Sunday, December 25, 2011

Research: Pineapple Enzyme Superior to Chemotherapy in Treating Cancer


One gets the idea of just how toxic this 5-FU [5-fluorouracil] crap is when it burns bare skin

Activist Post
By Sayer Ji
12/24/2011

Every once in a while a study pops up on the National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database known as MEDLINE that not only confirms the therapeutic relevance of natural substances in cancer treatment, but blows the conventional approach out of the water.
Published in 2007 in the journal Planta Medica, researchers found that an enzyme extracted from pineapple stems known as bromelain was superior to the chemo-agent 5-fluorauracil in treating cancer in the animal model. The researchers stated:

   This antitumoral effect [bromelain] was superior to that of 5-FU [5-fluorouracil], whose survival index was approximately 263 %, relative to the untreated control. [view entire study]

    What is so remarkable about this research is that 5-FU has been used as a cancer treatment for 40 years, and has been relatively unsuccessful due to its less than perfect selectivity at killing cancer, often killing and/or irreversibly damaging healthy cells and tissue, as well.

As a highly toxic, fluoride-bound form of the nucleic acid uracil, a normal component of RNA, the drug is supposed to work by tricking more rapidly dividing cells -- which include both cancer and healthy intestinal, hair follicle, and immune cells -- into taking it up, thereby inhibiting (read: poisoning) RNA replication enzymes and RNA synthesis.


 
    The dose at which 50% of the animals given the drug die is 115mg/kg, or the equivalent of 7.8 grams for a 150 lb adult human.

 
     Keep in mind that a 7.5 gram dose of 5-FU, which is the weight of 3 pennies, would kill 50% of the humans given it. Bromelain's MSDS, on the other hand, states the LD50 to be 10,000 mg/kg, or the equivalent 1.5 lbs of bromelain for a 150lb adult, which means it is 3 orders of magnitude safer!

     How then, can something as innocuous as the enzyme from the stem/core of a pineapple be superior to a drug that millions of cancer patients over the past 40 years have placed their hopes of recovery on, as well as spending billions of dollars on in the process?
There is a well-known effect associated with a wide range of natural compounds called "selective cytotoxicity," whereby they are able to induce programmed cell death (the graceful self-disassembly known as apoptosis) within the cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells and tissue unharmed. No FDA-approved chemotherapy drug on the market today has this indispensable property, which is why cancer treatment is still in the dark ages, often destroying the quality of life, and accelerating the death of those who undergo it, often unwittingly. When a person dies following conventional cancer treatment it is all too easy to "blame the victim" and simply write that patient's cancer off as "chemo-resistant," or "exceptionally aggressive," when in fact the non-selective nature of the chemotoxic agent is what ultimately lead to their death.

     Keep in mind that bromelain, like all natural substances, will never receive FDA drug approval.

   Capital, at the present time, does not flow into the development of non-patentable (i.e. non-profitable) cancer therapies -- even if they work, are safe and extremely affordable. This is simply the nature of the beast. Until we compel our government to utilize our tax dollars to invest in this type of research, there will be no level playing field in cancer treatment, or any treatment offered through the conventional medical establishment, for that matter.

     Or, some of us may decide to take our health into our own hands, and use the research, already freely available on possible natural cancer treatment, to inform our treatment decisions without the guidance of the modern-day equivalent of the "priest" of the body, the conventional oncologist, who increasingly fills the description of an "applied pharmacologist/toxicologist" - nothing more, nothing less.

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Afghanistan rejects US-Taliban deal


Only the losing side negotiates with the "enemy;" Obama, CIA loose another illegal war; Taliban laughing asses off at Panetta's posturing, say they don't deal with old women

Press TV
12/24/2011

The Afghan government has rejected a US-Taliban deal over transferring five Taliban militants, who are under custody in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, to Qatar. 
 
    "Right now, things have stopped," a senior US official said on Saturday. "Everybody is taking a deep breath."

The artwork of this image is reality of illegal Afghan war
The rejection came after The Washington Post reported on Friday that the US and Taliban negotiators had reached a deal to transfer five detainees last month.

According to the deal, the inmates would be placed under house arrest in Qatar.

The deal came after at least six meetings this year between US officials and a Taliban delegation headed by Tayyib Agha, an aide to Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar.

     German officials also met with other Taliban representatives, the paper said.

    A spokesman of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Aimal Faizi, told state-run BBC that the US did not give much information about the deal to the Afghan government and this is against our peace plan with the militant group.
 
    The United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 under the pretext of eradicating the Taliban militant group, but its failure has forced Washington to turn to negotiation with the militants.

    The US government has planned new round of talks with the Taliban in early 2012.

AGB/HGH



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The Globalization of War - GRTV Backgrounder


Mass-desensitizing by the "mainstream media" also taking place

GRTV
By James Corbett, Rick Rozoff, Michel Chossudovsky
12/24/2011
 
Michel Chossudovsky
The world's attention is increasingly focused on Syria and Iran as the region continues to move toward military confrontation. Less noticed, however, is that the pieces are being put into place for a truly global conflict, with military buildup taking place in every region and threatening to draw in all of the world's major powers.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Mentally ill flood Emergency Rooms as states cut service but plenty for Obama, CIA's illegal wars


Picking up where Ronald Regan left off; abandoning all but those that can pay; cops now killing homeless

Reuters
By Julie Steenhuysen and Jilian Mincer
12/25/2011

CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - 

On a recent shift at a Chicago emergency department, Dr. William Sullivan treated a newly homeless patient who was threatening to kill himself.

     "He had been homeless for about two weeks. He hadn't showered or eaten a lot. He asked if we had a meal tray," said Sullivan, a physician at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago and a past president of the Illinois College of Emergency Physicians.

"Ronny Raygun" began in the 1980's to dump mentally ill on street
Sullivan said the man kept repeating that he wanted to kill himself. "It seemed almost as if he was interested in being admitted."

Across the country, doctors like Sullivan are facing a spike in psychiatric emergencies - attempted suicide, severe depression, psychosis - as states slash mental health services and the country's worst economic crisis since the Great Depression takes its toll.

     This trend is taxing emergency rooms already overburdened by uninsured patients who wait until ailments become acute before seeking treatment.

     "These are people without a previous psychiatric history who are coming in and telling us they've lost their jobs, they've lost sometimes their homes, they can't provide for their families, and they are becoming severely depressed," said Dr. Felicia Smith, director of the acute psychiatric service at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Increased demand in mental health services

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State mental health budget cuts

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     Visits to the hospital's psychiatric emergency department have climbed 20 percent in the past three years.

     "We've seen actually more very serious suicide attempts in that population than we had in the past as well," she said.

      Compounding the problem are patients with chronic mental illness who have been hurt by a squeeze on mental health services and find themselves with nowhere to go.

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On top of that, doctors are seeing some cases where the patient's most critical need is a warm bed.

"The more I see these patients, the more I realize that if it's sleeting and raining outside, the emergency room is the only place they have," said Dr. R. Corey Waller, director of the Spectrum Health Medical Group Center for Integrative Medicine in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

     Government agencies such as the National Institutes of Mental Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration could not provide fresh data on use of psychiatric services in recent years.

    But doctors from more than a dozen hospitals nationwide, mental health advocacy groups and state-funded agencies told Reuters they are all seeing a marked increase in psychiatric emergencies.

A WORSENING PROBLEM


     The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), an organization of state mental health directors, estimates that in the last three years states have cut $3.4 billion in mental health services, while an additional 400,000 people sought help at public mental health facilities.

Bad place to be:  Homeless on the streets of San Francisco, CA
In that same time frame, demand for community-based services climbed 56 percent, and demand for emergency room, state hospital and emergency psychiatric care climbed 18 percent, the organization said.

    "This wasn't one round of cuts," says Ted Lutterman, director of research analysis at NASMHPD Research Institute. "It was three or four for many states, and multiple cuts during the year."

    If the economy doesn't improve, next year could be worse because many community mental health agencies are cutting programs and using up reserve funds, says Linda Rosenberg, president of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.

    "It's been horrible," she said. "Those that need it the most - the unemployed, those with tremendous family stress - have no insurance."

     In the emergency room, this increased demand has meant doctors and social workers are spending hours and sometimes days trying to arrange care for psychiatric patients languishing in the emergency department, taking up beds that could be used for traditional types of trauma.

     More than 70 percent of emergency department administrators said they have kept patients waiting in the emergency department for 24 hours, according to a 2010 survey of 600 hospital emergency department administrators by the Schumacher Group, which manages emergency departments across the country.

    Ten percent said they had "boarded" patients for a week or more.

Obama, congress now cutting kid's social programs and Medical
And many hospitals are not prepared for the increased caseload of psychiatric patients, says Randall Hagar, director of government affairs for the California Psychiatric Association.

California cut $587 million in state-funded mental health services in the past two years, the most of any state, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a patient advocacy group.

     "They don't have secure holding rooms. They don't have quiet spaces. They don't have a lot of things you need to help calm down a person in an acute psychiatric crisis," Hagar said.

     "Often you have a patient strapped to a gurney in a hallway outside of the emergency department where social workers are desperately trying to find an inpatient bed," he said.

FROM CITIES TO SMALL TOWNS

     In North Carolina, the state has cut its inpatient psychiatric capacity by half since 2005, says Dr. Bret Nicks, an emergency physician at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem and a spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians.

     Nicks points to a report from the Institute of Medicine released in 2006 that found U.S. emergency departments were already overtaxed and overcrowded.

Mentally ill on street         Photo by Robert S. Finnegan 2007
"Now you are adding in patients who are unsafe to leave but yet have nowhere to go," he said. "I consider patients with acute psychiatric needs as really the forgotten patient population in the U.S. right now."

     
    Dr. Stephen Anderson is an emergency department doctor at Auburn Regional Medical Center, a mid-size suburban hospital outside of Seattle.

   "When the economy is hurt they are some of the first to drop off the healthcare rolls," he said of local residents in the largely blue-collar community.

    Anderson, who heads the Washington Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, said the state has lost a third of its inpatient psychiatric beds in the past decade.

     Lately he is seeing a marked escalation in patients with psychiatric problems turning up in the emergency department. In early December, a third of its beds were occupied with people in a psychiatric crisis who were not safe to return to the community.

     The problem extends out to small towns.

   Sullivan splits his time between the big emergency department at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago and St. Margaret's Hospital, a tiny facility in Spring Valley, Illinois, about 100 miles southwest of the city.

     On a recent shift, a young woman with schizophrenia arrived at the hospital. She had just lost her job and apartment and was living with relatives. She could not afford the medications that were keeping her illness in check.

     The woman asked Sullivan to switch her prescriptions to drugs that could be found on the $4 discount list at Wal-Mart and other discount stores.

     "I didn't feel comfortable doing that," Sullivan said, noting that emergency physicians are being asked to deliver specialized care that should be handled by a psychiatrist.

     He found a healthcare facility about 25 miles away with a psychiatrist who could help, but even that presented a problem for the woman, who had no way of getting to the appointment.

     "It's almost akin to having a cardiac patient come in and say, 'I need someone to adjust my defibrillator.' In the emergency department, we can do a lot, but there are some things we have to leave with the specialists," he said.



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Gemerlap Cinta Kasih Natal di Gereja Katedral


Indonesia an example to world of how different cultures and religions live together for most part in peace

KOMPAS
By Riana Afifah | Hertanto Soebijoto | Sabtu
11/24/2011

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com -

Suasana meriah Natal begitu terasa saat menginjakkan kaki ke halaman Gereja Katedral, Jakarta Pusat. Gemerlap lampu-lampu hias di ranting pohon berbaur dengan tenda putih yang megah menaungi jemaat yang duduk di luar bangunan gereja.

 
Gambaran suka cita juga terpancar dari wajah para panitia Natal yang menyambut tiap jemaat yang masuk ke areal gereja. Senyum tidak pernah lepas dari wajah mereka sambil mengarahkan jemaat yang baru datang ke tempat yang masih kosong dan memberikan buku ibadah.

"Natal memang selalu semarak dan para jemaat di sini selalu bersuka cita merayakannya," kata salah satu jemaat Gereja Katedral, Sharon, kepada Kompas.com, Sabtu (24/12/2011).

Tidak hanya itu, temaram lampu-lampu petromaks juga mewarnai jalan samping gereja yang menimbulkan suasana syahdu. Sementara di dalam gereja, lampu temaram membaur dengan hiasan bunga kastuba merah di segala penjuru ruang.

Bahkan bouquet bunga kastuba merah berjajar rapi di sekitar Patung Pieta yaitu patung Bunda Maria yang sedang memangku tubuh Yesus Kristus yang diturunkan dari kayu Salib.

Gemerlap suka cita dan damai cinta kasih itulah yang terlihat dari suasana Gereja Katedral, Jakarta Pusat pada malam Natal kali ini. Tua muda tampak bersemangat dan mengenakan pakaian terbaiknya untuk merayakan kelahiran sang Juru Selamat.


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