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07 Aug 2018 9:37 AM AEST – Biotoxin-related CIRS illnesses roundtable discussion

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

The Australian Parliament’s Health, Aged Care and Sport Committee will be holding a roundtable discussion in Canberra on Thursday, 9 August 2018, as part of its Inquiry into Biotoxin-related Illnesses in Australia.

The Committee Chair, Mr Trent Zimmerman MP, said that ‘the Committee will hear a range of perspectives on the possible health effects of dampness and mould, and the prevalence, diagnosis and treatment available for the illness described as Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS)’.


Jimmy Carter says his brain cancer is gone

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

Jimmy Carter revealed his illness in August image

Former US President Jimmy Carter has said that his brain cancer is gone.

“My most recent MRI brain scan did not reveal any signs of the original cancer spots nor any new ones,” Mr Carter said in a statement.

The 91-year-old first announced the news during a Sunday school class in Plains, Georgia.

Mr Carter, who was president from 1977 to 1981 and won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, revealed his illness in August.

Doctors have been treating four small melanoma lesions on his brain.

Last month, Mr Carter said he was responding well to treatment and there were no signs of further cancer growth.

Jill Stuckey, a member of the congregation at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper that Mr Carter had been teaching the class of about 350 people when he made the announcement.

“He said he got a scan this week and the cancer was gone,” she said.

“The church, everybody here, just erupted in applause.”

Human rights advocate

Mr Carter revealed in August that cancer initially found in his liver had spread to four spots on his brain. The lesion on his liver was removed on 12 August.

After leaving the White House, Mr Carter founded the Carter Center, which focuses on human-rights efforts and political mediation.

He has remained active with the centre ever since.

Mr Carter – a Georgia Democrat – won the Nobel Peace prize for his commitment to finding peaceful solutions to international conflicts and his work with human rights and democracy initiatives.


Henry Sapiecha


Thursday, September 30th, 2010

European Union Tightens up on Herbs

On April 1, 2011, all members of the European Union will have to comply with a directive that demands all herbs — produced, manufactured, or sold — in the EU must be labeled as either foods or medicines. Herbal supplements will go through the same rigorous approval process as a prescription drug. Many small European companies worry that they will be forced out of business because of the formidable cost of getting each herb — and each herb in a compound product — tested and approved. The fear, says the German publication Deutsche Welle, is that the new rules will put the manufacturing of herbal remedies under the control of large pharmaceutical corporations, which would narrow the range of medicinal herbs available. Popular products such as ginseng, passionflower, and valerian would only be available in pharmacies, and many traditional Chinese, ayurvedic, and other herbal mixes would not be legally available. *

Sourced & published in Australia by Henry Sapiecha


Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Social Security Disability – Alzheimers Disease

Social Security Disability AlzheimersAlzheimer’s Disease is a progressive brain dysfunction and the most common form of dementia. Alzheimer’s affects brain cells and causes cognitive difficulties including loss of memory. Alzheimer’s can significantly affect one’s ability to work. The disease causes victims to become severely forgetful, often becoming confused and lost in familiar places. If you are younger than 65 years old and have past work experience you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. If you or a loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease call Freedom Disability today at (866) 761-5942 for a free evaluation with one of our Disability Advocates. Our Advocates can help determine if your condition is likely to result in a successful Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) application. If you do qualify, we can provide you with the assistance that you need to begin receiving cash benefits as soon as possible. If you have previously been denied benefits, but feel your condition makes you eligible, be sure to contact Freedom as soon as possible to begin the process of receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.

Alzheimer’s Qualifying Symptoms

Claimants applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits for Alzheimer’s are typically approved with symptoms common to dementia and many other mental health disabilities. These symptoms include:

  1. Episodes of decompensation in which there is an increase in signs and symptoms, accompanying a loss of functioning. This causes difficulties in performing everyday activities, inability to maintain social relationships, and inability to maintain concentration, persistence or pace when performing tasks.
  2. Episodes requiring an increase in treatment or relocation to a less stressful situation
  3. Medical records proving a sudden significant increase in medication or the need for a more structured psychological support system
  4. Episodes must be documented at least three episodes within one year (on average of one every four months) and lasting for at least two weeks. If your episodes differ in frequency or length, your Freedom Disability Advocate will assist you in determining if they are of equal severity.

If you feel your condition has or will prevent you from working for at least twelve consecutive months, and believe you deserve Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, call Freedom Disability today at (866) 761-5942 for a free evaluation with one of our professional Disability Advocates. Our Advocates can help determine if your condition is likely to result in a successful SSDI application. If you do qualify, we can provide you with the assistance that you need to get the benefits that you deserve. At Freedom we are experienced in submitting Alzheimer’s Disability applications and will assist you in gathering all necessary medical documents to support your claim.

The foregoing information is based on published materials from the Social Security Administration (“Disability Evaluation Under Social Security”). It is meant to serve as an introduction to some of the factors used by the SSA in evaluating cases. It is no way comprehensive. While Freedom Disability can help you prepare an effective application for benefits, only the SSA can determine whether or not you qualify. For more information call Freedom today at (866) 761-5942.


Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Health Reform: The Drug Industry’s Big Win

March 22, 2010 – 9:18 am
Robert LangrethBio |
Robert Langreth is a senior editor at Forbes, in charge of health care coverage

The biggest winner in the historic health reform bill that passed the House late last night are millions of uninsured Americans who are unable to afford  coverage or have been denied coverage because they suffer from chronic disease.

Parsing what the legislation means to industry will take months. But among big businesses,  Pfizer, Amgen and other big drug companies are emerging as big winners. Drug companies supported health reform and in return will gain access to millions of more customers who suddenly can afford to pay for $100,000 a year cancer drugs. Biotech companies gained an extra layer of protection for protein based drugs from potential generic competition. The industry avoided its worst fear:  price controls or other new  government drug price negotiations.

The situation is more complicated for HMOs and insurers like UnitedHealth, Wellpoint, and Aetna. They also avoided their worst nightmare, a big public plan that would directly compete with their private plans. That’s the good news.  The bad: some companies will get hit hard by cuts to Medicare Advantage, while others, like Wellpoint, could lose market share in the individual insurance market.

For more, see Health Reform’s Winners And Losers.

Sourced and published by Henry Sapiecha 23rd March 2010