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By Dr. Mercola

In a scandal that has reverberated around the world of cancer research, the Office of Research Integrity at the U.S. Department of Health found that a Boston University cancer scientist fabricated his findings. His work was published in two journals in 2009, and he’s been ordered to retract them. But important studies by other scientists like those at the Mayo Clinic, who based their work on his findings, could now make 10 years of their studies worthless, according to commentary in Gaia Health.

It seems fairly evident that the cancer industrial complex is a highly lucrative, well-oiled system that tends to support funding for expensive drug treatments that don’t address the cause of the problem, and have yet to make a significant dent in the decrease of the overall cancer rate in the US despite investing hundreds of billions of dollars. Much of the support comes from flawed and biased “research” studies that support the use of expensive drugs as detailed in the featured articles.

Researchers, too, are well aware of the notoriety and money to be found in cancer research … particularly what may be deemedsuccessful cancer research (which unfortunately is often measured by the discovery of new drug treatments). But, as with many areas of medical research, it’s important to read between the lines of “scientifically proven” studies, even those that are well accepted.

Often what you’ll find is the research gives the perception of science when really it is a heavily manipulated process designed to control and deceive. Case in point, here again we have an example of widely accepted, published research that turned out to be fabricated.

10 Years of Cancer Research Down the Drain

The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) at the U.S. Department of Health reported in August 2011 that final action has been taken against Sheng Wang, PhD, of Boston University School of Medicine, Cancer Research Center. ORI states:

“The Respondent engaged in research misconduct by fabricating data that were included in two (2) published papers.”

This includes:

  • Oncogene February 2009, which found that HIC1, a protein thought to suppress tumor growth, is a “central molecule in a novel mechanism controlling cell growth and that the disruption of this HIC1-mediated pathway may lead to abnormal cell proliferation and, ultimately, cancer.”
  • Molecular Endocrinology December 2009, which found “reintroducing HIC1 into resistant breast cancer cells restored their sensitivity to the estrogen antagonists, indicating the existence of a novel regulatory mechanism for growth control of breast cancer cells.”

Specifically, six of the eight figures in the Oncogene paper and six of the seven figures in the Molecular Endocrinology study were said to contain data from fabricated experiments. Though Wang is now required to retract the papers, and he reportedly stopped working for Boston University in July, he will only be ineligible for federal funding for 2 years.

Further, the fabricated research may continue to live on, as it has been cited by other studies and once a finding is accepted in the medical community, it’s very hard to make it go away. Unfortunately, scientific retractions are actually becoming increasingly common.

As the Wall Street Journal reported:

“Just 22 retraction notices appeared in 2001, but 139 in 2006 and 339 last year. Through seven months of this year, there have been 210, according to Thomson Reuters Web of Science, an index of 11,600 peer-reviewed journals world-wide …

At the Mayo Clinic, a decade of cancer research, partly taxpayer-funded, went down the drain when the prestigious Minnesota institution concluded that intriguing data about harnessing the immune system to fight cancer had been fabricated. Seventeen scholarly papers published in nine research journals had to be retracted. A researcher, who protests his innocence, was fired. In another major flameout, 18 research journals have said they are planning to retract a total of 89 published studies by a German anesthesiologist …”

Fabricated Research is More Common Than You Might Think

Peer-reviewed research published in medical journals gets the golden star of approval in the media, yet many, if not most, of the findings are incredibly misleading. One of the best exposé’s into this muddled system came from none other than Dr. Marcia Angell, who was the former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

In her book The Truth about Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It, she exposed many examples of why medical studies often cannot be trusted, and said flat out:

“Trials can be rigged in a dozen ways, and it happens all the time.”

For instance, in 2009 Dr. Scott Reuben, who was a well-respected, prominent anesthesiologist, former chief of acute pain of the Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Mass. and a former professor at Tufts University’s medical school, allegedly fabricated the data for 21 studies!

Dr. Reuben succeeded in getting numerous studies published, and those studies were accepted as fact and swayed the prescribing habits of doctors. It was only due to a routine audit raising a few red flags that a larger investigation was later launched.

So how did those false studies, or any studies for that matter, become worthy of being published? Part of the problem may be the peer-review process itself, as this puts researchers in charge of policing other researchers’ results, and most do not want to insult a fellow researcher’s work with negative comments.

As written in Gaia Health:

“It’s all about money. Get published in a major medical journal and your future is made. Most peer reviewers are doing their own studies. That’s what makes them peers. They want to be able to publish. Therefore, they are not particularly inclined to make more than perfunctory negative comments. Obviously, they don’t want to alienate the authors of papers, since they either are or hope to become published themselves.

Peer review is a farce. The only kind of review that makes real sense is professional independent reviewers. Yet, for decades we’ve had peer review trotted out as the be-all and end-all in determining the legitimacy of papers. It’s been unquestioned, while a little examination of the concept demonstrates that it’s nearly certain to result in fraudulent work being passed as good science.”

It’s almost impossible to find out what happens in the vetting process, as peer reviewers are unpaid, anonymous and unaccountable. And although the system is based on the best of intentions, it lacks consistent standards and the expertise of the reviewers can vary widely from journal to journal.

Given that cancer research is such a lucrative business right now — the National Cancer Institute, which gave the grant money to support Dr. Sheng Wang’s fabricated research, had a $5.1 billion budget for fiscal year 2010 — the stakes are exceptionally high. So it stands to reason that it may be subject to even more fraud and manipulation than less lucrative research prospects.

As The Economist reported, there were more new cancer drugs in development in 2010 than any other therapeutic area. Drug makers are well aware that a blockbuster cancer drug could easily earn them profits in the billions, even if the drug is only borderline effective. It is abundantly clear that profit is a primary motive of these companies so it should not be a surprise that they have moved in this direction, and this is where the abundance of research is focused as well.

Why You Might Want to Think Twice Before Donating to Anti-Cancer Charities

A lot of people put their faith in charity organizations like the American Cancer Society (ACS), dutifully donating money to help in the “war on cancer.”  But in the report titled American Cancer Society—More Interested In Accumulating Wealth Than Saving Lives,Dr. Samuel S. Epstein, chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, plainly lays to bare the many conflicts of interest that hamper the effectiveness of this organization.

For example, the ACS has close financial ties to both makers of mammography equipment and cancer drugs. But that’s just for starters. Other conflicts of interest include ties to, and financial support from, the pesticide-, petrochemical-, biotech-, cosmetics-, and junk food industries—the very industries whose products are the primary contributors to cancer!

The ACS, along with the National Cancer Institute, virtually exclusively focus on cancer research and the diagnosis and chemical treatment of cancer. Preventive strategies, such as avoiding chemical exposures, receive virtually no consideration at all.

“Giant corporations, which profited handsomely while they polluted air, water, the workplace, and food with a wide range of carcinogens, remain greatly comforted by the silence of the ACS. This silence reflected a complex of mindsets fixated on diagnosis, treatment, and basic genetic research, together with ignorance, indifference, and even hostility to prevention. Not surprisingly, the incidence of cancer over past decades has escalated, approximately parallel to its increased funding,” Dr. Epstein writes.

Many also do not realize that when you donate money to the American Cancer Society, the majority of it may never go further than the bank accounts of its numerous well-paid executives.

Meanwhile, global cancer rates have doubled in the last three decades, and their “war on cancer” strategy completely ignores, and oftentimes denies, the obvious links between cancer and toxic exposures through pesticide-laden foods, toxic personal care products, cancer-causing medical treatments and drugs, and industrial pollution. We CAN turn this trend around, but to do so the medical and research communities must stop focusing on drug treatments and overlooking the methods that can actually have a significant impact on preventing this disease.

Get Strong! Stay Strong!

Chris

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From Dr Mercola’s Website:

Last but not least, let me reiterate the many ways you can protect your health from ANY kind of flu, without a potentially dangerous vaccine.

I have not caught a flu in over two decades, and you can avoid it too by following these simple guidelines, which will keep your immune system in optimal working order so that you’re far less likely to acquire the infection to begin with.

I would STRONGLY urge you to have your vitamin D level monitored to confirm your levels are therapeutic at 50-70 ng.ml and done by a reliable vitamin D lab like Lab Corp.

If you are coming down with flu like symptoms and have not been on vitamin D you can take doses of 50,000 units a day for three days to treat the acute infection. Some researchers like Dr. Cannell, believe the dose could even be as high as 1,000 units per pound of body weight for three days.

However, most of Dr. Cannell’s work was with seasonal and not pandemic flu. If your body has never been exposed to the antigens there is chance that the vitamin D might not work. Your best bet is to maintain healthy levels of vitamin D around 60 ng/ml.

  • Avoid Sugar and Processed Foods. Sugar decreases the function of your immune system almost immediately, and as you likely know, a strong immune system is key to fighting off viruses and other illness. Remember that sugar is present in foods you may not suspect, like ketchup and fruit juice.

  • Get Enough Rest. Just like it becomes harder for you to get your daily tasks done if you’re tired, if your body is overly fatigued it will be harder for it to fight the flu. Be sure to check out my article Guide to a Good Night’s Sleep for some great tips to help you get quality rest.

  • Have Effective Tools to Address Stress. We all face some stress every day, but if stress becomes overwhelming then your body will be less able to fight off the flu and other illness.

If you feel that stress is taking a toll on your health, consider using a tool such as meridian tapping techniques, which is remarkably effective in relieving stress associated with all kinds of events, from work to family to trauma. You can check out my free, 25-page manual for some guidelines on how to perform this simple technique.

  • Exercise. When you exercise, you increase your circulation and your blood flow throughout your body. The components of your immune system are also better circulated, which means your immune system has a better chance of finding an illness before it spreads. You can review my exercise guidelines for some great tips on how to get started.

  • Take a good source of animal-based omega-3 fats like krill oil. Increase your intake of healthy and essential fats like the omega-3 found in krill oil, which is crucial for maintaining health. It is also vitally important to avoid damaged omega-6 oils like trans fats as it will seriously damage your immune response.

  • Wash Your Hands. Washing your hands will decrease your likelihood of spreading a virus to your nose, mouth or to other people. Be sure you don’t use antibacterial soap for this — antibacterial soaps are completely unnecessary, and they cause far more harm than good. Instead, identify a simple chemical-free soap that you can switch your family to.

  • Use All-Natural ‘Antibiotics’. Garlic works like a broad-spectrum antibiotic against bacteria, virus, and protozoa in your body. And unlike with antibiotics, no resistance can be built up so it is an absolutely safe product to use. However, if you are allergic or don’t enjoy garlic it would be best to avoid as it will likely cause more harm than good.

    Other all-natural antibiotics include olive leaf extract, oil of oregano, and high quality colloidal silver.

  • Avoid Hospitals and Vaccines In this particular case, I’d also recommend you stay away from hospitals unless you have an emergency, as hospitals are prime breeding grounds for infections of all kinds, and could be one of thelikeliest places you could be exposed to this new bug.

    Get Strong! Stay Strong! ( and healthy!!!!)

    Chris

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By Sylvia Anderson, AHJ Editor — Published: May 27, 2008

Do you spend a lot of time typing on a computer? Maybe your job requires you to spend hours glued to your computer keyboard. If this sounds familiar, you could be at risk for the development of carpal tunnel syndrome. Let’s take a deeper look into this condition, including causes and possible treatments . . .

Do you spend a lot of time typing on a computer? Maybe your job requires you to type, type, type all day long; day after day, after day, after day. Perhaps you write articles for a living and spend hours glued to your computer keyboard.

Sound familiar to you? It does to me! (Just kidding, boss)

I’m just having a little fun here (for real, I love my job). But in all honesty, if you do spend a lot of time typing, or even sending text messages on your wireless phone, you could be at risk for the development of carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful condition that accounts for 60 percent of all occupational illnesses.

If you already suffer from carpal tunnel, there are ways to reduce or eliminate your pain and suffering. Let’s take a deeper look into this condition, including causes and possible treatments . . .

Carpal Tunnel Basics
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a swelling or irritation of the membranes around the tendons in the carpal tunnel, the ‘tube’ that runs from the forearm to the wrist that contains the medial nerve. The swelling often leads to feelings of numbness, tingling and pain, making it difficult, if not impossible, to type comfortably and efficiently. Symptoms can vary in intensity from a mild, annoying discomfort to a constant, crippling pain.

What causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The repetitive task of typing is often to blame, but carpal tunnel syndrome can also be caused by rheumatoid arthritis, bone breaks or other trauma to the bones in the wrists, diabetes, and hormonal changes, such as those experienced by women who have gone through pregnancy or menopause.

Treatment Options
Typical treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome include resting the wrists for days, even weeks at a time, avoiding the tasks and behaviors that caused or aggravate the condition; the use of splints to support the wrists; and exercises designed to strengthen wrist muscles, bones and joints. Anti-inflammatory medications are often prescribed to help sufferers manage pain. In extreme cases, surgery may be required.

However, if you have carpal tunnel syndrome, those aren’t your only options. Acupuncture and yoga have produced positive among hundreds of diagnosed patients. Also, consider treating yourself with these natural remedies:

Bromelain
This enzyme has shown promising results in reducing the swelling and inflammation often caused by carpal tunnel syndrome.

Vitamin B2
While it may be beneficial on its own in easing carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms, B2 (also known as riboflavin) may be even more effective when taken in combination with vitamin B6.

Vitamin B6
Research has found a link between carpal tunnel syndrome and B6 deficiency, and studies of B6 supplementation have shown an improvement in symptoms in as little as six weeks. People who take hormones, such as women using birth control pills or undergoing hormone replacement therapy for menopausal symptoms, are at risk for having lower amounts of B6.

Get Strong! Stay Strong!

Chris

Catherine Lewis, AHJ Editor — Published: May 11, 2009

Probiotics seem to be all the rage these days, and for good reason! They have a number of potential health benefits, including improving digestive health and possibly preventing colon cancer. And now there’s one more reason to introduce probiotics to your diet: a recent study showed that a diet combining soy and probiotics significantly reduced harmful lipids. Keep reading for more information on the increasing powers of probiotics.

Probiotics have once again proven their benefits as a health supplement. In a study published by the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a diet that combined soy and a probiotic supplement significantly reduced harmful lipids in the system.  

Why Probiotics?
When it comes to maintaining good health, probiotics are the ideal choice. These healthy bacteria have a number of potential benefits, including managing inflammatory bowel disease, lowering cholesterol and lowering blood pressure. They are also effective in the prevention of colon cancer, although studies are still being performed regarding this potential.

Your immune system controls good health. And, taking a dietary supplement of probiotics is one of the ways that you can support your immune system. According to the European study, when combined with soy products, probiotics have a positive effect on body cells and they help to promote a positive response from your body. They increase the proportion of lymphocytes in your body as well as the natural fighting cells that ward off disease.  

Though probiotics are often recommended and used successfully for those who are fighting diseases of the digestive tract, the health benefits of these supplements are proving to be beneficial in many other areas of health. Studies performed in the United States, Asia and Europe all confirm that there are significant health benefits to taking probiotics when it comes to the digestive tract. But these new studies have many doctors recommending the use of this supplement when fighting high blood pressure as well as high cholesterol.

Probiotics and Lipids
When it comes to harmful lipids, probiotics have already been linked with lowering cholesterol when taken alone. The new study published by the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that the effect is even greater when combined with soy products. This can show promise for those who struggle with high cholesterol and want to take a natural product to lower their lipids, rather than a medication that may have adverse side effects on the digestive tract and the liver.  

Because probiotics and soy are natural products, they are considered by many to be safer than medications for high cholesterol. For many years, Lipitor was the gold standard of treating this condition. However, as the dangers of Lipitor and other cholesterol drugs are becoming more apparent, science is looking for alternates. Medical science may very well have a breakthrough in treating high cholesterol in a natural way with probiotics combined with soy.  

If you’re suffering from high cholesterol, consult with your doctor or healthcare provider to see if probiotics are an option for you.

Get Strong! Stay Strong!

Chris