(ABC) A new study has raised serious questions about the use of chemotherapy for late-stage cancer patients.
The review of 600 cancer patients in Britain who died within 30 days of treatment has found that one in four of the deaths was either caused or hastened by the chemotherapy.
Chemotherapy is a standard treatment for cancer but the study questions whether seriously ill patients can cope with it.
The study was done by the National Confidential Inquiry into Patient Outcome and Deaths. The inquiry’s members are drawn mainly from British medical royal colleges.
Most of those patients looked at in the study had chemotherapy as palliative treatment to relieve the symptoms of cancer – a cure had already been ruled out.
The report found 40 per cent of them suffered significant poisoning as a result of the treatment.
“I think there’s always a need to be cautious and it’s very important that patients are fully informed of the risks as well as the potential benefits to treatment,” said Dr Morse.
“But at the end of the day it will be the patient’s decision as to whether to accept chemotherapy or not.”
The study asked whether patients were given enough information about the treatment. Dr Diane Morse says in one in five cases the decision to go ahead with chemotherapy was inappropriate.
“Where it was felt to be inappropriate, it was felt that the patient would have had better quality of life if the treatment had not been given,” she said.
“They were patients that were very close to the end of life and perhaps chemotherapy was not to the benefit to them.”
Professor Jim Bishop, the chief executive officer of the Cancer Institute of New South Wales, says Australia has much better cancer survival rates than the UK.
But he says the study raises important questions for doctors here too.
“What it boils down to is not so much cautiousness but rather what does the evidence say,” Professor Bishop said.
“Is there good evidence that intervention at this stage will improve things, can we improve the symptoms or is it in fact, there is no evidence that this would improve the patients well being?
“In which case that should be discussed fully with the patient and the patient be involved in that choice.”
Cancer Council CEO Professor Ian Olver says while chemotherapy is sometimes the best way to relieve the symptoms of cancer, some patients might not fully understand its limits.
“I think you have got to be very careful that the benefit is not either overstated or that the patient doesn’t believe that it is going to do more than it can,” he said.
(TAMPS BAY TIMES) I am a registered nurse, licensed in the state of Florida. Last week I read that finally, an independent panel of scientists admitted that the once-debunked “Gulf War syndrome” is real (Report says toxins sicken 25 percent of Gulf War vets, Nov. 16). If it was not for whistle-blowers and medical professionals fighting for the rights of these men and women, this would never have come to light.
Now I read that because a doctor at Bay Pines veterans hospital stands his ground and fights for what is fair and ethical for his patients, he is labeled and terminated (Doctors call for VA firing inquiry, Nov. 26). Thank God his peers are sticking up for him. And thanks are owed to Dr. Jacques Durr for fighting for the safety of our men and women, who have fought for their country and deserve the same level of treatment as the president of the United States.
For far too long the VA has been opaque and unwilling to accept the reality that the soldiers and even contractors coming back from war have been exposed to dangerous pesticides and drugs and that our government and military allowed these practices.
Did anyone “get it,” that our GIs are being sprayed with dangerous pesticides, wearing flea collars, and were given toxic “medicine” not even approved by the FDA? We should all be incensed that the very people who are responsible for the safety of these brave men and women made them sick.
My father, who fought in two wars, was a U.S. Marine Corps officer and died at 52 from lung cancer. Capt. Thomas R. Rummel and every person who worked closely with him in a communication, electronics and radiation battalion, all died at very young ages of lung cancer. What were they exposed to? I could never get an answer to that question. Every time I knocked on a door to find out, it was shut in my face.
So now the very doctors that work with Dr. Jacques Durr are fighting for his reinstatement. I am contacting my member of Congress to support his reinstatement. The VA has been opaque long enough, and it is time for that blinding, secretive veil to be lifted.
(JOHNNY ENGLISH for FEDERALJACK) Congratulations America, we have been fooled yet again. The Monsanto Protection Act was passed by the House of Representatives, hidden inside the Agricultural Appropriations Bill HR 993, last week. It also passed through the Senate this week and was signed into law by President Obama under the cover of night. It seems our President loves signing laws in the middle of the night while we sleep and dream of a better life for our children and grandchildren. Mr. Obama must have forgot the speech during his first campaign in 2007, where he clearly states that Americans have the right to know what is in their food (VIDEO). Apparently we do not, as evidenced by the defeat of Prop 37 in California this past November and continued support of companies like Monsanto by the current administration.
Let us briefly cover what the Monsanto Protection Act is. This law strips the Federal Courts’ ability to stop the planting and sale of genetically modified (GMO) seeds, despite the health risks or consumer health concerns. A petition by Food Democracy Now said this about the bill when introduced into HR 993:
“If approved, the Monsanto Protection Act would force the USDA to allow continued planting of any GMO crop under court review, essentially giving backdoor approval for any new genetically engineered crops that could be potentially harmful to human health or the environment.”
What this means is, Monsanto is protected from litigation. Even if their GMO seeds are a known cause of disease and pose a risk to our health. I believe that has been proven already by the University of Caen in France, when they completed a 2 year test last year feeding GMO corn and soy to mice over their complete life cycle. The results were horrendous at best.
More than 250,000 Americans signed a letter urging President Obama to use his Executive Authority and veto this bill. Once again, our President has ignored the wants and needs of the people. Instead, under cover of night, he happily signed the bill into law guaranteeing disease and poor health to all that consume GMO foods. How were they able to sneak this by the general public? I’ll tell you how. Bait and switch. What stories have dominated the press recently? Which one of the “big 3 topics” has been flaunted before us on every news network? Let us take a look.
Gay rights. Along with religion and racism, gay rights issues have been used to divide this country for years. There are many other distractions, but these 3 are usually at the head of the table when it comes to tearing America apart at the seams. This week the Supreme Court is due to rule on gay marriage. Every news channel, every magazine and every radio show has covered this story. I find the timing very odd. Actually, I expected something to slip by, just not so blatantly. There are special avatars to use on social networks, and I am sure there is a ribbon you can wear somewhere. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a commentary on gay rights. And I have the opinion that we all deserve certain rights as Americans, actually, as HUMANS. However, I believe it has been used as a distraction in this case. Waved before our eyes like a magician waves his hand over a hat, distracting the audience while his other hand pulls off the “trick”. If a huge news story arises in the media, whether it be entertainment or otherwise, you can bet the government is stealing more of our rights away. Do the research. Look back in history at all the major headlines. Then match that up with an agenda sponsored by the government.
The entry into, and subsequent failure of our war in Vietnam was covered up by several events. The Gulf of Tonkin incident (that never happened), assassinations of JFK (to enter the conflict), MLK and Bobby Kennedy. Jane Fonda’s horrible photo op, race riots, hippie movement, and the list goes on. This is just one example. There are many more since. Now we have pro sports, fake reality TV and video games to add to the growing list of distractions. It’s no wonder we cannot gain ground in this fight for our freedom. It’s no wonder the elite grow stronger and we grow weaker. We must stand up now, or be slaves forever. WAKE UP!!!!
(FEDERALJACK) On this edition of DTRH Popeye welcomes back to the broadcast guest co-host Steve Stars to cover numerous topics including: The USPS cutting Saturday delivery to save money and the source of their financial problems; Cannabis and hemp as a way to fix multiple problems; How cancer and AIDS are connected; And more.
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9/11 hero firefighter who featured in iconic photo dies after contracting rare lung disease from working at Ground Zero
(DAILY MAIL) A hero firefighter who bravely served on September 11th alongside hundreds of other first responders has died of a rare lung condition, and was laid to rest yesterday.
FDNY Lt Martin Fullam contracted polymyositis in 2005, and had also suffered from pulmonary fibrosis, which left him breathless and exhausted after the simplest of tasks.
The late firefighter, 56, was one of the men carrying fatally wounded FDNY Chaplain Mychal Judge through the still-smoking rubble on 9/11.
The image of Lt Fullam and four others carrying the chaplain has remained one of the most poignant and haunting pictures from that horrific day.
Hundreds of members of New York’s bravest gathered Saturday afternoon on Staten Island to say farewell to Lt Fullam, who fought tirelessly for first responders of 9/11 and those living near ground zero.
‘Marty is an inspiration to all of us,’ FDNY Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said outside of Our Lady Star of the Sea in Huguenot.
After Lt Fullam heard of what happened at the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001, he rushed to the site, even though he wasn’t on duty that day.
(FEDERALJACK) On this edition of DTRH Popeye welcomes back to the program friend and fellow radio show host Johnny English for Episode #1 of “CUTTING THROUGH THE BULLSHIT WITH JOHNNY ENGLISH.” They go over a ton of different things including government always going with the lowest possible bidder; a young woman who developed cancer from getting a set of smokers lungs in a transplant; the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting; the use of emotion to manipulate people in the aftermath of the shooting; how far internet radio has come in a short time and how easy it is for anyone to do it; the hack attacks on federaljack.com; it is illegal to be fat in Japan; and more.
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(DAILY MAIL) Kris Carr is impressively frank about her former life, which she calls BC: Before Cancer. As an ambitious young actress living out a long-held dream – with the lead in an Arthur Miller play on Broadway directed by the playwright himself, and a role in a touring production of Chicago – she paid little attention to her health. ‘I was caught up in a crowd that was partying,’ she admits. ‘Everything I ate was processed and microwaved, and at the end of each day, I would grab a bottle of wine, a packet of cigarettes and a takeaway.’ Her primary concern, she quips, was ‘not having back fat in a leotard’.
However, her work-hard, play-harder lifestyle in New York was steadily taking its toll. ‘I was definitely burning myself out,’ she nods. ‘By my mid-20s, I’d started having a lot of problems with my digestion, with eczema and allergies, and with fatigue and depression.’ The latter she self-medicated, with ‘pills and booze and stupid men’.
Even so, when agonizing abdominal pains finally sent her to see a doctor, Kris was in no way prepared for the damning diagnosis she received: epithelioid hemangioendothelioma, an extremely rare form of cancer, was ravaging her liver and lungs.
(FEDERALJACK) On this edition of DTRH Popeye covers the medicinal qualities of cannabis. There is a mountain of evidence that shows proof that cannabis is a powerful natural medicine. Popeye plays the audio from one such piece of evidence, a documentary titled “RUN FROM THE CURE: THE RICK SIMPSON STORY,” which shows that cannabis can cure cancer and other health problems. Find out what the powers that shouldn’t be don’t want you to know. Hear the truth, that you can cure yourself of many health problems naturally with cannabis.
Experts Now Blame Parents Who Discipline Their Children for Future Cancer, Cardiac Disease and Asthma
(ACTIVIST POST) A new study published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine has concluded that parents who discipline their children place them at greater risk of developing health related problems later in life.
Researchers from Plymouth University in the United Kingdom based their study on the parenting styles of parents from Saudi Arabia and discovered that there was a link between parents who used physical punishment and insults as a means of discipline and the incidence of cancer, cardiac disease and asthma of their children later in life.
It was also discovered that parents who discipline their children by smacking them only once per month significantly increased the risk for developing cancer, cardiac disease and asthma.
The lead researcher, Professor Michael Hyland, was quoted as saying:
This study shows that in a society where corporal punishment is considered normal, the use of corporal punishment is sufficiently stressful to have the same kinds of long-term impact as abuse and trauma.
(SCIENCE DAILY) More than 40 plant-based compounds can turn on genes that slow the spread of cancer, according to a first-of-its-kind study by a Washington State University researcher.
Gary Meadows, WSU professor and associate dean for graduate education and scholarship in the College of Pharmacy, says he is encouraged by his findings because the spread of cancer is most often what makes the disease fatal. Moreover, says Meadows, diet, nutrients and plant-based chemicals appear to be opening many avenues of attack.
“We’re always looking for a magic bullet,” he says. “Well, there are lots of magic bullets out there in what we eat and associated with our lifestyle. We just need to take advantage of those. And they can work together.”
Meadows started the study, recently published online in the journal Cancer and Metastasis Reviews, with some simple logic: Most research focuses on the prevention of cancer or the treatment of the original cancer tumor, but it’s usually the cancer’s spread to nearby organs that kills you. So rather than attack the tumor, said Meadows, let’s control its spread, or metastasis.
He focused in particular on genes that suppress metastasis. As search engine terms go, it took him down many a wormhole in the PubMed research database, as the concept of nutrients and metastasis suppressor genes is rarely identified by journals. It’s even an afterthought of some of the researchers who find the genes.
“People for the most part did not set out in their research goals to study metastasis suppressor genes,” says Meadows. “It was just a gene that was among many other genes that they had looked at in their study.”
But Meadows took the studies and looked to see when metastasis suppressor genes were on or off, even if original authors didn’t make the connection. In the end, he documented dozens of substances affecting the metastasis suppressor genes of numerous cancers.
He saw substances like amino acids, vitamin D, ethanol, ginseng extract, the tomato carotenoid lycopene, the turmeric component curcumin, pomegranate juice, fish oil and others affecting gene expression in breast, colorectal, prostate, skin, lung and other cancers.
Typically, the substances acted epigenetically, which is to say they turned metastasis suppressor genes on or off.
“So these epigenetic mechanisms are influenced by what you eat,” he says. “That may also be related to how the metastasis suppressor genes are being regulated. That’s a very new area of research that has largely not been very well explored in terms of diet and nutrition.”
Meadows says his study reinforces two concepts.
For one, he has a greater appreciation of the role of natural compounds in helping our bodies slow or stop the spread of cancer. The number of studies connecting nutrients and metastasis suppressor genes by accident suggests a need for more deliberate research into the genes.
“And many of these effects have not been followed up on,” he says. “There’s likely to be more compounds out there, more constituents, that people haven’t even evaluated yet.”
Meadows also sees these studies playing an important role in the shift from preventing cancer to living with it and keeping it from spreading.
“We’ve kind of focused on the cancer for a long time,” he says. “More recently we’ve started to focus on the cancer in its environment. And the environment, your whole body as an environment, is really important in whether or not that cancer will spread.”