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  • Dr Nicholas Gonzalez, RIP

    07/23/2015 12:28:28 AM PDT · by blackpacific · 9 replies
    email from Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez staff | 22July2015 | n/a
    Sad news for our patients and friends Dear Patients, Family, Friends, and Colleagues: It is with great sadness that the office of Nicholas J. Gonzalez, M.D. relays news of his untimely death on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. The cause of death was cardiac related, it appears, as he suddenly collapsed and was unable to be revived. Dr. Gonzalez was in excellent health otherwise so his passing is quite unexpected. Currently, his family is taking care of funeral arrangements and Dr. Linda Isaacs and his office staff are tending to patients. In the interim, please know Dr. Gonzalez’ office will keep...
  • The Merry Old Land Of Oz

    08/06/2014 10:09:38 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/6/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    The career path of Dr. Mehmet Oz is most puzzling. Boasting a fine education (Tower Hill prep; Harvard undergrad; Penn med school; and Wharton), Oz did his residency at New York’s Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, and is now an attending surgeon at the same hospital. He also holds various academic appointments at Columbia’s med school. His name appears on more than 150 research papers, and he has published over 20 books—most of which have “You” in the title. Oprah called him “America’s doctor” in 2004, and following more appearances on her program, the TV Queen gave him his own show on...
  • Mind Over Matter: Debunking Alternative Medicines

    07/03/2013 12:49:19 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 83 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 1, 2013 | Abigail Zuger
    When Dr. Paul A. Offit published “Autism’s False Prophets” in 2008, he elected to skip the usual round of book signings. His defense of childhood vaccinations so enraged some people who consider them a cause of autism that he was getting credible death threats. Others might have chosen to flee the public arena after that, but not Dr. Offit, the chief of infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, whose appetite for the good fight seems only to have grown. Over the last decade he has become a leading debunker of mass misconceptions surrounding infections and vaccines, and now he...
  • Anyone tried Acupuncture

    03/29/2013 8:44:43 PM PDT · by averagemo · 86 replies
    Just curious. Has anyone tried acupuncture? Any success?
  • Cancer curing Dr. Burzynski case dismissed

    12/06/2012 11:08:05 AM PST · by Coleus · 31 replies
    the examiner ^ | 12.02.12 | Jeffrey Phelps
      Dead silence is all that remains, over a week since the Texas Medical Board was forced to drop their case against Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski. Other than a couple random small-town newspapers, a questionable blog and Saturday's opinion piece in a tiny Canadian regular, no one in the media has been willing to touch the news that, yet again, all charges were dismissed against a certain doctor that has literally and successfully cured cancer on many occasions.The Texas Medical Board and the Western medical establishment had been targeting Dr. Burzynski for years and the media was fully willing to...
  • Cancer Patient Thomas Navarro Dies at Age Six [medical freedom case]

    01/06/2002 8:53:39 PM PST · by Gelato · 47 replies · 2,509+ views
    Natural Health Line ^ | Jan. 1, 2002 | By Peter Chowka
    Cancer Patient Thomas Navarro Dies at Age Six © By Peter Chowka Photo courtesy of the Navarro family (Jan. 1, 2002) Thomas Navarro's two year long struggle to survive brain cancer came to an end on November 19, 2001 when the six-year old child died in Houston, Texas. During the first eighteen months after Thomas' diagnosis, in September 1999, his family's efforts to get him access to nontoxic treatments resulted in major national publicity, becoming the most compelling and heart-wrenching individual example of the search for medical freedom in more than two decades. Thomas and his parents James and ...
  • Burzynski: Cancer Is Serious Business

    06/12/2011 11:34:19 AM PDT · by thesearethetimes... · 51 replies ^ | 6/12/11 | Burzynski
    This is a link to a free viewing of a very interesting documentary about a doctor in Texas who seems to have discovered an amazingly effective tool to fight cancer. I am in the middle of watching it, but just watched an undeniable Atlas Shrugged moment that moved me to post it here.... It will only be free to view until midnight tonight. Thought provoking stuff here, and I will be interested to hear what ya'll think.
  • Chelation-therapy heart trial draws fire

    11/14/2012 10:42:15 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    NATURE NEWS ^ | 14 November 2012 | Ewen Callaway
    Critics not persuaded that metal-snaring treatment works. With millions of Americans regularly using complementary medicines, researchers usually applaud efforts to test and debunk folk treatments such as echinacea, a herbal supplement often deployed against the common cold. But what if a trial shows that an alternative therapy might work? That is the case for a study funded by the US National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. The trial hints that a fringe therapy intended to sop up metal ions in the blood might reduce participants’ risk of...
  • Confirmation that vitamin D acts as a protective agent against the advance of colon cancer

    08/16/2011 8:59:19 AM PDT · by decimon · 31 replies
    Vall d´Hebron Institute of Oncology ^ | August 16, 2011 | Unknown
    A study conducted by VHIO researchers confirms that a lack of vitamin D increases the aggressiveness of colon cancer The indication that vitamin D and its derivatives have a protective effect against various types of cancer is not new. In the field of colon cancer, numerous experimental and epidemiological studies show that vitamin D3 (or cholecalciferol) and some of its derivatives inhibit the growth of cancerous cells. Researchers at the Vall d'Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO), in collaboration with the Alberto Sols Institute of Biomedical Research (CSIC-UAB), have confirmed the pivotal role of vitamin D, specifically its receptor (VDR), in...
  • Think yourself better: Alternative medical treatments rarely work. But the placebo effect they...

    05/22/2011 6:42:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 60 replies
    The Economist ^ | May 19th 2011 | NA
    Alternative medical treatments rarely work. But the placebo effect they induce sometimes does ON MAY 29th Edzard Ernst, the world’s first professor of complementary medicine, will step down after 18 years in his post at the Peninsula Medical School, in south-west England. Despite his job title (and the initial hopes of some purveyors of non-mainstream treatments), Dr Ernst is no breathless promoter of snake oil. Instead, he and his research group have pioneered the rigorous study of everything from acupuncture and crystal healing to Reiki channelling and herbal remedies. Alternative medicine is big business. Since it is largely unregulated, reliable...
  • 6 Alternative Treatments for Chronic Pain

    03/23/2011 9:53:48 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 27 replies
    Yahoo Health (from Woman's Day) ^ | 3/21/11 | Rita Rubin
    More often than not, patients must cobble together a variety of treatments, and increasingly those include some type of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) remedy such as yoga or acupuncture...
  • New study suggests tart cherry juice can be a natural solution for insomnia

    07/12/2010 10:55:03 AM PDT · by decimon · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Weber Shandwick Worldwide ^ | July 12, 2010 | Unknown
    Researchers find red hot Super Fruit aids sleep in older adultsLANSING, Mich., July 12, 2010 – Drinking tart cherry juice daily could help reduce the severity of insomnia and time spent awake after going to sleep, according to a new study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food1. A team of University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester and VA Center of Canandaigua researchers conducted a pilot study on the sleep habits of 15 older adults. The adults drank 8 ounces of tart cherry juice beverage (CheriBundi in the morning and evening for 2 weeks, and a comparable matched juice...
  • UGA researchers find daily ginger consumption eases muscle pain

    05/19/2010 11:10:52 AM PDT · by decimon · 24 replies · 807+ views
    University of Georgia ^ | May 19, 2010 | Genevieve di Leonardo
    Athens, Ga. – For centuries, ginger root has been used as a folk remedy for a variety of ailments such as colds and upset stomachs. But now, researchers at the University of Georgia have found that daily ginger consumption also reduces muscle pain caused by exercise. > Participants in the studies, 34 and 40 volunteers, respectively, consumed capsules containing two grams of either raw or heat-treated ginger or a placebo for 11 consecutive days. On the eighth day they performed 18 extensions of the elbow flexors with a heavy weight to induce moderate muscle injury to the arm. Arm function,...
  • 'Witch doctor' fed blind motorcyclist LSD-laced gherkins

    03/25/2010 7:47:54 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 39 replies · 843+ views ^ | March 25, 2010
    A ‘witch doctor’ has been jailed for eight months after claiming he could cure a blind man – by feeding him gherkins laced with LSD. Jobless hairdresser Patrick Baecker, 35, posed as a mystic healer and told Axel Pfeffer he would make him see for £20,000. The court in Fehmarn, Germany, heard how the former motorcyclist had tried everything to restore his sight after losing it in a crash. But instead Baecker fed him pickles laced with powerful mind-bending hallucinogenic drugs to induce visions. ‘You are a hairdresser, not a shaman,’ Judge Markus Faerber told Baecker in court.
  • Reform Threatens Alternative Medicine

    03/17/2010 2:20:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 252+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 17, 2010 | Curt Levey and Jim Turner
    We are the heads of two non-profit organizations - one of us liberal and the other conservative - who are concerned that the impending healthcare legislation will negatively impact holistic and natural medicine and limit the healthcare choices of the people who consume it. Because alternative medicine is highly effective in treating many of the chronic conditions which resist treatment by establishment medicine -from arthritis, heart disease, and chronic pain to insomnia and attention-deficit disorders - nearly 50 percent of Americans regularly use some type of alternative therapy, according to a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association....
  • New evidence that green tea may help fight glaucoma and other eye diseases

    02/18/2010 10:42:44 AM PST · by decimon · 16 replies · 529+ views
    American Chemical Society ^ | Feb 18, 2010 | Unknown
    Scientists have confirmed that the healthful substances found in green tea — renowned for their powerful antioxidant and disease-fighting properties — do penetrate into tissues of the eye. Their new report, the first documenting how the lens, retina, and other eye tissues absorb these substances, raises the possibility that green tea may protect against glaucoma and other common eye diseases. It appears in ACS's bi-weekly Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Chi Pui Pang and colleagues point out that so-called green tea "catechins" have been among a number of antioxidants thought capable of protecting the eye. Those include vitamin C,...
  • First evidence that blueberry juice improves memory in older adults

    01/20/2010 8:42:01 AM PST · by decimon · 18 replies · 693+ views
    American Chemical Society ^ | Jan 20, 2010 | Unknown
    Scientists are reporting the first evidence from human research that blueberries — one of the richest sources of healthful antioxidants and other so-called phytochemicals — improve memory. They said the study establishes a basis for comprehensive human clinical trials to determine whether blueberries really deserve their growing reputation as a memory enhancer. A report on the study appears in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a bi-weekly publication. Robert Krikorian and colleagues point out that previous studies in laboratory animals suggest that eating blueberries may help boost memory in the aged. Until now, however, there had been little scientific...
  • Thyme oil can inhibit COX2 and suppress inflammation (Carvacrol)

    01/13/2010 10:53:51 AM PST · by decimon · 41 replies · 1,057+ views
    Appearing in the January 2010 issue of JLRFor those who do not drink, researchers have found that six essential oils –from thyme, clove, rose, eucalyptus, fennel and bergamot—can suppress the inflammatory COX-2 enzyme, in a manner similar to resveratrol, the chemical linked with the health benefits of red wine. They also identified that the chemical carvacrol was primarily responsible for this suppressive activity. These findings, appearing in the January issue of Journal of Lipid Research, provide more understanding of the health benefits of many botanical oils and provide a new avenue for anti-inflammatory drugs. Essential oils from plants have long...
  • Mango effective in preventing, stopping certain colon, breast cancer cells

    01/11/2010 11:19:10 AM PST · by decimon · 30 replies · 821+ views
    Texas A&M AgriLife Communications ^ | Jan 11, 2010 | Unknown
    COLLEGE STATION - Mango. If you know little about this fruit, understand this: It's been found to prevent or stop certain colon and breast cancer cells in the lab. That's according to a new study by Texas AgriLife Research food scientists, who examined the five varieties most common in the U.S.: Kent, Francine, Ataulfo, Tommy/Atkins and Haden. Though the mango is an ancient fruit heavily consumed in many parts of the world, little has been known about its health aspects. The National Mango Board commissioned a variety of studies with several U.S. researchers to help determine its nutritional value. "If...
  • Farah's Story: Her Gift to Us and What it Means

    05/19/2009 4:23:40 AM PDT · by Alie James · 60 replies · 2,647+ views
    Blog Critics ^ | May 18, 2009 | Alie James
    We need to De-Politicize Cancer ... for Farah. Here's a recent article I wrote for Blog Critics: "I watched Farrah’s Story, knowing full well it would make me sad, and it certainly did do that, but it also was so much more than just another sad celebrity story. It was Farrah’s gift to us - to her generation of Baby Boomer men and women. It was her way of giving us a Paul Harvey-esque “end of the story.” We are left with a wake-up call - the reality that if it can happen to Farrah, it can happen to any...