European practices lead the way in the frontier of prevention

“Cancer is a systemic illness that can be observed in the blood with new types of microscopes developed in Europe” says Dr. Karl Maret. “German doctors are also using new diagnostic biofield tests to detect latent imbalances in the connective tissue matrix that contribute to various diseases”

Traveling and studying throughout Europe, Maret is keen to share the knowledge regarding cutting-edge medical diagnostic tools presently used across the pond.

Trained as an electrical and biomedical engineer, Maret’s passion for the mechanics of diagnosic tools — actually the electronics — is as good as it gets. He describes the possibilities and potential of working with light and color spectrums for early detection of imbalances that can lead to disease.

“The variability of the heart rhythm can be used to detect the amount of autonomic nervous system stress that contributes to heart disease,” Maret explains, adding that prevention is key to health. Hence, much of the new frontier is about early warning signals that help people shift their awareness and lifestyle early on toward optimal health.

Although Americans love to see themselves as pioneers, much of the cutting-edge work in cancer prevention today began in Europe more than a century ago. Biofeedback, one approach Americans are familiar with that helps reduce stress levels associated with many diseases, began more than 50 years ago.  Read More….


Nearly two-thirds of Americans are concerned about the safety of artificial sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose

Plastics chemical bisphenol A found to promote prostate cancer in animal studies

Nigeria: Nigerian Scientists Claim Cure for Sickle Cell

Uthman Abubakar
Since the beginning of life on earth, diseases have existed. They emerge and multiply according to environmental changes and complications over time, especially bordering on social or group conducts, physiological behaviours and sanitary conditions, in the case of humans and animals, environmental conditions, soil contents and agricultural practices, in the case of plants. There are more numerous causes of diseases than have so far been discovered.
Diseases are not known until they emerge, and as they do so, scientists research into them to determine their causes and manufacture their cure. Many, perhaps most, diseases ravage life for a very long time and on a frightening scale before their cures are found. Some of such diseases have existed for ages, yet their specific cures have either not yet been found or they have just been found, but they have not been sufficiently tested and applied to determine their efficacy and safety according to the rules of medication.

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Coma Brain Rebuilds Itself

TERRY WALLIS awoke from a coma-like state 19 years after tumbling over a guard rail in a utility and falling nearly 10 metres into a dry riverbed. Now doctors armed with some of the latest brain-imaging technology think they know part of the reason why.While Wallis showed few outward signs of consciousness, his brain was methodically rebuilding the white-matter infrastructure necessary for him to interact with the outside world, researchers reported in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.”I believe it’s a very, very slow self-healing process of the brain,” said Henning Voss, a physicist at Weill Cornell Medical College and head author of the study.

Wallis emerged from a minimally conscious state in 2003 at the age of 39 and uttered his first word: “Mom.” Since then he has regained the ability to form sentences and recovered some use of his limbs, though he still can’t walk or feed himself.

Using positron emission tomography scans and an advanced imaging technique called diffusion tensor imaging, the researchers examined the Arkansas man’s brain after he regained full consciousness. They found that cells in the relatively undamaged areas had formed new axons, the long nerve fibres that transmit messages between neurons.

“In essence, Terry’s brain may have been seeking out new pathways to re-establish functional connections to areas involved in speech and motor control – to compensate for those lost due to damage,” said a study author, Dr Nicholas Schiff, a neurologist at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.

He cautioned that Mr Wallis was a “1-in-300 million” case. But Steven Laureys, a neurologist at the University of Liege in Belgium, said the findings would force doctors to reconsider the way they treat patients in minimally conscious and persistent vegetative states.

In a minimally conscious state, a patient shows intermittent signs of awareness but is often unable to interact with the outside world. It is a less severe condition than a persistent vegetative state, in which the patient is awake but has no awareness of herself or her surroundings. Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman at the centre of a bitter right-to-die battle, had been in a persistent vegetative state for 15 years when her husband won a court order to have her feeding tube removed last year.

Neurologists believe the longer a person is in a minimally conscious or persistent vegetative state, the lower the recovery chances. Such patients are often neglected by doctors and insurance companies, Dr Laureys said. In his last few years at an Arkansas nursing and rehabilitation centre, Mr Wallis’s family began to notice that the former mechanic and Ford enthusiast would grunt when a Chevrolet commercial came on the television. They said he answered questions by blinking his eyes.

About two years before he regained full consciousness, he began taking the antidepressant Paxil, which doctors say may have contributed to his recovery. Within a week of his first utterance, Mr Wallis began speaking in simple sentences. Los Angeles Times

Real-Life Epilogue To “Erin Brockovich”: Medical Journal Retracts Fraudulent Chromium/Cancer Study (press release)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a real-life epilogue to “Erin Brockovich,” a peer-reviewed medical journal will retract a fraudulent article written and placed by a science-for-hire consulting firm whose CEO sits on a key federal toxics panel. The retraction follows a six-month internal review by the journal, prompted by an Environmental Working Group (EWG) investigation.The July issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM), the official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, will carry a retraction of a 1997 article published under the byline of two Chinese scientists, JianDong Zhang and ShuKun Li.

The article appeared to be a reversal of an earlier study by Zhang that found a significant association between chromium pollution of drinking water and higher rates of stomach cancer in villages in rural northeast China. Since its publication, the fraudulent article has influenced a number of state and federal regulatory decisions on chromium.

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Healer lets nonvisual signals direct her to patients’ needs

Graduation – Chris Cooke of Portland could be the first blind naturopath in the U.S. when she gets a diploma today Monday, June 26, 2006 MY-THUAN TRAN Chris Cooke can often figure out from a handshake how her patient feels. A sweaty grip could mean a fever; a listless shake, a sign of uneasiness. “Other doctors look at the visual signs for how patients are doing, like how they walk,” Cooke says. “If you pay attention to a handshake, it can give you similar information.”

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