Posts Tagged ‘Medicine’
Why Is Universal Health Care ‘Un-American’?
It’s amazing to hear Christians who talk about the right to life as though it ends at birth.
They believe every egg has a right to hatch,
but as soon as you’re born, it’s dog eat dog.
NaturalNews: According to reports in the mainstream media (which has no reason to lie about this particular detail), this strain of influenza contains viral code fragments from:
- Human influenza
- Bird Flu from North America
- Swine flu from Europe
- Swine flu from Asia
This is rather astonishing to realize, because for this to have been a natural combination of viral fragments, it means an infected bird from North America would have had to infect pigs in Europe, then be re-infected by those some pigs with an unlikely cross-species mutation that allowed the bird to carry it again, then that bird would have had to fly to Asia and infected pigs there, and those Asian pigs then mutated the virus once again (while preserving the European swine and bird flu elements) to become human transmittable, and then a human would have had to catch that virus from the Asian pigs — in Mexico! — and spread it to others. (This isn’t the only explanation of how it could have happened, but it is one scenario that gives you an idea of the complexity of such a thing happening).
Follow the pandemic on Google Maps and stock up! Maybe Mulder was right.
Coincidence or just too damn scary to think about. Follow the spread of this flu on Google Maps.
Bukisa: Ms. Whiting told the House’s Public Safety Policy and Oversight Committee of her 26-year-old daughter Stephanie’s two-year battle with facial melanoma that surfaced during the young woman’s third pregnancy. The packed hearing room was dead quiet as Ms. Whiting spoke of Stephanie’s face being cut off “one inch at a time, until there was nothing left to cut.” She spoke of her daughter’s severe nausea, her “continuous and uncontrollable pain.”
Stephanie moved back to her family’s home and “bravely began to make plans for the ending of her life.” The tumors continued to grow, invading the inside and outside of her mouth, as well as her throat and chest. Nausea was a constant companion. Zofran and (significantly) Marinol, the synthetic pill version of THC, did nothing to abate the symptoms. Stephanie began wasting away. She lost all hope of relief.
Joni’s other children approached their mother, begged her to let their sister use marijuana. But Ms. Whiting, a Vietnam veteran whose youngest son recently returned from 18 months in Iraq, was a law-abiding woman. And she was afraid of the authorities. There was no way she would allow the illicit substance in her house. As she held her ground, her grownup kids removed Stephanie from the family home.
Three days later, wracked by guilt, Joni welcomed her daughter back. “I called a number of family members and friends…and asked if they knew of anywhere we could purchase marijuana. The next morning someone had placed a package of it on our doorstep. I have never known whom to thank for it but I remain grateful beyond belief.” The marijuana restored Stephanie’s appetite. It allowed her to eat three meals a day, and to keep the food down. She regained energy and, in the words of her mother, “looked better than I had seen her in months.”
Stephanie survived another 89 days, celebrating both Thanksgiving and Christmas with her family.
Shortly after the holidays, Stephanie’s pain became “so severe that when she asked my husband and me to lie down on both sides of her and hold her, she couldn’t stand the pain of us touching her body.”
Stephanie died on January 14, 2003 in the room she grew up in, holding her mother’s hand. A mother who, as she told the legislative committee, would “have no problem going to jail for acquiring medical marijuana for my suffering child.”
I can not for the life of me understand where the President thought he was coming from when he made light comments marijuana.
What makes his comments even more unsettling is the fact that his own mother suffered terribly duing her remaining days from cancer yet President Unicorns and Rainbows laughed off the question without any discussion.
Normally, Mr. Obama takes time and replies with a well formulated and mature response to questions. It’s unfortunate the President thinks so little of cancer sufferers to even consider the benefits of even medical marijuana. Oh well, what do you expect from a President who goes on The Tonight Show and makes light of Special Olympians. (:
Mr. President. If you are not going to allocate sufficent funds to find real cures for these deseases that have palgued modern society for decades, at least have the decency to make whatever medicine that eases their pain available. Hope? Change?
Why does the Obama administration insist on not making the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement discussions public?
While most would understand that there is a modest requirement for security, it seems rather unlikely that given the broad range of private corporations and lobbyists that have been given a privileged seat at the table that the security reasons the President gives for not making the discussions public seems weak at best and at the worst contravene the basic tenets of the Freedom of Information Act.
As a Canadian and a graphic designer who creates and manages creative projects I have a better understanding of the issues facing copyright and the need to reform legislation to meet the needs of the 21st century. The reform however should NOT be taking place behind closed doors and without the FULL participation of public stakeholders.
I believe like most that the issues of counterfeiting with respect to products and goods we consume and use is a very serious matter. But its a matter separate from the issue of copyright. The two issues are mutually exclusive and should be addresses by separate legislative initiatives.
I strong urge the President elected solely on the platform of CHANGE to abandon the PRIVATE A.C.T.A. talks and begin a new and open process that includes public stakeholders BEFORE the “treaty” is signed.
I believe that any “treaty” that has such a massive impact on the rights and freedoms of few citizens all over the world most not be decided in secret by most of the corporations and lobbyists who’s actions have so greatly contributed to the current and deepening economic crisis the world is dealing with.
I know this email is unlikely to be seen by your eyes but I do hope with all my heart that the person reading this message has the courage and strength to, at the very least, raise the important issue of FULL public disclosure and participation in the very important issues of copyright and fair-use in the day and age of a READ/WRITE, web-driven society that is finally accessible on virtually all levels because individuals can and do share thoughts, ideas and yes media.
It’s too bad the leaders of the free world do not put as much “secret” energy into building strong and accessible social infrastructures as they seem to do to protect the so-called “intellectual property” of large multi-national corporations at a time when these corporations are allowed to grow to enormous size and more importantly influence in too many segments of our civilizations.
Take General Electric for example, given the MASSIVE extent that G.E. controls a large piece of almost every MAJOR segment of the US entertainment/content economy it’s hard to believe that the President can not see that not allowing public participation in the A.C.T.A. discussions is simply creating the same “too big to fail” scenarios for MEGA corporation like G.E. but this time the impact will be with human knowledge and access to it. It has been said that the new North American economy will be built on a knowledge economy so it should be no mystery why these global corporations and their lobbyists want so much of the A.C.T.A. to be completed in private.
- GE Capital, GE Technology Infrastructure, GE Energy Infrastructure, GE Energy, NBC Universal, GE Consumer & Industrial
- NBC Universal (NBC merged with non-music entertainment assets of Vivendi Universal – GE has 80% controlling share)
- NBC – National Broadcasting Company
- NBC Network Television stations (10)
- NBC Entertainment
- NBC News
- NBC Sports
- NBC Studios
- NBC Universal Sports & Olympics
- NBC Universal Television
(Media Studios, Television Distribution, International Television)
- NBC Universal Digital Media
- NBC Universal Cable
- A&E Television Networks (23 – include CNBC co-owned with The Dow Jones and MSNBC co-owned with Microsoft)
- Significant ownership in Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks (Viacom), MGM and 20th Century Fox Film Corporation;
- Universal Studios (co-owned with Vivendi)
- Universal Pictures (Focus Features, Rogue Pictures, Working Title Films)
- Universal Studios Licensing, Universal Animation Studios, Interactive, Pictures International, Home Entertainment, Home Entertainment Productions
- United International Pictures (co-owned with Paramount Pictures/Viacom);
- Universal Parks & Resorts
It is equally disappointing that even as the very corporations and lobbyists that have contributed so much to our current economic crisis and the ongoing pain and hardships of MILLIONS of North Americans are only ones invited to participate in a treaty that is likely to decide who has the right to access, distribute and rework human knowledge for the next century.
I do HOPE that President CHANGE – CHANGES his mind and allow the citizens of his nation to fully and equally participate in the A.C.T.A. discussions and the crafting of this very important “treaty”.
Contact the President and demand a public and open seat the A.C.T.A. table!
Whitehouse Contact numbers:
TTY/TDD Comments: 202-456-6213
Toronto Star: Toronto scientists have scored a major breakthrough in stem cell research, coming first in a worldwide race to find a safer way to make human skin cells act like embryonic stem cells. The discovery could well bring the promise of personalized organ repair within reach of patients.
Andras Nagy and his team of scientists at Mount Sinai Hospital are the first to reprogram adult human cells into embryonic-like stem cells without using potentially dangerous viruses that could cause cancer.
The finding overcomes one of the major hurdles in using the reprogramming technique in the search for new drugs, finding innovative cures for disease and creating personalized organs and tissue for patients.
Experts say the elegant discovery quickly will be adopted by labs around the world and will accelerate further advances in biology’s hottest field.
“This is a significant contribution,” says Alan Trounson, president of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the state’s stem cell funding body. “It’s a very innovative way of delivering the gene products that are needed for reprogramming adult cells into embryonic stem cell-like cells. Well done to the Nagy group.”
Think of the TRILLIONS of dollars that could be saved and the incredible improvement in patients lives when stem cell therapies replace drug and surgical treatments for diseases like cancer.
Yahoo!: French specialists on Sunday unveiled a new weapon against cancer — a molecular “decoy” that mimicks DNA damage and prompts cancerous cells to kill themselves.
The research, published in a US journal, Clinical Cancer Research, opens up fresh avenues for attacking tumours that are resistant to conventional therapy, they said.
Chemotherapy and radiotherapy aim at inflicting sufficient damage to a cancer cell to unleash a process of programmed cell death, also called apoptosis.