After witnessing over 2,000 patients regain their health after giving up wheat, Davis reached the disturbing conclusion that wheat is the single largest contributor to the nationwide obesity epidemic―and its elimination is key to dramatic weight loss and optimal health. In Wheat Belly, Davis exposes the harmful effects of what is actually a product of genetic tinkering and agribusiness being sold to the American public as “wheat”, and provides readers with a user-friendly, step-by-step plan to navigate a new, wheat-free lifestyle.

Informed by cutting-edge science and nutrition, along with case studies from men and women who have experienced life-changing transformations in their health after waving goodbye to wheat, Wheat Belly is an illuminating look at what is truly making Americans sick and an action plan to clear our plates of this seemingly benign ingredient.

Reputation: Jeremy Hunt Faring Worse Than Andrew Lansley

Mr Hunt recently gave totally inappropriate advice to Google conditions before seeking medical opinion. He referred to Paramedics as Ambulance Drivers and has caused the first Doctors strike in years of the NHS. Mr Hunt is destroying all staff morale in the NHS and will cause recruitment issues.

Jeremy Hunt’s approval rating is now lower than Andrew Lansley’s – and most British people say the government is wrong to impose a new contract

After the most serious period of industrial action in the healthcare profession since the 1970s Jeremy Hunt finally drew the curtain on negotiations with the British Medical Association this week, imposing a disputed contract on junior doctors against their will and raising the prospect of further strikes, refusals and resignations. The Health Secretary offered a ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ offer on Wednesday – a deal the government insists was fair and included a rise in basic pay of 13.5% – however the junior doctors’ union refused to accept cuts to premium rates of pay on Saturdays and the removal of guaranteed pay increases over time.

When Hunt’s predecessor Andrew Lansley published plans to replace Primary Care Trusts with consortia managed by GPs he received a vote of no confidence by the Royal College or Nursing in April 2011, and off the back of suggested cuts to public sector pensions the BMA called for him to resign.

Mr Lansley lost his job in 2012, but his replacement now has a lower approval rating (17% say he is doing well, 65% badly) than Lansley did in July 2011 (18% well, 52% badly). Jeremy Hunt’s approval has suffered a 17 point fall since we last asked the question (21% well, 52% badly in August 2013).

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Junior Doctors To Stage ‘Masked March’ In Protest Over Contract

Organisers expecting morew than 3,000 people including Dame Vivienne Westwood and Vanessa Redgrave to march in London on Saturday afternoon

Dame Vivienne Westwood and Vanessa Redgrave are expected to join thousands of junior doctors and their supporters on Saturday as they stage a “masked march” protest over pay and conditions.

The demonstration comes ahead of a 24-hour walkout due to begin on Wednesday, when junior doctors across the country will provide emergency care only from 8am.

It will be the third time junior doctors have taken to the streets in protest at the government’s proposals, which it says aims to improve care over weekends.

Talks between the British Medical Association and the Department of Health reached an impasse over weekend pay rates despite the government claiming it had made a significant offer.

According to their Facebook page, organisers are expecting over 3,000 people to turn out for the march on Saturday afternoon, which is due to begin at Waterloo Place in St James before terminating outside Downing Street.

The protesters, who are being encouraged to wear surgical masks, plan to stage a “silent protest” then “burst into voice”.

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Ontario Doctors Get Interim Guidelines For Providing Assisted Death

  • Ontario doctors will be able to help eligible patients die before doctor-assisted suicide becomes legal nationwide on June 6.
  • Conscientious objectors don’t have to assess eligibility before referring patients

Ontario doctors will be permitted to provide assistance in dying to eligible patients within Canada who qualify for publicly funded health care as the federal government works to legislate doctor-assisted suicide.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario on Monday approved its interim guidelines for doctors who are approached by patients seeking help in dying before doctor-assisted suicide becomes legal nationwide on June 6.

The guidelines were amended following 30 days of consultations with doctors and Ontario residents.

An earlier draft limited physicians to providing the service only to Ontario residents.

Other changes include a clarification that conscientious objectors do not have to assess whether a patient is eligible for doctor-assisted death before referring them to another physician.

The Supreme Court found last year that Canadians with unbearable and irremediable suffering could be eligible to end their lives with a doctor’s aid.

The decision to strike down the ban on doctor-assisted dying was set to take effect on Feb. 6 but the federal government obtained a four-month extension, during which those seeking the service must get approval from court.

“We believe this guidance needs to be in place as patients will have the option over this period to apply to a judge for an exception to the current law,” CPSO president Dr. Joel Kirsh said in a statement.

“The public and the profession can be confident that we have given careful consideration to this important issue, listened to their feedback and provided guidance that is well-informed and balanced.”

The college regulating the medical profession in Nova Scotia, meanwhile, is looking for feedback on a draft standard of practice that includes guidelines for doctors and patients if a doctor-assisted death is requested.

In Quebec, which already has its own law and is exempt from the federal extension, at least one patient has already received a doctor-assisted death.

The province’s law governing what it calls medical aid in dying went into effect Dec. 10. Since then, one patient in Quebec City’s university health care network received the service.

A palliative care centre in Quebec has said it plans to provide the service starting Feb. 1, making it one of the first such centres to do so.

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The Omnivore’s Dilemma By Michael Pollan

The best-selling author of The Botany of Desire explores the ecology of eating to unveil why we consume what we consume in the twenty-first century

“What should we have for dinner?” To one degree or another this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore’s dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn’t-which mushrooms should be avoided, for example, and which berries we can enjoy. Today, as America , and much of the western worldconfronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore’s dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance. The cornucopia of the modern American supermarket and fast-food outlet has thrown us back on a bewildering landscape where we once again have to worry about which of those tasty-looking morsels might kill us. At the same time we’re realizing that our food choices also have profound implications for the health of our environment. The Omnivore’s Dilemma is best-selling author Michael Pollan’s brilliant and eye-opening exploration of these little-known but vitally important dimensions of eating in America.

Pollan has divided The Omnivore’s Dilemma into three parts, one for each of the food chains that sustain us: industrialized food, alternative or “organic” food, and food people obtain by dint of their own hunting, gathering, or gardening. Pollan follows each food chain literally from the ground up to the table, emphasizing our dynamic co-evolutionary relationship with the species we depend on. He concludes each section by sitting down to a meal–at McDonald’s, at home with his family sharing a dinner from Whole Foods, and in a revolutionary “beyond organic” farm in Virginia. For each meal he traces the provenance of everything consumed, revealing the hidden components we unwittingly ingest and explaining how our taste for particular foods reflects our environmental and biological inheritance.

We are indeed what we eat-and what we eat remakes the world. A society of voracious and increasingly confused omnivores, we are just beginning to recognize the profound consequences of the simplest everyday food choices, both for ourselves and for the natural world. The Omnivore’s Dilemma is a long-overdue book and one that will become known for bringing a completely fresh perspective to a question as ordinary and yet momentous as What shall we have for dinner?

The Omnivore’s Dilemma, is available at online retailers and bookstores, and in several formats.

Nutrition Just Got Safer: Justice Department Indicts Criminal Supplement Companies Endangering Consumers’ Health

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is cracking down on a number of dietary supplement manufacturers who are being accused of breaking the law by lacing their products with undisclosed, and in some cases illegal, ingredients; making false claims about their safety and efficacy; and deliberately misleading consumers as to their true contents.

Benjamin C. Mizer, the DOJ’s Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, recently gave a press conference explaining how the agency is taking critical steps to stem the growing tide of unlawful dietary supplements being sold nationwide. At the forefront of the department’s sweep is a federal indictment filed against one of the nation’s largest sports supplement companies, Texas-based USPlabs.

According to the allegations, USPlabs has been illegally spiking some of its weight-loss and workout supplements with synthetic ingredients sourced from China, which the company has been labeling as “natural.” USPlabs is also being accused of presenting false certificates of analysis to dupe its customers into thinking that supplements have been properly tested for safety and authenticity.

USA Today reports that USPlabs executives are being charged with committing other crimes as well, including wire fraud, mail fraud and conspiracy, in connection to the scheme. At least four company executives and one consultant at USPlabs have been criminally indicted by the federal government in conjunction with the alleged crimes.

USPlabs “doctored packaging, labeling, and other paperwork to defraud others about what the product was,” Mizer explained at the press conference. “Much of the alleged fraud focused on the defendant’s claims that their products were made from natural plant extracts.”

The truth, Mizer says, is that the USPlabs products in question were “100 percent synthetic,” and that this deliberate deception by the company has “put lives at risk.” “Defendants sometimes tested the products on themselves and sold the ones that made them feel good.”

Illegally Spiked Supplements Linked To Liver Failure, Death

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Deputy Commissioner for Global Regulatory Operations and Policy, Howard Sklamberg, the agency has sent hundreds of warning letters over the past few years to USPlabs and a number of other companies said to be engaged in similar crimes. But none of these companies have stopped spiking their products, the agency maintains.

USPlabs is receiving the brunt of the crackdown, due to the fact that some of its products have been linked to serious injury and even death. A product known as “OxyELITE Pro,” which USPlabs markets as “The #1 Fat Burner That’s MELTING the Market,” is connected to dozens of incidents of liver injury and at least one death, says the DOJ.

It wasn’t until the DOJ, the Department of Defense (DOD), the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), and several other federal agencies also took an interest in the actions of USPlabs and the other now-indicted companies, that anything was even attempted to try to curb their illicit actions.

“Would the FDA have done anything about this on their own?” asked Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School who published a report on the supplement industry back in October, as quoted by USA Today. “Without these outside organizations, I don’t think the FDA would even have acted.”

“The mainstream supplement industry has done nothing and finally the FDA is saying enough is enough… there are going to be criminal charges,” Cohen added.

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The Health-Care Survivor’s Comment

While it is welcome news that an effort is being made to improve the safety of nutritional supplements, I have to wonder if a generalised crackdown of this nature may also damage some smaller, but perfectly reputable providers, by means of a dragnet approach.

This article contains a number of good references, which, as always I encourage you to read.

French Drug Trial Leaves One Brain Dead And Five Critically Ill

French health minister travels to clinic in Rennes, where all trials of the drug have been suspended.

One person is brain dead and five others are seriously ill after taking part in a medical drug trial for an unnamed pharmaceutical firm at a clinic in north-west France.

The French health ministry said the six patients had been in good health until taking the oral medication. The ministry did not say what the new medicine was intended to be used for, but a source close to the case told AFP that the drug was a painkiller containing cannabinoids, an active ingredient found in cannabis plants.

The health minister, Marisol Touraine, said the six had been taking part in a “trial of an oral medication being developed by a European laboratory” in Rennes, Brittany. The patients were admitted to hospital at the beginning of this week.

The ministry said the test was carried out by a private establishment “specialised in carrying out clinical trials”. Local media reported that the trial took place at the Biotrial clinic.

The trial was intended to test for side-effects of the new drug. All trials on the drug at the clinic have been suspended and the French state prosecutor has opened an inquiry.

The study was a phase one clinical trial, in which healthy volunteers take the medication to “evaluate the safety of its use, tolerance and pharmacological profile of the molecule”, Touraine said.

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Barbara Loe Fisher: Knowledge Is the Antidote For Vaccine Orthodoxy

Humans have experienced two centuries of vaccine orthodoxy. That orthodoxy dictates that we believe vaccination is safe and effective and should be mandated by governments. It began with medical doctors insisting we get one dose of smallpox vaccine, 1 and has exploded over the past century into a U.S. government dictate that every child get 69 doses of 16 vaccines. 2

Vaccine orthodoxy equally applied to every disease, every vaccine and every person, regardless of need or individual susceptibility to harm.

Today, everybody knows somebody who was healthy, got vaccinated and was never healthy again. And when the risks of vaccination turn out to be 100 percent for us or someone we love, the logical course of action is to learn more so we can make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Paediatricians: Keepers Of Vaccine Knowledge

When I was growing up, the place to acquire knowledge for free was the town public library and I happily checked out books on history, art, biology, philosophy and literature. Then, in the 1960’s, I joined the 15 percent of women attending college, 3 in greater numbers than any generation before, and gained access to a university library where I could learn even more.

When I became pregnant in the late 1970’s, one of the first things I did was go to the public library and read books on pregnancy, childbirth and nutrition so I could learn how to give my baby the best start in life. But those parenting books did not contain information about vaccine risks. And pediatricians, who were the keepers of vaccine knowledge, did not share vaccine reaction information with mothers trusting them to “first, do no harm” to their children.

Lack of knowledge was why I did not know how to identify classic symptoms of brain inflammation 45 that developed within hours of my son being injected with a fourth DPT shot.

1982: Parents Renew Protests About Vaccine Safety

Dissatisfied with the fact that I was not empowered with knowledge about vaccination that could have kept my child safe, in 1982 I joined with parents of vaccine injured children and launched a new vaccine safety and informed consent movement in America, one that renewed the parent-led grassroots dissent of earlier generations. 678

That was 16 years before a doctor in Great Britain wrote an article about MMR vaccine and autism; 9 and 26 years before a Hollywood actress talked about how her son developed autism after vaccination; 10 and 34 years before $3.3 billion dollars had been awarded to victims of vaccine injury and death under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, with brain and immune system damage caused by pertussis, measles and influenza containing vaccines accounting for 75 percent of the cases. 11

Knowledge Is Power

President Thomas Jefferson said, “Knowledge is power, knowledge is safety and knowledge is happiness.” 12 A lifelong champion of education and free thought, he ensured that freedom of religion, speech, and press be among the most important rights outlined in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. 13

Yet, today in America, when we take the initiative to become educated about vaccination and infectious diseases, we are publicly labeled as “ignorant” and “selfish” if our newfound knowledge leads us to disagree with vaccine orthodoxy. 141516 Knowledge is power and, as a 19th century poet said so well, “doubt grows with knowledge.” 17 So, it is no wonder that physician keepers of vaccine risk knowledge, secrets and myths 18 are threatened in the 21st century by the people’s ability to gain free access to the Library of Medicine online 19 and engage in uncensored conversations about vaccination.

Educated Parents Rejecting Vaccine Orthodoxy

Study after study reveals that, increasingly, it is college educated, financially stable middle class parents, who are seeking knowledge and rejecting vaccine orthodoxy.2021222324252627 In response, those controlling and profiting from the mass vaccination system are using classic propaganda techniques 28 to persuade lawmakers to legally compel all Americans to be vaccinated according to orthodoxy or be punished with denial of civil and human rights. 29

Last year at this time, we saw an unprecedented, highly orchestrated media campaign whipping up hysteria about a few cases of measles at Disneyland to justify eliminating personal belief vaccine exemptions from California education and child care employment laws. 303132 Parents objecting to vaccine mandates were demonized and there were calls for their imprisonment, 33 as well as online censorship of public discussion of vaccine risks and failures, 34 and the de-licensing of doctors questioning vaccine safety. 3536

This year, public humiliation of anyone who rejects vaccine orthodoxy has already begun. A New Year’s Eve editorial in a Colorado newspaper branded parents, who will not “listen and comply” with government “vaccination rules,” as “odd,” “foolish,” “irresponsible” and “reckless,” and said a law should be passed to force them to comply. 37

Two days later, a national business magazine targeted a Jewish holistic family practice doctor for shaming because he wrote a blog criticizing vaccine safety and objecting to the banning of children from Jewish summer camp if they have not gotten every dose of every vaccine on the federally dictated schedule. 38 He was described as a “threat to public health” and it was suggested that doctors like him criticizing vaccine orthodoxy should be stripped of their medical license.

Racial Profiling And Shaming Of Caucasian Parents

Another disturbing type of propaganda to re-emerge as we head into 2016 is what I described in 2012 as “turning vaccine exemptions into class warfare.” 39 This involves highly educated, well-paid physician politicians and professors in academia, who are engaging in racial profiling and the shaming of educated, middle class Caucasian parents challenging vaccine orthodoxy.

“Rich, white and refusing vaccinations,” screamed one racially charged newspaper headline on Christmas Eve. 40 “If you live in a rich, white community where lots of people don’t vaccinate their kids, that could be dangerous” claimed a health policy professor. 41

As a middle class woman who worked my way through college and learned the hard way as a mother why it is unwise to blindly accept vaccine orthodoxy, I find it interesting that graduating from college, attaining financial stability and being born Caucasian has been turned into an excuse for normalizing prejudice, intolerance and discrimination that would not be condoned in America in any other setting.

Vaccine Injury And Death Does Not Discriminate

Vaccine injury and death does not discriminate between races or social classes, except when people are kept ignorant, economically dependent and unable to make informed choices. As more women, no matter what their race or social class, graduate from college in even greater numbers in America, 42 they will be seeking knowledge about vaccine risks after they become Moms. It is one reason why we are witnessing an accelerated push by government and industry to eliminate the legal right to informed consent to vaccine risk taking in America. 43444546

Those embracing vaccine orthodoxy have a right to their beliefs, but they should not be given the legal right to persecute and punish fellow citizens refusing to convert. Tyranny by any other name is still tyranny.

Exercise And Defend Civil And Human Rights

While we still have freedom of speech, press, thought, conscience and religion in America, please exercise and defend those civil and human rights at every opportunity. If we all stand up for the freedom we have left today, we will not lose more of it tomorrow.

Knowledge is the antidote to vaccine orthodoxy because knowledge is power.

Subscribe to the free NVIC Newsletter and The Vaccine Reaction journal and gain knowledge. Learn about how to identify and report vaccine reactions. Read about vaccine ingredients in the vaccine manufacturer product inserts. Download an illustrated, fully referenced Reforming Vaccine Policy and Law guide and sign up for the free NVIC Advocacy Portal to work with others in your state defending vaccine informed consent rights.

In 2016, empower yourself with knowledge about vaccine science, policy and law. Be a teacher and pass that knowledge on to your family and friends and leaders in your community.

You never know whose life you will save.

It’s your health. Your family. Your choice.

The Health-Care Survivor’s Comment

This presentation is well referenced. For this reason, I have posted the full transcript, including its reference links.

The passion with which Barbara Loe Fisher shares her own story is, clearly, very personal, it is on that should provide inspiration for all of us, who believe in the right to choose natural health care.

Wherever you live in the world, please educate yourself about vaccines, before it is too late to make an informed choice.

Yeast Is A Cause Of Cancer And Turmeric Can Kill Both, Research Confirms

A recent study published in Critical Reviews in Microbiology lends support to the concept that opportunistic Candida albicans (yeast) infection may not just be a consequence of cancer, but is an actively contributing cause as well.Titled, “Candida albicans and cancer: Can this yeast induce cancer development or progression?”, the study provided the following important background information on this controversial subject:There is currently increasing concern about the relation between microbial infections and cancer. More and more studies support the view that there is an association, above all, when the causal agents are bacteria or viruses. This review adds to this, summarizing evidence that the opportunistic fungus Candida albicans increases the risk of carcinogenesis and metastasis. Until recent years, Candida spp. had fundamentally been linked to cancerous processes as it is an opportunist pathogen that takes advantage of the immunosuppressed state of patients particularly due to chemotherapy. In contrast, the most recent findings demonstrate that C. albicans is capable of promoting cancer by several mechanisms, as described in the review: production of carcinogenic byproducts, triggering of inflammation, induction of Th17 response and molecular mimicry. We underline the need not only to control this type of infection during cancer treatment, especially given the major role of this yeast species in nosocomial infections, but also to find new therapeutic approaches to avoid the pro-tumor effect of this fungal species.The four distinct ways by which Candida albicans may contribute to cancer are explained in more detail below:

  • Production of carcinogenic byproducts: First, Candida Albicans produces nitrosamines, which are carcinogens that activate specific proto-oncogenes that could trigger cancerous lesions. Second, Candida albicans produce acetaldehyde, which is produced as the first metabolite of ethanol (the yeast fermentation byproduct), and which is a DNA-damaging (mutagenic) and carcinogenic chemical with a wide range of downstream cancer promoting properties.
  • Triggering of inflammation: Prolonged, unresolved inflammation can promote cancer, both by causing damage to tissue, and through the secretion of proliferative chemicals intended to stimulate regeneration of damaged tissue, but which can render tissue immortalized when the inflammation is chronic and misdirected. Candida albicans is well known to promote a cascade of inflammatory responses within the body when growing beyond their normal population density due to immunosuppression, an inappropriate diet, and/or chemical exposure. These misguided inflammatory responses have been found to promote increases in tumor cell adhesion, which is believed to promote the formation of secondary tumors and/or metastasis.
  • Induction of Th17 response: The set of CD4 T-cells that are dominant in response to Candida albicans, namely, TH17 cells, also secrete factors that may promote angiogenesis (the formation of new blood vessels) and increased tumor incidence and growth.
  • Molecular mimicry: Antibodies produced against a protein on the surface of Candida Albicans (CR3-RP) has structural and antigenic similarities with a receptor on certain of our white blood cells (leukocytes). This “molecular mimicry” may cause antibodies to be formed against our immune cells that then disturb the anti-tumor and anti-Candida defenses of the host.

This newly identified research not only substantiates the concept that yeast overgrowth can be a contributing cause of cancer, but it also, indirectly, raises a red flag to both sugar and alcohol consumption. Clearly, if sugar and its conversion to ethanol produce acetaldehyde, reducing excessive consumption of either is a good chemopreventive step, and likely a completely necessary intervention when actively treating already established cancers — that is, if the goal is full remission.Moreover, sugar has also recently been found to not just feed cancer, but actively contributes to the transformation of normal cells into cancerous ones; i.e. sugar is potentially carcinogenic. Read my recent article, “Research Reveals How Sugar CAUSES Cancer,” to learn more.The implications of this research are profound since sugar also promotes yeast growth, which means that sugar is both directly and indirectly carcinogenic; a fact that is all the more concerning considering cancer treatment wards in major hospitals still give sugar-containing foods and beverages to their patients while being treated, or recovering from treatment.The implications of this research are profound since sugar also promotes yeast growth, which means that sugar is both directly and indirectly carcinogenic; a fact that is all the more concerning considering cancer treatment wards in major hospitals still give sugar-containing foods and beverages to their patients while being treated, or recovering from treatment.A new study published in the European Journal of Pharmacology reveals that the primary polyphenol in turmeric known as curcumin may be the perfect way to fight cancers that have a fungal component.Titled, “Curcumin ,” the new study addressed the concerning problem of invasive fungal infections, as a major cause of both morbidity and mortality, in cancer patients. According to the study, “Effective anti-infection therapy is necessary to inhibit significant deterioration from these infections. However, they are difficult to treat, and increasing antifungal drug resistance often leads to a relapse.” The authors suggest curcumin might offer an ideal natural alternative:Curcumin, a natural component that is isolated from the rhizome of Curcuma longa plants, has attracted great interest among many scientists studying solid cancers over the last half century. Interestingly, curcumin provides an ideal alternative to current therapies because of its relatively safe profile, even at high doses. To date, curcumin’s potent antifungal activity against different strains of Candida, Cryptococcus, Aspergillus, Trichosporon and Paracoccidioides have been reported, indicating that curcumin anticancer drugs may also possess an antifungal role, helping cancer patients to resist invasive fungal infection related complications. The aim of this review is to discuss curcumin’s dual pharmacological activities regarding its applications as a natural anticancer and antifungal agent. These dual pharmacological activities are expected to lead to clinical trials and to improve infection survival among cancer patients.”The study went on to explain that conventional therapies often result in collateral damage to the patient’s immune system, which contributes to fungal overgrowth. Also, conventional drugs for fungal infections can cause serious harm to the liver and kidneys of patients, along with leading to the development of even more aggressive, treatment-resistant fungal infections.Moreover, conventional cancer treatments only target one aspect of cancer, focusing on a single pathway or molecule on a cancer cell. This is why curcumin holds so much more promise as a “next generation multipurpose drug.” Not only does it combat fungal infections, but it has the ability to address a multitude of cancer targets, including being able to destroy the cancer stem cell subpopulation which is at the root of cancer malignancy and recurrence.

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The Health-Care Survivor’s Comment

Curcumin is a diarylheptanoid. It is the principal curcuminoid of the popular South Asian spice turmeric, which is a member of the ginger family. Turmeric’s other two curcuminoids are desmethoxycurcumin and bis-desmethoxycurcumin.

In October 2010, working with Indena S.p.A., the worldwide experts in botanical extract technology, Good Health Naturally, introduced CurcuminX4000, which includes an answer to better Curcumin absorption – phytosome technology.

Curcumin has continued to be an integral part of my own approach to naturally sustainable good health, since I learnt about it in 2006, as part of My Serrapeptase Adventure.

Cancer Is not Just ‘Bad Luck’ But Down To Environment, Study Suggests

Cancer is overwhelmingly a result of environmental factors and not largely down to bad luck, a study suggests.

Earlier this year, researchers sparked a debate after suggesting two-thirds of cancer types were down to luck rather than factors such as smoking.

The new study, in the journal Nature, used four approaches to conclude only 10-30% of cancers were down to the way the body naturally functions or “luck”.

Experts said the analysis was “pretty convincing”.

Cancer is caused by one of the body’s own stem cells going rogue and dividing out of control.

That can be caused either by intrinsic factors that are part of the innate way the body operates, such as the risk of mutations occurring every time a cell divides, or extrinsic factors such as smoking, UV radiation and many others that have not been identified.

The argument has been about the relative importance of intrinsic and extrinsic factors.

In January, a report in the journal Science tried to explain why some tissues were millions of times more vulnerable to developing cancer than others.

Their explanation came down to the number of times a cell divides, which is out of our control and gave rise to the ‘bad luck’ hypothesis.

In the latest study, a team of doctors from the Stony Brook Cancer Centre in New York approached the problem from different angles, including computer modelling, population data and genetic approaches.

They said the results consistently suggested 70-90% of the risk was due to extrinsic factors.

Dr Yusuf Hannun, the director of Stony Brook, told the BBC News website: “External factors play a big role, and people cannot hide behind bad luck.

“They can’t smoke and say it’s bad luck if they have cancer.

“It is like a revolver, intrinsic risk is one bullet.

“And if playing Russian roulette, then maybe one in six will get cancer – that’s the intrinsic bad luck.

“Now, what a smoker does is add two or three more bullets to that revolver. And now, they pull the trigger.

“There is still an element of luck as not every smoker gets cancer, but they have stacked the odds against them.

“From a public health point of view, we want to remove as many bullets as possible from the chamber.”

There is still an issue as not all of the extrinsic risk has been identified and not all of it may be avoidable.

‘Convincing’

Kevin McConway, a professor of applied statistics at the Open University, said: “They do provide pretty convincing evidence that external factors play a major role in many cancers, including some of the most common.

“Even if someone is exposed to important external risk factors, of course it isn’t certain that they will develop a cancer – chance is always involved.

“But this study demonstrates again that we have to look well beyond pure chance and luck to understand and protect against cancers.”

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