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Baby loses all his hands & feet after throat infection turns to sepsis

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019


A mum has shared the horrifying details of her baby losing all four of his limbs after a throat infection turned into deadly sepsis.

Oliver Aisthorpe has made a miraculous recovery after doctors warned mum Abigail Wardle, 23, that her 11-month-old son wasn’t going to pull through.

And even after he beat the infection, Abigail, from Cleethorpes, in the UK, had to endure the horror of Oliver’s leg self-amputating and coming away in her hand as she held him in his hospital bed.

It was a shocking ordeal considering just 48 hours earlier he’d been a happy, giggling little boy.

Oliver Aisthorpe has made a miraculous recovery after a deadly illness robbed him of all four limbs. Picture: Caters News

Oliver Aisthorpe has made a miraculous recovery after a deadly illness robbed him of all four limbs. Picture: Caters News

“Oliver had seemed a bit under the weather. But that night, he got more ill and seemed lifeless,” Abigail said. “When I moved him, it was as though his bones were aching.”


Auto-immune Disease: Reverse Your Body from Attacking Itself

Friday, April 29th, 2016

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THE INCIDENCE OF AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE has tripled in the last few decades. 24 million Americans are now affected. In fact, it affects more women than heart disease and breast cancer combined. But autoimmune disease isn’t just one condition.

You’re probably familiar with the most common autoimmune diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, type-1 diabetes, hypothyroidism, and psoriasis. But there are many more autoimmune diseases that affect the nervous system, joints and muscles, skin, endocrine gland, and heart.

Simply put, autoimmune diseases are conditions where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues rather than a foreign molecule like bacteria. This happens when something confuses the immune system. Increasingly, that “something” appears to be the enormous load of environmental toxins to which we are all exposed.

The groundbreaking book, The Autoimmune Epidemic, by Donna Jackson Nakazawa is a breath-taking piece of investigative journalism that seeks the real causes for this epidemic. Her desire to find answers was fueled by her own struggle with autoimmune disease.

Donna lays out very clearly a radical, but unfortunately very true, picture of what’s happening. But she also provides clear solutions for changes in diet, supplements, and our environment that can help people deal with and even reverse autoimmune diseases.

Donna calls the environmental toxins that are, in part, driving the autoimmune epidemic “autogens” — foreign compounds that create an “auto” reaction, a reaction against the self. The fact is, these toxins may be the most important cause of autoimmune diseases.

In today’s blog I will review how these toxins influence your health and lead to autoimmune diseases, share some of what Donna explains in her book, and provide 9 tips to help you address autoimmune disease.

Environmental Toxins: The Leading Cause of Autoimmune Disease

We are exposed to astounding amounts of pollution. Over 80,000 chemicals have been introduced into our society since 1900, and only 550 have been tested for safety. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about 2.5 billion pounds of toxic chemicals are released yearly by large industrial facilities. And 6 million pounds of mercury are poured into our air every year.

In fact, a recent government survey – “The National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals” issued in July 2005 — found an average of 148 chemicals in our bodies. And those were only the ones for which they tested. (i)

It gets worse …

The Environmental Working Group examined the umbilical cord blood of children just as they emerged from the womb. They found 287 industrial chemicals, including pesticides, phthalates, dioxins, flame-retardants, Teflon, and toxic metals like mercury. And this was before these infants even entered the world!

That’s not to mention the toxins found in our foods and other chemicals typically found in the home, like certain cleaning agents or pest control products – all of which add to the total toxic load on our bodies.

One wonders what all of this poison is doing to our children …

In his foreword to The Autoimmune Epidemic, Dr. Douglas Kerr, M.D., Ph.D. professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, says that “there is no doubt that autoimmune diseases are on the rise and our increasing environmental exposure to toxins and chemicals is fueling the risk. The research is sound. The conclusions, unassailable.”

That environmental toxins are a major cause of autoimmune disease is clear. Yet conventional medicine doesn’t take that into account when treating autoimmune conditions.

Instead, it tries to shut down the immune response with powerful medications including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil and Aleve, steroids like prednisone, anti-cancer drugs like methotrexate, and new drugs like Enbrel and Remicade that block the effects of a powerful inflammatory molecule called TNF alpha.

But those new drugs shut down your immune system so powerfully that they increase your risk of cancer or life-threatening infections. And they have frequent and serious side effects and often give only partial relief. These drugs may be lifesaving for some in the short run — but in the long run they do NOTHING to deal with the causes.

There’s a better way.

I have successfully treated hundreds of patients with autoimmune diseases by addressing the underlying causes, including toxins, infections, allergens, poor diet, and stress. The roadmap of functional medicine takes us right to the root of the problem.

I have even seen the results of using functional medicine to treat autoimmune disease in myself, in my wife, and in my patients.

Using Functional Medicine to Heal from Autoimmune Disease

Years ago, I had chronic fatigue syndrome. This condition has autoimmune features and my blood tests clearly showed that my body was attacking itself. Getting rid of my mercury poisoning reversed my chronic fatigue and autoimmune problems.

Similarly, my wife developed debilitating autoimmunity with joint pain and fatigue. Getting rid of the heavy metals in her body with an intensive detoxification program cured her, too.

And this has been true of so many of my patients.

For each one, I have to find all the causes — toxins, allergens, infections, poor diet, and stress — and deal with all of them while adding back the things the body needs to function optimally, like whole, clean food, nutrients, exercise, stress management, clean water and oxygen, community, connection, and meaning. When I do this, the results are amazing.

One of my patients had crippling psoriasis and related arthritis. She was 42 and couldn’t walk up and down stairs, get into a bathtub without help, or properly care for her children. Yet just nine months after we started treatment — including eliminating gluten and other food allergens, removing her heavy metals, and balancing her immune system — she walked back in my office, not only 30 pounds lighter (remember, being inflamed makes you fat), but completely free of pain and psoriasis.

She’s not alone.

Another man suffered for years with the bloody diarrhea and pain of ulcerative colitis. Dietary changes and various kinds of digestive support helped but he never got better — until we removed the toxins and mercury from his body.

And a recent patient with debilitating fatigue and scars on her brain from multiple sclerosis got nearly complete relief of her symptoms after she had the mercury fillings removed from her teeth and went on a comprehensive detoxification program. When she repeated her MRI, all of the scars from the MS were gone!

So there are ways you can address autoimmune disease if you or someone you love is suffering. Here is what I recommend.

9 Tips for Addressing Autoimmune Disease

  • Read The Autoimmune Epidemic. This book will tell you why we have this problem, and how to fix it.
  • Find a functional medicine doctor who can help you address autoimmunity.
  • Get tested for mercury and other heavy metals.
  • Get tested for celiac disease (an autoimmune reaction to wheat and other gluten-containing grains), which causes over 60 autoimmune diseases. And consider eliminating other inflammatory foods from your diet such as dairy, eggs, corn and animal fats for a few weeks to see if it makes a different your symptoms.
  • Take immune-balancing nutrients and supplements, including vitamin D, essential fats (like EPA/DHA and GLA), and pro biotics.
  • Practice deep relaxation daily through yoga, meditation, biofeedback, or anything that reverses the stress response.
  • Practice the precautionary principle, which says that we should avoid anything with the potential for harm. In the US, something has to be proven harmful before it is taken off the market. In Europe, something has to be proven safe before it is allowed on the market. This is also known as “better safe than sorry.”
  • Learn how to boost your body’s own detoxification system.
  • By addressing the root causes of autoimmune disease, you can start feeling better and getting well today.


Henry Sapiecha

This Is What Will Happen [Someone says in an article] When You Drink Coconut Water For A Week

Friday, April 29th, 2016

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1. Youll Strengthen Your Immune System

Daily consumption of coconut water has the ability to strengthen your immune system. It also has the ability to remove bacteria in the body that causes gum disease and urinary tract infections. Coconut water combats viruses that cause you to catch a cold, typhus or infectious diseases. Even during cold season, you find your health is exceptional.

2. Youll Start to Feel More Energetic

Coconut water enhances the thyroid gland hormones, which gives you an energy boost at a cellular level. After a week of consuming coconut water consistently, you may just see a spring in your step that wasnt there before.

3. Youll Feel Better Internally

4. Youll Notice Improvements in Your Digestive System

Coconut water is excellent for the digestive system as it gives us a lot of our daily requirements for fiber. Its not always easy to obtain the amount of fiber per day that your body requires. When you consistently drink coconut water for a week, youll find yourself becoming more, ahem regular. When gastric acid is eliminated regularly, youll have a lot more energy because the body is able to run at an optimum level.

5. Youll Lose Weight

When you consistently drink coconut water for a week, you may find yourself shedding some pounds. Its more of an indirect result, as youre able to drink coconut water in large amounts because its low in fat, which curbs your appetite. When you drink a lot of coconut water, your appetite will be reduced and youll possibly eat less. Also, the amount of energy you gain may just have you doing more exercise.

6. Youll Relieve Certain Types of Headaches For Good

If youve suffered from headaches, you know how terrible they can be. Coconut water can be used as a means of hydrating yourself properly and subsequently preventing headaches daily. Coconut water may be the answer if your headaches have something to do with hypertension or dehydration.

If youre suffering from headaches due to dehydration, its because youve lost essential fluids. This may have happened due to physical activities when you lost too much fluid or perhaps you have a hangover. Coconut water is a headache-solver, in most cases, due to it being a natural elixir packed with electrolyte-balancing nutrients. Through drinking coconut water youll regainthe fluids that youve lost, putting you back on the mend quickly.

7. Youll Notice More Radiant Skin

One cup of coconut water will ensure that your skin is radiant thanks to the incredible effects of hydration. Skin, of course, is thelargest organ in the body and if youre not hydrated, your skin suffers greatly. If you consistently drink coconut water daily, your skin will see noticeable improvements. By adding coconut water to mineral water, youll find yourself drinking more fluids and getting maximum hydration. Positive effects are seen throughout the body but the skin may take some time to shine.

8. Youll Feel Younger

If youre tired of eating carrots in the hopes of saving your eyesight, coconut water may just be your answer. Coconut water has the ability to reverse visions problems such as glaucoma and cataracts. Through drinking coconut water, youll have boosts of energy, your risk of heart attacks and strokes will bereduced, and the aging process will be slowed down at a cellular level.


Henry Sapiecha


Friday, May 17th, 2013


For all their powers, superheroes aren’t necessarily the healthiest crew. Spider-Man is weakened by a nasty flu the night Green Goblin throws his girlfriend from a bridge. Superman is almost vanquished by a “meteor-borne Kryptonian fungus.” After Captain Marvel seals a tank of nerve gas with his bare hands, he eventually dies of cancer.

An exception, however, is Batman’s nemesis Poison Ivy. In one version, after her botanical biochemistry professor experiments on her with poisons, she develops “immunity to all toxins, bacteria and viruses.” No rational person would want Poison Ivy’s life (her boyfriend dies in a car crash, she is locked in an insane asylum), but who wouldn’t covet that superpower? Who wouldn’t wish to grant it to others?

Imagine you could protect babies from whooping cough from the day they were born. You could shield the elderly from deadly infections like pneumonia. You could protect millions of people from the next outbreak of pandemic flu. You could even fight cancer. Such hopes animate vaccine researchers as they look for new ways to train the immune system, ramping it up for battle (while sparing us the near-death traumas of Poison Ivy). Recent work has explored immunity boosts for the very young and very old, shots to shield against unknown flu strains, and vaccines that might treat disease or prevent recurrences in patients with prostate cancer, melanoma, and breast cancer.


Kids today, it turns out, already have superimmunity compared with their peers 100 years ago: Thanks to vaccines, their bodies learn to fight measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough, tetanus, diphtheria, and other deadly diseases. With a few exceptions, though, this kick-ass training can’t begin at birth. That’s because newborns’ immune cells don’t respond vigorously enough to most vaccines to lock in later protection. Babies don’t receive their first whooping cough shot until they’re 2 months old, and they aren’t fully protected until after a third dose, at 6 months. For measles, they aren’t vaccinated until their first birthdays. These delays can have devastating consequences. In the 2010 outbreak of whooping cough in California, 10 babies died—almost all of them younger than 2 months.

But what if researchers could design immunizations for newborns? Scientists at Boston Children’s Hospital have identified several molecules that seem specifically able to stimulate immune cells isolated from umbilical cord blood, at least in Petri dishes. Now they’re testing whether newborn animals that receive vaccines combined with these molecules develop better protection against bacterial diseases like pneumonia than animals given nonboosted vaccines. (Of course, they’re also studying whether supercharging newborn immune systems is safe.) “We’re asking whether vaccines that are typically given at 2, 4, and 6 months could be done with a single shot at birth,” if given along with booster molecules, said Ofer Levy, a pediatric infectious diseases expert who is leading the work. Researchers are similarly bullish on immunity boosts for the elderly, who are at higher risk for pneumonia and other infectious diseases and seem not to respond as vigorously to standard vaccines. “I’m quite convinced that we will develop new vaccines for the aging population in the next decade,” Jan Poolman, the global head of bacterial vaccines for Janssen pharmaceutical companies, told me.


Another battlefront is against pandemic flu, which scientists fear could wreak havoc around the globe. Flu mutates like crazy, and from year to year different strains circulate in the population. Most years’ strains are different enough from the previous season’s that we need new flu shots, but they’re not so different that our immune systems have never seen anything like them. Periodically, though, come nasty surprises: Spanish flu in 1918, which killed about 40 million or 50 million people; the H5N1 avian flu, which is often deadly in those who catch it from birds, though for now it can’t spread easily from person to person. Researchers keep an anxious eye out, hoping for a jump-start on the scary strains.

But what if they could make shots to guard against the unpredictable? The idea is this: Flu virus has mushroom-shaped proteins on its surface called hemagglutinins that it uses to invade human cells. Today’s vaccines prep the immune system to attack the bulbous head of the protein. But this is precisely the part that changes most from strain to strain. So as an alternative, researchers are trying to train the body to attack the protein’s stem, which it usually ignores. Since the stem changes far less from strain to strain, antibodies mounted against it could potentially protect against a wide range of flu types, including pandemic strains. Shazam!


A few ingenious tricks are now in play. Researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York have injected mice with three successive shots, each containing a different hemagglutinin head on the same stem. They have found that this causes the mice to make anti-stem antibodies (focusing on the common denominator of the three shots), and that when the mice were exposed to additional types of flu virus, they did not get sick. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health’s Vaccine Research Center, meanwhile, are testing a DNA-based vaccine, followed by a boost, that may have similar effects. In two small, phase-one clinical trials, some people who received these shots made antibodies against the hemagglutinin stem. The Vaccine Research Center has three more small trials under way, and if all goes well, it plans to launch a larger, phase-two study as early as next year. The process is slow-going, but “conceptually, I now feel we will get there,” Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told me.

And then there is cancer, the evil twin that threatens to destroy us. For as long as kids have played superheroes, researchers have dreamed of battling cancer by turning the body’s own powers against the disease. In 2010 the Food and Drug Administration approved the first therapeutic vaccine for cancer, called Provenge, for men with advanced prostate cancer. (Here’s how it works.) In clinical trials, when men were treated with Provenge, their tumors tended not to shrink. On average, though, they lived about four months longer than men who hadn’t gotten the vaccine. This isn’t revolutionary progress. Nor does it make you feel great about the $93,000 price tag.


But the effort has shown that cancer vaccines can make it to market. And maybe future versions will pack more of a punch. Scientists are now conducting a vast range of clinical trials, with phase-three trials under way for melanoma, lung cancer, and breast cancer, among others. Researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas, for example, are testing several vaccines designed to prevent recurrences in women who’ve been treated for breast cancer. Their approach is simple: Focus on a major protein found on the surface of breast cancer cells, derive fragments from that protein, then inject them into women, along with an immunity-boosting molecule, in hopes of stimulating the women’s immune systems to attack rogue cancer cells. In research presented in 2012, women who received one such vaccine cut their chances of a cancer recurrence after 22 months pretty substantially: down from approximately 18 percent to 10 percent. The approach is cheap, too: “I could personally construct this vaccine for pennies,” said Elizabeth Mittendorf, a surgical oncologist at MD Anderson. She and her colleagues are now overseeing a phase-three trial to test another, similar vaccine, with recruitment under way at about 100 sites around the world.

Imagine: A few of Poison Ivy’s powers might someday reach the rest of us, and superimmunity might be achievable for all in Gotham.


Henry Sapiecha


Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Beating Bone Marrow Cancer

Hematologists Boost Immune

Response in Bone-Marrow

Transplant Patients

March 1, 2006 — To lessen the impact of chemotherapy on bone marrow cancer patients, hematologists are recruiting the patients’ own immune systems to help. White blood cells are extracted before a bone marrow transplant, treated to up their activity, and injected back after chemotherapy. Doctors hope to test technique on other patients with immune deficiencies, including HIV.

BALTIMORE–A heavy dose of chemo takes a huge toll on cancer patients’ bodies, making them weak and prone to infection. Now, a new, life-saving therapy is helping some cancer patients win the war against a deadly disease.

Having bone marrow cancer hasn’t slowed down Todd Ewell, but the chemotherapy to fight the disease stopped him in his tracks. “It’s kind of like if you had the worst flu in your life for about six weeks straight,” he says.

The body’s immune system takes a beating from chemotherapy. Patients can’t fight off infection or disease, but Todd’s body fought back, thanks to a new immune-boosting therapy.

Aaron Rapoport, a hematologist and oncologist at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center in Baltimore, says, “What we’re seeking to do is to harness the power of the patient’s own immune system.”

Before a bone marrow transplant, hematologists collect a patient’s own immune cells, then activate, or turn on, the cells in a lab. The enhanced cells are injected back into the patient, along with a pneumonia vaccine, jump-starting the immune system. “It will be better able to respond to infections and also be better able to attack and eliminate cancer cells that may remain,” Dr. Rapoport tells DBIS.

The new therapy worked wonders for Todd. “It’s going fantastic. It’s almost like it never happened.” His cancer is in complete remission, and now he’s focused on rebuilding his life cancer free.

Doctors are hopeful the new therapy could be tested and used to treat other people with compromised immune systems liked HIV patients and the elderly.

BACKGROUND: A new form of immunotherapy combines a vaccine with an infusion of a person’s own T-cells that have been given a “jump start” and then are grown in the laboratory. The new approach helps to restore cancer patients’ ability to fight off infection after high-dose chemotherapy. It could also one day be used to treat others with compromised immune systems, such as those with HIV and the elderly.

THE STUDY: Patients with advanced myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in the bone marrow, received high-dose chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. They received a series of vaccinations against a common bacterial form of pneumonia as well as an injection of their own lab-enhanced immune cells. Researchers found the therapy was most effective when patients received vaccinations before the bone marrow transplant to jump-start their immune system, and then collected the “vaccine-primed” T cells, activated them in the lab, and gave them back to the patients 12 days after the transplant. Within one month, those patients showed significant improvement in their immune response. The researchers will next combine this T-cell therapy with a cancer vaccine that would target tumor cells, hopefully to one day enhance the body’s immune response to cancer.

WHAT IS IMMUNOTHERAPY? A slow or non-functioning immune system is a serious problem for cancer patients, especially those who receive intensive chemotherapy prior to bone marrow transplants. Patients are at high risk of developing infections and recurrence of their cancer. Immunotherapy stimulates a patient’s own immune system to work harder. It’s often used in conjunction with other forms of therapy — in the case of cancer, it is combined with surgery, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy. In general, immunotherapy is most likely to be effective when treating small cancers and is less effective for advanced stages of the disease.

WHAT ARE T-CELLS? T-cells are a type of white blood cell called lymphocytes, and help the immune system fight off diseases. There are two kinds of T-cells. T4 cells are “helper” cells that lead the attack against infections. T8 cells are “suppressor cells” that end the immune response, although they can also kill cancer cells and cells infected with a virus. Scientists tell T4 and T8 cells apart by the different proteins attached to the outside of each cell. The number of T4 cells in your blood tells you how healthy your immune system is. A person with a healthy immune system has an average T-cell percentage of more than 30 percent.

ABOUT CHEMOTHERAPY: Chemotherapy is a treatment for cancer, in which certain drugs (poisonous to cancer cells) are injected into the blood to kill cancer cells or to stop them from spreading. They can travel around the body and attack cancer cells wherever they find them, so chemotherapy is used when cancers have spread beyond one region of the body.

Editor’s Note: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha