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Monday, November 28th, 2016

Amazing: Woman Cures Breast Cancer with Black Salve

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You’re entitled to have a giggle at this should you feel inclined to do so …
It’s now just over two weeks ago since I removed my large breast tumour using black salve. The tumour came out in 2 stages, the smaller part after 20 days and the much larger part on day 28. The day after the large part of the tumour came out I hand delivered the breast tumours to the hospital, preserved in a jar of Regan’s best polish vodka (much to his dismay). The surgeon, a very amiable Irish chap, appeared quite dumbfounded and made very little comment. I was accompanied by my mum, Eileen, who with such genuine excitement at the whole event pipes up – ‘Isn’t is marvelous doctor, hasn’t she done well?’ – to which he politely refused to comment. I was keen to have the sample sent for histology in order that it would be documented in my hospital records. He agreed to do so, and he sent a follow up letter to my GP with comments as follows…
‘This lady was seen in breast clinic today. She has a history of left breast cancer, she declined operative therapy and opted for alternative remedies.
She attended clinic today with, what appeared to be, 2 pieces of breast tissue. She had been applying herbal remedies to the area and this appears to have enucleated the tumour from the breast.
She is anxious to have these sent to the lab…I have explained that they may give us limited information as she has preserved it in vodka, but we have agreed to send it and await the outcome.’
I love that word ‘enucleated’ – I even looked it up for the official medical definition:
‘removal of tumour from surrounding tissue without rupturing’.
‘Enucleation is a surgical process during which only the tumor cells are removed.’
‘To remove (a tumor or eye, for example) whole from an enveloping cover or sac.’
I went to the breast clinic yesterday to see the surgeon to get the histology report. It confirmed the obvious, i.e. that the tissue I had removed with the black salve was cancerous breast tissue – it’s just good to have it authenticated for my medical records. I have asked for them to send me the full histology report, they agreed to post it on to me.
My wound is healing up amazingly well – it’s looking great! I am overwhelmed at the body’s capacity to heal. The hole had filled up within 3 days, new skin had covered the wound after a week, and now the wound area is reducing in size on a daily basis. I may yet go topless sunbathing again! (though not in front of my teenage son – he gets far too embarrassed).
I’m still on my strict diet and protocol, and will still be closely monitoring my left breast, especially bearing in mind I’ve still got a small tumour left in there, but I’m very confident that it’s all looking very positive.
Picture 1 – Tumour that came out on  (Day 20)
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Picture 2 – Tumour that came out on (Day 28)
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Picture 3 – The wound on  (Day 28)
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Picture 4 – The amazing healing process –  16 days after tumour came out 
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How To Use Black Salve:

**Please Note**much of the info below was received from Alpha Omega Labs, a company that sold black salve under the commercial name “Cansema” which was very successful in treating skin cancers before the FDA shut them down. There are a select few quality black salves that are still on the market today, like those found at:

As Alpha Omega Labs stated, the products found at and are NOT quality salves and are a waste of money, like many others being marketed as true black salves. As with any ailment, it is important to seek out the advice and treatment of a qualified physician. This site is purely for educational purposes. Information found in this site is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Many of the comments found on this site have not been evaluated by the FDA, FTC, AMA or any other US government regulatory agency. Please read ALL of the following information for better understanding of the process!

The medical definition of “cure” is the non-reoccurrence of pathology within five years after treatment. By the very definition used by orthodox medicine, black salve is empirically a proven cure for skin cancer for the majority of those who use the product according to our instructions.

Effective black salve ingredients include blood root and zinc chloride at a minimum. Often, black salve will also include other immune boosting herbs such as chaparral, red clover, galangal and graviola.

After Reading ALL of the directions below FIRST, you will want to watch the first video on this page:
First, as stated earlier, the user may want to have a biopsy or other diagnostic procedure performed to ascertain whether or not there is, in fact, skin cancer.
Many people, on the observation that they have a “mole” or similar skin marking that is growing and getting darker, have elected to use black salves anyway. After all, black salve is selective in its action and will only “go after” neoplastic (cancerous) tissue. Healthy tissue will only redden and become mildly irritated when black salves is applied. This decision is entirely at the discretion of the user; there is no danger, toxic or otherwise, of applying black salves to healthy tissue, although doing so is simply a waste of the product.
In addition, if you are targeting more than one growth, do one at a time and never apply to a spot larger than a USA quarter.
Black salve comes in a 1/2 oz. container. The product has the consistency of a thick, moist paste. It can easily be self-applied with the fingers and should be spread over the lesion or cancerous tissue in a thin covering, almost lightly “caked.” Wash hands thoroughly before and after applying Black salve.
The applied area will start to tingle shortly afterwards — anywhere between 5 minutes to 6 hours after the initial application. (In fact, if you feel “nothing” after three to six hours, it is most likely that nothing more will happen: Black salve has failed to come into direct contact with the cancer or there is no cancer present. If after 24 hours there is no burning, stinging or pulling sensation, you will want to remove the Black salve, follow the suggestions below in steps 2A, then  reapply, repeating this process, until the Black salve can reach and “grab” the underlying aberrant growth.) If the black salve takes hold and causes a burning, stinging or pulling sensation, then let the rest of the process play out..DO NOT WASH THE SALVE OFF, LET IT BECOME PART OF THE ESCHAR/SCAB THAT FORMS!  In some cases, there is a burning sensation with larger lesions (larger than a USA dime, so it is important to have ibuprofen, or other non-prescription pain killer, available during the process. Note: the moment the eschar falls out, usually within 7-14 days of the initial application, the pain will immediately stop! Areas larger than a square centimeter (or bigger than a U.S. “dime”) may require even stronger analgesics, which, being prescription, will require the services of a cooperative physician.
Otherwise, observing good “pain management” may require that the cancer be “taken out in stages.” This involves applying a small amount to the edge of the growth, waiting for the sensations to die down as the eschar process begins, and then repeating this process on an adjacent area of skin until the entire area has been covered. Observe this same procedure if you are targeting more than one growth.
Do one at a time. In this fashion, any discomfort is minimized because the entire process, which can at that point last several days, has been spread out over time. This bears repeating: never apply Black salve to a large area, unless you are under a physician’s care and advice.
It is also a good idea to place a bandage over the area, particularly if the forming eschar is on a place on the body that might be subject to being bumped or bruised in the course of daily activity. Another thing to consider is that Black salve can stain clothing, so for practical, aesthetic, and cleanliness issues, covering the site is a good idea.
” . . . I applied Black salve and no eschar appeared! . . . What do I do now?”
Black salve has to come into contact with the target cancer area in order to work. It has transdermal properties (i.e. skin penetrating ability) However, a couple of simple tricks can also speed up the process and/or reduce the number of applications required to “reach” a skin cancer that is well below the epidermis. Most people don’t need these techniques if the skin cancer is close to the skin surface. We recommend that these “tricks of the trade” only be used if an initial application does not produce results – which turns out to be a minority of cases.
2A. “Deep Loufah Wash” – Many people use a loofah sponge to rigorously wash and prepare the skin before applying Black salve Salve. This serves to remove some of the dead cells in the top layer of the epidermis (the stratum corneum), so that Black salve has less tissue through which to travel to get to the underlying cancer.
  “Needle Points” – This technique is more effective, but more invasive. It involves taking a sterilized needle and carefully making holes in the skin – about a sixteenth to eighth inch deep, very much as an acupuncturist would – except that the needle is removed as soon as the holes usually spaced about a quarter-inch apart. Following the creation of the “skin holes,” Black Salve is then (re)applied. We recommend that this technique be used by practitioners and not end users. We also advise that practitioners prep the area by rubbing peroxide (3-6%) into the freshly “pricked” skin before Black salve is (re)applied.
After 24 hours remove the bandage. Using hydrogen peroxide (H2O2 – 3%, available in most drug stores) and a Q-Tip, very lightly go over the border of the lesion, removing any organic debris (i.e. puss, serous fluid, etc.) If a full pus formation is not evident or is incomplete, repeat step 2 and leave the new application on for an additional 24 hours before proceeding. Normally one application is sufficient for small tumors (the size of a pencil eraser), but no more than three applications are required for larger tumors. There are instances, however, when repeated applications of Black salve are required because of “accessibility” problems – although this can be limited using the techniques cited in the preceding section. In order to initiate the escharization process, however, and begin killing the cancer, it is vital that Black salve be able to penetrate and reach the subject site. This can take multiple (three or more) applications, though one to two applications is more common.

After the eschar has formed, keep it well protected. Once the scab has formed, you should apply the After Care Cream and continue to use until spot is completely healed.This product will insure the scaring is minimal and keep the scab moist. Normally the bandage can be left on for a period of 10 days: however, in advanced cases there is considerable “drainage,” that is, a steady emission of pus. In the sense that Black salve kills the cancer cells and takes certain leukocytes (defending white blood corpuscles) with it in the process of eliminating the neoplasm, it is a supportive agent: that is, drainage should not be viewed as abnormal. The range of possible response is very little pus and only one bandage ever required, to a regular change of bandages required in the case of advanced melanomas. Your case will be somewhere in-between.

The eschar itself represents the death of the neoplasm, and this occurs shortly after application. Everything that follows is the body’s own reparative responses. From here on out, the body knows exactly what to do and wastes no time doing it. However, to us the days and weeks that follow may seem lengthy.The next stage is the removal of the eschar, or scab. This usually happens within 10-14 days after initial application, unless the case is advanced and/or cancer(s) cover a large area of the body. As with any scab, let it fall out when it is ready. DO NOT PULL IT OUT prematurely, if you remove the eschar prematurely, you further risk developing scar tissue and the cancer root will be left behind to spread.

After the eschar comes out, the pit or “decavitation” can look raw and unsightly. You need to wipe out the healthy pink crater tissue with peroxide, then look for any embedded white spot(s) in the healthy tissue.  If you see any such spot(s), these are cancer roots and you need to immediately cover the white spot(s) only in the crater with more black salve and let the process begin again.  If no white spot(s) is/are present, keep the crater covered and there will be no threat of secondary infection. Continue to apply the After Care Cream twice daily to the area until it is fully healed over and level with the surrounding skin. If you work in an area that is less than clean, however, you might want to have hydrogen peroxide (available in any good drug store) handy and apply it liberally to the site once a day to kill any invasive germs.
Over a period of a few months, or in some cases two years, the entire area will be healed with only some “depigmentation” or scar tissue. The result is rarely more unsightly or unaesthetic than if surgery had been chosen instead.
Only in rare conditions does the cancer “come back” to the area applied, unless there is underlying metastasis. To be sure that the area is clear of cancer, many users elect to initiate a second, or even third, application after they get to the “heal over” stage. We take a dim view to doing this indiscriminately because the risk of scarring is increased with each new re-application. However, with particularly aggressive forms of cancer, such as melanoma, a user may want to weigh the potential advantages of re-application, particularly if the initial cancer is located somewhere on the body that is not usually aesthetically sensitive or viewed in public (i.e. on the back, upper leg, etc.). None of this should be taken as a substitute for using some of the better cancer marker tests that are now available from qualified, licensed physicians. In other words, if you don’t need more than one application, why do it.
In other words, once Black salve has finished its work, there are normally no residual cells from the original neoplasm. This rule finds more exceptions the larger the original cancer growth is, the deeper it is beneath the skin, the more instances of skin cancer the subject has experienced, and/or the more extensive a person’s history of skin cancer is or has been. Remember, you may need to repeat this process if the skin cancer is sufficiently extensive such that residual cancer cells have been left behind after you finish your first “cycle.” (Although, this same admonition would exist if you had your skin cancer surgically removed.) To be on the side of caution, have your health care practitioner check the site to see if there is any remaining cancer. There are excellent antigen marker tests that your physician can utilize to determine if you have a “clean bill of health.”
Update from Ann Devlin
Thank you very much for all the wonderful messages that I have received since posting information on the black salve treatment that I used recently…It is heartwarming to receive such positive messages of support, especially knowing that I may have had a positive impact on others. Since posting the information I have been inundated with comments and questions, and hundreds of friend requests. I am trying to respond but it is difficult to keep up with them, so I am having to prioritize those that appear to be most pressing. I hope you’ll understand If I don’t get chance to reply in a timely manner, I’m not being rude – there’s just not enough hours in the day! I’ve also got to still concentrate on looking after me too  I’m still recovering really well – now 4 weeks today since the main tumour came out, and the wound gets better each day. I’m still on my strict protocol: vegan diet, lots of juicing, good quality filtered water, herbal teas, homeopathy, lots of supplements including high dose Vit C, running, yoga, good quality sleep
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What if we told you there exists a blend of herbs so powerful, effective, and safe for treating cancer that no other conventional treatment even comes close? And what if we told you this same herbal formula only targets malignant cells while leaving healthy cells and other tissue alone? The formula in question actually does exist, and it is traditionally known as Indian black salve, a “magical” cancer cure of sorts that also safely treats viruses and many other health conditions without causing harmful side effects.

If you have never heard of Indian black salve, it is probably because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not recognize it as an official cancer treatment. In fact, most medical authorities who have heard of Indian black salve reject it as any type of medical treatment because it is made from all-natural herbs that are not patented or owned by corporations, which automatically means they “do not work” in the eyes of the medical-industrial complex (even though they actually do work).

The miraculous healing power of bloodroot

But in truth, Indian black salve is one of the most powerful natural cancer treatments known to man. And this is primarily due to the fact that it contains bloodroot, a potent herb native to the United States and Canada that is already recognized amongst many in the natural health community as being effective in the treatment of warts, moles, skin tags, cherry angiomas, and skin cancer. But as it turns out, bloodroot is also effective internallyas a treatment for ovarian, breast, bladder, bone and many other cancers.

There are numerous Indian black salve blends available, and all of them contain bloodroot and several other prominent healing herbs. Lifeline Water, for instance, sells a potent, alcohol-free Indian black salve formula that contains not only bloodroot but yellow dock, licorice, galangal, zinc chloride, and Lifeline Water. You can learn more about this amazing product here:

You may also remember the saga of herbalist Greg Caton, who we previously reported had been illegally kidnapped and extradited from Ecuador for his involvement in producing natural cancer-cure herbal products ( Caton’s Alpha Omega Labs, which still operates out of Ecuador due to medical tyranny here in the U.S., also sells herbal products similar to Indian black salve that contain healing bloodroot:

How does Indian black salve work, and how should you use it?

Since mainstream medicine continues to deny the therapeutic value of Indian black salve, little is known about how it actually works. But many people have successfully used it both externally and internally to treat all types of cancer, viral infections, gastrointestinal problems, and other conditions. Topically, Indian black salve can be applied directly to malignancies for rapid healing. Lifeline Water recommends mixing three grams of Indian black salve with four ounces of natural or bee pollen cream.

Internally, mixing a small amount of Indian salve paste about the size of half of an English pea in water or putting it into a capsule and taking it either once or twice a day, on a full stomach, can help effectively treat and eliminate cancer in as few as 20 days. Though the company is not permitted by law to explain these healing details with customers, many have used Indian black salve successfully to treat their cancers.

Natural News is exercising its free speech rights to share this information with you, and we have absolutely no financial or other connection with Lifeline Water or any other company offering Indian black salve. We are merely informing you about this amazing healing compound for your own benefit, should you or a loved one develop an “incurable” condition like cancer that cannot be treated using conventional methods.

Henry Sapiecha


Monday, November 28th, 2016
This is a story of an individual using the black Salve to treat his cancer with huge success.

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The following paragraphs and pictures are a personal account of a six and a half year struggle with a pathogen on the surface of my back. The pictures are graphic but I felt it was necessary for people who may have a similar problem to see them, in order to be encouraged that the growth/pathogen, has been destroyed and eliminated from my body once and for all and with a very simple remedy.

About six and a half years ago I was planning a trip to Florida and decided, instead of getting burned down there, I would try a tanning bed to prepare my skin for the powerful rays closer to the equator. If any one tells you that these sun beds are safe they are misleading you! I was in for 10 minutes, that’s all it took to cause the damage. I will say this, I did have a pre-existing condition called tinea-versicolor. The Dermatologic Disease Database defines it as “Tinea versicolor is caused by a yeast type of skin fungus, which is present on normal skin. If the skin is oily enough, warm enough and moist enough, it starts to grow into small “colonies” on the surface of the skin.” Earlier work by the late Dr. Royal Rife showed that cancer is a virus that, when in the right medium/conditions, can mutate into a bacteria or fungus and back to a virus, and that a bacteria and fungus can also mutate into the others and back.

So, my belief is that the radiation from the rays of the tanning bed hit the tinea versicolor (fungus) and mutated it into a new pathogen that started destroying my skin and growing into a mass, not just on the surface, but well below also. On 4/26/05 I put an herbal preparation of Black Salve on, what was at the time a mass about the size of a half dollar. Over the years it looked like cauliflower on the surface of the skin which would bleed quite a bit so I wore band-aids over it for years. Effective Black Salve is next to impossible to find in the US but you can find it if you look hard enough. I felt tingling and then a burning sensation almost immediately after the application. Some people have felt the need to take aspirin or pain killers to help maintain the pain, I believe it will depend upon each individual case, but better to be prepared by having some on hand if the pain gets to be too much. That night the area around the spot swelled all around and out from it until the perimeter of swelling was about the size of a mans fist. The next morning I woke up and took a shower and the excess Black Salve washed off and left behind an indentation of the skin by about 3 millimeters which was covered by a black scab or eschar.

I applied another coating of Black Salve the second night just to make sure, and the pain got even worse than the night before, which led me to believe that the first application may not have been enough. I never did put on a third application as was suggested to me by a friend who has dealt with many cases. Here you can see what the eschar looks like as it begins to pull away from the healthy skin. That is a quarter next to it in the picture

A couple of days before the first application I began taking whole food supplements which helped my immune system greatly! Spanish Black Radish 2 tablets per meal, increasing to 7 tablets per meal after the first application of Black Salve and for the entire month following. The Spanish Black Radish helped dramatically reduce the weeping of pus and debris from the wound, it is an awesome product when taken correctly! Many people have had to change their bandages 4 or more times a day because there is so much leakage of pus, but with the Spanish Black Radish, all the pus was eliminated internally through the lymphatic system and I actually left the same bandage on all day, only changing it the following mornings after getting out of the shower. Here you can see what the wound looked like after the eschar fell out on day six from the first application.

The crater it left behind was pretty deep, but the second the eschar fell out the pain was completely gone! In the next two pictures below you see what the growth looked like from its underside. Pretty nasty! The pic next to it shows how deep it was. That is a quarter laying flat next to it, so as you can see, in certain parts of the growth it was the thickness of 5-6 quarters if they were stacked on top of each other!

Now comes the easy part, healing! I used/use two specific formulas to assist my healing over the area with new tissue. The special body wash and also organic coconut oil from . Some areas take as long as a year to completely heal. I do not think mine will take that long because of the aid of these 2 products but I will take them until I am satisfied with the look of the new skin. Below are the last two pictures, one at 2 weeks after the eschar fell out and the second at two months after the eschar fell out. As you can see, the wound is completely healed over and some scar tissue remains, which I will continue to take the special body wash and also organic coconut oil until I feel it is totally finished healing.


I have successfully used black salve on myself and on my mother-in-law. Myself I have photos taken of the various stages of the healing process.

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Henry Sapiecha











Thursday, November 24th, 2016

Say that cryonics does work, does it wipe out memories in the process??

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Clinton Township, Michigan: The president of a cryonic facility where a 14-year-old British girl was taken to be frozen has admitted patients may be left with no memories even if they are successfully woken up.

Dennis Kowalski, of the Cryonics Institute in Michigan, said he did not believe memories would necessarily survive after the brain had been frozen for decades.

Media gather outside the High Court in London. Mr Justice Peter Jackson has granted the final wishes of a 14-year-old girl to be cryogenically preserved image

Media gather outside the High Court in London. Mr Justice Peter Jackson has granted the final wishes of a 14-year-old girl to be cryogenically preserved. 

He said patients could awake as “clones” of themselves, with no sense of their former lives. And he added that he had only a “50-50” belief that people enclosed in the freezing chambers would ever be revived.

Last week it emerged that a teenage cancer patient in Britain had her wish to be frozen after her death granted by a judge following a bitter legal dispute that divided her parents.

A team of British volunteers prepared her body, packed it in dry ice and transported it to the Cryonics Institute in Michigan, one of just three such facilities in the world. The others are Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Arizona, and KrioRus, on the outskirts of Moscow.

Mr Kowalski said the cryonic process would damage the brain, and could wipe out memories completely.

He said: “The question is whether we are saving the person’s identity or their mind. Everything in between is a degree. The analogy would be a stroke.

“Most people who have strokes are happy to be alive. Some people have big strokes, some have small strokes. You won’t have 100 per cent of your mind.

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The Cryonics Institute in Michigan. Photo:

“You could be just like you but without your memory, without the same mind. Like a clone of you.”

The parents of the girl – identified only as JS – had disagreed over whether her wish to be frozen should be followed, so she asked a High Court judge to intervene.

In a letter to the court, she said: “I don’t want to die but I know I am going to … I want to live longer … I want to have this chance.”

The girl asked Mr Justice Peter Jackson to rule that her mother, who supported her desire to be cryonically preserved, should be the only person allowed to make decisions about the disposal of her body. Her wish was granted.

Without commenting on the specifics of the case, Mr Kowalski said: “How can you deny a dying girl’s last wish and take away her last hope?”

But he added that most of the institute’s patients have made their wishes known far in advance.

The scientific community is divided over whether cryonics, which was pioneered by Dr Robert Ettinger, the institute’s founder and – as of 2011 – one of its patients, will actually work.

After the decision emerged, experts said cryonic companies were irresponsible for implying there is a realistic hope that a dead human could be unfrozen, brought back to life and cured of a fatal disease in the future.They said the High Court had made “no assessment of the plausibility of the science” and warned the ruling could encourage vulnerable people to pursue unrealistic hopes.

Clive Coen, Professor of Neuroscience at King’s College London, said: “Irreversible damage is caused during the process of taking the mammalian brain into sub-zero temperatures. The wishful thinking engendered by cryogenics companies is irresponsible.”

Before JS arrived, at least 15 Britons were suspended in the institute’s fibreglass tanks, said Andy Zawacki, the chief operating officer.

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The father of the cryonics movement, Robert Ettinger.

The institute holds 145 humans and 125 pets. Members can contribute $120 annually to reserve their spot, and pay $28,000 to be frozen, most of which can be covered through a life insurance policy. Those fees include the costs of reanimation.

The institute is a non-profit, and only two staff members are paid.

Telegraph, London

How the Heart Can Harden, Biologically

Saturday, November 19th, 2016
With age or injury, the soft tissues of the heart can turn to bone. Is this deadly process reversible?

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Take heart: researchers are probing how the hard-hearted get that way, and whether they can be turned back. (“La autopsia,” Enrique Simonet / Wikimedia Commons)

In matters of the heart, a lot can go wrong. As we age, high blood pressure can overburden this tenacious muscle, causing stroke or heart failure. Smoking cigarettes may harm your heart and blood vessels, as well as damaging individual blood cells. Or the natural effects of old age can render the heart simply too weak to do its job, manifesting in tiredness, shortness of breath or even death. But the heart can also harden, its soft muscle changing into bone.

“The cardiovascular system is one soft tissue that gets calcified very easily,” said Arjun Deb, a heart researcher at the University of California at Los Angeles, referring to the accumulation of calcium salts in the tissues of the heart. This is a bad development: Calcification in blood vessels can eventually block them up, and in the heart, it can actually block the electric signals that keep the cardiac muscles beating. Normal aging, conditions such as kidney disease or diabetes, or even physical trauma to the chest can trigger heart calcification—but the exact hardening mechanism is still largely unknown.

Now researchers have shed light on this enigmatic process by looking at individual cells to see exactly how the flexible tissues of the heart and blood vessels stiffen, impairing beating and circulation. In a study published yesterday in the journal Stem Cell, Deb and his team sought to find out the cause for deadly heart calcification and how the process could potentially be stopped in its tracks. That would be heartening news. Calcification in the heart and blood vessels is one of the main factors in heart disease, which kills about 610,000 Americans annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Armed with the knowledge that heart injury can often result in calcification, the researchers focused their efforts on fibroblasts, connective tissue cells that play an important role in healing wounds. After an injury, fibrocyte cells in the affected area are activated into fibroblasts, which generate connective tissue for healing. Some of these fibroblasts go awry in soft tissue and become like osteoblasts, the cells that produce bone in the skeletal system.

By genetically tagging the fibroblasts in lab mice and then causing various types of injuries to the animals, the researchers were able to see the nearby fibroblast cells turn into cells resembling osteoblasts. Scientists then took these transformed cells and transplanted them into the skin of healthy mice, where the mutant cells began calcifying the rodents’ skin within a month. When grown in lab dishes, harvested human fibroblast cells did the same thing. The mere presence of these osteoblast-type cells, it seemed, worked to calcify surrounding tissues.

This new understanding helped scientists identify a potential mechanism for preventing a fatal hardening of the heart from ever taking place. While studying these mutating fibroblasts, Deb and his team noticed that the cells started to overproduce a protein called ENPP1 in response to heart injury. When they injected an osteoporosis drug into the mice after injuries that usually resulted in heart calcification, not a single mouse developed heart hardening. The drug seemed to stymie the actions of ENPP1 and thus completely prevent calcification, Deb said.

Unfortunately, it seems that this treatment only works when used before the calcification takes place. This kind of preventative treatment would be impractical in humans, since it would be impossible to know when precisely heart damage takes place, says Dr. Paolo Raggi, academic director of the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute in Edmonton, Canada. Raggi, who was not involved in this study, also expressed caution at whether these results in mice would also work in humans.

Nevertheless, he said the researchers did “a fantastic job” at discovering a pathway for how heart calcification occurs. “It’s unbelievable the amount of work they did for one simple question,” Raggi says, noting that the pieces of evidence had been there previously, but that they had not yet been formed into “an elegant story.” “I think there’s definitely potential for future development into this particular field,” he adds.

Deb and his team are already looking ahead to see whether it might be possible not only to prevent, but to reverse a hardened heart. Their next goal is to find out how and why ENPP1 causes calcification after heart injury, in hopes that there might be a way to reverse the hardening. And since this same protein appears to also be involved in calcification in other soft tissues where it shouldn’t occur, Deb hopes that future research on this topic will one day lead to a treatment that can prevent and heal calcification in any part of the body.

“There is promise,” Deb says. In other words: Don’t lose heart.


Henry Sapiecha

Brain scan reveals tumour the size of a fist

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

A tumour the size of a lemon was discovered in Kayla Geltch's skull.image

A tumour the size of a lemon was discovered in Kayla Geltch’s skull.

IT TOOK Kayla Geltch to be on the brink of death before she was finally given a brain scan.

What they scan revealed shocked everyone.

It located a brain tumour the size of a lemon inside her head.

The tumour had moulded into the skull signifying that it had been there for a long time… maybe even since birth.

Recalling back on the moment she was told the news, Kayla’s mum Katrina said it made her soul ache.

“It breaks my heart,” she said.

“I just couldn’t talk when we were told.

“We’ve been pushing for a brain scan for a while, and this is what it took to get one.”

Kayla Geltch, 19, will soon undergo life changing surgery to remove some of her brain tumour.image

Kayla Geltch, 19, will soon undergo life changing surgery to remove some of her brain tumour.

Kayla, 19, has a range of disabilities which includes autism and Asperger’s.

She is mobile but doesn’t speak, and requires full-time care.

About four weeks ago, Kayla had a seizure which almost had a fatal end.

Ms Geltch’s partner Matt Liston has been with the family as the tragedy unfolded.

She was practically dead for 10 minutes, before ambulance arrived,” he said.

What really shook Ms Geltch is the concept that the tumour could have been there lifelong.

“Her behaviour was dismissed as an autism meltdown,” Ms Geltch said.

“She was given medication specifically for that.”

Kayla was transported to the Royal Brisbane Hospital shortly after and that is where she is now.

In the coming days, she will have surgery on the tumour.

Due to its fragile placement, that surgery comes with its own set of risks giving Ms Geltch even more things to stress about.

Ms Geltch is currently waiting for a surgery for her own medical condition, and is physically not able to transport to Brisbane at this very moment.

We have been talking to the doctors every day and seeing how she is going,” Ms Geltch said.

Mr Liston is traveling to Brisbane soon to be with Kayla.

During this difficult time, Kayla’s family is reaching out to the community for help.

A GoFundMe page has been set up, allowing for people to donate.

“We don’t know what will happen after Kayla’s surgery, or what the fees will be,” Ms Geltch said.

“We may need to move down to Brisbane permanently.”

The family also has two other children to take care of.

The GoFundMe page can be found at

And for those who would like to donate but would like to give in cash, head to Le petit chocolatier Hervey Bay.

“Our experience is also a warning for other parents with disabled children, that something that is wrong with them, could be something different from what it appears,” Ms Geltch said.

“They thought she just had behavioural problems, but it turned out to be a tumour.”

Katrina and Kayla Geltch have some mother and daughter fun.image


Henry Sapiecha

Medical tests & treatments you should ask questions about

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

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People & their doctors are wasting money on potentially harmful tests and treatments, these are for cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, coeliac disease & sexually transmitted infections, a new study says.

As more experts recognise people are receiving far too much medicine, 4 groups that specialise in genetics, sexual health, radiology and gastroenterology have produced advisement to curb wasteful and sometimes damaging medical practices as part of the “Choosing Wisely” regimen.

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Choosing wisely programme aims to reduce tests that are not required

On the list are colonoscopies, because of fears they’re being done too often, and genetic tests for markers associated with Alzheimer’s Disease, coeliac disease, and blood clots.

Blood tests for sexually transmitted infections such as herpes, chlamydia and gonorrhoea are also being questioned, along with certain cancer treatments and proton pump inhibitor drugs used to treat heartburn and reflux.

While many of these tests and treatments are effective in certain aspects, there are concerns they’re being used in inappropriate situations where their negatives will outweigh their benefits.

According to NPS MedicineWise, which is co-ordinating the campaign, the drivers of what it calls “inappropriate use” can include marketing and financial incentives for those who will profit; patient demand and doctors not wanting to refuse tests; and doctors not being aware of the latest evidence about best practice in medical literature.

Professor Anne Duggan from the Gastroenterological Society of Australia said medical practitioners  were being urged to check the National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines for colonoscopies, because patients may be having them done unnecessarily for surveillance, putting them at risk of bleeding, tears, inflammation and infection.

Her group has also called for less genetic testing for coeliac disease.

Professor Duggan said because the coeliac gene can be found in one third of the population and a positive result does not make coeliac disease a certainty, doctors should instead be using blood tests when people are consuming an appropriate amount of gluten.

If the blood test is positive, a biopsy is required to confirm the result.

Professor Jack Goldblatt from the Human Genetics Society of Australasia said he was concerned about the rise of genetic testing too, and particularly “direct to consumer” tests because they can lead to unnecessary investigations, worry, and ethical, social and legal issues such as insurance problems.

He said tests for APOE and MTHFR genes were sometimes being done without good reason.

“APOE is considered a risk or susceptibility factor for Alzheimer’s disease, but having a test only shows a probability, so people undertaking a test for APOE can also risk being falsely reassured,” he said.

MTHFR is an enzyme that converts folate which has previously been linked to venous thromboembolism (blood clots), heart disease and recurrent pregnancy loss.

But Professor Goldblatt said testing for a variant in the gene was not useful because variants are very common and having a variant doesn’t generally cause health problems.

President of the Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine Dr Graham Neilsen said his group was trying to reduce testing for herpes when people do not have symptoms because the tests can be inaccurate and do not specify the timing or site of a previous infection.

This can lead to a false impression that somebody has had contagious genital herpes when they might have had a cold sore caused by the herpes virus during their childhood.

“That’s potential dynamite in a relationship,” he said.

“The conclusion may be that a partner has been unfaithful or from a patient’s point of view, they might believe their sex life is over because they’re terrified they will transmit it to their partner or their baby if they get pregnant, and all that could be completely and utterly wrong.”


Henry Sapiecha