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Research suggests ketogenic diet helpful in treating asthma

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Can a special diet help in certain cases of asthma? A new study at the University of Bonn at least points to this conclusion. According to the study, mice that were switched to a so-called ketogenic diet showed significantly reduced inflammation of the respiratory tract. The results are now published in the journal Immunity.

Asthma patients react even to low concentrations of some allergens with severe inflammation of the bronchi. This is also accompanied by increased mucus production, which makes breathing even more difficult. A central role here is played by cells of the innate immune system, which were only discovered a few years ago and are called Innate Lymphoid Cells (ILC). They perform an important protective function in the lungs by regenerating damaged mucous membranes. For this purpose they produce inflammatory messengers from the group of cytokines, which stimulate division of the mucosal cells and promote mucus production.

This mechanism is normally very useful: It allows the body to quickly repair damage caused by pathogens or harmful substances. The mucus then transports the pathogens out of the bronchial tubes and protects the respiratory tract against re-infection. "With asthma, however, the inflammatory reaction is much stronger and longer than normal," emphasizes Prof. Dr. Christoph Wilhelm from the Institute for Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Pharmacology, who is a member of the Cluster of Excellence ImmunoSensation at the University of Bonn. The consequences are extreme breathing difficulties, which can even be life-threatening.

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Where have all the heart attacks gone? Except for treating Covid-19, many hospitals seem to be eerily quiet

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The hospitals are eerily quiet, except for Covid-19.

I have heard this sentiment from fellow doctors across the United States and in many other countries. We are all asking: Where are all the patients with heart attacks and stroke? They are missing from our hospitals.

Yale New Haven Hospital, where I work, has almost 300 people stricken with Covid-19, and the numbers keep rising — and yet we are not yet at capacity because of a marked decline in our usual types of patients. In more normal times, we never have so many empty beds.

Comment: This doctor seems to be a little ignorant on the subject. Considering EMS crews won't take flatlining cardiac patients to hospital under new NYC coronavirus rules, is it any wonder he's seeing a drastic drop in cardiac patients? While fear of the coronavirus may be leading people to stay away from hospitals despite needing emergency care, it could actually be exacerbated by a number of measures put in place to keep people out of hospitals unless they have COVID-19. There's undoubtedly more to this story than people being afraid of hospitals.

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Local blood center will start collecting plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients as possible treatment

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The Federal Drug Administration is trying to come up with new ways to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. This week, the FDA made guideline changes to avoid a blood shortage. Now, it might have another possible treatment plan for COVID-19 patients.

Soon, a new kind of blood donor could be helping patients in the Ozarks.

"Once you've tested positive for COVID and then recovered you're plasma is going to have antibodies in it," said Anthony Roberts.

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Results from a controlled trial of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19

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The initial results from a placebo-controlled trial of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 indicate that patients hospitalized with mild illness recovered more quickly with addition of the drug than with placebo at the start of a standard treatment. The results also suggest that hydroxychloroquine might convey some protection against the illness worsening.

Zhan Zhang, MD, of Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, and colleagues reported results from 62 patients randomized to receive either placebo or hydroxychloroquine 200mg twice daily for 5 days on admission in addition to standard treatment consisting of oxygen therapy, and unspecified regimens that could include antiviral and antibacterial agents, and immunoglobulin with or without corticosteroids.

"The data in this study revealed that after 5 days of hydroxychloroquine treatment, the symptoms of patients with COVID-19 were significantly relieved, manifesting as shorten(ing) in the recovery time for cough and fever," Zhang and colleagues reported.

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Setting up to fail: Gates funded clinical trial on hydroxychloroquine uses Vitamin C as placebo

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As many as 4,000 seriously ill coronavirus patients in New York are being treated with the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, state health officials say.

President Trump has touted hydroxychloroquine as a potential life-saver, although there is no widespread scientific evidence to date showing it helps battle COVID-19.

But Gov. Andrew Cuomo last month said health care providers in the state would be using the drug in combination with the antibiotic Zithromax, or azithromycin, for some last-ditch cases, based on potentially promising research.

Comment: What a transparent scam! Why they would actually tell journalists they're using vitamin C as a placebo is either stupidity or hubris (or both).

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Oxalate toxicity forced Liam Hemsworth to quit his vegan diet

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"I had to completely rethink what I was putting in my body."

Liam Hemsworth had long been a proponent of veganism after making the switch the plant-based eating back in 2015, but in this month's issue of Men's Health the Aussie actor revealed he's transitioned away from the diet for health reasons.

"The first two years, I felt great," he says. "I felt my energy was high. I felt like my body was strong, cardio was high, everything felt really good."

However, the 30-year-old says that began to change in early 2019.

Comment: It's hardly surprising Hemsworth succumbed to oxalate toxicity given the massive quantities of high-oxalate foods he was eating. Unfortunately, high oxalate foods are found in many popular diets, from vegan to paleo.

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Stock Down

Researchers warn the COVID-19 lockdown will take its own toll on health

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It's the most dramatic government intervention into our lives since World War II. To fight the coronavirus outbreak, governments across the globe have closed schools, travel and businesses big and small. Many observers have fretted about the economic costs of throwing millions of people out of work and millions of students out of school.

Now, three weeks after the United States and other countries took sweeping suppression steps that could last months or more, some public health specialists are exploring a different consequence of the mass shutdown: the thousands of deaths likely to arise unrelated to the disease itself.

The longer the suppression lasts, history shows, the worse such outcomes will be. A surge of unemployment in 1982 cut the life spans of Americans by a collective two to three million years, researchers found. During the last recession, from 2007-2009, the bleak job market helped spike suicide rates in the United States and Europe, claiming the lives of 10,000 more people than prior to the downturn. This time, such effects could be even deeper in the weeks, months and years ahead if, as many business and political leaders are warning, the economy crashes and unemployment skyrockets to historic levels.

Comment: The above article is coming from the perspective that "the coronavirus is bad, but..." But what if the coronavirus isn't any worse in it's death toll than the seasonal flu? Or even not as bad? Then how can all the above consequences be justified?

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Arizona doctor believes Vitamin C could be game changer in COVID-19 treatment

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One Arizona doctor explains why vitamin C through an IV might be effective.
Could a common vitamin prove to be a key in helping treat the coronavirus? Some doctors in both China and New York have been using Vitamin C to try to treat their patients. One Arizona doctor who's been using this technique for other infections explains why vitamin C might be effective. The key, he says? Absorption through an IV.

"When people get sick, the first thing in their body that actually gets depleted is vitamin C," said Dr. Steven Katz, a naturopathic physician in Scottsdale.

Dr. Katz often sees patients with pneumonia or bronchitis. The World Health Organization says coronavirus can lead to things like pneumonia.

Comment: The WHO and CDC are proving willfully ignorant on the subject, no doubt due to their vested interest in the pharmaceutical industry. Doctors who were in the heat of the coronavirus epidemic in Wuhan reported remarkable results from vitamin C infusions and clinical trials are underway. Does this not count as evidence?

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Propaganda

The Myth of "Darwinian Medicine"

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Randolph M. Nesse
Editor's note: As biologist Jonathan Wells observes, "[T]he measures being taken against the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic owe nothing to evolutionary theory." Yet a persistent claim from evolutionists is that medical research would be crippled without a Darwinian framework. Evolution News presents a series of our previously published work addressing the myth of "Darwinian medicine."

Darwinist Randolph Nesse has been peddling "Darwinian medicine" for years. He laid out his vision of medical science informed by Darwinian speculations two decades ago in a book, Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine, co-authored with Darwinist George C. Williams. He pointed out (correctly) that Darwinism has no current role in medical education and medical research. He means to change that. He argues for integration of Darwinian science into medical school curricula, and he argues that the light cast by Darwinian insights will significantly advance medical education and research.

That is a dubious claim. The very admission that Darwinism has had no role in medical science is a telling argument not for its inclusion, but for its irrelevance. Medical science is remarkably successful. Antibiotics, cybernetics, cancer chemotherapy, bone marrow transplants, hip replacements, heart transplants, and a host of near-miraculous advances have greatly extended our lifespan and improved the quality of our lives — all without Darwin.

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Dr. Vladimir Zelenko has now treated 699 coronavirus patients with 100% success using Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate, Zinc and Z-Pak

Dr. Vladimir Zelenko

Dr. Vladimir Zelenko
IMPORTANT UPDATE (April 3): In an exclusive interview, Dr. Zelenko provides a major update about the results of his COVID-19 patients: 700 coronavirus patients treated with 99.9% success rate using Hydroxychloroquine, 1 outpatient died after not following protocol.

Last Wednesday, we published the success story from Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, a board-certified family practitioner in New York, after he successfully treated 350 coronavirus patients with 100 percent success using a cocktail of drugs: hydroxychloroquine, in combination with azithromycin (Z-Pak), an antibiotic to treat secondary infections, and zinc sulfate. Dr. Zelenko said he saw the symptom of shortness of breath resolved within four to six hours after treatment. Hydroxychloroquine is now being used worldwide, according to a map from French Dr. Didier Raoult. In the meantime, scientists at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine believe they've found potential vaccine for coronavirus.