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DETROIT WATER STOPPAGE AND STEM CELLS?

In ALL ARTICLES, OFF THE BEATEN PATH on July 6, 2014 at 10:32 am

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Detroit shut off water to thousands of it’s residents and they want to raise water prices.

How does city government expect a populace to pay a 9% water price hike when unemployment is at 40% and foreclosures have skyrocketed?  And now you’ve shut off water.  Think about that people.  Water is the most important element to survive and it has been shut off.  Have you ever gone a day in the summer without anything to drink?  We’re going to need some Sally Struthers commercials over here soon.  Hey look, there’s a 60% chance of rain today, everyone outside with your buckets!  Of course, rainwater collection is now illegal in some places so they’re screwed.  The people and groups in Detroit are so fed up they are going to the UN for assistance.  Some are probably asking: how come America is involved all over the world with trillions in armed forces money while ‘Rome crumbles.’  Shouldn’t we make sure our military personnel has something to come home to when they are done with their service?  A house with sewage, electricity and running water for example?

Shouldn’t Detroit at some point be declared (have been declared?) a federal emergency area and have federal funds pumped in to resuscitate it?  Or is the intent to leave it to decay like an old gold mine ghost town after the gold rain out because bail outs are just what we do for big corps and foreign countries, not for our citizenry?  Come to think of it, if we pulled 1/10th of our military in foreign countries and the contractors and engineers which always follow to profit after the destruction of a regime, and put them to work rebuilding Detroit water we could prob get the job done in a week.  Come to think of it again, didn’t we bail out the auto industry located in Detroit?  So all that money went into the company which then pulled up stakes in the city which grew them and left the city behind like the dried out husk of a cocoon.  A quick search shows that Chrysler 300s are built in Canada and Ford Fusions and 300 engines are built in Mexico.  Buy American indeed.  We would if we could find any.  Maybe at the mom and pop on the corner…nope, gone, Walmart drove them out of business.

I think we are rapidly approaching a moment in history where the local govt on the one hand is saying, “you can’t grow farms or collect water or live off the grid” and on the other is saying, “we can’t fix or maintain the grid.”  So where does that leave Detroitians?  What conclusion can we take away when our ability to sustain ourselves is getting more and more limited and any hope of depending upon the government for sustenance/assistance (I’m talking about a city that functions on a basic level, not welfare or hand outs) is going the way of the dodo.

And you can bet I’m going to be drawing some serious analogies to shutting off the life sustaining water in Detroit and shutting the flow of healing adult stem cell therapies in the USA.  Hey, we want to live!  Are you getting this?  We want to live!

Groups Appeal to UN for ‘Humanity’ as Detroit Shuts Off Water to Thousands
‘By denying water service to thousands, Detroit is violating the human right to water.’
Sarah Lazare, staff writer
June 18, 2014

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As thousands of people in Detroit go without water, and the city moves to cut off services to tens of thousands more, concerned organizations have taken the unusual step of appealing to the United Nations to intervene and protect the “human right to water.”…

UNALIENABLE RIGHTS OF LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

In ALL ARTICLES, HOPE AND INSPIRATION, OFF THE BEATEN PATH on July 4, 2014 at 4:23 pm

TODAY WE DECLARED WAR ON A TYRANNICAL GOVERNMENT WHICH IMPEDED OUR UNALIENABLE RIGHTS OF LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.

On this day, July 4th of the year 2014, let us remember why we are celebrating and what we fought for.

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HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

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IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html

FOR BEST RESULTS: INCREASE GUT BACTERIA

In ALL ARTICLES, OFF THE BEATEN PATH on June 23, 2014 at 4:04 pm

http://clearlykombucha.com/2014/03/wtf-are-probiotics/

 For Best Results: Increase Gut Bacteria

 

“A healthy and balanced diet, as well as probiotics, have been known to be helpful in preserving gastrointestinal health for quite a long time. But it is only recently that the underlying mechanisms have become somewhat clearer. A rapidly increasing body of knowledge promises to further clarify the effects of our daily food on the gut microbiota and to indicate more targeted applications of probiotics in the near future. This was one of the topics presented at the Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit in Miami, FL, USA. On March 8-9, 2014, internationally leading experts discussed the latest advances in gut microbiota research and its impact on health.”  –‘Feeding gut microbiota: Nutrition, probiotics key factors for digestive health.’ ScienceDaily

We’ve all heard of probiotics and their dietary benefits. Now let’s use that knowledge and put it to good use when it comes to stem cell transplantation. According to the article we posted earlier, increased gut microbiota can increase the success and survival rate of patients post transplant. Now here’s the big question… ‘how do we increase these helpful suckers early and get them working ASAP?!’ Well, you probably guessed it–  eating foods rich in probiotics (such as yogurt)  is one way to do this! Click the links and find out why you should be feeding the little helpers alive in your gut and how to increase their diversity– and increase your chances of success!!

http://helivac.co.za/2014/04/25/probiotics-and-your-gut/

Other benefits of increased gut microbiota and why that’s good

Related Links:

Exercise and healthy diet and how that helps

What are probiotics anyway?

 

ROUND UP DAMAGES EMBRYONIC, PLACENTAL AND UMBILICAL CORD CELLS

In ALL ARTICLES, OFF THE BEATEN PATH, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on June 20, 2014 at 12:23 pm

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ROUND UP DAMAGES EMBRYONIC, PLACENTAL AND UMBILICAL CORD CELLS

Chemicals in Round Up are targeting both our reproductive abilities and our regenerative/healing abilities.  But we’ve know this for a long time.  What’s special about this article is that it is in Scientific American, “The leading source and authority for science, technology information and policy for a general audience”

From the article:
“Monsanto scientists argue that cells in Seralini’s study were exposed to unnaturally high levels of the chemicals…Seralini’s team, however, did study multiple concentrations of Roundup. These ranged from the typical agricultural or lawn dose down to concentrations 100,000 times more dilute than the products sold on shelves. The researchers saw cell damage at all concentrations.”

So while Monsanto scientists say the study used unnaturally high amounts, this is false,  The study included samples 100,000 TIMES MORE DILUTE than average exposures AND IT STILL CAUSED CELL DAMAGE.

Cell damage to

  • EMBRYONIC CELLS
  • PLACENTAL CELLS
  • UMBILICAL CORD CELLS

The corner stone to both our reproductive and regenerative capabilities.  Think you’re safe? Roundup Weedkiller Found In 75% of Air and Rain Samples, Gov. Study Finds

You idiots.  You’ve killed us all.

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http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/weed-whacking-herbicide-p/

MMR VACCINE AND AUTISM – THE SCIENCE

In ALL ARTICLES, OFF THE BEATEN PATH on April 30, 2013 at 6:56 pm

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TRYING TO GET A HANDLE ON THE MMR/VACCINE CONTROVERSY:

I don’t know what causes Autism but I believe in education, knowledge and research.

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Baby monkeys given standard doses of popular vaccines develop autism symptoms

“…a macaque monkey (primates) study of the very same vaccines given to children during 1994-1999, i.e., the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine and several Thimerosal mercury-containing vaccines injected into children during that time frame when the autism spectrum disorder skyrocketed.”

The original Study here:

Influence of pediatric vaccines on amygdala growth and opioid ligand binding in rhesus macaque infants: A pilot study   http://www.ane.pl/pdf/7020.pdf

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WHAT ARE THE ADVERSE REACTIONS FROM MMR VACCINES?
http://www.merck.com/product/usa/pi_circulars/m/mmr_ii/mmr_ii_pi.pdf
(The warnings from the manufacturer are scary enough, even if it doesn’t cause autism.)

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WORLD STUDIES ON MMR/AUTISM:

Here is a list of 28 studies from around the world from (mercola.com) that support Dr. Wakefield’s controversial findings:

  1. The Journal of Pediatrics November 1999; 135(5):559-63
  2. The Journal of Pediatrics 2000; 138(3): 366-372
  3. Journal of Clinical Immunology November 2003; 23(6): 504-517
  4. Journal of Neuroimmunology 2005 
  5. Brain, Behavior and Immunity 1993; 7: 97-103
  6. Pediatric Neurology 2003; 28(4): 1-3
  7. Neuropsychobiology 2005; 51:77-85
  8. The Journal of Pediatrics May 2005;146(5):605-10
  9. Autism Insights 2009; 1: 1-11
  10. Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology February 2009; 23(2): 95-98
  11. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry 2009:21(3): 148-161
  12. Journal of Child Neurology June 29, 2009; 000:1-6
  13. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders March 2009;39(3):405-13
  14. Medical Hypotheses August 1998;51:133-144.
  15. Journal of Child Neurology July 2000; ;15(7):429-35
  16. Lancet. 1972;2:883–884.
  17. Journal of Autism and Childhood Schizophrenia January-March 1971;1:48-62
  18. Journal of Pediatrics March 2001;138:366-372.
  19. Molecular Psychiatry 2002;7:375-382.
  20. American Journal of Gastroenterolgy April 2004;598-605.
  21. Journal of Clinical Immunology November 2003;23:504-517.
  22. Neuroimmunology April 2006;173(1-2):126-34.
  23. Prog. Neuropsychopharmacol Biol. Psychiatry December 30 2006;30:1472-1477.
  24. Clinical Infectious Diseases September 1 2002;35(Suppl 1):S6-S16
  25. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2004;70(11):6459-6465
  26. Journal of Medical Microbiology October 2005;54:987-991
  27. Archivos venezolanos de puericultura y pediatría 2006; Vol 69 (1): 19-25.
  28. Gastroenterology. 2005:128 (Suppl 2);Abstract-303

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Dr. Wakefield’s Latest: MMR And Autism

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/01/02/mmr-and-autism-part-two.aspx

References/Notes

1. Plotkin SA, Mortimer EA. (eds.) Vaccines, Philadelphia, W. B. Saunders, 1994. This collection of articles has a wealth of medical information about vaccines.

2. See details at http://www.cdc.gov/nip/registry.

3. “The effect of routine infant vaccination on acute disease incidence may not be apparent for 20-30 years because currently most infections occur among young adults.” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 44, No. 30, Aug. 4, 1995.

4. “In a sudden reversal of health policy, France has decided to suspend Hepatitis B vaccinations in secondary schools because of fears that the vaccine causes neurological disorders.” New York Times, Oct. 3, 1998.

5. ACIP meeting minutes, Feb. 1998. Available from CDC.

6. The Economist 1998;344(8044):95(3). It suggested possible correlations between vaccines and other diseases such as asthma.

7. Patton CV, Sawicki DS. Basic Methods of Policy Analysis, Prentice Hall, 1993.

8. ACIP Policies and Procedures, July 1998. Available from the CDC or from Some other supporting evidence on immunization policy is also there.

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Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) Vaccine as a Potential Cause of Encephalitis (Brain Inflammation) in Children

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/01/02/mmr-vaccine-part-three.aspx

References for this article:

1. Statements by Bernard Rimland, PhD, were given at a conference on autism, sponsored by the Autism Research Institute in Chicago, June, 1996.

2. Information from the Developmental Delay Registry, 6701 Fairfax Road, Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815, Tel. 301652-2263.

3. From a paper distributed by Dawbarns Law Firm, Bank House, Kingrs Staithe Square, Lingrs Lynn, Norfolk PE30 IRD, Great Britain, Tel. 01553. 764373, Fax 01553-765226.

4. Singh VJ et al., Antibodies to myelin basic protein in children with autistic behavior, Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, Vol. 7, 97-1203, 1993.

5. Kumar S & Miller LK, Effects of serial passage of Autographs Californica nuclear polyhidrosis virus in cell culture. Virus Research, Vol. 7, 335-349, 1987.

6. Jahnke U et al., Sequence homology between certain viral proteins and proteins related to encephalomyelitis and neuritis, Science, Vol. 29, 282-284, July 19, 1985,

7. Presentation by Dr. Vijendra Singh, August 16, 1997, Allegro School, Cedar Knolls, New Jersey.

8. Scott HD et al., Physician reporting of adverse reactions: results of the Rhode Island adverse drug reaction reporting project, JAMA, Vol. 263, No. 13, 1785-1788, April 4, 1990.

9. Reporting side effects: signals or noise? (Editorial), ibid, page 1823.

10. Gupta S et al., Dysregulated immune system in children with autism; beneficial effects of intravenous globulin on autistic characteristics, J ofAutism and Develop Disorders, Vol. 26, No. 4, 439-452, 1996. (In this article on page 450, it is stated, “We theorized that the high titers of rubella antibody … present in mothers of children with autism would be transplacentally transferred and may persist for a prolonged period in the child. When such a child gets MMR immunization, rubella antigen may complex with preexisting antibodies and such complexes might play a role in pathogenesis of autistic features.”)

11. Dublin L & Lotka A, Twenty-five Years ofHealth Progress, New York: Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, 1937, page 48.

12. Dublin L, Health Progress 1936-1945, New York: Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, 1948, page 12.

13. Vaccination. 100 Years of Orthodox Research Shows that Vaccines Represent a Medical Assault on the Immune System, Viera Scheibner, PhD., 1993 (from pages 33 to 49 the author extensively reviews the Swedish and Japanese experiences with the pertussis vaccine, book available from New Atlantean Press, P.O. Box 9638-925, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504).

14. Garenne M et al., Child mortality after high-titre measles vaccines; a prospective study in Senegal, Lancet, Vol. 338, 903-907, October 12, 1991.

15. Hussey GD et al., The effect of Edmonston-Zagreb and Schwarz measles vaccines on immune responses in infants, J of Infect Diseases, Vol. 173, 1320-1326, 1996.

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Italian court reignites MMR vaccine debate after award over child with autism

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/italian-court-reignites-mmr-vaccine-debate-after-award-over-child-with-autism-7858596.html?origin=internalSearch

Original Articles in Italian:

MMR e Autismo: il caso Wakefield come emblema del “COVER-UP scientifico”

… per tutte sulla vicenda Wakefield e la correlazione fra MMR e Autismo. Innanzitutto vi segnaliamo il pregevole lavoro che il sito … i n discussione la procedura di valutazione dei vaccini MMR in Gran Bretagna fin dal lontano 1987 e conferma la sostanziale assenza di …

News – thinknew – 28/09/2012 – 08:05 – 0 comments – 1 allegato

MMR: la Vittoria di una Madre

… apparso il 16 giugno 2012 su “Daily Mail” con il titolo “MMR: A mother’s victory. The vast majority of doctors say there is no link …

Articolo – thinknew – 24/09/2012 – 13:17 – 0 comments – 0 allegati

Ascolta il Silenzio – Film

… i possibili legami tra la somministrazione del vaccino MMR, la malattia intestinale cronica e l’autismo.   Nonostante tutte le …

Argomento di discussione del forum – yellowbrain – 26/03/2013 – 19:58 – 0 comments – 0 allegati

Re: VACCINI OMEOPATICI

… 7 th November 1997″ , che riporta : ” MMR e SSPE ****** In una conferenza negli Stati Uniti, … potrebbe essere utile. ” originale: “MMR and SSPE****** at a conference in the US had suggested that the measles …

Commento – Lucas – 16/01/2013 – 00:19 – 0 comments – 0 allegati

Chi ha paura dell’uomo nero?

… di Valentino ( http://www.comilva.org/danno_da_vaccino/mmr_vittoria_di_madre ) poi dà particolarmente fastidio perché sbugiarda …

News – thinknew – 28/01/2013 – 11:35 – 0 comments – 0 allegati

Anonimo:Autismo e vaccino di MMR (orecc.morb.rosolia)

… sul collegamento di tale malattia con il vaccino di MMR (orecchioni – morbillo – rosolia). di: VICKY COLLINS Gordon Bell, … molto stretta tra l’autismo ed il vaccino di MMR(orecchioni – morbillo – rosolia) indicando che i bambini autistici … volta presenti a livelli così elevati, causa il vaccino MMR, scatenano in un organismo così debole nel sistema immunitario come quello …

Argomento di discussione del forum – OldForum – 30/07/2002 – 00:00 – 0 comments – 0 allegati

Anonimo:Il legame tra MMR e autismo.

… prove schiaccianti relative al legame fra la vaccinazione MMR (orecchioni – morbillo – rosolia) l’autismo e le malattie intestinali nei … urgentemente nuovi parametri sulla sicurezza del vaccino MMR – la vaccinazione combinata per orecchioni, morbillo e rosolia che viene …

Argomento di discussione del forum – OldForum – 02/08/2002 – 00:00 – 0 comments – 0 allegati

Londra. 40 bambini uccisi dal vaccino MMR

… (Discussioni Libere) …

Argomento di discussione del forum – alsa – 11/12/2010 – 11:50 – 0 comments – 0 allegati

Anonimo:ProQuad il nuovo vaccino MMR+ sicuro.

… bambini sono stati sottoposti ad iniezione del vaccino di Mmr (morbillo parotite rosolia), e una seconda iniezione di Varivax …

Argomento di discussione del forum – OldForum – 15/04/2003 – 00:00 – 3 comments – 0 allegati

Richiamo vaccinazione MMR

Ho appena scoperto il vostro forum e ne approfitto subito per chiedervi un’opinione: ho ricevuto la lettera della ASL (provincia di Milano) in cui mi invitano a presentarmi con il mio bambino di 6 anni per il richiamo di Morbillo-Rosolia-Parotite. Allegan …

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YOU MUST EMPTY YOUR MIND TO LEARN

In ALL ARTICLES, OFF THE BEATEN PATH on April 30, 2013 at 4:15 pm

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I’m perplexed by an apparent dichotomy…

people who are staunch supporters of education and awareness whom are so set in their convictions they are unwilling to hear any thoughts but their own, unwilling to educate themselves on things they are wholly ignorant on, unwilling to budge or even have a calm, civil, open discussions on topics. Not argument, not debate, a friendly discussion whereby 2 people put their heads together to better understand each other and the world around them.

I invite everyone to have this type of discussion with each other and with me because I know I don’t know everything and the only way to learn is to keep your own damn mouth shut for a hot second and give your own damn opinion a rest for a second. The full glass can take no more water. Empty your mind to take on more.  that’s the only way it works.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTnSEFsInp0

be water my friend

AUTISM SPECTRUM, TREATMENTS AND CURES(?)

In ALL ARTICLES, OFF THE BEATEN PATH on April 30, 2013 at 10:13 am

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What is the Autism Spectrum? What does it mean to Treat? Does treat mean Cure?

Let’s be clear, as clear as we can. Nothing applies to all but we speak of an autistic spectrum, a gross lumping together of many different variations.

“A spectrum (plural spectra or spectrums[1]) is a condition that is not limited to a specific set of values but can vary infinitely within a continuum…the autism spectrum. In these uses, values within a spectrum may not be associated with precisely quantifiable numbers or definitions. Such uses imply a broad range of conditions or behaviors grouped together and studied under a single title for ease of discussion.”

We use spectrum because it’s easier to do so and because we don’t have 100 different, perfectly defined types of Autism in the spectrum. We don’t have: “Jimmy Jones presents with ADS#72″ and even if we did, it would probably look more like, “Jimmy Jones presents with ADS72 with non-specific characteristics of ADS34 and a dash of ADS9.” We are limited in that we have a spectrum, an umbrella of sorts with perhaps more dissimilarities than similarities between those on it but it’s the umbrella we have so let’s use it because it allows us to move forward on the discourse.

As for the term treat   and what I “mean” by it, now we are getting into strictly defined   terms.  Treat means:
1. To give medical aid to someone.
2. To give medical aid to counteract a disease or   condition.

Treat does not mean cure. .  Likewise, recovery does not mean remission. Asymptomatic does not mean therapeutic benefit.  A treatment, when applied to different people with the same condition or different people on a spectrum, may result in dissimilar responses or results. Some may recover, some may become asymptomatic, some may derive significant therapeutic benefit, some may derive lesser benefits and some may have no significant response to a treatment and some may have limited quantifiable change yet huge quality of life improvement.  I wish there were guarantees on treatments but there are not.

In addition, there are many different kinds of treatments stemming from different schools of thought on cause, affect, symptom alleviation, etc.  There is HBOC, MSC, Chelation Therapy, Nutritional Intervention, Gut Bacteria Proliferation, etc. and many studies showing their safety and efficacy and many swear by them.  Some of these treatments or therapies or interventions have worked for some on the spectrum and because it’s a spectrum, may not work on others. But we educate ourselves to what’s available and the new studies and advancements.

So, here are a few articles. Some will be relevant to your inquiries, some will not. I hope they are helpful and enlightening.  And this is not the sum total of the information out there, just a broad brush stroke collection.   I’ll keep looking and I’ll try to gather some more over the next few days to create a more comprehensive… spectrum…of data and information:  AUTISM AND STEM CELL TREATMENTS

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I’ll leave you with this one last thought.  I used the image at the top for a reason.  It is something I’ve been wrestling with quite a lot lately.  Is Autism an identity or a disability?  Should we search for a cure or try to understand it.  I wrote an article on the subject early this month – AUTISM: IDENTITY OR DISABILITY  

And a chicken and the egg scenario just occurred to me.  Simply put:

Stem cells are the body’s natural healing system.  If you implant stem cells into the body, it will begin to repair itself.  It is the job of the stem cell to assist your body in functioning as well as it possibly can.  Dead tissue can begin to regenerate, new tissue can begin to develop, genetic anomalies can begin to correct, etc.  The stem cells and the body “know” what needs to be done or even, what needs to be fixed.  We can force them to do ‘x’ but eventually they will go fix ‘y.’

So if stem cells ‘fix’ something, that means (at the very least) that the stem cells and your body believed it needed ‘fixing.’  So in the simplest of terms and the broadest of definitions, if stem cells fix Autism, was it not because it needed to be fixed?  I don’t know.  I’m asking.  Maybe you have a different view.  If you do, I’d love to hear it.

p.s. A “friend” noted that cure is perhaps not the best term to use and I agree.  We do need a new set of words. Both for that reason and because we need to start seeing people as people and not as patients and definitely not as diseases. 

Further, when I eat well it is not to cure, when I go to the gym it is not to cure, when I meditate or do yoga it is not to cure. All of these things are to maximize my life, my health, my soundness of body and mind, my time on this earth, not to cure. Part of the issue is that Western medicine treats illnesses not people…wait until someone is sick and then try to fix what’s wrong with them with zero ‘cures’ since Polio 1954.   A pretty backward way of thinking.  Eastern medicine prevents disease as a by product of the efforts taken to maximize one’s health, vitality and life. We could learn a lot from this attitude.

PARENTS WHO WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO HEAL THEIR OWN

In ALL ARTICLES, OFF THE BEATEN PATH on April 24, 2013 at 11:00 am

Dedicated to the amazing women (and men) who are doing everything in their power to heal their children…

Do not confuse them for a distracted and solitary parent sitting alone in a dark corner on a laptop, sipping a spritzer and dangling a toe into stem cell treatments.

These are parents who are researching for years, they network and talk to everyone they can get their hands on, they create pages and sites and media campaigns, they compare data with each other and they do it better than a super computer, more relentlessly than a pit-bull and they do not give up and do not surrender.

They are intense and even fanatical researchers with passion, drive, motivation, education and intelligence and they are going to change the entire stem cell industry from the inside out.  You can love them or hate them but do NOT get in their way.  They are blind to bureaucracy, oblivious to obstacles and dismissive of despair.  Their engines run on the nova hot burning jet fuel of a parent’s love for their child, they wield weapons built on research and science and wear impervious suits of armor forged in hope.

They are stem cell moms and they are organized and aggressive and nothing will stand in their way.

They are…

THE STEM CELL MOMFIA

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WHY NEW ATOMS AREN’T A FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

In ALL ARTICLES, OFF THE BEATEN PATH on April 19, 2013 at 3:42 pm
Why New Atoms Aren’t a Fountain of Youth

by Shannon Fowler

July 14, 2007 2:58 PM
Photo of Atomic Model

Even though our atoms are replaced each year, the cells that carry the atoms eventually become damaged and stop working as efficiently.

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If our atoms are being replaced every day, why do we age?

In a study published in the Annual Report for Smithsonian Institution in 1953, scientists found that 98 percent of our atoms are replaced each year. Atoms make up molecules, which make up cells, which make up tissues, which make up organs.

So with all these new atoms in our bodies every year, why do we get old?

Lawrence Brody, Ph.D., a physicist at the National Human Genome Research Institute, says the problem isn’t that the atoms are getting old, but that the structure is.

“Imagine building a sand castle. Four walls, some nice turrets, central spire, a moat—you gotta have a moat,” Dr. Brody says. “Now start replacing 100 percent of the sand with nice new sand.”

Think about what would happen to the structures of the walls and the turrets. How well would the moat continue to function after all that sand was replaced?

Carbon Copy

Every day, our bodies take in new atoms from the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the liquids we drink. These atoms are incorporated into our cells and fuel the chemical processes that keep us alive.

But our cells are constantly being regenerated. The DNA in each cell copies itself over and over again. Eventually, mistakes creep in and cells develop faults which get copied and passed on.

Suppose a chain mail goes out by fax — it goes to a friend, who faxes it to a friend, and so on. Over time, spots and wrinkles on the paper appear, and these turn up in subsequent copies.

Environmental Damage

Some cells, like red blood cells, white cells or skin cells, have short life spans of weeks to months. Because they replace themselves so often, there is a higher chance a copying mistake will arise.

Cells in our brains, heart, and bones last longer. Although these cells are less vulnerable to copying mistakes, they are more susceptible to damage caused by environmental factors such as radiation or toxins. Either way, cells stop working as well and we grow old.

Oxygen Damage

We need oxygen to survive. But during the normal chemical processes that take place in our bodies, oxygen can produce free radicals. These are highly unstable molecules that can set off chemical reactions that interfere with DNA and damage cells.

Free radicals are thought to play a key role in aging. So what can we do about oxygen?

“Avoid it, and you’d stay young forever,” Dr. Brody advises.

 

ATOMIC TUNE UP: HOW THE BODY REJUVENATES ITSELF

In ALL ARTICLES, OFF THE BEATEN PATH on April 19, 2013 at 3:40 pm
Atomic Tune-Up: How the Body Rejuvenates Itself

by

July 14, 2007 6:49 PM
Image of Star Trek actor DeForest Kelley

On Star Trek, Dr. Leonard McCoy, played by actor DeForest Kelley, never wanted to be beamed anywhere because he worried it would scatter his atoms across the universe.

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For most people, a makeover means losing weight and getting new clothes, hair and makeup.

But what they may not know is that the body does its own extreme makeover regularly. In fact, 98 percent of the atoms in the body are replaced yearly.

Researchers in the 1950s made the discovery by feeding their subjects radioactive atoms. Using radiation detectors, the researchers watched the atoms move all over the body. They found that the new atoms replaced old ones and ended up in all tissues of the human body.

But these atomic makeovers prompt a more philosophical question: Are people really themselves if their atoms are always new, or are they new people each year? David Kestenbaum tackled that philosophical question — and discussed atomic makeovers — with the experts.

 

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