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Posted on Nov 25, 2011 8:46:08 AM PST
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/health/2016766151_panc17.html

VACCINE INJECTS FRESH HOPE INTO PANCREATIC CANCER CARE

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2011 9:49:36 AM PST
It won't be long before the anti-vax crowd finds something to complain about this one.

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 9:58:57 AM PST
Perhaps. But these are people with inoperable pancreatic cancer, and the vaccine may save or at least extend their lives.

Far different than childhood vaccines strictly for prevention.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2011 6:04:59 AM PST
Joan Martell says:
That is great to know.. I have several health related issues and can not always drive to the Doctors office.. I will have to start shopping for a doctor who both offer that service and is in the correct field... Thanks so much valuable info....

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 6:59:46 AM PST
Joan -

I'm glad that you found the article helpful.

I would also suggest you print-out relevant articles, and give them to your doctor. They are hard-working guys, and often have a stack of unread journals with the latest discoveries and research.

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 1:33:01 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011 7:30:00 PM PST
I just now saw your post dated April 19 and was wondering if you ever heard of nopalitos as a means of treating diabetes, at least type 2; I don't know about type 1. Nopalitos is from the prickly pear cactus and can be purchased in Mexican food stores fresh as the thick spiny leaves or de-spined and diced and bagged in the produce department. They are also available canned in the Mexican food section of grocery stores. I tested my blood sugar with a half pound of the fresh diced nopalitos, and they really do cause a big-time decline in the post meal blood sugar spike. If you research "nopalitos" on the internet, you will find they have been used traditionally in Mexico for many years for sugar control, and studies have shown they are effective for this purpose. The only reason the studies are so limited is because large studies are expensive and will not be undertaken by anyone who cannot profit from the results. But there are many reports of people using them having been able to discontinue their blood sugar medicine (under medical supervision, of course). I take anything found on the internet with a giant grain of salt, but when I found by testing them myself that they really work, I was convinced. They are not widely promoted probably because they are so cheap and readily available that nobody can make a profit selling them. They grow wild in the southwest US and even here in Oklahoma, they are commonly found in many front yards and even survived the -5 degree weather we had last winter.
Of course, lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise are the best way to prevent/overcome diabetes, but for those who have failed at this or who need extra help, try nopalitos before beginning medication; that way, you can determine if you will really need drugs before you become dependent on them, and if you still need them, then take them. But if nopalitos will work for you, you can save a lot of money on medicines, most of which carry their baggage of known and unknown side effects. There are no known side effects to taking nopalitos.
If you find they work for you or someone you know, I hope you will help spread the word and prevent a lot of needless suffering.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 6:36:22 AM PST
Mary Ann -

No, I've never heard of nopalitos for diabetes. But I have heard that cinnamon can help regulate blood sugar when someone is on the brink of going into diabetes.

I'm always interested in foods and spices that have beneficial medicinal affects. The key is to not stop taking insulin until you consult with your physician. If there is genuine improvement, it will show up in blood tests, and your doctor can reduce or eliminate the insulin.

And always buy spices and herbs that are at least manufactured/packaged in the U.S., with adequate quality control. Spices and herbs from foreign countries may be stuffed with "fillers" - that can be toxic.

Thanks for posting. And if there are any articles discussing nopalitos for blood sugar control, please post it here.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 7:36:17 AM PST
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http://nextbigfuture.com/2011/12/rapamycin-used-to-increase-lifespan-of.html#more
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RAPAMYCIN USED TO INCREASE LIFESPAN
In mice studies, lifelong administration of rapamycin inhibited age-related weight gain, decreased aging rate, increased lifespan, and delayed spontaneous cancer.

Posted on Jan 4, 2012 8:27:45 AM PST
http://nextbigfuture.com/2012/01/breast-and-pancreatic-cancer-vaccine.html#more

BREAST AND PANCREATIC CANCER VACCINES
Could begin human trials by end of 2012

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 8:49:03 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 9, 2012 8:50:17 AM PST
http://www.boston.com/business/healthcare/articles/2012/01/09/brigham_and_womens_hospital_developing_capsule_for_colonoscopies/

COLONOSCOPY IN A CAPSULE
A hospital in Boston is working with a new "MRI-directed" capsule for performing colonoscopies.

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 8:51:27 PM PST
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Posted on Jan 21, 2012 6:09:00 AM PST
Amy -

I read your post in my e-mails, so I understand why Amazon deleted it: they discourage self-promotion. To change that, you need to start a discussion inviting all authors of books similar to yours to post.

On the other hand, a Crisis Survival book should be in every home, especially in areas prone to natural disasters, or in families who spend a lot of time outdoors. There are also mobile survival apps now for smartphones. http://urbansurvivalsite.com/survival-apps/ lists 19 downloadable emergency survival apps.

Posted on Jan 21, 2012 9:56:04 AM PST
In my new book NutriWine I discuss how wine protects you from a heart attack and reduces your risk of diabetes and even cancer. We have to start the war on disease first with the right nutrition especially with minerals like chromium and selenium but in a form your biochemistry recognises. Plus more herbs. More generally in terms of prevention rather than cure. Wine drinking is one of those excellent preventative medicines.

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 12:18:33 PM PST
http://nextbigfuture.com/2012/01/phase-i-clinical-trials-for-dendritic.html

PHASE I TRIALS FOR DENDRITIC CELL VACCINE
It is designed to both eradicate cancer cells and prevent disease relapse.

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 9:59:33 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 12, 2012 9:38:55 AM PST
http://www.boston.com/Boston/dailydose/2012/01/common-environmental-toxin-may-reduce-vaccine-effectiveness-harvard-study-finds/yhkee76GRgyBZ6hX4uUtdK/index.html

STUDY FINDS COMMON TOXIN REDUCES EFFECTIVENESS OF VACCINES
Interactions with perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) can reduce the effectiveness of vaccines by up to 50%

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 11:29:30 AM PST
Amid the horrors of war, medical innovations - especially for traumatic injury - make big leaps forward.

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/01/military-biomask/

MILITARY'S MEDICAL 'BIOMASK'

Posted on Feb 12, 2012 9:35:27 AM PST
File this under "It's About Time!"

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/17/science/open-science-challenges-journal-tradition-with-web-collaboration.html
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/pacificnw/2017392286_pacificpsage12.html

Scientific (and especially Medical) researchers are trying to shorten the lengthy journal-to-trials process for medical innovation.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 8:46:51 AM PST
http://www.newser.com/story/139718/dangerous-counterfeit-cancer-drug-found-in-us.html

COUNTERFEIT CANCER DRUG FOUND IN U.S.
This is for medical professionals to be on the alert for fake Avastin.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2012 11:54:40 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 16, 2012 12:01:33 PM PST
Ali says:
Assigning patients a "coach" to compel adherence to medical treatment is not a new idea, but the evolving transformation of medical police into public health and back to direct policing [Carroll PE, "Medical police and the history of public health", Med Hist, 2002 Oct;46(4):461-94, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1044561].

Posted on Feb 18, 2012 8:01:24 AM PST
http://nextbigfuture.com/2012/02/cancer-breath-test-with-83-accuracy.html

LUNG CANCER BREATH TEST HAS 83% ACCURACY
Clinical trials are starting, and the next-gen devices will be 100 times more sensitive.

http://nextbigfuture.com/2012/02/major-breakthrough-in-nanosurgery-and.html

MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH IN NANOSURGERY IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER

Posted on Feb 19, 2012 2:27:01 PM PST
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/health/2017497273_conc14.html

'CONCIERGE DOCTORS' OFFER PERSONALIZED CARE AND ACCESS
But you have to pay for it - although it may not be as expensive as you fear.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 7:43:37 AM PST
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/28/opinion/overdiagnosis-as-a-flaw-in-health-care.html

ENTHUSIASM FOR EARLY DIAGNOSIS STRANGELY FADING

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 7:33:29 AM PST
http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/articles/2012/03/07/dangerous_c_difficile_infections_soar_in_us_but_massachusetts_hospitals_have_cut_germs_spead/

MASSACHUSETTS TEAMS HELP SLOW SPREAD OF LETHAL NEW GERM
The Clostridium difficile bacteria (C. difficile) cases have doubled, even as other health-care-associated infections have declined.

Most frightening? "A patient is 7-to-10 times more at risk of developing a C. difficile infection while taking an antibiotic and for one month afterward, said the federal study."

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2012 9:31:50 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 7, 2012 9:32:55 AM PST
Ali says:
The quote is stereotypically misleading in the manner of medical journalism. 'C difficile' is a normal infection, part of the bowel's normal flora, like 'C tetani' and 'E coli'. 'C difficile' becomes a problem sometimes with antibiotic use since it skews the population of gut flora and permits 'C difficile' to overgrow. Disease associated with 'C difficile' is primarily attributed to antibiotic use to begin with. So it ought to not be frightening---as if shocking---that risk of the "infection" is much higher while taking an antibiotic or one month afterward. It is not risk of infection---which is normal---but risk of disease. Infection is not disease.
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