Author Archive for Charles Thomas

18
Apr
13

Are cancer patients’ hopes for chemo too high?

– At least two thirds of people with advanced cancer in a new survey believed the chemotherapy they’re receiving might cure them, even though the treatment is only being given to buy some time or make them comfortable.

“Their expectations are way out of line with reality,” Dr. Deborah Schrag of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston told Reuters Health.

Her team reports in the New England Journal of Medicine that 69 percent who were terminally ill with lung cancer, and 81 percent with fatal colorectal cancer, did not understand that their chemotherapy was not at all likely to eliminate their tumors.

When lung cancer or colorectal cancer has spread, chemotherapy may extend survival for weeks or months at a cost of some substantial side effects.

Perhaps ironically, the patients who had the nicest things to say about their doctors’ ability to communicate with them were less likely to understand the purpose of their chemotherapy than patients who had a less-favorable opinion of their communication with their physician.

“This is not about bad doctors and it’s not about unintelligent patients,” said Schrag. “This is a complex communication dynamic. It’s hard to talk to people and tell them we can’t cure your cancer” because doctors find it uncomfortable to hammer home grim news and patients don’t want to believe it.

“If patients actually have unrealistic expectations of a cure from a therapy that is administered with palliative intent, we have a serious problem of miscommunication that we need to address,” write Drs. Thomas Smith and Dan Longo of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in a commentary accompanying the study.

“This may explain why two months before death, half of all patients with lung cancer have not heard any of their doctors use the word ‘hospice,'” they write.

TONING DOWN OPTIMISM ‘HARD’

The study “suggests we need to spend a little more time” explaining the hard facts to patients, said Dr. Hossein Borghaei, an oncologist at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, who was not involved in the research. “Medical oncologists are going to need to tone down their optimism and enthusiasm, but it’s hard.”

The findings are based on interviews with 1,193 patients, or their surrogates, who had been diagnosed with cancer that had spread. All were receiving chemotherapy.

“The fact that 20 to 30 percent of respondents recognized that chemotherapy was not at all likely to cure them shows that at least some patients were able to accept this reality and to acknowledge it to an interviewer,” the researchers wrote.

“These are not trivial issues. Chemotherapy near the end of life is still common, does not improve survival, and is one preventable reason why 25 percent of all Medicare funds are spent in the last year of life,” write Smith and Longo.

“There is a lot of harm in not having patients understand the finality of the disease,” said Borghaei. Chemo drugs “are very powerful, they have a lot of side effects, the chemotherapy is going to harm you more than it helps you, and it can actually shorten your life. All of this should be taken into account.”

Smith and Longo said the results are probably due, in varying degrees, to patients not being told their disease is incurable, patients not being told in a way that let them understand, patients choosing to not believe the message, or patients being too optimistic. “It is probably a combination of all four possibilities,” they said.

Borghaei said the study “doesn’t take into account what patients bring to the table when they are diagnosed with incurable cancer.”

Many patients insist that they are going to beat the odds once they hear the news.

“What are you supposed to do, stand in front of someone with advanced disease and argue with them?” said Borghaei. “It’s not productive. But I hear that all the time, especially from the younger patients.”

“I think it serves as a stark reminder to physicians: just slow down, maybe take a few minutes to realize how hard this is,” said Schrag. “Recognize that this is not one conversation, but typically a series of conversations to see if they’ve understood it, and how they’re acting on it.”

When a cure is extremely unlikely, “We have to make sure people have the opportunity to plan and prepare for what is much more likely to happen,” she said.

SOURCE: New England Journal of Medicine, October 25, 2012.

More here >>>>> http://www.naturalnews.com/037768_chemotherapy_oncologists_hype.html

28
Oct
11

AIDS is curable. Fact or myth?

Here are some interesting facts about AIDS and the myths surrounding it. Is it a deliberate disinformation ploy by the powers that be such as the FDA, big Pharma, the medical establishment and governments? The real question is, who is most to gain from this diabolical strategy, if it were at all true?

Mankind is facing a new threat of swine flu. A few years earlier, bird flu and SARS caused panic all over the world. AIDS has been on the top of the list of “scary” diseases for thirty years. Where are millions of victims of SARS and bird flu? Where is deserted Africa allegedly doomed for total extinction from AIDS? Gor Shirdel, M.D. of Irish descent who is currently practicing in Kiev, has cured two patients from AIDS. “I don’t believe that AIDS is incurable. Weak immune system is an issue that has been around for at least 200 years. It can be solved.

Viruses found in the blood of those with AIDS is not the cause of the disease, it’s a consequence of immunodeficiency. “The world thinks AIDS is incurable because two doctors, an American Robert Gallo and a Frenchman Luke Montanye, managed to convince the world in the early 1980s that AIDS is caused by “human immune deficiency virus” (HIV). Montanye even received a Nobel Prize for his “discovery.” Yet, they cannot find this virus in the human body. AIDS patients are diagnosed through the tests that register antibodies in blood, not HIV. “These antibodies are developed in blood serum when any virus or bacteria enters the body. The same happens in case of flu, or any other illness or a shot, etc. When antibodies are found in the blood serum, it does not mean that there is a virus in the blood. Positive HIV tests shock patients because proponents of infectious AIDS convinced everyone that an HIV-positive patient will sooner or later die, and that this disease is incurable. “I think this is the result of purposeful policy of the American Center for Disease Control and Prevention whose annual budget for combating AIDS amounts to two billion dollars.”

However, there are over six thousand outstanding doctors and scientists in the world who voice their arguments against the opinion that AIDS is incurable. They include Peter Duesberg, PhD., the author of “Inventing the AIDS Virus,” Kary Mullis, a biochemist and Novel laureate, and Robert Willner, the author of “Deadly Deception.” “In 1993, Willner jabbed his finger with blood he said was from an HIV-infected patient and did not get infected. He said he’s done it to put the end to the greatest deadly lie in the history of medicine. “Statistics is stronger than lies. If the published numbers were true, Africa should have become barren by now. Yet, its population exceeds one billion people. The population of South African Republic that has the most cases of AIDS in the world should have declined, but it grew 1.7 times within the period from 1986 to 1999.

As an afterthought, have you ever wonder why there has been a decline in AIDS related cases of late worldwide?

Read this report from the New York Times.

U.S. Reporting Sharp Decrease In Aids Related Deaths

http://www.nytimes.com/specials/women/warchive/970228_1695.html

And from  Naturalnews.com

The AIDS myth exposed: Why experts are challenging conventional AIDS mythology

Learn more:http://www.naturalnews.com/027354_AIDS_immune_system.html#ixzz1c3m8VQF4

05
May
11

You can get fat from proteins myth

Muscles and fats are made up of very different types of cells that have completely different functions.  Skeletal muscles get larger when a person exercises primarily from hypertrophy; in other words, the person isn’t gaining more muscle cells (which would be hyperplasia), rather, the ones they have are just getting bigger, with more filaments and the like being developed within the cells to accommodate the more challenging demand on them.

After a person quits exercising, the muscle cells aren’t going away and somehow managing to morph into fat cells; rather, they are simply shrinking.  This allows the body to conserve energy when a person’s daily activities don’t require as much muscle mass; muscle cells take quite a bit of energy to maintain (resting caloric usage of 13 Calories per kilogram per day).

The myth that muscles turn to fat when a person stops exercising probably stems from the fact that people who body build or otherwise exercise quite a bit, who then stop exercising, tend to start looking a little squishy around the edges.  There are a few different things that contribute to this, but primarily, it all comes down to caloric intake.

Specifically, people who exercise regularly tend to accustom themselves to eating quite a bit more food than people who maintain a relatively healthy body weight without exercising.  Once they stop exercising though, they instantly lose the need for the calories used during their workouts, which is often quite significant.

It gets worse though.  Over time, as their body loses muscle mass, their body needs significantly fewer calories even when they aren’t working out.  As noted before, resting skeletal muscle cells burn approximately 13 Calories per kilogram per day or around 6 Calories per pounds per day.  So they’ll even see quite a difference there while they’re just sitting around doing nothing.

So bottom line, people who exercise regularly who suddenly stop, tend to gain fat quickly because they don’t adjust their food intake to compensate for their decreased caloric needs, not because muscle cells are somehow turning into fat cells.

Bonus Factoids:

  • There are three main types of muscle cells.  The first is smooth muscle, which lines the walls of certain blood vessels and the walls of the esophagus, uterus, stomach, urethra, bladder, and intestines, among other places; this type of muscle is considered involuntary.  The second type is cardiac muscle, which is also involuntary and is only found in the heart.  The third type is skeletal muscle, which closely resembles cardiac muscle cells and is what most people think of when they think of muscles.  Skeletal muscles are attached to ligaments which in turn are attached to bones.  Cardiac muscle cells tend to be connected in irregular angles, which are called intercalated discs.  Skeletal muscle cells, on the other hand, tend to be arranged in parallel bundles.
  • Within the types of muscle fibers that we can consciously control, there are slow twitch and fast twitch types.  Slow twitch muscle cells are much weaker than fast twitch muscle cells, but they are designed for endurance.  Fast twitch muscle cells are relatively strong compared to their slow twitch counterparts, but by virtue of their design, have very little staying power.
  • How muscle cells work is as follows: they contain microscopic filaments with even smaller fibers attached to these filaments.  When electricity is carried into the muscle from the outer membrane, the fibers from the filaments hook onto fibers from other filaments and push against each other, thus causing the contraction.
  • Muscle soreness after workouts, generally appearing the next day, is not caused by lactic acid, as was once thought.  Rather, it is caused by tiny tears in the muscle fibers themselves.
  • Muscles are approximately 18-26% efficient in terms of the total metabolic cost vs. the actual mechanical work done.
  • On average, 42% of an adult man’s body mass is made up of skeletal muscle.  For women, that number drops to 36% on average.
  • As noted, skeletal muscles consume about 13 Calories per kilogram per day.  So, if you weigh approximately 81 kg (180 pounds) and are a man, your skeletal muscles will burn around 442 Calories per day when you are just sit around all day [(81 kg*.42)*13 Calories/kg].  If you are an average female at that same mass, you’ll burn about 379 Calories from your at rest skeletal muscles per day.
  • Fat cells will burn around 4.5 Calories per kilogram or approximately 1/3 what skeletal muscle cells will burn.  How much of your body mass is made up of fat cells varies greatly from person to person, but you can use a body fat test to get that number and then easily figure out how many Calories your fat cells burn per day. ((BodyFatPercentage * weight in kg)*4.5 Calories/kg)
  • Bone cells burn about 2.3 Calories per kilogram.  If you are a man, on average about 15% of your body mass is made up of bone.  For women, that number is around 12%.
05
May
11

The Difference Between Western & Eastern Medicine.

Most cancer related diseases such as myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), which is a ‘pre-leukemia’ type disease, are the result of auto-immune problems. Sadly, in the case of cancer treatment, using chemotherapy and radiation cannot really cure the disease most of the time. It is like the case of “locking the barn door after the horse is gone”. In fact, this treatment’s main job is effectively destroy the erratic immune system which are killing the healthy cells, and after the chemo treatment, doctors hope that nature would take over to rejuvenate the body again, because our DNA has all the information or blueprint to heal itself. The problems is, most people do not know what cancer really is, what triggers it and how Western medicine treats it. My reasoning is this. Western medical philosophy or rather Western allopathy treatments targets the symptoms not the disease. This reasoning , according to Dr.Samuel Hahnemann, (a German physician who is known for creating an alternative form of medicine called homeopathy), is that once the symptomatic effects of the disease has been alleviated, the human body should be strong enough to heal itself; provided that the body has all the time to recuperate and has access to proper nutrition as well. So essentially, Western medicine targets the symptom not the disease, and the body would cure itself, provided that it has all the ‘resources’ to heal itself are available. So essentially doctors cannot really cure you but they only help facilitate the healing process. (Traditional Chinese Medicine) TCM and other alternative healing methods such as Ayurveda and Homeopathy targets the disease not the symptoms, that is the cause not the effect. TCM philosophy is based on Hot and Cold, so in a scientific sense ‘Hot’ refers to an overly acidic blood and ‘Cold’ refers to an alkaline or pH neutral blood. The real reason why diseases like cancer comes about is due to an overly acidic blood, which damages the immune system. Once the body’s ‘ecology’ becomes disrupted, which puts a lot of stress on the immune system, the system would go berserk and would go against the healthy cells as well. The immune system is programmed to only attack foreign bodies like viruses and bacteria but if it exists in a stressful environment, the immune system would not know friend from foe and would even attack the healthy cells as well. One way to remedy this is to neutralize the acidic toxins in the blood with alkaline derivatives which are organic in nature. Unfortunately, chemotherapy uses inorganic chemicals which are alkaline in nature but they do more harm than good, to achieve the same result.So most TCM and Ayurvedic treatments rely on alkaline based remedies. First and foremost they cleanse the system with herbs, and they strengthen the digestive system so that the food nutrients will be easily assimilated to heal and rejuvenate the cells quickly. They also recommend breathing exercises like Tai Chi or Yoga and a high alkaline diet, vegetarian mainly. The also recommend massages to expel the toxins in the fatty tissues. So basically it is not as invasive as Western medicine. In conclusion, proper diet, high alkaline, low carbohydrate and high protein diet is suitable for our generation. Getting away from highly polluted environment and exposure to chemicals is crucial. Learning to breath properly is also important, because CO2 build up also leads to blood acidity. Drinking lots of pure water also helps a lot. Most of all, living in a stress free environment helps. But I think the most important thing to do is to have a positive and optimistic frame of mind. Because if you are stressed, your breathing patten, digestive system or addiction to sugars and carbohydrates becomes worse, causing havoc to your body. I hope this helps. Cheers!

More information here:

http://www.santjuliadecerdanyola.net/similarities-and-differences-between-eastern-and-western-medicine.htm

05
May
11

The Drug Industry

The Drug Industry

There seems to be an all out effort to make alternative healing much more difficult to obtain. The so-called health industry is nothing but a money making machine and so is the cancer ‘industry’. For example, people have been brainwashed into believing that cancer can only be cured through chemo-therapy do not have the statistics of the cure rate which is dismal! Thousands have been spent, live savings lost, families disunited, and the ‘cancer’ industry i.e. the pharma industries with the help of their cahoots in the FDA & the FTC are laughing all the way to the bank! Now it seems that a politician in California  is trying to pass a legislation to make it difficult or average Americans to use food supplements.

Check out this excerpt: (NaturalNews) Of all the sneaky tactics practiced in Washington D.C., this recent action by Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) is one of the most insidious: While no one was looking, he injected amendment language into the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 (H.R. 4173) that would expand the powers of the FTC (not the FDA, but the FTC) to terrorize nutritional supplement companies by greatly expanding the power of the FTC tomake its own laws that target dietary supplement companies.

This is a little-known secret about the FTC and the nutritional supplements business: The FTC routinely targets nutritional supplement companies that are merely telling the truth about their products. Some companies are threatened by merely linking to published scientific studies about their products.” –

It is a known fact that almost all diseases are caused by some form of immunological deficiency. The result of an overly acidic body caused by bad eating habits, excessive carbohydrates and proteins, environmental pollution, something called Electronic smog, and psychological/physiological stress. Now, for our immune system to function optimally, the physiological environment for the immune system must be conducive for its operation. Unfortunately blood acidity weakens the immune system. So, we need to start taking the proper supplement to boost the immune system, and have a more alkalinic diet to have optimal health. Probably I need to write a booklet to explain all of this!

Check out these great articles:

http://www.mnwelldir.org/docs/fraud/chemo.htm

Have a look at this site. It may save your life!
http://www.NaturalNews.com/024567_health_the_FDA_websites.html

05
May
11

The Cancer Industry

Do you really think that the current medical fraternity is interested in finding a cure for cancer? It’s just like the so called ‘War Against Terror’. It’s  a futile or a quixotic attempt to fight against something one is not totally aware of. On the same vein,we can also  ask ourselves whether we can really win the ‘Drug War’. If the drug enforcement authorities, like the DEA are really interested in the ridding the world of illegal drugs, their very success would mean  an end to their existence, which means the end of the DEA! A classic ‘Catch 22’ situation! Same thing applies here.Legalized drug pushers, aka the pharmaceutical companies, have a lot to lose if a cure for cancer was found. Funny thing is, there will be no cure for cancer if the current philosophy or belief system is pursued, period! The cancer industry is a huge money making franchise.

The adage, ‘know thy enemy’ is not fully realized in this context, simply because the medical experts are so focused on how to destroy cancer cells, that they are not taking into consideration the fact that they are also messing up the immune system. Ironically, it is a weak immune system that starts the onset of cancer. Current research is proving that a weak immune system, created by poor lifestyle choices,smoking,alcohol, pollution, ‘electronic smog’, diet, free-radicals and carcinogens causes cancer to develop. A weak immune system invites a whole barrage of viruses, retro-viruses and bacteria to attack the defenceless  human organism, so much so that a weak immune system which is totally stressed up in the ‘body’s ecology’,( that is the the environment which is necessary for a strong immune system to exist) makes the immune system to go amok and attack healthy cells. The body’s acidity level caused by the viral and bacterial invasion in the first place, makes the immune system weak.It’s as simple as that! So a simple commonsensical approach is to first neutralize the body’s acidity and second to ‘re-educate’ the immune system to identify and kill the invading foreign entities. Of course a healthy lifestyle, lot of fresh vegetables and fruits, alkaline water, exercise and a healthy dose of sunshine helps too! A product called ‘4Life -Transfer Factor’ seems to help as well, in reeducating the immune system.(The flyer for the product is attached above). Log on to:

http://www.4life.com/science/Default.aspx

Just last week I lost a friend named Joseph to this dreaded disease. I have also lost a few friends, a brother in law, 4 aunts and a few realtives, not to cancer but to chemotherapy! They have spent their life earnings, and even their families savings as well, just to die in the end, if they are not insured that is. Even if they had had got themselves medical insurance, it was not even enough to cover the cost for the chemotherapy or cancer treatment.

It is high time that we, the sane people of the  world, take control of our lives instead of handing it over to some medical zealots, people like the pharmaceutical industries, the medical establishments and even the FDA, who are hell bent in enriching themselves and their cohorts, at our expense!

The cartoon given below is worth a thousand words!

For more of such tongue in cheek look at  medical establishments goto:

http://www.naturalnews.com/index-cartoons.html

or

http://www.truthpublishing.com/product_p/print-cat21523.htm

The Cancer Industry
The Cancer Industry

*Cartoons  from Truth Publishing.com

Transfer factors products such as 4Life Transfer Factor extracted from colostrum are known to be immune boosters.

05
May
11

The Sick Industry

The Sick Industry

I have posted this comment of this health related site:http://www.thesickindustry.com/

(Click on this link to view the video)

-I have been commenting on this matter for years! Unfortunately, agencies like the FDA are agents of malicious intent working for the benefit of the drug manufacturers. In fact the directors and top brass of the FDA have some connection to the drug companies. This reeks of conflicts of interest of the highest order. The medical fraternity, knowingly or unwittingly have climbed into the band wagon, misinforming the public or maybe even have deliberately become specialists in disinformation, leading the public to their doom.
These government agencies are the very creators of the health epidemic worldwide. They have been created to address health issues not create and compound it. Anyway, the legalized ‘drug cartels’ are laughing all the way to the bank, all in the name of profit, and the public be damned! The public now has to bear the added medical costs, such as higher medical insurance rates, which is already straining the US economy. Agencies such as the FDA and all health related institutions; both government and private entities should be overhauled, forcing it to be more transparent, because absolute power corrupts absolutely! I hope leaders in the medical fraternity do  something about this over dependency on pharmaceutical drugs for the sake of our future generation!