27 April 2004

Your Intestinal Tract: It's a jungle in there!

There's an ecosystem teeming with undiscovered species, and learning how to manage it could yield cures for human diseases. Daphne Chung, New Scientist vol 182 issue 2444 - 24 April 2004, page 42

It is hardly a glamorous job, but Gibson and other researchers are convinced that studying faeces, or rather the microbes they contain, will offer a radical approach to improving our health.

Their belief stems from accumulating evidence that gut bacteria play a pivotal role in a number of chronic and sometimes fatal diseases. These include inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, a painful condition afflicting more than a fifth of people in developed countries, and cancers such as colon cancer. Gut bacteria may even help shape our immune system and susceptibility to allergic conditions such as eczema.

The plan is to manipulate the behaviour of these bacteria in our favour. Beneficial bacteria could be encouraged to grow and crowd out or kill the harmful ones - a form of biological pest control for the gut. Researchers hope such treatments could tackle diseases that are currently hard to treat. What's more, encouraging the growth of harmless bacteria we all have in our guts anyway is unlikely to cause any nasty side-effects. But first, we need to understand more about gut bacteria, and this is an enormous challenge.

Your gut is teeming with microbes. It is home to several hundred species of bacteria, along with viruses and other organisms such as yeasts. There are about a trillion bacteria per gram of stool passing through your large intestine, and they make up some 60 per cent of the solid mass of faeces. In fact, there are so many bacterial cells in your gut that they outnumber the cells of your own body by at least a factor of 10.

The interactions between all these bacteria are so complex that researchers view the community as an ecosystem. Bacteria compete with each other for space and food, and some even try to bump off their rivals. Two of the key genera, Lactobacillus (also known as lactobacilli or lactic acid bacteria) and Bifidobacterium (bifidobacteria), make acidic chemicals such as lactic acid that lower the pH of the gut and kill some other species. Other groups include the methane-producing methanogens and the sulphate-reducing bacteria, which make hydrogen sulphide, and each prefers to live in different parts of the gut (see Diagram). Some species make proteins called bacteriocins that kill other bacteria.

It is only in the past decade that biologists have been able to appreciate just how big and complex this ecosystem is. Before then, they had to grow bacteria in the lab before they could study them. Many species of bacteria, however, do not grow in the lab, meaning they were overlooked. In the 1990s, molecular biologists developed a way of extracting and copying bacterial genes from samples without first having to grow the bacteria in the lab. This meant they could directly test, say, seawater or soil for DNA that would reveal the existence of unknown species.

When Gibson and his team applied these techniques to the human gut in 1999, they discovered that only a quarter of the DNA they found corresponded to organisms whose sequences were recorded in gene databases (Applied Environmental Microbiology, vol 65, p 4799). This meant that a staggering three-quarters of the bacterial species in our guts were (and largely still are) unknown. So researchers hoping to understand the relationship between our guts and their bacteria really have their work cut out.

Such is the scale of the problem that 64 research groups in Europe have teamed up to form the EU Human Gut Flora Project, which aims to determine the links between food, intestinal bacteria and human health and disease. "It's an unexplained area," says Gibson, "but with a huge capacity for causing discomfort. More people go to the doctor with gut complaints than anything else."

There is already strong evidence that gut bacteria can produce harmful chemicals. Bacteria in the gut live on components of the food we eat, as well as on substances that our guts produce naturally, such as digestive juices. It is perhaps not surprising, then, that researchers have long suspected that gut bacteria can make us ill by producing harmful metabolic by-products, perhaps chemicals that cause inflammation by damaging or irritating gut cells, or others that damage DNA or encourage tumours to grow, resulting in colon cancer...

21 April 2004

Pacemakers: Avoid zappers and use an ABPA

Individuals with pacemakers need to avoid electromagnetic fields. That includes cell phones, MRIs, zappers, TENS units, and Rife devices. An Advanced BioPhoton Analyzer can generate the same effect as a Rife device with no electromagnetic field and no voltage.

In a High-Tech World, Pacemaker Risks Rise
New York Times, April 20, 2004

As high-tech gadgets and devices proliferate, people who use pacemakers are finding themselves in a world that is increasingly difficult to navigate.

Once concentrated in the workplace, devices that can disrupt pacemaker function are now much harder to avoid. Metal detectors hidden in store entrances and exits, for example, can be impossible to spot. Magnetic resonance imaging techniques, often considered a danger to those with pacemakers or implanted defibrillators, have become a common diagnostic procedure.

But sometimes, doctors have found, the culprit can even be something that appears relatively innocuous. In a letter to The New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday, three Swiss doctors reported the case of a 52-year-old man with a pacemaker who was experiencing sporadic bouts of dizziness.

The doctors were puzzled. But a detailed history revealed that the patient had been using a little-known alternative medicine device called a Zapper, which generated electrical impulses when held in both hands. Each time the patient tried to use it, the doctors said, his pacemaker would stop working and start up again only when the man fainted and dropped the device.

"This went on for several months," said Dr. Osmund Bertel, a cardiologist at Triemli Hospital in Zurich and one of the authors of the letter. "The modern environment is full of these things that people don't realize can interfere with their pacemakers. But it's important to be aware of them."

Another little-known menace to people with pacemakers, some doctors say, is a popular treatment for pain relief called PENS, or percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. Often used for lower back pain, the treatment, which is akin to acupuncture with electric current, has been shown to affect some pacemakers, said Dr. Sergio Pinski, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Fla.

"Pretty much any device that delivers current to the body has the potential to cause problems," Dr. Pinski said.

More than two million Americans have permanent implanted pacemakers. Some of the more traditional threats to the devices, experts say, can be safe if precautions are followed. Cellphones, for example, should not be carried in the breast pocket or held to the ear closest to the pacemaker.

20 April 2004

Update: Pollen Count High in Most of U.S. Today

Yesterday was a gorgeous day for the Boston Marathon, even though a little warm for the runners! Because it was the first really warm day in the Boston area, pollens are out in force today.

Pollen allergy symptoms can be completely eliminated by the Advanced Biophoton Analyzer (ABPA) broadcasting the correct frequencies. The allergy symptoms are caused by the pollens growing in your respiratory system and your immune system trying, but failing, to destroy them.

Hartford is one of the worst cities in the U.S. for pollens right now and I have eliminated allergy symptoms in a family member there by running an F160 as a frontend to the ABPA. The program below targets three pollens for 7 seconds each, then rests for 40 seconds, and cycles through the same sequence repeatedly.

#Hartford, CT
label start
dwell 7
duty 50
pulse 64 75
converge 12 1
pause 40
goto start

For Boston, I am running the following program on myself. It has completed eliminated runny nose and sneezing.

#Boston, MA
label start
dwell 7
duty 50
pulse 64 75
converge 12 1
445746 #updated 4/21 10am
476663 #updated 4/20 8pm
pause 40
goto start

Notice that the pollens are somewhat different in Boston and Hartford. They may change from day to day as different plants (mainly trees in spring) put out different pollens. In previous years, I have identified specific trees causing the problem at specific frequencies.

It is so easy to eliminate allergy symptoms with the ABPA that you would think everyone would have one, or rent one for the allergy season. Dale Fawcett has been educating people about the ABPA and you can reach him at (360) 598-6585 or innerhealth@comcast.net. All you have to loose are your sneezes!

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19 April 2004

E-prescribing can save a lot of lives and money

E-prescribing Could Save Billions, But Adoption Lags
April 15, 2004

Electronic prescribing could reduce the nation's health care costs by $29 billion per year, according to a report issued Wednesday by the eHealth Initiative. However, CMS Administrator Mark McClellan said that while e-prescribing will help make drugs more affordable to seniors under Medicare, technology "has been slowly and sparingly adopted in health care," the Wall Street Journal reports.

The technology could help save some $27 billion from fewer medication errors and reduced duplication. E-prescribing would also inform physicians about cheaper generic drugs. Researchers found that three million drug errors last year could have been prevented. Another $2 billion in savings would come from fewer hospital and doctor visits as a result of a reduction in prescribing errors, according to the Center for Information Technology Leadership, which contributed to the report (Schaefer Muñoz, Wall Street Journal, 4/15).

18 April 2004

EM FAQ: Where Does the Cancer Begin?

Photo by Laboratory of Perinatal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ohio State University.

There is an extensive literature on the relationship of trophoblast cells to cancer. Recently, when working with other researchers on tracing the etiology of cancer cells, we looked at the hypothesis that the mother of all cancer cells is a trophoblast cell. Working with scanning electron microscope photos of trophoblasts, a candidate frequency for trophoblast cells was found. This was followed by testing almost a dozen cancer patients, both animal and human.

The remarkable finding was that in every case the candidate frequency of the trophoblast cell could be found and this frequency was stable across individuals and was the same in men, women, and dogs. Those with an FSCAN2 should run a DIRP scan between 13333000 and 13334000 with a delta of 10. You are likely to find a peak in a cancer patient at the site of origin of a tumor.

We suspect that recurrence of a tumor is highly probable without elimination of these cell types.

Trophoblasts: On the Cause of Birth And Its Relationship to Cancer Regression
Roger Cathey, Cancer Cure Foundation

Abstract: Cancer has long been recognized to share histological and behavioral characteristics with pregnancy trophoblasts. Modern methods have proven biochemical and genetic characteristics are shared between cancer and pregnancy trophoblasts. Cellular or cytotrophoblasts are the source cells for the entire placenta and are the first differentiated tissue that forms after sperm and egg unite to form the zygote. Cellular trophoblasts are invasive, eroding, and metastasizing cells, which mediate the parasitization of the mother's uterus with a new life form which grows concomittantly and distinctly alongside the placental process. The relationship between placenta and fetus represents a unique process in terms of tissue and organ development: an extra-somatic tissue, an organ, is developed with transient functions that forms no part of the somatic complement of tissues and organs, and whose growth and development is unrestricted by intrinsic factors, that is, factors within the trophoblasts themselves. It is proposed that factors extrinsic to the trophoblasts themselves eventually cause these trophoblasts to surrender their grasp on the uterine tissues, and the fetus itself. Furthermore, that these extrinsic factors are principally hydrolytic enzymes secreted by the maternal and fetal systems, and secondarily immunological factors. This degradation and cellular destruction of the trophoblasts that comprise the interface between placenta and uterus initiates a sequence of events which eventually culminate in the birth of the baby. It is believed that these same mechanisms may be pertinent to the regression or destruction of cancer cells as well, since there is a fundamental genetic identity between cancers of all types and from all origins and pregnancy trophoblasts. Thus the cause of birth and the control of wandering trophoblasts in pregnancy may provide insight to the control and possible rational therapeusis of cancer.

17 April 2004

FatBusters: Beyond Liposuction

The Boston Globe reported today on how important it is to remove fat around internal organs which tends to cause serious chronic diseases. New laproscopic surgical techniques are being developed to do this.

On 20 March 2004, I posted an item from Nature News on MIT using high frequency, high voltage, electromagnetic pulses to cause cell apoptosis, the mechanism by which cells commit suicide when something is wrong with them.

A much safer, low voltage or better yet, no voltage at all technique, can be used to create the same effect assuming you have the right equipment and exactly the right frequencies. Educator, Dale Fawcett (360) 598-6585, has been experimenting with this technique and can tell those interested how we have been approaching it.

Removing fat slowly and gently over time is not a panacea for weight reduction. That is controlled by the ratio of calorie intake (food) to calorie output (exercise). It will, however, shift the fat to muscle ratio and make you look trimmer. And you will definitely be healthier without fat around those internal organs, particularly the hard fat you can feel in the abdominal region mentioned in the Boston Globe article. This is the stuff that nothing seems to take off, not even exercise, as you get older.

'Visceral' fat removal prompts hope

By Carey Goldberg, Boston Globe Staff | April 17, 2004

The patient was neither obese enough nor desperate enough for stomach-stapling surgery. But he had raging diabetes and a daunting load of the most dangerous fat: the ‘‘visceral’’ kind that surrounds internal organs and swells pot bellies, inviting heart disease and stroke.

So he chose to undergo an experimental operation based on a radical proposition: that simply slicing out a hefty chunk of his visceral fat, by removing a curtainlike flap of internal abdominal fat called the omentum, might help with his diabetes and other health problems. Unlike liposuction, which sucks out fat just under the skin, the omentum operation has no cosmetic effect, and is not aimed at weight loss. Rather, it reflects a mounting push among researchers around the world to understand and neutralize visceral fat, now that a growing body of data is showing that it is more harmful than fat near the surface.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center surgeons, working with obesity specialists at Joslin Diabetes Center, have tried the experimental surgery on four patients in recent months, using a two-hour laparoscopic procedure that involves pulling strips of the yellow abdominal fat out through tiny holes. Their study, still underway, is the first to examine the possible health benefits of removing only the omentum.

15 April 2004

As Tech Spreads, Hippocrates Dawdles

Washington Post
Wednesday, April 14, 2004; Page E01

One of the great anomalies of the U.S. health care system is that it is one of the most technically advanced industries and one of the most backward.

We have miracle drugs to stave off AIDS and heart attacks, but the prescriptions for them are still written and delivered by hand. We have diagnostic tools that can produce 3D images of brain tumors in real time, but it still takes two hours for the film to be delivered to the doctor's office. Our research establishment churns out mountains of insight about what works and what doesn't, but doctors still think they can store it all in their heads.

In terms of information technology, the health care industry is now about where the auto industry was in 1980.

This problem is at the heart of why the United States spends way more than any other industrialized country for health care with very little to show for it in terms of better health. If we could solve it, we could avoid tens of thousands of deaths each year from medical errors and save much of the estimated $150 billion wasted on unnecessary paperwork and medical procedures.

Vitamin C supplements lower C-reactive protein levels

Life Extension Weekly Update Exclusive

A team of University of California researchers including Lester Packer PhD of UCLA demonstrated for the first time that vitamin C supplements can lower C-reactive protein (CRP) levels in the blood. C-reactive protein is a marker of inflammation and chronic disease risk in humans. Chronic inflammation accompanied by low levels of CRP has been found in smokers, type 2 diabetics, and obese and overweight individuals. The study was published in the April 2004 Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

One hundred sixty healthy adults who smoked or were exposed to smoke were randomized to receive 515 milligrams vitamin C, an antioxidant mixture containing vitamin C, alpha-tocopherol, gamma-tocopherol, tocotrienols and alpha-lipoic acid, or a placebo for two months. Blood samples were analyzed for C-reactive protein before and after the treatment period. While the antioxidant mixture elicited a small reduction in CRP levels after two months and the placebo was associated with a small increase, vitamin C alone produced at 24 percent reduction in plasma CRP levels.

Lead author and professor of epidemiology and public health nutrition at UC Berkeley, Gladys Block, PhD, commented, "C-reactive protein is a marker of inflammation, and there is a growing body of evidence that chronic inflammation is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and even Alzheimer's disease. If our finding of vitamin C's ability to lower CRP is confirmed through other trials, vitamin C could become an important public health intervention."

Dr Bock was recently awarded a grant by The National Institutes of Health to conduct another randomized trial to confirm vitamin C’s effect on CRP levels. Meanwhile the authors recommend that people consume lots of fruits and vegetables to obtain a variety of dietary nutrients. Dr Bock added, "I believe all adults should take a multivitamin every day. As for vitamin C, a 500 milligram daily dose is safe, and I believe it is a very important nutrient."

08 April 2004

FSCAN FAQ: Determining precise frequencies for use with FSCAN or RIFE devices

It has been my experience that no virus, bacteria, parasite or other microorganism is immune from frequency effects if there is sufficient power transfer at the right location for a sufficient amount of time at the right frequency or set of frequencies. However, it is absolutely critical to determine the exact frequency because for many organisms, particularly parasites, you will simply annoy the pathogen but not eliminate it with a frequency that is not exact.

Also you must determine the bandwidth of the organism. Anyone who has used the DIRP scanning function on an FSCAN has seen that resonance peaks for an infection may be very narrow or cover a wide range. In addition, you must know the time of exposure required for the type of machine your are using. Finally, many organisms require repeated exposure and may need the same frequencies applied each day for several days (even weeks in some cases). All of this can be assessed with the approach described below.

One way to identify precise frequencies is using a very sensitive dowsing technique. This will not work well for everyone for reasons described below. Others may find it works accurately, is repeatable, and gets excellent clinical results. Don't ask me why this works. I only appreciate that it does. Most will find they can identify when a frequency is affecting their body in a positive way. This is very useful, because you can do a sweep of a frequency range while treating yourself and identify frequencies that are having an affect.

1. I use an unorthodox procedure with a dowsing instrument called a Cameron Aurameter. The Aurameter responds yes (up and down) or no (sideways movement) for me. This may be different for others. The electromagnetic field of the human body extends one to two feet out away from the body. I get my field inside the field of the subject or sample to test. If it is myself, I may put a finger on a localized spot of infection. I then focus on whether a frequency can help eliminate this infection. If the Aurameter indicates yes, I ask if the frequency is less than 500KHZ. If yes, I ask if it is less than 400KHZ. If no, I know the frequency is between 400 and 500KHZ and the first digit of the frequency is 4. I then ask if the next digit is less than 9, less than 8, and so forth until I get a negative response. As a trained scientist, I find it astounding that this works repeatedly and accurately. As someone trained in the martial arts (Aikido), I notice that it is the Qi energy that is driving the dowser. After testing this hypothesis on black belt karate teachers, I find that people with strong Qi will have powerful effect on the dowser. As a person who has a mediation practice of more than 35 years, I notice that a still mind and body improves accuracy. If you allow your mind to distort results, you will not get the clinical effects you desire.

2. Step (1) yields a candidate frequency. I then run a DIRP scan with the FSCAN at 10HZ intervals plus or minus 500HZ around the candidate frequency if in the Clark range. In the Rife range I may go plus or minus 100HZ at an interval of 1HZ. I often find several peaks in the area which, if treated at those FSCAN frequencies, will yield immediate clinical results.

3. More often, I simply treat at the candidate frequency and ask the dowser if the frequency is having a positive clinical effect. If I get a yes indication, this indicates the frequency is on target and ready for further validation.

4. I treat at several of the octaves (divide by two) of the candidate frequency. If the dowser indicates a positive effect, I know I have an exact frequency. If not, I adjust the candidate frequency up or down a little until I can get effects at the octaves.

5. I then treat at the derived frequency while the Aurameter indicates positive effect on the body and stop when it changes to a negative indication. I expect immediate clinical effect for most organisms. If I do not get an effect, I assume I made a mistake and restart the analysis from the beginning. A typical clinical effect would be all pain from a bacterial infection gone in less than 15 minutes, or allergy effects disappear within two minutes. For complicated chronic conditions or parasites it will not be so easy. The gold standard is a clear and definitive clinical result.

6. I've done this 1000s of times until I get accurate, repeatable results every time. Often, I get an objective crosscheck using the DIRP feature on the FSCAN. Sometimes, I pick up a frequency with the Aurameter that I cannot detect with the FSCAN. This may be due to the fact that the FSCAN can detect only those pathogens that are well connected into its electrical circuit. There may be pathogens in the body that are placed where there is not good current flow.

Many people use other methods in a similar fashion. A pendulum or kinesthesiology techniques work in the same way. Testing other physiologic responses from the body produce the same results, i.e. measure pupil dilation, skin galvanic response, etc. Electrical devices that test the bodies energy system or check meridians should produce the same information. Different people find one or another method more accurate or congenial. The beauty of the FSCAN is that you can test objectively for resonance at candidate frequencies. Sometime in the future I expect to have a DNA scanner which will help further refine the technique. I already have a toolkit that does simple DNA sequencing.

07 April 2004

Chocolate in pregnancy keeps baby happy
New Scientist, 7 April 04

Expectant mothers can take heart this Easter. Tucking into chocolate eggs is good for the baby, according to a study of over 300 women - especially if you are feeling a bit on edge.

Katri Raikkonen at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and her colleagues asked pregnant women to rate their stress levels and chocolate consumption.

After the babies were born, they looked for an association between the amount of chocolate their mothers had eaten and the babies' behaviour. Six months after birth, the researchers asked mothers to rate their infants' behaviour in various categories, including fear, soothability, smiling and laughter.

The babies born to women who had been eating chocolate daily during pregnancy were more active and "positively reactive" - a measure that encompasses traits such as smiling and laughter.

And the babies of stressed women who had regularly consumed chocolate showed less fear of new situations than babies of stressed women who abstained.

See Early Human Development (vol 76, p 139).

Placebo Effect: It's the Real Thing!

I've long wanted to post a series of notes on the placebo effect after realizing some of the leading scientists at recent conferences had a total misconception of this effect.

In a clinical trial, it is important to have a double blind study to control for the placebo effect. Everyone in a study will do better on the average. When I was a student in biostatistics at the Stanford Medical School, every patient in the hospital was put on a study for this reason. They get better attention. Medical error will be significantly reduced. The attention will produce a more positive emotional state which has been shown in clinical trials to improve immune function. There are many more powerful effects lumped into this placebo category and some of them are only now beginning to be understood.

The fact that you must control for the placebo effect in a clinical trial has led some scientists who should know better to conclude that the placebo effect is a fake, not a real effect. Placebo effects are real and they can be as strong or stronger than the most powerful drugs. There is substantial research accumulating on therapies like acupuncture that show that pressure or pricking the body in specific places causes major changes in brain chemistry as repeatedly shown in brain scans by researchers in China and the United States. These changes in brain function can induce a real healing effect.

The same effect has been documented for reflexology (applying pressure to points on the body, particularly the feet) and this is why one of the most effective and simple solutions to many emotional problems is EFT, a process that involves simple tapping of meridian points on the body with the fingers. I've seen emotional conflicts of 30 years disappear in 60 seconds by using this technique.

Meanwhile, research accumulating of affects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, is starting to be front page news. This research serves as a good model to dispel antiquated notions that lump acupuncture, as well as other techniques, in the category of a fake "placebo effect."

Acupuncture's secret: Blood flow to brain
By Marilyn Elias, USA TODAY

Acupuncture on pain-relief points cuts blood flow to key areas of the brain within seconds, providing the clearest explanation to date for how the ancient technique might relieve pain and treat addictions, a Harvard scientist reports today.

Although researchers still don't fully understand how acupuncture works, "our findings may connect the dots, showing how a common pathway in the brain could make acupuncture helpful for a variety of conditions," says radiologist Bruce Rosen of Harvard Medical School. He'll release the findings at the American Psychosomatic Society meeting in Orlando.

Acupuncture modulates the limbic system and subcortical gray structures of the human brain: evidence from fMRI studies in normal subjects
Hui KK, Liu J, Makris N, Gollub RL, Chen AJ, Moore CI, Kennedy DN, Rosen BR, Kwong KK.
MGH-NMR Center, Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston 02129, USA. hui@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu
Hum Brain Mapp. 2000;9(1):13-25

Acupuncture, an ancient therapeutic technique, is emerging as an important modality of complementary medicine in the United States. The use and efficacy of acupuncture treatment are not yet widely accepted in Western scientific and medical communities. Demonstration of regionally specific, quantifiable acupuncture effects on relevant structures of the human brain would facilitate acceptance and integration of this therapeutic modality into the practice of modern medicine. Research with animal models of acupuncture indicates that many of the beneficial effects may be mediated at the subcortical level in the brain. We used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate the effects of acupuncture in normal subjects and to provide a foundation for future studies on mechanisms of acupuncture action in therapeutic interventions. Acupuncture needle manipulation was performed at Large Intestine 4 (LI 4, Hegu) on the hand in 13 subjects [Stux, 1997]. Needle manipulation on either hand produced prominent decreases of fMRI signals in the nucleus accumbens, amygdala, hippocampus, parahippocampus, hypothalamus, ventral tegmental area, anterior cingulate gyrus (BA 24), caudate, putamen, temporal pole, and insula in all 11 subjects who experienced acupuncture sensation. In marked contrast, signal increases were observed primarily in the somatosensory cortex. The two subjects who experienced pain instead of acupuncture sensation exhibited signal increases instead of decreases in the anterior cingulate gyrus (BA 24), caudate, putamen, anterior thalamus, and posterior insula. Superficial tactile stimulation to the same area elicited signal increases in the somatosensory cortex as expected, but no signal decreases in the deep structures. These preliminary results suggest that acupuncture needle manipulation modulates the activity of the limbic system and subcortical structures. We hypothesize that modulation of subcortical structures may be an important mechanism by which acupuncture exerts its complex multisystem effects.

03 April 2004

Homone Leptin Regulates Appetite and Brain Function

It appears possible to stimulate the production of the hormone leptin to suppress appetite and stimulate neuron development with frequencies in the 4mhz range. These frequencies appear to vary slightly across individuals and more research is needed.

Leptin regulates brain growth: Studies of leptin-deficient mice reveal new roles for the hormone in the hypothalamus
By David Secko, April 2, 2004, The Scientist

In the 10 years since the discovery of the hormone leptin and its appetite-suppressing activity in mice, the hormone has provided a good deal of insight into how a metabolic signal can affect the central nervous system. In the April 2 Science, two papers report that leptin regulates synaptic plasticity and neuronal development.

02 April 2004

What To Do When the Doctor Tells You It's Your Imagination

The best homeopaths have known for a hundred years that treating the patients symptoms works, even when they think the patient is nuts!

Well, guess what, most of the time the patient isn't the one who is nuts. A lead article in the Boston Globe today reports an usual finding.

Pain study points to a mirror image
By Carey Goldberg, Globe Staff, 4/2/2004

For more than a century, doctors have reported cases of a mysterious phenomenon: When a patient's arm or leg was injured, the opposite limb would sometimes feel chronic pain, as well.

Now, Massachusetts General Hospital research on rats suggests that such opposite-limb symptoms may stem from a previously unrecognized connection of pinpoint accuracy between the nerves on one side of the body and the mirror-image spot on the other side.

The research provides the "first conclusive proof" that trauma on one side of the body can cause opposite-side nerve damage, said Dr. Gary J. Bennett of McGill University in Montreal, a leading pain specialist who was not involved in the research. "There's no precedent for this; it's a completely out-of-the-blue discovery."