Posts Tagged ‘toxicity’

Dr Patrick Vicker Discusses the Gerson Therapy

Sunday, December 4th, 2016


Dr. Patrick Vickers is the Director and Founder of the Northern Baja Gerson Clinic (Gerson Therapy). His mission is to provide patients with the highest quality and standard of care available in the world today for the treatment of advanced (and non-advanced) degenerative disease. His dedication and commitment to the development of advanced protocols has led to the realization of exponentially greater results in healing disease. Dr. Vickers, along with his highly trained staff, provides patients with the education, support, and resources to achieve optimal health.

Dr. Patrick was born and raised outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At the age of 11 years old, after witnessing a miraculous recovery from a chiropractic adjustment, Dr. Patrick’s passion for natural medicine was born.

Dr. Patrick obtained his undergraduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Life University before going on to receive his doctorate in Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College in 1997.

While a student at New York Chiropractic College(NYCC), Dr. Patrick befriended Charlotte Gerson, the last living daughter of Dr. Max Gerson, M.D. who Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dr. Albert Schweitzer called, ” One of the most eminent geniuses in medical history. “

Dr. Gerson, murdered in 1959, remains the most censured doctor in the history of medicine as he was reversing virtually every degenerative disease known to man, including TERMINAL cancer.

Upon graduating from NYCC in 1997, Dr. Patrick went on to study the Gerson Therapy directly under Charlotte Gerson at her home in San Diego, California. While living with Charlotte, Dr. Patrick spent several months going through Dr. Gerson’s handwritten files of all his active patients from 1910-1959; files that Charlotte has kept in her home to this day. Included in those files were hundreds of handwritten letters from Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, to Dr. Max Gerson. Schweitzer and Gerson were best friends after Gerson cured Schweitzer’s wife, Helena, of terminal tuberculosis when she had just 3 months to live.

Gerson also cured Schweitzer, himself, of severely advanced diabetes, in SIX weeks, eight years before Schweitzer won the Nobel Prize.

After several months of studying Dr. Gerson’s files, and several more months interning at the Gerson Clinic, Dr. Patrick opened chiropractic and Gerson clinics in Peru, Guatemala and Mexico before returning to the United States, in 2008, to open up this non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on the Gerson Therapy.

Since that time, Dr. Patrick has been traveling around the world lecturing at international embassies, Latin American medical schools and other miscellaneous venues. More information at:

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Can Altering Gut Microbes Reduce Chemo Side Effects

Friday, September 18th, 2015


In a new study published in Chemistry & Biology researchers concluded that some of chemotherapy’s side effects result from gut microbes that latch onto the drugs as they are eliminated from the body and transform them into toxic species that cause severe diarrhea. It is possible to shut down this process in mice as a first step in helping cancer patients.

They say bacteria consume a sugar called glucuronic  acid through the use of a bacterial enzyme called Beta-glucuronidase from small chemicals sent by the body to the gastrointestinal tract for elimination.  The chemo drug irinotecan is linked to glucuronic acid to mark it for elimination, and when the GI tract bacteria remove the sugar, they release a virulent toxic drug back into the intestine that causes diarrhea in up to 90% of people who take irinotecan. Researchers have characterized various forms of Beta-glucuronidase    produced by different strains of bacteria residing in the gut, and show that inhibiting GI bacterial Beta-glucuronidases in mice does not affect irinotecan that is circulating in the blood and is  needed to combat cancer. This new understanding provies a promising new set of targets for controlling drug-induced GI toxicity.

Can Thirdhand Smoke Cause DNA Damage?

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

logo1267406_mdA new study published in the journal Mutagenesis concluded that third-hand smoke, the residue that clings to almost all surfaces long after the second hand  smoke from a cigarette has cleared out, causes significant damage in human cells. In addition, chronic exposure is worse than acute exposure because the chemical compounds in samples exposed to chronic third-hand smoke exist in higher concentrations and cause more DNA damage than samples exposed to acute third-hand smoke, suggesting that left over time smoke residue becomes more harmful. The researcher said “Tobacco-specific nitrosamines, some of the chemical compounds in third-hand smoke, are among the most potent carcinogens there are. They stay on surfaces, and when those surfaces are clothing or carpets, the danger to children is especially serious.”

Using two common in vitro assays to test genotoxicity they found third-hand smoke can cause both DNA strand breaks and oxidative DNA damage that can lead to gene mutation. Genotoxicity is associated with disease development and is a critical mechanism responsible for many types of cancer caused by smoking and secondhand smoke exposure.

Researchers put paper strips in smoking chambers. The acute sample was exposed to 5 cigarettes smoked in about 20 minutes and the chronic sample was exposed to cigarette smoke for 258 hours over 196 days,. During that time the chamber was also ventilated for about 35 hours. They found that the concentrations of more than half of the compounds studied were higher in the chronic samples than in the acute and also found higher levels of DNA damage caused by the chronic samples. The concluded that the cumulative effect of third-hand smoke is significant and the results show that materials could be getting more toxic with time.

Thirdhand smoke is difficult to eradicate and research shows that it can still be detected in apartments two months after the smokers moved out,. Common cleaning methods such as vacuuming, wiping and ventilation have not been effective in lowering nicotine contamination. Although you can do things to reduce the odor it still remains contaminated. The best solution is to substitute materials such as replacing carpet and drapes and repainting. Further research is ongoing.