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Personalized Drugs

Personalized Medicine

Personalized DrugsThose who have cancer, along with their family and friends, have been searching anything that’s available to find the best possible way to beat the disease.  Things like “personalized medicine,” “precision medicine,” or “targeted drugs” are things you have likely seen. But are these things that can help you, and exactly what are they?  Precision medicine is also called pharmacogenetics and a new way of fighting cancer by taking information about you and your tumor to decide what’s driving the disease and then strives to create a plan specifically for you.

Cancer treatment has been a cookie-cutter process for years where surgery would be chosen to remove a tumor, then chemo or radiation was used to kill the cancer cells.  Blasting the cancers with chemotherapy or radiation kills the healthy cells as well and can most likely lead to a host of really nasty side effects. The researchers now have the ability to examine your cancer cells and learn the order of the genes in their DNA.  Most of the cells in the body have identical genes. Those in cancer cells have mutation or changes and this allows them to grow into tumors.

Someone else’s cancer may have different genetic changes than yours and the scientists know that genetically, one person’s breast cancer may be more similar to another person’s stomach tumor than to other breast cancers.  This makes having personalized medicine an even greater need.

More than a dozen drugs that target one of these mutations has been approved by the FDA. Imatinib (Gleevec), a drug used on chronic myelogenous leukemia, and the breast cancer drugs trastuzumab (Herceptin), are included. Doctors learn which drugs won’t work from the tumor genetics.  As an example you won’t be given two colon drugs if your cancer has a genetic mutation called KRAS, as they know they won’t work. Tumor profiling is also performed in many clinical centers where the doctor takes a look at your tumor’s genes.  If your cancer might have specific mutations, your doctor might start you on a specific drug that’s approved for your type of cancer. Otherwise, a genetic test would tell him in a certain drug might work for you. This genetic profiling can help if other treatment options haven’t worked for you.  The genetic mutation could point the medical team toward an unexpected drug like one that was originally designed for another type of cancer.

This is not a magic bullet but the personalized approach works better to shrink tumors and save lives than the traditional treatment, but is not always a cure.  Cells with different gene mutations can appear in tumors, so a targeted therapy designed to pick off cells with one mutation may work on only part of a tumor while the other cells may keep growing.

There are some trials available to test cancer treatments using people whose tumors are similar in size or location.  Only those with stage IV lung cancer might be chosen, but now that there is personalized medicine, the researchers now need ways to study how targeted treatments work on a variety of cancers.  Creating new treatments require a constant effort between doctors and scientists. After new drugs are made to combat the new gene changes, they are tested in the clinic. More drugs will become available as tumors change in new ways.  

Dr Fredda Branyon

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Americans on Psychiatric Meds

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Research is showing that American doctors are over-prescribing many of the different kinds of drugs, especially antibiotics and opioid painkillers.  Health care expenses in the U.S. have risen to $3.2 trillion annually as of 2015.  According to a government report, prescription prices combined with over-prescribing are reasons for these rising costs.  Psychiatric drugs were not included in the report however, statistics reveal a clear trend of over-prescribing these as well.  It is estimated that 1 in 6 Americans are now on anti-depressants or some type of psychiatric drug and have been on them long-term.  This is a significant increase that nearly doubled from 1 to 10 Americans in 2011.

According to Dr. Mark Olfson, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, the findings say that it reflects a growing reliance on prescription meds to manage common emotional problems.  Seniors, women and Caucasians appear to be the ones that use the psychiatric drugs the most.  Research shows that anti-anxiety drugs account for nearly 1/3 of the 23,000 prescription overdoses in 2013.  Several parameters show that mental health in the U.S. is declining, even while prescriptions for psychiatric drugs are increasing.  Suicide rates are at a 30-year high and prescription drug abuse and overdose deaths have become a public health emergency.

Dr. Edmund S. Higgins, a psychiatrist who has authored a number of articles and books on psychiatry has noted that better treatment alternatives are sorely needed. He makes mention about research showing that a single dose of psilocybin, known as magic mushrooms, has helped many cancer patients in two separate studies achieve immediate and long-lasting relief from anxiety and fear of death.  Wouldn’t this be a better answer for this condition than taking those anti-depressants?

These antidepressants raise your risk of suicide while offering little hope of remission for major depression.  This is like adding insult to injury, and many of these drugs have serious side effects.  It seems that treatments that are scientifically validated as being the most effective are typically being ignored.  Exercise is one of the most effect treatments for depression, and one that is increasing as a healthy lifestyle strategy.

The use of vitamins and supplements will boost effectiveness of antidepressants.  Some found to improve the impact of the medication are fish oil, vitamin D, methylfolate and S-adenosylmethionine. Some diet and lifestyle factors before resorting to a psychiatric drug might be to:

  • Eat real food and avoid all processed foods, sugar, grains and GMOs
  • Increase consumption of traditionally fermented and cultured foods
  • Get adequate vitamin B12
  • Optimize your vitamin D levels
  • Get plenty of high quality animal-based omega-3 fats
  • Use beneficial herbs and supplements as SAMe, 5-HTP and St. John’s Wort
  • Evaluate your salt intake
  • Get adequate daily exercise
  • Get enough sleep, and
  • Use energy psychology.

Given all of the information above, doesn’t it make more sense to handle depression with some of the suggestions above and alleviate the chances of side effects from these potent drugs?  This is a serious subject and is up to each person to individually take charge of his or her health.

Dr Fredda Branyon

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Advance Treatment of Adult Cancer

Advance Treatment of Adult Cancer

The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) researchers have found an epigenetic modification that might be the cause of 15% of adult cancers of the throat that are linked to alcohol and tobacco use.  The researchers are hopeful that the discovery can pave a path in the development of new, targeted and more effective treatments that could arise over the next few years.  It seemed highly improbably that the kind of alterations of the epigenome they had previously found in other types of tumors in children and young adults could also target an epithelial tumor like throat cancer that occurs only in adults, so the discovery was absolutely unexpected. Dr. Nada Jabado is a researcher at the RI-MUHC and one of the principal authors of the study that was published in Nature Genetics.

Oropharyngeal cancers, also referred to as head and neck cancers or throat cancer, often have devastating outcomes.  Radiotherapy or chemotherapy are the standard treatments as well as surgery.  The side effects of these treatments are significant and relapses are common, so oncologists are searching to develop more effective treatments that will be less harmful and have fewer deleterious effects.  The epigenetic modification discovery opens new treatment possibilities and some promising drug molecules are already on the market for other illnesses that could possibly be tested for head and neck cancers as well as other cancers like multiple myeloma and lung cancer.

Dr. Jabado is also a pediatric hemato-oncologist and has hopes that this discovery will have positive repercussions for pediatric cancers as well.  After more patients and lots of clinical trials, the medicines could then be tested on children.  Dr. Jabado focuses on epigenetics in pediatric cancers and specifically on the mutations of histone H3.  These are proteins that package the structure of our DNA and regulate the expression of our genes.  A 2015 publication by the Tumor Cancer Genome Atlas Consortium (TCGA) on head and neck cancer mentioned one of the genes that regulate H3.

The same data was used but they took a completely different approach by looking at the effect of these mutations on histone H3 proteins rather than concentrating on genetic mutations.  The discovery that the histone H3 protein was abnormal or incorrectly modified in about 15% patients with head and neck cancer was then discovered.  Public data is crucial as it allows the researchers to advance faster and go further in their analyses.  They are currently collaborating with two big groups specializing in head and neck cancer with a unified goal of finding treatments.

A large number of different types of cells such as neurons, skin cells, fat cells, immune system cells, etc. are cells that the body is composed of.  They differ, however these cells all have the same DNA or genome.  It has been recently discovered that their differences can be explained by epigenetics and is what triggers activity in each cell.

Explanations for why environmental factors like tobacco or alcohol can induce changes in the expression of our genes without actually modifying our DNA are provided through epigenetics.

Dr Fredda  Branyon

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Facts for Holistic Care

HolisticWhen you commit to holistic care you are treating the whole person through mind, body and spirit.  A combination of traditional, and what your doctor might call complementary medicine, is the definition of holistic care.  An example might be treating cancer with chemotherapy and acupuncture. Chemo and radiation are proven to fight the disease, but their side effects can be hard to live with. Using holistic treatment as well may help to ease some of these problems while improving your well-being.

Around a third of adults use a treatment outside of the mainstream medicine.  They won’t cure your cancer but they can improve your quality of life. There are also some science-backed ways to relieve side effects.

With acupuncture a trained therapist will insert very fine needles into your skin at specific points.  This may ease your pain and nausea. Receiving radiation for your head or neck cancers can cause dry mouth and mouth pain that acupuncture might help to relieve.

Mind-body techniques are shown through research that your mental state can affect your health.  Meditation, hypnosis and guided imagery are techniques that can help you relax and focus on something besides your pain.  Your medication side effects may also be eased.

Gentle movement and exercise can help to relieve the extreme tiredness and stress, which will help you to sleep better.  A regular exercise program may even help those with cancer to live longer, according to studies.

If you talk with a registered dietitian about the foods you need to prevent or treat nutrition problems, it might manage treatment side effects and help your body fight infection and more.

Holistic care is sometimes confused with alternative care.  Skipping standard treatments is risky and can cause unpleasant and sometimes serious side effects.  When avoiding or delaying mainstream medical treatments, you give the disease more time to grow. However, it seems to me that using alternative medicine prior to using any chemo treatments would be advisable, as it will build your body up first in preparation.  Remember that diets that claim to cure cancer are unproven, expensive and harmful.

Before choosing holistic treatment, be sure to check with your doctor, as he knows your condition and the medications you are taking.  Steer clear of any treatment claiming to cure cancer and if your doctor recommends this treatment. You should ask if this treatment has been proven in human studies and is it widely used, as well as the potential side effects and drug interactions.

Again, it is important to talk with your doctor about trying any holistic methods, as he needs to know what you are putting into your body.  A recommendation from your doctor for a complementary and alternative medicine practitioner might be possible.

Always have a list of questions about holistic treatments that you want to try to your doctor’s appointment to receive some safe choices for you.  Bring all the information concerning the specific treatment you want to try from a medical journal or government sponsored health websites. Get the pros and cons and check out the possible side effects.  Your doctor should be able to advise you which products and practices are based on false or unproven claims.

Dr Fredda Branyon

Oil

Fake Olive Oil?

Over the past 35 years the consumption of olive oil has increased more than 10-fold in the U.S.  It has gone from 29 metric tons (MT) in 1980 to 327 MT in 2015. Oil became more widely used with the popularity of the Mediterranean diet and made the oil a $16 billion a year industry.  It has also led to fraud and corruption.

Larry Olmsted, an investigative journalist and food critic reveals in his book, “Real Food/Fake Food,” a dark side of this normally healthy food.  Tests reveal that anywhere for 60 to 90% of the olive oils sold in American grocery stores and restaurants are adulterated with cheap, oxidized omega-6 vegetable oils.  Some of these are sunflower oil or peanut oil and non-human grade olive oils that are harmful to health in a number of ways. The extra virgin is often diluted with other less expensive oils as hazelnut, soybean, corn, sunflower, palm, sesame, grape seed and walnut.  They will not show on the label, but it will be difficult for most people to discern that their olive oil is not 100% pure.

We can no longer think the extra virgin olive oil if high quality just because it comes from Italy.  Most of what is now exported from Italy is not their best product. The mafia has infiltrated virtually all areas of the olive oil business, including harvesting, pricing, transportation and the supermarkets.  They’ve infiltrated the entire food chain from farm to fork. At least half of all the extra virgin olive oil sold in Italy is adulterated as well. 

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In the U.S. the chances of getting the real McCoy is even slimmer, with as much as 90% of it being adulterated.  

Pure olive oil that’s minimally processed contains health-promoting antioxidants and phenolics, providing it hasn’t been oxidized. If it has been, it might already be on the verge of going bad. The “use by” or “sell by” date on the bottle doesn’t mean a lot, as there is no regulation assuring that the oil will remain of high quality until that date.  You really need to know the “pressed on” date or “harvest” date because olives go bad almost immediately after being picked. Those dates should be less than 6 months old when you use it.

Consider buying olive oil from countries besides Italy that also produce very fine, high quality oils.  Some countries are Australia, Chile, South Africa and even California produces some high-quality oils. Look for the stores, such as gourmet stores, where taste testing is allowed and encouraged.  Once you taste a good olive oil, you can never go back to the bad stuff.

Keep your olive oil in a cool, dark place, purchase smaller bottles to ensure freshness and immediately replace the cap after each pour.  Putting one drop of astaxanthin into the bottle will help to protect it from oxidation. You can identify defective olive oil by rancidity, fusty flavor, moldy flavor and wine or vinegar flavor. Some tips in choosing your olive oil are:

  • Harvest date-choose early or fall harvest
  • Color and flavor-an almost luminescent green color
  • Labeling terms-ensure it’s labeled “extra virgin”
  • Storage and tasting-find a seller who stores oil in a clean, temperature-controlled stainless steel container topped with an inert gas as nitrogen
  • Storage and use-keep in a cool and dark place, replace cap immediately
  • Bottles-those that protect against light
  • Quality seals-Organization like California Olive Oil Council and Australian Olive Association
  • Prolonging freshness – by adding the astaxanthin to the bottle.

Now that you know the facts between the fake and the real, just get out there and enjoy everything you cook with your “real” high-quality extra virgin olive oil!

Dr Fredda Branyon

Fiery Essential Oil

An oil that is packed with benefits that may greatly uplift your body and mind is Amyris oil.  It isn’t as valuable as sandalwood, but it offers amazing health perks that will make you want more of this herbal oil.  

The Amyris derives from the Rutaceae botanical family and known as West Indian/Indies sandalwood.  It originates from Haiti in the West Indies. The plant grows to 60 feet high and bears white flowers that turn into black-bluish fruits that are edible.  The bark of the dried tree is steam distilled to extract the essential oil. Amyris oil is often used as an alternative to East Indian sandalwood oil. Because of its high oil content, it is also known as torchwood or candlewood as it will easily ignite and can be used as a torch.  Fishermen frequently use it when catching sea crabs along the shore at night and farmers when traveling at night to take their wares to the city or village.

Amyris oil can help uplift your spirit and mind, in meditation and also in therapeutic massage.  It is also used as a base fixative in making perfumes and soaps, creams, cosmetics, incense and perfumes for additional fragrance.  You can use the herbal oil in a bath, inhaler, as a mist spray, in a steam inhalator and in a steam room or sauna.

Benefits of amyris oil are its antiseptic, sedative, decongestant and emollient properties.  It is especially helpful to calm your mind and as a muscle relaxant. It will help to minimize stress and tension and release anxiety along with improving mental clarity and present a feeling of peace.  It works great in skin regeneration and helps to slow down the aging process. The cooling property assists in relieving irritability, frustration and sexual tension. The oil is used greatly among poets, artists and musicians as it is purported to help improve creativity and imagination.

By adding a few drops of the essential oil to an oil burner or diffuser, it works great in relieving the mind from any anxiety or stress.   It can provide relaxation when added to therapeutic massage oils.

Amyris essential oil is considered safe, as it is non-toxic, non-sensitizing and non-irritating.  It may cause irritation for those people with very sensitive skin, however. This oil is not intended for oral ingestion but before using topically, you should conduct a skin patch test to be sure there are no irritations to it.  It should always be diluted with a carrier oil. There are no other side effects known other than a possible skin irritation in those who are sensitive individuals. Seek medical advice before using if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a terminal illness.  Otherwise, enjoy all the wonderful benefits of this fiery essential oil.

Dr Fredda Branyon

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Honey Bee Brood, the Future of Food?

The larvae and pupae of drones is honey bee brood that has great potential as a food source.  Many countries, including Mexico, Thailand and Australia, eat it as a delicacy. The brood has a nutty flavor with a crunchy texture when eaten cooked or dried.  It is used as a versatile ingredient in soups and egg dishes and has high nutritional value, similar to beef in terms of protein quality and quantity.

The human population is estimated to reach 9 billion by 2050 and eating insects is gaining attention as a possible way to feed the world.  The Journal of Apicultural Research published how honey bee brood has great potential as a food source.

In order to manage Varroa mites, the most harmful parasite affecting honey bees worldwide, the beekeepers are accustomed to removing the brood.   Professor Annette Bruun Jensen of the University of Copenhagen and colleagues believe that this practice makes drone brood an abundant source of farmed insects with untapped potential for human consumption.

There are a number of advantages for brood farming, including the relatively little space and low financial investment required to set up hives.  Honey bee biology and breeding has a long history compared to other candidates for insect farming. There would be several challenges, however, for this method of farming to take hold with none being more so than in the harvesting of brood, which is very fragile and difficult to remove intact from the hive.  

Shelf life and storage are important considerations as due to their high fat content, larvae and pupae could go rancid if not properly removed from contact with oxygen.  Research has shown that they can be frozen and stored for a period of up to 10 months without a great loss or change of taste.

They have not yet assessed the food safety risks associated with bee brood, but no cases of food poisoning have ever been recorded.  The European Food Safety Authority has found no additional or specific risks associated with the production and consumption of insects compared to traditional livestock production.

Profession Bruun Jensen said: “Honey bees and their products are appreciated throughout the world.  Honey bee brood and in particular drone brood, a by-product of sustainable Varroa mite control, can therefore pave the way for the acceptance of insects as a food in the western world.”

Whatever you do, don’t forget that great, sweet honey that bees provide us with for all that cooking and treatment for gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, inflammatory and neoplastic states.  Propolis, the “caulk” honeybees use to patch holes in their hives, has been used as a natural remedy since ancient times, treating ills ranging from sore throats and burns to allergies. Research has revealed another exciting use for this seemingly miraculous substance, this time in the fight against cancer.

Dr Fredda Branyon

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Nutty Anticancer Tool

The stimulant component of areca nuts, arecoline, has anticancer properties, according to the researchers at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.  These particular findings will be published in Molecular Cell.

In many Asian countries the areca nuts are chewed for their stimulant effects.  Evidence links this practice to the development of oral and esophageal cancer. Arecoline is analogous to nicotine and identified as an inhibitor of the enzyme ACAT1 that contributes to the metabolism-distorting Warburg effect in cancer cells.

The health news observers have complained thatDoctor Tools coffee, for instance, is implicated in causing cancer in one week, and then absolved the next.  Senior author Jin Chen, PhD, professor of hematology and medical oncology at Emory University School of Medicine and Winship Cancer Institute, stress that the same trend is not the same for arecoline.  Showing that ACAT1 is a good anticancer target is just a proof of principle and they view arecoline as a lead to other compounds that could be more potent and selective.

According to Chen arecoline could be compared to arsenic, which is a form used as a treatment for acute promyelocytic leukemia, but is also linked to several types of cancer.  If not delivered or absorbed orally, arecoline’s cancer-promoting effects may be limited.

When arecoline first came to light in a chemical screen, it sounded like a carcinogen to Chen, but it all depends on the dose and how it is taken into the body.  

The Warburg effect from 1931 describes how cancer cells tend to favor the inefficient use of glucose, also known as glycolysis, and de-emphasizes their mitochondria.  This metabolic distortion benefits the cancer cells because the byproducts of glycolysis can be used as building blocks for fast growth.

In the lab, Chen had previously identified the mitochondrial thiolase ACAT1 as a control valve regulating the Warburg effect.  Researchers showed that ACAT1 enzymatic activity was higher in several types of cancer cells, even though the levels of ACAT1 protein are about the same.  This is because the protein clusters together as tetramers in cancer cells and when tyrosine kinases are on overdrive in cancer cells, they hijack ACAT1 and nudge it into tetramers that are enzymatically more active.  Arecoline appears to steer cells’ metabolism away from glycolysis.

There seems to be a double role for the enzyme ACAT1 as it breaks down ketones and the amino acid isoleucine, and it also modifies other proteins through acetylation, which is how it regulates the Warburg effect.

ACAT1 has genetic mutations that lie behind a very rare metabolic disorder called beta-ketothiolase deficiency.  Complete inhibition of this could induce side effects resembling that disorder, but the main effect was on protein acetylation and not on ketone metabolism.

There appeared to be no obvious toxicity when treating mice with arecoline but more extensive pharmacokinetic and toxicology studies with arecoline and similar compounds are needed.

Dr Fredda Branyon

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Immunotherapy

Can our bodies be trained to fight cancer through immunotherapy?  An article was contributed to Live Science’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights on how powerful the human immune system is and how complex.  Author of the Live article is Balveen Kaurand Pravin Kaumaya of the Ohio State University.  Invaders of nearly infinite variety can be identified and destroyed while sparing the more than 30 trillion cells of the healthy body.  Research teams are developing novel treatments to harness the full potential of the body’s natural defenses with new insights into the interactions between cancer and the immune system.  This is what immunotherapy is. New Hope Unlimited hashealing been using immunotherapy successfully for years.

Researchers are using animal models and clinical trials to use techniques that will train the immune system to recognize and attack cancer as the enemy.  Traditional medicine uses synthetic drugs to help the immune system find and destroy cancer cells and another is through vaccines that teach the body to recognize the cancer cells. New Hope Unlimited uses all natural products to do the same.

The pairing of immunotherapies with modified viruses that attack tumor cells and keep them from returning are being revealed by recent studies.  These new weapons provide hope that cancer can ultimately be defeated by harnessing the immune system. The immune system springs into action when foreign cells infect the body.

 Antibodies are produced that bind to proteins called antigens on the surface of the foreign cell.

Antigens produced by cancer cells are not normal and don’t bind to their antigens so the immune system does not destroy them.  These barricades stay shielded and weaken immune cells. They are then allowed to grow unchecked, developing blood vessels and invading into other tissues.  The immune system can be educated by immunotherapy to produce antibodies that can bind to the antigens on cancer cells, thus blocking the growth-promoting function of these antigenic proteins or to flag them for recognition and destruction by immune cells.

Some drugs can bind to cancer cell antigens and mark them for death.  Trastuzumab (Herceptin) is a monoclonal antibody that binds to an antigen human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 found in abundance on some of the most deadly breast cancers.  The perception binding triggers an immune assault on the breast cancer cells.

Antibody-mediated therapy has shown promise but such drugs are not always a cure and very expensive leaving the family with a huge burden.  Another approach is using vaccines to fight cancer cells. Synthetic proteins can drain the immune system to recognize antigens on cancer cells, inoculating a patient against a cancer for a year at a time and at a far less cost per patient of less than $1,000. Of course, the patient does end up paying more than that.

Viruses can be trained to attack cancer, with more than 1 benefit.  They directly assault tumor cells and can massively replicate with the diseased cells, causing them to explode.  As immunotherapies evolve and grow more effective, combination therapies bring every available treatment when cancer strikes.  Patients will respond differently to personalized treatment. The biggest challenge in viral and immunotherapy is to harness the good to destroy cancer without the potential toxicity that could become lethal and destroy nonmalignant cells.

 Dr Fredda Branyon

Will FTC End Homeopathy?

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is going after the natural medicine system known as homeopathy.  In November of 2016 the FTC stated that homeopathic remedies were lacking sufficient proof to claim they are effective.  The remedies must state there is no scientific evidence that the product works.  The FTC further stated that in order to not mislead consumers homeopathic remedies lacking sufficient proof must communicate to consumers that the product’s claims are based only on theories of homeopathy from the 1700’s, and not accepted by most modern medical experts.

The truth is, about 5 million adults and 1 million children in the U.S. use homeopathy every year and the remedies are known to be generally safe and unlikely to cause severe adverse reactions according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.  Why is it then that the FTC is slapping it makers with so much increased enforcement?  The Business Insider, who advocates more stringent rules on homeopathic remedies, says it’s to hold these products of the same standard as other similar products, which means going through the same rigorous studies as synthetic drugs made by pharmaceutical companies.  Homeopath Dana Ullman, MPH, CCH says it is clear that this governmental agency is ignoring important scientific evidence, so we must wonder if they are protecting Big Pharma from competition more than protecting us, the consumers.

Homeopathy was founded at the turn of the 18th century and is a medical system based on the theory that like cures like, when the cure comes in small doses.  Health conditions can be healed by treating a person with minute doses of a substance that would produce similar symptoms to their health condition if given in larger doses.  As an example, if you drink too much coffee you might feel agitated and have trouble sleeping.

Homeopathy is nearly mainstream in many other countries where more than 500 million people worldwide have accepted it.  There is scientific backing in support of homeopathic medicine that includes:

  • Those with allergies reported improvements in nasal airflow compared with a placebo group.
  • Those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) it significantly reduced stringy tracheal secretion.
  • Homeopathy lessened tender point pain and improved quality of life in people with fibromyalgia.
  • It was effective in treating acute childhood diarrhea, decreasing the durations of the diarrhea and the number of stools per day.
  • It also significantly reduced the severity and duration of chemotherapy-induced stomatitis in children.
  • Homeopathy has positive effects in children with ADHA, particularly in the areas of behavioral and cognitive functions.

The placebos have been found to have powerful healing effects without side effects, much like the homeopathy.  It has been discovered, however, that while homeopathy has been proven to work better than a placebo, another widely accepted medication, antidepressants, has not.

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine revealed that medical errors in hospitals and other health-care facilities are the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S.  These errors lead to 251,000 deaths every year, according to the study.  This highlights the importance of taking control of your health.  By recovering from a health condition, using a non-invasive and virtually side-effect-free treatment like homeopathy, it’s definitely worth a try, especially when looking at the state of U.S. medical care today.

Dr Fredda Branyon

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