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Experimental drug for type 2 diabetes lowers blood sugar and aids weight loss

1An experimental type 2 diabetes drug can lower blood sugar and aid weight loss in obese mice with the condition.  Scientists from Monash University in Australia injected the mice every day for a week with a protein they created called IC7Fc.   IC7Fc targets the gp13 receptor, which is found on many cells in the human body and is known to influence metabolism.   By the end of the week, the mice lost weight, ate less and had reduced blood-sugar levels, the researchers found. 

The weight loss came from reducing the body fat of the mice without affecting their muscle mass.  The scientists claim no existing type 2 diabetes drug has the same benefits. They are now seeking funding for human trials.

IC7Fc was made by combining two different signalling proteins found in humans.    When injected into obese mice, the animals lost fat, ate less and saw their blood sugar levels go down.

'Control' mice, which were obese and diabetic, were just fed less and injected with a saline solution.  

Although the controls lost fat, they also saw their muscle mass go down. 

If IC7Fc's benefits also occur in humans, elderly patients in particular may benefit, the scientists claim. This is due to them already being at risk of reduced muscle mass.  The mice that received IC7Fc also had less fat build-up in their livers. Metformin has been shown to have the same effect.   Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease often occurs in patients who are overweight or obese, including type 2 diabetics, according to Diabetes.co.uk. Left untreated, it can cause severe liver damage and even failure. 

In a second part of the experiment, IC7Fc's safety was tested in human cells in the laboratory and in monkeys. The drug did not trigger inflammation or an immune response, the study found.

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Chronic pain drives millions of Americans to suicide

The hidden cost to the war on pain killers!  This is the result when politicians meddle into our health care system, forcing the needy to go to the streets looking for pain killers!  FAKE NEWS has over-reported on pain killing drugs, as well as the hope cannabis would be to millions!

Chronic pain from cancer, arthritis, and other conditions drives millions of people to suicide every year, a new report warns. 

1.jpgThe mortal implications of pain have been widely discussed in recent years since the opioid epidemic showed painkillers can drive anyone to overdose, whether intentionally or not. 

But a new report by the CDC warns overdoses account for a minority of deaths among people who suffer from chronic pain. 

In recent years, the number of chronic pain patients intentionally taking their own lives has soared, with most cases committed using a firearm. 


Why Some Doctors Purposely Misdiagnose Patients

Hundreds of people say a Michigan doctor falsely diagnosed them with epilepsy. He wouldn’t be the first to lie to patients about how sick they are.

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Cases like Awaad’s are especially fraught because differing diagnoses of the same patient are common in health care; it’s where the term second opinioncomes from. Often, the only way a misdiagnosis is discovered is if a patient has another specialist check a doctor’s work. Even then, it’s not always clear whether a wrong diagnosis was intentional or not. As Louis Saccoccio, the head of the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association, put it to me, “People rely so much on physicians’ professionalism that when that trust is violated, it’s a tough thing to catch.”

Sparrow speculated that doctors cheat the system because “they believe they won’t get caught, and mostly they don’t get caught.” There’s also the fact that doctors often do know more than their patients about various diseases. Sometimes, fraudulent doctors lord that knowledge over patients who get suspicious. In 2015, Farid Fata was sentenced to 45 years in prison for administering unnecessary chemotherapy to 553 patients. “Several times when I had researched and questioned his treatment, he asked if I had fellowshipped at Sloan Kettering like he had,” one of his patients, Michelle Mannarino, told Healthcare Finance.

The most devious doctors, who will harm their patients to line their pockets, make headlines. But in a way, even honest doctors are incentivized to err on the side of excessive care. Most doctors work on a fee-for-service basis, meaning the more they bill insurance plans, the more they earn. Some states and hospitals are trying to avoid this situation by experimenting with paying doctors a fixed amount. But that, Sparrow said, creates the opposite problem: It means doctors are incentivized to do less. Ideally, in his view, there wouldn’t be incentives either way. “I don’t want a doctor who is richer for treating me more or richer for treating me less,” he said. “I want a doctor who is on a salary.”   Read the entire article here

The REAL reason America's 'Frankenchickens' have to be washed with chlorine

The disturbing prospect of chlorine-washed chickens from the US going on sale in British shops in a post-Brexit trade deal last year sparked an explosive row at the heart of Government.

But beyond the politics lies the story of why American poultry needs such drastic chemical treatment – and of the horrendous conditions at the farms where they are bred and reared.

Now whistleblower farmers have revealed the full horror of the suffering to The Mail on Sunday, including how:

  • Tens of thousands of super-sized 'Frankenstein' birds are crammed in vast warehouses.
  • The chickens, which weigh up to 9lb, often buckle under their weight and must live without natural sunlight.
  • Chickens frequently die before they reach maturity and many are left covered in their own faeces, turning warehouses into vile breeding grounds for disease.

Unlike in the UK and Europe, there are no minimum space requirements for breeding chickens in the US. America also does not have any rules governing lighting levels in the sheds and, crucially, its farms have no maximum allowed level of ammonia, which indicates how much urine and faecal matter is present. This means there is no limit on how much can fester inside the sheds.

There is no legal requirement to wash US chickens in chlorine or other disinfectants, but 97 per cent of its birds are cleaned in this way after slaughter.

Packed in: Chickens at the North Carolina farm run by Craig Watts. He says their flesh would rot due to the conditions


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4742712/Why-chickens-washed-chlorine.html#ixzz4oK4HwazF 


DEA Releases New Drug Overdose Death Figures: Guns Safer than Prescription Drugs.

I ran this in 2015..... Legal drugs kill more people than guns - but the war on the second amendment rages on!

DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg today announced results from the 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA), which found that drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of injury death in the United States, ahead of deaths from motor vehicle accidents and firearms. In 2013, more than 46,000 people in the United States died from a drug overdose and more than half of those were caused by prescription painkillers and heroin.
These are 2013 numbers, so let’s compare to other causes of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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A drug overdose, with a death rate of 13.9 per 100,000, is almost four times as common as a cause of death than gun homicides (3.6 per 100,000). Death from prescription drugs (7.2 per 100,000) is twice as common as gun homicides.

Those are the total numbers. If you prefer your stats in the often used format of x per 100,000, here you go:

Obviously, homicides aren’t exactly a leading cause of death in the US, and gun homicides, even less so. Accidental death by firearms (0.2 per 100,000) is a small blip.

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For all those concerned parents who think little Johnny is likely to get gunned down on the street would be better advised to keep tabs on their prescription painkillers, as Johnny is far more likely to die from popping those than from any gun in your house or in the hands of a school mate.

And, of course, one is almost three times as likely to die in an auto accident (death rate of 10.7 per 100,000) than as a result of a homicide.

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Vegetarian diets not always the most climate-friendly, researchers say

Many climate activists and scientists have called for a shift to plant-based diets to keep climate change in check and reduce deforestation, since producing red meat requires a lot of land for grazing and growing feed.

Agriculture, forestry and other land use activities accounted for nearly a quarter of man-made greenhouse gas emissions from 2007-2016, the U.N. climate science panel said in a flagship report last month.

But there is no one-size-fits-all solution, said Keeve Nachman, assistant professor at the Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who led the study on diets.

In low- and middle-income countries such as Indonesia, citizens on average need to eat more animal protein for adequate nutrition, he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

That means diet-related heat-trapping emissions and water use in poorer

countries would need to rise to reduce hunger and malnutrition, while high-income countries should reduce their consumption of meat, dairy and eggs, the study said.    MORE


Man, 55, whose penis 'split' due to infected tumours has his member 'reconstructed' with Manuka honey

A man whose penis had split due to tumours had his member reconstructed using Manuka honey, doctors have revealed.

The unnamed 55-year-old, from Roskilde in Denmark, went to his GP when his foreskin became too tight to pull back.

Non-cancerous tumours, which were infected, were found on 'all segments of the penis'. These were causing the skin to split, known as penile denudation.

Medics removed the masses and attempted to reconstruct the penis via a skin graft, which failed.

His penis was 'completely healed' 52 days later, the team of medics wrote in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports.

A man whose penis was split had his genitals reconstructed using Manuka honey (stock)

Many wounds have benefited from Manuka honey, which has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and healing properties, the doctors wrote.

They hope it will soon have a 'permanent place in the physician's arsenal of wound-treatment products'.

Mr Tet Yap, consultant urologist at The Princess Grace Hospital, part of HCA UK, told MailOnline: 'Manuka honey contains a naturally-occurring enzyme that produces hydrogen peroxide. 

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Why the world is becoming more allergic to food

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The increase in allergies is not simply the effect of society becoming more aware of them and better at diagnosing them.

Around the world, children are far more likely than ever before to develop food allergies.

Inquiries into the deaths of British teenagers after eating buttermilk, sesame and peanut have highlighted the sometimes tragic consequences. Last year, a six-year-old girl in Western Australia died as the result of a dairy allergy.

The rise in allergies in recent decades has been particularly noticeable in the West. Food allergy now affects about 7% of children in the UK and 9% of those in Australia, for example. Across Europe, 2% of adults have food allergies.

Life-threatening reactions can be prompted even by traces of the trigger foods, meaning patients and families live with fear and anxiety. The dietary restrictions which follow can become a burden to social and family lives.

While we can't say for sure why allergy rates are increasing, researchers around the world are working hard to find ways to combat this phenomenon.   MORE


Diabetes and Dementia

Some of the latest studies show the link between blood glucose control and Alzheimer's

Scientists discover strong link between diabetes and Alzheimer's: Drugs used to control glucose levels may halt progression of dementia

Fiber is more powerful than we thought: Scientists find whole grains could be pivotal to controlling blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics

 

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New research by Rutgers University has found fiber plays a far more active role than ever recorded in nurturing the gut bacteria that control blood sugars and fats.


Plant-based diets could come with health risks

The Plain Truth has been reporting on the dangers of Vegan diets for years now...

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As consumers look to incorporate more eco-friendly habits into their daily routines, a new study evaluated the effectiveness of making the switch to a plant-based diet. 

According to researchers, though there are health and environmental benefits, many of these diet plans are depriving consumers of nutrients that are vital to brain functioning. 

“This is...concerning given that current trends appear to be towards meat reduction and plant-based diets,” said Dr. Emma Derbyshire. 

Getting the proper nutrients

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Metformin used to treat cancer- More effective than Chemo?

Could cheap drugs (up to a century old) be the new way to tackle cancer?

As a GP, Lisa McGrath had always considered herself healthy, but then, at 42, she found a lump in her breast, and was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. It was, as Lisa recalls seven years later, a complete shock. 'I have never smoked and hardly drink,' she says. 'I run regularly and the most overweight I've ever been is by 7-10lb. I have had four babies, all breastfed, and I have no family history of breast cancer.' The cancer had spread into her left armpit and into most of the lymph nodes. 'It had grown in a sheet rather than a tight ball - a type of tumour that's harder to detect and is often bigger when it's found,' she says.


Superbug C. difficile is evolving to 'spread in hospitals-living off Western Diet!

The superbug Clostridium difficile (C.diff) may be evolving to spread in hospitals, research suggests.  Scientists from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine discovered the bacteria, which can cause diarrhoea, is gradually 'splitting' into two species.  The new bug spreads easily, is 'immune' to disinfectants and thrives on the Western diet of sugary foods, they found.

It is thought to have emerged thousands of years ago and may be responsible for more than two-thirds (70 per cent) of the C.diff infections in hospitals today.  The researchers hope understanding how C.diff adapts to 'changes in human lifestyles' will lead to better infection control.

The superbug Clostridium difficile (C.diff) is evolving to spread in hospitals (stock)
The superbug Clostridium difficile (C.diff) is evolving to spread in hospitals (stock)

'Our large-scale genetic analysis allowed us to discover that C. difficile is forming a new species with one group specialised to spread in hospital environments,' co-lead author Dr Nitin Kumar said.

'This emerging species has existed for thousands of years, but this is the first time anyone has studied C. difficile genomes in this way to identify it. 

'This particular bacteria was primed to take advantage of modern healthcare practices and human diets, before hospitals even existed.'    MORE


Medical Mistake Killed Neil Armstrong

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • In 2012, Armstrong, aged 82, underwent heart surgery at Mercy Health Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. He died two weeks later. His two sons insisted his death was caused by medical error
  • An anonymous source leaked documents to the press showing the hospital paid the Armstrong family a $6 million malpractice settlement. The sender hoped bringing the information to light might help save lives
  • When nurses removed the wires for Armstrong’s temporary pacemaker, he began to bleed. Armstrong was brought into the catheterization lab for evaluation rather than straight to the operating room — a nonstandard decision that cost him his life
  • Armstrong’s case is a perfect example of the indiscriminate nature of lethal medical errors; 19% of elderly patients are injured by medical care in the U.S., and those injured have nearly double the death rate compared to those who receive proper treatment
  • July 20, 2019, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. In a riveting three-part documentary series, PBS explores the space race that led to American astronauts becoming the first men to set foot on the moon

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Want local meat? Tell Congress to pass the PRIME Act

NOTE:  Please help small farmers and rancher survive!  This LAW NEEDS TO BE PASSED!

Want local meat? Tell Congress to pass the PRIME Act

https://www.westonaprice.org/ want-local-meat-tell-congress- to-pass-the-prime-act/

 

image from www.lopezclt.orgAs consumer desire for local, grass-fed meat grows, it’s increasingly difficult for farmers to meet the demand due to a shortage of government-inspected slaughterhouses. 

Current federal law bans the sale of meat to consumers unless it has been processed in a USDA-inspected facility or under a state inspection program with the exact same standards as the USDA facilities.  These regulations are designed for the large, industrial-scale processors, and they are too expensive and difficult to meet for most small-scale processors who work with local farmers.

With few slaughterhouses available to small farmers, many have to haul their animals for several hours, resulting in increased expenses, higher prices for consumers, and unnecessary stress on the transported animals.

“Custom” slaughterhouses, for which states can set their own inspection standards, do exist, and many farmers already have much closer access to one of these facilities. But current federal law provides that these facilities may only process meat for the person or persons who owned the animal when the slaughter took place. This means the customer(s) must buy the whole animal while it is still alive – buying a large amount of meat all at one time, without even knowing how much meat they’ll end up with or what their price per pound will be.  This is not feasible for most farmers or consumers!

H.R. 2859/ S.1620, known as the PRIME Act, addresses this problem by repealing the federal ban on the sale of meat from custom slaughterhouses.  The bill allows states to set their own standards for the sale of meat within the state processed at a custom slaughterhouse.

The PRIME Act is a win-win-win: we can increase farmers’ incomes, increase consumer access to locally raised meat, reduce federal regulations on small businesses, cut down on fossil fuel use, and improve animal welfare.

 

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Legalize Milk, Real Milk

An MP3 audio file of this article, narrated by the author, is available for download.

Mark Thorton
Lew Rockwell

Got Milk?

Most Americans think they drink milk on a regular basis. In fact, virtually all these people are consuming pasteurized milk, not milk. Milk in its natural state – raw milk – is consumed by very few Americans, because it is illegal in many states and thoroughly discouraged by federal health organizations, regulators, and the Big Dairy lobby.

Raw milk is prohibited in Canada and Australia, although raw milk and raw-milk products are legal almost everywhere else. In fact, in countries with the best cuisines, such as France, raw milk and raw-milk products are considered the high-quality choice.

The Pale Horse: Disease... Drug resistant Malaria spreading

Malaria parasites resistant to key drugs have spread rapidly in South East Asia

The parasites were first detected in Cambodia in 2008, and in less than ten years had spread to neighbouring countries. First-choice drugs were failing to treat almost half of patients sick with malaria in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam, by 2017. The parasites have spread by evolving with acquired genetic features, suggesting they have enhanced fitness to survive, a report said. Malaria is one of the world's biggest killers, claiming the life of a child every two minutes, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Most of these deaths occur in Africa, where 250,000 youngsters die from the disease every year. Experts said the findings raise the 'terrifying prospect' that drug resistance could spread to Africa, where most malaria cases and deaths occur.


Legal hemp, pot’s look-alike, creates confusion for police

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Damian Farris, co-owner of Colorado Cultivars Hemp Farm, looks at the crop before it is harvested on September 5, 2017 in Eaton, Colorado.
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The only way to distinguish hemp and marijuana is by measuring their THC and officers don’t have the testing technology to do so on the spot.   It’s an unanticipated hiccup for the rapidly growing hemp industry, which relies on interstate trucking to transport hemp from farms to processing labs.   The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration put out a request for information on private companies that might have the technology for field tests sensitive enough to distinguish between hemp and marijuana.  MORE

ALSO:  Legal Hemp Sending U.S. Drug Busts Up in Smoke | Newsmax.com


House Orders Pentagon to Say If It Weaponized Ticks Decades Ago

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By Cathy Burke    |   

House lawmakers are pressing the Pentagon on whether it experimented with weaponizing disease-carrying insects decades ago — and whether they were let loose, Roll Call reported.

The pressure came in an unusual amendment to the 2020 defense authorization bill, which was passed last week, the news outlet reported. 


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SEX and GOD

By Bob Barney

First published in 2007

image from www.committeeforfirstprinciples.orgThis is a commentary on our recent Healthy Sex story. Many, including some in my family thought the story was too salacious for our news site.  That’s exactly the response I wanted. Why? Well, the plain truth is that most of us do not understand the truth behind sex. It is very unfortunate that so many people have had their minds obfuscated with false religious dogma concerning sex and what God really wants us to know about the subject. You will see that God is no prude when it comes to sex and actually has given us a guideline on how to enjoy it without any guilt!
 
 In Genesis, God creates man and woman after the GOD kind. Notice that all other created beings are created after their own kind, but man was created after God’s own kind. Note also that God says “Let US make man in OUR image”. At least two beings are talking together, and they claim to be God  (see the meaning of the word God here http://www.blueletterbible.org/faq/nbi/1303.html ). What is the very first thing that God realized about man? “It is not good for the man to be alone.”  God does not want us to be alone. He wants us in a union with another human, just as God is one, he wants us to be one, with the helpmate that God gives us. Next notice the first command God gave to Adam and Eve. Gen 1:28   God blessed them and told them, "Multiply and fill the earth and subdue it. Be masters over the fish and birds and all the animals."  Then we read a little later this: Gen. 4:1   “Now Adam slept with his wife, Eve, and she became pregnant.” (NLT translation).
 
 So sex was made for us to enjoy and to recreate after our own kind! We are meant to become part of the God Family. However, this command to have sex does not give us the license to have it with just anyone. Here are just SOME of the Biblical restrictions:
 

 

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Scientists discover a new Achilles' Heel of tumors that causes them to self-destruct

Scientists have identified the Achilles' Heel of cancerous tumors, forcing the disease-spreading cells to over-stress and self-destruct.

Experiments showed blocking a specific protein that fuels tumors kills them off.

The technique worked on a range of human forms of the disease and mice with bowel and blood cancer.

What's more there are already drugs that block the chemical called ATF4 - offering hope of the fast-tracking of a revolutionary therapy.

For years scientists have been trying in vain to target a gene called MYC. It's known to drive cell growth and allow cancer to take over if it's mutated or over-expressed. Now Dr Koumenis, an oncologist at Pennsylvania University, and colleagues have found ATF4 controls a chemical pathway that works in tandem with the gene

Co-senior author Professor Constantinos Koumenis said: 'What we've learned is we need to go further downstream to block tumor growth in a way that cancer cells can't easily escape, and our study identifies the target to do just that.'   MORE


COULD NEW ISRAELI RESEARCH ALLOW HUMANS TO CHOOSE THEIR CHILDREN'S SEX?

So how do you think liberal women's group are going to react when couples start aborting only females?  Wanna bet they become anti-abortion?  

image from images.jpost.comIsraeli scientists have demonstrated the ability for mammals to mate and produce only female babies. A similar system based on identical principles could produce only males. 

The research for the study was led by Prof. Udi Qimron, Dr. Ido Yosef and Dr. Motti Gerlic and conducted by Dr. Liat Edry-Botzer, Rea Globus, Inbar Shlomovitz and Prof. Ariel Munitz, all of the Department of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology at Tel Aviv University’s Sackler School of Medicine. The research was published in EMBO Reports.


“We proved the concept in mouse models, but the concept could also be demonstrated in cattle, swine, goats, chickens and other animals,” Qimron said. He noted that humans are likewise mammals and the concept could ultimately be applied to human children “if a mad ruler decides he wants to engineer the people to have only male or female offspring – we have provided the proof of concept.”  MORE

BIG PHARMA, FORCED VACCINATIONS & POPULATION CONTROL

In 1986, The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was established to protect the Vaccine manufacturers from any liabilities.

This program insured that the taxpayer would pay for all injuries the public suffered from Vaccines.

Once this protection was set in place, the government took control of the vaccine industry and Big Pharma profits increased by over 600%.

Is it all about money? Or is there something more nefarious at play?

 


Man 'cured' of prostate cancer after doctors shock tumour to death with testosterone

A man diagnosed with prostate cancer 
A man diagnosed with prostate cancer  

Aman with advanced prostate cancer is believed to be cured after doctors 'shocked' his tumour to death with huge amounts of testosterone.

The result has been described as 'unexpected' and 'exciting' because most prostate cancer therapies work by depriving tumours of testosterone, because cancer uses it as a fuel.

Other seriously ill men taking part in the same trial showed responses that astounded scientists, with tumours shrinking and the progress of their disease halted.  

Levels of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA), a blood marker used to monitor prostate cancer, also fell in the majority of the 47 participants.

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