21 April 2007

Echinacea stimulates production of NK cells

Bone, Kerry. My favorite herb has just been declared a miracle drug. Dr. Jonathan Wright's Nutrition and Healing 14:2:7, April 2007

... researchers gave healthy young adult mice oral doses of Echinacea purpurea root (0.45 mg per 25 g body weight, similar to human dosage rates) to see if it would stimulate the production of NK cells. After receiving the Echinacea for two weeks, the mice had significantly higher levels (around 25 percent more) of NK cells in their spleens. They also had 25 percent more monocytes, the ‘helper’ cells for NK cells, in both their bone marrow and in their spleens. (The Echinacea treatment influenced no other white blood cell counts.) When they conducted experiments in healthy, elderly mice, the researchers found that after just two weeks of giving the mice oral doses of Echinacea, the NK cell numbers in their bone marrow and their spleens returned to the levels of young adults —and, just as importantly, the Echinacea also resurrected the killing capacity of these cells. Dr. Miller said, “These observations appear to apply uniquely to this herb since we could never rejuvenate the NK cell-mediated component of the immune system in elderly mice by any of the other typical NK cell enhancers.”

Long-term use for lifetime benefits

One of the persistent controversies about Echinacea is whether you can safely take it for long periods of time. According to Miller’s findings, the answer is definitely in the affirmative, at least when it’s administered to mice.When mice were fed Echinacea purpurea root from seven weeks of age to 13 months (0.45 mg per 25 g body weight), not only was the Echinacea NOT detrimental—it was distinctly beneficial. By 13 months of age, only 46 percent of the control mice fed the standard chow were still alive, as compared with 74 percent of those consuming Echinacea. As might be expected from previous experiments, the NK cell levels in the Echinacea-fed mice were considerably elevated compared to controls.

Research citations are all available for subscribers to Dr. Wright's newsletter (recommended). You might check the National Institutions of Health or the University of Maryland sites on the use of Echinacea.

As a former professor of preventive medicine, I can assure you that every dollar spent on prevention will save more than $10 later on in medical bills. If you are predisposed to cancer or Lyme disease (and who isn't is this toxic age) and do not have autoimmune disorders, in addition to Transfer Factor Plus you might take a look at Echinacea as these chronic diseases both have large numbers of aberrant cells long before disease symptoms appear.

20 April 2007

Cancer cells killed by electrical frequencies

Cancer Res. 2004 May 1;64(9):3288-95
Disruption of cancer cell replication by alternating electric fields.

* Kirson ED,
* Gurvich Z,
* Schneiderman R,
* Dekel E,
* Itzhaki A,
* Wasserman Y,
* Schatzberger R,
* Palti Y.

Department of Biomedical Engineering, NovoCure Ltd., Haifa, Israel.

Low-intensity, intermediate-frequency (100-300 kHz), alternating electric fields, delivered by means of insulated electrodes, were found to have a profound inhibitory effect on the growth rate of a variety of human and rodent tumor cell lines (Patricia C, U-118, U-87, H-1299, MDA231, PC3, B16F1, F-98, C-6, RG2, and CT-26) and malignant tumors in animals. This effect, shown to be nonthermal, selectively affects dividing cells while quiescent cells are left intact. These fields act in two modes: arrest of cell proliferation and destruction of cells while undergoing division. Both effects are demonstrated when such fields are applied for 24 h to cells undergoing mitosis that is oriented roughly along the field direction. The first mode of action is manifested by interference with the proper formation of the mitotic spindle, whereas the second results in rapid disintegration of the dividing cells. Both effects, which are frequency dependent, are consistent with the computed directional forces exerted by these specific fields on charges and dipoles within the dividing cells. In vivo treatment of tumors in C57BL/6 and BALB/c mice (B16F1 and CT-26 syngeneic tumor models, respectively), resulted in significant slowing of tumor growth and extensive destruction of tumor cells within 3-6 days. These findings demonstrate the potential applicability of the described electric fields as a novel therapeutic modality for malignant tumors.

PMID: 15126372 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

The National Institutes of Health is recruiting patients for a clinical trial that takes advantage of this effect.

A "breakthrough" finding made by NovoCure was that finely tuned alternating fields of very low intensity, now termed TTFields (Tumor Treating Fields), cause a significant slowing in the growth of cancer cells. Due to the unique geometric shape of cancer cells when they are multiplying, TTFields cause the building blocks of these cells to move and pile up in such a way that the cells physically explode. In addition, cancer cells also contain miniature building blocks which act as tiny motors in moving essential parts of the cells from place to place. TTFields cause these tiny motors to fall apart since they have a special type of electric charge.

17 April 2007

Increased illness linked to mystery powder

More mountain patients reporting sickness since yellow dust appeared

by Laurie A. Kelly, The Alpenhorn News, Crestline, CA

The unexplained yellow powder that mysteriously appeared in mountain communities last Dec. 7 and again in February has prompted The Alpenhorn News to further investigation of the appearance of these aerial trails that many believe are the cause of the increase in respiratory problems plaguing mountain communities.

Chemtrails, the visible vapor streams left by low-altitude chemical spraying, have been under scrutiny for more than seven years now, since the first appearances of the heavy white streamers in the sky in early 1999. Despite the efforts of investigators, very little information has been released to the public.

Locally, the issue surfaced in early December when many mountain residents observed a fine, slippery yellow powder on their cars and around the exterior of their homes.

Gretchen Sherman, who lives in Cedar Glen, said she was concerned enough about the situation that she notified the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the agency sent an inspector to her home. The man took a sample, she said, and tentatively identified the powder as cedar pollen.

However, a biologist told this newspaper that December is not the season when cedar pollen normally appears, and that when it does appear, in the spring, it does not “explode.” Several witnesses said they had seen a yellow cloud “exploding” in the skies over the Lake Arrowhead area prior to the appearance of the mysterious yellow dust or powder.

Government officials have repeatedly dodged the questions of concerned citizens and, when pressed, have said the appearance of powder in other areas is nothing more than pollen. People continue to become ill and high levels of chemicals continue to show up in random testing of soil and water supplies, according to informed sources.

In the beginning, the activities of chemtrail investigators were considered nothing more than speculation. Scientists connected to these efforts were considered to be conspiracy theorists. But with the increasingly visible presence of chemtrails, many contend that the time has come for speculation to lead into knowledge, as theory – and fears – are apparently becoming reality.

Witnesses have told this newspaper that they have seen and photographed KC 135s and KC 10s, stripped of any military markings and outfitted with what appears to be a “spraying device.” Airport personnel and pilots have confirmed for this reporter that some commercial airliners have also been outfitted to leave long-lasting chemtrails. One former Air Force pilot, who wished not to be named, said, “Yeah, we have them, but were not supposed to talk about it.”

08 April 2007

rBGH: It's all about the money ...

Conspiring to suppress information and deny freedom of speech to vendors and consumers alike is routine in business. Often the corporation with the most money to hire the most lawyers wins. Only a vigilant citizen democracy can save our basic freedoms (not to mention our health and well being).

The Organic Consumers site reports:

MONSANTO WANTS TO MAKE RBGH LABELING ILLEGAL: This week, Monsanto declared war on dairy companies that have chosen to ban the injection of their cows with Monsanto's genetically engineered Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH). Due to escalating consumer demand, an increasing number of large dairies around the U.S. have declared themselves rBGH-free in the last couple of years. Monsanto, the sole producer of the synthetic hormone, has seen substantial losses in sales as a result of this voluntary movement of the industry towards healthier milk. Although rBGH is banned in most industrialized nations, including Europe and Canada, due to its links to breast and colon cancer, the controversial drug remains legal in the U.S. This week, Monsanto filed a formal complaint with the FDA and Federal Trade Commission, demanding that labeling of rBGH-free diary products be made illegal.

On a more positive note, sometimes the good guys win against corruption and collusion in the revolving door between certain industries and government agencies.

MAD COW SAFETY TESTS LIKELY TO INCREASE THANKS TO USDA LOSING LAWSUIT: Creekstone Farms has won one of the most bizarre court cases the USDA has brought upon itself in recent years. Early last year, after the discovery of another case of Mad Cow Disease in the U.S., foreign markets tightened their ban on U.S. beef based on the fact that the USDA requires such a small percentage of meat to be tested for this fatal disease. In an attempt to maintain sales with customers overseas, Kansas-based Creekstone Farms announced it would voluntarily test all of its meat for Mad Cow Disease. Surprisingly, the USDA responded to Creekstone, saying it was illegal for them to have such high quality food safety testing. This action left Creekstone and its lawyers scratching their heads trying to figure out where in the law books it states that it's illegal to test food for safety beyond what is required by law. Creekstone took the USDA to court and last week a federal judge ruled against the USDA. The results of the case will likely create a domino effect in the industry where more meatpackers will voluntarily choose to increase testing for Mad Cow Disease in order to allure international and domestic customers. Is it out of the question to envision meats in future supermarkets bearing the voluntary label "This meat has been tested for Mad Cow Disease"?