"Communication without words after trauma or disease"

There is a new machine that can help individuals that have lost the ability to speak talk again.

Cathy Wolf  lost her ability to speak, but through a new speech assist machine called the Brain-Computer Interface system, she can communicate again.

Cathy Wolf of Katonah, N.Y., is able to manage only a small amount of muscle movement in her face and neck. Still, she’s helping test an alternative communication system that, it’s hoped, will help her and others with ALS compensate for this loss of voluntary muscle control.

Wolf currently uses the WiViK onscreen keyboard, E-triloquist speech program software and a switch she can operate with her eyebrow. When the time comes, she says, she will use BCI full time.

The Brain-Computer Interface system reads electric currents created by nerve cells talking to each other in the brain. It allows users to control a computer and communicate through e-mail, other computer-based communication systems, or synthetic speech.

Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) is under development by researchers at the Wadsworth Center, an arm of the New York State Department of Health, in Albany, N.Y. The BCI system — comprising a small laptop computer, an amplifier, a 20-inch monitor and a cap fitted with electrodes — “reads” the electric currents created by cellular activity in the brain, allowing the user to control a computer and communicate through e-mail, other computer-based communication systems or synthetic speech.

Brain signals instead of muscles It’s hoped that BCI will be made widely available for in-home use by people unable to communicate by other means as a result of disease or injury. Although it has potential for use by people affected by spinal cord injuries, stroke or other diseases, Wolf and the four other people currently testing the system all have ALS.

The BCI system is calibrated to the individual, and its use in anyone with advanced ALS requires a caregiver or someone else who can first put the cap containing the electrodes on the user’s head, and then start the system. From there, the user can control everything using brain signals instead of muscles, up to and including shutting down the computer.

In fall 1997, Wolf learned she has ALS. Since then, management of the disease has included a tracheostomy and ventilator, and a feeding tube. Unable to speak, Wolf communicates with her husband Joel and the rest of the world using a WiViK onscreen keyboard; E-triloquist speech program software; and a SCATIR switch that works through detection of a reflected beam of light and which she operates with her eyebrows.

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"Hope for traumatic brain injury"

“Brain injuries differ dramatically from patient to patient depending on the location, type, intensity, and duration of the injury. An injury can immediately cause rips in the white matter, brain hemorrhage, swelling, and, most commonly, bruising. One insult (i.e. hitting head, swelling, bleeding or residual trauma from an old injury to the brain)) is superimposed on another as, following the injury, the brain begins to experience reduced blood flow and oxygen deficiency…

Within minutes or hours after an injury, tiny holes rip through neuronal membranes and ion channels get stuck open, leaking proteins and neurotransmitters. Free radicals and calcium spread, causing cell death and tissue damage. Early gene activation of apoptotic enzymes sends more cells into a death spiral. Mitochondria sputter, then fall silent. Astrocytes swell. The damage can be isolated or extensive.

Researchers and doctors to date have had a very antiquated system of classification for TBIs. A new, validated system has now been devised which divides TBI patients into subgroups based on the type and location of injuries, not based on their consciousness. Then, therapies that benefit specific injury types can be targeted to those subgroups. It is the initial step toward a positive clinical trial for TBI.
Another ray of hope for the treatment of TBIs is the use of progesterone. It seems to pose the possibility of becoming the magic bullet for the treatment.
Through  Don Stein’s 27 years of research on progesterone is has been shown that progesterone  produced in the brain as well as the ovaries and can easily cross the blood brain barrier. Both men and women have progesterone receptors in their brains and it  prevents the expression of inflammatory cytokines in the brain, block apoptosis, stimulate growth-promoting factors, and even have a role in remyelination of neurons.

Thus progesterone decreases the accumulation of fluids in the brain after injury, reduces secondary neuronal loss, and improves outcomes in rats. “It’s the Swiss army knife of therapies,” laughs Douglas Smith, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Brain Injury and Repair. “It can take care of everything.”

Human trials are soon to get under way.

Natural integrated care and medicine like homeopathic remedies and acupuncture and neuro- kinesiology can be used to augment traditional care. These energetic forms of care can monitor the trauma, by the changing pulses and the meridian flows to determine how the body’s energetic systems are dealing with the trauma and then homeopathy can neural-kinesiology can de-stress the neuronal circuitry to enhance the healing and recovery process.
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"Infant diarrea vaccines in question"

Washington, D.C., June 1, 2010 – The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) joins with holistic health pioneer Dr. Joseph Mercola in calling for Merck to voluntarily recall its live rotavirus vaccine – RotaTeq – which is contaminated with parts of a lethal virus that infects pigs – porcine circovirus 2 (PCV2) – and publicly pledge to clean-up the vaccine.

On May 7th, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) publicly pledged to re-formulate its rotavirus vaccine, Rotarix, by removing DNA from a non-lethal pig virus (PCV1). RotaTeq is contaminated with DNA from both PCV1 and PCV2. PCV2 is an aggressive virus that causes immune suppression, wasting disease and death in baby pigs.

“Responsible corporations voluntarily recall contaminated foods and drugs that could possibly compromise safety,” said NVIC Co-Founder & President Barbara Loe Fisher. “When RotaTeq is squirted into the mouths of babies, how many doctors or parents know those babies are swallowing DNA from a virus that can injure and kill baby pigs?”

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"Rock Rock Rock and your bowels function may improve"

Bowel dysfunction after abdominal surgery is normal, but returns to normal functioning can be faster if you spend time rocking in a rocking chair.

Constipation after surgery can last as long as three to five days. Dr. Massey had observed that patients who rocked in rocking chairs experienced an earlier return of bowel function than those who did not rock. In women recovering from C-section and abdominal hysterectomy, research has  shown

rocking chairs aid surgery recovery

that women who rocked in a rocking chair  recover normal functioning of bowels faster.. Dr. Massey used rocking chair intervention in both male and female abdominal cancer patients recovering from surgeries as well as those patients recovering from gastric, colon, small bowel, pancreatic or liver surgeries.

Patients were instructed to rock for periods of between 10 to 20 minutes for a total of at least one hour a day, and also to walk, adding more time each day as tolerated. They were compared with 32 others who did not rock (but who did walk) who served as a control group.

The results: Those in the rocking group rocked  passed gas (a post-op healing benchmark) 16.8 hours earlier on average than the other group. Postoperative nausea, vomiting, abdominal distention and inability to eatare side effects that can also effect recovery and a patient’s quality of life much later

Seems that rocking stimulates the vestibular nerves in the ear that, in turn, send signals to the reticular activating system (RAS). The ascending reticular activating system connects to areas in the thalamus, hypothalamus, and cortex, while the descending reticular activating system connects to the cerebellum and sensory nerves. The bowel dysfunction associated with abdominal surgery is thought to be a response to the stress of surgery.  Before surgery the the extra drugs given to the patient causes the liver to be over taxed with toxins and the anesthesia used during surgery brings the functioning of the brain and nervous system to such a low function that it is hard for the body to rid itself of its effects.motor nerve functioning and balance.

RAS helps controls motor nerve functioning and balance

Rocking stimulate the activity of the brain and nerves to get back to work. This response thenn mobilizes the nerves of the digestive system and the rocking allows the body to naturally relax and increase its level of endorphins that will maike you feel better and recover quicker.

Other ways rocking helps

1. After knee surgery.

2. Alzheimer’s and dementia, ADHD, autism and sensory disorders.

releive the blues with rocking

3.  Rocking may help relieve arthritis and has been found helpful for varicose veins.

Try rocking first instead of using drugs to relax or to relieve constipation

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Excerpts courtesy of  DailyHealthNews@dhn.bottomlinesecrets.com

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"Frankincense shows potential for use in treating bladder cancer"

Researchers are finding a plant extract from the Boswellia carteri, frankincense can kill cancer cells in a test tube (in vitro) without effectively damaging the healthy DNA of the normal bladder cells according to the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine Association.

Frankincense oil derived from Boswellia carteri has been found to induce cancer tumor cell cytotoxicity

Frankincense plant is found in Africa, India, and the Middle East. Historically, frankincense oil has been used in incense and perfumes for thousands of years. Frankincense oil is prepared from aromatic hardened gum resins obtained by tapping Boswellia trees. It is now known that Boswellic acid seems to be the active agent that is toxic to the bladder cancer cells J82 cells without harming the normal bladder urothelial UROtsa cells. Through a range of concentration, frankincense oil suppressed cancer cell viability in bladder transitional carcinoma J82 cells but does not harm the UROtsa cells. Gene expression analysis shows that frankincense oil activates genes that are responsible for cell cycle arrest, cell growth suppression, and apoptosis (cell death) in J82 cells. However, frankincense oil-induced cell death in J82 cells did not result in DNA fragmentation.

Conclusion
Frankincense oil appears to distinguish cancerous from normal bladder cells and suppress cancer cell viability. Microarray and bioinformatics analysis proposed multiple pathways that can be activated by frankincense oil to induce bladder cancer cell death.
Frankincense oil might become a healthy alternative adjunct therapy for winning the challenge of bladder cancer.

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Excerpts courtesy of http://www.biomedcentral.com
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“Potential risks of squalene in flu vaccine worse than the flu"

This frenzy over upping the number of vaccines to supposedly prevent a host of nasty diseases –at what price?

“North American children are now the most vaccinated on earth. Since 1980, Canadian vaccine schedules have more than doubled the types of vaccines given; for the first 4-6 yrs of life alone, Public Health now recommends 43 doses of thirteen different vaccines. The first 8 doses are given in four shots at two months of age. It’s been declared that today’s children are the first generation whose parents will outlive them. Why?

H1N1 virus (Swine Flu)
H1N1 virus (Swine Flu)

Today, 10% of Canadian children have life threatening afflictions. In the last 25 years, concurrent with vaccine increase, there’ve been huge declines in children’s health in many categories:

* Autism – increased over 1000 times in less than one generation;

* Juvenile Diabetes – 104% increase since 1980; * Anaphylactic Food Allergies – doubled in the last decade;

* All types of Allergies – increased nearly six times;

* Obesity – now almost 20%, 3 times the prevalence in 1980;

*Attention Deficit Disorder – now almost 10%. (1)

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, DO in the May 1, 2006 issue of NewsWithViews.com stated, “Multiple studies published in highly reputable publications have documented that flu shots are ineffective in all ages.” Besides being ineffective the adjuvant the biochemical catalyst added to the vaccine can pose further health risks.

After the Gulf War vets returned with a cascade of immuno -reactions called Gulf War syndrome.included “arthritis, fibromyalgia, lymphadenopathy, rashes, photosensitive rashes, malar rashes, chronic fatigue, chronic headaches, abnormal body hair loss, non-healing skin lesions, aphthous ulcers, dizziness, weakness, memory loss, seizures, mood changes, neuropsychiatric problems, anti-thyroid effects, anemia, elevated ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Raynaud’s phenomenon, Sjorgren’s syndrome, chronic diarrhea, night sweats and low-grade fever.” research has attributed these symptoms to three batches of immunizations using squalen based adjuvant.(1)

squalen adjuvant in flu vaccine
squalen adjuvant in flu vaccine

Squalene is an oil-based adjuvant compound called MF-59. The main function of the adjuvant is to supercharge the live or dead virus(s) main ingredient in the diluted vaccine to make them more potent and kick start the response to the flu in the body. Two H1N1 vaccines being developed by companies Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline are adding squalene adjuvants to boost immunogenicity and dramatically reduce the amount of viral antigen needed. This translates to much faster production of desired vaccine quantities. Novartis’s proprietary squalene adjuvant for their H1N1 vaccine is MF59. Glaxo’s is ASO3. MF59 has yet to be approved by the FDA for use in any U.S. vaccine.

Natural Squalene as an oil molecule is native to your body. It is found throughout your nervous system and brain. In fact, olive oil will bless you with natural squalene and by consuming it will build your immune system as long as you are not sensitive or allergic to it.

Why does the body go to war with injected squalene compounds?

Injection is an abnormal route of entry which incites your immune system to attack all the squalene in your body, not just the vaccine adjuvant. Squalene compounded vaccines has been fingered at a possible culprit in the post Gulf War multiple health issues that these veterans continue to suffer. Two H1N1 vaccines being developed by companies Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline are adding squalene adjuvants to boost immunogenicity and dramatically reduce the amount of viral antigen needed. This translates to much faster production of desired vaccine quantities. Novartis’s proprietary squalene adjuvant for their H1N1 vaccine is MF59. Glaxo’s is ASO3. MF59 has yet to be approved by the FDA for use in any U.S. vaccine.

Flu vaccines can also contain a number of chemical toxins, including ethylene glycol (antifreeze), formaldehyde, phenol (carbolic acid) and even antibiotics like Neomycin and streptomycin. In addition to the viruses and aluminum and squalene. Vaccinations are biochemical cocktails for supression of the native immune systems that will not is help build immunity to potentially harmful organisms that cause illness and disease.

However, your body’s immune system is already designed to do this in response to organisms that invade your body naturally. Build your immunity by eating organic healthy raw and steamed fruits and seasonal veggies, staying well hydrated, getting plenty of sleep and exercise in fresh air.

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Excerpts courtesy of http://vran.org/about-vaccines/vaccine-essentials/vaccination-the-basics/
Excerpts courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immunologic_adjuvant

Excerpts courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squalene

Excerpts courtesy of http://newresearchfindingstwo.blogspot.com/2009/07/squalene.html

Image 1. the flu virus courtesy of  Biochemistryquestions.wordpress.com/some-basic-biochemistry-h1n1-virus/
Image 2. squalene courtesy of  En.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squalene

"Women develop lower viral levels than men following acute HIV-1 infection"

HIV and Women

growth of HIV virus
growth of HIV virus

Women usually develop lower viral levels than men following acute HIV-1 infection.

Women with similar viral loads. will develop AIDS faster. Why?

Research team based at the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), MIT and Harvard has found that a receptor molecule involved in the first-line recognition of HIV-1 responds to the virus differently in women, leading to subsequent differences in chronic T cell activation, a known predictor of disease progression. Their paper, which will be published in an upcoming issue of Nature Medicine.

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Excerpts courtesy of LabSpace.net labspaces.net/98592/StudymayexplainwhyHIVprogressesfasterinwomenthaninmen

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Clues to preventing cancers

For many years Integrated Medicine has known that many factors play into creating cancerous conditions in the body. Some of

Vitamin D3
Vitamin D3

these include, but are not limited to eating foods that create an acidic condition in the body like meats, milk products, processed foods and sugar. Anything that changes the pH to acidic from the normal alkaline can create a breeding grounds for cell/DNA changes including long lasting deep seated repressed emotions.

Now Cedric Garland, DrPH, professor of family and preventive medicine at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, and his research team explain that with enough vitamin D and calcium present, cells adhere to one another in tissue and act as normal, mature epithelial cells. If there is a deficiency of vitamin D, cells can lose their sticking ability as well as their identity as differentiated cells. When this happens, they may revert to a dangerous stem cell-like state and become cancerous.

In 2008, Dr. Garland and his colleagues found an association between a lack of sunlight exposure, low vitamin D and breast cancer. In earlier work, they showed linkages between increased levels of vitamin D3 or markers of vitamin D and a lower risk for breast, colon, ovarian and kidney cancers, too

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Excerpts courtesy of Naturalnews.com/026447_Vitamin_D_cancer_NaturalNews

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Silver hair and health

Watch what you affirm.

Some say things like you are a pain in the neck when they are mad at some one. Then often times end up with a stiff neck or some discomfort in their neck .grey-hair585_204681a

Science now has found another link between the graying of one’s hair and stress. Now “genotoxic stress,” or stress from the toxic effects of chemicals or energy in our environment can damage DNA, like ultraviolet light. The researchers found that this cellular stress diminishes the supply of melanocyte stem cells (MSC) – cells in hair follicles that are responsible for making the pigment-producing cells that give hair its color.not necessarily age related and the stresses in one’s life.

melanin storage in melanocyte
melanin storage in melanocyte

Integrated medicine has known about this connection for year and routinely treat and help poeple destress. Applied kinesiology and homeopathy hves perfected the art of relieving the stress from physical, memory, emotional, and situational stres.
Melanocyte stem cells are so-called “adult stem cells.” They are not mature hair cells and they can continuously divide and supply our hair with the pigment producing cells it needs to have color. When a melanocyte stem cell matures into a pigment producing cell, or melanocyte, it is called differentiation.

For more information on ways to decreases stress in your life.

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"Restoring hearing and vision in animals with stem cells"

Stem cells can develop into many different cell types in the body during early life and growth. In many tissues they serve as a sort of internal repair system, dividing essentially without limit to replenish other cells as long as the person or animal is still alive. When a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential either to remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, or a brain cell. Without these cells human tissues could not survive and we would die when the first cells wore out.

many types of stem cells
many types of stem cells

Bone marrow stem cells from humans  has restored the lost hearing and vision in embryonic guinea pigs.This may be the key to unlock the first step toward helping people. Another group of researchers  grew functioning eyes in tadpoles using frog cells.

Stem cell research hold extraordinary promise for treating a wide range of deadly and disabling diseases that plague millions.
How did they grow hearing cells?

By cultivating stem cells into neuron-like cells in petri dishes and then harvesting and transplanted them into the inner ears of the guinea pigs within three months later, the animals appeared to have some hearing, The goal was to regrow the tiny hair cells that are essential for mammals to hear.
What damages these hair cells?

“When sensitive hair cells in the inner ear of humans and other mammals are killed — by loud noise, autoimmune attack, toxic drugs, or aging — the damage is permanent. Humans cannot naturally replace them, other animals like birds and reptiles can automatically regenerate hearing cells.

Michael Zuber and colleagues at the SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, grew functioning eyes in blinded frog embryos using stem cells.

In frog usually stem cells only form skin when grown in vitro. Zuber’s team of researchers discovered thatby  adding seven different stimulating genetic “factors” eye formation genes were turned on..

When they transplanted the transformed cells into frog embryos, the resulting tadpoles could see out of those eyes, Zuber told the meeting. Genetic tests showed that the stem cells had transformed, a process called differentiation, into many different cell types. all cell types needed for vision were formed again.

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Excerpts courtesy of stemcells.nih.gov/info/basics

Excerpts courtesy of Rueters.com Stem cells restore hearing, vision in animals
– Maggie Fox,  Health And Science Editor  Reuters– Wed Nov 19, 2008.

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