Dementia: Are Some Cases Preventable.

July 26th, 2017

Recent research published in Lancet and reported by the first Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention and Care stated that managing lifestyle factors such as hearing loss, smoking, hypertension, and depression could prevent one-third of the world’s dementia cases. They also said nonpharmacological interventions such as social contact and exercise for people with dementia are beneficial. Researchers said “There’s been a great deal of focus on developing medicines to prevent dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.” ” But we can’t lose sight of the real major advances we’ve already made in treating dementia, including preventive approaches.”

Twenty four international experts were brought together to systematically review existing research and provide evidence=based recommendations for treating and preventing dementia. Nine risk factors were identified in early, mid and late life that increase the likelihood of developing dementia. They said by increasing education in early life and addressing hearing loss, hypertension, and obesity dementia could be reduced by up to 20 percent. In late life stopping smoking, treating depression, increasing physical activity, increasing social activities, and managing diabetes could reduce dementia by another 15 percent. Evaluating medications they said “Antipsychotic drugs are commonly used to treat agitation and aggression. but there are substantial concern about these drugs because of an increased risk of death, cardiovascular adverse events and infections, not to mention excessive sedation.”

38 Year Cervical Cancer Survivor Jann Holden Used Natural Interventions

July 23rd, 2017

My first guest next Saturday, Jann Holden is a 38 year Stage 4 Cervical Cancer Survivor who through a strong determination, REIKI. and diet change overcome cancer without chemo, surgery or radiation. She is an  Ordained Minister, REIKI Master, EFT Coach,  Tuning Fork & Sound Therapist with over 35 years experience in my field.  I offer doTerra essential oil products as well as Nikken Magnetic products. I also offer advise on dietary changes, and supplements you may be lacking.  Hair analysis and saliva testing are also available thru my office, as well as ph testing and iodine deficiency tests.

She is very passionate about energy healing, REIKI in particular.  Much against my families wishes, I did not use the conventional methods of chemotherapy, radiation or surgery for my cancer.  Instead I took a class in REIKI and learned to work on myself.  Later I went on to become a REIKI Master. My work is now aimed at making a difference in other people’s lives as well, whether physically, emotionally or spiritually.

REIKI is a hands on modality that balances the energy of the body, allowing the healing process to take place.  My specialty is distant REIKI where I work off a picture or even just a name.  REIKI can be used on animals, and literally anything with “energy”. I have actually fixed machines!

One thing people must realize is that I am a facilitator to the healing process, not a healer. REIKI is not a religion and you do not have to believe in it.  The actual healing work is done by the person requesting the healing thru their intent and often dietary and lifestyle changes.

Although REIKI cannot always physically heal everyone, it does make a difference on other levels, meaning mentally, emotionally or spiritually.  It is especially helpful to the terminally ill, making their transitioning easier, more comfortable and acceptable to them.

I offer many other modalities as well, including EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques or tapping), Sound/Vibrational Therapies including OHM and color tuning forks, drumming, singing bowls, and I use crystals, orgonite and pendulums in my work.  I also offer Ear Candling, and Magnetic Therapy and roll-outs. I often combine some of these techniques.  Please see descriptions on each of these modalities.  My special is a combo tuning fork/REIKI session with special deep relaxation music and colored lights.  I call this “THE WORKS”.

My husband and I have been married for 40 years and own a small ranch in the foothills of Red Bluff, CA.  I have 2 sons and 6 grandkids that all live back near Chicago.

I enjoy trail riding on my horse, bike riding, camping,  gardening, country western dancing, gourmet cooking, and I am an avid reader.  Of course, my passion is healing work.More information is available at: http://jannholden.webs.com/aboutme.htm

CBD/Hemp/THC Uses in Health discussed by Robin Ashley

July 23rd, 2017

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CBD/THC discussion and availability through my second guest, Robin Ashley who grew up in Colorado where  she learned to both love and respect nature and our planet, her deep love for animals eventually guided her to living a vegan lifestyle.

Robin has been passionate about natural health since 2003, when her beloved cocker spaniel, Jessie, became extremely ill and the vet informed her that ‘nothing could be done’. Not believing this was true, she began desperately researching then trying natural cures, and within just 30 days, Jessie was back to full health. As remarkable as this was, it was not the reason Robin became passionate about natural health. It was actually the response from the vet that opened her eyes to what Western medicine was all about.

When Robin took Jessie back to the vet for a check up, she was anxious to share with him what she had done that resulted in a total reversal of Jessie’s condition. The vet admitted himself that he could not believe this was the same dog and asked Robin what she had done. Excitedly, she gave him all the details! When she was finished he said that he was very happy for her and Jessie, but that he could not share this information with anyone else. When she asked why, the vet replied, because it’s not medicine.

Robin left the vet’s office that day angry and confused, she didn’t understand why he felt that organic foods and herbs were not medicine, especially since it was the father of medicine, Hippocrates who said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

Since that day, Robin has spent thousands of hours researching natural health, every time she come across a new product or modality she would learn everything she could about its benefits. She is grateful to have come across several things that have improved her own health as well as the health of the people and animals she loves. However, nothing has had a bigger impact on her health and overall life, than CBD Hemp Oil!

 

Because of her personal life changing experience with CBD, she is on a mission to share this information and the CBD products that helped her with the world. She has been doing this only since September of 2016, but has already witnessed several others having dramatic and positive improvements in their health. Robin believes very strongly that she would not be here today had it not been for her very good friends sharing CBD with her.

Knowing that there are countless others who have been told by well meaning doctors that ‘nothing can be done’ to help them with their current health challenges, Robin has made it her life’s mission and full time career to be a CBD Educator. She says, “We have all been told things that quite simply are not true, and people have suffered needlessly for years because of it. I am eager to share the truth with anyone who is open minded enough to listen.”

Robin is happy to speak to large groups, do a one on one call, or anything in between. Every time someone shares their success story with her, she becomes even more determined to spread the word. More information is available at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/damon-ashley-b3b2b2b0/

NB: I searched for additional websites with prices and products and spent several hours reading about Kannaway, the company they work for. Things are not always as they seem so do you own research. I never did find specific products and prices other than that they are expensive according to reviews.

Cannabis Extract Expert, Mara Gordon, Speaks on the Holistic Health Show

July 16th, 2017

Mara Gordon, founder, Chief Process Engineer, specializes in the development of cannabis extract treatment protocols for seriously ill patients in California. She is the co-founder of Aunt Zelda’s, Calla Spring Wellness, and Zelda Therapeutics.

Prior to Aunt Zelda’s, Mara worked as a process engineer, helping Fortune 500 companies create intelligent software by utilizing the Rational Unified Process. This experience has enabled her to take a detailed and scientific approach to medical cannabis.

Recognizing a need for patient-focused software, Gordon created CDRMed, an EMR specially developed for the healthcare community. With CDRMed, physicians and medical health professionals are able to make treatment recommendations based on the latest and highest-quality data. This takes the guesswork out of selecting the correct medicines at the dispensary.

Gordon sits on the boards of Zelda Therapeutics, Daya Foundation, International Cannabis Standards Board (ICSB), and Hmbldt. She has presented at multiple CME-accredited medical conferences, including Patients Out of Time 2014, and at POT 2016, delivered a 3.5 hour course along with Drs Cristina Sanchez, Manuel Guzman, and Joe D. Goldstrich. Gordon has spoken at medical cannabis conferences in Australia, Costa Rica, Chile, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Israel, as well as numerous events throughout the USA and worldwide. These include CannMed held at Harvard Medical School in April 2016, and Medical Marijuana for Professionals 2014 and 2016. Her work is featured in the upcoming documentaries, “Weed the People”, “Mary Janes: Women of Weed”, and in Joe Dolce’s book, “Brave New Weed”.More information at: https://www.medicaljane.com/directory/professional/mara-gordon/  

Enjoy the Interview below:

Colorectal Cancer Impacted by High Fat Diets

July 12th, 2017

Cancer stem cell growth in the colon is enhanced by a high fat western diet according to new research in Stem Cell Research. It has been known that 80% of colorectal cancers are associated with poor diet but until now the mechanism was unknown. In their pre-clinical model the cancer stem cell growth in the colon, believed to be partially responsible for the spread and recurrence of cancer, was enhanced by a high-fat Western diet  when researchers blocked the JAK2-STAT3 cellular signaling pathway, a pathway known to promote tumor growth, the spike in cancer stem cell growth caused by the high fat diet declined.

Researchers said “We have known the influence of diet on colorectal cancer. However, these new findings are the first to show the connection between high-fat intake and colon cancer via a specific molecular pathway.” “We can now build upon this knowledge to develop new treatments aimed at blocking this pathway and reducing the negative impact of a high-fat diet on colon cancer risk.”

Liquid Biopsy/ Evaluating Cancer Treatment

July 5th, 2017

Liquid Biopsy, a blood test that detects circulating DNA tumor DNA, may not only sound an early alert that a treatment effect is diminishing but may also may offer clues about what to do next according to a new study published   Researchers say “We have shown that integrating regular liquid biopsy into our patient routine care is feasible and easily incorporated into clinical practice.” ” This technology can precisely help us understand each patient’s individual disease course and allows us to tailor care based on an understanding of their significant disease biology.”

In the study 40 patients with various forms of gastro-intestinal (GI) cancers who had previously responded to treatment that stopped were included. Liquid biopsies were done when their disease began to progress and circulating tumor DNA in the blood was analyzed for genetic mutation that might be making patients resistant to treatment. Thirty one of the 40 patients had at least one mutation, and 14 had more than 1 mutation. It was interesting that about two thirds of patients  had traditional biopsies taken at the same time and the liquid biopsy picked up extra mutations that could not be seen in the tissue biopsy. Researchers said “Identifying what specific mutations are responsible for treatment resistance is very important in helping clinicians choosing what treatment path  a patient should try next, whether it be another drug or prehaps radiation.”

Although liquid biopsies are not widely used outside the research setting, the researchers believe they are about to transform cancer treatment. The researchers say “We have shown this approach to be feasible across different GI cancers.” “Thew next step is to study how best to use this technology in daily practice.”

NB>I came across liquid biopsies a couple months ago while working on content for my cancer website .  I will have the test information on the site within the next month  as it is used to detect cancer and can do so before many other tests. However, the major problem now is that the cost can be up to $4,500.

An International Alternative Cancer Leader, Frank Wiewel, Interviewed.

July 2nd, 2017

For nearly 40 years, Frank Wiewel and his wife Denise have led the struggle for medical freedom in America and throughout the world. Frank was a successful Columbia Records recording artist, engineer and producer. In July 1985, he happened to be in Freeport, Bahamas, accompanying his sick father-in-law, when the Bahamian government, at the instigation of the United States National Cancer Institute (NCI) shut down Dr Lawrence Burton’s (IAT) cancer clinic.

The IAT patients organized and asked Frank to become first president of their association. Frank and Denise led them in a march on Washington and drafted the petition for an evaluation of innovative therapies, signed by 43 Congressmen. Frank was the original requestor of this Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) study entitled, Alternative Cancer Therapies and testified at the Congressional Hearings. Frank led site visits to clinics being researched by OTA and the IAT Clinic was reopened.

In 1986, Frank and his wife Denise founded People Against Cancer and organized The International Coalition for the Evaluation of Alternative Cancer Therapies. It was largely through such efforts, including bitter struggles over three years that the OTA report was re-written and made into a useful document for Congress and the public. In conversations with thousands of people with cancer, health activists, as well as over 50 members of Congress; guest appearances on Design for Living, Natural Living, For the People, and other radio programs; prominently featured interviews in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Des Moines Register, Scientific American, Science, East West, etc; and publications in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the International Association of Cancer Victors and Friends (IACVF) Journal, Frank has tirelessly fought for the fair testing of innovative, non toxic cancer therapies.

In 1993, Frank was a founding member of the Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM) in the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In 1994, Frank was chosen to be the Chairman of the Pharmacological and Biological Treatments Committee and chosen to serve a four-year term on the National Advisory Board of the Office of Alternative Medicine. Scientific American wrote, “The Establishment of the Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM) constitutes a victory for Frank Wiewel.”

Through People Against Cancer, Frank has created and administrates the Alternative Therapy Research Program (ATRP), a program to evaluate treatment options for people with cancer and physicians. Frank has also created and organized the International Physicians Network (IPN) to provide innovative treatment options for people with cancer. In 1996, Frank launched the Alternative Therapy Evaluation Program (ATEP) to conduct scientific evaluations, both retrospective and prospective, of innovative treatments for cancer worldwide.

Frank has been called “The most powerful independent voice in the field of cancer.” He is the editor of a critically acclaimed newsletter: Options: New Directions in the War on Cancer.  “The most revolutionary document published in the field of cancer – the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” Options remains the only independent newsletter in the field published without outside influence or advertisements.

Frank remains People Against Cancer’s founding executive and runs this grassroots organization from his base in Otho, Iowa (pop. 650), where he lives with his wife, Denise and their daughters Megan and Allison. More information is available at: http://www.peopleagainstcancer.org/

Enjoy the interview below:

 

Does the Presence of a Smart Phone Reduce Brain Smarts.

June 30th, 2017

A new study discussed on CBS news  concluded that participants in the study with smart phones in another room significantly outperformed those with  their smartphones on their desk so that your cognitive capacity is significantly reduced when your smartphone is within reach–even if it is off. Studies were conducted with about 800 smartphone users in an attempt to measure how well people can complete tasks when they have their smartphones nearby even though turned off.

In one study participants were asked to sit at the computer and take a series of tests that required full concentration to score well. The tests measured the available cognitive ability of participants. Before beginning participants were randomly instructed on their desk with the face down, in their pocket or personal bag, or in another room. All were instructed to turn the phones to silence. Researchers found that those with their smartphone in another room significantly outperformed those with it on the desk, and slightly outperformed those with it in a pocket or bag.

In another study researchers looked at how a person’s self reported smartphone dependence or the strength of their reported need for a smartphone to get through a typical day– affected cognitive capacity.  Subjects performed the same series of computer-based tests as the first group and were randomly assigned to either keep their smart phones either in sight on the desk face up, in a pocket or bag, or in another room. In this study, some subjects were also asked to turn off the smartphones. Researchers found that subjects who were the most dependent on their smartphones performed worse compared with their less-dependent peers, but only when their smartphones were on the desk or in their pocket or bag. Researchers also found that it did not matter whether smartphones were turned off or on, or whether it was face down or faced up. But having a smartphone within sight or easy reach reduced a persons ability to focus and perform tasks because part of their brain was active working to not pick up the phone.

Cannabis Health Risk Lowered with Public Health Guidelines

June 28th, 2017

A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health reported that Canada’s Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines that were released with the endorsement of key public health and medical organizations provide ten science-based recommendations to enable cannabis users to reduce their health risk. Canada has one of the highest cannabis use rates in the world and related problems range from memory and physical coordination problems, to motor vehicle accidents and mental health or dependence problems.

Researchers noted that as Canada moves toward legalization with the federal Cannabis Act it was a good time to educate and inform cannabis users on order to reduce or prevent cannabis-related health issues. They said “Factual, science-based information can provide guidance to cannabis users to make choices that reduce both immediate and long-term risks top their health.” They continue “Cannabis use carries with it real health risks, and mitigating those risks for Canadians–particularly young Canadians–must be the first priority.” “The CMA (Canadian Medical Association) continues to recommend a broad policy approach focused in preventing problematic drug use, ensuring the availability of assessment and treatment services for those who wish to stop using, and harm reduction to increase the safety for those who are using.”

Guidelines include abstaining, and the elevated potential of  risk related to initiating use at an young age, using high potency products, alternative delivery system, heavy use and driving, and identifying people at higher risks of problems with concrete recommendations for risk reduction in each case.

Meditation/Yoga Reverse DNA Response Underlying Stress

June 21st, 2017

 

A new study published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology reviewed over a decade of studies  analyzing how our genes are affected by different Mind-Body Interventions and and concluded meditation, yoga and Tai Chi don’t simply relax us, they can reverse the molecular reactions in our DNA which cause ill-health and depression. Researchers reviewed 18 studies with 846 participants over 11 years and found a pattern of molecular changes that happened in the body as a result of the mind-body interventions.  Those changes benefited the mental and physical health of the participants.

When a person is exposed to a stressful situation, their sympathetic nervous system is triggered  that in turn increases production of af a molecule called nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB) that regulates how the genes are expressed. KF-kB translates stress by activating genes to produce protein called cytokines that cause inflammation at the cellular level-a reaction that is useful for short term fight or flight reactions. But if this persists it lead to a higher risk of cancer. accelerated aging, and psychiatric disorders like depression.  Researchers found, however, that people who practice mind-body interventions exhibit the opposite effect-that is, a decrease in production of NF-kB and cytolines, leading to a reversal of the pro-inflammatory gene expression pattern and a reduction in the risk of inflammation-related diseases and conditions.

Researchers said “These activities are leaving what we call a molecular signature in our cells, which reverse the effect that stress or anxiety would have on the body by changing how our genes are expressed. Put simply, MBIs cause the brain to steer our DNA processes along a path which improves our well-being.” “More needs to be done to understand these effects in greater depth, for example how they compare with other healthy interventions like exercise or nutrition. But this is an important foundation to build on to help future researchers explain the benefits of increasingly popular mind-body activities.”