Created on Thursday, 24 April 2014 14:29
Now, a new study out of France has shown that young adults who smoke marijuana may be at risk for serious or even fatal heart problems.
The findings in the Journal of the American Heart Association raises new concerns about the safety of marijuana, just as many parts of the world are relaxing laws on its recreational use, and medicinal marijuana is gaining popularity for treating certain health conditions.
The risk of heart complications appeared small in the study, which included nearly 2,000 people who sought medical attention for complications related to smoking marijuana from 2006 to 2010.
Of those, two percent, or 35 people, had heart attacks or circulation problems related to arteries in the brain and limbs.
Of greater concern was the high death rate. One in four of the patients with cardiovascular complications died, said the researchers.
The analysis also found that the percentage of reported cardiovascular complications more than tripled from 2006 to 2010.
"The general public thinks marijuana is harmless, but information revealing the potential health dangers of marijuana use needs to be disseminated to the public, policymakers and healthcare providers," said lead author Emilie Jouanjus, a medical faculty member at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse in Toulouse, France.
"There is now compelling evidence on the growing risk of marijuana-associated adverse cardiovascular effects, especially in young people," Jouanjus said.
Doctors should be aware of the heart risks and consider marijuana use as a potential contributor to cardiovascular disease in some patients, said Jouanjus.
People with pre-existing conditions appeared most vulnerable, the study added.
Valentin Fuster, director of Mount Sinai Heart and Physician-in-Chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital, said the study appeared to support some observations he has made at his own clinic in New York City.
"I am concerned about cannabis because we are running a clinic of young people who come to us with coronary artery disease. I have seen a number of cases in whom I was not able to identify any other risk other than the use of cannabis," said Fuster, who was not involved in the research.
"So I think this registry in France supports the issue that cannabis is not free of danger," he added.
"I am not sure if it is more risky than tobacco cigarette smoking or less, but one thing is clear, it's affecting young people."
Dr. Allen Taylor, professor of medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, said:
"This study shows a some preliminary evidence of cardiovascular harm from marijuana. It amounts to a signal of risk between marijuana smoking and heart troubles," he said.
Taylor added that more research needs to be done to assess the risks posed by marijuana.
"It is a shame that we simply don't know more about a substance that potentially carries the risk of serious bodily harm. It seems that public perception is ahead of the science. We should remain open to the scientific facts as they evolve."
Created on Sunday, 20 April 2014 15:56
This article is by Christine Savich first appeared on Natural Society. The bottom line for me is that the vast majority of pharmaceutical drugs are entirely disruptive and destructive in their effects and should not be taken- not by anybody who is pursuing health. Metformin for diabetes, which is based on a natural herbal substance, is an exception.
While Americans comprise only 5 percent of the world population, we consume an incredible 50 percent of Big Pharma’s drugs, as explained in Jeff Hays’ documentary film, Doctored. Make no mistake. These drugs are meant to keep us imprisoned in poor health, not heal us. It’s time to kick the drug habit America. Tell the drug pushers – Merck, Pfizer, Novartis, Roche, GlaxoSmith Kline, Abbott, Astra-Zeneca, Amgen, Eli Lilly, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Sanofi (along with the FDA and CDC) that you are going cold turkey, and learn what true health really means.
Sadly, Americans are more familiar with names like Abilify, Nexium, Humira, Plavix, Crestor, Advair Diskus, Enbrel, and Cymbalta, the top selling drugs of Big Pharma, than names like Aloe barbadensis, Curcuma longa, Allium sativum, Moringa oleifera, Vitis vinifera L, all indigenous plants that have healed millions around the world.
You’ve likely heard the phrase before – just a dozen huge corporations are keeping Americans popping pills while they rake in billions, but have you really thought of what these numbers translate into, in terms of real health?
Annual sales for just one drug, Humira, was $9.3 billion. That puts Abott squarely at the top of the list as one of the most successful drug companies of all time.
One drug. One year. $9.3 billion.
This particular drug is meant to inhibit cancerous tumor growth, but there are dozens of natural remedies for the same purpose. Consider: turmeric, papaya leaf, grape seed extract, ginger, cannabis, and a host of other inexpensive plants can treat cancer. Here are 4 cancer fighting foods. Cost – around $3 per day per item.
Or the ‘what if’ scenarios:
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
- What if that $9.3 billion were used to clean up the environmental messes from fracking, oil drilling, oil spills, mining, nuclear meltdowns, chemtrails, pesticide and herbicide spraying, chemical dumping, and more, that cause cancer to begin with?
- What if we hired comedians to visit patients with cancer, using the proven technique of laughter therapy to treat many diseases, cancer among them?
Our money and our health is wasted on these companies, but we have to unplug from the drugs. We are overworked, under-nourished, over-fed, and lied to. You don’t need another pill. What really needs to pop is the illusory bubble that Big Pharma is the answer.
Created on Friday, 18 April 2014 16:39
Created on Monday, 31 March 2014 11:05
We do have euthanasia in this country. We have it all over the country. It's called morphine. Under hospice care, they administer fatal doses of morphine to patients who are terminal and in pain. It doesn't kill them immediately, but it quickens their death for sure. And I am not complaining that they do it. I am complaining about how they do it. I think they should do it openly and honestly and bring death on faster.
I had a beloved cousin who died recently. He was my age, and he had cancer. We were very close growing up, and he was more like a brother to me than a cousin. He was put on hospice, and he received very good care overall. But, I feel that he was allowed to hover in a state near death for too long. They were giving him morphine and other drugs for pain, but it is my earnest belief that they should have given him more. They should have ended it for him decisively. He knew he was dying. He was completely accepting of it. He wanted it to be over sooner rather than later, and he expressed that wish. He had taken care of everything that needed taking care of. And it had reached the point where his existence had to be nightmarish for him- where he was trapped inside this dying body.
You see, my cousin was strong by nature. He had been an athlete his whole life. So, his heart was strong. That's why it was taking him so long to die. And that's why I think they should have helped him to die faster.
There are rumors that Jackie Kennedy Onassis died through decisive euthanasia, where she was given a fatal cocktail of drugs which killed her in one night. I think that others who are in that situation should be given the same option. I think it's the humane thing to do. I don't think people should be forced to endure the final stages of decrepitude that often accompany dying, that is, if they don't want to.
We often take charge of the process of birth. I have a new grandson- Bryce London Cinque- who was born on February 25 of this year, and the date of his birth was decided in advance by the obstretician. He was born by Cesarean section. There were medical reasons why this was deemed prudent, and everything went fine. But, if we can oversee the process of birthing to that extent, why not the process of dying?
No one should be left to suffer pain at the end of their life, but likewise, they shouldn't be forced to suffer the protracted and nightmarish decay that often accompanies dying either- if it is their will to end it sooner. I think that, with the help of their doctors, they should be allowed to take control of the whole dying process and to do it on their own terms. Nature can be cruel, but we should always be compassionate. I hope I receive that much compassion when it's my time to die.
So, I think the resistance to frank euthanasia is unwarranted, and I sincerely hope that societal mores about it change and soon.
Created on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 05:16
A severe polio-like illness has afflicted up to 25 children in California, and doctors say that the outlook for these children looks grim. It has all the earmarks of polio: an enterovirus infection with a rapid onset and sudden paralysis of one or more limbs.
A leading California neurologist, Dr. Keith VanHaren said: "Although poliovirus has been eradicated from most of the globe, other viruses can also injure the spine, leading to a polio-like syndrome.”
Dr. VanHaren has been studying 5 of the afflicted children, all of whom were vaccinated against polio. In fact, these children were all “fully vaccinated” meaning that they had received all of the recommended childhood vaccines.
A cynic might say this is polio but they are not calling it polio because that would call into question the effectiveness of the polio vaccine.
But, I am going to try very hard not to be cynical. So instead I’ll say this:
Even if it is a different virus, what is the point of getting vaccinated if this kind of vulnerability remains after vaccination? If this kind of vulnerability and this magnitude of disaster can follow a course of childhood vaccinations, then something is wrong, and I mean terribly wrong.
I wonder if those doctors realize that it’s no consolation to be told:
“Don’t worry; it wasn’t the polio virus that struck you. You were vaccinated against that. This was another virus. So yes, it is a catastrophe, and we’re very sorry for it. But, the important thing is not to question the theory of vaccination or its safety and effectiveness."
One thing I think you can count on: If most or even some of those children had not been vaccinated, the mainstream media would be screaming it to the high heavens. The fact that they haven’t tells you that these kids got stricken despite having been “protected”.
I don’t claim to know what exactly is going on here, but I have to wonder if vaccines are at least partly responsible for the mysterious outbreak. And, it is reasonable to ask considering that the children were all vaccinated. And it wouldn’t be the first time. There was a well known, widely recognized immunization catastrophe in 1955 in which a bad batch of polio vaccine was said to have caused 200 cases of polio. That's the official number, but the actual number of cases among vaccinated children was 1359. My source for that is Dr. Herbert Ratner, Child and Family vol 19 “Story of the Salk Vaccine.”
I had only one child, a boy, and my wife and I did not vaccinate him- at all. And fortunately, it wasn’t terribly difficult for us to avoid it. I believe it is much harder today, or so I am told. The medical establishment, the schools, and the government are adamant about it. And of course, the number of vaccinations has grown immensely.
I received vaccines as a child, but it was the 1950s, and at least there were fewer. And I have had no vaccines since becoming health-conscious att the age of 19.
If I had a child today, I would not vaccinate him or her, and I would leave the country, if necessary, in order to avoid it. I hope that makes my position about this clear.I do not believe in vaccinations.
Created on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 17:41
February 11, 2014
The American people are the most drugged people in the history of the planet. Illegal drugs get most of the headlines, but the truth is that the number of Americans that are addicted to legal drugs is far greater than the number of Americans that are addicted to illegal drugs.
Image: Painkillers (Wikimedia Commons).
As you will see below, close to 70 percent of all Americans are currently on at least one prescription drug. In addition, there are 60 million Americans that “abuse alcohol” and 22 million Americans that use illegal drugs. What that means is that almost everyone that you meet is going to be on something. That sounds absolutely crazy but it is true. We are literally being drugged out of our minds.
In fact, as you will read about below, there are 70 million Americans that are taking “mind-altering drugs” right now. If it seems like most people cannot think clearly these days, it is because they can’t. We love our legal drugs and it is getting worse with each passing year. And considering the fact that big corporations are making tens of billions of dollars peddling their drugs to the rest of us, don’t expect things to change any time soon. The following are 19 statistics about the drugging of America that are almost too crazy to believe…
#1 An astounding 70 million Americans are taking legal mind-altering drugs right now.
#2 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doctors wrote more than 250 million prescriptions for antidepressants during 2010.
#3 According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, nearly 70 percent of all Americans are on at least one prescription drug. An astounding 20 percent of all Americans are on at least five prescription drugs.
#4 Americans spent more than 280 billion dollars on prescription drugs during 2013.
#5 According to the CDC, approximately 9 out of every 10 Americans that are at least 60 years old say that they have taken at least one prescription drug within the last month.
#6 There are 60 million Americans that “abuse alcohol”.
#7 According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 22 million Americans use illegal drugs.
#8 Incredibly, more than 11 percent of all Americans that are 12 years of age or older admit that they have driven home under the influence of alcohol at least once during the past year.
#9 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is an unintentional drug overdose death in the United States every 19 minutes.
#10 In the United States today, prescription painkillers kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined.
#11 According to the CDC, approximately three quarters of a million people a year are rushed to emergency rooms in the United States because of adverse reactions to pharmaceutical drugs.
#12 According to Alternet, “11 of the 12 new-to-market drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration were priced above $100,000 per-patient per-year” in 2012.
#13 The percentage of women taking antidepressants in America is higher than in any other country in the world.
#14 Many of these antidepressants contain warnings that “suicidal thoughts” are one of the side effects that should be expected. The suicide rate for Americans between the ages of 35 and 64 rose by close to 30 percent between 1999 and 2010. The number of Americans that are killed by suicide now exceeds the number of Americans that die as a result of car accidents every year.
#15 In 2010, the average teen in the United States was taking 1.2 central nervous system drugs. Those are the kinds of drugs which treat conditions such as ADHD and depression.
#16 Children in the United States are three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants as children in Europe are.
#17 A shocking Government Accountability Office report discovered that approximately one-third of all foster children in the United States are on at least one psychiatric drug.
#18 A survey conducted for the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that more than 15 percent of all U.S. high school seniors abuse prescription drugs.
#19 It turns out that dealing drugs is extremely profitable. The 11 largest pharmaceutical companies combined to rake in approximately $85,000,000,000 in profits in 2012.
In America today, doctors are trained that there are just two potential solutions to any problem. Either you prescribe a pill or you cut someone open. Surgery and drugs are pretty much the only alternatives they offer us.
And an endless barrage of television commercials have trained all of us to think that there is a “pill for every problem”.
Are you in pain?
Just take a pill.
Are you feeling blue?
Just take a pill.
Do you need a spark in your marriage?
Just take a pill.
And most Americans assume that all of these pills are perfectly safe.
After all, the government would never approve something that wasn’t safe, right?
Sadly, what most Americans don’t realize is that there is a revolving door between big pharmaceutical corporations and the government agencies that supposedly “regulate” them. Many of those that are now in charge of our “safety” have spent their entire careers peddling legal drugs to all of us.
We have become a nation of drugged out zombies, and it is all perfectly legal. The funny thing is that many of these “legal drugs” have just slightly different formulations from their “illegal” counterparts.
If more Americans understood what they were actually taking, would that cause them to stop?
Perhaps some would, but for the most part Americans are totally in love with their drugs and giving them up would not be easy.
Just ask anyone that has tried.
So what do you think about the drugging of America?
Created on Sunday, 02 February 2014 22:10
I just finished reading a biography of Eva Cassidy, who probably had the most astronishing rise to stardom ever achieved by a deceased person. Eva was a singer and musician who during her life was known locally in the Washington DC area. She played the local clubs and whatnot. But, she never could support herself as a musical performer; she worked a day job at a plant nursery. And at the age of 33, she died of malignant melanoma which had spread to her bones. It was only after that that she rose to worldwide fame.
First know that she had an extraordinary voice. Some say that among singers of popular song of her generation that hers was the best. Some say that hers was the best ever. But, she was more than a singer. She was also an excellent guitarist, and she was also an extraordinary musical arranger and stylist. She took classic, beloved songs and infused them with even more feeling and emotion than anybody thought they had.
For instance, take Over the Rainbow. I'm a big Judy Garland fan, and I read her biography too and wrote about it. But, once you've heard Eva Cassidy sing Over the Rainbow, you don't want to hear anyone else sing it, including Judy Garland. For many people the world over, Eva's version has become the ultimate rendition of Over the Rainbow. Here it is:
I'm also a big fan of Irving Berlin, and Eva's versions of Cheek to Cheek and Blue Skies soar above all others. And even Sting admitted after he heard Eva's vesrion of Fields of Gold that it's better than his. And nobody ever thought they'd want to hear anyone except Louie Armstrong sing Wonderful World- until Eva sang it.
Where did her talent come from? Well, her father Hugh was a semi-professional musician, and he instilled all his children with a love of music. Hugh played the guitar, and he gave Eva her first guitar lessons. Hugh was a real Rennaisance Man because besides music, he was involved in sculpting, teaching, landscaping, and he was also an athlete. In 1971, weighing 300 pounds, he won the world title in Super Heavyweight Powerlifting. This was an actual strength contest- not posing. He squated with 865 pounds and benched 570.
Eva was unusual because growing up, music and also art (she painted) were her passions, and she didn't care a bit about clothes or fasihions or trying to be popular. She wasn't one to chase boys either. She went on to have brief romantic relationships, but she swore she would never marry, and she was romanticaly unattached much of the time, including the last 3 years of her life.
In 1993, Eva had a malignant melanoma removed from her back. Not much thought was given to it after that. But three years later, she started having pain in her hip. X-rays showed that the bone was completely eroded from cancer. She underwent surgery, including a total hip replacement. She also had cancer in her lungs. She underwent aggressive treatment, including chemotherapy, but it was to no avail. She died at her parents' hoome on November 2, 1996.
Her rise to international fame started after that, and it began in the UK. Then it spread to Europe. And only after that did it reach the United States. A total of 11 albums have been released, some of which went gold and platinum.
Here is an Eva Cassidy website run by her cousin Laura which features all her work : http://evacassidy.org/eva/
But since this is a health blog, I want to hone in on what happened to her health-wise. The book I read is called Behind the Rainbow: The Tragic Life of Eva Cassidy by Johan Bakker. It was good, but I don't think the author ever met her, so it may not be the best one to read. But, the only thing he said about why she got sick is the usual refrain about excess sun. But, did she really get more sun exposure than most? I doubt it. It doesn't sound like she did. I bet you I've gotten more; a lot more. And the back isn't a part of the body that gets regular sun exposure just from being out and about. That would be the arms and the face and even the shoulders. But, this was down on her back. It never said that she was one to be out sunbathing in skimpy swim attire.
So, I have to think that there had to be more involved than just sun exposure, and the first place my mind goes is to food. What did she eat? And I think about her father during the time he was a power lifter who pushed his weight up from 175 to 300 pounds. I know very well that weightlifters tend to do that by loading up on animal food- lots and lots of protein. So, if he was doing that while she was growing up, don't you think that it influenced the way the whole family ate?
There wasn't much said about her diet in this book, but I recall two things. It said that during the bref time that she lived with bassist Chris Biondo that they didn't have much time for cooking so they lived on hot dogs, burgers, and pizza. Then it said that after her death, the actress Meg Ryan pursued the idea of developing Eva's life into a movie (others have as well, and it may well happen) and during that time Ms. Ryan made a statement that it would be about a gifted musician and performer who had a sad childhood which led to depression and a junk food addiction. That jumped out at me.
The bottom line for me is that there had to be more involved in the genesis of Eva's cancer than sun exposure, and it makes it all the more tragic because it probably could have been prevented with better nutrition. I hope that doesn't come across as cruel. I certainly don't mean it that way. I own several of Eva's albums which I listen to often, and I really think she was exceptionally gifted. Her music affects me emotionally, and consequently, so does her death.
Created on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 19:11
I know a lot of people who are vegetarians, and because they are vegetarians, they would rather take Vitamin D2 than Vitamin D3, since Vitamin D2 is a non-animal product derived from irradiated mushrooms whereas Vitamin D3 is an animal product derived from the lanolin of sheep. But, I really think it's a good idea to make an exception in this case because Vitamin D3 is natural Vitamin D, cholecalciferol, identical to what your body produces from sunlight. But, D2 is a foreign chemical, a drug with some Vitamin-D-like properties, but it is not the real thing.
An analogy can be made to the drug Progestin, which is a synthetic analogue of Progesterone but not identical to it. It causes lots of problem for women and has lots of risk, whereas natural, bio-identical Progesterone is very safe. And it's the same thing here: Vitamin D3 is natural, bio-identical Vitamin D.
This article just came out about muscule damage in athletes taking Vitamin D2, but it is hardly the first article of its kind. The disruptive dysfunctionality of Vitamin D2 within the human body has been known for years- make that decades. Nobody should be consuming it.
Taking supplemental Vitamin D is a very good idea because practically no one can reach an optimal blood level through sunlight alone. Plus, there is very little Vitamin D in foods, and what little there is occurs only in animal foods. It's true that milk and other foods are often fortified with Vitamin D, but guess what? They almost always use Vitamin D2! So, that's no good either.
I don't eat meat, and I have no desire to. But, I do take Vitamin D3. If that sounds like a contradiction, then so be it! That's because this is very important. Vitamin D has the potential to make the difference between life and death. Vitamin D, among other things, is an anti-cancer compound. It has the ability to destroy cancer cells at their earliest formation. Who doesn't want that working for them? Just be practical about this. I strongly urge you to do so. Now, here is the new artcle:
Results from a new study show that vitamin D2 may not be beneficial to muscle health in athletes.
There is ongoing study about the difference in effects of vitamin D3 versus vitamin D2 on human health. Vitamin D3 is the form of vitamin D that humans produce from sun exposure. Vitamin D2 is a form of vitamin D produced by certain plant species, like mushrooms. Supplement manufacturers make both kinds, but vitamin D3 is more commonly produced and found on store shelves.
In recent years, researchers have found that vitamin D3 may be more beneficial of the two and have questioned the use of vitamin D2.
Recently, researchers at the Appalachian State University in North Carolina set out to see the effects of vitamin D2 supplementation on reducing exercise-induced inflammation and muscle damage in athletes.
The research team recruited NASCAR pit crew members for the study. Pit crew members often undergo intense weight lifting and other muscle related exercise during their job.
They conducted a double blind randomized controlled trial study on pit crew members for six weeks. During the six weeks, the pit crew members either took 3,800 IU/day of vitamin D2 or a placebo.
They found that the pit crew members taking vitamin D2 had increased muscle damage compared to those taking a placebo.
“This is the first time research has shown that vitamin D2 supplementation is associated with higher muscle damage after intense weight lifting, and thus cannot be recommend for athletes,” said lead researcher Dr. David Nieman.
Based on their results, Dr. Nieman suggests that something is occurring at the muscle level with vitamin D2 that specifically worsens muscle damage.
“High vitamin D2 levels are not a normal experience for the human body,” Dr. David Nieman stated. “Taking high doses of vitamin D2 caused something to happen at the muscle that isn’t in the best interest of the athletes.”
During the study, those who took vitamin D2 had their vitamin D3 levels decrease, which is one theory for why vitamin D2 increased muscle damage.