SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

April 24, 2015

Blood test better than mammograms

Most women really dislike mammograms.  There’s the worry, the discomfort or pain of doing them, and then the angst which follows when  something suspicious arises.  No woman can escape this anxiety. . there is too much threat, hype and discussion out there to ignore it.  For this can undo everything we’ve built in our lives, we can die.  And what other option is there?  With most experts disagreeing on almost everything,  women pretty much have to do this choosing on our own based on hope, what we’ve learned and how informed we actually are.  

Now, most fortunately, science has brought us something new — and it looks pretty darned encouraging.  For this reason, I am putting two articles into this one post.   The first one is the encouraging new technique which is only now becoming available.  It is good news on all levels, [discomfort, anxiety, cost factor and immediacy]. Must read it to fully understand – you’re gonna like it!   The second article, also recently published, is trying to implement  a more cautious and reasonable approach, advising as it has since 2009, lesser mammograms and hoping to dilute the damage factors (false positives and unnecessary treatments for otherwise non-threatening issues).  This can go a long way to allowing women to live without the distraction of all those things which can go wrong with our health . . to be freer and enjoy happier thoughts,  for this is what can keep us healthier as well as happier.    Jan     

 

Blood test may make biopsies unneeded, study shows

Gina Kolata The New York Times >Sunday April 19, 2015 

In the usual cancer biopsy, a surgeon cuts out a piece of the patient’s tumor, but researchers in labs across the country are testing a potentially transformative innovation: the liquid biopsy.It’s a blood test that has only recently become feasible with the latest exquisitely sensitive techniques, and it’s showing promise in finding tiny snippets of cancer DNA in a patient’s blood.

The hope is that a simple blood draw — far less onerous for patients than a traditional biopsy or CT scan — will enable oncologists to quickly figure out whether a treatment is working and, if so, to continue monitoring the treatment in case the cancer develops resistance. Failing treatments could be abandoned quickly, sparing patients grueling side effects and allowing doctors to try alternatives.

“This could change forever the way we follow up not only response to treatments but also the emergence of resistance, and down the line could even be used for really early diagnosis,” said Dr. Jose Baselga, physician in chief and chief medical officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Researchers caution that more evaluations of the test’s accuracy and reliability are needed. So far, there have been only small studies in particular cancers, including lung, colon and blood cancer. But early results are encouraging.

A National Cancer Institute study published this month in The Lancet Oncology involving 126 patients with the most common form of lymphoma found the test predicted recurrences more than three months before they were noticeable on CT scans. The liquid biopsies also identified patients who are unlikely to respond to therapy.

“Every cancer has a mutation that can be followed with this method,” said Dr. David Hyman, an oncologist at Sloan Kettering. “It is like bar coding the cancer in the blood.”

The blood tests also allow frequent monitoring of tumors as they spread and mutate or develop resistance to treatment. The only other way to know is with biopsies.

  • “I cannot do a weekly liver biopsy and see how things are going,” Baselga said. “But I can do a blood test every week.”

 

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Panel reinstates caution over annual mammograms

HEALTH HEADLINES

By Misti Crane – The Columbus Dispatch  

A vast divide remains on when and how often women should have mammograms.

In a draft of its newest recommendations released 4-20-15, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force isn’t veering far from its 2009 guidance that didn’t recommend routine mammography for women in their 40s and said every other year was often enough for women 50 to 74 years old.The task force concluded that while mammography does save younger women’s lives, women in their 40’s who aren’t at high risk should weigh whether finding a deadly cancer is worth finding and treating a cancer that might not harm them or undergoing diagnostic tests for suspicious but benign spots.

  • In that age group, the task force said, it’s a delicate balance between risk and benefit.

“Mammography is good. It’s useful, but it has its limits. It has its harms, and we need to balance those benefits and harms,” said Dr. Michael LeFevre, immediate past chairman of the task force and a current member.

Although there has not been widespread retooling of the usual mammography recommendations (every year, 40 or older) since 2009, LeFevre said he’s optimistic that the national climate is shifting in terms of considering risks alongside benefits.

“Women are beginning to say, ‘Maybe we should talk about this,’” he said. “I hope that physicians will learn the science and not just have this knee-jerk reflex that annual mammography is the best thing for everybody from 40 until they die.”

For every 10,000 women 40 to 49 who are screened with repeated mammography for 10 years, an estimated four breast cancer deaths are avoided. That number jumps to eight for women in their 50s, 21 for women in their 60s and 13 for women 70 to 74, according to the task force.

The toll of harm per 10,000 women screened one time goes down with age. For instance, 100 biopsies are needed to find a single case of invasive breast cancer in women in their 40s. That number drops to 60 for women in their 50s and 30 for women 60 to 74.

There continues to be plenty of opposition, particularly in the radiology community, which largely has supported annual exams for all women 40 or older.

“When you find a cancer early, it’s more treatable, and the longer it’s in there the more likely it is to spread and become invasive,” said Dr. Mitva Patel, a radiologist at Ohio State University’s Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center.

Although some cancers that are found with routine mammography might not become deadly, medical science hasn’t advanced to a point that determines which will and which won’t, so overtreatment is unavoidable, she said.

The American Cancer Society’s chief cancer control officer expressed concern that the recommendation for younger women could lead to obstacles to coverage. The recommendation carries a “C” rating, which means coverage is not mandated under the Affordable Care Act, according to a Cancer Society statement.

Others said the recommendations are reasonable and reflect a good analysis of the available science.

“The decades that we’ve spent drumming into women’s heads and doctors’ heads that once-a-year for a lifetime, early detection saves lives — the amount of money that has been spent marketing that message — it’s very difficult to overcome that, but we need to overcome it,” said Frances Visco, a breast-cancer survivor and president of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, an advocacy group.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which advises the government on the risks and benefits of screening, reviewed scientific studies of mammography and newly commissioned modeling studies conducted by the Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network.

Women in their 40s with a first-degree relative who had breast cancer (mother, sister or daughter) appear to be at a two-fold increased risk of developing breast cancer, bringing the risk of harm vs. the potential for benefit in line with women in their 50s, the draft recommendations say.

Mammography’s benefits grow with time, the group stressed. And it emphasized the risks of overdiagnosis: treating cancers, including localized ductal carcinoma, in situations that otherwise would not threaten a woman’s health with surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation.

Clinical trials that have shown that mammography saves lives have included screening intervals from 12 to 33 months, and there’s no clear evidence that annual mammograms are the way to go, the task force’s draft recommendations say.

  • Modeling studies showed a small increase in the number of deaths averted when moving from biennial to annual mammography, but a large increase in harm.

The task force found insufficient evidence to recommend routine mammography after age 74.

It also looked at three-dimensional mammography (tomosynthesis) and additional approaches for screening women with dense breasts and found there was not enough scientific evidence to issue guidance.

Dr. Guillermo Arbona, a radiologist with the group that provides radiology services to the Mount Carmel Health System, said he’s interested in following the evolving science and accepts that recommendations could change with time. But for now, he stands by routine mammography every year starting at 40.

“We see quite a few women in the 40-to-49 age group who do get benefit,” Arbona said.

Over-diagnosis is real, and it’s a legitimate concern, but it’s hard to see how that eclipses the benefit when you do find cancer that could have ended a woman’s life, he said.

Patel said women ultimately should make their own choices about what is best for them, but she worries that conflicting advice will be confusing.

Dr. Lauren Miller, of Riverside Radiology and Interventional Associations, also objects to the draft task-force guidance and expressed similar worries about confusion. She said plenty of science supports mammograms earlier and every year.

Arbona agreed that confusion is bound to arise, but that differing opinions are bound to increase conversations that in the long term can advance medicine.

Said Visco: “We shouldn’t be worried about confusing women. We should be worried about whether we’re telling them the truth or not.”

The public has four weeks to offer input to the task force before the group begins to finalize its recommendations.

To read the full recommendations, go towww.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org.

mcrane@dispatch.com

April 17, 2015

 Elder-care’s Rising Costs

Care for elderly a rising cost

By Matthew Craft ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK

The steep cost of caring for the elderly continues to climb. The median bill for a private room in a nursing home is now $91,250 a year, according to an industry survey released yesterday.

The cost of such a room in Columbus is $75,920, the survey found.The annual “Cost of Care” report from Genworth Financial tracks the staggering rise in expenses for long-term care, a growing financial burden for families, governments and insurers like Genworth. Nationally, the cost of staying in a nursing home has increased 4 percent every year over the past five years, the report says, but fell an average of 1 percent a year in Columbus.“Most people don’t realize how expensive this care can be until a parent or family member needs it,” said Joe Caldwell, director of long-term services at the National Council on Aging. “And then it’s a real shock.”The annual report from Genworth, which sells policies to cover long-term care, looks at costs for a variety of services, including adult day care and home health aides. And it’s nursing home bills that are rising at the fastest pace, double the rate of U.S. inflation over the past five years. One year in a nursing home now costs nearly as much as three years of tuition at a private college.

For its report, Genworth surveyed 15,000 nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and other providers across the country in January and February. It found wide differences from state to state. In Oklahoma, for example, the median cost for a year in a private room at a nursing home came out to $60,225. In Connecticut, it was $158,775. Alaska had the highest costs by far, with one year at $281,415.

The average cost in Ohio was $85,775.

  • So, who pays the nursing-home bill? “A lot of people believe Medicare will step in and cover them, but that’s just not true,” said Bruce Chernoff, president and CEO of the Scan Foundation, a charitable organization.

Medicare will cover some short visits for recovery after a surgery, for example, not long-term stays.

Often, people wind up spending their savings until the last $2,000, and at that point Medicaid, the government’s health insurance for the poor, starts covering the bill. As a result, Medicaid pays for more than half of the country’s long-term-care bill. That cost accounts for more than a quarter of Medicaid spending, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Genworth and other insurers offer long-term care policies to help people shoulder the financial burden. But people have to be healthy enough to qualify for coverage. Those who take out policies find their insurance bill rises steadily as they age.

  • Caldwell described Genworth’s survey as essentially a marketing pitch. “Of course they want people to see how much it costs to sell long-term-care insurance,” he said. “What they’re not telling you is that the long-term-care coverage is becoming more and more unaffordable for middle-class families.”
  • Mounting costs also have pushed many insurance companies out of the business. Four of the five largest providers either have scaled back their business or stopped offering new policies.

Less-intensive care remains much cheaper than staying at a nursing home, according to Genworth’s survey. One year in an assisted-living facility runs $43,200.

 

Jan’s comment:

What Trouble with Elders?

Isn’t it Oregon where ‘Assisted Suicide’ is legal?

Long-term care – – what an awful thought, and not prevalent back in my day.  True, some may think of me as some kind of zealot because of my commitment to all things natural and organic with regard to food, dental/  body/face care and health issues related to it.    Most of these  issues weren’t even on the table four or five decades ago as all food was natural and organic.  Almost any choice was going to nourish our bodies and if we choose optimally, there could be easy odds that we would maintain a really fine range and quality of health.  Processed Food has changed all that.   Progress through chemicals.

During the 1960’s we learned smoking was harmful, and  not the glamorous thing most of us thought it was.  Multitudes began to quit, many finding success.  Millions more dragged their feet and many, indeed, died with lung problems of all kinds – lung cancer among the disabling diseases.   I lost  really close friends.   Worried about myself as I wondered if I ‘could’ ever quit. (I’ve told this story already, haven’t I?)

 We had what any could call A GOOD LIFE.  Family was everything, always was.   I think that this is just in our genes; the need to gather around, be with and care for any facing a hard time with life’s difficulties. This is  a way love expresses.   And this cohesive factor has allowed our species to survive, multiply and prosper.

Today so much has changed.  I read horrible articles in the papers of elder abuse, most of it too terrible for me to repeat as it is extremely upsetting.  Quite aside from the horror stories, I suppose the kinder solution is to just toss Grandma into a nursing home and hope for the best.   From what I’ve seen, there is no “best” to be enjoyed with that solution.  I saw first hand with my own experience with Mother, the loneliness, isolation and neglect which ensues.

When my mother became frail and lonely, I brought her to live with me for her last several decades – vowing never to put her into a ‘home.’   In her last two years, it broke my heart to have to break my word, but I couldn’t ensure her safety as I had to work and she kept falling with no one around to help her and paramedics kept taking her to the hospital.  Her doctor demanded that I put her in a home for her sake and mine.   I still saw her daily and tended her personal needs. . sat with her, and you know, just shared and stuff.  Wasn’t the same, but was all I could do now for this woman I so totally loved.  One must live with the memory,  sense of guilt for there are places in the life where we don’t always get what we planned, and just do the best we can.  

From what I have seen, few are motivated to bring frail or weakened parents into their home,  seems to be many reasons why this is not an option.  All one needs do is look at the splintering of families in these stressful, modern times.  On top of which is the economic factors. . . excluding the top 1%.  Our almost disappearing middle class certainly has no resources for the financial costs outlined above, and the Republican control of Congress and their eternal cost-cutting has huge slashes coming down the pike aimed at the underclasses and the poor and needy.   So what options, pray tell are left to us?  Suicide is illegal  (well, there IS that assisted thing in Oregon), but the entire nation can’t move there!    

There are a couple of things we could think about which could potentially open up a dialogue.  Heading the list would be choice and dignity.  A lot of us in that ‘elder’ classification have not lost the sense of who we are and what WE find acceptable.  No one yearns to be a burden on our loved ones.  Nor do we wish to be spurned or ignored.  Everyone is entitled to privacy and respect.  We are ALL different.  All of this of course describes anyone of any age.  Most people have some kind of ethic, philosophy or religion which impel us toward a sense of respect for “LIFE” itself and value the gift.  A great many have lived with a sense of purpose and enjoyed healthy desire.  We generally have valued being productive, and have broad interests.  

For some, aging cuts deeply into our abilities and preferences.  If we can, we continue onward.  If we can’t move forward due perhaps to immobility and inability to find a method to deal with pain, or, obliquely we might feel as tho there is nothing left we desire to do. . . . why should we not have the right to be candid and truthful and experience completion. . . if that is our choice.  Why should those who suffer cruelly not be able to move on if that is their choice.    Only because of “man-made laws”  which make criminals of us all.  Humans shouldn’t be forced to linger helplessly beyond their will and choice and endure endless pain. What and/or who does this serve?  Laws should be viewed and used through the eyes of compassion, intent and justice, not to just fill another jail cell (thinking of adoring spouses who help their better half to move on).. . just sayin’. .

April 16, 2015

What’s on Bernie’s mind?. .a lot!

This is a letter I received from Bernie Sanders recently.  I totally endorse all that he says, in fact, this is what should be rumbling around in the head of anyone who wants to lead and guide this nation.  Since Elizabeth won’t run (now), . . I say, let’s open the way for Bernie.  He’s got what it takes and is ‘WILLING’.    Jan

 

Dear Fellow American,

Thank you so much for the political and financial support you have given me over the years. It is much appreciated. As the longest serving independent in American congressional history, I am writing now to ask you, in these very difficult times, to stand with me again as we continue the struggle for social and economic justice and environmental sanity.

The good news is that the economy today is much better than it was six years ago when George W. Bush left office. The bad news is that, despite these improvements, the 40-year decline of the American middle class continues. Real unemployment is much too high, 35 million Americans continue to have no health insurance and more of our friends and neighbors are living in poverty than at almost any time in the modern history of our country.

Meanwhile, as the rich become much richer, the level of income and wealth inequality has reached obscene and unimaginable levels. In the United States, we have the most unequal level of wealth and income distribution of any major country on earth, and worse now than at any other time since the 1920s. Today, the top one-tenth of 1 percent of our nation owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent, and one family owns more wealth than the bottom 42 percent. In terms of income, 99 percent of all new income is going to the top 1 percent.

This is what a rigged economic system looks like. At a time when millions of American workers have seen declines in their incomes and are working longer hours for lower wages, the wealth of the billionaire class is soaring in a way that few can imagine. If you can believe it, between 2013 and 2015, the 14 wealthiest individuals in the country saw their net worth increase by over $157 billion dollars. Children go hungry, veterans sleep out on the streets, senior citizens cannot afford their prescription drugs — and 14 individuals saw a $157 billion dollar increase in their wealth over a two-year period.

The time to fight back is now.

The grotesque level of income and wealth inequality we are experiencing is not just a moral and economic issue, it is a political issue as well. As a result of the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision, billionaires are now able to spend unlimited sums of money to buy the candidates they want. The Koch brothers, an extreme right-wing family, recently announced that they were prepared to spend some $900 million in the next election cycle. This is likely more money than either the Democratic or Republican parties will spend. If you think that it is an accident that the Republican Party has become a far-right party, think again. The Koch brothers’ agenda — ending Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the U.S. Postal Service, the Environmental Protection Agency and all campaign finance limitations — has become the agenda of the Republican candidates they fund.

And, by the way, if you think that the Republican Party’s refusal to acknowledge that climate change is real, is caused by human activity and is a severe threat to our planet, is not related to how we finance campaigns, you would be sorely mistaken. With the Koch brothers (who make much of their money in the fossil fuel industry) and big energy companies pouring huge amounts into Republican campaigns, it should not surprise anyone that my Republican colleagues reject the views of the overwhelming majority of scientists who study climate issues.

With Republicans now controlling both houses of Congress, let me briefly touch on some of the battles that I will be helping to lead in this extreme right-wing environment. In my view, with so many of our fellow citizens demoralized about the political process, it is absolutely imperative that we establish a strong progressive agenda that Americans can rally around. It must be an agenda that reflects the real needs of the working families of our country. It must be an agenda that engages people in a political struggle that they are prepared to fight for.

Join me now in the struggle for the progressive vision we share.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: The truth is that real unemployment in our country is not the “official” and widely-reported 5.5 percent. Counting those who are under-employed and those who have given up looking for work, real unemployment is 11 percent. Even more disturbingly, youth unemployment is close to 17 percent and African-American youth unemployment is much higher than that.

If we are truly serious about reversing the decline of the middle class and putting millions of people back to work, we need a major federal jobs program. There are a number of approaches which can be taken, but the fastest way to create jobs is to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure — roads, bridges, dams, levees, airports, rail, water systems and wastewater plants.

In that regard, I have introduced legislation which would invest $1 trillion over 5 years to modernize our country’s physical infrastructure. This legislation would create and maintain at least 13 million good-paying jobs. It would also make our country more productive, efficient and safe.

I will also continue my opposition to our current trade policies and vote against fast tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  Simply put, our trade policies have failed. Permanent normal trade relations with China have led to the loss of more than 3.2 million American jobs. The North American Free Trade Agreement has led to the loss of nearly 1 million jobs. The Korean Free Trade Agreement has led to the loss of some 60,000 jobs.

We have got to fundamentally rewrite our trade rules so that American jobs are no longer our No.1 export. Corporate America must start investing in this country, not China.

As we struggle for decent-paying jobs, we must also rebuild the trade union movement. Throughout the country, millions of workers want to join unions but are meeting fierce opposition from their employers. We need legislation that makes it easier, not harder, for unions to flourish.

Raising Wages: Today millions of Americans are working for starvation wages. The current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is totally inadequate. In fact, the real value of today’s minimum wage has declined by one-third since 1968. By raising the minimum wage to a living wage we can provide an increase in income for those people who need it the most. Our goal must be that no full-time worker in this country lives in poverty.

We must also bring about pay equity. There is no rational reason why women should be earning 78 cents on the dollar compared to men who perform the same work.

Further, we have got to expand overtime protections for millions of workers. It is absurd that “supervisors” who earn $25,000 a year are currently forced to work 50 or 60 hours a week with no overtime pay. Raising the income threshold to at least $56,680 from the absurdly low level of $23,660 a year for overtime will mean increased income for many millions of salaried workers.

Addressing Wealth and Income Inequality: Today the richest 400 Americans own more than $2.3 trillion in wealth, more than the bottom 150 million Americans combined. Meanwhile, nearly half of Americans have less than $10,000 in savings and have no idea how they will be able to retire with dignity.

We need real tax reform which makes the rich and profitable corporations begin to pay their fair share of taxes. It is absurd that in 1952 corporate income taxes provided 32 percent of federal revenue while in 2014 they provided 11 percentIt is scandalous that major profitable corporations like General Electric, Verizon, Citigroup and JP Morgan have, in a given recent year, paid nothing in federal income taxes. It is fiscally irresponsible that the U.S. Treasury loses about $100 billion a year because corporations and the rich stash their profits in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and other tax havens.

Warren Buffett is honest. He has pointed out the unfairness that he, a multi-billionaire, pays a lower effective tax rate than his secretary. It is disgraceful that millionaire hedge fund managers are able to pay lower tax rates than truck drivers or nurses because they take advantage of a variety of tax loopholes that their lobbyists wrote.

  • This must end. We need a tax system which is fair and progressive. Children should not go hungry in this country while profitable corporations and the wealthy avoid their tax responsibilities.
  • Reversing Climate Change: The United States must lead the world in reversing climate change and make certain that this planet is habitable for our children and grandchildren. We must transform our energy system away from fossil fuels and into energy efficiency and sustainable energies. Millions of homes and buildings need to be weatherized, our transportation system needs to be energy efficient and we need to greatly accelerate the progress we are already seeing in wind, solar, geothermal and other forms of sustainable energy. Transforming our energy system will not only protect the environment, it will create good-paying jobs.
  • Health Care for All: The United States remains the only major country on earth that does not guarantee health care for all as a right. Despite the modest gains of the Affordable Care Act, 35 million Americans continue to lack health insurance and many more are under-insured. Yet, we continue paying far more per capita for health care than any other nation. The United States must move toward a Medicare-for-All single-payer system.

Protecting Our Most Vulnerable: Today the United States has more people living in poverty than at almost any time in the modern history of our country. We have the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major nation, 35 million Americans still lack health insurance and millions of seniors and disabled people struggle to put food on the table because of insufficient Social Security benefits.

The Republican response to the economic pain of so many of our people was to make a bad situation much worse. The recently-passed Republican budget throws 27 million Americans off of health insurance, cuts Medicare, makes huge cuts to nutrition and makes it harder for working class families to afford college or put their kids in the Head Start program.

In my view, we have a moral responsibility to make certain that no American goes hungry or sleeps out on the streets. We must also make certain that seniors and people with disabilities can live in dignity. Not only must we vigorously oppose Republican attacks on the social safety net, we must expand benefits for those in need. That is why I have recently introduced legislation which would increase the solvency of Social Security until 2065, while expanding benefits for those who need them the most.

Making College Affordable for All: We live in a highly competitive global economy. If this country is to do well economically, we need to have the best-educated workforce in the world. Yet today many Americans cannot get a higher education, not because they are unqualified, but because they simply cannot afford it. Millions of others who do graduate from college or graduate school are drowning in debt. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the total amount of outstanding student loan debt in the United States has tripled in the last 10 years, and has now reached $1.2 trillion.

  • The United States must join many other countries in understanding that investing in our young people’s education is investing in the future of our nation. I will soon be introducing legislation to make tuition in public colleges and universities free, as well as substantially lower interest rates on student loans.

And these are just SOME of the issues we are dealing with.

Let me conclude this letter by stating the obvious. This country is in serious trouble. Our economic system benefits the rich and large corporations and leaves working families behind. Our political system is dominated by billionaire campaign contributors and their lobbyists and is moving us in the direction of oligarchy. Our media system, owned by the corporate world, spends enormous time and energy diverting our attention away from the most important issues facing us. Climate change threatens the planet and we have a major political party denying its reality.

Clearly, the struggle to create a nation and world of economic and social justice and environmental sanity is not an easy one. But this I know: despair is not an option if we care about our kids and grandchildren. Giving up is not an option if we want to prevent irreparable harm to our planet.

  • We must stand up and fight back. We must launch a political revolution which engages millions of Americans from all walks of life in the struggle for real change. This country belongs to all of us, not just the billionaire class.

Please stand with me. Please join the grass-roots revolution that we desperately need.

Sincerely,

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders

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Allow your Brain 2 detoxify

Lack of Sleep Promotes Alzheimer’s by Preventing Critical Detoxification

Brain has a Waste Removal System?

A number of studies have linked poor sleep or lack of sleep to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease; one reason for this is because your brain’s waste removal system only operates during deep sleep.

By pumping cerebral spinal fluid through your brain’s tissues, the glymphatic system flushes the waste from your brain back into your body’s circulatory system, from where it can be eliminated.

During sleep, the glymphatic system becomes 10 times more active than during wakefulness. Simultaneously, your brain cells shrink by about 60 percent, allowing for greater efficiency of waste removal.

Been meaning to post this message from Dr Mercola which is so vital to all of us at any age, for at times we ALL are unkind to our bodies in the sleep-deprivation department.  Little do we understand just how great the damage can be until it is often too late.  We all do it — trying to cram too much into each day rather than just calling it a day!  

I found this entire  story, the videos, the text of the message – the whole thing so valuable, I simply HAD to pass it on.  Til we die — we can all learn.   I must take issue with one thing and it kinda bothers me,  and that is that while Alzheimer’s Disease has no cure. . . and then any message follows.  

Just to be clear, I may seem to be a contrarion, iconoclastic or a flat-out rebel,  I dunno. . .but when I finally realized about ten years ago that Alzheimer’s had encroached on my own life (having both parents die with it), and knowing what the prognosis suggests — no cure!  I fell into a deep funk, admittedly.  I mourned my own end-time, felt helpless.  Had been deeply engaged in life’s pursuits ( raising my two granddaughters who were just entering middle school; they had been indescribably important to me.) How could I handle all this. . .what to do?  The pity party served no purpose; made it worse.  

Determined to do what I could, I went thru many clues and every option I could find.  Was more blessed than many because of being a rebel – never gave up fats, used real butter, eggs as I wanted, avocado, nuts and seeds and had been raised on animal protein plus of course the plant kingdom. . .i.e. my diet was good per my standards. Our body, especially the brain and heart need FAT. .and I had never liked low-fat anything, so it seems this was a good thing, a plus.  

When I learned of Dr Mary Newport and her experience of trying to restore her husband’s health from the grip of Alzheimer’s back to the loving, witty and capable companion she had known and cherished, I was rewarded with the answer I needed.  She succeeded using Coconut Oil,  wrote a book about it – “What If There Was a Cure for Alzheimer’s?”  Showcased her several times here at ‘smokinchoices”.  Had learned about the strides made in the Netherlands with high potency B vitamins. .done what I could of that!  And  have added  a Niacinamide Protocol to the mix which I am easily able to handle (posted on that too).  In short, My beloved Brain is out-doing my other organs and holding up it’s end of the game.  Not saying I’m cured, mind you – think there’s a law against that which the medical complex won’t allow by force of the federales.  Besides, I no longer have the memory which easily provided book, page and line reference when I needed it – – before, way before.  

But now, because of this news about the way the brain cleanses itself and the fact that it needs DEEP SLEEP in which to do it,  well, let’s just say, I have some changes which must take place. . .and happy to do it, grateful for this.           Jan                      (follow the link below)

 

This “Brain Enema” Flushes Away Harmful Alzheimer’s-Linked Proteins

If there was a “superman” for Alzheimer’s, this would be it. When you do this, you ramp up the activity of this cleansing process – making it up to 10 x more active – allowing your brain to flush away a harmful protein called amyloid-beta, which has been linked to Alzheimer’s.

Dr J Wright-Nature’s Original Medicine

Allergy & Hay Fever Remedies – From Dr. J.V. Wright’s Team

Have subscribed to Dr Jonathan Wright for years for he is a favorite of mine .  He is  an original thinker, long outside the box for which he has been heavily watched and criticized by the ‘establishment’ . .he has given much and continues to do so.   Recently, been getting these strange new letters which are newsworthy and    helpful.  I especially like (and didn’t ever check out before) the fact that he maintains speaking, call-in radio talk shows in which patients and newcomers can ask questions.  I love it.  So for those who didn’t know this, I wanted to share with you.  He has many archived episodes listed, each time;  both recent and past.  

The first part of this is a link to a doctor there at his  Tahoma Clinic by the name of Christine Maria Persa, MS, ND.  She speaks on  Top 9 Quick, Easy & Natural Hay Fever Remedies.

http://www.naturesoriginalmedicine.com/top-9-quick-easy-natural-hay-fever-remedies/?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_

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Dr. Wright and his staff regularly run the following events, tune or show up, if you’re in the area.

1.   Green Medicine radio show runs every Saturday from noon-2pm, on KVI. You can listen live from their website here: www.kvi.com/shows-new

2.   Tuesday Talks are live talks run at the Tahoma Clinic. You can learn more about them here: http://www.tahomaclinic.com/tuesday-talks/
Some have been recorded and are available here: www.youtube.com/minterwood1

April 15, 2015

New Delight for Dandelions

Fermented Dandelion Stems Recipe

New from John Gallagher of LEARNING HERBS, a perfectly delightful idea on further uses for ‘dandelion greens’ which I happen to be very BIG on in my juicing.  There is little to compete with dandelion greens for cleansing one’s body and helping their kidneys and liver along as they work to protect us from our polluted world.  I generally use 2 bunches of the greens with maybe 3-4 #’s of carrots, 5-6 cloves of garlic, big hunk of ginger, celery and cucumbers and perhaps 1/2 of one beet (scrubbed)  Of course, especially with juicing, it should all be organic.  I mention this because almost all beets, corn and soy and papaya are GMO’s. . .there is no escaping that!  Much as I love papaya, I’ve given them up.

As you may remember, I no longer can display images of any kind which has taken the joy out of my otherwise pleasurable joy of blogging, so I must find ways to share the stuff I love in other ways.  Ergo, I give you links now  so that you can see what I see.

This is a beautiful article and a totally new idea from Rosalee, so you know its wonderful.    Jan

http://learningherbs.com/newsletter/dandelion-recipes/

April 11, 2015

EEM/relief 4 man w/MCS

 Multiple Chemical Sensitivity  (MCS)

This is an incredible story of a brave person who continues to survive and find some relief from his 13 year struggle against a disease complex I know nothing about.   Because of his interest in a gift from a friend, he began reading the book by Donna Eden – ENERGY MEDICINE (we know as EEM).  He praises her 5″ Daily Energy Routine as giving him the only pain relief he has known in his traumatic life.  It seems to ease his pain and bring him the sense of Joy as he experienced a bit of ‘control’ over his complex affliction.  

I can’t help but think if only he could find a way to have Donna or one of her advanced therapists treat him, his overall malfunction could be corrected.  But, what-do-I-know?  Nevertheless, this is a story which reveals the beauty of the human spirit. . .and the magic of feeling ‘gratitude.’         (God bless Donna Eden for her gifts)            Jan 

Energy Medicine Provides a Light for a Man Suffering with Incurable, Agonizing, Chronic Pain

Adi Saavedra contacted Donna by email last spring to offer his gratitude for Energy Medicine. Adi is ill with a chronic disease and suffers from a number of syndromes, including an extreme form of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). He has had only marginal exposure to Eden Energy Medicine (EEM), but has used it to help manage the pain and discomfort from the MCS and related issues.

When Adi was 21-years-old, he became very ill. Over the years he has had a litany of tests, diagnoses and prescriptions, but the illness has continued, and his condition has deteriorated over the years. He is now 34-years-old. The exact diagnosis of his disease has been difficult to establish. He has tested positive for the Lyme spirochete (Borrelia Burgdorferi), but his doctor believes his main issue is Babesiosis, which is a malaria-like parasitic disease. There are other disease indications as well, but none of the medical tests have been conclusive, and therefore the solutions offered by the medical community have not been very helpful.

Correlated with these disease factors are a number of syndromes that he must live with, including MCS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Sick Building Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Mold Illness.

For most of his time he must stay at home, keeping plastic over the doors and windows and using a medical grade air purifier. But of course, he cannot stay in his house all of the time. When he goes into an environment that he cannot control, he will almost always have a reaction. If the reaction is not acute, he can try to control it with medicines, herbs, or minerals. If his reaction is acute, there is nothing he can do and must endure extreme pain. This has been his life until recently, when someone gave him Donna’s book, Energy Medicine.

He began reading the book, was inspired to look for more information, and found Donna’s videos on YouTube. The instructions on the Daily Energy Routine were of particular interest. He began using the Daily Energy Routine. This occurred during a period that he was having a new water heater installed and had gone into a 3-week acute reaction. Though normally in this situation he can only writhe in pain, he found that doing the Daily Routine allowed him to feel joy, even through the pain and exhaustion. He was surprised and delighted since the experience of joy had been absent for so long. He also discovered that doing the Daily Energy Routine helped him break through a pattern of disempowerment. Before Energy Medicine, he was powerless to help himself through these acute reactions. After using the Daily Energy Routine, he realized that he now had the ability to heal his energy and be happy in the toughest moments of his life.

It has been about 6 months since he began using Energy Medicine. When asked how if he was still using it and whether his condition had changed he reported:

Some days I’m just in too much pain to move, or I’m in so much pain that it obfuscates my ability to remember to do the Daily Routine! But I do it as often as I can remember and move and it NEVER fails to help me to feel better. It always increases my energy, and I feel an expansion in the flow of energy, if that makes any sense. But the very most helpful thing it does is allow me to feel joy in spite of generally unbearable pain. That is something unprecedented and I strongly believe EM is the only thing with the power to make that happen. This is why my gratitude to Donna Eden and EM is so deep, and why I took the time to write to let her know. Living life in extreme pain is one thing, but the fact that the pain impedes one’s ability to feel joy can cause one to feel that there is no meaning to life and that life is not worth the struggle of surviving. Over the last two years I have connected with around 500 people who have, and while only 10 of them have actually committed suicide, not a single one of us gets through a day without considering it. This is largely due to our inability to feel joy. Pain is bearable as long as joy is possible. Thus, not only does EM have the power to help very sick bodies feel physically and emotionally better, it has the power to save lives. I live my life a day at a time and I can honestly say, it has saved my life on many a day. ;-)

Adi is available for inquiries about this case. He can be reached via email.

(Compiled by Jeff Armstrong, September 2011)

April 8, 2015

Hippocrates Soup 1,2,3 = ‘Health’

Filed under: Hippocrates soup - all Fiber — Jan Turner @ 5:25 pm
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 Hippocrates (soup), let me count the ways. .

Tho I have had much to say about Hippocrates Soup in general and raved endlessly about Dr Max Gerson  and attempted to express my gratitude for Charlotte Gerson and the way she has devoted her life to insuring that her father’s  great gifts and talents were not forgotten, but continue to reach out to the millions who have successfully availed the technology, protocol and results of his work.  He was simply a brilliant man who wasn’t seeking a cure for cancer, but in fact, was just trying to cure himself of terrible headaches.  Being curious as well, he was blessed with relief as the result of his efforts.  His book is a good read, but I enjoy Charlotte’s more.    

His patients were diverse with a variety of illness and mal-functions.  And they knew a good thing when they saw it, so they spread the word around when their own friends had anything which went wrong.  One such referred patient came to him with tuberculosis and demanded the same cure he had given to so-and-so.  And so it went. . .til finally he was curing cancer or anything else which came his way.  He was a brilliant, full-on doctor from Europe, but apparently his old-school ways of thinking that diet and nutrient were vital in confronting whatever might go wrong with the body, allowed him to think outside the box.  Sorry, I do go on so.      

We need FIBER

I don’t have a cancer or worry about getting it, because I have tried to live and abide by what I have learned as I came down the path.  Being 85 now, it is a bit harder to do everything I’d like to be doing, so I must be selective about  how I fill my day.  As an example.  .  . my Hippocrates Soup is simmering away on the back burner now.  Have done a post or two on how I do it, but this time I just wanted to add a different slant.   You know what one of the major components of a nutritious, superior dietary health  plan is?   It is FIBER.  We as a species (especially in America) don’t get enough fiber. And that is one of the greatest causes or the genesis of so many illnesses.  So easy to fix.  Not with a jar or package of some chemical fiber from the shelf of A drug store — but from your own kitchen.  WE GET FIBER FROM PLANTS.  And I don’t mean by that fries made from GE potatoes fried in stale oil down at the fast food cafe.  Fresh stuff, as organic as you can afford.  This soup is practically ALL FIBER!   And mine is so delicious.    

I use the Gerson recipe, but add a thing or two and even change ingredients depending on what’s in the house when the desire hits me.   Seasonings aren’t called for with the Gerson recipe;  but I add a heaping Tablespoon of  TURMERIC  which I generally buy from Mt. Rose Herbs, because I can count on it being certified organic.  And I always add GARLIC (to almost everything but coffee).  I use a lot of it.  But I might suggest that you prepare it to have ready, but add near the end to get the most benefit (including the flavor) from it.   Try that difference – you may be surprised.  Then finally, I add one more thing  because I really like it  and feel it serves my needs well. And that is:    

LENTILS. . . (for the extra protein)  

The average budgetary status quo of most of us prevents us from affording the quality of animal protein we might prefer (which is to say. . .free range, grass fed, happy animals;  not tortured  — fed GMO corn,  soy  and grains to get them fat and sick and then pass all that on to us.)  That being said,  many of us feel better having ample protein in our routine. Ergo, Lentils, use red,  green,  brown even black for variety.  I love lentils.   Of course, Mushrooms are a good protein source too and dehydrated ones are quite good in soups.  When all is done, I use a stick blender to moosh it all up, and since I’v given up grains, I won’t be having sourdough bread slathered in butter to accompany all  (just one of the costs of being healthy and beautiful, besides, I’m worth it!  Bon appetite

So that’s what I’m having for dinner in a little while.  And a lovely salad.    

The two links below are both interesting and discuss the benefits of Hippocrates Soup from their own perspective (including the Gerson recipe.           Hope you find this useful    Jan

 

http://www.divineglowinghealth.com/dr-gersons-hippocrates-soup/

http://www.spiritofhealthkc.com/portfolio/dr-gerson-hippocrates-soup/

April 4, 2015

PBS video “SOS: Save Our Soil”

This video/story  from Dr Mercola’s Library, is unlike so many other videos I have generally shown here which clearly demonstrates the destructive path our world and ALL it’s inhabitants are being forced to endure. .  .the  ‘chemical killing on a Global Scale;’  dreadful to face, endure and be forced to witness.  The heinous  crime which is being perpetrated by the GREED of Powerful Chemical Corporations both Agricultural and Pharmaceutical – – very much against the will of the People of Earth  who have been deceived and coerced, and  the “soul” and physical well-being of ALL are at risk.    This film is not that!  It is instead, a very hopeful, upbeat and helpful one,  showing that many are too busy “doing something” smart, creative and capable of having a regenerative influence on the planet and our very existence.    

We can change the world and NOT JUST LET IT KEEP sliding downward!      Jan

“SOS: Save Our Soil”  Shows Innovative,                      Sustainable Agriculture

Story at-a-glance

  • New video report shows how soil health affects the planet’s climate and ecosystem, and features a few innovative farmers with game-changing approaches to sustainable agriculture
  • The world’s soils have lost 50 to 70 percent of their carbon, much of which is now in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide
  • Humus, different from compost, nourishes soil for centuries and develops naturally if enough organic matter is added and the soil remains undisturbed.

Roosevelt’s 1937 Warning Is Now Bearing Down on Us
Our former president warned us: the nation that destroys this, destroys itself. Since then, we’ve done nothing but ignore him and are facing the consequences – some predict most of it will be lost in the next two generations, unless we tap into these new technologies…

March 28, 2015

Is Hillary above the law?

Politics

Clinton tells House she deleted all her emails

By Greg Gordon and Anita Kumar TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

   WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton advised a House Select Committee yesterday that she permanently deleted all emails from the private server she used to conduct official business, apparently after she was first asked by the State Department to turn them over, the panel’s chairman said.  

In response to a congressional subpoena, Clinton also said she would not allow an independent third party to analyze the server.  

  • “Not only was the secretary the sole arbiter of what was a public record, she also summarily decided to delete all emails from her server, ensuring no one could check behind her analysis in the public interest,” Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said in a statement.  

The disclosure raised the stakes in the controversy that has dogged Clinton for weeks, since it was revealed that she had used an email server, apparently in her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., to conduct government business during her tenure from 2009 to 2013 as the nation’s top diplomat.   

Gowdy said Clinton’s attorney informed the committee yesterday that she “unilaterally decided to wipe her server clean and permanently delete all emails from her personal server.”   “While it is not clear precisely when Secretary Clinton decided to permanently delete all emails from her server, it appears she made the decision after Oct. 28, 2014, when the Department of State for the first time asked the secretary to return her public record to the department,” Gowdy said.     It was not clear whether cyberforensic procedures could recover the emails.  

  • The congressman said that “in light of the secretary’s unprecedented email arrangement with herself and her decision nearly two years after she left office to permanently delete all emails,” and because of the matter’s import to the American people, the panel will work with House Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders to consider next steps.  

Clinton turned over 30,490 printed emails to the State Department in December in response to a request from the agency, but she deleted more than 32,000 emails that she considered personal.   She has said many work-related emails were archived through other accounts.

(My comment:  

With regard to this being an incident between two ordinary people, one might consider this to be rather off-putting, but it isn’t that;   This is a request from the State Department  to the former Secretary of State for rightful government records which is apparently normal and expected.  Aside from the unusual manner she chose for her duties of governmental documentation in which she conducted her business (by combining both her job  communications  along with her greater amount of social content together in one private, personal account at home) as this was more convenient for her.  All the flap which follows is kinda routine for a Hillary Clinton whose ways are past understanding, perhaps, even to her.  It is clear, she trusts no one . .ergo the great distrust of the press.  She’ll never have the charisma or likability of Bill, sadly.

But, that’s not the point under scrutiny at the moment.  If she is to be considered for a presidency run to which so many feel she is entitled (God only knows why?),  she needs to be thought of as trustworthy, clear-minded, decisive, capable of measured mental composure to handle big decisions , or even that phone call at three in the morning.  Her legal training and work,  her political exposure (thru Bill)  might seem to qualify her.   But at the White House as first lady she was a known terror to deal with.   Most of her utterances blew up in her face. . .e.g. “what did you expect me to do – stay home and bake cookies?” and so on. .  this lady can’t tolerate intrusions well; doesn’t like to have to justify anything she does. But where is the possible “transparency,”  ‘my word is my bond’ thing?  How can we feel she is capable of serving our needs – a nation of people, simple ordinary people when she is so full of herself and own  “needs,”  – guess we can call it that.   She doesn’t seem capable of frankness wherein her inner self might ooze out a bit, unless she is near a breaking point (as she once did on the campaign trail against Obama).  She seems lacking in a congenial sense of cooperation.  

The Clinton history seems full of subterfuge, skirting issues and deceit.  But Hillary’s motives may well always be  and remain unknowable, for she seems to be a control freak.  Not really likable. . . don’t know what to expect due to her devious nature.  Hard to determine if she doesn’t know who she really is and what she believes, because she is accustomed to hiring advisers to help shape her image to fit a current image of what she is trying to accomplish. .  .  a new facade.  

Oh when will our country realize that we don’t want or need “Royal families” by any name.   Papa Bush [good man that he is] gave bio-chemical companies a foot in the door – BIG NO-NO,  and Bill started the raise all boats issue to reality [didn’t he really understand – that’s what sank our jobs situation as they went overseas?]     Keep those “dynasty” family members from muddying up the landscape, its messy enough now.  Let in the fresh air with down-to-earth goals.    Jan)

 

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