Medical Grab Bag
21 Aug 2006

New Chewing Gum Can Prevent Tooth Decay
by Christian Nordqvist

Editor: Medical News Today

A new chewing gum containing good bacteria which prevent harmful bacteria from destroying our teeth has been developed by scientists working for BASF GmbH and OrganoBalance GmbH. There is also a good chance good bacteria could be added to deodorants to eliminate BO (body odour).

The company says that as well as chewing gum to protect teeth, it is looking into developing toothpastes and mouthwashes which contain this friendly bacteria.

The bacteria is called Lactobacillus, and is usually found in yoghurt. The scientists discovered a new strain, called L. anti-caries.

Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans), a harmful type of bacteria, sticks to the surface of the teeth and converts sugar into acids which eat away at the enamel. L. anti-caries makes S. mutans clump together so that it cannot stick to your teeth.

BASF researchers say tests have shown their chewing gum managed to reduce S. mutans levels in the mouth to one-fiftieth of what they were. The company hopes to have the first oral hygiene products containing L. anti-caries on the market next year. Stefan Marcinowski, Executive Director of Research, BASF, did not say whether the products would first appear as chewing gums, toothpastes or mouthwashes.

Sleeping In A Horizontal Position May Be Bad For You

Plants actually use gravity for their growth, rather than just overcoming it. Gravity provides the driving force for a two-way elevator formed by separate liquid columns, where the downward flowing side carries a concentrated and therefore heavier form of the lighter ascending liquid.

Evaporation does the trick, concentrating the mineral content of the sap by getting rid of the pure H2O while keeping the minerals. The heavy descending liquid and the ascending new sap form a loop where water molecules, in what is described as a rubber-band effect, are able to lift the ascending column by negative pressure at the top.

A first set of observations about sleeping in a slightly inclined position (head up, feet down, five degrees) rather than in our traditional perfectly horizontal beds, seems to confirm that the human organism requires gravitational pull to function in an optimal manner.

Positive health effects were observed for those sleeping in the inclined position.

Start at a six inch incline until you are comfortable with the changes, then go for the full 8 inch incline.

Complete spinal cord injuries dating back as much as 18 years can be reversed to some degree by simply tilting a bed and altering the posture while seated!

My discovery is in how gravity drives the cerebrospinal fluid, in a simple flow and return system, inducing some nerve regeneration, and also appears to facilitate effective guidance to regenerating nerves, much the same as how gravity induces and guides direction to seedlings

This is achieved by altering posture to make use of gravity and can repair a significant amount of the damage in complete / incomplete spinal cord injuries.

However, this does not solely relate to spinal function and a vast amount of other benefits have been reported, namely restored bowel and bladder function, increased metabolism, reductions in infections, visual improvements and in particular addresses the problem of urinary infections by assisting the renal function, muscular atrophy, and osteoporosis have responded well to this intervention.

A general decrease in pain has been noted by some people that have already taken part in the pilot study. However, during nerve regeneration / redirection, people have reported a temporary increase in pain. Spasm and general muscle tension is improved significantly also.

One of the first things you should notice is an improvement in body temperature. Instead of cold hands and feet, you will find that you have nice warm hands and warm feet. Goose bumps occur, finger / toe nails and hair grows more profusely.

Toe nails, when they are in poor condition, have been reported to shed and a new nail grows which is stronger and smoother than the old nails that have been lost in two cases.

Cashew Based Skin Cream to Resolve Skin Cancer and Warts

It was during Rolando de la Cruz' work as a barber that he became familiar with various skin problems suffered by his clientele: "Many of the people who came to me for haircuts suffered fungal infections and other skin diseases. Thats when I began thinking about how I could help treat their ailments."

His invention is a skin cream called DeBCC, which is used for the treatment of basal cell carcinoma (BCC), the most common type of skin cancer.

The cream contains a formulation of cashew nut extracts and other Philippine herbs. "By mere application of the cream, with no radical and unacceptable surgeries or procedures, 14 patients with skin cancer were cured in 16 weeks. No recurrences were reported," De la Cruz said.

De la Cruz said he discovered the health properties of DeBCC through an "accident." "I was a young boy then and I was eating cashew seeds when I felt a burning sensation. In tears, I ran to my mother, who told me in Kapampangan that it is the cashew seeds I had chewed that had burnt me," De la Cruz said with a smile as he recalled how his mother taught him that cashew nuts produce heat.

In high school, De la Cruz said he had a classmate who underwent treatment for warts on the neck: "My classmate told me he could not stand the pain of the wart-removal treatment which involved heat. He said it was painful even with anesthesia. It was then that I recalled the cashew incident."

His innovation was to develop a cream from cashew nut extracts to treat patients with the skin condition. Using the cashew cream, De la Cruz said, a patient barely feels pain: "Parang kagat lang ng langgam (it is just like an ant bite)."

Besides DeBCC, De la Cruzs magic touch was acknowledged for his Amazing Touch product, which offers natural, non-surgical removal of warts, moles and other skin growths using cashew nut extracts. RCC Amazing Touch International Inc. was established in March 1997 as a one-stop shop for skin and hair care treatment.

"Proven to be safe and effective with no side effects, it is relatively painless, bloodless and scar-less, and requires no anesthesia," De la Cruz said of his products.
January 05, 2008

Philippine Doctors and World Class Inventor Awarded for Innovative Topical Cream to Treat Skin Cancer

The skin is the largest organ in our body. It provides protection against heat, cold, light, and infection. It is made up of two major layers, the epidermis and the dermis, and various types of cells. The epidermis which is the outer layer of the skin is composed of three layers of cells – flat, scaly shells on the surface called squamous cells, round cells called basal cells, and melanocytes, cells that provide the skin its color and protect against skin damage. The inner layer of the skin, the dermis, contains nerves, blood vessels, and sweat glands.

Each year, millions of people all over the world are diagnosed with the most common forms of skin cancer – basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. World cancer societies says tens of millions of new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year. Sunlight provides much of what is beneficial and even necessary to life and good health, but tanning and burning are not among these benefits. Sunburn and ultraviolet (UV) light can damage the skin and this damage can lead to skin cancer.

Over the past decade, researchers have discovered that exposure to ultraviolet radiation is the single most important cause of skin cancer, especially when the exposure results in sunburn and blistering. Other less common causes of skin cancer are repeated exposure to x-ray, coal tar, arsenic, and other industrial compounds. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent most skin cancers and to detect them early when they do arise. When treated early, the vast majority of these cancers are curable.

A skin cancer cream known as the DeBCC was developed and studied by Philippine General Hospital (PGH) doctors in partnership with a famous inventor and won the top prize during the 93rd annual convention of the Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons held in New Orleans, Louisiana, the most prestigious forum for the presentation of research and innovations in surgical treatment in the world. The Philippine entry, the DeBCC, formulated from the extract of cashew nuts, was voted the "Best Scientific Exhibit for 2007." The invention had previously won gold medals from the Archimedes Inventors show in Moscow in 2005 and the International Inventor’s Forum in Nuremberg, Germany also in 2005, and the Diamond and Overall Inventor’s Awards for 2006 at the British Invention show in 2006.

These honors are testimony to the determination of the team of Drs. Eric S.M. Talens, Daniel de la Paz, Orlando O. Ocampo, Porfirio P. Tica, Horacio Estradato, and inventor Rolando de la Cruz to formulate and discover alternative treatments for common ailments that offer more cost-effective local options, with the ultimate objective of improving healthcare in the Philippines.

Discovery News
Friday, 26 October 2007

Medicinal Clays May Heal Ulcers


Larry O'Hanlon

Scientists aren't sure how some clays kill bacteria. Metals in the clay may be the active ingredients. Or the highly charged molecular surfaces of the clay minerals may tear up bacterial cells.

Your doctor may one day prescribe dirt, if new research into a few potent antibacterial clays is successful.

Plenty of clays are already on the market, touted as cures for various ailments. But few have any clinical data to back them up.

That began to change five years ago when the late French humanitarian worker Line Brunet de Courssou reported that a French clay called Agricur was effective against the flesh-eating disease Buruli ulcer in Africa's Ivory Coast.

Now an interdisciplinary team of microbiologists and mineralogists is trying to figure out exactly how the clay cures.

"They would mix clay with water and make a paste and put it on the horrible wounds," says clay mineral researcher Associate Professor Lynda Williams of Arizona State University.

When daily applications of the clay caused too much pain and appeared not to help, another French clay was used.

"It was the second clay that killed [the bacteria], although the clays are mineralogically identical," Williams says.

That's where Williams and colleagues such as microbiologist Assistant Professor Shelley Haydel were able to begin research supported by the US National Institutes of Health into what makes one clay toxic to bacteria and the other harmless.

The first results of their work will be presented later this month at the meeting of the Geological Society of America in Denver.

"We're not just buying this healing stuff," says Williams of the popular and unproven use of all sorts of clays for questionable medical purposes. "We're trying to understand."

A range of clays

The researchers used several different clays, including sterile sand and the French clay used in the Ivory Coast, to see how well they killed a broad spectrum of bacteria.

Several different kinds of well-known, dangerous bacteria - Salmonella typhimurium, Streptococcus sp, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas stutzeri - were exposed to the clays.

"We found that bacterial cultures lost 90-99% of viability within 24 hours of exposure to the French Agricur clays," reports US Geological Survey researcher David Metge, who collaborated with Williams, Haydel and others.

"These results contrasted to only 10-40% of reduced viability caused by other clays or sterile sand."

The trick now, of course, is figuring out exactly how the clay is killing the microorganisms, says Williams.

One possibility is that metals in the clay are the active ingredients. Or it could be that the highly charged molecular surfaces of the clay minerals tear up bacterial cells.

Either way, clays would probably be a lot harder for bacteria to evolve defences against, as is happening with the accidental breeding of 'super bugs by the overuse of antibiotics and antibacterial products.

Unlike antibiotics, clay minerals almost certainly kill bacteria by a physical not biochemical process, says mineralogist Professor Ross Giese of the State University of New York in Buffalo, who is not directly involved in Williams' project.

Once researchers figure out the mechanism behind the killer clays, cheaper treatments for Buruli ulcer and other diseases may follow.

The World Health Organization (WHO), recently labeled Buruli ulcer an emerging public health threat. The disfiguring disease is increasingly common among children in central and western Africa.

If one of the Buruli's rural victims is fortunate enough to get medical help, the infected tissue is generally cut out, which sometimes means amputation. There is no other WHO-approved treatment.

But clay therapy is reported to have cured more than 50 cases of Buruli ulcer to date, the team reports.

"It not only stops the infection, but allows the body to regenerate tissues," says Giese.

"The Holy Grail in all this is if you could figure this out, it opens up a whole new world of fighting pathogenic bacteria."

A long history

Clays have long been used for stomach aches, paper processing, sealing wells and other applications.

But the long history of bogus clay cures and the fact that clay has such lowly origins has made clay research proposals a hard sell to funding agencies, Giese says.

"The previous uses have been low tech," he says, adding that clay particles are truly nature's own nanotechnology.

"I think that if clay was not synonymous with mud and dirt, we would be much further along."

Buzzing Stops Fat

Scientists have found a surprising way to turn off the process that creates fat cells at least in mice. Results show growing mice exposed every day to a very slight vibration grew up leaner. This ScienCentral video explains more.

Good Vibrations

The young mice in Clinton Rubin's lab don't look like they're exercising; they're just nosing around a plastic tub looking either for something to eat or a way out. But, these mice will grow up leaner than a similar group of mice elsewhere in the lab.

The difference is that these mice are spending 15 minutes a day for 15 weeks being vibrated ever so slightly in a tub that rests on a platform that looks like a giant pizza box attached to electronics. The vibrations are very slight, so slight many people can't feel the vibration, only hear the hum.

In tests at his lab at Stony Brook University lab, Rubin and his team showed that after the vibration regimen, the mice had 28 percent less fat in their torsos than another group of the same kind of mice who ate the same amount of food, and had the same amount of exercise.

Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Rubin explained that the vibrations, "also reduced key risk factors in the onset of type II diabetes."

Rubin explains that his interest is in how physical signals outside influences of mechanical, electrical and thermal signals can influence the body. While his research has centered on bones, that work has taken a temporary detour into fat because both bone cells and fat cells, along with muscle, come from the same stem cells. Stem cells are special cells the body generates that can then turn into other cells as the body needs them.

Rubin describes the physical signals impact on the body as similar to a truck driving over the bridge and temporarily slightly deforming the bridge. He says, "What happens (in the body) is the bones are actually (slightly) deformed (through exercise). Our studies are really looking at and our focus has always been on how these little distortions or loads in the bone signal cells to stimulate adding bone or to take it away."

He says they began studying fat when, "We thought that 'hey' if these mechanical signals are actually stimulating stem cells to become bone cells, maybe they're not becoming fat cells."

What is noteworthy is how little vibration is needed to coax the stem cells in these growing mice to produce bone, instead of fat. Rubin says it's about, "one one-thousandth of the magnitude of a signal you might get while you're running."

Rubin sums up the research as trying to test if the stem cells can be influenced. He says, "We're thinking of these (stem) cells, these precursors to fat or to bone having to make a choice The evidence is there that we are helping the stem cells make that decision."

Rubin is quick to point out that they were not studying whether vibrations could burn any fat that's already present, but instead to inhibit production of new fat cells. He says that's important because, "If you never allow fat cells to be established, you can't get fat."

The research could have implications in cases such as preventing childhood obesity, an increasingly common situation that's been blamed on eating habits and lack of exercise. He says, "if we could suppress the formation of fat cells, we could actually suppress the incidence of obesity.

Rubin cautions that the research does not mean it's time to go for a ride on your washing machine or seek out other mechanical vibrations. He warns vibrations can cause many kinds of medical problems. Instead, especially for adults who already have pounds they need to shed, the best way to lose that fat is through the basics, diet and exercise.

This research was published online the week of October 22, 2007 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and was funded through grants from the National Institutes of Health, NASA and with a W.H. Coulter Translational Research Award.

Herbal Extract Found To Increase Lifespan

ScienceDaily (Dec. 10, 2007) The herbal extract of a yellow-flowered mountain plant indigenous to the Arctic regions of Europe and Asia increased the lifespan of fruit fly populations, according to a University of California, Irvine study.

Flies that ate a diet rich with Rhodiola rosea, an herbal supplement long used for its purported stress-relief effects, lived on an average of 10 percent longer than fly groups that didnt eat the herb.

Although this study does not present clinical evidence that Rhodiola can extend human life, the finding that it does extend the lifespan of a model organism, combined with its known health benefits in humans, make this herb a promising candidate for further anti-aging research, said Mahtab Jafari, a professor of pharmaceutical sciences and study leader. Our results reveal that Rhodiola is worthy of continued study, and we are now investigating why this herb works to increase lifespan.

In their study, the UC Irvine researchers fed adult fruit fly populations diets supplemented at different dose levels with four herbs known for their anti-aging properties. The herbs were mixed into a yeast paste, which adult flies ate for the duration of their lives. Three of the herbs known by their Chinese names as Lu Duo Wei, Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang and San Zhi Pian had no effect on fruit fly longevity, while Rhodiola was found to significantly reduce mortality. On average, Rhodiola increased survival 3.5 days in males and 3.2 days in females.

Rhodiola rosea, also known as the golden root, grows in cold climates at high altitudes and has been used by Scandinavians and Russians for centuries for its anti-stress qualities. The herb is thought to have anti-oxidative properties and has been widely studied.

Soviet researchers have been studying Rhodiola since the 1940s on athletes and cosmonauts, finding that the herb boosts the bodys response to stress. And earlier this year, a Nordic Journal of Psychiatry study on people with mild-to-moderate depression showed that patients taking a Rhodiola extract called SHR-5 reported fewer symptoms of depression than did those who took a placebo.

Jafari said she is evaluating the molecular mechanism of Rhodiola by measuring its impact on energy metabolism, oxidative stress and anti-oxidant defenses in fruit flies. She is also beginning studies in mice and in mouse and human cell cultures. These latter studies should help understand the benefits of Rhodiola seen in human trials.

Study results appear in the online version of Rejuvenation Research. Jeffrey Felgner, Irvin Bussel, Anthony Hutchili, Behnood Khodayari, Michael Rose and Laurence Mueller of UC Irvine participated in the study. Sun Ten Inc. provided the herbs.

Reprint of ad in The Northwest Herald.

Dandelion Root ---  Cancer Cure? At No Cost!


George Cairns

(815) 338-1526

Every week around 10,000 people die of cancer. Government figures show the death rate for cancer deaths has not changed in the last 10 years. Chemo and radiation only save around 10% of the people treated. So this shows our doctors don't have much to work with. As this article goes on, I will explain how to prepare this plant and how much to take. There is nothing to buy. For some reason, the Lord has picked me to carry these words to you. I am only the delivery boy, and none of this is my idea. I do believe every word I write here, and I'm living proof it works. The cost of printing is my thanks to God for giving me back my life and health.

A little over three years ago I was about done in with cancer. One morning as I was waking up and hoping the end would come soon, a voice came to me and said. "You have to do something about your prostate cancer. Take the root of the dandelion. Don't expect a miracle. It took you a long time to get in this condition." The voice was gone. I thought the voice was kidding to use the dandelion. When this voice tells you to do something, you do it. You must do it, like writing this article. It is the last thing I ever expected to do. Then I thought he didn't tell me how much to take or how to prepare it. As soon as you could blink an eye. I knew how much to take, how to prepare it, and it would take 4 to 6 months to cure me. I also knew I wasn't to make a penny on it.

As soon as I got around that morning, I dug some roots and started to prepare it. About a week l! ater I started taking it. Three weeks later the pain in my back and side was gone and my bowels had improved. Five and one half months later they could find no cancer problem in me at all.

I, then wanted to find someone else to try it, and that was the biggest problem yet. Nobody seems to want to help. When I told doctors, they just smiled as if I was nuts. Finally, I was telling a friend about it and he said he had a friend that was dying of lung cancer. He had it in both lungs and was bed ridden. They were tapping his lungs. He had been given 4 to 6 weeks to live. After he had been on this powder about six weeks, he was up and around doing his chores and driving his car. He went to his doctor's office, and the doctors could not believe it. They took him to the hospital and gave him a CAT scan. They found no cancer lesions in his lungs and said it was a miracle. I then put an ad in The Northwest Herald offering it free, and four people's aid they would try it. Slowly one person told another and it spread. There was a fair amount of people taking it for different kinds of cancer and several for other things. For instance, a man lost the use of his immune system and was told he wouldn't be able to work again for three years, in six months he is now working ? days and feeling better. I know this is not a cure all. It won't help everyone or all kinds of cancer. I know it is not a cure for skin cancer and it hasn't had luck with brain tumors.

There is a doctor in Boston, Massachusetts that has developed a vaccine that is doing great things. This has been successful with prostate, colon, breast, liver and best of all with lung cancer. Five people have taken it for lung cancer and all five have been cured once. The immune system controls the cancer cells in your body. As long as the immune system is healthy, you don't usually have a cancer problem. When your immune system gets run down, it loses control of the cancer cells, and they start eating live cells and this is what they call cancer. This powder made from dandelion root has something in it that builds up the blood and the immune system.

When the immune system is built up so far, it gets back control of cancer cells, and they do an about face and start cleaning up the mess they've made. This is why you must have a fair appetite because your body must build itself up and be healthy if your immune system is going to be strong. This will not work for people that have lost their appetite or are on CHEMO. Doctors try to blast the cancer out of your body with Chemo or radiation. By doing so, it destroys your immune system and appetite. These are the most important things your body needs to beat cancer. Operations also knock the immune system haywire. This is why so many people that have operations for cancer find that a short time later it has spread somewhere else.

Many of the worst diseases that have plagued the world have been cured quite easily. When I was a boy, women dreaded the goiter more than cancer. A little iodine in the diet cured that. For hundred of years the most dreaded diseases was leprosy and lockjaw. A doctor found he could produce penicillin from moldy bread and could cure them and many more things. How long has moldy bread been around? I'm sure scientists will find many uses for the powder made from the root of the dandelions besides cancer. I have already found it builds up the blood so you heal much faster.

To make the powder from the dandelion root you must follow my directions to the letter. Any changes and it won't work. Dig a handful of dandelion roots any time of the year, it doesn't matter. Cut the leaves off just below the crown. DO NOT WASH. Then they must be dried around 100 degrees. I do it in an incubator with no water. You can also dry them under a heat light bulb if you raise or lower it so it's 100 degrees. You can also use the sun or put them in the attic if it's not too hot. It takes about 5 or 6 days in the incubator. I have not done this all the way under the heat light. When you break a root and it snaps it is ready to powder. Take an old iron frying pan and a clean hammer. Take one root at a time and place in the frying pan and start tapping. Don't hit hard or it will fly all over the place. I put my hand around the root to keep most of it in the pan. If it sticks to the hammer and pan, and doesn't crumble in your fingers, it isn't dry enough. Keep it up until you have enough to start. It takes about 20 minutes to ? hour to prepare enough for a week. When you get used to it you can go much faster.

I have an old vessel that druggists used to pound pills, this goes much faster. DO NOT USE AN ELECTRIC GRINDER, it won't work if you do. You lose too much of the good part in dust. You must do it as I have said or don't do it at all. I've tried shortcuts, but it seems someone was looking over my shoulder, and I know when I made a mistake. I'm just an old farmer and not a scientist, so I wouldn't know the correct amount to take on my own. Now take a little over one half teaspoon once a day at any time and mix it with water, orange juice, etc.. Do not use in soft drinks, liquor, or anything hot. When mixed, use it all. Don't let it stand around. Keep the power in a dry place. After taking it three or four days, you will feel good, but nothing else. That is because your blood is building up. When you blood is happy, you're happy. In most cases, this will build your immune system in from three days to three weeks to the point it takes back control of cancer cells and thus the cancer stops spreading. In most cases it is going to help. There is no body feeling as it works. You just feel a little better each week. After three weeks most of the pain will be gone in your back and you know it's working if you had pain there like I did. If you have bone cancer in the spine, it will take three months to work. This is not an overnight cure. It took a while to get in this condition and it will take a while for your body to heal. The sooner you start, the quicker you will be over cancer. Young people heal faster than old people, but it will help at any age. I know because I'm 80 and have been taking it for over three years.

No cancer has come back and no side effects except when my body has had enough, it lets me know by getting heart burn. Then I back off some.

Some people get stomach aches when they need less. It also means your cancer is under control and you don't need as much. You will also find you probably won't catch a cold while you are taking it full strength.

The biggest enemy for this root is Chemo. The stronger the Chemo, the less chance the power has to help you as Chemo tears your immune system and appetite down, two of the most important things you need to cure cancer. There is only a ten percent chance Chemo will cure you. With no chemo, your chances are 75 to 80% but you must take it every day. Don't let your doctor give you that old treat if you turn him down that goes, "If you want to throw your life away, I can't stop you". Just remember that 90% of the people that take his advice and take chemo are in the cemetery. Don't blame the doctor, he is doing his best with what he has to work with or you could ask for a written guarantee.

I have only mentioned cancers that I know people have had and used this root. It should help pancreas cancer if taken before the appetite is gone and most body cancer. This is food, not a drug. It shouldn't interfere with medicine your doctor may be giving you. Only two doctors have told patients to keep taking the power when they have made a miracle recovery. The rest of the doctors have run the power down and blasted the people even if the cancer has disappeared.

The medical world is not going to accept this easily.

Going back to not washing the roots and leaving a little soil on them, it is for your own good. A good bit of immunity comes from the soil, it starts as soon as you are born. Your fingers touch something, and you put them in your mouth. A little dirt at first, and more as you grow older and start crawling. Then everything you touch goes in the mouth. When children go outside to play and when they come in, they are the dirtiest around the mouth and hand. The hands go in their mouths no matter how dirty they are. Many diseases and bacteria live in the ground, but they don't seem to cause any trouble but it does build up the immune system. Some animals can't live if they can't eat a certain amount of soil. If you read this article over, you will see it! all goes back to common sense. I wish all of you people with cancer and other problems the best.

The dandelion root power you can buy at a Health Food Store is not made the same way. It is not known to help cancer.

Facts on Honey & Cinnamon

Author Unknown

It is found that mixture of Honey and Cinnamon cures most of the diseases. Honey is produced in most countries of the world.

Ayurvedic as well as Yunani medicine have been using honey as a vital medicine for centuries.

Scientists of today also accept honey as a "Ram Ban" (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without any side effects for any kind of diseases.

Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients.

Weekly World News, a magazine in Canada, on its issue dated 17 January, 1995 has given the following list of diseases that can be cured by Honey and Cinnamon as researched by western scientists.

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread, chappati, or other bread, instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also those who already had an attack, if they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack.

Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heartbeat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as age the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalizes the arteries and veins.

INSECT BITES: Take one part honey to two parts of lukewarm water and add a small teaspoon of cinnamon powder, make a paste and massage it on the itching part of the body slowly. It is noticed that the pain recedes within a minute or two.

ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients may take daily, morning and night, one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured.

In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week out of the 200 people so treated practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain and within a month, mostly all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain.

HAIR LOSS: Those suffering from hair loss or baldness, may apply a paste of hot olive oil, one tablespoon of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder before bath and keep it for approx. 15 min. and then wash the hair. It was found to be effective even if kept on for 5 minutes.

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder.

TOOTHACHE: Make a paste of one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and five teaspoons of honey and apply on the aching tooth. This may be applied 3 times a day till the tooth stops aching.

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a cholesterol patient, was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10% within 2 hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken 3 times a day, any Chronic cholesterol is cured. As per information received in the said journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for 3 days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold and clear the sinuses.

INFERTILITY: Yunani and Ayurvedic Medicine have been using honey for thousands of years to strengthen the semen of men. If impotent men regularly take two tablespoon of honey before going to sleep, their problem will be solved.

In China, Japan and Far-East countries, women, who do not conceive and need to strengthen the uterus, have been taking cinnamon powder for centuries. Women who cannot conceive may take a pinch of cinnamon powder in half teaspoon of honey and apply it on the gums frequently throughout the day, so that it slowly mixes with the saliva and enters the body.

A couple in Maryland, USA, had no children for 14 years and had lost hope of having a child of their own. When told about this process, husband and wife started taking honey and cinnamon as stated above; the wife conceived after a few months and had twins at full term.

UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomachache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.

GAS: According to the studies done in India & Japan, it is revealed that if honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacteria and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food, relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.

INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ingredient, which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly arrests the ravages of old age. Take 4 spoons of honey, 1 spoon of cinnamon powder and 3 cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, 3 to 4 times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age.

Life spans also increases and even a 100 year old, starts performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of Honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS: Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.

WEIGHT LOSS: Daily in the morning 1/2 hour before breakfast on an empty stomach and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one-cup water. If taken regularly it reduces the weight of even the most obese person.

Also, drinking of this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month 3 times a day.

FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens, who take honey and cinnamon power in equal parts, are more alert and flexible.

Dr. Milton who has done research says that a half tablespoon honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3.00 p.m. when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, increases the vitality of the body within a week.

BAD BREATH: People of South America, first thing in the morning gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water. So their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder taken in equal parts restore hearing.

J Mol Med. 2001;78(12):708-20.

Natural Zeolite Clinoptilolite: New Adjuvant in Anticancer Therapy

Pavelic K, Hadzija M, Bedrica L, Pavelic J, Dikic I, Katic M, Kralj M, Bosnar MH, Kapitanovic S, Poljak-Blazi M, Krizanac S, Stojkovic R, Jurin M, Subotic B, Colic M.

Ruder Boskovic Institute, Division of Molecular Medicine, Zagreb, Croatia.

Natural silicate materials, including zeolite clinoptilolite, have been shown to exhibit diverse biological activities and have been used successfully as a vaccine adjuvant and for the treatment of diarrhea. We report a novel use of finely ground clinoptilolite as a potential adjuvant in anticancer therapy. Clinoptilolite treatment of mice and dogs suffering from a variety of tumor types led to improvement in the overall health status, prolongation of life-span, and decrease in tumors size. Local application of clinoptilolite to skin cancers of dogs effectively reduced tumor formation and growth. In addition, toxicology studies on mice and rats demonstrated that the treatment does not have negative effects. In vitro tissue culture studies showed that finely ground clinoptilolite inhibits protein kinase B (c-Akt), induces expression of p21WAF1/CIP1 and p27KIP1 tumor suppressor proteins, and blocks cell growth in several cancer cell lines. These data indicate that clinoptilolite treatment might affect cancer growth by attenuating survival signals and inducing tumor suppressor genes in treated cells.

Australians Ddiscover Male Fertility Pill

Research has found a combination of anti-oxidants and vitamins can significantly increase a man's fertility.

A tablet containing vitamins C and E, folate, zinc, lycopene and garlic oil has been found to help protect a man's sperm from damage caused by smoking and other infections.

The study conducted in Australia found that the success of pregnancy doubled in the infertile couples who took the pill.

University of Adelaide researcher Dr Kelton Tremellen, who conducted the study, says while infertility has often been seen as a women's issue, men's infertility accounts for more than 50 per cent of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatments.

"What this medication does is it gives the men a little bit of - it makes them feel good, they think that they're doing something for their wife's IVF cycle," he said.

"It's not just their wife or partner taking all the medication, having the operation etc - they're actually doing something positive."

Granny Reveals Her Health Secret

New Delhi --- An Indian granny has revealed she eats a kilogram of sand a day to keep fit and healthy.

Eighty-year-old Ram Rati considers sand an essential part of her daily diet and eats it before breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.

Rati, who lives in Chinhar in Lucknow, told Asian News International: "When young, I tried it for fun once. Since then, I am used to it. My brothers and relatives pestered me to quit it but it was all in vain. I eat on an average around one or one-and-a-half kilos of sand per day."

Shikha, Rati's granddaughter, said: "The doctor said if she has no health problems, let her eat. We think it suits her health."

Seaweed Anti-Obesity Tablet Hope

Scientists have pinpointed an unlikely potential weapon in the war against obesity - seaweed.

They found rats given fucoxanthin --- a pigment in brown kelp --- lost up to 10% of their body weight, mainly from around the gut.

They hope fucoxanthin can be developed into a slimming supplement or a drug that targets harmful fat.

The Hokkaido University research was presented to an American Chemical Society meeting in San Francisco.

The problem remains that medication, however good, will only ever plaster over the cracks

Brown kelp, Undaria pinnatifida, is a key ingredient of Japanese miso soup.

But the researchers said drinking large quantities of the soup in an effort to lose weight would have little effect.

Fucoxanthin is tightly bound to proteins in the seaweed and not easily absorbed in its natural form.

Double effect

The researchers, led by Dr Kazuo Miyashita, said it might take another three to five years before a slimming pill based on fucoxanthin was available to the public.

The compound is found at high levels in several different types of brown seaweed. But it is absent from green and red seaweeds, which are also used in Asian cooking.

Dr Miyashita's team studied the effects of fucoxanthin on more than 200 rats and mice.

They found it fought flab on two fronts.

In obese animals, the compound appeared to stimulate a protein called UCP1 which causes fat to be broken down.

The protein is found in a type of fat called white adipose tissue, which is responsible for the thickening of the girth dubbed "middle-age spread".

Research has shown that excess amounts of fat around the midriff are particularly linked to heart disease and diabetes.

The pigment also caused the liver to produce a compound called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which can help cut levels of "bad" cholesterol associated with obesity and heart disease.

No adverse side effects were seen in the animals used in the study.

Lifestyle key

Dr Ian Campbell, medical director of the charity Weight Concern, said a 5% to 10% weight loss was comparable with existing anti-obesity drugs.

But he added: "We don't know in how many humans this would be achieved, nor for how long.

"The possibility of it being side-effect free is attractive but it is a long way away from being anything resembling an anti-obesity pill.

"The problem remains that medication, however good, will only ever plaster over the cracks.

"The hard fact is that only a significant change in lifestyle will ever achieve long-term meaningful weight loss and it is here that we should be focusing our efforts."

Anti-Aging Molecule Discovered


Kim Tae-gyu

A team of South Korean scientists on Sunday claimed to have created a ``cellular fountain of youth, or a small molecule, which enables human cells to avoid aging and dying.

The team, headed by Prof. Kim Tae-kook at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, argued the newly-synthesized molecule, named CGK733, can even make cells younger.

The findings were featured by the Britain-based Nature Chemical Biology online early today and will be printed as a cover story in the journals offline edition early next month.

``All cells face an inevitable death as they age. On this path, cells became lethargic and in the end stop dividing but we witnessed that CGK733 can block the process, Kim said.

``We also found the synthetic compound can reverse aging, by revitalizing already-lethargic cells. Theoretically, this can give youth to the elderly via rejuvenating cells, the 41-year-old said.

Kim expected that the CGK733-empowered drugs that keep cells youthful far beyond their normal life span would be commercialized in less than 10 years.

Other researchers here heaped praises on the discovery but they were cautious about the practical therapeutic application of the new substance.

``Obviously, it is an innovative finding. But we need to see whether or not CGK733 could really rejuvenate cells inside human bodies without generating side effects, Prof. Kim Sung-hoon at Seoul National University said.

Prof. Kim Tae-kook, however, is confident about the commercial viability of CGK733, believing the efficiency of the material was created using state-of-the-art magnetic nano-probe technology.

``We have the magnet-associated technology to identify molecular targets inside living cells, which allowed us to examine the mechanisms of CGK733 directly, Kim said.

``Unlike other research teams that must make candidates materials for drugs without being able to see their intra-cell activities, we know the precise mechanism of CGK733. So we have the better chance of making a success of the substance, he continued.

Indeed, Kim basked in global recognition last June when he and his associates developed a technology dubbed MAGIC, short for magnetism-based interactive capture.

MAGIC uses fluorescent materials to check whether any drug can mix with targeted proteins inside the cell. The results were globally recognized by being printed by the U.S.-based journal Science at the time.

``MAGIC is kind of a source technology to see inside cells. Based on the method, we also found a pair of promising substances that can deal with cancers, Kim said.
December 26, 2006

Parasite Turns Women Into Sex Kittens


Jane Bunce

A COMMON parasite can increase a women's attractiveness to the opposite sex but also make men more stupid, an Australian researcher says.

About 40 per cent of the world's population is infected with Toxoplasma gondii, including about eight million Australians.

Human infection generally occurs when people eat raw or undercooked meat that has cysts containing the parasite, or accidentally ingest some of the parasite's eggs excreted by an infected cat.

The parasite is known to be dangerous to pregnant women as it can cause disability or abortion of the unborn child, and can also kill people whose immune systems are weakened.

Until recently it was thought to be an insignificant disease in healthy people, Sydney University of Technology infectious disease researcher Nicky Boulter said, but new research has revealed its mind-altering properties.

"Interestingly, the effect of infection is different between men and women,'' Dr Boulter writes in the latest issue of Australasian Science magazine.

"Infected men have lower IQs, achieve a lower level of education and have shorter attention spans. They are also more likely to break rules and take risks, be more independent, more anti-social, suspicious, jealous and morose, and are deemed less attractive to women.

"On the other hand, infected women tend to be more outgoing, friendly, more promiscuous, and are considered more attractive to men compared with non-infected controls.

"In short, it can make men behave like alley cats and women behave like sex kittens''.

Dr Boulter said the recent Czech Republic research was not conclusive, but was backed up by animal studies that found infection also changes the behaviour of mice.

The mice were more likely to take risks that increased their chance of being eaten by cats, which would allow the parasite to continue its life cycle.

Rodents treated with drugs that killed the parasites reversed their behaviour, Dr Boulter said.

Another study showed people who were infected but not showing symptoms were 2.7 times more likely than uninfected people to be involved in a car accident as a driver or pedestrian, while other research has linked the parasite to higher incidences of schizophrenia.

"The increasing body of evidence connecting Toxoplasma infection with changes in personality and mental state, combined with the extremely high incidence of human infection in both developing and developed countries, warrants increased government funding and research, in particular to find safe and effective treatments or vaccines,'' Dr Boulter said.
4 January 2007

 Method to Accelerate Repair of Broken Bones

A new device that promotes bone-cell formation may be fore runner to therapies for humans. Queensland University of Technology graduate Dr. Gwynne Hannay has promoted bone cell growth in vitro by replicating mechanical and electrical growth stimuli. "I have taken bone cells and put them in the physical environment they would experience in the body, and then varied the stimulants to extract a beneficial environment for tissue growth," said Hannay.

The most beneficial environment was one in which both kinds of stimuli, mechanical and electrical, were applied together. This produced a synergistic effect, where the results were greater with both stimuli than the sum of the results of each stimulus applied alone.

"Previous research has looked at both of these stimulants individually, but not together, neglecting the fact that both are occurring in normal healthy bone during fracture healing," said Hannay.

Normal bone fractures in healthy young people can take six to eight weeks to heal. This process can take longer in older people. "We find bones can get half way through the healing process but won't heal properly and with an aging population this is a growing problem," said Hannay. He believes his invention might be able to significantly reduce the healing time of fractures and broken bones.

"In the future we might be able to make a device utilizing these combined stimulants that could be attached to the body and help heal the bone, said Hannay. This therapy could be used for breaks that do not heal properly in elderly people, as well as to speed up the recovery process.
1 April 2007

Grow-Your-Own Viagra Craze Hits Britain's Garden Centres


David Randall

A chance discovery by a Berkshire allotment-holder that a plant widely available in garden centres has the same effect on men as Viagra has been confirmed by experts at one of the world's leading botanical institutions.

The plant is winter-flowering heather, and botanists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, many of them heather experts who have recognised the source of its active ingredient, now expect it to be the next must-have plant in British gardens. Demand is already high. Nurseries and garden centres in some areas are having trouble finding sufficient supplies as word spreads of the plant's unexpected properties.

A spokesman for Wyevale Garden Centres, which has 106 UK branches, said: "At first, it was just a trickle of inquiries, but now stores are virtually being besieged each weekend. We have had men buying dozens of the plants and, at one store in Croydon, there were men old enough to know better fighting over the last remaining trays."

The latest gardening craze was triggered by a discovery by a 55-year-old furniture restorer, Michael Ford, on his allotment. He was always experimenting with drinks made from different plants and one day he tried an infusion from his winter-flowering heather. He said: "The effect was almost immediate. I had to stay in my potting shed for an hour or so before I could decently walk down the street."

He then contacted the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, famous for their work with the heather family, to see if they could offer an explanation. They could. Botanist Alan Bennell said: "This first surfaced when East European chemists reported finding a Viagra-type chemical in the floral tissues of winter-flowering heaths. They were able to isolate measurable amounts of material that is an analogue of the active principle in Viagra."

Winter-flowering heather, he explained, belongs to the genus Erica, a close relative of our own native heather. He said: "As yet, the active ingredient has not been found in these British forms, but it is proving to be most concentrated in many of the widely available hybrids sold as winter-flowering heather in garden centres. Particularly potent are forms of Erica carnea, the Alpine heather, whose range extends into the Balkans.

"The work of these biochemists and physiologists - much of it disrupted and lost during the ravages of war - is now coming to light."

From the limited amount of information available, it is suggested the Viagra-analogue is best extracted by steeping the detached small flowers in neat alcohol. An infusion of about 20g of flowers in 100ml of fluid liberates the active principle. A quality full-strength vodka (at least 40 per cent) is also effective. Mr Bennell added: "There is some confusion whether oral consumption or topical application is more effective."

But not everyone is happy about this new discovery. One woman shopping at a Wyvales in Dorking yesterday said: "It's amazing. My husband has never shown any interest in gardening before, but now he's out there night and day fussing over his heathers. Frankly, I preferred it when he left the garden to me and wasn't so frisky."

United States Patent Application   20060024394

Gutierrez-Uribe; Janet A.. et al.

Cancer Cell Growth Inhibition by Black Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L) Extracts

Abstract --  A group of phytochemical compounds extracted from whole germinated or not germinated black beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L) and/or their dry milled fractions such as seed coats or hulls and cotyledons is described. These phytochemicals are classified as phenolics, such as polyphenols, flavonoids, coumarins, and tannins, triterpenes such as saponins, phytosterols and other antioxidant compounds that proved to be effective to decrease cancer proliferation of hormone dependent mammary (MCF-7), hormone independent hepatic (HepG2) and colon (Caco2) cancer cells. They also effectively protect against chemical damage induced with DMBA and furthermore prevented cancer induced by this chemical in Wistar rats and also reduced tumor size when consumed after tumor detection. Methanol, acetone, ethanol, water and mixtures of these solvents were used to obtain the extracts from raw, cooked, and germinated black beans of different varieties, both from the whole grain and the hulls. The black bean malting process produced extracts rich in aglycone forms of the previous mentioned compounds that were more biologically active against MCF-7 cancer cell proliferation. Both raw extracts, C-18 HPLC refined extracts and fractionated extracts may be used in the treatment, prophylaxis, amelioration or defense against a variety of hormone dependent and independent cancers. The extracts and compounds have additional utilities, e.g., lower cholesterol or lower oxidation of LDL and/or inhibit cholesterol synthesis (or the enzyme therefor) and/or reduce liver fibrosis and/or reduce symptoms of menopause and/or stimulate calcium absorption and/or have estrogenic activity such as feminizing estrogenic activity and/or are antioxidants, for instance, as an active ingredient in a nutritional supplement and/or as a food, cosmetic or pharmaceutical antioxidants or colorants.

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Beautyberry vs Mosquito

A traditional folk remedy, known among people in Mississippis hill country for at least a century, may provide some relief without all the worries of DEET and other harsh chemicals. The National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi have isolated compounds in the American beautyberry plant, Callicarpa americana, that may keep chomping insects away. My grandfather would cut branches with the leaves still on them and crush the leaves, then he and his brothers would stick the branches between the harness and the horse to keep deerflies, horseflies and mosquitoes away, said Charles T. Bryson, an ARS botanist in Stoneville, Miss. I was a small child, maybe 7 or 8 years old, when he told me about the plant the first time. For almost 40 years, Ive grabbed a handful of leaves, crushed them and rubbed them on my skin with the same results. Bryson told his supervisor about the folklore repellent, and in 2004 the USDA-ARS at the UM natural products research center began investigating the beautyberry plant as a potential natural insect repellent. Charles Cantrell, an ARS chemist in Oxford, and Jerry Klun, an ARS entomologist in Beltsville, Md., confirmed that the natural remedy wards off biting insects, such as ticks, ants and mosquitoes: Ive rubbed the leaves on my arms, and it works, Cantrell said.

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