Health & Wellness


India: Mysterious disease claims seven lives in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow: A mysterious fever has claimed seven lives while 29 people have been hospitalised in the past 24 hours in Sitapur district of Uttar Pradesh, officials said Monday.

The mysterious fever, marked with vomiting and high-fever, has gripped Manpur and Budhvapur villages in Sitapur, 80 km from Lucknow.

The High pH Therapy for Cancer Tests on Mice and Humans

Brewer, A. K. The high pH therapy for cancer tests on mice and humans. Pharmacol Biochem Behav 21: Suppl. 1, 1-5. 1984.

---Mass spectrographic and isotope studies have shown that potassium, rubidium, and especially cesium are most efficiently taken up by cancer cells. This uptake was enhanced by Vitamins A and C as well as salts of zinc and selenium. The quantity of cesium taken up was sufficient to raise the cell to the 8 pH range. Where cell mitosis ceases and the life of the cell is short. Tests on mice fed cesium and rubidium showed marked shrinkage in the tumor masses within 2 weeks. In addition, the mice showed none of the side effects of cancer. Tests have been carried out on over 30 humans. [Please note: these tests were not conducted by Dr. Brewer.] In each case the tumor masses disappeared. Also all pains and effects associated with cancer disappeared within 12 to 36 hr; the more chemotherapy and morphine the patient had taken, the longer the withdrawal period. Studies of the food intake in areas where the incidences of cancer are very low showed that it met the requirements for the high pH therapy.

Fan in Room Seems to Cut Infants' Risk of Crib Death

Sleeping in a room with a fan lowers a baby's risk of sudden infant death syndrome by 72 percent, a new study has found.

The finding, published Monday in The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, is the latest evidence to suggest that a baby's sleep environment is a critical factor in the risk of SIDS, which is diagnosed when an infant's sudden death cannot be explained by other factors.

The study was not designed to identify why fans make a difference, but researchers said they thought that by circulating air, fans lowered the risk of "rebreathing" exhaled carbon dioxide. That risk has been suggested as a reason the rate of SIDS is higher when children sleep on their stomach, in a soft bed or without a pacifier.

Air Pollution May Increase Risk Of Appendicitis

Could there be a link between high levels of air pollution and the risk of appendicitis? New research presented at the 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology in Orlando, suggests a novel connection.

"Adult onset appendicitis is a common condition whose cause is unclear and almost universally requires surgery," explained Dr. Gilaad G. Kaplan of the University of Calgary.

As parents question vaccinations, the number of reactionaries increases

Measles cases in the United States are rising, and parents who reject vaccination are shouldering much of the blame.

Nearly half of the 131 cases so far this year involved unvaccinated children. Fourteen cases were reported in California through the first seven months of this year.

Comment: 131 cases out of a population of nearly 300 million that's almost an incidence of .00005%! Considering the amount of media attention this is getting don't you think there are more pressing concerns? For example, you have a better chance of dying in an Iraqi road side bombing than of getting a relatively harmless case of measles.

As you read the rest of this propaganda piece, though it has its moments of objectivity, consider the analogy of blaming the warm weather on the number of broken bones in children playing outside. While it may be true that vaccines can reduce the incidence of measles in some cases, perhaps ignoring the long term health consequences of vaccines is more damaging than the "cure."

Comment: And if you're concerned about getting diseases, then eat a healthy diet and take Vitamin A and D supplements, especially during the winter months.


Paul Krugman: McCain's health plan amounts to "health care destruction"

Sarah Palin ended her debate performance last Thursday with a slightly garbled quote from Ronald Reagan about how, if we aren't vigilant, we'll end up "telling our children and our children's children" about the days when America was free. It was a revealing choice.

A Switch to Turn Off Autism?

Researchers have found a way to slow overactive brain cells that may be triggering neurological disorders

Scientists say they have pinpointed a gene in the brain that can calm nerve cells that become too jumpy, potentially paving the way for new therapies to treat autism and other neurological disorders.

Rare Genetic Disorder Gives Clues To Autism, Epilepsy, Mental Retardation

A rare genetic disorder called tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is yielding insight into a possible cause of some neurodevelopmental disorders: structural abnormalities in neurons, or brain cells. Researchers in the F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Center at Children's Hospital Boston, led by Mustafa Sahin, MD, PhD, and Xi He, PhD, also found that normal neuronal structure can potentially be restored.

Long-term psychotherapy is superior, study finds

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Psychotherapy lasting for at least one year is more effective than shorter periods of therapy for people with complex mental disorders, such as personality and chronic disorders, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. The success of dedicated psychotherapy may matter little, however, because fewer doctors are offering the service and fewer insurers are covering it.

In long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy, the therapist provides continued, close support for the patient while the pair work through problems and interventions. The JAMA study, from researchers in Germany, was an examination of 23 studies on the success of psychotherapy. It found that longer-term therapy (one year or longer) was superior to shorter-term methods in regard to overall outcome and personality functioning. On average, patients with complex mental conditions who were treated long-term were better off than 96% of the patients in the comparison groups.

Extreme rehab: Inside the world's most radical drug clinic

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Miracle man? Dr Andre Waismann argues that opiate addiction is a medical problem and that his fast-track neural treatment works far better than counseling and methadone. Drug agencies disagree
Dr Andre Waismann is rewriting the rulebook for rehab, with incredible success. So why is the medical establishment ignoring his work? Nick Harding investigates

Dr Andre Waismann looks out of the window towards the Gaza Strip. Speaking in a medical centre in the Israeli town of Ashkelon, a few miles north of the heavily fortified border and constantly under threat from Kassam rocket attack, he explains his vision. "My goal," he says, "is that any drug addict in the world will one day be able to turn up at their local general hospital and say, 'good evening, I am hooked on opiates'. They will then lie down on a treatment table and be cured quickly before going home healthy. It will be as simple as taking a trip to the dentist."