New Study Proves the Fundamental Mechanisms that Underpin HomeopathySaturday, 08 August 2015 18:11 by Bonny Casel, Teacher/Director School of Natural Medicine, UK.
We are all familiar with the primary argument against the validity of homeopathic medicine; an argument clearly outlined in a recent head to head debate between Dr. Peter Fisher and Edzard Ernst where, referring to the extreme dilutions used in homeopathic medicine, Ernst stated, “The assumptions underlying homeopathy fly in the face of science, and critics have long pointed out that, unless our understanding of the laws of nature is incorrect, homeopathy’s mode of action has no rational explanation.” (British Medical Journal, 14th July 2015)
With the publication of a new study, ‘Transduction of DNA information through water and electromagnetic waves,’ conducted by a cooperative team of physicists and biologists led by Nobel Prize winner, Luc Montagnier, this primary argument against homeopathy has been scientifically invalidated. Concrete evidence now proves the validity of the fundamental mechanism underlying homeopathic medicine and must now alter our ‘understanding of the laws of nature.’
The Montagnier study provides irrefutable evidence of four facts:
1. Water is an active medium for electromagnetic frequencies and is rewritable.
2. After extreme dilutions and succussion to decimal levels, the information held in water remains fully intact.
3. These frequencies can be transferred and imprint on pure water and will have the same effect.
4. No molecular action is causing the effect.
In brief, the Montagnier study shows that epigenetic information related to DNA can be detected as electromagnetic signals in a highly diluted solution, and this electromagnetic information can be transferred to and imprint in pure water that has never been exposed to DNA. This information can then instruct the recreation of DNA when the appropriate basic constituents of DNA are present along with extremely low electromagnetic frequency fields of 7.8 Hz (Schumann resonances start at 7.83 Hz.)
These solutions are diluted to decimal levels and the solution is subjected to vortex shaking (succussion). In other words, this research uses the same methods used to create homeopathic remedies. The frequencies recorded can be sent to a lab in another part of the world as digital information, can then be decoded and imprinted in water, and will have the same effect. It is the frequency alone, imprinted in pure water, and no molecular action, that is causing the effect. The full study can be viewed here.
What Does This Mean For Homeopathy?The Montagnier study has irrevocably altered the long term trajectory of medical research. Methods of measurement have now advanced sufficiently to explore the active principles in homeopathic and other vibrational medicines and, although the Montagnier study does not prove that homeopathy works, it does prove that the premise for homeopathic medicine is, and always has been, scientifically valid.
Water can and does imprint frequencies. These frequencies do create coherence in matter. No molecular action is needed. This means that quality research into the active principles of homeopathic medicine is inevitable. It also means that the primary argument against homeopathic medicine has ineluctably lost its punch.
Nearly 100 years ago, quantum mechanics revealed that the fundamentals underpinning what we perceive as matter are vibrational in nature, yet a mechanistic approach to the scientific method has persisted in the natural sciences; particularly in the field of medicine. Much of this persistence has been fuelled by the pharmaceutical industry in its pursuit of vast profits obtained from creating patentable drugs.
Homeopathic medicines, on the other hand, are well past the window of patentability, are affordable and can even be made at home. As they don’t have toxic side-effects that need to be mitigated by further (expensive) medications, treatment is simple and streamlined, with an integrated focus on what the patient can do to increase their vital force in daily life.
Scientific evidence of the fundamental principles of homeopathic medicine is a significant threat to a medical industry that thrives on the countless billions that individuals, taxpayers and charities pay for pharmaceutical drugs and research.
As a result, this study, and Luc Montagnier himself, will inevitably be the target of pseudo-scientist ‘quackbusters,’ self-proclaimed skeptics and mainstream medical naysayers, all of whom will a). malign the character and question the sanity of the researchers; b). dismiss the study outright, claiming that the methodology is flawed; c). claim that this study is irrelevant as homeopathy has already been ‘proven’ to be a placebo.
A whirlwind of controversy will be set in motion to drown out the irrefutable facts. However the methods used to discredit non-pharmaceutical approaches to healing disease are increasingly losing credibility amongst consumers. It is more common than ever for consumers to interpret negative reviews on ‘skeptic’ websites, journals and in the media as evidence that the therapy in question is worthy of notice.
Why else would quackbusters funded by pharmaceutical companies take the time to try to discredit it? One can accurately say that for an increasing number of consumers, a negative review by established skeptics equates to a ‘stamp of credibility’ for the therapy in question. In this case, the cat is out of the bag, and the implications are far reaching and irreversible.
One can only applaud the courage and dedication to scientific advancement evinced by Luc Montagnier and his team of researchers. This new evidence of the transfer of frequency of electromagnetic signals, and the ability of pure water to imprint this frequency, creating coherence in matter, provides a scientific framework for unbiased investigation into vibrational medicine.
We are witness to the dawn of a new era and pioneers, such as Luc Montagnier, who will be remembered by future generations as heroes for medical reform.
Tadpole Research: Homeopathic Remedies Harmed by Mobile (Cell) Phones and Microwave Ovens 13/6/2014
Would you believe it? Not only have tadpoles shown sceptical scientists that homeopathy really does work, they have also given us information on how to keep our remedies safe.
Researchers in two different countries have recently tested homeopathically prepared thyroxine, a hormone that influences body metabolism and energy, on tadpoles that were being artificially stimulated by chemical thyroxine.
Those that had a dose of potentised thyroxine added to their water did not grow as fast as those that received a placebo dose of just plain water. In other words, the potentised thyroxine cancelled out the stimulating effects of the chemical thyroxine.
Those who have experienced the effects of homeopathic remedies will not be surprised by this result. In spite of homeopathic remedies appearing to be nothing more than water, alcohol and sugar molecules when viewed under a microscope, their energetic nature can have health-changing effects when prescribed according to the ‘like treats like’ action of homeopathy.
These experiments were repeated six times with similar results over two countries.
The really interesting part for those of us who use homeopathy, is that the scientists also decided to check the effect of different electromagnetic fields had on the remedies.
For centuries it has been known that coffee, mint and camphor can sometimes antidote homeopathic remedies in sensitive people. Polluting electromagnetic radiation, however, is a relatively new phenomenon and we are still unsure of its full effects.
So, our tadpole researchers looked to see if the potentised thryoxine, when exposed to radiation from mobile (cell) phones, airport X-rays, red light barcode scanners, and microwave ovens, still had an effect on the tadpoles.
The results? Apparently it’s safe for your remedies be x-rayed at the airport, and scanned by red-light barcode scanners. The potentised thyroxine still worked after being exposed to them.
The radiation from a mobile phone, however, even when 25 cm away, destroyed the energetic nature of the potentised throxine – it could no longer slow the tadpoles rate of growth. This is information is obviously important for those of us who would like to carry remedies in our bags with a mobile phone – they can be damaged.
Early model microwave ovens with their high leakage rates also cancelled out any effects from the remedy. Unfortunately, the study did not look at the effects of more modern ovens.
So, we can all be grateful to those little tadpoles. While we are not sure why they had to be stimulated with chemical thyroxine to prove that potentised thryoxine could ‘unstimulate’ them, they have clearly provided us with other valuable information such as- don’t, under any circumstance, cook your remedy in the microwave!
Reference: Weber S, Endler PC, Welles SU et al. The effect of homeopathically prepared thyroxine on highland frogs. Homeopathy, Volume 97, Issue 3, July 2008, Page 165
A two-day fast kick-starts the immune system, and could even reverse arthritis 09 June 2014
Fasting for just two days can kick-start the immune system—and could reverse auto-immune conditions such as arthritis, and help cancer patients on chemotherapy, a new study has discovered.
Going without food for two to four days kills older and damaged immune cells and generates new ones. At the beginning of a fast, white blood cells are killed off before a ‘regenerative switch’ is flipped on, which changes the signalling pathways of stem cells responsible for the generation of blood and immune systems.
Fasting could be an important strategy for anyone with immune system deficiencies, including auto-immune disorders such as arthritis, and could also help cancer patients tolerate chemotherapy, say researchers from the University of Southern California’s Davis School of Gerontology.
The researchers were astonished by the health benefits of fasting, which they measured in two-,three- and four-day fasts. They suspect that fasting could benefit all the body’s organs and not just the immune system.
(Source: Cell Stem Cell, 2014; 14(6): 810)
Olive oil supplements can protect you against health problems due to air pollution
Researchers have suggested that taking olive oil supplements may counteract some of the adverse cardiovascular effects of exposure to air pollution.
Lead study author Dr. Haiyan Tong, MD, PhD, a research biologist with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, said exposure to airborne particulate matter can lead to endothelial dysfunction, a condition in which the endothelium (inner lining) of blood vessels does not function normally, which is a risk factor for clinical cardiovascular events and progression of atherosclerosis.
She said as olive oil and fish oil are known to have beneficial effects on endothelial dysfunction, they examined whether use of these supplements would counteract the adverse cardiovascular effects of exposure to concentrated ambient particulate matter in a controlled setting.
The study involved 42 healthy adults who were randomized to receive either 3 gram/day of olive oil, fish oil, or no supplements for 4 weeks before undergoing controlled 2-hour exposures to filtered air, followed on the next day by exposure to fine/ultrafine concentrated ambient particulate matter (CAP, mean mass concentration 253 + - 16 micro g/m3) in a controlled-exposure chamber.
Endothelial function was assessed by sonographic measurement of flow-mediated dilation of the brachial artery before, immediately after, and 20 hours after exposure to air and CAP. Blood markers of vasoconstriction and fibrinolysis (a body process that keeps blood clots from growing) were also measured.
Immediately after exposure to CAP, significant particulate matter mass-dependent reductions in flow-mediated dilation were observed in the control (-19.4 +- 8.4 per cent per 100 micro g/m3 increase in CAP concentration relative to pre-filtered air levels) and fish oil groups (-13.7+-5.3 per cent), while the decrease in the olive oil group was not significant (-7.6+-6.8 per cent).
Tissue plasminogen activator, a protein involved in the breakdown of blood clots, increased (11.6+-5 per cent) immediately after CAP exposure in the olive oil group, and this effect persisted up to 20 hours.
Ref: ANI | Washington - May 20, 2014 Last Updated at 10:11 IST http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/olive-oil-supplements-can-protect-you-against-health-problems-due-to-air-pollution-114052000354_1.html
Heel to focus on core markets
Heel, a homeopathy pharmaceutical company employing 1,400 people worldwide will close its business activities in the United States and Canada on August 31, 2014. For many years, Heel has promoted the concept of improved patient health care through the integration of homeopathic and conventional medicine but following legal challenges backed by skeptic groups now says:
"In the USA and Canada, manufacturers of OTC homeopathic medicinal products have been confronted with accusations through class action lawsuits. Heel Inc., the Heel Group’s U.S.-based subsidiary, was also faced with two such attempts recently. Both cases have been settled without conceding the allegations. The financial burden on Heel Inc., however, was substantial. In a subsequent risk-benefit analysis of its global activities, the Heel Group decided to focus on strengthening its excellent position in South America, Central Europe and Eastern Europe and to withdraw from business activities in the USA and Canada for the time being."
In the USA, negotiations with MediNatura Inc., a Delaware Corporation, are close to completion by which the Heel Group will transfer its stock in Heel Inc., to MediNatura by the end of August 2014. The transaction does, however, not include any of Heel’s trusted and leading global brands such as Traumeel, Neurexan, Zeel, Oculoheel, Luffeel, Sinusin, Vinceel, Nectadyn, Adrisin, Gripp-Heel, Viburcol, Vertigoheel, Spascupreel, Engystol, and Lymphomyosot*. Completion of the acquisition is subject to standard closing procedures.
As a trailblazer and leader in the field of scientific research into natural healthcare and a leading manufacturer of homeopathic medicines, the Heel Group will continue to invest in research and development on a global scale, also involving the medical-scientific community in North America.
Ralph Schmidt, CEO of the Heel Group: “As a global player, we are continuously reviewing our portfolio. This means that we are sometimes required to focus on specific regions at the expense of others in order to efficiently carry out our ambitious expansion plans. I would not exclude the possibility of re-entering the markets in the USA and Canada with a new business concept.”
Heel is one of the few companies sponsoring research into potentised remedies. Is this action by groups hostile to homeopathy just an attempt to stifle that research and restrict public access to safer medicine?
Published: May 2014
The Spanish government has given the go ahead to telecoms operators that they can put up mobile phone transmitters wherever they want.
In May 2014 a new Telecom Act was approved by all political groups, after a total of 179 amendments were put in place, in order to guarantee 10 Meg broadband to all by 2017. This was done to implement the necessary bandwidth for 4G mobile networks especially in urban areas. The companies are free to install these mobile phone masts anywhere they choose. The only requirement within the act is that the operators must ask permission from the Industry Ministry before placing their equipment on the residential or commercial building of their choice, but the justification of being of commercial benefit is all that is likely to be needed over the damage to health, or the aesthetics of an area where those who object will now be powerless to act.
Unfortunately it will also increase the RF radiation that affects the health of so many people living near these masts, and neither the residents nor councils will be able to object, or indeed have any say in the matter.
People with ES will no longer be able to live in Spanish towns and cities.
Electroacupuncture treatment contributes to the downregulation of neuronal nitric oxide synthase and motoneuron death in injured spinal cords following root avulsion of the brachial plexus
Author: Luo, Haoxuan 1 ; Cheng, Xiao 2 ; Tang, Ying 1 ; Ling, Zemin 1 ; Zhou, Lihua 1
Publication info:Department of Anatomy, Zhongshan School of Medicine, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510080, P.R. China 2 Encephalopathy Center, Guangdong Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510120, P.R. China
Abstract:Background:Cancer (Feb 1, 2014): 381-389.
This study was performed in order to investigate the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) on motoneurons and the expression of neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) following brachial plexus root avulsion (BPRA). A total of 40 female Sprague-Dawley rats underwent BPRA (5th cervical-1st thoracic) and were randomly divided into the avulsion plus EA stimulation (AV+EA) and AV groups. The AV+EA group received a continuous 20-Hz asymmetric bidirectional disperse-dense wave at the acupuncture points (acupoints) of Dazhui (DU4) and Shousanli (LI10) for 15 min on alternate days until the animals were sacrificed, at 1, 2, 3 and 6 weeks. The AV group received no treatment. The cryostat sections of the 7th cervical segments were prepared and stained with neuronal nitric oxide synthase nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate diaphorase (NADPH-d) and histochemically stained and counterstained with neutral red (NR). The number of nNOS-positive motoneurons on the lesion side and survived motoneurons on both sides of the 7th cervical segments were blindly counted and compared between the two groups.
RESULTS:The results demonstrated that the number of nNOS-positive motoneurons was significantly lower in the AV+EA group compared with that in the AV group and the percentage of survived motoneurons was significantly higher compared with that of the AV group at 2 and 3 weeks. However, the number of nNOS-positive motoneurons and the percentage of survived motoneurons were not significantly different between the two groups at 1 and 6 weeks. These results indicated that, during the early period after BPRA, EA stimulation at the acupoints of Dazhui (DU4) and Shousanli (LI10) may significantly reduce the number of nNOS-positive motoneurons and protect against motoneuron death.
Prince Andrew risks the wrath of Prince Charles on homeopathy
Prince Charles, a supporter of homeopathy, may not be happy about Prince Andrew's private meeting with Sir Mark Walport, an opponent of alternative medicine. 7:00AM BST 11 Aug 2013
There are few, if any, causes closer to the heart of the Prince of Wales than homeopathy, and, while this has brought him little but opprobrium from the medical profession and certain politicians over the years, the heir to the throne has at least been able to count on members of his family for their tacit support.
This may, however, be about to change. I can disclose that the Duke of York, the prince’s younger brother, has, in what would appear to be a provocative move, held private talks at Buckingham Palace with Sir Mark Walport, the chief scientific adviser to the Government, and an implacable opponent of alternative medicine.
“There has been a sense among some of the Royal family’s advisers that on an issue that’s quite as controversial as this one, it’s important to at least be seen to be listening to other points of view,” a senior courtier tells me. “The Duke of York thinks of himself as an honest broker, as he is aware that there’s no chance of any accommodation ever being reached between his brother and Sir Mark. He heard Sir Mark out.”
A former director of the Wellcome Trust, Sir Mark has good reason to want to make friends and influence people at Buckingham Palace. Last month, I reported that Prince Charles had held a private meeting with Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, when the prince was said to have argued for continued NHS funding for alternative treatments. Hunt is rumoured to be “on the same wavelength” as Prince Charles on the issue. Paul Flynn, a Labour MP, subsequently said that the prince was putting himself in “a very dangerous position” by being seen to be “lobbying” for “voodoo medicine.”
The £4 million that the health service spends each year on homeopathy grates with Sir Mark, who feels that the money would be better spent elsewhere. Speaking at Cambridge University’s Centre for Science and Policy conference in London earlier this year, Sir Mark said: “My view scientifically is absolutely clear: homoeopathy is nonsense, it is non–science. My advice to ministers is clear: that there is no science in homoeopathy. The most it can have is a placebo effect.”
COMMENT: They just won't leave it alone. What frightens them so much?
Electroacupuncture May Help Alcohol Addiction
Publication Date: October 1, 2008
Alcohol and drug addiction pose serious medical, social, and economic problems in the United States. However, finding effective treatments for addiction is challenging. Many people relapse due to intense cravings and/or painful withdrawal symptoms. Electroacupuncture (acupuncture combined with electrical stimulation) is currently being studied as a possible treatment option, and preliminary evidence suggests that electroacupuncture can counteract addiction by affecting related chemicals (opiates) in the brain.
In a recent study funded through a research center program jointly sponsored by NCCAM and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), researchers examined the effects of electroacupuncture on alcohol intake by alcohol-preferring rats. After being trained to drink alcohol voluntarily and then subjected to alcohol deprivation, the rats received either electroacupuncture or sham electroacupuncture, and their alcohol intake was monitored after the intervention. Some rats were also pretreated with naltrexone (a drug that blocks the effects of opiates), so researchers could look for evidence that opiate mechanisms are involved in electroacupuncture’s effects.
The results showed that electroacupuncture reduced the rats’ alcohol intake. The researchers also found that injecting the rats with naltrexone blocked the effect of electroacupuncture on alcohol intake-an indication that this effect may be through the brain’s opiate system. On the basis of their findings, the researchers recommend rigorous clinical trials to study the effects of electroacupuncture in alcohol-addicted people. They also recommend further investigation of how electroacupuncture affects the brain.
Overstreet DH, Cui C-L, Ma Y-Y, et al. Electroacupuncture reduces voluntary alcohol intake in alcohol-preferring rats via an opiate-sensitive mechanism. Neurochemical Research.
Acupuncture May Be Helpful for Chronic Pain: A Meta-Analysis
Publication Date: September 10, 2012
A recent NCCAM-funded study, employing individual patient data meta-analyses and published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, provides the most rigorous evidence to date that acupuncture may be helpful for chronic pain. In addition, results from the study provide robust evidence that the effects of acupuncture on pain are attributable to two components. The larger component includes factors such as the patient’s belief that treatment will be effective, as well as placebo and other context effects. A smaller acupuncture-specific component involves such issues as the locations of specific needling points or depth of needling.
Although millions of Americans use acupuncture each year, often for chronic pain, there has been considerable controversy surrounding its value as a therapy and whether it is anything more than an elaborate placebo. Research exploring a number of possible mechanisms for acupuncture’s pain-relieving effects is ongoing.
Researchers from the Acupuncture Trialists’ Collaboration, a group that was established to synthesize data from high-quality randomized trials on acupuncture for chronic pain, conducted an analysis of individual patient data from 29 high-quality randomized controlled trials, including a total of 17,922 people. These trials investigated the use of acupuncture for back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, shoulder pain, or chronic headache.
For all pain types studied, the researchers found modest but statistically significant differences between acupuncture versus simulated acupuncture approaches (i.e., specific effects), and larger differences between acupuncture versus a no-acupuncture controls (i.e., non-specific effects). (In traditional acupuncture, needles are inserted at specific points on the body. Simulated acupuncture includes a variety of approaches which mimic this procedure; some approaches do not pierce the skin or use specific points on the body.) The sizes of the effects were generally similar across all pain conditions studied.
The authors noted that these findings suggest that the total effects of acupuncture, as experienced by patients in clinical practice, are clinically relevant. They also noted that their study provides the most robust evidence to date that acupuncture is more than just placebo and a reasonable referral option for patients with chronic pain.
Vickers AJ, Cronin AM, Maschino AC, et al. Acupuncture for chronic pain: individual patient data meta-analysis. Archives of Internal Medicine. September 10, 2012; Epub ahead of print.
New study shows papaya ameliorates IBS-type symptoms
A recently published, double-blind, placebo controlled study has shown that a pureed papaya preparation can contribute to the maintenance of digestive tract physiology, and ameliorate IBS-type symptoms.
Previous clinical observations have shown positive effects for patients with heartburn, constipation and symptoms of IBS, after consumption of papaya preparations. This particular study saw participants with chronic indigestions and GI tract dysfunctions take 20ml of pureed papaya or placebo daily for 40 days.
The results showed significant improvements in the symptoms of bloating and constipation in the papaya group. Symptoms of heartburn also improved, though these were not statistically significant.
Papaya is known to have enzymatic power, being high in the proteolytic enzyme papain, which may improve digestion of food components and thus reduce symptoms such as bloating, flatulence and pain. It provides natural support for optimum function of the digestive system and in turn for a resilient immune system – a healthy digestive system supports metabolic clearing and healing processes in the body.
Reviewed by Gemma Warburton BSc (hons) MSc
Muss, C., Mosgoeller, W., Endler, T. (2013) Papaya preparation (Caricol®) in digestive disorders. Neuro Endoncrinol Lett. 34(1): 38-46
Chinese herbal medicine appears to be an effective treatment for vascular dementia
Published: July 23, 2013
Chinese herbal medicine, which has been used for thousands of years in China, has long been considered an effective treatment for vascular dementia. There are already meta-analyses of the effects of herbal extracts (ginkgo biloba and huperzine A) on vascular dementia. However, there has been no systematic review of the efficacy and safety of Chinese herbal medicines for vascular dementia, despite its wide use in clinical practice.
A recent study published in the Neural Regeneration Research (Vol. 8, No. 18, 2013) evaluated the efficacy and safety of Chinese herbal medicines for vascular dementia, using efficacy, Mini-Mental State Examination score, Hasegawa Dementia Scale score, and adverse reactions as evaluation indices by performing a meta-analysis. The results suggested that Chinese herbal medicine appears to be safer and more effective than control measures in the treatment of vascular dementia. Chinese herbal medicines for vascular dementia exert characteristics of syndrome differentiation of traditional Chinese medicine, and have good potential in the clinic.
Source: Neural Regeneration Research
COMMENT: And now the EU can pat itself on the back for effectively banning Chinese herbal medicine due to its now infamous herbal medicines directive. Nice work EU.
Just a few minutes a day on a mobile phone 'raises cancer risk'
MOBILE phones can cause cancer and using one for just 17 minutes a day dramatically increases the risk, according to new research. Heavy users have higher oxidative stress in their bodies. This is the harmful process that damages all aspects of a human cell including DNA and is a major risk factor for cancer.
Mobiles are currently classed as “potentially carcinogenic to humans” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Scientists have long been concerned about the possible harmful effects of regular mobile phone use. But no studies have produced clear results.
Now, a new analysis of the saliva of mobile users reveals chatting for as little as eight hours a month causes higher oxidative stress.
The researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel hypothesised that saliva content could reveal whether there was a connection to developing cancer because a mobile phone is placed close to the saliva gland when in use. They examined saliva content of 20 heavy phone users, who spoke on their phones for at least eight hours a month – although most used them for 30 to 40 hours a month.
The participants’ saliva content was compared to deaf patients who either do not use a mobile phone at all or use them for non-verbal activity like sending texts.
Results showed that the heavy mobile phone users had significantly greater saliva oxidative stress.
Lead author Dr Yaniv Hamzany said: “This suggests that there is considerable oxidative stress on the tissue and glands which are close to the cell phone when in use.
“The damage caused by oxidative stress is linked to cellular and genetic mutations which cause the development of tumours.”
The researchers say the results reflect long-standing concerns about the impact of mobile phone use.Although the study, published in the journal Antioxidants and Redox Signalling, does not uncover a conclusive “cause and effect” relationship between mobile phones and cancer, it adds to growing evidence that phones may be harmful in the long term.
One potential avenue of future research would be to analyse a person’s saliva before exposure to a mobile phone, and then again after several intense minutes of exposure.
The researchers say this will allow them to see if there is an immediate response – such as a rise in molecules that indicate oxidative stress.
Henry Scowcroft, the science information manager at Cancer Research UK, said: “Brain tumour rates have been more or less unchanged for decades, and this, coupled with the results of large studies, suggests that mobile phones do not increase the risk of developing them.
The damage caused by oxidative stress is linked to cellular and genetic mutations which cause the development of tumours
Dr Yaniv Hamzany
“This is a very small study looking at chemical differences in the saliva between just 20 mobile phone users and a similar group of non-users, almost all of whom had hereditary deafness. It did not measure cancer rates."
“So it is impossible to draw firm conclusions from this study – and when set against the overwhelming body of evidence from larger studies, does not alter the conclusion that mobile phones are unlikely to increase the risk of brain tumours or other cancers.”
A spokesman for the Mobile Operators Association, said: “The researchers of this study admit that the controls for this experiment, who were deaf, could significantly affect the results because of their physiological differences with hearing subjects.
“Research into the possible health effects of mobile phones has been going on for two decades. To date, no adverse health effects have been established.”
However, From the days 25 years ago, when a mobile phone was the size of a large brick—and cost nearly its weight in gold to buy one—nowadays, over two billion people around the world own a mobile. That’s one-third of the world’s population. This explosive uptake of mobile phones and Wi-Fi devices has been called “the largest human biological experiment in human history.”
COMMENT: Interesting to cross reference this article with : Immune system 'attacked by mobile phones' Published: 15/10/1998 Roger Coghill was calling for health warnings on mobile phone in 1998 because he claimed they damaged the cells of the immune system.
Dangers of cell phone usage revealed in radiation level studies
Published: Mon, 01 Jul 2013
Cell phones have become ubiquitous in today’s society. It’s almost as if you don’t have one, then you’re not living in the 21st century.
The great thing about cell phones is that they enable us to stay connected with other people nearly all the time. Cell phones happen to be handy in an emergency. They also come in handy when we are traveling.
Today, the traditional landline has begun to go the way of the dinosaur, as many people have now canceled their landlines and rely only on cell phones. But cell phones do have drawbacks — the most significant being that they emit radiation and can therefore negatively impact our health.
“All cell phones emit radiation by definition because they talk to or connect to a local tower,” said Erik Peper, Ph.D., professor of holistic health at San Francisco State University. As long as a cell phone is being used for talking, texting, streaming data, or audiovisual data, it is communicating with the tower and therefore emitting radiation.
A radiation level of 0.2 watts per kilogram up to 1.6 watts per kilogram is considered safe by the Federal Communications Commission — FCC. If a cell phone has a radiation level above 1.6 watts per kilogram, it is illegal to sell it.
Radiation is a concern especially for groups of people who are constantly on their cell phones. A 2012 survey conducted by Peper and others revealed that the average college student uses their cell phone and tablet/iPad for at least 118 minutes per day, including 40 minutes right before they go to sleep. This equates to 19.7 days per year of talking and texting on their smartphones, “and high school students use their cell phones even more,” Peper pointed out.
The World Health Organization has classified mobile phones — and any wireless devices that use microwaves to communicate — as a group 2b risk — which means that they are “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” Mobile phones are in the same category as automotive fuel exhaust, according to Peper.
It has been reported in research studies that adults who have used mobile phones for at least 10 years experience an increase in brain cancer, salivary gland cancer, and even rare eye cancers on the side of the head where the cell phone was predominantly held, according to Peper.
Recently, women who habitually stored their cell phone in their bra have been diagnosed with a rare breast cancer located beneath the area of the breast where they stored their cell phone, Peper additionally noted. Further, some men diagnosed with testicular cancer had the cancer occur in the testicle that was closest to the pants pocket where they kept their cell phone.
Stan Glantz, professor of medicine at the University of California at San Francisco — UCSF — and director of the Center for Tobacco Research and Education, compared the cell phone situation right now to the cigarette situation in the 1950s.
“There was enough evidence to be concerned [about cigarettes in the 1950s], but the details were not really nailed,” Glantz said. “Cell phone companies have learned from cigarette companies how to contest science, and they’re doing it.”
Joel Moskowitz, director of the Center for Family and Community Health at the University of California at Berkeley, has launched a social media campaign to raise awareness about the risk of cell phones, encourage safe cell phone use and promote better regulation and more research on the subject.
“We don’t want to engage in scare tactics but safe cell phone use,” Moskowitz said. “We’re not telling anybody to give up their cell phone or ditch their cell phone carrier.”
What are the best ways to reduce radiation from your cell phone?
- Do not put it against your body. Put it in your purse, your backpack, or your case.
- Always try to keep it a few inches away from your body. The further away it is from your body, the less power of the antenna signal reaches you.
- Use the speaker phone feature.
- Plug in earphones while talking.
- Keep the antenna away as much as possible.
- Use the hands-free device.
- Keep it away from your head.
- Do not keep your cell phone in your pocket.
- Do not sleep with it under your pillow.
- Put your cell phone in airplane mode.
“We’ve learned the hard way how to eliminate risks without giving up technology,” Marks stated. “It has just devastated our family.”
In 2008, just a few months after her husband’s surgery, Marks testified to the U.S. Congress in a hearing on cell phones and health risks. She said that her husband’s story has been told on such shows as Dr. Oz, The View, Larry King Live and Sanjay Gupta.
Marks was extremely disappointed in May when the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a plan to repeal the Cell Phone Right to Know ordinance.
The ordinance — approved by the Board in 2010 and amended in 2011 — sought to require cell phone retailers to provide customer with information about alleged possible dangers associated with radiation from the devices and ways that users could reduce their exposure.
“Cell phone companies have won,” Marks said. “It was very sad. Many of us have worked on this for years. It was such a sad day. It felt like the politics in San Francisco has changed considerably, and no one was standing up for public health. It just didn’t seem like the Supervisors had the backbone that they used to have.”
Radionics: can a lock of hair hold the key to health?
Practitioners of radionics claim they can improve everything from allergies to kidney infections. Published:31/7/2013
First cut a strand of hair from your head. Next, fill in a questionnaire about your state of health and send it, with your hair, to an address on the other side of the country.
Then sit back and, while not exactly by return of post, you will in due course receive relief from whatever ailment is troubling you. It could come in the form of a pill or a potion, but it's just as likely to come in the form of healing vibrations, transmitted from the person to whom you've sent your hair.
What is it? Magic? Witchcraft? A load of twaddle? No, it's radionics, the largely unexplained art of healing someone you've never met, who is hundreds, even thousands of miles away.
There are only 80 or so practitioners of radionics in Britain and Rebecka Blenntoft is one of them. She's also the secretary of the UK Radionic Association and, like her colleagues, she gets to the root of her patients' problems by holding a pendulum over their hair sample (or "witness", as it's called), and seeing what happens.
"We get the information by interrogating the witness," she claims. "I will ask question after question, some looking for a yes or no answer, some looking for an answer that will quantify the health or otherwise of the patient's various physiological systems [aural, visual, skeletal]."
So, as well as rotating in a clockwise direction for "yes", and anticlockwise for "no", the pendulum also gives scores out of 100 when placed over a sort of healthometer chart.
"It's quite a time-consuming process, because you have to go through every part of the body," says Blenntoft. "It's also quite tiring, because you have to stay very tuned in and focused on the person you are treating."
Once she's identified the problem area, she enters an eight-digit numerical code into a black-box-like radionics machine (they prefer the word "instrument"), either via a digital keyboard or a set of dials. Followed by the relevant treatment instruction (restore, rejuvenate, elasticise, for example). Almost simultaneously, it is claimed, the patient will experience some form of improvement in their condition.
You don't believe it? Neither did Blenntoft, until she saw the effect a radionic diagnosis had on a dog in her local village (the treatment can be used not just on humans, but on animals and even crops and soil).
"This dog was in a terrible state, itching and scratching its skin red raw," she recalls. "A radionics practitioner discovered it was allergic to everything that came out of cows. And within a few days the dog was fine and running around."
For the Radionic Association's chairman, Geoffrey Bourne, the proof came in two-footed form. "A local farmer had a very bad recurring kidney infection but had become allergic to penicillin," he recalls. "There was nothing the doctor could do, but the radionics practitioner traced the problem back to a tetanus injection the farmer had been given at the age of 10. It took a year of treatment, but that farmer, who was in his seventies, went on to live till the age of 96."
So how exactly does it work again? Best guess is that we all plug into some kind of universal energy grid and radionics constitutes a kind of battery recharging rescue service. From afar.
"Believe me," says Blenntoft. "There's not a single person involved in radionics who hasn't gone into it thinking 'This can't possibly work'."
Charles in NHS homeopathy row Published 30/7/2013
The Prince and Jeremy Hunt – both strong supporters of alternative therapies – held a meeting at Clarence House last week.
Homeopathy and alternative medicines were on the agenda, according to well-placed sources. The NHS already spends millions each year on alternative medicines, at a time when it is restricting life-saving drugs for those with cancer.
The BMA has described homeopathy as ‘witchcraft’, and two weeks ago the Advertising Standards Authority said homeopaths were putting people’s lives at risk by discouraging them from seeking medical treatment.
Despite this, Mr Hunt has been outspoken in his support for homeopathy. In 2007 he signed a Commons motion welcoming the ‘positive contribution made to the health of the nation by the NHS homeopathic hospitals’. He has also defended it in a letter to a constituent.
Earlier this month, advertising watchdogs ruled that practitioners of homeopathy were putting patients at risk by discouraging them from seeking essential medical treatment.
The Advertising Standards Authority’s assessment of treatments and claims made by the Society of Homeopaths suggested practitioners were offering false hope and may be causing real harm.
The Society’s website said evidence existed to show homeopathy can treat a wide range of ailments. But the ASA tested a series of statements and found there was insufficient evidence to support the claimed benefits.
It said several conditions – including bronchitis, osteoarthritis and vertigo – required medical supervision and patients should not rely on homeopathy. Evidence supplied by the Society to support its claims was not strong enough and ‘misleading’. The ASA warned the society to stop making claims that are not supported by good evidence.
Society chairman Diane Goodwin insisted that evidence did exist for the benefits of homeopathy, but that the society was prepared to change the way it marketed treatments.
COMMENT: The ridiculous language of the BMA and the Labour MP who said homeopathy is "voodoo medicine" says more about them than it does about homeopathy. When argument is reduced to this level of malicious drivel I think it's time to walk away. Oh and lets not forget the vicious attacks on Prince Charles for daring to speak his mind behind closed doors about a topic that is close to his own heart: after all it is well known he and his family use homeopathy. One can only conclude the fuss being made about this is a malicious attempt to smear his opinion.
I wonder how an advertising watchdog can say that homeopathy is putting lives at risk by "discouraging them to seek medical help". Have they any evidence for this? My experience is quite the opposite; that highly trained homeopathic practitioners treat clients in a responsible and professional way and refer to orthodox medicine where there is an obvious need and actually encourage clients to adhere to necessary medical guidance. It should also be noted how many people turn to homeopathy because orthodox medicine has a) worsened their symptoms, b) not helped their symptoms or c) offered nothing for their symptoms. Is the only 'risk' that they may find homeopathy helps their problem?
The smart-grid health risk? Lawsuit claims utilities negligent, deceitful about smart meters Published: 07/25/2013
Headaches, heart attacks, cancer, loss of sleep?
A lawsuit has been filed against SC Edison and PG&E, alleging that smart meters are causing neurological harm and other adverse health effects.
A total of 16 plaintiffs, spanning from Santa Barbara County to Orange County, have joined the suit, filed by attorneys David Kyle and Paul Overett, that claims the utilities withheld important safety information associated with the use of the newly installed smart meters and the radio frequency radiation they emit.
The utilities are being charged with negligence, fraud and deceit, product liability and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Also named in the suit are smart-meter manufacturers and installation companies.
“The goal of this suit is to raise awareness about health effects from wireless devices and the infrastructure,” said Liz Barris, lead plaintiff in the suit. Barris said she, like many others, is electrosensitive and has bouts of nausea and headaches when exposed to certain wireless devices and wi-fi, smart meters included.
More than a year ago, SCE began installing smart meters as part of a nationwide plan by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a smart grid. Efficiency in electricity transmission was the primary reasons for the DOE wanting to upgrade the electrical grid, and SCE officials said customers would be better informed about their specific energy use, resulting in the ability to use less energy, especially during peak hours. Smart meters work by using radio frequency radiation to communicate energy usage information to the power company.
For seven months, Barris slept in her car while she fought with Edison about getting the meter removed from her apartment. Attempts to sleep in her apartment led to her experiencing severe heart arrhythmia, which she believes is directly linked to smart-meter radiation. She said Edison offered to replace the smart meter with an analog meter, but for the price of $4,000 a year. Smart meter skeptics like Barris have also suggested that the data collection process of the meters is an invasion of privacy, tracking things like home occupation and security system presence.
The lawsuit cites several peer-reviewed medical studies about smart-meter health hazards, as well as findings from the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, which called for “immediate caution regarding smart-meter installation due to potentially harmful RF (radio frequency) exposure.”
“From these peer review studies I’ve read, it’s clear that the electrical signals the meters put out every minute are damaging to neurological tissue,” said Dr. Robin Bernhoft, a medical toxicologist in Ojai. “It’s not the thing you want in your house or neighborhood.”
The Electric Power Research Institute, however, concluded that the radio-frequency exposure levels from wireless smart meters are substantially below the protective limits set by the Federal Communications Commission for the general public’s safety.
John Puccetti, a Ventura resident and electrician, said Edison customers should be concerned about this technology. “There is documented evidence that we should at least proceed with caution,” he said, “and there is no caution at all. My hope is, the California Public Utilities Commission pays attention to the number of complaints that have been made.”
Barris said the lawsuit is still accepting more plaintiffs who feel their health has been affected by the smart meters, or smart grid. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A SCIENTIST who claims to have been cured by homeopathy has said that lives will be ruined by the decision to axe the service on the NHS. Published - 9/7/2013
NHS Lothian last month scrapped homeopathic clinics, which had cost £240,000 per year despite studies generally finding homeopathy offers no more than a placebo effect to patients.
The health board won praise for the move among campaigners who have argued that public cash should not be used to fund homeopathy, which sees substances heavily diluted in water to the point that there is often very little or none of the ingredient remaining by the time it is given to the patient.
Ms Nelson, 45, said that homeopathic powders had helped restore an underactive thyroid to its normal function and that following a car accident, which left her in so much pain that she was unable to sleep lying down, homeopathy had produced near-miraculous results.
She said: “I had Hashimoto’s disease – an underactive thyroid – there were lots of symptoms. I didn’t feel well and had loss of hair and joint pain. It got worse over two or three years and I was referred to the homeopathy clinic in Dalkeith. Within three months the results were almost back to normal, and within six months they were normal. It has remained normal for the last seven years.”
More recently, the mum-of-two, who has a PhD in clinical science, began experiencing severe back pain and near-total loss of feeling in her hands following a car accident. She said that within days of the second homeopathy treatment, in January, she had been able to sleep in her bed for the first time in 18 months.
“Homeopathy has had a tremendous impact on my quality of life. Suggesting it’s a placebo is complete nonsense. NHS Lothian will spoil other peoples’ lives and I know most of the patients were very happy with the service.”
Keir Liddle, president of Edinburgh Skeptics, suggested that Ms Nelson had been “fooling herself”. He added: “There is no plausible mechanism to support the efficacy of homeopathy.”
Professor Alex McMahon, Director of Strategic Planning, Performance Reporting and Information at NHS Lothian, said: “We have listened to the views of the majority of respondents who cited lack of evidence for homeopathy and supported investing the funds currently spent on this service into other proven healthcare services.”
COMMENT: Another case of where the 'science' doesn't match real life experience. What is so sad is that the so-called skeptics (they start from the premiss that homeopathy can't work) deprive those who would choose to try it, from having access to it. I presume they do actually know that homeopaths don't claim there is any pharmaceutical / chemical action in the homeopathic dose. No one knows how homeopathy works but those like Ms Nelson know that it does. What astonishing arrogance to tell someone they are "fooling themselves" when they report homeopathic success. I am sad for all those who would have received benefit from homeopathy like Ms Nelson and now won't and I'm sad that there are people who are celebrating this fact.
Homeopathy Research of the Highest Calibre Summer 2013
HRI Barcelona 2013: A significant step forward for homeopathy research
The Homeopathy Research Institute’s 1st International Research Conference, ‘Cutting Edge Research in Homeopathy’, took place in Barcelona in May-June 2013. With a programme dedicated solely to high-end, robust scientific research, this was the first gathering of its kind in a decade. After 18 months of preparation and anticipation, the HRI team was delighted to witness the event being hailed as a resounding success by respected peers from around the world.
The primary goal for this conference was to gather together the best researchers in the world, from as many subfields of homeopathy research as possible. Thanks to input from HRI’s Scientific Advisory Committee, plus other expert reviewers from around the world who kindly volunteered their time, this goal was achieved.
The high calibre of presentations was evident throughout the intensive programme which included talks by five Professors and 40 Doctors (PhDs and medics), from institutions as far afield as Universidade Paulista (Sao Paolo, Brazil), University of Verona (Italy), University of Berne (Switzerland) and the Finlay Institute (Havana, Cuba).
Discussions of new findings captured the ‘cutting edge’ theme of the conference, particularly a session looking at possible mechanisms of action of homeopathic medicines. Other sessions concentrated on the pragmatic realities of delivering homeopathy within public health systems e.g. in Italy and the UK. Clinical studies testing homeopathic products for specific named conditions (e.g. teething in children), were presented by several European research teams, as well as trials showing the effectiveness of individualised homeopathic prescribing (the type of care delivered by most homeopaths) for conditions such as PMS and ADHD.
COMMENT: Report and research presentation downloads available under 'Research'
Immune system 'attacked by mobile phones' Published: 15/10/1998
Radiation from mobile phones can severely damage the human immune system, a scientist has claimed. Biologist Roger Coghill has long campaigned for health warnings to be attached to mobile phones, which he has already linked to headaches and memory loss.
His latest research suggests the microwaves generated by mobile phones may damage the ability of white blood cells to act as the "policemen" of the body, fighting off infection and disease. Mr Coghill took white blood cells, known as lymphocytes, from a donor, keeping them alive with nutritients and exposed them to different electric fields.
He found that after seven-and-a-half hours, just 13% of the cells exposed to mobile phone radiation remained intact and able to function, compared with 70% of cells exposed only to the natural electromagnetic field produced by the human body.
Body's balance is upset
Mr Coghill claims the body's immune system is partially controlled by electromagnetic fields emitted by the body. He believes the radiation emitted by mobile phones damages the body's own electromagnetic fields, and undermines the proper functioning of the immune system.
Mr Coghill has launched a legal test case against a mobile phone shop for allegedly failing to warn customers of the potential risk of radiation.
The industry is worth a £14bn a year in Britain alone.
Industry attacks findings
Mr Coghill was criticised by a leading industry figure for not announcing his findings before they had been reviewed by experts and published in a recognised scientific journal.
Tom Wills-Sandford, director of the Federation of the Electronics Industry, which represents mobile phone manufacturers, said: "None of the proper scientific protocol has been followed.
"This is not a proper way to conduct science, and one wonders if these results will ever be published properly."
Mr Wills-Sandford said an enormous amount of research had been carried out into the safety of mobile phones but none had produced any real evidence of a risk to health.
But Mr Coghill, who spoke at a conference on mobile phone safety in London on Thursday, insisted that his results were scientifically sound and should not be ignored.
He said: "We found that the competence of these white blood cells was depleted after being exposed for seven or eight hours to a mobile phone on standby.
"There's a possibility that we are damaging lymphocyte performance simply by having these phones on standby next to our bodies."
Mr Coghill said there was no danger in using mobile phones for two or three minutes.
But people who left them on for 20 minutes or more could be doing themselves harm.
If even 5% of the estimated 10 million users left their phones switched on it would mean 500,000 people were at risk, he said.
Mr Coghill said: "What I'm asking for is that the industry recognises that and puts warning labels on their phones."
He said a paper on his findings was accepted for inclusion at a major scientific meeting in Florida, USA, in June. He was also going to be forwarding the results to a recognised journal and co-operating with other scientists trying to replicate the findings.
A spokesman for the National Radiological Protection Board, the radiation watchdog, said: "We have no comment to make on the claims made by Roger Coghill. If his work is published in a scientific journal it will be reviewed by the NRPB's advisory group on non-ionising radiation."
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