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Jan 23, 2013

‘Quadruple helix’ DNA seen in human cells … can good studies take a bad turn?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 10:34

(Before It’s News)

In reading this article below … and considering a cancer to actually be any disease having a gradual destruction of cells within the human DNA

And then considering that to some of those whom consider themselves high minds, sitting in high places … have often referred to mainstream Humans as a “disease” …

This being so …. I consider that when the word disease as used in this article below … it is not actually referring to the gradual cancerous destruction of cells within the human DNA which in fact has been proven to be a man made cause of negative growth and destruction of a cell …

But with a cunning play on words cancer means destruction of cells and disease means mainstream human …

And not forgetting that the gradual cancerous destruction of cells within the human DNA was man made … and had to be derived from some funded group study of humanity’s genetic code known as the double helix.

Taking these factors into consideration … there could be a very disturbing hidden message in this article … one that minds can consider or simply disregard …

Because I consider that this awakening 4th helix could actually be “relating” to humanity in a Positive way as to fight against these gradual negative growth of cells and man made deteriorating conditions … and not related to the cause of cancerous decay as the article suggest …

Also the article suggest that to control the structures of humanity’s awakening 4th helix ….. could provide novel ways to fight the disease (meaning humanity) ..

And this would actually cause the statement referring to the need to control the 4th helix to actually mean …. “if research can find a way to control this 4th helix … they could find a way to fight the resisting strain in the DNA which is fighting off their own diabolical efforts of producing negative growth of cells and man made deteriorating conditions in mainstream … which have prevented the genocide of humanity” ….

Mainstream have survived because of human ability to adapt to the many man made deteriorating conditions put in place by tainted vaccines … GMO food … synthetic medicines and a host of other man made attacks on the human DNA by the cabals …

But what they may fail to realize is that the DNA was programmed by the CREATOR … and they will never annihilate the human specie’s soul of consciousness … but every wicked deed causing a soul to suffer … WILL be accounted for …..

Also the article states that this Prof Shankar Balasubramanian from Cambridge’s department of chemistry … says that “The existence of these structures (meaning building blocks of the 4th helix) may be loaded (meaning filled with resisting qualities) when the cell has a certain genotype (meaning genetic groups) or a certain dysfunctional (meaning not responding in the expected way) state (meaning in a developed process of change).

And it seems to be implied in the article … that if this 4th helix is not responding to the man made gradual destruction of cells within the human DNA … that these great devious minds would then target them (meaning humanity) with synthetic molecules .. which these high minds considered an interesting way of selectively targeting those cells having this dysfunction (meaning failure to respond in the expected way “of producing the destruction of cells” ) ….

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Quadruple Helix
A representation of the four-stranded structure (L) and fluorescent markers reveal its presence inside cells (R)

HERE By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News
Cambridge University scientists say they have seen four-stranded DNA at work in human cells for the first time.

The famous “molecule of life”, which carries our genetic code, is more familiar to us as a double helix.

But researchers tell the journal Nature Chemistry that the “quadruple helix” is also present in our cells, and in ways that might possibly relate to cancer.

They suggest that control of the structures could provide novel ways to fight the disease.

“The existence of these structures may be loaded when the cell has a certain genotype or a certain dysfunctional state,” said Prof Shankar Balasubramanian from Cambridge’s department of chemistry.

“We need to prove that; but if that is the case, targeting them with synthetic molecules could be an interesting way of selectively targeting those cells that have this dysfunction,” he told BBC News.Full report HERE

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‘Quadruple helix’ DNA seen in human cells

By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News
A representation of the four-stranded structure (L) and fluorescent markers reveal its presence inside cells (R)

Cambridge University scientists say they have seen four-stranded DNA at work in human cells for the first time.

The famous “molecule of life”, which carries our genetic code, is more familiar to us as a double helix.

But researchers tell the journal Nature Chemistry that the “quadruple helix” is also present in our cells, and in ways that might possibly relate to cancer.

They suggest that control of the structures could provide novel ways to fight the disease.

“The existence of these structures may be loaded when the cell has a certain genotype or a certain dysfunctional state,” said Prof Shankar Balasubramanian from Cambridge’s department of chemistry.

“We need to prove that; but if that is the case, targeting them with synthetic molecules could be an interesting way of selectively targeting those cells that have this dysfunction,” he told BBC News.

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Discovery of quadruple helix DNA could lead to cancer breakthrough

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, January 21, 2013 9:31 EST

A scientist examines an image of double-helix DNA. Photo:, all rights reserved.

Scientists at the University of Cambridge reported Sunday that they have discovered quadruple helix DNA inside human cells by creating synthetic molecules that seek it out — raising the potential that future medicines may be able to pinpoint and shut down DNA replication within cancerous tumors.

Although the findings, published in the scientific journal Nature Chemistry, still leave a lot of unanswered questions about quadruple helix DNA, the work released Sunday is a breakthrough brought about by more than a decade of research.

Still, 60 years on from the discovery of DNA, scientists do not know why traditionally double helix structures loop back in on themselves sometimes during replication. They’ve known these structures exist in a laboratory setting, but the Cambridge findings are the first to pinpoint the formation of “quadruplexes” within living human cells.

Observing the structures was no easy feat, however. Scientists had to create synthetic bio-luminescent antibody proteins that seek out and bind to quadruplexes at various stages in cell division. The proteins were built in such a way that they glow more brightly during DNA replication.

Using those markers, researchers noticed that the proteins are able to “trap” quadruplexes and stabilize their production, potentially opening up a new avenue for cancer treatments.

“We are seeing links between trapping the quadruplexes with molecules and the ability to stop cells dividing, which is hugely exciting,” Professor Shankar Balasubramanian said in an advisory.

“The research indicates that quadruplexes are more likely to occur in genes of cells that are rapidly dividing, such as cancer cells,” he added. “For us, it strongly supports a new paradigm to be investigated – using these four-stranded structures as targets for personalized treatments in the future.”

Balasubramanian also warned that so little is known about quadruplexes that interfering with their production may not ultimately prove helpful. “One thought is that these quadruplex structures might be a bit of a nuisance during DNA replication – like knots or tangles that form,” he said.

“Did they evolve for a function?” Balasubramanian added. “It’s a philosophical question as to whether they are there by design or not – but they exist and nature has to deal with them. Maybe by targeting them we are contributing to the disruption they cause.”

EU Freezes Approval of GM Crops to 2014

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 19:21

Brussels: The European Commission has decided to freeze the approval process for genetically modified food crops through the end of its mandate next year while it works towards an agreement with EU member states.

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“The Commission, if it wants, could launch a procedure to authorise the farming of one GM soya and six corn strains… but it won’t do so,” said Frederic Vincent, a spokesman for Health Commissioner Tonio Borg.

“The authorisations for farming are frozen,” he added.

Vincent said the priority of Borg, who only recently took up the post of health commissioner, was to relaunch discussions with member states.

The Commission’s approval of GM crops has poisoned relations with a number of the 27 EU members.

Eight countries — Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Luxembourg and Poland — have adopted provisions that allow them to block the cultivation of GM crops on their territory.

European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso has not forced the countries to lift their safeguards.

In 14 years, the EU has approved the cultivation of just two types of genetically altered food crops for humans, the Amflora potato developed by German group BASF and MON810 maize developed by global seeds giant Monsanto.

The Amflora potato was a commercial flop, while the renewal of the authorisation of MON810 has been dragging along since 2007.

Vincent said renewal of MON810 was being held up by the Commission’s freeze.

However the MON810 can continue to be cultivated in states which allow it until the Commission takes a decision.

Some 50 different genetically modified crops for animal consumption have been approved for use in the EU.

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EU delays approval of genetically modified crops until 2014

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 12:25 EST

The European Commission has decided to freeze the approval process for genetically modified food crops through the end of its mandate next year while it works towards an agreement with EU member states.

“The Commission, if it wants, could launch a procedure to authorise the farming of one GM soya and six corn strains… but it won’t do so,” said Frederic Vincent, a spokesman for Health Commisioner Tonio Borg. “The authorisations for farming are frozen.”

New farm bill gives Monsanto carte blanche – Massive public outcry necessary to stop the legislation from passing into law

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by: Carolanne Wright

farm(NaturalNews) Imagine judicial review for protecting consumer rights and the environment going up in a puff of smoke and biotech corporations like Monsanto having complete immunity to plant whatever they want, whenever they want — without testing. This is exactly what a small amendment in the proposed new farm bill guarantees.

The fine print

H.R. 5973: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013 is legislation that will form agricultural and food policy in the U.S. if passed. According to American Farmland Trust:

“The farm bill is a package of federal legislation enacted every five to seven years to set the general direction for America’s farm and food policy. Congress enacted the first farm bill in the wake of the Great Depression with the dual goals of supporting America’s farmers and ranchers and helping them to maintain their land.”

H.R. 5973 (otherwise known as The Monsanto Protection Act) carries a small rider in section 733 that grants biotech companies free reign with little oversight. The legal team at the Center for Food Safety translates section 733 as a “dangerous assault on fundamental federal and judicial safeguards” and “would create a precedent-setting limitation on judicial review.” Food Democracy Now states that, if allowed to pass, The Monsanto Protection Act“fundamentally undermines the concept of judicial review and would strip judges of their constitutional mandate to protect consumer rights and the environment, while opening up the floodgates for the planting of new untested genetically engineered crops, endangering farmers, consumers and the environment.”

Shock finding: Most probiotic supplements made with genetically modified flow agents, fillers

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

probiotic(NaturalNews) A Natural News investigation into the probiotics industry has turned up alarming information about how probiotics are formulated and labeled. We’ve found that nearly all probiotics available in the U.S. market today are secretly formulated with genetically modified ingredients that are intentionally not listed on the label. The most common such ingredient is maltodextrin, a corn-derived flow agent.

Look for yourself at the probiotics available today, and you’ll find something curious: Virtually none of them are certified USDA organic. Why is that? If you read the ingredients on the label, you might scratch your head and wonder why they can’t make those ingredients organic. But the real story is found in the “dirty little secret” that probiotics supplement manufacturers are not listing on the labels: Maltodextrin and other fillers and flow agents that are derived from GM corn.

You are being lied to about probiotics ingredients

Here’s the rock-bottom truth about probiotics: You are being LIED to about what they’re made from because the FDA does not require manufacturers to list fillers and flow agents as ingredients.

Yep, you read that right: A probiotics manufacturer can add genetically modified corn maltodextrin to their formula and they are not required to disclose this on the label. While the maltodextrin will disqualify them from receiving organic certification, it doesn’t stop them from using the word “natural” on their bottles.

Our Natural News investigation found that some probiotics contain as much as 30% maltodextrin in their formulas. Virtually all maltodextrin available today comes from genetically modified corn.

This means that consumers who think they’re buying a healthy product to support digestion are actually buying products made from corn plants that are engineered to grow insecticide toxins right inside each and every kernel. Processing this into refined maltodextrin does not necessarily remove this toxin, meaning maltodextrin itself may be contaminated with the bt toxin that functions as an insecticide.

Check your probiotics label right now

If you take probiotics, check your label right now: Is it certified organic?

If not, it may contain maltodextrin derived from genetically modified corn, even if maltodextrin is not listed on the label!

You might be eating genetically modified corn byproducts and not even know it. Check with the manufacturer of your supplement and find out if they use maltodextrin or other corn-derived flow agents.

For the record, not all probiotics we investigated were made using maltodextrin, but the vast majority were. I’m not naming brands here because I don’t care to be sued by a dozen manufacturers for blowing the whistle on their product formulation schemes that expose their customers to GMOs. But it’s easy to see this for yourself: If it’s not certified organic, it likely contains genetically modified ingredients.

Uncovered, the ‘toxic’ Gene Hiding in GM Crops

Revelation throws new doubt over safety of foods

Sean Poulter
January 22, 2013

photoPhoto by cathietinn, via Wikimedia Commons

A virus gene that could be poisonous to humans has been missed when GM food crops have been assessed for safety.

GM crops such as corn and soya, which are being grown around the world for both human and farm animal consumption, include the gene.

A new study by the EU’s official food watchdog, the European Food Safety Authority(EFSA), has revealed that the international approval process for GM crops failed to identify the gene.

As a result, watchdogs have not investigated its impact on human health and the plants themselves when assessing whether they were safe.

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HPV rise, other cancer death rates decline

A doctor holds the human papillomavirus vaccine Gardasil in his hand at his Chicago office. The controversial HPV shot given to girls should also be given to boys, in part to help prevent the spread of the virus through sex, a government medical panel said on Tuesday.

By LAURA SCHWED, Dallas News

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Published: 21 January 2013 06:44 PM

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Some death rates linked to HPV rise

A consortium of research institutions reports that while cancer death rates have continued to decline since the 1990s, the incidence of some cancers associated with human papilloma virus, or HPV, has increased.

A survey, published in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found that incidences or death rates of lung, colorectal, breast and prostate cancers have decreased. But oropharyngeal, anal and vulvar cancers, all associated with HPV infection, have increased.

Cervical cancer, which is also linked to HPV infection, decreased among all ethnic groups except American Indians and Alaska Natives. The lead author of the report attributed the decline to the broader use of Pap smears to detect precancerous lesions.

Nationally, only 32 percent of girls ages 13 to 17, and less than 2 percent of boys, have received all three doses of the HPV vaccine. Coverage was even lower in some Southern states, where cervical cancer rates were highest and Pap smear testing prevalence the lowest.


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Dietary Sulfur – Diallyl disulfide (DADS)(Organosulfides) and cervical cancer

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 18:32

(Before It’s News) Home of Kyle J. Norton for The Better of Living & Living Health Sulfur represents approximately 1/4% of our total body weight and occurs principally in the body as a constituent of the cysteine and methionine. It plays an important role in protein synthesis and enzyme reaction functions and is found abundantly in broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, etc.
Organosulfur compounds present in natural food are generally considered as beneficial for health because of their antioxidant and anticarcinogenic properties. This has led to their excessive and long-term consumption. However, there is also evidence that these compounds demonstrate toxicity and adverse health effects suggesting their potential dual biological roles. Thus, they can act as double-edged biological swords(a).
Diallyl disulfide and Trisulfide, S-allylcysteine (SAC) are organosulfur compounds derived from garlic and a few other genus Allium, such as onions, garlic, chives, and leeks, etc.
Diallyl disulfide (DADS) and cervical cancer
According to the study of the mechanisms of apoptosis induced by diallyl disulfide (DADS) were explored in human cervical cancer Ca Ski cells, researchers at the Jen-Teh Junior College of Medicine showed that DADS induced apoptosis through the production of reactive oxygen species and Ca2+, and induced abrogation of mitochondrial membrane potential (Deltapsim) and cleavage of Bid protein (t-Bid). DADS increased the levels of p53, p21 and Bax, but caused a decrease in the level of Bcl-2. DADS also promoted the activities of caspase-3 leading to DNA fragmentation, thus indicating that DADS-induced apoptosis is caspase-3 dependent. In addition, DADS induced an increase in the level of cytochrome c in the cytoplasm, which was released from mitochondria. BAPTA attenuated the Deltapsim abrogation and significantly diminished the occurrence of DADS-induced apoptosis in Ca Ski cells(17).

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Cervical cancer can be prevented

Disease has high cure rate if detected early
By Suzanne Laurent
January 20, 2013 2:00 AM

One hundred years ago, cervical cancer was the second leading cause of death in American women. Today, it is preventable and has a high cure rate if detected early.

The U.S. Congress has designated January as Cervical Health Awareness Month.

“We now have new technology for Pap tests that allows us to also do screening for the human papillomavirus, or HPV virus,” said Dr. Robert McLellan, a gynecological oncologist in the Hematology and Oncology Center at Portsmouth Regional Hospital.

About 20 million Americans currently have HPV, the most common sexually transmitted disease. HPV is a major cause of cervical cancer.

The Pap smear, or Papanicolaou test, is a medical screening method developed in the 1940s by Georgios Papanikolaou. It is a microscopic examination of cells taken from the cervix. It is primarily designed to detect dysplasia, or pre-cancerous cells and cancerous cells in the cervix.

“The old Pap test didn’t change in 50 years,” McLellan said. “But in the last 10 years, the technology changed. There is a new liquid preservative that allows us to also test for HPV.”

HPV is the name of a group of viruses that infect the skin. There are more than 100 different types of HPV. Some types of genital HPV may cause genital warts, while other types of genital HPV are linked to abnormal cell changes on the cervix that can lead to cervical cancer. However, this cancer can almost always be prevented through regular screening and, if needed, treatment of abnormal cell changes.

Pap tests are not recommended for women younger than 21, McLellan said. Between ages 21 to 29, it is recommended to get a Pap test annually or every one to three years depending on the woman’s medical history.

From age 30 to 65, the current recommendation is every five years. But, women should still have a physical exam every year, including an internal exam, McLellan said.

According to the American Cancer Society’s guidelines, women over the age of 65, who have been regularly screened, and women who have had a hysterectomy (with removal of the cervix) for reasons not related to cervical cancer or pre-cancer, should no longer be screened.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends the HPV vaccination for 11- and 12-year-old girls. It is also recommended for girls and women age 13 to 26 years who have not yet been vaccinated or completed the vaccine series. HPV vaccine can also be given to girls beginning at age 9.

Because current HPV vaccines do not protect against all HPV types that cause cervical cancer, it is important for vaccinated women to continue to undergo routine cervical cancer screening.

“The HPV vaccine has shown to decrease the risk of HPV infection,” McLellan said. “There are more than 100 types of HPV.”

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Drug Is Shown to Help Pancreatic Cancer Cases

Published: January 22, 2013


Celgene’s drug Abraxane prolonged the lives of patients with advanced pancreatic cancer by almost two months in a clinical trial, researchers reported Tuesday, signifying an advance in treating a notoriously difficult disease but not as big a leap as some doctors and investors had hoped.

“It was not the breakthrough we were anticipating,” said Dr. Andrea Wang-Gillam, an assistant professor and pancreatic cancer specialist at Washington University in St. Louis, who was not involved in the trial.

Still, Dr. Wang-Gillam and others said any progress was welcome against metastatic pancreatic cancer, which has defied most treatments, with patients tending to live only about six months after diagnosis.

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer death, with 38,000 Americans expected to die this year, almost as many deaths as from breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Yet there are only 45,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer a year compared with more than 230,000 new breast cancer cases.

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Prostate cancer rate will TREBLE in a generation to affect one in seven men, warn experts

  • The rise is due to longer lifespans and more widespread testing
  • A total of 14 per cent of boys born in 2015 will get the disease at some point

PUBLISHED: 00:01 GMT, 23 January 2013 | UPDATED: 00:01 GMT, 23 January 2013

The number of men being diagnosed with prostate cancer is set to treble in a generation.
The ‘alarming’ rise – revealed in figures from Cancer Research UK – is thought to be due to longer lifespans and more widespread testing.
The charity predicts that 14 per cent of boys born in 2015 will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their life – about one in seven.
Worrying: The number of men being diagnosed with prostate cancer is set to treble in a generation. This is a file picture
For those born in 1990, the figure is only 5 per cent, or one in 20.

The number of men being diagnosed today has already escalated sharply, to around 41,000 cases, compared with 15,000 a quarter of a century ago.
Three-quarters of the cases are found in men aged over 65 years.
In part the rise is due to increasing lifespans, as more men reach the age when the cancer is likely to develop, where once they would have died earlier.
But more men are also being diagnosed at a younger age after being tested for prostate specific antigen. High levels of PSA in the blood are linked to the cancer.
The test is far more widely used than in the past, boosting diagnosis rates. But it cannot distinguish between life-threatening and less aggressive tumours.
Rise: The number of men being diagnosed today has already escalated sharply, to around 41,000 cases, compared with 15,000 a quarter of a century ago
This mean some men unnecessarily suffer such side-effects of treatment as impotence and incontinence.
Death rates from prostate cancer have fallen 18 per cent in the last 20 years, to around 10,700 fatalities a year.
The improved survival has been driven by earlier diagnosis and new drug treatment.
A hormone-blocking treatment that prevents male hormones fuelling prostate tumours is now both more widespread and prescribed earlier than it was in the 1990s.
A new range of drugs has also been proven to prolong life, including abiraterone, which last year was approved for NHS patients with advanced disease.
Last week it was licensed for use in men at an earlier stage.
Dr Sarah Cant of Prostate Cancer UK said: ‘The number of men being diagnosed is rising at an alarming rate.
‘It is more urgent than ever that prostate cancer is higher up the nation’s health agenda. Due to a significant legacy of underinvestment, men with prostate cancer are faced with diagnostic tests and treatments decades behind where we need to be.’
Professor Malcolm Mason of Cancer Research UK said: ‘We’re detecting more cases of prostate cancer than ever before.
‘And we’re carrying out an intensive amount of research to find better methods than PSA to distinguish between the minority of cases that are life-threatening and need treatment – the vipers – from the majority that don’t – the grass snakes.
‘Targeting the tests at men who have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer might be a better approach than screening all men.’
n Going bald early may be linked to developing prostate cancer at an earlier age, according to new research.
In a study of nearly 10,000 men, experts in Australia found those who had lost most of their hair by 40 were far more likely to develop the disease in their fifties or sixties.
Previous studies have indicated that higher levels of the hormone testosterone may both trigger the development of cancerous cells and inhibit hair growth.

Stress Linked to Aggressive Breast Cancer Development

Sunday, January 20, 2013 1:20

Anthony Gucciardi Natural Society

stresscloud 265x165 Stress Linked to Aggressive Breast Cancer DevelopmentStress taxes your body’s biological functions in a number of ways, with one study finding that it may even play a role in the development of breast cancer. The autonomic nervous system helps to regulate respiration, heart rate, and other integral bodily functions. Psychosocial stress, such as fear and anxiety, negatively impact the autonomic nervous system which could explain the link.

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago examined 989 women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and found that the women with the most stress were most likely to have aggressive forms of breast cancer. They say that their findings may support the notion that stress can increase the risk of more aggressive breast cancer. But, they caution, the study has shortcomings.

The study participants had all been diagnosed no earlier than 3 months prior to the study. They were asked a range of questions, all targeting just how much stress the patient was under. Those women who had the most aggressive form of breast cancer also had the highest stress levels.

In particular, women under significant stress were 38 percent more likely to have estrogen receptor-negative cancers, or cancer that doesn’t respond to some of the more common therapies which cut off estrogen supply (Tamoxifen, Arimidex, etc.). Also, the women with higher stress levels were more likely to have high-grade (more aggressive) tumors.

The problem with the study is that there is no real way to tell how much stress the women were under before their diagnosis, and certainly a diagnosis of aggressive breast cancer is likely to cause a significant amount of stress.

However, there is a good chance that the women were under stress before the diagnosis and the cancer only added to their stress levels.

“It’s not clear what’s driving this association,” said lead researcher Garth Rauscher. “It may be that the level of stress in these patients’ lives influenced tumor aggressiveness. It may be that being diagnosed with a more aggressive tumor, with a more worrisome diagnosis and more stressful treatments, influenced reports of stress. It may be that both of these are playing a role in the association. We don’t know the answer to that question.”

There is no doubt that stress levels can impact our health. Stress is a known contributor to depression, cardiovascular disease, and even HIV/AIDS. So, it wouldn’t be a reach to find it associated with more aggressive cancer.

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2013-01-20 01:17:44


Cancer survivor says she was fired for medical leave


Published: 19 January, 2013, 01:59

A breast cancer patient in hospital. (Reuters / Eric Gaillard)

After taking leave to get a mastectomy, a breast cancer survivor was fired from her job the day before she was scheduled to go back to work, allegedly because she had taken too much medical leave.

Vivienne Parra, 39, is now suing her former employer for what she considers an unjust termination. The Oceanside, Calif., woman took three weeks of leave to undergo cancer treatment and a mastectomy in 2009, followed by three more weeks when she delivered a baby.

The woman claims she went to work whenever she was physically capable of it during those six weeks. She says always gave her employer advance notice and documentation whenever she had to take medical leave.

“I put all my effort into this job and even how sick I was I came in. I didn’t have my hair, I’d come in, and I worked hard and I was pregnant; tired from day one,” Parra told NBC News.

The woman’s boss at the Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center allegedly fired her by claiming that “she no longer desired employment,” the lawsuit states.

“Employers are using the fact that their employees are on leave as a way to get rid of them,” said David Scher, Parras’ attorney.

If Parra was indeed fired for seeking breast cancer treatment, then her employer may be in violation of federal laws that protect workers with disabilities from discrimination at the workplace, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, the latter of which requires employers to provide their workers with leave for personal and family reasons including illness and pregnancy.

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Petition pushes for ‘survivor bras’ at Victoria’s Secret

Push-up palace Victoria’s Secret may be pushing a new line of “survivor bras” if Allana Maiden has her way.

The daughter of a 21-year breast cancer survivor, Maiden filed a petition on two weeks ago asking the well-known lingerie company to “make ‘survivor bras’ to help breast cancer survivors feel beautiful.” As of this writing, the petition has gathered nearly 100,000 signatures.

“I started the petition because I wanted to give something back to my mom and to other breast cancer survivors,” says the 27-year-old from Richmond, Virginia. “My mom had a single mastectomy when I was just 6 years old and since then I’ve seen her struggle with finding mastectomy bras that fit properly, that are flattering and that look nice. She lives in a rural area and has to drive an hour and a half to get to a specialty store that carries them.”

Maiden says she chose Victoria’s Secret because of the chain’s ubiquity and reputation.

“They are everywhere,” she says. “When you think of bras, you think of Victoria’s Secret. And they already have women there who will measure you and find a proper-fitting bra. They have all the resources there already. The next step would be to design a bra and put them into the stores.”

Maiden envisions a line of “pocketed” bras (the pockets hold prosthetic breasts) for survivors who haven’t had breast reconstruction, but her vision doesn’t stop there.

“They could also create undershirts for women who don’t want to wear prostheses,” she says. “They could be implemented into a survival line for women who’d had mastectomies.”

Kelsey Jenison, a health education supervisor for Swedish Hospital’s True Family Women’s Cancer Center in Seattle, says mastectomy lingerie is definitely a growing industry.

“Unfortunately, there’s a high demand,” she says.

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Spin and Bias in Published Studies of Breast Cancer Trials

Science Daily

Jan. 10, 2013 — Spin and bias exist in a high proportion of published studies of the outcomes and adverse side-effects of phase III clinical trials of breast cancer treatments, according to new research published in the cancer journal Annals of Oncology on January 10.

In the first study to investigate how accurately outcomes and side-effects are reported in breast cancer trials, researchers at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada) found that in a third of all trials that failed to show a statistically significant benefit for the treatment under investigation, the reports focused on other, less important outcomes in order to influence positively the interpretation of the results.

In two-thirds of the reports there was bias in the way adverse effects of the treatment were reported, with more serious side-effects (those with toxicities graded as III or IV) poorly reported. This was particularly the case in trials that showed a significant benefit for the treatment under investigation. Only 32% of articles gave details of the frequency of grade III or IV toxicities in the summary (known as the “abstract”).

The authors of the study call for authors, journals and experts who review the articles for journals to be more rigorous in encouraging unbiased reporting of trial results and in enforcing guidelines.

Professor Ian Tannock, medical oncologist and senior scientist in the Division of Medical Oncology and Hematology at the Princess Margaret, who led the research, said: “Better and more accurate reporting is urgently needed. Journal editors and reviewers, who give their expertise on the topic, are very important in ensuring this happens. However, readers also need to critically appraise reports in order to detect potential bias. We believe guidelines are necessary to improve the reporting of both efficacy and toxicity.”

Prof Tannock and his colleagues identified all randomised controlled, phase III clinical trials for breast cancer therapies that had been published between January 1995 and August 2011. Out of a total of 568 articles, 164 were eligible for inclusion in the analysis. Phase III trials usually evaluate the efficacy and/or the best dose for a particular therapy that has already been tested in earlier, small trials, and they usually involve more patients than phase I or II trials. Often, they are the final stage that a drug or other therapy has to pass before the treatment can be licensed for use in patients in normal clinical practice, outside of the trial setting.

Trials always have a “primary endpoint” — the specific event that is measured at the end of the trial to see whether or not the given treatment works. The primary endpoint is decided before the study begins. Often it relates to overall survival: did more patients survive or live longer on the new treatment than patients on the existing standard treatment? However, there can also be “secondary endpoints”; these are additional events that are of interest to the investigators, but which the study has not been designed specifically to address, and for this reason investigators have to be cautious in analysing and drawing conclusions from them. Secondary endpoints can include how much longer patients on the new treatment live without the disease progressing, spreading to other parts of the body or recurring, compared to patients on the standard treatment; what are the adverse side-effects and what is the quality of life.

Prof Tannock and his colleagues defined bias as “inappropriate reporting of the primary endpoint and toxicity, with emphasis on reporting of these outcomes in the abstract.” They defined spin as “the use of words in the concluding statement of the abstract to suggest that a trial with a negative primary endpoint was positive based on some apparent benefit shown in one or more secondary endpoints.”

They found that 54 (33%) trials were reported as positive, based on secondary endpoints, despite not finding a statistically significant benefit in the primary endpoint. “These reports were biased and used spin in attempts to conceal that bias,” write the authors. They found that 58% of 92 trials that showed no benefit for patients from the experimental therapy (negative primary endpoint) used secondary endpoints to suggest benefit from the treatment.

A total of 110 (67%) of papers reported adverse side-effects of the experimental therapy in a biased manner. If a trial showed a benefit for the treatment (positive primary endpoint), then toxicities were more likely to be under-reported.
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Officials warn of radon

By Adam Del Rosso


With temperatures down in the single digits, it’s easy to want to stay inside to avoid the chill. But some health officials in Columbiana County want to warn everyone about a danger lurking inside — radon.

Health officials said it’s one of the leading causes of lung cancer in the nation. And the fact that radon can’t be seen, smelled or tasted makes it that much more dangerous.

“It’s a nationwide concern. I can’t say that we are in an area that anymore prominent than anywhere else in the United States,” said East Liverpool Health Commissioner Jelayne Dray.

Dray said radon is a dangerous, radioactive gas that is found in soil and can seep into homes through cracks in the foundation.

“I would encourage anyone, any private homeowner to take the opportunity to test your home,” she said.

To help residents, Dray said the city’s health department is providing a $10 coupon to get a test kit sent to homes. Those interested just have to visit the health department to pick up the coupon. If a home tests positive, Dray said the Ohio Department of Health can help.
Dray said radon is a leading cause of lung cancer, second only to smoking.

“If individuals are smokers and they happen to live in a home that tests positive for radon, that would be a significant concern,” she explained.

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Arkansas gets radioactive sleet and snow but no warnings

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The sleet and snow that fell on January 15 2013 in White County Arkansas was not normal. Background levels in this area are 35cpm. The sleet and snow was showing an alert level above 100cpm. The high levels only lasted about 24 hours indicating a short half life of the hot particles.

This kind of exposure can reduce the immune system and may be the cause for recent spikes in flu and illness in this area and others. We can only assume because the event was short lived is why they are not warning parents to keep there children out of this unsafe wintery mix. Not creating panic or concern seems to be more important than public safety.

Why warn parents exposure to the snow and sleet is equal to flying at 30000 feet or exposure levels for nuclear plant workers right?

TSA to begin removing some naked body scanners from airportsMadison Ruppert, Contributor
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After a long, hard fight against the so-called naked body scanners placed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in airports across the United States, privacy advocates and freedom fighters everyone have finally come out on top, at least partially.

The opposition faced by the TSA in this case has been strong and unrelenting with a highly critical 2012 report by the Subcommittee on Transportation Security of the House Committee on Homeland Security, a 2012 federal court ruling calling on the TSA to explain why they refused to hold the mandatory public comment period on the body scanners and scientists questioning the safety of the devices.

The scanners not only lack proper privacy controls and have questionable safety, but are also known to be ludicrously expensive.

According to the TSA, the scanners are being removed become the company behind them couldn’t manage to write software that properly maintains the privacy of passengers.

“TSA will end a $5 million contract with OSI’s Rapiscan unit for the software after Administrator John Pistole concluded the company couldn’t meet a congressional deadline to produce generic passenger images, agency officials said in interviews,” according to Bloomberg.

While the fact that the TSA is removing the remaining 174 Rapiscan machines after taking 76 machines out of busier U.S. airports in 2012 is a major victory, it isn’t a complete one.

Indeed, as Bloomberg notes, “The TSA will use 60 machines manufactured by L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. (LLL), the agency’s other supplier of body scanners, and will move some scanners to busier airports to reduce waiting times.”

Yet that does not mean that this is any less of a victory, especially given the fact that according to Karen Shelton Waters, the TSA’s assistant administrator for acquisitions, the company behind the Rapiscan machines will be absorbing the costs.

According to Waters, the decision to cancel the contract and remove the Rapiscan machines was in no way related to the TSA probe into the company potentially faking testing data on the software fix.

The probe began after November of 2012 when Rep. Mike Rogers, then chairman of the House Transportation Subcommittee, sent a letter to Pistole saying that OIS Systems Inc., the company behind the Rapiscan machines, “may have attempted to defraud the government by knowingly manipulating an operational test.”

Rogers, an Alabama Republican, said that the subcommittee received a tip about the falsified tests, which Rapiscan unsurprisingly denied.

The battle is clearly not over, despite some claiming otherwise.

Indeed, as Bloomberg reports, “TSA has contracted with L-3, Smiths Group Plc (SMIN) and American Science & Engineering Inc. (ASEI) for new body-image scanners, all of which must have privacy software.”

According to John Sanders, the TSA’s assistant administrator for security capabilities, the TSA will be receiving 60 L-3 scanners in January and February.

Bloomberg reports that Sanders said the agency “will be getting about 60 more L-3 scanners,” making it unclear how many L-3 scanners the TSA will have in total.

Furthermore, it must be noted that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are working together on a new generation of airport security technology.

Note that this technology is not the same as the laser-based molecular scanner that is also being developed.

The future of this type of technology is uncertain, but if anything is clear, it is that the government is not going to give up any time soon.

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Controversial X-Ray Scanners at American Airports to be Replaced

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January 19, 2013

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration says it is removing full-body airport scanners that produced what appear to be naked images of a traveler’s body.

The TSA said it will replace the scanners with new scanners that allow greater privacy.

The TSA has canceled its contract with Rapiscan, the company that makes the X-ray scanner that produced the revealing body images. The TSA has 174 Rapiscan scanners at about 30 airports.

Rapiscan failed to meet a congressional deadline to deliver software to protect the privacy of passengers.

TSA spokesman David Catelveter said the Rapiscan scanners will be largely replaced by scanners made by L-3 Communications. L-3 scanners, already in use at some airports, produce a generic outline of passengers’ bodies instead of what appear to be naked images.

TSA had increasingly relied on the full-body scanners after a man allegedly tried to detonate a bomb hidden in his underwear aboard a transatlantic flight in December 2009. The bomb set off a rush to upgrade security to detect explosives underneath clothing.

Some airline passengers considered the X-ray images an invasion of privacy.

Major Victory: TSA to Remove Naked Body Scanners from ALL US Airports

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January 19th, 2013 | Updated 01/19/2013 at 5:55 pm

bodyscanners 265x165 Major Victory: TSA to Remove Naked Body Scanners from ALL US AirportsMass activism combined with a number of successful public awareness campaigns regarding the TSA and its naked body scanners have finally paid off, forcing the agency to remove all of its naked body scanners after its software partner OSI Systems Inc. couldn’t find a less invasive form of naked body scanner software that didn’t save such a detailed image of the naked body. A change that Congress required under a near deadline, reports Bloomberg.

In other words, the famous body scanners that are known to actually save images of your naked body (many of which leaked on to the net) are actually so majorly intrusive that even the software company itself is saying that despite modifications the scanner system will still capture a naked body in detail. Amazingly, they could not even re-code their software sufficiently enough to even reduce the obscene nature of the scanners. The conclusion ended the $5 million contract between OSI and the TSA.

All 174 Rapiscan machines, which remain after an initial reduction of 76 scanners last year, will now be removed. The TSA will also be absorbing the costs. The agency will also still be using other ‘less invasive’ scanners throughout some airports that should be crusaded against as well. It is unfortunate that the TSA will attempt to pull a fast one here, but with any luck the momentum from the naked body scanners will carry over.

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All backscatter “pornoscanners” to be removed from US airports

Rapiscan’s machines are out, but its millimeter-wave competitors are staying.

by – Jan 18 2013, 7:30am MST

Bloomberg is reporting that the TSA will be removing all of the remaining backscatter X-ray machines from US airports. The removal isn’t because of health concerns—instead, the machines’ manufacturer, Rapiscan Systems, failed to meet a US Congress-imposed deadline for altering the machines’ software to produce “generic passenger images,” according to the report.

TSA assistant administer for acquisitions Karen Shelton Waters, speaking on behalf of the agency, noted that Rapiscan Systems would absorb the cost for the scanners’ removal, and that the removal is unrelated to Rapiscan’s alleged falsification of the machines’ abilities to protect passengers’ privacy. Nor does the removal appear to be related to ongoing questions about the safety of the backscatter X-ray technology.

The CEO of OSI systems, Rapiscan’s parent company, says that rather than pitching the expensive machines into the garbage bin, the TSA will be relocating them to other government agencies. In total, there are 174 Rapiscan backscatter X-ray machines that will be pulled from airports and relocated, on top of the 76 that were removed last year.

It’s not the end of naked pictures at airports, though. Three other companies, including L-3 Communications, sell millimeter-wave radio-based scanners to the TSA. Bloomberg is reporting that the TSA is purchasing additional millimeter-wave scanners to help make up for the loss of Rapiscan’s backscatter machines. The TSA’s assistant administrator for security capabilities, John Sanders, is quick to echo Waters’ words on why the backscatter scanners are being removed: “We are not pulling them out because they haven’t been effective, and we are not pulling them out for safety reasons. We’re pulling them out because there’s a congressional mandate.”

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Founding Father and Continental Army Surgeon General predicted the medical tyranny of today

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by: Mike Bundrant

mental(NaturalNews) Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship to restrict the art of healing to one class of men and deny equal privileges to others; the Constitution of the Republic should make a special privilege for medical freedoms as well as religious freedom.– Benjamin Rush (1746-1813)Benjamin Rush was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and Surgeon General to the Continental Army. He was also a pioneer in psychiatry, interestingly.

If he were alive today, he’d probably be sick.

If there were ever a “class of men” and women who fulfill his eerie prediction, it would be psychiatrists.

Psychiatrists pretend they are uniquely qualified to treat mental and emotional issues, even though they don’t understand these very issues. They don’t understand how the mind works. They don’t understand family systems. They don’t understand communication dynamics. They don’t even spend much time with their patients!

The psychiatrists who do understand these crucial mental health issues have gotten training outside of medical school and must break with tradition in order to practice.

Given their utter lack of ability to treat mental issues – other than with that which does not heal – you’d wonder why they are so adamant in their quest to be the only group qualified to treat mental problems.

Money and power. It must come down to this, which is why Benjamin Rush’s quote is so potent.

The undercover dictatorship is well established in America today

Even patients don’t have rights anymore. When you see a psychiatrist, you are no longer protected under confidentiality laws. Your mind and emotions will be subject to a diagnosis of mental illness just for experiencing ordinary human feelings. Under this model, healing is not possible.

Routinely, psychotherapy, coaching, alternative health and nutrition are ignored or suppressed by psychiatry, even when all of these methods have shown considerable promise with the toughest mental illness. In the 1960’s psychotherapist Jay Haley was curing schizophrenia by using a model of family dynamics that is virtually lost to modern mental health.

Enlightened psychiatrist Abram Hoffer routinely cured depression and schizophrenia with niacin therapy and orthomolecular medicine. Reform psychiatrist Peter Breggin often speaks of the relief his patients feel when he assures them that it is his intention to help them, not medicate them.

Psychotherapist Peter Michaelson has preserved a suppressed psychoanalytic modality that points the way out of self-sabotage and preserves mental health like no other modality.

As for children and ADHD, even the toughest cases of ADHD have been cured with alternative medicine. If you doubt this, read the book, The Secrets to Recovery from Mental Illness, by Linda Santini. In this book, Linda tells her very personal story about how she helped her boys recover from severe mental health issues that included psychiatric hospitalization.

TSA Opt-Out and Film Campaign Scheduled to Launch January 20th, 2013 (Updated)

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Update: Gizmodo and others are reporting that the TSA will remove the naked image scanners from U.S. airports. While this is a clear victory as the TSA capitulates on this point, we cannot let up until the entire organization becomes a thing of the past. They are still expanding outside of airports and making their presence known, as they just have with their VIPR teams at a California train station. So let’s realize that this is a common tactic of “one step back, two steps forward.” Your cameras should always be at the ready to document every abuse of your civil liberties.

The push-pull between the TSA and travelers who have had enough of their presence continues to rage. Naked image scanners and Backscatter X-ray devices are under pressure from all sides, despite the best efforts of Michael Chertoff and a U.S. government that seems to have invested in tyranny.

Word is spreading that the scanner technology being used in airports is exceedingly harmful, along with being a gross invasion of privacy. The thug-like behavior of TSA agents has further angered a sizable portion of the flying public, leading to numerous grassroots efforts to check the power of the TSA in lieu of a non-responsive federal government.

An increasing number of people are becoming informed and are deciding to opt-out of the radiation, as well as to not provide X-rated details to criminals that have included thieves and pedophiles. The TSA has not been deterred, even as outrage mounts, because the success of the machines and the right of TSA agents to grope the public in airports will determine the future of their presence throughout America. In fact, Backscatter machines already are being deployed in street roving vans, and are most likely headed to a mall near you if the public doesn’t continue to raise its voice.

A strategy for direct participation in demanding your freedom is outlined below.

The federal over-reach of the TSA must be met with full resistance, as they already are beginning to deploy outside of airports with their spin-off VIPR teams. Several legislative initiatives have been formed such as that of G. Edward Griffin and Idaho state representative, Phil Hart, who have made a strong case that the states have jurisdiction over this federal program.

However, beyond legislation, grassroots activism is essential. Alec Scheer, founder of We Are 1776, has built upon the work of others and has set up a monthly campaign that can steamroll into a mass movement of peaceful resistance. Opt-out and film campaigns will make it known that tyranny is never acceptable, especially when introduced under the guise of keeping us safe. Furthermore, taking such action is a valuable lesson in direct participation, as opposed to looking to bought-and-paid for leaders to make the swift changes that are necessary. Lastly, it will put tyrants on notice that We the People are not intimidated and they will be documented while violating the Constitution.

We are in a race against time, as the TSA is planning a day-long event on January 22nd to outline its I-STEP program for small businesses. Government Security News cites a TSA notice which indicates a broad approach to their mission that goes well beyond the airport:

I-STEP’s primary objective is to design, develop, implement, and evaluate the security training and exercise program for use by [Transportation Systems Sector] operators (e.g., Freight Rail, Mass Transit, Pipeline, Aviation and Highway modes and maritime security community) in their efforts to continuously improve security plans and operations to prevent, respond to, and recover from a [transportation security incident]. (Source)

We must take action and mobilize. Once full deployment is reached, it will be very difficult to reverse.
For starters, print off this flyer, get your camera or video recorder ready and head to an airport near you to distribute information and hold the TSA responsible for their violations of civil liberties.Videos can be posted to the Facebook wall listed below.
For complete details about this opt-out and film campaign beginning January 20th, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, visit the We Are 1776 Facebook page here:
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