(HUFFINGTON POST) A pair of scientists at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco has found that a compound derived from marijuana could stop metastasis in many kinds of aggressive cancer, potentially altering the fatality of the disease forever.
“It took us about 20 years of research to figure this out, but we are very excited,” said Pierre Desprez, one of the scientists behind the discovery, to The Huffington Post. “We want to get started with trials as soon as possible.”
The Daily Beast first reported on the finding, which has already undergone both laboratory and animal testing, and is awaiting permission for clinical trials in humans.
Desprez, a molecular biologist, spent decades studying ID-1, the gene that causes cancer to spread. Meanwhile, fellow researcher Sean McAllister was studying the effects of Cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-toxic, non-psychoactive chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. Finally, the pair collaborated, combining CBD and cells containing high levels of ID-1 in a petri dish.
(FEDERALJACK) Without the question mark, this is the tail-end of the statement in the Pledge of Allegiance, represented by the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island, south of Ellis Island at the New York port of entrance into the United States.
Since 1886 that declaration has inspired an endless number of immigrants, coming into this country armed with the certainty that all of their hopes and dreams will be fulfilled in this wonderful new world. Whether true or not, that was then, but what about now? Is the “liberty and justice for all” slogan still true, if it ever was, or is it a mere form of cheap propaganda?
It is hard to say in general, because most victims of injustice tend to be intimidated into silence, for fear of worse retaliation. However we can certainly provide a recent example which proves that “justice” is not for all, and the principles advertised by Lady Liberty are non-existent, at least sometimes.
But if Justice is selectively enforced, then the whole principle falls apart.
The example we just referenced brings us back to a case already discussed (at least partially) in a previous article, analyzing the fierce opposition to any innovation effecting the monetary interests of the medical establishment. As already exposed in said article, Dr. Carpenter tried for years to recruit the cooperation of various Medical Schools around the Country, in order to introduce a simple and safe way to destroy cancer, which eliminates all of the horrific problems of the methods presently considered as “standard care.”
It was already explained that once she realized that no one wanted to pay attention and take on something that would drastically reduce the cost of treatments, and quickly return individuals to a normal life, she decided to offer the therapy directly to patients herself, after pursuing a Doctorate in Alternative Medicine.
Most of the organizations that Dr. Carpenter had contacted over the years didn’t seem to be concerned about the possible competition, because Dr. Carpenter had insignificant financial resources, and was certainly not even comparable to the monumental backing of the opposition she faced. However, she was able to spread the word and help a good number of people seeking a better way to deal with their cancer. Dr. Carpenter has in fact been offering freedom from the terrifying torture called “standard cancer care” for over a decade.
When the word about some amazing results started to spread, some medical research groups, already aware of Dr. Carpenter’s technology, decided that the time to take action had come, because the competition was becoming potentially serious, in spite of the fact that Dr. Carpenter could only treat a very small portion of the national pool of cancer patients. Since she was working with a physician in a state that did not allow naturopathic or holistic practitioners to work alone, the Arkansas Medical Board made their first attempt to put a stop to her operation by harassing and threatening the licenses of each of her physicians. Once it was apparent that this sort of behavior would not cease, Dr. Carpenter decided to move to a state that welcomed alternative medicine and practitioners, so she moved to Oklahoma.
Outraged that she was able to escape their attempts at putting a stop to the competition she represented, the Arkansas Medical Board sought out former patients of Carpenter’s to have them file civil lawsuits against her and to start a slander campaign on the internet.
Most of this has already been exposed in the first article linked above, but some of the details connected with the lawsuit were missing. The search for a large number of patsies to be used in bogus lawsuits didn’t pan out very well for them, so the conspiring group had to rely merely on one individual with no verifiable income.
If you are wondering about the identity of this conspiring group, the answer to the question may be found within the history of Dr. Carpenter’s efforts to find researchers who would work with her to gather empirical confirmation of her theoretical work. One particular group, contacted by Lase Med, Inc. more than once due to the proximity, is the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), which had close ties with the plaintiff’s attorney (Will Bond) during his previous political career as an Arkansas State Representative.
If you are thinking that this sounds like a “smoking gun,” this is actually a lot more than that. The lawsuit was also being used as an excuse to extract corporate secrets about the protocol and the specific technical details of the L.I.E.S.H. Therapy, proprietary of Lase Med, Inc. The plan was laid very carefully in order to entrap Dr. Carpenter into revealing vital corporate information, even though it is in fact against the rules listed in the Code of Civil Procedure; but it was supported by Dr. Carpenter’s attorneys, who once paid, were all actively trying to harm her side of the case. Once Dr. Carpenter realized that even the third attorney was hiding evidence to sabotage the case, she fired him as well, and decided to let the suit go into default.
However, and this is where the events reached the unthinkable stage, the federal judge in Arkansas, James M. Moody, allowed the trial to go on, with a one-sided jury selection and one-sided testimony, and in this way violated the very Constitution he is sworn to uphold. That is how an outrageous judgment was delivered, awarding the plaintiff an amount of money equivalent to 400 times the cost of her treatment at Lase Med, Inc; a treatment that by the way had effectively saved her life.
Furthermore, not only did the trial violate the Constitution, but the award rendered by the illegal jury violated even the Arkansas limit on medical malpractice, as well as the penalty limits in cases of business fraud. After the illegal trial, the malicious satisfaction seen on the plaintiff’s attorney’s face accompanied his statement on the mainstream news that he didn’t actually expect the money awarded to possibly be paid, but that the judgment would serve as a “deterrent” to keep women away from Dr. Carpenter’s treatment.
Finally Dr. Carpenter decided that she had had enough of the slander showing up on the first page of web searches for her and for the Lase Med Inc. company name, in spite of many recent extremely positive testimonials and blogs. Consequently she decided to fight back by posting on YouTube videos showing the evidence in her possession, but disallowed by the judge, in a video series bearing the title “Truth Rises to the Top.” Said evidence proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that the plaintiff and her witnesses were lying under oath.
As expected, the videos caused an uproar of resentment from all of the guilty parties; however this also prompted the Arkansas attorney to petition the Oklahoma Court and request a writ of execution for the money “owed” by Dr. Carpenter and Lase Med, Inc., according to a Court that does not have jurisdiction over either of the defendants. Furthermore, if the Oklahoma Court decides to support the claim, Dr. Carpenter will never be able to earn an income, rent a dwelling, or be able to pay her bills, since she does not currently have any assets at all to cover such a figure, nor any amount of money for that matter. The legal malfeasances of 2010-2011, perpetrated by attorneys that were hired to defend her, had effectively exhausted any and all assets that she had to her name.
Dr. Carpenter realizes that this move was in fact intended to make her homeless, destitute, unable to offer her treatment, and unable to continue broadcasting her radio show, called “The Medical Conspiracy,” (airing every Saturday on Orion Talk Radio, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm EDT), which is a continual thorn in the side of the plaintiff’s attorney and his cohorts.
From her experience during the deposition, Dr Carpenter realized that the plaintiff’s attorney was assisting the medical establishment by searching for a reason to put an end to her radio show, besides trying to discredit her credentials along with her technology. He was also trying to somehow silence Dr. Carpenter, by taking away from her the right to speak or exist at all.
In response to this most recent miscarriage of justice, Dr Carpenter has started a petition at “Change.org” to stop the writ of execution against her non-existent assets, which would also therefore take away her right to live. More information about the criminal acts of this court can be found on the petition page. Friends have already signed the petition, but we hope that anyone reading this article will join in to help Dr. Carpenter, and in this way fight against the oppression of the corrupt court system, by fighting for the rights of one of our citizens who makes a difference in this world, and at the same time fighting to defend the Constitution.
To sign or read the petition, go to:
(TMZ) Tommy Chong revealed he’s been diagnosed with prostate cancer … and we’ll give you one guess how he says he plans on treating it. The comedian, during an interview with CNN, said he was diagnosed about a month ago. He said he began having prostate-related problems during a three-year period when he was drug free. As for his plans for treatment, Chong said he plans on using cannabis, explaining, “I know it had nothing to do with cannabis. Cannabis is a cure.”
(RAW STORY) Scientists at the Penn State College of Medicine said this week they have discovered a virus that is capable of killing all grades of breast cancer “within seven days” of first introduction in a laboratory setting.
The virus, known as adeno-associated virus type 2 (AAV2), is naturally occurring and carried by up to 80 percent of humans, but it does not cause any disease.
Researchers learned of its cancer-killing properties in 2005, after Penn State scientists observed it killing cervical cancer cells. They also found that women who carried the AAV2 virus and human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer, had a lower propensity to develop cervical cancer.
When combined in a lab recently, AAV2 eradicated all the breast cancer cells “within seven days,” according to researchers. Better still, it proved capable of wiping out cancer cells at multiple stages, negating the need for differing treatments used today.
“If we can determine which viral genes are being used, we may be able to introduce those genes into a [therapy],” explained Penn State research associate Samina Alam. “If we can determine which pathways the virus is triggering, we can then screen new drugs that target those pathways. Or we may simply be able to use the virus itself.”
The Center for Disease Control says that breast cancer is the most common type of cancer affecting American women. Overall, it is second only to lung cancer in causing more deaths than any other form of the disease.
The American Cancer Society estimates that up to 39,520 women in the U.S. will die from cancer just this year, out of about 230,480 new cases discovered by doctors.
Image credit: Flickr user Caitlinator, for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Correction: An earlier version of this article said that breast cancer kills more women than any other form of cancer. Lung cancer, actually, takes this dubious credit. Additionally, the headline should have said “all grades of breast cancer,” instead of “all types.”
(CURRENT) The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University who tested the chemical in both lab and mouse studies.
They say this is the first set of experiments to show that the compound, Delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), inhibits EGF-induced growth and migration in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) expressing non-small cell lung cancer cell lines. Lung cancers that over-express EGFR are usually highly aggressive and resistant to chemotherapy.
THC that targets cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 is similar in function to endocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids that are naturally produced in the body and activate these receptors. The researchers suggest that THC or other designer agents that activate these receptors might be used in a targeted fashion to treat lung cancer.
(Escapist Magazine) Apparently there is a viable, easy method to cure cancer that has been repeatedly tested and confirmed by Canadian scientists in Edmonton, Alberta but no companies have taken the product up because it can’t be patented and is therefore unprofitable.
Canadian researchers find a simple cure for cancer, but major pharmaceutical companies are not interested.
Researchers at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada have cured cancer last week, yet there is a little ripple in the news or in TV. It is a simple technique using very basic drug. The method employs dichloroacetate, which is currently used to treat metabolic disorders. So, there is no concern of side effects or about their long term effects.
This drug doesn’t require a patent, so anyone can employ it widely and cheaply compared to the costly cancer drugs produced by major pharmaceutical companies.
Canadian scientists tested this dichloroacetate (DCA) on human’s cells; it killed lung, breast and brain cancer cells and left the healthy cells alone. It was tested on Rats inflicted with severe tumors; their cells shrank when they were fed with water supplemented with DCA. The drug is widely available and the technique is easy to use, why the major drug companies are not involved? Or the Media interested in this find?
In human bodies there is a natural cancer fighting human cell, the mitochondria, but they need to be triggered to be effective. Scientists used to think that these mitochondria cells were damaged and thus ineffective against cancer. So they used to focus on glycolysis, which is less effective in curing cancer and more wasteful. The drug manufacturers focused on this glycolysis method to fight cancer. This DCA on the other hand doesn’t rely on glycolysis instead on mitochondria; it triggers the mitochondria which in turn fights the cancer cells.
The side effect of this is it also reactivates a process called apoptosis. You see, mitochondria contain an all-too-important self-destruct button that can’t be pressed in cancer cells. Without it, tumors grow larger as cells refuse to be extinguished. Fully functioning mitochondria, thanks to DCA, can once again die.
With glycolysis turned off, the body produces less lactic acid, so the bad tissue around cancer cells doesn’t break down and seed new tumors.
Pharmaceutical companies are not investing in this research because DCA method cannot be patented, without a patent they can’t make money, like they are doing now with their AIDS Patent. Since the pharmaceutical companies won’t develop this, the article says other independent laboratories should start producing this drug and do more research to confirm all the above findings and produce drugs. All the groundwork can be done in collaboration with the Universities, who will be glad to assist in such research and can develop an effective drug for curing cancer.
You can access the original research for this cancer here.
This article wants to raise awareness for this study, hope some independent companies and small startup will pick up this idea and produce these drugs, because the big companies won’t touch it for a long time.
Edit: Also I’m aware this article is a few years old but it doesn’t change the fact that no one has picked it up.
“If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”
(Activist Post) Angel Raich has become somewhat famous for her courageous fight against the government of the United States which opposes allowing Raich access to her much-needed medication.
Back in 2004 and 2005 Raich brought her fight all the way to the United States Supreme Court where she argued for the right to use medical cannabis.
Unfortunately in 2005 the Supreme Court ruled that under the Constitution’s Commerce Clause, the United States Congress has the power to criminalize both the production and use of home-grown cannabis, even in states which have already legalized its use in medicinal applications.
Now Raich is facing an entirely new fight with the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, a state-run institution in California, where medical marijuana is legal. Raich says that the UCSF Medical Center booted her out of their facility because of her medical marijuana use and even received some threats from hospital staff.
NBC Bay Area characterizes Raich as a “medical marijuana celebrity” and provides some quotes directly from Raich just moments after she said the hospital kicked her out.
“The pharmacist says ‘you’re not allowed to have [cannabis] in this hospital,’” Raich said. “’And if you’re gonna try to have [cannabis] in this hospital we’re going to call the Feds.’”
Raich reports that she originally checked into the medical facility to undergo tests on her brain which had been ordered by her doctor.
She is suffering from, and continues to battle, an inoperable brain tumor which results in chronic pain and seizures, and according to her, the prognosis is far from positive.
Raich said that she told a hospital employee, “’You’re basically saying if I stay it’s like giving me a death sentence ’cause I’d have to be without my [cannabis].’”
According to Raich, she had no choice but to leave the hospital even though it is legal for patients to get recommendations for medical marijuana from a qualified doctor in the state of California.
“I’m in a state university hospital in the state of California,” Raich rightly said. “I have the right to have the same medical care as any other patient does.”
In an official statement, the UCSF Medical Center claimed that since UCSF is a smoke-free campus, they do not allow the use of medical marijuana, even if it is vaporized.
This is quite laughable since a 2007 study by the University of California, San Francisco (that’s right, the same exact school) published in the Journal of the American Academy of Neurology found that “Using CO as an indicator, there was virtually no exposure to harmful combustion products using the vaporizing device. Since it replicates smoking’s efficiency at producing the desired THC effect using smaller amounts of the active ingredient as opposed to pill forms, this device has great potential for improving the therapeutic utility of THC.”
Apparently “virtually no exposure to harmful combustion products using the vaporizing device” actually means “particles … that are damaging to the lung.” How they drew that conclusion is anyone’s guess.
UCSF further claims, “Any particles from vapor and odor could have an impact on other patients and hospital employees,” even though this is contradicted by a study conducted by members of their own institution.
In reality, it is more likely that the exhaust from a passing car would have an impact on other patients and hospital employees.
The statement continues, “Under federal and state law, a physician is at legal risk related to any activity that could be construed as prescribing medical marijuana to a patient.”
This part is true; physicians indeed put themselves at risk when conducting “any activity that could be construed as prescribing medical marijuana to a patient,” however that was not what was happening at all, so it is wholly irrelevant.
The hospital has a valid argument based on the liability aspect of this situation, and if they would come right out and say that they did not want to put themselves at risk of legal action from the federal government or civil action of some kind, I would have a lot more respect for them. Instead, they chose to emphasize reasons which are wholly laughable.
During Raich’s interview with NBC Bay Area, they say that she appeared to have a seizure. Paramedics and the fire department were called to the scene, at which point Raich understandably refused to return to UCSF, instead going to St. Mary’s Hospital.
In a document filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in 2002, Raich’s primary care physician Frank Henry Lucido, M.D. stated that Raich “presents a complex and complicated set of conditions. It is my opinion that Angel cannot be without cannabis as medicine because of the precipitous medical deterioration that would quickly develop.”
Dr. Lucido declared that “Angel will suffer imminent harm without access to cannabis.” This is likely due to Raich’s long list of quite serious medical conditions and the fact that, according to Dr. Lucido, “her body reacts with violent side effects to almost all pharmaceutical medications.”
He further explained that “Angel needs to medicate every two waking hours. If she misses a treatment, it could have dangerous repercussions for her health. She clearly loses weight, and would risk wasting syndrome and death, without cannabis. No one knows why she can’t hold onto her weight. Angel could become gravely ill if she loses too much more weight. Angel becomes debilitated from severe chronic pain. The pain is bad enough even with cannabis, but it flares up immediately and becomes unmanageable without cannabis.”
Dr. Lucido cites a total of six reasons why Raich needs access to cannabis, including its anti-tumor activity, the fact that it “works well for Angel in a way that no other medicine has or can be expected to” and the fact that “Angel has no reasonable legal alternative to cannabis for the effective treatment or alleviation of her medical conditions or symptoms associated with the medical conditions because she has tried essentially all other legal alternatives to cannabis and the alternatives have been ineffective or result in intolerable side effects.”
Apparently all of this wasn’t enough for the Supreme Court or UCSF which obviously does not care about the qualified professional medical opinion of a physician or the incomprehensible suffering Raich goes through every day.
Raich revealed on her website last year that she was dying from a condition known as radiation necrosis and expressed hope in the abilities of the doctors at UCSF Medical Center.
“Patient’s [sic] who get radiation necrosis do not survive, and there’s very little research,” Raich wrote. “I have a extremely [sic] complex medical condition and I can only hope the doctors at UCSF Medical Center can review my records and figure out what’s really happening inside my brain before I dye [sic] so I can at least have absolution at the end-of-life.”
This statement is especially troubling because she is obviously putting a considerable amount of faith in the abilities of doctors at UCSF Medical Center, the same place that showed her the door simply for using a medication that keeps her alive.
The federal government has been trampling all over state’s rights for some time now, especially when it comes to the issue of access to medical marijuana.
Unfortunately, it appears that UCSF Medical Center is joining the nonsensical opposition to medical marijuana, even going as far as to put out an official statement which is debunked by a study that was conducted by some of UCSF’s own doctors.
I cannot understand how anyone in the medical profession could so egregiously violate their Hippocratic Oath and plain common decency by treating a dying patient like this.
The treatment of Raich handed out by the UCSF Medical Center is nothing short of deplorable.
In the coming days I will attempt to get a statement from someone representing UCSF Medical Center addressing the fact that their statement makes claims which were contradicted by study conducted by some of their own doctors.
Hopefully I will get a response of some kind, but I’m not holding my breath just yet. It’s a lot easier to simply ignore challenges and facts rather than attempt to address them and likely fail to do so in the process, further delegitimizing the original claims.
The war on medical cannabis – which clearly has boundless medical applications – in the United States is a war on the health of Americans and it is a wholly corrupt practice.
This war, and the drug war in general, is a tremendous waste of non-existent taxpayer dollars and acts to tear apart families, fill prisons with non-violent offenders, and deny proper medical care to desperate patients like Raich all while empowering organized crime by promising massive profits for their activities.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the American government is actually directly involved in the illegal drug trade, or the wildly corrupt pharmaceutical industry and their completely compromised regulators who approve dangerous medications while cracking down on whistleblowers and making sure a natural, safe alternative stays illegal.
(FEDERALJACK) On this special broadcast Popeye was able to get another interview with Judyth Vary Baker. She covers cancer’s use as a bio-weapon plus effective cancer treatments that the government already knows about and hides from us. They also get into Lee Oswald and Healthcare. It’s Judyth like you have never heard her before.