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    The Need for Networking
    With everything going on globally and right here at home it is important to realize the value of networks—gov’ts of the world do it all the time we call it the U.N.—this is where the Leaders decide how and who they are going to invade to keep the global economy going at the expense of war—war on it’s citizens war on indigenous cultures war on tribal peoples who live on pristine land—the idea is that they are networked—undermining them is like knocking a domino down with the other dominoes in line, makes it easier to cause the whole thing to tumble—And this is where we come in—If we are networked when the dominoes go down and around you– you will be connected with people who are like minded and can do things and know how to apply the things that should be applied to make things work—with everyone talking to at least one person, this can generate a dynamic and the web of networks can then be created—causing a synergy and support to everyone else—With our Farming and our Health being threatened by a piece of paper with ink and a wave of a pen you and I can be struck out without a second thought—with a stroke of a pen Our whole health consciousness will be forever changed to consume the toxic genetic and radiated waste the industries are putting out there as food—you are considered expendable, and there are a lot of us so if some die or get permanently disabled as a result of a genetically modified food –nano-particles and cloned meats, Vaccinations and Drugs that have nothing to do but compromise your immune system further. They see a forecast of food consumption and then decide to regulate the production of these toxic foods and then on top tell you that the Vitamins or herbs you are using are “UNSAFE”—It’s time to get a Autonomous attitude and break away from the world—the global gov’ts have no good thing for us !!! The moment we start to network with seed sharing—remedy sharing—food preserving—enzyme making—gardening—communications with short wave and other mean—sharing skills with each other in carpentry—technology—electronics—before you know it we become a lobbying power and can get the country(s) back on track away from the world of regulation and domination through regulation—something to consider—It is doable 1 % of a populace can be a dynamic force that can alter a countries madness and Poisoning the Planet—Just tell One!!! Before you know there are 2 and 2 become 4 and 4 become 8 and 8 becomes 16 and 16 becomes 32 and before you know it in one month there is over a million—and you think they are afraid—YA DAMN BETCHA!
    Now there’s a Network!!
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    Show of the week March 12-2010
    McCain Withdraws Support For Dietary Supplement Safety Act
    Flu Vaccine Has No Effect in People Over Age 65– Cochrane Collaboration Study
    Seaweed calcium ingredient tests well in dairy, says GTC
    UHT Methods
    Recipe on making your own Calcium
    McCain Withdraws Support For Dietary Supplement Safety Act
    A Senate staffer confirmed that Sen. John McCain no longer supports a bill he introduced to significantly tighten regulatory requirements for dietary supplements.–McCain offered the Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010, S. 3002, in February. The Arizona Republican will now collaborate with Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, on revised legislation that allegedly provides for transparency and safety within the supplement industry but without the intensive regulatory intervention proposed in S. 3002. No timeline is set for introduction of a new bill.—Hatch thanks McCain for withdrawing his support of the original legislation in a March 4 letter.–“I’m counting on you to work with me to make sure this important industry does not fall prey to over-regulatory regimes and mounds of costly government bureaucracy,” Hatch writes. –It seemed only a matter of time before Hatch, an author of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act and a vocal industry booster, would speak out against McCain’s bill. S. 3002 targeted products containing steroids and other illegal substances, but was viewed as having potentially devastating effects on the supplement industry as a whole. S. 3002 would have authorized FDA to create a list of “accepted” supplement ingredients, essentially eliminating the new dietary ingredient notification regime established by DSHEA. Other provisions would have required supplement firms to report all adverse events to FDA and would have mandated annual facility and product registration with the agency.–õõõ this is far from over—the efsa in Europe is convening on the new regs and as the statement said here there is no time limit for the new legislation, this means that they have not stopped to try and pass a bill undermining access this just means it is on hold til the Europeans either match what we have or we change to what they are doing—this will be compromised for now till they can get everyone to be so either distracted that you wil not notice any changes or you will just see blatant changesõõõ
    Flu Vaccine Has No Effect in People Over Age 65– Cochrane Collaboration
    A Cochrane Collaboration study has documented that there is no evidence that influenza vaccines have any protective effect in people over age 65. The meta analysis concluded that the “available evidence is of poor quality and provides no guidance regarding the safety, efficacy or effectiveness of influenza vaccines for people aged 65 years or older.”–The standard recommendation by modern medicine and health officials is for people over age 65 to be immunized with every influenza vaccination that comes out, in spite of the fact that there has never been any evidence that it keeps them from getting flu.The study points out that “surrogate outcomes”—antibody stimulation—are used to predict flu vaccine efficacy. That means no influenza vaccine trials actual test to see if they’re effective. Instead, fairly arbitrary blood antibody levels are used to claim efficacy. Trials to see whether the vaccines actually prevent flu are not done. Neither are trials done to determine whether the antibody levels are actually effective in preventing flu. The Cochrane Collaboration study’s results should come as no surprise. The studies provided by drug companies to gain approval of their flu vaccines routinely document that antibody levels in people over 65 are significantly lower than for younger people. This is not the first study to demonstrate a lack of efficacy for influenza vaccines in the elderly. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2005, titled “Impact of Influenza Vaccination on Seasonal Mortality in the US Elderly Population”, (2005;165:265-272) came to the same conclusion in reference to all age groups: We could not correlate increasing vaccination coverage after 1980 with declining mortality rates in any age group.
    The Study’s Conclusions—The Cochrane Collaboration study concludes: –Until such time as the role of vaccines for preventing influenza in the elderly is clarified, more comprehensive and effective strategies for the control of acute respiratory infections should be implemented. These should rely on several preventive interventions that take into account the multi-agent nature of influenza-like illness (ILI) and its context (such as personal hygiene, provision of electricity and adequate food, water and sanitation). The effect of vaccination of high-risk groups should also be further assessed.–In other words, use commonsense in personal hygiene, provide the basics for good health: food, shelter, water, and sanitation—and skip the vaccination.
    Seaweed calcium ingredient tests well in dairy, says GTC
    Independent sensory testing on the mineral ingredient Aquamin has found that it can boost the calcium content of dairy products by up to 40 percent with no negative impact on taste or texture, says GTC Nutrition. Aquamin is a seaweed-derived multi-mineral source, said to be rich in calcium, magnesium and over 70 other trace minerals. It is produced by the Irish firm Marigot, and is distributed in the US by GTC Nutrition. The company this week announced results of tests conducted by the independent group NIZO Food Research earlier this year, which assessed the impact of two Aquamin grades (Aquamin S and Aquamin Soluble) in ultra high temperature (UHT) milk, long-life yogurt drinks and stirred yogurt products.–Calcium fortification—The UHT ( Ultra High Temperature) milk was fortified with 25 percent calcium and the yogurt products were fortified with 40 percent calcium Participants in the study were asked to comment on the taste and texture of the fortified products. They reported improved viscosity for the milk, and no negative flavor impact for the yogurts. The yogurt drink was also found to have an enhanced strawberry flavor, and a perception of increased freshness. All products were found to be visually stable GTC’s Trina O’Brien told this morning that the current testing was prompted by the recent addition of the most soluble grade to the Aquamin line – Aquamin Soluble. This form, she said, was particularly targeted for use in beverage products The other products in the line are Aquamin F, a fine powdery calcium source for use in liquid and dry applications, Aquamin S, a sea mineral source designed to enhance the nutritional profile of low pH foods such as carbonated beverages and frozen desserts, and Aquamin TG, a granulated natural calcium source for use in dietary supplements.
    Health claims—-Products that contain 10 percent calcium are able to carry a ‘good’ source of calcium nutrient content claim in the US, and products that contain 20 percent can carry an ‘excellent’ source claim —-Products that contain 10 percent calcium are able to carry a ‘good’ source of calcium nutrient content claim in the US, and products that contain 20 percent can carry an ‘excellent’ source claim. In addition, GTC said Aquamin qualifies for an authorized health claim for osteoporosis prevention. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), products high in calcium (20 percent RDV per serving), along with regular exercise and a healthy diet, can help maintain good bone health in the teens and early adult years to reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life. Structure/Function claims can also be used on products made with Aquamin. Examples of these include: “Supports bone health”; “Contains bone building minerals”; “Essential minerals for overall wellness”; and “Plant derived source of calcium”. One of the few plant-based calcium sources, Aquamin is still not on a par with calcium carbonates on the market. However, O’Brien said it is “competitively priced”. It has proved particularly popular in Asian markets where consumers already know the benefits of seaweed and are keen to market its natural source
    Calcium deficiency
    The US Department of Agriculture recommended increased dairy consumption when it reconfigured the food pyramid in 2003, but statistics indicate about 80 percent of Americans do not get enough calcium. A similar situation in the UK led the British Dietetic Association to state calcium-fortified, non-dairy foods could be “very useful” in 2007 In a 2007 survey conducted by market researcher the Hartman Group, 68 percent of 2,978 consumers polled cited calcium as a nutrient they would “deliberately add to their diets” second only to fiber. The next highest ingredients were protein and whole grains. Despite these deficiencies and apparent consumer intentions, the calcium fortified foods market has been struggling to match its performance of the 1990s as newer ingredients have caught the imagination of food formulators and the public. In 2006, the percentage of food and beverage products worldwide making ‘high calcium’ claims dropped below three percent for the first time this century, according to Datamonitor’s Productscan Online. Only 2.8 per cent of products made a ‘high calcium’ claim in 2006, compared with 3.7 per cent in 2005
    UHT Methods
    There are two principal methods of UHT treatment:
    Direct Heating
    Indirect Heating
    Direct heating systems
    The product is heated by direct contact with steam of potable or culinary quality. The main advantage of direct heating is that the product is held at the elevated temperature for a shorter period of time. For a heat-sensitive product such as milk, this means less damage.
    [image]Indirect vs Direct Heating (17 KB)
    There are two methods of direct heating
    Injection: High pressure steam is injected into pre-heated liquid by a steam injector leading to a rapid rise in temperature. After holding, the product is flash-cooled in a vacuum to remove water equivalent to amount of condensed steam used. This method allows fast heating and cooling, and volatile removal, but is only suitable for some products. It is energy intensive and because the product comes in contact with hot equipment, there is potential for flavour damage.
    Infusion: The liquid product stream is pumped through a distributing nozzle into a chamber of high pressure steam. This system is characterized by a large steam volume and a small product volume, distributed in a large surface area of product. Product temperature is accurately controlled via pressure. Additional holding time may be accomplished through the use of plate or tubular heat exchangers, followed by flash cooling in vacuum chamber. This method has several advantages:
    instantaneous heating and rapid cooling
    no localized overheating or burn-on
    suitable for low and higher viscosity products
    Indirect heating systems
    The heating medium and product are not in direct contact, but separated by equipment contact surfaces. Several types of heat exchangers are applicable:
    scraped surface
    Plate Heat Exchangers: Similar to that used in HTST but operating pressures are limited by gaskets. Liquid velocities are low which could lead to uneven heating and burn-on. This method is economical in floor space, easily inspected, and allows for potential regeneration.
    Tubular Heat Exchangers: There are several types:
    shell and tube
    shell and coil
    double tube
    triple tube
    All of these tubular heat exchangers have fewer seals involved than with plates. This allows for higher pressures, thus higher flow rates and higher temperatures. The heating is more uniform but difficult to inspect.
    Scraped Surface Heat Exchangers: The product flows through a jacketed tube, which contains the heating medium, and is scraped from the sides with a rotating knife. This method is suitable for viscous products and particulates (< 1 cm) such as fruit sauces, and can be adjusted for different products by changing configuration of rotor. There is a problem with larger particulates; the long process time for particulates would mean long holding sections which are impractical. This may lead to damaged solids and overprocessing of sauce
    Recipes on making your Own calcium
    Take 2 eggs and save the shells—then bake in oven for 30 minutes at 100 celcius or 210 fahr—take out an let cool—add to blender 3 ounces of distilled water or reverse osmosis water—add 1 cap of comfrey extract—add agar or xanthium gum ¼ tsp—add powdered seaweed -1tsp- add 1 tablespoon of citric acid—then add a sweetner like xylitol or stevia 1-2 tsp—Add 1 tsp of gelatin–add all to blender– then blend you will see a thickening and then eventually a smoothing—if it gets bogged down then just slowly add water to the mix till it blends in an dther eis a consistency to it where it appears like a cream blend for several minutes 5-7 –when done pour into a glass container—you have just made yourself a coral calcium like supplement with the 81 trace elements from the sea weed and the calcium from the egg shells—you can use this daily as well as for your plants—your animals –for your kids—just take 1 tsp 3 times a day 30 minutes after you eat not before—yhr idea is to digest your foods if you add this before the meal you wind up with impeded digestion
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    Shows of the week March 15 2010
    Fatty Liver
    Protective effect of Thuja occidentalis against DMBA-induced breast cancer
    Using Nitroglycerin to Treat Prostate Cancer Shows Potential to Halt Disease
    Antioxidant and antiacetylcholinesterase activities of chard
    A “Perfect Storm” Accelerates Chronic Disease Epidemic
    Health Benefits of Black Pepper
    Protective effect of Codonopsis lanceolata root extract against alcoholic fatty liver in the rat.—-J Med Food. 2009 Dec;12(6):1293-301
    Authors: Cho K, Kim SJ, Park SH, Kim S, Park T
    Alcohol intake remains the most important cause of fatty liver throughout the world. The current study was undertaken to determine whether dietary supplementation with Codonopsis lanceolata root water extract attenuates the development of alcoholic fatty liver in rats and to elucidate the molecular mechanism for such an effect. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were fed normal diet (ND), ethanol diet (ED) (36% of total energy from ethanol), or 0.5% C. lanceolata root extract-supplemented ethanol diet (ED+C) for 8 weeks. C. lanceolata root water extract supplemented to rats with chronic alcohol consumption ameliorated the ethanol-induced accumulations of hepatic cholesterol and triglyceride. Chronic alcohol consumption up-regulated the hepatic expression of genes involved in inflammation, fatty acid synthesis, and cholesterol metabolism, including tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFalpha), liver X receptor alpha (LXRalpha), sterol regulatory element-binding protein (SREBP)-1c, fatty acid synthase, acetyl-coenzyme A carboxylase alpha (ACC), stearoyl-coenzyme A desaturase 1, 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase (HMGR), and low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR). The ethanol-induced up-regulations of TNFalpha, LXRalpha, SREBP-1c, HMGR, and LDLR genes in the liver were reversed by feeding C. lanceolata root water extract for 8 weeks. Moreover, ethanol-induced decreases in the ratio of phospho-5′-AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) alpha/AMPKalpha and phospho-ACC/ACC protein levels in the liver were significantly restored (135% and 35% increases, respectively, P < .05) by supplementing them with C. lanceolata root water extract. In conclusion, C. lanceolata root water extract appears to be protective against alcoholic fatty liver through the regulation of SREBP-1c, LXRalpha, HMGR, and LDLR genes and by the phosphorylation of AMPKalpha and ACC, which are implicated in lipid metabolism.
    Protective effect of Thuja occidentalis against DMBA-induced breast cancer with reference to oxidative stress.
    Hum Exp Toxicol. 2010 Mar 3;Authors: Ojeswi BK, Khoobchandani M, Hazra DK, Srivastava MM
    In vivo experiment has been conducted to observe the preventive role of Thuja occidentalis Linn (leaves) against 7, 12 dimethylbenz(a)anthracene (DMBA)-induced mammary cancer. Ethyl acetate (EtOAc) and methanolic (MeOH) extracts in two doses (5 and 10 mg/kg body weight) of the plant were tested for DMBA-induced Indian Cancer Research Centre (ICRC) mice mammary carcinoma in terms of tumor weight, volume, life span, histological variation and oxidative stress against the reference drug doxorubicin using standard animal protocol. EtOAc extract (10 mg/kg body weight) of the plant exhibits reduction of tumor weight (39%), tumor volume (50%), reduced glutathione (GSH) (83%) and malignant cells compared to cancerous control group while the increase in body weight and life span in comparison with cancerous control and doxorubicin-treated group. EtOAc extract being most potent extract has been subjected to detailed chromatographic separation. The most potent chromatographic fraction exhibits the presence of flavonoidal unit. Structural elucidation of bioactive principle is in progress. It is inferred that the plant T. occidentalis (leaves) possess significant potential for phytopreventive bioefficacy against DMBA-induced mammary carcinogenesis.
    PMID: 20200195 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
    Using Nitroglycerin to Treat Prostate Cancer Shows Potential to Halt Disease
    ScienceDaily (Feb. 11, 2010) — Treatment of prostate cancer using a very low dose of nitroglycerin may slow and even halt the progression of the disease without the severe side effects of current treatments, Queen’s University researchers have discovered.–The findings are the result of the first-ever clinical trial using nitroglycerin to treat prostate cancer. The 24-month, Phase II study targeted 29 men with increasing levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) following prostate surgery or radiation. PSA levels are a key predictor of cancer progression.–“We were very excited to see a significant slowing in the progression of the disease as evidenced by the men’s PSA levels, and to see this result in many of the men who completed the study,” says Robert Siemens, the leader of the study and a Professor of Urology at Queen’s University and urologist at Kingston General Hospital.–The researchers are encouraged by the results, particularly because safe and effective treatments for men with rising PSA levels following surgery or radiation are limited. They note that further testing needs to be done to confirm the results of this very small study.–The men were treated with a low-dose, slow-release nitroglycerin skin patch and their PSA levels monitored. Of the 17 patients who completed the study, all but one showed a stabilization or decrease in the rate of cancer progression, as measured by their PSA Doubling Time.—Nitroglycerin has been used at significantly higher doses for more than a century to treat angina. This trial was based on a key finding from pre-clinical research carried out at Queen’s, which showed that decreases in nitric oxide play an important role in tumor progression and that this progression can be stopped by low-dose nitroglycerin.—Prostate cancer is diagnosed in approximately 235,000 men per year in the United States and 20,700 in Canada. Of patients who have undergone radical prostatectomy and/or radiation treatment, it is estimated that 30 to 50 percent will experience a recurrence of cancer. Results of the study, conducted by Queen’s University researchers Robert Siemens, Jeremy Heaton, Michael Adams, Jun Kawakami and Charles Graham, appeared in a recent issue of the journal Urology.–Research into the use of nitroglycerin and similar compounds for the treatment of cancer by Drs. Adams, Graham and Heaton has resulted in the issue of 10 patents worldwide. PARTEQ Innovations, the technology transfer office of Queen’s, has licensed some of this intellectual property to Nometics Inc., a Queen’s spinoff company, which is developing products and therapies based on this and related research.–“This peer-reviewed research is our first clear clinical evidence that low-dose nitric oxide therapy offers prostate cancer patients a new non-invasive treatment option,” says Robert Bender, CEO of Nometics. “It is our intention to start broader clinical trials in 2010 to confirm and expand these results.”
    Story Source: Adapted from materials provided by Queen’s University,
    Foods or Supplements that can increase Nitric Oxide
    Arginine is the primary source of the Nitrogen molecules that comprise the Nitric Oxide molecule. —-Superoxide Dismutase Mimetics (Zinc+ Copper or Zinc + Manganese make S.O.D– e.g. Copper Binding Protein, Iamin and Tempol) prevent the destruction of Nitric Oxide by Superoxide Free Radicals.—Carbohydrates–Acemannan increases the production of Nitric Oxide by Macrophages (by increasing Nitric Oxide Synthase levels).-Galangal produces nitroglycerin naturally ( nitric oxide )– Enzymes—Nitric Oxide Synthase (NOS) facilitates the body’s production of Nitric Oxide (NO) by stripping a Nitrogen atom from Arginine molecules and combining the Nitrogen atom with Oxygen to produce Nitrogen Oxide. —Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) enhances the function of Nitric Oxide (by preventing the inhibitory action of Superoxide Free Radicals on Nitric Oxide).–Estradiol increases the body’s production of Nitric Oxide (by increasing the body’s production of Nitric Oxide Synthase enzyme).–Nitrogen is an essential component of Nitric Oxide.—-Neurotransmitters—Acetylcholine stimulates the production of Nitric Oxide (by stimulating the activation of Nitric Oxide Synthase). Utilize CDP-citicoline or Alpha GPC these are a more refined Choline—Substance P stimulates the release of Nitric Oxide. Pharmaceutical Drugs Minoxidil is speculated to achieve its capillary-dilating effects by stimulating the production of Nitric Oxide.—Polyphenols—Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins (OPCs) stimulate the production of optimal amounts of Nitric Oxide in the Endothelium of Blood Vessels. Pine Bark is known to do this as well as these foods or herbs–Wine (Red)—Apple—Bilberry–Grapes (especially Grape Skins)—Cranberry—Barley—Sorghum–Hawthorn (berries)—Cola Nuts–Cat’s Claw–Witch Hazel—Cocoa–Blackjack Oak–Horse Chestnut—Blueberry—Peanuts–Chocolate (especially Dark Chocolate)—Grape Seeds–Rhubarb–Folic Acid reduces (modulates) the negative impact of Homocysteine on Nitric Oxide production.—Vitamin C enhances the function of Nitric Oxide. –Vitamin E facilitates the production of Nitric Oxide (by increasing the activity of Nitric Oxide Synthase). These Herbs Enhance the Function of Nitric Oxide–Jiaogulan stimulates the release of Nitric Oxide. Ginkgo biloba increases the release of Nitric Oxide. Korean Ginseng stimulates the production and release of Nitric Oxide in the Kidneys and Corpus Cavernosum of the Penis (due to the Ginsenosides content of Korean Ginseng) Galangal, Garlic
    Antioxidant and antiacetylcholinesterase activities of chard (Beta vulgaris L. var. cicla).
    Food Chem Toxicol. 2010 Feb 22;Authors: Sacan O, Yanardag R
    Plants have been used for many years as a source of traditional medicine to treat various diseases and conditions. Many of these medicinal plants are also excellent sources for phytochemicals, many of which contain potent antioxidant and antiacetylcholinesterase activities. Chard (Beta vulgaris L. var. cicla) is widely spread in Turkey and used as an antidiabetic in traditional medicine. In the present study, the antioxidant activity and acetylcholinesterase inhibitor capacity of chard were examined. In addition, proline level of chard was determined. The antioxidant activity of water extract of chard was evaluated using different antioxidant tests. The results were compared with natural and synthetic antioxidants. The results suggest that chard may provide a natural source of antioxidant and antiacetylcholinesterase activities and proline content.
    PMID: 20184938 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
    CHARD—–Antioxidant and antiacetylcholinesterase activities of chard (Beta vulgaris L. var. cicla).–Food Chem Toxicol. 2010 Feb 22;Authors: Sacan O, Yanardag R
    Plants have been used for many years as a source of traditional medicine to treat various diseases and conditions. Many of these medicinal plants are also excellent sources for phytochemicals, many of which contain potent antioxidant and antiacetylcholinesterase activities. Chard (Beta vulgaris L. var. cicla) is widely spread in Turkey and used as an antidiabetic in traditional medicine. In the present study, the antioxidant activity and acetylcholinesterase inhibitor capacity of chard were examined. In addition, proline level of chard was determined. The antioxidant activity of water extract of chard was evaluated using different antioxidant tests. The results were compared with natural and synthetic antioxidants. The results suggest that chard may provide a natural source of antioxidant and antiacetylcholinesterase activities and proline content.
    PMID: 20184938 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
    A “Perfect Storm” Accelerates Chronic Disease Epidemic
    © By Mary Budinger,—–
    A toxic soup of heavy metals, EMF pollution, chemicals, and the body’s own toxins produced by disease, is turning long-familiar microorganisms into super stars of destruction. Combined with junk food and a chemical-laden environment, they all add up to the perfect storm where perhaps a few types of biotoxins are produced in us in —unprecedented rates. Pathogenic bugs – be they bacterial, viral, fungal or/and parasitic – are competing with us for survival. They are cunning adversaries, fluent in serious disruption for their own gain. They thrive on common staples in our modern world – sugar, denatured and genetically modified foods, chemicals, stress, and electromagnetic pollution. So far, the bugs have proven more adaptable and simply smarter at survival than most of us. The mounting evidence is in our children: –The CDC reports that 1 out of every 6 children has a diagnosis of a developmental problem.— Cancer is now the leading cause of death in children, aged 1-14. The National Children’s Cancer Society says 1 in 330 children will develop cancer by age 20. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (July 2007), –“new epidemics in chronic health conditions among children and youth will translate into major demands on public health and welfare in the coming decades.” The study found “from 15 to 18 percent of children and adolescents have some sort of chronic health condition, nearly half of whom could be considered disabled.” The Lyme-Induced Autism Foundation’s annual conference is an opportunity for doctors and parents working in the trenches of chronic disease to compare notes on what they are seeing. As that took place this past June in Scottsdale, Arizona, there were differing opinions about specific pathogens and treatments, but there was universal agreement that a “perfect storm” of environmental elements is weakening the human immune system. “For some reason or another, the cases are getting more difficult,” said Dr. Toby Watkinson of the Scripps Medical Offices in California who has been in practice some 28 years. “It used to be we said, gluten-free, dairy-free, and got good results. But that is not so much the case now.” Author Donna Jackson Nakazawa sounded a wake-up call with her 2008 book, the Autoimmune Epidemic. “We have been waging an all out war on cancer for decades,” she said. “But a woman is eight times more likely to have an autoimmune disease than breast cancer. Our own immune system is being asked to distinguish between itself and invaders and it is overloaded. Too many mistakes are being made because of the plethora of environmental chemicals. In the international community, scientists talk about the impact of the chemicals as global warming, yet we do not admit that there is a sea of change also taking place in human bodies.” Immune system dysfunction is on the rise because immune system competency is withering under an assault of toxicity and pathogens. “Pathogens only show up when there is a toxic environment for them to grow in. That is what we need to focus on.” – Dr. Garry Gordon
    A Toxic World Breeds A Toxic Soup —A Texas study showed that the closer kids live to coal-fired power plants and the associated exposures to airborne mercury, the higher the rates of autism. Many believe mercury holds a special place among environmental toxins. “Mercury, in my experience, is the one thing that most fuels the growth of pathogens,” Dr. Lee Cowden of Texas stated. “It is found in greater amounts in the ocean and the air. It is slow to detoxify.” And, it has a synergistic effect. “When you put mercury and lead together and it is not 1 + 1 = 2. No, it is 1 + 1 = 100 times more toxic,” Dr. Jeff Wulfman of Vermont explained. “Modern medicine tries to isolate one factor but there is never just one.”
    Dr. Cowden believes the primary cause of autism is brain inflammation, pointing the finger of blame at a wide swath of toxic exposures. “We know the fetus becomes a dumping ground for the mother’s toxins. If the mother had mercury fillings, she downloads a lot of that mercury directly into the unborn child. In time come the co-contributors – the other heavy metals, fungal toxins, as well as the body’s own toxins produced by disease, electromagnetic fields (EMF), nutritional deficiencies, miasms, hormone imbalances (children with high testosterone levels are more likely to develop autism), ergots, neurotransmitter imbalances, and emotions.” It is worth repeating one item on his list; “the body’s own toxins produced by disease.” Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt of Washington reminds us that biotoxins secreted by the bugs usually make us sicker than the bugs themselves. When the level of biotoxins becomes high enough, people will be symptomatic. Throw an antibiotic at the bugs, chances are they just spit their biotoxins at you, making you feel sicker. Dr. Klinghardt says many of the autistic kids he sees have kryptopyrroluria (KPU), also called HPU. “Basically, these kids are peeing out all their zinc,” he said. “The bugs figured out how to block an enzyme to make you pee out your zinc and disarm your immune system. It is genius! Some 300 enzymes are zinc dependent. If you have no zinc, the body substitutes cadmium or lead or aluminum or mercury. When the substitution is made, the child becomes highly toxic.” Pathogens also attract metals. For example, the coxsackievirus B3 infection increases the intestinal absorption of cadmium. –Adding EMF and GMO to the Equation–Dr. Klinghardt pioneered the integration of low frequency magnetic and electric fields into his practice. “Any adult Lyme patient has had a preceding issue with mold,” he said. “We all harbor molds – Candida, aspergillus, etc. We are now exposing these molds to record amounts of EMF bombardment. Since 1995, with cell phones and Wi-Fi, the amount of EMF has gone up exponentially. This causes the molds to maximize their production. I worked with a key mold researcher in Switzerland who could measure the amount of mycotoxins produced on a daily basis. One culture we protected with a Faraday cage, the other we left in the room. Three weeks later, we measured. The unprotected culture had 600 times more mycotoxins.” Dr. Klinghardt feels an important test for autistic kids is a mycotoxins urine test. “It is surprising how high the kids test. Many of us were looking at mold years before Lyme got so much attention. The microbes that lived in us symbiotically for tens of thousands of years are feeling under attack. This is what is creating autism, symptoms of Lyme, the learning disabilities, ALS, Parkinson’s, short term memory loss, insomnia – it all goes back to a few biotoxins in us produced in unprecedented rates.” Every cordless phone, every wireless internet and cell phone, every refrigerator, and every nightstand lamp and clock radio – much modern day technology that we take for granted – is insidiously jacking up the rates of all manner of chronic disease. “The only thing that I have ever been able to predict is that the mother who has an autistic child slept in a high EMF environment,” he said. Bau biologist Vicki Warren of Tennessee also makes the connection between EMF and cellular health. She has seen many autistic children improve only after all electricity and radio signals were removed from their immediate environment while they sleep. “For whatever reason, a number of the Lyme and autistic kids are hypersensitive to electrosmog,” she said. “EHS – electric hypersensitivity – is recognized as a syndrome in UK and Sweden. There are two theories about EHS. First, the microbes within the body think they are under attack and so they start proliferating/replicating and producing toxins. Second, our healthy cells also feel like they are under attack so they lock down and close their cells walls which inhibits their ability to expel toxins and take in nutrients. So the healthy cells die off early and the bad stuff grows rapidly. It’s a double whammy.” Our bodies are electric. But the energy from electrosmog is a very chaotic energy, not the same as what the body uses. “Every nerve impulse in the body is an electric current,” said Dr. Sandra Rose Michael of Florida. “Every cell is a mini-battery. When the body has the right energy, it will heal anything. When the cells have more energy, the first thing they do is clean house. True cellular regeneration is what we want to accomplish.” Dr. Watkinson sees that many kids have a lack of connectivity in the brain. “These children are at risk in electrical environments,” he said. “There is always a Th1, Th2, Th3 disruption. They all have cognitive dysfunction, can’t compute what you tell them. You tell them to raise their hand or ask for a glass of milk. But they end up waving their arm and asking about the pink gorilla. They can’t complete the neurological connections.” — Genetically modified (GM) foods seem to be contributing to intestinal dysfunctions, and the bulk of the immune system is in the gut. Jeffery Smith, author of Seeds of Deception and Executive Director of Institute for Responsible Technology, pointed out that no safety studies were ever done on GM foods. “The FDA simply declared in May 1992 that ‘foods derived by these no methods do not differ from other foods in any meaningful or uniform way,’” Smith explained. “They promised us it was safe because plant genes do not transfer to bacteria in our intestines. But the genes put into GM crops come from bacteria so the natural safety mechanism is gone. We may be turning our intestines into living pesticide factories.” Glynn A.W., Lind Y., et al; The intestinal absorption of cadmium increases during a common viral infection(coxsackie virus B3) in mice. Chem. Biol. Interact., 113(1): 79-89 (1998). The “FlavrSavr” tomato was the first GM food. “When they fed it to rats, the animals developed stomach lesions and died,” Smith said, noting the number of autistic children who have gut issues. Like EMF, he said, “GM food doesn’t have immediate, crisis-type warning signs. But we are playing roulette with our health.” The invisible contributions of GM foods, chaotic electrical signals – and biofilms – are new areas of study, and potentially huge factors in human illness. “As we see more coming out about the ubiquitous nature of organisms in people today, I see us and the community of microbes within us, and our immune system, trying to manage that. It is a constant tug and pull.” – Dr. Jeff Wulfman
    Hiding In Biofilm ——Biofilm is a slimy matrix pathogens use like a cloaking device to hide from the immune system. The Lyme disease pathogen Borrelia, for example, creates biofilm. Entire colonies of pathogens take up housekeeping in patches of biofilm. Candida, for example, is usually in the mix, stimulating inflammation to provide food for the colony of bugs. And here’s the kicker: pathogens within a biofilm community are 100 to 1000 times more antibiotic resistant. That may explain why chronic Lyme suffers are not cleared of their disease after months, even years of antibiotics. Biofilm requires formation of fibrin and hijacks the body’s safety net. Fibrin is part of the body’s attempt to stop pathogens. But when biofilm creates excess fibrin, the blood gets thick and is less efficient at carrying oxygen and delivering nutrients. “We found when we gave patients heparin for infertility, we saw a lot of chronic symptoms go away,” recounted Dr. David Berg of Arizona. That is because Heparin blocks the action of clotting factors in the blood which often addresses this hypercoaguble state. With less fibrin, the immune system may be better able to see the pathogens. The immune system recognizes a bug by antigens, proteins on the outer membrane. “So what if the bugs didn’t produce outer membrane proteins (OMP)? These bugs don’t,” said Dr. Anju Usman of Illinois. She reported that biofilm uses fibrin, iron, calcium, and magnesium to create its lattice. She reports success dismantling biofilm —–with EDTA, and serrapeptase Trypsin. Should we deprive sick patients of iron, calcium and magnesium because they make up biofilm? “Magnesium is very necessary; it also happens to be one of the building blocks used by biofilm,” said Dr. Garry Gordon of Arizona. “The risk to benefit ratio doesn’t make sense if you pull out the magnesium. When you are low in magnesium, it ties into greater death rates.” How Many Bugs Are Bad? Dr. Wulfman said diagnosis of chronic infection is difficult. “Classic Lyme disease – the person had no prior infection, got a tick bite – I don’t see that as much anymore. I am not comfortable with ‘Lyme disease’ to cover this entire spectrum of illness related to Borrelia. As we see more coming out about the ubiquitous nature of organisms in people today, I see us and the community of microbes within us, and our immune system, trying to manage that. It is a constant tug and pull.” Perhaps we need to reconsider the conventional wisdom about infections. “Autism kids are 16 times more likely to have bacterial/viral infections than neurotypical children,” said Dr. Wulfman. “I believe most all of the kids on the spectrum have some form of fungal involvement. As well, in my experience about 80% seem to show bacteria on the stained blood smear.” The idea that a large variety of different pathogens are responsible for a long list of illnesses is further defined by the idea that a few biotoxins, produced in unprecedented rates, are causing a wide variety of different manifestations of disease. Dr. Stephen Fry of Arizona, known for his research into biofilms, thinks the day is not far off when his team will identify a single microorganism, hiding in biofilm, that is responsible for symptoms associated with many expressions of chronic disease, including autism and Lyme disease. “We looked at the blood from various patients under the microscope and we find signs of this one microorganism in many samples from patients ill with chronic Lyme,” Dr. Fry said. “It is an elongated microorganism in the biofilm that stains like bacteria, and looks like bacteria in people who are sick. We’ve mapped three of its genes so far.” How could one bug cause so many different diagnoses and symptoms? “In the biofilm community, there is a soup of pathogens where they all hide,” he explained. “Any one of those pathogens may not be why you are sick. For example, just about everybody over 35 will test positive for Epstein-Barr virus, but people usually are not sick from it. So not every bug in the biofilm soup is causing symptoms. Symptoms may vary based upon a person’s genetics, environment, and pathogen genotype.” We live in a symbiotic relationship with our community of bugs. For example, eradication of Helicobacter pylori may have had the unintended consequence of unleashing an asthma threat even as the risk of gastric ulcers and cancer declined.3 Sometimes it is a matter of how much bacteria is on board. So the aim of treatment may not be necessarily about eradicating all the bugs. Whether we are sick or well depends upon how strong we are in relation to the pathogenic load within us. Hey Professor Pasteur – Move Over!
    Western medicine is based upon Louis Pasteur’s germ theory of disease: germs invade pristine territory and we fight back vigorously with killing agents. Yet even Pasteur changed his tune in his lifetime. He admitted on his deathbed that the terrain was more important than the pathogen, but by then the medical textbooks had been written, setting the stage for warfare with pharmaceutical weapons of mass destruction. Now, the AMA reports that prescription drugs are the third leading cause of death in the United States.4 And the superbug MRSA shows us again that pathogens will supersede our weapons of mass destruction in their quest for survival. “The terrain is everything, the pathogen is nothing,” Pasteur finally concluded. That explains why one person is extremely symptomatic with Lyme disease and other is not. And why one kid develops autism after vaccinations and another does not. The French-American microbiologist Rene Dubos was more on target with his concept that most diseases occur as a result of multiple assaults acting simultaneously, as opposed to a single event. Dubos’ concept mirrors the idea that manifestation of chronic diseases represents the straw that breaks the camel’s back. One too many environmental assaults and the immune system gets overloaded. “The more chronic parasitic infections someone has, the more weak/toxic/depleted they are, and vice versa, so it spirals,” Dr. Wulfman explained. “Plus you can get a new infection from the outside, and a present infection can be reactivated.” “Perhaps autism is merely a disease of the biological terrain that will one day supersede the out-dated germ theory of disease,” suggested Mary Coyle, DiHom, of New York. “At some point, we have to consider that pharmaceutical meds, after time, weaken the patient so that the pathogens get the edge up. Yeast and microbes are actually there to heal the body.” Along with the germ theory came the quest for a diagnosis, a label that that tells the doctor what the fix is.It is telling that it is harder to come by a good diagnosis. Donna Jackson Nakazawa documented that an autoimmune patient sees, on average, six doctors prior to receiving an accurate diagnosis. Lyme disease patients have absolute horror stories about getting a diagnosis, as evidenced in the movie, Under Our Skin. Autism is easier to diagnose, but comes with so many variations. And none is easy to “fix.” Dr. Wulfman feels smart pathogens necessitate a different approach to doctoring. “We need to avoid the ‘tyranny of tests’ where the doctor makes a declaration about that person. Our testing is not that great. The way some people are treated is unconscionable; they are told ‘This is the way it is.’ I don’t think medical professionals can say that. There is no cookbook.” Dr. Gordon agrees. “We are all hoping for the magic bullet, some pill that will take us out of the morass of ill health. But that won’t happen,” he said. “We would love to have a test for all toxins, all hormones deficiencies, but in many cases, we don’t have great tests or they are very expensive. And that is not really important. Pathogens only show up when there is a toxic environment for them to grow in. That is what we need to focus on.” “The microbes that lived in us symbiotically for tens of thousands of years are feeling under attack. This is what is creating autism, symptoms of Lyme, the learning disabilities, ALS, Parkinsons, short-term memory loss, insomnia…” – Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt The primary underpinning of a healthy terrain is a healthy diet. But processed, devitalized food is a big part of the problem. The primary source of calories consumed in USA today is GM corn syrup. Next is white flour. Some 70 years ago, Otto Warburg was awarded a Nobel Prize for figuring out that cancer cells use a lot more sugar than healthy cells. Today we see that pathogens also use a lot of sugar. Carbohydrate cravings for bread, pasta, chips, and cookies are common among autistic children. Although some people are proponents of raw food, Dr. Klinghardt suggests that we may be too weakened now for much of it. “I lived in India for 2 years and any kind of raw food made me sick – parasites, inflammatory bowel,” he said. “It took me 20 years to get stabilized. So be warned about the raw food thing. The book that really needs to be written about autism is about getting the food into the kids without a struggle so they will want to eat it. The kids’ senses are so derailed from what their needs are. If you let them select, they will eat sugar from morning to night.” “Food and drink are one of the major overlooked and ignored contributors to chronic disease that I see,” said Dr. Wulfman. “We have an epidemic of omega-3 deficiency. Demineralized soil means crops are sick, fatigued, and kept alive with fertilizers and pesticides…and so are we. Never has there been the excess of sugars, never the level of toxins or the numbers of vaccinations before. And there is a ubiquitous heavy metal load underneath this. Metals in people today are many thousand times higher than in ‘ancient’ man. Never has there been the progressive immune challenges and chronic parasitic infections. This is the perfect storm.”
    The Makings Of A Perfect Storm—Every speaker at the LIA conference contributed elements to the “perfect storm” breeding chronic disease: Vitamin D upregulates some 3000 genes that keep us healthy, but the conventional wisdom scared us away from the sun. Obese people need a lot more vitamin D because toxins are held in fat cells. Until recently, sunscreens only blocked UVB which we need to make vitamin D; UVA causes cancer. So sunscreens actually contributed to cancer. – Dr. Joseph Mercola of Illinois B Starfield, Is US Health Really the Best in the World?, Journal American Medical Association, July 26, 2000;284(4):483-5— Everyone born today has 1000 times more lead in the bones. As the mother creates a fetus, the calcium from the mother is used to make bones in the fetus but the lead is in the bones and it is downloaded too. – Dr. Garry Gordon The Environmental Working Group’s study of umbilical cord blood shows that a steady stream of industrial chemicals, pollutants and pesticides crosses the placenta. An average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants were found in umbilical cord blood samples. – Dr. Toby Watkinson — The birth history of sick children is often complicated. “I am amazed at how much heavy metal toxicity little children have at 5-6 years of age.” – Dr. Ann Corson of Pennsylvania– Allergies are often unresolved bacterial infections. Dr. Watkinson– Half your immune system is wasted if it is trying to handle something it is sensitive to like gluten. – Dr. Gordon- Viruses can be a primary infection, but their activation (vs. dormancy) may be secondary to immune stressors/weakening brought about by underlying bacterial infections, toxins, etc. – Dr. Wulfman— Acidic pH is very common, encouraging proliferation of microorganisms and reducing cellular energy. – Mary Coyle, D.I. Hom. of New York–There is a high prevalence of familial thrombophilia where at least one family member has an autism spectrum disorder. – Dr. David Berg Pesticide exposure impairs cognitive development. – Vicki Warren– These kids have a shopping list of issues that are inter-related to the nervous system. The nervous system will sometimes sacrifice certain functions to make other functions work. Photons of light run our biochemistry. The nervous system is a holographic communication and can be treated with light. – Dr. George Gonzalez of California Gene Changes, Gene Transmission–Parasites, a marker of persistent infection, are survival specialists. “To survive, pathogens have to alter the human immune system,” Dr. Wulfman explained. “We can see some of the complex ways they do that. They create inflammation to help break up tissue which they consume. Then there are complex competitions between the parasites within the host. Parasites use quorum sensing to detect what other bugs are there, how many, and then adjust what they do. They have the ability to make biofilm. And they can alter gene expression and suppress host immunity.” Epigenetics is reshaping the way scientists look at traditional genetics. We are finding that chemical exposures, toxins, and infections – mechanisms other than changes in the underlying DNA sequence – can drastically alter how the genes behave or express themselves. These changes may remain through cell divisions for the remainder of the cell’s life and may also last for multiple generations. A study out of China in 2003 on tuberculosis, for example, found cells infected with TB organism changed 473 new expressions of genes. — “When you hear about genes then, is this the cause or a marker?” Dr. Wulfman asks. –Duke University’s Dr. Randy Jirtle is shaking traditional hallowed halls with research into changes that can be inherited during cell division that alter the function of genes without changing the hardware, or the DNA sequences. So what is the implication for a common chemical from plastic like bisphenol A (BPA), a relatively strong estrogenic compound which can alter the epigenome? “Jirtle found that this environmental toxicant caused hypomethylation,” said Dr. Gordon. “BPA has been found to cause an epigenic change in mice from lean to obese. Jirtle also found nutrient supplementation of the mother helped to counteract the BPA-induced hypomethylation.” It gives new meaning to the concept that food is medicine. Nutrition is not a big item in med school and that is a big part of the problem. Early nutrition affects adult metabolism in humans and other mammals, potentially via persistent alterations in DNA methylation. Whether we are sick or well depends upon how strong we are in relation to the pathogenic load within us.– Mapping genes is not of much interest to this group. Many have been there, done that. It’s a curiosity, but not particularly useful. The more interesting questions revolve around whether today’s perfect storm will ripple through forthcoming generations. The science of epigenetics tells us that toxins are trans-generational. The old expression, “You are what you eat,” is giving way to, “You are what your mother ate.” Dr. Klinghardt advises that you look at the genes last. “Not at the beginning, and not instead of some other tests,” he advises. “You can never get a Lyme patient well unless you start with detoxification. That is also true of all chronic diseases. I learned to look at the whole family. We detox first, then address infections.”—Dr. Gordon, a leader in the field of detoxification, agrees. He points out that, “The world wants to do a test on you, then sell you something based on the results. But it’s a bad model. And it’s too complicated and expensive. –We need tools in our toolbox that do not harm us.”