Friday, June 30, 2006
The Way of the Wizard
Have a nice video session.
Best wishes, Rui.
Monday, June 26, 2006
Cure Diabetes with Raw Foods
Best wishes, Rui.
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Sentence of the Day
has enough trouble of its own.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Sleep in Complete Darkness !
...and this comment from Dr. Mercola on similar subject:
"Sleep in complete darkness or as close as possible. If there is even the tiniest bit of light in the room it can disrupt your circadian rhythm".
Have a nice sleep, Rui.
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Wireless Internet: WiMax triggers emergency hospital calls
The small Swedish town of Götene received an interesting surprise when activating their new WiMax system. Within hours of being activated the local hospital emergency services were receiving several calls from residents complaining of a number of symptoms, ranging from difficulty breathing, blurry vision and headaches to heart arrhythmia.
There will of course be the skeptics who claim this to be nothing other than mass hysteria, but unless the information provided is false (which of course is possible), then a few hours is extremely short for there to be any general knowledge that the WiMax had indeed been turned on. Either this is a case of the general public conspiring together to prove a point, or this points to a genuine health effect, which just happens to coincide with other health effects also attributed to low power microwave radiation exposure.
The jury is of course still out, but as far as anecdotal evidence stands this one appears to be fairly strong.
Breast Cancer and Brassiere
Can Wearing A Bra Kill You?
by William Thomas
If you didn't burn yours in the Sixties, you might want to put it away now. "Bras cause breast cancer. It's open and shut," says medical researcher Syd Singer.
The Singers became breast cancer sleuths in 1991. On the day Soma discovered a lump in her breast, the husband-wife team was studying the effects of Western medicine on Fijians. In the shower, Syd noticed that Soma's shoulders and breasts were outlined by dark red grooves. He remembered a puzzled Fijian woman asking his wife about her brassiere:“Doesn't it feel tight?” “You get used to it,” Soma had replied.
Could bras be constricting breast tissue, Syd wondered, hampering lymph drainage and causing degeneration? Soma decided to stop wearing hers. But when Syd searched the medical literature he found no known causes of breast cancer, which rarely appears before a woman's mid-thirties, most often after 40. The highest death rates from breast cancer are in North America and northern Europe, with the developing world catching up fast. The World Health Organization calls chemical toxins the primary cause of cancer. But poisons accumulating in breast tissue are normally flushed by clear lymph fluid into large clusters of lymph nodes nestling in the armpits and upper chest. The Singers found that “because lymphatic vessels are very thin, they are extremely sensitive to pressure and are easily compressed.” Chronic minimal pressure on the breasts - can cause- lymph valves and vessels to close. “Less oxygen and fewer nutrients are delivered to the cells, while waste products are not flushed away,” the Singers noted. After 15 or 20 years of “bra-constricted lymph drainage”, cancer can result.
If you must wear a bra…
Looking at other cultures, Soma and Syd were struck by the - low incidence of breast cancer - in poorer nations awash in pesticides dumped by northern nations. They didn't find peasant women wearing “push-up bras”. Instead, they discovered that the Maoris of New Zealand integrated into white culture have the same rate of breast cancer, while Australia's - marginalized aboriginals - have virtually no breast cancer. The same trend held for “Westernized” Japanese, Fijians and other “bra-converted” cultures.
In “Dressed To Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras”, the researchers also observed that: just before a woman begins her period, - estrogen floods her system -, causing her breasts to swell. If she continues wearing the same bra size, life-saving lymphatics -- will be even more tightly, squished. Had they found the “estrogen link” to breast cancer? Childless women never fully develop their breast-cleansing lymphatic system. Nor do women who have never breast-fed. Working women who wear bras everyday and postpone having children could be at higher risk, the Singers warn. Even worse, a young woman's coming of age is often “marked” by her first bra. Like the ancient Chinese practice of foot-binding, “breast-binding” at puberty can eventually lead to severe medical complications. Could bras be the “missing link” in a growing epidemic of breast cancer?
Beginning in May, 1991, Soma and Syd Singer's 30-month “Bra and Breast Cancer” study interviewed some 4,000 women in five major US cities. All were Caucasian of mostly “medium income” ranging in age from 30 to 79. Half had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Almost all of the women interviewed were unhappy with the size or shape of their breasts. Women who chose a bra for appearance, ignoring soreness and swelling, had - twice the rate of breast cancer - of those who did not. But the most startling statistic was:* that “three out four women who woretheir daytime bras to sleep contracted breast cancer”.* So did - one out seven women - strapped into a bramore than 12 hours a day. “Bra-free women” have just: * a one in 168 chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer, says Singer. * The same as: “bra-free men”.
“Don't sleep in your bra!” Syd Singer pleads.“Women who wantto avoid breast cancer should wear a bra for the shortest period of time possible—certainly for less than 12 hours daily. ”Syd also submits that some 80% of bra-wearers who experience: lumps, cysts and tenderness will see those symptoms vanish, “within a month of getting rid of the bra.” Not everyone is ready to hang up her halter. As one woman told the team, “My tits will sag all the way to my navel without a bra.” But Surgeon Christine Haythingy at the New Jersey College of Medicine says that inherited traits, not ligaments or breast size, are the reason some breasts give in to gravity. Bouncing bosoms help clear the lymphatics.
Well aware that their findings were “explosive,” the Singers sent their survey results to the heads of America's most prestigious cancer organizations and institutes.
Like the cancer business, the bra business is huge.
Multiply how many worldwide women buy several $25 bras every year and you end up with: a multiple of the $6 billion-a-year US bra business.
Syd Singer says that establishment censorship of the:“bra-breast cancer connection” is killing women.
Pointing to the - biggest commonality - among breast cancer patients, he's emphatic that:it's “bra-squeezed” lymphatics.
Going bra-less for all occasions, Soma began dressing to de-emphasize her breasts. She also began:* regular breast massage and bicycle riding,* vitamin and herbal supplementation, and* drinking only purified water. Two months later, her lump - disappeared.
At the first - frightening sign of a “lump”,an angry Syd Singer says, “women should take their bras offbefore they take their breasts off.”
Why wait, when you can liberate your lymphatics now.
Sunday, June 11, 2006
Sentence of the Day
'What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?'
Film: The Secret of Conscious Co-Creation
[new copy, present on 17.6.06]
This film complements another, called "What the Bleep do we know?"
Have a nice video session, Rui
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Meditation of the Day
Being incapable of conjugating the verb "to be", we conjugate instead the verb "to have". But as the verb "to have" can lead us nowhere, for nothing lasting can be acquired, we seek indefinitely "to have more". Such is the source of our enslavement.
Friday, June 09, 2006
Lack of Sleep = Weight Gain
Lack of Sleep Linked to Weight Gain
Food intake doesn't explain extra girth, study finds.
Getting a decent night's sleep apparently does more than provide
good rest -- it seems to curb the number of pounds women put on as they
age, according to a new study.
Although the study didn't show a definite cause-and- effect
relationship, there was a significant link between inadequate sleep
and weight gain, said lead investigator Dr. Sanjay Patel. Women who got
only five hours of sleep a night, on average, gained substantially more
weight than those who routinely had seven hour's worth of shuteye.
"We do know that sleep-deprived people generally pay less attention
to their health," said Patel, an assistant professor of medicine at
Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland. However, there's no proof
that any one factor, from a poor diet to lack of exercise, accounted for
the weight difference, he said.
In fact, women who got seven hours or more of sleep actually ate
more than those who got five hour's sleep. And the exercise habits were
about the same, too -- although the group that slept a healthier seven
hours tended to exercise a little more, Patel said.
The women were part of the Nurses Health Study, which followed more
than 68,000 women for 16 years. They were asked to report their weight
and lifestyle regimen every two years. By the end of the study, women
who slept five hours a night were 32 percent more likely to experience
major weight gain -- defined as an increase of 33 pounds or more -- and 15
percent more likely to become obese, compared with women who slept
seven hours. And women who slept for six hours were 12 percent more
likely to experience major weight gain and 6 percent more likely to become
obese over the study period, compared with women who slept seven hours a
There are several possible explanations for the findings, Patel
said. It could be that sleep deprivation causes the body to metabolize
calories less efficiently. Or it may be that the actual forms of exercise or
the exact patterns of eating differed between the two groups of women
in the study. It may also be that a lower number of hours spent sleeping
reflects a basic life change that can have a fairly dramatic impact
-- like becoming a parent, he said.
"The more kids you have, the less sleep you get," Patel said. That
might lead to the kind of multi- tasking demands in which convenience,
such as fast food, trumps nutritional vigilance, he said.
"There are many possible explanations," agreed Dr. John Kimoff,
director of the Sleep Disorders Centre at McGill University in Montreal.
"But you have to be very careful about speculating on the mechanisms."
One intriguing area of research has suggested that sleep
disturbances, such as deep snoring and night- time awakenings, may affect weight,
perhaps due to a subtle inherited trait that shows increasing impact
The study findings were presented Tuesday at the American Thoracic
Society International Conference, in San Diego.
My comment: During sleeping time you don't fight against your body...
Monday, June 05, 2006
Sentence of the Day
"Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once"
William Shakespeare (in Julius Caesar)
Cowards are those that never stand up to fight for Truth.
Sunday, June 04, 2006
Vitamin D Is For Cancer Defense
Vitamin D Is For Cancer Defense
by Bill Sardi
From time to time news reports surface about a "cancer cluster" among workers in a building. Often the workers have been assigned to dark basement offices or sealed clean-rooms where they must wear space-suitlike garb. After an indoor environmental examination, investigators often are unable to correlate any factor in the building with the cancer cases. But what if, rather than a cancer-causing agent, the cancer cases are attributable to a missing protective factor? Given a growing body of evidence linking cancer with vitamin D deficiency, a question surfaces: Are indoor workers getting sufficient sunlight to make enough vitamin D to protect them from cancer?
Vitamin D is formed in the skin of animals and humans by the action of short-wave ultraviolet light, the so-called fast-tanning sun rays. Precursors of vitamin D in the skin are converted into cholecalciferol, a weak form of vitamin D3, which is then transported to the liver and kidneys where enzymes convert it to 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol, the more potent form of vitamin D3.
Fat-soluble vitamin D supplements are available in two forms. Vitamin D3 is believed to exhibit the most potent cancer- inhibiting properties and is the preferred form of the vitamin. More than 10 substances belong to a group of steroid compounds that exhibit vitamin D activity. Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol), derived from plants and yeast, is a form of the vitamin commonly added to milk and some nutritional supplements. The first vitamin D to be discovered was a crude mixture called vitamin D1; it is not available as a supplement.
Although the list of vitamin-D-rich foods is limited, it is acquired from foods such as egg yolks, butter, cod liver oil and from cold-water fish such as salmon, herring and mackerel.
Evidence of vitamin D's protective effect against cancer is compelling. For more than 50 years, documentation in the medical literature suggests regular sun exposure is associated with substantial decreases in death rates from certain cancers and a decrease in overall cancer death rates. Recent research suggests this is a causal relationship that acts through the body's vitamin D metabolic pathways. For instance, some evidence points to a prostate, breast and colon cancer belt in the United States, which lies in northern latitudes under more cloud cover than other regions during the year. Rates for these cancers are two to three times higher than in sunnier areas.1
Dark-skinned people require more sun exposure to make vitamin D. The thickness of the skin layer called the stratum corneum affects the absorption of UV radiation. Black human skin is thicker than white skin and thus transmits only about 40 percent of the UV rays for vitamin D production. Darkly pigmented individuals who live in sunny equatorial climates experience a higher mortality rate (not incidence) from breast and prostate cancer when they move to geographic areas that are deprived of sunlight exposure in winter months. The rate of increase varies, and researchers hesitate to quote figures because many migrant black populations also have poor nutrition and deficient health care that confound statistics somewhat.2
Although excessive sun exposure may give rise to skin cancer, researchers as early as 1936 were aware that skin cancer patients have reduced rates of other cancers. One researcher estimates moderate sunning would prevent 30,000 annual cancer deaths in the United States.3
Vitamin D may also go beyond cancer prevention and provide tumor therapy. Much ado has been made of pharmaceutical angiogenesis inhibitors--agents that help inhibit the growth of new, undesirable blood vessels that tumors require for nutrient supply and growth. Laboratory tests have shown vitamin D to be a potent angiogenesis inhibitor.4
Vitamin D also works at another stage of cancer development. Tumor cells are young, immortal cells that never grow up, mature and die off. Because vitamin D derivatives have been shown to promote normal cell growth and maturation, drug companies today are attempting to engineer patentable forms of vitamin D for anti-cancer therapy.5
D Is for Strong Bones
Up until now, vitamin D has been better known for its ability to promote bone strength by increasing calcium absorption. Supplemental vitamin D has been shown to reduce hip fracture risk among elderly women when combined with supplemental calcium. In one study of 3,270 healthy women, mean age 84, 1,634 received 1.2 g calcium and 800 international units (IU) vitamin D3, while the other 1,636 received placebo. During the 18-month study, the supplemented group experienced 43 percent fewer hip fractures, 32 percent fewer nonvertebral fractures, and a 2.7 percent increase in bone density of the proximal femur vs. the 4.6 percent bone density decrease seen in the placebo group.6
Other studies bear out vitamin D's importance to bone health, to the point where it's now widely known that vitamin D deficiency is associated with hip fractures, and supplementation helps. Unfortunately, not everyone is getting enough vitamin D. A recent study reveals that about 10 percent of retirees in Boston social clubs are vitamin-D deficient (<>7 So experts now suggest people take 600 IU vitamin D daily, and up to 800 IU a day for elderly patients who do not produce vitamin D from sun exposure as easily as they did when younger.8 A recent study showed that 37 percent of adult hospital patients were deficient in vitamin D upon admission. Two-thirds of these patients did not consume enough vitamin D from dietary sources. Surprisingly, 46 percent of those who took daily multivitamins (most of which provide 400 IU) were also in a state of deficiency.9
How Much Vitamin D?
The U.S. Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of vitamin D is 200 IU. Yet, studies have shown that 200 IU/day has no effect on bone status.10 Reinhold Vieth, Ph.D., of the University of Toronto, recently published a landmark review of vitamin D in the May 1999 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Vieth says adults may need, at a minimum, five times the RDA, or 1,000 IU, to adequately prevent bone fractures, protect against some cancers and derive other broad-ranging health benefits.
Vieth says the 1989 RDA of 200 IU is antiquated, and the newer 600 IU Daily Reference Intake (DRI) dose for adults older than 70 is still not adequate. Even the 2,000 IU upper tolerable intake, the official safety limit, does not deliver the amounts of vitamin D that may be optimal, Vieth says. On a sunny summer day, total body sun exposure produces approximately 10,000 IU vitamin D per day. As a result, concerns about toxic overdose with dietary supplements that exceed 800 IU are poorly founded, Vieth says. His review indicates a person would have to consume almost 67 times more vitamin D than the current 600 IU recommended intake for older adults to experience symptoms of overdosage.11 Vieth believes people need 4,000-10,000 IU vitamin D daily and that toxic side effects are not a concern until a 40,000 IU/day dose.11
Harvard researchers agree with Vieth. They suggest that older adults, sick adults, and "perhaps all adults" need 800 1,000 IU daily. They indicate that daily doses of 2,400 IU--four times the recommended intake--can be consumed safely.10 Robert P. Heaney, a noted expert on vitamin D and calcium dynamics at Creighton University in Nebraska, says that even though the recommendations for vitamin D have recently been updated to account for increased needs among the elderly, Vieth's review may stir policymakers to further upgrade current dietary reference intakes. Heaney says whatever the increase in the recommended allowance turns out to be, "it seems inescapable that it will be substantially higher than the current values and possibly higher than nutritional policymakers may be prepared to accept."12
Those who do follow the suggestion to consume more vitamin D may want to watch for toxicity symptoms of headache, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, loss of appetite and dry mouth--though these are not usually seen outside of underlying health conditions such as kidney or parathyroid hormone dysfunction.
Vitamin D is not prevalent in foods. A study conducted at the Bone Research Laboratory at Boston University School of Medicine revealed that fortified milk may not be a reliable source of vitamin D. Only 29 percent of commercial milk samples tested were within 80120 percent of the amount stated on the label. Most milk products were overfortified, and a few milk cartons contained no vitamin D at all.13 Vitamin D milk fortification procedures vary widely from dairy to dairy. Some dairies place their vitamin D preparations in refrigerated storage, and others do not, which may affect the vitamin D content of the final product.14
Few vitamins can provide such an array of health benefits as vitamin D. Sunshine is still the most economical and beneficial way to improve circulating vitamin D levels. In addition, the lack of sunlight exposure could lead to more than thinning bones and an increased risk for cancer--there is the added benefit of controlling cholesterol. Since vitamin D is produced naturally within the body, technically it is a hormone. Vitamin D precursors require cholesterol for conversion into the hormone-vitamin. Without adequate sun exposure, vitamin D precursors turn to cholesterol instead of the vitamin. The increased concentration of blood cholesterol during winter months and the fact that outdoor activity (gardening) is associated with lower circulating cholesterol levels in the summer, but not in winter, may explain geographical differences in coronary heart disease incidence.15
Sunning before 10 a.m. and after 3 p.m. avoids the sun's harshest UV radiation. People who live in areas of winter cloud cover, are homebound, or don't get enough sun should consider naturally compounded vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) supplements.
Bill Sardi is a health journalist and consumer advocate in Diamond Bar, Calif. His recent publications include The Iron Time Bomb (Purity Pub., 1999) and All About Eyes Naturally (Avery Publishing Group, 2000).
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14. Hicks T, et al. Procedures used by North Carolina dairies for vitamin A and D fortification of milk. J Dairy Sci 1996;79:329-33.15. Grimes DS, et al. Sunlight, cholesterol and coronary heart disease. Q J Med 1996;89:579-89.
Sentence of the Day
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart.
Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Just FACTS !
FACTS TO PONDER:
(A) The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000.
(B) Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year are 120,000.
(C) Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171.
Statistics courtesy of U.S. Dept of Health Human Services.
Now think about this:
Guns: (A) The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000.
(Yes, that's 80 million..)
(B) The number of accidental gun deaths per year is 1,500.
(C) The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is .000188.
Statistics courtesy of FBI
So, statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners.
Remember, "Guns don't kill people, doctors do."
FACT: NOT EVERYONE HAS A GUN, BUT ALMOST EVERYONE HAS AT LEAST ONE DOCTOR.
Please alert your friends to this alarming threat.
We must ban doctors before this gets completely out of hand!!!!!
Out of concern for the public at large, I withheld the statistics on
lawyers for fear the shock would cause people to panic and seek medical attention... :))
Best regards, Rui.