Archive for June, 2009

Quote the Nuremberg Code!

June 13, 2009

Okay – look – now that the Level 6 ‘Swine Flu’ Pandemic has been announced, it only seems logical that the next step that our Big Brother will take is to either make mandatory, or very strongly suggest, that everyone receive a flu vaccination. I feel as strongly about refusing this innoculation as I do about taking the ‘Mark of the Beast’ – I and my family have vowed to refuse either one. If presented with this scenario – you may freely cite the ‘Nurmemberg Code’ – that essentially states, “The voluntary consent of the human subject is essential.” No experimental vaccine should be “conducted where there is an ‘a priori’ reason to believe that death or disabling injury will occur, except, perhaps, in those experiments where the experimental physicians also serve as subjects.” The following is from the mainstream media – check it out:

SWISS drugs giant Novartis has completed a first batch of swine flu vaccine for pre-clinical trials and aims to make a version available from September, the company said.

“Novartis has successfully completed the production of the first batch of influenza A(H1N1) vaccine, weeks ahead of expectations,” the company said.

The 10-litre batch “will be used for pre-clinical evaluation and testing and is also being considered for use in clinical trials”.

Novartis hopes to start clinical trials in July and “expects licensure in the fall (September to November) of 2009”, it said.

It added that “more than 30 governments have made requests to Novartis to supply them with influenza A(H1N1) vaccine ingredients.”

The company used cell-based technology to produce the vaccine, a faster method than the traditional technology that uses eggs, according to Novartis.

Novartis received $US289 million ($352.96 million) last month from the US Department of Health and Human Services for the development of the vaccine.

The World Health Organisation declared a swine flu pandemic today, ratcheting up its alert to the maximum level of six.

Swine flu has infected almost 30,000 people in 75 countries and claimed 144 lives since it was first detected in Mexico in April.

Doc here! So, it’s coming. Better to be prepared in the eventuality that it somehow becomes another government mandated policy. Take the time and effort now to protect yourself and your family from unnecessary forced poisoning of the body. Remember – under our Constitution – we can not be forced to put anything into our body that we do not consent to first. And, yes, this does include the so-called mandatory childhood vaccinations (I believe there are about 63 of them now). Don’t allow yourself to be tricked into submission. This unfortunately happens in so many other aspects of our daily lives that we barely notice how much we are subject to the smoke and mirror deceptions that we unwittingly consent to participate.

Just my humble opinion.

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Told You So!

June 13, 2009

I’ve been saying that the WHO would declare a Level 6 H1N1 Pandemic – now it’s official – see the Reuters release below:

GENEVA – The World Health Organization declared the first flu pandemic of the 21st century on Thursday, urging countries to shore up defenses against the virus which is “not stoppable” but has proved mainly mild so far.

The United Nations agency raised its pandemic flu alert to phase 6 on a six-point scale, indicating the first influenza pandemic since 1968 is under way.

“This is a very important and challenging day for all of us. It is important because we will be raising our pandemic alert level to level 6,” WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan told reporters on a teleconference.

“At this time, the global assessment is that we are seeing a moderate pandemic.”

Acting on the recommendation of flu experts, the WHO reiterated its advice to its 193 member countries not to close borders or impose travel restrictions to halt the movement of people, goods and services.

The move to phase 6 reflects the fact that the disease, widely known as swine flu, was spreading geographically, but does not indicate how virulent it is.

A unanimous experts’ decision was based on an overall assessment in the eight most heavily hit countries — Australia, Britain, Canada, Chile, Japan, Mexico, Spain and the United States — that the virus is spreading in a sustained way in communities, according to Chan.

“Collectively, looking at that, we are satisfied that this virus is spreading to a number of a countries and it is not stoppable,” she said.

“Moving to pandemic phase six level does not imply we will see an increase in the number of deaths or very severe cases.

“Quite on the contrary. Many people are having mild disease, they recover without medicines in some cases and it is good news,” she said.

Finish seasonal vaccine production

The WHO recommended drugmakers stay on track to complete production of seasonal influenza vaccine for the northern hemisphere’s next winter in the next two weeks. Each year, normal flu kills up to 500,000 people and infects millions.

Seasonal flu affects mainly elderly, and causes severe illness in millions, so a premature switch in vaccine production to cope with the new strain could put many people at risk.

“So our recommendation is they need to finish the seasonal vaccine and then move over. That is pretty good in terms of dove-tailing the production of the two types of vaccine. So I think that this may just work out,” Chan said.

David Heymann, a former WHO official now chairing Britain’s Health Protection Agency, told Reuters before the announcement: “During phase 5, the government and people in the U.K. have had the time to prepare for a pandemic — this has hopefully decreased any surprise and concern that might be associated with a WHO announcement of phase 6.”

As it spreads in humans, science cannot predict what course the virus will take, the disease it causes and the age groups infected, Heymann said. “The severity of that disease, the effectiveness of antiviral drugs and the stability of the virus must all be watched closely,” Heymann said.

A pandemic could cause enormous disruption to business as workers stay home because they are sick or to look after family members and authorities restrict gatherings of large numbers of people or movement of people or goods.

World markets shrugged off the possibility of a pandemic, as investors focused on possible global economic recovery.

Communicating information about potential risk during a pandemic is very complex and a “huge challenge in the face of scientific uncertainty,” Chan said.

“But the tendency to move into complacency is our biggest concern. Because we need to continue to monitor this virus, follow its tracks and do not allow it to come back in the second wave to give us more trouble.

Widespread transmission of the virus in Victoria, Australia, signaling that it is entrenched in another region besides North America, was one of the key triggers for moving to phase 6.

Five people have been admitted to intensive care in Australia and more than 1,000 cases confirmed following widespread testing in the state.

The new strain can be treated by antiviral drugs oseltamivir, the generic name of Roche Holding’s Tamiflu tablets, and Relenza, a spray made by GlaxoSmithKline.

The strain, which emerged in April in Mexico and the United States, has spread widely. There have been 28,774 infections reported in 74 countries to date, including 144 deaths, according to WHO’s latest tally of laboratory-confirmed cases.

But the real number of people with the disease is likely to run into at least hundreds of thousands, as mild cases may not have been detected.

as of 06/12/2009 1:20 AM

Doc here! The hidden message to all is to be prepared for the coming nasty flu season in the fall. I have been strongly recommending that all family members partake in the homeopathic influenza remedy available at the office. I have also been strongly recommending that all have their Vitamin D levels checked and a supply of Vitamin D emulsion be on hand for daily consumption. In addition, all families should have a supply of Argentyn 21 colloidal silver and food-grade 35% Hydrogen Peroxide on hand for those who may succumb to the flu. These are also available at the office but orders should be placed as these are in short supply.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Glutamine

June 7, 2009

I recently came across this information regarding multiple sclerosis. It fits right in with my leanings toward what I believe to be the healthiest diet for the human species – the Paleolithic Diet. Read, comment if you will and pass along the information to others. Enjoy!

Glutamine is one of the structural building blocks of proteins called amino acids. It is necessary for the immune system to function appropriately, and glutamine also appears to be needed for normal brain function and digestion.3 While glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the bloodstream, extreme physical stress (including injuries, surgery, infections and prolonged stress) can deplete glutamine levels when the body’s ability to make it is exceeded.3

As a major fuel and important nitrogen source for the small intestinal cell, glutamine is key to maintaining mucosal cell integrity and gut barrier function.4 The contents of the gut lumen contain a toxic/antigenic load from which the body needs to be protected.5,6 The complex mechanisms that support one another to provide this protection include intestinal secretions (primarily mucus and secretory IgA), the mucosal epithelium, and intramural lymphocytes.5,6

An increasing body of literature has associated increased gut permeability with a number of autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS). Autoimmune diseases develop when the body’s immune system loses the ability to distinguish between what is “self” and what is “non-self” and attacks healthy tissues and organs as if they were a foreign invader. There is an emerging consensus among scientists who study autoimmune disease that a number of autoimmune diseases have an environmental trigger that originates from a leaky gut thereby allowing microbe and food antigens continual access to the immune system.7-9 Foods containing substances called lectins and saponins, as a general rule, increase gut permeability. A number of common foods contain lectins and/or saponins such as tomatoes,10-12 potatoes,13-18 soy,19 alfalfa,20 quillaja,21 and quinoa.22 I believe these foods may promote autoimmune disease symptoms in genetically susceptible individuals.

In addition, common foods like the tomato act as adjuvants23 (substances that stimulate the immune system) to further exacerbate autoimmune disease symptoms. By eliminating such foods, many autoimmune disease patients have seen improvement in, and even complete remission of, their symptoms.

Although it has been suggested that MS patients should not take glutamine, there is a lot of evidence that glutamine can improve gut barrier function.24 Thus, I recommend autoimmune patients supplement with glutamine because it is a primary fuel source for cells lining the small intestine.

One concern with regard to glutamine supplementation has related to elevated glutamate/ glutamine concentrations seen in MS patients. Glutamine supplementation does not elevate glutamate concentrations,25 and it is the elevated glutamate that causes neuronal damage.26 Elevated glutamate/glutamine concentrations in MS patients result from excessive glutamate receptor up regulation, and the elevation of glutamine levels (which is not toxic to brain and nerve cells) results from increased activity of glutamine synthetase (an enzyme essential in the metabolism of nitrogen by catalyzing the condensation of glutamate and ammonia to form glutamine) as it detoxifies glutamate. Glutamine is then exported outside of the blood brain barrier to peripheral circulation to be metabolized in muscle and other tissue. Thus, it appears that glutamine supplementation is alright for MS patients.

Dietary supplements, however, may require the supervision of a knowledgeable health care provider. With glutamine, in particular, some clinical studies suggest that it may stimulate the growth of certain tumors.3

The efficacy of glutamine supplements (which are usually in the form of L-glutamine) can be affected by moisture and heat. Moisture leads to the breakdown of glutamine supplements so they should be kept in a dry place, and glutamine powder should not be added to hot beverages because heat destroys glutamine.3

Dietary sources of glutamine include plant and animal proteins such as raw spinach, raw parsley, cabbage, beef, pork, poultry, milk, yogurt, ricotta cheese, and cottage cheese.3 As readers are aware, I have previously recommended a grain, dairy and legume free diet if you suffer from an autoimmune disease so I do not recommend dairy as a source of glutamine. by Loren Cordain, Ph.D.

References:

1. Progress in Autoimmune Disease Research. The Autoimmune Disease Coordinating Committee Report to Congress. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Bethesda (MD), 2005. Website: http://www3.niaid.nih.gov/topics/autoimmune/PDF/ADCCFinal.pdf

2. Fairweather D, Rose NR. Women and autoimmune disease. Emerg Infect Dis 2004;10:2005-2011. Website: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/vol10no11/04-0367.htm

3. University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). (2009) Glutamine. Website: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/glutamine-000307.htm

4. Den Hond, E. Hiele M, Peeters M, Ghoos Y, Rutgeerts P. Effect of long-term oral glutamine supplements on small intestinal permeability in patients with Crohn’s disease. JPEN: J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 1999;23:7-11

5. Galland, L. (1995) Leaky Gut Syndromes: Breaking the Vicious Cycle. Website: http://www.healthy.net/scr/Article.asp?Id=425&xcntr=1

6. Crissinger, K.D., P.R. Kvietys, and D.N. Granger, Pathophysiology of gastrointestinal mucosal permeability. J Intern Med Suppl, 1990. 732: p. 145-54

7. Cordain L, Toohey L, Smith MJ, Hickey MS. Modulation of immune function by dietary lectins in rheumatoid arthritis. Brit J Nutr 2000, 83:207-217

8. Arrieta MC, Bistritz L, Meddings JB.Alterations in intestinal permeability. Gut. 2006 Oct;55(10):1512-20

9. Fasano A. Physiological, pathological, and therapeutic implications of zonulin-mediated intestinal barrier modulation: living life on the edge of the wall. Am J Pathol. 2008 Nov;173(5):1243-52

10. Johnson IT, Gee JM, Price K, Curl C, Fenwick GR. Influence of saponins on gut permeability and active nutrient transport in vitro. J Nutr. 1986 Nov; 116(11):2270-7

11. Gee J.M.; Wortley G.M.; Johnson I.T.; Price K.R.; Rutten A.A.J.J.L.; Houben G.F.; Penninks A.H. Effects of saponins and glycoalkaloids on the permeability and viability of mammalian intestinal cells and on the integrity of tissue preparations in vitro. Toxicol in Vitro 1996;10: 117-128

12. Keukens EA, de Vrije T, van den Boom C, de Waard P, Plasman HH, Thiel F, Chupin V, Jongen WM, de Kruijff B. Molecular basis of glycoalkaloid induced membrane disruption. Biochim Biophys Acta. 1995 Dec 13;1240(2):216-28

13. Gee J.M.; Wortley G.M.; Johnson I.T.; Price K.R.; Rutten A.A.J.J.L.; Houben G.F.; Penninks A.H. Effects of saponins and glycoalkaloids on the permeability and viability of mammalian intestinal cells and on the integrity of tissue preparations in vitro. Toxicol in Vitro 1996;10: 117-128

14. Keukens EA, de Vrije T, van den Boom C, de Waard P, Plasman HH, Thiel F, Chupin V, Jongen WM, de Kruijff B. Molecular basis of glycoalkaloid induced membrane disruption. Biochim Biophys Acta. 1995 Dec 13;1240(2):216-28

15. Patel B, Schutte R, Sporns P, Doyle J, Jewel L, Fedorak RN. Potato glycoalkaloids adversely affect intestinal permeability and aggravate inflammatory bowel disease. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2002 Sep;8(5):340-6

16. Mandimika T, Baykus H, Vissers Y, Jeurink P, Poortman J, Garza C, Kuiper H, Peijnenburg A. Differential gene expression in intestinal epithelial cells induced by single and mixtures of potato glycoalkaloids. J Agric Food Chem. 2007 Nov 28;55(24):10055-66

17. Hellenäs KE, Nyman A, Slanina P, Lööf L, Gabrielsson J. Determination of potato glycoalkaloids and their aglycone in blood serum by high-performance liquid chromatography. Application to pharmacokinetic studies in humans. J Chromatogr. 1992 Jan 3;573(1):69-78

18. Harvey MH, Morris BA, McMillan M, Marks V. Measurement of potato steroidal alkaloids in human serum and saliva by radioimmunoassay. Hum Toxicol. 1985 Sep;4(5):503-12

19. Alvarez JR, Torres-Pinedo R. Interactions of soybean lectin, soyasaponins, and glycinin with rabbit jejuna mucosa in vivo. Pediatr Res 1982;16:728-31

20. Story JA, LePage SL, Petro MS, West LG, Cassidy MM, Lightfoot FG, Vahouny GV. Interactions of alfalfa plant and sprout saponins with cholesterol in vitro and in cholesterol-fed rats. Am J Clin Nutr. 1984 Jun;39(6):917-29

21. Chao AC, Nguyen JV, Broughall M, Recchia J, Kensil CR, Daddona PE, Fix JA. Enhancement of intestinal model compound transport by DS-1, a modified Quillaja saponin. J Pharm Sci. 1998 Nov;87(11):1395-9

22. J. M. Gee, K. R. Price, C. L. Ridout, G. M. Wortley, R. F. Hurrell, I. T. Johnson. Saponins of quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa): Effects of processing on their abundance in quinoa products and their biological effects on intestinal mucosal tissue. J Sci Food Agric 1993;63(2):201-09

23. Friedman M. Tomato glycoalkaloids: role in the plant and in the diet. J Agric Food Chem 82002;50: 5751-5780

24. Hall, JC et al. Br J Surg 1996 Mar;83(3):305-312

25. Berg A, Bellander BM, Wanecek M, Norberg A, Ungerstedt U, Rooyackers O, Wernerman J. The pattern of amino acid exchange across the brain is unaffected by intravenous glutamine supplementation in head trauma patients. Clin Nutr. 2008 Dec;27(6):816-21

26. Sheldon AL, Robinson MB. The role of glutamate transporters in neurodegenerative diseases and potential opportunities for intervention. Neurochem Int. 2007 Nov-Dec;51(6-7):333-55

Anyone considering adding L-Glutamine to their supplementation regimen should also seriously consider having the supplement tested at the office for toxicity, need and dosage. It’s quick, simple and accurate. Just let us know.