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Australian not-for-profit group wins unprecedented FDA approval for blindness drug

July 22nd, 2018

London: An Australian company has won unprecedented US approval for a new drug to treat the second most common preventable cause of blindness in the world.

In the process, Medicines Development for Global Health, based in Melbourne, became the first not-for-profit company in the world to register a medicine with the US Food and Drug Administration.

Mark Sullivan, managing director of Medicines Development for Global Health.

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The World Health Organisation has been calling for better treatments for river blindness for more than a decade, but because the medicine would be mostly used by those in poverty-stricken countries, there has been no financial incentive for drug companies to develop new treatments. The current treatment is 20 years old.

River blindness is caused by parasitic worms and spread by black flies. It affects the skin and eyes and is prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa.

In a double-win for Medicines Development for Global Health, it has also won a highly sought after voucher designed to financially reward companies that develop drugs for neglected diseases.

Managing director Mark Sullivan said while FDA approval for the company’s drug, moxidectin, was a “momentous achievement” for any pharma company, it was “a particularly rare and exciting event” for those trying to treat neglected diseases.

The FDA gave its approval for the treatment, which is swallowed as a tablet, in June after the application was submitted in October 2017.

Mr Sullivan established the Melbourne-based not-for-profit company in 2005 with the sole purpose of filling the gap left by the big pharmaceutical companies by developing medicines that were based on need for treatment rather than the patients’ ability to afford them.

Medicines Development for Global Health has been working for five years on the development of the drug and is now planning to develop moxidectin as a new treatment for scabies, a common problem in Indigenous communities.

Priority review voucher

The company has also won a priority review voucher under a scheme set up in 2007 to create a financial incentive to reward drug makers willing to spend the time and money developing treatments for the some of the world’s most neglected diseases. The scheme creates a market for making new drugs that the private market was not filling itself.

Under the scheme, a company that wins a voucher gets a fast track through the FDA for consideration of its  next new drug,  even if it’s a treatment that would have a commercial return. This gives it a head-start over its rivals.

Crucially, a company can also on-sell the voucher to a bigger company willing to pay anywhere between $US100 million and $300 million for the right to almost halve the approval time.

Because Medicines Development for Global Health is a not-for-profit, its proceeds from drug sales and the voucher will be reinvested in the company to develop new drugs & medications for other neglected diseases.

“Our plan is to sell the voucher and use the funds to support further development of moxidectin for other neglected diseases but also to expand our portfolio into other medicines and vaccines,” Mr Sullivan said.

Professor David Ridely from Duke University authored the scheme and said Medicines Development for Global Health was a textbook example of how he envisaged the program would work.

“I’m delighted that the voucher program is playing a role in treating patients with river blindness, and one day eliminating the disease,” he said.

Mr Sullivan said the development of moxidectin could not have been possible without a $US13 million co-investment from the Global Health Investment Fund, which is the social impact investment fund initially put together by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

”We believe moxidectin may play a pivotal role in eventually eradicating river blindness, and look forward to working with MDGH and others in making this happen,” Curt LaBelle, managing partner at the investment fund, said.

Color-enhanced Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of Onchocerca volvulus, image of a female worm with microfilaria. O. volvulus is a nematode that causes onchocerciasis, or “river blindness,” mostly in Africa. Long-term corneal inflammation, or keratitis, leads to thickening of the corneal stroma which ultimately leads to blindness.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved moxidectin for the treatment of onchocerciasis (river blindness) due to Onchocerca volvulus in patients ≥12 years of age.

Moxidectin, a macrocyclic lactone, is an anthelmintic drug that selectively binds to the parasite’s glutamate-gated chloride ion channels. It is active against O. volvulus microfilariae but it does not kill adult O. volvulus parasites. The tropical disease spreads from person to person via black flies that breed near rivers in South and Central America, sub-Saharan Africa and Yemen

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 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will develop cancer in their lifetimes. This saddening reality is made worse when it is acknowledged that modern methods of ‘treating’ the disease are often ineffective and only make the symptoms of the disease far worse. In fact, according to one Berkeley doctor, Dr. Hardin B. Jones, chemotherapy doesn’t work 97% of the time.

In the eye-opening video above, Dr. Hardin B. Jones, a former professor of medical physics and physiology at the University of California, Berkeley, discusses how ‘leading edge’ cancer treatment is a sham.

Studied life expectancy of patients for over 25 years

He has personally studied the life expectancy of patients for more than 25 years and has come to the conclusion that chemotherapy does more harm than good. The bone-chilling realization prompted Dr. Jones to speak out against the billion-dollar cancer industry.

“People who refused chemotherapy treatment live on average 12 and a half years longer than people who are undergoing chemotherapy,” said Dr. Jones of his study, which was published in the New York Academy of Science.

“People who accepted chemotherapy die within three years of diagnosis, a large number dies immediately after a few weeks.” 

According to the physician, the only reason doctors prescribe chemotherapy is because they make money from it. Such an accusation doesn’t seem unreasonable, as cancer

Patients rejecting conventional therapy live 4x longer

“Patients with breast cancer who reject conventional therapy live four times longer than those who follow the system. So this is something that you will not hear in the mass media, which will continue  the myth…”

Despite the fact that the United States spends more on healthcare than any other high-income nation in the world, diseases of affluence continue to increase in prevalence, resulting in a shorter life expectancy.

Perhaps this is because mainstream media and the allopathic healthcare system don’t teach about the importance of preventative medicine. Eating a healthy diet, engaging in exercise, thinking positive thoughts, reducing stress, and enjoying the company of others – or habits that bring joy – are all proven to improve longevity and happiness.

Natural alternatives

In addition, potent all natural medicines, such as cannabis oil, are also strictly regulated and illegal in many areas – despite the fact that CBD-rich oil from the marijuana plant is listed as a remedy on the U.S.’ National Cancer Institute’s website.   www.druglinks.info

As it is, there is no money in a healthy population, which is why fast food joints and pharmaceutical industries thrive in America. Hopefully, Dr. Jones’ efforts will inspire people to seek out alternative options if they or someone they know develops the debilitating disease.

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CAESALPINIA PULCHERRIMA L. – PRIDE OF BARBADOS. TRADITIONAL MEDICINAL PLANT OF THE SURINAMES

July 10th, 2018

CAESALPINIA PULCHERRIMA L. – PRIDE OF BARBADOS

Caesalpinia Pulcherrima Synonym Poinciana pulcherrima, Poinciana bijuga.
Common name Pride of Barbados, dwarf poinciana, red bird of paradise, krere – krere, Barbados flower – fence, pearock flower, tabachin, tabaquin.
Family Caesalpinaceae and Fabaceae.

Overview

Pride of Barbados is a small evergreen perennial shrub or tree, from the West Indies, 10 – 15 feet high with alternate, bipinnate leaves. The stem and branches are armed with spines. The red, orange, yellow and pink flowers grow at the end of the prickly branches. This small, graceful tree flowers throughout the year and is a beautiful garden plant. Pride of Barbados has beautiful bowl – shaped flowers in the colors red, orange, orange – red and yellow. The yellow variety is often called yellow bird of paradise.

The fruits are legumes, 3 – 4″ long; when ripe they split open and release the brown bean. The variety of pride of Barbados with red flowers is also called red bird of paradise, while the yellow species is called phoenix bird of paradise. Closely related is the Yellow bird of paradise (Caesalpinnia gilliesii) which has yellow flowers with long red stamens.

*** Suriname’s traditional medicine The leaves are purgative and used against kidney stones, malarial fever and bronchitis.

**** Flavonoids isolated from this plant possess anti-inflammatory activities; the flavonoid of quercetin has antiviral activity. Pride of Barbados exhibit a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity, particularly against Escherichia coli (enteropathogen), Proteus vulgaris, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus.

**** The root and stem seem to be cytotoxic.(damages or destroys cancerous cells).

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Scientists Find Substance In Mangosteen Kills 99% Of Breast & other Cancer Cells In lab tests

July 3rd, 2018

This is a follow up on an earlier posting on Mangosteen in this site.

Great news for mangosteen lovers and those following the quest to find novel anti-cancer medicines derived from plants! We just received this report from our friends over at The Eden Prescription: In a new study published in Molecular Cancer (an open-access, peer-reviewed journal) alpha-mangostin, a substance derived from mangosteen pericarp, was shown to kill up to 99% of human breast cancer cells in vitro.*

What was particularly interesting about this study was that the researchers gained a deeper understanding of the mechanism of action of the mangosteen-derived substance. Alpha-mangostin was reported to block Fatty Acid Synthase – which disrupts the cancer cells’ ability to make fatty acids – without which they die. [1]

It appears that numerous cancer cell types require Fatty Acid Synthase for their survival, which may be the reason why mangostin has received much attention recently; it has also been found deadly also to prostate, liver, colon, and pancreatic cancers as well as leukemia.

Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana) is an amazing, delicious tropical fruit – one of my favorites in fact – and was originally native to Thailand. Don’t be fooled by the name, it does not look or taste like a mango. Mangosteen has a thick, pithy casing (pericarp) which is easily broken or cut open to reveal the white, fleshy part inside that is eaten. Mangosteen is also considered potentially valuable with weight loss, inflammation, heart disease and diabetes! However it is the pericarp that may have the strongest medicinal qualities. For centuries, people in Southeast Asia have used dried mangosteen pericarp as antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, antipyretic, analgesic, and as a treatment for rashes. [2]

Tests like the study mentioned are the first step in the development and study of new medicines. It’s a long way before we can say for certain that mangosteen will have a direct anti-cancer action in humans – and in this study the beneficial substance was in the pericarp (the pithy case). However there have now been several promising studies on mangosteen extracts – including a 2013 study in which alpha-mangostin significantly suppressed tumor growth and reduced lymph node metastasis in mammary cancer in mice; leading researchers to conclude that “Mangosteen extracts appear to, in fact, have chemopreventive qualities and might prove useful as adjunctive and/or complementary alternative treatments in human breast cancer.” [2]

Mangosteen pericarp is available in supplement form.

* “In vitro” (literally “in glass”) is a scientific term used to denote that the test was done on isolated cell cultures in laboratory glassware, as opposed to in living creatures (“In vivo”).

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BLACK SALVE COMPOUND SAID TO BE A MIRACLE CURE SAY SOME.PICS GALLERY

June 29th, 2018

This salve consisting of Blood Root, Zinc Chloride & other herbal inclusions is said to get rid of skin melanomas, sometimes in just a matter of days. I interviewed the woman who used it on her husband & her/his friends who had lost hope in traditional treatments. She supplied me with a number of images of persons close to her who have used the product & were amazed with the results.

WARNING >>THESE IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING TO SOME VIEWERS

Mrs M as we shall call her is able to make & sell the salve as treatment for removing growths on animals. We could say that we are animals perhaps & use the product. Not for me to say. I am just telling you her story. I have used the product myself also with great success. Your call to either use it or not. Don’t let the pics scare you. It is just part of the process in healing going through the stages, from application to growth removal.

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The above graphic images show you the basic overall process of killing the tumour or growth.

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Applying the salve to the tumour or cancer & covering it with a sterile bandage.Leave for 3-4 days & reapply new bandage & more salve if required. Do not get it wet during this period.Small growths can usually be removed at this stage by pulling off the scab formed & in so doing the salve has done its work & killed the growth.In pulling off the scab it also takes out the deadly growth like popping a cork with instant pain relief.

It leaves a clean empty hole that heals up over a short period using the normal care treatments available. It does not appear to attack the healthy tissue just the infected growth or sick tissue.

NOTE->While the salve is doing its work there will be some level of infection type pain to the person

*I the owner of this site do sing praises of this black salve because having tried it on 2 small growths on my leg, both are gone with no trace of them ever having been there.

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She was a nurse. So why did Helen shun conventional cancer treatment?

May 23rd, 2018

Helen Lawson was a respected emergency department nurse and a top cyclist. She died last month from ovarian cancer.

But could her death have been avoided?

Helen Lawson on holiday in Paris in 2010.

Helen, 50, had shunned mainstream cancer treatments.

Her grieving family says the “bright and successful” woman had fallen under the influence of a self-described healer and hypnotherapist who told her not to undergo surgery.

Instead he allegedly prescribed an aggressive and painful treatment called black salve, which ate away at her flesh, leaving her swollen and in pain.

Dennis Wayne Jensen claimed he had cured his own brain tumour twice and had cured hundreds of others of cancer, Helen’s family says.

EDITORS NOTE> Black Salve is only to be used on small surface cancers, a little at a time. This fellow claims it is ok for Internal cancers as well..He is dangerous. I have used it with success the proper way.

Her partner of 21 years, Belinda Davies, said she would drive Helen out to his North Warrandyte home on the bushy outskirts of Melbourne and watch in disbelief as he put his hands on her body, already “mutilated” from his mal-treatment, and say he was driving out the illness.

“He put his hands on her stomach and would breathe out like he was trying to blow away the cancer, telling us that the cancer was gone, and there was only a tiny little bit still there,” Belinda said.

“And here she was so swollen and distended and just unbelievably ill.”

Helen and partner Belinda Davies at the Australian Open.

The case has been described as tragic by Victoria’s Health Complaints Commissioner, Karen Cusack, who has issued Jensen with a 12-week interim prohibition order banning him from providing any health service while the matter is being investigated.

The commissioner said it was alleged that Helen “had been dissuaded from following conventional medical cancer treatment and she subsequently died”.

“I don’t issue these orders lightly, but I am satisfied that this was necessary in this case to avoid a serious risk to the health, safety or welfare of the public at large,” she said.

According to her loved ones, Helen discovered a lump in her pelvic region in January last year but initially brushed it off. A scan in October revealed a 17-centimetre growth on her ovary, more tahn likely advanced overian cancer.

She was booked in for surgery to remove the tumour but pulled out at the last minute, following a visit to Jensen the day before she was due to go into hospital.

Helen, who was a keen cyclist, working on her bike.

“She came home and said she wasn’t having the surgery now,” Belinda said.

“She said ‘Denn [Jensen] said the surgery is not going to work, and I’m just a number to them, and the black salve will draw out the cancer and the black salve will do what the surgeons can’t.

“I had a huge fight with her. I was just saying, ‘This is insane, give yourself a chance. For God’s sake, just give yourself a chance.’ ”

Belinda believes that Helen, an emergency department nurse at the Austin Hospital, received a recommendation for Jensen from a paramedic she worked alongside.

Shortly after being diagnosed with cancer, she returned to her home with what looked like black tar all over her stomach, which eventually ate away at her flesh.

EDITORS NOTE >Very dangerous for such a large area.1cm2 at a time maximum

“It rots the skin away. It looks like third-degree burns,” Belinda said.

“It was just horrific & disgusting.”

It is understood the substance was black salve (also known as red salve or cansema), a widely discredited alternative cancer treatment containing the plant bloodroot & zinc chloride with other herbs in some formulations, which can destroy large parts of the skin and underlying tissue, leaving behind a thick black scar.

EDITORS NOTE > The black scar so formed destroys & consumes the infected tissue then the plug can be popped out leaving a clean wound hole behind which heals back up to form a normal skin surface. Prior to this it is painful for a few days & when popped, it is like expressing a boil, then total relief & infection dissapears. There is no ‘BLACK SCAR’

The article refers to destroying large parts of the skin. That is rubbish unless you spread it all over the place like an idiot would do.This is a great formulation & works if used correctly under proper medical supervision. Overdosing on most medications is harmful anyway, so know the rules.It worked for me.

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This is what happened to a man in Queensland who applied black salve to his head

Editors note > This lesion shown in the image above indicates this person applied the black salve on too large an area for far too long a period. Should be over a few days not months.The area covered appears to be 20 times the area you should cover at a single time as well. Who was guiding this victim?? What was he trying to treat?

“Things like black salve just kill everything, normal skin cells, abnormal skin cells, it doesn’t matter,” said Dr Douglas Grose, president of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia.

“You can’t control it. All you’re doing is killing the full thickness of the skin and allowing it to scar up. It’s a ridiculous technique.”

EDITORS NOTE> Unless medically supervised you cannot control people indiscrimitely using it. You can control how much & when it is used under medical supervision, one would think. Use it but with care & be mindful that it is best in small doses at a time, a little at a time for external cancers only

It is illegal to sell black salve in Australia, and the Therapeutic Goods Administration says it is not aware of any credible scientific evidence showing it to be effective in treating cancer. Nevertheless, the cream has continued to be promoted in online testimonials, and instructions to make it are easily found on the internet.

In 2014, a man in Brisbane was left with a hole in his head after applying black salve to the side of his face for four months. Other disturbing cases have also been reported globally.

Self-proclaimed healer Dennis Wayne Jensen.

Jensen, however, insists black salve “works” and is not an approved mainstream treatment because pharmaceutical companies can’t make any money out of it.

“They don’t want black salve on the market because it cures cancer,” he said in an interview with Fairfax Media on Monday.

He said that when Helen came to him late last year he first offered her alterative products, including another controversial treatment, vitamin B-17.

Jensen said Helen had been told “she wouldn’t live until the next Christmas”.

“She told me, ‘I want you to pull out everything you’ve got,’ ” Jensen said.

The self-proclaimed healer said he recently cured a man of a terminal cancer in his neck and had also healed a woman’s ovaries.

“I actually put my hand on her tummy, over the ovaries, and I was able to heal the ovaries so she could have a baby,” he said.

He said he did not charge for his services, or ask for money – a claim disputed by Belinda, who said he made it clear he expected a donation once Helen recovered.

Jensen attended the interview with two advocates, who brought with them a stack of documents they claimed showed that the interim prohibition order had no legal standing.

It’s still baffling to Helen’s family that a woman who spent her life so focused on her health and working as a medical professional would so thoroughly reject doctors’ advice.

Her sister-in-law, Deb Davies, complained to the Health Complaints Commissioner after Helen’s death, handing over a DVD of graphic photos to investigators.

Fairfax Media was provided with an image of the wound on Helen Lawson’s stomach after she tried to treat her ovarian cancer with black salve, but has chosen only to run a blurred version because it is so confronting.

Photo: Supplied

“You have never seen anything like what happened to Helen. It is so confronting,” she said.

“Literally above her pubic bone, all across her abdomen almost up to her rib cage, she was raw, mutilated bubbling flesh.”

Belinda said that within a few weeks of Helen applying the black salve the wound was so large that surgeons could not have operated even if they had wanted to.

After screaming matches in which Belinda begged Helen to go hospital, she said she gave in and focussed on trying to be there for her partner.

The pair met in hospital just over 20 years ago when Belinda was Helen’s patient. Much of their life together was spent cycling, with Belinda supporting Helen through an elite mature-age criterium career that saw her top the nation in her age category.

Helen Lawson was a keen cyclist.

Photo: Darrian Traynor

As Helen became progressively sicker, Belinda said, Jensen continued to insist she had been cured.

“He promised her that she would get well and the cancer had died,” she said.

It was only in the final weeks of her life that Helen’s contact with him began to diminish, but only because Jensen was ignoring many of Helen’s increasingly desperate calls, Belinda said.

Helen was rushed to hospital on April 6 after collapsing at home, and died that night. Belinda sent Jensen a message saying that “we lost her, she was riddled with cancer”, but hasn’t spoken to him since.

She believes Helen could have survived at least another few years if it wasn’t for his intervention.

“I’m really struggling. I’m having a really hard time,” Belinda said. “She was the love of my life.”

Belinda and Helen on holiday in Spain.

The continuing investigation into Jensen uses new powers given to the Health Complaints Commissioner. For now, if Jensen fails to comply with the interim order, which prevents him from saying he can cure cancer as well as banning him from providing any health service as the matter is investigated, he faces a large fine or up to two years in prison. He could eventually face a permanent ban.

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THIS 11YR OLD GIRL HAD HUGE TUMOUR OF 10 KILOS GROWING INSIDE OF HER

May 22nd, 2018

A Queensland Australia schoolgirl had a mass growing so big inside her doctors thought she might have been pregnant.When little Cherish-Rose Lavelle started quickly losing weight her mother Louise knew something was amiss.

After taking the the 11-year-old for a medical examination, it wasn’t long before she was transferred to hospital in Hervey Bay and sent directly to the capital of Brisbane by plane.The aggressive germ-cell cancer was causing Cherish-Rove a lot of pain and Ms Lavelle noticed her daughter’s normally bubbly personality was very different over two months.Rare for a girl of Cherish-Rose’s age, the cancer will set her back a bit from starting Year 6 this month.’This morning she was bright and smiling but right now she is very dispondent,’ Ms Lavelle told the Daily Mail Australia.

Now Ms Lavelle must sell her op-shop business so she can spend months looking after her daughter in hospital.’It’s going to be a long haul,’ she said.Ms Lavelle initially thought her daughter was suffering an eating disorder before she discovered something more sinister was at play.’This is something I want parents to be aware of as I thought she was suffering an eating disorder from being bullied for being overweight,’ she said.’She suddenly lost 14-15kg and I started to demand food into her because I was frightened and then when the pain started in her belly and back I was clueless.’When I was told she had cancer I couldn’t stop crying, it broke my heart.’Now I’ve been told that it is curable I am so very relieved.Now my life has changed nothing else is of importance at all.’ Chemo will shrink the tumour quickly so Cherish-Rose can go into surgery to have it removed.It is another blow for Ms Lavelle who discovered the manager in her shop was allegedly abusing her role through fraud, having to let her and others go and leaving her short staffed as this stressful time.Heartfelt messages have been shared on social media wishing the inspirational young girl all the best with her health & her future..

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Australian scientist gives last public thoughts before Swiss euthanasia ends his life

May 13th, 2018

Zurich: A 104-year-old Australian scientist who travelled to Switzerland to end his life has said he is not without regrets but is “happy” to have the chance to end his life.

Ecologist Proffesor David Goodall, who is not terminally ill, told a news conference in Switzerland that he was ready for the end. He said he chose Switzerland as that country’s liberal assisted suicide laws let him commit suicide legally, in contrast to Australia where it remains outlawed.

Ecologist David Goodall sings Beethoven’s 9th symphony on his last day.

Professor Goodall, a member of the Order of Australia, responded to reporters’ questions in the Swiss city of Basel while accompanied by members of euthanasia groups including Philip Nitschke, founder of Exit International.

He understood that his death, planned for Thursday, would be by lethal injection, though he did not know what time it would take place nor many details about the procedure. Some family members would be present, he said.

“One should be free to choose the death, when death is at an appropriate time,” said Professor Goodall, who wore a jumper cardigan bearing the words “Aging Disgracefully”.

David Goodall, 104, is not terminally ill but says his body is failing him.

Photo: AP

“My abilities have been in decline over the past year or two, my eyesight over the past six years. I no longer want to continue this life. I’m happy to have the chance tomorrow to end it.”

Assisted suicide has been legal in Switzerland since the 1940s, if performed by someone with no direct interest in the death. The Netherlands legalised euthanasia in 2002 for patients considered to be suffering unbearable pain with no available cure.

A Swiss doctor had to determine if Professor Goodall was of sound mind before he could undergo assisted suicide.

In lots of countries, though, physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia is illegal.

Professor Goodall farewells his grandson at Perth Airport before leaving Australia.

Photo: AAP

Australia has forbidden such practices, although Victoria, last November, became the first state to pass a euthanasia bill to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives. It takes effect in June of 2019.

Professor Goodall was born in London in 1914 and moved to Australia in 1948. An expert in arid shrublands, he was a lecturer at the University of Melbourne, worked in Britain and held academic posts at USA universities.

While visibly straining to hear questions, Professor Goodall answered them clearly and in detail after they were repeated using a microphone.

He said he felt a “sense of pressure”, given media attention on his end-of-life journey to Switzerland.

“I don’t feel that anyone else’s choice is involved,” he said. “It’s my own choice to end my life tomorrow.”

Professor Goodall said he had not given much thought to a last meal, as he said his culinary choices had grown quite limited.

He had not contemplated music to accompany his passing, but thought Beethoven’s 9th Symphony may be good, he said, before singing a few notes.

Professor Goodall said he was not without regrets: “There are many things I would like to do, but it’s too late. I’m content to leave them undone.”

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What is listeria and how to avoid it?

March 1st, 2018

What is Listeria?

Listeria infection, also known as Listeriosis, is a rare but potentially severe illness caused by bacteria that infect humans and other warm-blooded animals.

It is caught most commonly through contaminated food.

How do you get the listeria infection?

Listeria is found in a plethora of environments and food items including:

  • Dirty water, irrigation water, soil and fertiliser
  • Cold chicken, deli meat, and pre-packaged meats
  • Raw and cold seafood including smoked salmon
  • Ice cream and unpasteurised milk products
  • Soft cheeses such as camembert and brie
  • Fresh fruit and bagged vegetables
  • Pre-prepared salads
  • Soy products such as tofu and tempeh

Lisa Szabo, CEO of Food Authority NSW, told SBS News that listeria infections happen most frequently through the food we eat, especially pre-packaged items.

“The bacteria are found very widely in our environment,” she said. “It’s present in the soil and it can be present in water. It can also be present in animals, whether it’s pets, cattle or sheep. So it’s not unexpected that it does find its way into food.”

Infection can also occur through contact with animals and pests, and insufficient cleaning of contaminated fruit and unclean hands.

Who is most at risk?

Listeria is uncommon in people with robust immune systems. Those most at risk include; pregnant women, infants, the elderly, people weakened by chronic illness and those taking immunity-impairing medications. Blood or spinal fluid samples are necessary for doctors to diagnose infection.

Listeria is not normally transmitted between people, although a pregnant woman can pass it onto her unborn baby through the placenta. Transmission can result in stillbirth or premature birth.

What does listeria do to the body?

Ms Szabo said listeria commonly presents as flu-like symptoms but infected patients have also presented with pneumonia and heart valve infections.

“People can have aches, pains, fever and chills. Some people can get nausea, and sometimes people will get diarrhoea,” she said.

“In very extreme cases people can get septicaemia and meningitis, and unfortunately, some people do die as a result of the more extreme forms.”

How to avoid getting it?

To avoid Listeria infection, Ms Szabo emphasised that people need to maintain good hygiene standards and be especially careful when buying and consuming fresh produce.

“We’re saying to people, particularly those who fall into those high-risk groups, not to purchase melons that have been bruised or damaged. That might be giving an indication that maybe organisms on the outside of the food have gotten into the middle,” she said.

“We also want to enforce basic hygiene messages: washing your hands before and after handling food; and making sure your cutting boards, dishes, utensils and countertops are washed and clean.”

Food Authority NSW and the Food Safety Information Council list the following simple measures: 

  • Avoid items past their ‘best before’ or ‘use by’ date
  • Refrigerate food items within two hours of slicing.
  • Cook foods thoroughly
  • Reheat food until it is steaming hot
  • Refrigerate leftovers promptly and use within 24 hours, or freeze
  • Ready to eat food should never be stored in the fridge for too long

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More than 70 cases of listeria were reported in 2017 and there have been 30 cases so far this year.

A listeria outbreak that resulted in the deaths of two people in New South Wales has sparked warnings from health authorities for Australians to throw out their rockmelons (also known as cantaloupe).

So far, ten elderly people across Australia have been diagnosed with listeria infection after eating rockmelons from the NSW Riverina region. The affected melons have been removed from sale.

How was the outbreak linked to rockmelons in Australia?

The latest Listeria outbreak has been linked to a rockmelon grower in the NSW town of Nericon, near Griffith, who volunteered to cease production last week after being notified of the outbreak.

Food Authority NSW has launched an investigation and CEO Lisa Szabo said her team is looking at a variety of contributing factors.

“It could be contaminated water, the type of fertilizer that was used, or that there was insufficient cleaning of the rockmelons prior to sale,” she said. “But if people are now seeing rockmelons on the shelves of supermarkets, they’re not rockmelons that have been implicated in this particular outbreak.”

Authorities have advised consumers to dispose of rockmelons in rubbish bins, not compost bins, if they are uncertain of the fruit’s origin.

Henry Sapiecha

Ten Herbs For Fibromyalgia

February 28th, 2018

Top 10 Herbs For Fibromyalgia
The body image shows the “the location of the nine paired tender points that comprise the 1990 American College of Rheumatology criteria for fibromyalgia.”
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The challenge with fibromyalgia is that it is not only characterized by chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain but is also a syndrome that is accompanied by fatigue, sleeplessness, joint stiffness and even psychological conditions like depression and anxiety.

While the exact origin of this central nervous system disorder remains unknown, many clinical treatments involve therapeutic and pharmacologic interventions. However, these often have shortcomings. Therapies are usually ineffective with some clinical studies showing only short-term effectiveness or patients may have trouble complying with exercise based treatments. Pharmacological treatments on the other hand may pose extensive side effects. Which is why a 2011 survey reports that approximately 90% of arthritic patients employ alternative therapies like herbal medicines for common rheumatic conditions including fibromyalgia. Below are 10 herbal remedies regarded by many as beneficial for fibromyalgia.

10 Herbs for Fibromyalgia

Chamomile

With sleep difficulties and increasing anxiety frequently associated with fibromyalgia, the calming herb chamomile has been found to promote better sleep, reduce anxiety and even boost the immune system. [4] Scientists believe the dried flowers of chamomile contain terpenoids and flavonoids which contribute to its curative and preventive medicinal properties. [5] And because it is very mild, it is safe even for children and has a wide variety of applications aside from muscle spasm, rheumatic pain and fibromyalgia.

Valerian

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Like chamomile, valerian is also an herbal relaxant. When researchers in Germany studied whether bathing in water containing valerian oil have an effect on pain, sleeplessness and tender point count, out-patients with generalized fibromyalgia reported significant improvements in their well-being and sleep while tender point count also decreased significantly.

St. John’s Wort

While no specific study has claimed St. John’s Wort success in treating fibromyalgia, several researches have shown St. John’s Wort as more effective than placebo in treating depression that commonly accompanies fibromyalgia. Other sources show that this herb can be as effective as antidepressants like Prozac in alleviating mild depression – however claims of no side effects should be met with caution as St. John’s wort does have the potential for side effects and can can cause adverse reactions if combined with several prescription medications.

Ginko Biloba

In 2002, British scientists conducted an open, uncontrolled study to evaluate the effects of coenzyme 10 combined with Ginko biloba extract in volunteer subjects with clinically diagnosed fibromyalgia syndrome. After participants orally received 200 mg of Ginko extracts everyday for 84 days, improvement in quality of life was gradually observed throughout the duration of the study, with a significant difference noted compared when the study first began. This, together with only minor side effects, proves to be promising for more controlled studies in the future.

Cayenne

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Studies suggest cayenne to be a versatile herb targetting pain from anywhere in the head like migraine or tension headaches down to body muscle pain. Clinical trials using various topical preparations of cayenne found evidence of their effectiveness in reducing low back pain compared to a placebo.

Red Clover

Known for its ability to boost the immune system of the body as well as in providing ample amount of energy, red clover is considered as one of the best natural solutions to fibromyalgia. This herb is actually a good source of Vitamins B and C which normally lack in people diagnosed with fibromyalgia. [10]

When made into tea, red clover, together with dandelion and burdock root, aids in cleansing the bloodstream. It also helps in relieving different symptoms of fibromyalgia like poor mental function, intestinal issues, restless sleep, stiffness of the joints and joint pain. [11]

Passionflower

This potent herb has sometimes been included in natural treatments for fibromyalgia because of its ability to relieve common symptoms of fibromyalgia which include tension, nervousness, fatigue, sleep disturbances and anxiety.

Ginseng

Considered as one of the oldest herbs that aid in treating fibromyalgia, ginseng is a very potent herb that is known for its anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that help people suffering from this condition. It also helps in stimulating the body’s immune system against viral and bacterial infections.

Regular intake of ginseng actually helps in cleansing the body as well as in stimulating the proper functioning of the organs. It gradually eliminates the discomforts caused by fibromyalgia, and through time, all symptoms are relieved. Ginseng also works by restoring the energy lost during the attack of fibromyalgia.

Griffonia Simplicifolia

Though less commonly known, griffonia simplicifolia is a powerful herb that can be used in eliminating the debilitating symptoms of fibromyalgia. The herb actually contains high levels of 5- HTP which is considered as an effective natural pain killer. Griffonia Simplicifolia primarily functions by alleviating the pain associated with fibromyalgia. Also, its natural ability in bringing relaxation and calmness to the muscles to help deal with the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

Kava kava

Well known for its ability to ward off anxiety and nervousness, kava kava is a very potent herb that can be used to treat several symptoms of fibromyalgia. It actually helps in relieving nervous tension that is associated with conditions characterized by muscle spasms, like fibromyalgia.

The use of kava kava is believed to be effective in reducing mental stress while enhancing mental capacities. It also relaxes striated muscles thereby permitting more blood to flow into the brain. In effect, patients are capable of  thinking clearly and properly.

Because no widely accepted cure for fibromyalgia exists, treatment is usually simply focused in relieving the symptoms. Consequently, the growing popularity of using alternative remedies like herbs especially by those who suffer chronic fibromyalgia necessitates further studies on their effectiveness and the mechanisms involved behind them.

Henry Sapiecha

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Herbs For Fibromyalgia – References:

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibromyalgia

[2] Complementary and alternative therapies for fibromyalgia. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11286671

[3] Herbal medicine in the treatment of rheumatic diseases. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21220089

[4] http://www.fibromyalgiahope.com/fibromyalgia-herbs.html

[5] Chamomile: A herbal medicine of the past with bright future. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21132119

[6] Medicinal baths for treatment of generalized fibromyalgia. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=valerian%2C+fibromyalgia

[7] http://www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/guide/fibromyalgia-herbs-and-supplements

[8] An open, pilot study to evaluate the potential benefits of coenzyme Q10 combined with Ginkgo biloba extract in fibromyalgia syndrome. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12025528

[9] Herbal medicine for low back pain: a Cochrane review. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17202897

[10] http://ic.steadyhealth.com/fibromyalgia_herbs.html

[11] http://www.herbal-treatment-remedies.com/red-clover-tea.html

[12] http://ic.steadyhealth.com/fibromyalgia_herbs.html

[13] http://www.ilhwakoreanginseng.com/ginseng_for_fibromyalgia.html

[14] http://ic.steadyhealth.com/fibromyalgia_herbs.html

[15] http://www.healthy.co.nz/ailment/2055-kava-kava-nervous-system-relaxant.html

[16] http://www.naturopathic-physician.com/index.php?page=28